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Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Volume 15, Issue 51

Lesser, Donovan address budget concerns in forum By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

“We’re in a bit of a mess this year, but that’s the hand that we’ve been dealt,” State Rep. Matt Lesser said during a March 30 public forum at the Middlefield Community Center, referring to the current state budget deficit that is the largest in state history. Lesser was joined by Speaker of the House Chris Donovan to talk about the state budget and address questions and concerns. “We want to know what’s important to you, what do you care about,” Donovan said to the room of nearly 50 people. “That’s why we came to you.” What was important to Middlefield Board of Finance member Paul Pizzo was keeping Educational Cost Sharing funds where they are.

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“If you can do one thing for us, keep ECS funding where it is,” he said, stressing that cutting ECS money hurts Middlefield because $11 million of Middlefield’s $15 million budget funds District 13. Lesser and Donovan assured him that keeping ECS funds where they are is a top priority. Another priority is making cuts, but a cuts-only budget is not a good idea, Lesser said, because it would close things like state parks, a UConn regional campus, health care services and school funding. In response to a question from Coginchaug student Bill Neidhardt, Lesser and Donovan said they are also looking at areas in the state budget where duplicate spending by different agencies could be See Lesser, page 15

Jim Veronick – UConn walk-on – NCAA tournament star By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times

I went to the Coginchaug winter sports banquet last Monday night, and during his opening remarks, athletic director Ted Lombardo commented on Jim Veronick’s success as a walk-on player during the NCAA tournament with UConn.

Jim had a defensive rebound in the waning seconds of UConn’s first round game against Chattanooga. Then against Texas A&M, Jim grabbed an offensive board, faced the basket and hit the short jumper. This is where things stood when Lombardo made his remarks. It got a nice round of applause – local folks seem to be really

happy about Jim’s success – I know I am. Then, to top it off, in the game after the banquet, with only seconds left against Purdue, Jim got in and blocked a shot, so now he has a block, two points and two rebounds, in less than three minutes of NCAA tournament play. So I dashed off a quick note to Jim, saying, “How about a couple of quotes about how it felt to have coach call you to get in the game, what it’s like to be out there, even when you know your team has the game won, and how it felt to grab those rebounds, hit that jumper, block that shot?” This is See Veronick, page 36

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This is not your typical Town Times front page photo, but then it’s not often we have a Coginchaug graduate scoring points for a number one-seeded team during March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Above, Jim Veronick, of Durham, celebrates with center Hasheem Thabeet after Jim blocked a shot in the third round game. See story at left.

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through Central Park, see a Broadway show, visit a museum and dine at famous restaurants. Three drop-off points in Manhattan — Metropolitan Museum, Rockefeller Plaza and Battery Park —give you many choices. The bus leaves Coginchaug High School in Durham at 8 a.m. and returns to the high school at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. For more information and to register, please call the District 13 Adult Education office at (860) 349-2232 or e-mail

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dential special education records of all former students from the classes of 2001 and 2002.

Class of 1989 reunion

The action is allowed by state regulations per authority of the state of Connecticut office of public records administration and federal regulation 34CFR300.573.

The Coginchaug Regional High School Class of 1989 will be hosting its 20th reunion on Sept. 26, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. Tickets and information are available at If you have addresses for classmates who are listed as missing on the website, please contact Christine Graichen at (860) 343-9484.

Copies of these special education confidential records of all former students are available following submission of a written request by the student before May 30. Letters should be written to Amy Emory, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, RSD 13, P.O. Box 190, Durham, CT 06422.

Below, the class in 1989 on their senior trip to Washington D.C.

The Coginchaug parents’ group will meet at the Coginchaug High School library on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. The topic will be: “Your teen and technology concerns.” A state police officer will give a presentation on issues of concern for parents. All District 13 parents are invited.

Discarding records in D-13 Middletown Chorale The pupil services office of Regional School District 13 will be destroying the confi-

On Sunday, April 19, at 4 p.m., the Greater Middletown

Chorale and the Wesleyan University Concert Choir will perform at the Crowell Concert Hall on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown. There will be individual performances from each choir, then the combined choirs will perform Schubert’s “Mass in G” with a string orchestra. Tickets are $25, or $20 for seniors and students with ID, and are available at www.wesleyan. edu/boxoffice.



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We strive to bring you the most accurate and upto-date information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite accurate, give our news department a call at (860) 349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. Lora Manley was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on the girls’ indoor track team, not the Most Improved Player (MIP) as identified in the March 27 issue.

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Let’s talk trash!

OK, so we have had our share of snow this winter! Now that the snow has melted, have you seen the sides of the road strewn with litter? Did you read that amazing (yet sad) letter several weeks ago in the Town Times about the grocery carriage that was left on the side of the road?

Now let’s work together to clean up the roads in Durham and Middlefield with the Exchange Club. Meet at Allyn Brook Park on Saturday morning, April 4, between 8 and 9 a.m. (rain or shine!) and pick up the bags with special ties provided by Kurt Bober from the Durham Public Works Department to adopt YOUR own road! You alone CAN make a difference! It only takes a couple of hours.

The Exchange Club does this “Adopt a Road” project two times a year – the first Saturday in April and the last week in October (along with the national “Make a Difference Day”). You do NOT have to belong to a group or civic organization.

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Get together with your family or neighbors and collect some of the unsightly debris along the roads of our towns. You can do the actual “clean up” later that weekend if it’s more convenient for you. We offer coffee, juice and donuts on Saturday morning as you meet some other people who want to improve the quality of life in our terrific towns! Call (860) 349-0798 for more information and reserve Saturday, April 4, for cleaning up!

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Middlefield Easter Egg Hunt The Lions Club Easter egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. at Peckham Park. There will be free hot chocolate, juice and popcorn for kids and coffee and soda for sale for the adults. The Easter Bunny may also make an appearance. The Durham Recreation Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, April 11, at 9 a.m. at Allyn Brook Park. There will be 5 age categories. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, and 10 and up. There will be 5 golden eggs in each age category. The Easter Bunny will be there for all to take pictures with. Bring your basket and hop on down. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with quesitons.

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Easter Apple Hunt Lyman Orchards’ 25th annual Easter apple hunt begins with one to three-year-olds at 10:30 a.m., followed by four- to six-year-olds at 11:15 and finally seven to 10-year-olds at noon. Children will search for more than 15,000 hidden apples. This event features the Easter bunny, a magic show, horse-drawn wagon rides and an Easter cookie/cupcake workshop for kids. Most events are free and all are open to the public. Registration is required for the hunt and workshop by visiting the Apple Barrel or For more information, call (860) 349-1793.

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Theater Inherit the Wind performed by the Teen Repertory Company at Oddfellows Playhouse tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on Washington St. in Middletown. Call (860) 3476143 for tickets. Jungle Book Disney’s The Jungle Book will be performed on stage at the Galluzzo Theater at the Independent Day School, 115 Laurel Brook Rd. in Middlefield, tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (860) 347-7235 or purchased at the door for $10.

have several on display to discuss after the lecture. Anyone with a WWII era quilt is welcome to share it. Tickets are $10. Contact Sarah Atwell at (860) 716-5497 or at Football and Cheerleader Registration for DurhamMiddlefield Falcons football and cheerleading will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Middlefield Community Center.


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The Connecticut Woodcarvers Association will demonstrate wood carving and safety techniques from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CFPA headquarters, Route 66 in Middlefield. Sticks will be supplied and carving knives are available for sale. Register by calling (860) 346-2372 or e-mailing to

BlueGrass BluesGrass, an acoustic duo featuring local musician Jon Swift, will perform a mix of bluegrass and blues at Perk on Main, 6 Main St. in Durham, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (860) 349-5335. Adopt-a-Road Meet at Allyn Brook Park between 8 and 9 a.m. (rain or shine!) for coffee, juice and donuts, and pick up bags provided by Kurt Bober from the Highway Dept. You do NOT have to belong to a group or civic organization. Get together with your family or neighbors and collect some of the unsightly debris along the roads of our towns. Call (860) 349-0798 for info Farmers Market The Dudley Farm winter farmers market will be held indoors in the yellow barn at 2351 Durham Rd. (Route 77) in Guilford, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every first Saturday. The market features local organic produce, artisan breads, baked goods, honey, jam, eggs, cheeses, meats, handcrafted soaps, baskets, knitted items and more. For info, call (860) 349-3917. Quilt Making Lecture The Durham Historical Society will host a lecture by Sue Reich titled “Quilt making 1941-1945: The War Years” at 1 p.m. at the United Churches of Durham in the Fellowship Hall, 228 Main St. in Durham. Reich will discuss the history of World War II era quilts and will

Women’s Hike Meet at Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown at 10 a.m. to hike a 2 to 3.5 mile loop. In addition to walking, the group will do activities to deepen a connection with the woods, and enjoy each others company. For info, call (860) 395-7771 or visit Baseball Tryouts Babe Ruth baseball tryouts for boys who have registered will be in Durham at the field across from Allyn Brook Park. For 13-year-olds from 2 to 3 p.m.; for 14-yearolds from 3 to 4 p.m.; and 15year-olds from 4 to 5 p.m. Rain date is April 4. Call Gib Ryan at 349-2332 for info.


April 5 Music Middletown Symphonic Band Concert with guest artist Neely Bruce at 2 p.m. at the South Congregation Church, 9 Pleasant St., in Middletown. This is a free concert.

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Stroke Club Middletown Stroke Club will meet at 1 p.m. in the community room at Sugarloaf Terrace in Middlefield. The Stroke Club meets the first Monday of every month. For info, call Ida at (860) 344-9984, Ray at (860) 349-9226 or Ann at (203) 235-4275. Senior Arts The senior art showcase will be held at Coginchaug from 6 to 8 p.m.

TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For information, call Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., offers a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Call the center at (860) 344-3513 for information. No Child Left Inside Rachel Sunny, from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, will speak at 4 p.m. at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. This program is to encourage families to turn off the television and get outside. Call (860) 347-2528 for information. Passover Passover begins this evening at sundown. Healing Service The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St. in Durham will hold a Eucharistic and healing service each Wednesday at 9 a.m. Call (860) 349-9644 for info.


April 7 MOMS Club The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Middletown will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. The MOMS Club is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization for stay at home mothers and their children. E-mail or visit for info. IDS Sampler The Independent Day School encourages families to attend interactive sessions today and May 5, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Parents can meet with IDS teachers and children can experience cocurricular activities with IDS faculty. RSVP to (860) 347-7235 or JLPA The John Lyman Parents Association will meet at 1:45 p.m. at Lyman School. Women’s Health Midstate Medical Center will present “Dinner with A Doc,” highlighting women’s health, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at George’s II, 950 Yale Ave. in Wallingford. Physicians will discuss cardiovascular disease, the role of genetics in breast cancer and treatment for incontinence. The fee is $25. Call (203) 694-8733 to register or for information. Adult Education Middletown Adult Education will have an open house from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 398 Main St. in Middletown. For info, call (860) 343-3859.


April 9 Church Program The Church of the Epiphany presents the “3D Plan/Journey to Wholeness” at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall on Main Street in Durham. This on-going program is for eating right, living well and loving God. The 3D plan will help you to make gradual changes that are positive, practical and proven to become permanent. Easter Plant Sale The Durham Middlefield Exchange Club will hold their annual plant sale at the Frank Ward Strong School parking lot on Route 17 in Durham from 3 to 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Peter Nilson at (860) 349-5156.

Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet in the United Churches Hall, 228 Main St. in Durham at 7:30 a.m. today and every Friday. Midstate Contact Kirk Hagert at (860) 349-5626 for info. Good Friday No school in District 13. Easter Flowers From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department will be selling Easter flowers at the firehouse. Explorers will be selling Easter chocolates to benefit the Middlefield emergency services Explorer Post 82. Durham Historical The Durham Historical Society will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Centre Schoolhouse. Everyone is welcome to attend.


April 11

Doggie Swim Bring your pooch, play fetch, watch him swim, or just let him get much-needed exercise with a bunch of other dogs. The donation is $5 per dog with all proceeds to benefit the construction of the Middlefield Dog Park. Come to 27 Powder Hill Rd. in Middlefield between noon and 2 p.m. For information or directions, e-mail to or call Tyler Sibley at (860) 349-1954.


April 12

Easter Sunday See pages 3 and 6 for details on local Easter egg hunts and religious celebrations of Easter and Passover.

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Middlefield Federated Church, UCC/UMC

Passover Congregation Beth Shalom 55 E Kings Highway, Chester; (860) 526-8920 Thursday, April 9 Everyone is welcome to the Passover community Seder at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by calling (860) 526-8920.

402 Main Street, Middlefield; (860) 349-9881 Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10 Good Friday: The doors of the Sanctuary will be open from noon until 6 p.m. Anyone interested in spending all or part of this time in individual quiet reflection is welcome. Church members will also participate in an Ecumenical Crosswalk, meeting at noon at Notre Dame Church and walking through Durham. All are invited to walk this journey of the cross with Jesus. Sunday, April 12 An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m. at the top of Powder Hill Road (between South and Long Hill roads) in Lyman Orchards. Easter Services will be held at the church at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

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Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church

227 Main Street, Durham; (860) 349-3058 Friday, April 10 Ecumenical Way of the Cross begins at Notre Dame at noon, Veneration of the Cross at 3 p.m. Confessions will be heard after 3 p.m. Service at 7 p.m. with living stations of the cross with ninth grade students. Saturday, April 11 Decoration of the church at 8:30 a.m., Altar servers’ rehearsal at 10 a.m. Blessing of the food at noon, RCIA rehearsal at 2 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 Masses are at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Easter egg hunt will be held after the 9 a.m. Mass behind the rectory.

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228 Main Street, Durham; (860) 349-3683 Sunday, April 5 Palm Sunday. The rite of Christian confirmation will be held at at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10 Good Friday Cross Procession, meet at Notre Dame at noon, walk to Church of the Epiphany. Sunday, April 12 Sunrise Service at Lyman Orchards at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall of UCD. Festive Service of Easter Resurrection at 10 a.m.

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196 Main Street, Durham; (860) 349-9644 Wednesay, April 8 Weekly 9 a.m. healing service. Thursday, April 9 Agape dinner at 6 p.m. followed by Holy Eucharist. Friday, April 10 Ecumenical Cross Walk, meet at Notre Dame at noon, proceeding to United Churches and ending at Epiphany with the planting of the cross. Sanctuary will be open during the afternoon. Service at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt at 8:15 a.m. Easter Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. with special music.

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191 Meriden Road, Middlefield; (860) 346-6771 Friday, April 10 Easter play at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11 Easter play at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 12 Regular service at 8:45 a.m. and an Easter play for the second service at 10:45 a.m.

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Most solemn and significant days for Christians and Jews fall in same week in 2009 quires a person to be thinking constantly, in their day-to-day routines, about how their actions will serve to bring them closer to God. Passover increases the effort required to adhere to dietary restrictions. In addition to keeping kosher, no food with leavening can be consumed. A Jewish house must be cleansed from any leavened foods, and matzo, a type of flat bread symbolic of the bread the Jews took with them on their flight from Egypt, is eaten along with other meaningful foods at a special supper called a seder. These practices are to honor the memory of their ancestors’ escape from slavery and to recognize the importance of freedom. For Christians, Lent is a time of penitence and sacrifice during the 40 days prior to Easter. Christians unite at this time with the mystery of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, when he endured trials and temptations and ultimately conquered the devil. Like their Jewish brothers and sisters, Christians are symbolically reliving the history of their faith through their Lenten obser-

vances. Lent is a time to spend extra hours in meditation over the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. Abstinence and alms-giving are spiritual exercises designed to strengthen a person’s ability to turn away from sin and focus on God’s will. Each Friday is set aside as a day to remember the death of Jesus. Because of this, members of the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religions refrain from eating red meat during the Fridays of Lent; and on Good Friday, the day set aside to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion, people of these religions are expected to maintain a fast. These rituals are an effort to identify with the suffering Christ and to experience through him a dying

to sinful ways. They also serve to spiritually prepare the Christian for the celebration of Jesus’ ultimate victory over sin in his Easter resurrection from the dead.

The larger society may look askance at such religious practices as keeping kosher or fasting on Fridays in Lent. Some may think such practices are all about external appearances and archaic laws. But in a society bereft of meaningful ritual, there are many who find that restricting their physical wants through fasting and abstinence is one way that they can de-clutter their lives and take some time to connect with the Divine.

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This year Christians and Jews will begin their celebrations of Easter and Passover on the same day. Wednesday, April 8, is the first night of the Passover week and Thursday, April 9, begins the Easter Triduum (the last “three days” of Lent). On Wednesday, Jewish families may spend the evening with family and friends, remembering stories of ancestors around a seder table. On Thursday, Christians might attend special church services commemorating Jesus’ final seder meal with his friends. Both these holidays are celebrations of freedom — Passover celebrates freedom from slavery, and Easter freedom from sin and death. Both cause people to step out of dayto-day activities and consider concerns and needs of a spiritual nature. In both the Christian and Jewish traditions, one of the purposes of religious practices that interrupt the routine of our lives is to help us focus on something beyond our physical needs. In many religions, this is considered a necessary step towards encountering God amidst the mundane. Let’s face it — we live in a materialistic society. Capitalism defines success as the accumulation of wealth and power. When it becomes unacceptable to eat red meat or a slice of fresh bread, such practices seem to be downright unAmerican! To deny ourselves the best of what life has to offer is antithetic to this consumer philosophy, and so in the frenzy to be successful, we risk losing the ability to say no to ourselves. And yet the religious traditions of many faiths encourage the spiritual exercises of sacrifice, fasting and abstinence from worldly pleasures. At Passover Jews go through the process of cleansing their homes and refrain from eating leavened bread. During the season of Lent, Christians are called to make sacrifices and turn back to a life of holiness. For Jews who keep kosher, adhering to the dietary restrictions is a year-round commitment and much more than a force of habit. There is a

deeply rooted tradition of connecting the intake of food with the worship of God. The teachings about keeping kosher attach powerful symbolism to different types of food. For example, only cudchewing animals with cloven hooves can be eaten. This is based upon the belief that a good Jew should be a “ruminating” person who considers the needs and opinions of all people in times of conflict. The hoof represents an animal not in direct contact to the ground, which symbolically reminds a person not to become attached to earthly, mundane matters. Kosher cooks keep dairy and meat separate, a habit that is based upon Hebrew Scripture which prohibits the cooking of a kid in its mother’s milk. This was a pagan dish which seemed to mock the sanctity of motherhood. The teaching is that if a person eats a non-kosher food, it is with the knowledge that it will not glorify God. And the purpose of life, according to traditional Jewish teachings, is to transform the world into a place that God can call home. Keeping kosher re-


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All good times must come to an end

It is always a sad when I take off my basketball jersey to hang it in the closet for the next six months. Basketball is such a great way to get through the winter months. Coaching this year has been a blast, and I want to thank the girls for making it such a thrill.

First the eighth grade Durham Shooting Stars. Several of them started in fifth grade before they could dribble or make a layup. Head coach John Okasi combined practice with fun and encouraged individual growth, which is important to a kid’s overall development in the game. The girls will surely remember the gift certificates and candy presented at each practice for a job well done. The Durham basketball association was non-existent. Now these girls finished their youth basketball era last month with games in which they dribble through teams, shoot over teams and play great team ball. They finished with only one loss

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been befuddled all day – April 1, commonly known as April Fools’ Day – by bogus news on my computer. President Obama brings new dog to European press conference. Rush Limbaugh joins Sojourner founder Jim Wallis in a crusade against poverty. And so on and on ... Each of these bogus reports set me thinking that they could possibly be really true, until the last punch line. This gullible reaction to “news” that’s obviously falsified for a laugh is a sign that we are all more or less disposed to believe what we hear or read. In an age with so much to hear and read, that’s a real danger. It is so easy to get pushed and pulled hither and yon by this post or that blog or this forwarded email from a good friend warning of the newest scam or medical miracle. Thank goodness for the ability to go to the source through the use of technology. For example, reading Lisa Davenport’s letter about H.R. 1444 on National Service sent me to googling H.R. 1444. Any citizen can indeed read the text of the proposal and make up their own minds about its possible dangers. Email rumors can be checked out on The daunting thing is checking these things out and not just flying on autopilot when you read that Limbaugh has joined Sojourners. Other things are easy to check as well. For example, as I gazed out the window on March 31 into a lovely spring day, the phrase “In like a

lion, out like a lamb,” referring to the month of March, sprang to mind. Where did that come from? Is it true? This year, March certainly came in like a lion on the winds of the season’s biggest snowfall, as well as going out like a veritable lamb. However, again based on a google search, the origin of the phrase is not certain, and probably does not relate to weather at all, though it’s reasonable to assume that most Marches are more likely to be lion-like in the beginning and lamb-like in the end. The apparent reason for the phrase, however, seems to come from astronomy – a subject of endless fascination to earlier generations since the heavens could be used for so many things, like telling time and plotting a course. On or about March 1, the constellation Leo (the lion) is rising in the east in the Northern Hemisphere while near the end of the month the constellation Aries (the ram or lamb) is setting in the west, or going “out like a lamb.” Interesting, isn’t it? This is also the season for thinking about taxes, what with April 15 tax deadlines fast approaching. Check out some last minute filer tax tips on page 21. We know there’s a few of you out there because, of the 38 people who answered our website poll question on whether they had filed their taxes yet, 50 percent had not, 45 percent were planning to make the deadline (at the last minute!) and 5 percent had filed for an extension. Happy filing, everyone! Sue VanDerzee

Letters to the Editor this season and played in front of many fans as the Durham Basketball Association is now a fully functional league, thanks to the hard work of many. Clearly the Durham Shooting Stars are the best eigth grade girls’ team in the league. My thanks to Head Coach Lou Santoro for all his time and effort with these girls. Each practice was a new drill for a new skill. He did what it takes to learn the game and move this team forward. Never a week went by when he wasn’t calling to talk about something new to try or questioning how we might help an individual get better. His heart was with the kids. I will miss Craig Gervais, my fellow assistant. His demeanour was a necessary addition for a group of 13-yearold girls. Congratulations to the girls for a great season. You were great to work with, and I will miss each of you as you move on to high school athletics. On to the young ones, the sixth grade Durham Destroyers won their last tournament of the season in Branford, defeating teams from Madison, West Haven, Guilford and

East Haven. I was so proud of their team spirit. Each game depended on a different girl to step up. That is what makes a team great, and they certainly had a great season with a record of 27-7, also winning many scrimmages. This team has made strides this year in individual growth and has begun to show the signs of ball movement and finding each other that will continue to make them better as a team. I would like to thank Becky Brennan for her role as team manager. We had a lot of fun between parties and get togethers coordinated by Becky. I would also like to thank our stat man, Dan Davis. If any other team wants the program, give him a call. It was a fabulous way to learn our kid’s strengths and weaknesses. Also Mike Mangiamelli and Deb Wyskiel for their help during the games and Tom Arcari of Arcari Associates for valuable assistance when needed. Finally it is really easy to coach when you do it with Bonnie Arcari and Michelle Rulnick. They are knowledgeable about the game, dedicated to their roles and great with the kids. I will miss the “coaches’ meetings.”

So I hang up my basketball coach shirt and wait for the sunshine. It is on to the softball season where new memories will be created. Thanks to all who made my winter so great !! Teresa Opalacz , Durham

Legislators deserve $28,000 I thought it was safe to assume that everyone wants reliable, smart government (with reliable, smart people running it). But judging by recent letters in the Town Times criticizing Representative Matt Lesser for not voting on behalf of a pay decrease for himself and fellow legislators, maybe people don’t share my opinion. Running for public office and participating in government have to be among the hardest jobs out there. You have to be likeable, smart, convincing and dedicated. You have to be willing to give up your weekends and evenings. You have to decline invitations to dine with friends, choosing instead to attend local events like the Exchange Club pasta supper in order to listen to

constituents who need to be heard. Personal priorities are back-burnered indefinitely, and even during legislative breaks, they continue to run ragged, working all fronts. And if they don’t do all of these things, chances are good that they won’t keep their job next time around. It will be hard to get good people to enter the public fray in the future, especially when they are under the microscope not for how they do their jobs, but how much they get paid (which isn’t much, by the way). We should save our letters for some larger issues. Claudia O’Connell, Durham

Translating last week’s editorial

Dear Editor: I always enjoy Sue VanDerzee’s editorials. Last week’s, “The way we were, the way we could be.” was just plain wonderful. Not because of its’ content, which is whining socialism, but because I spent an hour trying

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Regular Joe: John Isaac Miller John Isaac Miller is a Middlefield resident who’s been retired for 20 years from the Algonquin Gas Transmission Company in Meriden. He likes to spend time at the Middlefield Senior Center, and if you ask him, he’ll share stories about Middlefield from back in the day. How long have you lived here? For my entire life, which will be 82 years on April 16. In fact, this room I’m sitting in (at the Middlefield Senior Center) was where I had first grade. What is your favorite thing about this town? It’s a nice place to live, and the people are nice. Of course. I’ve left to travel around, but I always come home. My family is originally from Middletown before they settled here, and my sister Mary is the treasurer for Middlefield. Would you change anything about the town? Nothing at all. What are your hobbies? This month I’m going on a trip to see cousins and visit friends in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. I am going to do a little gardening this year, but it’s too early. This week I went to pick up seeds, and I still need to put up a high fence to keep the deer, rabbits and woodchucks out of the garden. What would people be surprised to know about you? I like to eat clams so I’m going to the Fish Tale restaurant for my birthday.

Environmental Culprit: Global Over-Population

Fact: The world population of 6.76 billion Claudia people is projected to double before the end of the current century. Can you even conceive of 13 billion people? The biggest environmental problem we face as a race on this planet is over-population. There are too many people in the world. We are out-stripping resources like locusts. As grim as this reality is, and reflected by cultural legislation such as China’s one-child policy, there is much that we can do. What is important to know is that the Earth cannot support us at the current levels of human consumption. Drastic lifestyle changes need to take place globally to sustain life. Education of our young is particularly important. The children being raised today are the first generation who will have a solid familiarity with environmental issues as they relate to government and politics, energy, health, consumerism and so on. They are the lucky ones because they will draw from apocalyptic environmental knowledge to form better choices for the future in a way that no previous generation has been able to. Millions of Americans are slow to get behind any type of environmental movement. In fact, the reason population needs to get some center-stage attention is really to get those nay-sayers to listen to logic. How could the Earth, with its finite green spaces and waterways, sustain an unchecked doubling of the world population? For those who believe that the

earth undergoes these climate O’Connell changes in measured intervals despite human participation, I’d like to suggest a closer look at the theory of enhanced global warming. And if we are talking enhancements, we need to be thinking on scale with the biggest boob job Hollywood has ever seen. Scientists know that warming has occurred before greenhouses gases were a factor. But do the addition of 670 million automobiles and a population of nearly seven billion people together depleting the earth’s stores of fossil fuels in record time with greenhouse gas-spewing results effectively enhance the cyclical patterns? What do you think? It is a monumental time in history, a time when even atheists are beginning to think that apocalyptic predictors are on to something. We need a new revolution, and it has begun. No one is asking you to die for your planet, we are asking you to live for it by making provisions for its longterm survival. Begin today by doing anything you can. Use less water, compost in your backyard, turn down the heat, reach for a candle and turn off the lights, replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent ones, recycle, buy secondhand, buy organic, line-dry your clothes, combine errands, drive more slowly, use mass transit, buy local, eat less beef, plant a vegetable garden, and add to this list as often as you can.



Committed to agriculture in Durham

Life is full of “Aha” ry and map of agriculmoments both at ture resources; to rework and at home. I claim farmland lost to personally experierosion and mismanenced that feeling agement. If you would when I received a like to get involved publication called with the working “Planning for Agrigroup, please contact culture: A Guide for my office at (860) 349Connecticut Munici3625 for a schedule of palities” prepared by the upcoming meetCCM and the Ameriings. can Farmland Trust. I At this point, we are opened it up with a bit not quite sure where of smugness because our efforts will lead; after all, this is however, there are a Laura Francis, Durham Durham, home to few things we know for dairy farms and the sure. Supporting agrilargest agricultural culture in Durham will fair in the State; surehave fiscal, economic, ly we are a model of environmental and agricultural success. I recreational benefits. didn’t have to read too Cost of community far into the guide before I realized that services studies have shown that farmalthough we did have much to be land and open space generate more proud of, we had much work to do as public revenue than they require in well. Does our governmental organi- municipal services. Farms provide jobs zation reflect our commitment? Do and help support the local and state our taxing policies assist farming via- economy representing one of the only bility? Do our land use regulations sectors experiencing growth. Because hinder or support agricultural activi- farmers depend on natural resources, ties? In short, is the town of Durham they become good stewards of the land an agriculture-friendly town? and environment. Our working farms With the support of the Board of Se- provide rural character and attract lectmen and our Town Planner, Geoff tourists to our community. Our open Colegrove, I set up a workshop with space provides opportunities for recrethe American Farmland Trust and ational activities such as hunting, fishCCM that was very well attended and ing, hiking, running, walking, etc. a working group from our agriculturLast week I attended Agriculture al community was formed. That led to Day at the State Capitol. I was so a grant application for 25 hours of proud to see so many of our residents technical assistance from the good representing so many different aspeople at American Farmland Trust pects of our agriculture community. A which was awarded last month. We group of residents and I met with legare seeking assistance to achieve the islators as did Selectman Jim following goals; to form an agriculture McLaughlin to discuss legislative iscommission to provide an advocate sues related to agriculture. Also, for agricultural interests, to promote please join us on May 7th when the agricultural activities, to pursue farm Durham Farmer’s Market opens on friendly legislation, to study special our green. The Farmer’s Market comtaxation opportunities, to protect mittee has been busy all winter makfarmland, to encourage “buy local”, to ing improvements and recruiting new further develop and promote the vendors to provide fresh locally Farmers Market; to create an invento- grown products for your enjoyment.

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Local agricultural supporters at Connecticut Agriculture Day at the State Capitol included, from left, David Zemelsky, Joe Greenbacker, Ty Zemelsky and Laura Francis. The Zemelskys own Starlight Farm and grow organic greens and other vegetables and Greenbacker is a dairy farmer.


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Durham economist takes on recession- again By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Not only can you not escape what’s happening in the economy, you also can’t escape hearing about it every time you turn around. Since this is the case, we talked to Durham economist Don Klepper-Smith to have him explain the latest news in layman’s terms. This way we at least understand what’s going on, and maybe — just maybe — our heads won’t spin as much. Where are things at in the economy right now?

Let’s face it, good economic news has been hard to come by lately, so let’s start off with something that may be pleasing: My strong sense is that the U.S. recession could, from a technical perspective, come to an end in the second half of this year. By this, I mean that the gross domestic product (GDP) numbers are poised to turn positive later this year as the

Federal Reserve, Congress, and the U.S. Treasury have all gone to extraordinary lengths to provide huge amounts of monetary and fiscal stimulus. What’s the latest news on stimulus money? Monetary aggregate, or how much money is put into the economy, and velocity, or how many times the money changes hands, combine to produce growth in our economy, and they are both on the rise. Last week, the Fed announced that it will be adding $1 trillion in monetary stimulus by buying $750 billion of guaranteed mortgage-backed securities, and another $300 billion in longterm treasuries. This could theoretically reduce longterm fixed rates on mortgages to less than four percent later this year, while creating another wave of refinancings that could free up discretionary dollars that could be used productively elsewhere in the economy. It could also help the housing

sector put in a meaningful bottom. Additionally, the new plan to clean up toxic assets on bank’s balance sheets appears to have credibility at first glance. So monetary and fiscal stimulus, which take time to work into the economy, are poised to promote growth possibly later in 2009! That’s the good news! What’s the bad? I think the significant increase in the money supply also implies a decline in the U.S. dollar over the long run,

and a reduction of spending power in the global marketplace. Moreover, it implies that inflation returns with a vengeance at some point, but exactly when, not one economist knows for sure. Finally, the devaluation of our currency means that foreigners can purchase hard U.S. assets (land, buildings, companies, etc.) at cheaper prices, meaning a gradual and sustained loss of U.S. autonomy over time. That’s the tradeoff right there. Is this something that we just accept or can we try to stop it? I don’t think you can fix it once you start controlling the value of the dollar by printing more money. We will eventually lose influence in the global marketplace, but it won’t happen overnight. How can we have recovery if we’re still losing jobs? If we still lose jobs, then income and spending are likely to remain weak. Let me be clear, I see GDP turning

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positive later this year, meaning an end to the recession. However, recovery as defined by job growth is not expected to materialize until 2010. Hence, these mixed messages: recession ending, recovery pending, and no tangible signs of job growth, are apt to confuse some. I think it’s safe to say that many people would consider the recovery for real when, and only when, we start seeing tangible signs of job growth. Therefore, I see a JOBLESS RECOVERY emerging within the year, with employment lagging and unemployment topping well over 10 percent sometime in 2010. Moreover, given our concentration of finance sector jobs, my sense is that Connecticut is likely to lag in economic recovery relative to the nation as a whole. Leading indicators, such as stocks and consumer confidence, are apt to show improvement first, with housing prices not bottoming until later in 2010 because of weakness in the domestic labor markets, meaning fewer dollars chasing available properties. Can you talk about the AIG mess? The AIG situation is symbolic in many ways. Taxpayers have become increasingly angry in recent months, and much of it, in my mind, has been justified. AIG almost single-handedly flipped our financial system into chaos. If taxpayers are responsible for 80 percent of a company, the company needs to rethink the way they do business, or this, in my mind, is the height of arrogance.

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BOE votes on final budget, adds teacher By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

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Despite an update that two students would not be returning next year, meaning all three classes in the Integrated Day (ID) program at Memorial Middle School would have 26 students, down from 26, 27 and 27, the Board of Education voted 7-3 in favor of adding a teacher to the ID program. This solved the large class size problem and made the final 2009-10 budget $34.2 million, or a 2.42 percent increase over the current budget. “I’m very happy the board recognized that the large class sizes were not appropriate,” said parent Brad Jubelierer at the March 25 meeting. Though many parents applauded the decision, some walked away unhappy. But the decision came after the board heard more public comments lobbying for an additional teacher for the third week in a row, and learned that sending letters asking parents to consider switching their children from the ID program to the Contemporary program didn’t work because there were no responses. Prior to the vote, Viccaro told the board that if they voted to not add a teacher, she would close the ID program so new students would only have the option of the Contemporary program, which has projected class sizes next year of 22, 22, 21, 21, 21. However, if a teacher was added, she would close the Contemporary program, and any new students would go into the ID classes, which would now be 19, 19, 20, 20. “That’s historically how we do it so that class sizes don’t go off kilter,” said Viccaro, adding, “In every grade, some years the class sizes just bubble and there’s no way around it. In fact, the layoffs in the budget this year have to do with current class sizes being low.” The board wrestled with several ideas and discussed everything from hiring a teacher’s assistant at a lower salary to float between classes and the impact on class sizes if students return from private schools because of the economy.

After deliberating, board members Elizabeth Gara, Debra Golschneider, Nancy Boyle, Merrill Adams, Kerrie Flanagan, Norm Hicks and Bill Currlin voted to add a teacher, which will cost $75,000 for salary and benefits. Meanwhile, Joseph Ochterski, Mary Jane Parsons and Tom Hennick opposed the motion. In fact, Ochterski and Parsons were the only board members to support a previous motion for a $34.1 million budget, or a 2.18 percent increase, that did not include a teacher. While the majority vote approved a budget that includes an additional $75,000, the board had previously tossed around the idea of having Viccaro find areas where that amount could be cut. Viccaro suggested it could come from cutting fourth grade music, bringing in a health assistant instead of another nurse, or other areas “that would least impact the kids,” she said. But most board members were uncomfortable. Adams said, “I’m not sure where $75,000 will come from, and I’d hate to see the music program at fourth grade go.” In the end, the majority decided not to cut another $75,000, but instead add the amount to the $227,386 they voted to cut from a prioritized list, which brought the final budget to $34,205,853. The $227,386 includes $75,000 in capital reserve, $25,000 in custodial expenses and $10,000 in athletic supplies. “We started at 2.91,” said Hicks, referring to Viccaro’s proposed budget of $31.9 million, a 2.91 percent increase over the current budget. “Going down to 2.42 is an improvement, and 2.42 is far lower than anything I have seen before.” A public hearing on the $34.2 million budget will be held on April 7 before the referendum on May 5. Pre-self study Vicarro shared information with the board having to do with a Pre-Self-Study of Coginchaug High School that the New England Association of Schools and Col-

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2009 Round One Vinny’s Deli/Zaccareillo’s

Round Two Vinny’s Deli/Zaccareillo’s

Wallingford Flower Shoppe City Snippers

Round Three Business: Vinny’s Deli Zaccareillo’s

Round Four

Louie’s Pizza

Reader: Cathy Troutman

Zandri’s Stillwood Inn

Business: Zandri’s Stillwood Inn

Louie’s Pizza King Travel Zandri’s Stillwood Inn Valencia Liquor & Wine Shop

Jacoby’s Restaurant

Jacoby’s Restaurant

Yale Billiard Yale Billiard

Round Five

Reader: Marvin Choquette

Business: Suzio Insurance Reader: Tony Russo

Business: Danby’s Service Station

Danby’s Service Station

Reader: Tom Ross

Foucault’s Furniture

Business: Suzio Insurance

Business: Suzio Insurance

Assisted Living Central Café Foucault’s Furniture

Reader: Cathy Troutman


R. Valenti (Re/Max)/Valentin Karate

Danby’s Service Station

Business: Vinny’s Deli Zaccareillo’s

Suzio Insurance Suzio Insurance

Reader: Tony Russo

Reader: Tony Russo

Academy DiCapelli

Round One 601 Deli & Catering

Round Two 601 Deli & Catering

Aresco’s Market Moran’s TV & Appliance Duchess Restaurant

Round Three Business: 601 Deli & Catering

Round Four

Reader: June Vumback

Duchess Restaurant Berlin Bicycle/Custom Travel

Berlin Bicycle/Custom Travel

Robert’s Chrysler Dodge GT Tire & Service Center

Business: 601 Deli & Catering Reader: June Vumback

Business: Berlin Bicycle Custom Travel

Round Five GT Tire & Service Center

Reader: Earlene Frugale

Sal’s Apizza/TJ Autobody


Dad’s Restaurant

Business: 601 Deli & Catering Reader: June Vumback

Dad’s Restaurant

Business: Carlton’s Interiors Filipek’s

Carlton’s Interiors/Filipek’s

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Round Three Business: Case Remodeling

Round Four

Reader: Catherine Parrett

Business: Case Remodeling

Business: Paul’s Market

Round Five

Championship Game

Round One Case Remodeling

Case Remodeling Brother’s Pool Alan’s Cup N’ Saucer/Wall. Tire & Auto Alan’s Cup N’ Saucer/Wall. Tire & Auto Quality Time Food/Shirt Graphix

Reader: Catherine Parrett

Business: Meriden Pawn Ted’s Restaurant

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Country Flower Farms/D. Gromko (State Farm)

Business: Meriden Pawn Ted’s Restaurant

Country Flower Farms/D. Gromko (State Farm)

Business: Meriden Pawn Ted’s Restaurant

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Meriden Pawn/Ted’s Restaurant

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Strong Middle School second trimester honor roll Grade eight, honors: Benjamin Adams, Sydney Altschuler, Ian Augur, Connor Bates, Katie Bednarz, Jacquelyn Benson, Michael Bongiorno, Kimberly Borbas, Timothy Boyle, Lisa Bradley, Conner Brennan, Dina Canalia, Ryan Cassidy, Sean Cavanaugh, Caitlynn Chabot, Kristen Ciarlo, Thomas D’Orvilliers, Carter Dahlman, Jonathan Dalo, John Dodds, Kelly Donovan, Alison Doolittle, Jackson Doyle, Kyle Dupre, Molly Fehon, Mallory Figoras, Annalee Forline, Christine French, Christopher Fusco, Brittany Gervais, Lauren Giannini, Jeffrey Giantonio, Donald Guenther, Alan Haberern, Melissa Handy, Douglas Hanley, Elizabeth Harlow, Nicole Ianniello, Garrett Judson, Robert Jungels, Benjamin Kelly, Jonathan Levine, Anne Linden, Abby Lohmann, Michael McShane, Wallace Meadows, Geoffrey Meiman, Samantha Misenti, Kyle Monroe, Mary Neidhardt, Kevin Onofreo, Victoria Orozco, Kylie Pascarelli, Mark Pavlinko, Kelsey Pietruska, Aleah Querns, Evan Rand, Sofia Robinson, Sean Rogers, Trevor Root, Ashley Rynaski, Jessica Sander, Katherine

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leges (NEASC) has asked school administrators to submit by February 1, 2010. According to Carol Luckenbach, director of curriculum, the report is a new review, and the purpose is to get ready for an updated set of requirements and standards that the district will be accountable for by the year 2011. “The Commission has asked school officials... to document that Coginchaug is appropriately prepared for its upcoming self-study,” a letter to the District 13 read. However, the board agreed with member Kerri Flanagan, who said, “(The Pre-SelfStudy) just takes focus and energy away from our primary function. It’s like an unfunded mandate, and we have a fiscal responsibility to our community to say we’re not in the right economy to make changes based on your (NEASC’s) criteria.” The board agreed it would be beneficial to send a letter sharing these thoughts with the commission. Security grant

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Vaccaro shared more news regarding the security grant. On March 24 Viccaro received an email saying that funds will be released, but the district had 48 hours to sign paperwork and deliver a copy to the Homeland Security office. Vicarro also noted that the funding is now through a cash advance program where a check will be cut in the amount of $127,059. She also said all funds must be obligated by the end of June 2009 and completed by September 2009. Community Round Up

Viccaro announced that the Community RoundUp scheduled for March 28 was cancelled due to lack of student volunteers, likely a result of calendar conflicts. According to Viccaro, 85 teams participated in the event last December, while only 11 teams were signed up for the spring. She reported that the community-wide event will likely only occur once a year — in the fall when there are less obligations, such as spring sports.

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combined, leading to cost sharing and savings. “It’s definitely something we’ve been looking at, and I don’t even think we need to incentivize it,” Lesser said. One question was about reinstating tolls, which State Senator Tom Gaffey has pushed for but the governor has said she opposes. Tolls have their advantages and disadvantages, Lesser explained, and one disadvantage is losing federal funding. “The last thing we want to do is make it harder to pave the roads,” he said. Durham Selectman John Szewczyk expressed his frustration that small towns like Durham and Middlefield work hard to make cuts while larger towns and cities don’t seem to. “As an employee of Hartford, I see so much waste year after year, and you guys are always bailing them out,” he said. “I don’t think they’re working to cut like us small towns.” Lesser’s response was that he doesn’t feel anyone is naive to Szewczyk’s point and that part of the reason that ECS money isn’t doled out equally is because of court decisions. Another audience concern was that the governor hasn’t stated her exact priorities, but would guess they are education and security. Lesser replied that education and security are near the top and reported that he and fellow senators were successful in making sure District 13 would receive a grant for security at each school in the district. “Knock on wood, they will be getting the money this week,” he said. In response to a question from Daniel Russo, Lesser and Donovan liked the idea of health care pooling where municipal employees and small

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Brush pick up

The Middlefield highway department will conduct its annual brush pickup for all residents of Middlefield and Rockfall. All brush must be at the curb by April 1 to insure pickup.

Residents should pile clean brush at the curb, butt end toward the street. No branches should exceed eight feet in length or three

inches in diameter. Leaves, stumps, garbage or building materials will not be accepted. This service is for residents doing normal spring cleanup and yard maintenance, not lot clearing. Because the public works department provides this service to residents throughout town, each household is limited to one truck load.

Board of Finance The Board of Finance met briefly on Thursday, March 19, to introduce their new member, Margaret Neri, to the board. Tax collector Ann Olzsewski was also in attendance to suggest that the board should agree to fund a new server when the opportunity arises, citing that it has gone down for as much as a


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day in the past. This has the potential to cause problems with DMV releases and tax payments. The board also discussed their budget workshop schedule for Fiscal Year 2009-2010, which began during their March 26 meeting. In the Planning and Zoning budget, P&Z chairman Ken Hamilton stated he was satisfied with the $62,000 budgeted to the commission. Only two items were of note, among them the commission’s meeting with the policy director for affordable housing, David Fink. While Hamilton mentioned that the Housing Authority has property it wants studied, board member Paul Pizzo suggested that the commission should apply for the full $50,000 state housing grant to look into as much of the town as possible. As for the other item, Hamilton protested the loss of $18,430 in line-item 2722 for commission studies. Hamilton explained that this money allows the commission to act proactively with zoning and asked that the town put some money into it. The other two departments the board met with were the Town Clerk and Tax Collector, whose budgets overlapped with two items. Both sought to maintain their assistants and both asked for the board to restore their Conferences and Dues line item. In the case of the tax collector, Ann Olzsewski stated that she isn’t comfortable using assessor Steve Hodgetts as an assistant as he could conceivably change an assessment on his end and pocket part of a payment while working as collector. Lacking any other assistant, Olzsewski said she’ll just shut down her office when she’s unavailable. In light of this, the board agreed that $3,000 for an assistant may be appropriate. In the Town Clerk’s Office, the assistant is slated to receive a step increase to her salary, prompting the board to try and reduce her hours. Although town clerk Donna Golub and the board tried to reach a compromise over the assistant working half her hours for other departments, they couldn’t agree as to how best utilize her. Pizzo suggested devoting half of her work day to the Town Clerk, the other half elsewhere, while Golub felt it necessary to have

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her assistant for at least two full days. No agreement was reached and the board agreed to bring it up at a later date. As for both departments Conferences and Dues, the Board of Selectmen chose to put all departmental Conferences and Dues into one line item. Olzsewski and Golub spoke out against this, noting that there are conferences they need to attend in order to stay certified, and they don’t want to worry about the single line item coming up empty when they need the money. The board agreed to put $400 into the Tax Collector’s Conferences and Dues line item and $450 into the Town Clerk’s. In the Tax Collector’s budget, Olzsewski reported that she’s charging $5 to issue state delinquency releases. Although there must be a local ordinance to charge a fee, Olzsewski explained that the fee is optional. Not paying it means that she takes care of the releases at the end of the month through the internet. In the Town Clerk’s budget, fees are projected at a 10.2 percent decrease. Golub informed the board that this is because of a change in permit charges, where only $1 is paid per permit slip, rather than permitted items such as wedding and fishing licenses. Election materials were also removed from the budget and put into the Registrars’ budget. One other matter discussed was regarding pay, as the budget number for wages is only a projection and the board wants to know what the actual numbers are. Chairwoman Ellen Waff is considering asking for W-2 forms, as they are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. (In attendance/Chuck Corley)

WPCA says Powder Ridge can’t connect to sewer

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Park and Recreation

Tennis: Just added to the spring program is a vacation week tennis camp April 20-24. The camp will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. at the courts of Memorial School. The instructor will be Robert Messer. Messer comes from the Woodbridge Country Club and is the boys’ varsity head coach at North Haven High School. He will be running our summer programs scheduled for the weeks of July 6-10 and August 3-7. Enrollment in the vacation week camp is limited; send an e-mail to to reserve a spot. Program ID is Springten09. The cost is $50. Mi-Dog Fund Raisers Doggy Swim will be held on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at 27 Powder Hill Rd. in Middlefield. Cost is $5 per dog. The family bus trip to NYC is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The bus leaves from the Middlefield Community Center. The cost is $45 per person. For more information, e-mail or call Tyler Sibley at (860) 349-1954.

Levi Coe Library

Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and

from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Call the library at (860) 349-3857 or visit for information or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Levi E. Coe Library Annual Book and Bake Sale: The library’s annual book and bake sale has been postponed until Saturday, Nov. 7. We will be continuing to accept donations throughout the year. Books must be in good condition. We do not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines, moldy books, or Reader’s Digest condensed books. Great new book titles include The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia by James Palmer, How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn’t Have to Be Forever by Jack Horner, Long Lost by Harlan Coben, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy by Boston Globe and Still Alice by Lisa Genova. To view anticipated arrival dates for new titles, visit, click on Activities and Events and go to monthly calendars. New DVDs include: Elegy, The Inheritance, Travel With Kids: New York, Library Skills for Children: Using the Dewey Decimal System, Pinocchio, Little Travelers: Japan and more. Coming soon are Marley and Me, Milk, Twilight and more. Stop by and view the expanded collection, or visit, click on Online Resources, select Book Talk, then Recently Acquired Titles. Scroll down to DVDs. Spice Up Your Week: Join this group of fourth to sixth graders every Thursday after school to discuss a Nut-

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, April 6 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Tuesday, April 7 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education meeting and Budget Hearing at CRHS 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, April 8 6 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority Thursday, April 9 7 p.m. — Park and Recreation Commission Wednesday, April 15 7 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission Thursday, April 16 7 p.m. — Board of Finance

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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 agendas and last-minute changes.) Tuesday, April 7 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education meeting and budget hearing at CRHS 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Thursday, April 9 6 p.m. — Board of Selectmen and D-13, 135 Pickett Lane 7:30 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals at Town Hall Friday, April 10 7:30 p.m. — Historical Society at the Centre Schoolhouse Monday, April 13 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission 8 p.m. — Annual town budget hearing at Coginchaug High School Tuesday, April 14 7:30 p.m. — Library Board of Trustees 8 p.m. — Fire Company at the firehouse Wednesday, April 15 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, April 16 7 p.m. — Water Commission at Town Hall

Brush pick-up

The Public Works Department will begin the annual spring curbside brush pick up the week of April 6. Please be sure to take note of the very strict guidelines that need to

be followed in order for your brush to be picked up. Brush should be less than four inches in diameter and not longer than six feet in length. Brush should be stacked at roadside in an open area, away from mailboxes, trees, telephone poles and oth-

er structures. Brush should be stacked perpendicular to the roadway, butt end toward the road. No leaves, stumps, wood or foreign matter will be picked up. Each household will be strictly limited to one truck load during this collection. Loads shall not measure any larger than four feet high, six feet wide and eight feet long. If your load does not follow these guidelines it will not be removed. The town will publish in the paper, The Town Times, and also on the website,, each street/area to be passed each week. They will make one pass only so be sure to check. Residents with questions may call the Public Works Office at (860) 349-1816. Week of April 6: Stagecoach Road area, Coe Road, Old Farms Road area. Week of April 13: Barbara Lane, Camera Road area, Howd Road, Mauro Drive, Tri Mountain Road area.

Public Safety Committee The Public Safety Committee worked on the “Additional Police Coverage” report during their Thursday,

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March 5, meeting, during which they revised the cost/benefit analysis sheet to be reviewed by the chairman. One issue that came before them was regarding snow plowing along state and town intersections due to the resulting snow piles causing line of sight issues. The committee agreed to look into the matter. The committee also approved Boy Scout Kyle Backus’ request to work on a public safety sign as part of his Eagle Scout project. (From minutes/Chuck Corley)

Donated equipment key to successful rescue Just prior to the Durham Fair in 2008, the member of the Local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10169 donated a John Deere Gator and some associated rescue equipment to the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corps. At approximately 6 P.M. on March 25th, the Durham

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Volunteer Ambulance Corps received a report of a patient injured in the woods near Coginchaug Regional High School. Realizing that this could be an excellent opportunity to use this equipment, the request was made to have the Gator and the Fire Company respond to the scene. Scott Wright, Chief of the Ambulance Corps stated, “The equipment did exactly what we were hoping it would do. By using the Gator, we were able to gain access to the patient quickly and bring the patient out of the woods safely.” Harry Hall, Chief of the Fire Company said, “The Gator worked very, very well. Without the Gator, we would have had to carry the patient out by hand – a process that would have taken considerable time and manpower.” Both the Fire Company and Ambulance Corps once again thank the VFW for their donation of a truly useful piece of equipment.

Durham 60+ Club The Durham 60+ club will meet on Monday, April 13, at 1 p.m., in the United Churches of Durham Fellowship Hall on the corner of Rt. 68 and Main Street. The Elm City Banjo Society will entertain with old time songs. Blood pressure clinic from noon to 1 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome.

Democratic Town Committee meeting The Durham Democratic Town Committee meets Tuesday, April 7, at 7:15 in the Durham Public Library. All monthly meetings are open to the public, and those with an interest in local, state and national politics are welcome.



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Tips for last minute tax filers By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times If April 15 is a day that makes you panic, you must not be done with filing your taxes. According to Charlie Bogan, a tax accountant in Durham, if you’re falling behind in filing, you have some options. First, Bogan, a CPA and licensed financial services rep for insurance and investment products, says late filers should consider using a tax professional, and he is a big proponent of choosing someone that is in the business all year and not just seasonally. “Take it from a guy who does hundreds and hundreds of tax returns each year, it’s the best thing you could ever do, especially in these difficult times,” he said. “This is not the year to do it yourself because the economy is bringing in additional challenges.” Many of these challenges, Bogan says, are the what-if scenarios of the economy that clients may encounter. For instance, ‘What if my house is foreclosed?’ ‘What if I lose my

job?’ ‘How will this affect my tax return?’ A professional can look at what’s in front of their client and help them prepare for the coming year. “A professional knows all of the tax ramifications to factor into any income tax situation to help people prepare for anything that they might not be expecting,” he said, adding that he has had a significant number of people needing help on taxes because of the economic climate. According to Bogan, another reason to work with a pro is because you may have more money coming to you this year if you didn’t get as much as you expected in your 2007 tax returns. “Last year’s stimulus money may be on the table in your 2008 tax returns, so if it was left to the do-it-yourselfers, this may get overlooked,” Bo-

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At this point in the season, Bogan also strongly suggests that people file for an extension if they are not prepared for the April 15 deadline. An extension is simply an extension of time to file your tax returns, and not an extension to pay, he explains. An extension will give the person an additional six months after the extension is filed, which still needs to be before April 15. Therefore, as long as the person has paid in, they have until mid-October to file their tax returns. Bogan said filing for an extension is as simple as filling out a form and sending it in, along with any potential balance that may be due.

This is another time when it’s wise to work with a pro, Bogan said. If someone owes

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asks a question. “What might our future look like then?” Our future would look like a Totalitarian Welfare State. Not a very bright future for our children at all. A dismal future with a government watching our every move, collecting and disseminating wealth according to their own moral imperatives. The incremental and constant taking away of personal liberty, the right to defend oneself from tyranny, the control of the human population by government mandated abortion. No incentive whatsoever to better your own lot in life, all things being equal. That is, in all essence, a Godless and meaningless world, yet millions of people seem to be crying out for it and actually working towards it. And yes, there is such a thing as a greedy capitalist. But the capitalist isn’t trying to enslave me, and he just might provide a job for me. I will close with a little something for the commies and the socialists. If you took all the money in the world and put into one big bank and equally distributed it amongst the entire human population, within twentyfour hours there would be a disparity of wealth. It doesn’t

Editorial (Continued from page 8) to translate it into the English language. Interesting stuff, for a change, from the Town Times. This is what I learned. In the 1950’s, African people were called Negroes. It wasn’t the industrialization of America, the war machine, that pulled us out economic ruin, it was about a 90 percent tax rate on the rich. (Sure) It’s also up to the government to make everything equal and fair because that’s a moral issue. (As if government itself is a moral entity) Capitalism is the Great Satan of the world. (implied) People employed in our common national defense industry are morally inferior. (Even though such people continually save our collective ass.) Health care should be a non-profit undertaking. ( In communist countries that’s exactly what it is)And one more thing— life isn’t fair and it’s up to our elected leaders to hold us by the hands because we are all too stupid to help ourselves.(footnote: it’s also a man’s world) At the end of all that she

work. It doesn’t work in California and it doesn’t work in Europe. If it doesn’t work than stop doing it, it’s that simple. Mark J. Czaja, Middlefield

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March 11th the 111th Congress introduced H.R. 1444 Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act to establish the Congressional Commission on Civic Service to study methods of improving and promoting volunteerism and national service, and for other purposes. I thought at first, promoting volunteerism and national service sounded like a good idea. Maybe society as a whole needs to give back more, become less selfish. Then I read the bill. The bill speaks to coming to an understanding of what deters youth volunteerism, current programs, how to expand partnerships and developing awareness. All sounds pretty reasonable until you come to Section 4 Duties (b) line 6. “Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.” Mandatory. How does a country founded on freedom mandate volunteer national service? Doesn’t the word mandatory contradict the word volunteer? I began to look around and found myself pleasantly surprised with how many of our young people are already volunteering. Community service is a requirement for graduation from our local high school; many exceed the required hours without being asked. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an annual report in January of 2009 stating 61.8 million, or 26.4 percent of the

population volunteered between September 2007 and September 2008. This report was based on information collected from 60,000 households, less than two percent of our population. It is this report that the administration is basing its need to increase volunteerism in our youth. I can’t help but think about the Boy Scouts of America slogan — “Do a good turn daily.” Every day I find boys and girls doing a good turn, it may be opening a door for an elderly woman or helping scoop up papers that have just slipped from the school secretary’s hands. I personally worked with our youth in Eastern Kentucky where I can proudly say they are the hardest working group I have ever witnessed. I believe we have good youth in general. So is this mandatory civil service supposed to make our youth better? I wonder if harmony could be obtained with youth wanting to volunteer side by side with youth that had no desire to be there. You see, volunteer service is not for everyone. It takes a special kind of personality to give of one’s self in such a way. When it becomes mandatory to give, it becomes less appealing, and when it comes as a direct order from your government, it could become resented. My family freely has given to our country in many ways. I was raised by a dad who freely served in the U.S. Navy, with a mom who continually gave of herself in soup kitchens and hospitals. Their service is too extensive to list. In turn my husband and I have continued that legacy with our own children. Children who lead by example and have successfully had peers now

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Obituaries Rev. Lester G. Morris The Reverend Lester G. Morris, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Middletown. He was 79. Father Morris had been a hospital chaplain, parochial victor of several parishes in the diocese, and was pastor of St. Colman Church in Middlefield when he retired in 2004. Father Morris was born in Chicago, IL, on June 30, 1929,


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Arthur S. Bielefield Arthur Smith Bielefield, 79, Durham (formerly of Middletown) died on Tuesday, March 31, at home after a long illness. He was the son of the late Frances (Smith) Bielefield and Herman E. Bielefield and was the grandson of the late former mayor and postmaster of Middletown, Frederick J. Bielefield. Born in Middletown, he

was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School where he was active in student government and played varsity football, basketball and ran track. In 1947, he was both the indoor and outdoor state champion in the mile run. He was the recipient of the Gold Key award from the Hartford Courant for excellence in art work in 1947. He attended the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut University. Art was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a hospital corpsman. He worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for over 28 years in experimental engineering, retiring in 1987. Art and his family moved to Durham in 1960, and he soon became active in many Durham organizations including the local Boy Scout troop committee, the Durham Little League and Senior League as both a coach and umpire and he coached recreational basketball for many years. He was a former member of the Durham Recreation Committee and was a former superintendent, director, judge and honorary member of the Durham Fair Association. Art was also a director and past president of the Durham Cemetery Co., a member and vice president of the Durham 60+ Club and the Durham-Middlefield AARP group. He was also a life member of the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame. Art was an avid golfer and traveler

and enjoyed gardening. He leaves his beloved wife of 53 years, Shirley (Wilson) Bielefield, his three children — his son David and his companion Emily Tyner of Saranac Lake, NY; his daughter Betsy of Middletown; and his son Charlie and his wife Debbie (Mason) of Meriden, and their two children Amanda and Andrew, who were the love of Art’s life. He also leaves his two sisters, Barbara and her husband Earl Smallshaw of Middletown, Carolyn Bauer of Haddam, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his special cat, Lyric, who was always by his side. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 4, at

10:30 a.m. at the Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main Street in Middlefield. The family would like to thank Dr. Brad Wilkinson and Lisa, Ruth, Janice and others from Hospice for their special care during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Middlesex Hospice, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457 or the Middlefield Federated Church Capital Campaign Fund, 402 Main St., Middlefield, CT 06455. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.doolittlefuneralservice.c om. The Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown is handling the arrangements.

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son of the late Fred Leslie Morris and Barbara (Fischer) Morris. Father Morris was a graduate of the University of Chicago and prepared for the priesthood at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell. Father Morris was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1991, at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich. He was appointed as Pastor of St. Colman in Middlefield in 1996. Immediately following his ordination, Father Morris served as the Chaplain at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Father Morris is survived by a brother, Frederick F. Morris; and a sister, Marie Kohler and her husband John, all of Chicago, IL; also several nieces and nephews. The transfer of the body to St. Colman Church in Middlefield took place on March 29. The funeral mass was celebrated on March 30 at St. Colman Church in Middlefield. Burial will be in the Priests Plot at St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich.


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Location and times are subject to change. For the most up to date information, visit the CIAC website for the current schedule at html. Watch for the Strong Spring Sports Schedule in the next issue of Town Times on April 10.

Coach Karen Kean April 8 at Old Lyme High School at 3:45 p.m. 10 at Haddam-Killingworth 3:45 p.m. 14 at North Branford at 3:45 p.m. 15 at Morgan High School at 3:45 p.m. 20 at Portland High School 3:45 p.m. 23 at Valley Regional at 3:45 p.m. 25 at Old Saybrook at 10:30 a.m. 27 at East Hampton High School at 3:45 p.m. 30 at Westbrook at 4 p.m. May 1 at Haddam-Killingworth High School at 3:45 p.m. 4 at Old Lyme at 3:45 p.m. 7 at Cromwell at 3:45 p.m. 8 at North Branford Intermediate School at 3:45 p.m. 9 at Cromwell High School at 10:30 a.m. 12 at Morgan at 3:45 p.m. 16 at Portland 10:30 a.m. 18 at Valley Regional High School at 3:45 p.m. 20 at Old Saybrook Away High School at 3:45 p.m. 23 at East Hampton High School at 10:30 a.m. 27 at Westbrook High School at 4 p.m. Some tennis matches may be rescheduled if the courts at Memorial School are resurfaced soon enough.

Baseball Coach Ted Lombardo April 10 Varsity Cromwell Home at 10:30 a.m. 11 Varsity Hyde Leadership Home at 1:30 p.m. 11 JV at Cromwell High School at 10:30 a.m. 13 Varsity at North Branford at 3:45 p.m. 14 JV North Branford at 3:45 p.m. 15 Varsity at East Hampton at 3:45 p.m. 16 JV East Hampton at 3:45 p.m. 17 Varsity at Hyde Leadership Rock Park 3:45 20 Varsity Haddam Killingworth at 3:45 p.m. 21 JV at Haddam Killingworth at 3:45 p.m. 22 Varsity Hale Ray at 3:45 p.m. 23 JV at Hale Ray at 3:45 p.m. 24 Varsity at Old Lyme at 3:45 p.m. 25 JV Old Lyme at 10:30 a.m. 27 Varsity Westbrook at 3:45 p.m. 28 JV at Westbrook at 3:45 p.m. 29 Varsity Portland at 3:45 p.m. 30 JV at Portland High School at 3:45 p.m. May 1 Varsity at Old Saybrook HS 3:45 p.m. 2 JV Old Saybrook at 10:30 a.m. 4 Varsity Morgan Home at 3:45 p.m. 5 JV at Morgan High School at 3:45 p.m. 6 Varsity at Valley Regional at 3:45 p.m. 7 JV Valley Regional at 3:45 p.m. 8 Varsity North Branford at 3:45 p.m. 9 JV at North Branford High School 10:30 a.m. 11 Varsity at Haddam Killingworth at 3:45 p.m. 12 JV HaddamKillingworth at 3:45 p.m. 13 Varsity East Hampton at 3:45 p.m. 14 JV at East Hampton High School at 3:45 16 Varsity at Hale Ray Dodd Stadium at noon 16 JV at Valley Regional at 10:30 a.m. 18 V at Morgan Indian River Complex at 7 p.m. 19 JV Morgan at 3:45 p.m. 20 Varsity Valley Regional at 3:45 p.m. 21 JV at Valley Regional at 3:45 p.m. 26 Varsity at Cromwell High School at 3:45 27 JV home against Cromwell at 3:45 p.m.

Outdoor track Coaches Marty Roberts (boys) and Lavinia Vigue (girls) April 14 Haddam-Killingworth Away at 3:45 p.m. April 28 at East Hampton High School at 3:45 p.m. May 2 Coginchaug Invitational Home at Platt High School at noon May 5 at Valley Regional Regional High School at 3:45 p.m. May 12 at North Branford Colafati Field NBHS at 3:45 p.m. May 20 at Morgan Peters Complex at 3:45 p.m. May 26 Shoreline Championship Meet location to be announced at 2:30 p.m. June 8 State Open Track Meet at Willow Brook/New Britain tine to be announced. June 13 New England track meet location time to be announced Invitationals will be added to this schedule as the season progresses.

Golf Coach Alex Edwards April 14 East Hampton at Lyman at 3:10 27 Middletown at Lyman at 3 p.m. 29 at Haddam-Killingworth Banner at 3:15 30 at Old Lyme Black Hall Club Old Lyme at 3:15 p.m. May 5 at Old Saybrook at Fenwick at 3 6 Portland at Lyman at 3 p.m. 7 at Valley Regional at 3:30 p.m. 12 North Branford at Lyman at 3:10 p.m. 13 Cromwell at Lyman Orchards at 2:45 15 Hale Ray at Lyman Orchards at 3 p.m. 18 Shoreline Tournament Location to be announced 20 at Morgan CCC at 3 p.m. 21 Middletown at Lyman at 3 p.m. 26 Cromwell away at 2:45 p.m. 27 Hale Ray at Fox Hopyard CC at 3:15 28 Haddam-Killingworth at Lyman at 3:10 June 8 Division IV State Tournament at Crestbrook CC

Softball Varsity Coach Anne Moscovics, JV Jen Penny April 8 Varsity & JV at Berlin Sage Park at 3:45 p.m. 9 Varsity& JV home against Middletown at 3:45 10 Varsity Cromwell at 10:30 a.m. 11 JV at Cromwell High School at 10:30 a.m. 13 Varsity at N. Branford Totoket Park at 3:45 p.m. 14 JV home against North Branford at 3:45 p.m. 15 Varsity at East Hampton High School at 3:45 16 JVhome against East Hampton at 3:45 p.m. 20 Varsityhome vs.Haddam-Killingworth at 3:45 21 JV at Haddam-Killingworth HS at 3:45 p.m. 22 Varsity home against Hale Ray at 3:45 p.m. 23 JV at Hale Ray High School at 3:45 p.m. 27 Varsity home against Westbrook at 3:45 p.m. 28 JV at Westbrook at 3:45 p.m. 29 Varsity Portland at 3:45 p.m. 30 JV at Portland Nolan Field at 3:45 p.m. May 1 Varsity at Old Saybrook High School at 3:45 2 JV Old Saybrook at 10:30 a.m. 4 Varsity home against Morgan at 3:45 p.m. 6 Varsity at Valley Regional High School at 3:45 7 JV home against Valley Regional at 3:45 p.m. 8 Varsity home against North Branford at 3:45 p.m. 9 JV at North Branford Totoket Park at 10:30 a.m. 11 Varsity at Haddam-Killingworth HS, 3:45 p.m. 12 JV home vs. Haddam-Killingworth at 3:45 p.m. 13 Varsity home against East Hampton at 3:45 14 JV at East Hampton High School at 3:45 p.m. 15 Varsity home against Valley Regional at 3:45 16 JV at Valley Regional High School at 10:30 a.m. 18 Varsity at Morgan Peters Complex at 7 p.m. 20 Varsity & JV home against RHAM at 3:45 p.m. 26 Varsity at Westbrook High School at 3:45


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Benchwarmers salute winter ‘athletes of the season’ By Chris Flanagan Special to the Town Times As the winter season ends and spring begins, the Benchwarmers salute the following six student athletes for their contributions to school and teams. Cheerleading Tayler Dontigney is a junior cheerleader on the blue team, coached by Karen Kean. The blue cheering squad cheers for the boys’ varsity basketball team, and it should be noted that Tayler is being recognized for the second season in a row, hav-

Tayler Dontigney ing cheered for the white squad (girls’ varsity) as a

sophomore last year. More important, Dontigney finished among the top four girls chosen to the all Shoreline team, and you may have seen her receive a plaque at the Boys Shorline Championship game held recently at H-K. So what makes a good cheerleader? “To me, it’s all about personality,” Tayler mentioned. Pressed further she explained that smarts, athleticism and creativity, along with a friendly nature, go into what she calls a cheerleader’s personality. After a recent competition, Tayler was honored by being



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Benchwarmers (Continued from page 30) Girls’ Basketball

Erika Hill

Erika Hill is a senior and was co-captain of the girls’ varsity basketball team this season. Wearing #3 and coached by Tony Calcagni, Hill played a key role for the Blue Devils, not only this season but throughout her career at CRHS. A leader in scoring, assists, steals and defense in

general, Erika made the switch this year from point to shooting guard for the good of the team. “I feel like a point guard” she said, liking the ability to control the game from that position, but Hill moved to the #2 position to add scoring punch to this young team. She was one of only two seniors and feels that their inexperience was pivotal to the team only winning eight games in the regular season while dropping 12. “Our defense was our largest weakness this year. It seemed that we didn’t handle pressure down the stretch very well; we couldn’t hold the leads we had. I think it was a maturity thing, after all we started two freshman. But I must admit, I am disappointed in my own play this year as well. I don’t think I improved at all over last year,” she said. That seems a tad harsh when you consider the other team’s focus all year was stopping Hill and challenging the younger kids to make the plays, a strategy that worked for the most part. Hill threw javelin in out-

door track last year and made the All-Shoreline team. But this year, she’s playing basketball year round and will help her dad this summer with the camps he runs, as well as working for the Recreation Dept in town. She plays flute in the school band and was chosen class instrumentalist in addition to being selected to the second team AllConference Band. Subjects she likes are Anatomy, Spanish and Psychology. Erika would like to become a therapist, favoring Child Psychology, and likes the idea of “being able to change minds.” Hill sees herself as living in the country and commuting to work in Boston some day. College is first, but she declared, “I’m ready to go, I could leave tomorrow!” She wants to make enough money so that she can travel extensively. “ I want to go to all these places and be immersed in their cultures.”

Girls’ Indoor Track Lora Manley, sophomore, competes in indoor track for coach Dave Bellemere. Her specialty is high jump. Read-

31 things, leg strength and speed. I’m bigger this year, not as thin as last year when I was still doing gymnastics which I devoted a lot of time to. I’m too tall for gymnastics now and jumping is way different,” Lora explained. She continued: “I plan to do weight work, but be careful with my strained knees and also work on sprints by running the 100M and the 4X100 relay. Also improving technique and being comfortable with it. Lastly, I will continue with the Triple Jump.” Lora is a straight A student, loves math, finds other things either boring or challenging, but succeeds because of good study habits. Some of her activities are as a member of FBLA and as vice-president of the 2011 Class Council. She is also a team member of Oddyssey of the Mind. This year the task is to design a balsa wood structure that can withstand the shock of a weight dropped upon it. This summer Manley looks forward to the family vacation at a cabin on a lake in

Lora Manley

ers may remember her being a Benchwarmers athlete last spring as a freshman. She continues to improve, garnering a second team nomination at the Shoreline meet with a jump of 5-0 and winning the silver medal at the States, again with a jump of 5-0. She is setting her sights on the school indoor record of 5-2”, and someday the state outdoor record of 5-7”. It’s all incremental with jumpers. “Once I get to 5-2,” I won’t be happy till I get to 5-4,” Manley said. “This spring during Outdoor, I have to work on two See Benchwarmers, next page 1099131

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Maine. In the future, Lora would consider becoming an engineer of some sort. What she wants to do is to be able to go to a great engineering school that also has a great track program. To her, Stanford would be the mecca, but other places would include Caltech, Berkeley and Pepperdine, all California schools.


Diana Della Rocco Diana DellaRocco is a sen-

ior cheerleader on the blue squad for coach Karen Kean. Involved since freshman year, Diana is captain of the team this year. “Creative, a leader, a motivator, just an absolute delight,” were the words coach Kean used to express Diana’s presence on the team. Along with Tayler Dontigney and Jaci Adams, Della Rocco is one of the three going to the Pro Bowl in 2010 after doing well in a recent competitive meet. DellaRocco also placed as first person second team in the Shoreline. The competition team is made up of CRHS cheerleaders who must put in the extra time and effort to participate while still fulfilling normal squad membership. “We spent two hard weeks getting it right. We created the routines and wound up doing pretty well. Last summer, I realized that I really enjoyed cheering, and I want to continue to do that in college. But I will have to improve my tumbling skills to achieve that,” Diana said. Diana is a member of the ECO club, is on the Yearbook

Committee and has played flute in the band for four years. Favorite subjects include Spanish and English, but her real fondness is for studies of a more artistic nature. She wants to major in Textile Design and Merchandising with the idea of having a career in the fashion industry. She will return for her final outdoor track season, competing in the 100M and javelin, and would like to work in the evenings after practice. Looking forward to the summer, she wants to spend a lot of time with friends before going away to college, URI being the school of choice. DellaRocco mentioned that one part of her success that she felt proud of was that each year she improved and that she stuck with something that was a challenge in the beginning. She wanted to share this sentiment with others who may be toiling at something. “Don’t rest until you find that one thing that clicks with you,” she said.

Boys’ Basketball Matt Biesak repeats as the

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Matt Biesak

Benchwarmers’ choice again, as he was last year as a junior. Wearing #23 and playing point guard on Coach Todd Salva’s cagers, Matt has just completed an illustrious career for CRHS. He was selected to the All-Shoreline First Team for the second year in a row. As floor general, he led the Blue Devils to a regular season record of 16-4. Though the post season has to be considered a disappointment both in conference and the states, Bucky joined an elite group of former standouts by See Benchwarmers, next page


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scoring his 1000th point in his last game, at home, a 55-53 loss to Stafford. Matt led the team in scoring, assists and steals as well as the intangibles. His level of play elevated his teammates, by leading them, they became better. “I play basketball year round, AAU, pick-up and for CRHS. Basketball is my thing. It helped to have an older brother (John) kick my butt until I caught up to him, that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to playing in college,” Matt said. Biesak mentioned that science and math are his favorite subjects but has no firm plans as to where those interests may lead him. He’s a member of ECO and has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. He is also a member of the drama class that will present a play at the end of the year. Matt will head off to college in the fall, his first pick being Plymouth State in New Hampshire and a basketball

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Benchwarmers (Continued from page 31) opportunity. Other schools in the mix are Green Mtn College and Castleton State, both small Vermont schools. He has no focus yet on what his major will be or what career path he may take. He is looking forward to a fun summer before he goes away. He and a friend are going to fix up an old boat and work and play out on Block Island. How much work and how much play is yet to be seen, but his quote may give an indication. “Enjoy high school while you’re here. I had a great experience. Enjoy it and don’t let it fly by, because it will,” he said.

Boys’ Indoor Track

“A great kid with a good attitude, really versatile, a total team player who can run any event from the 400M up,” is the praise indoor track coach Marty Roberts used to describe our final pick, senior Mike Miller. He has competed since a freshman and was cap-

Mike Miller tain of the team this year. Initially, the longer one and twomile races were his specialty, and he won the Most Improved award as a freshman. As an upperclassman, Miller has competed in the middle distances, the 400M, 600M and the 800, the individual events as well as the relay teams. “I was pretty slow when I started running in junior high,” Mike says. “I did it because my friends ran, and I just wanted to do something to improve myself, though it was tough for me at first.” Mike has completed his final indoor season, and it’s his per-

sonal best he feels. The team finished fourth in the Shoreline meet as the relay quartet. Mike won the 4x400 and placed third in the 4x800. Mike ran an impressive 2:07 for his leg in that race. Already qualified as in individual for the 600M at States, Miller decided to save himself for the two relay events because of a bout of tendonitis in his Achilles. Mike and friends took the bronze medal in the 4x800 in Class S with a time of 8:42. Looking forward to the outdoor season, Miller plans to run the 4x400, 4x800, 800M and perhaps the 400. “We have a good returning core group, we should be pretty good, top five in the Shoreline I think,” he said. In class Mike explained, “I’m a pretty good student, honors.” Also a musician since fourth grade, he now plays saxophone in the CRHS Jazz Band. Away from class he mixes with friends and watches tons of sports on ESPN and loves basketball. He wants to go to Ohio State admitting, “I want to go to a large state school with a lot of school spir-

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Sixth grade Destroyers end season as champions By Dan Davis Special to the Town Times

The last game of the year for the Durham Destroyers sixth grade girls’ basketball team provided a thrilling and gratifying end to their season as they were crowned champions of the Branford Joan G. Bradley Girls’ Basketball Tournament at the Branford Community Center on Sunday, March 29. On the way to the championship, the Destroyers recorded five victories in a row over several Shoreline League teams and one Connecticut Girls’ Basketball League team. The first round of the tournament began March 18 against East Haven. Executing superior rebounding and a good shooting percentage, the Destroyers quickly took command of the game and cruised to a decisive victory with a score of 45-16. The second round game on March 22 turned out to be the most thrilling of the tournament with the Destroyers

matched up against a strong Madison team directed by Coach Wygonick. The first three quarters of the game was dominated by defense. At the end of the third quarter, the score was tied at only 1212. In the fourth quarter, each team’s offense finally began to click, but at the end of regulation, the score was still tied at 21-21, sending the game into the first of several exhilarating overtime periods. Defense prevailed in the first overtime as each team scored only two points to end tied at 23-23. The second overtime period was another nail-biter coming down to foul shooting for both teams, again ending in a tie score at 26-26. In the third and final overtime period, Madison jumped to an early lead with a quick twopointer. However, the Destroyers kept up the pressure and rallied with five straight points to win the game 31-29 to loud cheers and the relief of the Durham fans. The third round of the tournament provided another

thriller with the Destroyers matched up against an improved Guilford team on March 27. Guilford’s aggressive play during the game made it look pretty bleak for the Destroyers as Guilford built a 26-20 lead with less than four minutes remaining. But in what has become a trademark this season, the team again stepped up their effort and rallied with eight straight points to take the lead, 28-26. Guilford scored two more points to tie it up, sending the Destroyers into yet another pressure-packed overtime. The lead would go back and forth several times in overtime as Guilford’s good free throw shooting was matched by Destroyer field goals. With less than 30 seconds remaining and Guilford leading 31-30, the Destroyers sunk one more basket giving them a one point margin of victory 32-31. The semi-final game on March 28, pitted the Destroyers against a second Madison team, this one directed by

Coach Werth. While Madison fought valiantly, the Destroyers attack simply proved too much and by the end of the third quarter, Durham had the game firmly under control, leading 24-12 on the way to a final 32-14 victory. The victory over Madison sent the Destroyers into the championship game and set up another battle against what has turned into a friendly rivalry with a talented and well-coached West Haven team on March 29. West Haven jumped out quickly and held a lead at the end of the first quarter 11-8. In the second quarter, the Destroyers countered with 10 unanswered points to take over the lead, 18-11. West Haven’s offense then turned up a notch as they fought back to take a 23-20 lead early in the third quarter. It was at this point that the Destroyers excellent all-round offense and defense slowly began to take command of the game. By the end of the third quarter, the Destroyers had taken back an

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Middlefield father and son finish winning season

Middlefield residents Joseph D’Agostino Jr. and son Joseph D’Agostino III, lead their Central Connecticut Capitals Mite C team to a winning season this year. The Capitals ended the season with a 23–12–2 record. This included a string of 11 straight wins prior to their season-ending loss to Pawling. The 23 total wins and three post-season wins are the most for a Central Mite C team over the last five years. This comes despite this team being comprised solely of first year competitive players. D’Agostino’s team wrapped up their season by competing in the Connecticut Hockey Conference Mite Smyth Division State Tournament. The Capitals came out strong with three straight victories to win their side of the bracket. However, their impressive season came to an end with a 3–0 semifinal loss to a game Pawling Mite B squad. Central played strong defensively throughout the tournament, including holding

Train your aim – the railroad alignment analogy By Jason Beffert PGA

Above, hockey coach Joseph D’Agostino Jr.; left, hockey player Joseph D’Agostino III. Joseph D’Agostino III, Will Collisson, Luke Lappe and Nicholas Deriu manned the defense throughout the tournament. Their play helped Spencer Flynn post the three wins in goal, including an impressive 11-save effort in the Simsbury game.

Wallingford to only three shots on goal in the first game.

The D’Agostino father-son team plans to spend a few spring months on the turf before returning to their rink in Newington for another season of Capitals hockey together.

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Veronick (Continued from page 1) what came back, almost entirely in Jim’s words, though the parenthetical remarks are my comments:

“From the start in the first round game, it was really unexpected to have Coach Blaney put us in the game, despite how big our lead was. Going into the tournament, I thought my last minutes were in our senior night game. Surprisingly, however, Coach called me, John Lindner and Johnnie Bird to go into the game against Chattanooga for the last minute of play. I was awed by the NCAA tournament atmosphere: the amount of people in the crowd, the fact that the game was a huge national broadcast, and the importance of the game. I had watched NCAA tournaments ever since I was a little kid, and to actually be able to play in one was unreal. I am still in disbelief, it feels like a dream.”

didn’t even bother thinking about getting into a second round game, especially against Texas A&M, a talented and respected team. However, after amazing play by our teammates, we got enough of a lead when Coach called for us walk-ons to come in with a minute left. After a drive and shot by Johnnie Bird, I luckily grabbed a rebound, faced the basket, and I put up a shot, the first in my career. I had to let one go, if I didn’t I knew I would always regret it. I had no problem getting the shot off; the defender wasn’t the size of Hash (Hasheem Thabeet, 7’3” UConn center), my usual match-up in practice. And then, the ball went through the basket, and the bench went wild with happiness for me. They are all very supportive of us walk-ons, and we have great respect and love for each other. It was an amazing moment, the greatest feeling, one that I will never forget. Coaches, teammates, staff, managers, reporters and others all con2" gratulated me. I looked at my

phone shortly after the game to see I had over 50 text messages and missed calls; maybe I got a glimpse at some of the fame the other guys get on a regular basis.” “The third round game was the closest we had played in the tournament thus far. Once again, getting in didn’t cross my mind in this game. However, with 4 seconds left, and some of the other reserves finally put in to the game, Coach yelled my name to go in to take out Stanley, the only remaining starter in the game. I was in shock at the moment. The size of Cardinal stadium was overwhelming; it could seat over 70,000 people. The fact that we were in the third round, and the size of the crowd, was again amazing and nearly overwhelming. I went in, found my matchup as we were on defense, and didn’t think much would happen. The ball was inbounded and a shot went up. I saw the ball coming off the backboard towards my side so I jumped for the rebound. However, another player was in front of me, 3" with a and to avoid fouling

mere couple of seconds left, I avoided contact and simply slapped his put-back layup away. The ball bounced away, the horn went off, and I saw our bench going crazy once again. I ran down the court to return to our ecstatic bench when I saw Hash running at me to congratulate me. Reading each others’ mind, we jumped in joy and did an epic chest bump, which then made front page of The highlight of my life: making the front page of ESPN with the team I love. Coach Blaney said, ‘Not in Jimbo’s house!’... a common chant he yells in practice when I get a block. He also added jokingly today at the end of our game highlight/recap film, that I probably set the record for the most stats in least minutes in the NCAA tourney (He’s certainly way up there.) This has all been an amazing ride, a dream.” “We just have some more work to do, next game: Missouri,” (which UConn also won though our favorite hometown player did not make an appearance in this one).

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Living With Deafness Do you know anyone at your school or in your neighborhood who is deaf or hard of hearing? You might have a grandparent who has lost some of his or her hearing over the years and now uses a hearing aid. A person is considered deaf if he or she can’t hear other people speak, even when using a hearing aid. But there are different levels of hearing loss. Some people with hearing loss may be able to understand some speech. They might be able to hear music or highpitched tones, such as a beep on an answering machine.

Why are some people deaf? Hearing loss happens for different reasons. Some people are deaf or hard of hearing from birth. Their hearing loss might be caused by damage in the brain or in the ears, or it might be inherited. Others may have worked at very loud jobs, which hurt their hearing over time. Listening to loud music can ruin our ability to hear. Deafness can also be caused by diseases, infections or fluid in the ears. For Deaf History Month, March 13April 15, The Mini Page learned more about living with deafness.

The parts of our ears: 1. Outer ear 2. Ear canal 3. Eardrum 4. Ossicles 5. Cochlea 6. Auditory nerve

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Sounds are vibrations in the air around us. When a drummer bangs on a drum or thunder cracks in the sky, the air moves at a frequency, or number of times per second, that our ears and brain work together to understand. Without these important body parts, we wouldn’t be able to hear anything.

A baby with normal hearing learns to talk by listening to her parents and other people around her. Children who lose their hearing before they start talking may have a hard time learning to speak because they can’t How ears work clearly hear others. Ears are complicated organs. Just Children who are deaf or hard of beyond the part you can see is the ear hearing learn to talk by watching a canal, where sound enters our brain. The teacher as a sound is made. They also waves of sound meet the eardrum and may touch the teacher’s throat or cheek the ossicles (AH-sih-culs), small bones in to feel the vibrations each sound makes. the middle ear, and cause them to Students can also feel the teacher’s vibrate. Those vibrations make tiny hair breath as the sound is made. cells in the cochlea (KOH-klee-ah) move Then students try to make that same and send electrical messages to our brain noise. It may take a lot of practice to through the auditory nerve. Then our learn just one sound. brain takes over to understand the sound.

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Sign Language History of sign language Almost 400 years ago, a Spanish man named Juan Pablo Bonet developed a way for deaf or hard of hearing people to communicate with each other. In the mid1700s, a Frenchman, Charles-Michel de l’Épée, used Bonet’s signs to develop an alphabet. He also started a school for deaf children in Paris.

American Sign Language Different countries or areas have different sign languages. In the United States, many people use American Sign Language. The five parts of a sign are:

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4. how the hand moves; 5. facial expressions that go with the sign.

The alphabet shown at right is used to spell proper names and words that don’t have a sign. Notice the arrows that show you how to move your hand. But many words have signs of their own, so each word doesn’t have to be spelled out. For instance, the sign at the left means “I love you.” Layout and design copyright © 2007, William Vicars, sign language resources at

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Mini Spy is signing as she tells a story to her classmates. See if you can find: • muffin • pencil • apple • banana • eyeglasses • bird • letter B • word MINI • carrot • letter D • kite

Brown Basset ws TRY ’N The Ned’s n FIND u Ho Words that remind us of deafness are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonally, and some letters are used twice. See if you can find: HEARING, DEAF, SPEECH, AID, BRAIN, EAR, SIGN, SOUND, FREQUENCY, EARDRUM, OSSICLE, COCHLEA, TALK, BREATH, VIBRATION, LANGUAGE, ALPHABET, GALLAUDET, UNIVERSITY, TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY. V I B R A T I O N I A R B F G T E B A H P L A K Q W H R D A LEARNING TO SIGN IS FUN! B Y T A L K N G I S X E E O L S P E E C H C L J O Q A A S L Y T I S R E V I N U F R T S A H L A N G U A G E N Z I H I U M U R D R A E N A D K N D C D A E L H C O C L R B Q G J L E T O O L S Y G O L O N H C E T TM

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So what is the impact of this going forward? At the outset, the bailout of the banks was designed to restore and promote confidence in the financial system. Now, though, it has created more uncertainty because the process has not been equitable, or transparent, and has lacked accountability. Therefore, consumers today appear to be spending on the basics only and are not in a position to lead a robust expansion given existing debt levels. Remember, one out of every five after-tax dollars is now going to debt repayment, so this is still a very leveraged economy. Can you talk about Connecticut’s job losses? The Labor Department released data showing a loss of 14,300 jobs in February relative to January, and a cumulative job loss of 52,900 for Connecticut dating back to a new revised employment peak in March 2008. In my mind, the February job numbers are indicative of cautious business attitudes in the face of weaker consumer spending, continued uncertainty within the equity markets despite recent gains and a sluggish housing market. Job losses were widespread in February, too. We saw losses in construction (-1,500 jobs), manufacturing (-2,300 jobs), financial services (-600 jobs), education and health (-1,500 jobs), and rather sizable declines in business and professional services (-6,400). This latter category is of concern because these are generally good paying jobs and the eco-


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nomic multipliers relating to indirect job creation are significant. What else do you see down the road? The current forecast on job losses has been upped to reflect a cumulative job loss of between 80,000 and 100,000. My prior estimate had been in the 60,000 to 80,000 range. Again, the true sign of economic recovery will be when Connecticut firms feel that business is sufficiently strong to warrant new hires and start adding workers. On the front end of recovery though, expect a rise in workweek hours before you see a gain in jobs. As I’ve said on many occasions, it’s all about increased productivity, namely doing more with less. What is the most important thing for an ordinary person to keep in mind? Number one is to reduce your level of debt wherever you can. Over the last few years we’ve forgotten what it means to live within our means, and we have to adjust our lifestyles to reflect what we’re capable of earning. Now we have this opportunity to start doing that individually, and as a country we’ll start to do that, too. Secondly, maximize savings during periods of economic concern. Each person needs to better their own financial situation. It would be in everyone’s best interest to keep up to date with workforce skills, get their own financial house in order and remember that life is more than the amount of money you have in the bank. It’s about finding ways to learn to live with less.

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This hopefully will be the last and only time I review a movie that I did not watch in its entirety. I made it past 1 hour 22 minutes before my little guy was scared out of the final 12 minutes. Who knew there was such a thing as too much action for a three-yearold? It’s okay because I know in my heart that the aliens must have been defeated by the montsters after a shoot ‘em up battle sequence. Predictable cartoon fare, Monsters vs. Aliens is nothing spectacular. It was the digital 3D that brought viewers in droves. If you were to arrive on time, you’d be out of luck. We had to wait until the next showing for seats together for a family of three. The theater was packed with children of all ages and parents equally excited for the thrill of in-your-face, you-can-almost-touch-it mayhem. Sure enough, the opening sequence is a paddle ball game, the ball buzzing by your

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Diagnosis: Movies nose before it is pulled back by an elastic string. Even a chunk of the previews were in 3D. Apparently, the digital 3D world is trying to revolutionize an industry with an old idea, only more high tech this time around. I must admit that the glasses weren’t too shabby. What with so many folks defecting to NetFlix, Hollywood has to woo the audience with something the small screen can’t offer. Their idea has worked so far, with Monsters grossing $58.2 million in its debut weekend. Still, 3D or not, it is not surprising that Pixar has outsmarted Dreamworks each and every year. Where is the story? The connection with the characters? The side humor for adults? Other than Stephen Colbert’s most excellent Presi-

dent Hathaway interfacing with the aliens, it’s a crap shoot. It’s not enough to rely on 3D for gags that catch your breath for mere seconds. Why not develop Dr. Cockroach, who was delivered oh so deliciously by Hugh Laurie, or better yet General W.R. Monger, voiced by 24’s Kiefer Sutherland? Sadly, I found the lead character Ginormica, (Can you believe this name?) a bit whiny and irritating. To be honest with you, it was almost a relief to walk away – if not by family consensus. When all is said and done, Monsters vs. Aliens may be one of the current frontrunners in the 3D contest the studios are running, but it will be long forgotten by year’s end once Pixar’s Up takes the stage in May. And I can’t wait for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in 2010. Anyone who knows me already has a heads up as to who is playing the Mad Hatter. My rating: 2 stethoscopes


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PONTIAC G8 2008 0% or Save $8,761 MSRP $28,390 LESS: Wall Rebate - $4761 GM Rebate -$3000 Pay $20,629 Call 877-534-5135 Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC


SAAB 9-5 2004 sedan. Tan Alarm system. Excellent condition. HTD Leather seats, new tires and wipers, cd, 5 spd 2.3 T 78000 HWY. $6200 or best offer. (860)561-0549


“We Buy Used Cars!” MERCURY Sable SW 2000 $3,390 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

OLDS Cutlass 1996 $1,700 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

PONTIAC SOLSTICE 2008 0% or Save $4,441 MSRP $25,440 LESS: Wall Rebate - $2191 GM Rebate -$1250 Pay $21,999 Call 877-534-5135 Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC TO BE SOLD AT DEALER AUCTION on APR. 9, 2009 2004 TOYOTA 4T1BE32K14U337944 2004 CADILLAC 3YEK62N14G251147 Statewide Auto Auction 1756 No. Broad St, Meriden, CT DEALERS ONLY

PONTIAC G6 V-6 05 Was $11,998 - Now $10,795 V-6 engine, Auto, keyless entry #161709. Plus 5 yr/100K PT Warr. Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC 877-534-5135

TRIUMPH Spitfire Convertible 1976. Runs great, rebuilt engine, good tires, top, paint, interior. Extra 2 engines plus many parts. $3250, best offer. Call (860) 628-6773

TRUCKS & VANS DODGE DAKOTA LE 1993 Club cab, air, am/fm/CD, cruise, tilt, cap, bed liner. Good condition. $2,500 or best offer. Call 203-440-2842

TOYOTA Corolla Std 1991

DODGE Plow Truck 1990

$1,995 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

$2,900 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.


Friday, April 3, 2009 — Town Times SUV’S


HONDA VT1100C2 Shadow Sabre 2002 Silver. 832 miles had no time to ride. Garage kept. needs to be tuned up. $5000 or b/o. 203-631-2842 or 203-237-5580 ask for Gene

FORD Exp XLT 2004 V-6 Auto, Dark Green, P. S. ABS Breaks, Air, P/windows, AM FM, CD, Tilt Wheel, Ally wheels, 3-Row Seat Excellent Condition 59k miles, Asking $9,900. Call 860-5615901 860-836-4328 YAMAHA 1995 VIRAGO XV1100 Cruiser. V-Twin. Saddlebags. Windshield. Cover. 27K. Excellent Condition Asking $2,400. (203)619-3126.

AUTO PARTS CARGOLINER (WeatherTech): SantaFe, 07-09, $99, 203-2655321.


GMC ACADIA 2009 0% or Save $5,843 MSRP $33,785 LESS: Wall Rebate - $1593 GM Rebate -$750 Bonus Cash - $1000 Leasee Bonus $2000 Pay $27,942 Call 877-534-5135 Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC

GMC ENVOY XL SLE 05 Was $12,998 - Now $13,796 Sunroof, SLE pkg, 3rd row, 4x4 #134127 Plus 5 yr/100K PT Warr. Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC 877-534-5135

PETS & LIVESTOCK BABY peachfaced lovebird $25 Please call (203)980-8982 BULLDOGS, Boxers, Chihuahuas, Labs, Westie, Rat Terrier, and Lab German Shepherd $250 plus. Call 860-930-4001. CAGE stand with wheels Fits 30x18 cages. Sturdy $25. Call 203-630-0290 FREE To a good home - 2 adult cats, 1- white & grey female, 1black w/white male. Both fixed. Call (203) 793-7190 FREE to a good home. 3 ferrets call 860-538-6104 leave message.

JEEP Cherokee 2001 Loaded, excellent condition. Paid $9000, asking $6800. Just bought. Changed mind. Title cleared. (203) 427-3199 LAB AKC, OFA, Black & yellow. Parents are therapy dogs. Health guaranteed. $800-$900. Call (860) 681-5402





ACURA SLX SUV 1997. V-6 engine, loaded, leather seats, moon roof, power and heated seats. More room than any other SUV. Same owner for the past 100,000 miles. Well taken care of. $2,700. 203.248.5982

SATURN Vue 2006 SUV. 4-cyl. Auto. Blue w/gray interior. Power windows. AM/FM/CD player. Remote start. Pwr. locks. New battery. Original owner. 19,500 Excellent condition. $11,000 Christine 860-747-8101


12IN rototiller Sears, $100. Rototiller 24in Sears, $200. Husquarvarna leaf blower backpack, $250. 860-225-0475.


FORD Windstar 1997 $3,600 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

FORD 2003 RANGER EDGE 137K 4X4,V6 Well maintained, Black cold AC, new tires and suspension, 2nd owner-SHARP TRUCK. $6800. Call 860-349-1725

The Jewish Childrens Fund


Free Towing!

MAZDA Pick Up 1995 $2,850 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

BUICK ENCLAVE CXL 2008 0% or Save $7,662 MSRP $40,560 LESS: Wall Rebate - $4162 GM Rebate -$2500 Pay $33,898 Call 877-534-5135 Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC

MOTORCYCLES ATV’S, ETC. HONDA 90 CBR 600 (motorcycle seat) dark grey. $60. Like new. Call 203-269-9370

EXCELLENT condition. Whirlpool Super Capacity 465 Oven Range w/ Accubake System. Flat surface 4 burner cooktop. Color: White. Dimensions: 29 3/4" X 25". Comes with matching 30" vent hood w/ light. $250. Call 203-634-6066. FREEZER - Excellent Cond. $45 33” x 21” x 24”. Call 203-2652169 or 203-415-8161 GE TOASTER Oven- All metal, boxed. $20. Call P.M. (203) 237-2117 HOOVER upright vacuum cleaner with attachments. $50. Call 203-237-2975 HOTPOINT Side by Side Fridge. Good Cond. $100 Call 203-537-3393 KENMORE clothes dryer. Exc cond. $60. Call 203-234-1200 please talk slow, loud & clear. MOVING China Closet, 3 doors, almost new - $275. Matching Dining Table & chairs-$100. Six drawer dresser & 3 drawer chest youth, white-$150. 203-265-6929 SLEEPER SOFA with matching recliner, dark green, very good condition, $550. Oak Entertainment TV stand with swivel top and lower cabinet $75. Please call (203) 679-0605 SOFA and Coffee table. Pine. Shaker style. Both for $75. Call 203- 284-0057. SOLID wood light stain dining room table, 5 chairs. $100. Call 203-440-2520 SOLID-WOOD draftsman table $15.00 obo, Patrick 203-5218341 TAPPAN LP Gas Stove. Good Cond. $100.00 Call 203-537-3393 TRIPLE DRESSER with Mirror. King size headboard. Free. Call (203) 634-1603

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators & Stoves CLEAN Will Deliver (203) 284-8986

Absolute Lowest Price New Mattress Sets

WOOD TABLE and four chairs in great condition $99.00 860316-5058

Towne Auction Sales

CHEVY UPLANDER LT 07 Was $12,988 - Now $11,895 7 passenger, 3rd row seats, alloys #120558. Plus 5 yr/100K PT Warr. Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC 877-534-5135

CHINA CABINET. GOOD CONDITION. ASKING $99.00. (203)379-7526 DELTA-CRIB TURN’S INTO A DAY BED. S99. CALL STEVEN 203-640-1306 DINING room set w/6 chairs, oval, walnut, formica top, 2 leafs, opens to 94in. Call for more info. $400. VitaMaster Exercise bike, $20. Call 203-237-6807 DINING room table, 6 chairs. Chairs do not match table. $99. Call (203) 619-3126. DRESSER Broyhill, 4 drawers, 42” high, 32” wide. Dark wood, Asking $75. Call 203-284-9567

6 PIECE dining room set. Light wood. Good condition. Asking 75.00 860-259-5389

Includes Foundation Twin - King Starting at $159

CASH And/Or Tax deduction for your vehicle. Call



Junction of Rte 16 & 149 Colchester

860-267-0026 See Jay ANTIQUE rocking chair. Asking $100. Call(203)294-9699. BLACK Bottom freezer refrigerator, $325. White side by side refrigerator, $325. Dishwasher $100. 27” double wall oven $150. Jenn-Aire down draft cook top, $200. SS sink and faucet $50. Oak table, 4 chairs, $150. (203) 630-0141


ARIENS zero turn lawnmower, 34" cut. Excellent condition. 16HP Kohler engine. Asking $1,750. Call (203) 235-5529 CARPET one roll pad or backing $40. Please call 203-269-7870 CHARBROIL 4 burner Gas Grill with rotisserie attachments and cover. Excellent condition. $150. Call 860-347-3171 COOKBOOK Collection. 40+ in all. $20. (203) 238-3774 ELECTRIC Hospital Bed, Like new, $500 or best offer. Please call 203-213-6035 ESTATE SALE Month of April Piano-Storey & Clark, new$1400, $700; Gateway computer, approx. 3 yrs old, $300; solid oak BR set, orig. $2000, $900; Kit/DR set w/leaf, $275. 30” TV, $250. Some tools, jewelry, lots of Xmas items, wheelchairs & walkers, & other medical items. Indoor sale in Southington. Call for appt (860) 747-6118. GRACO High Chair, 8 positions, needs seat pad, $10, 203-4607629 IRISH Stepdancing hard shoes Size 2. Asking $40 OBO Call at: 203-265-6035. KLM unibody dimension specification charts ‘80 to ‘99. Foreign domestic. $99. 860-224-7209

LAMINATING Service. Let us help you preserve your most precious moments. From $2.50 to $4.50 per piece. Call 203238-1953 for info. LARGE wrap around flower pot for mailbox. 21” dia. x 18” ht. $35. Call 203-630-0841 MAKITA cordless drill/light set. New, Boxed. $100 Call 860-6328666 MEMORY FOAM Visco Mattresses DORMIA! T-$279, F$349, Q-$399, K-$499. Adjustable Beds Starting from $399. FREE Delivery! 25-Year Warranty. 60-Night Trial. 1-800519-9038; RECLINER - Motorized Power lift/recline chair. Designed to help to sit down & stand up as well. New. Asking $830. 203235-1188 RESCUE Heroes figures, playsets, accessories. Over 20 pcs, $30. Call 203-460-7629 RUG 9 x12 blue floral oriental. Like new! Just professionally cleaned. $500. 860-225-0475 SOUP TUREEN- Off white. Ceramic. With ladle, top and platter. First $8. (203) 630-1866 STROLLER excellent condition $75.00 firm Call 203-235-6714

WOOD, FUEL & HEATING EQUIPMENT BULK FIREWOOD. 8 cord, log truck delivery, oak, hardwood. $800. 20 ft. lengths, 8-12” diameter. Visa/MC accepted. 860-836-1727

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH 29FT Class C motor home coverTyvek. $100 or best offer. Call 860-919-4341 54” CUSTOM Oak vanity, left finish, with top and sink and white one piece toilet. $175. (203) 269-0877 8 BOLTS of yarn 1500 yards. $10 each. 203-265-7186 ALUMINUM 4 point walker, front wheels, NEW 203-6391626

GOLF Balls, Pinnacles, Top Flite, Nikes, Slengers, Titleist, Calaway POR-V-1. $6/dz. (203) 265-0623 GOLF Stand Bag Top Flite $25 203-269-6117 PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION. 1 Session only, $100. Group discount available! Call for next class 203-415-1144 SPARRING Gear Size Jr. S: Helmet/Gloves/Leg Guards $40.00 203-269-9209.


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PUBLISHER’S NOTICE EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertised in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, revised March 12, 1989, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, or familial status or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination; and is also subject to the State of Connecticut General Statutes Sections 46a64c which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, lawful source of income, familial status, or physical or mental disability, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate or for the sale or rental of residential property which is in violation of these laws.

HOUSES FOR RENT CHESHIRE $2900/mo. Stately 2900SF Colonial built with the finest of materials. Gorgeous jade FP, inlaid wood flooring, mahogany trim and chef’s kitchen. Luxurious master bath. Convenient location. Linda 203-272-1234





WLFD 3BR, 1 1/2b Col centrally located. $1600/mo. Rem EIK, 1st fl FR, off-st park, some pets ok. 2 mo sec dep, 1mo rent req. Refs required. Call Kathy 203265-5618 x690. Avail 3/1.

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 3rd fl, 5lg rms, appls, W/D hkup O/S parking, new paint and carpets. East side loc, 2BRs, $750+2 mos sec & credit check, no pets. Call Pat Burke 203-235-3300

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES 12 CAROUSEL figurines w/ base. Excellent cond. $100 OBO. 203-440-1202.

A NEW COMPUTER NOW. Brand Name laptops & desktops. Bad or NO Credit - No Problem. Smallest weekly payments avail. Its yours NOW. 800-3177891 COMPAQ monitor, $30. HP ink jet printer, $30. Keyboard & speakers, $20. Call 860-6212928 leave message


WW I & WW II Japanese & German Swords, Flags, Helmets, Fighting Knives, Daggers, Bayonets, Medals, etc.

203-238-3308 SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS FREE-24ft above ground pool with pump, filter, ladder & deck. U take it down & take it away. Needs liner. Call 203-265-9439

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, china, glass, furniture, 50’s items, whole estates.


ALL OLDER COSTUME JEWELRY WANTED Especially Napier. 203-530-8109 WANTED Antique military guns and knives wanted by collector. Call Richard 877-978-7842

WANTED: Fishing tackle, local collector looking for old or new, Rods, reels, lures, highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359


DRUM LESSONS Area Pro (203) 630-1299 GUITARS- 1-Martin, 1-Yamaha. For information, call (203) 2387604

Professional Violin Lessons & String Instruments Repaired! For Children & Adults $25 per 1/2 hour. First lesson FREE! 30 yrs exp. We repair: Violins ● Violas ● Cellos ● Bass Bow Rehairing 203-294-0888

BERLIN. 2nd flr, 4 rms, 2 BRs, 1 bath, gas heat & hot water, storage, lge yard, parking, appls avail. Sec req. Background/ credit ck. No pets or smoking. $950/mo plus utils. Contact Linda 860-828-1015 for show, application & agreement. CHESHIRE-4Rms, appls, 1 level, deck, garage. No pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. $1175/mo inclds heat. 203-393-1117 DURHAM 1BR, cozy, country. Includes: hot water, free cable/WiFi, appl., W/D. NO PETS/smoking. $675/mo + util. Sec/Refs. 860-316-7375. MER. FURNISHED APTS + RMS: ALL Incl Heat, Elect, HW. 1RM studio, 3rd FL $695/mo. 3 rm effic, 1st Fl $210/wk. RMs $130 wk. 203- 630-3823 12pm-8pm. MERIDEN & surrounding towns, 1-4 BR units avail. Most remod. Section 8 approved. Call (203) 440-3120. MERIDEN 1BR Beautiful. Remodeled, 2nd floor. Huge sunny kit., brand new appls, floors & baths. $750+ util. No pets. Days 860635-2266. Eves 860-342-0880 MERIDEN 1st flr, 2BR, DW, stove & fridge. W/D hkup. Very spacious & clean. Private backyard. Section 8 approved. $950/mo. (860) 828-7753 & (203) 980-7141

Meriden 2 BR ( $825) Fully renovated, secure bldg. HW incl. New appls, on site laundromat & off st parking. Close to train station. Sec 8 OK. Property Max (203) 440-9970

MERIDEN 2BR unit with Dining Rm or use as 3rd BR on the 2nd flr in this quiet area. Newly renovated with parking. 81 Parker Ave. North. $900 + sec. Utils not included. No pets. 203-537-1278 MERIDEN 3 & 4 BRs avail. Great apts in great locations. 2Mos sec; No pets; app and ref a must. Starting at $925/mo. Call for details (203) 715-1965

MERIDEN 32 Cook Ave.

Voice Lessons All Ages and Levels Welcome


Piano Lessons

Guitar, bass, beg. piano, beg. drums. All ages, 20 years experience. Wesleyan instructor, performing and recording artist. Studio (203)206-0110. STAND for double conga drums, heavy duty. Only $45. Call 203-634-0809 STUDIO BLUE GUITAR Of Durham- Lessons for all ages. Berklee Alumna. 860-836-8157

Beginner to Intermediate De Fiore Vocal & Piano Studio Roberta (203) 630-9295


MERIDEN- 2BR, 1 bath, newly renovated. Eastgate Commons. $775/mo. Section 8 & MHA approved. Call (203) 889-8700 MERIDEN- 3BR Townhouse, garage. $1200. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904 WALLINGFORD- 2BR, end unit. Freshly painted. New carpet. W/D hookup. $835/mo. No dogs. Owner/Agent. Call 203284-3757

New owners, Remodeled. Heat & HW incl. $650+. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 3BR Very large clean units. Your choice 2nd or 3rd flr. Gas heat. Washer & dryer hookups. $900 mo. + sec. No utils. No pets. 92 Franklin St. 203-537-1278 MERIDEN EFFICIENCIES - $650 1BRs - $750 2BRs - $850. Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off street parking. 203-630-2841 MERIDEN Ground fl effic, 3 rms. $900/mo. Heat, HW, Electricity incld. E. Side, very clean. Off-st park. $900/mo + Sec. 203-630-3823 or 203-6341195, 12pm-8pm


Buying, selling Marketplace is the answer.

WATERBURY- Near Wolcott line. 15 min. from Meriden. 1BR, appls, laundry, AC, off st. parking, $665/mo. (203) 264-2555 WLFD- Judd Square- 1BR, No pets. $700. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904

MERIDEN Sterling Village, 3BR, 1 1/2 ba. All kit appls, W/D hkups. Carpet/hdwd/tile. Pool. Pets. $1,275/mo. First, Last and Sec Dep. Call 603-675-9128 evenings MERIDEN- 1-yr lease. New carpet! 581 Crown Village 1st Floor. $750 per mo. incl. heat & hot water. Natalie 203-6712672 1 bdrm., unfurnished.

Spacious 1 BR Apt. WEIGHT equipment-Heavy Duty military press machine. $50. Call 203-815-8883


2 BR $775+/MONTH Heat & Hot Water Included Secure building. Off street Parking. Call 203-886-7016 MERIDEN- 2BR $1000/month. No pets. Sec dep & crdt ck req'd. MBI 860-347-6919.

MERIDEN- 160 West Main St. 3BRs. Move right in. $850 per month. 1st mo. rent + security. Call (203) 843-5951 MERIDEN- 1BR $725/mo. Heat, HW & Electric incl. Private balcony, off st parking, laundry facilities, management & maintenance on site. Section 8. approved. No dogs. Cat w/deposit. For info 203-639-4868 MERIDEN- 1BR Clean, quiet building, hdwd fl. Heat, Hot water, cooking gas incl. for $700. Small pet ok. 38 Lincoln St. (203) 440-4789 MERIDEN- 2 Bdrm 2nd floor, off st parking, newly remodeled, hardwood floors, no pets, credit check, sec dep req. $750/Mo. 203-630-1833 MERIDEN- 2BR w/FP, hdwd flrs. $900. 306 Brittania St. Call Alex 203-213-3162 or George (917) 696-2869 MERIDEN- 2BRs, 1 bath (w/Radiant heat floors), brand new appliances, 1 1/2 mos. security. Credit check. No pets. $850. Call (203) 537-1772 MERIDEN- 3BR, 1st flr, off-st parking, hdwd flrs. Avail 4/1. $950/mo. (203) 634-1881 MERIDEN- 3BRs, 2 baths, $1150. 4BRs, 1 1/2 baths, $1200. All newly remodeled w/new kitchen, new appliances. Call (203) 417-1675 MERIDEN- Luxury 2BR w/ moutain view, new everything, cherry fl, crown molding, island kit, new bathrm, off-st park, $895. Jonah 203-430-0340 MERIDEN- Wallingford line, Large, Luxury 2BR condo. Laundry. Rent - $850 + utils, no pets. 203-245-9493 x 2.

Meriden-1Rm studio apt $495/month inclds all utils. Sec & refs. No pets. (203) 982-3042 MIDDLEFIELD APT FOR RENT 1BR unit in quiet neighborhood with spacious rooms on 1st flr. $800/mo+utilities. No pets/ smoking. 2 mos sec required. Call 860-982-3000 PLAINVILLE 1BR units Starting at $515/month. One months security required. No pets. MBI 860-347-6919 SOUTH MERIDEN - 1BR Apt. 1st floor, appliances, laundry facility. No utilities. No pets. No smoking. $695 month. Security deposit required. Call 203-238-7562 SOUTHINGTON - 1 1/2 RM Efficiency, near I-84 $130/wk. Incld heat & HW, A/C, appl’s. Sec dep & refs req 860-620-0025 SOUTHINGTON 2 bdrm. Downtown. 136 Center St,2nd fl. $850.00/month. No pets. Mike 860.919.1908 SOUTHINGTON- Totally renovated beautiful 2BR. New appls incl. w/d. Many upgrades. Centrally located. Close to all major hwys. Water, trash incl. No utils incl. $900/mo. Call (860) 637-1059 SOUTHINGTON. 1 BR, 3 rms, 2nd flr, very clean, hardwood floor, appliances, off street parking, no pets. Sec & ref. $645. (860) 621-4463 WALLINGFORD 1 BR, 1st floor. All utilities included. No pets. $815 per month. Call (203) 269-9585


Friday, April 3, 2009 — Town Times






John B. Sliney Apartments, 21 Rice Terrace, Branford. One bedroom units, age 62 & 0ver. Rental assistance available. Utilities included in rent. On-site laundry & parking. Accepting applications for wait list only. Applications processed according to order received.

To request an application, call (203) 481-5632 Merit Properties, Inc. 93 Deming Road, Suite A, Berlin CT 06037 Financed by CHFA

Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

You Found It! S a g e Po n d P l a c e

WLFD-1BR, 2nd flr. No utils. No pets/smoking. $650/mo. + sec. Avail now! Also, 1BR, 1st flr, avail. 4/15, $850/mo. 203-6265757 or 203-915-5980 WLFD-1st fl, 6Rm, 3BR, incld all utils, appls, W/D hkup, yd, gar., off-st park. No smoking. Pets may be considered. Close to Choate area. Good credit & refs. $1275/mo. Avail 5/1. Please respond to Box 65P, 11 Crown St, Meriden, CT 06450. WLFD-2BR, 3rd flr, $750/mo + utils inclds refrig, stove & W/D hkup. Whittlesey Ave. Off-stpark. No smoke/pets. Good credit. 2mos sec. Jerry 508-758-6927 WLFD-Yalesville area. Lg. 1BR $900 + Electric. Studio apt, $550/mo. Small complex. Off St. parking, All appl’s, AC, no dogs. Call Don, ERA Property World 203-272-6969

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, utils,. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $130/wk. or call 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm MERIDEN Clean, Safe Room. 203-634-8084 Utilities & fridge included. Share kitchen /bath. $130 per week plus security.

CNC PROGRAMMERS MACHINIST with MILLING or LATHE experience. Please send resumes to CONCRETE Construction laborer. Exp’d only. Se habla espanol. 203- 537-0624 Buy Your First home by Nov. 30th

Get $8000 WALLINGFORD-Retail space for rent 1,600 SF +- corner store up and coming downtown location corner of Center Street & William St. 11 Sf/year. Turn Key operation for a tanning salon equipment needed. Near post office, restaurants, banks, town hall, library, police, fire station and more. Contact Anthony Casabianca for details 646 823-5985 Email:

from Uncle Sam! 100% financing still available. *Call or Email for details.

Linda Bohne, 203-715-5518

Brand New Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartments in Berlin For Active Adults 55 and better

Only $950 Heat, Hot and Cold Water Included Central air! Intercom system! Fully applianced kitchens On-site laundry! with frost free refrigerator, Library with computer range with self cleaning oven, workstation! dishwasher, garbage disposal! Ample on-site parking! Community room with fireplace Picnic area with grill! and full service kitchen! 24-hr. maintenance! Secure three-story building with elevators!

Call Now!

(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA APARTMENTS FOR RENT

WALLINGFORD - Curtis Ave. near Choate, 5 rooms, 2 Br., 1st floor, Appl., hardwood flrs, porch, w/d hookups, Gar, no pets, credit check. $1000 plus sec & utils. Call 203-265-9871/203-269-9755 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 2nd flr, w/d in bsmt, $800 + utilities. Credit application. Call (203) 284-0741 WALLINGFORD 2 BR, 5 RMs. 1st flr. Off street parking, storage. $875/month. Avail May 1. Credit check, security. (203) 269-8451 WALLINGFORD 2BR, Choate area, walk to downtown. Large bright & sunny. Pet ok. $975 + utils & sec. 203-671-6979 WALLINGFORD 2BR, Choate area, walk to downtown. Large bright & sunny. Pet ok. $975 + utils & sec. 203-671-6979 WALLINGFORD Great Location, N. Main St. Near Choate area. 5 Remodeled Rms w/storage space. 2nd flr. New appliances. WD hookup. Off st. parking. No smoking. $1300/mo + 1 mo sec & refs. (203) 269-7671

APARTMENTS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD- 3BR, Two apartments available. No smoking or pets. Laundry hookup off kitchens. $1100/mo. 33 So. Elm St. Stacey 203-265-2713 WALLINGFORD-1BR, Kitchen & Bath. 34 S. Whittlesey Ave. Hardwood floors. No pets/smoking. Avail now. $795/mo. + security. Credit check. Call 203-269-9398 WALLINGFORD-2BR, 3rd frl, sunny & spacious. Laundry, offst-parking. No smoking/pets. $775/mo + utils. Call Tom 203889-1940 WALLINGFORD. Walk to center, remodeled, 4 rm, 2 BR, 3rd flr, soaring cathedral ceilings, parking, laundry, no dogs. A must see. $995. Vacancy Busters 203-865-7368.

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $695 & up - $750 & up. Also avail 2BR units $775-$795 203-269-5770 WLFD. Studio Newly renovated, Hdwd flrs, private driveway, No pet 203-284-2077/203-654-6190

WLFD Move right in! 3BR, 1 1/2BA Split in Cook Hill area. HW floors, updated kitchen w/stainless appliances. Large level lot. Great for summer picnics. $315,000. Call Fred 203-265-5618

or Coldwell Banker Resid. Brokerage of Cheshire seeks enthusiastic, caring, “Can Do” customer person with good computer skills for our growing e-commerce company. First shift, full or p/time. Email resume Do not call.

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL RENTALS YALESVILLE-Hartford Turnpike. Bay for rent. 10ft overhead door, heat & running water avail. Call 203-641-4746


WLFD East side, desired location RR. 3BR, 2bath, private entrance in-law apt. New windows, 1 car garage, level private lot. Close to all 3 levels of schools, easy access to 91. $334,900 Al Criscuolo 203-2655618


MERIDEN Updated & immaculate 3BR Ranch, East side w/lg sunrm, gar, fin LL, HW fls, remod EIK & bath, updated roof & siding, CAIR & more. $189,900. Kathy (203) 235-3300

Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

VACATION & SEASONAL RENTALS ARUBA Mariott Ocean Club, fully equipped kit with living and dining area. Accommodates 4 people. Master BR and sleeper sofa. Private balcony overlooking pool and ocean. Jan 3-Jan 10, 2010. $1200/wk. Call 203-250-7511 SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE NOW!!! Maintenance fees too high? Need Cash? Sell your unused timeshare today. No commissions or Broker Fees. Free Consultation. 1-866-708-3690

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES OPEN HOUSE SAT & SUN 12-4 84 AVERY AVENUE, MERIDEN 2000SF Contemporary w/walkout bsmt. 3BRs, 2 1/2 baths, spacious kitc, open flr plan. Some amenities incl. granite counters, FP, 2 zone gas heat & C/A, hdwd flrs & jacuzzi. $299,900. 203-213-1219

3 CHAIRS Available for rent for 3 hairstylists. Own your own business. Make your own hours. $450/mo per chair. Call, in North Haven, (203) 927-0043

Giving You Clear answers during complex times. Call Pam Sawicki-Beaudoin Broker/Owner. 203-623-9959 Experience Makes the Difference!

ARE You Making $1,500.00 + PER WEEK? ALL CASH VENDING! Incredible Income Opportunity! Snack-soda... Minimum $8K To $40K Investment Required. Excellent Quality Machines. 800-962-9189


GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT WOW! CALL FOR THIS MONTH’S AMAZING MANAGER’S SPECIALS! Storage Space-Clean, well lit, fenced facility. 5’x10’-$58.29, 5’x15’-$68.89, 10’x10’-$94.33, 10’x15’-$116.59, 10’x20’$132.49, 10’x30’-$206.69. CALL (203) 250-1515 for details.

MERIDEN 1 unit avail at approx 1130sqft $1,000/mo w/o utils. Bathrm & storage rm. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. MBI 860347-6919 MERIDEN Approx 900sqft, 5Rms + reception area & 2 baths, bsmt option extra. $1000/mo w/o utils. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. MBI 860-347-6919 MERIDEN: 1600 Sq. Ft. office, in modern professional building at 1501 East Main St. This well appointed building offers business tenants a great location at an affordable price, which includes all utilities, ample off street parking and convenient to 1-91 and Rt. 15. 203 281-1010

PLAINVILLE Retail spaces. $350/$550. Utils incld! Avail now! 860-982-7412

ASSISTANT BOOKKEEPER Part time person to work with payables and receivables in very busy friendly office. Must be able to work with computer programs and have office exp. Apply in person Kitchen Cabinet Outlet, 931 Queen St, Southington



Giving You Clear answers during complex times. Call Lisa Golebiewski, Broker/Owner. 203-631-7912 Experience Makes the Difference! MERIDEN 7rm 3BR, 1 1/2b Col. w/enclosed front porch, wood flrs, form DR, remod EIK w/island, FP in LR, FR in LL, some updated windows, patio & 1 car gar, all for $169,900. Kathy (203) 235-3300

MERIDEN Our builder will buy your home at fair market value if it qualifies for its program, when you buy one of its homes. You can also find other homes for sale on our website. Visit us at Galleria Real Estate 203-671-2223.

COOK - Immediate opening for experienced short order breakfast cook. Apply in person: Guida’s Restaurant, Route 66, Middlefield.

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NORTH CAROLINA Mountains. Warm Winters/ Cool Summers. E-Z Financing Available!! NEW! E-Z Finish Log Cabin Shell. 1344 Sq. foot/1.7 acres $89,900 828-247-9966 code 45

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ATTENTION all college students, career changers, experienced educators and paraprofessionals! Find an education job in Arizona! Register Online at: AUTO A/B Tech & Detailer. Foreign car exp. Tech must have tools. Call 203-284-8989, Fax 203-269-1114 AUTO TECH with 10+ yrs exp. Must be ASE Certified. Have skills or be talented enough to do most repairs on all foreign & domestic cars (203) 671-5524 CALL CENTER, Customer Service Agent, ambitious, friendly, independent, flexible, M-F, 9-5, Tactical Marketing Solution, 60 Church St, Yalesville, Contact Valerie, 866.299.5096 x112 CARPENTER/Working Supervisor- Knowledge of all building trades. Able to work efficiently and within budget constraints. Out of state travel required/ overnight. Salary depends on experience. Call 203-440-1003 9am-5pm only.

DRIVER Needed for delivery. Part Time. Apply in person 240 Atwater St., Plantsville or call (860) 628-8399. Ask for Rick. DRYWALLER/PAINTER- Experienced only. Able to hang & tape and work unsupervised. Pay depends on experience. Call 203440-1003 9am-5pm only. GARAGE door installer- Two years commercial experience required. Must have clean driving record. Competitive hourly rates and excellent benefits. Call 860-628-2042 to apply GENERAL

GRAND OPENING!! $1000 Sign-on bonus after 30 days of FT work All depts. hiring International co. operates Full Company Training FT & PT work available. Customer Service★Sales Service★Packing

$450-525/WEEK! Call Today! Start Tomorrow!

866-271-9064 INFINISTAFF has immediate openings for an Accounting Clerk and an Administrative Assistant. For more information please call 860-223-5100, or come to 456 John Downey Dr in New Britain to apply!

LEGAL ASSISTANT for bankruptcy practice, P/T. Fax resume with salary req. to:


MYSTERY SHOPPERS Earn Up to $100/day! Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail & dining estab. Exp not req’d. 1-800-378-2859 MYSTERY Shoppers Needed. Earn up to $150 per day. Undercover Shoppers needed to Judge Retail & Dining Establishments Exp Not Required. Call Now 1-877-218-6211 REAL ESTATE APPRAISERCertified and FHA approved. Full or part time. For busy local office. Call (203) 239-1988 ABC Appraisal Inc. WAITRESS/BARTENDER (m/f)P/T, F/T. Apply in person: Violi’s Restaurant at Hunter Golf Course. (203) 639-4830


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ATTIC & BASEMENTS CLEANED JUNK REMOVAL & MORE We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Spring C/U. 860-575-8218/203-535-9817 DEBRIS removal of anykind. Demolition sheds, pools, etc. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430 A TO Z REMOVAL Free estimates. Garages, attics, basements, brush, pools, decks, etc. Sr. discounts. 203-238-0106



DECKS HANDYMAN Services Residential & Commercial Improvements & Repairs. No Job Is Too Small. 20 Yrs Exp Certified Home Inspector Call Stephen Roberts (203) 440-3008 CT Reg. #605687 CENTRAL CT HOME IMPROVEMENTS All types remodeling & repair. Interior/exterior, decks & more. 25 yrs exp. Free est. Licensed& insured. #0673083 203-213-0033 MATTSON Home Improvement Affordable, quality decks. Free estimates. Insured. CT Reg 581924. (203) 631-7459


Free Consultation Keep home, auto, 401k, etc. STOP FORECLOSURES IRS & “Repos” Atty F.W. Lewis 439 Main St, Yalesville 203-265-2829 “Debt Relief Agency” We help people file for relief under the bankruptcy code

JT CONSTRUCTION One call does it all. No job too big, no job too small. Fully insured. (203) 379-0064 CT Reg #607116

Home, Business or Job Site We do clean-outs too! Empire Construction, LLC 203-269-3559


REPAIRS Additions, Sunrooms, Finish Bsmnt, Decks & Porches 203-238-1449 #578107 Free est.

HOMETECH Carpentry, repairs. No job too small or large. Member BBB.

203-235-8180 CT Reg #564042

Shamock Roofing All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins


JT CONSTRUCTION One call does it all. No job too big, no job too small. Fully insured. (203) 379-0064 CT Reg #607116

O’CONNOR ROOFING All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service


203-237-2122 FENCING CORNERSTONE FENCE & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203-237-GATE CT Reg #601060


ROOFING AND SIDING We are professional roofers. New roof, re-roof, tear off roof We fix leaks. No job too small! HIC # 0610788 203-715-7154 203-715-1275

NEIGHBORHOOD HANDYMAN LLC - Specializing in smaller jobs. Indoor/outdoor. CT reg #611858. Matt 860-877-2549

203-237-4124 an LLC co.

T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC

GENERAL CONTRACTOR Additions, Decks, Remodeling & More! Licensed & Ins. Call 203-238-3095. CT #574930 P-MBuilders.Com

HANDYMAN Services Residential & Commercial Improvements & Repairs. No Job Is Too Small. 20 Yrs Exp Certified Home Inspector Call Stephen Roberts (203) 440-3008 CT Reg. #605687

15 & 20 Yard Roll-Offs.




RWL CONST. SERVICES RON LIGAS - 35 YRS EXP. Garage doors & openers installed CT Reg. #622764 860-349-6873

CENTRAL CT OVERHEAD DOOR Sales/ Service. Reg # 565116 203-630-1058 or 860-349-3372


203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521 CENTRAL CT HOME IMPROVEMENTS All types remodeling & repair. Interior/exterior, decks & more. 25 yrs exp. Free est. Licensed& insured. #0673083 203-213-0033

MATTSON HOME IMPROVEMENT Free est. Quality. Insured. CT Reg 581924. (203) 631-7459

HOUSE CLEANING ALLEGRO PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LLC. Family operated customer friendly house cleaning services. Reasonable rates, insured, free estimates. Call 203-687-1347 TRUSTWORTHY and Professional Housecleaners Great rates, free est. Refs . Call Agnes (860) 632-7174 or 860-518-5357 HOUSEKEEPER- Experienced & responsible w/excellent refs. Flexible hours and days. Please contact Judy at (860) 347-2575

DOW GUTTERS C&M CONSTRUCTION To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

LANDSCAPING COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER PROBLEMS? Upgrades, installs, repairs & viruses fixed at your home. DMT Computer Services. 860621-4295. After 5 - 860-424-1177

HANDYPERSONS A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. GIVE us a call, we do it ALL. Free est. 203-631-1325

GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. Lic ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430 GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Spring clean-up. Quick, courteous service. All calls returned. Lic ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430 EL SOL Spring clean-up, Hedge Trimming, Mowing. Comm/Res. Accepting new accounts. Free est. Walter 203-619-2877 STUMP GRINDING Multiple stump discounts. Fully ins. Call Mark at Eagle Stump Grinding 203-704-0821 JOE’S LAWN CARE, LLC Spring clean up, mowing, landscape work, mulching and irrigartion service. 203-631-7444 Lic, fully insured. Reg #563805 BILL RUDOLPH Landscaping Paver walkways & patios, retaining walls, landscape design, water features, planter bed renovations, drainage work backhoe work. Est 1972. Free est. #563661 (203) 237-9577

Silver City Landscaping LLC Lawn Mowing/Spring Clean-up Lawn Power Seeding/Mulch Reliable Service 20yrs exp 203-537-8106 CT Reg# 622655

LAWN & GARDEN MATT D. Lawn Mowing. Affordable, dependable. 15 years experience. Will beat any quote. (860) 302-0990

MASONRY RH MASONRY SERVICES ALL YOUR MASONRY NEEDS. Stone walls, patios, walkways, pool decks, fireplaces, etc. Fully Lic & insured. Call for free estimates 860-483-0139 #584436

BILL RUDOLPH Landscaping paver walkways, patios, retaining wall. Free estimates. #563661 . Call 203-237-9577

AMERICAN MASONRY Veneer (Brick, Stone, Block), Concrete, stucco, steps/stairs, repair. Free est. 203-982-3087 or 203-755-9469 CT Reg #577098

JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Spring clean-ups. Full lawn maintenance. Comm. & Res. Top quality work. Ins., Free est. 203-213-6528 CT Reg #616311 A & A Lawn Care-Spring cleanups, hedge trimming, tree, shrub, debris removal #584101 Free estimates. Jim 203-237-6638

CASCIO Mason. Chimney repair, sidewalks, walls, brick work, etc. CT Reg #611774. 203-265-7826 or cell 860-398-1223

GREAT PRICES! Full service landscaping & property maintenance. Irrigation srv avail. Call Presise Now

JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 25 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498

203-272-4216 Spring Clean-ups, mowing, landscaping, stone work. WWW.QLSLLC.COM CT Reg #620306 Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118

HEDGE TRIMMING No Hedge/shrub too big, small or tall. Fully Ins. Free estimates. Quality Landscaping, LLC. WWW.QLSLLC.COM Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118 SPRING CLEAN UPS Starting now! NORM THE GARDENER (203) 265-1460 INTEGRATED LAWN & LAND SERVICE, LLC- Now accepting new comm. & res. accts. Parking lot sweeping. Spring cleanups. 203-537-7060 CT #615483 A KYLE LANDSCAPING Affordable lawn care in Meriden/ Wlfd. Lic & ins. CT Reg #622733. Call for est (860) 637-7294 JG LANDSCAPING LLC CT Reg # 580999. Services: Patios, Stone Walls, Spring Clean Ups. 203-265-5227 RICK’S AFFORDABLE-Comm/ resid Mowing. Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree & pricker removal. 11 yrs exp. 203-6302642 or 203-530-4447.

POWER WASHING THE POWERWASHING KINGS Others Wash - We Clean! 203-631-3777 or 860-839-1000 INTEGRATED LAWN & LAND SERVICE, LLC Powerwashing & gutter cleaning. 203-537-7060 CT #615483


PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING MIRKEL PAINTING Int./Ext. Popcorn ceilings. Rms from $75. Exteriors from $899. CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446 MDV Painting, int/ext, custom painting at competitive prices. Mark (203) 269-8309. CT Reg #0622739 DAN - The Painter Man. Great work - best prices. CT Reg #0678307. Insured. (203) 376-8023

PEST CONTROL RIDOFBUGS.COM Got pests? Need Help? 203-265-7328/860-426-1040 CENTURION EXTERMINATING

ROOFING AND SIDING We are professional roofers. New roof, re-roof, tear off roof We fix leaks. No job too small! HIC # 0610788 203-715-7154 203-715-1275

O’CONNOR ROOFING 203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521

RIDOFBUGS.COM Got pests? Need Help? 203-265-7328/860-426-1040 CENTURION EXTERMINATING COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES, office cleaning & maintenance since 1984. Owner operated, free estimate. 203-237-8512.

SZYMASZEK CONSTRUCTION Siding, windows, decks, additions. Patios, walks & light excavating. CT#601880 (203) 996-3272

FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790

Fine Work Home Improvements. FREE estimates. Quality work with a great price. Owner on job at all times. Lic & fully insured. 860-349-6597 CT Reg #558904

Empire Construction, LLC

Gonzalez Construction Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.


Your Professional Roofer New Roofs, Reroofs, Tearoffs. We fix leaks too! 203-269-3559 CT Reg#565514

Fully licensed/insured. CT Reg.# 577319



Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrms, additions. 203-237-0350. CT Reg. #516790

Gonzalez Construction ★★★★★★★★

Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. ★★★★★★★★

HAZELWOOD EXCAVATING Dry farm screened topsoil and colored mulch.

203-269-0135 SCREENED Top Soil. Picked up or delivered. 860-681-3991


203-639-0032 Fully license/insured. CT Reg# 577319

C&M CONSTRUCTION To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

Shamock Roofing All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins

203-237-4124 an LLC co PLUMBING SERVICES OFFERED DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane. Plumbing, heating. Quality work Low rates. Accepting Major Credit cards. Lic. #0283401 #0389224 203-379-8944



JOHN Biafore and Son Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 549071 (203) 537-3572

ROCKY Construction Mason Contractor. General Masonry. Patios, Stairs, Retaining Walls, Chimneys, Brick, Block, Stone. Basement repairs. Any size job. Work guraranteed. Free estimates. lic & ins. Ct# 618008. 203768-4789 Fax 860-274-1419

Quality Landscaping, LLC

KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING Seamless gutters/leaders. 13 colors. Free estimates. Ct #612964 Steve 860 426-0045


CENTRAL CT OVERHEAD DOOR Sales/ Service. Reg # 565116 203-630-1058 or 860-349-3372

GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 28 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Srv. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

PROF. ARBORIST #S3365 60ft bucket truck. Precise Tree CT Reg #562159.



Friday, April 3, 2009 — Town Times EDUCATION

DISTRICTWIDE SUPERVISOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION Grades 1 - 6 DESCRIPTION: ● Supervise Special Education Teachers. ● Supervise Special Ed. Instructional Assistants. ● Attend elementary principals' meetings at Dir. request. ● Gather preliminary budget data for textbooks, software, and instructional materials. ● Make recommendations to Director regarding recruitment of Special Education and Related Services staff. ● Chairs outplacement Planning and Placement Team meetings (PPTs) as requested by Dir. ● Assists principals in supervising the transition of special education students from kindergarten to grade 1 and from grade 6 to grade 7. ● Participates in Student Study Team meetings (SSTs) and/or Student Assistance Model (SAM) meetings. ● Assists in determining the need for new programs and services. ● Coordinates procedures for placement, transfer & termination of students in special ed. programs. QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate will have five (5) years professional experience in a public school system as a teacher of special education with an emphasis on elementary aged students. Candidates should possess Connecticut Certification in Special Education and possess or be eligible for Connecticut Certification endorsement #092. This is a 12 month position; however consideration will be given to qualified candidates requesting a 10 month position. August 1, 2009 EFFECTIVE DATE: CLOSING DATE: April 20, 2009 (4:00 p.m.) TO RECEIVE APPLICATION CONTACT: Cheshire Public Schools Human Resource Dept. 29 Main Street Cheshire CT 06410 HELP WANTED


3rd SHIFT UTILITY PERSON (Must Speak English) Clean working environment. Includes Medical Benefits, Vacation, Holiday and Retirement Fund. Please Apply:

All Molded Plastics Co. 3 (B) Fairfield Blvd. Wallingford, CT 06492 From 9AM- 3PM Monday-Friday



MEDICAL CAREERS Adults Wanted! Come join our fast growing team of adult newspaper carriers for the Record-Journal! It's an excellent way to supplement your income during early morning hours without interfering with day jobs, family and other obligations. Looking for carriers in all areas, Meriden, Wallingford, Southington & Cheshire

Wallingford Public Schools is seeking highly qualified instructional leaders for the position of Elementary School Principal. Salary: $119,729. A sixth year degree with a major in education administration and a valid CT administrative certification (092) required. Position to begin on or about July 1, 2009. Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2009. Contact Dale Wilson Superintendent of Schools at (203) 949-6510 for an application and information.

Statewide staffing agency All shifts available Min 6 mo experience Drug test required.


Those interested should call 203-634-3933


$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ HELP WANTED

Part Time Early Morning Driver Needed Reliable individual with vehicle needed to make early morning deliveries to contractors and customers of the Record-Journal. Ability to read maps and follow directions a must. Knowledge of Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, and Cheshire areas a plus. Please apply in person between the hours of 10:00am -2:00pm Monday Friday to:

PRINCIPAL (Elementary)


Record-Journal Circulation Department 75 S. Colony St Meriden, CT

Part Time Early Morning Driver Needed Reliable individual with vehicle needed to make early morning deliveries to contractors and customers of the Record-Journal. Ability to read maps and follow directions a must. Knowledge of Meriden, Wallingford, Southington, and Cheshire areas a plus.


Please apply in person between the hours of 10:00am -2:00pm Monday Friday to:

Record-Journal Circulation Department 75 S. Colony St Meriden, CT

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Reporter Experienced part-time news reporter wanted for weekly community newspaper. Must be able to write news and features. Photography experience a plus. Flexible, 32-hour per week work schedule. Includes some nights and weekends. Send cover letter, resume and clippings to:

news@ or to: The North Haven Citizen 460 Washington Ave North Haven, CT 06473

Screenprint Apparel Growing e-commerce co. seeks enthusiastic and reliable screenprinter with “Can Do” attitude. First shift, full or p/time. Email resume to: or fill out application at: 500 Cornwall Ave Cheshire headquarters

TELEMARKETING Part Time Telemarketing, daytime and early evening hours. Experience a plus, but we will train the right person. Excellent pay. Call Kevin O’Malley (203) 699-4610 between 12 and 8PM.

H.D. Segur, Inc. P.O. Box 400 Cheshire, CT 06410 E.O.E. No Walk-Ins

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Ophthalmology Technician Position Hamden/Branford/Cheshire Experience preferred but not essential. Full Time 40 hrs work week. Candidates must be personable, motivated, reliable, with a friendly, positive attitude, and team spirit is essential. Excellent compensation, benefits & opportunities. Fax resume 203-281-2742

INFECTION CONTROL STAFF DEVELOPMENT RN HIGH VIEW HEALTH CARE CENTER, an affiliate of Apple Health Care is a 70-bed skilled facility seeking an RN for Infection Control/Staff Development position for 16 hours a week. In our Apple homes, nurses are valued for their clinical knowledge as well as their desire to nurture the human spirit. Explore this great opportunity with High View Care Center located at 600 Highland Avenue, Middletown, CT or call Mary Ann Tinker, DNS at 860347-3315. Schedule a tour and interview; you will discover why Apple is a proven leader in short-term and long-term care. EOE

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CNA/HHA Sales/Customer Service Manager Rapidly expanding Central CT Manufacturing firm is seeking a Sales/Customer Service manager. Applicants must have a strong sense of urgency, a professional demeanor, and solid organizing and communication skills. Must have 5 years experience in sales, quoting, and CRM in metal manufacturing. Traveling may be required.

Quality Inspector 1st Shift Experienced inspector needed to perform 1st article, 1st piece, in-process & final inspections. Competent with standard measuring equipment, Video CMM a plus. Knowledge of GD&T required, experience with ISO 9001:2000 and SPC helpful. Must be organized with documentation and use of established procedures. Min. 5 yrs experience. We offer excellent benefits and wages. Serious and Qualified Applicants Only! Apply in person, fax resume to

203-269-1357 Or email

Component Engineers Inc. 108 N. Plains Industrial Rd Wallingford, CT 06492 EOE

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NEW ENGLAND HOME CARE is seeking CNAs and Home Health Aides with a minimum of 6 months experience for a pediatric group home in Meriden. Previous experience in a group home with physically and emotionally challenged children preferred. All shifts available. Earn up to $12.00 per hour based on experience. Must have a current CT CNA certificate. To schedule an appointment to apply, please call:

800-286-6300 ext. 3902 or fax your resume to the HR Department 860-613-3777 or email to: E/E/O/C/M/F/V/D Drug Screen/Criminal Background Check Required

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THIRD SHIFT MANUFACTURING Metal working manufacturer starting 3rd shift, require CNC setup and operators for lathes, machining centers and Swissturns. Will train on 1st/2nd shift. Send resume or apply in person:

Lyman Products 475 Smith Street Middletown, CT 06457 Fax: 860-632-1699 Email

CAREER TRAINING & SCHOOLS ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Computers, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 800-4880386

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Town Times

Indoor Swimming Pool Over 6700 sq. ft. of glorious finished space dominating 10 private acres with an abundance of diverse wildlife. The important residence offers a rich and full lifestyle to the proud homeowner. Indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna for a healthy lifestyle. $750,000. For a private showing, call Berardino Co. Realtors 349-0344.

Call us at 860-349-0344

Beautifully Renovated Historic District Home! Studio space with separate entrance is ideal for home occupation. Fabulous level yard 600 ft. deep with picnic grove and almost 1 1/2 acres of parking for the Durham Fair! $399,900. For more information, call Berardino Co. Realtors 349-0344.

At Berardino Company we know our job isn’t merely putting people in homes, it’s surpassing even the highest expectations of our customers Berardino Realtors a goal we meet every day.


Immaculate Home! Four bedroom 1357 sq. ft. home on a beautiful lot with privacy, newer furnace, septic, windows, water pump, garage door. Finished lower level not inc. in sq. ft. Wood floors, central air, fireplace in LR, open floor plan all on a dead end street. Only $299,900. For more information, call Berardino Co. Realtors 349-0344.




Watch Horses Graze!

Well-maintained classic Cape pleasantly situated on knoll in a serene setting on cul-de-sac. Refreshingly unique floor plan combines family need for privacy while affording ability to entertain in style. Watch horses graze from farm style front porch! Only $385,900. For more information or a private showing, call Berardino Co. Realtors 349-0344!

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Relocation Sale! Immaculate 2800 sq. ft. home in turnkey better than new condition! This important residence features granite countertops, hrdwd flrs, MA suite w/vaulted ceiling plus 3 more BRs, a spacious bonus room, and an oversized 2 1/2 car garage. An exceptional value being offered by relocating owner for just $499,900! We highly recommend viewing this fine property exclusively represented by Berardino Realtors, please contact agent at 349-0344.




A Family Tradition of Outstanding Service For Over 100 Years !

Guaranteed to Excite! Architectural design capturing an eclectic mix between a traditional old farmhouse & classic modern interior. Delightful architectural features include timber plank flrs., custom trim millwork & cabinets, silo staircase & glass walled portico connecting accessory building to main residence all combined beautifully to provide a unique living experience. Only $410,000. For a private showing, call Berardino Co. Realtors 349-0344.

Heated 40x66 Beautiful 3120 sq. ft. Center Hall Colonial occupying 5 fenced areas with commanding views of Powder Ridge! Step from the kit., FR to LR to patio with heated inground pool. Lighted tennis/BB court. Separate 40x66 heated outbuilding with 3-12’ overhead doors. One-of-a-kind property adjacent to Middlefield conservation land. Call Berardino Co. Realtors 349-0344.

D L O S Immaculate!

Beautiful 3 bedrm home maintained in better than new condition! This beautiful 1690 sq.ft. home is situated on a large level lot graced with an excellent trout brook and a picturesque pond. Huge 1.6 acre flat yard perfect for soccer, baseball, and large family get-togethers! A “LifeStyle” home for $325,000. Call 349-0344 for details!

To put our proven talents to work for you, call Berardino Company at (860) 349-0344 or visit us at 40 Main Street, Durham. (Next to Dunkin’ Donuts)

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