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Volume 9, Number 27

Southington’s Hometown Newspaper

Status update: Still kickin’ Facebook reunites high school friends By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen

JoAnn Volpe and Linda Stopkoski sat at Volpe’s dining room table, laughing and reminiscing about their days at Southington High School, giggling at past relationships and poking fun at one another for choices they made when they were young. Photo by Christopher Zajac It was hard to tell that the two friends, Linda Snow Stopkoski, left, and JoAnn Volpe both 63, hadn’t seen share a laugh in Volpe’s home as they recall each other in 19 years. the story that led these high school friends to And those 19 years had- reconnect after 19 years. n’t been all sunshine, either; until very recently, Stopkoski high blood pressure in the lungs’ arteries, making it difficult to breathe. thought Volpe was dead. After the two graduated from It can cause a heart attack. Volpe and Stopkoski saw each othSouthington High in 1967, they parted ways. Volpe moved to Bristol, er right before Volpe’s condition took while Stopkoski moved to Clinton, a turn for the worse in 1994. Volpe and both focused on their families. was admitted to a hospital in the They talked here and there, but even- spring of 1994 and was in the intensive care unit. Her family wasn’t tually lost touch. In 1992, Volpe noticed she was hav- sure she was going to make it. Stopkoski heard the news and got ing a hard time catching her breath, which often left her dizzy and faint. in touch with Volpe’s daughter, TamHer condition got progressively my Cassile, to see if she could visit worse, which led her to the doctors. her friend and offer any help. Cassile She was diagnosed with primary pul- said she didn’t think her mother monary hypertension, which is a rare lung disease in which there is See Friends, page 18

Friday, July 5, 2013

Newtown memorial damaged by vandals By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen A monarch butterfly made of wood was recently stolen from a mural on a building facing the Rails to Trails path. The mural was created in memory of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown last December. Twenty-six wooden butterflies were painted and designed by 26 different artists in town and were installed on the mural on June 23, secured to the building with screws. Five days later, Mary DeCroce, the chairwoman of the nonprofit Southington Community Cultural Arts, received emails telling her that one of the butterflies was missing. The wooden monarch butterfly, black and orange, measures about a foot by a foot. “I just want it back. I want it respected and protected,” DeCroce said. “Those lives were stolen forever from their families and horrifically harmed and why would you do that to the memory of them?” DeCroce helped Lisa Wrubleski and Erin Furniss, both Southington residents, create the butterflies. Wrubleski and Furniss oversaw Because of 26, on June 15, a day to remember the Newtown victims and bring the community together. The butterflies were installed a few days later. “I think the most disappointing thing is the entire project was done out of kindness and not even a

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A sign was placed next to the mural in Southington – a memorial to the 26 who died in the Newtown massacre – asking for the return of the stolen butterfly. month later ...” Wrubleski said. “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am.” This is not the first time that something along the Rails to Trails See Memorial, page 4

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The foundation’s third and final fund-raiser of the year, a golf tournament at Southington Country Club, will be held Monday, Sept. 9. Save the date. The highest commendations for the Joe & Kay Calvanese Foundation come from others involved in local charity. Janet Mellon, director of Southington Community Services, said: “I’m always saying that we have a guardian angel who comes to our rescue when we desperately need it. The truth is we have two guardian angels; the second one is Kathy Reinhard (treasurer and secretary) of the Calvanese Foundation.” John Myers, director of the Southington-Cheshire YMCA, said: “When Cal-

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Local Girl Scouts take on trail work By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen

Hiking with friends a few months ago, Megan Walsh found the Crescent Lake trails hard to navigate because some of the markings had faded. She suggested to her mother that Girl Scout Troop 66575 do something about it. Jeanna Walsh, Megan’s mother and the troop’s leader, took four girls from the troop over the red trail, which is about two miles long and travels around the edge of the lake. Megan, Makenna Arnson, Kata Erdei and Juliana Ferreri, who will be Southington High School freshmen in the fall, wanted to see what they

could do to help the trail. “We stumbled across a bridge that was falling apart that the girls wanted to tackle,” Walsh said. “We are still going to re-mark the red trail and we haven’t finished it yet.” A bridge over a creek that people using the red trail have to cross, built from “old cut down trees,” was “falling apart and rotting,” Walsh said. Before re-marking the trail, the girls wanted to fix the 3-foot-wide bridge. “It took us about an hour to make the bridge and then collect the stones to put across the stream,” Ferreri said. “We were there for three hours.” Home Depot donated the


wood for the bridge, Walsh said. The girls completed the new bridge, with 11 pieces of wood sitting atop one large, flat plank, two weeks ago. With help from their fathers, they put the bridge together and collected rocks on which it would rest.

Over the summer, the four girls will re-mark the red trail to make it easier for hikers to follow. An orange trail runs near the red trail; with the faded markings, differentiating them is difficult, Jeanna Walsh said. The work the Girl Scouts do will be part of their Sil-

ver Award project, which gets them out into the community. “You take on a volunteer project, but that volunteer project has to continue on,” Ferreri said. “It continues on through generations. It doesn’t just happen once and it’s over.”


said he was frustrated with the graffiti: “We look at this as being a serious thing. This is something that is not funny. Not cute. It’s kid stuff. We are pursuing this and if we find out, we will be arresting people.” In June 2011, vandals spray-painted graffiti on several buildings along the trail, including the old Milldale train depot. “If you go in and do artwork, it normally solves the graffiti problem, and I found it to be true,” DeCroce said. “I’ve been doing it for six years and only been hit once, in East Granby. People protect it and it’s just an underground rule ...” Joseph LaPorte is a Park Board commissioner and remembered the heavy graffiti from years ago and the commission’s struggle to end it. He thought the murals were doing a great job of deterring teenagers and others from

vandalizing the buildings. LaPorte was upset upon hearing the news of the stolen butterfly. “I was afraid that this might happen,” LaPorte said, “but I was also hopeful that people would have enough sense to realize why it was done — in honor of their memory. It seemed to be OK, but what motivated these individuals to damage this butterfly mural? I don’t know.” “The beauty is supposed to be there for many generations to come and enjoy it, and that really can’t happen,” Wrubleski said. “The person that took it is missing the whole concept of why we did this.” Both DeCroce and Wrubleski hope whoever took the butterfly will realize what they have done and return it. “I don’t care who took it,” DeCroce said. “I just want it back.”

Continued from page 1 has been vandalized; there have been problems with graffiti. In 2009, the Parks and Recreation Commission had the idea to enlist local artists to create murals on the sides of buildings facing the trail in vandalism-prone areas. There was also talk of planting thorn bushes in certain areas to inhibit people from painting graffiti on the buildings. The police have also been cooperating with Parks and Recreation and have been keeping an eye on the trail. “It’s been really quiet recently,” David Lapreay, the director of recreation, said. “Police patrol the area on bikes to make sure it’s OK.’’ Lt. Lowell DePalma worked closely with the Parks Commission for years on the issue. In a Record-Journal article from June 22, 2011, DePalma



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Chafing at the charter process By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen Some are still questioning whether the Charter Revision Commission did the best it could to research both sides of the proposed change to transform the police and fire commissions into advisory boards and give the town manager authority over the police and fire chiefs. Town Councilor Chris Palmieri and commission member Dennis Conroy, both Democrats, said the panel was not allowed to do its due diligence, blaming Republican commission

Chairman Brian Callahan. Callahan and Town Councilor Cheryl Lounsbury, also a Republican, said enough work was done and, working on a tight deadline to get the proposed changes onto the November ballot, they couldn’t grant every request. Democrats wanted to explore towns that operate as does Southington, with a Board of Police Commissioners and Board of Fire Commissioners overseeing the departments. The Charter Revision Commission brought in the town managers from Meriden and Cheshire, who directly oversee their police and fire

chiefs, and the Democrats felt that illustrated only one of the options. “All I was asking for is to not flat-out reject the revisions, but (for the Town Council) to send them back and get thorough analysis and to look at different perspectives,” Palmieri said. “I was disappointed that it was outright denied and not given any credibility whatsoever.” The council voted last week along party lines, 6-3, to put three recommended changes to the Town Charter on the ballot on Nov. 5, when residents will make the final decision. Among them was

the modification of authority over the police and fire chiefs. “What the Democrats were doing was using smoke and mirrors,” Callahan said. “We already have the other side. We have a police and fire commission. There was no need to find out how (other towns’) police and fire chiefs work with the commission. What we wanted to do is see what it was like having fire and police chiefs report to the town manager, because that’s what we’re looking to change.” Conroy disagreed with Callahan, saying that there is no real proof that the com-

missions need to be changed in the charter. He felt the power shouldn’t go to one individual. “They’re the ones that got smoke and mirrors,” Conroy said of the Republicans. “They’re trying to make people perceive that there is more efficiency; there’s nothing.” Conroy said commission member Zeke Zalaski, a Democrat, asked Town Attorney Mark Sciota if they could invite the police chief of West Haven to speak. West Haven’s police and fire chiefs

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Town to repair Memorial Park bathhouse By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen

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This summer, the Memorial Park bathhouse will undergo some roof repairs to fix some leaks that worsened during the winter. It will cost about $7,200 to fix the leaky roof, Town Manager Garry Brumback said. Brumback said the town will do its best to keep the pool open during the repairs, but if it appears to be unsafe for the workers or those using the pool, then it will be closed. “It will boil down to safety,” Brumback said. It will take a day or so to fix the roof, he said, and if the pool had to be closed, the workers will “close it for the minimum amount of time necessary.” Repairs could happen within the next week or two, but Brumback didn’t have an exact date Thursday, June 27. The ultimate goal is to completely renovate the bath house and the rest room area. A few years ago, the Town Council talked about repairing or renovating the bathrooms. A few years ago, the Board of Park Commissioners had asked for $20,000 to

repair the bathrooms. But more extensive improvements would require that the toilets comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the bathrooms would have lost capacity or needed expansion. The costs for that would have been closer to $40,000, so it was put on the back burner. Some repairs and improvements have been made, Brumback said, to make the bathhouse “safe and adequate,” Brumback said. Dawn Miceli, a town councilor, often brings her son to play sports at Memorial Park. She was in favor of renovating the bathrooms because of their constant flooding and other problems. “Memorial Park is a beautiful facility but it definitely needs a major overhaul,” Miceli said. “We have a lot of visitors come to our parks because they come to play our sports teams from other communities. And you want to make sure that everything is running properly and functioning and being maintained.” Michael Manware, the assistant superintendent of parks, said the area is in need of renovations and the department would like to bring the filtration system


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Manware has worked in the Parks & Recreation Department for 14 years and is looking forward to the possibility of renovations. “We’re really determining a cost-benefit analysis at this point,” Brumback said. “There is a point at which it

makes more sense to update and renovate the whole building.” The cost to renovate is yet to be determined and Brumback said a cost-benefit analysis should be ready for the next fiscal year’s capital improvement plan.


$500 nursing scholarship in her name. In 1994, on the passing of Joe, the family boosted the scholarships to two in nursing and one in elementary education, each awarding $1,500. In 1996, the children: Kathy, Mary, Joe Jr., Chris and Peg established a 501c3, not-for-profit corporation in memory of their parents. In the early years, they donated $25,000 to the town for the purchase of infrared helmets for firefighters, $2,500 each for defibrillators for the police and later $10,000 for the mobile stage at the green. The donations are too numerous to list but the foundation now raises more than $100,000 per year. Today, Southington Community Services along with Bread for Life are at the top of the list of those receiving help, with the YMCA not far behind. This year the foundation established a fund for behavioral health earmarked

for the people of Southington. The fund will be managed by The Main Street Community Foundation of Bristol in close association with the Wheeler Clinic of Plainville. Reinhard noted the exhaustive efforts that are being made to ensure that the funds will be properly allocated and used as intended. After the Gala in April 2013, Reinhard reported a total of $115,000 raised, including $15,000 from the silent auction. “Through the years I’ve learned a lot about people and their generosity. But this was one of the most amazing demonstrations of a community pulling together to help those victimized by an incredible tragedy,” Reinhard said. “We have been able to set aside $65,000 for a private fund established for Newtown’s needs, plus $15,000 for the behavioral health needs

Continued from page 2 One look at the history of this iconic local institution at explains the outstanding tributes to their work. The foundation describes itself as a not-forprofit, charitable institution serving the Southington Community. Their mission is “To improve the quality of life in our community by supporting local charities, assisting individual causes and helping make seemingly impossible dreams come true.” Those who are active in Southington community life may not need such an introduction to the generosity of this charity through the years. A lifetime of giving to the community by Kay and Joe Calvanese is the root of the work of the foundation today. When Kay succumbed to a battle with cancer in 1982, Joe established an annual

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Friday, July 5, 2013 — The Southington Citizen

Woman may get 3 years for sex with Southington teens

A Clinton woman entered a guilty plea Friday, June 28 in Middletown Superior Court to three counts of reckless endangerment in connection with sexual relationships with two 14-yearold boys from Southington, one of whom she was hired to watch as a babysitter. Loni Bouchard, 21, of 133 W. Main St., Clinton, will be sentenced Sept. 20. The state’s attorney offered a sentence of three years in prison, suspended after serving one year, and two years of probation. Bouchard’s lawyer, Jack O’Donnell, has the right to argue for less prison time at the sentencing hearing. Judge David Gold warned Bouchard that the probation she will eventually be placed on may require her to submit

to polygraph exams, restrict her associations with teenagers, restrict her Internet and cell phone use and require her to get approval for any sexual relationships. Bouchard may also be required to get treatment while on probation, but Gold did not say what type of treatment. Bouchard told Gold she understood and wanted to continue with the plea. O’Donnell said Bouchard’s plea was entered under the Alford Doctrine, which means she does not technically admit guilt but concedes that the state probably has enough evidence to convict her. Bouchard had previously been charged with seconddegree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, but the state’s attorney filed the substitute charges in court last Friday. “She takes responsibility


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for the offenses,” O’Donnell said in court, “but she doesn’t agree with some of the statements made.” According to Assistant State’s Attorney Barbara Hoffman, in January 2010, Bouchard was babysitting a 14-year-old boy from Southington. The victim’s mother discovered Bouchard and her son were having a sexual relationship after looking at her son’s Facebook account, where she saw messages Bouchard had sent him. The mother filed a report with the Clinton Police Department, believing the sex-

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pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a child last October and was sentenced to three years probation. Hoffman said the victim’s family stopped contacting the state’s attorney’s office after Kimmy Bouchard was sentenced. Hoffman said the mother of the victim was angry with Kimmy Bouchard for providing the drugs and alcohol to her son. The second victim’s family has not been in contact with the state’s attorney’s office at all, Hoffman said. Loni Bouchard had no criminal history before these cases, O’Donnell said.


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ual contact happened at Bouchard’s house. After investigating, police determined that some of the contact also occurred at the boy’s Southington home. Southington police investigators also discovered a second 14-year-old boy who had a sexual relationship with Bouchard, Hoffman said in court. Bouchard was arrested in 2011. Bouchard’s mother, Kimmy Bouchard, was also arrested and charged with giving alcohol and marijuana to the boy and Bouchard, who was underage at the time. Kimmy Bouchard

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Teacher evaluation system to change By Savannah Mul Special to The Citizen

The way the performance of teachers and administrators is evaluated will change next school year, and some aspects of the shift have stirred debate. The evaluations are changing because of new state mandates that the school district has to comply with, Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said. Assistant School Superintendent Karen Smith said one of the recommendations

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performance and practice (40 percent). “Each category holds different weight,” Smith said. The assessment evaluation will be done on a program called BloomBoard, for which administrators will be trained in July. Within the district, Goralski said, the teacher and administrator evaluations have been successful in showing teacher performance, and the board will work with the state mandates. The school board will next take up the issue at its meeting in August.


residents that show up at commission meetings to speak during public communications time will not be recognized by the Chair. Only non residents that have been invited by the town attorney through the chairman and approval of the majority of the commission will be recognized.” The Republicans “had their mind made up, what are we supposed to be doing

here?” Conroy said. “They didn’t want to hear anything else.” Callahan said that the request was outside of a meeting and should have gone through him and then been voted on by the commission. “The fact of the matter is when we started (the Charter Revision Commission), we voted unanimously that we would operate under Robert’s Rules of Order,” Callahan said. “Under the Robert’s Rules of Order, all conversations and requests go through the chair.” Callahan said he feels the Democrats were trying to circumvent going through him and were “trying to create havoc.” “There’s still another perspective, just like they heard from two different towns about the other way,” Palmieri said. Lounsbury thought the requests of the Democrats to do more research and to bring in other towns similar to Southington was a delay tactic. “I think with the Democrats it’s just a stalling technique,” Lounsbury said. “This is a major change in the charter and one thing that has to happen is the public has to decide on it. It’s really important. We’re in a situation where we only have so many days to get it on the referendum in November.” Lounsbury said there are better voter turnouts on Election Day; if the decision on

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In the evaluation process, teachers and administrators will provide a self-assessment of their progress and goals, then other teachers within the school will evaluate each other on their progress and goals achieved throughout the year. These evaluations are part of the System for Educator Evaluation Development (SEED), Smith said, in which teachers are assessed in four categories: peer or parent feedback (10 percent), student learning and development (45 percent), student feedback (5 percent) and teacher

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Derynoski said. “There would be a sub, but the continuity is broken ... I know there is a positive side to it and teachers can work with other colleagues, but we only have (students in class) for a limited time.” The change in teacher and administrator evaluations has been an ongoing issue, Goralski said, and “we want to do our best as a crew to provide support needed for the district to do a good job.” Smith said the colloquial visits could prove to be the best way for teachers to learn how to evaluate others.

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Entrances will change at middle schools By Savannah Mul Special to The Citizen

Even though summer has just begun, when students return to Kennedy and DePaolo middle schools in September, they can expect many changes, one of them being the front entrance.

“The front entrance will be closed off and become a hallway to a new addition being built,” said Fred Cox, operations director for the schools. “The front entrance will relocate to the other end of the building and it’ll serve as a temporary entrance.” This will be where the stu-

dents enter and exit throughout the school day. Because the entrance will be on the opposite side of the school, Cox said, safety is still a No. 1 concern. “Visitors coming in won’t be seen easily,” he said. “The temporary entrance and the office are pretty far away and

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Mooreland Hill School held its 80th commencement recently. Students receiving diplomas were, grade nine: Armaan Kameli of S. Glastonbury, Robert LeConche of Farmington, Briana Lugo of Plainville, Alexandria Martin of Bristol, Manjot Samra of Southington; grade eight: Jenna Chirico of Kensington, Benjamin Czuprinski of Plainville, Tavish Clark of Middlefield, Michael Fischer of Southington, Brianna Gambacini of Southington, Duane Hinkson of New Britain, Paige Miller of Plainville, Sierra Reynolds of Meriden, Elijah Warner of Hartford.

If this motion passes, the funding for this will come from the middle school projects, Palmieri said. “We definitely need a high level of security, and if for some reason the cameras can’t be repositioned, this is an option we’re looking at,” he said. Though Cox said he believes cameras will be installed, having a person there would be an extra measure the school can take for the upcoming year. The Middle School Building Committee was to have more information on this issue during the Tuesday, July 2 meeting.

we are working to set up something similar to Derynoski.” Cox proposed this idea to the Middle School Building Committee Tuesday, June 25. He said it would be in the best interest of the school if someone would be there to identify visitors with a temporary pass until they are able to make it to the main office. “It could be a part-time person or, depending on the need, could be a security guard,” Cox said. “It’s a security enhancement for the school to control the visitors in and out of the building.” Vice Chairman Chris Palmieri said the committee is waiting for confirmation that cameras can be relocated to the temporary entrance and that a buzzer system can be installed to enhance security.

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Ebooks becoming bigger part of curriculum By Savannah Mul Special to The Citizen

Driven by curriculum changes in the 2013-14 school year, the Southington school district will receive electronic versions with new textbooks. “Right now we are looking at textbooks that are aligned with the Common Core State curriculum requirements,” assistant superintendent Karen Smith said. “This year we got a wonderful deal. It’s not just a hard copy, but eBooks.” This isn’t the first year that the school district has been using eBooks, but Smith said this is the first year the school district had

“so many electronic options.” She still feels textbooks will always be a staple within the schools. “I honestly believe that it won’t be a total electronic system,” Smith said. “There is value in having the opportunity of both.” Curriculum Committee member Patricia Queen said when changes happen in the Common Core State Standards, teachers are required to write a new curriculum. “The work the teachers do is presented to us,” Queen said. “So we understand what is happening in the district, we ask questions and then it is presented to the board as a whole.”




The committee, teachers and Smith are now looking for a new math book and eBooks for grades K-5 to follow the Common Core State Standards. Along with all the purchased textbooks the same version will also be available in an eBook, she said. “It saves on the wear and tear of the book, the text can stay in the classroom,” Queen said. “Then as long as you have access to the internet either at home or the library you can get to the eBook. It’s definitely a necessity. That’s where we are heading as a society in general. We want to stay ahead of the curve.” Based on survey results about the “Bring Your Own Device” to school program, the student response about

using technology in the classroom has been “very positive and we’re looking to expand it,” Smith said. As technology is used more within the district, Smith said accessibility is the first concern. “The hardcover copies are always practical,” Smith said. “We have to be sure families have proper access (electronically).”

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Continued from page 8 putting the charter changes on the ballot were delayed, residents would have to vote on them in a special referendum, which might result in a low turnout, she said. Sciota said there will be three questions on the ballot concerning possible changes to the charter. The questions will be presented to the council on July 8, at which point it will vote on the wording. There will be a question concerning authority over the police and fire chiefs; one for allowing the town manager to authorize transfers of up to $1,000 into and out of a line item within a fiscal year; and a proposal to raise the minimum amount of a public contract that requires it go through the bidding process from $10,000 to $25,000 and raising the amount for public works contracts needing to go through the public bidding process from $5,000 to $25,000. “I think that they’re going to overwhelmingly turn this down,” Conroy said of the voters. “We really want to make sure that we give the public and all of the public the right to vote on it,” Lounsbury said. “It’s their turn.”


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Sleep tips to help kids’ weight Does your child get enough sleep? If not, it could affect more than sleepiness at school. Studies suggest there may be a link between skimping on sleep and being overweight. Sleep shortfalls may increase hunger hormones — so kids eat more. Also, kids are less likely to get exercise (and burn off calories) when they’re tired. To help kids and teens get a good night’s sleep: Remove TVs, computers, and gadgets from kids’ bedrooms. Avoid large meals before bedtime. Develop a regular bedtime routine. Set firm bedtimes and wake times. Make sure the bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing — and not too hot or cold. Help kids quiet down a few hours before bedtime. Heavy studying, text messaging, or video games should end in early evening. How much sleep do schoolkids need? It depends on the child. But here are some general guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation: Ages 3-5: 11-13 hours Ages 5-12: 10-11 hours Ages 11-17: 9.5-9.25 hours —


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Southington Elks Lodge No. 1669 will host its annual golf tournament Friday, Aug. 16, at Hawks Landing Country Club. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 9. Individuals or foursomes welcome. For more information, contact Chairman Ralph Hedenberg, (860) 276-8395, or the Elks Lodge, (860) 628-6682.

The Southington High School Class of 1983 is planning its 30th reunion for Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hawks Landing Country Club. Addresses of classmates are needed. Email with address information for class members.

Kiwanis golf The Kiwanis Club of Southington will host its 36th Annual Robert E. McCormack Golf Tournament Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Hawks Landing Country Club. To pre-register, or for more information, call Len (860) 621-3792 or Ed (860) 6215838.


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The Parks & Recreation Department and Funtasia Tours offers two-day camp opportunities for children ages 6 to 15 this summer. Each day of camp will begin and end at the Southington Community Pavilion, located on the Drive-In property on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Available camp dates are Aug. 12-16 and Aug. 19-23. Complete camp details and registration forms are available at the Parks & Recreation Department, 75 Main St., second floor, and on the department’s webpage at For more information, call (860) 276-6219.

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July 4, George Washington, and religious freedom By Ralph Lord Roy Special to The Citizen

Each July 4th reminds us of the leadership, courage, and wisdom of George Washington, revered as the father of our country. An important contribution of his, usually overlooked, is the central role he played in promoting both the freedom and the practice of religion in the new nation. During the American Revolution he recognized the pressing need for unity among his troops, and one of his first acts as commanderin-chief of the Continental Army was to combat the hostility against Catholicism that was pervasive at the time. On Nov. 5, 1775, eight months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington forbid his soldiers from participating in “Pope’s Day,” when the Pope was burned

in effigy, a practice which he described as: “ridiculous and childish.” This order seems to have dealt a death blow to the observance of Pope’s Day throughout all the colonies. At the same time, Washington was urging his troops to attend religious services, which he thought would strengthen their morale as well as cut down on irresponsible behavior. He even warned against “profane cursing and swearing” which could hinder the “blessing of Heaven…if we insult it by our impiety and folly.” On several occasions General Washington issued thanksgiving-day proclamations. When France agreed to aid the colonies in their war against the British Empire, he circulated a statement which read in part: “It having pleased the Almighty ruler of the Universe … (to


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The Southington Citizen is seeking information on faith services. Announcements, photos or news can be sent to or to P.O. Box 246, Southington, CT 06489.

Summer hours Summer hours for Faith Baptist Church, 243 Laning St., starting July 7 through Sept. 1, will be 10 to 11 a.m., Sunday Worship and Children’s Sunday school. Summer worship services at Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville, will be held at 9 a.m. for the months of July and August. The church office summer hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call the office, (860) 628-5595.

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of Southington is sponsoring a bus trip to the WNBA All-Star Game at Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday, July 27. The coach will leave the church parking lot, 581 Meriden Ave., at 11 a.m. The game begins at 3:30 p.m. For more information, or to make reservations, call Bev, (860) 621-3024. The St. Aloysius Father Blanchfield Scholarship Fund is sponsoring a day trip to Mohegan Sun Monday, July 15. Cost includes transportation and casino bonus. A 50/50 raffle will be held on the trip. For more information, or to make reservations, call (860) 628-7717.

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In Southington, CERT volunteers eager to serve By Savannah Mul Special to The Citizen

For one program in town, volunteers are ready to serve their community during an emergency or after a call for help. The Community Emergency Response Team was created in 2007 to serve the community as completely as possible, said Don Mackenzie, a CERT captain who has been with the team for four years. “When things go bad and there is not enough help, CERT is there,” he said. “It’s a great program.” Southington CERT consists of about 130 volunteers who are instructed on emergency preparedness. The volunteers train in search and rescue — by foot and on mountain bikes — and traffic control, in addition to learning basic medical techniques and the dynamics of fires, Mackenzie said. All volunteers are CPR certified, and Mackenzie said CERT also has a team of volunteer nurses to provide assistance if needed. Lt. Eric Heath of the Southington Fire Department has been the liaison to CERT since Peter Kurtz retired from the position about a year ago. Kurtz remains an active member of the organization.

Heath said CERT is accepting volunteer applications from individuals who would like to participate in a six-toeight-week class in the fall. “We used to have two graduating classes a year,” CERT Deputy Chief Ted Janelle said. “But now we have one a year, and the classes start in the fall. We are always looking for more people, and some come in from different towns, too.” Janelle started the Southington CERT program in 2007, and said since then they’ve had residents from Bristol and Middletown train as volunteers for the community. CERT classes can accommodate up to 25 volunteers. They typically put in about 20 hours during the six-toeight-week session, Janelle said. The certification the trainees receive doesn’t expire, but all of the volunteers take a “yearly oath,” Mackenzie said. That oath confirms to the organization that the volunteer pledges to be there in case an emergency or significant event occurs. “It’s a very good program; roughly, there are 5,000 members in the state of Connecticut,” Janelle said. “The more the merrier.”


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helped with traffic and crowd control at the event, he said “The main thing is to help people,” Janelle said. “It helps yourself, and when something comes up, you

know what to do.” Cheshire, Wallingford and Meriden don’t have volunteer CERT programs, but town officials say they are


over the Universe ... the Great Author of every public and private good … the invisible hand which conducts the Affairs of men.” Fourteen clergymen, including a rabbi, marched in the inaugural procession. As president, Washington continued to guard against any division stemming from religion, carefully avoiding any hint of sectarianism. When a letter to him from several Baptist ministers in New England expressed concern about possible intolerance, he replied that every person “ought to be protected in worshiping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.” He wrote Fr. John Carroll in Maryland that Catholics, still facing discrimination in some states, are “equally entitled to the protection of civil government.” In a message to members of a Jewish synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, he used the oft-quoted phrase: “to bigotry no sanction.” Though he had been critical of Quaker pacifism during the Revolution, in a letter after that war he opined that “no Denomination among us (has) more exemplary and useful Citizens.” Some Protestant clergy

expressed dissatisfaction with Washington’s refusal to express forthright endorsement of their faith and urged specific reference to Christianity in the Constitution. When they wrote Washington of their concern, his response was that religion did not need official governmental support, and that it was the duty of the clergy, and not the state, to promote it. In summary, Washington was keenly aware that religion could work for good or ill in the new country. On many occasions he praised it as a force for morality, contributing to an orderly society where people of different faiths should live in an atmosphere of mutual respect. At the same time he knew how religion also could be divisive, the cause of serious conflict. He was well aware of the bitterness, even wars, that narrow sectarianism had fostered in Europe and was determined to keep this from happening here. What an admirable example he set for generations yet to come. Ralph Lord Roy of Southington is an author and retired United Methodist minister. Email: Ralphlroy@aol. com.

Continued from page 14 Deism, with a keen awareness of the creator and ruler the world, but without accepting certain exclusively Christian doctrines. Others suggest that he was deeply influenced by the principles and language of Freemasonry, which welcomes members of different faiths as long as they profess a belief in a Supreme Being. He took his presidential oath on a Bible from a Masonic lodge and was buried with Masonic rites. On June 8, 1783, In his final act as commander in chief, Washington wrote a 4,000-word ‘Circular Letter’ to governors of the 13 colonies in which he urged officials and citizens to act “with the Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the Characteristicks (sic) of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion.” This is often cited to indicate some measure of identification with Christianity. Six years later, in 1789, Washington’s first inaugural address struck a strong religious note, referring to “the Almighty Being who rules

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ous friends. He graduated from Southington High School, Class of 2006 and attended the University of Connecticut. Funeral services were held June 28, in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett officiating. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, 95 Flanders Road, Southington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to charity of donor’s choice. For further information, directions or to sign the guest book for Adam, please visit online at

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To the editor: As a parent of a recent graduate of the Alternative Education Program (ALTA), I felt the need to express my thoughts about ALTA. I am a father of four children, all who have been educated in the Southington school system. I believe that Southington has a very good school system, but for some kids a high school with more than 2,000 students is overwhelming. When the idea of my son going to ALTA was first considered, I, along with many parents that I’ve spoken to, had a misconception of what the school is. What ALTA is, is a terrific

environment for learning. The smaller classroom size helps to keep the students focused. The staff there is incredibly good at working with our kids. The students’ involvement in events is very rewarding for them. Everyone at ALTA goes above and beyond their job requirements to ensure the success of the students. I can go on and on, but I would like to finish by thanking Mr. Levin, Mr. Hill, and all the teachers and staff for their support, phone calls, emails, and for just making my son feel like part of the ALTA family. Thank you. Scot Siarkowski Plantsville

Good schools benefit everyone To the editor: At this year’s meeting on the Southington budget, I got the distinct sense of déjà vu, especially concerning the

school budget. Speaker after speaker rose to support the budget. Then a few spoke against the school budget. One comment struck me as significant. The speaker said, “It‘s time we did something for the rest of the people in Southington.” The clear implication is that schools serve a narrow band of the population. Nothing could be further from the truth. Great towns have great schools. Too often we view schools as some sort of necessary evil; a cost center that must be trimmed like some overgrown hedge in our yard. We like the hedge because it blocks traffic noise, but we would be happier if there was no traffic and we could do away with the hedge entirely. It is time that we stopped viewing our schools as a cost center to be cut and minimized. Our schools are See Letters, next page

Government Meetings

Monday, July 8 Town Council, Municipal Center Public Assembly Room, 196 N. Main St., 7 p.m. Library Board, Barnes Museum, 85 N. Main St., 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 Middle Schools Building Committee, Town Hall Lower Level Conference Room, 4:30 p.m. Senior Citizens Commission, Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 Board of Police Commissioners, Southington Police Department Community Room, 69 Lazy Lane, 6 p.m. Board of Education, meeting canceled. Board of Water Commission, Water Department, 605 W. Queen St., 6 p.m.

Conservation Commission, Municipal Center Public Assembly Room, 196 N. Main St., 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 Middle Schools Building Committee, Town Hall Lower Level Conference Room, 4:30 p.m. Planning and Zoning Commission, Municipal Center Public Assembly Room, 196 N. Main St.,7 p.m. Thursday, July 18 Board of Fire Commissioners, fire headquarters, 310 N. Main St., 6 p.m. Open Space Committee, Municipal Center Public Assembly Room, 196 N. Main St., 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 Middle Schools Building Committee, Town Hall Lower Level Conference Room, 4:30 p.m.

The Southington Citizen Friday, July 5, 2013

Malloy praises Obama climate change initiative Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday, June 25 released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s initiative to address climate change: “President Obama has courageously charted an aggressive and innovative course to address one of the most challenging and pressing issues of our time – climate change. “While it is fashionable in some circles to deride climate change, scientific evidence speaks clearly to the fact that temperatures are warming, sea levels are rising, and storms are growing more frequent and severe – all at a time when carbon emissions from human activity on our planet continue to reach new record highs. “As President Obama stressed today, it’s time for our nation to step forward to address this challenge – and to assume international leadership on this issue. Every American should be proud of the President for recognizing that our future, and that of children and grandchildren, depends on us taking action right now – and for proposing steps to do exactly that.

“Here in Connecticut, we have been pursuing a new energy agenda designed to bring cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power to the people and businesses of our state. It is an agenda that will bring down both the cost of electricity and heat and the level of carbon emissions we produce. “Our energy agenda is very much aligned with plans laid out today by the President. As is the President, we are focused on energy efficiency to reduce the amount of fuel that is burned to generate heat and electricity. We are addressing carbon emissions from facilities that produce electricity – one of the single largest sources of greenhouse gases – through our participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). And we are attracting private capital to spur innovation and finance the deployment of emissionsfree renewable energy sources in our state, which is leading to a ten-fold increase this year in power produced by solar, fuel cells, wind, and other clean See Malloy, next page

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Equal rights: We’ve still got a ways to go By Julie Sopchak The Southington Citizen

Beneath all of the technical and “argle-bargle” lawyer-talk of the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposi- Sopchak tion 8 was a rather simple, beautiful message. We’re equal. June 26 marked a big day in United States history, one that many – including myself – feel has been long overdue. But better late than never, I suppose. The Defense of Marriage Act, signed by Bill Clinton in 1996, barred state-recognized, same-sex marriages from receiving federal benefits available to marriages between a man and a woman. California’s Proposition 8 was simply a ban on samesex marriage in the state that was put on voting bal-

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technologies in our state. “Connecticut is emerging as a national model for what it takes to build a clean energy future that is responsive to ratepayers and the need to

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an engine of economic growth; a beacon to attract new businesses and residents. Everyone has a vested interest in making the Southington schools the best in Connecticut. Businesses benefit by having a well-educated population to make and purchase their products. The economy and future of the town benefits when there are great companies to attract our young people to return after college.

lots in 2008. But the reversal of these decisions seemed inevitable, as the push and support for the LGBT community has only grown stronger over the years. Personally, I never understood the vast depths of homophobia in society – in the U.S. or worldwide. In some countries, homosexual acts can be punished by death. To me, it seems silly, that a country founded upon the philosophy of equality would have so many bumps in the road to allow something that, to me, just seems like common sense. Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden have all enacted laws where same-sex marriage is legally recognized. Why are we so behind? I know there is opposition to gay marriage. These adversaries have every right to their opinion, and I would never take that away from them. But my point, and the grow our economy and create jobs. The initiatives that the President has offered today will support our efforts and put Connecticut and the entire nation on a path to a more secure and sustainable future.” —From the Office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Senior citizens benefit when they decide to downsize into a condo or smaller home as they experience the “empty nest” syndrome. Who is going to buy their three- and four-bedroom homes? — New families attracted to Southington by the great schools and quality of life. Everyone benefits by having great schools. We must stop looking at schools as “hedges” to be trimmed and start seeing them as beautiful gardens that enhance every aspect of our town. William Lutz Plantsville

point of same-sex marriage advocates, is that you should not have the right to tell somebody else how to live his or her life. Listen, I don’t like pineapple. I get a lot of weird looks when I tell people that, but truth is I just don’t like it. Now if I’m at a party, and someone standing next to me is eating a pineapple and, moreover, is really enjoying it, I’m not gonna slap that pineapple out of his

hand just because I personally don’t like the taste because it doesn’t sour the taste of my delicious, juicy peach, even if he is disgustingly chewing with his mouth open. If anything, this guy’s powerful love of pineapple only makes me appreciate my peach even more. Like, yeah, we’re both eating fruit, and we love our fruit. And I don’t get freaked out when someone asks me if I want pineapple, either.

You know what my response is? “No thanks, I don’t like pineapple.” End of exchange. But some people still insist that allowing gay people to marry will ruin the institution of marriage, because drive-thru wedding chapels are steadfast in their mission of preserving the sanctity of marriage. Just ask

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The view as a freshman legislator By State Rep. David Zoni In November, the people of Southington elected me as their new representative in the state legislature. I cannot express how thrilled I am, and how humbled I am by the magnitude of this responsibility. Each day, I meet up with people I have known for years, some I’ve met more recently, and others I never knew before, and each and every one offers me positive encouragement. “Don’t forget the little guys,” is the phrase I hear most frequently. It is my belief the day I do that is the day I don’t belong in Hartford any longer. I was awestruck by the building: it is a magnificent structure with a storied history seeping through every stone and tile. Each footstep echoes past years of debates, hours of discussions, tension, resolution and laughter, all with the goal of improving the lives of the people of Connecticut. I am still awestruck, and honored beyond belief to be part of this. There is much to be learned. Legislators and their staff members from all over the state open their doors and arms, willing to help me, “the new guy,” in hopes that some day I will help them. So many important issues have faced us this year. The budget process was daunting, but we were able to pass a balanced budget that will raise no new taxes. We maintained grants to cities and towns, invested in education and maintained the safety net for our most vulnerable individuals. We authorized grants for schools, including our own Kennedy and DePaolo Middle School renovations. We passed landmark energy legislation to tap into clean, renewable energy sources, expand access to natural gas, promote energy efficiency and lower costs.

David Zoni is sworn into office. Food labeling is an important consumer issue that led to hours of informative public hearings which culminated in a landmark decision. We are the first state in the nation to pass GMO labeling legislation, and I am proud to have been a part of that. We addressed many other health-related issues, including nursing home neglect and abuse, children in tanning salons, and more. We continued to reinvest in the Small Business Express program that provides matching loans and grants to businesses with 100 or fewer employees. We also extended legislation on price-gouging in the event of severe and catastrophic weather and provided assistance for families of military personnel to pay for essential household goods or services. In addition, I have often been called upon by individuals in our community, asking for help with personal issues. I have responded and worked for resolution, and will always be there for you. Thank you for allowing me to serve, I am indeed humbled and honored. Rep. Zoni serves the 81st Assembly District-Southington. He can be contacted via email: or by phone: (860) 385-1812.


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would survive and there were no visitors allowed, besides immediate family. Reluctantly, Stopkoski hung up the phone, having asked Cassile to update her on her mother’s condition, and hoped for the best for her longtime friend. “I didn’t get a phone call back, so I figured it would have been a bad phone call,” Stopkoski said. “I never got one.” Eventually, Stopkoski concluded that Volpe must have died. She had lost Cassile’s contact information and didn’t have a number for Volpe. For years, she said, her uncle and aunt who lived in Southington looked through the newspapers for Volpe’s obituary. Five years ago, Stopkoski moved to New Mexico. She finally got a computer and her children told her to start a Facebook page, which she did, but signed up under a false name to be discrete. ‘I don’t get it’ Last year, she was looking through Southington’s

Chamber of Commerce website to find out what new things had popped up in her hometown. That’s when she found a ghost of her past: there, on the chamber’s website, was a photo of Volpe. The caption said she was the office manager. “I said, ‘Wait a minute. What? I don’t get it,’ ” Stopkoski said. “Then I thought maybe the picture was old, and it wasn’t.” She immediately went to her Facebook account and typed in “JoAnn Volpe” in the search bar and Volpe’s profile popped up on her screen, with a number listed on it. Stopkoski called her right away. “Is that how you got my number?” Volpe asked Stopkoski. “I found it on Facebook!” Stopkoski said. “We talked for hours.” “Yeah we talked for two hours,” Volpe said. “And it was so easy,” Stopkoski said. “It was like we never parted.” Volpe filled her in on her condition. After the ICU she was transferred to a hospital in Pennsylvania to be evaluated. The doctors were doing

all they could to save her. In April of 1994, Volpe was set up on medication for which she has to carry a pump in a small black bag with her everywhere she goes, and has a catheter inserted in her pulmonary artery to keep her arteries from constricting. There is no cure for Volpe’s condition. “It was the only thing that saved me,” Volpe said. After the two-hour chat with Volpe, Stopkoski knew she had to plan a trip back to Connecticut to see her friend again. “When you get to be 63 years old ... you start thinking about your past,” Stopkoski said. “I know that she was still sick and I would regret it for the rest of my life.” ‘I’m still here’ Stopkoski visited Connecticut for two weeks this month and went to dinner, looked through old yearbooks, spent time on the town green listening to music, reconnected with old friends from high school, and more with Volpe. They enjoyed their time together. “You sit there and count your blessings,” Stopkoski

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said. “And here you are, it’s been 19 years and you’re here, you know?” she said to Volpe while sitting in her dining room. “Yeah, I’m still here,” Volpe said. “I’ve been crying since I got here,” Stopkoski said. Volpe plans to visit Stopkoski in New Mexico in the

Music on the Green The 20th Annual “Music on the Green” Concert Series, sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department, takes place Wednesday evenings through Aug. 28 (Thursday, if it rains) at the Southington Town Green, Main St. (Route 10). These are free live music/car shows. Upcoming shows: July 10: Sharades, sponsored by The Southington Community YMCA; July 17: The Diamond Collection, sponsored by Richard Chevrolet. ple. The other 37 states have a rate of 3.9. Continued from page 17 So if you were wondering how same-sex marriage will Britney Spears, who had her affect “traditional” marVegas drive-thru wedding anriage, there you go. nulled less than three days Once upon a time, interralater. But if you’re the type who cial unions weren’t recoglikes numbers, statistics, and nized by federal law, either. In 1967, the United States hardcore logistical data to Supreme Court made a landback up a claim, statistics mark decision and declared provided by the U.S. Census anti-miscegenation laws unBureau shows states allowconstitutional. And, just like ing same-sex marriage have with same-sex marriage, lower divorce rates than those that only allow hetero- many states had already legalized interracial marriage. sexual marriages. The averOh, how far we’ve come, age divorce rate amongst the and we’ve still got a ways to 13 states allowing same-sex marriage is 3.1 per 1,000 peo- go.




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Education News

The following residents made the dean’s list for the spring semester: Lauren Casarella, Joshua McAdams, Kyle Hamel, all of Plantsville; Rachel Dehnel, Thuy-Linh Phan, Katelyn Callahan, Jayna Dorau, Alicen Dziubek, Dylan Fallis, Joseph Burns II, Sarah Collier, Carl Pappalardo, Joseph Picone Jr., Jonathan Gworek, Chloe Wheeler, Mary Burcroff , Angelica Beerbaum, all of Southington, University of Hartford, West Hartford. The following residents graduated from their respective colleges/universities: Kathryn Young, of Southington, graduates from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla., with a bachelor degree in communication and a minor in visual arts. Matthew Knoegel, of Southington, graduates from Berklee College of Music, with a degree in performance, Boston, Mass. Joel M. Canino, a SUNY

Canton Mechanical Technology major, Canton, N.Y., from Milldale, made President’s List. Southington residents, Garrett Meccariello, Joseph Rogus, and Andrew Sikora were among the graduates in Kingswood Oxford’s 101st commencement, West Hartford. High school seniors were recognized as the state’s top scholar-athletes at the Connecticut Association of Schools Scholar-Athlete Banquet: Molly Potter and Bryan Davis, Southington High School, Southington. St. Thomas School, Southington, announced the students receiving academic honors in the fourth marking period of the 2012-2013 school year. Each student achieving Honor Roll status was introduced and presented a certificate of academic achievement from Principal Wirkus at a school wide assembly on June 20. They are: grade 8: high honors, Ross

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Full-day kindergarten is the only option in Southington By Savannah Mul Special to The Citizen

School officials left the decision of continuing a halfday kindergarten program in the fall up to the parents, but for children starting school in September, that no longer will be an option. “Based on the deadline in mid-June we didn’t come close to the minimum of 15 interested parents and students,” Sherri DiNello, director of business and finance, said. In January, the school board voted to put the full day kindergarten program on the budget. However, due to the concern of some parents, the board also designed a half-day kindergarten model. During a meeting in early June, School Superintendent Joseph Erardi addressed concerned parents about the

full-day program and provided information on the halfday program. Erardi said the half-day program would occur only if the school board received a minimum of 15 interested parents. But Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said, “only a few parents were interested and it wasn’t enough to support the program.” Fewer than 10 parents expressed interest in the halfday program, so principals will be working with the students and hesitant families to ease the transition into full-day kindergarten, DiNello said. During the Board of Education meeting Thursday evening, June 27, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Karen Smith said the district won’t go back to the half-day model now.

The full-day model will be implemented at all eight elementary schools. “On an individual student basis,” Smith said, “if there is a parent that has a concern about their child, parents can talk to the principal of that school and the concerns will be addressed.” Smith said teachers are taking the existing curricu-

lum and expanding it. With many school systems adopting the full-day kindergarten model for the 2013-14 school year, Kelley School PTO President Cheryl Hilton Campbell said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to give the children more time to learn.” She said parents who are hesitant about the full-day

model will adapt to the program and it will be better for their children to learn in a less “crammed period of time.” “I wish they had full-day kindergarten for my children,” Campbell said. “My youngest is in fourth grade, and if it were up to me, they would have had fullday kindergarten years ago.”


emergency management team.” Cheshire’s emergency management team consists of “key members who hold seats within the town,” Casner said. Though there are no volunteers on the team, the Cheshire Fire Department consists mostly of volunteer firefighters, Casner said. The Everbridge system

Meriden uses —emergency alerts are sent to residents in the form of phone calls, texts or emails — will soon be employed by Wallingford, too, said Wallingford Fire Capt. Edward Butkus. “It has not been implemented yet,” he said. “We are coming on board with it and can expect it soon.” Butkus said the Wallingford and Meriden fire department’s have “a number of volunteers” to help the serve their communities. “Everybody gets behind the car and pushes,” said David Bowen, the senior director within Meriden’s emergency management team. Like Cheshire, Bowen said the Meriden team is made up of various committee members in town. According to Janelle, Southington CERT’s deputy chief, “We make ourselves available for any emergency in town or out of town. If a surrounding emergency management team calls, we’ll be there to help.”

Continued from page 15 prepared for emergencies. Fire Chief Jack Casner of Cheshire said a Code Red system is set up in an emergency to alert residents. “We reserve phone lines to notify anyone of an emergency,” Casner said. “We use full-time town staff for our

Wine contest Swim lessons The Parks & Recreation Department announces registration for the second session of swim lessons. Lessons are open to Southington children, ages 5 and up. Registration for lessons at Memorial Pool will be held Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Town Hall Lower Level Conference Room, 75 Main St. Registration for lessons at Recreation Pool will be held Wednesday, July 24, 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Town Hall Lower Level Conference Room. For further information, call the Parks & Recreation Department, (860) 276-6219.

The Italian-American Festival Committee of Southington and Northeast Produce from Hartford will host the sixth homemade wine (grape only) contest on Saturday, July 27. There is no entry fee but there will be a limit of 50 bottles in total. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, July 24. Wine will be judged July 27 at the Italian-American Festival. For additional information, contact Tony Cusano (860) 681-3451, Luigi Barbato (860) 628-2241, Matthew Lopreiato (860) 620-1919, Carmine Mennone (860) 628-8964, or Tony Perone (203) 235-2703.

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The Southington Citizen Friday, July 5, 2013 The Calendar House, located at 388 Pleasant St., is Southington’s senior center. For more information or to view the newsletter, visit or call the office, (860) 621-3014.

Friendship Club Mulberry Gardens, 58 Mulberry St., offers Friendship Club, a free, monthly club for seniors. Activities, fitness, games, music, arts and crafts, coffee socials and more are offered. The club includes lunch and transportation. Seating is limited. Call Marie Terzak at (860) 276-1020 if interested. The club meets every third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mulberry Gardens. For more information, visit

Bridge club The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart St., offers a weekly bridge club each Monday beginning at 1:30 p.m. Individuals and teams are welcome. To reserve a space, contact Edesa Ciscar, retirement counselor, (860) 628-5656. Visit online at www.southing

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Volunteers needed Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., seeks volunteers. Help with laundry is needed to assist in delivering items to resident rooms. Preferred hours, 10 a.m. to noon. Sunday recreation help is needed from 7:30 to 10 a.m. for delivering newspapers, helping in the dining room, filling water pitchers, assisting with morning church service; and in the afternoon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to assist with afternoon programs, helping with various departmental tasks, and clerical tasks. Help is needed at the front desk in answering phones on multi-line system as well as greeting guests. Days and hours vary. If interested, fill out a volunteer application at the front desk. For more information, contact Deb Brown at; (860) 378-1286.

Seven foods to keep you young 1. Olive oil Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were largely responsible for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete. Now we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases. 2. Yogurt In the 1970s, Soviet Georgia was rumored to have more centenarians per capita than any other country. Reports at the time claimed that the secret of their long lives was yogurt, a food ubiquitous in their diets. While the age-defying powers of yogurt never have been proved directly, yogurt is rich in calcium, which helps stave off osteoporosis and contains “good bacteria” that help maintain gut health and diminish the incidence of age-related intestinal illness. 3. Fish Thirty years ago, researchers began to study why the native Inuits of Alaska were remarkably free of heart disease. The reason, scientists now think, is the extraordinary amount of fish they consume. Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help prevent cholesterol buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms.

4. Chocolate The Kuna people of the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, have a rate of heart disease that is nine times less than that of mainland Panamanians. The reason? The Kuna drink plenty of a beverage made with generous proportions of cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. 5. Nuts Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasizes healthy living and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefits similar to those associated with olive oil. They’re also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants. 6. Wine Drinking alcohol in modera-

tion protects against heart disease, diabetes and age-related memory loss. Any kind of alcoholic beverage seems to provide such benefits, but red wine has been the focus of much of the research. Red wine contains resveratrol, a compound that likely contributes to its benefits—and, according to animal studies, may activate genes that slow cellular aging. 7. Blueberries In a landmark study published in 1999, researchers at Tufts University’s Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging fed rats blueberry extract for a period of time that in “rat lives” is equivalent to 10 human years. These rats outperformed rats fed regular chow on tests of balance and coordination when they reached old age. Compounds in blueberries (and other berries) mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function. —

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Special interest clubs meet monthly on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Perry Room. No fees, experience, or membership is required. Walk-ins are welcome. The Financial Investments Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month, led by Constance C. Proll, CFP. The club discusses stocks, bonds, CD’s, money market, mutual funds, retirement healthcare, social security, and estate planning, among others. The Digital Photography Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 1 p.m., and discusses camera equipment, latest software, photo editing, and field trips to practice taking pictures. Led by Peter Freeman, who teaches digital photography at the University of Connecticut. Bring a camera.

The Computer Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss computer fundamentals, tablets, smartphones, hardware, software, and anything else computer-related. Led by Mark White, assistant manager of the Computer Learning Center.




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Eminent domain: A power officials would rather not wield By Jesse Buchanan Special to The Citizen

The power of eminent domain is rarely used by area municipalities, which, according to their leaders, prefer to negotiate for properties. A Freedom of Information request for actions taken since 2006 revealed that the Meriden City Council voted to use eminent domain to claim three properties. Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire didn’t use it once in that time. Eminent domain actions are only undertaken after there’s been an attempt to negotiate with a property owner, said Meriden City Attorney Deborah Moore. Often an agreement will be reached before land is taken. “It’s not taken lightly,” Moore said. An easement for a sewer project was taken on Hanover Avenue in 2007. The Factory H site on Butler and Cooper streets, a portion of the defunct International Silver Co., was taken and de-

molished last year to allow for remediation. A building on South Colony Street also was taken by eminent domain last year for use in the city’s flood control plans. Moore said all those actions address a public purpose or a public need, a requirement under the law. The city can use that power to ensure that important projects get done. “You can’t stop a sewer line improvement project because one person doesn’t want to sign the paperwork,” she said. “Public purpose” encompasses most governmental actions, including building railroads, schools and sewers, said David King, associate dean of Quinnipiac University’s law school. The 2007 Kelo v. City of New London decision also included economic development in the definition, but outcry over the decision to take residential property and sell it to a developer resulted in legislation limiting eminent domain powers in Connecticut. King said the state legisla-

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also avoids the time and litigation involved in an eminent domain action, King said. The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution ensures that property cannot be taken without just compensation. That includes fair market value of a property seized by eminent domain, King said, as well as relocation costs in some cases. The fair market value is determined by independent assessors. Despite encountering

ture passed a law the same year that prohibited the use of eminent domain to increase the tax base. While eminent domain powers are broad, there’s political reluctance to take property, King said. Most government agencies would rather negotiate a purchase, particularly if the property is a person’s home. There would be less hesitancy to a vacant lot or a shuttered business. In addition to avoiding the ire of residents, negotiation

some reluctant property owners, Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone said the town has been able to negotiate for all the properties it’s bought in recent years. The linear trail project was held up for years over the issue of an easement from Dalton Enterprises, Milone said. It was finally resolved in 2009 without eminent domain. “It’s a really unpopular

See Eminent, page 24

Police Blotter SOUTHINGTON — The following people were charged by police: June 16: Brian Sievel, 26, 37 Twining Farm Road, Torrington, driving under the influence, 1:43 a.m. June 18: Matthew Pawloski, 37, 413 Meriden Ave., sixth-degree larceny, two-counts fifth-degree larceny, 12 a.m. Wendy Jackson, 55, 19 Ja-

cobs St., Bristol, criminal impersonation, sixth-degree larceny, four-counts seconddegree failure to appear, 12:25 p.m. June 19: Tobias H. Johnson, 31, 369 Marion Ave., failure to fingerprint, disorderly conduct, 1 p.m. Victoria Sewell, 33, 79 Wheeler Village Road, evading responsibility, 3:19 p.m.

June 20: Jennifer M. Collins, 37, 31 Darling St., misuse of plates, operating unregistered motor vehicle, 12:46 p.m. Anthony J. Lewis, 31, 154 Emmett St., Bristol, operating motor vehicle with suspended registration, failure to have insurance, 8:48 p.m. Marcorel Calixte, 24, 30 Lincoln St., Hartford, second-degree failure to appear, 7:40 a.m.

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method or technique to employ,” he said. “Nobody likes using it in government.” “People have a suspicion and distrust of government and this is the height of substantiating that distrust,” Milone said. Having the power of eminent domain is a valuable bargaining chip, but Milone

The Southington Citizen — Friday, July 5, 2013 said it’s best if a property owner’s attorney, rather than a representative of the town, is the first one to mention it. “Having that in your back pocket is great, but you have to be careful how you bring it up,” he said. “You don’t want it to be a club.” Wallingford Corporation Counsel Janice Small said eminent domain action is underway for a property near the Center Street Cemetery. The Wallingford City Council

approved taking the action last week. Two houses on Prince Street are for sale and the town has an agreement to buy one of them, Small said. The purchase of the other, 60 Prince St, has been blocked by the bank that foreclosed on the property. Eminent domain will be used to make sure the foreclosed property is bought for fair market value. Small said the bank wants more than that price to recoup losses. According to the town assessor, 60 Prince St. is valued at $160,800. The Center Street Cemetery Association operates and maintains the cemetery and is primarily funded by the town.

Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. called buying the Prince Street houses an opportunity to expand the cemetery and move maintenance buildings out of the main cemetery area. Taking the properties would also expand the townowned cemetery, Dickinson said, without forcing anyone out of their home. “This is not a situation where there’s a desire for someone to continue to live on the property,” he said. Eminent domain power is more often considered than actually used. Dickinson said it’s preferable to negotiate for a property. Wallingford considered using eminent domain to take land for a new fire sta-

tion on North Farms Road, but the property was never taken. Meriden considered taking a portion of the Graeber’s Pharmacy lot on West Main Street, which was needed for the expansion of the Linsley Avenue intersection. The city and pharmacy came to an agreement before the land was taken, Moore said. The state Department of Transportation wants to take a property at 180 N. Colony St. by eminent domain to accommodate the New Haven-to-Springfield commuter rail line. Owner Chris Cerrito said he doesn’t want to move his business, See Eminent, next page

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Music therapy The Parks & Recreation Department is offering an Inclusive Music Therapy Group program for children with special needs, ages 7 to 14. Southington residents only. The program uses music intervention to promote physical, emotional, and social needs in a fun and creative environment. Participants will sing, dance, and play instruments. The group will meet in the lower level program room at the library, 255 Main St., Fridays, July 19, August 2, 9, and 16, 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration and payment is required. Class size is limited to eight children. For more information or to register, call the Parks & Recreation office, (860) 276-6219. Program details and a mail-in registration form are also available on the department’s webpage,

Man faces charges after waving gun near child A local man faces charges of threatening a victim and waving a handgun around with a child nearby, police said. Michael Badgely, 25, 1081 South End Rd., was arrested on June 23 and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree threatening, risk of injury to a minor, and disorderly conduct. He posted a $50,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on July 30. Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz, police spokesman, said an investigation by police revealed that Badgely got into an argument with the victim and during the course of the argument, “chest bumped” the victim, Dobratz said. During the argument, Badgely pulled out a handgun and waved it in the air while threatening the victim, Dobratz said. At the time of the incident, a minor child was inside the home, Dobratz said. There were no injuries reported and the handgun was seized as evidence, Dobratz said. —Lauren Sievert

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Cerrito’s Auto Sales, and wants another site used for the station. Wallingford Town Councilors and local state legislators have spoken on Cerrito’s behalf. John Bernick, manager of the rail project, said the alternative site isn’t suitable. Relocation benefits, in-

cluding the cost of starting a new business, are provided when property is bought by the state, according to Steve Degen, property agent for the transportation department. Degen said a letter was sent to Cerrito on March 14 telling him of the state’s intentions. After the property owner is informed, the appraisal process begins, Degen said.


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Commentary: Age of Enabling has hurt Legion baseball By Jim Bransfield Special to The Citizen

American Legion baseball is in full swing across the state and country, but in Connecticut at least, it’s not the Legion baseball we used to know. Let’s take a history lesson. Once upon a time, Legion baseball was the cream of amateur baseball for high school and first-year college players. Legion teams in Connecticut were essentially all-star teams that drew from several high schools and the quality of play was, well, terrific. Thousands turned out to watch the best amateur baseball around come tournament time. The state Legion Baseball Commission ran a tournament of winners. That is, a team had to win a zone — translation: league — title to play in the state tournament. The tourney was a one-site, double-elimination, playevery-day event. The Nation-

al regional tournaments — the Northeast Regional will be held at Middletown’s Palmer Field Aug. 8-12 and the Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C. — follow that format. In those days, the regular season was crucial as it should be in baseball. The tournament, which took only five days, would start in early August, thus kids would have most of June and all of

July for a regular season. Then as the Age of Enabling began, the state Legion — following the absurd example of the high schools which let every team that can walk and chew gum at the same time in the postseason — began to water things down. First there was a tournament for second place teams and a couple of survivors from that were admitted to the now 10-team double elimination field. But more coaches wanted to play longer. Allow me to digress: never listen to coaches. Coaches want to play all the time. I taught at Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam where the boys basketball team would lose every day. Death, taxes and a Hale-Ray loss were staples in Moodus. The coach was convinced about how he was always going to win the next game. The next game never came.

All coaches want to do is play. Look at high school football. The CIAC football coaches committee want to have an open division in football, plus the LL, L, M and S title games, plus a title game for the Vocational-Technical schools. Hey, why not make everyone champion and we can play football all year long? The orthopedic surgeons and those who specialize in brain injuries would love it. Keeps them employed. Never listen to coaches. But as I said, I digress. So the Legion then decided to have a play-in round for teams that finished above .500. That devalued the regular season. Think of this. A coach has two games left, one against a bad team and another against a good one that is fighting for the zone title. He needs one win to finish above .500. So he sacrifices the game against the good team, thus handing the zone title to that club and

shafting the other contender, and pitches his best pitcher against the have-not and gets into the tourney. Can’t you hear the coach chanting: “We’re No. 27!, we’re No. 27!”? That extra week of tourney play reduced the regular season by a week. This past winter, the State Commission decided to admit the top five teams from each zone, regardless of record. That’s 40 of 75 teams. Now there’s quality, huh? And this 40team plan required the regular season to end the weekend of July 13-14. So just like high schools, subpar baseball teams can now get into the postseason. Oh yeah, next year the high school seasons end a week later, so that means — unless the State Legion junks this silly one-size-fits-all postseason, the regular season will be cut by another week. This is also called “good.” See Legion, next page

Town champs Left photo: The Southington South Giants defeated the Southington North A’s 5-2 to claim the 2013 town championship trophy. The champs went 3-0 in the round robin tournament and compiled an overall record of 22-2 this season. The Giants generated 222 runs this spring while limiting their opponents to only 66. The Giants are pictured, bottom row, from left: Sean Olson, Jeremy Rinaldi, Sean Crean, Jordan Rinaldi, Niko Sophroniou. Middle row, from left: Trevor Porter, Dylan Chiaro, Ryan Gesnaldo, Vincent Spizzoucco, Tanner Sperry, Alex Mitchell. Back row, from left: coaches Erin Chiaro, Kevin Crean, Dennis Rinaldi, Keith Gesnaldo. Right photo: The Southington South Mets bested the Southington North Rays 12-2 to earn the 2013 town championship. The champs are pictured, front: Ricky Hamilton. First row: Ben Chasse, Brett Daigle, Stephen Salmon, Manager Steve Salmon, Jake Chasse, Mitch Nappi. Back row: Coach Dean Chasse, William Carbone, Everett Sperry, Chris Minkowitz, Mark Lindberg, Alexander Statkevich, Connor Sperry, Coach Joe Statkevich.


Friday, July 5, 2013 — The Southington Citizen

National Guard holds off Marines in all-star football game By Ted Moynihan Special to The Citizen

Xavier-Middletown quarterback Tim Boyle threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead the National Guard team to a 15-14 win over the Marines team Saturday, June 29 in the first Hall of Fame Classic Military Bowl at Rentschler Field. The game was expected to be a high-scoring affair but turned out to be a defensive struggle. “It was a great defensive effort,” said Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi who served as the Marines’ defensive coordinator. “To give up just 13 points to the best in the state with only eight days of

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Heckuva reward for winning the zone. That is unfair to those kids, flatly unfair. There are some who actually celebrate that a bad team springs an upset in the Legion postseason over a good team, thus ruining all that a good team accomplished. There are Legion folks who call that good. George Orwell’s 1984 might be good reading for those folks. They are wrong. They are wrong because that upset winner did nothing to deserve to be in the postseason. That is, except that the powers that be, in love with the postseason, want to enable kids and delude them into believing that at 11-13,

Fleeting was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety. The Marines took the lead when Abdulahi Dukalay from Hartford Public went the final two yards at the end of a 71-yard march. Jesse Adelberg kicked the extra point and the Marines led 7-2. It didn’t take Boyle long to answer when the UConn-bound signalcaller hooked up with Dan Herbert of Windsor running a fly pattern down the left sideline for a 29-yard scoring pass. Ed Groth booted the extra point for an 8-7 National Guard lead at halftime. The Marines came right back with

they had a good season. But kids are smarter than that. No, 11-13 is not a good season. 12-12 is a mediocre season. You may have tried very hard, your team may have done its best. But you weren’t good enough. As I always told my students in high school, I expect you will try. You will be judged on results, not effort. That’s called real life. Unless we return merit to the things we do in life, the very same country the Legion goes out of its way to say it loves, will be in a whole lot of trouble. Not everyone deserves a trophy. Not everyone deserves to be praised. Not everyone does a good job. That’s life and maybe in

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some small way, we can start doing that in Legion baseball. Some Legion folks say this let-everyone-in approach creates interest. Really? The crowds for the past few state Legion tournaments were awful. The tourney held last year in Stamford — yeah, it’s in our time zone — was played before friends and relatives, and not many of those. It may be a small step, but here is one vote for returning Legion baseball to what it once was: the best amateur baseball program around. And we can do that by returning the Legion tournament to the prestigious,

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In one zone, the top six teams get in. That’s because the state needs 40 teams to make their convoluted tourney plan work. Some zones have fewer teams and even the Legion figured that it would be too much to admit the top five teams from an eight- team zone like Zone 7. That would render the regular season meaningless. Which, no bulletin here, it just about already is. I have no idea why so many folks are in love with tournaments. None. A tournament should be a privilege. It is something that should be earned. Look around the state. West Hartford (9-2), RCP (8-2), Montville (8-1), Avon (11-1), Cheshire (10-0), Middletown (10-1), Branford (9-0), Orange (9-1) Waterbury (11-2) and Greenwich (9-2) are all in the process of demonstrating themselves tournament worthy. There are some others. Good teams. Good players. Good programs. But here’s the dark side of that coin. Right now, a large number of mediocre teams which are playing win one, lose one baseball can make postseason plans. Bet money there will be teams with sub.500 records in the postseason. On top of that, the zone champions, the teams that proved — operative word, proved — they were the best teams, will have to face a one and done game to get to the double elimination round.

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Nature is on the move, are you ready for it? By Mike Roberts Special to The Citizen

unable to fly, it is best to leave it where it was found. The adults are probably still caring for the young bird, which should be capable of flying within a few days. Remember to keep pets away from the bird and watch it closely for at least an hour to see if the adults are returning to feed it. If you find a young bird on the ground that has no feathers, look for a nest. If a nest is in a nearby tree or shrub and the bird feels warm to the touch, try to place the nestling back into the nest. If the nest has fallen to the ground, make a new nest with a wicker basket and some dry grasses and hang the basket with the nestling in a nearby tree or shrub. Most birds have a poorly developed sense of smell and will not be scared away if you touched the baby bird. Be sure to watch the nest carefully for at least an hour to see if the adults return to find and feed their baby. Oh, and if you run into my buddy Dave Wetmore, ask him about all of the fun he is having with a male robin in his yard. However, it is not just baby deer and songbirds that are cause for concern here in Connecticut. Over the years, run-ins with a varied species of wildlife seem to

be a common occurrence. Just last week we were told about a black bear running through backyards in the Marion area of Southington. It wasn’t too long ago that the appearance of a black bear in our area was completely unheard of, but over the years they have begun showing up more and more. A few years ago, the DEEP tranquilized one in South Meriden just up the street from Hanover School. Our neighbor, Allison Barillaro, had one run in front of her vehicle last year in the Black Pond Area. Those in authority tell us that “basically” black bears are “rarely” aggressive towards humans and attacks are extremely rare. This may be all well and true, but the bottom line is still the fact that a bear is just that - a bear - and it is very capable of causing you grave bodily damage if it so desires. I will be the first to admit that just about all species of

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It appears that we no longer have to travel to far off wilderness areas for a wildlife sighting. Many Connecticut residents are finding that many times the wildlife sightings are as close as their own backyard. Some of the critters are there because homeowners are feeding them, and others simply show up in the course of their wandering ways. While many folks know that feeding wildlife is not in the best interest of the critters it is still a common practice and, in some cases, illegal! What prompted this article was a recent phone call from a fellow Meriden Rod & Gun Club member Joe Tkacz, who resides up on Diamond Hill. Joe informed me that he had a baby fawn all curled up in a grassy area in back of his home and he wanted to know what to do about it. My advice to him was to simply leave it be. The mother would probably come back after dark and claim her offspring and if she didn’t, I asked Joe to give me a call and I would see what kind of help I could get him. I didn’t hear from Tkacz so I assume that the Mama deer came and got the fawn during the night hours. Keep in mind that just because you come across a young bird or mammal in the outdoors, it does not mean that they are orphaned. It is quite normal in the wildlife world for some of the mothers to leave their young alone, so your help may not be needed. The DEEP Wildlife Division tells us that this is especially true with white-tailed deer. About the only time a doe will be found with a fawn is during feeding times. Fawns are fed three to four times a day, each feeding lasting about 15 minutes. During the long periods left alone, newborn fawns instinctively freeze and will lay motionless when anyone approaches. It is critical for people to leave fawns alone, as the animal’s instinctive behavior in its first weeks of life is to re-

main motionless and let danger pass. The fawn appears helpless or abandoned but is behaving normally in response to a perceived threat. As newborns, the fawns have almost no body odor and their reddish brown coat with white spots makes them almost invisible to predators. Fawns often lie motionless on the grown surrounded by low vegetation and remain perfectly still even when approached by another animal. It is important that humans realize that young fawns likely do not need your help and the doe is probably nearby. If you come cross a fawn it is best to leave it alone for at least 48 hours to determine whether the adult is returning for feeding advises Rick Jacobson, Director of the DEEP Wildlife Division. He also advises that while waiting for the doe to return it is important that both people and dogs stay away from the fawn. A truly orphaned fawn may show signs of distress by walking around aimlessly and calling for several hours. Birds also present a problem around this time of the year. Most of these birds are old enough to leave the nest but are still not efficient fliers. If you find a fully feathered young bird that is


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piles, fruit trees, and savory smelling BBQ grills attract bears. Keeping in mind that

these preventive hints apply more to outer areas that are more likely to have a bear in the area, but as time rolls on, it is beginning to look like this could apply to just about anyone.

and garbage cans to mask food odors. Keep trash bags in a container with a tight lid and store garbage in a shed if possible. Do not leave pet food outside overnight and store livestock food in

To avoid attracting bears, remove bird feeders from late March through November. Wait until the morning of collection before bringing out trash. Add a few capfuls of ammonia to trash bags

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GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 cell 860-558-5430


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

LANDSCAPING COMPLETE Grounds Maintenance. Accepting New Accounts Comm/Res. Fully Ins. Sr Discounts. Call (203) 634-0211

GRADING, Drainage, Foundations, Trucking, Retaining Walls, Pavers, Water/Sewer/Septic. Lic. #1682. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846 MC/Visa Accepted

CLEANING SERVICES ALL NATURAL Cleaning, For your office, construction, rental properties. Call us 860-990-9717


IF YOU MENTION THIS AD Yard Clean-Ups Brush, Branches, Leaves STORM DAMAGE

**JUNK REMOVAL** Appl’s, Furniture, Junk, Debris, etc WE CAN REMOVE ANYTHING Entire house to 1 item removed! FREE ESTIMATES*LIC & INS. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

LENA’S MASONRY Family tradition, Over 25 yrs experience. Walkways, stone walls, veneer, brick, concrete, stucco & repairs. Free estimates. Lic. & ins. CT #600890 (203) 732-4544 MNA Services MASONRY and CHIMNEY work. INSPECTIONS. Patios, walls, fireplaces. Chimney relining. Repointing and waterproofing. Fully lic. & ins. SENIOR DISC. FREE estimates. (203) 714-7143


Friday, July 5, 2013 — The Southington Citizen TRUCKS & VANS



JEEP WRANGLER 1989 Automatic 71,078 miles 2 door, convertible $1,925 (203) 423-3179

MASONRY MARIO’S Masonry. oVer 25 yr exp. retaining walls, sidewalks, steps, chimney, all repair work. no job to small. lic & ins 0614297. 203-565-5904 or 203-271-7917 PAUL’S MASONRY New & Repairs. Stone walls, arches, chimneys, sidewalks, fireplaces. Free est. #614863. 203-706-9281 SAMMY’S Masonry-Brick, Stone, Blocks, Fireplace, Walkways, Pavers. New jobs & repairs. CT 574337. Ins. 203-558-8989 W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 yrs exp in all types of masonry CT Reg # 0626708 Call 203-235-4139



PAINTING, interior & exterior, power washing, repair/removal of wallpaper, popcorn ceiling & drywall. Lic/hic 0625860. For free est call Mike 860-794-7127.



Ford Explorer 2008 4WD, 4 Door, V6, XLT $12,988 Stock# 3324A

A-1 Quality Powerwashing HOT WATER, LOW RATES

Toyota Highlander 2005 Stock# 13-779A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy

Call Dennis 203-630-0008

(203) 818-3300

POWER WASHING Is Spring Cleaning On the outside. FREE ESTIMATES. #569127 Call Kevin 203-440-3279 POWERWASHING Houses, decks, fences. Local co., satisfaction guar. Insured. Olsen Oil & Power Washing 203-272-2699

SUV’S ROOF CLEANING Remove unwanted fungus, algae streaks, moss from your homes roof today. Full Lic. & Ins #0619909. 203-715-2301

SHAM SHIELD POWER WASHING ●Veteran Owned ●Senior Disc ●Fully Insured ●10 Years Exp WE WILL BEAT ANYONE’S PRICE BY 10% Free Est. Call (860) 798-6221

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


MERCURY VILLAGER 2001 $3,488 6 Cylinder, 4 Spd Auto 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $988 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106


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

Honda CR-V LX 2012 4WD, Automatic $21,988 Stock# 3316A

Roofing, Siding, Windows, Decks, Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192

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Others Wash - We Clean! A Pressureless Wash Gutter black lines & Streaks Green Mold, Black Mildew, Dirt, Grease & Grime - GONE! 203-631-3777 860-839-1000

ROOFS R US LLC. We will beat any quote! Remodeling, Windows, Repairs, Siding. Since 1949. Decks, Gutters, & Additions 203-427-7259 Lic #635370

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192


Chevrolet Tracker 2003 2 Door Convertible, 4WD, Manual $4,988 Stock# 1351A

(203) 639-1634

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions


203-237-0350 D & G PAVING Over 25 yrs exp. Paving, seal coating, concrete work. CT Reg#0577005. 203-237-6058


CT Reg. #516790 Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions



*THE ROOFING SPECIALIST* 10% OFF 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

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CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality- Kitchens/Bath Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415

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

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POWER WASHING Fully licensed/insured. Reg #HIC577319


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

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service


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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 FREE Gutter Cleaning w/exterior housewash. Add deck, patio, walkways, walls, windows and receive 10% OFF! 15% off senior discount. 0619909. 203-715-2301

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

Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.

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

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

Hyundai Santa Fe 2003 TOP SOIL SAND & FILL

Stock# 13-976A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy

(203) 818-3300 BEAUTIFUL FARM FRESH Screened Top Soil, Fill, Sand & Stone, Mulch. Picked up or delivered. No minimum. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846

BUICK LACROSSE 2012 $24,998 6 TO CHOOSE FROM SAVE UP TO $11,000 of MSRP STK 27184AQ Proof of Job, Proof of Address and Blasius Will Give You a Loan 100% Guaranteed

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Chevy Suburban 2005 4 Door, 1500, 4WD, LS $13,988 Stock# 1383

TREE SERVICES BOUSQUET LANDSCAPING Stump Grinding and or Removal. Call (203) 886-6022

Kia Sportage LX 2006 Stock# 13-978A Call Nick The Hyundai Guy

COSTA’S Landscaping. Tree removal, chipper work, climbing, patios, comm/resid mowing, mulch, stone, more. Free scrap removal. CT Reg #635676. (860) 729-2971 or (860) 358-9696.

(203) 818-3300 CHEVY CRUZE LT 2012 Was 22,895 NOW 16,995 Save $4500 off MSRP Stock # 4811L12

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 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

IT’S SO CONVENIENT! Chevy Suburban 2013 1500 LT, 4WD Automatic. $39,988 Stock# 1366

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON XL1200C 2005 Custom 1200 Mint Condition, Low Miles 1550 Miles, V&H Pipes, Custom Flame Paint, Security. Fobs, Drag Bars All Chrome. Asking $ 9 ,0 0 0 f i r m . Mu s t se e ! ! !! ! ! ! Call 203 379-7404 Garage kept.

6 FT FEDCO Truck Cap Green with Ladder Rack Like new. $500 or Best Offer 203-639-8341



14' STARCRAFT V-bottom, 8hp 4 stroke Mercury outboard with only 3 hours & Loadrite trailer; Purchased new 2011 ALL with only 3 hours use and indoor garage storage, motor run and tuned this Spring. Get fishing today! Excellent condition, $3,950 low retail. Call: 203-599-8252 or 607-427-3247 Portable depth finder and other accessories available for additional $$.


HONDA CIVIC LX 2010 $13,994 Loaded 4 Cyl ● Stock # 2719AAQ Ask for Darrell

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26’ TRAVEL TRAILER 2004 With Heating and Air Conditioning Stove & Refrigerator, Shower. Sleeps 6. $7,400 Firm. Call (203) 235-2372

PETS & LIVESTOCK BULLDOGS, Chihuahua, Boxers, American Staffordshire Terrier Bulldogs, Bengal Kittens. Mixed Breeds, Rescues Available. $150+ Call (860) 930-4001.

DACHSHUND puppies for sale, 1 male, black & tan, 14 weeks old, $500. 1 female, 1 male, 9 weeks old, $595. Housebroken & paper trained. Westminster Kennel Club. 203-891-7084

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PUREBRED Maltese Puppies. 1 Female & 1 Male. 3 month old, Ready to Go! $700 negotiable. Free Kittens. Call 860-302-5371 LOST Or Found. The RecordJournal will run your lost or found ad FREE in our Marketplace Section! Call 203238-1953 for details.

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ALWAYS Buying machinist tool boxes, tools & bench vises. (860) 985-5760 BUYING COINS and Currency Collections of Any Size. Private Collector Giving Honest Appraisals and Fair Offers. 860-384-4053

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES $150 QUEEN MATTRESS SET: Brand name and brand new. Still in the plastic. Call/Text Jim 860-709-7667 4 PC Hard Rock Maple, Jenny Lind Collection. Twin Headboard & Frame. 5 & 4 Drawer Chest, Matching Wall Mirror. Excellent Condition. $350 (203) 269-0646

AQHA Registered 16 Hands, Gelding, 14-years old. Family horse. Can be ridden Western or English $3,500. 860-302-3314

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE KENWOOD Stereo and 13” TV. $300. (203) 584-8068

TORO 5100-D ReelMaster $2,600 TORO 4000-D Reelmaster 4x4. $5,000 TORO 5400-D $2,600 Gulf Tractors, Very good Machines Call for more info 203 535-9817

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27’ TRAVEL CAMPER 1995 Very Nice Condition-Inside & Out New Tires. $4,500


AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

OUTDOOR bar with 5 stools. New $1,200. Will sell for $400. Call (203) 238-1977


FOOSBALL TABLE Harvard brand. Full Size. In Great Shape, $250. Kathy 203 631-4999

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SLEIGH BED - BR Set, moving must sell! Excellent condition. Paid $5,000. Asking $1,500/ obo. 860-426-1621 SOMETHING For Everyone Consignment is having a One year anniversary Sale. Everything in the store is 25-50% off. We carry all types of furniture, home goods, appliances, antiques, jewelry and much more. We are located at 95 Main Street in South Meriden CT. Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5, and Sun 9-3. Phone 203-440-3604.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 10 X 10 STORAGE UNIT Full of Everything you need to start a new home. Includes: Beautiful Leather LR Set, DR, Kitch., BR, & So Much More! EVERYTHING MUST GO ASAP! Pick up required $5,000 OBO Cash Only! Call 203-715-5758 1953-54 HiPerf Corvette Distributor. Fits all 235/261 cu eng. $50. 860-681-6923. 20 SERIOUS PEOPLE TO LOSE 5-100 LBS! Affordable Programs Available! DOCTOR RECOMMENDED! (203) 715-2779 AIR CONDITIONER Portable. Sylvania, 12,000 BTU. Used once. Asking $200. Call (203) 235-8605


ALL CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575 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 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

BLACK & DECKER Cordless Lawn Mower. Needs Battery. Wallingford. $40. 203-626-9169 CTJOBS 2 4x5.75

COUCH Large Blue/White Check Clean, Can Deliver $90 860 682-4435 FISHER PRICE Kids Picnic Table Excellent Cond. $40 (203)250-1627 FREE Under Counter style Dishwasher. Good condition. Call to arrange pickup 203-237-0205

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

203-235-8431 PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION CLASS Required for CT applicants. $110 Call 203-415-1144

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

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

DON’T SCRAP YOUR CAR Call Jeff. Will Pay Up To $1000 CASH for your CLUNKER! Damage, Rusted, Broken. (203) 213-1142


Music By Roberta Performance & Instruction. Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295 YAMAHA Spinet Piano Maple Finish. Only 52 Keys. (203) 269-7845

HOUSES FOR RENT WALLINGFORD 6 RM, 3 BR, 2 Full Baths. HW Flrs, DR, W/D Hookup. Double Driveway. Beautiful Yard! No Pets. Available July 1st. Call 203-284-2077


MERIDEN 2 BR End Unit. Execellent Condition. On Site Laundry. No Pets $925/mo. Call (860) 620-9658

APARTMENTS FOR RENT BERLIN 2 BR, 1.5 Bath ( 1232 Sq Ft.) In Two-Family House. WD Hookup. Granite. Clean. Great Location. Back Yard. $1300. 860 736-1169 or 860 502-5619

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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

MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Walk in Closet, & Laundry. No pets! $925 + utilities Call 203-245-9493


Friday, July 5, 2013 — The Southington Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT


MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large 2 BR Luxury Condo. Walk in Closet, & Laundry. No pets! $925 + utilities Call 203-245-9493

WALLINGFORD 1 BR 1st Fl. 1 year old. Beautiful Eastside location. All utils incl. Pay for phone only. $1100/mo, sec & refs. Avail July 1. 203 284-8035


WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 1st Floor. Newly renovated. Stove & refrigerator incl. WD hookup. No Smoking. No pets. $1,000. 203-464-7880 or 203-294-9010

1 & 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS 657 East Main Street Call 203-376-8114 or 203-630-9481 MERIDEN 1 BR, 1st Floor Attractive Victorian. Walk in Kitchen w/ New Appls. Heat Hot Water included. Bus line. $700. 199 East Main Call 727-565-8362

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 BR, 2nd Flr, New Carpet/Paint, Big & Bright. W/D Hookup, No Pets/Smoking $850/mo. Credit & Background Chk Req. Call (203) 640-4077 MERIDEN 4 BR 2 BA 2nd Flr. $1175/mo. + sec & utils. Avali. 6/1. 230 West Main St. 203886-8808. Home Sweet Homes MERIDEN Clean 1 RM Efficiency 2nd Fl. Randolph Ave. Utilities included. No pets. $450. 2 months security. Credit check required. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. Heat & Hot Water included. Pool access. $995/mo plus sec. Avail immed L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808. MERIDEN Crown Village 2 BR Just renovated. Heat & Hot Water included. Pool access. $995/mo plus sec. Avail immed L & E Prop Mgmt 203-886-8808. MERIDEN Crown Village Large 1 BR, Appls, Heat incl. On-site Laundry. Off street parking. Balcony, Swimming Pool. No pets. $775/mo +Dep. 203 634-9149 MERIDEN Room Available. First Week Free! Utilities included! $115/Wk. Available Now. Off Street Lighted Parking 203-213-8589 MERIDEN- Large 1BR w/balcony & swimming pool at Crown Village, 581 Crown Street. $750/mo. including heat & HW. 203-856-6472 MERIDEN-2 Bedrooms, 2nd Floor 5 Rooms. Stove and Refrigerator Included. Off-street-parking. No pets. $775/month plus security and utilities. 203-605-5691 MERIDEN. 3 BR, 1st flr, recently renovated. Clean, spacious, off st parking. Avail now. $1000. Section 8 approved. Pets considered. 140 Foster St. Walt 203-464-1863. MERIDEN. West side furnished 1st flr studio, includes heat, elec, hw. $180/week plus sec. Call 12noon-8pm (203) 634-1195 PLAINVILLE 1 BR Excellent Condition. On site Laundry. No Pets. $800/mo. Call 860-983-9688 SOUTHINGTON - 1 1/2 Room Efficiency. Ideal for seniors and all others. Near I-84. $145/wk. Includes Heat & HW, A/C, Appliances. No smoking. Sec dep & refs req. 860-620-0025 SUMMER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $695/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private balcony. 203-639-4868

WALLINGFORD. 2 BR Townhouse, Elm Hill Dr area, no pets, no smoking. $975/mo plus utils. Includes trash. 1 mos sec & credit check, off st parking. Available Aug 7. Gene Fontanella RE 203-265-2299.

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Includes Heat, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. East Side. Off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or

GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT ONE Bay Garage for Rent 19’ W x 34.6 L. 5x9 Bathroom Closet 10’ Overhead Doors. Yalesville Area. Call (203) 641-4746

MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE MERIDEN/WALLINGFORD Newer Double Wide. 2 BR, 2 BA, Central Air, Mint Condition in Up Scale Park. $79,900! Call 203-799-7731 Also available, Brand New 2 BR in Upscale Park. $59,900! Financing Available. Call 203-799-7731

HELP WANTED APARTMENT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN Maintenance Technician position for apartment community in Hamden area. Must live on site. Duties include: apartment turnover, fulfilling work orders, general property maintenance, & 24-hour on call rotation. Experience preferred in plumbing, electrical, carpentry, & HVAC. Competitive pay & benefits. A thorough background check & drug screening is required for employment. Qualified Candidate Please Fax Resume to 203-407-0390 or email to: DRIVER CDL Driver needed for Sitework Company. Must have a minimum Class B license currently. Triaxle Dump Truck experience required. Please fax resume to 203-630-1998, email to or apply in person at LaRosa Earth Group, 163 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT. Women, minorities & others encouraged to apply. AA/EEO EQUIPMENT Operators needed for Sitework Company. Must be able to operate excavators, dozers, skid steers, earth rollers, etc. Must have knowledge of required daily equipment maintenance Please fax resume to 203-630-1998, email to or apply in person at LaRosa Earth Group, 163 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT. Women, minorities & others encouraged to apply. AA/EEO

EXPERIENCED CONTROL PANEL TECHNICIAN 1. Must have the ability to read/understand electrical schematics. 2. Must be able to assemble and wire machine controls panels. 3. Control panel a plus 4. AutoCAD electrical experience a plus. Please email resume to:

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HVAC LICENSED INSTALLERS Immediate opening. Residential. Minimum 5 years experience required w/ B, D or S license. Exc wages, benefits. Send resume to No phone calls please. LANDSCAPER Experienced Groundskeeper to maintain lawn and shrub pruning and snow plowing at luxury apartment complexes. Work to include mowing, trimming, edging, mulching, planting, weeding, etc. Require use of hand held and other landscape equipment including x-mark, scagg. Competitive rates and benefit package. Valid Driver’s License and transportation to work. Qualified Candidate Please Fax Resume to 203-4070390 or E-Mail: LOCAL CONTRACTOR Seeking experienced individual for full time front office position. Duties include but not limited to AR, AP, Payroll, Invoicing using AIA, Generating Correspondence, Ordering & Tracking Material, Operating Multi-Line Telephone System. Applicant must possess the following: Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook & QuickBooks Pro, Strong Computer Skills, Ability to Multi-Task, Attention to Detail, Strong Communication & Problem Solving Skills. Experience in Electrical or Construction Field a must. Hours M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please email resume and salary requirements to No phone calls please ROGERS ORCHARD SOUTHINGTON, CT needs 4 temporary workers 7/15/2013 to 11/3/2013, work tools, supplies, equipment provided without cost to worker, Housing will be available without cost to worker who cannot reasonable return to their permanent residence at the end of the work day. Transportation reimbursement and subsistence is provided upon completion of 15 days or 50% of the work contract. Work is guaranteed for 3/4 of the work days during the contract period. $10.91 per hr. Applicants to apply contact CT Department of Labor at 860-263-6020. Or apply for the job at the nearest local office of the SWA. Job order #4559142. May perform any combination of tasks related to the production and harvesting of apple’s, pears. peaches, nectarines, works will be using straight and step ladders and will be required to lift approx 40 lbs while descending and ascending ladder on sustained basis. at least 2 months in duties listed required.

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MERIDEN 2 BR W/D Hookup. Gas Heat & HW. No Pets. $875/Month + Security Deposit. 203 715-7508.

WALLINGFORD 3 BR, 2nd Floor $1000/mo. Refrig & Stove incld. No Pets. Absolutely No Smoking Sec & refs. Avail August 1st Paul (203) 269-6348


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MACHINE Design Engineer 1. Min 2 years of mechanical design experience using SolidWorks (or equivalent). 2. Ability to manage projects from concept to completion. 3. Comfortable designing mechanics (such as test and assembly equipment, automated equipment, fixtures and tooling, etc.). 4. Good communication skills. 5. Knowledge of electro-mechanics peuematics a plus. For the right Candidate we offer a competitive salary, benefits package, and a wealth of experience. Please email resume to: Seeking a full-time Database Administrator Requirements: ● Applicant needs to be self motivated, energetic, and a team player for a very fast paced, growing Company. ● Applicants must have 1-2 years experience. Knowledge of Mailing Industry is beneficial. ●Proficient in Microsoft Access and VBA Responsibilities: ●Integrate specific procedures for loading/transferring data from external sources into our product database records. ●Update existing product data base records with annually updated data. Matching of source records to existing records from year to year is a must. ● Enhance existing database records for the presentation of a high quality personalized direct mail piece. ● Ability to meet deadlines assigned by Manager. ●Ability to multi-task simultaneously and work well under pressure to make sure project goals and deadlines are met and are of the highest quality. ● Ability to pay attention to details and be flexible with the schedule as needed. Forward resume to Robert LeBel Letter Concepts, Inc. P.O. Box 436, Berlin, CT 06037 or email to Letter Concepts, Inc.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR DELIVERY CARRIERS WANTED Come join our fast growing team of contracted adult carriers who earn up to $13,000.00 annually delivering newspapers for up to 2 hours in the early morning. It is a great way to subsidize your annual income without interfering with your regular job or quality time at home. If you are interested in being contracted on a route or being a substitute in Wallingford, Meriden, Southington or Cheshire -

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(203) 634-3933 HELP WANTED OPTOMETRY Tech/Reception/ Optical FT in Hamden office. No exp required, will train. Thurs eve and Sat hours. Email PART TIME Attendant in Laundromat in Cheshire! 20-25 hrs a wk, Good Environment, Various Duties. (203) 949-1940 or (203) -272-5474 Ask for Sal. PART TIME Home Health Care agency seeking CNAs for per diem work. Transportation a must. Please call 203-697-1030 for more info or apply online at: http:// PT WAREHOUSE WORKER AM Hours! Forklift Experience, 15-20 hr/wk. Call: 860-829-8881

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PT/TIME Office/Receptionist Wlfd Car Dealership (203) 284-8989 Fax 203-269-1114 SHIFT SUPERVISOR RETAIL MATERIAL HANDLER SALES ASSOCIATES Needed for our Wallingford Goodwill Store. Must be able to work night/weekend/holiday hours as needed. Competitive pay w/benefits for FT positions Please apply in person to: 1145 North Colony Rd. Wallingford EOE/AA - M/F/D/V WELDER/FABRICATOR Experience preferred. Must be able to work from blueprints. Work with steel/alum./stainless. Excellent wages and benefits. Apply in person or by mail 95 Corporate Dr. Southington, CT 06489 EOE

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