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On Osama bin Laden

I know…that's a surprising headline from The People's Press So what does his death really mean to the families of those Americans and others from all over the world including those of the Islamic faith that were killed by his orders and his organization? The attacks of Al-Qaeda were not based on race or religion but to cause fear and to gain power. I wonder if this will help the families of those who suffered a loss almost ten years ago on September 11, 2001. I wonder if this will help the families of those who have suffered the loss of a loved one who honorably served in our armed forces. Does it relieve the pain they suffer every day? I won't presume and have no right to presume if it does. We all know someone who serves in the military. Many of us knew someone who was taken away on September 11th. Sergeant Benjamin Gilman of Meriden would have turned 36 on the 21st of this month. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Many Americans are celebrating in the streets over all of this but does that help? Sending a card or a letter to a military member or his/her family is what will really make a difference. A card or a simple note is a very small gesture that will make a huge impact on an individual

or family. Let people know you won't forget those who have served or are waiting for a loved one to come home. If you are interested in sending a letter, it would be our honor for the People's Press to forward them so it reaches those you want to reach out to. You can also help a local organization that has brought a cup of hometown to those who serve in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. See the article on "Holy Joe's Café" on page 3. Finally, as a decision is pending about the release of photos and videos of the body of bin Laden, would it not be wise to protect our children and Americans as a whole from seeing this? Do we want our children to be exposed to gruesome photos and videos? The White House should create a site that at least attempts to block those underage from seeing the photos and videos. They should also ASK those in the media to show the same care by not having it shown on the front pages or all over the many stations, channels to do the same. It is a naïve request I know, but it's the right thing to do. No matter what…some media sources will seek out the ratings or the sales by showcasing them. Shame on them in advance for doing so.

Marvin the Martian Breaks the 50 Barrier!

“I’m going to get this decade with my Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator!”

My Dad, M y F a t h e r,

Albert B re m e r Dad and I on Parent's Weekend 1990. The only one he would make. One of my favorite photos

I lost my Dad 20 years ago on April 30th. My Dad, my Father, Albert Bremer. 20 years…half my life has now been spent without the most amazing man to come into my life! The measure of a man is often times measured by how many lives he touched. Through the South Meriden House restaurant, his Church, WWII buddies, and his family, Albie touched thousands of lives with his indelible spirit, compassion, and kindness towards others. If you remember my Father kindly take a moment to reflect on your favorite memory or image of him today. Feel free to share below. Miss you Dad. Gone too soon. "May the road rise up to meet you; May the wind be always at your back, the sun shine warm upon your face, The rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again May God hold you in the hollow of his hand." Love Always, Your Son Patrick Bremer

Dad behind the bar at the South Meriden House about 1984.



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Mayor's Corner - Wallingford Dear Friends: This year Earth Day was marked on the calendar as April 22nd; however, the Town of Wallingford is celebrating throughout the month of April with a variety of events. The Wallingford Recycling Committee held its first-ever Environmental Film Series. Three films were shown at the Wallingford Public Library Community Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Discussion will follow each film. On April 4th Flow, for the Love of Water, Irene Salina's award-winning documentary was shown; on April 13th Energy Crossroads, an award-winning documentary regarding problems associated with our energy consumption was aired, and on April 25th The 11th Hour was featured. The film explores how we've arrived at this moment - how we live, how we impact the earth's ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. The Town kicked off its new Electronic Recycling Program on April 9th. Residents may now bring used household electronics to the Recycling Center on John Street on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The Center is open on those days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have any questions regarding this program, please call Program Planning at 203-294-2061. In addition, the Recycling Committee is sponsored a recycling art contest for Wallingford students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Entries were either imaginative sculptures or useful items made from recycled materials. Judging was held on April 21 with winners to be announced in the next issue.. On Saturday, April 30th Wallingford celebrated CLEAN a ROAD Day. Volunteers cleaned "needy" roads and stopped by Town Hall. for bags, gloves and/or vests. It was a great time to remove litter from our roads and grounds! Through everyone's efforts at home, work and in our community, we can reduce negative environmental impacts and improve our Earth. Sincerely, William W. Dickinson, Jr. - Mayor

Providing Comfort and Coffee to the Troops

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SUNDAYS IN MAY AT THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD Although the city is in the process of refurbishing the Andrews Homestead, the Meriden Historical Society invites you to come to our May open house. Victoria & Co. in Rhode Island, which bought out Napier, has donated a substantial amount of large, glamorous photos used for marketing their jewelry. A collection of Napier Jewelry that reflects the company's contribution to American costume jewelry will be on display. Also in the collection are catalogs from the 60's, 70's, and 80's, as well as a large scrapbook, done in 1948, with interior and exterior photos of the factory and office, along with a presentation binder from June 1953. They will be on display in the main room at the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St. (next to McDonalds in Meriden. We will be open each Sunday in May from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free, donations are always appreciated. Come visit the Homestead, share your stories, and enjoy reminders of Meriden's past.

Connecticut Invents The Wallingford Historical Society will be hosting a free program called Connecticut Invents on Wednesday, May 18. Patrick Smith will speak and show images illustrating Connecticut's scientific and imaginative background. The program begins at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church, 114 North Main St. Refreshments provided. All are welcome. Honor those who serve and those who have served in our Mid-May issue of The People's Press. Email


HOLY JOE'S CAFÉ Located at the First Congregational Church - Wallingford Going for coffee these days seems as American as mom, baseball and apple pie. While it might actually involve grabbing a cup of whatever it is that gets us going, its primary purpose may be to strengthen social ties or show support for a friend in need. Nowhere is this more evident - or more appreciated - than among U.S. military personnel taking part in the initiative known as Holy Joe's Café. Thanks to the First Congregational Church troops don't have to go for coffee; it's coming to them with over 550 chaplains receiving coffee in locations in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan since beginning in 2006. Holy Joe's provides soldiers a quiet place to talk with friends, converse with chaplains or write a letter home. "Our community coffee bar has become the lifeblood of the camp," writes Chaplain Michael J. Lovett. "Your donations have had a direct impact on our operations. Your act of kindness not only meets a physical need but also strengthens our troops emotionally." Donations of ground coffee or monetary donations can be dropped off at the church office at 23 South Main St, Wallingford, CT 06492. For more information, please call [203] 697-1042, or Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~Doug Larson

Annual May Ball The Hungarian Community Club will hold its annual May Ball on Saturday May 21 at 7 pm. There will be a full course dinner (from chicken roulade to beigli) and music for dancing by the KAZ Rhythm Band. Admission is $35 for members (membership card must be presented!) and $40 for nonmembers. Call Barbara 203-2699768, Lajos 203-530-3557, or Linda 203-634-0602 or email for reservations. If babysitting services are required, we must be notified in advance and there will be a $5 charge per child. The club is located at 147 Ward St, Wallingford, CT.

Wallingford Garden Club Annual Plant Sale If you are dreaming of lush shades of green and colorful blooming plants after the harsh winter the Wallingford Garden Club can get your garden started. On Saturday, May 7 the annual plant sale will be held at the Railroad Station Green at the intersection of Route 5 and 150 from 9:00am until 12:00pm. On sale to the public will be plants from members gardens: perennials, shrubs and annual seedlings. Information on composting will be available. Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

Congratulations Patrick on being the youngest ever baseball player signed with a Major League Team. Go Get ‘Em!

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On April 8, 2011, the 51st Gene Casey-New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner took place at the Fantasia Banquet Facility in North Haven. Thirty high school scholar athletes were honored for scholarship excellence and citizenship. Joseph (Joey) Quilty, a senior tight end and linebacker at Platt High School, was one of the scholar athletes honored at this year's banquet. Joey was a captain of this year's football team that qualified for the state tournament. He was also selected as an All-Conference Division 3 player. As with all other past/present recipients, Joey will have his name inscribed on the wall at the College Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN. Joey's brother, Justin Quilty (Class of '08), is a past recipient of this award as well. Justin is in his third year at the University of New Haven, studying criminal justice. In addition to the scholar athlete award, Joey was also presented with the Francis "Midge" Moriarty Memorial Scholarship - a scholarship dedicated to "a long time and very active foundation member." Joey attended this year's event with his family and Platt High School Head Football Coach, Jason Bruenn. Joey will be attending Bryant University, located in Smithfield, RI, in the fall and taking up studies in the field of Actuarial Mathematics. A special thank you goes out to Sal at Modern Formals in Meriden for their generous donation of Joey's tuxedo - "making our boys look the best." Also thanks go to Jason Bruenn for his guidance and leadership.


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Our Autism Story and Our Mission It was 2009 and my family was planning a fiftieth birthday party for me. And I thought it would be fun to have a raffle to raise money for Autism .My granddaughter Mia was diagnosed with Autism when she was two. It was a blow to the whole family because you feel helpless knowing there is no cure. You want to help in any way you find with in your means. And having a raffle seemed like a easy enough task. And it was and it was fun. The whole family loved doing this and it was the way we felt we could help people also learn about Autism. This very complex disorder that has entered our family and our beautiful, happy, amazing child ,Mia. We all love Mia with all our hearts and we want everyone to know the only thing different about a child like Mia is they see the world in a way of their own. Without judgment, without stares. And if we can help educate people about Autism children like Mia will be more understood and easily accepted. As she and children like her do to others "accept" them for what they are and not for how they appear. Everyone needs to understand Autism comes in to every race, every sex, and every town. For this we have decided to have a fundraiser every year to raise awareness and money for Autism. And this year we are having it as follows. The Third Annual Understanding Autism Fundraiser May 5th, Thursday, 5-9 PM Rosie's CafĂŠ Camp Street Meriden,Conn. "Understanding Autism "is a fund-raising event to bring about awareness for the most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder Autism. This night you can help us to change the image of Autism with drinks , food, music, fun and knowledge !We will be entertained by a Live DJ with one hour of Karaoke !Provided by the one and only Pattys Energized Karaoke There is a large raffle with great prizes! All tips and raffle donations will be donated to "Autism Speaks". Help us to change the world by bringing about a better understanding of this complicated disorder. Try to find it in your hectic day to day life to come and meet some wonderful people and enjoy a night out for a cause at hand that needs all the attention it can receive. Please join and you will wonder how you missed out on all this before! Thank you, Donna Theriault

City-Wide Student Art Show The Sandman Gallery at the Y's new Art Center is proud to be an exhibiting location for this year's City-Wide Student Art Show. Along with Curtis Cultural Center (CCC) and Gallery 53, we will be hosting some of Meriden's finest young artists. Follow the maturing process of the student as each location reveals a hint of what the next will reveal. Watch a pattern unfold as budding youngsters start to find their artistic voice through the guidance of Meriden's dedicated arts teachers. In hosting our local High School talent (Platt, Maloney and Wilcox) we get to show the final stage as many young adults hone their skills in anticipation of deciding what careers to pursue. Will they be in the arts or another career? No one knows at this stage, especially the students themselves. The only thing we can definitively say is that these art students will go into the future with a more open mind, out of the box thinkers. If you go to only one event a year, you should make it a point to go to this one. Any future show you attend will mean so much more! By your encouragement and support the arts survive and future artists are nurtured. Located at 14 W. Main St. the newly acquired facility stands as an ever expanding commitment by the Y to provide quality programming that challenges the mind and not just the body. The show will run from May 3rd to the 20th with a reception held at each location on May 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please come and take in the art and the atmosphere of the City Wide Student Art show and take a moment to browse our new facility. For any questions, please contact Steve Robichaud at 203 686-0000.

Meriden Hills Baptist Church Celebrates Mortgage Burning On Easter Sunday, a mortgage burning ceremony will be held in conjunction with Meriden Hills Baptist Church's 34th Anniversary of its Charter Member Service which took place on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1977. "By God's grace, we have been able to pay off our mortgage loan of $179,000 that we took out when we refinanced our Charles Street facility in 2004", said Dr. Atkinson, who recently celebrated 11 years of pastoring MHBC. "We paid off a 20 year mortgage in 7 years. Not only that, but we started MidState Christian Academy in this building with 32 students in 2007 and today we have 83 students. " Pastor Jack Turner founded MHBC in 1976 where the first service took place at the Meriden YWCA, now known as the Women and Families Center, on Colony Street, with 12 people in attendance. The following year, the church grew in attendance to 45 members and was officially incorporated and formed its charter membership on Easter Sunday 1977. Currently, the church has a membership of 120 with an average of 90 people attending the 9:45 a.m. children and adult Sunday schools; about 135 people attending the 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning worship service; and about 60 people attending the Sunday evening family service. About 75 people attend the Wednesday evening bible study and prayer meeting and about 20 youths from K3 to 6th grades are involved in the Master Club's program, also on Wednesday evenings. In 1992 the church purchased a building on Parker Avenue and sold that building when the East Main Street Stop & Shop began acquiring adjacent properties to where they are now located. The Charles Street site was purchased in March 1997. The building was gutted and refitted into a sanctuary with nursery and Sunday School classrooms in the rear of the building. "Now that we are debt free, and since we are using every available inch of space for MidState Christian Academy, we need to expand.", says Dr. Atkinson, adding, "We have plans submitted to the City for an addition which would enable us to enroll more students from the waiting list we already have. We are not going to take out another mortgage, we are going to trust our Lord to lead us to acquire the necessary funds." In addition, MHBC supports 20 missionaries in 19 countries. "One of our local outreach programs is the Angel Food Ministry which provides families with about $60 worth of quality, nutritious food for about $30", says Dr. Atkinson. Family Film Night is another outreach to the community during the summer months, providing free, outdoor Christian films behind the church on Friday nights, weather permitting. "We are an independent, growing church, founded on Biblical principles, and we are grateful that as a congregation, we can burn our mortgage and celebrate our 34th anniversary at the same time. God has richly blessed us." says Dr. Atkinson. For more information about Meriden Hills Baptist Church and its programs, or MidState Christian Academy, please call 203-237-0302 or go to our website, Have you seen something inspiring or positive that needs more coverage, or do you have a friend or neighbor who's done something amazing? Call us or email us. We are a little different then other papers - we MAKE GOOD NEWS happen! Isn't that the way it should be? The deadline for our Mid-May issue is the 15th. Call 203-235-9333 or email

Trusted Journalist Ann Nyberg

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Promotes Sharing The Positive with Network Connecticut!

Shared by Andy Reynolds For more than 30 years, Ann Nyberg has worked as a television news anchor and reporter. She is an anchor at WTNH and is a trusted and well respected journalist. She and her husband have three daughters and a Lab named Savannah. They feel very strongly about making a positive impact in the community. In 1993, Nyberg founded the Toy Closet Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Thousands of toys and other items are given to children of all ages upon admittance to the hospital to help ease their trauma. A lover of the arts, Nyberg is a founding Board of Trustees member of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Theater in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Anne Nyberg's Network Connecticut Anne says, "Wonderful inspiring ideas rarely happen in a vacuum. It is through the exchange of ideas and conversations that new things come to life. This is the case with "Network Connecticut." As this site goes live today, it's going to be a place where all in the Constitution State and beyond can come and see what people are doing to grow small business what they're doing to reinvent their lives, what they're doing for fun. You will also see the positive ways in which non-profits are enriching the daily lives of so many. Until now these stories have been shared with you on my blog, Annie Mame will be back in the future in a new way, but going forward bookmark this page, the Network, Network Connecticut. You know kind of like Bond, James Bond. (Some of you got that). My message is keep it here, buy local, connect and network. I think we can accomplish a lot of things that other state's will follow if we really, really work at this."

Need Help With Food? Angel Food Ministries is Here for you! Angel Food Ministries is now accepting on-line food orders through May 12th. To view this month's menu, in English or Spanish, and to place your order, go to or websites. Pick up is May 21st at Meriden Hills Baptist Church, 139 Charles Street, from 8-10:00 a.m. Each month's menu is different and consists of fresh, frozen and packaged food. Angel Food purchases the products from the nation's top food suppliers. They do not use out-of-date food or inferior products. There is no purchase limit for boxes of Angel Food. There are no applications or qualifications necessary to purchase. Food Stamps are accepted. Food Stamp orders must be placed at the host site (139 Charles St.) no later than May 9th. This month's Signature Box, including New York strip steaks, split chick breasts, pork chops among other meats, vegetables, milk, eggs and cookies provides balanced nutrition and variety with enough food to help feed a family of four for about a week. The Signature Box is $35.00 Call 203-237-0302 for more information. The submission deadline for our Early May 2011 issue is May 4th! The deadline for our MidMay 2011 issue is May 15th. It's always FREE to share all of your news, events, photos, stories and more. Email your stories, news and events to

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Nyberg's website about all things brilliant and wonderful in the state of Connecticut as she shared above and is POSITVELY WONDERFUL and People's Press Approved! You can check it out at You can subscribe on the site so you don't miss the good news she shares. Not only can you find Ann at her website but you can like Ann Nyberg's Network Connecticut on Facebook at She is also on Twitter at @AnnNyberg. Her email is More About Ann "I happen to believe the glass is half full, that there is magic in everything if you're open to it. I believe in doing good for others, in enlightening people's lives and in showing them the way. In Connecticut there are wonderful people and places I will introduce you to. This is a state rich in personality and in talent. I will share it all here with you. Think of me as kind of a one-woman living breathing CT Chamber of Commerce. On the air as a TV News anchor, I have covered the Nutmeg state for 25 years and it's a wonderful place to call home. Life IS a party, and you will find it here in many ways. Favorite movies: "Auntie Mame" starring Waterbury's own, Rosalind Russell and "Desk Set" starring Hartford's own Katharine Hepburn. Talent, talent everywhere and you're going to find it here in so many ways, oh and expect a lot of humor too." I am very humbled and honored to share this information about Ann. She is truly a wonderful and caring person that also was one of the few journalists that actually cared during a family trauma when I had the chance to first meet her. She was uniquely special as a journalist then and still is. Check out Ann Nyberg's Network Connecticut - it is worth the click at

SAVE THE DATE Skin Cancer Prevention Educational Sessions

May 5th and May 17th Program will consist of one hour educational session to increase the awareness of the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet rays and to influence sun safety practices. This session will be immediately followed by screening using the American Academy of Dermatology Melanoma/Skin Cancer Screening Program Guidelines. Treatment at the time of screening is prohibited. Participants will be required to sign an AAD form to acknowledge that the screening is a rapid skin screening and not a complete skin care examination. Registration required and limited to Wallingford residents 18 years or older; preference will be given to those with young and/or adolescent children in the home. Additional information will be provided at time of registration.

Contact Chris More Public Health Educator Wallingford Health Dept 203-294-2065

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Comedy Night!

Good Dog? Bad Dog? Pit Bulls Are Much Maligned, but Do They Deserve The Bad Rap? By Susan Israel

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Ten-month-old Rusty wagged his tail and mooched dog treats from Meriden Humane Society staff members and was around for quite sometime- six months- to curry favor with them before finally being adopted. The average wait for him- and other dogs like him- to be adopted is on the average four months longer than the cuddly cocker spaniels and feisty Jack Russell's and mixed-breeds that toddle out thedoor with their new owners. Rusty's biggest sin was being born a pit bull terrier. Pit bull terriers have scary street cred; a city woman was bitten late last year by a pit bull when she bent to rescue her small dog, which was injured severely and had to be euthanized. When potential adopters hear 'pit bull', many balk. "People want little fluffy dogs and are scared of their rep," says Marlena DiBianco, director of the Meriden Humane Society. A lot of the pit bulls that wound up in Meriden Humane Society and in Animal Control were found wandering the streets. "They're throw-away dogs," says DiBianco. "People want them, then they neglect them and leave them." Some dog owners can't afford to spay their dogs, so breed them and sell the puppies. One was selling the puppies from three different litters at the same time for $600 apiece." Irresponsible breeding kills the breed and most of the puppies end up at Meriden Humane Society or at other rescues when their owners tire of them. One dog was found with cigarette burns all over him. Some can't afford them during the economic downturn and don't make emergency provisions so dogs are found abandoned in apartments after owners are evicted. DiBianco recommends people seek help for their pets before they have to leave them behind or let them run loose in the street. Owners don't factor in the dog's requirements. A pit bull left in a cramped city apartment while his owner works and then parties will bounce off the walls. "Pit bulls are working dogs and need a lot of exercise and a job to do. If you let a working dog get bored, he'll eat the couch," says DiBianco. "Some people are just not aware of how to control their dogs or don't care about their dogs. If they treat their dogs that way, how do they treat their kids?" If it's a matter of struggling to supply the dogs with food, the Humane Society can help. Once a month on Monday and Tuesday, dog owners who are struggling financially can qualify for a month supply of dog food. "We put them on a list and verify their IDs," says DiBianco, stressing that this is for those who really need it. Seniors especially benefit; some will feed their dogs before they feed themselves. Many are embarrassed, says DiBianco, adding "those we find out about through neighborhood associations and word of mouth and we help them." "Most people don't get pit bulls for the right reasons," says Mandy Makein of South Meriden who has been a dog trainer for over 13 years and has owned pit bulls. "If not properly trained, they get frustrated and trash the house and drag their owners while walking. Most people don't realize the necessity of training until they have their hands full." Some have come to Makein in tears, afraid they would have to give up their dogs because they couldn't handle them, and after the dogs were trained- sometimes in classes as well as one-on-onethey became manageable. Makein also trains dogs at the Meriden Humane Society. Makein's pit bull, Jack, earned the Canine Good Citizenship Award from the American Kennel Club and earned therapy dog certification from Therapy Dogs International and served in that capacity for the last eight years of his life. In addition, Jack was the 'Hanover Hound', performing at Hanover Elementary School, and visited homes for the handicapped with Makein. "To properly train a dog, start at a young age and socialize him." Makein recommends diverting strong-willed preydriven dogs with inanimate objects. "Playing fetch or tug is play and the more you make work seem like play to a dog, the more he'll want to keep doing it." The Humane Society requires an application, in-home check and references and advises which dog will fit best with the applicant's family and lifestyle, some- thing that doesn't happen with a curbside sale. All dogs have the potential to bite and all dogs have the potential to become loyal pets. "Every one of the pit bulls here- and all but two who are in Animal Control- I would leave with a baby without a problem," says DiBianco. "They're that good."

MADRID Spring, 1970 Our first meal in Madrid took place long after we should have dropped dead of starvation. Citisens of Madrid stop at a bar on their way home after work, wisely have a drink and a snack to hold them until dinner. Dinner is at 9:00 or so, after a nap. We were fortunate that our hotel opened for dinner at 8:00 or 8:30. We were the only patrons there at that early hour, obviously wilting. I think they took pity on us and opened before they regularly would. If you thought a dining room in Madrid might be a cozy, dimly lit bistro, you couldn't be more wrong. Every inch of ceiling was covered with lights and every one of them on. Ray wondered: "When do they operate?" We ordered a salad. The waiters brought the ingredients on a portable table and mixed the dressing according to our directions. We didn't know how to make salad dressing either so we didn't get off to a very good start. We ordered cold cuts and got cold slices of cold meat--some kind of roast beef. Not very appetizing but I was hungry so ate what I could. Ray ordered a fish and a fish is what he got--head and all! The fish lay there, staring at him, challenging him to figure out how to eat it. Ray bravely stuck his fork into its mid-section and applied his knife to its head. The fish looked at Ray and then spoke to him! "Urgh!" it said. The fish had been cooked in olive oil and urgh was the only thing it knew how to say. Limited vocabulary, but it spoke loud and clear. We ordered eggs after that. Ray reasoned that they couldn't do much to an egg to ruin it, so although he figured wrong, the eggs were undoubtedly a better choice than whatever else was on their menus. One Woman's Journal by Audrey C. Linke

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On our Schools

By Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D. Superintendent - Meriden Public Schools Dear Friends, As we see softballs and baseballs in the air, we know spring has finally arrived. While we are now in the final quarter of our school year, it is important that our students continue to work hard and finish the school year strong. On April 14th, Donna Mik and Lysette Torres were honored by the Women and Families Center with 2011 Women in Leadership Awards. Donna was honored with the "Education Award" for her exceptional leadership of Platt High School. Lysette, Assistant Principal at Lincoln Middle School, was honored with a "Role Model Award" for all she has done to nurture and guide young men and women. The staff, students and families of the Meriden Public Schools are all very proud of Donna and Lysette. Congratulations on your well-deserved honors. Also on Thursday, April 14th, a Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held at the Platt High School cafeteria. This was a chance for our school system to say "Thank You" to the hundreds of volunteers who help our schools and children. These volunteers provide thousands of hours of their time and save our school system a substantial amount of money. A special thank you to all the volunteers and the following businesses that supported the event: Thurston Foods of Wallingford, Barkers Specialty of Cheshire, M&R Frosted Foods of West Haven, Wades' Dairy of Bridgeport, and Mansfield Paper of West Springfield, MA I would also like to congratulate Gary Maratea, Washington Middle School teacher, and Platt High School on receiving competitive grants to help improve student learning. Mr. Maratea received $2,195 from 3M for a "Beyond Questions" clicker response system that can be incorporated with a SMART Board. Platt High School received $1,989 from the Liberty Bank Foundation to purchase high-interest paperbacks to supplement the independent reading component of the READ 180 program. Thanks to 3M and Liberty Bank for their generous donations and for helping us provide the support and enrichment that our students need to be most successful. With the winter weather behind us, our last day of school is currently scheduled for June 20th. Thank you for all your support and enjoy the spring weather! All the Best, Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D. Superintendent - Meriden Public Schools

Heart Safe Community The Wallingford Health Dept. is in the process of reapplying for the Connecticut DPH Heart Safe Community Designation. This effort is based on the progress this community has made establishing and promoting the potential for saving lives of sudden cardiac arrest. The increased opportunities for CPR training, and public access to automated external defibrillators (Aids) have tripled the lives saved since our original designation as a Heart Safe Community in 2008. The Wallingford Health Dept. is anxious to recertify in 2011, but we need your help. If your company has offered CPR/AED training, and or have installed an AED, please contact the Wallingford Health Dept. at (203) 294-2065 or by e-mail at If you are already a partner PLEASE let us know that we have your continued support, and if you have increased your CPR/AED training. If you are new to the partnership, we need you on board!! We will forward you a brief questionnaire so that you and you're company are fully recognized as being a partner in this truly life saving effort. Please join us as we strive to make Wallingford a safer place to live.

Roberta Ash Honored On April 7 2011 Roberta Ash received the Greater New Haven Red Cross Heroes Award for Community Impact for her work with the Brian David Ash Memorial Fire Prevention Fundraiser. Meriden Fire Chief, James Trainor, nominated her for the award. Chief Trainer indicated that he was always inspired by the effort Roberta had taken to promote fire safety, after losing her son Brian in a fire. The event was held at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. Roberta was one of ten recipients to be recognized by The Greater New Haven Red Cross. This September 9, 10 and 11 will be the 25th anniversary of the fundraiser. The fundraiser started at Walbaums as a simple hot dog sale, with a hot dog and soda selling for fifty cents. Over the years, the event has grown significantly, and moved to The Stop and Shop Supermarket on East Main St. We now sell a hot dog, soda and chips for $2.00, we have added raffles, and have tables, which have many give a ways, donated to the fund. Brian died in a house fire on October 14, 1983 in home that did not have smoke detectors, and Roberta and her husband felt the need to do something to keep others from a similar tragedy.

CHORALE CONNECTICUT PRESENTS "VOICES IN PRAISE" Chorale Connecticut will present its spring concert "Voices in Praise" at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2011. This performance is a significant and ambitious undertaking for Chorale Connecticut. We are proud to announce that the venue will be Crowell Concert Hall at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The program will be a collaboration among several faiths - in particular those of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. It will celebrate the universal voice of spiritual praise. The intent of this artistic collaboration is to build understanding by sharing the ways each faith expresses its spiritual praise through the arts, specifically through music (voice & instruments), art, dance and poetry. Performing groups will include art and dance students from the area's middle and high school population, community ethnic musicians/performers as well as the vocalists from Chorale Connecticut. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Cantor, Dorothy Goldberg, and Aida Mansoor for their guidance and support. Please plan to join us on Saturday, May 14th. A dessert reception will follow the concert. Tickets may be purchased from Chorale members or by calling the Wesleyan Box Office (860)685-3355. You may also order on line at,, or call

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Gina's Frugal Living in America Watch a personal interview with Gina on Monday, May 9th, at 10 PM on Fox News. By Gina Juliano How to Save for College or Get Gift Cards/Cash When You Do Your Regularly Weekly Shopping I have a philosophy about shopping and most everything else that goes something like this: "If I am going to do something anyway, I might as well get something extra out of it." Let's face it. I go to the grocery store and drug stores at least once every week. Sometimes, I go multiple times if there's good sale. Wouldn't it be nice if I could save for college or get cash/gift cards just for doing my normal, everyday shopping? Guess what? There is! There are two ways you can accrue money while doing your everyday shopping. First is a program called With UPromise, you register your store courtesy cards (I registered every one I have) and then select the coupons you want. I always select all the coupons because I just don't know if I will use them. It doesn't hurt and takes very little time. (After you click on the coupons, make sure you hit "activate my coupons" on the right side of the page.) The coupons automatically get downloaded onto all your store cards and are activated when you shop. When you shop, you earn money for college. For example, say you buy Bounty paper towels. If there is a .50 coupon for Bounty towels at Upromise, download the coupon and then buy paper towels. Fifty cents goes into an account for college. You can still use regular coupons as well, so it's not like you're missing out on getting good deals. I don't have any kids in college right now, but I signed myself up. I don't have any real plans to go back to school, but I'm thinking my niece or nephews might be able to use this money in a few years. If you don't want to give the money to someone for college, you also have the option of transferring the money over to a savings account or requesting a check. The second way you can save is through a new website called Like UPromise, you can register all your grocery and drug store courtesy cards and download coupons onto them. The only difference is you can opt to purchase Amazon gift cards with your money in addition of having the money saved to your bank account. This is a fabulous way to pay for some of your holiday shopping. Just buy groceries and request Amazon gift cards from SavingsStar. Because neither UPromise nor SavingsStar prohibits you from using paper coupons at check out, this is a win-win situation for you and me. Not only are we limiting the money we pay for food and toiletries with paper coupons, we're saving money for college or earning gift cards. How cool is that? Gina Juliano is the creator of Gina's Kokopelli, a blog dedicated to all things coupon, free and cheap. You can get more frugal tips, freebies, coupons, and great deals by visiting her blog at Gina also teaches couponing classes and would love to be invited to your organization or business to teach a class. For more information or to inquire about a couponing class, please email her at She's also happy to answer any couponing question you may have!

The Best Easter Bunny Gift Ever. We spent Easter Sunday 1977, after church services, at my Mother-in-law's place. She lived only a full block away from the church and we live just 1/2 mile from her place. My mother would have my sisters over for dinner and later that day at her place and she knew we wouldn't be coming to her house. After a HUGE dinner prepared by my motherin-law we would go to my sister Mary's place for dessert. My wife was very much in a "family way" at that time and was due any day. Nonetheless that did not stop us from celebrating the holiday in the fullest. We left my mother-inlaws house and went a few blocks east to my sister's place. We were having a nice visit and some "coffee and" with my sister and her family when suddenly my wife felt a rather strong "spasm", those of you who are mothers know what I mean! We decided that we best leave for home, "just in case"! Well those contractions started getting closer, we called the Obstetrician and he said when they get X minutes apart, head for the hospital. That we did and eventually drove over to the hospital which is maybe 3 or 4 miles from home, my only concern was that the route we would take meant that I had to cross a busy railroad track but I had a "Plan B" in the event we encountered a train. Well we got to the hospital with no problem, but just as quickly as the contractions started, they subsided for a while so we had a looooong wait in the labor room. But Fate was not to be denied and just after 8:00 AM, Stefanie Marie was formally introduced to her Mommy and Daddy and her Aunt Mary, at whose house we had been just a few hours before, my sister was an L.P.N. in the OB ward and she was able to be in on the delivery. April 11,1977 was a warm sunny spring day, the temperature was 85 degrees that day. Kathryn and I had just received the BEST Easter Gift ever.

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May 10 Meeting Wallingford Garden Club On Tuesday, May 10 the Wallingford Garden Club will host Mary Inman, who will speak about "Pruning Woody Ornamentals". Inman received a B.S. degree in Plant Science with a concentration in Horticulture, from Rutgers University. She has worked at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station since 1986 and has assisted in the Plant Disease Information Office since 1990. The meeting is open to the public for a donation of $5.00. It is held at the First Congregational Church at 23 South Main Street. New members are always welcome, the business meeting is at 11:45 am and the speaker will talk at 1:00 pm. For information call 203-2656-4329.

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People’s Press Crossword by Ruth Gordon Look for the answers in this issue. ACROSS 1. March 20, 2011 12. Ma's partner 14. Someone who barter's or swaps goods or services 15. Two weeks with pay 17. All the vowels except "Y" 18. Reinforced again with additional fabric to strengthen or add warmth 19. Agency that issues driver's licenses, vehicle registrations, etc. 20. Pull apart or rip 22. "….. for which it stands one ________ under God…." 24. Its nickname is The Keystone State (abbr.) 25. Large groups of grazing animals. 26. Male descendant 27. Greaser. 29. Fully mechanical conscienceless device 31. Undesirable mark 32. Part of a sink or bathtub 34. Four points on a compass. 36. Inquire 37. "his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and _____" 38. Author of "Beloved", she won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize (initials). 40. Frenchman's pal 41. Food consumer 43. Paradise 45. Spanish cellist and conductor "________ Casals". 47. Spanish word for "this". 49. To disfigure or scar 50. A course or way for travel (abbr.) 51. Fix with a pointed object 52. To bend or crouch fearfully 54. What ever this female wants, she gets. 55. Seven times four, plus twelve, divided by four, equals ______ 56. Contended for 59. Sailor's affirmative response 60. Barbie's male counterpart 63. This state's capital is Bismarck (abbr.) 64. To be in unanimity or agreement 65. Popular architectural style of 1925-1940, "Art _____" 66. A town in the Diksmuide section of Belgium. 67. Actor, James ______ Jones, was the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars 68. Popular deli sandwich: "Ham ___ _____"

DOWN 1. Phrase indicating positive recommendation or product or service (3words) 2. Is victorious; overcomes 3. Surprise attack 4. Response during wedding ceremony 5. Spay 6. Actor who played Superman in the 1950's TV series (initials). 7. Civil rights activist murdered in 1963 in Jackson Mississippi. 8. Four qts. equal one ___ 9. "something added to make a thing better or more desirable" (4-words) 10. Wendy Darling's dog in the story "Peter Pan" 11. Brand of felt hat with a broad brim and high crown, often seen in Texas 12. Jefferson City is the capital of this state (abbr.) 13. Of unknown name (abbr.) 16. A mentally defective person with an exceptional skill or talent. 18. Actor, Gary Burghoff's character, in the TV series, MASH 21. A hosp. dept. (abbr.) 23. "___ again, off again !!" 25. Chop; hack 28. Large body of water in Middlefield bordering on Meriden 29. This states capital is ___ (abbr.) 30. Brand of sugar substitute 32. Partner of a buck 33. "Right back ___ you." 35. An unexpected event requiring immediate action 37. Pebble or small rock 39. "___ , myself and I". 42. First name of gangster who was nicknamed "Scarface". 44. (See 40 across) 46. "One ___ a time." 48. A small sour dark purple fruit of the Allegheny plum bush 53. Terminate 57. "The ____ Man Cometh" 58. A fawn's mother 59. Fruit drink 61. Prefix used with friendly to indicate environmentally acceptable 62. Negative prefix 65. CBS late night show host (initials)

Mayor's Corner - Meriden Meriden's Little Leagues and Girl Softball Leagues are underway as the spring ritual of opening days kicked off the 2011 seasons. A big thank you to the managers, coaches, boards of directors and parents who make organized baseball and softball possible for Meriden's children. All the ball fields are in good shape thanks to the parent volunteers and Parks and Recreation staff who have spent endless hours grooming them. The Dunn Girls Softball Complex has a new irrigation system that will ensure excellent field conditions especially during dry weather. So let's play ball and have some fun! Fishing season is now open so take advantage of all the fishing opportunities in Meriden's ponds, lakes, and streams. There have been several stockings of fish in local waters - the fish are there ready for you. Now that the warm weather has arrived and we're having more sunlight and daylight, many outdoor community events are scheduled. The Annual Daffodil Festival On Saturday April 30th and May 1st at Hubbard Park promises to have something for the entire family - exciting entertainment, great food, amusement rides, the Saturday parade, and lots of fun. Don't miss this spectacular event! The Mayor's Annual Spring Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 10 AM to 12 noon. It will kick off at City Hall where gloves and bags will be distributed and assignments given. A free lunch for all participants will follow at the Hub at noon. The Annual Meriden/Wallingford Relay for Life will take place on Friday May 13th and Saturday, May 14th at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. Please join in the fight against cancer and show your support. A giant Kiwanis Club tag sale will be held at the Downtown Meriden Hub on Saturday, June 4th for 8 AM to 3 PM. Stop by and find some great bargains! The 2nn Annual Italian Night will be held on Wednesday, June 15th (rain date June 16th) at the Hubbard Park band shell area. Italian food, Italian music (East Chicago Joe, Gianpaolo DaGrazia), strolling accordion player Sam Falcetti, and Cour D'Italia (Heart of Italy) Dancers will be featured. Don't miss this event! All proceeds to benefit the Meriden Boys and Girls Club and the Unison Club. Project Graduation, the annual alcohol-drug free all night party for Meriden's graduating seniors will take place on June 20th at Wilcox Technical School. The purpose of this party is to ensure a safe and fun evening for graduating seniors for Maloney, Platt, and Wilcox Tech high schools. This promises to be the best graduation party ever! Volunteers and donations are welcome and appreciated. Meriden's 22nd Black Expo Cultural Festival will take place on Saturday, June 25th from 12 noon to 8 PM at City Park. This event will kick off with a parade at 11 AM from the Hub to City Park and feature Gospel and Jazz entertainment, children's amusement rides, craft and art vendors, soul food and plenty of fun for the entire family. Mark your calendars for the return of the fabulous Cole Brothers Circus on June 27, 28, 29 at the Downtown Hub. Six shows will wow children and families. Enjoy the many outdoor activities and events offered in Meriden! Warm regards, Michael S. Rohde - Mayor of Meriden

Guilt, so many trips so little time? By Caillin Murphy Guilt, so many trips so little time? Why do we feel guilty for some acts or thoughts and not for others? Why do some people easily feel guilt while others appear not to know it exists? What is it that can cause 2 people in the same act to experience it so differently?! What causes you the most guilt? the least? When you feel guilty, how do you cope with it? Do you beat yourself up? Try to sweep it under the rug? Justify? Rationalize? Point fingers at others to diminish your own guilt? Do selfish desires overshadow others' needs and feelings? What causes us to feel guilty? Is it nature or nurture? Something you are born bearing the ability for? This would explain the differences in individuals that seem apparent...or is it something you learn...mama just bought you a ticket for the guilt express? Memories of a Catholic school girl...a force of 'habit'? A combination of both? Are the differences as wide as they seem? Or do we just express it differently? Are we wasting our time and energy feeling guilty? Is there nothing we can do about it? Thus causing ourselves undue stress? Do you just move on? not looking back or around to see the damage? Is it collateral damage...just the course of events? Surely there are some actions that we can not change...outcomes beyond our control? Events that truly had no intent? Is sorry enough? Is there restitution to be made? Can guilt be a motivator? Do we use the guilt of our actions to improve ourselves? Thus guilt could be a proponent of change and growth? a source of progress? When we neglect our duties, loved ones, selves...does guilt serve to insight change? Are the relationships we have actually serviced by guilt? Do we pay more attention hold on a little tighter or look forward with a more positive outlook? Unfortunately to some questions there are only more questions...but in there somewhere there are a few answers...some ideas...some peace? The deadline for our Mid-May 2011 issue is May 15th. It's always FREE to share all of your news, events, photos, stories and more. Join the LocalMotion by emailing with your submissions.

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MAX E. MURAVNICK MERIDEN SENIOR CITIZENS' CENTER Our annual Senior Expo and Health Fair will be Wednesday, May 11 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon on the lower level of the Senior Center. The event features information displays from agencies serving Meriden seniors, a free box lunch for the first 300 people, handouts and giveaways, health screenings and much more! The speaker at 11:45 upstairs in Willene's Place will be Cindy Russo, Senior Vice President of Operations at MidState Medical Center, who will provide an update on all the improvements made at the hospital. The 2011 Senior Expo is sponsored by Meriden Center and Skyview Center, divisions of Genesis HealthCare, and I encourage you to attend to learn about all that is offered for seniors in our community! Starting Monday, May 16 Senior Center staff will begin taking applications for the Rent Relief Program sponsored by the State of Connecticut. The program provides eligible renters with money back on their rent and utilities based on their income and expenses. To be eligible you must have been 65 or over as of December 31, 2010 or be enrolled in Social Security Disability. Proof of 2010 income must be presented, including a copy of your 2010 income tax return, if filed, Social Security 1099, and all other income. Income limits are $32,300 for a single person and $39,500 for a married couple. Proof of rent and utilities must also be presented. Applications are taken Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 PM on a first come, first served basis. A "Salute to Veterans" musical program with vocalist Karen Wagner and her husband Robert Iovanna will be held in Willene's Place on Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 AM in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Karen and Rob have performed here before and I know you will enjoy hearing them again. Members of the Antique Veterans and their wives are invited to attend and also join us for lunch that day compliments of the Senior Center! There is still time to sign-up for the first annual "Seniors First Day" at Maloney High School on Tuesday, May 3 from 12:30-2:30. Enjoy a performance by the Allegrettos, a country line dance demonstration, computer greeting card class, blood pressure screening, refreshments and more, all to unite the generations and bring seniors and high school students together! The Mini-Bus will depart at 12:15 and take you home after the program, people are also welcome to drive on your own, please sign-up for the bus with Becky in the Mini-Bus Office or call her at 203.237.3338. On Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 the Alzheimer's Association will present a "Maintain Your Brain" program. The interactive program focuses on ways to keep your brain and memory healthy. You will learn some memory tips and remembering strategies. The program will be held in the first floor meeting room and refreshments will be served. You're invited to a Garden Card Party at the Bradley Home on Thursday, May 19 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. Enjoy cards and refreshments, sign-up today in the Mini-Bus Office for transportation. The next Mini-Bus trip to the DMV to get a Non-Drivers License Photo ID will be Friday, June 3 at 10:00 am, sign-up with Transportation Coordinator Becky Racine or call her at 203.237.3338. John F. Hogarth - Senior Center Director

Looking for an Opportunity to Showcase YOUR MUSIC???? Mid-Week Summer Music Series – Downtown Meriden Middlesex Community College Meriden Center is helping to organize musical and performing entertainment Wednesdays June 15 – August 31, 12-2PM in the courtyard next to MxCC Meriden Center. (Held rain or shine) REQUEST - We are looking for groups or individuals to showcase their talents during short intermission sessions in between scheduled performers. Interested students should make an appointment to audition or send demo material to Steve Robichaud of the Sandman Gallery Meriden 203-686-0000, Free opportunity to perform. Good Exposure!

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Mothers Day Flower Sale First Baptist Church 460 Broad St, Meriden All proceeds will help to send our youth on an upcoming mission trip! Beautiful variety of flowering plants and hanging baskets! Friday, May 6th from 10-5 Saturday, May 7th from 7-5 Sunday, May 8th from 8-1 No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb


Still a Silver Lining in the Silver City By Joshua P. Davenport Although Meriden may not be the oldest, richest, or most famous city in Connecticut, its charm and natural beauty make up for the areas in which it lacks. Those unfamiliar with the city's delightful qualities just do not know what they are missing. Meriden resident William Passarelli, 21, is a lifeguard at the local YMCA and has lived in Meriden all his life. When asked why he enjoys living there, Passarelli was quick to respond. "I love Meriden because of Hubbard Park, the old cemeteries, and the [historical] architecture downtown," he said. Twenty-one year old Melissa Neville, also born and bred in Meriden, had no trouble conveying her fondness for the city either. "I love to go hiking in Giuffrida Park, because it has beautiful views," she said, "and I love that Meriden has its own chocolate factory." Indeed, even though Meriden encompasses only 24.1 sq. miles, the city has a lot to offer its more than 59,000 residents. In all, Meriden has 26 public parks which combined equal 17.6% of its total land area, more than any other city in New England. Of course, like any city, Meriden does have its drawbacks. Neville, a salesperson at a toy store in the Meriden mall, said that [despite the variety of activities the city offers] "Meriden can seem a bit small sometimes, which makes me want to get out and travel." William Passarelli, however, voiced concerns of a different nature saying he dislikes "getting caught downtown after dark due to the unsavory crowds that hang out at night." Still, taking everything into account, Passarelli declared that he would eventually like to settle down in Meriden. "I might not work in Meriden," Passarelli stated, "but I couldn't stand to be alone and away from my friends and family." After college, Melissa Neville said she "would like to travel to Nova Scotia and Europe," but made it clear that Meriden would always be her home. In addition to the plentiful amount of public park space, the city is home to Hunter's Golf Course, which is one of the best courses in New England as well as the aforementioned Thompson Candy shop. Furthermore, one cannot talk about Meriden without mentioning the annual Daffodil Festival, which draws people from all over New England. Over 600,000 daffodils are in bloom during the month of April. Visitors come to view the daffodils, enjoy the concerts, eat at the food tent, buy crafts, and have fun on the carnival rides. Known as "The Silver City of the World," Meriden did not gain its nickname until the manufacturing boom of the 1800s, when the city manufactured cutlery and various other products. Settled by colonists in the mid-1600s, Meriden was originally a part of the town of Wallingford but became an independent town in 1806. It was not until 1867, however, that Meriden was officially established as a city. 2 3 3 4 5

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streets and sell them, we write a check for the tickets we have, and give them away to our family, friends, and neighbors. I remember as a kid, and even now as a husband, being fascinated at my By Ralph Riello mom and my wife whenever I watch them prepare a meal, in awe at the amount of work, care, and Spring is in the air and the Meriden Lions Club is bellowing a welcome roar. I am in my fourth pride, and especially, love, that goes into preparing, cooking and serving food to their family. Until year of Lionism, and am always excited by the emergence of spring, along with crocuses and dafI became a Lion, I never truly understood what our moms and our wives get out of that labor. fodils. This is also the season where the good works of the Meriden Lions emerge from winter and Spending an exhausting six hours on my feet in the kitchen at Platt High School ferrying trays of into the sun-dappled days of April. food from kitchen to warmer to serving station is a labor of love for me. The satisfaction that I get Today, I am going to report on a wonderful Palm Sunday Brunch, but first here are some from seeing my family, neighbors, and friends laughing and enjoying the love and laughter that upcoming events you should know about. only a shared meal could bring is a direct result of the labor and generosity of all Lions, in Rumbling in the Jungle…Coming Soon from The Meriden Lions! Meriden, and around the world, as we do good works in each of our communities. May 13th Relay For Life…This year we move back to Wallingford. Celebrate with Past President All year long, Lions appreciate and cherish the generous hearts of those in our communities who Tom (4 years cancer-free!) and the Meriden Lions as we serve up some good grub into the wee give to Lions projects throughout the year. For many of us, especially in our community, the Palm hours. I will not sleep in my truck this year… Sunday Brunch is an opportunity for the Lions to give back to you, as a thank you for all you do to May 21st Day The Lions Roar…This rescheduled event has a new date and time, and a new forhelp us make Meriden and the surrounding communities a better place to live and give. From our mat! This year, we are LIVE at Nest Egg Auctions on Research end, the brunch is the event where more Lions come out to lend a hand than any other event we Parkway in Meriden. Doors open at 6pm. You can now come with friends, enjoy refreshments and organize. For some Lions, Palm Sunday is the one event they can commit to, and we appreciate entertainment while you bid on some great items like a Florida Vacation Package, A Lions Dinner seeing them. So for those of you who never get a peek into the kitchen, here is a roll call of the Package (we come to your home and treat you and your friends like kings with everything premany Lions who work hard so that you can all share a meal, joy, love, and happiness with others. I pared fresh, from soup to nuts! And of course, lots of wine!) a starter Kayak Package from CT apologize if I left anybody out… Outdoors, A Guitar and Amp package from Joe's Music, and much more. WE STILL NEED The "Godfathers" (comITEMS! Donate your item, or gift card as soon as possible by contacting me by e-mail (above) or mittee chairs)…Billy, at 860.681.9639, or Steve Richards at 203.235-5698. We will arrange for pickup, or you can bring Buck, and Vinny. the item directly to Nest Egg Auctions Thursdays between 10am and 5pm. Thanks in advance for Taking tickets and making your generosity and we hope to see you there! memories…Dave, Ted, May 22nd Duck Race and Fishing Derby…Start the morning at Baldwin Pond with your Conrad, Vince - Java favorite fisherman 12 years or younger as they fish for great prizes and fish stories! Then head Station…Steady Eddie over to City Park for one of the most popular Lion events, The Duck Race. Get your tickets now and mystery Lion (I forgot by e-mailing me or contact any Lion that you know. One thousand dollars cash to the winner, with his name) - Flower many other great prizes. And you can follow your duck downstream and cheer it on to the finish Power…Al, all the way line. While there, enjoy the new addition of a Car Show this year to go along with a beautiful day from NH! - Duck Race outside with friends. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available CHEAP! salesmen…Paul and Preparing and Sharing a Meal…A Labor of Love Ziggy* (*also "The Gas For me, and many other Lions judging by the attendance, the Palm Sunday Brunch is as much a Man") - The Omelet harbinger of spring as daffodils at Hubbard Park. Sunday April 17th was another roaring success King…Jack, with a little (pun intended) judging by what I estimate to have been over a thousand people who came together, help from Joe. - Service family, friends, children, coworkers, to share a meal and catch up after the long cold winter. I've with a smile…George "Mr. C.", Ray, George Jr., Benny, John - "The Ferry Men"…Paul, Jack, learned that most Lions are like me in that, we get a bunch of tickets to sell, and rather than hit the Ralph, Tommy, Jimmy In The Kitchen… The Swamp…Donnie, "Lord of the Swamp", Dave, & newbies, Ryan, Joe, Gary - Crackin' Eggs…Bill, Steve, Brian, Joe - Makin' Bacon (and sausages)…Steve and Dickie - The Hash n' Eggs Brigade…Bob, Howie, Tony, Bruce, Jim - The Carb Department…Tom, Norm, Dave L, Dave M., Art F. - In the way…Art C., Ken - Working but not sure where…Mike, Ronnie, Keith, Jimmy B., Frank - Set up crew…Nelson, Mark - Honored Past Pres…David Parke How do I share my stories, news and events? There in spirit…Mario, Charlie, Willie, Ron It’s easy to share! 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On Sunday March 20, 2011, Members of the South Meriden Vol. Fire Department held a bucket fund raiser drive for the Japan Earth Quake victims. The Volunteers set up on the corner of Main Street and Hanover Road from 10am to 3pm. During that 5 hour period they were able to collect over $3,390.00. Chief Keith Gordon stated that he had researched where the money would be sent to so it would go to an agency that would take the least % or no % in administration fees for the donated funds. The research turned up that the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) based out of Maryland had set up a relief fund. All funds collected will be sent to Japan Firefighters Association to assist them with rescue and clean up efforts. The Japan Firefighter Association had assisted U.S. Firefighters in time of need through donations to 9/11 relief efforts as well as contributions to the NVFC in assisting Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund, which provides financial assistance to volunteer firefighters in the wake of a State or Federal-declared disasters. The South Meriden VFD has a history of helping others not only in their community but they have reached out across State lines and have assisted on raising funds after 9/11, also for the victims after hurricane Katrina in 2005 and also to assist firefighters in Iowa after their fire station and some of their homes were destroyed in 2008. The officers and members of the SMVFD want thank all who have helped us when we reach out to help others. Without the support and caring from our neighbors, friends and visitors passing through our response area it would be hard to carry on our mission of helping others in need. God bless and stay safe - Keith Gordon

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Let's Talk"…..About Your Health Chris More, RN - Public Health Educator, Wallingford Health Department Let's talk about . . . . . . going beyond the "Bottle" for pain relief. (I mean the pill bottle of course)! There are many ways to attack all kinds of pain with many different drugs, from the little aspirin to the powerful narcotic. But let's zero in on one specific "pain" (no not your mother-in-law) one disease that 95% of the population (young and old) experience is arthritis specifically osteoarthritis. The past few years have not been easy for people with chronic osteoarthritis pain, because certain non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs that seem to work so well on arthritis pain had serious risks associated with them and were taken off the market. (Other NSAIDS, prescription, and over the counter) are still available, but again carry some risks of heart disease and GI bleeding. The "big guns", like morphine are often reluctantly given by doctors due to the risk of dependence and other serious side effects. Millions of people suffer with chronic pain and more than half of them have an arthritic condition. Isn't there some way to deal with this particular pain besides drugs? The answer is "yes", but what could possibly help? Let's see (a hammock, and a tropical drink, on the beach in Jamaica!) That could work, but how about a reality check, starting with Topical medication. There are gels, creams and patches. Some pain physicians are choosing to use these in conjunction with less "pill taking", so the side effects are less. Topical medication side effects are localized (meaning you may have an allergy to the drugs in the creams, get a slight rash or an irritation, but they usually don't "mess" with your head or stomach). Topical medications in general are less risky. Another choice for relieving osteoarthritis pain especially knee pain are flat, flexible shoes or sneakers (so get out those $1.99 flip flops). A study done with these types of shoes showed that the flexibility and flatness of these shoes put less stress on knee and hip joints, but as with all new thoughts and ideas come the risks, and the risks of flip flops stand out like a sore thumb. Number one risk, FALLS, also inflammation of the bottom of the foot (plantar fasciitis.) If you choose to buy these shoes, please go with sneakers first or a flat, flexible closed shoe with arch support. (I am way too clumsy for flip-flops). My personal choice (prior to knee replacement) was the steroid injection. This treatment reduces the inflammation in the joint and very quickly relieves the pain. This injection (ouch!) can make you feel better for days or months. Again, the risks stand out, you can only do this 2-3 times a year and it does weaken ligaments and tendons, also there is a slight chance of infection as with any injection. Make sure you discuss this option in detail with an Orthopedic Surgeon. Let me mention several other ways to try and reduce osteoarthritis pain, which does not involve medication. Exercise/Physical Therapy both can improve strength, posture function and range of motion. ALWAYS check with your physician first as to what is best for you and your particular degree of arthritis. Don't ever over-do (you can't relieve pain if you are causing yourself pain). Heat/Cold (heating pad, warm compresses, heat patches, warm baths OR cold packs, ice packs, "frozen vegetables"). Check with your physician or therapist as to which is better for you. Heat can sometimes cause more swelling to an acute injury, and overdoing either heat or cold can cause severe burns. NEVER apply heat or cold directly to your bare skin. Meditation (guess what - no risks) can work for any kind of pain and regular practice reduces the brains' response to pain. Assume the crossed leg Yoga position and chill out. (I would have to pass on the crossed legs, but chilling out sounds great) You don't really have to get into a Yoga stance to meditate!! I have touched on several ways to help you cope with chronic pain focusing on osteoarthritis. Talk with your caregiver about your daily battle with pain. Keep a log; let him/her know when you feel the worse, morning, night time? Are your activities limited, how much? (If you can't shop that's bad?) Over the counter or prescription medication you are taking for relief, have a pain number. 1= (little) 10= (emergency). Remember your caregiver is not a mind reader he/she cannot help you if you are vague or disorganized with your complaints. Last but not least, please don't listen to the horror stories and remedies of friends and most importantly DON'T take Uncle Al's medication. Everyone's body is different and everyone's pain level is unique to them. Well that's all for this month, I do hope you have found some new ways to relieve pain. Stay flexible and keep moving! Until next month . . . . .


Stephanie WINS World’s Most Beautiful Woman in the latest issue of Pe Magazine. Editor, Mike Wickstrand says, “We made a horrible omission and forgot to mention that Not only is she beautiful, but she deserves some major humanitarian award after taking care of her special guy while he had been out in and out of the hospital for the past 2 weeks with broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

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(203) 235-7634 Jim Chenkus Memorial Scholarship to benefit Wilcox Tech Class of 2011

Saturday, May 21st from Noon-3:00pm Donation of only $10 includes Ziti, meatballs, salad, bread & drink The event will be held at the Meriden Motorcycle Club - Stantack Road, Meriden, CT Tickets available at the door Jim was a 1991 Wilcox graduate from the Carpentry program. He died in a dirt bike accident in 2000. Help us honor his memory by helping students pursue education for the future of us all. Please contact Diane Polito-Chenkus at 203-6310478 to purchase tickets. Donations made payable to Diane Chenkus can be sent to: 22 Carriage Drive, Meriden, CT 06450

Celebrate by expressing yourself and showing the world the inner YOU!

Fantasy Faces by Ruth brings fun and excitement to any special occasion, both private and public. Full face art is a great way to add to the celebration of birthdays, bar-mitvahs and bat-mitvahs, holidays, fairs, festivals, store promotions, fund raisers, school events and more.

Have fun and make a statement. Express your inner princess, show the animal lurking within you! Ruth Gordon can "change" any face into a tiger, butterfly, super hero or monster within minutes.

Show your true Fantasy Face - if only for a day!


"FM" - A Mystery By Sara E. Booker "Turn the radio off!" Connor demanded. "Since when do you not want music on?" asked his girlfriend Amanda. "I thought you were the biggest music fan on the planet." "I am the biggest music fan on the planet. But I'm sick of all the chit chat." It was Halloween at Amanda's house. Orange and black streamers twisted and dipped across the ceiling. The kitchen counter was lined with steaming entrees and themed side dishes. Connor had fallen at a Halloween party the night before while doing the limbo and his ankle was wrapped in a tight bandage. It didn't look broken, so the party hostess did the best job she could of keeping his leg from wobbling. He was hobbling from the kitchen to the living room on crutches to Amanda's couch. "Somebody on the radio knows about my MyZone web page. They are playing all the songs that I shared with my friends and talking about my interests. It all started last night." "That's called coincidence my dear." Amanda was spooning her Blackened Chicken dish into an orange bowl. "This is no coincidence. Don't you think I'm smart enough to know the difference? People know about me now somehow. I never gave any strangers permission to look at my page. I thought I had it set to private. But apparently it got out there. Now I feel like I'm famous. Locally anyway. Or infamous. It's hard to tell. But all I know is that I don't like it." "Are you sure you didn't bump your head when you fell?" Amanda was in another room at the party last night piling her plate with appetizers when Connor took the tumble. "No, I just sprained my ankle. Don't patronize me." "Well, you have to imagine yourself in my shoes. This sounds ridiculous, like some kind of conspiracy theory…" "Ouch! Ice my ankle!" Connor interrupted, jerking his leg. "And then do the heating pad thing!" Amanda went to grab an ice pack. "And I need a plate of food, STAT! I want that Burnt Chicken or whatever you call it. Just make sure you put enough onions and green peppers in it. And sauce. A lot of flavor to cover up what's burnt." "It's not Burnt Chicken. It's Blackened Chicken. There is a difference. What are you trying to imply about my cooking skills?" "Nothing. Just give it here. And don't go easy on the salt and pepper. Oh and get me some orange juice. And a piece of that Italian bread. Don't skimp on the butter. Real butter, not margarine. And then can you dim the lights in here? The lights are really annoying. Halloween's supposed to be spooky anyway." "Who do you think you are?" Amanda snapped, throwing a pot holder down on the counter. "Just because you have a bandage on your ankle and need to be waited on doesn't give you the right to act like a spoiled celebrity. Next you'll be telling me to pick the green M&M's out of the bag and hand feed them to you." "Maybe somebody will come and interview me today," Connor said looking out the window. "I have no idea what you are talking about." "Oh really? I find that hard to believe." Connor slowly hobbled down the steps of Amanda's raised ranch with his crutches, sighing all the while, and then slammed the front door. He was having a cigarette on Amanda's front steps when he started to wonder if he was going mad. Could all the stuff the DJs were saying on the radio be just a coincidence? Or had he officially gone off the deep end? Was he delusional? After the cigarette he returned. "The least you could do is tell me the truth. I know you listen to the same station that I do and you were always on my MyZone page. I don't understand how you could hear what I hear and not make a connection. I'm not saying all this stuff because I need attention. As a matter of fact, I don't want fame or infamy, especially if I can't tell if it's real or in my head." Amanda shook her head. "I am telling the truth. You're scaring me. I've never seen you act like this before. Until I am provided with some evidence of this radio phenomenon that you speak of I am going to have to keep telling myself that you must have hit your head but you don't remember." "On the drive over here they were playing a ton of songs that I put on my MyZone page. " "Big deal. You deleted your MyZone page. Are you saying some radio station made a list of all your favorite songs that you put on your web page? Where do you think you first heard those songs? Why, on the radio, of course. I make realistic connections. You connect dots that aren't there." Connor shook his head in frustration and wolfed down a Reese Peanut Buttercup that he had grabbed out of a plastic orange grinning pumpkin that sat on the coffee table. "That's it. I'm leaving. I can't sit in a house where the occupant thinks I'm crazy. Take me home." "I'm not leaving you alone tonight," said Amanda. "If you want to go back to your place I will hang out with you. I'll just turn the lights off here and we'll pass out the candy at your house." On the drive home more songs from his webpage were playing. He pointed them out to Amanda. "Those songs always were on that station and always will be on that station." "But five in a row?" "Not strange at all," said Amanda. "Especially considering the fact that you played about five hundred on your page." "And this one goes out to Connor," said the DJ as they pulled into his driveway. "Did you just hear what she said?" Connor shrieked. "Yes. Big deal. You aren't the only Connor in the world." "My name is not that common. And this is a song I played on my page." "Who cares about your stupid defunct web page? It's your head I'm worried about!" Amanda screamed. She pounded her fists on the dashboard. "So you really think all these things I've heard are the products of paranoia? Well then fine. I'm officially paranoid and delusional. And I'm officially done with technology. I feel like my headspace has been pirated. I'm never going on a social website again. I'm unsubscribing from the internet and cable as soon as I get in the door. To save whatever sanity I have left. And no more radio. I'm going to live like a Transcendentalist like it's the 1800s for now on. I'll go live in a forest or near a pond or something like Whitman or Thoreau or one of those guys did. I don't need technology. I don't need society. And I don't need you." He got his crutches out of the car, slowly stood up and slammed the car door. Too slowly for it to be the dramatic departure he wanted. Heather drove away. Connor turned the lights off that night. He didn't want to hobble down the stairs to give out candy. A day later the internet and cable were disconnected. Connor's world was quiet. He began to notice things that he hadn't noticed in years, like the way the sun lit up the bark on the oak tree outside. The way shadows on the carpet got bigger and smaller depending on which way he moved. But mostly he noticed how lonely he was without Amanda. He couldn't call her. He broke up with her. It would wound his ego to go cowering back. After all, Amanda implied that she thought something was wrong with his mind. In the past when he would break up with a girl he would turn on the radio for comfort. Depending on where he was in his grieving process happy or sad songs could comfort him. But he didn't want to turn on the radio because it was all that chit chat about him that caused this whole problem in the first place. He didn't want to remove the radio from his car because he had no idea how to do that. So he fought turning on the tunes like a dieter fights to abstain from extra calories. About two days later Connor was curious. He went out to smoke a cigarette in his car which sat in his driveway. "This one goes out to Connor." It was another song that he had put on his social networking page. The next song was also dedicated to Connor. And then the next song. And then the one after that. Connor tried to remain calm. He could not believe that this was happening. He looked around the street and up in the sky, not sure what he was looking for. He felt like he was being watched, or stalked or spied on. He felt violated. He pulled another cigarette out of his pack and then another. He was chain smoking even though he was trying to quit. "All Connor all the time", the radio jingle sang. "This next song is going out to Connor," the DJ said after the commercial. "What a big surprise! Like that doesn't happen all day long here at WKRQ!" This was beyond surreal. Connor grabbed his cell phone. Who should he call? The police? No. What would he say? That a radio station is stalking his brain? They'd put him away. Should he call Amanda? No. She already thought he was nutty enough. She probably won't even want to talk to him. He scared and hurt her too much. But he had to talk to Amanda. She was all he had in the world. He called her. It rang and rang. He forgot about caller ID. He should have blocked his number. He placed a second call with his number blocked. No answer. He Continued on Page 15

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Continued from Page 14 placed four more calls both with and without his number blocked. He got nothing but her voice on her voicemail. He never realized how nice her voice sounded until now. When the next song ended the DJ said that she was taking requests and gave the station's number. Connor thought about confronting the DJ and asking who she was and how she knew all his favorite songs and how she knew his name. How did she get a hold of his MyZone page? He had no friends that were DJs. The station phone rang. At the last second he decided not to be confrontational. That's all he needed…to exacerbate this real or surreal problem. "What can I play for you tonight?" asked the DJ. "Play the song Amanda." "Who is this?" the DJ asked. "This is Anonymous." "Okay, Anonymous. Maybe we will play that song maybe we won't. Depends on what we have in our inventory. Tell us….what's the radio station that plays all your favorite songs?" "WKRQ," Connor said, listlessly. He hoped that they would play the song and that Amanda would be listening. Maybe then she'd answer her phone. Connor stayed in his car for another two hours. But the song was never played. Freezing, he decided to go in the house. He couldn't sleep. It was too early to sleep anyway. It was only five o'clock in the afternoon. He kept dialing Amanda. No answer. He decided to request the song on Amanda's other favorite radio station. This time he gave his name. The song played within ten minutes. Within fifteen minutes his phone rang. "That was sweet," she said when he picked up. "Amanda!" Connor yelled into the phone. "I'm so sorry about everything. Please turn on WKRQ." "What?" "Wait until the song ends. It's almost at the end. You'll see what I'm talking about. They will dedicate the next song to me. They've been doing it all day." "What are you talking about?" Amanda asked. "The song just started." "Huh? It's at the last chorus," said Connor. "They're playing Spirit of the Radio by Rush," said Amanda. "It just started." "No. They're playing FM by Steely Dan. You must have the wrong station." Connor bit his lip and felt his heart palpitate more forcefully. "No , you must have the wrong station," said Amanda. "WKRQ," his radio said. "All Connor all the time." "Did you just hear them say my name?" "The song is still playing. You're not making sense." "Help me," Connor whispered into the phone in a low voice. "I don't know what to do. I can't tell anybody else about this. They won't understand. Something is seriously wrong. If you ever loved me then help me through this. I was wrong to break up with you." "I'll be right over," said Amanda. "In the meantime just calm down. Turn the radio off." "Okay." Connor fumbled to get his keys out of the ignition. He then hobbled on his crutches to the front steps and stared at the oak tree. He saw Amanda's car after about twenty minutes. "I just realized something," she said as she got out of her car. She grabbed Connor's keys out of his jacket pocket. "What?" "That you're not the one who's acting nutty." She unlocked his car and turned his ignition. "This one goes out to Connor," Connor's radio said. "What is going on?" asked Connor. "I am freaking out." "Let me see your cell phone," said Amanda. "The song changed right in the middle when I got closer to your house." Later that day Connor and Amanda spotted a couple of vans with antennas driving by. "I get the feeling that my radio show is coming to a close," said the DJ. "I see the vans with antennas acting like they don't sense me. I'm sure they can hear me right now. Pretty good for an amateur, eh? No static baby. None at all. In case you are listening Connor and wondering who I am, I'm one of your MyZone friends. I never commented on your page because you never commented on mine. You probably didn't even notice I was there. I requested that we be friends on the website and you accepted me, even though I was just a friend of a friend. I met you in passing at a party once years ago. But I got to know you very, very well by checking out your MyZone page. And well, I like you. Or maybe like isn't the appropriate word." "I'm sorry I thought that you were the one who had lost it," said Amanda, nodding at the radio. "She must have turned the signal down so that her broadcast did not stretch that far from your house." "I don't know who this person is," said Connor. "I bet you still don't know who this is," said the DJ, as if she really could read his mind. "Maybe if you had ever visited my profile you would have learned that I was a ham radio operator. But you never cared to visit my profile. I thought we were friends? I guess I was wrong." "Well, I'm glad I didn't get to know her better," said Connor. "She's literally intrusive." "Then why did you accept her as a friend?" asked Amanda. "Probably because she asked? I didn't think people I hardly knew would care about my page since they don't know me." "I think you need to be more careful. With decisions in general. I think your mind needs to tune in better. Too much static." Amanda looked down at the bandage on his ankle. "Maybe so. Needless to say I feel sorry for her. She's obviously got major issues." Continued Top Right

"Surprisingly I feel bad for her too," said Amanda. "But that doesn't mean that justice shouldn't be served. Let's keep this in perspective. She was making you think you were losing it." "I guess you could say that I became obsessed with you Connor," the DJ continued. "But then you just pulled the plug on your MyZone page. What did you expect me to do but want to get back in touch with you?" "A simple phone call would have been much more practical," said Amanda. "And now I might be fined. Or go to jail. Or both. I was wrong to commit radio piracy. But you were wrong to let me think I was your friend when I wasn't." "She's right you know. For now on, I will only have friends that I know. He put his hand on Amanda's forearm. She smiled at him. That evening the mystery DJ's show faded out. The real WKRQ came back in. "Alright we're taking requests here," said the real DJ. "What can I play for you tonight?" "Can you please play I Need You for Amanda from Connor?"

Helping Hands Thrift Store Closing Sales 22 No. Turnpike Road, Wallingford 203 284-0300 Don't miss the super sales that will be taking place during the May! Complete store inventory plus more can be purchased at one price also! We will be clearing out our merchandise and storage units. Everything is set for someone to just unlock the door, turn on the register and open sign and start their own business (building not included but can be leased). We would like to thank all that has donated or shopped with us to help Victims of Domestic Violence as well as other organizations and families in the community over the last 3 years, it has been wonderful making so many new friends and being able to help so many in need but due to health reasons and lack of funds we are having to close in the next few months. If someone is SERIOUSLY interested in purchasing everything which includes display cases, racks, store merchandise, store truck, storage units and more as a package deal please ask for contact information at the store. The People’s Press would like to thank Helping Hands for making a difference for Victims of Domestic Violence and regrets the loss of their presence. Best wishes to all on a service well done.

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Events at the Augusta Join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year!!! Thursday, May 5th - Opening reception for the Student Art Show 4pm-7pm The Meriden Public Schools and Wilcox will be featured in an Art Exhibit at the ACCC (elementary), Gallery 53 (middle schools), and The Meriden YMCA Arts Center (high schools & Wilcox). All venues will have different hours that they will be open for viewing. The Centers hours will be posted on website and on programs and events line on phone, exhibit at ACCC will run from May 5th to May 19th. Saturday, May 7th - JC Music and Yale School of Music Solo Competion Finals 10am-4pm Competition held for students grades 6 through 9 and winners will receive cash prizes. For more information call JC Music in Meriden. Saturday, May 7th - "The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience" 7pm at Maloney High in Meriden featuring Meriden's own Joby Rogers Enjoy this spectacular dance extravaganza with videos. Tickets $20 in advance at JC Music, Valencia Liquors, Jennifer's House of Hair, Meriden YMCA, and ACCC. Tickets online $22 at or $25 at the door. All proceeds to benefit the ACCC. Monday, May 9th Hartt School of Music Guitar Department Concert 7pm The Classical Guitar department will present a free concert at the ACCC. Wednesday, May 11th Chili's Restaurant Give Back to the Augusta Day (All Day) Anyone visiting Chili's in Wallingford for lunch, dinner, or take out with the ACCC's coupon will enable the Center to get 10% of their check. Coupons can be downloaded from our website at or by calling 203-639-2856. All you have to do is eat out at Chili's on the 11th of May and you will be supporting the ACCC, don't forget the coupon! Monday, May 16th - August Curtis Concert Band, Spring Concert 7pm The ACCB will be performing Concert Band favorites at the Center. All are welcome to attend. Admission $5.00 and children under 5 are free. Seating is limited …………… Saturday, May 28th - Central Connecticut Civic Youth Orchestra Concert, 12noon The CCCYO will present a "Concert for Memorial Day", for more info see FOR MORE INFORMATION ON UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE AUGUSTA, TO DONATE TO THE CENTER, OR TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ACCC VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.CURTISCULTURALCENTER.ORG

Wallingford Family YMCA/Wint Filipek Sr.Memorial Tennis Tournament The biggest "community" tennis tournament in New England is right here in CT! The 7th annual Wallingford Family YMCA/Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament is scheduled for June 11-19. The 2011 venue is the beautiful and recently renovated Hunt Tennis Center on the Choate-Rosemary Campus, Wallingford. This is a charity event and all proceeds from the tournament benefit Wallingford YMCA youth programs and the

Winton S. Filipek Sr. scholarship fund. Each player receives a tournament t-shirt, player handbook, player gift bag, ticket to "Breakfast at the Championships" and tennis balls & water for every match. Prizes are awarded to 1st & 2nd place in every division. The 9-day event will feature: 21 divisions for all levels, 5 high school divisions, a junior boys & girls round-robin and a Free Kids & HS Clinic & Fun Day (at capacity 2010). In 2010, the event drew 594 entries. THIS IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY TENNIS TOURNAMENT! Please direct any questions to: Wint Filipek Jr. 860621-5655 Apply on line NOW @

The submission deadline for our Mid-May 2011 issue is May 15th. It's always FREE to share all of your news, events, photos, stories and more. Email your stories, news and events to Email your photos and celebrations to If we can help in any way please call 203-235-9333. I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

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Meriden Health Department News Save the Date! Community Wednesday Block Party and National Day of Play This event is back for a second year! Over 1,000 residents enjoyed a day of sunshine, play, and community last year will you be part of the crowd in 2011? When: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (rain date is Thursday, July 21), 10:00am-4:00pm Where: Meriden HUB What: A day of fun for everyone! Activities, games, food, health fair, info booths, petting zoo, hay rides, dunk tank, live broadcast by HOT 93.7. Sponsored by the Meriden Housing Authority, Meriden/Wallingford NAACP, and the City of Meriden. Want to get involved in the health fair portion of this event? Contact Angela Simpson at 203-630-4237 or Want to be a food vendor? Contact Teri Ramos at 203-235-0157 or Riding a Bike? Wear Your Helmet!

Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and fresh air and share time as a family. The Meriden Health Department wants everyone to be safe - we are selling Bell brand bicycle helmets for $7.50 each. Both adult and child sizes are available, and there are many different styles and colors to choose from. The helmets are available for purchase Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. Please call the Clinic office at 203-630-4234 if you have any questions. Be safe - always wear a helmet when riding a bike, no matter where you are or how short the ride! Meriden Public Schools: Kindergarten Registration Meriden Parents! Do you have a child who will be 5 years old or older on or before January 1, 2012? If so, consider early kindergarten registration! The Meriden Public Schools, the Meriden School Readiness Council and the Meriden Early Childhood Council will be hosting a special Kindergarten registration event on Tuesday, May 24, from 3:30-6:30pm. The event will be held at the Meriden Health Department clinic office, 165 Miller Street. Registration packets will be available at the Meriden Public Library, the Health Department Clinic and WIC offices and your child's home school prior to May 24. It is strongly encouraged to pick up a packet and have it completed prior to your May 24 appointment. Call the Health Department Clinic office at (203) 630-4234 to make your appointment, and don't forget to bring your child's birth certificate, proof of residence (such as a rental/mortgage agreement, utility bill) and immunization record. If you are unsure about which school your child will attend in the fall, please call the Board of Education at 203-630-4185. The Meriden Health Department Asks Businesses and Organizations: Got Policy? Does your workplace have an employee wellness program? If you answered yes, congratulations! Offering programs such as fitness classes and nutrition programs provide employees chances to learn new life skills and be active throughout their workday. Now we ask - does your workplace environment support those wellness programs? For example, do you encourage healthy eating or have "Biggest Loser" contests but have cafeterias, vending machines or meetings/conferences full of, well, not so healthy items? If this is the case, we ask that you consider adopting a workplace wellness policy or making simple environmental changes to support your programs - and your employee's healthy decisions. The words "policy" and "change" tend to scare people, but we promise, these can benefit everyone! Whether it be offering healthy food options at meetings and events, incorporating a stretch break into meetings lasting over 90 minutes, swapping out vending machine items, or encouraging employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator, you can impact the health and well-being of your employees where they spend most of their day - at work! And, research continues to show a return on investment to employers when they invest money in the health of their employees through comprehensive health promotion programs. Who doesn't love that? For more information, please visit our website,, and view our "Guide to Healthy Meetings and Events". Here you will find sample menus, activity break ideas, and examples of policies for healthy meetings, active breaks, and healthy vending options. We can help you develop a policy; if you already have one please let us know! If you have any questions, or would like more information emailed to you, please contact the Community Health Education office at 203-630-4238 or email Lea at Meriden WIC Office - National Nutrition Month Celebration! During the month of March the Meriden WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) Program celebrated National Nutrition Month. Here, "Chef" Rodney sampled a tasty vegetable, chicken, and brown rice casserole with clients. Also sampled this month was an oatmeal, banana and berry bake by "Chef" Jill. Sample recipes and nutrition information were handed out as well. WIC encourages all clients to eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables year round. For more information on the WIC program please call 203-630-4245.

Nathan Hale School Hosted Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Traveling Exhibit Students Introduced to the Works of Mexican Artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera! Nathan Hale School displayed a Teacher's Discovery Traveling Exhibit featuring the incredible Mexican paintings of Frida Kahlo and the spectacular murals of Diego Rivera, considered a national treasure of Mexico. This exhibit was sponsored by Hale's wonderful and supportive PTO. The students and staff enjoyed the spectacular reproductions beginning April 1 and ending April 8, 2011. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera were married but were artists of their own acclaim. Frida's work included self-portraits. Diego's work included the beautiful "Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park," and a scene from a mural painted in the University at Chapingo in Mexico in 1926 as well as a wonderful selection, called The Flower Vendor from the series that featured calla lilies and native Mexicans. The exhibit celebrated art, Spanish language, woman in art and the Mexican culture and history.

Martin I. Trueheart Memorial Golf Tournament The 11th Annual Martin I. Trueheart Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at Hunter Golf Course, Meriden, CT on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The format will be shotgun beginning at 11 AM, followed by dinner at Violi's Restaurant at Hunter Golf Club. The tournament has raised over $25,000 in 10 years. All proceeds go into the scholarship fund that was established as a thank you to Marty Trueheart for 37 years as a teacher in the Wallingford School System and 19 years as President of the Wallingford Education Association. Mr. Trueheart died in 2000 Anyone interested in playing in this year's tournament, which includes a banquet after the tournament or interested in attending the banquet only is asked to contact Steve Baker, or (203) 294-3700 for further information and details.

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Circus Elephant Dies After Performance Here My friend Kathy Marotta knows this fellow Billy Applegate, who has known her since she was a child. She ran into him in town in November and told him about the story I had written about Miss India. She had phoned before my story went to press, but he must not have gotten her message. He used to work in the Pierce Station Power Plant, and Kathy was positive he would remember about the elephant dying in Wallingford. Anyway, he told her that a front-page story was in the Record-Journal about the elephant when Miss India died. A front-page story? I had not seen one in my earlier research. So I went to the library and asked, "If such a story existed, why wouldn't it have been in the 'Circus' file in the Connecticut Room?" Amy really didn't know why, but she said searching through microfiche without having a specific date would be a very long and arduous process. Today, several days later, November 22nd, I was talking to Kathy about this again, and I asked her, "Did he say it was right after it happened?" And all of a sudden she remembered he did say it was right after. So that basically narrowed it down to July 1st or 2nd of 1953. As I was talking to her, a light bulb came on in my mind, and why I did not think of it before, I don't know. Remember that photographer Ziggy who told me he was there and took photos? So I said to Kathy, "If he was taking photos, Billy Applegate is probably right: There had to be a story." So off to the library I went on November 23rd, and Amy helped me with the microfiche machine. Well, the paper back in those days always began with front-page news from Meriden and pages that followed about Meriden news, and then the front-page news for Wallingford, and on July 1st, 1953, there was the front-page article. Unfortunately, no photos. I went as far as July 9th and found nothing more. I then checked the microfiche of the weekly paper, and all I found was an ad for Kaplan's Market with something about the Mills Bros. Circus is coming, and this and that. So Amy added the article and the ad to the library's circus folder in the Connecticut room. I feel good about that. Here's the thing, it's got some new information in it, and that gal Jean Regnier who called Andy (after my story was published, "An Elephant's Buried In Wallingford. What ???!!!," July 2010) about how we had the burial location wrong, she was right about where she showed me and Kathy she believed Miss India was buried, and it's not right in front of the hangars that are still there. Jean also claimed to hear the elephant kind of howling in agony, and she had part of that right. The elephant simply died of a heart attack, but after that, all the other elephants were trumpeting, as they called it. Jean took us to the corner of Clifton Street and John Street, and that is precisely where India is. What I was not thinking about, for whatever reason, is the hangar that was originally located in that section is no longer there. I was concentrating on the two hangars that are still there, just dismissing what was not there anymore. Dumb error on my part. Here is the front-page story from July 1, 1953. It's kind of a shame that the Peabody Museum did not have the staff to deal with Miss India. Circus Elephant Dies After Performance Here - July 1, 1953 (Front page of the Wallingford section of the paper.) (No author's name given. He probably wrote this on June 30th because the dates are off by one day.) The Mills Brothers Circus moved out of Wallingford at 5 a.m. yesterday, but "Miss India," 2,600 pound cow elephant, didn't know it. She died several hours earlier. The youngest and reportedly most-pleasant-tempered of the 40 tons of elephants in the show she is believed to have died of a heart attack about 2:30 a.m. Trumpeting Heard Residents of South Cherry Street near the circus grounds, reported a great trumpeting about that time, in which all the elephants seem to have joined in. She was young for an elephant. These animals have been known to live 100 years, but the average age is about 50 or 60 years. She had made her last performance the night before, and acted normally, except that she lay down in the afternoon show. Some 60 people, mostly children, gathered to see her buried on the circus grounds yesterday, several standing on the carcass to be photographed. Posed Disposal Problem She posed somewhat of a disposal problem. A circus attendant who stayed behind to make arrangements had police here call rendering plants in New Haven and Bridgeport to see if the carcass could be turned into tallow. When these proved unenthusiastic, the Peabody Museum at Yale University was called, and although interest was expressed, it reported that the staff there were inadequate to deal with "India." Finally it was decided to bury her where she fell, just east of the hangars on the old airport property, about 25 feet from South Cherry Street. [This is incorrect. The author must have meant Clifton Street. South Cherry Street is too far away. It's kind of funny, because even Ziggy said something to me about east of the hangars months ago.] The Audisio Excavating Company was called, and a gasoline operated shovel and diesel bulldozer were brought to the scene. Buried 18-Feet Deep A hole 480 cubic yards in volume was dug, and the shovel operated by Fred Audisio was used to roll the elephant into the grave. The animal was buried 18 feet deep at the direction of Edward W. Ferry, sanitary inspector. John Nolan, superintendent of the Borough Street Department, directed the operation. The Mills Brothers Circus gave two performances here yesterday, under sponsorship of the Wallingford Lions Club. The next stand will be New Britain. The entire operation took several hours, beginning before noon and lasting until after 4 p.m. when the bulldozer finally completed backfilling. It was necessary to cut a trench for the gasoline shovel so that it could dig down to the required 18-foot depth. Among the notables present, beside Mr. Ferry and Mr. Nolan, were First Selectman Edward H. Leonard and Fire Chief John J. Czine. Mr. Leonard quipped that the death might be an omen of the coming election. "Even the elephants are dying in Wallingford," he said.

MERIDEN Spring Clean Up Reminder The Department of Public Works does not collect leaves in the Spring. Residents are required to deliver their leaves and brush to the Transfer Station, which is located on Evansville Avenue. The Transfer Station is open Mondays from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and the first and third Saturday from 7:30 AM to Noon. There is no charge for the disposal of leaves and brush. For complete information on the Transfer Station, please visit the City's website at Select municipal services followed by Public Works and Transfer Station. Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria RilkeDyke


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NEWS AND EVENTS FROM WALLINGFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY All Programs, Movies, and Events at the Wallingford Public Library are free and open to the public! The Library is located at 200 N. Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492. BOOKS AND AUTHORS! - Cooking with Chef Silvio: Stories and Authentic Recipes of Campania by Anthony Riccio - Wednesday, May 11 7:00 p.m. Community Room - Author, historian and photographer Anthony Riccio and award-winning Chef Silvio Suppa traveled to the farmlands of Campania, Italy, where they researched the origins of true Mediterranean cuisine. Join co-author Anthony Riccio and learn about life on Chef Silvio's family farm in Sant'Agata de' Goti, and how Chef Silvio learned "l'arte della cucina," the art of cooking, from his grandmother. With its original recipes and first-hand research, the book presents the fascinating history of Campanian gastronomy, beginning with the ancient Samnites to the present-day dishes offered at Chef Silvio's Cafe Allegre in Madison, Connecticut. Join us for an author presentation and book signing. The Gettysburg Chronicle: A Dramatic Change in Command by Matthew Bartlett Thursday, May 12 7:00 p.m. Personifying the horrors of the Civil War, this volume of the Gettysburg Chronicle deals with the opening shots and early hours of the battle. Ranging from Willoughby Run to McPherson's Ridge and the death of Major General John Reynolds, it is action-packed. From Doubleday, to General Archer, to John Buford and others you may not have heard about, this volume offers a great insight to the first parts of the battle of Gettysburg. Join us for an author presentation and book signing. ROOTS MUSIC! - Alex Caton & Peter Winne In Concert - Wednesday, May 25 7:00 p.m. Community Room The Virginia-based roots music duo Alex Caton and Peter Winne will perform a dynamic mix of energetic Appalachian fiddle tunes, classic country, gospel, and original songs. In the year-and-a-half they've been playing together, Alex and Pete have quickly established themselves as the newest link in central Virginia's unusually rich acoustic music lineage. Individually, the two have no shortage of kudos. Winne is a 2010 Berea College Appalachian music fellow and a former winner on A Prairie Home Companion's "People in their Twenties" competition on NPR. Caton is an Orange County, VA Champion fiddler and was nominated for a 2009 Virginia Commission for the Arts Heritage Award. Together, the duo plays music that feels as much at home in a modern big-city venue as it would have at the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s. Alex plays fiddle and guitar and Pete plays guitar and banjo. Both musicians sing, delivering harmonies that recall the singing of fellow girl-guy roots music duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Although based in Virginia, Pete grew up in Wethersfield, CT. Read and Discuss! Mystery Alla Italiana - 3:30 p.m. Collins Room Tuesday, May 10 Back to Bologna by Michael Dibdin - Tuesday, May 24 Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon - In each mystery, Italy is not just the backdrop of the story but in some ways, a participant in it. Discussion is led by Dr. Carole Shmurak. Books are available from the Information Desk. This program is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Humanities Council. Thursday Night Book Club: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers - , May 19 7:00 p.m. Collins Room The Thursday Night Book Club is an informal gathering open to all who love to read and discuss fiction and popular nonfiction. Ask at the Information Desk for a copy of this book and join us for the discussion. Discussions are held the third Thursday of each month excluding August. Healthy Living Lunch and Learn: Chiropractic 101 Tuesday, May 17 12:00 p.m. Community Room - Please join us for a complimentary lunch as Dr. Kurt Marschner, of Advanced Spine & Sports Medicine in Wallingford, provides an introduction to chiropractic care and its health benefits. He will be available for a question and answer period at the conclusion of the program. Please register prior to May 11. Women's and Girls' Self-Defense Workshop Tuesday, May 24 6:00 p.m. Community Room Women and girls twelve years and older are welcome to this introductory course on self-defense. Learn how to defend yourself using simple and easy techniques. Wear comfortable clothing and call ahead to register. This program is co-sponsored by Soroptimist International of Meriden, a non-profit women's service organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in our local communities and around the world. Saturday Mornings with Poetry 10:00 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m. Board Room May 14 - In addition to sharing poems written since the April 30th meeting, a poetry walk through downtown Wallingford is

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planned, weather permitting. May 28 - The poetry of Frank O'Hara and the New York School of Poets will be featured. As always, everyone is invited to share their poems with option to receive comments and suggestions for further development. SMWP meets semi-monthly with the exception of July and August, is open to teenagers and adults, and is moderated by Al Mueller. Wallingford Writers Community - Saturday, May 28 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Collins Room This month's topic is "Attending Writer's Conferences: Members Discuss Personal Experience." In addition, we'll also have time for Open Mic at which time members may read up to 500 words of a current work. Open to all adults and teens interested in creative writing. Friday Night Flicks: All films are shown in the Library's Community Room The Illusionist Rated PG May 13 6:30 p.m. Run time 80 minutes Gnomeo & Juliet Rated G May 27 6:30 p.m. Run time 102 minutes Cinema Club - The King's Speech Rated R Monday, May 16 6:30 p.m .Run time 118 minutes Discussion to follow movie. Solo Finding Peace: a documentary film Wednesday, May 18 6:30 p.m. Teen Zone - Movie: Breakin' Wednesday, May 11th 3:15 p.m. Community Room Catch a glimpse of the break-dancing culture in this classic 80's flick. Jump back in time and see the fashion and fast paced moves of 1984! This film is rated PG. Break-dancing!! Thursday, May 12th 6:00-7:00 p.m. Community Room Come and watch a break-dancing exhibition and try it yourself. Gain confidence and empowerment while having fun. Presented by Green Street Arts Center through the generosity of the Middlesex County Community Foundation and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation Open to all teens in grades 6-12. Please register for this event. STAR2 - Saturday, May 7 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Collins Room The Wallingford STAR2 Club is the perfect way to share your love for robotics, rocketry and science with others. Open to all Wallingford students in grades K-12. This month's theme is kites and hot air balloons. The STAR2 Club is run by Wayne Aguiar and is co-sponsored by the Wallingford Department of Youth and Social Services. Drawing Workshop Wednesday, May 20 3:30-4:30 p.m. Collins Room Presented by Green Street Arts Center through the generosity of the Middlesex County Community Foundation and the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation. Open to all teens in grades 6-12. Please sign up in advance; spaces are limited. Wii Sports Resort Tournament - Wednesday, May 18 3:15-4:30 p.m. Community Room Come to Wuhu Island where you can compete in island themed adventures. Open to all Teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required. Anime Night: Thursday, May 26 6:00-8:00 p.m. Community Room Rozen Maiden and sushi - perfect combination. All teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to come watch and discuss anime, manga, artwork and cosplay. Open to beginner and expert manga fans.

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MERIDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS WRITERS NETWORK May 11 The Writers Network will meet on Wednesdayat 7:00 pm in the Friends Room and on Wednesday, May 11 in the Griffin Room Anyone who is serious about writing fiction or nonfiction, wants to learn the process of getting published, or needs support for writing a book proposal or query letter is welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining the Writers Network, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or email us ANIME CLUB May 6 The Teen Anime Club at the Meriden Public Library will meet on Friday, May 6th at 2:30 pm in the Griffin Room. We will be folding origami. Afterwards we will be watching Hayao Miyazaki's classic movie about warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä who desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. Snacks and drinks will be provided. This program is for teens age 13-18. Sign up is not required but if you would like to be put on our mailing list or would like more information contact Melissa at or call (203) 238-2347. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN MAY AT MERIDEN LIBRARY Sign up for one of the free computer classes at Meriden Public Library and learn how to use a computer, Word, email, and search the internet. The class schedule is as follows: Introduction to Word -Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m.; Email - Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m.; Basic Computers - Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.; Internet Searching - Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. Computer classes in Spanish on Saturday, May 7, May 14, May 21, and May 28 at 10:00 am to 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon. Class size is limited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or the Information Desk at (203) 238-2346 to reserve a seat. SCRABBLE SESSIONS AT MERIDEN LIBRARY Meriden Public Library hosts sessions for people who enjoy playing Scrabble. The sessions will be on Monday, May 9 and May 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Griffin Room. All skill levels are welcome. Scrabble boards will be provided, but people are welcome to bring their own boards. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 if you have any questions about the library programs SCRAPBOOKING ON A SHOESTRING May 9 Want to scrapbook but think you can't afford to? Come to our scrapbooking session on Monday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. in the Griffin Room of Meriden Public Library. Bring your pictures, pages, and adhesive and join Kitt Dunk to learn how to shape up your scrapbook using our decorative scissors, stencils, punches, and sticker maker machine. There will be free handouts and free demonstrations along with hands-on one-to-one help. Come join us at this monthly program where you can learn how to quickly and easily turn boxes of photos and your memories into a keepsake photo album. Please contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email or log onto the library's website at to view the adult events calendar to reserve a table.


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WALLINGFORD SENIOR CENTER News and Events May Is National Older Americans Month - The theme of National Older Americans Month 2011 is "Older Americans: Connecting the Community". The theme pays homage to the many ways older adults bring inspiration and continuity to our communities. Come celebrate all the wonderful aspects of being an "older American" by participating in the educational, social and recreational activities scheduled this month just for you! Celebrate 40 Years! - Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 - 3:00 PM - The Wallingford Senior Center is 40 years old this year and we have planned a fun party to celebrate the occasion. Musical entertainment, dancing, a game show, special refreshments and Senior Center memories are all part of the festivities. Tickets, which are available at the front desk, are free to members and $3.00 for non-members. CT Alert Emergency Notification System - Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 AM The Connecticut Alert Emergency Notification System (CT Alert ENS) allows state and local officials to help protect lives and property by sending critical information alerts to residents during emergencies. The Wallingford Police Department will present an informational program on the CT Alert ENS at 10:00 A.M., on May 17, and then will assist interested members with registering with the state their phone numbers (including cell phones, pda's, text messaging and email). Please sign up to attend. 40th Anniversary Dinner Dance - Featuring Michael Dutra & the Strictly Sinatra Band Saturday, May 21, 2011, 5:00 9:00 PM We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wallingford Senior Center in grand style with a delicious dinner and a fabulous Sinatra tribute band. The Chicken Marsala dinner will include salad, ziti, dessert and more. The Strictly Sinatra Band, starring Michael Dutra, performs more than 300 nights per year stunning audiences with its dead-on rendition of Frank Sinatra classics. Tickets to this gala evening are on sale to members only during the month of April. If space allows, tickets will be on sale to the general public beginning May 1. Tickets are $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members. Memorial Day Observance - Tuesday, May 31, 11:00 AM Our program of remembrance will feature readings and music in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Please join us in the Great Room. Forty Years of Fashion - Vintage Fashion Show & Display We are looking for vintage clothing from the 50's, 60's 70's and 80's for an event on June 8. We are collecting clothes that can either be modeled or displayed; sportswear, outerwear and formal wear are all welcome. We are also searching for volunteers who would enjoy modeling the clothes on the runway during the fashion show. If you have clothing to loan or are interested in participating as a model or escort, please contact Patty Watts at 203-265-7753. .SOCIAL SERVICES - IN ORDER TO SERVE YOU BETTER, PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE SOCIAL WORKER, EILEEN FLYNN, AT 265 7753. Walk-In Schedule: The Social Worker will take walk-ins on a first come basis for one-half hour sessions ONLY (30 minutes). Sessions are on the half-hour from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon and 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. No regular appointments will be scheduled on Tuesdays. Estate Planning and Medicaid - Thursday, May 12, 1:00 - 2:30 PM - Brad Davis, WDRC talk show host, will join Attorney Daniel O. Tully and Attorney Dean Kilbourne, of Kilbourne & Tully, P.C., to provide education on Estate Planning and Medicaid. To register for this program, please call 203-265-7753. Exploring Senior Housing Options - Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM SHOULD I STAY IN MY HOME OR SHOULD I GO? Many are faced with this choice. SRES Maureen Sperrazza and SRES Marie Borner of Coldwell Banker Real Estate will provide an educational seminar on senior choices in housing. If you are having mixed emotions about what you should do, you are not alone. Where do I begin? What questions must I answer before I make such an important lifestyle decision? What is Universal Design and how does it allow for someone to age in their home? Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 10:00 AM as these and other questions and housing options are discussed. Refreshments will be provided. To register, please call 203-265-7753. What Kind of Life Insurance Do I Have? Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 - 3:00 PM Do you have life insurance policies and you do not know exactly what they are? You may question if they are Term, Whole Life or Accidental Life. You may be paying for what you believe to be life Insurance but have special clauses limiting coverage. If you have any of these questions, Laurie Shields, Financial Services Representative, MetLife Financial Group, will be available for 30 minute appointments starting May 18. To schedule a thirty (30) minute appointment, please call 203-265-7753. Questions about Financial Decisions? Monday, May 9, 1:30 - 3:00 PM Brendan Toomey, Certified Financial Planner of Toomey Investment Management, Inc. will be available to answer financial questions about investments, IRA's and annuities. To schedule a fifteen (15) minute appointment, please call 203-265-7753. Low Vision Support Group Friday, May 20, 10:15 AM-12:00 PM A trip to Vision Dynamics in Cheshire is scheduled for this month. Vision Dynamics is a provider for many devices available to individuals with low vision. Everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Please call 203-265-7753. 6th Annual New Haven Expo Friday, May 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM You are invited to attend the annual expo sponsored by the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut and the City of New Haven which will be held at the New Haven Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven, CT. Approximately 150 vendors are expected to provide information on a wide variety of topics related to seniors. Vinnie Carr, will provide entertainment. There will be free health screenings and a Wii bowling tournament. Transportation will be provided. To sign up for this event, please call 203-265-7753.

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Wallingford Public Children's Library Events and Fun Children's Library Summer Volunteer Applications Available If you are a Wallingford student going into grades 5, 6, or 7 in the fall of 2011, you are eligible to volunteer to help us run our summer reading program in the Children's Library of the Wallingford Public Library. This summer kids will be exploring the wonders of Ancient Egypt and we will have a fantastic new game setup as well as an online program. We are expecting many enthusiastic players and we need our volunteers to help us run the game. Volunteers commit to working two hours each day for one week. If you have the time to commit, please pick up an application at the library or print one out from our website. Read the application carefully with your parent or guardian, fill it out and return to us by June 8. Famiy Night- Fiesta Time! - Friday May 6, 2011 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM Join us in the Story Room for a fun filled evening of rhymes, stories and activities for families with children ages three to eight. Wallingford residents may register beginning April 21st. Non-residents are welcome to register the day before the program if space is available. Free Drop-In Homework Help in English and Spanish If you need help with homework, stop by and see Ms. Cabrera any Monday or Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Children's Library. This program is available while school is in session thanks to the Wallingford Board of Education. The National Children's Book Week Book Swap Don't forget the Children's Library's National Children's Book Week Book Swap will take place on Saturday, May 7th in the Wallingford Public Library's Community Room from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This is the only time you can redeem the coupons you've received for children's books you've brought in for the swap. We will be accepting children's books until 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6th. This is a great event and there are lots of great books waiting for you - so please join the fun and get your books in to the Children's Library before May 7th Me Gustan los Libros! For children ages 3-8 What could be better than storytime in English? Storytime in both English AND Spanish! Join Maria Ruiz for a storytime in two languages for twice the fun at the Wallingford Public Library on Friday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. . Everyone is welcome to join us.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING & PIZZA PARTY The Society's annual meeting will be held THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 5:30 PM AT THE SOCIETY'S BERNICE MOREHOUSE RESEARCH CENTER 1050 Hanover Ave, South Meriden, CT 06451. The meeting is opened to Members of the Society only! Annual reports and voting in of new directors and officers will follow our traditional Pizza Party. THE NAPIER COMPANY: SUNDAYS IN MAY AT THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD 424 W. Main St, Meriden, CT (next to Ben Franklin School) EACH SUNDAY IN MAY 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Although the city is in the process of refurbishing the Andrews Homestead, we will be holding our bi-annual open house as planned. Jones New York and the Victoria & Co. in Rhode Island, the company that bought out Napier, have donated a substantial amount of large, glamorous photos used for marketing their jewelry. Also in the collection are catalogs dating back to the 60's, 70's, and 80's, as well as a large scrapbook, compiled in 1948, with interior and exterior photos of the factory and office, along with a presentation binder from June 1953. To reflect the company's contribution to American costume jewelry, we have assembled a collection of Napier Jewelry representing the many years of the company's operation. All will be on display in the main room at the Andrews Homestead. Come visit the Homestead, share your stories, and help celebrate Meriden's past. Free admission though donations are always appreciated. SUMMER-LONG TAG SALE To help raise money for the upkeep of our research center, the Society will be holding a monthly community-wide tag sale at the parking lot of the Research Center: 1090 Hanover Ave S. Meriden, CT on the Second Saturday of each month: May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug 13, September 10 & October 8 (Weather permitting) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Prices per each set-up are: $10.00 to members of the Society and $15.00 for non-members. Dealers are welcome. The Society plans on having its own booth at the sale. We need both donations for the sale and volunteers to man the booth. Your much-needed donations can be dropped off at Fair Weather Antiques (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), at the Research Center (on Wednesday afternoons). To arrange for a pick-up, or to volunteer call Neda Weathers 203-2374636 or Bill Siegel 203-235-2217. No appliances please - collectibles and smalls only. NEW PROJECTS OF THE SOCIETY A comprehensive Trade list of Meriden Architects and Builders is being compiled. RUMOR HAS IT that the old Handel Homestead on Broad Street is haunted. A TV crew has been spotted around the old Victorian home… The Meriden Historical Society is a not for profit organization staffed by volunteer researchers. Your financial support will be greatly appreciated. You may do so directly through our website: or by mail: MHS, PO Box 3005, Meriden, CT 06450. Thank you, The Meriden Historical Society - Preserving Meriden's Past for Future Generations since 1892 And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant" If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. ~Nadine Stair

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