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What to expect in 2014 By MARJORIE NEEDHAM When we asked town officials what Middlebury residents can look forward to in 2014, the most enthusiastic person we talked to was Library Director Jo-Ann LoRusso. “2014 is going to be awesome!” she said. She said whenever you look ahead, you also need to look back. “This time last year we were undergoing a major renovation and were moving the entire collection into a 7,000square-foot space (from 15,000 square feet at the Central Road location).” That new location at 199 Park Road Extension had no windows and no room for community space. LoRusso said she looks back with gratitude on the smooth transition last fall back to the newly renovated Central Road location. “Now we have beautiful windows and additional community space so we can do more programming and meet the needs of the community,” she said. “2014 is all about welcoming back our community and offering them information and entertaining and enlightening programs based on conversations we’ve had with members of the community.” The jigsaw puzzle contest, which couldn’t be held in the temporary space, will return this year. The improved Larkin Room is the setting for free surroundsound movies being shown twice a week, and the new 3-D printer will make the pieces for a new board game middle schoolers will create. LoRusso said the library is focusing on health and wellness this year and offering programs to improve one’s health and overall wellness. A possible 5K run is being considered for this spring. The winter library Olympics Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. will engage children in grades one to four. Children will “skate” around an indoor “skating rink,” make igloos and toss penguins. An appropriate movie also will be shown.

Seniors in the community will be served by the new Lifelong Learners Program, which includes book discussions, movies, fitness programs, music and speakers on a variety of subjects. First Selectman Edward B. St. John said he expects the town will complete its capital plan during the first few weeks of January. That plan will cover the town’s anticipated needs over the next five to 10 years. In 2014, new roofs will be put on facilities in need of them, and other infrastructure upgrades will be made as the budget allows. St. John said he also is looking at regionalizing more areas of town government. “There are lots of opportunities out there, and we need to take advantage of them,” he said. So far police dispatching, the health department and the town’s health insurance coverage have been regionalized. Selectman Ralph Barra said he is focused on several goals this year. One is a town leash ordinance, a project he started working on last year at the request of residents whose child was bitten by a loose dog. He said the proposed ordinance is being reviewed by the town attorney. He said the ordinance will focus on dogs that are on town property such as the Greenway or in town parks. Barra has another project related to pets – pet awareness. “My wife and I are dog lovers,” he said. “We see people running with a dog on a leash on a hot day. The dogs’ paws get burned on the hot pavement.” He said he’d like to raise awareness among residents so pets receive better care. Human safety concerns him, too. He said he sees people walking or jogging on town streets after dark with no reflective clothing, no light and wearing dark clothing. Many also walk or jog with the traffic flow instead of against it. He’d like to raise awareness about residents’ safety when walking or jogging on town streets.

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ZBA continues pool hearings By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) at its Jan. 7 meeting continued two outdoor swimming pool-related public hearings until February. Scott Tedesco of 64 Janet Drive did not appear for his pool and shed public hearing. In his Dec. 4 application, he 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. He 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-by-12-foot shed would add another 144 square feet for

total lot coverage of 11.17 percent. A nonconforming smaller legal lot in the R-40 zone was cited as the hardship. His public hearing was continued to Feb. 5. A sideline variance public hearing for a 10-foot-by-10-foot swimming pool storage shed for Susan Tracy of 294 Porter Ave. also was continued to Feb. 5. She had been instructed Dec. 4 to bring a detailed plot plan to the hearing, but commissioners agreed she failed to provide adequate information. Tracy said the proposed location of her shed is about 28 feet from the house and in the only reasonable place on her nonconforming lot. The next ZBA meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall conference room.

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Parents and children brave the extreme cold Saturday, above, to get in some sledding time on the hill between Middlebury Town Hall and Shepardson Community Center. Good thing they did so. The rain that started Sunday took with it every trace of snow, leaving the hill as you see it in the photo at right taken Wednesday.  (Marjorie Needham photos)

Strobel no longer sole woman on MRTC By MARJORIE NEEDHAM At its Tuesday night caucus, the Middlebury Republican Town Committee (MRTC) voted in 21 endorsed candidates. There were no other nominations. Sixteen of the current members were chosen to serve another twoyear term. The five new members include one woman, Robin Desantis Stanziale. She joins Selectwoman Elaine Strobel as the only other woman on the committee. Strobel said of the addition, “I’m delighted. We’ll have to sit together.” Stanziale, the finance officer at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, said being asked to run by MRTC Vice-chairman Tom King motivated her to run. This is the first time she has served on a town committee or board. She said she’d like to see more women serving in positions like these.

Strobel has been the sole female member on the MRTC since former chairwoman Rita Smith chose not to run two years ago. Two women, Candace Graziano and Donita Semple, have served as alternates the past two years. The four other new members are Brendan Browne (a former alternate), Joe Mancini (a former alternate), Harold Zinno and Francis Brennan, who has served on the MRTC in the past. Members elected for another two years are Geoff Stowell, Thomas King, Ken Heidkamp, Terry McAuliffe, Robert Smith, John Calabrese, George Tzepos, Paul Babarik, Terry Smith, Frank Cipriano, John Cookson, Rito Albini, Jim Croccicia, Elaine Strobel, George Morreira, and Guy Tiso. Composition of the 21-member MRTC doesn’t come close to representing the town’s demographics. The town’s population of 48.5

percent male and 51.5 percent female (according to compares to the MRTC membership of 90.5 percent male and 9.5 percent female. In 2008 to 2009, three women, Kelli-Ann Bollard, Marilyn Cykley and Nancy Robison, served on the committee with Strobel, and a fourth, Crosby Middlemass was an alternate. Before then Jan Kulpa, Barbara Hunter and Erika Carrington were members or alternates. After voting on the candidates, Geoff Stowell, Tom King, Terry McAuliffe, Ken Heidkamp and Bob Smith were appointed to serve on the vacancy committee as required by state party rules. The MRTC will choose its officers and appoint alternates for the next two years at its next meeting, which will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center in Room 26.

P&Z approves cottage rebuild, nixes new closet By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) at its Jan. 2 meeting approved reconstruction of a Lake Quassapaug cottage, but agreed a walk-in closet could not be added to the former Tara Perrotti house on Woodland Road without a zone change. It also accepted a letter of regulations for affordable housing at Brookside. Reconstruction site plans for a cottage owned by David and Heather Messina in the recently rezoned West Shore at Lake Quassapaug were unanimously approved. Professional land surveyor Scott Meyers told commissioners the rebuilt cottage would have the same square footage as the one torn down in 2012. He said the work would not require grading and would not cause greater impervious surface coverage. He said the new cottage would be located

slightly farther from the lake and would be angled differently, adding that wetlands approvals were in place. Meyers told P&Z Chairman Terry Smith a letter from the West Shore Homeowners Association approved the plans, and the owners had only been waiting for recently completed sewers and water systems to be ready. In comments on the plans, Middlebury Building Official Oliver Leduc said a proposed 12-by-28-foot deck would cause the house to exceed the allowed 10-percent lot coverage, but Smith told him the plans conformed to condominium regulations adopted Nov. 7. Approval of a walk-in closet addition to the house at 86 Woodland Drive recently rezoned to commercial use will not be permitted, according to an informal discussion with Zoning Enforcement Officer Curtis Bosco. The former residential property previously owned by Tara Perrotti was rezoned

commercial in December 2012 by the new owner, Dr. Dean Yimoyines, so he could use it for expansion of his Whittemore Crossing business. Bosco said the house is temporarily occupied by a son of Yimoyines and the son’s wife. Commissioners agreed the closet addition could not be approved unless the property was rezoned back to residential. In other matters, a letter on affordable housing rules for resales at Brookside Development was accepted from town attorney Dana D’Angelo, who told commissioners a unit subject to those regulations was on the market. Smith said similar rules exist for Steeplechase, and he will include the Brookside letter in the soon-to-be-updated zoning regulations. The next regular P&Z meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury volunteer orientation

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Learn how you can teach adult literacy and English as a second language 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Woodbury Public Library at 269 Main st. South in Woodburyommunity Center For more information, call Vanessa at 203-754-1164 or email

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Middlebury Democratic Town Committee Caucus What: Election of committee members for 2014-2016 terms When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Shepardson Community Center, Room 27

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See Southbury bald eagles An outdoor buffet in winter may not sound tempting to most of us, but to our national bird, the regal American bald eagle, it is a rare treat. When fishing grounds in their homes farther north freeze over, these graceful birds make an annual journey to the Shepaug Dam on the Housatonic River in Southbury. They favor this spot because the turbulent waters of the dam don’t just prevent freezing; they push fish to the surface, making for easy pickings for eagles, who can swoop down and feast on their favorite dish. Thrilling to see in full flight, the majestic bald eagle can measure

34 to 43 inches in length with a wingspan of six to seven-and-ahalf feet. Their flight speed is between 36 to 44 miles per hour. Everyone is invited to view these fascinating winter guests at the Eagle Observation Area near the Shepaug Housatonic Hydroelectric Station. An organized eagle watch takes place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through March 5. Admission is free but, because space is limited, reservations are required. This year, for the first time, reservations can be made online at forms/eagleviewreservations as

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 12-29 19:20 6 Nantucket Way. Small gas leak. Investigation located loose connection on the regulator for the hot water heater. Owners called Yankee Gas. Residence was metered. Nothing measured. 12-29 21:54 Lake Shore Drive. Dryer fire. No extension. Removed dryer from residence. 12-30 07:26 778 Middlebury Road. Two-car motor vehicle accident. Rollover with injuries. Two patients transported to hospital. 12-30 07:31 Middlebury Road. One-car motor vehicle accident. 12-30 14:31 555 Christian Road. Activated fire alarm. False alarm. 12-31 01:55 Straits Turnpike. Motor vehicle accident. Rollover. One patient in police custody. 12-31 11:33 62 Abbott Farm Road. Carbon monoxide detector activation. Zero readings measured. Homeowner will contact the alarm company for service. 12-31 16:09 Route 64. Motor vehicle accident. One car into stop sign. One patient transported on advanced life support. 01-02 09:54 17 Juniper Road. Carbon monoxide alarm activation. Metered residence. 01-02 12:49 I-84 East. One-car motor vehicle rollover from I-84 down embankment to Bioski Road area. 01-02 21:53 I-84 East. Motor vehicle accident. No injuries. One refusal.

Book Review

Middlebury Movie screenings The library is showing a movie with a life-changing theme every Wednesday at 1 p.m. this month. Every Friday at 1 p.m. (except Jan. 24), the library is showing a new movie recently released to DVD. Please call the library at 203758-2634 for specific movie titles to be shown. To suggest a movie for the film showings, please see Donna or Mike. Everyone is invited to stop in and enjoy stories and music when children 3 and older meet Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Children age 2 may join if accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required

by Kendra Bean (Running Press, $30) Reviewed by Larry Cox rolled at the Royal Academy Dramatic Arts in London. She married a barrister, Herbert Leigh Holman, a year later. The marriage didn’t last, but Vivien used his middle name professionally. After several minor roles, she was cast in a play, “Mark of Virtue,” in 1935, and it was during its run that Vivien met Laurence Olivier. The chemistry between them was especially evident in their first film together, “Fire Over England,” in 1937. Olivier was at work in Hollywood on “Wuthering Heights.” During this period Vivien came to the attention of David Selznick, who cast her in the role that made her an international star, Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind.” Leigh’s manic depression and ill health marred her career and even ended her marriage to Olivier in 1961. Bean documents the highs and lows of Leigh’s life and career with clarity and sensitivity. The incredible images – many published for the first time – add just the right touch.

Book Nook Adventure Readers

will host a discussion of “Madame Curie: A Biography” by Eve Curie led by Ron Clark Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room. The discussion will be followed by a showing of the movie, “Madame Curie,” in the Larkin Room Friday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. Books are available at the library. To register for this event, call 203-758-2634 or stop at the Information Desk. The Middlebury Public Library is at 30 Crest Road. The telephone number is 203-7582634, and the website is

Naugatuck Affordable Care Act information Do you have questions or are you confused about the new Affordable Care Act? Meet with Richard Wood, a state-certified assister with CHOICES, Connecticut’s health and information assistance program, Tuesdays between 12 and 4 p.m. to get information on Access Health CT, the state’s new health insurance marketplace. All discussions are free and confidential.

The Book Nook Adventure Readers (open to all students in grades one to four) will have their first meeting Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. The group will meet twice a month for a book discussion and book-related activity. The library will provide books for the students two weeks before Music recital each meeting. Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. Registration is required. Stop by the library or call 203-758- (snow date, Jan. 19 at the same time), the library will offer a re2634 to reserve a spot. cital, “Music in the Valley,” the Recommit to be fit fourth Music in the Valley SunThursday, Jan. 16, at 6:45 p.m., day afternoon musical event. join Tammy MacAdams at the Approximately 10 local musilibrary to “Recommit to Be Fit” cians ranging in age from 9 in the New Year. MacAdams has through senior citizen will permore than 30 years of experience form classical, popular, jazz and in the health and fitness indus- Broadway pieces on piano, violin try. She is a nationally certified and voice. For more information, personal trainer and holds many contact Wendy Ruggeri at 203additional certifications in fit- 729-1601 or wsruggeri@yahoo. ness practices such as spinning, com. Pilates and myofascial release. Meditation MacAdams will share her inThe ongoing meditation pracsights on getting motivated, staying committed and achieving tice will meet Tuesday, Jan. 14, (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. and Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6 to your fitness goals. 6:45 p.m. in the Reading Room. 3-D printer demo It consists of periods of meditaThe library will demonstrate tion with time for discussion. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 its MakerBot Replicator 3-D Please arrive by 5:50 p.m. as they Police Commission printer Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. start on time. 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Michael Murphy, the library’s Holiday photo frames technology services librarian, Tuesday, Jan. 14 Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m., will show how the printer operates and explain how the library young crafters are invited to deDemocratic Town Committee Caucus 7:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 27 plans to use the device. No sign- sign and decorate a frame mat for their favorite holiday photo. up is required; just drop in. Republican Town Committee All materials will be provided. 7:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 26

Middlebury Community Calendar

Library Board of Directors 6:30 p.m..................................................Middlebury Public Library

Middle school masterminds

Middle schoolers in grades five to eight will create a board game for the library in two sesBeautification Committee 6:30 p.m......................................................... Shepardson, Room 26 sions that will meet Wednesdays, Jan. 22 and 29, at 3:30 p.m. They Thursday, Jan. 16 will plan and develop the board game and use the 3-D printer to Safety & Health Committee 12:30 p.m............................................Town Hall Conference Room make pieces for it. Please plan on attending both Calendar dates/times are subject to change. sessions. When the game is comIf your organization would like your event included in the community pleted, library users will be able calendar, please email the information to to check it out! For more information or to sign up, call 203758-2634 or stop by the Children’s Desk.

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Babies and Books will begin Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m. Stories and Crafts for 3- to 5-year-olds will begin Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. Stories and More for 2-yearolds will begin Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. All story times include stories, songs and crafts. Register in the Children’s Department or by calling 203-262-0626, ext. 3. Drop-In Story Time is held every Monday at 10:30 a.m., and PJ Story Time is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. No registration is required for either of these programs.


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“Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait”

If Vivien Leigh had made only two films, “Gone with the Wind” and “Streetcar Named Desire,” she still would have managed to achieve film immortality. Her first love was the stage, but it was her luminous intensity in motion pictures that helped establish her lasting reputation. When Vivien Leigh walked into a room, her aura triggered a magnetism that drew people in and left them spellbound. Kendra Bean’s biography of Leigh is the first to have utilized the Laurence Olivier Archives that feature an invaluable collection of personal letters and documents ranging from interview transcripts to film contracts and even medical records. Because of this access, Bean’s book is the first to examine in such intimate detail the fascinating, troubled and often misunderstood life of Leigh. Vivien Mary Hartley was born in 1913 in India, the daughter of a British military officer. When the Hartley family returned to England in 1931, Vivien was en-

well as by calling 800-368-8954 Tuesdays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The observation area, maintained by FirstLight Power Resources, is 1000 feet from the river, affording safety for the eagles while providing an excellent vantage point. High-powered telescopes are set up on tripods for visitors. Volunteers trained by Connecticut Audubon are on hand to assist in spotting and answer questions about the birds. The volunteers maintain a helpful website,, with information about eagles and recent visitor statistics. Reservations can be made at that site as well. Nearly 140,000 people have visited the observation area since it was opened to the public in 1986. On an average day in past years, six or seven eagles were sighted, but lucky viewers on the best days in the past have spotted as many as 15 to 21 eagles in action. Chances are best on cold, clear days when the surfaces of most other rivers and ponds have For more information about frozen. Visitors are advised to dress warmly in layers and to winter activities in the area and allow plenty of time to wait for a free copy of UNWIND, a fullcolor, 152-page booklet detailing the eagle action to begin.

Whittemore book club The Whittemore Book Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room to discuss “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit

Southbury Children’s story times

The Children’s Department registration for its six-week Winter Story Time sessions is under As part of its Library Life Long way. The story time schedule is Learners program, the library as follows:

Nonfiction book discussion

Wednesday movie Robert Redford is the star and director of the Wednesday afternoon movie showing Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Kingsley Meeting Room. He plays a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in a tranquil suburb whose world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter (Shia Labeouf ) exposes his real identify as a 1970 antiwar radical wanted by the FBI in connection with murder. The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte and Stanley Tucci. Due to licensing and copyright agreements, film titles cannot be listed. The room has surroundsound theater with a listening system available. This program is free and open to the public.

Free Kaplan practice exams The library will host free practice exams presented by Kaplan in January, March and May. An SAT practice exam will be offered Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a calculator and pencil. Snacks and drinks are allowed. Kaplan will notify each participant of their results within a month via phone or email provided the day of the exam. Register at the Reference Desk or call 203-262-0626, ext. 130.

Drawpaintings exhibit A selection of Ron Crowcroft drawpaintings is on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery until Thursday, Feb. 27. Drawpainting is the process of using acrylic and oil-based paint markers on canvas. The paintings are biomorphic abstractions in which faces, figures, animals, birds, fish, eyes, internal organs and organic shapes may be seen embedded within the abstracted glyph-like forms. Crowcroft has been creating for more than 40 years in painting, drawing, sculpture/ assemblage, conceptual art, performance art, video, photography, humor, poetry, and experimental/electronic music and soundwork. The Woodbury resident moved to the U.S. from England in 1982. He attended Leeds Polytechnic from 1973-76, at that time the most radical art school in Europe. For more information, call 203-262-0626 or visit www. The library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury.

Marshmallow snowmen Teens in grades six and higher are invited to make marshmallow snowman pops Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. in the library gallery. Make a delicious, candy–coated, white chocolate marshmallow snowman. All materials will be provided to make the sweet treats. Drop in!

Founders and economics discussion Everyone is invited to attend any or all of 10 meetings starting Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Gallery at the library to discuss our American founders and the principles of free- market economics. Topics of discussion will be the soaring $17 trillion dollar national debt and $100 trillion of unfunded federal, state and municipal pension liabilities; the rising cost of food and energy while the government says the rate of inflation remains low; and economic recovery and unemployment. Health care also will be discussed. Each meeting will present a specific topic introduced by a video presentation by either Larry Ann, president of Hillsdale College, or Gary Wolfram, professor of economics at Hillsdale College, who will provide a brief review of each topic beginning with the founding principles of the American republic and an overview of how the economy works. A brief question-and-answer session facilitated by David Schultz will follow. For more information, call Schultz at 203 233-0384, where you may leave a voice-mail message.

Introduction to yoga teacher training Megan Lutz of Peaceful Way Wellness Yoga will offer an introductory yoga teacher training class at the library Thursday, Jan. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are invited to explore the opportunity to start a new or secondary career in wellness through the training class. The introductory class explains the benefits of yoga and how long it takes to earn a Yoga Alliance 200-hour-level yoga teacher certification taking classes offered by Lutz through the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department. The introductory class is free and open to interested area residents. For more information, contact the library at 203-263-3502 or visit www.

Art exhibit January’s exhibit in the gallery features Molly Tate’s “An Illustrated Life,” an art exhibit in watercolor and oil. Tate has long facilitated journal workshops and several years ago began publishing a magazine – Through the Window at Molly’s. The exhibit portrays her daily life in Woodbury and Storm Lake, Iowa, and her imagination. For more information, call 203-263-3502 or visit www. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.

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Museum offers free day Visit the Mattatuck Museum Sunday, Jan. 12, for Second Sunday Community Free Day. The second Sunday of every month is always free admission from noon to 5 p.m. All of the museum galleries and exhibitions are open to families and visitors of all ages with special family programming planned for the day. At 1 p.m., families with children between the ages of 6 and 12 will be invited to explore the special exhibition “Stitches in Time and Space: Gail Rothchild and Daina Taimina,” with the whole family. Learn the art of quilting and stitching. Then create your own quilt using a variety of fabrics and paint. This is an opportunity to explore the museum at no charge. Located in the heart of downtown Waterbury’s architectural district, the Mattatuck Museum is a vibrant destination, known locally and regionally as a community-centered institution of American art and history.

The Mattatuck hosts numerous changing exhibitions each year as well as a permanent collection, that features 300 years of work by American artists. Explore the region’s history through interactive displays in the history exhibit and examine the intriguing Button Gallery featuring 10,000 buttons from all over the world. Visit www.MattatuckMuseum. org or call 203-753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits. The Mattatuck Museum is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 16 world-class museums and historic sites (www. Located at 144 West Main St. in Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is located behind the building on Park Place.

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Daina Taimina, Manifold II series

Middlebury Senior Center News Free hearing screenings

Monday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. The menu will be chicken thighs with lemon and rosemary, Free hearing screenings will be offered at red potatoes, string beans, and apple tart for the senior center Wednesday, Jan. 15. Please dessert, for a total calorie count of 450. call for an appointment at 203-577-4166. Watch Petruccione prepare this meal and stay to sample the results. Please call 203Free education for seniors 577-4166 to reserve your seat. Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) invites seniors to further their edComputer classes ucation at no cost. Tuition, general fees and The senior center offers four-week and the application fee are waived for Connectieight-week computer courses on Tuesday, cut residents 62 and older on a space-availWednesday and Thursday. able basis. Students are responsible for costs A four-week session for beginners with associated with supplies for specific courses. no computer experience explains different Credit classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 22. Senior citizens may register for credit parts and uses of the computer and teaches courses between Wednesday, Jan. 22, and how to use the mouse, access programs, use Wednesday, Jan. 29, and have their general Word, the Internet, email, etc. The class fee is $25. fund tuition and fees waived. Eight-week courses are Introduction to Those who have never been a credit stuPersonal Computers, Introduction to the dent at NVCC will need to fill out a college Internet and Exploring Windows 7. The class application in the admissions office located fee is $35. in room K500. Call the senior center at 203-577-4166 to find out when sessions will begin. One-onCooking demonstration one lessons also are available, subject to Elizabeth Petruccione, creator of “Losing availability of time, Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. Weight with Elizabeth,” will demonstrate to 1:30 p.m. by appointment only. The fee is how to cook and enjoy a low-calorie meal $15 per hour.

A course also will be offered for those interested in learning basic fundamentals on the Apple Mac subject to availability of time. The fee is $15 per hour. For more information, call the senior center at 203-577-4166 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Operation Fuel The Middlebury Social Services Department is taking applications for Operation Fuel. For more information on this program for residents who need help with their fuel bills, call 203-577-4166, ext. 707.


Exercise class The center’s strength, sculpt and tone exercise class is meeting each Monday in January at 9:30 a.m. While sculpting and improving strength and balance, participants work muscles to tone them and get some cardiovascular training at the same time. Please register by the Friday before each class. For information about sponsoring the class, contact Catherine Dinsmore at 860-945-5250.

Bible study New Hope Anglican Church offers a nondenominational Bible study every Friday at 10 a.m. at the center. Join other seniors for the study and discussion. Reservations are not required.

Comic fun An “Afternoon of Comic Fun” with Rick Stromoski is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. Stromoski, a nationally syndicated, award-winning newspaper columnist and illustrator, is the creator of the popular comic strip “Soup

Painted Pony Restaurant As part of the Senior Dine lunch program, the senior center minibus will go to the Painted Pony Restaurant in Bethlehem Friday, Jan. 24. You must have a Senior Dine card to participate. If you do not have a card, stop by the senior center office to get one. If you want to go to the Painted Pony, call 203577-4166 to reserve a seat.

Friday, Jan. 10 CMEA Southern Regional HS Festival..................... Meriden, 11 a.m. MMS Student Government Social..........................................2:45 p.m. MMS Student Government Dance.........................................6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11 CMEA Southern Regional HS Festival..................... Meriden, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12 No Events Scheduled

Monday, Jan. 13

to Nutz,” which appears in more than 150 newspapers across the country including the Hartford Courant. He will discuss his comic strip, cartooning and humor writing and will bring samples of his magazine, comic strip and children’s books.

Sleep disorders On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m., Stacy France of Saint Mary’s Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center will discuss sleep disorders and their treatment. Reservations are needed by Jan. 14.

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learn to feed moods by following simple food rules. Reservations are needed by Jan. 16. This Tuesday, Jan. 14 program is sponsored by a grant from the East Exams Day 1. . ...................................................................7 - 11:30 a.m. Hill Woods Fund at the Connecticut CommuPES PTO Meeting..............................................................9:30 - 11 a.m. nity Foundation. MMS PTO Smarter Balanced Testing................................... 7 - 9 p.m. LMES PTO Meeting................................................................. 7 - 8 p.m. Bald eagles in Connecticut PES Grades 4 and 5 Concert (Snow Date 1/15)........................7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m., Peggy Zabawar from the Connecticut Department of Energy Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Environmental Protection is coming back Exams Day 2. . ...................................................................7 - 11:30 a.m. to the center to discuss bald eagles in ConPES PTO Valentine Flower Sale Starts necticut. Learn about this exciting resident raptor and what our state is doing to protect RMS Grade 6/Small Ensemble Winter Concert............. 6 - 8:30 p.m. bald eagles and their habitat. Reservations are MMS and RMS Grade 6/Small Ensemble Winter Concert.6 - 7 p.m. needed by Jan. 16.

Dr. Joseph Soufer and Certified Diabetic Social services assistance Educator Janet Schaefer of Chase Medical Research will discuss advances and updates in Social services assistance for adults 55 years diabetes Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. Reser- old and older will be available at the center on vations are needed by Jan. 14. Jan. 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Jim Dunn from the Western CT Area Agency on Aging will Geneaology 101 provide one-on-one assistance with social Genealogy instructor Stephanie Lantiere service questions and needs. Reservations are continues her popular Genealogy 101 class not required. Thursday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. Please bring a Cooking class notebook and a pen or pencil to class. Reservations are needed by Jan. 15. Chef and wedding planner Corky Plourde will lead her next cooking class Thursday, Jan. Feed your moods 23, at 9:30 a.m. The class is a favorite monthly Mood and food will be the topic of discus- event for many. Her recipes are healthy, easy sion Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. Therapist, author to prepare and affordable. Reservations are and educator Diane Lane will help participants needed by Jan. 21.

ally fared better on exercise than on drugs. In a combination of a dozen other studies, researchers verified physical exercise lowers blood pressure. Specifically, four hours of exercise per week correlated to nearly a 20 percent lower incidence of high blood pressure. Exercising one to three hours per week lowered the level to 11 percent. Being physically

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dren and get them ready for school, prepared meals, and taught English classes. Hawley said a donation of $1.50 will feed a child at the orphanage for a day; $10 will provide medical care for a child for an entire year, while $150 will employ a staff member for a month. Hawley is counting on the generosity of area residents to make a difference in the lives of the children in Ghana who have touched her heart. She hopes the fundraiser will bring in a couple thousand dollars. The event will include a 50-50 raffle and a drawing of donated prizes such as a gift certificate from Stepping Out on Main, a cooking basket, a Super Bowl basket, kayaking lessons, gift cards for Southbury Plaza, massages and more. Raffle donations are welcome. Hawley plans to return to WACF this summer and will personally deliver money raised at the event. She said all the money will go straight to the orphanage. Reservations are not required for the fundraiser. The snow date will be Saturday, Jan. 18. Those unable to attend the fundraiser can send checks payable to the West African Children’s Foundation to Lara Hawley, 145 Old Sherman Hill Road, Woodbury CT 06798. For more information, email Hawley at lara.hawley@uconn. edu or call 203-266-4216.

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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 860945-5250. 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.

The Willie and Jan band will entertain at a fundraiser for The West African Children’s Foundation, an orphanage in South Ghana, Saturday, Jan. 11, from 8 to 12 p.m. at the City Hall Café downstairs at the Curtis House at 506 Main St. South in Woodbury. The band features Willie and Jan Nininger on vocals and guitar, Bill Strohm on bass and Ken Melton on drums. They play folk, rock and roll, country and original works and are playing as a donation to the fundraiser. The suggested donation for attendees is $15. Lara Hawley of Woodbury organized the event to benefit the West African Children’s Foundation (WACF). A sophomore at the University of Connecticut, Hawley volunteered this past spring at WACF, an orphanage in southern Ghana that cares for about 40 children, from infants to 13-year-olds, and serves an additional 100 youngsters who arrive each day for school. Founded just two years ago, WACF gets by on minimal resources. The organization’s rented quarters will soon be unavailable, and Hawley said help is needed to secure a new location and provide necessities such as food, water and medical care for the children. Hawley spent four weeks at the West African Children’s Foundation after her freshman year at UConn. While there, she helped feed and bathe the chil-

active on the job, however, did not lower high blood pressure, leading one researcher to comment that health guidelines don’t distinguish between work and leisure activities, but they should. In yet another study, researchers determined people who have dementia will think more clearly as a result of exercise. If a dementia patient lives at home, caregivers were encouraged to find exercise programs in the community. Dementia patients in care facilities also should be offered exercise programs. In yet

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Trust ... but definitely verify By Lee H. Hamilton Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year. That number is 12. It’s the percentage of Americans in a December Quinnipiac poll who said they trust the government in Washington to do what is right most or all of the time. It’s a depressingly small number – especially compared to the 41 percent who say they “hardly ever” trust the government. This meshes with recent polls that echo a bleak truth: trust in government is at historically low levels. That’s not all, though. Americans are feeling vulnerable and highly distrustful of both government and private-sector prying. More worrisome, a few months ago an AP poll found that fewer than a third of Americans trust one another. The poll’s message is clear: our society is in the midst of a crisis in trust. This might seem like a touchy-feely concern, but it’s not. Trust is essential to our political system and our way of life. The belief that people and

institutions will do what they say they will do is the coin of the realm in our society. It is what allows people to work together – in their daily interactions with others and in their communities, legislatures and Congress. Negotiation, compromise, collegiality, and the mechanisms our complex and diverse society depends on are impossible without trust. Trust is one of the medley of virtues that have allowed our institutions to develop and prosper, along with honesty, competence, responsibility, and civility. A breakdown in trust between Congress and the executive branch invariably brings problems: the turmoil of the Vietnam War era, Watergate, IranContra, our current budget travails. A society-wide lack of trust imposes real costs. It makes the drafting of laws and their implementation extremely difficult: government becomes more expensive because it requires more emphasis on regulations and enforcement. In fact, you could argue that we see all around us the results of our trust deficit. Government dysfunction, an

Lee H. Hamilton economy performing below its potential, public officials’ scandals and misdeeds, trusted institutions’ willingness to skirt the law and standards of good conduct, our social safety net under attack because people mistrust recipients – all of these speak to a society struggling as trust weakens.

Yet here’s a question. Do the polls match your experience? In my case, they do not. Trust still figures in my dealings with institutions and individuals, most of whom are good people trying to live a decent life and to be helpful to others. They deal with one another honorably and with care. I’m convinced this is because, no matter what the polls say at the moment, the habits instilled by parents, schools, and a vast number of public and private institutions do not just disappear. These habits include the experience of grappling with the challenges that representative democracy throws at us – and they serve as a reminder that we need trust in one another to make our national experiment in representative government work. As idealistic or even naive as this may sound, we need to work toward more trust among our people and between people and their government. Some new laws might help, but the challenge is more basic than law can address. Higher standards of conduct at all levels of American life must become the norm.

Trust may have weakened, but most of us do not see or experience a corrupt America. Even as we have become a larger, more diverse nation, a sense of community remains crucially important to make this country safe and secure for ourselves and our children. We cannot take for granted our success at self-government over the centuries; the only invisible hand guiding and preserving our institutions is our collective will. Events in recent years have given us plenty of reason to be distrustful. Clearly, healthy skepticism is warranted in the wake of the NSA revelations, the problems with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and other evidence of both government and corporate misbehavior. In the end, however, “trust but verify” is still the golden standard. Our ability to function and move forward as a society rests on trust. Think about it. Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

In Brief Literacy volunteer orientation Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury (LVGW) has one more volunteer orientation scheduled for individuals interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in adult literacy and English as a Second Language. It will be Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Woodbury Public Library at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury LVGW trains and supports volunteers who teach adults to read, write, speak and understand English. Tutors help students work toward goals such as securing employment, reading to their children, enrolling in


GED classes and passing the U.S. citizenship test. No prior teaching experience is necessary, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent, possess excellent oral and written English skills, and demonstrate the potential, with some training, to tutor adult learners. Training will begin the week of Jan. 19. LVGW, a United Way Agency, serves Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Middlebur y, Naugatuck, Oakville/Watertown, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Terryville, Thomaston, Waterbury, Wolcott and Woodbury. For more information or to register for the orientation, call Vanessa Vowe at


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203-754-1164 or email lvgw-pro- follow the discussion. Copies of the book are available at the Middlebury Public Library. Genealogy club meeting A PBS documentary based on The Naugatuck Valley Gene- “The Botany of Desire” that alogy Club will meet Saturday, brings the book to life also is Jan. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mid- available on request. To register dlebury Public Library at 30 Crest for the discussion and luncheon, Road in Middlebury. Following call Mary Anne McCormack at a brief business meeting, the club 203-758-2332 by Friday, Jan. 10. will hold a member show and tell. To learn more about the club, Bring a family heirloom or some- visit www.middleburygardenthing of genealogical interest to share. The public is invited and Death Café admission is free. For more information, visit www.naugatuckA Death Café will be offered or call Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Dick Kreitner at 203-881-8181. The Watermark at 611 East Hill Road in Southbury. Because that French “Festival of is a new location, the topic will flow from the participants. The Kings” day The Alliance Française of coordinator/facilitator will be Northwestern Connecticut will Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz, the chaphost a “Festival of Kings” (“Fête lain for Brownstein Jewish Family des Rois”) Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1 Service. Many people seek a safe, nurp.m. at the Woodbury Library at turing place and community in 269 Main St. South in Woodbury. which to discuss their interest and The “Fête des Rois” celebrates concerns surrounding death. the arrival of the three kings in Death Café does not promote any Bethlehem. religion, value system or product. In addition, Renée David, who This is not a bereavement group, lived in the Orient for many and it is free to participants. A years, will present a travelogue facilitator will ensure it is a safe about her recent trip to the former French colonies of Cambo- environment. Light refreshments will be served. dia, Laos and Myanmar. In her work, Rabbi Bogatz has Admission is free and open to discovered that people often arthe public; fluency in French is rive at death’s door without bennot required. A traditional “galefit of having considered it in life, ette” (cake) will be served, and talked about it with family, or a king and queen chosen. Resformulated a “wish list.” The ervations are essential to order enough cakes to accommodate Death Café is presented as an attendees. For reservations and open, respectful and confidential information, call 203-263-4096, space free of discrimination visit or email where people can express their views and questions safely. There is no charge for this program. It is open to all adults, but Garden club to host seating is very limited and parbook discussion, ticipants must preregister. To luncheon make a reservation, contact Rabbi The Middlebury Garden Club Bogatz at 203-267-3177, ext. 334. will host a book discussion on Sunday knitting author Michael Pollan’s book, “The Botany of Desire: A Plant’ssessions Eye View of the World,” Tuesday, Flanders Nature Center & Land Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Middle- Trust will hold a series of Sunday bury Public Library at 30 Crest afternoon knitting “workshops” Road. A potluck luncheon will starting Sunday, Jan. 19, from 2

to 4 p.m. at The Studio at 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury. All levels of knitters are invited and are welcome to bring a project, enjoy each other’s company, and share ideas and experiences. For those new to knitting, information and instruction will be offered to get them started on this rewarding and creative hobby. Future knitting gatherings will be held at the same time the third Sunday of each month through April. Dates are Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20. Tea and cookies will be served. A donation to Flanders of $5 a person for each session would be welcome. To reserve a place in the Jan. 19 group, call 203-263-3711, ext 10.

Quilts That Care Quilts that Care, an organization that makes quilts for people who undergo cancer treatment, will meet Monday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center at 1075 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100-percent cotton fabric, quilting materials and gallon Ziploc bags are being accepted. Volunteers are welcome. For information, call Deb at 860-9450184 or email QuiltsThatCare.

Health care enrollment assistance The Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut will host an enrollment assistance day for the public for the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, Jan. 22, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. Chelley Pierre, a licensed assister with StayWell Health Center, will help clients, by appointment only, navigate the ACA qualification and enrollment process. All client information remains confidential, and enrollment data are entered using a state-issued, authorized computer. All insurance options, available subsidies and resources available to HUSKY and Medicaid-eligible clients will be presented.

The Affordable Care Act does not impact seniors enrolled in Medicare. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Pierre, the outreach and enrollment specialist, at 203-756-8021, ext. 3550.

Visit Sacred Heart Academy Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades nine to 12, invites prospective students and their parents to its “Visit Sacred Heart and Enjoy Coffee with the President” event Monday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m at the academy at 265 Benham St. in Hamden. The event is part of “Welcome Week” – an initiative of the Archdiocese of Hartford when Catholic schools across the state will open their doors and create opportunities for prospective families to visit. All are welcome to attend. It is not necessary to call in advance. Tours of the school will be offered by Sacred Heart students. For more information or to learn about the admissions process, contact Elaine Lamboley, director of admission, at 203-288-2309, ext. 307, or visit Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, successfully prepares young women in grades nine to 12 for learning, service and achievement in a global society.

Easter Seals volleyball benefit A single-day indoor volleyball tournament for all skill levels will be held Saturday, March 1, at the Connecticut Sports Center in Woodbridge, Conn., to benefit Easter Seals. The entry fee is $250 per team. Save $50 with paid registration by Feb. 11. For information or to register, contact Carolee Kalita at 203-754-5141, ext. 243, or Mike Shirling at 203-385-7306.

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Flanders offers kids’ programs, maple sugaring Flanders Nature Center in Woodbury is looking for volunteers to help with its maple sugar season, which is about to get under way. It also offers weekly programs for preschoolers and will have two “Day Off From School” workshops for kids on the Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Maple sugaring Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition, will start soon! Each year Flanders taps and collects sap from dozens of trees, both at the nature center and around Woodbury, and they invite anyone with an interest in maple sugaring with them this year to help out. The volunteer information meeting was last night. Those who did not attend but are interested in volunteering during the season can call the center, and their interests will be matched to volunteer opportunities. Tree-tapping day, weather permitting, is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18. No experience is needed, and all ages and families are welcome to come help out and be part of it. Please meet at the Flanders Sugar House that day at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tapping the trees is just the start of the busy maple season for Flanders! Volunteers also are needed to collect sap and help

out at maple-sugaring activities like syrup-making demonstrations and a pancake breakfast where Flanders syrup will be served. Preschool programs Keeping the youngest members of the family in mind, Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust offers a trio of preschool programs for kids ages 3 to 5, along with its full slate of adult and after-school programming. Designed specifically to meet the developmental needs of this age group, the mission of these preschool offerings is to inspire a lifelong love and appreciation of nature and the environment while having fun. Guided and nurtured by a caring staff of environmental educators, kids explore the many diverse habitats that make up the nature center or interpret nature in art, learning more about the natural world they live in through age-appropriate activities and hands-on experiences. Adults are asked to stay with their child for the Flanders story time program that is held Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Covering a different nature topic weekly, this is free for Flanders members and $5 for non members. Parents have the option of dropping their child off for the other two programs, “Outdoor

Boys feed lambs at Flanders Nature Center. Flanders offers nature programs for preschoolers and youth. 

Rangers” and “Be Smart with Art,” which have morning and afternoon sessions available. All the programs are held in the inviting, engaging environment of the Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary Trail House on Church Hill Road in Woodbury and run through June. “Outdoor Rangers” is offered Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. Children explore the forest, fields and ponds at Flanders’ 200-acre campus, building their physical strength and nurturing their environmental concern. Stories, crafts, games, music and a time to snack round out this program. “Be Smart With Art” is offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 pm. In this program, young artists This old Flanders Nature Center sugar house was replaced with discover the joy of painting and a newer structure in 2002. The new sugar house awaits this connect science, nature and art year’s buckets of sap that will be turned into maple syrup during while creating their own “masFlanders’ annual syrup-making. terpieces.”

Program fees per class are $20 for Flanders members and $27 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call 203-2633711, ext. 10, or email flanders@ Day off from school workshops Monday, Jan. 20, while off from school for the Martin Luther King Jr. day holiday, area kids in grades kindergarten through five are invited to come to Flanders to experience “Wonderful Wildlife” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and spend the day discovering the many ways animals adapt to winter. They will be taking a hike to find tracks to see who is active in the snow and learning about feeding birds in the winter. This will be a fun-filled day packed with exploring the great outdoors, and age-appropriate stories, games and crafts.

Region 14 students who also are off Friday, Jan. 17, for the holiday get two chances to spend the day at Flanders because that day an additional winter-themed workshop will be held for kids of that school region. Parents are asked to have their children dress for the weather and bring a bag lunch. Preregistration is required. The cost per child per workshop is $30 for Flanders members and $35 for non members. To register, call Flanders at 203263-3711, ext. 10. Information on all adult and children’s programming, special events and mem-

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berships can be found at www. Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental education and on the acquisition, conservation, and stewardship of open space. Flanders works actively to protect important natural sites and the area’s landscape character and quality of life. Trails at its major nature preserves are open to the public at no charge from dawn to dusk. Flanders’ Welcome Center is at the corner of Church Hill and Flanders Roads in Woodbury.

Obituaries Evelyn A. Glezunas Beloved wife, mother and friend

Evelyn A. (Huth) Gelezunas, 87, of Middlebury passed away Monday evening, Dec. 30, 2013, at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness. She spent her final hours on earth surrounded by the love of her daughters, extended family, and friends. Truly a member of “The Greatest Generation,” Evelyn was born Aug. 22, 1926, in Bancroft, Wis., the eldest daughter of the late Joseph and Elsie (Schraeder) Huth. She grew up in Neenah, Wis., and graduated from Neenah High School, Class of 1944, with her baccalaureate ceremony taking place on D-Day. After moving to Chicago for work, Evelyn met her husband of 58 years, Clement J. Gelezunas, a Union City native who was studying art in Chicago after his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II. They married Jan. 6, 1949, at St. Mary’s in Union City and remained devoted to each other until Clement’s passing in September 2006. Evelyn worked in the office of Wheeler Electronics, later Sperry, in Waterbury for many years, then as

bookkeeper for T. M Barnes & Son, her husband’s chain-link fence company in Bridgeport, as well as for local businesses. Her financial acumen was legendary; she also served as expert financial adviser and tax preparer for grateful clients. A woman of great intelligence, compassion, dignity, propriety, grace, wisdom and good humor, Evelyn wrote witty and memorable letters treasured by their recipients. Always well-read, she kept informed in literature, current events, history, the arts, poetry, nature and many other areas; her lifelong love of learning, especially her daily appreciation for the Waterbury Republican-American and the Boston Globe, held true until her final days and served as an inspiration to her family and friends. Personable and friendly, she was known and loved by many in area libraries and businesses. She loved to travel and enjoyed many day trips with her daughters to museums and historical sites such as the mansions of the Hudson River Valley. Her love of beauty was evident in her stylish mode of dress and her love of life in her appreciation of simple pleasures such as a cup of coffee, a good book, her flower garden and the birds at her feeder.

Her proudest achievement was mothering her three beloved daughters: Mary-Clement (life partner Kai Price) of Monson, Mass., and identical twins Bonnie (husband Dr. Nicholas) Boccarossa of Norwalk and Linda (husband Vincas) Liaukus of West Milford, N.J. With characteristic enthusiasm, she embraced her role as grandmother to Emily, Joseph, and Mark Boccarossa and Linna Liaukus. She also leaves her sister, Phyllis G. Huth, and two brothers, William J. and Gerald R. Huth, all of Neenah, Wisc.; her two sisters-in-law, Albina Hunter and Jean Gelezunas, both of California; as well as five nieces and two nephews; her cousins Helen Denver of Naugatuck, Carol Usher of Guilford, Diane Hallstrom of Nevis and Jeanne Walshon of Skokie, Ill., as well as her dear friend and housekeeper Barbara Quadrato of Bethlehem, neighbors Greg and Maryann Barnes, and numerous other cousins and friends. Evelyn loved us all deeply and will be deeply missed. Evelyn’s family would like to thank Dr. Savarese and Dr. Kelly and the caring and compassionate staff at Waterbury Hospital and VITAS. A memorial service was held Sat-

urday, Jan. 4, at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home in Naugatuck. Burial followed in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck. Memorial contributions can be sent to Michael Mucciacciaro, Treasurer, Greater Waterbury Campership Fund, c/o Republican-American, P.O. Box 2090, Waterbury, CT, 06722. To send an online condolence, visit

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Panthers tested by Masuk, remain unbeaten The Pomperaug boys’ basketball team matched last year’s season win total as they entered just the third week of the season by racking up their sixth win Tuesday to remain undefeated in a rough-and-tumble 57-47 victory over Masuk. The Panthers came into the contest averaging 66.5 points per game, but were stymied by the in-your-face defense employed by Masuk as Pomperaug clung to a 24-22 lead at the half. With the win streak in jeopardy, the Panthers hit the floor running in the third period and were able to gain a little breathing room as they outscored Masuk 19-9. That was the difference in the game as Pomperaug improved to 6-0 on the season and now is just two wins away from qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in three seasons. Lucien Fortier led the Panthers with a double-double, scoring 19 points and hauling away 16 rebounds to go with four blocks and four assists. Pomperaug used a balanced attack, with Cooper Mooney throwing down 14 points and dishing out four assists and Sam Rubinstein adding 14 points to the Panthers arsenal. “We knew the kind of defense that Masuk plays and worked on it in practice to try and draw them away from the basket,” said Pomperaug head coach Dave Yachtis. “We wanted to use their aggressiveness against them and worked a few back-door plays in the second half. That allowed us to pull away, and our defense is our biggest strength that will keep us in every game.” Pomperaug came out with a hot shooting hand in spite of the sub-zero temperatures outside with Mooney and Fortier knocking down three-pointers. Rich Pugliese dished off an assist to Alec Nord down on the baseline for a bucket as the Panthers quickly went out in front by a 102 margin with 2:19 remaining in the opening period. Masuk began attacking the basket with David Clarke (10

points) taking possessions down the lane as they tried to get back in the game. Bryan Acevedo (12 points) began to hit shots out on the perimeter, and Cameron Kovachik (13 points) established himself in the paint. Fortier took a pass from Grant Wallace, stopping at the top of the key to net a three-pointer and give the Panthers a 14-10 advantage heading into the second period. “We came in here fully prepared at what we had to do against Pomperaug,” said Masuk head coach Tom Zultowski. “It all comes down to execution, and we missed a few layups early on and fell behind.” Masuk cut the deficit to a point on two occasions in the second period only to have Rubinstein convert a pair of baskets to keep Pomperaug out in front. Just before the end of the first half, Masuk forced a turnover, and Acevedo nailed a three-pointer to close the gap as the Panthers clung to a 24-22 lead at the break. Pomperaug needed to accomplish two things in the second half to come out with the victory: take better care of the ball as they turned it over 10 times in the first half and find a way to generate a consistent offense. The Panthers found some answers as they had just one turnover in the third period and went on an 8-2 run to gain a little breathing room. Ryan Johannes (five points and eight rebounds) hit a turn-around jumper and then converted a put-back to open up a 32-24 advantage with 5:15 to go in the third period. Tyler Harrington (four steals, three assists) harassed Acevedo, taking away one of the weapons for Masuk. Fortier moved over to defend Clarke and the open-lane possessions from the first half were no longer present. A couple of Mooney threepointers completed the damage as Pomperaug outscored Masuk by a wide 19-9 margin to open up a 43-31 lead heading into the final period. “We talked at halftime about spreading the floor and finding our big guys in the lane,” said Yachtis. “We were able to execute

Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Jan. 10 to Jan. 18, 2014 Boys’ Basketball

Friday, Jan. 10...................... Oxford (A).............................................. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14................... Kolbe Cathedral (H)............................... 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17...................... Bunnell (A)............................................ 7 p.m.

Girls’ Basketball

Friday, Jan. 10...................... Oxford (H)............................................. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14................... Kolbe Cathedral (A)............................... 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17...................... Bunnell (H)............................................ 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18................. Newtown (A).......................................... 7 p.m.

Ice Hockey

Saturday, Jan. 11................. New Milford (H)................................ 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.............. Masuk (A)............................................. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18................. Milford Coop (A).................................... 1 p.m.

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Battle in the paint as Panthers’ No. 20, Lucien Fortier, outleaps Masuk for the rebound with No. 25, Alec Nord, providing weak side help. (Ken Morse photos) a couple of back-door plays on them, and our defense stepped it up to keep Masuk out of the paint.” Pomperaug was just 6 of 17 from the free-throw line but converted enough down the stretch to keep Masuk at bay and pull out the 57-47 win. “The guys came into the season with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder,” said Yachtis. “Now that we are 6-0, the target on our back is getting a little bigger with each game. But if we play to our strength, which is our defense, we will find a way to score as we did in the third period.” Pomperaug will put their undefeated streak on the line Friday when they travel to Oxford to take on the Wolverines at 7 p.m. The Panthers will be back home Tuesday, Jan. 14, for a 7 p.m. match-up with Kolbe Cathedral. Pomperaug No. 12, Cooper Mooney, breaks the Masuk press while No. 20, Lucien Fortier, sets the pick.

A tender new year tribute This column is dedicated to my daughter, who survived 21 days in the Panama jungle naked, afraid, starved, dehydrated, hurt and humbled. She lives to tell her side of the story courtesy of the Discovery Channel – high-end reality TV at its best. She’s very young, full of self-confidence and passion to live her life on purpose her way. She auditioned and was chosen to appear with a special operations trainer, a survival educator and a biologist/expert fisherman. Who knew this young woman from a small rural New England town would step hugely outside her comfort zone in a crazy way on international TV, with no escape from life lessons on a massive scale?

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What are you willing to do for your dreams? How much could you endure to live fully alive outside of the box, reaching, stretching ever higher to accomplish the seemingly impossible? This weeks’ nuggets for life honor the high qualities of grace and grit to live excitedly and harmoniously from a deep connection to your soul’s greatest desires. Like my daughter who rises to the occasions of her own greatness, and who is willing to bend to the dark nights of her soul for self-actualization, let both success and failure fall away knowing this secret. The secret that it is all impermanent. As another moment appears, to do more, or less. To be more, or less. And so it is to be human.

temperature, often develop shaking chills and suffer flank pain. This is the kind of urinary tract infection your mother recently had. The booklet on urinary tract infections provides the details of these illnesses, which are more common in women than men. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue – No. 1204W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. 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: Just below my armpit I have a small, red bump. It’s not tender, even if I push on it. I know it’s been there for many years, but I can’t tell you how many, maybe forever. What could it be? – D.A. ANSWER: This is a guess, only a guess. Because of the location, the lack of symptoms and the long time it’s been there, I’d say

it’s an extra nipple. About 1 percent of the population has one or more extra nipples. Since it’s been there for so long and hasn’t caused any trouble, you don’t have to rush to a doctor. Mention it the next time you see one. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I love sweets. I also have diabetes. Can I use honey as a natural sweetener? – L.V. ANSWER: Sugar is a natural product, too. You have to use honey as you would sugar. One teaspoon of sugar has 16 calories, and one teaspoon of honey, 21. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I take flaxseed each morning with my breakfast. It works wonders for me after having constipation for many years. My question is, will the residue of flaxseed settle in my colon and cause a greater chance of diverticulitis or some other type of stomach disorder? – P.N. ANSWER: Flaxseed keeps you from constipation. That reduces the risk of diverticulitis greatly. It isn’t linked to any digestive tract disorder. Stick with it. 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

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1. The Marlins’ Juan Pierre, in 2013, became the seventh player to have 600 or more career steals and more steals than walks. Name three of the other six. 2. Which of the following pitchers had more 20-win seasons for the Minnesota Twins: Bert Blyleven, Jim Perry, Johan Santana or Frank Viola? 3. When was the last time before the 2012 season Stanford’s football team won a Rose Bowl? 4. Who was the last Portland Trail Blazers player before guard Damian Lillard (201213) to have at least 1,500 points and 500 assists in a season? 5. How many consecutive playoff series did the New York Islanders win starting in 1980? 6. In 2013, Matthew Centrowitz became the second U.S. male to win two World Championship medals in track and field’s 1,500 meters. Who was the first? 7. In 2013, Jason Dufner tied a record at the PGA Championship by shooting a round of 63. How many others have shot a round of 63 at the PGA Championship?

Answers 1. Lou Brock, Bert Campaneris, Vince Coleman, Arlie Latham, Otis Nixon and Willie Wilson. 2. Jim Perry, who did it twice. All the others did it once for the Twins. 3. It was the 1971 season. 4. Clyde Drexler, in the 1991-92 season. 5. Nineteen. 6. Bernard Lagat. 7. Eleven others.


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Icy tips for a frozen land

I’m new to the Northeast, and a neighbor told me ice is a bigger problem in our area than snow. What is the best way to deal with icy walkways? Salt, kitty litter or something else? – Shivering Southerner


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Dealing with slippery Payments may be made by cash, check or money order. sidewalks and icy providing continued traction. Credit card payments may be made online at or call 1-800-272-9829. For telephone payments Another negative point for salt buildup varies dependuse Jurisdiction Code 1763. A 3% fee is charged to the taxpayer ing on a number of factors, such is its impact on the environment. for this service. as the outside air temperature, Salt can burn vegetation along-

Return one copy of the bill with payment. If a receipt is re- the thickness of the ice, the side your walkways, so use it quired return all copies plus a self-addressed stamped enve- chance of additional ice buildup sparingly. lope. The tax office is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 5 pm except and more. For temperatures below 15 F, for legal holidays. Please call 203 758-1373 with any questions. Salt is used to melt icy patches, you’ll need to use ice melt, avail-

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LEGAL NOTICE MIDDLEBURY PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING The Middlebury Planning & Zoning Commission hereby gives notice that at the regular meeting held on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., at the Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT the following decision was made: David & Heather Messina/6 West Lake Road-Application for new construction subject to new Regulations Section 25-Application was approved Dated this 6th day of January 2014 Terry Smith, Chairman

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works within a temperature range of 15 to 32 degrees F; below that, the ice doesn’t melt much. You’ll see it more often used as part of a salt-sand mixture when temperatures are within its effective range. The sand provides traction on the icy patch and, when the ice refreezes at night when temperatures drop, the sand often freezes into the patch,

Again, use only the amount needed to clear ice from your walkway, as the ingredients in the most effective ice melts can be dangerous to pets and small animals if ingested. Ice buildup is another issue for homeowners in the Northeast, particularly along gutters. Check your home’s gutters frequently (at least once a week if

If constant ice buildup on outdoor steps is a problem, work with it by laying a strip of burlap across each stair tread and wetting each strip slightly. The burlap will freeze to the step, creating temporary traction.

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Parks and Recreation Director Betty Proulx said her department will focus on finishing the new Mary I. Johnson Park on Maple Drive, where the multipurpose field and parking area haven’t yet been finished. She also will focus on fundraising for the artificial turf project at Meadowview Park. She said new programming will include a collaboration with Girls Inc. to start Friday night programming for girls in grades five through eight. Activities will be offered every other Friday starting at the end of January for an eight-week period. If the program is well-received, it will become a weekly program. Proulx said she also is working on a possible new summer program, but she wouldn’t say what it is. “Watch for details,” she said. Senior and Social Services Director JoAnn Cappelletti said a 60-inch flat screen TV is ready to install in the dining area at Shepardson Community Center. She said the TV, funded by a grant from the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, will be used for educational and recreational programs.

The center also expects its new minibus will be delivered by the end of January. Cappelletti said half of the $60,000 cost of the van was paid by the Connecticut Department of Transportation; the town will pay the other half. How much longer lunches will be served at the center is up in the air this year. So few participate in the reduced-cost lunches that the program may end up being dropped in 2014. Meals on Wheels, however, will continue to serve homebound clients. Cappelletti said a new medical card for prescription coverage will be mailed to all households in Middlebury. She learned about this service when it was offered in another town and signed Middlebury up for it. She said the food bank usage continues to increase, and she is grateful to all the residents and town organizations who help keep the food bank stocked and donate grocery store gift certificates. The senior center garden will be planted again this spring, and excess produce from it will be available for purchase.

Continued from page 1 And he will continue to work with the parks and recreation department on two projects: installation of artificial turf at Meadowview Park and installation of lights along the Greenway between Steinmann Road and Chase Road. The lights, Barra said, will be paid for out of the Greenway Trust Fund. Finally, he’d like to see an elderly tax credit in place. He said he wants to work with the Board of Finance to get some type of resolution on an elderly tax credit program, which a committee has been working on for a number of years. Selectman Elaine Strobel said she is focused on two things. One is bringing more industries to town. The other is to get Bristol Park and the business district along Route 64 looking more like a typical New England town. “As you drive into town coming off the highway, that is the first you see of our town, so it should be spruced up,” she said.

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The Clockwork Repertory Theatre will have its third open auditions of the current theater season, this time for “Four Weddings and an Elvis” by Nancy Frick directed by Bill Wilson, Saturday, Jan. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at the theater at 133 Main St. in Oakville. The play is about the owner of a Las Vegas wedding chapel and four weddings held there. One involves a couple who really don’t want to be there, another is a pair of ex-actors infatuated with themselves, a third is a couple getting married right out of prison and the fourth is an unexpected wedding where Elvis himself shows up! Or at least, someone tries to make him show up. Or something like that. Anyway, confusion reigns, anger flares, and sentiments turn sour and sweet, all at the same time. And oh yes, there is a nerd, an impersonator and one very, very tough broad! The director will be looking for the following characters, four women and six men.

Sandy – wedding chapel owner, 35-50s, crusty on the outside, heart of gold on the inside, been burned by her ex (divorced and remarried on four occasions), but deep down is still a believer. Bev – angry bride, 30-40s, exhubby is marrying Stan’s ex-wife, thinks she’s head-over-heels for Stan. Stan – angry groom, 30-40s, exwife is marrying Bev’s ex-hubby, still has a hang-up about his ex (please note the actor cast as Stan may play a dual role). John – Elvis minister, friend of Sandy’s, 35-50s, should be familiar with a few popular songs by Elvis. Vanessa – marrying Bryce, aging bride, 40s-60s, former starlet, quite narcissistic, very rapid, sharp and witty, doesn’t miss a beat. Bryce - marrying Vanessa, aging groom, 40s-60s, former star, quite narcissistic, flamboyant, very enthusiastic, loves hearing his own name (often). Lou – aging minister, 55-70s, needs a job, very bad Elvis impersonator, punctures Vanessa’s and

Bryce’s windbag personalities. Fiona – marrying Marvin, tough broad, 25-30s, has been around the block, ex-girlfriend of Fist, just got out of prison, trying very hard to change her life, a real softy inside despite her past. Marvin – marrying Fiona, older, around 50-60s, classic nerd, has a lot of useless knowledge about trivial stuff, has fallen head-overheels for Fiona. Fist - very, very tough dude, 30s, quite imposing, a convict but has broken out of prison, ex-boyfriend of Fiona, still holds a torch for her. Producer – very small role, may be played by actor cast as Stan. Age may not be as important as how people “pair” with each other, so plan on coming and giving your best audition reading with the other actors present. All actors cast are paid a fee to assist with expenses. For more information, call the director, Bill Wilson, at 860-2747247. The snow date will be Saturday, Jan. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

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Energy-efficient solutions for your home (Family Features) For many people, a trip down the lighting aisle can be an overwhelming experience, especially when considering the many energy-efficient lighting options available. Whether looking at light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs or compact fluorescent technology (CFL) bulbs, there are some factors you should think about before making a purchase. Recent studies have found that most homeowners aren’t ready to make the leap to newer energy-efficient lighting solutions, such as LED and CFL. But those who are making the switch from incandescent bulbs to GE Energy-Efficient Soft White bulbs are doing so at a rate of two-to-one, compared to CFL bulbs. “We understand that consumers are overwhelmed by all of the changes in the lighting aisle, and whatever their lighting preference, we have reliable lighting options for them,” said John Strainic, general manager, consumer lighting, for GE in North America. “For consumers who still want an incandescent-like bulb, our incandescent isn’t

gone; it’s more energy efficient. Our Energy-Efficient Soft White bulb provides a warm, cozy light and dimming capabilities, but saves energy and meets federal brightness requirements.” Small upgrades equal big savings According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting consumes up to 17 percent of a home’s overall energy usage. With an annual energy savings of $2.05 per bulb, a household that replaces forty 60-watt incandescent bulbs with 43-watt Energy-Efficient Soft White bulbs could save more than $80 a year based on 3 hours use per day and an 11c/kWh electricity rate. For more information, visit www.gelighting. com/EESW. “Our newer lighting technologies, such as GE’s Energy-Efficient Soft White bulbs, are specially engineered to provide the light consumers love the same way it was delivered more than a century ago,” said Strainic. “But today we can meet federal brightness requirements without as much wasted energy.”

Other energy-saving options One popular option in energy-efficient lighting is the LED bulb. Though the price for this option can be higher than others, experts believe that prices should decrease as LED technology evolves, allowing for a broader mass-market appeal. Another more energy-efficient lighting option is CFL bulb technology, which has been in the market now for more than 30 years and has greatly improved to mirror the performance of a traditional incandescent light. Because new energy-efficiency standards were put in place Jan. 1, 2014, consumers now may choose among these more energy-efficient lighting options, including Energy-Efficient Soft White, or halogen technology, CFL or LED bulbs. Consumers still will be able to find a limited supply of incandescent bulbs at some retailers until inventory is gone. For those wishing to save money on energy bills, having an understanding of the different energy-efficient lighting options available can help them make an informed purchasing decision.

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.

Cats’ bad habits are hard to break DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My boyfriend regularly allowed my cat to jump onto the table during dinner and would feed Baxter right from his plate. We’re no longer a couple, but Baxter is still with me, and he insists on jumping onto the table and begging for food. How can I break him of this habit? -- Janine in Reno, Nev. DEAR JANINE: It can be tough to break a bad habit in a cat, especially one that was allowed to persist for so long. You may never be able to completely train Baxter to stay off the table or to not

beg for food, but you can discourage such behavior. Don’t feel guilty about doing it, either. Baxter likely will yowl pitifully at you as you eat dinner without him. But don’t allow him on the table at all.

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How do you do that? Easy. When Baxter moves to jump onto the table, either hiss at him or shake something at him that will frighten him slightly. Many owners use a can of pennies, which rattles loudly when shaken. Others simply wave a rolled-up newspaper at their cat, and that’s enough to make their pet stop the aberrant behavior. Repeat this hiss or penny-can shake every time he tries to climb onto the table. And, whenever Baxter stays down through the whole meal, or immediately after you finish eating, shower him with praise. To make this even easier, try feeding Baxter shortly before your dinnertime. If you’re unable to do that, insist that he stay off the table and doesn’t get away with that behavior either with you or with guests. 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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Control clutter with drop zones (Family Features) After returning home from a long day at work, a weekend soccer tournament or an all-day shopping excursion, it’s natural to want to drop everything and relax. However, literally dropping everything can cause a tremendous amount of clutter in the home, leading to stress, misplaced items and wasted time. To eliminate the clutter that busy lifestyles create, try establishing designated drop zones throughout your house to regain a sense of order. Don’t worry, you can still drop everything and relax when you come home – just drop everything in the right spot. Entryway As the first and last access point of your home, a lot of activity occurs here. Coats, scarves, hats and bags are dropped everywhere, while dirty shoes are kicked off and left behind. Basically, the entrance to your home can become a minefield.

To control unruly entryway clutter, try creating a drop zone near the door. The addition of a coat rack or hooks make it easy to hang up outerwear, while a storage bench, like ClosetMaid’s 3-Cube Bench, is a convenient place to take off shoes and neatly stow them away. Kitchen Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, many family members congregate here. Establish a corner of the kitchen counter to drop lunch boxes, bottles and coffee mugs used throughout the day. To prevent a pile-up of papers and misplaced items, set up a command center with enough space to file mail and bills and store your keys and other small essentials. Living Room Don’t let relaxation be delayed because of disorganization. Depending on the size of your living room and how you use the space, you may need to establish several

drop zones. For example, a coffee table tray or basket is ideal for storing remotes and chargers. Add storage cubes with bins as a convenient place to store and hide laptop cords, tablets, gaming equipment and children’s toys. Consider labeling a bin for each family member to “drop” or stow their stuff. Bedroom To clear clothing clutter, use a valet rod to hang up tomorrow’s outfit or clothes that need to be taken to the tailor or dry cleaner. Additionally, try designating a dresser drawer as a drop zone for jewelry, watches, your wallet or other valuables. Make it a habit to use your strategically placed drop zones, and your house will be organized and clutter free in no time. For more information on how to organize your home, visit www., or call 800874-0008.

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