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Volume 10, Number 2

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Republican Toffey jumps into Plainville town council duties By Robin Lee Michel The Plainville Citizen

One week following her swearing in by Town Clerk Carol Skultety, Republican Lee Toffey has tackled her council duties wholeheartedly. Toffey is the newest member of the Plainville Town Council, appointed to replace the spot vacated by Phil Cox Jr. who is moving to Arkansas. On Monday evening, Toffey was at the Plainville Board of Education meeting as liaison to the council, a duty Cox held. Toffey, who moved from Watertown to Plainville in

Thursday, Januar y 13, 2011

High school pool closing for awhile By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

Citizen photo by Robin Lee Michel

Republican Lee Toffey, left, takes her seat for the first time at the Jan. 3 town council meeting after being sworn in by Town Clerk Carol Skultety and welcomed by council Chairman Dan Hurley, right. Toffey fills the vacancy left by first-term councilor Phil Cox Jr. who See Toffey, page 5 resigned last month.

Making music

As of April 1, the Plainville High School pool will be closed for all recreational activities, leaving Plainville residents and community groups high and dry until it reopens in September. As a result of a new policy instituted by the Plainville Board of Education, the pool will no longer be heated during that time. As a result, the Plainville Parks and Recreation Department has determined the pool water will be too cold to run scheduled programs. “We asked for an additional two weeks to complete our swim lesson program and remaining recreational programs and were told it would cost $1,500 per week to heat the pool water for those two weeks,” said

Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Kim Crowley in a written statement. “[It was] something we could not afford.” Crowley said all programs will be curtailed at the April 1 date, but some programs have been adjusted or cut out of necessity in order to complete required courses. Business Manager of Schools Richard Carmelich III said the pool was shut down in July and August of 2010 and an average of $6,000 was saved in each month. “It’s my hope that come April, our savings will be a little bit higher because it’s cooler and it would have taken a little more energy to heat the pool,” he said. Carmelich said the closing would last from April 1 to Sept. 1, leaving the See Pool, page 7

Anticipated snowstorm postpones two events In anticipation of the projected heavy snowfall midweek, several organizations rescheduled events that had been planned for Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Relay For Life 2011 kickoff Photo courtesy of Plainville Community Schools

Students in Christine Mazzarella’s first-grade class at Linden Street School learn about music from around the world with Linden music teacher John Smayda.

Relay For Life of Plainville is throwing a “birthday party” and the public is invited. Relay rescheduled its 2011 kickoff event for Monday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., at J. Timothy’s Taverne,

143 New Britain Ave., Plainville. All people interested in learning more about and participating in Relay For Life of Plainville are encouraged to attend. In the spirit of this year’s Relay theme, which is “Celebrates More Birthdays,” this year’s kickoff will also have a special birthday theme. By now, many people have seen American Cancer Society commercials featuring

See Snow, page 8


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, January 13, 2011

Children’s choral group branches out to Toffolon come so familiar to many music students. “Unlike other methods, it centers around singing mostly,� Quesnel said. “It’s just basically a method to teach children how to sing and read music through singing as opposed to other methods which use instruments and things of that nature.� The Main Street Singers, formed in 2003, has performed many local, regional, and national events. Locally, the group sings two concerts annually at South Church. Other local performances in-

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Third- and fourth-graders at Toffolon Elementary School will get a chance to become part of the Main Street Singers children’s choral group without having to go to the group’s headquarters in New Britain. “It’s been one of our goals the last couple years to reach out to the communities the Main Street Singers serve,� said Ken Quesnel, music instructor at Toffolon and also board member for the group. “We’re trying to go out into those communities and do what we call ‘satellite choirs,’� he said. The program will be held on Tuesdays after school for 10 weeks starting on Jan. 18, which all culminates in a concert in March where the groups will all sing with the Main Street Singers. The other two schools that will be part of the outreach are Union Elementary School in Farmington and Vance Elementary School in New Britain.

Main Street Singers Administrative Director Nancy Eaton said the outreach was based on the idea that with younger kids, transportation can sometimes be an issue. “So having choirs in residence in several different schools will help us to expand the program and reach out to more children and work around the transportation issue,� she said. She added Toffolon was chosen specifically because Quesnel was a student of the artistic director. “The same sort of musical philosophies and approaches will be in place at Toffolon,� she said. “So it’ll be very compatible with what’s done here at the home base.� Quesnel said most of what the Main Street Singers do is multicultural music, trying to reach a wide variety of students. He said the students are also taught using the Koldaly Method, a Hungarian method developed in the beginning of the 20th century that is responsible for the “do re me fa so la te do� progression that has be-


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Fire poster winners show artworks to town council

Town council chambers looked like an art gallery on Dec. 20 when Plainville schools’ fire poster contest winners displayed their works to the audience and council members. Awards were presented to them in

honor of their work. The 2010 contest was the 27th year fourth- and fifth-graders from the three elementary schools have participated. This year’s theme was “Fire Prevention: Everyone/Every

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McLaughlin; Wheeler School, fourth grade, Brandon Savard, Peter Bienasz, Ashley Romano; fifth grade, Eda Biakici, Ricky Freitas, Abigail Lean-

See Winners, next page

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The Plainville Historical Society Inc., 29 Pierce St., has the following programs offered at the center: On Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., Kathy LaBella will talk about “Restore, Revamp and Renovate,” a story of an older home. She purchased a Victorian house four years ago and is renovating it. On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., at the center, there will be music by Nzinga’s Daughters and Gail Williams will present a program about their trip to Ghana with a photo presentation. Both events are open to the public. For more information, contact the historical society at (860) 747-6577.

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Toffey Continued from page 1 2003, had no experience with politics prior to coming to town. She went from living in a place where she knew everyone to moving to a place where she didn’t know the issues or who was running for public office, she said. However, she found Plainville a welcoming community. “I got here, loved it and never left,” Toffey said. When the Republican Town Committee had an open house several years ago, she had the opportunity to meet many residents active in politics. There were “new people, new ideas,” she said, which further fueled her interest. Getting more involved with the RTC, she was selected as chairwoman of the Republican Town Committee. Her first foray into public office was her run for the

BOE in 2007. In 2009, she ran for a council seat without success. When the committee approached her last month to fill the council seat, she was happy to serve the town. “I’m pleased with the support from the [Republican] Town Committee. It’s very gratifying.” Toffey, 53, said she brings various facets of her life into understanding the charges of the council. Her father was a Republican and her mother, a Democrat. As an administrative assistant to the deputy commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, she said she understands budget issues. “It’s not going to be easier for towns or the state,” she said. “Taxes will have to be raised or services cut. It’s a difficult year.” One factor that made tran-

sition onto the council smooth for her is the fact that she knows many of the council members — Democrats and Republicans and has “a good report.” In her bid for the school board in 2007, Toffey answered a question in The Plainville Citizen Voters Guide, “What are your top priorities and how will you address them?” She replied, in part, “The main concern for anyone elected to public office is to work for the betterment of those who have elected them. This means working together as a team, regardless of differences, to accomplish the goals set before the group. We should always strive to advance to the farthest place we can, while using the resources available to us. Plainville does not have an endless pot of gold. I will strive to get the biggest impact from the money we are allocated, and whenever

possible, keep the budget reasonable for our citizens.`” In a second questionnaire in The Plainville Citizen in 2009, Toffey stated, “Plainville needs to be an attractive place to do business and an effort to bring retail, industry and manufacturing into town needs to be a priority. This is the only way to increase tax revenue without placing further burdens on citizens.” Toffey said her philosophies have not changed. She is aware that these are difficult times and there is the longstanding issue between the council and BOE concerning providing financial


Continued from page 2 clude New Britain Rock Cats baseball games, New Britain Public Library, the New Britian Tree Lighting Ceremony, and an annual tour through New Britain schools. The spring season began Jan. 11 and children were welcome to audition. For more information, call Eaton, at (860) 223-3691, ext. 123, or check the website

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Occupational program supports Plainville Marines

On Dec. 29, Cheshire Occupational & Career Opportunities traveled to Plainville to provide the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit with donated goods before their deployment to Afghanistan. COCO felt that they should donate items to those in need during the holidays and what better recipient than America’s Marines. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit in Plainville will deploy to Afghanistan at the start of the New Year and they are always in need of items for Marines. Gunnery Sgt. Cullen says the Marines are grateful for

the donation, which came in the form of anything from hygiene products (such as toothpaste and deodorant) to candy and beef jerky. These novelties are things the Marines go without while serving our country. Charlie Conway, COCO executive director, served in the Marine Corps and stands strongly behind COCO’s decision to help the troops. “The Marine Corps motto is Semper Fidelis which means ‘always faithful’ and I can attest that those that serve are faithful to defending the rights that we all often take for granted. They do without

creature comforts and are separated from their families to ensure that we are protected from any harm. We need to remember the sacrifices they make on our behalf and show them the support and thanks that they deserve,” Conway said. COCO, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing jobs to developmentally disabled individuals, wanted to celebrate this holiday season through helping others. For more information about COCO, visit the website at or call the office at (203) 2725607.

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Snow Continued from page 1 various celebrities and the “Happy Birthday” song. The American Cancer Society and Relay are focused on helping more cancer survivors beat the disease, and therefore celebrate more birthdays. Relay For Life 2011 will take place this year on Saturday, June 11 to Sunday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Norton Park. Relay is a 24hour walk that helps raise money to fund cancer research and many other cancer-related programs including education and supporting those undergoing cancer treatment. People are welcome to the Jan. 24 kickoff and/or con-

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Middle-schoolers receive education to ‘Stay on Track’ State Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus visited the Middle School of Plainville recently to observe a class and the graduation of students from the “Stay on Track” program in eighth-grade health classes this year. Boukus was instrumental in bringing the program to Plainville in 2007. Sgt. Melisa Luginbuhl, of the National Guard, worked together with Shannon SheaLyons, the middle school health instructor, to present 12 45-minute sessions of “Stay on Track” this fall. This program was approved by the Plainville Board of Education and is provided at no cost to the school system. The National

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Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., Plainville, offers Rhythms of Grace, a worship service for children with special needs on the third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. This family worship service includes hands-on crafts, Bible stories and Communion. All are welcome. The church is handicapped accessible. Rhythms of Grace will be held Sunday, Jan. 16. Regular church services begin every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday school is offered. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Rev. Audrey Scanlan, at (860) 747-3109.

The Jolly Beggars

The Jolly Beggars, from West Hartford, will be performing Sunday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m., at the Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill. The group plays traditional Celtic folk music. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the church, its mission and ministries. There is a cost to attend and all ages are welcome. For more information or

tickets, call the church at (860) 747-2328 or 747-2592.

Food for Friends served weekly The Food for Friends program, under the sponsorship of the Plainville Conference of Churches, has been serving approximately 60 people each week. The free meal is held at the Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 W. Main St., on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. The next dinner will be served Jan. 19.

Methodist church events Events at the Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill are: Wednesday, Jan. 19, PUMC Food for Friends Leadership hosted at Congregational Church, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Jan. 21 to 23, MYF attending “Ignite.” Sunday, Feb. 6, Souper Bowl of Caring, 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, Boy Scout Sunday, 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, PUMC Hosting American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:45 to 6:45 p.m., call (800) Give Life to make an appointment. Sunday, Feb. 20, Methodist

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Youth Fellowship meets at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, The Jolly Beggars Celtic Music Concert at 4 p.m. For tickets call (860) 747-2328 or (860) 747-2592 for tickets.

Contemporary worship Jan. 15 Grace Lutheran Church, 222 Farmington Ave., Plainville, is offering a weekly Saturday 5 p.m. worship service. The next contemporary worship will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15. The worship service, which has been named “Rejoice and Renew,” is contemporary in style, with guitars leading most of the congregational singing. Each gathering will be a joyful and uplifting encounter with God through the words of the Bible, through songs and prayers, and through the presence of Jesus in communion – the meal of the church, according to the pastor, the Rev. Steve Brisson. For more information, visit or call Pastor Steve at (860) 747-5191.

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Obituaries Ruth Goulet Ruth E. (Parfitt) Goulet, 84, of New Britain, died Dec. 24, 2010, at an area convalescent home. She was born in New Britain, daughter of the late Harold and Margaret (Donnelly) Parfitt, and was a lifelong New Britain resident. She was married to the late Laurie J. Goulet, who died May 12, 1995. A longtime employee of The Fafnir Bearing Co., she later worked in Dr. Barry Kemler’s office. She is survived by her children, Michael and his wife, Carol Goulet, of Plainville, Susan Goulet, of New Britain and William Goulet; six grandchildren, Amanda,

Erica, Rebecca, David, Steven and Marc; a sister, Margaret Pouche; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Joan Fillion. The funeral was held Dec. 30, 2010, at Farrell Funeral Home, New Britain, followed by a Mass at St. Maurice Church. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to the Village Green of Bristol, 23 Fair St., Bristol, CT 06010 or to the Masonic Home and Health Care, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492.

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Pauline Lech

Pauline T. Lech, 93, of Plainville, died Dec. 18, 2010, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. She was born in New Britain, on July 7, 1917, and was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Roslan) Szubzda. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne C. Dagata, of Plainville; her son Tom F. Lech, of Bristol; her daughter, Pat Wearne, of Tolland; her sister, Claire Kremski, of New Britain; several grandchildren; and greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were private and burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain, at the convenience of the family. The Paul A. Shaker / Farmingdale Funeral Home, New Britain, was in charge of arrangements.

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Capt. Costanzo to retire

Plainville Police Capt. Peter Costanzo is retiring and a party is being planned for Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Nuchie’s, 164 Central St., Forestville. Cocktail hour is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with an Italian specialty table, followed by the 6:30 p.m. buffet dinner. Cost is $35 including gift. RSVP by Jan. 14. Checks can be sent to Sgt. Charles Smedick, Plainville Police Department, 19 Neal Court, Plainville, CT 06062 or Jane Buden, Assessor’s Office, Municipal Center, 1 Central Square, Plainville, CT 06062. For more information, call Smedick at (860) 747-1616 or Buden at (860) 793-0221, ext. 242.

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eight grandchildren, Michelle, Jeffrey and his wife, Teresa, Amybeth, Melissa, Haley, Patrick, Jessica, and Michael; his sister, Joan Benander, of Massachusetts; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Patricia Burns. His family would like to extend a very special “thank you” to the doctors and staff at The Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General Dialysis Center and to the staff at West Hartford Health and Rehab Center for


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Southington, died Dec. 30, 2010, at West Hartford Health and Rehab Center. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Dorothy (Stoll) Gustavson for 12 1/2 years. He was born in New Britain, on Sept. 26, 1931, to the late Oscar R. and Maybelle (Lyndon) Gustavson. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for many years as a tool and die maker and was a partner in All Five Tool Company, retiring in 2002. He was a former president of the Southington Midget Football League. He loved watching both the men and women’s UConn basketball games and was an avid Red Sox fan. He will be remembered for his charity and generosity to all. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Scott Gustavson and his wife, Diane, Marsha Gustavson, and James Gustavson, all of Southington; two stepsons, James Haeffner and his wife, Susan, of Massachusetts, and Thomas Haeffner, of Florida;


Marcia (Dubey) Winslow, 87, of Plainville, died peacefully on Dec. 27, 2010, at Newington Health Care Center. She was the wife of Woodrow L. Winslow, with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. She was born in Norway, Maine, daughter of the late William R. and Reubena B. (Swett) Dubey. She was raised in Maine, where she met the love of her life, Woodrow, during her high school years. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Plainville where they have resided in the same home

since 1955. She was employed at Marlin Rockwell as an accountant for 15 years before retiring in 1977. She and Woodrow spent much of their retirement caring for their home for which they worked so hard, and taking trips to Maine to their cottage on Long Lake. She was a longtime active member of the Congregational Church of Plainville, where she was a devoted volunteer and proud supporter. A woman of great strength and independence, she will be dearly missed. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, William L. Winslow, of Freeport, Maine; her grandchildren, Angela Lynn Grant and her husband, Arthur, of Michigan, and Wayne Winslow and his wife, Nicole, of Maine; her great-grandchildren, Melissa, Cassandra, Victoria, Kassady and Ciara; and her great-greatgrandson, Evan; her daughter-in-law, Jean Winslow, of New Hampshire; her brother, George Dubey and his wife, Aline, of Arizona, and many nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors. A celebration of her life was held Dec. 31, 2010, at the Congregational Church of Plainville. Committal services will be held in Maine at a later date. Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville, assisted with arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Book of Remembrance, Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 W. Main St., Plainville, CT 06062.

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pital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, for their compassionate care shown to Walter during his time with them. The funeral was held Jan. 4, 2011, at Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville. Burial was held privately and at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

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in 1988, where she leaves many dear friends, especially her roommate, Heather, with whom she shared a special bond. She was a fun-loving girl, who fought her difficult battles with an astounding bravery. She had a remarkable memory, which she used to share stories from her childhood, and had a great love for music and singing, with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” one of her many favorites. She was a gentle soul, with an infectious way about her that created a wide circle of friends, including those at BARC who adored her. She will be missed dearly, leaving many cherished memories. She is survived by her father, Jim Richardson and his wife, Molly, of Simsbury; her mother, Karen Richardson, of West Hartford; her brother, Brian Richardson, of

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Tracy D. Hart-Richardson, 37, of Plainville, died Jan. 3, 2011, at John Dempsey Hospital. She was born on July 29, 1973, in Mesa, Ariz., and moved to Connecticut in 1978. She joined her family at Domus Amoris in Plainville

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Walter F. Holden, 86, of P l a i nv i l l e, died Dec. 31, 2010, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain Campus. He was predeceased by his wife and mother of his children, Helen (Murtaugh) Holden. He was born and raised in Springfield, Vt., on April 25, 1924, one of three sons of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Day) Holden. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17, proudly serving his country during World War II. Shortly after his discharge in 1945, he and Helen started their family together, while living in Canton. He was employed by Pratt and Whitney until his retirement, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Madeley Roberts Post No. 547, since moving to Plainville close to 20 years ago. He was a kind and gentle man, whose smile and infectious zest for life created a wide circle of friends. He had a love for dancing, sharing stories from his days in the service, and spreading his optimism to everyone he met. His proudest role was that of a loving and hardworking father and grandfather, whose devotion to his family will forever be remembered. He leaves his loving daughters and their husbands, Kimberley and Bob Wolfe, of Plainville, and Darleen and Kevin Butler, of Southington; his daughter-in-law, Brenda Holden, of Winsted; his grandchildren, Krystal Heller and her husband, Ryan, Megan Wolfe, Kelsey Butler, Paul Holden Jr., and Jennifer DeSanti and her husband, Craig; his greatgrandchildren, Abigail Mills and Dylan DeSanti; his brothers, Charlie and Al Grennon, of Vermont; his stepchildren and extended family; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Paul Holden and his grandson, Christopher Butler. His family expresses their deepest gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff at Brittany Farms and The Hos-


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To the editor: I enjoyed Ruth Hummel’s History piece in The Plainville Citizen’s Dec. 30 paper. I don’t know if the subject is a universal seasonal memory or not but the week of Christmas while visiting my grandchildren in Maine, I too was remembering ‘back when’ and telling them about the chemical toilet that we had in my father’s house on Ledge Road in Plainville. We never had an outhouse. We had a chemical toilet in the back room attached to the house all by itself. I still remember so vividly the smell of the chemical used to kill all the germs and mask the other odors. My Dad would empty the toilet in a hole he had dug in the corner of our lot. There were few neighbors

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back then, and they did the same thing, except I remember the Hills across View Street who had an outhouse and they were the first family on the street to install a flush toilet. In talking with Doris Mis-

enti, she recalls her mother telling her as a child, while living in an apartment, “… that behind the closed door is a ‘chemical toilet.” And Leo Lavigne recalls their chemical toilet on Englewood Avenue in Plainville. However, prior to moving to Plainville he lived in New Britain where he had a flush toilet, which prompted me to go to the Internet to find out what year flush toilets were invented. It was not a single invention, but the flush toilet evolved over a period of time from as far back as circa 26th century B.C. I do not recall our first flush toilet on Ledge Road. Last year, while working on my book about Boy Rock, Katherine Raymond Swanson, of View Street, had called me to share some of her dad’s old pictures of

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Government Meetings

Thursday, Jan. 13 Recreation and Parks Board, 50 Whiting St., 7 p.m. Recycling and Solid Waste, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17 Closed for Martin Luther Jr. King Day Town Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 Housing Authority, 20 Stillwell Drive, Sunset Village Community Room, 6:30 p.m.Town Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m

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Carbon monoxide: the ‘silent killer’ Submitted by Larry Sutherland The winter months are here. As the mercury dips, some families, struggling to pay their heating bills, will turn on the kitchen stove burners and the oven in an effort to take the chill off of their home. What these families don’t realize is how dangerous this practice can be. A gas oven or range top should never be used for heating. A fire could start and poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) fumes could fill the home. Any fuel-burning heating equipment (fireplaces, furnaces, water heaters, space or portable heaters), generators and chimneys can produce carbon monoxide. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is an increased risk of dying in a home fire during the winter season. December, January and February are generally the deadliest months for fire. Often called a silent killer, CO is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when

fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. CO enters the body through breathing. CO poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses. Some symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light headedness or headaches. Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning, but infants, pregnant women and people with physical conditions that limit their ability to use oxygen, such as emphysema, asthma or heart disease, can be more severely affected by low concentrations of CO than healthy adults. High levels of CO can be fatal for anyone, causing death within minutes. The goal of the Plainville Fire Department is to reduce the number of carbon monoxide incidents in Plainville and discourage anyone from using the range or oven to heat their home. See Carbon, next page

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Ledge Road and she took me out to the summer property of her dad, Allen Raymond, in Barkhamstead. The house is 100 years old but in their backyard they have an outhouse, called The Silver

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search Solutions, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989. The program is based on National Student Learning Standards. It combines sound prevention science principles with the popular appeal of motor sports to reach out to middle school students and reduce future substance

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Install CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of accumulating CO. Have your heating equipment inspected by a professional every year before cold weather sets in. Use generators outdoors away from all doors and windows and vents. CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and CO alarms. Test CO alarms at least once a month.

Palace, built three years ago; it is the fourth outhouse replacement on the property. I was fascinated by the building and took a picture of the outside [and inside, not published] to share with you a newer version of an outhouse. Jacqueline Dagenais Plainville abuse through cognitive, emotional and social skills development. Special emphasis is given to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and inhalant abuse because of their prevalence among middle school students. Additional information may be found by visiting the “Stay on Track” website at If your CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window and doors and call for help. Remain at the fresh air location until emergency personnel say it is okay. If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries or other trouble indicators. The Plainville Fire Department wants everyone to be warm and safe this winter. Make sure your home has carbon monoxide alarms. Larry A. Sutherland is the fire marshal and serves on emergency management team.

Offices close Jan. 17 Muncipal offices, the library, the senior center and schools will all be closed Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Andy Moore benefit dinner Andy Moore, of Plainville, has an illness that will require him to go through extensive therapy and he will be out of work for six months. He has been with the Department Of Corrections for the past 17 years and has been a volunteer firefighter for the Plainville Fire Department for the past 25 years. The fire department is asking the community to come support Moore and his family. A benefit will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. to midnight, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 7 Northwest Drive. Beer, wine, soda and juices will be provided. Tickets can be purchased by calling Mike Schnedier at (860) 637-2863; George Davey at (860) 637-2323. To donate, make a check out to Andy Moore, and mail to the Plainville Fire Company, 77 W. Main St., Plainville, CT 06062, c/o Andy Moore.

Budding navigators Photo courtesy of Plainville Community Schools

Fifth graders in Jennifer Murrihy’s class at Frank T. Wheeler Elementary school test their navigation skills during an integrated lesson that ties the study of explorers with physical education. Students had to follow navigational sets of directions working as the ship captain, navigator and sailors to find an end location. From left to right are Malik Belfast, Jeremy Raymond, Nathan Gonzalez and Collin Martin.

School Continued from page 9 weeks with Wheeler music instructor Diane Roncaioli, they performed under the direction of Henry Leck, an internationally recognized choral director from Butler University. They prepared seven numbers of several different styles and languages including Latin, Italian, Guatemalan, Greek, Australian and English.

port, CNN and other media outlets. The rigorous and robust curriculum is designed to enhance the development of all aspects of a young person’s life, according to Steve Perry, principal and CNN education contributor. The nurturing environment magnifies students’ interests in science, technology, math, writing and humanities, according to Perry For more information or to visit, call the school at (860) 695-9876.

Plainville students welcome to apply Schools closed, Mark Zuckerberg, the bil- mid-term exams lionaire forward-thinking chief executive officer of Facebook, Sergey Brin, the genius who founded Google, and Lady Gaga, the queen of modern art, all have one key thing in common: they all attended the Center for Talented Youth at the Johns Hopkins University. A collaboration between John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and Capital Preparatory Magnet School has resulted in a gifted and talented pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade curriculum. Students from greater Hartford including Plainville, Southington and Berlin are invited to visit the school to learn more about the program. Capital Prep currently serves grades 6 to 12 and has been deemed one of the best schools in America by US News and World Re-

Plainville schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 14 for Professional Development Day for staff. Schools will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Plainville High School will have shortened days on Jan. 18, 19, 20, and 21 due to midyear exams. Dismissal will be at 12:15 p.m. No lunches will be served on exam days.

Budget meetings The Plainville Board of Education’s 2011-12 budget calendar has been set. Specific meetings, dates, times and locations are as follows: Jan. 13: Board Budget Development Meeting, Middle School Library, 7 p.m.: overview of budget process,

highlight connections to school learning plans and district plan, value and budget goals Jan. 18: Board Budget Development Meeting, Linden Conference Room, 7 p.m.: staffing requests Jan. 20: Board Budget Work Session, Middle School Library, 7 p.m. Feb. 14: Regular Board of Education Meeting, Plainville High School Cafeteria, 7p.m.: vote on budget March 7: Town Manager/Superintendent present budget to Town Council, Plainville Municipal Center – Council Chambers, 7:30 p.m. March 10: Town Manager/Superintendent present budget at Public Hearing, Plainville Municipal Center – Council Chambers, 7 p.m. March 14: Regular Board of Education Meeting: Plainville High School Cafeteria, 7 p.m. To be determined: Board / Council Budget Work Sessions(s) March 21: Town Council to set the budget, Plainville Municipal Center – Council Chambers, 7:30 p.m. April 11: Regular Board of Education Meeting, Plainville High School Cafeteria, 7 p.m. April 25: Hearing on the Budget, (tentative), Plainville Municipal Center – Council Chambers, 7 p.m. April 26: All Day Budget Vote, Fire House, 6a.m. to 8 p.m.


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Plainville girls welcome to join Miss Bristol pageant

Plainville resident, Paige Levesque, was the winner of Petite Miss Bristol 2010. Now the 2011 is being organized and Plainville girls are still welcome to participate in the younger divisions. Sign-ups for Miss Bristol, Teen, Junior, Little, Petite

2011 Pageant will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Imagination Museum, 1 Pleasant St., Bristol. Miss Bristol 2010 and her court will be there. Sign-up is mandatory before Jan. 22; if someone is interested in signing up and are unable to attend that day, they must

call Diane Pelletier, (860) 2120811 or e-mail her at m before Jan. 22. The winners of each title will aid Miss Bristol 2011 with community involvement and appearances. This is the local chapter of the Miss Bristol Scholarship Program and is not affiliated with the Miss America System. This means Miss Bristol must either live, work or go to school within the City of Bristol. The age range for Petite is

6 to 8; Little 9 to 11; Junior is 12 to 14; Teen 15 and 16 or 17 if not a senior. Miss Bristol, ages 17 and senior to age 26. Junior Division, Teen Division and Miss Bristol will perform a talent as part of their competition. Petite and Little no talent is required. Teens. Juniors, Little and Petite contestants do not need to reside within Bristol although they must be within Bristol or the Greater Bristol area of Plainville, Burlington and Terryville. Schedule of rehearsal

dates will be sent out to contestants within a week after sign up. Practice will be held at Dance Arts Center, 12 Linwood St., in Forestville. Pelletier said through this experience a young woman can gain self confidence and learn tools she will use throughout her life while having a wonderful time in the process. For the complete rules and information about all divisions, visit the website .

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Longtime Plainville resident and artist, Mary Ehrlich, is displaying 45 watercolor paintings at the Plainville Public Library, 255 Main St., through the end of January. The paintings were selected because they were among the artist’s favorites. Many of them were done during weeklong painting classes where Ehrlich said she enjoyed improving her techniques and talking over supper with other members of the class. One of her favorites on

display is “Maine House for Sale.” It is a picture of a rundown, but interesting, house in Boothbay that she “just fell in love with. I don’t think I’ll ever get over my liking for it,” she said. She prefers watercolors to oil paints because they are “light and free” and the thin colors are much easier to work with. Ehrlich, 87, has been painting for more than 60 years. She started by studying with Plainville High School art teacher, Marvin Bachner. She continued her

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The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Medical-Legal Partnership Project, a collaborative effort providing legal services to help area poor and at-risk children receive optimal medical care, was awarded a second $25,000 grant from the American Savings Foundation. Through the MLPP, the hospital works with the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a

Connecticut-based non-profit agency that provides legal services for children at risk. The Hospital of Central Connecticut pediatricians and the center’s MLPP attorneys team to help better children’s health by striving to improve healthcare access and reduce adverse social factors like substandard housSee Grant, next page

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More than 100 walkers participated in The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Dec. 11 Walk with a Doc at Walnut Hill Park, New Britain. The event included a 30-minute walk and health tips from Dr. Robert Borkowski, a cardiologist, who talked about ways to prevent heart disease. The hospital will resume its Walk with a Doc series on April 23, at Norton Park in Plainville. For more information, visit or call toll-free (877) 914-WALK.

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Senior Citizens Center Bowling League results for the week of Dec. 20: High bowler, women — Sara Cameron, 183 High bowler, men — Jerry Tracey, 234; Lou Wanat, 200 Ham bone club — Jerry Tracey Turkey club — Tony Rosenthal-2, Marie Cassidy, Jerry Tracey, Paul Bell, Al Cassella, Ronald Patry, Bob Pelletier, John Delin Split club — Helen Tessier-2, Sara Cameron, Simone Guimond, Jackie Corbin, Tina Wishart, Bernice St Jean-2, Tom Loiselle, Bert Collin, Jerry Tracey, Lou Wanat, Jan DeBlois, Bernice Baylock-2 200 club — Jerry Tracey, 234; Lou Wanat, 200 For information, contact Frank Robinson, bowling league president, at (860) 7472918.

Senior Citizens Center Bowling League results for the week of Dec. 27 (Jan. 3): High bowler, women — Elsie Senaldi, 168 High bowler, men — Bert Collin, 221 Ham bone club — Dan Hurley, Bert Collin, George Boucher Turkey club — Frank Robinson, Dan Hurley, Bert Collin-2, George Boucher, Tom Genovese, Tony Rosenthal, Raymond Giroux, Bob Wassil, Paul Bell Split club — Ray Newman, Barbara Schultz, Bernice St. Jean, Dan Hurley, Richard Bushey, Jan Deblois, John Stepick, Elois Senaldi, Bert Collin, John Delin, Jim Ray-2 200 club — Bert Collin, 221; Dan Hurley, 200; Paul Bell, 201; Jerry Tracey, 204; George Boucher, 200 For information, contact Frank Robinson, bowling league president, at (860) 7472918.

The Plainville Citizen Thursday, January 13, 2011

Senior Happenings Participants in programs at the Plainville Senior Citizens Center, 200 East St., must be 60 or older and be a resident of Plainville, or be a member of the senior citizens center, unless noted. All programs will be held at the senior citizens center, unless noted. For more information or to register for programs, call the senior center at (860) 747-5728.

Setback Winners Setback tournament winners at the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., were: Nov. 22: first: Doris Prassl, George Reinwald; second, Roy Kaine, Richard Nordgren; third: (two-way tie) Shirley Platt, Pearl Steele, Jennie Asensio, Roberta Bosco; Nov. 29: first: John Daversa, John Perretta; second: Loretta Chandler, Evelyn Case; third: (two-way tie)

Dottie Peterson, Beatrice Dumon, Marcel Boilard; Dec. 6: first: Evelyn Case, Loretta Chandler; second: Doris Chabot, Anne Stanford; third: Bernard Grabeck, Ed Cisz, Maryann and Bill Cunningham; Dec. 13: first: Dottie Peterson, Helen Locks; second: Lee Mills, Wanda Martin; third: Grace Lapila, Beatrice Dumont.

Billiards winners Billiard winners at the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St. were: Nov. 27: Joe Giannattasio, Bob Ryer; Dec. 2: Stanley Funk, Wilson Belanger; Dec. 9: Mitch Ziolkowski, Paul Martel; Dec. 16: Mitch Ziolkowski, Joe Giannattasio.

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The shopping bus provides door-to-door transportation to shopping destinations on Fridays. The bus picks up passengers at their home and drops them off at the front doors of the stores. Riders should call the center 11 a.m. on the Thursday before they want to ride the bus. The bus starts picking up at 9 a.m. The bus will pick up at the store at 12:15 p.m., except on the days the bus goes to the Westfarms or Meriden malls, when pickups will be at 4:15 p.m. A handicapped bus is available, however, passengers need to call the senior center and let them know a bus is needed to be put on the list. Friday, Jan. 21: Ocean State Job Lot, TJ Maxx, Stop & Shop, Bristol

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Hoopsters can’t keep momentum going By Sam Dostaler Special to The Citizen

Last week was a tough one for the Plainville High School boys basketball team. Coming into the week, the Blue Devils were flying high, fresh off a championship win in the 11th Annual Rybczyk Memorial tournament that bumped their record to 4-1. However, since then, Plainville has hit a couple bumps in the road.

First, the Blue Devils fell to longtime rival Berlin, 5443. Plainville got off to a slow start that night but trailed by just seven at halftime. Despite keeping the game close, the locals never mounted a serious comeback after the break. It was much of the same three days later when Plainville played CCC power Maloney. Again, the Blue Devils got off to a slow start, turning the ball over and rushing shots. Despite that,

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Plainville High School’s Brett Litke gets past Berlin’s Kevin Stritch last week. The Blue Devils came up short that night and headed into this week with a record of 4-3. the locals got to within five, 23-18, midway through the second quarter. But as was the case in the Berlin game, Plainville couldn’t get over the hump. Maloney ended the first half with a 21-4 run and cruised to a 7843 victory. Despite the tough week, Blue Devil coach Marc Wesoly remains confident. “We know what we did wrong. We didn’t execute defensively against Berlin and Maloney,” he said. “I think that defense has been our strength in the four games that we have won, and even in the loss to Manchester. In the games last week we just lacked communication, aggressiveness and defensive rebounds.” Plainville has two opponents on tap this week, Middletown and Bristol Eastern. “I think were going to come back,” Wesoly said.

With their record at 4-3 at press time, it appears Plainville has a good chance of reaching the eight wins

necessary to qualify for the state tournament. The Blue Devils last appeared in the postseason in 2007.

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Plainville High School’s Nikki Dow battles for a rebound last week in a game against Berlin. The Lady Blue Devils lost that night, 46-32, and then fell to Maloney, 47-32. At press time, Plainville was stuck on one win.

Plainville High School girls soccer coach Leszek Wrona is one of seven people entering the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame this year. Joining Wrona for enshrinement will be referee Richard Eddy, referee and administrator Mark Holowesko, player Kyle Martino, player and coach Mike Noonan, player Paul Toomey and coach Steve Waters. PHS athletics director John Zadnik indicated the community is fortunate to have a coach the caliber of Wrona working with its young soccer players. “Leszek Wrona has had a positive impact on the girls soccer program at Plainville High School. Under his direction, our teams have qualified for the CIAC state tournament seven consecutive years and have won several tournament games,” Zadnik pointed out. “Being inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame is an honor that is well-de-

served and long overdue. We are extremely fortunate to have him on our staff.” Before getting into coaching, Wrona played professional soccer in Poland and Germany. He signed his first contract at 17. In the 80s, Wrona transitioned to the role of player/coach. Aside from coaching the PHS girls soccer team, Wrona oversees the Western Mass Pioneers, Leszek Wrona’s Soccer Academy, and Ajax Premier. Also, Wrona has coached boys soccer at PHS and St. Paul. The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will be inducted Jan. 29 at the Marriott in Farmington. The new class will bring the CSHF membership to 109. To purchase induction dinner tickets, or for program sponsorships, call (860) 676-1161. — Nick Carroll


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, January 13, 2011

Youth Sports

Solid season Wrestling

The Plainville Wrestling Club was well-represented at recent tournaments. Claiming medals in Thomaston were Parker Hite (2nd place), Dakota Dinielli (2nd place), Kyle Voisine (2nd place) and Brody Hite (2nd place). Earning medals in Berlin were Alex Hernandez (1st place), Dominic Pedrolini (1st place), Brendan Quilter (2nd place), Jason Romano (2nd place), Gabe Hernandez (2nd place), Dante Colagiovanni (2nd place), Doug Romano

(2nd place), Wolfie Maier (2nd place), Dakota Dinielli (3rd place) and Brody Hite (3rd place). The Plainville Wrestling Club opened its season with a tournament in Southington. Garnering medals were Frank Griffin (1st place), Dominic Pedrolini (2nd place), Gabriel Hernandez (2nd place), Alex Hernandez (2nd place), Dante Colagiovanni (2nd place), Brody Hite (3rd place), Jason Romano (3rd place), Spencer Steeves (3rd place), Doug Romano (3rd place) and Nick Cyr (3rd place).

Plainville girls soccer teams, the U-9 Crushers and U-11 Xtreme, played in 3on-3 tournaments throughout the state this past summer, and both did well. The Crushers were Caitlin Barker, Kayla DiTolla, Krystyna Miller, Isabella Niziolek, Kellie Sileo, Sarah Tomczyk and Malena VanBeveren. The Crushers were coached by Chris DiTolla, Mike Sileo, Peter Tomczyk and Charle VanBeveren. The Xtreme were Hannah Charest, Kloe Hindri, Madison Liistro, Taleah McCrorey, Kaitlin Savarese, Olyvia Sciaraffa, Elyssa Tomczyk and Sarah Tomczyk. The Xtreme were coached by Matt Liistro, Gena Sciaraffa and Peter Tomczyk.

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The Plainville Wrestling Club is off to a good start this season. Pictured: Plainville’s Dante Colagiovanni has an opponent in a tough position.


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side yells, “Thank you...” and the other yells, “You’re welcome.” Classiest cheer ever. The game was back and forth, up and down the field. Florida won it when a defensive back intercepted a pass on what looked to be a Penn State last-minute, game-winning drive. But the Lions are a Big Ten team, so winning wasn’t going to happen. The pass was returned for a touchdown and the Gator fans, which made up about 60 percent of the house, went nuts. I sat with a grandfather, his son and grandson all of whom are Florida fans. Grandpa had attended Florida, but son attended the University of South Florida and the grandson is a junior in high school who wants to attend a small liberal arts school in New England. The last place the kid wants to go is Florida, but

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The folks in Florida are football-nuts, but that fanaticism doesn’t necessarily mean they are willing to pay to watch it. I took in the Tampa Bay Bucs final home game with the Seattle Seahawks. I had a great seat in the end zone, just eight rows off the field. Got the ticket online at list price and it was easy. It was easy because only 45,000 fans showed up in 65,000-seat Raymond James Stadium. Every Bucs game was blacked out because the Bucs — despite having a highly competitive team that was in the playoff hunt until the Packers beat the Bears on the season’s final day — didn’t sell out a single game. What’s that about the NFL being our national sport? The day was Florida frigid. The high temperature was 47 degrees and the wind gusted to 50 miles-per-hour. On Clearwater Beach, the sand drifted across the Beachwalk and onto the roads along the beach. It looked like snow, but that was reserved for you folks who enjoyed the Holiday blizzard. While it was cold, the locals thought it was the end of the world. They were bundled up in heavy coats, hats, mittens and scarves. But the 45,000 who did show up for the Bucs’ game enjoyed themselves as the Bucs, led by spectacular young quarterback Josh Freeman, crushed the champions of the NFL West, a.k.a. the NFL Worst. I had planned to tailgate prior to the game, but I figured if I wanted to freeze while tailgating, I could have stayed home in Connecticut. So I retreated to Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurant for some warm pregame indoor tailgating. Given that the Bucs’ game was a 4:15 start, I could catch the 1 p.m. games in comfort. I ended up sitting next to a Detroit Lions’ fan who loves Xavier High of Middletown’s Amari Spievey, who plays safety for the Lions. So we

were able to share stories and the Lions’ fan was fascinated with the story of Spievey’s high school and college — Iowa — exploits. Selmon’s — he was the great Buc player who was the Bucs first Hall of Famer — is hard by Raymond James, about a mile from the ballpark. Raymond James, by the way, is located right across the street from the New York Yankees’ spring training home, George M. Steinbrenner Stadium. Selmon’s has a big circular bar with TVs suspended in the middle of the circle and the joint has TVss all over the room. It’s not as big as Rookies in Cromwell, but nice. On game day, they run specials on, uhh “lemonade”, so that was good. If you’re ever in the area and go to Lee Roy’s, I suggest you avoid the food. I ordered meatloaf with mashed potatoes. I got two alleged meatloaf pieces, each about the size of hockey pucks. Tasted like that, too. It included one ice cream scoop of mashed potatoes with maybe two tablespoons of gravy. On top of that, the drinks and food were served by waitstaff who had personalities approximating those of algae. But it was warm, the lemonade was cheap and they had big TVs. On New Year’s Day I returned to Raymond James for the Outback Bowl. Yeah,


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Bingo — Veterans of Foreign Wars Madeley-Roberts Post 574 men hold open bin-

go every Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., at post headquarters, 7 Northwest Drive at the corner of Route 10. The public is invited. Information: call Earl Carey at (860) 747-5400. Board of Education — Budget development Meeting, Middle School Library, 7 p.m.: overview of budget process, highlight connections to school learning

plans and district plan, value and budget goals Friends movie matinee — On Thursday, Jan. 13, at 2:30 p.m., the Friends of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., show “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: to alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor. Free.




Deadline for retirement party — Plainville Police Capt. Peter Costanzo is retiring and a party will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Nuchie’s, 164 Central St., Forestville. Cocktail hour is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with an Italian specialty table, followed by the 6:30 p.m. buffet dinner. Cost is $35 including gift. RSVP by Jan. 14. Checks can be sent to Sgt. Charles Smedick, Plainville Police Department, 19 Neal Court, Plainville, CT 06062 or Jane Buden, Assessor’s Office, Municipal Center, 1 Central Square, Plainville, CT 06062. Information: call Smedick, at (860) 747-1616, or Buden, at (860) 793-0221, ext. 242. Drop in story times — On Fridays, Jan. 14 and 28, the children’s department of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., will have drop in story time with Leah at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 6. ‘Plainville has Talent’ auditions — PARC, a family-centered agency for individuals with developmental disabilities, will present “Plainville has Talent” on Friday, Jan. 28. Organizers are looking for singers, dancers and musicians, ages 8 to 80. There will be three categories with a winner and runner-up in each. Auditions will be held Friday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., and

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Saturday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, at PARC, 28 E. Maple Street, Plainville. All contestants must reside in Plainville. There will be a $5 registration fee for each contestant. Contestants may register on PARC’s website or call PARC, (860) 747-0316. Schools closed and midterm exams — All Plainville schools will be closed on Friday, Jan. 14 for Professional Development day for staff. Schools will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18.Plainville High School will have shortened days on Jan. 18, 19, 20, and 21 due to mid-year exams. Dismissal will be at 12:15 p.m. No lunches will be served on -exam days.



Andy Moore benefit dinner — Andy Moore, of Plainville, has an illness that will require him to go through extensive therapy that will keep him out of work for six months. He has been with the Department Of Corrections for the past 17 years and has been a volunteer firefighter for the Plainville Fire Department for the past 25 years. The fire department is asking the community to come support Moore and his family. The benefit will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m. to midnight, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 7 Northwest Drive. Beer, wine, soda and juices will be provided. Tickets can be purchased by calling Mike Schnedier at (860) 637-2863; George Davey at (860) 637-2323. To donate, make a check out to Andy Moore, and mail to the Plainville Fire Company, 77 W. Main St., Plainville, CT 06062, c/o Andy Moore. Historical Society programs— The Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St., has the following programs offered at the center: On Saturday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Kathy LaBella will talk about “Restore, Revamp and

Renovate,” a story of an older home. She purchased a Victorian house four years ago and is renovating it. On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., at the center, there will be music by Nzinga’s Daughters and Gail Williams will present their recent trip to Ghana with a photo presentation. Both events are open to the public. Information: (860) 747-6577.



Chamber music — The next concert in the Gloria Dei series will be the Nutmeg Symphony presenting an afternoon of chamber music on Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. The concert series is held at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol. Information: contact the church at (860) 582-0629 or toddhelming@gdeichurch. org.



Multiple Sclerosis Support Group — The Plainville MS Support Group meets at Northwest Village School, Wheeler Clinic, located at 91 Northwest Drive, from 7 to 9 p.m., on the third Monday of each month. Information: call George, at (860) 793-9589. Rotary Club — Plainville Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Mondays at J. Timothy’s Taverne, 143 New Britain Ave. Information: call Guy Doyon at (860) 7934113. Schools closed and midterm exams — All Plainville schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18.Plainville High School will have shortened days on Jan. 18, 19, 20, and 21 due to mid-year exams. Dismissal will be at 12:15 p.m. No lunches will be served on exam days.

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Lifestyle Briefs

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keeping sidewalks clear in the winter. Owners and/or tenants are responsible for removing snow from sidewalks and making them safe for use within 24 hours of snowfall. Violation is punishable by a $25 fine and an additional $25 can be levied for every day sidewalks are not cleared. “If you don’t clear your sidewalk, the town will have it removed and it’ll be at the owner’s expense,” said Police Sgt. Charles Smedick, head of the traffic division.

Dominick Moschini, of the Plainville Roadways Department, is asking residents to secure their mailboxes and posts. Posts and mailboxes that are in good shape are less likely to be damaged in the winter by plowed snow.

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The Town of Plainville has an ordinance regarding putting snow on public roadways. No one should “plow, throw, put, or cause to be thrown, or put any snow or ice from any private property” into any public roadway, according to the ordinance, Violation is punishable by a $25 fine. For more information, call the Plainville Police Department at (860) 747-1616.

Residents may obtain sand/salt from the town during the winter months free of charge. Piles are located at: Norton Park, in the parking area near Castle Apartment; Paderewski Park, in the parking area on Cooke Street; and Toffolon School, at the driveway entrance to the school. For more information, call the Roadways Department at (860) 793-0221, ext. 208.

It shall be unlawful from Dec. 1 to April 1 for the owner or operator of a motor vehicle to allow such vehicle to stand on any street in Plainville for more than one hour between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. on any given day. Any violator of this parking ordinance shall be fined not less than $10 for each offense, and shall pay for towing, moving, parking and storage charges for any car removed from any street.


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dad-gum, you root for the Gators. And everybody wears school colors. Everybody. The Penn State sections were a sea of white, the Florida rooters were decked out in orange and blue. While the Penn State rooters were as noisy as the Gator fans, they were markedly more well-behaved. But maybe that’s me. When I look at 40,000 people doing the Gator chomp, it strikes me as, well, silly. It’s like the Atlanta Braves fans — and the Florida State fans — who sing that goofy Indian chant and make the Tomahawk chomp in unison. You’re adults, for heaven’s sake. Cheer, make noise, yell your fool head off. But chomps in unison? Ah well, just me. What I am willing to make book on is this. Urban Meyer — he was named after a Pope, true story — left the Florida job for health reasons and to spend more time with his family. Bet the house he ends up a head coach somewhere else. His health will miraculously get better and his family will, of course, want him to coach because that’s what he’s supposed to do. Coaches don’t quit at 46, not when they have lived in the rarified air of Florida. Hey, most people Joe Paterno’s age are dead. He coaches.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 — The Plainville Citizen

Library News

Friends movie matinee

2:30 p.m., the Friends of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., show “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

On Thursday, Jan. 13, at



As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor. Free.

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January 20 & 27 Berlin & Plainville Citizens Deadline: January 14, 2011

On Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., Thomas W. Lozaw Jr. will present “Toxic Products in Your Home.” He will discuss various toxic products, some well-known and some surprising. He will have guidelines on how to protect the family. Lozaw operates an environmental and regulatory consulting firm in West Hartford. He has been involved in environmental safety for more than 20 years and is a certified healthcare environmental manager.

Friends book discussion The Friends Book Discussion Group at the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main

Ramona Quimby from Beverly Cleary’s children’s book series. Joey King plays Ramona Quimby and Selena Gomez plays Beezue Quimby. Viewers can bring dinner to the movie and the library will provide free popcorn.

St., will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., to discuss “Dewey: the Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World.” Written by Vicki Myron, the book is the true story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat. When only a few weeks old on the coldest night of the year, a kitten was stuffed into the book return slot at the Spencer, Iowa Public Library. Copies of the book are available in the Adult Department. For more information, call the library at (860) 793-1446.

On Fridays, Jan. 14 and 28, the children’s department of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., will have a drop-in story time with Leah at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 6.

Guitar Hero

Kid’s Kraft

Guitar Hero will be held at the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., for students in middle school and older. Bring friends and challenge each other.

On Friday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m., the children’s department of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., will be have a Kid’s Kraft program for children ages 4 and 5. Children should wear old clothes since the projects may be messy. Sign up is necessary for this program. To register or for more information, call the library at (860) 793-1450.

Movie for kids The children’s department of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., will be showing the movie “Ramona and Beezus” on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. The movie follows the misadventures of grade-schooler

Drop in story times

Have you read The Citizen online this week?

Intergenerational Christmas Photo courtesy of Marlene Arini

Plainville Girl Scout Troop 66805 visits The Summit in Southington during the holidays. In the photo are, from left to right, Alyssa La Monte, Abby Pelletier ,Rosa Arini, Paige Madigan and Meghan Guimond. The girls have each “adopted” a grandparent. During the most recent visit, they played bingo, exchanged gifts and sang Christmas carols. “It was a very memorable evening for all,” said Marlene Arini, Scout leader. The girls will continue visiting once a month doing different activities with their “grandparents.”


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tip a Man

Holiday meals Citizen photos by Julie Sopchak

Dozens of bags line the floor of the Plainville Community Food Pantry before Christmas, already prepped by volunteers.

Photo courtesy of Plainville Chamber of Commerce

Bernie Leschinski selects food items to go to families in need. Requests for assistance have dramatically increased, said Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry.

Plainville Briefs

Network aids female veterans

The Connecticut Women Veterans’ Network, sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Veteran Affairs, is established to assist Connecticut’s approximately 15,000 women veterans. CT VETNET activities include: Reaching out to women veterans in Connecticut; Increasing visibility and awareness about the contributions women have made in America’s military; Establishing a database of women veterans living in Connecticut to facilitate communications and disseminate information about accessing benefits, services and programs available to veterans; Advocating for the special needs of women veterans with local, state and federal agencies; identifying existing health and human resources available for women veterans; and Providing mutual support and assistance for Connecticut women veterans and their

families. For more information or to join the Connecticut Women Veterans’ Network, visit .

Marines collect Toys for Tots The Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association and its 576 member companies announced their support this holiday season for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. During ICPA’s Holiday Celebration held Dec. 15, the group raised contributions in toys that exceeded $1,000 for the Toys for Tots program. ICPA President Gene Guilford said, “We are extremely proud to have joined with

Tip a Man in Uniform, held Nov. 18 was quite the successful night with the police officers and volunteer firefighters acting as waiters at Capri Ristorante in Plainville. They served our food, handcuffed us and did push-ups to raise money for the Plainville Food Pantry. More than $500 was raised. Thank you to the Plainville Police Department and volunteer fire department for participating in this event. The women in attendance had a wonderful time. The “new” Plainville Chamber of Commerce has emerged! — Maureen Saverick, office manager of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce.

Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Corps Regiment out of Plainville and the Toys for Tots Foundation to help make sure as many children as possible have a happier holiday season this year — and we are also proud of outstanding young men from the Corps who joined us at our celebration.”

Memories wanted Plainville residents or natives, do you have any memories of your childhood or significant events that you would like to share with readers? “Snippets of Life” should be no more than 500 words and include your name and telephone number in case we need to contact you. Articles and photos or illustrations can be mailed to The Plainville Citizen, P.O. Box 57, Plainville, CT 06062; or e-mailed to . Items will be returned if you like. If you have questions, feel free to call The Plainville Citizen office at (860) 620-5960.

Citizen photos by Julie Sopchak

Firefighters and police officers serve dinner to guests at Tip a Man in Uniform.

Toffey Continued from page 5 information. However, she is undaunted in taking the council position. In other activities, Toffey is the senior vice president for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Oakville and union steward for AFSCME Local 538-Hartford. She also likes to work for Habitat for

Humanity and has also participated in Relay For Life, the PARC walkathon, and the Governor’s Care & Share food program. She has three adult children, a son and two daughters.

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LEGAL NOTICE INLAND WETLANDS AND WATERCOURSES COMMISSION PLAINVILLE, CT At its January 5, 2011, regular meeting, the Plainville Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission rendered the following decisions: APPOVED an Inland Wetlands Text Amendment by the Plainville Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission to revise Section 7.5 of the Regulations regarding permit application requirements relating to low impact development. APPROVED an Inland Wetlands Text Amendment by the Plainville Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission to revise Section 9 of the Regulations regarding public notification requirements for applications requiring public hearings. APPROVED WITH MODIFICATIONS an inland wetlands permit for CT Tool & Manufacturing, LLC to expand the existing manufacturing facility and construct associated parking and landscaping for property located at 35 Corporate Avenue. Respectfully submitted, Robert Mundy, Secretary Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission Dated at Plainville, CT This 6th day of January 2011.



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BUICK Roadmaster Wagon 1994 Towing pkg. Good condition. $2,000. Call 203-440-2977

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FORD Escort 2001 4 door VG condition. 4-cyl. Auto trans. $3,200 Non-smoker. Well-maintained, garaged. Service records available. 93,000 Lisa 203-269-0365

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2010, has been filed in the Town Clerk's office and is available for public inspection.

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ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! Dog Obedience classes starting Jan 10th at Cheshire Park & Rec. Bruce Gianetti & Phil Huntington, Instructors. For more info call 203-272-2743. BULLDOGS, Boxers, Dachsunds, Pekingese, Shih-tzu, Chihuahuas, Schnoodles, Pekishu, $250+.

860-930-4001 FRENCH Bulldog Pups AKC reg. Beautiful brindle. Family raised. Champ. blood lines. Vet chked, all shots, exc temp 1 m $2800 1 (f) $3000 860-982-8688 HORSE LOVERS EXCEPTIONAL riding opportunity in exchange for 6-8 hours per week. AM and PM time needed. Call: 203272-6593 or 203-213-8833 HUSKY Pups, born Nov 29th. Ready to go Jan 24th. $700. Deposit req. 203-440-2535

GE REFRIGERATOR $225. 18.2 cf, color Bisque, dims: 28” W X 29 1/2” D X 67 1/2” H. 4 years old, Exc cond. Pick up only. (203) 265-2738, 8am to 8pm. WHOLESALE APARTMENT SALE! 36” Color TV, lots of glassware. 24x85 & 32x36 bureaus. Best offer. Bob (203) 265-2666


Noritake "Roseville" 7-pc place settings China dinnerware. Like new. Up to eight place settings @ $75 per setting. 203284-2698.

2 YEAR SEASONED All Hardwood Cut, split & delivered. 203-623-3527 SEASONED Firewood $200 per cord Delivery available 203-376-2805 SEASONED firewood, pickup or local delivery. Cut & split. Approx 16-18in. $200/cord; $125/half cord. 203-294-1775.

WOODSTOVE Used 2 seasons. $150. Call 203-634-9132 FORD TAURUS SEL 2001 $3,688 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $588 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

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(2) MOTEGI MR-7 18in rims. Silver, brand new, never mounted $100. 203-715-6906


HYUNDAI ELANTRA GLS 2001 SUPER DELUXE $3,288 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $588 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

Dated this 13th day of January 2011.

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FORD TAURUS 1999 $3,288 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $588 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106


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FITNESS Equipment For sale, new and used. Treadmills, Ellitical, Bikes, Free Weights, Multistations. 203-288-0407


$$$ CA$H $$$ Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Antiques, Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates.

203-238-3499 Always Buying Everything Old or Collectible. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-284-3786 or 203-379-8731

ALWAYS Buying, Old, used and antique hand tools. Carpentry, machinist and workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that you are no longer using, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home. Please call Cory 860613-1108

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate.

203-235-8431 FISHING TACKLE. Local collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359 OLD BICYCLES Don’t throw away that old bike. Hobbyman needs your help. Free pickup! Bikes will be recycled. Help save a bike! 203-494-9641


PIANO - Acrosonic Baldwin console. Pecan. Bench included. Like new. $1650. 203-288-8738

Voice Lessons

WANTED: Paying cash for junk motorcycles, cars & trucks, dead or alive. Free pickup/towing. 203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510.

PRECIOUS Moments & Curio cabinet over 100 including the boxes, Disney originals from Florida incld. Also 1st org. 12. Purchase all together or separate. Best offer. 203-269-4480

All Ages and Levels Welcome PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION CLASS Required for CT applicants. $100. Call 203-415-1144

Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate De Fiore Vocal & Piano Studio Roberta (203) 630-9295


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, January 13, 2011

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HOUSES FOR RENT WALLINGFORD-8+Rms, 2 car gar., CA, fpl, 3BR, 3BA, Hdw, porch. Easy 91 N/S. $1975/mo. Refs & sec. 203-265-5729


MERIDEN- 2BR TH, quiet, mint. 1 1/2 bath, AC, sec. sys. Hookups. Appls. W/W carpet. Deck. No pets or smoking. Security deposit. $980 + utils. 203-269-9755

YALESVILLE On the Green 2BR, 2 bath. All appliances included. W/D. Gas heat. Exercise Facility, Patio & BBQ Area. No pets. Call 203-464-8066

APARTMENTS FOR RENT BERLIN 2 BR, 2nd Floor. Large living room. Extra clean. All appliances included. Garage. No smoking. No pets. $900 per month. Call 860-234-0289 CHESHIRE - 1BR, 2nd Floor. Stove & refrigerator included. Off street parking. Front porch. Pet OK. $725 per month plus security. 203-250-8288 CHESHIRE-1BR, heat & HW Incld. Off-st-parking. $750/mo + 1mo sec. No pets or smoking. Avail Jan 1st. 203-988-4892 CHESHIRE-1BR, heat & HW Incld. Off-st-parking. $750/mo + 1mo sec. No pets or smoking. Call 203-988-4892

APARTMENTS FOR RENT CHESHIRE. 1BR, 1st floor, eat in kit, liv rm. hardwood flrs, front & rear porch, off st, parking. Pet ok. $875/ mo. Call 203250-8288 EAST BERLIN - 1st flr efficiency apt. Stove & refrigerator. $425/mo + utilities & security deposit. Call (860) 823-8158 EAST BERLIN -2nd flr, 1BR apt. Stove & refrigerator. $675/mo plus utilities & security deposit. Call (860) 823-8158 MER. FURNISHED apts: Incl Heat, Elec, HW. East Side, 2nd flr Studio, $758/mo+ sec. 1BR, 3rd fl, $845/mo+sec. 12pm-8pm 203630-3823 or MERIDEN - 1 & 2BR Apts starting at $800. Some utilities included. Renovated. Section 8 approved. 203-265-4664 MERIDEN - 1BR, spacious & remodeled, all appliances & hot water incl. East side. Deck. Secure building. on site parking. $685. 203-269-0763 MERIDEN - 1st flr, 5 rms, 3BR, off st. parking. New paint & carpet. $900/mo + sec. Call (203) 631-6236 Available now. MERIDEN - 2BR Apts, Lg rms, lg kit. Appliances included. Good loc. Off-st parking. Sec required. $650 & $700/mo. Call 203-537-2643 or 203-235-8725 MERIDEN - 2BR, New appliances. Hardwood floors. Off st parking. No smoking/pets. Heat & HW included. $900/mo. (203) 444-5722 MERIDEN - Spacious 3BR, 3rd flr. Newly renovated. Off st. parking. Big yard. $1000 + sec. 203-294-1229 MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large, 1BR Luxury Condo. Laundry. No pets. $650 + utilities Call 203-245-9493

Starting at $750. Heat & HW incl. Ask about 1 month free rent. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN 1BR, Spacious 1st flr apt., stove & refrigerator incl. Recently remodeled. Off st. parking. $680 plus utilities & security. (203) 272-5936 MERIDEN 2BR, 3 rd Fl. All new. Laundry in basement. Sec 8 approved. $800 plus security. 203-537-1772 MERIDEN 4 BEDRM, 1st floor apt. 1 bath, appl. inc. off st. park. 73 Twiss St. $1000 & sec. 203-927-8215

Meriden 80 East Main St. $395 - SMALL STUDIO $415 LARGE STUDIO $575 - 2 BEDROOM Property Max 203-843-8006 MERIDEN MOVE IN SPECIAL Studios, 1 BR & 2 BR Free Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off st parking. 203-630-2841 MERIDEN Newly renovated first floor apt. 1BR, 1BA. Furnished. Close to 691 /mall. No pets. No smoking. Private parking. Call 203-440-1941 MERIDEN- 2BR newly remodeled. Hardwood floors. Freshly painted. East side. $725/mo. No pets. Available now. Call 203-500-9080 or 203-235-5364 MERIDEN-1BR. large. 2nd fl new appliances, newly renovated $775 per mo plus security hot water included call Natalie 203-671-2672 MERIDEN-2BR + DR, LD, kitchen, pantry. Lg 2nd flr apt. WD hookup. Freshly painted. Reduced to $800. Incls stove & fridge, No pets, utils or smoking. 1 yr lease, credit chk & refs req. Sec & 1st mo. rent. 203-608-8348 MERIDEN-3BR Townhouse 416 Crown St. $1125/mo. 2 months plus security. 203-284-9016 leave message MERIDEN-3BR, 63 Cherry St. 2nd flr. Deck, W/D hkup. No pets. $1,100/mo + 1,500 sec. Call 203-494-2147 MERIDEN-3BRs w/bonus rm. Sect 8 appr’d. $975/mo+1mo sec. Open House Sun 11a-12p. 14 Hillside Ave. 860-930-4050 MERIDEN-Furnished apartment, 1BR, 2nd flr, private entrance. Laundry, garage. $600 plus util/sec. No pets/smoking. 203-681-0830. MERIDEN. 1BR: $605/mo. Prime BROAD ST. location. On site parking/laundry. New windows. Spacious unit. Close to Wallingford line. Near shops & transportation. Attractive brick property. Utilities NOT included. (914)347-3208

SUMMER BROOK APTS Recently Remodeled 1BR - $725, 2 BR - $850-$875, 3BR - $1050 Incl. heat, HW, off st parking Income Guidelines Apply Applications can be obtained at 35CC Darling St. Southington 860-621-1700 EHO Financed by CHFA Creative Management & Realty Co., Inc.

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN- East side, 1st flr, 2BR, nice yard. $800 plus sec. deposit. No pets. 203-623-5684 SOUTHINGTON - New duplex, 4 brs, 2 nice baths, 1 car garage. Avail. 2/1. $1700/mo. Call Angelo at 860-621-4766 SOUTHINGTON Updated 1 BR, 2nd fl. Very Clean. Hdwd flrs. Appl’s. Off st parking. No utils. No pets. Sec & refs. $650/mo. (860) 621-4463 (860)302-6051

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WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 1 Bath in apartment complex. WD Hookup. Carpet, hardwood & vinyl floors. Plus Utilities. Pets OK. Call Grace (203) 464-8066.

GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 cell 860-558-5430

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Gonzalez Construction Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.

203-639-0032 Fully licensed/insured. CT Reg.# 577319

SNOW PLOWING L & E SNOW PLOWING Now accepting new clients. Professional Quality & Affordable Rates. CT Reg. #623250 Call Trevor (203) 938-3789 SALT - $130/Yard. Sand/salt 7:2 DOT mix, $65 per yard, picked up. 100% magnesium chloride icemelt - Safest for concrete! $16/50lb. bag. Pallets prices avail. 24/7. 203-238-9846

203-294-9889 Loader Available Commercial Specialists. Nicholas J Murano LLC, Member: Snow and Ice Management Assn SNOW PLOWING #1 AFFORDABLE Commercial, Sanding, 24 hrs. 203-630-2642

TREE SERVICES GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430


Thursday, January 13, 2011 — The Plainville Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT

Assembly- New Britain 1st + 2nd shift openings$10+/hr. Must have manufacturing experience!

Contact HCM @203-634-8427 WLFD $1250/month Great oppty to be in center of town. 1500 sq. ft. of retail space perfect for office. Front open space, conf rm, utility area, cair, prvt back office & bath w/full bstmt to finish or for storage. Kathy 203-265-5618



STORES & OFFICES FOR RENT MERIDEN-Excellent location on 31 Broad St. 576 sq. ft. Heat, HW, A/C., ample parking in rear. Call 203-237-8000 or 860989-4209 PLANTSVILLE-Clocktower Square 1715SF of Class A office space. Featuring reception area, 6 office suites, kitchenette & private bath. Priced at $1,900/mo +utils. Call Mark or Eileen at 860-276-8068 or 860302-5173

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL RENTALS MERIDEN Ind bldg for lease. 2200 sf. 2 overhead garage doors, 12’ high. Office w/bathroom. Shop w/bathroom. $850 per mo. Triple net. 203-213-8154

The Record-Journal is seeking an early morning part time Customer Service Representative to join our Circulation team. Excellent communication skills and ability to multi task are needed. Position includes data entry, posting payments, inbound and outbound sales and service calls.

Record-Journal MERIDEN $315,000 3BR, 2.5 bath Colonial on cul-de-sac in So. Meriden. Very spacious open fl plan is perfect for entertaining. Has walk-out bsmt, great size bdrms, & nice yard. Call Toni 203235-3300

Circulation Office 11 Crown St. Meriden, CT 06450 DRIVER With Class Am Hazmat, TWIC Card, Medical and Experience. Apply at Tuxis-Ohrs, 80 Britannia St, Meriden.


WALLINGFORD Convenient in town Col w/updated, improved mechanicals, walk-up attic for future expansion, 3BRs, LR, DR and lg eat-in kit, fenced yard w/work shed & more. $189,900. Kathy 203-265-5618

DATTCO is hiring school bus drivers! If you are retired but not tired, a parent with kids, or just looking for good work with good people, come see us. We provide the training for you to get your Commercial Drivers License. If you already hold a CDL with S/P endorsements we have offer a $300.00 sign-on bonus paid after 3 months. This sign-on bonus is eligible for applicants that apply between 1/10/11 - 1/31/10. We drive early morning & again in the afternoon which leaves you your mid-day & evenings & wknds. You are off work When your kids are out of school too. We offer a competitive salary and insurance benefits are available. Apply in person @ 157 Sandbank Road, Cheshire or call 203-699-8877 for more information. AA/EOE

WANTED TO RENT SEEKING 4 or 5 Room House or 1st Fl Apartment. Have section 8. Quiet, clean, with one cat, trained. Call (203) 238-9756

BARTENDER/Waitress (M/F)Part time. Apply in person: Friends Cafe, 15 North Liberty St., Southington.

Please apply in person between the hours of 8:30am–4:30pm at:


Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

AUTO TECHNICIAN - 7:30-5:30 Mon-Fri. Sat 8-12 (alternating wknds). Nissan Experience preferred. Benefits, 401k, health insurance, vacation time. Competive pay plan. (203) 265-1611

Customer Service Representative

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $725 - $875 & up 203-269-5770

MERIDEN $100 per week. Fully furnished BR, Kit & LR. All utils & cable TV incld. Washer & dryer on site. No drugs or alcohol. Please Call 203-537-6284 MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, elec, HW incld. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or


CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE MERIDEN Spring Village Phase 2. New 1726 SF. Townhouse w/3BR, 2.5BA, huge LR, 2 car gar, trek deck. Starts at $220,000. Galleria RE Call 203-671-2223.


Alarm Dispatcher Full Time 2nd Shift Mon-Fri & Weekends 1st Shift required for busy central station. Excellent communication skills and computer knowledge a must. Excellent benefits. Send resume only to: Monitor Controls, Inc. 178-180 Center Street Wallingford, CT 06492 Attn: Central Station Manager

FARMWORKER- P/T Serious individual for fruit orchard. Good for 2nd job, young retiree or others. Call Fred 8-9:30pm 203-2726593 or cell 203-213-8833.


2011 The Year Of Your New Career


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Southington 35 N. Main St.|Windsor 995 Day Hill Rd. Branford One Summit Place The Miller Company, an equal opportunity employer, is a fully integrated manufacturer of Copper Alloy Strip. It serves the electronics industry and other markets that require the highest quality product available. Currently accepting applications for:

(Licensed) ELECTRICIAN With min 3 yrs industrial exp in repairing and servicing heavy-industry production equipment. Work includes layout, installation, maintenance and trouble shooting of DC Drives, Control Systems, Breakers, Relays and Switch Gear for Rolling Mill Equipment. Electronics & PLC exp strongly desired.

12-hour shifts nights from 7:00PM - 7:00AM 4 days on, 4 days off Hourly rate: $22.85 - $24.37 Walk-ins welcome to fill out application between 8 AM and 5 PM. If applicable, attach copy of current E1 or E2 license or other certification.

THE MILLER COMPANY Claudia Groten, Human Resources 115 Center Street, Meriden, CT 06450 Fax: (203)- 639-5205 E-Mail: HELP WANTED

SERVICE ADVISOR 7:30-5:30 mon-fri. Sat 8-12 (alternating wknds). Experience preferred. Benefits, 401k, health insurance, vacation time. Competive pay plan. (203) 265-1611 TELESALES Reps That’s Great News is an entrepreneurial company with a pleasant, friendly work environment located in Cheshire, CT

HOISTS & CRANE TECH. To Install, Perform Maintenance, Inspections, and Service on overhead cranes. Must have experience and electrical knowledge. Great Benefits. Send Resumes to Production Equipment Co. 401 Liberty St. Meriden CT 06450. Fax 203237-5391 or Apply in person (call for appointment 203-2355795). PARALEGAL. Wallingford law firm seeks f/t paralegal exp in family, work comp and gen. litigation. Time slips knowledge helpful. email resume

Our TeleSales Reps need to have the following skills: ● Experience in outbound sales ● Aptitude for Direct Selling over the telephone ● Good attention to detail and diligent follow-up ● Experience in developing relationships with key customers ● Computer skills Must have one (1) year minimum Telephone sales or Telemarketing Experience


HELP WANTED LABORER Wanted at Jawor Lumber, 1068 North Farms Road, Wallingford. Accepting applications between 6:30am-2pm SERVICE TECH - FT Position available for Fireplace and Stove Service technician for gas, wood and pellet appliances. Applicant must have good mechanical ability, G1 or G2 license. Full benefit package avail. Send resume, letter of interest to: or fax to 860-378-3965. EOE.

TRAINEE/TECHNICIAN Mechanical/electrical aptitude a must. Can you take things apart and put them back together? Are you willing to handle shipping/receiving duties? Small laser repair company in Durham, CT looking for a Reliable, Organized, Self-Starter for FT position. Competitive hourly rate & great benefits! Send resume t860-349-3873 (no hyphen)



PLAINVILLE-1BR apt. Heat & elec incld. Laundry hookup. $650/mo+sec. 860-803-0423 WALLINGFORD 1st flr, 1BR $750+sec. 162 S Colony St. No utils. No pets. Good credit. Call 203-553-5555 WALLINGFORD 2BR 1BA townhouse apt. Near town center/YMCA/park. LR/DR combo. Pets negotiable. $925. Call 203-641-7010 WALLINGFORD 2BR, LR, DR in 2 family, 1st flr, off st. parking. No pets. Credit check. $825 + utils. 203-284-1853 WALLINGFORD One Bedroom condo small complex. Recently remodeled. Off-st-parking. $800/mo + utils. 203-631-2102 WALLINGFORD- 1BR, studio, kitchen. Stove & refrigerator included. Centrally located. $525. No pets. 2 mo security + refs. 203-265-0698 WALLINGFORD- 2BR, 2nd flr, 104 Meadow St, large kitchen, off-street-parking. $950 incl utils. Call 203-530-1840 WALLINGFORD-1BR inclds heat & HW. Lease & security. No pets. $795/mo. Call 203265-7101 JJ Bennett Realty WALLINGFORD-2BR, 1st flr w/lrg front porch, great loc. Walk to Downtown, Choate & YMCA. Beautiful hdwd fl, EIK, new energy efficient windows, off-st-park. $1200/mo+sec & utils. 203-379-6282 WALLINGFORD-East Side quiet 2BR, near I-91. Ample closets. Off st. parking. Washer/Dryer in unit. No pets. $900/mo. + utils. Call 203-269-6297 WLFD 2BR, 2nd Fl. Lg rooms. Clean. Laundry in basement. Section 8 approved. $875 plus security. 203-537-1772


MEDICAL CAREERS CNA NEW ENGLAND HOME CARE is seeking CNAs with a minimum of 6 mos exp. for a pediatric group home in Meriden. Previous experience in a group home with physically & emotionally challenged children preferred. 3 hr to 8 hr shifts, up to 24 hrs/wk. Shifts start at 6am. Earn up to $12.00 per hour based on experience. Must have a current CT CNA certificate. To schedule an appointment to apply, please call:

800-286-6300 ext. 4052 or fax your resume to the HR Department 860-613-3777 or email to: E/E/O/C/M/F/V/D Drug Screen/Criminal Background Check Required

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HELP WANTED PIZZAMAKER P/T in Wallingford. Exp needed. Must be able to answer phones Call 203-215-1821 VNS Inc. of Southern CT RN Case Mangers ● Excellent Salary & Benefits ● Manageable Case Load ● Supportive Staff Established Home Care Agency with recent expansion is in need of Experienced Home Care Nurses. Please forward your resume to: VNS Inc. of Southern CT 100 Hanover Street Meriden, CT 06450 or Fax 203-686-1951 Attn: Louise Email:

FULL TIME MEDICAL Recep with computer skills & prev exp req’d. Good people & phone skills. e-mail resume to

HELP WANTED SHOP FOREPERSON & Experienced Diesel Mechanic for fleet of tractors & trailers. Call 203-484-9918 VETERINARY TECHNICIAN FT Dog/Cat/Bird/Exotic Hospital Must be Experienced Good benefits + donuts! Fax Resume: 860-628-6813 Mountain Lore Animal Hospital WANTED: CABLE TECHNICIANS NEW YEAR, NEW JOB! NY and CT - Experienced Techs triple play qualified/own truck - earn up to $3000K in Bonuses! Call to see if you qualify for our training program! Omni Engineering 203-647-6510


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, January 13, 2011

BIG CHANGES IN THE LAW! Free Living Trust Seminar! Join us at a FREE living trust seminar conducted by a leading estate planning attorney, and learn how a living trust can benefit you and your family:

• MAJOR 2011 TAX LAW AND PROBATE CHANGES - don’t miss this seminar!! • PROVIDE for disabled children! • AVOID unnecessary probate delays and expenses! • PRESERVE your money for your children and charitable causes! • PROTECT YOUR PETS with the new pet trust legislation • CHOOSE the right options for your IRA and 401(k)! Everyone needs an estate plan, but sometimes it seems like we’re too busy, or it’s not something we need long as we do nothing about it, it will always be in the back of our mind. There is no time like the present to learn more about what your options are.


Attend one of these seminars and receive a FREE, one-hour, private consultation to answer any questions about setting up a Living Trust ($350 value).



Tuesday, Jan. 18 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon (Continental Breakfast) The Westbury Room Rt. 6, Thomaston Rd.

Wednesday, Jan. 19 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Refreshments) Aqua Turf Country Club 556 Mulberry St.



Tuesday, Jan. 18 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Coffee & Dessert) The Westbury Room Rt. 6, Thomaston Rd.

Wednesday, Jan. 19 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Coffee & Dessert) Aqua Turf Country Club 556 Mulberry St.



Thursday, Jan. 20 Saturday, Jan. 22 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon (Continental Breakfast) (Continental Breakfast) Imperial Rm Banquet & Conf Cntr. Heritage Hotel & Conf. Cntr. 34 Furnace St. 522 Heritage Rd.



Thursday, Jan. 20 Saturday, Jan. 22 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Coffee & Dessert) (Refreshments) Imperial Rm Banquet & Conf Cntr. Heritage Hotel & Conf. Cntr. 34 Furnace St. 522 Heritage Rd.

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Attorneys & Counsellors at Law



Connecticut Estate Planning Attorney Barry D. Horowitz talks to area residents about the importance of proper state planning. Mr. Horowitz is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, and holds a Masters Degree in Tax Law from NYU. Mr. Horowitz’s seminars are informative, easy to understand and always free to the public.

Seating Is Limited, So Call Now!

860-548-1000 24-Hour Seminar Reservation Line


Plainville Citizen issue published 1-13-11

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