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Center helps put students on path to a career

Thursday, December 19, 2013


By Erin K. Butler Special to The Citizen

Plainville High School has opened the doors to its new College and Career Readiness Center, giving students a hands-on approach to help them find the right direction to take after high school. “Our goal is to not only help them find the right college that best fits their needs, but help them determine a career path they want to follow,” said Sue Bradley, center coordinator. See Center / Page 33

Center coordinator Sue Bradley, counselor Rich Keithan and senior Nick Petrucci are pictured in Plainville High School’s new College and Career Readiness Center. | (Photo by Erin K. Butler)

Curb extensions working according to plan By Julie Sopchak

decreased, according to Shanahan. He said between January 2011 and October 2013, 24 accidents have been reported beAt Monday’s Town Council meeting, tween the bump-outs. Since being in place, Plainville Police Sgt. Paul Shanahan gave however, there has only been one reported a presentation on the effectiveness of the accident and four written complaints. “The reality here is most of the accidents bump-outs, or curb extensions, located in in the center are generally caused by disthe downtown area. Completed last year as part of the tracted or careless driving,” Shanahan said. Downtown Beautif ication Project, the “People need to be conscious of downtown bump-outs have helped slow down traffic bump-outs and they need to slow down.” and the number of accidents in the area has See Curb / Page 14 The Plainville Citizen

Rachel Lancaster grabs a rebound between a pair of Bulkeley players Dec. 13 at Ivan Wood Gymnasium. Lancaster and the Lady Blue Devils rolled that night, 46-14, to improve to 2-0.


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Free sand available to residents As snow falls and temperatures drops, making sure driveways and walkways don’t become dangerous and slick is a point worth noting. One way to avoid slipping on icy surfaces is by spreading sand, which allows more traction for feet and tires. And, luckily for Plainville residents, the town has piles of sand available for residential use, at no cost. Mike Widger, roadways foreman, said a large amount of sand was bought about four years ago, and a lot was left over when the town switched to using all salt for roadways. The town’s gift of sand is not a foreign concept. Widger said the Roadways Department has been offering it up for years. There are three locations at which residents can pick

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of the $160,000 cost with the Farmington Canal Rail to Trail Association paying anThe Southington Town other 10 percent. Work on unfinished trail Council voted unanimously on Dec. 9 to join Plainville in sections is several years out hiring an engineering firm to and the approved design design the rails to trails proj- work is only about a third of ect running from Southington what’s needed for building to to the Farmington town line. begin. Plainville Town Manager The work, to be performed by VHC Consultants, will Robert Lee said the consulcost each town about $8,000. The state bears 80 percent SeeTrail / Page 8 Special to The Citizen

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up sand: Norton Park in the parking area near Castle Apartments, Paderewski Park in the parking area by Cooke Street, and Toffolon Elementary School in the driveway entrance to the school. The sand is stored in metal bins, a solution implemented to prevent contractors from taking large amounts – which is not the purpose of having the sand available. “Hopefully people don’t abuse us putting it out there like that,” Widger said. “We would hope people would not be greedy about how much they take – just take what you need.” So far the season has yielded two snowfalls. The first was a mere dusting, but the second dumped several inches. Widger said residents should get the sand from the designated locations and not go to the roadways garage. He

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Decision to call snow day begins early By Daniel Jackson

wants to be awake at 4 a.m. to answer the question: should the school district stay open, The night before a poten- or will it call a snow day? The National Oceanic and tial snow day, Superintendent of Berlin Schools David Erwin Atmospheric Administration sets several alarm clocks. He recently predicted winter Special to The Citizen

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months in New England will bring higher-than average temperatures. Still, with winter comes weather conditions that make travel difficult and dangerous. And thus, snow days. It’s a decision that affects hundreds of families in the town. For kids, the decision is easy. The impromptu holiday allows them to sleep, watch more TV or venture forth into the new world hushed in snow. But parents need to decide whether or not to brave the roads to work, find childcare, telecommute or just take a vacation day to spend time with their children. For this reason, Erwin starts calling the police department and the town’s road crew to learn about the conditions on the ground. He doesn’t trust the weatherman. “You really can’t,” he said. “You have to wake up.” On potential snow days, superintendents across the



region work with their towns and with each other to make the decision. Plainville Superintendent Jeffrey Kitching said the district uses an independent service to monitor the weather. “I worry sometimes about the hype on weather on TV,” Kitching said. Sometimes, the decision is a “semi-no-brainer,” Erwin said, like when it has snowed all night. Then, it’s easy to make the call. But when the winter storm is expected to hit at, say, 9:30 a.m., superintendents need to make the call ahead of time, weighing what the storm is expected to produce against the manpower of the town to keep the roads clear and the effort of transporting students to and from school. Erwin keeps a TV in his office. On a day with bad weather, he will keep it on to listen to the reports about the incoming weather.





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Town Council and Board of Education members heard budget outlook presentations from Town Manager Robert E. Lee and Superintendent

Jeffrey Kitching for the upcoming budget season. The presentations, given at Plainville Public Library Dec. 12, gave insight as to what issues the town and the schools will be focused on, as well as expenditure updates for the

current year’s budgets. “I’m very excited about this work,” Kitching said. “This is probably one of, if not, the most important piece of work the central office does.” Kitching explained the district’s focus on students, learning and teaching. He said all of the district’s goals fall under satisfying those categories. Safety was a large emphasis, along with teacher evaluation and the integration of Common Core State Standards into the curriculum. “We have some significant things that will impact our budget this year and we have some initiatives we decided are important to us,”



Kitching said. Kitching said the BOE budget can potentially reallocate about $897,000 to use towards the budget, and highlighted some of the “big ticket” items that will likely be focused on during the budget season. Reinvesting in contractual salaries, K-5 curriculum, athletics and extra-curricular reorganization, pre-kindergarten support program enhancements, health insurance, and technology replacement were among the larger items. Overall, the presentation outlined a potential 1.8 percent increase in the budget. Lee’s presentation did not give an approximation on increases, but said it shouldn’t

fall out of pattern with the past years’ trend of small, conservative increases. “Our goal is to maintain the current level of services we have now,” Lee said, adding that residents have not demanded any outstanding new initiatives or services, which helps keep costs down. Lee said the town is also continuing to evaluate services and see where particular things can be consolidated or made more efficient. For example, consolidating the building maintenance staff for the town and BOE central office and using energy-efficient LED See Budget / Page 16

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Courts Driver who stuck bicyclist seeks to have charges dismissed BRISTOL - A Southington woman charged in a DUI accident that seriously injured a bicyclist in Plainville applied for diversionary programs in court Dec. 10. Marilyn Tucker, 55, of 1052 Meriden Ave., was arrested on Sept. 15 and charged with driving under the influence, second-degree assault, evading responsibility and making an improper turn. Tucker applied for accelerated rehabilitation and the alcohol education program in Superior Court Dec. 10. If she is approved for both programs and completes them, all charges against her could

be dismissed. Tucker is represented by an attorney from the public defender’s office. The victim has also hired an attorney. Tucker was driving on South Washington Road in Plainville at about 4 p.m. on Sept. 15 when her car went off the road and struck a man riding a bicycle and then struck a pole, Plainville Police Lt. Eric Peterson said at the time of the arrest. The man was thrown onto the windshield, hit his head and suffered broken ribs, Peterson said. Tucker has said at previous court appearances that she lost her job as a group home supervisor as a result of her arrest and was seeking



unemployment. Notice was sent to the victim about Tucker’s application to the programs because he has the right to support or object to the judge granting the program. The public defender said the victim’s attorney was given the notice as well and the case was continued until Jan. 14. -- Lauren Sievert New Britain man pleads guilty in 2012 attack NEW BRITAIN — A local man pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a federal raid on a Plainville home in 2012. Marcus Gibson, 23, pleaded guilty Dec. 4 in New Britain Superior Court

to second-degree assault and violation of probation. The plea was entered under the Alford Doctrine, meaning Gibson doesn’t agree with the facts alleged by the state’s attorney, but chose to accept the plea deal rather than go to trial. According to police reports, on July 20, 2012 the DEA, FBI, and state Department of Consumer Protection Drug Control Division raided homes on Atwood Street and Colton Avenue. The search was part of a three-month investigation into trafficking of prescription pain medications, cocaine and marijuana, police said. Arrest warrants for the people in the homes

at the time were being prepared, police said. During the raid three people were arrested in connection with an incident at the Firehouse Cafe on West Main Street on July 17, police said. Police said five people “savagely beat and kicked a man in the parking lot,” and assaulted two young women who tried to help the injured man. Stephen Ellis, 26, of 15 Atwood St., Malcolm Mack, 23, of 191 Queen St., Southington, and Gibson were charged with first-degree assault, conspiracy to first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, See Courts / Page 16

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Dec. 9: Debra A. Brennan, 59, 19 Leetes Road, Branford, six-degree larceny, 3:53 p.m. Brian G. Thibeault, 43, 562 King St., Bristol, issuing a bad check, 8:54 a.m. Dec. 10: Tyler S. Testa, 20, 260 West St. ,Bristol, possession

of marijuana, 10:06 p.m. Dec. 11: Daniel L. Wenzloff, 48, no address given, illegal possession of marijuana, failure to have lights lit, 3:40 a.m. Ryan M. Rotko, 19, 119 S. Washington St., violation of probation, 9:40 p.m. Dec. 12: Andrew J. Moore, 21, 23 Hemingway St., possession

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third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. Ellis pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Oct. 29 and was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after 18 months, and three years probation. Mack pleaded guilty to third-degree assault on July 18 and was sentenced to one year, suspended, and three years probation. Gibson was sentenced to five years in prison suspended after two and a half years and five years of probation. -- Lauren Sievert Jury selection begins in fatal hit-and-run case SOUTHINGTON - Jury selection began Dec. 11 for a Plainville man charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident on Route 10 after the February blizzard. Edward Fascendini, 46, of 66 Whiting St., is charged with felony misconduct with a motor vehicle and three counts of evading responsibility. He was on parole at

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streetlights that would save a substantial amount of money in the long-term. “We’re very optimistic about next year given what we know is in front of us,” Lee said. Lee said over the past five years, the budget has increased by an average of .74 percent, and the total budget increase in that time span is 3.7 percent. “I think in terms of the value and quality we’re see-

the time of the accident and has been in custody since his arrest in May. Jury selection took place in New Britain Superior Court. Fascendini is represented by attorney Robert Cohen, who was not available for comment Dec. 11. On Feb. 12 , Yan Qiao “Joanne” Chen, Hong “Rita” Yang and Liu “Emily” Huai, all 23, were walking home from their waitressing jobs at the Gobi Mongolian Grill. The women were on the shoulder of the northbound lane of Queen Street near Aircraft road, police reports said. The sidewalks of Queen Street were covered with snow from the blizzard four days before. Fascendini was driving a white Dodge pickup truck north on Queen Street when the women were struck. Fascendini did not stop at the scene, police said. Chen died as a result of her injuries. Police charged Fascendini after finding parts of his truck at the accident scene and a statement from a witness that said Fascendini was at a bar before the accident. -- Lauren Sievert

ing in the school system over the last five years and what we’ve been able to accomplish in general government, the budget has been done with minimal increases,” Lee said. The one expenditure that sticks out is police overtime, which can be difficult to manage. But it’s either that or having less police officers on the street, Lee said. Lee added the current budget is running on track with expenditures and revenue. “We don’t anticipate we’re going to come up short,” he said.

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At the worst moment, you will take a powder By Mike Roberts Special to The Citizen

Black powder hunting in Connecticut has come along way since its inception back in the 70s. Using some of those black powder long guns for the hunting of whitetailed deer was an adventure in itself. One never knew if the charge of black powder was going to go off or not when a deer arrived on the hunting scene. Probably no one could attest to that more than your old outdoor writer. My first black powder rifle was what is referred to as a “Kit Gun” that I received one Christmas from my darlin’ Edna. Admittedly, it was a thing of beauty when it was finished thanks to my old friend Paul Cichowski, but back then everything else, especially the primer caps used to set off the charge of black powder, was as unreliable as the New England weather. The loading procedure of a black powder rifle also left a lot to be desired. The first thing you did was to put a percussion cap on the primer nipple and fire the cap to make sure that the hole in the nipple was clear. You then loaded the rifle, and it was not considered to be loaded unless it had a percussion cap on it, so many hunters loaded them at home before they hit the

woods. The amazing thing about this procedure is that when setting off the cap on an empty rifle, it always ignited on the first try. For me, “Murphy’s Law” (anything that can go wrong will at the wrong time) always popped up its ugly head when it came time to shoot a deer. I had my first run-in with this particular quirk of black powder hunting back in the 70s while hunting Housatonic State Forest up in the Cornwall area of Connecticut. I had picked a spot that overlooked a couple of intersecting deer runs and figured I would simply sit and let the deer come to me. Back then, muzzleloaders had the first crack at deer and the state forest had enough hunters in it to keep some of the herd moving. It wasn’t too long before a small four-point buck came ambling up the trail towards me. I had been practicing how to thumb the hammer back on the rifle without allowing it to making a distinctive “CLACK” that accompanied cocking the hammer on a black powder rifle, so I was ready when that buck came into shooting range. It stopped to munch on some acorns down in front of me and I set my sights on the critters and squeezed the trigger. I was rewarded with a resounding “CLICK” as the

hammer hit the %@*@*^ percussion cap, which did not ignite. The young buck’s head popped up and he looked squarely at me before disappearing into the surrounding forest! This was only a preview of some of the frustration I was about to experience in the early days of black powder hunting. Don’t go away, I have a bunch of them. Like I said, the main villain was the percussion cap back then, and I and a lot of other black powder hunters were experimenting with all kinds of makes and brands of the #11 percussion caps back then, looking for one that was virtually foolproof. But it wasn’t always the percussion cap. Murphy’s Law seemed to have its hold on my entire rifle and everything that made it dysfunctional. Another time I had a permit to hunt Skiff Mountain on a piece of property owned by Northeast Utilities, but managed by the DEEP. I had scouted the area for both turkey and deer and really liked the area. That muzzleloader season I was ready to harvest my first deer. I had gotten up early to make the one-hour trip to my hunting area, and had loaded my muzzleloader at home before departing for Skiff Mountain. An

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old friend of mine, Jack Seitlinger, had made me a nifty brass ramrod for loading my muzzleloader to replace a wooden one that came with the muzzleloader. I entered the Skiff Mountain woods ready for action that morning just knowing I was going to get my first black powder deer. That’s when Murphy’s Law popped up his ugly head again. I had scouted the area

quite thoroughly and knew just where I wanted to hunt, so I made my way to the spot in the early morning darkness. As it began to get lighter I glanced at my shooting iron to give it a last check and then I saw it: My ramrod was missing from its holding slot on my rifle! I knew I had put it back after I had loaded the gun at home, so what could have See Powder / Page 23

State Youth homeless backers rap lack of housing By Stephen Singer Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) — A lack of available safe housing for young people in crisis is to blame for youth homelessness in Connecticut, advocates said Dec. 12 as they called for more and better housing. They released a report that says 40 percent of young people interviewed said they were in their current living situations for less than three months and two-thirds said they moved twice or more in the past year. The report, “Invisible No More” by Derrick M. Gordon and Bronwyn A. Hunter of the Yale University School of Medicine, stems from the first comprehensive study on youth homelessness in Connecticut, advocates say. It was based on interviews with 98 people younger than 24 in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and New London. The report offered sharp criticism of Connecticut policies, saying that “no state system or institu-

tion takes ownership or obligation.” A spokesman for the Department of Children and Families did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gordon estimates that 11,700 young people in Connecticut are homeless based on numbers nationally and in the Northeast. Advocates say only 15 shelter beds are available in Connecticut for those younger than 18 and boys are not allowed in family shelters. Homeless kids often consider suicide, trade sex for money and a place to sleep, and often don’t even see themselves as homeless, the report said. Because of their age, they are vulnerable to assaults on streets and at adult shelters, which have a high prevalence of health problems such as HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. And for nearly a quarter of homeless youth, their first sexual encounter occurs at age 12 or younger. Two groups account for homeless youth and children: homeless famiSee Youth / Page 22

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Churches, patriotism and ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ The season of Advent back in 1941 soon brought news in striking contrast to the Christmas message of “peace on earth.” On Dec. 7, 1941, we had attended church, enjoyed a big dinner, and were relaxing in the living room. Dad Ralph Lord was napping in front of Roy the radio, which was broadcasting symphonic music, when suddenly an impassioned announcer broke in. Pearl Harbor had been bombed.

The next afternoon boys in our 8th grade met in their clubhouse upstairs in our barn, renamed our group the Defenders of Democracy, and wrote a letter to the two Vermont senators in Washington, pledging our zealous aid in the war effort. My father had argued against American participation in the European conflict that had been raging for two years, and today many historians would unfairly label him an “isolationalist.” He detested Hitler, but had no affection for the British empire, its monarchy and rigid class system. Dad had expressed the hope that Germany’s invasion


And how much patriotism should be incorporated into worship? That still can be an issue. A few would say “none,” that Christianity is an international faith that transcends national borders. More might suggest that surely American democracy, even American “exceptionalism,” must be favored by

did many ministers of that era. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he and others were faced with the delicate decision of how to respond to this sudden crisis. Vigorously or reluctantly endorse the war? Or, continue to oppose it in principle, probably in silence, while supporting the military personnel and their families?

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God. Others would argue for some middle course. Like many other ministers over the years, I wrestled with this question, particularly when I disagreed with our foreign policy. Yet, my patriotism runs deep, and when a national holiday came along, I would give it attention in the sermon and hymns. My favorites include “America, the Beautiful” and “A Song of Peace,” sung to that poignant tune “Finlandia” by composer Jean Sibelius. The patriotic selection that I most enjoy singing is “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which congregations would belt out. However, I always sang it with mixed feelings. The lyrics serve as an exhilarating clarion call to join in holy battle against injustice. At the same time, is it blessing the brutality of war when it speaks of God’s wrath and his “terrible swift sword”? Prior to the Civil War, a song to the same tune was popular at revivals in the South, whose opening stanza asked: “Say brothers, will you meet us on Canaan’s happy shore?” In 1861 Union troops replaced those words with “John Brown’s body lies

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a-moldering in the grave, but his soul is marching on!” John Brown, of course, had been executed after leading an effort to foment a slave rebellion by attacking Harpers Ferry in 1859. He had been born in Torrington, Conn. In November 1861, Samuel Gridley Howe and his wife, Julia Ward Howe, a prominent poet, both avid abolitionists, visited Union encampments in Washington. When one Army unit began to sing “John Brown’s body,” a minister suggested to Mrs. Howe that she could pen more suitable lyrics. That night, she later wrote, “I awoke…and to my astonishment found that the wishedfor lines were arranging themselves in my brain.” She quickly scribbled them down, and they met with wide acclaim throughout the North. Once bitter memories of the Civil War faded away, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” became popular across the country and is included today in numerous patriotic observances. Some controversy is likely to continue to surround the song. Jesus is prominent in its lyrics and opposition to public use of sectarian texts increases as America’s secular and non-Christian population grows. Those


with pacifist inclinations remain uncomfortable with its seeming endorsement of warfare along with its generous dose of apocalyptic imagery. Many other words have been sung to the same melody. For years “Solidarity Forever” served as an anthem of the labor movement. Children return from summer camp singing: “I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it’s hot!” We used to shout out another parody back in elementary school. The chorus began: “Glory, glory, hallelujah, teacher hit me with a ruler.” Fortunately, I can’t remember the rest of it - something about a gun, a loaded .44. Interested in more information on this topic? Check out the engaging new book titled “The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography and the Song That Marches On,” written by John Stauffer and Benjamin Soskis. Ra l p h L o rd Ro y o f Southington is an author and retired United Methodist minister. Email: Ralphlroy@aol. com.

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PLAINVILLE— Barbara Ruth (Willner) Martin, 80, of Plainville, passed away on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, surrounded by her family. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Stanley “Peter” Martin, who predeceased her in 2006. Born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury on Nov. 18, 1933, Barbara was the daughter of the late Maurice and Leila (Lipkowitz) Willner. Raised in New Haven, she was a graduate of Hillhouse High School, and attended Mitchell Junior College in New London. She married her high school sweetheart, Pete, in 1955, and shared over 50 years of marriage, settling in Plainville in the early 1960’s where they raised their family of three. Mrs. Martin worked as an Aide during the opening year of Toffolon Elementary School, becoming an integral part of that school before eventually leaving to work with the Connecticut State Police. She retired in 2000 after over 20 years of service, leaving from her role as executive assistant to the internationally renowned Forensic Scientist Dr. Henry Lee, working for him most notably during the OJ Simpson trial. Following her retirement, she focused on hobbies of quilt making and crafts, tended to her garden and collectibles, and loudly cheered on both the UConn men’s and women’s basketball teams, whom she and her husband had been following since the 1950s. She

spent many days organizing activities and playing cards with her friends at the Plainville Senior Center. When her husband became disabled, she cared for him and for the Hospital for Special Care where he lived out his life by becoming an active and cherished volunteer. The matriarch of her family, she leaves a legacy of great strength, love and faith, along with many cherished memories. She is survived by her children, Suzanne L. (Martin) Ray and her husband, James, of Atlanta, Ga., Debra L. (Martin) Whatley and her husband, Chuck Sweet, of Satsuma, Fla., and Peter J. Martin and his wife, Deborah, of Burlington; her grandchildren, Dylan Whatley, Stephanie Murphy, Sarah and Jack Martin; her great-grandchildren, Vanessa and Lauren Whatley; and her brother, Allyn Willner, of West Haven. She also leaves Duchess the cat, who recently retired to Florida under the care of her daughter. Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation on Friday, Dec. 20, from 11 to 1 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St, Plainville. Words of remembrance will be shared at 1 p.m., followed by the committal services at St. Joseph Cemetery. Barbara may be remembered with contributions to the Plainville Senior Center, 200 East St, Plainville, CT 06062. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit




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happened to it? I figured that I had not seated the ramrod properly into the holding slot on the rifle and it had slipped out during my dark trek to where I wanted to hunt. Now I was in a quandary. I had one shot in the rifle, but what if the deer I shot required another round? For me, the solution was simple. I decided not to hunt that morning and headed dejectedly out of the woods, kicking myself for making such a dumb mistake. And no, I never found the ramrod. Had enough yet? I’ve got more. Once again while hunting Skiff Mountain, I was hunting the side of a mountain, slowly making my way back to where I had parked my truck. I had paused next to an old stonewall that cut through the old farm property I was on. The area had returned to forest over the years yet there were many of these old stonewalls crisscrossing the woods and I liked to use them to hunt along. A touch of movement up ahead of me caught my eye. It was a small six-point buck. My heart started to race a bit as I settled down to watch the buck as it slowly fed my way. This was going to be too easy, I thought. The buck was about 35 yards out when it gave me a broadside shot at its vitals. I settled the sights on the buck, squeezed the trigger and the cap exploded with a resounding “POP”! But that was it. The powder did not ignite! The buck snapped its head up looking for the source of the cap igniting as I fumbled into my pocket for another cap. Having found one, I again put it on the nipple of the muzzleloader and again took aim at the buck as it stood riveted, looking for the source of the exploding cap. Once again I touched off the round and was again rewarded with the cap and not the powder charge going off. This time the buck had nailed me and was headed off in another direction as I stood there wondering what

the heck had just happened? Two caps and no powder ignition! After the buck had vacated the area, I decided to try it one more time and I kid you not, the powder charge went off. I know for a fact that this has happened to many muzzleloader hunters in the early years of the sport. Just ask them. As the years progressed, so did the quality and reliability of the black powder rifles that were used for hunting. In fact, today they are state of the art and as reliable as any regular rifle being used for hunting large game. I finally relented and gave up my first muzzleloader, but I did get to take one deer with it in the Housatonic Forest before retiring it. My next black powder rifle was a Lyman Tradesman that I purchased from Blue Trail Range and I found it to be quite a bit better for my hunting forays. I took four more deer with that rifle before I purchased the one I use today. Today, muzzleloader hunting in Connecticut and surrounding states is no longer a trip into frustration. The guns are lot easier to use and their dependability is unbelievable. Starting Dec. 11, Connecticut deer hunters will be using muzzleloaders to harvest some deer for the winter months ahead. Private land black powder hunters will be able to hunt from Dec. 11-31. They must have the proper private land permits and they will be able to take two deer, one antlerless and one either sex, or they may fill both tags with antlerless deer. State land hunters will be able to hunt state lands from Dec. 11-24 a one-tag limit on a deer of either sex. One of the best things about the state land muzzleloader hunting is that as long as you have a state land muzzleloader permit you can hunt just about any piece of state land that allows black powder hunting (page 38 to 35 of your 2013 CT Hunting & Trapping Guide). That’s it gang, good hunting! See ya’ and God Bless America and watch over our troops wherever they may be serving.

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Children’s books make great gifts. Our children’s librarian, Kimberly White, has recommended the new books listed below that will delight children of various ages. Board books (Babies-2 years) Alphaprints: ABC by Roger Priddy In this charming and creative book, all of the letters of the alphabet are illustrated using colored finger and thumb prints which are

turned into animals with simple illustrations. Put On Your Shoes by Dan Stiles This clever, colorful boardbook delivers a hilarious version of the classic standoff between parent and toddler. A fun read-aloud that will make kids laugh while reassuring every parent that they are not alone! Picture books (3-5 years) Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker The newest book by Rinker is a wonderful follow up to Goodnight Construction Site. The



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Building Our House by Jonathan Bean A true tale of homesteader parents in the 1970s, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. From empty lot to finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. Middle grades (ages 8-12) The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance. Alex and Conner Bailey must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairytale world from the greatest threat it has ever faced. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4) by Rick Riordan The fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series was released in October 2013 and it follows Annabeth and Percy into the Underworld.

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Sandy changed preparedness … kind of By Daniel Jackson

While the category one hurricane was small by hurricane standards, it begs the Hurricane Sandy caused 72 question: with more than deaths and wrought $50 bil- a year between us and the lion in property damage in storm, how much better are the United States last year, we prepared to handle emeraccording to the National gencies of that scale? According to conversaWeather Service. Special to The Citizen

tions with the American Red Cross, Connecticut Light & Power and Home Depot, the answer is yes, there are more large-scale preparations, but no, people are not completely prepared when disruptive weather events converge over our hills.

Poles take brunt of weekend storm 10:35 p.m. Dec. 14. Another pole was struck by a vehicle around 8:45 p.m. on The Plainville Citizen Bristol Street, and a mailbox on Water Winter Storm Ashford was the first Street was hit in a separate incident. major snowfall of the season, coating the Another accident involving two cars and ground with a few inches of white. a pole on Highwood Avenue also yielded The storm was unspectacular, however, no injuries. and police in the area had few snow-rePlainville Police Sgt. John Quilter said lated incidents to report. there was “nothing of any real substance” Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz in terms of emergency calls during the said there were 10 reports of accidents storm. He said there was a water main during the storm, but no injuries, power break on Route 10 that probably happened outages, downed wires, or fallen trees. sometime Saturday afternoon, but wasn’t He did say 10 accidents in two days was noticed until the next day when the road “a little higher” than normal. The acci- was icing over. Quilter said the break was dents he described were vehicles collid- caused from the cold weather. Other than ing with poles or mailboxes. that, he said there were some erratic drivMount Vernon Road was closed briefly ers and unshoveled sidewalks, but no outafter a car collided with a pole around ages, accidents, or injuries.


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Matt Canty, store manager for the Home Depot in Berlin, has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of whole-house generators his store has sold. These kind of generators, opposed to portable generators, usually are thought-out purchases for consumers, as Home Depot will send an employee to the person’s house to size the generator and discuss fuel types. When the power goes out, the homeowner only needs to go outside and turn the key. But this kind of planning

is not the case for smaller preparedness items, where Canty sees people reacting to weather events. Take, for example, the first snow of the year. Home Depot stocks shovels and ice right at the end of October, but the rush for shovels and ice melt didn’t come until a blanket of snow lay over sidewalks and driveways. On that first day of snow, the Berlin Home Depot sold 400 snow shovels and 16 pallets of ice melt. See Sandy / Page 27

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KNIGHTS SUPPORT PARC Many local councils across Connecticut, including the Rev. Gerald T. Corrigan Council No.3544 of Plainville, participate in the Knights of Columbus nationwide Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Each fall Plainville council members spend time in the community collecting donations and offering a Tootsie Roll candy in appreciation. Plainville Knights council program chairperson Doug Wright organized the members to support Plainville’s PARC, Inc., which has been in existence for more than 50 years and serves individuals with developmental disabilities in Plainville and surrounding communities. Plainville’s Grand Knight Mark Germain recently presented to Frank Robinson, president of PARC, a donation of $929 in support of individuals, families, healthy living activities, and programming. Germain and Robinson are pictured.

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BOE seeks PACTAC rep The Plainville Board of Education is seeking a community representative to attend Plainville Area Cable Television Advisory Council Meetings. PACTAC is the Advisory Council for the cable television operators in this area. This individual will represent the cultural, educational, ethnic and economic make-up of the population


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ing without power. Shipman said preparedness sometimes can be overwhelming. He suggested people think back to some of the major storms and ask “What were the things you really missed?” Like the American Red Cross, Connecticut Light & Power also encourages preparedness from its customers. However, it shoulders the responsibility to keep power running in the region, come hurricane or heavy snow. Mitch Gross, spokesman for CL&P, said over the summer, the power company trimmed trees away from the power lines — the biggest cause of power outages in the area — installed thicker gauge wire and new poles. “Our customers expect reliable service,” Gross said. In 2011, CL&P was criticized for its response to an October storm that brought up to two and a half feet of wet snow and left tens of thousands of CL&P customers without power for more than a week, according to a federal report on the weather event. T h i s Au g u s t , C L & P was commended by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for its response to restoring power after Superstorm Sandy. After the storm, CL&P See Sandy / Page 34

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“They let the little things go right until it hit the ground,” Canty said. Paul Shipman, spokesman for the Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross, said it’s human nature not to be prepared. “We don’t want to dwell on the negative possibility,” he said. In May, the Red Cross released a study which found many coastal residents are unprepared for the “next big storm.” The survey polled 1,400 U.S. residents that lived along the coast from Texas to Maine. Fifty-six percent were very or somewhat concerned that they lived in a future-hurricane’s path. Only half of the respondents had a plan to evacuate and almost a third did not have a plan or an emergency kit. Shipman defined preparedness more broadly than preparing for a major disaster that threatens life and limb. Instead, he said preparedness is resilience, the ability to “quickly bounce back from emergencies of any kind.” For him, preparedness is economic: the ability to travel to work after a snowstorm, or if the power goes out, business owners turning to their plans of how to keep operat-

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Ten years ago, Internet dangers were different By Dan Jackson and Charles Kreutzkamp Special to The Citizen

In 2000, many parents worried about sexual predators stalking the digital highways of the Internet. Today, with the rise of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and the ease with which photos can be taken and shared, the threats of Internet safety have shifted to peer-to-peer bullying. State Capitol Police Officer Scott Driscoll has seen firsthand the effect the Internet can have on bullying, juvenile crime and crimes against children in his 24 years as a police officer, 16 of which were spent as a youth officer and four of which were spent working with the FBI task force Innocent Images, where as part of his work he “pretended

Scott Driscoll gives his Internet safety presentation North Branford Middle School Dec. 5. | (Charles Kreutzkamp / The Citizen)

to be a 13-year-old girl.” On Dec. 6, Driscoll personally shared his expertise with over 30 attendees at an Internet safety forum at North Branford Middle School. Before educating the audience about precautions and

potential dangers, Driscoll assured the audience, “I love technology.” Internet users need be careful when sharing personal information online, Driscoll said, but they also should be aware when programs and

websites are collecting information about them. For example, many new applications on various devices automatica lly com municates with Global Positioning System satellites. Unless the GPS, known as “Location Services” on some phones, is turned off, the feature may cause users to unknowingly share the location of their phone when they upload photos or post status updates to social media, potentially giving away the locations of their homes. According to Kimberly Mitchell, associate research professor at University of New Hampshire, the biggest threat children face online today comes from other children in the form of peer victimization and bullying. In perspective, online victimization not the greatest threat children face in a world that

includes issues like domestic violence. “More kids are getting victimized offline than online,” said the researcher with the Crimes Against Children Research Center, an organization that studies the large trends in threats against children such as bullying, child pornography and kidnapping. The Internet is a different place than it was 13 years ago, where the greatest concern was unwanted sex solicitation. More kids used the Internet to access chat rooms, then. Today, most Internet use centers around social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “Much of that happens with kids they know,” Mitchell said. The bullying may start in person and then move online. See Internet / Page 33

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Two games, two wins for Plainville hoopsters By Nate Brown

their 2013-2014 campaign, the PHS girls had yet to allow 42 points, combined, to their rivals, which helped Last season, the Plainville girls the Lady Blue Devils to a pleasant basketball team lost to Montville in 2-0 start to their season. the Class M tournament in the first After winning its season-opener, round after scoring just 35 points, 32-22, against visiting Rocky Hill, while allowing its opposition 42. Plainville protected its home court Through the first two games of yet again with an impressive defensive performance in a 46-14 victory over Bulkeley. “We play a combination of a few different kinds of defenses, and that throws teams off. But we do pride ourselves on not giving up easy shots and not giving up second and third opportunities on offensive rebounding, as well,” Plainville coach Jen Micowski said. The result has led to the Blue Devils’ first two opponents this winter scoring a meager 36 points, a number that Plainville’s opponents surpassed in all but seven games last season. The points-against are also both lower than the girls’ best defensive effort from last year, when they held Bristol Central to 25 points on Jan. 15. “We have more guards in our program this year, and that allows us to put more pressure on people Plainville’s Kelsey Clemens finds with the ball on the perimeter, and room to maneuver. it doesn’t allow teams to make easy | (Photos by Matt Leidemer) passes and give them opportuniThe Plainville Citizen

ties,” Micowski said. “I think by increasing the pace of the game and making teams uncomfortable, we’ve been pretty successful on the defensive end.” Guards such as sophomore Stephanie Martino and junior Rachel Lancaster have helped the Lady Blue Devils thus far. “Martino has always been a strong defender, and we match her up with the other team’s best guard every night,” Micowski pointed out. “Rachel Lancaster has done a really good job from transitioning from the defensive side to running the floor offensively, and that’s gotten her some easy, uncontested layups.” Junior Deja Nolan –one of many guards in Plainville’s rotation – also has stepped up her defensive intensity, which has allowed her to see more time on the court. The Blue Devils’ x-factor on the young season, however, has been the play of senior forward Kelsey Clemens. The 5-foot-11 frontcourt standout has helped to solidify a post presence for the team. She can also step out of the lane and make jump shots. “Kelsey plays all year round, so she’s put in a lot of work to become a more versatile player,” Micowski said. “It’s nice that she has the abil-

Three state champs crowned in football Three Connecticut state high school football champions were crowned this past weekend. The fourth, and final, champ is slated to be determined Thursday, Dec. 19. Class S NEW BRITAIN -- Almost as soon as it had begun, it was all over. Ansonia snagged two takeaways on Woodland’s first two offensive plays and converted both into touchdowns as the Chargers claimed the Class S championship with a 51-12 victory over the Hawks on a frigid Friday night at Central Connecticut State University’s Arute Field. Ansonia (15-0) became the first team in Connecticut history to play and win 15 games. The Chargers also won their record 19th state championship--including

their third straight--and extended their winning streak to 43 games. Woodland (12-3) dug itself a hole right off the bat as Tanner Kingsley’s first pass wobbled into the arms of Tyler Bailey for an interception. Arkeel Newsome cashed in on the turnover with a 6-yard touchdown run to make it a 7-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game. On the Hawks’ first play of their next drive, Bailey crashed in on Jack Pinho to force a fumble after Pinho caught a short pass. Witold Gul scurried down from his safety spot and completed the scoopand-score with a 27-yard runback for a 14-0 See Champs / Page 30

Plainville’s Lauren Tanner looks for an open teammate. ity to play inside and on the perimeter. That’s a nice option to have with her height.” While the girls have put only a slight dent in their long schedule, the start has nevertheless been a See Hoopsters / Page 30


The Plainville Little League 2013 champs are pictured. Front row, from left: Ian Bartley, Christian Collin, Brendan Sauvron, Louis Passaretti, Anthony Skrip. Second row, from left: Ryan Snyder, Tyler Mandeville, Nick Cianchetti, Jordan Bishop, Mason Sarra, Zach Gelt, coach Lisa Mandeville, team sponsor Angelo Cianchetti. Back row, from left coach Aaron Sarra, coach Lou Mandeville, team sponsor Jeff Cianchetti.

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threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tom Majchrzak in the fourth quarter. From Page 29 Newsome sits atop record charts for all-time rushing lead. Woodland clawed its way yards (10,672) and touchback into the game with a downs (187). pair of defensive stops and a Class M solid drive to open the secNEW BRITAIN - For the ond quarter. Tanner Kingsley hit Joe Poeta with a 37-yard third time in the last five seastrike to get the Hawks into sons the St. Joseph Cadets are the red zone, and Kingsley state champions, rolling over popped a 14-yard run on the Brookfield, 54-8, Saturday at next play to make it a 14-6 Central Connecticut State game with 10:26 left in the University’s Arute Field. Musfasha Abdul Basir second. That was as close as rushed for 166 yards and Woodland got, though, as two touchdowns, all in the Newsome added touchdown first half, leading the way runs of 2 and 8 yards later in for the Cadets in the snowy the quarter to make it a 28-6 conditions. St. Joseph’s quarterback lead. Between those scores came Bailey’s second inter- Jordan Vazzano started the ception of Kingsley, this one game off throwing two inin the end zone, to end the complete passes. He then completed his last f ive Hawks’ momentum. Newsome concluded his passes, four of them for record-setting career with touchdowns. The Cadets were able 259 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries. He also to do what they wanted to

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ran 11 times for 76 yards and a score. LaPolice had four catches for 86 yards and a touchClass L S TA M F O R D - N e w down and also scored on a Canaan’s Alex LaPolice re- 43-yard punt return. Frank Cognetta ran 12 turned the kickoff 61 yards to start Saturday’s CIAC Class times for 68 yards and a score for New Canaan and L championship. LaPolice’s play set the Cole Turpin added four tone the rest for the game catches for 65 yards and a for the Rams. They scored on that drive and went on to rout Darien, 44-12, to win the program’s ninth CIAC state title at Boyle Stadium and atoned for a Thanksgiving From Page 29 Day loss to their rival. promising one. The fourth-seeded Rams Last season, the Blue f i n i s he d 14 -1 a n d a ls o Devils stumbled to a 0-3 rewon the Fairfield County cord out of the gate before Interscholastic Athletic recording their first win. Conference title. “We try to go through each It was a CIAC state-record week undefeated,” Micowski ninth state championship for said. “And if we can string coach Lou Marinelli. some of those smaller goals Senior Nick Cascione together, it will make up for completed 14 of 24 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Rams. He also against the Bobcats defense all game.


touchdown. Peter Swindell also kicked a 30-yard field goal. Zach Allen deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage, caught it, and returned it 44 yards for the Rams’ final touchdown. Silas Wyper ran for two touchdowns for the topseeded Blue Wave (12-2). the whole season. So we try not to get too far ahead of ourselves.” The Plainville girls are seeing gradual improvement from their rather young squad, as they look to best last year’s 9-11 mark and firstround state tournament exit. If their play continues to baffle opponents like their full-court press has so far, it could be a long and grueling season for Plainville’s foes.

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Snow Views: Thanks, Ashford By Dave Mongillo

the best performance. With the holidays coming When it comes to equipfast it’s time to finish up that ment, I suggest a specialty shopping list. If there are Thank you, storm Ashford. boarders or skiers in your ski shop. We can finally say it is the If you’re not a skier or brood there a lot of things ski season. boarder, the kid at the mall they’ll need before they hit Resorts all across the east the trails. For equipment can’t really help you get the are running full tilt, and right equipment. Chances and clothes I recommend preparing for the holidays. are they haven’t used all of a ski and outdoor specific Mountains in Vermont gath- shop. The big box sports the gear in the shop. ered about 16 inches of new At a ski shop, the assostores at the mall can help powder while Massachusetts with clothes, but, remember, ciate is probably also a ski came in around the 10- to 12- the jacket that does just fine instructor and has tested, inch mark. A quick look onon snow, all the gear in the for a few minutes at the bus line shows that all hills and racks. stop may not work for a day resorts to our north will be If you’re not up for a on a mountain. open this weekend. major purchase there are Ski clothes, like athletic Here at home, four of the shoes, are sport specific. See Snow / Page 34 five Nutmeg State resorts Stick with major brands for were open last weekend, and all plan to make a run at the season Friday. There will be a lot of happy skiers and boarders on Connecticut trails this weekend. The big news from ski arby Alan R. Cooper & Son eas across the east is about Tree Cutting & Removal Yard Drainage improvements to snow-makDrains Installed Yard Grading ing systems. Mount Southington is happy with Firewood for Sale Concrete Work Snow Plow & Removal its new Tec Alpine system. FULLY INSURED Licensed Contractor • Commercial & Residential Ski Sundown and Mohawk FREE ESTIMATES • 7 days a week • Sr. Citizen Discounts Mountain both added to CT Lic. # their firepower over the 579594 summer with new guns, pipes and compressors. Over at Powder Ridge, it’s a whole new ball game. The Ridge is rebuilding a ski area from the ground up, in Open to the Public only six months. They are Monday 2 pm-9 pm repairing lifts and building Tues. thru Fri. 10 am-9 pm a new snow making system. Repairing buildings Sat. 9:30 am-9 pm and lodges, and hiring and Sunday 9:30 am-5:30 pm training a crew to run the whole thing. They have done 597 Middle St. (Rt. 229), Bristol a massive job and expect to open for the season Friday. • GiftCertificates Certificates • • • Gift Special to The Citizen

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As an example of student bullying, Driscoll showed attendees at the forum screen captures he made of public profiles where depressed kids were actively encouraged to commit suicide, sometimes by anonymous users and sometimes by peers. Only two months ago, Rebecca Sedwick of Florida committed suicide after experiencing continued online harassment. Driscoll said that “Stranger Danger” is common sense with people met on the street, but kids who add friends or allow followers on websites may not show the same caution. Instances of adults preying on children can and do happen locally. In the summer of 2011, in Berlin, a mother noticed her son having a “very disturbing and inappropriate” conversation with a man on Facebook. The name was an alias. The man was then-41years-old Michael Miller, an assistant pastor of St. Paul Church in Berlin. Miller talked with the boy online and on the phone about sex acts and pornographic movies. Miller never physically touched the boy. Berlin police arrested Miller July 6, 2011. Two years later, Miller plead guilty to possession of child pornography, publishing an obscenity and three counts of risk of injury to a minor. He is serving a five-year jail sentence. With any change in the technology, Mitchell said, the ubiquitousness of cameras and the ability to send more data presents new dangers. When it comes to sexting, “the percentages are all over the place,” according to Mitchell. When her organization studied the content of sexting the CACRC found much of it was suggestive pictures that did not meet the legal definition of child pornography. In 2011, Connecticut passed CT 53a-196h, a law that prevents underage teens from needing to register as sex offenders as a result of consensual sexting. The crime is now considered a Class-A misdemeanor rather than a felony, and although the penalty no longer guarantees sexting

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porate responsibility here to give back,” Aubrey-Bergonzi said. “This truly helps kids get a realistic look at a career path they want to follow.” The program has allowed students an inside look into careers including law, accounting, law enforcement and local government. Bradley said students that want to shadow a business must in good academic standing, complete research on the company, and have questions prepared for that business. “It’s exciting when someone comes back from a shadow day and says how they loved it and how it confirmed it’s what they want to do with their future,” Bradley said. While junior and senior students are the most active in the center, sophomores are encouraged to familiar-


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teens a lifelong sentence as a sex offender, they may still be facing a year of imprisonment as juveniles, which could affect applications to certain public universities. Teens who forward images to others, however, can still be charged with felony distribution of child pornography. Sexting can be a particular danger for kids when apps like SnapChat encourage users to share photos that supposedly disappear shortly after being viewed. Driscoll said many kids know that pictures can be saved and that although the app will warn the sender when an image is saved via screenshot, it is easy to find ways to save photos without the sender’s knowledge. Driscoll explained that anyone who takes a digital image needs to be aware that it could spread online and become part of an impossible to erase digital record. Driscoll encouraged parents to take an active role in educating children about their online footprint and to warn them that even supposedly anonymous behavior online can be tracked by IP address without the user’s knowledge. One of the best tactics, Driscoll said, is to simply sit next to children while on their devices and ask them what they’re up to. Their reaction, Driscoll said, may tell parents everything they need to know.




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Regional school choice fairs on tap The Hartford Region Open Choice Program will hold a Regional School Choice Fairs feature booths and information about the wide array of programming options available to Hartford and suburban students ages preschool to grade 12. Parents, grandparents, guardians and students can speak with helpful staff from RSCO and its partners, the Capitol Region

Education Council, Hartford P ublic Schools’ Host Magnet Program, Hartford Region Open Choice districts, Goodwin College, the Connecticut technical high school system, Suffield’s Regional Agriscience Center, Bloomfield Public Schools and East Hartford Public Schools. Families will also have the option of submitting an online application for the


If you plan to take young ones -- under 18 years old -- to the mountains over Christmas, bring extra hats and gloves. I guarantee your 5-, 8-, or 10-year-old will lose a hat, glove, sock or boot while you’re there. Trust me, I’ve been there. All of these items will cost less at home than in the base lodge ski shop.

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some always-good stocking stuffers. Every boarder and skier needs more hats, gloves and socks. Base layer parts: think long johns, are nice to get. Keep those winter outdoor people warm and dry, and they’ll be thankful.

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2014-2015 RSCO lottery. The 2014-2015 lottery application period opened Dec. 2 and will close on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. “Our goal is to provide information and improve access for students throughout the region who choose to apply to public schools outside of their community, thus enabling families to make fully informed decisions,” said Glen Peterson, RSCO’s division director. “Through our five open houses held between November and February, families can learn about the many schools and specialized programs in our region that emphasize exciting educational themes such as science, technology, math, engineering, arts and culture, environmental studies, global studies and social justice.” A list of RSCO school choice fairs is below. For more information on school fairs, information sessions and open houses, please visit www.choiceeducation. See Choice / Page 35

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Members of the United Way Youth Board, Plainville High School Chapter, were at the Plainville Public Library Dec. 2 putting up the library’s 17-foot Christmas tree. The students decorated the tree with handmade United Way t-shirt ornaments. Pictured are members of the United Way Youth Board, Plainville High School Chapter: Jessica Abate, advisor; and members David Werpachowski, Kaitlyn Bernier, Alexandra Bernier, Ericka Soloman, Mark Valeri and Stephen Gallo.

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Kitchen & Baths

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

Junk Removal

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

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

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

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

Gonzalez ConstruCtion ************* Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. ************* 203-639-0032 info@ Fully licensed/insured. Reg #HIC577319

$1000 OFF Your Lowest Estimate (203) 284-0137 CT Reg # 558927 CPI Home ImProvement Highest Quality-Kitchen, Bath, Siding, Roofing, Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions, Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415 Gonzalez ConstruCtion Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. 203-639-0032 info@ Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319

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

Tree Services Gary Wodatch LLC TREE REMOVAL All calls returned. CT#620397 Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 Cell 860-558-5430 LAVIGNE’S Tree Service In business 31 years Tree removal. Stump grinding.Crane Service. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

Stepping up to a bigger bike? Sell the smaller one with a Marketplace ad. DRIVEWAYS, Sidewalks. Best Reasonable, Prompt, Service. Odd Jobs. Alan 203 630-3819 DRIVEWAYS, WALK WAYS, SIDEWALKS, SNOW BLOWED OR SHOVEL CALL 203-530-1375 SNOWPLOWING Residential/Commercial Senior citizen discount Call 860 719-3953


The Record-Journal, Central Connecticut’s leading multimedia company is expanding our advertising team and looking for digitally savvy, highly motivated sales professionals to join our outside sales team as a digital media consultant. If you love to sell, are a tireless hunter and knowledgeable about digital media, then we have the perfect opportunity for you to join us and help the small businesses in our community grow & prosper. In addition to The Record-Journal, our company publishes 6 community newspapers and websites delivering the hyper-local news that citizens want and the audience that businesses need. Plus, we have partnered with the biggest names in digital and social media to offer our advertisers unmatched reach and targeting capabilities – from the very local to the national scale. If you enjoy prospecting for new business, have a track record of meeting and exceeding monthly sales goals and have one to two years of outside sales experience selling to small businesses, then we want to talk to you. We offer a base salary with unlimited commission potential, paid vacation, full medical benefits and a 401K with company match. To apply, email your resume, cover letter & salary requirements to


Attics & Basement Cleaned

The Plainville Citizen |

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Help Wanted

Apartments For Rent

Apartments For Rent

MAINTAINER 1 Entry-level position involving a variety of maintenance, repair and construction work. Must have a valid State of CT driver’s license and a clean driving record, a CDL is desirable. Requires 3 years experience in construction, grounds or building maintenance or in work involving the operation and care of mechanical equipment. Pay rate: $19.08 to $22.62 hourly (wages under negotiation) plus an excellent fringe benefits package. Apply Personnel Department, Town of Wallingford, 45 South Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492. The closing date will be that date the 50th application form/resume is received, or December 23, 2013, whichever occurs first. EOE

CHESHIRE 2 BR Townhouse Condo. 1.5 Baths. Nice. Finished bsmnt. Washer & Dryer. 1200 SF. $1200. 2 mos. sec. 203-710-1075

MERIDEN Nice, Lg 2 BR, Top Fl. Balcony, Laundry facilities, off street parking. E. Main Street. 2 mos sec & credit ck. $850/mo. No pets. 203 284-0597

It’s so easy Pay for your Record-Journal subscription with your credit card. For your convenience we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. Call (203) 634-3933 to order your subscription today. MECHANIC/DIESEL Repair and maint. of oil trucks and vans. Full benefit package. App: Tuxis Ohrs Fuel, 80 Britannia St, Meriden, CT 06451 Attn: John Krom TEACHING Positions (Longterm Substitutes) - Wallingford Public Schools is seeking CT certified candidates for the following long-term substitute positions: Pre-K (12 weeks beginning in March); Special Education, high school level (12 weeks beginning mid-January); Special Education, middle school level (8 weeks beginning in January). Please fax resume and certification to (203) 949-6551 or email to kpiekarski@wallingford. EOE

Commercial and Industrial CHESHIRE Industrial Zoned Multi Use. Near 691. 1100+ sq ft Offices (2 lavs/shower) and 1100+ sq ft Warehouse/Shop (15ft overhead door). Will consider just leasing offices. $6.50 /per sq ft nnn. Call 203-2726478

Condos For Rent WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 1.5 Bath. $1300. 2 Car gar, gas heat, C-Air. All appls, incl washer/dryer, Walk-in closet in MBR. 203-804-5469

WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR $750/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private Balcony. 203-639-4868 MER. 1 BR, ground flr, new carpet, W. side, prvt backyard, w/d, stove/refrig & dw incld. $867/mo. + sec. 203634-1195 12pm-8pm MER. Furn. Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 2nd flr. Studio, $180/wk+ sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm MERIDEN. 2 BR, east side, 1st flr, stove & refrig, no pets. $750 plus security deposit. Credit ck. 203237-0035 or 203-623-5684. MERIDEN & Surrounding Towns 1, 2, 3 & 4 BR Apts and Condos for rent. 203 440-3120 Or email corey@

MERIDEN 1023 OLD COLONY RD. 2 BR Avail. Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 1 BR, 3 Rm. 1st Fl. 317 Broad St. Stove & Refrig. Off st parking. No pets/ smoking. 1 mo sec & refs. $750/mo. 203 237-9074 MERIDEN 2 BR, 1st Floor Brand New Cond. New Appliances. Off St Parking. $850 +Utilities. First, Last & 1 Mo Sec. No Pets. 860-663-1229 MERIDEN 2 BR, 1ST Fl. Large, Hdwd flrs, New windows, w/d hookup, off st parking. Nicely remodeled. Prescott St. ALSO 2 BR 2 Full Baths. Webster St. (203) 634-6550 MERIDEN- 4 bedroom, in 2 family home, $1350 + utilities. located near shopping and highways, Call 203710-2000

Whether it is a lost ring, wallet or a Parrot named Oliver, a Marketplace ad can help track it. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Call us: (203) 238-1953 MERIDEN - 54 North Ave. 1 & 2 bdrm, no pets, credit check/refs required. $525 & $650. 716-597-9287 MERIDEN Clean 1 Room Efficiency 2nd Fl. Randolph Ave. Utils included. No pets. $450. 2 mos sec. Credit check required. 203-284-0597

PLAINVILLE-31 Tyler Ave. Just renovated 2 BR, 2nd flr. $795/mo + sec & utils. Avail immed. 203-886-8808

Furniture & Appliances BEAUTIFUL Contemporary Mahogany Hutch Excellent Condition $350 LG Wooden Kitchen Table 56 x 39” W/4 Chairs & Leaf $150 Dry Sink w/Slate Top $50 203-238-4964

SOUTHINGTON Immed occup, 1st Fl. 2 BR, lg kit w/ appls. Off st parking. Safe, quiet area. No smoking/Pets. No utils. $875. 860-628-8386 SOUTHINGTON - Large 3 room, 1 br, new paint, appls, storage, heat included. $750-$850 plus Sec. Call 860-628-8105. WALLINGFORD. 1 BR, 3rd flr, spacious apt, quiet location, $650 + utils. No pets. 203-284-0212 WALLINGFORD 3 BR spacious Victorian. Fully remodeled. Hdwd flrs. Washer/Dryer incl. $1325. 21-23 Academy St. 203 265-9871

FOUND ADS ARE FREE Find something that belongs to someone else? Find the owner with a Marketplace ad.

Make someones day. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Call us: (203) 238-1953

WALLINGFORD 1 BR. 4 Rms, 3rd Fl. Off st parking. WD hookup. Close to Center, Train and Bus. (203) 269-1865

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

Pets For Sale

Cindy’s Unique Shop CONSIGNMENT 32 North Colony St Wallingford (203) 269-9341 2 levels, 1800 SF of Consigned Home Decor & Furnishings. 30 Day Layaways Available. $5 Off a purchase $25 or more. $10 off a purchase $100 or more. Check us out on Facebook. Ample Free Parking in Our Lot. Free Gift w/$15 or more purchase. Hours Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 9:305 Thurs 9:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4

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


Did you know that all of our Marketplace print ads are viewable on our e-paper and also can be posted to our web site if you so choose. That’s like


eyeballs looking at your advertisement a month. Just sayin... You should call us.

(203) 238-1953

Treadmill Sears ProForm XP 550s $275. Call 203-314-6393.

Furniture & Appliances

AKC LAB PUPPIES 9 Weeks, Yellow & Black First Shots. $750. 203 631-0866 YORKIES, Bulldogs, Chihuahua, Bostons, Beagles, Shih Tzus, Huskies, Schnoodles, Bengal Kittens. Mixed Breeds, Rescues Available. $150 plus. Call (860) 930-4001

Dirt bike/ATV Helmets, AFX Helmet Adult M color white freedom $60. Also a youth large red/white/black $40. Both in excellent cond. Barely used. 203-314-6393.

Furniture & Appliances

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

Miscellaneous For Sale

CHILD’S Large, Heavy Rocking Horse. 45”L, 37”H, 14”W. Exc cond. $50. ARTIFICIAL Green Fir Christmas Tree. 6’5”. Used once. Lights included. Pd $100/ Sell $40. 203-269-8696 Mountain Bike. Specialized Rock Hopper with RockShox, Purple/Blue with Speedometer. $250. Call 860 645-7245.

Always a sale in Marketplace.

PIANO $200, Antique dining room table $75, pool table $250, tall dresser $50, wood burning stove $75, new portable paint sprayer $200. 203-235-8605 POWERED LIFT - Invacare reliance 450 and accessories. Valued at $1200 new. Great for homecare provider of adult. $400. Call 203-2655553.

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


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

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

Antiques & Collectibles THE Old brick factory, heated indoor. Antique & vintage Christmas collectible. Sat 9-3 & Sun 12-3, 387 So. Colony St, Meriden, 203-600-5075.


Wanted to Buy WANTED: ALWAYS buying antiques, costume jewelry, old toys, military items anything old. Stop by, Frank’s open 6 days Mon to Sat 9-5, 18 South Orchard St, Wallingford Please call for or call 203-284-3786

corrections at 203-317-2308 - after 5 pm call 203-317-2282 Ad#:CLASS FILLER (PLEASE CHECK) Pub:PERM Date:02/13/02 Day:WED Size:1X4.5 Cust: Last Edited By:EALLISON on WANTED The Good, ThePM. Bad, 7/9/13 4:18 What are you waiting The Ugly Salesperson: Tag for? Contact us today Vehicles for recycling. and start turning the Line: Color Info: Paying Cash 203 630-2510 stuff you don’t FILLER (PLEASE CLASS CHECK) - Composite

HEY YOU! want into something you do want! CASH!

(203) 238-1953 Jewelry Canelli’s Jewelry & Boutique Specializing in Unusual Gifts and Fine Sterling Jewelry. Since 1917. 130 South Colony Rd. (Rt. 5) Wallingford. 203 269-5242

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

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

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431 OLD TOOLS WANTED, always buying old, used hand tools, carpentry, machinist & engraving & workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home! Please call Cory 860-322-4367 WANTED Swords, daggers, helmets, metals etc. Call 203-238-3308

PLEASE CHECK YOUR AD This newspaper makes every effort to avoid errors in advertisements. Each ad is carefully checked and proofread, but when you handle thousands of ads, mistakes do slip through. We ask therefore, that you check your ad on the FIRST day of publication. If you find an error, report it to the

Marketplace IMMEDIATELY by calling

203-238-1953 before 5pm Mon-Fri We regret that we will not be responsible for more than ONE incorrect insertion and only for that portion of the ad that may have been rendered valueless by such an error. Music Instruments & Instruction

Music By RoBeRta PeRfoRMance & instRuction Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295 CLAVINOVA DIGITAL PIANO Lightly Used. $2,500. 203 630-6522

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Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!


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We absolutely have the Largest Wine Selection for your Celebration!

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

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Great Selection of Gift Sets Available for the Holidays!

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