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Volume 17, Issue 32

Middlefield selectmen ‘outraged’ by vandalism By Cheri Kelley Town Times During the Middlefield Board of Selectman’s meeting on Nov. 16, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw gave an update on the sale of Powder Ridge. Brayshaw noted that attorney John Corona said things are “really looking good.” “They are expecting a contract to be in my office before Thanksgiving,” Brayshaw said. On a more unfortunate note about Powder Ridge, Brayshaw noted that there has been a lot of vandalism to the old lodge and even up the Ridge itself. Apparently people are trespassing and riding quads, dirt bikes and recently, a person in a stolen truck drove straight up the

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ridge causing damage. (See more info on this incident on page 15.) Selectwoman Mary Johnson felt that trespassers and vandals should be arrested and prosecuted to make an impact, so others know vandalism will not be tolerated. The board will be looking into this matter in the future. Brayshaw also commented on the DMIAAB committee, “The committee is doing well,” he said. “I am really proud of the group that Durham and Middlefield have put together. They are the best of the best.” New Business A motion was made to make the official call to the annual town meeting on Dec. See Mfld. BOS, page 10

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Veteran Arthur Goddard, left, and Boy Scout Thomas Kannam Jr. at the Veterans Day ceremony on the Durham town green. See more Veterans Day photos on page 16. Photo submitted by Thomas Kannam Sr.

Football and softball teams address the Board of Education Elisabeth Kennedy Special to Town Times

Seen at the CVEF Spelling Bee on Friday, Nov. 12. This trio, Carolyn Wallach, Alice Blair and Nancy Senick won Most Entertaining. All three were products of RSD13 who now have children in the district now. See more photos of the community spelling bee on page 17. Town Times photo by Karen Kean

The Nov. 10 meeting of the Board of Education (BOE) was well-attended: co-captions of the football team, parents, members of the Coginchaug Football Club, players and fans requested that the final game of the 2010 season be played on home field and pledged support, manpower and resources to make that happen. Chairman Tom Hennick told the audience that the decision was not the board’s to make, but he invited the athletic director to answer questions and explore facts. Building Committee chairman Bill Currlin explained that the referenced

game would be played on Nov. 23, and that until the field is “substantially” complete, the contractor legally “owns” the project. The district’s insurance will not cover any claim until the contractor deems the field substantially complete and hands the project over to RSD13. Currlin presented a letter from the project manager recommending against using the field and added that the insurance company also recommended the field not be used at this time. Athletic director Ted Lombardo spoke at length about the game, which he referred to as “a game of great magnitude” with tournament implications, concluding that Middletown High is better

suited to accommodate the crowd, and the state-of-theart facilities are better suited to a game of this importance. Board member Elizabeth Gara stressed that the board has a fiduciary responsibility, and although they support the team and want this home game, doing so could See BOE, page 28

In this issue ... Calendar............................4 Thanksgiving.............11-13 Durham Briefs................14 Middlefield Briefs...........15 Sports ..........................30-32 Spotlight..........................22


Local Author Lecture Series Come to the next local auther lecture series featuring Steve Grant on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the CFPA Headquarters in Rockfall. Award-winning journalist and avid outdoorsman Steve Grant will discuss his unique insider viewpoint on the fight to restore Connecticut’s forests, open spaces and waterways. Steve was featured in the CT DEP 40th

Town Times Community Briefs anniversary film on Earth Day and its successes. In a 29-year career at The Hartford Courant, Steve wrote extensively on nature, outdoor recreation, adventure travel, the green movement, agriculture, energy and the natural sciences. Members are also invited to attend a special membersonly reception to meet Steve in the Camp Ellsworth Library at CFPA Headquarters, 16 Meriden Road in Rockfall, from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. Please RSVP for the mem-

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RSD13 Adult Education holiday class There is still time to sign up for the Fresh Winter Centerpiece class on Tuesday, Dec. 7. In this class, students will design their own winter evergreen tree or centerpiece arrangement that will stay fresh through the holiday season. Choose either a 22” wide round or oval pillar candle centerpiece or an 18” tree and decorate it with festive evergreens, holly, boxwood, fresh floral accents, colorful streaming ribbons and berries. Learn the basics of designing and assembling these pieces. The class will be held at Coginchaug High School in Durham from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Advance registration is required. For more information, prices and to register, contact Susan Nardine at 860-349-2232 or email

Preschool screening Regional School District 13 is offering a play-based screening for children ages three and four on Dec. 10. The screening allows parents the opportunity to have their child observed by district professionals in an informal, fun setting to ensure their child’s development is progressing at an age-appropriate level. Participation is

also a pre-requisite for a child to be considered as a role model for the preschool program. The screening is offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the preschool room at Brewster School. All four-year-olds and children turning three by Dec. 10 are invited to attend. Parental permission and involvement are required for the screening. However, it is important for children to separate from their parents during the screening so that the team can get an accurate assessment. Parents will complete a questionnaire prior to the screening and have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns about their children with the school psychologist during the screening. If you would like your child to attend a screening, call Crystal at 860-349-7210.

First Church teaches evolution The public is invited to a talk and slide presentation on evolution by Frederick M. Cohan, Wesleyan Professor of Biology, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room at First Church of Christ, Congregational (UCC), 190 Court Street in Middletown. Dr. Cohan will begin by explaining how we can account for the diversity of life on earth through evolution. He will offer evidence for evolution, including how whales evolved from hip-

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Holiday gift drive The Probate Court for the District of Middletown, Cromwell, Durham and Middlefield will hold its 16th annual Holiday Gift Drive. The court will collect gifts for residents of four area health care facilities. Gift wish lists are provided to the Court by staff of the facilities for the residents with no family. Anyone can stop by the Court, 94 Court St. in Middletown, now through Dec. 15 to pick up a wish list or call 860-347-7424. The drive ends Dec. 16.

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Core ethical values — for school and for life Elisabeth Kennedy Special to Town Times American Education Week was created to celebrate public education, calling on America to provide quality public education that allows students to grow, prosper and achieve in the 21st century. In Regional School District 13 (RSD13) we are fortunate to have outstanding public schools and dedicated professionals who are teaching not only reading, writing and arithmetic, but empathy, volunteerism and tolerance.

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At Brewster School, as each value is taught, students pledge to demonstrate that value and receive a bead to remind them to live by it. Values are positively reinforced when a student is noticed demonstrating the value, and also used to process inappropriate behavior. “Behavior Think Sheets” help students identify which value they broke and learn alternative actions to take the next time.

Korn School’s STARR program (Students Acting Respectfully and Responsibly) is a positive reward system that awards students STARR points that are traded for special activities (extra gym class, art class, lunch with a teacher) and the student’s name is displayed on the STARR board. A Core Ethical Value board is also used to highlight students “caught” following one of those values.

dent according to his behavior, thereby creating situations that reinforce the concept of adding happiness versus taking happiness away from someone because of their words or behavior, which provide lessons on friendship-building versus bullying. This year’s initiatives will revolve around the national anti-bullying program, Rachel’s Challenge and will feature Chains of Kindness.


Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness and Courage are values instilled in our district starting in kindergarten. Throughout their education, these values are reinforced, required and believed. In celebration of American Education Week this week, we share the exciting efforts at each of our schools to develop positive climates through tolerance, compassion and respect — core values for the district and for life.

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November 19 Annual Holiday Fair Wadsworth Glen Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Boston Rd. in Middletown, is hosting their annual holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tag sale items, baked goods, holiday shopping and great prices. Lunch is available all day. Tot Time Tot Time is an open age playgroup held at the Middlefield Community Center. This program is open to all Durham and Middlefield residents and their children. Join the fun every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. SATURDAY

November 20 Craft Fair The H-K Middle School holiday craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school, 451 Route 81 in Killingworth. There is free admission. For info visit Gala for a Cause Ryan Woods Autism Foundation will host its second annual Gala at The Inn at Middletown on Main Street at 6 p.m. For more info visit Women’s Prayer Breakfast Zion Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, is hosting a Women’s prayer breakfast at 9 a.m., “Virtuous Women United in Christ.” The guest speaker is Rev. Janene W. Hawkins. There will be a free will offering. Call 860344-9527 for more info. Middlefield/Durham Night The Middlefield/Durham Night, at the Elks Club in Middletown, is sold out for this evening.


November 21 Greater Middletown Chorale The Greater Middletown Chorale fall concert will be held at 4 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Portland. The concert “Let’s Dance!” will feature music

that is influenced by different styles of early-American dance as well as ballroom dances including the waltz and tango. Ticket and concert info may be found at Country Line Dancing Vinnie’s Jump & Jive, 424 Main St. in Middletown, is teaching Country Line Dancing every Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Students will learn the basics of line dancing and how to build vines, pivots and box steps, as well as cha-cha, waltz and Charleston moves, into sequences that fit the music. Walk-ins are welcome. For more info and prices, call instructor Jim at 860-561-5585. Pie Sale Perfect pies for the holiday season are for sale, homemade by the Church of the Epiphany in Durham. To order your apple or pumpkin pie, e-mail or call 860-349-9644. The pie pickup dates are today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Payment with cash or check is due at time of pickup at the Church of Epiphany’s Parish Hall. Durham Community Supper This month’s Community Supper will be hosted by the Church of the Epiphany and Twin Maples Health Care. It will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St., Durham from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dinner is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Hand Felt a Couture Bag Learn from artist and teacher Robin McCahill, to design and construct a bag, purse or vessel using the wet felting method. This felting event is from 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more info call 860-6635593 or email Vision Sunday The Zion Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, will host a Worship Service called “Vision Sunday: Stepping it up going from Faith to Faith, Glory to Glory” at 10 a.m. For more info call 860-344-9527. House Dedication Attend a House Dedication and Recognition of Volunteers for the 7 Ballfall Rd.

Habitat for Humanity House in Middlefield, for Lavione and her son, Jireh from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Ballfall Road volunteers, funders, friends and Lavione’s family and friends are invited! The program will begin at the Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St. in Middlefield. A tour of the Ballfall Road house will follow. PLEASE RSVP by calling Habitat for Humanity office at (860) 343-9179.


November 22 Sport Banquet The fall sports banquet will be held at Coginchaug tonigth at 6 p.m. Falcon Board of Directors The Durham-Middlefield Falcons Board of Directors elections will be held at the Middlefield Community Center at 7 p.m. Durham 60+ The Durham 60+ potluck luncheon will be held at noon in the fellowship hall at the United Churches in Durham. Bring your favorite dish if not already signed up for something else. A business meeting will follow lunch. Durhams Thanksgiving Program Annually, Durham prepares a Thanksgiving Holiday Program for families and individuals with needs.Families or individuals having difficulties are encouraged to call Durham Human Services at 349-3153 to apply for Thanksgiving Holiday Assistance. Income verification is required.Volunteers will distribute Thanksgiving Holiday Assistance today, from 9 to 12 p.m., at the Town Hall. Monetary gifts (made to Durham Interchurch Assistance), turkeys and gift cards are all needed. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Town Hall no later than 9 a.m today. A food gift card from Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Waldbaum’s Food Mart, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, Walmart or any supermarket as well as a restaurant gift certificate can be mailed to Human Services, Thanksgiving Program, P.O. Box 428, Town Hall, Durham 06422 or dropped off at the Hu-

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Bonnie, 860-349-9433. Powder Puff Football The Powder Puff football game will be held at CRHS at 12:30 p.m. and there is an early dismissal from school.

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Christmas Caroling Rehersal for the Valley Shore Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is tonight and will continue every Tuesday in Nov. and Dec. from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Women who want to join the four-part a capella harmony barbershop style singing group may attend. Rehersals are at St. Paul Lutheran Parish Hall, 47 Oak St., Middletown, where music is provided and carpooling is available. Performances are throughout the holiday season and are fun and informal. Call Joan at 860-767-8540. Ecumenical Thanksgiving For many years, the churches in Middlefield and Durham have come together in worship the Tuesday before the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the service will be held at The Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St. beginning at 7 p.m. A non-perishable food donation is requested of those who attend for the benefit of The Amazing Grace Food Pantry. If you have never been to one of these services, consider joining our local brothers and sisters in Christ. Blood Drive An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Notre Dame Church hall from 1 to 6:30 p.m. To donate blood, please call 1800-448-3543 or visit If anyone is willing to coordinate the next blood drive at Notre Dame Church in January 2011, call 860-3493058 for info.


November 24 TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For info call Naomi, 860-349-9558 or


DMIAAB DMIAAB is closed due to the holiday. Tomorrow they will be open normal hours. Thanksgiving Classes Start off your holiday with the Durham Recreation Center’s workout classes. Zumba with Shelly is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and Yoga with Sue is 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration and payment strongly encouraged to secure a spot, and can be done by visiting the Durham Recreation Center between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. For prices or info, call 203-464-2173.


November 26 Exhibit and Sale Wesleyan Potters 55th annual Exhibit and Sale Grand Opening is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature pottery, jewelry, weaving and other crafts by over 200 juried artists and members exhibiting their sale items. Family Fun There will be entertainment, food, refreshments and activities all weekend long on Main Street in Middletown. Today from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be many events including hayrides, carriage rides, tree lighting ceremony at Union Park, holiday carols, tree lighting at Eli Cannon’s, music, story time and

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Kung-Fu demonstrations. Call 860-347-6924. Holiday Art Show Vinnie’s Jump and Jive is decking its halls for the holidays with artwork by members of the Art Guild of Middletown in a Holiday Art Show from Nov. 27 through Jan. 11 at Vinnie’s Jump and Jive 424, Main St. in Middletown. The show’s opening reception takes place today from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy refreshments and selected artwork by guild member artists, as well as have the opportunity to meet some of the artists at the reception. Call Julie Deak at 860-347-6971, ext. 3662, or


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Monarca, resignation of chairman - topics at Middlefield Planning & Zoning Commission By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times

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Interest rates, holiday shopping and oil: Economy update By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times We’re situated between the recent elections and the coming holidays. What better time to catch up with our local economist Don Klepper-Smith, of Durham, to find out the latest in the economy. It was January the last time we talked. What has happened in the last 11 months? Housing prices are starting to stabilize, the stock market has created some tangible gains and people are more confident. Although,the consumer confidence numbers we had in October were somewhat of a surprise. The index level for New England was 40 to 50 points away from what would be deemed a normal

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state. It’s creating an environment where a lot of “bricks and mortar” retail operations are under a strategic disadvantage. They have to pay for rent and electricity to be in the mall. EBay and Amazon don’t have that. Is there a measure of how much of a loss it is to the state? There is no honest answer as to the actual effect on tax loss for the state, but we do know it puts pressure on our sales and use tax revenues in Connecticut. The good news now is we’re going to avoid a dreaded double dip recession. The Fed is moving as expeditiously as it can to get money moving through economy. We’re at a time when state and local budgets are going to be contracting. What’s our deficit like right now and what is being done to get us out of it? Connecticut is $3 billion in debt for fiscal year 2012. We are going to solve it either through tax increases or spending cuts. I think it would be prudent to do a

combination of both. We’ve seen the state’s spending vastly outpace its ability to pay for it, and common sense says right now we need to start living within our means. I’m hearing about a new fed policy? Can you explain what it is? The new fed policy is known as QE2, or quantitative easing — not Queen Elizabeth the second — and it is to bring down long term interest rates. By lowering interest rates in the long run, we weaken the U.S. dollar, and a weaker dollar makes us susceptible in New England to oil shock. Only in New England? How is that? It will be a domestic problem, but in New England we heat our homes and drive farther, so we’re more at risk. When we reduce the value of currency, we have the potential for the world’s largest tag sale. Foreign concerns come in and buy U.S. assets on the cheap. Dubai is See Economy, page 27

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Bullying in school is bullying in the community

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If you think about a time in your life you were bullied — because let’s face it, most of us were — or you were the bully, chances are your memory takes you right back to the hallway or playground at school. Lately we’re hearing a lot of stories in the news, and school bullying seems to be going way too far. Many of these incidents end in horrific consequences - suicide! Other times it doesn’t, but just because it doesn’t make headlines doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. This week was National Education week (Nov. 14-20), and the story on page 3 addresses the efforts of the schools in RSD13 to create a positive climate. I was impressed to learn what is taking place across the district to promote tolerance and kindness, and eliminate bullying. RSD13 superintendent Sue Viccaro talks more about this in her column on page 9. Bullying was also discussed at last week’s meeting of the Middlefield/Durham Division of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. What resonated with me at this meeting is that bullying is not only toxic for children but

Letters to the Editor Thank you On Nov. 11, I had the privilege of leading my men in a ceremony to honor our veterans who served in the military. As the ranks were being formed, I watched in amazement some of the older vets who could barely walk and were struggling to find their place in formation. I saw a mother who lost her son in Vietnam. I saw a mother with her daughter, their loved one no longer with them. There were groups of families, all standing in silence. Officers Topulos and Polansky, heads bowed, no words had to be spoken. I knew what it all meant, and I wanted to say “thank you.” I would like to mention the K-Club and their patrons for their

friendship toward us. Thanks, DaVinci Pizzeria in Rockfall, for their service and thoughtfulness this past Veterans Day. And finally, thanks to the Athenian Diner in Middletown for accepting us as a group and the waitresses who were so understanding. John Capega Jr., Post Commander, Middlefield/Rockfall VFW

Matt Lesser, Tom Gaffey and of course, Dick Blumenthal and Dan Malloy. Gaffey was even cited and fined for ethical violations. I guess “higher taxes and lower morals” was his campaign slogan. Doubt my predictions on taxes? Let’s see what happens in the next two years. My bet is on higher taxes, not lower. John Dowling, Middlefield

‘Ain’t no tax high enough’

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This must have been the song that the majority of Connecticut voters were singing on their way to the polls on Election Day. The electorate has returned to office all big government, high tax politicians. In my area, that means Rosa DeLauro,

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the entire Durham-Middlefield community for their support in this past November’s election. From the first day of the campaign, the response from the citizens of these two towns was nothing short of amazing. I thank the residents of these communities for allowing me to share with them a positive message of fiscal discipline, personal responsibility and smaller, more efficient government. Finally, I thank this community, not just for the support this past election cycle, but for all the support this community has given to my family and I over the past 30-plus years. Eternally Grateful, John Szewczyk, Durham

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has long term impacts on everyone in the community. Though it’s hard to imagine how this could be so, just remember what simple teasing felt like, how it weighed on you as you went about your day, effecting all those whose paths you crossed. The Middlesex County Community Foundation, along with the Rushford Center, has created No Bully Zone, a program that helps reduce incidents of bullying, improve school climates, increase school staff awareness and empower students. No Bully Zone was successfully implemented at area schools, and the foundation is hoping that the program will spark an interest in our community to get it implemented here. The program will continue to grow to include parent, student and teacher components. For more info., contact anyone at Also, please go to and answer our poll this week. We want to know what you think about bullying in our schools and community. Stephanie Wilcox, editor

Update on streetlights In 2005 what we have Jeremy Renninghoff, when the Midexperienced. dlefield select- Middlefield Board of Finance Most of the board empancomplaints eled an energy came from advisory comelderly resimittee, one of its recommen- dents losing “security lightdations was to reduce the ing” of their front yards. number of streetlights on pub- While there is nothing wrong lic roads. The two initial rea- with deriving a personal bensons were to reduce energy efit from a streetlight, its priusage and reclaim the night mary function (and the only sky. The plan fizzled after it one for which taxpayers are was publicized, and several paying) is to illuminate the residents complained about public highways. There have potentially losing the lights been some concerns about near their homes. Increases school bus stops being in the in the school budget, which dark, and those which have were approved by voters, stu- been brought to our attention dent enrollment shifts, and have been addressed by inzero growth in the commer- stalling new lights at those locial/industrial tax base neces- cations. However, not all resitated reductions in town quests can be honored for a spending. very simple reason. In order Then the economic col- for the budget to be met, some lapse brought the streetlight lights must be turned off; issue to the forefront. During there is no way around that. the formulation of the current We still have to come up with fiscal year’s budget, the Board another $3,600 in savings, of Finance decided to reduce which is going to be painful. the streetlight budget to The Board of Finance could $40,000. Actual spending last make a transfer and increase fiscal year for streetlights was the appropriation, obviating $50,000. Because of these is- the need to reduce any more sues it became necessary (if streetlights. However, that not required) to reduce the means there will be less monnumber of streetlights. So far ey for next fiscal year to apply the town has removed 42 as a fund balance carryover to lights for a total savings of reduce any increase in the tax $6,400 over a 12-month period. levy. Of course, the same level Some lights were replaced of funding must be mainwith lower wattage fixtures. tained in future years to keep The First Selectman and those lights on, or we’ll be myself knew there would be See Streetlights, page 10 some push back, but not like

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Friday, November 19, 2010


School Climate in District 13

A new promise for a new term

ments for the entire You can’t pick up a year; students worknewspaper, watch the Susan L. Viccaro, ing collaboratively to news or listen to the Superintendent of Schools solve problems, conradio without hearduct research and ing stories about hacomplete projects at rassment, bullying or grade levels and just mean behavior across subjects; by both students and counselors presentadults. Some of the recent political ads certainly appeared ing bi-weekly lessons on character mean-spirited. A quick glance at any development and what it means to be blog or a review of the reader com- a good friend; the specific teaching of ments section of any of our local pa- social skills where students role play pers will demonstrate that people how they will respond in a specific think they can say anything about situation; a bully-box where students anyone. Recent events in the news can report if they have been bullied regarding student suicides after be- or witnessed someone else being buling harassed, bullied, or “outed” are lied; classroom constitutions created red flag indicators that this is a seri- by students that list the rules they all ous issue. In District 13, we are tak- agree to follow. At the middle school level: ing it seriously and addressing these Development of the Memorial concerns in a variety of ways. First and foremost, we want stu- Middle School STAR Program that dents to feel safe and secure, to feel focuses on how to combat bullying connected to the school they attend, and cyberbullying; establishment of and to feel pride in their school. We a school climate committee that will also want students to be accepting assess programs and the impact of and understanding of the differences school climate issues; participation between and among students. Last in Rachel’s Challenge and on-going week the Board of Education heard activities as a result of this; a chain from the principals of the district of kindness where students list kind about the specific efforts in every things that others have done for building to address school climate them on paper chain links that are and to help students to feel connect- added daily to a paper chain dised. Listed below are just some of the played in the school; continued trainactivities and events that were de- ing of staff in Capturing Kids’ scribed by the principals during Hearts; “Looking In” Theatre presentation. their presentation. At the high school level: At the elementary level: Core Ethical Value bead program taught for 10 weeks with daily reminders during morning announceSee School Climate, next page

It is a tremendous honor to have the privilege of serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall for a second term in the state House of Representatives. I want to thank my opponent John Szewczyk for running a spirited campaign. There are people who say that CT is a tired state and that our best days are behind us. They could not be more State Rep. wrong. They ignore the real promise of our state: a first-rate workforce buttressed by some of the world’s leading research universities and a strategic location between New York and Boston. Our next Governor Dan Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman will take office at a critical time for our state. During the campaign they made some ambitious promises, but right now Connecticut needs an ambitious plan. They pledged to: Re-think the way we do economic development, combining and streamlining agencies and focusing on results; Support bold legislation reforming our state’s energy markets, lowering electric rates for businesses and homeowners; Reform the state’s irresponsible budget process, doing away with the

A View From District 13

gimmickry of the past and implementing generally accepted accounting principles, even though doing so makes it harder to balance the budget; Improve and protect funding for our state’s schools and expand homecare programs for seniors. One particular challenge we face is that the newly-elected Congress in Washington Matt Lesser will likely cut aid to states, particularly funding for K-12 education. One area of common ground between Governor-elect Malloy and his opponent, Tom Foley, was that both promised to protect 100 percent of state funding for our schools. Doing so would not only protect Regional School District 13, but would also help keep the lid on our local property taxes. However, given the fiscal realities and a likely shortage of help from Washington, this will be a tall order. Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman will have to make tough choices. They take office at a difficult moment, but we can work together to spark an economic renaissance in this state. I certainly hope they succeed. I look forward to working closely with them in the weeks and months ahead.

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You’re invited to submit your Creative Arts to Town Times Do you remember your mother’s holiday cooking? Do you have pictures of your kids baking? We’d love to see your stories, photos, illustrations, recipes and more! Send them to, fax them to 860-349-8027 or hand deliver them to our office a 488 Main Street by Dec. 17, and we’ll publish them in the Town Times during our Creative Arts issues the week of Christmas and New Year’s.

VFW Post 10362 remembers Wayne Newell and honors others In October, Wayne Newell died after a 13-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. In the obituary, it was asked by the family that if donations were to be made, they be sent to the Middlefield/Rockfall Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10362. Ultimately, never before had the post received such a benefit. Wayne’s wife Connie married a sailor, a veteran aboard the cruiser USS Vicksburg during the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa between 19441945. She added that he never forgot his shipmates, those who stood by him during those terrible times. For this same reason, Post 10362

never forgot Wayne, caring about him and concerned for him during his long struggle. Connie says, “God bless Red (Joe) Konefal and his brothers at VFW 10362.” In Wayne’s memory, donations to the VFW helped purchase a bugle to be played at all ceremonies, funerals and occasions, as well as five clocks that will be presented to: Robert Malcolm, Sr. Vice Commander (Vietnam); Brian McDermott Jr., Vice Commander (two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan); John Augeri, Past Commander; Rosemary Malcolm, (lost a son in Vietnam); and Connie Newell, (Memorial Fund set up for her husband Wayne).

At right, John Capega Jr., Commander of VFW Post 10362, presents the bugle to Robert Malcolm, Wayne’s son-in-law.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Hats off to Hannah Huddleston

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Most people who have been diagnosed with cancer have to undergo chemotherapy, which causes them to lose their hair. It’s bad enough for them to have to worry about their longevity and take nauseating medicines, but the baldness makes people - particularly children and women - feel especially uncomfortable. This nine-year-old Middlefield girl is doing her small part to make those people feel more comfortable. Hannah has a friend whose little sister was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Her hair is starting to fall out. Hannah had seen this happen before with her dear grandmother and one of her older sister’s best friends. So, on Oct. 27, she had her head shaved, too. Now, they are not the only girls without any hair! Hats off to Hannah! Hannah, along with Jayde Avery, Bailey Zettergren and Mikaela Grenier, are selling bracelets to raise money for “Pennies for Patients.” They made $206 in the first two days! If you would like to make a donation, please mail a check to their attention at John Lyman School, 106 Way Road, Middlefield, CT 06455. Submitted photo

As of press time, 35 people responded to our poll which asked what Thanksgiving means to you. Thirty one percent said Food, 63 percent said Family, three percent said Football and another three percent said Travel. Go to to answer next week’s poll.




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6, in room two of the Community Center. The Durham/Middlefield Night at the Elks was discussed. Brayshaw mentioned, “There was quite a turnout last year and it is a fun night out with good food.” The event, however, is already sold out for this year. First Selectman Brayshaw also encouraged residents to come to budget meetings in January. Some major issues, like an increase in cost of healthcare benefits for town and school employees, will be discussed. The Martancik/Grenier property was discussed. Paperwork has been submitted through their engineers and attorneys about drainage issues. Brayshaw is working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the area near Derby Road, Cherry Hill Road and Rt. 157. The issue of party patrols and a police tip line was dis-

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To improve the communication process between the town and residents, lights slated for removal will be marked with a notice printed on pink paper, stapled to the pole. Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns you may have. Again, the town will not be able to keep all the lights. If you know of any lights that you feel we could live without,





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(Continued from page 1) cussed. Other towns have a designated program for people to report the possibility of a party where under-aged drinking is possible. Middlefield does not have this program, but Brayshaw feels that it is everyone’s responsibility to keep our kids safe. If anyone hears of a possible dangerous party situation, they can make an annonymous call to the police. Appointments Michael Turner resigned from the Planning and Zoning Commission due to moving out of town. A motion was made for the First Selectman to send a letter to thank Turner for his work on the committee. Linda Li was appointed as an alternate on the Inland Wetlands Commission. James Malcolm and Kevin Boyle were reappointed as regular members of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and Peter Sibley was reappointed to another term on the Water Pollution Control Authority.

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about any of them to contact my office (860-349-7200); I would be happy to provide you with additional information.

District 13 is taking school climate and bullying issues seriously and responding in a variety of ways. I encourage everyone who wants to know what we are doing to talk with building principals, Board of Education members and/or me. I invite the public to come and see what we are doing; I think you will be pleasantly surprised. District 13 strives to be a secure place where students can express their differences safely in a respectful and responsible environment. Please help in spreading the word.

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Thanksgiving is meaningful in good times and bad By Elisabeth Kennedy Special to Town Times Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks and acknowledge God’s blessings, in good times and bad. Although many of us struggle in these difficult economic times, we have much to be grateful for: clean water, plenty of food to eat, and love to share, while many in the world do not. The history of Thanksgiving is not one of easy times and smooth roads. Let us remember those who came before us, and celebrate and

give thanks for their lives and struggles. The first Thanksgiving by most accounts took place in November 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Only half of the pilgrims who sailed aboard the Mayflower survived their first winter in New England. Forming an alliance with the local Wampanoag Indians (which remains one of the only examples of harmony between colonists and native Americans), the pilgrims learned to grow corn, catch fish and avoid poisonous plants. That

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For years, the churches in Middlefield and Durham have come together in worship the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This year, the service will be at The Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

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Thanksgiving recipes from the tables of many locals By Cheri Kelley Town Times As a child, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving usually consisted of some sort of play where the turkey had the starring role, or a fun party at school with Pilgrim-hat shaped cookies and, of course, an early dismissal. I would go home to the amazing smells filling our home with warmth and excitement of the holiday feast to come. That night or in the morning hours of Thanksgiving, my Dad would take us to go watch the big high school Thanksgiving football game. I remember watching the game wrapped up in cozy blankets cheering for our team and dancing when the high school band rocked out. My sisters and I would come home and warm up with a

cup of hot chocolate, sit by the fireplace, laughing and longing for our family to arrive and the yummy meal to begin. We had been teased with the tantalizing aromas for two days as my parents cooked for what could have been a gathering of 22 back then. Thanksgiving was a time for family and friends, and in our half Italian-American family, where there was family, there was food. Food was a celebration of life and love, something I give thanks for daily but especially around the holidays. Please enjoy a collection of Thanksgiving recipes collected from local chefs and residents: Angelo Sosa, last season’s Top Chef contestant with a hometown of Durham, sent in his favorite turkey recipe:

Crispy Fried Turkey with Saigon Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce Ingredients: 10 lb. Turkey 1 lb. Kosher Salt 2 gallons. Water 5 pc. Star Anise 5 pc. Green Cardamom 10 pc. Saigon Cinnamon 5 gallons oil Method: To make brine: lightly warm water, toast spices and add to water mixture, cool. Add brine to clean bucket or brining bag. Submerge turkey in brine for 4 hours at room temperature. Remove turkey from brining liquid and pat dry. Add oil to fryer and heat to 350 degrees. Lower turkey carefully into oil. Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until turkey is knife tender. Saigon Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce: 1 tsp. Saigon Cinnamon, cinnamon sticks works as well ½ tsp. Salt 1 lb. fresh or frozen cranberries 2 cups. Sugar 1 cup red wine 2 pc. Orange peel Method: In a medium saucepan, lightly toast ground cinnamon and add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 45 minutes, final consistency should be chunky. . Feel free to either serve the sauce on top or on the side of the turkey. Chef Mark Shadle, of Durham, and his business partner, Renana Magee, co-owners of It’s Only Natural Restaurant in Middletown, sent in their tasty vegetarian gravy recipe taken from their cookbook:

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Recipe continued... 1 quart vegetable stock 3 tablespoons tamari Roux Roux: Ingredients: 4 tablespoons canola oil 4 tablespoons whole wheat flour Mix then stir on low heat for 10 minutes. Method: Heat oil, sautée carrots, onion, celery, garlic, marjoram and basil one minute, add seasonings, sautée one minute, add stock, tamari and roux, cook until sauce thickens — a couple minutes. Remove from heat, use hand blender, purée.

Jamie Roraback, of Middlefield, is a chef and instructor at CT Culinary Institute. He also does “Taste of Today” TV segments on NBC Connecticut HD (30). His recipe is for all the stuffing lovers out there:

Cornbread Stuffing with Sweet Sausage, Corn, Cranberries, and Sage Ingredients: 4 Sweet Sausage Links-meat removed from casing 4 Tbsp. Butter 2 Cups Onions-medium diced 1 Cup Celery-medium diced 3 Tbsp. Fresh Sage-chopped fine, or substitute/combine with rosemary, thyme 4 Cup Cornbread- broken by hand into very coarse crumbs 1 Cup Corn Kernels-canned or frozen thawed ¾ Cup Dried Cranberries (Craisins) 2 Eggs ½ Cup Apple Cider or Juice ¼ Cup Chicken Broth Salt and Black Pepper To Taste Method: In large, wide sauté pan, fry the sausage pieces until cooked. Remove sausage from the pan leaving the fat. Add the butter, onions, celery, and sage. Cook stirring for about 5-8 minutes until very softened, and sweet smelling. Transfer this mixture into a large bowl, add all remaining ingredients. If stuffing is still too dry, add another egg, just enough to gently bind the stuffing together. Transfer stuffing into casserole dish or individual serving ramekins and bake in 400°f oven for about 35 minutes or until the top is browned and crisp on top and middle is heated through. Enjoy. (Serves 8)


This recipe is a simple, but absurdly delicious addition to my own Thanksgiving table, prepared with love by my husband Jerry Kelley:

Pumpkin Trifle Ingredients: Box gingerbread cake mix Instant vanilla pudding 1 can of pumpkin ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Few dashes of nutmeg 4 or 5 ginger snaps One container whipped topping or fresh whipped cream (your preference) Method: Make gingerbread cake following directions on box. Once cooled crumble into bite sized chunks, set aside. Prepare vanilla pudding mix per directions as well. Mix pudding with can of pumpkin. Add cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. Crumble ginger snaps and then start assembling the trifle. Place one layer of gingerbread cake crumbles in trifle bowl. Next add a layer of the pumpkin/pudding mixture. The next layer is the whipped cream. Repeat. Once at the top of the bowl use the remaining whipped cream to form peaks with the back of spoon. Take crumbled ginger snaps and sprinkle on top. Add colorful holiday shots if desired.

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Durham Government Calendar (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for updates.) Monday, November 22 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall Tuesday, November 30 7 p.m. — Ethics Commission Wednesday, December 1 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Monday, December 6 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall

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outreach resource to Connecticut communities providing Medicare Prescription Plan assistance and eligibility screening to older individuals and persons with disabilities. The unit is equipped with a satellite dish, four internet-connected computer workstations,

booths that ensure privacy during counseling and the interview process, program brochures, applications and various program forms. It has a wheelchair lift and handrails for safe boarding and exiting. The Medicare Rx-Xpress will offer to Durham elderly and disabled residents an opportunity to review Medicare RX information, Medicare prescription drug plan enrollment assistance, extra help (for the Medicare Rx Program), Medicare Savings, ConnPace, Social Security information and eligibility screening for programs and benefits. Two CHOICES (Connecticut’s program for Health assistance, Outreach, Information and Referral,




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Counseling and Eligibility Screening) counselors will assist residents with their medical and prescription drug insurance concerns. Residents must make an appointment to meet with the CHOICES program counselors and MUST bring a list of their medications, the name of their pharmacy(s), and Medicare card. Appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis. Appointments can be made by calling Jan Muraca, Municipal Agent for the Elderly, at 860-349-3153. Appointments will be approximately 30 minutes. The Medicare RXXpress will be at the Durham Public Library on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Missing golf cart from fairgrounds One of the golf carts that was used during this year’s Durham Fair is missing. It is a four-seater cart with a roof. The number on the golf cart is 543. We would appreciate your help in finding this golf cart. If anyone has seen the cart or knows where it can be found, please call 860-3499495. No questions asked. We are just looking to have the golf cart returned.

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Thanksgiving program Families or individuals having difficulties are encouraged to call Durham Human Services at 860-349-3153 to apply for Thanksgiving holiday assistance. Income verification is required. Residents can help by purchasing food gift cards for donation to the Thanksgiving Holiday Program. Monetary donations received from the community will help make food card purchases for Thanksgiving program recipients.

Turkeys are also needed. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Town Hall on Monday, Nov. 22, no later than 9 a.m.

Spaghetti dinner to help Durham family On Saturday, Dec. 11, Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main Street in Durham, will hold a spaghetti supper to benefit the Griffin family of Durham. Mary Jo Griffin was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes serious spinal cord (central nervous system) damage. The dinner, which will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church parish hall, will include spaghetti with meat/meatless sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverage and dessert. The deadline to reserve tickets is Dec. 9. For reservations and ticket info, call the church at 860-349-9644 or e-mail to office@

Break-ins and burglaries Durhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resident State Trooper Pete DiGioia reported that there have been vehicle break-ins in the Maiden Lane area in Durham. Trooper DiGioia reminds residents to keep their cars locked at all times. There was also a residential burglary on Meadow Lane during the day on Friday, Nov. 12. A TV and jewelery were stolen, a reminder to not leave precious jewelry in drawers and jewelry boxes.

Thanksgiving morning classes Durham Recreation Center is offering Zumba with Shelly from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and Yoga with Sue 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Preregistration and payment strongly encouraged to secure a spot, and can be done by visiting the Recreation Center between 6:30 and 7 p.m. For payment info or questions, call 203-464-2173.

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Zygo purchases manufacturing plant Zygo Corporation of Middlefield announced on Oct. 27 that it purchased an optical manufacturing plant in Richmond, California. The plant was purchased from ASML; Zygo anticipates hiring essential employees and management of ASML in Richmond. Zygo produces optical metrology instruments and high precision optical components. The company will acquire the equipment, work-in-process inventory and the plant for between $7 million and $10 million. The deal is expected to go through by the middle of November. (By Cheri Kelley)

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from now until Dec. 10. Individuals, businesses or civic organizations that would like to make a monetary donation this year to the council should make checks payable to the Middlefield Community Services Council, 405 Main Street, Middlefield, CT 06455. Please contact Antoinette Astle, Social Services director, with questions at 860-349-7121.

Man caught stealing in Powder Ridge area On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 13, residents were told to be on the look out for a white male, wearing blue jeans, grey sweat shirt, grey knit hat and work boots. “Dispatch states he may try to break in to your home or steal your car.” According to police, when a suspicious man was approached by neighbors, he said he was a town worker. When identified as not being a town worker, he took off in a stolen truck. Police went on quads looking for the suspect in the Powder Ridge area. He was caught while fleeing on foot, but left his dog behind, who was wearing tags. Police have identified the man and know where he lives, but they are not releasing the name until the arrest warrant is complete. He does not live in the area. Police confirmed he was taking copper from the Powder Ridge area and was in a stolen vehicle.

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Food Bank We are currently in need of food items, most importantly, peanut butter, canned vegetables and tea. The Food Bank is located at the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street in Middlefield. Donations may be left there during weekday business hours. If the office is closed, a box is also located next to the office. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. We do not accept dented, rusted or out-of-date food. Contact the Social Services director, at 349-7121 with any questions.

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Tuesday, November 23 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning 7 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday, December 2 7 p.m. — Economic Development Commission Monday, December 6 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Tuesday, December 7 7 p.m. — Levi E. Coe Library Association at the library 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, December 8 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning 7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Lyman School Thursday, December 9 7 p.m. — Board of Finance Wednesday, December 15 7 p.m. — Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency

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The Middlefield Social Services Department is looking for items for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. The department is collecting turkeys and gift cards to Price Chopper or Stop & Shop (to be used to complete the dinners). Small turkeys (12-14lbs) are needed for Christmas. Please call the office no later than Dec. 10 at 860-349-7121 to let us know if you wish to donate. At that time you will be given the date and drop-off times. Grocery gift cards can be dropped off anytime during business hours at the Social Services office in the Community Center (or the Land Use Department). For holiday gifts for children, the department is collecting Walmart gift cards and Destinta movie theater gift cards. Those can be dropped off at the Social Services office in the Community Center during regular business hours

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Veterans Day celebrations throughout town At right, the event on the Durham Green on Veterans Day was very well-attended, which greatly pleased the veterans who were there. Cub Scouts from Pack 27 and Boy Scouts from Troop 270 were there, and the total attendance at the event was close to 100 people. The veteran at right is Joe Romboli; with him is Cub Scout Alexander Stephan; they had the honor of laying the wreath. Photo submitted by Judy Moeckel

Above, Memorial School Principal Kevin Brough convened a school assembly in honor of Veterans’ Day; Five veterans spoke about their experiences in the military. A vocal group sang, and a brass ensemble played; also, Martha Swanson, a teacher at Memorial presented a well-preserved uniform, along with equipment (including a gas mask and bible), used by her husband’s grandfather in World War I. Other military artifacts were also on display for the students to study. Pictured from left Jerry Bauer, Keith Lohmann, Dan Lehet, John Capega Jr. and Joseph Konefal. Photos submitted by Judy Moeckel

Above and center, one of the largest crowds First Selectman Jon Brayshaw has ever seen gathered on the Middlefield town green on a sunny but blustery day for the Middlefield/Rockfall VFW’s Veterans Day ceremony. “This is a day to thank veterans who are with us today and to celebrate life,” said John Capega Jr., commander of VFW Post 10362. “It’s our way of keeping faith for former defenders.” Brayshaw, who gave a small speech, explained that Veterans Day became so solemn 40 to 50 years ago that it was deemed a word of its own – requiring no apostrophe in the name. There were many tears in the crowd following the ceremony and prayer by Rev. Dale Azevedo. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox


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The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) held their third annual community spelling bee last Friday, Nov. 12. Thirteen teams organized into four “swarms” competed in the event with the “Know Names,” representing the Durham Democratic Party, emerging victorious in the end. The “Know Names,” pictured directly right, were Chris Meisenkothen, State Rep. Matt Lesser and Jonathan Swift. It wasn’t all spelling, however. Enthusiasm, costumes, team names, entertainment value and originality combined with brainpower to make the evening fun for all. The “Letterboxers,” below, better known as Jen Huddleston and Kathy Weber, won the award for Best Costume. They were representing the Everybody Outside program, and their creative costumes evoked the image of boxers in a competitive ring. “The Knights Who Say ‘BEE’,” consisting of Jay Conroy, Mark Jungels and Mike Doyle, parlayed their knowledge of Monty Python into the Best Team Name award. Earning the Team with the Most Spirit award were “Raucous Readers” Kathy Meyering and Sue VanDerzee, representing their Sunday Readers book club. “BEEhives” Rebecca Adams, Jim Finley anbd Mary Ryan were judged Most Original Team for their ludicrous and lofty hairstyles, while the “BEEauty Queens” pictured on page 1 copped the Most Entertaining award with their posturing and posing! Helping the swarms settle and giving out prizes were among the jobs assigned to a bevy of young bees, pictured top left. Top right, judges were real-life Judge Richard Adams, Durham First Selectman Laura Francis and Probate Judge Joseph Marino. Standing at the podium behind the judges is Keith Luckenbach, BEE emcee, who persevered deespite a BEE-alky scoreboard.

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Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit or call the library at 860-349-3857 for information or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. The library will be closed Nov. 24 through Nov. 28. Please check out the Levi E. Coe Library’s Facebook page for events and news. Celebrate family reading: Inspired by the New York Times article A FatherDaughter Bond, Page by Page, the library is encouraging families to continue sharing the joy and closeness of reading aloud. Families who read together are more connected.

The physical, psychological and emotional bond between parent and child is immeasurably strengthened by the act of sharing a book. On a concrete level, reading to children raises their vocabulary scores. The list of gifts you can give your child by reading to her/him is a long one, but if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of reading, visit, or Recommended books include classics such as Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh or The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum or more recent titles such as Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Annual Giving Tree Open House: Books are now on display and available to purchase for the Children’s Room and Young Adult Col-

lections. The Giving Tree program allows the librarians to choose a selection of books that would benefit both reading collections. Then parents, teens and children browse those books to determine which they would like to donate to the library. They pay for their donations, take them home, wrap them up and then bring them back to the library for the Giving Tree Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Santa will be there collecting book “gifts” from the for the library. A bookplate will be placed inside each donated book in appreciation for the purchase. Story Time: The fall story time has arrived on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Come in and enjoy some great children’s stories and some great company. Registration is required. Call the children’s room at 860-349-3857, ext. 2.


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Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For info or to register, call 860-349-9544. Destination Durham: The first two Destination Durham Cable Shows are now on DVD and are available to borrow from the library. Show #1 Farmers’ Market and Go Far, Show #2 Mock Crash and Internet Saftey. Hedda Kopf at the Book Lover’s Circle: On Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30, Prof. Hedda Kopf will facilitate a discussion of Let the Great World

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Mozart magic marvels the mid-state By Larry Kellum Special to Town Times The young but prolific Mozart died shortly after the premiere of his last opera The Magic Flute. Presented by the Connecticut Lyric Opera, this delightful masterpiece started its statewide tour on Nov. 12 when it opened at New Britain’s Trinity-on-Main, and appeared the following evening at Middletown High School’s Performing Arts Center. The work is known as a singspiel – i.e. arias sung in German and the dialogue spoken (nowadays in English) to accomodate modern audiences. Neither dark nor frivolous like most of this composer’s comedies, Flute is still typical Mozart — huge ensemble cast of characters, at least two being sopranos, and one of those being an angry one. The vengeful Queen of the Night is virtually impossible to cast correctly. Her coloratura rantings and ravings take her all the way up to piercing high F’s — a note rarely found in most soprano roles — yet the part, albeit short, also demands the vehemence of a big Turandot voice. Liane Grasso had the F’s, but not

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the imperial thrust, thus reducing the stature and ferocity of the role. In contrast, her daughter, the gentle Pamina, was sung by Lyric Opera’s resident diva Jurate Svedaite. Like the young Mirella Freni, she refreshingly brings to Mozart the same buttery, creamy sound that she brings to her Puccini and Verdi. The same can be said for her Tamino, tenor Michael Wade Lee, who also brought matinee idol good looks to the part. The other male singers were all in good voice. Laurentiu Rotaru’s basement low notes stood out as Sarastro, as did Matthew Gamble’s boyish charm as Papageno. Everyone onstage was beautifully or creatively costumed and skillfully directed by Michael Philip Davis, son of the celebrity Metropolitan Opera mezzo Regina Resnik. As with all Connecticut Lyric Opera productions, the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber is the orchestra of choice, and under the baton of Adrian Sylveen, they positively glowed, sparkled and twinkled through Mozart’s enchanting score. For those who missed either of these shows, there is

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A source for your solar electrical needs right at your fingertips By Cheri Kelley Town Times CT Electrical is not a new business. In fact, they have loads of experience in the field of electrical services, having opened in 1994. What is new is that they are excited to advertise in Middlesex County to spread information on what they have to offer to the homeowners of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. CT Electrical does all the usual work an electrician does and employees are also licensed to install solar panel photovoltaic (PV) systems. The company is based out of Beacon Falls, CT, but what

sets them apart from the rest is that because their E-1 License is for the state of Connecticut, CT Electrical only works in this state. CT Electrical buys as much of the material as they can from Connecticut-based companies, and therefore most of the money stays in the state. Master electrician Bruce Angeloszek said, “We are not a company that leaves the state when the incentives are gone, like most of the bigger players searching for the best incentives in the country. We have serviced our clients since 1994, and most of our customers, are customers for life.”

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This company feels that it is their experience that really makes them stand out from the crowd. As Angeloszek explained, “Solar installers who know what they are doing from start to finish are rare. When sizing the system, knowledgeable installers are few and far between, and the public should be very careful when selecting someone to install a PV system for them.” Most actual installations take only a week to complete, but the paper work that is required for the government takes a longer time. CT Electrical helps with the whole process. Angeloszek said, “Our solar solutions are turnkey, which means we will take care of everything for you — from the initial site survey and design, to the various paperwork and applications required by the state,

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DAR helping with Wreaths Across America On Saturday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m., the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be participating in Wreaths Across America by laying wreaths on the graves of our veterans in the Middletown Veterans’ Cemetery and the Veterans’ Cemetery in Rocky Hill. The ceremony will be held simultaneously with the “Wreaths Across America™” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and ceremonies in State Veterans’ Cemeteries, Veterans’ Monuments and local cemeteries. Please join us and help honor our veterans. If you cannot be present, honor a veteran – living or deceased – by sponsoring a wreath in his or her name. Wreaths are $15 each. If two are purchased, a third will be donated. For more information, visit or contact Ellen Halstedt at 860-342-4561.

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Durham/Middlefield Youth & Family Services Unless noted, all events take place at the Youth Center in the Middlefield Community Center. Office hours: 10-3 Tuesdays-Fridays; phone 860-349-0258. *** Astro Program Are you a teen in grades 7 through 12 who is looking for something to do after school? Sign up for one or more of the Astro Programs activities by calling or visiting the Durham library. On Mondays they are offering “Card Mania,” where you can try your hand a new card game or have fun with an old favorite. On Wednesdays they have “Video Game Fun,” when you can check out a great game with a few friends. The Astro Program is at the Durham Library Community Room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and snacks are provided. Keep watching for new Astro activities coming soon and keep in mind that space is limited. Donations are appreciated. Astro is looking for donations of two larger screen TVs and any gaming systems that your family may have outgrown! We’ll put them to good use! Contact Jane Moen, DMYFS program director, at if you have a donation to offer! *** Go to or call (860) 349-0258 or e-mail for more information.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Amalia D e M a r t i n o (right), of Durham, said a prayer to her great grandfather, whom she never met, at a Wallingford cemetery. He was a pilot who flew B17 bombers in 81 missions in Italy during WWII. Photo by Kristen DeMartino


Holiday bus trip to New York City Enjoy New York City during the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 18. The bus leaves from the Durham town green at 8 a.m. Drop off and pick up are near Rockefeller Center around 10 a.m. and another drop off and pick up near Macy’s around 2 p.m. Lastly dine at Forlini’s Restaurant in Little Italy around 6 p.m. The bus will return to Durham’s town green around 10 p.m. The cost is $80 for a four-course dinner, unlimited beer and wine, tax, tip and a clean, warm, private coach bus. Call Wendy for reservations at 860-538-1221 or 860-349-0008.


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22 Members of the Independent Day School Cross-Country team: Chris and Camille Moeckel, Noah and Ben Radcliff, Sam Houle, and Lauren Stebbins, along with several of their parents, joined forces for the 17th annual 5K Pumpkin Run in Higganum. The 5K race benefits the Youth and Family Services of Had-

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grams for youth developm e n t , and community education in s u b stance a b u s e and parenting skills. Samantha Houle, above right, of Durham, placed third in her age group while her mother, Debra Houle, above left, placed second in her age group. Photos submitted by JoAnn Rider

Last week we announced the engagement of Richard Notarangelo and Sarah Hineline, above, both of Rockfall. They will be wed on June 18, 2011. We regret to have not included this photo of the happy couple. Erin Bisceglia, of Durham, is one of 27 students attending Brandeis University who has been honored by the University Athletic Association (UAA). Erin, a junior at Brandeis, achieved this recognition by obtaining a GPA of 3.3 or higher and by completing at least one full year of college.


On Saturday, Nov. 13, State Representative Matt Lesser and State Represent a t i v e Robert M e g n a cut the ribbon to

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open the new Eco Yoga studio on Main Street in Durham. Rep. Lesser presented Eco Yoga owner Virna Lisa with a legislative citation congratulating her on the opening. “It’s always great to see a new business come to the district,” Rep. Lesser said, “particularly one promoting good health. I wish Eco Yoga the very best.” The non-profit leadership organization EQUIP’s global initiative “Million Leaders Mandate” is training one million leaders — from all cultures and political backgrounds — with biblical leadership principles needed amidst the challenges facing today’s communities. This month, Middlefield Pastor Peter J. Leal will have the opportunity to take part in bringing this worldwide initiative to Riga, Latvia. He will be traveling as a certified representative and global leadership trainer with EQUIP, a ministry that is mobilizing and training Christian leaders worldwide, both in ministry, and in the business arena. When not traveling as a trainer with Equip, Pastor Leal is the senior and founding Pastor of Victory Christian Church in Middlefield. He has already traveled to approximately 25 nations, and currently oversees two other global ancillary initiatives which sprung forth from Victory Christian Church. The first is Victory Christian Fellowship, an organization that equips church leaders, plants churches, and provides ongoing training, as well as a sense of belonging for hundreds of Christian leaders worldwide to date. He also serves as President of 1by 1 International, a soon to emerge humanitarian-based organization which has already been involved in several nations, providing food, clothing and medical initiatives. One example of this is having already collaborated with United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing food, blankets, medicine and hope to refugees displaced due to the civil war and rebel militias which

have historically plagued Congo to date. Said Rev. Leal of the Million Leaders Mandate, “I am a firm believer that leadership training is crucial, because leadership thinking is transformational thinking. Leadership thinking is visionary and mission-minded —- as opposed to maintenance-minded. Therefore, in whatever the context, everything rises or falls on leadership.” Joyce Dowling and Sydney Mintz, both of Middlefield and members of the Middlefield Federated Church, raised the most money in the Oct. 24 annual ecumenical CROP Walk, held this year at Third Congregational Church in Westfield. Mark VanDerzee, a 1993 graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School and cofounder of the 11-year-old Boston theater group Company One, is proud to announce that Company One has recently been awarded a competitive grant by the American Theatre Wing. The American Theatre Wing, originator of the Tony awards, has long shown its dedication to not-for-profit theatres through its Theatre Company Grants Program. After many years during which eligibility was restricted to New York City companies, this year marks a significant change in the 53-year granting history of the Wing, resulting from extensive review by the organization's Board of Trustees. Now known as the National Theatre Company Grants, the 2010 cycle distributed ten $10,000 grants for general operating support to those companies which, according to grant guidelines, have been in operation at least five, but not more than 15 years, have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity and dynamism of American theatre. Company One, according to VanDerzee, is proud to be in the illustrious company of nine other companies across the nation who have received these 2010 grants.

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Exchange Club honors Middlefield and Durham firefighters ior captain and assistant chief. In addition, Harry has been part of seven apparatus truck committees, bringing much needed and effective equipment to the community over the years. Harry follows in his family’s footsteps, continuing their legacy of dedicated fire service to the Durham Volunteer Fire Company. His grandfather, Harold F. Hall, was a charter member, father Robert F. Hall was a past Fire Chief, and his mother Pat Hall was a dispatcher for 25 years. His commitment to his community and fellow firefighters is an inspiration to us all. He is a remarkable individual who has not only contributed hard work and countless hours to fire service, but has risked his own saftey to help others. The town of Durham is strengthened because of his actions and we are proud to call him Chief.

District vice president Peter Cascini, DVFD Fire Chief Harry Hall, MVFD Firefighter Ken Helmedach and Durham/Middlefield Exchange Club president Mark Jungles. Photo submitted by Brenda Eddy

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On Oct. 21 the Connecticut District Exchange Clubs saluted 30 of Connecticut’s finest. The Durham/Middlefield Exchange Club was proud to recognize two volunteer firefighters at this event. This year’s bravest honorees were Fire Chief Harry Hall from the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and Firefighter Ken Helmedach from the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company. Here’s how the Exchange Club recognized them: “Ken became a firefighter in 1984. He has taken his fire and rescue responsibilities very seriously, always working toward improving himself and the department. During his 26 years of service, he has served as lieutenant, captain and assistant chief. Ken’s work ethic is evident in everything he does, whether it’s training, responding to calls or the meticulous way he maintains the station and equipment. EMS has been a big part of Ken’s life. With the majority of the fire department’s calls being medical, he became a Medical Response Technician in 1991 and an Emergency Medical Technician in 1997. You always see Ken’s compassion and commitment when helping others. He takes great pride in performing his duties efficiently and professionally. Ken is not afraid to get his hands dirty; He is the type of firefighter you want to have with you when it’s time to go to work. The town and fire department are fortunate to have a firefighter like Ken. He epitomizes the motto of neighbors helping neighbors and provides an outstanding example for his brother firefighters to follow.” “Harry has devoted more than 30 years to the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and to keeping our community, our homes and our families safe. Harry has been instrumental in building the Durham Volunteer Fire Company to what it is today. He has been Fire Chief for the last five years and has held many leadership positions, including secretary, quartermaster, captain, sen-


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Firetruck ride auction Here are the lucky boys who won the auction for a firetruck ride at the United Churches fundraiser. Nov. 12 they got a ride home from Brewster School by Al Fritz of Durham Volunteer Fire Department. From left, Aaron Faiella, Evan Faiella, Shea Larkin, Ryan Doyle and Al. We’d like to thank the entire fire department for all their hard work and dedication to the town of Durham.

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Pie in the face for Strong School principal Scott Nicol

Above and below, this was the result of the pie throwing that took place on Friday, Nov. 12, in the Strong School Cafeteria. Photos submitted by Karen Kean

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Come to the tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. on the Durham town green. Santa will be there! There will be refreshments and carols with the brass ensemble.

Left, A photo from last year’s Middlefield Tree Lighting. Look for information in the next issue on Christmas Tree farms in the area.

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Valley Shore Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites all women to sing holiday music in their four-part a capella harmony barbershop style. Rehearsals are Tuesdays throughout November and December from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Parish Hall, 47 Oak St, Middletown. Guests can join our chorus for informal, fun performances during the holiday season. Music is provided. Carpooling is available. Call Joan at 860767-8540.


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Warm up the holidays while lighting the town tree on Sunday, Dec. 5. Join the Middlefield Women's Club in celebrating the season at the Middlefield Community Center at 5 p.m. Enjoy some hot cocoa, coffee, hot dogs, caroling, kiddie goodie bags, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the tree.


bated whether or not to force Monarca to comply with its current site plan before proceeding with a zone change, their desire to speak with Monarca continued to enter the discussion. Colegrove suggested contacting Monarca again and issuing a zoning violation notice should he fail to reply in two weeks time. Rather than potentially issuing violation notices, though, the commission instead agreed for member Bill Waff to contact the First Selectman about how to proceed with the deal. The zoning commission also met with Dwight Fowler to hold an informal discussion about upgrading his rental units at 195 Baileyville Road. Based on his conversations with other town departments, Fowler will need an engineering study for Inland Wetlands, while the ZEO suggested he restrict bedroom counts to two two-bedroom units and one bedroom for the remaining units. Fowler also told the commission that he wants to upgrade the buildings one unit at a time. As this was only an informal discussion, the commission offered no further action on the matter. There was also talk about Jimmy D’s, with chairman Mike Turner stating that he saw business conducted onsite while the site was supposedly closed. Colegrove reported that the driveway still isn’t clear. One final matter that came up before the commission involved chairman Mike Turner. Turner told the commission that he will be resigning from Planning and Zoning, as he sold his house and will no longer be a Middlefield resident. He planned on submitting his resignation for Nov. 11. The commission thanked Turner for his time serving as chair.

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Surrounded by holidays! Right, Jason Adams, a 6year-old from Durham, loves snow and snowmen! Last week’s snowy morning, Jason rushed outside before going to Brewster School to make his first snowman of the season.

Two mice, left, and a princess and mermaid, above, came dressed to impress at the Durham Park and Rec Halloween parade in October.

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Local awardwinning artist offers classes and workshops Aleta Gudelski, a longtime Durham resident, is instructing two programs at the Arts Center at Killingworth, 276 North Parker Hill Rd. Her handson “Art Portfolio Workshop” is designed to help budding artists with acquiring the best work for their future, whether for college or career. “Mysteries of Color for Artists” is another class where Aleta provides an understanding of the properties of color as they apply to painting in such forms as hue, value, intensity, temperature and learning to mix colors with limited and expanded palettes. “Mysteries of Color” classes are Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. The “Art Portfolio” session dates are flexible. For more info or to register, call 860-663-5593 or

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buying part of our Nasdaq stock market. Once we are selling off to foreign concerns, we lose control of our long-term economic destiny. It will be future generations who will pay, literally. Yes, a lower dollar means reducing your purchasing power in the global marketplace. In other words, a lower standard of living for the next generation coming up. One of the problems is we’re reliant on foreign capital to finance all this growth. If it were up to you, how would you handle it? I would not be doing what the fed is doing. I’d raise interest rates short term. Seniors right now have no social security increase. If we increase interest rates a tiny bit so that seniors can get a fixed rate on their CD’s, that allows us to have people in-

vest in their CD’s, and thus we have a supply of domestic savings and rely less on foreign capital. What does the recent midterm election mean for our economy? The election in Congress means there’s no appetite for additional stimulus programs. The fed is going to try to offset fiscal restraint by talking about monetary stimulus. The fed is trying to make up that ground, but the risk is down the road. A $600 billion injection in our economy will be inflationary. And nobody knows when inflation will start to pick up as a result — nobody knows. Leave us with one thing to think about. Consider that we’re moving toward a world of global economy, and there might be a new currency occur-

ring. There’s gold, but I think with China and India industrializing, oil will be the new currency going forward. That’s something to think about.

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“Oh, and of course the cider at Thanksgiving.” Another of the favorite food spots Sosa always checks out when home is the Durham Dari Serv. In NY he sometimes goes to a truck and gets an ice cream hoping that it will be like the Dari Serv, and he said, “It never is. I bring friends home and always say you have to try this. I order two at a time!” Sosa says he tries to take a day off around the holidays. He tries to relax and so hasn’t really cooked much for his family in a while. He thought it was funny that his sister called him and said she watched the show and was amazed; even she didn’t know he could cook so well. They are about half way through filming season eight. About the difference between filming season seven and eight, Sosa said, “The chefs on season seven were so greatly talented, but on eight the margin of error was so minute.” He continued, “The talent pool was truly incredible. Gnocchi in an hour…who’s heard of this.” Sosa felt it was like a free education for him because he was learning so much. How has his life changed since the airing of season seven? “Other than all the gray hairs?” He laughed. Sosa spoke about a trip back to the city after visiting his mom. He was on a really early train and fell asleep, “When I woke up, there were a couple of people hovering over me and were like your Angelo Sosa.” Something that happens more and more to him, but takes a bit of getting used to. When asked when he was a little kid growing up in Durham, Connecticut did he ever imagine he would participate in two amazing competitions on national television, he said. “I can’t believe this is my life. I’m humbled about the whole experience. It’s truly amazing.” This season there is a new judge, Anthony Bourdain, chef, author and host of the series No Reservations on the Travel Channel. What was it like working with him? “He

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void the warranty or jeopardize the field if used before it is ready. Hennick indicated there would be no vote on the field’s use as it is not the board’s decision. Attention then turned to softball. Parents, coaches, students and players spoke in support of the application for the girls’ softball team’s trip to Florida for ESPN’s Spring Training program in April. Board member Norm Hicks pointed out that the request should not have come before the board because the application was incomplete and not signed by Coginchaug principal Andre Hauser. Hauser was in the audience and explained that he had not signed the application because there was no certified RSD13 teacher accompanying the team. Hicks added that departure and insurance information were also missing

from the application. Discussion ensued on insurance for past trips without definitive answer. Board member Merrill Adams indicated that although she looked on the trip favorably, questions must be answered, especially insurance and liability, before the application can be approved. John Esposito, representing the parents’ group, explained that ESPN requires an entry fee before Nov. 15, prompting Gara to make a motion that the trip be approved based on Hauser’s representation that he supports it. Board member Kerrie Flanagan added the caveat that the inclusion of district staff member be approved by Hauser and a caveat that the team be held to the same insurance and parent waiver requirements as the ski club. Member Joseph Ochterski

added that trip insurance also be required. Member Mary Jane Parsons added the requirement that games be rescheduled in compliance with CIAC regulations. Flanagan stated that while the trip sounds great, it is unfair to ask the board to approve the application when so many issues are left unresolved and expressed the hope that going forward there be a standardized process to prevent this situation. She proposed that the administration create a check list or means to ensure an application is complete. Hicks called the question, the motion with its many caveats was read back, and the motion carried. Communications encompassed funding for buses used for the Craft Fair (music budget vs. district funds); a complaint of insufficient

books for tenth grade health classes, causing students to share books and fines imposed if books are not brought to class. (Hauser was not aware of the situation and will look into it.) Hicks reported the ACES program at Edison School is a fantastic program. Flanagan attended an information session on health insurance, which provided a better understanding of the health insurance landscape, an area of great concern as costs are spiraling. Ochterski indicated that people are already expressing concern as the budget season approaches. Hennick reported that he met with the towns’ selectmen a continuation of last month’s meeting, and they will continue to work together in an effort to keep costs down. In her Superintendent’s report, Sue Viccaro shared

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the possibility of a partnership with Farnam House to provide a two-three week science, math and technology camp for middle school girls from New Haven and RSD13. Farnam House is writing a grant, and if approved, the camp will expand each year from sixth grade girls to seventh and eighth as well. Viccaro feels this is a win-win situation for RSD13. In follow-up to the last meeting, Viccaro provided National Honor Society standards and information on service learning put together by Hauser (activities already happening at the high school). The Jan. 12, 2011 meeting will include a budget forum; The date is on the website, and Viccaro asked each principal to put the date out via email, newsletter, etc. She further reported on the new report card format, which she thinks is a better format for the parents and anticipates feedback at parent conferences. Presentations were then made by RSD13 school principals regarding positive school climate, outlining efforts to prevent bullying by reinforcing positive behavior and core ethical values. Apparent in these presentations was the passion and commitment to develop outstanding citizens, not only of school, but of the community and world. Please see “Core Values for District 13 and for Life” for more detail. Under new business, the board discussed the SPIN program (student partners making a difference in community); Durham First Selectman Laura Francis’ goals include a clearinghouse for student activism and maintaining a youth perspective on government. Committee reports included Hicks’ update on the policy manual, which he intends to have on-line and searchable. The Thomas Edison Magnet Sschool (TEMS) Steering Committee is investigating what TEMS may be considering in Meriden’s budget shortfall. Hennick indicated he will make this an agenda item for the next BOE meeting on Dec. 8 at John Lyman School.

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Values transitioning to high school. Health classes address bullying by discussing current media stories, movies and in-class activities and questionnaires. Core ethical values continue to be reinforced by emphasizing the district’s mission and policies outlined in the Student Handbook. Coginchaug’s clubs offer students a variety of venues to learn and be in-

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tion, from elementary to high school, each school reinforces these core values and empowers students to be compassionate, involved citizens, not only of their schools, but their community. “It is so exciting,” explains Board of Education member Bill Currlin, “we are not only teaching our children to read and write, we are teaching them empathy and compassion.”

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program is also offered on technology, cyber-bullying and the dangers of social networking. Core values are reinforced weekly in health classes and on a bulletin board “Caught Practicing Core Ethical Values,” reinforcing positive behavior. In addition, Vinal Tech’s Diversity Club works with fifth graders to promote tolerance and respect. Sixth grade students participated in Rachel’s Challenge, and 18 students were trained to promote the message to all fifth and sixth graders throughout the school year. At Strong School, core values are embedded in the curriculum, and activities focus on building self-respect, valuing others and exploration of the dynamics of bullying. Programs and monthly activities are planned to address bullying, cyber-bullying, conflict resolution, gossip/rumors, tolerance and sexual harassment. Rachel’s Challenge activities culminated in the creation of the Chain Links Club. November will feature an EDGE assembly on internet safety and cyber-bullying. December will feature awareness days, a mix-it-up day at lunch, both celebrating differences and tolerance. January will feature community building, both in school and in the community, working with Durham’s First Selectman Laura Francis to bring Rachel’s message to the community. February will concentrate on gossip, rumors and sexual harassment and feature a theatrical presentation of the Greater Hartford Academy entitled “Looking In.” All this in addition to classes taught by health teachers, guidance counselors, and teaching teams. Core ethical values become routine and engrained in students by the time they reach high school. Focus is put on team-building and problem-solving skills. Activities are provided to relieve the stress and anxiety that often lead to bullying, such as the transitional team that addresses academic and social stress of

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Fall season sports wrap-up The boys’ soccer team was the lower seed going into the State tournament, however they won the first two rounds by beating Putnam 61 and Hale Ray 4-2. The boys earned the right to play in the quarter-finals —-a first. Their competition was to be Valley Regional who had beaten them twice before. One of the best matches I have ever seen was Friday night under the lights at Valley when Coginchaug boys’ soccer answered Valley. They were 2-2 going into the fourth quarter. They played extremely well the whole game, especially in two 10 minute overtimes. Then it came down to penalty kicks. This was States; and there had to be a winner. What pressure on the goalie. They go by the roster of names. The first five get to kick. First Valley shot, then Coginchaug. At the end of the first round, they were tied. Now the second set of five 6-10 on the roster get to shoot. It was a hard fought game, but Valley took the game. Cross-Country went to Shorelines. In cross-country Alex Morin won the Shorelines. Both he and Emily competed in the State run and did very well. Girls’ volleyball made the Shorelines and the States. Girls’ volleyball beat Hale

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This fall season has been the most successful competition ever for the Coginchaug teams. Girls’ soccer made the Shorelines and the States. The girls soccer team had a new coach this year, Megan Kavanaugh. Being a coach myself, I love it when I see a coach do a lot of drilling. Megan did. Whether it was 90 degrees or pouring rain, they were out on the field. Sadly, they lost the first round of Shorelines to Old Lyme 2-3. However, Old Lyme was undefeated, and the girls gave them a run for their money as the score indicates. Two of the toughest matches of the season were played against Morgan. Both games ended in a tie 0-0 with both games going to double over-times. You can see how evenly they were matched. In the first round of States, the girls played East Granby and beat them 4-1. As fate would have it, Coginchaug played Morgan for a third time in the second round of States. In the last few minutes, Morgan scored. I feel our girls out-played Morgan, but all it takes is a little open space and wham. Morgan moved on to play Litchfield. Boys’ soccer made the States.




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The fall season for the Coginchaug U12 Comp team came to a close on Sunday, Nov. 14, with a 2-1 victory over Orange. The boys finished a successful season with a record of 7-4-3. Pictured are team members: top row - Kyle Romeo, Andrew Prescutti, Kyle Fontaine, MacGuire O’Sullivan, Garrett Puchalski, Brennan Bates, Scott Romeyn and Larry Hennessy; front row - Jeremy Oroczo, Korben Paul, Seth Azevedo, Riley Carey and Flynn Molkenthin. Photo submitted by Pam Carey Not Present - Kyle Grenier.

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