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Volume IX, No. 29

Friday, August 30, 2013

Saturday tree lighting in jeopardy By MARJORIE NEEDHAM At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Commission members agreed to issue the following statement: “As things stand now, budget cuts by the Board of Finance will make it impossible for Parks and Recreation to offer the Christmas Tree Lighting on the Green and Memorial Day Parade. “The only way these established community traditions will continue is if the Board of Finance reinstates the funds necessary to stage these events. Please contact the Board of Finance, which meets the second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Room 26 at Shepardson Community Center.” Chairman Ron Clark Sr. signed the statement. On Wednesday, Parks and Recreation Director Betty Proulx said, “We will have a tree, and it will be lit. But it will be lit on Friday at 1 p.m. before I leave work for the day.” The tree has traditionally been lit during a Saturday afternoon program that includes performances by youth groups and caroling around the Green. This year’s tree lighting was to have been Saturday, Dec. 7. The Board of Finance (BoF) cut from the 2013-2014 budget all town employee overtime except that for snow plowing and police. The overtime that was cut pays for town employees to assist with weekend events like the tree lighting. In a telephone interview earlier this month, BoF Chairman Michael McCormack said Proulx had emailed him about her concerns. “I emailed her back and told her that was a question to ask the first selectman,” McCormack said. “The Board of Finance sets the budget and it’s up to the first selectman to manage the budget. The Board of Finance isn’t here to tell people how to run the town.” McCormack said, “The answer isn’t always, ‘We need to spend money.’ You need to figure out what to do with less money.” He cited the example of overtime being paid to close up Shepardson Community Center after 9:30 p.m. The solution to that was to post notices that all meetings in the building must end no later than 9:30 p.m. McCormack said this is not a question for the Board of Finance. “The Board of Finance set the budget, it was approved, and now it’s up to management to decide what to do. What managers get paid for is running businesses within constraints,” he said. “You can make everything a big problem or you can make a solution … The point I want to make is this is a problem management needs to take care of.” Responding to the idea that you need to figure out what to do with less money, Commissioner Ray Kasidas said being told to adjust your spending doesn’t work. “If my wife says, ‘Here’s $20 to fill your car, it can’t happen. It takes $60 to fill my gas

tank,” he said. It appears department heads were not consulted before the overtime cuts were made. Clark said, “We’re in a real dilemma here. I wish someone had asked us.” Later, he said, “It’s almost inconceivable a town group, specifically the Board of Finance, would institute such a radical change without consulting anyone.” Proulx said, “If somebody had come to us, I could have explained the consequences of the cuts. They’ve cut over $40,000 over the past two years.” Clark said Ed Asselin is the commission’s BoF liaison, but members agreed he did not discuss the 2013-2014 budget or the overtime cuts with them. “We haven’t seen him for a couple of years,” said Commissioner Joan Reed. A call to Ed Asselin was not returned before our deadline. Proulx said, “We’ve been told no overtime. I don’t have the money or the people to do these events.” She said Public Works Department employees open the buildings for weekend events, and one attends the tree lighting in case there are technical problems getting the tree to light. Clark noted there have been times when the tree did not initially light. Looking at the option of having employees take time off during the week so they could work on a weekend, Proulx said the Public Works Department is down to a skeleton crew already and cannot spare a crew member during the week. Commissioner Ray Kasidas said, “Some people don’t understand we have to deal with labor laws.” Using volunteers also raises the issue of liability; the town’s liability insurance covers town employees but not volunteers. As for raising funds for overtime through donations, Proulx and others noted it might be possible, but the amount needed likely would increase each year as the BoF continues to cut money from the town budget. “I’m working at close to $100,000 less over the past seven years,” Proulx said. Although the statement focuses on two events, the Trick or Trunk Halloween event and the Spring Egg Hunt also are on the line, and the cuts in overtime are affecting the sports programs, too. In addition, Proulx said she has had to cancel income-producing Saturday activities such as the babysitting course and safe boating course because overtime is not allowed. She estimated the overtime costs for Christmas at $1,700 and the Memorial Day Parade at $6,000. Trick or Trunk runs about $350 and the Egg Hunt $250. The overtime breakdown for the Memorial Day parade is $2,400 for Public Works, $2,400 for the Police Department and $1,100 for the Parks and Recreation Department. Proulx noted that, starting last year, she has had to pay for police coverage at these events. It has been $56 an hour; that fee

The Gupta family, front left to right, father Sanjiv and mother Anuradha and back, left to right, sons Himank and Bhavin, are all smiles as the new owners of International Wine and Liquor on Straits Turnpike in Middlebury. Sanjiv previously shared ownership of the store with his brother-in-law.  (Marjorie Needham photo)

New owner at International Wine By MARJORIE NEEDHAM Sanjiv Gupta has waited on customers at International Wine and Liquor in Middlebury for 12 years. During that time, he coowned the store with his brother-in-law. Now he has become the sole owner, and he is excited about the prospect of continuing to wait on customers he has come to know over the years. Sanjiv, a native of the Punjab region of India, moved to the U.S. 15 years ago. A friend in Waterbury encouraged him to move here, telling him, “It’s a beautiful place and you are going to love it here.” Sanjiv said his friend was right, and he is happy to be here. Twelve years ago, he began working at International Wine and Liquor. “Everyone thought I was the owner because I was handling most of the buying and selling,” he said.

Things went smoothly until an armed robber came into the store one Sunday last August while Anuradha was behind the counter. It was the first time the store had been robbed at gunpoint, and it caused Sanjiv and his wife to consider whether or not to continue working there. During that time, Sanjiv started working in New Hampshire. But he found he wasn’t happy there. “I missed Middlebury,” he said. “I missed everyone. The money was good, but I missed this environment and working with people here.” That’s when he approached his brother-in-law about selling the business to him. His brother-in-law agreed to do so. Sanjiv said he is happy to own the Middlebury business. “Middlebury has been very, very good to me,” he said. Anuradha agreed. “We are close to everybody. They are like family,” she said of

has increased to $90.96 an hour for a minimum of four hours. Proulx said she didn’t learn the amount had nearly doubled until just this Tuesday when she called the police department to confirm her costs. Before settling on making the statement, commissioners discussed how to “get creative,” as they had been urged to do by McCormack. Clark said, “Let’s be creative. What are alternatives that are legal, safe and fall within our costs?” But Commissioner Stephen Grammatico said, “I consider these community activities rather than Parks and Recreaction activities. We can do nothing. Our budget has been cut to the bone. I suggest we do nothing.” Selectman Ralph Barra spoke up, saying, “I want to be clear the Board of Selectmen had overtime

their customers. She said the store’s customers have watched the two Gupta sons grow up, and the Guptas have watched customer’s children grow up over the years. The Gupta’s sons, Himank, 24, and Bhavin, 20, are both college students. Himank is a dental student at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, and Bhavin is a junior studying predental at UConn in Storrs. Both of them still work off and on at the store. Sanjiv said working in the store is one of the reasons he speaks English well. He had to learn English when he arrived in the U.S. “Spending time with customers helps me with my English,” he said. Sanjiv said the family plans to gradually remodel the store. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is 203-598-7922.

Hand-crocheted blanket drawing at Library Some lucky person will go home with this hand-crocheted blanket created by Middlebury Public Library patrons over the summer. The blanket is large enough for a double bed. See Library Happenings on page 2 for information on entering the drawing for the blanket.  (Marjorie Needham photo)

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Connecticut Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry

What: Perishable foods such as produce, dairy products and bread given to any who need them When: 2 to 3 p.m. Where: First Congregational Church, 40 DeForest Street, in Watertown, 860-274-6737

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Mary’s Book Review “Mr. Linh’s Granddaughter”


By Philippe Claudel Reviewed by Mary Conseur This novel by French author Philippe Claudel concerns an old man from a poor Asian country who has just lost his house, his family and his village in a war imposed by a western industrial power. The only person he has left is his little three-month-old granddaughter. The only possessions he has are a worn photograph of his deceased wife and a handful of dirt from his country. Obligated to leave his homeland because of the war, Mr. Linh is put on a boat bound for the country that has just decimated his own country. He must stay in a refugee camp where he knows nobody and where he is surrounded by people who don’t speak his language. Most of the people in the refugee camp either ignore him or mock him. The only person who has compassion for him is an inhabitant of the new country, whom Mr. Linh meets in the park. This man is a former soldier, who feels guilty because he was ordered to kill Mr. Linh’s compatriots. He also feels a kinship with the old man because

he too is lonely; his wife is dead, he never had any children, and he feels a stranger in his own land. “Mr. Linh’s Granddaughter” is the story of suffering but also of tenderness and compassion. It shows us the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great adversity, a modern French version of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Though the story is short and the language is simple, the message is very powerful. Writer and film director Philippe Claudel is already known to French audiences for his award-winning novel, “Ames Grises” (“Gray Souls”) and for his film, “Il y a Longtemps que je t’aime” (“I Have Loved You a Long Time”), which won a 2009 award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). In addition to being a writer and film director, Claudel also is a professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Nancy in France. The English version of his new novel, “Mr. Linh’s Granddaughter,” is available on e-books.

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department Call Log Date Time Address/Incident 8/12/13 06:49 65 Crest Road. Middlebury Public Library. Water flow alarm. 8/12/13 18:36 140 Woodfield Drive. Fire alarm activation. Food on the stove. 8/13/13 10:38 152 Glenwood Ave. Oven fire from selfcleaning oven. REMINDER: Clean all solid matter out of your oven FIRST before you set it to self-clean. 8/14/13 17:53 7 George St. Activated fire alarm. Food on the stove. 8/15/13 20:20 I-84 East Exit 17 on ramp. Mutual aid to the City of Waterbury for lighting at a motor vehicle accident. 8/15/13 20:34 34 Ridgewood Drive. Gas leak. Shut gas off to residence. 8/16/13 01:45 1 Store Road. Pies and Pints. Activated fire alarm. 8/16/13 07:18 County Line on Straits Turnpike. Accidental fire alarm activation. 8/20/13 12:14 199 Park Road Ext. Activated fire alarm. Workers testing the system. 8/21/13 20:38 Route 63 at I-84. Motor vehicle accident with injuries. One transported on advanced life support; one transported on basic life support. 8/23/13 17:37 I-84. Reported vehicle on fire. No fire; 18-wheeler discharging lots of smoke. 8/24/13 15:28 I-84 East. Motor vehicle accident in Waterbury.

Middlebury Community Calendar Monday, Sept. 2 - Labor Day Holiday All town hall offices, library, senior center and transfer station are closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 Board of Selectmen 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room

Wednesday, Sept. 4 Land Preservation and Open Space 6 p.m...................................................Town Hall Conference Room Zoning Board of Appeals Postponed to Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m................. Shepardson Room 26

Thursday, Sept. 5 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 email the information to

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The Middlebury Conservation Commission (CC) at its Aug. 27 meeting approved two Town of Middlebury drainage maintenance projects, set a public hearing for proposed construction of a new home on Ravenwood Drive and accepted an application for a subdivision on South Road. Two public road drainage improvement projects by the Town of Middlebury were unanimously approved. Town Engineer John Calabrese said a deteriorating 24-inch corrugated metal pipe, in place since the 1970s at Three Mile Hill and East Ridge Drive, needed to be replaced with proposed 30-inch ABS plastic pipe tying into an

existing 30-inch system. He said until excavation was under way it would not be clear how much of that system also would be replaced. He told commissioners construction would utilize silt fencing and hay bales to control flowing water. Calabrese also described watercontrol problems where no drainage systems exist at 246 White Deer Rock Road near the entrance of Tyler Cove and Highfield. He said two new catch basins and a 12-inch pipe would flow water into a plunge pool and require drainage easements on homeowner property. An application for Raymond Brennan for a two-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot house on Ravenwood Drive was unanimously set for public hearing Sept. 24

because of a petition from nearby residents. Professional Engineer Brian Baker of Civil1 said curtain drains and catch basins already are in place. He said placement of the house and driveway within the regulated area was limited by the contour of the land, placement of the septic system and well, and the existence of perforated town drainage pipes. Baker staked the planned house and driveway locations for commissioner review after the application was accepted July 30. A four-lot subdivision application at 677 South St. by Marian, Sarah and Charles Larkin was unanimously accepted for commissioner review. Civil Engineer Ronald Wolff said an existing two-family house on one of the lots would be converted to a one-

family house. The 21-acre property contains 3.3 acres of wetlands fed from a concrete culvert draining water from under nearby Interstate 84. He said a proposed common driveway would run over an existing wood road utilizing two 30-inch pipes to permit wetlands water flow. Wolff said he knew commissioners needed to review and approve a single driveway per the lot plan before he could modify the plan for a common driveway. He agreed to stake the lots and proposed driveways for commissioner review. The next regular CC meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, starting with a public hearing at 7 p.m. in Room 26 at Shepardson Community Center.

Library Happenings Middlebury Win a Granny Square Blanket Anyone and everyone is welcome to enter a drawing to win a beautiful new granny square blanket, completed using granny squares made by several Middlebury Library patrons for the summer programming. Simply fill out an entry form at the Circulation Desk, or call 203-758-2634 and give us your name and phone number, and we’ll do it for you. The winner will be announced soon after the library reopens at its 30 Crest Road location.

Open Story Time The library will hold an open story time every Tuesday morning in September, starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. The story time will be for children ages 3 and up. Registration is not required. For additional information, stop by the library or call 203-758-2634. “Woodbury Wetlands, Woodbury, CT 2013” by Steven Willard (©2013) will be on exhibit at the Woodbury Public Library in September as will photographs by Marc Isolda and Susan Reinberg. Join us for knitting with Ms. (Submitted photo) Ann every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. All levels of experience 7 p.m. Bosley-Boyce, author of Book Sale Donations Understanding are welcome. “The College Success Plan,” will The Friends are asking anyone Health Care Reform explain unknown facts, tips and who has books, DVDs or CDs to Children’s Movie Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 strategies to help teens (and their Kids home from school Thurs- donate to please bring them to p.m. in the Kingsley Room, the parents) develop a realistic and day, Sept. 5? Come enjoy a chil- the library during the next few library will present an informa- beneficial plan for college – one dren’s movie showing at 1 p.m. weeks for the Sept. 17 and 18 tional health care reform semi- that inspires them to set career book sale. Items that cannot be nar designed to help the self-emBring a snack! accepted are text books, maga- ployed, private-pay individuals planning and college financing zines, Reader’s Digest condensed and anyone else with questions goals. Mystery Book If you have a teen in the fambooks, encyclopedias and cas- understand the new health care Discussion Group ily preparing for college, you sette tapes. The library appreci- laws going into effect Jan. 1, 2014. don’t want to miss this highly The Mystery Book Discussion ates your donations. Licensed health insurance Group will meet Thursday, Sept. The Howard Whittemore Me- professional Margaret Foran interactive seminar! For more information or to register for this 5, at 6 p.m. to discuss “In the morial Library is at 243 Church Ackley will conduct an interac- program, contact the library at Woods” by Tana French. Books St. in Naugatuck. For informative discussion focusing on the 203-263-3502. are available at the library. Please tion, call 203-729-4591 or visit changes to the health care induscall the library at 203-758-2634 try commonly known as Obam3 Photographers or email Joan Arnold at jaracare. The program is not a sales Exhibit Work for presentation. It is free and open more information. All are welThe September gallery exhibit to the public. Registration is sugcome! “Available Light” will feature the gested. Stop by the Reference The Middlebury Public Li- Sky Blue Boys Concert Desk or call us at 203-262-0626, work of three Connecticut phoWednesday, Sept. 4, from 2:30 brary is temporarily at the Midtographers: Steven Willard, Marc ext. 130, to register. dlebury Timex Building at 199 to 3:45 p.m., “The Sky Blue Boys Isolda and Susan Reinberg. A Park Road Extension, Suite D, in – Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner” reception will be held Saturday, Plein Air Art Show Middlebury. Call 203-758-2634 will perform in the “brothers’ The first ever Pomperaug Out- Sept. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. The phoor visit www.middleburypub- duets” style, playing music that tographers will be present to for more informa- appeals to fans of folk, tradi- door Painters (POP) art show will greet visitors and discuss their tional, country, bluegrass and be held Sept. 3 to 27 at the Gloria works. tion. acoustic music in the Kingsley Cachion Art Gallery in the SouthThe exhibit covers a gamut of Room at the Southbury Public bury Public Library. Sunday, fine art photography, ranging Sept. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., POP Library. from Willard’s tranquil blackThe Sky Blue Boys are based invites the public to attend a and-white studies of the ConLabor Day Closings in Vermont and have performed meeting with light refreshments. necticut landscape to Isolda’s The Whittemore Library will throughout New England for Show artists will speak infor- sweeping panoramas and pasbe closed Saturday, Aug. 31, and more than 20 years, delivering a mally about plein air art and their torals and Reinberg’s floral imMonday, Sept. 2, for the Labor lively, fun-filled program of tra- location paintings of the South- ages, infrared landscapes and Day holiday. ditional and original acoustic bury Land Trust. The exhibit will showcase the “digital diaries.” music. With two voices and an Willard, a Woodbury resident, Social Services assortment of stringed instru- work of area plein air painters on has been a dedicated photograInformation ments, the duo offers a show full location at Southbury Land Trust pher since childhood. His webproperties. Twenty-six artists are Do you have questions about, of variety, energy and great old entering representational origi- site and blog are at www.stevenneed assistance or need to de- songs, along with some of their nal art in watercolor, oil and, termine eligibility for Medicare, own and a few surprises along acrylic. All artwork is framed, where he shares his photographs SNAP, the Affordable Care Act or the way. and writings. Refreshments will be provided family friendly and for sale. local social services? Meet with Isolda, a Bridgewater resident, Show entries may be preRichard Wood of CHOICES – by the Friends of the Southbury viewed on Facebook: Pomperaug is known for his classic photogConnecticut’s health and infor- Public Library. This is a free pro- Outdoor Painters. Artists donate raphy and keen eye. Examples mation assistance program – any gram open to the public. Register 35 percent of their sales to the of his work can be seen at www. Wednesday afternoon from 1 to at the Reference Desk at 100 Pov- Southbury Land Trust to help and at www. 4 p.m. at the library. All discus- erty Road or by calling 203-262- rebuild the Phillips Farm Barn. sions are FREE and confidential. 0626, ext. 130. Susan Reinberg is a native of For more information, call Call 203-729-4591 for more inConnecticut and long-time Eas203-262-0626 or visit www. formation. ton resident who has recently The library relocated to Woodbury. Her phois at 100 Poverty Road in Southtographic work spans a career of bury. more than 30 years. The website Tony’s showcases “Due to the current state of the USED TIRES her recent essays and offers an economy, YOU CAN’T AFFORD $ overview of her infrared light& up NOT TO GO TO TONY’S TIRES!” College Planning house landscape images. Her documentary work and other Manufacturers’ Rebates Available Program essays can be seen at www.suWHEEL PACKAGE LAYAWAYS A free college planning pros e ic r gram, “Ten Secrets Teens (and “My p orth 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT For more information, $ are w e!” Their Parents) Should Know Beour EVERYDAY LOW PRICE! the rid call 203-263-3502 or visit www. fore Applying for College,” will M-F 7:30-6 • SAT 8:30-3 FREE Alignment w/purchase of 4 tires The libe presented by Annette Bosbrary is at 269 Main St. South in ley-Boyce Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2067 S. Main St. • WTBY 203-575-1350 Woodbury.

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Region 15 School Calendar Friday, Aug. 30 No Events Scheduled

Saturday, Aug. 31 No Events Scheduled

Sunday, Sept. 1 No Events Scheduled

Monday, Sept. 2 Labor Day Holiday...................................... Schools are not in session

Tuesday, Sept. 3 LMES PTO Direct Fundraiser Begins PES Fall Fundraiser Begins MMS PTO Back to School Bash................................... 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 MES Picture Day Rosh HaShanah Begins..........................................................Sundown

Thursday, Sept. 5 Rosh HaShanah........................................... Schools are not in session

Friday, Sept. 6 GES Spirit Day - Blue and White RMS Lifetouch Fall Picture Day GES Picnic................................................................................ 4 - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7 No Events Scheduled Region 15 website:

Aimee Heck

Fighting Scammers

Alana Pierce

Super Readers Southbury residents Aimee Heck and Alana Pierce entered kindergarten this week having already read 1,000 books each. They are the first two Southbury Public Library patrons to accept a June 2012 challenge from the Children’s Department for preschoolers to try to read 1,000 books before kindergarten. The girls read and tracked 1,000 books with the help of their parents and grandparents, and they did it before their first day of kindergarten. Both began school this week at Pomperaug Elementary School. Each received a reading certificate and will be congratulated by Media Specialist Pat Smith at Pomperaug Elementary as well.

Literacy Volunteers orientations offered Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury (LVGW) is accepting registrations for its fall session of volunteer orientations. Individuals who are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities in adult literacy are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions: • Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Howard Whittemore Memorial Library, 243 Church St., Naugatuck • Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wolcott Public Library, 469 Bound Line Road, Wolcott

• Friday, Sept. 6, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Timexpo The Timex Museum, 175 Union St., Waterbury • Saturday, Sept. 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Southbury Public Library, 100 Poverty Road, Southbury • Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thomaston Savings Bank, 985 Watertown Ave., Waterbury • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 10:30 to11:30 a.m., Watertown Library Association, Oakville Branch, 55 Davis St., Oakville LVGW trains and supports volunteers who teach adults to

read, write, speak and understand English. As participants in this learner-centered educational program, tutors help adult learners improve their literacy skills so they may reach their individual goals, which may range from obtaining employment to passing the U.S. citizenship test to reading with their children. No prior teaching experience is necessary, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent, possess excellent oral and written English skills, and demonstrate the potential, with

some training, to tutor adult learners. The fall tutor training program begins the week of Sept. 22. The complete schedule will be available at the orientation. LVGW, a United Way Agency, serves Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oakville/Watertown, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Terryville, Thomaston, Waterbury, Wolcott, and Woodbury. For more information or to register for one of the orientations, please call Vanessa Vowe at 203-754-1164 or email

Billiards Classes The Senior Center will offer billiards classes Friday mornings at 10 a.m. Preregistration is required. Those interested in learning how to play pool should call the center at 203-577-4166.

Center. A suggested donation is appreciated. Senior Dine cards also may be used at seven area restaurants during the lunch period. For more information, or to make a reservation for lunch, call 203 577-4166.

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fore the class begins by calling The Middlebury Senior Center 203-577-4166 or going to the Sewill be closed Monday, Sept. 2, nior Center office in Shepardson Community Center at 1172 Whitfor the Labor Day holiday. temore Road in Middlebury. Please note: Starting in JanuAARP Driver Safety ary 2014, the class fees will go up. Program Members will pay $15, and nonThe next AARP Driver Safety members will pay $20. course will be Monday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New Computer Senior Center. The nation’s first Instructor and largest driver refresher The Middlebury Senior Center course uses new materials and new videos to present new de- has a new computer instructor, fensive driving techniques, a Sean Howard. There is nothing refresher in laws and regulations, Howard doesn’t know about new laws and regulations, how computers. He fixes them and to deal with aggressive drivers, teaches how to use them. Howard will teach basic comand how aging affects reaction puter classes by appointment time, vision and hearing. Drivers who complete this Tuesday through Thursday from class get a certificate that may 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Classes can entitle them to a discount on au- range from basic computer skills tomobile insurance (contact like email and browsing the Inyour insurance company for de- ternet to downloading pictures and using Skype to call family or tails). AARP membership is not re- friends. Classes will be one-onquired, and drivers of all ages are one instruction. Call 203-577-4166, ext. 711, invited to attend. The fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for and ask for Sean to make an apnonmembers. Make checks out pointment and let him know to “AARP.” You must register be- what topic you need help with.

Middlebury, Southbury and Woodbury have partnered to introduce a new dining experience for their senior centers. The Chef-On-Site program will provide Tuesday and Thursday meals at each site. The chef will prepare the meals at one of the three sites, rotating among the three sites every two weeks. The menus meet Title III guidelines and were approved by the Department of Social Services. The entrée for Tuesday, Sept. 3, is flounder almandine; for Thursday, Sept. 5, it is steak kabobs. On Wednesday, volunteer John Cookson, who is not part of the Chef-On-Site program will prepare American chop suey. Seniors must have the Senior Dine Card to order a meal and must order the meal in advance. Cards are available at the Senior

Christmas Tree Shops Thursday, Sept. 5, the minibus will leave the center at 10:30 a.m. to go to the Christmas Tree Shops in Orange. After some fun shopping time, participants will go to the Hometown Buffett for lunch. The cost for transportation only will be $7. Please call 203-5774166 to reserve your seat.

Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale Restaurant Thursday, Sept. 12, the center minibus will leave at 10 a.m. travel to Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale restaurant in New Haven for an outside luncheon. Come and enjoy a day by the ocean as well as good food. The cost for transportation only will be $7. Please call 203-5774166 to reserve your seat.

Three-hundred million dollars a year. That’s how much money seniors lose in one scam alone, the Jamaican lottery scam. The average loss is between $60,000 and $70,000 per victim. Even worse is that when scams are reported, nothing much is done, at least on the federal level. Any efforts have been scattered and ineffective. Now two U.S. senators have put forth legislation designed to help. Susan Collins of Maine and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have introduced The Seniors Fraud Protection Act. Its purpose is threefold: educating seniors and their families about fraud schemes, improving the complaint system for victims of scams, and enhancing the monitoring of such schemes. The Federal Trade Commission would be directed to monitor and investigate possible scams and to create a special seniors website for information and complaints. Best of all, those complaints would no longer be ignored. The information would be made available to law enforcement. While there are too many scams targeting the elderly, the Jamaica lottery scam is particularly nasty. If the scammers don’t get immediate cooperation from the victim, they employ high-

tech threat tools such as Internet satellite street-view pictures of the victim’s home. Even if the victim does pay (the worst possible thing to do), they come after more money, threatening to burn down the house. They can look up the victim in online databases and learn the name of relatives. Your best bet to fight these scammers is to protect yourself: • Use your caller ID and don’t answer calls from the 876 area code. • If the “prize” sounds too good to be true, it is. • Never wire funds to anyone you don’t know. • If someone wants you to pay fees or “taxes” in advance to collect a prize, don’t. • Allow yourself to BE RUDE. Hang up on anyone suspicious. Matilda Charles regrets she cannot personally answer reader questions, but she will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Declare personal property The Middlebury Assessor’s Office reminds residents to declare personal property. Each person and business liable to pay property taxes in the Town of Middlebury is required by law to submit to the Assessor’s Office a 2013 Declaration of Personal Property; a written or printed list, properly signed and sworn to, of all the taxable personal property belonging to them and subject to taxation in the Town of Middlebury, in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes §12-41, 12-42 and 12-43. This declaration of property must be submitted to the assessor on or before Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. This includes any or all of the following: office furniture and equipment, farm equipment, leased equipment and machinery, horses, restaurant and store fixtures, tractors, electronic data processing equipment, trailers,

mechanic tools, machinery, and ALL unregistered motor vehicles (this includes all snowmobiles, ORVs, ATVs and any vehicle that is not running but is garaged in Middlebury). In compliance with Connecticut General Statute § 12-71b(g), this also includes any motor vehicle owned by a resident of the Town of Middlebury and registered in any state other than Connecticut. Real estate, Connecticut-registered motor vehicles, airplanes and boats do not have to be declared. Anyone who fails to file is subject to an estimated assessment and an additional 25 percent penalty. Forms are available at the Assessor’s Office at Middlebury Town Hall, 1212 Whittemore Road in Middlebury or by calling the office at 203-7581447.

High Holy Days Incentive Beth El Synagogue is making it easy to attend High Holy Day services and join the synagogue by opening its doors with a New Member Incentive. Jewish adults can join Beth El for $175 for the first year of membership, which includes a High Holy Day ticket. There is no additional fee for non-Jewish spouses or minor children. Individual tickets for the High Holy Days also can be purchased for $175 per adult. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, and continues through Friday, Sept. 6. Yom Kippur begins with the Kol Nidrei service Friday evening, Sept. 13, and concludes Saturday night, Sept. 14.

These are the most solemn and holy days of the Jewish calendar when Jews are drawn to services to reaffirm their connections to one another and deepen their relationship with their faith and Creator. Rabbi Eliana Falk and Cantor Sharon Citrin lead the worship. The Beth El Youth/Adult Choir leads congregational singing and accompanies the cantor as she chants the sacred prayer liturgy. A creative, award-winning “Healing and Renewal” Musaf service with flute accompaniment will take place the second day of Rosh Hashanah at approximately 12:15 p.m. The Yizkor Memorial service takes place on Yom Kippur at 12 p.m. These

services are open to the public, and nonmembers must RSVP to the Beth El office in advance. All services will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1284 Strongtown Road in Southbury. Beth El is a warm and welcoming contemporary Conser-

vative congregation. For membership applications, High Holy Day tickets, and a complete High Holy Day schedule, call the Beth El office at 203-264-4500 or visit the synagogue website at www.

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In Brief Acts 4 Ministry Thrift Shop The Acts 4 Ministry thrift shop at 1713 Thomaston Ave. in Waterbury will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7. It will then be open the following Fridays in September. Credit and debit cards are accepted, and all proceeds go to Acts 4 Ministry to serve those in need in our community. Call 203-5742287 for more information.

Mobile Food Pantry The Connecticut Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry will return to the parking lot of the First Congregational Church in Watertown next Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. It provides perishable foods such as bread, milk, yogurt and produce to anyone who needs it. The church is at 40 DeForest St., which is up the hill from the intersection of routes 6 and 63. The church telephone number is 860-274-6737.

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The Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association (HFFA) will meet Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 65 North Main St. in Wallingford, Conn. The speaker will be John Springer, a noted traveling angler, who will speak about the excellent fishing in Missouri, Georgia, and North Carolina. The HFFA is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Housatonic River as well as furthering the sport of fly fishing. Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from September through June. Meetings include featured speakers on various fly fishing subjects, fresh- and saltwater fly-tying demonstrations, as well as door prizes. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

each call. For more information, call Chief Paul Perrotti at 203577-4036 or email

Tai Chi, Qigong classes The American Legion Post 195 will again sponsor Tai Chi and Qigong for Health classes to introduce adult and seniors to these gentle forms of exercise. Both classes will be held at The American Legion at 195 Bunker Hill Ave. in Watertown (near K-Mart) Wednesday evenings, Tai Chi from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. for eight weeks and Qigong from 7:30 to 8 p.m. for four weeks. Tai Chi classes will cost $60 and the Qigong classes will cost $30. Classes This double bangle bracelet is a creation of silver crafts artist are scheduled to begin in early Donna Tye. Tye's creations will be on sale at the Southbury FIne September. For more information Arts Festival.  (Submitted photo) or to register, call Roger at 860628-0500. unique and reasonably priced kittens and dogs and puppies for paintings, photographs, art to adoption, a large bake sale and ALS Support Group wear, sculptures, handmade a raffle. All money donated will A monthly support group for home goods and wood crafts. go directly to animal care. patients with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s The festival also will include Rose Hope Animal Rescue is face painting and crafts for the a 501c nonprofit that is foster disease) and their caregivers will kids by the Southbury Junior- based and offers animal for adop- meet Thursday, Sept. 12, from 3 ettes, scrumptious baked goods, tion daily at PetSmart in Water- to 4:30 p.m. at the Jewish Federmusic by Changes Urban Instru- bury. For more information, call ation at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. The group provides mental and Scratch, along with Caroline at 203-525-4449. a welcoming environment for health and wellness practitionEMT Program Starts patients and families to commuers. nicate with one another and offer Back by popular demand, the in September suggestions on coping and living festival will include voting for Those interested in serving the with ALS. Groups are facilitated your favorite photo contestant in community on the Middlebury the FFAF Walgreen’s Amateur Volunteer Fire Department Am- by Stacey Rahl, MSW, ALS AssoPhoto Contest booth. New this bulance crew can take Emer- ciation Connecticut Chapter. For year will be art demonstrations, gency Medical Technician (EMT) more information, call 203-874including wire wrapping a gem- training at the firehouse on 5050. stone briolette by Jewelry Cafe Tucker Hill Road starting TuesAlzheimer’s Support owner and artist Laura Vhay. day, Sept. 10. The MVFD will pay

The Social Action Committee of B’nai Israel is encouraging friends and congregants to bring donations of nonperishable food for their annual High Holy Days Food Drive to benefit area food banks. More than 200 bags of groceries are donated annually, and with tough economic times the need is even more pressing this year. All types of non-perishable food is needed; in especially high demand are protein-rich foods such as canned meats and fish, hearty soups, chili, stews, peanut butter and beans. Healthful low sodium and low sugar canned fruits and vegetables are also being sought, as well as cereal, laundry detergent, diapers and other paper goods. Shopping bags will be distributed at Rosh Hashanah services Sept. 4 to 6, and food is requested Southbury Fall Fine to be delivered at Yom Kippur Arts Festival services Sept. 14. Donations can The 9th Annual Fall Fine Arts be brought to B’nai Israel at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. For Festival of Southbury will be SatCelebrate Animals more information, call 203-267- urday Sept. 7. New England’s Rose Hope Animal Rescue will finest artists and handcrafters 3394. will fill the Southbury Green have a “Celebration of the Anifrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with mals” animal adoption event Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LaBonne’s Market on Main Street South in Southbury. The event will feature cats and

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half the $685 course cost up front for Middlebury residents who agree to ride on the ambulance after they have successfully passed the course. And it will pay the other half of the cost once those EMTs have served six months on the crew. Those who ride the ambulance earn $15 for

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A monthly support group for friends and family of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will meet Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jewish Federation of Western CT at 444 Main St. North in Southbury. There is no charge for this open

and ongoing group, whose purpose is to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. Patty Gibbs, a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association, facilitates the group. For more information, call Brownstein Jewish Family Service Director Debby Horowitz at 203-267-3177.

Crafters for Apple Harvest Festival Crafters can rent tables for the St. John of the Cross Apple Harvest Festival, which will be Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shepardson Community Center in Middlebury. Tables rent for $35 (inside or outside, rain or shine). Crafters may retain 100 percent of their sales. To rent a table, call Janice Zwicker at 203758-8080 while space is still available.

Bingo at St. Rose of Lima St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown Friday Bingo nights will be Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8 in 2013 and Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 4 and May 16 in 2014. Bingo is in the school’s Gathering Hall at 40 Church Hill Road in Newtown. The doors open at 5:45 p.m., and Bingo games run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, the evening will feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. There will be a concession offering dinner items and homemade baked goods, as well as complimentary coffee. The per-person admission fee of $17 covers all regular and some special games. For more information, call 203426-5102.

Letters to the Editor Wolcott Officer Animal Abuse Outrageous To the Editor: To say that I am outraged by Wolcott’s former Animal Control Officer Joseph Ouimet, who was charged with four counts of animal cruelty, would be an understatement. “Joseph Ouimet is known for helping build the Wolcott Dog Pound, raising more than $500,000 for the Animal Rescue Foundation of Terryville after its shelter burned down and reviving the Wolcott Grange after decades of inactivity.” Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? For many of us who love ani-

mals, a control officer is someone we trust to care for animals that are either neglected, abused, abandoned, found as strays or in the pound due to unforeseen family circumstances. If anyone has ever visited a pound, the noise can be deafening, but the look on the faces of many dogs and cats would tear at the heartstrings of even the most hardhearted. What happened to Mr. Ouimet that he felt the need to torment dogs, leave them in filth, throw food over the cages, soak it with water and spray dogs with a hose? I ask myself what possessed Mr. Ouimet, after 22 years on the job, to become so insensitive to animals needing only

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the basic necessities to live? The unsung heroes are those volunteers who go into shelters day in and day out to clean kennels, feed, walk and provide affection to animals in need. Those are the people who deserve our trust and admiration, not an animal control officer who, while receiving a paycheck, abused and tormented those with no voice. We all need to step up and be the voice for animals. As for Mr. Joseph Ouimet, will the punishment fit the crime? Maryanne Barra Middlebury

Volunteer Enjoys Senior Picnic To the Editor: I had the opportunity to volunteer for the first time at the Middlebury Senior Picnic held at Meadowview Park on Aug. 21. I would like to thank Joanne Cappelletti, director of social services, and her staff – Angela Leveille and Jean Generali – for all their hard work sponsoring this wonderful picnic. I would also like to thank Betty Proulx, director of parks and recreation; John Cookson; and John Polmon, who also volunteered

their time to make this picnic an overwhelming success. There was a sold-out crowd of over 80 people who attended and enjoyed a catered menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes and dessert along with musical entertainment. This was a great picnic considering the limited budget of our social services department. Everyone involved worked hard to make sure our seniors here in Middlebury had an enjoyable afternoon with neighbors and friends. This was such a rewarding experience that I look forward to volunteering for other senior events. Ralph J. Barra Middlebury Selectman

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Responsible Dog Ownership Day Mayor James Della Volpe of Ansonia signed a Proclamation Aug. 19 signifying Sunday, Sept. 15, as “Responsible Dog Ownership Day.” This annual American Kennel Club (AKC) event is hosted by Trap Falls Kennel Club. As part of its continuing public education program, Trap Falls will hold its one-day festival called “Pawz in the Park” Sunday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Warsaw Park in Ansonia. Initially developed 10 years ago by the AKC, Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are now hosted by several hundred member AKC clubs across the country every September. Their purpose is to raise public awareness of proper care, health and training of the family dog, who has become such a fixture in America’s households and hearts.

This year, Pawz in the Park will feature rally and obedience matches; canine good citizenship demos and testing; police dog demos; a low-cost microchipping clinic; pet photographer; meet the breeds; obedience, rally and carting demos; best dressed and best trick contests; vendors; raffles throughout the day; and plenty of food and drink. This festival of family and canine is free to the public and their leashed dogs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation item for a local shelter, and those who do will get a free raffle ticket. All monies raised go to local shelters and police puppy funds. Trap Falls Kennel Club is one of 5,000 nonprofit member clubs of the American Kennel Club. The Club serves Fairfield and New Haven counties.

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Trap Falls Kennel Club members and their dogs joining Ansonia’s mayor on the steps of the Ansonia city offices are, left to right, Christopher Sweetwood of Milford, Eva Skrabl of Ansonia, Sarah Murphy of Bridgeport, Susan Carter of Derby, Mayor James Della Volpe, Karen Batistelli of Shelton and Lauren Friedman of Milford.  (Submitted photo)

Author to discuss Nazi persecution Author Paul N. Frenkel and guest moderator Richard Abrams will be at the Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, Conn., Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. in the Wykeham Room for a candid and in-depth interview as they discuss Frenkel’s recently published work, “Life Reclaimed: Rural Transylvania, Nazi Camps and the American Dream.” “Life Reclaimed” is a story of endurance, courage and hope and represents Frenkel’s determined, ongoing efforts to come to grips with his World War II experience and why this dark past continues to haunt his life and burden his thoughts. During the last year of World War II in 1944, and two months

before the D-Day landings at Normandy, Paul was a 14-yearold living happily with his family in the rural Transylvanian town of Hadad, Hungary. Without justification or explanation, the family suddenly was rounded up with other Hungarian Jews, confined in a factory yard, and then herded into cattle cars and shipped off to Auschwitz. In “Life Reclaimed,” Frenkel narrates the story of his life – his prewar idyllic childhood in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, his survival in four Nazi camps as a young teenager, the loss of his parents and most of his relatives in Nazi hell, his daring escape from the death march out of Berga-Elster Camp,

and his ultimate success as an entrepreneurial business executive and devoted family man in America. In 1949, Frenkel immigrated to the U.S. and in 1953 became an American citizen. He ran his own company, which built and operated food processing plants for the U.S. military worldwide. Frenkel lives in Connecticut with his wife, Rita, and has two grown children. Guest moderator Abrams serves as a principal for Riacom Inc., a consulting firm in Roxbury, Conn., serving the publishing and media-related industries. As cofounder and CEO of Abrams & Company Publishers Inc., Abrams was responsible for

the development of innovative and nationally distributed educational materials. Previously, he was executive vice president of operations for Esquire Inc.; president of Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc.; and president of CBS International Publishing. Copies of Frenkel’s book will be available for purchase at the talk and signing. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. For more information, call 860-8687586 or visit www.gunnlibrary. org. The Gunn Memorial Library and Museum is at 5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green in Washington, Conn.

Father of Michael Lenkowski Uncle of David Lenkowski Robert “Bob” Anthony Lenkowski, CPA, of Naugatuck, formerly of Middlebury and Waterbury, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, surrounded by his family. Bob was born March 2, 1936, in Waterbury, a son of the late Sigmund F. and Antoinette (Guilmette) Lenkowski. Bob married his true love, Antoinette (Lasprogata) Lenkowski on May 5, 1978, whom he adored and enamored endlessly for 13,444 days. Also surviving are his children, Michael Lenkowski and his wife, Pamela, of Middlebury and Elizabeth Walls and her husband, Eric, of Suwanee, Ga.; his two grandchildren, Evan and Ella Walls; his nephew, David A. Lenkowski; several cousins; and his stepdaughter, Barbara Zulkeski and her children, Robert and A.J. Bob was predeceased by his brother, Richard Lenkowski Sr., and his nephew, Richard Lenkowski Jr. Robert “Bob” Anthony Lenkowski, CPA, was the founder and retired managing partner of one of Greater Waterbury’s largest accounting firms, Lenkowski, Lonergan and Co. Bob’s leadership, integrity and dedication provided the foundation for the firm’s success as the premier provider of professional accounting services to local businesses and individuals since 1965. Bob received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant University in 1958 and a bachelor’s degree in management from Quinnipiac University in 1963. He was licensed as a certified public accountant in 1965. Bob was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA)

and New York State Society of Certified Public accounts. Bob’s role as a steward of the community was demonstrated by his ability to passionately embrace opportunities to be a valuable resource to local charitable and civic organizations. During 2010, Bob was the proud recipient of the most prestigious recognition for extraordinary contributions and impact for St. Mary’s Hospital, the Slocum Award. Bob was a former member of the Executive Committee for Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center. Through Bob’s drive and commitment, our community has been able to progress to the next level. His prior roles as an enthusiastic leader of the corporate governance arena include involvement in boards for St. Mary’s Health Systems, Ambassadors of St. Mary’s Hospital, Easter Seals, Colonial Bank, Waterbury Legal Aid, United Way of Greater Waterbury, Connecticut Jaycees, and CSCPA. The prominent mold and legacy of the Lenkowski family are spirited through the remarkable drive and dedication instilled by Bob. Bob was a visionary whose passion for living life to the fullest motivated and provided the building blocks for all of those he touched to embrace challenges and succeed beyond expectations. Bob made it a supreme objective to truly value family and friends as he encouraged all of us to see things from a different perspective in order to overcome our obstacles and embrace each and every opportunity in life. We are truly fortunate to have had you as a devoted husband, an outstanding father, an awesome uncle and a captivating grandfather, but moreover, we were all blessed that you have been our best friend and role model who gave us a gift each and every day we experienced the love you had for all of us. We take an immense level of pride as we celebrate your life, and we cherish the magnificent bond you have championed and inspired. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 27, at St.

John of the Cross Church in Middlebury. Burial followed in Middlebury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following organizations: Visiting Nurses Association, 50 Brookside Road, Waterbury, CT 06708; Abilities Without Boundaries, 615 West Johnson Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410; Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department, 65 Tucker Hill Road, Middlebury, CT 06762. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the compassionate and skilled talent at the Village at East Farms and Visiting Nurses Association of Waterbury for their support in his final days. Arrangements were by Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home in Naugatuck. To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial. com.

Anita Ricciardi Sister-in-law of Nettie Pettinicchi Mrs. Anita (Pettinicchi) Ricciardi, 86, formerly of Middlebury, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Apple Rehabilitation Center in Watertown. She was the wife of the late Lawrence Ricciardi. Anita was born in Waterbury March 10, 1927, a daughter of the late Antonio and Antoinette (Petroniro) Pettinicchi. She worked in the office at Scovill/Century Brass Manufacturing, retiring in 1984, and worked part time as a seamstress. She enjoyed gardening, bowling, swimming and walking. She leaves a brother, David Pettinicchi and his wife, Claudia, of Watertown; a sister-in-law, Nettie Pettinicchi of Middlebury; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, William Pettinicchi and a sister, Teresa Mitchell. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Aug. 27, at St. John of the Cross Church in Middlebury.

Burial followed at Lake Elise Cemetery in Middlebury. Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury was entrusted with the arrangements. For more information or to send e-condolences, visit www.

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Former Middlebury Resident Steven Tarnowicz, 56, of Naugatuck passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the Vitas Innovative Care Unit of Saint Mary’s Hospital Tuesday,

Aug. 27, 2013. Steven was born Dec. 20, 1956, in Waterbury, the son of the late Vincent and Jean (Matchett) Tarnowicz. He grew up in Middlebury and proudly served his country with the U.S. Army and was employed as a tri-axle truck driver for various transportation companies. He was a Harley Davidson and classic car enthusiast and enjoyed working on cars, bikes, and trucks. Most importantly, Steven enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. Among his survivors are his children, Christopher Tarnowicz of Naugatuck; Kimberly Bradley and her husband, Sean, of Middlebury; his former wife, Lisa Tarnowicz of Naugatuck; and his grandchildren, Shaylee and Killian Bradley, as well as four brothers and four sisters and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family may visit with Steven’s family today, Friday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Eastside Memorial, “A CASEY FAMILY FUNERAL HOME & TRIBUTE CENTER” at 1987 East Main St. at Southmayd Road Waterbury. Burial with military honors will be Friday, Sept. 6, in Middlebury Cemetery at 10 a.m. To extend online expressions of sympathy to the family or for more information, visit

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in there (the budget) and the Board of Finance took it out.” Proulx said overtime cuts by the BoF were $9,400 from Buildings and Grounds, $20,000 from Public Works and $1,700 from Parks and Recreation. Turning back to Grammatico’s statement about these being community activities, Kasidas said, “I’m right with Steve on this as a taxpayer.” Clark said, “Steve raises an interesting point. These really are community events even though Parks and Recreation puts them on … This is a bigger issue than a Parks and Rec issue. This is a community issue.” He also said the Board of Finance is micromanaging the budget. Instead of telling departments to cut a dollar amount, the BoF is telling departments which line item to cut. “Is this something that needs more discussion in the community?” Clark asked. The ensuing discussion of how to bring it to the community concluded with the decision to issue the commission’s statement.

Members said selectmen could be asked to speak up at BoF meetings, but those present who have attended BoF meetings said people who attend the meetings are not allowed to speak. Clark said, “It’s almost ludicrous the CEO and Board of Selectmen can’t authorize overtime. When you are running a town, you manage it for the good of the community.” Grammatico said the BoF is immune and unresponsive to the selectman and to the commission. “The only way they will respond is if people in the community contact them,” he said. Clark said, “This is more than tree lighting. This has to do with traditions going on for generations.” Barra noted, “People want to move here for the quality of life. If we eliminate the tree lighting and the Memorial Day Parade, people won’t want to move here.” Members of the Board of Finance are Chairman Michael McCormack, Edward Asselin, David Cappelletti, Vincent Cipriano Jr., Michael Kenausis and Stephen Ruccio. Alternates are Kenneth Heidkamp, Thomas O. Proulx and Peter Trinchero.

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Middlebury Ironman triathletes go the distance By KEN MORSE You head out into the pitch blackness at 4 a.m. for a quick three-hour training session before you go to work. You spend your weekends and between 15 and 18 hours a week struggling against a six-month regimen to get yourself ready for it. But there is nothing in the world of sports that can ever prepare you for the rigors of an Ironman competition. Four Middlebury residents and longtime friends found that out firsthand at the 15th annual Lake Placid Ironman competition July 28. Dr. Jacob Greenwood, Matt Markelon, Amy Bonzon and Brian Keane are not only friends, they are neighbors, and they competed in their very first Ironman competition. Two other Middlebury residents, Caryn Etherington and Jon Espeland, also represented the local community in Lake Placid, N.Y. “Brian, Matt and I have been training together for three years now,” said Greenwood. “Brian actually got us involved getting us to do the Griskus Olympic triathlon at Quassy. I never considered myself much of an ath-

lete, more of an enthusiast with an obsessive personality. “When I was younger I did a lot of backpacking in the Appalachians for weeks at a time,” added Greenwood. “Once I started my family, I slowly transitioned to distance running and then to triathlons.” The Ironman is a three-event competition consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake followed by a 112-mile bike ride through the former Olympic Village and Whiteface Mountain region, and concluding with a 26.2-mile run that finishes on the speed skating oval outside the ice rink where the “Miracle on Ice” occurred when the U.S. hockey team defeated Russia for the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. Bonzon said, “In 2009 I entered my first Pat Griskus Sprint and then the Quassy triathlon. I train six days a week with at least two events a day. I would do biking and swimming or swimming and running. To prepare for the Ironman I did 100-mile trips four times on the bike, the 2.2-mile swim four times and a couple of 20-mile runs.” Four of six Middlebury residents who competed in the Lake Placid Ironman July 28, left to right, Matt Markelon, Jake Greenwood,

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1. In 2012, Jered Weaver became the seventh pitcher in Angels history to win at least 20 games in a season. Name four of the six others to do it. 2. Mike Schmidt is first on the list of most home runs hit during the decade of the 1980s (313). Who is No. 2? 3. When was the last time before 2012 that the Denver Broncos had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers? 4. In 2012, Bill Self became the third Kansas men’s basketball coach to win the Naismith College Coach of the Year award. Name the first two. 5. Who has the longest stretch of not losing a regular-season game in regulation in NHL history? 6. When was the last time before 2012 that the U.S. men got at least two medals in Olympic running distances of 1,500 meters or more? 7. Golfer Tom Watson has won the British Open five times. How many other majors has he won during his PGA career?

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before showering. Then I sit quietly for a few minutes of meditation after a half hour of yoga to wake up all the body’s systems. This creates rhythm, continuity and connection to my inner self for the entire day. Create an early morning or evening routine that works for you, making it a habit so even in challenging moments you’re graceful, empowered and in inner control. As you enjoy this weekend let your mind wander from time to time, seeing yourself feeling and looking great by eating seasonal veggies from your local farm stand, creating new

outfits from the pieces already in your wardrobe and living this life you’ve chosen from the happiest place possible. Let go of people, places and things that aren’t inspiring, uplifting and energizing for you. Keep big spaces for the new to come flowing in, and you’ll be amazed at how your life can change. Enjoy the transition in all its wonderful forms! De Pecol is a yoga instructor, Reiki master and life coach who lives in Washington, Conn. See or email

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When I get out of the shower, the bathroom is completely fogged up, even when the exhaust fan is running. What’s the point of having a bathroom exhaust fan if it doesn’t clear the air? – Kurt C., Huntsville, Ala.


An exhaust fan serves a good purpose. It draws moist air out of the bathroom, minimizing damage to wallpaper, baseboards, the ceiling and anything else that isn’t sealed against water. However, if a “fog” lingers for more than five minutes after a shower, the fan isn’t doing its job. The problem could be a blocked exhaust duct, an ailing fan motor or a unit that’s not large enough to clear the entire room. In each of these cases, the unit is not pulling enough air out of the bathroom. An exhaust fan should remove as many cubic feet of air each minute as the number of square feet of the bathroom’s floor space. Clean dust and debris from the unit and air ducts. If cleaning the unit doesn’t help, consider replacing it.

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The 2,537 athletes hit the water just before the sun came up, turning Mirror Lake into a whirlpool where it got the nickname the Blender. Greenwood found the start the toughest part of the competition as he had his goggles kicked off, he was getting Interim Assessor pelted with flying elbows and his ankles were Town of Middlebury scratched up as swimmers took their strokes. Markelon posted the best time among the Middlebury crew, finishing his swim in 1:24.32. The Ironman rules allow 2:20 to finish the swim, eight hours to finish the bike portion and six and onehalf hours to finish the run for a total of 17 hours. Any times that exceeded those marks were disqualified from continuing in the competition.

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“In order to develop a comprehensive training plan, I worked with a coach, Megan Searfoss, who has competed in Hawaii at the World Championship,” said Greenwood. “Based on my training, the goal was to finish in 12 hours, and I’m so pleased I came in right on goal. “The finish was simply amazing. We came into the skating oval surrounded by cheering fans, and when they called out over the loudspeaker that I was an Ironman, it really hit home. To achieve something like that in front of my family and friends, it was just a dream come true. My wife is my partner and I owe much to her for her support through all these years.” Greenwood posted the best time among the local foursome in the bike portion, clocking in at 6:15.15, and had the best overall performance, finishing at 12:08.18. Bonzon broke the five-hour mark in the 26.2-mile run at 4:46.35, joining Greenwood and Markelon to finish the run in less than five hours. “This has truly been the most amazing time of my life,” said Bonzon. “The friends and the bonding of the other athletes has just been an incredible experience. I’m really a biker and although I enjoyed that portion of the competition, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by the fans along the roadway during the running portion. “Heading towards the finish line and realizing I was going to complete an Ironman, I would have crawled across the finish line if I had to. I won’t compete next year, but I will go up there to volunteer. Once my son is in school all day, I will return and compete in 2015.” Twenty-one countries were represented. The top 60 finishers earned the right to compete at the World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The first Ironman competition held in Lake Placid was in 1999, and since then the Ironman Foundation has donated $1.5 million in charitable contributions and givebacks to the Lake Placid community. This year the group raised $55,000 as part of the Lake Placid Ironman competition. The final results of the competition had Greenwood finishing in 680th place out of more than 2,500 competitors with a total time of 12:08.18. Markelon completed the course in 812th place at 12:26.32. Bonzon was charted at 1,341 with a total time of 13:32.39. Keane posted a total time of 14:14.19, with Etherington at 14:28.53 and Espeland at 15:54.24.

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JUG WINE Opici..............................3 L.....13.99 Carlo Rossi.....................4 L.....15.99 Livingston.......................3 L.....12.99 Fortisimmo.....................4 L.....17.99 Sale ends 9-30-2013

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FAMILY PIZZA SPECIAL Large cheese pizza $ .99 & Our Big Salad


Monday to Thursday Takeout only With this coupon

203-528-4891 530 Middlebury Road (Village Square Plaza) Middlebury like us on facebook: www.facebook/towntavernandpizza


Hours: Mon - Fri 11 am - 11 pm / Sat 12 - 11 pm / Sun 12 - 10 pm - Bar open until midnight

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