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Volume IX, No. 5

Combined Top Ten Taxpayers 2012*

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Combined Top Ten Taxpayers 2011*

1. Preston Park 2004 LLC 1. Preston Park 2004 LLC $16.2 million $16.2 million 2. Timex Group USA Inc. 2. Timex Group USA Inc. $11.4 million $11.4 million 3. Middlebury Edge LLC 3. Middlebury Edge LLC $8.0 million $7.8 million 4. Conn. Light & Power Co. Inc. 4. Anzaroot Acquisitions LLC $6.6 million $6.5 million 5. Anzaroot Acquisitions LLC 5. Conn. Light & Power Co. Inc. $6.5 million $6.4 million 6. Middlebury Land Development LLC 6. Ridgewood at Middlebury LLC $5.0 million $5.0 million 7. Chemtura USA Corp. 7. Middlebury Land Development LLC $4.9 million $5.0 million 8. Ridgewood at Middlebury LLC 8. Midex LLC $4.6 million $4.5 million 9. Midex LLC 9. Chemtura USA Corp. $4.5 million $3.9 million 10. Yankee Gas Services Co. 10. Post University Inc. $2.7 million $3.6 million *At Oct. 1 each year. Combined means real property, personal property and motor vehicles are included. Numbers rounded.

Middlebury grand list increases by $5.2 million By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Middlebury Tax Assessor Daniel Kenny said Middlebury’s 2012 grand list totals $927 million, an increase of $5.2 million, or 0.6 percent. This compares to the 2011 grand list total of $922 million, which was a decrease of $162 million, or 14.9 percent lower than the 2010 grand list. The grand list represents 70 percent of the true and actual value of property. “We have positive news,” Kenny said. “We are moving in the forward direction.” Kenny said he has talked to other assessors, and most towns and cities are seeing grand list growth of zero to 1 percent unless there are newly approved developments. The grand list comprises real estate, motor vehicles and personal property. Real estate increased $3.7 million, or 0.5 percent, to $818.9 million over 2011. That year, real estate assessments dropped $172.2 million, or 17.4 percent, due to a combination of the 2011 revaluation and the overall decline in the real estate market. Kenny said this year’s increase reflects new construction and repairs and improvements to real property value since the 2011 revaluation. This year, 114 assessments increased due to improvements, Kenny said, and 11 increases were new homes that were completed or partially constructed. Toll Brothers’ Jan. 18 $8.25 million acquisition of the Ridgewood development is expected to have a positive effect on Middlebury’s grand list; it’s just not clear which year the benefits will be realized. “That sale will have no impact for next year unless they start to develop the units. That would add to the rolls,” Kenny said. He said there are signs builders are getting back into the market. Along with Toll Brothers’ recent acquisition, Kenny noted approvals still exist at Benson Woods, Ridgewood, Hunting Ridge, Parkland Estates, Fox Hill, Burr Hall Estates and Long Meadow developments. “As the economy improves, construction activity should revive,” Kenny said. Included in real estate renovations were Sunbeam Partners’

work on the front of 199 Park Road Extension, completion of renovations at 1365 West St. (Middlebury Crossing), minor work at 489 Middlebury Road, Shaker Enterprises’ new facility on Straits Turnpike and improvements to the Nissan dealership, also on Straits Turnpike. Motor vehicle assessments, which totaled close to $65 million, increased by $51,736, or 0.07 percent due to a decline in new car purchases and the fair market value of retained vehicles. This was a much lower increase than the previous year, when motor vehicle values went up $3.6 million, or 6 percent, due to new car purchases or trade-ups. Kenny said 2011 had the highest motor vehicle rate of growth since 2006. He said this year’s lower increase reflects a slower rate of purchase of new vehicles compared to 2011. Personal property assessments of $43.6 million reflect a $1.4 million, or 3.5 percent, increase. Kenny said this was due to some new businesses and increased assets listed by existing businesses. In contrast, the 2011 personal property component, which totaled just over $42 million, was the largest increase since 2001, rising $6.2 million, or 17.4 percent. Kenny attributes much of the personal property increase to ongoing audits of personal property that began in May 2011. He said the Board of Finance authorized the assessor to re-audit all personal property accounts over four to five years. An auditing firm hired by the town reconciles the difference between property at locations and on federal tax filings with that declared Oct. 1 each year. Kenny said, “The purpose of the audits is to foster and maintain equity so people pay no more or no less than they should pay on the value as of Oct. 1.” He said in some cases, taxpayers receive a credit after they are audited. However, about 50 percent of those audited pay more following the audit. In addition to the audits, Kenny said the personal property assessments increased due to equipment purchases at Chemtura, Middlebury Consignment and Post University online division.

The sign in front of Ridgewood at Middlebury lists Ginsburg Development Companies as the owner, but the sign soon will change to reflect the new owners, Toll Brothers. Toll Brothers paid $8.25 million for the property and expects to resume construction there later this year. (Marjorie Needham photo)

Toll Brothers acquires Ridgewood By MARJORIE NEEDHAM The acquisition of Ridgewood at Middlebury by Toll Brothers, which was predicted here last November, was completed Jan. 18. Toll Brothers paid $8.25 million for the property. Middlebury First Selectman Edward B. St. John said, “I’m very excited about the Toll Brothers purchase. I think the project will go well. They are a wonderful firm with a great reputation. I’m looking forward to working with them.” Toll Brothers’ New England Division President Greg Kamedulski said he expects the development will open for presales in the next 90 days or so. Kamedulski said Toll Brothers will add 212 homes to the 55 constructed by the original owner, Ginsburg Development Companies. Those homes were built before the real estate market declined and construction at Ridgewood slowed dramatically. Kamedulski said the transaction has been in the works since Ginsburg contacted the Toll Brothers land acquisition manager about two years ago. He said Ridgewood

fits in well with Toll Brothers plans. “We know that area pretty well,” Kamedulski said. “Middlebury is an absolutely spectacular town. Ginsburg, to his credit, had done a good job of developing the part of the site he was involved with. It’s got a spectacular entry and clubhouse. We thought with our brand name we could make a go of it.” Kamedulski said the Toll Brothers units will be “similar but different.” “You won’t be able to tell a lot from the outside,” he said, “but inside we will have different floor plans.” He said they will be priced from the low to middle $300,000s. Asked if Toll Brothers would consider building the nine-hole golf course Ginsburg originally planned to build, Kamedulski responded with one word, “No.” St. John said ownership of the golf course portion of the development, which is close to 100 acres, is being transferred to the town as part of the agreement Ginsburg Development worked out with the Planning and Zoning Commission when it obtained permission to forego building the nine-hole golf course. He said the town has yet to

decide how it will use the land. “The property has lots of possibilities,” St. John said. Kamedulski said Toll Brothers signage will go up very soon, and a trailer for presales should be in place in about 90 days. He said construction usually starts 30 to 60 days after a contract is signed. He expects model homes will open in eight to 10 months. Asked how he thought the project would do in the current real estate market, Kamedulski said, “I expect it will be fine because the downturn in the real estate market hasn’t affected us at all in New England. We have an incredibly strong brand name. We sell a spectacular product at great value. People have great confidence in us.” Other Toll Brothers projects in Connecticut are the 366-unit Regency at Prospect, the 1,100-unit Rivington in Danbury and the 240-unit Summit at Bethel. Those interested in a unit in Ridgewood can get on a waiting list by calling Toll Brothers at 203-364-9300 in Newtown and asking to be put on the list.

Conservation Commission meets briefly By TERRENCE S. MCAULIFFE In a meeting lasting only 12 minutes, the Middlebury Conservation Commission (CC) at its Jan. 29 meeting unanimously accepted applications for a house on King Street and for a commercial building on Benson Road. It also set a March public hearing date for proposed amendments to wetland regulations. Naugatuck Professional Engineer Wayne J. Zirolli told commissioners Richard and Karen Fernandez are planning to build a house on a 333 King Street lot previously approved by the commission for different

owners in 2006. The proposed house would be slightly smaller at 2,312 square feet compared to 2,364, and would have a front rather than side driveway requiring less impervious coverage. Zirolli was told to stake the property and bring better drawings Feb. 26 showing both the new and previously approved building footprints. Woodbury Professional Engineer Mark Riefenhauser of Smith & Company told commissioners Waterbury’s Pilot Seasoning Company was planning a 14,788 squarefoot pre-engineered mostly one-story building at 68 North Benson Road. The facility would be used for wholesale mixing

of spices along with a small retail presence. He said the building would not encroach on wetlands and would utilize a hydrodynamic separator system to control rainwater runoff into regulated areas. Riefenhauser was told to stake the building, parking and driveway locations for commissioner inspection. In other matters, a March 26 public hearing was set for Wetlands Enforcement Officer Deborah Seavey to discuss proposed changes to wetlands regulations. The next regular CC meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 26 at Shepardson Community Center.

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ello again! We are so glad so many of you have found us at our new temporary location! It is easy enough to get to our new location at 199 Park Road Extension; the problem is driving around the building to find our entrance at the back! I believe it is about .2 miles! It has been terrific to see so many of you – we have missed you all! We are in a cozy place, and we are finally settling into our day-to-day routine – we’ve even received deliveries of new books and DVDs! It seems many of our favorite authors have written just for us to offer them to you as a special treat in our new place. My favorite new book has got to be a new Flavia de Luce novel, “Speaking From Among the Bones” (BRA) by Alan Bradley. Just as charming as ever, Flavia cleverly inserts herself into the opening of the crypt containing Saint Tancred on the quincentennial anniversary of his death – but he isn’t alone …. So well written, this newest installment is set in that charmed age of the 1950s and also holds a surprise ending. If you have been following the adventures of this 11-year-old, you know she is unique and quirky and absolutely delightful. Good solid writing with a twisty plot! We look forward to the unveiling of the Man Booker Prize annually – this literary honor goes

A variety of new books await readers

to a resident of the Commonwealth of Nations for the best original full-length novel written in English. Previous winners include Margaret Atwood’s “The Blind Assassin,” “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel and two novels by Hilary Mantel, “Wolf Hall” in 2009 and “Bring Up the Bodies” in 2012. They are usually terrific book group choices, and even to be short-listed is an immense honor. “Umbrella” (SEL) by Will Self is one such book. Think of it as a literary stream-of-consciousness of a psychiatrist and his elderly patient in a mental institution. Heavy with words, this book is possibly not for those looking for something light and fluffy. We haven’t been able to order books, so even though this was released in November 2012, the following book is new to our collection. Oliver North (yes, that Oliver North!) has written 11 fiction and non-fiction books – who knew? “Heroes Proved” (NOR) is his newest futuristic thriller set in 2032. This action-packed book explores the possibility of treason at the highest levels of government. With a background rich in government ways, North has written a very realistic scenario – a very scary scenario. Readers of Clancy and Brad Taylor will enjoy this novel. “The Blood Gospel” (ROL) is written by another favorite author, James Rollins. Rebecca Cantrell is the second author of

Book Review “The Blue Grass Cook Book” compiled by Minnie C. Fox (University Press of Kentucky, $21.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox This fascinating cookbook was originally published in 1904 when Minnie C. Fox, a Kentucky socialite, compiled more than 300 recipes gathered from her family, friends and black cooks who lived near either her family estate in Bourbon County, Ky., or her home in Big Stone Gap, Va. The collection reflected authentic Southern cooking prepared in turn-of-the-century kitchens where sorghum molasses, drop biscuits, succulent cured hams and decadent desserts were all commonplace. The recipes included such regional favorites as Johnny Cake, Baked Apple Dumplings, Green Corn Custard with Broiled Tomatoes, and even Mrs. Henry Clay’s Drop Cake. What makes this cookbook so exceptional is the featured dishes all are placed in their proper historic context. A century ago, most collections that featured “fine old Dixie dishes” also included demoralizing etchings of slaves at work, vernacular language and occasionally lyrics from spirituals and hymns. The Fox family gave

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this rip-roaring good tale. Listening to the book on CD is often heart-stopping gotta-pull-overand-listen entertainment! Rollins is great at adventure writing – we’ve been following his novels for many years now (“Subterranean,” “Ice Hunt,” “Altar of Eden” and many others), but this one tops them all for nonstop excitement. Think of a book about the gospel written by Jesus in His own blood that explains many Catholic tenets – and a secret sect bent on stopping its discovery. It is the mark of a superb writer of fiction that it can be as believable as fact – and Rollins does this very well indeed. Sue Grafton is running out of letters; her last was “V is for Vengeance” in October 2012, and now she writes off the path with “Kinsey and Me” (GRA). Written in two sections, the first half is devoted to short stories of her character, Kinsey Millhone, but the second half explores more of the personal side of Grafton’s life. They mesh well, and though a work of fiction, one wonders how much of the raw emotion of the second half is set in reality. When the Today show flashes

old pictures of Al Roker waddling to work, we find it hard to believe he was ever that heavy compared to his current self. In “Never Goin’ Back: Winning the WeightLoss Battle for Good” (613.2 ROK), Roker relates his journey from dangerous overweight to his healthy self of today. It certainly wasn’t an easy task; he makes that very clear with no self-pity – and a great deal of humor. One of the best things he writes of is his daily eating regime – his recipes all are geared to serve two to four people, which is so hard to find. As always, his writing is upbeat and inspirational. Living this close to New York City, most of us are familiar with its beautiful and grandiose Grand Central Station. This past fall, the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department sponsored a personalized tour of Grand Central – fascinating! If you can’t take a tour, read “Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America” (385.3 ROB) by Sam Roberts. From the constellation painted backwards above your head, to the whispering gallery, you will learn many

captivating quirks known only to insiders. Let’s stay in New York City, and really look at it. “On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes” (153.7 HOR) by Alexandra Horowitz helps us to not just look, but consciously be more aware of looking at the world around us. For her, as with many of us, taking a walk in the city with her toddler opened her own eyes to not just ambling from point A to point B, but to actually watching the squirrels at play, or the fuzzy caterpillar creeping along, or the shape of the clouds moving across the sky. “Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids” (031.02 JEN) by Ken Jennings gives every parent the right to just say it – because I said so! How many of us have said this to our children in response to a why question? You, too, will giggle in familiarity just reading the chapter headings: stay away from the windows during a thunderstorm; bundle up or you’ll catch a cold; remember, there’s a chemical in the pool that turns pee blue (I said purple) so we’ll all know! Now you have facts to

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The Middlebury Public Library is open at its temporary location, the Middlebury Timex Building at 199 Park Road Extension, Suite D, in Middlebury. For more information, see www. or call 203-758-2634.

Teen Duct Tape Rose Workshop Saturday, Feb. 9, teens are invited to drop into the teen department any time between 2 to 4 p.m. to make duct tape roses in time for Valentine’s Day giving. All materials and easy instructions will be supplied at this free program open to grades 6 and up. For more information on teen programs, contact the library at 203-263-3502 or visit the website, www.woodburylibraryct. org.   

Knitting Adults may bring their knitting projects to the library Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. and knit along with Miss Ann. She offers advice on problems knitters encounter. credit where credit was due and Children can knit with Miss with dignity provided redress to Ann Monday afternoons at 3:15 the black descendants of gener- p.m. ations of invisible cooks who worked to help define the culinary history of the South. Many of the recipes serve as Snacks and Shows interesting historical landmarks. Where else could you find infor Seniors structions on how to dress terraTuesday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m., the pin? While most of us will never library will host its monthly prepare turtle, many of the rec- Snacks and Shows for Seniors ipes still can be prepared in con- event in the Nellie Beatty Room. temporary American kitchens First, learn to make a caramel using familiar ingredient and pear treat. Then watch a World methods. The Coconut Pudding, War II-era romance starring JoCaramel Layer Cake and Sweet- seph Cotten, Ginger Rogers and breads are fairly easy to prepare. Shirley Temple. When the New York Times This free program is open to reviewed this cookbook in 1904, patrons who are at least 50 years the critic pointed out that many old and their guests. Registration of the recipes are “veritable heir- is required. To sign up, call 203looms, precious souvenirs of the 729-4591. The snow date will be past, the originals of which were Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. in faded ink, just as they were inscribed by loving hands by our Watch a Movie mothers and grandmothers.” He Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 4:30 might have added that this colp.m., see one of the most aclection is the next best things to claimed films of 1988. It was observing the cooking in a tradinominated for four Academy tional Southern kitchen more Awards, including Best Picture, than 100 years ago. Best Adapted Screenplay, Best (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. Original Score and Best Supporting Actress (the last for Geena Davis’s performance). It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Davis; was directed by Lawrence Kasdan; and was scored by John Williams.

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date 1/20/13 1/20/13 1/23/13

Time Address/Incident ---- 192 Regan Road. Fire alarm activation. 17:19 Shadduck Road. Wires down. 07:47 I-84 West. Motor vehicle accident with injuries. 1/23/13 11:40 I-84 East. Two-car motor vehicle accident. 1/23/12 12:13 1321 Whittemore Road. Fire alarm activation. 1/26/12 02:25 I-84 West. Vehicle fire – fully involved. One fatality. 1/26/13 18:49 326 South St. Fire alarm activation. False alarm.

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back up those tried-and-true statements! Finally, we look at a book dealing with a subject increasingly more familiar as we and our parents age, “Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” (616.8 WES). This is a very readable guide to learning how to care for you as well as caring for a loved one. Although the emphasis is on caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, many guidelines are applicable to the caregiver in any situation. It offers lots of commonsense advice for those in a difficult position. One final word: We can’t stress enough that if you follow the signs for the library, you will find us! We miss you and hope to see you when you can visit – our hours remain unchanged, and we are told the new outdoor book drop will arrive shortly (weather delayed!). In the meantime, all fines are waived, so enjoy your books and movies ’til you can come inside and stay awhile. Adult Services Librarian Donna Hine is writing Library Lines for the newspaper once a month while the library is at its temporary location.

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Mardi Gras Bake Sale Visit the Mardi Gras Bake Sale at the library Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Feb. 7, 8, and 9. Homemade treats will be sold in the adult and children’s departments. Come support the library and take home a delicious treat!

Whittemore Book Club The Whittemore Book Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Main Reading Room. The book to be discussed will be “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. The Howard Whittemore Memorial Library is at 243 Church St. in Naugatuck. For information, call 203-729-4591 or visit

Southbury Free SAT Practice Exams High school students interested in getting practice taking the SATs are welcome to take a free practice SAT exam Saturday, Feb. 9, or Saturday, April 20, from

"Storm over Pemaquid" is among the Candlewood Camera Club photos on exhibit at the Southbury Public Library this month. (Submitted photo) 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kingsley Room at the Southbury Public Library. Participants will take a complete SAT exam as practice provided by Kaplan Test Prep. Participants should bring a calculator and pencil. A snack and drink are allowed. Registration is necessary. Register at the Kaplan website, www. events, or call the Reference Desk at 203-262-0626, ext. 130.

Candlewood Camera Club Exhibit A selection of photographs taken by members of the Candlewood Camera Club (CCC) will be on display in the Gloria Cachion Gallery from Feb. 1 to 28. Subject matter will include landscape, nature, photo journalism, digitally altered, street/ cityscapes and portraits. CCC photographers draw inspiration from their immediate environments, nature, travel – near and far, architecture, sports, zoos, botanical gardens, local attractions and from assigned subjects for competitions. The CCC, founded in 1948, is a group of about 100 photography enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages from the greater Danbury area. It meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m. from the end of August to the end of June at the Danbury Recreation Hall at 7 East Hayestown Road in Danbury. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Visit www. for more information. Check www.southburylibrary. org for more information. The

library is at 100 Poverty Road in Southbury (203-262-0626).

Woodbury Take Your Child to the Library Day The Children’s Department will host “Take Your Child to the Library Day” Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 10 a.m. Special family-oriented events will be held throughout the day. Families are invited to participate in a  library  scavenger hunt to earn small prizes. Kids also can drop in to play with the library’s huge collection of LEGO pieces between the hours of 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Young children up to the age of 5 can attend a special Groundhog Day Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Children will listen to stories and make a groundhog puppet.  At 11:30 a.m., families with children ages birth to 5 are welcome to participate in a free demonstration of a “Music Together” class facilitated by instructor Leslie Pratt, who will bring her classes to Woodbury  soon. During the demo, children will sing, move, listen to music and explore musical instruments. Please call the  library to register for this program as space is limited. Families also are welcome to drop in at 2 p.m. to play BINGO for candy and small prizes. No registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. These programs are free and open to area residents. For more information or to register for the “Music Together” demo, call 203-263-

Three Saturdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, at 10 a.m., Michelle Morgan will provide a health and wellness series on the following topics: • High Cholesterol, Blood Pressure or Type II Diabetes - Learn how to effectively manage these diseases Feb. 9. Although genetics can play a part in these diseases, most can be effectively managed through what you eat. This seminar will cover specifically which foods to avoid and which foods to increase to manage these diseases. It also will cover how to eat without feeling deprived. • Why do diets work every time, but then I gain it back? - Learn how to stop yo-yo dieting Feb. 16. Morgan will discuss why Atkins, South Beach and Weight Watchers plans are not sustainable and how you can eat for life. You can train your metabolism to eat more and weigh less. Morgan will talk about the science of how to eat, not feel deprived and get to and stay at your goal weight. • Stress contributes to weight gain - We’ve all been victim to stress eating; learn how to manage the way you react to stress Feb. 23. Cortisol flowing through your body is a good thing when you’re being chased by a bear, but far too many people suffer from chronic stress. When cortisol is constantly flowing through the body, it negatively impacts your metabolism and can even put you in a weight-gaining mode. Morgan will discuss the science behind stress and then go over pragmatic ways for you to reduce the impact of stress around you. Morgan would like attendees to carefully select one or two strategies they can embrace and make their own as these tactics are practical and can be immediately implemented into your life. Morgan is an owner of Revèe Spa at 33 Bullet Hill Road, Suite 204, in Southbury. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Woodbury Food Bank. Call the library at 203-263-3502 to reserve a spot, as seating is limited. For more information, call 203263-3502  or visit The library is at 269 Main St. South in Woodbury.

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Students can enter statewide contest NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, announced the ninth annual eesmarts contest for students in grades K to 12. The contest is open to all students in Connecticut, and the deadline for entries is April 26, 2013. The eesmarts program is a K to 12 energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy education initiative that annually invites Connecticut students to showcase their “energy smarts” about saving energy, efficient and renewable energy technologies and sustainability through various media forms. “Energy efficiency is a key component of Connecticut’s energy strategy for the future because it helps homeowners and businesses save money while reducing harmful emissions into (Kathleen Brown-Carrano cartoon) the air we breathe,” said Depart-

Social Security goes checkless Social Security checks soon will become a thing of the past. Starting in March, all Social Security benefits will be paid electronically or with a Direct Express debit card. If you’ve signed up since May 2011, whether for Social Security, government pension or veterans benefits, you’ve been required to use the new system. If you signed up before that and are still receiving checks, you need to make a change – quickly. A big reason for the switch is paper checks aren’t as safe as electronic payments. Checks can be stolen out of your mailbox, or

before they even get that far. That’s not to say electronic payments are foolproof. If you become the victim of identity theft, scammers can get into your account and have payments to you sent elsewhere. (Remember, no one from Social Security will ever call you to ask for your banking information or Social Security

number. If that happens, report it to the fraud hotline at 1-800269-0271.) If you don’t want direct deposit to your bank, you can sign up to receive a Direct Express card. The benefit amount is added to your card, which you can then use to pay bills, get cash, make purchases and more. Most card-related activities are free, but some do incur a fee. Your best bet is to go ahead and sign up for electronic payments. To get started, call Social Security at 1-800-333-1795 or go to your own bank. Online, go to Either way,

you’ll need the following information in hand: • Your Social Security number • The amount of your most recent benefit check, as well as that 12-digit check number • Your bank’s routing transit number and the account type. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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must have a ticket to be served. • Personal check, if available, with bank checking account Basic Digital Photography The $10 fee includes the meal, and routing numbers. – Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 2:30 tax and tip. • Copy of last year’s federal and p.m., learn the basics of how to AARP CT Tax Aide state tax returns. take, manage, print and attach • All income statements that apBeginning Friday, Feb. 8, free your photos to emails. The fee ply to the taxpayer’s 2012 fedfor this one-session class is $15. income tax assistance will be eral and state income taxes. Basic Computer Security – provided at the Middlebury Senior Center at 1172 Whittemore Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 2:30 Senior Fraud Talk p.m., learn how to avoid com- Road in Middlebury by the AARP Sharon Massafra of Home Inputer bugs and attacks and pro- Tax Aide program for low- to tect your data while online. The moderate-income taxpayers of stead Senior Care will give a prefee for this one-session class is all ages, with special attention to sentation on senior fraud those 60 and older. Call 203-577- Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. $15. Basic emailing – Thursday, 4166 for more information or to Attendees will get a wealth of Feb. 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., learn schedule an appointment with knowledge on how to protect simple tips and tricks for attach- a certified AARP Tax Aide coun- themselves at home from fraud. Call 203-577-4166 to reserve a ing photos, files and data. Learn selor. All taxpayers should bring seat. email protocol and etiquette. Set Home Instead Senior Care’s up contact, event and birthday with them the following information: mission is to enable seniors to reminders easily. Find email pro• If married, both husband and live happy, healthy and indepenviders that suit you. The fee for wife should be present dent lives in their homes. this one-session class is $15. • Proof of identity (picture or Daffodil Days other documentation). Junipers Lunch • Social Security number (Social Fundraiser The Middlebury Senior CenSecurity Card or Benefit Stateter’s monthly luncheon at JuniDaffodil Days the week of ment from SSA – 1099) for tax- March 18 is one of the American pers Restaurant will be Thursday, payer and all the taxpayer’s Cancer Society’s oldest and most Feb. 7. Call 203-577-4166 to redependents. serve a seat and get a ticket. You beloved fundraising programs.

To the Society, the daffodil represents the hope we all share for a future where cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease. Buy some daffodils, and help fund American Cancer Society research. Buy a bouquet of 10 fresh daffodils for a $10 donation. Or buy one of the following: • “Bear and a Bunch” includes Ray O Hope, the 10-inch collectible 2013 Boyds Bear with a daffodil bouquet for a donation of $25. • “Potted daffodil bulbs” have three multi-stem bulbs in a pot for a donation of $15. • “Gifts of Hope” provide bouquets anonymously to cancer patients in your community. Donations start at $25. • “Bear Hugs for Hope” provide Daffodil Days bears anonymously to children impacted by cancer. Donations start at $25. Call 203-577-4166 to place your order.

Falls Avenue Senior Center Events Skin Care for Older Women

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

Carol Wilson from Dream Kosmetics in Watertown will discuss skin care and offer makeup techniques for senior women Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. Reservations are needed by Feb. 7.

Diabetes Discussion

Duets and Dessert

Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m., Erica Burdon, nutritionist with New Opportunities Inc., will discuss the two types of diabetes, hemoglobinA1c, ketones, bloodsugar monitoring, diabetes “super foods,” foods to avoid and diabetes prevention and control. Reservations are needed by Feb. 4.

Grants for Home Repairs At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, the center will host a presentation on grant funds to repair homes. The Town of Watertown has Community Development Block Grant funds for use by income-eligible property owners for housing rehabilitation projects. If your home needs repairs, this is an opportunity to find out if you are eligible for grant money and get details about what is covered by this grant. This program is open to Watertown/Oakville residents of all ages.

Singers Tracey Lynne and David Alan will perform duets Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. Admission is a dessert to share. Reservations are needed by Feb. 12.

Valentines and Coffee There will be a Valentine Grab Bag and Coffee Hour Thursday, Feb. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the center. Seniors are invited for coffee, games, treats and a Grab Bag surprise. Participants should bring a $5 gift card in a gift bag. Reservations are needed by Feb. 11.

Info and Benefits for Seniors Representatives from Waterbury B.R.A.S.S. (Bringing Resources to Action to Serve Seniors) will be at the center Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. The function of B.R.A.S.S. is to improve information and benefits access to seniors and coordinate senior

ment of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty. “It is critical that young people develop an understanding of the importance of energy efficiency so they can take an active role for the rest of their lives in promoting a cleaner energy future – and the eesmarts statewide initiative helps accomplish that important goal.” Students answer grade-level specific prompts regarding energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and sustainability in the form of a poster, limerick, news article, song lyrics, persuasive essay, public service announcement script, speech and a small business proposal for energy efficiency. New to the contest this year is the “Power of Change” award category for grades 9 to 11, which asks students to propose a community-based project plan to address an energy-related issue. The eesmarts program is partnering with three Connecticut-based foundations — the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Hampshire Foundation and the Common Sense Fund — to identify three winners in this category to receive funding to make their community-based project a reality. The three foundations will together provide grants of $1,000 for first place,

$1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. The eesmarts program will match the foundations’ awards in this category. For grades K to 11, first-prize winners will receive an iPad, and second-prize winners will receive a Kindle Fire. Third-place winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a season pass for their immediate family to an Energize Connecticut museum partner, which includes the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport and Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Grade 12 finalists will receive Best Buy gift cards to help support their future educational expenses. Finalists for each grade level will be honored at a special awards ceremony June 11, 2013, at the Capitol in Hartford. For more information about the contest, visit contest. Energize Connecticut helps residents save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the state, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.

Middlebury Community Calendar Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 Board of Selectmen 6 p.m. .................................................Town Hall Conference Room Greenway Committee 7 p.m............................................................... Shepardson Room 26

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Water Commission 7 p.m............................................................... Shepardson Room 26

Wednesday, Feb. 6 Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m.......................................................... Shepardson Room 26

Thursday, Feb. 7 Planning and Zoning 7:30 p.m......................................................Shepardson Auditorium Calendar dates/times are subject to change If your organization would like your event included in the community calendar, please e-mail the information to

Region 15 School Calendar Saturday, Feb. 2 PHS First Day of Semester 2

Sunday, Feb. 3 No Events Scheduled

Monday, Feb. 4 PES Celebration of Reading Starts (Ends Feb. 14) Elementary Kindergarten Conferences (Feb. 4 to 8)

Tuesday, Feb. 5 RMS PTO....................................................................................9:30 a.m. PES Snow Date for Grade 4 and 5 Concert at PHS....................7 p.m. Middle School Algebra Mid-term

Wednesday, Feb. 6 MMS Snow Date for Algebra Mid-term health, wellness and recreation sites around Waterbury. This is an opportunity to meet the B.R.A.S.S. staff and learn about the organization’s services for area seniors. Reservations are needed by Feb. 14.

Nondenominational Bible Study Father Bryan Bywater of New Hope Anglican Church will lead a nondenominational Bible study and discussion Friday, Feb. 15, and Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the center. Register by the day before each class.

Cooking Class Wedding Planner and Chef Corky Plourde is preparing a “Be My Valentine” menu for her cooking class Friday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the center. Reservations are needed by Feb. 11.


AARP Driving Course The AARP four-hour driver safety course will be offered Friday, Feb. 22, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. This four-hour course replaces the previous eight-hour version. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. Payment in the form of a check payable to AARP should be presented to the instructor at class. State law mandates a minimum discount of 5 percent off liability insurance for two years for persons 60 years old or older who take a safe-driving course. Preregistration is required. Call the Falls Avenue Senior Center at 860-945-5250 for reservations. The class is limited to 30 participants and fills up quickly, so those interested should register ASAP.


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Thursday, Feb. 7 Middle School Report Cards Middle Schools & High School Band Day at PHS...........Band Room PTO Advisory Council..................................................... CO, 9:30 a.m. PHS Grade 8 High School Curriculum Night..............Aud. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8 PHS Winter Concert (Jazz Band/Chamber Singers/Chamber Orchestra)...........................................................................................7 p.m. Middle Schools & High Schools Snow Date for Band Day at PHS MMS Student Government Social Dance

Saturday, Feb. 9 No Events Scheduled Region 15 website:

Middlebury Road (Opposite the Shell Station) Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Anthony Calabrese 203-758-2765

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Friday, February 1, 2013

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Swedish artifacts, stories wanted

Letters to the Editor What will become of Middlebury’s $500 thousand surplus? To the Editor: Middlebury has a surplus of about $500 thousand left over from the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Regarding the surplus, the following are important points. • One of the staff reporters at the Republican-American recently wrote that Oxford has a surplus of $1.2 million from fiscal year 2011-2012, and that money will be returned to the taxpayers in the form of reduced taxes in fiscal year 2013-2014. • Reporter Chris Gardner recently wrote that Southbury has a surplus of $2.3 million from fiscal year 2011-2012, and that money will be returned to the taxpayers in the form of reduced taxes in fiscal years 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. • The St. John/Dayton administration of the 1990s and early 2000s always, or almost always, spent Middlebury’s surplus by calling a special town meeting attended by a handful of people who would approve getting rid of the surplus by spending it on a wish list of large purchases or projects, an undemocratic policy to say the least. • The more recent Gormley/McCormack administration always, or almost always, put budget surpluses into the longterm surplus account where that surplus account has accumulated to an abnormally high level. During that period, some taxpayers were pushed beyond their means which might not have been the case if surpluses had been returned to the taxpayers.  I am calling on the present town administration to return the 2011-2012 surplus to the taxpayers in the form of lower taxes for fiscal year 2013-2014, the way it is done in other towns.

will find a job, in both cases to advance their lifestyle. The working mom has eliminated her daycare expense, and the “soon to be working mom” will graduate from budget restrictions to having discretionary income. Their benefactor, in both cases, will be the rest of us taxpayers. The Board of Education’s (BoE) fiscal reasoning to make this happen is difficult to justify. The cost factors eliminate a bus route and reassign 4.5 full-time equivalency (F.T.E) teachers to staff full-day kindergarten. This is further justified by avoidance of unemployment expense. The unemployment cost would be $555 per week or $28,860 per year times 4.5 F.T.E. totaling $129,870. By this “job retention exercise,” the BoE has maintained an overhead cost of about $72,000 (salary and benefits) times 4.5 F.T.E. teachers (Step 5) that totals $324,000. I say the taxpayer has been overtaxed by $194,130. This negative is compounded by a pupil reduction of about 600 in the past five years while maintaining a faculty around 324. Do the math! The 2012-13 school budget was $60.25 million divided by 3,950 pupils, or a cost per pupil of $15,253. Six hundred pupils times $15,253 totals $915,000. The combination of full-day kindergarten, maintaining faculty and a significant reduction in pupils begs for justification better than avoiding unemployment. Is this a $1 million BoE investment in a Region 15 education? Is this an ego trip for the BoE? Please tell me I’m wrong! Please tell me how and why the BoE Finance Committee wasn’t all over this! Put my conclusions on your Board of Education meeting agenda, rethink your original conclusions and justify how this is a positive for taxpayers.

The Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington, Conn., is looking to borrow Swedish artifacts and stories for an upcoming exhibit on the Swedish immigrants who came to Washington, Conn. Approximately 100 Swedish families settled in Washington, starting around 1870, and formed two churches in Washington Depot, the Salem Covenant Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church. The Gunn Museum is seeking living descendants of Washington’s Swedish immigrants. Museum staff would like to hear about the lives of your ancestors and feature them in the exhibit. The museum is interested in borrowing family photographs, artifacts, paintings, documents, letters, immigration papers, trunks, clothing, work uniforms, household items, farm objects,

tools, church memorabilia, etc., that specifically belonged to Swedish immigrants from Washington. Museum staff will scan all pictures and documents and immediately return them to you. The museum also is looking to borrow generic vintage Swedish decorative objects, furniture, figurines, ornaments, household items, textiles, toys, etc., from the general public and collectors. Please email digital pictures of your Swedish artifacts to by Thursday, Feb. 28, if you would like to participate in this exhibit. Please call the museum at 860868-7756 or send an email to make an appointment before bringing items there. For more information, see www.gunnSwedish churches in Washington Depot, Conn. (Submitted photo)

In Brief Mad Hatters’ Tea Party

Hartley & D’Amelio Office Hours

Highland Feast

Sweet treats are in store for everyone who attends the Mad Hatters’ Tea Party Saturday, Feb. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marble Dale, Conn. There will be tea – regular and decaf – and flavored coffee, along with treats such as scones, lemon squares, éclairs, cream puffs, Russian tea cakes and an assortment of delicious tea sandwiches. This event is intended for people of all ages – men, women and children. Wear your favorite “tea party” hat and get in for $5. Those without hats will pay $7. St. Andrew’s is at 247 Litchfield Road, Route 202, in Marble Dale, Conn. For more information, call 860-927-3193 or email

State Senator Joan V. Hartley (D-Waterbury) and State Representative Anthony D’Amelio (R-Waterbury) will hold joint “office hours” Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Media Room at the John F. Kennedy High School at 422 Highland Avenue in Waterbury. “It is critical to hear from constituents, particularly this year in view of ongoing budget concerns and the new legislative task force to address gun violence prevention and children’s safety issues,” Hartley said. Rep. D’Amelio said, “I’d like to have as many people as possible attend this event. This is a great opportunity for them to meet with us and share any concerns they have about state government.” Hartley said residents unable to attend the event are welcome to call or email her office with their questions and concerns. Her toll-free telephone number in Hartford is 1-800-842-1420; email can be sent via

Dust off your bag pipes, take the family tartan out of mothballs and put Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. on your calendar for St. John’s biennial Burns Night Dinner. The evening’s festivities will include hors d’oeuvres with a decidedly Scottish flavor; the traditional address to the haggis complete with piper; a dinner menu of delectable Scottish specialties; wines selected by County Wine & Spirits of New Preston and a “BYOB” single malt whisky tasting bar staffed by knowledgeable representatives from County Wine & Spirits. Come toast the famed Scots poet, Robert Burns, “wi’ a wee dram o’ whisky” and enjoy Celtic music courtesy of O’Brien Strings. The event will be held in the Parish House at 9 Parsonage Lane in Washington, Conn. Tickets are $65 per person and may be reserved by calling the church at 860–868–2527 or emailing, or visiting

Crazy Coupon Chick Class

Missie Morris, the crazy coupon chick seen on Better Connecticut, will hold a couponing class Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Tula Family Enrichment Center at 489 Middlebury Road in Middlebury (lower level behind Dunkin’ Donuts). Learn how to get coupons and organize them, how to maximize your savings and how to shop each store. The $30 cost includes free products, a copy of Morris’ book and everything you need to start couponing. Sign up at www. Frank Pellegrini or call 203-527-7324. Southbury

Chamber Lunch Feb. 5

Lewis S. Clark Middlebury

Letters to the Editor

The Greater Tribury Chamber of Commerce will host an educational lunch on “The Power of E-mail Marketing, A Constant Contact Seminar,” led by Cathy Ann Drury Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Junipers Restaurant in Middlebury. The cost is $10 per person. The public is welcome, but an RSVP is required. Go to or call 203-267-4466 for more information.

Letters to the editor may be mailed to the Bee-Intelligencer, P.O. Box 10, Middlebury, CT 06762 or emailed to beeintelligencer To the Editor: Letters will be run as space perThe Region 15 decision on full-day kindergarten raises a lot mits. Please limit letters to 500 Love Songs with a Little Kick of questions. Its education value words, avoid personal attacks, and Winter’s chill will disappear Wednesday, must be positive, but its return understand letters will be edited. on investment will be beneficial For verification purposes, please Feb. 6, when the Love & Knishes Lunch proto two groups: the moms who include your name, street address gram features the music of Oxford Greens currently work and the ones who and daytime telephone number. resident Bob Lupi on keyboard and vocals in songs about love. Lupi will perform favorites by Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Engelbert Humperdink, Elvis, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin and Got a hot news tip for us? others. The three-course lunch prepared by JorPlease email it to: dan Caterers of Cheshire will be served at noon and followed by entertainment in the Jewish Federation’s social hall at 444 Main Please include your name St. North in Southbury.  The public is invited, and there is a sugand telephone number. gested lunch donation of $7.50 for adults We also welcome your ideas for articles you’d like age 60 and better. Reservations are requested to see in the newspaper. If you don’t have email you by Monday, Feb. 4, and can be made by calling 203-267-3177. can call us at 203-577-6800.

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Bereavement Group for Adults starts Feb. 7 A free six-week bereavement group for any adult who has experienced a loss will start Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at the Jewish Federation at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. Sponsored by Brownstein Jewish Family Service and facilitated by Jenny Casey, MSW of Regional Hospice, this short-term professionally facilitated bereavement support group will continue meeting on Thursday afternoons through March 14. The goal of this group is supportive in nature, providing a safe environment for sharing with others who also have been touched by loss. To register, call Brownstein Jewish Family Service Director Debby Horowitz at 203-267-3177, ext. 310.

Free course on mental illness The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Connecticut (NAMI-CT) will sponsor a free educational 12-week course featuring information on mental illnesses including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Classes will be held in Naugatuck beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Topics include learning about feelings and facts, biology of the brain/new research, problem solving, communication skills, medication review, empathy workshop, diagnosis and dealing with critical periods, available rehabilitation services and advocacy and fighting stigma. There is no charge for the classes, but pre-registration is required. Classes fill up fast. Please call Terrilynn at 203-881-2707 for more information and to register.

Alliance Française to host Mardi Gras celebration The Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut (AFNWCT) will host a Mardi Gras Festival Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at a private home in Southbury. A guitarist, Joe Flood, will play Cajun melodies and songs by Georges Brassens. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given for the best mask worn to the event. The public is invited; fluency in French is not required. The cost is $15 for nonmembers and $10 for members. For information and reservations, call  203-264-0365 or email Space is limited, and reservations need to be made by check before Feb. 1. For additional information on AFNWCT, visit, call 203263-4096 or email

Tai Chi and Qigong classes As a community service outreach to the Watertown/Thomaston area, American Legion Post 195 will sponsor Tai Chi and Qigong for Health classes in an effort to introduce adults and seniors to these gentle forms of exercise. A few of the many benefits of daily practice are 1) strengthens the immune system, 2)  improves bone density, 3) reduces stress and tension and lowers blood pressure and 4) improves balance. Classes will be held at The American Legion at 195 Bunker Hill Ave. in Watertown Wednesday evenings with Tai Chi from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. and Qigong from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The cost for eight weeks of Tai Chi classes is $60 (lower than announced last week), and the cost for four weeks of Qigong is $30. Classes will begin in mid-February. For more information or to register, call Roger at 860628-0500.

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the best chance of winning cold hard cash. Families must adhere to the following eligibility guidelines: All family members on the team must be related to one another by blood, marriage or adoption. The panel will be five family members; however, during the

casting call it is recommended to bring additional members, thus allowing the casting staff to select a team. Each contest member must be at least 18 years of age and a legal U.S. resident. Families must register for the Foxwoods auditions in advance by sending emails to boston@

10 Ways to Save or by calling 323.762.8467. “Family Feud” premiered in 1976 and quickly captivated audiences across America. Hosted by Steve Harvey since 2010, the show has been lauded by critics and audiences alike, and is experiencing its highest ratings in more than 22 years. The excitement doesn’t stop when the casting calls are over as the whole family can share a Foxwoods experience. The property offers an array of entertainment options, including AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants for all tastes, world-renowned spas, two 18-hole championship golf courses, contemporary theaters and exclusive retailers. Visit, Facebook or Twitter to learn more about Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Obituaries Brenda O’Connor Halloran

Longtime Middlebury Resident Brenda O’Connor Halloran, 72, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. She was the widow of Michael John O’Connor and Joseph “Bob” Hal-

loran. Brenda was born in the Bronx, N.Y., Oct. 21, 1940, to the late Stephen and Elizabeth (Bermingham) McCarthy. Brenda was quick with a smile and was a friend to all she met. She particularly enjoyed time with her family, especially her six granddaughters. A longtime Middlebury resident, she was a communicant of Saint John of the Cross Church and enjoyed spending time around town with her friends, particularly at the M.R.A. and at Mass and social events of the parish. She is survived by her daughter, Coleen Motta, and her two daughters, Michaela and Elizabeth Motta of Litchfield; her son and daughter-inlaw, Michael and Julie O’Connor, and their two daughters, Madeline and Olivia O’Connor of Woodbury; and her youngest son and daughter-inlaw, Stephen and Katie O’Connor, and their two daughters, Jillian and Raeghan O’Connor of Middlebury. She also leaves behind her two sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth (McCarthy) and William Barnett of Colts Neck, N.J., and Patricia (McCarthy) and James Kilroy of Cohasset, Mass. She was predeceased by her brother, Stephen McCarthy of London, England. The funeral was Wednesday Jan. 30, from the Murphy Funeral Home in Waterbury to St. John of the Cross Church in Middlebury for Mass. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708. Visit www.murphyfuneralhome- for more information or to George and Mae (Garrity) Poulin., Buckmiller Brothers send an online condolence. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart Funeral Home of Prospect. High School in Waterbury and Villanova University. He was the owner and President of Poulin Associates, Inc. from 1985 until 2012. He was Uniroyal Retiree currently working as a sales consulFather of Tom McNamara tant for Gallagher Sales Associates, ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Mr. Frank S. Inc. Sterniak, 91, of Englewood, Fla., forEdward Joseph McNamara, a resHe was a communicant of St. merly of Naugatuck, passed away in ident of Heritage Village and for- John of the Cross Church in Middle- Englewood, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 20, merly of New Seabury, Cape Cod and bury and a member and former 2013. He was the husband of FloDarien, died Sunday, Jan. 20, at president of the local chapter of the rence M. (Zmyewski) Sterniak. Danbury Hospital. He was the hus- National Electrical Manufacturing Mr. Sterniak was born in Naugaband of Mary (Lynch) McNamara. Representatives Association (NEM- tuck Dec. 3, 1921, a son of the late Mr. McNamara was born Oct. 16, RA). He was elected as NEMRA Man Joseph and Mary Ann (Dutkowski) 1927, in New Haven, son of the late of the Year for 2012 for his years of Sterniak. He was a longtime NaugMichael and Mary McNamara. He integrity and service to the electrical atuck resident before moving to graduated from Hillhouse School in industry. He enjoyed traveling with Florida more than 20 years ago. He New Haven and Yale University, his family, golf, fine dining and read- was a veteran of the Army Air Force, class of 1950. He was honorably dis- ing. serving during World War II. He recharged from the U.S. Army in 1947. Besides his wife, Mr. Poulin is tired from the Chemical Division of He was an executive with Vick’s and survived by his daughter, Sarah Uniroyal, Inc., where he was a lab Rorer Pharmaceutical companies Poulin of Middlebury and his son, technician for more than 30 years. prior to his retirement. Brian Poulin, also of Middlebury; He was a member of the Elks and Besides his devoted wife of 57 and his dog Cooper. He also is sur- the American Legion. years, he leaves his children: David vived by one brother, Mark Poulin Besides his wife of 66 years, he McNamara M.D. of New Haven; Judy and his wife, Carolyn, of Prospect; leaves his brother, Edmund Sterniak Reilly and her husband, Larry, of two sisters: Kathy Brodeur and her of Southington; two sisters, Ann Fairfield; and Tom McNamara and husband, Tom, of Bristol and Cherie Zerdyla and Hedwig Kalzaitis, both his wife, Donna, of Middlebury; and Capobianco and her husband, Joey, of Naugatuck; two sisters-in-law, four loving grandchildren: Megan of Waterbury. In addition to his sib- Ann Adamski and Sophie Zmyewski, Reilly and Molly, Tommy and Dan- lings, he leaves five nieces and neph- both of Naugatuck; several nieces, iel McNamara. He also will be ews: Carla Cruess, Gina Poulin, nephews, grand nieces and grand missed by his loyal dog, Zoe. Mark Poulin, Allie Brodeur and nephews. He was predeceased by Funeral services took place in Meghan Brodeur. his daughter, Kathy Ann Sterniak. Sacred Heart Church Saturday, Jan. Mr. Poulin’s family would like to A Mass of Christian Burial will be 26. Arrangements were by Carpino thank the BLISS 10I Cardiac Inten- celebrated Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. Funeral Home in Southbury. In lieu sive Care Unit at Hartford Hospital at St. Hedwig Church at 32 Golden of flowers, memorial contributions for the wonderful care they provided. Hill Street in Naugatuck. Friends are may be made to the Heritage Village A memorial Mass was held asked to meet DIRECTLY at the Ambulance Assoc., P.O. Box 2045, Wednesday, Jan. 30, at St. John of church at 8:45 a.m. Burial with milSouthbury, CT 06488. the Cross Church in Middlebury. itary honors will follow in St. James Burial will be at the convenience of Cemetery on Cross Street in Naugthe family. atuck. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial conArrangements are by Naugatuck tributions may be made to the St. Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald ZemHusband of Vincent DePaul Society, 34 Willow bruski Funeral Home at 240 North Beverly Ann Poulin St., Waterbury, CT 06710 Main St. in Naugatuck. To send an For more information and online online condolence, visit www.nauMr. George R. Poulin, 62, of Middlebury condolences visit www.buckmiller- died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Hartford Obituary Policy Hospital. He was the Please ask your funeral director to send obituaries and photos to husband of Beverly us at beeintelligencer@gmail. For more information, call 203-577-6800. Ann (Hooper) Poulin. The Bee-Intelligencer runs obituaries and their accompanying Mr. Poulin was born in Waterbury photos free of charge. We do this as a community service to honor the Aug. 30, 1950, a son of the late

Edward Joseph McNamara

Frank S. Sterniak

George R. Poulin

deceased and the family and friends who love them.

1987 was a very good year While most references to the “good ol’ times” are really about times that, in fact, were not as good as today, one year appears to stand out in Middlebury’s recent history as being a truly good one. Jane Lerner, a staff writer for the Waterbury Sunday Republican (December 27, 1987, page B3), said the year 1987 was a most outstanding one. In 1987, there were no contested races leading to the election. First Selectman Edward B. St. John had just won his second uncontested election, the second of what would become 11 successive elections. The tax rate remained stable for the third year, a fact welcomed by residents. Uniroyal had just left town, so St. John warned revenues might go down, forcing an increase in the tax rate the next year. International Business Machines had bought the former Uniroyal headquarters in late 1985, and officials announced they would renovate the Uniroyal administration building. After two unsuccessful tries,

Middleburians approved a charter with few changes to the way town business was conducted. A renovation of Shepardson School, built in 1932 to replace the two-room Center School (now the home of the Middlebury Historical Society), was nearing completion. Residents had approved spending almost $.5 million for the project in 1986. When renovations were completed, the building would become a senior citizens’ center. Another $400,000 had been approved to renovate Town Hall, with work to commence in 1988. There was an attempt to gain permission to build cluster housing on land off Long Meadow Road that was defeated because of local opposition. Middlebury gained international notoriety that year. Two Westover School students attended a private girls’ school in Amman, Jordan. As part of an exchange, two students from Jordan attended Westover School for the year, a plan suggested by King Hussein, leader of that country, at his commencement address at the 1986 graduation

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Republican appointees needed Middlebury Republicans interested in being recommended for a position on appointed boards and commissions may express their interest in a letter to the Middlebury Republican Town Committee, P.O. Box 1206, Middlebury CT 06762, or with an email to Candidates for these positions, or for future openings on other boards, will be invited for an interview. Openings exist on the Beautification Committee, Elderly Tax Relief Committee, Greater Waterbury Cable Council, Land Preservation Open Space Committee and Library Board of Trustees. The Beautification Committee conducts studies and implements plantings and improvements to beautify Middlebury, subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen. It meets the third Wednesday of the month. The Elderly Tax Relief com-

mittee makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on approaches to tax relief for the elderly. It meets the third Tuesday of the month. The Greater Waterbury Cable Council represents the residents and public access station in dealing with the cable television company licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control. It meets bimonthly on the second Wednesday. The Land Preservation Open Space Acquisition committee maintains the Fenn Farm property and makes recommendations to the Board of Selectmen for acquisition and maintenance of other historic properties. It meets the third Wednesday of the month. The Library Board of Trustees is entrusted with the task of developing and setting Library policy. It meets the second Tuesday of the month.

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It Happened in Middlebury By DR. ROBERT L. RAFFORD

Remember how great it felt to get 2 percent more in your paycheck two years ago when the Social Security tax was reduced? For 2011 and 2012, the rate for employees went down to 4.2 percent from 6.2 percent. Now that 2 percent tax is back, and your paycheck will be 2 percent smaller. Even if you were lucky enough to receive a raise in the meanwhile, the price of groceries alone has followed suit. With 2 percent taken from your current paycheck, you’ll likely feel the pinch. There are places, however, where you can find money to make up that 2 percent and maybe more. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling has offered up a list of 10 suggestions for adding dollars back into your budget. • Adjust your withholding. If you receive a tax refund every year, you’re essentially giving the government an interest-free loan. Adjust your deductions so you get more of that money in your paycheck. Use the worksheet at • Pay with cash. You’ll save the interest and fees you would be charged using a credit card. • Refinance. If you own a home, investigate whether refinancing will get you a lower monthly payment. • Find $10 in each of 10 categories per month. Shave $10 off the grocery bill. Rent a movie instead of going to a theater. Use the library instead of buying books. Turn down the thermostat one degree F. Take your morning coffee from home instead of stopping on the way to work.

of his daughter from Westover. And a Middleburian, a native of Columbia, was named one of America’s heroes of the year by Newsweek magazine for helping to gain the release of her mother from kidnapping terrorists in that country. Also in that year, Douglas Hanahan was hired as chief of police to fill the vacancy left by A. Frank Calabrese, who left in 1986. The Rev. John Fanning, pastor of St. John of the Cross Church, retired in December, and a party in his honor was attended by more than 800 people. A few parents in town began home-schooling their children, a practice not yet allowed in Connecticut. The efforts of these and

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Memorial wins tournament By JIM PERCIVAL The Memorial Middle School (MMS) Boy’s Basketball team recently won the eight-team Woodbury Tournament. The MMS squad defeated Shepaug in the opening round 62-23, behind 16 points from Marty Perrotti and 12 points and nine rebounds from Jake Medicino. The entire victory was a complete team effort that saw every player on the roster score at least 2 points. The second round game was a 60-41 win over Bethel. Chase Belden led all scorers with 21 points, and Andrew Minchella

chipped in with 8 points and five assists. Will McDonald and Chris Shortell played well defensively. MMS out-rebounded Bethel 229 in the second half en route to the victory. The championship game saw MMS beat Whisconier Middle School (Brookfield) 62-42 behind 24 points and seven steals from Chase Belden while Matt Wynne had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Chase Belden, Matt Wynne and Andrew Minchella were named to the “All Tournament Team” for their outstanding play during the three games. Memorial is currently 11-0 and enjoying a terrific season thus far.

Memorial Middle School basketball players and coach, front, left to right, Emmett Lytle, Chris DeRienzo, Will McDonald, Chris Shortell and Chris McFarland and back, left to right, Besart Hoxha, Marty Perrotti, Andrew Minchella, Jake Mendicino, Matt Wynne, Chase Belden and Coach Jim Percival are Woodbury Tournament Champions.

Middlebury Parks & Recreation Youth Dance Program Session II of Instructor Linda Rice’s Youth Dance Program starts Monday, Feb. 4, at Shepardson Community Center in Room 8. Class information is available online and in the Parks and Recreation Department office. Returning students need to pay their tuition prior to the first class.

First Aid Classes Terry Schmidt will teach three different first aid classes: Adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resusciMemorial Middle School’s Chase Belden drives to the basket for tation)/AED (automated external 2 of his 24 points in the Woodbury Tournament Championship defibrillator) Monday, Feb. 4; Ingame against Whisconier.  (Jim Belden photos) fant/child CPR Wednesday, Feb.

Feb. 2 - Feb. 9, 2013 Girls’ Basketball

Tuesday, Feb. 5..................... Lauralton Hall (A).................................. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8........................ Bethel (A).............................................. 7 p.m.

Boys’ Basketball

Monday, Feb. 4..................... Faith Preparatory (A)............................. 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5..................... Stamford Academy (Scrim.) (H)............. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8........................ Bethel (H)............................................. 7 p.m.

Girls’ Gymnastics

Monday, Feb. 4..................... Trumbull/Nonnewaug (H)................. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7................... SWC Championships (A)....................... 5 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 2................... Daniel Hand (H)............................... 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4..................... Trinity Catholic (H)............................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7................... Newtown (A)..................................... 3:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9................... Cheshire (H)..................................... 7:30 p.m.

Boys’ Swimming

Tuesday, Feb. 5..................... Joel Barlow (H)...................................... 7 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 2................... Farmington, Branford, ........................................... Seymour, Maloney (H) ........................ 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6................ Oxford (H)............................................. 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9................... SWC Championships (H).................. 9:30 a.m.

The concept of subtraction Instead of adding things to your life, take away one or two things every day this week to create spaciousness within you and around you and for new ideas to flow through you. The idea of constantly adding to life can build a feeling of being smothered with just too much, as well as make more work for you to keep up with your perception of forward growth and movement. What if you believe growth and forward movement happens naturally as you strip away what stands between you and space? Think of the words “subtract this, add space” off and on all day for an experience of peace, joy and abundance of room for the new. As we turn the corner from

Nuggets for Life By CYNTHIA DE PECOL deep winter to this new month of February with its promise of slightly longer days, warmer temps and one less outerwear item, think about letting go of something that keeps you where you are. It’s normal to gather stuff, but it’s natural to continually let go of thoughts that don’t serve you, clothes that don’t fit, food that doesn’t absolutely fill and thrill you and surroundings that aren’t an expression of your authentic evolving Self.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This year I retired at age 66. Since retirement I’ve been tormented with drenching sweats nightly. I mention the retirement because it’s the only thing in my life that has Do you attend PHS varsity games? Are you interested in changed. Could there be a conwriting about them for the Bee-Intelligencer? You will get a nection? I have to change my pabyline, and your stories will be published on this page. This jamas every night, and sometimes will look good on your college application! Our readers love the bed linens. I feel well otherto read about PHS sports! wise. I will appreciate anything In addition, if you take pictures (or have a friend who wants you can tell me. – D.D. to take pictures), we will publish the pictures and, of course, ANSWER: You and your doctor give photo credit! have to look for the rare but seriIf you’re interested, email me at beeintelligencer@gmail. ous causes of night sweats. In the com. past, infections were the major Marjorie Needham, Editor and Publisher cause, and tuberculosis headed the list of infectious causes. That’s no longer true. Diabetes, an overactive thyroid gland and cancers stay informed all week long! – especially lymphomas (lymph FOLLOW US at node cancers) – are other possible causes. It’s most unusual for night mbinews sweats to be the only sign of such illnesses. I can’t link your retirekeep up to date with breaking news, weather alerts, traffic advisories and more. ment to the problem. Have you taken your temperature at night? A normal temperature points to causes that are less indicative of something that has health consequences. Medicines might provoke sweating. Antidepressants, some • $5.00 weekday Open Play of the diabetes medicines and • All-new party packages thyroid hormone are examples. starting at just $179.99 Aspirin resets the body’s thermo• Create & Play weekly stat. When its effect begins to wear preschool playgroup off, profuse sweating can result. Get all the details and coupons at • Friday Family Fun Nights The following tips for controlling sweating are banalities, but Fun Factor of Middlebury 950 Southford Road 203.528.0118 they’re always mentioned. The

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This week’s nugget for life is to awaken the natural state of openness and ease by subtracting from your life. Look around you. Visualize what you want your life to be this year and how you want to look, express yourself and how you want to live. Can you release all pieces of clothing you don’t wear knowing we consistently wear only 20 percent of what’s in the closet? Can you re-think your daily routines, habits and thought patterns, taking away one a day that can be replaced with space? Subtract unhealthy foods, replacing them instead with one bright, nutritious piece of fruit. Less is more. Subtract the number of words you use when talking with people, and make

heat and humidity of the bedroom have to be on the low side. Humidity of less than 40 percent is optimum. If sweating is confined to a particular body area, like the palms and soles, the face or the underarms, you have more treatment options. For generalized sweating, the choices are not as plentiful. Fans and air conditioners are another banal solution, but they often work. Some have found that Robinul (glycopyrrolate) or ProBanthine, each taken 45 minutes before going to bed, stop the production of excessive sweats. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Can you give us some information on adult drooling? My husband, 87, is normal in all other ways, but cannot control his drooling. He won’t leave the house because of it. – E.K. ANSWER: With aging, we have less-effective swallowing mechanisms. In our younger years, saliva is constantly, automatically and imperceptibly swallowed

throughout the day. At older ages, it stays in the mouth, and its only exit is through the lips. A second cause of drooling is the sagging of tissues around the mouth, another consequence of aging. The lips and mouth tissues cannot hold saliva in the mouth like they used to. Readers have made good suggestions on how to combat this problem. R.M. suggests applying a dab of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream to the corners of the lips to create a dam that blocks saliva overflow. Vaseline works too. Robinul (glycopyrrolate) and scopolamine, the patch used for prevention of seasickness, slow the production of saliva. But they can have other unpleasant side effects that make them less useful for this purpose. Botox injections diminish saliva volume. Doctors can tie off some of the salivary ducts to achieve the same end. Start with the dam-building technique. It has no side effects and is inexpensive. 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

room for listening and learning more. Enough said. Cynthia De Pecol is a Yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

1. Who was the last Milwaukee Brewers pitcher before Zack Greinke in 2011 to finish with a record of at least 10 games above .500? 2. In 2012, Jordan Schafer tied a Houston Astros record for longest streak of getting on base to start a season (25 games). Who else holds the mark? 3. Entering the 2012 postseason, who held the NFL career playoff record for grabbing the most interceptions (nine)? 4. Patrick Ewing is Georgetown men’s basketball’s all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots. Who is the school’s all-time leader in points scored? 5. How many times have the Los Angeles Kings swept an opponent in a seven-game NHL playoff series? 6. In 2012, San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski tied an MLS record for most goals in a season (27). Who else holds the record? 7. Who was the first boxer to win titles from major and minor sanctioning bodies in seven divisions?


1. Chris Bosio was 16-6 in 1992. 2. Denis Menke, in 1969. 3. Ronnie Lott, Bill Simpson and Charlie Waters. 4. Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, with 2,304 points. 5. Once – they swept St. Louis in 2012. 6. Roy Lassiter had 27 goals for Tampa Bay in 1996. 7. Hector “Macho” Camacho won his seventh in 2001.

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6; and Standard First Aid Monday, tion is available online and in the Middlebury Soccer Feb. 11. All classes will meet from Parks and Recreation Department Association 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Shepardson office. Registration Community Center. The cost per Middlebury Baseball Middlebury Soccer registraclass is $72 for residents; $82 for tion will be ONLINE ONLY. The nonresidents. Registration deadline for travel soccer is toBaseball registration will be Youth Karate day, Friday, Feb. 1. Register at ONLINE ONLY. Visit middleAdvanced youth karate classes burybaseball.baberuthonline. Participants must have been will start Thursday, Feb. 7, at com for more information. four years old by Dec. 31, 2012. Shepardson Community Center. All new travel players must subA class for Red and Apprentice Pomperaug Youth mit a copy of their birth certifiBlack Belts and a class for Black Softball Registration cate and a current 1-inch by Belts taught by Masters Tia Josef Find information for Middle- 1-inch photo to Middlebury Socand Jena Rowland will meet Feb. 7 to May 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. bury/Southbury softball for ages cer Association, P.O. Box 357, The fee is $55 for residents; $65 5 and up online at southbury- Middlebury, CT 06762. for nonresidents. More informa-

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Middlebury Girls Travel Basketball The Middlebury Girls Seventh- and EighthGrade Travel Team finished week nine of the season with two league wins, both on the road. Last Friday night, the girls defeated Wolcott Travel by a score of 32-16 at Frisbie Elementary School. Middlebury’s full court pressure defense proved too much for the young Wolcott team. Middlebury’s offensive attack was led by Lauren Stango with 8 points and numerous assists, including a pretty touch pass to a cutting Lauren Pelosi for 2 of her 8 points. Rounding out the scoring for Middlebury was Ciara Connelly with 6, Ashleigh Whitten with 4 and Allison Orsini, Grace Bollard and Payton Collette each with 2 points. The girls carried that momentum to Litchfield High School Saturday, when they defeated Litchfield Travel by a score of 40-24. Middlebury’s offensive performance was very balanced, with each player scoring in the contest. Middlebury had a strong second quarter, outscoring Litchfield 12 to 2 and putting the game

LEGAL NOTICE 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 February 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium, Shepardson Community Center, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, Connecticut regarding the following three applications submitted by Sunbeam Partners LLC/199 Park Rd. Extension: Special Exception for Restaurant Use pursuant to Section 41.4.6; Special Exception for Outdoor Dining as an Accessory Use to a Full Service Restaurant pursuant to Section 41.4.7; Special Exception for the Sale of Liquors at Full Service Restaurant pursuant to Section 66.3. 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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out of reach by the half. Lauren Stango had a game high 10 points and Lauren Pelosi and Allison Orsini each had 6. Also scoring for Middlebury were Ashleigh Whitten with 5 points, Sarah Boggiano with 3 points, Brooke Anderson with 2 points and Abby McCasland with 1 point. The two victories helped Middlebury improve to 11 and 4 overall and remain in the top six in the Western Connecticut Girls Basketball League standings.

Middlebury Boys Travel Basketball The Middlebury Boys Seventh- and EighthGrade Travel Team defeated Wolcott 64-45 in a non-league game last weekend. After trailing 3331 at the end of the first half, Middlebury switched from a zone defense to a man-to-man defense. The result was they ran away from their opponent by limiting them to 14 second-half points. Aside from their defensive pressure, Middlebury was led by Danny McNamara’s 10 points. Middlebury will be away in Winsted this weekend.

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The Region 15 Board of Education (BoE), upon recommendation of its finance subcommittee, voted unanimously to increase the price of school lunch, effective today, Friday, Feb. 1. The district-wide increase is due to rising costs of higher quality foods and cafeteria supplies. In Region 15, the elementary and middle school lunch price will go up 35 cents per meal to $2.75 from $2.40. The high school lunch price will rise to $2.90 from $2.60. The last price increase for a school hot lunch was in 2010. Region 15 Finance Committee chairman Paul Babarik said the BoE recognized the need to raise prices early on due to new federal regulations and increased costs. “We tabled any price increases back at the beginning of the academic year to give us an opportunity to study the impact of new regulations and market increases,” said Babarik.

New lunch guidelines passed in 2010 (the Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act) were designed to improve the health and nutrition of children who participate in school lunch programs. These guidelines require doubling the servings of fruits and vegetables and lowering the sodium and fat content of lunches. Access to more nutritious meals, specific portion requirements and rising supply costs have led to the increased cost of a school lunch entrée and milk. Region 15 tracked food prices over a one-year period (September 2011 to September 2012) and noted an average increase of 10 to 12 percent. Cheese and dairy prices fluctuate month to month, but during that year the price of cheese rose to $2.69 per pound from $1.89 per pound, and milk prices went up 8.5 percent. “We are now required to serve 3/4 cup to 1 cup of fresh fruits and vegetables daily in addition to a starch and legumes. Half of

the grains we serve must be whole grain this year; next year, the requirements rise to 100 percent,” said Peter Brooks, Region 15 director of food service. The district also has seen double-digit increases for its cafeteria supplies, and U.S.D.A. regulations state Region 15 must purchase American-made products. The cost of a 500-piece case of five-component meal trays rose 14 percent while a case of plastic ware went to $10.64 from $5.63, an increase of 88.8 percent. Lunch prices are set by the BoE and are adjusted occasionally to reflect the fluctuating costs of food, labor and medical benefits. The Region 15 lunch program is self-supporting and operates separately from the general school district budget. The Food Service Department covers all its costs – including labor, food, supplies and equipment – from revenues it receives from paid lunches and federal reimbursements.

Seeking artistic alumni

Region 15 School District is inviting alumni to display artwork at the region’s 25th Annual Art Show April 26 and 27, 2013. In 1988, Region 15 held its first-ever district-wide art show. Now, 25 years later, the annual event has become a much-anticipated show, bringing together thousands of student artists, their families and the community over many years. To celebrate the art show’s 25th anniversary, district art teachers are inviting Region 15 alumni to showcase their artwork at the high school during the event. “We are looking forward to seeing what our graduates have been producing since they’ve left Region 15 schools,” said Jane Sarjeant, district fine arts director. “Many of my former students have contacted me over the years to reminisce about the art show. Having the students come back to display their art during the show’s 25th year is going to be very special.” The Region 15 Art Show will be Friday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pomperaug High School Gymnasium and the All-Purpose Room. Interested alumni who wish to display their painting, photography, ceramics, drawings and sculpture are asked to contact Sarjeant ( or Elaine Kyle ( by Thursday, Feb. 28. Alumni will be responsible for providing their artist biography or statement as well as the delivery, display (e.g., easels, display platforms), and pickup of their work. Region 15 has created a presence for the 25th Anniversary Art Show on Facebook. Just search for “Region 15 Art Show.”

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Adopt a Rescue Pet

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




Maya is a medium wirehaired terrier mix who is about 2 years old. She takes a few meetings to Toy poodle Buckwheat, a 15-year-old retired service dog (seizure alert), warm up to new people, but comes around with lives with the Forino/Baptista family in Middlebury. the toss of a few treats and a calm introduction. Maya’s confidence has grown quite a bit since she was dumped off. She now is house trained and loves to sit on the laps of shelter volunteers. She also likes to take walks and have her belly rubbed. If you have a quiet and mature home, Maya may The Region 15 Board of EduIn a full-day program, teachers ing kindergarten in the fall. be for you. Please call Animals For Life at 203-758cation (BoE) unanimously ap- will be able to provide students To begin the registration pro2933 to learn more. proved the proposal for full-day more small-group instruction cess, contact the elementary For more information on these pets or to make an appointment to meet an adoptable pet, call kindergarten starting in fall 2013. tailored to the learning needs of school at the following numbers: 203-758-2933. For information on the adoption process, visit Parents and guardians of incom- the students. The kindergarten Pomperaug Elementary ing kindergartners can start the teachers in attendance at the School: 203-264-8283 registration process now by call- meeting described the benefits Gainfield Elementary School: ing their child’s school. of having additional opportuni- 203-264-5312 At the Jan. 14 BoE meeting, ties to confer and work with their Long Meadow Elementary members of the Region 15 Kin- young students. School: 203-758-1144 dergarten Study Committee deParents and guardians of inMiddlebury Elementary tailed the full-day kindergarten coming kindergarten students School: 203-758-2401 program, including the oppor- can now start the registration Once the school is notified, tunities for larger blocks of time process. If your child is 5 years the parents and guardians will for reading and writing develop- old on or before Jan. 1, 2014, he be directed to the website for ment, math instruction, learning or she can enter kindergarten. registration forms that can be centers and inquiry-based, Parents are asked to call their downloaded and printed from hands-on science and social child’s school first to notify the home. These forms also are availstudies activities. school their child will be attend- able at the school’s main office. Kindergarten registration information is detailed on the district website, Go to “Registration” on the left side of page; on the registration page, a link to kindergarten registration is highlighted in yellow. Family Enrichment Center An orientation meeting for parents will be held Wednesday, PRECIOUS SIRUS Yoga • Zumba March 27, at 7 p.m. at each elePrecious is a black, female Chihuahua, who is This is Sirus! He is a wonderful little guy that Martial Arts mentary school. approximately 7 years old. She is starving for love needs a home to call his own. He is not yet altered, for all ages and desiring the companionship of a kind person but shall be before he goes home. No small chilto welcome her into her life. Precious desires to dren for this guy as he has not been around them. be in an adult-only home. If you are interested at He is in need of an adult-only home. Sirus is a with Chris. Mixed levels. all in changing a life, come down and take a look low-maintenance and low-energy dog. Please Mondays & Thursdays 7 - 8 pm at this girl. She will never take your love for granted email for more information as well as an applicaand has plenty of love to pass on to you. If you are tion and time to visit. Coupon Class, Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. The Bee-Intelligencer is avail- interested, please email us as she is in foster care. Crazy Coupon Chick Missie Morris will show you how to use able by mail to those outside our coupons to save lots of money. Class fee includes free products, delivery area or in need of extra For more information on these animals, as well as others at Meriden Humane Society (MHS), email Missie’s book and everything you need to start couponing! copies. Mail delivery costs $40 MHS is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and volunCall 203-527-7324 to reserve a spot a year for each subscription. teers can be available to meet with you through an appointment. MHS is at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden. or pay online at Cost is $30.  Send a check and the mailing address to Bee-Intelligencer, P.O. Check our schedule on Facebook: TulaFEC Box 10, Middlebury, CT 06762. Call 203-577-6800 for rates for 489 Middlebury Road in Middlebury (behind Dunkin' Donuts)  shorter periods of time. bles at sites like www.cowgirldiDEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’m 11 years old and really want to learn or www.equisearch. to ride a horse and maybe own com/horses_riding_training. one someday. How can I You and your mom should go convince my mom I’m ready to together and check out riding ride? She thinks I’ll get hurt. – classes specifically for kids in Erin in Ocala, Fla. your area. 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Cleo is about 13 weeks old and is just the sweetest thing! She’s very inquisitive and loves to play, but also loves snuggling and purring super loud. She was left outside to fend for herself. Cleo has a beautiful, thick coat and would do best in an active environment. She is more than likely good with other cats, and older children (10 and up) would be great playmates for her. To find out how you can meet pretty Cleo, call Animals For Life at 203-758-2933.

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