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Tax Incentive vote Monday By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Middlebury voters will consider the town’s first business tax incentive application at a town meeting Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center in Room 26. The question will be, “Shall the Town of Middlebury accept the Tax Incentive Application of Winchester Electronics?” The application filed by Winchester Electronics of Wallingford was approved by the Economic and Industrial Development Commission (EIDC), which created the program, and then by Middlebury’s Board of Selectmen. The final step in granting the tax incentive to the company is approval by voters at a town meeting. EIDC co-chair Michael Kenausis said Tuesday he will make a presentation to those attending the town meeting explaining the program and the application to be voted on. He said the tax incentive policy adopted by the town is on the town’s website, www.middlebury-ct.org. On the home page, click on “Economic Development” just above “Contact Us” on the left side of the screen to go to a window that has links to both the policy and the application form used to apply for the tax incentive. Kenausis said Winchester Electronics will bring 55 employees to its new location at 199 Park Road in Middlebury, where the company will be leasing 25,000 square feet for product manufacturing and research and development. Although this application is for a company relocating to Middlebury, Kenausis said, “The key thing is it’s not just for new businesses; it’s also for existing businesses that decide to expand.” Companies meeting the requirements of the tax incentive policy can qualify for a decrease in their taxes over three to five
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years depending on the assessed value of the business property involved. In each of three categories, tax breaks start at 35 percent of the tax due during the first year and decrease over subsequent years. Asked how much of a tax break Winchester Electronics will get if its application is approved, Middlebury Tax Assessor Daniel Kenny said he could not give actual numbers until the company has relocated here and filed a property declaration with his office. Based on the company’s Wallingford assessment of $917,300, Kenny said the company would qualify for tax incentives over a four-year period. The incentive would be 35 percent the first year, 30 percent the second year, 25 percent the third year and 20 percent the fourth year. Kenny said the first year is determined by the company being on the grand list as of Oct. 1, and the company will miss that date this year. That means year one of its tax breaks will be determined as of Oct. 1, 2013. The tax payment would then be due July 1, 2014. Kenny said using the $917,300 as the basis for calculations does not take into account increases or decreases in inventory over the life of the tax incentive. Also, the 28.07 mil rate used in his calculations is this year’s mil rate; mil rates usually change every year. Given those caveats, Kenny calculated the following taxes: The first year, with no tax break, taxes would be $25,750, The next year, year one of the program, taxes would drop to $16,700. In the second year of the program, taxes would be $18,000. In the third year, taxes would be $19,300, and in the fourth and final year, taxes would be $20,600. Over the four-year tax incentive program, Winchester Electronics would save $28,400 in taxes.
Fenn Farm’s Rob Fenn, in black tee shirt, leads a tour of the farm Saturday during the annual Fenn’s Farm Open House in Middlebury. In addition to the tour, visitors were treated to hot dogs, doughnuts, apple cider and free pumpkins for the children. (Marjorie Needham photo)
EIDC prepares for tax incentive vote By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Economic and Industrial Development Commission (EIDC), at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25, demonstrated commercial property listings on the town website, prepared for the first tax incentive vote, discussed progress on the Oxford Airport Enterprise Zone, assigned tasks for the Commercial Development Guidebook and amended sections of the tax incentive policy. Co-chairman Michael Kenausis started the meeting by showing listings of commercial properties on the town website. The listings come from a link from the Economic Development portion of the town website to the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) ctsitefinder.com website
and describe commercial land and buildings available in Middlebury. The $550 per year link was funded from the EIDC budget. Co-chairman Gerry Matthews said commercial brokers pay to be listed on the nonprofit CERC website, while property owners are listed for free. Commissioner Armando Paolino said additional links would be added to assist businesses in finding state programs for loans, job training and tax credits. Kenausis asked commissioners to attend the Oct. 1 town meeting at Shepardson Community Center where a tax incentive for Winchester Electronics would be voted. He said First Selectman Edward B. St. John would moderate the meeting, and Kenausis would explain the details of the package and answer questions, which he said would
be helpful to other businesses interested in understanding the program. The Oxford Airport State Enterprise Zone was the subject of a conference call between St. John and the First Selectmen of Southbury and Oxford. Matthews said State Senator Rob Kane organized the call to discuss progress and help the three towns work together on a common message to promote the zone and its business incentives. Paolino said the incentives include an 80-percent tax abatement on equipment and a sliding scale abatement on property and buildings plus job training and tax credit programs. These are all funded by the state at no cost to the towns. Matthews noted businesses could opt for either the
– See EIDC on page 4
BoE approves Spectrum as social services provider By KATHLEEN RIEDEL During the Region 15 Board of Education (BoE) meeting Monday night, Pomperaug High School student representatives reported, Superintendent Dr. Frank Sippy presented Heather Murphy as Teacher of the Year, principals introduced new staff members and Assistant Superintendent Kelly Lyman gave a presentation on Connecticut’s New Accountability System. The Finance, Policy and Curriculum, PTO and Wellness Committees also reported on their activities. During designated citizen comments preceding the BoE vote on a new social services vendor for the region, Noel Federle, the representative for Behavioral Health Center for Counseling and Learning, one of four social services vendors competing to provide those services during the 2012-2013 school year, spoke about the frustrations the company experienced during the bid process. As a member of an agency with 10 licensed clinicians with 179 years collective experience, licensed social work-
ers, drug and alcohol counselors, family therapists and professional counselors, Federle said she was offended by board member Joseph Rock’s comments in an article in the Waterbury paper earlier this month. The article said Rock described Spectrum, the vendor that was appointed Monday night, as “the best fit” for Region 15 and said, “Their qualifications are far and above everyone else’s.” Federle said she felt the board’s basis for comparison among agencies was unclear. She said in her interview she asked what quality assurance policies and procedures were in place to monitor services, how well the vendor was meeting contractual obligations and client satisfaction. “The interviewer told me that there were no such policies and procedures. So I’m not sure how the assessment process was done to see if the services YFS (the former provider) were providing were the services you were looking for,” she said Federle also expressed frustration in communicating with the board and
the interview committee, which comprised members of the Finance Committee, the BoE and the administration as well as Middlebury and Southbury representatives and clinical personnel. Federle said in May she repeatedly sought an RFQ (request for quotations) detailing services currently provided by Youth and Family Services (YFS) in order to compile a thorough budget estimate for Region 15. She said on May 17 central office Finance Director Keith McLiverty said, “No RFQ for YFS services has been issued. There is no date expected for issuing any such RFQ. You were misinformed.” Twenty-four days later, Federle said, the RFQ appeared in the Waterbury paper. She also said several telephone calls and emails to the board from Behavioral Health employees requesting a follow-up budget interview were not answered. “Even when I asked at the interview what the number of approvals is that central office gives per month for counseling services, I was told they would have to get back to me on that. Nobody ever got back to me on that. So there was no way to put together a de-
tailed budget for this contract that I am aware of.” She said she felt information was at times withheld or simply ignored. She also noted the lack of a smooth transition for clients, as promised by the BoE, after YFS closed in August. “The paper even suggested a PHS counselors’ meeting to look at sending children to other agencies. There has been no continuity of services at this point,” she said In closing, she suggested the two remaining vendors each be given the opportunity to make a formal presentation to the full board for a more detailed evaluation of services and final approval. When Chairman Janet Butkus opened board discussion of the counseling services issue, McLiverty offered a synopsis of the board’s approach to the interview process. Board members were unclear about the protocol for providing budget and RFQ information. Member Steven Suriani asked if the board was bound by any law or RFQ proceeding to give a specific budget-related interview. McLiverty said, “According to Policy 3250, when it comes to professional and consultative services, bids or quotations
shall not be required. Such services must be performed by the individual who has a proven reputation in the field and require expertise and extensive training and cannot be easily described by specific group specifications in a bid or a quote.” McLiverty held that all data given to the board by YFS was provided in the RFQ. “Recognizing the severity of the issue, we did make it very clear our focus was on clinical service assessment and who do we feel, as an 11-member panel, will provide the best services for our needs,” he said. McLiverty assured the board the interview committee took “great time and pride and diligence in doing this assessment.” Vendors were asked the same 17 questions, and all interviewers were given the same rating sheets. The vote for Spectrum was unanimous. McLiverty also addressed Federle’s RFQ concerns. On May 17, when the RFQ was not available, McLiverty said this was in fact the case. “When it was published in the papers, which is pub-
– See BoE on page 5
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Monday, October 1 Board of Selectmen 6 p.m. .................................................Town Hall Conference Room Greenway Committee 7 p.m............................................................... Shepardson Room 27 Town Meeting 7 p.m............................................................... Shepardson Room 26
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Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 9/17/12 22:20 500 Woodside Heights. Fire alarm activation. Burnt food. 9/22/12 09:19 555 Christian Road. - Fire alarm activation. Burnt food. 9/22/12 11:58 Route 63/Park Road. Motor vehicle accident with injuries. 9/22/12 16:38 Westover School. Fire alarm activation. Burnt food. 9/22/12 17:04 Westover School. Fire alarm activation. Burnt food.
Weekly Programs Monday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Travel DVD on giant screen with surround sound in the Larkin Room – “Lost Kingdoms of Africa Part II: Ethiopia and W. Africa.” Chess with Mike: beginners welcome. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m.: Ask Mike! E-reader and computer questions and instruction. Signup required. 6:30 p.m.: Drop-in knitting with Miss Ann. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m.: Stroll through the stacks with Lesley. Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: Ask Mike! E-reader and computer questions and instruction. Signup required. Friday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Video in the Larkin Room. Martha Stewart’s “Martha’s Halloween Ideas.” Chess with Mike: beginners welcome. 12:30 p.m.: Newest release movie for adults. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the giant screen. If you have any suggestions for movies, let us know.
Naugatuck Meditation Practice The ongoing meditation practice led by Sachin Hazen meets every other Thursday from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the reading room. Meeting dates are Oct. 4, 18, and 25. The program consists of periods of meditation with question and answer time. Please arrive by 5:50 p.m. as the doors will close at 6 p.m.
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The library’s second annual basket bonanza fundraiser drawing will take place Friday, Oct. 12. Tickets are available at the library, and the baskets are on display there. For more information, call 203-729-4591. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit whittemorelibrary.org.
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The Whittemore Book Club will meet Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the main reading room. The October selection is “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.
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Southbury Author Jacqueline Sheehan to speak Best-selling author Jacqueline Sheehan returns to her hometown Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., to read from her new book “Picture This,” a sequel to “Lost & Found,” in the Kingsley meeting room. A book signing will follow, and copies of her book will be
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Junior Friends of the Southbury Library, left to right, front row seated, Natale Papallo, Lexi Montini, Kate McGough, Ashley Winfield, and Erin Farrell; first row standing Aidan Markward, Grant McGough, Teju Calambakkam, Skylar Ahern, Julia Markward, Colin Scherer, Darren McNerney, Kyra McNerney, and Caroline DePalma; second row standing Assistant Head Librarian/Children’s Librarian Joan Stokes, Caitlyn Kaufman, Carly Fernandes, Bryden McGough, Timmy Monahan, and Adrian deCola; and back row standing Teen/Reference Librarian Heather Szaley Aronson, Hunter Stokes, Kenny Bisch, Matt Tarnowski, and Justin Callanan show non-perishable food items they collected recently for the Southbury Food Bank. The friends charged “admission” of one non-perishable food item to people who came to see the new hit movie based on Suzanne Collins’s novel “The Hunger Games.” (Submitted photo) available for purchase from Hickory Stick Bookshop of Washington Depot. The Friends of the Southbury Public Library will provide light refreshments. Registration is required. To register, call the Reference Desk at 203262-0626, ext. 130, or register in person at the Reference Desk. Sheehan, a Ph.D., is a fiction writer and essayist. She teaches writing workshops at Grub Street in Boston and Writers in Progress in Florence, Mass., and also is a psychologist.
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ers compared this “native superstition” to the vampires of European legend. Come learn how residents of Connecticut in the 18th and 19th centuries put the vampire belief into practice! Ringel is a professor emerita of humanities at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., where she teaches honors courses and prepares cadets for prestigious postgraduate fellowships. She is the author of “New England’s Gothic Literature: History and Folklore of the Supernatural” (Edwin Mellen Press, 1995). A native of Norwich, Conn., and a lifelong New Englander, she investigates, writes about and lectures on the darker side of local history. This program is open to those ages 12 or older. Register at the Reference Desk or by calling 203262-0626, ext. 130.
No school? No problem! Youth in grades five to 12 are invited to enjoy Super Smash Brothers action on the big screen Friday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Please note this event will be at the Southbury Park & Rec building at 561 Main St. South. RegistraTango Band to Perform tion required. Call 203-262Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., 0626, ext. 110, to sign up or for InfiniTango, a Connecticut tango more information. band, will bring its music to the Kingsley Room as part of the NaTeen Improv with tional Hispanic Heritage Month Chris Fernandes celebration. InfiniTango’s perGot the acting bug? We’ve got formances combine the essence the cure! Youth in grades five to of Tango Argentino, Nuevo Tango 12 are invited to try out improvi- and International Tango – the sational acting techniques and pulse, the sorrow and its emohave a blast Thursday, Oct. 11, tional intensity together with the from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration re- musicians’ personal expressions. quired. Call 203-262-0626, ext. While evoking an unforgetta110, to sign up or for more infor- ble Argentine sentiment with mation. classics from the “Golden Age,” the band also creates new, innoV is for Vampires vative works with a timeless sense Faye Ringel will present “V is of beauty. InfiniTango plays the for Vampires in New England” music with a deep understanding Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in the of tradition as well as an obsessive Kingsley Room. New Englanders desire to evolve the art form to used to believe in a particularly new levels. Formed in Hartford, deadly type of ghost, a reani- InfiniTango comprises accordimated body that would spread onist Markus Centola, pianist the disease of tuberculosis. They Maria Centola, violinist Jessica did not call it a “vampire,” but Meyer and double bass player 19th-century newspaper report- Sean Rubin. Register at the Ref-
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Woodbury “Hot Coffee: Is Justice Really Being Served?” Attorneys Mike D’Amico and Brendan Faulkner from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association will discuss this documentary following its showing Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. The film examines four specific cases and focuses on people trying to take away our rights, damage the U.S. civil justice system and manipulate votes on major issues and races. The documentary premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at SIFF in 2011. The Washington Post said it is a “stunning debut … sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way.” Call the library at 203-263-3502 to register for this program.
Fairy House Fun Fairy House Fun will be offered for children in preschool through grade five Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m. Children will enjoy a fairy snack, listen to fairy stories and then work together to create a fairy house garden outside the library using all-natural materials. Participants are asked to bring natural items such as shells, twigs, leaves, pine cones and bark to share. Registration is required.
Fetch Club Boys and girls, ages 7 to 10 are welcome to join the library’s science club based on the PBS Kids show “Fetch.” The Fetch Club will meet Thursdays, Oct. 4 to 25, at 6 p.m. Children will complete a variety of fun and possibly messy science activities. Space is limited, and registration is required. The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury. To register for programs or for more information, call 203-263-3502 or visit www.woodburylibraryct. org.
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Middlebury Senior Center News Junipers Lunch The Middlebury Senior Center’s monthly luncheon at Junipers Restaurant will be Thursday, Oct. 4. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve a seat and get a ticket. You must have a ticket to be served. The $10 fee includes the meal, tax and tip.
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“Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings” By Craig Brown (Simon & Schuster, $26.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox Craig Brown has written one of the most entertaining and intriguing books to pop up in recent months. The witty British writer and frequent contributor to publications such as the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair and The Times has documented 101
meetings in exactly 1,001 words each. One meeting seamlessly blends into the next. For example, Marilyn Monroe meets with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Plaza Hotel during the autumn of 1957 hoping he will design her dream house. That encounter is followed two years later when the screen star dazzles Nikita Khrushchev in her tightest, sexiest dress at the Cafe de Paris
in Hollywood. Khrushchev lambastes George Brown in London in 1956. You get the idea. These strange-but-true meetings involve many heavy hitters of the past century from almost every aspect of modern culture. The book begins with Adolf Hitler. During the summer of 1931, Hitler is struck by an automobile driven by John Scott-Ellis in Munich. The book comes full circle 329 pages later when the Duchess of Windsor sips tea with Hitler in 1937 at Berchtesgaden. In between are some astonishing moments of celebrity frisson. Consider what Peggy Lee did to President Richard Nixon in the East Room of the White House,
Christmas Tree Shops The Middlebury Senior Center mini bus will leave the senior center Thursday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. to go to the Christmas Tree Shops in Orange, Conn. Afterwards, the bus will stop for lunch at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant. The transportation cost is $7 per person. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve your seat.
Region 15 School Calendar Monday, October 1
PHS Music Fundraiser Begins (Pie Sale) MES Scholastic Fall Book Fair MMS Grade 7 to Bent of the River Region 15 Enrollment and Facilities Task Force the reaction of George Bernard .PHS All Purpose Room, 6 p.m. Shaw seeing Harpo Marx in the nude, President Theodore RooTuesday, October 2 sevelt trying to get a word in MES Scholastic Fall Book Fair edgeways with H.G. Wells, and RMS PTO....................................................................................9:30 a.m. try – if you will – to imagine HRH Princess Margaret watching a Wednesday, October 3 porn film with Kenneth Tynan. MES Scholastic Fall Book Fair Brown’s book was published MES Family Night Book Fair........................................... 4:30 to 7 p.m. to rave reviews in the United MES Picture Make-up Day Kingdom last year. Sebastian Shakespeare observed in Literary Thursday, October 4 Review that reading it was much PTO Advisory Council..................................................... CO, 9:30 a.m. like attending a vast, glorious .Delayed opening will begin at 10:30 a.m. cocktail party and added, “If hisMES Scholastic Fall Book Fair tory is gossip well told, then this Middle School Progress Reports Alert Now Sent book is a triumph of the genre.” PHS Open House I couldn’t agree more. My copy is still on my bedside table. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
West Nile virus We’re experiencing a seasonal epidemic of West Nile virus brought on by infected mosquitoes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). West Nile virus can cause serious illness for some people, even leading to death in a small percentage, especially those who have other medical conditions and those above the age of 50. In 2011, the total number of cases of West Nile virus for the whole year was 712. So far in 2012, the CDC has logged 1,590 cases and 65 deaths. In other words, it’s getting worse, and we need to know how to protect ourselves. A fact sheet from the CDC gives some good advice. Outside your house: Empty any containers that can hold standing water. This can include saucers under flower containers and any pots or buckets. Empty water in birdbaths weekly. It recommends
The Connecticut Food Bank provides a mobile food pantry that travels from town to town. It is free, and there are no eligibility requirements. The closest locations to Middlebury are: Waterbury Police Activity League at 64 Division St. in Waterbury at 10:30 a.m. the first Fall Foliage Train Ride Thursday each month. Southbury Senior Center at All aboard for a scenic train 561 Main St. South in Southbury ride Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. at 1 p.m. every third Thursday of The bus to the train in Thomasthe month. ton will leave the senior center at 9:15 a.m. The trip in vintage Flu Shots coaches will take passengers The Torrington Health District along the Naugatuck River past will be at Shepardson Commu- Waterbury’s old factories and nity Center to give flu and pneu- brass mills and across the monia shots to all who want Thomaston Dam. The cost of the them Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 1 to train ticket and bus transporta3 p.m. Insurances that will be tion is $20. Call 203-577-4166 to accepted are Medicare, Connec- reserve your seat. ticare and Anthem. Fees for those
Memorial Middle School students, front, left to right, Arianna Zhuta, Madison Molnar, and Nicolle White and back, left to right, Alex Pyle, Henry Cerneck, Greg Pelletier, and Nick Smith hold mixed media pinwheels they made as part of the Pinwheels for Peace project. The project started in Florida in 2005 as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. Pinwheel themes ranged from finding inner peace to envisioning national and international peace. (Karen Kirk photo)
who are uninsured or have other insurance will be $25 for flu shots and $100 for pneumonia shots. Call the Middlebury Senior Center at 203-577-4166 to sign up.
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Return surplus to taxpayers A Waterbury Republican-American article by Matthew O’Rourke Wednesday said early figures show the town of Middlebury had a $405,452 surplus at the end of the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The figures won’t be final until an auditing firm completes its work, but it is the disposition of any surplus money that concerns us. O’Rourke reported First Selectman Edward B. St. John said the town may use the surplus money to help pay for the library expansion or to upgrade the town’s sewer pump system. We say, “Wait a minute!” That’s not found money town officials should spend wherever they choose. That is taxpayers’ money, and it should be returned to the taxpayers. Town officials presented a budget with a certain amount of revenue and a certain amount of expenses. Voters passed that budget and then were billed for their share of the budget cost. Now it turns out the budget underestimated revenue by nearly a half million dollars. That money came out of taxpayers’ pockets. Had that money been included in the budget’s revenue, taxpayers would have paid lower taxes. Taxpayers voted for the budget, but they didn’t vote for the town to take any surplus that came in and spend it as town officials chose. What if the surplus had been a million … or $2 million? That money belongs to the taxpayers. It came out of their pockets. Town officials should give each taxpayer a credit for his or her portion of the surplus, not go off and spend the money as they wish.
Continued from page 1 state program or Middlebury’s program, but not both. A review on joint work between EIDC and Planning and Zoning (P&Z) on architectural design was tabled because neither Ted Manello nor Mark Petrucci was present to report. A special meeting date of Monday, Oct. 15, was set for work on the long-promised Commercial Development Guidebook, which would serve as a “user friendly” explanation to the process of bringing commercial
business to town. Commissioners were assigned to visit the land use office and interview Conservation Commission and P&Z officials on what was necessary to apply for permits. In a unanimous vote, commissioners approved amendments to the tax incentive policy proposed by Tax Assessor Daniel J. Kenny. The amendments clarified the dates of assessment periods and specified the necessary form for declaring personal property. The next regular EIDC meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room.
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Chase Collegiate has new band director Chase Collegiate School has appointed Jason Arnold as the new director of the school’s band program. Arnold is a professional musician who performs with a brass quintet based out of New Haven and with several orchestras in the area, including the Waterbury Symphony. He brings excitement, enthusiasm and expertise to his new role and will focus on increasing the strength and depth of the school’s longstanding music programs. “The goals for this year are to push the current level of playing
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Jerome Home and Arbor Rose invite you to a Wine Tasting Event Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Jerome Home and Arbor Rose at 975 Corbin Avenue in New Britain, Conn. Reservations cost $35 per person and include a complementary assortment of wines, fruit pairings, crudités, cheese table and silent auction items. To purchase tickets, go to www.jeromehome.org, visit Jerome Home front desk or call 860-229-3707. Proceeds of this event support establishment of a Health Resource Center on the Jerome Home and Arbor Rose campus.
MRTC Annual Fundraiser The Middlebury Republican Town Committee (MRTC) annual fundraiser party is tonight, Friday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Country Club at 1 Oronoke Road in Waterbury. It is open to the public. The cost of $75 per person covers hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, wine, beer and soft drinks. Attendees will meet local and state candidates for office and people active in the community. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships and to support Republican candidates. For tickets and information, call John Cookson at 203-758-8830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boy Scout Bottle Drive Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 5 in Middlebury will hold a bottle drive at the Village Square Plaza at 530 Middlebury Road in Middlebury. All Connecticut deposit bottles, cans and plastics will be accepted. If you need bottles and cans picked up, call Mike Zinko at 203-758-8599.
The Women’s Fellowship Evening Group of North Congregational Church of Woodbury invites you to enjoy “Buon Appetito” Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Woodbury Senior Community Center. Co-chairs Beverly Carlone and Cathy McMullen will serve an array of homemade Italian fare. Highlighting the evening will be live entertainment provided by Steve Kazlauskas and his band with “Echoes of Sinatra.” The event is BYOB, and there also is
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to 2 p.m., Mulberry Gardens at Marian Heights Adult Day Center will have an open house, including a car show and fundraiser bake sale for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Enjoy a tour of the brand new center and learn about what it has to offer — personal care and assistance with an English- and Polish-speaking staff, RN onsite, individual memory-enhancing programs, local transportation, meals and much more. For more information, call 860-357-4264 (English and Polish) or visit www.mulberrygarden.org. Mulberry Gardens is at 314 Osgood Avenue in New Britain, Conn.
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benefit,” said Arnold, who did not come from a musical family but started experimenting with various instruments at a young age. “I’m also very intrigued by the different types of ensembles here, namely the Jazz Band and Rock Ensemble,” he said. Chase Collegiate is known for its strong dedication to integrating the arts into its curriculum, and band plays a key role in the school’s musical offerings. Arnold resides in Wallingford with his wife.
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while balancing the fun factor,” Arnold said. “I would love to see the band program grow in numbers and progress in ability while keeping the morale very high. I look forward to this challenge!” Arnold has taught at the high school level and is also the Pep Band director at Fairfield University. He says the exciting part about teaching at Chase is the “idea of continuity.” “To be able to start a beginner on an instrument in the fourth grade and have them continue through high school is a huge
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The annual golf classic to benefit Easter Seals was rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 1, at Watertown Golf Club at 246 Guernseytown Road in Watertown. The $200 entry fee covers 18 holes of golf, green fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and
prizes for men and women. Teeoff time is 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit Easter Seals programs and services for infants, children and adults with disabilities throughout greater Waterbury, central and northwestern Connecticut. For more information or to register call Carolee Kalita at 203-754-5141, ext. 243, or tournament chair Bill Harris at 203-756-1259.
French Classes Beginning in October, Alliance Française French language classes at all levels for adults and children will resume. Depending on class size, class price can be as low as $66. For information, call 203-262-8594, or email email@example.com.
NRA Basic Pistol Course Due to continued interest in obtaining Connecticut state pistol permits, G&L Firearms of Oxford will offer the National Rifle Association (NRA) Basic Pistol course Saturday, Oct. 13. The course meets the state’s training requirements and is taught by NRA-certified instructors. Attendees will be taught the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. The course consists of classroom lecture, a written exam and live-fire exercise. For more information or to request a private class, contact George at 203-305-9324 or visit www.ctpistolpermitclass. com.
The Southbury Newcomers and Neighbors Club (SNNC) welcomes residents of Southbury, Middlebury, Woodbury, Newtown, Roxbury and elsewhere regardless of length of residence. The club is run by volunteer members, who work together to create opportunities for local residents to build a network of hometown friends. SNNC sponsors a wide spectrum of fun and rewarding activities such as wine tastings, lunch bunch, book club, gourmet dinners and playgroup for those with young children. For more information, visit southburynewcomers.org or call 203 598-0394.
Vendors Wanted for Annual Ladies Night Out The Fifth Annual Ladies Night Out to benefit Easter Seals, Friday, Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott at 63 Grand St. Waterbury, is seeking vendors. The exhibitor fee is $100 through Sept. 14 and $125 after that. Enjoy, dinner, dessert, shopping from vendors offering unique and exceptional products, door prizes, games, silent auction and special drawings. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Easter Seals, which serves the special needs of infants, children and adults with disabilities in greater Waterbury and central and northwestern Connecticut. Event tickets are $40 per person. Limited seating is available and reservations are required. Tables of 10 will be reserved. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 203-754-5141 for Carolee Kalita (ext. 243) or Mary Reid, (ext. 251) for more information.
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Fourth Annual Brass Button Award honors Beckers The Mattatuck Museum will honor Joel and Nancy Becker with the Brass Button Award Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Waterbury Country Club at One Oronoke Road in Waterbury. The event will include a reception and light dinner, remarks by the museum and close friends of the Beckers and presentation of the award. The Brass Button Award recognizes outstanding contributions of individuals in the greater Waterbury area who are dedicated to the cultural and social enrichment of their community. Joel and Nancy Becker continue the family business, Torrington Supply Company in Waterbury. They have been great advocates of Waterbury and the region and are actively engaged in the city’s civic and cultural life. Through Torrington Supply Company the family has been recognized in the past for their work in the community with the United Way Spirit of Excellence Award and the Connecticut Community Foundation Traurig Family Award for Philanthropy. “The Mattatuck Museum is
Joel and Nancy Becker proud to honor Joel and Nancy Becker and is grateful for their acceptance of the Brass Button Award,” said museum board member Lynnette Letsky-Piombo. “We applaud the work that the Beckers are doing in our community and appreciate their support of the arts.” Joel Becker joined Torrington Supply Company in 1975 and
became CEO and COB in 1990. He has served as a board member for industry organizations including the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and for nonprofit organizations including the Waterbury YMCA, Naugatuck Valley Development Corporation (Waterbury Development Corp) and the Greater Waterbury United Way.
Nancy Becker has worked at Torrington Supply since 1987. She is very active in the community and serves on the board of directors for the Palace Theater and Post College Foundation. She is a past board member of the United Way, Chase Collegiate School, the Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation Foundation and the Connecticut Community Foundation. “This year’s Brass Button Award could not go to a more deserving recipient,” said Museum Director Bob Burns. “The Beckers are passionate about Waterbury and making it a socially and culturally rich community. They work tirelessly with many organizations to improve the quality of life for the people of this city and the surrounding region. We are proud to call them a friend of the museum and honor them with this award.” Tickets for this event are $75 per person. To make reservations contact the museum at 203-7530381, ext. 10, or go to the events section of the website at www. mattatuckmuseum.org.
Fall activities to do in Connecticut Fall is here! Fall is here! The weather has turned cooler, and there are apples and pumpkins in all the stores. I’m a great lover of all things fall, from sweaters to pumpkin lattes, which is why I love fall activities and luckily for me ... and you, there’s lots do. Orchards: Although apple crops in some parts of the U.S. have suffered this year, there is a still a lot of fun to be had at the orchard. In addition to apple picking, make sure you grab some of the locally grown items like apples, honey, cider and butters. Most orchards also have fun activities for the whole family, including corn mazes and tractor-pulled hayrides.
Bonfires: It’s cooler weather, which is a perfect time to invite friends over for a bonfire. Make some baked potatoes or chili, and snuggle up as you watch the flames flicker before divulging in a smore … or two. Take a drive: One of the best ways to experience the fall colors is to take a drive in the mountains, along the coast or by a forest. Stop off on the way for a bowl of soup to warm up. Hay rides: Find a local spot to take a hayride with your kids, and marvel at the beautiful leaves as you bump along on the ride. Nature walks: Some of the greatest things about fall are the gorgeous weather and spectacular displays of nature. In fact,
it’s a perfect time to pack a picnic and head out on a nature walk. Depending how old your kids are will determine how in depth you get with the walk. Take a bag with you to collect nature’s treasures such as fallen leaves, grasses and acorns. Take picnic foods and paper and pens to record treasure hunt items. For older children, make up a treasure hunt sheet of things they have to find, and give them a pen and some paper. Every time they find an object, they get to check it off until they’ve found them all. Pumpkin patch: Visit your local pumpkin patch for a pumpkin, corn stalks and other items for your fall décor. Make sure you also grab some pie pumpkins,
which are great to make pumpkin seeds out of and even to cook and freeze to add to meals later. I like to add a cup of pumpkin puree to my slow cooker spaghetti sauce. Leafy fun: My son is 4 years old and has been begging me to let him jump in leaves for about 10 months! Make leaf raking an enjoyable chore when you all do it together and create a pile. Have the kids turn around while you hide a piece of candy in there, and the first one to find it is the winner. Join Clair Boone and thousands of other savvy shoppers at www.facebook.com/mummydeals.org or read her other tips at www.mummydeals.org.
Conservation Commission decisions By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE The Middlebury Conservation Commission (CC) unexpectedly relocated its Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting to the town hall conference room because of rug installations at Shepardson Community Center. It approved wetlands work on Sandy Beach Road, White Deer Rock Road, Briarwood Terrace and West Lake Road; accepted applications for Quassy Amusement Park and Crest Road; discussed projects on Christian Road and Whittemore Crossing; and allowed an application on West Lake Road to be withdrawn. Construction of an asphalt driveway at 24 Sandy Beach Road was unanimously approved when owner Dana Osborn showed signed engineering plans commissioners agreed improved a bad situation. A recently installed non-impervious driveway had washed out twice in heavy storms, and the new driveway utilizes curtain drains and lowered catch basins to control water flow. Completed repairs to a collapsed 15-inch corrugated drainage pipe at White Deer Rock Road were unanimously approved retroactively in what Chairman Paul Bowler called
“forgiveness.” Town Engineer John Calabrese explained Middlebury Public Works installed two 10-inch pipes as emergency replacements after Wetlands Enforcement Officer Deborah Seavey authorized the emergency work. A wetlands crossing for Rolando Trocchi to allow his landlocked lot to connect to Briarwood Terrace was approved 5-1 on the condition the driveway remain gravel and the town engineer be assured discharge from pipes flowed as designed. Attorney Michael McVerry, representing Trocchi, said access rights for the lot were in litigation after a variance was denied by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Plans by Joseph L. Molder of 19 West Lake Road to modify the footprint of a demolished cottage on lot 10 were unanimously approved on the condition construction plans clearly showed footing and gutter drainage systems ran to stones. Attorney Curtis Titus said Molder wanted to rebuild the cottage as a home for his son and expand its footprint to 1,038 square feet from 796 square feet. Rebuild plans for a rotted dock owned by John Butkus at 3 West Lake Road were unanimously approved. Butkus said the new
dock would be built with composite materials and no other changes. A Quassy Amusement Park application to expand one building and reconstruct another was unanimously accepted. McVerry, representing Quassy, said a second story and expansion away from the lake was planned for the restaurant adjacent to Kiddieland, and a total rebuild on the same footprint was planned for the deteriorated Birthday Pavilion. Plans for construction in regulated areas at 47 Crest Road were unanimously accepted for commissioner review. Owner Curt Titus said he wanted to sell the 6.98-acre parcel with approvals in place for driveway and utility access, house setbacks and septic systems. In discussions, David R. Theroux, representing owner Howard Murtha, was advised to submit an application for construction of a house at the corner of Christian and Southford Roads after no obvious impediments were found. Theroux said the 2-acre property, now overgrown with wetland vegetation, originally contained a house that was demolished and removed by IBM in the 1970s. Proposed remediation would create wetlands
elsewhere and dry an area for the house to be constructed. Plans for temporary use of a gravel parking lot at Whittemore Crossing were submitted, but not accepted. McVerry, representing owner Dr. Dean Yimoyines, said the lot would help satisfy complaints by the Planning and Zoning Commission, but Bowler said Yimoyines had missed the legal filing date for applications by one day, and Zoning Enforcement Officer Jean Donegan said the application must wait until the next meeting. Plans for three storm drains to control water runoff at West Lake Road were withdrawn after professional engineer Steven D. Trinkaus told commissioners the homeowners’ association could not afford to widen the road to 22 feet from 14 feet as required by Middlebury ordinances. Calabrese said such widening allowed for fire access and turnarounds, which he said were necessary as the cottages were expanded and used year round. He advised Trinkaus to discuss the matter with the Board of Selectmen and seek a possible width waiver. The next regular CC meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Shepardson Community Center.
Obituaries Lawrence D’Angelo
Lawrence D’Angelo, 91, of Waterbury passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 22, at Waterbury Hospital. He was the loving husband of the late Mary Louise (Ciullo) D’Angelo. Mr. D’Angelo was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Naugatuck, a son of the late Enrico and Anna (D’Angelo) D’Angelo. Larry was a self-employed master carpenter for more than 60 years and a member of the Carpenters Union Local #24. He was a proud World War II Army veteran who served in Germany as a tech sergeant and constructed airport hangers, bridges over the Danube River and the building where the Nuremberg Trials were held. He was devoted to his family, always had a garden, made stained glass and was always building something for his friends and family. Larry was an avid bowler and a longtime member of the Construction Bowling League at Parillo’s Lanes. He also loved to play bingo. Larry is survived by his daughter, Dr. Joanne D’Angelo and her husband, James Petrauskas of Middlebury; his daughter-in-law, Peggy D’Angelo of Cheshire; his three grandchildren: Karen D’Angelo and her husband, Jason Almeida, of Kensington; David D’Angelo; and Jill D’Angelo and her fiancé, Blake Powers, of Stratford. He also leaves his sisters-in-law: Domenica D’Angelo of Southington, Roberta D’Angelo of Bristol and Pierina Petruzzi of Prospect and brother-in-law, Peter Ciullo, and his wife, Lucille, of Waterbury; as well as several nieces and nephews. Larry is predeceased by his son, Lawrence; his brothers, Joseph D’Angelo and Louis D’Angelo; and his sister, Pauline D’Angelo. Larry’s funeral Wednesday was followed by burial with full military honors in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial scholarship contributions in Larry’s name may be made to Unico of Waterbury, P.O. Box 933, Waterbury, CT 06721. For more information and online condolences, visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com.
Edward Somma, 85, of Manchester, formerly of Middlebury, passed away Saturday at Manchester Manor with his loving daughter Patricia by his side. He was the husband of the late Vera (Choruzi) Somma and the late Carolynne (Chmura) Somma. Mr. Somma was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Waterbury, a son of the late Raymond and Mary (Della Camera) Somma. He was a graduate of Crosby High School and received his master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1949. He was the owner of Grodel Manufacturing and of Financial Management, Inc. After his retirement, he taught engineering students at Naugatuck Valley Community College, and he also sold cars at Shaker’s Lincoln Mercury. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran, a member of MENSA, the Knights of Columbus and UNICO. He served on the board of directors of the Connecticut chapter of the American Cancer Society for several years. An amazing dancer, Ed taught dancing on cruise ships. He was an avid card player and also owned, raced and bred racehorses for many years. Edward is survived by his daughter, Patricia Ann Somma of Plainville; his brother, Raymond Somma, and his wife, Loretta, of Waterbury; and his sisters: Geraldine Ruggeri, and her husband, Ceasar “Joe,” and Lillian Farley of Waterbury; as well as eight nieces and four nephews. The Somma family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Manchester Manor for the outstanding care and compassion shown to Ed and his family during his time there. Ed’s burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be made to Protectors of Animals, 144 Main St., Unit O, East Hartford, CT 06118. For more information and online condolences, visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com.
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Earlier in the meeting, Kelly Lyman gave a detailed report of Connecticut’s new Accountability System. After presenting data from the region’s 2011-2012 CMT and CAPT scores, Lyman explained how the state’s standards, and therefore those of the region, will change. In the past, Region 15 schools have worked to keep students within the proficiency band of achievement. Because “proficient” is not equivalent with “goal,” the new Accountability System will focus on performance growth – working to push students at all levels and across all subject areas to perform at goal and higher. “Where school progress has only been measured by standardized test scores in the past, the accountability system will now look at goal level and progression,” Lyman said. Graduation
rates also will contribute to the region’s measurement of success. After the CMT is removed in 20142015, new elements of school performance will be added. Finance Committee Chairman Rock discussed the distribution of driver’s education vehicles and equipment to the towns of Middlebury and Southbury now that Region 15 is no longer offering the program. Sippy will make the final decisions regarding disposition of the equipment. PHS student representatives Kaitlyn DiPietro and Dan Dressel announced the start of fall sports, chamber group and theatre company rehearsals and student council. Yearbooks will go on sale Oct. 1, and PSATs will be held Oct. 17 during school hours at no charge. The PHS varsity football team plays Weston Fri-
day, Sept. 30, on home turf at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Principals Matthew Salvestrini of Gainfield Elementary School, Christopher Moretti of Long Meadow Elementary School, Theresa Forish of Pomperaug Elementary School, Dr. Sandra Nadeau of Middlebury Elementary School, John Sieller of Memorial Middle School, Anthony Salutari of Rochambeau Middle School and Lorrie Rodrigue of Pomperaug High School welcomed new staff members and announced a smooth start to the 2012-2013 school year. The next BoE meeting will be Monday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in All Purpose Room No. 107 at Pomperaug High School.
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Small choices build greatness We tend to think it’s the big choices, the huge “ah has,” the large events, the great and mighty shifts and changes that produce our finest moments of achievement, success and growth. Yes, this is true. What also is true is it is the small choices, the tiny decisions, the moment-by-moment ways we refine our way of thinking and being that shape our identity and grow us towards greatness. If you are able to see every choice in your day as a chance for improving your life, you’ll lift yourself up to a higher, more excellent way of living. Your mind will begin to offer you more refined thoughts to accommodate and keep up with your actions. If you choose to be conscious with every little choice rather than just the big ones, life
Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL will open up to keep up with your new indulgence of living for greatness. For instance, in the small choice of consciously quickly letting go when things don’t work out or go your way, you can feel peace rather than angst created by mulling it over, talking about it, fanning the flames of negativity or insult. This builds greatness because you are creating the habit of having a peaceful heart, which nurtures and inspires positivity and being in the moment where change for the better is possible.
Pomperaug High School Varsity Games Sept. 28 to Oct. 6, 2012 Cheerleading
Friday, Sept. 28.................... Weston (H)............................................ 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5........................ New Milford (A)..................................... 7 p.m.
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Tuesday, Oct. 2..................... Immaculate (A)................................ 4:15 p.m.
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Tuesday, Oct. 2..................... Immaculate (A)..................................... 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28.................... Immaculate (A)................................ 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29............... Masuk (A)........................................ 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2..................... New Milford (H)................................ 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.................... Joel Barlow (A)...................................... 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.................... Weston (A)....................................... 5:30 p.m.
This week’s nugget for life is to create five small choices that enhance your life every day for a week. Start fresh in the morning. Take a few minutes to be still and just connect with your breath through long deep breathing. Choose to do your morning hygiene routine as if you were preparing for a really important day – because you are. A day with you! Choose to brush your teeth a bit longer and floss. Shower feeling thankful for the water and how it feels on your body. Dress comfortably, adding a touch of personal style even if you’re at home with the kids. Exercise, and then eat lightly. Choose to genuinely smile at yourself before you jump on the computer, pick up the phone, race to work or begin chores and errands. Doing this brings you into the moment and uplifts your spirit. It may feel silly and that’s good because it connects you with that inner kid who just wants to be happy. Kids are great. Choose to smile with yourself a lot during the day to remind you to stay super connected. Be aware of all the chances you have every day with the little choices you make that lead you to be great. Create a simple evening routine that helps you sleep like a baby. Build your life for the next seven days around five new habits that nurture you and make you feel great! Cynthia De Pecol is a Yoga teacher, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See lifecoachingllc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Sept. 28.................... Weston (H)............................................ 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5........................ New Milford (A)..................................... 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29............... New Milford (A)..................................... 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1..................... Immaculate (H)................................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.................... Brookfield (A)........................................ 7 p.m. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have Saturday, Oct. 6.................... Naugatuck (H)....................................... 7 p.m. suffered with restless leg syndrome for 25 years. What causes Girls’ Soccer it? Is there a cure? I do take Saturday, Sept. 29............... New Milford (H)..................................... 7 p.m. Requip. Some say having the Monday, Oct. 1..................... Immaculate (A)................................ 3:45 p.m. veins in your legs stripped helps. Thursday, Oct. 4.................... Brookfield (H)........................................ 7 p.m. Does it? – C.K. ANSWER: Stabbing pain, a burnGirls’ Swimming Friday, Sept. 28.................... New Milford (H)..................................... 6 p.m. ing feeling and a creepy-crawly Tuesday, Oct. 2..................... Brookfield (H) ....................................... 4 p.m. sensation in the legs are some of Friday, Oct. 5........................ Newtown (H)......................................... 6 p.m. the ways people describe restless leg syndrome. The sensation Girls’ Volleyball mostly comes on in the evening Friday, Sept. 28.................... Joel Barlow (A)...................................... 5 p.m. when sitting in a chair or more Monday, Oct. 1..................... Bethel (H)............................................. 5 p.m. often upon going to bed. The Wednesday, Oct. 3................ Masuk (A)............................................. 5 p.m. night is punctuated with interFriday, Oct. 5........................ New Fairfield (A).................................... 5 p.m. ruptions of sleep as the sensations wake a person. They drive (H) Home (A) Away the person to get up and walk about until these annoying feel-
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Newtown upsets Pomperaug By TIM O’DONNELL First there was Thomas Milone; now there is Newtown’s Cooper Gold. Gold became the second straight running back this season to wreak havoc against Pomperaug as Newtown rolled to a 42-7 victory. “We faced probably two of the better running backs in the league, two most versatile players in the league,” Panthers coach Dave Roach said. “I’m not going to say it’s (going to) get easier from this point forward, but I hope it does.” A week after Milone racked up 248 yards rushing and receiving against the Panthers (0-2), Gold ran for three touchdowns while catching another score. “Cooper had a great game, and I put that on the offensive line, not to take anything away from Cooper,” Nighthawks coach Steve George said. “Our offensive line blocked well.” Gold was the beneficiary of the Panthers’ defensive game plan, which aimed to take away the Nighthawks aerial attack. “They basically said they were going to take away (Dan) Hebert and our passing game, so we said we got number 11 (Gold) behind there so we’ll just give him the ball. And it worked out well for us,” George said. Just as they did a week ago, the Panthers fell behind quickly. Gold started things off with rushing scores of 4 and 3 yards. On the very next Panthers’ possession, a fumble in the backfield was
Pomperaug High School’s Steve Croce, right, runs the football in for the team’s sole touchdown in last Friday’s game against Newtown High School. Newtown outscored PHS 42-7. (Tim O’Donnell photo) scooped up by Justin Devellis and returned for the touchdown, putting the Nighthawks (2-0) up 210 before the first quarter ended. “We can’t go in a hole 21-0 and expect to rebound like that,” Roach said. “We don’t have an offense that’s the greatest show on turf.” While the Panthers made an effort to take away the Nighthawks passing game, it didn’t prevent Hebert from leaving his mark on the game. With 2:49 left before halftime, Hebert took the handoff and dashed his way 31 yards into the end zone for a 28-0 lead. Gold wasn’t done in the first half. With time expiring, he hauled in his third touchdown of
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ings go way. Walking does get rid of them, but the respite is only temporary. The attacks reach peaks at midnight and again around 4 a.m. For most, a cause cannot be found. Sometimes it’s a family affair, passed by the parent to the children. In a few instances, iron deficiency anemia, renal failure and Parkinson’s disease are associated with it. The anemia connection is worth checking out since it has a definite cure – iron tablets. The medicine you mention, Requip (ropinirole), is one often prescribed for this problem. If you’ve been taking it for some time without relief, you ought to try some of the other medicines used for it. Mirapex (pramipexole) and Neurontin (gabapentin) are two others. A new variety of gabapentin called Horizant comes as an extended-release tablet, so medication is delivered to the body throughout the night.
A warm bath before going to bed, coupled with a leg massage afterward, often can cut down on the number of attacks and their intensity. Restricting alcohol and caffeine works for some people. Removing leg veins will not help. The booklet on restless leg syndrome and nighttime leg cramps goes into greater detail on both these subjects. Readers can obtain a copy by writing Dr. Donohue – No. 306W, 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 mother has lived in an assisted-living facility for two years. She’s mentally clear, but physically unable to take care of herself. The last time I visited her, a nurse was taking her blood pressure. She told me my mother’s pressure in her right arm was normal, but the pressure in her left arm was 165 over 95. Which is her true blood pressure? – E.L. ANSWER: A 10-point discrepancy in blood pressure between the two arms is considered acceptable. With a larger difference, the actual blood pressure is the higher one. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How does pancreatitis relate to cancer
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the half, a 1-yard pass from Andrew Tarantino. Gold would finish his night with a 34-yard touchdown in the third to put the Nighthawks up 42-0. The Panthers sole score came late in the fourth. Just as he did against Masuk, Steve Croce hauled in the late touchdown, a 12-yard pass from Wade Prajer. The Panthers have a chance for their first win of the season when they host Weston tonight, Friday, at 7 p.m. But there is work to be done before then. “Back to basics. Back to techniques,” Roach said. “These kids have to be able to tackle and be able to block. We work too hard to get beaten like this. We gotta go back to the basics.”
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of the pancreas? Is it an early stage of that cancer? – D.B. ANSWER: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas brought on by many different conditions, including viral infections. Pancreatitis is not an early stage of cancer. Chronic pancreatitis, a long duration of pancreas inflammation, is a slight risk for eventual development of pancreatic cancer, but even it is not a common prelude to cancer. Dr. Donohue regrets he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc., All Rights Reserved.
1. When Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel set a rookie record in 2011 for saves in a season (46), whose mark did he break? 2. Name the last major-league team to have an ERA below 3.00 for a season. 3. Carolina’s Cam Newton had 14 rushing TDs in the 2011 season to set an NFL record. Who was the former record holder? 4. Who recorded the highest points per game average as a freshman for Duke men’s basketball team? 5. In 2011-12, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos set the record for most overtime goals in a season (five). How many other players had been tied with Stamkos? 6. What school has won the past two championships in NCAA women’s bowling? 7. In how many weight classes did boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley win world titles?
Answers: 1. Neftali Feliz had 40 saves for Texas in 2010. 2. The Los Angeles Dodgers had a team ERA of 2.95 in 1989. 3. Steve Grogan had 12 rushing TDs for New England in 1976. 4. Johnny Dawkins averaged 18.1 points per game in the 1982-83 season. 5. Nine others. 6. Maryland Eastern Shore. 7. Three – lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.
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at Shepardson Community Cen- Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Instructor Mark Del Gobbo ter. The fee is $80 for residents; Advanced Ballet, Advanced Tap and Intermediate/Advanced Balteaches Hatha Yoga Thursdays $90 for nonresidents. let/Jazz and Jazz. Advanced Tap through Nov. 15 at Shepardson Basketball Program also is open to adults. Community Center. Classes beFees range from $78 for resi2012 to 2013 gan Sept. 27. dents and $88 for nonresidents Hatha Yoga 1 meets from 6 to Registration for basketball for a 30-minute class to $108 for 7 p.m. It teaches fundamental programs can be done online at postures designed to loosen the www.middlebury-ct.org or in the residents and $118 for nonresihips, back and neck. The class Parks & Recreation office through dents for a 120-minute class. Call will establish a sound foundation Oct. 26. After Oct. 26, a late fee Parks and Rec at 203-758-2520 in the practice of yoga. Bring a of $20 will be charged, and place- or visit the Parks and Rec Departyoga mat and towel to class. The ment is not guaranteed. Once ment at www.middlebury-ct.org fee is $52 for residents; $62 for teams have been picked, no new for more information.
LEGAL NOTICES Legal Notice of the Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middlebury will hold a public hearing on October 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the applications submitted by Planning & Zoning Commission – Modifications to Section 31 and Section 52 of the Middlebury Zoning Regulations. The public is invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent and will be read into the record. They should be addressed to the Zoning Office at 1212 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection during normal working hours of that office.
nonresidents. Hatha Yoga II meets from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. A more vigorous session, it includes Asana flow and sequencing developed via Sun Salutations, twists and more. Bring a yoga mat and towel to class. The fee is $52 for residents; $62 for nonresidents.
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Instructor Linda Rice will start Session 1 of her youth dance program for ages 3½ and older Monday, Oct. 1, in Shepardson Center, Room 8. First Aid Classes Classes include Introduction Instructor Terry Schmidt will to Dance, Beginner/Intermediteach Standard First Aid Mon- ate Dance, Intermediate/Adday, Oct. 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. vanced Dance, Intermediate Tap,
Legal Notice of the Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Middlebury will hold a public hearing on October 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the applications submitted by Ms. Tara Perrotti – Application to amend Zoning Map at 86 Woodland Rd. to revise part of the property from R40 to CA40. The public is invited to attend and be heard. Written comments may be sent and will be read into the record. They should be addressed to the Zoning Office at 1212 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. A copy of the application is on file for public inspection during normal working hours of that office.
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“Jane Doe No More” book released Nationally recognized advocate and speaker Donna Palomba added “author” to her resume with the September release of her new book, “Jane Doe No More: My 15-Year Fight to Reclaim My Identity – A True Story of Survival, Hope and Redemption.” A reception at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. will celebrate the book’s release. The event is free and open to the public. Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFillipis will speak at the event. “Jane Doe No More” opens with a masked intruder entering Palomba’s home on a late summer night in 1993. What follows is the riveting account of her brutal sexual assault and her long journey to justice: it took 11 years for police to identify her attacker. Palomba’s relentless strength and determination during those years led not only to the arrest and conviction of her assailant, but also to procedural changes in the local police department, a change in Connecticut state law and formation of Jane Doe No More, Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the way society responds to victims of sexual assault through community education, training for first responders nationwide and programs for survivors (www.janedoenomore.org). Palomba’s co-author, M. William Phelps, is an investigative journalist, the star of Investigation Discovery’s Dark Minds and a best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction works. The book will be for sale, and proceeds from that night’s sales will be donated to Jane Doe No More, Inc. Palomba will read from the book and sign copies. Hors d’ouevres and wine will be served. For more information, contact Debbie@janedoenomore.org. The event will be in NVCC’s Technology Hall at 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to P.O. Box 10, Middlebury, CT 06762 along with your pet’s name, your last name and your town.
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Penny and Daisy enjoy cuddle time at the Berardis home in Middlebury.
Muffin is all smiles all the time! This happy girl ended up at the Animals For Life shelter after coming from a local pound where she wasn’t getting the exposure she needed to find a new home. She is terrific with people and very well behaved around other dogs. Little Miss Muffin would love to meet you. Come visit her at the Animals For Life shelter.
Elvis is back at the Animals For Life shelter after living in foster care for nine months. This American bulldog mix just can’t seem to catch a break. He is looking for a home where he is the only pet. He loves people and will be happy in a home where he is walked daily and receives playtime. He’s a strong boy, but as an adult his energy level is very manageable. Elvis will provide you with unconditional love. He’s hoping to find someone out there who will give it back to him! Call AFL at 203-7582933 to learn more.
For more information on these pets, call 203-758-2933 or visit Animals for Life at the Middlebury Transfer Station on Rte. 63 at the corner of Woodside Ave. Adoption hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. For more information about the adoption process, visit www.animalsforlifect.org.
Left to right, Heather Norris of Heather Norris Photography, Lisa Banik of Animals for Life and Adele Johnson of The Woodward House, along with their canine companions, are preparing for the opening of Norris’ pet photography exhibit this Sunday. (Submitted photo)
Woodward House hosts AFL event Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Woodward House in Bethlehem will host “Pets, Portraits & Pastries,” a gallery opening for a Heather Norris Photography exhibit. It will include a champagne and dessert reception. All proceeds will benefit Animals for Life (AFL) of Middlebury. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. “Pets, Portraits & Pastries” is devoted entirely to Norris’ signature whimsical, quirky and fun photography showcasing dogs.
Adele Johnson, owner of Woodward House, has collaborated with Norris to donate all proceeds from the event to AFL. The Woodward House, an historical Colonial, has been honored by Zagats as “Connecticut’s Best in Service and Décor.” “‘We have a dog named Molly in need, living with a foster family. Molly needs surgery. The proceeds from ‘Pets, Portraits & Pastries’ will go towards Molly’s surgery,” said Lisa Banik of AFL. “I’m thrilled and grateful to
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Proper leash training can prevent tragedy DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Last week a really tragic accident happened just down the street. Our neighbor was walking his 1-year-old German shepherd, Champ, on a sturdy leash. The dog tended to tug on his leash or jump away from his owner when something grabbed his attention. Sadly, when the owner paused to let his dog sniff at a tree on the curb while he waved to a neighbor, Champ suddenly darted into the busy street. Before his owner could tug him back on the curb, Champ was struck by a car and killed almost instantly. Please warn your readers to keep their dogs under control and on the sidewalk, even while on a leash, and to pay attention to their dogs during their walks. My neighbor is suffering terrible grief, and I hate to think of anyone else, or their pets, suffering from preventable accidents. – Sharon in Utica, N.Y.
Send your questions or pet care tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www. pawscorner.com. DEAR SHARON: You’re right: While accidents do happen, many can be prevented by knowing how to correctly walk your dog on a leash. Reinforcing your dog’s basic obedience training, including sit, stay and heel commands, is an important daily task. If you’re having trouble controlling your dog on the leash despite following common leash-training techniques, contact a professional dog trainer for group or private sessions so you and your dog will learn to walk together safely.
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