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Volume 9, Number 48

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Special ed director receives assistant superintendent spot By Robin Lee Michel The Plainville Citizen

Photo courtesy of Plainville Community Schools

The two groups from the Middle School of Plainville’s Robotics Team celebrate following the First Lego League regional tournament held Nov. 20. The Greenstorm Team includes, back row, from left to right, Emily Eisenhauer, Katie Geddes, Sarah Warner; front row, from left to right, Tyler Czuprinski, Jarred Karal, Jackson Anderson; not pictured: Steve Lewko, Colin Calkins, Zachary White, Joe Pelletier. The Gearhead Team includes, back row, from left to right, Peter Lawson, Jarod Romankiw; middle row Jacob Masco, Nick Zaleski; and front row, from left to right, Jessica Masco, Dyllan Martin, Samantha Zaleski; not pictured: Craig Cyr, Ryan Cyr.

School’s team receives two awards in first Lego League tournament First Lego League is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science and technology in students ages 9 to 14. Students at the Middle School of Plainville, under the direction of Technology Education teacher and MSP Robotics advisor, Camille Westfall, have participated in First Lego League for the past 12 years. Each year, FLL teams embark on an adventurous challenge based on current, real-world issues. The current theme is bio-medical engineering. FLL entices kids to think like scientists and engineers, and inspires them to participate in science and technology. The middle school’s Robotics Team excelled at the Suffield Regional Lego League Tournament held Nov. 20. Jessica Masco, a

sixth grader at MSP, said, “This was my first time being a part of a robotics team and I had a great time. I loved seeing all the different robots and the solutions that each team came up with to solve the missions.” The Gearhead Team won the Teamwork Award, which is presented to the team whose members best demonstrate extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, exceptional partnership, the utmost respect for their own teammates, and support and encouragement of fellow teams. Nick Zaleski, an eighth-grader and a member of the Gearheads for the past three years said, “I think it was great that we won the Teamwork Award because this year our team is excelSee Team, page 13

At a special meeting of the P l a i nv i l l e Board of Education on M o n d a y, Maureen Schiffer, diSchiffer rector of Special Education for Plainville Community Schools, was named the new

assistant superintendent of the district. The position has been vacant since former Assistant Superintendent David Telesca left Plainville in July 2010 to take a position with the Windsor Locks school system. Wednesday was to be her first day on the job. “I plan to hit the ground running,” she said. This was the first time Schiffer had applied for a

See Director, page 8

Council and school board begin mediations By Robin Lee Michel The Plainville Citizen The Plainville Board of Education and the town council have begun a dialogue to resolve the impasse about sharing financial details. The first mediation session, which was held Nov. 23, included four members of

both the council and school board, Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Binkowski, Town Manager Robert E. Lee and two attorneys. Town Attorney Robert Michalik Sr., who represents both entities, is serving as the council’s attorney while Avon attorney Christine Chinni is

See Mediations, page 5

Join the festivities, tonight! Plainville’s annual Downtown Tree Lighting will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, starting at 5 p.m. at the firehouse, 77 W. Main St., with a carol sing, remarks from town officials, the tree lighting by a lucky student and the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire truck. The event will continue downtown with music, trolley rides and open stores for holiday shopping as well as music and storytelling at the Plainville Public Library, 55 E. Main St. Events are free.


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, December 2, 2010

Police release findings on motorcycle accident

The Traffic Division of the Plainville Police Department has completed its investigation into the fatal motorcycle accident on Sept. 21, that took the life of Marine Sgt. Aaron Lavier, of Plainville, formerly of Barneveld, N.Y. In conclusion, the accident at Stillwell Drive and East Street was caused by intoxication and high speed, according to police. Lavier was

pronounced dead at the scene and died of multiple blunt traumatic injuries. Toxicology results indicate that Lavier’s blood alcohol was a .25 percent, three times the legal limit at the time of his death. Physical evidence at the scene led investigators to determine that Lavier was traveling well over the posted speed limit of 25 miles per

hour as he traveled westbound on Stillwell Drive. As Lavier crashed, it was determined that he was traveling at a minimum speed of approximately 55 mph. The investigation is closed and no further action will be taken. — Authorized by: Sgt. Charles A. Smedick, administrative sergeant and head of the Traffic Division

‘Kids Say...’ Photo courtesy of Plainville Community Schools

Tea Autunno was among the five kindergartners from Linden Street School who visited Apple Valley Rehab in Plainville to take part in a show for residents. The show was a take-off of the Art Linkletter show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Keith Lagassey, Marcel Crespo II, Sydney Christiansen and Justin Manafort also participated. All are students in Rachel Valentine’s class. Tea was inadvertently omitted from the photo.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010 — The Plainville Citizen

Long-time travel agency doing what it does best: serve travelers

Moving her travel agency out of Plainville was an even harder decision for Joanne Newman than the one she made 33 years ago when she took the plunge and opened Happy Holiday. “I wanted to go into business for myself and felt the town of Plainville was the perfect fit,” Newman recalled. In September, however, Happy Holiday relocated to Unionville, five miles from its 61 East St. location in Plainville. Newman now shares office space with Eileen Gombos, who has been in the travel business nearly 30 years. Streamlining was necessary, Newman said. But the decision to leave Plainville did not come easy. “I had a lot of sleepless nights,” said Newman, a Plainville resident since 1964. “It was a tough decision for me to make. I like Plainville. I have a lot of loyal clients

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Pictured from left to right is the Happy Holiday staff in 1982: Carol Carlone, Joanne Newman owner, June McCarthy and Barbara Newman. from Plainville, Southington, New Britain and Bristol. Hopefully, our clients will continue to travel with us.” Many, she added, span a generation and she often booked the honeymoons and vacations of customers’ children.

Cynthia Melander, of Southington, has traveled with Happy Holiday for 15 years. “Just as I’d follow a good hairdresser, Joanne’s a great travel agent and I’ll follow her,” Melander said, adding that this week she is

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dispatcher’s training helps town’s emergency preparation By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

Plainville dispatcher Al Urso recently completed two courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness down in Anniston, Ala. Urso was down south for seven days and received his certifications on Nov. 10. One course was Incident Command System, which lasted for three days, and it involved running an incident, Urso said. “It would be coordinating evacuation and pretty much any major incident that’s going to be more than two emergency services

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that part of it was interesting.” “I truly do believe the hallmark of professional organizations is their training and preparation,” said Plainville Police Chief Matt Catania. “And this is definitely working towards this; you’ll notice as we move forward with the department, training is going to be key to future success.” Urso said he got to understand how different communities handle their situations, and it seemed like some communities weren’t as prepared as Plainville for certain scenarios. “I was surprised to find out that there are a lot of towns that don’t really plan for things,” Urso said. “In Plainville, even if it’s a gas leak, we kind of have a plan for that and some towns don’t. There’s some towns that think it’s not going to happen.” Catania said he’s been through management levels of incident management and these certifications will benefit Urso’s capability to interact with emergency services. “This is all about effective preparation and I think this a big benefit for us,” Catania said.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010 — The Plainville Citizen

dialogue, however, discus- Michalik said. “My concern sion will continue probably had always been if the public Continued from page 1 on Dec. 7. “Yes, some was there or media, that peo[progress] was made, but the representing the board of ed- issue was not resolved,” ple might not openly discuss ucation. the issues.” Michalik said. In August, the council reMichalik also said that beTyrrell said she was optiquested detailed financial inmistic the mediation will cause of the possibility of litformation about end-of-year “result in a resolution of this igation, any meeting, even if encumbrances. Board of eduissue.” it had a quorum, would be cation officials said they have It was proposed at the Nov. held in executive session. been regularly providing re15 council meeting that the ports to the town and Lee. In The resolution of the matmediation session would be a letter published in the Nov. ter will be made public, he open to the public. 25 issue of The Plainville CitHowever, both attorneys said. izen, school board Chairrecommended the discussion Council Chairman Dan woman Becky Tyrrell said should be held in private. Hurley said he disagreed that some items requested by “Our personal thought is with holding the sessions bethe council would have rethat if there is going to be a quired the creation of new hind closed doors. “It’s the resolution of this issue that’s documents, which would put outstanding, there has to be public’s business,” he said. additional work on the fiChinni was unable to be an open and frank discussion nance staff. between the two parties,” reached for comment. The impasse arose from what the board is legally required to provide and what is “reasonable.” In the past, Michalik referenced state statutes, which he said dictated that the information must be given to the council if it was requested. Chinni has reportedly advised the BOE that they are Three GREAT salons. One convenient location. not mandated to supply the 356-358 Farmington Avenue Route 10 documentation. Officials said the threePlainville, CT 06062-1323 860.747.4544 hour mediation started the


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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, December 2, 2010

Plainville man holds passion for space program By James Fink Special to The Citizen

I have always had a love of astronomy. For as long as I could remember, I had dreamed of getting a chance to watch the space shuttle blast off for some unknown journey to places I could only imagine. The end of the shuttle missions is not just an end of another government program, it’s also an end to something that has been the backdrop to every major episode of my life. Until now, I hadn’t realized just how much. While I remember seeing the shuttle earlier in my life, it was in 1986 that I got my first real experience. Until that fateful day on Jan. 28, the shuttle was just that, a simple shuttle to space. Who can forget Challenger? I certainly won’t. It was the day I learned how fragile life was. I was only in third grade at the time. I had wanted to stay home to see the launch on TV.

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Plainville resident James Fink, snapped this photo of the shuttle Discovery while in Florida in November. An avid fan of the space program, he hoped to see it launch but it was postponed. My mother told me “no” so

house that afternoon, the

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of a seemingly perfect launch. Then, suddenly at 74 seconds after liftoff, a flash, an explosion and a national catastrophe. Seven of my heroes were gone and I was forever changed. Suddenly death seemed all too easy to come by, and life, so precious. The news showed husbands, wives and children all crying. My mother was crying too. She said, “They died, Jamie.” Two-and-a-half years later, when the shuttle missions were re-started, it was Discovery that brought the program back. While my mother and I dreamed of seeing the shuttle in all its glory someday, we settled for watching many of the launches together on TV. I always thought to myself how neat it would be to stand on the beaches of Florida and watch it streak across the sky. As the years went by and I had a family of my own, we often either watched together on the phone or spoke of them after-

wards. As I sat down and thought about it, I discovered that the shuttle was looming in the background during nearly every major event in my life. The day I met my wife to be, a week before my wedding, a week before my first daughter was born. The shuttle was in space during each of these major events. Then, in 2003, another disaster. We lost another seven astronauts when Columbia broke apart on re-entry. As my wife and I watched on TV, I was once again reminded of our own fragility. How fast life can be taken from us or from someone we love. In 2005, just a month after my first son was born, it was Discovery again that took the shuttle program back to the stars. In 2006, just a week after my third child was born, another launch. The last truly fun launch to watch was Shuttle Atlantis

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Resident earns doctorate Photo courtesy of the Rein family

Thomas Rein, of Plainville, recently received a doctorate of philosophy in the field of biological anthropology from New York University. The research for his doctoral dissertation has taken him to Europe, Africa and sites throughout North America. His undergraduate degree was earned at Columbia University and he is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Rein is currently conducting research at the University of Tubingen in Germany. He is the son of Patricia and Robert Rein, of Plainville.


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Director Continued from page 1 higher administrative position, and in her interviews with the board, she stressed her familiarity with the schools, which may have played a role in her being hired, she said. “I’ve wanted to go to the next level in my career.” The new assistant superintendent came to Plainville in 1998 as first a special educa-

tion instructional leader, then the superintendent of the department, then the district-wide director of special education services. “Ms. Schiffer has proven her commitment to Plainville during her tenure. Her efforts have directly impacted the achievement of our most challenged students and the climate that exists in our schools. We look forward to her continued success in her new role,” said Plainville Board of Education Chair-

woman Becky Tyrrell. Schiffer’s career as an educator spans more than two decades, serving in a number of certified and administrative special education positions in New York, Washington, California and Connecticut. She is a member of a number of professional organizations including the Council for Exceptional Children, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Reading Association. Schiffer holds a bachelor of science degree from Saint Joseph College. In addition, she holds a master of science degree and a sixth-


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dents and check up on them and see how they progress. “I really love the Plainville community and am very grateful for the support of the superintendent and board of education,” Schiffer said. “Maureen has had an outstanding career in Plainville as director of Special Education and Pupil Services. I am confident that she will continue to add value to the district as the assistant superintendent,” said Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Binkowski. Schiffer will earn $130,000 annually.

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year certificate from Central Connecticut State University, where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership. She expects to receive her doctorate next spring. Until the board of education hires a new director of special education, Schiffer will continue to support the department. She said she was thrilled to be selected as assistant superintendent, however, she will miss her current staff. “I’ll miss the focus on that type of student; it was a real driving force of mine in being a teacher in the first place. I plan to follow my stu-

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The Thanksgiving Fill the Truck mission of the Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, was a huge success. For four days, Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, folks from the church along with some other volunteers staffed the truck outside of Gnazzo’s Food Center, 73 East St., in Plainville. This support on behalf of the Plainville Community Food Pantry received great community participation. A total of 11,341 pounds of

food and non-perishables was received along with cash donations of $1,537.45. At the pantry’s estimate of $2 per pound, a total then of $24,219.45 of support for the pantry was generated.

Contemporary worship Dec. 4 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, Dec. 4. The worship service,

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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. Visit or call Pastor Steve at (860) 747-5191.

All-you-caneat breakfast An “all-you-can-eat” monthly breakfast will be held on the second Sunday of every month at Our Lady of Mercy Church Parish Center, 19 S. Canal St., from 8 to 11 a.m. The choice of menu is juice, eggs, western eggs, sausage, ham, hash browns, Texas French toast, bagels, doughnuts and coffee. There is a charge to attend. Children under 6 are free. Every-

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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 Dec. 8.

Musicians from Hartt School of Music will perform Sunday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., at Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill. There is no charge to attend.

Grief and the holidays

Events at the Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill are: Sunday, Dec. 5, Woman’s Club Christmas tea, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, Woman’s Club of Plainville meets at Historical Society, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, Sunday School Christmas Pageant, 10 a.m. snow date: Dec. 19. For information, contact the church at (860) 747-2328.

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Jean-Paul Soucy

and his great-grandson, Dylan. He also leaves his brothers and sisters, Huguette Belanger and her husband, Hector, of Montreal; Blondin Soucy and his wife, Emilienne, of Quebec; Sylvianne Soucy, of Quebec; Fernand Soucy and his wife, Angela, of New Brunswick; Marcel Soucy and his wife, Monic, of Montreal; Rejean Soucy and his wife, Lorraine, of Lyman, Maine; and Julien Soucy, of Quebec; and many other relatives. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles; and sisters, Odette Soucy and MariePaul Belanger. A celebration of his life was held Nov. 13, 2010 at Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville, with a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville. Committal services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Plainville Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 233, Plainville, CT 06062.

Edith Martin Edith Marie Martin, 96, of the Plantsville section of Southington, died in a nursing home in Meriden on Nov. 8, 2010. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel A. Martin. Born on June 15, 1914, in Ceasetown, Pa., to the late August and Anna (Underkite)

Walters, she had been a longtime Plantsville resident. She is survived by her two sons, Daniel and David Martin, of Plantsville; two sisters, Margaret Robertson, of Forestville, and Emma Matthews and her husband Henry, of Plainville; and many nieces and nephews. A private service was held Nov. 10, 2010. Plantsville Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Elisabetta Fuschino Elisabetta (Crispo) Fuschino, 62, of Berlin, died peacefully, Nov.14, 2010, surrounded by her loving family at home. She was born in Cardinale, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy, and was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Catherina (Pirritano) Crispo. She was a member of St. Ann Church in New Britain. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Angelo Fuschino, of Berlin; her two sons, Philip Fuschino and his wife, Laurie and Salva-

tore Fuschino and his wife, Teresa; her brother, Peter Crispo, of New Britain; her sister, Maria DiSalvo and her husband, Mario, of Port Richey, Fla.; her two sisterin-laws, Antonietta Crispo, of New Britain, and Maria Crispo, of Plainville; six beloved grandchildren who she adored dearly, Joshua, Lexie, Anthony, Gabriella, Tyler and Isabella; two sister-in-laws, Maria Verrillo and her husband, Peter, of Kensington, and Josephine Damiano and her husband, Stephen, of Southington; and other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her loving brothers, Vincenzo and Angelo Crispo; and her in-laws, Filippo and Elvira Fuschino. The Fuschino Family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses in the CICU unit at Yale New Haven Hospital and the caring staff from Vitas Hospice. She will be remembered by all for her warm hospitality and extraordinary cooking. The funeral was held Nov. 17, 2010, at the Paul A. Shaker / Farmingdale Funeral Home, New Britain, followed by a Mass at St. Ann’s Church, New Britain. En-

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CitizenOpinion Letters to the Editor

Grateful for aid for Thanksgiving

To the editor: On behalf of the United Way of West Central Connecticut and our community partners, I would like to thank [those] companies and individuals who chose to Live United by participating in the 2010 Joy of Sharing Thanksgiving Food Drive program. Because of their generosity, each local soup kitchen and food pantry in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth will be able to provide food for the Thanksgiving holiday to local families in need. It is gratifying to know that there are so many individuals, businesses and organizations that lead by example and give with purpose. You have inspired hope and created opportunities for a better tomorrow.

A heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who generously donated their time to assist with the collection and distribution of the Thanksgiving food. Thank you very much for your help in making the holiday brighter for those less fortunate and for your continued support of the United Way of West Central Connecticut. Beverly Dean Bristol Beverly Dean is the office manager of the United Way of West Central Connecticut.

‘Co-mingling’ Plainville Recently, Plainville implemented a program including about 600 homes in the town. Ninety-gallon recycle bins were distributed to these houses. Each home is allowed to put all of its recycling into this one bin. The

household is no longer required to separate recyclables into subgroups. This change was brought on by an award given to Bristol and Plainville by the federal government. The award was accompanied by a grant that is funding the change. The problem is that the rest of the town is left with the old plan. This old plan is inefficient and burdensome. There are four different categories to divide recyclables into. There is one for newspapers/magazines, one for cardboard, one for paper, and a final one for cans/bottles/plastics. Most residents do not want to be bothered with recycling because it is too much of a hassle. It is a sad truth that this old program is causing less people to recycle their items. Many other areas have imSee Letters, next page

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Using data to improve student achievement By Kathleen Binkowski Special to The Citizen The phrase “data-driven decisionmaking” has emerged in public education in recent years in response to the high stakes testing requirements Binkowski of the federal No Child Left Behind act. In Plainville, classroom teachers use data from multiple sources in order to understand and target each student’s areas of need in order to increase achievement. Students who have not achieved the “goal” level or higher on the state test are placed on an Individualized Student Improvement Plan. To complete the plan, a teacher compiles all available data on the student. This data includes standardized test (CMT) data, the student’s common formative assessments from the preceding year or years, classroom assessments, and classroom observations. Teachers use these data to target the primary area of weakness that is getting in the way of that student’s performance. For example, a student may have a weakness in reading comprehension. This comprehension weakness may be caused by a problem with decoding (figuring out what the words are), a problem with fluency (reading at a consistent and appropriate rate of speed and with expression), or even a problem with vocabulary development. The teacher determines which area is of most concern. For example, a child may have problems in all three areas, but before we can build fluency and vocabulary, we have to start with basic decoding, which is the founda-

tion of reading. At a grade level, teachers discuss students who are working on ISIPs, and students can be grouped for targeted interventions. Thus one teacher may take the students needing decoding, another may take the students needing fluency, and a third teacher may take those students needing vocabulary enhancement. Students who are already at or above goal may work on their independent reading or on a research project while students needing interventions receive 20 to 30 minutes of targeted instruction. Weekly assessments determine whether the intervention is effective, and the goal is to change instructional methods if after three consecutive weeks, the student’s achievement level does not show improvement. Another way that teachers in the Plainville Community Schools are using data to change instruction is through the use of SMART goals. After examining data trends at Plainville High School, for example, administrators set a “school-wide” SMART goal and asked each department to develop a department based goal. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Attainable, Realistic/Reasonable, Timebound or Tangible. Setting a goal that is specific ensures that the goal is meaningful. For example, “improve student writing” is a goal, but it is vague and general. “Increase the quality and quantity of supporting details derived from the text” is far more specific, and it provides guidance for the teacher in terms of instruction. A measurable goal is a goal that can be quantified and measured over time. See Data, next page


Thursday, December 2, 2010 — The Plainville Citizen

Data Continued from page 12

While “getting in shape” may be an admirable goal, it is difficult to measure progress. A more measurable goal would be to “join a gym and work out for 60 minutes, four days per week.” For a goal to be “achievable/attainable,” it needs to be within the realm of possibility. It is unlikely, for example, that the percentage of students scoring at or above goal on CAPT will increase from 60 percent to 100 percent in one year. Instead, setting a target to increase the percentage of students scoring at/above goal by 10 percent (moving from 60 percent to 66 percent) might be more achievable/attainable. The realistic/reasonable component of a SMART goal is similar to achievable/attainable. This does not mean that the goal should be easy, but it should be doable. The teacher setting the goal should be able to devise a plan for how

Letters Continued from page 12 plemented the new “co-mingled” recycle program. I attend school in Newport, RI. In Newport, residents are allowed to put all recyclables into one big bin. There is no need to separate anything or to make space for multiple bins. The program works quite successfully there. Recycling is not at the top of a college student’s priority list, but because it is made to be so easy the majority of students make a solid effort. Newport is not the only place to have taken the initiative. Co-mingled recycling plans are popping up across the country. This new plan is found to be a more efficient and effective means of recycling. New technology allows the recyclables to be separated easily in one location after being attained. The EPA estimates that only 30 percent of Americans currently recy-

he or she will bring the goal to reality. It needs to be accomplished with a reasonable amount of time, effort, and instruction. Finally, the goal needs to be time-bound. Setting a time frame provides a target or end point for the goal. If we do not set a target date, the commitment is too vague. There is no sense of urgency to even begin to work on the goal without a target date for attainment of that goal. Using classroom data to develop goals for student achievement has become an integral part of continuous improvement in the Plainville Community Schools. At some levels, the ISIPs are the tool for datadriven instructional decision-making, while other levels are using the SMART goals approach. Across the district, teachers and administrators are using data as a means of continuous improvement. Kathleen Binkowski is the Plainville superintendent of schools.

cle. A change has to be implemented in order to increase that percentage. The new program is that change. The burden is now put upon the recycling factories. Co-mingled recycling is a wonderful way to help sustain our environment and to increase recycling involvement. There are even new collection trucks that are able to hold more than the previous ones which makes the process even more efficient. The co-mingled recycling plan should be implemented to the rest of the Plainville citizens. The program has proven to be a successful one across the country. An increase in the number of people who recycle is guaranteed. The change will virtually pay for itself in the increase of recycled items. Let’s see a change in the near future that includes the entire town. Alyssa Cusano Plainville

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Tips to ensure holidays remain free from fire accidents This information is provided to the citizens by the Office of the Fire Marshal to remind them about holiday and decoration safety. 1. Before natural trees are set up, the trunk should be sawed off above the original cut, set in a stand and tap water added. This initial fresh cut opens up the sap channels in the tree so that it can take up water. Keep your tree stand water level above the cut in the trunk to prevent the tree from forming a sap seal. A sap-sealed tree trunk will not draw water, which is needed for it to remain fresh. 2. All trees should be held upright in sturdy stands having a base that is sufficiently broad enough to effectively support the tree. Guy wires may be needed to steady oversized trees. 3. Natural trees having root balls should be moistened daily and cut natural trees should be placed in containers of water sufficient to provide at least a one day supply. A container holding at least 1 quart per inch in stem diameter is recommended. 4. Natural trees should remain indoors only for as long a period of time as they are fresh. Cut trees are thirsty! Depending on tree size, they may use from two pints to

Team Continued from page 1 lent and we have a lot of fun working with each other. An example of our team’s creativity and spirit would be having a limbo contest to keep the audience entertained while the judges decided on awards.” The Greenstorm Team won the Gracious Professionalism Award, which is the most prestigious award that a team can win, according to school officials. It celebrates the ultimate success of the First mission and FLL Core Values. A champion is someone who passionately supports a cause. For FLL, champions passionately inspire and motivate others about the excitement of science and technology, solving problems, working as a team and demonstrating respect. The judges commented on how wonderfully the team members interacted with each other and according to Sarah Warner, one of the captains of the Greenstorm Team, “I

one and one half gallons or more per day so make sure to check the water level daily and supply fresh water as needed. Remove any tree that shows evidence of drying or severe shedding. 5. All trees and decorations should be located a safe distance from sources of heat such as heaters, fireplaces, stoves, television sets, candles and the like. Never decorate your tree with candles! 6. Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday-related accidents. Worn-out electrical cords and plugs should be replaced. Avoid too many plugs in one outlet. Use multioutlet power strips when running many applications or decorative light screens. 7. All sources of electric lighting, both direct and indirect, should be in good condition and consist of equipment that has been tested and labeled or listed for the specific purpose by a recognized testing laboratory. All lighting should be turned off or better yet, disconnected, when the area is unattended. This is especially important in residential occupancies when the occupants are asleep. — Larry A. Sutherland, fire marshal/emergency management

am very proud of our team and how we all worked together to earn this great award.” Both of these teams also earned the Golden Ticket necessary to advance to the state championship, which will be held Sunday, Dec. 12, at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain. “FLL gives a team member a glimpse of what life is like in a technology career. A team member gets to see a product develop from a specification to a design approach, to prototyping, to development, to integration, to test, and finally to product. Every stage provides its own unique problems and challenges to the team,” Westfall said. “We are so fortunate to have this program at the middle school. It is a high-quality learning experience. The entire community can be proud of Ms. Westfall and these students,” said Middle School of Plainville Principal Matthew Guarino. — Plainville Community Schools

Town prohibits all-night parking

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.

Transfer station to close

The Transfer Station will be closed for the winter months until early next spring. The last day the Transfer Station will be opened is Saturday, Dec. 11. For more information, call the Department of Physical Services at (860) 793-0221, ext. 208, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.



The Plainville Citizen Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snippets of Life

Little Patsy, the bad luck kitty

Memories wanted

By Ruth S. Hummel Special to The Citizen

Patsy was the smallest of a litter of barn cats, the halfwild cats that kept the mice population in check around the barn and barnyard. She was so tiny that my Dad broke his own rule of not making pets of these cats. She was given over to my little sister, Mary, and I who fed her with a doll’s bot-

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 news@plainvillecitizen. Items will be returned if you like. If you have questions, feel free to call The Plainville Citizen office at (860) 620-5960. tle and cuddled her, keeping her warm in the big kitchen. Patsy was a bad luck kitty cute as anything and sweet

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Foundation grant funds ending domestic violence

The Petit Family Foundation has awarded Interval House a $2,500 grant, money that will be used to fight the insidious cycle of domestic violence, said executive director, Cecile Enrico. “This generous gift will be used to help victims of domestic violence in so many ways,� Enrico said. “We want to thank Dr. Petit and his entire family for thinking of Interval House. From such a horrible and tragic experience, the Petit family is doing incredible work by helping charities and organizations like ours. God bless them.� The grant will be used to support Interval House’s Advocacy Program’s legal advocacy and court services provided to victims of domestic violence. On Oct. 11, Enrico joined Dr. William A. Petit Jr. and other members of the family at the Petit Gazebo at Norton Park in Plainville for the check presentation. “Interval House does tremendous work and serves

many in times of severe crisis,� said Dr. Petit. “They help their clients manage and survive these crises and gets them moving forward towards a better life. We are honored to be able to support them. Jennifer, Hayley and Michael would be proud of the work that Mrs. Enrico’s team does.� The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The foundation’s funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence. Since 1977, Interval House has served victims of domestic violence – mostly women and children who were psychologically or physically battered by their partner.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse. Since it was founded, Interval House has provided services to more than 155,000 people. — Interval House

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At the Petit Memorial Gazebo in Norton Park, from left to right, William A. Petit Sr. and Dr. William A. Petit Jr., president of the Petit Family Foundation, present a $2,500 grant to Interval House Executive Director Cecile Enrico along with Barbara Petit.

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Kloe Hidri, a Middle School of Plainville sixthgrader, who has been accepted into the People to People Program as a student ambassador, will be hosting a Christmas wrapping station at the Capri Ristorante, 16138 Woodford Ave., on Mondays through Christmas. She will be available 5 to 8 p.m. to wrap people’s dropped-off Christmas presents for a fee to used to fund her trip to Australia. For more information, call the restaurant, at (860) 747-1778.

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the 1931 section of the building. At 7 p.m., a trio of flute players from the Plainville Wind Ensemble will entertain with holiday music. Refreshments will be provided to all visitors that evening. For more information, call the library at (860) 793-1446.

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Pajama party with Santa

The public is invited to a Pajama Party with Santa on Friday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., in Plainville. The whole family is welcome for an evening of holiday treats, holiday crafts, a movie, refreshments and a visit from the special guest, Santa. Admission is free with a healthy non-perishable food item to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Dress is casual, come in pajamas. For more information, call the Wheeler YMCA at (860) 793-9631.

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Holiday Briefs Each of the rooms on the second floor will have a different activity, from making decorations for the Christmas tree to bird feeders. Downstairs there will be games in the barn room with prizes for the winners. Families will have a choice of activities to keep busy until Elroy the Elf arrives to entertain the children between 2 to 3 p.m. From 3 to 4 p.m. refreshments will be served and anyone who wishes to complete another project is welcome to do so. For more information, call the historical society at (860) 747-6577.

Breakfast with Santa The Plainville Fire Company will have Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 5,

from 6 a.m. to noon, at headquarters, 77 W. Main St. There is a charge to attend and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Woman’s Club’s holiday party The Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs/ Woman’s Club of Plainville is planning a holiday member/guest night on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St. The holiday food tasting event is free and open to all Plainville Woman’s Club members, guests as well as women who are interested in joining the Plainville Woman’s Club. The Plainville Woman’s Club is a part of the General Federation of Women’s Club and meets monthly to work

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turned to the pantry is Dec. 10. The pantry can always accept unwrapped toys which can be given out to our clients on Gift Night, which is for the parents of our kids, a special night put aside so that the parents can come through and pick out a gift for their child and wrap it up themselves to share with their child. The pantry also accepts gift certificates to stores, which will be given out to the children on our program. Call (860) 747-1919. — Susie Woerz

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Devils make first playoff appearance since 1997 By Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen Chris Farrell has to come up with some new goals for his program. This fall, the first-year head man navigated the longstruggling Plainville High School football team to a regular season record of 8-2 and to the state playoffs for the first time since 1997. So much for incremental improvements. “That plan’s out the window,” Farrell said of his initial goals for PHS football. “Once we guaranteed ourselves a .500 record, it was pretty far gone.” “At the beginning of the season, I had my vision for the Plainville football program. Basically, it was about being competitive,” Farrell added. “I didn’t want to put a number on wins. I knew if the kids worked hard we were going to have a pretty successful season. I didn’t think we would have been 8-2 heading into the playoffs. I don’t think anyone really could have predicted 8-2.” The Blue Devils’ eight wins earned them the fifth

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Plainville High School’s Tony LoPizzo stretches for some extra inches Thanksgiving morning in West Hartford. The Blue Devils lost to Northwest Catholic, 27-7, that day and headed into the CIAC Class M state playoffs with a record of 8-2. seed in the CIAC Class M state playoffs. Plainville faced fourth seed Gilbert/Northwest Regional (8-2) Tuesday night, after press time, in the quarterfinals.

Heading into that matchup, the run-oriented Blue Devils were less than 50 yards shy of PHS’s single season rushing record. “I really stress to the kids, ‘you can’t be selfish.’ We’re

not going to feature one back. It’s an option offense. We have to take what the defense is going to give us,” Farrell said. “And it’s worked out very well.” After falling to Wethers-

field, 39-7, on Sept. 25, Plainville went on to rattle off seven straight victories. The locals never scored less than 20 points during that stretch, and three times eclipsed the 30-point mark. But the Blue Devils’ win streak and success offensively came to an end Thanksgiving morning. They fell to Northwest Catholic, 27-7, in West Hartford. The host Indians entered the game with just three victories. “It was a letdown game. I don’t know if we had a little too much confidence, and we thought that we were just going to be able to walk in there, throw the shoulder pads on, put the helmet on, and walk out of there with a win,” said Farrell. “Northwest didn’t do anything that surprised us. We expected everything that they did. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. We practiced it for the last week and a half.” Plainville had some costly turnovers on Thanksgiving morning. Also, the Blue Dev-

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Juniors prevail in annual Powder Puff battle

Lexxi Carroll had two touchdowns and two extra points to help lead the Juniors past the Seniors, 206, in the annual Plainville High School Powder Puff football game,

held Nov. 21 at Alumni Field. Becky Slivinsky accounted for the Seniors’ lone touchdown. The game, attended by more than 400 spectators this year, is organized

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, December 2, 2010

Local ‘Heroes’ achieve their goal By Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen

Despite rumors to the contrary, not all kids spend their time hunkered down in front of a computer or television screen these days. Recently, six local students trained for and completed the 3.1-mile Malibu Fitness Road Race, held Thanksgiving morning in Farmington. The “Wheeler Heroes”, as they were dubbed, are Nicholas Lentini, Emma Lopez, Daniel LaClaire, Xavier and Ethan Wellington, and Aiden Payne. The youngsters attend, or have attended, Wheeler Elementary School. The Wheeler Heroes trained up to three days a week, for six weeks, leading up to the Malibu Fitness

race. They were joined by a parent. The adults ran the Malibu Fitness race as well. Linda Lentini, mother of Nicholas, said the pre-race workouts were not always easy for her son, but he persevered. “The training has been up and down with Nicholas,” she said. “It was hard for him to realize that he is not as fast as his friends. He did say to me that everyone has their own pace, and he seemed to be okay with that.” Nicholas completed the Malibu Fitness race in less than 53 minutes. Xavier and Ethan were joined by their mom, Alesia Wellington, Thanksgiving morning. “I am very proud of my sons’ commitment to run in this race,” said Alesia. “It has been great to see

the improvement that has been made with the training,” she added. “They started with running a mile, and gradually progressed to the 3.2-mile goal. Sometimes it’s been rather challenging due to the weather, but they never complained.” Xavier clocked a time of 30:16 at the Malibu Fitness race. Ethan came in at 39:06. Rick Broderick, who ran with his son, Aiden, is proud of the youngster for accepting the 5K challenge. “It’s a great opportunity to test his stamina and create memories that last into the future,” said Broderick, who noticed a positive change in Aiden “I can see an improvement in his confidence in himself and his ability to complete something that may have been too hard on first glance.” Aiden crossed the finish line at the Malibu Fitness race in a time of 32:32. Rounding out the Wheeler Heroes’ slate Thanksgiving



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Local students Nicholas Lentini, Emma Lopez, Daniel LaClaire, Xavier Wellington, Ethan Wellington and Aiden Payne trained for and completed the Malibu Fitness Road Race Thanksgiving morning in Farmington. morning were Daniel (27:15) and Emma (38:58). Daniel was joined by his mother, Shelly Levesque, and Emma hit the road with her mom, Lucy Lopez. “They should be so proud of themselves for the weeks of training that they dedicated to this goal,” Linda Lentini said of the group. One of the highlights of the day for the Wheeler He-

roes was being interviewed by Channel 3 personality Scot Haney. Haney has teamed with Malibu Fitness the past six years at the annual Thanksgiving morning run. The event benefits the Channel 3 Kids Camp, Klingberg Family Services and the Malibu Fitness Soldiers and Community Fund.

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The Plainville Colts Junior Midget cheerleaders placed at the New England regional competition and earned the right to compete in the nationals Dec. 8 at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Donations to the Plainville cheerleaders’ travel fund should be sent to: Plainville Colts, Pop Warner, 18 Mohawk Road, Plainville, CT 06062. Photo by Matt Leidemer

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Obituary Clifford Lamarre Clifford S. Lamarre 44, of Plainville and recently of Greenville, S.C., died Nov. 11, 2010. He was born in New Britain and grew up in Plainville, the son of Joel Lamarre and Elizabeth (Bogoslofski) Lamarre. Clifford, a loving brother and beautiful soul leaves to mourn, Gary Lamarre, TammyJo L. Camarco and her husband, George T. Camarco, and Teresa Lamarre. He had many family members and friends that will miss him dearly. He will be remembered forever for his laugh and human kindness. There was a prayer service at St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain, at the gravesite of his parents Nov. 19.

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Patricia Young

Patricia “Patty” (Simone) Norton-Young, 67, of Kensington, the b e l o v e d mother of Craig Norton and Taylor Norton Coccomo died unexpectedly Nov. 18, 2010, at Hartford Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Pauline (Plocharczyk) Simone, and stepdaughter of the late

Doris (Paradise) Simone. She graduated from Plainville High School in 1962 and the New Britain General Hospital School of Radiology in 1964. Thereafter, she worked for several area hospitals including New Britain General and Bradley Memorial, and she was currently employed at the Grove Hill Medical Center. She was a very caring and generous woman with a heart of gold. She loved to read, spend time by the water, play the slot machines,

and be with her many friends and family. Her proudest role, however, was being “Grammy” to her five grandchildren. She never missed any of their sporting events or an opportunity to be with them. Her laughter, smile and hospitality will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Aside from her two children, she leaves behind her daughter-in-law, Michelle (Morrell) Norton, of Kensington; her son-in-law, Michael Coccomo, of Berlin;

and her five grandchildren, Alec, Olivia and Emma Norton, and Michael and Matthew Coccomo; her brothers and sisters, Robert Simone and his wife, Barbara, of Plainville, Richard Simone and Tami Chapman, of Plainville, Linda (Simone) Rungi, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; James Simone, of Kensington, Dino Simone, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Nancy (Simone) Massie and her husband, Don, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; as well as many other relatives and

friends. The funeral was held Nov. 22, 2010, at Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville. A Mass was held Nov.23, 2010, at St. Paul’s Church, Kensington. Burial was private. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Memorial Award as National YMCA Physical Educator. After retiring from the YMCA in 1969, he went on to teach physical education at Benjamin Franklin and Vance Schools in New Britain, retiring in 1979. While with the YMCA, he had the opportunity to travel. He was a fencing judge in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinski, Finland, and also attended the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City with other YMCA professionals. He was a member of a delegation of YMCA professionals to tour YMCAs around the world. Photography was his hobby as he continued to travel throughout the U.S. and the world with his wife, Ruthe, during his retirement. He was a member of South Church in New Britain, was an associate member of the Congregational Church of Plainville, and also belonged to the New Britain Camera Club, the Country Camera Club of Berlin, The Live Y’ers of the New Britain YMCA, and the Photographic Society of

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Fife and Drum Corps — The Connecticut Patriots Senior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps meets Fridays at 7 p.m. at the Middle School of

Craft/vendor fair — The Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, is having a craft/vendor fair on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments and lunch will be available. Information: call the church office at (860) 747-2328 or Donna Burns at (860) 7471262. People of the Season concert — The Plainville Choral Society will present “People of the Season” on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Middle School of Plainville, Northwest Drive. There is a charge to attend. Tickets can be purchased at Dancingly Yours, Family Barber Shop, Irene’s Culinary in Forestville, Feet First, Bristol, J.P. Jewelers, Plainville Senior Center, and Saints in

Southington. Information: call (860) 747-5695 or visit . Teen center open — Faith Bible Church, 168 Unionville Ave. at Northwest Drive, has a youth center where Plainville teenagers can come Saturday nights, from 7 to 9 p.m., to have fun free of charge. Activities include billiards, ping pong, foosball and other games. For more information, call the church at (860) 747-5209. Town transfer station open — The Town Transfer Station on Granger Lane is open Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is for Plainville residents only. Identification is required. Information: call the Physical Services Department, (860) 793-0221, ext. 208.



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Plainville Briefs Winter programs at Wheeler YMCA Registration has started for December mini sessions and winter programs at the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., in Plainville. The Mini Session dates are Dec. 13 to 31. Winter Session I is Jan. 3 to Feb. 20 and Winter Session II is Feb. 21 to April 10. Registration is available online at or at the Wheeler Y. Back by popular demand are the Mini-Session programs: Holiday Culinary Kids (ages 3 to 5), Tumblers with parent (ages 18 months to 3), Tumble Bugs (ages 1 to 3), Rock Climbing, Martial Arts, Swim Lessons, Swim Stroke Clinics and American Red Cross Lifeguard Train-

Shuttle Continued from page 6 on May 11, 2009. Thanks to the computer age, my mother and I were able to watch the launch live together via the Internet. It reminded me of times long gone when we would watch it together in our tiny home back in Wappinger Falls, N.Y. My oldest daughter watched, looking just as amazed as I used to. Later that night, my mother and I talked for hours about space, the possibilities and the wonderful things we had hoped to see. Talks like this were common over the years as we debated life on other planets, the demotion of Pluto and everyday news. Just days after the launch, my mother slipped into a coma and never woke up. She died on June 4, 2009. Her last request was to be cremated and sent into outer space. Nearly one year later, on April 4, 2010, as this very same shuttle, Discovery, was waiting on the launch pad, my brother Josh called me up on a whim. He wanted me to go to see the launch with him. It was to go up the very next day so there was no time to plan anything. Needless to say, it was put to rest and we figured we would try to get to one of the last few launches. I

ing. Dates and times for all programs can be viewed at For more information, call the Y, at (860) 793-9631.

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forms at the Recreation Office. Registration forms will not be accepted after Dec. 4. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (860) 747-6022.

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The Plainville Police Association and the Plainville Recreation Department are sponsoring a co-ed youth basketball program for grades 4, 5 and 6. Participants will be taught fundamentals and will participate in league play. All individuals will play regardless of ability. This program will begin at the Plainville High School Wood Gym on Saturday, Dec. 4, at noon. Interested participants can obtain registration

Plainville Adult and Continuing Education will offer programming this winter in the following areas: adult basic education (math and reading/writing), adult high school credit diploma program, English as a second language, and GED preparation. Classes are held early evenings at Plainville High School and will begin on Jan. 3.There is no charge for classes. Call Plainville Adult and Continuing Education at (860) 793-3209.

should have gone then. Somehow, if I could have made it happen, perhaps he would still be here now. Sadly, on May 17, 2010, Josh passed away. Just three days following yet another shuttle launch. He never got to see it live. So here I am, driving up to the press site just a few months later. The iconic vehicle assembly building adorned with the American flag and the huge NASA logo looming before me at 500 feet. On the flat Florida landscape it doesn’t exactly sneak up on you. Then I received word that the shuttle would not launch. Technical difficulties and weather issues were at it again. I was ready to head back home to wait for the next launch window when I was invited as a member of the press to witness the roll back of the service structure from the shuttle. I jumped at the chance and spent the next 10 hours waiting for the time to come. As the sun set behind us lighting the edges of an approaching storm to a bright orange glow, the structure slowly began to creak back. At first, all that could be seen was the top of the large unmistakable orange external tank and the very tops of the rocket boosters. After 15 agonizing minutes the shuttle was

revealed. I could hardly believe my eyes. There, not more than a couple of thousand feet away, stood the Space Shuttle Discovery. Not many people other then the astronauts and the people that work directly with the shuttle ever get this close. It was lit on all sides by bright lights that could be seen stretching into the heavens. It was like a dream. The sun had long since set by this point and the darkness that loomed all around made it feel like for just an instant, Discovery was floating through space and I was right along with it. The experience brought out feelings I hadn’t felt since I was a kid dreaming of someday being an astronaut. After a very hard year, I finally had found a moment of peace. When I was writing this, the expected launch date was Nov. 30 at 4:05 a.m. This would have been my mother’s 58th birthday. Many might say it’s a sign. Still others would argue it’s a coincidence. I say it’s right in line with the stars of my life. I have faith that my mother, my brother and I will be watching this one together. James Fink is a Plainville resident.



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LEGAL NOTICE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS PLAINVILLE, CONNECTICUT The Zoning Board of Appeals of Plainville, Connecticut will hold Public Hearings on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm in the Plainville Municipal Center, One Center Square, Plainville Connecticut, Room 304 to hear and consider the following application: NEWTON AVENUE Application #10-12-01, Valerie Williams of 49 Newton Avenue seeks an approval for a variance to Article 4, Section 400 Schedule of Height, Area and Yard Requirements - Minimum Front Yard Setback to reduce the required minimum front yard setback from twentyfour (24) feet to nineteen (19) feet for purposes of constructing a front porch at a property known as 49 Newton Avenue. Dated at Plainville, Connecticut this 18th day of November 2010. Gail Pugliese, Secretary Plainville Zoning Board of Appeals LEGAL NOTICE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PLAINVILLE, CONNECTICUT The Town of Plainville's Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 commencing at 7:30 p.m. at the Plainville Municipal Center, One Central Square, Plainville CT on the following item: Special Exception for CT Self Storage, LLC of Plainville for a 13,400 sq. ft. addition to an existing self storage facility per Section 545.2.24 for property located at 405 New Britain Avenue. The file is available for public inspection at the Department of Technical Services and the Town Clerk's Office in the Plainville Municipal Center. At this hearing, interested persons may appear and be heard and written communications may be received. Any person requiring special assistance in order to attend and/or participate in this public hearing may call the Department of Technical Services at (860) 793-0221 before noon on Friday, December 10, 2010. Respectfully submitted, David Thompson, Secretary Planning and Zoning Commission Dated at Plainville, CT This 22nd day of November 2010 AUTOMOBILES


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CHEVROLET MALIBU LS 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

FORD ESCORT 2002 $2,888 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $588 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106


Thursday, December 2, 2010 — The Plainville Citizen AUTOMOBILES

CHEVROLET Malibu 2004 sedan 4-cylinder. Gray w/gray interior. AM/FM/CD player. Dual airbags. Remote start. Alloy wheels. Tilt steering. Rear spoiler. Power locks. 80,000 miles Well maintained. Asking $5500. Please contact by phone 203-440-2850.


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


DODGE Grand Caravan LE 1998 Very good condition. Runs great! Loaded! 187k miles. New tires, battery, muffler, brakes, serpentine belt and recently had the transmission serviced (shifts smooth). 3.3 Liter 6 Cyl. Red/Gray Trim. Have to see it! Asking $2650 Call Jim 860-538-6390 Southington


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SNOW BLOWERS/THROWERS CRAFTSMAN Snow blower. 8HP/27 in. Excellent condition. Hardly used. $380. Call 203238-1645 or 203-631-1929 YARD MACHINE - 21” snow blower. Electric start. 4 yrs old. $200 or best offer. Call (203) 265-2466


AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

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Will Deliver FORD ESCORT SE 1998 $2,288 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $588 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

FORD Explorer 2007 #559B 100% Guaranteed Loan Approval Apply Now 203-910-2360 Danielle

GOT JUNK? Looking for Classic, Muscle Cars or parts. Any Condition. Fast pick up! I'll take your junk and get you some Holiday Cash! Call 860349-1170 Anytime.

AUTO PARTS NEXTAR GPS (NEW): Voice, Maps, 4.3” Screen, $85, 203265-5321.

PETS & LIVESTOCK FORD Mustang 2000 3.8L EFI V6. 5-spd PS, PB, PW, ABS, TRC. Stainless exhaust. 66K miles. One owner. Estate Sale. $4,995. Call John 203.265.3147

"PLEASE allow my 25+ years of Auto Sales at the Largest Chevrolet Cadillac Store in the northeast Assist you in your needs" Call Patton 203-598-5366 GMC Van 1999 3500 1 ton. Well maintained. Great condition! $2000. Call 203-537-0364 JEEP Cherokee ‘98 4 liter w/82K mls, 2 sets of tires winter & summer mounted on rims, w/snowplow & plowing custs. $6,000/OBO. 860-828-3979

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

SUBARU Legacy Outback 1997 Standard, AWD. Good cond. $1,600. Call 203-565-7318

HONDA Civic Coupe 2002 #917 In these tough economic times we understand how difficult it is to finance a new or used vehicle. Guaranteed Loan Approval Apply Now Jack Cos 1-866-879-1616 TOYOTA CELICA ST 1995, 185,000 miles. Manual, sunroof, pw, power locks. Many new parts. Needs work. $900. Call 203-530-6113

TO Place your Marketplace ad today, call 203-238-1953, anytime 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

VOLVO S60 / 2009 - All service records, grey metallic with leather interior, dual climate control, moon roof, blue tooth & much more - Mint condition $19,500. 860-214-5780 VW JETTA 1998 - AT, air, Runs great! $1950. MERCURY Sable 2000 - Low miles, excellent, $2950. CHEVY Blazer 1995 4x4, AT, Clean, $1950. (203) 213-1142


V6. 4x4 Sport edition. Four brand new heavy duty tires. Runs excellent. $4000. (860) 803-5316

JEEP Wrangler 2004 - 100k miles. air conditioning, cd, automatic, good shape, must sell! $9,000 or best offer. 203238-0198.

Don't know what to give… How bout a gift certificate to: “Christmas with Horses at Rap A Pony Farms” Mon.-Thurs., 12/27-12/30 - $150 Call 203-265-3596 GOLDEN long-hair Chihuahua, Good watchdog, 2yrs old. Asking $300. Call Bob (203) 265-2666 JACK RUSSELL PUPS...... $275 10wks old.. only 2 left!!! Male- multi-color. Female- all white w/ black circles on eyes. Call 860-575-8218 MORKIE SILKIES 2 males. Vet checked, 1st shots. Ready to go. $350. Call (203) 500-1762

POODLE PUP minitaure red male. 9 weeks old. Excellent temperament and thick coated 203-272-5108 RAGDOLL kittens, (4) males Blue-eyed beauties, rabbit-like fur, Tica-Sbt reg, (2)blues and (2)seals, first shots, $350. 860329-9893 SUBARU Forester 2009 2.5X, mint condition, garage kept, awd,autotrans, moonroof, heated seats + side mirrors,windshield wiper deicer,am/fm/CD, A/C, pwr wndws+lox, 41k miles. $19,500/bo. Call 860.614.9369 TOYOTA Rav 4 2005 4X4. 2.4L DOHC, 5spd, AWD. Blue with silver trim. AC, PW, PS, PDL, ABS, Cruise, 38K miles. One owner. Estate sale. $11,495. Call John at 203.265.3147

AIR CONDITIONER- Whirlpool, 20,500 BTU, 220 volt. 3 speeds plus fan. $100. 203-237-3679 after 5pm. FREE COUCH - good condition, blue and white stripe. Call 203-237-1640 FULL size bed & nightstand $500. (Sold)-Treadmill $100. HE Washer $200/OBO. 42” oak ceiling fan, $20. 52” cherry ceiling fan, $30. 203-232-6311 OAK double dresser mirror, twin head board & frame. Very good condtion. $150. Call 203235-7446 TWIN Bedroom Set Walnut. Rattan trim on headboard. New mattresses & boxsprings. Duoble dresser w/beveled mirror. $450. (203) 272-6010


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BULLDOGS, Boxes, Puggles, Huskies, German Shepherd, Dachsunds, Pekingese, Poodles, Chihuahuas, Schnoodles, Boston, Poms, Maltese, Maltitzu’s & Peki-Tzu, Peki-shu, Yorkies $250+.


LAWN & GARDEN HOMELITE Gas leaf blower. Needs tuneup. $40. Call (203) 238-0603

ARTIFICIAL Christmas tree. 7' tall. Excellent condition, and clean. With lights. $70. 203 265 9670 BEANIE Babies, collectible, 30 pcs. asking $75. Call 203-2377174 CLAM rakes $25.00 call 203859-1259 GOAT Live meat goats available. Intact males, various ages. Steady supply. Call 203 560-7428 KING quilt brown/gold. Excellent cond. $45. 860-828-6728 SHOTGUN 16 gauge Itacha pump $150 Call 203-235-6176

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT CAST IRON pellet stove (Auster-Flaum) fireplace insert. Call 203-238-2095 after 5pm or leave message. 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. www.lavignestree

8FT POOL table, rarely used. best offer. U pay removal cost. Ping Pong table, $100 or best offer. Call 203-599-8216 or 860391-9069 TREADMILL - Nordictrak C1800 - Asking $650. Please call 203-430-4174

PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION CLASS Required for CT applicants. $100. Call 203-415-1144


MERIDEN -Goff St. 3BR, 1 1/2 bath townhouse. Incl. w/d, dw, stove, fridge. $1300/mo. + sec. Call 203-265-4664




203-238-3308 ELECTRONICS YAMAHA 7.1 Home Theater Receiver and Sony Progressive Scan DVD Player, with Remote Controls, all Manuals and 2 Free Superman DVDs. Excellent condition. $225. 203-634-8877


$$$ CA$H $$$ 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 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

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS. Many different instruments offered. Beginners to Advanced. Experienced music teachers. Call Sarah or Mark 203-235-1546 Fall openings available. SIGN up now for music lessons for the winter session. Experienced musical teachers for drums, piano and Pro Tools recording. Safe, heated lesson spaces in Wlfd. Close to hwys. Call 203-265-7563 ask for B.J.

HOUSES FOR RENT CHESHIRE-$1,350/mo 7rm, 3BR, 2B Col. hwfls, oil, fwa heat, form DR, full basement, off st parking. Very private, dead end st. 2mo sec, 1mo rent, no pets, credit & ref required. Avail 9/15. EOH Kathy (203)272-1234x690

1 BR, 2 BR & Studio Starting at $595 per month. Heat & HW incl. Off street parking 203-886-7016 CHESHIRE - 1BR, 2nd flr, eat in kitchen, w/d on premises. Front porch. Off st. parking. Pet ok. $745/mo. + 1 1/2 mo. sec. dep. 203-250-8288 Available 12/1 CHESHIRE-4Rms, appls, 1 level, deck, garage. No pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. $1175/mo inclds heat. 203-393-1117

Flanders West Apts Southington

Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts Affordable apts for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older Small pets accepted Please call 860-621-3954 TTY 711

MER 1BR, 1st fl, 4 lrg rms, heat, HW, elec incd. W. Side, refrig, stove, washer, dryer incld. $995/mo+sec. Call 203-6303823 12pm-8pm MER-1BR, 3rd flr, remodeled, sep utils. Refs & good credit. $550/mo. Call Jeff Owner /Agent 860-621-7503 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 - 2BR, 5Rms, 2nd flr, Newly redecorated, WW carp, appls. No utils. No pets. Sec. $850/mo. Garage available. 203-631-9929 MERIDEN - 2BR, New appliances. Hardwood floors. Off st parking. No smoking/pets. Heat & HW included. $900/mo. (203) 444-5722 MERIDEN 1 BR. Off street parking. Stove & refrigerator. Section 8 approved. $650 plus sec. Interested Call 203-927-8215 MERIDEN 1BR: $585/mo. Loc. on BROAD St. On site parking/ laundry. New windows. Spacious layout w/ample closet space. Close to Wallingford line. Utilities NOT included. (914)347-3208. MERIDEN 3 BR Clean, 1st floor. Stove & refrigerator included. WD hookup. Private yard, full basement. Small pets at discretion of landlord. Bunker Ave. $980 per month. Section 8 approved. 203-671-3112 MERIDEN 3 BR, 2nd Fl. Clean. $850. 31 Twiss St. (203) 235-0274-leave message. MERIDEN Cook Avenue 1 BR. 2nd fl. Renovated. $775 includes heat, hot water and electric. (203) 265-4664 MERIDEN LG. 2BR, 1300 SF. Lg kit. & DR, w/d hkup, off st park, back yard. 221 Camp St. $850 per month. Section 8 approved. Pets negotiable. 860-982-6585






MERIDEN SINGLE Family Home 5 Br, 1.5 Bath. Ref/oven/dishwasher/dryer/oven. Quiet area. $1,500 per month + utilities. Call 203-543-0045 MERIDEN- 2BR, minutes from Hospital, shopping and major highways. Big yard. Quiet area. $1200. Call(203) 639-1634

Studio apt $500. 530 East Main Street Call Mike (646) 642-4334 MERIDEN- 2BR, 1st flr, stove & fridge. Credit check. Parking. No pets. $800. Call (203) 5373586 MERIDEN- Spacious 2 BR units. Ranch style, $850; Townhouse $1100. Ennis Realty 203-6399092


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, December 2, 2010

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN-1BR lovely End unit, E. side complex. Large & modern. Appls. incl. Deck, off st. park. Secure bldg. $695 incl. HW. 203-284-1822 x210 MERIDEN-1BRS. All appliances & hot water incl 2 mo. sec.. No pets. Coin op laundry. 1095 Old Colony Rd. Showings 9-11 am. 203-581-3620

MERIDEN-2RM Efficiency. $525 mo + 1 mo. sec. & refs. Call 203213-5153 or 203-631-0105 MERIDEN-3BR, 1st flr, 2 family house, off-street parking 1 car. $750/month, 24 Garden Street. 860-302-1304 or 860-621-2430 MERIDEN-Spacious 4BR in quiet residential area, near highways, off-st-parking. $1350/mo. Call 203-624-0355 or 203-710-2000 MERIDEN. Studio apt, downtown on bus line. $500/mo, utilities not included. No pets. 203-982-3042. MOVE IN SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $750/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric incl. Private balcony. Call for info 203-639-4868 PLAINVILLE - X-Large studio apt. Fully appl. kit. inc. A/C, onsite prkg, private balcony. $635/mo. Call CPI 860-225-1570 x1 SOUTHINGTON 6 RMs & bath, 15-17 Bristol St. New stove & fridge, washer/dryer, 1 car garage, . $800 + security. Credit check. No pets. 203-699-9143 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 WALLINGFORD - 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, off street parking, $725/month plus security deposit. Call 203-537-1937 WALLINGFORD 1 BR 3rd Fl. Remodeled, C-Air & heat. EIK, new appls & cabinets. Off st parking. Washer & Dryer. No pets. $750 + sec 203-272-3855 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 2nd fl, sunny, cheerful. Great location. South Whittlesey St. area. W/D hkups, off st-parking. No smoking/pets. $800/mo+sec. Call 203-265-1070 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 2nd flr, appliances, central location, $750 a month, 1 month security. No pets. Call 203-317-9824 WALLINGFORD 1st flr, 1BR $750+sec. 162 S Colony St. No utils. No pets. Good credit. Call 203-553-5555 WALLINGFORD 2 or3 BR, 1st Floor. All nice & clean. Hardwood floors. Off street parking. W/D hookup. No pets, no smoking. Call 203-269-5733 WALLINGFORD 2BR 1BA apt. Near town center/YMCA/park. LR/DR combo. New carpet. Pets negotiable. $925. Call 203-641-7010 WALLINGFORD 2BR, 2ND FL Carpet, stove & Fridge. Pets negotiable. No utilities. $775/mo plus security deposit. Call (203) 284-1607 after 3 pm WALLINGFORD 2BR, LR, DR in 2 family, 1st flr, off st. parking. No pets. Credit check. $850 + utils. 203-284-1853 WALLINGFORD 2nd Floor Remodeled. New bath, kit & flrs. 2 BR. WD. Stove, refrig. Fence in yard. Garage extra. $900. Owner/Agent 203-269-7348 WALLINGFORD Cozy 2 BR, 2nd Floor Convenient location. Off street parking. $825/month. No pets. 203-269-9585

ATTIC & BASEMENTS CLEANED GARY Wodatch Demolition Services. Sheds, pools, decks, garages, concrete walks, patios, Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430 GARY Wodatch Debris removal of any kind. Homeowner’s, contractor’s, small dumpsters avail. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430


CARPENTRY J. BOOBER CONSTRUCTION Additions, garages, remodeling, kitchens, bathrms, basements, decks, sunrooms. Lic’d & Ins’d. 203-265-0730 CT. Reg. #572880


T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service



Bankruptcy Free Consultation Keep home, auto, 401k, etc. STOP FORECLOSURES IRS & “Repos” Atty Ken Lenz 439 Main St, Yalesville 203-265-2829 “Debt Relief Agency” We help people file for relief under the bankruptcy code

CARPENTRY WINTERIZATION - WINDOW & Door Replacement Repairs of all types. Additions, Decks, Garages, Finish bsmt, Complete Home Improvement. Free est. 203-238-1449 # 578107

PLEASE CHECK YOUR AD This newspaper makes every effort to avoid errors in advertisements. Each ad is carefully checked and proofread, but when you handle thousands of ads, mistakes do slip through. We ask therefore, that you check your ad on the FIRST day of publication. If you find an error, report it to the

Marketplace IMMEDIATELY by calling

ELDERLY CARE COMPANION/CNA Low rates. Reliable. Good heart. FT/PT. Light cleaning, appts, etc. CT# NA9992203 Rose 203-430-5881


Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060


Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887 HIGHLANDCONTRACTOR.COM Seamless Gutters/Downspouts Gutter cleaning/repairs Call today for free estimate. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

We regret that we will not be responsible for more than ONE incorrect insertion and only for that portion of the ad that may have been rendered valueless by such an error.

J. BOOBER CONSTRUCTION Additions, garages, remodeling, kitchens, bathrms, basements, decks, sunrooms. Lic’d & Ins’d. 203-265-0730 CT. Reg. #572880

COMPLETE RES SERVICE Gen. carpentry, plumbing, elec., painting,i nsulation Free Est. 10% DISCOUNT Lic 551212 - 860-628-4748

A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. DON’T MOVE - IMPROVE! Free estimates. 203-631-1325

DE CA Home Improvement ● Kitchen & Bath ● Flooring, Painiting ● Roofing & Siding We provide reliable service. (203) 630-1294 (203) 886-6566 Ins., Free Estimates. CT #624716

HOUSE CLEANING POLISH/English speaking woman to clean house w/care. 2nd cleaning 50% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. 860-538-4885 LET me clean your home/office for less $. Will beat other quotes by 20%. (Mature Woman/US Citizen). Call (203) 238-0566


Pete In The Pickup For All Your Junk Removal Needs 203-886-5110

JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We clean Estates, homes, attics, bsmts, gar, yard. Fall Clean-Ups ***Free estimates*** 203-535-9817/860-575-8218



ABSOLUTE BEST Prices! John Mansolf Plumbing & Heating. 25 Years Experience. Licensed & Insured. 10% Senior Citizen Discount Call 203-815-6276

LANDSCAPING AND MORE 20% OFF ANY FALL CLEANUP Junk removal. Snow Plowing. Also house cleaning. 860-982-5334 or 203-314-8511

MASONRY JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 26 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498 JACK Biafore, LLC Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. Family owned for 90+yrs # 623849 (203) 537-3572


IF YOU MENTION THIS AD Leaves & yard clean-ups, Clean Estates, home, attic, bsmt, garage. Free estimate. 203-535-9817/860-575-8218 GARY Wodatch Lawn & Landscaping Complete Fall clean-ups. Quick Courteous Srv. Est ‘85. All calls returned. Lic ins. #566326. 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430 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

MEDINA Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services LLC. Quality work at affordable prices. 24hr srv. Benny Medina 203-909-1099 DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 P1 ABSOLUTE BEST Prices! John Mansolf Plumbing & Heating. 25 Years Experience. Licensed & Insured. 10% Senior Citizen Discount Call 203-815-6276


BEAUTIFUL Day Cleaning Services. It’s always a Beautiful Day when we are cleaning for you! We guarantee your satisfaction! New customer discount. (203)788-4266


DON’T Freeze this WINTER! Call Duane Plumbing, heating & cooling. Annual furnace & boiler tune-ups & cleanings. Quality work. Major credit cards. Low rates. 203-3798944 #400335-S1


EXTREME Home Improvement Repairs, Roofing, Sheetrock, Concrete. Great rates. Free estimates. Insured. Call Walter 203-619-2877 CT#628714


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To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488


JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Fall Cleanups - Gutter Cleaning Snow Removal Top Quality Work. Fully Licensed & Insured. CT Reg #616311



J Hall Construction Siding, Roofing, Decks, Additions, Replacement Windows, Remodeling, New Construction. All work is performed by owners. Contact Jeremy 203 537-2534 HIC.0575625

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

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

FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT Siding Roofing Windows Remodeling Decks Gutters Addtions Credit Cards Accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455


SNOW PLOWING #1 AFFORDABLE Residential & Commercial RICK 203-630-2642 FALL Clean up service we do it all for you curb pick up, hedges, pruning, weeding, gutters Ins Lic 0619909 203-715-2301 DE CA LANDSCAPING ● Patios & Decks ● Walkways ● Leaf & Snow Removal We provide reliable service. (203) 630-1294 (203) 886-6566 Ins., Free Estimates. CT #624716

Roofing, Siding & Gutters

RESIDENTIAL ONLY Snow Removal. Fully insured. #581867. Meriden, Cheshire, Wlfd area. Bella 203-605-0258

Residential/Commerical. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084



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

RICK’S AFFORDABLE Pricker & underbrush removal. Small tree removal. Gutters cleaned. 15 yrs experience. 203-530-4447. A & A Lawn Care-Call now for fall cleanups & snowplowing. Hedge trimming, tree, shrub, debris removal. #584101 Free estimates. Jim 203-237-6638

LEAF CLEAN-UP FALL CLEAN-UPS No job too big or small. Vacuum service available Please call 203-630-2152 A & A Lawn Care- Free Estimiates. Fall cleanups, mulch. Snowplowing. Tree, shrub, debris removal. Dumpster rentals. #584101 Jim 203-237-6638


Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★


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

FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrms, additions. 203-237-0350. CT Reg. #516790 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT Siding Roofing Windows Remodeling Decks Gutters Addtions Credit Cards Accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455

C&M CONSTRUCTION To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488


Now accepting new snow service accounts, full season or per storm. Sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, salt/sand, quality friendly service. Commercial & Residential Service Call 203-715-2301 CT#619909


LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 29 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Service. Free Estimates. Fully insured. 203-294-1775 www.lavignestree

MASONRY W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 yrs exp in all types of masonry. CT Reg # 0626708 Call 203-235-4139

Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060

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


Thursday, December 2, 2010 — The Plainville Citizen Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

You Found It! S a g e Po n d P l a c e

Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!

Brand New Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartments in Berlin For Active Adults 55 and better

Only $950 Heat, Hot and Cold Water Included Central air! Intercom system! Fully applianced kitchens On-site laundry! with frost free refrigerator, Library with computer range with self cleaning oven, workstation! dishwasher, garbage disposal! Ample on-site parking! Community room with fireplace Picnic area with grill! and full service kitchen! 24-hr. maintenance! Secure three-story building with elevators!

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD STUDIO Totally remodeled. $625 + utils. No smoking. No pets. Off st parking. Laundry Room with washer and dryer. (203) 889-1940 WALLINGFORD-1BR inclds heat & HW. Lease & security. No pets. $795/mo. Call 203265-7101 JJ Bennett Realty 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 WALLINGFORD-YMCA area. 1st flr ranch unit, 1BR, LR, DR, Kit., Appl, off st parking. $795/mo + sec. Refs. 203-269-2575

A recent and rare opening has occurred at this family owned and operated multi media company, which has been serving the Central Connecticut market since 1867.

The position will be responsible for:

We are seeking a highly motivated and organized self starter to lead a sales staff in selling our daily, Sunday, weekly and online products.


In addition to quality of life, you will inherit a staff of seasoned veterans, all with long term relationships with their clients and award winning products. The ideal candidate will have a background of proven success in sales management, preferably in media; a portfolio of demonstrated creative solutions; promotional projects that provide value for advertisers and interest to the reader, budgets and planning experience, web savvy, and willing to represent our company at community and industry functions.

Send your resume to:

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


WANTED 4 or 5 room house or apt. Meriden area. Middle age, section 8, clean, 1 cat. $850 per month. (203) 238-9756

HOUSES FOR SALE MERIDEN, Beautiful Colonial 2,434 sq ft 4bds (all very large), 2.5 bth, open floor plan, in New SubDivision, Marina Court. $355,000 Directions: Hanover to Prospect Ave to Marina CT. Call Central CT Realtors 203-687-5535 for details. MERIDEN- New & existing homes, condos, land. Visit our website. Galleria RE 203-671-2223


ROOMS FOR RENT 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 MERIDEN. Room for rent, all util, share kit, bath & LR. Washer & dryer, off st parking. $125/week. 2 wks sec. (203) 605-8591

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

GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT MERIDEN - Storage For motorcycles, snowmobiles, quads, etc. Safe & Secure. $75/mo. Call (203) 235-4329 WALLINGFORD Garage for rent. 1 car garage avail. 14x19ft $95. Storage only!Cement floor, new roof. Dead end street. Owner/Agent 203-269-7348

WALLINGFORD 2BR 1 bath Cape Cod on East Side of town. HW flrs, updated kit cherry cabinets, updated bath, newer windows, gas heat, HW. $269,900. Al Criscuolo 203-265-5618


and reviewing invoices for payment of checks for payment >Managing reimbursement to vendors within guidelines >Timely posting of data and invoices into an automated system >Working with vendors and internal personnel to resolve invoice issues and payment inquiries

Candidate must have: Organizational Ability Data Entry and Excel spreadsheet skills >Track record of dependability >Strong Attention to Detail and Thoroughness >Ability to work independently > >

Exp. with MAS 200 and/or Freight Invoices will be a plus Full Time/Year Round/ Benefits Position

Send Resume with salary requirements to


MERIDEN $119,900 Large home with lots of possibilities. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths & 2 car garage. All on big lot. Call to see! Judy 203-235-3300

Established company seeks a candidate to join the accounting team in our Plainville office.


(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA

Accounts Payable Associate

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WALLINGFORD- Staffordshire Commons 2BR, 1.5 ba, 1300sf. spacious, open floor plan. 2 car garage w/carport, c/a, c/vac. $139,900. Call Kim Swircenski LLC, R.E. Broker, 203-596-0771, 203-558-6824

If you can’t find it in Marketplace, it’s not for sale.

HELP WANTED APARTMENT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Maintenance Technician position for apartment community in Hamden area. Must live on site. Duties include: apartment turnover, fulfilling work orders, general property maintenance and 24-hour on-call rotation. Experience preferred in plumbing, electrical, carpentry and HVAC. Competitive pay and benefits. A thorough background check and drug screening is required for employment. Qualified Candidate Please Fax Resume to 203-4070390 or e-mail to:

AUTO PARTS STORE Parts Counter & Outside Sales. Cheshire, F/T position w/split duties. Must have significant automotive knowledge & pleasant demeanor to detail with & call on our local customers. This position requires professional appearance & attitude. 203-250-1400, Tony. CHURCH SECRETARY Office and clerical work, Good computer skills. Friendly, well organized, and self motivated. Discretion required. Bi-lingual in Spanish is a plus. Mon-Fri. 9am to 1pm. Send resume to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St., Meriden, Ct 06451. Attn: Employment. EXPERIENCED Screw Machine Setup. Brown & Sharp/Swiss. FT/PT Call (860) 828-8589 or email:

The bargains to be found in Marketplace are real heart stoppers!

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

CNAS/HHAS needed to work for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, Meriden. Transportation and phone essential. Call 203-238-1441.

Is your merchandise "blending in?" Placing a Marketplace ad is an easy and affordable way to whip up some interest among potential buyers. What are you waiting for? Contact us today and start turning the stuff you don’t want into something you do want:

Drug Screen/Criminal Background Check Required


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HELP WANTED HVAC TECHNICIAN Seeking an experienced, residential HVAC technician. (MUST HAVE CT B or S LICENSE). Strong oil background preferred, gas and sheet metal experience a plus. Competitive salary, 401K, medical benefits, company vehicle, paid vacation & holidays. Please call 203-239-2226 to setup a confidential interview.


HOMEMAKERS/Companions needed in Meriden & surrounding areas. BiLingual a plus. Call 860-828-3396 WAITSTAFF Wanted - PT/FT. Experience necessary. Apply in person at 1333 E. Main St, Meriden.


WE currently have the following opportunities at our Village at Kensington Place location. RN designee must have home care or assistant living exp. DriverPart-time. Must have CDL license w/passenger endorsement. Interested candidates apply in person at 511 Kensington Ave, Meriden.203-235-0181


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