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Regional towns looking for Fastrak connection By Daniel Jackson

ational in 15 months, in February 2015. It has opened a comment period on bus routes that service the According to a service plan re- region. Local towns hope DOT will add leased recently, The Connecticut Department of Transportation is more bus routes or more times when changing very little to the local bus buses travel through their towns, as routes feeding into the CT Fastrak a way to help residents connect to system in the towns surrounding and from the Fastrak system. Under the current plan, DOT New Britain. DOT hopes to have Fastrak, the will keep about the same number busway that will shuttle riders from New Britain and Hartford, operSee Fastrak / Page 24 Special to The Citizen

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Captain honored for domestic violence work By Julie Sopchak

partment,” Nikita Ca r m o n a , d i re c tor of intervention Plainville police Capt. Brian and systems change Mullins has been recognized by the for PCC, said of Prudence Crandall Center as one Mullins. “Because of our of the First 100 Plus Men, an honor given to males who have made ad- relationship with vancements in ending domestic vi- that program, beMullins cause he’s interolence in Connecticut. PCC is a domestic violence cen- e s te d i n h av i n g ter that serves those affected by do- education about domestic violence,” Carmona said of Mullins’ mestic violence. “He was very active in wanting the assessment program in his deSee Captain / Page 15 The Plainville Citizen

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah intersection a rare occurrence By Daniel Jackson Special to The Citizen


The CT Fastrak bus station in New Britain undergoes construction. Connecticut Department of Transportation expects the project to be finished in 15 months. | (Dan Jackson/The Citizen)

On the evening of Nov. 28, Jews celebrating Hanukkah will gather around and light the second candle in the Jewish Festival of Lights. For many Jews living in the United States, they will be stuffed from a meal of turkey and pumpkin pie, the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same date this year, an extremely A turkey-themed menorah, designed for Hanukkah 2013 is being marketed as a See Rare / Page 12 “menurkey” this year. | (

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Town Council will consider transferring responsibilities of the Plainville Affordable Housing Corp. to the town due to dwindling support and not enough interest in people to fill vacant board position. Created in 1990, the group first created 32 housing units on Cassidy Drive for military families, then 20 more units on Bruce and Franklin avenues, according to Town Manager Robert E. Lee. If the transfer is made, the town would oversee administrative responsibilities, including sales of housing units. Unit sales do not happen often, and Lee said the town would have to handle maybe one sale per year. “I don’t think it would take up a tremendous amount of time,” Lee said. Additionally, Lee said the State of Connecticut has already approved the transfer should the town be interested in taking over. Ray Corsini, retired president of Plainville Affordable Housing Corp., said tenants have had difficulty selling homes because of certain restrictions. Lee said the units can’t be sold without some sort of administrative oversight. “The need for affordable housing is truly unbelievable,” Corsini said.

Lee suggested the item go on the agenda for a decision for the Dec. 2 meeting. In other business, Lee also provided an update on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. In the first third of the year, he said 47.45 percent of proposed revenues have been received, while 32 percent of proposed expenditures have been expended. He said tax collections have been strong: 54 percent collection revenue has been received, and 83 percent of prior taxes have already been collected, as well as 63 percent of delinquent interest. Building permit fees have come in at 111 percent, but Lee said that was largely due to the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s cancer center project being worked on. “Very positive to date,” Lee said of the budget. At least one resident brought up the issue of the town not having a blight ordinance during another portion of the meeting. The town does not have one all-encompassing blight ordinance, but rather numerous other ordinances that cover areas pertaining to blight. The topic has been brought up in discussion in the past with residents hoping to have a blight ordinance enacted. “I’m still looking for the town that has the blight ordinance that has no blight,” Lee said. “We’re probably as good as any other community that



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Local moms seek past PHS vals and sals While she was working the concession stand for a wrestling match last spring, Holly Martino took notice of the awards showcase in the front lobby of Plainville High School. She saw all kinds of awards for things like math, art, and maybe even one for excellence in gym class badminton. Among those awards is the annual valedictorian and salutatorian display where pictures of the top two students from the previous year’s graduating class are on display. Once the next two are chosen, the display is changed accordingly. Martino, whose daughter was valedictorian in 2010, noticed that once the display

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is changed, there is no further recognition – no trace of the students who earned the highest academic achievements of their class. “I assumed her name went on to some plaque,” Martino said. “And I’m looking around and I don’t see it.” That’s because no such plaque exists, but Martino hopes to change that with the help of a couple friends. So she, Barbara Willard, and Michelle Rogan are in the midst of tracking down every valedictorian and salutatorian in the history of Plainville High School. A tough task given they’re not even sure what the starting point is. The earliest they’ve found, so far, Martino said, is the salutatorian from 1928. The school didn’t even start keeping a record of the names until 1998 – quite a gap to fill.


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Area towns not thrilled with magazine rankings By Dan Brechlin Area town officials are taking exception to the low ranking of their towns in the latest edition of Connecticut Magazine. Every other year, staff members of Connecticut Magazine rate each municipality on factors such as economy, schools, and crime. Cities and towns are typically divided into categories by population to compare and rank similar municipalities, but this year the breakdown was changed. Because upper-income towns typically dominated the rat-

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and under, while Southington ranked 40th out of 41 in the $225,000 to $299,999 category. The eight highest population cities were given their own separate category. Plainville fell into the same category as Meriden and was ranked 14th of 39. Town Manager Robert E. Lee said he wasn’t surprised with where Plainville was, but didn’t take too much stock in the rankings as a whole. He said he paid more attention to the town’s overall ranking, which was 84. Southington’s overall was 168, Farmington 92, and Avon 83. “Do you really think



ings, the magazine opted to categorize municipalities by median home sales price. Previous rankings by population “seemed like a weird, unnatural way to group things,” said Ben Doody, editor of Connecticut Magazine and its sister publications. “If you want to move to a town in Connecticut, you don’t say ‘I really want to live in a place with a population of 25,00050,000.’ You say ‘this is the budget I have and this is how much I can afford.’” Meriden was ranked last out of 39 communities in the lowest median home sale price category of $175,000

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Congregation Kol Ami, a conservative synagogue in Cheshire, said the buzzword in Jewish circles is “Thanksgivukkah” (Spell it however you like, he said). For those who do not have menorahs in his congregation, the nine-branched candle holder used in the celebration of Hanukkah, Ratner encouraged them to make their own. This year, Thanksgivingthemed menorahs are being used by some practicing Jews, for example, a turkey-shaped menorah with the candles placed in Tom turkey’s fan. Ratner said the symbols of Thanksgiving are being incorporated into the Hanukkah celebration. A quick search Online shows recipes such as Challah bread stuffing, sweet potato latkes with cranberry pecan applesauce and cinnamon yogurt and let’s not forget the Manizchewitz-brined turkey. “I think it’s a really great opportunity to think about the message of both,” Ratner said, “and how we can combine the two to highlight the meaning behind the holidays as we head into the new calender year.” Hanukkah, in the Hebrew, m e a n s “ re - d e d i c a t i o n ,” Ratner said. The Jewish holiday is to commemorate the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem after the Jews revolted from the Greeks around 165 B.C. The holiday celebrates the miracle of one small flask of oil fueling the menorah in the temple for eight days while more oil was prepared. Jews commemorate this, in part, by eating foods cooked in oil, like latkes. When this celebration is combined with the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving, Ratner said the celebration turns to “dedicating our lives in light of opportunity.” But “Thanskgivukkah” has a different dimension for Rabbi Shelley Becker, See Rare / Page 13



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Indeed, Hanukkah shares more similarity to Thanksgiving than it does to its more commonly compared-to holiday — Christmas. “Hanukkah is not the

also a celebration of religious freedom, and Thanksgiving commemorates a band of From Page 12 Pilgrims who traveled to the who leads the Reformed New World to worship God Southington congregation outside the state-mandated Gishrei Shalom. Hanukkah is Church of England.

Jewish Christmas,” Becker said, adding because Hanukkah is so far separated from Christmas this year, there is an opportunity for Jews to stress Hanukkah is a very different holiday than

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In the newsroom, we like to keep our vocabulary sharp and expand beyond our verbal comfort zones. So, we’ve started using a Word of the Day exercise, posting a new word every day and challenging ourselves to try and use it somewhere in our writing or speech. Since our readers don’t get to read The

Citizen every day, we’ve rounded up all the words from the week and printed them here for you. See if you can challenge yourself to use these words while talking to a friend, or writing a paper, or maybe just shout them out randomly in a hallway somewhere. As a reader, you’ll even get the benefit of a definition, something my co-workers are left to dig up themselves:

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Mood lighting For a finishing touch, set From Page 11 the mood with candles by pression before your guests using a mix of tea lights and even sit down to eat by craft- candlesticks on the table at ing a beautiful setting. Create varying heights. ambience by adorning the For more entertaining tips, 1. American Baptists be- should approach us to cooperative holiday dinner table and buffet area with seasonally in- recipes, gift ideas and other lieve that Jesus Christ is Lord God directly, and ministries. and Savior, and that the Bible that individual 8. Am e r i c a n spired décor and infusing holiday inspiration, visit, is the divinely inspired word gifts of ministry B a p t i s t s h ave pops of color with the table- www.BedBathandBeyond. of God that serves as the fi- should be shared. been called to be cloth, metallic chargers, nap- com/holiday. 5. A m e r i c a n nal written authority for livChrist’s witnesses kins and fresh flowers. Baptists take seing out the Christian faith. for justice and 2. For American Baptists, riously the call wholeness within the local church is the funda- to evangelize and a broken society. each other, he sketched out mental unit of mission in de- missionary work. 9. A m e r i c a n B a p t i s t a menorah in the shape of a 6. American Baptists sup- Churches USA celebrates From Page 13 nominational life. turkey with 3D modeling soft3. American Baptists par- port religious freedom and the racial, cultural and theoware, according to menurky. take of two ordinances: be- respect the expressions of logical diversity witnessed recounted, Becker said, but it com. A few tweaks later, and lievers’ baptism and The faith of others. within its membership. adds another layer of mean- the “Menurkey” was born. 7. American Baptists acLord’s Supper. 10. American Baptists heed ing to the holiday. “We’ve all seen it,” Becker 4. American Baptists be- knowledge that God’s fam- the biblical call to renewal “Thanksgivukkah” comes said. lieve that the committed in- ily extends beyond our local and the need for a vital wit- with its own unique commerAnd while the menurkys dividual Christian can and churches, and that God calls ness to a new millennium. and Jewish/Thanksgiving cial opportunities. Submitted by First Baptist “If there’s going to be an crossover cooking is novel Church of Southington, 581 opportunity to make a prod- and fun, Nov. 28, 2013 repMeriden Ave. First Baptist uct and sell it, that’s going to resents a once-in-a-multi-milChurch of Southington, an happen,” Becker said. lennial time of thankfulness American Baptist Church, Take, for example, the story and re-dedication, a time to Up to full steam - 3 BIG ROOMS is celebrating its 275th year. of Asher Weintraub, a 9-year- look back and look forward, more information about old who lives in New York a time to “Give thanks to SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th 10 AM-3 PM For the church, visit www.first- City. When he heard how God that we live in a counCHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL • CHESHIRE, CT or its the dates of Hanukkah and try where religious freedom ADULT DONATION - $6 Facebook page. Thanksgiving coincided with is guaranteed,” Becker said. For more information, call: CHILDREN UNDER 10 - FREE T. Kotulski (203) 265-7527 BRING THIS AD AND A CAN OF FOOD

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Richard “Dick” Cronin, 78, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Plainville, passed away following a brief illness on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Born in Bridgeport on Dec. 7, 1934, he was one of four children to the late Edward and Julia Cronin. He was raised and educated in Seymour, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force shortly upon graduating. He proudly served his country from 1954 thru 1958, receiving an honorable discharge. Dick married the love of his life, Beverly (Dery) in 1963, recently celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Dick had a lifelong love of family, travel, the beach and car racing. He was a master electrician, working for various companies throughout his career. He and Beverly fulfilled their love for the beach, retiring to Florida 10 years ago, where he was able to continue his passion for racing and NASCAR living near Daytona International Speedway. A loving husband and father, Dick’s proudest role was that of a devoted grandfather for his six adored grandchildren; all who will miss him dearly. In addition to his wife, Beverly, he leaves his daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Jay Cassineri, of Plainville and Carol and Marc Gordnier, of Chesapeake, Va.; his grandchildren, Nicole Zaza, Samantha Zaza, Alexandra Zaza, Joseph Cassineri, Beau Gordnier, and Lea Gordnier; his brothers, Edward and his wife, Florence and John and his wife, Ellen, all of Seymour; his brother-in-law, David Greywacz; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Anne Greywacz. Family and friends may gather in celebration of Dick’s life on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a service of remembrance and military honors at 1 p.m., at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St, Plainville. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit

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drew frustration from the town’s promoters. “Maybe they went to St o n i n g t o n i n s t e a d o f Southington,” said Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo. “The tax rate is very, very good here. We have beautiful parks, a drive-in theater, softball fields and (artificial turf) on our football fields. Our crime is low. We have the Apple Harvest Festival and the Italian Festival. The fact that it’s not even in the top 10, I don’t even understand.” Similarly, Southington was up against municipalities with much lower populations. The top finishers in its median home sale price range were Simsbury, Glastonbury and Granby. Only North Branford finished behind Southington. “It isn’t a true measure of an overall community,” Lee said. --Julie Sopchak contributed to this article

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selection. Mullins explained the department has undergone policy changes and implemented programs to stymie domestic violence. “Out of necessity, we’ve expanded our role as not just enforcers, but we’ve become part of victim advocacy,” Mullins said. Th e d e pa r t m e n t a l s o works in conjunction with PCC. Mullins explained a new program where an officer responding to a domestic violence call will put the victim on the phone with a social worker at PCC. Mullins explained it can be more comforting for a victim to speak with a social worker, rather than a police officer. “They’re undergoing all this emotional and, sometimes, physical trauma,” Mullins said. “Now the victim is not only getting help from police.” Police officers in town have received more extensive training to handle such situations, Mullins said. “Each domestic violence incident has to be investigated in a serious and thoughtful way,” he said. Domestic violence sit-

uations are diff icult, he said. With emotions running high, getting the truth -- even from victims -- can be tough. Some of the training includes being able to pick up on verbal cues and closely investigating the scene. The department also has a follow-up program to ensure victims remain safe. It includes making calls or visits to victims. Mullins said it’s difficult to say whether the efforts have made a huge impact, but he has seen a change for the better. “Based upon my judgment and feedback that we get from victims and the courts and PCC,” Mullins said, “I’m very confident that we have made a difference in either preventing domestic violence from occurring, or arresting someone that otherwise may have slipped through the cracks, or got away with something because victims were afraid to call the police.” The focus on domestic violence certainly isn’t frivolous. Mullins said there were 55 incidents alone last month in town. “I would just say that I think that domestic violence incidents constitute a substantial part of our duties here,” he said.

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munity, and 38th in crime. “I think we’re an affordable community,” Lee said. “I think we’re a well rounded community given the resources available to us.” Unlike in previous years, Doody said the magazine included stories about some up-and-coming towns this year, including Storrs, which is undergoing a massive economic development and school expansion. Though the project did not help Storrs’ rating, it could improve in the rankings in future years. Comparatively, Meriden’s two public high schools are undergoing $220 million in renovations, while a $13 million redevelopment of the vacant former Meriden Hub site and a new train station are planned. Though they could not be factored into the ratings, Meriden’s ranking could be impacted in the future. Southington’s ranking also

It is harvest time for the Michaela’s Garden Project. If you planted four o’ clocks this spring and have collected the seeds, drop them off at any of these locations: Plainville Senior Center, Gnazzo’s, Plainville Library, or mail them to the Petit Family Foundation, P.O. Box 310, Plainville, CT 06062. For information, call (860) 479-1436.




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Opinion The Giant offers ideal fall frolic

By Amy Flory Special to Citizen

I love fall. I love the colors, I love the smells, and I love that I can wear my favorite boots again. I love that I can be outside without freezing or sweating, and fall is the ideal time to hike the trails at Sleeping Giant State Park. Our family has taken advantage of the tower path, a mile and a half climb that boast a nice wide trail, a lovely view, and a good incline for kids and adults alike, a few times this season. We leash up our black lab, pack some water and snacks, and head for the hills, sometimes with friends, sometimes just the five of us. Sleeping Giant, as all locals know, is named for its shape, because the hills resemble a giant lying down, asleep. Right around where the giant’s left hip would be is a stone tower that offers an amazing panoramic view of New Haven County and Long Island Sound, and is a great place for kids to pretend they are knights and princesses. Since it takes us over an hour to get to the top, due to the vast amount of time spent exploring and rock collecting, my kids are usually starving at the

tower, and ready for a bite to eat. After our little break, and our little snack, we begin the much quicker trip down the hill. We still stop to explore spider webs, “Look at this big one!” or to balance across fallen trees, “Just one more time! Pleeeease?” My four-year-old collects every interesting rock she sees, and places them, gently at first, and eventually cramming them, into my overflowing pockets. When we arrive home she will lovingly wash them, and carry them around for days in a plastic zippered bag, finally forgetting about them so I can return them to the wild. We stop to chat with other dog owners, allowing our pets to say hello by sniffing each other, which never stops being funny to our children. The main trail is family-friendly, and is easily the most populated trail in the park. For a more isolated or difficult trail, see the trail maps and entrances at the Sleeping Giant Parks Association website ( There are tired legs, and always some tears from my preschooler who would forever be carried or pushed in stroller if we allowed it, but it is always fun, and it feels great to See Giant / Page 17

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Letters to the Editor Sorting through myths

To the editor: I read a political advertisement for the Republican Party in a local publication that not only shocked me, but left me totally confused. Specifically, it centered on two “myths” town residents might be living with, followed by “factual” responses.

Myth 1: “Town council meetings are not televised.” The response: “The meetings are televised by Nutmeg TV on Comcast channel 96. You can view the program on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. the week of the meeting.” At the Oct. 21 town council meeting, I addressed the council on this issue and was told that meeting agenda item

1, Citizen’s Forum, although conducted prior to the pledge to the flag, was indeed an “official” part of the meeting. If that is the case, why do residents never get to see it? Agenda item 1 starts at 7 p.m. and the filming of the meeting starts at 7:30. Myth 2: “Claims have been made that we do not have a way to handle blight in our community.”

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The response cites Section 11-17 of the Town Ordinances, last updated Aug. 20, 2007. Its focus is on “parking of unregistered or inoperable vehicles or other unsightly materials or equipment.” After reading the “factual” response I cannot help but wonder if an inoperable vehicle had been left at the “Chung” property, would that area have been cleaned up by now? I can assure you that this myth vs. fact scenario has gotten my attention, and I will be questioning our town council. Unfortunately, that portion of the meeting is not televised. Lou Frangos Plainville

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To the editor: I would like to thank all of the people who have supported me over the past year during my run for Town Council. Thanks to all who gave advice.

To the citizens of Plainville, I look forward to having bipartisan support on current and future issues before the town. I look forward to proving to you over the next two years that I will do what is in the best interest for every citizen of our community. Your opinions are most important and I will listen openly and freely. To the best of my ability, I will work to enhance our community. Please remember that local elections affect our everyday lives much more than most. To the candidates not elected, thank you for standing up to enrich our community; each one of you had great intentions for everyone in our town and I am sure you will continue to work to better the community. To all of the candidates who were elected, I look forward to learning from you and working with you to keep our town a beautiful, progressive and prosperous place to live. Patrick M. Kilby Plainville

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Explore the many dimensions of gratitude By Amy Flory

Special to The Citizen

Halloween is over, and the first batches of leaves have been removed from the edges of our lawns by the hardworking North Haven Public Works Department. If these two facts haven’t alerted me to the fact that we’re solidly in Thanksgiving season, the Facebook posts sharing what others are thankful for certainly have. With Thanksgiving near the end of this month, November is a natural time to reflect on the bounty of things in our life that we should be thankful for. In the past few years, a movement has taken hold, and folks are choosing to share one thing they are thankful for each day leading up to Thanksgiving. Gratitude journals have been used to improve mood and studies have found that subjects who kept a daily gratitude journal reported fewer ailments, a greater sense of feeling connected to others, higher levels of alertness, more enthusiasm, were more optimistic about the future, and exercised more. Naysayers worry that Facebook statuses are insincere, or that others are bragging

or embellishing the great things in their lives for the benefit of others, or that thankfulness should be observed all year long, and not just in November. As someone who has participated in the November thankful posts in years past, I can say that focusing on positive things, both large and small, does carry over into the rest of the year. I appreciate a great cup of coffee every day, and I marvel in the magic of my strong marriage continually, but taking the time to write it down gives those feelings weight and make them more tangible. The activity of transcribing my gratitude helps minimize the negativity that creeps into everyday living. After three years of giving thanks in November, I am skipping the exercise this year, and instead I’m enjoying the gratitude that is spilling onto my Facebook feed from my friends around the world. I am thankful for November, a month where gratitude is plentiful, and where positivity is shared, and I look forward to my friends experiencing all of the wonderful side effects of keeping a daily gratitude journal, on social media or in their privacy of their homes. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

A little blue at Thanksgiving isn’t so bad By Laura Clementsen

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When many of us think of Thanksgiving, we think of Norman Rockwell’s painting of a happy family gathered around a table featuring an enormous roasted turkey and overflowing dishes of other seasonal foods. It is the idealized rendering of Thanksgiving. Not all of us attain it, and some Thanksgiving Days don’t even come close. It’s ages since I thought about my first attempt at making the holiday meal. At the time we lived in a house with a small kitchen. There was an inlaid brown industrial-grade linoleum on the floor. Wanting to brighten up the kitchen, I naively proposed that Art and I paint the linoleum. I had read in a magazine that

it could be done. So the evening before Thanksgiving Day we painted the linoleum a lovely blue. Next morning, surprise! The paint was as wet as it had been when we dipped our brushes into the paint cans the night before. What to do? I had promised to cook the dinner. My resourceful husband found some planks which he laid on the floor. From these, I maneuvered from cupboard, refrigerator and stove to dining room table to sink back and forth, bearing dishes and food, both hot and cold. It was a nightmare. Over the next several days we painstakingly removed all of the paint, cleaned off all of the wax embedded in the linoleum and successfully applied the paint. Another year we had

planned to gather at my mother and step-father Ken’s house to celebrate the holiday. Ken loved being the host and always enjoyed roasting the turkey. My sister-in-law Grace had come from New York on Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of our getting an early start the next day for the drive to Dummerston. We often drove the 100 miles up, spent the day with my family and drove back late the same day. But when we rose on Thanksgiving morning we discovered that it had snowed hard during the night and was still snowing. There was no chance of getting out of the driveway, much less of driving north. I called with our regrets. Then I pulled a small roast See Blue / Page 20


Leaf lament leads to enlightened solution By Joy VanderLek I’ve been raking leaves this afternoon. I used to love raking leaves. I loved the crisp, cool fall weather and beautifully multi-colored leaves. That was about 15 or so years ago, when most of my body parts still functioned correctly. My shoulders and back aren’t too thrilled with the whole raking thing now. Back when I actually liked to rake, I would even call it fun. The house was new … make that new to us. We liked the responsibility of caring for our property … and our leaves. Not so much now. Even our daughter, albeit just a toddler way back then, would help to rake. Granted she wasn’t too good at that part, being her arms were so short and everything. One thing she was good at though, was stuffing the leaf bags. My husband and I would hoist her up, which made her giggle before we even started, then we’d use her to tamp down each bag of leaves to get even more leaves into them. Over and over, up and into the bag she’d go with her little purple, light-up sneakers, one bag after another and another until the bags ultimately lined the whole driveway waiting for the town to come and take it all away. We would also try other leaf collection systems (if nothing more than to give our daughter and her sneakers a break). We had the

blower/mulcher combination. That worked great, but the zipper on the bag kept breaking. We gave up and gave it to the neighbor. He sewed a new zipper on the bag and is still using it today. We don’t talk to those neighbors anymore. We also hired a friend’s son who in a fit of crazed inventiveness, created a monster leaf-sucking, leaf-mulching machine out of old lawnmower parts. Since none of us had a truck to transport the contraption, Jacob walked the thing all the way to our house, about five blocks, and went to work. It was impressive, really impressive—until it broke, about 10 minutes into it. What really gets me about leaf season, though, is our neighbor with the forest. He doesn’t have just one or two trees. No, he has them in the dozens. These are oak trees, about 100-years-old and 100-feet-high. Did you realize oak trees are the last to lose their leaves? So, when every single last leaf of our dogwoods and maples and birches are raked and stuffed into bags, those oaks are just waiting for us —because as you know, each and every leaf will blow into our yard, year after year. To be honest, I have since moved on to a new way to take care of the annual leaf collection. One day, I simply announced that I would rake no more. It’s now my husband’s job. Come to think of it, I don’t shovel snow anymore either.

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Leaf collection in Plainville began Oct. 21 and will continue to Thursday, Dec. 5. Rake leaves to the curbline. Grass clippings will not be collected. No sticks or stones. Do not put leaves on a street “island.” Bagged leaves will not be collected. For more information, call the public works department, (860) 793-0221 ext. 208, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday.

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Protect your nest egg from financial downturns We have a system that can respond to the efforts of individual citizens,” says Jay W. Richards, Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics and author of the new book, “Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who Are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives and Our Fortunes.” In his book, Richards suggests that complacency on

the part of ordinary citizens will lead to more serious financial disasters. He encourages readers to take steps to prevent future crises and protect their own nest eggs: -Get informed: “Many culpable entities used the crisis fallout to lay blame elsewhere and increase their own power,” says Richards. “But with knowledge, prudence and intelligent action, history won’t have to repeat itself.”

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Holiday stress can affect your weight During the holidays, it can be all too easy to overeat. But there’s more at play when it comes to packing on pounds this time of year. Another holiday tradition that can affect your weight is stress. Here are some important things to know about your body’s response to stress: Stress hormones We all have a built-in stress response. It’s a complicated set of physiological reactions that help keep you alive during dangerous situations. Here’s how it’s supposed to work: You experience an acute stressor. Thousands of years ago, this could have been a tiger trying to eat you. Today, it could be the in-laws coming to stay with you over the holidays. In response, adrenal glands release the stress hormone cortisol into your bloodstream, initiating an increase in blood sugar used

for immediate energy to fight, run or slam on your car brakes. Once the stressor is dealt with, the cortisol leaves your system and things return to their normal metabolic state. But unfortunately today, many of us are constantly stressed, causing significant metabolic imbalances. Chronic stress From when we wake up to when we go to bed, the average person deals with hundreds of low-grade stressful events, like rush hour traffic, projects with impossible deadlines, troubles with kids, spouses or pets. According to Michael A. Smith, M.D. host of “Healthy Talk” on and senior health scientist with the Life Extension Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this state of affairs is chronically elevating cortisol levels, which means blood sugar

is constantly being mobilized for energy. “And when you don’t burn the sugar, it gets stored as body fat,” says Dr. Smith. “This is just one of the metabolic imbalances caused by too much cortisol. There are many other problems caused by chronic stress that can pack on the fat.” For example, too much cortisol, which results in a drop in serotonin, can drive sugar cravings and significantly increase appetite. Solutions New research shows that white kidney beans can suppress appetite. So if you’re craving a snack, have a serving of kidney beans instead of reaching for holiday leftovers or a bag of potato chips. Feeling tense? Try some stress reduction activities, like jogging, meditation or breathing exercises. Also, consider adaptogenic

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Thursday, November 21, 2013



Plainville meets familiar foe, demise in state semifinals By Nate Brown

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They say that déjà vu can be a horrible occurrence in one’s life. It can be even worse when it happens on multiple occasions. Plainville came across that exact situation last We d n e s d a y n i g h t a t Rosek-Skubal Stadium in Middletown, when the Blue Devils lost in the Class M Seminfinals to the top-seeded Suffield Wildcats, 4-1, ending their season and state title aspirations. Yet even more frustrating for the team is that their season has ended at the hands of Suffield for three consecutive years. In 2011, Plainville lost to Suffield in the Semifinals, 2-0, before faltering to the Chiefs again last year in the second round, 1-0. “It’s always tough to be eliminated. The worst part about being eliminated is

the very definition of it,” said coach Tim Brown. “It’s a crushing blow to something that myself, my co-coach, all the kids, all the effort we put into it, the finality: the switch off.” After moving through the first two rounds of the tournament with relative ease (6-0 over Ellis Tech, 5-1 over Windham Tech), 12th-seeded Plainville faced a much more difficult opponent in fourthseeded Nonnewaug. Yet the Blue Devils persevered, defeating the Chiefs 2-1 and setting up a highly anticipated matchup with Suffield, hoping that the third time would –in fact –be the charm. Yet Plainville’s time in the postseason was growing short, especially against a team that had been as dominating all season long as Suffield, who through 19 games was a perfect 19-0-0. Even more impressive was just how dominating Suffield had been on the pitch. Prior

Plainville stymied in loss By Nate Brown

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The Blue Devils season has been full of highs and lows as the young squad continues to rebuild after a disappointing 3-7 mark last year. Unfortunately, Plainville witnessed another low for this season after falling to Bloomfield 19-0 Friday night in Bloomfield. With the loss, the Blue Devils now stand at 4-5 with only one game remaining on the season. Bloomfield moves to 8-2 with the win. From the start, the contest was all Bloomfield, as the Warhawks found the end zone twice in the first quarter to take a 13-0 lead. After scoring both touchdowns on the ground,

Bloomfield stuck with their recipe for success, finding paydirt in the third quarter on a 26-yard run to bring the score to its final count of 19-0. Although the game remained close on the scoreboard, it was far from close on the field. Plainville couldn’t muster anything offensively, and finished the game with only 82 total yards. With a week off, the Blue Devils will look to recollect themselves as they prepare for their Thanksgiving Day showdown with Farmington (82). Plainville will host the Indians at Alumni Field for a 10:00 a.m. start time, as Plainville looks to finish the season with a .500 record.

to its matchup with Plainville, Suffield had scored 78 goals throughout the season and state tournament, while only allowing five goals during that same time period. Knowing the task that stood in front of them, Plainville and played a tough first 15 minutes, as the Blue Devils and Suffield were deadlocked at zero. Yet a miscommunication between Plainville’s back line and their goal keeper led to an offensive chance that Suffield couldn’t pass up, as the Chiefs’ Robert Della Penna put the ball past a grounded Alex Bawol to give Suffield a 1-0 lead. “They are very opportunistic,” said Brown. “You can’t give opportunities to a team like that; they’re quick, they finish, and they’re aggressive.” After the misstep, Plainville played taught defense for the rest of the half, and even almost evened the score, as a Blue Devil header

seemed poised for the back of Suffield’s net; however, the Chiefs were seemingly two steps ahead of Plainville, as a well-timed header by Suffield prevented the Blue Devils from making their way onto the scoreboard. I n t h e s e co n d h a l f, Plainville once again looked to tie the contest at 1-1 before a 10 minute stretch that saw Plainville’s hopes of upsetting Suffield go from “hopeful” to “trounced”, as the Chiefs score three goals to extend their lead, 4-0. Although down, the Blue Devils refused to count themselves out. With about six minutes remaining in the contest, Nick D’Amico did something that so many hadn’t been able to do all season long: score on Suffield. “We don’t panic in the back. We don’t panic anywhere. Even when we were down 4-1 with five minutes left we still had belief; we still tried,” said Brown. “We’re not a team that stops

and says ‘Game over, we’re packing it in now.’ We kept fighting until the very end and I’m very proud about that fact.” Although Plainville wasn’t able to score again and make the final score closer in the box score than what had played out on the field, there was no shame in losing to the back-to-back Class M State Champions. In the championship game on Saturday, another case of déjà vu took place, as Suffield captured its third straight State Championship with a 2-0 victory over Ellington. “I reminded them that there were only three teams left in this; there were an awful lot of teams sitting at home,” said Brown. “We achieved a lot in a great season, we had done a lot of things that maybe people didn’t think we would do. I loved the fact that til the very end, we were playing hard.” Plainville finished the season with a record of 13-7-1.

Blue Devils swimming and diving finishes 13th at States By Nate Brown

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While their regular season record may not have been the most appealing, it was never about the regular season for Plainville. The Lady Blue Devils overcame a 5-9 dual meet season to finish 13th at the Class S State Finals this year on Wednesday, November 13, with a score of 142. Led by senior Megan Farmer and sophomore Taylor Rogers, both of whom competed in four events, Plainville’s youth movement helped them to build upon last season’s 17th place finish at States. Farmer proved to be Plainville’s top individual scorer, as the senior finished with 30 points. Farmer finished sixth in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 26.01 for 23 points, and 18th in the 100 yard freestyle, completing her swim in 58.92 for seven more points. Rogers also competed in two individual events for the Blue Devils. The sophomore product finished 22nd in the 200 yard freestyle, scoring three points off a 2:09.65 time, and 20th place in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:45.42 and scored Plainville an ad-

ditional five points. Plainville’s relay teams also had solid performances throughout the meet. Led by Farmer and Rogers, the Lady Blue Devils scored most of their points through their team efforts. Plainville’s 200 yard medley relay team, comprised of Farmer, sophomore Sydney McGough, and juniors Nicole Basile and Megan Dalena, finished in 10th place with a time of 2:07.17. The girls’ efforts were strong enough to score the Blue Devils 34 points. Plainville’s other relay team’s shared similar success throughout the evening. The girls’ 400 freestyle relay team that included Rogers, Dalena, senior Morgan LaCombe, and junior Molly Schade finished 12th (4:16.24; 30 points) while the 200 freestyle relay team finished 14th with a time of 1:55.72. That team, comprised of Farmer, Rogers, Basile, and freshman Audrey Gediman, helped the Lady Blue Devils to score 26 points. McGough was Plainville’s only other scoring individual throughout the meet. The sophomore finished the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.84, which was good enough for 13th place and 14 more points for the Blue Devils.

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The Plainville High School boys soccer team’s quest for the CIAC Class M state championship was halted in the semifinals with a 4-1 loss to Suffield Nov. 13 in Middletown. The Blue Devils ended the year with a mark of 13-6-1. Suffield improved to 19-0. | (Photos by Patrick Matthews)

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People of all ages are invited to support the Saturday, Nov. 23 bowlathon to benefit PARC, Family-Centered Services for People with Developmental Disabilities. The fundraiser will be held 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Laurel Lanes, 136 New Britain Ave., Plainville. The bowler fee includes three games, shoes, T-shirt, hot dog and beverage. Individual bowlers will be placed on a team. Non-bowlers can support the fundraiser by recruiting a team, sponsoring other bowlers, being an event sponsor or making an online donation. For more information, visit the website www.; contact PARC’s office at (860) 747-0316; e-mail; or call Robinson, at (860) 747-2918 or (860) 803-7389. Checks can be made payable to PARC, Inc., Plainville, and dropped off or sent to the organization at 28 E. Maple St., Plainville, CT 06062.

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Snow Views: tuning up for the season By Dave Mongillo Special to The Citizen

Yes, winter is upon us and some great skiing is in your future. There are 64 resorts open in North America – 10 in New England – with more opening this week. Now is the hour to get ready for some great slope time this winter. Are you ready? It’s time to get your equipment checked out, your body into shape and -. the fun part of late Fall – your travel planned. Are you going to spend Christmas at Cannon, Kwanzaa at Killington, holiday break at Bretton Woods, or President’s Week at Park City? Start with your equipment. Get it out, clean it, and check it over. Those old boards may need a good tune up. Are your old skis or boots getting a little tired and sad? It could be time to treat your self to some new gear. If you’ve been like a stone all summer, and just sat around the yard, you’d better get to working out. If not, those first few runs on a mountain will be painful. Anything you do now will help. Walk around the neighborhood or jog a little. At work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Bicycle around town. To plan the travel for the season, hit the web. There are some great deals available now that won’t be there next week. To get some ideas, hit a ski show. The annual Ski, Sun, and Travel Expo is this weekend in Cromwell. You could get some good information there.


Don’t skip the smaller resorts. They offer some great family fun and you won’t lose the little ones on a giant mountain. The mega resorts will have more miles of trails covered with machine made flakes, but there are five ski hills right here in Connecticut. A stay-cation could save some money and leave some great family memories. Here at home there is a new kid on the block. After almost seven seasons in the weeds, Powder Ridge is set to come back to life. The people that run Brownstone Discovery Park in Portland have resurrected the 50-year-old resort and plan to offer skiing adventure in time for Christmas. Check it out, but check the conditions before you travel. Mount Southington is in its 50th season and ready to crank up the guns when the weather cooperates. They have eight new Alpine Tec fan jet snow guns and the wiring to make them run. “The investment will allow us to make snow on both sides of the hill at the same time,” Ed Beckley, general manager at Mount Southington, said. “That will give us more runs open when we start up the lifts and better conditions on the whole mountain every day. As soon as it gets cold, we’ll be ready to run”. Mount Southington also has 1,000 new skis in the rental shop and new furniture in the Alpine Eatery. Mohawk Mountain, Woodbury Ski Hill, and Ski Sundown are also ready to open for the season as soon as Mother Nature gives us some winter weather.

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comments from the public and passed them onto DOT, as well as adding their own, such as the suggestion to add a new bus route that would run to Pymouth and Thomaston. CCRPA is an organization that plans and promotes regional economic, land use and transportation polices. They also plan disaster response. Berlin, Plainville, Southington, New Britain, Bristol, Terryville and Burlington work with CCRPA. Jason Zheng, an associate planner with the transportation program at CCRPA, said DOT released the revised service plan only a few weeks ago, and CCRPA is still analyzing the plan. However, in the document, DOT denied CCRPA’s request to service Plymouth and Thomaston. After DOT ran their ridership models, Zheng said, it decided it could not support the proposed route.

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A handy holiday entertaining checklist

One to Two Days Ahead Assemble the main course. Many entrées can be made ahead of time, such as chilly weather soups and stews. Casseroles also do very well if assembled ahead of time and then placed covered in the fridge to be baked just before supper. You may also consider doubling your recipe and freezing half for later use. Since the season is a busy time of year, having extra

meals on hand can save you a mid-week headache. The Big Day Set the table, make the bread, pop the entree on the stove or in the oven. Enjoy! “I like to have as many things done as possible before company arrives so I have more time to enjoy my

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sion of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol by minor, improper number of headlights, 11:11 p.m. Patrick J. Pepin, 19, 141 Oak St., Southington, possession with intent to sell, illegal possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, 11:40 p.m. Nov. 15: Grezgorz Smialkowski, 28, 141 Smith St., New Britain, possession of oxycodone with intent to sell, illegal possession of oxycodone, possession of drug paraphernalia, narcotic not in original container, 1:02 a.m. Thomas Z. Baginski, 20, 271 Booth St., New Britain, possession of oxycodone with intent to sell, illegal possession of oxycodone, illegal possession of suboxone, illegal possession of ecstasy, possession of drug paraphernalia, narcotic not in original container, window tints, 10:51 p.m.



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Thursday, November 21, 2013


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Public / Legal Notices

LEGAL NOTICE TOWN OF PLAINVILLE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS The Plainville Zoning Board of Appeals conducted Public Hearings on Tuesday November 12, 2013, and rendered the following action: A.

Application #13-11-01, Approved - Giuseppe Ettorre of 57 Hillside Avenue – variances to Article 2, Business Zones, Section 2.03, Dimensional Standards, Sub-Section B Minimum Yard Requirements to permit the reduction of the side yard setback from fifteen (15) feet to three (3) feet and a reduction of the rear yard setback from ten (10) feet to five (5) feet in a General Commercial Zone for the purposes of constructing an attached addition to property located at 57 Hillside Avenue.


Application #13-11-02, Approved - Royal Realty LLC, of New Hartford, CT variance to Article 2, Business Zones, Section 2.03, Dimensional Standards, Sub-Section B Minimum Yard Requirements to permit the reduction of the rear yard setback from fifty (50) feet to twenty two (22) feet in a Restricted Industrial Zone for the purposes of constructing a detached structure at a property identified as 50 Farmington Valley Drive. Dated at Plainville, Connecticut this 12th day of November Gail Pugliese, Secretary Plainville Zoning Board of Appeals

Public / Legal Notices LEGAL NOTICE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PLAINVILLE, CONNECTICUT At its November 12, 2013, regular meeting, the Plainville Planning and Zoning Commission rendered the following decision: APPROVED a site plan modification and a special exception to permit additional parking and a basketball court for Wheeler Clinic at 91 Northwest Drive. R-20 zone. Respectfully submitted, David Thompson, Secretary Planning and Zoning Commission Dated at Plainville, CT This 13th day of November, 2013 Automobiles

See the great selection of used cars in Marketplace.

Lost andat Found Find everything our Market- Automobiles place. FOUND CAT Orange Male Tabby. Vicinity of Oakdale, Wlfd. Cat is very friendly, must be someone’s pet. No collar. Call (203) 257-8574

Find your dream home in Marketplace. FOUND Man’s Ring at Home Depot, Wallingford on 11/14. Call to identify 203 506-4654 or 203 715-3117 LOST CAT Brown & Tan Tabby with black stripes. Male, Declawed. Answers to Lucky. Last seen vic Overhill Drive, Berlin. Cash Reward. Please call 860 836-9683.

Can be found

The bargains to be found in Marketplace are real heart stoppers!



Automobiles 100% Financing Available! Apply Today - Drive Tomorrow! 1 888 207-3682 Ask For Darrell

CADILLAC CTS 2010 Auto, AWD, V6 Performance, 31,874 Mi Stock #BH755 $27,995

CHEVROLET Captiva LT 2013 FWD, Auto Stock #1443 $19,988

CHEVY CAVALIER 2005 2 Door Base Coupe Automatic Stock # 13-706B (203) 235-1669

It’s All Here! (203) 238-1953 Find everything at our Marketplace.

BMW 328xi 2008 Sports Wagon Automatic, 6 Cyl, AWD Stock# 5726A $24,995 CADILLAC CTS 2012 AWD, Automatic Stock #1456 $36,988

CHEVROLET CRUZE 2012 Sedan 1LT, Automatic Stock #1448 $15,988

CHEVY COBALT LT 2010 Stock# 18914 $9650 Dont Miss...Call Chris 203 271-2902

Always a sale in Marketplace.

A GREAT DEAL! Every Day At STEPHEN TOYOTA 1-800-479-0843 or


BUICK LACROSSE 2012 $24,998 6 To Choose From Save Up To $11,000 OFF MSRP STK 27184AQ Proof of Job & Address and Blasius Will Give You a Loan 100% Guaranteed Ask for Darrell 1 888 207-3682

BRICKLIN Mod SVI 1974 ID# 00041AA4S000146 Gull Wing Doors, A.T., AMC V8 360 cid (5.9 Liter). 220 HP, 8.5:1 Compression. approx 900 built in 1974. Ford engine in later cars. Best offer & consider trade in coins, land, etc. 17,000+ orig miles. 203 745-5413

CADILLAC DTS 2007 4 Door Sedan, V8, Auto Stock# BH758A $15,995

Chevrolet Malibu 2006 4dr Sdn LT w/0LT Stock # 3462A $4,988

CHEVY CRUZE LT 2012 Was 22,895 NOW 16,995 Save $4500 off MSRP Stock # 4811L12 Proof of Job, Proof of Address and Blasius Will Give You a Loan. 100% Guaranteed Ask for Darrell 1 888 207-3682

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CHEVY HHR LT 2009 Stock# 13362A $7350 Dont Miss...Call Chris 203 271-2902


Chrysler PT Cruiser GT 2005 Stock# 13-727A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300


DODGE NEON 2003 $3,288 4 Cyl, 4 Spd, Auto BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

GMC YUKON DENALI 2000 Loaded. All Season SUV. 4 WD. All leather. On Star. Cargo Top. Tow pkg. 129K. 90% hwy mi. Runs great. $4200/BO. 860 919-7905


Let Us Give You A Fresh Start Cars Starting At $199 Down 24 month/24000 Miles Warranty Tax, Title, Fees Additional Ask for Darrell 1 888 207-3682


PONTIAC GrANd Am SE, 2000, 4 cyl, Auto, 4 Door, Loaded, 2nd owner, good condition, $1700 or best offer. Call 860-621-8696

SATURN VUE 2004 Stock# P4144 Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300 GMC Yukon Denali 2008 AWD, 4 Door. 8 Cyl. Automatic Stock #5767A $34,995

Contact Dan The “Five Star Auto Man” at Richard Chevrolet in Cheshire 203 271-2902

CHEVY IMPALA 2008 4 Door, Automatic, LS Stock #3510A $6,988

MERCURY SABLE 2000 LS PREMIUM $2,988 BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106


HYUNDAI Elantra 2011 GLS, 4 Door Sedan Automatic Stock #P4130 (203) 235-1669 DODGE Grand Caravan 2001 Sport, 4 Spd, Auto $2,988 BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

AWD. Stock# U12218, Only 6,944 Miles. Was $25,595




2010 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER HYBRID AWD 67465 Gentle Miles Stock# U12203

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Dowling Dowling Dowling 49734D

If you can’t find it in Marketplace it’s not for sale. TOYOTA Corolla 1998 Excellent cond. Sunroof. AC. Auto. Low mileage. New Tires, Battery & Brakes. Well maintained. $4395. (860) 826-6597

Classic & Antiques BUICK Skylark Custom, 1968 4 Door. V8. Good condition. $3,800 or best offer. 860-621-2211

Trucks & Vans

CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY 2012 4 Door Wagon, Touring, Auto Stock # 1439 $20,988

NISSAN SENTRA 2006 4 Door Sedan, Automatic Stock# 3246A $6,988

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Need A Car Loan? Bad Credit... Good Credit... Bankruptcy... Divorced.... No Problem! Proof of Job, Proof of Address and Blasius Will Give You a Loan 100% Guaranteed Ask for Darrell 1 888 207-3682

Stock# U12228, 74,957 miles




Your “Back to School” tranSportation ExpErt New or Used Your Best Car Buying Experience No Pressure - No Haggle No Kidding! 21 yrs at Meriden Hyundai Mike Russo 203 935-0863

2008 VOLVO XC70 AWD $


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203 272-2772

You name it with Marketplace, anything goes.

FORD TAURUS LX 2001 $2,988 BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

Hyundai Sonata GLS 2001 $3,288 6 Cyl, 4 Spd Auto BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106


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

FORD FOCUS 2002 4 Door Station Wagon SE 4 Cylinder, Automatic Stock #13-1346B 203 235-1669

Local. Local. Local. Your Marketplace.

CHRYSLER 300S 2010 4 Door Sedan, V8, RWD Stock# 5735A $27,500


Kia Sportage LX 2006 Stock# 13-978A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

VOLKSWAGEN NEW BEETLE 2003 2 Door GLS Turbo Manual Coupe Stock #13-992A 203 235-1669

The Plainville Citizen | SUVs

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Help Wanted

Apartments For Rent

Apartments For Rent



BERLIN 1st FL 1BD Apt. Remod. New appls. Ref, Sec. Parking. No smoking, no pets. $650 + utils. Call 860628-4907/860-621-5955

MERIDEN-WALLINGFORD Line Large Modern 2 BR Condo. Laundry. No pets. $875 + Utils. Call (203) 2459493

FALL SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private Balcony. 203-639-4868

PLAINVILLE, 1 car garage, 12x21, secluded and safe neighborhood, $145/mo obo. Call 860-517-9812

attention Students and all. Opportunity for community service projects at farm. Also horses for lease. Call Rita at Rap A Pony (203) 265-3596

$450-$600/WK base

GMC TERRAIN 2013 AWD 4dr SLE w/SLE-2 Stock#1444 $24,988

NISSAN Pathfinder 2001 SE 4WD Auto Stock#9983C $4,988

CUSTOMER SERVICE APPOINTMENT SETTING AND MUCH MORE Beat the holiday rush. Call today for An immediate interview 860-506-5790 Our helpful staff will be happy to assist you CDL A, Truck Drivers. $1000+/ wk. Assigned Truck. Great Hometime. Paid Orientation. Must have 1yr. T/T exp. 1-800726-6111 DRIVER Class A or B, Tanker, Hazmat, TWIC Card, Cur. Medical. Apply at Tuxis Ohrs, 80 Britannia St., Meriden

SUBARU Forester 2003 AWD, Red 2.5XS. low miles. Exc. cond. Remote start. Good tires. Heated Mirrors/Seats. $7900. Call (203) 640-8317

GMC YUKON DENALI 2011 AWD, Automatic Stock# 1438 $39,988

Home Health Aides - per diem hours to visit our clients in their homes in the Farmington Valley & greater Bristol areas. Must be a CNA with previous experience & reliable transportation. Call McLean, Simsbury, 860-658-3724. EOE MECHANIC/DIESEL Repair and maint. of oil trucks and vans. Full benefit package. Apply: Tuxis Ohrs Fuel, 80 Britannia St, Meriden, CT 06451 Attn: John Krom

Toyota Highlander 2005 Stock# 13-779A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy (203) 818-3300

Boats and Motors

HYUNDAI SANTA FE 2003 GLS, 4 WD, 4 Door Automatic (203) 235-1669

KAYAK PADDLE Werner Camano. 220 cm. Straight standard diameter shaft. Excellent condition. Used in fresh water only. Color: red. Great Christmas gift! $175. Call (860) 645-7245.



4WD, 23 MPG, Moon Roof Stock# U12219, 30,215 miles

Moonroof, Nav, 4 WD Stock# U12299, 76,075 Miles





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203 272-2772



Dowling Dowling

RN Home Care - per diem hours for weekdays and one weekend a month. Must have previous experience. Laptops for charting and mileage reimbursement. Clients are in the Farmington Valley and the greater Bristol areas. Call McLean, Simsbury, 860658-3724. EOE


for your window on the world. SERVICE TECH, S2 or B2 License. Service on oil, gas, and on call night rotation. Van and full benefit package. Send resume or apply @ Tuxis Ohrs, 80 Britannia St., Meriden, CT 06451. Attn: John P. SHELTER ADVOCATE- Meriden/Wallingford Chrysalis is seeking a F/T advocate. This position provides services to victims of domestic violence. Min. salary of $13.65/ Hr. Bachelor’s degree and bilingual in English/ Spanish. Send resume to: SNOW HELP needed, shoveler, plow truck drivers, CDL drivers, loader & Skid Steer operator. Call 203269-0177

MER. 1 BR, 2nd flr, new carpet, W. side, prvt backyard & 2 attic rms, w/d, stove/refrig incld. $865/mo. + sec. 203-634-1195 12pm-8pm

Millions of people look to Marketplace everyday. It’s used news. MER. Furn. Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 2nd flr. Studio, $180/wk+ sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm MERIDEN. 1 BR, 17 South First St $675. 2 BR, 75 Reservoir Ave $800. 3 BR, 71 Randolph Ave $900. All 2nd flr, off st parking. 203-982-9051 MERIDEN. 2 BR, 2nd flr, off st parking, gas heat. Quiet street. No util. $800/mo plus sec. 860-349-0819 MERIDEN. 2 BR, hdwd flrs, 1st floor. New windows, w/d hookup, off st parking. Newly & Nicely remodeled. Prescott St. (203) 634-6550 MERIDEN. 2 BR, 1 1/2 bath, deck, carport. No pets, no smoking. $900/mo + sec. 203-631-5595 MERIDEN. 3 BR apt, 3rd flr, $850/mo, 1 1/2 mo sec dep. 250 W. Main St. Call 203-589-1010 MERIDEN. 3 BR, spacious, off st parking, nice neighborhood. Avail immed. No pets. $750. 203-464-3083

Meriden 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 BR Avail. Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1st Fl. Big 3 BR apt. Lots of closet space. Off street parking, laundry. Quiet neighbors. $925. Call Jonah (203) 430-0340 MERIDEN - 77 Warren St. 2 bedrm, 2nd floor. $800/ mo. For more info. 203440-2745 MERIDEN- Newly renovated 5 rm, 2 BR. W/D hookup, off st. parking. $850/Mo. Credit check and sec. dep. 203-715-7508. MERIDEN Rm For Rent. All Utils incl. Share Kitchen, Bath, Living Rm. Washer & Dryer. Off St Parking. $125/Wk. 2 Wks Sec. $50 Key Dep. 203 605-8591

Buying? Selling? Marketplace is the answer.

WALLINGFORD 2 Lg BR, 2nd fl. Huge kitchen. New bath, sunporch. No pets/smoking. $800 +dep. Refs, bkgrnd ck. Quiet area. 860 777-5116 WALLINGFORD - 4 rooms, 2 BR’s, hdwd flrs, stove/ ref. incl. W/D hookups in bsmt, oil heat, off st parking. $1,000/mo. + utilities. Sec dep & refs. No pets/ smoking. 203-410-3980 or 203-265-7546

WALLINGFORD Lovely, Lge Furnished Bdrm, Rec Rm & Bath. All Utils, TV, Cable, Refrig, Freezer & Laundry Included. 203 269-8166.

Garage and Storage Space PLAINVILLE, 1 car garage, 12x21, secluded and safe neighborhood, $145/mo obo. Call 860-517-9812

Wanted To Rent STUDIO, In-law apt or room w/bath in private residence. Semi-retired prof. woman, willing to do handy work around the house. Non smoker. Please Call Sissy 860 308-4756

Fall Package Riding Specials Birthday Parties Pony Rides Rosehaven Stables, LLC Meriden www. 203-238-1600

Furniture & Appliances

Marketplace Ads

FREE Horse Manure Call Mike 203-599-8915 Mountain Bike. Specialized Rock Hopper with RockShox, Purple/Blue with Speedometer. $250. Call 860 645-7245. SOLID Core white bilfold doors - $25. Call 203-2381977 TONNEAU COVER for 6 1/2 Ft Bed. Full size pickup. Easy installation. Used only one month. $500 new - $250 now. (203) 238-1645 WINDOW BLINDS 2” natural wood, golden oak, 31”x64” (6 each), 23”x64” (3 each). Includes all hardware. Like new, $7 each. Take all for $50. 203-284-0114.

Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip 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 9:30-5 Thurs 9:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4

A-1 Seasoned Hardwood Real Full cords $200, Half cords $125. Cut and split. 18-20” Delivery or Pick Up. 203-294-1775 AMAZINGLY CLEAN Cleanest seasoned firewood in the state! $210 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 and picked up. South Meriden. MIkE 203 631-2211


COLONIAL HutCH 2 PC. tOP HAs 3 sHeLves, bOttOm 2 dOOrs, 2 drAwers. 42”w x 16”d x 61”H. exCeLLeNt CONdItION, $50. CALL (203) 269-8696 ANy tIme. CORNER HUTCH White, Top has 3 shelves with glass door, bottom - 1 shelf with door. 34”W and 7’H. Good condition. $55. 203284-0114.

Furniture & Appliances

Pets For Sale YORKIES, Bulldogs, Chihuahua, Bostons, Beagles, Shih Tzus, Huskies, Schnoodles, Bengal Kittens. Mixed Breeds, Rescues Available. $150 plus. Call (860) 930-4001

It’s All Here! DINING Room set, Mahogany 6 chairs, 2 extensions, excellent condition, 2 sets of dishes for 12, & other items. 203-678-4486

Rooms For Rent

North Haven Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/Daily/ Weekly. On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

COLEMAN Generator 4000 watts. Exc. cond. Asking $250. Call 860-426-0199

(203) 238-1953

WLFD. 1 BR, 3rd flr, $750. OS parking, w/d hookup, Must have good credit. 1st mos, 2 mos sec dep. Renter’s ins. 203-272-8108

MERIDEN. West side furn 1st flr studio, incl heat, elec, hw. $180/week plus sec. Call 12noon-8pm (203) 634-1195

Miscellaneous For Sale

You’ll like the low cost of a Marketplace ad.

WALLINGFORD 1 BR Apts Center St & S. Cherry St. Ready to rent. From $700$875. Credit check. Call Mike (203) 376-2160 WALLINGFORD 2BR apt., very neat/clean, lndry hkups, off st. prkg, appl. incl., no smoking/pets. $900/mo, 1 month sec. 203-631-5219


Sporting Goods & Health

PISTOL PERMIT Or Long Gun Certificate Required for Connecticut Residents. 1 Session, $110. 203 415-1144

Swimming Pools & Spas HOT TUB: 6 person, 28 jets w/ all options. Never used. Cost $6000, Sacrifice $2950. Can Deliver. 203232-8778

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

ALWAYS BUYING CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Amps, Musical Instruments, Ham Equipment, HiFi, Radios, CB, Guitars, Audio Equipment. 860 707-9350

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BUSINESSES & SERVICES Attics & Basement Cleaned Gary Wodatch Debris Removal of Any Kind. Homeowners, contractors. Quick, courteous svc. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203 235-7723 Cell 860 558-5430

Always a sale in Marketplace. GARY Wodatch Demolition Svs Sheds, pools, decks, garages. Quick, courteous svc. All calls returned. Ins. #566326 Cell 860-558-5430 Office 203-235-7723


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

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

ENHANCE Your Outdoor Living Space with Custom Decks. Also do Roofing, Siding & Gutters CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

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


GUTTER CLEANING Seamless Gutters. Gutter repairs. 100% no clog leaf guard system w/lifetime warranty. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

Painting & Wallpapering

EddiEs Total Home Painting Ext/Int, powerwashing, decks, sheetrock repair, ceilings. 203 824-0446 #569864 JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We remove Furniture, Appliances, And Entire contents of: Homes, Sheds, Estates, Attics, Basements, Garages & more. **Fall Yard Clean-ups.** FREE ESTIMATES LIC & INS. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218 PETE IN THE PICKUP Junk Removal and More No Job too Big/Small We Do it All 203-935-7208




CT Best Painting Co. Painting-Int & ext., wallpaper & popcorn removal, more. Reg HIC0637348. 860-830-9066

Pete In the PIckuP Junk Removal and More No Job too Big/Small We Do it All 203-935-7208

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.

Junk Removal

Fences to Faucets Got a list of things to do? Insured. Call MGW! CT#631942 203 886-8029 HOME DOCTOR LLC. Remodeling to the smallest repairs. We cover everything in your home since 1949. Call 203427-7259 Lic #635370 T.E.C. ElECTriCal SErviCE llC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service SMALL JOBS WELCOME 203-237-2122

Hardwood Flooring PEREIRA Services Specializing in Laminate, Pre-finished hardwood & tile Installation. #636625. Joe 203 715-0660

Home Improvement All Your Remodeling & Construction Needs! Kitchens, Baths, Painting, Decks, Windows, Doors. No job too small, We do it all! Free Est. 40 yrs in bus. Lic & Ins. #539493 203-530-1375 Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060

House Cleaning

IF YOU MENTION THIS AD Leaf Blowing & Removal Fall 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 LIC & INS. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

Landscaping A & A Lawn Care Fall clean-ups, snowplowing hedge trimming, tree, shrub, debris removal. #584101 Jim 203-237-6638 A&A LAWN CARE Dumpster Rentals. Fall Cleanups. Mulch. Walls, Walks & Patios. Free Est. #584101 Jim 203 237-6638 Fall Cleanup-Leaf Vac-Tree Removal-Gutters-Snow Plowing-Seasoned Firewood Prop Maint-Junk Removal Demolition Bill 203 675-9152 FALL CLEANUPS RICK’S Affordable - Curbside Leaf Removal. Mowing, Brush, Tree, Pricker Removal. No Job Too Big or Small. 15 Years Exp. 203 530-4447

BUSY MOM’S Cleaning Svc No job is too big/small. Free window svc w/wkly cleaning. Sr disc. 860-839-1707

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

Polish/English Speaking woman to clean house w/care. 3rd cleaning 50% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. 860-538-4885

RJ LARESE Landscaping Res/Comm Lawn Maint. Fall Clean-Ups. Sr Disc. Free Est. 203 314-2782

Paving D & G PAVING Over 25 yrs exp. Paving, seal coating, concrete work. CT Reg#0577005. 203-237-6058

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

Kitchen & Baths

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

Painting, interior & exterior, power washing, repair/ removal of wallpaper, popcorn ceiling & drywall. Lic/ hic 0637346. For free est call Mike 860-794-7127.

JT’s Landscaping, LLC Top Quality Work. Full Lawn Maint. Gutter Cleaning. Snowplowing. Comm /Res, Lic/ins #616311 Free est today 203 213-6528

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


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

Roofing, Siding, WindoWS, Decks, Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634

Siding CPI Home ImProvement Highest Quality-Kitchen, Bath, Siding, Roofing, Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions, Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415

Siding, Roofing, WindoWS, deckS, Remodeling gutteRS ct Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634

JM Lawncare Junk & snow removal, fall clean-up, and much more! Call for a free estimate 860-796-8168

Masonry PAUL’S MASONRY New & Repairs. Stone walls, arches, chimneys, sidewalks, fireplaces. Free est. #614863. 203-706-9281

Local. Local. Local. Your Marketplace. W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 Years Experience All Types of Masonry CT #626708 203 235-4139

Gary Wodatch LLC TREE REMOVAL All calls returned. CT#620397 Quick, courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 Cell 860-558-5430 LAVIGNE’S Tree Service In business 31 years Tree removal. Stump grinding.Crane Service. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775 STUMP Grinding, fully insured, free estimates. Call Andy 860-919-8683


Find something that belongs to someone else? Find the owner with a Marketplace ad.

FOUND ADS ARE FREE Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Call us: (203) 238-1953

Snow Plowing ARCTIC Snow service. Driveway, walks, roofs. 42 yrs exp. Meriden, Wallingford. 24 hour service. Insured. 203-427-7259

Leaf Cleanup Fall ClEaN-UPS No job too big or small. Vacuum service available Please call 203-630-2152

Tree Services

SIMPLY Devine Plumbing Highest quality installation & service. No job too big or small. 203-514-0434. simplydevineplumbing. com

Power Washing

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THE POWERWASHING KINGS Others Wash - We Clean! 860-839-1000

Salt $130 Per Yard. Sand/salt 7:2 DOT mix, $65 per yard, picked up. 100% Calcium Chloride Icemelt - Safest for concrete! $16.50 per 50 lb bag. Pallet prices available 24/7. Call 203 238-9846 SNO/GO SNOW REMOVAL for driveways only with snow blowers and shovels. Please call 203-687-3175 for more info.

Roofing CPI Home ImProvement Highest Quality- Kitchens/ Bath Siding, Roofing Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions. Credit cards accepted 203-6346550 CT Reg #0632415

CPI SNOW Cleanups including roofs & surroundings, driveways. Comm & resid. 203 6346550; 203 494-2171

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

SNOWPLOWING. Resid & comm, driveways, parking lots, sidewalks. Call Louie 203-634-0873

The Plainville Citizen | Wanted to Buy 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 1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture, 50’s Items. Whole Estates 203 238-3499

If you can’t find it in Marketplace it’s not for sale.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Mailed to every home and office in town.

2ND Generation Buys Napier & costume jewelry, old Barbie, musical instruments, Dept 56, Estates & old Xmas items. 203 639-1002 AARON’S BUYING Old Machinist Tools, Lathes, Bench Tools Hand Tools, Much More. (203) 525-0608 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 TIRED of Looking At That Junk? Unwanted Rotten Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles. Paying Cash for Them. Free Pick Up 203 630-2510

Music Instruments & Instruction GENTLY Used free trumpet wanted for elementary school child. Please call 203-265-5713

Music By RoBeRta PeRfoRMance & instRuction Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295

If you have not received your Citizen for two or more consecutive weeks, please call our office, 203-634-3933.

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The Plainville Citizen |

BIG SAVERS WINES & SPIRITS 58 East St. (Rt. 10) (860) 793-1480 Subway/Family Dollar Plaza Centrally Located in Plainville

Open Sunday 10-5 Gift Cards Available for All Occasions!

Here’s to a Holiday Flowing with Good Spirits!

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We have a huge selection of Domestic & Imported Beer KEGS AVAILABLE


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The largest wine selection in the area, including several Box Wines

Hundreds to choose from


Big Store • Big Selection • Big Savings Open: Mon.-Sat. 9-9, Sun. 10-5



(860) 793-1480


Plainville Citizen Nov. 21, 2013

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