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Volume 10, Number 11

Plainville’s Only Weekly Newspaper

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Health Plainville Initiative starts Plainville Senior campaign to help the community Center volunteers are ‘a tremendous asset’ fight obesity and be healthier By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

The Healthy Plainville Initiative is doing what it can to fight obesity with the doubleedged sword of diet and exercise. Started from a grant received in 2009 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Wheeler Regional Family YMCA Executive Director Chris Pallatto said the $25,000 was given to help reverse the course of childhood obesity in Plainville by implementing policy changes as opposed to just different programs. “Policy level changes have long-lasting impact once they’re enacted,” Pallatto said. “So

things like laws and regulations and overall improvements as opposed to programs, which are short-lived.” Pallatto said, for example, removing all candy and soda vending machines from schools is one change, because once they’re gone, students can’t eat it anymore. Director of Plainville Youth Services Roberta Brown said Plainville schools have already taken away such vending machines and have instituted policies against junk food inside the building. “That’s something that’s already begun See Group, page 8

Seeing the need

By Robin Lee Michel The Plainville Citizen The adage “it takes a village” could be interpreted as “it takes volunteers” at the Plainville Senior Center. Ever since the senior program began 36 years ago, they’ve relied on volunteers, said Ronda Guberman, assistant executive director. “It’s a tremendous asset.” Last Friday, more than 100 volunteers came to the center at noon for a Thanksgiving-style dinner of turkey, gravy and the

fixings. Instead of helping others, they were treated as the guests of honor with wait staff including Town Manager Robert E. Lee and town council Chairman Dan Hurley serving their food and filling their water glasses. In the kitchen, town staff kept the plates coming. Shawn Cohen, senior center executive director, wore an apron and bustled around to give back to those people who usually are doing their part in

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See Volunteers, page 6

School board learns how technology enhances elementary education By Robin Lee Michel The Plainville Citizen

Citizen photo by Robin Lee Michel

Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry, in the back, shows state Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus empty containers that should be full of cleaning supplies for people in need. Woerz gave Boukus a tour of the pantry last Friday.

Catherine Frayler, principal of Wheeler Elementary School, could have been speaking a foreign language Monday night when she gave a presentation on technology being used in the lower level classrooms. Words included: Lexia, Kidspiration, Wikis, Vokis, Voice Thread, Word Clouds with Wordle and ABCYa. After a screen presentation, which incorporated many of the programs used by students, it became evident to board members and guests that youngsters have far surpassed many adults in

understanding and using computer technology. One portion showed the many uses for Smart Boards, a white electronic “chalkboard,” which prompted school board member Lori Goldsmith to recall clapping erasers when she was a child. One administrator said she didn’t think there were any erasers or chalkboards remaining in the schools. Matthew Guarino, principal of the Middle School of Plainville, said they are still

See Technology, page 24


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, March 17, 2011

Food pantry shelves looking bare, needs are high By Robin Lee Michel The Plainville Citizen

Baskets for cleaning supplies and paper goods are empty on the grocery shelves at the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Soup cans are lined up across the shelf, with none behind them. Several coolers are nearly bare as well. The shortage is all due to the fact that the food pantry is helping more people than ever before.

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In 2010, the pantry provided $12,400 for energy assistance. So far in 2012, $6,000 has been used from that account, according to Woerz. With the price of oil higher, less fuel can be purchased and fewer people can receive it. With needs up, the food pantry has been eking out the purchase of groceries so families don’t go hungry. Last Friday, state Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus took her annual tour of the pantry, located at 54 S. Canal St. “It’s a great facility,” that provides essential services to children and families in the community, she said. It’s a difficult economy, however, without promising anything, it won’t hurt to look for additional state funding, she said. Woerz and Boukus both said the community — residents and businesses — is tremendous with ongoing giving. A total of 70 percent of the budget is funded by

the community, Woerz said. Critical items needed now are laundry detergent, cleaning products (general purpose or multi-surface), tissue, toilet paper (individual or four pack), paper towels, tampons, maxi or mini pads, coffee, cranberry or fruit juice (64-ounce bottles or individual servings), chunky vegetable soups and other groceries. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

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In response to needs, a spring Fill-the-Truck will be added to this year’s calendar. For the past several years, Plainville United Methodist Church volunteers have headed a food collection at Gnazzo’s Food Center in the autumn. The event will be held Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, or until the box truck is filled, outside the grocery store located at 73



Usage has risen from 1,419 visits for services in 2008 to 2,035 in 2010. Likewise, the program used to have 127 households on the rolls; now it has 170 households registered. Grocery appointments have increased over two years from 95 to 126, with an average of 42.3 pounds of goods taken home each visit. Needs for clothing and furniture or household items have also risen by nearly 40 percent and 75 percent respectively. On the flip side, state funding is off while prices are rising. The food pantry provides more than groceries and clothing; it also gives access to various services and programs such as fuel assistance. The state stopped taking applications for Operation Fuel March 1. If it is 40 degrees or higher outdoors, heat can be shut off for nonpayment, Woerz said. She does not want clients to live in such conditions.


Thursday, March 17, 2011 — The Plainville Citizen

Spring dance fundraiser

Board of education selects firm for superintendent search

PARC is a non-profit organization who provides services for Families for People with Developmental Disabilities, supporting the program through fundraisers. The spring dance will be held Saturday, March 26, from 6:30 to 11 p.m., at Nuchie’s Restaurant located in Forestville. The venue, includes Italian specialty food stations and dancing to music provided by BBPRO DJ. The dance will also have an open bar for three hours with beer, wine and soda, dessert tables with choices, door prizes, silent auction and raffle prizes.

Plainville for 13 years until 1997 and dean of the School of Education at the University of Bridgeport from 1998 to 2008. The C.E.S. consultants will facilitate public forums and surveys to seek input from the community to develop a profile for the superintendent candidate. They will oversee recruitment for the superintendent’s position, posting the position on line and in print, and also recruiting by word-of-mouth through networks of educators. The Board of Education, acting as the Superintendent Search Committee, is solely responsible for the selection of the superintendent. The board will be actively involved in every step of the selection proces — making the determinations of which candidates will be interviewed, selecting finalists, and making the final choice of the superintendent, according to Tyrrell. “The selection of the Superintendent of Schools is in some respects the most important decision that we will make as a board. We are absolutely committed to giving it as much of our time and thought as is necessary to make the right decision,” Tyrrell said. — Plainville Community Schools

Bird watching program

The Friends of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., will present a program on “Wild Birds of Connecticut” on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome; there is no charge and refreshments will be served. The program will be presented by Robert Tougias, author of “Birding Western Massachusetts” and “Birding in Connecticut.” He also syndicates nature articles in newspapers throughout New England and writes two birding columns for newspapers in Connecticut.

Brass quintet at church

The third event in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol, concert series will take place Friday, March 18. The event will begin with a St Patrick’s Day Dinner, at 6 p.m., followed by a concert presented by the Candlewood Brass Quintet. Tickets are on sale at the church; children under 6 years of age are free. The Candlewood Brass Quintet Features musicians Anthony Nunes and Ed Dickman, both on trumpet, Mike Fitzgerald on trombone, Margaret Fitzgerald on French horn and John Gaiser on tuba. For ticket information or directions, contact Gloria Dei Church at (860) 582-0629 or by e-mail .


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Board of Education Chairwoman Becky Tyrrell, announced March 7 that the board has officially commenced its search for a new superintendent of schools to replace current Superintendent Kathleen Binkowski, who is retiring after 10 years as superintendent and 38 years in the Plainville School system. “After assessing a number of options, the Board elected to follow the practice used by a majority of school boards and engage the services of a professional educational search organization,” Tyrrell said. “We looked at several search firms and unanimously settled upon Cooperative Educational Services of Trumbull. They came highly recommended, offered a package that includes comprehensive community involvement, and had the lowest fee structure of the firms that we considered.” The named C.E.S. consultants for Plainville will be Thomas Jokubaitis, as lead consultant, and James Ritchie. Jokubaitis previously served as superintendent for Wolcott Public Schools, as well as interim superintendent for a number of Connecticut school districts. Ritchie was the superintendent in

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Volunteers Continued from page 1

keeping the program’s many services and activities operating smoothly. The volunteer force of nearly 350 people translates to eight full-time staff members, Guberman said, which represents a huge savings. She said everyone who wishes to volunteer can always find a niche at the center, located at 200 East St. Some individuals work eight hours a week or every day while others come in to contribute to specific projects such as Michaela’s Seeds where 25 seeds of Four O’Clock flowers were placed in a packet and sealed for sale to benefit the Petit Family Foundation. “We can usually find something for people to do,” Guberman said.

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rolls, it can be a daunting task and takes many telephone calls and coordination. Madeline Drake, of Plainville, joined the center several years ago. She answers telephones and helps people with paper work such as registering for day trips. Plainville resident Joan Blackler got involved after retiring from Otis Elevator 10 years ago. She volunteers at the front desk as an assistant, answering phones, helping people with forms and related office work. She likes to be up front where people come in. “You get to




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Order of Eastern Star Frederica Chapter 110, Order of the Eastern Star will hold an open installation of officers on Saturday, March 26, 2:30 p.m., at the Plainville Masonic Temple, 70 E. Main St., Plainville. Members, family, friends and visitors are welcome. Donna Larson will be installed as Worthy Matron and Carl P. Larson will be installed as Worthy Patron.Refreshments will follow the meeting. For more information, call (860) 673-9342.

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and we’re kind of looking at what they’re already doing in school and encouraging and supporting,� she said. Brown added the school is always trying to increase physical activity, including discussions of adding in six 5-minute breaks throughout the day to allow kids to move around . “That’s 30 minutes extra of physical activity that kids get that’s beyond just gym class,� she said. “So little by little, we’re working on it.� Plainville Public Health Coordinator Marco Palmieri also said there would be bene-

fits if kids were given the opportunity of several 5minute breaks throughout the day. “It’s known that by providing exercise, kids are more attentive, they learn more, they do better at school grade-wise and behaviorwise by providing some type of exercise,� Palmieri said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean recess where you can go outside, it can be in the classroom.� Pallatto said there are three main objectives for the initiative: to increase physical activity before, after and during school; to increase access to physical activity in the community; and improving access to healthy foods.

He added the wheels are already in motion to enable disadvantaged families to obtain food vouchers from the Plainville Community Food Pantry and use them at Gnazzo’s Foods to get fresh or frozen produce. “One of the issues they face at the food pantry is they can’t store fresh produce or vegetables and get that into the hands of people that need it the most,� Pallatto said. “This voucher system will help those folks go to Gnazzo’s and pick out whatever fruits and vegetables they want.� He said the food pantry will put in $1,000 total for the vouchers, and the HPI will put in an additional $1,000.

The vouchers will be monitored over the next couple of months to see how long the money lasts and how much of an interest there is. Palmieri said childhood obesity is not just an issue in Plainville, and it can be successfully combated with proper strategies and policies. “Statistically speaking, our future children will likely not live as long as their parents and those living before them,� Palmieri said. “It’ll be the first time in history that our grandkids and those generations after us will not live as long as a result of obesity, so we need to reverse [it]. We need to do something here and this is a


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Crafts for St. Pat’s Day Drop in to the Children’s Department of the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., on Thursday, March 17 to make a St. Patrick’s Day craft. Supplies will be provided.


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‘Dunk It!’ fundraiser

The fourth annual Dunk It! Petit MS Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, March 19 at Cheshire High School. The event is a co-ed basketball tournament that benefits the national Multiple Sclerosis society, Connecticut Chapter and Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Memorial Fund. For more information, visit .

Free screening, blood pressure

The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging will present free blood pressure screenings at Price Chopper, 410 Queen St., Southington, on Monday, March 21, begin-

ning at 10 a.m. For more information, call the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging at (860) 2765293.

Aidan Stewart blood drive The 6th Annual Aidan S t e w a r t Memorial Blood Drive will be held F r i d a y, March 25, 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., at St. A l o y s i u s Stewart Church, Burritt Street, in Plantsville. This drive is sponsored by Kimberly Romajas, a Southington native, in memory of her son Aidan who was taken by cancer at the tender age of 2. Aiden and

his parents lived in Plainville at the time. Aidan’s family hopes to raise awareness of the need for blood by hosting this annual event and help ensure that blood is available for Connecticut hospital patients in need. Blood donation takes only a few minutes, but because the blood can be separated into three separate forms, one donation can save up several lives. Aidan received many transfusions throughout his illness, enabling his life to be extended and lived to its fullest. He enjoyed playing at the park, visiting the zoo, and spending time with his brother, Eric, and sister, Jennifer. His mother now serves the community as a registered nurse at Southington Care Center and through her volunteerism for the Ameri-

can Red Cross. Appointments are available to donate blood by calling (800) GIVE-LIFE or online at by using zip code 06479.

Weekend Warrior Dinner Southington Care Center, at 45 Meriden Ave., Southington, is presenting the Weekend Warrior Dinner with Dr. Richard Scarlett on Tuesday, March 22. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. with a presentation on what injuries can be caused from overexertion and how to prevent them from happening. R.S.V.P. to Southington Care Center at (860) 621-9559 or at

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Relay For Life meetings

Meetings for Relay For Life of Plainville 2011 will be held at the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., team captains at 6 p.m., committees at 7:15 p.m. The dates are Wednesdays, April 6, May 4 and June 1. The event, which supports the American Cancer Society, will be held June 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 10 a.m., in Norton Park, Plainville.

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Thrift shop bag sale The Congregational Church of Plainville, Thrift Shop, 130 W. Main St., will be having a bag sale from now until Saturday, March 19. Customers can bring a grocery bag and fill it for a set price. The Thrift Shop at the Congregational Church of Plainville is open Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon.



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Lenten worship around town The Plainville Lenten Worship Series will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. on: March 17: Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 W. Main St., Rev. Russell Waldmann March 24: Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, Rev. Steve Brisson March 31: Grace Lutheran Church, 222 Farmington Ave., Rev. Elvin Clayton April 7: Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., Rev. Claire Bamberg April 14: Redeemers AME Zion Church, 110 Whiting St., Rev. Audrey Scanlan

Contemporary worship March 19 Grace Lutheran Church, 222 Farmington Ave., Plainville, offers a weekly Saturday 5 p.m. worship service. The next contemporary worship will be held Saturday, March 19. For more information, visit or call Pastor Steve at (860) 747-5191.

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Obituaries Peter Pestillo Peter Pestillo, 94, a lifelong resident of Plainville, died peacefully Feb. 24, 2011. He shared 62 years of marriage his life with his loving wife Lucy (Santucci) Pestillo. He was born in Plainville, on Aug. 16, 1916, and later served proudly in the military during World War II. Besides his wife Lucy, he leaves many nieces and nephews along with his special neighbors Richard Stewart, Pat Delaney, Linda and Don Carlson, Pat and Bruce Olstead, and Charles and Re Santucci. A celebration of his life was held Feb. 28, 2011, at Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville. Burial was held privately and at the convenience of the family.

Suzanne Gilbert Suzanne A. Gilbert, 79, of Plainville, died March 1, 2011, at Farmington Care Center. She was the beloved wife for almost 60 years to Andre Gilbert. She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Quebec City, Canada, to the late George and Elizabeth (Bernard) Doyon. She

made her home in Plainville in 1951 and had been a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church. She enjoyed working on crafts such as knitting, sewing and painting the woodworking Andre made for her. She loved her family and cherished the time they spent together. Along with her loving husband, she leaves her two children, Michael Gilbert, of Forestville, and Judith Baltazar and her husband, Arturo, of Bristol; along with four grandchildren, Devon and Morganne Gilbert, Gregory Baltazar and Amy Whitley and her husband, Karl; four great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Marie Larson and her husband, Paul, of Bristol, and Carmelle Pepin and her husband Bertand, of Norwalk; along with several nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life was held March 4, 2011, at Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville, followed by a Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Committal services will be held at a later date.

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Louis N. Maglio, 75, of New Britain, died March 2, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis (Peterson) Maglio for 53 years. He was born in New Britain, Oct. 7, 1935, son of the late Nicholas and Julia (Naples) Maglio; he was a lifelong resident and a member of St. Ann’s Church. He was employed for many years by Emhart Corporation and served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. A graduate of New Britain High School, he was the quarterback on the 1953 football team, and went on to play at the semi-pro level. He began his New Britain Midget Football League career as an assistant coach with the Eagles for two years. Then was also head coach of the Redskins and the Eagles. As a coach, for several decades he unselfishly volunteered his time to the youth of New Britain; from his dedication came many fine high school and intercollegiate players. He starred on a number of local area softball teams, including Northwest Vets, St. Ann’s, St. Mary’s and the Anchor Restaurant. He was a CIAC football referee, his commitment and dedication exemplified professionalism. He

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Leona Barrows Leona Barrows, 88, of Plainville, died peacefully March 6, 2011. She was the wife of the late George E. Barrows. She was born Aug. 9, 1922, in New Britain, to the late Stewart and Molly (Sioberg) Hellberg. She was a longtime Plainville resident, and worked as a teacher’s aide at Linden Street School for more than 30 years, a job she truly loved. She was a loyal member of Our Lady of Mercy Church, and was a past president of the Ladies Guild. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking and knitting but above all she adored her family. The time she spent with them was cherished. She is survived by her only son and daughter-inlaw, Dr. Bruce and Donamarie Barrows, of Granby; her two grandchildren, Amy and Julie Barrows; her brother, Stanley Hellberg and his wife, Barbara, of Newington; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Stewart Hellberg. A celebration of her life was held March 11, 2011, at Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville, followed by a Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorial do-

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Lynn Swiridowsky Lynn M. Swiridowsky, 56, of Plainville, died after a brief illness on Feb. 19, 2011. She was the beloved companion of Gary Masse. She was born Feb. 9, 1955, one of seven children of Roy and Jacquelyn (Gendron) Swiridowsky, of Northfield. She had a love for the outdoors, and enjoyed planting flowers in her yard or taking trips to the beach, fulfilling her love for the ocean. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. In addition to her parents, and her best friend of 20 years, she leaves her daughter, Angela Pich, of Bristol; her granddaughter, Shayna Bedell; her brother, Mitchell Swiridowsky; and her sisters, Alice Muckell, Sandy Swiridowsky and Terri Chabot. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Roy and Gordon. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Bailey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Letters to the Editor

Words need clarification

To the editor: This letter is to clarify my position on comments made during oral petitions at the March 7 Plainville Town Council meeting. Reporter Robin Lee Michel mischaracterized my comments by stating I “spoke against the council further pursuing financial

details from the Board of Education.” To the contrary, I fully support the town council’s action by pursuing a declaratory judgment through the judicial process. As noted in the article, I stated both boards are so far apart that they are unable to come to an agreement. I did attend the final arbitration meeting and witnessed the disparity that exists with both groups

and observed first hand that the attorneys representing each group were ineffective in their attempts to propose a compromise. In fact, Attorney Christine Chinni representing the board of education summarily ended discussion and ordered the board to cease the discussion and adjourn the meeting. The unresolved debate must come to closure in order for both boards to effec-

Letters policy The Plainville Citizen intends to present a forum for the lively exchange of ideas and issues. To facilitate the publication of your contributions, several guidelines should be followed. Letters to the editor must be signed, with a telephone number included. The writer will be called to confirm authorship. No anonymous letters will be printed. Letters must be no longer than 600 words. Every effort will be made to print all letters received. However, the selection and date of publication will be at the discretion of the editor. The opinions expressed by our letter writers are not necessarily those of this newspaper. We receive the right to edit all letters. Only two letters from the same writer will be considered for publication monthly. The deadline is Monday 9 a.m. to be considered for Thursday publication. Letters may be e-mailed to; sent to The Plainville Citizen, P.O. Box 57, Plainville, CT 06062; or faxed to (860) 621-3660.

Government Meetings

Thursday, March 17 Economic Development Agency, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Monday, March 21 Town Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 Planning and Zoning, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 Town Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 Inland Wetlands Commission, Municipal

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tively plan the financial future of Plainville. I again reiterate that I firmly support the proposed plan to pursue a

declaratory ruling and put the disagreement to rest. Kathy Pugliese Plainville


Plainville Community Schools budget development proceeding forward By Kathleen Binkowski Special to The Citizen On March 7, the town manager and superintendent presented the budget to the P l a i nv i l l e Town Council. On March 10 there was a public hearing on the budget, fol- Binkowski lowed by a board of education budget meeting with the town council. Ultimately, the town council will vote to set the 2011-12 town and board of education budget on March 24 for the budget town meeting vote scheduled for April 26. The current spending plan approved by the Board of Education for Plainville Community Schools includes an increase of 2.50 percent or $818,487. The board approved FY11-12 budget does not include any layoffs of staff. Additionally, the budget restores a 1.0 world languages teacher position at the middle school, adds a science teacher position at Plainville High School to meet the district’s commitments under Project Opening Doors, and a classroom teacher at Linden to meet an expected enrollment increase. The board of education budget also includes the restoration of a maintainer position. One of the larger single increases in the budget is an additional $390,350 in health insurance costs to insure that the

town’s self-insurance fund remains at acceptable levels. Otherwise, increases are mainly attributable to special education tuitions and contractual salary increases. The board of education also approved a capital budget proposal in February. Due to the current economic climate, the board voted to move all items in the capital budget out one year with the exception of $40,000 for the sprinkler system at Wheeler, $137,000 for the high school tennis courts, and $399,400 for technology (servers $58,000; replacement computers $166,400; and Smart Boards for the middle school $175,000). With these changes, the board of education’s proposed capital budget was reduced by more than $1.5 million to $576,400 for 2011-12. Including this proposal for 2011-12, our school district will have five years of an average budget increase of 1.9 percent. This is an important point because while districts across the state are being forced to tighten their belts this year, the Plainville school district has been required to look at every cost saving measure and to reduce programs and services for years now. The district, in the last few years alone, has eliminated many teaching positions, a number of paraprofessional positions and positions in both the office professional and custoSee Budget, next page

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School News

Parent conferences

Parent conferences will be held Thursday, March 24 for Plainville High School, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, and will be a shortened day for students at the high school. Dismissal will be at 12:10 p.m. and lunches will not be served. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 29 to 31 will be shortened days at the elementary schools due to parent conferences. Lunches will be served. The schedule is grades 1 to 5: 8:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; kindergarten a.m.: 8:50 to 11 a.m.; kindergarten p.m.: 11:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Schools closed

All Plainville schools will be closed on Friday, March 18 due to Professional Development Day. Schools will reopen Monday, March 21.

Comedian Night

The Comedian Night fundraiser for Project Graduation will be held Saturday, March 19 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Northwest

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dial bargaining units. We have also requested and received wage freezes from nearly all of our bargaining units and non-bargaining employees and we have continued to look at our benefit packages as an opportunity for savings. Although we manage our resources well, this year we need to ask the taxpayers to help us maintain the services that we offer and continue striving for excellence in our schools. If town voters approve of the budget on the April 26 ballot, that approved amount will be the starting budget for the next fiscal year which begins July 1, 2011.

Drive. There will be a 50-50 raffle and DJ entertainment. Participants can bring snacks and beverages. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Doreen Corriveau at (860) 250-4443.

Mr. PHS Pageant Mr. PHS will be held at Plainville High School, 47 Robert Holcomb Way, on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium. Senior boys will be judged on dancing, talent, swimsuit, formal wear, and question and answers. Tickets will be sold in March and at the door. For more information, contact Christina Tufts at (860) 747-3933.

Dining to donate On Tuesday, April 5 at the Ninety-Nine Restaurant, 827 Pine St., Bristol, from 5 to 10 p.m. the restaurant will donate 15 percent of the check excluding tax/tip to PHS Project Graduation when the patron mentions the dining to donate for Project Graduation. If voters do not approve the budget, there will be up to two more votes on the budget and those additional voting days will be preceded by public hearings. Anyone can attend the public budget hearings and speak about the budget during the meeting. Some Connecticut towns have budget votes that continue until there is a “yes” from the majority of the voters. Plainville, on the other hand, provides the opportunity for voters to accept or reject the proposed budget up to three times, via the voting process. This structure allows residents to provide feedback on the budget to the town council, yet brings closure to the budget setting process in a timely manner.



Helping police Photo courtesy of Plainville Community Schools

Students in Dean Esposti’s Advanced Construction classes at Plainville High School recently designed and built several sets of custommade road barricades to be part of the new Plainville Police Mobile Unit. The barricades are designed to hold road flares, and can be assembled and disassembled quickly for use when the Mobile Unit responds to an accident scene, fire, or other emergency. Top, PHS students Jake D’Ascanio, left, and Kevin Bournival build the side supports for the road barricades. Right, Jake Ciarcia, left and Angie Andrukiewicz paint and stencil the barricades.

Broadcasting scholarship The Connecticut Broadcasters Association is accepting applications for its 2011 Scholarship Awards. Applications are available online and by phone. Deadline is March 19. Up to $100,000 in scholarship grants will be presented in this year’s program. Awarding of scholarships is based upon the individual’s broadcasting goals, current academic average, extra-curricular activities involving the electronic media, need and recommendations from faculty, employers and others and/or on the basis of need.. Applications are available at or call the CBA office at (860) 633-5031. Once the budget amount is either approved by voter acceptance, or decided by the town council, the council establishes a mill rate and brings closure to the annual budget setting process. The board of education budget is always constructed in the context of meeting the goals set forth by the board and administration. Goals include increasing student achievement in math, science and language arts, maintaining district communications, enhancing school security and crisis planning, and school climate, and maintaining the condition and appearance of school facilities. If the board of education approved budget is reduced, some of the funding that was earmarked

to address these goals will have to be removed. For example, any further reduction in the board of education’s budget could mean a further reduction in staff, a reduction in maintenance supplies and support, the possible elimination of summer school programs or a reduction in services provided by our athletic department. In spite of the difficult budget decisions that are made every year, we have much to be proud of in our school district. We continue to make progress on student achievement as measured by the state tests. Surveys have shown that our students attend schools that have a safe, positive environment for learning. In addition, we continue to work hard to

close the achievement gap through summer school and after school programs and through our literacy programs. Record numbers of students are graduating and continuing their education after high school. We have seen a dramatic increase over 10 years with more of our high school graduates pursuing higher education. In addition, with the completed renovation of Toffolon School and Plainville High School we now have upgraded facilities that contain technology and equipment conducive to supporting student success. Kathleen Binkowski is the Plainville superintendent of schools.



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Senior Happenings

Participants in programs at the Plainville Senior 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.


Flapjack fundraiser

AARP Chapter 4146 will be having a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s, 270 New Britain Ave., on Saturday, April 16, from 8 to 10 a.m. There is a ticket price to attend. For more information, contact Frank and Joan Macri at (860) 747-4080.

Billiard winners

Bowlers of the Month Photo courtesy of the Plainville Senior Center Bowling League

Billiard winners at the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St. were Jan. 20: Stanley Funk, Mitch Ziolkowski; Jan. 27: Joe Giannattasio, Stanley Funk; Feb. 3: Joe Beaudin, Mitch Ziolkowski; Feb. 10: Joe Giannattasio, Paul Martel; Feb. 17: Ray Boucher, Mitch Ziolkowski.

Paul Bell, left, and Faith Fabrizio won the February 2011 Bowlers of the Month award in the Plainville Senior Center Bowling League. The league meets at Laurel Lanes on Mondays at 1 p.m. Bowlers of all abilities, including beginners, are welcome to join this league. To join or for more information, call Frank Robinson, bowling league president, (860) 747-2918.

Friends helping friends Friends Helping Friends will be held Friday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m., at East Side Restaurant, New Britain.

Fun and Games Fun and Games will be held at Linden Street School Cafeteria, 69 Linden St. on Thursdays, March 17 and 24, 3:30 to 5 p.m. The Plainville Family Resource Network is looking for

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senior friends who would be interested in playing card games or board games, such as Scrabble, checkers, etc. with groups of three to four children. Anyone helping only needs to play games. Plainville Family Resource Network will provide the games and are responsible for the children, they are just looking for some extra adults who would like to have some fun. For more information or to volunteer some time, con-


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sented and a driver’s manual provided. No written or on the road test required. Upon completion of the course, the participant’s insurance company must give a discount of at least five percent on auto insurance. Bring a snack and coffee will be provided. There is a fee for the classes. For more information, call the senior center.

Senior Bowling

Senior Citizens Center Bowling League results for the week of March 7: High bowler, women — Jane Deblois, 196 High bowler, men — Paul Biscoe, 233 Turkey club — Frank Robinson, Paul Biscoe-2, Mary Oakes, Marion Ray, Jim Ray, Paul Bell, Jerry Tracey, Rose Plourde Split club — Sandy Waiksnoris, Bill Dodez, Ray Neuman, Helen Marinelli, Dan Hurley, Faith Fabrizio, Jackie Corbin, George Boucher, Len Wishart, Rocky Roberts, John Delin, Helen Tessier-3, Al Casselle 200 club — Paul Biscoe, 233; Jerry Tracey, 205; Tom Loisella, 204 For information, contact Frank Robinson, bowling league president, at (860) 7472918.


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10 years later, state champs look back on title run By Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen

Boy bands were all the rage, the first Harry Potter movie had just hit theaters, and Barack Obama was a little known Illinois state lawmaker. It was 2001, the year the Plainville High School girls basketball team made history. “Shock,” Jessica Casinghino, now Gust, said of her initial reaction to claiming the CIAC Class M crown, the program’s first and only state championship. “I don’t think there’s any other word for it.” The Lady Blue Devils, a modest No. 8 seed, won four games to advance to the finals. There, the locals rolled over No. 2 Bacon Academy, 47-31. “We weren’t supposed to make it that far,” said Gust, a senior center and team captain. “We were this unknown team from a small town. We’d never made it past the first couple rounds of the state tournament, let alone make it to the state championship.” To Gust’s point, the year before winning the Class M title, the Plainville hoopsters just barely qualified for the state tournament and were knocked out in the opening round. However, with four starters returning, and a strong freshmen class coming in, the Lady Blue Devils, coached by Lisa Mandeville, had high hopes for their 20002001 campaign. Shelly Everson, a senior guard and team captain, said she “distinctly remembers” assistant coach Lou Mandeville commenting that “we had a chance to do something great this year, and he had a feeling we could go all the way.” Corinne Byrne, a junior forward/center, knew the 2000-2001 team would be formidable, but wasn’t convinced it was a championship-caliber squad. “We weren’t coming from a school known for its basketball

The Plainville High School girls basketball team is pictured after winning the 2001 CIAC Class M state championship. Front row, from left: Corinne Byrne, Megan Ferguson, Jessica Casinghino and Shana Lucente. Back row, from left: Kathryn Spirito, Allison Caswell, Jen Dabrowski, Regina Crane, Rachel Caron, Dianna Huebner, Shelley Everson and Megan Susco. teams,” Byrne said, pointing out that, back then, teams like East Catholic and St. Paul “went into the season expecting to win champi-

onships year in and year out. Plainville just wasn’t that type of school at that point.” Gust agrees, adding that prognosticators “didn’t

think we could do the damage we did until we were in the quarterfinals. And then, all of a sudden, they realized we might have something

special happening. Then we started to get the attention we deserved.” The Lady Blue Devils rolled up a regular season record of 15-5. They then moved on to the conference tournament, where they fell well short of the glory. “We were knocked out of our conference tournament, but the coaching staff basically told us that we still had more to look forward to,” said Jennifer Dabrowski, a freshman guard. “And we sure did.” In the state tournament, Plainville topped No. 25 St. Joseph (35-27), No. 9 Avon (5144), No. 1 North Branford (5545) and No. 4 Ellington (52-46) to earn a date with Bacon Academy. Shana Lucente, a junior guard/forward, liked her team’s chances against Bacon Academy. “I was confident from the start,” she said. “We made such a run in the tournament that I knew nothing could stop us.” Gust recalls the pressure surrounding the Class M championship game. “I remember feeling so nervous at the opening tip-off. The game was played at CCSU and it was a little overwhelming to see that many people all watching,” she said. “Once we started playing it began to feel like a normal game.” Byrne remembers Plainville getting off to a slow start against Bacon

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Mandeville: Team ‘chemistry was amazing’ By Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen The Plainville High School girls basketball team’s 2001 CIAC Class M state championship is memorable in more ways than one for Coach Lisa Mandeville. Three days after claiming the program’s lone state title, Mandeville and husband Lou conceived their son. “We got a championship banner, rings; and Lou and I got Tyler,” said

Mandeville. “It was perfect except for one thing; we never taped that game. We never thought about things like that. Our focus was always ‘how are we going to win this game?’” Mandeville collected three Northwest Conference championships during her 14 years at the helm of the PHS girls basketball program, but never got back to the state finals. She stepped down as coach of the Lady Blue Devils in 2008. “As a veteran coach, I realize how

hard it is to win a state championship,” said Mandeville. “Lou and I have always talked about the great coaches who haven’t won. The 2001 team made it look easy. I’m glad I didn’t know then what I know now. I might have actually felt the pressure.” Mandeville credits her senior captains, Jessica Casinghino and Shelley Everson, with much of the 2000-2001 team’s success. The captains made See Mandeville, page 23


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All-State honors for diver Dalena By Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen

Plainville High School junior Peter Dalena placed third with 366.65 points at the CIAC Class S diving competition, held March 9 at PHS. Dalena’s finish earned him AllState honors and comes on the heels of his first-place performance at the Central Connecticut Conference South Division competition. Looking at the Class S field, PHS coach Randy Doucette thought third place was a realistic goal for Dalena.

“That’s what I was hoping for,” the veteran coach said. “He was thrilled. He was really thrilled.” As a sophomore, Dalena placed fourth in Class S and third in the CCC South. He has competed in diving since middle school. “He’s become a more controlled diver. He’s been able to gain a lot of skill; he’s really refined them,” said Doucette. Dalena works with diving coach Jan Zagorski. And Doucette said the junior — a quality swimmer as well — trains tirelessly. “Before states, he

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had to run through his dives pretty consistently to get them down. “Divers have to be willing to go over, and over, and over each dive, all the time. They have to be perfectionists. They have to have that mental professionalism.” Dalena’s third-place points were added to Plainville’s total in swim events at the state meet. The Class S swimming competition was held Wednesday, after press time, at Wesleyan University. Eleven PHS swimmers earned a spot in the state trials. Qualifying for

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Academy. “After a couple of minutes though we settled down and started to play the basketball we had played all season. From that point on, it just kind of felt like our game, we controlled it,” said Byrne, MVP of the title game. “I don’t know how the other people on the team felt, but I remember feeling about halfway through the game, ‘yup, we are going to win.’” When the final buzzer sounded, the celebration began. “It was all just a blur. It was loud,” said Everson, who tore her ACL late in the season,

the official Class S meet was Plainville’s Andy Lee (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), Andrew Rottier (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Mike Rottier (100 butterfly, 500 freestyle), Cam Agbaso (100 freestyle, 50 freestyle), Spencer Roy (200 individual medley) and Peter Dalena (100 backstroke). Lee, Mike Rottier, Andrew Rottier, Agbaso, Dalena and Aaron Forino represented Plainville in relay events. Class S meet results are posted at

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So what was the secret of the 2000-2001 PHS girls hoop team’s success? “I think the major thing that made the team special was our dedication to our sport and our team,” said Byrne. “Most of us worked year-long on our basketball skills and knew the importance of team play. Looking back on that team I don’t think that there were any individual standouts that were team leaders the entire year; each of us was exceptional at our individual positions and really clicked when we played together.” Also, Byrne pointed out that the Lady Blue Devils genuinely got along and had fun. “But we also knew when and how to be serious and get the job done,” she said. Ferguson seconded that. “We were special because we all had one end-goal in mind, and even though many doubted us, with the support of family and our fans we persevered,” she said. Several members of the championship team contin-


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Continued from page 21 highly-touted and muchtalked-about freshmen, Jennifer Dabrowski and Megan Ferguson, feel welcome and comfortable, averting what could have been a dicey situation. “I remember talking with the seniors about Jennifer and Megan,” said Mandeville. “Cas said to me ‘Coach, I just want to win.’ It was that attitude from the two senior captains that made the season possible. “To some extent, (Dabrowski and Ferguson) took some of the attention away from the seniors. But it was all about winning. The attention and the glory were secondary.” And every team member brought something to the table. “The chemistry was amaz-

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The Mooreland Hill School girls basketball team ploughed through its competition at the Mooreland Invitational recently. Mooreland’s Samantha Plourde, of Plainville, was named team MVP. The champs are pictured, front row, from left: Plourde, Anna Kamradt, Erin Conry and Zoe Lavoie. Back row, from left: Paige Miller (Plainville), Brianna Gambacini, Mary Sisson, Alizae Wineglass, Olivia Fischer, Alexandria Martin, Coach Jessica Melley, Sarah LeDuc and Rhianna Miller (Plainville).


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ued their career at the college level, and in the ensuing years many have devoted their time to coaching, among other things. Lucente and Byrne are teachers. Gust is a Senior Accountant at a public accounting firm. Everson is a Senior Investment Analyst at Hartford Investment. Dabrowski attends graduate school at Western New England College and serves as an assistant women’s basketball coach at the school. Ferguson is a Technical Recruiter for Aerotek. A decade has passed, but in a way, the 2000-2001 PHS girls basketball state championship team remains a unit. Some team members still compete in a summer league together, others have reconnected on Facebook. The bond remains. “I often think about the championship and can’t believe that it has been 10 years since we won,” said Dabrowski. “I think it’s difficult to put into perspective how challenging it actually is to win a state championship until after it’s all said and done.

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Technology Continued from page 1 in use at MSP. Smart Boards and related equipment for MSP — at a cost of $175,000 — is one of three line items in the 2011-12 capital projects budget. The cost of the innovative software programs is kept down because many are offered for free, which enables educators to see what works best for students. Some chil-

dren who may have difficulty writing can still give book reports by incorporating photos, video and graphics with their spoken component. The programs can be used for all subjects. No Child Left Behind “mandates that all children must have the skills to be information technology literate by the end of grade 8. We start building these skills through assured technology experiences which correlate

with specific content objectives taught each month,” according to information provided by the board. Frayler and school board members said they felt the majority of students were proficient in keyboarding and using technology by fifth grade. In additional business, the board entered an agreement to move forward with acquiring a new chiller, which is key to the air conditioning system, for MSP. Steve Busel, facilities director for Plainville Community Schools, Richard Carmelich, business manager, and board members Jesse Gnazzo and Patrick Ringrose, who comprise the Facilities Subcommittee of the board of education, have been discussing the situation. “The middle school is in the roughest shape equipment-wise; it is 19 years old,” Busel said. Last summer, the chiller developed a leak which emitted coolant gases. The repair and re-gassing would cost thousands of dollars and only buy time before it could be replaced, he said. “This chiller will continue to

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Members of the school board are illustrated in the windows of the bus created by Wheeler School students in honor of Board of Education Appreciation Month. The poster and one created by Toffolon School students were on display at Monday’s school board meeting. form leaks.” The “life expectancy” of a chiller is typically nine to 10 years, Ringrose said, and Busel told them “we might get another year.” With input from the townwide Clean Energy Task Force it was determined new equipment could be acquired for no cost through performance contracting. The project would be put out to bid, the company would audit energy usage to project the cost savings, and install and monitor the more energy-efficient

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chiller over the 10- to 12-year contract. “There would be no capital outlay. We can do this without taking away or adding to the budget,” Gnazzo said. If energy savings are not what was projected “they will write a check to the town,” he said. The wording for the Memorial Wall of Honor was approved to acknowledge the contributions of Thomas L. Wazorko and Thomas R. Ferguson, longtime school board members and community servants. Several years ago there was ongoing discussion — and disagreement — about naming a school athletic field in one of the men’s honor. The Wall of Honor was proposed as a solution. There was no date given as to when the permanent tribute would be installed at the high school.


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Bingo — Veterans of Foreign Wars MadeleyRoberts Post 574 men hold open bingo 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. Lighter than Air — Lighter than Air will meet Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Plainville Municipal Center, 1 Central Square. Thrift shop bag sale — The Congregational Church of Plainville, Thrift Shop, 130 W. Main St., will be having a bag sale from now until Saturday, March 19. See March 10 listing.


Candlewood Brass Quintet and dinner — Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol, will offer dinner and a concert Friday March 18. St Patrick’s Day Dinner, at 6 p.m., followed by a concert presented by the Candlewood Brass Quintet. Tickets on sale at the church; children under 6 years old are free. Information: contact Gloria Dei Church, at (860) 582-0629 or by e-mail . PHS “Teach Me How to Cry” — Plainville High School will present the drama “Teach Me How To Cry,” by Patricia Joudry. Performances will be Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m., in the Mel Perry Auditorium at PHS. There is a cost and tickets may be purchased at

the door. Schools closed — All Plainville schools will be closed on Friday, March 18 due to Professional Development Day. Schools will reopen Monday, March 21. Scrapbook crop party — Faith Bible Church in Plainville, 168 Unionville Ave. at the corner of Granger Lane, is having a scrapbook crop on Friday, March 18, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, March 19, from 9 am to 9 pm. Proceeds will benefit the free children’s programs. s. Information: call or e-mail Michelle, at (860) 628-3676 or, or Kim, (860) 302-4746.



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Pizza Feuds on March 29 Pizza Feuds, of Plainville, will be held Tuesday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Bristol. This event is hosted by the Plainville Chamber of Commerce. The categories to be judged are people’s choice: best original and best specialty; and judge’s choice: best overall. Participating businesses thus far are D’Amico’s, Fiores IV, Pagliacci’s, Parma and Tonio’s. Other Plainville pizza restaurants interested in participating should call the chamber of commerce as soon as possible. This event is open to the public and there is a charge to attend. A disc jockey will provide the entertainment and there will be a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar. For more information or tickets, call the chamber, at (860) 747-6867, or Dee Babkirk-Rodriques, at (860) 919-9087.

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Obituaries Mary DeNunzio Mary Rose DeNunzio, 92, of Plainville, died March 6, 2011, at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct.6, 1918, the daughter of the late John and Nora (Cirone) DeNunzio. She was a well-known artist and had some of her works published in Photoplay Magazine. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church. She is survived by a brother, John and wife, Catherine DeNunzio, of Durham; a sister, Mildred Nestico, of Pompton Lakes, N.J.; a godson, Tony Nestico Jr.; several nieces and nephews; and a great-nephew that she loved as a son, Frank Giannini. She was predeceased by a sister, Jane Giannini. Mary’s family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor for their excellent care and concern. The funeral was held March 10, 2011, at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, Southington, followed by a Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville. Burial will be in the spring at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Conrad Guertin Conrad Henry Guertin, 84, of Plainville, died peacefully March 8, 2011, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Georgette (DeBlois) Guertin and together they shared 30 years of marriage. He was born in Hartford, on Oct. 2, 1926, the son of the late Hormidas and Antoinette (Picard) Guertin. He was a sociable person who enjoyed spending his time doing activities and keeping busy. He worked for 40 years as a clothier for the same family business and enjoyed his time in the shop. Watching sports, especially his favorite Lady Huskies of UConn, was a favorite past time of his. He also enjoyed watching Western films, reading and playing around with his two dogs Lefty and Pepper. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church since 1965. He was a spirited person and loved his family above all us. He will truly be missed by all those who knew him. He is survived by his son, Daniel Guertin and his friend, Joe Annunziata; a granddaughter, Mandi Lynn Guertin; his brother, George Guertin and his wife, Irene; a sister-in-law, Zita Guertin; his special nieces and nephews, Al and Joan Dumas and Mark Guertin; and many other relatives and

friends. He was predeceased by his son, Conrad J. Guertin; and his brothers, John Paul Guertin and Roger Guertin. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Ellen and Jan from Gentiva along with Dr. Lawson, Dr. Baran, and Dr. Zebrowski for their compassion and support. The funeral was held March 12, 2011, at Bailey Funeral Home, Plainville, followed by a Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville. Burial was at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., Building 3, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Nell Ziemba Nell Ziemba, 92, of Southington, died at home March 12, 2011 surrounded by her family. Born July 18, 1918, to the late Walter and Eva (Belza) Ziemba, she had been a lifelong Southington resident. In her early years she worked at Peck, Stow and Wilcox, General Electric, was a traveling court reporter for the State of Connecticut, an irreplaceable office manager for Workers’ Compensation in New Britain where she received the Liberty Bell Award, and a stenographer for the Southington Zoning Board of Appeals for 35 years where the town proclaimed a day in her honor. She was a member of the Falcons Nest 307, American Legion Kiltonic Post 72, PNA and St. Cecilia’s Choir. She is survived by her niece and goddaughter, Mary Parsons, of Southington; her nephew, Peter Polanski, of Southington, two grand-nephews, Jayson Dinielli, of Unionville, and Jacob Parsons, of Southington; and her great-niece, Elizabeth Dinielli, of Plainville. She was predeceased by her brother, John Ziemba; her sister, Jean Z. Polanski; and her niece, Leona Dinielli. The family would like to thank her special caregiver, Wanda Krol. The funeral was held March 15, 2011, at Plantsville Funeral Home, Plantsville, followed by a Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Southington. Burial followed in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Southington. Memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Home Care, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.

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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

I will pay you for your junk-cars, motorcycles, plows, trucks, farm equip. Free pickup/towing. 203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510.

DACHSHUND PUPPIES - 5 Westminster Kennel Club. Housebroken & paper trained. $575 each. I’ve been breeding for 37 years. (203) 376-0407

SPRING HORSEBACK RIDING! Rosehaven Stables, LLC/ Meriden 203-238-1600

VERI KENNELS (Crates), med to large, $10-$30. For Your Paws Only, 477 So Broad St., Meriden. 203-379-0650.


JET DRUM SANDER Model 10-20 Plus $400 (203) 238-2460

Portable Dust Collector RELIANT Model NN-821 $200 (203) 238-2460


(203) 235-1667

AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

HUMMER H3 2007 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

Leather, Sunroof, Navigation $24,492 Stock# C7023 (203) 237-5561

MERCEDES-BENZ C300 2008 AWD, Leather, Sunroof, Navigation $26,991 Stock# C7037 (203) 237-5561

Dodge Caravan SXT 2004 Mini Van. 4 Speed Auto. 6 Cyl. 61,311 mi. #10358A $8,555

(203) 235-1667

Looking for a friend? Find litters of critters in Marketplace.

GERMAN SHEPHERD Puppies, Top quality. Working lines. Shots, dewormed, tattoed. AKC reg. $950. Guaranteed. Serious inquiries please. (860) 655-0889

Appliance Repairs

Will Deliver


BURGUNDY Color leather sofa, w/chair & ottoman purchase from Cheshire Furn. Barn. Berkline HeavyDuty Recliner, color Burgundy. All for $550. Call 203-903-7075


Thursday, March 17, 2011 — The Plainville Citizen FURNITURE & APPLIANCES KING SIZE bed with tempurpedic mattress. Excellent condition, $3500. 203-265-3265 after 5pm. MAPLE Twin bed with mattress and boxspring, $200; 27” cherry console TV, $250; Emerson 10,000 BTU Air conditioner, $175; Brass hanging chandelier, $125. All exc. cond. Call 203-671-0426 for more info REFRIGERATOR, $300; Electric Stove, $250; Dishwasher, $200. Microwave Oven, $100. Call (203) 269-3204 TV Console hutch. Paid $3500. Will sell for $500 or best offer. Call (203) 269-5533 TWIN solid oak one piece bed w/4 built in drawers. Front side space w/door for cubby hole. My son has grown out of it. The bed is in great cond. Bought it for $800. Selling it for $350. You can have the mattress? Call Shaun at 860-992-5023.


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


JET DRUM SANDER Model 10-20 Plus $400 (203) 238-2460

See how we can turn your Attic or Basement into Usable Space at www.

Portable Dust Collector Endless interior remodeling ideas.

RELIANT Model NN-821 $200 (203) 238-2460 POWER Lift Remote Control Recliner, Dark Blue. Like brand new - $375. MOTORIZED Phantom Medical Scooter. Good shape - $250. 203-589-7795

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT 2 YEAR SEASONED All Hardwood Cut, split & delivered. 203-623-3527 FUEL Oil tank. Roth DWT. 275 gal. 7 years old. $400. (203) 237-7755


BOWFLEX Classic Excellent Condition 1 year old $360.00 Aaron 860-681-7632 BRITISH Rifle 303CAL-1944. Very good condtion. $1,200 or best offer. Call 203-265-0336

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

Call 203-537-5795 lic#573229 WATER PROBLEMS Roofs to cellars resolved by experienced contractor. Lic & Ins. Free estimates. 203-238-1449 # 578107 ADDITIONS, Decks, Garages, Finish bsmt, Window & door replacement. Repairs of all types. Complete Home Improvement. Free est. 203-238-1449 # 578107 AGC HOME RESTORATION Complete restoration & repair Drywall, tile, painting. New decks & repairs. Finish carpentry. Ins. #577901. 203-687-0097

COMPUTER SERVICES HALLOFGAMING EX-DM Internet, PC Gaming, DDR & Tournaments. FREE 4 Hrs to New Customers All Sun $10. 220 N Colony, Wallingford (203) 793-7712

CONCRETE & CEMENT FOUNDATIONS For additions and garages. Excavating and drainage. Call Stepping Stones 203-631-3181 CT #604493


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


203-237-2122 ELDERLY CARE COMPANION/CNA Low rates. Reliable. Good heart. FT. Light cleaning, appts, etc. CT# NA9992203 Rose 203-430-5881

EXCAVATING GRADING, Drainage, Foundations, Trucking, Retaining Walls, Pavers, Water/Sewer/Septic. Lic. #1682. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846 MC/Visa Accepted



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

HOUSECLEANING Home, office, res/com. Insured Done by an exp’d lady. Good refs. Call Ilda 203-234-7958/ 203-848-4781


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

IF YOU MENTION THIS AD Spring Clean-Ups. Clean Estates, Home, Attic, Bsmnt, Garage, Appliances, Furniture. Free est. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218 LANDSCAPING AND MORE SPRING CLEANUPS Dump Runs, Mowing, Rototilling and More. Great rates!! 860-982-5334 or 203-314-8511 SPRING CLEAN UPS Starting now! NORM THE GARDENER (203) 265-1460

LAWN & GARDEN ALLEGRO Professional Services, LLC. Res & small Commercial mowing, winter/spring cleanups. Affordable, reliable, insured. 203-687-1347


WATERPROOFING FOUNDATION crack injections, basement dewatering systems. Transferable warranties. Call (203) 265-4474 CT Reg#603313 JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 26 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498

HIGHLANDCONTRACTOR.COM Seamless Gutters/Downspouts Gutter cleaning/repairs No Job Too Small. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

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

CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call - WE DO IT ALL! Free estimates. 203-631-1325

HARDWOOD FLOORING RC HARDWOOD FLOORS, LLC Install, finish & refinishing. All repairs. Big & Small jobs. Free estimates. HIC. #0612038. Call (203) 723-2175

MEDINA Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services LLC. Quality work at affordable prices. 24hr srv. Benny Medina 203-909-1099


FOUNDATION waterproofing, crack injection, floor and yard drains. Excavating and drainage. Call Stepping Stones 203-631-3181 CT Reg #604493

JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We clean Estates, Homes, Attics, Bsmts, Gar, Yard. Appliances ***FREE ESTIMATES*** 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218


DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 P1

Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887


Marketplace (203) 238-1953

AGC HOME RESTORATION Complete restoration & repair Drywall, tile, painting. New decks & repairs. Finish carpentry. Ins. #577901. 203-687-0097

YOUR HOME or office will be sparkling clean. Free estimate. Good references. Insured. 10 yrs of exp. Call (203) 815-6630


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ADD A CLOSET or remodel a kitchen... whatever your home improvement needs are call JP Wolfe Contracting. (203) 2695175 Est. 1983. CT Reg # 0629780

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


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



CLEANING SERVICE We’ll clean your house or office with a sparkle. Ask about Free Cleaning for New Clients. Polish /English speaking. Bonded, ins. Free est. Anna (860) 505-7720


Swords 203-238-3308

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

BICO FENCE - All types of quality fencing & repairs available. Professional installations. 20 years exp. Lic’d & ins’d. 203715-0567. CT Reg# 616240


It's all here!



The Powerwashing Kings Others Wash - We Clean! 203-631-3777 860-839-1000


203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521

SERVICES OFFERED SANDBLASTING We come to you. Snowplows, trailers, truck bodies, etc. Reasonable prices. Bill Coleman. 203-715-0567. CT Reg# 616240 Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060

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



Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.

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

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

SPRING Specials- Roofing, Siding, Windows. We do it all. ALEX Home Improvement. Free est. 203-631-8810 CT#583177 FREE Gutter cleaning with free roofing estimate. Complete home renovations, all types of roofing & repairs, incl. flat. Ct Reg #572776. Call 4 det. Quality Improvements 203-200-9861 SAMMY ROOFING All type roofing, shingle, torch, rubber. Quality work. Free est. 203-757-8029 or 203-206-4481

Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★

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

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

CT Reg. #516790

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

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

SNOW PLOWING SNOWPLOWING Residential, commercial. Pricing includes clearing of sidewalks. Lic, insured. 203-605-1890

TREE SERVICES GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430 YARDLEY TREE Fair, reasonable. Free estimates. Reg. Insured. Firewood Available 203-440-0402 or 860-595-4159 LICENSED ARBORIST with 75ft bucket Safe pruning & removal Winter C/U Specials Reg#562159 #S3365 Precise 203-272-4216



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



LANDSCAPING AND MORE Tree Removal & much more. Shrub & hedge trimming. Give us a call - we do it all! 860-982-5334 or 203-314-8511



25+ yrs exp. Int/Ext painting, ceiling repairs. Small jobs welcome. Fully insured. Call Paul today for a prompt free est 203-238-4320. Reg#582770


Roofing, Siding & Gutters Residential/Commerical. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

REPLACE YOUR OLD WINDOWS Save Money on Heating! Do the entire house or work within your budget by scheduling one room or one window at a time. Call JP Wolfe Contracting (203) 269-5175 for free estimate. CT Reg #0629780


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 203-269-4975

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



The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, March 17, 2011 NEW BRITAIN: 55+ 1 & 2 BR units for rent. Fully applianced w/ washer & dryer. Wall to wall carpeting, central A/C, parking garage, community room, elevator.

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

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS 5-STRING electric bass guitar Epiphone Embassy Made by Gibson guitar. Paid $1400. Asking $900 or best offer. For more info 203-537-9947 ask for Scott

GUITAR/BASS LESSONS At SherStudios All styles & levels for fun or career from 25 year exp’d Hartt grad and recording artist Jamie Sherwood. Call (860) 793-0669

Voice Lessons

WALLINGFORD - 3BR House, 1.5 baths, private parking, private yard. Easy access to highways. $1400 per month + sec. dep. Call 203-265-1278 or 203-668-9024 WALLINGFORD- 8+Rms, 3 BR, 3 fbaths, tri-level, 2 car garage, residential neighborhood. $1875/mo. 203-265-5729 FOR RENT

MERIDEN 2 bdrm, 1 1/2 baths. 1396 N Colony Rd, 1B WellMntd Townhouse 2 Car Pkng $1,100/Mo + Uts 203-589-5144 SOUTHINGTON Large 3BR Towhhouse. 1616 sq. ft. C/Air. Full bsmt w/WD hkup. One full and 2 half baths. Utils not incl. Easy access to I 84 & 691. Refs & Sec req. (860) 621-2693

MERIDEN 3 bdrm. S Curtis St, appl. + w & d, garage, storage $1200 + security. Also 1 bdrm Bungalow, cozy appl. $600+ security 203 314-2309 MERIDEN- 3BR, 7 rooms, 2 level Colonial w/garage for rent. Spacious yard. $1400/mo. No utilities. incl. Pets allowed. Please call (860) 770-2595

Delivery of local morning newspaper Seven days a week. Routes available in Wallingford, but Accepting names for routes in all areas.

CALL TODAY 203-634-3933 Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!

Brand New Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartments in Berlin

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 CHESHIRE. 1BR, large 1st floor apt, eat in kit, liv rm. hardwood flrs, front & rear porch, off st, parking. W/D available. Pet ok. $840/mo. Call 203-250-8288

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

Southington Route 9635 - Profit up to $9,800 annually Most routes take from one hour to two hours a day.

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!

Call Now!

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

MERIDEN -11 Camp Street 3BR, 3rd flr. $900/mo + security. Fresh paint, new flooring. Utilities not included. Off-street parking. Call 860-209-0646 MERIDEN -3+ BR Franklin St Beautiful new 2 level apt. Very large. 2 full baths. 2 LRs, Laundry Room. Off st parking. Hardwood flrs. (203) 634-6550

MERIDEN 1 BR, 2 BR & Studio Starting at $595 per month. Heat & HW incl. Off street parking 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1, 2 & 3 BR. New kitchen & baths. New appls, hdwd flrs, off st parking. Laundry. Private porches, nice views. $645 & up. 203-430-0340 MERIDEN 1, 2, 3 & 4BR. Starting at $500. West Side - Recently Renovated. Off st parking. No pets. Sec, refs. Ask Lisa about our specials. Call 203-935-6612

L & E PROPERTY Management offers Meriden - 2 & 3 BR apts From $725 + sec. & utils. Avail. Immed. 203-240-4688 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 - 2 BR, large 2nd flr apt. $680/mo. 302 East Main St. (203) 715-1296 MERIDEN - 2BR, New appliances. Hardwood floors. Off st reet parking. No smoking. No pets. Heat & HW included. $850 month. (203) 444-5722 MERIDEN -1 ROOM Private Bath. Clean. Stove, fridge. Broad Street. No pets. 2 mos security. Credit check req. $450. Call 203-284-0597

Wallingford Route 3088 - Profit up to $4,800 annually Route 1085 - Profit up to $7,300 annually

For Active Adults 55 and better


Piano Lessons

MERIDEN - 2BR, 1BA, single family home, 2 bay garage. $1200 + utils. Sec & refs. 860793-2278



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



(860) 257-1330

All Ages and Levels Welcome

WIELER Upright Piano and Bench. 12 years old. Oak wood. Excellent condition. $900. Call (860) 384-2862 or email

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Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.

2 BR Starting at $750. Heat & HW incl. Ask about 1 month free rent. 203-639-8751

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.

2 BR Starting at $750. Heat & HW incl. Ask about 1 month free rent. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN 1BR. 2nd Floor. Newly carpeted BR, walk-in kit, full bath. $750 incl heat, HW & cooking gas. Parking. Small pet OK. Lincoln St. 203-440-4789

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 2 Bedroom, 2nd Floor Apartment. 1 bath, Appliances Incl. 110 Colony St. Off St. Parking. Section 8 Approved. $800 + Sec. Call 203-927-8215 MERIDEN 2 BR, 3rd Floor. 53 Washington St. Clean, new paint. Appliances. Laundry facilities. No pets. $725/mo + 2 mos. security. (203) 494-2147 MERIDEN 2BR, 3rd Floor. Clean, new. W/D in basement. $800/ Mo + utils. 1month security. Section 8 Approved. No pets. (203) 537-1772 call after 4pm. MERIDEN 3 BR Clean, 1st floor. Stove & refrigerator included. WD hookup. Private yard, full basement. Small pets at discretion of landlord. 136 Bunker Ave. $980 per month. Section 8 approved. 203-671-3112 MERIDEN 3BR, 1.5 bath, basmt W/D hookup, $1200/m + utils. 1m sec. No pets. Avail 3/1. Call 203-631-8421 or 203-440-1290 MERIDEN Large 3 BR Modern Apartment. $1000 per month plus $1500 security deposit. Call Clive 203-886-9902 MERIDEN- FULLY FURNISHED 1BR, LR, kit., prvt bath $675/mo. Also, 2 BR apt, 3rd flr, $775/mo. Lease & sec dep req’ d. No pets. 203-238-9772 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-3BR remodeled. Offst-parking. Sect 8 approved. Avail 3/8. $1300/mo + sec. Utils incld. 203-265-4664 MERIDEN-3BR, nice size 2nd flr apt, Reduced to $825/mo incl. new refrig., new stove, w/d hookup in unit. No pets, utils or smoking. 1 yr lease, credit chk & refs req. Sec & 1st mo. rent. 203-608-8348

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN-3BR Townhouse 416 Crown St. $1150/mo. 2 months plus security. 203-284-9016 leave message MERIDEN. 1 BR $600. Studio $500. Utilities not included. On bus line, downtown. Call 203982-3042. MERIDEN/WALLINGFORD LINE . 5 large rooms, 2nd flr spotless. Must See! Appls. Private porch, off st parking, W/W rugs. Quiet area. No pets. Avail April 1st. 203-686-0818 MOVE IN SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $750/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric included. Private balcony. 1 month free rent. Ask for details. Call for info 203-639-4868 MOVE IN SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $750/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric included. Private balcony. 1 month free rent. Ask for details. 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

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. WALLINGFORD - 2BR, 1st flr, Fridge, stove, w/d. $900/mo. + 1 mo. sec. 2BR, 3rd flr, w/d hookup. $700/mo. Both downtown w/ off st. parking. Available April 1. Call (203) 915-8940 WALLINGFORD - 2BR, small 2nd flr apt, private rd, no smoking/ pets. $875. Call (203) 269-1562 WALLINGFORD 1BR, effiency apt, stove & refrig. Utils not incld. Central location. No pets. $730/mo+sec. 203-317-9824 WALLINGFORD-1BR inclds heat & HW. Lease & security. No pets. $795/mo. Call 203265-7101 JJ Bennett Realty

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

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

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL RENTALS SO. MERIDEN- Commercial Bldg w/retail exposure & high traffic count. 8600SF w/many amenities Let’s talk! $3900/mo. 860-384-4205

HOUSES FOR SALE MERIDEN Room Available. Utilities included! $115/Wk. First Wk Free. Avail Now. Call 203-213-8589

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


Wallingford/Durham 10’ x 20’ & 20’ X 45’ w/electricity/heat. Available Now. 203-751-1977


MERIDEN. $135,000. Settle down, make a home for your family in this 3 family. Featuring 8 BRs, 3 baths. This traditional floor plan delivers a casual living rm w/ hardwoods, eat in kitchen & appliances. Call Sue 203-265-5618.

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

WANTED-Kitchen to rent in Wallingford. Willing to share Starting Cake bus 203-3761514

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL RENTALS WLFD $499,900 Beautiful custom 4BR home in neighborhood. Many elegant features & finishes including MBR w/loft & FP, 2 family roooms +incredible pool & patio! Linda 203-265-5618

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 basement to finish or for storage. Kathy 203-265-5618

A Marketplace ad is an easy way to sell your merchandise, and it’s easy on your wallet, too.


Thursday, March 17, 2011 — The Plainville Citizen HOUSES FOR SALE MERIDEN- New Colonial homes starting under $300,000. at Cobblestone. Visit us at Call 203-269-0325

WE BUY HOUSES! SELL “AS IS” in 7 days or on the date of your choice. 203-303-4706 (day or night) 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.



CHESHIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL .33 SPANISH TEACHER Exciting opportunity for individuals who possess excellent interpersonal skills, high energy level, creativity and the ability to work with all levels of students. Must demonstrate excellent skills in Spanish and thorough knowledge of the Spanish culture. Must utilize active learning strategies that appeal to multiple modalities and learning styles. The ability to create a positive, enthusiastic, dynamic classroom atmosphere implementing cooperative learning and participation in classroom activities is necessary along with a knowledge and desire to work with middle school level students. Preference will be given to individuals with dual language certification. QUALIFICATIONS: Connecticut Teaching Certificate or the ability to qualify, with appropriate endorsement(s), and expertise in appropriate curriculum. (CERT. # 023)


REDUCED! $79,500 Ground level ranch, 2BR, 2 bath, furnished! 7th fairway is your backyard on Island Green Golf Course. Indoor/outdoor Pool, tennis, large fitness room. Call 203-271-3172

CLOSING DATE: April 1,2011 - 4:00 p.m TO APPLY: Call Job Opportunities Line at 203-250-2411. Leave your name, address and the EXACT title of the position for which you are applying and an application will be mailed to you. EOE

HELP WANTED EDUCATION ADMIN AIDE Wallingford Filing, correspondence, shipping & receiving etc. HS diploma, PC skills. Send resume and salary req to Nathalie.richard@ EOE AUTOMOTIVE Technicians in C o n n e ct i cu t n e e d e d . C al l Roland at 860-828-3127 ext 15.

B&N AEROSPACE MFG, Newington:MFG ENGINEER 5yrs exp MasterCam; CNC MILL/LATHE SETUP/OP.; QC INSPECTOR 1st pc-final. Email:

CABLE TECHS! WILL TRAIN! If you have knowledge in wiring, electrical, CATV, a good attitude and willingness to learn, you may qualify for our training program! Experienced techs can qualify for $2000 Bonus! Must have valid driver’s license and meet drug screening and background check criteria to qualify. Apply in person from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Omni Engineering 100 Raton Drive, Milford CT 06461 203-647-6510

CHILDCARE WORKER 20 hrs/wk. Must have exp. w/children. Bilingual a +. Send resume to

WFC, HR Manager 169 Colony St. Meriden CT 06451 EEO/AA DRIVER EXPERIENCED, 2nd shift. Perm. Transport parts to various locations. Valid DOT Medical Card. $14. Send resume to

CHESHIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS .4 LATIN TEACHER MIDDLE SCHOOL Exciting opportunity for individuals who possesses excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, high energy level, creativity and the ability to work with all levels of students. Must demonstrate excellent skills in Latin and a thorough knowledge of the Latin culture. Must utilize active learning strategies that appeal to multiple modalities and learning styles. The ability to create a positive, enthusiastic, dynamic classroom atmosphere implementing cooperative learning and participation in classroom activities is necessary along with knowledge and desire to work with middle level students. Preference will be given to individuals with dual language certification. Connecticut Teaching Certificate or the ability to qualify, with appropriate endorsement(s), and expertise in curriculum sub-areas. (Certificate. # 021) CLOSING DATE: April 1,2011 - 4:00 p.m TO APPLY: Call Job Opportunities Line at 203-250-2411. Leave your name, address and the EXACT title of the position for which you are applying and an application will be mailed to you. EOE HELP WANTED

BARTENDER/SERVER w/exp. Apply in Person Tues & Wed only:Laskara Restaurant, 295 Parker Farms Rd, Wallingford


CHILD CARE - Responsible person for children ages 3-9; M-F 2:30-5:30 Flexible. Only Serious Apply 860-349-0909

HELP WANTED DRIVERSCOMPANY DRIVERS Needed for Truckload Division Home Every Weekend Avg $55K/Yr + Benefits CDL-A w/Hazmat Good MVR & 2 yrs Recent Exp Req Call A. Duie Pyle: 877-786-2299 JANITORIAL MAINTENANCE position Meriden Property Mgmt LLC, Must have a vehicle & a cell phone. $10.50/hr + mileage. 1079 Broad St., Suite 1 North, Meriden or fax 203-440-3009 NORM The Gardener needs Garden Helpers. Must be able to drive standard. Must have reliable trans. Call (203) 265-1460 PIZZA DELIVERY PERSON. Must know Wallingford. Please call 203-214-1305

PRESS BRAKE OPERATOR Immediate full time opening for experienced press brake operator. Must have ability to read blueprints and work independently. For immediate consideration apply at Specialty Metal Fabrication, 235 Cheshire Road, South Meriden, CT. RECEPTIONIST needed for busy legal office Full Time Must possess excellent computer skills and the ability to Multi-task Bi-lingual a plus Fax resume to 203-634-0456

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

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/OTR/L: Immediate opening for a qualified Occupational Therapist in a local school district 28 hrs/wk. Work in an interdisciplinary educational team w/teachers, parents, and students to create individualized programs in both regular and special education settings. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package. Equal Opportunity Employer. Please call, fax or email resumes to:

Easter Seals Central CT Attn: Beverly Malinowski (203) 237-7835; Fax: (203) 237-9187 e-mail:

CNA's !!!! COME JOIN THE MILLER MEMORIAL POOL! Miller Memorial Community, Meriden's choice for excellence in senior residential health care services is seeking compassionate, caring CNA's to join our professional team. Candidates must be flexible to work "per diem", any shift, including one weekend per month. MMCI offers very competitive hourly wages (from $14.93 to $16.83, pending years of experience). Drug testing and criminal background check required. Applicants must be Connecticut licensed. If you are willing to go the extra mile for your patients and are truly interested in person-centered care, please apply to:

Personnel Manager Miller Memorial Community, Inc. 360 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450 Fax 203.630.3714 or email: EOE

SECRETARY Performs a wide variety of responsible clerical duties for the Wallingford board of Education in a school or department office. The position requires 2 years of office work experience of a responsible nature and a H.S. diploma. $20.06 to $23.20 hourly plus an excellent fringe benefit package. Apply: Personnel Department Town of Wallingford 45 South Main St. Wallingford, CT 06492 The closing date will be that date the 75th application form/resume is received, or March 23, 2011, whichever comes first. EOE

HELP WANTED RESIDENTIAL GROUP HOME MANAGER Min. 2 yrs d/c and 1 yr mgt. exp. in dev. disability field req. Pay based on experience. Prefer BA/BS degree. Fax resume to: ACORD, Inc. @ 203-269-1980 email to EOE RETAIL Manager & Assistant Smart Toys in Meriden Mall has an oppty for exp retail mgr & also asst mgr. We offer competitive sal & chance for adv. email resumes to: hvankeuren@

HELP WANTED RECEPTIONIST Needed for friendly dental office in Wallingford/Cromwell. 4 days/week. Please call Kim 203-213-6840 SALES POSITION Exp. for busy Wlfd dealership. Salary, commission & benefits. Call (203) 284-8989. Fax 203-269-1114 SECRETARIAL Position/Maintenance coordinator. Meriden Prop erty Mgmt, LLC. Bi-lingual a plus. $10.50/hr + leasing commission. 1079 Broad St., Suite 1 North, Meriden or fax 203-440-3009 SWIMMING Pool Company seeks Service Techs, Installers, experienced only. 860-6286669 Fax: 860-628-5123

HELP WANTED TELEPHONE SALES-Non-profit organization has evening shifts 5:30-8:30 & Sat 10-1. Available for residential calling to sponsor education & community service events year-around. Salary + bonus. 203-269-9071 THERMOSPAS is interviewing enthusiastic call center reps. If you are energetic and determined to win in a sales environment, call (203) 303-6328

WRECKER DRIVERS Must have clean driving record. Apply in person only: Danbys, 41 High St, Meriden, CT. Ask for Dave. Priority given to certified or experienced drivers.


The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, March 17, 2011