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Volume 16, Number 1

Black history program slated

Grand list value up a bit

By Ashley Kus The Citizen

The Historical Center on Pierce Street will host a program this month highlighting the history of locals who migrated from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa.

By Ashley Kus The Citizen

“There are several (Cape Verdean) families in Plainville,” said Gertrude LaCombe of the historical center.

The town’s grand list, the value of taxable property, grew last year by a little more than half a percent.

Every year the center hosts a program in February for Black History Month that focuses on the history of local African Americans. This year the topic will focus on people that migrated from Cape Verde in search of a better life in America. The migration was not part of the slave trade.

“It’s a small growth, but I’m happy it’s positive,” Town Manager Robert Lee said. The town assessor filed the 2017 grand list, which saw an overall $7.8 million increase from the 2016 figures. The 2017 total value of taxable property is $1,388,894,859.

Several Cape Verdean families came to live in towns like Plainville, New Britain and Waterbury. “I think it’s an interesting history,”

A display about African Americans in Plainville is featured at the Historical Center. A program on Cape Verdean people will be held Saturday, Feb. 17.

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Trail gap plan draws mixed response By Ashley Kus The Citizen

Over 50 people from Plainville, Southington, Cheshire, West Hartford, Farmington and other surrounding towns spoke about a trail study released to the public last month.

The middle school auditorium was crowded Monday night, Feb. 5 during a public hearing on a plan to close the Some said the trail offers benefits and Plainville-Southington gap in the could attract visitors. Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.

The 2016 total was $1,381,073,382. Lee said the 2017 grand list will generate additional revenue, $203,757, in comparison with the current mill rate.

“I’m here to support the bike trail,” said Barbara Davison, a Plainville resident. “The only thing we’re lacking is a bike trail, in fact ours is the only town along the route that does not have a bike trail and that’s a shame.”

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Town considers alternate employee insurance By Ashley Kus The Citizen

sees about eight people on the plan exceed $75,000 in claims a year. Last year, 21 The town may switch its self- people exceeded $75,000 insured plan after actual and made up over 50 perclaims significantly exceedcent of total claims for 2017. ed expected claims last year and left a fund deficit of $2.3 The Town Council recently appropriated $550,000 from million. the unassigned fund balance “We feel it’s in everybody’s to cover a portion of the best interest to move into health insurance fund this,” said Town Manager deficit. Further appropriaRobert Lee. tions are expected to get Town and school officials re- close to $2 million by the cently met with a consultant end of the year. to discuss possibly moving Officials discussed the possito a fully insured plan, or bility of joining the state adding more money to the Partnership Plan moving forinsurance fund. ward which is a low/no deThe town moved to a self-in- ductible point-of-service sured plan in the 90’s based plan for municipalities. on the amount of individuals Lee said while the rates covered. A total of 900 peowould be higher, the recent ple are currently on the selfinsured plan, with 400 being employees.

month to help regain $1.9 million in reduced state aid. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s recent proposed revision for fiscal year 2019 will result in a $1.1 million difference in expected state funds for Plainville. The two-year budget passed by the legislature in October was about a $600,000 difference in Plainville’s expected aid. Officials will meet with unions and employees to discuss options soon. The council is expected to make a decision by next month. Plainville Town Council.

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The United Way of West Central Connecticut has scheduled a free tax preparation site for residents of Plainville, Bristol, Burlington, Plymouth and Terryville throughout the tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program provides low-income workers and families with free tax preparation and filing. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 860-356-2000. Appointments are required.

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Plainville Police Blotter Arrests reported by Plainville influence of drugs or alcohol, 6:42 p.m. police:

PARC, for people with developmental disabilities, has scheduled its annual spring dance for Saturday, March 24, 6 to 10 p.m., at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Center St., Bristol. A fee is charged. The event includes a family style dinner, beer and wine, music by DJ BBPro and gift baskets. PARC plans to present two John Sullivan Awards – one to an individual and one to a business whose commitment to the organization and its members has been exemplary. For more information and tickets, call PARC at 860-7470316 or visit

Feb. 4 Mark R. Sausanavitch, 27, 2 Bernice Ave., Terryville, illegal possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, 12:52 a.m. Jason S. Figueroa, 32, 81 Walker Road, New Britain, illegal possession of crack cocaine, operating under suspension, 3:57 p.m. Feb. 5 Jody V. Dorn, 38, 38 Myrtle Ave., Waterbury, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating under suspension, 8:14 p.m. Christopher E. Dure, 38, 100 Hilltop Road, disorderly conduct, 10:23 p.m. Jaelyn J. Kateches, 25, 228 Meeting House Lane, Middle-

town, sixth-degree larceny, 9:49 p.m. Michael F. Perri, 40, 305 Old Marlborough, Portland, seconddegree harassment, disorderly conduct, 5:51 p.m. Derek N. Ricciarini, 46, 25 Antonio Ave., Meriden, two counts second-degree failure to appear, illegal possession of fentanyl, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3:32 a.m. Stephen M. King, 43, 1240 Woodruff St., Southington, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating under suspension, misuse of plates, failure to have insurance, operating unregistered motor vehicle, 2:20 a.m. Johnny Irizarry, 21, 81 Fourth St., Meriden, operating under suspension, 2:06 a.m.

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Therese J. Kozak, 59, 38 O’Donnell Road, New Britain, illegal possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, 8:21 p.m Jan. 27 Meghan Edwards, 32, 215 Oakville Ave., Waterbury, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 11:46 p.m. Nancy J. O’Malley, 58, 319 Berlin St., criminal violation, standing criminal protective order, 5:24 p.m. Jan. 28 Yarinellys Ocasio, 21, 100 West St., Unit 1B, New Britain, illegal possession of marijuana, 11:20 p.m. Gregory L. McArthur, 34, 7 Christopher Drive, Enfield, criminal attempt to commit first-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault, interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct, interfering with emergency call, illegal possession of phecyclidine hydrochlo, fourth-degree sexual as-


Jan. 22 Angel L. Vega, 35, 71 Russell Ave., Apt A2, two counts first-degree failure to appear, two counts second-degree failure to appear, criminal violation of a protective order, 9:57 p.m. Junior Jumpp, 26, 21 Magnolia St., Hartford, assault on a police officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, interfering with a police officer, second-degree breach of peace, reckless driving, 12:46 p.m. Karol Stasiulewicz, 30, 158 Stillwell Drive, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, risk of injury to a minor, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 Tabitha Arnold, 23, 96 Linden St., second-degree failure to appear, 9:43 a.m. Daniel Ouellette, 45, 66 Carolina Road, Bristol, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 1:14 a.m. Jan. 25 Rebecca L. Napoli, 43, 68 Cooke St., Unit 42, second-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, third-degree assault, 12:15 a.m. Jan. 26 Christina C. Mercado, 34, 205 Burritt St., New Britain, sixth-degree larceny, 11:08 p.m. Heather L. Timbrell, 34, 32 Terryville Ave., Bristol, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, 12:38 a.m. Walter A. Murzyn, 80, 34 Beckwith Drive, driving under the

sault, 1:55 a.m. Jan. 29 Emanuela P. Faiazza, 32, 38 Summer St., second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct, 10:17 p.m. Terrence Dunn, 26, 63 Maple St., violation of probation, 1:04 p.m. Juan C. Laborde, 30, 17 Malickowski Circle, illegal possession of marijuana, 12:20 a.m. Jan. 31 Phillip P. King, 40, 7 Sheridan Court, third-degree larceny, second-degree identity theft, 12:38 p.m. Feb. 1 Michael J. Hopkins, 37, 236 East St., violation of probation, 11:05 a.m. Feb. 2 Brian E. Sniffin, 27, 50 Pierce St., Unit 46, disorderly conduct, 2:20 a.m. Matthew J. Devino, 26, 50 Pierce St., Unit 46, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, disorderly conduct,


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Mary Jo Tormey Mary Jo Tormey, 90, of Plainville, passed away peacefully on Feb. 3, 2018. She will be dearly missed by her many family members and friends – in Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio, and beyond – who came to know her generous and loving spirit, her love of animals, art, and books, her nimble wit and intellect, and her insatiable thirst for knowledge. Mary Jo was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio on Feb. 25, 1927. She graduated from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio in 1948. While attending Notre Dame College, Mary Jo was class president for four years in a row. She was also listed in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” during these years. She then continued with her education while employed at the prestigious law firm of Baker, Hostetler & Patterson in Cleveland, Ohio and received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She served as a law librarian for Baker, Hostetler, and Patterson and then joined the National Bank of Detroit, now known as Chase Bank, at a time when there were very few bank librarians. Several years later she was offered the opportunity to establish the library collection for a new law school in Lansing, Mich. When state funding for the project did

not materialize, Mary Jo joined the reference library staff at Michigan State University and was in charge of their law collection. She served in this capacity until retirement. Upon retirement and the death of her beloved father, Mary Jo moved with her mother to join her sister, Phyllis Greenhalgh in Farmington. She remained a resident of Farmington and then neighboring Plainville until her death. Mary Jo Tormey was a beloved daughter of the late Mary Butler and Ferdinand Bleich; beloved sister of Nancy Murphy, of Novi, Mich.; and Phyllis Greenhalgh, of Berlin. In addition, she leaves behind her nephew, Brian Murphy, of New Jersey; as well as nephews Matthew Jaynes, of Arizona, and Marcus Jaynes, of Maine; along with grand-nephews/ nieces Christopher, Thomas, and Caroline Murphy (children of Brian and Graceann Murphy); Sean and Ben Murphy (sons of Patrick Murphy); Melaney Murphy (daughter of Michael Murphy); and Christopher and Cayden Jaynes (sons of Marcus and Rebecca Jaynes), with whom she experienced a remarkable, mutual, and vibrant relationship despite their young ages. he was predeceased by her nephews Patrick Murphy and Michael Murphy; Services were held Saturday, Feb.10, at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. Burial will be held privately at a later date.

Presidents Day schedule The Town of Plainville Municipal Center, Senior Center and public library are scheduled to be closed Monday,

Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. Refuse collections will remain on the usual schedule.

Sparkle is a sweet, 5-month-old adolescent. She is loving, quiet and ready for a nurturing home. Ebony is a beautiful 3-year-old girl with a perfectly heart-shaped locket. She is outgoing and friendly. Ebony enjoys lots of attention and seems to crave human attention rather than be with other cats. Join us Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., for an adoption event at PetSmart, 278 New Britain Ave., Plainville. There will be more cats to

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During a recent bout of cabin fever I began casting about for an affordable, nearby getaway, a “minibreak,” and decided to look at AirBnB for ideas.

A few controversies have surrounding the enterprise – an occasional crime, complaints from the hospitality business that unlicensed rentals hurt the “legit” ones. Sometimes neighbors don’t like having random strangers coming and going in their residential areas.

Rummaging around on AirBnB is a fun way to check out unique homes and lodging opportunities in the area and beyond, of course, it’s worldwide. Founded in 2008, as of January, the company had over 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries, says Wikipedia. I was surprised and impressed to see that locally plenty have jumped on the bandwagon with over 300 listings in Connecticut.

But all in all, it’s been a popular alternative and one my small circle of fellow travelers has enjoyed exploring. Your host will give you good local recommendations for things to do and see, where to eat, park and shop, for instance.

You can find unusual choices for your overnight and Connecticut has many cool options: a whole castle in AirBnB is an online directory Ellington, a houseboat on of accommodations offered the Pootatuck River, a by individuals – a spare geodesic dome in Bethleroom, a cottage, condo, hem, a mini white house, a apartment or other privately yurt, renovated barns, lakeowned abode available for side cabins, an Airstream rent overnight or for a few camper. Often, you can rent days. A few commercial enti- a whole house. ties, such as bed & breakfasts or smaller hotels some- While exact locations aren’t given, I managed to locate times list. Recently, AirBnB several offerings in our cenhas added other grassroots options for activities such as tral Connecticut area and it looks as if plenty of folks in tours, meals, entertainment

Southington, Cheshire, Plainville, Berlin, and North Haven have listed. I’d say, from my brief research, that most of the hosts are fairly new to AirBnB, as many don’t have reviews yet. But they’re certainly hitting the right vibe with marketing and the places they’ve put on display. Southington hosts include rooms for as little as $26 a night. Descriptions promote the area with access to CCSU and Hartford, as well as convenience for those visiting the Apple Harvest Festival or who want to take in Lake Compounce, as well as local skiing and hiking attractions. Cheshire has several options, many well under $100, and hosts there mention that parents visiting students at Cheshire Academy or Quinnipiac University will enjoy staying at a local home. Often these have private entrances and may offer a kitchen and other amenities (i.e. hot tub!). Berlin hosts tout access to Amtrak and golf, as well as Hartford and local colleges. See AirBnB, A12

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Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin has scheduled a pro-

PHS jazz band to perform at festival The Plainville High School jazz band is scheduled to participate in the 2018 Southern New England High School Jazz Band Festival, according to PHS Band Director Dominic Talotta.

duction of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” for Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. A fee is charged. For more information and tickets, call 860-829-1248. Boys basketball – PHS vs. Bulkeley at Bulkeley, 6:45 p.m. Boys swimming – PHS vs. Northwest Catholic at PHS, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17 Theater - The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin has scheduled a production of “Pump Boys and

The festival is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, at the Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk and will feature six high school jazz bands each performing for 30 minutes.

Dinettes” for Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. A fee is charged. For more information and tickets, call 860-829-1248.

Sunday, Feb. 18 Cat adoption – Hearts United Cat Rescue has scheduled a cat adoption event for Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., at PetSmart, 278 New Britain Road, Plainville. Meet the many new rescues waiting for their forever homes. For more information, call 860-479-5173, email hucatrescue@ or visit

Monday, Feb. 19 Ice hockey – WMRP vs. Norwalk-McMahon at Newington Arena, 2:10 p.m.

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Letter to the Editor Hang onto your wallets To the editor: There is a small handful of Plainville citizens who regularly attend Town Council meetings hoping to influence its members to find better and more efficient ways to run our town.

At best, we are tolerated as pests, controlled by being given a very timed three minutes each, per meeting, to express ourselves (this passes for democratic free speech in Plainville), and are then ignored. Anyone who has been paying attention and has even a modicum of economic com-

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in "constant, direct communication [with] ... Hartford."

And now, after state payments to Plainville have been reduced by $1.9 million, she says, "The sudden significant reduction of state aid almost halfway through our fiscal year ..." led to additional taxes being imposed.

And their solution to the current problem? Hang onto your wallets. They have raised our taxes a second time this year.

That's right, shift the blame to the state. The Town Council has no responsibility here.

When I said that they were about to be blindsided by the goings-on in Hartford, Chairwoman Puglesse ridiculed me, and said she is in "constant, direct communication [with] ... the leader-

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Plainville Adult and Continuing Education classes available Plainville Adult and Continuing Education offers programming, free of cost, in the following areas: Adult Basic Education (Math and

Reading/Writing), Adult High School Credit Diploma Program, Citizenship Preparation, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation,

and PARC Adult Basic Education. Plainville Adult and Continuing Education also offers

spring enrichment course offerings at night for a fee. Registration and pre-payment is required for all classes.

Call 860-793-3209 or visit departments/adult_ed

Welcome to On The Menu. Whether it’s a celebration, date night, or just grabbing a bite to eat, this list of local restaurants is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Find great local eats - Adelphia Café 476 Washington Avenue North Haven, CT 06473 203-535-0149 Family owned/operated. Former proprietors of the Neptune Diner in Wallingford. Extensive menu for all tastes. Breakfasts, luncheons and special dinners. All baking on premises.

AJ’s Oasis Café

142 Hanover Street Meriden, CT 06451 203-634-4912 New Menu, Daily Lunch specials serving American Cuisine. Family Owned, operated. Recipient of Record-Journal’s Peoples Choice Award Best Wings. Kitchen open M.-Sat 10-10, Sun. 11-10

Athena II Diner

Colony Diner

Crazy Greek

Duchess of Wallingford

Fire at the Ridge Restaurant & Lounge

Libby’s Italian Pastry Shop

320 Washington Ave, North Haven, CT 06473 203.239.0663 Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Serving breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Accept Q Cards. Serving North Haven for 30 years. Daily specials and full liquor available.

1143 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville, CT 06479 Monday - Thursday 11AM-8:45PM Friday and Saturday 11AM-9PM Like Greek food? Try our famous Greek dishes next time you’re craving something delicious. We’re Celebrating our 1 year anniversary and taking $1 off all food items ALL February.

99 Powder Hill Road Middlefield, CT 06455 (860) 852-5444

Top off the weekend with Sunday Brunch mountainside. Includes Breakfast Buffet, Choice of entree`, dessert and cocktail. Adults $19.95, 2-4 years $14.95. Three & under, Free.

Tata’s Restaurant 34 Center Street Wallingford, CT (203) 294-4303

Tata’s has been delighting dinners with Authentic Puerto Rican food for over 13 years! Open for lunch, dinner, catering + private parties!

611 N Colony Road Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 269-9507 Wallingford’s place to go for old-fashioned breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Proudly serving up delicious and hearty meals daily. Voted Best Diner 4 years running by Record Journal. Open seven days. Breakfast served all day.

124 Church St. Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 265-9431 -of-Wallingford/119682821380599 Celebrating Over 25 Years in Wallingford! Our Success comes from dedication to quality,freshness & variety! Breakfast cooked to order. Open 7 days for breakfast lunch & dinner.

323 Washington Avenue North Haven ,CT 06473 203.234.2530 Family owned and operated bakery located off 1-91 in North Haven. We specialize in Italian pastries, cookies, Italian ice, gelato, cakes and other traditional desserts.

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Plainville Citizen, Feb. 15, 2018


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