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New teacher’s lounge unveiled By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

After a month of renovating and redesigning, faculty members of the Plainville High School English Department got to see their new teacher’s lounge. English teacher Debbie Seibert won a sweepstakes through insurance company California Casualty and the department was allotted $7,500 to make over the space. An interior designer from EON Office came in and did the work throughout December, taking input and sugges-

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tions from faculty members on what they wanted to see happen. Before, the room had a stale, industrial feel to it. But teachers were very pleased with the finished product. New shelves, furniture, and décor give the room much more personality. “It’s relaxing, it doesn’t look as institutional,” Seibert said. Throughout the month, Seibert said there was a lot of boxes in the room, and it was like Christmas waiting to get to see what was inside. See Lounge / Page 11

The Plainville High School jazz band performs at the PHS Holiday Concert Dec. 19. | (Photos by Patrick Matthews)

Members of the Plainville High School English Department enjoy the furniture in their new teacher’s lounge. | (Julie Sopchak / The Plainville Citizen)

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discuss exactly what responsibilities will be incurred by the town, and what responsibilities will stay with the condo association. . “I think that there’s more that is probably going on that I’m not aware of,” Pugliese said. “So it’s a good way for us to all get a good overview of what’s happening, what the town is responsible for, and we’ll see where it goes.” is a website that keeps track of non-profits. A search for PAHC revealed the organization’s exempt status was revoked by the IRS for failure to file tax forms for three consecu-

tive years and also that it is not registered with the IRS. One of the main duties of PAHC is to approve the sales of homes, but since members appear to be unreachable, it’s been just about impossible for residents to sell. Corfiati said two homes had been abandoned because there was no way to sell them. Corsini appeared to be the

last active member of PAHC, but has not been able to be reached for comment regarding the organization’s dissolution. Grunwald, who has lived in the community more than 13 years, said she attempted a few years ago to have the town assessor look into how See Housing / Page 6

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The Plainville Housing Corporation has overseen the sales and upkeep of low-income housing developments for about the past 20 years. Or at least, it was supposed to. According to resident Nancy Corfiati, president of the Cassidy Commons Condo Association, and Donna Grunwald, also a resident at the condos, the organization has basically been non-existent for the past 15 years. The first five years of its inception, it was involved, but since has seemingly fallen off the face of the Earth. “They let it go for so many years,” Corfiati said. Recently, Ray Corsini, one of the last members of the non-profit, approached the Town Council asking for the town to absorb the administrative duties of the organization, unbeknownst to

residents living in the housing development, several of whom showed up to the Dec. 2 Town Council meeting asking for councilors to table the absorption. Corfiati, who has lived in her home for 20 years, said she isn’t against the town taking over, but she has concerns about how things would work moving forward. “ I j u s t t h i n k [ Tow n Manager] Robert Lee is walking into a tunnel blindfolded, and so is the Town Council,” Corfiati said. Mo re t h a n a ny t h i n g , Corfiati said she sees this as an opportunity to appease some of the struggles that Cassidy Commons residents deal with on a regular basis. “I want the town to understand that when this was created, it may have worked back then, but it’s not working now,” Corfiati said. Council Chairperson Kathy Pugliese said a meeting has been scheduled in January with residents and Lee to


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Store owner has seen increase in crossbow sales Mike Scaniffe loads a crossbow on the indoor range at his store, Connecticut Archery, in Wallingford. Scaniffe has seen an increase in crossbow sales now that they are legal for hunting use during bow season in Connecticut.

By Jesse Buchanan Special to The Citizen

Although state law allows crossbows for the first time this hunting season, local safety concerns have kept crossbow hunters from Southington-owned Crescent Lake. Archery season runs from Sept. 16 to Dec. 31 and includes deer and turkey. As a result of the law change, archery and hunting shops have seen a jump in crossbow sales. P reviously, crossbows were only allowed with a doctor’s note stating a disability kept a hunter from using a conventional bow. Crossbows, which can be outfitted with cranks to draw

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the string, don’t require the strength needed to use a bow. The town allows hunting on 173 acres of Crescent Lake on Shuttle Meadow Road. Hunters share space with hikers and concerns over hiker safety spurred the


Michael Scaniffe, owner of Connecticut Archery in Wallingford which opened in June, sells crossbows. “Crossbows are a nice transition into archery,” he said. While using a bow requires training and strength, a crossbow handles similar to a rifle. With ease of use comes some disadvantages though, Scaniffe said. Loosing a bolt from a crossbow makes a much louder noise than an arrow from a bow, which can scare a deer. “Here’s the thing about a crossbow: you only get one good shot,” he said. Scaniffe said it’s a miscon-

autism. Abercrombie, who has worked on increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder since she took office, led the forum where Senior Medical Advisor Dr. Mark Swanson, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented the keynote address “Harnessing the Power of the Autism Movement to Improve Children’s Lives.” The guidelines are a result of collaborative efforts initi-

ated under the Connecticut Act Early Project, which began in 2007 as a partnership among the National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others. A Co n n e c t i c u t t e a m participated in the New England Act Early Summit in Providence, R.I., where a plan was developed to address the state’s need for improvement with early identification, diagnosis and intervention of young children with ASD. The guidelines include essential components in the diagnostic evaluation process including medical and educational records, prior assessments, and thorough interviews with family members that will assist diagnosticians with their evaluations. Specific diagnostic assessment elements include quality and characteristics of social interaction and communication, restrictive, repetitive and stereotyped behavior patterns, as well as comprehensive medical exams and laboratory tests to help in early diagnosis and identification.

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Include your home in ‘resolutions’ Statepoint -- Running a home can be a full-time job. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have that kind of time. This new year, resolve to check off all the items on your to-do list without working harder. You can accomplish this by finding smarter solutions to maintain your home efficiently. Pest Control When it comes to pest control, a false sense of security during the cooler months can get you in trouble, as all homes are susceptible to pest invasion year-round. The experts at Terminix say the best way to prevent rodents from entering your home is by sealing holes and cracks outside your home. Install a good, thick weatherstrip on the bottom of all doors. Be sure the door from the garage is sealed extra tight. If you’re using firewood indoors, never bring more inside than you need at one time. Firewood can harbor insects like beetles, spiders,

ladybugs, ants, cockroaches and centipedes. It’s important to have a professional periodically inspect for signs of pests and take preventative control measures. System Maintenance Creating monthly and annual maintenance schedules for your home’s major systems and appliances can save you time and money later, according to the experts at American Home Shield. Start by adding these tasks to your monthly calendar: clean the dishwasher drains to prevent clogs and breakdowns, flush the garbage disposal with water and baking soda to prevent odor and grime, and change the filters for your air conditioner and heating system to improve air quality. Annual maintenance should include checking your washer’s hoses for leaks, cleaning the lint from your dryer ductwork, caulking leaks around windows and doors, and having your

heating and cooling systems professionally serviced. Look into home warranty plans with a broad network of professional service contractors and the ability to place service requests 24/7. A home warranty provides coverage for breakdowns of home system components, such as HVAC and plumbing, and also major appliances.

Deep Clean Keeping your rooms clean can make a house a livable, comfortable home. Prevent clutter with organizational tools like baskets, shoe racks and coat hangers. To avoid extra mopping, consider asking guests to remove their shoes before walking through your home. Such measures may save you from spot cleaning, but

nothing can save you from the task of home cleaning in the long term. For a thorough, deep clean and to ensure small details aren’t overlooked, consider using a professional cleaning service. Tough Jobs No other item in your See Home / Page 6

Resolve to make a bold cooking makeover Statepoint-- Bored with your everyday cooking? This New Year, resolve to give your meals an exuberant makeover. You won’t even need to look across an ocean for bold flavor inspiration from other cuisines. You can start at home, say experts. “American cuisine has been crafted from the stupendous ingredients, flavors and dishes derived from all people who have stepped upon its shore -- east to west, northern tip to southern gulf. All of it has merged into a single fabulous, kaleidoscopic menu,” says Susanna Hoffman, anthropologist and food writer and co-author of the new book, “Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors.”

Hoffman, along with long-time cooking collaborator with whom she helped found the famed Chez Panisse restaurant, and co-author Victoria Wise, are encouraging home chefs to highlight the range of bold flavors of the American melting pot in their cooking -- whether they are making a traditional classic or incorporating new styles, tastes and trends. In “Bold” they venture away from the small plates phenomenon of the last several years by offering an array of recipes of plate-filling proportions comprised of lively global and domestic influences. See Resolve / Page 6



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much residents of Cassidy Commons pay in taxes. As part of affordable housing, there is a cap on the price of a unit when it’s placed on the market. Grunwald said her house would sell for about $120,000, but since it’s affordable housing, she can’t get more than $70,000 for it. Yet she has been paying taxes as if she could sell it for $120,000. “There’s no reason for us to pay the full amount,”

Grunwald said. Despite its status as affordable housing, the condo association is responsible for maintainance such as snow removal, street lighting, and leaf removal – all paid for out-of-pocket. The only town service received is waste removal. Grunwald said it cost $10,000 for snow removal last year. “Shouldn’t we get help with that?” Corfiati said. Whenever a house in the 32-home community is sold, 1 percent of the profit went to PAHC for operating fees. Grunwald said the condo

association was under the impression there was no money, but came to find out there is somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000 that will be transferred to the town if it takes over. Grunwald said she wanted to know what would happen to that money – if it would be funneled back into the affordable housing community, or if it would go into the town budget as another line Directions item. • Heat the oil over medi“I don’t think it would really be fair if the town um-high heat in a sauté pan swallowed up that money,” Grunwald said.

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PARC announces John Sullivan Award recipients Press Release Two local organizations will be receiving the John Sullivan Award on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in recognition of the community service they give to PARC, Family Centered Services for People with Developmental Disabilities. Grace Lutheran Church in Plainville and the American Savings Foundation were selected for their years of dedication and commitment to the program, according to Frank Robinson Sr., president of the PARC Board of Directors. Me m b e rs o f G ra ce Lutheran Church have

participated in the annual walkathon for at least 10 years and are active in promoting the events. ASF has given major grants over the years to fund PARC’s Camp Trumbull, its summer program for people with special needs. The award is named in honor of Plainville resident John Sullivan who has been one of the organization’s most enthusiastic “fans,” generating thousands of dollars for programs and services. The public is invited to the awards reception set for 6 p.m. at the PARC building, 28 E. Main St. For more information, call the office at (860) 747-0316 or visit the website

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Student leaders Gorski, Gentry honored Press Release Plainville High School seniors Alicia Gorski and Sage Gent r y h ave been awarded the Farmington Va l l e y Connecticut A ssociation of P ublic School Superi ntendents’ Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community. A luncheon ceremony took place at Farmington Country Club Nov. 22. Pla i nv i l le Com mu n it y Sc ho ol s Super i ntendent Jeffrey Kitching made the presentation to Gorski and Gentry as part of a program designed by school superintendents to recognize students who have served in their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress. “Alicia and Sage are two outstanding examples of the

possibilities through hard work and positive character. They are perfect examples of the outcomes possible for Plainville High School students,” Plainville H i g h S c h o ol P r i n c ip a l Steven LePage said. Gorski is an exceptional student, athlete and leader w it h i n Pl a i nv i l le H i g h School. She is a top performing student, excelling in Advanced Placement and honors level courses. She is ranked number one in her class, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her leadership role extends to t he vol leyba l l cou r t where she was the captain, and a four-year member of the team. She is also president of the Student Council, a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team, a member of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Team, and has played the flute for the past eight years. She has also given back

to the community through a variety of volunteer roles. She has taught volleyball to children for three years, volunteered through her church, participated in the Relay for Life program for the past four years, and participated as a member of the Girl Scouts for 11 years. G orsk i ref lected t h at community service experiences developed her empathy for others in need and her appreciation for all she has in her own life. She is pursuing a career in chemical engineering and looks forward to the new challenges and opportunities that college will bring. G ent r y is a ta lented , high-ranking student with exceptional work ethic and dedication to academics, school clubs, and organizations. She is consistently challenging herself by enSee Leaders / Page 9

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BOARD OF DISTINCTION The Plainville Board of Education was presented with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Level Two Leadership Award during the annual Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Convention held at the Mystic Marriott Nov. 15-16. Accepting the award on behalf of the district were Superintendent Jeffrey Kitching and board members Deborah Hardy, Andrea Saunders and Becky Tyrrell. Photo: Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor presents the Board of Distinction to the Plainville Board of Education.

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to the novelty of the weapons, according to Lewis. He treats his crossbow like a gun while hunting for safety purposes. “It’s just like a rifle, it’s got a safety on it,” Lewis said. According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, crossbow hunting will allow more people such as women, youth and older hunters to take part in archery season. “Crossbow hunting provides another tool for deer management especially in urban areas where firearms are prohibited or impractical,” said Cyndy Chanaca, DEEP spokeswoman. Twenty-seven states now allow crossbows during archery season, according to Chanaca. Scaniffe said he’s heard from others in the industry that allowing crossbows results in a surge of early buyers who often transition to traditional bows. “Overall, it’s good for the archery business,” he said.

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ception that crossbows are more powerful than bows. Crossbows have more pounds of draw than a bow but projectiles from both weapons have about the same speed, 350 feet per second. Both also have a similar effective range, between 40 and 50 yards and both are equally accurate with training. Hunters armed with crossbows carry their weapons cocked, ready to shoot in case they happen upon a deer, Scaniffe said. With a bow, an arrow can be nocked and the string drawn much faster so there’s no need to walk around at the ready. Tom Lewis, a hunter from Honor Society, and is a member of t he Frenc h Wallingford, started on traditional bows but bought a National Honor Society. In addition, Gentry was crossbow this year because a member of the Capitol of the law change. This seaR e g i o n I n t e r - d i s t r i c t son he bagged a 220-pound, Leadership Academy where 8 - p o i n t b u c k w i t h h i s she enhanced her commu- crossbow. Some hunters are attracted n ication a nd leadersh ip qualities with a group of top performing students from the region. She intends to pursue a career related to Like us on Facebook: plainvillecitizen mathematics.

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New archbishop of Hartford installed since 2003. Pope Francis appointed Blair in October to lead the archdiocese’s 700,000 Catholics. Blair succeeds the Most Rev. Henry Mansell, who retired at 76 after 10 years in the post. Blair was one of the three bishops appointed by the Vatican last year to oversee an overhaul of the largest umbrella group for U.S. nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. A review by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concluded the sisters took positions that undermined Catholic teaching on the priesthood and homosexuality, while promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” The sisters vehemently rejected the findings, prompting an outpouring of popular support for the nuns that reached all the way to Congress. Like many other bishops around the country, Blair also has dealt over the last decade with complaints of sexual abuse by clergy. Nearly four dozen clerics in the Toledo Diocese faced

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H A RT F O R D ( A P ) — Leonard Blair was installed Dec. 16 as the fifth archbishop of Hartford at a service where he spoke of the importance of evangelism and sharing one’s gifts with others. Blair was presented with a staff symbolizing his new role during a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, where he was formally installed by the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. In his homily, Blair spoke of his roots in Detroit, urged the archdiocese to keep up its charity and educational work, and stressed the importance of spreading the faith. “We’re not meant to hide the light of Christ under a bushel basket out of fatigue, disenchantment, compromise, disinterest, a lack of joy and hope, or what both Popes Benedict and Francis call ‘worldliness’ — that is, a dour pragmatism that tries to keep the church going using worldly methods and standards of survival and success,” he said. Blair, 64, had led the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio,

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allegations of sexually abusing minors for the period of 1950 to 2012, according to the diocese. Thirty-seven were priests and deacons of the Toledo Diocese, while nine others were not under the diocese’s jurisdiction. Blair has defended the diocese’s handling of complaints about abuse, saying he and his predecessor removed priests from public ministry and the diocese’s responses have been appropriate. Blair was ordained a priest in 1976. He said he personally thanked Pope Francis for his appointment, which he learned about during a trip to the Vatican in October. The archdiocese comprises Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties. More than 500 priests minister in the archdiocese, serving 213 parishes and other apostolates.

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PLAINVILLE - Timothy G. Neary, 63, of Plainville, beloved husband of Veronica (Hillson) Neary, passed away at his home on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. After much strength, humility and courage in fighting leukemia for two years, Tim was surrounded by his loving family as he left this life to be with our Lord. Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Daniel and Jane (Patterson) Neary. After attending schools in New Britain, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Tim proudly served his country during Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in 1968. He and Veronica shared 38 years together, settling in Plainville where they raised their two sons, and were longtime members of St. Dominic Church. Tim worked in the IT industry, most recently in technical support for Pitney Bowes. Aside from his family, especially his grandkids, Tim’s pride and joy was his custom Harley that reflected his military service and love for his country. A poker enthusiast, Tim enjoyed playing golf, prior to his motorcycle riding days, and was a fan of the N.Y. Yankees. He will be greatly missed, leaving his legacy of kindness towards everyone, great strength, love for his family, and many cherished memories. In addition to his wife, Veronica, he leaves his sons, Brian and his wife, Amber, and Shawn and his girlfriend, Sarah Adamson; his adored grandchildren, Tabitha, Lacey, Jillian, and Luke; his brother, Kevin Neary and his wife, Sarah; sisters, Jayne Straub and Patricia Neary . He also leaves his sisters-in-law, Pauline, Ronda, and Nancy Hillson; and brothers-in-law, John and Steven Hillson; along with many nieces and nephews; including his beloved Godchildren, Christopher Hillson and his wife, Tracey, and Sarah Neary Crossley and her husband, Eric. He was predeceased by his brothers, Daniel and Dennis; and his sister, Denise; and his step-mother, Mary Jane (Deschaine) Neary. Funeral services in celebration of Tim’s life were held on Thursday, Dec. 12, from Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St, Plainville, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Dominic Church, where military honors were accorded. Burial will be held privately at the family’s discretion. Tim may be remembered with contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Connecticut, 321 Research Parkway, Suite 212 Meriden, CT 06450. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit

The Art League of Plainville’s Painting of the Month winners are pictured. Local artist John Deegan’s oil painting “Autumn Colors” will be exhibited at Mangiafico’s Bakery. Second place winner Fern Waskowicz’s painting will be exhibited at Oasis Restaurant in Bristol.

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It was fitting the unveiling of the room came on the last day before Christmas vacation. Greg Friz, assistant vice president and regional manager for CC, said it’s always fun to be able to give back to the teachers. Being with students all day, he said the lounge is a place where teachers can go to unwind and get work done in a peaceful environment. “It’s nice to be able to have a hand in that,” Friz said. Assistant Principal Jonathan Coe gave a few remarks to welcome teachers into the new room. “Some great things have come from the English Department,” Coe said. “So we’re hoping for many more great things.” The walls were painted a dark gray, and new furniture was added with more comfortable seating and sturdy

tables to hold appliances. Seibert said if someone suggested dark gray as a wall color, she would have disagreed, but in this case it worked out quite nicely. Unfortunately, faculty didn’t get everything they wanted. A couch, for one, was at the top of Seibert’s list. English teacher Jonathan Dunlap jokingly said he was hoping for a Playstation and a television, but remembered he needs to get work done. “We’re really grateful Debbie went through the trouble of putting this together,” Dunlap said. “If not for her, we wouldn’t have this.” “You don’t always get what you want,” Seibert said. “But

it is a much more welcoming space than it was.” Dunlap added the room has a much better flow to it now, and even feels safer. He said the table that used to hold the printer was shaky and felt like it could fall at any moment. English teacher Shaylene Krupinski also is very excited about the new space, saying the original room was “sterile.” “It’s great,” Krupinski said. “It’s so peaceful and relaxing. Seibert’s entry into the contest was one of 40,000. PHS is the first Connecticut school to win. Plainville’s lounge makeover is the seventh that CC has given out.

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Meaningful, poignant events and activities held in honor of veterans By Jeffrey Kitching For this first time this year, students in Plainville Community Schools attended school on Veteran’s Day. When this calendar change was first presented to the Board of Education, it was done with a commitment Kitching to using the time to better educate our students on the significance of Veteran’s Day, with an emphasis on the importance of honoring our nation’s veterans. Once the Veteran’s Day school day was approved by the Board, a Veteran’s Day Planning Committee was convened, comprised of district administrators, board members, faculty members, and veterans from the local community. The group met several times and created a comprehensive framework of learning and celebration at each school for Tuesday, Nov. 11. At the elementary level, flag and wreath ceremonies were held in the morning, and throughout the day assemblies including families and veterans were scheduled featuring the reading of the children’s book

America’s White Table, patriotic songs, poetry and essays. Those in attendance donned red, white and blue, and students created thank you signs and notes for our veterans. Patriotic Walls of Honor were on display in the schools, with the names and photographs of local veterans. Veterans in attendance at the school assemblies and ceremonies were recognized by name and given a token of gratitude from students and scouting groups. Elementary school students also made items crafted for delivery to the Connecticut Veteran’s Home in Rocky Hill, and individual classrooms held a variety of learning activities focused on the meaning of Veteran’s Day. At the Middle School of Plainville, students participated in interdisciplinary lessons with the Veteran’s Day theme. They learned about the history of Veteran’s Day and created a “Wall of Peace” featuring paper bricks with student-written responses about ways to honor veterans, how students can show respect and loyalty for their country, and more. The Middle School’s Military Mailroom group invited local veterans in to observe lessons focused on the meaning of the United States flag and background on vari-

ous armed conflicts that our nation has been involved in. Eighth graders researched current topics related to our nation’s veterans, and middle school students lined the hallways of the building to applaud and “high five” visiting veterans. A patriotic themed luncheon was also held for the guests in the Media Center. Plainville High School began the day with a breakfast for local veterans. High school students then attended mentoring sessions with veterans visiting classrooms to meet with students for interviews and discussion. At 11 a.m., Principal LePage read the World War 1 Armistice Announcement, followed by a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps” by student musicians throughout the high school building. High school students made more than 300 cards that will be sent to local veterans. Plainville High School faculty member David Gaignard also created “Plainville Supports Our Veterans” banners that were proudly on display in each school during the Veteran’s Day celebrations. Throughout our school district on Tuesday, Nov. 11, meaningful, poignant, and respectful events and

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activities were held in honor of our veterans. Students, teachers, veterans and guests in attendance beamed with pride as we celebrated those who served our country and fought for the freedom we enjoy today. Several veterans in attendance mentioned that they have never been recognized for their service, and were grateful for the outpouring of thanks at each school. Mr. David Dudek, a local veteran of service in the U.S. Army and member of the Veteran’s Council, attended the Veteran’s Day celebration at Toffolon Elementary School, where his granddaughter is a first grader. Mr. Dudek shared that he was first skeptical when he learned that students would attend school in Plainville this year on Veteran’s Day, but once he learned of the agenda, focus and purpose of the district plans to honor veterans and extend learning about Veteran’s Day, he was pleased, and hopes

that the school district’s Veteran’s Day program will continue for many years to come. Mr. Dudek attended the Veteran’s Day program at Toffolon School, noting that it was a great day and it made him feel good to be part of it. He shared that all of the veterans in attendance at Toffolon that day received red, white and blue wrist bands, in honor of Veteran’s Day, and said that the wristband he received will remain on his wrist, in honor of fellow veterans. Veteran’s Day in Plainville Community Schools this year was exceptional. From the extended learning for students to the joyous recognition of our veterans, faculty, staff and students created an atmosphere of respect and recognition, as our school district swelled with pride and excitement throughout this very special day. Jeffrey Kitching is superintendent of Plainville Community Schools.

Letters to the Editor Cultural celebration To the editor: We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for joining in and helping make the 2013 Navratri Dance a successful community event at the Wheeler YMCA. Over 200 people participated in the fourth annual celebration on Friday, Oct. 25. The generous donations were greatly appreciated and allowed all participants to engage in

this cultural celebration. The volunteer-led event was a wonderful collaboration between local businesses and organizations, the Wheeler YMCA and community leaders. We look forward to working together on the continued success of the Navratri Celebration. Yours in health, Bob Nenna, executive director Wheeler YMCA Sally Miller, associate executive director Wheeler YMCA

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Unnecessary upgrade

Conn. jobless rate declines to 7.6 percent

By Andrea Melone Special to The Citizen

One of latest societal trends is the what I call the “electronic upgrade.” While people have always coveted the latest gadget, the frequency with which modern consumers upgrade to the newest model as soon as it’s released has skyrocketed to an almost absurd level (Example: People camping out in front of stores). Yes, most of us want the best of the best of the best, and many of us can afford it. So, whenever the next generation of the iPhone comes out, or the latest Dell laptop is released, many of us want it. Meanwhile, what happens to the fully-functional devices that are suddenly slightly outdated? I’m waiting for Pixar’s next film, featuring hand-held anthropomorphized gadgets, feeling like the

characters in “Toy Story” when they’re neglected for the newer products. I can see the sad face on the original iPod Nano’s screen, mournfully watching from a shelf as its owner excitedly peels the clear plastic film off the newest model, the new one wearing a smug smirk. Smirking, that is, until it joins the other Nano on the shelf a few months later. When a Blackberry croaks, when the iPod’s screen is accidentally shattered, when the phone will no longer make calls, when the laptop can’t charge, yes, then it’s a fair time to purchase a new model. But if you’re pouring coffee on your computer’s keyboard or grinding your cell phone in a blender just to get the upgrade to the newest advancement, that’s a problem. See Upgrade / Page 16

Diagnosis: Movies

How writing left me hungry for Hunger Games By Tanya Feke M.D. Special to The Citizen

This is a wonderful time of year to reflect upon all that we have been blessed. Truly, I have so much to be thankful for in my life. My family, my friends, my health, and turkey with leftovers upon leftovers top the list though there was one key ingredient missing for the month of November. Movies. I placed myself on a movie fast over the month of November. Instead of indulging in my love of cinema, I pursued my second love, writing. In 30 short days, I completed a 50,0 0 0 -plus word novel for Na NoWr i Mo ( Nat ion a l Nove l Writing Month). I am hopeful you will all see this novel on book shelves one day, a medical thriller, but I will admit the going was rough at times. Dedicating every waking moment to my novel left me without a leg to stand on because my bottom was planted in a chair morning, noon, and night. While that level of intensity may be unhealthy long-term for someone raising two children and working a

full time job, the NaNoWriMo challenge re-ignited a passion in me that had long been dormant. Whether I am published in the future or not, I now consider myself a real writer. But that level of intensity comes with a price, and that is withdrawal. When I submitted my word count on Nov. 30, there was an instant satisfaction and pride that I had accomplished a goal long on my bucket list back, but the first thing I wanted to do was buy a ticket. I was hungry for the movies. I was hungry for “The Hunger Games”. I hit the theater with the ferocity of a film addict. The smell of buttered popcorn, the twinkle of floor lights guiding me up the aisle, the chill of excessive air conditioning, they all brought me home. Even the lackluster previews could not deter my excitement of what was to come – transportation to another time and place. I was not disappointed. “The Hunger Ga mes: Catching Fire” picked up where the original left See Movies / Page 16

HARTFORD (A P) — Connecticut’s unemployment rate has fallen to 7.6 percent, the third straight monthly decline, state labor officials said Dec. 19. The state’s private sector drove the gains with a total of 4,200 jobs added in November. “November’s strong job growth offset some declines in the third quarter returning us to the positive, though modest growth path we have seen throughout 2013,” said Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department’s research office. “A third straight month of unemployment rate declines is certainly good news, though these declines are still occurring on a shrinking labor force.” Gains were posted in sectors including utilities, education and construction and mining, but losses were experienced by others includ-


ing manufacturing, business services, and hospitality. The previously announced national unemployment rate dipped to a five-year low of 7 percent in November. The state’s jobless rate, which stood at 7.9 percent in October, had held steady for most of the year before the recent declines. “While a decrease in the unemployment rate and the addition of more than 4,000 private sector jobs in a month is clearly a step in the right direction, we still have much work to do,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. As the gradual recovery from the economic downturn continues, state officials say Connecticut has now recovered slightly more than half of the 121,200 jobs that were lost during the recession between March 2008 and February 2010.

Lawmakers concerned about Metro-North woes By Susan Haigh Associated Press

H A RT FO R D (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers Dec. 18 expressed anger and concern about recent accidents on the MetroNorth commuter rail line, with some suggesting the state should investigate whether another vendor might better operate the railroad. “It might be a very good process to vet other vendors, to get a lot of these issues out, to bring out the contract that we have with MetroNorth to see where the problems lie,” Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, told Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker, who appeared before the General A s s e m b ly ’s Tra n s p o r t a t i o n Committee to answer questions about Metro-North and rail-related matters. Boucher said she believes Metro-North, which operates the New Haven Line under a contract with the DOT, has a “credibility issue” following a recent spate

of problems. Earlier this month, there was a deadly derailment on a Metro-North line in New York. In May, a derailment in Bridgeport injured 76 people and a track foreman was struck and killed in a separate incident. Boucher, who has served in the General Assembly since 1997, said she is now receiving calls from constituents who say they don’t feel safe riding the trains. “I’ve never heard that before,” she said. Redeker said he appreciates the anxiety but said he’s confident the condition of the railroad “is in better shape than ever” and that Metro-North is focusing on safety and currently conducting a “deep review” of the recent incidents to ultimately improve practices. Other investigations of the railroad are also being conducted in the wake of the accidents. “I’m more confident than ever in the railroad,” he said. While there are other rail operSee Metro-North / Page 19

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Students in Tahlya Granja’s second grade class at Linden Street School recently welcomed Sydney Lake, the aunt of student Tate Stevens, who came to present an overview of her experience in traveling to Thailand. The students learned about cultural traditions, foods, how basic needs are met, elephant and tiger behaviors, and more. As part of both the second grade non-fiction unit and social studies unit of study on communities, the Linden students practiced taking notes and comparing and contrasting cultural similarities and differences.

State Rep. Betty Boukus came to the Connecticut Science Center to visit with children on a field trip from the Linden Street School in Plainville.

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Prevent heart disease: Exercise Press Release As winter settles in, head out for an outdoor winter adventure. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of heart healthy exercise most days of the week— even during winter—to help prevent heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. According to the American Heart Association, exercising in cooler weather has some distinct advantages over working out in the warmer weather. First, there is no

heat and humidity to deal with. In fact, winter’s chill can make you feel awake and invigorated. Also, you can work out harder in the cold weather—which means you burn even more calories. Heading outside in the winter is also a great way to take in the sunlight during those shorter winter days. Not only does light dramatically improve many people’s moods, it also helps you get the vitamin D your body needs. The AHA encourages walking as a primary heart healthy

activity since people are more likely to stick with walking than any other exercise. Why walking? It’s efficient. Just 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your circulation, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and help you lose weight. Walking is free, simple and convenient. The only thing needed to start is a pair of supportive walking shoes. There’s nothing complicated to learn. Just step outside. Run errands, walk the dog, take a lunchtime walk, catch


up with friends, or bundle up the kids and walk as a family. By changing up the time, distance, pace and route, you can create the right walking program for you. There are many of ways to get physical activity inside, too—no gym required. Weights (such as a set of 5-pound and 10-pound dumbbells) are a great addition, but not absolutely necessary. Adding in an exercise circuit (a cycle of 5–6 moves, run a few times through) is a great way to stave off boredom and get a lot done in a short amount of time. You can create your own mini-circuits at home if you don’t belong to a gym. Ideally, your circuit will include a cardio burst of 1–2 minutes, followed by 3–5 exercises that work various parts of your body. For example: • Jump rope, jog in place or run your steps (start with 1 minute and progress to 2). • 10 push-ups (You can modify with knees down if you are having trouble holding a straight body push-up position; remember to keep

your palms flat on the floor.) • 20 crunches (with feet flat and knees up, legs bent in the air at 90 degrees or straight up, or your favorite variation) • 20 hip lifts (flat on your back, arms down on the ground at your sides with fingertips pointing toward feet, feet flat with knees bent at 90 degrees; press feet and shoulders into floor as you lift your hips as high as you can; lift and lower) • 30-second plank hold (holding a push-up position; body as a straight line, or with knees down) • 10 triceps dips on a chair/ couch (Sit on chair with feet flat and knees bent at 90 degrees; hands at sides, palms pressed into the chair with fingertips facing forward; take one large step with right foot, and join left foot beside it. Bend your arms to 90 degrees as you lower and lift; keeps abs tight.) The beauty of exercise circuits is that you can be creative. Mix and match different moves. Take 30 minutes for your heart this winter!

SUDOKU Dairy Queen raised $17,000 this season for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, which benefits Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Plainville DQ is the top money-raiser for CMNH in the Northeast. Photo: Christine Savio, Tessa Needham, Carly Martino, Kaley Cusano, Lauren Heslin, Curly Cone, Karen Rolka, Frances LeJeune, Robin Ferguson and Abby Negro.

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BOE seeks Naming Committee member The Plainville Board of Education is seeking an additional member to serve on its Naming Committee. The board’s Naming Committee is in charge of reviewing nominations for the Meritorious Wall of Honor induction, which is a permanent tribute to honor individuals who have contributed significant volunteer service to the educational community. Committee members will meet two to three times a year and will attend the induction ceremony, which will take place during the month of April. Interested citizens are asked to contact the superintendent’s office at (860) 793-3210 ext-202.

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Merrill: Close Conn. schools on Election Day HARTFORD (AP) — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is encouraging Connecticut schools to close on Election Day. Merrill appeared Dec. 16 before a task force that’s developing guidelines for regional educational service centers to use in creating uniform regional school calendars. Merrill said more than 100 schools where polling places are located are already closed on Election Day for mostly student security reasons. In many of those districts,

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of f . R e lu c t a n t h e r oi n e Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must face the repercussions of winning the 74th Hunger Games. When she tricked the gamers into having two winners instead of one, she brought hope to the people of Panem that the rules could be changed. Threatened by a possible revolution, President Snow develops a devious plan to punish Katniss and another Hunger Games ensues. The story flows smoothly, the actors share chemistry, and the scenes are brought to life relatively true to the book. When Katniss hits the Capitol stage with the slimy Caeser Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), I at first ogled her

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It’s incredibly wasteful and unnecessary. Of course, the companies that sell these devices heartily encourage the frequent upgrades. The birth of planned obsolescence, when manufacturers of the 1950’s discovered that if they made their products to be decent rather than long-lasting, people would have to buy replacements more quickly. These days, we’re skip-

the teachers use that day for professional development. She said she’s recommending that other districts follow suit. Merrill said schools make great polling places. They’re centrally located and have adequate parking. She urged the task force to consider that state law requires primary elections to be held in the same polling place as the general election. The task force faces a Jan. 1 deadline.

wedding dress and then gasped at its transformation into the mocking-jay. After reading the book, knowing the scene, and still being surprised, I have to give the filmmakers kudos for a job well done. While my level of fashion sense is minimalistic at best (I try not to mix stripes with polka dots, though for all I know that may be all the rage right now), I could not help but marvel at the costuming on the project. The couture of the Capitol played out like New York fashion week and every fashion venue in between. Effie (Elizabeth Banks) evokes, gasp, a hint of emotion though my attention was drawn more to her styling. I wanted to paint my eyes up with sparkle and wear larger than life tufted plumes around my neck. Truly a feast for the eyes.

Yet throughout the film, I kept thinking about Suzanne Collins, how she developed this magnificent dystopia, and how she drew in audiences on page and screen. My first instinct was to go home and write. Yes, I love the movies. Maybe it’s time to write one of my own. “May the odds be ever in your favor.” T he Hunger Ga mes – Catching Fire: 3 stethoscopes. Dr. Tanya Feke is a family physician and guest columnist for the Record-Journal weeklies. She has been press credentialed to the LA Film Festival and continues to pursue a love of film. Her reviews are rated on a five stethoscope scale. Follow her blog (www., Facebook page (Diagnosis Life), or twitter (@tanyafeke) for more incites.

ping over the step in which products break before we trash them. Considering the suffering in the world, I’m pretty ashamed to think about the encouraged trend of upgrading expensive products when it’s unnecessary. The idea of needing a new tablet because the one you want has a slightly better resolution for clearer pictures is suggestive of being spoiled, particularly when there are people throughout the world who would simply like their drinking water to be clearer.

So what if your brandnew laptop can’t also be a tablet? So what if you have the disposable income to buy the next release? If your cell phone still works perfectly, keep using it. At the very least, find a good use for your “used” electronic device: sell it, donate it, give it away to a friend, or repurpose it. So, please, if you desperately want the latest generation device, make sure your old device doesn’t have to fear incineration at the dump.


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The cost of the expanded playoff format Pushing football deeper in December, as this year’s delayed LL final proved, puts unfair squeeze on winter sports The Southington football team’s bid for a Class LL championship was postponed more times than a picnic lunch in Thailand during monsoon season. The severe weather we experienced over the past week is far from unusual, so it raises a number of questions concernKen Lipshez ing policy, From the Lip scheduling, the nature of high school football and the pain that it’s caused coaches trying to plan their winter sports campaigns. The CIAC approved the football committee’s proposal for an expansion of the playoffs from a two-tier (semifinals and finals) to a three-tier tournament (quarterfinals, semis and finals) prior to the 2010 season. I think the idea was met with approval from a substantial majority, but executing the plan meant one of

three developments to accommodate the extra game on the schedule. Either the season had to begin earlier, extend into mid-December or the tournament had to start prior to Thanksgiving, making the games surrounding the holiday mere exhibitions. I received a call at the time from one of the members of the football committee — a highly successful Central Connecticut area coach — who asked that I write a column expressing that the playoffs should start prior to Thanksgiving. As much as I like to accommodate coaches I respect, I told him without hesitation that I couldn’t do that. I was raised in Hamden. My parents both graduated from Hillhouse. When I was very young, Dad would bring me to Bowen Field for the Wilbur Cross-Hillhouse game. To his chagrin, I adopted Cross (known as Commercial High in his day) as my team of preference and would come home for Thanksgiving dinner with a Wilbur Cross pennant or a

Wilbur Cross pin. As time went on, we started attending the Green Bowl between Hamden and Notre Dame, and what a spectacle it was! I can remember crowds of over 5,000, perhaps as many as 10,000, jamming Hamden’s field for the game. The cross country meet between the schools was timed to finish during an extended halftime as the marching bands played. Since starting my career as a sportswriter, I have covered numerous Southington-Cheshire battles, Plainville-Northwest Catholic, Plainville-St. Paul and Plainville-Farmington. I’ve heard the pining of New Britain football fans as the Golden Hurricanes struggled to find a Thanksgiving Day partner and left Veterans Memorial Stadium an empty void. Tradition! It was valuable to me through all those years and it still is. Under no circumstances could I support rendering Thanksgiving games moot. The committee opted

Knights prevail in long-awaited LL title game Stephen Barmore completed 22 of 33 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns and also scored on a 1-yard run and a 67-yard interception return as Southington rallied to beat Fairfield Prep Dec. 19, 5234, to win the CIAC Class LL championship at Ken Strong Stadium. It was the second state title for the fourth-seeded Blue Knights (12-1). The

other state title came in 1998. Alex Jamele had 10 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns for Southington. He finished with a state-record 29 touchdown catches. The No. 7 Jesuits finished 11-3. The Blue Knights were giving up considerable size to Prep and trailed, 28-14, at halftime. Southington’s defense toughened up in the sec-

ond half. They allowed 162 yards, but almost half came on Colton Smith’s 70-yard run. It also had four interceptions. “We made a couple of adjustments defensively,” Blue Knights coach Mike Drury said. “We just told our guys, ‘we’re not going to stop. We have to be tenacious. We have to be ferocious. We have to get to the ball. We have to continue our pursuit,’ all of that good stuff.”

to extend the season another week into December. When the CIAC sanctioned that proposal, the collective groan you heard from Killingly to Kent and Stonington to Stamford emanated from wrestling and basketball coaches. We were lucky from 201012. The weather allowed the games to be played. Our luck ran out this year and nobody is paying a greater price than the Southington wrestling program guided by Derek Dion. When Dion opened the doors to his wrestling room early this week, about 65 percent of his team was missing. As the postponements mounted, his blood pressure rose. He sought answers and got none. Zach Maxwell, who has to go down as one of the finest athletes the town has ever produced, is well-known as a devastating defense end and punishing running back. But how many realize how proficient he is on the wrestling mat? I’ve been covering wrestling since 1992 and, from what insiders tell me, Maxwell has a chance to be one of the best to ever come out of Connecticut. How does Maxwell feel about it? Well, he’s torn. He loves what both sports have to offer, depending on what’s in season. “Coach Dion always tells me [I’m a better wrestler than football player],” he said. “He says I have more opportunities [to earn a college scholarship] wrestling, but the opportunities that you can do something are obviously less and there’s less money involved. … “I enjoy being [on the wrestling mat] by myself and winning by myself, but I enjoy being with my team, too. They give me a lot of support and it’s fun playing with all of your brothers.” In addition to Maxwell, RB/DB Tyler Hyde and DB

Zach Bylykbashi are topnotch wrestlers. Other football players are on the team and still others are on the bubble, not yet sure if they will join the wrestling team, and the Knights’ viability as one of the state’s better teams hangs in the balance. Keep in mind that Southington benefits from the fact that Dion doubles as a freshman football coach and head football coach Mike Drury is a valuable member of Dion’s wrestling staff. Such cooperation between the two sports tends to be sporadic as you go from school to school. As the postponements for the Class LL football final mounted, Dion was forced to postpone a competitive interdivisional CCC match with South Windsor that was slated for opening night Dec. 18. The Southington lineup in Saturday’s Lancer Invitational in Waterford was severely compromised with untested underclassmen and junior varsity kids filling bracket slots. Even more important, Maxwell and his fellow two-sport teammates will find themselves behind for much of the season. Face it, the Southington wrestling season, and countless hours of preparation by Dion, have dissipated in the frigid air over West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium. “I’ve got to get them weight certified,” he said. “It’s a scientific formula and this is messing it all up. A quarter of my season will be gone. We’ll be playing catch-up to get the kids in cardiovascular shape and teaching them new moves. It’s criminal.” The CIAC must stop crippling winter programs to accommodate football. The postponements have taken their toll on the kids, the coaches, school adSee Cost / Page 18

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For many towns artificial turf school athletic fields are a popular, less-expensive alternative to natural grass despite continuing studies on whether turf poses safety and environmental risks. Wallingford’s Lyman Hall High school may become the latest area school to put down artificial turf. The board recently approved a plan for upgrading the school athletic complex that includes a turf field. Across town, Sheehan High School had artificial turf installed in 2006. In Meriden, teams use an artificial turf field at Falcon Field. Both Cheshire and Southington, Berlin high schools also have artificial turf fields. A growing number of studies question how safe the fields are to the students and environment. Nancy Alderman, president of North Haven-based Environment and Human Health Inc., is cautioning school systems about artificial turf because of environmental concerns posed by the rubber material used to make the turf, know as “fill in.” The fill-in for most fields consists of recycled tires.

any increases of injuries to players or to the severity of injuries,” Deptula added. “The artificial turf fields are much more consistent throughout the playing surface.” With a grass field, there’s a possibility a section of the field can become so worn down that it is similar to falling down on concrete, Deptula said. With football and boys and girls soccer teams often using the same fields in inclement weather, area athletic directors have complained that grass fields are unplayable and dangerous because they become so worn. A number of studies support Deptula’s stance. A three-year study of game-related college football injuries on turf versus natural grass was conducted by Penn State University in 2010. The researchers found “(turf) is in many cases safer than natural grass.” Another Penn State study, conducted in 2004 featuring high school football players,

studied the incidence, causes and severity of high school football injuries on turf and natural grass fields. The fiveyear study was less conclusive, finding “similarities existed between (turf ) and natural grass” and “both surfaces also exhibited unique injury patterns that warrant further investigation.” But Alderman’s concerns are broader than environmental issues. On a hot summer day the temperature of an artificial turf field can exceed 100 degrees. While a study by the state Department of Public Health in 2010 found this to be true, the agency advised coaches to take precaution on hot days and to install “new crumb rubber in cooler months to avoid the peak exposure that might occur with fresh rubber in the hot weather.” The Department of Public Health’s study also found no health concerns from inhaling chemicals on outdoor fields. The study also showed “lead levels were low and not a health concern” at

the fields investigated. Despite this, Alderman believes towns should invest in grass fields for practical reasons. Maintaining a grass field is going to be more work, she said, “but it isn’t going to cost the school a million dollars.” Despite the price tag, school officials often opt for artificial turf, saying the high initial investment is offset by savings on maintenance. “When you put a synthetic field down, you put down layers of gravel for drainage and layers of other stuff,” she said. “If you ever do that for a nice grass field — if you did a tenth of the layers for a grass field that you put in synthetic fields, think what we’d have.” When Wallingford was looking into an artificial turf field for Sheehan, Deptula said the board looked into the warnings and concerns. There was debate in Southington for the same reasons, but after the state released its findings, the school system installed an artificial turf field last year.


The argument on the part of the football committee and coaches is based on comparing playoff qualification in football to other sports. Even with the extended playoffs, only 32 teams qualify in football compared to 114 in boys soccer. “I’m obviously excited that we extended the playoffs,” CIAC football committee chairman Leroy Williams said. “In other sports, teams that win 50 percent or even 40 percent of their games make the playoffs. I have no regrets, but at some point we have to make a decision: Start before Labor Day or give up Thanksgiving Day counting toward the playoffs.”

It’s apples vs. oranges to me. Participation is great, but what did the Prince Tech kids get out of losing 51-8 to Rocky Hill in the Class S quarters? How did Ledyard kids feel about getting 84 points scored on them by St. Joseph in Class M? How did the Farmington kids feel when it became apparent that New Canaan could have named its score in a 46-0 Class L verdict? Perhaps the answers would be divided, but I don’t see blowouts helping anybody. The only answer if we must maintain the three-tier system is to get the football season started a week earlier.

“We don’t like the 40,000 ground up tires that are put into the fields,” Alderman said. “Rubber tires have toxins.” Alderman’s organization completed a study in 2007 that found “tire crumbs and tire mulch release chemical compounds into the air and ground water,” which can cause irritation of the lungs, skin and eyes. Another study by New Jersey’s Department of Health found the fields in the state contain potentially unhealthy levels of lead dust. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention isn’t certain how much lead is absorbed, but warned that enough could cause neurological problems. Marc Deptula, buildings and grounds supervisor for Wallingford schools, believes artificial turf fields are safer. The fill-in used in artificial turf “poses no environmental problem at all,” he said. From Page 17 “I haven’t seen any data on ministrators, CIAC associate executive director Paul Hoey, Chris Everone and his terrific maintenance crew at West Haven, as well as Dion and the magnificent program he’s built. Now it’s impacting other schools, too, and NO NEED to be without Teeth! perhaps a great student-ath5 Styles starting at $199* lete’s future. Dion scheduled DENTURES UPPER OR LOWER Dentures a special tournament, the available Extractions and Relines and Connecticut Challenge for in 24 Dentures at same Repairs while hours. Feb. 1, with top teams from appointment! you wait. the state and beyond to help showcase Maxwell to bigComplete Affordable time college coaches. Call Now Now Family Dental Care! Call took me three months For A A FREE FREE • Fillings • Cleanings to “It For get it on the schedule Consultation • Teeth Whitening Consultation and now he’s not going to • Crowns • Bridges be prepared,” Dion said. • Cosmetic Dentistry “It could cost that kid a Payment Options Available. scholarship.” Most Insurance Plans Are Accepted. Either start the football season earlier or scrub the MERIDEN 533 S. Broad St., Townline Sq. Plaza quarterfinals. What would 203.238-7968 we be missing anyway? The ORANGE average margin of victory 501 Boston Post Rd., Liberty Sq. Plaza in the 16 quarterfinal games 203.799.3311 this season was over 26 points. Offer expires on 1/31/14 All Denture Material ADA Approved

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P. Malloy with a report on recent infrastructure, technology and safety actions on the system. But both co-chairmen of the legislature’s Transportation Committee said they feel like Connecticut has no leverage with Metro-North, putting the state at the railroad operator’s mercy. “It like, it’s my show, you have no say, just pay the bill, that’s it,” said Rep. Antonio “Tony” Guerrera, D-Rocky Hill.

Girls basketball After starting the season 2-0, the Lady Blue Devils couldn’t extend their winning streak last week, losing to East Catholic 56-37. After holding their opponents to a combined 36 points in its first two games, Plainville struggled to stop East Catholic’s offensive


About half the team is new to the sport at the high school level, so I think it’s good to have a close meet like this to give them a taste of the competition they can expect this season,” PHS coach Chris Zagorski said. The team had plenty of success with individual freestyle events, but struggled to get much going in breaststroke, butterfly, and the relays. “We still have some room for improvement in the oddstroke events, and that’s going to come with teaching the new swimmers to be more confident in those strokes,” Zagorski said. PHS senior captain Justin Freitas had an impressive afternoon, winning two events, as did junior Julius Brown, the winner of the 500 freestyle, and freshman Lorenzo Samperi, who won the 50 freestyle.


of them are first-year kids,” the coach said. “We’ve got three seniors that are in their By Nate Brown The Plainville Citizen first year” of wrestling. Aside from three new seniors, nine freshmen add Wrestling Some might call it begin- plenty of inexperience to the roster. ners luck. Still, Spence isn’t concerned Others might say that hard work and dedication about the inexperience. “They all work together, is already paying off for they’re very good kids, they Plainville’s wrestlers. Although the team is still practice hard, they underyoung and raw, one wouldn’t stand what they have to do in be able to tell that looking at practice in order to compete,” the final score for the Blue he said. Devils, as they crushed host Boys swimming Rocky Hill 78-6 Dec. 18. The Blue Devils opened “I tell you what, these kids are good, man,” PHS coach their season with a tough loss Rusty Spence said. “These to Suffield Dec. 18, a meet that kids showed up, we won a came down to the final event. After splitting most of the couple of matches, and it was like starting a forest fire. events throughout the meet, Plainville was edged in the Nobody wanted to lose.” After starting last season decisive 400 freestyle relay, 0-4, Spence is pleased to get and lost 88-79. “I think it was a good learna quick win. “We have 28 kids, and most ing experience for the team.


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FURNITURE FOR SALE Crib, dresser and changing table $400. Butcher block table with a tri-fold. $75. 203-645-0661.

Furniture & Appliances

Rooms For Rent AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves. Appliance Repairs Will Deliver (203) 284-8986

MER Clean Safe Rms. Inclds. H, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. E side. off-st park. $125/wk.+ sec. 12-8pm 203-630-3823 North Haven Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/Daily/ Weekly. On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

Pets For Sale

AKC LAB PUPPIES 9 Weeks, Yellow & Black First Shots. $750. 203 631-0866

Lawn and Garden

Cindy’s Unique Shop CONSIGNMENT 32 North Colony St Wallingford (203) 269-9341 2 levels, 1800 SF of Consigned Home Decor & Furnishings. 30 Day Layaways Available. $5 Off a purchase $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. Hours Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9:305 Thurs 9:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4

Console solid wood cherry finish, excellent cond. 64” W x 23”D x 28”H. $325. Call 203-314-6393.

Miscellaneous For Sale Mountain Bike. Specialized Rock Hopper with RockShox, Purple/Blue with Speedometer. $250. Call 860 645-7245.

BARGAINS PIANO $200, Antique dining room table $75, pool table $250, tall dresser $50, wood burning stove $75, new portable paint sprayer $200. 203-235-8605

Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip

2006 John Deere 5525 asking $9700, has cab heat air, 91HP, FWD, 540 PTO, (860) 598-0410

MERIDEN Clean 1 Room Efficiency 2nd Fl. Randolph Ave. Utils included. No pets. $450. 2 mos sec. Credit check required. 203-284-0597 MERIDEN Stop Your Search! Refurbished 1 BR, Cottage St. Hdwd flrs, driveway. $825 incl electric. 203 639-8903.

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A-1 Seasoned Hardwood Real Full cords $200 1/2 cords $125. Cut & split. 18-20” Delivery or Pick Up. 203-294-1775 Dirt bike/ATV Helmets, AFX Helmet Adult M color white freedom $60. Also a youth large red/white/black $40. Both in excellent cond. Barely used. 203-314-6393. Treadmill Sears ProForm XP 550s $275. Call 203-314-6393.

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Jewelry Canelli’s Jewelry & Boutique Specializing in Unusual Gifts and Fine Sterling Jewelry. Since 1917. 130 South Colony Rd. (Rt. 5) Wallingford. 203 269-5242

Wanted to Buy 1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture, 50’s Items. Whole Estates 203 238-3499 1, 2 or 3 Items or an estate $$$ CA$H $$$ 203-237-3025 ESTATE SALE SERVICE Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps ALL CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431 OLD TOOLS WANTED, always buying old, used hand tools, carpentry, machinist & engraving & workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home! Please call Cory 860-322-4367

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WANTED The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Vehicles for recycling. Paying Cash 203 630-2510



Home Improvement

REPAIRS & Replacement Lg/ Sm, Int/Ext. Stairs, Railing, Decks, Entry Door, Window, Finish Basement. I can fix it. Work done by owner. 40+ years exp. Free Est. Ins. #578107 (203) 238-1449 www.

Electrical Services T.E.C. ElECTriCal SErviCE llC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service SMALL JOBS WELCOME 203-237-2122

Fencing Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Insd. Call John Uvino 203-237GATE. CT Reg #601060


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Kitchen & Baths

Kitchen & Baths

C&M ConstruCtion *THE BATHROOM & REMODELING SPECIALIST* 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

Roofing Gonzalez ConstruCtion ************* Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.


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Gary Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trimming. Trim overgrown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. #620397. Office 203-2357723 Cell 860 558-5430

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JAZ Plumbing & Heating. Residential & comm. Boilers & water heaters our specialty. Call for best pricing. Tony (203) 537-1017

Roofing, Siding, WindoWS, Decks, Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634 MEDINA Sewer & Drain Cleaning Services LLC Quality work, affordable prices. 24hr Service. Benny Medina 203 909-1099

IF YOU Mention This Ad Snowplowing Winter Yard Clean-Ups Brush, Branches, Leaves, Storm Damage **JUNK REMOVAL** Appl’s, Furniture, Junk, Debris, etc WE CAN REMOVE ANYTHING Entire house to 1 item removed! FREE ESTIMATES Sr. Citizen Discount LIC & INS. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

Painting & Wallpapering Edwin CordEro PAINTING Int/Exterior. Local, Established, Reliable Craftsman. Call (203) 537-2411 CT#614827

Plumbing CARL’S Plumbing & Heating 20% Sr Citizen Discount. Cell 203 272-1730, 860 680-2395



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Siding, Roofing Windows, Decks Sunrooms, Additions 203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790

Snow Plowing CHLOE’S Home Solutions Snow Removal. Comm/ Res. Driveways, Walks, Roofs Lic, Ins. HIC 631419 Call Mike 203 631-2991


C&M ConstruCtion *The Roofing Specialist* And Roof Snow Removal 10% off 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

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

A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call-WE DO IT ALL! Free Estimates. 203-631-1325

WANTED: ALWAYS buying antiques, costume jewelry, old toys, military items anything old. Stop by, Frank’s open 6 days Mon to Sat 9-5, 18 South Orchard St, Wallingford or call 203-284-3786 WANTED Swords, daggers, helmets, metals etc. Call 203-238-3308

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Gary Wodatch LLC TREE REMOVAL All calls returned. CT#620397 Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 Cell 860-558-5430

Gonzalez ConstruCtion Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. 203-639-0032 info@ Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319

LAVIGNE’S Tree Service In business 31 years Tree removal. Stump grinding.Crane Service. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

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