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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Local cheerleaders shine on biggest stage By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

Those who say cheerleading isn’t a sport probably haven’t seen Cheerleading Worlds or The Summit. Worlds are an annual competition considered the “Super Bowl” of cheerleading, while The Summit is a new competition for teams not eligible to compete in Worlds. Sixty-four teams from around the globe competed at Worlds in late-April, as did Plainville’s Isabella Donahue and Lauren Acey. The duo helped East Celebrity Elite

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Fame place 14th in the talent-packed field. At The Summit, held in early May, Callia Donahue, also of Plainville, was a member of the championship team, East Celebrity Elite VIP. The champs bested 10 teams. East Celebrity Elite is a gym located in Montville where the girls practice up to five nights a week. Lauren and Isabella compete on the Level 5 team. Callia is on the Level 3 squad.

Andrea Racine reads to her son, Evan, using a Kindle device at the Family Resource Center in Linden Street School.

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Kindles used to spark love of reading in youngsters By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

Photos courtesy of Theresa Donahue

Left: Callia Donahue holds a banner after winning The Summit cheerleading competition. Above: Isabella Donahue, left, and Lauren Acey at Cheerleading Worlds. The competitions were held at Disney World.

As the technology age progresses, how it affects a child’s development is yet to be researched. Enter the Coalition to Enhance Family Literacy, an organization of family resource centers, library directors, literacy volunteers, and adult education directors from Plainville, Southington, and New Britain. Granted a total of $90,200 from the Community Foundation of Greater

New Britain and the Christine E. Moser Foundation, the coalition hopes to find out if giving kids access to technology at an early age will enhance reading comprehension as they enter pre-school and kindergarten. An assessment being conducted by Helen Abadiano, chair of the Department of Reading at Central Connecticut State University will yield results sometime next month. See Kindles, page 10



The Plainville Citizen — Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sport of ballooning soars in town By Erin K. Butler Special to The Citizen

Once a month, approximately 80 people from across the state gather in Plainville to share a similar passion: the sport of ballooning. The Connecticut Lighter Than Air Society (CLAS),

was founded nearly 30 years ago by a group of balloon pilots who wanted to help exemplify the sport, as well as increase its awareness. Today, it continues its mission to support and celebrate ballooning. “It was always something I wanted to do. And I used to

say ‘one of these days,’ but I never pursued it. Then my wife bought me a balloon ride as a birthday present and the moment I was up there I knew I was hooked,” said Garry Guertin, president of CLAS, a member for 10 years. Members of CLAS consist

of balloon pilots, crew members, those involved in balloon sales and repair, members of the local Federal Aviation Administration and of the Balloon Federation of America, as well as those simply interested in the sport. “Every meeting we focus on education, weather, safety and techniques such as tying knots or basket maintenance. It’s a great opportunity to learn from each other about what works and what

doesn’t,” said Guertin. Guertin currently serves as a crew member, aiding with the set up, and the take down of the balloon among other tasks in the balloon flight process. He says this is a team sport and the CLAS door is always open. “We welcome anyone to our group who has an interest in the balloons or wants to learn more about how they work. It’s a great group of

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The Connecticut Lighter Than Air Society, founded nearly 30 years ago, meets in Plainville each month. Dozens of ballooning enthusiasts attend.

Chamber honors community members By Julie Sopchak The Plainville Citizen

The Plainville Chamber of Commerce celebrated its history and members of the community at its 105th annual dinner meeting April 23.

Sarah Kazimierczak was named Employee of the Year, Clive LaMasurier received the Distinguished Volunteer Award, and Dennis Wood accepted the Business of the Year title on behalf of Pagliacci’s. Kazimierczak, Plainville

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Young artists’ work on display at library Nearly 600 people attended the opening reception for the Plainville Community Schools’ Town Wide Art Show at the Plainville Public Library May 3. The exhibit features more than 1,000 works, all done by students in grades kindergarten through high school. Works range from ceramics to oil paintings, from metal work to jewelry. Because of the size of the exhibit, the art work is spread throughout the library. The exhibit will be up throughout the month of May. Photos courtesy of Peter Chase

Logan Boukus, a kindergarten student at Linden St. School, with his picture of a spring butterfly, which was painted, cut out and pasted onto a background.

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Dominick Abarno (second from left) and his family, Gina Abarno, Anthony Abarno and Anthony Abarno Jr., display Dominick’s drawing of imaginary trees done with crayons and paint. Dominick is a kindergarten student at Toffolon School.

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Alexa Rae Jones, a kindergarten student at Linden St. School, shows her picture of an owl in a tree. The picture was painted, cut out and pasted onto a background.

George Anastasis shows three pieces of art; a landscape watercolor of a forest scene, a pencil drawing to illustrate the position of sleeping, and a spray paint-watercolor science fiction scene. Anastasis, a senior at Plainville High School, will study to be a chemistry teacher at Central Connecticut State University.

Keriana Santana, a junior at Plainville High School, shows her acrylic painting illustrating a transformation. It shows the main character of the movie “Corpse Bride” being transformed into butterflies. Things are not always what they seem. Forrest Zirpolo, a senior at Plainville High School, shows his project of ceramic squares inspired by the shape of oak trees around his house. The assignment was to make an organic shape from inorganic material. The glazing represents the bark of a tree. Zirpolo will study to be a science teacher at Central Connecticut State University.

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Video, broken headlight lead police to fatal hit-and-run suspect By Lauren Sievert Special to The Citizen

Surveillance video from a local restaurant and a small piece of plastic from a broken headlight led police to charge a Plainville man in the February hit-and-run accident on Queen Street that killed a 23year-old waitress and seriously injured two of her coworkers. Edward Fascendini, 46, of 66 Whiting St., Apt. 1B, Plainville, was arraigned May 9 in Bristol Superior Court on charges of felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and three counts of evading responsibility. Fascendini was on parole at the time of the Feb. 12 accident and has been in custody as detectives investigated his potential involvement. According to the arrest warrant, just two days after the incident, Officer Timothy Wilk reviewed surveillance

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the Gobi Mongolian Grill, 855 Queen St., and told police they were struck by a white truck or SUV. Chen died at Hartford Hospital two days later. Yang and Huai suffered broken legs and lost consciousness briefly, the warrant states. Police learned that Fascendini was the driver of the truck in the JD’s parking lot

through video from inside the restaurant and interviews with a JD’s waitress and other patrons. Two police officers then interviewed Fascendini at his home in Plainville on Feb. 15 where they noticed damage to his 2001 Dodge Dakota, including dents and a bent antenna. Police also found a “reddish blood-like substance” on the truck, the warrant said. Fascendini said he had dinner and drinks with friends at JD’s on Feb. 12 and left around 10:30 p.m., according to the warrant. He said he “drove straight home” without seeing anyone walking along Queen Street and that he didn’t remember hitting anyone. As one officer was inspecting his truck, the warrant says Fascendini told the other officer: “Let’s just say I did it. I’m on parole. You know what that means.” Fascendini told police that on Feb. 14 he noticed his front passenger side headlight was out and he went to an auto shop to get it fixed. When state police processed Fascendini’s truck during the investigation, they re-

moved the headlight assembly, noticing that a piece of black plastic was missing from the housing, according to the warrant. The state forensics lab compared the broken housing to a piece of plastic recovered from the accident scene. “The results of the examination indicated that the piece of plastic physically fit to a broken area located on the headlight assembly. Thus, these two items were once one continuous piece,” the warrant states, quoting from the forensics report. Police also compared video showing that the headlight on Fascendini’s truck was working properly in the parking lot of JD’s with video showing his truck a half-mile north of the accident scene in which the passenger-side headlight is “dimly lit.” Public defender Peter Matthews was appointed to represent Fascendini for his arraignment hearing only. Fascendini said he is going to find out if his family will hire a lawyer for him.

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Plantsville show recalls life and works of artist who died young

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mer roommate. “It was almost cathartic to do it.” Deschene, a Colchester resident, was general manager, resident artist and instructor at Paris in Plantsville and was always looking for new, fun ways to create art. Deschene, who earned a bachelor’s degree in illustration and ceramics at the University of

Paris in Plantsville. Along with his work at Paris in Plantsville, Deschene did substitute teaching at Vernon High School and was hoping to become a full-time art teacher. The show features about 15 pieces of Deschene’s

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Hartford, had puppets and bowling pins in the gallery at one point. People would come back every month to see what he would do next. Part of the legacy that Deschene left behind was his determination to bring in new classes to students at

work, along with some artwork done by his friends in his honor. Deschene used several media, including acrylics, oil, pen and ink and pencil. One theme runs through many of Deschene’s paintings: evil- or mischievouslooking rabbits. The reason? Wallpaper that haunted him as a child. “He recalled that his bedroom had a hideous wallpaper with bunny rabbits munching on carrots,” said Clinton Deckert, a Southington artist and friend of Deschene. “During the darkness of the night he knew that all


Friends Sean Michanczyk, Nick Foreman and Jon Bristol spent a rainy Wednesday afternoon sorting through artwork, puppets and pencil drawings, which got them reminiscing. “I love this painting,” Foreman said, looking at a piece hanging in the main room of the Paris in Plantsville gallery. The painting, called “The Garden Gate,” was one of the last pieces Jordan Deschene did before he died unexpectedly, in his sleep, in August 2012. Michanczyk is the owner of Paris in Plantsville, an art gallery and studio, and was a close friend of Deschene. Deschene’s death at the age of 30 came as a shock to his family and friends. Michanczyk, Bristol, and Foreman came up with an idea to showcase his artwork and sketchbooks at the gallery. The show is called “Who is Jordan Deschene?” “The day he died we were like, ‘We have got to do this,’’’ said Bristol, Deschene’s for-

From left, Jon Bristol of Plainville, Sean Michanczyk of Southington and Nick Foreman of Bristol hold artwork by artist Jordan Deschene while setting up a show featuring his work at Paris in Plantsville.

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Middle School of Plainville sixth-graders Jason Tyler Badorek and Caitlin Morgan Barker earned high honors for the second trimester. Their names were inadvertently omitted from a list which ran in The Citizen. Noah Rocheford, grade 11, made the honor roll at University High School of Science and Engineering, a STEM and Early College Model magnet high school on the University of Hartford campus in Hartford. Alyssa Martino was inducted into Providence College’s, Providence, R.I., chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national honor society for mathematics. Martino is pursuing a degree in elementary/special education. Plainville High School students Taylor Garewski and Danielle St. Amand were honored at the Connecticut Association of

Schools’ High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet April 1 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The CAS Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet recognizes two seniors annually in each high school who display outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts. The students are chosen by their school. Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor May 3 at the Second Annual School Breakfast Summit. “We’ve invested more than $100 million in our schools, and poured millions into technology and infrastructure upgrades—but children who aren’t getting enough to eat cannot focus on learning,” said Malloy. “The national School Breakfast Program ensures more students have a nutritious breakfast and start the day ready to learn. I applaud the

advocates, administrators, and nutrition experts who are here today, for their work to strengthen education in every city and town throughout Connecticut.” Winners of the Connecticut School Breakfast Challenge were announced during the summit. Top honors

School Briefs DECA celebrates The Marketing Education and DECA Program will celebrate its 35th anniversary May 23, 6 to 8 p.m., at Plainville High School. Former students, Plainville DECA presidents and officers, parents, community members and staff are invited to join. The program will consist of light food and refreshments, video presentation, brief speeches, announcement of officers for FY 2013-2014 and the introduction of the new marketing education teacher. Steve Slomski will retire at the end of the year and would enjoy spending an evening with his former students. To help plan the event or RSVP, e-mail Slomski at

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Judge Robert Brunetti set bail at $25,000, but noted that Fascendini was in custody on a “parole hold” and would not be released even if he posts bond. According to statements in court, Fascendini, a convicted felon, was taken into custody on the parole hold on Feb. 16 and can be held until March 16, 2014. According to statements by the bail commissioner, Fascendini’s record includes failure to appear in court, larceny, drug charges, assault and harassment. Matthews said Fascendini has three children and has been working construction jobs for the last few years. After the accident, Chen’s uncle, Ni Qing Qun, traveled from Hong Kong and spoke at a police press conference pleading for someone to come forward with information about the incident. He said Chen had come to the United States from her native China more than five years earlier in search of a better life. The three women lived together and usually took a shortcut to work avoiding the walk along Queen Street. They weren’t able to take their normal route on Feb. 12 due to snowfall from the February blizzard and were walking along the shoulder of the road because sidewalks weren’t shoveled. Yang has since been able to return to work and Huai is still recovering, according to co-workers. The restaurant has raised more than $7,000 to help the family with hospital bills and other businesses in the same plaza have pitched in as well. Eric Heredia contributed to this story.



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the rabbits were staring at him and munching away. That imagery stuck in his head and haunted his subconscious and thus permeated his artworks.” “For some reason, they terrified him,” Michanczyk said, laughing. One acrylic-and-oil piece called “A Bunny’s Balloons” depicts a larger-than-life man dressed in a red and pink suit standing on a moss-covered cliff. The gray-haired man is leaning over, holding a pin in

his hand. The man looks as if he is about to use the pin to pop a group of balloons carrying a pale pink, skinny rabbit in a basket. “I enjoyed his artwork because it was original and was depicting places and scenarios that have never been seen before,” Deckert said. “Its uniqueness made it stand out above the mundane and he achieved his own signature style that was recognizable.” Michanczyk described Deschene’s artwork as chaotic at times with an underlying story. Sometimes, the underlying story was one that De-

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schene couldn’t even understand, Michanczyk said. The gallery exhibit debuted Saturday and will be up until May 31. “Seeing all the people that knew him, his old high school friends, people he went to college with,” Michanczyk said as he looked forward to the turnout opening night. “It’s getting everyone together in a lighter mood than when he first passed. People can see his work. He would have wanted it displayed.”

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Kindles Continued from page 1 Abadiano said the assessment focuses on concepts about print at an early age. A pre-assessment was given to children beforehand to see how well they understood concepts, like what a word is, what a word looks like, what a letter looks like. A pre-assessment was also done with parents to see how often they read. “It makes sense that we would like to see whether the use of the Kindle – and hopefully not just because of its novelty – will definitely impact children’s motivation to read as well as their development of vocabulary and other language concepts about print that would give them an advantage when they first enter school,” Abadiano said. In Plainville, 28 Kindles were distributed to families to be used at the Family Resource Center at Linden

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Street School and at home for about two months with specific books and applications already loaded onto the device. Diane Chrzanowski got a Kindle to use with her 3-yearold daughter, Ashley. Chrzanowski said her daughter loved to read beforehand, but her daughter remains engaged with the Kindle device possibly moreso than with regular books. Sometimes, she will suggest to Ashley she should read a book. Upon refusal, she then suggests Ashley should use the Kindle, and the child obliges. “It has a more entertaining value I think,” Chrzanowski said. “It has the whole interactive piece to it.” Children in the study are predominantly 2 or 3 years old. Families from the center, as well as families from the English as a Second Language program participated.

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Florence (DellaVecchia) Triano, of Southington, beloved wife of the late police Detective C a p t a i n Frank J. Triano Sr. passed away on May 9, 2013, with her family at her bedside. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Filomena (Picone) DellaVecchia. She was born on Oct. 29, 1915, in Southington and was a 92 year resident until her move to Plainville in Jan. 2007 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and William Petit Sr. In addition to Barbara and Bill she is survived by daughters, Johanna and her husband, Joseph Ierna, of Hartford, and Andrea and Jim LaChapelle, of Southington and her son, Frank J. Triano Jr. and Emily Tan. She also leaves her grandchildren, Dr. William A. Petit Jr. and his wife, Christine, Glenn Petit and Cheryl

Velasquez, Michael and Erin-Nora Petit, Brian Petit, Johanna Petit Chapman, Jayme Ierna and her husband, Bradley Russell, Joseph Ierna Jr. and his fiancé, Alison Congdon, and Sarah Triano and Jared Ober. Her step-grandchildren include, Jennifer and Patrick Donovan, Steven Hounchell and his wife, Alison, Rachael and David Buchanan, Alicia Petit Irizzarry, Corey LaChapelle, and Jaimie LaChapelle. “Gram” Triano was very involved in the lives of her 11 great-grandchildren. She attended basketball, baseball, volleyball, crew races and soccer games as well as plays and musical performances. “Gram T” inspired her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren with her belief in the importance of family and its traditions as well as the importance of religion. Teaching them how to make the family’s favorite Italian dishes brought her great delight. “Gram T.’s “nine greatgrandchildren include Abby

and Andrew Chapman, Brooke, Michael, Tristian and Paige Petit, Josh and Kathryn Ierna and Hannah Russell. Her step-greatgrandchildren include Jacob Irizarry, Molly Barrett and Sara Buchanan. Mom’s heart was broken by the deaths of her granddaughter, Jennifer Hawke Petit, wife of Dr. William Petit, and her great-granddaughters, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit in a home-invasion in Cheshire, in 2007. She leaves one sister, Mary Palazzo, of Southington and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers, Sisto, Frank, and Anthony DellaVecchia; and three sisters, Viola and Jenny DellaVecchia and Helen Fietkiewicz. She also recently suffered the loss of her granddaughter Johanna’s husband, Dennis D. Chapman. She was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Thomas’ Ladies Guild,

a Charter member of the Altar Society, ensuring that the altar linens were perfectly crisp, the Daughters of Isabella, Mercy Circle No. 739, AARP and Calendar House. She was also a past president of the Southington Police Wives Association and Secretary of the Southington Council of Catholic Women. The family would like to thank her doctors and their staffs for caring for her over many years including Dr. Andrew Guest, Dr. Robert Malkin and associates. All of the staff at Apple Rehab from administration to nursing and nursing assistants to dietary to rehab and recreation cared for our mother with

love and compassion, we thank you for that. Her funeral was held May 14, at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. to St. Thomas Church. Burial was at St. Thomas Cemetery. Donations may be made in Florence’s memory to the Petit Family Foundation, P.O. Box 310, Plainville, CT 06062. For online condolences and directions visit

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Civil War program Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., at the Plainville Historical Society, 29 Pierce St., a program will be presented on the men from Plainville who fought in the Civil War. Their experiences will be described, along with photos. The building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call the historical society, (860) 747-6577.


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Maybe it’s time to go back to hard copy By Jeffrey Kurz Special to The Citizen

So, I broke my Kindle. A statement like that is hungry for an adverb, so I’ll put it this way: I’ve already broken my Kindle. Already as in I’ve only had it a few months. Already as in I’ve only read one short story (Philip K. Dick) and one novel (Neil Gaiman) with it. I’m not sure what happened. It wasn’t like I dropped it or anything. All I did was leave it in my car, under a pile of stuff that was under another pile of stuff, for a week or so, maybe more, probably more, and when I uncovered

it the other day from under the pile that was under the other pile it was not looking too happy. The screen was all disjointed, as if Salvador Dali had taken his paintbrush to it. I tried helping it get better, by powering it up and directing gentle, encouraging words its way, but it was not working. I have no one to blame but myself, but I was a little disappointed. I bet I could leave my copy of “Catcher in the Rye” under a pile of stuff in my car for 10 years and it would still work as well as it did when I left it there. But, of course, a Kindle isn’t one book, it’s a lot of them, as in hundreds, so

I suppose I should have been more careful. I held out against getting a Kindle, or any kind of ebook, for a long time, under the impression that you can get overly technological about some things. There’s that myth about Americans spending a lot of money during the race to the moon to come up with a pen that could write in zero gravity, while the Soviets used a pencil. An e-book is an upside-down writing pen; a “real” book is a pencil. Something like that. Anyway, I wound up getting a Kindle for two basic See Copy, next page

Government Meetings

Thursday, May 16 Economic Development Agency, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Monday, May 20 Town Council, Municipal Center, 7:30 p.m. Veterans Council, Municipal Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 Housing Authority, Sunset Village Community Room, 20 Stillwell Drive, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 Plainville Democratic Town Committee, Plainville Public Library, meeting room, 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 Aviation Commission, Municipal Center, 7 p.m.

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Let’s keep Plainville beautiful By Jennifer Zakrzewski Special to The Citizen Starting with this issue of The Plainville Citizen, the Plainville Recycling & Solid Waste Commission hopes to provide Plainville with monthly updates, tips and trivia. The commission has been hard at work coming up with solutions to increase Plainville’s recycling rates. While the new recycling bins have improved our rates, there is always room for improvement. According to, San Francisco’s recycling rate as of October 2012 has reached an all-time high of 80 percent of its trash being diverted from landfills. Despite recycling being a Connecticut law, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reports that our recycling rates as of 2010 are stagnant, with a mere 26 percent of our waste being diverted from landfills. We can do better!

One problem that we are trying to address is the excessive amount of recyclable cans and bottles left behind or thrown in the trash at our parks. In response, the commission is attempting to procure recycling containers for the parks. Our hope is to have any aluminum can or bottle refunds donated to Plainville charitable organizations, such as the food pantry. We hope that you will do your part by recycling drink containers from your recreational activities. Let’s keep Plainville beautiful! Next month’s topic: Composting. Trivia: It takes 95 percent less energy to make aluminum cans from recycled cans then to make them from a raw ore. Jennifer Zakrzewski is a member of the Plainville Recycling & Solid Waste Commission, along with Richard Ireland, Jr., Rebecca Ireland, George Fensick, III, Marie Cassidy and Kathleen Cole.

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Calling all wizards and warriors The Plainville Wind Ensemble is bringing the music of the Hobbit, Halo, Harry Potter, Star Wars and much more to Norton Park, South Washington St., Tuesday, June 4, 6:30 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite warrior, such as Captain America, Wonder Woman or a Star Wars hero or villain. As for wizards, choose from Harry Potter to the Hobbit. And don’t forget about your favorite Halo, or other game heroes or villains. (Costumes are optional, of course). The Plainville Wind Ensemble, known for free, entertaining and fun concerts, encourages the public to bring along a blanket or lawn chair. Picnic tables are available, or bring your own folding table and enjoy the music while eating supper or a snack. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Dresko, the ensemble is a true inter-generational community band, with members ranging in age from 20 to 80 years old. The musicians come from all walks of life. Lawyers, teachers, nurses, secretaries, engineers, mechanics, home keepers, and assemblers come together for the love of music. Entering its 26th year, the 64-member, symphonic band has performed throughout Connecticut and New York. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Plainville High School auditorium. For more information on the Plainville Wind Ensemble, visit the band’s Facebook page, or its website, www.plainvillewindensemble. Submitted by Kathleen Marsan, executive director, Plainville Wind Ensemble

Wings and Wheels event June 2

Plainville resident Robin Roberts snapped these shots of a bear in his yard at 97 Camp St. Monday morning. communicator they had in Star Trek. I even had a Continued from page 12 cricket sounding ring tone. When the original series reasons: No. 1: I was looking first came out I couldn’t for a “happy birthday to me” watch it because it was on present. late during a school night No. 2: A Kindle looked and it was past my bedtime. something like the thing Today, even after the remasthey’d hand to Captain Kirk tering or whatever it was on the starship Enterprise. they did with it, the original I’m no Trekkie, or series looks antiquated, or Trekker, or whatever it is cheesy, compared to the Star they like to be called, so I’ve Trek movie that’s about to never been quite sure what be released. But at the time it was they were handing to it seemed very advanced, at Kirk when he was in comleast compared to shows like mand on the bridge and all. “Lost in Space.” A dinner menu? An Etch A Even though they were Sketch? super advanced, they Whatever. It looked cool. seemed to have a lot of trouIt looked high-tech cool, and ble with technology. Robots I have a weakness for that would misbehave, the kind of stuff. For years I had dilithium crystals would wear out, and the matter-ana cell phone that was a flip timatter engines were altop because it was like the


When Nels Nelson launched his rickety flying machine into the air, little did he visualize how aviation would develop. Nels was one of the first to fly in Connecticut and the very first to fly in Plainville, from a farmer’s field off Unionville Avenue. Stan Robertson was the next pioneer to believe in the vast possibilities of aviation in Plainville. He developed and opened the field for public use after returning from the war in Burma where he flew rescue missions. The beautiful airfield boasts a newlyresurfaced 3,600 foot runway and will be the site of the second Wings and Wheels event June 2. All proceeds from the show go to benefit

ways about to explode. It seemed like a precarious way of hopping around the galaxy. One time Kirk got into a lot of trouble because of a slip-up with technology. He was going to get court marshaled, but got saved by a lawyer who loved books. A while ago I had a guy come over to look at my books, of which there are more than 300. It’s not like I bought most of them, or have even read most of them. Somehow, my home

the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Show cars, antique cars, planes and ‘copters of many kinds will be on display, some available for rides (there is a charge.) It’s going to be fun for the whole family. Special events, including carnival rides, are planned for children. Robertson Airport, the oldest in Connecticut (1911), will be alive with rides, displays, food and fun. Come and join us. There is no entrance fee for children under five. For more information, call Chairman Scott Saunders, (860) 747-8837, or Mike Turcott, (860) 614-2140. Submitted by Ruth Hummel, town historian

had become a repository for the wayward. My thought was that I could get rid of most of them and use an e-

book instead. Now, I’m not so sure. Jeffrey Kurz writes for the Record-Journal in Meriden.

DTC Meet and Greet The Democratic Town Committee is reaching out to members of the community who may be interested in becoming involved in the political process. The DTC will host a Meet and Greet Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., downstairs at the library, 56 E. Main St. Interested persons should RSVP to plainville by Monday, May 20.


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Library News

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. Visit us:

Art show The Plainville Community Schools Town-Wide Art Show is on display through May 30. The show features the work of students from all schools in town.

Book discussion The Friends of the Plainville Public Library Book Discussion Group, is scheduled to meet Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m., at the library to discuss Major Pettigrew’s

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The Friends of the Plainville Public Library is looking for children’s books in good condition for its ongoing book sales. Books for young adults are also needed. Donations may be dropped off at the library during library hours.

Monday Night Mayhem is a 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 Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call the children’s department.

Story times Drop-in story times resumed and are: Wild Ones, Mondays at 10:30 a.m., for one-year-olds and their caregivers; Family Story Time, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., stories for the whole family; Two’s and Three’s, Thursdays,

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Information provided by the Plainville Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions. April 21: Marc S. Lefort, 34, 550 Darling St., third-degree assault, 2:40 p.m. Roberto C. Mercedes, 33, 74 High St., New Britain, twocounts criminal violation of protective order, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, operating under suspension, 10:10 p.m. Madeline Agron, 36, 34 Wilcox St., unit 3M, New Britain, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixthdegree larceny, 10:31 p.m. Tyler J. Roberts, 27, 30 Alder St., second floor, Bristol, illegal possession of narcotic, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, 9:26 p.m. April 23: Samantha Dahlen, 25, 59 Bartlett St., third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, 5:13 p.m. James J. Dahlen, 25, 59 Bartlett St., disorderly conduct, 3:13 p.m. April 24: Michael R. Thomas, 45, no certain address, disorderly conduct, second-degree breach of peace, 7:18 p.m. Richard J. Ziel, 43, 26 Vermont Ave. unit 1, Southington, second-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree harassment, disorderly conduct, 4:48 p.m. April 25: Roger C. Weber, 40, 205 Camp St., criminal lockout, 11:09 p.m. April 26: Julio A. Martinez, 37, 97 Davis Drive, Bristol, sixth-degree larceny, 12:19 p.m. Julio A. Martinez, 37, 97 Davis Drive, Bristol, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, 12:11 p.m. April 27: Amanda K. Mykalosky, 23, 254 S. Main St., Terryville, driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, 2:15 a.m. Visit us:


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Cheerleaders Continued from page 1

Isabella and Callia are sisters. Meaghan Limmer has coached Lauren and Isabella at the gym for some seven years. She hasn’t worked with them this year as part of Fame, but seeing them make it to Worlds was rewarding.

“To have coached them for so long and to see them get that bid, which has been their dream forever, to go to Worlds — I cried,” Limmer said. Isabella, who has been cheering for 10 years, never thought she’d get a chance to compete at the highest level. “It was like a dream, it didn’t seem real,” she said. Lauren, a freshman at

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

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Senior center outreach coordinators Bette Smith and Stephanie Soucy will lead a “Sort Your Stuff ” program at the senior center, Tuesday, June 11, 10 a.m. Participants will learn what to keep, what to throw away, how long to keep specific items, and where items should be kept. Utilizing the free organizer that will be provided, files will be set up, step by step, paper by paper. Call the senior center to register.

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American Red Cross blood drives in the area include: To make an appointment, eligible blood donors are asked to call (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit Friday, May 17 – St. Aloysius Church, 254 Burritt St., Plantsville, 1:15 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18 – 195 Farmington Ave., 195 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 6:30 to 11:15 a.m. Monday, May 20 – Bristol Police Department, 131 N. Main St., Bristol, 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 - American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 12:30 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, May 23 – First Congregational Church of Southington, 37 Main St., Southington, 1 to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, May 25 – 195 Farmington Ave., 195 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 6:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 - American Red Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center, 209 Farmington Ave., Farmington, 7 to 11:45 a.m.


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‘Journey to Africa’

Rita Wagener (Kabali) will present a Journey to Africa at the senior center Friday, June 21, 11 a.m. Wagener is a native of Uganda, a country located on the Eastern side of the African continent. The show will take attendees through the fashions and dances of Africa. The program is free and open to the public. Call the senior center to register.

Donna Sciacca, Program Manager at the Connecticut Chapter of the American Liver Foundation, will present a Liver Health Program at the senior center, Thursday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. The program will help participants understand the functions of the liver, how to maintain liver health and how to talk to your doctor about liver health and wellness. Call the senior center to register.


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The Plainville Conservation Commission and the Town of Plainville sponsored a Pequabuck River Clean-up May 4. Lawson Taylor, vice-chairman of the commission, said the Quinnipiac and Pequabuck rivers have been spruced up by volunteers twice a year for the past decade. The Quinnipiac has been recovering nicely, with signs of fish and wildlife. The Pequabuck, however, needs more work. On May 4, volunteers found a refrigerator, a shopping cart, a car door, tires, part of a wooden shed, and the usual trash; bottles, cans, plastics. The fall clean-up will take place along the Pequabuck Saturday, Sept. 28. Bottom right: Lawson Taylor, vice-chairman of the conservation commission, mans the volunteer check-in. Top right: Lisa Lozier, who has served on the conservation commission for 14 years, drags a shed frame from the river. Left: The Castrogiovanni family has volunteered for river clean-up for some nine years. Eileen and Andrew Castrogiovanni are pictured. “I like to start at the bottom,” said Eileen, “and work my way to the top.”

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Devils rebound from loss to Berlin By Ken Lipshez The Plainville Citizen

FARMINGTON – All the components are falling nicely into the cup for the Berlin High boys golf team. Senior captains Ryan Marquis and Nick Martino display diverse personalities as they attack the course, but the results are consistent and balanced. Junior Austin Forauer is piling up medalist honors like a chipmunk harvesting acorns before the first winter’s snow. Forauer fired a seasonbest one-over 36 and was joined in the under-40 set by Martino as the Redcoats turned back a challenge from Plainville, 157-166, in a CCC South match on the red course at Tunxis Plantation Country Club on a sparkling spring afternoon May 7. Martino had a 39, Marquis carded a 40, Brian Bostrom had a 42 and Geoff Magisano finished with a 44 to round out the Redcoats’ scoring. \ Nick D’Amico stroked to the head of the Plainville pack with a 39. Richard Hanson finished with a 40 followed by Chris Utley (43) and Nick Lea (44). “This was an important match for these guys and they came through,” Berlin coach John Line said. “They’re happy with the way they played. It’s the first time all season we’ve had

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Nick Lea two people shoot in the 30s simultaneously. They love coming here, and that’s a good team we beat today.” Plainville improved greatly from the 166-205 debacle they encountered at Timberlin April 11. “It was a heartbreaker for the kids,” Plainville coach Steve Guerriero said. “They shot well and 166 was one of our better rounds. “D’Amico is a sophomore and that bodes well for next year, not because the season’s over, because it’s not. This was tough competition

Youth Sports U-11 team draws, wins The Plainville United U-11 Blue travel soccer team began league play with a draw and a victory. D.J. LeClair and Dylan Hall each netted goals in the opener as Plainville battled Windsor to a 2-2 deadlock. Central midfielder Justin Voisine had a strong game as did defenders Luis Cruz and Zach Santini against a Windsor team built on speed. Goalkeeper Elliot James made a sprawling save with under two minutes remaining to preserve the outcome. Plainville rallied for three second-half goals to down Cromwell, 3-0, in the second match. LeClair scored twice and Reno Lausier added a goal. Aiden Payne and Alex Duchaine drew rave reviews for their efforts on defense.

The Blue Devils for them and I almost had two with 39s. I’m very happy with Chris Utley’s round. He moves right up into the second position.” Forauer, medalist in every match except two for the Redcoats (11-0, 10-0 CCC South), endured a double bogey on the first hole, but torched the greens the rest of the way. “I made it up on the par-5 (408-yard fifth hole) with a birdie,” Forauer said. “I made a 25-footer. I was really happy with that. I made all the key putts, which helped my score for sure. Off the tee was pretty good except for maybe one or two. Being in the fairway is definitely key. That’s for sure. “I love the course. Every

time I come here it’s always in good condition. I always play well.” Forauer and Magisano played in the one and two slots respectively, but that changes from match to match for the Redcoats. “There’s no ego involved,” Line said. “We just decided the combination today that was going to be the best fit. We wanted to get Geoff going. [Two] is a good spot for Geoff. We asked him if he was comfortable playing two. He said yes, so the captains were thrilled. “They’ve been alternating all over the place. I’ve been letting [one of the captains] play one because they’re the leaders. Austin is clearly the best, so he plays two. We

look at combinations after that. They jump back and forth, and it’s been wonderful.” D’Amico hit some 300-yard drives to help sustain his game for the Blue Devils (8-3, 7-2). “My drives were pretty good and my putting was very good,” he said. “I usually three-putt but I had mostly one-putt and two-putts today.” He sank a 20-footer on the seventh green to notch a bogey and finished with a 10foot putt for par. “This is the best I’ve done in a match, but in practice I’ve done better,” he said. Martino displayed a Tiger Woods-like animation when he made key shots while Marquis’ demeanor never wavered. “I’m a lot louder while he plays quiet and conservative,” said Martino, who will attend Eastern Connecticut State University next year. “He likes to beat me and I like to beat him. We go back and forth.” Said Marquis: “I’m not really emotional on the golf course. If I’m playing bad or playing good, you can’t really tell.” The mix works well for Line and the Redcoats. “Marquis is pretty intense. He’s a three-sport captain (soccer and swimming) so there’s a fire inside that’s just as passionate,” Line said. “He’s methodical out there.” DEVILS REBOUND: Coach Guerriero uncovered another candidate for the number five spot when freshman Jared Romankiw fired a 47 to help Plainville bounce back from the Berlin setback with a 163-189 win over a vastly improved Middletown squad. “Jared had a great round and I suspect we’ll be hearing more from him in the future,” Guerriero said. Hanson led the Devils (8-2 in CCC South) with a 1-over 36. D’Amico carded a 4-over 39. Lea and Utley posted 44s.


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Like Jackie Robinson, the first African American Major League Baseball player, Jason Collins has become an estimable, cultural pioneer. A 12-year National Basketball Association veteran, Collins recently came out as the first openly gay male athlete active in a major U.S. team sport. Before the NBA backup center made this announcement, other professional sportspersons have openly declared their sexuality as so. In March, as he retired, U.S. soccer player Robbie Rogers revealed he was gay. Additional athletes have made such disclosures after retirements. Amidst their decorated tennis careers, Martina Navratilova and Amélie Mauresmo came out. Former women’s college basketball star Brittney Griner proclaimed similarly upon her April draft into the WNBA. Although those individuals made noteworthy contributions to the LBGT movement, Collins represents an important milestone. No man in America’s four major sports leagues — baseball, football, basketball or

hockey — had ever come out while still playing. By revealing his sexuality while actively competing in the NBA, Collins has become a courageous role model with a differencemaking message. “I’m a 34year-old NBA center. I’m black and I’m gay . . . I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful,” he bravely wrote in a Sports Illustrated essay. If he can comfortably be himself in one of the most viewed and scrutinized sports associations on the planet, so too can LBGTcommunity members in different circumstances across the globe. Response from peers and the public has been overwhelmingly positive. Basketball superstars and popcultural trendsetters Kobe Bryant and LeBron James immediately announced their support. So did numerous other athletes, and NBA commissioner David Stern. Many in the mainstream media have commended Collins, as did President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Jackie Robinson did not have it so lucky in the 1940s. Breaking the color barrier earned him routine, harsh criticism and treatment from scores of MLB players and fans. Collins, too, has dissenters, though seemingly far fewer. ESPN analyst Chris Broussard judged him negatively on national television. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace Tweeted that the center’s announcement was a shame because there were “All these beautiful women in the world.” Just as Robinson’s defiant act took time to help shift cultural dynamics, so too could Collins’ decision. Regardless, Collis now stands as a hero who can provide welcome relief for people worldwide. His NBA statistics will be eclipsed by his role-model achievement for copious others torn between personal concealment or coming out in honest, open fashion. Kyle Swartz is editor of The North Haven Citizen and an editorial associate at the Record-Journal, Meriden.


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The Plainville High School baseball will have the chance to defend its Class M state championship. The Blue Devils knocked off Bristol Eastern, 5-2, Monday to improve to 8-9. A team needs eight wins to earn a spot in the postseason. For several weeks this spring it appeared Plainville may fail to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in nearly 40 years. The 2013 Blue Devils dropped five of their first six games before righting the ship. Pictured: PHS’s Brett Snowden fires in a pitch during a recent game.



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Bingo — Veterans of Foreign Wars Madeley-Roberts Post 574 men holds open bingo every Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at post headquarters, 7 Northwest Drive at the corner of Route 10. The public is invited. Information: call Earl Carey, (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, email 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. Tip-a-Cop - Applebee’s restaurant, 270 New Britain Ave., will team up with their community’s police officers to host Tip-A-Cop events benefitting Special Olympics Connecticut Thursday, May 16, 5 to 9 p.m. Police officers will don aprons, take orders and serve meals to restaurant

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Calendar Continued from page 22 Dei Church, 355 Camp St., Bristol. Information: call Mal Cummings, (860) 747-5695, or Maureen Deming, (860) 559-9781.



Bingo — Veterans of Foreign Wars Madeley-Roberts Post 574 Women’s Auxiliary holds open bingo every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., at post headquarters, 7 Northwest Drive at the corner of Route 10. The public is invited. Information: call Earl Carey, (860) 747-5400. Plainville Wind Ensemble — The Plainville Wind Ensemble meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Plainville High School band room. Information: call the Recreation Department, (860) 747-6022. Central Connecticut Women’s Forum — The Central Connecticut Women’s Forum meets in Plainville the third Tuesday of the month at Capri Ristorante, 161-38 Woodford Ave., Plainville. Meetings generally include a guest speaker who presents a topic of relevance to women in business. Information: visit



Food for Friends — The Food for Friends free meal is served at Church of Our Saviour, 115 W. Main St., 5 to 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday. Historic center — Tours of the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St., are available Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 2:30 p.m. The office is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. The shop, offering many unique gifts, is also open during tour hours. Information: call the historic center, (860) 747-6577. Frederica Chapter — Frederica Chapter No. 110, O.E.S., meets 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Masonic Temple, 70 E. Main St. Frederica Chapter does not meet in July or August.

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Chamber Continued from page 19 ceiving the award was a “good honor” and the business tries to stay involved with the community as much as it can. “We try to help out town people any way we can,” he said. The Chamber recognized the business as drawing in people

Ballooning Continued from page 2 friendly people who love to share this common interest.” But ballooning is more than a hobby; CLAS members also participate in competitions that help increase their skills. Members also take part in the annual Plainville Balloon Festival, this year to be held August 23-25 at Norton Park. The festival attracts thousands of visitors and is considered one of the largest balloon festivals in the northeast. Guertin said what he loves

Kindles Continued from page 10 Jim Williamson, president of CFGNB, said the foundation is focused on early childhood development to have children better prepared for school. “Any idea that we’re helping parents to learn how to do something as basic as read to their children not only benefits the child but also the parent,” Williamson said. Quyen Barnett is in the ESL program. She moved to the U.S. from Vietnam in 2007 and has a 2year-old son, Simon. Using the Kindle together, she said her son has learned the alphabet and numbers. “I feel happy when we learn together,” Barnett said.

from town as well as surrounding areas to help boost the local economy. Pagliacci’s was also recognized as helping support other businesses to keep the business community strong and stable. “This helps our community grow and is the type of small business that communities need,” read a statement from the Chamber.

most about the group, aside from the occasional balloon ride, is the bond members have stemming from this one passion. “It brings out a great sense of camaraderie. We talk about our experiences, can joke about it and share and learn from each other. It’s an incredible connection that all stems from this great sport.” The group meets the third Thursday of the month (no meetings in June, August and October) at the Plainville Municipal building, 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to apply to become a member of CLAS, visit www.lighter

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Zoning Regulation Change - Kristin Brigandi of 66 Arcadia Avenue requesting revision of Section 2.02.A and Section 2.04 (Business Zones - Uses) and Article 9 (definitions) of the Zoning Regulations to allow dog daycare facilities in GC, CC, Wendy Ciccio used the Kindle RI, and GI zones.

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PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING HALLMARK PAINTING, LLC Interior and Exterior Also Pressure Washing, Reg & Ins HIC#0634264 203-269-3369 EDDIE’S Total Home Painting, Int/Ext, Powerwashing, Decks, Sheetrock, Remodeling, Windows. CT#569864 203 824-0446

A-1 QUALITY PAINTING Specializing in Wood/Aluminum siding. Low rates. Reg#533474. Call Dennis 203-630-0008


Thursday, May 16, 2013 — The Plainville Citizen AUTOMOBILES

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MIDSTATE PAVING QUALITY Asphalt Driveways CT# 575852 2 0 3 - 2 3 8 - 1 7 0 8

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

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Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★ Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. ★★★★★★★★


Gonzalez Construction 203-639-0032 info@ Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319

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NISSAN VERSA 2011 FWD, Automatic $13,988 Stock# 1278B Fully licensed/insured. Reg #HIC577319

ROOFING, SIDING WINDOWS AND MORE Free Estimates/Fully Insured Reg #604200/Member BBB 860-645-8899


VOLKSWAGEN Passat GLS 2003 Tan Leather Interior Sage Green 69,000 Miles. Mint $8000 Firm. 860-259-5584

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HYUNDAI SONATA 2006 4-Cyl, Automatic. ONE OWNER CAR, Power Windows/Locks, Keyless Entry. Financing Available Call Nelson's Automotive 203-265-3997


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24 month/24000 Miles Warranty Tax, Title, Fees Additional Ask for Darrell


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203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790 ROOFS R US LLC. All types Roofing, Remodeling, Windows, Repairs, Siding. Since 1949. Decks, Gutters, & Additions Call 203-427-7259 Lic #635370


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

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GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 33 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Service. Free Estimates. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

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NEW England Tree Service LLC, fully licensed & insured. Top quality work, 24 hr storm service. Refs avail. Free est. CT Reg 0608736. Call (203) 699-TREE BOUSQUET LANDSCAPING Stump Grinding and or Removal. Call (203) 886-6022

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MOTORCYCLES ATV’S, ETC. HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLSTN Hrtg Sftl Nostalgia 1994 Cow Glide 16,000 miles. S&S Carb, Dual Fishtail Exhaust, Lowering Kit, Windshield, Chrome, Chrome, Chrome. Original Saddle Bags, Passenger Seat, Sissy Bar. Maintained Regularly. Must See. $15,000 Or Best Offer 860-829-8952

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Chevrolet Equinox 2010 $2,788 4 Cylinder. Automatic. 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $588 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

Front-Wheel Drive LS, Auto $13,988 Stock# 1318

2011 Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster. Black & Silver. 50 Miles. Brand New, Ridden Once! $9500. Call (203) 314-0004.

Summer Programs & Lessons Rosehaven Stables, LLC Meriden 203-238-1600


CHEVY EQUINOX 2010 Front-Wheel Drive LS, Auto $12,988 Stock#1316


$150 QUEEN MATTRESS SET Brand Name Queen pillow top mattress and box. NEW in plastic. Must sell! Call/Text Jim. 860-709-7667 $250 KING MATTRESS SET Brand Name King pillow top mattress with box. NEW in plastic. Must sell! Call/Text Jim. 860-709-7667

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Appliance Repairs

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COUCH Large, White/Blue Plaid Clean. Can Deliver. Nice. $95. 860-682-4435 DOG IGLOO - FREE Can accomodate large dog. Call (203) 440-4984 after 5pm. FOUR Hunter Douglas Wood Blinds. 39 1/2 x 55 1/2. $75 each. Various Pro Active Items. $5 each. (203) 269-2194 FRAMED PICTURE 44x32 cottage by water. Asking $40. (203) 238-4478 FREE GROUNDCOVER Pachy, ajuga, etc. You bring tools, dig. 203-265-0031 FREE THERMAL SPA With Cover. Refurbished. Moving out of state. You take away. Call (203) 631-0550 GUITAR First Act With Case. $25. Call 203-265-5920 NICE Elect Lift + Recline Chair Meriden $80. 203 213-8915 or PATIO FURNITURE 7 Piece Set With Matching Tea Cart. $400. 203-265-0300 POWER WHEELS Monster Jeep Hurricane Must Sell. $99. 203-675-5374. YU-GI-OH & Pokemon cards, about 500 cards all together. Good condition. Asking $1500 OBO. Call Eugene 203-427-1094


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REFRIGERATOR & Stove, used. Propane kitchen stove, can be converted to regular gas. Please call (860) 748-7167 between 5pm & 7pm REFRIGERATOR Like New, only used 2 weeks. Black Side by side 26 cu. ft. Fridgidaire Refrigerator. Ice & Water Dispenser. $600 or Best Offer. (Pd $900) Located in Wlfd. Please Call 480-310-7197. Must Sell WASHER & DRYER PAIR Perfect Shape. $250 for both. Call (860) 351-5683


$13,994 Loaded 4 Cyl ● Stock # 2719AAQ Ask for Darrell CHEVY 3500 1996 2WD, Long Bed. Reese Weight Distributing Kit Electric Brake Control. 40200 Miles Towing Camper. Matched Fedco Cap Included, $6900 (203)440-3838

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES KENMORE Washing machine, $150. Call 203-715-4431 for more info.

CITY RECYCLING will PAY CASH for scrap steel, copper, aluminum, cars & trucks! Call 860-522-9273 30 Fishfry St, Hartford, CT

Mal Crédito? CHEVROLET EXPRESS 35 2006 Box Truck 8-cyl. Auto. White w/gray interior. AM/FM radio. 85,455 Original owner. Excellent condition. $12,500 203-232-0765 Beth


Cindy’s Unique Shop CONSIGNMENT 32 North Colony St., Wallingford (203) 269-9341 Two levels, 1800 SF of Consigned Home Decor & Furnishings 30 Day Layaways Available $5 Off a purchase of $25 or more $10 off a purchase of $100 or more Check us out on Facebook Ample Free Parking in Our Lot Free Gift w/$15 or more purchase Mon-Fri 9:30-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-3

SPRING SALE 20-50% off entire store! Making room for new merchandise! MATTRESS LIQUIDATION: Brand name NEW mattress sets 50-80% off retail prices. Gel, memory, pillow top available in Twin, Full, Queen, King and Cal King. Call 860-709-7667

A New 33 Ton Spliter, 2 way, Tow, Honda Motor, Troy Bilt, $2800 New; $2100 Firm. Come Run it. Mike 203-631-2211


PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION CLASS Required for CT applicants. $110 Call 203-415-1144



SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS HOT TUB: 5/6 person, 40 jets w/ all options. Never used. Cost $7000, Sacrifice $2950. Can Deliver. 203-232-8778


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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 2ND Generation Buys Costume Jewelry any Napier. Old Toys, Old Lamps & Shades. Accordions. One item to entire estate. (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 CASH PAID Vintage Electronics, Amps, Musical Instruments, Guitars, Radios, Ham Equipment, CB, HiFi, Audio Equipment. 860-707-9350

ALWAYS Buying Hand Tools. Old, Used, and Antique Hand Tools. 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

CITY RECYCLING will PAY CASH for scrap steel, copper, aluminum, cars & trucks! CALL 860-522-9273 30 Fishfry St, Hartford, CT

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

203-235-8431 DON’T SCRAP YOUR CAR Call Jeff. Will Pay Up To $1000 CASH for your CLUNKER! Damage, Rusted, Broken. (203) 213-1142 OLD BICYCLES Don’t throw away that old bike. Hobbyman needs your help. Free pickup! Bikes will be recycled. Help save a bike! 203-494-9641

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS 2 LIKE NEW Guitars J.Reynolds Acoustic/ Electric w/ hard case. $150; Dean 3 quarter size Black, Electric w/ soft case. $150; $250 for both. Call Mike 203-631-2211 KIMBALL Console Piano. Regularly maintained, In pristine condition. $2,000 Call for appointment 860 276-9247


Thursday, May 16, 2013 — The Plainville Citizen MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS

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

HOUSES FOR RENT CHESHIRE Spacious 3 BR, 2 Bath. Large yard. Two car garage. Easy access to 691 & 84. $1800/mo + sec. No pets. (203) 213-5132

MERIDEN. Centrally located, just listed. 3 BR Colonial, 1 1/2 baths, full bsmt, hdwd flr, fp, washer & dryer, lge yard. Priced to move quickly at $1500. Vacancy Busters, Grace, 203-464-8066 WALLINGFORD Location! Loca tion! Newly remodeled 2 BR In-Town Ranch. Carport and ni c e y ar d . N o s m o ki n g . N o pets. $1600/mo 203 901-2123 WALLINGFORD. 4 BR, 3 Full Bath Home, Hardwood floors, W/D Hookup. Nice area, Nice yard. Beautiful! Available July 1st. Call 203-654-6190


MERIDEN 2 BR TH, End Unit, Quiet 1.5 BA. CA, Sec. System, Appli., Wall-Wall. Deck & More! No Pets. Credit Chk & Sec. $1,035 + utlis (203) 269-9755



Flanders West Apts

MERIDEN 1-2 BR Hubbard Park Central Air/Heat. 775 West Main Street. $795-$995/mo. + utils. No pets. Call Niki 203 992-5605 or Chino 203 935-6224

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 B R A v ai l ab l e Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016

APARTMENTS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD 2/3 BR 2nd Floor, W/D Hookup, Off St. Parking, No Pets/Smoking. $950/mo. Call 203-444-5722 WALLINGFORD Newly Remodeled 1 BR. 2nd fl. Central Air, H d wd F l rs . N o s m o k i ng . N o pets. $800/mo. 203 901-2123 WLFD. Centrally located, 2 BRs, 4 rms, 2nd flr, hdwd flrs, stove & refrig, hookups, storage, off st parking. No pets, no smoking. Security. $925. 860-575-4915

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd. 2 B R A v ai l ab l e Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 2 Bedrooms, 3rd Fl. 5 Rooms, newly remodeled, off street parking, w/d hookups, no pets, $850 plus utilities, references. 203-671-9644 MERIDEN 2 BR, 2nd Floor. Big Rooms! No Pets/Smoking. $900/mo + sec. Call (203) 631-9614 MERIDEN 3 Rooms Unfurnished. Completely Renovated. Heat & Hot Water incl. Sliding door to deck. Pool and laundry facilities. $850/mo. 203-733-9647 MERIDEN 3BR 1st FLOOR! Just Renovated $995/mo + security and utils. Avail immed. 127 Liberty St. L & E Prop Mgmt 203 886-8808 MERIDEN 3BR Apartment Spacious, 5 Rooms, 2nd Floor, WD. No Pets, $1,000 plus Utilities. Section 8 Approved. 1st & Last Month’s Rent. 203 715-5829 MERIDEN Crown Village 1 BR, Appls, heat incl. On-site laundry. Off st. parking. No pets. $775/mo. Dep. For more info 203-634-9149 MERIDEN- 2 BR, 2nd FLOOR Off St. parking. Clean. WD Hook Up, Appliances. $800 per month plus security. Call 203-515-2927 MERIDEN- Nice 2 BR No pets. $795 per mo, Deposit, Credit & References. 25 Griswold Street Please Call 203-238-1890 MERIDEN-1BR, 2nd flr, off st parking $650. Quiet bldg. 1 mos rent and 1 mos security. Available now! 203-641-8483. MERIDEN. East side, 1st flr, 4 rms, 1 car parking, w/d hookup. $775. 1 mo sec. Call 203-440-3317, 203-684-9744 MERIDEN. West side furn 1st flr studio, includes heat, elec, hw. $780/mo plus sec. Call 12noon8pm (203) 634-1195

MERIDEN 1, 2, 3, & 4 BRs Starting at $580/mo. West Side - CLEAN Sec & Refs a must! Off St Parking. No dogs. Sec 8 approved. (203) 537-6137


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

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

NORTH HAVEN Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/Daily/ Wkly. On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

WALLINGFORD $2000 BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm. 2 1/2 Bath Townhouse. W/D, 2-Car Garage, FP, Deck, Bonus Room. Judy 203-772-3200 WM M Hotchkss WALLINGFORD 1st Floor Extra Large 1 BR. South Main St. No smoking or pets Security & Lease $925 (203) 623-0987 WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 2 Fam Home Nice Area. Modern. Stove & Refrig. Nice yard. Off St Park $1000. Avali 6-1 No Pets. (203) 654-6190

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GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT WALLINGFORD Garage- North Main St. Close to center of town. Good area. $100/month. Sec. dep. req’d. Available now. 203-269-1426.

MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE MIDDLETOWN 1960’s Trailer for Sale 2 Bedrooms With Added Room Large Lot in Small Park $12,000 negotiable Call 203 715-0718 for info.


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35 N. Main St.

HELP WANTED AUTO Service Advisor-Min. 2 yrs exp & valid driver’s lic. Maintain High level cust svc. Call Jamie Richard Chevrolet 203-272-3000

BUSINESS & INVESTMENT PROP. MERIDEN Apartment House with 5 Units for Sale. Earn 10% (Net) on your investment of $285,000. Call A Real Service (203) 235-2372

HELP WANTED 29 FULL TIME VACANCIES SUMMER & PERMANENT HELP! NEEDED IMMEDIATELY NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY $2000/MO + BONUSES Factory Outlet located in Southington CT area is in need of hard working women & men in customer service. Learn how to work in a fun fast pace atmosphere. Must be 18 + and have reliable transportation. Students and career minded individuals welcome. Company has management opportunities for new people. Call 8am- 8pm (860) 329-0317 OR EMAIL RESUME


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

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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

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MERIDEN 3 BR Single Family House for Rent. 1 1/2 BA, Large Yard, Off St. Parking. $1,250/mo. Also 2 BR Apt $750/mo. Call (203) 240-4688


ASSOCIATED BRIGHAM CONTRACTORS INC. Concrete Division is hiring: Laborers & Heavy Equipment Operators for a shutdown project in Wallingford, CT. Start date is approx June 1st. Must be willing to work O/T as necessary (up to 7/12's). Application required, apply on-line at: (435) 538-5147 EOE, Drug Free Work Place & E-Verify


Not-for-profit, state of the art, Continuing Care Retirement Community is currently seeking cooks in our dietary department. Ideal candidates should be available for flexible scheduling as needs arise including days, nights, weekends and some holidays. Must be dependable, have good communication skills and enjoy working with the senior population. Graduate of culinary program or a minimum of three years restaurant experience required. Serve safe certified preferred. Apply in person Mon – Fri 8am-7pm or weekends10am-3pm 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT. Or fax resume to 203271-7794. No phone calls please. A/A,M/F,D/V,EOE. DRAFTING TECHNICIAN The Town of Wallingford Electric Division is seeking a highly skilled individual to create and maintain electronic and paper maps related to the utility’s distribution system and facilities. The position requires an A.S. degree in engineering, GIS, CADD or related field plus 3 years experience with electronic and paper drafting and mapping. Experience may substitute for education on a year -for-year basis. Wages: $22.85 to $26.45 hourly (wages under negotiation) plus an excellent fringe benefit package. Applly to: Personnel Department, Town of Wallingford, 45 South Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492. Fax: 203-294-2084. Closing date will be May 24, 2013 or the date the 50th application is received, whichever occurs first. EOE.

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HELP WANTED AUTO TECH, Experienced, FT/PT, Excellent Wages & Benefits. Call 203-284-8989 or Fax 203-269-1114. DATA Processing - Insurance Agency looking for individual to process cancellation notices. Full Time. Email Resume to:

COOK Per Diem Position Available!


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TOWN OF PLAINVILLE Is seeking a Truck Driver with CDL and a Maintainer I. For job info, please visit our website at DRIVER/Warehouse PT Mon-Fri 20+hours. Non CDL experienced truck driver/warehouse for distribution company in Meriden. Reliable, must have clean driving record. Apply in person: 500 South Broad St., Unit F. 203 639-9317

MEDICAL CAREERS OPEN POSITIONS! Miller Memorial Community, Meriden's choice for excellence in senior residential Healthcare services, has the following openings. Part Time and Per Diem RN's RN's, Weekend On-Call (with $300 On-Call Bonus)

Full Time C.N.A.'s MMCI offers very competitive wages and benefits (where they apply). Drug testing and criminal background check required. Applicants must be Connecticut licensed. If you are willing to go the extra mile for your patients and are truly interested in person-centered care, please apply to:

SOUTHINGTON CARE CENTER Provides exceptional skilled nursing care & rehabilitation services. The staff are specially trained to provide services that enhance quality of life while promoting maximum wellbeing. As a Planetree community focused on relationship-centered care, we partner with our residents & family members to identify & satisfy their individual needs & preferences. This dynamic Five Star 130 Bed Skilled nursing/rehab facility with in excess of 600 rehab Admissions per year seeks parttime & full-time CNA’s for this fast paced environment. If interested, please apply in-person at: Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489

HVAC Service Person. Must hold B, D or S license. Competent in servicing AC, gas & oil heat. On call rotation is required. Benefits are provided. Please respond to PO Box 502, Meriden, CT 06450

TEACHING POSITIONS Wallingford Public Schools is seeking CT certified candidates for the following 2013/14 anticipated teaching positions: Elementary Level: Interventionist (endorsement #102 or 097 required), Special Education; Middle School Level: Technology Education; High School Level: Health, Special Education; Alternative High School: Health/Social Studies. Apply online through our website EOE

The Orchards at Southington is seeking individuals to fill part time positions. WAITSTAFF Candidates must be organized, have the ability to work in a fast paced, food service environment. Must be available to work between the hours of 11am-7pm, including weekend & holiday coverage. We do Background checks Apply in person: 34 Hobart St Southington, CT 06489

Personnel Manager Miller Memorial Community, Inc. 360 Broad Street. Meriden, CT 06450 Fax 203-630-3714 or email: EOE HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED PHARMACY TECH needed, PT, Exp’d, Weeknights & weekends. Apply in person Hancock Pharmacy, Meriden 203 235-6323 POWER PRESS Set up & Operate in a metal stamping company. Good pay, working conditions, & benifits. Apply in person at Companion Industries. 891 W. Queen St, Southington. WAREHOUSE/DRIVER For building materials distributor. Position 75% Warehouse stocking /pulling orders & 25% making deliveries. Ability to lift up to 70 lbs. & safely operate fork lift reqd. HS diploma & proof of clean driving record reqd. CDL not req’d. Competitive pay /benefits package. Apply at Northeast Lumber Sales, Inc. 140 Golden Street Meriden, CT 06450


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Plainville Citizen May 16, 2013  

Plainville Citizen May 16, 2013

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