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Volume 16, Issue 3

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, May 1, 2009

District 13-Oaxacan connection is swine flu-free By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

With nine students from District 13 visiting Oaxaca, Mexico just two months ago and 11 Oaxacan students spending a few weeks at Coginchaug High School this month, some might be concerned about the exchange of the swine flu that’s making national headlines. As it turns out, all 20 kids are fine. According to Marilyn Horn, Spanish teacher at Coginchaug who was part of the exchange program, none of the children from either Region 13 or Instituto Blaise Pascale in Oaxaca were affected or show signs of swine flu. Signs and symptoms include headache, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, coughing, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to information from the Centers of Disease Control. Though Region 13 is proceeding as normal, the 11 students from Oaxaca are out of school.

“It was decided yesterday to close every school in Mexico, from kindergarten through university,” said Ashley Horn, daughter of Marilyn, who lives in Mexico where she teaches the students who participated in the recent program. She explained that schools in Mexico City and the state of Mexico were closed first last week, followed by more closings in other states on Sunday night. By Monday afternoon, all other schools were closed, including Instituto Blaise Pascale. Students and teachers left school early and were told not to return until May 6. “We already had a long weekend because May 1 is Labor Day and May 5 is Cinco de Mayo,” Ashley Horn said. “I guess the hope is that in a week things will be more figured out or contained, but it’s no guarantee.” Horn noted that many people in Mexico are wearing masks, and the pharmacy is sold out of masks, vitamin C

and cold medicine. She and her students have been advised to stay in their homes and away from large crowds, to wash hands and refrain from shaking hands and the customary greeting of kissing on the cheek. Also, doctors advise those with symptoms to see a doctor rather than try to treat themselves. “Right now I’m concerned but not over worried,” Marilyn Horn said about the Oaxacan students and her daughter. “From what I understand, the deaths that occurred were because people didn’t get help soon enough.” For those who are concerned, Ashley Horn is going to send an email to Region 13 this week for an update on how the exchange students who just left Durham are doing. Meanwhile, just before press time, we learned that there is a suspected case of swine flu in a Middlefield child that is being investigated. See story on page 2.

Durham Public Safety Committee presents analysis of additional police coverage By Stephanie Wilcox Last year, the Durham Board of Selectman charged the Public Safety Committee with determining the needs and options for increasing police protection in town. The committee spent over a year working on different scenarios and presented their findings to the Board of Selectmen during their April 27 meeting. Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, Frank DeFelice, reported that Peter DiGioia has been resident state trooper (RST) for the town for nearly 12 years at 40 hours a week. The Resident State Trooper program provides 24hour law enforcement service, including, but not limited to, criminal investigations, accident investigations, pub-

lic safety programs and informational talks. It currently costs $139,110 a year for a RST services, and 70 percent is paid for by the town and 30 percent by the state. However, DeFelice noted that the cost of the RST program is expected to increase by about four percent in each of the next three years. However, the state may reduce its participation, and by 2011 they may cotribute $0 to the program. The committee used a CostBenefit Analysis to look into each option in terms of cost, benefits/insurance and liabilities, infrastructure requirements, command structure, training and coverage. If supplemental coverage was deemed necessary, the different options the committee looked into were additional

hours of resident state trooper coverage (overtime), using a second RST for temporary duty coverage (TDY), using a second RST permanently, regionalizing with Middlefield because of proximity and sharing the school district (though other towns were considered), using a retired police officer (already trained and ready to go), using town constables (may require cost from the town to get started), forming a local police department or hiring an administrative assistant for the RST. DeFelice presented several recommendations as voted on by the Public Safety Committee at their April 7 meeting. He said the committee feels that additional police coverSee Police, page 18

April 25 was a beautiful day to plant memorial trees to honor two of Durham’s most generous citizens.

Memorial trees honor Roger Newton and Charles Wimler By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Under blue, sunny skies on April 25, an Arbor Day ceremony was held to plant two trees at White’s Farm on Maple Avenue in Durham in memory of Roger Newton and Charles “Charlie” Wimler. Roger and Charles were two Durham citizens who made lasting contributions to the town and its civic well-being. According to Casey Cordes, chair of the Durham Conservation Commission that manages town-owned open space and set aside a portion of the farm’s open space as a memorial arborteum, Roger was commemorated with a swamp white oak tree and Charles with a magnolia virginia. “Planting a tree takes an act of faith in the future,” he said. “Both of these men’s legacies are imprinted on this town in the institutions we cherish: the high school, grange and fair.” State Rep. Matt Lesser attended the ceremony and spoke about protecting the values of environmental

stewardship that Charles Wimler and Roger Newton put in place. His words were followed by a brief speech from First Selectman Laura Francis who said she had the pleasure of working with both men. “Charlie was a walking link to the past,” she said, adding that he was First Selectman for 25 years and was the last one to run the town from his kitchen table. “He knew what was under almost every road in town because he built almost every road in town.” She added that Charles’ last act of generosity was selling the development rights See Trees, page 21

In this issue ... Calendar ........................4-5 Durham Briefs ..........17-18 Libraries ....................24-25 Middlefield Briefs .....14-15 Obituary .........................29 Sports..............................30 Summer, Part 1 ..............22

Town Times Community Briefs


Possible swine flu case reported in Middlefield By Sue VanDerzee Town Times

Dr. Matthew Huddleston, Middlefield’s health director, has confirmed that an elementary school-aged child living in town has been identified as having a probable case of swine flu. The child is taking medication and improving. Whether or not this is an actual case of swine flu is being determined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). According to a news release put out by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell, the child reported recent travel to Mexico, as have the other two ten-

tative cases reported in the state. Rell is holding conference calls with local officials around the state to update them on the steps that have been taken to deal with the illness, even though no cases have yet been confirmed by the CDC. Among the steps being taken are the distribution of antiviral medication to Connecticut’s 31 acute care hospitals as well as the provision of “excellent information,” according to Dr. Huddleston, via handouts and websites such as Because the Middlefield child did not attend school

Index of Advertisers To advertise in the Town Times, call Joy Boone at (860) 349-8026. JC Farm & Greenhouse ............12 Ken Marino Sales & Service .....15 Lema, William, D.M.D. ..............15 Lino’s Market ...............................3 Meriden Hyundai .......................30 Micheli Unisex Styling Salon ....15 Middlesex Community College .17 Middletown Plate Glass.............27 Midstate Medical.........14, 16 & 20 Mims Oil.....................................12 Mitchell’s Jewelers ......................5 MLT Painting .............................29 Mountain Spring Water .............26 Movado Farm ............................28 Neil Jones Home Improvement 25 Orthodontic Specialist ..............21 Perrotti’s Country Barn................6 Pet Stop.....................................24 Prete Chiropractic Center............6 Putter’s Paradise.......................12 Raintree Landscaping ...............29 Realty Associates......................33 RLI Electric ................................29 Rockfall Company .....................29 Rudolph’s Landscaping.............14 Saldibar Construction................26 Sharon McCormick Design .......26 Sisters Cleaning Service...........26 Split Enz ....................................24 Sterling Realtors........................32 Sticks and Stones .....................29 Suburban Cycle.........................15 T-N-T Home and Lawncare ......25 Tile Renovators .........................28 TLC Eatery ................................12 Torrison Stone and Garden ......24 Uncle Bob’s Flower & Garden...11 VMB Custom Builders...............25 West End Recording Studios....28 Whitehouse Construction..........27 Whitney Ridge Stables..............29 Windows Plus............................18

Corrections If you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give our news department a call at (860) 349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. Officer Scott Halligan was a canine officer for eightand-one-half years, not two years as stated in our April 24 issue.

Fajita Fest The Spanish Honor Society at Coginchaug Regional High School will host its ninth annual Fajita Fiesta on Friday, May 15, at the CRHS cafeteria. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Highlights, besides the delicious food from Jalapeno Heaven, are a Mariachi trio and a silent auction. This year they will also feature a small Mexican market where you can “bargain” for your purchases. Dinner includes veggie fajitas, chicken fajitas, cheese quesadillas, rice, beans, chips and salsa, dessert and drinks. The cost for this event is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, children five and under eat for free. The past few years this event has been a sellout. A few tickets will be available at the door, but it is better to reserve tickets by calling Marilyn Horn at (860) 349-7215, ext 264.

Touch-a-truck in Middlefield Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department will be marking their 75th anniversary in 2009. One of the events planned is a touch-a-truck fundraiser at Peckham Park to be held on Saturday, May 9, with a rain date of Sunday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m. till 3 p.m.

This event will include a car show put on by the Over the Hill Gang of Connecticut, a visit from the Skymax Mobile Weather Van with Gil Simmons from Storm Team 8, Magic of Christopher, FTO Racing, Rocky the Rock Cats’ mascot, face painting, kids games, food and more. Tickets are $5 per person, children under three are free. Advanced tickets are $4. Email firefightergrandma or call the firehouse (860) 349-7124. MVFD is in need of volunteers to help at the face painting/fish pond booth; all proceeds donated to the Middlefield Social Services Council.

Attention past MVFD members

Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department Past and Present Members Picnic will be held on Sunday, May 17, at the firehouse. All past members are invited and those who have not done so are asked to contact Joe Skultety as soon as possible. Joe can be contacted by calling the firehouse and leaving a message at (860) 3497124. The picnic, which is part of the 75th anniversary, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Members are asked to bring any old photos and memorabilia to help us create a history of the department.


Ace Oil.......................................30 Addy and Sons..........................27 Affordable Excavation ...............25 Allan’s Tree Service ..................26 Annie Gray Pet Sitters...............27 APEC Electric............................27 Around the Clock Heating ........21 Auto Body Specialties ...............28 Behling Builders ........................28 Berardino Company Realtors....44 Bert Dorr Roofing ......................26 Binge, Bruce, contractor............24 Boylin, Dr. William .......................6 Brick Construction .....................28 Brockett Paving & Construction 25 Brookside Steakhouse ..............11 Brother’s Pool............................19 Cahill & Sons.............................28 Carlton Interiors ...............10 & 30 Chaplan, Lorel...........................33 Conroy, John, D.M.D.................12 Creative Solutions .......................3 Curiale, Steven, MD ..................18 CV Enterprises ..........................28 D & M Services..........................11 Dan’s Plumbing .........................25 Desjarlais, Marsha, realtor ........32 Durham Dental ..........................11 Durham Pharmacy ....................13 Durham Veterinary Hospital........2 Durham Wine & Spirits..............15 Family Tree Care ......................29 Ferguson & McGuire Insurance17 Fine Work Home Improvement.26 Fugge, David M.........................29 Glazer Dental Associates............7 Golschneider Painting...............27 Handy Man ..................................6 Home Works..............................26 Huscher, Debbie, realtor ...........32 Ianniello Plumbing.....................24 J. Randolph Kitchens ...............27 JAC Excavation.........................27

this week, none of the experts consulted by Superintendent of Schools Susan Viccaro, including District 13’s medical advisor, Middlefield’s Department of Public Health and the state Department of Public Health, has recommended that local schools be closed. Exposure is assumed to be minimal because the child stayed home from school, which is exactly what public health experts recommend for those feeling ill. “Common sense measures” and staying home with a fever are what Dr. Huddleston recommends as well. Updates on this situation as it affects District 13 schools will be posted on the website ( as they are received and parents especially are urged to monitor this site.

Friday, May 1, 2009

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Providing Quality Care for Your Pets Through Medicine Surgery Dentistry Phone 860-349-3485 Radiology Behavior Counseling Fax 860-349-8649 Wellness Programs and More Mark your calendar for The Durham Pet Fair on May 17, 2009. For more info go to 178 Parmelee Hill Road Durham, CT 06422

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Town Times

It’s decision time for voters on town and school budgets. Board of Education budget overview

Durham budget forecast

power in technology and cleaning supplies to reduce costs. The district anticipates additional money from the IDEA grant which can supplement the budget, not supplant anything already paid for with local dollars. Finally, as of April 27, the board had not heard what they will be receiving from the state yet. Notable actions that took place over the last several board meetings include cutting more than $227,000 from the budget, including $75,000 from the capital reserve fund, $25,000 in custodial expenses, $10,000 from athletic supplies and $8,000 in library books and periodicals. In addition, the board voted to add a fourth teacher to the Integrated Day program at Memorial School to reduce class sizes. This will cost roughly $75,000 for salary and benefits. To review the budget in greater detail before the district meeting and referendum, copies of the proposed education budget summary are available for review at the Durham and Middlefield libraries and town halls.

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With the annual budget meeting coming in less than two weeks, the budget as it stands for Durham will actually come out to a $212,059 lower than last year’s net budget of $3,871,322. This is due in part to 64 out of the 84 budgets reviewed by the town coming in less than their current year appropriations. Of those that do have an increase, finance director Maryjane Malavasi noted that most are due to contractual obligations. The net decrease is all the more notable for the fact that the town can expect a $211,362 reduction in the revenue it receives outside of taxes, with only $1,465,687 anticipated for 2009-2010. Part of this funding decrease will be offset by a $380,000 reappropriation from the reserve fund, with $283,000 coming from the senior center reserve. As there is currently no project planned for the senior center, the money

reserved for the center will go instead into other items such as equipment for the fire department. Costs to the town have been further offset by a 1.4 percent increase in the grand list, due to the enhanced power lines running through Durham. However, the grand list is expected to remain flat for 2010-2011. Durham is also undergoing a re-evaluation of the grand list, which should go into effect for 2011-2012. Despite these efforts, homeowners should still expect a $76 tax increase for the average resident with an assessment value of $203,000, due to an anticipated mill rate of 26.63 for fiscal year 2009-2010. This is a .38 increase from the current year, after factoring in the education budget. Whether the budget will pass as-is remains to be seen, with the school budget referendum scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, and the town annual budget meeting set for Monday, May 11.

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By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times


Creative Solutions by Cheryl


The referendum to vote on the 2009-2010 District 13 education budget will be on Tuesday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Korn School in Durham and the Middlefield Community Center. There will be a district meeting at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Coginchaug High School the evening before, May 4, with the opportunity to ask final questions about the budget. The total net budget is $31,796,024 which represents a 2.42 percent increase over the current budget and includes an estimated $2,409,829 in projected loss of revenue from state and federal grants. There were three areas of the budget that increased — salaries, benefits and dues and fees. Salaries are up $775,743, and contractual obligations already negotiated account for 98 percent of the increase. In addition, there are only three planned retirements. Benefits increased by $617,576, a 14 percent rise, due to a significant increase in the claims to premium ratio. A health savings account has been put in place to help minimize the increase in this area, as well as providing health awareness seminars and an employee assistance plan. Dues and fees are up $2,415 because of price increases from various associations. A total of seven budget categories show decreases, including $192,998 in supplies,

$135,144 in debt services and $185,364 in capital improvement/equipment. Three and a half positions were eliminated from the budget, including one teaching position each from Brewster, Korn and Lyman schools due to declining enrollment particularly at the elementary level. In addition, a parttime library assistant position at Coginchaug High School was taken away due to not replacing a retirement. The district funded as many positions through grants as possible, which resulted in a net decrease of 7.8 positions overall. Projected enrollment is slightly down for school year 2009-2010, with a total of 2,119 students in the district and in the magnet school. The district’s average net current expenditure per pupil is estimated at $13,236 for 2008-2009, up from $12,409 for 2007-2008, while the state average is not estimated yet. The board was able to save costs in some areas by purchasing energy as part of a consortium, locking prices in for fuel, and utilizing state contracts for large purchases. Also, the district will be participating with other school systems to pool their buying


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LeClerc Walkathon Memorial School will hold the second annual James LeClerc memorial walkathon. Donations of any denomination will be accepted. Call Memorial School at (860) 3497235 for information. Veteran’s Benefit Seminar The DAV will present a free veterans information seminar at 1 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 4 Sebeth Drive in Cromwell. Mulan Madhatters Theatre Company will perform Mulan at the Andrews Memorial Theater in Clinton tonight at 7 p.m., tomorrow at 5:30 and 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets, e-mail or call (203) 915-6063. Stress Management Promoting mental health, a stress management program will be presented at the Durham Public Library at 2 p.m. The presentation will explore ways to diminish stress, understand and manage stress, recognize good and bad stress, recognize anxiety, how to get good care, how to talk to your physician and how to get help when you need it. La Triaviata Verdi’s acclaimed opera, La Traviata, will be sung in Italian with English titles displayed simultaneously at the MHS Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School, 200 LaRosa Lane. This show has been sold out, waiting list being developed. Global Warming The Zilkha Gallery on the Wesleyan campus will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Global Warning: Artists and Climate Change show, running through May 24. This exhibition explores the phenomenon through the lens of visual artists. Messages Native American composer Barbara Croall’s new work on global climate change will be performed by the Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Roy Wiseman at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Crowell Concert Hall. Admission is free. For info, visit or call (860)

685-3355. Book Sale Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, will hold a bag book sale today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The prices are $3 per bag today, $2 per bag on Saturday and $1 per bag on Monday. Sale items include VHS movies, books on tape, music cassettes and CDs. Call (860) 347-2528 for info. Strong School Play The Strong School production of The Big Bad Musical will be tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, available at the door.


May 2 Toumani Diabate Toumani Diabate and the Symmetric Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in the Crowell Concert Hall on the Wesleyan campus. Tickets are $11, $18 and $6. Call (860) 685-3355 or visit www.wesleyanedu/cfa for information, or visit for tickets. Little League Opening Day

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser Friends of Gina Layman are holding a pasta dinner at the Middlefield firehouse from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. to help her represent the U.S. in the World BMX Race in Australia. Tickets are $8 per person and $20 for a family of three or more. Children 3 and under are free. This all you can eat event will include pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Coffee and juice will also be served. Tickets are available at the door. Utility Help If you are facing a utility shutoff for a payment arrangement that you can’t afford to keep, there may be help. Come to Yankee Gas of-

fice, 56 Cooper St. in Meriden, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. if you are a customer of Yankee Gas or CL&P. Call Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-4533320 for information. Spring Dance St. James Episcopal Church, corner of Rt. 81 and Little City Rd. in Higganum, will sponsor a spring dance on May 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Coffee and dessert will be served. For info, call (860) 345-2445. 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, jewelry, cards and more. For information, call (860) 349-3917. Amazing Animals Potapaug Audubon and the Westbrook Library present Amazing Animals at 1 p.m. at the Westbrook Library on Goodspeed Drive with guest speaker Lisa Monachelli from New Canaan Nature Center. Meet six live animals: some furry, some feathered and some scaly. Call (860) 399-0136 for info about this free program. Electronic Recycling Residents from towns including Durham and Middlefield can participate in a free electronics recycling program to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Hartford Town Yard, 17 Brixton Street. All household electronics will be accepted. For info or additional dates and locations, call (860) 757-7700 or visit Tag Sale/Flea Market Today is the first of the once-a-month giant tag sale/flea markets held at Notre Dame Church in Durham from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


May 3 12-Step Healing My Father’s House Retreat, 39 North Moodus Rd. in Moodus, offers a Catholic 12-step healing program every first Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This program in-

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cludes teaching, sharing and prayers for healing. Call (860) 873-1581 or visit for info. Taiko Concert Led by Mark Rooney, the Taiko class of Kumidaiko drumming will perform in the World Music Hall on the Wesleyan Campus at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 and $2. Call (860) 685-2330 for info.


May 4 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. Career Help Julie Jansen, career coach, consultant and author, is the featured speaker for “I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This” at 6:15 p.m. at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Jansen will discuss career assessment techniques and creating an action plan. Register by calling (860) 347-2528. Japanese Tea Ceremony Stephen Morrell, designer of the Freeman Family Japanese Garden, will explain the history and ritual of the tea ceremony at 10 a.m. This free program takes place at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace in Middletown. Call (860) 685-2330 for info. Strong PTO The Strong Parent Teacher Organization will meet at CRHS at 6:30 p.m.


May 5 Independent Day School The Independent Day School will host an IDS Sampler from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend these interactive sessions together. Parents will meet with IDS teachers. Children accompanying their parents will experience co-curricular activities with IDS faculty. Please RSVP to the admission office at (860) 3477235 or

Budget Referendum Vote on District 13 budget today from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at your local polling place. Strong Concert The Strong School instrumental concert will be held at CRHS tonight at 7 p.m. Free Stroke Assessment MidState Medical Center will hold a free stroke risk assessment that will include a cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and pulse check, a review of your personal and family medical history, a review of the risk factors and distribution of education materials. Assessments are being conducted from 8 a.m. to noon and again on Thursday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Call (203) 694-8354 to register. MOMS Club The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Middletown will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. E-mail or visit for information. The club provides support and social activities for mothers and their children and is open to residents of Durham, Middlefield, Rockfall, Middletown and Cromwell.


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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. Eucharist 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. Screwball Comedy The Thin Man will be shown at noon at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Richard Alleva, film critic and assistant head of Children’s Services, will lead a discussion on the film. Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich, and the library will provide dessert and beverages. Call (860) 3472528 for more information.

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Friday, May 1, 2009 Memorial Play The Memorial School free drama production of Huckleberry Finn will be held at 6:45 p.m. at Memorial School. Economic Stress Support There will be a free support group for adults, individuals and couples coping with these stressful economic times from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Affiliated Clinical Therapist, 770 Saybrook Rd., Building B in Middletown. Call (860) 343-5390 for info. Cancer Survivors The Gaylord cancer survivors support group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Gaylord Hospital, Chauncey Conference Center in Wallingford. For more information, call (860) 349-3443.


May 7 Organ Romp This popular annual event features Wesleyan faculty, students and guest performing premiers of new works together with wacky pieces not usually played on the organ. This free performance will take place in

Town Times & Places the Memorial Chapel on the Wesleyan campus at 10 p.m. 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. Plants and Shrubs The Friends of Hammonasset will hold its annual plant and shrub sale today through May 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The sale will be located 500 feet east of the entrance to the Hammonasset Beach State Park on Route 1 in Madison. Ladies Night The Middletown Elks Club will hold Ladies’ Night at the Crystal Ballroom on Maynard Street in Middletown from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will feature vendors such as Sharon McCormick’s Home Designs, Perk on Main, Thompson’s Candy, Kim’s Cottage Confections, Drizzle’s Apples, Buds and Blossoms, massages, wine tasting, martini tasting, pocketbooks, jewelry, a DJ, a buffet dinner and more.

Tickets are $15 per person. For information, call Nancy at (860) 343-6818 or Wendy at (860) 349-0008. Singing Leaves Potapaug Audubon presents “Singing Leaves: The Stories and Songs of Crickets and Katydids” with guest speaker John Himmelman at the Essex Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. For info on this free program, call (860) 434-6294. Pottery Festival and Sale Wesleyan Potters’ annual Spring Festival and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 350 South Main Street in Middletown. The event features ceramics, fiber arts, basketry and jewelry/metalsmithing as well as demonstrations and tours. Admission is free. For info, call (860) 347-5925 or visit CRHS Concert The CRHS band concert will take place in the Coginchaug auditorium at 7:30 p.m. See article on page 6.


May 8 Dan LaRosa Project Graduation will present Dan LaRosa, hypnotist, at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $8. 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. Contact Kirk Hagert at (860) 3495626 for more information. Durham Historical The Durham Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Centre Schoolhouse. Everyone is welcome. Cogin-Chuggers The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold their “Anything Goes” dance at Brewster School in Durham from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Steve Garrett will be the caller and Sue Lucibello will be the cuer. Donation is $6 per person. For more information, call (203) 235-1604, (860) 349-8084 or visit

Literacy Volunteers needed The Middletown office of Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut is seeking interested persons to attend its upcoming summer tutor-training session. Classes, which run from 6 to 8:45 p.m., will convene on Monday and Thursday evenings, June 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 25, at the deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington St. in Middletown. Aspiring tutors will learn to teach students in two categories: basic literacy (for those whose native language is English) and English as a second language (ESL). Literacy Volunteers change their students’ lives in many ways both large and small. Join them. Be the recipient of a grateful student’s beaming smile. Contact the Middletown program office, open Monday through Thursday, at (860) 347-0337.


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An ounce of prevention ... By Chris Coe , Jean Bingham Special to the Town Times

“Four teens were killed in a fiery crash following an unsupervised party…” Okay, now that I have your attention, I would like to talk about Project Graduation. Project Graduation is a fun, all-night, alcohol-and-drugfree party for the Coginchaug High School graduating senior class. It provides a safe alternative to party-hopping by keeping our kids off the roads and farther away from becoming just another statistic. Project Graduation is held following CRHS graduation from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Wesleyan Athletic Center. This event is a 20-year-and-running tradition with an average attendance rate of 98 percent of each graduating class. The night features exciting, fun activities, which we won’t mention here as we like to keep much of it a surprise. Here’s the thing…Project Graduation is a volunteer, non-profit organization run by a committee of dedicated parents, some whom no longerhave children in the district. We need your help in many ways. The committee is always looking for new members or additional ways to raise funds. We recognize that your time, like ours, is limited. We welcome ANY amount of time that

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you can devote. Project Graduation is an excellent way for underclass parents to get involved, meet new people and find out what your senior will experience when they attend their own Project Graduation. Project Graduation is run solely by the generosity of District 13 parents and its business community. Without them, we could not survive. This year in particular we are looking for additional funding so we can give to the class of 2010 the same celebration that we gave to prior classes. • Dan LaRosa, hypnotist, on Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for only $8. It’s a hilarious night out for the entire family. • Third annual Tag Sale — Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year we are looking for sporting goods and other gently used items, although no electronic equipment. Call Kari Kuehnle at (860) 349-3896 to make arrangements for donations. • Third annual Plant Sale — Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, at Strong School. You can preorder by calling Jean Bingham at (860) 262-4656. • Project Graduation “One Safe Night” donor tree fund drive. This year you and your family or your business can have your message inscribed on a leaf by making a gift to this campaign. It’s a

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By Sue VanDerzee Town Times It was “Indian Song” that inspired former District 13 band director Bruce Schmottlach to a lifelong love affair with music, a passion that has come back to enrich his life in countless ways. A new opportunity is just around the corner when Bruce will be the guest conductor for selections from Les Miserable at the CRHS band concert on May 7. But we’re leaping ahead ... Bruce recalls in a recent interview that it was his fiveyear-old self’s dream to play “Indian Song” from the John Thompson piano books that many of us of a certain age remember with fondness – or dread. And, it was his mother who encouraged him to play the piano way beyond that level all through his childhood in Massachusetts. When his family moved to Sanford, Maine as Bruce was entering his freshman year of perfect way to congratulate a student, athletic group, musical group or just show your support. The “One Safe Night” Donor Tree will be prominently and permanently displayed, just outside the cafeteria at the high school. Call Jean Bingham (860) 262-4656 or Patty Douglass (860) 638-9311 for more information.

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Durham Farmers’ Market opens May 7 By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

logo and CT Grown logo. The shirts are going to be green with light green writing for $12, available in adult and child sizes. Even with all these new features, Naples said the biggest change is that the market will be trying to educate the public on the benefits of fresh, local foods. “The farmers market is not just an outlet for farmers to sell products, but a way to make people aware that these foods are available and have a better impact on the environment,” she said. The Durham Farmers’ Market will help make people aware of their carbon footprint by setting up a tent every Thursday with brochures, recipe cards and suggestions on how to use different foods and products. In addition, the monthly newsletter will be aimed more toward educating than it previously did. Though it isn’t new, the story time for kids at 4 p.m. will return this year where children will be read stories

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If you’re looking to buy local, make healthy choices, support the community and save the planet, you can do all at the same time when you shop at the Durham Farmers’ Market when it opens for its second season on May 7. From then until September 10, the market will provide fresh, locally grown food on the town green every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. After the success of the market in its first year, the Farmers’ Market Committee has been working hard to make the 2009 season a success for all involved and has made a few changes and additions towards that goal. “We’re not taking away anything, but we added a lot,” said market master Melynda Naples. One strength right off the bat is the return of successful vendors, such as 80 Licks and Dondero Orchards. “From a drawing point, they were key vendors that helped get us started, and it’s definitely a good thing they’re back,” she said. In addition, returning vendors include Starlight Gardens, Deerfield Farms, Naples Farm, Madison Beanery Breads and CW Shellfish. New vendors include Cecarelli Farms, Al’s Kettle Corn, Auntie Arwen’s Spice Blends, Sweet Sage Bakery, the Middletown Garden Club and more to come. With new vendors on the list, the list of products has expanded and includes veggies, fruits, breads, ice cream, yogurt, raw milk, soft cheese and other dairy products, pies, jams, pickles, clams, maple syrup, bouquets of cut flowers, salad greens and more. Naples said customers will notice more variety in the vegetable section. “We didn’t have quite the variety of veggies last year as we would have liked,” she said. But now there’s Ceccareli Farms, a veggie vendor from Northford. “They were not here last year, and they will be bringing lots of veggies, which is exciting,” Naples exclaimed. Another positive of Ceccareli Farms are their more affordable prices compared to some other organic vegetables, which Naples said is an-

other change. “Last year we got comments that everything was way too expensive because it was mostly organic, so we’re trying to mix it up with both conventionally and organically grown foods,” said Naples. In fact, more vendors and more variety are the key words for the complete market experience for this season, and not just in food. Naples said the Farmers’ Market Committee is currently trying to get local artists or craftsmen to get involved as visiting vendors because “there are so many painters on Main Street,” she stated. Naples also said the Coginchaug High School Dixieland band and other local musicians will provide music over the season, as well as cooking demonstrations and face painting for children. Also new this year, there will be one “Dog Day” in August where customers and their dogs can hear Dave Foley of Bark Busters give a workshop on dog safety tips and tricks. The market will also be selling t-shirts for the first time with the market’s

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As a local newspaper and proud of it, we are often surprised by how events outside of the communities of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall affect us deeply. After all, in just the last few years, we lost a resident in the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, we had a reporter coincidentally in Rome the week the Pope John Paul II died in April 2005, volunteers from our towns were in New Orleans and Biloxi within a month after Hurricane Katrina hit in Aug. 2006, close to a dozen residents that we know of have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Jason Stone, of Durham, who recently returned from Iraq, and this week we breathed a sigh of relief upon learning that our Coginchaug students who traveled to Oaxaca in Mexico in February and hosted students from Oaxaca in April were all in fine health despite the threat of swine flu, a new and rather dangerous flu that apparently first appeared in Mexico. Then, just before press time, we received

word that a Middlefield student, who had thankfully not attended school this week, was a probable victim of the new strain of flu though the student is apparently recovering. Our towns also face continuing challenges due to economic woes that, while they may have originated on Wall Street, have found their way around the globe and to every Main Street in America, including our own. Readers can see some of the anger and frustration of dealing with a sick economy in the budget articles on page 3 as well as in Letters to the Editor below and on following pages. The fact is that John Donne had it exactly right when he wrote in Meditation 17: “Therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. . . .” What we do, from washing our hands frequently to avoid spreading the flu to voting on budget proposals that affect our towns and schools, does matter. The future is, in very concrete ways, really in our hands. By Sue VanDerzee

Letters to the Editor Be careful! To Town Times: My child was one of the children hit by a car while riding his bicycle recently. While I commend the Town Times for pointing out the importance of bicycle safety, there is another point I think needs to be made. We live in suburban towns. We are all very busy rushing to practices, meetings, work and school. Rarely do we take time to really look at the speed limits on our small back roads. I am as guilty of this as everyone else. Yet, our children are walking, riding bikes and playing in our yards. It is time we all stop whizzing by in our race to get to the next thing and slow down. Our children our too important; do not take that chance. SLOW DOWN. Also, helmet safety is a

must. Our son’s helmet may have saved his life. Make your children wear their helmets. They will thank you, mine did. Jill Root, Middlefield

Support the Sustinet bill Dear Editor: Friday, April 17, I spent time at the Mission of Mercy dental clinic in New Haven. It was a jarring experience. The line was so long that I never actually did see the end of it. There was a woman standing in line for three hours on a broken ankle. There was an elderly woman who stood in line for hours while two other women helped to support her. There were parents with infants and young children. Some of the people were employed, some were unem-

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ployed and others were retired. It was a microcosm of the health care crisis. What a terrible thing to see in one of the richest countries in the world, in one of the wealthiest states in the country: people standing for hours, some even throughout the night, for the chance to get free dental care. This is not the answer to the health care crisis. Charity is not a health care system. Thankfully there is something the residents of Connecticut can do to fix our broken system. The Connecticut Legislature has the opportunity to pass HB6600, the Sustinet Bill, to provide Connecticut residents with the option of an affordable public health insurance plan. Businesses, non-profit agencies and municipalities, as well as individuals, would be eligible. Now is the time for action to ensure that people of our state get the medical and dental care they need. Take the time to contact your state representatives and state senators and tell them to support the Sustinet Bill. It’s smart. It’s right. It’s time. Amy E. Thompson, MPH, Meriden

School budget is good This year’s District 13 school budget is good. With

about a 2.5 percent increase, it walks the fine line between the fiscal realities of today and maintaining a quality education for our kids. Both the Board of Education and the school superintendent should be commended for producing this budget, considering the rising costs of health care and energy facing the district. This D-13 budget deserves an “A.” Please vote YES on Tuesday, May 5. Richard C. Hanley, P.E. Lucille A. Semeraro (Hanley), M.D., Durham

Not low enough Dear Town Times, This year is by far the most financially difficult for many people, unless you work in academia. While the towns of Middlefield and Durham have been identifying ways to reduce spending without cutting into the few fundamental services they provide to residents, the District 13 school board continues to look for ways to increase spending and staffing. Meanwhile the members of the school board are patting themselves on the backs for coming in with a spending increase of under three percent. That’s the lowest increase in many years, when you consider spending was rising at rates over double that in years past. Perhaps the most egregious misuse of

limited funds in this year’s proposal is the addition of a grade 5/6 Integrated Day teacher, all while other teachers and support staff are being laid off. The feel-good yuppie parents only know how to debate with fear-mongering. One thing they and the school board can’t deny are spending and enrollment data. The district-wide enrollment is declining, including grades five and six, where the enrollment will decrease by about 100 students over the next five years. Despite this trend, the school board thought it was necessary to hire another teacher at a cost of $75,000 (for salary and benefits). What’s even more troubling is that they weren’t even considering this until the elitist parents, mostly from Durham, whined about how their precious kiddies were going to suffer in classes with a few extra students. On top of this, should the budget be rejected and this additional teacher dropped, any new students entering grades five and six after the school year has begun will be assigned to the traditional program which will have smaller class sizes. Kind of defeats the whole “choice” thing, doesn’t it? You better believe that once these kids move on from those grades that their parents aren’t going to care any

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Earth Day is here to stay

Spring/Summer Guide available

If you’ve ever wondered about the humClaudia ble dawning of Earth Day, it stemmed from one man’s push for political initiative on behalf of the troubled state of our environment. In 1962, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson approached Attorney General Robert Kennedy with the idea to have President Kennedy give voice to the environmental issue by going on a national conservation tour. The idea was well received by both the Attorney General and the President. The resulting five-day, eleven-state tour in September of 1963 did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the birth of an idea – one that would become widely held by the time of the first Earth Day Demonstration in 1970. At a conference in September 1969, Senator Nelson announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The story ran from coast to coast generating an overwhelming response. The success of the first Earth Day can be attributed to a spectacular example of synergy generated at the grassroots level in which 20 million people were organized along with thousands of participating schools and local communities. The American people finally had a forum to express growing concerns regarding the state of the environment. The land, rivers, lakes, and air finally had an advocate and a seat in the political arena. Many important laws were passed by the Congress in the wake of the 1970 Earth Day, including the Clean Air Act, along with laws to protect drinking water, wild lands and the ocean. The creation of

Signs of spring are vention. There is everywhere; daffodils great concern that beand tulips have sproutcause of the declining ed, the sidewalks on bat population, the ocMain Street are filled currence of viral inwith walkers, Little fections spread Leaguers are getting through mosquitoes ready for opening day will increase dramatiand the Memorial Day cally. We live in an parade is coming soon. area where Lyme disBecause you responded ease is prevalent. It is so positively to our not only important winter guide, your for you to do all you town officials have can to prevent tick worked on a bites but to recognize Spring/Summer guide symptoms of Lyme Laura Francis, Durham to help you have a safe disease. Most cases of and enjoyable warm Lyme disease can be weather season. It is cured with antibiready to be distributed otics, especially if at the town hall and treatment is begun electronically on our early in the course of website, www.townofthe illness. You may have You will find safety information heard the news this week about the about a number of seasonal topics outbreak of swine influenza. The CDC from grill safety to fireworks to light- reports 40 confirmed cases in the US, ening storms. There is also timely in- 28 of which are as close to Connecticut formation from the Tax Collector, the as New York City. You can find more Town Clerk, the library, the transfer information at, emergency management and flu or contact our local health departmore. ment if you have any concerns. There are several chapters in the The health department and the guide that I would like to emphasize. emergency management department Many of you are thinking of putting in work closely with the CDC to dissemipools. Please make sure that you con- nate timely information related to tact the building department and ac- public health concerns. In May, the quire all the necessary permits and Town of Durham will participate in a approvals. It is so important that all Cities Readiness Initiative to provide the safety measures required by the mass dispensing of Strategic National Connecticut Building Code are in Stockpile assets (medications) in case place. Talk to the building department of a bio-terrorism or pandemic event. about your new or old pool because it Make an effort to read the new is the responsibility of the owner to Spring/Summer Guide. I want to make sure it is code compliant. The thank all the town officials who conguide also includes safety tips for tributed. If there is a topic you would swimmers. like to see included, please contact my Please carefully read the chapter on office. The electronic version can be mosquito and tick safety from the U.S. easily updated as needed. Enjoy the Center for Disease Control and Pre- warm weather and stay safe!

the EPA was quick to follow and was up O’Connell and running within three years of the first Earth Day. With 40 years of history, Earth Day is now celebrated annually on April 22 in 175 countries by over a half billion people making it the most celebrated secular holiday in the world. The month of April has become increasingly packed with earth day events, large and small. Locally, you can always count on Green-Up Days, technology seminars and demonstrations, green-themed kids’ fairs, Earth Day school projects, and special recycling drives. The movie industry is also ready to cash in on the public demand for a deeper exploration of Earth Day themes. This year’s Earth Day ushered the release of Disney’s documentary, Earth, which grossed more than four million dollars (pretty spectacular for a Wednesday). Narrated by James Earl Jones, Earth portrays a sweeping cinematic journey in true Disney style of three animal families as they traverse the planet. The film enraptures audiences by capturing rarely witnessed animal interactions, inconceivable scale and vast and impossible locations. Although Earth Day is behind us for 2009, we can relish daily the lessons echoed by Senator Nelson’s personal and political coup initiated in 1962. Going forward, we should remember that putting the planet’s needs before our own for only a day is a mere nod, a whole month is on the right track, but to do so daily is indeed the best route for humans to practice mutual perpetuation with their natural surroundings. Please visit my new parenting blog at


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Our poll question last week asked: When walking or biking on the road, do you prefer to be on the left side, facing traffic, or on the right side, with traffic? Thirty-five respondents voted — 77 percent for left side, 11 percent for right side, and 11 percent for “don’t walk or ride bikes on the road.” Our lone comment concerned the fact that the rules of the road currently call for walking on the left and riding on the right. (Does this mean that seven times as many people are wlking, based on our answers?) Our question is: Are those rules still the best with the increased speed of cars today as opposed to when the rules were established?

The Music Department trip to California last week netted local student musicians a raft of awards. It also netted the band and the wind ensemble an invitation to play at a national festival in Carnegie Hall in NYC next spring. This inviation was extended because the bands both won gold medals. The concert band and wind ensemble also received the Adjudicator’s Award from the festival. Student Joe Oblon won the only Disney Spirit of Anaheim Award for his dedication to music and endless energy. Joe belongs to seven performing groups at CRHS. Awards won also included a silver for the jazz band, a silver for the concert choir, a gold for the chamber choir and a silver for the show choir.

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longer about that position. For the last few years, starting with the change in the health insurance carrier, the school board has been building up a fund balance. They say the auditors and bond rating houses see a healthy fund balance as an indication of sound fiscal management. The trouble is that the member towns are being told the same thing, too. Middlefield has been maintaining a fund

balance of about $650,000, which is about five percent of its municipal and school appropriations. It is unnecessary for both the towns and the school district to be duplicating these efforts. The school board wants to keep a fund balance so they can spend on items that were not included in the budget. Without a slush fund, they would have to ask for a supplemental appropriation at a district meeting, which means they would have to justify their request to the taxpayers. For




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the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, the district posted a general fund surplus of about $950,000, ending with a $2 million undesignated fund balance. I was told this was only a snapshot of that point in time, and that the district doesn’t produce interim balance sheets. I find that hard to believe. How can the board appropriate even $1 from the fund balance without knowing how much is available? Furthermore, with automated financial software, it only takes a matter of minutes to extrapolate any data one could want. Every dime of the fund balance should be returned to the towns, as is being done in District 17. The school district seems to think it is immune from the harsh realities of the world. The towns have been putting off many important projects like road resurfacing because the school board is eating up whatever resources are available. Everyone is struggling in one way or another. I personally am unemployed for the most part. But of course “it’s for the children,” therefore we can’t possibly go without whatever pet project the educrats want. Their 2.42 percent increase is not going to cut it. This budget must be soundly defeated, no new positions added, and if the thugs in the teacher’s association won’t agree to any concessions, thin out their ranks a little more. Vote “no” on May 5. Jeremy Renninghoff, Middlefield

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The U.S. and Connecticut are facing perhaps the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. While we firmly believe that our nation and our state will persevere and enter a renewed period of growth and prosperity, the road ahead will be both difficult and long. Since the recession began, Connecticut has shed 58,000 jobs and the losses will likely extend well into 2010 — even after the economy technically exits the recession. Housing, retailing, commercial real estate and many other service industries are reeling from the cyclical downturn. After

posting some gains early in the recession, manufacturing, too, has entered a slump. Finally, financial services, particularly those tied to Wall Street, are undergoing wrenching structural changes that may take years to unfold as the industry reinvents itself. Virtually every household in the state is feeling the weight of these heavy economic burdens. Connecticut, like most every state, also faces a mounting fiscal crisis. That crisis may persist long after growth in the broader economy resumes because state tax revenues will likely lag in industries and regions that have undergone permanent structural changes. As economic advisers to Gov. Rell, we feel it imperative that the state deals with the fiscal crisis in ways that do as little harm as possible to prospects for future recovery. That means reducing state spending and resizing state government in concert with new economic realities while minimizing any tax increases, new borrowing or cuts to municipal education aid. We recognize that state revenue numbers have worsened since February and may fall further. But it is urgent that policymakers craft a sensible budget that puts cuts in state spending ahead of tax increases and forswears altogether any new borrowing to fund ongoing and recurring expenses. Proposals advanced by the governor and Legislature both employ one-time revenues such as the Rainy Day Fund, federal stimulus dollars and transfers of monies from outside the General Fund. But when the biennial budget is complete, these funding streams will be exhausted. To produce revenues three years hence we will need to stimulate, not stifle, economic activity in the interim. If the state’s actions today reduce growth and aggravate job losses in the recovery’s early stages, we will raise the odds of another fiscal crisis in 2012 — if not sooner. It would be especially unwise to borrow money to fund operating expenses as a stopgap. Ordinary households aren’t doing that. They are cutting expenses rather than piling on new credit card or other debt. What’s more, bond rating

Friday, May 1, 2009 agencies will almost certainly punish states that overborrow with lower credit ratings. And a lower credit rating would not only raise Connecticut’s cost of borrowing and the debt service required to finance it, it would also penalize thousands of state residents who have invested in Connecticut bonds by reducing the value of their holdings. Now is not the time for growth-inhibiting tax increases or for new borrowing to meet current expenses. In closing, we, the undersigned, strongly urge that Connecticut’s policymakers carefully consider every budget initiative and weigh the costs and benefits as they pertain to our state’s competitiveness, not only today, but tomorrow. We will all be well served if we do so. Don Klepper-Smith, Chief Economist and Director of Research at DataCore Partners LLC; Nick Perna, Managing Director, Perna Associates, Yale University Economics Department;Ed Deak, Professor of Economics, Fairfield University; Pete Gioia, Economist, Connecticut Business and Industry Association; John Tirinzonie, State Labor Economist, Connecticut Department of Labor; Todd Martin, president of Todd P. Martin Economic Services; Susan Coleman, Professor of Finance, Professor of Finance, University of Hartford; Steve Lanza, Executive Editor, The Connecticut Economy Quarterly, University of Connecticut

‘Fish mom’ thanks all To the Editor: This letter of appreciation to so many members of our Durham/Middlefield community is long overdue, but then, “adopting” six tropical fish has made some major changes in my lifestyle these past couple of months. Back in February, Regional District 13 was the recipient of a 150-gallon aquarium complete with fish and specialized pumping and filtration equipment (valued at about $12,000). I had been stumbling around for a few years gathering information and trying to figure out how to squeeze my educational daydreams into a

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start treating it before it turns into a huge crisis. I’m hoping this program will educate others so we can avoid dealing with problems in the middle of a crisis situation.” In addition to the forum, Charles Barber, author of Comfortably Numb, How Psychiatry Is Medicating A Nation, will speak, answer questions and sign books on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Barber lives in East Haddam and is a lecturer at Yale and Wesleyan universities. He has experience working in New York City shelters with the mentally ill. This, his second book, is a “pretty comprehensive book,” said Hurlbert. “It has lots of interesting research like how many people take pills in this nation.” Hurlbert said there may also be posters exhibited from area high school students, in addition to pamphlets and

books on mental health topics on library shelves. “The library is a good vehicle for getting information out to the public,” said Hurlbert. The Regional Mental Health Board is a grassroots organization of volunteers advocating for the mentally ill. It is set up by state statute with representatives from each town, mental health providers, consumers and folks at large. The state is broken up into regions and each region is broken into catchments. According to Hurlbert, each representative does programs like the library project, and also writes letters to state representatives about mental health issues to advocate good mental health services. Catchment Area 10 Council, which Durham belongs to, includes all of Middlesex County and Lyme and Old Lyme.

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volved when high school art classes created posters for display. This year, Hurlbert received a grant from the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) to expand the effort even more by holding two library programs in addition to the literature display. Hurlbert has arranged a mental health forum and book discussion at the Durham Library to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and to educate the public on the early warning signs that an illness may exist. The first program, the forum, is aimed primarily at educating parents of middle and high school students. The panel will discuss normative behaviors and early warning signs of mental illness. This talk will take place on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Hurlbert stresses the importance of understanding mental health problems and triggers. “It seems we can get crisis oriented and only deal with it when it occurs,” said Hurlbert. “It would be nice to have an inkling of the problem and

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Looking for a way to kick off the s u m mer of ‘09? Boy Scout Troop 27 is holding the second annual pig roast and family day on Saturday, May 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the United Churches of Durham’s lower parking lot and picnic pavilion. Come try your skills at fire building, orienteering, knot-tying, Dutch oven cooking and more.

Our pets are living longer and healthier lives, which is something we should celebrate. As dog lovers (we love cats, too, but our dogs won’t tolerate “cohabitation” with cats), my husband and I want to do everything we can to ensure Chet and Snickers have long, healthy lives. One thing we’d rather not think about is the possibility of one of them getting cancer. Some kinds of cancer in pets are curable, some are treatable, and, for some, palliative (comfort) care is the only possible treatment. Which treatment is best depends upon the type of cancer, how aggressive or fast-moving it is, and its location. Also, at least with certain types of cancer, the earlier the condition is diagnosed, the better the

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P&Z chairman Ken Hamilton recommended taking the matter to attorney Matt Willis and bringing it to court. Responding to the various site violations found on the Monarca site in the industrial park, Colegrove also informed the commission that the ZEO inspected the rest of the industrial park to see what other sites were in violation. At least five sites, including Monarca’s, were found in violation of their site plans, with excess trailers, unapproved structures and other violations. Colegrove suggested that if the commission is going to pursue the site plan violations on the Monarca property, they should do the same with the other sites. The commission also heard from Thomas Perrellini, who wants to rebuild his home after it was destroyed in a fire. As it was nonconforming, the commission informed him that rebuilding it would require he use the original footprint, volume and height of the former structure and if he made any changes to those, the matter would have to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals. Even with that understanding, though, there was still an issue – namely, that the original roof hung over the property line and would likely do so again were the home rebuilt. While the commission wants to ask legal counsel about any problems this may cause, Perrellini added that he already had a variance for a larger house approved on the property.

While he no longer wants a larger house, the commission informed him that should the overhang be an issue, he should be able to build on the variance site and simply decrease the size of the house without any worries. An application for a home occupation permit also came before the commission, with Kathy Duffy asking permission to run a bread-baking business out of her home. She would be the only employee, and the bread would be sold to farmers’ markets rather than customers at her home. She informed them that she’s spoken to the fire marshal and sanitarian, both of whom have approved her site for baking purposes. While she still needs permission from the state, the commission itself gave her their unanimous approval for a permit. Another home occupation permit request came from Raymond Termini to offer culinary lessons out of his 185 Baileyville Road home. Termini gave an overview of the business, saying he would offer classes around dinner time, that he would instruct small groups and that he would have a small sign on the site. As he requires a special permit, though, the commission scheduled a public hearing for the request. The hearing will be held during the commission’s Wednesday, May 27 meeting. The commission also held an informal discussion with attorney John Corona about

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(Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, May 4 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education budget meeting at CRHS 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Tuesday, May 5 6 a.m.-8 p.m. — District 13 education budget referendum; Middlefield citizens vote at the Community Center. 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Thursday, May 7 7 p.m. — Board of Finance Monday, May 11 7 p.m. — Annual town budget meeting will convene and then recess till (probably) Tuesday, May 26 Wednesday, May 13 6 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Brewster School Thursday, May 14 7 p.m. — Park and Recreation Commission 7 p.m. — Board of Finance Monday, May 18 11:30 a.m. — Housing Commission at Sugarloaf Terrace Tuesday, May 19 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission Wednesday, May 20 7 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission

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the meeting will be to elect one member to a three-year term on District 13 Board of Education, and chairman Tom Hennick will be running again; to appoint two members to a two-year term on the Durham-Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board; William Lintz will be in the running again but Tom Russell will not; to authorize the BOS to accept any and all town aid high funds which may be due and available to the town for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009; to adopt a total town budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 in the amount of $5,124,880 less state and local estimated revenue of $1,465,617 for a net town budget of $3,659,263 as recommended by the Board of Finance at its March 31 meeting; and to adopt a five-year

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.) Monday, May 4 7:30 p.m. — District 13 Board of Education at CRHS Tuesday, May 5 6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Referendum on the District 13 proposed education budget; registered voters and property owners vote at Korn School. 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, May 6 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m. — Cemetery Company at the Town Hall Friday, May 8 7:30 p.m. — Historical Society at the Centre Schoolhouse Monday, May 11 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission 8 p.m. — Annual town budget meeting at Coginchaug Tuesday, May 12 7:30 p.m. — Library Board of Trustees 8 p.m. — Fire Company at the firehouse Wednesday, May 13 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Brewster School Thursday, May 14 6 p.m. — Board of Selectmen with BOE at 135 Pickett Lane

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At the April 27 Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting, a draft of ordinance to form an agriculture commission was brought forward. After reviewing the ordinance, First Selectman Laura Francis opened up the floor for public discussion and comments on the proposal. After silence from the audience, Dave Zemelsky finally spoke. “Maybe no one’s talking because (the commission) is good for the town on all accounts,” he said. “Making our source of food viable, sustainable and locally grown is good for obvious reasons.” Selectmen John Szewczyk agreed. He said, “It’s a nobrainer to have something like this.” After reviewing part of the ordinance that read “the agricultural commission shall be an advisory board with the following charge and duties…,” selectmen Jim McLaughlin suggested that it say the advisory board shall report to the Board of Selectmen, and the board agreed. The board then voted in favor of moving the ordinance to a public hearing, set for May 18 at 8 p.m., following the BOS meeting in Town Hall. A town meeting on the ordinance would take place after that. Public Safety Committee presentation See story on page 1. Road projects In old business, the First Selectman said she submitted two projects for road preservation and resurfacing to Midstate Regional Planning. Roughly $127,000 would be funded by ARRA stimulus transportation funds. The roads submitted need to be collector roads, meaning high in traffic volume. Francis said the first choice was Maiden Lane because of the buses and high traffic going to the schools, and the second choice is Higganum Road. She met with Midstate this week for endorsement. In new business, Francis reported that she submitted Higganum, Pent and Parmelee Hill roads and Maiden Lane to Congressman Courtney and DeLauro for reconstruction projects, including safety, drainage and road reconstruc-

tion. The projects are contingent on the transportation bill, which if renewed, would make money available next year. Old Business Francis announced that the Middlefield Board of Selectmen voted to participate in the emergency notification system and to add the cost to the 2009-2010 budget. She also announced the first quarter ground water quality assessment results at the firehouse came back non-detect at all well locations. There is one more quarter of monitoring left, and then the town can move from there to work on the firehouse property. New business Francis said she was notified that the town received $2,220 for FY 2009 in an Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) to cover volunteer emergency management director and support staff and for information and technology costs. Also in new business, Durham is eligible for $9,100 from the Justice Assistance Grant Program, which is part of the Recovery Act. She will work with state police on the application when it becomes available. Annual budget meeting The selectmen set the annual Town budget meeting for Monday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of Coginchaug High School. The purpose of


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er blocks. For example, fourhour blocks during each night of the week, say from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Disadvantages include slightly higher cost than other options and the individual trooper may vary, though DiGioia is permitted first refusal. The second most preferred option that the committee recommended was utilizing a part-time administrative assistant to free-up the RST’s time by assisting with grant writing and other administrative functions. This is not a stand-alone position but would provide the RST roughly 208 additional hours of service to the town each year. Though there is already an administrative assistant at the Town Hall, time is not allocated to the RST. Questions from the board and members of the public were directed at DeFelice and the committee, including a question about local control. The response from DeFelice was that local control means the town dictates what the RST does each day, as apposed to what he is asked to do by Troop F. The committee had felt it would be beneficial to utilize additional hours to achieve the goals of the town to get a lot more done. DiGioia, who was in attendance, directed a question to the board in response to “local control.” “Have you ever

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Everyone is invited to participate in the first annual Durham pet fair, jointly organized by Durham Veterinary Hospital and Help Willy’s Friends. This event will be held at the Durham Veterinary Hospital, 178 Parmalee Hill Rd., on Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-oriented event will feature local merchants, adoptable pets, live music, wine tasting, food for sale

and a silent auction. Children’s activities will include a DJ, face painting, touch-atruck event, fun house, a state police K-9 demonstration, a pet agility course and more. For those attendees who bring their pets, the veterinary hospital will provide micro-chipping at a nominal fee of $35, free nail clipping, free pet photos, pet Reiki and a pet psychic!

For local businesses who wish to attend, a small set-up fee of $50 is required (see appropriate application form). The fee for any shelter wishing to attend is $25. All proceeds will be donated to Help Willy’s Friends. If you wish to make a donation to the cause, donate an item to be auctioned at this event, and/or volunteer to help, send an e-mail or visit

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the years, and as a music teacher, you get to have relationships with a broad range of students,” he continues. “Not everyone is a great musician, but being part of something like a band can be very important in your life.” He happily lists the lessons he perceives for students who get involved in music: “The feeling of being a part of a group; personal discipline; broadened musical interests beyond the most popular music of the day; lifelong enrichment; and often enough, something to share with parents who remember what it meant to them.” Bruce is looking forward to the concert on May 7 where he will be directing two of his grandchildren, members of the current band. “I love Les Miserable,” he confides. “Basically, I’m a romantic.” Lisa Larsen, who regards Bruce as a mentor and friend who daily models the life lessons he taught, and Dean Coutsouridis, who credits him with the continued strong band tradition at Coginchaug (as well as with the establishment of the wildly popular pep band, one of the first in this area), encourage residents to come to the concert to honor the man whom many credit with being the “father of music in District 13.” “Not a day goes by that we don’t mention Bruce’s name in this office,” says Dean, who decided to celebrate his 15th year in the district by inviting back one of his most important role models. “We’re always asking ‘How would Bruce handle this or that?’”

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National School Nurse Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 6. This day of recognition has been celebrated annually since 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of the school nurse in the educational setting. Governor M. Jodi Rell has issued a statement officially proclaiming May 6 as School Nurse Day in the State of Connecticut. The Governor’s proclamation encourages all residents to support, and commemorate, the contributions of our Connecticut school nurses who work diligently to improve the health and welfare of Connecticut students. The role of the school nurse has certainly evolved over time; however, it is always guided by the specialized practice of nursing that advances the well being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. School nurses often serve as the first-line providers of health care for students, addressing their physical, psychological and emotional health concerns. School nurses promote health and wellness by providing health education to individuals and groups, through direct treatment for acute and chronic conditions, emergency care for students and staff, collaboration with families and primary care providers and referrals to community and state agencies. Everyone is encouraged to reflect upon the contributions of school nurses across the state and to recognize and acknowledge the school nurses in your community on National School Nurse Day, Wednesday, May 6.

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Trees (Continued from page 1) to what Francis feels is one of the most beautiful areas in the area — the Wimler Farm on Route 77 in southern Durham and northern Guilford. In speaking about Roger Newton, Francis recalls that he taught her more during her time as town clerk than any other single person. “I could always count on him meeting new visitors in town, and he always had a story,” she recalls. “He dedicated his life to study and pro-

tect the past yet he valued progress toward the future.” Patricia Newton, Roger’s wife, added that she was happy that the commission chose an oak to honor her husband. “We had an oak on our property that we called ‘grandpa oak’ that was over 350 years old,” Newton explained, adding that when it started to die, there was nothing they could do about it. “I’m very pleased (with the choice) because Roger was as sturdy as an oak.” It is the commission’s hope that the area set aside to honor the contributions and services of prominent Durham

At left, June Wimler Porter and her husband Dick Porter pose with the magnolia viriginia planted in honor of Charles Wimler on April 25 at White’s Farm in Durham. Above, Roger Newton Jr., Patricia Newton and Murray Newton stand around the swamp white oak planted in honor of their husband and father, Roger Newton Sr. Both men were natives of Durham who, over the course of their lifetimes, contributed to the town in both small and large ways. citizens will provide a nice, shady grove to picnic in, walk dogs and to simply remember those who went before. “I miss them terribly and I know you all do too,” Francis

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Shorin Rye Karate: A selfdefense class will be held at Allyn Brook Park. Classes will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For grades two to eight. Starting Monday, July 6. Instructor: Toby Bates (3493075) Fee is $25. Cheerleading Spirit Clinic: Runs from Aug. 3-7 at Coginchaug High School, for students entering grades 3-7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn chants, cheers and a dance. Last day will be a performance. All will receive a spirit shirt. Director: Jennifer Dragan. Fee is $50. Teen Night Under The Stars at Camp Farnam from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, July 17 and Aug. 7, for youths entering grades 8, 9 and 10. There will be campfires, swimming, food, basketball, music and special events! The fee is $10 for each session, and registration is required. Co-Ed Outdoor Adult Volleyball will be held at the outdoor volleyball court at Coginchaug High School from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays starting July 8. Summer Concert Schedule will be announced at a later date. If you have any question regarding any of these programs, or need registration forms, contact Durham Recreation at (860) 349-8451 or visit the Town of Durham Web site:

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Youth and Family Services Summer hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call for prices and information on new summer programs. This year, DMYFS is offering “Theme Weeks” that will begin on July 1 and end Aug. 28. Call David Melchionne or Nicole Milardo at (860) 3490258 for more information. July 1-3: Getting to Know Our Friends July 6-10: Sports and Games July 13-17: Animals July 20-24: Under the Sea July 27-31: Game Week Aug. 3-7: Wonders of Nature Aug. 10-14: Fun In the Sun Aug. 17-21: Sweet Treat Bonanza Aug. 24-28: Back to the Future DMYFS is located downstairs at the Community Center, 405 Main St. in Middlefield. For more information, call (860) 349-0258.

ABC Academy The ABC Academy will be implementing a summer program starting this June. Children preschool age through fourth grade are eligible for enrollment. The program will offer themed weeks for children with plenty of activities, sports, crafts, water fun and more. Summer hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. ABC also has a school year program with

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July Art Weeks offer your child or teen a unique camp experience. Starting July 13-17, is Fashion Week for ages 11-16 when fashionistas learn about the world of fashion through illustration, designing and creating patterns, and sewing their own creations. Learn to set up and photograph a model! From July 20-24, experience A Trip to India for teens and adults. Learn Classical Indian dance moves and a fun Bollywood routine. Apply henna, and don a sari and regional costumes for a fashion show. Celebrate Indian Festivals and an Indian wedding ceremony. Adults can register for the entire week or for individual Workshops. Another first, Journalism Week for ages 12-17 from July 27-31. Shoreline media professionals teach the nuts and bolts of creating a newspaper. Conduct an interview, perform research, and write and edit a press piece. Learn to blog and upload video. To register call (860) 663-5593. Visit us online at

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Preparations are underway for the 27th annual District 13 art show. The art show features the talents of District 13’s young artists in grades five through 12. This year the exhibit will be held during the month of May at the Durham Library. An opening reception for the artists, their families, friends and community members will be held Tuesday, May 5, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. We invite you to visit the exhibit during library hours and view the outstanding work of our young people!

(Continued from page 7) having to do with agriculture or animals while parents shop. Naples said she was surprised that this program wasn’t very popular last year, but was eager to try again when the 4H Club said they wanted to give it another shot. Not only has the market itself expanded, but the Farmers’ Market Committee has grown since last year with the addition of six new members. The committee consists of Melynda Naples and her mother Ruth, Anne Cassidy, Bernadette Basiel and her daughter Bailey who is in eighth grade, Kathy Ciarlo and her daughter Kristen who is in ninth grade and her son Ryan, a junior at CRHS, Dave Zemelsky, Joe Pasquale and Noah Ventola. Though she isn’t a member, Naples said First Selectman Laura Francis is very involved and

comes to many of the twice-amonth meetings. To get the word out, Bailey Basiel and Kristen Ciarlo will be managing the blog and Ryan Ciarlo will be doing the Facebook group, which is new this year and already up and running. “As a committee, we’ve been going over what we need for vendors, what we need for marketing purposes, and we’ve been delegating and coming up with ideas,” said Naples. She even said Channel 3’s Better Connecticut has been contacted for a show and has said they’re coming — not what she’d expected when she came up with the market idea two years ago. Naples, 26, went to the Board of Selectmen (BOS) in

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The Book Lover’s Circle will meet on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Damascus Gate by Robert Stone Garrett. Copies of the book are available at the library. Everyone is invited to join

this informal discussion. ‘Tween Book Club: This fun and informal book discussion group, for kids aged 10-14, will meet Wednesday, May 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. to discuss The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Copies of the book are available at the library. May is Mental Health Month will be recognized by a book and poster display. Judy Hurlbert (Durham representative to the Regional Mental Health Board’s Catchment Area 10 Council) has also arranged a Mental Health Forum on Childhood and Preadolescent Behavior at the library on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. In addition, Charles Barber, author of Comfortably Numb, How Psychiatry Is Medicating A Nation, will speak at the library on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for signing. The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet on

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out 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 First Person by Vladimir Putin, The Third Reich at War by Richard J. Evans, The Corporation by Yuri Felshtinsky, The Alchemist’s Daughter by Katharine McMahon, Outcasts United by Warren St. John and Cursed by Carol Higgins Clark. To view anticipated arrival dates for new titles, visit, click on Activities and Events and go to monthly calendars. New DVDs include The Spirit, The Reader, Fight Night, Rachel Getting Married, Slumdog Millionaire, The Visitor 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 DVD link. Kids only tag sale: On Saturday, May 16, participate in the children’s only tag sale. Call the library for more information. Spice Up Your Week: Join this group of fourth to sixth graders every other Thursday after school to discuss a Nutmeg book. The next meeting is May 14.

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Francis noted that the taxes on the Merriam parcel are still in default. However, the first selectman also said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “close to filing a clean-up plan” for the property. “We’re waiting to see what happens with that,” Francis noted.

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However, reported Francis, the original deal between the town and Pownell never went through. Shortly after the town meeting, the liens on the adjacent house to the south of the property were paid by owners. Since Pownell wanted both the commercial property and the house, when the taxes were paid on the house, the interest was no longer there, so the transaction to buy the liens on the manufacturing parcel was never completed.

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Pack 33, which meets on Tuesday nights at St. Colman’s Church in Middlefield, participated in the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon on April 26, at Vinal Tech High School in Middletown. Pack 33 raised $310 for the March of Dimes. Front row, from left, Leo Baker, Charlie Schmaltz, Tammy Baker (pack mascot), Kenny Douglas and Cordell Baker; back row, from left, Sailesh Pandey, Andrew Murray, Brendan Murray (den chief) and Thomas Seibert. Not pictured, Ethan Doolittle. Photo submitted by Jim Murray

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a budget workshop during which they discussed union positions and how otherwise to cut money with First Selectman Jon Brayshaw and finance director Joe Geruch. While the board wants to reduce the raises of union employees, Geruch informed them that doing this would require going into union negotiations. While Geruch conceded that the union may agree to no raises, he added that the negotiations may result in other benefits. He stated they may ask for contract extensions and lay-off prevention clauses. Furthermore, entering negotiations may mean that the town pays for attorney fees rather than pay raises. While the board suggested that cutting the hours at Town Hall may result in savings, Geruch said the town still can’t cut down on union hours as they’re stipulated by contract.

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Brayshaw added that, while other towns such as Westbrook can afford to drop an employee due to a police force in excess of 20 members, Middlefield would have a harder time justifying cutting employees as it has fewer by comparison, with only one officer and two constables. Another issue Geruch brought up was that, even if town union members are willing to forego raises, some employees may resent it, since the teachers union will still get their increases. He suggested that all union employees, town or school, should go without raises to avoid this feeling. Board member Paul Pizzo replied that the town has no control over the school budget, but suggested that both Durham and Middlefield should ask the school to reduce its budget. He said it may get the Board of Education’s attention if the budget is defeated in referendum. The school budget especially concerned the board as the to-

tal amount for the state Educational Cost Sharing grant (ECS) is up in the air, which may mean even further budget cuts should the grant be reduced and the District 13 budget referendum pass. The board also asked about which line item contains the police department’s holiday pay. Geruch explained that it’s in the overtime line item rather than salary. (In attendance)

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made at the assessor’s office, 393 Jackson Hill Rd. in Middlefield each workday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m., except Fridays until 3 p.m.); if you are housebound because of disability or ill health, a representative can apply for you, or the assessor can arrange to meet with you at your house; (5) if you were approved last year, you do not need to re-apply until 2010 unless your income has changed significantly. If you have any questions about the program, or to arrange a house visit, call the assessor, Steven Hodgetts, at (860) 349-7111. The town of Middlefield now also has a tax freeze program. The same income limits apply, and you must be 70 or over as of Dec. 31, 2008. Full details are available at the assessor’s office.

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three years. Mast cell tumors, which start as benign skin tumors, account for 20 percent of all cancers in dogs and cats; surgical removal of these growths early on is best, as

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At right: Dan Davis, a parent volunteer, helps students identify the different countries that their journals traveled to. Photo submitted by Patti Checko

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asked if the town could avoid some of the overtime pay by having town crew members take time off early in preparation for a coming storm. Fellow member Rebecca Adams interjected that it may not be possible by contract, but the board could look into it. Otherwise, the department suffered from no other significant increases. However, the selectmen completely cut out the $25,328 proposed for seasonal labor. Wyskiel explained the labor mostly represented summer help from Paul Valvo. While this money was removed from the budget, board chairwoman Ellen Waff stated that, according to finance director Joe Geruch, the town would have to pay unemployment for dropping summer help. Adams replied that seasonal labor should be seasonal, and the town shouldn’t have to pay unemployment for summer help.

She stated that the board should look into the matter. As for Public Works capital items, $5,000 was put into improving the town vehicle and storage garage to comply with state environmental regulations and $12,000 was dropped from the department’s tree removal item because Wyskiel felt that $18,000 should be enough. He also suggested that the board zero out the $23,000 for a small dump truck replacement, noting that the current truck won’t need replacing for another four or five years. He said the same for the $8,500 budgeted for a pick-up truck replacement. Tax assessor Steve Hodgetts was also in attendance. The board wanted to hear what he had to say about combining his position with the assistant tax collector. Hodgetts admitted that combining the position was not a good idea due to handling taxes on both the assessment and collection ends. However, he was willing to handle the town


website if needed. He added that he already has enough work to do as the assessor and only told the First Selectman that he could possibly squeeze in a little more. Once the website is up and running, though, Hodgetts felt it shouldn’t be hard to manage, just requiring an hour here or there. Hodgetts was also asked about other towns contracting out assessing services, to which he replied that he never heard of anything like that in the state. In the Fire Department budget, the truck operations and maintenance item is up 12.4 percent. Fire Chief Dave Quick mentioned that, in addition to maintenance costs, the item also covers the cost of hose inspections and fuel. Furthermore, the DMV is going to start inspecting fire apparatus, and Quick is unsure whether the state or town will have to cover the cost. Otherwise, the department has had $7,500 removed for a thermal

imaging camera as the department already has two. Fire marshal Stan Atwell was also in attendance, and the board focused on his conferences and dues. While Atwell has only spent $1,535 out of his current $2,080 line-item, he objected to cutting the item on the basis that he expects conference dues to go up for the next fiscal year. When the board suggested that Atwell return to them if he needs more money, Atwell replied that he “always gets shot down” by finance director Joe Geruch when making requests. The board stated that if he has a request and puts it in writing, they’ll listen to it. With that said, they put $1,800 into his Conferences and Dues line item. (In attendance)

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Obituary Lillian (Anthony) Sullivan

Lillian (Anthony) Sullivan, 74, of Madison Rd., Durham, beloved wife of John Sullivan, Sr., died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Water’s Edge Health Care in Middletown. She was born in New Haven, daughter of the late Walter Anthony and Orneda (Saunders) Benson. She was a member of the Mohegan Tribe and many charitable organizations. Besides her husband, she is survived by her much-loved children, John Sullivan Jr. of Lisbon; Dianna Lilly and her husband Anthony of Uncasville, Patricia Von Hagen and her husband Arthur of Durham; three sisters, June Sperry of Middletown, Regina Keefe of Guilford, and Rosanne Bass of Voluntown; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Larry Sullivan; and two brothers, Norman and Walter Anthony. During her life she worked in several interesting positions. She acquired a college degree in adulthood and worked many years counseling. She was always there for a child’s party or to cheer at their games, to make regalia and encourage their Mohegan tribal dancing. Lillian’s native name means “Spiritual One” and so she was — in a realistic, loving, way, always striving to help others in their struggles, while enduring her own. Lil is a shining example of our Mohegan call, “We perceiver.” Funeral services were held Monday at Biega Funeral Home in Middletown. Burial will be in Fort Shantok Burial Grounds in Uncasville on Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., PO Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the ASPCA, 520 8th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

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Come from behind victory for Coginchaug U-14 soccer boys By Ernie Judson Special to the Town Times

The Coginchaug U-14 boys’ indoor soccer team provided thrilling entertainment recently when, over the span of eight days, it moved from third place to first to win the Oakwood Championship. This league consisted of premiere and competition level teams and is coached by Jim Cavanaugh and his assistant, Todd Houle. The boys were solidly in third place with a little over a week left in the season when it all happened. The week-long drama began with an evening game against first place AHM, resulting in a 6-6 tie, which put Coginchaug and second place Glastonbury in the semi finals. The loser would place third, while the winner would face AHM in the championship game. The Coginchaug boys shocked the Oakwood community with a 6-5 victory and were in the finals. The final game was hard fought and the outcome very much in doubt when Coginchaug’s star goalie, Sean Ca-

vanaugh received a concussion performing another miracle save. An untested Christian Biagiarelli, better known for his ball handling skills, stepped in as goalie. The crowd was quiet as the game hung in the balance. With strong support from Taber, Rogers and Hanley, Biagiarelli amazed the stadium and turned away repeated attacks to shut down AHM. The inspired Coginchaug team went on the offensive. In support of the fallen Cavanaugh, the boys went on to dominate the balance of the game. Goals were scored by Judson, Houle, Haberern, Brennen, Dupre and Romeyn. The final score was 7-2 with Coginchaug prevailing. The entire group of U-14 boys and their parents would like to thank coaches Jim Cavanaugh, outdoor coach Matt Taber and their many assistants for the opportunity to play three seasons of soccer these last five years in an environment, which was ideal for the development of young men. It’s been a pleasure watching. (See photo on web.)

Boys’ tennis team takes to the road By Melanie Frank Special to the Town Times The “road warriors” of the Coginchaug boys’ tennis team have started a new season hoping to build upon last year’s success. Coach Kean’s squad returns four singles players from last year, but the graduation of both doubles teams will force a number of untested players to move up and show their skills. Complicating matters for the Blue Devils is the condition of the tennis courts. Until the reconstruction takes place, the team is slated to play 20 away matches. The schedule did not help the team either as they were forced to play Haddam-Killingworth and Old Lyme in the first two contests. Both teams are



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WHERE LIFE IS WORTH LIVING Enjoy the best of both worlds, a cul-de-sac neighborhood yet privately set on 6.78 acres. Beautiful Colonial with 5 bedrooms, a kitchen with room enough for 2 cooks, fabulous floor plan with sun drenched rooms and a home office. Just listed for $575,000. Durham TROPHY HUSBAND? Then buy him something special. This stunning 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath Colonial offers a quiet home office, humongous finished lower level that can fit all his toys (and the kids too). 3 car garage for tinkering and deck with spectacular views. A special place to keep your trophy at $549,900.

Durham ADD THIS UP Move-in condition, spacious Cape with 2200 square feet, 4 bedrooms plus a home office, 2 1/2 baths, hardwood floors, flat backyard, 2 car attached garage, newer roof, septic and furnace “equals” a lot more value than the $299,990 price tag.

Help send Gina Layman to the BMX World Race this summer. Friends of Gina Layman are trying to raise money to help her achieve a lifelong dream of representing the US in the race, which will be in Adelaide, Australia. In March, Gina went to Desoto, Texas for the qualifying race, which put her on Team USA. Gina, a mother of four, has been involved in BMX racing since she was a young girl. She has been training day and night at her house and at the Falcon BMX track in Meriden. Gina’s friends are sponsoring a pasta dinner on Sat. May 2, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 at the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Dept. to help raise money for her to fulfill this dream. Gina, who has been a member of the Fire Dept. for 10 years, has helped many families in their hour of need. We hope that this fundraiser can become a success with your help. Tickets are $8 per person, $20 for a family of three or more, and children three and under are free. This all-you-can-eat event will include pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Tickets are available at the door.

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proper grant-friendly format when Kurt Harrington from Something Fishy in Warwick, RI, (working with the John Perry family in North Stonington) made the above staggering offer after I had asked him an elementary question about safety glass. “Can you pick up the tank in two weeks,” he asked? Uhhhh, give me three said I….not having the foggiest under what stone I was going to find the additional $9,000 I would need to convert a dusty, audiovisual equipment closet into a supportive Aquatics Lab behind the tropical tank. Enter some very special local people and organizations! Please understand that in four years of high school fundraising activities, I managed to sell only ONE magazine subscription — to my own mother, of Fish mom to next page

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Fish mom (Continued from page 10) course. Money-raising remains a “foreign language” to me, but Deb Hoyt absolutely REFUSED to let me give up. Phone calls, assistance with grant proposals, appeals to organization after organization….then suddenly the Peach Pit Foundation offered $5,000 of start-up funds. Coginchaug Valley Educational Foundation, the Durham Fair Foundation, Tilcon Connecticut and the Gossner family contributed generously, until incredibly, a huge offer from our very own ECO Club at Coginchaug raised the minimum $9,000 I needed to accept the offer of the tank. Only yesterday, at the Connecticut Aquarium Reef Conference, did I finally learn that the original Rhode Island school that had been offered the tank before us ulti-

mately accepted it, but one day too late, after Coginchaug had already said “yes.” Amazing contractors Rich Cohen (plumber), Mark Jungels (carpenter) and Jim Croteau (electrician) completed their work in four days during the February school vacation. Students returned to colorful tropical fish in their main hallway, and even now, it is rare to see the tank without a couple of students, or even a principal, peacefully gazing into the Pufferfish’s big blue eyes. A remarkable CRHS custodial staff has assisted me through every mechanical dilemma, and a totally supportive board and administrative staff has made every mountain a molehill. And then, there are the students….especially Shelby Boris, Brina Matcheski and Zalla Giuffrida who have donated so much of their own time to assist in feeding and tank maintenance, especially when I’ve been at conferences

and traveling. Our fish require care seven days a week, 52 weeks a year — and those special students, plus members of our newly formed Fish Team such as Ben Hamilton and Aubree Keurajian (on schedule to make Suishi Smoothies to freeze into nutritional as well as cheaper fish food), the students in Animal Behavior classes, those in clubs such as ECO, Devil’s Advocate and Photography, Tony Rondinone and his fan club who raised so much money for supplies in our Name the Pufferfish contest — just so many have collaborated in so many small ways to make our Coginchaug Tropical Reef such a success story. Though we can’t possibly name you all, we do want to THANK each and every one of you for your volunteer spirit and your generous contributions to education and to this community! Lorrie Martin and the CRHS fish, District 13


Vote ‘yes’ I could list out ten unresearched items to make this letter look really official and factual, but I won’t waste your time. Facts in letters to the editor are few and far between. Why vote yes? The children of these two towns are the product of this budget. They are also the future of these two towns and this wonderful country that we live in. It is that simple. Don’t shortchange the future because of short term economic distress. Does the BOE or the D-13 administration always do things exactly as I think they should? No, and for good reason. From their position, they have a different point of view from me, you and everyone else. They have many issues to face, and the path is not always clear. I feel that they do the best job they possibly can, and for that reason, I support them and this budget.

I encourage you to do the same. Vote YES on Tuesday, May 5. Joshua Stockdale, Durham

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Dear RSD13 neighbors, In a year that saw my business orders drop 40 percent it is difficult to justify spending any additional money on government services of any type. However I will vote yes on the RSD13 school budget scheduled for May 5. My reason is as follows: Having a fair amount of knowledge of our town and school district budgets presented over the last nine years I’m appalled at the effect mandates from the state and federal levels have on our local spending. It is my feeling that our leaders have lacked the courage over the last 25 years to say “no” to special interest spending and

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Census worker will be canvassing in our towns Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw wants everyone to know that Lynn Hettrick is the census worker canvassing Durham and Middlefield for the next several months. She drives a silver Dodge Magnum station wagon and has a badge indicating she is with the census bureau.


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The United Churches of Durham will hold their annual giant tag sale on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be white elephant items, crafts, antiques, a bake sale and lunch as well. All proceeds will go toward the 2009 summer mission trip. The sale will be held rain or shine, in the parking lot or in Fellowship Hall of the United Churches, 228R Main St. in Durham.



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attempt to appease any whim its citizens may have. We as a nation are paying the price currently and possibly far into the future. So when we as voters return 90+ percent of our congressmen etc. back to office we in effect are saying this is all OK. The examples of the above

are to numerous to list, but we all know it’s true. So if you want to make a real difference call you’re state and federal representative’s; tell them to reduce local mandates and actually make decisions to cut spending. Their number is in the book or on the internet. Don’t vote down a school budget just because you can. In the big picture it’s not the problem. Ernie Judson, Durham

District 13 must find savings Although the budget process for the town of Middlefield is not yet completed, the Board of Finance sees disturbing trends, which will carry through this budget season and into the next. We have heard from many



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citizens expressing concern regarding the bottom-line operational costs of Regional School District 13 (RD-13), as well as the cost of a newly designed sports complex. Where can reasonable cuts be made? It is difficult to understand the rationale for some of the decisions made by school administrators and explanations are not forthcoming. The number of Middlefield students has diminished by 10 in the last year. Surprisingly, the cost to Middlefield will again increase. There is a good possibility that the state of Connecticut will reduce the Education Cost Sharing grant, which will force us to make even greater cuts to our local budget for municipal services and staff. Unions across the state are agreeing to freezes, benefit reductions and other substantive concessions. We challenge RD-13 to seek similar reductions. Citizens in Middlefield and Durham should recognize that if the proposed education budget is passed May 5, we may well be voting ourselves a significant tax increase. The only recourse left to us, the Board of Finance, is to reduce municipal spending. Reductions could include police protective services, snow plowing, library hours and many other desirable services. The Board of Education needs to take more stringent measures to reduce the school district’s expenses. Middlefield must either cut services or raise taxes to cover expenditures. We welcome public opinion on these matters. Chair Ellen C. Waff, Paul Pizzo, Alice Malcolm, Jennifer Brown and Margaret Neri

D-13 bids out services, plans carefully To the Editor, I am writing to respond to a letter regarding the District 13 education budget that appeared in last week’s edition of the Town Times. All of the items addressed in the letter have come up for discussion at Board of Education meetings. This letter is meant to clarify some of the misconceptions that were presented in that letter.

Friday, May 1, 2009 Region 13 has gone out to bid in the following areas: landscaping, auditing, all office supplies, health insurance, dental insurance and milk. In addition, the district has sought bids for the three components of the building project approved a year ago by the voters of Durham and Middlefield: wells, roofs and athletics. In addition to electricity, heating oil and food are also purchased via consortia consisting of other schools and municipalities, further driving down the price in each category. It should also be noted that contracts for some of the above items are bid one to one and a half years in advance and in the case of heating oil, we will see substantial savings next year. Thermostats have been adjusted appropriately upward or downward (depending on the season) in every building and are monitored on both a daily and evening basis in an attempt to further control energy costs. Almost all buildings are utilized by both school personnel and the community during the week as well as on weekends. Student activity and parking fees are shown in the budget as revenue and are used to offset student activity costs. Mandates are directives from the state that the Department of Education expects to be followed, monitors, and provides sanctions if they are not. In regards to personnel, state certification requirements dictate which subject areas and grade levels may be taught. Personnel cannot always be shuffled due to these factors. The board continues to follow the guidelines in the class size policy carefully. I encourage anyone with questions regarding the budget to contact the superintendent’s office or any member of the Board of Education. I also encourage attendance at board meetings where you can hear, first hand, how the board carefully weighs every decision. The board takes very seriously both its educational and fiscal responsibilities. Thomas Hennick, Region 13 Board of Education chair

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A New Deal for Artists Robert Brackman, “Somewhere in America,” 1934, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor

A terrible time During this time, about 25 out of every 100 adults needed a job. About the same number were able to work only part-time or were working for lower wages. Although the economy is in bad shape today, it isn’t as bad. Today, about eight out of every 100 adults need a job. In 1934, there were no programs such as food stamps to help people. Hundreds of thousands of people were homeless or hungry. Sometimes whole families might go days without food. It was a scary time. Artists were hit hard by the Depression. About 10,000 artists had no job and lived in poverty. E. Martin Hemmings, “Homeward Bound,” 1933-1934, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor

Paul Kelpe was an immigrant from Germany. This painting, “Machinery (Abstract #2),” shows American progress in technology. Abstract art often takes complicated forms and simplifies them.

Paul Kelpe, “Machinery (Abstract #2),” 1933-1934, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor

Have you learned about the Great Depression? Perhaps you have heard newscasters say something like, “This is the worst time since the Great Depression.” The Great Depression was a bad time for the economy, or money systems, throughout the world. It started 80 years ago, in 1929, in the United States and lasted for about 10 years. As part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan to fix the economy, he created the Public Works of Art Program, or PWAP. This program gave artists jobs creating art for American communities. In honor of the 75th anniversary of PWAP, The Mini Page and Smithsonian American Art Museum experts look at this historic program.

Robert Brackman, who painted “Somewhere in America,” was a Russian immigrant. Usually he painted portraits of wealthy white people. However, for the Public Works of Art Program, he wanted to paint someone not living in high society. His painting shows how independent and proud this girl is, despite being black, poor and young in America during the Great Depression.

The value of art By 1934, millions of families saw their life savings wiped out when thousands of banks failed. Farmers battled drought, or a long period of dry weather. Many people had a hard time seeing why they should care about art. But Roosevelt knew art would inspire people. It could bring them hope and joy.

“Homeward Bound,” painted by E. Martin Hennings, shows two Native Americans from Taos Pueblo, N.M. The people are wrapped in warm blankets as they walk home in the snow. Hennings wanted to show how traditions continue in spite of hard times.

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Helping Artists President Roosevelt and the government set up programs to give people jobs. These programs were part of a bigger plan called the New Deal. Most of the jobs created as part of the New Deal had two purposes: to help people get work and to help their communities. In order to help artists, the government developed the Public Works of Art Program. It was the first U.S. government program set up to support the arts nationally. PWAP ran from December 1933 to June 1934. About 3,750 artists were hired. They created about 15,700 works of art, including paintings, sculptures and craft works. Much of this artwork is still on display in communities throughout America. The program was run by the U.S. Treasury Department. This department was in charge of building and decorating U.S. government buildings.

Agnes Tait, “Skating in Central Park,” 1934, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor

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Artists who wrote in to apply for the Public Works of Art jobs often told how much they needed the work. They might write something like, “I’m a good artist. I have a baby and a family to support. Can I be part of this program?” People who couldn’t find work were ashamed. It wasn’t their fault there were no jobs. But they hated having to ask for help to feed their families.

The PWAP gave artists jobs to create art for their communities. Getting jobs that helped feed their families and that helped the community made the artists proud. The program chose many artists who might normally have had extra trouble finding work in those hard times. There were women, African-American, Native American and Asian-American artists. About one in five were immigrants.

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GMC ENVOY SLE 4X4 ‘05 Was $18,456 Now $13,998. Sunroof, DVD, headrests. #156442. Plus 5 yr/100,000 mi. PT Warranty Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC 877-534-5135


21 FT BAYLINER cutty cabin 1987 with 130 hp Evinrude ob 1997 and loadrite trailer, low hrs,great shape. Fun boat. $4800 Call Bob @ 203-314-3412


CASH And/Or Tax deduction for your vehicle. Call

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1 PARAKEET- $10 Call (203) 634-0457 BULLDOGS, Boxers, Chihuahuas, Boston Terrier, ShihTsu, Rat Terrier, Cockapoo, Rottweiler, Labs, Yorkie. $350 plus. Call 860-930-4001.

1-800-527-3863 CHEVY UPLANDER LT ‘07 $10,988. 7 passenger, 3rd row seat. Alloy wheels. #120558. Plus 5 yr/100,000 mi. PT Warranty Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC 877-534-5135


FISH TANK 30 gallon with stand. $100. Call (203)-238-0015

FORD 2002 F150, V8, 2 wheel drive, automatic, air conditioning, cruise control, runs fine, in very good shape. Asking $4000. Call 203-634-0121

FORD F150 4X4 ‘07 Was $21,998. Now $19,669 Lthr sunroof, bedliner. #176041t Plus 5 yr/100,000 mi. PT Warranty Wallingford Buick Pontiac GMC 877-534-5135

TOYOTA TERCEL 1995 4 DR, low mileage, good condition, 4 new tires. $900. (203) 907-7296

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FEMALE Cat Small tiger. Abandoned by owners when they moved away. Free to good home. Please call (203) 2693697 before 7pm.

HORSE BOARD Wallingford. Self - Full care. Catering to the mature rider. Carriage drivers welcome. Prices start at $300. (203) 294-9313

HARLEY DAVIDSON FLHX 2008105th Anniv. Street Glide. 4,600 miles, Fact. Warr. Dealer serviced, fact. sec. sys., Harman/Kardon audio sys., all detachable hardware w/back rest. $18,900. (203) 634-1996

HONDA Shadow 2006 Spirit 1100cc, black with chrome, mint condition, low mileage, many extras. Call for price: 203-294-4371 or 203-915-5060

AUTO PARTS 15” X 8” 5 LUG GM CHROME RIMS SET OF 5 $100.00 203-213-2149

4 TIRES Pirelli 205/60R15-less than 500 miles pd $525.00 fall 2008. Asking $350. Call John 203-535-5391 BUMPER jacks & tire irons, old pieces, over thirty. $25/all. Call 203-237-5962 STARTER 85/89 Chevy Celb. new not used $45.00 203-4437856

HORSE LOVERS EXCEPTIONAL riding opportunity in exchange for 6-8 hours per week. AM and PM time needed. Call: 203272-6593 or 203-213-8833 Puppy or small animal exercise pen. 42”H. Used once. $50. 203-630-0290


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Friday, May 1, 2009 — Town Times LAWN & GARDEN CRAFTSMAN garden tractor. Auto shift, 3 bin bagger, 46in mower, 48in plow. $800. Call 860-276-9607 CRAFTSMAN Lawn tractor- 2 yrs old. 21 HP, 42” mower, 6 speed. elec. start with 34”x15”x60” steel cart. $1200. (203) 265-0607 QUALITY SCREENED TOPSOIL Wholesale supplier. Large quantities available. We also provide sand, gravel & fill. 860-883-7935

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES REFRIGERATOR 23 cubic ft, almond $225; STOVE GE elec, almond w/black flat top $300; DISHWASHER Magic Chef black $125; MICROWAVE Amana black $75. All great condition (renovating kitchen); OR $600 for all. Call 203 694-8497 6am - 4pm; After 4 call 203 494-9154 or 203 238-4136

DOOR- Inside, pine, 6 panel. Light stain. 32”. $40. (860) 621-7145 HAND saws Crosscut rip coping others from $4-$10. Call 860349-1844 MAKITA cordless drill/light in case. Mint/new. $90 bo 860632-8666 NEW Delta bench grinder. Variable speed. 50% off. $40. (860) 747-8371 SEARs 12” 1 1/8 HP, two speed bandsaw, tilting head. $50 or best offer. Call 860-628-7597 STAGING planks 2”x 10”x12’14’-16’. Price varies to size. $12-$18/each. 860-349-1844

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES 10,000 BTU GE Air conditioner. $35. (860) 747-4849 3 DRAWER Desk, light colored wood. 30” high x 40” wide. $35. (203) 238-9805 4 CUSHION Couch, beige w/light floral print, $75; Maple coffee table w/matching end table, $75; Queen Anne needlepoint chair, $30. (203) 265-0607 ANTIQUE brass 5 globe hanging light fixture. $35.203-630-0841 ANTIQUE Mahogony accent table unique. $60. all 860-426-1214 BABIES crib-oak Excellent condition! $100 203-500-2946 CABINET-Wood, 36”H, 45”W, 20”D. Wheels. Exc. bsmt/garage storage. $40. (203) 235-3794 CHAISE LOUNGE-White, thick pad, rain cover. Excellent $15. 860-620-9106 CHILD’S routop desk. 1950’s Excellent condition. $75. Call 203-237-7434 COUCH for sale. Asking $350.00. Tan, Suede, like new condition. Used for 6 months. Call 860-480-3120. CUSHION for chaise lounge 6’ x 2’ Green, beige floral $12 (203)235-2439 GE MICROWAVE oven, $150; Maytag Gemini 2 oven, white, $400. Side by side, almond, refrigerator, 23 cu. ft. $450. (203) 235-7068 LIGHT Blue thermal backed patio drape. 84” inches long. $20. (860) 349-1376 MICROWAVE-oven range, black w/mounts, self-vent, no wiring, plug-in. $70. 203-630-1866 PINE FUTON frame $40.00 or B/O. Very solid! Must See. Call Ed 203-631-7603

MILEY Cyrus concert DVD 2disc 3-D movie. Asking $10. Org. $30. Call 203-265-7396

TASSIMO One cup coffee maker with coffee. Used twice. $55. Paid $149. (203) 235-7903

MUSH HAGGLERS Heated Indoor Flea Market & Tag Sale. Dealers wanted. Daily or monthly rental. Fri, Sat, Sun. 84. 203-213-1248. 387 S. Colony St, Meriden. (Down the st. Chef’s Hat Pizza). Antiques, furn., hand-made jewelry. Free coffee! New Items Daily! Come in, let’s haggle!

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators & Stoves

PLAYSCAPE for sale. 5 years old. Slide, 2 swings, monkey bars rock wall and more. Asking $550.00-take and go! Call 860-480-3120.

CONSTRUCTION EQUIP & TOOLS DOOR, outer with frame, half glass. Excellent condition. $50. Call 203-237-1702


CLEAN Will Deliver (203) 284-8986

PRECIOUS Moments spice rack w/12 tea cup shaped spice holders. $50. 203-605-6398

2 CERAMIC kilns, 24x27, Gair kilns, $300/each. 800 pieces of bisque, some paint, some equipment, negotiable. Call (203) 237-6316, leave message (5) NICKEL Back CDs. Excellent condition. $5/each. Call 203-639-0060 50 CLASSIC horror DVD’s. Most of the DVDs never opened. $80. Call 203-634-9336 (6) tiwn sheet sets. New in packages. $6/each. Call 203-440-3919 7 FOOT by 3 foot mirror. $99 or best offer. Call 860-410-0715 ADULT SCOOTER- $900. Paid $1800. 500 baseball cards, only top players, for sale. Call (203) 317-7181

PROFORM 400 GI treadmill, Sportcraft Turbo Air Hockey Table, Everlast Punching Sand Bag, Kenmore Free Standing Freezer I'm moving ... Call Laurie w/ Best Offer @ 203-2342023 RECORDS-45 & 78, 50’s & 60’s. $1/each. Call 203-294-0631 RECORDS-all types. 1940’s. $25. Call 203-235-6519 SINGER sewing floor model 1930 electrified machine. $50. Please call 860-747-6484 L/M 18 x 21 Door & Anchor Bolt Incl Reg $8,200 Now $4,845 + Code Adj. Other Sizes Avail Big & Small Erection Avail Source #11S Phone #860-237-4588 WHITE Sewing Machine. Works great. $40. 203-265-7186 YAHAMA sub woofer system. 14 months old. $50. Call 203-294-0631

BABY accessory package. All for $50. Call 860-621-5511


BARBIE DOLL From Collectible Series. New In Box $15.00 Call 203-265-5920

FREE-Cast iron wood & coal stove. Need to remove. Call 203-237-8235 after 5pm.

BED sheets and pillow cases. (8) $1.00 to $5.00. Call 238-4478 BITDEFENDER internet security 2009 New still in box. Call 860-828-4884 BURIAL PLOT in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. Section D, East, Lot 55. Single grave. Current cost $700, will sell for $600. Call (610) 670-4869 CAR SEAT for baby. Good condition. $20. Call 203-213-1093 CARSEAT- Infant/toddler deluxe model Century Encore. Used once. $75. (860) 621-2959 w/box EXCERCYCLE Stationary, 1/4 HP Motor. $35. Call (203) 237-5033 FANTOM vacuum cleaner w/manual, VHS tape extra belts & bulbs. $40. 203-634-9336 GRACO High chair. Excellent condition. $25. (203) 237-4255

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH BBALL Umpire Chst/arm Protect.Brnd New Condtn. $75.00 Call 860-628-6964 EXERCISE Bicycle- Vitamaster in excellent condition. $20 (203) 237-6807 FISHING hip boots, size 9. Good condition. $15. Call 203-630-2705 GLIDER-outdoor white swinging couch w/cushions. $40. Call 203-238-3774 HOYER Lift-2 rechargable batteries incl. Pick up 600 lbs. $99. 203237-5001 or 203-213-0716 Chris NEW Body by Jake Trainer video tapes. Comp. $75/neg. (203) 269-9195

RUG 5x7 cranberry/seafoam/ taupe, fringed. Exc. $35 (203) 294-9696

KLM unibody dimension specification charts ‘80 to ‘99. Foreign domestic. $99. 860-224-7209

PREACHER Weight bench, gym quality. Good condition. $100 or best offer. (203) 793-7270

TABLE & 5 chairs. Good condition. $30. Call 203-634-7709

MEC 12 ga. progressive reloader. $100. Call 203 284 8890

WEIGHT BENCH w/weights. great starter. 30.00 or B/O call Ed 203-631-7603

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

CHESHIRE - Raised Ranch, 3BRs, 2 bath, 2 car garage. Hdwd flrs. No pets. Close to I84. $1200/mo. Refs & sec. dep. (203) 758-4378

Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!

Brand New Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartments in Berlin 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!

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(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES ANTIQUE Metal pedal car. 1960’s. Fair condition. $50. (203) 269-2443

SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS FREE- Hot tub. You pick up. Call (860) 349-0570 HAYWARD D.E. Pool filter, used on 24 ft. aboveground round pool w/connections. Runs well. $100. Leaf net cover for 24 ft. round pool. Used 1 season. Good condition. $75. (860) 6212928

COMPUTERS & OFFICE EQUIPMENT COMPUTER complete; Win 98; Office 97; CD writer drive. $85. Call 203-288-8790 after 6pm


$ ALWAYS BUYING! $ 1 item to entire estate! Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 South Orchard St. Wallingford. Mon-Sat. 9:30-4:30.


DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Silverplate, Glass, Furn, music instruments, china, art, collectibles. 1 item to estate.


ELECTRONICS PLAYSTATION GAME- Grand Theft Auto. $20. (203) 6390060


SWORDS & DAGGERS Flags, Helmets, Fighting Knives, Bayonets, Medals, etc.

Silverware, china, glass, furniture, 50’s items, whole estates.

203-238-3499 ANTIQUES WANTED - 1 Item or an Estate. Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

MERIDEN - 3BR, new paint, new tile, new carpetm, new appl’s, garage. Springdale. $900/ mo. Lease. 203-996-7379 Jack Regan Realty MERIDEN 1 & 2RM EFFICIENCY $450 & $550. Some incld utils. 2 mo sec. Credit ck req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN 1 BEDROOM 1-year lease. 581 Crown Village. Available now. $750 per month. Includes heat & hot water. Call Natalie 203-671-2672

MERIDEN 1 BR 53 Washington St. New carpet. New paint. No pets. $625/month. 2 months security. 203-494-2147

Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, security & refs. No pets. (203) 239-7657 or 203-315-7300

DURHAM-South of center. Beautiful home. Must See! 3BRs, 2 baths, LR, DR, gar., FR, on cul-de-sac. No pets. Sec & refs. Appt 203-484-9196

MERIDEN 1 BR. Stove & Refrigerator. $775 per month. Includes heat & hot water. Prime location. (203) 213-6175 or 203-376-2160

WALLINGFORD -i 91 accessible. Split level. 3 full baths. 3 BRs. 2 car garage. Hardwood floors. Fireplace. Refs & Credit check. $1875/mo 203-265-5729

MERIDEN 1, 2 & 3 BRs Available. $700, $900 & $1,000. Heat & HW included. Off street parking. No pets allowed. Ask for David (203) 630-6661 or 203-444-6901


MERIDEN $1150, Heat & hot water included. 2 BR townhouse, 1.50 baths, garage, end unit. Sec dep & credit check. Call 203-2355551 MERIDEN- 2BR condo for rent in Mattabasset. Garage attached. $1300. (203) 3176235

MERIDEN- Strawberry Hill 2 BR townhouse, 1 1/2 baths, appls, w/d, AC, deck, 1 car garage. $1035/mo. + utils. (860) 6883238 SOUTHINGTON- Cream puff end unit condo! 2/3BRs, new kit./baths, garage, decks, appls, c/a, gas heat. $1300/mo. Pets ok. (860) 778-1833 WLFD- Judd Square- 1BR, No pets. $700. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904 YALESVILLE-1 & 2BR, 1 bath, all appls incld W/D, C/Heat & air, exercise facility, patio & BBQ area. Call 203-464-8066


COMPUTER complete; Win 98; Office 97; modem. $75. Call 203288-8790 after 6pm HP DESKJET printer-P1341 black/color. Never used. $45 or best offer. (203) 634-9149


DURHAM- $1400/mo + sec + utilities. MBR downstairs, 2 BRs upstairs, bath & 1/2. Oil hot air w/AC. 1 car garage. Avail 6/1. George (860) 349-9102

MERIDEN- 3BR Townhouse, garage. $1200. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904


MERIDEN 1BR, 2nd floor Stove & refrigerator included. $600 plus utilities. Can be used as a 2BR. Call (860) 833-3920 MERIDEN 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH. 2nd Floor. $750/mo+Util. No pets. Nice street near MidState. 860-262-2464 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.

Spacious 1 BR Apt. New owners, Remodeled. Heat & HW incl. $650+. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 3BR East side. 1st floor. On a quiet street. $1,175. No pets. (203)440-2779 MERIDEN 3rd fl furnished studio, $700/mo + sec. Heat, HW, Electricity incld. E. Side, very clean. Off-st park. 203-6303823 12pm-8pm

MERIDEN East side 3 BR APARTMENT $750 per month plus security. (203) 901-4000 MERIDEN EFFICIENCIES - $650 1BRs - $750 2BRs - $850. Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off street parking. 203-630-2841

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - Studio & 1BR apt From $650. Heat & HW incl. Avail. immed! 203-938-3789

MERIDEN Lg 1BR. 1 1/2 baths, 2 levels. New appliances, washer & dryer included. Secure Parking. $750 + utils. (860) 214-4852

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden- 3BR, Recently renovated, $1200/mo. Heat & HW incl. Available immediately. 203-938-3789


MER. FURNISHED apts + rms: ALL Incl Heat, Elec, HW. Ground fl furn effic, $210/wk+sec. RMs $130/wk+sec. 203- 630-3823

MERIDEN- 1, 2, 3BR units starting at $745. Some w/heat & HW incld. No pets. Sec dep & crdt ck req'd. MBI 860-347-6919.

MERIDEN - 1st flr, 1BR, HW incld. $675. Good credit. No pets. 860-620-9658 leave msg.

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

203-238-3308 WANTED: Fishing tackle, local collector looking for old or new, Rods, reels, lures, highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359

1-2 ITEMS PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION. 1 Session only, $100. Group discount available! Call for next class 203-415-1144




AERO indoor garden. Fresh herbs, veggies, year round, seeds included. $30. 860-223-0494

BEANIE Baby collection with tags. Call for info. $35 or best offer. Call 203-440-3919

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MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 100 VHS movie videos. Why pay big money for DVDs. $1/each. Call 860-747-0329

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20” BASS drum, red sparkle. Only $35. 203-634-0809. STUDIO BLUE GUITAR Of Durham- Lessons for all ages. Berklee Alumna. 860-836-8157

MERIDEN - 2BR, 3rd flr, w/d hookup, off st. parking. Garage optional. Quiet building. 71-73 Randolph Ave. Avail now. $800 1mo sec. 203-641-8483

2 BR $775+/MONTH Heat & Hot Water Included Secure building. Off street Parking. Call 203-886-7016


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APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN- 1BR Clean, newly decorated. 2nd flr, Heat, Hot water & cooking gas incl. $700. Small pet ok. 38 Lincoln St. Call (203) 440-4789 MERIDEN- 2 bdrm, 4 rm, 2nd floor, credit check and security deposit, $750/month. Call 203915-7651

MERIDEN- 2BR unit with dining room or use as 3rd bedroom on the 2nd floor in this quiet area. Newly renovated with parking. 81 Parker Ave North. $900 + sec. Utils. not included. No pets. (203) 537-1278 MERIDEN- 3BR, 3rd flr, Big unit. 92 Franklin St. Newly renovated. Gas heat. No pets. Discounted rent. $895. 203-5371278. MERIDEN- 5 rms, 3BRs, 2 full baths. Completely remodeled. Section 8 approved. $1150/mo. 2 mo. security deposit. Call (203) 631-6646 MERIDEN- Crown St. Large 1BR, 1st flr, lots of closet space. $700/mo. Section 8 approved. 203-265-4664


SENIORS 62 PLUS More than a rental, a lifestyle • One BR SUITES • One & Two BR COTTAGES • Immediate Availability • Affordable monthly rates • No buy in • No lease • Pet friendly • Tours daily Call for appointment or info 203-237-8815 330 Broad Street, Meriden 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- 1st flr, newly remodeled, 1-2BRs, w/d, c/a. Lg. deck, utils. included. Near 691 & 84. Avail. now (860) 680-1204 SOUTHINGTON-3BR, 2nd flr. LR, big kit & bath, gar, laundry. $850/ mo. 17 Bristol St. No pets. Credit check. Open House Sun 4pm-5pm back dr. 203 699-9143 WALLINGFORD - 2 BR, Meadow St, 3rd flr, off-str pkg, $800, 203-288-3743

MERIDEN- Spacious 2BR, new appl’s incl. washer, dryer, DW, microwave, yard. Good neighborhood, near school. Off-st park. $1,100 +utils. 860-982-6585

WALLINGFORD 1 BR, stove & refrigerator. $750 per month. (203) 213-6175 or 203-3762160

MERIDEN- Wallingford line, Large, Luxury 2BR condo. Laundry. Rent - $850 + utils, no pets. 203-245-9493 x 2.

WALLINGFORD 1BR, 2nd FL. $725. Stove, refrig & dishwasher. Off street parking. Balcony. No smoking. No pets. Credit check. 203-269-9149

MERIDEN-2BR, 2nd flr, updated, Hdwd floors, gargage incld. $850/mo, 1st/last/sec. Call (203) 686-1016

MERIDEN-60 Prospect St. 2nd Fl. 3BR apt. 1 off-street parking. W/D hookup. $850/mo. Sect 8 approved. 203-376-5599. MERIDEN-Studio apt. Center of town. $450/mo + utils. 1BR, $575/mo +utils. No pets. Sec & refs. Call 203-982-3042 PLAINVILLE 1BR units Starting at $515/month. One months security required. No pets. MBI 860-347-6919 SOUTH MERIDEN - 1BR Apt. 2nd floor, appliances, laundry facility. No utilities. No pets. No smoking. $675 month. Security deposit req. 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

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WALLINGFORD 2BR w/FP, garage, storage & W/D hkp. $1500 sec. dep. N/S, $950/month + util. (203)3762918 WALLINGFORD 2BR,2 bath, Convenient loc, Bright! New paint/carpet! All apliances W/D, Private Balcony. Heat & A/C inc $1250/mo! Call 203395-5886 WALLINGFORD Beautiful Location, N. Main St. Near Choate area. Attractive 5 Rms w/attic space. 2nd flr. Newly decorated w/hdwd flrs. New appliances. WD hookup. Off st. parking. A must see! No smoking. $1300/mo + 1 mo sec & refs. (203) 269-7671 WALLINGFORD Studio/1BR cln, new appls, carpet, paint. $600mo+util. (203)260-5395 WALLINGFORD- 2BR 2nd flr, 50 Lee Ave. No smoking or pets. $800 per month. (203) 444-5722 WALLINGFORD- Spacious 3rd flr, 2 BR, appliances, $750 + util. Also Available -Sunny spacious 2 BR 1st flr, appls, porch, $950 + utils. W/D in bsmt. Off st parking. No smoking or pets. Security, Good credit. Tom 203-889-1940

ROOMMATES MERIDEN Quiet non-smoking roommate to share kitchen, living room, bath in 3 bedroom apartment. $400/month. 2 weeks security. Call 440-4036.

ROOMS FOR RENT BERLIN. Two bedrooms available on 2nd floor. Both w/beautiful view of pond & waterfall. Large, shared bath. Seperate entrance. Off-street parking. Quiet neighborhood. $150/week + 1/3 utilities. $500 security deposit required. A must see! 860-306-7598

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

WALLINGFORD $285,000“Pristine” Ranch. 2+BDRMS, DR, FR, HDWD flrs, C/A, att gar. Total update. Huge levl fnc’d yard/deck/ patio. “Must see”. EZ to twn, Y, Choate, Yale. $8000 tax credit to qualified buyers! Dee (203)265-5618

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. $120 per week plus security.

NORTH HAVEN Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333 PLANTSVILLE male roommate to share private home, room furnished. $400 month includes all. Call 860-628-2089


PLAINVILLE $439,900 Settle your family comfortably into this custom 3-4BR, 4 full bath home in neighborhood. 2BRs have private baths. Perfect for older child or parent. Open floor plan. Call Linda (203) 235-3300.

CAPE COD-North Truro lovely cottage 300ft from private beach. Kit., & full bath. 2BRs. No pets. May & Oct, $300/wkly. June & Sept, $450/wkly. July & Aug., $750/wkly. 860-349-0844

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

CHESHIRE $429,900-below market value, orig $629,000. Must see 4BR, 2 1/2 ba, rem kit, LR/DR, fam rm. ingr pool, koi pond, 1.8 acres, level lot. Florals abound, southern wrap porch, horseshoe drvwy, laundry on first. P. Lane (203) 272-1234.

STORES & OFFICES FOR RENT 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

HOUSES FOR SALE 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

WALLINGFORD-1BR, 1st Floor. Stove & refrigerator. $775 includes heat. No pets. 1 month security. Call 203-269-1148

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $695 & up - $750 & up. Also avail 2BR units $775-$795 203-269-5770


WLFD $259,900-Lg Cape for growing family. Over 1900sq ft, 8rms, 5BR, 2 bath, fenced lot, pool, sunrm, FP in LR & more. Call Kathy (203) 265-5618

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


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

Michelle Wininger Realtor/Residential Specialist Let me explain the new tax credit of up to $8,000 for first time buyers. This is NOT a loan, you pay nothing back on purchases from now to Nov 30th.

$259,900-Lg Cape for growing family. Over 1900sq ft, 8rms, 5BR, 2 bath, fenced lot, pool, sunrm, FP in LR & more. Call Kathy (203)265-5618 WLFD Take over this Filipino store, restaurant, catering and take in $$$. Great Rt. 150 location, parking, frontage. Low rent, many established clients. $135,000. Maria 203-265-5618

CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE 860-707-5389 Michelle@

Giving You Clear answers during complex times. Call Lisa Golebiewski, Broker/Owner. 203-631-7912 Experience Makes the Difference!

WLFD No place like home! Enjoy comfortable lifestyle in this 3BR Colonial featuring new kitchen & bath, tile & wood floors, family rm, dining rm, wrap around deck & more. $189,900. Sue 203-265-5618

MERIDEN “Gorgeous 7rm Condo”. Everything new within 4 years. Features 3BR, LR, kit, DR, 1 full bath, 2 half baths, finished lower level, first flr laundry. Too many extras to list. $194,900 Call Sil Sala for details (203)235-3300


HELP WANTED DRIVERS: School Bus. $12.88/hr! P/T. CDL w/P/S End. 990 Northrop Rd. Wallingford, CT. 866-568-1683 FACTORY OPENINGS. Some exp required. Industrial Sewing Machine Operators, Table Cutter, Material Packer. Apply in person: National Filter Media, 9 Fairfield Blvd, Wallingford

HELP WANTED ANALYZE business and all other data processing problems for application to electronic data processing systems particular to the health care insurance industry. Insure all procedures comply with requirements of Free Rider System. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. Analyze and recommend commercially available software. May work at unknown future job sites anywhere in the U.S Requires Bachelor’s + 5 yrs of exp. in programming and software development. Including Free Rider System. Will accept MS in CS. Reply to HR, Dhansol Solutions, LLC. 42 Summerhill Rd. Wallingford, CT 06492. P/T QUALITY ASSURANCE With aerospace background. Retirees welcome to apply. Please submit resume to P/T QUALITY ASSURANCE With aerospace background. Retirees welcome to apply. Please submit resume to


City of Meriden Needs Firefighters


Fatherhood Facilitator/ Administrator

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have valid Green Cards; high school diploma or equiv; must pass a background check; become a certified firefighter, EMT-B and obtain a CT license to drive fire apparatus within one year of appointment. Exam procedure includes a written test, interview and must have a State CPAT card valid on or after September 1, 2008. $35.00 application fee payable to City of Meriden for the written exam. Cash, or Money Order (NO PERSONAL CHECKS) MUST APPLY IN PERSON, Personnel Dept., Rm. #235, Meriden City Hall, 142 East Main St by Friday June 5, 2009. Limited to the first 250 applicants.

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New Opportunities of Greater Meriden (NOGM)

PART TIME- Office cleaning. Evenings. Mon-Fri. Wallingford area. Call (203) 729-5754

Recruit fathers and provide support in building healthy relationships with their families for New Opportunities of Greater Meriden. H.S. Diploma/GED or equivalent work experience. Valid CT Driver’s license/Insurance/ Transportation required. Proficient in Word, Outlook and Data Entry. $11.25 per hr; 15 hrs/wk.

191 Pratt Street, Meriden, CT 06450 EOE

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM Site Supervisors (PT/Seasonal) - Summer Food Service Program - Responsible for accurate accounting of meals served daily; verify number delivered daily; maintain records; Coordinate/document meal transfers with Van Driver; ensure every eligible child served proper meal; maintain cleanliness of site. Experience in working with children, general math/writing skills, transportation and communication skills required. CT Driver's license a plus. $8.15hr/10-20 hrs/wk Asst. Site Supervisors (PT/Seasonal) - Summer Food Service Program - Assist in counting

MERIDEN Ideal corner lot pro landscaped well cared for home in desirable area. Home sits on lg lot w/beautiful mt views. Impressive great rm w/vaulted ceiling & HW flrs. $279,000. Call Vicki (203) 235-3300

MERIDEN- New construction on 1/3 Acre. 2,000 sq.ft. high efficiency home. 8 rooms featuring 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with a 2 car garage. Starting at $329,900. Call P&M Custom Homes for more information at 203-238-3095.

NO BANK QUALIFYING! 3BR, 1 bath Colonial Off st parking in Meriden For more info, go to: Homes R Us

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meals daily; fill in when Supervisor is unavailable; ensure every eligible child served a proper meal; maintain cleanliness of site. Experience in working with children, general math/writing skills, transportation and good communication skills required. CT Driver's license a plus. $8.00hr/10-20 hrs/wk

NEW HAMPSHIRE-Franklin Pierce Lake 2BR,loft, 1 bath. Vacation home for sale. Lakeside living. boating, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling. Deck. Patio. Private dock. septic & drilled well Like new. Low maintenance. $299,000. Call 603-478-1518

Monitor (FT/Seasonal) - Summer Food Service Program -To ensure food sites operate smoothly in


Monitor Aide (PT/Seasonal)- Summer Food Service Program - Provide additional support to the

MERIDEN- For sale by owner. Commercial property. 4 1BR units - fully rented, plus restaurant - currently vacant but fully equipped. New roof, new electricity. 133 Hanover St. $325,000. (203) 912-9045

Van Driver (FT/Seasonal) - Summer Food Service Program - Responsible for delivery of daily

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES SOUTHINGTON Chance of a lifetime. Take over as owner of this successful 30+ year old, year round landscaping and yard maintenance business. Owner retiring. All equipment and customer info going. Asking $225,000. Call Paul R. Mastrianni (860) 621-6332 Also available landscape approved lot with storage trailers, mulch bins, etc. Asking $350,000.


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accordance with program guidelines and requirements; Visit and monitor sites; Maintain communications with SFSP staff; Maintain records; Ensure cleanliness of site; High school Diploma or GED, Valid Ct Drivers License required, Knowledge of SFSP or similar work exp. $10.00 hr/35hrs/wk Monitor to ensure food sites run smoothly in accordance with program guidelines and requirements. H.S. Diploma or GED, Valid Ct Drivers License required, Knowledge of SFSP or similar work exp. $9.25 hr/20 hrs/wk. meals at scheduled times to sites as determined throughout Meriden; Collect and remove trash from sites. Maintain records. HS Diploma/GED Valid CT Drivers License; Familiarity with Meriden's roads; $9.00 hr/35hrs/wk

Asst. Van Driver (PT/Seasonal) - Summer Food Service Program - Assist Van Driver with daily delivery of meals to sites in Meriden; Assists with collection and removal of trash from sites; Basic math skills and familiarity with Meriden roads; light lifting required. Valid CT Drivers License. $8.00hr/20hrs/wk

Kitchen Aides (PT/Seasonal) - Summer Food Service Program - Assist in the kitchen to prepare breakfast and lunch meals for the feeding of children ages 1-18 yrs of age during the summer months. The ability to lift and handling cold food items in the kitchen. Must be able to read, write and verbally communicate with staff and non-staff. $8.25 hr/10-20 hrs/wk

Kitchen Supervisor (FT/Seasonal) - Summer Food Service Program - Minimum of 2 yrs Supervisory experience and experience in food services. Excellent management and interpersonal skills. The ability to lift and handling cold food items in the kitchen. Must be able to read, write and verbally communicate with staff and non-staff. $12.36/hr/ 35 hrs/wk.

The closing date for the above positions will be on May 8, 2009. Email your resume to or apply @ New Opportunities of Greater Meriden (NOGM) 191 Pratt Street, Meriden, CT 06450 EOE


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MANUFACTURING Profitable & historical metal working company in the shooting sports business seeks the following: ● CNC Operator - CNC Machin-

ing Centers and lathes lst or 2nd shift ● Experienced Machine Operators - 1st or 2nd shift ● Experienced shipper Full or part-time positions. 4 day work week with excellent benefits, including 401k. Please apply in person or send resume to:

MEDICAL CAREERS Residential Rehab Technician Gaylord- Connecticut’s premier long-term acute care hospital specializing in medically complex patient care, rehabilitation and sleep medicine-seeks an individual to join its residential patient care team. This 32 hour/week evening position will assist transitional living care residents in the functional tasks needed to reintegrate into the community. Requirements include a minimum of two years related experience-nursing assistant, or recreational therapy aide preferred. Working knowledge of daily living tasks, and experience with traumatically brain-injured persons a plus. Must be/become CPR and medication administration certified. Valid CT driver’s license and good driving record required. Every other weekend required.

PART TIME- Inside Sales/ Tele-prospector Immediate opening for experienced inside sales/ teleprospector in Wallingford. Candidate must posses positive attitude and excellent communication skills. Flexible hours, comfortable environment and generous commission package awaits ideal candidate. Please e-mail resume to:


MAINTENANCE & REPAIR PERSON To maintain 300-880 Ton Molding Machines. Working knowledge of 460 volt 3 phase electric, hydraulic pumps, valves. Good mechanical skills necessary.

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Needed for heavy incoming/outgoing phone calls and data entry. Must possess excellent phone, computer, and people skills, and be willing to work as part of a team. Need to be able to handle extensive scheduling software and multi- phone lines. Hours must be flexible. Please email resume to:

PT OR FT OUTSIDE SALES POSITION Co seeking responsible, experienced outside sales professional. If you want flexible hours and would like to earn $100-$900 per sale, call Bill at (860) 770-9851 or forward resume to fax 860-667-8310.

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MATTSON Home Improvement Affordable, quality decks. Free estimates. Insured. CT Reg 581924. (203) 631-7459

REMOVAL. Free est. Call Ed.

DUMPSTERS DEBRIS removal of anykind. Demolition sheds, pools, etc. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430

15 & 20 Yard Roll-Offs. Home, Business or Job Site We do clean-outs too! Empire Construction, LLC 203-269-3559


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P.O. Box 400, Wallingford, CT 06492

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CNA/HHA 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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P/T MEDICAL BILLER Growing Medical Billing Company seeking a Medical Biller with a Minimum of 3 years experience, Highly Motivated, with Strong Organizational and Communication Skills. If you are reliable, efficient and motivated with a Can-do attitude, please forward your resume to

RN Part Time positions. 3p-11p & 11p7a including every other wknd. Competitive rate & benefits. Apply in person or fax resume to: MERIDIAN MANOR 1132 Meriden Rd Waterbury, CT 06705 Fax: 203-757-0634 Attn: Ms. Smith

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


Green Planet Remodeling All repairs small to large. Carpentry. 41 yrs exp. 203-639-8389 CT #573358

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CNAseveral per diem positions For Assisted Living Services. State of the Art, JCAHO accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community. Responsible, dependable, and able to work well independently. Safe and attractive environment! Certification required from approved programs. Position available immediately! No Phone Calls! Apply in person Mon - Fri - 8am -7p.m. or weekends 10-3. Elim Park Baptist Home, 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT. A/A, M/F, D/V, EOE. MALE/FEMALE: Appointment Scheduler bustling Orthopaedic Office! Excellent customer service skills are necessary and a “can do” positive attitude and high enthusiasm. Minimum two years experience doing similar work in a physician’s office.

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K & A ENTERPRISES Water & sewer lines, inground tank removal, drainage, grading, additions, pavers. Reg# 571435. ins. 203-379-0193 GRADING, Drainage, Foundations, Trucking, Retaining Walls, Pavers, Water/Sewer/Septic. Lic. #1682. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-2389846 MC/Visa Accepted

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

For Adult Day Center. FT with benefits, experience preferred, passenger license or willing to obtain (employer paid). Contact Linda Ricciardi, RN, Center Director @ (860) 378-3902

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


JUNK REMOVAL & MORE We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Spring C/U. 860-575-8218/203-535-9817

Please fax resumes to: 203-284-2733;

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


BICO FENCE - All types of quality fencing & repairs available. Professional installations. 20 years exp. Lic’d & ins’d. 203715-0567. CT Reg# 616240 MORGAN Fence Co. Installation & Repair. No job to small! Owner operated. #HIC-623033 Call 203-886-8029

BENJAMIN BUILDERS LLC Compared to major competitors. ROOFS, SIDING, WINDOWS, ADDT’S, KIT, BATHS, DECK, more 203-671-7415 Ct. Reg. #622755

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

203-235-8180 CT Reg #564042

CHILD CARE VERY Responsible college student available Full or part time in your home for childcare. Exp., own trans & refs. (860) 575-7172

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


A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICE Installation & Repairs CT #600415 203-235-9865

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


COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER PROBLEMS? Upgrades, installs, repairs & viruses fixed at your home. DMT Computer Services. 203599-1097. After 5 - 860-424-1177

Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887


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

LANDSCAPING A KYLE LANDSCAPING Affordable lawn care in Meriden/ Wlfd. Lic & ins. CT Reg #622733. Call for est (860) 637-7294


WE WEED GARDENS Norm the Gardener’s 3-man crew is only $65/hr. CT Reg#571339 (203) 265-1460

PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING MIRKEL PAINTING Int./Ext. Popcorn ceilings. Rms from $75. Exteriors from $899. CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446

A & A Lawn Care-Cuts, spring clean-ups, hedge trimming, tree, shrub, debris removal #584101 Free estimates. Jim 203-237-6638

DOW GUTTERS Seamless gutters/leaders. 13 colors. Free estimates. Ct #612964 Steve 860 426-0045

BUDGET Friendly lawn mowing. Call (203) 314-7693, EBK Property Services.

APOLLO PAINTING Int/Ext, Popcorn Ceilings, Powerwashing. Call Mike 203-974-2097 or 860-347-1355 CT# 613892

MOWING Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887

HANDYPERSONS Neighborhood Handyman, LLC. Specializing in smaller jobs. Indoor/outdoor. CT Reg #611858 Matt 860-877-2549

BIG GREEN LANDSCAPING Spring Cleanup, Lawn Care, Hedge Trimming. Great pricing on seasonal or year contract. CT#619909 Call 203-715-2301 ALLEGRO PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LLC. Specializing in sm. lawn maintenance, property clearing & seasonal clean-up. Full landscaping services including design & installation. Retaining walls & patios, stone/paver walkways, driveways, mulching & excavating #0965092. 203-687-1347

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

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


DON’T Sweat It this Summer! Call Duane, Plumbing, heating & cooling. Quality work. Low rates. 203-3798944 Lic. #0389224.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS E & D HOME ImprovementsComplete home services. Electric, plumbing, kitchens, baths, etc. (203) 376-7532 CT Reg# 616307. VINCENZO D’ONOFRIO BATHROOM Remodeling, Concrete, Carpentry, Tile, Painting, Patio & Sidewalk Paving. CT Reg. #559333. (860) 628-2236


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 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 JOE’S LAWN CARE, LLC Spring clean up, mowing, mulching, landscape work & irrigation service. 203-631-7444 Licensed, fully insured. #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

COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL Clean Outs. Free estimates. Affordable rates. Call 203-715-2301

JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Spring cleanups, Grass cutting, lawn maint. Comm/Res Top quality work. Ins., Free est. 203-213-6528 CT Reg #616311


Quality Landscaping, LLC


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


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


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

RICK’S AFFORDABLE Comm/resid Mowing. Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree & pricker removal. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447.


ALLEGRO PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LLC. Specializing in sm. lawn maintenance, property clearing & seasonal clean-up. Full landscaping services including design & installation. Retaining walls & patios, stone/paver walkways, driveways, mulching & excavating. #0965092. 203-687-1347 GARDEN TILLING Insured. CT Reg#0603313 Call Kurt 203-376-7324 YARD WORK - Strong ambitious 17 year old looking for yard work. 860-349-3552 ROTOTILLING Garden Bill with Troy Built, no garden too small. 203-294-1160

MASONRY JOHN Biafore and Son Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 549071 (203) 537-3572 BILL RUDOLPH Landscaping paver walkways, patios, retaining wall. Free estimates. #563661 . Call 203-237-9577 CASCIO Mason. Chimney repair, sidewalks, walls, brick work, etc. CT Reg #611774. 203-265-7826 or cell 860-398-1223 JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 25 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498


WE BEAT ANY QUOTE! Siding, windows, gutters, carpentry. 41yrs exp. (203) 639-8389 CT #573358

Specializing in Wood/Aluminum siding. Low rates. Reg#533474. Call Dennis 203-630-0008

BEAUTIFUL FARM FRESH Screened Top Soil. Fill, Sand & Stone. Picked up or delivered. No minimum. Cariati Developers, Inc. 860-681-3991

CARABETTA’S GRADER SERVICE Sweeping Division For All Your Commercial Sweeping Needs. 203-214-6247 or 860-306-9970

TOPSOILScreened & unscreened, small & big loads available. Pick-up or delivery. Please call 860-349-5674

OFFICE Cleaning All your cleaning needs also provide floor refinishing and carpet cleaning Fully insured. I guarantee your satisfaction! Family owned. Upfront pricing.Jeff Ross 860919-7562 Owner Reliable, Office, Service, Specialist


(203) 237-5409 CT Reg #503554 Sales/ Service. Reg # 565116 203-630-1058 or 860-349-3372



203-284-0137 Reg #558927 CARABETTA’S GRADER SERVICE Sweeping Division For All Your Commercial Sweeping Needs. 203-214-6247 or 860-306-9970

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

DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 #389224

$1000 Off Your Lowest Estimate.

FAHEY Plumbing & Heating Quality ● Clean/Neat ● Honest! A guaranteed job at a good price! Days, Nights, Wknds - Same Price



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

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

A-1 Quality Powerwashing HOT WATER, LOW RATES

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

Call Dennis 203-630-0008

Gonzalez Construction



IS Spring cleaning on the outside. FREE ESTIMATES. Call Kevin 203-440-3279

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

POWERWASHING Spring Clean-up. Houses, RV’s, boats, etc. We clean it all! CT Reg# 616391. Call 203-235-7916

PRICKER REMOVAL RICK’S AFFORDABLE Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree, pricker & underbrush removal. No job too big or small. 11 yrs exp. 203-5304447. GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

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

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

TREE Cutting, stump grinding, wood chipping, bucket work. Fully ins’d & free estimates. Call anytime. 860-628-8830

PRICKER REMOVAL RICK’S AFFORDABLE Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree, pricker & underbrush removal. No job too big or small. 11 yrs exp. 203-5304447.


203-237-0350 FIDERIO & SONS


Reg #558927

Gonzalez Construction GAF LIFETIME WARRANTY 3 of 100 are Master-Elite certified. Go over, repairs. MC/Visa. 203-671-7415 Ct. Reg. #572776

STUMP Grinding, tree removal. Spring Clean-up. Free est. CT Reg# 616391. 203-440-3142

IN BUSINESS 28 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Srv. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775


PLUMBING & Piping Contractor Specializing in small jobs. Capable of doing new & large jobs. Lic# 204060. John 203-284-9744 or 203-500-5224 cell.

YARDLEY TREE Fair, reasonable. Free estimates. Reg. Insured. 203-440-0402 or 860-595-4159


Empire Construction, LLC



SANDBLASTING We come to you. Snowplows, trailers, truck bodies, etc. Reasonable prices. Bill Coleman. 203-715-0567. CT Reg# 616240


SPRING IS HERE! - The grass is riz - I wonder how your driveway is? Call for free estimate.

ACE PROPERTIES MGT. Estate Services, Property Maintenance, Lawn Service, Attic, Basement & Garage Cleanout. Gardens Roto-Tilled. Free est. Fully insured. (203) 440-4280



LaRosa Construction Co. Inc. LAWN & GARDEN


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

CT Reg. #516790

SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS ALL Types pool & spa serv. Complete service on pools & spas, above and inground liner replacement. Lic & ins. CT Reg 622885. Call (203) 537-9188

TOP SOIL SAND & FILL HAZELWOOD EXCAVATING Dry farm screened topsoil and colored mulch.


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Friday, May 1, 2009

Durham - Ezra Camp circa 1776

Middlefield - Estate

Original home built 1776. Landscape offers privacy with large evergreen trees & maples along with water garden with stone paths along with mature formal gardens surrounding the home.

First floor has 5 fireplaces and all original features remain in pristine condition including oak & pumpkin pine flooring.

Over 6700 sq. ft. of glorious finished space dominating 10 private acres with an abundance of diverse wildlife.

The proud homeowner may swim year round in the full size indoor pool room complete with full size pool, whirlpool, sauna, & steam bath.

Large family room with newer fireplace & large windows with extending views of landscape. Modern kitchen with windows offering beautiful views of formal gardens.

We highly recommend viewing this beautifully maintained property, offered at $525,000, exclusively represented by Berardino Realtors, please contact agent 349-0344.

This property offers 3 bedrooms & 4 1/2 baths. On a separate level, there is a billiard room, kitchen, office & playroom offering a full & rich lifestyle.

This is one of Middlefield’s finest estates offered at $750,000. For a private showing, call Berardino Realtors 349-0344.

Durham - Home To Remember


A Family Tradition of Outstanding Service For Over 100 Years !

Middlefield - A Place For All Reasons

Architectural design capturing an eclectic mix between a traditional farmhouse & classic modern interior.

Delightful architectural features found throughout the home, including timber plank floors, custom trim millwork & cabinets.

Beautiful center hall Colonial occupying 5 fenced acres commanding wonderful views adjacent to Middlefield Conservation Land.

Separate heated 40x66 outbuilding with 3 - 12” overhead doors for all your storage needs.

Silo staircase & glass walled portico connecting accessory building to main residence combined beautifully to provide a unique living experience.

This unique property is offered at $410,000. We highly recommend viewing this fine home exclusively represented by Berardino Realtors, 349-0344.

Step from the kitchen, family or living room to patio with heated pool and adjacent lighted tennis/basketball court.

This one-of-a-kind property is offered at $739,900. For a private showing contact agent, Berardino 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.

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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