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School board OKs budget

Choice districts face cuts By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

Despite a snowstorm the day before, Berlin High School senior Izayah Bailey drove from Hartford ready to start his Friday, which included basketball practice after school.

By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

“I’ve been playing all my life,” the Hartford resident said. “It’s a way to take my mind off things.”

The Board of Education approved the Superintendent’s proposed budget of $35.5 million Monday night with an increase of 1.95 percent over the current year. The approval is a less than a 1 percent decrease of Superintendent Maureen Brummett’s initial 2.28 percent increase proposed last month. The budget will not include new chairs for the middle school library. Also, several staff reductions will be made including a few retirements. At the last board meeting, Brummett said it was going to be a tight year. The town’s Education Cost Sharing grant was slashed by more than $100,000 for this fiscal year and recently Governor Dannel Malloy proposed a state budget that would cut more than $1 million in aid to Plainville. “We need to tell them this is not acceptable,” said Andrea Saunders, board chair. The Town Manager will present the town budget to the Town Council next month. Brummett said she was confident the BOE and town could collaborate to make sure students and tax payers are not significantly impacted.

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Improvements set for rail crossings By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

Several rail crossings in town were recently identified by the state as needing improvement. Town Manager Robert Lee said discussions about rail safety in town started after an incident in December 2016 when a driver clipped the tail end of a train at

night on Broad Street. There were no reported injuries, but town and state officials decided to take a closer look at rail crossings in town after the accident. There haven’t been any major train accidents in town in the last 50 years, according to Lee. “These are things we need to look at,” he said Additional crossing gates were discussed during a recent meet-

ing between town officials, Pan Am Railways and the state Department of Transportation. Currently, there are no gates at the Broad Street crossing where the December accident occurred. The night of the accident, a Pan Am employee was standing with a light to alert motorists that a train was on its way. Out of the seven crossings in PlaSee Rail, A8 58335-02

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Religion Briefs Church of Our Savior Church of Our Saviour, 115 West Main St., has scheduled the Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information, call 860-747-3109 or churchofoursaviourplainvillect@

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United Methodist Sunday worship at 10 a.m.; church school at 9 a.m.

Special events - Ash Wednesday worship, Wednesday, March 1, Agape meal, 6:30 p.m., worship, 7 p.m.; UMW Spiritualist Church of & Prayer Shawl meeting, Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.; Love & Light Worship with Holy CommuThe Spiritualist Church of nion, Sunday, March 5, 10 Love & Light is scheduled to a.m.; Lenten Soup Suppers, meet Sunday, 10:30 a.m., at Thursdays during Lent, 5:30 The Loop Suite C, 311 East St. p.m. Church services, lectures, Chapel in West healings, and spirit messages followed by coffee, light meal Cemetery is open or snack and conversation The Chapel in the West Cemwith like-minded people. All etery, North Washington are welcome. Street, is open to the public Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact The chapel is also available Rev. Aristia Partiss at 860-918for events for a fee.

For more information, call the superintendent at 860-747-2314 or visit www.

The Congregational Church of Plainville The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC, 130 West Main St., celebrates services every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Sessions are planned for Thursdays, 7 p.m., Feb. 23 to April 6. Whether you are struggling with the church,

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Jesse is a lovely, semi-feral cat who gave us three adorable kittens. She is searching for a rescue home that will continue to work with her. She would also be happy living in a barn community. Jesse is peaceful and independent. Tommy is a natural born greeter. He is fearless and loves people and is good with dogs and other cats. He is severely allergic to fleas. A strictly indoor home will solve this issue for him. Join us Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., at PetSmart, 278 New Britain Road, Plainville, for an adoption event. Find an online application in preparation for the event at For more information, call 860-479-5173 or email

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Officer accused in pill theft fired By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night, after a closed-door session, to terminate the employment of a Plainville police sergeant accused of stealing prescription pills from the scene of a drug overdose.

Former Sgt. Michael Bisnov’s last paid day was Monday. He was on paid leave since Jan. 26, 2016, when an internal affairs investigation into the incident was started. He made about $83,000, according to Town Manager Robert Lee. Lt. Nicholas Mullins, who completed the internal investigation in July, said Bisnov violated the department’s rules and regulations following an untimely death investigation in January 2016. He is accused of stealing prescription pills from the scene, according to the investigation.

“It was a very difficult situation but I think the council saw the overwhelming evidence that termination was the only appropriate outcome,” said Police The investigation also includes a reChief Matthew Catania.

port in which a Drug Enforcement Administration informant said that, in 2011, Bisnov purchased drugs in Wallingford while in his Plainville police uniform. The DEA didn’t pursue charges and his superiors in Plainville weren’t made aware of the incident. The Town Council previously met in closed sessions to discuss Bisnov’s future with the department. Bisnov was represented by the police union. Catania said the department’s internal investigation has wrapped up, while the state police investigation into Bisnov is still pending.

Plainville Democrats to meet The Plainville Democratic Town Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers at the Plainville Municipal Center. Meetings are open to the public. For more information on the Plainville Democratic Town Committee, contact Chairperson Rosemary Morante at 860-402-3873 or MEDIA THAT MOVES >>

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Library News The Plainville Public Library plans to be open Sundays through April 30, 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Feb. 19 and April 16. For more information, call 860-793-1446 or visit www.

Adult programs Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m. - “Sully.”

Chamber taking nominations The Plainville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nomination for the following awards.

Sunday, March 5, 1 p.m. Irish music with Deirdre Woodford and Paul Pender. Thursday, March 9, 1 p.m. and Saturday, March 25, 1:30 p.m. - Monthly movie, “The Light Between Oceans.” Thursday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. - Adult Coloring. Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m. - “Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story.” The story of Emma Gatewood, who hiked the Appalachian Trail alone, in 1955, at the age of 67. Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. - The People Plant Connection with Jeff Elevald. Hands-on planting tea seeds imported from China. Registration is required.

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The Great LEGO Build Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m., all ages. Creations stay at the library for display. Stuffed Animal Picnic - Saturday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m., ages 8 and under. Bring a stuffed animal for stories, crafts, stuffed animal parade and picnic. Preschool Storytime - Mondays, 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5, with caregiver. Books, songs, rhymes, crafts. Registration required. Flying Fingers Knit & Crochet Group - Wednesdays, 3 p.m., for children, teens and adults.

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Calendar Friday, Feb. 17

Sunday, Feb. 19

Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “The Seven Year Itch” for Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit

Cat adoption - Hearts United Cat Rescue has scheduled an adoption event for Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 to 3 p.m., at PetSmart, 278 New Britain Ave., Plainville. For more information and an online application, visit

Boys basketball - Plainville vs. Platt at Plainville, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “The Seven Year Itch” for Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www. Ice hockey - Plainville vs. Newington Coop at Newington Arena, 7:05 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 20 Ice hockey - Plainville vs. Enfield-E. Granby-Stafford at Newington Arena, noon.

Tuesday, Feb. 21 Boys basketball - Plainville vs. Berlin at Berlin, 6:45 p.m.

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Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “The Seven Year Itch” for Saturday, March 4, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www.

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Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, has scheduled a production of “The Seven Year Itch” for Friday, March 3, 8 p.m. For information and tickets, call 860-8291248 or visit www.ctcabaret. com.

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Gala - The New Britain High School Marching Band Parent Music Association has scheduled its third annual gala for Saturday, March 4, at the VFW Hall, 41 Veterans Drive, New Britain. A fee is charged. The event includes Friday, Feb. 24 dinner. Dress code is festive Theater - The Connecticut attire. All proceeds benefit Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webnew uniforms, instruments ster Square Road, has schedand the student scholarship uled a production of “The fund. For more information Seven Year Itch” for Friday, and tickets, call 860-989Feb. 24, 8 p.m. For information 2159, email pmvtmandrake@ and tickets, call 860-829-1248 or visit www. or visit

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Healthy Family FunFest The eighth annual Healthy Family FunFest, a health and wellness event, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. The family friendly day celebrates living a healthy lifestyle; from eating better, to learning about green energy, to physical/mental well-being and beyond. Features include health information, medical professionals, speakers, screenings, demonstrations, fitness challenges, giveaways and

children’s activities. Specific areas focus on healthy eating, healthy minds, children, aging well, sports medicine and more. Now a community tradition, the event attracts more than 3,500 people from throughout central Connecticut interested in learning more about health and wellness. For more information on sponsoring or exhibiting, call Antoinette Ouellette at 860-378-1268 or email Antoinette.Ouellette@hhchealth. org.

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Municipal closings The Town of Plainville Municipal Center, Senior Center and library are scheduled to be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance or Presidents’ Day. Refuse/recycling collec-

their treatments. Volunteers should be available once a Music has proved to be bene- month or once a week, be ficial in various therapies for between the ages of 18 and people who have dementia. 85, have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle For more information or with insurance. to donate an iPod or MP3 player, call Stacy Carleton at Call the American Cancer 860-378-1286. Society at 1-800-227-2345. program. 60712-01

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Obituary Grazia (Forcella) Ettorre PLAINVILLE — Grazia (Forcella) Ettorre, 84, of Plainville, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain. She is now reunited with her beloved husband of 54 years, Nicola “Nick” Ettorre, who predeceased her

in 2008. Born in Italy on Jan. 1, 1933, she was one of four children to the late Filipo and Sophia (Pulcini) Forcella. She and Nick married in Italy in 1954, and settled in Plainville shortly after where they raised their five children. Grazia was well known for her passion for cooking, especially her much-loved meatballs and sauce that could never be duplicated. She began her career in food service at the former Inn Chablis in Plainville, and went on to work

for the Silo in Farmington until her stroke in 1997. While that may have prevented her from continuing to work, she had a strong will and remained independent until less than a week ago. She enjoyed being outside in her yard, working in her garden, and soaking up the sun’s rays each day. A woman of great faith, she was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Mercy Church. A loving mother and grandmother, she will be missed dearly. Grazia leaves her devoted son and daughter-in-law, Giuseppe “Joe” and Deb-

bie Ettorre, of Plainville; her daughters, Kathy, Amalia, Sophia, and Annette; her sister, Jennie Faiazza; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She also leaves her extended family, Antonio and Lidia Ettorre, whose visits were much appreciated, Michelangelo and Yolanda Ettorre, Marie Forcella and Ilda Forcella. She was predeceased by her brothers, Michael, Tomasso, and Ermanno Forcella. Joe and Debbie extend their deepest gratitude to her caretakers, Anna, Janina, Irene, and Lucyna,

who were instrumental in fulfilling Grazia’s wishes to remain in her home. A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Grazia’s life will be held on Thursday, (TODAY) at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Family and friends may gather at the church prior to the Mass for visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, (TODAY). She will be laid to rest next to her husband at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. Plantsville Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit

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inville, Broad Street, Town Line Road and West Main Street were recommended for further analysis. The crossings will be improved to comply with Federal Railroad Administration requirements.

The improvements are expected to be funded through the state. Lee said at this time there will be no cost to the town. Some work has the potential of being done this summer while areas like West Main Street will require a longer study. Lee said the public will be updated as the plans move forward.

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Over 2,000 students are enrolled in the program, including suburban students who attend school in Hartford. The Hartford-based program is the largest in the state; there are two smaller ones in the New Haven and New London areas. “They end up having a lifetime of achievement,” said Debra Borrero, division director. “They integrate better into careers.” Funding for academic and social programs, in addition to the Open Choice Enrollment Grant, are available to Choice school districts like Berlin.

The grant funded paraprofessionals and tutors to help students succeed. An enrichment teacher, who helped at-risk students, will be cut next year. In a 2014 CREC video about Plainville’s program, one Open Choice student said the extra help raised his F’s to straight B’s by the next semester. Brummett said officials are working on a substitute program for students that need academic assistance. “It’s a devastating cut to us,” said Berlin schools’ Superintendent David Erwin. “We really had no idea they were going to cut it.” He said the decrease in funding potentially reduces the possibility of after-school programming for Open Choice students.

The Academic and Social Support Grant funds after school and tutoring programs. With the latest state cuts, however, some schools are seeing a big decrease in the grant they have come to rely on.

Berlin was forced to eliminate its after-school wellness program at the middle school and another at the elementary schools. The high school after school programs were kept with emphasis on academic components.

Grants to Berlin and Plainville recently were cut by more than 50 percent.

Paraprofessionals were reduced, as well as hours available to assist students.

“It’s forcing us to make some pretty big adjustments,” said Plainville schools’ Superintendent Maureen Brummett.

“The social piece is important for students,” said Berlin Assistant Superintendent Brian Benigni. “Some stu-

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The Hartford neighborhoods are broken up by zone with a number of schools to choose from in each zone. Applicants then list the schools in their zone 1 through 5, with 1 being the preferred school,

Bailey started in the Open Choice program as a second-grader at the Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts in Hartford. He picked Berlin from a list of local suburban schools and started in his last year of middle school. Bailey’s younger brother attends a middle school in West Hartford. His older brother graduated from Berlin High School last year.

the grant in the future. “Transportation is not a line item in the Board of Education budget so we need a grant for it,” said Benigni, assistant superintendent in Berlin. Enrollment numbers have steadily increased for several participating districts.

CREC began the zone-based application lottery system in the 2013-14 school year to encourage parent-to-parent communication.

According to a strategic school profile for the 201213 year, Southington had 30 Open Choice students enrolled. As of October 2016 the number had more than doubled with an enrollment of 80.

Borrero, the division director, said the switch created a stronger application pool.

Plainville and Berlin have also offered more seats and boast high graduation rates.

On average, over 3,000 applications are received a year.

“The children here do very well,” said Brummett, Plainville superintendent.

Borrero said the academic and social program grant cuts are not expected to impact the district seats for next year’s enrollment.

In Berlin, Bailey has already been accepted to two local colleges with a plan to major in business management and minor in sports Both Plainville and Berlin are management. preparing for bigger cuts to

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“The coaches we have are great,” he said. “A lot of their message isn’t just basketball — it’s about being better people in the future.”



dents, 194, due to its proximity to Hartford.

For Bailey, being on the team is about more than basketball.


The Open Choice Program, formerly Project Concern, began in 1966 as a way to integrate schools. The Capitol Region Education Council program now has 27 participating suburban districts, including Berlin, Southington and Plainville.

Brummett said while enrollment likely won’t suffer due to the cuts, there will be changes in academic and social programs.

dents reside in Hartford, some reside in Berlin, but they’re all Berlin students.”


“Ever since the first day, that’s when I made a few of my close friends that I’m still close with to this day,” he said.

Plainville has 115 Open Choice students enrolled. The district joined the program two years after it began in 1968.


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Tidy town budget, assistant town manager recognized The Town of Plainville has been awarded the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2017 fiscal year budget.

who meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the award, entities must satisfy the nationally recognized guidelines for an effective budget presenThe Government Finance Offi- tation. These guidelines assess cers Association of the United how well an entity’s budget States and Canada annually serves as a policy document, a presents the Distinguished financial plan, an operations Budget Presentation Award guide, and a communications to governing bodies and staff

device. Budget documents must be rated as “proficient” in all four categories, as well as the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

to the individual designated as being the person or department primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This year’s Certificate of Recognition was presented to Plainville’s Assistant Town Manager, Shirley Osle.

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Wheeler Elementary School held its first annual “Wheeler Moonlight Reading Night” recently. The event was organized by a committee of teachers and parents, implemented by teachers and retired teachers, and was attended by more than 100 students and families. Students and teachers donned their pajamas, rotated through stations listening to various teachers read stories, and also participated in arts and crafts.

Reunion Plainville High School Class of 1967 is planning its 50th class reunion for the fall of 2017. To add a name to the contact list, email

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Specialty brews served craft beer for customers to take home and the coffee shop has its own growlers for favorite brews. The coffees feature different designs with foam and flavored syrups.

By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

Customers took advantage of the spring-like temperatures Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, to try cold brew coffee at the opening of Rebel Dog Coffee Co. on Farmington Avenue.

“It’s great, we do some latte art,” Poltorak said.

Latte art featured at the new Rebel Dog Coffee Co., on Farmington Avenue in “People have been very happy so far,” said Peter Lem- Plainville.

notis, who closed Confetti in December to open the coffee shop and adjoining JV’s Taproom in the space. Rebel Dog features cold brew and nitro brew coffees roasted over an open flame. “We’re dialing into the exact recipes and proper brewing techniques,” said Harrison Poltorak, operator of the coffee shop. He said the chemistry of Nitro brews and other coffees involve a lot of science.

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then you pressurize it with nitrogen at about 32 psi.” The informal opening allowed Poltorak to teach his newest employees about brewing. “I’ve worked in cafes before,” said Kaitlin Higgins, “but not one as dedicated to the science and detail of coffee.”

The Southington resident is one of six young adults working at the shop. Lemno“You’re taking that same cold tis said he is looking forward brew concentrate,” he said, to mentoring the staff. The “and we put it into a keg and taproom offers growlers of

Higgins said she is still learning the techniques of a perfect design. The coffee shop features an industrial motif with rustic accents. A separate sitting area features vibrant red couches for customers to sit and sip the brews. Up a few steps and diners can grab wood-stove pizza and beer at the taproom. An official grand opening for the coffee shop and taproom is expected to be held at the end of the month. “We do need more for the younger professional crowd,” said Mark DeVoe, the town’s director of planning and economic development. “What Peter is doing seems to be geared toward that.”


Police say a New Britain man was arrested after he punched a co-worker at Big Y supermarket in Plainville and threatened him with a deli knife. Joshua Alley, 39, of 161 S. Main St., was arrested on a warrant Saturday and charged with third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, third-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening, thirddegree criminal mischief and second-degree reckless endangerment. He was released on $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Feb. 21. On Jan. 29, police responded to the Big Y store at 275 New Britain Ave, after an employee reported that Alley, a co-worker, grabbed him by the throat and punched him in the mouth and eye after demanding he get off the phone, according to Alley’s arrest warrant. After another co-worker broke up the fight, Alley grabbed a deli knife and threatened the man. Later, Alley reportedly punched out the man’s car window and left before police arrived, the warrant said. — Lauren Sievert

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy delivered on his promise Wednesday, Feb. 8 to refocus municipal aid with an emphasis on needier cities, drawing criticism from many lawmakers concerned about the impact on their districts. According to Malloy’s budget proposal, Wallingford would lose $10.1 million in municipal aid, the fourth largest cut statewide. Cheshire’s municipal aid would be cut $4.7 million, and Southington by just over $2 million. Berlin, meanwhile, would lose $4.9 million; Durham $2.4 million; North Haven $4.9 million; and Plainville $1.6 million. Meriden stands to gain $1.4 million in municipal aid next year, while larger cities will see even bigger increases. Malloy proposes to increase state aid to Waterbury by $40.8 million, while New Britain would see a $24.2 million increase, Bridgeport would see another $14.2 million, and New Haven $13.1

Under Malloy’s budget proposal the Educational Cost Sharing grant is updated. During his speech Feb. 8, he said the updated formula is “more equitable, more transparent, and more fair.”

Rep. Cathy Abercrombie, D-Meriden, said Malloy’s budget offered “creative ideas,” particularly in the area of municipal aid. Some “By recognizing shifting demunicipalities have enough mographics in small towns resources that they can afand growing cities, state ford to take on larger projects funding can change with with little to no borrowing, time to reflect changing com- she said, and the state should munities,” he said. reconsider whether they “By considering a given com- need to continue receiving the same level of help. munity’s ability to pay, we can adjust to what taxpayers “I think we have to be in this can actually afford,” Malloy all together as a state,” she added. said. Many lawmakers said they agreed with Malloy that the state should help cities in need, but questioned if the governor’s budget proposal represented too dramatic a shift. “I don’t think it’s a good proposal and I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere because it’s much too harsh on the towns,” said Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington.


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Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire, said she supports helping cities, but Malloy “can’t do that at such a large detriment.”

“Anytime you change funding mechanisms in this chamber, it’s tough,” he said, adding that he agreed with Malloy on the need to have more vibrant urban centers.

She said the changes in municipal aid are too dramatic for her district. Linehan also expressed disappointment about Malloy’s emphasis on support for cities, which he The budget also calls on said need to be economic towns to contribute $400 mil- drivers in the state. She said lion combined for teachers’ suburban companies can be retirement benefits. When just as beneficial. asked how many towns would avoid cuts, Benja“Our businesses are contribmin Barnes, Malloy’s budget uting to the growth of the chief, said only roughly 30 state, and we can’t be forgottowns, out of 169, could be ten about,” she said. deemed “winners.” House Speaker Joe AresimProposed cuts in aid drew owicz, D-Berlin, said he’s not strong criticism from lawsurprised by the reaction, as makers. Senate Republican it can be hard for lawmakers Leader Len Fasano, R-North to balance the needs of the Haven, said additional funding alone won’t help underperforming school districts.


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Police Blotter Arrests reported by Plainville Police: Feb. 9 Andre Litwinko, 51, 17 Hough St., second floor, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, 12:49 a.m. Michelle Szewczyk, 43, 17 Hough St., second floor, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, 12:07 a.m. Eugene M. Morton, 47, 18 Amanda Circle, Windsor, disorderly conduct, first-degree criminal trespass, 2:41 p.m. Feb. 10 Talal Qatabi, 22, 15 Brick Yard, Farmington, operating under suspension, 7:07 p.m. Feb. 11 Dennie Loper, 28, 8 First St., Bristol, possession of oxycodone, 11:11 p.m. Joshua N. Alley, 39, 161 S. Main St., New Britain, third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, third-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree reckless endangerment, 10:20 p.m. Kristopher J. Stoff, 27, 59 Marconi Ave., Bristol, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 1:49 a.m. Nikki R. Engler, 41, 164 Lovely St., Unionville, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 12:03 a.m. Feb. 12 Ronald Neuhausser, 53, 70 Lyon Road, Bristol, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 3:03 a.m. Dillon R. Griffith, 23, 32 Westchester Drive, Bristol, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 2:51 a.m.

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Town still debating dog park By Ashley Kus Citizen staff

The town manager told the dog park committee that the Town Council and other town officials do not want a dog park located in any of the main existing parks in town. Committee members again voiced their concern Wednesday night, Feb. 8 about the lack of options for a dog park. Some committee members feel the only option the town is giving them is Robert Street Extension, where homes have been demolished after a flood several years ago. “I think it’s unfair to characterize the (Town Council) as being against the dog park,” said Town Manager Robert Lee, at the Feb. 8 meeting. “They’ve told you certain areas that they’re not going to allow it.” Previously, the committee proposed locating a dog park at Norton Park. But police and town

“I think it’s unfair to characterize the (Town Council) as being against the dog park. They’ve told you certain areas that they’re not going to allow it.” | Robert Lee Town Manager

officials had safety concerns. Committee Chairman Dan Ciesielski continues to push for a safe location in Norton Park. “There are steps we need to take before we just forget about Norton Park,” he said. The committee put out a survey last month on social media. One of the top choices was a location behind Trumbull Park on Diamond Avenue. “We’re really going to need to rally people,” Ciesielski said.

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Robert Street Extension, a location favored by the Town Council and other officials, was ranked as the least desired location in the survey. The street is nearly empty after the town demolished homes due to flooding in the area. Virginia L’Etoile, a Robert Street resident who attended the meeting, said she is concerned about having the park in a neighborhood where ticks and mosquitoes are a problem. Stan Bojanowski, who also lives in the area, said he and his wife favor a dog park in the neighborhood. “We have no issues with it being down there,” he said. The committee plans to put out another survey. Lee warned against offering existing parks as options because of opposition on the Town Council. Ciesielski said the committee was open to touring Robert Street Extension, but still wanted to hear from the public. Input can be sent to

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