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Southington’s Hometown Newspaper

Friday, March 28, 2014

Parking lot gunman claims self-defense By Lauren Sievert and Mary Ellen Godin

Special to The Citizen

A Meriden man remained hospitalized Monday after being shot early Sunday morning in a municipal parking lot off Center Street, while a New Britain man charged with attempted murder in the case appeared in Bristol Superior

Court. Jesus Morales, 31, of 154 Long Swamp Road, New Britain, was arrested Sunday and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and unlawful discharge of a firearm. Judge Hunchu Kwak set bond at $500,000 Monday and transferred the case to New Britain Superior Court

Gombotz gets Hall call By Nate Brown

Special to The Citizen

Je n n i fe r G o m b o t z , a Plainville High School teacher and coach, is a member of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2014. Gombotz, who starred at Southington High School, will be inducted in the high school player category. She is already a member of the SHS Hall of Fame. “It’s a huge honor. I never – in my wildest dreams Gombotz – would have expected to be in two hall of fames already in my life,” the Southington resident said. “To be rewarded for having fun day in and day out on my high school team, and to be rewarded for something you enjoyed 100-percent is an honor.” At Southington High, Gombotz set a school record for points with 1,135, and led her team to an appearance in the 1996 Class LL title game. “I enjoyed playing with my teammates, and the chemis-

try and family atmosphere that was in the program,” Gombotz said. “It was competitive. We brought the best out of each other to rely on if we needed anything. It was a great group of people to play basketball with.” After high school, Gombotz took her talents to Providence College, where she was a four-year letter winner. Gombotz averaged 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during her career with the Friars while facing tough Big East Conference competition, including the likes of UConn, Georgetown, Rutgers and Boston College. After graduating, Gombotz returned to Connecticut intent on breaking into coaching. “That was always something I wanted to do,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun to coach at Plainville … I think every year we get a new group of kids working together, and the progress that they make from day one to the end of the season is unbelievable. This year was no exception. They work hard, they listen to what they’re told to do, and they work on executing our game plan.” See Gombotz / Page 8

for April 9. According to the police report, officers found Colin Bossidy, 23, of Meriden, on the ground in a parking lot across from Machiavelli’s restaurant on Center Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. An off-duty paramedic was helping Bossidy, who had suffered a single gunshot wound to the left side of his body, between

his hip and armpit. Bossidy was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. A w i t n e ss i d e n t i f i e d Morales as the shooter after seeing photos of customers at Machiavelli’s earlier that night, the report said. Southington police went to Morales’ New Britain home and, with the assistance of local officers, stopped Morales

as he was driving near his house. Morales was taken into custody and police went to his home to search for evidence. Police found a .38-caliber Ruger in a bedroom safe. Morales has a valid pistol permit and the gun was registered to him, the report said. Officers spoke with the two See Shooting / Page 6

A FAIRY TALE DAY The second annual “Princess Meet and Greet” was held Sunday at the Aqua Turf. Girls were able to mingle with real “princesses” at the event, a fundraiser benefiting Southington Community Services and the Junior Miss Southington Organization Scholarship Fund. Twoyear-old Giuliana Riccitelli is pictured. | Photo by Stephen Cieslewski)

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Best friends, neighbors and Southington residents Kimberly Beaudoin and Allyson Genovese spent months preparing for the Mrs. Connecticut America pageant at Foxwoods Casino and Resort on March 15. They shopped together, trained together and rehearsed together. The last thing they expected was for one of them to win the crown. It surprised them even more when they both were the last two standing on stage before the judges announced the winner. “I was actually saying out loud, ‘oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,’ and I was squeezing her hand so hard I didn’t want to let go,” Beaudoin said as she recalled the moment. “I just started crying and the two of us turned to each other right away and were screaming and jumping and tears were coming down our face. The They hadSouthington to call us to the center stage because we weren’t even paying attention to anything going on. I was so exTown, Your News cited Your it was me and her and we worked so hard to get there.” Beaudoin, who entered in the pageant as Mrs.

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Southington, won the title of Mrs. Connecticut America after competing against 13 other women. First runner-up was Genovese who ran as Mrs. Plantsville. Beaudoin has the next five months to prepare for a chance to win the title of Mrs. America 2014 in August. “It doesn’t happen that often but we do have contestants that are friends and do compete together,” said Elaine Paolo, director for Mrs. Connecticut America, who has been directing pageants for 40 years. “But it’s rare two friends compete and one is the winner and the other is the first runner up and from the same area. It’s so amazing.” It was the f irst time Genovese, who is a professional fitness competitor, competed in a beauty pageant. Beaudoin, who started competing in pageants at 16, helped Genovese along the way. “When I hit the stage it was completely different,” Genovese said. “Her and I


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night that sometimes become “violent and confrontational.” During one incident outside the club, Southington police had to call for assistance from Berlin and Plainville police to cover the north and south ends of town while local officers handled a melee outside the restaurant. M a c h i av e l l i ’s o w n e r, Spendi Bomova, responded by installing cameras and hiring more security. Police also increased patrols. In January 2013, Bomova was arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment after the October raid also found that the restaurant was overcrowded and the rear exit door was padlocked shut, meaning people could not get out of the building in an emergency. Bomova said at the time the door was locked accidentally. When contacted Monday, Bomova declined comment on Sunday’s shooting. Machiavelli’s attracts a younger crowd after 10 p.m. While many patrons are local residents, it also draws customers from New Britain, Meriden, Waterbury and New York. The Center Street area has enjoyed a revitalization in the past decade sparked by a sizable town investment and followed by private entrepreneurs. There are six bars and restaurants in the immediate area. “It’s not very good for the downtown area,” Al

Ricciardone said of the shooting. Ricciardone is the owner of Friends Cafe on Liberty Street, about a block away. “We have some of the best bands in the area so we draw a lot of people from other areas. This being in the news — I don’t think it’s a good promotion.” Ricciardone saw blue police cruiser lights as he was leaving Sunday morning. He said the Friends crowd is older, and he doesn’t have the same problems. “Fortunately, I don’t see it in this area,’ he said. “We’re a little further away.” State Rep. David Zoni, D-Southington, visits Machiavelli’s and other bars and restaurants along Center Street as do other local residents. He described the shooting as something that happens when you mix alcohol with testosterone. “Sometimes when you add a weapon it takes it to another level,” Zoni said. Along with increased security and cameras, Zoni


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Piano concert

Southington High School is seeking nominations for its Wall of Honor, honoring SHS grads who have humanitarian, community service or career accomplishments. Applications can be downloaded from the school website, or by contacting Bob Brown at Deadline is May 1.

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Rotary Club donates to SEF The Southington Education Fo u n d at i o n re ce ive d a $2,000 donation from the Southington Rotary Club as part of its ongoing mission to provide enriching educational opportunities for students in the Southington Public School district. The Southington Rotary Club has supported the SEF since the foundation’s inception in 2009.

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Gombotz coaches basketball and softball at PHS. She has worked with the Blue Devil girls basketball team for 13 years, the last six as head coach. The Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, founded in 1988, includes such notable names as Shea Ralph, Jennifer Rizzotti and Geno Auriemma. Inductees are chosen in six categories: high school player, high school coach, college player, college coach, referee, and honorary. Gombotz, one of seven inductees this year, will be enshrined in the high school player category along with Chryssandra Watts, a standout at Bristol Eastern and a member of the 1992 USA Olympic handball team, and Bloomfield High School and UConn legend Nykesha Sales. The 2014 induction ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 23 at the Cascade Banquet Facility in Hamden.

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just had a ball with it.” Contestants were judged in three different categories to reach a final score. One was a three-minute interview with the judges, second was the swimsuit presentation and third was the evening gown. The judges take into account each woman’s confidence, poise and stage presence in the last two categories. Once the competition was narrowed to the top eight, the women were asked a question on stage. Beaudoin was asked to tell something about herself that others wouldn’t expect.

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get to a national pageant they will have plenty of rehearsals to get prepared.” Paolo will travel to Tucson, Ariz., with Beaudoin and the women for the Mrs. America pageant at the end of August. Paolo and a team will be there to support the contestants. All of the first runner-ups have one more chance to be part of the Mrs. America show. A website is set up through Mrs. America where people can vote for their favorite by paying $1. The woman with the most votes will earn a spot in the national beauty pageant and the money will be donated to charity.

Whether or not she has the chance to be in the pageant, Genovese said she will be there to support her best friend. “I’m going with that girl,” Genovese said. “I will fly in and not miss that competition. I will not miss her on stage. I’ll give her 100 percent support. Hopefully she takes it home and wins Mrs. America.” While Beaudoin is excited at her chance to be in the Mrs. America contest, she is glad she was able to compete alongside her best friend and neighbor. “What an amazing experience I’ve had with her

Kimberly Beaudoin and Allyson Genovese. and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else. I’m super proud of her,” said Beaudoin. “I have a lot of people behind me. The community of Southington really stood up and they stood behind (Genovese) and myself since both of us are from this area.”


SOUTHINGTON ROBERT ARCIERO, M.D. Dr. Arciero was recently named one of the top orthopaedic sports medicine specialists in the country by Orthopaedics This Week. An accomplished orthopaedic surgeon and chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at UConn Health Center, he is also an active team physician for the UConn Huskies and USA Hockey. Dr. Arciero’s areas of expertise include arthroscopic surgery with a focus on knee ligament instability, cartilage repair and shoulder instability. He has a special interest in the management of complex shoulder and knee injuries.

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open Tuesdays, 2:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 2:30 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop will be open until May 10.

Artist display Ronald Tabellione, of Meriden will display his paintings at The Gallery at The Orchards, 34 Hobart St., April 1 through 30. The title of his show is “Colors of My World.” Tabellione has been drawing and painting since he was a child. He enjoys painting landscapes of places he has visited. Call The Orchards at (860) 628-5656 for available day and evening viewing hours. For information, visit www. southingtonartsandcrafts. or www. “Nature’s Peace,” by Ronald Tabellione.

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From left: Bread for Life’s Eldon Hafford, executive director; and Bill McDougall, chairman of the board, will be honored at the Calvanese Foundation’s 16th Annual Gala.


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Kennedy From Page 12 Sheehan, Evan Sheen, Ryan Shurkus, Zachary Silvaggio, Emily Solomon, Hannah Sousa, Victoria Sousa, Vincent Spizzoucco, Taylor Starr, Stephen Statkevich, Morgan Stavisky, Olivia Stich, Lee Stomsky, Joelle Stublarec, David Sullivan, Mia Sullivan, Justin Taddeo, Christopher Taylor, Joseph Tellerico, Natalie Thomas, John Tracy, Jacob Vecchio, Meredith Veilleux, Joshua Vitti, StefaniaVotino, Kiralyn Wadman, Gianna Wadowski, Julia Wakefield, Nicole Wang, Cody Wankerl, Shane Witkoski, Brandon Wolff, Andrew Wong, Madeline Wright. Grade 6, second honors: Mackenzie Adams, Eva Agnew, Keegan Allister, Alyssa Aulbach, Lauren Avery, Makai Banks, Elizabeth Barclay, Katherine Barner, Dean Bauchiero, Hailey Becquey, Dion Beerbaum, Kristine Beerbaum, Cameron Beidler, Marion Bennett, JaykeBenvenuti, Lauren Boucher, Tara Brock, Jacob Brooks, EmmaleighBujak, Nicholas Buonanni, Christian Cahill, Caelen Cain, Xavier Callender, Zane Chubet, Raymond Cocozza, Anissa Concepcion, Jessica Dammling, Gianna Dangelo, Samantha D’Averso, Heaven Davis, Sophia DiBattista,


Lindsey Dizenzo, Christian Drost, Nina Fabrycki, Sarah Falcetti, Yesenia Feliciano, Natalie Foligno, Nathaniel Fortin, Marco Fusciello, Katie Gaedeke, Joseph Gaudio, Olivia Genovese, Ryan Giudice, Anna Haberski, Joshua Hamilton, SamerHenen, Javon Hicks, Kiara Hourigan, Kayla Hunt, Isabel Iovanna, Kathryn Iverson, Gregory Jamharian, Myah Joiner, Adam Kosko, Evan Kwok, Anthony Lagana, Thomas Lebel, Olivia Liberti, Katelyn Lipsky, Mackenzie Longley, Skylar Longley, Haley Ludecke, Juliet Lyon, Matthew Maciejewski, Evan Maguire, Jessica Mamula, Aidan Marchand, Hailey Marziarz, Alexander Mason, Amanda Maud, Daniel Mauro, Shawn McKnerney, Alexander McPartland, Jake McPhail, Patrick Mercier, Trevor Messina, Nikola Mladen, Jeffrey Moore, Justin Moravsky, Stephen Murray, Noah Nanfito, Kara Nardi, Samuel Nichols, Tyler Nogueira, Nicholas Obuekwe, RiannonOddo, Sean Olson, Jordan Ouellette, Marina Oulundsen, Alexandra Padden, Lukas Peaslee, Karissa Pfeiffer, Leah Pliego, Jack Ramsey, Aidan Reilly, Jayden Renehan, Jack Ringrose, Ethan Ritchie, ViveinRizzuto, Justen Roberts, Kelly Rose, Hailey Ryder, Aqsa Saqab, Christine Sargent, Elizabeth Selmi, Michael Shore,



Audrey Sliker, Benjamin Smith, Brenna Smith, Alicia Spatafore, Chloe Stanish, Paul Stocking, Emerson Suski, Ethan Sutton, Jacob Sutton, Karolina Swinicki, Samuel Terry, Portia Testa, Jackson Thibeault, Thomas Turci, Carter Uhlman, Hailey Vargo, Olivia Walling, Avery Whitehead, Connor Wood, Lawrence Woods, Zachary Zembrzuski. Grade 7, first honors: David Ackerman, Ethan Agli, Kristen Angeli, Ashley Anglis, AparnaAthreya, Reilly Baker, Abigail Barbour, Connor Baston, Evan Belcourt, Kylie Benton, Domenic Bernard, Mary Bilodeau, Karla Blake, Michaela Blumetti, Seth Bogoslofski, Taylor Borla, Jason Brault, Ally Breen, Elijah Buck, Danielle Cammuso, Matthew Carragher, AsamiCastellano, Madelyn Chasse, Alex Crawford, Riley Daly, LynseyDanko, Avery DeLong, Natalie Diaz, NisaDilaveri, Rebecca Dorzens, Zachary Doty, Hailey Dow, Jacob Drena, Julie Duszak, Georgia Falk, Elena Famiglietti, Kaitlyn Feeney, Elizabeth Feest, Ian Fisher, Jacob Flynn, Christopher Gambardella, KalliGianacopolos, Erica Golia, Adam Green, Cory Hemsen, Ryan Henderson, Emma Higley, Hannah Hubeny, Julia Jackman, Kate Kemnitz, Caitlyn Kesilewski, Kyle Kraft,

William Krom, Alexa Kulas, Justin Kupcho, Jamie Lamson, Alyssa Landrie, Mia Langston, Kyle Leifert, Peter Leppones, Michael Lewicki, Abigail Lo Presti, Madison Longley, Juliette Lord, Ryan Loring, OliwiaMarchut, ChrisalaMarotto, Heather Martin, Jenna Martin, Sarah Mathew, Daria McCabe, Michael McLaughlin, Max Noonan, Kathleen O’Reilly, Charles Panke, Connor Patenaude, Amanda Perkowski, Ryan Prendergast, Natalie Pyle, Jordan Rinaldi, Marissa Robarge, Madison Rocha, Kolby Rogers, Tyler Salzillo, Aliya Sarris, Casey Selinske, MallieSelinske, Ty Selinske, Allison Stanton, Tyler Strong, Melissa Tracy, Nicholas Truncali, Chloe Wieleba, Jillian Zakrzewski, JianellaZegarra, Colby Zegzdryn. Grade 7, second honors: Emma Agli, Ian Agnew, John Aligata, Caroline Appelle, Celia Bajrami, Brionna Balek, Mackenzie Boudreau, McKayla Bowker, Adam Bull, Desiree Cammuso, Jacob Cardozo, Olivia Carpenter, Caleb Chesanow, Matthew Chevalier, Sean Crean, Silvio D’Agostino, Mason Daley, Rachael Daniels, Antonio Davino, Alexander Dearborn, Kerry Decker, Carolyn Del Debbio, Kevin Dlugos, Megan Drivdahl, Joshua Dziob, Caden Fisher,

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Cell tower could bring $7k per month to Southington

Southington Central Baptist Church, 1505 West St., Sunday – 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. service; Sunday school - 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday – 7 p.m. service. (860) 621-6701. Faith Baptist Church, 243 Laning St., Sunday worship – 11 a.m.; Sunday school up to the sixth grade - 11 a.m.; adult Bible school - 9:45 a.m. (860) 628-8147. First Baptist Church, 581 Meriden Ave., Sunday – 10 a.m.

Town Attorney Mark Special to The Citizen Sciota told the council that he and other town ofThe Town Council on ficials have been talking Monday night unani- with Verizon Wireless for mously approved a refer- almost two months about a ral to the Planning and 90-foot pole for the tower. Zoning Commission for a The town would receive cell tower on town-owned property on East Street. See Tower / Page 38 By Farrah Duffany

service. First Congregational Church, 37 Main St., Sunday – 8 a.m. chapel communion; 9:30 a.m. service; 11:15 a.m., contemporary service. (860) 628-6958. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 232 Bristol St., Sunday – 9:30 a.m. service; Sunday school, 9:15 a.m. (860) 628-9001. Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant St., Sunday – 8:30 a.m., and 10 a.m. worship service. (860) 628-6996. Immaculate Conception

Church, 130 Summer St., Saturday – 5 p.m.; Sunday – 7:30 and 10:30 a.m., English Mass; 9 a.m., Polish Mass; (860) 628-2181. Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Sunday – 10 a.m. (860) 628-5595. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 145 Main St., Sunday – 8 and 10:15 a.m. service; Christian foundation for all ages, 9 a.m. (860) 628-8486. The Tabernacle, 1445 West St., Sunday – 10:30 a.m. service. (860) 276-0400.

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March 30 Stars and Stripes Co nce r t p i a n i s t Pa u l Bisaccia will present “Stars and Stripes Forever! The Great American Piano,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Plantsville Congregational United Church of Christ, 109 Church St. Tickets will be available at the door the afternoon of the performance. For information or directions, call (860) 628-5595, or go to www. or www. April 1 Lenten series A l l a re we l c o m e a t Plantsville Congregational United Church of Christ, 109 Church St., Plantsville, for this year’s Tuesday Lenten dinner series, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Life of King David.” A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion. The series will place on April 1 and 8. For information, call (860)-628-5595. April 3 On April 3, Plantsville Community Nursery School will host an open house with short program from 6 to 7 p.m. This option offers working parents and their children a chance to visit our school and see what the children are learning. 3 and 4 year old classes are available as well as a new 4 day 4 year old program. Call (860) 628-8878 if you have questions. April 5 Spud Night and a Silent Auction Spud Night and a Silent Auction has been scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First

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Local & State Officials rally for Developer aims to transform Common Core the Southington cinema lot Lawmakers hear a different message during hearing earlier this month By Molly Callahan

Special to The Citizen

HARTFORD — Education officials from across the state gathered in the legislative offices March 12 to rally support for the state Common Core standards before a public hearing by the Education Committee about legislation aimed at imposing a moratorium on the initiative. The rally was organized by “Connecticut’s Big Six,” the self-titled pact of six statewide education and community organizations: the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, the Connecticut Association of Schools, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, and the Connecticut Council for Education Reform. Joining them were representatives from the Connecticut Parent, Teacher, and Student Association, and educators from school systems across the state, including Southington High School Principal Martin Semmel. Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the superintendents’ organization, opened the rally by saying on behalf of his organization that he was “strongly in support of continued implementation of Common Core State Standards,” and “much opposed to slowing it down.” Cirasuolo’s opposition to “slowing it down” stems from a bill in the Education Committee that would put a moratorium on the implementation of Common Core standards, essentially freezing the funding being funneled toward putting the new standards in place for the rest of this, and all of the next, fiscal year. “We should be discussing a bill that increases funding for Common Core, not one that puts a moratorium on it,” Semmel said. “To me, that’s simply a moral imperative.” New Haven School Superintendent Garth Harries said passing the bill would “decimate the efforts we’ve made in the past four years” since the state adopted Common Core standards in 2010. Cirasuolo said that since 2010, every school district in the state has revised its curricula to be able to meet the new standards — though that revision hasn’t been specifically mandated by the state itself. “Practically speaking, if we have a moratorium, what are these people (educators) going to do? Dig through their files to find their curriculum from four years ago and trash everything they’ve been working on?” Cirasuolo said. Karissa Niehoff, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools, responded on behalf of the public school principals she represents. “No. They’d keep going because they know what’s See Common / Page 27

By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen

A local developer is looking to transform the two grassy areas in front of Rave Cinemas Southington into businesses, one of which could be a restaurant. At last week’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Chris Gagnon, a civil engineer with BL Companies in Meriden, presented a preliminary plan to develop separate 1.2-acre and 1.5-acre parcels in front of the cinema. The entire cinema property at 1821 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike is 16.4 acres. Robert Phillips, the town’s planning and community development director, said a potential new owner of the theater has a “desire” to develop the two areas. “There really isn’t any use yet, they anticipate there is interest in one for a restaurant,” Phillips said. “There are a lot of unknowns still on that.” The commission unanimously approved the plans

A developer plans to revamp two grassy areas in front of Rave Cinemas theater, seen here on Tuesday, to establish businesses or office space. No specifics of the plans have been released. | (Dave Zajac / Special to The Citizen) last week. “I’m surprised it hasn’t been developed sooner,” said Michael DelSanto, commission chairman. “We’re talking about a heavily traveled road, not to mention I-84 a couple hundred yards away. I would imagine any type of business would do well there.”

According to commission minutes, Gagnon said many cinemas around the country were “sited pieces of property that are far larger than required” and owners are looking to develop unused land. The land was originally See Theater / Page 26

Pols, cops weigh in on heroin ‘epidemic’ By Charles Kreutzkamp

which may be responsible for the increased fatalities. “Fentanyl is a very powerful U.S. Senators for Connecticut, medication,” Victoria Richards, Chris Murphy and Richard associate professor of medical Blumenthal, held a press con- sciences at the Frank H. Netter ference March 17 in Hartford to MD School of Medicine at discuss the “growing heroin ep- Quinnipiac University said. Fentanyl, like heroin, is an idemic” in the state. Over the last decade heroin opiate-derivative, Richards exuse has nearly doubled nation- plained. Fentanyl is sometimes wide, and Connecticut has seen mixed with heroin to produce a a spike in the number of hero- more potent drug, but fentanyl in-related deaths, the senators carries with it a much greater risk of respiratory depression, said in a statement. Deputy Chief John Klett of which can be fatal. The mixing the Berlin Police Department of the drugs may cause users said that Berlin has dealt with to overdose by accident. The some heroin cases on occasion, deaths are not being caused by but that he does not personally a drug reaction, but by an overknow of any cases where heroin dose of two opium derivatives was found mixed with the pre- that both cause respiratory description medication fentanyl, pression by the same chemical Special to The Citizen

mechanism, Richards said. Fentanyl is very useful in surgical settings and for treating cancer pain, Richards said, but it is important that the public be educated on the dangers of recreational use of opiates. Murphy and Blumenthal called for legislation that would allow police officers to carry and deliver an antidote drug that Richards said is very effective in treating respiratory depression caused by both heroin and fentanyl. This antidote works by blocking the chemical receptors for both opiates, quickly lifting patients out of respiratory depression and saving lives if administered in time. Police officers are often the See Heroin / Page 26

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Friday, March 28, 2014


Opinion Care for your diamonds and avoid heartbreak By Tanya Schnipper Special to The Citizen

This is one of the many true situations that happened to a real jewelry store customer, I call it The Runaway Diamond One of my lovely lady customers was showing me her shaking hand with a big empty diamond engagement ring on her wedding finger. The ring was empty, because the diamond had mysteriously fallen out. All that was left in the center was an ugly hole with sharp edges. The tragedy of the situation, and the mere cost of the lost diamond, had left the lady hysterical. She had no insurance on it. Then she told me how she never took her ring off her finger, ever. How could this happen? What did she do wrong? The customer had blissfully reckoned that the ring, being a symbol of her husband’s eternal love, would also have an eternal life. But just as a love relationship requires occasional maintenance, so does an engagement ring. The lady looked after her relationship well and been married for over 20 years. But the ring? That ring has been subjected to everything from being dug foot deep into the garden soil, to handling dirty laundry. Chlorine from tap water and household chemicals slowly and quietly had eaten away at the metal. Even though the ring was made out of platinum, one of the strongest metals out there, this never meant it was a Superman ring. The metal wore out and the diamond left the building. So what’s the secret formula to keeping a diamond in check? It’s simple.

Maintenance. Make sure the ring is inspected by a detail-oriented jeweler, and if repair work needs to be done, get a price quote first. Different jewelers have different pricing for repairs, and some cost less than others without sacrificing quality and time. Finding a good jeweler is a lot like finding a good doctor, sometimes it’s not love at first sight. But once you find a reputable, knowledgeable, and caring jeweler, and consider trusting that person with your most precious of jewelry, you can safely maintain long term possession of your diamond. Diamonds are held in place by tiny pieces of metal, which usually wear off in about five to 15 years depending on factorss such as whether you have a dishwasher. Once the tiny pieces of metal, which jewelers refer to as prongs wear off, the diamond waves one last goodbye as it exits the ring. So, if you are looking at your engagement ring right now, does it look a little forgotten? When you get caught up in the daily grind, there may be little time to think about your engagement ring. Your diamond may very well be hanging on to the magic mixture of lotion and other embedded dirt that accumulate in rings after a while. Be a hero to your ring, and prevent a possible multi- thousand dollar loss. You may also want to take a look at your jewelry insurance. Check and spring clean your engagement ring, and reveal its original luster. Who knows, perhaps you can see your loved one with new eyes as well. Tanya Schnipper is a jeweler at Prospect Jewelers, located in Prospect.

Women’s history and the issue of female ordination March is Women’s History Month, an appropriate time to focus on women in the Judeo-Christian tradition. How are they depicted in the Bible? How did Jesus view them? What was their role in the early church? What should be their role today? The Hebrew scriptures reflect the patriarchal society at the time. Polygamy was accepted. Jacob, Gideon and David had more than one wife, and King Solomon, still revered by many for his great wisdom, had 700 Rev. Ralph wives and 300 concuLord Roy bines! A husband could divorce a spouse while the reverse was not permitted. Despite such flagrant discrimination, key figures in the Old Testament include Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Deborah, Ruth and Esther Certain women played a significant role in the ministry of Jesus, beginning, of course, with Mary, his mother. She is honored by all Christians (and Muslims, too) and venerated by Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox who view her as the only human being to live a sinless life. Another Mary and her sister Martha opened their Bethany home to him. Christ’s conversation with a Samaritan woman defied Jewish tradition. He saved a woman accused of adultery and about to be stoned to death. For years Mary Magdalene had been portrayed as a repentant prostitute, but more and more Bible students have come to view her instead as an influential leader in early Christianity, the first person to see Jesus after the resurrection. Susanna, Priscilla and Phoebe were among other followers. The epistles of St. Paul, however, set a pattern in the early church. His sentiments in I Timothy 2:11-15 are quoted against female ordination. “I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man; she must be silent.” Women, he continued, will be saved through childbearing “if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” A similar passage is found in I Corinthians 14:34-35. This stern patriarchal bias was intensified by the Church Fathers and others. Some blamed Eve for original sin because, they argued, she was first to be successfully tempted by Satan. Tertullian called women “the devil’s gateway.” St. Augustine held a similar view. St. Ambrose opined that since God took a rib but none of his soul from Adam to create Eve “she was not made in the image of

God, like man.” St. Jerome said “woman is the root of all evil.” St. Thomas Aquinas stated that “woman is naturally subject to man, because in man the discretion of reason predominates.” For centuries women were not permitted in a serious leadership role in the church, apart from positions of authority within convents. The Reformation did little to promote female leadership, though it largely abolished nunneries and established the right of ministers to marry. Martin Luther’s wife, Katherina von Bora, was a former nun. Sixty years ago mainline Protestants began ordaining women. The Unitarians and Universalists, the Salvation Army, some Congregationalist parishes, and two or three Pentecostal sects were among those already leading the way. In the mid1950s the Presbyterians and Methodists started to ordain, followed by the American (formerly Northern) Baptists (1964), Evangelical Lutherans (1970), and Episcopalians (1976), together with major Black denominations and Reform and Conservative Jews. As one indication of the present situation, of the 41,700 ministers in the United Methodist Church, 11,000 now are women. Of the UMC’s 46 active bishops, 11 are women. Many evangelical denominations, including the Southern Baptists, the largest among American Protestants, oppose the ordination of women, though reports indicate that some of their congregations have done so. One survey has found that 59 percent of American Catholics favor female ordination. About 150 women (automatically excommunicated) claim to have been canonically ordained and belong to the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. While Pope Francis has noted that the role of women cannot be limited “to altar girls or the president of charity,” he added that “the church has spoken” about female ordination “and said no…. That door is closed.” It’s not for me to propose what the Catholic Church should do, but why not consider welcoming women into the diaconate? I’m not the first, of course, to suggest this. There are scholars who believe that deaconesses played a significant role in the early church. But what if they didn’t? Tradition sometimes needs to be challenged in today’s changing world. Women already are carrying most of the administrative responsibility in thousands of Catholic parishes. Ralph Lord Roy of Southington is a retired United Methodist minister. Email:  

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Heroin said. Carbonella serves as co-chair on the Middletown first on the scene when an Substance Abuse Prevention Council as well as the overdose is reported. “It’s an issue that we have, Middletown Youth Services unfortunately, become in- Coordinator. Carbonella said that the creasingly more aware of, particularly the transition council is working on profrom prescription drugs into moting awareness and preheroin use,” Justin Carbonella vention of prescription drug From Page 20

abuse, which is known to be a gateway to heroin use. In Middletown, efforts are being made to organize a prescription drug buyback, Carbonella said. In North Haven, there is a prescription drug take-back event twice a year, which allows people to dispose of prescription medications quickly, safely, and with no questions asked. The next disposal drive will be April 26. North Haven has also seen some recent success in tracking down narcotics dealers. “The reason for that is the

investment we have made in K-9 units,” North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda explained. The North Haven Police Department reported on Facebook Feb. 1 that it had apprehended an alleged North Haven heroin supplier with the assistance of the K-9, Zeus. “The men and women of the North Haven Police Department have done an outstanding job in breaking up potential drug distribution networks,” Freda said. “There is a problem in North Haven as there is in other communities regarding

drug abuse,” Freda said. Freda said it is important not to minimize the problem, because saving even one life through prevention or intervention is invaluable. In addition to prevention through prescription drug disposal and law enforcement, there are addiction services available in every community. Assistant Community Services Director in Berlin, Doug Truitt, said that he is able to connect residents to a wide variety of addiction treatment services, including private organizations that take medical insurance for treatment.

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Our path to success will have bumps in the road, detours, compromises, negotiations and mistakes that will foster authentic collaboration.” “Instead of halting progress,” Cardona continued, “I ask that we come together in support of a plan that is not Democrat or Republican, traditional or reform, urban or suburban. “Proceed with caution,” he said. Southington School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. submitted testimony to the committee. “I am in opposition of this bill and I do not believe there should be any delay, in any way, pertaining to the present timeline for Common Core across all public schools in Connecticut,” his testimony read. “We have prepared our educators and our students for Common Core because we believe it is the right thing to do. Delaying the implementation derails the energy moving forward at a number of different layers within the organization,” Erardi said.

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Fire crews are offering residents a chance to make sure their homes are prepared for emergencies with inspections and in some cases, smoke alarm installation. Firefighter Eric D’Arcy said the program, called Community Risk Reduction, is aimed at helping residents be prepared should the worst happen. “It increases the chance of survival with early notification,” D’Arcy said. Most residents don’t have enough smoke detectors, or the ones they have are not placed properly in their homes, D’Arcy said. Under the program, residents can call Fire Inspector Robert Hunt to schedule an appointment at their convenience, and on duty firefighters will come to their home and perform an inspection free of cost, D’Arcy said. The inspection consists of checking for fire hazards, and checking on the location and functionality of smoke detectors. D’Arcy said smoke detectors should be near sleeping areas to be able to wake residents if necessary, and if there is a

basement, near the door leading into the main level of the house so incidents don’t go unnoticed, D’Arcy said. Some of the major causes of accidental fires include smoking, candles or cooking, and the firefighters will give tips and leave information sheets with the residents, D’Arcy said. Hunt said the fire crews are reaching out to local civic groups and organizations to get the word out about the program so residents have the chance to sign up. Hunt said one of the target audiences the program would like to help are elderly or disabled residents. D’Arcy said some elderly or disabled residents may not know if their detectors aren’t working, or might have mobility or hearing issues. “The biggest victory is getting working alarms,” D’Arcy said. Hunt said the department got 75 smoke detectors as part of a national grant called Vision 20/20, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Fire Fighters grant. Additional smoke detectors were donated by the Elks Lodge, and See Fire / Page 36

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Librarians’ book features youth activity ‘recipes’ Every weekend for almost a year, local children’s librarians Lynn Pawloski and Cindy Wall worked feverishly writing and brainstorming ideas. Nine months ago the two women pitched a book idea to a national publishing company, expecting not to hear back. They were wrong. “We sent a paragraph and then thought, ‘Ugh, we’ll never hear from them,’ ” Wall said. “They got back to us that night and said, ‘We would like a full proposal.’ ” California-based ABCCLIO, a reference book p u b l i s h e r, l ove d t h e i r ideas and wanted to publish their book called, “The Maker Cookbook: Recipes for Children’s and ’Tweens’ Library Programs.” They got an end date of Feb. 28, 2014 nine months ago with the expectation that they would have 85,000 words finished by then. “That number and that date became real very fast,” Pawloski said. “It just seemed like an insurmountable number, but we just kept doing it and plugging along.” After attending the Connecticut Library Association’s annual con-

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ference last year and making a presentation on iPad programming for children, Pawloski and Wall realized they were onto something. “The librarians were so anxious to utilize what we’ve talked about and start their own iPad programming for kids,” Wall said. The idea was derived from Maker Programming for librarians. Maker Programming promotes hands-on activities in libraries. Wall and Pawloski created experiments and activities to include in the book and inspire other librarians as they did at the conference last year. “The library is the place where people can come and explore new technology, new ideas, new crafts, skills or art,” Pawloski said. “Library Maker Programming is where people are just exploring different ideas or different technologies. We’re moving back to a society where people make things rather than are just consumers.” The book was created in a cookbook format, Wall said. It starts off with an appetizers section that has small activities for librarians. Next it moves on to side dishes. That chapter caters to libraries with a limited staff, space, budget, or a combination of

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Teens charged with robbery in police parking lot By Jesse Buchanan Special to The Citizen

Two teens face robbery charges after police say a dispatcher witnessed a robbery in the police station parking lot March 19. The pair got less than 500 yards down Lazy Lane before detectives caught up and arrested them. Corey Maerz, 18, and a 17-yearold were waiting for two friends at the police station, said Sgt. Jeffrey

been found. After the robDobratz, a police spokesman. bery, the two men left in their While waiting, the two went friend’s car. up to a person walking out A police dispatcher saw of the police station, claimed the incident on surveillance they had guns and demanded cameras, zoomed in on the limoney, Dobratz said. They cense plate of the fleeing car also threatened to kill the and dispatched police. The person’s family if they were car was stopped at the corcaught, according to police. Maerz ner of Lazy Lane and Curtiss Dobratz said the person’s Street. pockets and wallet were ranMaerz was charged with conspirsacked and $22 taken, which hasn’t

acy to commit first-degree robbery, second-degree threatening and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. The 17-year-old was charged with first degree robbery, second-degree threatening and sixth-degree larceny. Police did not release his name due to his age. The 17-year-old was transferred to juvenile detention. Maerz is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court April 11.

Police Blotter The following people have been charged by police Feb. 4: Scott Roberts, 44, 391 West Center St., criminal violation of a protective order, 4:30 p.m. Francis C. Quagliano, 33, 739 South Meriden Road, Cheshire, failure to have insurance, 7:53 a.m. Feb. 6: Jeffrey Bosse, 44, 13 Annelise Ave., sixth-degree larceny, possession of narcotics, 7:55 p.m. Feb. 12: William J. Buckley, 66, 336 Edgemark Acres, Meriden, failure to have insurance, operating unregistered motor vehicle, 3:56 p.m. Feb. 13: Justin Sieracki, 22,

111 N. Summit St., use of a motor vehicle without permission, credit card theft, ATM fraud, sixth-degree larceny, criminal attempt to commit credit card fraud, 10:16 a.m. Kyle Hopkins, 20, 165 Matthews St., Bristol, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, Bristol, 1:07 a.m. Amber Raboin, 18, 454 main St., sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit to sixth-degree larceny 1:07 a.m. Feb. 14: Milena Acevado, 30, 51 Wheeler Village Drive, risk of injury, disorderly conduct, second-degree threatening, 9:30

a.m. Jeffrey Potter, 40, 177 Butternut Lane, two counts disorderly conduct, interfering with a 911 call, 1:40 p.m. Alexander L. Martin, 18, 28 Northwood Drive, Middlebury, sixth-degree larceny, 5:43 p.m. Robin Sue Behler, 47, 305 Lazy Lane, disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, 8:40 p.m. Feb. 15: George Zakreta, 46, 870 Johnson Ave., breach of peace, 6 p.m. Feb. 16: Bret R. Bates, 31, 79 Trestle Lane Thomaston, sixth-degree larceny, 4:36 p.m. Feb. 18: Rosemarie Huggins,

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28, 27 Perry Ave., Shelton, operating under suspension, 5:23 a.m. Lisabeth C. Menard, 26, 6 Kane St., evading responsibility, 1:52 p.m. Carlane M. Riston, 43, 18 Elm St., operating under suspension, 5:41 p.m. Feb. 19: Terrance E. Secore, 56, 10 Darling St., misuse of plates, operating under suspension, 9:45 a.m. Feb. 21: Angela M. Crittenden, 27, 554 Main St., disorderly conduct, third-degree assault, 1:14 p.m. Corey Mitchell, 19, Burritt St., driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, reckless driving, possession of alcohol by a minor, 10:15 a.m. Feb. 22: Michael J. Brancaccio, 32, 500 Canal St., Milldale, operating with suspended registration, failure to have insurance, 5:03 p.m. Keith A. Engle, 35, 31 Ward St., Bristol, operating under suspended, failure to have insurance, 6:17 p.m. Keshawn M. Kelly, 25, 92 Ochsner Place, Trumbull, driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, 8:16 a.m. Feb. 23: Brian Curylo, 28, 25 Taunton St., speeding, operating under suspension, 6:13 p.m. Joseph S. Diaz, 28, 1315 Main St., Brockton, sixth-degree larceny, 9 p.m. Feb. 24: Andreas S. Aros, 37, 249 Jerome Ave., Bristol, operating under suspension, 1:15 p.m. Michelle L. Plourde, 43, 127 Lake Ave., Bristol, speeding, 11:54 p.m. Robert J. Roy, 51, 6 McKernn Drive, operating under suspension, 7:25 p.m. Feb. 25: Jenna Pulaski, 20, 81 Webser Ridge, Berlin, sixth-degree larceny, 12:20 p.m. Mark Lubusky, 47, 43 Academy St., second-degree breach of peace, first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree assault, 5 p.m. Feb. 26: Jetlir Krasniqi, 30, 130 Eastside Blvd, Waterbury, sixth-degree larceny, 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Stacey Collar, 34, 237 Hall Ave., Wallingford, third-degree assault, two counts disorderly conduct, 3:33 p.m. Steven Maryo, 27, 90 Surrey Drive, Bristol, speeding, 9:02 p.m. Benedict Hanzel, 37, 43 Vermont Ave., disorderly condcut, third-degree strangulation, interfering with a police officer, interfering with a 911 call, 1:32 p.m. Seth Sulman, 31, 90 Cabot St., New Britain, operating under suspension, 8:30 a.m. Jeffrey Lilley, 44, no address given, third-degree larceny, 11 a.m. Feb. 28: Sean M. Reardon, 20, 44 School St., Marion, four counts of sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia ,9:15 a.m. Steven Bucchieri, 26, 126 N. Colony Road, sale or delivery of alcohol to a minor, 2:25 p.m. Sandra A. Brunoli, 62, 160 Mariondale Drive, first-degree criminal trespass, 4:50 p.m. Kaitlyn Lang, 21, 88 High st., Bristol, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, 9:03 p.m. March 1: Isaiah Williams, 25, 5 Seymour St., Windsor, operating under suspension, speeding, 4:07 p.m. Anthony Durante, 21, 187 Hartland Terrace, Berlin, possession of controlled substance, 11:43 p.m. Jose M. Perez, 57, 142 Putnam St., Hartford, operating under suspended registration, failure to have insurance, 9:28 a.m. March 2: James M. Leigh, 43, 1037 Shuttle Meadow, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, disorderly conduct, 4:13 p.m. March 3: Dhiohandi Lakaj, 22, 355 Piedmont St., Waterbury, operating under suspension, failure to respond to an infraction, 6:13 p.m. March 4: Agata Bendas, 35, 543 Main St., disorderly conduct, 11:44 a.m.

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Go ahead, bite the big apple CIAC should adopt separate ‘schools of choice’ division for postseason for Connecticut’s big cities. Outside of them, public schools are sound. Inside of them, public schools too often fail. And I have no problem with the CIAC basketball committees. Truly. They run the best state tournaments in Connecticut high school sports, as this year’s brackets, capped by the weekend finals at Mohegan Sun, proved once again. But when it comes to dealing with the “schools of choice” issue, I’d really like to see the basketball committees — all of the CIAC, for that matter, in every sport — strip everything down to the common denominator to solve the problem, which is only going to grow as more of these schools continue to sprout. No more mind-bending

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it were. Keep the long-standing rivalries. Keep the divisions that conferences have taken pains to devise. Spare the extra travel and expense that separate “allchoice” conferences would incur (though, it could be argued, the vo-tech schools have long been criss-crossing the state for the sake of playing fellow birds of a feather). This certainly isn’t a kneejerk proposal, one fed by watching choice schools win championships at the expense of the publics (though I confess delight in watching Fairfield Prep squander big halftime leads in both the Class LL football and basketball finals to Southington and Bridgeport Central). The choice schools are always big players in the postseason, particularly in basketball, but they haven’t cornered the market yet. Seven of this year’s eight state hoop finals featured a choice school. Three of them — Lauralton Hall, Sacred Heart and Capital Prep — won a title. Last year, six of the 16 state basketball finalists were choices. Two were crowned. Dating back five years, 41 percent (33 of 80) of the state finalists were choice and 35 percent (14 of 40) were champions. Small potatoes for some, a

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I lived in the Hamptons for seven and a half years. I know a snub when I see one. Scheduling the Class L girls basketball final involving undefeated a n d No. 1 Capital Prep for 10 a.m. on Saturday morning? That was a diss, a little backhand slap Bryant Carpenter to a charter school with an outspoken operator and an outspoken girls basketball coach. And the tip to a larger issue, of course. Look, I have no problem with charter or magnet schools. The private business model is probably the best educational option

math, no more multiplying and dividing enrollments. Bag, too, the “success in tournament” system adopted for the current year, in which a school of choice was classified based on how many state basketball quarterfinals it had reached in the three previous season. (That’s how Capital Prep, after winning Class S a year ago, got bumped up two divisions to Class L.) Please, no more digs in the frozen food aisle. Just make like a smart grocer. Put apples with apples, oranges with oranges. Separate the parochials and the charters and the magnets from the public schools. Schools that draw from a defined geographic area here, schools that draw beyond geographic boundaries there. Mind you, this would just be for the CIAC tournaments. Fruit cocktail is fine for the regular season. Conferences are well-established. No need to upset those apple carts, as

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Sports Sportswriters tab Barmore as top athlete Southington senior to be honored at Gold Key Dinner Senior Stephen Barmore, who quarterbacked the Southington Blue Knights to the Class LL state football championship this past fall, and sophomore Hannah DeBalsi, who shined on the national stage in both track and cross country for Staples High School, have been selected as the Hal Levy High School Athletes of the Year by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance. The award winners will be honored at the Alliance’s 73rd Gold Key Dinner on Sunday, April 27 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Barmore and DeBalsi will join the 2014 Gold Key class of West Haven football coach Ed McCarthy, UConn men’s soccer coach Ray Reid, Branford field hockey coach Cathy McGuirk, former Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot, and former New Britain Rock Cats President and General Manager Bill Dowling. In addition, Cheshire girls volleyball coach Sue Bavone and Ansonia football coach Tom Brockett of Wallingford have been selected as the Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year. The remaining award winners, including the John Wentworth Good Sports, has yet to be announced. As for Barmore, he culminated a four-year high school career in December by throwing four touchdown passes and scoring two TDs himself on a 1-yard run and 67-yard interception return to lead Southington to a 52-34 come-from-behind win over Fairfield Prep in the Class LL state final. In the biggest game of his career, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Barmore was 22See Barmore / Page 35

No heartache this time for Forcucci’s Fantastic 5; Lauralton wins LL title By Bryant Carpenter

Southington native and her second-seeded Crusaders savored the sweetness of their first-ever state tiUNCASVILLE — A year ago, tle with a 68-53 victory Saturday night Amanda Forcucci and her Lauralton over No. 4 South Windsor in the CIAC Hall girls basketball team felt the crush Class LL final. “From that moment last year, standof a last-second defeat in the state ing on this very court, our goal was championship. A year later, on the very same whatever we have to do, we’re going to floor of Mohegan Sun Arena, the get back here and we’re going to leave

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with a different feeling in our gut,” said Forcucci. “I’m glad we did.” In the heart of Connecticut’s gambling country, Lauralton Hall (26-1) left nothing to chance. Trailing in the early going, the Milford school took the lead for good midway through the second quarSee Hoops / Page 34

Teacher Josie Rogala hits the ball back to the student side March 21 during a volleyball game at Kelley School. | (Photos by Christopher Zajac / Special to The Citizen)

Students, staff square off in volleyball game Fundraiser benefits sports program for kids with disabilities

grade, let’s go!” while others were cheering for the teachers. There was chaos and screaming every time a point was scored. By Farrah Duffany The entire school was gathSpecial to The Citizen ered in the gym for a staff verses student volley ball On one side of the volley- game to raise funds for the ball net in the gym at Kelley school’s Unified Sports proSchool stood 11 staff mem- gram, which encourages stubers. On the other was a large dents to help students with group of fifth-graders with disabilities play sports. Last year’s event raised $500. their game faces on. The game was also played A large purple rubber ball was spiked, tossed, and to recognize World Down served. Students on the side- Syndrome Day. Many stulines used cones as mega- dents wore polka dot, peace phones to shout “let’s go fifth signs, stripes, tie-dye, and

A couple of fifth grade students go for the ball. The event raised $500 for the Unified Sports program, which encourages students to help students with disabilities play sports. Before the game, Kelley funky socks for the Rock the Socks fundraiser that bene- School fifth-graders shared fited Down syndrome. Hatton stories and facts about Down School students also partici- syndrome. “The kids were so excited pated in Rock the Socks and made signs for the Kelley School volley ball game. See Volleyball / Page 35

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ter with strong defense and even stronger rebounding, smart passing and steady foul shooting. And the Crusaders did it, save for the final minute, with just five girls. Carly Fabbri, who will be playing for her mom Tricia at Quinnipiac University next year, steered the ship. She recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. S e n i o r ce n te r E m m a McCarthy had even bigger numbers. She scored a gamehigh 26 points and used her long 6-foot frame to corral 17

rebounds. Overall, Lauralton out-rebounded South Windsor (234) 45-25. The Crusaders had 19 offensive boards alone and they invariably made good on all those second chances. That’s where this game was won. McCarthy credited Forcucci, a one-time player at Southington High and SCSU who is in her third year as head coach at Lauralton, with maximizing the assets of players whose experience with one another goes back nearly a full decade. “She really utilizes how we work and our best fit — Carly with her shots, Emily [Melendez] and I inside,

Maggie [Salandra] off the dribble, Mo [Connolly] on defense,” McCarthy said. “She knows where we succeed the best.” Lauralton Hall trailed for much of the first half, never by much — South Windsor’s biggest lead was 8-2 about four minutes in — but the Bobcats were making things rough with defensive pressure and frequent substitutions to keep legs fresh. Laurelton gained its sea legs as the half wore on. With the gifted and hard-nosed Fabbri leading the way, the Crusaders battled back the old-school way: getting to loose balls and getting to rebounds.

They also found the range from beyond the arc, and 3’s by Melendez (9 points) and Salandra (14) catapulted the Crusaders to a 26-23 lead at the break. LH carried the momentum into the second half, stretching the margin to 30-23 getting the ball inside to inside to McCarthy. Olivia Bolden, who had seven of her team-high 17 points in the third quarter, did her best to keep the Bobcats close, slashing and popping a trey, but Lauralton Hall continued to rebound well, which limited South Windsor damage. The Crusaders also stepped up attacking the basket, getting to the line with regularity and then taking care of business. For the quarter, they were 9-for-9 at the stripe and would finish 29-for-41 for the game. One key sequence came with just under two minutes to go in the third

frame. South Windsor senior guard Christina Rozie whistled through the lane, but her layup wouldn’t fall. LH quickly out-letted and got a transition layup from Salandra. Instead for a five-point game, the lead was nine, and still stood that way, 44-35, by quarter’s end. South Windsor did pull to within three, 49-46, when Rozie banked home a pull-up in the paint with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Fabbri fended that off with her own lane drive and then by muscling down a loose ball and sending McCarthy away on a fast break that ended with McCarthy hitting two free throws. Foul shooting sealed it. So did good ball-handling, a team-wide skill. Even the 6-foot McCarthy has a mighty good handle. No doubt, the Crusaders were not about to let another get away. It was a gut feeling.

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to raise money and bring awareness,” said Josie Rogala, fifth grade teacher at Kelley School. “It is a community and school effort.” “It represents Kelley School and us working together,” said Jenna Lucian, a fifth-grader at Kelley. Eric Korp, a physical education teacher at Kelley School, South End School and Thalberg School, provided play-by-play. “Four to four, we got a tie game!” Korp shouted. The fifth-graders won the first game 21-14. The teachers took the second game 21-17. “Come on fifth grade!” fifth-grader Allison Guzauck shouted in Korp’s microphone. “It was exciting,” said fifthgrader Mikaela Bogoslofski, who was sitting on the sidelines waiting to play. Principal Marilyn Kahl wore a tie-dye shirt and funky socks. She scored a few points against the fifth-graders. “It’s a blast,” said Kahl. “It was so much fun I was so excited.” The third and final game was tied at 11 and then 19 and 20. Finally a staff member missed the last ball that bounced on the floor and the fifth-graders screamed and jumped up and down in victory.

for-33 for 346 yards. The win over Prep capped a 12-1 season and gave the Blue Knights their second state title in football to go with the 1998 LL crown. For the season, Barmore completed 193of-302 passes (64 percent) for 3,088 yards while throwing a school-record 42 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also ran the ball 92 times for another 369 yards, second on the team. During his career, Barmore threw 76 TD passes while completing 464-of-761 (61 percent) attempts for 6,803 yards. The 464 completions are sixth best in state history, according to the 2013 Connecticut High School Football Record Book. He carried the ball 302 times for 1,231 career rushing yards and 22 scores. Barmore, who also plays basketball and runs track at SHS, signed a letter of intent to Yale University for football. Tickets to the 2014 Gold Key Dinner, which starts at 4 p.m., are $75 and can be purchased by contacting either CSWA President George Albano of The (Norwalk) Hour at (203) 434-2320 or Bob Ehalt of The New Haven Register at Ehalt.

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Ah spring, the marvelous time of the ski season. Those long, warm days on soft corn snow, interrupted only by a trailside picnic. When we planned to come to Vermont in late March, we expected spring conditions, those worm days. Don’t put your skis away yet, because what we found at Killington this week was a chill wind and deep snow.

It is definitely not yet spring in the North Country. On Monday morning the temperature was around 5 degrees and there was a dusting of new snow. The groomed trails were smooth and soft. I would call the conditions good to great. Even the bumps were soft and round. The best part is that the forecast called for 6 to 8 inches of new powder on Wednesday night, so we plan to make some fresh

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Have fun and come help support the student-athletes of Southington High School at the sixth annual Southington Athletics G o l f To u r n a m e n t Saturday April 26, 8 a.m., at Hawks Landing Co u n t r y C l u b, 2 0 1 Pattonwood Drive. For more information and to obtain a registration form, contact the SHS Athletic Office: (860) 628-3229 ext. 425;

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6th-grader Christian Mohr wins spelling bee By Farrah Duffany Special to The Citizen

After six rounds of students spelling out words as best they could, it was Christian Mohr, a sixthgrader at Kennedy Middle School, who was the last one standing. Mohr beat 11 other students, including a deaf boy in the f inals, from the town’s elementary and middle Mohr schools in the 2014 Southington Town Wide Spelling Bee March 20 at Thalberg School. Thalberg School’s cafeteria was crowded with family, friends, and administration to support the students. All of the kids made it through the first two rounds with ease. Tension was in the air as some spectators crossed their fingers, closed their eyes, and some even looked as if they were holding

their breath as each student spelled their word. When round three came around, the word “vicinity” was misspelled by Katrina Scalise, a fifth-grader at Derynoski School. That same round Billy Perry, a fifth-grader at Kelley School, was eliminated for the word “initial.” The word “tranquil” eliminated Matthew Luponio, a fifth-grader at Strong School, during the next round. Nebeeka Saha, a sixth-grader at DePaolo Middle School, misspelled “chronicle” and was eliminated shortly after Matthew. When it came to the sixth and final round, midway through it there were three students left: Alexander Bush, a sixth-grader from St. Thomas School, Dylan Johnson-Alers, a fifth-grader at Flanders School, and Christian. Alexander was eliminated for the word “campaigned” and just Dylan and Christian remained. The audience applauded Dylan, who made it to the finals, despite the fact that he is deaf. His interpreter, Heather

Perkins of the American School for the Deaf that works at Flanders, tried to communicate Dylan’s word “explicitly.” After asking bee master Alan DeBisschop to repeat the word a few times and for the definition, Dylan tried turning up his hearing aids. Perkins told DeBisschop that Dylan couldn’t understand the word he was being asked to spell. When he misspelled it, Christian had the chance and spelled it correctly. Christian won by spelling Dylan’s word correctly and the final word, “efficiently.” “It’s never easy to stand in front of a group and spell words like that,” DeBisschop said. “I think they did a marvelous job.” After the bee, Christian stood holding a silver bowl that will have his name etched into it and put on display at Kennedy. Every day he practiced for 30 minutes and his parents, Melissa and Nigel Mohr, quizzed him. “I was really nervous,” Christian said. “I was very proud of

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him,” Melissa Mohr said. “It’s something he’s done since he was little; he always played spelling word games.” At the other end of the cafeteria was Dylan, who was the runner-up. He was surrounded by friends, family, and his teachers who came to support him. Perkins helped Dylan communicate with this reporter. “I thought it was a great experience and I definitely want to do it again. The last word was definitely the hardest,” Dylan signed with a smile on his face. “He’s worked so hard. He’s inspirational,” said Perkins, who was crying. “We are all so incredibly proud of him.” Dylan’s mother, Liza Alers, who is also deaf, was there to watch her son. Perkins also interpreted for Alers. “I was really nervous. My heart was beating,” Alers said. “Whether he won or not, he’s still a winner. He showed everyone that deafness doesn’t stop him. He’s just as successful as his peers.”

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Throwers lead locals at New England Open Connecticut State Open and Class L champ, and Southington senior Matt Bennett, the Class LL king. At the New England meet, both were under their top state distances. Ruggiero was 11th at 49-4 3/4 and Bennett was 19th at 46-6 3/4. Another area senior signing off on his indoor career was Cheshire’s Liam Nicoll. He was 12th in the 300 meters in 36.19 seconds. Boding well for the future were the performances of sophomores Griffin Cobb of Sheehan and Janaia Skibitky

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BOSTON TERRIER PUPPY. Great markings, $1200. Call 860-898-0327 GORGEOUS AKC German Shepherd Puppies - black/ tan, sable, great bloodline, parents on site, ready in May, $1,200. 203-269-0637 PIT BULL Puppies, American & Blue Nose mix, mom & dad on premises. Males $200, Females $250. Call 203-317-9781 SIBERIAN Husky Puppies for sale. Born March 5. $1,000. 3 Males, 2 Females. 203-314-0004 YORKIES, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Boxers, Shepherds, Shih Tzus, Schnoodles, Mixed Breeds, Rescues Avail. $150+. 860 930-4001

Wood / Fuel & Heating Equip AMAZINGLY CLEAN Cleanest Seasoned Firewood in the State! $230 Full cord delivered. Discounts over 2, over 4 & picked up. South Meriden. Mike 203 631-2211

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

Wanted to Buy

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

WALLINGFORD Family of 3 with dog seeks 2BR apartment between $800-$875 a month. 203-915-5614 or 203-915-5890. Leave message if necessary.


ORIGINAL Harris Tweed Sport Coat - Brown Herringbone, Size 40-42. Absolutely Beautiful. $100. 203-634-4154 SAMSUNG 61” HD DLP TV with stand. $500. Call 203715-6778 or 203-809-7265

SCHWINN Stingray Stealth 20-Inch Chopper Bike, blue, Low-riding chopper bike outfitted with chrome, Stylized V-back drag handlebars, Low-ride, flat-back riveted saddle, Signature 4.25-inch Big Boa back tire $130.00 Call 203-631-3052 VINTAGE 1947 Singer Sewing Machine. Orig cabinet w/ storage stool. Works. $200. Spinet Piano (Howard by Baldwin), Very good cond. $1,075. 203-235-1061

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

Always a sale in Marketplace. AARON’S BUYING Old Machinist Tools, Lathes, Bench Tools Hand Tools, Much More. (203) 525-0608 ALL CASH FOR MILITARY ITEMS 203-237-6575 ALWAYS Buying old tools. Wanted old, used and antique hand tools, machinist, woodworking, engraving and work bench tools. If you have any tools you are no longer using, please call with confidence. Fair offers made in your home. Call Cory 860-322-4367

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Collectibles, Jewelry & Silver. China, Glass, Military, Musical. Anything old & unusual. Single item to an estate. 203-235-8431 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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3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,601 SQFT. Impeccable Cape! Eat in kitchen/Ample pantry. Master Bedroom w/crafted built-ins. Upstairs storage converts to 4th BR. Newer mechanicals/windows. Fenced yard. Call Cheryl Hilton at (860) 621-1821 x 529





$285,000 4 Beds. 2.1 Baths, 2,453 SQFT. Colonial nestled in a cul de sac on a quiet street–yet close to town. Master Suite w/extraordinary footprint. Ample space for indoor/ outdoor activities. Call Sandra Fehrs at (860) 621-1821 x518





3 Beds, 1.5 Baths, 1,240 SQFT. Immaculate! Great kitchen w/ dishwasher. Partially finished basement w/room for office. Hot Water Heater; newer carpet in basement. Trex decking. FHA/CHFA approved.


3 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,076 SQFT. Enjoy the warmth of this grand Delahunty Colonial! HW floors/ CVAC/2 family rooms/3 fireplaces/ Formal LR/DR. Oversized built in pool/walk out finished basement.








4 Beds, 3.1 Baths, 3,520 SQFT. Expanded Cape! Spacious rooms, eat-in kitchen w/granite and breakfast bar. Hardwood floors throughout, cathedral ceiling/skylight. Large deck.


4 Beds, 3.1 Baths, 2,744 SQFT. Exquisite Colonial set among exquisite homes. Cherry cabinetry, corian countertops, CVAC. 2nd flr Master Suite offers large walk-in closet & bath w/granite.



$485,000 4 Beds, 2.1 Baths, 2,534 SQFT. Classic Colonial on cul-de-sac! Kitchen w/granite/ SS appliances/Family Room w/built ins/LR/DR. 5th BR/ office possibility/walkout basement/3 zone heat.


3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1, 776 SQFT. Stylish Cape! Kitchen opens to Great room w/fireplace/sliders to deck w/views. 1st floor master, finished LL w/walk out. 2 car detached garage. Call Mary Lombardi at (860) 621-1821 x513

$290,000 4BR, 2.1 BA, 1,980 sq. ft., Remodeled Stunning Colonial! Poquonock section in an attractive neighborhood! Great Bonus Room; alarm system; full basement w/walkout/aboveground pool. Please contact Cheryl Hilton at (860) 621-1821 x 529.

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PETE IN THE PICKUP Junk Removal and More No Job too Big/Small We Do it All 203 213-4509

GUTTERS DON’T WORK IF THEY’RE DIRTY For gutter cleaning, Call Kevin (203) 440-3279 Fully ins. CT# 569127

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Carpentry AFFORDABLE Repairs & Replacement Decks, Porches, Stairs & Railing, Windows, Doors. I can fix it or replace it. Work done by owner. 40+ years experience. Licensed & Ins. #578107 203 238-1449 ANDRE’S Carpentry HIC 637223 Decks, Additions, Windows, Siding, Roofing. Total Interior Home Improvement. No Job Too Small. Fully Insured and Licensed. 860-575-6239

COMPUTER HELP For Beginners XP-Vista, 7 & 8. Computer tuneups, computer set-ups and service. $60/hour Scott 860 638-7934

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A&A LAWN CARE Dumpster Rentals. Spring Cleanups. Mulch. Walls, Walks & Patios. Free Est. #584101 Jim 203 237-6638

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

CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST QUALITY Kitchen, Bath, Siding, Roofing, Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions. Credit Cards Accepted. CT#632415 203 634-6550

Always a sale in Marketplace. Over 25 years experience. Call today for free est. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887

Handypersons A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. Give us a Call-WE DO IT ALL! Free Estimates. 203-631-1325

WE HAVE DUMP TRUCK Registered and insured. Free on-site estimate. Call Ed CLEAN IT OUT! Meriden & Southington’s service since 1992. 20% off w/this ad. 203630-9848, 860-628-1013

AGOSTINO’S TILES, LLC Expert installation of all types of tiles. Over 25 years of experience. Best job/price. 203879-8648 Gus 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 Cornerstone Fence & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203237-GATE. CT Reg #601060 YALESVILLE Construction LLC. Lic & Ins. #0631937. Additions, roofing, siding, decks, baths, kitchens, trim, floors, & remodeling. (203) 535-2962

JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! 25% OFF 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

Landscaping ACCEPTING Commercial & Residential grounds maintenance/complete lawn care. 25 yrs. exp. Srs. discount. 203-634-0211

RELIABLE, Experienced person to clean homes. Detailed cleaning & organizational services with a personal touch. Over 20 years exp. Exc refs. Call Beth 203 639-1870


Junk Removal

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

PETE IN THE PICKUP Junk Removal and More No Job too Big/Small We Do it All 203 213-4509

JT’s Landscaping, LLC Full lawn maintenance. Comm/Res. Lic/ins #616311. 203 213-6528 RJ LARESE Landscaping Res/Comm Lawn Maint. Spring Clean-Ups. Sr Disc. Free Est. 203 314-2782 SPRING CLEANUPS Starting Now! NORM THE GARDENER (203) 265-1460

Lawn & Garden A & A LAWN CARE Spring clean-ups, attics, bsmnts cleaned. Hedge trimming, tree, shrub, debris removal. #584101 Jim 203-237-6638

O & E Masonry. Chimney repair, brick, stone, pavers, sidewalks, etc. Locally owned & operated. CT Reg #0611774. 203-802-0446

BUSY MOM’S Cleaning Svc No job is too big/small. Free window svc w/wkly cleaning. Sr disc. 860-839-1707

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



House Cleaning

ANETA’S HOUSE CLEANING- Polish ladies will clean your house from a quick clean to a clean house. For more info call 860-839-5339

JM Lawncare Spring clean up. Junk removal, lawn mowing, mulch and much more. Call for a free estimate. #0638681 860-796-8168


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Power Washing POWER WASHING IS SPRING CLEANING ON THE OUTSIDE FREE Estimates #569127 Call Kevin 203-440-3279

PAUL’S MASONRY New & Repairs. Stone walls, arches, chimneys, sidewalks, fireplaces. Free est. #614863. 203-706-9281

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Roofing CPI HOME IMPROVEMENT HIGHEST QUALITY Kitchen, Bath, Siding, Roofing, Windows, Remodeling, Decks, Gutters, Additions. Credit Cards Accepted. CT#632415 203 634-6550 GONZALEZ CONSTRUCTION ************* Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. ************* 203-639-0032 info@ gonzalezconstructionllc. com Fully licensed/insured. Reg #HIC577319

W. BOOBER MASONRY 25 Years Experience All Types of Masonry CT #626708 203 235-4139 Spring Clean-ups 20% OFF IF YOU Mention This Ad Spring 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

Gonzalez ConstruCtion Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. 203-639-0032 info@ Fully Lic & Ins Reg #577319

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

Tree Services Gary Wodatch LLC TREE REMOVAL All calls returned. CT#620397 Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 Cell 860-558-5430 LAVIGNE’S Tree Service In business 34 years Tree removal. Stump grinding.Crane Service. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775 Fair, Reasonable Rates 203-440-0402 203-438-7359

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Painting & Wallpapering MIRKEL PAINTING CO. Int. Popcorn removal, ceiling repair, crown molding. Ext. Powerwash, alum siding, deck refinish. 20 yrs exp. Eddie 203 824-0446 #569864

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

Looking for a Tutor? In Home Tutoring. K-12. Certified / Degreed Teachers. Affordable Rates. Call Teachers’ Addition 860-621-3849.

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