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Get Happy With It!


LocalMotion - Your Town, Your News, Your Views! September 2010 • Volume 10, Issue 131

Yes, there are HEROES! He is one of them!

Wallingford Flower & Gift Shoppe

190 Center Street. 203.265.1514


Happy 8th Birthday Paris! Hope you had a great day! Look at that giant cake! Did you eat it all?

USAF Senior Airman Nathan Gopoian A PARENTS SECOND WORSE NIGHTMARE USAF Senior Airman Nathan Gopoian is back stateside, though for the wrong reason. Nathan was raised in Wallingford, before moving to Meriden, attending area schools. Being such an adventurous young man and truly the hands on enthusiast. Nathan chose to embark on one of the most daring careers in the military in 2007. Nathan chose to be one of those EOD technicians, in a bomb suit and disarming explosives and bombs, for a living. I guess you can compare it to a firefighter, while people are running out of a building their running in. Their main purpose is to save the lives of other soldiers & civilians and not give the enemy the opportunity. On August 25th Nathan along three other soldiers hit an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan, injuring all on board their MRAP truck which obviously saved their lives. Nathan along with his fellow soldiers are recuperating in various hospitals stateside and aboard. With the help of the United States Air Force and a few wounded warrior foundations his family has been able to be by his side during his care. The IED or Improvised Explosive Device is the #1 weapon being used in Afghanistan and is causing many injures and death to our soldiers and the innocent civilians there. The public just cannot understand the vast injures our soldiers have sustained till you visit one of these military hospitals and our exposed to so many injured soldiers at one place at one time. Nathan has an older brother serving in the USAF Security Forces and a younger sister who recently completed her combat medic training in the US Army, along with his youngest sister acing her senior year in high school. Well Wishes to Nathan can be sent to: Fort Sam Houston, Texas Fisher House Att: Nathan’s Mom Rm. 417 Building 3623 George C. Beach Road Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234 To further support our wounded warriors here’s a few foundations that have helped Nathan and our family through this trying time Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850-5168

and I will give your child my very best!

Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation 725 Jackson Street Suite 216 Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Special Operations Warrior Foundation P.O. Box 13483 Tampa, FL 33681-3483 For those parents that continue to endure the worse nightmare, our thoughts and prayers will be with you & your families forever. GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND THE PRIVILEGE OF LIVING IN FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - John Meyer Gopoian Publisher Note: For those of you who don’t know the Gopoian family - I wanted to share something with you. They all are committed to our community and do so many things to help. All without seeking recognition or thanks. We need more people just like them. Please send a card to Nathan and wish him well.

31 Hall Ave. in Wallingford 203.265.1500

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Tag Sale to Preserve History The Meriden Historical Society will be holding our monthly tag sale on Saturday, September 11th at the Research Center, 1090 Hanover Road in So. Meriden from 9am to 1pm. We have added a fresh selection of antiques, collectible, household and miscellaneous items, plus whatever treasures the other vendors will be bringing. If you would like to join us, spaces are available at $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Please call 203-237-4636 or 203235-2217 for information. As always, donations for the society table are welcomed. Heavy rain cancels


Angel Food Ministries at Meriden Hills Baptist Church Meriden Hills Baptist Church can assist you in feeding a family of four through their association with Angel Food Ministries. Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. By buying food from first rate suppliers at substantial volume discounts, Angel Food Ministries is able to provide families with approximately $65 worth of quality nutritious food for $30. 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. Along with the $30 Signature Boxes, other offers include additional food choices at great values such as Convenience Meals which are great for senior citizens or people living with diabetes. For $28 you get ten fullycooked meals -- just heat and serve. There are premium fresh fruit and vegetable boxes for $21 and other monthly "Specials". Meriden Hills Baptist Church is the host site where people pick up their monthly orders. Menus may be viewed, and orders placed, through the host site or online at

2nd Annual Central Connecticut Pet Fair, Dog Walk and 5k Road Race On Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 Meriden's beautiful Hubbard Park is going to play host to the 2nd Annual Central Connecticut Pet Fair, Dog Walk and 5k Road Race at the peak of the autumn colors. The event is being held to benefit the Meriden Humane Society and the charities of the Meriden Rotary Foundation. The 5k road race will kick off the day at 9:30am near the Jack Barry Band Shell and head on an out and back course around Merimere Reservoir. As the racers return back to the finish line the Pet Fair will open to everyone who is interested in meeting local vendors from in and around the community along with many things for fairgoers of all ages to enjoy including a two-mile Dog Walk where participants are encouraged to walk with their dogs. The Dog Walk's participants will enjoy a walk aside Merimere Reservoir beginning at 11:30am which will be led by local celebrity Rocky the Rock Cat. There will be many other things to enjoy at the Pet Fair including Frisbee Dog and Dancing Dog exhibitions. Also of interest are the Best Pet Trick Contest and Pet Look-A-Like Contests where local residents are encouraged to register with their pets will also be held in the afternoon. In addition, a local Police K-9 unit will demonstrate how important dogs are to their apprehension of criminals. Local shelters will be there along with the Meriden Humane Society where fair participants will be able to adopt pets to take home with them. Runners, walkers, shelters and vendors are encouraged to register at the Meriden Rotary Club's website - If anyone has any questions regarding the event they can contact the event's chairman, Meriden Rotarian David Lake at 203-634-7549 or via e-mail at or via the events website.

Rushford provides Community Mental Health Services for Wallingford residents Rushford is providing free mental health services by appointment at 185 Center Street for Wallingford residents who are either uninsured or underinsured and who meet financial eligibility requirements. Services are funded by the Town of Wallingford and include assessment and therapy for adults, children and adolescents coping with substance abuse, mental health, family conflict and school-related issues. "We are proud to support the Town of Wallingford in providing programs and services that meet the mental health needs of residents and promote a positive, healthy community," said Amy Hickey, vice president of business development and community relations for Rushford. In 2009, Rushford provided mental health and addiction treatment to more than 700 children, adolescents and adults from Wallingford many whom were uninsured or underinsured. To schedule an appointment for services at 185 Center Street, please call (203) 630-5229. For more information about Rushford, visit

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Gina and Sierra If I can teach a 12 year old to cut a grocery bill in half, imagine what I can do for you! My friend Andy who you know as the owner of The People’s Press and I have come up with a special give-away. Andy recently contacted me and let me know he and his 12 year old daughter, Sierra, signed up for my couponing class in Meriden, CT because they were done with spending $300 a week on groceries for their family of five. I was teasing Andy about using him on my blog as a case study in couponing and an idea blossomed. What if I could teach his 12 year old daughter to cut their $300 per week grocery bill in half by the end of four weeks? Andy and I emailed furiously back and forth for a couple of weeks and settled on the following grocery challenge and giveaway: The Challenge: Beginning September 5, 2010, Sierra, with the help of her father Andy, will begin to whittle down the family’s $300/week grocery bill. By September 30th, Sierra will have cut the family’s grocery bill by half to roughly $150 weekly. If Sierra does not accomplish this goal, Andy will shave his head and we both will jump into Long Island Sound at Hammonasette Beach in November. Now, I have no intention of jumping into any cold water, so I am very motivated to help Sierra win this challenge!

The Giveaway: * $50 Gift Card to the Grocery Store of your choice * $50 Ramada Gift Card (For lodging or restaurant) * $25 in gift codes * A collection of books from Storey Publishing. These books help you save money by teaching you how to do things on your own. * FIVE $25 gift certificates to (five winners!) * Super Duper Bonus Entry – $30 Coupon Binder


My Wife always wanted a riding lawn mower. She works all day and was always tired when she came home from work and thought that a riding lawn mower would help her get the yard work done quicker so she would have more time for the chores inside the house. SO, being the handy sort of guy that I am, I made her a riding lawn mower. I guess I thought she would squeal with delight or something and give me a big hug. To this day I have never been able to understand why some women are so hard to please. Submitted by Janet Althouse

CELEBRATIONS I’m So Proud of Who You Are!

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Francesca - I can’t tell you enough how proud I am of you! You are so creative, intelligent, talented and caring. And now one more thing for me to be proud of if there isn’t enough already. Congratulations for being selected as Connecticut's Youth Ambassador to the D.A.R.E America Youth Advisory Board. I am so interested in seeing what this brings for you in new experiences! You have made such a difference in my life and I love you so much. Keep up the good work! Love, Mom!

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It's that time of the year again~ Hanover PTO's Vendor Events! * Friday, November 5th HOLIDAY SHOPPING NIGHT - Fair hours: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. with set up starting at 5:00 p.m. * Saturday, December 4th CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR Fair hours: 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with set up at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in renting a table for one of our events, please mail payment and form to: Hanover Elementary School c/o PTO Vendor Fair, 208 Main Street, South Meriden, CT 06451 (Please make checks payable to Hanover PTO) Contact: Heather Borak - - 203-537-3123

Fishbein YMCA Community Day Road Race Saturday, September 18th 5K and 10K at 8:30 a.m., Kids Fun Run 10:50 a.m. (2nd Grade and under) Rock 'n Roll Relay 11:00 a.m. (3rd-8th Grades) Register online at or contact the YMCA at 203269-4497

Mayor's Corner - Wallingford Dear Friends: Many programs, trips and events are offered by the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department this Fall. Their fall brochure will be available in the beginning of September. In conjunction with the Wallingford YMCA, the Fishbein YMCA Community Day Road Race will be held on Saturday, September 18th followed by Family Day at Doolittle Park. This fun day of events will start with the Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and Family Day beginning at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Family Day is cosponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, Wallingford Youth and Social Services Department and the Wallingford YMCA. The day will be filled with entertainment, rock climbing walls, moonwalks and food. Celebrate Wallingford will be held on October 2nd and 3rd. As always, there will be lots to see and do. New this year is a 1 Mile Health Walk sponsored by the Wallingford Health Department and Wallingford YMCA. It is scheduled for Saturday, the 2nd, 10:00 a.m., at the Town Green. Also, downtown businesses are participating in a Scarecrow contest along Center Street. The Scarecrows will be on display prior to the Celebration weekend and individuals can vote for their favorite Scarecrow on Saturday, October 2nd. As always, the "Taste of Wallingford", with vendors representing Wallingford restaurants and organizations, will be part of Celebrate Wallingford as well as the Car Show held at South Main Street and Simpson Court on Saturday, from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. The "Little Miss and Mister Wallingford" Contest for children between the ages of 4 and 7 by September 1, 2010, sponsored by the Wallingford Jr. Womans Organization, is again planned for this year. Forms are available at WCI or through the Jr. Womans Organization and entries must be received by September 20th. The voting concludes at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday; winners will be announced at 3:00 p.m. It should be a wonderful weekend in Downtown Wallingford. For further information call WCI at 203-284-1807 or visit This will be a great time to enjoy Downtown and meet friends. I am looking forward to seeing you during the Fall. Sincerely, William W. Dickinson, Jr. - Mayor

People's Press Writer Kimberly Linstruth-Beckom Wins National Recognition Author, blogger, poet, publisher, and writer Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom has received national recognition for her blog entitled "Fibro and Fabulous" from Tammy Worth, a freelancer for several publications, like the Los Angeles Times, WebMD, and, recently wrote an article on the best Fibromyalgia blogs and websites for, the website for the popular "Health" magazine. Ms. Linstruth-Beckom's blog was featured as one of the best eight because it is an "addictive and readable blog ranging from food sensitivities to sex. "Fibro and Fabulous is my passion in life. I think it's truly important for sufferers to feel fabulous despite having this debilitating disease. Fibromyalgia patients deal with a lot of negativity on a daily basis. They can find simple tasks extremely difficult during flares. I started my blog in hopes that I could add a little positivity to their life." said Kimberley. You can read Kimberly's blog at


Featuring Good Things to Eat The Wallingford Garden Club and Wallingford Center Inc presents the 2010 Gardener’s Market Saturday mornings 9:00-12:00 Aug through Sept 25th at the Railroad Station Green, routes 5 and 150. Offered will be plants, flowers, produce, home crafts, baked items and other goodies.. Gardening advice and plant clinic are available. If you are looking for a place to get goodies to eat, it’s here at the Market. By the Gazebo are the Golitko’s with breakfast sandwiches and the famous Wave Hill Breads, olive oil and balsamic vinegars. Along Hall Ave and corner are Farmer Joe’s Market, Brasczewski’s pies & preserves, Vossbrinck’s baked goods, Lynch’s ‘Just Baked Breads’. At the Railroad Station entrance is Lizzy B’s with Italian Ice, coffee and tea. Along Quinnipiac Street and around the corner are: Bethie Mac’s Organic Cookies, Simmons baked goodies and preserves, Goldilock’s Deli stuffed breads and coffee cakes, Thompson’s specialty cookies. And there is always fresh fruit and vegetables at the local farmers booths along Hall Ave and Green opposite the Railroad Station. Merchant of the Week is featured with demonstrations at 11:00. September brings Massage by Kimberly and Sweet Treats on Center. Please check the market website for updated information at: Photo by Liz Landow of Mary Ann Simmons baked goods and preserves.


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Field Biology Day The Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, will sponsor an Field Biology Day at Riverbound Farm, 1881 Cheshire St in Cheshire on Sunday, September 19th 8:30-11:00 am.. Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe will present a program on how to learn and try out different field biology techniques. This program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. To register or for more information call Corrie at 203-630-9640. Rain Date: Sunday September 26th. Photo by Mary Heffernon of snake


Meriden Boy Scout Troop 13 held our yearly service project over the labor day holiday weekend to help travelers stay awake.The boys greeted many travelers from different states while serving coffee juice hot dogs and popcorn. The project is backed by many local businesses in both Wallingford and Meriden who donate various items to help make this a successful event while we help to keep every one safe while traveling during the holiday weekend. While working the event the boys earn service hours which can be used in scouting or in school as well. We would like to thank every one for supporting our boy Scouts and this yearly event.

Your Family, My Family and Their Family - All Families BBQ & Fundraiser By Jake Kilroy I truly believe that a small group of people can change the world and that includes our hometowns. Well, it's nice to know that it is TRUE. So these group of friends from Facebook and from way back when and I won't tell you how long ago as I want to protect the ages of those who did this - let's just say that they are all close to 70, wanted to gather everyone together for a cause. Now, let me make this perfectly clear - they are NOT making any money off this Big Time Gathering, all of it goes to the special person you will read about below. So I will use first names only to protect the guilty. Sean, Tony, Diane and Maria started talking and got the ball rolling of Facebook as I mentioned. Soon there was support for the idea pouring in not just from FB but from friends and families all over. Like the title says - some of them did not even know Sean, Tony or Maria and I know them and I deeply regret knowing them. LOL. With the amount of support for the cause they rec. - they recently had an organizational meeting at Jakes in Wallingford. It was packed and it really shows how much people care about doing the right thing and of course everyone was excited about seeing me - cause I'm all that matters. Bottom line - the "Your Family, My Family, Their Family and All Family's BBQ and Fundraiser" is ready to rock and roll. The event is being held on Saturday, Sept 25th at the PNA Park in Wallingford from 12pm - 10pm. They hope to do this yearly just to get friends and family together so your all invited and so are your family members and of course to help a local charity. There is a $20 donation requested. You can buy tickets at the event or you can contact Maria at . You can also offer your help in any way which would be great too. Ok - so what about the stuff - you know like food and fun? Well, let's just say that you won't be disappointed. There will be some great bands playing all of your favorite tunes - and not the ones those 70 year olds I mentioned above would like and yup - all of that traditional picnic food will be there but also there will be someone's WORLD FAMOUS Clam Chowder, a pig roast if you are into that - I'm not, but I can have the freshly caught fish they are cooking up and there will be other food as well. Beer and Wine will be served as well. Now, of course the kids all have to come and they are working on a ton of fun for them as well. Can't give you the details yet as things are being added every day to this whole deal. Maria told me, and based on her age I was surprised that she was so coherent, "We all believe in paying it forward! You never know when someday you will need some help too and you have to help while you can." Now on to the special person that will benefit from this year's event. Many of you know her and might be shocked to read this but you can help her and her family by coming. About Sheila DeLancey-Hamelin Sheila DeLancey-Hamelin is a 43 year old Wallingford woman who was born in Meriden and raised in Wallingford. She was diagnosed on August 12, 2010 with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and hospitalized for treatment at Hartford Hospital on the Bliss Unit, 5th floor for Oncology. She was released on August 30, 2010 after receiving 9 blood transfusions, one platelet transfusion, and one phase of chemotherapy. There will be a fund raiser in her honor held at Wallingford's PNA Park on September 25, 2010 with all proceeds going to her family to defray her medical expenses. You can contact Maria Polito at for more information. Sheila was born in Meriden, Ct in 1966. Her parents are John and the late Corinne DeLancey of Meriden/Wallingford. Her stepmother is Gloria Doucette of Wallingford. Sheila has one brother David DeLancey, a U.S Army Veteran of the Gulf War. David resides with his wife, Ginger in North Haven, CT. Sheila is the wife of Arthur "Chip" Hamelin of Wallingford, mother to four stepchildren and grandmother to five. Sheila was educated in the Wallingford school system attending Parker Farms, Moran and then moving on to Wilcox Tech in Meriden to complete High School and became a licensed Hairdresser/Cosmetician in May of 1984. Since then she has worked full time in her field in many salons in the Meriden/Wallingford area. She is the former owner of The Cutting Corner which was located on Hall Avenue and Chapel Street Yalesville from 1988 through 1999. Then moving on from the salon owner stresses and working for Tony Dias at Anthony and Associates and other small salons along the way until the present where her husband Chip just opened Hot Headz Salon LLC located at 340 Main Street Yalesville amidst all the chaos of hospitalization and treatment. The salon's grand opening was September 1, 2010 and is operating at full steam. Sheila also attended Wallingford Adult Ed to gain training as a medical assistant. Graduating in June 2008 at the top of her class, Sheila has always been fascinated with the medical field. Her Primary Physician, Pei Sun took Sheila on to complete her externship hours for the program and eventually hired her. Sheila worked for Dr. Sun until she realized her real passion was hairdressing where she really flourished and was happiest working. Dr. Sun remains her Primary Care Physician and was the doctor who came upon the leukemia through her persistence in insisting Sheila have blood work done at the lab the very day of her last follow up appointment. Sheila credits Dr. Sun with saving her life and maintains an outstanding relationship with her. Sheila would like to thank her wonderful family, friends, clients, and acquaintances for all their love, support, prayers, cards, kind words and thoughts throughout this process. She is forever grateful to them and credits them with her so far successful treatments. The whole gang hopes you'll join them on September 25th at PNA Park for a fun, festive family day to benefit Sheila and her family. All are welcome to join in on the food entertainment and fun. Remember you are family to them - so bring the whole family and spread the word!

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Wallingford Public Library News and Events SEPTEMBER AUTHOR EVENTS AT WALLINGFORD PUBLIC LIBARY Karen E. Olson Monday, September 13 Allan G. Johnson Thursday, September 23 Christine M. Whitehead Thursday, September 30 All events begin at 7:00 p.m. Attention Mystery Fans! Author Event: Karen E. Olson Monday, September 13 7:00 p.m. Collins Room Karen E. Olson's newest book, DRIVEN TO INK is the third book in her Tattoo Shop Mystery series featuring tattoo artist Brett Kavanaugh. Brett inks high-class clientele in her Las Vegas shop, The Painted Lady. And when she's not on the job, she sets her designs on catching killers. . . . . . All are invited to an entertaining evening with Karen E. Olson and learn more about the evolution of the Tattoo Shop Mysteries! Ms. Olson became an author following a 20-year career in the newspaper business. In addition to writing mysteries she edits a medical journal part-time at Yale. She resides in Connecticut. Telling the Truth about Domestic Violence Author Event: Allan G. Johnson, "The First Thing and the Last" Thursday, September 23 7:00 p.m. Community Room Allan G. Johnson will read from his new novel, The First Thing and the Last, and tell the story of what it took to overcome the publishing industry's resistance to bringing into print this inspiring story of healing and redemption in the aftermath of domestic violence. Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized writer and public speaker who has focused on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He first became involved in the issue of men's violence against women in 1977 as a volunteer at the Rape Crisis Service in Hartford, Connecticut. He has authored research on sexual violence, testified before legislative committees, consulted with the National Center for the Prevention of Rape and the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health, and served on the board of the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence. During thirty years of college teaching, he regularly taught courses on gender, race, and social class. His nonfiction books have been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies (for more on his work, visit his website at The First Thing and the Last is his first novel. He is married to Nora L. Jamieson, a writer, healer, and gatherer of women. They live in the hills of northwestern Connecticut. Author Event: Christine M. Whitehead, Tell Me When It Hurts Thursday, September 30 7:00 p.m. Community Room From the author: "Tell Me When It Hurts can be read literally as the tale of a mother struggling to go on despite her daughter's murder. The broader theme however is how we all struggle to regain traction when so much is pressing us every day to skid. Intense therapy, compulsive work, angry revenge, fervent religious faith, binge drinking-all can help us get through uneven days and menacing nights. Ultimately, though, we each chose our own path, be it self-destructive or redeeming. The book is, above all, about choices, second chances, and consequences." All are welcome to hear firsthand how the author was able to write this gripping story. See the Hartford Courant review and find out more about Christine Whitehead at Christine M. Whitehead is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Connecticut Law School. She lives on a farm in the Hartford area and practices divorce law in Hartford. This is her first book. MORE PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Saturday Mornings with Poetry: Looking forward, ever changing, ever growing! Saturday, September 11 10:00a.m. - 12:30 Board Room All poets and would-be poets are invited to attend and share their poetry and writing experiences. This week's meeting will feature poems about poetry. Thursday Night Book Club: The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis Thursday, September 16 7:00 p.m. Collins Room Fans of historical fiction might enjoy this family saga encompassing the lives of three women set amid the history of Uruguay through the 20th century. Provocative, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, The Invisible Mountain is a poignant celebration of the potency of familial love, the will to survive in the most hopeless of circumstances, and, above all, the fierce, fortifying connection between mother and daughter. Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents. This is her first novel. Lunch & Learn* Tuesday, September 21 12:00 p.m. Community Room Speaker Carl Anderson, VP for Fraternal Relations and Community Benefit, who has worked in therapeutic recreation for over 20 years, will provide a basic overview of memory loss: what is normal as we age and ways to maintain memory. All are welcome. Please register early! *NOTE NEW TIME: NOON! We're Celebrating Banned Books Week: September 25 -October 2 Look for our Banned Books Display and join in the book discussion of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on September 27 at 3:30 p.m.: This program is part of the Connecticut Humanities Council's Literature for a Lifetime, Once Banned-Now Classic discussion series. Afternoon Book Discussion Series! Literature for a Lifetime: Once Banned, Now Classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Monday, September 27 3:30 p.m. Collins Room A book, it is often said, reflects the society in which it was written. This may be especially true when the society denies the reflection and censures the book. The four works in this series, all banned at the time of publication, are now accepted as classics of American literature. How can we explain this change in attitude? Does it reflect a change in actual morality or just a change in what we're willing to see in print? What factors led these authors to create works that defied the prevailing standards of their time? Participants will examine these and related questions about censorship, rights and creativity. Dessert with a Doc Wednesday, September 29 6:30 p.m. Community Room Join us for an overview of your cholesterol numbers, including strategies to prevent and manage high cholesterol. Presented by Donna Jones, RN A healthy dessert will be provided. This program is co-sponsored by MidState Medical Center. Please contact the library to register. ****************************************************************************** TEEN ZONE! Saturday, October 9th 1:00 - 3:30 Community Room The Wallingford STAR2 club is a perfect way to feed your passion for science. This free club is open to all Wallingford students in grades K-12. Each meeting offers students the chance to participate in activities pertaining to aviation, rocketry, space, and astronomy. Please register to ensure that there are enough materials for everyone. Meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month in the Library's Community Room. You may sign up online, by phone, or in person. Teens' Top 10 The 26 nominees for the 2010 Teens' Top 10 have been announced. We own multiple copies of the books as well as audio versions, so look for them all on the special display in the Teen Area. [The nominees were chosen by 15 teen groups around the country.] Teens have voted on their favorite books from the previous year. There are some really great picks on the list. Vote for your favorites online through September 17. WALLINGFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS GONE HI-TECH! * Become our friend on Facebook! Get updates about upcoming events, or chat with other library lovers. * Have a question to ask us? Text us. Just send a text message to (203) 903-8447 any time the library is open. Whether you are in the library or at the mall we will get right back to you with an answer! * Don't forget about the thousands of audiobooks you can download from our web site. These books can be downloaded onto your iPod or MP3 player or burned onto a CD.


1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN The Newtons were the first family to complete Meriden Public Library's "Thousand Books Before Kindergarten. Our program goals are to help children develop a lifetime bond with reading and books, and to foster a positive connection between home and school, so every child will be ready for kindergarten and successful in school. For every one hundred books read, Michaela and Levi received a book to keep. Upon completing the 1000 book challenge, a book bag with the logo was presented to them. Congratulations to the Newton Family! For more information please feel free to call Kathie Matsil at 203 630-6347 or email us at


THANKS TO THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Friends of the Meriden Public Library, with the expert assistance of Friends President, Larry Kibner, sponsored the painting of all the exterior and interior trim of the 37 year old library building. Kibner, who is a painter by profession, volunteered his services and the Friends purchased the gallons of black paint needed to cover all of the building’s window and door frames which when measured equals approximately 6300 feet (give or take a few more feet). The project began in the fall of 2009 and was completed in August 2010. Library Director, Karen Roesler praises the venture for improving the appearance of the exterior of the building and for demonstrating how much the Friends of the Library do for the Library and community.

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WALLINGFORD PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT SPECIAL PROGRAMS! Look for our new brochure in your mailbox soon! To register for any of the items below please visit us at 6 Fairfield Boulevard. Feel free to call us at 203-294-2120 if we can help in any way!

YOUTH PROGAMMING Hip House Middle School Dance Passes Photo ID dance passes for Wallingford residents attending the local middle schools are still on sale at the parks and recreation department. Take advantage of the early bird special, ID's are $25 until September 9th. After September 9th, passes will increase to $40. First dance is Friday September 10th. No passes will be sold on the day of the dance. Registration is at the Parks and Recreation Department. For any questions please call the recreation department at 2942120. American Red Cross Baby Sitting The Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department is offering 2 sessions of the American Red Cross Baby Sitter Training Class. This class teaches children ages 11-15 how to care for infants and younger children. This class covers preventing injuries, illness, first aid, basic child care, finding babysitting jobs, and other babysitting issues. Session 1: Saturday October 9th 9:00am 4:00pm fee per person $70 Session 2: Saturday November 6th 9:00am 4:00pm fee per person $70 Participants interested, should register at the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information please call the Rec. Dept. at 203294-2120.

SPORTS AND LEAGUES Weber and Gannon Youth Basketball Registration The Weber and Gannon youth basketball league registration is underway and will continue until Thursday September 30th. League is open to Wallingford residents in elementary school through high school. Player selection process will take place during the month of October with practices beginning in November. Game play begins in December. To register, come to the parks and recreation department and complete the appropriate forms. The league is also looking for volunteer coaches. If parents are interested, please fill out the youth volunteer application upon registration. Coaches and assistants will be required to go through a background check and coaching certification. League fee is $35 per person. For more information please contact the parks and recreation department at 294-2120.

Girls Youth Volleyball The Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department is offering the 12th annual youth volleyball league for girls ages 8 - 15yrs. Learn the game of volleyball, rules, teamwork, sportsmanship and most important fun. Join us for ten weeks this fall (before basketball) and take part in clinics, practices, games and even watch a high school game. Clinic / Games will be played on Thursday Nights and Saturday Afternoons. Play begins Saturday September 18th. Fee is $70 per player, which includes league t-shirt. YOUTH CHEERLEADING CLASSES FOR

BUS TRIPS APPLEFEST-WACHUSET MOUNTAIN, MA Saturday October 16th Bus Departs Recreation Department at 8:30am Returns 6:00pm Fee $55 This festival is quickly becoming a must see destination for all in New England. The Applefest is an Oktoberfest Celebration with delicious German foods, entertainment, and fun for all. Festival includes; Farmers Market, Mountainside BBQ, Pie Eating Contests, German Bands, Schuhplatter Dancers, Beer Garden and more than 60 craft vendors. Food is on your own and the festival is held rain or shine. NEW YORK CITY ON YOUR OWN Saturday December 4th Bus Departs: Recreation Dept. 7:30am Returns: 7:00pm Fee: $32 per person

PRE SCHOOL OPTIONS AGES 6-8 & 9-12 YRS OLD For all new and aspiring cheerleaders looking to become and or stay involved in the sport. This program is a basic cheerleading program where participants will learn tumbling, cheer and stunt skills. All the basics to provide necessary skills in the sport of cheerleading. Minimum of 8 / Maximum of 16 Per Class When: Tuesdays October 12th for 10 weeks Ages 6-8yrs old 5:00 - 5:45pm Ages 9-12yrs old 5:45 - 6:30pm Location: Exit 6 (Park and Rec Gymnastics Room) Fee: $80

14TH ANNUAL TURKEY SHOOT GOLF CLASSIC The 14th Annual Turkey Shoot Golf Classic, held at Tradition Golf Club, is a co-ed 18 hole, 4 person team, scramble tournament, featuring special skills holes and a putting contest. Fee includes greens and cart fees, dinner and prizes. The shotgun start is at 1pm. Maximum limit is 72. For more information please call Elaine Doherty, Tournament Director at (203) 265-7349 When: Saturday Oct. 16th (Rain date TBA), 1pm Shotgun start Fee: $75 for Residents, $80 for Non-Residents Location: Tradition Golf Club

LIL' RECERS PRE-SCHOOL OPTIONS (September - June) Registration Began in May 2010 Each Lil'Recers program offers age appropriate activities including free play, crafts, music, weekly themes, circle time and nutritious snacks as found in most traditional nursery schools. We also have field trips, special days & guests, sports & games, exercise and creative movement for the older children. Please note that the eligibility of each program-regardless of the session is based on the age of your child as of Sept. 13th. Ask for a registration packet when registering and return at your earliest convenience. Session 1 Sept. 20th - Nov. 12th for 8 weeks Session 2 Nov. 15th - Jan. 14th for 8 weeks Session 3 Jan.18th - Mar. 25th for 8 weeks Session 4 Mar. 28th - June 3rd for 9 weeks 3000.460 4yrs. Travelers M-W-F 8:45-11:30am Fee: $220 3000.461 4yrs Travelers T-TH 9:45-12:30pm Fee: $165 3000.462 4yrs. Adventurers MWF am & T-TH pm Fee: $350 3000.463 3yrs. Explorers MWF 8:45-11:30am Fee: $220 3000.464 3yrs. Explorers T-TH 8:45-11:30am Fee: $220 3000.465 3yrs. Adventurers MWF am & T-TH pm Fee: $350 3000.466 2yrs. Wanderers T-TH 10:15-11:15am Fee: $85 3000.467 2yrs Wanderers T 9:00-10:00am Fee: $65 3000.685 1yr-23mos Wee Babes TH 9:1510:00am Fee: $65 For more info please call the Rec Dept. and ask for Debbie Tansino, Early Childhood Supervisor. PLEASE NOTE BIRTH CERTIFICATES WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION.

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Janice Leach Franco writes new Meriden History Book! My new book about Meriden is one of the latest in Arcadia Publishing Company's Images of America series. Over 200 photographs depict the city of Meriden, from its rural beginnings to its rise as the "Silver City" of the world. Wellknown businesses such as International Silver Company, Parker Gun, Manning Bowman, Wilcox and White, and Handel Lamp are featured, along with famous residents Gov. Abiram Chamberlain, Arctic explorer Hugh Johnson Lee, opera diva Rosa Ponselle, and baseball's Connie Mack and "Big Ed" Walsh. Photographs of the iconic places of the city include Castle Craig, Undercliff, Hanover Pond, Washington's Head, the traffic tower, Hubbard Park and many others. I thought it was important to have a concise and descriptive history of Meriden readily available so I was happy to have the opportunity to fill this need. The library gets many requests for historic photographs, but most of the books about Meriden are out-of-print. The majority of the images in the book are from the archives of the Meriden Public Library, but several private citizens also provided pictures of people and organizations. I also used some historic postcard views, including ones of the Fairview Pavilion in Hubbard Park and the old Hanover Park in its heyday. It took me about six months to lay out the book format, scan the images, and combine them with captions. Talking to people about the city and researching the captions were the most interesting tasks. Because Meriden has so many fascinating stories and personalities my only regret was the necessity to limit of the number of items that were included. I think you will find that the book provides an authentic journey into Meriden's past. Leisure and work, religion and organizations, landmarks and parks are all represented in this panorama of Meriden memories. Janis Leach Franco, local history librarian at Meriden Public Library and membership chairperson for the Meriden Historical Society.

The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune. ~Boris Pasternak It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

CELEBRATIONS Good luck in 8th grade Alex. It's going to be a great year! Love Mom & Dad


An Unexpected Reunion Story By Don Finn Since leaving Wallingford in 1988 I have lived in 3 areas of Virginia. Currently my family and I live in the Virginia Beach are where we have been since 2006. In all of my time living in Virginia one thing my family and I have looked forward to has been vacations at the beach. When I landed my current job in Virginia Beach, we were excited to be living so close to the shore; in fact, when we told our kids I was considering a new position we were celebrating Mother's Day at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Living in this area is great because we are within a short driving distance of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Outer Banks has some of the prettiest beaches around; soft sand, gentle surf, great temperatures, and great places to shop, play, and eat. This past August, my wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We began planning for the big event last year. We were to spend a full week alone at an ocean-front home followed by another week with our kids and faithful family beagle Rosie. Our "alone" week was spent in Duck; a sleepy narrow area with a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful homes. We had a great time. For our second week, we would move a few miles north on Highway 12 to the town of Corolla. Because we needed to be out of the first home by 10:00 and couldn't check in to the second place until after 4:00 we had some time to kill. We spent a few hours on the beach followed by lunch with friends who were spending the weekend in the area. When we met up with our friends, we couldn't decide where to eat. Our first choice was closed until dinner, the second was out of 2 of the entrees we wanted to eat, and the third was only serving a limited menu that didn't include seafood-imagine that! We decided to have lunch at another place that looked pretty crowded from the outside, but was not too bad. My wife and I had eaten there the year before when we celebrated our 19th anniversary, so we knew it would be good. And now for the strange part… The 4 of us were chatting and catching up. Behind us was a party of 8 or so people. While pouring dressing on my salad I hear the guy behind me say "Mike Skapczynski (skap-shin-ski) should be here in a few hours." I hear this and thought "hmmm, that rings a bell." Then he says, "Yeah, he left Guilford this morning." Wait, Guilford is in Connecticut… With that I turned my chair around and said "excuse me, who here knows Mike Skapczynski?" The guy directly behind me says "I do." "Do you mean 'Aldo Cella" (the high school nick name of the Mike Skapczynski I knew) I said. "Yeah, that's him" he says. "I went to high school with him" I said. The guy asked "What's your name?" "I'm Don Finn" I tell him. He says "oh, you're helping to put the class of '85's 25th reunion together." "Yep" I say. He says, "I'm Jeff Rhodes" and (pointing to a woman across the table) "that's my sister-in-law Sue Mullin" he says. I couldn't believe it! Jeff and I didn't really know each other too well in high school, but we spent 10 or 15 minutes catching up and then he and his group were on their way to enjoying the rest of their vacation. Now, let me ask you; what are the chances of each of us eating lunch in the same small restaurant in a small semiisolated town 550 miles from where we graduated from high school 25 years before? I'm no mathematician, but I'll bet the odds are pretty slim! This leads to my next point: If you are a member of the MTS Class of 1985, (or you know someone who is), you won't have to rely on a chance encounter like mine. The Sheehan Class of 1985 will be holding its 25th Reunion celebration on Friday, November 26th at the Sheraton Four Points in Meriden. To date, we have been in contact with nearly ½ of our classmates and many will be attending the reunion. You don't want to miss out, after all, when do you think you might have a chance to catch up with your classmates again? Reunion registration information can be found online at the official reunion website: You'll want to hurry, because after October 15th the price of registering will go up. Thanks for reading and we hope to have all of our Class of 1985 graduates together on November 26th!

Bobbie's Bevy of Beauties September is here. What happened to the months between April and August? School has reopened. It seems like it closed for summer vacation just a few weeks ago. And autumn is fast approaching. The older one becomes the quicker time zooms by. Jimmy's tomatoes doing very well. They are still producing a good supply. Have them every day. Still haven't turned red though. Guess I have a few more weeks until the color change. Just look outside and one can see some of the changes. Shorter days, longer nights and some very unpleasant hot weather. Back to using the hose again. Some of the annuals and perennials which gave a beautiful display are on their way out. My dahlias and turtle heads have come into bloom. The Helenas, a tall pant with small clusters of flowers, have never been more beautiful. Some are yellow and some are orange with brown centers. The sedum starting to change color. I think my chrysanthemums like last year are going to blossom later than they have in previous years. The butterfly bush and Rose of Sharon are just spectacular. Have to put them as one of the number 1 contenders for beauty this 2010 flower season. We have a cat, (considered a feral cat which I don't) that lives outdoors. Mommie has her own patio house with about a half dozen beds. They are probably warmer than mine. During the warm weather she loves to sun herself on our deck. Polly who lives across the street and is half owner to the four golden retrievers has a very friendly cat named George. He has sort of adopted us. Mommie and George had cornered something on our deck early one morning. I thought it might be a mole or a bird. It was a huge praying mantis. Only the second one I've seen this season. Had mentioned the small one I saw a couple of months ago. Guess that one was a baby. This one had wings almost the length of its body and was green. Had to be an adult. Rescued it and let it go in one of my flower beds. Try placing one on a plant and they do get quite clingy to ones body. Finally able to remove its legs from my arm and attach it to the plants stem. Don't hurt them. They take care of nasty insects. Someone with an aversion to bugs might think I'm bananas. Anyone who knows me knows my love of animals and wildlife. As Jimmy says "thank goodness a wild beast doesn't show up in our yard because I would invite it in. Probably so. Maybe, I am bananas. Will put my pen down for this issue. Until the next one. Flowercerly Yours, Bobbie G. Vosgien P.S. Welcome to the neighborhood Tabatha, Jon and your two pups Kairi and Porkchop. Hope you'll be happy here. We have some great neighbors. Should know something about that. Have resided here for fifty great years. P.S.S. My dear friend and neighbor Helen. So glad to see you are up and around again from your accident. Keep up the good work! P.S.S.S. Best wishes Fran for a speedy and healthy recovery. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955

I wonder what David and Lisa White are celebrating? Could it be the first day of school? 437 Broad Street * Meriden 203-2 235-3 3166

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Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep. ~Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, 1750


Father and sons all set for the first day of school. When is that bus going to get here?

Find A Friend At The Wallingford Animal Shelter!

MAX E. MURAVNICK MERIDEN SENIOR CITIZENS' CENTER News and Events The Max E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Citizens' Center is open to all Meriden residents age 55 and over. Membership is free of charge and new members may sign-up any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by presenting a driver's license or other proof of age. New members receive an information package about senior services and a coupon entitling them to one complimentary lunch in our Senior Community CafĂŠ. Sign-up today and find out about all that is offered for Meriden seniors at the Max E. Muravnick Senior Center! LaPlanche Clinic Nurse Jackie Hackbarth has announced that she will be retiring effective September 1 and I would like to invite everyone to attend a party in her honor on Wednesday, September 8 at lunchtime in Willene's Place. This will be an opportunity for all of us to wish Jackie well in her much deserved retirement and to thank her for her many years of dedicated service at the Senior Center. Please sign-up for lunch at the desk in Willene's Place or by calling 203.235.8052 and join us for a fond farewell to Jackie, she will be missed! The Connecticut Money School will present "Important Papers: Your Travel Log" on Wednesday, September 8 at 10:30 am in the first floor meeting room. A key part to managing your financial journey is knowing where you have been. This class provides you with a comprehensive record detailing the value of your assets, where to find important documents when you need them and will teach you other important financial tips. Refreshments will be served. Elder Law Attorney Dan Tully will speak at the Senior Center on Wednesday, September 29 at 10:30 am on "Estate Planning & Asset Protection". Dan is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut and an expert in Medicaid planning. He has helped many older people legally protect their assets, home and life savings in the event of nursing home care or other unforeseen events. The program will be held in the first floor meeting room and refreshments will be served. Move & Soothe with Dr. Susan Sandel will resume on Tuesday, September 7 at 12:30 PM on the lower level. This creative movement, exercise and relaxation program has been quite popular in the past and we hope that interested people will attend to welcome Susan back for the next quarterly session of Move & Soothe here at the Senior Center! Our collection for Meriden's Back to School Expo Annual Book Bag Drive was very successful with a total of 127 new back to school items donated at the Senior Center. Notebooks, pencils, glue sticks and crayons were the most popular items collected and we thank you for your generous donations to benefit Meriden students! Staff from A&B Homecare will make a presentation in Willene's Place on Wednesday, September 22 at 11:15 am about the homemaker and home health services they offer to Meriden seniors. They will distribute brochures and marketing materials and answer any questions you may have about their services. There are still openings for next AARP Driver Safety Class at the Senior Center on Wednesday, November 3 and Friday, November 5 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the mezzanine. The cost of the class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members and completion of the two day refresher training course entitles you to a discount on your automobile insurance premiums. Sign-ups for the November class are now being accepted in the front office or by calling 203.237.0066. The deadline to apply for the Rent Relief Program sponsored by the State of Connecticut is September 15. The program provides eligible renters with money back on their 2009 rent and utilities based on their income and expenses. For further information or any questions about the rules and requirements of the Rent Relief Program, please inquire in the office. For a complete listing of all Senior Center classes, activities, trips and meal menus, pick-up a copy of our newsletter available on the first of each month at the reception desk in the front lobby. John F. Hogarth - Senior Center Director

Napier Foundation grants $45,000 to local organizations

Coco Channel A sweet tea cup chihuahua.

Isabella a female American Bull dog and Eli a male English Bull dog.

Lisa Barr, a Foundation trustee and member of the Grant Review Committee, announced on August 10, 2010, that the James H. Napier Foundation Trustees voted to provide $45,000 in grants to five Meriden and Wallingford non-profits. Grant recipients include: Autism Spectrum Resource Center, CT Legal Services, My City Kitchen, New Opportunities of Meriden, and United Way of Meriden and Wallingford. James H. Napier Foundation is committed to helping non-profit organizations meet the existing and emerging needs of children, youth and families, especially those living in the Meriden and Wallingford, CT area. The Foundation funds within five categories: Education; Youth Services; Health and Human Services; Organizational Capacity-Building; and Special Initiatives. In addition, the Foundation is taking a leadership role in supporting the Meriden Blueprint for Young Children and the Meriden Family Zone and encourages grant applicants to connect their proposed activities with the goals and objectives of the Blueprint and Family Zone. The Foundation is accepting applications from 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organizations. Priority is given to organizations in the Meriden and Wallingford area and the Foundation doesn't typically fund special events. The next deadline to submit an application is September 30, 2010. Future deadlines are: January 10, 2011; April 10, 2011; and July 10, 2011. To obtain information on the Foundation's grant making, please visit the website at or email requests for an application to .

Now registering for Fall programs at the Wallingford Family YMCA Beginning the week of September 7th are Preschool and youth sports class, dance, teen programs, swimming lessons and more! Classes available for people of all ages. Visit us at or contact us at 203-2694497 for more information.

The three little kittens - both male and female. So precious!

Jack a male bunny who is totally cute and cuddly.

Athena, a female boxer mix that loves to play soccer.

Mitzi a sweet senior female Minpin looking for

For more information on any of these wonderful animals or others we have, please contact the Wallingford Animal Shelter. Lisa Seyler - 203 294-2180.

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The Wallingford Animal Shelter and Lisa Seyler The job of an Animal Control Officer is often a job wrought with pain, for those with caring hearts. For what we witness on a daily basis is often sad, horrific and difficult. Still, we are able to plod along with the knowledge that we are making a difference. We handle over 120 complaints each month from our townsfolk; abuse, barking, biting, roaming, defecating, hit by cars, wildlife in need and the abandoned. There is a never ending flow of fur-kids in need of aid and folks that need help in dealing with issues. We do our very best to assist all. It's a 24 hour 7 day per week job that requires skill, patience and heart. I am very blessed to have employees that fit that bill. I have one full time assistant and two (20 hour per week), part time. Essentially there are "3" of us to cover our large, growing town and tend to all the needs of our furry guests. Rachel is wonderful! She is my resident "vet tech". She knows so much about breeds and medicine and goes above and beyond in her research. Her brain is a virtual rolodex of valuable information attached to a caring and compassionate heart. Dean is simply amazing in his ability to capture dogs and wildlife. He gains the trust of both two and four "leggers" alike, due to his giant heart and tender nature. He is our official "dog whisperer". Marci, is the Mother to all our orphans! She bottle feeds kittens, birds and other needy creatures. A duty that has one up every few hours day and night. She does this without complaint, along with her other duties. She is truly one of a kind. The very BEST kind! We are very strict in our application/adoption process. We want to assure forever homes of love. Our guests have already been forgotten at a shelter and we Never want them to be forsaken again. So many come into our shelter and see the longing eyes of the hopeful. They always say the same thing, "I could never work here, I care too much!" I know what they mean for they genuinely do care. Yet truly, it takes so much more care to witness the plight of the discarded and take their pain onto your own beating heart; then vow to make a difference. Ignorance surely is bliss. For each fuzzy face lives in the hearts of those that see, care and don't turn away. To sum it all up, we protect people from animals and we protect animals from people. It's a challenging balance. Rushing a suffering hit by car to a vet, rescuing an injured hawk, or dealing with bad dog owners is par for the course. We witness a lot of pain, but we are also gifted with so many miracles. The miracles keep us going! The happy endings make all the pain worthwhile. I am grateful and blessed to have a staff that truly cares. I am also blessed to work in a town that is the home to so many good, kind and loving people. Lisa Seyler (aka the "dog lady") of the Wallingford Animal Shelter


Happy Birthday Diane. You are like a fine wine. You only get better with age!

In Memory of Helen Dodge My Grandma is Helen Dodge and she just recentlly past away at 98 years old on Aug.14th of this year. She lived in comfort with her daughter, Dee Stearns, who had been doing such a wonderful job with 24 hour care since 2008. We all would get together and spend time with our Gram on Holidays and I would visit every Friday. Somedays, I would just stop by to hang out with my Mom and get a Grandma Hug. I found this one special note that I thought was interesting and would like to share it with everybody. Gram loved to be surrounded by friends and especially family.

The Wallingford Animal Shelter is located at 5 Pent Road. The phone number is 203 294-2180

Charity Shopping Good for you and the Community If you are an Internet shopper already - you can contribute to local charities at no additional cost to you. What you will get is email advertising about when the affiliated stores are running charity related specials. Make this work for you! Your local TV station WPAA-TV has a matching grant: So new shoppers signing up at and making 1 online purchase will give WPAA-TV an additional $5. Consider signing up between now and Celebrate Wallingford weekend to help WPAA-TV make a difference. Some of our participants have shared that they have saved and contributed every time they shopped through Comparison shop using stores. You will find deals and you will find the same deals with the good difference - part of the purchase price is sent back to the community. WPAA-TV belongs to you. Participate. Also know there are some Internet search sites that contribute locally like Searching here can be an automatic contribution to Masters' Manna. So every time you shop on-line you can be doing good.. Make it a habit for the charity of your choice. Political Adverstisement

The People’s Press would like to share its sympathies with the family and friends of Helen. Helen often sent stories to us about history, faith and her love of family. We will miss both her and her words.

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Mayor's Corner - Meriden As summer draws to a close, it is both time to reflect on positive happenings in Meriden and look forward to exciting fall events. Our community has experienced a series of successful outdoor events throughout Meriden. These include the first annual Italian Night at Hubbard Park and the 43rd Annual Puerto Rican Festival. City Park hosted the Meriden Black Expo and the National Night Out. The downtown Hub events included the Cole Brothers Circus, the Sgt. Jeffrey Boucher Car and Truck Show, the Meriden Housing Authority Block Party, and the Back to School Expo. The Traditional Connecticut Jazz Fest at Four Points Sheraton was a first time event in Meriden. All these events and activities provided a mix of culture and safe, family oriented fun. It is nice to see good things happening in Meriden and kudos to the organizers, volunteers, and participants who made this possible. Coming this fall, there will be a Y sponsored Lantern and Pumpkin Party at the Hub for children and families. We are also looking at hosting outdoor movie nights as well. Watch for holiday decorations and events throughout the Holiday Season including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Back to school excitement is in the air as the Annual Back to School Expo provided backpacks and school supplies to over 1400 Meriden school children. I wish all the best to new Meriden School Superintendent Dr. Mark Benigni as he takes the helm of Meriden's public schools. He is offering excitement and a positive message to teachers and students alike as he takes on his new leadership position. The education of our children is a collaborative responsibility shared by teachers, families, and the entire community. Let each of us do our part to ensure a successful school year for our children. Enjoy Meriden's upcoming activities and events. You help to make positive things happen. Warm Regards, Mike Rohde - Mayor of Meriden

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~Raymond Hull

CELEBRATIONS Lex Sorrell, son of Tari MarshallDay was in attendance at the August 31 meeting of the Meriden Rotary Club. Lex’s List has grown to include a donation to the Meriden Dare Program. Lex presented Officer Cirillo of the Meriden Dare Program with a jar of money in the amount of approximately $140. There is no stopping Lex and the causes he has donated to over the past year. It is heartwarming to see such a great youth caring about his community and the individuals in it. Lex now has his own line of tee shirts and has become quite a professional fund raiser. Keep up the good work, Lex


My Fashion Show I am a Girl Scout in Troop 60515 in Wallingford. I have been working on a badge for a very long time. For my badge "Fitness to Fashion" I needed to do seven things to complete and earn my badge. A couple of the tasks were tohelp some friends with their wardrobe and to keep a fitness log for 6 weeks. The task that took the longest was to produce a fashion show. I went to four stores and The Old Navy in Meriden was the only place that said yes to host my fashion show. Bill, the manger of Old Navy, seemed very excited and I was very excited that someone said yes! I was very nervous because at first all the models that had said "yes" they wanted to participate, were busy or away the weekend I chose. So, of course, I had to get all new models. Finally we all got together and picked out and tried on all of our outfits. We had a blast!! The night before the Fashion Show, all the models slept over and we had a Pizza Polish Party. We all had to paint our finger nails!! In the morning before we went to Old Navy, we all curled our hair. At the fashion show all the Girl Scouts that came earned a Fashion Patch. Another task was to run a toiletree drive. I wanted to donate the items to the Domestic Violence Shelter because I already had helped before with my mom. At the fashion show all the models came out and spun and had so much fun. It went pretty fast so we ended up picking out more outfits as we returned to the dressing room. I would like to THANK the Old Navy Store, Bill the Manager, and all my models (Mary, Steph, Madalyn, Kayleigh, Yvette, and Megan) - And those little girls from the Meriden Girl Scout Troop that joined me at the last minute AND everybody that came to support us and who made donations and to my mom for driving us all there and hosting my model sleepover party AND my troop leader Mrs.Torres AND to Shannon who helped me by making the donation box. Go Girl Scouts!! Sammi Chagnon Troop 60515

My muscles flex and I drive all the women crazy! To all you other so called stallions out there - YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS! I’m walking the walk and talking the talk and check out this tail baby. Let’s Nuzzle!



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‘Summer at Sherman’ Enrichment Camp This August, 25 young children (three through ten years old) participated in the ‘Summer at Sherman’ enrichment camp. The goal of this experience was to provide positive and fun learning experiences for children from lower-income families living in the Meriden Family Zone target neighborhood. Another reason for this camp is to help address the learning lost by many youngsters during the summer. Research suggests that two-thirds of the academic achievement gap in reading and language is explained through the loss that occurs during the summer months of the early school years. Lower-income students are especially vulnerable, losing 1/3 of a school year during the summer months vs. one month lost for their middle-income peers. This special nature-themed program was designed and delivered by some of Meriden’s best public school teachers. It combined science, math, and reading enrichment activities with fun experiments, discussion, and games. Fields trip included a nature walk at Hubbard Park led by Meriden’s own Bob Pagini, apple picking at Lyman Orchards, and a visit to Auer Farm in Bloomfield. Summer at Sherman was the idea of the Meriden Early Childhood Council Early Education Committee, sponsored by Meriden Children First and the Meriden School Readiness Council. Key partners included New Opportunities, YMCA, the Midstate Christian Academy, Roger Sherman Elementary and the Meriden Public School system. For more information contact David Radcliffe at Meriden Children First, 203-630-3566, or visit

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SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS AT MERIDEN LIBRARY POWER UP WITH SIMPLE ASTROLOGY SEPTEMBER 29 - Practicing astrologer and teacher Dian Bustillo will present "Power up with simple astrology" on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 pm in the Meriden Public Library Griffin Room. When all else is dubious, the Moon is certain. It's simple to use the Moon to plan your activities. Whether it's scheduling a party or a date, requesting a raise or minimizing a negative evaluation, making a sales pitch or closing the deal, or just indulging in a pedicure and a massage, there are Moon signs and Moon periods that maximize your results. You don't have to be an astrologer to use the Moon to your only need to know your Sun sign. From her Meriden, Connecticut location, Ms. Bustillo tele-consults with clients across the country, teaches beginning astrology, and provides tele-classes for intermediate and advanced students. She also lectures for private groups and at conferences in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. Her astrological philosophy is influenced by three basics: consistency, simplicity, and cycles. This program is free and all are invited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email, or visit the library's web site at and click on "Adult events" to reserve a seat. MOVIES AT MERIDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY - The Meriden Public Library will be showing movies in September in the Griffin Room. On Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 pm in the Griffin Room, selected episodes of the popular FOX TV program about a high school show choir will be shown. On Saturday, September 18 at 2:00 pm in the Griffin Room, the movie starring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato will be shown. The movies are free and all are invited. WRITERS NETWORK AT MERIDEN LIBRARY SEPTEMBER 22 - Meriden Public Library will host a Writers Network group on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Friends Room. We invite 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 to attend. The Writers Network is for anyone who is looking for a support network to keep the motivation going, is interested in sharing their writing with others and is longing for the camaraderie of others who share a passion for writing. If you are interested in joining the Writers Network, contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 or email us EVENING SCRABBLE SESSIONS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 14 - Meriden Public Library will be hosting evening sessions for people who enjoy playing Scrabble. The September sessions will be on Tuesday, September 14 and 28 at 6:00 to 8:00 pm 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. AFTERNOON SCRABBLE SESSIONS IN SEPTEMBER - Join us from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Monday September 13 and September 27 in the Friends Room at Meriden Public Library to play scrabble. Come to learn the game. Come to practice. Come just to meet new people. All are invited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349 for more information. FREE COMPUTER CLASSES AT MERIDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY - Not very confident using email, Word, or searching the internet? Sign up for one of the free computer classes at Meriden Public Library. The class schedule is as follows: Internet Searching - Monday, September 13 at 6:30 pm and Monday, September 27 at 6:30 pm Computer Basics - Saturday, September 18 at 9:30 am Email - Monday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. The Library also offers computer classes in Spanish on Wednesday, September 1 at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 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. SCRAPBOOKING WORKSHOPS - Grab a friend, bring your photos, album pages and adhesive and join us on Monday, September 20 at 5:00 pm in the Meriden Public Library Griffin Room to complete your keepsake scrapbook photo album. Kitt Dunk, an experienced scrapbooker, will teach "Album Making for Busy People." Ms. Dunk will show how your album pages can be elegant, but easy and fun to do. The library will supply a minimum of tools and supplies as well as some free handouts. This class is part two of a three part series. Class three will take place on Monday, October 18. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email, or visit the library's web page at and click on "Adult events" to reserve a seat. LUNCHTIME BOOK CLUB FALL SCHEDULE - The Meriden Public Library's lunchtime book club announces its fall schedule. The book club meets on Thursdays at noon in the Friends Room. Bring your lunch and enjoy the discussion. September 16 - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout All are welcome. The books are available in a display across from the Information Desk. Contact Laura at (203) 2382346 to sign up. GHOSTLY PHOTOGRAPHS SEPTEMBER 27 - Julie Griffin, a freelance paranormal photographer, will be presenting the program "Ghostly Photographs: true ghost stories you can see with your own eyes" on Monday, September 27 at 7:00 pm in the Griffin Room. This paranormal investigator will tell the stories behind her very real "ghost" photographs she will be presenting. Julie Griffin started getting involved with paranormal investigating in 2008. In early 2009 she began capturing anomalies with a digital camera and continues to get good evidence photographs. She has investigated locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania. Gettysburg is her favorite location. Her interest in the paranormal has been lifelong. Growing up in the Midwest, she lived in a house for 5 years that was haunted. Hearing footsteps on the 2nd floor when no one was up there happened frequently. She saw a full body apparition of a woman on the 2nd floor and a small ghost dog run under her bed. She has begun writing the stories that go with her ghost evidence pictures. There are now over 50 quality photographs to write about, which she plans to turn into a book. You can visit her website at Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email, or visit the library's web page at and click on "Adult events" to reserve a seat. This program is free and all are invited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email or visit the library's web page at and click on "Adult events" to reserve a seat. TEEN ANIME CLUB SEPTEMBER 24 - The Teen Anime Club at the Meriden Public Library will meet on Friday, September 24th at 2:30 pm in the Griffin Room. At this month's meeting we will be learning how to make candy sushi in addition to our monthly anime screening. Japanese snacks and drinks will be provided. This program is for teens age 13-18. Sign up is not required. If you have any questions please contact Melissa at or call (203) 238-2347. TEEN BOOK CLUB SEPTEMBER 16 Mysteries, Romance, Adventure, Science Fiction...What are some of your favorite books to read? Come to the Teen Book club on Thursday, September 16th at 3:30 pm in the Seminar Room and tell us about the best books you've been reading lately. We'll also be making personalized bookmarks. The first three people to sign up will receive a Mortal Instruments or Clockwork Angel poster. This program is open to all teens ages 13-18. You can sign up on-line at or in person at the Information Desk. If you have any questions please contact Melissa at (203) 238-2347 or LEGO CLUB SEPTEMBER 23 - Meriden Public Library's Lego Club will meet on Thursday, September 23rd at 3:30 pm in the Griffin Room. Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to bring their imagination and build on this month's theme - "Skyscrapers". Completed projects will be put on display in the library. The library will provide Legos for all children who attend. Sign up is not required for this program. If you have any questions or would like to be put on the Lego Club mailing list please contact Melissa at (203) 630-6347 or VIETNAM: THEN AND NOW SEPTEMBER 25 - "Vietnam: then and now" a travel program by Frank Donovan, will be presented on Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 pm in the Meriden Public Library Griffin Room. >From the lush rice paddies of the Mekong Delta in the south to the Communist capital, Hanoi, Frank and Phyllis Donovan will guide you through this proud, hard-working, often-occupied ancient land. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is 1,000 miles long, but just 50 miles at its narrowest. More than half of Vietnam's population was born after the "American War". You'll see lush green mountains, ancient pagodas, world-class beaches, burgeoning Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), the immense network of the Viet Cong's Cu Chi Tunnels, lovely Nha Trang, the busy port of Danang, the imperial capital of Hue, (targeted by the 1968 Tet Offensive), the stunningly beautiful karst mountains and caves of Ha Long Bay, then to the gruesome Hoa Lo Prison (the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" of John McCain and others). It's a fascinating trip on which you'll learn and remember. This program is free and all are invited. Contact the Community Services Department at (203) 630-6349, email, or visit the library's web site at and click on "Adult events" to reserve a seat.

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I'm starting middle school‌ By Dawn Packard Brown I'm starting middle school this week at age 41 (alright nearly 42)....Well not really, but my heart is going to middle school this week in the form of an 11 year old boy. My first born, but still my baby, is heading off to middle school this week and I am left to wonder what happened? What happened to the time I thought we still had? What happened to my little boy who is no longer here? And I can't help but to wonder each day where he went and when he will be back. Instead of embracing the wonder of these years and the excitement of this new adventure set before him, I am instead fixated on that little blue crayon box that sat on his kindergarten desk on the very first day of elementary school. It had his name written on it in big black letters, as it simply read "Colton". The thought of it was precious to me and the sight of it nearly made me cry at first glance. My little boy had his own little desk, his own little blue crayon box, and his own new little friends. I had to say good-bye to him, turn around and walk out of the room leaving him behind. While walking out of the school on that day, I wondered if my little boy would be okay without me. Would he be sad? Would he make friends? Was this a good place that we were leaving him at? And would he be bursting with excitement to see me when I returned? I wondered if I would be okay too. As a mother you wonder a whole bunch of things all the time. Actually, I'm pretty sure that mom's never stop thinking or worrying about their children. For today, I just wish I could get that little blue crayon box and the picture of that sweet little kindergartner that no longer stands before me, out of my head. Things have changed pretty quickly around here. My son is starting middle school this week. That fact is astounding to me. I'm pretty confident that it was only yesterday that he was sitting at his little desk, surrounded by his new little friends, in that Kindergarten classroom on that very first day. However, my son is now nearly as tall as me and by all accounts he is much smarter than me too. He knows a lot more than I could ever know. I didn't even realize that fact until he let me know, and in fact, I have come to learn that I'm not so cool either. For some reason the things that I have done for years and have done well as a mom are either no longer needed or cause much embarrassment to my new middle school child. Realization of this hit me quickly when we were recently at a camp sleepover, and I had innocently tried to put a band-aid on his cut knee. What a ghastly mistake I almost committed, as he quickly snatched the band-aid from my hands and applied it himself. It then all clicked for me. I am the left over mommy. For some reason I am not as good as I once was, but I am still definitely needed on occasion. For years I was it. I was all that he needed. Now his world has revolved and everything seems to have shifted. So, in my son's new and quickly changing world where does a left over mommy even fit in? On the sidelines it seems, waiting to be needed once again? I am still new at this ever changing role, so I am learning as we go along. Thus far, it seems to be a complicated dance that we are enacting in which my son continually makes attempts at seeking out more freedom and I, at the same time, try to allow him to grow and mature, but within definite parent approved boundaries. You see in my eyes, he is still and always will be that sweet little kindergartner waiting in his classroom for his mother to return. So, it seems that I may have walked blindly and unprepared into this new role in my oldest son's life, but whether he is aware or not it is still a paramount role that I will hold. For there is still a great deal of teaching to be done, a great deal of worrying to be had, and a great deal of care to be given to this young boy, before I could ever let him set out into this world on his own as a young man. In the end, I may have to occasionally accept a spot on the sidelines, but that will be just fine as I will have the best spot to cheer him on, give him encouragement to keep trying, and to catch him should he ever happen to fall. My son is going to middle school this week and so is my heart...

Loans available for small businesses Need a loan to expand your small business or to fund a start-up? The non-profit Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) announces a loan workshop Wednesday, Sept. 15, at CEDF Headquarters at 965 East Main St. Meriden from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CEDF provides flexible financing and business support to Connecticut start-ups as well as small and micro-businesses which often cannot obtain conventional financing from a bank. The workshop will give information on the loan application process to entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses who wish to borrow money through CEDF. CEDF provides a wide range of services, including training, small business counseling and advice on an as-needed basis for businesses to which CEDF lends money. Although the loan workshop will not offer business plan assistance, owners will be directed to available resources for such help. Please contact Scott Arnold at 203-235-2333 ext. 2020 if you plan on attending.

CROSS TRAIN INTENSE New class offered at the Wallingford YMCA ideal for personalized attention. Beginning on October 1,2010 Cross Train Intense is a results based group personal training that gives equal attention to strength, Cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, agility, speed, explosiveness, and flexibility to achieve maximum athletic potential. Equipment includes pull up/dip bars, sand bags, plyometric boxes, power harnesses, break-away harnesses, agility ladders, and speed shoots. Class is on Friday 5:15-6:15 and Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m. Contact Mark Graham at 203-269-4497 ext 24 for more information. Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? ~Fanny Brice


Happy 1st Birthday our little BOODUMS! We Love you Very Much. Love Auntie Lori, Uncle Rollie and Alex


Happy Birthday Nana I love you. Happy Anniversary Nana and Papa Love you Bunches! Love Kym and JoAnna.

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Happy Belated xxth Birthday Mr. Flower King! Hope you had a great one!


MidState Gears Up for Its Bi-Annual Pink Partini Fashion Show MidState Medical Center is delighted to announce its highly anticipated Pink Partini Fashion Show to be held on Thursday, October 14, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. MidState is proud to host a sold-out event with over 800 guests all in support of The Cancer Center. This year, we have 75 models who will all strut the runway for an important cause: breast cancer awareness. Our models come from across central Connecticut and beyond. They include staff from our Family Birthing Center, Cancer Center, Food Services, Volunteer Services, Security, Administration, Radiology, Medical Oncology and Hematology, and more. Our six cancer survivor models this year are Susan Claflin, of Cheshire, who will be escorted by her daughter Jesse Claflin; Joanne Struble, of Wallingford; Wallingford firefighter, Rick Garrison; Denise Eldridge, of Meriden; Nancy Stevens, of Cheshire; and Martha Bertz, of Burlington. Governor M. Jodi Rell is the event's honorary chair once again, and back by popular demand, Channel 3's Scot Haney will serve as the fashion show's emcee. MidState is pleased this year to have support from both the Wallingford and Meriden fire departments. This exciting evening will be filled with fabulous fashions, family and fun. Thank you to our models! Photo above are the models from last year!

School Child Care - "Let's Talk"…..About Your Health Chris More, RN Public Health Educator, Wallingford Health Department Let's talk…. About pediculosis (Head Lice) YUK! Parents everywhere are saying Hooray!! School is back in session! All is well, until the dreaded call from the school nurse, telling you, your child has Head Lice, along with most of the classroom. Oh no, how can this be? Not my child! These tiny terrors spread easily from one person to another, which is why school children get them so often. Embarrassed? Don't be! Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene, or a dirty home. Truth is they spread through close contact with others and their sharing of belongings. Like that cute little "Teddy Bear" that your child takes to bed after a day of show-in-tell or the security blanket they take everywhere. Head lice are little unwelcome guests that live and feed on blood from the scalp (Yuk again). Lice are very small and hard to see, adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed and are found behind the ears and the back of the neck, or you may see dandruff like specks that won't brush out, these are the eggs or "nits." Take a look at the photos' to get a better idea of size (very small and hard to see!). * Photo's from Lice can live about two days without someone to "host" them and nits can live nits up to a week. What does that mean? It means they can stay alive on bedding, clothes, toys, classroom carpets s and other places around the house waiting to crawl on to your child for a feeding (triple Yuk!). Head lice don't "jump" from person to person, they attach when your child brushes against them (like sharing hats/combs/teddy bear hugs). In most cases head lice can be treated at home, but if you are not sure IF its head lice causing the itch, it's worth a trip to the doctor or talk with the school nurse. Don't panic, if your child does have head lice, you can eliminate head lice and get your child back to school, (sorry kids). Wallingford school system has a "no nit" policy which means you need to get rid of both the adult lice and nits to go back to school. So what to do? Follow the guidelines based on age: Children two and older: Purchase over the counter shampoo and rinse (non prescription) with the ingredients to kill both lice and nits. Always follow the directions very carefully and use a fine tooth comb to remove nits. This takes time and attention to do correctly. Children under two: Do not use lice shampoos or rinses, check with your child's medical provider for treatment. All Children: Wash all items that have come in contact with your child's head in HOT water (bed linen, clothing, teddy) and dry them on HIGH heat for (20) twenty minutes. Place items that can't be washed in plastic bags, sealed closed, for three to four days (remember adults can live up to 2 days without a blood feeding). Vacuum carpets, furniture and mattresses several times, clean the vacuum out each time you use it (throw the vacuum bag away!). Keep ALL items that your child has come into close contact (like Teddy) away from the rest of the family. So you tried the over the counter remedies but little Billy is still scratching his head, now what? If over the counter remedies didn't work, there are several prescription products you can get from your doctor. Before you try a home "cure" ask your doctor or school nurse. Some home "cures" really are crazy! Remember that scratching (they itch!) may cause infection, so tell your doctor if you notice any red or sore areas when shampooing your child's head. Parents make sure you have fond memories of Back to School! Let's do a quick review: Shampoo, comb, launder, seal, and vacuum. It's a lot of work but in the end you will be free of Lousy Lice. Remember, NOBOBY is exempt from pediculosis (Head Lice). For more information, contact the Wallingford Health Dept. at 203-294-2065 or stop by to chat with me, your Public Health Educator. Stay Bug free and stay tuned for our next "Let's Talk"… about Your Health next month.

The Wallingford Family YMCA is accepting registrations for the before and after School Child Care Program.

Before and After Care programs are held at all Wallingford elementary schools. Children attending Holy Trinity can attend the Moses Y Beach school site. Holy Trinity offers transportation to the program. Children attending Magnet Schools can be bused to their neighborhood school. With the elementary school reconfiguration, some sites are filling more quickly than others. Pick up your application at the Wallingford Family YMCA, or call Jane Rynaski at 203 697 2383 for more information.

Star t a family tradition... PICK YOUR OWN APPLES!

Have a great time with the family and let your kids experience the freshness and tastes of fresh picked apples filled with nutrition!

and take your pick from the freshest veggies and more at our farm store. Pick your own pears in Mid-September!


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Meriden resident Andy Reynolds addressed the Meriden Rotary Club at a recent meetings on the "pride" there should be in Meriden and what Meriden as a community has to offer. He also discussed the upcoming Garden Club being formed for city beautification.


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It Takes a Village As I drove off the campus of Central Connecticut State University, sadness and glee mixed together to form one of the most unique feelings I have experienced. Having just dropped off my oldest son, Matt, to begin his new adventure as a college student, I was overcome with gratitude. Not just for what a wonderful young man Matt has grown to be, but for all those in his life who have helped him get there. There are the obvious people, our families, who have done so much to support and encourage Matt in everything he has done. His grandparents on his father's side, who have been so vital to the man he has become, with whom he has shared an amazing relationship. His grandparents from my side, who adored him to pieces, lavished him with love, who unfortunately didn't make it to see the amazing young man he is. His step parents, who took on the most difficult task of coming into this blended family and made it their own through support, tough love, and a different perspective. His sister, with whom he has shared a wonderfully close, but normally annoying, relationship. His little brother, who has shared with Matt all the awesome "boy" stuff that makes his sister cringe. His aunts, uncles, step grandparents, cousins and other family members who always listened so intently to Matt's stories, cheered him on in all his sports, and loved him unconditionally. I love you all. The teachers who have made an impression on Matt are many. From his preschool teachers at the First Congregational Church Nursery School, who instilled in him a love of learning, to his elementary school teachers, at Nathan Hale, and especially Hanover, who saw the potential in him even when his scholarly judgment may not have been that sound ( like in 5th grade, forging my signature on a late homework assignment). His middle school teachers at Lincoln, who fostered in Matt a love of theater, acting, and music, and a love of history, to his high school teachers at Platt, who saw in Matt the leadership potential, and encouraged him to enhance that. There are too many teachers, who had a positive effect on him to name individually, but you know who you are and I will be eternally grateful to each and every one of you. Our church has been a major part of our life for the last 14 years. Matt has grown up with these kids, and together they have learned to have compassion for each other, for those less fortunate, and to give back. Thanks to the mentoring and guidance of so many of the adults of our congregation, Matt learned the true life lessons that help us all through each day. Though this mother at one point actually told him singing wasn't his best quality (yes, I know, probably not my best mothering moment), he chose to prove me wrong by becoming a wonderful singer with the encouragement and guidance of the music director. With a pastor who knew not to take any of his excuses, and who truly knew who he was and how to draw him in, Matt learned even more about leadership, family, and community. To this day, my husband, and myself, credit the church with keeping our children on the right track, with helping to develop their conscience, and with giving them a sense of responsibility. There just aren't words enough to express how deeply I appreciate their presence in our lives. Matt is a huge fan of baseball, having played in the South Meriden Youth League for about 7 years. It was here he learned to be a team player, working together for a common goal and about friendship. The friends made here are friends for life. The competitive spirit to do well was encouraged, and it flourished. Not only did Matt make life long friends, but we as a family did as well. Admittedly, during those years, I had many a day that I wished he would quit baseball, the thought of spending one more evening there almost too much to take. Now, several years out, we all miss the game, the friendships, the community and the fun. Thank you all for the wonderful memories. You will never be forgotten. And last but not least, I am very thankful to Matt's father. Though we divorced when Matt was just 6 years old, together we remained committed to putting the children first. It was not always an easy task, but the lines of communication remained open where the kids were concerned, and somehow we figured it all out. Matt is very close to all his family, and his father and I made sure he was able to be. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I have to agree. The village that has surrounded our family has made possible the amazing young man that Matt is today, and will continue to become. I am so thankful to each and every person who touched the life of my son, helping him to grow, guiding him to evolve, and encouraging him to be the most he can be. You all have my heartfelt gratitude. Much Love, Kim Childs, mother of Matthew Hubbard, Platt class of 2010

The Meriden Conservation Commission We are volunteers appointed by the Mayor whose goal is to inspire an awareness toward preserving the city's natural resources in an attempt to initiate movement that is focused on protecting diverse environmental habitats, creating more open space as well as providing the means to live in a cleaner healthier city. As a Commission we encourage people to use our Parks and trails. Meriden has some beautiful parks and trails. There is Hubbard Park, City Park, as well as Baldwin Pond & Beaver Pond. Our trails are beautiful place s to take a walk on a sunny Saturday and or Sunday afternoon or any summer day. As we are entering the fall season our trails will be a blaze of brilliant color. Among the trails we have the recently completed Gorge Trail, The New England Scenic Trail and the Hanging Hills to name a few. We as a group want to see these areas stay in pristine condition for all who uses them to enjoy. So to that end the Conservation Commission is working on a project to encourage people to adopt-apark, or even the trails that they use. It is one of our goals to make sure the people have a beautiful place t play and walk. We encourage people to bring out what they carry into the parks and trails. This simple act lets everyone know we take pride in our parks and Trails. It also teaches children to respect the parks and trails. We do try to save trees from being cut down if at all possible. We have been referred to as "tree huggers", but we are more than that. All our members live in Meriden and take pride in the neighborhoods we live in. We try to emphasize the importance of reusing existing buildings instead of building new. We feel that the undeveloped land should remain open space forever. We also support programs that will get people out into nature to enjoy its beauty. City Park and Brookside Park are examples of a little bit of nature in an urban area. It gives the inner city children a place to go to ride a bike have a pick-up game of baseball, football etc. or run around and play tag. All fun things kids can do safely. Currently we are forming our formal position on the 100+ acres of open space on Cathole Mountain. We are all for this and are advocating to keep the entire parcel as permanent open space. Submitted by Maryellen Mordarski, Conservation Chairman If anyone is interested in getting more information regarding Conservation please e-mail me Maryellen Mordarski at Or call (203) 238-0305

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Connecticut Outdoors Written By: Paul Narducci As we head into the month of September it is wise to sit down and take a look back. It sure was a long hot summer and the fishing was Ok. But the thing I will remember the most is taking Jonathan fishing. Life for all of us is to fast and like most of us we don't enjoy what we have. One of my goals in life is to enjoy the little things that we all take for granted. We all know this isn't easy to do at times. September for me is a difficult one because it is time to go back to work. You see I work in a school. Although I love my job it means I am not with Jonny 24/7 and that is difficult to do. Going back to school for all of us is sad and happy. I'm sure if you asked Jonathan he can't wait to go back to school. As we continue to film and wrap up some aspects of our show everything is falling into place. New shows should start airing in September. One of the things I truly love about this time of year is that the lure companies start to show their new stuff. You see I'm the guy that can go to a tackle store and stare for hours at lures and fishing tackle in general. GOOD TIMES!!!!!! So with this in mind I feel obligated to turn you on to my obsession with being a lure fanatic. So sit back and lets enjoy the ride together, it's time to talk about lures. The first company I am going to discuss is Yum. They have come out with some beautiful new plastics that I am sure they are going to entice the fisherman as well as the fish. Yum has come out with a new attractant called F2. I love the fact that they have a new spray bottle for this as well. Some of the plastics are the new F2 Dinger, F2 Craw Papi, F2 Salleemander, F2 Money craw and the F2 Mighty Bug just to name a few. Xcalibur Lures has a new line of rattle baits called the real craw and the real gill. I can't wait to try these. I am real excited about their new lure called the Xcalibur square lips. The next company is St Croix Rods. I love taking my wife fishing and I think what they have done is wonderful. They have come up with a line of rods for the female angler called the St Croix Avid Pearl. They have both spinning and casting rods available. They also have a new line of Fly Rods called the Rio Santo and new Mojo Surf Rods for all our salty friends. Ardent reels has also come out with a new spinning reel the S2000 which is a smaller version of their S2500 spinning reel. For all those boaters looking for a shallow water anchoring system Minnkota has something for you called the Talon. One of these will look wonderful on the back of my boat. Well its time to go back to some new lure designs. Lunker City which is in our own back yard of Meriden, Ct also has some new stuff for this year which is a lure called the swim fish. This lure is a soft swim bait which is 5 inches long. They also have a new jig called the Panhead Jig. The sunglasses I wear are from Costa. They also have a new pair called Zane. These glasses are expensive but offer you an incredible view into the water and seriously protect your eyes. We all know how much I love fishing a Stanley spinner bait and they also continue to come up with new ideas. They are offering a new Vibra wedge spinner bait which has a longer skirt to it. They also have some new plastics such as the Ynot, Itzabug and the sidewinder. Bts wax has a line of boat wash worth looking into and I simply love their wax. They also make KVD line and lure and this stuff really works well. Another company with some new lures is mega strike. We love fishing their buzz baits and they to have a new line of plastics new for this year. A question I get a lot from fisherman is what battery do you use. You see there is nothing worse than having your battery die on you. I use Optima batteries because they are well worth the money and I no longer have to worry about them. They come in three different sizes which are the 34, 31 and 27 which I use. This time of year is wonderful and doesn't it just get you fired up. I love fishing new lures and truly believe new to me is also new to the fish. Some of these lures you can not find in Connecticut stores so you may want to check out their websites which are,,,,,,,, and If you have the time check out these websites you may find that special lure or be reminded of one that you may have used in the past. As always the team of Connecticut Outdoors wishes you the best of luck and good fishing!!!!

Wallingford Public Library Children's Department News & Events Drum City with Thea Guidone The Wallingford Public Library is pleased to announce that local author, Thea Guidone, will present her new children's book, Drum City, at the Wallingford Public Library on Tuesday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the Children's Program Room. Bring something from home that can be used to beat a rhythm and get ready to make some noise! We'll create our own Drum City at the Library. Books will be available following the program for purchase and signing if desired. This program is free and open to the public. Family Night Family Game Night: Unplugged Families are invited to Family Game Night- Unplugged on Friday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Wallingford Public Library. We'll provide a wide variety of game boards. Board games are a great way to encourage your child's intellect while having fun. This program is free and does not require pre-registration. Fall Storytimes at the Wallingford Public Library Get your child started on the road to reading fun by attending storytimes. Each interactive storytime is free and filled with the types of early learning skills your child needs to experience before they are ready to learn to read. Parents or caregivers attend and participate with their children. Storytimes will begin at the Wallingford Public Library beginning the week of September 13. Preschool Storytimes for Children ages 3-5 Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Itty Bitty Babies for Children 12 months and under Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Mother Goose for Children ages 1 and 2 Tuesdays, at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, at 10:00 a.m. (Wallingford residents are given priority at this program due to demand)

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Sukkot Themed Preschool Story Time at Temple Beth David On Thursday September 23, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, Temple Beth David of Cheshire will host a Sukkot themed story time at the synagogue, 3 Main Street, Cheshire. This interactive, high-energy program will explore the traditions and tastes of the Sukkot harvest celebration. We will enjoy holiday stories, songs with Rabbi Josh, crafts and snack-time. Story time activities are appropriate for children up to age 5 accompanied by a parent or other caregiver. Dress your child casually or bring along a smock (we may get messy!). The program is free and all preschoolers are invited to participate-you do not need to be a Temple member. This is a great way to meet other families with young children. Please email to enroll, or call Jeri Butlien (860) 620-0307 with any questions. In addition, be sure to mark your calendar for our Hanukkah program on Sunday, November 21st from 11:00 a.m. to noon at Doolittle School, Cornwall Avenue.


Wallingford Family Health Fair on July 12th Over 180 people turned out for the Family Health Fair at the Wallingford Public Library, coordinated by MidState Medical Center (services provided under the Wallingford Health Department Public Bid). We're pretty sure the heat wave had something to do with the large turn out, but everyone enjoyed the free air conditioning, healthy snacks, and health screenings. Additional services included ZUMBA Lessons by Wallingford Park and Rec., Vision Screen by Wallingford Eye Care, Dental Hygiene by the VNA of Wallingford and much more. If you have an idea for a Community Public Health Event, please call Chris More at the Wallingford Health, 203-294-2065, she would love to hear from you! Photo: Marse Whitsett and Alissa Nagy learn to ZUMBA

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Meriden Health Department News and Events Connecticut Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program Income Eligibility for August 3, 2010 - June 30, 2011 The Connecticut Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program has posted their 2010-2011 Income Eligibility Guidelines. WIC is the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC provides education and healthy foods to eligible participants.

Nearing Summers End By Carole Golitko Nearing summers end which I'm always sorry to see. It's been hot & busy. But we had the time finally to sit & relax with old friends. We had a wonderful dinner prepared by Tom & Nancy at their home & we were excited to see the new patio. So much has been done to their yard since they bought the house It is beautiful. Nancy & I worked together, it seems like so long ago & our husbands through us have also gained a friendship. As we sat the full moon was showing through the trees & an awesome sound came from the fields. At first I said, I haven't heard a whippoorwill in ages, but then another and another, the coyotes were communicating you may think I'm weird but it was a wonderful sound, nature in their own surrounding's we in ours enjoying each others company. I hated to leave but it was time to call it a night they can go on we have to sleep. No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter


Income eligibility is based on Health and Human Services Federal Poverty Guidelines. For example, a family of four can make up to $40,793 gross income (before taxes) a year to be income eligible for WIC services. For more information on the WIC program, please contact the Meriden WIC office at 203-630-4245. Senior Center Event - Medicare Coverage Expansion to be Discussed Save the date! A program on Medicare coverage expansion will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 10:3011:30am at the Meriden Senior Center, 22 West Main Street. The speaker will be Kate McEvoy, Deputy Director of the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, Inc. She will discuss the expansion of Medicare coverage under federal health care reform, including: * Access to preventative health benefits * Assistance with out-of-pocket costs during the "coverage gap" in Medicare D prescription drug benefits Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Meriden Senior Center and the Meriden Health Department. For more information call 203- 630-4222. AIDS Candlelight Vigil The Meriden Health Department, Hispanos Unidos and the Community Health Center invite you to their annual AIDS candlelight vigil on October 21, 2010. The event will begin at 5:30 at the steps of City Hall in Meriden (142 East Main Street) with a proclamation and proceed to Center Congregational Church (474 Broad Street). The program will conclude at 7:30pm. Call 203-630-4176 or 203-630-4288 for more information. Confidential HIV testing and education is available at the Health Department - call 203-630-4176 to make an appointment. Meriden Family Day is September 25 Meriden's 3rd annual Family Day will be held on Saturday, September 25, at the Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail (corner of Oregon Road and Route 70 in South Meriden). Join us from 10:00am to 12:00pm and enjoy a walk down the linear trail or a canoe ride down the river. Learn more about trail expansion and the environment at educational exhibits. Healthy snacks and bottled water will be available. The event is sponsored by Meriden Linear Trail Committee and the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association. For more information please call 203-235-6851. Rain cancels the event.

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Family Film Night An outreach of Meriden Hills Baptist Church provides a free, outdoor Christian film behind the church at 138 Charles Street every Friday night, weather permitting, at dusk (8-8:30 p.m.). Bring lawn chairs, snacks, and friends. The USA Mobile Film Ministry presents outdoor family Christian films and travel throughout the states showing good, wholesome, family Christian films on a 12' inflatable screen with an incredible sound system. There is no cost, but donations are accepted. Scheduled Movies: Sep. 24th - "Unidentified" - "Something is out there" - A thought provoking film that challenges viewers to consider life's most important question!


Celebrating 50 Years of Great Taste! World Famous Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers has been on Hamburger Paradise and Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel or in Food Network Magazine June/July 09 issue "50 Burgers, 50 States" featured as the CT burger. Ted's has also been featured in Connecticut Magazine and other local publications. But most important is that we’ve been seen by YOU and YOU matter the most!

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Mark. T. Sheehan's graduating class of 1985 will host its 25th class reunion at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Meriden, CT on Friday, November 26, 2010 from 6:30-11:30 PM. If you are a member of Mark T. Sheehan's graduating class of 1985 and would like to attend the reunion, please visit for more information and registration forms.

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Support the Arts at Lincoln Middle School! Join us for a rockin' benefit concert featuring the Beatles tribute band "Number Nine" at Lincoln Middle School's auditorium on Friday, October 1, 2010 from 6:30-9:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Advance general admission tickets can be purchased at the school's main office from 8:00am-3:00pm. Come early for a picnic on the lawn! Food selections that will be sold from 5:15-6:15pm and during intermission will include hotdogs, chips, nachos & cheese, drinks, popcorn and ice cream. (In the event of rain, food will be served in the cafeteria.) For additional information, contact Christine Flynn at (203) 494-9376 or visit Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905

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My granddaughters, Lea and Julia are anxiously waiting for their bus to arrive for the first day of school at Nathan Hale.

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For our daughter - The KACEY ROSE FOUNDATION In 2007, our daughter Kacey Rose Mitchell, at just 17 months old, was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but the cancer was stubborn, and Kacey did not stay in remission for very long. We were told the only chance of a cure for Kacey was to undergo a stem cell transplant. We were devastated when we learned that Kacey did not have a single eligible match in the entire national bone marrow registry. Luckily, Kacey was given another option, and received a transplant using umbilical cord blood stem cells. On October 17th, 2007 Kacey received her transplant because a family decided to donate their umbilical cord to a public bank years earlier. Unfortunately, Kacey was fighting an aggressive type of cancer that is extremely difficult to treat and often returns despite intensive chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. Kacey Rose was only 2 ½ years old when her disease relapsed; she lost her battle with leukemia on May 5th, 2008. We are passionate about honoring the memory of our daughter. Kacey's bravery has motivated us to create a foundation that allows us to continue the fight against cancer. We have established the Kacey Rose Foundation, a non-profit 501C3 charitable organization, to honor Kacey and to assist families affected by pediatric cancer. The Kacey Rose Foundation also promotes and educates our communities about the benefits of umbilical cord blood donations to public banks. Many families are unaware that they have the option to donate the cord blood free of charge rather than allow it to be discarded. We hope that the efforts of this Foundation will lead to an increased awareness that donations to public cord blood banks can be used to treat and cure many diseases worldwide. Please join us with family and friends at our Kacey's Sunflower event at Geremia Farms on Barnes Road in Wallingford on Saturday, September 11th from 11am-4pm. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family. Pick your own sunflowers for only a dollar a stem. All proceeds will go to the Kacey Rose Foundation to benefit families affected by childhood cancer. There will be FREE Facepainting, a Balloon Artist, Refreshments and Snacks for all to enjoy. Hope to see you there! To learn more about the Kacey Rose Foundation or to make a donation, please visit Sincerely, Glen & Kristina MItchell

Annual Picnic The Hungarian Community Club's annual picnic will take place Sunday Sept 19th at the Community Lake Park in Wallingford, from noon till 5 pm. All are invited to come enjoy authentic Hungarian food including stuffed cabbage, gulyas, pecsenye, and kolbasz. Admission donation is $5 (includes door prize!) and food will be available ala carte. Music will be provided by our DJ. Rain site is our club house, 147 Ward St, Wallingford. Call Linda at 203-6340602 or Barbara 203-269-9768 for directions or more information.


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Saturday, October 2nd from 11am-7pm Sunday, October 3rd from 12pm-6pm All activites, events and entertainment will take place on South Main Street Downtown and/or at the Railroad Station Green on Hall Avenue! Come with the whole family to enjoy a great Wallingford Tradition featuring: * Bands and Entertainment * Taste of Wallingford * Car Show on Oct. 2nd * Police, Fire, Public Utilities demonstations & "Touch A Truck" * Fantastic Activities & Fun for Kids! * Juried Arts & Crafts show and sale! * Little Miss & Mister Wallingford Contest * Civic and Non-Profit Groups * Apple Pie Contest on Oct. 3rd!

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Meet Charlie Lori Peck, Meriden Humane Society Hi I'm Charlie! My brother, sister and I were brought in to the shelter on May 15th. They have already gotten homes, but I'm still waiting for mine. My human mom (Lori) at the shelter, tells me that I am the most amazing kitten and have such a great purrsonality. I can't understand why I haven't been adopted yet. I have been told that I have a beautiful unique coat, with both spots and stripes. Oh, and have you seen my eyes? I have to admit, as much as they love me here, I would like to be running around playing in a home with a family. I am extremely lovable, so expect lots of attention back. Did I tell you about my favorite toy? Well, it's a little blue aardvark and I love it so much that Mom has to wash it very often. I really do try to keep it clean, but there's only so much room to play in a cage. Please come visit me and fill out an application to adopt me. I'm not getting any younger ya know! While your there, you can visit my friends Bitsy, More, Cats, Me, Minnie, Mickey, Babs, Hedgehog, Badger, Wizard, Magic, Wednesday's kitten's and Maggie and her kittens. There are a real lot of us that still need homes. We're very optimistic. Wow! That's a big word for a kitten. Maybe you'll even take two of us home. One plus one equals two. See, I'm a really smart kitten too. Okay, I'm really tired from writing all this, but please come visit. Love Mew, Charlie. If you can't adopt and want to help, you can sponsor an animal either on line or in person. Or if you'd like to donate supplies, we need: Purina Cat and Kitten Chow, Dog Chow or Pedigree Dog food, canned ground cat food (no fish please/allergies), 1st stages meat flav. baby food (for kittens/sick cats), surgical gloves, 1 ml & 3 ml syringes (without needles) to feed babies, lysol wipes, paper towels, towels, sheets, blankets and monetary donations are always appreciated. Please visit our website at to view our animals, make a safe/secure donation and check out our events. We can be reached at (203)238-3650 or 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden. At this time we are accepting items for our tag sale in September. Thank you and see you at the shelter!

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Women Survivor Support Group Women and Families Center Sexual Assault Crisis Service provides short term supportive counseling services to residents of Meriden, Wallingford and Cheshire, Middlesex County and Greater New Haven County. A Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group for Women will be held on October 6th, 2010 in the Meriden area. Survivors, who attend and participate in these groups, will have the opportunity to talk and express their experiences with peers and knowledgeable, caring facilitators to assist their healing. You don't have to go through this alone! Call Melissa @ (203) 235-9297 ext. 114 to register and for more information. All services are free and confidential.

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Wallingford Management Re-Employment Workshop Workforce Alliance Helps Experienced Management Professionals Take Control of Their Job Searches The Town of Wallingford and Workforce Alliance invite middle and upper management professionals who are currently out of work to take advantage of a special all-day workshop. The workshop will be held at Wallingford Public Library on September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Management Re-employment Workshop is an interactive experience for job seekers with backgrounds in professional and supervisory/management positions, who want to find jobs at comparable levels. Topics include: - Setting smart job targets in light of today's job climate - Empowering your resume - Short and long-term search strategies - Your network/your message - On-line search and applications - Using social networking media (FaceBook, LinkedIn, Job Boards, etc.) - Managing your time "Workforce Alliance targeted this program to the needs of management-level workers who find themselves unemployed." said Mayor William Dickinson of Wallingford. "Connecticut's economic challenges often differ from region to region and town to town. This workshop offers local residents a creative way to approach the job search." The workshop is led by Laura Collins of Collins Group, a Human Resources consulting firm that brings over twenty years of corporate experience to business leaders. She has held leadership roles in Staffing and Development in both the finance and pharmaceuticals industries. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Human Resources at Gateway Community College. "These workshops are our response to an employment crisis that has left no family untouched." said William Villano, Executive Director of Workforce Alliance. "Many people have been unemployed for an unusually long period: more than 6 times longer than in the last major recession in 1991." The workshop is free and includes lunch. Residents who are interested in participating should reserve a seat by emailing: Or call Robert Fort at 203-624-1493 x242. Seating is limited, so please respond asap. All requests will receive replies. WORKFORCE ALLIANCE SERVES SOUTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT: BETHANY, BRANFORD, CHESTER, CLINTON, CROMWELL, DEEP RIVER, DURHAM, EAST HADDAM, EAST HAMPTON, EAST HAVEN, ESSEX, GUILFORD, HADDAM, HAMDEN, KILLINGWORTH, MADISON, MERIDEN, MIDDLEFIELD, MIDDLETOWN, MILFORD, NEW HAVEN, NORTH BRANFORD, NORTH HAVEN, OLD SAYBROOK, ORANGE, PORTLAND, WALLINGFORD, WEST HAVEN, WESTBROOK, WOODBRIDGE

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FUNDRAISER AT THE FARMS COUNTRY CLUB IN WALLINGFORD, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 The Mary Wade Home will be holding its fifth annual golf tournament fundraiser at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. This year's tournament will be a fun and entertaining event that will include a Play Your Own Ball and Two Best Balls of Foursome format. Mary Wade's golf tournament committee is dedicated to creating an extraordinary experience for all participants. For more information, please contact Joy DeMarchis or Mary Pisani of the Mary Wade Development Office at (203) 562-7222, or visit Mary Wade's Web site at A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. ~Author Unknown




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It's Great To Be Back - For All of Us! Dear Friends, School is now in session and it is great to see our students back in the classroom. It was exciting for me to spend the first day of school visiting all our schools, seeing students and teachers, and feeling the energy in our buildings. The first day of school is always special. Parents are anxious, students are excited, teachers are enthusiastic, and a community adjusts to the end of summer break. Now if only the weather would cooperate… The students and staff did a fantastic job battling the heat and continuing their studies. I thank our support staff for their outstanding work in preparing us for a successful opening. Whether having our buildings cleaned, organized and ready for student learning, or our student schedules and teacher rosters ready to go, our support staff made sure that our students' first week of school was well organized and enjoyable. Our job remains to provide a quality education for all our students. We currently have eight elementary schools, two middle schools, (not including Thomas Edison which is run by ACES), and two high schools. As a former Pulaski, Lincoln and Platt student, I know that our schools provided me with an outstanding education and I want to be sure that all our students receive those same opportunities. On August 26th, I had the privilege of addressing the entire teaching staff, over seven hundred dedicated professionals. I used this time to share our beliefs, celebrate our successes, and to enjoy our schools, students and each other. I will share one Believe statement with you in this column every month. Our first "Believe" statement is, "Believe that the single most important resource in any school is the individual teacher in the classroom." We have so many outstanding teachers that make a difference in our students' lives. The power of the teacher to positively impact our children is amazing. Congratulations to Meriden's 2011 Teacher of the Year Mr. Robert Lorenzo; a well deserved honor for a teacher who always puts students first. In closing, thank you for all your support and warm welcome. It is truly great to be back home. All the Best, Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D. - Superintendent of Meriden Public Schools

CHORALE CONNECTICUT SEEKING SINGERS Chorale Connecticut, a select group of mixed voices, will hold an Open Rehearsal on Monday, September 13th, for its winter concert scheduled for December 4th and 5th. The concert will feature songs from the stage and screen. The Chorale is seeking all voice parts. Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:30 - 9:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 159 E.. Main Street in Meriden. Plan to arrive after 7 PM to talk with the Chorale Artistic Director, Dorothy Barnhart, about joining the group. Call (860)621-1653 for more information or visit the chorale website at The submission deadline for our October issue of THE PEOPLES PRESS is September 30th. Email your stories, news and events to

PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. C.V.S.

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The Party is at Tracy’s House Tracy Shortell of Wallingford (L) receives her first shipment of 20 pints of ice cream from Lindsay Slate of The Farmer’s Cow. Tracy’s name “Hay! Hay! Hay! Vanilla” was one of the winners in the naming contest for The Farmer’s Cow’s new ice cream line. As a winner Tracy receives 60 pints of ice cream over 3 months.


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Boys & Girls Club members Excited over Auction Donations Generous auction donations are shown being accepted by Boys & Girls Club members, Chief Executive Officer Don Maleto, and Doreen Roddy, President of the Club Alumni Associations. The recent donations pictured include a Johnny Pesky signed Red Sox shirt & baseball, a rare commemorative Red Sox World Championship Commemorative Bat, a football autographed by two NFL Hall of Famers John Elway and Tony Dorset, a Fran Tarkenton autographed Football, autographed certified pictures of Bob Cousy and Jim Rice, Jason Varitec Baseball, a gemstone necklace, tickets to two Red Sox Yankee games and one of several gourmet themed gift baskets. Past Items have included in-state trips & vacation and golf trips, theme baskets, massage & beauty items, sports memorabilia, jewelry, gourmet dinners, Restaurant Gift certificates, sporting event tickets, tickets to shows and plays, and other items for the whole family. (The 2009 auction had over 155 items to bid) On Thursday September 9, 2010, The Boys & Girls Club of Meriden Connecticut will hold its Annual Alumni Association John Wesley Golf Tournament, Dinner & Silent Auction. The Alumni Golf Tournament will be held at the Hunter Golf Club in Meriden. The dinner and auction take place at the Aqua Turf Club after the Golf Tournament. The funds generated from these events go directly to programs to provide over 2,900 boys and girls with a positive place to go everyday after-school. Silent & Live Auction schedule: Dinner 5:00-9:00, 5:00PM-7:00PM (Silent Auction), 7:15PM (Live Auction). For tickets or information and applications, contact Don Maleto 203-235-8185

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Dear Housewives - Central Connecticut's Know It All Gals Dear Readers, Do you have a question regarding family life, budgeting, customer service issues, DVD or book reviews, or home organization? We will give you our candid advice from a family perspective. Contact The Peoples Press by e-mail at or phone, (203-2359333), with your confidential question and we will answer it in the next issue. - June and Flora Dear Housewives, I am so sick of people not RSVPing when I invite them to my home. Do people get it, plans need to be made based on how many can come? Should I stop having parties all together? - Mad hostess in Manchester JUNE: I am not sure we addressed the RSVP problem in our column but we have talked about thank you notes. Like the latter, RSVPing is a manners thing and I am finding that people of a certain age don't seem to know that. I am not that old, we will say in the thirties bracket but I notice people in their twenties don't seem to have the basic party etiquette. It is rude and frustrating to plan something and not know who is coming. You shouldn't have to call around asking who is coming where. Perhaps only invite those that can answer. People, get off the computer, cell phones and texting and get some old school manners. Really. FLORA: Maybe the Adult Ed classes should offer Manners 101. Between pulling over when an ambulance is coming with its lights on to RSVPing to invitations; it seems a manners workshop is needed. When someone is planning a party in their home for adults or children, they need to plan and purchase food, arrange seating and favors if applicable. It makes it easier when the host does not have to call the invitees to see if they are coming. If you receive an invitation, check your calendar that day, mark the party and call the host right then and there. JUNE: You said it sister! Dear Housewives, My mom is REALLY embarrassing. I mean, REALLY!! Everywhere we go, even to pick up some milk at BJ's, she embarrasses me. She hasn't gone ONE DAY without embarrassing me. Even when we were on vacation. She won't stop even when we leave state lines!! NO moms that I know of are this embarrassing. Is this normal for moms? 12 in Meriden FLORA: Oh my! Hark,I hope I do not embarrass my children...I shop at BJ's and even purchase milk there. I can't imagine what she is doing to you. It must be her dress or what she says to strangers. I bet the 'other' moms seem more with it and cool. But I can assure you, it is very normal to be embarrassed by your mom at age 12. For the next few years, your mom will be embarrassing and you will think you know more than her (even though she has at least 20 or more years experience over you). And, you may think that your mom doesn't understand. But honey, I am sure your mom loves you very much. It isn't what she wears, the music she listens to or the jokes she is the love and listening ears and the time spent together that matters. Try to go ONE day to not let mom embarrass you. You may find that she is not so bad after all. JUNE: I think it is you honey. Did you ever think that your age is making you less tolerant of the same mom you always had? Maybe you could look at her as being funny and unless her behavior is really bad, just enjoy her. That being said, if her behavior is outrageous you should have a talk with her and tell her you don't want attention called to you right now. Maybe she will understand. Good luck. Chit/Chat FLORA: Hi June! I saw a 2006 movie this week! "The Illusionist" rated PG-13. I recall you may have reviewed that years ago. I loved it. It is well done with brilliant acting and a gripping story. A cross between a love story and mystery/drama that takes place in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. JUNE: Dear Flora, wow a mere 4 year old movie, for you? You are really rolling ahead into the modern times. I just caught up on the last season of Glee and I love it. The Emmy's this year were the best ever. Way to go Fallon.

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Senior Center Transportation Change Note: Shop Rite is now open on Route 5 in Wallingford. You now have a choice to shop at Shop Rite or Wal-Mart on Thursdays. Please anticipate your needs and make your reservations early. Regular schedule: Wallingford senior residents call the Senior Center at 203-265-7753 to make your reservation. Two days notice required and as the schedule allows. MONDAY: Kohl's, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and appointments between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. TUESDAY: Appointments from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY: Appointments from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. THURSDAY: Shop Rite & Wal-Mart, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and appointments between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 FRIDAY: Stop & Shop from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Senior Center Fair Friday, September 10, 10:00 - 12:00 Discover the many opportunities available at your Senior Center to build your skills, be part of a community, and stay healthy and active. Our Senior Center Fair will feature informational booths to allow you to obtain details about and register for our classes and activities. This event, in celebration of National Senior Center Month, will also feature refreshments and door prizes. Join us! How Sweet It Is: A Taste of Retirement Living Thursday, September 16, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Come learn about area retirement living facilities and the services and amenities that they provide. There will be ten booths representing Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care that meet the full spectrum of service and budgetary needs. A complimentary dessert bar and door prizes will be provided by our presenters. Pre-registration is requested for this informative (and delicious!) event. Women's Health & Fitness Fair Wednesday, September 29, 9:30 - 11:30 AM Don't miss this interactive health fair which will provide information on diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, stroke, breast cancer, incontinence, and integrative therapies. There will be free blood pressure, glucose, stroke, balance, and bladder health screenings. A cholesterol screening is $15.00. This National Women's Health & Fitness Day event, which is cosponsored by MidState Medical Center, is open to all women and their spouses. Take Charge & Feel Better! Put LIFE back into your life! Register now for the "It's Your Life: Live it Well" Workshop, designed for adults age 55 and older who want to take charge of their ongoing health problems and get relief from their pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. A free six-week workshop will be offered at the Wallingford Senior Center, Mondays, September 27, October 4, 18, 25, and November 1, and 8, 9:15 to 11:45 AM. An informational session will be held September 20, at 9:30 AM. Please sign up if you plan to attend. Contact Debby Voelker with questions or for additional information. Giant Tag Sale Saturday, September 18, 8:00 AM - 12 Noon The Computer Learning Center will sponsor an indoor tag sale on September 18, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Sign up for a round table for $20 or an 8' table for $25 and sell your stuff! Donations wanted: Your unwanted items in good, clean condition will be gladly accepted beginning September 13. Guest Speaker Series with Beverly Kidder Thursday, September 30, 6:30 PM Beverly Kidder, from the South Central CT Agency on Aging, returns to share her uplifting and always entertaining perspective about "Later-Life Development." She will speak about things that support optimum aging, like getting active, using your talents and cultivating your spiritual health. Please sign up to attend. Managing Income & Expenses Thursday, September 30, 7:30 PM Sheryle McMillan, Regional Director of Money Management International will present "Managing Income and Expenses." Wise financial management requires a series of daily choices. With a spending plan, your choices are prioritized to help you stay on track and reach your financial goals. Please sign up to attend this program sponsored by the CT Money School. SOCIAL SERVICES - IN ORDER TO SERVE YOU BETTER, PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE SOCIAL WORKER, EILEEN FLYNN, AT 265 7753. THANK YOU. When and How to Withdraw from IRA's and Investments and their Tax Implications Monday, September 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Brendan Toomey, Certified Financial Planner of Toomey Investment Management, Inc., will provide information and answer questions to assist individuals who are thinking about or are in the process of withdrawing from their investments, IRA'S, and annuities. As tax implications need to be considered, knowing the best time to withdraw may be beneficial. Brendan is a Registered Investment Advisor and Tax Practitioner and has been assisting the retirement community since 1986. Please call 203-265-7753 to register for this informative program. CT Energy Assistance Program - 2010-2011 Heating Season The Wallingford Senior Center is an intake site for Wallingford residents, age 60 and over. The program provides financial assistance to income-eligible households to pay for a portion of their heating costs. We will begin taking applications for deliverable fuel (oil and kerosene only) on Thursday, September 16. First day for fuel deliveries which can be paid for by CEAP is November 1. Gas and electric customers can call beginning November 4 for an appointment. Income limits are presently $29,272.36 for a single person and $38,279.24 for a couple. Asset limits also apply. Applicants MUST bring (2) photocopies of the following checklist documents: Most recent bank statement showing Social Security deposit amount or copy of a 2010; Social Security check or Social Security "Your New Benefit Amount" letter for 2010; Most recent checking, savings, CD, annuity, stock, bond documents; 2010 year-to-date pension or annuity dividends and/or interest income; Four most recent pay stubs, if employed. Rental Income - rent stub or copy of check deposited into bank account. Most recent heat utility bill; And, electric bill. Applications are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 265-7753. Benefits Screening Tuesday, September 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Do you often wonder if you might be eligible for any State or Federal Programs? Benefits QuickLINK is a free and confidential program which can quickly screen for eligibility. Supporting Documents are not required, but please bring the following information with you to your appointment: 1. Monthly income (social security, pension, dividends and interest). 2. Monthly expenses (heating, fuel, gas, electricity, water, telephone, rent or mortgage payments and medical expenses not covered by health insurance). 3. Asset information (savings, estimated value of home and car, life insurance benefits). 4. A list of all current prescriptions. Registration required. Call 203-265-7753 now to schedule an appointment. IMPORTANT IMPORTANT - MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAMS Please remember if your Medicare Part B premium ($96.40) is being paid for under one of the Medicare Savings Programs (QMB, SLMB OR ALMB) you will need to complete a re-determination in order for this premium to continue to be paid for you. This re-determination should be mailed to you approximately one month prior to your anniversary date by the Department of Social Services. Failure to complete this re-determination will mean that the premium will start to be taken out of your Social Security check and you will need to re-apply. Important Notice Regarding Connpace Please be aware that if you do not renew your ConnPACE when it is due, you will not be able to re-enroll until November 15th. This is due to changes that have been made in the ConnPACE program. New enrollment in the ConnPACE Program will be limited to November 15th through December 31st. A few exceptions do apply. You will be able to join ConnPACE 31 days after turning 65 or after becoming eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or State Supplement Insurance (SSI). Low Vision Support Group Friday, September 17, 10:15 - 11:30 AM Jean Sesta, OT volunteer for CRIS Radio (Connecticut Radio Information System), will bring in and demonstrate the use of this radio designed to assist those who are vision impaired. Please call to register at 203-265-7753. Veterans Services Tuesday, September 28, 1:00 - 3:00 PM George Messier, Veterans Services Officer for the Town of Wallingford, will be available to answer questions and assist with benefit information. An appointment is required. Please call 203-265-7753. Renters Rebate Program Anyone who has not yet applied for this program, please note the last date for applications is September 15. Must be 65 years of age or over, or have proof of total disability when under age 65. APPLICATION PERIOD: May 15 - September 15 WHERE: Assessor's Office - Town Hall TELEPHONE: (203) 294-2001


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A WINNING DAY AT THE SARATOGA RACES By Phyllis S. Donovan Being born in the not so Great Depression, my husband and I aren't prone to gambling. In fact, it pains my frugal heart to virtually toss away a penny of our hard earned cash. We have only ventured over to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun one time each since they've been there and both times were on bus trips by local organizations we have ties with. And yet, we like to set aside one day each summer to go up to see the races at Saratoga in New York State. Sometimes we go by bus with a group and sometimes we just drive ourselves up with friends. Mr and Ms. Moneybags, Ryan It's nearly a three-hour trip, including a pit stop, along the way. But the trek Patrick and Carolyn Dorothy, with is worth it just to experience again the beauty of that well groomed place of their Saratoga windfall. green expanses and nicely tended flowerbeds. We love the chance to ogle the sleek beauty of all those gorgeous horses in a single afternoon. We even admire the companion horses who accompany each of the actual racers as they come in to line up at the starting gate. We continue to marvel at how those slender legs can stand up to the pounding as they thunder around the track. Checking with the weatherman this year, we luckily chose what was probably one of God's ten best days of the summer. With bright blue skies and low temperature and humidity, we couldn't have asked for a better day. (We've been up there other years on days so hot and steamy that I had to keep going into the ladies room and splashing my face and arms with water to cool down. Not this year!) We got there early enough to purchase good seats in the grand stand high enough up so my husband, who has a bad back, didn't have to keep running up and down long stretches of stairs to place his bets. Even early on, people were staking out places in front of monitors in the shadowy places under the grandstand where they would remain for the entire afternoon. I still can't figure out the mentality of those folks who make the effort to go to the track and never go out in the light of day to watch the actual horses run the races, preferring to watch the proceedings on TV.) Now to my scientific betting strategy. On the drive up, while our husbands chatted in the front seat, my friend and I had studied the information on that day's races which my husband had downloaded from his computer before we left. My lucky numbers, 4 and 8, earn points in my horse selection as do any names relating to Ireland, cats, and, of course, variations of our grandkids' names. Probably the smartest part of my calculations is betting on popular jockeys, but everyone else there seems to do that too because theirs are the horses with the lowest odds. On the way in to the track, we pick up one of the free Saratoga newspapers at the gate which have the daily picks of local racing experts and my husband usually buys a tout sheet for the allegedly inside scoop. (But who could ever trust the advice of a guy who looks like a character straight out of "Guys and Dolls"? "I've got the horse right here, his name is Paul Revere....) I only make $1 bets and I only bet on fairly sure shots so my horses that win, (and I won money in all nine races) often paid less than I bet. I did actually win a boxed exacta (win and place horses in either order) which, because it was probably a shoo-in, paid only $7.70 on a $2 ticket, but because I only bet $1, won me $3.85. Big Bucks! As it turned out, I bet all afternoon on the same $20 and came home just $1.80 in the hole! That's pretty cheap for a whole afternoon's entertainment. Our youngest two grandchildren, whose dad also goes to Saratoga just once a year, phoned us the night before and asked me to play a horse with each of their favorite numbers, 7 and 2, which happen to be their birthday dates. The $3.85 exacta I won was on a 7 and 10 horse and I won $3.60 on a number 2 horse to show. So the day after the races, I sent them each 4 singles and they were as thrilled as if they'd won the lottery. But back to the big miracle of the day. While I was nickel and diming my bets, the husbands were making more solid bets. In one of the later races, our friend won on an exacta which paid well but when he looked for his ticket, he couldn't find it. He checked all his pockets, his wife's tote bag and we searched around the area of our seats looking at all the discarded tickets on the floor and steps in the vicinity to no avail. On a last desperate hunch, he went back to the cashier at the betting window where he'd been placing bets all day and, surprise! The man had the two tickets he'd bought, one the exacta and the other a daily double. It seems when our friend placed the bets and was juggling wallet and program, he'd neglected to take the two tickets from the slot at the betting window before he left. The man behind him made only one bet but when he went to take his ticket, plus the two which our friend had left behind, the cashier took back the two that weren't his. First the cashier thought he'd void them but since our friend had been going to him all day, he set them aside in case he came back. Which he did. Not only did the exacta win but he also won money on the daily double ticket, both of which he would have lost if not for that astute and honest betting window cashier. It made our day! Ending it all on a high note, my husband, who had been losing all day, won an exacta in the last race so we all went out to celebrate with dinner at a restaurant on the far side of Saratoga Lake and eventually wended our way down the Northway, Mass Pike and I-91 to home. It had truly been a memorable day.

Alpenland Taenzer at the Meriden Turner Society's German Bierfest By Linda Blakeslee-Wilkinson The Meriden Turner Society recently celebrated their German culture with a German Bierfest, Prost! The club is focused on promoting and celebrating German culture by having a German singing group, traditional dances and having many German food events. Traditional German food was served included bratwurst, potato pancakes, and a great variety of German pastries and desserts. They also had two different types of German beer on tap as well. Beer drinking in Germany is large part of German culture. Beer is consumed often and is consumed with most meals. The price of beer in Germany is about the same cost of water and the legal drinking age for beer in Germany is 16. Bierfests are held throughout the year in Germany, typically when new brews are available for tasting. The largest and most wellknown is the Oktoberfest. The Alpenland Tanzer group was established in 1960 by Walter Kober, who wanted to continue the traditions of his Austrian heritage and culture. Austria borders Germany in the south and they share many similar customs and culture. The Alpenland Taenzer dancers performed their "tracht", which is the traditional German and Austrian attire, or costume. The male tracht consists of clothing similar to what is worn by the hunters in the Bavarian Mountains, which include lederhosen (leather shorts) dark green/gray in color, a long sleeve shirt, suspenders, and alpine flowers as a decoration. The women wear traditional laced dresses with ornamental pins, an apron, white stockings and black shoes. The Alpenland Taenzer dancers have about 8 to 12 adult dancing couples and a children's group known as "Kindergruppe" that consists of children ages 3 to 14. Rosemarie Nyborg is the current president of the Alpenland Taenzer's and coordinates their traveling performances throughout New England. The German Bierfest was a great event that provided an opportunity to foster the celebration of culture within the Meriden community!

Local playwright to christen new performance space On Celebrate Wallingford weekend the Royal Pyngwyn Collective will do two performances of the absurdist comedy CRACKED (Upon a Time) in the Black Box Performance space in the new home of WPAA-TV. Performances will be 8 pm on Friday Oct 1 and Sat Oct. 2. Local playwright Josiah Houston returned home from his second year of global volunteering to find that volunteers in his hometown were creating the place he would have consider perfect ten years earlier for the performance poetry team. CT SLAM. A few members of the collective immediately pitched in to finish the handicap access to the studio performance area of WPAA-TV and began making plans to introduce this unique space to the community with a new American Theater experience. Brent Wellington Barker III of Madison and Matt Alspaugh of Waterbury, both now living in NYC, will embody Alfred and Percy CRACKED (Upon a Time) has they did last year in the stunningly effective off Broadway World

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By Sean Doherty Executive Director of the Wallingford Family YMCA Wallingford town leaders join the 'Healthier Kids, Brighter Futures' Initiative to reduce childhood obesity ACTIVATE WALLINGFORD, a committee of town leaders, joins local and national organizations around the country to lead a community response to childhood obesity, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Earlier this year, a resolution was unanimously passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate designating September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, to bring attention to this growing epidemic in the Unites States and call Americans to action. The theme for the month is Healthier Kids, Brighter Futures. Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America. An estimated 23 million children and teenagers ages two to 19 are obese or overweight. That rate has tripled in the past 30 years. For the first time in history, children may have shortChildhood Dental Clinic: Provides screening, cleanings and sealants for chiler lifespan expectancies than their parents. dren ages 2-18 or high school completion. Located at Wallingford VNA, call Every day, the Wallingford Family YMCA, Wallingford Parks and Recreation, Wallingford Public Schools, Ulbrich for appointment: 203-269-1475 Boys and Girls Club, Wallingford Youth and Social Services, Department of Health, Midstate Hospital, and the Spanish Mental Health Services, Counseling and Support Groups. No age restriction, Community of Wallingford works with children, families, and with leaders from all sectors of the community to find call for an appointment required: 203-630-5229 24 hour Emergency Hotline: innovative solutions to help individuals and families make healthier choices. Working with the Healthier Kids, Brighter 800-567-0902 Futures initiative, town leaders will be able to extend its work to turn the tide of childhood obesity. ACTIVATE WALLINGFORD is part of the YMCA's Healthier Communities Initiatives which focus on collaborative State Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Food assistance. No age restricengagement with community leaders, how environments influence health and well-being, and the role public policy tions. For information, please call: 203-294-2175 plays in sustaining change. "The growing epidemic of childhood obesity is a serious problem in our state and is a risk ALL ABOVE services are available in Wallingford and require an initial factor for many chronic diseases that our children should not have to worry about," said Sean Doherty, Wallingford screening for financial eligibility. Information provided is CONFIDENTIAL. In addition, The Community Health Center located at 134 State St., Meriden Family YMCA Executive Director. "Through ACTIVATE WALLINGFORD, we believe that the policies and environments in our community can play a major role in turning the tide against childhood obesity and preventing our children provides full medical and dental care, no age restrictions. They accept insurfrom facing devastating chronic illnesses down the road." ance (including HUSKY) and fees are based on financial need. An initial "Obesity places our nation's youth at risk for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions that they shouldn't appointment for financial screening is required, 203-237-2229. have to worry about," said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. "We must work together across all Master's Manna located on North Plains Industrial Rd. also has limited sectors of our communities to create solutions that will help our kids adopt and maintain healthy behaviors throughout appointments for childhood immunizations, physicals, dental and general their lives. We applaud Congress for making September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and are proud to health care. Please call 203-678-3042 for more information. support the Healthier Kids, Brighter Futures initiative." Healthier Kids, Brighter Futures initiative educates and empowers families and youth to live healthy lifestyles, Take a Trip with the Wallingford Family YMCA! eatThe nutritious food and be physically active. Throughout the month of September, organizations around the United The Wallingford Family YMCA are offering the following Luxury coach bus States will plan and carry out activities that build awareness about and encourage action on childhood obesity. trips: Atlantic City(Sept. 17-19);Niagara Falls(Sept. 24-26);New The initiative's Web site,, provides information, Web links and tools to promote and Hampshire(Fall Foliage-Oct. 2), Boston on your own(Oct. 16); Salem, celebrate September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The Y's Healthy Family Home, which provides MA(Oct. 23 or 30);Radio City Christmas Spectacular(Dec. 4, 5 or Dec. 12); free resources devoted to helping families adopt healthy behaviors, will also be featured on the initiative's web site. and Radio City Christmas Show and Atlantic City(Dec. 5-6).. Pre-Registration The ACTIVATE WALLINGFORD initiative includes efforts to combat childhood obesity including, facilitating comis required. For more information; please contact Lisa Hoover at munity partnerships to influence policy and environmental changes that increase access to clean and safe parks and recreational facilities so that more kids can have the opportunity to participate in physical activity, reduce health disparities, and increase access to fruits and vegetables in underserved areas through making community gardens and farmers' If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. markets more accessible. Please join us for our 1st Annual ACTIVATE WALLINGFORD Walk on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 10:00am. Our Your Complete walk will leave from the Gazebo at the town Railroad Station. For more information please visit This epidemic not only affects Wallingford, Connecticut but affects the entire nation! The public and private sector, communities and leaders, including First Lady Michelle Obama, are championing a range of efforts to improve child For Remodeling and New Home Construction wellness in America. We invite you to join them in empowering Healthier Kids for a Brighter Future. For additional information on how families can work together to life healthier lives, visit For more information on the 2010 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, visit Does your child need a physical or immunizations for school? Don't wait! The Wallingford Health Department would like to remind all residents of Community Health Services available by contract with MidState Medical Center and Wallingford VNA to those residents without insurance and in financial need: Well Child Clinic: Provides childhood vaccinations, TB screenings, developmental screenings and school physicals (entrance and sports) for children ages Birth - 18 or high school completion. Facility is located in Wallingford, call for an appointment: 203-886-6435


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Timely Lawn Advice from your Friends at Meriden Feed By Charlie Collins As the kids go back to school and fall is just around the corner, I like to take a look at my lawn to assess the damage that it has endured over the summer. Inevitably I find a number to bare spots. Under the trampoline, the swing set, home base for the wiffle ball field and any number of other little spots that have undergone some stress (usually kid related) over the summer. Although we traditionally think of spring as a time of growth and when we are supposed to plant, fall is actually one of the best times to plant grass. The warm soil and cool nights are a perfect combination that makes germinating grass seed much easier than in the spring or summer. In this article I wanted to go over some of the basic seed types that grow well in our area. This should help you when you choose the type of seed that you'll use to patch up your lawn this fall. Kentucky Bluegrass is perhaps the most popular and well known cool-season grass. It produces a fine bladed, dark green, dense, take off you shoes lawn. It is the traditional seed type used in athletic fields due to its ability to recover well from damage. It spreads by shooting out underground runners, called rhizomes, and fills in bare spots well. The reason why we don't all have a beautiful bluegrass lawn is that it takes a lot of work. Kentucky bluegrass requires regular fertilization, good drainage, regular watering, frequent mowing, weeding and insect control to be the picture perfect lawn. It is somewhat slow to establish, taking up to four weeks. Most of us simply don't have our own personal grounds crew to maintain a pure bluegrass lawn. Perennial Ryegrass looks very similar to bluegrass and produces a fine textured, dark green lawn. One of the largest advantages that ryegrass has is that is germinates in a quick 7-10 days. This makes it very popular for filling in bare spots and planting on sloped sites where you need get your seed established as fast as possible. It requires less maintenance than bluegrass and is hardier. Unfortunately, ryegrass may winter kill in the extreme cold and is somewhat slow to recover from damage. Annual Ryegrass germinates even faster than it's perennial counterpart. However, it will not grow back next year. If you do need to have a quick growing mix, you can use one with some annual ryegrass in it, but be sure that the percentage of perennial grasses far outweigh the annual or you'll be replanting the same area next year. Creeping Red Fescue is a narrow bladed grass that germinates in about two weeks. It is shade and drought tolerant, making it a common part of "sun & shade" or "shade" mixes. Creeping Red Fescue does well in poor soil and will spread to some extent, but is slow to grow once it is established and it is not considered wear tolerant. Turf-Type Tall Fescues are perhaps the most exciting type of grass that is currently used on our area. Tall Fescue has always been a very strong, wear resistant grass. It is shade, heat and drought tolerant. It thrives in poor soils, requires less water and needs less fertilizer than the other grasses I've discussed. These amazing properties are primarily due to this grasses deep root system. Tall Fescue can establish a root system up to four feet deep. This allows it to pull water and nutrients from a much larger area. Older varieties of this grass where very coarse, so they where not as desirable in the traditional "barefoot" beautiful lawn. However, newer varieties are medium to fine bladed and produce a great looking lawn that can take a beating! Many athletic fields are now seeded with Turf-Type Tall Fescues due to these advances in appearance. You'll find that most seed mixes that will work best for whatever type of lawn you have are exactly that, seed MIXES. Very few of us have a lawn that is completely uniform. We have sun, shade, that dry spot in the corner and the moist spot on the side of the house that never seems to get enough sun. By mixing these seed types in different ratios, you obtain mixes that will allow for a variety of conditions. Remember, fall is the perfect time for planting grass seed. So stop by, grab some seed, and save yourself some work in the spring. We would be happy to help you choose the mix that would work best for you and your lawn! Meriden Feed is located at 846 Old Colony Rd. in Meriden. You can call them at 203-237-4414

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime. ~Babe Ruth

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9th Annual Mother/Daughter ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Community Celebration! Don't miss this year's exciting FREE event that will take place on Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School, 1225 North Broad Street, Meriden. Sponsored by Cox Communications, The Cuno Foundation, MidState Medical Center and State Farm Insurance, this event is organized by the Meriden Wallingford Substance Abuse Council As a bilingual and public education campaign for girls ages 9-18 and their mothers and other caregivers, ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! is designed to help girls build and enhance their own self-esteem, mental health, decision-making and assertiveness skills in order to prevent the harmful consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs. The project encourages cultural pride by emphasizing strengths inherent in our various cultures! Check out this year's Activities! Opening up the program this year will be Meriden Mayor Michael Rhode, Superintendent of Meriden Schools Mark Benigni and State Representative Cathy Abercrombie. Keynote speaker is Lea Crown, Community Health Educator for the City of Meriden Health and Human Services. She will be sharing her expertise with the mothers and daughters her interests regarding physical activity and nutrition. Lea is active by running 30 plus miles a week and participates in several half marathons and other road races. Elsie Encarnacion of State Farm Insurance will give a special mother/daughter workshop regarding building financial wealth. Things such as what saving early means for you financial future and how to create a budget that will work for you will be discussed. There will also be a special workshop just for the girls and one for the mothers/caregivers as well. For the very first time some mothers and daughters will be selected to play a game called "What do you know" The game will have questions to see how well you know your daughter and how well you know your Mom. Watch and be amazed by the performance of Danielle a fitness instructor at Girls Inc. of Meriden as she leads you in a dance fitness program called Zumba using Latin music such as salsa, meringue, and reggaeton. The fun dance moves are easy and you will feel like you are partying instead of working out! Drawings, prizes, breakfast and lunch will round out the day. You won't want to miss it! The Meriden and Wallingford Substance Abuse Council (MAWSAC) provides community-based education and information on the effects of substance abuse, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other addictive behavior.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT THE AUGUSTA CURTIS CULTURAL CENTER 175 East Main Street, Meriden Saturday, Sept. 11th--- "Ryder's on Main 3rd Annual Pig Roast benefit for the "ACCC". Ryder's has chosen the ACCC to be this years non-profit organization to be the recipient of funds from their annual pig roast. Come out and support the Augusta, tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from any ACCC Board Member, at the Center, on website or at Ryder's. Ticket includes: draft beer & wine from 3pm to 4pm, all you can eat buffet, and live entertainment. Event is from 3pm to close. Sundays, Sept. 12th,19th, & 26th---Chess Club, anyone with any level of skill can join us from 5pm to 8pm. Sunday, Sept. 26th---Greater Hartford Opera Ensemble Concert at 4pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 203-630-9295 for tickets and more info. Wednesday, Sept. 29th---"Meriden Garden Club" first meeting to organize new club. 6:30pm, join us if you have an interest in gardening or beau tifying Meriden. Thursday, Sept. 30th---"Winetasting & Art Show" in downtown Meriden. Tickets are $15 an can be purchased from any ACCC board member, by calling Staci at 203-639-2856 or on our website. Proceeds from tickets purchased from ACCC benefits the Center programs and events. Event is from 5:30 to 8:30 and is being presented by the Silver City Brewfest Committee as part of the "Nites in the City" events and the Main Artery/Main & Vine events. A night of tasting many wines, good music, and great food! For more information on any of the above events visit or call 203-639-2856

Crafters Wanted! St. Joseph School's Christmas Carnival is scheduled for December 3rd and 4th, 2010. Crafter tables are $65 for the weekend. Interested parties please contact Mary at 203-235-0744 for an application. Thanks!

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Wallingford Vikings Junior Football and Cheerleading If you have driven by Westside Field in Wallingford any weekday evening in August you would have seen a sea of purple and white. On any given night over 180 boys and girls would pack up a water bottle and head down to football and cheerleading practice. They would spend two hours an evening learning different plays that will be used to win games and routines to cheer them on. The Wallingford Vikings Junior Football League is in full swing giving kids from 2nd grade to 8th grade the chance to learn a great game and build great friendships with others from around the town. The Vikings call Westside field there home when playing home games and travel to several towns during an aggressive yet fun 8 week schedule. This year they play teams from Southington, Waterbury, Meriden, Manchester, and New Britain to name just a few. The games are played on Saturday afternoons and Sundays all day. I say all that to let everyone know just what it takes to run a league like this. Being part of the Wallingford Vikings family for a short time I first have to say thank you to all the parents who work the practice schedule and game schedule into their already busy lives. Second, an even bigger thank you goes to all the volunteers and Wallingford Vikings board members that spend time all year planning and preparing for the football and cheerleading season. This league is run strictly from donations and fundraising efforts of the kids and families involved. Everything that is used from the football equipment to the uniforms of the players and cheerleaders are all purchased from the donations and fundraising efforts. In addition to the fundraising efforts the Vikings maintain a concession stand at the field that provides some help with the costs of playing each week like the referees. As we start the month of September and the kids are now juggling school work, and playing with friends many more have added football and cheerleading practice 3 nights a week. So I ask everyone that reads this to stop on down and show your support by watching a practice, or stopping by the concession stand when they are down there and buy a hot dog or a steak and cheese or even better come out and show your support of the kids by coming to a game. Below is the upcoming schedule times and locations and the schedule can be found on the web site as well which is People can also show their support by making a donation to the league as well. The donation can be dropped off at the field any night at the concession stand or by contacting the league president which can be found on the website. Thank you to everyone and please stop by and show your support to the kids. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

The Wallingford Animal Shelter Carole Golitko Many people know about The Meriden Humane Shelter, but not much is known about The Wallingford Animal Shelter. Discarded pets are not killed here. Every attempt is made to find forever homes for these dogs, cats & other animals. The people paid & numerous volunteers don't complain when someone brings their once loved pet in with excuses like my child is allergic or it's too much work or a hundred other reasons. Don't take the pet if you aren't ready for a 15 year commitment. Help them out by bringing supplies; volunteer to walk the dogs spread the word about the beautiful pets waiting for homes. I myself have always adopted & have now a beautiful Lab. Can't imagine her being put down or living in a crate. These volunteers & employees aren't asking for praise but I can't thank them enough. I could not do their job. Stop in & see them. They are the most beautiful warm people you'll ever meet. Think Rescue!!

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SEPTEMBER BALLOON SALE! Purchase $75.00 or more in merchandise, pop a baloon and receive discounts from 10 - 50% percent off your purchase. Find the hot balloon and receive 75% off your purchase. *Discounts do not apply on Sportscards or previously discounted items!

A Very Special Event! Stop by the store on Sunday, October 10th to get your memorabilia authenticated. James Spence Authentications will be in the Store from 10 am - 4 pm. There will also be a very special sports celebrity signing autographs to be announced. Go to our web site for details!

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The Wallingford Recreation Department - What we are all about! By John Gawlak It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to address your readers about the Wallingford Recreation Department. I am a lifelong resident of Wallingford for 45years. I grew up on the east side and now reside on the west side. I have the complete picture of the town. I am a LHHS grad and graduated from SCSU with a degree in physical education. I have an awesome wife and three wonderful children ranging in the age 0f 5-12yrs. The Recreation Dept. is open 7 days a week from 8:30a to 10pm. The department is staffed by 4 managers, two FT clerical and over 220 PT and seasonal employees with an annual operating budget of approx. $1.1 million. With any successful organization you need to assemble a good team. There is a great team of employees assembled here at the Recreation department and they are eager and enjoy delivering to the residents and program participants a wide variety of programs and services. I understand the fact that I am one spoke to the wheel that overall makes that operation run effective and efficient. We employ people who perform well and understand what needs to be done by the end of the day. I am thankful for the opportunity to lead these hardworking, creative, caring, dynamic people. The Department offers approx 780 program offerings annually which equates to about 17,000 registrations and processed on the average 300 park field permits with over 20K people associated with park permits. All of this work is handled using state of the art recreation management software called Safari. The Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department oversees approximately 2,056 acres of open space land and approximately 306 acres of park land including many recreation facilities at 23 park locations. The Park and Recreation Dept I believe is an essential service that contributes to economic, social and the physical well being of the town. The Parks & Recreation Department also has a 5 member advisory commission appointed by the Mayor responsible for overseeing the operation. Our Commission is made up of residents, Linda Mercuri, Chairman, Dave Gelo, ViceChair, Roz Gallagher, Phyllis Murray and Mike Savenelli Sr. Since taking the helm five years ago and moving forward for me personally after programming for 17 yrs, the planning, and development of park facilities to meet the varied recreation and leisure needs of the citizens of Wallingford has become more of a priority for me. I always wanted to work in the sports world. For obvious reasons a career in professional sports competing was not in the cards. However, attending college and working part time and coaching I settled in with the fact that teaching PE and coaching would be the career tract with the possibly of becoming an Athletic Director. . This department is facing Challenges in a few areas but not limited to space concerns of the facility specifically gym space, growing active senior population, performing the necessary services for the community beyond responding to the demands of particular groups, Maintenance of parks, fields and linear trail and the inability to be able to utilize technology to aid in information distribution and sharing which may lead to reduction in operating expenses. We are located at 6 Fairfield Boulevard. Feel free to call us at 203-294-2120 if we can help in any way! At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I am much better employed from every point of view, when I live solely for my own satisfaction, than when I begin to worry about the world. The world frightens me, and a frightened man is no good for anything. ~George Gissing


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Happy Birthday Dawn! Since you never let your picture be taken I had to use this one from a couple of years ago. What a wonderful fam you have.


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FRUGAL LIVING - Getting MORE for less in Connecticut! By Gina Juliano If you are new to couponing and frugal shopping, I'm sure you find the process daunting. I know I did when I first started. Fortunately, CVS is not as complicated as Walgreens or Rite Aid, and it's a good store to start with when first beginning your foray into couponing. Before you set foot in a CVS armed with your list and coupons, you need to go to their website ( and sign up for a CVS Extra Care card. It's important that you get one because, like a grocery store card, you won't get all the deals unless your card is scanned. Make sure once you get your card, you register the number on line with the Extra Care program. When you do, you'll receive random emails with coupons. Every so often, they'll send one out for $4/$20 purchase. The first thing you need to know about working the deals at CVS is the Extra Care Bucks. I call them EBs (extra bucks). These are coupons you earn for buying particular merchandise as outlined in the weekly flier. These print out on the bottom of your receipt. Always look to see that they have printed out correctly before you leave the store. In addition, do not throw the receipt away before you cut off the EB coupons. You must treat these like cash. My friend was talking to me about using her EBs. She said she knew she had earned a bunch of them and was wondering how long she had until they expired. I told her to look on the EBs because they had an expiration date printed right on them. (It's usually a month, by the way.) She gave me a funny look and wondered what the heck I was talking about. Come to find out, she had no idea the EBs printed out on the bottom of her receipt and had been throwing them away. When you first start CVS shopping, you may have to put a little money out of pocket at first until you get going and can "roll" your EBs from one week to the next. When I first started, I spent $63 and received $63 in EB, making what I purchased essentially free. The following week, when I went shopping I only bought items that would earn me EBs and used my EBs from the previous week to pay for my purchases. Therefore, my out of pocket cost was almost nothing (tax). I've been doing this ever since. That initial $63 has earned me hundreds of dollars worth of free stuff. I am by no means suggesting you do this right from the start. You can start slowly and build as you go. Here's an example of how to start. First, you want to look at my list for all the freebies and cheapies available at CVS for that week. You get the list by going to my website, Let's say Crest toothpaste is on sale for $3.00 and you would receive a $2.00 EB for buying this item. There may also be a $1.00 coupon you can use. (I will give you that information on my website.) Essentially, you would pay $2.00 for the toothpaste out of your pocket and receive a $2.00 EB to use the next time you shop at CVS. Essentially, you get the toothpaste for free. The next week, you look on my list and discover Sure deodorant is on sale for 3.00, and you get a 2.00 EB for buying it. And, of course, you have a $1 coupon! You go to CVS and purchase this item. The cashier scans your card and rings up your purchase, which comes to 2.00 plus tax after using the coupon. Now you can hand the cashier your $2 EB from the previous week, and pay nothing out of pocket and also receive $2 more EBs to use on a future purchase. This is how you "roll" your EBs from one week to the next. Obviously, I usually have a lot more items on my list than one, but I wanted to break it down and show you how this whole thing worked. One more thing you should know about EBs. If your purchase comes to 1.99 and you hand the cashier an EB for $4, you will NOT get back change. They will adjust the value of the EB down to 1.99. Try to get as close as possible to the purchase price when using your EBs. I usually don't mind shelling out a dollar or two out of pocket so I don't lose the value of the EBs I have earned. A few more useful tips: * You may want to consider purchasing a Green Bag Tag. These little tags hang on a reusable shopping back and are scanned by the cashier every time you shop. These only cost .99, but earn you $1 EB every fourth visit. These are found at CVS up at the checkout counter. * Scan your CVS card at the little price checker machine they have in every store. It will print out CVS coupons you can use that day. * EBs can be used to purchase nearly anything in the store except prescriptions, alcohol, Gift Cards, lottery, money orders, postage stamps, pre-paid cards and tobacco products. All this information is actually printed on the EB. In addition, they cannot be used to pay the tax on a transaction. I hope this helps you with your shopping at CVS. Please do not hesitate to contact me with comments and questions. I'm here to help! Gina is the creator of Gina's Kokopelli, a Connecticut 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 free 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!


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QUEEN ANNES LACE Stalwart weed of choice, Delicate lacelike flowers Adorn our roadsides. Our roadsides have become lanes of loveliness with the nodding blooms of Queen Anne's lace and the heavenly blue of wild Chicory, delighting passersby as they drive by. The three-foot stem of Queen Anne's lace has a few lacy fernlike leaves, topped with an umbrella shaped cluster of twenty or more very small white flowers. The long-lasting flower head may be three inches wide, eventually forming seeds and folding upon itself, much like an umbrella turned inside out. Looking like a bird nest it becomes a tumbleweed when broken off. The seeds have bristles that latch onto the fur of an animal and will drop off at a new site. In the center of each flower head there is a tiny reddish-purple hued floret which brings to mind the legend of England's Queen Anne in days of yore. The legend tells that while making lace one day she pricked her finger and a drop of her blood left a bloodstain upon the lace; this inspired the name that was given to this lovely weed. The ancestor of this wild carrot plant has been known for 5000 years and was used medicinally. It can be eaten when young before the root becomes woody, but caution must be taken because it resembles poisonous hemlock which is deadly. In Holland during the 16th century, the orange carrot was developed; the progenitor of today's garden carrots. Wild chicory accents the meadows with its lovely blue blossoms, but does not last as a cut flower. Its basal leaves are similar to dandelions and are sometimes used as salad greens. The root is ground and used as an acceptable coffee substitute. Many bouquets of Queen Anne's lace are gathered to become an airy, lacy bouquet of cheerfulness. When placed in colored water, the flowers take on that color and add colorful interest. Some blossoms may be dried for winter dĂŠcor. Others may adorn a bridal bouquet, giving it the look of quaint old-fashioned lace. It is a favorite wild flower indeed. Our many friends are like the varied bouquets of Queen Anne's lace. They bring joy and friendship throughout the seasons. So pick an armful of the blossoms this autumn and bring beauty into your home.



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Our California Family Get Together My wife, Nancy, and I took our annual trek to Southern California to visit our children and grandchildren for a week at the end of August. While we eagerly look forward to our visit, the five and a half hour flight is daunting and time consuming. Although the new direct flight to LAX airport from Bradley International Airport was a plus. We arrived in Hermosa Beach at our son Matt's house where we were treated to a week of the most beautiful weather of our summer - 75 degrees daily with a cool gentle breeze (while back home rainy weather descended on Meriden). Our grandchildren, Max 11 and Sam 7 were excited to see us knowing we would be spoiling them for the time we were there. We have a tradition of taking them, one at a time, to a special amusement of their Grandchildren Max and Sam choice. We learned the hard way it is best to take one at a time so we outnumber them. We can also give them our complete attention and eliminate the chance of brotherly competition and horseplay. This approach has worked like a charm and we spent two enjoyable days at Mulligan's Family Amusements doing miniature golf, go kart rides, paddle boats, laser tag, rock climbing wall, and video games. We mixed in pizza and slurpies along the way. After each amusement day, we stopped at a Target store to allow each grandchild a small ($25) shopping spree to get a favorite toy. We also added a back to school supplies shopping trip at the end of the week to make sure Max and Sam got all their needed school supplies. There are some great restaurants in the area and we took advantage by Nancy Rohde dining one evening at the fabulous Terranea Resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Palos Verdes. The following night we drove to Beverly Hills to dine with my daughter at Comme Ca, a nice French Restaurant. Fortunately for us, our daughter Mandy and her husband had just flown in from SF to LA for a three week commercial shoot (they both work for a large SF based ad agency) so we got to see both our children on this CA trip. The week flew by quickly. We took morning walks along the Pacific Ocean. There is a wide concrete path along the beachfront for walking, biking, jogging, and skateboarding. It is interesting to see all the volleyball players, surfers, and sun worshipers on the beach from sunup to sunset along Beth Rohde, Matt Rohde, the path. During the week, we were treated to a music recital where both Mandy (Rohde) Dietz, Aaron grandchildren participated. Our son and his wife run Coast Music Conservatory and host children's music recitals. Max and Sam played the piano for an appreciative audience and took big bows at the end. Luckily, good music genes run in the family. I had told my wife I wanted to get my feet wet in the Pacific so one afternoon we walked down to the ocean's edge. I stepped in up to my ankles to feel the cool saltwater. Nice. But a small tsunami came up unexpectedly and soaked me to my waist much to Nancy's delight. But at least I did what I set out to do! So that about sums up our summer Southern California vacation. Lots of fun and fond family memories. We will be back. Mike Rohde

Making a Difference - The 'Beat the Street' Community Center 'Beat the Street' Community Center, Inc., is a registered 501C3 Non Profit Organization providing inner-city youth and young adults with the opportunity to gain strength, endurance, education and self-esteem. That is the alternative for over 1000 members that register for our programs annually. The program, originally designed in 1994 to provide an athletic program based on the sport of boxing, has grown to offer other ancillary programs such as Hip Hop Dancing, Weight Training , Musical Instructional lessons, G.E.D training, Life skill workshops After School workshops Hiking, Fishing, Gardening, Soap Box Derby and structured programming such as Movie Night, and community giving activities. Members join together to learn a sport, make friends and more importantly have a safe, supportive environment to overcome obstacles with the support of mentors, coaches and volunteers. 'Beat the Street' members are primarily in the 4- 24 age range and have varied ethnicity. The varied backgrounds of the members provide a unique and cohesive environment to gain confidence in their skills through the many programs offered at by Center. Membership dues are deferred for the majority of members that attend due to their family's economic hardships. 'Beat the Street' open their door to those individuals who are in the greatest social and economic need in order to provide quality programs and an alternative to the hardships that many of the members face on a daily basis in their home life and in their neighborhoods of the Meriden area. Children and Young adults that are at-risk for making bad choices will receive alternatives that will empower them to stay off the streets. The programs serve all of Meriden and does not target specific neighborhoods. Programming is geared toward youth and young adults who are facing economic, emotional and social obstacles. Referrals are made by the school system, community & neighborhood policing, Judicial System, social service programs, other recreational programs, clergy and through other members who have benefited from the programs offered by 'Beat the Street'. Our hour of operation are 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm Monday through Friday .We can be contacted at 203-686-1639 or

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ArleneWow! "Look Who's Coming To Dinner!" George Harrison was my favorite Beatle. He wasn't as controversial as John Lennon, as cute as Paul McCartney or as silly as Ringo Starr, but I'd invite him to dinner in a heartbeat. This got me thinking of having a fantasy musician's dinner party. Who would be the eclectic few? My guest list would include those who are living or dead because, of course, this is just a made up thing. I would invite guests who were not only were insightful (George definitely would fit this requirement), but also delightful in manners that only true musicians and artists can be. Also, I'd need to be careful not to end up with a house full of groupies and/or other entourage who are just getting on the bandwagon for apps and champagne. Ok, ready? Here we go... Seeing as I like to laugh and be constantly amused, I would like to invite the gifted glittering one, Liberace. His magnetic personality and smile would light up the room with rhinestones containing reflections of beautiful blue haired ladies. I would ask him to wear his signature cape and possibly do a fly over with my next guest, the incredible Pink. Pink is a huge favorite of mine (and she'd be my first "live" guest'). Not only can she sing like an angel, but on her last tour she was doing a trapeze act over gasping audiences. I'm not sure if my living room ceiling could withstand the mechanics necessary for such a feat, but I'd love Pink and Liberace to team up and do some breathtaking and death defying aerials. Louis Armstrong would be my next choice. I'd love to have him do his awesome rendition of "What A Wonderful World" while Pink and Liberace were flying about. I'm sure George Harrison would find this amusing as well, once the LSD kicked in. Next up, arriving on my doorstep would be the never tiring and ageless Barry Manilow. I could imagine us all having a sing-a-long with Barry leading us on. "Ready To Take A Chance Again", "Mandy", "I Write The Songs", just to name a few. Hey, maybe everybody would get together and start a conga line to the "Copa Cabana". Late arrivals (let's face it musicians are notorious for this) would include Bono and Madonna, Shakira. Prince and Belinda Carlilse of the GoGos. What a surprise, gate crashers! That's okay. I'd let them in. So now the party would be in full swing. I'd get a call from Ella Fitzgerald. She'd say that she can't make it. She'd apologize and say that she was away on vacation with Mozart in the south of France. Bummer...I was really counting on her for the duet that she'd promised to sing with me. Mozart was to accompany us on the harpsichord. She'd say to keep her posted about my next shindig because they are always such a good time. I'd wholehearted accept her apology, but I really wanted to do the duet. I'd practiced and everything. Just when I'd think the party was over, Jack Nicholson would show up. I'd tell him that this was a musician's party, not an actor's party. He'd say, "Look man, I was in "Easy Rider!". My guests and I would all agree, that's close enough. This little get together would probably go on till the wee hours of the morning. Liberace would still be part of my chandelier and Barry would be egging us on to sing "I Write The Songs" with him one more time. The problem of having a party such as this is that musicians never want to go home. Sheesh! Of course once they did decide to leave, they'd give me backstage VIP passes to all of their upcoming shows and kiss and hug me goodbye like family. What a great time! Who would you invite to your fantasy musician dinner party? Think about it because it's always fun to dream. See you here next month. 'R.

Annual Fall Picnic in Wallingford WAG (We Adopt Greyhounds, Inc.) of Glastonbury is celebrating 18 years of Greyhound adoption! Our annual fall picnic will be held on Saturday, September 11th, from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford, CT. There will have fun games, a silent auction, an obstacle course competition, a costume contest, lots of great food, shopping, a pet psychic, all of WAG's dogs waiting for adoption, and more! Pre-registration and day of admission is $5 for adults (16+). Please pre-register by Sept 4th for planning purposes. More info can be found on, by emailing or calling 877-595-0991. WAG is an all volunteer run non-profit Greyhound adoption group.WAG has been placing retired racing greyhounds in homes throughout CT, MA, NY, NJ, PA and beyond since September of 1992. Greyhounds can make wonderful companions. It has been our experience that Greyhounds are gentle, sweet, sensitive, loving, affectionate, playful, and intelligent. All the Greyhounds in WAG's care are kept in foster homes. Please contact us for more information about volunteering, adoption, donating or becoming a foster home.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Feet Yes, it's a picture of our feet. Is it some sort of mystical symbol? No, it isn't. It just started happening that we united our feet on several occasions. We have so many pictures of our feet together and it is now a tradition. Although it's just a meeting of the feet, so to speak, I have realized over time what it says about our friendship. Our group includes my sisters but also many friends who are really my sisters as well. We all grew up together and have such a bond that we really all are one big family and have all the many differences that make up a great family. All have different qualities, strengths and yes, weaknesses. I recently learned that the word foot in Latin is ped. What the heck does that have to do with anything? Well, another use of the word is base, as in pedestal. I am so happy to have a group of friends that are a base to each other in the past, now and I have no doubt that we will be there in the future. We have been through thick and thin together. The good times & bad, trauma & celebrations and yes - those Man problems - we women all know how dreadful men are at times. Not all of them but most of them. Lots of friends have gone separate ways as they grew older and also when there were problems. We have a true friendship that has not faded but has grown as time has passed. So, I guess I have changed my mind as it is a woman's right to change her mind. The Feet do have a meaning to me. We have walked the path of life together and no matter what our feet come together often along that path. I want my sisterhood of the traveling feet to know how much they mean to me and also to thank them for steering my feet in the right direction when they have gone astray. That's another sign of the relationship we have. Not being afraid to tell it like it is even though it might hurt at first - it's in all of our best intentions when we do so. Time to get moving again and I hope you all have a relationship like I do. If you don't - there is still time to meet the feet with someone who is sweet. Bad poetry - I love it.

He who travels in search of something which he has not got, travels away from himself and grows old even in youth among old things. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"

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ACROSS 1. Famous "lady" in N.Y. harbor. 13. Sharpen 14. Famous actor, John ________, aka Marion Michael Morrison 15. A period of time, marked distinctive by character, events, etc. 16. U.S. holiday commemorating the 1776 adoption of an important document. 19. Formerly known as. 20. Unaffectedness. 21. A long, narrow river inlet that gradually decreases in depth from mouth to head. 22. Physicians (abbr.) 23. This Rough Rider won the 1906 Nobel peace prize. (initials) 24. Owl sound. 26. However; nevertheless. 28. In addition; too; besides. 29. Venture; risk. 34. A British streetcar. 36. A period of time, marked distinctive by character, events, etc. 38. Medical term to describe person is deceased when found. (initials) 39. Egyptian sun god. 41. Wife of F.D.R. (initials) 43. American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918. 49. Center of a hurricane. 50. To attack (used especially in commanding a dog). 51. Prefix with ___ dynamic 52. Before noon (initials). 54. A noninvasive medical diagnostic procedure to obtain internal body images (initials). 56. Him and ____. 58. Possessive personal pronoun. 60. Last four words of the song in 43 Across. 64. To be in debt. 65. Nickname of Jackie Onassis's husband. 66. Better _______ and Gardens. 67. Uncooked. 68. Ham on _____. 70. Section of window glass. 71. A thick ringed pastry, sometimes dunked in coffee. 72. Plays at love; coquets; courts trifling. DOWN 1. An elaborate or large dance, party, or other celebration. (informal) 2. A solution or dry powder needed for a copier machine to produce final image. 3. South American mountain range extending 4,500 mi. from Venezuela

to Cape Horn. 4. Golf ball holder. 5. Possesses. 6. A gradual disappearance or reduction. 7. A concentrated solution of potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide. 8. A hostel; small hotel. 9. Very famous British soccer player, he now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy. 10. Canadian tea company that has also marketed their brand in the U.S. since 1920. 11. Person who commits treason by betraying their country. 12. 2002 Sandra Bullock and Ellen Burstyn movie, Divine Secrets of the ____Sisterhood. 17. Part of a flower. 18. The organ of hearing. 25. A suffix used in the names of chemical derivatives. 27. Disloyalty; betrayal. 30. Commotion; upset. 31. A particular type or method of something. 32. An infant. 33. Before. 35. To supply with weapons. 37. A collection of various materials that reflect the character of a person or place. 40. Town in Italy where St. Francis was born and lived. 42. Where ____ you going? 43. The quality of fascinating or alluring, especially by charm and good looks. 44. A word or phrase that is glossed; headword. 45. "Yes" in Madrid. 46. Third planet from our Sun. 47. Symbol for the element Iridium. 48. Remark; observation. 53. Frank Sinatra sang, "I did it ___ ____". 55. Repeat showing of a movie or television program. 57. Wide shoe size. 59. Positive replies or votes. 61. To cut with blows; chop; hack. 62. A member of a Pueblo Indian people of northern Arizona. 63. Barbara Streisand's handsome co-star, ______ Sharif, in 1968 movie, Funny Girl. 68. Opposite of left (abbr.) 69. Famous female jazz singer, 1917 to 1996, was dubbed "The First Lady of Song". (initials)

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CRAFT FAIR AND TEA CUP RAFFLE TO BENEFIT CHURCH BELL TOWER FUND The Northford Congregational Church will be having a CRAFT FAIR AND TEACUP RAFFLE to benefit the church Bell Tower Fund on Saturday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to craft items and the raffle, baked goods will also be for sale. Start your Christmas shopping early; some items available for purchase include quilts, aprons, pillows, sweatshirts, Chtristmas vests, pot holders, baby items, and children's clothing. The church is located on the Old Post Road at the corner of Route 22 and Route 17 in the Northford section of North Branford. If you need directions or have any questions, please call 203-484-0794. The church has embarked on a costly restoration of the bell tower and steeple. Tax-deductible contributions can be made directly to the church by sending checks payable to Northford Congregational Church and noting that they are for the Bell Tower Fund. Checks should be sent to the Northford Congregational Church, P. O. Box 191, Northford CT 06472. SUNDAY SCHOOL AT NORTHFORD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH On Sunday, September 12, Northford Congregational Church will be having a family service at 10 a.m., followed by registration for students that wish to attend Sunday School. There will be a nursery (school) for the youngest tots and a class for K through grade 5. These children will have a short class on the 12th to meet their teachers.Older students are welcome to register and be involved in attending their first class on September 19.The church is located on the Old Post Road at the corner of Route 22 and Route 17 in the Northford section of North Branford. For information, please call the church office at 203-484-0795.


Hey, check out my new summer bonnet! I’m definitely looking good. Sincerely, Kylie who is 1 and a half years old!


By Sil Patterson "This is my last chance to be free!" Chipper talked to himself a lot. His brown eyes opened wide, his body tightened with anticipation, his tail wagged ever so slightly as he gazed out the screen door. "They forgot to close the storm door. Why do they have to leave in such a hurry. Grand Mama and Ma Kate hardly took time to wish me a good day." The handle on the screen door never latched and Chipper knew it. Out he went! Chipper ran like a gazelle down the front bank and up to the side garden where he stopped to sniff the sweet aroma of the next door cat, then galloped around the back of the yard, gloating at the fence that always kept him prisoner. He felt his eleven dog years and paused to catch his breath. Looking over at the forsythia bushes for his friend, Livvy, the six year old who lived next door, his nose turned toward a pleasant smell of steak. He pranced down the valley where garbage cans hid behind trucks but he was disappointed--the cans were empty. He was ready to end his fun, ran back home, jumped against the front door but no-one came. "Oh well," he said, "I'll see if there's any rabbits out in back." Off he went. "That's the same squirrel I never can catch when I'm fenced in. He climbs the tree and jumps the fence." Chipper picked up speed,. forgetting his age, and happily crossed the stone wall boundary into the woods. "Do I hear him laughing at me? Where is he?" A rustle above the dog's head made him look up into a tall oak tree where the squirrel giggled at him and Chipper jumped as a large nut landed on his foot. Chipper yelped and ran across the woods and onto Pleasant Hill Rd. The squeal of the toyota's breaks was much louder than the squirrel's giggle; it was a narrow escape and Chipper knew it. He dashed down Pleasant Hill but knew enough to stay on the sidewallk. His heart stopped racing when he recognized the neighborhood where Grand mama or Kate often walked him. When he came to the new houses that had replaced the horse stable his thoughts became mischievous. Grinning, he stepped off the sidewalk and dropped his waste right in the middle of the immaculate yard. No-one pulled him--what a glorious feeling --no collar--no leash. Tom, the landscape man, screamed at him but Chip barked and ran. He barked again at the men working on the culvert at the bottom of the hill and forgot to stay out of the road. "Was that Peter's truck coming toward me? No, he wouldn't honk at me. He just missed me." Another near collission. "I should have known it wasn't Peter. He works until dark. Oh my, I'm feeling like I felt when Peter found me more than ten years ago. I was scared then and I'm a little scared now. Chipper shook as he remembered sitting on a hill in the middle of three highways. Peter and Don surveyed the area and discovered the dog in a pile of chips. They carried him into their truck and the puppy gobbled up their left over sardines. Chipper tried to remember how he landed in this precarious position. He saw himself as a young pup doing his favorite activity, running. His brothers and sisters had left the farm for new homes and somehow he got lost. Peter brought him to Grand mama and Kate, "Look how boney and scared he is, Ma. Yes, we'll look for his owner but meanwhile he's safe here in your home and fenced-in yard." "That was almost 11 years ago," thought Chipper. "I'm going home--if some-one will answer the door." It was then that Chip heard a friendly call from a voice that sounded like Kate's. "Here fella, here boy, it's OK, have a cookie." A young woman offered him one cookie and then another as she lured him into her truck. But then she enclosed him in fencing. Chipper's eyes clouded, his body shook. "This is the opposite of Freedom," he thought, "And I'm hungry." Meanwhile, back home, Grandmama returned from her doctor's visit. "Where's Chipper? Chipper! Chipper!, she shouted. Chipper always greeted her or Kate or Peter with a whine, a bark, a twirling dance and a wagging tail. She knew something had happened to her beloved pet. She searched the house, the yard and the neighborhood calling his name. Nancy, a young mother next door, offered to help and left six year old Livvy with her grandmother as she drove east on Greene Rd. stopping at some homes and asking for any information about a lost dog. Livvy said, "I'll look in the woods for him." "No, I don't want you to get hurt," said Grandmama. Her own grandma called out, "No, Livvy, we don't want you to do that." Kate arrived home and joined in the search. With Kate home, Grandmama drove west on Greene Rd. and south on Pleasant Hill Rd., asking bicycle riders, pedestrians and stopping at a few homes. She remembered passing men working on a culvert at the bottom of Pleasant Hill but they were gone when she got there. At home anxiety set in. Suddenly, Gram realized that Chipper's leash, collar and dog tags were laid across the coat rack. Grand mama knew that Chipper brought Kate, Pete and herself some common peace and happiness in their often complicated lives. She brought unity. "No, it's getting late," Grandmama interrupted her anxious train of thought, "Let's try the animal shelter." No-one answered the number Kate found in the phone book. At 4:55 PM, Gramdmama called the Town Hall and found a kind soul who took the time to listen to her. The lady said, "I know the cell phone # of the manager at the dog pound. I'll call you back." And she did. Chipper was OK. The dog Gram had described was at the pound. "Wait half an hour before you go to pick him up because Lisa and her helpers are rescuing a cat and a chipmunk." Such a happy ending!Such good people who saved our Chipper! Lisa greeted Gramdmama with "He's had a great adventure." Chipper spoke with his eyes and his twirling body, "How happy I am to go home." Grandmama whispered to Chipper, "You are a gift! You bring us so much joy!"

Special Thanks

The Meriden Back to School Expo Committee wants to thank all of our Community Partners for contributing to the success of this year's event. The Expo Committee is made up of volunteers from three of Meriden's non-profit organizations; The Meriden / Wallingford NAACP, Beat the Street Community Center Inc., and The Meriden Rotary Club. Throughout the year they meet monthly to organize support for, and the logistics of orchestrating this annual event. The annual Meriden Book to School Expo informs parents and children about programs, and family support organizations that can assist them. Empowering our families with this information has given parents and children the encouragement they need to start the school year with trust and confidence that Meriden supports their family, and especially their children. The book bags, loaded with the supplies each child needs to start their school year, are the final gift each child receives after their family has explored the information and assistance our resource vendors have to offer. Bringing civic leaders, business leaders, and community resources together for Meriden's families has been our goal. Each year the Expo has grown. We have been able to provide an increased number of supply loaded backpacks each year. More organizations have become a part of our back to school kick off, and each of them have expressed their excitement that families have interacted with them, and taken advantage of what they have to offer. You were born an original. Don't die a copy.

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Barbara’s Bountiful Bouquet Here it is September 6th, and things are beginning to wind down in the garden. Just a few weeks ago, my garden was very lush, so green, so full of color, and impossible to really walk through. The tomatoes, I have never seen them grow so high and travel over the cages to the point where the paths were obliterated. I had sunflowers just about everywhere, and they grew taller than they ever have in the past. Due to my inability to kill plants, as in thinning baby flowers, I had a wall of sunflowers on one full side of the garden, so I couldn't even reach the tomatoes through them. I began by keeping track of how many cucumbers I picked and tomatoes, and at first it was pretty easy. Six cukes one day, two cherry tomatoes, which were the first to ripen, and then maybe 20 cherry tomatoes. But as time progressed, well, it became impossible to keep count. There were days I picked at least 100. I picked probably 50 or more on Saturday, and today I picked probably 100 more cherry tomatoes. I have never seen so many tomatoes in my life. I only planted one yellow cherry tomato plant that I got in Northford, and it has been a very prolific producer. Hundreds of tomatoes from that one plant alone and many more still ripening. CJ, a fellow gardener, gave me three Cherokee Purple tomato plants that I set in the ground kind of late, so they were late to ripen. Something is wrong with every single one of them. I have never had much luck with heirloom tomatoes, but after watering them for so long, what a disappointment it was to see every one of them get some kind of disease or something. I doubt I'll get one tomato that is eatable from those plants. I will not try those again. Very disappointed in the Big Boy tomatoes as well. They ripen and are immediately soft, and even if I pick them early, they tend to go bad very quickly. I will not plant those again. The Jet Star tomatoes did well, though, so I'll plant those again next year. My basil did not do well this year, and I am not sure why. It might be the location where they are, so I will try a different spot next year. My catnip also bit the dust very early, which is not like catnip at all. It usually doesn't start to fade until after the first frost, but it is practically dead right now. Black-eyed susans faded much too early and were not nearly as full and robust as last year. For some odd reason, my lily, that had seemingly died, made a comeback a week ago and has new flowers on it. So my once lush and green and vibrant garden looks a little sad at this time. I can now finally get between the rows of tomatoes to pick them, but the sunflowers are hanging down, some splitting in half and falling down, and the only ones still blooming were very late volunteer plants, four of them at the back of the garden. My one volunteer cherry tomato plant that grew up where the perennials are is the type that produces hundreds of very tiny tomatoes. I never planted that ever in my garden, so perhaps a bird was responsible for that, but the thing has sprawled out in every direction like four feet. I have never seen anything like it. It's into where my strawberries were, into where my cucumbers were, just all over the place. The only way to pick those is to pick the branches where about eight tomatoes are. If you try to pick them individually, they kind of fall apart. I definitely like heartier cherry tomatoes. I have been giving my harvest away to a lot of people, by the way. It is not wasted. I have had many tomato sandwiches the last month or so, and have loved every one. Some lady passed by my garden on Saturday and was asking me if it was my garden.. I had never seen her before. She chastised me that so many tomatoes had rotted and "The homeless people could have enjoyed those." I was so not expecting that comment that I simply said I hadn't been there in a week, and I just can't get there all that often. I should have said, "You know what, you goody two-shoes, I have given away hundreds of tomatoes to many people, all of whom have enjoyed them, so go worry about your own garden." So next year, my plan is not to have quite so many tomatoes and plant some other kinds of vegetables. I am going to pull the strawberry plants out to make more room. The weed block I put down was not really all that successful. I guess it helped, but the weeds grew through the weed block anyway. 10-year warranty? Hmmmph. This was one hot spring and summer, and I think a lot of gardeners at the Wallingford Community Garden kind of gave up. I am so upset to see so many gardens just a sea of weeds. If you drive into the Veterans Memorial Park and look to your left, it is really an eyesore. Bind weed is everywhere. Not in my garden, but it is everywhere else. It is covering the compost piles and taking over the perennial garden and is on the pile of mulch so you don't even know mulch is there, all over the old bales of hay. Just a mess. I periodically weed the perennial garden and try to get all of the bind weed out, but it is a real chore. Anyway, as Julie said in the movie "Julie & Julia," "Is anybody out there? Is anyone reading this?" Next month's submission will probably have to do with cleaning up the garden. Not too exciting. But this time of the year does get me down just a bit. I see the tomatoes fading, lots of dead branches, the sunflowers no longer blooming and hanging down, and I realize we are heading into fall and the proverbial race to Christmas, at least in my mind. Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, and I worked the whole weekend and today, and so labored, and next will be Halloween. Time goes so quickly. The older I get, the more quickly it goes, and I cannot honestly believe summer is almost behind us. We still have a few more days of temperatures in the 80s, but it will cool down soon enough. Until I write again, have a good month. Oh, and we need contributions for a headstone for Miss India, the elephant. More to come in the next edition. Barbara Sherburne -


Where did he go? The bodiless Beach Boy!


Wow! Look at that poodle! She’s everything I’ve been looking for in life!

Carrie Purcell Energy Medicine Practitioner

Empty Plates Empty Pockets Masters Manna Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen has started a major campaign against Hunger in our area. Its called Empty Plates Empty Pockets . Recently at Masters Manna Cheryl Bedore founder and director came up with the idea that if we can get people together and write a message to the President of the United States regarding what people need to just keep food on the table maybe he would listen to us. So since the campaign started people have come in to Masters Manna and created a message on a empty paper plate to be collected and delivered to Washington. The United States Government has spent over $684 Billion dollars on the Miltary budget according to the "Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation May 2010 "Report. Now just think what 1 Billion dollars of that money can do. It could supply many food Pantries and people in need with plates filled with food on there tables to eat. In a time when people are losing jobs, facing cuts in hours where they work and losing benefits. Its now time for our Government to step up to the plate. Too much money goes to area's right now that we do not need . When the Government is looking to cut Food Stamps to save money . This is not the solution to the problem that faces this great nation. Its time to have Washington cut Defense spending and use some of those Billions on helping the needy in our Communities throughout America and right here in Wallingford and the surrounding area. Masters Manna Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen provides a vital service to many in Wallingford and a few other towns within our County. You can make a big difference by stopping in at Masters Manna and volunteering to help those in need and joining our national campaign called "Empty Plates Empty Pockets. We will be at The Wallingford Wal-Mart on Saturday September 11th and Sunday September 12th from 9-4 PM each day. Send a message to the White House on paper plates and will take them to Washington D.C., and to the President. You can contact Masters Manna Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen at 203-678-3042 for more information on the campaign against Hunger and how to get actively involved.

Renter's Rebate Program - Application Period Ends Soon Office of the Assessor - Wallingford Filing Period: May 17, 2010, through September 15, 2010. Basic Requirements To qualify for the program, a person must be 65 years of age or over, or totally disabled if under the age of 65 and renting an apartment or land on which their residence is situated (mobile home). Applicants must meet income limits to qualify for this program. Income limits are based on the 2009 calendar year. Annual income, including Social Security, cannot exceed: $32,300 Single; $39,500 Married Couples. These amounts are subject to change from year to year. To apply or learn if you qualify for this program, you may call the Assessor's Office at 203-294-2001. The deadline for all applications is September 15, 2010

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Life along the Q River…

Submitted By Lisa Hoover, Director of Aquatics - Wallingford Family Y Now that the children are back to school; we know many of our refrigerators are filled with soccer, swim, dance, football schedules to name a few. Families are so busy we each family members individual schedules. How many families actually eat dinner as a family at the dinner table now a days? Take out meals have gotten a lot more attractive for the "on the go" family! We know how important family values are to us.. How about bringing that family time back to your family again? Family Fun Fridays are held at the Wallingford Family YMCA. Families can go swimming together, participate in gym games,crafts,etc.. There are even themes to go along with these Famulous Friday nights. Members of the YMCA get to attend for FREE!...It is only $10.00 for an entire family to spend some quality time together. Dates: Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and Dec. 17th. Time: 6:30-8:30pm Flick and Float Nights: You and your family floating in our warm water Instructional Pool watching the greatest movies! YMCA Members can enjoy these movies for FREE Only $10.00 for the entire family for a night of fun! How about a Saturday afternoon party with Lenny the Lobster in our Lap Pool...Sound like fun right? All ages enjoy playing and sliding on Lenny. Pool Parties, Gym Parties and Teen Parties are all available to the Community. Let's bring family time back into our lives the best way we can. Start at the Wallingford Family YMCA!

An Update from the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association September 2010 - What's taking so long and when will they be finished? QRWA Headquarters Building Update By Ginny Chirsky One of the most pressing goals of the QRWA is rehabbing their headquarters located at 540 Oregon Road in Meriden, where the Quinnipiac River flows into Hanover Pond and then it continues on to Long Island Sound. The Quinnipiac watershed area encompasses the towns of New Britain, Plainville, Wolcott, Prospect, Southington, Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield, Wallingford, Hamden, North Branford, North Haven and New Haven. The building will become a regional environmental, educational and recreational center and will also serve as headquarters for the organization. One of the main features of the building will include a science lab/classroom for after school programs and educational lectures and projects as well as a community room, office space and a front lobby for displaying photos and history of the organization and building. The building now has a completed boat house to store canoes and kayaks. This has been an ongoing all volunteer effort and the primary focus of the board for the past five years. The process has been challenged by weather conditions, broken promises, and lack of materials. While a major portion of building materials have been provided by grant funding made possible from the Cuno Foundation the organization remains in need of duct work to connect a furnace, plumbing to prepare for bathroom facilities, and materials for frame work and completion of the insulation to get the building habitable. One of the challenges in working with a brick building is the constant replacement of old bricks for both the exterior and interior of the building and every cut out for a door or window requires masonry talents. The work that has been completed to date includes a layer of spray-on insulation to the entire interior of the building both on the first and second floor; plugging up gaps and crevices to eliminate drafts and to create a smooth working surface. Lead flashing was installed along the roofline to prevent moisture for seeping into the building. Gutters and downspouts were installed as well as the fascia along the side of the building to complete the roofing. Twenty-four new thermo pain windows were installed and added greatly to the overall appearance of the building and are rated energy star having two sheets of glass with an air pocket for thermal insulation. The front of the building has been pitched and graded to ensure water is directed away from the building and in ready to finish with groundcover. A trench has been devise to carry water directly to a drainpipe. The front door that is the entrance to the boat house and the back entrance doors are new and will be painted Hunter Green to match the rain barrels. Where the old furnace resided two interior doors have been cut and framed that lead to the ADA compliant bathroom facilities. The side window of the boathouse has been cut out and replaced with frosted glass blocks to give the room diffused light without exposing the contents of the room. A clay tile floor has been added for durability and water traffic when bringing in the boats for storage. The room now has racks to store canoes and kayaks with additional racks to hold life jackets and paddles. An outer brick wall was cut to accommodate an overhead door that opens facing the shores of Hanover Pond for easy launching. There is still much inside work to be done including but limited to: sealing the windows, installing lead flashing on the roof, septic pipe plumbing through a concrete floor, installing plumbing bathroom fixtures, installing the mental wall studs, wiring the building and installing exterior security lighting. Once that is accomplished, the walls will need to be sheet rocked and taped, install the interior doors, trim the windows, doors and floors, and the furnace with related ductwork, and drop in the suspended ceiling, and install insulation in the attic space. With another winter soon approaching and no heat in the building the organization will be faced with delays on work to the interior of the building. While QRWA may be leasing the building from the City of Meriden for a $1.00 a year, the organization has invested $170,000 in their restoration efforts from grants, donations, and "in kind labor". It will take $100, 000 to complete the restoration of the Dossin Beach Bathhouse into a regional environmental, educational and recreational center and the future headquarters for the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association. If you are interested in helping with the physical work, have contacts with professionals or materials or just want to contribute financially to the project, please contact Paul Roy, Building Chairman at 203-281-9335. Upcoming QRWA Events: September 18 - Wallingford Family Day, 12 noon-4 p.m. September 25 - Meriden Family Day, 9 a.m.-12 noon The Quinnipiac River Watershed Association (QRWA) is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to restore the Quinnipiac for the health and enjoyment of all citizens and communities along its reach and to educate all students, families, individuals, businesses and governments to be informed stewards of the river. We provide water activities, events in education, outreach, advocacy, scientific monitoring, conservation, restoration, recreation and public access to the watershed area. To learn more about the QRWA and future events, please visit our website at Thank you for your support and remember your donations are tax deductible.


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Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce News and Events NEW MEMBERS in the Greater Meriden Chamber result in increased activity at events, meetings, and more connections amongst members, not to mention a stronger, unified voice to represent the business interests of the Greater Meriden - Central CT Region! The 2010 Member Drive kicked off on 8/23/10 with a GREAT event at Violi's Restaurant! To date, 15 new businesses have added their business name to the GMCC roster! Call 203.235.7901 if YOU, too would like to assist with the largest new member initiative in the chamber's history! There are rewards for individuals, teams and added exposure for your business! The Greater Meriden Chamber staff consistently delivers on four principles for their Members: Promotion - Education - Leadership - Networking. The Greater Meriden Chamber, your partner in business, provides an array of resources to assist you in your business. Whether your business is looking for financing, economic development information, or counseling, The Greater Meriden Chamber helps define the "alphabet soup" of acronyms for some of the state or federal agencies! Take the information below, for example: State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development: The state's lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs all of which are designed to enhance Connecticut's communities and business and housing environments. 505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106-7107 Tel: (860) 344-2653 Fax: (860) 344-2627 CDA: Connecticut Development Authority: Provides debt financing and investment capital to help businesses grow in Connecticut. 999 West St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067 Tel: (860) 258-7800 Fax: (860) 257-7582 CERC - Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc.: A nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides our clients with objective research, marketing and economic development services consistent with our mission of making Connecticut a more competitive business location. 805 Brook St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067 Tel: (800) 392-2122 Fax: (860) 571-7150 SBA - US Small Business Administration Independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. 330 Main Street, Second Floor, Hartford, CT 06106 Tel: (860) 240-4700 SBDC - Small Business Development Center Provides small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs a wide array of technical assistance support which helps strengthen business performance and sustainability and adds to the creation of new businesses entities. 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051 Phone: 860.832.0650, Fax: 860.832.0656

Babysitter's Training Class This American Red Cross Class is structured for those 11-15 years of age. Through hands on activities, interactive video and lively discussions, this course Teaches young people how to make good decisions, create age appropriate play, demonstrate first aid skills including rescue breathing and choking. Pre-Registration is required. Please contact Lisa Hoover for the next scheduled Class: Individualism is rather like innocence: There must be something unconscious about it. ~Louis Kronenberger,

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Who do YOU think should be this year's Meriden Children Champion?


Each fall, Meriden Children First recognizes two or three people who go 'above and beyond' for Meriden's children. The Champion need not be a local celebrity or someone in the newspaper every day. S/he can be a neighbor, a police officer, a teacher - anyone who cares deeply about kids and shows that concern by volunteering, raising awareness on children's issues, motivating others to act on behalf of children or taking on an innovative activity or unique project that impacts and/or improves children's lives. CFI selects people to recognize from nominations that come from people like you. For a nomination form, visit and return no later than September 17.

Cruising Connecticut with a Picnic Basket The Wallingford Historical Society will be hosting a free program on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Jan Mann, author of Cruising Connecticut with a Picnic Basket, will introduce the audience to the delights of picnicking while exploring our state. The program begins at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church, 114 North Main St. Refreshments provided. All are welcome.

The Reynolds kids having a blast in New Hamphire!


Here’s Dad celebrating 2 magical birthdays. Happy Birthday to Kevin and Kristen. Hope you enjoyed the Choo Choo Train! Love, Mom and Dad



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Happy 12th Birthday Sierra! We love you so much! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Joshua and Shaunessy!

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The People's Press September 2010 Issue  

About The People's Press We are a community newspaper and a viewspaper serving Wallingford, Meriden and all of Central Connecticut. You will...

The People's Press September 2010 Issue  

About The People's Press We are a community newspaper and a viewspaper serving Wallingford, Meriden and all of Central Connecticut. You will...