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Volume 8, Number 1

Friday, Januar y 6, 2012

Southington town officials mull what 2012 will bring By Julie Sopchak The Southington Citizen

Every year, a new year rolls around, with new promise and hope for change for the better. For town officials, the new year brings on a plate full of issues and agendas to tackle. “My biggest concern is trying to keep costs down and weather the economic mess,” said Southington

Town Council Chairman Edward Pocock III. “That for me is priority one.” Board of education Chairman Brian Goralski, echoed that the economy has not improved much, and the same dismal situation will carry over into 2012, but he remains optimistic that the community will continue to

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Lifelong resident and publisher dies after life of community service By Ken DiMauro Special to The Citizen

For Anthony L. Urillo, of Southington, founder and former president of The Step Saver and The Southington Observer, being the owner and longtime publish- Urillo er of his weekly publications was

something he relished, according to friends and former employees who reacted to news of Urillo’s death. Urillo, 85, who was born in Southington, died Dec. 27 after a short illness. He and his wife, Jennie (Marciniec) Urillo were married Feb. 12, 1955 and they had seven children, Stephanie, Susan, Mary, Marta, Anthony, Angela and Robert. During his life, he was See Publisher, page 6



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Local restaurant owner proud of wood-fired technique By Julie Sopchak The Southington Citizen

John Pucci came into the restaurant business virtually in the dark, but some light from his wood-fired oven helped him grow The Fireplace into a popular restaurant in the heart of down-

town Southington on Center Street. Six years ago, Pucci was pulled away from his insurance job to venture into the restaurant business with a friend. Shortly after, his business partner came upon another venture, and Pucci bought the restaurant from

John Pucci, owner of The Fireplace, located on Center Street in downtown Southington, stands next to his wood-fired oven, which cooks everything on his restaurant’s menu.

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“You learn that you’re only as good as your staff is,” he said. “You can only do so much as one person, and staff is huge. If you have a good staff, a consistent staff, that takes your business a long way.” Pucci also learned how im-


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him to tackle on his own. “It was a little overwhelming to take it all on myself,” Pucci said. His business partner, who had owned a bar beforehand, taught him a little bit about the bar industry, but to open a restaurant, the necessary concentration on food was almost foreign. Pucci and his partner also wanted to make sure they understood the inner-workings of their unique oven, and even traveled out to where it was manufactured in Los Angeles to learn about it. Pucci said a lot more babysitting is involved with the wood-fired oven, since the pizza cooks so quickly, it constantly needs to be moved around so it cooks evenly, and the cook needs to find where the hot spots are, as opposed to a conventional oven where a cook can just throw a pie in and wait until it’s done. “It’s something that’s different, the smoke from the wood gets into the flavor of the toppings and we cook everything in that oven – our wings, our sandwiches,” Pucci said of his restaurant’s integral instrument. “Everything is cooked with the wood-fired oven, so it kind of gives it a smoked flavor, it’s unique.” The uniqueness of it must have caught on, because about two and a half years ago, Pucci said he had to add another oven to keep up with the demand. But in the six years Pucci has been running The Fireplace, he has caught on to what else makes a restaurant successful — aside from its original and unique menu: the service.

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Sikhs follow religion’s principles to feed Southington’s hungry By Robin Lee Michel The Southington Citizen

One of the Sikh religion’s major principles is to help mankind by sharing and performing charitable service from the fruits of your own work. When the devastating earthquake occurred in January 2010 in Haiti, the Sikh community responded with millions of meals, tents, funds and manpower. “Wherever there is a calamity, we always come forward. Sikhs help any way they can,” said Kulwant

Singh Samra, president of the Southington Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh, house of worship, located at 1610 West St. Service is also a way to honor God. On Dec. 23, this local religious community did not travel a thousand miles to help others but instead turned to Bread for Life, the feeding program for Southington’s underserved. Members of the congregation shopped at a wholesale warehouse to purchase hundreds of pounds of food goods to be used at the Bread

for Life soup kitchen and for senior citizen meals delivered weekly to all of town’s senior housing locations. Throughout the year food collections are held, which are heartily supported by residents and businesses. However, much of the food, because it is individual- or family-sized, goes to the community food pantry, which is administered by Southington Community Services. The Sikhs’ latest purchase was of institutional-size See Sikhs, page 14

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Unloading food supplies are, from left, Surinder Singh, Kulwant Singh Samra, president of the Southington Sikh congregation, Darshan Singh Bajwa, Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director, Brahum Singh, Harpal Singh and Manjit Singh Walia.

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Group takes annual Santa Flight in memory of member On Dec. 17, 16 hot air balloon teams gathered at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington for the Third Annual Santa Flight in memory of Mike Bollea. The event was organized by balloonist Jim Regan in

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The Southington Citizen — Friday, January 6, 2012

The Step Saver, a weekly shopper publication. Continued from page 1 He worked two jobs simultaneously, at Stanley Works heavily involved in many lo- as a manager and at home cal civic and charitable or- with The Step Saver, with six ganizations. In 1963, Urillo young children underfoot. and his wife, Jennie Mrs. Urillo , while pregnant Marciniec Urillo, founded with her youngest, sold ad-



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quality community newspaper. “He had a vision,” Secondo said, adding that Urillo filled that need, having the reporters come up with wellresearched stories as well as covering the news that affected Southington. “He was tough and expected perfection,” Secondo said, adding that the newspaper earned many layout and news writing awards. When Karen A. Avitabile was barely in high school, she knew she wanted to work for The Observer. She started as a youth correspondent and did some freelance writing for the paper, eventually becoming editor-in-chief in 1996. “Mr. Urillo wanted to give the public something he could be proud of,” Avitabile said. She said the staffers and writers all worked very hard to put out a quality product. She said Urillo and his family were trendsetters because they published successful shopper publications and a successful weekly newspaper during a time when daily newspapers were still popular and well read. “Back then The Observer

was it, the place to be” Avitabile said, adding that although the newspaper didn’t shy away from covering nuts-and-bolts news, Urillo stressed positive, well-researched features readers could not see from reading other publications. After working as editor at The Observer, Avitabile became managing editor at The Middletown Press for several years. Today she is editor of Journeys, several regional magazines published for The American Automobile Association. Both Senich and Secondo recalled that Urillo and his family liked being involved in community and fund-raising projects, especially for Immaculate Conception Church, the Elks, Polish Falcons and the Southington Historical Society. “For some reason, he could never say no to Betty Kroher,” who ran the Southington Red Cross at the time, Senich said. Each year, he would publish special promotions for the Red Cross. Kroher said Urillo would See Publisher, page 32



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Blue Knights Marching Band plans its Super Bowl Sub Sale The Southington High School Marching Band is once again conducting its Super Bowl Sub Sale. The sale features 12-inch grinders – sold, prepared and delivered by marching

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them. On Sunday, Feb. 5 — the morning of the big game — students, parents and volunteers will gather at 6:30 a.m. at SHS to assemble the subs. Volunteers will fill boxes with hundreds of subs separated by student with the appropriate selections. The student’s goal is to then deliver all the sandwiches by early afternoon in time for the recipients to enjoy them while watching the Super Bowl. “Last year, we made and delivered over 3,000 grinders,” Robarge said. “The grinders are fresh, and include top quality meats provided by Tops Market. They are an exceptional value... They really sell them-

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Banquet helps Bread for Life

Jim McCabe, of Southington, owner and operator of McCabe ‘s Moving, is sponsoring a banquet to benefit Bread for Life. The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 22, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Elks Club, 114 Main St. The banquet will be a wide selection of appetizers donated by area restaurants. McCabe said there will also be music and raffle. There is an admission charge or people can bring $15 worth of groceries instead. For the past five years, McCabe ‘s Moving sponsored golf tournaments to benefit local causes and charities such as Parents 4 a Change, Shriners Hospital and children and families affected by serious diseases. “I believe in giving back to the community,” he said.






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do something big, and also raise money more effectively. “It’s not easy to raise money the way we were doing it,” Semmel said. “Just playing these little concerts and hoping folks put a dollar in our little trumpet case, so I thought let’s try to do something bigger.” Semmel said Guinness accepted his application for the record attempt, dubbed “The Brass Blast,” since there is already a record holder for the world’s largest trumpet ensemble, which was organized by Napoleón Gómez Silva in Oruro, Bolivia on Feb. 19, 2006. Silva’s record had 1,166 participants, so theoretically, Semmel needs 1,167 trumpeters, but is aiming for 1,200. So far he said he only has under 100 registered for the event that will take place

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“I wanted to be part of something big so it’s something I could be proud of,” the younger Semmel said. Erik Semmel said he originally formed Southington Brass about a year ago so he could enjoy playing trumpet with his sons and brother, Martin Semmel, principal of Southington High School, and also raise money for non-profit organizations. “We’ve been all over town trying to play,” Erik said. “Have some fun and raise money for a good cause.” Martin Semmel he initially said his brother was a little crazy for attempting this, but after a while embraced the idea, thinking “why not?” “I’m excited about the

ability to bring so many people together who love music and play the trumpet,” Martin said. “The opportunity just to kind of be together and participate in something that’s on such a grand scale.” For Martin, also a member of Southington Brass with his daughter, Julia, the best part will be participating with his family and other kids from Southington. “I thought it was a lot to bite off, but he’s [Erik] a committed person and he’s got a lot of passion around this and I share that passion with him,” Martin said. “So I’m excited about this.” For the record attempt, Erik said he has picked out four different tunes for the ensemble to play: “The Star-

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Southington resident Jim Williamson, president of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, has been elected by the Connecticut Network of Community Foundations to be the new chairman of this volunteer, professional group. The network consists of 10 local community foundations, all of which meet the Council on Foundation’s National Standards Williamson for U.S. Community Foundations. The network is an affinity group of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy dedicated to building community foundation capacity, awareness and advancing a culture of philanthropy statewide through joint venture, statewide marketing, research and education. “In recent years, the network has acted to create a collaborative committee approach to public policy and advocacy on early childhood development issues within the state. This year, for example, the committee reached out to state legislators to urge their support of important legislation (SB 1103, An Act Regarding Early Childhood Development) which would seek to restructure the way early childhood programs are funded by the state into a more cohesive and efficient system,” Williamson said. “The act was adopted, and now the committee is working with state officials and other early childhood advocates to create the plan which would address the legislation’s requirements. I’m excited about this opportunity to help lead our network of community foundations to collaboratively achieve these types of important initiatives.”

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Flight Continued from page 5 also the owner of Aer Blarney Balloons. “Mike was the kind of person that knew the right thing to do and did it without worrying about taking the credit for his actions. As an example, Mike walked the West Farms Mall everyday and during one of these walks, met an elderly woman whom he befriended. From the moment their friendship began every time you saw Mike, there she was a part of his family and adventures,” according to Murphy Shortly after their friendship began, she was diagnosed with cancer and Bollea financially assisted her throughout her battle and took her to every appointment. He did this quietly every step of the way until she her death. “Many people that knew Mike did not know that he was providing all this support. Mike did what he did because he just knew it was the right thing to do and for the right reasons,” Murphy said. Jude Russell wrote about Bollea shortly after his passing: “He was a kindly soul, who would never hurt a fly and was always willing to step up for someone else. He was one of those balloonists who were often on the field without his balloon — helping out a friend by driving the chase van, flying for fun, or happy to take some pictures of a new balloon — he just loved the sport and the people.”

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This year’s flight — as hot air balloons often do — attracted the attention of many residents along its travels. The Nivison family and other people in the Kingswood Drive neighborhood in Southington saw at first two, then four, and finally 14 hot air balloons. “To our surprise, one kept getting lower and lower, then landed right on our neighbors’ front lawn. The balloonists invited the kids over to check out the balloon, and handed out candy canes,” said Dan Nivison. “I thank the balloonists for the joy they brought to my kids,” he said. To get more involved in ballooning or stay current with hot air balloon events in Connecticut, visit or call (203) 910-4955 for more information about getting involved ballooning. “We hope to see you at next year’s Santa Flight,” Murphy said. — Robin Lee Michel contributed to this story.

Legislative forum Jan. 10

State Rep. Rob Sampson and state Sen. Joe Markley will hold a Tuesday, Jan. 10 forum to discuss the upcoming 2012 Legislative Session that begins Feb. 8. The event will be held at Southington Town Hall, 75 Main Street, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For information, contact Sampson’s office, at (800) 8421423.

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Looking back: Crop Walk

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Citizen photos by Robin Lee Michel

Teenagers meet their friends at the start of the annual Crop Walk held this fall in Southington, starting and ending at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Church World Service 4-mile walk raises funds for food programs, including Southington’s Bread for Life. At the Crop Walk, Lois Hall, right, receives congratulations for her successful fundraising from Eldon Hafford, executive director of Bread for Life. Hall has received numerous awards for being the largest individual fundraiser at the event.

YMCA school registration

The Southington Community YMCA will be hosting registration and an open house for its Early Childhood Programs Nursery School and Creative Child on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration for full program members runs from 8 to 10 a.m. Registration for the community runs 10 a.m. to noon. Families must have a completed registration packet including registration and health forms. All documents are available online and at the YMCA Learning Center. Classrooms will be open for viewing and teachers will be available to answer questions. Registration and the open house will be located upstairs in the main YMCA building, 29 High St. For more information, call (860) 621-8130 or visit

Parking ordinance According to statute Sec. 12-72, parking from Nov. 15 to April 15 is restricted to one hour between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. The fine is $10.

be given a sticker that correlates to that part. “It should be simple, but it’s probably going to be like herding cattle,” he said. “But we have no idea.” Other things that Erik has no idea about includes how the ensemble will actually sound. “I don’t know what it’ll sound like,” he said. “I know that we’re going to have four different parts, and I just think it’s going to be an amazing wall of brass sound.” Jake, along with his two brothers Matt and Kyle, will be participating in the attempt. Jake said he’ll be playing the second part. “I’m just thinking it’s going to be a great experience,” Jake said. “It’s gonna get us to meet new people and hear other bands.” Any individual or group that plays trumpet and is interested in the record-breaking attempt should contact Erik Semmel at esemmel@ or retrieve a registration form by visiting .



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goods to be used when making meals for the 30 or so individuals who visit the weekday lunch program at the Friendship Hall at the Masons Lodge on Main Street and for the dinners that go out to the senior citizens. On

there are 30 daily meals served plus the home meal that they take home. Folks like this make it possible because without their support we wouldn’t be able to do this,” said Eldon Hafford, executive director of Bread for Life.

the crisp December morning, a half-dozen men unloaded items such as 50pound bags of potatoes and cases of cans from a pickup truck at the door to the food bank storage area, located at Apple Valley Bank on North Main Street. “Every week, volunteers deliver 600 senior meals and

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Legion dinners — American Legion Post 72 serves dinners on Fridays at the Legion Post, 66 Main St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Take-out orders are available; if patrons purchase four dinners, the fifth is free. The dinner for Friday, Jan. 6 is meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, bread and butter. For more information: call the Legion Post, at (860) 6214243. Tickets can be purchased at the door or prepaid at the lounge during the week.

Silver Tea — Southington Church Women United will meet on Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., at Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St. Soup, sandwiches and dessert will be served. There is a cost to attend. People interested in attending should call their church representative for reservations.



Bottle and can drive — A bottle and can drive to support Boy Scout Troop 32 will be held Saturday, Jan.7, 8 a.m. to noon, at Recreation Park, Maxwell Noble Drive, Southington. The collection point is next to the first concession stand and playground. Proceeds go to support Boy Scout Troop 32. Christmas tree pickup — The Southington Land Conservation Trust is collecting Christmas trees for disposal. Members of the land trust will pick up trees curbside on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, between 8 a.m. and noon. The tree will be recycled and the fee will go to

SLCT to conserve land and wildlife habitat in Southington. To have the tree collected, people should call Al Fiorillo, at (860) 690-2484, to leave their name, address, phone number and the Saturday that they would like the tree to be picked up. Concerts With Causes — Concerts With Causes is sponsoring a winter concert series at the Hydeaway Cafe, 115 W. Main St., in Plantsville. The concerts benefit the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Connecticut Chapter. The next concert will feature a double header show with Angry Again and Far From Here on Jan. 7. Ticket deadline for Military Appreciation Dinner — A Military Appreciation Dinner will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Southington Elks Lodge 1669, 114 Main St. This is free to military members and veterans and there is a cost for family members and other guests. Full buffet dinner. Open to the public. Information and tickets by Saturday, Jan. 7: call Denise Johnson at (860) 707-

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Elvis at The Summit — Elvis will be at The Summit at Plantsville, 261 Summit St., on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. The show is open to the public and the only charge is a can or non-perishable item for the Southington Social Services Department. Information: call (860) 628-0364. Epiphany Bell Sunday — Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville, will celebrate both Epiphany and its annual Bell Sunday on Jan. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. During the bell-themed service, worshippers “ring” in the New Year. There’s music by the bell choir, and the congregation can ring their bells along with the morning hymns or chancel choir anthem. After the service, the “burning of the greens” will be held during which evergreen branches are burnt in a small bonfire. A light lunch of soup and bread will be served afterward. Infor-


mation: call the church office at (860) 628-5595. Second anniversary service — Abundant Life Pentecostal Church, 1049 Queen St., Southington, announces second anniversary services on Sunday, Jan. 8. Special guest speakers/musicians from Indiana Bible College will be ministering at their 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. All are welcome to attend. Information: call (860) 904-3225.



Southington Festival Chorale — The Southington Festival Chorale rehearses Mondays, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St. All singers are welcome. Information: call Liz, (860) 621-2837.



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Abundant Life Pentecostal Church, 1049 Queen St., Southington, announces second anniversary services on Sunday, Jan. 8. Special guest speakers/musicians from Indiana Bible College will be ministering at their 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (860) 904-3225.

A pasta dinner, hosted by the Senior High Youth Group at First Congregational Church, will be offered Saturday, Jan. 14, 6 p.m., in the church Memorial Hall, 37 Main St. There is a charge to attend. Children 5 years old and younger are free. Proceeds support the youth group’s February mission trip to Miami.

First Congregational Church will be taking part in the “Souper Bowl” on Sunday, Feb. 5. People will be encouraged to donate $1 as they leave church on Super Bowl Sunday. All money collected will be given to Bread for Life.

Epiphany, Bell Sunday

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Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville, will celebrate both Epiphany and its annual Bell Sunday on Jan. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. During the bell-themed service, worshippers “ring” in the New Year. There’s music by the bell choir, and the congregation can ring their bells along with the morning hymns or chancel choir anthem. After the service, the “burning of the greens” will be held during which evergreen branches are burnt in a small bonfire, a symbolic way to wrap up the celebration of the Christmas season. A light lunch of soup and bread will be served afterward. For more information, call the church office at (860) 6285595.

The First Baptist Church Winter Special Olympic Scarf Project at First Baptist Church is coming to a close. To date, a total of 134 scarves have been turned in. If anyone has been working on these scarves, the church is asking that they be turned in by Jan. 20. A service of dedication is planned for Sunday Jan. 29, during the 10 a.m. morning worship, during which the scarves will be displayed. Brody Neilson, a Special Olympic multiple gold medal winner, will be assisting with the service. Anyone interested in joining this time of celebration is invited to attend. During the following week, the scarves will be delivered to the CT Special Olympic headquarters.

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Contemplative worship

Be Still, contemplative worship at First Congregational Church of Southington, 37 Main St., is offered on the third Sunday of each month (Jan. 15) through May, at 6 p.m.

Giving Back food program


The Tabernacle church, located at 1445 West St., offers the food program Giving Back. In collaboration with Foodshare of Hartford, Giving Back sets up a mobile food pantry every other Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. On Tuesdays, primarily produce is distributed, depending on availability, also breads and some nonperishables. On every other Saturday, 10 a.m., Giving Back offers a more substantial variety of groceries, including when available, toiletries and infant products. The Tabernacle is a contemporary Christian church that strives to meet the needs of the community with food, clothing, encouragement and spiritual support. For more information, call the church at (860) 276-0400. Call the church to confirm when and where the next distributions will be.

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Obituaries George Hayes Jr.

Anthony L. Urillo

George F. Hayes, Jr., 82, of Southington, died peacefully Nov. 21, 2011. He was born Jan. 13, 1929, in Hartford, the eldest child of George F. Hayes Sr. and Eleanor (Eckels) Hayes, and grew up in Tariffville and Southington. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and on the Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) during the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Active in politics, he served as chairman of the Democratic Party in Southington and was a constable in town for many years. He worked in sales of automotive aftermarket and was an avid golfer as a member of the Pequabuck Golf Club in Bristol. He was a fan of UConn women’s basketball and of Southington women’s basketball and volleyball programs. He is survived by his son, George F. Hayes III and daughter-in-law, Anne (Charest) Hayes, of West Hartford, and his beloved granddaughters, Brittany I. Hayes, of Baltimore, and Ashley A. (Hayes) Berry and her husband, Sam Berry, of Boston; his sisters, Bonnie Benson and Marie “Timmie” Barcomb; longtime friends, Norman Ingram and Dr. David McGowan; and many nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Jane (Thorpe) Hayes; infant son, David; sister, Kay Millhouse; and brother, John. In accordance with his wishes, there were no calling hours and he will be laid to rest at the convenience of the family at South End Cemetery in Southington. Memorial donations can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at

Anthony L. Urillo, 85, of Southington, died Dec. 27, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, B r a d l e y Memorial campus. He was the loving husband of Jennie (Marciniec) Urillo for nearly 57 years. Born in Southington, Oct. 15, 1926, to the late Giuseppe and Agnes (Orlacchio) Urillo, he was a lifelong Southington resident. During the 1960s, he was active in town at various clubs. He was president of The Sportsmen’s Club for two years where he started “Game Dinners” as a fundraiser for the club. He served for six years on the membership committee. He was the chairman for the Annual Fishing Derby for kids where he went door-to-door soliciting prizes for the children. He served as the business manager for the Southington Community Theater where he was also a stagehand and helped build sets for the various productions put on by the group. Once The Step Saver became established, he was appointed chairman of the commercial division of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the board of directors at the New England Association of Advertising Publishers. He was an active member at the Southington Elks where he served as chairman of their House Committee. While the chairman, he started the yearly clambake and instituted a horse show, which lasted for two years and was very successful. He organized the first “Santa Claus Parade” in the early ’60s. The parade ran

from the old Pexto building to the center of town and featured Santa Claus (George Kroher) throwing candy and apples to the children in the crowd. It was very well attended for the years it ran. In 1992, he started the First Annual Charity Golf Tournament which later became the Calvanese Golf Tournament. In 2003, he was appointed chairman of the campaign to raise funds for the Immaculate Conception Parish to build a CCD center. The goal was $375,000; he raised $450,000. He also served on the Finance Board at Immaculate Conception Church. He was a lifetime member of the Polish Falcons, The Elks and the Southington Historical Society. In addition to his wife, Jennie, he is survived by his daughter, Dr. Stephanie Urillo, of Southington; his daughter, Susan Urillo Larson and husband, Keith and their daughter, Erica, of Southington; Mary Lautman and her children, Heather, Jacob and Sarah Lautman, of Reading, Mass.; Marta Urillo and husband, Giuseppe Palumbo and their children, Isabelle, Gianfranco and Anthony Palumbo; his son, Anthony J. Urillo and wife, Kris, of Southington; his daughter, Angela Moore and husband, Ralph and their son, Samuel, of Melrose, Mass.; his son, Robert Urillo and wife, Susan and their son, Zachary, of Lakeland, Fla.; and his brother-in-law, Deacon James P. Quinn Sr., of Southington. He was predeceased by his sister, Ann Quinn. Funeral services were held Dec. 30, 2011, from the Plantsville Funeral Home, with a funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Plantsville. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the

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Bruce Wennberg Bruce Wennberg, 52, of Bristol, husband of Nancy BentleyWe n n b e r g , died Dec. 15, 2011, at YaleNew Haven Hospital. He was born June 30, 1959, in New Britain, the son of Betty (Nyborg) Wennberg, of Bristol, and the late Donald T. Wennberg. He was a resident of Bristol for 50 years and also lived in Plainville and Southington for a short time. He was formerly employed as a carpenter. He attended South Congregational Church in Hartford, was a member of the Connecticut Sportsman Association in Berlin, and the Carpenters Union. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bentley-Wennberg; two daughters, Kira Avery

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Letters to the Editor

Thieves, vandals show insensitivity

To the editor: I wanted to comment on a recent theft that occurred of Christmas lawn ornaments. Today, in the middle of the afternoon, my outdoor Christmas penguin ornament was taken from my front porch. The perpetrators rang the doorbell twice and when they thought no one was home, they took it. The police were called and they said they have had numerous calls similar to these. He looked around, but whomever it was gone and so was our beloved penguin. A few weeks ago, there were also a few houses on my street that got hit by a driveby paint-balling. Luckily, it was water-based paint and not real bullets. I know others at this time

have lost more than lawn ornaments and I understand the triviality of this loss. It’s just makes me angry and sad to think there are people out there that have absolutely no respect at all for others or their property. This is especially sad at Christmas time when we are trying to enjoy the season and decorating our lawns is part of that tradition. Vicki Gagliardi Southington

Scouts do ‘good turn’ To the editor: Thank you to the towns of Southington, Meriden, Wallingford, Hamden and North Haven comprising the Sleeping Giant District of the Boy Scouts of America. We asked for your help with our recent food drive to help those in need and our towns

responded with great compassion. Storm Alfred disrupted schedules and communications, making organizing the Sleeping Giant District’s 23nd annual Food Drive very tough, but the drive can still be considered a success. Over 27,800 pounds of food was collected in November by over 550 members of local Boy Scout and Cub Scout units, as well as members from a couple of Brownie Troops. Over 8,000 pounds was collected in Southington for Bread for Life and Southington Community Services. Despite being out of power and facing the spoilage of their own supplies, our neighbors still believe it is important to take care of our fellow human beings. We sincerely appreciate your support. We also thank the

Government Meetings

Monday, Jan. 9 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Senior Citizens Commission, Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., 6:30 p.m. Zoning board of appeals, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 11 Board of finance, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 Board of education, town hall council chambers., 7:30 p.m. Board of police commissioners, Southington Police Department Community Room, 69 Lazy

Lane, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Board of education, Hatton Elementary School, 50 Spring Lake Road, 7:30 p.m. Planning and zoning commission, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 Board of education, Hatton Elementary School, 50 Spring Lake Road, 7:30 p.m. Board of fire commissioners, fire headquarters, 310 N. Main St., 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Housing authority, Lincoln Lewis Terrace, 43 Academy St., 7 p.m.

Scouts and their leaders for doing a “Good Turn” and participating in this event. For more information about Scouts, visit the Connecticut Yankee Council website at or

Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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More than 300 students from DePaolo Middle School volunteered at Alex’s Lemonade Stand during the 2011 Apple Harvest Festival. They raised more than $10,000 for pediatric cancer research. A pizza party was held recently in order to celebrate this accomplishment. Pictured with Lori Dibble and Steve Nyerick are the three students that raised the most money. They are, from left, Evan Bender, Elizabeth Cassan and Carolyn Callahan.

Donations needed

People can make donations to Southington Salvation Army, 91 Norton St., Plantsville, CT 06479, throughout the year. To learn more about the various programs provided by Southington Community Services, contact Janet Mellon, at (860) 628-3761.

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Cit itii zen 40 N. Main St., Southington, CT 06489 News ............................................(860) 620-5962 Advertising....................................(860) 620-5960 Marketplace..................................(860) 620-5964 Fax ...............................................(860) 621-3660 The Southington Citizen is published every Friday by the Record-Journal Publishing Co. and is delivered by mail to all homes and businesses in Southington, Plantsville, Milldale and Marion.

Robin Lee Michel, Assistant Managing Editor Michael Guerrera, Sports Julie Sopchak, Reporter Kimberley E. Boath, Advertising Director Doug Riccio, Christine Nadeau Advertising Sales Michael F. Killian, General Manager Jim Racca Jim Racca is the food drive chairman for Sleeping Giant District, Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“We had a great day today,” said Bill McDougall, president of the Bread for Life Board of Directors, talking about the Sikhs’ food delivery and several other donations that arrived that morning. “I don’t bubble like Eldon,” he said, referring to the effusive words the executive director uses when talking about how grateful he is to the community and about the life stories he hears. “But just

the spirit of the community, not only on Christmas, it happens in July, all of it is good. Gifts like this make it possible to expand the program.” “We have a passion for people,” Hafford said. “We just want to feed people.” For more information about Bread for Life or to make a donation, visit the website . For more information about the Sikh congregation, visit the website .


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Open house in Plantsville


Students ‘Go Green’

An open house will be held at Plantsville Community Nursery School, 109 Church St., Plantsville, on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. The program is enrolling for 201213 the school year for children ages 3 years to kindergarten age. The nursery school offers a well-rounded program that prepares children to enter kindergarten. For more information, call (860) 628-8878 or email at .

Open house at Lincoln College An open house will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m., at Lincoln College of New England, formerly Briarwood College, located at 2279 Mt. Vernon Road, Southington. The event will include an overview of the academic programs, student services, campus life, financial aid and career services. Campus tours will be conducted by members of the Student Ambassador Program. To register for the open house, call the college at (860) 628-4751.

Open house at Village Green Village Green Nursery School, in the First Congregational Church, 37 Main St., will host its open house on Monday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. The open house will offer prospective parents of 3 and 4-year-olds the opportunity to see the classroom and ask questions about the program. Teachers, board members and parents of current students will be available to discuss the program. For more information, visit the website or call Nan Sheridan, at (860) 628-6958. Parents can also schedule appointments to visit the classroom and observe the program.

Power Pizza Day for youths Southington Youth Services is sponsoring “The

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Seventh-grade family and consumer science students at Joseph DePaolo Middle School, including Madison Yurgatis, left, and Joe Savage, right, construct reusable lunch bags as a class project. This project ties together their study units on “Going Green” and textiles. Students then used their textile skills to construct a reusable lunch bag. The handcrafted bags were sold at evening winter concerts in December. Proceeds were donated to Bread for Life to assist Southington families during the holiday season.

Power of Confidence: Power Pizza Day” for students in fifth and sixth grades. The five-hour action-packed program prepares students for middle school by working on confidence, positive peer relationships, decision-making and other asset building skills. The next session is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can sign up for any of these dates. Lunch is provided. Space is limited. To register, call youth services at (860) 276-6281. There is a fee to participate.

Computer fair in January The next Cogan Computer Fair to benefit the Southington High School Blue Knights Marching Band is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14 at the school in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 720 Pleasant St. Merchandise includes computers, laptops, printers and ink, MP3 players, Bluetooth devices and electronic toys. Computers can also be built to order while customers shop. Free electronics recycling is offered with paid admission. Appliances, CRT monitors,

tube TVs, and more are accepted for recycling. For more information, contact John at (860) 628-6809 or http://www.shsbands. com/bandbackers/fundraisers/coganfairs.htm .

Parents 4 A Change meeting Parents 4 A Change is having a meeting Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., at Walter Derynoski Elementary School cafeteria, 240 Main St. This meeting will be a support only meeting without speakers. For parents with an opiate addicted child, this is an opportunity to spend some quality time talking and sharing with other parents, giving and getting support. The public is invited. An open mix and mingle session will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Upcoming meetings are Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a guest speaker, and Tuesday, March 20, a support group only. There is never an admission fee and refreshments are provided. For more information, call (860) 621-1682.

Scholarship available Applications for college scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year are available from the SBM Charitable Foundation, Manchester. The foundation annually awards scholarships in amounts up to $5,000 per year to help fund undergraduate study at institutions of higher learning in Connecticut. In June 2011, $200,000 in scholarship assistance was awarded by the foundation. Applications are available at the foundation web site:, or by calling (860) 533-1067 to request that an application be sent by mail. Eligibility requirements include residency in Hartford, Tolland, or Windham counties; high school students must be in the top 40 percent of their class; college students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average or better, and exhibit a commitment to school and community activities. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and plan to attend a college or university in Connecticut. Full time enrollment is re-

quired. Scholarships are renewable for students who maintain academic and other eligibility requirements in college. Deadline is Saturday, March 31. For more information, call the SBM Charitable Foundation, at (860) 533-1067.

Full day of school

Tuesday, Jan. 17, originally scheduled as a Professional Development Day, is now a full day of school for staff and students for Southington Public Schools. Schools will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

St. Bridget School event

St. Bridget School in Cheshire will have an open house on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications will be accepted Jan. 29 through March 1. Kindergarten screenings will be conducted March 12. Screenings for children grades one through six will be conducted on an individual basis from March 13 to 23.


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Thomas Curtis

Thomas A. Curtis, 78, of Southington, died Dec. 17, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain campus. He had been the loving husband of the late Florence “Flossie” N. Curtis for 50 years. He was born in New Haven, on April 21, 1933, to the late Raymond and Betty (Dunn) Curtis. He had lived in Southington for many years. Before his retirement, he worked as a car salesman and a blackjack dealer at Mohegan Sun. He was an avid Yankees fan and will be greatly missed by his family and friends and all those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Patrick Musshorn, and Tammy and Daniel Balch, all of Southington; eight grandchildren, Samantha Balch, Daniel Balch Jr., Jillian and Shaun Thorpe, Tayton, Pamela and Thurman Musshorn, and Elizabeth Manning; and six greatgrandchildren, Colton Thor-

pe, Analeigh Thorpe, Emerson Thorpe, Rori Joan Musshorn, Zaphyr Musshorn and Jaxson Musshorn; three brothers, Raymond Curtis, Peter Curtis and Michael Curtis; and his sister, Patricia Mueller; and many extended family members. He was predeceased by his brother, Gerald Curtis. A celebration of his life was held Dec. 29, 2011, at Plantsville Funeral Home, Plantsville. Memorial donations may be made to Fresenius Medical Care, 341 West St., Plantsville, CT 06479.

William Meola William P. Meola, 84, of Southington, died Dec. 18, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, B r a d l e y Memorial campus. He was the loving husband of Diane (Mongillo) Meola. He was born in Southington, March 31, 1927, son of the late Vincenzo and


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Katherine (Carbone) Meola. After graduating from high school, he received an electrical engineering degree from the University of Kansas under the G.I. Bill. He was a member of the Citizens Army Corp and Civil Patrol, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Navy. After college he worked in commercial broadcasting. He was a national sales manager of broadcasting and government sales for RFS America for years. He was an emeritus member of the Federal Communication Consultant Engineers Association and the Old Crow’s Association of Washington, D.C. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church and also was an usher of the church. He loved good classical music and was a collector of classic movies, and was an avid New York Giant fan, but he loved his family more than anything in his life. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother-inlaw, Lewis Palmieri; a sisterin-law, Jean Meola; many nieces, nephews; and greatnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, James Meola; and a sister, Loretta Palmieri. The funeral was held Dec. 22, 2011, at DellaVecchia Fu-



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William Robinson Jr. William H. Robinson Jr., 79, of Southington, husband of Rae Kroncke - Ro b i n son, died Dec. 19, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain campus. A New Britain native and former resident, he was born Dec. 5, 1932, son of the late William H. Robinson Sr. and Esther (Freberg) Robinson. He attended local schools and also E.C. Goodwin Technical. A former New Britain National Guard member, he also served in Korea in the 309th Engineering Aviation Battalion, where he received a Bronze Star. He graduated from the Connecticut Institute of Horology in New Haven and was a tool and die maker for Pratt and Whitney aircraft in East Hartford and Southington for more than 30 years, retiring in 1992. After retirement, he operated a clock repair business in his

home for 20 years. He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Britain, and served as former member of the church vestry. He was a member of the New Britain Arts Alliance; the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Southington Chorale, a volunteer usher at The Bushnell and served as vice president of the Southington Genealogy Society. Besides his wife, Rae, he leaves a daughter, Dale Anne Whalen and her husband, John, of New Britain; two grandsons, Thomas Whalen, of San Francisco, and James Whalen, his wife, Rebecca and their son, Finnegan, of Spencer, Mass.; two brothers, Earl Robinson, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Russell Robinson and his wife, Martha, of Berlin; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Mark’s Church, New Britain. Burial followed at Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s Church, 147 W. Main St., New Britain, CT 06052. Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain, was in charge of arrangements.

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Entertainment News

Concerts With Causes Jan. 7

Concerts With Causes is sponsoring a winter concert series at the Hydeaway Cafe, 115 W. Main St., in Plantsville. The concerts benefit the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Connecticut Chapter. The series, which is called “With A Little Help For Our Friends,” will next feature a double header show with Angry Again and Far From Here on Saturday, Jan. 7.

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A meeting of the Apple Valley Quilters will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., at

Chorale Connecticut, a select group of mixed voices, will hold an open rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 23 for its spring concert scheduled to be performed on May 19. The concert is entitled “Once Upon a Dream,” and the chorale is seeking all voice parts. Rehearsals are held Mondays, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 159 E.

“Godspell,” the legendary rock musical by Stephen Schwartz, will be performed by the Steeple Players at First Congregational Church, 37 Main St., Feb. 3 through Feb. 11. Further details will be announced later.

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To help offset the medical costs of dancer 20-year-old Luciana Batista, a benefit is being organized by Denise and Robert Rivera, owners of Center Stage Entertainment Dance & Voice Studios, where the young woman dances. The benefit will be held March 3, 6 to 8 p.m., at Central Connecticut State

University, New Britain. The event will feature many talented and professional performers, along with an emotional opening number performance to “Skyscraper.” There will be a ticket price per person to attend and tickets may be purchased at Center Stage in Southington at 1049 Queen St., Unit 7, or Plantsville at 861 Marion Ave. For more information, call (860) 793-8800.


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Computer classes starting Jan. 24 at Calendar House

Registration for computer classes will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 in the Perry Room at Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. when doors open and receive forms for computer classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Late registration will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, same time, while seats remain open in each class. Course offerings this session: Computer Basics for Beginners: a free four-week course for those with little to

no computer experience. It is a pre-requisite for all more advanced courses. The basics course is available on one of the following schedules: (1) Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, (2) Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m., Feb. 21, 28, March 6, 13, and (3) Friday 9 to 11 a.m., Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 2. Introduction to Computers: an 8-week course for students who have had Computer Basics for Beginners, are comfortable with the mouse and keyboard and are ready

to move to the next level. “Intro� is the foundation for more advanced courses. It provides elementary instruction in: 1) how to create files and folders; (2) create, edit, cut, copy, paste and save word processing documents; (3) offers a tour of the Internet; and (4) and an introduction to e-mail, learning to compose, send, reply, forward, attachments and email etiquette. Schedule Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m., Jan. 25 through March 14. Photo Editing with Picasa:

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Local doctor leads clinical study on breast density A study by a local physician has shown the value of ultrasound screening in women with dense breasts. The study, by Hospital of Central Connecticut radiol- Weigert ogist Dr. Jean Weigert was prompted by a state law that requires breast density information be included in mammography reports. In November, Weigert presented her study’s data at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual

meeting. Study findings are in the article “The Connecticut Experiment: The Role of Ultrasound in The Screening of Women with Dense Breasts,” which has been accepted for publication in The Breast Journal. Weigert is the article coauthor. A second article related to a multi-center breast-specific gamma imaging study, also led by Weigert, is published in the January issue of “American Journal of Radiology.” Weigert is primary author of this article. BSGI can distinguish non-cancerous or benign tissue from cancer

and locate lesions as small as two to three millimeters. BSGI is a non-invasive test similar to a mammogram but that uses less compression; the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera was used for the study. Before imaging, patients receive an intravenous radiotracer dye. The dye reveals as a bright spot during the test if cancer is present since the dye is more easily absorbed by cancer cells, which have a higher metabolic activity. This BSGI study followed an unprecedented, award-winning study Weigert led that showed measurable value of a gamma imaging test

over ultrasound in detecting breast cancer as a follow-up to a mammogram. Weigert said BSGI, while not a screening tool, was found to be useful toward determining further diagnostic testing. “I think it just underscores how successful this technology is in working up these complicated patients,” Weigert said, adding that if a BSGI test is positive, a biopsy is the next step and if it’s negative, initial images might be reviewed further.

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Eleanor Suprin

Eleanor M. “Honey” (Dombrowski) Suprin, 87, of New Britain, died peacefully Dec. 20, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain campus, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New Britain, April 27, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Leon and Mary (Gausis) Dombrowski. She graduated from New Britain High School, Class of 1942. She was a parishioner of St. Maurice Church, New Britain. She was also a member of the New Britain Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Her love of dancing was her first form of expression and when “Bright Eyes” stepped off the dance floor, she channeled her artistic energy into a passion for painting that endured her entire life. Her work consisted primarily of landscapes, painted with oil, which are cherished and displayed in the homes of her family and friends. She leaves us with the courage she used so much of, during her long battle against kidney failure,

lung and heart disease, and also enough love to protect all of her “treasures” for all of our days. She is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Alexander Suprin, of New Britain, and a multitude of family members whom she loved so well for so many years. She was a devoted mom who leaves four children and their spouses, Paul and Kathy Suprin, of Waterford, Gail and Steve Peplau, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Mark and Jill Suprin, of South Windsor, and Lenore and Mike Carlone, of Plantsville; her seven grandchildren, Melissa, Al, Rachel, CJ, Amanda, David and Kayla; her five greatgrandchildren, Nick, Brennan, Ryan, Matthew and Natalie; and many nieces and nephews. Her family would like to thank the staff of HCC, N-4 and the critical care unit for their compassionate care and most especially would like to thank the Dialysis Unit of THOCC, “her other family,” for their loving care throughout the years of her dialysis treatment. The funeral was held Dec. 23, 2011, at the Paul A. Shaker / Farmingdale Funeral Home, New Britain, followed by a liturgy at St. Maurice

Church, New Britain. Burial was private and at the convenience of the family in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to The Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General Dialysis Unit, 100 Grand St., New Britain, CT 06050.

Carmella DiBenedetto Carmella (Perillo) DiBenedetto, 85, of Southington, died Dec. 20, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Memorial campus. She was the widow of Francis “Frank” J. DiBenedetto Sr. She was born April 21, 1926, the daughter of the late Louis and Michelina (Audi) Perillo. She worked for the family business Perillo Coal and Fuel for many years. She was a parishioner of St. Thomas Church and a former eucharistic minister. She was also a member of the church council, the St. Thomas Ladies Guild, the Altar Society and the St. Rita’s Circle. She was a longtime volun-

teer for the American Red Cross and the Bradley Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. She is survived by her children, Marie DiBenedetto, David DiBenedetto and wife, Patricia, Diane D’Ambrosio, Francis “Frank” DiBenedetto Jr. and wife, Cathy and Carmel DiBenedetto, all of Southington, Michele DiBenedetto, of Plainville, Thomas DiBenedetto and wife, Barbara of Thomaston, and Anthony DiBenedetto, of Southington; a sister, Rosaland Maslak, of Terryville; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant son, Francis DiBenedetto; three brothers, Carmen, Louis and Anthony Perillo; and five sisters, V. Jennie Chamberlain, Mary Zacchio, Lucy Gualtieri, Josephine Tice and Mallie (Honey) Hood. The funeral was held Dec. 23, 2011, at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, Southington, to St. Thomas Church for a Mass. Burial followed in St. Thomas Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Calvary Retreat House, 31 Colton St., Farmington, CT 06034 or the American Red Cross, 209 Farmington Ave., Farming-

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Alfred W. Conrod, 76, of Southington, died peacefully surrounded by his family Dec. 19, 2011, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain campus. He had been the loving husband of Carol Conrod. He was born in Bristol, July 18, 1935, to the late Clarence and Margaret (Finn) Conrod. He had been a longtime Bristol resident before moving to Southington. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from General Electric after 40 years of service. He enjoyed fishing and sports, especially the Red Sox and the Bristol American Legion baseball team. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Bonnie Conrod and Tegan, of Bristol, and their children, TC and Kendalyn; his son, Mark Conrod and wife Nancy, of Florida, and their two sons, Stephen Conrod, and Marcus Conrod and Lisa and their son, Damian; two brothers, Earnest Conrod and wife, Lois, and Irving Conrod and wife, Lillian; his sister, Iris Conrod; and two sisters-inlaw Shirley and Betty Conrod, all of Bristol. He was predeceased by his sister, Dolly Lessard and three brothers, Allan, John and Clarence Conrod. The funeral was held Dec. 27, 2011, at Plantsville Funeral Home, Plantsville. Burial with full military honors followed in South End Cemetery, Southington. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to THOCC, New Britain General Critical Care Unit for their excellent care.


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Do you think you know the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans?

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A program about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiencies and the role of the vitamin in a healthy lifestyle as well as its relationship to allergies, asthma and immunity, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Southington Library, 255 Main St. Dr. Denise Kearney will lead the program, “Vitamin D, Allergies, and Asthma – Nothing to Sneeze About!” The lecture is sponsored by MidState Medical Center. Free. To register, call (860) 628-0947.

Lunch and Learn The Hospital of Central Connecticut, 100 Grand St. New Britain campus, holds Lunch and Learn sessions every second Thursday of each month. On Jan. 12, feature speaker Carol Zesut, of the New Britain Police Department, will discuss how to prepare when disaster strikes.The Hospital of Central Connecticut at Bradley Memorial Campus, 81 Meriden Ave., hosts Lunch and Learn sessions the third Thursday every month at noon. On Feb. 16, the session will feature speaker Frank Zimmitti, on how to make the most of the doctor’s visit. Registration begins on the first of each month for that month’s session. RSVP to Marc Levesque, senior resource case manager, at (860) 276-5293.

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The 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave. This year’s theme is “Living Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy in the 21st Century.” Aaron Flagg, dean of the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, is guest speaker and Sr. Marie Roccapriore will lead the youth group, “Spirit Joy.” A freewill offering will be taken and refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call the church, (860) 628-8121.

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Gymnastics ready to return to the top

Boys continue to struggle finding their groove

By Michael Guerrera The Southington Citizen

Expectations are always high for Southington gymnastics. History says they should be. So even with a less-than-desired finish last year of second place at Class L and fourth place at State Open, a finish that for many would be considered a success, this year’s squad of seven girls is looking to get back to the top of the podium and continue the tradition of state championships. “In the last several years we won multiple champions and the lowest we finished was second,” said head coach Byron Knox. “For us it was sort of a downer. “But we have high expectations. Every year we have a different team. It brings about a different challenge.” This year’s challenge is maintaining consistency. The 2012 team is the smallest Knox has had in a while – just seven girls. But it’s quality, not quantity. “We’re playing to win, make no doubt about it,” he said. Returning is a core four: senior Amanda Mirando, juniors Toni Penta and Olivia Morrell and sophomore Kayla Nati, all who’ve competed at high levels before. “We know that those four are pretty good, but who’s going to set them up,” Knox said.


By John Pettit Special to The Citizen Southington’s Alex B o r o s k y (game-high 20 points) converted an old-fashioned 3point play to put his team ahead 7-3 just over three minutes into the game, but the Cheshire Rams responded with a 27-4 run and never turned back, going on to romp the Blue Knights boys basketball team, 72-51 on Dec. 28. Cheshire 6-foot-10 big man Nate Howard led his team with 18 points, but did not score until the 3:39 mark of the second quar-

ter. He helped Cheshire grab a 36-22 advantage at halftime on a turn-around jumper, a lay-in and an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Collin Jordan (six points). Rams head coach Dan Lee used an 11-player rotation, getting 18 points from his bench in the first half. Junior reserve Rahmi Rountree, a transfer from Woodland-Beacon Falls, scored all nine of his points during Cheshire’s game-changing run. “I’m still adjusting right now,” Rountree admitted. “We’re learning to play together. Nate knows what See Boys, next page

He says his three new freshmen will have to certainly compete at a level that provides the top four with a solid back up if the top group is to falter. “Our best defense is going to be not making mistakes or minimizing those mistakes,” explained Knox. Where he sees his team the strongest is on the floor, the weakest on the bars, with the vault and beam two and three strongest, respectively. Last year, Glastonbury was the class of the state, winning both in Class L and at the state open. This year, Knox says, the Tomahawks aren’t necessarily on the team’s radar. “Our athletes aren’t using [Glastonbury] as a measuring stick. We don’t view their program as we want to be like them. They’re not the team to beat,” he said. “If anyone’s the team to beat, it’s us, but our athletes have to go out there and prove it. “We’re going to compete, no matter who’s out there.” He said they’ll compete to win and if someSee Gymnastics, next page File photos

Katelynn Hyde (above) graduated, but Toni Penta (left) is in her junior year and looking to help lead Southington back to the top of the podium.

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Junior point guard Ted Shaw goes for the lay-up in the loss to Cheshire.


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he’s doing down low and that just opens up everything for the people outside.” The Rams continued their dominance in the second half. Tyler Barnes, who scored 13 points, arced in a 3pointer to put his team ahead 52-30 in the third quarter. After Barnes and Southington’s Borofsky traded treys in final minutes, Howard put an exclamation point on the Cheshire victory with a pair of jams, including a lefthanded flush in transition. “It’s great when Nate dominates like that because it opens up outside shots from everyone else,” Barnes said. Eric Dietrich finished with eight points on two 3-pointers for Cheshire, while Kevin Dietrich chipped in with seven points. Sean Hammell and Shane Cooper each scored nine points for Southington. Blue Knights coach Bob Lasbury said his team has had trouble scoring all season long.

“We’re struggling on the offensive side of the basketball and with turnovers, which lead to easy transitions hoops and get the other team’s momentum going,” he said. “I’m disappointed. I thought we’d be a little bit further along in our development. “The second half, Howard really took control of the game,” added Lasbury. “I thought in the first half we did a good job being physical with him. The whole (Cheshire) team runs its sets very well. It’s not just Howard. Overall, they’ve got a nice team.” The Cheshire and Southington football teams meet annually at Thanksgiving, but the boys basketball teams hadn’t tangled during the regular season in years. Both Lee and Lasbury said last year’s CIAC Class LL first-round game, a 57-53 win by Southington, led to Wednesday’s game. The teams have also agreed to play at Southington next season.

Boys Basketball Cheshire 72, SHS 51 Alex Borofsky was the only double-figure scorer for Southington (1-4, 0-1 CCC West) with 20 points, four rebounds and four blocks in the loss. Shane Cooper had nine points, all threes, and Sean Hammell had nine points as well. Ted Shaw had five assists.

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Continued from page 27 one is better at the end of the day, than so be it. With the season now underway, Knox has shown complete confidence and faith that his team can rise to the occasion and doesn’t mind the attention Glastonbury is getting. “Give them the limelight, we love being the underdog,” the coach said of his girls. “I think [we] have something to prove.” But he followed that up by saying they can’t rest on their laurels, “They need to elevate their game.”

Gymnastics HEAD COACH: Byron Knox – 8th season LAST YEAR: Class L runner-up, 4th at State Open KEY LOSSES: Katelynn Hyde, 17th last year in allaround at State Open, All-CCC. KEY RETURNEES: Sr. Amanda Mirando, All-CCC, 27th All-Around at State Open, Jr. Toni Penta, All-CCC, 26th All-Around at State Open, Jr. Olivia Morrell, AllCCC, So. Kayla Nati, All-CCC, 2nd on vault at State Open, 25th All-Around at State Open. KEY NEWCOMERS: Fr. Lexi Rothstein, Fr. Lindsey Socquet, Fr. Sarah Leahy. KEY GAMES: 1/18 vs. South Windsor, 1/26 @ Conard, 2/7 @ Hall, 2/15 vs. Glastonbury. OUTLOOK: After a year last season that coach Byron Knox called “sort of a downer” with no state titles, the expectations are still high for this year’s group. It’s the smallest team for Knox in year’s, but no less competitive. He says, “My expectations are to compete, to be No. 1.”

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High school race season finally ready to get underway By Dave Mongillo Special to The Citizen It sure felt like winter for a few days this week. The snow guns at Mount Southington were pumping out white gold for three days without stopping. All Connecticut ski areas will be in good shape for the

weekend. Unfortunately it was too little too late for high school ski teams. The season opener scheduled for this past Wednesday, was postponed for this Tuesday. Local skiers on the UConn team have been training in Vermont for the last two weeks and Coach Gianatti feels they are ready for the season opening races, today and Saturday, at Pico, Vt. While on Holiday break some local high school racers were training and racing in New Hampshire. Southington High racer Austin Florian finished 21 out of 105 racers in FIS slalom at

Attitash, N.H. on Dec. 20 and then went back to training. He finished 16th out of 180 racers in Tecnica Cup slalom at Loon Mt., N.H. on New Year’s Eve. The newest Florian on the Southington High team, Erika, came in fifth among 65 girls in a Giant Slalom at Attitash on Dec. 29. On New Year’s Day she finished 12th out of 98 racers in slalom at Cannon Mountain, N.H. While some of the team was up North, many SHS racers got in some runs at Mount Southington. With the first race for the high school team postponed, the skiers that also race on the Mount Southington ski team will get into the gates at Mohawk Mountain this weekend. With some runs in the record books, and training on Monday, most of the Blue Knight Team will be ready for the first race next week. “We look really good and I expect top five team finishes in every race this season,” said Coach Florian.

Sports passes Southington High School’s 2011-12 Sports Season Family Passes and Senior Gold Cards are now available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Athletic Director’s Office at Southington High School. The Family Pass costs $100 and covers admission for immediate family members to volleyball (boys and girls), football, basketball (girls and boys), wrestling and night baseball. Family Passes may also be purchased at games. Something new this year, individual adult and student passes are available for purchase. Individual adult passes are $40 and individual student passes are $30. These cards can be purchased at the Athletic office between the times listed above or at the games and are good for all regular fall, winter and spring sports in the 2011-12 school year. Senior Gold Cards are issued free of charge to Southington residents age 62 and over. Those who already have received Gold Cards do not need new ones. Gold Cards are good for all regular season home games. These will also be available at games with proof of age. Any questions, call the Athletic Office at (860) 628-3229 ext. 425 or e-mail:

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The following Southington youth wrestlers competed at the Gladiator Kids Wrestling Tournament in Bristol, Dec. 18. Here are results: First place: Anthony Matarazzo, Billy Carr, Caleb Brick, Emmett Vitti. Second place: Cody Warren, Connor Blanchette, Dylan Rodriguez, Ethan Vitti, Giancarlo Dominello, Karter Henriksen, Matthew Merrigan, Nicholas Buonanni. Third place: Aidan Higgins, Jack Ringrose. Fourth place: Aaron Symolon, Aiden Chesanow, Joshua Silva, Mike Fugalack, Thomas Buonanni, Trevor Kowalczyk. Fifth place: Aiden Holton, Evan Kristopik.

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Taking a break from training at Pico, Vt. last week are former Mount Southington racers (from left) Alex Sewersky, Sarah Case and Capt. Matt Diamond, all from UConn.


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Blue Knights Scoreboard Girls Basketball Suffield 66, SHS 48 Senior Meg McLaughlin had 18 points and junior Danielle Charamut scored 14 as the Lady Knights dropped to 3-4 on the year (1-1 CCC West). Boys Swim and Dive SHS 102, Meriden Co-op 82 The boys improved to 2-0 with a stellar road victory. Jesse Cooney won the 100-back (1:03:04), Mike Smigelski won the 100-breast (1:05.32) and Southington got a number of second place victories including Adam Sokolowski in the 200-free (1:12.85), Vlad Kiveliyk in the 100-fly (1:01.75), Joe Taglia in the 100-free (57.67) and Bryan Adie in the 500free (5:56.01). Southington also won all three relays. Wrestling Danbury Tournament Southington finished fourth out of 14 squads, with four members finishing in the top four of their weight class. Zach Maxwell won in the 182-pound class, earning a 5-4 decision over Will Jack of Danbury. Tyler Mirando was runner-up in the 106-pound class, as he was pinned in 3:20. Fourth place finishes were earned by Austin Sullivan (195pound), loss by 7-4 decision, and Travis Daly (285-pound), loss by pin, 2:13. Southington High Duals The Blue Knights won the tournament registering four wins over: East Hartford 61-12, Ridgefield 57 - 7, Pine Bush, NY 47 - 26 and Bristol Central 33 -28. The four victories push the team’s record to 7-0.

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First Baptist Church of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave., will sponsor trips to two UConn women’s basketball games. The first game is an away game at Villanova on Saturday, Jan. 14. The coach bus will leave the church parking lot at 8 a.m., returning at 9:30 p.m. The second game is a home game at the XL Center, Hartford. This is a night game versus Notre Dame on Feb. 27, at 9 p.m., returning at 11:45 p.m. Early reservations are advised by calling (860) 621-3024.

Parks and Recreation The Southington Parks and Recreation Department is located in the town hall at 75 Main St., in the basement. To make reservations, register or for more information, call the office at (860) 2766219. Program details and mail-in registration forms are also available on the department’s webpage at

The Southington Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the following bus trips this winter and spring: UConn men’s basketball at Syracuse, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 to 12; Washington, D.C. cherry blossom centennial celebration, Friday to Sunday, April 6 to 8; Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial, 1228516


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Gentle yoga classes The Southington Parks and Recreation Department is offering a “gentle” yoga class for the winter. Classes will be held in the William Strong Elementary School gymnasium on Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 24 and 31, Feb. 7, 14 and 28 and March 6 and 13, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. There is a fee to participate. Class size is limited. Pre-registration and payment is required.

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YMCA Teen dodgeball tournament The 2nd annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament will be held Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Southington Community YMCA, 29 High St. There is a middle school and high school division. There is a maximum of six players per team. There is a fee per person and it must be paid in full at time of registration. Preregistration highly recommended. There is an additional registration fee per person on game day. There will be two divisions: sixth to eighth grade, starting at noon; ninth to 12th grade, starting at 2:30 p.m. Non-members are welcome. Trophies will be given for the top team in each division. A maximum of 16 teams is allowed in each division. Registration is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Registration is under way at the YMCA. For more information, contact Steve Silva, Teen Program director, at (860) 628-5597, ext. 323 or at ssilva@southingtonches

Lifeguard class to begin Jan. 12 The Southington Community YMCA, 29 High St., will be offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard Class beginning Thursday, Jan. 12. Participants must be 15 years old to participate. This program is five weeks long and will run on Thursdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, from noon to 4 p.m. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory to receive certification. For more information, contact Barbara Glaude, (860) 426-9553.

Polar Plunge on Jan. 21 The 7th annual Polar Plunge will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m., at YMCA Camp Sloper 1000 East St. The event raises money to send underprivileged children to camp. To participate or be a sponsor, contact Mark Pooler, Camp Sloper, (860) 621-8194, ext. 305 or e-mail mpooler@southington


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Appreciation meal for military A Military Appreciation Dinner will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Southington Elks Lodge 1669, 114 Main St. This is free to military members and veterans and there is a cost for family members and other guests. The buffet dinner includes appetizers, sausage and peppers, chicken, roasted potatoes, vegetables, green salad, rolls and butter and dessert. This is open to the public. For more information or to reserve tickets by Saturday, Jan. 7, call Denise Johnson, at (860) 707-6838.The snow date will be Saturday, Feb. 4.

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Falcons Nest 307 recently held their children’s Christmas party. Every year they raffle off a giant stocking full of toys and candy. This year Trenton Davis, right, won the whole stocking with a guess of 64 items. He hit it on the nose. He is pictured with Nest 307 President Jim Sokolowski. A total of 104 children attended the party.

Library Briefs The Southington Library is located at 255 Main St. For more information or to register for a program, visit the library website at and click on the calendar or contact the reference desk, at (860) 628-0947, ext. 5, or the children’s department, ext. 3. Registration is required for most programs unless otherwise indicated. The library is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children’s theater group Children in third grade through eighth grade with a flair for the dramatics can come to the Southington Library and register for the library’s Theater Games program on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. An audition for this year’s

children’s play will be held on Monday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. In order to register to audition for the play, children must have attended at least one Theater Games class. For more information, contact the children’s department.

Coupon lecture full The Couponing 101 lecture on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Southington Library, 255 Main St., is full. No further reservations are being taken.

Snowshoeing basics Chuck Cosgrove will teach Snowshoeing Basics for Beginners on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the library. A Southington resident, Cosgrove is an outdoor enthusiast who continues to enjoy nature when the snow falls

by snowshoeing. He will present the basics for snowshoeing beginners; how to lace the snowshoe, suitable boots, pools, gaiters and the importance of layering your clothing. The ideal location to take a first trek is in a backyard or where the participant enjoys a recreational walk such as on packed or broken trails and paths. Snowshoeing is an inexpensive means to appreciate nature: no lift pass needed. If anyone owns snowshoes, Cosgrove suggest bringing them to the program to give participants the opportunity to see the ranges of snowshoes available.

Library closings The Southington Library, 255 Main St., and Barnes Museum, 85 N. Main St., will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., in cooperation with the Jane Haze Memorial Pet Therapy Committee, is offering Delta Pet Therapy classes to certify the participant and pet to volunteer. The center is looking for Delta pet partners to volunteer on a regular basis. Classes are required. Classes are offered on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The schedule is: Therapy Dog 1, Jan. 19 to Feb. 23; Therapy Dog 2, March 1 to 29; Therapy Dog 3 (AKA: Paws and Read), April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants should take both Therapy Dog 1 and Therapy Dog 2 classes to be ready for testing. Therapy Dog 3 is optional. Registration is required. For more information, call Deb Brown, (860) 378-1286, or visit the Southington Care Center website at Southington Care Center offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services and is a not for profit member of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services.


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puff, bluster and be difficult at the beginning, but would ultimately agree time and time again to helping the Red Cross, especially by proclaiming in a headline — “March is Red Cross Month� — above The Observer’s front page nameplate. Kroher remained grateful over the years. So much so, she was one of the first in line when Urillo and his family were honored with the Southington Community YMCA’s 2010 Compass Award winner for their work in promoting the Y’s vision of building “strong kids, strong families and strong communities.� Andrew Meade, a former member of the Southington Town Council, said he always thought that The Observer’s coverage was fair and balanced. “He liked helping organizations and helping people,� Meade said. Town Historian Carl J. Sokolowski knew Urillo and

members of his family for many years. “They were always interesting and he had a good sense of humor,� Sokolowski said, adding he knew of Urillo’s interest in history and helping the historical society, especially after he had got out of the newspaper business and retired. He made suggestions on how to raise money and what exhibits would attract visitors to the museum. Joseph Angelillo, a 62-year member of the Southington Elks, said he has known the family “forever.� He said Urillo will be remembered for his ownership and publishing roles at The Step Saver and The Observer. State Sen. Joseph C. Markley, 16th Dist., summarized Urillo’s legacy. “Publishing a newspaper is not an easy job,� he said, adding that Urillo was successful because he wasn’t over sentimental. “He was a businessman, a rather astute one,� Markley said. “Ultimately, he made Southington a better place.� See full obituary on page 17.

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Calendar Vitamin D lecture — A program about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiencies and the role of the vitamin in a healthy lifestyle as well as its relationship to allergies, asthma and immunity, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Southington Library, 255 Main St. Dr. Denise Kearney will lead the program, “Vitamin D, Allergies, and Asthma – Nothing to Sneeze About!” Free. Register: call (860) 628-

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2012 Continued from page 1 support education the way it did in 2011, which included the passing of the middle school referendum, an $85 million plan to renovate and improve both Joseph A. DePaolo and John F. Kennedy middle schools. “I’d love to see the economy improve, and ultimately I know at the end of the day I know it’s good that our community does support education despite the economy,” Goralski said. “I look forward to that continued support.” Pocock said he had a few memorable moments of 2011, one being the Republicans getting the 6-3 majority on the town council, but passing the middle school referendum, for him, was the biggest moment. “What really meant the most to me was the public’s reaffirmation of wanting to make sure our school system is strong with the passing of

the middle school referendum,” Pocock said. “We just have an exceptional community, so last year pretty much for me was a reaffirmation to how great this town is.” While the middle school was a big deal come election time in November, back in the beginning of 2011, Southington’s first and only town manager, John Weichsel, retired and was replaced by newcomer Garry Brumback, who now serves as the second town manager Southington has ever had. “It’s been a wonderful transition to a great community,” said Brumback, who has been in the position for a year come Jan. 31. Brumback said 2012 brings on a number of tasks, one of which involves completing the North Center School project and to revamp the planning and developing process. He noted the Capital Improvement Plan as probably the “single biggest” event upcoming in 2012, which will manage the financing and timing of major public im-

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The Hannah Woodruff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a meeting on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Southington, 581 Meriden Ave. The speaker is Carla Bue, who will present a program on her collection of antique quilts. Members may bring a friend and prospective members are welcome to come as well. The hostesses are Gwynne Hopko, Nancy Kannenberg and Toni Height.

provement projects. The CIP also provides a list of all capital projects and projects the town’s capital improvement needs over a six-year period. “The one that I’ve been telling folks, is we want to continue to build on the successes of 2011,” Brumback said. “And really my New Year’s resolution is to try


The Southington Citizen — Friday, January 6, 2012

Christmas tree pickup This year, a Christmas tree can keep on giving when the Southington Land Conservation Trust disposes of it after the holiday season. Members of the land trust will pick up trees curbside on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, between 8 a.m. and noon. The tree will be recycled and the fee will go to SLCT to conserve land and wildlife habitat in Southington. To have the tree collected, people should call Al Fiorillo, at (860) 690-2484, to leave their name, address, phone number and the Saturday that they would like the tree to be picked up. The fee can be mailed to SLCT, P.O. Box 360, Southington, CT 06489.

‘Elvis’ at The Summit “Elvis” will be at The Summit at Plantsville, 261 Summit St., on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. The show is open to the community and admission is a can or non-perishable item for the Southington Community Services. For more information, call (860) 628-0364.

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Children from First Baptist Church of Southington and friends bring their voices and holiday cheer to Connecticut Baptist Homes in Meriden and Southington Care Center on Dec. 18. They also delivered holiday baskets to local shut-ins.

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Cub Scouts Pack 72 sing Christmas carols to the residents at Southington Cares Center on Dec. 16. The Scouts each made and delivered festive holiday cards to the residents as well. To find out more about Cub Scouts and to find a nearby pack, visit

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CXL, Leather, 10K. $19,292 Stock# C7208 (203) 237-5561

J. BOOBER CONSTRUCTION Additions, garages, remodeling, kitchens, bathrms, basements, decks, sunrooms. Lic’d & Ins’d. 203-265-0730 CT. Reg. #572880




MR. HANDY Home Improvement & Repairs. No Job Too Small. CT Reg #624078 Call Larry (860) 877-5678



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

DON’T Freeze this WINTER! Call Duane Plumbing, heating & cooling. Annual furnace & boiler tune-ups & cleanings. Quality work. Major credit cards. Low rates. 203-3798944 #400335-S1

HOME IMPROVEMENTS ALBERTS HOME REPAIRS Remodeling, Windows, Doors, Siding, Decks, Floors Lic & ins #623837 203-592-1148 DE CA Home Improvement ● Kitchen & Bath ● Flooring, Painting ● Roofing & Siding We provide reliable service. (203) 630-1294 (203) 886-6566 Ins., Free Estimates. CT #624716 J. BOOBER CONSTRUCTION Additions, garages, remodeling, kitchens, bathrms, basements, decks, sunrooms. Lic’d & Ins’d. 203-265-0730,CT. Reg. #572880

To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488


IF YOU MENTION THIS AD YARD Clean-up, Brush, Branches & LEAF REMOVAL. Bsmnt, Gar, Appl’s, Furniture & junk removal. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218 EXTREME LANDSCAPING Fall Cleanups, Vac Truck, Hedge Trim & more. Snowplowing. Com /Res. Great rates. Free estimates. Call Walter 203-619-2877

FALL CLEAN-UP LEAF & YARD CLEAN-UP Curb side pick-up, Tree & Brush Removal. No job too big or small. 203-530-4447 DE CA LANDSCAPING Patios & Walks Leaf Removal Snow Plowing We provide reliable service. (203) 630-1294 (203) 886-6566 Ins., Free Estimates. CT #624716

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JUNK REMOVAL I Want Your Junk Pete In The Pickup 203-886-5110

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

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790

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

SIDING CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455

V. NANFITO Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks Remodeling Gutters CT Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634


FORD Focus LX 2002 DODGE Charger 2007 2 Door. Auto. Only 29K. Super Deal Only $13990 Stock# P3924 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

One owner. Low miles. Immaculate. Stock# 12469A $5999 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

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


CHEVROLET Impala LTZ 2008 Super Loaded! Leather, Sunroof. Low Miles. On Showroom Floor Stock# P3924 $14,990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

PAINTING SPECIALS Apts/rooms/ceiling repairs-popcorn. Basement waterproofing. Quality work at lowest prices. Eddie 203-824-0446. Lic 569864



JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! FALL Clean-up & LEAF Removal Estates, Homes, Attics, Bsmt, Gar, Yard, Appliances. Free Est 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

CT Reg. #516790



It's all here! Marketplace Ads (203) 238-1953

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC DODGE STRATUS 2003 $3,688 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $1,288 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106


All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service

24 Month/2400 Mile Warranty LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now 203-232-2600 Darrell



203-237-2122 FENCING

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

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790



DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 P1

HAVE DUMP TRUCK- Will carry out junk, debris, furniture, appliances, etc. We Take It All! Free Estimates. Call Ed.

Siding, Roofing, Windows, Decks, Sunrms, Additions

EXTREME ROOFING Including All Types of Home Improvements. CT#628714 Habla Espanol. Call Joe 860-573-0642

HOME Solutions $500 off a new roof w/ this ad. Snow removal available 20% off w/ neighbors. Great prices, free estimates. LIC & INS HIC #0631419. 203-631-2991 SALT - $130 per Yard. Sand/salt 7:2 DOT mix, $65 per yard, picked up. 100% Calcium chloride icemelt - Safest for concrete! $16.50 per 50lb. bag. Pallet prices available. 24/7. Call 203-238-9846

TREE SERVICES HOME Solutions $500 off a new roof w/ this ad. Snow removal available 20% off w/ neighbors. Great prices, free estimates. LIC & INS HIC #0631419. 203-631-2991 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST Quality-LOWEST Price Siding ● Roofing Windows ● Remodeling ● Decks ● Gutters Additions ●Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455

Storm Clean-Up RICK’S affordable Tree limb, brush piles, tree, & under-brush removal. No job too big or small. 17 yrs exp. 203-530-4447. GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430


FINANCE Buy Here Pay Here Financing! Down pymts as low as $588 plus tax & reg, low weekly pymts, no finance charge, or credit check cars under $3000. Call 203-5305905, Cheap Auto Rental LLC.

The Southington Citizen — Friday, January 6, 2012 AUTOMOBILES FORD Explorer 1995 AWD, Auto Start. Good cond. $1950 NISSAN Altima 1998 AT, GXE. Clean $3350 CHEVY Blazer 1997 SLT, Black, clean. $2650 (203) 213-1142




MAZDA B3000 PU 1998 4X4, 5 speed,ext. cab, great body /motor. Needs front end work. Many extras. Must see to appreciate. $2500. Call pm 203 457 0697.


Must be 18 years of age and a US Citizen w/proof of residence. Minimum down payments may vary. Must meet income requirements. Subject to change without notice.

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CARS STARTING AT $199 DOWN 24 MONTH 24000 MILES WARRANTY LET US GIVE YOU A FRESH START Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now Jack 1-866-879-1616

Cars Starting At $199 Down

HONDA ACCORD 2002 4 Door, Auto, Very Low Miles. Showroom Stock# 12479A $8990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

NISSAN Pathfinder 2001 SUV. Bronze w/Tan Interior, Alloy wheels,new Tires, 6-cyl. Very well maintained. $4350.00 Auto. Power windows. Dual airbags. 212,000 mi, mostly all highway. Never used for towing 203-294-1962

HONDA CIVIC 2009 EX-L, Leather, Navigation $19,491 Stock# C7228 (203) 237-5561

LEXUS RX 350 2008 SUV. 6-cyl. AWD. White w/tan interior. XM-SIRIUS Radio Well maintained. 56,000 miles Excellent condition. $24.900 Home 860628-0279,

2.0SR, Auto, 15K $16,491 Stock# C7190A (203) 237-5561

Quad Cab. Black Beauty. Z-71 Package. Stock# 12352A $16,999 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

NISSAN Pathfinder 2003 V6, Leather, Sunroof. Heated Seats. Very Sharp! Stock# 12480A $11,990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

2.5S, Sunroof, Power Seats Low Miles $17,991 Stock# C7223A (203) 237-5561 OLDSMOBILE ALERO GL 1999 $2,988 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $788 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

CHEVY COLORADO 2004 Ext Cab. 4 cyl at, 2wd, a/c, cruise, remote start, new tires, tuneup, many new parts & access, 110k mi. $7500. Call 203-2381645 or cell 203-631-1929

LAWN & GARDEN I’LL cut down your small tree in exchange for the wood. Call Mike (203)631-7451

CASH for your Toyota, Honda or Nissan. Any Condition! Running or not! Will consider other makes & models, motorcycles, ATV’s, etc. 203-600-4431

203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510


HYUNDAI Santa Fe 2004 Only 60K. Leather, Sunroof, Heated Seats. Local. Just Traded. Stock# P3975A $11,999 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510


JAGUAR 1984 antique XJ6 . 1 owner, only 46,700 mi, garage kept, good condition. Fair offers accepted. Please call 203-628-5000 or 860-919-6035

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.

Appliance Repairs

Will Deliver

203-284-8986 DROP LEAF Table with two leaves. Good condition. $90. (203) 269-9376

Paying cash for Junk cars, trucks, motorcycles. Free Pickup. Free Removal. Running or not.

HYUNDAI Elantra 2003

$$$ Paying cash $$$ for Junk cars plus quick removal.



Sunroof, Auto. Fully Equipped. Stock# 12418AA $5990 ASK FOR JOHNNY (203) 235-1669

JAGUAR X-Type 2004 Sedan 860-628-0279 96K Excellent condition. $8900 AWD. Black w/tan interior. AM/FM/CD player. Dual air cond. Service records.

LHASA APSO and Mal-Shi Pups Ready to go Saturday. Well behaved. Excellent with kids. Hair, not fur! $450. 860-335-0169


NISSAN Altima 2009

SL, AWD, Leather, Sunroof $26,991 Stock# C7234 (203) 237-5561

KING CHARLES CAVALIER PUPS Born 11/1, 3 Males, $900 each. Call 203-314-0004

WALK IN TUB / Safety Bathtub. White Air/Hydro Massage. Brand New. Best Offer. 860-810-2221

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT SEASONED hardwood, pickup or local delivery. Cut & split. Approx 16-18in (mostly 18). $225/cord; $145/half cord. 203-294-1775.


NISSAN Murano 2009

BOARD & LESSON SPECIALS Rosehaven Stables, LLC Meriden 203-238-1600

LAB Puppies black & 1 Brindle. Adorable, reg & ready to go. (860) 329-4210

CHEVROLET Colorado 2006

NISSAN Sentra 2010

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 22’ MONITOR, Printer & Computer Table -$180. Surge Protector $20. Electric Heater $25. VHS Tapes (203) 235-4788

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24 month/24000 Miles Warranty Tax, Title, Fees Additional Apply Now Jack 1-866-879-1616


CARGO Trailer encl, 2006 AOK. 8 x 16 x 6.5 Ft , black w/aluminum trim. Rear ramp door, 7klbs, tandem axles, elec brakes, 3/4 inch plywood floor, 3/8 inch plywood walls, exc cond. $3895. 908-797-0285. Wlfd


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ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! Dog Obedience classes starting January 16 at Cheshire Park & Rec. Bruce Gianetti & Phil Huntington, Instructors. Call 203-272-2743 9am-4pm. After 6pm call 203-235-4852.

QUEEN SIZE Sofa Bed Light Brown. $90. TWIN SIZE Sofa Bed Light Green. $75. All in good condition (203) 269-9376 WHIRLPOOL Microwave - Over the stove oven w/wall mounting bracket $100. Dinette Table & 2 Chairs. Yellow & white. $30. Call (203) 238-2822 to see.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE POWERMATIC Jigsaw on wheels. 1/3 HP, 115V. Model #95, Serial 8595036. $90. Electric Single Bag Golf Cart. Hillbilly. Battery operated. $50. Both items good cond. Located in Southington. Call Ed at 860-3842862 for additional info & photos.

SILK FICUS TREE Stands 6 and 1/2 feet tall in basket. Redecorate for the New Year! Asking $25. Call 203-265-3427

WOOD Stove Wondercoal Dual Burner. Wood or Coal. Automatic Burning Circulator. Includes double walled chimney pipe, complete. Excellent condition. $700. 203-843-6717

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH Lose Weight! Gain Energy! Scientifically Based Nutritional Programs for weight management, stress relief, energy increase. Call 860-869-1281 for more information or visit my website at http://ericjoseph.

PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION CLASS Required for CT applicants. $100. Call 203-415-1144 TREADMILL $100 (203) 269-7441



$$$ CA$H $$$ Estate sale service. Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture. 50’s Items. Whole Estates.

203-238-3499 2ND GENERATION Buying estate items - entire contents. CF Monroe Wavecrest, Matzow Paintings, Old Dolls, China & Glass 203-639-1002 Always Buying 1 Item to the Entire Contents of Estates Antique, Gold, Costume Jewelry, Furniture & So Forth. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-269-4975 or 203-284-3786 Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm


Friday, January 6, 2012 — The Southington Citizen WANTED TO BUY

Always Buying, Old, used and antique handtools. Carpentry, Machinist, Engraving and Workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home. Please call Cory 860-613-1108



BMERIDEN 2 BR, 1.5 Baths. Immaculate Townhouse, quiet. Parking, hookups, wall to wall. No Pets/Smoke. Good credit. $975 + utils. 203- 269-9755

Branford Hall Career Institute can get you started on the path toward a

Flanders West Apts Southington

Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts

New, High-Growth Career!

Affordable apts for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older Small pets accepted Please call 860-621-3954 TTY 711

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



203-238-3308 MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS Beginning to Advanced Levels Welcome. Certified Music Teacher. Over 10 yrs prof exp. Call Mark 203-235-1546 Openings Available

PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS Start the year with the gift of music for your child, grandchild or yourself! Certified & experienced music teacher. Call Mark 203-235-1546

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden 3 BR & 4BR apts Newly Renovated! Avail. Immed. Starting @$850 Call 203-240-4688 MER. Furnished Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 1 BR, 1st Fl, $845/mo+sec. 2BR, 2nd Fl $950 /mo+sec. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm or MERIDEN -1 & 2 BR apts. Heat, HW included. 19 Guiel Place. Starting at $750. Call (203) 376-2160 or (203) 213-6175

MERIDEN 1,2,3 & 4 Bds apts, 570 Broad St , starting at $ 625. Just renovated, new kitchens, floors & fresh paint. No pets. Sec & ref . Mike 203-537-6137

Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome

Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate De Fiore Vocal & Piano Studio Roberta (203) 630-9295

HOUSES FOR RENT MERIDEN 3 BR Off street parking. Available January. HUD or Section 8 approved. (860) 3491588 or 860-759-5676


MERIDEN TOWNHOUSE Old Stagecoach Xing, 2 BR, 1 1/2 BA, Garage, C/A, W/D Hookups. $925 + Util. & Security. Gas Heat! 860-681-8403

Career placement assistance | Day & evening schedules | Financial aid available for those who qualify

35 N. Main St.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 2 BR, 1st FL. Newly renovated kitchen. $700 plus 1 month sec. No pets. 203-537-3572

MERIDEN 1 BR, Spacious 2nd fl. WD Hookups. Exc conditon Hardwood floors $650 per month plus utilities (860) 338-3475

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.

2 BR Starting at $800 Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203-639-8751

MERIDEN 1BR & 2 BR Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, sec & refs. No pets. 203- 239-7657 or 203-314-7300

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800-959-7599 Southington

MERIDEN -WALLINGFORD LINE Large,2 BR Luxury Condos. Laundry. No pets. $875 + utilities Call 203-245-9493

MERIDEN 1 BR, 2 BR & Studio Starting at $595 per month. Heat & HW incl. Off street parking 203-886-7016


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WW II Military Items

REGISTERED Dental Hygienist needed for busy general dentistry office. Saturdays 7am12pm, Thursdays 1-5:30pm. Fax resumes to 203-294-1320.



MERIDEN 5 rms, 2nd flr, 2 BRs/ used as a 3 BR. Recently remod, w/d hookup, 1 car off st parking. Pets considered. $900/ mo plus sec & dep. Section 8 welcome. (203) 530-6716 or 203-213-9474 MERIDEN Large 2 BR, 1.5 Baths, 1st FL. WD hookup. Off st parking. Randolph Ave. $725 /mo. 2 mos security + application fee req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN- Nice Renovated 2 Br. 18 Kensington Ave. No pets. $825. per mo, deposit , credit & references. Call 203-238-1890

Windsor 995 Day Hill Rd.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD 2 BR 5 Rooms in Two-Family 2nd Floor, Off Street Parking No Pets. Credit Check $850 + utilities. 203-284-1853 WALLINGFORD 2 BR apts, 1st & 2nd Floor. Appliances included. W/D hookups. Off st. parking. No pets. Must have good credit. $875 each. Call (860) 620-9658 WALLINGFORD Cute 2 BR Townhouse. Full basement. WD hookup. Private entrance. Off street parking. Walk to school. $850 /mo 2 mos sec + application fee. No pets. 203-284-0597

WALLINGFORD- 2 Bdrm, 1st FL Choate area. Recently redecorated. $1300 per month. Includes heat. Sec & refs. Call 203-641-4508 or 203-269-2575

SOUTHINGTON - 1 1/2 Room Efficiency. Ideal for seniors and all others. Near I-84. $140/wk. Includes Heat & HW, A/C, Appliances. No smoking. Sec dep & refs req. 860-620-0025

WALLINGFORD-1BR apt starting at $750 including heat & HW. No pets. JJ Bennett 203265-7101

MERIDEN 2 bdrm, 1st Fl for rent. Off st parking, washer / dryer hook up. Please call 203223-0333, 860-990-8303, or 203-685-2836

SOUTHINGTON 5 Rooms. Large, 1250 Sq Ft. 1 BR. Central Air, with appliances. Large Jacuzzi. WD hookup in bsmnt. Utils not incl. Near The Hospital of Central Ct. Double Security req. Call (860) 621-2693

MERIDEN 2 BR 5 Rooms, 1st Floor. All newly remodeled. Off street parking. No pets. Available immediately. Call for appointment. 203 238-2412

WALLINGFORD 1st fl, 2BR. Appls, hookups. Off st. parking. Dead end st. No pets. Very clean! $925. Garage extra. Owner/Agent 203-269-7348

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WALLINGFORD. 1 BR, 2nd flr, stove/refrig, off st parking, no pets/smoking. $750 + utils. Sec. (203) 265-6089

One Summit Place


MERIDEN Do you need to store a vehicle? Garage for rent. Nice neighborhood. $75/mo. Call (203) 639-8903

10’ x 20’ & 20’ X 45’ With electricity & heat Available Now. 203-751-1977


MERIDEN. $399,900 Historic Meriden home features old world charm with all the modern conveniences 10 rms, 5 brs 2 car garage, 3 full baths, beautifully landscaped private yard. Call Fred Gettner for details 203-265-5618

MERIDEN-$163,600 Simple & smart scale down & go easy on budget w/this 2BR ranch. Spacious living rm w/fp, EIK, fenced beautiful corner yard w/covered patio & non thru st. Call Sue Farone 203-265-5618

WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $695/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric included. Private balcony. 1 month free rent. Ask for details. Call for info 203-639-4868

WALLINGFORD Totally renovated. Move-in condition. In-town 3 BR, 1.5 Bath 2 story home. Walk-up attic/full basement. Detached garage. All hdwd flrs. Updated mechanicals. Must see to appreciate. PRICE REDUCED $179,900 Call 203-265-1070

WLFD. 2BR OVERSIZED Townhouse, appl’d kit., 3000SF, lots of storage & closet space, laundry room. NO PETS. $1195. Call J.J. Bennett, 203-265-7101.

HELP WANTED 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 MERIDEN 2 car garage for rent. 100 Paddock Ave. Please call 203-269-4156 or cell 203-4301623.

WALLINGFORD-$219,900 Classic in-town 3 BR, 2 full bath cape. Remodeled kitchen and baths, formal DR, hardwood floors, newer windows. Finished lower level. Linda Diana (203) 265-5618

$1000 +/WEEK $500 SIGN-ON ●Flatbed Runs ●Fast-enroll benefits ●Very young equipment ●Regular hom time ●Variety of options ●CDL Graduates Needed

866-863-4111 DRIVER Experienced Reefer Drivers & Independent Contractors needed for Regional Positions. Top of the line equipment and plenty of freight. Call Today! 877-491-1112 or DRIVERS AND MECHANIC NEEDED. Apply Within: 12 North Plains Industrial Rd , Wallingford. 203-269-3550


WALLINGFORD - 1 Bdrm apt. Utilities not included. $750. 203-376-2160 or 203-213-6175

MERIDEN-Furnished apartment, 1BR, 3rd flr, private entrance. Laundry, garage. $575 plus util/sec. No pets/smoking. 203-681-0830.


BOOKKEEPER/Admin Assistant for Local Building & Development Company, part time to full time, to do a/p, a/r, bank rec’s. Must be proficient in Quickbooks, Excel, Word, Outlook. Min of 3 yrs experience. Must have construction, homebuilding, property management experience. A multitasker who can work in small office environment. Email resume & references to

DRYCLEANER expanding. Looking for dependable & personable candidates for PT & FT positions. Apply at Jenny K’s Cleaners, 198 West Main St, Meriden or call 860-967-7333

WATER QUALITY INSPECTOR Performs responsible specialized work in protecting the quality of the water supply and distribution system for the Town of Wallingford, CT. Requires an Associate’s degree in environmental science or sanitary engineering, plus 3 years of experience in a water utility. Successful candidates must have a valid Connecticut driver’s license and be in possession or be eligible for a Class I Water Treatment Plant or Distribution System Operator Certification and Certification as a General Backflow Preventer, Tester and cross-Connection Survey Inspector issued by the State of Connecticut. The Town offers a competitive pay rate of $22.46 - $27.29 (wages under negotiation) per hour plus an excellent fringe benefit package. Applications or resumes will be accepted until February 3, 2012 (or the date of the receipt of the 50th application) at the following address:

Personnel Department Town of Wallingford 45 South Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 Fax #: (203) 294-2084 EOE

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