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Volume 17, Issue 7
Education budget passes on second try
Friday, May 28, 2010
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By Sue VanDerzee Town Times After chopping $133,729 from their original $34.8 million budget proposal, District 13 Board of Education members were delighted to exclaim to each other, “We have a budget” after the referendum vote ended at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. It might have been the chopping, but certainly the extra 448 voters who came out for the second referendum had something to do with the turnaround. This time, the budget passed 813-530 in Durham, which was able to overcome a much smaller defeat in Middlefield, 401-438. Three weeks ago, the budget had been passed in Durham, but more narrowly, 611-485. Middlefield’s defeat by a vote of 247-391 sent the total package down by 18 votes. This time, the margin of passage was 247. Superintendent of Schools Sue Viccaro said after the totals were announced that she attributed the budget passage to “parents making the effort to talk to one another and get out the vote.” Board chair Tom Hennick declared himself to be “very gratified. I believe this is a responsible budget, and we can also move forward with our athletic facilities project (due to the settlement worked out with neighbor Karen Cheyney and the Durham Planning and Zoning Commission). There are challenges ahead, but I’m going to enjoy this for a little bit.” Hennick also singled out board member Kerrie Flanagan for her work in steering budget discussions in helpful ways.
Durham P&Z approves new site plan for CRHS athletic facilities that satisfies resident’s appeal By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times
The appeal of the approval of the new athletic facilities on the Coginchaug High School campus was settled by a stipulated agreement, which was approved by the Durham Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at their meeting on May 19. An updated site plan was also approved. Last November, an appeal of the P&Z approval of the original plan was made by Karen Cheyney, a propertyowner abutting the Coginchaug campus, having to do with several items, but ultimately her concern was the level of noise during athletic
events. During the winter, District 13 and their attorney Tim Hollister had several conversations with the abutter and her attorney John Corona to solve the problem before having to go to court and pay more legal fees. Around the end of March, the district offered a revised plan, which Cheyney agreed to, contingent upon the district getting approval from the Durham Inlands Wetlands and Watercourses Agency (IWWA), Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and P&Z because the agreement changed the original site plan. See Athletic, page 5
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Every May the CRHS band marches down to Korn School, and Korn students snake through the ranks as they enjoy the music. You can hear the high school band, as well as both middle school bands in the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 31. The parade steps off from the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street at 9:15 a.m. Participants in the parade, including the bands, scouts, little leaguers, veterans and others, should gather at the corner between 8:15 and 8:30. The parade ends on the green with musical selections and speeches.
‘Hometown boy’ to lead 2010 parade By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times When the Durham Memorial Day Parade steps off from the corner of Main Street and Haddam Quarter Road at 9:15 a.m. on Monday morning, leading the well-worn route to Durham Town Green will be this year’s Grand Marshal, Ray Kalinowski. Born and raised in the
In this issue ... Calendar............................4 Durham Briefs................13 Durham Library.............15 Middlefield Briefs...........12 Spotlight .....................22-23 Sports ..........................24-26
Rockfall section of Middlefield, Kalinowski attended local schools. Shortly after graduating from high school, he joined the United States Air Force and served in Germany from 1960 to 1963 with the Air Force Security Service. His unit intercepted and monitored Russian communications, tracked spy plane flights over the Soviet Union as well as those of then Russian President Nikita Khrushchev. Kalinowski recalls listening with awe to communications between Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and ground control, as Gagarin became the first man to break the bonds of this planet and orbit the Earth in April of 1961.
charged from the Air Force in 1963 as an Airman First Class, Kalinowski drove across country on Route 66 in a 1961 Chevy to attend San Jose State University in California. There he met his future wife and lifelong partner, Sandi. “She was literally the first person I met when I got there,” recalled Kalinowski. After graduating with a BA in Law Enforcement Administration, Kalinowski accepted employment as a Special Agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence in San Francisco and later transferred to the U.S. Secret Service. After serving in the New Haven office in the late 1960s, he transferred to the White House in
After being honorably dis-
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Meriden Historical Society presents third annual Appraisal Fair
The Meriden Historical Society will again be conducting their Appraisal Fair on Sunday, June 6, at the Andrews Homestead, 424 West Main St. in Meriden (next to Ben Franklin School). The appraisers will be Dick Blaschke of Dick’s Antiques in Bristol and Historical Society member Kathy Connolly. The Homestead opens at 11 a.m. with the appraisals being held from noon to 2 p.m. The fee
Town Times Community Briefs will be $5 for each item or three items for $10. This is a fundraiser to assist the Meriden Historical Society in collecting, researching and archiving Meriden’s past for future generations. Bring treasured antiques, jewelry, prints, paintings and collectibles or photos of large items and have them identified and appraised. Come enjoy a day of fun and discovery!
Epiphany tag and bake sale The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main Street (Route 17) in Durham, will hold its annual Tag and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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CRHS reunions 1975 (‘74 & ‘76 too) Plans have been finalized for the CRHS Class of 1975 35th class reunion. They will gather at the Middletown Elk’s Club Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of reminiscing, reconnecting, dancing, hearing great ‘70s music, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, dessert and bar service. Based on many requests, they are also inviting friends from the classes of ’74 and ’76 and the teachers that taught them. If you are in-
terested in coming, contact Diane Roraback Bussolini at 860424-1512 or Dianerd1@aol.com. Class of 1990 The Coginchaug High School Class of 1990 is holding its 20th reunion on Saturday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by visiting Coginchaugclassof1990.ClassQuest.com. Registration deadline is June 26. Classmates are asked to provide their maiden and married names, addresses, and phone numbers to update the mailing list. E-mail updated info to email@example.com. 1979-1981 The CRHS reunion for the graduating classes of 1979, 1980 and 1981 is scheduled for Oct. 16. Contact Steve Annino at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Senior awards night at CRHS
On Wednesday, June 2, the senior awards program will be held in the CRHS auditorium at 7 p.m. Seniors will be recognized for many accomplishments by a wide range of people: departments at CRHS, outside organizations and others. Everyone in the community in encouraged to attend this special evening.
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Durham selectmen vote to buy truck and support traffic light on Pickett Lane By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times
DOT did not warrant a signal at the intersection of Route 17 and Maiden Lane, which was also looked into, would they at least provide suggestions on how to ease traffic at that intersection? Francis and selectmen Jim McLaughlin felt there was nothing more for DOT to suggest and that traffic problems are caused by a number of things. Secondly, Szewczyk said he wouldn’t support the motion unless it was amended to specify a trip light at the Pickett Lane intersection. Again, Francis and McLaughlin felt DOT would only request what was best. “I don’t think the state recommends signals lightly,” said Francis. “There’s some science to it.” The amendment was not passed, and with a nay vote from Szewczyk only, the original motion passed. Francis clarified that sending the letter to pursue the light would only get the town into the queue as there are currently
All veterans are welcome and encouraged to join in the Durham Memorial Day parade. Assembly time is 8:45 a.m. at the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street. Mobile transportation will be provided for any veterans.
Memorial Day Food Drive After much success in our first year, the Durham Fair will once again be holding a food drive during the upcoming Memorial Day parade. All items collected will be donated to the food pantries in Durham and Middlefield for distribution. Please bring your items to the parade, and we will collect them as we go by on our float. Thanks for your support! See you at the parade!
Memorial Day Remembrance The Middlefield VFW Post 10362 is proud to invite the public to help celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, at 8 a.m. They will gather at the Middlefield Town Green. We must never forget that true heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. Each person stands with their face in the light of their own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can. That is one of many reasons they assemble on this day. Come to this solemn assembly and remember these fallen heroes. 1150582
The Durham Board of Selectmen (BOS) met on May 24 and approved a request from road foreman Kurt Bober to purchase a new public works truck. The truck being replaced is a 1995 and is “at the end of its life expectancy,” said Bober. “We’re not in a position to wait a few years. We need a truck now.” Bober has been in the process of looking for a cab and chassis since the last budget season, and he narrowed it down to four bids that were available for delivery within 45 days and that predate 2010 emissions standards, which would add another $10,000 to the cost. Bober proposed the purchase of a new Freightliner M2 conventional cab with a Tenco all-season body for a combined cost of $148,375. The truck is complete with a snow plow, all-season combo sander/dump body, Cirrus spreader controls and will
last for at least 15 years. The truck will be leased at an estimated $30,000 a year, though the terms of the lease are still under negotiation. Going forward, there is a 15year capital plan for truck replacement. The selectmen accepted Bober’s recommendation and will recommend the purchase to the BOF. Route 17 and Pickett Lane The other big discussion of the meeting was the intersection of Route 17 at Pickett Lane where the state Department of Transportation (DOT) recently conducted a study and recommended a light signal to ease traffic flow. First Selectman Laura Francis said the District 13 education board, who would pay the $10,000 or so to install a traffic light at the intersection, will vote on the matter at their May 26 meeting. The BOS, who would pay the electric bill, was voting to send a letter in support of the traffic light to the DOT. Selectmen John Szewczyk had two issues. The first being that if the
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Book Fair Korn Elementary School, 144 Pickett Lane in Durham, will host a Scholastic Book Fair to help raise funds and encourage summer reading. Open during school hours today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers welcome!
Hike Enjoy a family hike at Bluff Head in Guilford. Moderate terrain for families and school-aged children on the alternate trail to Bluff Head. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No dogs. Heavy rain cancels. Contact Janet Ainsworth at 203-530-7826 or email@example.com for start time or other info. Dudley Farm Market The Dudley Farm, corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford, will hold a farm market from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. The market features produce, shell fish, beef and lamb, maple syrup, honey, baked goods, pickles, crafts and more. For information, call 860-349-3917. Free Movies Tonight enjoy Avatar on the Lake Beseck beach at 8:15 p.m. Tomorrow’s movie will be Fly Away Home. Cub Scout Registration Pack 27 Durham will be holding cub scout registration at Allyn Brook Park from 10 a.m. to noon at the pavilion for boys entering kindergarten through third grade.
Middlefield Service Middlefield VFW Post 10362 will celebrate Memorial Day at 8 a.m. at the Middlefield Town Green. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Memorial Day Parade The Memorial Day parade begins at 9 a.m. in Durham at the corner of Main Street and Haddam Quarter Road. The
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tasting, etc. There will also be a DJ and a buffet table. A $15 donation is asked per individual or $120 to reserve a table. For tickets or info, call Nancy Currlin at 860-343-6818. Free Seminar Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St. in Middletown, will present “Checklist for the Sandwich Generation,” from 6 to 8 p.m. The seminar will focus on how to lessen the worry of caring for parents, and will cover care planning, finances, estate planning, geriatric care managers and ancillary needs. Registration is suggested by calling Sue Scibilia at 860-704-6868. Coffee and dessert will be served.
p.m. For info, call 203-208-3130 or register at www.cctakesteps.org/Connecticut. Mica Ledges Hike At 9 a.m. hike from Mica Ledges in Durham to Bluff Head in Guilford. Contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-395-7771. Trails Day Today and tomorrow residents from across the state will hit the trails to take part in the 18th annual Connecticut Trails Day celebration. A full listing of events is in the Connecticut Trails Day booklet, available at the CFPA office, 16 Meriden Road in Rockfall, libraries, the DEP Bookstore and online at www.ctwoodlands.org/CTTrailsDay2010. Baseball Tryouts Sign-ups and tryouts for the U18 and U16 Babe Ruth baseball team will be held at the Coginchaug High School baseball field at 5 p.m. Any player wishing to play must show up and tryout. Cost is $140 per player. Any questions regarding the teams can be directed to Dan Wheeler at 860-349-0723 for the 18U team or Mike Fiddler at 860-6389816 for the 16U team. Science of Mind The Science of Mind: a practical spiritual philosophy for the thinking mind. Take charge of your mind today and your tomorrow will take care of itself. Study the spiritual principles of life and success from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Disabled Veterans Hall, 80 Hall Ave. in Meriden. For info, call Rev. H. Patrick Pollard at 860-391-5772.
Fair Association will hold a food drive along the way; bring your donations and volunteers will collect them as they march past. Washington Trail 10K The Washington Trail 10K race begins at 11 a.m. at Coginchaug High School. Register at the school between 9 and 11 a.m. Registration is $18 for the 10K and $15 for the 4K for those over 12 and $`6 for those under 12.
June 1 Handling the Loss of a Job Come to a free career workshop from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. If you have been terminated or laid-off, this session will teach you how to handle the loss of a job honestly and confidently when speaking with a potential employer. Register by calling 860-347-2520.
June 2 Awards Cermonies Coginchaug High School underclass awards will be presented in the auditorium at 7:30 a.m., and the senior awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Stroke Survivors MidState Medical Center stroke support group will meet the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room 7 at MidState Medical Center. TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For info, call Naomi Klotsko at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at 860-349-9433.
June 3 Concert The Memorial School concert will be held in the Coginchaug auditorium at 7 p.m. Farmers Market Enjoy a traditional farmers’ market on the Durham green today and every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Ladies’ Night The Elks Club in Middletown will have ladies’ night from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be vendors giving makeup applications, chair massages, fortune telling, jewelry, martini
June 4 Robin Hood The Coginchaug senior class play, Robin Hood, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium; $5 per ticket. Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet at the United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown, at 7:30 a.m. Contact Kirk Hagert at 860-349-5626 for info.
June 5 Notre Dame tag sale Notre Dame Church on Main Street in Durham will have a tag sale and flea market, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are available in the church hall. Vendor space is $15 and available by calling Bob Smith at 860-349-0356. Dudley Farm Market The Dudley Farm, corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford, will hold their weekly farm market from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-349-3917. Kids’ Carnival Bring your family to a fun day of games, crafts, stories, face painting and more. Girl Scout Troop 62890 of Middlefield is hosting a community kids’ carnival with DMYFS. Activities for all ages will be held throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center in Middlefield. Come touch a truck, visit with firefighters, work an excavator, get your face painted, scoot in a scooter
race or get your friend wet at a water balloon fight. For info, call Susan at 860-349-2454. Judge Coe Day Levi E. Coe Library will celebrate Judge Coe Day at 5 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy a concert with the new Two Cat Band and ice cream sundaes. Sundae tickets can be purchased in advance at the library. Health and Safety Day Middletown Kids’ Health and Safety Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street in Middletown. The event features health and safety information, a bicycle safety rodeo and bicycle helmet give away, health screenings and safety exhibits, including fire department smokehouse, breath express, Connecticut DOT Operation Life Saver and state police rollover simulator. The Ct. Masons will offer identification kits. Adults can obtain free gun locks from the Police Department. Activities include clowns, face painting, spin art, sand art, games and prizes, a DJ, and demos of martial arts and dance. Everyone is welcome, and it’s all free. Tag and Bake Sale The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St. in Durham, will hold a tag and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items may be dropped off at the parish hall from 5 to 8 p.m. the night before. For info, call 860-349-9644. Car Show All cars and motorcycles welcome to the annual EJK car show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd. in Middletown. A donation of $10 is requested for entries and $1 for spectators. Age 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Eric J. Kalber Xavier High School Scholarship Fund. For more info, call 860-870-8590. 1975 Class Reunion The CRHS Class of 1975’s 35th class reunion will be held at the Middletown Elk’s Club at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of reminiscing, dancing, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, dessert and bar service. The cost is $40 per person. Contact Diane Roraback Bussolini at 860-424-1512 or Dianerd1@aol.com for tickets. Benefit Walk Take Steps for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis at Wesleyan University’s Freeman Athletic center in Middletown. Registration at 4
Mother/daughter Hike At 1:30 p.m. enjoy a twothree-mile mother/daughter hike at a moderate pace by a nice pond; visit the selectmen’s stones and enjoy the lovely views from Mica Ledges. Pre-registration appreciated; contact Lucy at email@example.com or 860-395-7771. Rabies Clinic The Durham Animal Response Team will provide rabies vaccines at the medical building on the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 and you will be able to license your dog when you visit. Call Kim Garvis at 860349-3453 for information.
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The free rain barrel program held on May 22 was a huge success. Four hundred rain barrels were distributed in 2 1/2 hours! Thank you to Beth Moncata, executive assistant for the town of Durham, for organizing the event. Also, thank you to Kim Garvis, Alicia Fonash-Willett, John Szewczyk, Dick Porter, John Mitchell and Chris Flanagan for their assistance. We especially appreciate the Durham Fair Association for the use of the fairgrounds. There is still an opportunity to order, at a cost, additional rain barrels. Please go online to www.riwaterlady.com for the order form.
contractors on the school district website, www.rsd13ct.org, under the building project tab. In the bid packages, which are due by June 3, the Building Committee has requested, where possible, that they utilize and encourage local sub-contractors. “It is our intention that we’ll select a contractor very shortly thereafter,” explained Currlin. “And we hope to start digging right after graduation on June 18.” He also said the bid package asks for “substantial completion” of the project by Nov. 12, 2010, and final completion shortly following.
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According to District 13 building committee chair Bill Currlin, the IWWA changes were so minor that their request was approved almost immediately. ZBA passed along the request to P&Z to allow for a 10-foot fence along the east side of the parking lot northeast of the proposed field even though the town has a six-foot maximum. P&Z passed that request at the May 19 meeting. During executive session at this meeting, the commission accepted the stipulation from the attorneys and then approved it in public session. They also approved the amended site plan. Other stipulations included testing the sound on speakers, supporting Cheyney if she went to the town with a petition to install signs such as “No Parking” and “No Standing,” and no athletic events before 8 a.m. “After all the approvals, we are at the beginning again,” said Currlin. “But building committee is elated that the appeal has been settled and we can go ahead with project.” The district went out to bid last week and has since held a non-mandatory site walk, to which 10 general contractors showed up among many subcontractors and other people. Residents can view the list of general contractors and sub-
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Sharing career info with young people On April 29, Town Times participated in a career expo at Wesleyan University for area high school students, including sophomores and juniors from Coginchaug. Coginchaug psychologist Sandra Potak, above right, and gym teacher Bob Nemphos, left, had booths set up at the fair, as did Town Times, who was there representing careers in newspapers. Editor Sue VanDerzee and reporter Stephanie Wilcox were very encouraged by the number of students who stopped by the Town Times booth to discuss journalism. It appears there are a lot of eager young people waiting to take our places!
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Music fest in Durham aims to make, not repeat, history By Kathy Meyering Special to the Town Times
Thirty years ago this summer, the ill-fated Powder Ridge music festival was scheduled to take place on July 30, August 1 and August 2
baci was able to put on a festival last year which, despite bad weather, succeeded in raising over $30,000 for local charities. B.O.M.B. Inc., intends to expand its reach beyond Connecticut next year, with a New Orleans festival already in the works. Aside from raising money for good causes, the festival will provide a day of music with a variety to suit all tastes, from folksy blues to classic rock to hip-hop. Headliners for the event are Lupe Fiasco and 30 Seconds to Mars. Additional performers include Girl Talk, Mute Math, Ra Ra Riot, Jay Electronica, The Cool Kids, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Roots of Creation, 40 oz. to Freedom, Quintron and Miss Pussycat and mynameisjohnmichael. “This is Music With Purpose. It’s good karma – we’re giving back what we get – dynamic bands, great sound, amazing fans and it’s all to help those who are in need,” says Bombaci. Over 70 percent of net proceeds — raised through the festival, other fundraising events and individual donations — will be donated to select national and local charities. Bring Our Music Back, Inc., also funds music scholarships, artistic mentorships and high school enrichment programs. Bombaci’s father, Frank
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Bombaci Sr., has thrown his support behind his son’s idea and helped to create the 501(c)3 organization. He shared some of his enthusiasm for the festival in a recent interview posted on www.ctindie.com, a website devoted to covering the independent music scene in Ct. “Last year’s festival taught us a lot, especially that Connecticut needs a festival like this – music that is young and fresh – incredible non-commercialized national acts and amazing local artists that need a voice,” Bombaci said in the interview. When asked what inspired him to invest his energy and resources in the B.O.M.B. fest, he spoke to both the benefits of music and the funding that will come out of the festival. “So many music and art programs are being cut or eliminated in our school systems, which is tragic. Music therapy programs do amazing things to lift spirits and hope for so many people throughout the nation, and here in our own state. Just watching the results that music can have in lifting the spirit — smiling faces and tapping feet — is all the inspiration I need!” Bombaci Sr. offered special kudos to local Durham organizers for helping to make the festival possible. “For this year and into the future, we found a great partner in the Durham Fair… they have an incredible team of professionals headed up by Gene Chiappetta and Debbie Waz, and the beautiful town of Durham, and their terrific town officials. Without this amazing
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of 1970. Middlefield residents voiced strong objections to the event, which led town officials to obtain an injunction at the 11th hour, preventing the festival from opening. The entertainers stayed away, but ticket-holders came anyway, and Middlefield was invaded by over 20,000 disappointed music fans. The weekend went down in history as one of the most publicized failed music festivals of the year. Happily, history will not repeat itself this coming Memorial Day weekend, when the B.O.M.B Fest comes to town and camps out at the Durham Fairgrounds. The festival will bring together a variety of local and national musical acts for a day-long event which will also feature food, crafts, and activities and rides for children. The proceeds from the festival will benefit music therapy programs in the state, including the Hole In The Wall Gang Camps and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. B.O.M.B. is the acronym for Bring Our Music Back, Inc., the non-profit organization sponsoring the event. The festival is the brainchild of Loyola College freshman Frank Bombaci Jr. of Old Lyme, who came up with the idea last year for his high school senior project. With six weeks to put it all together, the young Bom-
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Another fatality on Beseck Mountain
A 20-year-old Meriden man died after falling off the face of Beseck Mountain (Lamentation Mountain) located on Kickapoo Road in Middlefield on Saturday, May 22. Around 11 p.m. on Saturday, Troop F in Westbrook received a call to assist Middlefield and Meriden fire personnel with a white male located
approximately 75 feet down the cliff from where the fall had taken place. It was later determined through investigation that this male (later identified as Michael Beaudry, of Meriden) was with three friends. The group was drinking and hanging out on the cliff, the police report said.
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Local resident and veterinarian Dr. Mark Albin will be donating his services for this year’s rabies clinic to be held on Sunday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in which all proceeds will benefit the Durham Animal Response Team (DART). The clinic is open to all, not just residents of Durham. DART is a division of the Department of Emergency Management for the town of
Durham. The goal of the group is to provide support to your pets in the event of an evacuation or natural disaster in conjunction with the Red Cross, or to assist Durham’s emergency personnel with any animal related accidents or emergencies. The clinic will be held on the Durham Fairgrounds at the Medical building. Please bring proof of previous year’s vaccines for three-
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Memorial Day: a day of remembrance for those who have died in the service of our nation, a day of reconciliation and a coming together to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. However you celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, please reflect back on the lawn of the Middlefield Federated Church as it looked last October planted with 5,217 flags, one for each man and woman killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pause in your reflection and say a prayer and a thank you for all who have died in all the wars fought for our freedom. Those flags flew on the
church’s lawn, but the whole town came together to place them there, a silent and patriotic salute. We would like to personally name some of those who helped in ways big and small and those who were part of the dedication ceremony held on Oct. 10: Rob Carlson and members of
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Since Matt Lesser took office in December 2008, he has
worked tirelessly for Durham. When a small amended portion of a large energy bill negatively affected the Durham Fair and all agricultural fairs in the
Special election letter rules This is a bit earlier than usual for stating our letter to the editor rules for elections, but we are already getting the feeling that this may be a particularly active electoral season, especially because two of the three state offices that Durham and Middlefield voters are eligible to vote for will have really local candidates, both of them from Durham. Therefore, in order to allow the largest number of citizens to express their opinions on the upcoming elections, we set a few special election season letter rules. Number one, the deadline for election letters will be Monday at 5 p.m. Number two, election letters will be limited to 200 words. Also, in order to allow as many people as possible to weigh in, we will not print letters that have already been printed in another publication, and only one contribution per month will be accepted from the same individual or group. For the last week before elections (deadline Oct. 25), only positive letters of support will be accepted. Of course, only signed letters with phone numbers, so we can verify authorship, will be accepted.
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state, Lesser aggressively crafted an exception for the Durham Fair. Instead of just voting “no” for a useful bill for the whole state, which would have been a useless delay tactic, Lesser addressed the problem and fought hard for an exemption for agricultural fairs. By acting assertively and creatively, instead of just blocking good legislation containing a few bad provisions, Lesser was a problem solver for both the Town and the state as a whole. Rather than criticizing Lesser for creating the problem, we should be thanking him for his effective lobbying for the Durham Fair exemption. Adam Brunell, Durham
Vote for Szewczyk and Davenport Dear Durham taxpayers, Last week State Senator Meyer and State Representative Lesser, both Democrats, wrote an editorial explaining why they should NOT be reelected. They wrote that they voted against the State budget created by their Democratic Party leaders because of a monthly charge of $2 or $3 in our electric bills. Give me a break. Here’s the truth. This year the Democrats voted to increase costs of state govern-
ment (375 million), to permit additional borrowing (1 billion) to pay current expenses, to defer required payments to retirement funds (100 million) and to pass the bills onto your kids and grandkids to pay. Meyer and Lesser voted against the budget because their votes were not needed by the Democrats to pass the budget. They are two of the most consistent big spending and high taxing Democrats in the legislature. They just don’t want you to know that. It’s time for a change. They do not deserve to be reelected. They are the ones who created the financial mess we are in and they can’t be trusted to get us out. Let’s elect John Szewczyk for State Representative and Lisa Davenport for State Senator, both Durham residents and both honest and hardworking people. Robert S. Poliner, Durham
Anger at education budget It will be a good day when the annual farce, called the School Budget, is voted and approved by the hordes of elitist snobs in Piddlefield and Dumham. It won’t do anyone any good to vote “no” anyway. Even a majority no vote is due to “abysmal” voter
turnout, according to the navel-gazing members of the Board of Ed. If there’s anyone out there that thinks our elected officials, both here and in Hartford, actually have the spine to change the way education is funded, I’d say they are living on another planet. A monopoly stays a monopoly because it is in its own best interest. And to the few letter writers that actually have the courage to question slush funds and million dollar football teams, I say “good for you, speak up.” You will, however, be labeled a gadfly, a trouble maker or a nut, or worse yet, an antiunion conservative. If you happen to actually be an antiunion conservative, please sell your house and leave. You are not welcome here. No, Piddlefield and Dumham belong to a school system, lock, stock and barrel. And the school system is made up of liberally educated snobs with degrees hanging on the wall who are out of touch and out of reach of the common man. They are entitled. They deserve their raises because they run an average school system. But it’s not average to them. Ask any one of them and they will smile and say “Oh, it’s wonderful!” Well sure, it’s wonderful. Look at your paycheck! What recession? What are you people
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Along the political trail ... John Szewczyk receives Republican nomination for the 100th District On Tuesday night, May 11, Durham Selectman John Szewczyk accepted the Republican nomination for the 100th District, which covers Middletown, Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham, in front of a standing room only crowd at Durham Town Hall. Former Middlefield Selectman David Lowry delivered the nominating speech in which he talked about Szewczyk’s diverse background as a selectman, a Hartford police officer and a Trinity College graduate and how his experience would benefit the residents of the 100th District. Szewczyk then accepted the nomination, delivering a heartfelt speech in which he thanked the members of the community for the nomination before talking about the virtues of government and the opportunities that are present for individuals who are willing to work hard and take personal responsibility for their actions. Szewczyk, 32, has been a member of the Board of Selectmen since 2007 where he has been the voice of fiscal discipline. Before being elected to the Board of Selectman in 2007, Szewczyk served on Durham’s Board of Assessment Appeals and Public Safety Committee. He has been a decorated member of the Hartford Police Department since 2002 where he has received numerous commendations. He is a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Education and Political Science. Szewczyk has received the support of the chief elected officials in each town in the district: Sebastian Giuliano in Middletown, Jon Brayshaw in Middlefield, and Laura Francis in Durham. Szewczyk stated he is looking forward to a positive campaign based on the issues facing the residents of Connecticut and wants to return fiscal discipline to state government. He is also eager to improve job creation in the region, something that the current legislature has failed to adequately address. He can be reached at 860-349-0003 or at Peoplebeforepolitics@gmail.com.
Senator Ed Meyer accepts Democratic nomination for State Senate At a State Senate Convention for the 12th Senate District last weekend, Senator Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) accepted nomination for a fourth term. No other candidate challenged Meyer’s nomination. “Connecticut is on the precipice of a Great Economic Renaissance, and I run for public office in order to help create that renaissance,” Senator Meyer stated. “Our economy has been in the Dark Ages for the last 20 years, not just the three years of the current recession,” he said. The Senator pointed to signs of economic renewal in the state – “the emergence of new industries such as solar energy and biodiesel fuel, new tax benefits for start-up companies, a public transportation strategy ready for implementation and a new business advocacy by the candidates running for Governor.” At the convention, Senator Meyer described the work of the Environment Committee, which he chairs, emphasizing his sponsorship of bills to promote recycling and renewable energy, encourage open space and restrict toxic chemicals, particularly with respect to children. He referred to such chemicals as lead, asbestos, pesticides, bisphenol-A and cadmium, each of which the General Assembly has restricted in the last several years. In addition to the economy and environment, Senator Meyer stressed the importance of higher state education standards, pointing out that Connecticut, as well as the rest of the country, no longer ranks in the top dozen nations in scholastic achievement in math and the sciences. “Better education relates less to throwing money at schools and more to high standards, great expectations, teacher performance and accountability,” Senator Meyer said. Senator Meyer was nominated by his daughter-in-law, Linda Meyer of Stony Creek, who is a professor of law and former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The nomination was seconded by Martin French of Durham, Liz Caplan of N. Branford and Sean Scanlan of New Haven. The 12th Senate District includes the towns of Branford, Guilford, Madison, Durham, Killingworth and North Branford. Web update: “What is your favorite Memorial Day tradition?” we asked in our weekly web poll. Thirty-eight respondents answered with 39 percent naming the parade, 26 percent picnics/beach with family/friends, 16 percent a day off, 8 percent ceremonies of rembrance, 8 percent other and 3 percent the Washington Trail race. Go to www.towntimes.com for next week’s poll.
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strategies. The teams In order to allow teachers time to meet Diane Gallitto, second grade can be comprised of teachers from same or in data teams, the Disteacher, Brewster School differing grades or detrict 13 Board of Edupartments and can incation recently apclude various educaproved five delayed tional support specialopenings for the 2010ists. For example, on 11 school year. The my data team, there number of full-day professional development days was are five second grade teachers, a readdecreased and an additional day of in- ing specialist, a reading tutor and a struction was added to the calendar special education teacher. Although year. However, many community the state of Connecticut has developed members are probably wondering a format for the data team process, it is what data teams are and what exactly implemented differently depending they have to do with improving teach- on the grade level and subject being ing and learning in our school district. targeted. District 13 is still in the early During our own schooling, most of stages of working with data teams and us remember getting back an exam at common formative assessments. The the end of a chapter. We received a methods explained here describe how grade and most often just accepted it my second grade data team has as a testament to our success (or fail- worked with the process this year. In order to be effectively impleure) on the unit tested. Teachers would then enter the grade in their mented and maintained, the data grade books and move on to the next team process requires commitment area of instruction. We probably nev- and a great deal of time. First, three to er had an opportunity to learn any four instructional priorities per grade more on that topic based on the results level or department are selected to of our test scores. Certainly, students track annually using a formal data today still receive end-of-chapter or team cycle. These are selected based on teacher knowledge of students’ unit tests to assess their knowledge. However, we know now that an past grade-level weaknesses, the cureven more important use of formative riculum and state standards. The seassessments, or assessments given lected topics are the “big ideas” in inthroughout instruction, is to show us struction or the “priority standards” where our students are performing in each grade level. In other words, at and whether or not they are master- my grade level, what is it that is abing the material. Data teams are con- solutely essential that second graders vened in order to review such assess- know and be able to do before leaving ment data, select students for various second grade? Once the priorities are levels of intervention, and collaboraSee Data teams, next page tively discuss and select instructional
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Plastics from 1 to 7 As of April 22, DMIAAB announced via Claudia the Town Times that it would honor Earth Day by expanding its list of plastic recyclables. Previously, Durham/Middlefield residents could only recycle plastics marked 1 and 2, but are now able to recycle plastics marked 1 through 7. This is a huge step in the right direction, making garbage bins all over town roomier than ever before. Thanks to this kind of expanded program, yogurt containers and take-out restaurant plastics are no longer part of the trash stream. At my house, this has already made a huge difference. In 1988, the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) implemented a coding system to identify polymer types. Over time, this has made recycling easier for consumers. In our own community, some folks overlooked the Town Times article about DMIAAB’s expanded plastics recycling program, so I wanted to make sense out of some of the labeling. While it is good news to have access
to such a broad range of plastics recycling, some plastics are better avoided in the first place. For instance, plastics bearing a number 3 (PVC or V – polyvinyl chloride) are considered the most hazardous of all plastics. They are known to release carcinogenic dioxins into the environment during both manufacturing and incineration processes. They can also leach phthalates, which are controversially linked to a number of medical complications, from asthma and allergies to endocrine disruption and metabolic interference. Foam or polystyrene cups and doggie bag containers are labeled number 6 (PS). Other culprits can be clear cups and containers. This category of polymer can leach styrene, another possible human carcinogen. When it comes to number 7, the labeling can be misleading. If the plastic is labeled PC for polycarbonate, it is associated with leaching bisphenol A
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10 Data teams (Continued from page 9) selected, teachers create Common Formative Assessments to evaluate students in each of these areas. The state defines a Common Formative Assessment (CFA) as a “periodic or interim assessment that is administered to all students in a grade level or course several times during the quarter, semester, trimester or entire school year.” In other words, this is not a one-time test. Teachers use the assessment to analyze results and then plan and differentiate instruction using the data team process. Giving the assessment for multiple cycles allows us to make instructional modifications in order to con-
tinually improve teaching and learning. It also allows for “same-assessment” to “sameassessment” analysis in order to measure individual student growth. By using a CFA as a pre-assessment, we are able to identify students who are already proficient, those who are almost proficient, and those who still have far to go before reaching proficiency. We have found that there is much time involved in collecting and analyzing data, selecting strategies, and planning and organizing materials. Data team cycles are typically implemented in a five-step process. The entire cycle usually lasts anywhere from four to six weeks. In that period, the data team meets several times: first to analyze the data from the CFAs and to select instructional strategies to be implemented; next to review
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lic Safety Committee, as well as on the Environmental and Veteranâ€™s Affairs committees. During this time he sponsored or supported numerous bills that recognized the service rendered to our country by Connecticut veterans and extended additional benefits to them. Ray Kalinowski has served his country in a variety of interesting ways, traveled to exotic places, was a first-person witness to many of our countryâ€™s historic events, and personally knew key players in our countryâ€™s history. However, the small town boy from Rockfall feels that his crowning achievement, other than marrying his college sweetheart, is the fact that he built his own house on Harvey Road in Durham. Recalls Kalinowski, â€œI hauled lumber and worked on it for three years until it was done in 1979.â€? Ray and Sandi Kalinowski are now a bi-coastal couple with a home, close family and friends in Connecticut, and three children plus five grandchildren all living in California. He claims to finally be retired now. This time he says itâ€™s for real.
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1970. During that time he accompanied Treasury Secretary David Kennedy on various trips, provided local transportation to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and accompanied President Richard Nixon on his historic trip to China in 1972. When President Nixon resigned from office in 1974, Kalinowski returned to field work in Connecticut to be closer to his wife and three children in Durham. After tragedy of September 11, 2001 serving as Director of the Fed- affected him deeply. For Kalieral Department of Defense in nowski, this watershed moHartford for 19 years, he re- ment in United States history tired from government serv- prompted him to run for Conice in 1996. During his 36 years necticut State Representative of service to the federal gov- in the 100th District serving ernment, Kalinowski received Durham, Middlefield and a many awards and commenda- portion of Middletown. He tions for meritorious service. felt that his extensive experiHis vision of retiring to the ence in security could help golf course and enjoying lazy make Connecticut a safer afternoons on the back porch place to live. With the full support of his were rudely interrupted by friends urging him to run for family and friends, he ran for first selectman. Kalinowski ac- and was elected to three conquiesced and was elected to secutive terms in the State two consecutive terms as Legislature, and served as a Durhamâ€™s first selectman, and ranking member of the Pubserved the town in that capacity from 1997 to 2001. During his time in office, he was instrumental in helping to preserve significant tracts of land for open space and worked closely Specializing in: with state officials to obtain the right to own, operate and maintain the townâ€™s public water supply. Kalinowski opted not to run for a third term, citing his desire to relax and spend more time with family. But lym_SS_reg_5_24:Layout 1 5/21/10 11:53 AM Page 1 Now accepting Anthem Insurance like so many others, the
Currently serving in our armed forces ... It is difficult to get a complete list of service members from our towns since there appears to be no central clearing house for such information, at least, none that we have been able to find. Therefore, we are not sure that this list is complete. If you know someone else who is currently serving, please let us know at email@example.com or 860-349-8000, and we will publish their names in a future issue. Durham Joseph Hazel, Sergeant, US Army, In Afghanistan Robert Stannard, Specialist, US Army National Guard, Currently serving in Connecticut; was in Afghanistan Katherine Jarvis, Senior Airman, US Air Force Air National Guard, Serving in Connecticut Robert Chadd, Staff Sergeant, US Army, Serving in Iraq Melissa Golschneider, Captain, US Army, Serving in Iraq Middlefield John Beichner Jr., Captain, US Marine Corps, Serving on the USS Harry Truman. Has served in Iraq Nelson Prue, First Lieutenant, US Army National Guard, In Afghanistan Brian McDermott, US Army National Guard, Sergeant, In Afghanistan Sarah Zieminski, Lieutenant, US Navy, In Afghanistan
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In attendance at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Finance (BOF) on May 20 were BOF chair Rebecca Adams, vice chair Lucy Petrella, Jeremy Renninghoff, Jennifer Brown and Bob Yamartino. No audience members were present to speak during the public comment session, so the board moved to the next agenda item. Tax collector Anne Olszewski presented the suspension list, a list of taxpayers whose tax will be uncollectible. “This is a list of people that I feel we won’t be able to collect from,” explained Olszewski. Last year the total amounted to approximately $15,000, and the town was able to collect around $7,500 of that, which according to Olszewski, is unusual. The total has grown to $26,835 this year. “We aren’t going to collect it. We will just write this amount off,” she
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stated. Middlefield finance director Joe Geruch explained that this is already factored into the budget. “It has no financial impact. It’s basically like writing off a bad debt,” Geruch added. A motion was made and approved by all members to accept the suspension list as presented by the tax collector. Next, Geruch made one request for $226 to be transferred from the Operational Contingency account into the Office Assistant account to cover an unexpected absence of a municipal agent. A motion was made and approved by all members, except Renninghoff. The second request presented by Geruch was for a $2,500 transfer from the Peckham Park line item to the Lake Beseck line item. He explained that Peckham Park had seen a surplus this year, as a result of donations from the little league and the soccer club, so that money would be used to provide Lake Beseck
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no signalization funds in the state budget. Street name approvals In other street news, the board approved a handful of “Right of Way” street names that already passed approval from the town engineer, fire department and ambulance corp. They approved Center Street off of Meeting House Hill Road, and Gateway Road, Brason Drive and New Day Street for roads going into Lake Grove School. IWWA vacancy The chairman and several members of Inlands Wetlands & Watercourses Agency asked the selectmen to declare a vacancy on the board since member Alois Petrzel has not shown up in a long time. Letters from Francis to his house received no response and were not returned. The selectmen complied with the agency’s request. Other business The board heard updates on BOMB Fest, the Blue Trail Range report and the Maiden Lane project. Francis announced that the DEP wetlands restoration biologist will meet with the Conservation Commission, Friends of White Farm and Public Works to discuss flooding mitigation at White’s Farm on June 7 at 3 p.m. Francis spoke with a repre-
sentative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in reference to the superfund site. Over the years, the EPA has found what they believe to be a naturally occurring lead so they plan to test surrounding properties by taking earth scrapings. Francis said the test will be funded by EPA and the state. In new business, Francis said the town was awarded an Emergency Management Performance grant of $2,820. The town was also awarded for establishing risk management as an organizational priority from CIRMA. Francis asked the selectmen to review documentation for comment about a possible Midstate/Estuary Regional Planning Agency merger before she plans to send a letter of intent to the Office of Policy and Management. Durham will be participating in the Workforce Alliance summer work program for 14to 24-year-olds. This program allows funding for summer work but is no cost to the town. Diane Breton, of Middlefield, accepted the assistant tax collector job and will begin in early June. Special requests The selectmen approved a request from the Durham Middlefield Exchange Club to serve beer and wine at their June 10 meeting at the firehouse. They also ap-
proved a request from Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Association to use town roads for a charity motorcycle ride on Sunday, Sept. 12. Public comment Bober had several questions regarding BOMB Fest during public comment. His biggest concern is the town might be taken advantage of. “It seems like an awful lot of work for the town, and the town gets nothing out of it,” he said.
Board of Finance The Board of Finance met briefly on Tuesday, May 18, at which time they were scheduled to set the mill rate. However, as the school budget had not yet passed, this item could not be approved. They agreed instead to hold a special meeting on June 1 to set the mill rate. As for the rest of the meeting, First Selectman Laura Francis was on hand to discuss a number of items. Among them was the town’s FEMA support, which she expects to run between $50,000 to $100,000 in reimbursement to the town for March-April storm damage repair. FEMA will cover 75 percent of the cost of repairs, while it should cover 100 percent of the cost of storm mitigation projects. However, these numbers
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Shopping has been the order of the day the last two weekends at the Durham Library. Top photos, Erika Gamble, left, a CRHS graduate and a teacher, hunts successfully for classroom books. Right, shoppers Betty LaCroix and Mary Wilkinson look on while Donald Dinkins III checks out a “perfect” book on dinosaurs.
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Bottom photos, grandma Aleta Kromach helps Macy Gerry fill a wagon with plants and flowers at the annual Durham Library plant sale and exchange on May 15. At right, volunteers Martha Meigs, left, and Samantha Turley, right, guard the plants shoppers have chosen until they come to pay for them.
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The board was also presented with a long-term building maintenance plan. The one item they discussed was the painting of the Town Hall, which is projected to cost $60,000 over the next 20 years. Board chairman Fran Korn felt that the town should be able to work with the Historic District Commission in order to avoid this cost. He felt that some form of vinyl or other material that doesn’t need painting should be allowed for use in the historic district. Board member Loraine Coe noted that there are currently a number of sidings that don’t look like they are made of vinyl or other synthetic materials. Francis suggested that it may be helpful to poll other residents in the Historic District about how they feel on
the matter. Otherwise, the board took care of a few, small transfers for library books and sweeping, amounting to less than $1,500 total. Francis also expects to meet with public works foreman Kurt Bober soon in order to review the purchase of a 2009 emissionscompliant truck. The final item that the board discussed was possibly changing their meeting dates, as member Rob DeSimone will be unable to attend the next few meetings. Member Renee Edwards felt that the board shouldn’t change its meeting dates just because a member is golfing on Tuesday. Due to the difficulty in rescheduling, the board chose to continue meeting on Tuesdays. (In attendance/Chuck Corley)
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Adams explained that the Park and Recreation Director should realize that the Board of Finance does have the authority to sweep it into the General Fund if they so choose. “I’m not suggesting that it would be appropriate for us to do that, but it is certainly within our power to do it if we wanted to,” noted Adams. Prior to adjournment, the board voted to hold a special meeting immediately following the town meeting in order to set the mill rate. The next regular monthly Board of Finance meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Middlefield Community Center. (In attendance/Karen Koba)
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The pictured children received First Communion on May 8 at Notre Dame Church in Durham, celebrated by Rev. Mariadas Lipton, Rev. Bernard Backiel and permanent deacon Ron Blank. Above, at the 10 a.m. mass — Zachary Albin, Ethan Bates, Jenna Berens, Caroline Gmyrek, Tanner Jameson, Gabriele Kozik, Kaitlyn Leahy, Ryan Leahy, Daniel Lipka, Eric Lipka, Kailey Lipka, Lindsay Lipka, Lindsay Peach, Kevin Reagan, Quinn Reardon, Peter Schulten, Trevor Scotto, Sara Smith, Christopher Ulizio, Thomas Vallone, Nathan Witecki and Jake Woznyk. Below, at the 1 p.m. mass — Nicole Catania, Owen Cordes, Juliana DeFilio, Stephanie Finaldi, Margaret Fiondella, Alessandra Fronc, Giulio Giuffrida IV, Carly Jacobs, Julia Kaliszewski, Rebecca Kearns, Luke LaTorre, Christopher Onofrio, Michael Salley, Bailey Scozzari, David Skelps, Megan SzyPhoto submitted by Rena Reagan maszek, Alexander Velez and Bailey Zettergren.
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Pictured are special award winners, from left, Emily Augeri, Penny Wickwire, Miss Toni-Lynn, Monika Malek and Kayleigh Crocetto.
A one car motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Lyman Road on Thursday, May 20. The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call around 5 p.m. and found a Jeep on its side with the lone occupant out of the vehicle and being assisted by good samaritans. Firefighters and Hunter ambulance personnel took over medical care, and Hunters Photo by Middlefield Fire transported the individual to Yale New Haven. Middlefield fire police directed traffic until the vehicle was towed from the scene and firefighters were able to return home around 6:30 p.m.
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On May 15, the Middlesex Dance Center of Middlefield concluded its 18th season. Toni-Lynn Miles, owner and director, presented dance study trophies as well as other awards recognizing the accomplishments of her dancers. Local dancers who earned 10-year dance study trophies were Kayla Keathley and Meghan St. Amand. Receiving eight-year dance study awards were Lauren Badin, Kayleigh Crocetto and Nicole D’Amico. Emily Dell’Orfano and Savannah Ngo received their fiveyear dance study trophies. Jessica Carta and Sarah Godbout received their three-year dance study awards. Other dance study certificates recognizing dancers who earned four-year through 12-year dance study awards were handed out at the last class of the season. Receiving the 2010 Rosamund F. Lange awards for dedication and pursuit of excellence in technique and presentation were Monika Malek, of Durham, for jazz, Kayleigh Crocetto, of Middlefield, for ballet and Emily Augeri, of Middletown, for tap. The winner of the 2010 Dance Spirit award and scholarship presented each year to the dancer who best exemplifies what dancing is all about through effort, energy, example, attitude and presentation was Penny Wickwire of Durham. This was Penny’s second year of ballet at the Middlesex Dance Center. At the performance, an entire car full food, blankets, toys and supplies, as well as over $125 in donations for An-
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The Loveland cousins: ‘We’re back!’
From left, in all photos, are Jeanette Loveland Fudge, daughter of the late Alice Banta Loveland and Harold Loveland; Arline Tolette, daughter of the late Henry and Alice Loveland Tolette; Richard Curtis, son of the late Francis and Ruth Loveland Curtis; and Forrest (Joe) Hall, son of the late Harold F. and Lucy Loveland Hall. The “older cousin” photos were taken during the traditional annual cousin party in March, while the one above was taken when the cousins were five/six months old in May of 1930. Behind each cousin is their
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As part of the CT Trails Day Celebration, CFPA and the Jonah Center for Earth and Art, will take place in the lower Mattabesset and Coginchaug Rivers, as well as the boggy meadows where those two rivers converge. The tour departs from Harbor Park on the Connecticut river in Middletown, on Saturday, June 5, at 9 a.m. Paddlers will return to the starting point between 12 and 1 p.m. Conditions permitting, there will be two stops along a river bank. Paddlers need to provide their own boats, paddles, lifejackets, drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and appropriate clothing. River historian and journalist Erik Hesselberg will provide a historical overview of how these rivers have been used and misused over the years. Trip participants will be encouraged to pick up plastic bottles, cans and other debris as part of the Jonah Center’s ongoing effort to beautify and protect our local waterways. This event is free and advance registration is not necessary. Ct. Forest and Parks require that you sign a waiver form to participate. Call 860984-6178 for more information or to learn about possible last minute cancellation due to weather conditions or river waters above flood stage.
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Melissa Wyskiel, of Middlefield, was presented with the Carol A. Leary Service Award. Named for the Bay Path College president, the award is given to a student who has dedicated herself to significant volunteer work in the greater Springfield area for no academic credit, while maintaining good academic standing. Wyskiel, who was also recognized for her participation in Bay Path’s Student Event Committee (SEC), received the award for her involvement in SEC, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Rotaract Club and Bay Path Chorale.
E m i l y Sokol, a freshman at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, was recently awarded first place and $400 in the Krause-Stevens Public Speaking Contest. Fi-
nals were held at the Paul Melon Arts Center on April 28. The award, which honors excellence in public speaking in the third form (freshman class), was announced by Mr. Zachary Goodyear of the Krause Fellowship. Emily is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Sokol of Durham. Durham artist and art teacher Terry Oakes Bourret has received the Art Gallery Award at the Madison Art Society’s 35th annual Juried Exhibition currently at the Scranton Memorial Library in Madison through May 28. The award is for her oil painting “After The Fair,” which had previously won the Shoreline Merchants Prize from the Clinton Art Society and the Merit Award from the New Haven Paint & Clay Club. This MAS award is particularly prestigious because it was given by the show’s sole juror, David Dunlop. Dunlop is an internationally famous artist and in-
structor and the writer/host of the PBS series “Landscapes Through Time With David Dunlop.” His renown attracted an unprecedented hundreds of applicants for the show, and only a hundred pieces were juried in. Terry is especially proud to have a second painting, “Rocky Hill Ferry At Dock,” included in the show. More information about the show and its hours are on Bourret’s web site: www.TerryOakesBourret.co m. Alexandra Kuehnle, a junior majoring in International Security and Political Science at UConn, received a Celebration of Excellence
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award for both her achievements and for her remarkable drive and resilience. After being accepted to the Air Force Academy, she failed an eye test and was medically disqualified from serving in the Air Force. Upon joining the ROTC at UConn, she was medically disqualified again and founded the Mary Anne Thompson Chapter of Silver Wings, a civilian organization dedicated to creating proactive, knowledgeable and effective civic leaders through community service and education about national defense. She has since received commendations from the Air Force for her commitment and has focused her goals to include law school and a degree in security studies, leading to a position with a national security division in the U.S. government. Alexandra works in the office of Community Outreach on the Executive Board; she has also volunteered in numerous other contexts through
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Amy Gorman, of Middlefield, is featured on a poster for Eastern Connecticut State University where she is majoring in social work. Amy has been designated a “Good Neighbor” for her involvement in both the campus and Willimantic/Windham communities. She is the president of the campus club People Helping People, which regularly does projects in the community surrounding Eastern. This year she was the head student coordinator for the Day of Giving project. She also currently works as one of the head orientation counselors in the office of student activities.
Each month, the Middletown Rotary Club honors outstanding high school students from local schools. Recipients have excelled in the areas of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and accomplishments outside school. On April 27, Jamie Garuti, a junior at Coginchaug High School, was honored at a Rotary luncheon at First and Last Restaurant in Middletown. Jamie received a certificate and a Staples gift card. Pictured below are Probate Judge Joe Marino, Jamie Garuti and Patricia Lyman.
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The Middletown branch of Washin-ryu Karate-do performed exceptionally at the 44th annual Washin-ryu Invitational Karate Tournament and Festival held in Binghamton, NY on Saturday, April 24. Led by instructor Mike Moan (a seventh degree black belt), the students competed against 120 competitors from around the country and captured 43 medals, including 12 first place medals. Residents from Durham included Giulio Giuffrida, second in Kata; Michael Malek, first in Kata and Kumite and fourth in weapons; Cecelia Giuffrida,
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second in Kata and first in weapons; Matthew Malek third in Kata, first in Kumite and second in weapons; Sam Titus, first in Kata and second in Kumite; Sarah Graichen, fourth in Kata, second in Kumite and third in weapons; Nate Graichen, third in Kata, fourth in Kumite and second in weapons; Adrian Tubis, third in Kumite; Elizabeth Titus, second in women’s Kata and third Kumite; Jeremy Titus, fourth in men’s Kumite; Patrick McCann, first in men’s Kata, third in Kumite; Michele Haines, second in women’s Kata, second in Kumite; and Michael Haines, fourth in men’s Kumite.
Edward W. Allen, of Durham, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2010 semester at Alfred University where he is a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students must earn at least a 3.3 grade point average to qualify for Dean’s List. Allen, a psychology major, is a graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School and the son of Douglas Allen and Cory
line concert band, French horn; Junior Classical League; Shoreline Writer’s Conference. He plans to study molecular and cell biology at UConn. Lyman Hall Fut u r e Farmers of America (FFA) i n Wallingford held their annual banquet on April 13. Rachel Footit was awarded “Star FFA Greenhand,” the highest honor a freshman can receive. She also received award certificates in committee work, participation in Ct. Junior Leadership training, 2010 Dairy Production Proficiency Award in placement, and a bronze award for her supervised agriculture experience program. Rachel is the daughter of Kirsten Kruger of Meriden and David Footit of
Middlefield, and granddaughter of Sydney and Bill Mintz and Lorraine and Charles Footit, all of Middlefield, and John and Phyllis Kruger of Haddam Neck. Rachel’s vo-ag studies are in dairy and beef production.
Hailey Byrne, above, was one of two winners of our “count the roses” contest in the Town Times issue before Mother’s Day. Watch for our next contest for Flag Day, when — surprise — readers can win a patriotic gift for correctly counting flags.
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UConn spring 2010 graduates included the following local students. From Durham, Thomas Marottolo, Doctor of Pharmacy; Justin Soule, Bachelor of Science in accounting; Matthew Bahr, Bachelor of Arts in economics; Michelle Carter, Bachelor of Arts in English; Lauren Ide, Bachelor of Arts in psychology; Kathryn Post, Bachelor of Arts in psychology; Kelley Rodgers, Bachelor of Science in nursing; and Amanda Searle, Bachelor of Science in nursing. From Middlefield, Nicholas Amarante, Bachelor of Science in marketing; Monty Patel, Bachelor of Science in finance; Eric Dlugolenski, Bachelor of Arts in political science; and Nancy Boyle, Bachelor of General Studies. From Rockfall, Ashley Hewitt, Bachelor of Arts in economics and Lynn McPhelimy, Bachelor of Arts in political science.
T h e N e w Haven Register honored o u t standing m e m bers of a r e a high and preparatory schools. The Youth of the Year title is bestowed upon seniors who best exemplify the qualities of leadership, academics and achievement, as selected by their respective school faculties. Included was Ryan Ciarlo, 18, of Durham, son of Ronald and Kathy Ciarlo. His activities and other awards include National Honor Society; National Merit commendation; Bausch and Lomb Science Award; Gettysburg College Book Award; Class Council, vice president; jazz band, piano; concert band, French horn; all-shore-
Keene State College in New Hampshire has announced the names of 744 students who were candidates for graduation this month with associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Among the participants in the May 8 Commencement ceremony were the following local students: From Durham, Jonathan Adam Andrews received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Sarah Elizabeth Frey received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude; from Middlefield, Alexandra Elizabeth Uhlman received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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Go Far presents Go Fast youth race By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Kids have been running all year, and now they’re ready to go really fast. This was the impetus for Jen Schulten, creator of Go Far, to have the first ever Go Far youth running race called Go Far, Go Fast. “It’s a real race,” said Schulten, “and it was created with Go Far in mind. I want to get it out in the open and show people what a fantastic job these kids can do when they set their minds to it.” Go Far, Go Fast will take place on Sunday, June 13, at the Durham Fairgrounds and will have four different features: the tot race for preschoolers, the half-mile race for age 7 and under, and the one-and-two-mile races for older kids who are capable of handling longer distances. None of the courses include the steep hills of the fairgrounds, and no cars will be allowed near the course. The only rule as far as the race goes is it is only open to kids through sixth grade as Go Far only goes through the sixth grade in District 13. Schulten is looking for older kids to volunteer as mentors for younger
Pictured are Jessica Berens of Brewster School, above; Martha Meigs of Memorial, above right; Noelle Sorenson of Lyman, holding decorated race sticks, directly right; and Michael Eisner of Lyman, far right, caught in the act of running!
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kids by escorting them and running the race with them flanking the course. Parents will not be allowed to run the event. “This race grew out of a
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growing desire to have a fullscale community event,” said Schulten. “I always have these little specific special running events for the schools, but I wanted to make it more a community event.” Go Far, Go Fast is a public event not put on by the school district. There will be age group awards, and every child who races will get a finisher award. Also, registering by June 3 will guarantee you a t-shirt. Registration is $5 and open to kids in surrounding towns. Check-in on race day is between 9-10 a.m. The first race begins 10 a.m. For race information or an entry form, visit www.wix.com/ jschulten/gofar. Here’s what local kids had to say about running in Go Far (as reported by Jen Schulten): Michael Eisner, a second grader at Lyman: “I like to do exercise and I like the prizes and I like to run. Go Far is awesome!’’ Peter Schulten, a third grader, says, “I have done 65 miles this year and I want to do 78.6 miles, that’s three marathons. When I am 18, I want to run my first marathon in Germany.” C.J. St. John likes Go Far “because when you run Go Far and earn your Go Far guy and you reach a goal, you feel happy inside.” Then she added, “You get strong muscles when you run miles, and I like when you get to write sentences on the sticks, and I like to run miles.” Laura Houchin, mother of second grader Liam, went outside to stop him from running to ask the question “Why do you like Go Far?” His answer: “It makes me feel strong, and it is fun to run. I want to really run a marathon some day.” He paused, smiled and said, “Okay, can I keep running now?” Go Far is a program that began several years ago at Lyman School. Schulten, a runner herlself and married to a runner, felt that making running fun for kids would help them in many ways. The program has grown to include Brewster, Korn and Memorial schools as well, and she has been supported by the Local Wellness Council and volunteer parents.
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Just a reminder, the Coginchaug football players will be participating in the upcoming Washington Trail 10K Road race on Monday, May 31, after the parade. They are running to raise funds to support their upcoming football season. Any donation large or small will be greatly appreciated. If you need more information about how you can donate, please call Dan Wheeler at 860349-0723.
Sign-ups and tryouts will be held on Saturday, June 5, at the Coginchaug High School baseball field at 5 p.m. Any player wishing to play must show up and try out. Cost is $140 per player. All players and coaches will be required to help out in a fundraising activity to be determined at a later date. Any player who is currently playing Babe Ruth baseball is eligible to try out. Any high school baseball player wishing to play will be exempt from tryouts if the high school team is still playing in the state tournament per CIAC rules. Any questions regarding the teams can be directed to Dan Wheeler at 860-349-0723 for the 18U team or Mike Fiddler at 860-638-9816 for the 16U team.
Coginchaug football cheerleading practice tryouts will be held Tuesday, June 8; Wednesday, June 9, at Korn School 6:30-8 p.m.; Thursday, June 10, 6:30-8 p.m. at Coginchaug; Friday, June 11, 6:30-8 p.m. at Coginchaug; and Saturday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon at Coginchaug. The final tryouts will be held Sunday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at Coginchaug. Students must make three of the practice dates to be eligible for the final tryout on Sunday. Tryouts are open to students entering grades 912 at Coginchaug in the fall of 2010.
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Coginchaug Babe Ruth will be fielding an 18-and-under and a 16-and-under team this summer. This very competitive baseball program is open to anyone who is 18 or under as of this past April 30. They are looking for 16 players for the 18U team and 14 players on the 16U team with games beginning June 9 and
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The biggest and premier community tennis tournament in New England is right here in Connecticut. The sixth annual Wallingford Family YMCA/Wint Filipek Sr. memorial tennis tournament is scheduled for June 12 to 20 at the Cheshire Academy tennis complex. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Wallingford YMCA youth programs and the Winton S. Filipek Sr. scholarship fund. All players receive a tournament t-shirt, players’ handbook, players’ gift bag, ticket to “Breakfast at Wimbledon” and tennis balls and water for every match. Prizes are awarded to first and second place in every division. The nine-day event will feature 21 divisions for all levels, a free kids and high school clinic and fun day, five high school divisions, a junior boys and girls roundrobin and special events daily. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 860-621-5655 or visit www.ymcafilipektennis.com.
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Time Out Taverne softball faces changes and challenges in 2010
By Bob Dynia Special to the Town Times
The Coginchaug U10 Blue had several members play over the winter season at Oakwood Soccer facility in Glastonbury. They are pictured here after their final game. After winning the first session, they came in second and finished another indoor season. Picture, from left, in the back row, Demarie DelVecchio, Madeline Montz, Lydia D’Amato, Isbella Santoro, Carly Lane and Hanna Clark. In the front row, Juliana DeFlora, Shannon Carey, Colleen Googan and Nicole Murphy. Photo submitted by Janet DelVecchio
Jarvis Products Corporation for the past several years. Due to the company’s decision to construct a new warehouse on the sports ground, Jarvis informed Dynia that the field would not be available (As a side note, the team and the league owes Jarvis Products and its president, Vin Volpe, a huge debt of appreciation for their generosity in allowing use of the field.) After several weeks of searching and negotiating, outgoing commissioner Devaux notified Dynia that the league secured a field at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown for TOT’s home games.
The Time Out Taverne’s men’s 40 and over softball team has experienced a variety of changes this past offseason. First and foremost was the retirement of playermanager Dave Devaux (refer to last week’s Town Times article). Dave’s impact on the team was vital to improving the team’s psyche, not to mention their record. The lone exception was last year; TOT went 2-11 due chiefly to Devaux having to insert players in unfamiliar positions on a weekly basis. Bob Dynia takes over the reigns for 2010.
The next issue was finding someone to take over the league from Devaux. Several months elapsed until Paul Nelson agreed to be the league’s third commissioner (after founding leader Hal
Dynia ran into an immediate problem in securing a field for this season. The team had been afforded a finely maintained playing field courtesy of Middletown’s
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