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ESPN opens first building in town By Julie Sopchak

ing visitors, and house some ESPN global security department employees. ESPN has had land in ESPN expanded its presence in Southington with Southington, used for more the grand opening of its new than two dozen satellite Welcome Center, located at dishes, and parking. Now, the the south end of the sports sports giant occupies a total network’s 123-acre campus of 36 acres in town. Ed Durso, executive vice in Bristol and Southington. Town and state officials president for administragathered with ESPN execu- tion at ESPN, said 250 of the tives to cut the ribbon to the company’s employees live in Southington. new facility Jan. 8. “It’s great to have such The 5,600 square-foot b u i ld i n g , E S P N ’s 1 7t h , a tangible show of support is the company’s f irst in from local officials,” Durso Town and state officials gathered with ESPN executives Jan. 8 to cut the ribbon at the Southington. It will serve as the access point for incomSee ESPN / Page 24 company’s new building, located in Southington. (Citizen photo by Julie Sopchak) The Southington Citizen

Heroes abound at Relay for Life By Julie Sopchak

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Being a hero doesn’t only mean rescuing someone from a burning building. Joyce McAloon, event chair for the Southington Relay for Life, talked about the chosen theme for this year’s relay – that anyone can Elks Lodge. be a hero – at the relay’s an“It’s all about heroes and nual kick-off dinner Monday, uniting heroes,” McAloon Jan. 13, at the Southington said.

From survivors, to caregivers, sponsors, and volunteers, anyone who answers the call in the fight against cancer is a hero. McAloon spoke to a crowd of about 50 people at the dinner. It’s still very early in the game and not all teams have registered yet, but she said so far there are about 25. Last year she said there were 61. See Heroes / Page 24

State grant awarded for Senior Center study By E. Richard Fortunato

awaited, with excitement, the approval of 41 grants awarded for a wide range of needs. An interview with A $200,000 grant was awarded to the Town of Southington Town Manager Southington Jan. 11 by the G a r r y B r u m b a c k a n d State Bonding Commission Southington Senior Citizens Advisory Commission and Gov. Dannel P Malloy. The room at the Legislative Chairman Mark White proOffice Building in Hartford vided details. The grant will was packed to standing- provide funds for profesroom-only as people from throughout Connecticut See Grant / Page 6 Special to The Citizen

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Southington officials could be conducting a search for a new school superintendent if Joseph V. Erardi Jr. takes the job as head of Newtown schools. Erardi, Southington school superintendent since 2007, is the lead candidate for the position of Newtown superintendent. On Friday, Jan. 10, Newtown Board of Education members met with focus groups from the Southington school district. The last time Southington filled the post, it was a months-long process. Erardi was chosen over five other candidates interviewed by a search committee.

Brian Goralski, Southington Board of Education chairman, said the town’s practice has been to involve the entire board in a superintendent search. Meriden conducted its last superintendent search in early 2010 when leaders learned that Mary N. Cortright would retire at the end of the school year. The Meriden position was advertised in various publications and education-related newsletters and websites, with a total advertising budget of about $5,000. The city school board decided to conduct its own search to save money rather than hiring a consultant, expecting about $50,000 in savings. Mark Hughes, Meriden

school board president, said the city got eight or nine applications and narrowed the field through interviews. It eventually chose city native and former mayor, Mark Benigni. Since some applicants held jobs in other school districts, they were reluctant to go public with their interest, Hughes said. “Candidates have a right to privacy,” he said. Michael Votto was chairman of the Wallingford Board of Education in 2009 when Superintendent Salvatore Menzo was hired. The board chose to use a search consultant from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, since the town was a member.

While searches can be conducted by board members, it’s time consuming and difficult if members haven’t had experience interviewing, said Votto, who remains on the school board. See Superintendent / Page 17


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Southington High’s band director recognized in national magazine By Farrah Duffany

recognition when the magazine called him for an interview at the end of November. Peers, teachers, and others nominated Shaw and he was The by Southington chosen the magazine’s editorial board. “Southington High School is lucky to have such a dedicated music edYoursaid Town,Brian Your News ucator,” Robarge, president of the Southington Band Backers, a group that raises funds for the band. 1.877.4.SAVE.PET

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Difference,” published in December, said it “shines the spotlight on an incredible ar“School Band & Orchestra,” ray of outstanding music eda national magazine based in ucators from every corner of Southington the United States.” Las Vegas, recently named The Shaw has been working high school band director Jeff Shaw as one of “50 Directors at Southington High for 24 years and teaching for 31. Who Make a Difference.” Town, Your “It’s kind ofNews cool because For the past 16 years, the Your magazine has put together you’re nominated by your an article highlighting one peers,” Shaw said. “It’s always director from each state. The nice when people recognize article, called “Report: 2013’s you.” Shaw found out about the 50 Directors Who Make a Special to The Citizen

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Report details detective’s suspension By Jesse Buchanan Special to The Citizen

A police detective helped arrest his son’s reported drug dealer in September of last year, and shortly after texted his son the news. An internal police investigation found that the detective violated department confidentiality rules and that the text could have cost police information in the case. The report, obtained by the Record-Journal Jan. 13, said Detective Lewis Palmieri Jr. violated the department’s policies on keeping police-related information secret and only divulging information to

the public with approval. The B oard of Police Commissioners voted in favor of an 80-hour suspension for the detective at a special meeting earlier this month after lengthy private discussion. One board member opposed it. The police union has contested the discipline of 80 hours’ unpaid suspension. Stephen McEleney, a Hartford attorney representing the police union, called Palmieri’s discipline “outrageous.” Palmieri, a member of the police department’s Narcotic Enforcement Team, helped investigate and arrest Mark

Newton, a Southington man charged with numerous drug violations. According to a police internal affairs report, Newton had sold prescription drugs to Anthony Palmieri, the detective’s son. After Newton’s arrest, a number of cell phones taken as evidence were being cataloged in the narcotics team office. One of the phones received several calls from a number recognized by Lewis Palmieri as belonging to his son. A debit card belonging to Anthony Palmieri was also found on Newton. Around 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2013, the detective sent his son a text message explain-

ing why Newton wasn’t picking up his phone. “Oh by the way im sorry I couldn’t answer mr newtons phone when you called him a little bit ago but I was a bit involved with locking him up Oh I forgot to mention im looking at your debit card right now that was in his possession how did your buddy u work with make out with his storage shed ahah,”

the text said according to the report. News of the arrest wasn’t released by the department’s public information officer until 10 a.m. the next morning, the report said. Police requested and got cell phone records for Anthony Palmieri and found he had texted a number of See Report / Page 31


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to the drawing board for architectural design that will define a construction plan.” From Page 1 “This has all been a work sional studies leading to the of many,” said White, “includdevelopment and design of ing the Senior Commission, an expanded senior facil- a long term audit sub-comity to meet the needs of the mittee, the Calendar House town’s rapidly expanding se- executive director and staff and membership associanior population. Brumback summarized the tion, the town manager, town council, and, finally, State project. First, will be a study to as- Representatives (David) sess the kinds of services Zoni and (Joe) Aresimowicz. that will meet the specific The need is solidly based on demands and needs of a cul- grassroots analysis and docturally-changing senior gen- umentation of the current eration five to 15 years down shortcomings and future needs of the Senior Center the road. Phase two will evaluate the to meet the growing senior population. present facility. “Effective communications “Once we have a clear vision of the demands of the are a vital component of the next generation of maturing project.” Brumback added: “As adults, we’ll be positioned to project needed changes, up- for next steps, we need to grades and additions needed,” start the process of selectBrumback said. “The third ing well-credentialed prophase will take the findings fessionals. We need to do

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Voelker known for personality, not disability By Eve Britton

and asks some blunt question of the petitioner or points out some statute to them, there is When Cheshire Town no handicap. Voelker doesn’t hide his disPlanner Bill Voelker sits at the dais during planning com- ability, or handicap, as he calls mission meetings, his pol- it, but he doesn’t advertise it ished aluminum canes are not either. “It is part of who I am now,” visible. When he leans on one arm, he said. “It is a part of me.” Voelker, 58, has hereditary points his finger at the podium Special to The Citizen

Bill Voelker, the town planner, makes a call from his temporary desk in Town Hall in Cheshire. Voelker uses two canes to get around due to hereditary spastic parapelgia. (Christopher Zajac / Special to The Citizen)

spastic paraplegia (HSP), which means his spine doesn’t send the proper signals to his legs. The muscles in his legs are in a constant state of rigidity, which is exhausting and painful. “It’s constant pain,” he said. “Your body’s pulling at itself. You’re legs are so tight it drains you. Cold weather bothers me a lot more. My legs are like brittle.” Voelker is known for not mincing words about his handicap or anything else, or couching questions in niceties. “My reality is that I have a limited amount of time to get things done, we all do,” he said. “As a responsible government employee I need to tell the regulations and rules. My role here is to get the best outcome for the community. I’ve always been direct to a fault.” Not exactly a fault, Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone said. “That’s the way he is. Some people don’t like his style, but as long as you treat people with respect and civility,” Milone said. “He’s very bright

way,” he said. Voelker rarely parks in the handicap spaces in front of Town Hall, feeling they should be reserved for customers. It’s only in the most inclement weather that you’ll see his Honda Pilot parked there. When Voelker is behind his

and very well informed.” But there is more, Milone said. “He’s very inspiring. When you see him climbing those stairs and he could take the elevator, when it takes him 15 minutes to get from his car to the top of the stairs, I really admire his strength and his desire to not in any way let his impairment get in the

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Town history discussion The evolutionary history of Southington from World War I through World War II is a microcosm of the state, region, and even the nation at large. The town was profiled in a War Department booklet during World War II as representative of a typical American town. The booklet was distributed to both allies and enemies. The Southington Genealogical Society kicks off the New Year with guest speaker Liz Kopec discussing this era; Southington, 1914 to World War II. The SGS meeting will take place at The Orchards in the second floor community room Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge and no obligation to become a member. For more information, contact the society at, or visit



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to provide health insurance for the volunteer firefighters Casner said it would be a “significant burden” and that the “budget implications would be huge.” Nothing has changed yet, and proposed legislation could exempt firefighters and other emergency responders from the requirement, Casner said. E s ty co - s p o n s o re d a bill called the “Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act,” which would “ensure volunteer emergency responders are not counted as full-time employees.” “Having served in local office in Cheshire, I know the vital role volunteer firefighters play in our communities. I also know volunteer departments face many challenges including issues like health care reform where misguided IRS classifications could cause unintended consequences.” Esty said on Jan. 6. “I’m proud to be a part of a commonsense, bipartisan effort to ensure local fire deSee Coverage / Page 11

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The Fire Department recently announced student winners in the annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest. D ep uty Fire M ars h al Harold Ballard said it was the first year all eight public elementary schools and three private schools participated. At least one student from each school was awarded a prize. The contest, open to fourth- and fifth-graders throughout the state, promotes fire prevention and safety. It was run locally by Fire Inspector Robert Hunt and teachers, Ballard said. The fifth-grade winners are Julia Collins, first place, Flanders School; Greta Panke, second place, Strong School. The fourth-grade winners are Eva Bilodeau, first place, Strong School; Lauren Scarpa, second place, Derynoski School. The first-place winners receive a $50 check and the second-place winners will receive a $25 check, Ballard said. All four winners will

Super Bowl sub sale The Southington High School Marching Band is, once again, conducting its Super Bowl sub sale. The sale features 12inch grinders – sold, prepared and delivered by marching band students – just in time for the big game. Proceeds from the effort will help support the SHS Marching Band. Students will team up in groups and canvas the town on Jan. 18 and 19, taking orders for turkey, ham, and Italian combo subs. The goal is to deliver all the sandwiches by early afternoon on Super Bowl Sunday. For more information, or to arrange for group purchases, contact Brian Robarge, (860) 276-9498.

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partments have the clarity they need in the law and make the Affordable Care Act work better for our communities.” Meriden Fire Chief Ken Morgan said everything is “up in the air” at the moment but it is possible the existing law could affect the one volunteer department in the city. Morgan said the volunteer department has 25 to 35 volunteer firefighters and inconsistent hours. Morgan said the department would have to look at whether providing health care to the volunteer department would be financially feasible because it would involve a significant cost “The biggest problem for volunteers is funding,” Morgan said. “They don’t have the funding to provide insurance ... it would create an undue financial burden.” Morgan said the volunteer department doesn’t have a municipal funding base, and that can create issues. Wallingford Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Alsup said his town has about 60 respond-

ing volunteer firefighters, but there isn’t a set number of hours they work. It all depends on how many calls and station hours the volunteers put in each week, Alsup said. Alsup said he was aware of efforts nationally to exempt volunteer firefighters but right now there are no specific details. “I’m going to keep an eye on it in the news,” Alsup said. Esty said local fire chiefs “struggled with the IRS classification discrepancy” and she believes there is time to “make sure the distinction between full-time paid firefighters and volunteers is clear before it could impact local budgets.”




The Town Council unanimously approved a request for proposals that might result in fewer apartment units in the former Board of Education building on Beecher Street. Previous plans for the vacant building met resistance from residents who were worried that too many residential units would hurt the neighborhood. Town Attorney Mark Sciota presented the request for proposals, which stipulate that each floor of the Beecher Street building may have no more than four apartments. The building has three stories, meaning a maximum of 12 units. Previous plans envisioned nearly 40 units. Commercial use is also an option in the request. “The two proposed potential uses, either commercial or residential for the property, would not allow apartment building outside the existing building or a condominium unit,” said Council Chairman Michael Riccio. At a council meeting earlier last year,

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House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin, Southington) and state Rep. Betty Boukus (D-Plainville, New Britain) announced Jan. 9 that the State Bond Commission approved $1.5 million for improvements to fire training schools around the state. “We can never do enough to ensure that our brave firefighters are properly trained to respond to emergencies as effectively and safely as possible. Regional fire training schools provide Connecticut first responders with tools and skills essential to saving lives and protecting our com-

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Flu numbers low, for now So far, flu season has been pretty tame. The number of reported cases has been much lower than last year, despite an increase in the past few weeks. According to the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, there have been a total of 683 positive influenza reports so far this season, with 112 in Hartford County. The department also suggests that flu activity is increasing for this phase of the season. Southington-Plainville Health District Director Shane Lockwood said locally there have been “very low numbers� of confirmed flu cases, and no residents have called looking for a flu shot. Such was not the case last year, when there were many more confirmed cases and calls for a f lu shot, so much so that a clinic was

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len, said Michael Manware, assista nt superintendent of parks. Foam around the Police will be doing extra edge of the rink was thrown patrols in response to re- on the ice and garbage cans cent vandalism on the lin- were knocked over. “ I t ’s j u s t a s h a m e ,” ear trail and at the skating Manware said. “It could rink. Five 300-pound iron and have been a lot worse. It’s steel benches were stolen more of a nuisance.” The f ive benches were from the linear trail sometime during the past week. discovered m issi ng Ja n . Police suspect the thieves 10. The thieves unbolted were i ntere ste d i n t he the benches from concrete benches for scrap metal. footings so parks workers On Sunday night, vandals are trying to better secure damaged the ice skating other remaining benches. rink which opened recently The benches were stolen on Bell Street. Panels pro- from sections of the trail tecting the rink liner were at M i l l St reet , At water removed and one was sto- Street, Plantsville and the Special to The Citizen

area near the Cheshire line. if they see something susManware requested the ex- picious, Manware said. He’s tra patrols. hoping they can help again. “They’re working diligently on this,” Manware said of the police. There are no plans to replace the benches, which are worth about $6,000. Each had a plaque honoring the person who dedicated A local man faces charges the bench. following a reported rape Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz last fall. said state police have been Jason Archibald, 29, of notified to be on the look119 West Main St., was arout for anyone attempting rested Monday on firstto sell benches to a scrap and second-degree sexual dealer. assault charges. Sgt. Jeffrey Residents in the area of Dobratz, police spokesthe trail have been helpful man, said the assault ocin the past by calling police

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Wallingford received 17 applications for the job and interviewed six candidates. Votto said it’s become more difficult to attract candidates because of the long hours and responsibility. “It’s not a popular job anymore,” Votto said. “The pool is not very great.” Votto said he believes candidates from within the school district have some advantage. “If the person works for us already, that’s an edge for them,” Votto said. “There’s already a relationship, there’s already a rapport.” At the same time, supervising former peers could also pose a challenge, Votto said. Menzo was chosen from outside the Wallingford school district. Ja c q u e l i n e Ja c o by, a search consultant with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, said while there has been a decline in the number of applicants for superintendent positions, there are still plenty of good candidates. Ten years ago, a district might have gotten “well over 30 applications.” “I think you’re now looking more at 20,” she said. Jacoby, a former superintendent, is heading Newtown’s search. She described the job as “exhilarating and exhausting,” but unique in its ability to help large numbers of students. A search usually takes between 90 and 120 days, according to Jacoby. Newtown received about 30 applications for the posi-

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tion. In an e-mail to school employees, Erardi said leading Newtown’s schools was the only job for which he’d leave Southington. Erardi is in the first year of a three-year contract, but the superintendent can leave at any time as long as he gives 90 days notice. Derynoski has said that he’d like Erardi to stay until the end of the school year. In July, Erardi received a 2.3 percent pay increase, bringing his salary for 2013-14 to $173,910. Karen Smith has been Southington’s assistant superintendent since April 2011. For 15 years before that, she was the principal at Derynoski School, the largest elementary school in the district. She has been an educator for more than 30 years. Smith had no comment on whether she would be interested in the superintendent position if Erardi leaves.



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Faith Religion in America as we begin 2014

A New Year’s epiphany By E. Richard Fortunato Special to The Citizen

Few did not see the lights of Times Square, the masses of people holding up in the freezing weather as the huge ball came down to the famous building in New York in the countdown to 2014. Many at home began a new year among friends, family, neighbors in celebrations replete with singing, hugging and kissing, joy, tears and other high-spirited activities in the exchange of good wishes as they blew their horns and sipped Fortunato champagne with mixed feelings of hope for the future, and sadness at the good things left behind in another year gone by so quickly. Another important date followed that celebration; Jan. 6. For Christians everywhere, that day marks the celebration of the Epiphany, commemorating the Magi or Three Kings who came from strange lands far to the east of Bethlehem following the shining light of a star that took them on a

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journey to pay homage to a newborn king. Christians celebrate this moment in time after the 12 days of Christmas as we shine new light on who and what has come before us and what is yet to come through the promises in the Gospel. Hope, light and epiphany are in the vocabulary of all human beings of all faiths -- and even those of no faith -- as we perpetually examine the questions of who we are, why we are here and how we are to behave as humans in society. Resolutions are expressions of what we’ll do to live better lives in whatever way we individually consider what is better. This year, I had to think about one or more appropriate resolutions. Maybe because of having done it for so many years. What finally came to me was an epiphany, and it came at church on Sunday, Jan. 5. I was inspired to examine my life and all that is around me, the people in it, the world around me, the nature of things; and to hold my faith up to the highest questions of my gratitude for the blessings we have. Why this for a resolution? Because it’s so See Epiphany / Page 26

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Music teacher remembered for kindness A longtime Vernon music teacher and Southington native is remembered by those who knew her as a loving person and an influential teacher who made music her life. B efore her death on Dec. 5 at age 45 following a 21-month battle with cancer, Susan Spadjinske taught music and chorus in the Vernon school system for more than half her life, her father, Gerry

Spadjinske, says. Shortly after graduating from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., with a degree in music education, the Southington native took a job at Center Road School before moving to Vernon Center Middle School after a year, her father says. She remained there for 23 years, teaching music, chorus, and even starting a flute ensemble. “She lived and breathed music,” her father says. “Music was a big part of her life.”

“They say the true impact of a teacher may not be known for many years, but it was evident by the outpouring of love and affection by so many of her current and former students that Sue’s impact is felt already and will continue to be felt for many years to come,” said middle school principal James Harrison. Gerry Spadjinske says the influence his daughter had on her students was evident in the days following her death. “My wife and I, we were amazed by the number of students she had over the years who came to the wake,” he says. Susan’s mother, Lucille Spadjinske, says her daughter wanted to be a teacher since she was a child growing up in Southington, where her parents still live. Her father says she started playing the flute in fourth grade and later began taking piano lessons. At S out hi n gton Hi gh School, Susan was active in the marching and concert bands, and her father says that by the time she was a junior she had decided to pursue a career teaching music. Susan Spadjinske grew up in Southington and played in the high school concert and marching bands. She went on to teach music at Vernon Center Middle School for 23 years. She died of cancer on Dec. 5, 2013. (Submitted photo)

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for the owner,” and wanted them to have at least one customer. The two met online and emailed each other before finally meeting at a bookstore in Glastonbury, and he says that even during her illness, she found time to think of others. Around Christmas, about 20 days after her death, Siragusa received a gift from her. One day in the midst of radiation treatment, she was thinking of him and decided to get him a present. “Here she is, dying in the hospital and can barely move, and she’s thinking about a gift for me?” Siragusa remembers asking himself. “I started crying.” He also remembers watching the movie “Titanic” with See Teacher / Page 23

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Opinion A fall through ice is not nice

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How does that old saying go? If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a minute and it will change. That Mike seems to be Roberts the case so Woods ‘n far. I know Water that many of my outdoor fishermen were

really getting ready for some ice-fishing with the cold snap that we just had. While it looks like we will have some more cold weather heading our way, there will also be some warm spells in between those cold days. This is not only having an effect on the ice-fishing, but also the local ski areas as well. The last couple of winters have been rather “iffy” at best with ice on many lakes and ponds being extremely dangerous for anyone wanting to get in some ice-fish-

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To the editor: Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Surgeon General published a landmark report that scientifically linked smoking to cancer and other illnesses. At the time, it was groundbreaking. With the help of American Cancer Society research, the report became a launching pad in the fight against tobacco and spurred the progress we’ve made in curbing tobacco consumption and reducing tobacco-related diseases, like cancer. Fifty years ago, 42 percent of the population smoked and there were no restrictions on where one could do so. People could even smoke on airplanes. Today, the smoking rate has dropped to 19 percent and, thanks to comprehensive smoke-free laws, almost two thirds of the population is protected from the deadly toxins found in secondhand smoke. 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

But a lot of work remains. There are still 44 million smokers—and every day, more than 3,000 kids pick up their first cigarette. The tobacco industry continues to develop new products to addict more people and keep current customers from quitting, as well as, fight proven tobacco control measures, such as smoke-free laws and tobacco taxes that can protect our kids from a lifetime of addiction. Let’s use this anniversary to turn up the heat on Big Tobacco and finish the fight we started 50 years ago against this deadly, addictive product. Let’s start by restoring critical tobacco use prevention and cessation funding that was cut in last year’s budget. Fewer people using tobacco means fewer people dying from diseases like cancer. Join me in finishing the fight. Betty Berger Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

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away. Another time towards the end of the ice-fishing season, I was up in the Goshen area and stopped by Dog Pond. I could not believe my eyes as a couple of sports were walking around on the rapidly melting ice wearing PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices a.k.a. life jackets). It made me wonder about their sanity. Sure, it’s great to be what you consider “safe,” but why even go on the ice if you think you are going to go through? Have you ever gone through the ice? I have, and it is an experience you will never forget. I was only about 10-years old when I went through the ice while skating on Morin’s Grove in South Meriden back in the ’40s. Luckily, one of the older kids, Eddie Revay, was there and saved my life by pulling me out of the frigid water. That was a very scary experience, one that I would not wish on anyone and also one that has made me very aware of traveling on safe ice. Blue ice (usually clear) is always safer than slush ice, which is about 50 percent weaker than blue ice. There is a scale of sorts for ice users that was made with blue ice being the one the table was made for. The table states that one inch is unsafe for humans, two inches one person on foot, three inches a group in single file, four inches a snowmobile or ATV, seven inches a passenger car (2 tons) and eight inches a light truck (2.5 tons). Scale be damned. I “start” to feel safe on the ice with a minimum of four inches of ice, and here in Connecticut you are not allowed to drive a car or truck out on the ice. As for the two inches being safe for one person on foot, forgettaboutit! If the ice is only safe enough for one person where will the help come from if you fall through?

And speaking of falling through, think about this for a minute or two. If you go through the ice it will generally be one of two ways. The ice will simply give way under you and you will be submerged in the freezing water and, if you are lucky (if you can call going through the ice “lucky”) you will pop up in the hole you went through and someone will help you out. In the second scenario (and this one is a nightmare) is that the ice will break like trap door, sending you into the freezing water and then the ice will resurface in the same hole that it broke from, trapping you under the ice with only a minute left in your life. Sorry to sound so gruesome, but accidental deaths due to being careless are gruesome. This also brings to mind the thought that it is really safer to ice-fish with a buddy for safety’s sake. Thankfully, here in Connecticut, they do not allow cars and trucks on the ice. Just because ice is deemed safe for one sport or another, especially ice-fishing, that does not mean that all of the ice is safe for everything. If the body of water you are on has a current of any type going through it, this could result in unsafe ice. Many years ago, I witnessed such a thing on Gardner Lake in Salem, Conn. A group of us had fished the northern end of the lake one weekend and had some exceptional fishing the entire day. The rest of the week had remained very cold and we looked forward to the coming weekend for another ice-fishing trip on Gardner. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and saw that the area we were fishing on was now a small body of open water. No one has ever been able to explain what had transpired See Fall / Page 23

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Ex-U.S. official to run for office HARTFORD (AP) — Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker says he’s establishing an exploratory committee as a Republican candidate for Connecticut lieutenant governor. Walker, who has spoken out about the growing national debt, said on CBS-TV’s “Face the State” on Sunday that Connecticut needs to change direction. “I’ve done a lot of studying about the condition of the state and shockingly it ranks last or near the bottom in virtually every major financial competitiveness category,” he said. “It’s time for a wake-up call, a call to action and a major course cor-

rection in Connecticut if we want to have a better future.” Walker, of Bridgeport, was to officially announce his decision at a rally at the state Capitol in Hartford on Jan. 13. He was an independent as comptroller general but rejoined Republicans because he identifies with the party, and candidates need a party affiliation for ballot access and public campaign financing, he said. The comptroller general, who is nonpartisan, heads the Government Accountability of Office, a congressional agency intended to improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government.

“I believe in the principles of the Republican Party,” he said. “I’m a fiscal conservative. I’m a social moderate. I think I’m in line with a significant majority of the people of this state and we’ll find out soon.” Walker could be competing against state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi of Stafford Springs. She has formed an exploratory committee and has expressed interest in seeking the Republican Party’s endorsement for lieutenant governor. He was appointed comptroller general by President Bill Clinton in 1998 and assistant secretary of Labor by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Commission OKs $22.6 million for school tech HARTFORD (AP) — The State Bond Com m ission has approved $22.6 million in borrowing to help local school districts across Connecticut purchase computers and other electronics. The new technology is part of an effort to help students meet the requirements of the state’s new “common core” education standards.

Also, new computer-based assessments will replace many of the state’s tradit ion a l paper-a nd-penci l tests for students. Commission members approved the funding unanimously Jan. 9. Last fa ll, the State Department of Education received 128 applications for grants. Officials said the

requests far-exceeded the original $10 million allocated for the program. Since t he State Boa rd of Education adopted the “common core” education sta nda rds in 2010, loca l districts have been transitioning to match the new standards for what students should k now at a given grade.

Danbury mayor announces candidacy DANBURY (AP) — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has announced he’s a Republican candidate for governor. The seven-term mayor said Jan. 8 he’s seeking his party’s nomination this year because he believes Connecticut residents are not “getting their fair share of the American dream.” He says Danbury has recovered from the recession faster than the rest of Connecticut and its economy is the envy of the state. B oug hton says he u ndersta nds

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wh at ord i n a r y residents face each day. He called himself a “blue collar Republican.” He was the Republican Party’s nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010. A f o r m e r s t a t e r e p r e s e n t a t i ve , Boughton won re-election as mayor in a landslide in November, capturing nearly 71 percent of the vote. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has not yet announced if he’ll seek a second term.

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Malloy says crime occurred in NJ traffic scandal H A RT F O R D ( A P ) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a former prosecutor, says there is “no doubt” a crime was committed when traffic jams were engineered in New Jersey as part of a political vendetta against a Democratic mayor. Malloy, a Democrat and a former mayor, said Jan. 9 he believes the actions by at least one member of Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s staff show there was an illegal

abuse of power. Malloy and Christie have been at political odds over the years, sparring long-distance over taxes and other issues. When asked by reporters about the New Jersey scandal, Malloy made it clear he was not saying Christie committed a crime. Malloy said he’s “more than happy to take the governor at his word, but obviously this has a long way to go.”

Report: Conn. debt reduced; GOP not convinced By Susan Haigh Associated Press

H A RT FOR D (A P) — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office says Connecticut’s overall state debt has been reduced 15 percent during his three years in office, or $11.6 billion. T he repor t relea sed Jan. 9 by the Off ice of Policy and Management s how s t he st ate ’s to t a l lon g-ter m debt i s now $64.6 billion. OPM cites i ncrea sed payments to pension plans and changes in state em-

ployee benefits. Republican Sen. Scott Frantz said he applauds Ma lloy’s efforts to reduce t he state’s longterm obligations, but said it shouldn’t be an excuse to borrow more money on the state’s credit card for various projects. He said that borrowing currently amounts to roughly $21 billion, the highest per capita in the country. Malloy defended such borrowing as “investing in the future of Connecticut,” in things such as schools and economic development.

Military appreciation dinner A military appreciation dinner will be held 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Southington Elks Lodge 1669, 114 Main St. Snow date is Feb. 1. The buffet dinner is free to military members and veterans. There is a small fee for family members and all others. Tickets must be reserved by Jan. 18. For more information, or for tickets, call Denise Johnson, (860) 707-6838.

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who are sick, getting plenty of sleep, and eating healthy. There are several strains of influenza, and while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can’t predict which virus will predominate for the season, so far, it has reported that pH1N1 has been the predominant circulating virus so far, according to a health advisory on www. lu . T he pH 1 N 1 strain emerged in 2009 and was known as Swine Flu. When it emerged, it caused more illness in children and young adults compared to older adults and the CDC is advising that such could be the case again if the virus continues to circulate. The CDC also cites the best tool for prevention is vaccination, but that treatment with antiviral medications can reduce severe outcomes if initiated as soon as possible after illness onset.

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As major renovations progress at the town’s two middle schools, school staff, members of the Middle School Building Committee, and architectural firm Fletcher Thompson are trying to determine what technology will be used in the new media centers at the schools. Original plans called for a retractable projector screen that hangs from the ceiling and a projector mounted on the ceiling, like the setup in other schools in town. But at the last building committee meeting, Angela Cahill, the project manager for the firm, said it would look like a “trapeze system.” She said there is no space to hang a projector because of the design of the ceiling. An alternative would have to be found, and Cahill said last week the solution will not be simple. The committee has not seen another option from Fletcher Thompson.

dia centers may be used for school and community events. Palmieri said the space has to be easy to use and not require any setup. “The reason this is so pressing is because they’re constructing the library right now,” said Palmieri. “That’s part of the new construction area.” Karen Veilleux, director of technology for the school system, did not attend the last building committee meeting but is working with Fletcher Thompson on the issue. She said the original plans are an issue because the ceilings are too high and curved. “I need to find out what some of the options are and I don’t have the information right now,” Veilleux said Tuesday. “Now I think there has to be a little more of a

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other than it might have been from the activities of some underground springs. Regarding vehicles on the ice, New York State does allow vehicles on some lakes and ponds, and on one of them the local Lions Club held a yearly ice-fishing derby in February. The 10 inches of ice was deemed acceptable for the derby, but the lake was covered with about a foot of snow. A well-meaning sport

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her and discussing the ending, when Kate Winslet’s character, Rose, dies and returns to the Titanic to spend eternity with her lover, Jack Dawson. At the time, she told Siragusa that she would like to go to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, where she spent many summers with her family, though she’d

who had just purchased a brand new pickup truck with a snowplow volunteered to go out on the ice and plow paths for fishermen to use on the day of the derby. Everything was going smoothly until, without warning, the truck broke through the supposedly safe ice and went to the bottom of the lake. Thankfully, the driver was pulled to safety, but the same cannot be said for his brand new truck. Get the picture yet? Oh yeah, I know that some of our readers will be reading this article thinking

prefer to go again as an adult so she could wait there for him to join her. His choice of heaven was the bookstore in Glastonbury where they first met because it had kicked off the best 10 years of his life. Siragusa says that a few days before her death, when she knew that she didn’t have much time left, she had a message passed on to him from her hospital bed: “Tell Rob I’ll meet him at the bookstore.”


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squishy, stay off! And as I say this, I remember some of us laying old planks across these areas to get onto the ice. What were we thinking? Expect ice around protruding objects like rocks, br id ge a b ut m e n t s a n d stumps, as well as pressure ridges, to be less safe. This also includes dark areas in snow-covered ice. Let me say it again, “There is no fish worth dying for!”


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Victoria Triano said the facility is “amazing” and a great asset to the town. “It’s wonderful to welcome them not only as taxpayers, but as friends,” Triano said. Officials were then treated to a tour of other areas of the ESPN campus, including Digital Center 2, which will be the new home for the SportsCenter studio. In the College Basketball Live studio, ESPN personality Jon Coachman entertained by taking pictures behind the desk with interested parties. Council members and state Reps. Joe Aresimowicz and Al Adinolfi indulged themselves for a few minutes in the spotlight. “When are you gonna get a chance to do this,” said Lou Perillo, director of econom ic development for Southington.

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educated than ever before, have been drawn to a style of faith that more liberal minds believe ignores facts of history and findings of science. Surveys indicate that Catholicism in the United States has lost 30 million adherents, a large proportion of them to ‘none’ - no religion. The number of Catholics, about 70 million, has remained steady due prinicipally to the heavy influx of Latinos, now more than a third of the American Catholic community. The attractive emphases and captivating personality of Pope Francis may attract some back to the pews. There still are delicate and divisive is-

sues to confront, from the celibacy of priests and the role of women to contraception and same-sex marriage. Mainline Protestantism includes Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians the United Church of Christ (including most Congregationalists), Disciples of Christ and some Baptists - listed in approximate order of their number of communicants. While they have many thriving congregations and outstanding pastors, overall these denominations have suffered declining membership. The loss of a missionary spirit is part of the explanation.

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As such, Mayer and other representatives presented McAloon with a plaque signifying the Southington relay as being in the Nationwide Top 10, meaning Southington raised money in the top 10 percent per capita in the New England Division. Also receiving distinction was Team Goralski, which raised more than $15,000 for last year’s relay, putting them in the top 10 percent of money raised by a team in the country. The team was given a sapphire distinction for its efforts. Relay committee member Maureen Brennan has been serving for about eight years

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easy to back away from such probing. Often, we find it hard work thinking about our purpose in life or our legacy. What we leave behind us is too vague, too uncertain. I started by appreciating my family, our home, a place in our community, and the spirit (for me with a capital “S”), that guides us through life using our talents and gifts to help others and make the world at least a little better place. We are grateful to be part of Southington, Connecticut, a community so rich in the good will of its people in all

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walks of life, their genuine compassion, generosity and love for others, whether through a small kindness or sharing something more substantial. Our community’s spirit gives hope and lightens the burdens of those in need. Southington Community Services, Bread for Life, and charities by the dozen emanating from inter-faith activities, civic and service organizations and institutions. Beyond the reality of serving the essential human needs of our own people, our town’s unrecognized corps of volunteers are a shining paradigm for others. They light the way for others who realize that there but for the grace of God, go you and I.

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“Just wanted to do something to give back to the community,” he said. The Southington relay is often recognized as being a top fundraiser. Shatas said even so, he hopes the relay will continue to push the boundaries and raise even more. “Everybody seems to know somebody affected by cancer,” Shatas said. Last year, the Southington relay raised over $123,000. This year’s relay is set for May 30-31 at Southington High School. The next Relay for Life meeting, open to the public, will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Southington High School media center, 720 Pleasant St.

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One of their most appealing traits, genuine respect for other faiths, Christian and non-Christian alike, has helped undermine their zeal. Their worship also can be less exciting than that found in exuberant evangelical churches Jews in the United States number nearly six million, most in major metropolitan areas. After World War II and the horror of the Holocaust, they directed much attention to Israel, which also is revered by most evangelical Protestants who regard Jews as God’s chosen people and Israel as promised in scripture to Abraham and his descendants. That concern continues within the Jewish community, but a recent Pew poll reported that 48 percent of American Jews don’t view the current Israeli government as making sincere efforts for peace. Pew also has found that 58 percent of Jews who have married since 2000 have Gentile spouses, for centuries considered a serious violation of Jewish law. Some worry that this trend will result in a major decline of the Jewish population. A significant increase in the “religiously unaffiliated” is a source of concern for all organized religion. Roughly one in five Americans now self-identify as “none.” There is increasing evidence that


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by the state is critical to training generations of firefighters,” said Berlin’s Chet Haber, director of training at the Hartford County Fire School. Aresimowicz and Boukus have led the fight to secure state funding for the much needed upgrades at seven of Connecticut’s regional fire schools. They have hosted regular meetings on the projects with the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) at the Legislative Office Building. To date, work at the New Haven and the Hartford County fire schools has been completed. The money ap-

militant secularism is on the upswing, some of it in reaction to the aggressive “Religious Right” which, among other goals, campaigns for the return of prayer and the teaching of creationism in the public schools. Since its founding in 1920, the controversial American Civil Liberties Union has been committed to the total separation of church and state, but also to the defense of minority religions. Others, however, among them the Secular Coalition for America, can be openly hostile to any acknowledgment of religion, determined to remove God from all public documents, oaths, and anthems, abolish government-sponsored chaplaincies, eliminate official recognition of Christmas and such gatherings as the National Prayer Breakfast, and in other ways entirely squelch the influence of faith-based groups in society. The issues are sticky, the arguments can be complex, and the courts have difficult decisions to make. Personally. I hope they will help us keep traditions treasured by the large majority, while guaranteeing freedom and space for Americans of all other creeds and cultures to maintain their traditions, too. Happy New Year to you and the whole world! Ralph Lord Roy of Southington is a retired United Methodist minister. Email:

proved Jan. 9 will be used to provide design and soil hazardous material removal services at the following schools: Burrville Regional Fire School (Torrington) Eastern Connecticut Regional Fire School (Willimantic) Fairfield Regional Fire School Naugatuck Valley Regional Fire School (Beacon Falls) Waterbury area Wolcott Regional Fire School (Cheshire) According to the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA) there are about 26,000 firefighters in Connecticut. About 4,000 are professional firefighters and more than 22,000 are volunteers.

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Seven easy ways to make this year a healthy one certain cancers. The goal is to eat colorful produce like carrots, pomegranates, tomatoes, grapes, squash, eggplant, berries, and broccoli. The brighter and richer the pigment, the higher the level of nutrients. “In the nutrition world, we like to say if it comes from the ground and it stains your shirt, you want to be eating it,” says Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a nutritionist at Dana-Farber. Kennedy also says drink plenty of water and try to limit red meat. She and her DanaFarber nutrition colleagues offer a wealth of information and recipes on Dana-Farber’s nutrition website and DanaFarber’s free nutrition app, Ask the Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer. Three: Skip that cocktail The holidays are a time of parties and cocktails but moving into the New Year try limiting alcohol consumption. Studies find that it may lower the risk of developing some cancers. Dana-Farber researchers found that women who consume one alcoholic drink a day may increase their risk for breast cancer. “Women need to consider the possible effects of alcohol on breast cancer risk when weighing the risks and benefits of alcohol consumption,” says Wendy Chen, MD, PhD, a breast cancer expert in Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. “Our findings indicate that in some women, even modest levels of alcohol consumption may elevate their risk of breast cancer.” Four: It’s never too late to quit Quitting smoking can be very difficult but studies have shown that kicking the habit can result in a healthier lifestyle. And, if you’re trying to tighten your spending, it can also lead to a significant financial savings. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. It also causes more than 80 percent of all cases of lung cancer and increases the risk of oral, throat, pancreatic, uterine, bladder, and kidney cancers. “Quitting smoking can be an important first step but may also be one of the most

difficult,” says Pasi Jänne, MD, PhD, director of DanaFarber’s Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology. “It can take on average three times to quit. For those who have tried and failed, it’s important to pick another quit date and try again.” Jänne emphasizes that it is never too late to quit. People who stop and remain nonsmokers for at least 10 to 20 years can cut their risk of developing lung cancer in half. Here are some tips that may help: - Plan the quit day. - Follow the four D’s: Deep breaths, Drink lots of water, Do something to avoid focusing on cravings, Delay reach-

ing for a cigarette – the urge will pass. - Avoid triggers: Get rid of cigarettes, lighters, matches, and ashtrays. Five: Go Nuts A recent study involving Dana-Farber researchers showed that people who ate a handful of nuts on a daily basis were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30 year period. On top of that, the nut-eaters were more slender than those who did not eat nuts. “The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29 percent in deaths from heart disease – the major killer of people in America,” said Charles S.

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exactly what it is we need and what we will use it for.” Palmieri said there is still time to choose the furniture, fixtures and equipment for the schools. School staff and officials are working with Palmieri, Fletcher Thompson and other town officials to determine what fits best in the media center. One option is to wait another year before finalizing the equipment, but officials still need to know what would fit within the space. “Because of the timeframe, we’re going to delay that until the end of the project to bring in new stuff,” Palmieri said. “We might be temporarily reusing stuff. Everything is a process and we’re trying to do it right rather than rush.”

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flect the ultraviolet (UV) radiation that causes sunburn, which, in turn increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Some experts say winter sports enthusiasts can face just as much risk of getting sunburn as summer sunbathers. Dana-Farber experts remind to protect year round. - Wear sunscreen, lip balm and makeup with an SPF of 15 or higher. - Use UV-blocking eye protection, especially for skiing. - In a tropical setting, wear a broad brimmed hat and UVblocking sunglasses. - Avoid excessive exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest. Seven: Don’t forget your dentist Visiting the dentist is not just about clean and healthy teeth. Dentists also are on the front lines of detecting cancer in the mouth and can spot pre-cancerous lesions that can develop from smoking or chewing tobacco. In addition to the increased risk of cancer, smoking and using tobacco can erode teeth and gums. “The treatment for this type of head and neck cancer can be a radical and deforming surgery,” warns Robert Haddad, MD, disease center leader of the Head and Neck Oncology Program at Dana-Farber. He stresses, “The changes in the cells never go away once they happen. So don’t start using tobacco and if you have, get help to stop.” - - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston

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Health tips for your youngsters StatePoint – Childhood obesity rates have skyrocketed over the past 30 years. Right now, one-third of American kids are overweight or obese. “Unfortunately, healthy eating for kids isn’t always stressed consistently.” says Debbie Blacher, founder of Wholesome Tummies, a children’s food franchise devoted to bringing nutritious meals to schools. “Many kids lack access to nutritious food and good information about healthful eating and behaviors.” Since most kids consume half their daily calories at school, healthy eating habits must be addressed both at home and in the classroom,

she stresses. Blacher, a mom herself and an expert on crafting healthful school lunches, is offering these lunch packing tips for parents: • Make a bento box: Instead of packing the traditional entrée and sides, make lunch out of small snacks in a multi-compartment box. Hardboiled eggs, raisins, an apple or other fresh fruit, crackers, tuna fish, pasta salad, veggies, dips and more. • Travel the world: Go with an international theme each day, such as Mexican, Asian or Italian. Include an educational note about the meal’s origin. • Include a surprise: Kids

love surprises, such as favorite photos, stickers or a reminder about an upcoming event. A lunch box surprise can make your child’s day extra special. Busy parents may not have the time to pack lunch each day. But programs like Wholesome Tummies are providing schools with affordable, healthy, kidfriendly lunches. More information can be found at www. But nutrition is only half the equation. As screen time competes for kids’ attention, active time is decreasing. And exercise is crucial to preventing obesity, improving motor skills and providing a social outlet. Unfortunately, not all kids are receptive. “One of the biggest challenges is getting shy kids to participate,” says Jyl Camhi, co-founder of Great Play, a children’s gym franchise that uses interactive technology and a progressive curriculum based on motor-skill development.

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desk in his second floor office, meeting with visitors or people who come in with planning questions or issues, his canes are leaning in back of his desk, looking just like ski poles. And, just like on the dais, Voelker is to the point. “He sure is, which is positive as far as I’m concerned,” said Kevin Daly, vice president and general counsel for Bozzuto’s, Inc., a regular at Planning & Zoning meetings. “He’s a straight shooter and right on point, a true professional. He’s been really good with Bozzuto’s, very clear on what the rules and regulations

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numbers were also found in Newton’s phone, that the arrest had taken place,” Baribault wrote. “Anthony also stopped calling and attempting to communicate with Newton. This prevented the members of the NET unit from gaining any intelligence or information that may have been contained in any communications from Anthony to Newton.” In August 2013, Anthony Palmieri was charged with s t ra n g u l at i o n , b u rg l a r y and criminal mischief in a New Haven home invasion. According to New Haven police, Anthony Palmieri broke into the home of an ex-girlfriend after an argument and attacked her. Anthony Palmieri also faces three charges of violation of a protective order. He was scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10 for those charges. Anthony Palmieri was also arrested in a Bristol home invasion in April of last year. He pleaded guilty to second-degree breach of peace, according to court documents. Two others were arrested with him. The first part of Lewis Palmieri’s suspension – four 10-hour days of unpaid leave – began Jan. 3. If Lewis Palmieri has no further discipline for the next two years, the last 40 hours of his suspension will be removed. Lewis Palmieri is a 26-year veteran of the department. Police officials have declined to comment.

Voelker for his upfront personality and knowledge. “He’s been great since he first came on,” said Earl Kurtz, III, Planning & Zoning Commission chairman. “He’s accessible, easy to get a hold of. We get a lot of our questions answered before the meetings and that’s great,” Kurtz said. As for Voelker’s disability. “If you didn’t see him walking into the meeting, you’d never know,” he added. “I had no idea when I first met him because he was already sitting at the desk.” Behind the desk or dais, Voelker still sports the athletic build that was a part of his life until he was diagnosed sometime between 1997 and ’98, he doesn’t recall exactly. “I’m lucky. I don’t feel sorry for myself because I’ve had a great life,” he said. “I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do. I’ve played sports. I’ve skied, run track. I’ve had fun. There are people who are born handicapped who will never know what that is like, babies born with this.” Voelker recently got back from a ski trip with his wife, Melinda, and two sons, Johnny, a sophomore at

Purdue and Matthew, a senior at Southington High School. “My boys had two days of primo skiing and they knew when they were done they had dad’s chili waiting for them. It made me feel really good, brought out the nurturing side of me,” he said, “I have an amazing wife who loves me, and two great kids who still have a need to interact with their father.” Voelker looked over at his canes. “This is a sideshow. This is a distraction,” he said. “Being a handicapped person ... I try to look at it as being a member of a very exclusive club. A club in which we don’t want any new members.” As a member of that club though, he goes to a therapy pool in New Britain. “I get to hang out with my bros,” he laughed. “We ask each other why we’re there. ‘Hey, what’s your deal?’” Voelker has been a town planner for 32 years, the last eight in Cheshire. He’s been using canes for the last five or six years, “but I probably should have had them before that,” he laughed. “I know, typical guy thing.” His sons helped him pick


out his first cane, one with flames on it, like the title character in the TV show, “House.” Now, he said, it’s not as big a deal to walk with the canes as it may have been a couple of decades ago. “Kids look at me, but generally people are really good. There’s much greater societal awareness and a lot of baby boomers are walking with canes, because a large part of the population has aged,” he said. “It’s veterans who don’t know if I’m one of them. They’ll hold the door first. Hey, you either like me or you don’t.” One of the things the canes have helped Voelker with is slowing down. “I get to know people better,” he said. “I see things more than most people. I want to emphasize that I’m lucky compared to some people.” He added that town officials have helped a lot. “Michael Milone has been very good to me. He can see when I’m having a bad day,” he said. Aat the end of the day, good or bad, he gets to be the dad making chili, which is the part of his life that brings the most joy.

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associates and other drug users hours after receiving the message from his father. One of those texts was to an ex-girlfriend saying he’d left drugs in Newton’s car and that he was looking to find more Suboxone, a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence, according to the manufacturer website. Another was to one of Anthony Palmieri’s drug dealers, the report said. “Mark got popped… now is da time to make money,” the text said. Police investigators interviewed Lewis Palmieri for the report. The detective said Newton’s arrest was made in public and wasn’t a secret. “Detective Palmieri explained that he did not send the text to provide any information to Anthony to thwart the investigation; he sent the message out of frustration because he saw his son’s number on Newton’s phone,” the report said. Police Lt. Michael Baribault, the internal investigator, concluded that despite Lewis Palmieri’s intention his text did violate department rules on releasing information and could have hurt the investigation. “After receiving the text from his father, Anthony began to text known drug users, persons directly involved in the Newton investigation and people whose contact

are, and he’s never promised us anything. He’s very clear on that.” Daly added that he appreciates Voelker’s consistency. “You don’t hear one thing on the phone and then find something else out. I truly appreciate that,” Daly said. “The town is very lucky.” Attorney Anthony Fazzone, who also regularly goes before commissioners and answers Voelker’s questions, agrees. “He is very direct,” said Fazzone. “I feel like I have a good working relationship with him. I have never felt that his handicap is an issue or in any way interferes with working with him or his getting things accomplished.” Commissioners respect

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Valentine steals the show in Southington Former MLB player and manager Bobby Valentine, left, and Southington Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo share some laughs with ESPN’s Mike Soltys, right, during the Southington Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Supper at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington Jan. 7. (Dave Zajac / Special to The Citizen)

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It was a scene that would have been hard to imagine 15 months ago when he was fired at the end of his one turbulent season managing the Boston Red Sox. Jan. 7, at the Southington Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Supper at the Aqua Turf Club, Bobby Valentine rubbed elbows and shook hands with virtually each of the 120-plus people in attendance and, after an hour-long speech, left to an ovation. A standing ovation. Valentine, 63, chronicled his life and how lucky he was in each of his stops before becoming a professional baseball player and eventually a Major League manager who won over 1,700 games for the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and the Red Sox. He also had two stints managing professional ball in Japan. Valentine said he grew up a Yankee fan in Stamford and his childhood idol was Mickey Mantle. The two men later became friends.

Valentine spoke about Mantle’s struggles with alcohol and how he and Mantle’s wife convinced the former Yankees slugger to check into a Betty Ford Clinic in California.

Valentine also said he has fond memories of Southington. “Southington always has a soft spot in my heart,” Valentine said. “I was an All-State football player for

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Girls hoop wins sixth; Gymnasts shine Girls basketball Southington 49, Hall 44: The Blue Knights snapped a three-game slide with the CCC West victory in Southington. The Knights led wire to wire to improve to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the division. Hall slid to 4-6 and 2-4. Southington’s Maggie Meehan and Hall’s Allyson Swaby shared scoring honors with 19 points apiece. Meehan connected for a trio of 3-pointers. The Blue Knights also got 11 points from Sarah Mongillo and eight apiece from Natalie Wadolowski and Nicole Fischer. Boys basketball Hall 50, Southington 41: The Blue Knights fell to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the CCC West with the divisional de-

feat in West Hartford. The Warriors established a 17-7 lead after one quarter and got team-wide scoring in improving to 2-5 and 1-3. Lamont Freeman, Lmain Sillah and Gabi Lichtenstein netted nine points apiece to lead the way. Pat Freer scored a gamehigh 14 points to pace Southington. Mike Pagano added 10. Bulkeley 55, Southington 45: Jashar Haslam racked up 22 points to lead the Bulldogs to the CCC interdivisional win in Southington . Mason Miles added 11 points as Bulkeley built an 18-13 after one quarter and made it stand up the rest of the way. The Bulldogs are now 3-4 overall. Southington got 10 points apiece from Pat Freer and Mike Pagano. Kyle Borawski

Southington’s Kyle Borawski takes it to the hoop during a recent matchup. At press time, the Blue Knights owned a record of 1-7. (Photo by Matt Leidemer) collected eight points coming off the bench. The Blue Knights, suffering their second loss in as many nights, are 1-6 overall. Gymnastics Southington/Platt: Kamrin Dawkins of Platt, competing with the Southington team, finished first in the all-around with 37.2 and the Blue Knights won at Newtown with 138.95 points. Southington placed Lexi Rothstein second in the allSee Notes / Page 36

three years in a row. When I was a sophomore, the senior running back that sat next to me in the AllState photo was Southington’s Vinny Clements. I really looked up to him. I remember sitting next to him and his father at the banquet and Vinny’s father told me that his son had a lot of success with the cutback. I told him I liked doing it, but my coach didn’t think it was a good idea. He wants me to follow my blockers. My first run the next year I cutback and I had a long touchdown run and all I could think about was Mr. Clements.” See Valentine / Page 35

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Here’s to another 50 years By Dave Mongillo Special to The Citizen

Mount Southington celebrated its golden anniversary on a gray and stormy day last weekend, but spirits were high as several old friends were reunited. The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of several hundred visitors, young and old, at the celebration. The first 50 years are history, and the local ski hill has grown from two T-Bars and two trails into the full service resort it is today. While the industry has grown and matured, Mount Southington has kept up with the changes. The future is the question. Where does the business go from here? General Manager Ed Beckley gave some hints Mount Southington General Manager Ed Beckley and Snow Sport Director Steve Positano survey the scene during Mount Southington’s 50th anniversary celebration. (Photo by Dave Mongillo)

during a recent chat. “The mountain is pretty complete. We don’t have any room to expand,” Beckley said. “We plan to make improvements to the base area and lodges. We are also looking to increase the water supply for our snow-making system. Right now we can pump 1,800 gallons per minute and we would like to increase that to 2,500 gallons when conditions are right.” In last Saturday’s rain, the most enthusiastic skiers on Mount Southington were the little racers in the U-10 class. Twenty eight boys braved the fog and the local team put four into the top 10. Noah Richert made two super runs to take the gold. Max Sena-Goldschmidt finished third followed by Charlie Schneider in fourth. On the girls course, Mount

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off with the state coach and player of the year awards at Walter Camp “Breakfast of Champions” Jan. 11. And that was fine with the Southington Blue Knights, who had finalists in each category in head coach Mike Drury and quarterback Stephen Barmore. The Blue Knights were in more of a group celebration mode. The entire varsity attended the breakfast to toast its Class LL state championship and the four Southington players named to the Walter Camp All-State team (Barmore, wide receiver Alex Jamele, defensive end Zach Maxwell and kicker Kyle Smick). After a year of sweat, the Blue Knights, like the state’s other three state champions from Ansonia, St. Joseph and New Canaan, savored the sweet Saturday morning at Anthony’s Ocean Side. “It was a good day,” said Drury. “Well deserved for them.” Saturday’s breakfast was See Event / Page 36

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Valentine was a standout baseball and football player at Stamford’s R ippowam High School. He said his luck started there when the junior high school he was supposed to attend closed down. This allowed Valentine to learn the Rippowam plays as a ninth grader. He knew them well enough to immediately play as a sophomore. “People asked me how I was the only three-time All-

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State player in the history of the state,” Valentine said. “It was because I was lucky. I knew the plays going into my sophomore year.” As a high school junior, Valentine was scouted by chance by a Providence assistant baseball coach Lou Lamoriello, who is now an NHL Hall of Famer. “The Providence basketball coach at the time lived in Stamford and invited (Lamoriello) to dinner and eventually asked him to stay overnight because he wanted him to watch a baseball game

the next day,” Valentine recalled. “I was playing in that game. I got four hits, including a home run.” Lamoriello approached Valentine’s parents asking if he was interested in playing in the Cape Cod League, an invitation he accepted. As just a junior in high school, Valentine was playing against the best college players in the country. He hit over .300 that summer and was heavily scouted collegiately and professionally. Valentine went all over the country to visit a variety of elite programs. His last stop was the University of Southern California. “I walked around campus with O.J. Simpson, whose place I was going to take at

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story in 1970 when he was playing Triple-A ball in Hawaii when he was beaned in the right cheek by a pitch. A world-renowned plastic surgeon happened to be in the stands. He followed Valentine to the hospital and performed surgery on him. Va lentine went on to have playing stints with the Angels, Padres, Mets and Mariners before retiring. He became the third base coach for the Mets and was later hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers in 1985. His greatest success as a manager was bringing the Mets to back-to-back playoff appearances in 1999 and See Valentine / Page 36

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2000. He guided the Mets to the Subway Series.

Valentine took questions on Jan. 7 from the audience. The former manager addressed an infamous moment from his career: being thrown out of a 1999 Mets-

Blue Jays game and returning to the dugout in disguise. Valentine was tossed after arguing with the umpire when Mike Piazza was called for a catcher’s balk.


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era showed him. The manager was fined $10,000 and was suspended three games. Valentine, who also had stints at ESPN and NBCSN, said he was lucky to manage the Boston Red Sox in 2012, the 100th year anniversary of Fenway Park. Valentine is currently the Executive Director of Athletics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He also owns Bobby V sports bars in Connecticut and Texas. “He’s probably the most best , most ch a r i sm at ic spea ker we h ave h ad ,” Sout h i ng ton Ch a mber President Art Secondo said. “It was a special night.”


Wrestling Southington’s 106-pounder Zach Murillo battled his way through a 32-man bracket to finish sixth at the two-day Eastern States Classic in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. The tournament featured 132 teams from six states. Boys swimming Manchester 94, Southington 91: The Blue Knights fell to 1-1 with the CCC interdivisional defeat in Manchester. Southington’s medley relay team of Zack Blake, Matt Duszak, Charlie Morelli and Joe Taglia finished first in 1:51.02.

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around with 35.7 and Vicky Castillo was third at 34.35. Indoor track McReavey Invitational: Two Southington boys relay teams placed. The 4x200 squad of Peter Majchrcak, N o a h V i o l e t t e , Ky l e DeFrancesco, Dan Williams and Liam Scafariello was fourth at 1:41.75. The 4x400 unit of Colin Murphy, Damiaen Florian, Dan Parzych and Sean Conway was third with a 3:51.03.

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“I had all new coaches and I felt I had to get back out to the dugout,” Valentine said. “Robin Ventura throws me some sunglasses and tells me to put them on. He said to take off my uniform top. Orel Hershiser tells me to pull my hat down low and no one would know it was me. I put two eye-black stickers above my lip and the guys in the clubhouse said, ‘They will never know.’” The manager returned to the dugout. Valentine said that John Olerud spotted him from first base and couldn’t stop laughing. Then everyone in the dugout turned their heads toward Valentine. Soon the TV cam-

the start of a full day of Walter Camp Football Foundation events in New Haven. Brockett and his Ansonia Chargers wound up returning to the Elm City at night for the national awards banquet at Yale University Commons. Ansonia, the 15-0 Class S champ and Connecticut’s overall No. 1-ranked team, received the Walter Camp Kelly Award. That earned the Chargers recognition alongside Walter Camp’s All-American college team and its player of the year, Florida State quarterback and Heisman Award winner Jameis Winston. Brockett and his boys also rubbed elbows with Walter Camp’s major award winners for 2013: former Notre Dame/Washington Redskins

quarterback Joe Theismann (Distinguished American), former Penn State/Oakland Raider lineman Matt Millen (Man of the Year) and former North Carolina All-American Ken Huff (Alumnus of the Year). “It’s a special night for the team, for the kids, for our community,” Brockett said in between events. “We’ve 100 people going down.” Brockett has led the Chargers to three straight undefeated state championships. The cornerstone has been Newsome, a not very big but remarkably quick and elusive back who played as a freshman before becoming Ansonia’s full-time ball-carrier as a sophomore. This year, with 3,867 yards, Newsome led the entire country in rushing. With 10,672 career yards, Newsome is See Event / Page 37

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the additional burden of a 43-game winning streak, just six shy of tying the state record of 49 established by the Cheshire dynasty of the mid-1990s. If the Chargers are to reel in that record they’ll do it, in part, by not dwelling on it. “I think one of the reasons we’ve been successful in those areas is we keep those things far away. We don’t talk about them with the kids,” said Brockett. “We’ve got to win one


game before we win seven. Next year’s team will start with zero wins.” Hopefully, the underclassmen in attendance at Anthony’s Ocean Side on Saturday ate well. The push to get back to the peak in 2014 has only just begun.

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the only high school running back in Connecticut history to surpass the 10,000yard mark. The Walter Camp player of the year award he received Saturday was his third straight. As for Brockett, his overall record of 100-7 in his eight seasons, which have ended five times with state championships, ranks No. 1 in the Connecticut record book for coaching winning percentage at .935. Finishing runner-up to the likes of that was hardly a knock on Drury and Barmore, or New Canaan coach Lou Marinelli and Middletown quarterback Dario Highsmith, who were also in contention for the coach and player of the year awards. “Both of those guys are great coaches,” Brockett remarked. “Obviously, the job Coach Drury has done there in such a short period, I have so much respect for him.” Said Drury, who oversaw Southington’s second state championship in only his third year at the helm: “Being selected to be a finalist and having Stephen be a finalist, that’s a real honor. Obviously, Arkeel Newsome had just a tremendous career. He led the nation in rushing. There’s something to be said about that.” And there’s something to be said about Barmore, who’s known Newsome since before high school and followed a similar career arc. Like Newsome, Barmore cracked the varsity ranks as a freshman, then became a starter as a sophomore. Barmore signed off with Southington team records for career victories (31), career completions (464) and touchdown passes in a season (42, of which 29 went to Jamele, who broke the state record for TD receptions in a season). As a senior, Barmore completed 193 of 302 passes for 3,088 yards. He threw only six interceptions. Drury believes Barmore’s best work came at the most critical time: in the second half of the Class LL final against Fairfield Prep. Down 28-14, Barmore and the Blue Knights outscored the Jesuits 38-6 after the break to run

dous career, one of the best years in Southington history. A great quarterback, a proven leader, a true scholar-athlete.” Barmore, like Newsome, will keep his talents in state. While the Southington quarterback heads to Yale, the Ansonia running back is bound for UConn. Drury and Brockett, meanwhile, must soldier on without them in following up state championship seasons. Ansonia, which will suffer heavy graduation losses, has


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away to a 52-34 victory. Make that “catch off.” Barmore completed 22 for 33 passes for 346 yards and four TDs in his farewell performance (though the last image was of him returning an interception 67 yards for a game-icing score). “He rallied the guys. He saved his best for that second half. He wasn’t flustered; he wasn’t bothered. He went out there and just competed like the competitor he is,” Drury said. “Stephen had a tremen-



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Take the plunge As you may remember, Jon Boros passed away suddenly on April 3, 2013 leaving behind his wife, Hacah and two children, Grace and Noah. Jon participated in the YMCA Polar Plunge for the first time last January and as a tribute to him and his fun-loving personality, Hacah along with other friends and family members will be taking the plunge this year. Hacah has made the decision to keep Jon’s legacy alive by giving back to the community, just as Jon had done a year earlier. Hacah’s act of strength and bravery is very inspiring and we hope you will come out to support her and the rest of Jon’s Jumpers as they pay tribute to the late, great Jon Boros. Jon’s team will be dressed in Orange, Jon’s favorite color, and wearing funny hats; they will be the first team to jump in on Jan. 18, for the Ninth annual

Computer fair A Cogan Computer Fair is being sponsored by Southington High School Band Backers Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the SHS cafeteria, 720 Pleasant St. Cogan Fairs brings a wide variety of computer dealers together in one location to sell computer merchandise at discount prices. Students and parents enter free with student ID.

Babysitting certification YMCA Polar Plunge at 1 p.m. at YMCA Camp Sloper. To join Hacah and all the other brave plungers, contact Mark Pooler at mpooler@ or (860) 621-8194 ext. 304.

Southington Youth Services is sponsoring a babysitting certification course at the Municipal Assembly Room, 196 N. Main St., over the course of two nights, Jan. 30, 5 to 7 p.m., and Feb. 13, 5 to 7 p.m. Both classes must be attended to obtain the certification. There is a fee for the class. The class is open to Southington youth age 12 and over, and is limited to 15 slots.Call (860) 276-6281 to register your child.

Gently used gowns sought Kristen’s Kloset is gearing up for the upcoming prom season. It is accepting donated, gently used and up-todate style gowns for students with limited resources. Kristen’s Kloset is in its eighth year of operation, serving girls throughout Connecticut. For more information, call Southington Youth Services at (860) 276-6281 or email youthservices@southington. org. Donations are tax deductible.

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CHEVY HHR LT 2009 # 13362A $7250 Dont Miss...Call Chris 203 271-2902

CHEVY COBALT 2010 #18914 $8,250 Don’t Miss... Call Chris 203 271-2902

CHEVY CRUZE LT 2012 Was 22,895 NOW 16,995 Save $4500 off MSRP Stock # 4811L12 Proof of Job, Proof of Address and Blasius Will Give You a Loan. 100% Guaranteed Ask for Darrell 1 888 207-3682


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CHEVY Camaro 2012 Coupe 1SS 8 Cylinder, Fuel Injected Stock# 13-1920A $27,990 203-235-1669

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Contact Dan The “Five Star Auto Man” at Richard Chevrolet in Cheshire 203 271-2902

DODGE Grand Caravan 2001 Sport, 4 Spd, Auto $2,988 BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

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HYUNDAI SANTA FE 2003 4dr GLS 4WD Auto 2.7L V6 Stock #13-976A $7,990 (203) 235-1669

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Hyundai Sonata GLS 2001 $3,288 6 Cyl, 4 Spd Auto BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106

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Need A Car Loan? Bad Credit... Good Credit... Bankruptcy... Divorced.... No Problem! Proof of Job, Proof of Address and Blasius Will Give You a Loan 100% Guaranteed Ask for Darrell 1 888 207-3682

CHEVY Silverado 2004 1500, 4X4 #14342A $9,850 Don’t Miss... Call Chris

GMC TERRAIN 2013 AWD 4dr SLE w/SLE-2 Stock#1444 $23,988

HYUNDAI Entourage 2007 Find GLS, 4 Door Wagon Automatic Stock# 13-1807A $7,990 203-235-1669

DODGE NEON 2003 $3,288 4 Cyl, 4 Spd, Auto BUY HERE - PAY HERE! (203) 269-1106 Let Us Give You A Fresh Start Cars Starting At $199 Down 24 month/24000 Miles Warranty Tax, Title, Fees Additional Ask for Darrell 1 888 207-3682

DODGE RAM 1500 2012 4 WD, 8 Cyl. Hemi Quad Cab, 6.3 Ft Box ST # 5778A $27,995

TOYOTA COROLLA 2009 4 Cylinder, 4 Door Automatic Stock #13-2071A 203 235-1669

FORD F150, 1998, 4 wheel dr, automatic, 3 door extended cab, 4.6 liter, V8, well maintained, 161k mi. 1 owner. $3100 OBO. Call 860-877-1345.


/classifieds HYUNDAI ACCENT 2009 3 dr HB auto GS Stock #13-1549A $7,990 (203) 235-1669

SMART FOR TWO 2008 2 Door CPE Pure Automatic Stock #13-199A 203 235-1669

So come down and negotiate your best deal!

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JEEP LIBERTY 2010 4 WD, 4 Door Sport Automatic Stock #12-784A $17,990 (203) 235-1669

LEXUS RX 350 2010 AWD, 6 Cyl. Auto #5818A $27,500

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PONTIAC G6 2009 Stock # 1379B $8,388

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GMC YUKON DENALI 2011 AWD, Automatic Stock# 1438 $37,988

CHEVY UPLANDER 2006 Stock #1424 $6,988

FORD FIVE HUNDRED 2006 Limited, 4 Door, Auto # 3687A $6,988


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HYUNDAI SONATA 2010 4 dr Sdn 14 Auto GLS Stock #13-1521B $9,990 (203) 235-1669


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Local. Local. Local. Your Marketplace. JEEP COMMANDER 2007 4 WD, 4 Door, Sport Automatic Stock #13-1379B $13,990 (203) 235-1669

DODGE CALIBER 2007 4 Door Hatchback, R/T AWD #3162A $9,988


HYUNDAI SONATA 2012 4 Door, 2.4L, Auto, GLS # 5787A $19,995

If you can’t find it in Marketplace it’s not for sale. MAZDA 3 2006, new Mazda engine and transmission, mid 2012, 106k miles, 5 speed manual, drives and looks fantastic. Asking $6500. 203-430-5704.

We Accept All Trade-Ins Including Boats, Campers, Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Commercial Vehicles and More! Don’t miss... Call Chris at 203 250-5952

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CHEVY UPLANDER LS 2007 Stock #14110SB $3,850 Don’t Miss... Call Chris 203 271-2902

JEEP Grand Cherokee 2010 Limited, 4 WD, V8, Auto #1473 $17,988

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ARCTIC CAT Snowmobile 1999 ZL 600 Twin Cylinder, Well Maintained. Second Owner. 6,600 Miles. $1,600 or best offer. (203) 634-1161

Help Wanted

Local. Local. Local. Your Marketplace.

SOUTHINGTON Care Center is actively seeking CNAs and Housekeeping/ Laundry staff. Qualified applicants should come in person to complete an application. We are located at 45 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489.

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ADMINISTRATIVE-HVAC Company, PT 30hrs/wk Req. exp. w/Quickbooks, Microsoft & scheduling software. Strong customer service skills a must. Send resume to: oilsix@bchvac.

CNA/HHA Home Health Care. Must have valid driver’s lic. Guardian Angels HomeCare, 203-439-7707

Area small business lender seeks full time receptionist/ secretary to cover front desk and provide general office support as required. Ideal candidate will have a min of 3 yrs exp and must have a high school diploma. Spanish speaking a plus. EOE Send resumes to Receptopening@

Seasonal Call Center Positions Now Available! Find everything at our MarketOpen House Now-1/31/14 place. Always a sale 40+ Hours per week in Marketplace. Apply NOW at 95 Barnes Road, Wallingford, CT 9:00am – 5:00pm

CHILD CARE - Full Time position available for infant and toddler programs, experience preferred. Please call 203-440-4244

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3 Beds, 2.1 Baths, 1,640 SQFT. Exceptional Raised Ranch! Offers Cathedral ceilings/open floor plan. Kitchen w/Granite/center island/SS appliances. Hardwood floors standard. 2 yr warranty.




4 Beds, 2.1 Baths, 2,910 SQFT. Meticulous Colonial situated among fine homes! Eat-in kitchen; HW; Family rm w/FP; slider to deck. Formal DR/LR. Spacious Master Suite w/tray ceiling.


Help Wanted

CT E2 ELECTRICIAN- Looking for a E2 electrician with 4-5 yr commercial experience a must. Fire alarm and generator knowledge helpful. 401K and benefits available. Email resume to: electricianapp1@

HOUSECLEANERS WANTED MAIDPRO Southington. Must be available M-F, 8-5, need Driver’s Lic, reliable car. Up to $13/hr starting wage, plus tips, gas reimb. Hours will vary. Call 203-630-2033 ext. 118. Hablamos Espanol.


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3 Beds, 2.1 Baths, 2,127 SQFT. Stylish Colonial among classic homes! Hardwood throughout/ granite/open first floor; 3 car garage. Finished LL/heated pool w/stamped concrete patio.



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3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,242 SQFT. Adorable Cape! New: Windows/ Roof/Gutters/Septic Tank. 3 yr old furnace. Updated Kitchen/Baths. Newer Appliances. Partially finished basement. Private backyard.





3 Beds, 1 Baths, 1,188 SQFT. Delightful Cape! Private level lot. To include: remodeled kitchen/ newer roof/furnace. Hardwood throughout first floor. 3 season rm w/view of backyard & patio.



2 Beds, 1 Baths, 644 SQFT. Virtually-new Ranch! New: furnace/ wiring/water heater/insulation/ vinyl siding/stove/microwave/ refrigerator. Kitchen/Bath updated. Agent/Seller related.

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WASTE TREATMENT Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (Attendant II): Operates and maintains equipment and processes in a municipal sewage treatment plant. Requires a H.S. diploma and 1 year of post-high school education or training in the environmental field, plus 3 years experience in the operation of a comparably-sized sewage treatment facility. Must possess or be able to obtain within 6 months a Class B CDL. Must obtain State of CT Class 2 Water Pollution Control Facility Operator Certification within 6 months of hire. $23.01 to $27.43 hourly plus an excellent fringe benefit package. Apply: Personnel Department, Town of Wallingford, 45 South Main St., Wallingford, CT 06492. The closing date will be that date the 50th application form/resume is received, or February 14, 2014, whichever occurs first. EOE

Houses For Sale NORTH HAVEN. Quail Run Village. Immac townhome features 2-3 Br, 2.5 BA, 1st floor hardwood, skylights, cathedral ceilings, fplc, porch, brick patio, granite counters, huge basement, all appl. 1906 sq. ft. 7 rooms. 55+ community. $274,900 by owner. 203444-3666, 860-873-1223

Apartments For Rent

Find your dream home in Marketplace. Apartments For Rent CHESHIRE - 4 ROOMS, 1 Level, Deck. Hdwd flrs. No Pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. Lease. $1200/Mo. Incl. heat. Call 203-393-1117

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

WLFD. 3rd flr, 2 BR, nice location. New carpet. $850 + 1 mo sec. Avail 1/1. Water/ trash incl. 203-269-1426.

MERIDEN 54 North Ave. 1BR, 3rd Fl. $525. 2BR, 1st Fl, $650. Credit Check. $1000 sec dep. 716-597-9287

MER Clean Safe Rms. Inclds. H, HW, Elec, Kit Priv. E side. off-st park. $125/wk.+ sec. 12-8pm 203-630-3823

MERIDEN 5 Rooms, 2 BR. You get connecting 2nd & 3rd Flrs. 185 Springdale Ave. Off st parking. Appliances. $800. 860 682-4435 MERIDEN Clean 1 Room Efficiency 2nd Fl. Randolph Ave. Utils included. No pets. $450. 2 mos sec. Credit check required. 203-284-0597

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

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

SO. MERIDEN. 4 BR apt, 2nd & 3rd flrs of 2 family home. W & D hookup, off st parking, no utils. No dogs. $1250. Call 203-235-1468

MERIDEN - East side. Modern, Lovely 1 Br. All Appliances. Deck. Large Kitchen. Secure Parking. Walk to Stop & Shop. $715. 203 269-0763

MERIDEN. LL apt. 1 BR, nice quiet neighborhood. Priv. entrance & driveway, W&D, No util, no dogs. $725. 203-235-1468

MERIDEN - Large 2 bedroom, first floor, on site laundry & parking, 2 months security. No pets. Call 860-810-2941.

MERIDEN 1, 2, 3, & 4 BR Starting at $580. West Side Sec & Refs a must! No Pets. Sec 8 Appr. 1st Mo. FREE! 203 600-5105 SO. MERIDEN 1BR, 1st Floor. Stove/Refrigerator. Off St Parking. Quiet Safe Area. No Pets. $775/mo. 203-238-0566

Hot Water and Electric Included. No smoking/pets. $800/month. 203 444-5722.

Meriden 2 BR, 1st Floor Brand New Cond. New Appliances. Off St Parking. $850 +Utilities. First, Last & 1 Mo Sec. No Pets. 860-663-1229 MERIDEN 2 BR, 2 Full Baths. 1ST Fl. Large, Hardwood Floors. New Windows, Laundry Room. Off Street Parking. Nicely Remodeled. Webster St. 203 634-6550

MERIDEN Nice, Lg 2 BR, Top Fl. Balcony, Laundry facilities, off st parking. E. Main St. 2 mos sec, credit ck. $850. No pets. 203 284-0597 MERIDEN Studio Apt $595. Heat & HW Included. Security & Utilities. Available Immediately. 203-886-8808 MIDDLEFIELD DIRECT WATERFRONT Lakefront small 1 BR, clean, quiet, deck, dock, pets nego. 860-543-5462 PLAINVILLE. Beautiful 3 rms, 1 BR, new bath, kit, LR, gas heat, c/a, parking for one car. No pets. $795. Sec/refs req. 860-747-8981 WALLINGFORD. 2 BR, 1st flr, $1000/mo. 2 mo. security. No utils included. Call 203-824-2055 WALLINGFORD 1 & 2 BR Apts Available No Pets. No Smoking $600-$750 203 284-0585 WALLINGFORD - 1st floor, nice area, $900/month plus utilities. 203-999-2505

MERIDEN 2 BRs, 2nd Fl Appliances, Off Street Parking. Quiet Dead End. $900/month + Security. (203) 630-1102.

WALLINGFORD 3 BR spacious Victorian. Fully remodeled. Hdwd flrs. Washer/ Dryer incl. $1325. 21-23 Academy St. 203-265-9871

MERIDEN - 3 BR, 2nd Fl. Hdwd Floors. Off st parking. Heat & Hot Water Included. No smoking/ pets. $1150/ Mo. 203 444-5722.

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

Furniture & Appliances

Pets For Sale

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

Rooms For Rent PERSIAN KITTENS Purebred. 2 Seal Lynx Point, 1 tabby. $900. Sire CFA registered. Parents on premises.

If you can’t find it in Marketplace it’s not for sale.

YORKIES, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Boxers Bostons, Shih Tzus, Schnoodles, Mixed Breeds, Rescues Available. $250 plus. Call (860) 9304001

North Haven Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Satellite TV. Short Stay/Daily/ Weekly. On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

VOLUNTEERS Needed To feed horses AM & PM. Wallingford area. Call 203265-3596

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Lawn and Garden

MERIDEN - Rent needed for the homeless. Please Call and leave message at office: Bobby Norrie Real Estate Co. 860-621-6095

2003 JOHN Deere, Model X585, 4 wheel drive. Mower, plow, chains, cart. Good cond. $6500. 203-379-7177

Pets For Sale ATTENTION Dog Owners! Dog Obedience Classes Starting January 13 at Cheshire Park & Rec. Bruce Giannetti, Phil Huntington & Kathy Queen - Instructors. Call 203-272-2743 9am-4pm. After 6pm Call 203-235-4852. PARAKEET - Hand fed babies, tame, sweet, great for beginners or experienced bird owners. $50 each or 2 for $80. Call 203-600-8880.

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

Furniture & Appliances

Placing a marketplace ad is an easy and affordable way to whip up some interest amoungst potential buyers. What are you waiting for? Contact us today and start turning the stuff you don’t want into something you do want!

Sporting Goods & Health TREADMILL 5 HP. Incline. Many features. Barely used. $40. 203-235-1909

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

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AMAZINGLY CLEAN Cleanest Seasoned Firewood in the State! $210 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 & picked up. South Meriden. Mike 203 631-2211

1, 2 or 3 Items or an estate $$$ CA$H $$$ 203-237-3025 ESTATE SALE SERVICE Costume Jewelry, Antiques, paintings, Meriden-made items, toys, lamps

Miscellaneous For Sale 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

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, China, Glass. Furniture, 50’s Items. Whole Estates 203 238-3499


SOLID Brass Headboard. Queen size. Adjustable height. $40. 203-235-1909


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CHESHIRE-LARGE downstairs, 1 BR in quiet country setting, near Rt. 10, minutes from I-691. Outside patio, onsite laundry, off street parking, $850 includes heat & hot water. Sec & ref. No pets. Call Doug at 203-892-3567

Apartments For Rent

WINTER SPECIAL MERIDEN- 1BR $750/month. HEAT, HOT WATER & ELECTRIC INCLUDED. Private Balcony. 203-639-4868

Condos For RentMarketFind everything at our MERIDEN - 1 BR, Large Rooms. Off st parking. Heat, place. MERIDEN 1 BR Appliances, Laundry, Storage, A/C & Pool. Rent Includes Heat & Hot Water $810/Month 203-264-2555

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Home Improvement

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

FLAGGE TILE COMPANY All Phases Ceramic Tile Wood/Laminate Installations TUB/TILE GLAZING 860-302-4525 CT HIC # 0626897

Electrical Services

Income Tax

T.E.C. ELECTRICAL SERVICE LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service SMALL JOBS WELCOME 203-237-2122

RALPH LOMBARDI LLC Federal and State Returns prepared for $75. Includes E-File. Call for free estimates. 860-621-4526.

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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Junk Removal

FENCES to Faucets Got a list of things to do? Insured. Call MGW! CT#631942 203 886-8029

Home Improvement ALL Your Remodeling & Construction Needs! Kitchens, Baths, Painting, Decks, Windows, Doors. No job too small. We do it all! Free Est. 40 yrs in bus. Lic & Ins. #539493 203-530-1375

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

Painting & Wallpapering

Plumbing JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We remove Furniture, Appliances, And Entire contents of: Homes, Sheds, Estates, Attics, Basements, Garages & more. **Fall Yard Clean-ups.** FREE ESTIMATES LIC & INS. 203-535-9817 or 860-575-8218




CARL’S Plumbing & Heating Speak directly to the plumber, not a machine. We snake drains. Cell 203 272-1730, 860 680-2395

Local. Local. Local. Your Marketplace.

WE HAVE DUMP TRUCK We do all the labor. Registered and insured. Free on-site estimate. Call Ed


Operators are ready to take your ad now. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Find your dream home in Marketplace.

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


WANTED: Antiques, Costume Jewelry, Old Toys, Military Items. Anything Old. Open 6 days. 18 South Orchard St Wallingford CT 06492 or call 203-284-3786

Music Instruments & Instruction

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

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Siding, Roofing, WindoWS, deckS, Remodeling gutteRS ct Reg#570192 (203) 639-1634

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(203) 238-1953 GONZALEZ CONSTRUCTION ************* Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. ************* 203-639-0032 info@ gonzalezconstructionllc. com Fully licensed/insured. Reg #HIC577319

SIDING, ROOFING, Windows, Decks, Sunrooms, Additions. CT Reg. #516790 203-237-0350

Snow Plowing

FRONTLINE Plumbing & everything at our MarketFire Sprinklers, LLC place. Top quality installs/repairs. Roofing, Siding, Lic & ins. 203 213-0691 WindoWS, Decks, Remodeling Gutters FRONTLINE Plumbing & CT Reg#570192 Fire Sprinklers, LLC (203) 639-1634 Top quality installs/repairs. Lic & ins. 203 213-0691

Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060 DAWSON DRYWALL Repairs to sheetrock, ceiling repairs & painting. Over 35 yrs. exp. Free estimates. Lic. & insured. 203-272-4544/860681-6074

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431

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

PAINTING SPECIALS Condos, Apts., Cabinets, Bsmnts, Popcorn Ceilings, Crown Molding, Sheetrock Repair. Eddie 203 824-0446 #569864

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



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Siding 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

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

If you can’t find it in Marketplace it’s not for sale. Tree Services Gary Wodatch LLC TREE REMOVAL All calls returned. CT#620397 Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 Cell 860-558-5430

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