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Local family plays Santa for a day at The Summit By Julie Sopchak

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For Donna McEvoy, getting in the Christmas spirit in 2012 seemed just about impossible after the Sandy Hook tragedy, but she didn’t want the season to be ruined for her daughter, Ava, just 3 years old at the time. McEvoy decided then to teach Ava, who was a bit young to understand what had happened in Newtown, that Christmas isn’t just about receiving presents, but giving as well. So, hoping to revive her Christmas spirit and teach her daughter about the spirit of the holiday, McEvoy reached out to The Summit at Plantsville and arranged to come in and pass out gifts to the families. The McEvoys continued their tradition with Ava, on Dec. 22, 2013. “It worked so well last year that, aside from the tragedy, I just saw what it really did to us as a family,” McEvoy said. Ava being her only daughter, McEvoy said Sandy Hook hit her hard, especially since she had just signed Ava up for pre-school. Being a stayat-home mom, she said it was hard enough letting her daughter go off to school.

“It was so hard for me because she’s my only one,” McEvoy said. “I get tears about it.” A nursing and rehabilitation facility, The Summit receives many visitors during the holiday season, but residents were nonetheless excited to see Ava. “They’re just the nicest family,” Barbara Blau, director of recreation at The Summit, said. “You can tell they absolutely love kids,” McEvoy said. “When they see her, the smiles on their faces are worth just coming in there when I see how happy they are to see her.” Ava was quite young to really know what was happening in 2012, but McEvoy said, in just a year, she noticed how much her daughter has really learned about the value of giving. “She understood so much more and she wanted to go and she didn’t want to leave,” McEvoy said. “I couldn’t believe the difference in a year.” The McEvoys assembled about 45 gift bags filled with a wide assortment of things such as Christmas decorations and ornaments, socks, neck ties, calendars, etc. See Summit / Page 22

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Erardi may be leaving By Jeff Gebeau

top choice to fill the vacant post. He said Newtown officials will be in Southington on Friday for a site visit. Calling the revelation “bittersweet inSchool Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. is the “candidate of choice” to become the formation” in the email, Erardi said the new superintendent of the Newtown school Newtown job was the only one that district, according to an email sent to school could take him away from his position in Southington, because of the shootings on faculty. Newtown schools have been led by in- Dec. 14, 2012, at Newtown’s Sandy Hook terim Superintendent John Reed since May Elementary School, where 20 children and 6, while the town has searched for a per- six teachers were killed by gunman Adam manent replacement to Janet Robinson, the Lanza. “There is not another job in the country former superintendent. In the email sent to Southington school that I would be interested in other than in staff by Erardi, he said he was notified by Newtown schools on Saturday that he is their See Erardi / Page 2 Special to The Citizen

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Winter break brings college students back home By Jordan Otero Special to The Citizen

Twice a year, most of Southington’s college-aged residents return home to enjoy rest and relaxation from classes, exams and other activities. However, sometimes the transition from dormitory to childhood bedroom can take some getting used to. For Meghan Bowes, a sophomore musical theater major at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, moving back and forth between Southington and the Big Apple requires an adjustment period.

“It’s a totally different lifestyle in both places,” she said. For example, in New York City, Bowes is responsible for her own groceries, laundry and takes advantage of the city’s public transportation system. In town, Bowes said one of her biggest adjustments is driving a car again. “I think there’s a lot more that I feel like I can do for myself (at home) that I wouldn’t have taken the initiative of doing when I was in high school,” she said. “The things I do for myself at school, like cooking, cleaning and laundry, I take responsibility for while at home.”

Stephanie O’Keefe recently lazy.” She said it is hard to completed her first semes- find a routine without schedter at Western Connecticut uling around regularly asState University. Although signed schoolwork, classes she commutes to Danbury and activities. For many of for class, O’Keefe said it’s her peers, O’Keefe said this been “enjoyable” maintaining is worsened by limited emher newfound independence ployment options. with her home life. “Unless they have had pre“I don’t necessarily have a vious work at an establishSouthington curfew, but I am living in the The ment, it is hard to find work same home as my parents, while they are home,” she who wake up early for work, said. Most high school stuand respect their desired time dents have already commitYour Town, Your News that they wish to have me in ted to jobs, since they are in by,” she said. town more regularly. Still, O’Keefe faces many “This limits the job opporsimilar challenges as her re- tunities for college students turning peers, and said it while they are home for is “very difficult to not get break,” O’Keefe added.

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The police union is fighting the 80-hour suspension of a detective who has been on administrative leave since September. Stephen McEleney, a Hartford attorney representing the police union, called Detective Lewis Palmieri’s discipline “outrageous.” Police Chief Jack Daly declined to comment on

the reason for the suspension. The Board of Police Commissioners voted in favor of the suspension the night of Jan. 2 after lengthy private discussion. One board member opposed it. McEleney said the suspension stems from an arrest made on Sept. 11, 2013. After the arrest, Palmieri sent his son a text message telling him what had happened, since his son was friends with the person who was arrested. “He was upset with his son,”

McEleney said, and wanted to show him what kind of person his friend was. That notifying text message was reported to police officials by another officer. “This is a 26-year veteran of the Southington Police Department with an impeccable record,” McEleney said. “We don’t think a suspension is called for.” Palmieri was appointed by the chief to lead the town’s narcotics task force, according to McEleney.

The first part of the suspension — four 10-hour days of unpaid leave — began Jan. 3. If Palmieri has no further discipline for the next two years, the last 40 hours of his suspension will be removed. The lone opposing vote was cast by police board member James Verderame, who declined to explain his opposition. “I didn’t agree with it,” he said. See Suspension / Page 22


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Newtown,” Erardi wrote. Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski declined to comment Tuesday, stating that all personnel matters should be referred to the superintendent’s office. To w n Councilor Christopher Palmieri, assistant principal at DePaolo Middle School, said he has had the opportunity to work with Erardi in two different capacities and called him “an asset to the town of Southington.” Erardi “always does what is in the best interest of the students and the community as a whole,” he said. Erardi became Southington’s superintendent in 2007. Prior to that, he spent two years as su-


School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. challenged everybody at the “Because of 26” event in Plantsville June 15, 2013: ‘It’s time to start doing one act of kindness a day.’ (File photo) perintendent of Watertown schools and five years as superintendent in Bolton.

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Bowes chose not to seek employment for her six-week long winter break. Instead, she is focused on relaxing and preparing for next semester. She said she looks forward to doing things she “can’t normally do” at school, such as recreational reading, catching up on TV shows and “things The Southington you don’t get the time to do when focused at school.” “At school, there’s a lot of pressure,” Bowes said. Your Town, Your News “There’s so much to get done. By the end of each semester, I’m physically and mentally drained. It’s nice being able to relax, reenergize and regroup.”

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Juvenile Review Board’s role grows as state seeks alternatives to prosecution By Farrah Duffany

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For more than 30 years the town’s Juvenile Review Board has helped to steer local children and teenagers on the right path after their arrest. That role is expanding as the courts continue to seek alternatives to criminal prosecution for minor offenses. Th e Juveni l e Rev i ew Board, a diversion program from juvenile court, is for Southington residents under 18 that did not commit a major offense, said Sue Saucier, local director of youth services and a board member. Parents have to sign off and the offender has to admit guilt and agree to do what the board advises, which often means community service. “They don’t get involved in the court system, we have them do some things for us and as soon as they complete it, there is no record of the arrest,” Saucier said. “It’s ob-

viously an advantage for the kids.” School administrators, guidance counselors, a member of the police department, community leaders, a probation officer and others are on the review board. It meets every two weeks when it has cases. “It’s people in touch with the pulse of the community and with the kids of the community,” said Mark Pooler, the YMCA Outdoor Center director and member of the board since 1996. “I think in life everybody makes mistakes and everybody deserves a second chance. It’s an opportunity for kids and teens who do make a mistake, to have a second chance and to get redirected by a group of caring adults and get a little of what (the) consequences could have been.” “The important point about the Juvenile Review Board is … we know our kids,” Saucier said. “Someone on the board

generally knows the student and can provide local services to them. It’s not just punitive it’s something that can help a kid or help a family.” Saucier said sometimes juveniles are asked to write a letter of apology, participate in community service, write about the situation and their involvement, attend a group activity or counseling. The board sets the time period for the tasks to be completed. Another option is to monitor students. Saucier said the board can check in with the school administration and parents about grades and attendance to make sure the individual is making progress. That could last anywhere from three to six months, Saucier said. “It gives the kid a chance to go and redeem themselves,” said Southington Police Lt. Lowell DePalma, a member of the board for more than 10 years. “For the most part it’s worked out very well.”

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Last year the board was picked to be part of a new program launched on a trial basis with the state’s Juvenile Court Support Services that allows it to receive cases referred from juvenile court if they meet the criteria for the review board. Part of the reason for the new program, Saucier said, is the feeling among court officials that many of the minor cases that end up in the courts could be handled by the town in ways other than a criminal prosecution. Along with Southington, three other cities or towns, New Britain, Rocky Hill and East Hartford, were selected for the program, as well as the area comprised of Andover, Hebron, and Marlborough. With the start of the pilot program Saucier said the board handled 33 cases com-

pared to only eight in the previous year. “We affected more kids’ lives in a positive way and diverted more kids from the court system and that’s part of our mission,” Saucier said. “We’ve really enjoyed being in the pilot.” At the end of the juvenile’s program with the review board, Saucier usually sends a letter back to the police officer involved in the case to let them know about the positive intervention and tasks the individual had to complete. “It gives the kids a chance to make a mistake and not suffer long-term consequences,” said Southington Police Chief Jack Daly. “That’s the whole goal of the juvenile system is to make the kids straighten out versus punishing them. If it helps one kid, that’s a plus.”

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For the sixth year, the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is holding its Teen Safe Driving video contest, with the deadline to submit videos Wednesday, Jan. 15. This year’s theme is distracted driving, and teens are challenged to create a 25-second public service announcement about the dangers of driving while distracted. The contest is open to all high school age students.

Bill Seymour, spokesperson for the DMV, said he helped start the contest after the new teen driving laws went into effect. Those laws put several restrictions on who teens can drive with and what they can do within the first year of having a drivers license and also while they have a learners permit. “So we assembled a team of teen advisors to give us some ideas to do some outreach,” Seymour said. According to distraction. gov, the U.S. government’s of-

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five high schools of the winning entrants. This year, iPads will be given to students who place first. The contest has about 25 judges, including Southington Police Chief Jack Daly, also president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. “It’s a really great event,” Daly said. “You see how the kids format their different goals and their message they’re trying to send.” The best videos will have a message that will influence others to drive more safely, and also demonstrate at least two of the teen driving laws. Within the first six months of having a driver’s license, 16- and 17-year-olds may drive only with a parent or legal guardian, or someone who is at least 20 years old. In the second six months, they are allowed to drive with members of their immediate family.

They may not drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. until age 18 unless it’s for work, school, religious activities, or medical emergency. Lastly, they cannot use any type of electronic device, including hands-free devices, until their 18th birthday. Seymour said students have even collaborated with police officers in their videos, which helps students understand the police are there to protect them, not make their life difficult. “You just don’t get a better learning situation than the teens working in a cooperative way with police,” Seymour said. For more information on how to submit a video, visit contest. (203) 317-2337 @SCitizen_News

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Over the next few months volunteers and officials with the town’s historical society will be working to transform a room in the building being used for archives into another exhibit space. Hundreds of old photos, newspaper clippings, artifacts, and more fill drawers, desks, and tables in what is being used as an archive room at the Southington Historical Society, which Lisa Jansson, president of the historical society, said could be put to better use. “I was looking at the room and looking at what a waste of space it was,” said Jansson who was appointed as president of the historical society this year. “There is so much more we can put on exhibit, it should be opened up.” Plans for the exhibit area

are still up in the air, but may include space for government-related topics, sports and entertainment. “It would be things like L a k e C o m p o u n c e, t h e drive-in, like leisure time, what people of Southington have done for leisure in past,” Jansson said of the entertainment area. Work has already begun to reorganize the room. Most of the archives are being moved into the office, Jansson said, which was cleared out to make room for material coming from the archive space. Computers that were once lined up against the back wall of the room have also been moved into the office on the first floor. Over the next few months Jansson and volunteers are hoping to get as much done as they can with the space, but she said “realistically” the room may not be complete

for another year or so. Display cases have to be ordered and artifacts have to be organized, which takes time, Jansson said. The historical society’s House Committee is in charge of the collection and artifacts in the building. Its mission is to educate the community and have those pieces of history on display for the public, said Paula Guerin, head of the committee. She is also helping Jansson with the transformation. “It’s still in the process of transition,” Guerin said. “We’re closed for January and February so we can have member meetings and work on the rearranging.” The historical society is looking for volunteers to help with the process, Guerin said. “If we have more on exhibit we need less space for storage,” Jansson said.

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Students to attend global DECA conference Six students will attend the DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta in May because the Southington High School DECA chapter was the only one in the state to complete three campaigns in the first three months of school. Recently, the Distributive Education Clubs of America announced the chapter finished promotional, community service, and membership campaigns, achieving “Thrive” status. Thrive campaigns were started by DECA last year as a way for more students to attend international conferences, said Teresa Brooks,

DECA advisor and business teacher at the high school. More local students will be able to attend if they place first, second, or third at the DECA state competition in February. “It’s good for students that work hard throughout the year to have an opportunity at a conference,” Brooks said. DECA students started on the campaigns in September. In the promotional campaign, students spoke to alumni about how DECA helped their careers. They also spread the word about DECA in the school and community. Students recruited local businesses and classmates in the membership campaign. Students ran a food and toy

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Southington PZC tables Wonx Spring rezoning the proposed zone change. “I understand the concerns of the residents and I get it,” Perillo said. “I’m not against the application as it’s submitted, I am in favor of industrial development. We have a tremendous need for it; it’s just a very difficult situation.” Perillo said if the planning commis84 sion does approve the zone changes for Wonx Spring Road that it try to find another area in town to replace the 35 acres of lost industrial space. Southington “This isn’t our typical mode of opagainst the proposed changes until eration,” Giudice said. “It was a long, hard discussion with the applicant more information was available. Economic D e v e l o p m e n t to come this route but there’s a lot Coordinator Louis Perillo III was of factors with this unique piece of asked by commission member property. (We) feel this is in the best Stephen Kalkowski for his input on interest for the area …” West Ma

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A proposal to change the zone in the area of Wonx Spring Road from industrial to residential was tabled at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Tuesday after a request from the applicant to keep the public hearing open until a more developed plan is complete. The change would allow for residential development on the 32.9-acre property on Wonx Spring Road, instead of continuing with the original plans approved in October that called for a nine-lot subdivision in the neighborhood. Residents of Wonx Spring Road attended numerous meetings voic-

ing their concerns about the industrial park proposal submitted by Wonk Spring Partnership LLC. After it was approved by the Conservation Commission and planning board, residents filed a lawsuit in November. “We believe the change would benefit the abutting properties,” said Stephen Giudice, owner of Harry E. Cole & Son, the engineering firm representing the Wonk Spring Partnership. Although the Municipal Center Public Assembly Room was filled with residents of Wonx Spring Road Tuesday night, none spoke. The attorney representing the neighbors, Alfred F. Morrocco Jr., said last week the neighbors wouldn’t speak for or


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because of cost overruns and unexpected hazmat work. Work began on the schools in the summer of 2013. The unexpected spike in costs for the recent work was blamed on miscommunication among project manager Newfield Construction, architectural firm Fletcher Thompson and the building committee. Building committee Vice Chairman and DePaolo Assistant Principal Chris Palmieri said the noise in the gym from the unit was so loud it was hard to conduct a conversation and it needed to be addressed. Kennedy’s gym was renovated with the sound attenuation included and did not need additional work. Building committee member Vern Chanski asked why the companies didn’t realize that the sound reducer wasn’t included in DePaolo’s plan. Project executive Tom

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Stuck in the information technology industry, Southington resident Hal Rowe, and Bill Sze, owner of Jojo’s Specialty Coffee and Tea, found a niche for themselves in the world of coffee and tea shops. The shop itself has been around for some seven years, according to Sze, but Rowe only recently gave the business an online presence, allowing consumers to purchase products anywhere, any time. “I just ran the idea by him,” Rowe said. “Why not take it to the next level?” Jojo’s has seen considerable success, with a first location opened in Hartford, and a second in New Haven. Sze’s coffee was reviewed by Kenneth Davids of Coffee Review, a respected source when it comes to coffee, according to Rowe, and was given a score of 92 out of 100. Jojo’s Specialty Coffee owner Bill Sze, left, with Hal Rowe. (Photo courtesy of Hal Rowe) Though the website sells Jojo’s brand, Sze doesn’t have

anything to do with the site – it’s all Rowe’s endeavor. With Sze busy running two shops -- and his self-admittance to being disorganized -he said it would probably be a bad idea to undertake the responsibilities of managing a website and shipping orders. “It’s a different kind of marketing than at the shop, and I don’t have to worry about that,” Sze said. “I just have to open the door and hope people come in.” The website launched in November. Rowe, who has never run an online business, said he enlisted the help of Omega Communications in Southington to help develop the site design. He has taken an educational angle to the site, as the business itself has when it comes to roasting coffee. Rowe said the roasting areas of the shops are open for customers to learn about the process and ask questions. For the website, Rowe Right sends out a newsletter to


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Funding cap slows growth of vo-tech schools By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas The Connecticut Mirror

The state’s 16 vocational-technical high schools could enroll many more students and open its vacant classrooms if the district had the money. “It’s a reality we don’t have enough seats,” said Nivea L. Torres, the interim superintendent of the 10,800-student district funded almost entirely by the state. More than 6,000 students applied for the 3,000 available seats this past fall, which left hundreds of students across the state on waiting lists.

Torres said several shops remain empty this school year only because she doesn’t have the money. “Unfortunately that’s not something in the means of our operating budget,” she told legislators on the Education, Higher Education, Labor committees. “There is capacity, but it takes more staff and money.” While enrollment at the schools has remained steady over the last few years, the district that is almost entirely funded by the state has struggled to keep its teaching, maintenance and security staffing positions filled. The

district reports it has 41 fulltime jobs unfilled this school year, eight of which are teaching positions. State funding to cover the district’s operating expenses has remained largely level over the last several years. The state’s Technical High School System began coming before legislators annually after a trio of events: news came out that students were learning on outdated equipment; there were reports that safety violations existed on most of the school buses that transport district students; and a district school had to close. This led to the passage

of a new state law requiring an annual “assessment of the adequacy of resources” for the district. That 2010 law also calls for more detailed information on the vo-tech district’s in an effort to enhance legislative oversight. Three years later, however, the district’s budget is back to being a single line item in the state budget, and the State Board of Education no longer receives monthly updates. Re p. Ro b e r t a Wi l l i s , co-chairwoman of the legislature’s Higher Education Committee, acknowledged the unlikelihood of an in-

crease in state funding to open seats to more students. “Obviously that would take quite an amount of resources that you don’t have,” the Salisbury Democrat told Torres. While previous years’ reports were filled with details related to the schools’ fiscal health, this year’s report, by Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, no information on the school district’s budget realities. It says: “Continued funding at the state level will be essential to the success of the trades/technologies in See Vo-tech / Page 29






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eteria workers, custodians, maintenance workers and non-certified staff, The Board of Education said School Superintendent will soon form a commit- Joseph V. Erardi Jr. Contract tee of board members, ad- negotiations will include salministrators and union ary rates and health insurrepresentatives to work on ance contributions. Board of Education chaira new three-year contract with school employees rep- man Brian Goralski was exresented by the American pected to appoint two or Federation of State, County, three board members to the committee at the school and Municipal Employees. AFSCME represents caf- board’s Jan. 9 meeting. The group is led by Sherri DiNello, the district’s director of business and finance. “Part of the negotiating committee is always apporSOUTHINGTON 12 ALL DIGITAL STEREO 1821 Mer-Wtby Rd. Ex. 28 off I-84 860-620-5520 tioning board members to Kid/Military/Student/Senior & Matinee 2D tickets now $5 represent the board at large Special to The Citizen

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Faith First Baptist Church honors Martin Luther King Jr. “Hearing the Voice, We Answer” is the theme for First Baptist Church of Southington’s 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, 2 to 4 p.m., at the church located at 581 Meriden Ave. The program is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted and people are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for Bread for Life. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Bonita Grubbs, director of Christian Community

Action in New Haven, with music by the Central Connecticut State University Singers under the direction of Dr. Drew Collins. Grubbs was named New Haven’s Person of the Year in 2012. Two students, Tyler Peruta, of Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School, and Christina Sack, of John F. Kennedy Middle School, will be honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Service. First Baptist Church of Southington founded the annual event to keep alive the legacy and mission of civil rights leader, humanitarian,

clergyman and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Martin Luther King Jr. “As we complete the preparations for our yearly program, I’m so pleased that we continue to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in Southington and across the nation. His life and teachings have been such a positive force in my life, that’s why I try to share those feelings with others,” said Phyllis Wade, chairwoman of the church’s MLK Committee. Grubbs has been the CCA executive director since 1988 and prior to that she was assistant regional administrator

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The Sikh Congregation, located on West Street, presented a collection of food items to Southington Bread for Life in December. A minivan was packed to the ceiling with the donated items when it made the delivery to Bread for Life. “Once again your donation of food is so greatly appreciated at this time of year. You are making a difference in feeding the hungry right here in Southington. There are those who have less and depend on us to give them

self and notice what is going through your mind. Notice particularly all the reasons that come into your mind why sitting quietly for half an hour is “a waste of time,” “useless” or whatever else you may tell yourself to avoid doing it. All you need to do is to envelop yourself with a feeling of love and goodwill just like a mother would send love to a child who has trouble set-

any support that we can,” said Eldon Hafford, executive director of Bread for Life. “As our mission is to provide food, fellowship and a sense of dignity to those in need, you make it all possible. Without your support we could not do all that we do,” he told the group of Sikhs when they made the recent delivery. Hafford said the Sikhs from the Southington Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar have made numerous donations

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Don’t force resolutions, let it happen Like clockwork, every January when I go to the gym, it seems just a bit more crowded than usual. But that’s not surprising; winter is a popular time to go to the gym. Outdoor activities are limited. Daylight is scarce. No, the main reason gyms gets packed come January is the “resolutioners.” I like the idea that people want to better themselves, and set goals. That’s great. My one qualm – and it’s one that I’ve had for years – is why does everyone wait until Jan. 1 to do it? There’s really nothing special about the New Year. Jan. 1, 2014 was no different than Dec. 31, 2013, except that we had to put up a new calendar and maybe throw away a few empty bottles on Jan. 1. I’ve always been a proponent of “if you want to do it, do it. If you don’t want to, or you’re not ready, then

Lennon said, “And what wait until you are.” have you done? Another Every year I see peoyear over, a new one just ple making resolutions begun.” of how they’re going to But have you ever made “change” for the New a resolution and immediYear. “New year, new ately dreaded the idea you,” seems to be the of actually following popular saying. through? First of all, you’re wonWe force ourselves into derful the way you are. feeling like something has That is, unless you’ve to happen, even if it’s not got grand theft auto (the crime, not the video By Julie Sopchak necessary, or we’re not game) and pushing old The Southington Citizen ready to make the commitment. So, naturally, we ladies off the sidewalk on try it out and quickly grow tired of it. your list of favorite hobbies. So, like clockwork, by February On the other hand, there’s always room for improvement, so if you feel and March, those high numbers at like it’s time to shake things up, go the gym slowly trickle down to the same crowd of habitual gym rats, for it. with perhaps a few new faces who But why wait until Jan. 1? Come December, a lot of people really did stick it out. I’m using weight loss and fitness start to feel like they need to do something. It’s a good time to re- as a prime example because that, flect on the past year, sure. Like John by and large, seems to be the most

Letters to the editor True role models To the editor: Congratulations to our state champion Southington High School football team. Yes, they won the exciting state championship football game. But, more than that, they are champions as people. I have the honor of teaching many of them at the high school, and they are the nicest, hardest working, most humble group of athletes I have ever taught. They are true champions in every way. I am honored and proud to teach them and our town should be proud that we produced such classy young adults. They are true role models for how people should behave. Congratulations! Bob Brown, Plantsville SHS Social Studies teacher P.O. Box 246 Southington, CT 06489 News Reporter – Julie Sopchak News Editor – Olivia L. Lawrence Assistant News Editor – Nick Carroll Executive Vice President and Assistant Publisher – Liz White Senior Vice President of Operations and Major Accounts – Michael F. Killian Senior Vice President and Editor – Ralph Tomaselli Advertising Director – Kimberley E. Boath

popular resolution people make. But a resolution can be anything, from visiting your parents more to promising yourself you’ll clean the bathroom regularly (not just when you have to wear a hazmat suit to brush your teeth). As we go through the year, we’ll come up with things that need to change, and we’ll do it out of necessity. But there’s no need to force things to happen just because the clock hits midnight on Jan. 1. Making a New Year’s resolution has become just about as traditional as eating turkey on Thanksgiving. Actually following through on resolutions, however, is a whole other story. Truth is, I’m happy when I see people set out to improve their lives, either for themselves or for people around them. I just wish it didn’t happen only once a year.

Post-Christmas chore evokes lifetime of memories By Susan J. Zoni

pre-lit or pre-decorated, nor mono- or duo-tone, strewn with beautiful wired ribbons. Taking down the Christmas There is no uniform color tree is considered by most to scheme or theme of vacabe a nasty, messy chore, tak- tions, animals or world hising far too much time out of toric places. As I take off each treasured the end of a busy season. For me, it’s a joyous time item, I hold in my hand the of reminiscence. Each piece history of my life with my that I remove holds a pre- husband since our marriage 38 years ago. cious memory. The green plastic stars and You see, my tree is not the blue popcorn ball represent the very first year, when Advertising Sales – Doug Riccio, we had nothing – no money, Christine Nadeau no time, and no past together. Office Assistant, Press Releases – We trekked to a local disDebbie Leoni count store and scooped up what nobody else wanted. CONTACT US I’ve been a school music Advertising: (203) 317-2327 teacher, a church organist and Fax (203) 235-4048 a piano teacher for a zillion years, and have been thanked News and Sports: (203) 235-1661 with a knitted mouse playing Fax (203) 639-0210 a golden piano, a violin with bow, multiple horns, notes and a few music scrolls. Marketplace: (203) 238-1953 Then came the children. Baby’s first Christmas, the Published every Friday by the Record-Journal gold-sprayed macaroni on Publishing Co. Delivered by mail to all homes cardboard, the wooden cutand businesses in Southington, Plantsville, out star hand painted in preMilldale and Marion. school, the wreaths with Special to The Citizen

old Christmas cards from Sunday school, the Popsicle stick reindeer and oh, so much more. Each is a precious memory from a time long past. My mother-in-law’s photo from 1985 is embedded in a plastic tree. She added ornaments to many of her Christmas breads and after all these years, various angels, cherubs and drummers remain. This year one ornament wiggled with every vibration in the room. Dave’s cousin saw it and remarked, “What a cute little reindeer!” She had forgotten that she attached it to her annual gift of homemade cookies just last year. There are a few historic items as well. My great-aunt long ago gave me her German hand-blown glass beads, hand-strung on very old, weak and yellowed string. I broke only two beads this year. Auntie Fran’s red heart that was quite new hangs near her WWII-era bell, blue See Memories / Page 19

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Weapons laws, rail fare hike begin By Susan Haigh Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) — A requirement for state public safety officials to create a registry of people convicted of offenses involving a deadly weapon is one of a host of new laws taking effect in Connecticut. The registry, which will also track those found not guilty of deadly weapon offenses by reason of mental disease or defect, was part of the package of laws that passed earlier in 2013 in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Offenders must register with the state within 14 calendar days after being released from prison, providing such information as current home and email addresses and identifying information, including a physical description. The registration must be maintained for five years. That same legislative package also requires assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines to be registered with state authorities as of Jan. 1. Hundreds of people lined up at the headquarters of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in Middletown in recent days, seeking the documents that enable them to keep the now-banned items. “They better be in line; otherwise you’ll lose your chance to register and make legal in this state those weapons,” warned Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Also on Jan. 1, some transportation-related changes took effect, including the third of three commuter rail fare increases. The average rate increase of about 5 percent will be applied across all rail fares, including weekly and monthly combined bus/ rail tickets. Most CTTransit bus and ADA Paratransit fares will increase Jan. 19. Additionally, truckers who fail to clear their moving vehicles of snow and ice will be liable for fines ranging from $75 to $1,250. They’re exempt from the fines when the snow, sleet or freezing rain begins or continues while the truck is moving. A compromise delayed the effec-

tive date of the law for commercial vehicles in exchange for its final passage in 2010. The state’s trucking industry fought for 20 years to block the bill, and it’s selling a product that allows drivers to scrape the tops of their big rigs. “This is a law meant to protect citizens and motorists from these elements that can be very dangerous when coming off traveling trucks on our highways and streets,” Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody A. Currey said earlier in December. The law has been in place for motorists since 2011, a Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman said. Other new laws include: — State and local law enforcement officers will have to follow new procedures when carrying out a civil immigration detainer for someone in their custody. The law prohibits police from detaining the person unless the officer determines that specific public safety risk factors exist. If the person is to be detained, the officers are required to notify federal immigration officials that the person will be held. The person must be released if federal officials fail to take the person into custody within 48 hours. — With some exceptions, a new law will require sellers transferring titles to one- or two-family dwellings built before Oct. 1, 2005, to provide the buyer with an affidavit. Among other things, it must certify that the building is equipped with carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment, or that the building does not pose a risk of CO poisoning because it doesn’t have a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. — A new law increases the income limit for participants in the state’s breast and cervical cancer early detection and treatment referral program from 200 percent of the federal poverty level to 250 percent. Participants still must be 21 to 64 years old and lack health insurance coverage for breast cancer or cervical cancer screenings.

Memories lovingly and carefully as all the rest. The lights are now off, the needles paint flaking off and most of the glitter are vacuumed, the boxes are stowed in long gone. Mom’s pink-striped pointed the corner of the cellar. All is calm all glass oval brings back my childhood. is bright – in my mind, awaiting next The funniest is a blue glass piece year and the revealing again of distant about 12-inches long, curled like the and new memories of love and life. Susan Zoni is a lifelong Southington toes of Aladdin’s shoes. I picked it out of a dumpster when a neighboring of- resident and an employee of the fice was closing. I thought it was beau- Record-Journal. tiful then, and still do. It is stored as From Page 18


Book Review

‘Conversations After Sunset’: Elegant simplicity in poetry By E. Richard Fortunato Special to The Citizen

Many in the area know, or remember well, Fr. Henry C. Frascadore, the former pastor of The Church of St. Dominic, who retired from the daily activities of a priest in 2008. Frascadore touched many lives during his nearly 12 years in Southington, with his unique spiritual leadership, passion, compassionate nature and the deeply probing simplicity of his homilies. In the fall of 2013, Fr. Henry, as he likes to be called, published his second book of poetry, entitled: “Conversations After Sunset.” The book is an eloquent read that I, personally, devoured in two sittings, quickly discovering its elegant simplicity in a unique style of poetry that takes the reader on a thoughtfilled journey of life through the eyes of one who awakens a keener sense of the ordinary things around us, things that are often left unobserved or simply taken for granted. While the book can be read cover to cover rather quickly, I see its genuine value as a collection of poems that are inspirational when read one or two pages at a time, pausing long enough to allow the author’s observations to penetrate, allowing us to savor these tastes of life in our own hearts and minds, finding those that are meaningful for us, though inadvertently left along the wayside of our own life’s journey. Frascadore is, and will always be a priest, an educator, a spiritual thinker and mentor, but “Conversations after Sunset,” as in the case of his first book published in 2011, “Beyond the Weeping Willow Tree: Mystery is a Gift Wrapped in Ordinary Paper,” his work has validated his gifts as a poet in a style that articulates the basics of life while stirring deep thoughts for the reader to ponder and take on his/her own personal journey. The author is accompanied by his Labrador, Ramsey, on their daily morning walks, so “Rams”

Fr. Henry C. Frascadore plays a major role in this inspirational tour of “nothing in particular and yet everything in particular” that surrounds us. One cannot help speculate that the author’s “conversations” are often with Ramsey, though Frascadore’s words imagine and examine the feelings of the world’s flowers, trees, ponds, birds, the wind, litter and urban sounds of Hartford, the people (one speculates some of them to be homeless), the bus stopping up the street, and so much more. All of these living and inanimate beings are part of the story of a journey through conversations that connect in a special way with spiritual meaning through speculation on stories of Biblical characters and the lessons of the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel. “Conversations After Sunset” offers 125 pages of observations and ruminations that deeply probe the most closely held secrets of the soul, where it all becomes alive and open to each reader to enjoy in the privacy of one’s own reflections. The book may be purchased on Amazon, or in Southington, at The Gift Shop at Bradley Memorial Hospital.

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Parent Information Series The Parent Information Series of Southington Youth Services presents: What Do Your Children Need To Succeed? on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children’s schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child’s school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have. There are many ways that parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year. All programs are only available to Southington residents, and take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Southington Youth Services, 196 N. Main St., Municipal Center. Admission is free. Space is limited. For information and registration, call (860)276-6281.

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Childhood obesity by the numbers Obesity by the numbers Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40 percent of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. How did we get here? Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Kids walked to and from school every day, ran around at recess, participated in gym class, and

played for hours after school before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with reasonable portion sizes and there was always a vegetable on the plate. Eating fast food was rare and snacking between meals was an occasional treat. Today, children experience a very different lifestyle. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and after-school sports have been cut; afternoons are now spent with TV, video games, and the Internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer homecooked meals. Snacking between meals is now commonplace. Thirty years ago, kids ate just one snack a day, whereas now they are trending toward three snacks, resulting in an additional 200 calories a day. And one in five school-age children has up to six snacks a day.

Portion sizes have also exploded. ened beverage was 13.6 ounces comThey are now two to five times bigger pared to today, kids think nothing of than they were in years past. Beverage drinking 20 ounces of sugar-sweetportions have grown as well- in the mid-1970s, the average sugar-sweetSee Obesity / Page 22

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Obesity than in 1970. From Page 21 Eight to 18-year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 ened beverages at a time. In total, we are now eating hours a day using entertain31 percent more calories than ment media, including, TV, we were 40 years ago–includ- computers, video games, cell ing 56 percent more fats and phones and movies, and only oils and 14 percent more sug- one-third of high school stuars and sweeteners. The av- dents get the recommended erage American now eats 15 levels of physical activity. Now that’s the bad news. more pounds of sugar a year

Summit The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives– and we already have the tools we need to do it. We just need the will. Let’s Move! Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving

parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active. Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.

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Blau said they brought in so many gifts she was able to use some of the leftover ones for Christmas morning presents. “They had given so much stuff,” Blau said. In 2012, McEvoy said she kept the visit quiet from friends, and really just did it for herself and her daughter. This Christmas season she told more people about it, hoping it might inspire them. “I couldn’t’ believe how many people said to me [they] want to do that,” McEvoy said. McEvoy said she thought it would only be a one-time occurrence, but now hopes to do it every year. “It actually changed me as a person,” McEvoy said. “So I just wanted to do this every year now as a little family tradition.”

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The police board did not cite a specific policy violation in suspending Palmieri. Record-Journal requests for the report on the September arrest that led to the suspension were not returned as of Jan. 3 by Southington police. A request for the Internal Affairs report on the investigation into Palmieri was referred to Town Attorney Mark Sciota, who was on vacation and could not be reached for comment on Jan. 3. Parlmieri’s salary is $74,593 for the 2013-14 fiscal year. He has been on paid administrative leave since the September arrest.


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Kennedy Middle School has named the following students to its honor roll for the first quarter. Grade 6, f irst honors: Keegan Allister, Lexi Almeida, Mo rga n B a r n u m , Rya n Barretta, Jessica Bartsch, Dean Bauchiero, Hailey Becquey, Dion Beerbaum, MischelleBeerbaum, Nashita Begum, Cameron B e i d l e r, Alexander Belanger, Kayley Benson, SahitiBhyravavajhala, Faith Breen, Caleb Brick, MaryClaire Brick, Tara Brock, Evan Brown, Emma Brush, Christian Cahill, Xavier Callender, William Carr, Austin Carta, Aaron Case, Max Casella, Ryan Catlin, Maxwell Chubet, Brooke Cooney, Mackenzie Coppola, Avery Cowen, Christian Cox, Katherine Crouse, Vi c to r Cze r n e c k i A n a i r, Jessica Dammling, Zachary D e l Ve c c h i a , C a m e r o n DeSteph, Sophia DiBattista, Daniel DiCorpo, Lindsey Dizenzo, Emma Doran, Jillian Dow, Christian Drost, Jack

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“It just wasn’t in the docs,” DiMauro said. Palmieri said he was “less than impressed” with the response to the problem. “When there are problems that need to be addressed and fixed, moving forward, there shouldn’t (be) such a long turnaround time,” Palmieri said . Lockers were modified at Kennedy and DePaolo. Angela Cahill, the project manager for Fletcher Thompson, said the original plans said the lockers would be two tears, but were recently changed to single.

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Cahill said during the schematic design process, the decision was made to go with double-tear lockers. She asked the committee for feedback from the schematic design manual and didn’t hear any questions so she moved forward with the plan. The committee also requested the lockers be 15 inches deep. “This is the first time we heard this needed to be single-tear,” Cahill said. Brian Goralski, a member of the building committee, said he assumed the lockers were being refurbished. “Shame on me for not seeing the fine print … but I remember everything we talked about,” Goralski said. “I thought it was refurbish-

ing. It’s a big surprise.” Locks for the lockers were not included in the proposal, Cahill said, because “the majority of school districts don’t have that.” The Southington district wanted to order locks to keep consistent with what is being used currently. At both middle schools, the locks are built into the lockers and have become worn over time and hard to read. Of the additional $248,800 for the lockers, about $24,000 is being used to purchase new locks. Despite the additional price tags, Palmieri said the project is “still on track” and a document is kept with any money spent from the contingency fund.


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Good morning, Campers Drury, Brockett finalists for Walter Camp state coach of the year, Barmore for state player By Bryant Carpenter Special to The Citizen

By Leanne Cozart Special to The Citizen

WEST HARTFORD — The Hall-Southington hockey team brought in a hardfought and much-needed conference win against TriTown Jan. 4 at Veterans Memorial Rink. Goals by seniors Cody Backus and Kevin Cop snapped a scoreless tie in the third period and junior goaltender Erich Bender allowed just one past him the rest of the way as the Warrior Knights skated off with a 2-1 Division III win on their home ice to improve to 3-3 and rise to No. 3 in the state Division III rankings. “It wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t clean, but it was better than what we’ve been watching,” said coach Brian Cannon. Cannon is exactly right. This victory stood in stark contrast to the last game, in which Hall-Southington suffered an embarrassing 10-2 loss to Northwest Catholic. It also stuck Tri-Town (4-1), the state’s top-ranked team in Division III, with its first loss of the season. Saturday’s game wasn’t the prettiest, at least from an offensive point of view. In the first two periods both defenses played aggressively in not letting any pucks touch the net. It wasn’t until the third period that both teams finally put some points up on the board. “It was nice to see them come out of their coma,” said Cannon. “They had a tough time figuring this goaltender out. He’s a big kid and he’s good. Anything on angle he’s going to stop. We decided to keep swatting at him and we had over 40 shots or so. So eventually something has got to go in.” B ender and Tri-Town counterpart Alex Bilesener controlled the tempo of the game as they each withstood See Hockey / Page 28

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NEW HAVEN — The news out of the Walter Camp Football Foundation Jan. 2 for the Southington football program was akin to Oscar nomination day for a blockbuster movie. The Blue Knights have finalists for best director (head coach Mike Drury) and best male in a leading role (quarterback Stephen Barmore), though the Walter Camp academy calls its awards Coach of the Year and Player of the Year. And with a state-best four players on the Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team, also announced Jan. 2, the Blue Knights were recognized for the ensemble work that produced their Class LL championship. Joining Barmore on that All-State team, which featured just 26 players, were senior defensive end Zach Maxwell, junior wide receiver Alex Jamele and senior kicker Kyle Smick. Jamele and Smick both put together state-record seasons, Jamele for touchdown receptions (29) and Smick for points by a kicker (98). Barmore, after throwing for 3,088 yards and 42 TDs, is in the running for Player of the Year with Ansonia running back Arkeel Newsome, West Haven running back Ervin Philips and Middletown running back Dario Highsmith. All are seniors save for Highsmith, a

junior who was named Connecticut’s Gatorade Player of the Year last month, though some argued the award should have gone to Newsome, the state’s all-time leading rusher with 10,685 yards. As for Drury, he is up against the head coaches of two other state champion teams: Tom Brockett of Ansonia (Class S) and Lou Marinelli of New Canaan (Class L). Brockett, of Wallingford, reached the 100-win plateau the night Ansonia beat Woodland Regional in the Class S final. Brockett is the fastest coach to the milestone in Connecticut football history. In eight seasons, Brockett is 100-7 with five state championships. Walter Camp will announce the coach and player of the year Saturday, Jan. 11 at its High School “Breakfast of Champions” at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. The event, now its seventh year as a prelude to the annual Walter Camp Weekend festivities, begins at 9 a.m. Ansonia, Southington, New Canaan and Class M champ St. Joseph-Trumbull will all be honored for their championship runs. Ansonia, the state’s lone undefeated team and the state’s overall No. 1-ranked squad, will receive the 2013 Kelly Award later Saturday when the Walter Camp Weekend shifts over to the Yale University Commons for the national portion of the event. See Campers / Page 29


Southington won a silver medal in the 11-and-Under Division for girls lacrosse at the 2013 Nutmeg State Games. The local girls played teams from all over the state.


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Blue Knights’ energy fades after strong start By Ken Lipshez

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S OU T H I N GTO N — Energy and rhythm drove the Southington boys basketball team through a productive first quarter. Pat Freer was popping. Stephen Barmore, Alex Queen and Kyle Borawski were cleaning the glass. Northwest Catholic was staggering. But just as suddenly as it started, it ended in the second quarter and never returned. Northwest converted defensive pressure into an electric attack that short-circuited the Blue Knights, 6347, in a CCC West clash Jan. 6 at the Southington gym. The Indians came in winless, but departed at 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the division. Southington also sits at 1-4, but has lost both its divisional tests to date. “They turned up the pressure in the second quarter and we didn’t react well to it,” Southington coach Bob Lasbury said. “They carried that momentum into the third.” After the first quarter, little went right for the Knights. Northwest, after shooting 18 percent from the field in the first quarter, went on a 10-0 run early in the second. Freer scored on a drive to give the Knights an 18-9 lead, but the next four minutes were devoid of points while Northwest received a lift from its three-guard offense. Evan Farrell (16 points) drained a three-pointer. Christian Thomas penetrated and kicked out to reserve Aaron Renker for another. Thomas finished the surge with a three-point play to tie the game at the See Basketball / Page 28

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several attempts. Both teams were desperate to get the first goal on the scoreboard and the Warrior-Knights were able to cash in within the first two minutes of the third period. Backus contributed the turning point of the game with help from senior Dave Valentukonis, as they got the puck into the net on a second-effort attempt. Cop extended the lead 2-0 with 9:01 left in the game. This goal was the result of another great team effort as senior Dylan Roach contributed with an assist. Both points weren’t clean. As Cannon described, “There was a lot of shoveling and sweeping off of rebounds and bounces.” Not clean, but effective. Cop’s goal enabled HallSouthington to absorb a late strike by Tri-Town’s impressive freshman, Ryan Sherba,

The A Squad Raiders captured the 2013 SVMFL Championship, beating the Chargers 36-19. Leading the way for the Raiders with two touchdowns apiece were Brandon Kohl and Joey Koczera. Jake Monson scored a touchdown as well. The entire team contributed for the undefeated (10-0) Raiders. Front row: Johnny Marquardt, Jake Monson, Artim Alka, Jimmy Starr. Second row: Kevin Dlugos, Joey Rappoccio, Zach MacDonald, Ian Hall, Alex Kuhr, Mac Oliver, Brandon Kohl, Joey Koczera, David Ackerman, Kristian Sites. Back row: Coaches Jim Starr, Chris Kohl, Rick Koczera.

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quarter’s midway point. A tip-in by forward Louis Lawson (15 points, 10 rebounds) gave Northwest a 27-25 lead at the half. “It’s been a frustrating start for these kids. In the beginning of the game, they were missing layups and that’s just kids trying to get out of their own way,” said Northwest coach John Mirabello, patient in the face of four losses to start the year. “It’s been frustrating. I just told them to settle down, pick your heads up and hang in there. “They made a couple plays and started getting a little bit of confidence.” Brett Shaw, who gave the Knights some energy off the bench in the first quarter, suffered a right knee injury early in the third and was unable to put weight on it as he limped off. Northwest inched further ahead with a 9-2 run providing a 40-33 lead with eight minutes to go. “We had some good looks in the third, but Brett going down hurt us,” Lasbury said. “Once they got up eight or nine, they spread us and

they’re so strong and so quick and so well-coached we were just chasing them around. They have a solid five players who really play well together.” The dam broke as the fourth quarter unfolded. Treys by Farrell and Kenny Cox (13 points) and a 13-for-16 performance at the free-throw stripe buried Southington deeper. Freer (21 points) had little help offensively, particularly with Shaw (8 points) unavailable. Center Owen Tyler had nine rebounds and together with Lawson, Cox and Thomas helped the Indians command the boards. “I think we got outtoughed [after the first quarter],” Freer said. “They were more physical than us. Lack of defense and not enough overall hustle killed us.” Both Freer and Lasbury noted that the late arrival of football players Barmore, Kyle Borawski and Chris Kelly (8 points) is still haunting the team. “We haven’t had a lot of time,” Freer said. “We’re trying to start gelling as a team and get some more consistency.”

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who would much prefer to watch reruns of “Gunsmoke” for the umpteenth time rather than “American Idol,” I wholeheartedly accept

that. Out of touch? Perhaps. Pollyanna looking at the world through rose-colored specs? Sure, I’m guilty, but I’ll keep holding on to what I believe is a better way sports no longer matters. … While we’re on pet peeves, how ridiculous is the obsession with fantasy teams? I watch the ticker on the bottom of the screen during NFL games and I see numbers flashing by for quarterbacks, receivers, running backs and kickers. Well, let me tell you something, fantasy freaks. There isn’t one of those skill-position people who would be going anywhere without the unsung heroes in the offensive line. Let me see you incorporate them in your fantasy world. The funny part about it is players like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch and Lesean McCoy would be the first to tell you that. If you need any more proof, consider the 2013 New York Giants. Other than asking contemporary fans to keep their fantasies to themselves, I have this to say: Giants GM Jerry Reese better spend his cash on a free agent guard and tackle. Fantasy. Humbug! A generation of casual NFL fans

is growing up not understanding or caring about anybody numbered 50-79. Include the heart and soul of the sport in these fantasies and then maybe you’ll come close to understanding the nature of the sport. … I had to laugh when I read a report from something called The Sports Xchange that the New York Yankees’ offseason moves have “ensured” them of a return to the postseason. I have two views of this. First of all, since when does a team that sorely lacks pitching pick up some aging offensive stars and suddenly be thrust ahead of the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays? Second, the word “ensure” takes this ironic twist. Baseball continues on the path where the wealthy have all the advantages. What the Yankees have “ensured” is that they will compete for a playoff spot. Money, you see, will allow a team to prepare itself well for the long haul of 162 games, leaving the small-market teams desperately trying to hold onto their players and banking on those in the running for Comeback of the Year awards. Yes, the Yankees have “ensured” like only the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Rangers, et al., can. Thankfully, the human effect, which includes heart (# RedSoxClubhouse) and sadly injury may just make such “ensuring” merely a vehicle to win the Hot Stove Headlines pennant.


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The Foundation will recognize its 2013 All-American Team and its 2013 Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, quarterback of Florida State. In addition, former Notre Dame and Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann (Distinguished American), former Penn State and Oakland Raider lineman Matt Millen (Man of the Year) and former North Carolina All-American Ken Huff (Alumnus of the Year) will be honored with major awards. As for the rest of the All-Connecticut team, it is as follows: OFFENSE QB: Stephen Barmore (Southington). RB: Arkeel Newsome (Ansonia), Ervin Philips (West Haven). WR: Alex Jamele (Southington), Nick Weissauer (Foran). TE: Julian Dunn (Newtown). OL: Ryan Hovan (Ansonia), John Tondalo (North Haven), Steve Hashemi (St. Joseph), Colin McKeown (Fairfield Warde), Ryan McKenna (New Canaan). DEFENSE DL: Zach Maxwell (Southington), Connor Buck (New Canaan), Calvin Daniels (Bethel), Mark Evanchick (Darien). LB: Ethan Suraci (North Haven), Cole Harris (New Canaan), Nick Crowle (Fairfield Prep). DB: Lars Pedersen (St. Joseph), Dario Highsmith (Middletown), Jordan Kowalski (Ledyard), Harold Cooper (Hillhouse). SPECIAL TEAMS PK: Kyle Smick (Southington). P: Daly Hebert (Darien). KR: Jack Shaban (Barlow).

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New baseball team forming in Southington By Sean Krofssik

Southington Blue Storm Baseball in the fall and has had success, including a S O U T H I N G T O N — championship. Now the team is expandLongtime Southington youth baseball coach George ing into the spring-summer Costanzo is looking to pro- season. “There was a need for a vide a high-level of travel baseball to Southington res- higher level of competition,” Costanzo said. “The players’ idents at a low cost. For the past four years, enjoyment, growth and skills Costanzo has coached the improved. We started to get Record-Journal staff

some recognition and we felt we needed to expand.” Other sports in Southington have successful travel teams. “Just about every other sport has an elite level to play at,” Costanzo said. “We want that for baseball. There is always AAU, but that is a lot of money to spend. We want a more affordable alternative for the parents.”

Southington already has long standing American Legion Post 72 baseball squad and a Junior Legion team. Costanzo said he has no intention competing with those teams. “The Senior Legion team is 19-and-under and the Junior Legion is 17-and-under,” Costanzo said. “We will provide a team for all of the kids

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Public boating course T h e M e r i d e n P owe r Squadron, a local chapter of the United States Power Squadron, has scheduled a public boating course leading to a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate and a Personal watercraft license. Class are scheduled for five weeks, on Tuesdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St. The course covers boat handling conditions, navigational aids, rules, knots and lines and more. A fee is charged. Registration is Tuesday, Jan. 14, prior to the class. For more information, contact Bill Podisny at (203) 2356881 or flounderpounder01@ or Ken Bell Sr. at (860) 628-9758 or kbellsr@

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Helmet or no helmet, that is the question By Dave Mongillo Special to The Citizen

Melt, thaw, warm, cold and confusing seem to be this season’s weather forecast. I hope Mother Nature and Father Winter settle there argument soon and get together for a grand old New England winter. Whatever comes, the season goes on and plans go forward. Last weekend the west got the snow: Breckinridge 14 inches, Beaver Creek 10 and Copper Mt. nine, while we “got da rain.” When winter returned, resorts from Maine to Georgia cranked up the big guns and bombarded the trails with snow. Just in time for the weekend, all is right on the eastern mountains. Former Southington High racer

Austin Florian, now at Clarkson University, had a good opening to his season on New York mountains last weekend. On Saturday he finished fourth overall, and second in U-21 class in slalom at Gore Mountain. On Sunday, Florian finished 11th overall among 68 racers in a GS on the Olympic trails at Whiteface Mountain, and won the bronze medal for the U-21 class. The Blue Knight ski team has been at Mount Southington this week training for its opening race. The boys team has several experienced racers and the new coach, Pat O’Keefe, expects to have a winning season. Powder Ridge has been raised from the dead and the long dormant ski resort is open and operating. However, it seems to be stuck on five. For the past week

it had only five trails open, while other Nutmeg resorts are in full operation. The Ridge did cause a bit of a wave in the ski industry when it announced that all customers will be required to wear a helmet. Boarder or skier, young or old; it doesn’t matter. No hard cover, no lift ride. Many resorts require all kids in the learn-to-ski programs to use a helmet, and some include them in the junior rental package. Several mountains require all on-snow employees (instructors and patrollers) to be hard covered, and one resort I know of makes lift operators wear hard hats. The National Ski Area Association is ambivalent on the matter. To each their own, and N.S.A.A. makes no recommendation on the matter. Remembering

“Stratton vs. Sunday,” it seems to be a matter for each company’s legal team. The jury is still out. My observation over the last couple of weeks leads me to believe about half of the adults on the mountain are using a helmet. I conducted a very unscientific survey, and answers were all over the place. The ski pros (instructors and patrollers) I asked, felt 60 to 70 percent of the adults were using a hard cover. Random skiers in the base lodge guessed in the 40 to 50 percent range. The Ridge may have started a trend, or caused itself a problem. My best guess is it will take about two seasons to find out. Only time will tell. Until then, ski as safe as you can, and follow the code.

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MERIDEN — Veteran city swim coach Ed Heath celebrated his birthday Tuesday and his top talent, Tyler Prescott, set a new Platt record in the butterfly. U l t i m a t e l y, t h o u g h , Tuesday’s overriding celebration went to Southington, which beat the Meriden Co-op 95-73 in a CCC interdivisional boys swim meet at the Maloney pool in the season opener for both teams. It didn’t spoil Heath’s mood. He had a dinner date awaiting at one of his favorite restaurants. Plus, he got some good swims from his team, which won six events. (Actually seven, but the first-place medley relay was disqualified when one of its members jumped back in the pool). Southington countered with five victories — actually six, but the 400 relay was swum exhibition — and tacked on superior depth to head home with the overall decision. Mack Golas was a double-winner for the Blue Knights. He captured the 200yard freestyle in 2:06.42 and the 500 free in 5:46.37.

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MERIDEN 2 BR, 2 Full Baths. 1ST Fl. Large, Hardwood Floors. New Windows, Laundry Room. Off Street Parking. Nicely Remodeled. Webster St. 203 634-6550

MERIDEN Clean 1 Room Efficiency 2nd Fl. Randolph Ave. Utils included. No pets. $450. 2 mos sec. Credit check required. 203-284-0597

WALLINGFORD Two Family, 2nd Fl. 2BR, Please call for No 5 Rms. Own driveway. pets. Utils not included. corrections at $800/mo. (203) 284-1853

Meriden 1023 Old Colony Rd 2 BR Avail. Starting at $800. Heat & HW incl. Off St. Parking. 203 886-7016

MERIDEN Stop Your Search! Refurbished 1 BR, Cottage St. Hdwd flrs, driveway. $825 incl electric. 203 639-8903.


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203-317-2308 - after 5 pmRooms call 203-317-2282 For Rent Ad#:CLASS FILLER (PLEASE CHECK) MER Clean Safe Rms. Inclds. Pub:PERM H, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. E side. off-st park. $125/wk.+ Console solid wood cherDate:02/13/02 sec. 12-8pm 203-630-3823 ry finish, excellent cond. Day:WED Size:1X4.5 64” W x 23”D x 28”H. $325. Call 203-314-6393. Cust: Last Edited Wanted To Rent By:EALLISON on 7/9/13- 4:18 PM. for MERIDEN Rent needed Salesperson: TagCall the homeless. Please and leave Color messageInfo: at office: Line: Bobby Norrie Real Estate Co. CLASS FILLER (PLEASE CHECK) - Composite 860-621-6095

MER. 2nd flr, bright, 1 BR, 2 baths, new carpet/flrs. Ht & HW incl. Off st parking, no pets. Owner occupied. $735/mo. 203-272-4279

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WALLINGFORD - 1st floor, 1 bedrm, center of town, close to Main St. Includes appliances, domestic & hot water, screened-in front porch, washer & dryer. $875. 203623-8246

MERIDEN Condo 2 BR, 1.5 bath. 1 car garage, eat-in kitchen, all appliances. Balcony off LR. Townhouse. Available mid Jan. Easy access to 91 & Parkway. Pet friendly. $1275 + security & utilities. 203-494-2233

MERIDEN. 1BR: $675 Loc. on Broad St. Next to Stop & Shop. On site parking/laundry. Utilities NOT included. Conv to Wallingford. Call (914) 562-3959.

WALLINGFORD 1 & 2 BR Apts Available No Pets. No Smoking $600-$750 203 284-0585

MERIDEN 3 BR -$925 2 BR- $700 Newly remod. No Pets. Avail Now. 203-500-9080 or 203-340-3413

MER. Furn. Apts. East Side Incl Heat, HW, Elec. 3rd flr. Studio, $165/wk+ sec. 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm MERIDEN. 17 Cliff St, 4 BR, 2nd flr, hdwd flrs, appliances included, w/d hookups, 1 car garage. $1200. Call 203-314-4964

WALLINGFORD. 2 BR, 1st flr, $1000/mo. 2 mo. security. No utils included. Call 203-824-2055


Houses For Sale

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995 Day Hill Rd.

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

Furniture & Appliances

AFFORDABLE Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators and Stoves. Appliance Repairs Will Deliver (203) 284-8986 GE DRYER 5 years old. Runs beautifully. Asking $50. 2 Water Coolers - Both need work. FREE. Call 203-2651511

Miscellaneous For Sale BALDWIN Piano FREE Exellent Condition One Owner Call 203-265-5766 Mountain Bike. Specialized Rock Hopper with RockShox, Purple/Blue with Speedometer. $250. Call 860 645-7245. PEDESTAL FANS $10 ea. Air Conditioner $50. DVD Player $20. CD Player $10. Microwave $60. Stove & Refrig $125 ea. Dehumidifier $80. Call 203 427-7979


Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip A-1 Seasoned Hardwood Real Full cords $200 1/2 cords $125. Cut & split. 18-20” Delivery or Pick Up. 203-294-1775

Sporting Goods & Health BIKE - Trek, 21 speed, 26 inch includes Thule bike rack with receiver, safety vest, gloves, owners manual and tool kit. $450/all or will separate. Excellent condition. 860-4260522

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

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

Music Instruments & Instruction CLAVINOVA DIGITAL PIANO Lightly Used. $2,500. 203 630-6522

Music By RoBeRta PeRfoRMance & instRuction Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome. Piano Lessons Beginner to Intermediate. (203) 630-9295

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REPAIRS & REPLACEMENT Decks, Porches, Windows, Stairs & Railing, Doors. I can fix it or replace it. Work done by owner. 40+ years exp. Lic & Ins. #578107 203 238-1449

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Fencing Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Insd. Call John Uvino 203-237GATE. CT Reg #601060

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CPI Home ImProvement Highest Quality-Kitchen, Bath, Siding, Roofing, Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions, Credit cards accepted 203-634-6550 CT Reg #0632415 Gonzalez ConstruCtion Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. 203-639-0032 info@ Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319

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Snow Plowing DRIVEWAYS, Sidewalks. Best Reasonable, Prompt, Service. Odd Jobs. Alan 203 630-3819 Salt $130 Per Yard. Sand/Salt 7:2 DOT Mix, $65 per yard, picked up. 100% Calcium Chloride Icemelt - Safest for concrete! $18.00 per 50 lb bag. Pallet prices available 24/7. 203 238-9846

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

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