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By Julie Sopchak The Southington Citizen The 1960s were a revolutionary time in United States history, from pop culture to civil rights protests. Southington resident Ralph Roy found himself in the midst of civil rights activists in 1961 when he joined the Freedom Riders. There were roughly 450 riders all together, according to Roy, but they didn’t all travel together. Particularly,

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Valentine the Clown gets children active during Read Aloud Day held at Thalberg Elementary School.

Chamber of commerce to honor distinguished citizens for their work By Julie Sopchak The Southington Citizen

The recipients of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce’s annual business awards have been announced for 2011. Former town manager John Weichsel will be presented with the Ann Hauver “Employee of the Year” hon-

Inside Calendar .........................20 Faith ................................14 Health..............................29 Marketplace ....................43 Obituaries........................15 Opinion............................18 Seniors............................28 Sports..............................33

or. Weichsel served as town manager for 44 years, the longest tenure of any town administrator in the United States. Mike Soltys, of ESPN, will receive the Gail DePaolo “Community Spirit Award.” Soltys, a local resident, became the first intern at ESPN in 1980 and is now vice president of communications. He has been active in providing corporate assistance to various Southington organizations and is active as a coach, parish activities, Bread for Life, and is a former director of the chamber. “There are so many deserving people in Southington and it’s very kind of the chamber of commerce to single me out,” Soltys said.

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“Part of it is that I represent ESPN and what we do locally, so it’s a recognition of our company and our people’s growing involvement in the town. On a personal basis, I’ve gotten involved in many things in Southington, so many things I enjoy, get to know so many people in town.” Soltys said he found out he would be receiving the award at the United Way dinner on St. Patrick’s Day and that he has been involved with the chamber for four years, three of the years on the board. “On a personal basis, there’s so many opportunities to give back and have a productive use of your time See Awards, page 10

he was in transit with 17 other riders, some black, some white, and they traveled down the East Coast to Tallahassee, Fla., stop- Roy ping in at several places along the way to see if they would be allowed in or rejected.

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Fire destroys residence Tuesday evening One person was taken to the hospital with burns on his arms after a fire completely ravaged a home on Lombardo Court Tuesday night. At 9:41 p.m. on March 29, emergency dispatch received the 911 call report-

ing a structure fire with persons trapped on the second floor. Fire Capt. Peter Kurtz said the house was fully engulfed when firefighters

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Firefighters battle the flames ravaging a Lombardo Court home Tuesday night. The homeowners were able to escape.


The Southington Citizen — Friday, April 1, 2011

Southington Icon winner returns from Nashville to perform in town By Julie Sopchak The Southington Citizen

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Michael Chenkus sings on stage at the 2010 Apple Harvest Festival. his own stuff. “It just seemed like a natural progression to use my creativity,” he said. “Instead of doing cover songs of some-

people who sort of analyzed what I was doing and what I could do to make it better,” he said. “It was very eyeopening and the best of the best are down there and you’ve got to strive to reach their level, which is not easy, so pretty much what I did is I took what I learned from it, and I came back home and started re-writing some of the stuff I had already done

and writing new things as well.” Chenkus, 31, said he hopes his newest project will be released sometime later this spring. He said his $1,000 prize from winning the Southington Icon contest has helped him to pay for the costs of working in the studio and recording his latest See Icon, page 12

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Southington resident Michael Chenkus is returning to the stage in Southington at Machiavelli’s restaurant for a show this weekend after traveling down to Nashville to work on his newest project. Chenkus, who won the 2010 Southington Icon contest at the Apple Harvest Festival, said he is looking forward to the show. He said last week he hasn’t put together a repertoire for the show quite yet, but that he’ll probably do some soul and pop country songs. “I’ll probably do some of my original stuff, too, because I have the backing tracks for them,” he said. “So I could kind of do those in a karaoke fashion, so that’ll be fun.” Chenkus, originally from Watertown, said he attended the Hartt School of Music for college and received his bachelor’s degree in music. He said he’d been involved with music his whole life, but things “really started picking up” towards the end of college when he started writing

thing somebody else has done, I wanted to do my own, that’s really what it boiled down to, and the art of it, it’s a challenge, it’s not an easy thing to do.” After graduating, Chenkus said he went to Times Square to self-produce his first album, American Dream, which he said is also available on iTunes. “I learned a whole lot about arranging and recording and working with musicians and communicating with them to get what I hear in my mind to come out,” he said. Chenkus also said he plans to never self-produce anything he does again. “It’s a lot of work,” he said. “And I’ve found some producers and people in Nashville that are so incredibly talented and I could never even come close to what they do, so I want to utilize their strengths.” Down in Nashville, Chenkus said he came into contact with some studios and industry folk after interacting with them online. “I basically met with some mentors, so to speak, had some one-on-ones with some



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Blumenthal encourages town officials during impromptu visit By Robin Lee Michel The Southington Citizen

The children’s loss last Thursday proved to be town officials’ gain when the Read Aloud Day at Walter Derynoski Elementary School was postponed because of expected inclement weather. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal was one of the scheduled guest readers. However, after the event was called off, he had some time on his hands. He called Town Manager Garry Brumback to see if he could stop by. Brumback, who said he was surprised by the call, welcomed the senator. “I

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal gathers with Southington town officials after his unexpected visit to town hall last Friday. From left are Town Manager Garry Brumback, Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo, Blumenthal, Town Council Chairman Ed Pocock Jr. and Town Attorney Mark Sciota.

figured he was just going to say hello but he said ‘why not get together,’” the manager said.

Brumback rallied other town officials including Town Council Chairman Ed Pocock Jr., Town Attorney


thal’s office and Richard Kehoe, state director of Blumenthal’s Connecticut office. “My reason being here is to listen,” Blumenthal said to open the meeting. “I feel close to Southington.

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Volunteer hopes his actions will inspire everyone By Robin Lee Michel The Southington Citizen

Longtime community volunteer, Joe Campochiaro, is proud of the awards he has received in gratitude for what he has done for Southington. The framed certificates and several brightly colored thank you signs cover the living room walls of his tidy home on Oak Street. He also keeps a scrapbook of thank you notes and news articles about himself, a volume he enjoys sharing with visitors. Campochiaro, 67, isn’t

looking for personal recognition. He is just hoping that the word gets out so that he can inspire others. There is nothing small about Campochiaro’s vision; he would like to go national with his message on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He wanted to send his scrapbook to the celebrity. One of his best friends, Al Terzi, approached Gayle King, a friend of Winfrey’s who also has her own news show. The idea didn’t get picked up, he said. Terzi has been friends with Campochiaro for about

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Joe Campochiaro stands some of0 his many awards he has received for being a volunteer. He feels he could inspire people across the country to volunteer in their communities. charities such as the Jimmy Fund and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In the decade that he did this, he raised thousands of dollars. He no longer does the fundraising because as he gets older, the effort is more difficult.


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SHS Drama Club presenting ‘Cinderella’ this weekend By Jacquelyn FordCooperman Special to The Citizen

Students have been dancing, singing and acting since January, preparing for Southington High School’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this weekend. The show will be performed on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m., in the SHS auditorium. Southington elementary school students will be admitted to the Sunday matinee for a reduced price. In ad-

dition, the cast will be hosting a Tea Party from noon to 1 p.m., and students can get their photo taken with Cinderella and the Prince. There is a cost for the photos; refreshments will be served. While last year’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a modern musical, drama club advisors Eric Lindblom and Sara Ossias decided to go with a classic musical this year. However, don’t confuse this production with the Disney cartoon movie. While the story is the same, there are different songs and a queen, played by sophomore

Carmy Frosceno. This version is based on the 1997 movie version with Brandy and Whitney Houston, so it is classic Broadway but with modern touches. One scene that remains the same takes place in the picturesque ballroom when Cinderella enters and meets her prince. Sophomore Kayla Viviano, who plays Cinderella, said it’s her favorite scene. “It’s a very magical moment and I remember as a child wanting to walk down the stairs to meet my prince,” she said. While the show incorporates traditional scenes,

comedy is also abundant. There are witty remarks from Lionel, played by sophomore Brandon Brush, and outrageous antics from the Stepmother, played by senior Molly Meehan, that are bound to have the audience rolling over in laughter. However, the tech crew did not laugh at the task handed to them. “Cinderella” requires a very complex set.

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Middle school drama clubs ready for ‘How to Succeed in Business...’

Drama clubs from John F. Kennedy and Joseph A. DePaolo middle schools are once again collaborating to perform a show. This year they will be performing the Broadway musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Performances will be Thursdays, April 7 and 14, Fridays, April 8 and 15, and Wednesday, April 13.

This is a unique opportunity for all because unlike shows that have been staged in the past, this show is in revival back on Broadway, so the combined clubs will be performing a current Broadway show. Students will be combining their acting singing and dancing talents to bring this award-winning musical to life. Ambitious young window


washer Pierpont Finch believes he can be a success in the corporate world after he impulsively picks up the book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The book promises its reader that he can climb the corporate ladder simply and quickly. The Worldwide Wicket Corporation, the business in the office building whose windows he washes is, according to the book, the perfect type of business. There, Finch meets secretary, Rosemary Pilkington, who sees him as an unassuming man whom she believes the corporate world

will eat alive. However, Finch does quickly climb the corporate ladder, but not by doing any real work. He does have a few obstacles along the way, such as: Bud Frump, the nephew by marriage of the company president J.B. Biggley; Hedy LaRue, a simple woman who has a secret or not-so-secret tie to someone important in the company; and others. Finch ultimately has to decide if climbing to the top of the ladder is worth stepping on all those along the way and risk losing the love of Rosemary. Can Finch rise to the top or will it all go down

in flames... The cast includes more than 100 students from both schools. The students have been rehearsing several times each week starting in December and rehearsals will continue until showtime. Members of the cast are: Adam Viviano, Autumn Sheffyhim , Brett Shaw, Casey Natelli, Rich McCarty, Shannon Sullivan, Bailey Kahl, Colleen Bowes, Tom DelBuono, Raquel Romano, Michael Botsacos, Adam Brush, Christopher CamSee Drama, page 30 COMPLETE PLUMBING SERVICE

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Friday, April 1, 2011 — The Southington Citizen

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Wheeler Clinic, 88 East St., Plainville, will hold an informational session on foster parenting during an open house on Saturday, April 9. This no-obligation open house provides information about the clinic’s therapeutic foster care program. Interested persons may stop in between 1 and 3 p.m. to learn about foster care without making a commitment of any kind. Individuals are also needed to join “Families Finding Families,” Wheeler Clinic’s corps of volunteer recruiters who help spread the word about the need for caring and skilled foster parents. The Foster Care program works with foster parents to provide education, 24-hour support, childcare, respite and compensation for the foster child’s expenses. The program serves girls and boys, 6 to 16 who need foster homes. Mature adults who are single or married, working or at home, are encouraged to apply to become foster parents. For more information call (860) 793-7277.

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Wolf Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 8 in Southington had some winter fun on Jan 29. They went ice fishing and every Scout caught a trout. To Learn more about scouting or to find a pack visit

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The Southington Education Foundation’s fundraiser held at Outback Steakhouse supported grants for teachers hoping to introduce new technology or programs to students. At the event were, from left, Kim DiFusco; Linda Flynn, event coordinator; Ron Murat, SEF board member; Dr. George Costanzo; Kelley Maccione; Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi Sr., Dawn Miceli, member of the SEF board and town council; Beth Pestillo, chairwoman; and Alan DeBisshop, treasurer. Ryan Lucas, Outback manager, helped coordinate the event.

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At the January pack meeting, nine Webelo Scouts earned their Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouting. Special guest, Chief Akela, officiated the ceremony. They were also awarded with arrow of achievement plaques. In February, these Scouts crossed over into Boy Scouting and joined a troop.


The Southington Citizen — Friday, April 1, 2011

Solo exhibit

Contestants welcome to Southington Ambassador Program Registration will begin for contestants in the 12th Annual Eunice Cashman Bass Southington Ambassador Program. Titles of Little Miss Southington 2011, Young Miss Southington 2011 and Junior Miss Southington 2011 will be awarded at a program scheduled for May 28. The girls will be judged based on a private interview and a two-minute talent performance. All girls ages 7 to 16 are welcome to register Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a registration fee . Interested contestants must attend with a parent or

guardian on either date at Southington Community Theatre, 1237 Marion Ave., Marion, next to the Marion Post Office. Proceeds from the program benefit scholarships for young women of Southington and the Southington Community Theatre. For more information, contact Tony Lamberto, (860) 877-3210, or Heidi BassLamberto, (860) 877-2842, or e-mail southingtonambassadorprogram@gmail. com.

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barrassing” and “annoying” that segregation still occurred in the United States. He also said his religion pulled him to accept all human beings as children of God. “I’m a native of northern Vermont, and I have the old New England heritage, and the idea that my country would go around preaching democracy in the world and then not have it here was very annoying,” Roy said. “As a patriot I wanted to see us live up to our ‘with liberty and justice for all’ at the end of our pledge [of allegiance].” Roy said the ride he was on was the only one of interfaith and was called the Clergy Freedom Ride because it consisted of ministers and rabbis. He said their trip was met with “mixed success,” saying some places they were allowed to integrate, and others they were turned away. The real meat of the story takes place in Tallahassee, however, when Roy, along with nine other fellow riders were arrested for unlawful assembly and refusal to obey

a police officer. Roy said his group of riders attempted to go into a restaurant at the airport in Tallahassee, where they found the doors were locked, despite people still eating inside. “We asked why, and they said they had to clean it every month at that particular day — well, we knew that was not true,” Roy said. “So we waited and we waited

overnight.” Roy said there were 18 total riders on the trip, but the other eight didn’t want to stay and wait, but rather catch their flight home, which departed at 3:25 p.m. Roy said they were told the restaurant would re-open at 4:30. He said refusing to obey a police officer was a valid charge, since they were

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28 and aired on May 4, according to Roy. He said although he will likely not be one of the riders being interviewed, he will be in the audience and also attend the riders’ reunion. “I’m not necessarily going to be a speaker, there are a lot of Freedom Riders — a lot of them are no longer alive — but there’s a lot of them and I’m probably going to be in the audience,” Roy said. “So I was not one of the key Freedom Riders who the original buses were attacked and one of them was burned and people were hurt. My guess is those would be the ones who she would interview because they were the original Freedom Riders and the ones who were most injured in the whole thing.” Roy said of the 17 that were on his ride, only three survive, including himself. Roy, now 82, said he was 32 at the time he went on the Freedom Ride, which he said made him one of the older riders, since most were in their 20s or college students. A self-proclaimed patriot, Roy said he felt it was “em-

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where you get to know the people that are in your neighborhoods,” Soltys said. Thomas Bentz, owner of Awards of Elegance, will be presented with the Riccio Brothers “Business Person of the Year” honor. Bentz started his business 21 years ago and is an active volunteer with Relay For Life of Southington and helped to rejuvenate the arts and crafts weekend during the Apple Harvest Festival. “[I’m] just honored being named the business person of the year,” Bentz said. “I’d like to thank the chamber of commerce, especially being the Riccio brothers how much

they’ve done for the community and how much they’re respected in the community. Being a lifelong Southington resident myself, I’ve known how well the Riccio brothers were respected.” Bentz said he has been a chamber member for all 21 years he’s been in business. He said his involvement with his business in the community might have been a factor in being chosen for the award. “I think it’s just our consistency,” Bentz said. “We pride ourselves on community service, helping as much as we can in the community, giving back as far as donations and all that type of stuff and just our customer service and product and being here for that long.”

“These annual coveted awards are meant to not only honor these recipients but to inspire others in our community,” said Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo. The Southington Chamber is now the fifth largest in central Connecticut with 560 members. Public Service Awards will be presented to Jim Verderame, Edward Pocock Jr., Ken DiMauro, and Trish and Fran Kenefick. The recipients represent more than 90 years of uncompensated services to the town. Verderame has served as a councilman, police commissioner. Pocock has served on the planning and zoning commission, town council, of which he is currently the

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chairman, and finance board. Trish Kenefick, who is a teacher in the gifted and talented program, has been involved with the Drug Task Force effort for more than 25 years and her husband, Fran, has served on the planning and zoning commission for 17 years. DiMauro has been involved with recording town history for several decades and currently serves as the town historian. “I am pleased, honored and humbled to be selected for this significant award,” said DiMauro, who was Southington’s first town historian from 1987 10 1997. He has also been active with the historical society since the mid-1980s and served in several capacities, including as a member of the board of directors, secretary, vice president and eventually president. For 30 years, DiMauro has worked for many area newspapers, including The Observer, The Middletown Press and most recently, The Plainville Citizen and The Southington Citizen. Todd Fitzsimons, president and founder of Network Imaging will be installed as the chairman of the board

succeeding James Garstang. A total of 12 Chamber Beautification Awards will also be presented to local businesses that have invested in improving their buildings or have constructed new facilities. New directors of the chamber will be inducted. They include Dana Rickard, of CompuMail; Town Economic Development Coordinator Louis Perillo; Rose DeFeo, of TD Bank; and Michelle Maccio, of Maccio Financial. John Myers, executive director of the YMCA, will be nominated for another three-year term. The awards will be presented at the chamber’s 73rd annual dinner meeting from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 16 at the Aqua Turf. The major sponsor of the event is TD Bank along with 12 other contributing sponsors. The theme is ’50s’60s retro, complete with music from the doo-wop era. The event is open to the public and will include dinner, dancing, open bar, gala raffle and several audience contests. For reservations and ticket information, contact the chamber at (860) 628-8036.

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vated, Kurtz said, and mutual aid station coverage was received from Plainville. About 75 firefighters were involved with attacking the fire with up to five hoses operating at once.

Kurtz said fire watchers remained on scene throughout the night to make sure the fire did not reignite. The cause of the fire was unknown and is under investigation.

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from headquarters, Company 1, 2 and 3 arrived on scene. The husband and wife and two children were able to get out of the home before firefighters arrived. Erik Kastner was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with burns to his arms, and was later transferred to Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit. He is in serious condition. His wife and children were with relatives, Kurtz said. By 10:30 p.m., all that was left of the home was a pile of charred, wooden beams as firefighters continued to douse the smoldering ruins. A home next door also sustained damage. The heat from the fire caused the siding to melt on the nearby home. A general alarm was acti-

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On Saturday, April 9, as part of the ongoing Civil War Exhibit, the Southington Historical Society will host Connecticut artist Don Troiani, collector of historical artifacts who is also a renowned military and historical artist. Troiani will conduct an informal oral appraisal of military items, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the society building located at 239 Main St. He will be assisted by several other appraisers including expert William Bartley who will appraise Early American Antiques of all types. There is a fee for the appraisal with a maximum of


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project. “It helped me financially in order to pay for a lot of the new project I’m involved in right now, so I could definitely say that,” he said. “The thousand dollar prize went towards pursuing and paying for the new studio down in Nashville and the newer songs I’ve just been working on.” Chenkus also said he’d never participated in a singing contest before, so coming away with first prize was a pretty good end result. He said he auditioned for American Idol, but only

made it past the first round. “The prize was very enticing and I love the Apple Harvest, so I figured if I’m going to be there, I might as well be in it, too,” Chenkus said about why he entered the competition. “I figured it’d be fun, which I was right, it was fun.” Chenkus’ performance at Machiavelli’s will be on Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. For those curious about Chenkus’ music, updates on shows or the status of his new project, visit or Facebook at

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Cinderella Continued from page 5 pumpkin and Cinderella proved to be challenging. In addition, juniors Ashley Bean and Emily Mockler used their passion for dance to choreograph the show. “It’s amazing to see your dances and ideas come to life in the show,” said Bean. “And when you have the same love for dance as I do, it’s not much work at all.” Mockler agreed. “Just listening to the music helps create the dances,” she said. “We try to create movement that comes naturally.” Those movements will easily translate as the dancers waltz

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Passport Day on April 9

The Plantsville Post Office, 847 S. Main St., will present Passport Day on Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. This post office is one of many participating that day across the country but the only one in Southington. U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or reentering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government. Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at (877) 487-2778.


technicality. Roy eventually paid the $500 fine. Continued from page 9 “I’ve gone back to Tallaasked to leave but didn’t, but hassee, and everything’s inteunlawful assembly didn’t grated and of course now you’re sort of a hero there make sense. “Unlawful assembly, which among some people,” he said. is sort of ridiculous,” he said. “When you were first put in “There were 10 of us and we jail, now you’re a hero — it’s wouldn’t be loitering, we had an interesting change.” fresh tickets for the next Roy is a retired United plane, but that was what they Methodist minister and brought the charges to us.” moved to Plantsville in 1999. Roy said he tried to fight the charges in court. The He has served in several conFlorida courts ruled against gregations in Connecticut them, as he expected, but the and New York and also United States Supreme Court worked with Dr. Martin refused to hear based on a Luther King Jr.


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Continued from page 3 Southington is a great town.” “I wish you as productive and effective as your predecessor,” the senator said, referring to John Weichsel, former town manager who retired earlier this year after 44 years in the job. “Anything I can do to help, I’m here.” Pocock addressed Plantsville downtown beautification, which could be boosted through the use of Rails to Trails linear park and development of restaurants along the path. “Plantsville is the second center of town,” Pocock said. Perillo said Rails to Trails is a great asset to Southington. The Renaissance Project has “proven a great return,” generating job opportunities, he said. Officials would like to see rejuvenation of Plantsville, a

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St. Dominic announces guest pastor to lead ‘A Witness to Hope’ series

St. Dominic Church, located at 1050 Flanders Road in Southington, has invited the Rev. John Powers, a Passionist p i l g r i m preacher and spiritual storyteller, to Powers lead a parish mission, “A Witness to Hope,” beginning Saturday, April 2. The first session will be held Saturday, April 2, 5 to 6 p.m. Powers will also preach at all Masses on April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Ordained in 1977, he is the

author of six books for adults and two for children as well as a four-part series of one-hour CD presentations entitled, “A Healing Way.” He has served as a director, producer and host of the Passionist Radio & TV Ministry in Springfield, Mass.; director of Calvary Spiritual Center, and rector of Passionist Communities in Shrewsbury, Mass. and Bronx, N.Y. He now serves as a pilgrim preacher of Retreats, Parish Missions, Day, Evening and Overnight Programs. He has preached from Connecticut to Texas, as well as abroad. During the Lenten Mission, Powers will witness

through personal, scriptural and folk stories to the courage, compassion and hope necessary to carry burdens of loss, pain, illness, disappointment and suffering. The schedule follows: Monday, April 4, 9 a.m. Mass; 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. the presentation, “Hope is Born Amid the Hurt” Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m. Mass; 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. the presentation, “Compassion is Born Amid the Anger.” Wednesday, April 6, 9 a.m. Mass; 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. the presentation, “Love Amid the Losses.” This series is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website

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Lenten Services First Lutheran Church, 232 Bristol St., the Mid-Week Lenten Services will be held Wednesdays, through April 13. “Soup and Sustenance” is served at 6 p.m. followed by a Lenten Service at 6:30 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant St., presents a Lenten Meditation/Study with soup and bread on Thursdays, at 6:30

p.m. The series will continue through the Lenten season. First Congregational Church, 37 Main St., will be offered in the Barnes Memorial Chapel Lenten Noonday Services, Wednesdays, to April 20, noon. The service is followed by a Lenten Luncheon at 12:30 p.m., for a minSee Services, page 19

Faith Brief Piano revisited First Church’s board of music and arts presents the Great American Piano Revisited featuring Paul Bisaccia on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church on the Green, 37 Main St. Bisaccia has a specialty in the music of George Gershwin and will play a newly discovered work of Gershwin’s. The audience will also hear the music of Irving Berlin, Eubie Blake, Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin, Bill Joel and L.M. Gottschalk. Bisaccia, a graduate of Hartt School of Music, has performed around the world, making his European debut at age 17. There is a ticket price to attend and the tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information call (860) 628-6958.

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Obituaries A celebration of his life was held March 19, 2011, in the Glass Room at the Aqua Turf, Plantsville. Memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 123, Washington, DC 20004 or the Bristol Hospital Home Care and Hospice, P.O Box 977, Bristol, CT 06010. DellaVecchia Funeral Home, Southington, was assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Richard Farr Richard W. Farr, 67, of Southington died March 16, 2011, at Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. He was the loving husband of Marguerite (Larmett) Farr for 41 years. He was born in New Britain July 12, 1943, to the late Wesley S. and Frances (McGlaflin) Farr. He was a longtime Southington resident. He worked as a mechanic for more than 35 years. In his early years, he enjoyed camping with his family. He loved Lionel Model trains and had his own train room. He loved working on his computer, was a skilled woodworker, an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed caring for his late fourlegged friends, Dallas, Sandy and Sambuca. In addition to his wife, he

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Albert D. Brunalli. She was born in South Windsor on July 10, 1910, the daughter of the late Albert and Giovanna Ronketti. She lived in New Britain until 1946 when she moved to Milldale, residing there for the rest of her life. She was a parishioner of St. Aloysius Church. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by two children, John Brunalli and his wife, Carol, and Johanna Needham and her husband, James; a sister, Rose DellaBitta, of Milldale; a sister-in-law, Norma Gendron, of Reisterstown, Md.; three grandchildren, John Brunalli and his wife, Carrie, Beth Brunalli and Laura Needham; two great-grandchildren, Sophia and Dominic Brunalli; and several nieces and nephews. She was


James S. Lord, 85, of Southington, died March 15, 2011, at his home. He was the husband of Gloria (Schmidt) Lord. He was born Aug. 12, 1925, in Little Silver, N.J., the son of the late John and Agnes (McHugh) Lord. He proudly served his country during World War II and the Korean War with the U.S. Navy. He was awarded the Liberation Star, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic Pacific 4 Star. He retired from New Departure, where he worked for more than 13 years and was formerly an independent floor covering contractor. He was a Southington resident since 1964, formerly of New York, and was an avid Yankees and NY Giants fan. Besides his wife, he leaves his children, Lauri Welling and husband, Glenn, of Newport Beach, Calif., Robert Lord and wife, Pamela, of North Weymouth, Mass., Diana Marroquin, of Middletown, N.Y., and Steven Lord and wife, Patricia, of Plantsville; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and John Lord; and four sisters, Sr. Mary Lord, Virginia Huber and Deloris and Eileen Lord.

is survived by his two sons, Peter Farr and his wife, Heather, and Charles Farr, all of Southington; two grandchildren, Delaney Rose Farr and Dylan Anthony Farr; his sister, Geraldine Hanna, of Jacksonville, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Marguerite Larmett, of Wolcott; his brother-in-law, Jack Larmett, of Wolcott; his sister-in-law, Eileen Farr, of Elkridge, Md.; his stepmother, Helen Farr, of Southington; several nieces and nephews; his special friends, Darrell Lavoie, Gary and Sybil Williams, all of Southington, and Roberta Ottoson, of Farmington; and his dogs, Shadow and Cyrus. He was predeceased by his sister, Donna Duprey; and his brother, Thomas H. Farr. The family would like to say a special “thank you” to the staff at THOCC at Bradley Memorial ICU for the special and loving way they took care of Richard. The funeral service was held March 21, 2011, at the Plantsville Funeral Home, Plantsville. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington. Memorial donations may be made to SPCA of Connecticut, 359 Spring Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468.

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Self-sufficient, not dependent

To the editor: It is time that the citizens of Connecticut have this discussion. Do we, as a government, want to offer our citizens sympathy for their plight in life and offer, without conditions, aid and sustenance to any person within the borders of Connecticut? Or, should we, as a government, offer empathy for our fellow citizens. In short, sympathy is giving a man a fish so he may eat that day while empathy is teaching the man to fish so he may feed himself for the rest of his life. Why do we offer sympathy? Maybe it is because we feel guilty because we have and some do not. We want to feel better about ourselves and less guilty so we give those less fortunate a little

extra. Of course, not out of our own pocket but the pockets of our neighbors. The problem is; while it absolves you of your guilt it does not help the recipient. We must stop the neverending welfare that only enslaves a whole group of people and trains them to live their lives as wards of the state. They are taught to live their lives much like an animal in the zoo dependant on the keeper to feed them. Those people, and society as a whole, would be much better served if we offered empathy instead. Instead of giving aid and sustenance, without conditions, we need to put serious conditions on this aid. One condition should be that the recipient works toward a high school diploma or general education diploma. We should require family training to teach young people on

welfare how to be a parent and operate a household. As a society we should work toward doing everything to create a two-parent family. As part of qualifying for a monthly check. both parents should be able to pass a drug test and that should include alcohol and tobacco. Every person collecting aid must enroll in job training and perform work in the community. Nothing instills a sense of self-worth like earning your way in life. The ultimate goal of the state welfare system must be to make their wards self-sufficient and productive citizens. We must break the cycle of endless dependence on government assistance and begin teaching the people to live productive lives where they can have a better more productive future. Let us begin to teach our people to fish. The human

Government Meetings

Tuesday, April 5 Planning and zoning commission, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7 Board of water commissioners, Water Department, 605 W. Queen St, 6 p.m. Conservation Commission, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Monday, April 11 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 Senior citizen commission, Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., 6:30 p.m. Zoning board of appeals, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13 Board of finance, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 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, April 19 Planning and zoning commission, cancelled. Thursday, April 21 Board of fire commissioners, fire headquarters, 310 N. Main St., 6 p.m.

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Listening to the public To the editor, It was great to see so many people at Southington Town Hall for the budget forum state Rep. Rob Sampson and I co-hosted last week. I am encouraged by the number of people who want to be engaged in the process. After the presentation, audience members asked us many informed questions about the state budget crisis and suggested some creative solutions. I was most impressed by the civil and respectful tone held throughout the meeting. The message heard loud and clear was this: Residents want us to say “no” to new taxes; and residents want us to continue to find ways to make state government more efficient. I am happy to inform you that we plan to do just that. I am looking forward to future Town Hall meetings and listening to what taxpayers have to say. Constituents should always feel free to contact me at with questions, comments and ideas. Sen. Joe Markley Southington Markley is state representative for Assembly District 16, which includes Wolcott, Southington, Cheshire and Waterbury.

Questioning school dilemma 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

To the editor: Are you kidding me? I’m talking about the issue of the use of North Center School. We’re not talking one, two or even five miles. It’s a hop skip and jump from the center of town. Wow, we may soon see if this happens. We may see boarded-up business if some of the offices move to North Center will it then be as the

old Beacon and Corbin was boarded. So many years ’til someone decided to burn it down. Boy, did I milk that with all the articles I wrote about the ghosts that mocked us. It’s then I may have a new ghost to write about. Yeah, I know it sounds silly but not so silly, about taking potential business away from downtown merchants. Hey, if it’s too far to walk to, how about a rickshaw service? We could put some pocket money for kids looking for a summer job. Or even use one of all the cars the town has. Well, all in all, with all the front page news it created, it gives a story to write about. No wonder the world is going nuts if this is a big issue. Wow, can you imagine why the world causes war neighbor against neighbor? Come on now, let’s cut out all this nonsense just as this article I’m writing about and on with business of running our town. Do we need a lawyer to figure out how to settle this matter? Here are some of the words dealing with this matter: stipulation, sub-optimize, over-stepping, salvage, skeptical, functional. I wonder if our new town manager, Garry Brumback, ever encountered such trivial matter where he came from. Hey, we’re paying him big bucks; I say let him decide to right path to take. This is a little school we’re talking about; it’s not a power plant. So you citizens of Southington, don’t let those big words bamboozle you; they didn’t impress me. Well I’ll be damned I’m even writing about the North Center School. Don’t worry, folks; the sky isn’t falling. I think all of the ghosts died in the fire and that said, I now end as always with my words of wisdom: live well, love much and laugh often at my story. Joe Aldieri Plantsville

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Inquiring Photographer What are you going to do for an April Fool’s joke? I’m going to tie an elastic band on the sprayer at the kitchen sink. When my mom turns on the water, it’s going to spray water all over the place. Will Marshall Southington

I’m going to put purple dye in the shampoo bottle. Everyone’s hair will be purple. Rebecca McCarthy Southington

When my brother is sleeping, I’m going to blow my trumpet in his ear. He’ll probably yell at me and tell me to get out of his room. Brandon McKernney Southington

I’m going to put toys on the top of my brother’s door. When he closes the door, they will fall on his head. Devin McKnernney Southington

I’m going to put a cup of sticky rubber spiders on top of the bathroom door. When my sister goes in the bathroom, the spiders will fall on her head. Ryan Monte Southington

Services Continued from page 14 imal cost. Services will be led by the Rev. Ronald Brown, the Rev. Linda Fernandes-Bailey and the Rev. Dick Sherlock.

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Theatre’s ‘rumors’ outstanding To the editor: Have you heard the rumors? If not you missed it. This past March 24 to 26 evenings, the Southington Community Theatre presented Neil Simon’s comedy “Rumors” directed by Amanda Savio Guay at DePaolo Middle School. Guay’s dedication to her craft was in full evidence with a production that tickled our funny bone and sent chortling laughter throughout the audience. The cast displayed professionalism from their first entrance to the final curtain. I single out Jared Watterworth an actor who exudes ease on stage. This is the second time I have seen him perform, last year in SCT’s “Chicago.” It seems he is comfortable and always believable in any role. Not to slight anyone in the cast, I tip my hat in recognition for their accomplishments as actors an enterprise well done: Rob Girardin, Troy Walcott, Kevin Johnston, Peter Pristic, Lynn Flaherty, Valentina Lugo, Heidi Bass-Ramberto, Helen Crowley and Sarah Rubelmann. Let’s not forget the set design, construction and sound effects so skillfully forged into a believable living room by George Wruck and BJ Renne. I close with one thought to the residents of Southington please support SCT’s efforts by attending a show for a delightful evening right her in Southington; no need to cross the border. Patuall WallettComstock Southington Patuall Wallett-Comstock is the artistic director of Fantango & Company.

Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Plantsville, will offer Lenten dinner series, “Tuesdays with Parables.” Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m., followed by a light-hearted presentation and discussion

of one of the parables: April 5 — The Parable of the Wicked Tenants; April 12 — The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. All are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, call the church office at (860) 628-5595.

Kiwanis thanks many for band

We thank the four ticket distributors, the Southington Public Library, the Park and Recreation Department, the Calendar House and The Southington Citizen office. We thank Leslie Cotton for the placement of the ad in the town TV and web media. Lastly we thank all the places that allowed us to display our posters, about 40 of them. While we are thanking everyone, we’d like to mention one more. Maurice Robitaille (Moe). He is a retired USPS letter carrier. He came to me in 2006 with the idea of the club sponsoring these events. It should be known that to get these wonderful concerts to come to your town is hard to do. They are very sought after and they are very slow to accept an invitation to any given town. The lead vocalist of the Navy Band Sea Chanters is Mr. Robitaille’s cousin. Through this connection we were able to bring them to you in 2007. We made every effort to make them welcome. We give them dinner etc. Also the high school auditorium is of very high quality. The word spread to the other divisions so now they are pleased to come here. The concert band on the 15th was our third event. The band members say they look forward to returning. We intend to have them every other year. Again, thanks for attending; see you in two years. Philip Lacourciere and Ed Sydlowski Southington Philip Lacourciere and Ed Sydlowski are Kiwanis Club members and were co-chairmen of the U.S. Navy Band event.

To the editor: Here again, the members of your Southington Kiwanis Club wish to thank you for your participation in our project, the U.S. Navy Band in concert at Southington High School on March 15. We think that it was a success. It would be hard not to be considering the assembly of great talented musicians in the band and the delightful program that included something for every ear there. There are three other ingredients that go into the mix of success however. Ingredient one is the great response of you, our audience. The band members all tell us that it is your response and obvious pleasure you display that give them their pleasure. The second ingredient is the organization of the event. Our club works hard to make it all happen and happen smoothly. We also involved the Southington Key Club. They printed the program insert and took tickets at the door and helped clean up, etc. The Southington Key Club is a Kiwanis-sponsored high school level charitable organization. We regularly have a club member in a attendance at their meetings to provide guidance. We also help them financially. The third ingredient is the outside help we received. We wish to thank the board of education for the use of the school. We especially thank Jeff Shaw, the high school music department director. He donated a lot of his time working directly with the band to make the concert its degree of professional quality. We thank the Record-Journal/The Southington Citizen for their help financially with the advertising and other coverage.

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Pasta fagioli fundraiser — St. Thomas School, 133 Bristol St., will be holding its annual pasta fagioli fundraiser every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., during the Lenten Season through Friday, April 15. There is a price per person and includes all-you-can-eat pasta fagioli, bread, dessert and

beverage. Information: call (860) 628-2362 or (860) 8772004. SHS production of “Cinderella” — Southington High School’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will be performed this weekend. The show will be on Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m., in the SHS auditorium. Southington elementary school students will be admitted to the Sunday matinee for a reduced price. In addition, the cast will be hosting a Tea Party from

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on Saturday, April 9 at 8 a.m.The Spring 2 Program Session runs from April 25 to June 19. Registration for current members is available on line at or in person at the Membership Services Desk. To obtain a Southington Community YMCA membership, visit the Membership Services Desk. Information: call Lynette Ferguson, YMCA Membership Services Director at (860) 426-9522 or Southington Icon — On Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m., Southington Icon winner Michael Chenkus, will perform at Machiavelli’s Restaurant, Center Street, in Southington. Chenkus won the Southington Icon singing competition held during the 2010 Apple Harvest Festival. SHS production of “Cinderella” — Show being performed at 7 p.m. at SHS auditorium. See April 1 listing for more details.




SHS production of “Cinderella” — Show being performed at 2 p.m. in the SHS auditorium. Southington elementary school students will be admitted to the Sunday matinee for a reduced price. In addition, the cast will be hosting a Tea Party from noon to 1 p.m., and students can get their photo taken with Cinderella and the Prince. There is a cost for the photos; refreshments will be served.



Summer Theater Workshop — The Southington Youth Summer Theater workshop will offer three programs for Southington residents entering grades 3 to 12. Registration begins from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dance City and the Arts. Spots are limited for all programs and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.


Summer Theater Workshop — Registration at the Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spots are limited for all programs and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.



Casale basketball game — On Wednesday, April 6, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., the 5th annual Michael Casale Staff Basketball Game will be held at Derynoski Elementary School, 240 Main St., Southington. This annual event is held for fun and also to raise money for the Michael Casale Scholarship. Knights of Columbus meeting — The Knights of Columbus will meet Wednesday, April 6 for the fourth degree meeting at Mary Our Queen Hall, Savage Street, with supper at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. Information contact (860) 877-3038 or

grams and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

any Knight. Mothers of Multiples — The Greater Bristol Mothers of Multiples is a support group for moms with twins, triplets or higher order multiples. Southington mothers are welcome. The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m., at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 851 Stafford Avenue, Bristol. Information: contact Tracey Gabree, membership coordinator, at (860) 628-9199 or visit the website Summer Theater Workshop — Registration begins from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dance City and the Arts. Spots are limited for all pro-

Theater Continued from page 17 Southington High School. Spots are limited for all programs and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and a wait list will be started once capacity has been reached. Because of the collaborative nature of theater and the abbre-


Civil War lecture — In coordination with the Southington Historical Society’s Civil War exhibit, Thursday night lectures are to be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the center, 239 Main St. The lectures are free and donations are welcome. Information: visit . Lectures will be held April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26.

viated rehearsal schedule, students who will miss more than one week of the program will not be allowed to register. If possible, plan vacations accordingly. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department office, at (860) 276-6219 or contact Lisa Carroll, program coordinator, at

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Probate judge presentation Attorney Matthew J. Jalowiec, probate judge for District 18, is presenting outreach programs in Cheshire and Southington so that people can understand the consolidation of the probate courts in both towns. The first roundtable is being held on April 4 in Cheshire. On Monday, April 11, 1:30 p.m., Jalowiec will be at the Calen-

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AARP 4943 plans trips The Southington Apple Valley Chapter 4943 has the following trips scheduled and the trips are open to any interested person. Wednesday, April 27, The Riverhouse and Showtime presenting the music of Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and John Denver Wednesday, May 25, the Aqua Turf Club for “Oh What a Night,� a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Thursday, June 9, Treasures of Central Park, N.Y. This day trip will include lunch. Tuesday, July 19, all-youcan-eat lobster lunch, and a comedy show at the Delaney House in Holyoke, Mass. For more information and

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Southington Knights of Columbus will present a buffet dinner dance to benefit Relay For Life on Saturday, April 16, at the Aqua Turf Club. The buffet will be served at 6:15 p.m. with dancing to follow, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with the music of Nick and Nancy of After All. The menu includes chicken Francais, potato-crusted cod, rosemary roast pork, over roasted Red Bliss potatoes, tri-color green bean medley, green salad with house Italian dressing and tiramisu for dessert. Tickets may be ordered by contacting a committee member: Phil Hartman, (860) 6285448; Roger Lemire, (860) 6212760; Bill Shatas, (203) 2354155; Paul Sirois, (203) 2713667 or Charlie Sullivan, (860) 384-0479.


from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at Chili’s restaurant on the corner of Queen and Spring streets. Flyers are available at the church. Jean’s Angels in Action will have fundraisers Wednesdays, April 20, 27 and May 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Wendy’s on Queen Street.

Meetings Team and committee meetings for Relay For Life of Southington will be held Wednesdays, April 13, May 4 and 25, and June 1, at Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St.. The committees meet from 6 to 7 p.m. and the teams meet from 7 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome. For more information, contact Joyce McAloon, co-chairwoman of Relay For Life of Southington, at

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Philippe Bourdon, vice president of technolog y at Webster Bank, National Association, has been app o i n t e d chairman of Bourdon the March of Dimes Connecticut Chapter’s Greater Connecticut Division Board of Directors. Bourdon, employed by Webster Financial Corporation since 2004, took an active role with the March of Dimes in 2005 by joining the local Chapter Neonatal Action Committee at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Bourdon, a Southington resident, remains an active member of the committee.

The Wellness Clinic, located at the Raya Clinic on 200 Queen St., is offering a free lecture Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. Fibromyalgia will be the topic. For more information, call (860) 621-2225.

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High School Wall of Honor

Southington High School is seeking applications for its Wall of Honor. Applicants must be Southington High graduates, and have done outstanding community service, received significant rewards, done noteworthy humanitarian work, or had exceptional career accomplishments. The deadline for applications is April 10. Applications can be obtained from the Southington High website,, select high school, Student Life, Wall of Honor; from the main office; or by contacting Bob Brown, e-mail at or phone (860)

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Mellitt, Margaret Mellitt, Vincent Milardo, Evan Misiorski, Brandon Murray, Talia Nanfito, Franklin Pac, Ryan Padden, Priya Patel, Giavonna Paulus, Katherine Peccerillo, Niels Peschel, Natalie Rickard, Erin Roach, Alexandra Rothstein, Michael Ruszczyk, Brenna Sarantides, Lauren Semataska, Carissa Sirois, Jason Soltys, Francesca Sophroniou, Alexander Statkevich, Alexa Sweetman, Aaron Tiscione, Krysta Tsangarides, Elizabeth Veilleux, Edmond Vitcavage, Elizabeth Woods and Angelina Zollo.

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Kingswood Oxford School seniors Liz Dietz, of Southington, and Gabe Banevicius, of West Hartford, were named National Merit Finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. Finalists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered in the spring.


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Loaded offense on field for guys lacrosse By Michael Guerrera The Southington Citizen

One of the fastest growing sports across the country has done just that in Southington in recent years. On the cusp of becoming a well-known lacrosse program in Connecticut, the Blue Knights have the chance and the talent in 2010 to continue to push Southington lacrosse to new levels. Led by three uber-athletic seniors, two of which will play college lacrosse, one of which will play college football, the team will be dynamic offensively, but the key to real success could be on the defensive end. “Inexperience on D,” says head coach Ron Chase of the team’s weakness.

This as a result of the loss of last year’s keeper Dylan Platt along with three key defenders in Jason Julia, Tim Sowa and KJ Gemmel. Responsibility to lead the defense falls on the shoulders of three-year senior starter Pat Reid, headed to play lacrosse at the University of New England, and two-year senior starter Jason Letendre. On the opposite end of the field, Southington will have serious firepower. Matt Prezioso, a four-year starter, comes in off a year in which he scored 41 goals. “Matt Prezioso is one of the top scorers in the history of Southington High School lacrosse,” Chase said. He also noted that Prezioso will be attending Wesleyan University to play lacrosse.

Citizen photo by Michael Guerrera

Maryland-bound Zack Wholley will be the key facilitator in the middle of the See Lacrosse, page 41 Southington offense this spring.

One and done; Hernandez jets for college ranks By Bryant Carpenter Special to The Citizen

After one year in the high school coaching ranks, D.J. Hernandez is heading to college. Hernandez resigned as Southington High School’s head coach Tuesday to take an assistant’s position at Brown University. The 26year-old will coach Hernandez the quarterbacks, one of the two positions he played at UConn. Hernandez said he was offered the

job Tuesday morning by Brown head coach Phil Estes. By the end of the day, he had met with Southington administrators and the football team to announce his career move. “I’m really fortunate and I’m extremely excited to begin working with the Brown coaching staff,” Hernandez said. “But at the same time, I’m going to miss all the relationships I’ve developed with the student-athletes at Southington High School along with the parents and the community. What they’ve done for me, mostly off the field, has been amazing. They’re great people and I hope our relationship continues.” Hernandez, also a newlywed, will

work the rest of the school year in the Southington guidance department, where he is completing work on his master’s degree. He’ll commute to Providence for spring practice then move to Rhode Island during the summer. Hernandez said his announcement was met with understanding and support Tuesday at Southington High. Comments from one of his assistant coaches as well as athletic director Eric Swallow leant credence to that. “I’m not upset with D.J. He’s got a good opportunity ahead of him,” said assistant coach Kevin Frederick of Meriden. “(Coaching on the col-

lege level) is really something that he aspired to do. The kids were very disappointed, obviously, but I’m happy for him and I will still use him as a resource in the future.” “From his perspective, I think it’s a good growth opportunity. He wants to take his coaching career in that direction,” Swallow said. “Everybody makes decisions professionally. When he was here, he had a successful season and did a nice job. “I’ve been on both sides, so you have to be supportive and move on,” Swallow added. “My goal now is to

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Dube, Lasbury lead East squad in All-Star game By Sean Krofssik Special to The Citizen

Gritty play from Southington’s Tyler Dube and precise deep shooting of Maloney’s Ryan Belote combined for a strong effort for the star-studded Class L/LL East squad, which lost a

thriller to the West 94-92 in the 36th Annual Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Festival last Thursday night at Maloney. West MVP Marvin Hampton’s layup with three seconds left in the game accounted for the decisive bucket. Hampton netted 12 points, seven rebounds and

four steals to earn the hardware. Belote (15 points) drilled four out of his five 3-pointers in the second half and helped erase a 47-44 deficit at the half on his home court. “It’s my last game at my home gym, so I had to light it up before leaving my last game,” Belote said. “It was a great experience. All of these guys are phenomenal. It’s my last home game here in the gym. I just wanted to show what I could do.” Dube (12 points) also turned up his game in the second stanza. He sparked the East squad with six steals and three assists. “It was a lot of fun. We wanted to win, but the most important part was having fun,” Dube said. “Everyone that played was a little rusty when we started, but as the game went on we started knocking down some shots ... It was great getting those steals. To be able to play tonight was great.” East Catholic’s Rohan Brown earned MVP honors for the East. He had 19 points,

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Tyler Dube (third from right) watches from the bench during the game CHSCA All-Star Festival. 10 rebounds and six assists. The East was up 92-89 with 24.8 seconds left aided by two Belote 3-pointers. But a trey from Stamford’s Luis Briddter tied it with 11 seconds left. After a West steal, Hampton put in the game-winning bucket as the buzzer sounded. Southington coach Bob Lasbury, who coached the East squad, said the game was as close as he expected. “When you get this much talent on the floor, it was great to watch,” Lasbury

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said. “It was nice to see Tyler Dube play as well as he did tonight. It was just a lot of fun.” Windsor’s Mike Fraylon also added 16 points for the West. In the S/M game, which opened Thursday’s twinbill at Maloney, the East squad romped the West 111-79. Prince Tech’s Phillip Starks filled the stat sheet with a triple-double and was named MVP for the East. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Ansonia’s Reggie Finney had 16 points, six rebounds and two assists to take home the West MVP award.

Opening Day Opening day ceremonies for Southington North Little League will be held April 9, at Memorial Park, Woodruff Street, and beginning at 9 a.m. The festivities will begin with the Southington Brass Ensemble playing the National Anthem. Other events include: annual Bottle and Can Drive. Proceeds will benefit Southington North Little League/Babe Ruth baseball and annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The competition is open to Southington boys and girls in the Southington Northern Baseball League only. Boys and girls ages 7-14 can participate in this free contest. Winners can advance through four levels of competition to the National Finals. Contact Jane Williams-Taylor at (860) 3065179 or online at


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Solid group of runners looks for another title on track By Sarah Gomes Special to The Citizen

Heading into the 2011 outdoor season, the strength is in numbers for the Blue Knights boys track team. “We have great numbers, smart runners, and talent,” said first-year head coach Matt Shea, last year’s girls outdoor coach. “Our distance team is solid.” That leaves the events off the track that Shea and Southington will look to improve upon as the season takes shape. “We will struggle in some

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that incident in Manchester, but overall his body work was solid.” Hernandez credited his experience in Southington for making him worthy of a college position. “They took the time to interview me for that high school job a year ago,” Hernandez said. “Without them, this probably wouldn’t have happened today.” Reporters John Pettit and Sean Krofssik contributed to this story.

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marked by a one-game suspension, a penalty self-imposed by Southington after Hernandez admitted using an opposition play card found at halftime during a game in Manchester, an incident that generated national media attention. All told, Swallow said he has no regrets hiring Hernandez. “I think at the time we hired who we felt was the right guy. I think he proved that on the field,” the athletic director said. “I know we had

BOYS TRACK HEAD COACH: Matt Shea – first season or boys RECORD LAST YEAR: 6-0 (CCC West champs) KEY LOSSES: Ravin Walters, 2010 All-CCC West, third Class LL shot put, fourth in discuss, first in javelin, Mike Rhodd, 2010 All-CCC West, fourth Class LL 110-meter hurdles, Pat Conaty, 2010 All-CCC West, Jon Lewis, sprinter, Zack Albert, 2010 All-CCC West, distance runner, Jake Rodrigues, 2010 All-CCC West, thrower, Bryan McGrane, 2010 AllCCC West, distance runner. KEY RETURNEES: Sr. Joe Pesce, qualified for states last year in javelin, Sr. Bryan Wilcox, scored 49 points last season, 2010 All-CCC West, seventh in 3200-meter run at Class LL, Sr. Nate Emery, strength in jumping events, Sr. Tim Brown, 2010 All-CCC West, fourth in 1000-meters during indoor season, Jr. Miles Groom, Sr. Matt Walker, Sr. Paul Oliva, coming off an injury from indoor track, was a leader in scoring for juniors last year, Sr. Eric Dizenzo, Sr. Jeff Linpiski, top scorer for junior class last year, Sr. Jon Bean, Sr. Steve Maffiolini, top mid-distance/sprint athlete. NEWCOMERS: So. Travis Daily, So. Nick Garcia. KEY GAMES: 4/29 @ Hall, 5/3 @ Simsbury, 5/17 vs. New Britain. OUTLOOK: The strength will be in the runs, especially with distance, and jumps. A good crop of performers graduated, but an equally talented one looks to prove itself this season.


get somebody in place quickly and efficiently.” Swallow is now in the position he was in last year, when Bill Mella resigned as head football coach in April to take an assistant’s position at Wesleyan. Hernandez was hired in May, but didn’t take up the reins until June because he was tied up with a previous commitment as a player-coach in a pro league in Austria. As a result, the Blue Knights bypassed spring football in exchange for starting preseason earlier in August. That option, offered by the CIAC, provides Swallow a trump card if the search for Hernandez’s successor extends deep into spring. Hernandez’s hiring a year ago created a buzz. There was the name recognition. The Bristol native had starred locally in high school before moving on to a high-profile playing career at UConn. There was also his age (25) and lack of previous head coaching experience at the high school level. Hernandez responded with an 8-2 season. The upper divisions of the Central Connecticut Conference weren’t as strong as they traditionally have been, but the Blue Knights’ record was remarkable given the amount of injuries they faced. His rookie year was also

of the field events,” Shea said. “Hopefully we will find some athletes on our team who are ready to step up.” It is against veteran teams like Simsbury that Shea would like to see the team perform its best. “Simsbury is a well-rounded team (and) program,” said Shea. “They had a strong team from last year and did not graduate too many.” So where does the potential lie for this season’s Blue Knight squad? “We will be a contender in the conference,” Shea said, “hopefully going for a repeat in another conference championship.”


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Boys tennis trying to repeat 2010 success

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Coming off a very good regular season where the team lost only three matches, on the tennis courts in 2011, the boys will once again try to duplicate that success with a strong returning core of players. Only three players graduated last year, two were in the top four in the lineup. That was No. 1 player Ryan Klem and No. 3 player Mike Rabiej. Still, those holes will be filled. At the No. 1 spot, senior co-captain James DiNello will step in after getting experience as the top singles player in his sophomore year as well as bits and pieces last year. He’s a three-time AllConference performer and if he earns that honor again, it’d be something head coach

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Senior James DiNello will be atop the singles lineup again this season for the Blue Knights. Tony Mauro says is a school record. Last year, DiNello was 12-6 playing in the top two spots. Sliding up to the vacated No. 2 hole will be another senior co-captain, Keith Lebel, who found success last year at the No. 4 singles spot, going 16-2. Mauro calls Lebel “a solid competitor.” At No. 3, Mauro projects one of his top doubles players from last year, Stephen Murphy, a senior co-captain, to step into that spot. Murphy played two singles matches last year and won

both. He was 12-4 in doubles. “Clutch player, steady performer,” Mauro says of Murphy. Finally, likely at the No. 4 spot is junior Joey Enright who was 8-7 in doubles matches last year and has a “maturing game,” and “nice technique,” according to his head coach. Mauro did say that juniors Matt Downes and Jon Sadusky could sneak into the top four at some point this year. Downes was 11-6 last

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April showers signal end of ski season By Dave Mongillo Special to The Citizen

Spring is here, but the ski season goes on. If you want to make some last tracks close to home, Ski Sundown and Woodbury Ski Area plan to be open this weekend. In Vermont and New Hampshire the season will last another three or four weeks.

Spring can often be the best part of the season on New England Mountains. Long, warm days under bright sunshine on soft corn snow are part of the package. Add a little wine and cheese at trail side and the joy can last a lifetime.

Thinking about the end of the ski season has to bring us back to the beginning.

In early December we were eager for the cold and snow to arrive. When it finally did, it came in droves. There were many mornings when

Snow Views early arrivals found 12 or more inches of Utah-like, untracked powder on New England ski trails. It was a record breaking season in the East, with more than 120 inches of snow at some resorts. If you’re ready to linger on the snow before getting into summer, but aren’t ready to ski all day, try something different at Okemo Mountain, Vt. After a few runs on the “Chief ” or “Wardance” trails, head over to the Jackson Gore base for a shot at the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster. The latest of four season attractions at ski resorts has been thrilling riders since it opened in December, and the reviews have been positive. The sled-like cars speed through the forest along the contours of the mountain on steel rails as fast as you, the driver, are willing to go. If you’re into roller-coasters

this could be the ride for you. While the competition season is over here at home, local racers are still crashing gates in New Hampshire and Vermont. Racers that trained at Mount Southington and raced on high school teams there had some good runs up north last weekend. On Saturday, Patrick Tingle came in sixth in a LaFoley Series slalom at Cannon Mountain, N.H. Southington High racer Austin Florian finished 25 among 102 skiers in the race. On Sunday, Florian finished 14 out of 78 racers in another LaFoley Series slalom at Wildcat Mountain, N.H. A few miles away, at Waterville Valley, N.H., Ian Hanbury, who raced on the Mount Southington team and for Berlin High School, came in 45 in the Eastern Cup slalom. Tingle finished 48 out of 120 skiers in the race.

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Open competition on course for golfers By Michael Guerrera The Southington Citizen

When it comes to golf in the CCC West, it’s easy to fall behind. The conference boasts some of Connecticut’s best teams in Farmington, Simsbury and Northwest Catholic. To be competitive in the conference is to remain relative in the state and this season, both may be difficult for an inexperienced group. The Blue Knights boys golf team lost three of its members from last year’s varsity quartet. Remaining is senior Kevin Twerago. “[He] is the only retuning player who was a regular in the top five last season,� said head coach Jim DiNello. DiNello said he characterizes this season as a “rebuilding� year, although the team does have some older players in junior Jared DeGumbia,

BOYS GOLF HEAD COACH: Jim DiNello (19-11-1) – third season RECORD LAST YEAR: 8-7-1 (11th in Division I) KEY LOSSES: Dan Baker, 2010 All-CCC West, Jeff Divinere, Kyle Nitz. KEY RETURNEES: Sr. Kevin Twerago, 4.86 differential, Jr. Jared DeGumbia, 7.5 differential. NEWCOMERS: Sr. Jim Stylinski, 8 differential, Sr. Aaron Skarzynski, 9.5 differential. KEY GAMES: 4/19 @ Newington, 5/3 vs. Hall, 5/11 vs. Conard, 5/12 vs. Newington, 5/17 vs. Northwest Catholic, 5/24 @ Hall. OUTLOOK: After losing three of the mainstays from last year’s top four, it’s going to be a year of discovery on the links as younger golfers gain experience with the individual attention going mostly towards Twerago. who saw sporadic time in the top five last year, as well as seniors Jim Stylinski and Aaron Skarzynski. “These three should get their chance to prove what they can do on the varsity level,� DiNello said. “Jared did compete in last year’s state tournament in the five spot.� While the numbers and coinciding ability is there, the time under pressure has yet

to be felt. “Lack of varsity experience,� says DiNello of the team’s weakness. “The competition for varsity spots will be quite interesting as we do have some young avid golfers in the mix.� Of course, it could be just a matter of time when lack of experience turns into quality scores week in and week out, the main question is how quick does the time

spent on the junior varsity team translate to this team? “Our strength should be the easy going personality of this year’s group,� DiNello said. “We’ll have a nice mix of upper- and lower-classmen. “There should be healthy competition. If the guys keep a strong work ethic in balance with their relaxed personalities, we may surprise some people. I don’t see this group getting too high or too low. That’s a good thing.� April 14 marks the official start date for the guys, as

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Lacrosse Continued from page 33

The senior also had 20 assists last season and was second team All-State. The best player is Maryland-bound senior midfielder Zack Wholley, who will be the grease that makes the wheel spin. He’s a well-rounded offensive player, registering 39 goals and 27 assists in 2010, as well as being solid defensively. A three-year starter, Wholley transferred back to Southington after spending his freshman year at

Kingswood Oxford. Jordan Chapman will partner with Wholley in the midfield. Coming off a stellar football and basketball season, the senior Chapman continues to learn the game of lacrosse. He had a balanced 12 goals and 11 assists last season and will attend Fordham University to play football. According to Chase, those three combined give Southington its greatest strength, an absolutely lethal attack. Prior to the CCC West slate getting started, the Knights

take on tough out-of-conference opponents in Class L defending champ Cheshire, Xavier, Fairfield Ludlowe and Old Lyme. Then things really get rough with the brutal CCC West schedule starting May 3. “Simsbury, Glastonbury, Conard, Northwest Catholic – they are always the top teams in their Class,” Chase said, accentuating the difficulty of playing them all within conference. Next Wednesday starts the year on the road against South Windsor.

BOYS LACROSSE HEAD COACH: Ron Chase (27-19) – third season RECORD LAST YEAR: 9-7 (Class L first round) KEY LOSSES: D Jason Julia, D Tim Sowa, D KJ Gemmel, A/M Casey Sage (37 points), G Dylan Platt (115 saves), M Austin Florian (24 points). KEY RETURNEES: Sr. A Matt Prezioso, 2010 All-CCC West, second team All-State (61 points), Sr. M Zack Wholley, 2010 All-CCC West, first team All-State (66 points), Sr. M Jordan Chapman, 2010 All-CCC West (23 points), Sr. D Tyler Letendre, Sr. D Pat Reid. NEWCOMERS: Fr. A Kevin Cop. KEY GAMES: 4/14 vs. Cheshire, 4/21 vs. Avon, 5/5 vs. Northwest Catholic, 5/11 @ Simsbury, 5/17 @ Glastonbury. OUTLOOK: Southington’s big three guns all have plans of playing sports in college, two in lacrosse, as the Knights have the experience up front to contend, now it’s just getting the defense up to snuff.

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Tennis Continued from page 38 season, Sadusky, 12-5, both in doubles. A final piece to help steady the doubles lineup will be senior Nate Beaumont, a good “twoway player,” and “solid performer,” Mauro said. Outside of Downes, Sadusky and Beaumont, Mauro does say

doubles depth could be an issue. The strength will be the singles experience and the team’s drive to compete. Looking at the schedule, it could be another successful regular season as Mauro called his team a contender, estimating a possible mark of 14-4 with five “swing” matches, which could go either way. He knows they will struggle with the “tennis towns,” as he refers to them,

such as Simsbury, Conard, Hall, Farmington, Wethersfield and Manchester – all towns that have indoor clubs feeding their high school teams. But, last season, the Blue Knights beat all of the above except Manchester, Hall and Simsbury. Things start out at home next Wednesday against Tolland. The team will see its first big test at Manchester, April 15.

BOYS TENNIS HEAD COACH: Tony Mauro (48-21) – fifth season RECORD LAST YEAR: 15-3 KEY LOSSES: Ryan Klem, 2010 No. 1 singles player (10-7) and All-CCC West, Mike Rabiej, 2010 No. 3 singles player (17-1) and All-CCC West. KEY RETURNEES: Sr. (c) James DiNello, three-time all-CCC, No. 1 singles, Sr. (c) Keith Lebel, No. 2 singles, Sr. (c) Stephen Murphy, No. 3 singles, Jr. Joey Enright, No. 4 singles, Jr. Jon Sadusky, No. 1 doubles, Sr. Nate Beaumont, Jr. Matt Downes. NEWCOMERS: Jr. Gary Beaumont, Jr. Kevin Wormer. KEY GAMES: 4/15 @ Manchester, 5/2 @ Simsbury, 5/6 vs. Wethersfield, 5/9 vs. Conard, 5/13 @ Farmington. OUTLOOK: Head coach Tony Mauro calls his team one with “great competitors” and singles experience. After an exciting 15-3 season last year, the group will try to get similar results with another strong singles lineup. The key will be finding depth in the doubles matches.

Meet the Knights pasta supper The Southington High Baseball program would like to invite the community to their annual Pasta Supper to “Meet the Knights.” This will be an opportunity for you to interact with the 2011 baseball players and coaches in an informal setting. There will also be vendors selling Blue Knights and other baseball products. This year there will be a clinic for Little League and middle school players between the ages of 8 and 14 prior to the dinner. The clinic will take place on the high school field from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Afterward, the kids are encouraged to attend the supper

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DODGE RAM 1500 2006 Sport Pickup 4x4 Quad Cab, 8 Cyl., Automatic 43,435 mi. #10301B $20,990

(203) 235-1667

HYUNDAI Sonata 2007 LTD, Leather, Sunroof. $12,993 Stock# C7022

(203) 237-5561

CHRYSLER SEBRING LX 2009 Convertible, 4 cyl., Automatic 28,939 mi. #9411P $15,988

(203) 235-1667

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FORD TAURUS SEL 2001 $3,688 30 Day 1,500 MILE WARRANTY BUY HERE - PAY HERE! Down payments as low as $588 Plus tax & reg. (203) 269-1106

Marketplace works beyond a shadow of a doubt.

FORD MARK III F150 1996 PICK-UP 8-cyl. AUTOMATIC 4X4 Green GRAY LEATHER Power windows. AM/FM/cassette. ABS brakes. New brakes. Very clean. 134,000 Runs great! MANY EXTRAS. $5,000 860302-1458


V6, Leather, Sunroof. $15,993 Stock# C7013 (203) 237-5561

CADILLAC STS 2005 4 Door Sedan. V6. Automatic. Only 29,000 Miles! Stock#5450A $17,995

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2.0T 2006, silver, exc condition, auto/tip-tronic, black leather inter., alloy rims, brand new tires, power windows, locks, seat, exc. traction control, Auto hold option, mp3 player, front/ rear airbags front/ rear side impact air bags, factory transferable warranty good till 2012 or 72,000 miles, car has 60k. mostly, if not all, highway miles. $11,900. Call Doug (860) 209-0468 before 8 p.m.

CHRYSLER PT CRUISER 2005 Convertible, 4 cyl, Automatic 37,176 mi. #9459P $12,588

(203) 235-1667

MERCEDES-BENZ C Class 2000 Turbo Auto. Leather. Pwr. windows/seats. CD. ABS. New tires. 147k miles. Very good condition. $4200. Call 203 6879296.

NEED CASH? I will pay you for your junk-cars, motorcycles, plows, trucks, farm equip. Free pickup/towing. 203-631-0800 or 203-630-2510.

DODGE RAM 2500 2006

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NISSAN SENTRA SE-R 2002 Power windows, locks, sunroof, mirrors, fog lamps, rear spoiler, 4DR, 16” aluminum alloy wheels, CD, cruise, 145K miles, automatic, silver, 170HP. $4,000/OBO. Call 203-430-4174


Laramie 4x4 Quad Cab, 8 Cyl., Automatic 64,887 mi. #11218A $21,998

4x4 Sport. 6 cylinder, Automatic 41,078 mi. #9514P $17,988

(203) 235-1667

(203) 235-1667


Friday, April 1, 2011 — The Southington Citizen

ATTIC & BASEMENTS CLEANED GARY Wodatch Debris removal of any kind. Homeowner’s, contractor’s, small dumpsters avail. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430 GARY Wodatch Demolition Services. Sheds, pools, decks, garages, concrete walks, patios, Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #566326. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430

CARPENTRY AGC HOME RESTORATION Complete restoration & repair Drywall, tile, painting. New decks & repairs. Finish carpentry. Ins. #577901. 203-687-0097 WATER PROBLEMS - Roof to cellar. Additions, Decks, Garages, Finish bsmt, Window & door re-placement. Repairs of all types. Complete Home Improvement. Free est. 203238-1449 # 578107

CONCRETE & CEMENT FOUNDATIONS For additions and garages. Excavating and drainage. Call Stepping Stones 203-631-3181 CT #604493

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



FENCING BICO FENCE - All types of quality fencing & repairs available. Professional installations. 20 years exp. Lic’d & ins’d. 203715-0567. CT Reg# 616240


ALL Around, Underneath, In-Between. KATHY’S KLEANING Over 20 years exp. Reliable, references. 860-681-4760

GUTTERS HIGHLANDCONTRACTOR.COM Seamless Gutters/Downspouts Gutter cleaning/repairs No Job Too Small. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084

Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887

HANDYPERSONS HOME DOCTOR All repairs A-Z Addt’s, kit., baths remod, water dam, seamless gut. Since ‘49. Credit & debit cards accepted. #573358 203-639-8389/715-8850

A-1 HANDYMANPLUS CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call - WE DO IT ALL! Free estimates. 203-631-1325


YOUR HOME or office will be sparkling clean. Free estimate. Good references. Insured. 10 yrs of exp. Call (203) 815-6630 HOUSECLEANING Home, office, res/com. Insured Done by an exp’d lady. Good refs. Call Ilda 203-234-7958/ 203-848-4781 POLISH/ENGLISH speaking woman to clean house w/care. 2nd cleaning 50% off. Ins & bonded. Refs. 860-538-4885 CLEANING SERVICE We’ll clean your house or office with a sparkle. Second cleaning 50% off for new clients. Polish /English speaking. Bonded, ins. Free est. Anna (860) 505-7720

JUNK REMOVAL THE JUNK MAN Junk Removal of all kinds. Give us a call - we take it all. Call Any Time! 203-278-4739

Pete In The Pickup Junk Removal & Odd Jobs 203-886-5110

RC HARDWOOD FLOORS, LLC Install, finish & refinishing. All repairs. Big & Small jobs. Free estimates. HIC. #0612038. Call (203) 723-2175



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

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ADD A CLOSET or remodel a kitchen... whatever your home improvement needs are call JP Wolfe Contracting. (203) 2695175 Est. 1983. CT Reg # 0629780 AGC HOME RESTORATION Complete restoration & repair Drywall, tile, painting. New decks & repairs. Finish carpentry. Ins. #577901. 203-687-0097 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 ROCKY CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY CO. All types of masonry, stone wall, sidewalks, area basements, chimneys, block & brick. Free estimate. (203) 768-3548 CT. Reg. #061808

$25 LAWNS For most neighborhood lawns. Spring cleanups. Sr. discount. Call Ed (860) 302-8847 SPRING CLEAN UPS Starting now! NORM THE GARDENER (203) 265-1460 STUMP GRINDING Multiple stump discounts. Fully insured. Call Mark at Eagle Stump Grinding 203-704-0821

JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We clean Estates, Homes, Attics, Bsmts, Gar, Yard. Appliances ***FREE ESTIMATES*** 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218



DE CA LANDSCAPING ● Patios & Decks ● Walkways ● Mulch & Lawn Repairs ● Spring Cleanups We provide reliable service. (203) 630-1294 (203) 886-6566 Ins., Free Estimates. CT #624716

LAWN & GARDEN RETAINING Walls, Paver Walkways and Patios. Licensed and insured. Free estimates. CT#615434 For all your landscape needs call 203-927-2681

IF YOU MENTION THIS AD Spring Clean-Ups. Clean Estates, Home, Attic, Bsmnt, Garage, Appliances, Furniture. Free est. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218

W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 yrs exp in all types of masonry. CT Reg # 0626708 Call 203-235-4139 JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 26 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498


ALLEGRO Professional Services, LLC. Res & small Commercial mowing, winter/spring cleanups. Affordable, reliable, insured. 203-687-1347

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

HOUSE Wash/Pressure Washing Deck Restoration & Refinishing Lic, Ins. Certified 203-675-8710 or 860-267-4843 CT #0616406


FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrms, additions. 203-237-0350. CT Reg. #516790 SAMMY ROOFING All type roofing, shingle, torch, rubber. Quality work. Free est. 203-757-8029 or 203-206-4481 FREE Gutter cleaning with free roofing estimate. Complete home renovations, all types of roofing & repairs, incl. flat. Ct Reg #572776. Call 4 det. Quality Improvements 203-200-9861


JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Spring clean-ups & all your landscaping needs. Top Quality Work Fully Licensed & insured. 203-213-6528 CT Reg #616311

LANDSCAPING AND MORE SPRING CLEANUPS Dump Runs, Mowing, Rototilling and More. Great rates!! 860-982-5334 or 203-314-8511



ROCKY CONSTRUCTION & MASONRY CO. All types of masonry, stone wall, sidewalks, area basements, chimneys, block & brick, demolition. Free estimate. (203) 7683548 CT. Reg. #061808

A & A Lawn Care-Call now for spring C/U. Hedge trimming, tree, shrub, debris removal, dumpster rental. #584101 Free est. Jim 203-237-6638



TJ Property Mangement & Lawn Care Spring Clean Ups. Weekly mowings, hedge trimming. All your property & lawncare needs. Free est, fully ins. 203-725-6843 BILL RUDOLPH LANDSCAPING Paver walkways, retaining walls, drainage, shrub replacement, lawn repairs. Landscape design. Sidewalk renovation. Free Est. Lic #563661 203-237-9577


A & A Lawn Care- Free Estimiates. Spring cleanups, mulch. Tree, shrub, debris removal. Dumpster rentals. #584101 Jim 203-237-6638

JM LAWNCARE Spring Cleanups, Lawn Mowing, Trimming. Comm & Res. Call for free est 860-796-8168

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


FOUNDATION waterproofing, crack injection, floor and yard drains. Excavating and drainage. Call Stepping Stones 203-631-3181 CT Reg #604493

COMMERCIAL and Residential Spring Clean Up, Aerating & , Mowing. Much more. Lic & insured. CT#615434. (203) 927-2681

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


203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521

SANDBLASTING We come to you. Snowplows, trailers, truck bodies, etc. Reasonable prices. Bill Coleman. 203-715-0567. CT Reg# 616240 Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060


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

203-639-0032 Fully licensed/insured. CT Reg.# 577319 CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT Siding Roofing Windows Remodeling Decks Gutters Addtions Credit Cards Accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455

FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.

203-237-0350 25+ yrs exp. Int/Ext painting, ceiling repairs. Small jobs welcome. Fully insured. Call Paul today for a prompt free est 203-238-4320. Reg#582770

CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT Siding Roofing Windows Remodeling Decks Gutters Addtions Credit Cards Accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #577455

Dry farm screened topsoil and colored mulch.

203-269-0135 TREE SERVICES


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



HALLMARK PAINTING & Wallpapering & Pressure Washing. Since 1985. Now booking for Spring & Summer Iinterior & exterior painting & pressure washing. Free estimates. Fully insured. CT REG #0560720. 203-269-3369 DANIEL PAINTING Exterior/Interior *interior work @$35/hr plus material Established 1986 CT Lic #561725 203-927- 6191

CT Reg. #516790

Roofing, Siding & Gutters Residential/Commerical. CT Reg #621315 (203) 675-8084 ROOFS R US Resid/comm. Repairs also. Windows, Siding, Seamless gutters, we beat any quote. Family owned since ‘49. Member BBB. 203-715-8850 #573358 Credit/ Debit cards accepted.

Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★

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

The Powerwashing Kings


Others Wash - We Clean! 203-631-3777 860-839-1000

Fully license/insured. CT Reg# 577319

YARDLEY TREE Fair, reasonable. Free estimates. Reg. Insured. Firewood Available 203-440-0402 or 860-595-4159 LICENSED ARBORIST with 75ft bucket Safe pruning & removal Winter C/U Specials Reg#562159 #S3365 Precise 203-272-4216

LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 30 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Service. Free Estimates. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

WINDOW REPLACEMENT REPLACE YOUR OLD WINDOWS Save Money on Heating! Do the entire house or work within your budget by scheduling one room or one window at a time. Call JP Wolfe Contracting (203) 269-5175 for free estimate. CT Reg #0629780


The Southington Citizen — Friday, April 1, 2011


CASH And/Or Tax deduction for your vehicle. Call

The Jewish Childrens Fund

PETS & LIVESTOCK ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! Dog Obedience classes starting March 28 at Cheshire Park & Rec. Bruce Gianetti & Phil Huntington, Instructors. Call 203-272-2743 9am-4pm. After 6pm call 203-235-4852.


Free Towing!

HARLEY DAVIDSON XLH883 2005 2400 miles Saddlebags, Fairing, Roll Bars. $5200 Firm. (860) 637-8066

HONDA CRF450R 2006 Motocross. Renthal handlebars, new chain and sprockets. Good tires. Runs excellent. Never raced. Well-maintained, some extras. Mint, must sell. $3,000 o.b.o. 860-261-5444

BOUNCING PONY FARM A fun learning experience Lessons....Summer Program 203.927.6189 Wolcott BOXER PUPPIES 2 females. 1st shots and deworming. Ready to go. Must see! Call 860-538-9108 BULLDOGS, Boxers, Chihuahuas, Yorkie, Frenchie, Bichon Frise, Labradoodle, Poms, Bost Terr. $350+.

860-930-4001 CAT Male, White w/green eyes. Fixed. Scratching post, litter box & food. Free. 203- 935-1829 DACHSHUND PUPPIES - 5 Westminster Kennel Club. Housebroken & paper trained. $575 each. I’ve been breeding for 37 years. (203) 376-0407 FEMALE Guinea Pig & Bunny. Must stay together. 3yrs old. $75/both w/supplies to a loving home. Call 203-793-7044 FREE to good home White pitbull puppy w/1 black eye, female, 8 months old. Needs a home ASAP. Landlord won’t let me keep her. Email HORSE LOVERS - Volunteers needed to brush horses and help out in the barn on Saturdays. Horses for lease also. Call (203) 265-3596

HONDA VT600CD 1999 Excellent condition. Looks, rides, sounds excellent. $3000 or best offer. *65 mpg*. Call Ray (203) 631-0855


LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPS AKC & OFA Registered. Vet certified. Health guaranteed. Parents used in therapy. $800. Sire hunts. Call (860) 681-5402

April Vacation is Coming! “Spring Break with Rap A Pony Farms” Mon.-Thurs., 4/18-4/22 9am-12pm - $150 Call 203-265-3596

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RIDING LESSONS English & Western. Spring Special -

10 lessons for $350! Rap-A-Pony Farms 203-265-3596

Looking for a friend? Find litters of critters in Marketplace.



VERI KENNELS (Crates), med to large, $10-$30. For Your Paws Only, 477 So Broad St., Meriden. 203-379-0650.


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



LAWN tractor Mint! Craftsmen elec start, auto trans. 42in bagger. Lawn mower Craftsmen self-pro, elec start, bagger. Exc. Edger Blk & Decker 2-1, elec, 860-628-2319


JET DRUM SANDER Model 10-20 Plus $400 (203) 238-2460

Portable Dust Collector RELIANT Model NN-821 $200 (203) 238-2460

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES 3 BEAUTIFUL Cabinets 30” wide 18” deep 75” high. 2 nice desks. 1 coffee table in very good condition. FREE. Call (203) 238-2558


Portable Dust Collector RELIANT Model NN-821 $200 (203) 238-2460 STAIR Glider for six steps, $350. Hospital bed, $75. Wheelchair, $35. Call (203) 265-1284 VICTORY 3 Wheel Scooter Red, with batteries & ramp. $1200. Call (203) 235-3691

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH AB CHAIR Great condition. Almost new. $40/b.o. (203) 500-6714

AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves.


Appliance Repairs

Will Deliver KING SIZE bed with tempurpedic mattress. Excellent condition, $3500. 203-265-3265 after 5pm. LEATHER Recliner, black, 2 yrs old, excellent condition. Paid $900, will sell for $400 or best offer. Call (860) 828-4445 OFFICE FURNITURE for sale. Business moving. Available items include desks, chairs, bookcases, filing cabinets and more. Call Jeff at 203-464-7406 for more information and to schedule an appt to view items. REFRIGERATOR, $300; Electric Stove, $250; Dishwasher, $200. Microwave Oven, $100. Call (203) 269-3204 SPRING CLEAN-OUT Bedframe-full size cherrywood, headboard & footboard. Good cond! $100/OBO. Entertainment Center-light brown wood, holds 36in TV. Good cond! $60/OBO. (2) dressers-black, (1) 5 drawers, (1) 2 drawers. Good cond! $75/OBO Coffee table-beige, rectangular w/glass, on wheels. Good cond! $50/OBO Sofa & loveseat-matching set olive green w/pillows & wood frame. Exc cond! $500/OBO Call 203-935-1049

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE (10) PAINTINGS in wood frames. Painted in Holland. $5-$50. Call 203-269-9009 for more info

JET DRUM SANDER Model 10-20 Plus $400 (203) 238-2460

Military items. 203-238-3308

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


Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting! MERIDEN - 4-5BR, 2 bath, stove & ref. Hdwd flrs, off st. parking. Yard. Recently renovated. Section 8 approved. Liberty St. $1400/mo. Call (203) 506-6398 WALLINGFORD - 3BR House, 1.5 baths, private parking, private yard. Easy access to highways. $1400 per month + sec. dep. Call 203-265-1278 or 203-668-9024 WALLINGFORD- 8+Rms, 3 BR, 3 fbaths, tri-level, 2 car garage. $1875/mo. 203-265-5729



$$$ CA$H $$$ Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Antiques, Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025 Always Buying Everything Old or Collectible. Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 S. Orchard St. Wallingford. 203-284-3786 or 203-379-8731

ALWAYS Buying, Old, used and antique hand tools. Carpentry, machinist and workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that you are no longer using, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home. Please call Cory 860613-1108

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

APARTMENTS FOR RENT CHESHIRE 1BR, large 1st floor apt, eat in kit, liv rm. hardwood flrs, front & rear porch, off st, parking. W/D available. Pet ok. $850/mo. Call 386-490-0112


Studio & 1 Bedroom Apts Affordable apts for qualified applicants 50 yrs of age or older Small pets accepted Please call 860-621-3954 TTY 711

For Active Adults 55 and better

Only $950 Heat, Hot and Cold Water Included Central air! Intercom system! Fully applianced kitchens On-site laundry! with frost free refrigerator, Library with computer range with self cleaning oven, workstation! dishwasher, garbage disposal! Ample on-site parking! Community room with fireplace Picnic area with grill! and full service kitchen! 24-hr. maintenance! Secure three-story building with elevators!

(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 1 BR, 2nd floor. Secure building. Ample parking. Washer/Dryer available. No pets. $725 plus security. (203) 376-1259 MERIDEN 1, 2, 3 & 4BR. Starting at $500. West Side - Recently Renovated. Off st parking. No pets. Sec, refs. Call Lisa at 203-935-6612 or 203-537-6137

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.

2 BR Starting at $750. Heat & HW incl. Ask about 1 month free rent. 203-639-8751 L & E PROPERTY Management offers Meriden - 1, 2 & 3 BR apts Newly Renovated! Avail. Immed. 203-240-4688 MER 1BR, 2nd fl, hdwd flrs, heat, hot water, elec incld. W. Side, refrig, stove incld. $240/wkly+sec. Call 203-6303823 12pm-8pm MER. FURNISHED apts: Incl Heat, Elec, HW. East Side, 2nd flr Studio, $758/mo+ sec. 1BR, 3rd fl, $845/mo+sec. 12pm-8pm 203630-3823 or MERIDEN -1 ROOM Private Bath. Clean. Stove, fridge. Broad Street. No pets. 2 mos security. Credit check req. $450. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN -11 Camp Street 3BR, 3rd flr. $850/mo + security. Fresh paint, new flooring. Utilities not included. Off-street parking. Call 860-209-0646

MERIDEN 2BR, 3rd Floor. Clean, new. W/D in basement. $800/ Mo + utils. 1month security. Section 8 Approved. No pets. (203) 537-1772 call after 4pm.

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

MERIDEN 3BR, 2 full BA, lg rms w/much closet space, W/D in bsmt, off-st-park, $1200/mo + sec & utils. Sec 8 approved. No pets. Avail now. 203-537-1772

203-235-8431 OLD BICYCLES Don’t throw away that old bike. Hobbyman needs your help. Free pickup! Bikes will be recycled. Help save a bike! 203-494-9641

Brand New Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartments in Berlin

Call Now! YALESVILLE On the Green 2BR, 2 bath. All appliances included. W/D. Gas heat. Exercise Facility, Patio & BBQ Area. No pets. Call 203-464-8066

Flanders West Apts WANTED TO BUY

You Found It! S a g e Po n d P l a c e

All Ages and Levels Welcome


BOWFLEX Classic Excellent Condition 1 year old $360.00 Aaron 860-681-7632 FITNESS Equipment For sale, new and used. Treadmills, Ellitical, Bikes, Free Weights, Multistations. 203-288-0407


At SherStudios All styles & levels for fun or career from 25 year exp’d Hartt grad and recording artist Jamie Sherwood. Call (860) 793-0669

Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 5 Rooms, 1st Floor. Appliances. WD hookup. $850 + 2 mos security. 860-682-4435 MERIDEN Clean 2 BR, 1 bath. 82 Woodland St. 2nd Floor, W/D hookup. Nice neighborhood. Available now. $750 /mo + util. 860-262-2464. MERIDEN MOVE IN SPECIAL Studios, 1 BR & 2 BR Free Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off st parking. 203-630-2841 MERIDEN- FULLY FURNISHED 1BR, LR, kit., prvt bath $675/mo. Lease & sec dep req’ d. No pets. Call 1-860404-1871

MERIDEN 1023 Old Colony Rd.

2 BR Starting at $750. Heat & HW incl. Ask about 1 month free rent. 203-639-8751

MERIDEN 3 Level, 5 Rm, 2BR Townhouse. 1 car garage. Laundry hookups, hdwd floors. Large, level yard on a quiet culde-sac. $1075/mo. Vacancy Busters, Ruth 860-402-3960 MERIDEN 3BR 1st fl off street parking. W/D hookup, porch, lrg yard. Newly renovated $1100 per mo plus sec. Call Natalie 203-671-2672

MERIDEN/WALLINGFORD LINE . 5 large rooms, 2nd flr spotless. Must See! Appls. Private porch, off st parking, W/W rugs. Quiet area. No pets. Avail April 1st. 203-686-0818 MOVE IN SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR - $750/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric included. Private balcony. 1 month free rent. Ask for details. Call for info 203-639-4868

SUMMER BROOK APTS Recently Remodeled 1BR - $725, 2 BR - $850-$875, 3BR - $1050 Incl. heat, HW, off st parking Income Guidelines Apply Applications can be obtained at 35CC Darling St. Southington 860-621-1700 EHO Financed by CHFA Creative Management & Realty Co., Inc.


Friday, April 1, 2011 — The Southington Citizen APARTMENTS FOR RENT

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $725 - $875 & up 203-269-5770

MERIDEN Great investment opportunity! “SUNSET MANOR” 4 condos: 1 colonial house plus 3 tri-level townhouses. Beautiful shared back yard/ priv front yards. 3 BRs, 2 baths & 2 car gar each. Wonderful income. Package price $499,000 neg. ALLSTAR R.E. 203-952-1122 OR 203358-0100 x12. Brokers Protected. MERIDEN $315,000 3BR, 2.5 bath Colonial on cul-de-sac in So. Meriden. Very spacious open fl plan is perfect for entertaining. Has walk-out bsmt, great size bdrms, & nice yard. Call Toni 203235-3300

MERIDEN $169,900 2 Fam eastside, 4rms each floor, walk up atttic to expand in the future. Eat-in kits, deck & sliders on 1st fl. Kathy 203-235-3300

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, elec, HW incld. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $125/wk. + sec. Call 12-8pm 203-630-3823 or




ALARM TECHNICIANS or Experienced Apprentice. Call for confidential interview. (203) 757-5800 BANKING Commercial Lending Officer New England Bank, a local Community Bank with 15 branch offices throughout CT, is currently seeking a commercial lending officer for the Southington market area. Candidate will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and administration of current portfolio. Candidate must possess 5+years of commercial lending experience with a credit background. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Fax or send resume and salary requirements to Human Resources, New England Bank, PO Box 1279, Enfield, CT 06083-1279, 860-253-4038. An equal opportunity employer.



Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333 SOUTH MERIDEN - Lg. room, private. $150/wk. Sec & refs. Call (203) 623-4396 leave message.

Now Hiring/Training No Experience Necessary

$ 5 0 0 Sign-On Bonus For applicants holding CDL-B with PS Endorsement

WANTED TO RENT SEEKING 4 or 5 Room House or 1st Fl Apartment. Have section 8. Quiet, clean, with one cat, trained. Call (203) 238-9756

STORES & OFFICES FOR RENT CHESHIRE Office space available. Centrally located next to Town Hall. Call 203-271-3296 MERIDEN 841 West Main St. Store for rent. Approx. 700 sf. Call (860) 250-4043

$224,900 Mint Condo featuring 6rms, 2 bdrms, mbr has full bath. Kit, LR, DR, family rm, 2.1 baths. Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, HW floors, unit is 3 years old. Priced to sell! Motivated! Call Sil Sala 203-265-5618 MERIDEN Spring Village Phase 2. New 1726 SF. Townhouse w/3BR, 2.5BA, huge LR, 2 car gar, trek deck. Starts at $220,000. Galleria RE Call 203-671-2223.

FREE Training Average 20-35 Hrs Per Week Benefits Available Some Paid Holidays

Call 203-269-4171


REDUCED! $79,500 Ground level ranch, 2BR, 2 bath, furnished! 7th fairway is your backyard on Island Green Golf Course. Indoor/outdoor Pool, tennis, large fitness room. Call 203-271-3172

A Marketplace ad is an easy way to sell your merchandise, and it’s easy on your wallet, too.

DRIVER Immediate position available. Must have clean driving record and exp. Box truck. Apply in person. 50 Leonardo Dr., North Haven, CT.

ECONOLODGE HOTEL Milldale, CT ACCEPTING Applications For Front Desk Agent, Housekeepers and Entry Level Maintenance. Apply at 1845 Meriden Waterbury Road in Milldale. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Full Time and Part Time positions available. EOE

ELECTRICIAN Local Contractor looking for F/T qualified E2 journeyman. Seeking experienced persons for long term employment. Commercial, Residential & Industrial work. Full benefit pkg, vac, holidays. EOE. Call 203-2355653 Fax: 203-686-0656 Email: HOMEMAKERS/Companions needed in Meriden & surrounding areas. BiLingual a plus. Call 860-828-3396 HOMEMAKERS/PCAs/ Live-Ins Exp’d people needed to work w/the elderly in your area. Flex hrs. Car pref. Call South Cross Inc. 860-667-7186 CT Reg #129

or in person at: 990 Northrup Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492

The Record-Journal is seeking an early morning Full Time Customer Service Representative to join our Circulation team. Excellent communication skills and ability to multi task are needed. Position includes data entry, posting payments, inbound and outbound sales and service calls. Please apply in person between the hours of 8:30am–4:30pm at:

WLFD $299,900 Spacious 3 family-exceptional Condition! Newer kitchens and baths, updated plumbing, heating and electrical. All separate utilities. Wood flooring and CAIR. Linda 203-265-5618

CARPET CLEANING 10 Immediate Openings $500+ per week. 203-759-1392


Customer Service Representative



Apply online at:

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL RENTALS SOUTH MERIDEN-8600SF retail exposure, nice offices, showers, loading dock, drive in roll up door & more. Only $3,900. Call 860-384-5205


MERIDEN- East side 1st Floor, 2 BR. $800 Plus Security Deposit. No Pets. 203-623-5684 or 203- 237-0035 SOUTHINGTON-1BR, 2nd flr, $675/mo. Efficiency, 1st flr, $500/mo. Off-st-parking 1 car/ apt. Close to walking trail. 1 1/2 mo sec. 860-628-9999 WALLINGFORD - 2BR apt in duplex on West side, 1.5 baths, $950. 3BR, 1.5 baths apt in duplex in Yalesville, $1100. Both with w/d hookup & off st. parking. Call 203-738-9911 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 4Rms, very neat & very clean. Appls, laundry hookups, Off st parking. 1year lease. No pets/smoking. $875. 203-631-5219 WALLINGFORD 2BR, 5 rms in 2 family, 1st flr, off st. parking. No pets. Credit check. $850 + utils. 203-284-1853 WALLINGFORD-4 Rooms with kitchen. 2nd Floor. Busy Main Street in Yalesville. $650 per month plus utils. 1 month security. No pets. 203-269-9594


Record-Journal Circulation Office 11 Crown St. Meriden, CT 06450 DEBAISE Landscaping LLC seeks motivated individual to fill diversified position on a mowing crew for the Wallingford and surrounding areas. Must have transportation. (203) 537-2749

MANUFACTURING Manufacturer seeks the following: ●Experienced Shipper ●Assemblers F/T, P/T 4 day work week. Apply in person to: Lyman Products 475 Smith Street Middletown, CT 06457


HELP WANTED NATIONAL FILTER MEDIA Ind. Sewing Machine Operator Looking for 4-5 experienced people. M-F, 6:30am - 3:00pm. Benefits; 401K. Apply in person 9 Fairfield Blvd., Wallingford OFFICE/SALES Assistant Must have Expert Knowledge of Microsoft Office , General Office Knowledge, and be Creative, and Mufti Tasking. Duties will include Cold Calling, Answering Phones, Writing Proposals etc. Full Time. Previous experience in a small office environment preferred. $12.00 per hour. Please fax resume to (203)265-2792. Wallingford

Production Worker The Specialty Metal Products Division of AMETEK, Inc. a manufacturer of highly engineered strip and wire products has an opening for an experienced individual to work on our 3rd shift. We are looking for a production worker with experience in manufacturing operations. Experience with metal processing, furnaces, and powder handling is highly desirable. Candidates must be flexible, able to learn quickly, willing to work in a team environment, self-motivated and work with minimal supervision. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package. Qualified candidates must apply online at: /careers/index.aspx

Full or part time Experience necessary Must have own tools & valid driver’s license. No Saturdays or Eves. Apply in person

AMETEK, INC. Specialty Metal Products Division 21 Toelles Road Wallingford, CT 06492

G.T. Tire

An Equal Opportunity Employer

155 Colony Street, Meriden


RECOVERY DRIVER The Record-Journal is looking for a part time Circulation Recovery Driver to join our team. Candidates must be available in the early morning hours including weekends. Requirements include reliable transportation to use for deliveries, ability to read and follow a map, ability to lift newspaper bundles weighing up to 25 lbs. If interested please apply in person between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm to: Record-Journal 11 Crown Street Meriden, CT 06450 SHIPPING & RECEIVING busy GM parts dept is looking for an energetic warehouse clerk. Clean driving record a must. Outstanding company benefits, including 401K. Call 203272-0453 Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. TEACHER to co-teach pre-k program at well-established child care center in Southington. Minimum Associates in ECE. PT AIDES Afternoon, M-F. 1pm5pm. Exp or ECE credits pref. Send resume to or call 860-628-5524. The Southington Cheshire Community YMCA Gymnastics Center is seeking an experienced Gymnastics Coach to assist with coaching our 50 plus member team as well as an experienced Gymnastics Instructor to assist in teaching pre-school and school age classes. Knowledge of gymnastics and good spotting skills are a must; USAG certification preferred. Please call Nancy Bauman, Gymnastics Director, at (203)-272-7688 for more info or send a resume to Southington YMCA Gymnastics Center 26 Putnam Pl, Plantsville, CT 06479 nbauman@

MEDICAL CAREERS CNA Full Time - Part Time 3-11 & 11-7 Includes every other weekend. A Plaintree Affiliate. Must be reliable and committed to quality care. Please forward your resume or apply in person only. No phone calls. Fax: 860-378-1024 Mulberry Gardens Of Southington 58 Mulberry Street Plantsville, CT 06479 Attention: Laura Boggio

HELP WANTED SOUS CHEF/Broiler Cook & Dishwashers-Apply within The Wallingford Country Club, 195 Long Hill Rd., Wlfd. No phone calls please. TEACHERS Needed at NAEYC ACCRED Child Care Center in Wlfd. Exp. in ECE a must. CDA, AS pref. Send resume to or call 203-677-7027 TRAINEE - Landscaping - Entry Level position. We will train. Laborer to assist our experienced staff. Interesting, strenuous, outdoor work. 6 day week. Mid-April start date. Please apply by mail or email. No phone calls. Reply: Hickory Ridge Nursery, 700 Cook Hill Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410 or jeffandlinda& WAREHOUSE/DELIVERY HELP FTY Automotive distributor. Apply Northeast Imported Parts, 20 North Plains Industrial Rd., Suite 10, Wallingford. Accepting applications Mon-Wed 8am-12pm only.


The Southington Citizen — Friday, April 1, 2011

115 W. Main St., Plantsville • 860.426.9411

Where The Best Bands in CT, MA & NJ Play!

Live Band Lineup Weekly Specials The Best Bar in Town

Monday.........$2.50 Domestics ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT

April Band Calendar April 1 Diamond Back w/Legendary Guitar Player Jimmy Bell

Tuesday........$3 Well Drinks ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT

April 8

Village Maid

April 9


April 15

The Smokin Hot - Jimmi James Band

April 22

Wing It

April 29

Marshall Law

April 30

Steady Rollin & The Moody Boyz Coming May 13th The Legendary Eight to the Bar

Come Enjoy Our

Wednesday...Complimentary Happy Hour Buffet from 4-6 Thursday ...... Ladies Night Margarita Night - $5 Margaritas ALL NIGHT, $2.50 Well Drinks for All Ladies Friday ........... $2.50 Coors Lite and $5 Select Martinis CT’s Finest Live Bands Saturday.......$2.50 Coors Lite Pints Sunday ......... $10 Domestic Beer Buckets During NASCAR


Homestyle Cooking With Great Daily Specials


The Berlin Citizen — Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Lyon & Billard Lumber Co.




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April 2nd 2nd & & 3rd 3rd.... April ALL INDOORS UNDER ONE ROOF! ALL ALL INDOORS UNDER ONE ROOF! ALL INDOORS INDOORS UNDER UNDER ONE ONE ROOF! ROOF! 275 Research Parkway Meriden 275 275 Research Parkway Meriden 275Research ResearchParkway Parkway••••Meriden Meriden

Saturday 9 am-5 pm Sunday 9 am-3 pm

OVER 50 BOOTHS Staffed by Manufacturer’s Representatives Bring in your plans, prints & questions!

FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING Ample Parking. Can Accommodate Trailers and Buses!

From Hartford - Take Interstate 91 South to Exit 17. Take a Left at the end onto East Main Street. Take a right at the fourth light onto Research Parkway. The hotel is approximately 0.25 miles ahead on the right. From New Haven - Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 16. Take a right at the end onto East Main Street. Take a right at the fourth light onto Research Parkway. The hotel is approximately 0.25 miles ahead on the right. From Waterbury - Take Interstate 84 East to Exit 27, then take Interstate 691 East. Take Exit 10 and stay in the right-hand lane until you reach the first Exit 67 West, East Main Street. Turn right onto Research Parkway at the Fourth light and the hotel will be 0.25 miles down on the right. From Middletown - Take Rt. 66 to Exit 13 (East Main St.) Follow straight through to second light. Take left onto Research Parkway. Follow to stop sign, go straight. The hotel will be on the right hand side.





3rd Annual


Mon. - Thurs. 8 AM - 8 PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8 AM - 9 PM

$25 Donation Entertainment Provided by

WINE & BEER TASTING SATURDAY, MAY 14 • 7 PM - BERLIN FAIRGROUNDS Get Tickets from any Lions member, or at Berlin Spirits or Roger’s Marketplace: 860-828-4157

Hors d’oeuvres included

Don’t Miss It Best Wine Show in Area!

118 MILL ST., BERLIN, CT • 860-356-4877

FREE DELIVERY Call for details


Southington Citizen published 4-1-2011

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