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Volume 12, Number 8

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Devils compete in states Photo by Patrick Matthews

The Plainville High School wrestling team competed in the CIAC Class S state tournament Feb. 15 and 16 at Haddam-Killingworth High School. The Blue Devils earned 77 points at the event and finished in 13th place. For more on the tournament, see page 18. Pictured: Plainville’s Justin Plourde, right, battles Berlin’s Riley Greider in a recent match.

Good behavior to click with your dog By Erin K. Butler Special to The Citizen

Many dog owners consider their pet a part of the family. They let their dog sleep on the bed and even take them on vacation. But unless properly trained, this “family member” can cause much stress with behavior issues or disobedience. Dianna Santos, a Plainville resident and trainer with ‘Clickability Dog Training’ Santos says, while you may love your dog like a family member, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is treating them like one of your own. “I find owners tend to have high expecta-

tions for what your dog is capable of and think that they act like people and that they understand English and everything you say,” Santos said. She says having these expectations can lead to frustration and disappointment in your dog. “Clickability Dog Training”, located in Central Connecticut, offers four main services including: private in-home consultations, semi-private and group lessons at a local training center, and personalized behavioral modification programs. She says the program focuses on positive reinforcement and uses a “force-free” approach. One of the techniques Santos uses is a clicker. She says it’s key in being able to identify the See Trainer, page 11

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Schools proactive in curbing alcohol abuse By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen Plainville Community Schools will be implementing a breathalyzer policy for school-sanctioned events like prom. Plainville High School Principal Steven LePage approached the Board of Education at the Jan. 14 meeting with a preliminary mention of a breathalyzer policy. He said students had come to him, curious about such a policy, and they were concerned that fellow classmates were engaging in alcohol abuse for school social events, like the previous homecoming dance. “Our interest is the safety and well-being of our students,” LePage said. “So this is another step in that process.” At the Feb. 11 meeting, LePage and Assistant Superintendent Maureen Brummett presented a proposal to the BOE of a new policy that would allow the use of breathalyzers to determine if a student had been drinking prior to attending a school event. The policy will be discussed again at the BOE meeting on Monday, March 11. The goal is to have it in effect by prom season.

“As administrators, we’re concerned about safety,” Brummett said. The policy, LePage said, is not designed to catch students off-guard, and plenty of notice will be given to them, as well as parents, notifying them of the policy. In the past, he said incidents have been minor and rare on occasion. “There won’t be any surprises,” he said. “It’s designed in such a way that you’d have to be really foolish to take that chance.” “I think it’s a good idea,” said BOE Chairperson Andrea Saunders. “We just wanna be cautious that we present it correctly to parents so they understand it’s for the safety of the kids.” The policy was crafted using examples from other districts and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. It would first deploy the use of a passive breathalyzer, a non-invasive device that can detect alcohol use. If a student fails that test, an active breathalyzer would be used, where a student will have to blow into the device to measure Blood Alcohol Content levels. If a student fails the active test, appropri-

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, February 21, 2013 The Plainville Citizen page can be found at www.facebook.com/ plainvillecitizen

Four generations Photo courtesy of the Mahar Family

Four generations were in attendance for John Mahar’s 89th birthday celebration. Pictured are John and Irene Mahar, of Plainville; son, Keith Mahar, of Plainville; their grandson and wife, Chris and Michelle Mahar, of Farmington; along with their daughter, Leah Virginia. The family celebrated Leah’s arrival on Dec. 12, 2012.

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Surviving the Oscars – ‘Life of Pi’ vs. ‘The Impossible’ By Tanya Feke Special to The Citizen

Inspiration struck 2012 multiple times. Dueling films embodying Snow White put their magic on display (“Mirror Mirror”; “Snow White and the Huntsman”). Two films glorified the ambitions, both fictitious and real, of the 16th president of the United States (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”; “Lincoln”). Oscar this year has seen to acknowledge those inspirations (minus the vampire slayer) with nominations. Yet another dueling pair takes center stage — water disaster films “Life of Pi” and “The Impossible”. Based on Yann Martel’s bestselling novel, “Life of Pi” tells the story of Pi Patel, a zookeeper’s son who is the sole human survivor of a shipwreck. He miraculously finds himself stranded on

a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan, and a very hungry Bengal tiger, Richard Parker. The film stands as a metaphor for man’s struggle to live in harmony with forces it cannot control. As Martel writes, ‘’It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me. We were, literally and figuratively, in the same boat.” Visually, the film is beyond stunning. The 3D (for once) did not only add another dimension, it added soul. For a film that delves into the philosophy of religion and faith, this was the essential ingredient. Unfortunately, the screenplay did flounder and the many lofty themes did not justify the length of the film. Still, I was moved. “Life of Pi” strikes a particular chord when a parallel story is told in the final sequences. Did Pi truly sur-

vive 277 days in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger? Or was Richard Parker symbolically a part of himself, one that he needed to better understand, one that he needed to set free? The answer will be different for every audience member. It had been said that the novel would be impossible to bring to the big screen. Leave it to director Ang Lee to do just that. If only he had done “The Impossible”. This latter film for me is the one that deserves the higher praise, though inexplicably it did not land a Best Picture nomination. It would have fit nicely into that 10th nominee slot. Living up to the tagline “nothing is more powerful than the human spirit,” director Juan Antonia Bayona tells the true story of one family’s survival after the 2004 tsunami. Though the family name Bennett is used

in the film, the story is actually based on a Spanish family, Belon. All first names are preserved in the telling, and the mother Maria, portrayed with astounding brilliance by Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, is credited in the film for her story. Bayona adds to the authenticity of the piece by having many actual survivors, not actors, tell their tales to Ewan MacGregor’s Henry. Much of the filming was also completed on loca-

tion in Thailand at the actual hotels and hospitals. As with anything, there will always be naysayers. Some have criticized the film for not emphasizing the suffering of the native inhabitants. Focusing on the point of view of a single family, however, allows the audience to center their attention on the harrowing experience of the tragedy itself

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The Republican Town Committees of Plainville, New Britain and Farmington are hosting a Lincoln Day Dinner Friday, Feb. 22, at the Whinstone Tavern, Stanley Golf Course, 243 Hartford Road, New Britain. Ticket price per person includes cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. The Lincoln Day Dinner is an annual event Republicans host to honor President Abraham Lincoln. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (860) 7473905, (860) 747-5995, (860) 747-2583 or through any Town Committee member of New Britain, Farmington or Plainville.

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, February 21, 2013

Women’s heart health hot topic in February

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death globally. According to the World Health Organization, more people die annually from cardiovascular diseases than from any other cause, with one in four people dying every day. By 2030, almost 25 million people will die from cardiovascular diseases, mainly from heart disease and stroke. For these reasons, the American Heart Association has declared the month of February as National Heart Month. Cardiovascular diseases are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The risk of cardiovascular disease

increases with age, and the risk is higher if your father or brother was diagnosed with coronary heart disease before the age of 55, or if your mother or sister was diagnosed with coronary heart disease before the age of 65. While cardiovascular disease is often mistaken as a disease that only affects older men, it is the number one killer of women each year, and the leading cause of disability among women. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one reason some women are not too concerned about heart disease is they think it can be “cured” with surgery or medication. However, this is a myth because the arteries will remain damaged, which increases the likelihood of having a heart attack. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Insti-

tute, African American and Hispanic women have high rates of the major risk factors for heart disease, including obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure and diabetes. In fact, African American women are 1.5 times more likely to die of heart disease than Caucasian women. Women generally have heart attacks about a decade later than men do and are more likely to die from them. This is related to the occurrence of menopause. The loss of estrogen is a major contributing factor in the development of heart disease in women. The reduction of estrogen also leads to an increased level of LDL cholesterol. The higher level of this unwanted cholesterol following menopause coincides with the age at which high blood pressure emerges as a significant concern.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 — The Plainville Citizen

Rare red-tailed hawk sighted in town By Ruth Sharp Hummel Special to The Citizen

A short time ago I received a very excited and exciting phone call from a friend, Rose. It seemed that there was a large white bird in the middle of the street, not too far from me. Motorists were stopping for a look, others directed traffic around the bird that paid no attention but kept enjoying the road kill it had found. (Whether it was a male or female has not been determined.) Described to me as all white with two red tail feathers and a couple in one wing,

Plainville’s albino hawk. Note that there are dark feathers in wing and on breast area. I wanted to check my books. I was pretty sure it was a redtailed hawk displaying in-

complete albinisni. In this case the bird might or might not retain the colors of its parentage. To show how rare total albinos are, of 30,000 birds landed, in 1936, in California, only 17 were total albinos. Birds who change to white in the winter are not albino. This recent sighting in town shows how concerned most people are for our native wildlife. The various people who were there (lucky them) didn’t bother the beautiful hawk one bit. He or she continued to work away at a road kill right in the middle of the road. Finally someone moved the

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, February 21, 2013

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The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, February 21, 2013

Women & Girls’ meeting

The Women & Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation held its annual meeting on Jan. 8, at Thomaston Savings Bank in Bristol, which sponsored the event. The annual meeting celebrated the past year and included the announcement of the 2012 grant recipients. Grants totaling $25,000 were awarded to organizations serving women and girls in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. All programs address the mission of the fund, which is to make it possible for women and girls to improve the quality of their lives. This year’s grant recipients are: Bristol Youth Services, Bristol Family Resource Center, Bristol Technical Education Center, Boys & Girls Club and Fami-

ly Center of Bristol, Charter Oak State College Foundation, Living in Safe Alternatives, Bristol Girls Little League Softball and the YWCA of New Britain. Representatives of the local organizations receiving grants gave a short presentation on their organization and the program being funded. Brian Bender accepted a $4,000 grant on behalf of Bristol Girls Little League Softball; this grant will support skills and confidence building pre-season clinics. Meanwhile Debbie Farrell of Living in Safe Alternatives, located in Wolcott, said that the $5,900 grant their organization received will support the “Girls on the Rise Project” which provides young girls with academic support and the tools to negotiate key

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CFGNB provides holiday aid

Twenty-two local food pantries and shelters – including three in Plainville – that collectively provide more than 137,000 meals per month were better able to serve those less fortunate during the holidays, thanks to $50,000 in grants from the

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. The three Plainville pantries receiving aid included the Plainville Community Food Pantry ($5,000); Plainville SDA Food Pantry ($3,000); and Food for Friends Soup Kitchen ($1,000).

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The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has filled a retirement vacancy on its board of directors with Rebecca L. Karabin-Ahern, executive vice president of New Britain-based Acme-Monaco Corporation. Karabin-Ahern, a Plainville resident, is a past president of the New Britain Lions Club and a past president/trustee of the New Britain-Berlin YMCA. She plays a key execu- Karabintive management role with Acme Monaco, a Ahern leading contract manufacturer of medical devices and orthodontic hardware with plants in New Britain, Presque Isle, Maine and Singapore. “Having immersed myself in the community during my service with the Lions Club and New Britain-Berlin YMCA, I believe I have an insight into the people of our towns that will be of value to the work of the Community Foundation,” Karabin-Ahern said. “I look forward to this special opportunity.”

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The Plainville Community Food Pantry was among 22 local food pantries and shelters to benefit from $50,000 in holiday assistance from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Susie Woerz, left, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry, accepts a $5,000 donation from Paul Zagorsky, member of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

“CFGNB’s board made this important grant recommendation in light of the fact that our economy is still weak and unemployment numbers are still high,” said CFGNB President Jim Williamson. “We felt these special grants were vital to support the people in our four-town area who need our help to put food on the table not only during the holidays but into the New Year as well.” “Demand for our services has been greater than ever in recent months,” said Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry. “This latest initiative on the part of the Community Foundation is not only welcome but could not have come at a more critical time. On behalf of those we serve, we thank the Foundation.” Established in 1941, the


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New Life Fellowship Church Worship Team and Teen Challenge New England invite the public to come for a casual evening of music. Hear testimonies of how God has set the captives free and rejoice with the Teen Challenge Rap Music team, on Friday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., at New Life Fellowship Church, 1 Northwest Drive, Plainville. This event is free.

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The St. Thomas Spring Fair will be held Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the St. Thomas School cafeteria, 133 Bristol St. Handmade crafts, food, raffles, and more. Vendor space is available – deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, call Terry Bouchard at (860) 628-2981.

Church of Our Saviour Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal Church, 115 W. Main St., Holy Communion Sundays at 10 a.m. and noon on Thursdays. There is church school and nursery care during the Sunday service, followed by coffee and refreshments. The Church hosts a free meal, “Food For Friends,” every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Several anonymous groups meet at the church: NA meets Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday evening at 7 p.m. AA meets Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. There is also a Women’s AA Group on Saturday at 9 a.m. For more information, call (860) 747-3109.

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The Plainville Seventhday Adventists Food Pantry is open to anyone in need of food or clothing. To make an appointment, call (860) 7475867 or (860) 642-3912.

Bahai Faith To learn more about the Bahai Faith in Plainville, contact Allissa Robinson at (732) 272-5689 or via e-mail at ackerm77@gmail.com.

The ongoing Food for Friends program is held at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., on Wednesdays,

Board and commission openings The Town of Plainville has openings on the following boards/commissions: Board of Assessment Appeals – hears appeals filed by taxpayers regarding the valuation placed on their property. Plainville Area Cable Television Advisory Council – advises the Cable Company on all matters, including rates, program schedules and selections, local public, education and governmental access, etc. Land Acquisition Committee – identifies acquisitions of land for open space or recreation. If anyone is a registered voter in the Town of Plainville and wish to serve on one of these boards or committees, contact the Town Manager’s Office at (860) 793-0221 ext. 205 and request an application.

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The Plainville United Methodist Church, 56 Red Stone Hill, has the following scheduled: Church school, Sunday, 9 a.m.; Sunday worship time is at 10 a.m.; Tuesday Ladies meeting, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; AA., each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, at 7 p.m.; Al-Anon, Mondays, 7 p.m.; Boy Scouts, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; For more information call the church at (860) 747-2328. Regular church office hours return to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adult Bible Study Wednesdays, Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Potluck supper and fellowship Thursday, Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 6 p.m. Choir Rehearsal Sundays, Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, following worship. Methodist Youth Fellow-

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Obituaries

Assistance for veterans The Plainville Veterans’ Commission invites all veterans to visit the facilities at the Plainville Municipal Center, 1 Central Square, to determine eligibility for assistance. The commission meets every Monday evening in the employees lounge, third floor of municipal center, for one hour beginning at 7 p.m. A review of the eligibility for financial assistance will be conducted. Bring your discharge (DD214) or active duty documents which will enable the commission to determine your eligibility. All information is maintained in strict confidentiality. A general information session is scheduled for the third week in January, to be held either at the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., in the evening or the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., during the morning hours. Confirmation of times and dates are pending availability of facilities. For additional information or any questions, call the municipal center at (860) 793-0221 ext. 204 administrative assistant’s office.

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exact moment the dog does something correctly or helps to identify a behavior. She compares it to using a camera, taking a “snapshot” of the exact moment you want to pinpoint. The clicker is only used in the teaching stage and then verbal commands are used afterwards. “It’s important to have your pet achieve goals correctly and not force them into things. You need to expose them gradually and positively,” Santos said. “There are so many different breeds and they all act differently. What many own-

ers don’t realize is that what may work for one dog, say their neighbor’s pet, may not necessarily work for their dog.” In addition to treating and training your dog as an individual, she says one of the keys to success is getting the dog trained as early as possible, preferably between 8-20 weeks old. It’s been proven it’s more difficult to train older dogs because they are more fearful. Santos says the amount of time a dog needs training depends on how old the dog is and how the dog responds. But she often finds once the sessions are over, her clients want to continue.

“Once the owner sees how smart their dog is and how much fun it can be, they get bit by the training bug and start asking what else they can get their dog to do and other types of tricks to teach the dog,” Santos said. Aside from her life long love of animals, Santos holds a B.S. in animal science from the University of Connecticut and is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior and is a certified training partner. For more information on training programs or pricing, contact Dianna at diannasantos@hotmail.com or (860) 550-5764.

Jeffrey LaBarge Jeffrey LaBarge, 49, of P l a i nv i l l e, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Jeff was born in New Britain on Feb. 21, 1963, the son of Betty (Miller) LaBarge, of Plainville, and the late John LaBarge. Raised in New Britain, he attended local schools, and went on to work as a CNC machinist. He was a dedicated employee at Royal Machine and Tool Corp in Berlin, where he has worked for more than 15 years, leaving many friends and coworkers. Best known for his hard work, he was also a passionate cat lover and Giants fan, who enjoyed his weekend visits with his family, and will be dearly missed. In addition to his mother, Betty, he leaves his sisters, Renee LaBarge, of Plainville, and Michele Dozier, of Southington; his brothers, John LaBarge and his wife, Courtney, of Cobleskill, N.Y., and Michael LaBarge, of

Cheshire; his brother-inlaw, John Pisiakowski, of Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Debra Pisiakowski. Jeff ’s three feline companions, Cooney, Fluffy, and Rusty, who were his pride and joy, passed away alongside him on Friday. Family and friends gathered in celebration of Jeff ’s life on Feb. 14, at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. In lieu of flowers, Jeff ’s love for animals may be remembered with contributions to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.bailey-funeralhome. com.

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The Plainville Citizen Thursday, February 21, 2013

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Common core state standards drive curriculum and instruction By Jeffrey Kitching Special to The Citizen

For the past two years curriculum teams in the Plainville Community Schools have been examining the newly adopted Common Core Kitching State Standards (CCSS) and revising curriculum documents to ensure that every student will have ample opportunities to practice the skills and apply the knowledge necessary to leave our schools prepared for the challenges of college and career.

The Common Core State Standards initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed with the collaboration of teachers, school administrators, and experts in order to provide a clear, comprehensive, and consistent framework to prepare students across the country for college and the workforce. To date, 46 of the 50 states have adopted these standards, and the next generation of state testing will be based on the CCSS. In reading, the standards establish a “staircase” of increasing complexity in what

students must be able to read. As they read more complex text they are also developing their comprehension skills so that they gain more understanding from the material they read. The focus is on informational text (non-fiction) as well as literary text (primarily fiction) in order to promote the skills of reading beyond literature. Science and social studies teachers will also engage their students in reading complex, primary source texts in order to build students’ skills in reading and comprehending more technical writings. The ability to write logiSee Standards, next page

Government Meetings

Thursday, Feb. 21 Economic Development Agency, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 Aviation Commission, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 Planning and Zoning, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 Democratic Town Committee, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 Town Council, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m.

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No easy answers as state grapples with budget By Kyle Swartz Special to The Citizen Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed $43.8 billion twoyear budget is reflective of the overall American economic atmosphere. As there are no easy answers regarding national issues like taxes, healthcare and debt, Malloy’s imperfect handling of them in Connecticut is unsurprisingly easy to criticize. But a still-recovering state economy — burdened by a projected $1.1-billion deficit next year — requires tough choices about what valuable programs must get cut. To his credit, in his financial work, Malloy has made those difficult decisions, though room remains for improvement. State Republicans have criticized this budget for upping spending 9 percent over two years, borrowing $750 million and delaying complete repayment of $1 billion borrowed in 2009 for recession aid by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Education funding commendably will rise, al-

though schools could face reductions at the municipal level due to dollars lost by towns and cities elsewhere. The deepest single cut is to the Department of Social Services, affecting a variety of helpful safetynet programs. Such scalebacks are regrettable, but perhaps unavoidable amidst a compressed economy in which government expenses should be thoroughly trimmed. As soon as conditions improve, though, we urge full restitution of welfare systems. In light of his $1.5 billion tax increase of two years ago, the governor pledged no new taxes in this budget. However, several of his measures, while not overt taxes, either exist to generate additional revenue or will raise residents’ expenses in different manners. State businesses reportedly were under the impression that a corporation tax surcharge and electrical generation tax created in 2011 would exSee Budget, next page

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Oscars

Photo from the office of Rep. Betty Boukus

Robert E. Lee, town manager, Sen. Jason Welch (RPlainville), Rep. Betty Boukus (D-Plainville) and Kathy Pugliese, Town Council chair outside the Hall of the House in the Capitol earlier this month.

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Boukus and Welch welcome Plainville officials at Capitol The Plainville delegation joined for a photo outside the Hall of the House at the State Capitol on Feb. 6. The group gathered after Gov. Dannel Malloy presented his budget address to the General Assembly and included: Robert E. Lee, town manager, Sen. Jason Welch (R-Plainville), Rep. Betty Boukus (DPlainville) and Kathy Pugliese, Town Council chair. The proposed $43.8 billion budget includes spending increases of nearly 10 percent over two years, the elimination of the car tax if your vehicle is valued at $20,000 or less and increased funding for education. The General Assembly will debate the budget proposal and either accept or reject policies. The 2013 Legislative Session ends in June. (Information from the office of Rep. Betty Boukus.)

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cal arguments, supported by sound reasoning and relevant evidence, is a key component of the writing standards. Opinion writing begins as early as kindergarten and increases in complexity as students progress through the grades. Research – both short focused projects similar to those commonly required in the workplace, and more extended projects – is emphasized throughout the standards. Vocabulary development as well as the mechanics of writing and speaking are woven throughout the standards for English/language arts and will apply to teachers of science and social studies as well. Speaking and listening is also a component of the CCSS as students are expected to gather, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media. These presentations may occur in academic discussions, in one-on-one conversations, as well as through formal presentations. The mathematics stan-

dards begin with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals in grades kindergarten through five. Students in kindergarten through grade two will focus their learning on understanding and making sense of the ways numbers work, learning how to put numbers together and take them apart. Addition and subtraction, along with a strong understanding of place value are the major foci for kindergarten through second grade. Third through fifth grade students navigate through multiplication and division, fractions, negative numbers, and geometry. The standards stress procedural skills as well as a deep conceptual understanding in order to lay the foun-

dation for higher learning in geometry, algebra, probability and statistics. A focus on practical application of mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges begins in the middle school and extends through high school, where students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to novel situations as college students and employees regularly do. In Plainville, we are continuing our shift in curriculum and instruction necessary to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards. It is our hope and expectation that our students will leave us better prepared to meet the demands of college and career as a result of these efforts.

Write for the Citizen Would you like to write for The Citizen? We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics of interest to Plainville. Columns and first-person accounts for the opinion page are always in demand. We also have a limited number of assignments available for those interested in freelance work. To learn more or to submit a story email news@theplainvillecitizen.com

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lant mother to near-amputee, but Tom Holland who plays the oldest child Lucas is an absolute marvel. His character resonates with a sheer force of emotion that reminds you what it is to be human. “Life of Pi” and “The Impossible” are two distinct offerings, one offers a philosophical awakening while the other dramatizes one of the worst natural disasters of our time. Both are sure to add more water to the mix — your tears. Dr. Tanya Feke is a physician at Middlesex Hospital Primary Care and guest columnist.

than about $28,500. While upon first glance this might Continued from page 12 seem a financial boost for many people, it means millions in vanished revenue for pire in 2013. Malloy now towns and cities. Exact estiseeks extension of both for another biennial cycle, doing mations are not yet availlittle for Connecticut’s some- able, though the Connecticut times-reputation of inconsis- Conference of Municipalities has projected losing a tent governmental policies majority of the $560 million about business. annually raised this way. Malloy reduced state funding for hospitals by $548 Danbury’s mayor thinks this hit could cost his city $10 million over two years. In a million. And to address fiscal financially bloated industry, shortfalls, municipalities these are much-needed savcould either raise other propings, which unfortunately could carry the side-effect of erty taxes or shrink budgets, including education spendincreasing patients’ out-ofing. Whereas some cuts pocket payments. Cuts inposed by Malloy appear unclude hefty scale-backs in fortunate- but-necessary, this dollars which had helped misguided notion seems cover costs of treating the meaningless and half-baked. uninsured and recipients of This budget is merely a Connecticut’s HUSKY health blueprint, an imperfect one insurance program. As the governor’s suggested budget which deals with modern would begin next fiscal year, economic problems by rightstarting July 1, he’s probably ly trying to spread burdens evenly. It has concepts worth assuming that lost money keeping — healthcare and sowill be federally offset soon cial services adjustments — in 2014 when Obamacare and others in need of reramps up. Until then — and/or if Obamacare proves thinking — the car tax, overloading expenses for resiineffective — Malloy has put hospitals in a debilitative dents. Using his fiscal framesituation. And healthcare of- work, General Assembly has ficials likely will shift mone- until June 5 to reach agreetary pain onto patients in the ment with Malloy, and should work with cooperaform of higher charges. tion and open debate to corAnother proposal which rect shortcomings and build could further drain resia better budget. dents’ wallets is a tax elimi(Kyle Swartz is editor of nation. The North Haven Citizen and Curiously, Malloy wants an editorial associate at the to end municipal car taxes Record-Journal, Meriden.) on all vehicles worth less

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Honor roll

Nathaniel Clark, of Plainville, made the second term honor roll at Xavier High School, Middletown.

Dean’s list

The following Plainville residents made the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: University of St. Joseph, West Hartford – Brianne Bergenty, Shawna DeVine. Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y. – Jessica Foertsch, majoring in biology. Mount Ida College, Newton, Mass. – Heather Zup.

Continuing education

Plainville Adult and Continuing Education will offer programming, free of cost, this spring in the following areas: adult basic education (math and reading/writing), adult high school credit diploma program, citizen-

ship preparation, English as a second language, GED preparation, and PARC adult basic education. Plainville Adult and Continuing Education’s spring enrichment course offerings are held evenings and are moderately priced. Pre-registration is required. The Spring 2013 Program Guide will be mailed to all Plainville residents mid-February. Classes include: afternoon drawing, choosing healthy fats, computer skills for beginners, express yourself, foundations of excel, healthy discussions: diabetes series, natural spring floral arrangement, oil painting, Qigong for health, reversible wreath, Spanish beginner, intermediate, sweet family recipes baking class, T’ai Chi for health, tarot cards, the happiness project book discussion group, wire-wrapped jewelry, zumba. For info, (860)793-3209.

Reunions St. Thomas Aquinas, New Britain, Class of 1963, 50th Reunion, Oct. 5, 2013. More info can be found at aquinas1963.myevent.com. Wilby High School, Waterbury, Class of 1958, is planning a 55th Reunion, Saturday, Sept. 7, at Amalfi’s Restaurant. For information call Marie at (203) 758-2591.

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Library Briefs

Plainville woman on board The Main Street Community Foundation elected officers and four new board members during the Foundation’s annual meeting on Feb. 8. The community foundation serves the towns of Plainville, Bristol, Burlington, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott by enhancing the quality of life of the residents through donor-driven philanthropy. Officers elected to serve for 2013-2015 are Janis L. Neri, chairman; John A. Letizia, vice chair; Robert M. Caiaze, secretary; John D. Scarritt, treasurer; and William J. Tracy, Jr., past board chair. Newly-elected board member from Plainville is Kristine Dargenio, the marketing coordinator for Kaestle Boos Associates in New Britain. She was the lead organizer in Plainville to design and fundraise for the building of a skate park at Norton Park. Dargenio is active on several Plainville community committees, including the YMCA/Healthy Plainville Coalition, Project Graduation and Plainville Downtown Beautification Committee. She is the past president of the Plainville Junior Women’s Club.

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ate disciplinary action will occur. Students will also face discipline if they refuse to take the test. The passive breathalyzer would be used if there is “reasonable suspicion” a student has consumed or is holding alcoholic products, which is defined by: observed use or possession of alcohol; odor of an alcoholic beverage or the presence of an alcohol container; marked changes in personal behavior not attributable to other factors; slurred speech, unsteady gait, lack of coordination, or bloodshot or glazed eyes; or behavior that is risky, aggressive, or disruptive. “Our intention is that it’s a deterrent from making bad choices,” said LePage of the proposed policy. Brummett said training will be provided for a select few staff members, including principals and school nurses. She added there has been no breathalyzer policy in place

prior to this attempt, and the schools currently rely on the district’s policy for alcohol at school events, which states the possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic substances will result in discipline consistent with state and federal law, up to and including suspension, expulsion, and referral for prosecution.

The Plainville Public Library is located at 56 E. Main St. All programs are held at the library unless otherwise indicated. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., children’s room, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the adult department, (860) 793-1446, or the children’s department, (860) 793-1450.

Steel drums The steel drum ensemble from the New Britain Symphony will be at the Plainville Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m., for a family program. Its Caribbean rhythms energize both old and young. The event will feature an instrument “petting zoo” that gives young people a chance to touch and learn about the instruments. The program is free; it is made possible through support from the Plainville Community Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation.

The Plainville Senior Center Snappy Seniors’ Camera Club presents its annual photography show that will be held at the Plainville Library, 56 E. Main St., March 2 to 30. Many of the matted photographs showcased will be on sale, with the proceeds going to the Snappy Seniors to help defray the costs for trips and supplies. The Opening Reception will take place at the library on Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to come to the reception, meet the photographers and have some refreshments. The Snappy Seniors’ Club is made up of Plainville Senior Center members who are photo enthusiasts. The club meets at the Senior Center on the third Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. to plan photo excursions and to review pictures and techniques from previous trips. Club members have gone on photo shoots at nearby venues, such as Norton Park,

Hubbard Park in Meriden and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. They have also traveled as far as Old Saybrook, where they participated in a photo scavenger hunt. The group grew out of photography classes that were taught at the Senior Center by Center volunteer Judy Humphrey. In the past year alone, the group has grown from 14 to 22 active members, who have all taken the basic photography class. The class may be offered again in the future. To find out how you too can become a Snappy Senior, call the Senior Center, (860) 747-5728.

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Participants in programs at the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St., must be 60 or older and be a resident of Plainville, or be a member of the senior citizens center, unless noted. All programs and events will be held at the senior citizens center, unless noted. For more information or to register, call the senior center at (860) 747-5728.

Expired drugs

Prescriptions and overthe-counter drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or put into the garbage. The Plainville Police Department has drug collection bins set up at the police station for Plainville residents, thanks to donations from the Rotary

Club of Plainville and the Plainville Coalition for Positive Youth Development. Expired, no longer needed, and over-the-counter drugs can be brought to the Plainville Police Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chemotherapy drugs, creams or lotions not accepted. Residents are asked not to deposit needles into the box and to make sure all personal information is blocked out. If the medicine is a liquid, make sure it is properly sealed so it will not leak. For information about this program, contact Lieutenant Peterson at the Plainville Police Department non-emergency number, (860) 747-1616.

The Plainville Citizen Thursday, February 21, 2013

Electric violinist Electric Violinist Caryn Lin to Perform at the senior center on Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. Lin is a classically trained violinist who became an electric violinist and education innovator. Lin finds influence in everything from baroque to rock, although she thinks of her music as new age/world/classical-ish. At a recent show, Lin jokingly described for the audience, her next musical piece as “Native American, West African, techno-tribal, Australian, cosmic, Celtic, dance, rock Egyptian.” The Cherry Hill, New JerSee Seniors, next page

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Red Cross blood drives American Red Cross blood drives in the area include: Thursday, Feb. 21- Central Connecticut State University Student Center, Ella Grasso Boulevard, New Britain, noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 – American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 6:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 – Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St., Southington, 1:45 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 – American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 6:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 6 – American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, March 9 – American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 6:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. To make an appointment, eligible blood donors are asked to call (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit www.bloodct.org.

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Wrestling community weighs in on decision to remove sport from the Olympics By Sean Krofssik and Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen

It was announced Feb. 12 that beginning in 2020, wrestling will no longer be part of the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee cited the sport’s global participation and popularity – or lack thereof – as reasons behind the decision. Area wrestling fans are grappling with the news that their favorite sport is being removed from the Games. “I was speechless when I read that this morning,” Maloney High School assistant wrestling coach Ozzie Ramos said. “It took a lot out of me. It’s unbelievable. It’s one of the oldest sports and one of the original Olympic events. I’m surprised be-

cause the sport has grown so much in the last 20 years, including the growth of female wrestling.” Ramos is a former Maloney head coach. He said he believes “The International Olympic Committee is out of touch with what the average man is doing.” Southington Youth Wrestling founder Dave Kanute was blindsided by the announcement that wrestling was being removed from Olympic action. “I can’t believe it,” Kanute said. “There are more frivo-

lous sports out there that are getting more recognition because of television attraction. Wrestling is a slowermoving sport.” Kanute has deep wrestling roots. The Southington resident has headed SYW for 30 years. The program currently has 96 children. The man who benefits from Kanute’s handy work every year is Southington High School wrestling coach Derek Dion, who was also hit hard by the news. “I think it’s the worst thing I heard about wrestling in a long time,” Dion said. “It’s against the spirit of the Olympics. I will never watch the Olympics again. For the IOC to do something like that is unfathomable. It’s an original

Olympic sport. And now there is four nights of women’s beach volleyball. “For wrestlers, the Olympics is their pinnacle,” he added. “They train their entire lives for that moment.” Count Berlin High School wrestling coach Jim Day among those stunned and disappointed with the decision of the IOC. “I would not have been shocked if they removed Greco-Roman wrestling, but

kept freestyle. That has been rumored for quite a while. But the fact that they’re dropping both Olympic styles; I had had a thought that the Olympics had lost its mission and its direction for a while, with some of the decisions they’ve made, with sports they’ve added, being driven financially as opposed to tradition and history. This just solidifies that opinion,” Day said. See Decision, page 20

Tournament time

PHS grapplers 13th at Class S tourney Four Blue Devils headed to State Open By Nick Carroll The Plainville Citizen

Powered by four place-winners, the Plainville High School wrestling team generated 77 points and finished 13th at the CIAC Class S state tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Haddam. PHS coach Rusty Spence was shooting for a top 10 finish, but is not disappointed with his team’s showing. “We did what we could,” he said. “I feel satisfied with how we’re finishing.” Spence was pleased to see Connor Oakes, Mischa Hoffman, Marcus Slivinsky and Tim West earn a spot in this weekend’s State Open. “We’ve still got those four kids” competing, said the coach. “That’s a good way for them to finish up.” Oakes, Slivinsky and West are seniors. Hoffman is only a sophomore, but is moving to New Hampshire at the end of the season. “That’s just the way it goes,” said Spence, with more than a hint of disappointment in his voice. Oakes placed sixth at 152 pounds at the Class S tournament, Hoffman was third at

160, Slivinsky finished fourth at 182, and West was fourth at 195. Spence had high praise for West’s performance. “That kid wrestled his butt off. He looked real good,” the coach said. “He’s got a good work ethic, he comes and does everything he has to do in that room. You couldn’t ask for a better kid. “If I had to choose our outstanding wrestler for the weekend it would be Tim West. He lost early, in the quarterfinals, and had to wrestle back four times. He earned it.” Slivinsky, Oakes and Hoffman each battled their way to the semifinals before being dealt a defeat. Spence appreciated the determination shown by Slivinsky, who avenged a loss at the Class S tournament. “That’s something when you can come back and beat a kid who beat you.” He didn’t place at the Class S tournament, but Plainville’s Tim Lister, a sophomore who competes at 113, impressed his coach. “I guarantee you that kid is going to be a state See Wrestling, page 21

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Katy Dressel, pictured, and the Plainville High School girls basketball team wrapped up their regular season last week. The Lady Blue Devils, who ran up a record of 10-10, will next compete in the CIAC Class M state tournament. First-round games will be played Feb. 26.


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Blue Devils cap winless campaign with loss to Berlin

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“Wrestling was not a money loser for them; they’re just looking for greater profits. That’s kind of scary.” Plainville High School wrestling coach Rusty Spence echoed that. “It seems to me the Olympics are starting to get deluded,” said Spence. “It seems like they have more professional athletes competing and taking away from the amateurs. It’s ridiculous. It’s all commercialized.” “I just think the Olympics are doing a bad thing dropping a sport like wrestling,” Spence added. Meriden resident and Trinity College coach Steven Makien said he appreciates the outrage by the wrestling community, but said it’s probably too late. “The biggest thing is the money and TV ratings and the IOC is concerned with that only,” said Makien, another former Maloney wrestling head coach. “You look at other sports. You can take a person that hasn’t seen basketball before and they can understand it. It’s a difficult thing to explain wrestling to someone. That hurts us. “I have a long freestyle background as a wrestler and a coach,” Makien continued. “We knew Greco was going to be eliminated from the Olympics. We hoped they would bring back more weights to freestyle.” Makien said the IOC’s decision could mean the better wrestlers will venture into mixed martial arts. Former Maloney head coach and current Trinity assistant Matt Banas doesn’t think the drop from the Olympics will have an immediate impact on the high school or collegiate levels. “It’s popular because the youth and high school levels are different styles of wrestling,” Banas said. “There are more kids wrestling than there were five years ago. In the short term, wrestling in the U.S. is going to be OK. Long term, who knows?” Kanute said wrestling is a

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Hoop

Austin Butler. The locals have no “big men” to speak Continued from page 19 of, however, and are likely looking at another tough said Wesoly. “I’m discouraged with how campaign in 2014. the kids handled this and Wesoly said unless more how their parents have al- kids in town start playing lowed them to do this. That’s basketball competitively at a what’s discouraging.” young age the state of PHS The Blue Devils are losing basketball “is not going to some hard-nosed, deter- change.” mined players to graduation, The coach looks at the once including Matt Thomas and struggling PHS boys soccer Tyler Favreau, but the team program for inspiration. will return a solid core next Since youth soccer in town winter. Plainville will continue to has blossomed, so has the lean heavily on current jun- high school program. The iors Shane Pugliese and Eric Blue Devils are now formidaFischer, and sophomore ble, and well-respected.

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which dropped down a class this winter. The champs claimed the team title with a whopping 238.5 points. Rounding out the top five were the host team HaddamKillingworth (135.5), Terryville (131), Oxford (131) and Montville (127.5).

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Hard work pays off A group of fifth-graders from Wheeler Elementary School attended a Hartford Hawks basketball game at the University of Hartford earlier this month. Students had an opportunity to earn a ticket to this trip by participating, achieving, cooperating, and knowing that they can in the classroom during the month of December. one-hundred percent homework completion was required in order to go to this event.

Pictured: Some of the many Wheeler Elementary School students who earned a trip to see the Hartford Hawks in recognition of their hard work and effort.

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Bingo — Veterans of Foreign Wars Madeley-Roberts Post 574 men hold open bingo every Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., at post headquarters, 7 Northwest Drive at the corner of Route 10. The public is invited. Information: call Earl Carey at (860) 747-5400. Balloonists meet — The Connecticut Lighter Than Air Society meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Plainville Municipal Center. Information: Web site www.lighterthanair.org, email info@lighterthan air.org.

Knights of Columbus — The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Council 3544, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at 55 Whiting St. Information: call Malcolm Soucie at (860) 747-4039. Steel drums - The steel drum ensemble from the New Britain Symphony will be at the Plainville Public Library, 56 E. Main St., on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m., for a family program. Its Caribbean rhythms energize both old and young. The event will feature an instrument “petting zoo” that gives young people a chance to touch and learn about the instruments. The program is free; it is made possible through support from the Plainville Community Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation.

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givers, siblings welcome. TNT program - TNT is a new program for children in grades 2-5. Each week will feature different activities, including crafts, cooking, science experiments and more. This free program is held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Plainville Public Library. Registration is required. Call the Children’s Library at (860) 793-1450 to sign up.

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Bottle/can drive - Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle Multiple Sclerosis Walk Team is having a bottle/can drive plus registration for the MS Walk on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Gnazzo’s Food Center, 73 East St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds go to Hayley and Michaela Petit’s MS Memorial Fund to help with research for MS, scholarships and programs for those affected by MS.

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Rotary Club — Plainville Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Mondays at J. Timothy’s Taverne, 143 New Britain Ave. Information: call Guy Doyon at (860) 7934113. Plainville Choral Society — The Plainville Choral Society rehearses Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Gloria Dei Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol. Information: call Mal Cummings, at (860) 7475695, or Maureen Deming, at (860) 559-9781. Story times - Drop-in story times will resume Monday, Jan. 28 and are Wild Ones, Mondays at 10:30 a.m., for one-year-olds and their caregivers. Babies welcome. Family story time, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., stories for the whole family. Two’s and three’s, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., for children and care-

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Musical evening - New Life Fellowship Church Worship Team and Teen Challenge New England invite the public to come for a casual evening of music. Hear testimonies of how God has set the captives free and rejoice with the Teen Challenge Rap Music team, on Friday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., at New Life Fellowship Church, 1 Northwest Drive, Plainville. This event is free.

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Snappy seniors - The Plainville Senior Center Snappy Seniors’ Camera Club presents their annual photography show that will be held at the Plainville Library, 56 E. Main St., March 2

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 — The Plainville Citizen a.m., for one-year-olds and their caregivers. Babies welContinued from page 22 come. Family story time, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., stories to 30. Many of the matted for the whole family. Two’s photographs showcased will and three’s, Thursdays at be on sale, with the proceeds 10:30 a.m., for children and going to the Snappy Seniors caregivers, siblings welcome. to help defray the costs for TNT program - TNT is a trips and supplies. The Open- new program for children in ing Reception will take place grades 2-5. Each week will at the library on Saturday, feature different activities, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. The including crafts, cooking, public is invited to come to science experiments and the reception, meet the phomore. This free program is tographers and have some held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. refreshments.To find out at the Plainville Public Lihow you too can become a brary. Registration is reSnappy Senior, call the Sequired. Call the Children’s nior Center, (860) 747-5728. Library at (860) 793-1450 to sign up.

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Country dance - The New England Western Dance Association invites the public to join them at a Country dance on Sunday, March 3, at Rockwells, from 5 to 9 p.m. The disc jockey will be Aric Lemieux and the instructor will be Millie Gagne. There is a fee to attend. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring snacks or desserts and bring your own bottle or beverages. Donations for the raffle will be appreciated. For more information call (860) 5892523 or www.newdact.com .

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Pizza feud - The 3rd Annual Pizza Feud of Plainville, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Nuchies, 164 Central St., Bristol. For more information call Maureen at the Plainville Chamber of Commerce at (860) 747-6867.

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Vahan Zhamkochian, president and chief executive officer of Transatlantic Commerce in Newington, recently donated 140 Sony E-Readers to Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School. Zhamkochian donated the E-Readers to encourage students to read more independently and be successful in their education. Zhamkochian has two nieces who attend Wheeler School. Pictured: Zhamkochian presents E-Readers to niece Emma Lopez, and fellow Wheeler student, Abby Feyerabend.

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Historic center — Tours of the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., are available Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday The office is open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 Athletic Backers Club — a.m. to noon. The shop, offering unique gifts, is open The club meets on the first during tour hours. InformaMonday of each month, untion: call the historic center, less it is a holiday, at 7:15 (860) 747-6577. p.m., at the Plainville High Food for Friends — The School cafeteria. The club is Food for Friends free meal a group of volunteers that work together to support all is served at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., PHS student athletes in all from 5 to 6:30 p.m., every sports. Rotary Club — Plainville Wednesday of the month. Lions Club — The Rotary Club meets at 12:15 Plainville Lions Club meets p.m. Mondays at J. Timoon the first and third Wednesthy’s Taverne, 143 New day of each month at 6:30 Britain Ave. Info: call Guy p.m. The first Wednesday Doyon at (860) 793-4113. meetings are at the Oasis Plainville Choral Society — The Plainville Choral Restaurant, 782 Pine St., Bristol. The third Wednesday Society rehearses Mondays, meetings are at the Plainville 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Gloria Public Library, 56 E. Main St. Dei Church, 355 Camp St., Information: call Michael Bristol. Information: call Blanchard at (860) 628-8326. Mal Cummings, at (860) 7475695, or Maureen Deming, at (860) 559-9781. For advertising, please call Story times - Drop-in sto(203) 317-2327 ry times resumed and are Wild Ones, Mondays at 10:30

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The Plainville Recreation Department is sponsoring a 5-week Public Boating Course (PWC class included.) Completing and passing the Boating Course and PWC course will qualify you for a State Certificate for both. Classes will be held on Fridays, starting March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. These classes will be held at The Plainville Recreation Department, 50 Whiting St. For information or to register call (860) 747-6022.

Golf clinic The Plainville Recreation Department is sponsoring an Adult Golf Clinic for participants ages 14 and up. Jack McConachie a P.G.A. Professional at Pine Valley Golf Club will instruct the course. This program will begin Monday, Feb. 25 and run for five weeks from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wheeler School gymnasium for three sessions with the last two sessions held at Pine Valley Golf Club. The program will cover the basic fundamentals of golf to include: short game, course management, funda-

mentals, the full golf swing, exercises for golf, specialty shots, rules and etiquette and situations on the course. For further information and registration call the Recreation Department at (860) 747-6022.

Dog obedience classes The Plainville Recreation Department will be sponsoring Dog Obedience classes. The first class will be held without the dog on Saturday, March 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. The remaining six classes with dog will be held on Saturdays at 9 to 10 a.m. All classes are held at Norton Park. The classes teach basic dog obedience behavior and control as well as insight on behavior problems for ages 6 months and up. All vaccinations must be current. To register or for further information contact the Recreation Office at (860) 747-6022.

Recreation news Registration for Winter/ Spring programs is being held in the Recreation Office, at 50 Whiting St. The Recreation Office hours are Mon-

day through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. Recreational programs are offered for youth and adults. Youth activities include: Co-ed Basketball clinic, Grade 4, Girl’s Volleyball grades 5-8, Toddle Time ages 2-3, Kidz-R-Size ages 3 to 6, Pillo Polo grades 1-5, Gymnastics ages 1-6, Modern Dance grades 4-8, Water Safety Instruction ages 16 & up, Lifeguard Training 15 and Up, Synchronized Swim Program ages 8-16, Parent & Child Aquatics 6 months -5 years, and Red Cross Swim Instruction. Adult programs include: Adult Swim Instruction, Water Aerobics, Zumba, Jewelry Making, Co-ed Volleyball, Yoga, Golf Clinic, Adult Fitness, Men’s Basketball, Plainville Wind Ensemble, Men’s Over 30 Basketball, Public Boating Course, Dog Obedience and Knitting Circle. Fee payment must accompany registration for programs carrying a charge. To obtain further information please call the Recreation Department at (860) 747-6022.


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Country dance The New England Western Dance Association invites the public to join a country dance on Sunday, March 3, at RockWell’s Dance Hall, 161-B Woodford Ave., from 5 to 9 p.m. The disc jockey will be Aric Lemieux and the instructor will be Millie Gagne. There is a fee to attend. Coffee and tea will be provided. Bring snacks or desserts and your own bottle or beverages. Donations for the raffle will be appreciated. For more information, call (860) 589-2523 or www.newdact.com.

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(203) 235-1686 GMC 1995 Jimmy 6 cyl, auto, 4 wd, 128 mi, leather interior, newer tires & battery, electric start. Well maintained. Asking $2,200 Call 203-235-8965

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CADILLAC SRX 2004 Northstar, V8, Black. All Wheel Drive. Loaded. Highway Miles. Nav, Rear Entertainment Center. Third Row Seat. $6500 OBO call 203 265 5639

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BULLDOGS, Yorkie, Yorkie-Poo, Chihuahua, Boxers, Puggles, Bostons, Pugs, Rotties, Hotdogs, German Shepherds, Labs, Min Pin mixed breeds, rescues available. $150+ Call (860) 930-4001. FREE TO Loving Home Two Ragdoll Cats. 3 years old. Indoor cats, must stay together. Both males. Please call 203 269-5947

ALL CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575 WANTED TO BUY 2ND Generation buys all Napier. Costume jewelry, old metal toys, Winchester items, Tiffany items, Indian items, depression & carnival glass. 203-639-1002 Always Buying All Contents of Estates. Antique, old toys & collectibles. furniture, costume jewelry, etc. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-269-4975 or 203-284-3786 Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm

ALWAYS Buying Handtools, Old, used, and antique handtools. Carpentry, Machinist, Engraving and Workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers. Please call Cory 860-322-4367

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LHASA APSO and Mal-Shi Pups 8 weeks old! Hair, not fur! Excellent family pet. Only 2 left! $400 Call (860) 335-0169

Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate.

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WANTED TO BUY ALWAYS BUYING CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Amps, Musical Instruments, Guitars, Radios, Ham Equipment, CB, HiFi, Audio Equipment. 860-707-9350 WANTED Fishing & Hunting Tackle - Local Collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Dave any time 860-463-4359

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Music By Roberta Performance & Instruction. Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295

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Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts Affordable Housing for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older. Amenities Include: Computer Learning Center, TV/ Games Lounge, Laundry Facilities, Off Street Parking, Free Bus Service to local shopping ctrs. On site: Resident Serv. Coord. Small Pets Accepted Please call 860-621-3954 for information. TTY: 711

HOMES SWEET HOMES OFFERS: Meriden 1 BRs. Starting from $695, heat & hot wanted included. Call 203-886-8808. MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 1BR, 2nd Fl $801 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or Meridenrooms.com MERIDEN - 2BR, 5 Rooms Completely Remodeled Deck, Off-Street Parking Section 8 Approved $950/mo+sec. 203-980-0215 MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Laundry. No pets. $895 + utilities Call 203-245-9493 MERIDEN 1, 2 & 3 BRs Starting at $580/mo. West Side - CLEAN Sec. & Refs a must. Off st parking. No dogs. Sec 8 approved. 1st Month FREE! 203-537-6137

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

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

MERIDEN 2 BR Available Heat, Hot Water & Appliances incl. Off-Street parking. Available for immediate move in. Starting at $800 per month. 203-639-8751 MERIDEN 2 BR, 1 Flr. Liberty St. Recently renovated. Stove & refrig. WD hookup. Off st parking. Yard. Bsmnt storage. Sec 8 approved. $850. 203- 506-6398


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Thursday, February 21, 2013 — The Plainville Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 4 1/2 Rms, 2nd Flr on Springdale Ave. $750 + Sec. Pay own gas & electric. No Pets. Off St. Parking. 203-237-6194 10am1pm or 4pm-9pm. Avail. 03/01 MERIDEN Crown Village. Large 2BR Recently Remodeled w/ HW Floors. $900/mo. includes heat & hot water. Call 203-856-6472 MERIDEN EFFICIENCY CUTE 2 ROOMS Off street parking. Broad Street. $525. 2 mo sec. Credit ck req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or www.Meridenrooms.com WALLINGFORD Private BR and Private Bath. All Utilities, Cable TV, Laundry, Private Entrance. $160 /week, plus 2 wks security. Call 203-626-5786 or 203-980-1441

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MERIDEN Fully Furnished, Central Location. 1BR, LR, Kitch, BA. $675/ mo. Lease & Sec. Deposit Required. No pets. Call (203) 235-2372

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HELP WANTED 2 DAY JOB FAIR! Feb. 19th & 20th from 4-7:00 p.m. Looking for dedicated staff to provide great service/experience in a private country club setting. Hiring Servers, Runners & Bussers. Veteran staff available for information Q & A. The Farms Country Club, 180 Cheshire Road, Wallingford, CT

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WALLINGFORD-$269,900 Picturesque, convenient, and private. Open country kit/DR, 2 large BRs up, 1 down, w/study or BR down, lovely patio. Totally refurbished and new bath. A must see, family ready. Call Walt Pacheco 203-265-5618

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MERIDEN. $107,900. Simple & smart scale down & go easy on the budget w/this 2BR ranch. Spacious living rm w/fp, EIK, fenced beautiful corner yard w/ covered patio & non thru st. Call Sue Farone 203-265-5618

LABORATORY ASSISTANT Part-Time Well established North Haven, CT reroll mill seeks candidate with 2+ years manufacturing environment experience. Monitor quality, conduct physical tests & enter data. Basic computer experience required. Associates degree in science a plus. Friendly, professional atmosphere. Competitive compensation. Send resume to Jobs@UnitedAluminum.com

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MERIDEN Spacious 2 BR Like new, HW Floors On-Site Laundry and Parking No Pets Call 860-810-2941 MERIDEN. 3 BR, recently renovated, new carpets. Clean, spacious, off st parking. Avail immed. $875. Pets considered. 140 Foster St. Walt 203-464-1863. SOUTHINGTON - 1 1/2 Room Efficiency. Ideal for seniors and all others. Near I-84. $145/wk. Includes Heat & HW, A/C, Appliances. No smoking. Sec dep & refs req. 860-620-0025 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 1st FL. Downtown location. $750 Per Month Available Immediately. Call 203-284-0212 WALLINGFORD 2nd Flr 2 BR W/D Hookup. Near Library. No Smoking/Pets. Sec + Ref Required. $850/mo. 203-269-1426 WALLINGFORD Apt for Rent. 3 BR & 1 or 2 BR Refrig & Stove incld. No Pets/Smoking $1000 & $850/mo. Sec & refs. Avail 3/01 Paul 203-269-6348 WALLINGFORD Clean, updated 2 BR Apartment. Quiet neighborhood. Water & Garbage incl. $900-$950 Per Month. (203) 464-0766

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CUSTOMER SERVICE Counter Help at fast pace Bagel Shop & Deli. Exp perfered. Early Morn. & Weekends Required. 20-30 hr per wk. Apply at: Bagels Plus Plainville 17 Farmington Ave.

Maintenance Electrician Requires E2 license with 5+ years’ experience. Must have strong troubleshooting skills to diagnose and correct electrical and mechanical problems of high/low voltage manufacturing equipment.Friendly, professional atmosphere. Competitive compensation & benefits. Send resume to Jobs@UnitedAluminum.com

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DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR (Full Time-40 Hours) Experienced journalist needed to oversee and manage flow and presentation of digital news content on myrecordjournal.com and weekly web sites. This position requires the ability to build and maintain online and mobile news sections and manage social media presence and digital news alerts. You will work with reporters, photographers and other content producers on newsgathering, including video and leverage digital content for print use. You must have experience in writing and/or designing for the web; strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once; technical know-how for creation and production of graphics, photos, audio, video, web pages, and other online content.

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STOCKPERSON Performs a variety of stockroom/warehouse duties in the storage of material and equipment for an electric utility. Requires a H.S. diploma or equivalent and 1 year of employment in a stockroom, warehouse, office, maintenance or construction environment. Must have a valid State of CT driver’s license. Pay Rate: $20.00 to $24.41 hourly (wages under negotiation) plus an excellent fringe benefit package. Apply: Personnel Department Town of Wallingford 45 South Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 The closing date will be that date the 75th application is received or February 27, 2013 whichever occurs first. EOE

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NUCAP (FKA) Anstro MFG. is seeking a 1st & 2nd shift quality Inspector for the Watertown location. Efficiently use measuring instruments. Perform 1st piece inspection of parts. Verify & keep records on inspections. Must read, write, & speak English. Must be dependable and reliable. Fill out an application at: 1 Frost Bridge Rd. Watertown, CT 06795 Or send resume to gianna.mongillo@nucap.com

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