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Mobile phone use transforms handling of 911 calls By Julie Sopchak

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Mobile technology has redefined the way people communicate around the world, and that includes emergency 911 calls. With cell phones in the hands of the majority of the population, instantaneous communication has become Mobile technology has a luxury for those in need of changed the way dispatchassistance when a landline ers handle emergency calls. may not be readily available.

On the other hand, Plainville Chief of Police Matthew Catania and Plainville police dispatcher Al Urso said complications arise with the use of mobile phones to call 911. For one, pinpointing the location of a 911 cell phone call is not always easy. If someone calls 911 from a landline, their exact location is known. “If you were to call from home, on screen pops up your name and exactly where you

are,” Urso said. “What I’m seeing, personally, is we have to take extra steps to determine the location of the party,” Catania said. “Wherein before when calling from home we knew where that home was; now the phone being mobile, we have to make sure we’re getting accurate information.” A cell phone with GPS capabilities provides a radius that can range approximately 300 yards, and they’re not

always that accurate. Older model cell phones without GPS, the chief said, could have a radius of three miles. “It has created some challenges, but we’re meeting those challenge,” Catania said. “Largely we’ve had the ability to meet the challenges and still provide effective service.” Out on the road, a person may have no choice but to use See 911 / Page 7

Plainville Y helps saddle kids with school gear By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

Gear for Grades will provide backpacks full of school supplies to eligible kids.

The back-to-school season can elicit a range of different emotions. For kids, there’s the daunting idea of no longer having summer days to enjoy, but also, there can be excitement in the form of back-toschool supplies. Unfortunately, some families have difficulty strapping a backpack with supplies on their kids’ back, making efforts like Citizens Bank’s Gear for Grades program a sigh of relief for families struggling to get by. According to a National Retail Federation survey, the average American family will spend $688.62 on backto-school expenses, up from $603.63 last year. For low-in-

come, at-risk, or homeless families, the cost of school supplies can be a burden. “It’s really our way of involving our colleagues, employees, and customers,” said Clare Feldman, Citizens Bank regional manager for the New Haven area, “and it’s an initiative that everybody seems to love.” Launched in 2005, the Gear for Grades campaign has garnered thousands of supply-stocked backpacks for kids across 13 states. This year, the bank reached out to local YMCAs to expand dropoff points for people to donate supplies. The Wheeler Regional Family YMCA, 149 Farmington Ave., will serve as

a collection point for donated school supplies through Friday, Aug. 9. Feldman said Connecticut alone will fill about 1,100 backpacks. Children will begin receiving them Monday, Aug. 19. James O’S. Morton, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Hartford said, “This program helps families provide their children with the essentials for the new school year.” Amie Kershaw, media contact for Citizens Bank, said the bank reached out to the branches. Connecticut Association of Y earlier this year looking “They jumped right on Foster and Adoptive Parents for ways to expand the pro- board,” Kershaw said. to determine which children gram to better accommodate Feldman said the bank markets where the bank had leans on the Y and the See Gear / Page 7

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Rotary Club promotes ‘Service Above Self’ By Andrea Melone

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Since 1955, the Plainville Rotary Club has endeavored to better the world, starting locally and expanding internationally. From town-wide benefit events, to programs in Honduras, the Rotary Club’s efforts make an impact. A group of more than 30 loyal members, the Plainville Rotary Club takes initiative with each project. Recentlyelected President Robert Yudkins gushed, “We accomplish quite a lot with those members.” Membership in the local club has been steady, and Yudkins and previous President Sally Miller don’t expect that to change. “We provide service while having fun,” said Miller. The Rotary Club’s motto is Service Above Self. The

goal of the group is to encourage and foster service through networking, high ethical standards, and the application and advancement of ideal service to personal, business, and community life. Some of the Rotary Club’s biggest programs are fundraisers, which then lead to donations. Scholarship Night is one of the Plainville group’s efforts. This past year, $28,000 was awarded to 24 thrilled students. Another popular event put on by the Plainville Rotary is a Penny Sale, at which 300 prizes are given to lucky recipients. Penny Sale prizes are organized in three categories: red, white, and blue. At a dollar a

ticket for one of 100 prizes, each prize is like a penny. Girl Scouts distribute the prizes. When Rotarians aren’t raising money, the club sponsors various service projects. One of the Plainville chapter’s programs, a collaborative event with the Wheeler YMCA, called the O’Mazing Race, was a scavenger hunt to take pictures and videos of the treasures around town, comically named for its nearto-St. Patrick’s Day date. Miller, who works with the Y, spoke of the club’s mindset: “What can we do? Where can we help? We really want to do hands-on stuff,” she said. As such, some other events, including the Wings & Wheels Annual Fly-In and Classic Cars Show, and the PARC Walk, allow Plainville Rotarians to interact with the community. Wings & Wheels ben-

e f i t s t h e Pe t i t Fa m i ly Foundation and the Plainville Community Food Pantry. The walkathon benefits PARC, Family-Centered Services for People with Developmental Disabilities. Last summer, the Plainville Rotary Club joined the Rotary Club of New Britain and the Interact Club of Plainville, which associates with Plainville High School, on a trip to Honduras with nonprofit organization Pure Water for the World. Given the struggle for clean water and basic amenities in much of the world, Rotarians focused on making a difference in Honduras. Yudkins, joined by three students of the PHS Rotary Club and one of their mothers, a Rotarian, said “it was a lot of fun, and life-changing, not only for the girls, but for the families we helped. It gave us

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Prior to this legislation, unemployed veterans could only qualify for the Unemployed Armed Forces Member Step Up Program if they were a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or military operations in Iraq. The state has invested $10 million for each of the three programs — the Subsidized Wage Program, the Small Manufacturer Training Program, and the Unemployed Armed Forces Member Subsidized Training Program — for a total of $30 million. To date, the CTDOL reports 1,675 employees with an average hourly wage $17.30 have been hired by 504 companies in Connecticut through Step Up. Jobs include engineers, plant operators, sales support staff, CAD designers, machining operators, carpenters, production coordinators, customer services representatives, and graphic designers.


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State Sen. Jason Welch (R-31) and state Rep. Frank Nicastro (D-Bristol) on July 19 celebrated the passage of An Act Concerning the Definition of New Employee in the Unemployed Armed Forces Member Subsidized Training and Employment Program. The new law expands Connecticut’s Subsidized Training and Employment Program (Step Up) to include veterans who have served at least 90 days and were honorably discharged from the military. “Speaking as a veteran, I understand how difficult it can be to return from service and face finding a job. In a state with more than 8 percent unemployment, the market is bad. This expansion of the Step Up program to include veterans is another step in the right direction to get people back to work,” Welch said. The administration estimates more than 8,000 veterans are expected to return

to Connecticut. Those military members will need to be matched up with employers. Many veterans have unique skills they learned while in training including leadership abilities. Welch and Nicastro know these veterans will be a great asset to any industry or business. “ O u r ve te ra n s h ave served their country with distinction time and time again and helping them find a job when they return home is the least we can do” Nicastro said. “Discharged servicemen and women are eager to work and make excellent employees. It is only fitting that we should assist them however we can.” The bill was approved unanimously by the General Assembly. It will allow the state Department of Labor to provide incentives under the Step Up Program to employers that hire unemployed veterans of any age or war irrespective of whether the job they performed in the military was directly combat related.

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perspective.” Also in their contingent were 14 volunteers from New York, Vermont, Florida, and Washington. Together, the group helped to build latrines, installed filters in homes in a remote village, and participated in a de-worming clinic. O n e of Ro ta r y Cl u b I n t e r n a t i o n a l ’s e ffo r t s , PolioPlus, was what initially attracted Yudkins to the group. Among the Plainville Rotary Club’s primary programs, PolioPlus strives to eradicate polio and protect more than two billion children worldwide. More than one million Rotary Club members have volunteered in the effort and helped contribute some $7 million. Unlike the Rotary Club’s initial uniform membership,

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Eminent domain: a power officials would rather not wield business. Lee said eminent domain is always a last resort. “The preferred route is to negotiate some type of deal that makes sense for both sides,” Lee said. In addition to avoiding the ire of residents, negotiation also avoids the time and litigation involved in an eminent domain action, King said. The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution ensures that property cannot be taken without just compensation. That includes fair market value of a property seized by eminent domain, King said, as well as relocation costs in some cases. The fair market value is determined by independent assessors. Despite encountering some reluctant property owners, Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone said the town has been able to negotiate for all the properties it’s bought in recent years. The linear trail project was held up for years over the issue of an easement from Dalton Enterprises, Milone said. It was finally resolved in 2009 without eminent

domain. “It’s a really unpopular method or technique to employ,” he said. “Nobody likes using it in government.” “People have a suspicion and distrust of government and this is the height of substantiating that distrust,” Milone said. Having the power of eminent domain is a valuable bargaining chip, but Milone said it’s best if a property owner’s attorney, rather than a representative of the town, is the first one to mention it. “Having that in your back pocket is great, but you have to be careful how you bring it

up,” he said. “You don’t want it to be a club.” Lee said eminent domain is a useful tool to acquire a key piece of property to build something that may cost more money to build elsewhere, but the difficulty is usually getting it past the public. “Generally you’re facing a public that just wouldn’t want it to happen to them, so they wouldn’t want it to happen to their neighbors,” Lee said. Wallingford Corporation Counsel Janice Small said eminent domain action is unSee Domain / Page 5


The power of eminent domain is rarely used by area municipalities, which, according to their leaders, prefer to negotiate for properties. A Freedom of Information request for actions taken since 2006 revealed that the Meriden City Council voted to use eminent domain to claim three properties. Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire didn’t use it once in that time. Plainville Town Manager Robert E. Lee said Plainville hasn’t used it once in his nine years serving the town. Eminent domain actions are only undertaken after there’s been an attempt to negotiate with a property owner, said Meriden City Attorney Deborah Moore. Often an agreement will be reached before land is taken. “It’s not taken lightly,” Moore said. An easement for a sewer project was taken on Hanover Avenue in 2007. The Factory H site on Butler and Cooper streets, a portion of the de-

funct International Silver Co., was taken and demolished last year to allow for remediation. A building on South Colony Street also was taken by eminent domain last year for use in the city’s flood control plans. Moore said all those actions address a public purpose or a public need, a requirement under the law. The city can use that power to ensure that important projects get done. “You can’t stop a sewer line improvement project because one person doesn’t want to sign the paperwork,” she said. Lee said the use of eminent domain is supposed to demonstrate a “greater good for the people.” “You have to show some type of benefit for the community,” Lee said. While eminent domain powers are broad, there’s political reluctance to take property, King said. Most government agencies would rather negotiate a purchase, particularly if the property is a person’s home. There would be less hesitancy to a vacant lot or a shuttered


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grees and 25 certificates. It is the only public college in Connecticut to offer a degree in dental hygiene. The program draws students from across the state. McCarthy says Tunxis is a mixing pot, bringing together professionals looking to further their careers, students headed to Harvard or Yale as well as students who are the first of their family to seek a college education. Last week, Robert Chase, an adjunct Spanish professor at Tunxis, was teaching his night class how to use future perfect verbs in Spanish. His class of 22 stu-

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Dickinson Jr. called buying the Prince Street houses an opportunity to expand the cemetery and move maintenance buildings out of the main cemetery area. Taking the properties would also expand the townowned cemetery, Dickinson said, without forcing anyone out of their home. “This is not a situation where there’s a desire for someone to continue to live on the property,” he said. Eminent domain power is


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he doesn’t want to move his business, Cerrito’s Auto Sales, and wants another site used for the station. Wallingford Town Councilors and local state legislators have spoken on Cerrito’s behalf. John Bernick, manager of the rail project, said the alternative site isn’t suitable. Relocation benefits, including the cost of starting a new business, are provided when property is bought by the state according to Steve Degen, property agent for the transportation department. Degen said a letter was sent to Cerrito on March 14 telling him of the state’s intentions. After the property owner is informed, the appraisal process begins, Degen said. Julie Sopchak contributed to this article.


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Yudkins described the club’s current population as “diverse and vibrant.” The group is comprised, equally, of men and women, age 35 to 85, and of varying professions, from bankers and accountants to real estate and insurance agents, to manufacturers. Since 1989, the club has welcomed women to the fold, and many have served as chapter presidents, like Miller, who noted that male and female Rotarians are treated equally. Besides the Plainville Interact Club, comprised of students between the ages of 12 and 18, the Rotary Club has branched out to older students, many college-aged, with Rotaract. Rotaract is a similarly service-based organization that allows adults age 18 to 30 a club with which to volunteer as well as network. Th e Ro t a r y Cl u b o f Plainville is always looking for new members. To join, contact a Rotarian, or attend a weekly meeting, held Mondays, 12:15 p.m. at J. Timothy’s Taverne. “Wherever the need is,” said Miller, “we want to seek out ways to impact the whole community.”

ufacturer training grant program provides up to $12,500 during the same time frame. The programs are available to companies of 100 or fewer employees. The armed forces component, added in 2012 and expanded by the 2013 legislation, focuses on assisting Connecticut employers hire and train unemployed veterans. Business and industry may qualify for these incentives regardless of their size. “It is great to know that our veterans are being supported by leaders in Hartford. And I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of veterans,” added Welch.

more often considered than actually used. Dickinson said it’s preferable to negotiate for a property. Wallingford considered using eminent domain to take land for a new fire station on North Farms Road, but the property was never taken. Meriden considered taking a portion of the Graeber’s Pharmacy lot on West Main Street, which was needed for the expansion of the Linsley Avenue intersection. The city and pharmacy came to an agreement before the land was taken, Moore said. The state Department of Transportation wants to take a property at 180 N. Colony St. by eminent domain to accommodate the New Havento-Springfield commuter rail line. Owner Chris Cerrito said

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on the property. Eminent domain will be used to make sure the foreFrom Page 3 closed property is bought for derway for a property near fair market value. Small said the Center Street Cemetery. the bank wants more than The Wallingford City Council that price to recoup losses. approved taking the action According to the town assessor, 60 Prince St. is valued at last week. Two houses on Prince $160,800. The Center Street Street are for sale and the town has an agreement to Cemetery Association operbuy one of them, Small said. ates and maintains the cemThe purchase of the other, 60 etery and is primarily funded Prince St., has been blocked by the town. M a y o r W i l l i a m W. by the bank that foreclosed


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the future. Students wrote sentences, on a whiteboard, to describe scenarios about how they want to work for a Fortune 500 company, buy a house, win the lottery or memorize the Encyclopedia Britannica. Chase corrected each sentence. He is pleased with the results. “Beautiful. You made me proud on that one,” he told the class. The class had been meeting three nights a week, two and a half hours each night. Chase teaches at night because he works at the Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown as pretrial competency monitor. He uses Spanish on the job. If a patient is admitted to Whiting whose primary language is Spanish, he can speak to them in the language without an interpreter. “That’s the beauty of the Checkout Our Website for BIG Savings!

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community college,” Chase said. “The adjunct professors are people who usually work in the field.” McCarthy said the full-time professors at Tunxis have offices and office hours, but adjunct professors bring unique perspectives and new ways of doing things. Before teaching Spanish, Chase worked for 10 years as a minister in the Salvation Army. He said that experience carried over to his classroom. “I think of each student as an individual that needs unique attention,” he said. He says the small classroom size at Tunxis allows him to focus on the needs of students. Chase speaks the language, writes examples on the board and tries to reach different learning styles. He even integrates improv theater into his class time, giving students a chance to speak spontaneously in the language. He’s seen many kinds of individuals pass through his classroom: children of immigrants who learn the language to speak to grandparents and travelers who have been on vacation, met a person, fell

in love and came back to the states to learn the language. David England, spokesman for Tunxis, said the college has experienced budget cuts over the last few years. In response, it has cut back on library hours, hired more adjunct professors and has reduced its personnel. England said the college needs more people in student services to counsel students who arrive and are not prepared for the demands of college. In addition to the traditional classes held at its Farmington campus, Tunxis offers online courses, workforce training and noncredit classes. England said the college started expanding. It built a library and a new building which holds labs and new classrooms. In late August, it will unveil a 56,000 square-foot building with more lab space and 19 new classrooms. “We have classes scheduled for the fall in that building,” he said.




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a cell phone to dial 911. But at home, Urso said it would be wise to use a landline to dial 911. Otherwise, precious time could be lost. “It’s unfortunate that people have gotten away from landlines because of cellphones,” Urso said. Urso said even cell phones that are inactive and no longer have a phone number attached to them are capable of dialing 911, something to keep in mind if you plan on letting a child play with an old phone. Mostly, dispatchers receive 911 calls, but occasionally there is a need for authorities to reach out to the public, which is where the reverse 911 program comes in.

Urso said every business and resident with a listed phone number will be registered, but that excludes unlisted and mobile numbers. Catania said reverse 911 on mobile phones is an added convenience since people no longer need to be at home to receive notifications. Wallingford Police Lt. Mark Mikulski pointed out that people without a wired, landline telephone can’t get those messages unless they sign up their wireless phones. “We are trying to get as many people to sign up as possible so they receive the alerts,” Mikulski said. “We are anticipating a very active tropical storm season this year and want to ensure everyone gets an alert message who wants one.”

“It adds a layer of complexity we weren’t facing 15, 20 years ago,” Catania said. The last time the system was used in Plainville was during the Feb. 9 blizzard, Urso said. Southington Lt. Michael Baribault said the Town of Southington and its Board of Education share the Everbridge system. Police and town officials use the system to send out messages concerning weather-related hazards, including those encountered during the blizzard in February. The message told residents of warming centers and how the town was progressing. When a message is going to be sent out, it is recorded

essential supplies for school,” said Margaret Doherty, executive director of CAFAP. “Every child deserves to have the best chance for success in the classroom and our partnership with Citizens Bank and its Gear for Grades program will help to make that a reality for more than 1,000 children in Connecticut.” Donations can include: child-safe scissors, pencils, pens, erasers, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, washable markers, rulers,

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Blessing of a child To celebrate the children in the womb of the community, as well as their parents and family, Our Lady of Mercy Church will celebrate the new rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb. The celebration will take place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Aug. 4. To receive this special blessing, contact Our Lady of Mercy Parish Office, (860) 747-6825, by July 31. All are welcome.

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Faith Our Lady of Mercy Church Parish Center, 19 S. Canal St., 8 to 10:30 a.m. The ongoing Food for Friends program at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., is held Wednesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Approximately 50 dinners are prepared and served by volunteers of the Plainville Council of Churches.

outreach on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Page Park on King Street, Bristol. (Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 25th.) Attendees can sign up for food tickets and the opportunity to win prizes. Food tickets enable each person to receive a hamburger, hot dog and a choice of available salads and desserts. In addition, each year children receive The Plainville Seventh- backpacks filled with school day Adventists Food Pantry supplies as well as gift cards, is open to anyone in need of bicycles and small electronfood or clothing. To make an ics. The church’s goal this appointment, call (860) 747- year is to be able to put a filled backpack in the hands 5867 or (860) 642-3912. of every child who signs up. Family games, children’s games, live music, cotton candy, face painting and stage shows occur throughBethel Christian Church, out the picnic. This event is 750 Stevens St., in Bristol is open to the public and all are having its annual Pack Page welcome. For more information, call Park picnic and community the church at (860) 582-3995 or

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Joseph Bechard and Artur Zielinski proudly display their 1st place plaques and top prize, iPad. Artur Zielinski, of Plainville, and Joseph Bechard, both from Sacred Heart School in New Britain, were awarded first place in the eighth grade division of the eesmarts contest recently held at the State Capitol building in Hartford. The eesmarts Student Contest, part of the Energize Connecticut initiative, invites students, K – 12, from across Connecticut to enhance their skills in science, writing and technology. Students answered grade level-specific prompts regarding efficient and renewable energy technologies in a variety of formats including limericks, news articles, presidential speeches, song lyrics, persuasive essays and posters. Now in its ninth year, the 2013 eesmarts Student Contest drew more than 1,000 entries from across the state.

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The Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, has the following scheduled: Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; Tuesday Ladies meeting, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.; AA, each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Al-Anon, Mondays, 7 p.m.; Boy Scouts will resume in September. Regular church off ice hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; potluck supper and fellowship Thursdays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6 p.m.; Sunday worship with Holy Communion, Sunday Aug. 4, 10 a.m.; American Red Cross Blood Drive, Thursday, Aug. 15, 1 to 6 p.m., call (800) 733-2767 or to make an appointment; choir rehearsal and church school resumes Sunday, Sept. 8. For more information call the church, (860) 747-2328.

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July the hottest month on record? With temperatures hitting more than 90 degrees almost daily, July 2013 could be the state’s hottest July on record. Gary Lessor, assistant to the director of meteorological studies at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, said the two hottest Julys on record averaged 77.1 degrees: in 1994 and 2012. The unofficial average this year, as of July 18, was 80.4 degrees. “We’re just crushing the record,” Lessor said in the middle of July, but he stressed that two more weeks remained. The longest consecutive streak of 90-degree weather happened in 1995, with 10 straight days; and there were nine each in 1973 and 2002.

“Yes, this is a long heat wave,” Lessor said. “But it’s not the longest we’ve ever had.” The heat index reached over 100 several times throughout July. Heat index - or “apparent temperature” - factors in the amount of moisture in the air and estimates how the temperature feels to the human body. The higher the humidity, the less sweat evaporates, which is a process that is meant to cool the body. “When it gets that hot, your body is at a great disadvantage,” Lessor said, adding that cities are required to put out heat advisories when the heat index inches over 100. As of July 20, this summer has seen 19 days of 90-degree weather, he said, which is halfway to the state record

set in 1983. Marcia Blomberg, a spokeswoman for ISO-New England, said demand for electricity has shot up as more people have turned on their air conditioning. The regional organization, which oversees the operation of New England’s 32,000 megawatt bulk electric power and transmission system, issued an alert Tuesday that asked power plants to postpone nonessential work. Preliminary data indicate that Wednesday, July 17 came in 10th place on a list of days with the highest demand for power in New England, at 26,655 megawatts. For one instant, 1 megawatt can power about 1,000 homes, Blomberg said. The top 10 demand days all occurred in July or August during the 2000s. The highest

demand day in New England history was Aug. 2, 2006, when demand reached 28,130 megawatts. Blomberg said air conditioning use has increased in the region over time, and demand during the winter used to outpace demand during the summer until the late 1980s. The organization advised users this week to set their thermostats between 74 and 78 degrees if their health permits it and to turn off unneeded lights, appliances and office equipment. Consumers should put off dishwashing and laundry to hours when demand dies down - such as during the early morning or late evening. A phenomenon called thermal buildup, in which houses and other structures retain heat, occurs when tempera-

Increased need overloads DSS system ter created by DSS actually prioritizes applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, the food stamp program. Bremby said he expects applications will be more accurately processed once the new systems are fully in place. Bremby acknowledged “we’re still not doing as well as we should” in quickly processing SNAP applications, but believes it will improve. “We know that the way in which we are performing now is better than we ever have,” he said. Last fall, approximately 125 boxes of unprocessed welfare and food stamp forms, including some with requests for voter registration assistance, were discovered at the agency’s regional office in Hartford. Some dated to 2009. Bremby said improvements have been made in that office. In April, there were more than 20,000 pending applications. By the end of May, with a new business process in

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place, he said that figure had dropped to over 3,000. Today, he said, the agency is current with processing applications. The DSS serves approximately 750,000 Connecticut residents. About 650,000 of those people receive subsidized health care services.



Connecticut’s Department of Social Services commissioner assured state lawmakers recently that strides are being made to modernize the agency’s antiquated computer and phone systems; reducing people’s wait times as well as the piles of paperwork stacked up in DSS offices. A year ago, DSS was inundated with a record volume of applications for Medicaid health benefits, food and cash assistance, yet had insufficient staffing and obsolete technology to handle the requests for assistance, Commissioner Roderick Bremby said during a briefing at the state Capitol. “They were never designed for the call volume they were experiencing,” he said of the agency’s phone and other systems. Bremby said people from around Connecticut who deal with DSS can now call one central number and get help from numerous work-

ers. Before, they had to speak to the one person who happened to be assigned to their case. Also, potential recipients can now go online and check whether they may be eligible for Medicaid health benefits, food and cash assistance. Existing recipients can use the agency’s website to access their account and check their DSS benefits. The state is planning to eventually allow people to file applications for benefits online. DSS has been under fire for various backlogs. Last year, the federal government ranked Connecticut last among all the states and territories for processing applications for the food stamp program in a timely manner. Two lawsuits are also pending against the agency. Bremby said the efforts to upgrade the phone and computer systems will help with improving the timeliness of processing applications. For example, he said a new document processing cen-

tures remain high for several days in a row. Air conditioner use and demand for electricity tend to rise in cases of thermal buildup as tolerance to heat wanes, according to ISO Newswire. Connecticut Light & Power Co. spokesman Mitch Gross said the company prepares for severe weather with annual upgrades to transformers, poles and wires. CL&P invested $30 million into system improvements this year.


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Opinion Where has all the money gone? By Sen. Jason Welch

Sometimes government waste can show up in the most unexpected places. A recent investigation by State Auditors revealed the Department of Correction has some communication gaps that need to be addressed. This lack of communication resulted in inmate workers being overpaid, equipment losses and discrepancies in financial statements. The Auditors of Public Accounts’ June 20 report revealed that some supervisors within the Department

of Correction who are responsible for overseeing the employment and training of inmates had a tradition of paying prisoners for state holidays even though those prisoners were not working. Auditors had questioned this practice last year when it was revealed the workers were “encouraged/expected to process a full week of orders in just four of five days due to the holiday shut down. This practice was used as an incentive for the extra output. ” The auditors found this practice was in conflict with

Government Calendar Monday, Aug. 5 Town Council, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 Bicycle Friendly Community Committee, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Inland Wetlands Commission, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m.

Recycling and Solid Waste, Municipal Center, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12 Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 6:30 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m.

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agency policy. The policy states that an inmate shall only be paid for actual participation in an assignment to which they are classified. Auditors also found inventory amounts reported to the comptroller contained significant amounts of obsolete inventory and the inventory balance reported to the comptroller did not agree with the Correctional Industries Fund balance sheet. This raises questions that need to be answered. What was the actual inventory? What was its value? Why are there discrepancies? The equipment balance reported on one of the correction department reports was $5,050,251 which was $564,968 less than the $5,615,219 reported on the balance sheet for the fund’s fixed assets, net of software and building improvements. That is half a

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million dollars of inventory unaccounted for. Finally, financial statements must follow generally accepted accounting principles; the policy the current administration vowed to follow and has yet to do. According to the audit report there is a continuing lack of internal communication at DOC resulting in the inclusion of obsolete inventory worth $760,647 in the financial statements. This includes raw materials that could not be used due to recent changes in production technology or because they have an expired shelf life. It also includes merchandise that could not be sold. Au d i t o r s re c o m m e n d following GAAP which means the business entity (Correctional Enterprises of Connecticut) should deduct the value of obsolete inven-

Remembering the ol’ rain barrel and root beer By Ruth Sharp Hummel

to dance around and play in the rain and puddles, sometimes fully clothed, someIt seems that the weather is times stripped down to the the big topic of late, what with basics. Thursday, Aug. 8 On the old farm where I tornadoes, record-breaking Wednesday, Aug. 14 heat waves and sensational grew up, during the big deClean Energy Task Force, pression years, there was a Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Downtown Beautification, downpours. How different we, as adults, huge rain barrel that caught Recreation and Parks Municipal Center, 7 p.m. view the weather. Kids used the rain waste from the farm Board, 50 Whiting St., 7 p.m. roof. No matter that in the heat Advertising Director – Kimberley E. Boath of summer mysterious alAdvertising Manager – Christine Nadeau gae and wiggly things grew in the bottom of the barrel. CONTACT US Undaunted, fully clothed, Advertising: (203) 317-2327 my brother and I jumped in P.O. Box 57 Fax (203) 235-4048 and splashed around before Plainville, CT 06062 returning, dripping wet, to News and Sports: (860) 520-5960 whatever hot task we had left. News Reporter – Julie Sopchak Fax (203) 639-0210 The water was eventually Sports Reporter – Ken Lipshez used in the veggie garden, News Editor – Olivia L. Lawrence my mother’s private domain, Assistant News Editor – Nick Carroll Marketplace: (203) 238-1953 and was used to water future meals. Executive Vice President and Assistant Published every Thursday by the RecordAnother way of keeping Publisher – Liz White Journal Publishing Co. Delivered by mail to cool was to lie in one of the Senior Vice President of Operations and all of the homes and businesses in Plainville small streams that bordered Major Accounts – Michael F. Killian – 06062. the farm. Senior Vice President The fact that our farm was and Editor – Ralph Tomaselli named “Live Brooks” was Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m.

tory in financial statements. Because this was not done, assets and the fund balances were overstated. The agency says it is reminding staff of the rules and will ensure that inmates are correctly paid. It also states that inventory reports reflect actual inventory value and are prepared in accordance with the state comptroller’s guidelines. We should all be thankful for state auditors that bring these issues to light. Now we need state leaders that will follow up on the recommendations, close loop-holes and prevent the big bucket of state government from leaking in so many places. Jason Welch is a state senator for District 31 covering the towns of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.

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certainly significant as we really depended on those cool, clear mountain streams. We could let the cows and horse go by themselves for a drink. The horse usually got in with his front feet and sipped loudly. The cows just got in “all over” and stood there cooling off. My dad would laugh and say they were cooling the mane. How things have changed in my lifetime. Kids now enjoy bright plastic pools in the yard, filled with a hose. Huge family pools dot the landscape, some in ground and very impressive. Many, many years later (from my farm days), my husband and I bought “Hummelhaus” on Ledge Road. One of the first things we did was build an in-ground pool – quite an undertaking because our area is all rock ledges. That pool was the center of our life until as a “more maSee Remembering / Page 12

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Malloy brings grants to state’s small towns By Mark Pazniokas

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy awarded $5.13 million in 14 grants recently, ranging from $100,000 to $500,000, money spread around the state to fix things like a storm-damaged boardwalk in East Lyme, a weed-choked lake in Bolton, a bike trail in Burlington, a covered bridge in Kent, a park in North Haven and a 1.79-mile stretch of Cemetery Road in tiny Union, population 700. Discretionary grants are one of the perks of incumbency, a useful talking point as a governor travels around a state where, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 44 percent of voters say he deserves

re-election to a second term next year and 46 percent say he doesn’t. He was asked in Branford if he was trying to spread some goodwill along with the grants. “It has nothing more to do with that than what I did last year and the year before,” Malloy said, noting that STEAP grants are awarded every year. “Let’s leave it at that.” M a l l oy, 5 7, t h e f i rs t Democratic governor elected in more than two decades, had yet to create a candidate committee or an exploratory committee as of July 19, a necessary step before he can begin raising money. Neither have his two likely

GOP challengers: Tom Foley of Greenwich, the nominee in 2010; nor Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton also is considering a run. “I don’t feel under any pressure to commit to the race right now. I am the governor,” Malloy said. “I am doing that job day in and day out, going from place to place. I’m going to do my job. Let those guys do what they have to do.” In mid-July Malloy announced $4.9 million in Main Street Investment Fund grants, also to 14 towns. He drove to Berlin, not far from the State Capitol in Hartford, to hold a press conference announcing a grant for $259,000.

He denied he was campaigning. “I take pride in what we’re doing. This happens to be close to Hartford, so it’s easy,” Malloy said then. “Don’t read too much into it.” When awarding grants, Malloy has placed a premium on projects ready to put the construction trades to work. A frequent plea to local recipients of grants: “Spend the money.” “I’ve never hidden the fact that I think an appropriate role of government is to stimulate the economy in an appropriate investment,” he said in Berlin. Small towns are not Malloy’s political base, and 10 of the 14 towns winning

grants chose Foley over Malloy in 2010. One of them was North Haven, where Republican First Selectman Michael J. Freda warmly greeted the Democratic governor. “This is a great day for North Haven,” Freda said, standing in an air-conditioned meeting room in the town’s 19th-century town hall, which is being renovated with other state money to improve its accessibility to those with disabilities. “A very special thanks go e s to o u r gove r n o r, Governor Malloy,” Freda said. “Governor, it’s a pleasure to be with you.”

No end in sight to students’ loan woes By Dan Brechlin While Congress voted to reduce the interest rate for federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans Wednesday, July 24, it may have only provided a short-term resolution for undergraduate students as the interest rates may increase by up to 7.25 percent in the future. Interest rates for subsidized loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1 after Congress was unable to come to an agreement on legislation. According to the Federal Student Aid website, to qualify for a subsidized loan, a person must be enrolled at least half-time in a university as an undergraduate student. The university determines the amount a student can borrow and the U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school; for the first six months after the student leaves school or during a period of deferment, the website states. The other option is for students to take out an unsubsidized loan, which are available to undergraduate or graduate students with the school determining the loan amount. Students also don’t have to demonstrate financial need and are responsible

for paying the interest on the loan during all periods, the website states. The new bill passed July 24 slightly increases the rate, from 3.4 percent to 3.8 percent. While the new legislation is seen as a victory by many, Dominic Yoia, director of financial aid at Quinnipiac University, believes otherwise. “We’re just kicking the can down the road,” Yoia said. “It’s not changing anything over the long haul.” In 2011, Connecticut was ranked fifth in the nation in student loan debt, according to the Project on Student Debt, an initiative organized by the Institute for College Access & Success. The average debt for the class of 2011 was $28,783, with 64 percent of students in debt. The Department of Education also included Trinity College, Connecticut College, Wesleyan University, Sacred Heart University and Quinnipiac University on its list of the nation’s most expensive colleges. The interest rates will only increase each year, Yoia said, adding that “we’re so used to these low rates that we’re not wanting to believe they’ll go up, but they don’t have anywhere to go but up at this point.” With the new legislation,

the interest rates are tied directly to the 10-year Treasury note. The loan interest rate is determined by the rate of the Treasury note plus a certain percentage — 2.05 percent for undergraduate students and 3.6 percent for graduate students. There is a cap for each loan in case rates for the Treasury note increase too much. For undergraduates, the loans are capped at 8.25 percent and graduate loans are capped at 9.5 percent. But for undergraduate students, based on projections made by the Congressional Budget Office for the Treasury note, this means the interest rate for their loans will increase to 6.95 percent by 2017 — a percentage higher than the original doubled rate that occurred on July 1. The following year, 2018, interest rates will increase to 7.25 percent. U. S . S e n s . R i c h a r d Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Democrats representing Connecticut, voted against the bill. “The Senate passed a bill that mortgages young people’s future by adding to the country’s $1 trillion in student loan debt and the federal government’s profit off students. I am extremely disappointed that young people are getting a raw deal,”

Blumenthal said in a press release. “Ultimately, this makes college unaffordable for many younger brothers and sisters of high schoolers entering college this fall — deferring, for them, the American Dream.” Murphy said in a statement that he couldn’t support the bill because the federal government would continue to profit off of student loan interest rates, when it’s already difficult for many families to afford a college education. “Last year, the federal government made a $50 billion profit off the repayment of student loans. Why? Because the interest is higher than is necessary to run the program at a break-even basis,” Murphy said. “The bill ... actually makes the student loan program more profitable for the federal government, at the expense of students, and that’s why I can’t support it.” Despite the rising interest rates, Mark French, director of financial aid with the state Office of Higher Education, said the federal loans are the best option for students because of the benefits that come with it. “Even if it’s high, it’s still a very low loan rate. The loan is made directly to the student so there’s no co-borrower, no credit check. They’re guaranteed to get it,” French said. “If

they go to the market place to get a loan to pay for college, in most cases, students need to get a co-borrower because the non-federal loans look at income and repayment habits.” With rising interest rates, area school guidance counselors have been working to educate students and their families about the financial aid process, scholarships and other options. At Cheshire High School, a book of local scholarships is given to seniors and they meet individually with their guidance counselors, said Vanessa Montorsi, the guidance department chairwoman. “We always want them to leave college with the least amount of money possible,” Montorsi said. At Platt High School, Sue Vitcavage, director of school counseling, said financial aid nights are held and students receive a list of every scholarship offered. However, she acknowledged that the staff is trying to improve the number of scholarship applications submitted. She also said the rising interest rates for student loans is concerning because students and families will have to take out loans to afford tuition, which has also steadily See Loans/ Page 12

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ture” couple, we didn’t use it and had it filled in. While it was there, the magic of the water drew wild friends (no, not the twolegged kind) and we often found various critters having a swim – we always left a board in the pool so none of them drowned. But back to the old farm. Haying season was also root beer-making season. The bottles had to be left awhile

until the beer was just right. Sometimes a few bottles blew up, if you poked at them. But often being on the hay wagon in the hot sun made the root beer taste so good – we always left a few bottles in our swimming hole in one of the brooks so it was nice and cool. Funny, the things you remember. Here I am 83 years old and I recall those childhood days on the old farm clearly. Growing up on that old farm was wonderful – pigtails, freckles and all!




Seventeen members of the Louis Toffolon School Student Council and Safety Patrol Captains recently attended the Connecticut Association of Schools Leadership Conference held at Naugatuck Community College in Waterbury. While at the conference, students attended three workshops that helped develop their skills for productive thinking, communication, and decision making. The conference provided students the opportunity to participate in a variety of team-building, hands-on activities designed to foster effective leadership skills. As leaders in their schools, the conference supported a successful positive student leadership role for the students who can guide their peers as they continually serve as role models. A culminating assembly focused on a way in which to stand up to bullies with a strong voice and advocating for their peers. The conference was a rewarding experience in which all the students walked away with a set of skills to bring forth to their school.




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Aug. 1 Thursday Bingo — Veterans of Foreign Wars Madeley-Roberts Post 574 men hold open bingo every Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at post headquarters, 7 Northwest Drive at the corner of Route 10. The public is invited. Information: call Earl Carey, (860) 747-5400.

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5 Monday Athletic Backers Club — The club meets on the first Monday of each month, unless it is a holiday, 7:15 p.m., at the Plainville High School cafeteria. The club is a group of volunteers that work together to support all PHS student-athletes. Rotary Club — Plainville Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Mondays at J. Timothy’s Taverne, 143 New Britain Ave. Information: call Guy Doyon, (860) 793-4113. Plainville Choral Society — The Plainville Choral Society rehearses Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Gloria Dei Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol. Information: call Mal Cummings, (860) 7475695, or Lola Wishart, (860) 621-3457.


7 Wednesday Historic center — Tours of the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., are available Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 2:30 p.m. The office is open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon. The shop, offering many unique gifts, is also open during tour hours. Information: call the historic center, (860) 747-6577. Food for Friends — The Food for Friends free meal is served at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., from 5 to 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday of the month. Open mike night — An acoustic open mike night is held at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St. Plainville, every first Wednesday of the month from 7 to 10 p.m. This folk/ country-western program has been running for more than a year and local entertainers as well as many from throughout Connecticut have been performing on a regular basis. This is a fun evening for a very


low admission fee and refreshments are available. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Proceeds benefit Church of Our Saviour and its outreach programs. Potential performers can contact Lions Club — The Plainville Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The first Wednesday meetings are at the Oasis Restaurant, 782 Pine St., Bristol. The third Wednesday meetings are at the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St. Information: call Michael Blanchard at (860) 628-8326.

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Monthly breakfast — An “all-you-can-eat” monthly breakfast is held the second Sunday of every month at Our Lady of Mercy Church Parish Center, 19 S. Canal St., 8 to 11 a.m.

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At Risk List

For more information, contact Frank Robinson, (860) The senior center main- 747-2918. tains a list of residents who are at risk, in the event of Weekly bridge an electrical power outage. Seniors can learn the game Individuals of any age who of bridge at The Orchards at have medical problems and Southington, 34 Hobart St., are dependent on electrical every Monday, 1:30 p.m. Also, power to operate medical The Orchards has a Bridge equipment, should be on the Club. For more information, “At Risk List.” call Edesa Ciscar, (860) 628Call the senior center. 5656, or visit


Plainville Seniors’ Bowling welcomes new bowlers. The league meets at Laurel Lanes, 136 New Britain Ave., Mondays, 12:45 p.m. Bowlers of all abilities are welcome to join.

Dental clinic A dental clinic at the senior center is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31, by appointment. A registered dental hygienist will provide a

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dental hygiene exam, dental cleaning, sealants and x-rays. The program is intended for adults who have not received dental care in the last year and have difficulty accessing dental care in the community. There is a cost for individuals without insurance. Help in paying for the dental clinic may be available. For more information, contact Stephanie or Ronda at the senior center.

hazards, accident prevention measures and more. No written or on-the-road test required. Upon completion of the course, insurance companies must give a discount of at least five percent. There is a cost to take the class. Call the senior center for more information.

Expired drugs

What can we do to get rid of expired prescriptions? Drug collection bins are set up for Driver safety residents at the police station. AARP Driver Safety is Expired, no longer needed, scheduled for Monday, Aug. and even over the counter 19, 1 to 5 p.m. The course cov- drugs can be deposited there ers the effects of aging and 24 hours a day, seven days a medications on driving, local week. Chemotherapy drugs, creams or lotions may not be accepted. Residents are asked not to deposit needles into the box and to make sure all personal information is blocked out. If the medicine is a liquid, make sure it is properly sealed. For more information, contact Lieutenant Peterson, (860) 747-1616.

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Friends Helping Friends

The senior center has the perfect solution for those who like to eat out at a restaurant, but do not like to eat alone. The Friends Helping Friends group is made up of single, divorced and widowed seniors. They meet for lunch at a local restaurant the third Friday of each month, 11:30 a.m. Call the senior center to register.

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The senior center is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound residents. Volunteers usually spend one day per week, Monday Apthrough Friday, 10:30 pl volunteering. a.m. to N noon, ic owinterested Those in vola A unteering Be tioncall the secc should ep and nior center i ask sfor Karen, te ng kitchen manager. d

Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain, has scheduled a two-part program called “Gardens That Heal: A Prescription for Wellness” for Thursday, Aug. 15 and Sept. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Discussion will revolve around herbs and backyard “weeds” that have been used medicinally to support health and well-being and participants will learn to identify them. The program is presented by Lisa Withers, owner of Down to Earth Gardening and Design. RSVP

End Hunger Connecticut! and AARP have teamed up to assist people to apply for SNAP benefits in Plainville. SNAP is the federally-funded Su p p l e m e n t a l Nut r i t i o n Assistance Program. A representative from EHC!, Bill Rufleth, will be at the Plainville Community Food Pantry, 54 S. Canal St., the fourth Wednesday of every month. For more information, call the food pantry, (860) 747-1919, or Rufleth, (860) 519-4771.

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Blood pressure screenings The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging for the following blood pressure screenings offered free to the community during the month of August: Thursday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m. to noon, Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., Southington. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Southington Community YMCA, 29 High St., Southington. Friday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. to noon, Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., Plainville. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10 to 11 a.m., Stop and Shop, 1309 Corbin Ave., New Britain. Monday, Aug. 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Price Chopper, 410 Queen St., Southington. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Cheshire Community YMCA, 967 S. Main St., Cheshire. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., Southington. The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, a not for profit member of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, is a resource and assessment center designed to enhance access to services and information related to attaining optimal quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. For more information call the New Britain office at (860) 224-5278, Meriden office at (203) 694-5721, or the Southington office at (860) 276-5293.

Al-Anon meetings

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Do you have medical equipment that you would like to donate? Are you or a family member in need of medical equipment but do not know where to look? Managed and staffed entirely by volunteers, the Special Care Equipment Exchange accepts donations of used, durable medical equipment and supplies: canes, walkers, tub and shower chairs, manual wheelchairs, commodes, and raised toilet seats. This expensive equipment, not always covered by insurance, is made available, free-of-charge, to community members in need of such items. For more information, contact Hospital for Special Care Foundation, 2150 Corbin Ave., New Britain, (860) 612-6302.

Tomasso Nature Park is the place to visit. Walk quietly on the left-hand path and you may see our resident cottontails. They are so pretty and healthy; babies this spring were great examples of why we use rabbits in Easter cards and decorations. The paths are hard packed and easy on the feet. On the two bridges, views of the ponds and marsh can absorb you for a long time; have the children watch for the many turtles, hundreds of them. Guided tours are available Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. or by calling Ruth Hummel at (860) 747-0081. Submitted by Ruth Sharp Hummel

Snippets of Life

The Plainville MS Support Group meets at the Wheeler Al-Anon is a support or- Clinic, 91 Northwest Drive, 7 ganization for family and to 9 p.m., the third Monday of Plainville residents or nafriends who have a loved one each month. For more infor- tives, do you have memories who is an alcoholic. Al-Anon mation, contact June, (860) of your childhood or signifhas meetings for families and 747-0564. icant events that you would friends throughout the week like to share with readers? in Plainville: Monday, 10 a.m., “Snippets of Life” should at the Congregational Church be no more than 500 words. of Plainville, 130 Main St.; Include your name and teleMonday, 7 p.m., at Plainville phone number in case we United Methodist Church, The Hospital of Central need to contact you. 55 Redstone Hill; and Friday, Connecticut’s Center for Articles and photos or il8 p.m., Wheeler Clinic, 91 Metabolic Health hosts lustrations can be mailed to Northwest Drive. weight-loss surgery informa- The Plainville Citizen, P.O. For information on addi- tion sessions at no cost. Box 57, Plainville, CT 06062; tional meetings, go to www. For session information, or or e-mailed to, or call (888) to register for a meeting, call Items will 825-2666. be returned if you like. (866) 668-5070.

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Adopt a child The first day of school can be a tough time for children whose parents cannot afford a nice outfit and/or appropriate school supplies. A child’s selfimage has a dramatic effect on performance in the classroom, and the lack of a positive self-image can create lasting consequences. Un i te d Way b e l i eve s that the first day of school is an important event in a child’s life that is often overlooked. Thus, they began the Adopt–A–Child Back to School Program in 1999, helping 30 children. They

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Schools have continued this program each year and it has grown dramatically, with more than 480 children served last year alone. This year, the number of children signed up is more than 500. United Way needs help. To take part in this program and help a child in need, call Emily at United Way, (860) 582-9559.

students and the public to ask Superintendent Jeffrey Kitching school district-related questions. All questions will receive a response. A portion of the questions and answers submitted will be posted and archived on the website.

Breakfast/lunch program

The free breakfast program will be served at Veteran’s Memorial Park (next to the recreation building on Whiting St.), 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The free lunch program will be offered at Norton Park, South Washington St., 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The programs will be available Monday through Friday, until Aug. 15.

the following elementary schools to obtain materials for kindergarten registration: Linden Street: (860) 793-3270; Louis Toffolon: (860) 7933280; Frank T. Wheeler: (860) 793-3290.

Nursery school registration

Registration is open for the YMCA Small Smiles Nursery School. Enrollment forms A free breakfast and lunch Kindergarten Ask the are available at the YMCA program is available this superintendent Member Service desk. For summer for Plainville youth enrollment The Plainville Community 18 years of age or younger Children who will be five more information, contact Schools website, www.plain- as part of the Summer years old on or before Jan. 1, Chris Roy, (860) 793-9631,, features an Food Program provided 2014, are eligible for kinder- ext. 131. “Ask the Superintendent” op- by the Connecticut State garten (full day program) in tion, which allows parents, Department of Education. September. Contact one of

Education news The following Plainville residents graduated from the following colleges/universities: Brianne C. Bergenty, bachelor of science, special education; Jennifer Davis-Thibeault, graduate certificate dietetic internship; Brian Jardine, master of arts, special education; Vanessa Kowalczyk, graduate certificate health care systems management; Lyndsay Beth Mallon, bachelor of arts, child study, St. Joseph College, West Hartford. The following residents made the dean’s list for the spring semester at their respective colleges/universities: Erica Vasquez, Heidi Tata, Sarah Colbeth, Stephanie Soto, Bricherland Quinones, Kristine Braccidiferro, Carin Zapatka, all of Plainville, Goodwin College, East Hartford. Carin Zapatka made the president’s list at Goodwin College, East Hartford. Avalon C. Guarino, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. Cameron Bard, Jenny Cavallari, Nicholas Gleifert, Amy Martin, Lauren Mikulak, Jillian Newton, Kylea Perrott, Alexandra Tarca, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven.


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Commentary: ‘Diamond’ in the rough Kyle Swartz

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The PHS football team compiled a record of 3-7 in 2012.

Sports Rewind: A so-so showing for fall teams The Citizen is taking a look back at the year in Plainville High School athletics, a year when streaks continued, streaks were snapped, and new coaches emerged. This week …. Fall 2012: Gridders fell short of goals Plainville High football coach Chris Farrell wasn’t buying any alibis. The Blue Devils have been somewhat undermanned in their games against Farmington in recent years. And the Indians, driven beyond rivalry emotions by the thought they would miss out on the playoffs for the second straight year despite losing just three of 20 games, posed a mighty load. But Farrell wasn’t looking for any moral victories. His Thanksgiving Day meal wasn’t going to sit well knowing his team could have done better than dropping a 4614 verdict and enabling the Old Canal Cup to remain in Farmington. The series began last year with Farmington winning 31-6. The Devils finished the campaign at 3-7 while

The PHS volleyball team rolled up a record of 2-15 this past season. Farmington raised its record to 8-2. Farmington accumulated 429 yards from scrimmage, all but 80 on the ground. “We’ve got to do a better job,” Farrell said. “Yes, they’re tough up front, but you know what they’re going to do and you stop them. We talked about it all week. The kids

were prepared. We’ve just got to execute a little better.” Farmington rode a potent offensive line composed of all seniors, but Farrell had experience up front, too. “Experience definitely helps, but I have three seniors who have been playing the line for me since their sophomore season, so it goes both ways,” he said. “Sometimes it comes down to who wants it more and I think they wanted it more.” MVP plaques went to hard-hitting two-way Farmington senior Mitchell Berlandy and Plainville’s R.J. Gross, a 5’10, 175-pound junior who will be a team centerpiece next season. Gross led the Devils in rushing (12 carries, 78 yards), and scored their lone offensive touchdown on a 62-yard sprint down the sideline on the opening drive of the second half. “He matured so much in the offseason,” Farrell said. “He worked his tail off in the weight room, got stronSee Rewind / Page 18

One New York Yankee prepares for departure despite calls to stay. Another is getting ready to return while many people seemingly want him to go. The difference is marked — and indicative of current Bronx woes — between Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez. Rivera, New York’s homegrown closer since 1997, is the all-time saves leader. Even at 43 years old, well past typical baseball retirement age, he holds up as an elite-level competitor. That vicious cutter is still unhittable, shredding bats as it slashes through the strike zone. Yet, #43 plans to hang up pinstripes for good upon season’s end. Yankee fans everywhere, naturally, would rather he not. Over 19 seasons, Rivera has maintained a stellar reputation, other than a few

minor blips. (We refer to blaming others following certain blown saves in playoff games, notably the 2001 World Series). Regardless, his lasting image — besides as the top closer historically — will be as a beneficent teammate, opponent, and mentor/role model for young players. How a nice guy came to throw such a nasty cutter is a question for the ages. Then there’s A-Rod, injured and unable to perform so far in 2013. Polarizing, narcissistic, overpaid, steroids-abuser, playoff disappointment, 2009 postseason hero, homerun champion, three-time MVP, best-ever: he’s been labeled it all to both extremes. Since 2011, Rodriguez has been a letdown, slugging 16 and 18 homeruns in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In those two years, the Yankees paid him $61 million. Including this year, they still owe him $114 million more. Meanwhile, See Yankee / Page 17

Junior Legion: Season in review By Brian Dostaler Special to The Citizen

The Plainville Junior American Legion baseball team certainly had its highs and lows this summer. In the beginning of the season, it felt like the team could do nothing right. Post 33 lost its first three games, including blowing a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning against West Hartford. The Junior squad would endure a six-game losing streak during the middle of its schedule, but it never stopped battling, and was able to turn things around during the second half of the season, winning six of its final nine games. Post 33 manager Mack Litke explained the season in a nutshell. “We had a rough start -- it was very lackadaisical. But as the season went on we started to play better,” he said. ‘’The kids thought that they were playing better, and they started to gel a little bit more, which resulted in more wins.” Some impressive victories for the Junior squad came toward the end of the season. These games included a See Junior / Page 19

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ger and he really fights, fights, fights. We had some running backs this year that have been in and out. He stepped in and did a great job.” --Ken Lipshez New-look boys soccer team hung tough The season concluded without a league championship or a long ride in the state tournament last weekend for the Plainville boys soccer team. It did not come to an end without plenty of accomplishments and memorable moments though, especially in the valiant final act, for a team which came into the year needing to replace seven starters. Second-seeded Suff ield scored in the final minute to beat Plainville 1-0 in the second round for the CIAC Class M tournament after the Blue Devils won at East Catholic 4-3 on penalty kicks 24 hours earlier. “We just had to defend and we did very well,” Plainville coach Tim Brown said of the Suffield match. “Alex [Bawol] collected everything in goal and there was no panic in the back. We were quite comfortable and we tried to counter. “To work as hard as they did under the conditions and the way it was a bit stacked against us, I was very proud. To a man, everybody put forth their ‘A’ effort. They just fought and fought. It’s just disappointing that you don’t come up with anything out of it.” Plainville (11-6-1) worked hard to limit Suffield on the wings. But the Wildcats were still able to get crosses into the box and create 14 shots on goal to the Blue Devils’ five. Bawol made 13 saves. Suffield, which beat Plainville in the M semifinals a year ago, capitalized on one chance with overtime looming. Brown said his team took the difficult schedule as a challenge and the Blue Devils showed plenty of resolve after surviving overtime and penalty kicks the day before in Manchester. After 11 days off, Quentin Lux scored three goals and Bawol made two saves in the penalty-kick shootout to beat East Catholic. “We weren’t really ourselves in that game,” Brown said. “Part of it was probably

due to the layoff.” Plainville lost some key personnel from last year’s team. Brown said that seeing players jump into the vacant spots perform the way they did was special. Shane Pugliese led the way with 18 goals and eight assists, while Lux finished with 10 and 14, respectively. Nick D’Amico added seven assists and six assists for the Blue Devils. “I think a lot of people thought we’d be down this year and would be better next year,” Brown said. “They thought it would be a rebuilding year, and it wasn’t. They just bought in and proved something.” Brown is looking forward to next season. “We will be a team to be reckoned with next year,” Brown said. “We’re bringing back almost everyone. After a season like this with the losses that we encountered, we’re going to be unstoppable next year.” --Mark Pukalo Postseason streak ends for girls soccer According to Plainville High School girls soccer coach Leszek Wrona, his team’s 3-12-1 record this fall is deceiving. “When you don’t see us play, you’d say ‘oh, it was a disaster,’” said the coach. “No, it wasn’t a disaster. It wasn’t a disaster.” Pointing out that his team was in rebuilding mode having lost four four-year starters to graduation – talented players, who now compete at the college level, Wrona said “we knew it would not be easy” this season. “Overall I was very happy with the performance of the girls. We worked extremely hard,” he continued. “But losing those four true soccer players; I knew it would be very hard.” Not only were the Lady Blue Devils hit hard by graduation, they were bit by the injury bug as well. “It was hard to take, but the girls never gave up,” said Wrona. “We moved the lineup many times, girls played out of position. They sacrificed their goals to the team needs. “A positive thing is that a lot of freshmen and sophomores stepped up and played hard.” Through it all, Plainville

For the first time in nine years, the PHS girls soccer team failed to qualify for the postseason. fielded a competitive team. Eight of the Lady Blue Devils’ losses were one-goal decisions, and just twice were they bested by more than two goals. Before this season, Plainville had advanced to the state tournament eight years running. The locals fell well short of the qualifying mark this time around. “Every streak has to end. There’s not much you can do,” said Wrona, who is confident this season will prove to be just a bump in the road for the program. “I think this was one year only. Next year should be much better.” The 2012 Lady Blue Devils were powered offensively by a pair of juniors: Danielle Angelillo and Danielle Dixon. Senior Carly Martino and freshman Stephanie Martino also knocked in goals. Helping Angelillo control the midfield was junior Shea Echols and sophomore Sarah Grosse. Another youngster, freshman Julianna Christy, did a fine job manning the net. She was fronted by the tireless work of defenders, seniors Emma Stefanski and Kelly Burns, junior Shayla Beausoleil and sophomore Megan Cameron. --Nick Carroll Swimmers send coach into retirement happy The Plainville High School girls swim team wrapped up its 2012 campaign with a 17th place finish at the CIAC Class

S state championship meet, held at Southern Connecticut State University. The Lady Blue Devils compiled 130 points at the event. Plainville’s best Class S finish was registered by Megan Farmer. The junior placed eighth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.84 seconds. Farmer also helped the Lady Blue Devil relays that day. Plainville was 12th in both the 200 medley (2:07.19) and 400 freestyle (4:15.12) relays. Farmer, senior Kelsea Giantonio, sophomore Nicole Basile and freshman Sydney McGough comprised the 200 team. The 400 foursome was made up of Farmer, McGough, senior Nicole Rogan and freshman Emma Heslin. The Class S meet was Randy Doucette’s last at the helm of the PHS swim program. Doucette, who navigated the girls swim team for 20 years, has decided to call it a career. He stepped down from the boys team after the 2012 season after 36 years at the helm. “Randy Doucette is known throughout the state as an outstanding swim coach for both boys and girls teams,” said PHS athletic director John Zadnik. “He has made my job easier over the past 15 years because he has taken care of everything related to our swim program, including doing his own scheduling, running conference and state meets, and even maintaining the area in

and around the pool. He has helped hundreds of our student-athletes not only become better swimmers, but also better citizens. It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to ever fully replace Randy Doucette.” At the Central Connecticut Conference South divi sion championship meet, Doucette’s Lady Blue Devils generated 252 points and finished second behind Bristol Eastern (320.5). “The best memories I have are the kids I’ve had and their parents,” said Doucette. “Coaching like this means you give up your life for them in-season; they become your life. If you’re willing to give up a lot, to do this the right way – 24/7 for the kids – then it turns around and becomes the best thing, which is that your life belongs to them. “This has been my hobby, my passion and it’s what I always wanted to do.” --Nick Carroll S o - s o c a m pa i g n fo r harriers Plainville High School cross country coach Shaun Berard gave his boys’ performance at the Central Connecticut Conference championship meet a mixed review. “About half the varsity runners had good races, and some had their See Rewind / Page 19

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4-3 thriller against Unionville after Justin Plourde singled in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning. Also, Nick D’amico pitched a wonderful game against a first-place RCP team in a 6-1 victory. Post 33 was able to get back-to-back quality starts on the mound when Rob Pezzulo and Matt Sauvron went the distance against Glastonbury and West Hartford, respectively. These two wins allowed Plainville to salvage one win in each of the season series. When asked which of the players impressed him the most Litke said all of his guys have a lot of potential and could become very good ball players. He did point out he liked what he saw from Sam Lindgren behind the plate.


Also, Mike Munson, Pezzulo and Sauvron were all solid contributors on offense. Litke noted that Marc Milo played “an extremely solid second base.” The manager finished off by saying Sauvron and D’amico pitched well. Now these young Plainville players need to show that they are ready for the 2014 high school season. “This group of kids should be a solid group,” said Litke. “But in two years they will be extremely competitive bePlainville’s Alexis Ruscito, second from right, and the CT Titans 18U Green travel cause they have been playing softball team took second place in The WFC Summer Nationals, played July 15-19 together for a very long time in Myrtle Beach, SC. Ruscito plays catcher and second for the Titans, based out of and they have a lot of talent, Terryville. so I would say within one to two years they will be a very dangerous team.” Weston claimed the Class M With the summer season Berlin. Bristol Central and behind them, these players Middletown rounded out the championship. -- Nick Carroll can focus on the spring and From Page 18 top three. Spikers struggle through continuing the tradition of Plainville, led by Delaney Plainville baseball. worst race of the year,” he said. Russell’s 14th place showing two-win campaign The Plainville High School However, the coach was not (23:28.13) was fifth. Isabella displeased with the team’s D’Onofrio (25th), Mckenna volleyball team managed just showing at the event, held Rita (27th), Annie Florence two victories, finishing 2-15. Following a 3-0 loss to Oct. 17 at Wickham Park in (29th) and Elizabeth Tata like A-Rod. Wealthy fran- Manchester. The locals ran to (30th) also scored for the Lady Bristol Eastern, PHS coach Steve Compson said his troops chises can mire themselves a third place finish in the sev- Blue Devils. with pricy contracts which en-team CCC South Division. PHS harriers went on to were simply outmatched. “We do not pan out and instead “For how many runners we compete at the CIAC Class M had no solutions for anything they did,” he said. “I felt a litlead to fractured relations be- have graduated after the past state championship meet. tween team and player. Gunner Hoffman was the tle like Custer felt at the Little two seasons, I think the team Which is to say that noth- should be pleased with a third- first Blue Devil to cross the Bighorn.” The Lady Blue Devils ing is more valuable than place finish,” Berard stated. finish line. He landed in 26th homegrown talent. When a The Blue Devils were paced place. Also scoring for the lo- earned just two points in superstar has been born of by Ryan Acey, who finished cals were Ryan Acey (31st), Game 2 against Eastern. “We play in their division, a franchise, he typically has third. He navigated the sce- Omar Abdelsame (37th), too much self-respect than to nic 3.1-mile course in a time of Nick Evangelista (61st) and turn on what nurtured him. 18:04.47. Acey was followed by Dominick D’Onofrio (70th). See Rewind / Page 20 Yes, examples to the contrary teammates Gunner Hoffman abound (Clemens). But when (7th, 18:20.84) and Omar an organization can form its Abdelsame (18th, 19:09.99). own leader, someone who Also scoring for PHS bleeds for the team, it can were Nick Evangelista (21st, be the making of champion- 19:21.97) and James Lux (22nd, ships: for instance, just look 19:26.63). NO NEED to be without Teeth! to the departing Rivera, the Bristol Central took home 5 Styles starting at $199* altruistic, dependable closer the South Division crown. DENTURES UPPER OR LOWER Dentures with five World Series rings. The champs were followed by available Kyle Swartz is editor of Middletown. Plainville edged Extractions and Relines and in 24 The North Haven Citizen and its old foe Berlin for third. Dentures at same Repairs while hours. appointment! you wait. an editorial associate at the In the girls race, the CCC Record-Journal, Meriden. South Division was won by


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Rewind “Lack of determination and desire is a major part of our but we are not in their league,” failure,” Compson said folCompson said of Bristol lowing a 3-0 loss to Maloney Eastern. “Our goals as a pro- and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of gram are to improve and to be- Middletown. “In the coming weeks we gin challenging the top teams in our league. We are very far will see by attitude and example who the most dedicated short of that goal this year.” Past the halfway point of the players in the program are.” --Nick Carroll season, Compson had this to say: From Page 19

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Special needs students expand vocational skills Press Release Plainville High School students Julie Zaleski, Sami Cyr, and Tahara Washington recently completed their first year in the district’s special needs vocational program, thanks to the support of local businesses and organizations that opened their doors for the student workers. The Federal Special Education law requires school districts to consider specially-designed instruction for certain students with disabilities through age 21. After age 15, schools are required to provide not only academic instruction, but also instruction about independent living skills, employment skills, and post-secondary training opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. Providing early and frequent real-world experiences in these areas outside of the school setting is essential to prepare these students to be productive members of the community by helping them to realize as much independence as possible in their adult lives. Upon completion of their academic high school program the previous year,

the three students spent this school year gaining valuable vocational skills working within the community in various work environments. Supervised by their vocational coordinator, Marilyn Badner, and job coach/paraprofessional, Alyson Michaud, the students worked with local businesses including Delmar Products in Berlin, Gnazzo’s Supermarket in Plainville, and Confetti Restaurant in Plainville. In addition to working with these local businesses, the students worked with the Plainville Housing Authority and the Plainville Senior Center with duties that ranged from cleaning, helping with social activities, washing dishes, and waitressing. Through the vocational program, the students were able to gain work experience, earn a paycheck, and learn banking skills. Students also worked towards developing a good work ethic, the concept of working to gain a paycheck, and how to budget the money they had earned. “While these work and community skills are so important, being immersed in their own community was probably the most valuable

experience of all, “ Badner said. “The girls have benefited by becoming more familiar with the town they reside in and have developed lasting friendships. A special thank you is owed to the ownership and staff of the businesses and organizations that participated in the program for helping these students to learn these many important skills, as well as providing friendship and acting as excellent role models. We are looking forward to continuing the vocational program next year and hope to add some new experiences to help strengthen these very important skills to our students.” “The entire school year has been a very positive learning experience for these three students thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Badner, Mrs. Michaud and the Plainville businesses and organizations who partnered with us to provide some real-life and meaningful experiences for our students,” said supervisor of special education, Anne Walsh. Submitted by Plainville Community Schools

POLICE BLOTTER Information provided by the Plainville Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions. July 17: Lamare K. Brooks, 27, 190 Moody St., Bristol, second-degree breach of peace, 3:52 p.m. July 19: Ashley A. Cascio, 24, 513 Emmett St. unit 21, Bristol, sixth-degree larceny, 8:11 p.m. July 20: Mathieu Blackstone, 18, 2 Shirley Court, evading responsibility, 5:50 a.m.

July 21: William J. Clancy, 46, 14 Henry St., Wallingford, second-degree breach of peace, 6:02 p.m. William C. Savage, 34, 41 Woodland St., illegal possession of controlled substance, illegal possession of anabolic steroid, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of marijuana, second-degree breach of peace, 8:21 p.m. July 22: Jose Morataya, 18, 10 Summer St., Pawtucket, R.I., evading responsibility, op-


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The topping off ceremony marked placement of the last piece of steel into the cancer center’s top and was highlighted with remembrance of HOCC employee Pat Hamel. HOCC President and CEO Clarence J. Silvia, addresses ceremony attendees, who included many family members of Pat Hamel. cluding intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy and Novalis radiosurgery; clinical research; genetic counseling and testing. The center will also include physician offices. The hospital is launch-

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A traditional topping off ceremony at the construction site of The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s new $40 million cancer center was held July 10, marking placement of the last piece of steel into the center’s top. The construction milestone was highlighted with remembrance of HOCC employee Pat Hamel, who died in May. As the steel beam was turned for placement in front of attendees, who included Hamel’s family, politicians and hospital staff members, they saw a posted inscription saying, “In memory of our friend and colleague, Pat Hamel, July10th, 2013.” Hamel was an HOCC construction coordinator and instrumental in finalizing the cancer center’s design. He had previously been director of Plant Operations and Maintenance at HOCC for more than 30 years. The nearly 70,000-squarefoot state-of-the-art cancer center is being built on over nine acres on the New Britain/Plainville line. TBI Construction, LLC is building the cancer center. The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s new $40 million state-of-the-art cancer center will consolidate outpatient services in one convenient location and allow for future expansion of cancer care. The ceremony also marked transition to the next construction phase, namely making the building weather-tight before winter, when interior construction can continue. The cancer center is expected to open by early 2015. The new center, to include an atrium, will house the hospital’s George Bray Cancer Center, the American Savings Foundation Radiation Therapy Treatment Center and related cancer services. A medical office building will be built adjacent to the atrium and owned by The Tomasso Group. The cancer center will offer centralized care that will encompass all outpatient areas of cancer care -- treatment, detection, prevention, support and research. HOCC provides advanced programs in breast,

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Summer reading Reading programs runs through Thursday, Aug. 22. “Dig Into Reading” is the theme of the program for pre-readers and independent readers up to grade 5. They will read or listen for 20 minutes a day to earn a prize. For each week they read, they are allowed to “dig” into a treasure chest filled with prizes. Sign up at the children’s department. “Beneath the Surface” is a program for students in

grades 6 to 12. For every book they read and review, their name will be entered into a biweekly raffle drawing. Students can visit and click on “Teen Summer Reading 2013” to create a free online reading account. They will log in, add the books they have read, and their names will automatically be entered into a biweekly raffle drawing.

Lots to do at library Events sponsored by the Friends of the Plainville Public Library: Monday, Aug. 12, 6 or 6:45 p.m.: Forest Park Zoo presents Animals That Dig (registration required). Join the group for a special program all about animals that dig. We’ll learn about their habits

and see them up-close. The summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Plainville Public Library. Thursday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m.: Summer reading program finale, with DJ David Robinson.

Big Y donates In response to Oklahoma tornadoes that touched down and caused massive destruction throughout parts of Oklahoma, Big Y World Class Markets established a donation program. Big Y collected donations from customers and employees for American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Funds were raised through a special in-store customer/employee donation program. Community and employee donations, along with additional support from Big Y, resulted in a donation of $40,000, which will be utilized by both Massachusetts and Connecticut American Red Cross Chapters in support of the ongoing relief efforts in the devastated communities and the many people affected by the tornadoes.



As an extension of the Plainville Community Schools energy conservation program, students in Leanne Nolan’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes at Plainville High School partnered with fifth graders at Linden Street School for a hand’s on lesson on energy conservation. With assistance from their high school peers, the fifth graders learned how to measure energy use of common appliances, compared energy use of appliances, calculated energy use over time in kilowatt-hours, learned how to read an energy bill, learned how to read an energy star label, and discussed how students can help conserve energy at Linden and in their own homes. Mr. John Legato from General Electric in Plainville also volunteered during the lesson, and donated light bulbs for demonstrations as part of the lesson plan.


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LEGAL NOTICE A certified list of Republican party-endorsed candidates for the Town of Plainville for election as Town Council, Board of Education, Constable and Library Trustee will be on file in my office at One Central Square Plainville, Connecticut, and copies thereof are available for public distribution. A Primary will be held September 10, 2013 if the required primary petition(s) for opposition candidate(s) is filed, pursuant to Sections 9-382 to 9-450 of the Connecticut General Statutes, not later than 4:00 p.m. on August 7, 2013. Petition forms, instructions and information concerning the procedure for filing of opposing candidacies, including schedules, may be obtained from: Beth Gasparini, Republican Registrar of Voters, One Central Square Plainville, Connecticut Carol A. Skultety, Plainville Town Clerk Dated at Plainville, Connecticut this 1st day of August, 2013.


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We Accept All Trade-Ins Including Boats, Campers, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Commercial Vehicles and More! Don’t miss... Call Chris at 203 250-5952

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Automobiles Wanted DON’T JUNK YOUR OLD CAR Mechanical Problems, Body Damage I Will Buy Your Car CASH at Market Value. Jeff (203) 213-1142

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Come Work with the BEST in a Franchised Favored Automotive Quality Shop. 52 Service Bays with Attached FULL SERVICE Body Shop MODERN EQUIPMENT! Family Owned and Operated AND Financially Stable since 1952 and Still Growing! Brand New Facility for Chevrolet, Mazda, and Isuzu. Massive State of the Art Service Facility seeking Qualified Professionals, Guaranteed Pay, Flat Rate, Excellent Benefits Package Includes: Paid Training, Medical, Dental, Retirement and Excellent Long Term Co-Workers! Stop In and Check Us Out at:

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Chevy Silverado 2009 1500, Ext Cab, 4 WD $19,988 Stock #1349

GENERAL LABOR BEAT THE HEAT!! ALL DEPTS HIRING! $450-$550/week potential We are ahead production & behind on staff. We are putting 20 people to work this week!! We will place & train motivated individuals into the following depts: SETUP & DISPLAY MANAGEMENT CUSTOMER SERVICE FT/PT available-come beat the rush & join our team!!!! Setting up interviews Mon & Tues. 860-329-0317

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Volkswagen New Beetle 2001 Stock# 13-992A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

AUTO BODY TECHNICIAN If you’re committed to the highest standard of auto body repair and have ASE Certification with I Car Training, then Zoel’s Body and Auto Center is looking for you. We offer a clean working environment, state of the art equip. Exc pay & benefits. Call for appt (203) 237-6464 BEST CLEANERS Shirt Presser We currently have FT opportunity for a shirt presser. Hours are 8am until finish; Mon-Sat approx. 30 hrs/wk. Job requires an individual with a good attitude who is motivated to learn & is a team player. Benefits include: Health, dental, and life ins., paid vaca, birthdays and hol’s, FSA, uniforms, retirement plan, 401K plus more. Drug Screen required. Please apply in person: 94 Washington Avenue, North Haven (203) 234-2378 Drivers: Home Weekly. Pay up to $.40/mi., 70% D & H/90% No Touch Freight. BCBS/Dental/ Vision/401k. Class A CDL 6 Months Exp. 877-7043773

ROGERS ORCHARDS SOUTHINGTON, CT needs 6 temporary workers 8/1/2013 to 11/3/2013. Work tools, supplies, equipment provided without cost to worker. Housing will be available without cost to worker who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day. Transportation reimbursement and subsistence is provided upon completion of 15 days or 50% of the work contract. Work is guaranteed for 3/4 of the work days during the contract period. $10.91 per hr. Applicants to apply contact CT Department of Labor at 860-263-6020. Or apply for the job at the nearest local office of the SWA. Job order #4559148. May perform any combination of tasks related to the production and harvesting of apples, pears. peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots including pruning, thinning, hoeing, baiting, irrigating, mowing, fertilizing and harvesting. Workers will be using straight and step ladders and will be required to lift approx 40 lbs while descending and ascending ladder on sustained basis. At least 2 months experience in duties listed required.

Houses For Sale

Apartments For Rent MERIDEN 1 BR, 2nd Floor New Carpets, Washer & Dryer available. Ample parking. No pets. $775 per month plus Security. 203-376-1259

Meriden For Sale By Owner 33 John George Drive Great Location! 3 Bedroom Colonial 3.5 Baths 2 Walk-In Closets Living Room, Dining Room Finished Basement w/Bar 2 Car Garage .35 acres $335,000 203 988-8133 203 599-5254

MERIDEN 3 BR. 2nd Fl. Clean. Well maintained. 6 Gold Street. Large BRs, Sunny Kitchen. WD hookup. $890. Call Will 860-801-1891 MERIDEN 4 BR, 2 BA, 2nd Flr. $1125/mo. Avail. immed. 2 BR, $700, avail 8/1. Plus sec & utils. 230 West Main St. Call 203886-8808. Home Sweet Homes

Mobile Homes For Sale MERIDEN/Wallingford Newer Double Wide. 2 BR, 2 BA, Central Air, Mint Condition in Up Scale Park. $79,900! Call 203-799-7731 Also available, Brand New 2 BR in Upscale Park. $59,900! Financing Available. Call 203-799-7731

Houses For Rent Wallingford 6 RM House with beautiful yard! 3 BR, 2 Full BA. HW Flrs, DR, W/D Hookup. Double Driveway. No Pets. Availiable 8/01 20354-6190

Apartments For Rent M.D. Lawn Care. Hedge Trimming or Grass Cutting for $100. Free Est. Call 203-6309832 MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 2nd floor Studio, $180/ week+security. Call 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm or www.meridenrooms. com MERIDEN. 2 BR, 1st flr $800. Appls incl. 1 mos rent, 1 mos sec. No pets. 46-48 Elliot St, nice st, off st parking. 203-836-4321

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 BR Available Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016

MERIDEN 6 Rooms, 3 bedrooms, appliances, washer/ dryer hookups, off street parking. $950/month + security. 203-537-7446 MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. H & HW included. Pool access. $945/mo plus sec. Avail immed. L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808 MERIDEN Spacious 2 BR, 5 Room, 1st Flr Apt. New kitchen & Paint. Located in Bradley Park Section of Meriden. Call Doug for information 203 235-0840 MIDDLETOWN 1 BR Apt with Garage. Avail immed. Located 1/4 mile from East St/Middle St. intersection in Westfield Section of Middletown. $790/ mo. Call 860 3464619 after 7pm Summer SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private Balcony. 203-639-4868 WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 1,200 SF Apt, 3rd Fl. Near Choate. New kitchen & windows, Hdwd floors, fully applianced, WD hookup. $925. 203-2659871 WALLINGFORD Historic District, 1 BR, Newly Remodeled, Quaint Apt! BR & BA on 2nd Flr, Off St. Park. No Smoking/Pets, Heat Incld. $900/mo. (203) 488-7163

Rooms For Rent MERIDEN 1023 OlD COlONy RD. 2 BR AvAIlABlE Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1BR Stove & Refrigerator, Heat & Hot Water incl. Lease, Sec & Refs. 203- 2397657 or 203-314-7300

MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS. Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv, East Side. Off-St Parking. $125/wk.+ sec. Call 128pm 203-630-3823 or North Haven Meadowstone Motel Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/Daily/ Wkly. On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

The Plainville Citizen | Pets For Sale BICHON FRISE Lovable. 8 Year old male Great personality. Great temperament. Lap dog. White. Great family pet! Moving-must sell. $100 203-715-6072 LAP DOG Beautiful lovable adult 12 lb. Pom. Free to good home. (860) 621-5466

Lawn and Garden CRAFTSMAN Lawn Tractor. 15.5 HP, IC, Electric Start, 42 inch Mower, 6 speed. Good Condition! Asking $500 Call 203314-8181

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Please call for corrections at 203-317-2308 - after 5 pm call 203-317-2282 Ad#:CLASS FILLER (PLEASE CHECK) Pub:PERM Wanted to Buy Date:02/13/02 1, 2 or 3 Items or Day:WED Music BySize:1X4.5 RoBeRta an estate $$$ CA$H $$$ Cust: Last Edited PeRfoRMance & 203-237-3025 instRuctionon By:EALLISON Voice Lessons All Ages Estate sale service. 7/9/13 4:18 PM. and Levels Welcome. Costume Jewelry, Piano Lessons Antiques, paintings, Salesperson: Tag Beginner to Intermediate. Meriden-made items, Line: Color Info: (203) 630-9295 toys, lamps CLASS FILLER (PLEASE CHECK) - Composite

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates. 203-238-3499

ALWAYS BUYING Hand Tools. Old, Used, Cindy’s Unique Shop and Antique Hand Tools. CONSIGNMENT Carpentry, Machinist, 32 North Colony Street Engraving and Workbench Wallingford Tools. If you have old or (203) 269-9341 used tools that are no 2 levels, 1800 SF of Conlonger being used, call with signed Home Decor & Furconfidence. Fair & friendly nishings. 30 Day Layaways offers. Please call Cory Available. $5 Off a purchase 860-322-4367 $25 or more. $10 off a purchase $100 or more. Check us out on Facebook. Ample Free Parking in Our Lot. Free Gift w/$15 or more purchase. Summer Hours Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9:30-5 Thurs 9:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun Closed

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ALWAYS Buying machinist tool boxes, tools & bench vises. (860) 985-5760 AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves. Appliance Repairs Will Deliver 203-284-8986

Miscellaneous For Sale Boston Red sox Bus tRips August 4th & 29th Box Seats, Coach bus, Convenient Parking. $90 pp. Call 203-605-2087

PROFORM 390E ELLIPTICAL, I-pod hookup, bought in 2010. Great condition. Asking $275. 203-530-6113

Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip 20% OFF SUMMER SALE! Cleanest seasoned firewood in the state! $190 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 and picked up. South Meriden. Mike 203 631-2211

Antiques & Collectibles ALL CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575

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HOT TUB: 5/6 person, 40 jets w/ all options. Never used. Cost $7000, Sacrifice $2950. Can Deliver. 203-232-8778

$150 QUEEN MATTRESS SET: Brand name and brand new. Still in the plastic. Call/Text Jim 860-709-7667

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CITY RECYCLING CASH for scrap steel, copper, aluminum, cars & trucks! CALL 860-522-9273 30 Fishfry St, Hartford, CT

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431 WANTED Fishing Tackle & Hunting Items. Local Collector looking for old/ new rods, reels, lures. highest prices paid. Call Dave 860-463-4359

Music Instruments & Instruction ElEctric Guitar - Epiphone SG Special Edition - Cherry Red, Mint condition, barely used, needs to be restrung. Carry bag included. Amplifier - Line 6 amp (spider 3- 15 watt8 inch). Asking $280 or best offer. Call 860-4165988 - Ask for Aaron


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1. Present this advertisement to our Marketplace Department during regular business hours Monday (9:30 am to 4:00 pm) to claim your passes. No phone calls. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. This film is rated PG. 2. Tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Signature and identification required. 3. Limit 1 (admit-two) pass per family, per month. 4. Our office is located at 11 Crown St. (So. Colony St. Entrance), Meriden, CT 06450. 5. Employees of The Southington Citizen, The Plainville Citizen and their immediate family are not eligible. Now located at: 6. No purchase necessary. 11 Crown Street The Plainville SOME MILD ACTION AND RUDE HUMOR


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State Representative Betty Boukus ( D - P l a i nv i l l e , Ne w Britain) is inviting area families to some summer activities at the state capital. The state’s Judicial Branch, in collaboration with the League of Women Voters, the Museum of Connecticut History and Connecticut’s Old State House, is sponsoring a day of activities Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Hartford. Children will be able to explore state government through tours of Connecticut’s Supreme Court, State Capitol and the Museum of Connecticut History. Activities include: Connecticut Invents! Discover many famous and not so famous Connecticut inventors and inventions during this hands-on activity, which uses objects and photographs from the museum’s collection of Connecticut industrial history. A visit to the State Capitol’s Hall of Flags, which displays flags Connecticut soldiers have carried into battle, and also learn about the legislative process. Learning about the historic Connecticut Supreme Court courtroom by visiting the room where Connecticut’s most important legal rulings have occurred. Visit to Connecticut’s Old State House, where Connecticut’s democracy was born and learn who made it happen. Additionally, the museum has exhibits chronicling Connecticut’s rich history. A full schedule of events is available at Anyone interested in attending can call Boukus’ Legislative Assistant, Aurora D’Angona, (860) 240-8500.


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