Volume 16, Issue 10
Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall
All creatures great and small
Teachers union votes ‘no’on furlough; BOE cuts $118,090 in staff and programs By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times
On Saturday, June 13, Erik Stanzel, 11, spotted this bald eagle, above, flying near his house on Lake Beseck. As neighbors watched it fly around for several minutes, and even perch atop a nearby tree, his dad Craig was able to snap a picture of its magnificence as it soared over the water. Meanwhile, the hummingbird directly above has been visiting Oliver Smith Jr.’s home in Durham every day, flying back and forth, back and forth, according to Smith, who took this photo of his inquisitive and persistent guest.
In this issue ... Calendar ................................................................................4 Durham Briefs ................................................................15-16 Grads with Honor & Distinction (most of them!) ..5 & 20-25 Libraries ..............................................................................18 Middlefield Briefs ...........................................................12-15 Obituaries ............................................................................19 Scouts ...................................................................................30 Sports ...................................................................................29
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Faced with the problem they were hoping to avoid, the Board of Education nickel and dimed their way to cut $118,090 in programs and staff at the June 10 meeting after the teachers’ union voted earlier that day not to take a one-day unpaid furlough for more savings to the district. According to Superintendent Susan Viccaro, if the teachers took a furlough day, the support staff, custodial and cafeteria unions had voted to follow suit, which would have saved the district $90,000. Last month the nurses and administrators unions, as well as five non-
union central office employees, agreed to the furlough, saving the district $7,800. In a written ballot, the teachers union voted 136 to 23 not to take the furlough day. Board chairman Tom Hennick said his understanding was that the teachers’ union was fearful of taking a furlough day for two reasons: if they approved it and the budget didn’t pass, then they’d subsequently be asked to give back more; and second that the contract, which was negotiated through binding arbitration, already reflects that the union has given enough back. Betsy Bascom, District 13 teacher, spoke up during public comment.
“I think my colleagues are concerned with a number of issues, but I voted for the furlough,” she said. “I thought living in this town, it was the right thing to do.” (*See end of story for quotes from three union presidents that responded by press time to the question “Why did or didn’t your union agree to the furlough?”) Because the board ultimately has no control over the “no” vote made by the teachers, they had to move on with what they dreaded doing — cutting programs and staff. Viccaro presented a list of proposed cuts that she and the administrative team
See BOE cuts, page 10
Middlefield BOF cuts constable and assessor hours, youth and family services, lifeguards, public works overtime By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times Because the town budget referendum failed on June 9 by a vote of 128-237 (12 percent of registered voters actually voted, at a cost of $8.22 per vote based on the $3,000 cost of a referendum, according to finance director Joe Geruch), the Board of Finance held a special meeting on Thursday, June 11, to make a number of significant cuts to the budget. All told, they eliminated over $150,000 by the time the night was through. These cuts came off a budget that called for the same mill support (6.35 mills) in the upcoming year as in the current year. However, the Board of Finance took themselves into uncharted territory and ended up with an approximate mill rate of 25.66 mills – a drop
of .22 mills from the 2008-09 budget. This number will receive further adjustment by Finance Director Joe Geruch to factor in the benefits also lost by the reduction of hours for various town employees. Just where did these cuts come from? One of the most significant came from the Town Assessor, whose fulltime position was cut down to a 20-hour work week. This will result in over $15,000 in cuts before counting in benefits. One of the police constables will also have his hours cut down to a part-time position. In both cases, this was partly justified by a comparison to Durham, with Board of Selectman member Mary Johnson pointing out that Durham only has a part-time assessor, while the fact that Durham only has one constable was also noted. (Editor’s note:
Durham plans to spend $86,075 plus benefits and office expenses on a part-time assessor, one full-time and one parttime assessor’s office assistant. Middlefield’s full-time assessor and office expenses were slated to cost the town $63,415 plus benefits in the budget submitted by First Selectman Jon Brayshaw in March.)
Public Works also received a number of cuts, with the $36,000 devoted to overtime completely removed from their budget. Another $10,000 was removed from seasonal labor. Finance board member Paul Pizzo explained that while the money is coming out of those line-items, the amount removed is meant to match up to cutting a position’s salary by half. Fellow member Alice Malcolm also felt that the department See Mdfld. BOF, page 11
Town Times Community Briefs
Run with the Troops today at Lyman School
Go Far at John Lyman School has been running strong for two years. The program encourages stu-
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dents to be physically active by using recess time to log walk/run distances, with the aim of eventually completing a marathon, or some other agreed-upon distance – one step at a time. This year, organizer Jen Schulten has thought up a little something special to end the year with – a Run with the Troops on Friday, June 19, beginning at noon. She has enlisted several active Armed Services members, as well as inviting any local veteran, to come and walk or run with the participating students during recess that day. One group will step off about 12:15 and one about 30 minutes later. Meanwhile students will be writing letters to service-
Index of Advertisers To advertise in the Town Times, call Joy Boone at (860) 349-8026. Joe Riff’s Music ...........................3 Ken Marino Sales & Service .......7 Lino’s Market .............................15 Lyman Orchards........................10 Masonicare................................21 Master Carpentry ......................28 Michalowski Agency Ins............23 Middlesex Community College ...3 Middlesex Dance Center...........12 Middlesex Eye Physicians ........15 Middlesex Health Care Center....7 Middletown Plate Glass.............29 Midstate Medical .......................16 Milardo, Debra...........................19 MLT Painting .............................24 Mountain Spring Water .............30 Movado Farm ............................26 Neil Jones Home Improvement 26 Peaceful Healing .......................12 Perrotti’s Country Barn..............20 Pet Stop.....................................24 Petruzelo Agency Insurance.....30 Planeta Electric .........................24 Putter’s Paradise.......................18 Raintree Landscaping ...............28 RLI Electric ................................25 Roblee Plumbing.......................17 Rockfall Co. ...............................24 Saldibar Construction................28 Sharon McCormick Design .........5 Sibley, Barbara..........................33 Singles Alternative.....................21 Sisters Cleaning Service...........26 Suburban Cycle.........................18 T-N-T Home & Lawncare..........24 These Guys Install ....................11 Torrison Stone & Garden....11, 27 Uncle Bob’s Flower & Garden...13 VMB Custom Builders...............25 Whitehouse Construction..........25 Whitney Ridge Stables..............30 Windows Plus............................23
Learn how to compete in fair baking contests Come and learn how to make the Connecticut State Baking Contest Recipe for the 2009 fair season. The class will be taught by Thomas Wilt, chairman of the contest. The class will be held at the United Churches of Durham, 228 Main Street in Durham, on Saturday, June 20, at 9 a.m. If you would like to make your own bread, bring a large mixing bowl, liquid measuring cup, a jelly roll tray or cookie sheet and be prepared to have some fun. Ingredients will be provided by King Arthur Flour and the Association of Connecticut Fairs. Seats are limited to 15 participants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (860) 349-3237 to reserve your space. Additional information can be found on the ctfairs.org web site.
Addy & Sons..............................24 Advance Care............................13 Affordable Excavation ...............25 Allan’s Tree Service ..................30 APEC Electric............................29 Assisted Living of Meriden ........19 Batter’s Box ...............................21 Behling Builders ........................26 Berardino Company Realtor .....33 Binge, Bruce, gen. contractor ...26 Black Dog ..................................13 Bonterra Italian Bistro................20 Brockett Paving & Construction 27 Cahill & Sons.............................25 Carlton Interiors.........................21 Carmine’s Restaurant ...............12 Center for Better Hearing..........23 Classic Wood Flooring ..............27 Conroy, John, D.M.D.................17 Creative Solutions by Cheryl.......3 Dean Autoworks........................12 District 13 Board of Education ....6 Durham Auto Center ...................2 Durham Dental ............................5 Durham Family Chiropractic .......7 Exclusive Furs...........................14 Executive Offices.......................29 Family Tree Care ......................27 Ferguson & McGuire Insurance10 Fine Work Home Improvement.30 Fuel & Service...........................27 Galko Excavation ......................26 Glazer Dental Associates..........14 Golschneider Painting...............27 Gregory, Kenneth, realtor..........33 Groomin N Roomin Kennels .....11 Hitching Post .............................17 Home Works..............................29 Huscher, Debbie, realtor ...........33 Ianniello Plumbing.....................28 J. Randolph Kitchens ............5, 25 J.C. Farm & Greenhouse ..........14
men/women, and Schulten will arrange for their delivery. Any resident who would like to participate in the letter-writing portion of the program is invited to drop off a thank you note to a serviceperson at John Lyman School on June 19. Rain date for Run with the Troops will be Monday, June 22, same time and place.
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saucepan, simmer vinegar over low heat until reduced by half. Puree berries until smooth and strain/press out solids. Add balsamic reduction and honey to puree, stir and chill. Then freeze. For more information or to see the complete newsletter or sign up, visit www.durhamfarmersmarket.org. The Durham Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. on the Durham town green. Rhubarb Rhubarb has the well-deserved reputation of promoting digestion, improving the appetite, purifying the blood and being obtainable at a reasonable cost, but perhaps the greatest reason of all for its popularity is the fact that it is one of the earliest fresh fruits in the market. If possible, the pink skin should be left on the rhubarb stalks as it greatly adds to the beauty of any dish in which it is used, but as the rhubarb becomes more mature, the skin toughens somewhat and it may be desirable to remove it before using. Rhubarb is delicious when used by itself, in pies, puddings and as a sauce, but it is often used in combination with other fruits on account of its possessing the faculty of absorbing other flavors while not contributing its
Kindergarten enrichment program The Durham Cooperative Nursery School will be offering a kindergarten enrichment program beginning in September. The program is being offered for children who attend morning kindergarten. This program will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. The children may be bused to the school from either John Lyman or Brewster elementary schools. For more information, contact the school at (860) 349-9885 or Pam Quinley at (860) 349-3446.
Tips from the Durham Farmers’ Market June newsletter June is berry good! Berries deliver Vitamin C, Vitamin E, antioxidants and fiber. They are also antiviral, anticholesteral and anticancer. A delicious and easy berry recipe is Strawberry Sorbet. 4 cups of strawberries, halved ¾ cup balsamic vinegar 1 T. honey (dark is better) In small non-aluminum
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Mulitple confirmed rabies cases in Middlefield in May and June By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times There’s been an outbreak of rabies in Middlefield recently, according to Middlefield Animal Control Officer David Chowaniec.
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own. For this reason, it may be employed as an extender to the more expensive fruits such as strawberries and raspberries, and while increasing their bulk, gives the juiciness in which these fruits are deficient. Here is a good recipe for this valuable spring fruit: Rhubarb/banana sherbet 3 cups rhubarb (diced) 1 cup water 1 ½ cups sugar 2/3 cup banana pulp 1 tablespoon lemon juice The rind of ¼ of a lemon 2 egg whites ¼ teaspoon salt Cut rhubarb into inchpieces; do not peel unless skin is very tough. Cook with water and lemon rind until rhubarb falls apart. Add sugar, banana pulp and lemon juice, turn into freezer and half freeze, using three parts of ice to one of salt. When half frozen, add the whites of the eggs, whipped stiff, complete the freezing and serve in sherbet cups.
to have all your animals, including livestock, vaccinated. “All animals, not necessarily dogs and cats, should be vaccinated,” he said. Dr. Brooks of Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital added, “If your pet is properly vaccinated, they’re protected from rabies, but keep your pet inside if a suspicious-acting animal is in the area.” Chowaniec also advises that people not touch or approach wildlife. “If you see it, stay away from it,” he said. And if you see an animal acting suspiciously, call Chowaniec at (860) 349-1333 or Bruce Rau in Durham at (860) 349-3980. Though it is unusual to
have five cases of rabies, Chowaniec explained that the town is in a “hot zone” right now. In other words, rabies is always here, but the way it affects the population will be in an explosion of one core area. For Middlefield, that area, or epicenter, as Chowaniec said, is currently Powder Hill, Long Hill, Baileyville and Jacksonville roads and up Main Street into the western section of town. Though rabies came to the state in the 1980s, the last flare-up in the town was four years ago, he said. Said Dr. Brooks, “Remember, all warm blooded animals are susceptible to rabies, and the four known to
carry it the most are foxes, raccoons, bats and skunks.” The suspect rabid animals in Middlefield are red fox, raccoons and skunks. FUN FACT: Where is the hottest place on Earth? The highest temperature ever recorded was 136 degrees F at Al'Aziziyah, Libya, in 1922. But the place with the hottest average temperature is Dakol in the Danakil Depression, northeastern Ethiopia, with around 95 degrees F. See page 29 for the coldest place on earth.
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The first confirmed incident, and the only one known involving a human, happened during the month of May. A person attempted to aid a red fox puppy but was bitten on the arms. The fox later tested positive for rabies and the person is in treatment. Prior to that, Chowaniec said, seven skunks and four raccoons were killed for exhibiting rabies symptoms and being out during the day. However, because there was no exposure, these animals were not tested for rabies. Since May, a pregnant horse, was put to sleep for abnormal behavior and tests later confirmed it had rabies. According to Chowaniec, that farm is under quarantine for the next six months because none of the horses were vaccinated. Therefore, Chowaniec’s advice to Middlefield residents is
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Luminaria Deadline Today is the last day to honor your graduate with a luminaria at Coginchaug graduation. See page 32 for details. Theater Enjoy an evening of play readings by members of the Floating Theater Company at 7 p.m. at the Green Street Art Center in Middletown. Call (860) 685-7871 for info. Jazz’d for Life Dave Brubeck will perform at a Jazz’d 4 Life benefit concert at 7 p.m. with a preconcert reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Infinity Hall in Norfolk. Tickets at $85, $110 and $225 (includes Bisto Reception), are available at www.infinityhall.com or by calling (866) 666-6306. For more information, visit www.jazzed4life.org and www.litchfieldjazzfest.com.
Eternal Perks Eternal Perks Coffeehouse at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1055 Randolph Rd. in Middletown, presents live music in the outdoor pavilion at 7 p.m. featuring Christian music by the Grace musicians and “Joyful Noise” from Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown. Popcorn and desserts provided. Come at 5 p.m. for worship and at 6 p.m. for the potluck dinner. For info, call (860) 346-2641 or visit www.GraceMiddletown.org. Baking Class Learn to make the Connecticut baking contest recipe for 2009. The class will be taught by Thomas Wilt, at the United Churches of Durham, 228 Main St. at 9 a.m. If you would like to make your own bread, bring a large mixing bowl, liquid measuring cup, a jelly roll tray or cookie sheet. Ingredients will be provided. E-mail email@example.com or call (860) 349-3237 to reserve your space. More information at ctfairs.org. Saturday Services The Church of the Epiphany offers Saturday services with Eucharist every Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information, call (860) 349-9644.
Medication and Hazardous Waste Collection Residents can bring unwanted medications and household hazardous waste products to the Page Hall parking lot of the CT Valley Hospital, Eastern Drive in Middletown, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information of acceptable items, visit www.themdc.com or call (860) 278-3809. There is no charge for this service. Paddle the CT River Enjoy a canoe and kayak paddle in the lower Mattabesset and Coginchaug rivers. Leave from the boat ramp on the Connecticut River next to Harbor Park in Middletown at 10 a.m. Paddlers will return to the starting point between 1 and 2 p.m. There will be two rest stops. Paddlers need to provide their own boats, life jackets, paddles, drinking water and snacks. Call (860) 343-3259 for more information on this free program. Riverside Jazz at Mystic Don Braden will perform alongside the tall ship L.A. Dunton during the third annual summer solstice sunset concert at Mystic Seaport from 7 to 10 p.m. Call (860) 572-5339 or visit www.mysticseaport.org for information. 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. Donations are welcome (no clothing, please) and can be dropped off at the church parish hall on June 18 and 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. Call (860) 349-9644 or visit www.durhamepiphany.org. Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm farmers’ market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 24. The Dudley Farm is located at 2351 Durham Rd. (Route 77) in Guilford. There will be conventional and organic produce, baked goods, honey, jam, eggs, seafood, meats, cheese, flowers, soaps, baskets, and more. For information, call (860) 349-3917.
Polish Dinner The K-Club of Rockfall invites its members and guests to an authentic polish-style dinner consisting of stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, dessert, etc. A nominal donation is asked with proceeds given to a local charity. Dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (860) 346-9521 for info.
June 22 Free Movie Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., offers a free movie each Monday at 12:30 p.m. Today’s film is Paul Blart: Mall Cop with Kevin James and Jayma Mays. Call the center at (860) 344-3513 for information. Durham 60+ Club The Durham 60+ Club will meet at 1 p.m. in the United Churches of Durham fellowship hall on the corner of Rt. 68 and Main Street. There will be a variety table and social hour. There will be no meetings in July or August, with the next meeting on Sept. 14. Newcomers welcome.
June 23 Career Fair Don’t miss this special recruitment fair from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Rd. in Cromwell. For more in formation on this event, contact Johanna Bond at (860) 347-6924 or visit www.MiddlesexChamber.com. Bible Study Group Come to the home of Bob Williams at 369 Jackson Hill Rd. for a short Bible lesson, followed by a question and try-to-answer time. Call (860) 349-9516 for information. Energy Expo and Forum Middlesex Chamber of Commerce will present an expo and forum to help businesess develop strategies to manage energy costs. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $68 for members and $78 for non members and include breakfast, or $50 and $60 for just the Energy Expo and Forum only. For information or tickets, call (860) 347-6924 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The breakfast
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meeting, from 7:45 to 9 a.m. will feature PGA professional J.J. Henry. Heritage Quilters Heritage Quilters of Wallingford will meet at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St. in Meriden. This evening’s program will include a potluck dinner. The “Someday Quilt Challenge” is due. All challenges from this year will be displayed and a Best of Show prize will be awarded. For info, call (203) 269-2065.
June 24 Middlesex Businesswomen The Middlesex Businesswomen’s Alliance will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Ballek’s Garden Center, 90 Maple Ave. in East Haddam. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event for members, or $20 which can be put toward membership. For reservations or tickets, call (860) 347-6924 or email email@example.com. Free Concert The public is invited to the summer concert series at the Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Rd. in Middletown, at 6:30 p.m. The series kicks off tonight with the John Banker group. Attendees will enjoy an evening of jazz featuring entertainers on banjo, ragtime piano, guitar, accordion and more. The concerts are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling (860) 344-8788.
June 25 Farmers’ Market Come to the Durham Green today and every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. The market will feature local produce, spices, flowers, dairy products, baked goods and more. Summer Concert Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to Masonic Health Center, 22 Masonic Ave. in Wallingford every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to enjoy the summer concert series. Guests are welcome enjoy a picnic on the grounds from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call (203) 679-5900 for infor-
mation. Tonight enjoy the Clam Diggers as they play the sounds of Dixie. Courtyard Concert Enjoy the music of Just Harmony featuring Rick Calvert and Amy, Steve, Sarah and Rebecca Epler-Epstein as they sing folk music at 7 p.m. in the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Art Exhibit Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies program will present an exhibit at the Zilkha Galley, opening tonight with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. For info, visit www.wesleyan.edu.
Meet the Cow Lady Author and artist Carol Weis will share her book, When the Cows Got Loose, at 2 p.m. at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. She will make cow puppets with kids ages four through eight. Registration is required and begins Friday, June 19. Please sign up in the library or call (860) 3448479.
Middletown Chorale Enjoy a concert of lighter fare for a summer evening presented by the Greater Middletown Chorale at 6 p.m. at Beckham Hall on the Wesleyan campus. Saturday Services The Church of the Epiphany offers Saturday services with Eucharist every Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information, call (860) 349-9644.
Church Anniversary At 10 a.m. the Cross Street AME Zion Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, will hold a morning worship service and graduation convocation. The Cross Street Expression Guild will present “A Light in the Darkness,” the heartwarming story of a widow and her son who find hope in the Messiah at 4 p.m. For information, call (860) 344-9527.
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‘Honor and Distinction’ in the Coginchaug Class of 2009 By Stephanie Wilcox, Sue VanDerzee, Chris Coughlin and Judy Moeckel There are 123 members of the Class of 2009 at Coginchaug Regional High School, and 18 of them will be graduating on June 26 with “honor and distinction.” These students have earned their “honor and distinction” the hard way — through academic success. On a 12-point scale, they have achieved over four years a cumulative average of at least 10.0. And most impressively, this classroom success is matched by participation in a dizzying array of sports, service and extra-curricular activities of all kinds. Also impressively, the Class of 2008, 143 strong, boasted 13 graduates with honor and distinction. This year’s crop of 18 out of 123 is the largest we at Town Times have ever interviewed. And these distinguished performers are never boring. Over the years, we have been consistently impressed by their thoughtfulness, perseverance and humor, their diversity of thought and their
willingness to take risks. This class is no exception, and so we are delighted to present to our readers interviews with 18 of Coginchaug’s brightest and hardest working young men and women, starting with valedictorian Zachary Kowalski and salutatorian Hannah Bober and then continuing alphabetically through the list.
Valedictorian Zachary Kowalski
he created his own fundraiser last April vacation called Wii Help. He read somewhere that senior citizens enjoy Wii games, such as bowling, boxing, baseball and tennis, because they can participate sitting down or from their wheelchairs. By holding a tag sale to which family and friends contributed items. Zachary used the funds to buy a $250 Wii system plus four controllers
joining the Durham Clean Energy Task Force. “We make motions and agendas, and it’s a club completely separate from school— I didn’t think I would ever do something like that,” he said. “I’ve learned so much, so my best advice to freshman is to take those chances.” If taking chances is Zachary’s best advice for others, than the most rewarding part of his high school experience was when
See Valedictorian, page 20
This valedictorian will tell you that living out of his comfort zone didn’t always come naturally, but Zachary Kowalski has learned over the last four years that doing new things is actually more fun than scary. As a freshman, Zachary said he preferred mingling with the same people. However, he discovered more each year that life is about taking risks and trying things you never thought you’d do — like
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Father’s day is the best day of the year for dads By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times
We haven’t interviewed a Regular Joe in a while so we decided that Father’s Day provided a fine excuse to look for a dad who’s also a “Regular Joe.” Rick Sorenson of Middlefield fit the bill perfectly! He’s known in the Lake Beseck neighborhood as the cool dad who makes snow when there isn’t any, but Rick
Sorensen gets as much out of being a fun dad as his kids do. “I’m worse than them, I’ll stay out in the snow even longer then they do,” he laughs. “It’s neat to have snow when no one else does.” Sorensen has always been infatuated with snow — even came close to going to school for meteorology — and always tried to make it on his own. He purchased a snow gun five years ago from people in
Southington, Ct. who developed their own, and every year since, from early December through March, Sorensen’s yard is covered in the fluffy white stuff, regardless of how it got there. A few January’s ago, he recalls, Channel 30 showed up at Sorensen’s snow covered front yard for three hours because there hadn’t been any snowfall yet that winter — except at his house. But 1117387
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 13 PROPOSED EDUCATION BUDGET 2009-2010 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How much has the budget been cut since it was first proposed? Recognizing that taxpayers are facing very difficult financial circumstances, the Board of Education and administration crafted a proposed budget that called for an increase of 2.42%. When the budget was rejected at referendum, the Board went back to the table and cut an additional $350,000 to reduce the increase to 1.26%. Because that budget was also rejected at referendum, the Board has cut an additional $181,596 in staff and programs, leaving a modest increase of .58% over last year’s budget. This is the lowest percentage increase since the district was formed in 1971. What will the impact of the proposed budget be on property taxes? If the proposed budget is approved, the mil rate in Durham will decrease from 26.25 to 26.17 and the mil rate in Middlefield will decrease from 25.92 to 25.66. Why hasn’t the Board demanded concessions from the teachers’ union? The teachers’ union recently voted to reject the Board’s request for a one day unpaid furlough to help reduce costs. Although the Board may request certain concessions, such as a furlough day, the Board does not have the authority to unilaterally require teachers to reopen their contract, which was negotiated in good faith last year. A ‘no’ vote on the budget cannot force any changes in a contract that has already been negotiated. Why didn’t the Board use federal stimulus funds to reduce the budget? Based on the information the Board of Education has, stimulus funds may only be used to support special education and related services. In addition, because federal law requires districts to demonstrate the same “maintenance of effort” each year relative to special education costs, using stimulus funds to offset the 2009-2010 budget will require us to add back the money in the following year’s budget, leaving us in a difficult position. How do the planned improvements to the athletic fields impact this budget? The bond authorization approved at referendum for the athletic fields, well water systems and roofs did not result in an overall increase in the debt payments included in this budget. In fact, because of a reduction in our total debt payment schedule, the total debt expense budgeted for 2009-2010 is less than the prior year. How will students be affected by the budget cuts? The Board and administration worked exceptionally hard to minimize the impact of budget cuts on students, although some difficult cuts had to be made. The Board did, however, reject cuts in certain areas, including Latin, social studies, technology and music programs that would have had a negative impact on student learning.
How can I better understand what is included in the budget? Copies of the budget are available at the town libraries or at the Superintendent’s office. In addition, you are urged to attend the public hearing on June 22 at Coginchaug Regional High School at 8:00 p.m. to hear a presentation on the proposed budget. The budget referendum is scheduled for June 23. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Please vote! Paid for by Members of the Regional School District 13 Board of Education.
Sorensen admits that even when there already is snow on the ground, he builds more on his own just so he has the biggest piles. But there’s more to this father than his snow gun. When he isn’t sledding or building igloos in his front yard, Sorensen, who describes himself as “a big kid at heart,” can more often than not be found having some sort of fun with his three kids — Ricky, 10, Claire, 9, and Noelle, 6. (He is also dad to a golden retriever and a pug, a bunch of fish in the pond in his front yard and gerbils or hamsters, he’s not quite sure what they are.) In the winter, it’s snow skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating on the lake. In the summer, it’s camping, boating, water skiing and other water sports (even his sixyear-old water skis). Part of being a happy, healthy family is being active together, Sorensen explained. He even helps coach in his son’s baseball league that just wrapped up its season. Being able to spend time with kids is the most rewarding part about being a father,” he said. “I like taking them places, being a part of their lives and seeing the smiles on their faces.” In fact, when asked what his idea of the best father’s day is, it was no surprise that he likes being with his kids and wife Amy. “That’s an easy decision,” he said. “I’d go on a camping trip with my family, whether in Connecticut or Maine or wherever.” Last weekend, he took them camping at Hammonassett State Park for the weekend. And every July, the Sorensen’s and four other families go camping for three weeks in Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York. “By the end of the summer, I’m ready to get back to work,” he laughs, which for Sorensen, a high school teacher in Meriden, means spending more time with kids. “It’s exhausting being a dad, but It’s worth every minute.” And it’s a good thing he thinks so; next summer’s agenda includes an eight-week family trip across country — a big adventure he already can’t wait to share with his kids. Now that’s a cool dad!
Friday, June 19, 2009
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Everyday, unwanted or expired medicine is disposed of via indoor drains-down the sink or in the toilet. Antibiotics, antidepressants and hormone medications are now found in waterways nationwide because they slip through septic systems and sewage plants untreated. Although using the toilet or sink prevents someone from accidentally taking the medications, disposing of them in this way causes water pollution. The Unwanted Medication and Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Page Hall Parking Lot, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Eastern Drive in Middletown. This is an opportunity for residents of Middletown, Middlefield, Cromwell, Durham, East Hampton, Portland and other
towns participating in the MDC Household Hazardous Waste Program to clean out their medicine cabinets, as well as their closets and garages, and bring all unwanted medications and household hazardous waste to the collection for proper disposal. Items that will be collected are expired or unwanted prescription medicine, over-thecounter medicines, vitamins and nutritional supplements, veterinary medications and household hazardous waste. Medications must be in their original containers. Using a marker, cross out the patient’s name on prescription drug labels, but leave the name of the medication visible. Do not bring sharps or medical waste. For more info, including a complete list of acceptable items, go to www.themdc.com or call (860) 278-3809.
Outstanding in their class The Durham/Middlefield Exchange club recognized six outstanding students at the club’s dinner meeting held at TLC Eatery on Thursday, June 11. Scholarships were presented to (from left) Jen Heller, Hannah Bober, Zach Kowalski, Emily Ide and Colleen Chausse. Rachel Kowalski (far right) received the Durham/Middlefield Exchange Club Strong School Student of the Year award. Congratulations to all! Photo submitted by Mike Cote
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Friday, June 19, 2009
The budget wars drag on, ... and on, ... and on ....
Monday, June 22? Thursday, June 25? Those dates are dates that have been talked about in connection with the next round of doing something about a 2009-2010 Middlefield town budget. The newest information, as of late on Wednesday, June 17, is that Middlefield Board of Finance (BOF) chair Ellen Waff will be holding a caucus with her fel-
low BOF Democrats on June 18 in order to find out if they would be willing to hold a public hearing and special meeting on June 22. If they won’t do that, then she would like to convince them to hold a special BOF meeting after the public hearing on June 25 so that the BOF might actually be able to respond to what residents have to say about the budget they will be voting
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on at the town meeting immediately following. There will be at least a public hearing and town meeting on Thursday, June 25, because that’s the soonest it can be held and conform to the legal five-day noticing requirements, which is what Waff says the town attorney advised them to do. Any public hearing will be useless, however, unless the BOF agrees to hold a special meeting afterwards – either on June 22 or 25 or both – and consider what people have said at that hearing. So, what’s a confused Middlefield taxpayer to do? First of all, pay really close attention to when any public hearing will be held. Substantial issues are at stake, including the legal authority of the BOF to cut contracted, unionized positions in half. The question might end up being, “Would you rather pay for 40 hours a week of a constable or for 20 hours a week of a constable plus legal fees to fight a suit brought by the union?” None of the affected personnel – and that would be at least one constable, the land use secretary, the assessor and members of the town crew – have threatened such action, but townspeople should hear what
the town attorney has to say about the authority of the BOF in labor situations. There is no question that the BOF has the authority to set budget bottom lines; what is unclear at this point is whether they can abrogate signed contracts or cut hours without the agreement of the union(s), the Board of Selectmen and/or the First Selectman. Other items that will be impacted by the most recent actions of the Board of Finance on June 11 are the beach at Lake Beseck, which will have no lifeguards; Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services, whose entire request was stricken from the budget; and the Public Works Department, which finds itself with no overtime (Snow removal? What’s that?) and no seasonal labor. These are not the “let’s see how low/high we can set the thermostat” changes. These cuts decimate entire programs and put traditional, expected services at risk. Copies of this proposed budget are available at the town administration building on Jackson Hill Road. And, if you’re sick of all this, like many of your fellow citizens – remember that next week is crunch time, and if
the town budget fails again, the Middlefield BOF is authorized by charter to write the budget for the next year. Of course, the budget currently in play is deficient in many ways, but if enough people attend the public hearing(s) whenever it is, or they are, and if the BOF listens to those people, then maybe the June 25 budget will not be so draconian. All of these, however, are big “ifs” and that should scare you if you live in Middlefield. Meanwhile, there’s a third referendum on the proposed District 13 education budget on Tuesday, June 23, from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at Korn School for Durham residents and the Community Center for Middlefielders. The version to be voted on is up less than one percent from the current year’s budget, and includes concessions from administrators, nurses and central office personnel, but not from custodians, support staff or teachers. That dismaying fact is not likely to change no matter how the referendum goes. You might want to read our wide selection of letters to the editor and go vote on that one, too. The budget wars are not over, and they’re not pretty. Sue VanDerzee, editor
Letters to the Editor Board disappointed, too, but must move on To the Editor: If you are disappointed that the District 13 teachers rejected the furlough day, you can imagine how we on the school board feel. But we all have to move on. Luckily for District 13, the state has just released to us $63,000 in transportation and excess cost revenue. This windfall, coupled with a grant secured by Coginchaug vice principal Andre Houser for $24,000, just about offsets the money we were hoping for in furloughs. At the polls, Middlefield has told us overwhelmingly that we need to reduce the budget even more, so we did. But many parents have
urged us not to cut programs, so we didn’t. We feel we have made the best possible decisions with our goal in mind to preserve programs for the kids in the district. Our cuts have made the jobs of administrators and teachers more challenging, but have not cut opportunities for the students. Here’s what we did: we eliminated funds for summer curriculum work, further cut supplies and materials, eliminated an elementary health teacher and a part-time high school teacher, and reduced two high school teaching positions. No subjects have been eliminated at the high school though classes in two areas will be larger. With the added revenue and the cuts, the proposed district budget is 0.68 percent higher than last year’s. Because of the larger school
population in Durham, that town pays 65 percent of the school taxes and Middlefield pays 35 percent. This year, Middlefield’s portion of the budget is actually less than it paid last year. Durham’s is not very much higher than it was in 2008. Board members have received many negative reactions to the teachers’ vote. We want you to know that they are tightening their belts in their families, too. Most teachers are paying a good deal more for their health insurance after contract negotiations last year, and some teachers have been frozen on their salary steps this year as well. People make District 13 the exceptional school system it is. We are grateful to everyone – from the superintendent on down. In this district we can argue fiercely over issues, but we work to-
gether in common purpose. Bill Currlin, member D-13 Board of Education
Animosity will not help To the Editor, Last Wednesday night I attended the Board of Education meeting. I asked to speak during the public comment period and was quoted in a Town Times article posted on-line the next day. What was not quoted were the comments I include below because I was cut off by the board chairman before I could finish. I was so surprised by his rudeness that I sat down instead of asking to continue. As I stated, I voted for the teacher furlough day because I felt it was the right thing to do. I do not know how anyone else voted, but I am sure that each and every-
one who did vote did what they, too, felt was right. My primary concern, and the point I wanted to make that night, is the growing animosity between the board and the teachers and the community and the teachers. I have lived in Middlefield and Durham my whole life. I choose to live here because I love what it offers my family. I also love teaching in District 13. I have had a wonderful career and look forward to teaching many more years. I am privileged to work with one of the most dedicated and talented groups of professional educators. Their love for their jobs and the children is evident each and every day. The hours are long — arriving early, leaving late, working on weekends — to complete the myriad jobs we all must See Animosity, page 26
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When will Durham’s tax bills be sent? The 2008 Grand List tax bills for Durham may not be available for the first installment due date of July 1, 2009. The Durham Board of Finance has delayed setting a mill rate following the multiple referendum defeats of the Board of Education 2009-2010 budget. In accordance with CT. Gen. S.S. 12142, Durham taxpayers will have 30 days from the date the bills are mailed to pay without any interest penalty. Thank you for your patience during this process. All of us in the Assessor’s and Tax Collector’s offices are committed to getting you your tax bills as soon as possible. Typically, we need 12 to 15 working days from when the mill rate is set to complete the entire process, including mailing the bills. Please refer to your tax bill for the last day to pay without penalty. After the 30-day payment period, unpaid bills will be charged interest from the July 1 due date at a rate of 1.5 percent per month (or any portion of a month). All delinquent interest will be calculated from July 1, 2009 per State Statute. Martin French, CCMC Tax Collector, Town of Durham
Plan a Great Vacation for Less
Summer is approaching quickly, but the end of the recession isn’t. If this economy has you badly needing some time for fun and relaxation but a big getaway isn’t in your budget, rest assured there are ways for you to not have to sacrifice your summer vacation plans this year. Believe it or not, it’s still possible to have a great vacation without spending a lot of money. These tips will help you plan that much-needed getaway for a lot less. Save on Airfare * Airlines list new specials on Monday nights, so check fares Tuesdays. * Taxes and fees can add a lot to socalled “low” fares. Use sites such as Kayak.com and LowestFare.com, which compare flight prices that include fees and taxes. * Consider flying alternate routes, adding stop-overs or having a flexible schedule — all keep prices down. * Sign up for email alerts from travel sites such as Travelocity.com or Farecompare.com. You’ll find out quickly when a fare changes. Take a Road Trip * Just where will a tank of gas take you? Find out with TripAdvisor.com’s “Tank of Gas” tool. Type in your zip code and how much gas you want to use - quarter tank, half tank or full tank. You’ll get a list of destinations in your area. * Find a national park within driving distance. Nps.gov and discoveramerica.com give you the scoop on some nearby national treasures. * For a themed trip, try Lonely Planet’s “Trips” guidebooks. They list itineraries for six regions which are organized by interests, such as food or history. They even suggest a road trip music play list for the journey. Hotel Discounts * Many hotels have rewards programs which award points for each stay. They can add up to free nights and other perks. * Alumni associations sometimes have discounts for certain hotel prop-
erties (and sometimes car rentals.) * If you belong to AAA, AARP or the military, ask the hotel about available discounts. Package Deals * Packages are popular, but they don’t all add up to savings. Do some leg work and find out how much each component would cost on its own, then compare the prices. * Dealbase.com is a web site that does cost comparisons for you. It lists package deals from all over the world and shows you exactly how much you’ll save - or overpay. Food Savings * Get a hotel room with a refrigerator. Stop by a local grocery store and get drinks, snacks and sandwich makings. Pick up some picnic lunch food as well - picnics are a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy a meal. * Choose restaurants where kids can eat for free. Mykidseatfree.com lets you search kid friendly establishments by state. * Restaurants.com sells discounted gift certificates. It’s possible to buy a $25 dollar gift certificate for only $10. Other Money Savers * Set a daily spending allowance. Put each day’s cash in an envelope and take only that with you that day. You can’t spend what you don’t have. * Schedule museum visits on free or discount days. * Instead of pricey souvenirs, look for local treasures. Budget Travel recommends chocolate-covered macadamia nuts from a Hawaiian grocery store, or tea from Britain. * Use alternative transportation. Many cities have excellent mass transit systems that can save a bundle on car rentals. Look into renting bikes, riding a train and just walking. Clear the calendar and get ready to have some fun. With these savings tips, a great vacation is within reach. (Info courtesy of Family Features in their Smart Travel May 09 column. Additional text by Stephanie Wilcox.)
Striking a balance in difficult times is very difficult
The budget process did not. Neither the in Regional School Sue Viccaro, Superintendent board nor the superDistrict 13 is long, intendent can force Regional District 13 and this year has any employee group been particularly to open up any aspect grueling. As we apof their contract that proach our third refhas been previously erendum, I would negotiated in good like to explain the defaith. cisions that were made before the The other aspect of the budget that first budget was presented to the vot- I have heard a number of misconcepers and to respond to some miscon- tions about is the use of the stimulus ceptions that have been articulated money. The taxpayers need to be at board meetings, in public hear- aware that all of the funds District 13 ings, and in responses to articles in will receive must be used for special the Town Times and the Middletown education students ages 3-21 and tied Press. directly to students’ Individual EduWhen the budget process began cation Plans. If we choose to fund back in October, the economic condi- special education positions currenttions were less than favorable, and I ly in the budget via the stimulus responded to this by presenting a money, that money must by law be budget in March that included three added to the following year’s budget, fewer elementary positions and, at leaving us in a deficit situation be2.91 percent, was the lowest increase fore we start creating a budget. The in my tenure and in the last 10 years. Board of Education does not believe I was able to eliminate a kinder- that this would be a responsible decigarten position at Brewster because sion to make. our enrollment at the kindergarten I often hear that people move to level has been declining. Eliminat- District 13 because of the quality of ing one position each at Korn and Ly- the education. I know a number of man will mean larger class sizes in real estate agents who use this stategrade four at Korn and in the 3/4 ment in their marketing. Our results classes at John Lyman; they will, demonstrate that we do a very good however, fall within the class size job of educating our children. Our guidelines that are recommended by SAT scores are significantly higher Board of Education policy. than the state average, and last year Since I presented the budget in 94 percent of our students went on to March, the budget has been reduced higher education. Our students conseveral times as the voters rejected sistently get into some of the most the budget in two referenda. The cur- highly competitive schools in the rent proposed budget is .58 percent country, and they come back and tell above the 2008-09 budget. Translated us they were well prepared. into dollars, that is $209,983 more These are tough economic times, next year than this year. That in- and like many employers, District 13 crease represents already negotiated will be leaner next year with 6.8 fewcontracts and a significant increase er positions. These cuts affect all levin the cost of health insurance due els and have impacted our class sizes completely to a larger number of in some areas as well. Regardless, claims being paid because we have District 13 will continue to provide had some staff, represented by all of the best quality of education with the our unions, who have had serious dollars the taxpayers provide. No and sometimes catastrophic illness- matter what our resources may be, es. The district has not increased the we will continue to strive toward our health benefits we are providing; in mission to ensure that all students fact, the opposite is true. All of our become self-reliant, lifelong learners employee groups are paying more for and respectful, responsible citizens their share of health insurance. who will thrive in global and technoIn response to the first failed refer- logical environments by expecting endum, employee concessions were excellence and providing challengrequested by the Board of Education. ing educational opportunities reTwo employee groups, the adminis- sponsive to each student in meaningtrators and the nurses, agreed to a ful partnership with family and comfurlough day. The rest of the groups munity.
A View From District 13
‘Little League history’ corrections These corrections were brought to us from a reader in North Carolina. In the Little League article in the June 12 issue, some names were incorrectly spelled, including Jake Schilling and Walt Kaczynski. And it was Ted Kulpik Sr., not Kenny Kulpik, who helped organize the girls’ Little League.
On Sunday, June 7, the Jolly Ranchers 4-H Club planted an educational garden for public viewing every Saturday at Deerfield Farm on Parmelee Hill Road in Durham. Members planted edible flowers, different types of tomato plants, herbs and peppers, including hot and green ones. The garden was planted by Kristen Ciarlo, Audra Smigel, Bailey and Garrett Basiel. We also had some help from little Reba and Melynda Naples, Shirlon Smigel and Bernadette Basiel. It took about two hours to rake out, plan and finally plant. Then we got amazing results. Photo submitted by Audra Smigel
BOE cuts came up with. After talking through nearly every item, the board voted to cut the following: $8,700 in summer work for the curriculum committee, $1,300 in reading consultant supplies and materials because the consultant was
(Continued from page 1) previously eliminated, $500 in miscellaneous supplies, $1,500 in sheet music at Coginchaug High School and Strong Middle School, $3,912 of teacher overage for a TV production class at Coginchaug, $3,912 of teacher overage for a health
class at Coginchaug, $29,883 for a part-time Spanish teacher and $44,550 from the elimination of a full-time health teacher at Memorial School. In addition, the board cut the $26,000 in capital reserve down to zero, and $4,950 from the Capturing Kid’s Hearts program, which will be replaced with grant money awarded to the district for a positive school climate and student connectedness programs. Those cuts, plus additional revenue of $63,506 in a transportation grant from the state that Viccaro said she learned about last week, minus $7,117 from salary offset differential (the cost difference from one teacher gaining a class and one teacher losing a class) totaled $181,596 off the bottom line for a gross budget of $33,758,601, including both cuts and new revenues. Though they brought the number down, the board was sickened by the loss of staff and programs, and noted that their elimination means class sizes will increase and students will be put in study halls. “All of the things I talked about — all of them I don’t want to do, all of them impact kids,” said Viccaro. Although they didn’t go there, other options Viccaro reluctantly presented included cutting Latin I at Coginchaug with only seven students for $7,470, a web design
Friday, June 19, 2009 math class at Coginchaug for $3,735, the fourth grade instrumental program for $54,570, the technology education program at Strong School for $74,896, a part-time social worker for $39,118 and a halftime social studies teacher at $22,275. Finally, in a third tier, which Viccaro said she was really loathe to do, there were cuts that would increase class sizes in first and second grade to 22/23 students at both Brewster and Lyman schools. Though it was talked about in-depth, the board decided not to touch the stimulus money that is tied to special education because there are too many caveats and uncertainties to rely on at this point. Also, whatever is used to offset the 2009-2010 budget will have to be added back in to the following year’s budget, so the money is just a short-term loan that will “help for one year but hurt the next,” the board noted. However, they were clear that if they need to use it, they will. The board also returned to the conversation from the previous meeting about encouraging employees to participate in health savings accounts (HSA), which would be an enormous savings to the district. Viccaro said she was told that out of 24 people remaining immediately after the teachers’ union voted on the furlough, 19 people indicated that they were interested in the HSA program, but it
wasn’t helpful to the board who had to come up with a new bottom line Wednesday night. According to business manager Ron Melnik, presentations on the HSA have been given to district employees, but they have been poorly attended and not resulted in more than one or two new participants. The board voted to hold a referendum to vote on the $33,758,601 gross budget on Tuesday, June 23. * Candace Brickley, president of teachers union: “The executive board and the whole union was at the meeting. What we shared with them are the hard facts and statistics about our salaries and our benefits compared to surrounding towns in the state, and we are way low. People asked some questions and then we voted and it was a clear message. This was not a divided group. There was misperception that we weren’t representing the group and that needed to be dispelled.” Kevin Brough, president of administrators union: “Based on the information we received and the current financial climate, we decided unanimously to accept the furlough. We felt it was in the best interests of the towns and the district to assist in what is proving to be a very difficult budget year.” Paul VanSteenbergen, president of custodial union: “If the furlough day was taken across the board and the school was shut down for the day, we said we would do it. Otherwise, if the teachers were going to be at school, it wouldn’t make sense for the custodians to take a furlough because we’d have to lym_SS52_6_15:Layout 1 be 6 at school, too.” Apple Barrel open every day, 9am-6pm
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other year past what was initially scheduled as the $8,500 set aside for it was completely removed. Based on new information, the board reduced the amount required for property and auto insurance down by $1,500. However, revenues went down by $1,000 for the cell tower lease. There was also one significant increase during the boardâ€™s discussion. Acknowledging that certain items may now be under-funded, they also added $20,000 to the contingency fund to cover any additional expenditures that may come up during the 200910 fiscal year. With all of these changes in place, the board put the matter up to a vote. Using the latest gross budget number of $10,657,705 from the school and $3,885,819 on the town side of the budget, the board approved a 25.66 mill tax rate. Only Adams voted against the proposal, based on the reductions in Public Works and Youth and Family Services. They recommended the budget go to public hearing and town meeting on Thursday, June 18. While there was some concern about when the tax bills go out, tax collector Anne Olszewski felt that set-
state law and more compelling than the charter requirement for getting this accomplished within 14 days. Since the BOF could not comply with both requirements, he recommended going with a public hearing and town meeting date of Thursday, June 25. Residents who have concerns about the budget can express them at the public hearing slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, and the BOF can respond to those concerns by changing the budget at a special meeting before the town meeting begins. Additionally, Waff is holding a caucus of Democratic members of the BOF on Thursday, June 18, to see if they would agree to hold a public hearing on June 22, followed by a special BOF meeting to deal with whatever the public brings forward. She is not sure how that will go, however. Meanwhile, copies of the latest, June 11 BOF budget
ting the mill rate on the 18th should give her enough time to send them out. (Late breaking: The BOF discovered after calling the meetings mentioned above that only the Board of Selectmen can call a town meeting. Therefore, they rescinded the call for a town meeting on June 18 and cancelled the public hearing as well. Both have been rescheduled for Monday, June 22. Then, they realized that the Middletown Press had not published the legal warning of the town meeting on Wednesday, June 17, which would have been the last date to publish with the required five days notice. June 22 would also be the last day to hold a public hearing and town meeting and still conform to the town charter requirement to do this within 14 days of the last budget defeat â€” in this case, June 8. According to BOF chair Ellen Waff, town attorney Ken Antin explained that the noticing requirements are
See Mfld. BOF, page 15
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should schedule its work hours during the winter differently to avoid paying overtime for snow removal. Protest was offered by BOF member Rebecca Adams, who felt that the board shouldnâ€™t cut work funds down in a department that has as much work to do as Public Works. Well before the budget was put to a vote, Adams stated that she would vote against the budget based on the changes in the Public Works department. Also, $14,000 was saved by reducing the hours of the Land Use Departmentâ€™s office assistant down to 20 hours a week. This tied into an earlier discussion during the meeting in which Mary Johnson suggested only opening the building department for four hours a day. As Kathy Kokoszka is working on starting up a town website in the next two weeks, Johnson hopes more people will go online for what they might require from the department. One small cut was made to Park and Recreation, with
$2,300 in incentive pay for the director removed. This didnâ€™t affect the budget, though, as another $2,300 in matching revenue was removed, as the incentive pay was supposed to come from additional profits generated by the department. The town will also no longer fund Youth and Family Services as part of the newly proposed budget. Although the finance board received a mandate regarding the townâ€™s need for a municipal agent, members noted that it doesnâ€™t say the town â€œshallâ€? have a municipal agent, but instead says â€œmay.â€? Based on the wording, the board felt Youth and Family Services is optional for the town and went on to zero out the lineitem. Though the board approved this change, Adams stated that she was uncomfortable with it. A number of other items also received adjustment during the boardâ€™s budget review. Pumper replacement for the Fire Department went from $50,000 to $25,000, while the funds set aside for a new police cruiser were also halved to $5,000. Pick-up replacement for Public Works will have to wait at least an-
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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, June 22 11:30 a.m. — Housing Commission at Sugarloaf Terrace 7 p.m. — Possible public hearing and special Board of Finacne meeting on proposed budget Wednesday, June 24 6 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, June 25 7 p.m. — Definite town meeting and possible public hearng on budget (if not held on June 22) Monday, July 6 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Wednesday, July 8 6 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority Thursday, July 9 7 p.m. — Park and Recreation Commission Wednesday, July 15 7 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission Thursday, July 16 7 p.m. — Board of Finance Tuesday, July 21 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission Wednesday, July 22 6 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission
P&Z extends hearing on Happy Acres plan The Planning and Zoning Commission spoke with hydrologist John Sima during their Wednesday, June 10, meeting about the well situation on 29 and 31 Powder Hill Road (the former Happy Acres property). Sima spoke on behalf of applicant Calvanese and Kastner, LLC who want to change the 14.7acre property from zone AG2 to ECRD in order to put up 22 age-restricted housing units. When the units go up, the applicants plan on putting in a second well. Although the well is only intended as a backup for the existing well, the commission was concerned about how the water-usage of 22 occupied homes might affect the water table. According to Sima, the site itself takes in three million gallons of water a year and would only use two-thirds of a million per year. Furthermore, even
age-restriction on the sale of any homes, town planner Geoff Colegrove informed them that such associations are typically both willing and capable of enforcing any housing restrictions. The commission was also concerned about changing the zone as it means the applicants would not need a special permit to put housing on the land, only a site plan. This would prevent the commission from turning down any later application. However, Colegrove let the commission know that the number of bedrooms allowed on the site would be cut in half if the housing project wasn’t age-restricted. Rather than make a decision on the application, though, the commission chose to leave the matter open until their next meeting. This is to allow them more time to consider the application and possibly receive further input from the applicant. Prompted by the discusSee next page
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ing to start on June 13. Nearby property owner Summer Lerch-Spencer also stated that the berm on the property is loose and likely to wash away and that a gate was supposed to go on the property but hasn’t been installed. The commission stated that the ZEO will inspect the site after the Mylar is filed. The ZEO also inspected the Richard Gevarsi property on Peters Lane, where he reported that the excess vehicles on the site are being taken care of and that he will inspect the site again in 60 days. When asked by the commission to inspect the site at an earlier date for motorcycles, Johanson replied that he would not return before 60 days to avoid breaking his word to the property owner. The final matter brought up by the ZEO caused some conflict with the commission. Johanson issued a zoning permit to a homeowner who sought to rebuild the nonconforming steps to his home. Although Johanson previously suggested that the homeowner take the matter before the Zoning Board of Appeals, Johanson chose to issue a zoning permit after the ZBA failed to meet for
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sion of zone changes in May, Dwight Fowler approached the commission and asked whether or not they might entertain changing the rules for non-conforming properties to give him better flexibility in rebuilding on a number of non-conforming Lake Beseck properties. Commission chairman Ken Hamilton suggested he speak with Colegrove about any ideas he might have. A public hearing was also held for Ray Termini, who wants to teach cooking classes out of his 185 Baileyville Home. Having previously held a site walk on the location, the commission felt that Termini should include a buffer of trees or a fence on the southeast side of his property. With that, the commission closed the hearing and approved Termini’s request for a special permit, with the condition that he teaches a maximum of three times a week and 12 times a month. There may also be a maximum of 10 non-residential cars on the site for any classes and no vehicles are to park on the road. Hours will
be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the permit will come up for a compliance review in one year. Only member Bob Johnson voted against the application. The commission also approved the use of daycares in the commercial zone. Speaking as a private citizen, Mary Johnson asked if the regulations require that a daycare have adequate well or septic support. Colegrove replied that while the town regulations don’t, the state health code does. In light of that, Johnson spoke up in support of the application. Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) Alan Johanson also brought a few issues before the commission. Among them was the Temple of Eck, which needs to file a Mylar with the town. The commission also wanted to know the state of the berm on the property. Temple of Eck member Bob Martin explained that putting up the berm was delayed due to a number of issues that came up with the neighboring property owner, who had agreed to put in the berm. As these have since been cleared up, Martin expects the berm to be finished soon and for plant-
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Conservation Commission During the Conservation Commission’s May 19 meeting, chairman Dave Chowaniec informed the commission that he’s reviewing the town’s properties to find viable hunting areas within Middlefield. He also intends on presenting the commission with the state’s hunting regulations during their June meeting. The commission also
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During the Housing Authority’s May 18 meeting, member Alma Elder reported that she has yet to hear back from Geoff Colegrove’s office regarding the availability of a state housing grant. Although the commission is aware of the difficulty in receiving a grant in the current economy, Elder stated that she will bring the matter up to Policy and Communications Director David Fink and Zoning Chairman Ken Hamilton. The commission also received their Sanitary Survey Report from the Department of Public Health for March, which noted that Sugarloaf will only require quarterly rather than monthly samplings from now on due to the site’s excellent sanitary status. Due to reports of feral cats around Sugarloaf, the authority has contacted the Animal Control Officer to deal with them. A number of maintenance requests also came before the commission, with a re-
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Middlefield summer rec program at Strong School Middlefield Park & Recreation summer program will be held at Strong School this summer starting July 6 through Aug. 7. Signups will be held June 22 and 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. Directors will be present to answer any questions you may have. The program, which is ordinarily held at Memorial School, has been moved for this summer so that roof repair and replacement and work on the well at Memorial School can be completed. This was part of the bond issue on school and athletic facility replacement and repair put forward by Regional District 13. Hope to see you this summer! FUN FACT: What were the Seven Wonders of the World? 1) Lighthouse of Alexandria 2) Colossus of Rhodes 3) Statue of Zeus at Olympia 4) Mausoleum at Halicarnassus 5) Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt 6) Hanging Gardens of Babylon 7) Temple of Artemis of Ephesus Only the Great Pyramid of Giza is still standing.
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Durham selectmen discusses Farm Market location By Sue VanDerzee Town Times
green for the market this year. The question was raised at the meeting on June 8 by Melynda Naples on behalf of the market. Naples said that the market was approved last year for the north end of the green but has been held this year on the south end because
After lengthy discussion regarding the use of the Durham town green for the weekly Farmer’s Market, the Board of Selectmen approved use of the southern end of the
(Continued from page 11) everyone feel the pain that everyone else is feeling.” He pointed out that the Public Works department doesn’t make a lot of money and added that the budget proposed at the last referendum included a zero increase on the town side of the budget. Regardless, though, the finance board has no say over union pay. The other item brought before the board came from Marianne Corona, who felt that the amount of money set aside for Powder Ridge won’t be enough to take it through the review process. Pizzo replied that while the town needs to set a certain amount of money aside for it, the town believes a vendor should cover the costs of improving or otherwise going forward with work on Powder Ridge. Corona also suggested that the town may be able to save money on garbage removal by using the town crew to remove it once a week.
plan are available at the town administration building on Jackson Hill Road, and Middlefield residents should keep checking the Town Times website at www.towntimes.com for the latest news about when meetings will be held on the Middlefield town budget.) Beyond just the changes that the board made, though, were also a couple of items that came up during the meeting’s public comment. Although the board has no ability to address the unions, they have mentioned a number of times in the past that they would like them to take a pay freeze. This inspired Jason Wickham to stand before them and question why they asked for this. Wickham informed that there are a number of other places the town could save money without asking for concessions from the unions. As far as he saw it, the reason why the board wants the concessions is “to make
of the planting of new grass at the north end following last year’s rain-drenched, muddy Durham Fair. Naples continued that the farmers like the south end better because of the availability of shade and easier parking for unloading produce. However, George Eames, whose house is located across from the south end of the green, voiced his objections to the change. He said that parking was a problem, and the situation was “an accident waiting to happen.” When asked if the parking could be solved by a compromise, would he object to the market at the south end. Eames indicated he would like the town to go back to the original agreement with the farm market located at the north end of the green. Selectman Jim McLaughlin offered a compromise which would allow the market to be held at the south end with no customer parking between 3 and 6 p.m. south of Broadway (the street into the fairgrounds just south of Town Hall and the resident state trooper’s office/Fair House). Vendors at the market would be allowed to load and unload before and after the market, however, and two box trucks which vendors use as part of the market will be allowed to park south of Broadway. In addition, the Public Works Department will pro-
Durham Government Calendar (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at www.townofdurhamct.org for agendas and last-minute changes.) Monday, June 22 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 8 p.m. — Town Meeting to transfer funds Wednesday, July 1 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, July 7 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee Thursday, July 9 6 p.m. — Board of Selectmen with BOE, 135 Pickett Lane 7:30 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals at Town Hall Monday, July 13 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission Tuesday, July 14 7:30 p.m. — Library Board of Trustees 8 p.m. — Fire Company at the firehouse Wednesday, July 15 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, July 16 7 p.m. — Water Commission at Town Hall vide cones and signage to help with parking and traffic flow, and the Farm Market Committee will look for volunteers to put out and take down the cones and signage. After hearing a presentation by assessor John Philip, the selectmen decided to issue a Request For Proposal (RFP) on Aug. 1, 2009 to conduct a 2010 revaluation. Philip was there to help the selectmen decide whether or not to take advantage of a new state law that allows towns to delay 2008-2010 revaluations till 2011. Philip noted that be-
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The Church of the Epiphany on Main Street Durham is holding auditions for next year’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The musical will be directed by Heather Kannam and produced by Lisa Kopcik, the same team who worked on Godspell Jr. at Epiphany three years ago. Auditions are open to any interested high school students, and will be arranged at the convenience of the auditioner. “Joseph is an actionpacked Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with a lot of com-
edy and variety of music,” Kannam reports. “It can be done with an enormous cast and absolutely anyone who is interested can be part of this production. We’d love to get more people from the community involved. Auditions are for the larger roles with solos. Kids of all ages who want to be in the chorus can just join us without auditioning. We spread our short weekly rehearsals out over the entire year, focusing on small parts of the show at a time. This means the time commitment is really manageable and our schedule is flexible. It’s
worked well for us with past productions.” The theatre group at Epiphany also produced The Best Christmas Pageant Ever last year. The Reverend Beth Hoffman is happy to see the performers in action again. “We have talented kids and a beautiful stage space. I hope that we can produce many shows in the future,” she said. Any high school student interested in performing or anyone willing to work backstage on the production should contact Heather Kannam at (860) 349-4449 for more information.
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On Wednesday, Oct. 14, we will travel to the Wachusett Village Inn in Westminster, Mass. to enjoy the fall season. The meal choices will be New England scrod with a lemon butter sauce or Wachusett apple chicken topped with apples and cheddar potato. Following lunch we will be entertained by the Bobby Darling Comedy Show and Dr. Divine, a world class musician. On the way home, we will stop at Randall’s Farm and
Greenhouse in Ludlow, a wonderful produce, retail greenhouse and bakery. We will leave the United Churches parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and return around 6 p.m. Cost is $73 per person with payment due by Sept. 14. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, we will go to the Grand Oak Villa, in Oakville, Ct. to honor our Armed Forces and veterans. We will be entertained by John Banker and his sixpiece band playing favorite
patriotic songs and a medley tribute to the Armed Forces. Lunch will consist of a family style meal of garden salad, pasta with homemade sauce, chicken Marsala, sliced roast beef, vegetables, potato and dessert. We will depart the United Churches parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and return home at 4 p.m. Cost is $72 per person with payment due by Oct. 6. For further info call Ellie Golschneider at 349-3329 or Karen Dyndiuk at 349-3468.
Durham BOS Capital Improvements so that the buried oil tank may finally be removed. The selectmen accepted with regret the resignations of Shirley Bielefield from the Senior Citizen Board and Hugh Curley from the Economic Development Commission. Any resident wishing to serve on either of these boards should contact the First Selectman’s office at (860) 349-3625. The board also gave permission for the first selectman to sign agreements with Tyler Technology for software support, consulting and training and with Metropolitan District for running Household Hazardous Waste collections for Durham and other area towns. They also awarded the bid to prepare an ambulance facility study to Quisenberry Arcari Architects LLC, and approved the annual abatement of property taxes for Trinity Corps, which runs the senior housing complex, Mauro Meadows. Under Old Business, Francis noted that DMIAAB will no longer be keeping any money at the transfer station site and
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Friday, June 19, 2009 (Continued from page 15) have looked into contracting with a security firm. This is in response to a burglary last month during which receipts were stolen over the weekend. Under New Business, Francis reported that a 2009 status report from resident state Trooper Peter DiGioia indicated 117 motor vehicle infractions with 54 of these being seat belt violations as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign; 26 motor vehicle warnings, four DUI, seven motor vehicle accidents without injuries, eight criminal arrest and 14 criminal investigations. In May, Trooper DiGioia and Trooper Tom Topulos of Middlefield developed leads that led to six residential burglaries being solved – three in Durham, one in Middlefield and two in Guilford. Francis also reported that Karen Andrukiewicz will be starting work on July 1 as an administrative assistant to the trooper for five hours a week to relieve some of the paperwork burden of the job. Also, the Clean Energy Task Force has received a $4,000 grant to promote clean energy and is working on a project, and sanitarian Bill Milardo offered to give back his entire planned raise of 3.25 percent for the next fiscal year. The selectmen gratefully accepted. During Public Comment, emergency management director Francis Willett reported on the process of getting Coginchaug High School certified as an emergency shelter and reported further that the town will be receiving a $7,200 grant which he will use to purchase two portable cases of emergency lights and road columns for the Fire Police as well as a laptop computer for the emergency department.
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Students from Ms. Berndt’s first/second grade classroom at John Lyman School wrote a skit in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department. Melissa Fowler, granddaughter of Mickey Fowler, owner of the historical Fowler’s Market, helped to write a skit reenacting the burning of the market in 1988. Melissa, who was not even born at the time, researched the event and brought newspaper clippings and photographs to school to explain to her classmates how the events unfolded. She and her classmates reconstructed Fowler’s Market out of paint and cardboard, made cardboard fire trucks and told the story of the historic fire. Mickey Fowler and his wife were present for the performance and were amused by the humorous portrayal of the story.
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Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit www.durhamlibrary.org to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call (860) 349-9544.
History and architecture of Durham: The History and Architecture of Durham, an Architectural and Historical Survey is now available online from the community section of the library’s web page. The study was conducted in 1983-1984
by the Greater Middletown Preservation Trust. Eventually 180 houses were included in the study. Criteria includes all historical buildings in the town center, all historical buildings through 1850 outside the town center and representative examples of 1850 to 1930 “undistinguished” gable-to-street domestic style buildings. Summer reading club: Sign up begins on Monday, June 29, for this year’s “Be Creative!” summer fun for kids, teens and adults. Prizes, programs, raffles, and of course, reading are featured through Friday, Aug. 8. New titles include The Cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, The Northern Clemency by Philip Hesher,
Diamondhead by Patrick Robinson, Kaplan LSAT Premier Live Online 2010, Macs for Seniors for Dummies and ASVAB for Dummies. Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn, Eclipse by Richard North Patterson, First Family by David Baldacci, Medusa by Clive Cussler and The Sign by Raymond Khoury are available in large print. Rosetta Key by William Dietrich is available on CD. New DVDs include From the Terrace, Fort Apache the Bronx, The Color of Money, Defiance, Saving Grace, Legally Blonde, Sinbad, Legend of the Seven Seas, Lassie, Best Friends Are Forever and Pocahontas II, Journey to a New World. The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet on
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Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Visit www.leviecoe.com or call the library at (860) 3493857 for information or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Unique, inspired pieces of artwork: Stop by the library to view original pieces of art brought to you from talented local artists. This month’s selections are paintings by Sharon. For your viewing pleasure, these paintings are also offered for sale. Check the library bulletin board for more information, listing of artwork and accompanying prices. Great new book titles include Wicked Prey by John Sandford, The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert, Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver, Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley, The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy, I’m Down: My Life with Black People by Mishna Wolff and Relentless by Dean Koontz. To view anticipated arrival dates for new titles, visit www.leviecoe.com,
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Mary K. Bernacki, age 79, of Jupiter, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 8, 2009, in West Palm Beach. Born in New Haven, she had been a resident of Jupiter for 26 years, coming from Durham. She was a licensed practical nurse at Middlesex Memorial Hospital and Queens Convalescent Home, in Middletown. Mrs. Bernacki was a parishioner of Notre Dame Church in Durham. Survivors include her husband, Henry Bernacki of Jupiter; one daughter, Maureen Bernacki of Jupiter; two sons, Henry Bernacki of Jupiter and Peter Bernacki of Durham; one granddaughter, Leah Bernacki; one greatgrandson, Tyler Kobus; and one great-granddaughter, Sadie Kobus. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Dora Kline, and her two sons, Leon and Michael Bernacki. A Mass of Christian burial was held in Florida. The family suggests contributions to “Go Red for Women,” c/o American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4596.
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Obituaries da, David, Sue and Hal, for all their love and assistance over the past nine months. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in August at St. Mary Church in Meriden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALS of Florida, 3242 Parkside Center Circle, Tampa, FL 33619-0907 or Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
Robert Winfield Martin Robert Winfield Martin, 94, of Middletown, husband of Mary Rose (Augeri) Martin, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2009, at Middlesex Hospital. Born on October 5, 1914, in Devereaux, GA, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Josie B. (Hitchcock) Martin. Bob lived in Middletown since 1936 and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, served 29 years on the Middletown Police Department, retiring as Deputy Chief, and 10 years as head of
New Citizens security at Middlesex Hospital. Bob was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Moose Lodge #1547, and St. John Lodge # 2 AF & AM. He is survived by three daughters, Anita Sims and her husband, James of Pahrump, NV, Margery Trotta and her husband Larry of Middletown, and Jeanne Monthei and her husband Bob of Middlefield; a stepson, Peter Parcek and his wife Anne of Boston, MA; a stepdaughter, Joann Silva of Marblehead, MA; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Leon Martin, his sister Annabelle Dykas and his first wife, Rebecca (Ekstrom) Martin. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Bob’s memory to the First Baptist Church, 93 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457.
Ava Hope Marrero Born on Aug. 8, 2008 to Kristan and José Marrero of New Britain Grandparents: Joan Weber, Durham William Weber, Middletown Betty Rivera, New Britain A. Marreno, Hartford Little sister to: Adrianna Rose Aaron Benjamin
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for Twin Maples, an assisted living facility in Durham. “It was so great because I got a thank you letter from them and I got to see them playing and enjoying it as I hoped they would,” said Zachary, who organized and ran the fundraiser entirely by himself. This sense of helping others is a trait Zachary feels he’s acquired from his parents, Bill Kowalski and Aggie Cahill, of Durham. He credits them as being the biggest influence in his young life. “They are really hard workers and that’s something I take to heart,” he shared. “On top of that they’re honest, they treat people fairly; they are perfect role models.” When asked one thing that people would be surprised to know about him, Zachary responded that he was bitten by a camel at a petting zoo when he was five years old. “I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone,” he laughed. In the fall, Zachary will attend Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Though he isn’t sure yet what he wants to do as a career, he would be happy studying either physics or environmental studies. Science has always been his favorite subject, and physics, which he got interested in this year, is the per-
fect combination of science and math, he said. “I definitely want to do something in science and something hands on,” Zachary noted. “Both of those fields have to do with physical stuff around us, and that’s what I’m most interested in.” When it comes to ending this chapter of his life and embarking on the next, Zachary said it’s bittersweet. “I think I’m getting more excited to go day by day, but at the same time I still think I’ll miss the people I’m leaving behind,” he said. “I guess at this point I’m pretty ready to go on.” In addition to his parents Bill and Aggie, Zachary has two younger sisters, Hannah, a junior at Coginchaug, and Rachel, an eighth grader.
Salutatorian Hannah Bober Nobody will be much sur-
prised to find that Class of 2009 salutatorian Hannah Bober, the graduate with the second highest academic average in this clearly outstanding class, is planning on a career in some sort of environmental science. Hannah has been a dedicated member of ECO, Coginchaug’s Environmental Organization, and the Envirothon team, for the whole of her high school career. She was also a founding member of Durham’s Clean Energy Task Force. What her friends and acquaintances might be surprised to know, however, is that Hannah used to be, in her words, “really, really, really shy ... actually terrified of talking to adults. My parents would sometimes laugh at me for being so shy.” That hasn’t been a problem for awhile, however, as Hannah has enjoyed and participated in her high school years with gusto. She credits her best friends, as well as those laughing parents, with “letting me be who I am and giving me the support and freedom to develop without loading me down with expectations of how I should be.” Despite her intense involvement and interest in environmental issues, Hannah singled out her trips to Mexico and Spain as the most rewarding activities of her high school years. “Traveling made me realize how much there is to see in the world,”
she explained. “I also love the language (Spanish), and it has opened my mind to a much wider horizon.” Some things Hannah knows now that she didn’t when she was a freshman are that “errors are not the end of the world; they’re something to learn from and go on. School is just part of life.” So, she counsels incoming freshmen to “take advantage of everything during your high school years – in school and out – so you can have fun and figure out what you like doing.” She has also learned in these four years that she really does love her brother Joey with whom she fought all through childhood! Hannah is the daughter of Kurt Bober and Tammy Bober of Durham, and the little sister of Corey and Joey, both students at Northeastern University in Boston. Hannah will head in the other direction next fall – to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, with the thought of majoring in Environmental Science and perhaps eventually signing on for a program Vassar shares with Dartmouth College in Environmental Engineering. And, she’ll figure out a way to travel and speak Spanish in there somewhere! And now, in alphabetical order, Coginchaug’s other graduates with honor and distinction.
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biggest influence on Erin throughout high school. Though she was only her coach for the last three years, “Coach Kavanaugh was the biggest influence on me because she coached me to push beyond my own abilities and helped me improve and grow this season,” Erin explained. It’s no surprise, then, that Erin will be attending Quinnipiac University in the fall for athletic training, as she’s become interested in the field through her own experience with athletics. She is also considering a minor in music, stemming from her involvement in several after-school bands. Because there are so many options and unknowns, Erin plans to take things one day at a time and enjoy the next step in her life. In fact, reflecting on the last four years of her life, she advises high school freshman not to take anything for granted “because time flies faster than you think,” she stated, adding, “Get involved in anything that interests you.” Erin lives in Rockfall with mom Donna, dad John, sister Jaci, 12, and brother Christian, 17.
involved in, including Junior Classical League, ECO, Quiz Bowl and EDGE, or Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday. “Each of them is different and contributed to my high school experience,” said Colleen. “I think being involved in clubs is important for making friends, getting involved in your school and being more connected in general.” But it was her involvement in Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown that was her most rewarding experience. Throughout high school, Colleen acted in five different shows put on by the teen repertory group at Oddfellows.
“You have to learn to balance it out,” she said about her busy schedule. Colleen’s grandmother, a Latin teacher, has had the biggest influence on her life. In fact, Colleen will be attending Tufts University in the fall where she plans to major in classics, a branch of the humanities comprising the language, literature, philosophy and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world, such as Latin and Ancient Greek. Colleen lives in Durham with her father Kenneth, mother Leslie, brother Nathaniel, 19, and sister Laurel, 15.
Ariana Giacco Her freshman year of high school, Ariana had an eye-
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If you read about Hannah Gossner’s WISE project in last week’s Devil’s Advocate, you’ll know that Hannah can sew — she sewed prom dresses for herself and five friends this year! But here’s what you may not know: Hannah is a writer — “I have eight journals full of writing,” and she has been playing classical piano for 10 years, though that one may not be as surprising. Throughout high school, Hannah was involved in show choir, jazz band, concert choir, concert band, a capella and other musical productions. No wonder she said one of the most rewarding parts of high school has been her musical experience. “The music program has helped shaped who I am, whether I was helping out in the department or involved in a production,” she said, adding, “It’s the most amazing feeling in the world to put on a performance.” In addition, Hannah’s participation in cross-country — where she admits she isn’t necessarily a “good runner” — taught her about being part of a team, pushing yourself and achieving things that you don’t think you can do. Similarly, her passion for riding horses since she was eight years old has been a rewarding experience because “It’s rewarding when you feel the improvements you’ve been working on for so long.” When she wasn’t riding hors-
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es, running or part of a musical production, Hannah spent her time on Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and with the Ocean Bowl and ECO clubs. Her advice to freshmen is don’t count out anyone as someday being your friend. “By the end of senior year, you end up knowing pretty much everyone and getting close with people you thought you wouldn’t be,” she explained. Hannah will be attending the University of New England in Maine in the fall where she plans to major in biology or marine biology to “probably do something environmental someday.” She lives in Durham with her parents Mark and Tina, sister Julia, 16, and brother Sam, 14. It’s her mother who has been the biggest influence on Hannah’s life. “She’s always there to give me advice and help me out with everything,” said explained. “She helps with homework or bad days, and yes, she taught me to sew.”
Being co-captain of the cross-country team, “through the scorching sun and the pounding raindrops” was by far the most rewarding high school experience for Jennifer Heller. She said of her role, “It proved to be far less important to ‘manage’ and control the girls than to serve as a catalyst in fostering teamwork, camaraderie and unity. I had to look deeper to find something great that each one of us could bring to the team.” Jennifer said both of her parents have been the biggest influence on shaping who she is today. “My mom Carol has taught me through her perse-
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“My parents definitely pushed me to be all that I can be.” For the first 14 years of her life, what Abby wanted to be was a forensic scientist, but she changed her mind over the course of about five minutes because of something she read online. Now, she wants to pursue a career in the music industry. “I want to manage a band or work with a recording company,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to become a music producer.” Though the road ahead looks bright, the road behind was bright also, and Abby said she was fortunate to have so many great experiences throughout high school. Over the course of four years, Abby’s most rewarding experience was when she got a chance to go to Western Europe for 20 days the summer after her sophomore year. “It was an incredible experience that taught me a lot about leadership and friendship,” she said. Abby will be attending Northeastern University in Boston along with her older brother Matt. She lives in Durham with Matt and her parents Rick and Pam.
Abby Huntley After her best friend Ally Palmisano died last summer, Abby Huntley learned that life is short — something that she takes more seriously now than she did as a freshman. “The reality of mortality hit me,” she explained. “However, this made me stronger and more willing to live each day to the fullest.” She also learned through her parents, Rick and Pam, that with the help and support of family, you can get through just about anything.
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(From page 23) Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress. As a recipient of an Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship, she received voice lessons for two years, participating in master classes once a month at the Bushnell in Hartford. “It was amazing,” she says. “The classes provided a medium for me to focus on music outside of school, strengthen my performance skills, and improve on my weaknesses.” Emily lives in Durham with her parents, Marv and Jennifer. Her brother Matt is at the University of Virginia for graduate school, and her sister Lauren is a senior at the University of Connecticut. She will attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She will be in the musical theatre studio CAP21, majoring in musical theater. After college, Emily plans to perform in musical theatre, and possibly direct
or produce one day.
Matthew Johnson Matthew Johnson has this advice for freshmen: “Get involved in as much as you can in high school, including sports, clubs and all different things. It’s a way to meet other people and get to know your teachers, learn how to
form relationships, and it helps you do better academically and socially.” Matt himself played on the golf and soccer teams, was a member of the National Honor Society and did tutoring and other volunteer projects on the side. Though he says his closest friends know everything there is to know about him, Matt thinks people may be surprised to know that he does a lot more sports outside of school, such as skiing, “which I’m really big into,” and wakeboarding. He also has an interest in science and nature, and even was lucky enough to go to Alaska after his sophomore year with his family and science teacher Mrs. Michael’s family — a really rewarding opportunity. “We got to experience incredible landscapes and wildlife, and did amazing things like kayaking on a lagoon by a glacier,” he explained. “It was an awesome trip that I’ll never forget.”
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Despite his interest in the outdoors, Matt plans on going into pre-med at Wake Forest University in North Carolina where he’ll major in psychology. Matt is lucky to have had two major influences in his life. His grandfather, Francis Carriero, has had a big impact on him as the person who “has told me to always have a dream and push myself.” The second person is his mom Barbara. “She’s always motivated me to be the best I can be.” Matt lives in Durham with his parents Barbara and Stephen.
Rachel Lang Rachel Lang is all of a piece. Start talking to her and her influences, rewarding activities and aspirations come together in one “Aha, of course” kind of moment. She is a young woman with definite direction, and that direction has been affected pow-
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erfully by the organization she names as her greatest influence – Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown. “I participated in Oddfellows from a young age,” she explained, “and it really broadened my horizons. I met people I wouldn’t have met in our small towns of Durham and Middlefield, and I really grew as a person. I am so grateful for those opportunities.” Widening horizons were a continuing theme in Rachel’s answers as she pegged the Spanish Honor Society trips to Mexico as the most rewarding activities of her high school years. “It was great the way Sra. Horn arranged it so we actually got to meet the family of the boy we were helping. It was hands-on. We got inside the culture. It wasn’t just ‘give some money and there we’ve done something.’ We could actually get involved.” In view of Rachel’s early and consistent participation in Oddfellows, she has gotten something of a reputation among her peers as an actress. However, she believes her friends would be surprised to know that acting itself might not be where she is headed. “I would actually like to use Shakespeare to reach troubled youth,” she said. “People might say, ‘You mean you actually like Shakespeare?’ I do, and I have also read about programs where using Shakespeare in troubled situations has helped kids. That’s what I’d like to do someday.” Rachel is starting on the road to someday by heading off to Muhlenberg College in Indiana where she has been accepted into their Honors program as an R.J. Fellow. “The program is based on creativity and helping the community,” she explained – definitely right up her alley.
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(From page 24) Rachel can clearly recall entering Coginchaug as a freshman and thinking: “I’ll never be as tall or as cool as these seniors.” Now, as a graduating senior herself, Rachel passes along this advice to freshmen: “Now I know that we’re really still the same people we were, and those seniors were also the same people they were as freshmen. Don’t be overawed. You’ll do fine. My friends and I sometimes look around and say, ‘You’ve got to be kidding. We can’t be graduating. We’re just still kids.’” Kids maybe, but this particular kid has a real head start on a rewarding and exciting future. Rachel is the daughter of Ed and Pam Lang, of Middlefield, and the younger sister of Samantha (Sam), a Mercy High School grad who lives and works in Hartford, and Colin, a Coginchaug graduate, who lives in Boston and works in media.
al Relations and a minor in Dance, which would certainly be an interesting combination. She counts her family, not surprisingly, as her major influence, including her parents, grandparents, aunt and her older brother Eric, who graduated from Vassar last year and now works in Washington, D.C. “They supported and encouraged whatever I wanted to do, and Eric went through everything first, so I knew what to expect,” she explained. Also not surprisingly, with her sights set on the wider world, she says one thing she knows now but didn’t necessarily understand four years ago was: “You should branch out and meet as many new people as you can. Don’t stay in your comfortable little group.” That would be her advice to incoming freshmen. Her friends might be surprised to know that Jenna already has considerable travel experience under her belt, in-
cluding a family visit to relatives in Sweden when she was younger. Jenna is the daughter of Denis Langhans and Sue Langhans, of Durham, and the younger sister of Eric.
Zachary Martowski Zach Martowski lives in Durham with his mom, Celeste, and his dad, Francis. He also has three younger siblings: Alexis, Josh and Nadiya. Zach has been keeping himself busy while at Coginchaug. “I am a member of National Honor Society (NHS), co-president of the Spanish Honor Society, a member of the show choir, a member of the chamber choir, I play the clarinet in concert band as well as in the wind ensemble, I’ve ran cross-country for four years, and I participated in the WISE program.” In addition to all of this, Zach still
makes time to go to concerts to see acts such as Keith Urban, Coldplay and Kenny Chesney. Next fall Zach will be attending UConn, where he plans to focus on biology, medical sciences and possibly Spanish. Although he hasn’t decided, he can imagine owning a small firm or private practice one day, depending on what he ends up majoring in. “I don’t really know what to expect with col-
lege. I’ve heard that it’s harder to form a relationship with professors at college, as opposed to teachers in high school.” Despite his apprehensions, Zach is looking forward to seeing what the future holds outside of Durham and meeting new people. “I really can’t wait for the whole college experience: meeting people, living in the dorms, checking out clubs and activities on campus, the whole thing.” Looking back over his high school career, Zach can’t decide on just one experience that he would deem most rewarding. “It was great doing show choir, because people tended to like the outcome of our work. Not only that, but it was a lot of fun, and we all liked to work hard on what we were doing.” On the other hand, Zach also really cherishes the community service aspect of being a member of the National Honor Society.
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26 Animosity (From page 21) do. None of our days end when the children head home. My husband and I wanted our children educated in this district for this very reason. We knew they would receive an excellent foundation as we did when we grew up in these towns and went through the system. I, for one, am exceedingly proud to work with this wonderful group of individuals. I consider them my friends as well as my colleagues. We are all struggling in these difficult economic times. I’m afraid, however, that this animosity will create a division that cannot be easily healed. As small communities, even though we have many differing opinions, we need to work together in a civil manner, communicate clearly and set a good example for our children. Betsy Bascom, Middlefield
Vote ‘yes’ to keep home values high Dear Middlefield residents, It is time to approve the District 13 budget and the Middlefield town budget. Durham seems to be on track with education and the importance of it. Why not Middlefield? I have two questions for all “no” voters of Middlefield: Do you not value your property values? Do you like the appreciation it has given you over the years? As a licensed local realtor and certified real estate appraiser who does a lot of work in both towns, I have observed a decline of a popular “staple” realtor comment: “desirable District 13 school system.” You see, the strength and desirability of a town for potential buyers is its school system. Take a look around at a desirable town, then look at its school system; is it highly
related? Today’s buyers who have children are researching this very statistic (ask any realtor). It is one of the first criteria on their list. Local real estate markets are as strong as their school systems. The school system is the back bone of a town (or towns). It is time to vote “yes” and move on. No one is winning. Keep our towns in high ranking and “desirable” for the future. Time to vote “yes” and stop hurting the local real estate market. You are truly only hurting your home’s value. James Caramanello, Middlefield
Changed view of teachers Dear Editor: Recently I learned that the teachers in our district voted overwhelmingly not to accept a day off without pay in order to help in the current and ongoing financial mess so many
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of us are experiencing. I don’t blame them one bit. After all, it is a dog eat dog world. Also, some taxpayers don’t seem to understand that teachers have expenses too. Do you think the Lexus dealer just gives away cars? And what about the maintenance costs on the in-ground pool, the upkeep of the summer home on Cape Cod, and the hundred dollars a week, cash, for the Peruvian live-in nanny? Add to that the rising costs of prescription drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft, contributions to the Democratic National Committee, the mortgage on the million dollar colonial on snob hill, the time share in the Cayman Islands, and vet bills for the yellow Labrador along with savings for a $5,000 prom dress and an eventual new car for junior, and, man, it’s a wonder teachers are getting by at all. Besides that, many of these penny pinching taxpayers
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don’t realize just how difficult it is to try to teach 23 spoiled brats for 182 days our own religious system known as Core Ethical Values, or try to convince eighth grade boys that sodomy is a perfectly acceptable sexual practice, or inform the teenagers that their belief in God is totally untrue because Darwin said we are nothing more than apes. This is tough work our teachers are doing, and it gets even tougher when instructing on the virtues of Marxism, the fact that boys and girls are the same, the gentle steering of pregnant teens toward the friendly abortion clinic and the teaching of tolerance when the system’s policy is zero tolerance. Taxpayers get all this, and for what, a mere $50,000, $60,000, $70,000 a year? That’s a bargain. To close, I would remind my fellow taxpayers that the teachers in our district have always been very generous. At least four or five times a year in our local newspaper you can see a picture of one or more of them donating a box of macaroni and cheese to the food pantry, or saving a lizard or hugging a tree. And sure, my opinion of them has changed over the years. They are not the ape loving, godless socialists I once thought they were. Turns out, when push comes to shove, they are capitalist pigs just like the rest of us. Mark J. Czaja, Middlefield
I was at the Rockfall Post Office on a recent Saturday morning waiting to mail a package to friends in Martha’s Vineyard. There was a young father there with his two young children in tow, buying some stamps, and as all kids do, they were fidgeting as he finished his transaction. He stepped away from the counter, and as he did so, an elderly lady came in the door and asked him if he could help her with directions. He asked what she was looking for, and I heard her say she was lost and that she was looking for an adult living place in Middletown where her friend was. He patiently explained where she See OHD, next page
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was right now and how far and what direction she needed to go to get there, but she was still a bit confused about where she was supposed to go. He said, “If you would wait a few minutes, I could have you follow me there.” I was so touched by this random act of kindness. Here is a busy dad who was taking time out of his Saturday with his children, to ensure this lady arrived safely to her destination over to a place off Randolph Road in Middletown. I know she must have been very grateful to him for doing this. He taught his children a very valuable lesson that day; not only that we need to respect our elders, but that kindnesses such as these random acts are part of what makes us a community, and one that makes me proud to be a resident here. So to the kind young father who had an Impala following him on Saturday, thank you. Carol Schweitzer-Schilling, Rockfall
Can the school budget be any leaner than it is without legislation? Perhaps, but that takes a process of analysis and discussion. This too cannot happen overnight, but we must begin. The RSD-13 budget, as currently proposed, will represent a .08 mil decrease to the town of Durham. The Board of Finance may, if they choose, actually reduce our mill rate from 26.25 to 26.17. This will be the fourth year in a row that we will have a stable mill rate. I hope that has helped keep your household budgets stable as well. I ask you to support the budget on Tuesday, June 23, and to stay active in our budgeting process as we move forward. We are all keenly aware that our work is not complete and must labor to keep the cost of government and education services at an affordable level. Let’s pass the budget so we can start preparing for what we believe will
be another challenging year. Laura L. Francis, Durham First Selectman
Vote ‘yes’ on District 13 budget Dear fellow voters, To vote “no” on the school budget will not reopen the furlough day issue. I know that many of you are angry with the teachers for voting “no” to give up a day for the 2010 budget. However, I think I can offer a unique perspective. I live in your community, and I work with your teachers every day as support staff. The teachers have already made many concessions through binding state-mandated arbitration which ensures fair salaries for both the teachers and for the district paying them. Additionally one-third of all our teachers have had their
salaries frozen for two years. (Editor’s note: According to District 13 business manager Ron Melnick, no teachers have had their salaries frozen. According to the arbitrated contract, some step raises were frozen for the first year of the contract – the current year – but all teachers received the agreed-upon percent raises of 2.37 percent this year and will receive 2.4 percent next year.) All of our teachers are in the bottom third in pay with other districts of similar size. They also contribute a larger percentage to their health plan than other communities. The teacher’s union cautioned the teachers that agreeing to a furlough day would open their contract for further concessions. It was for that final reason that they voted “no.”
teacher has been cut, a direct impact on my seven-year-old son at John Lyman. Furthermore, cuts were made in health, TV and media production, and languages at the high school, directly affecting my two older sons, one entering his senior year and the other his freshman year. Both of them will have to join 28 other students in their health classes, have less class options and fewer resources available to enhance their learning.
Now new cuts have been made in attempt to bring the budget down even further. The elementary health
I have spoken with members of the Board of Educa-
For those of you who think that District 13 employees have not been impacted by this economy, let me assure you that this is not true. There is not one person who has not felt the negative impact of this recession. We all have family, friends and neighbors who have suffered this past year.
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Dear Editor, On June 23rd you will once again be asked to vote in the RSD13 budget referendum. The new proposed budget represents a .68 percent increase. That is the lowest percentage increase I can ever remember. I know that many of you still would like to see it lower. However, I believe it is time to pass the budget and get to the work of educating our students and caring for our school infrastructure. Many of you are angry that the teachers did not agree to a one-day furlough. I don’t blame you; everyone can afford to give back one day. In spite of this, I still believe it is time to pass the budget. The drivers of much of the costs of public education cannot be fixed overnight. We must all, including the BOE and the union leadership, pressure our legislature to curb the unfunded mandates, to give municipalities and school boards some relief from binding arbitration and find ways to reduce the cost of health and pension benefits. These things can only be fixed at the state and federal level.
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tion, teachers, administrators, parents and read many of the comments on the three newspaper blogs, and I understand all sides. It is with this information that I can say unequivocally that this is a fair budget. Fair to the community, fair to our students, and fair to our teachers. Please vote yes on June 23. Elizabeth Shoudy, Durham
District 13 staff must be part of solution Dear Editor: The latest installment of Regional School District 13 budget talks has produced announcements of “symbolism” in regards to concessions by teachers. I, and many others, although encouraged, are not interested in symbolism or half-hearted gestures. The towns of Durham and Middlefield have been overwhelmingly generous these years past in support of education, and this administration should be returning that support with a sincere attempt at sacrifice. A $90,000 “furlough day” savings does not amount to a hill of beans when the net budget is over $31 million, this year’s projected salary
increases are $775,743 and benefit increases are over $615,000. For years voters have acquiesced to the sizable increases District 13 has presented and become complacent in the process. The Board of Education is battling with more resistance this year and can’t seem to agree on a conclusive “why?” Perhaps we should finally acknowledge the pink elephant standing in the middle of the room. There is a recession. The cost of living has grown. Incomes are not keeping pace. Jobs have been lost. Retirement savings diminished. Debt stands at an all-time high at the state and national levels. Guess what? Durham and Middlefield residents are not immune to the consequences, and quite frankly, cannot afford another sizable increase to their taxes. That said, my suggestion to the board is to schedule another meeting with the participating unions, pursue a freeze on raises this coming year and save this district some real dollars. There have been no suggestions of layoffs or salary reductions and everyone seems to be on the same page when it comes to the dedication of the staff. What the board has to remember is that compensation for employees of this district is rendered from the lo-
cal property taxes and that should make this same staff accountable when there is a defined need, just like all the other municipal employees in our towns who have generously offered back their own much-needed raises. Margaret Neri, Middlefield
Union reps explain teacher vote Dear Editor, As co vice-presidents of the Region 13 Education Association, we would like to explain why the teachers in District 13 voted not to agree to a furlough day for the 2009/2010 school year. Eighty-two percent of the teachers voted on June 10, 2009 with the result that 136 were opposed to a furlough while 23 were in favor. The Teacher Negotiations Act (part of CT General Statutes 10-153f(e)) governs teacher negotiations including mid-term negotiations. A side letter of agreement is in fact mid-term negotiating and parties cannot refer to a midterm negotiation as a “side letter of agreement” to avoid statutory requirements. Opening the contract in this climate would put it at substantial risk for further negotiations, mediation, and possible arbitration. This is a risk that the teachers were not willing to take. To date, of
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the 170 towns in Connecticut, 51 have asked teachers for a furlough day; 46 of them declined to accept one. The perception that teachers in most other towns have agreed to a furlough is incorrect. In contract negotiations last year, although our teachers have historically contributed more than what is customary in other districts or in other local contracts, our teachers voluntarily agreed to further increase their premium share, copays, and deductibles on medical insurance and to participate in an HSA insurance plan to help reduce the cost of medical insurance to the BOE. The current economic crisis did not exist at that time, yet in arbitration, the teachers were awarded one of the lowest settlements in the state. This arbitrated agreement also included two step freezes and therefore salary freezes for many of our teachers. Such freezes did not occur in any other district in the state. The teachers have already contributed substantially to lowering the staff budget even before being asked for a furlough day. Teachers are sympathetic to the economic stress of the times, and they are not immune to the impact on their own families and in their own communities; however, teachers haven’t caused the economic problems that the
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communities in Durham and Middlefield are experiencing, nor are they in a position to solve them. Teachers were hired to do a job and to their credit have done it well. Basically, the best educational opportunities for the children occur in the classroom with their teachers. This school system has been a source of pride in these communities and rightfully so due to the hard work and dedication of the teachers, administrators, staff, BOE, and parents and community members alike. Misplaced anger toward the teachers and voter apathy may continue to cause the dismantling of the school system that these two communities have worked so hard to establish. That would be a tragedy that would be terribly difficult to rectify, but this is a decision that is up to the voters of Durham and Middlefield, not up to the teachers of District 13. John Forline & Jen Penney, vice presidents, Region 13 Education Assoc.
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Dear Editor: Those who are fortunate enough to be able to keep up with life’s many obligations need to pause a moment and consider the situation of those who, for many reasons, cannot. We ought to be more careful in attributing evil motives to those with whom we disagree, especially during trying times. There are many whispers in the back of the Durham Pharmacy lately as a senior or single parent asks the pharmacist which of their prescriptions can wait to be filled, and which cannot. Many are now going without medications because they have lost, or cannot afford, insurance. Others simply cannot keep up with copays and the cost of medicine. I have spoken to many more of our friends and neighbors than I can recall about notices of mortgage default, foreclosures, suits on credit card debts, and medical and utility collection letters. These are people whose pride is as bruised as their credit, and
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The Jonah Center for Earth and Art and First Church of Christ, Congregational, in Middletown are cosponsoring a canoe and kayak paddle in the lower Mattabesset and Coginchaug rivers, as well as the boggy meadows where those two rivers converge. The tour departs from the boat ramp on the Connecticut River, next to Harbor Park in Middletown on Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Paddlers will return
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holding hands with a time of 21:16. In the children’s division, the winner was Emily Stanwood with a time of 24:45 and in second place, Jessica Stanwood with a time of 32:43. In the K-9 division, the winners were Gavin and Brixie Lacz with a time of 18:44. The Park and Recreation Commission would like to thank Lisa and Fitch from the Lion’s Club, who helped out at the finish line; Rob Levine and his son for manning the water station; and Kevin and Lindsey Lacz for their help in organizing the event.
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Durham Recreation Playground will begin on Monday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at Allyn Brook Park. The Little People program will meet at child’s scheduled time. There are 15 openings in the second session, which will meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Allyn Brook Park from 10:30-noon. Children must be four by July 4; open to ages 4 and 5. Youth Night will start on Tuesday, June 30, at Strong School from 6-9 p.m. This program is open to all Durham and Middlefield students entering grades 5-8. You may register at the door or when student first attends. You can find more information online at townofdurhamct.org (Recreation) or call (860) 343-6724.
The Middlefield Park and Recreation Department held the first ever Old Home Days fun run on June 6. There were 18 participants. The race went from the Trackside Deli in Rockfall to the flag pole at the circle in Peckham Park. The course is about 2.1 miles. The unofficial winner was Jack Flannery with a time of 14:41. Jack did not register so the official first place finisher was Tyler Gerry with a time of 14:46. He was followed by Darin Overton with a time of 16:20 and Justin Rogers with a time of 16:40. In the women’s division, the winner was Lisa Rand with a time of 17:39, followed by a tie for second place by Kristen and Melanie Rogers, who crossed the finish line
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Scouts visit (and train) at West Point Venture Crew 169 was invited to attend the 47th annual Scout Camporee held at West Point Military Academy. The event had over 4,000 people from all over the country in attendance and was run by the cadets who attend West Point. Early Friday morning, we took a tour of the academy. The architecture and grounds are beautiful. The facility is so big we had to take a bus to see all the sights, and the history lesson we received from our tour guide was very informative. Many important figures in American history attended West Point. Afterwards we stopped for lunch at Camp Buckner while waiting to register and begin our hike to our campsite. We opted to attend as a Lightfighter unit which meant we had to backpack
all our gear in. We hiked in over three miles to get to our 25’ by 25’ campsite. Part of the hike is over a long, steep hill called Bull Hill. A couple of the scouts were betting against Mr. McKernan and Mr. Long making it over, but they lost the bet and didn’t arrive at our campsite much before we did. Everyone who successfully completes the hike receives a special Bull Hill pin to wear on their uniform. Setting up our campsite was pretty simple since we only carried in what we needed for the weekend. That night the scouts were treated to a movie on the big screen down on the parade field while the adults attended a late night meeting. At 6 a.m. Saturday, the cadet who was assigned to us arrived at our site for pt (physical training). The boys ran and did morning exercis-
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es with him and it was a great way to start the day. After a light breakfast, we went down to the parade field for the opening ceremony, and after that it was off to the events. The boys participated in grenade tossing, knot tying, a leadership course, first aid, canoe racing, fire building, orienteering and other scout skills events. They did very well in all the events with the biggest challenge being the long lines getting to the events. During the day, a helicopter buzzed the camp and a group of parachutists jumped out and made pinpoint landings in the parade field. That evening the cadets held a campfire where the scouts were given the opportunity to put on skits and sing songs. The campfire was an enormous bonfire that could be seen for miles. Sunday morning had us packing our gear and getting ready for departure. The closing ceremony was very impressive with all of the units lined up in formation with their assigned cadet. We were also very fortunate that the rain held off for most of the weekend. We would like to thank our charter organization VFW Post 10169 for their continued and active support of our Venturing program. Our calendar is full to the end of the year with many new and exciting things on tap. If any young man, aged 14 – 20 is interested in participating in more advanced scouting activities, please contact the Crew at firstname.lastname@example.org. You won’t be disappointed. Fun Fact: How many people are flying through the air at any one time? 220,000 every hour. That’s roughly four million per day, 1.5 billion a year. From: 101 Things You Need to Know…and Some You Don’t!
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Celebrate Father’s Day
The Fathers of … Supreme Court all keep a watch on each other. When he was elected to the U.S. Congress, he helped write the Bill of Rights, making human rights a stronger part of the Constitution.
People who invent something, have a new idea, make a dream come true, or are the first to do something are often called the “father” or “mother” of that new thing. For example, we often call George Washington the “father of our country.” The Mini Page celebrates Father’s Day, June 21, by remembering some famous men who many believe led the way in their field.
James Madison (17511836) was born in Virginia as the oldest of 12 kids. Five of his siblings died. He later married the lively and popular Dolley Todd.
George Washington (1732-1799) was born in Virginia. His family were well-off farmers. He worked as a surveyor and joined the British Colonial army. Before the Revolutionary War, he served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, or the Colonial legislature.
Father of the Constitution James Madison helped write the Virginia Constitution in 1776. He was later the main author of the U.S. Constitution. He also helped write articles persuading Americans to adopt it. Madison helped set up the country’s system of checks and balances. This means the president, Congress and the
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He was elected as the fourth president of the U.S. in 1808. In 1812, because Britain was seizing ships and sailors, Madison declared war on Britain. He had to flee when the British set fire to the Capitol and the White House.
Father of biology Aristotle (ARE-ihSTAHT-uhl) is known as one of the greatest philosophers, or thinkers, of all time. He founded a school for science and collected much information about plants and animals. Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) was born in Greece. His father was the doctor for a king.
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George Washington not only led the Colonies in the fight for independence from Britain, but also guided the country through its birth. He helped create a new kind of country, one ruled by the people. Washington was a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. They met to decide how to deal with Britain’s growing unfairness. In 1775, delegates elected Washington commander in chief of the Continental Army. Every president since has also been the commander in chief. After leading America to victory, Washington pushed the new country to adopt a constitution. When he was elected America’s first president, Washington set the pattern for future presidents. He refused to serve a third term. He was so popular that he could have had as much power as a king. But he thought this went against the principles of America.
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Father of the country
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“NHS was really important to me; I really think that people should give back to the community. One time the NHS participated in the Middlesex Phone-A-Thon, which raised money for Middlesex Hospital. It was a very rewarding experience.” For incoming freshmen, Zach has this bit of advice: “Don’t be afraid to talk to upperclassmen. I was really shy freshman year, and regret not making friends with juniors and seniors.” Zach also recommends to incoming freshmen that, “This is my own opinion, but if something seems too easy then you are not challenging yourself. If you’re taking a lower level class that feels really easy, you should go in a higher level class, because that’s the best way to get the most benefit out of what the school offers.”
Despite being the time of year typical for the “senior slide,” Allison Neuburger has been keeping herself busy both in and out of school. “I have been a part of the Middlesex Academy of the Performing Arts since it started my freshman year,” says Allison. “Ali Brandt, a music teacher from Brewster School, is the director. We actually have a production opening this coming Thursday, June 18, called “<3,” which is a compilation of Steven Sondheim songs that we wrote ourselves.” Allison is just as active in her academic life. “One of the most rewarding activities I participated in at Coginchaug would have to be the National Honor Society (NHS), where I was co-president. One of my biggest influences in high school, Ms. Mattei, is the advisor of the NHS, so it was nice spending all that time with
Town Times presents H&D graduates her. Not only that, but I also really like NHS because it’s both an academic and service organization. It’s cool because I get to work on projects with kids who are into school work and giving back to the community.” Some ways in which Allison has helped give back to the community were volunteering at Middlesex Hospital and going Christmas caroling at the hospital for patients during the holiday season. This coming fall, Allison will be attending George Washington University in Washington, DC. “I’m really excited to be getting out of Durham. I love the town, but I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’m looking forward to living in a city and experiencing a new environment,” explains Allison. While attending school in our nation’s capital, Allison will be focusing on political science, with ambitions of either working as a lawyer or in politics. “A couple of my uncles are lawyers, but ever since I saw the movie Legally Blonde, I thought ‘hey, I can do that.’” Allison is also excited at the opportunity to participate at the university’s Model UN, something she has participated in at Coginchaug. Coincidently, one of Allison’s memorable experiences that people may not know about her happened when she was five and visiting the White House, four blocks from where she will be attending college. “We were touring the White House, and I began to feel sick. Some of the Secret Service noticed this and escorted me into a special presidential bathroom,” remembers Allison. “When it became clear that I was definitely sick, the Secret Service escorted me and my family off of the tour. But they gave me a cookie, so it wasn’t all bad!” Looking back, Allison has this bit of advice for incoming freshmen: “When I went in as a freshman, I didn’t know if I would be leaving with a goal. Now I have a real direction for my life, and I feel pretty great about it. So don’t worry about that too much when you’re first starting out as a freshman.” Allison lives in Durham with her mom, Joan, and her dad, Larry. Allison also has two older brothers, Larry and Ryan. We’ll finish the last four interviews in our June 26 issue, June 26, as well as listing the Honor graduates
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Candles for CRHS graduates! Do you have a family member or friend who is graduating? Do you know a great teacher that you’d like to thank for a great year? Let them know! The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) is sponsoring the second annual luminaria (candle-lit bags) display outside the CRHS auditorium on graduation night, June 26. Your message will be included as an insert in the commencement program. It’s only $5 - 25 words maximum! In case of rain, the display will be under the Exchange Club pavilion at Allyn Brook Park. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Mail your $5 & message NOW to: CVEF, P.O. Box 19, Durham, CT 06422 (or drop it off in the CRHS front office
Last letter jump: What we do whose hope of remaining in our community is as depleted as their bank account. They are ashamed that they struggle to pay for a child’s school field trip or a prom dress. They lower their voices as they talk with the tax collector about delinquent payments, buy fewer presents for family on holidays, and defer car maintenance and dental work. For the retired, and those who hope to retire, the effect of losses on investments is not academic. Some are forced to return to work. Others are resigned to a twilight of destitution and subsistence living. They are not frugal for want of retirement planning, but rather victims of a plan that encouraged them to save and invest with institutions collapsed by their own avarice. They have been robbed by people who didn’t need a gun – people who are receiving government bailouts. I have attended the last several Board of Education hearings and meetings, and have spent a number of hours reviewing the district’s basic operating expenses. It is clear that the board and school staff are committed to providing our children with the best education possible. We would, and should, be disappointed with a board of education which does not advocate for education. We are blessed with many fine teachers, and most of those teachers
demonstrate each day their understanding that their job isn’t a job, but rather a fiduciary obligation of a sacred nature. Our town government also maintains a commitment to fulfill its duty to us. The many volunteers and staff that allow our town to function make amazing commitments and sacrifices that the rest of us take largely for granted. When our government performs well, we expect nothing less. When it fails, we are unmercifully critical. We have reached an important juncture in the history of our community. The affluent have largely gained control, and largely operate the town using their own yardstick. This is not inherently good or bad, but a fact which cannot be ignored. The absence of affordable housing for our children, those with middle incomes, single people and seniors is not apriority issue. Neither is an increase in in-town employment or commercial and industrial tax bases. With such facts in mind, and in the face of unprecedented economic decline, it is important to acknowledge that a flat budget or modest increase is simply not manageable for some who are already in jeopardy. It is fair to assume that the numbers of those in jeopardy will increase as unemployment and energy costs rise. The protests of the less fortunate
(Continued from page 28) should not be understood as ranting, the failure to value education, or obstinacy, but rather as the necessary prioritization of expenses. For many, there has never been a time when personal resources were as limited as they are now. The spending millions for synthetic turf athletic fields, $50,000 for town library book acquisition, and other desirable but deferrable expenses is difficult to understand and accept when spending for teaching, maintenance of roads, and other critical functions must be contracted. How we resolve our budget crisis will say much about who we are. If we measure affordability by the standards of those most impacted, we can preserve what is left of our diversity and heritage. If we continue to force those who cannot do so to meet the insurmountable challenges we have set for them, we will lose the thing we claim to value most: our sense of community. We are not confronted by evil, but rather by desperation, fear and frustration. It is essential that we look around us, set aside our desires and expectations, and reevaluate what we want from our town. Sympathy is a wasted emotion; empathy breeds hope. John Corona, Durham
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their own boats, life jackets, paddles, drinking water and snacks. This event is free and advance registration is not necessary Call (860) 3433259 for more information.
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TRUCKS & VANS TRUCK CAP Dodge Ram. Shortbed. Excellent condition. $400 Or best offer. (203) 284-9258
VOLVO 2040 GL 1992, new tires, new muffler system. Good condition. Low mileage. Asking $1900. (203) 265-0029
AUTO PARTS TIRES 2 NEW Firestone P195 /75R14 Mtd&Bal on GM midsize car rims. $75 (203) 269-8610
CRIB-Sturdy light wood $40. Call (203)915-4039
WEATHERTECH CargoLiner Excellent Condition. $95. Call (203) 265-5321
DREXEL Heritage Sofa- excellent condition, floral pattern $950.00. Call 203.248.5982
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FOR SALE AT BEST OFFER SUZUKI GS 450T Motorcycle 1981 FORD Thunderbird 1969 COLUMBIAN Celebrity 16’ Boat 1965 Call Val (203) 634-0077
ROBERTS CHRYSLER DODGE Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles. 120 So. Broad St, Meriden, CT 203-235-1111 VW JETTA 1998 GL, 4 dr, 5 spd, 2.0L engine, red w/black int, runs well, $1600 takes it! Call (203) 634-7879
CHEVROLET Venture mini-van 2001. High mileage. Runs very well. Reliable. Good brakes. Good battery. Needs some mechanical work. $1,200 or best offer. Call Mike (203) 269-4929. FREE-Dodge Caravan seats. (2) captains, (1) bench. Call 203238-4748
NISSAN Exterra SE 2002 - V6, 3.3L, AT, AC, alloy rims, running boards, remote starter, CD player. Excellent condition. $6000. Call 860-209-2739
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FIG TREES Excellent specimens. 4-5 feet tall. Several varieties . Will fruit this season. $40 ea. Wallingford 203-804-0947
KUBOTA garden tractor-1989 model B5200, 4WD, 3PT hitch, front loader. $5,000 obo. (203) 294-0038
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CRAFTSMAN GARDEN TRACTOR 26HP, 54” cut, auto. transmission. Electric start. Bucket loader. Grader. Much more! 1 yr old. Paid over $5000. Make an offer. Call (203) 237-0646 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLHRS Road King Cstm 2005 Blk Pearl, Rineharts, loaded, mint, over $7000. extras. Asking $16500. 203-537-6202, Jim
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CHIHUAHUA PUPPY Beatuiful male Chihuahua puppy. 9wks old. 1st shots, dewormed. $500/best. Parents on premises. (203) 715-0796
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LAMINATING Service. Let us help you preserve your most precious moments. From $2.50 to $4.50 per piece. Call 203238-1953 for info. NASCAR Race Tickets (4) June 28, Loudon, NH. Face value/$110 each. Turn 4, top two rows, Aisle Seats. Call 203-376-1007 PATIO furniture glider & lounge plus more from (porch & patio) Never outside. $275. Call 203634—0765 after 4pm RECORDS 33LP Frank Sinatra original. All 1953-1962 in original jackets. $2.00 each. Call John (203) 265-5770 RECORDS 33LP Frank Sinatra original. All 1953-1962 in original jackets. $2.00 each. Call John (203) 265-5770 SCOOTER 3ft high 3ft wide blue, brand Torker $50. Call 203-639-0587 STANLEY Steel Door (Used) 32x80. Free. Call 860-621-3269
STEEL BUILDINGS RECESSION DISC. 18 x 21 Reg $6,279 Now $4,186 36x51 Reg $15,047 Now $10,031 105x105 Reg $87,362 Now $58,241 + Code Adj Erection Avail www.scg-grp.com Source #11S Phone #860-237-4588 STEP 2 Tug Boat Wading Pool/Sandbox $35.00 Call 203634-8389(4x)until 7 pm STORM DOOR 36x80, brown triple track. New in box $75. 860-628-8811 TRAILER For lawn tractor. Steel, 2’x3’. Dumps. $50. (203) 235-1188 WOODEN Cabinet 24” wide, 38” High, 21” Deep. $10. Call after 4pm. (203) 235-6990
SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH CARDIO CRUISER -Body By Jake. rarely, if ever used. $75 or best offer. 203-687-9786 GOLF CLUBS W/BAG Junior, left handed. $50.00 265-3726 GOLF CLUBS- Practically brand new. 1 mo. old. Complete set Walter Hagen golf clubs & carrying case. Yellow & black. $150. (203) 630-1161 PAIR OF SKIS. Boots and Poles included. $50. Call 203-4277237.
Call 860-346-3226 FOUR Large, beautiful glass bowls. Varied designs. $25 for all. Storage Bins with covers. Varied sizes. Twelve. Good shape. $3 each. (203) 440-3919 FP SMART Bounce & Spin Pony, like new, $20, 203-294-1220 11am-8pm GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL. NEW. NEVER OPENED. $20. CALL 203-2657186
PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION. 1 Session only, $100. Group discount available! Call for next class 203-415-1144 ROLLERBLADES Youth size 1-4, knee & wrist pads incl. $15. Call 203-639-0835 TREE STAND w/screw pegs $25 203-440-4368
Town Times — Friday, June 19, 2009 CT & FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING LAW
PUBLISHER’S NOTICE EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
All real estate advertised in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, revised March 12, 1989, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, or familial status or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination; and is also subject to the State of Connecticut General Statutes Sections 46a64c which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, lawful source of income, familial status, or physical or mental disability, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate or for the sale or rental of residential property which is in violation of these laws.
HOUSES FOR RENT DURHAM House for rent, 1800 s.f. 4 bedroom, $1650.00 per month, good credit necessary, William Raveis Real Estate 860614-0666 Lori DURHAM Ranch, 3 bedrm, 2 bath, 1000 sq ft, 2 decks, 2 car garage, lrg private yard, scenic views. $1500 mth, 2 mths sec + util (all electr). No pets. 860.663.2566 8am-10am email@example.com WLFD 3-4BR. 2 full baths. Hdwd flrs, WD hkup, DW. Nice loc., double driveway. No pets. 203- 284-2077 or 203-654-6190
CONDOMINIUMS ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES
SWORDS DAGGERS Flags, Helmets, Fighting Knives, Bayonets, Medals, etc.
203-238-3308 SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS “A” STYLE ladder for above ground pool. Used one season. Good Cond. $95. (203)639-8151 HAYWARD NAVIGATOR Automatic inground vinyl pool vac. New in the box w/instruction manual and video. $250. (860) 637-6566
COMPUTERS & OFFICE EQUIPMENT COMPUTER Monitor in good working condition $25. Call 203-886-8115
COMPUTERS & OFFICE EQUIPMENT A NEW COMPUTER NOW. Brand Name laptops & desktops. Bad or NO Credit - No Problem. Smallest weekly payments avail. Its yours NOW. 800-3177891 A NEW COMPUTER NOW. Brand Name laptops & desktops. Bad or NO Credit - No Problem. Smallest weekly payments avail. Its yours NOW. 800-6183765 GLASS and metal “L” shaped computer desk $100 obo. (203) 686-0689
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$ ALWAYS BUYING! $ 1 item to entire estate! Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 South Orchard St. Wallingford. Mon-Sat. 9:30-4:30.
203-284-3786 ANTIQUES WANTED - 1 Item or an Estate. Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025
CASH PAID FOR ALL COSTUME JEWELRY Silverware, china, glass, furniture, 50’s items, whole estates.
DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Silverplate, Glass, Furn, music instruments, china, art, collectibles. 1 item to estate.
203-235-8431 FISHING TACKLE. Local collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS
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Bass drum and pedal. Only $100. Call 203-634-0809.
ESTATE LIQUIDATIONS Pottery, oil paintings, clocks, jewelry, toys, silver, anything old. (203) 639-1002
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MERIDEN STUDIO Appliances, Galley Kitchen. Tile and Carpet. Heat & hot water incl. $625/mo. Secure building. (203)317-9638 MERIDEN. 2 BR, 1 1/2 bath condo. $1200/mo. DW, w/d, fp, gar, open floor plan, storage. Amenities include pool & fitness center. No pets. (860) 716-7947 WLFD- Judd Square- 1BR, No pets. $750. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904 WLFD- Judd Square- 2BR, access to courtyard. No pets. $950. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904
APARTMENTS FOR RENT CHESHIRE-4Rms, appls, 1 level, deck, garage. No pets. Convenient to 691 & 84. $1175/mo inclds heat. 203-393-1117 MERIDEN & WLFD 1BR apts for rent. Starting at $625 and $785 some include heat & hot water. (203)213-6175 or 203-376-2160
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(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA APARTMENTS FOR RENT
HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - 4BR, 1st flr, recently renovated, 2 full baths. $1275 + utils & sec. Avail. immediately. 230 West Main St. 203-938-3789 MERIDEN - 2 BR Plenty of parking at this 2 family. 1st fl. Comfortably htd with new boiler. Carpeted BRs. $800. Call (203) 440-4789 MERIDEN - 815 Broad Street Studio $575. HT/HW included No pets. 860-246-0613 MERIDEN - Large 3 bedroom apartment. Available immediately. 127 Liberty St., 1st floor. No pets. Section 8 OK. 203-2691508. MERIDEN - Newly remodeled 4 bedroom apartment. Clean & extra large. Stove & refrigerator. 203-238-3908. MERIDEN 1 & 2 ROOM EFFICIENCIES $450 & $550. Some include utils. 2 mo sec. Credit ck req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN 1 LG BR 4 Rms 3rd flr, Broad St. Newer kit & bath. Painted, new carpet, off st. parking, balcony. $650 + utils. Rob 203-639-9238
APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 2BR, 3rd fl. Off street parking. No pets. $750/mo, plus 1 mo sec. Utils not incld. Credit check. Tom 203-772-2227 MERIDEN 2nd Floor. 2BR, 5 RMs. 45 S. Second St. Completely remodeled. Heat & appls incl. Washer hookup. No pets. $850 & 1 mo sec. 203-841-7591
MERIDEN 32 Cook Ave.
Studio & 1 BR Apts. $600/Studio & $650+/1 BR New owners. Remodeled. Heat & Hot water incl. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 3BR, 2nd floor. Off street parking. No pets. $950 per month, plus 1 month securuity. Utils not included. Credit check. Call Tom 203-772-2227 MERIDEN EFFICIENCIES - $650 1BRs - $750 2BRs - $850. Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off street parking. 203-630-2841 MERIDEN EFFICIENCIES - $650 1BRs - $750 2BRs - $850. Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off street parking. 203-630-2841 MERIDEN LRG 4BR, lg kit, dishwasher, WD hkup. Good, quiet neighborhood, off-st park, yard. No pets. Near school. $1,475. Sect 8 approved. 860-982-6585
MERIDEN 108 Maple St. 2 1/2 BR. 2nd flr, recent remodel, new appliances, washer/dryer hk up in base't. $900/mo inc H/HW. 888-520-6786 X101
MERIDEN Newly remodeled 5 BR, 2 Bath - $1400 3 BR, 1 Bath-$950 Spacious 2 BR, 1 Bath-$800 (203) 417-1675
Meriden 2 BR $750
MERIDEN- 1 & 2BR apts. 657 East Main St. Call (917) 4683909
Sm Studio-$525 Fully renovated, secure bldg. HW incl. New appls, on site laundromat & off st parking. Close to train station. Sec 8 Approved. Property Max 203-843-8006
MERIDEN- 2BR, 1st flr, stove & refrig., new carpet. Nice Yard. No pets. $750/mo. Sec & ref. (860) 227-6363
Friday, June 19, 2009 — Town Times APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN- 1BR $725/mo. Heat, HW & Electric incl. Private balcony, off st parking, laundry facilities, management & maintenance on site. Section 8. approved. No dogs. Cat w/deposit. For info 203-639-4868 MERIDEN- 2BR, 1st flr, w/appls. Excellent condition. Off st. parking. No pets. $900 + sec. & utils. (860) 663-1229 MERIDEN- 2BR, 2nd flr, quiet, new paint, w/d hookup. $775/mo. + sec. No pets. Call (203) 284-9461 MERIDEN- 2BR, large, ground floor apt. Refrig. & stove, w/d hookup. No pets, smoking or utilities. 1 yr lease. Credit check & refs. req’d. Sec. & 1st mo. rent. $750/mo. 203-608-8348 MERIDEN- 4BR apt, appls incl. Apply in person only. No calls. Modern Formals. 113 Broad St, Meriden, CT.
MERIDEN- Renovated Apartments
2 BR - $750, $850 & $950 Heat & Hot Water Included Secure building. Off st. parking. Call 203-886-7016 MERIDEN-2BR, 4RM Duplex. Appliances, lease. 2 months security. $850 per month. Call (203) 284-0583
MERIDEN-3BR, 2nd Fl., W/D hookup, off-street parking,60 Prospect St. $850/mo. Sec. 8 approved. Call 203-376-5599 MERIDEN-Free Rent 1st month. 1BR $575/mo + utils. On busline downtown. No pets. Sec & refs. Call 203-982-3042 MIDDLEFIELD APTS FOR RENT 1BR $775/mo + utilities. No dogs. 2 mos. sec. required. Call 860982-3000 PLANTSIVLLE Mansion- (2) 1 BR Apts, priv porch. Newly renovated. Small Pet Ok! Cheap Util. Huge Yard, Bike Path, Parking. Clean, Quiet. $700 & $800/mo. 203-910-4349 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 3BR, 2 bath. Call 860-637-2344
APARTMENTS FOR RENT
WALLINGFORD 2 BR Spacious with Character. HW floors. Porch, Dining Rm, lots of windows. Great Location, Choate area. 2 Apts avail- 2nd floor- $1125. 3rd floor $850. 203-671-6979 WALLINGFORD 2 BR Townhouse end unit. Beautiful area, yard. Granite counters, DW. WD hookup, garage, porch. No pets. $1100/mo + sec. (203) 631-6057 WALLINGFORD 3BR, unfurnished. Large. 1-yr lease. Water included. Recently remodeled! Available now. $895. Call 203-430-2847 WALLINGFORD Beautiful Location, N. Main St. Attractive 5 Rms w/attic space. 2nd flr. A must see! No smoking. $1300 /mo, sec & refs. (203) 269-7671 WALLINGFORD- 1BR, studio, kitchen. Stove & refrigerator included. Centrally located. $525. No pets. 2 mo security + refs. 203-265-0698
WEST MERIDEN - 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1st floor. $1100 plus utilities. (917) 887-4092
WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $695 & up - $750 & up. Also avail 2BR units $775-$795 203-269-5770
WALLINGFORD ROBIN HILL APARTMENTS Great location! 1 BRs starting at $750. 203-294-9110 for more info
WALLINGFORD-North Main St. $100 per month + security. (203) 269-1426
Wallingford/Durham 20’ X 45’ with electricity. Available July 1. 203-751-1977 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.
STORAGE SPACE We have 3,800 square feet of storage space available for short or long term rental. Centrally located in Meriden and convenient to all major highways. 12’ ceilings with heat and air conditioning. Tractor trailer access with a covered dock. 24 hour access, security camera for extra protection, office and bathroom. Plenty of parking.
ROOMS FOR RENT
HOUSES FOR SALE
Tow n Times HOUSES FOR SALE
HOUSES FOR SALE
FSBO!! MERIDEN 3 bed 2BTH RANCH/ 1CAR. UPDATED GRANITE H/W. T. HOOKER SCHOOL. $229,000 (860) 6370228
MERIDEN $169,900-7/3/1.5b Col. Many updates done; remod EIK, some newer windows, 1st fl laundry. Home features form DR, LR w/FP, FR in LL, enclosed porch & patio. Kathy (203) 235-3300
MERIDEN 38 Dryden Dr. By owner, 2 BR Cape, 1.5 baths, finished rec. rm., 3 seasons porch, c/a, large beautifully landscaped yard. $269,900. For full details of updates and inside/outside slide shows visit: http://web.me.com/ dalegreenbacker (203) 634-0013
“Exceptional well maintained Col” offers 3BR, 1.5BTH, formal DR with a great rm w/FP w/French doors that walk out to patio & private level backyard. Make this home yours! $239,900.
Call Dawn (203) 235-3300 WLFD Move right in! 3BR, 1 1/2BA Split in Cook Hill area. HW floors, updated kitchen w/stainless appliances. Large level lot. Great for summer picnics. $315,000. Call Fred 203-265-5618
WALLINGFORD “Cute, immaculate & affordable! ”
Giving You Clear answers during complex times. Call Lisa Golebiewski, Broker/Owner. 203-631-7912 Experience Makes the Difference!
Freshly painted 6rm, 3BR, 1BA Cape, built in 1989, form DR opening to EIK, full bsmt, paved driveway. All for under 200K.
Kathy (203) 265-5618
MERIDEN HOMES $279,900-Newly built 1700 sq.ft. Colonial plus an additional 700 sq.ft. fin. walk-out bsmt. 3 bdrms, 2 1/2 baths, formal DR, central air, 1 car garage..
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
Giving You Clear answers during complex times. Call Pam Sawicki-Beaudoin Broker/Owner. 203-623-9959 Experience Makes the Difference!
VACATION & SEASONAL RENTALS
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HOUSES FOR SALE
HOUSES FOR SALE
Private beach. 2 & 3 BRs. No pets. Call (203) 272-3087
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YALESVILLE 1BR apt in small complex. Off st. parking. Appliances. No dogs. $750 + sec. Call Don at ERA Property World 203-272-6969
MERIDEN. Room for rent, all util, share kit, bath & LR. Washer & dryer, off st parking. $150/week. 2 wks sec. (203) 605-8591
WALLINGFORD 2 BR Townhouse Apt. LR/DR Combo. W/D Hookup. Deck. Sec Dep $925 Available July 1st 203-535-3487
MERIDEN- Storage space for boxes, medical records, etc. No cars. Call (917) 386-3630
WLFD. OVERSIZED Tri-level, applianced kitchen, lots of storage & closet space. NO PETS. $1195. Call J.J. Bennett, 203-2657101.
WALLINGFORD - 1 BR, 3 rooms, 2nd flr of 2 story house, Yalesville, off-str pkg, $775 incl all utils, no dogs, 203-530-1840
WALLINGFORD 1BR, 2nd FL. $685. Stove, refrig & dishwasher. Off street parking. Balcony. No smoking. No pets. Credit check. 203-269-9149
GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT
WALLINGFORD- Sunny spacious 2 BR 1st flr, appls, porch, $850 + utils. W/D in bsmt. Off st parking. No smoking or pets. Security, Good credit. Tom 203-889-1940
MERIDEN- Clean, safe furn. rm. All utils. incld. Cable. Share kit. & bath. Very reasonable. Please leave message 203-238-3369
WALLINGFORD 1 BR, 1st floor. All utilities included. No pets. $845 per month. Call (203) 269-9585
SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE NOW!!! Maintenance fees too high? Need Cash? Sell your unused timeshare today. No commissions or Broker Fees. Free Consultation. www.sellatimeshare.com 1-866-708-3690
WALLINGFORD- 2nd flr, 5 rms, freshly painted & updated. W/D hookup in basement. $1000/mo. + sec. No pets. Call (203) 2843561 or 203-640-5249
SOUTHINGTON- Apts now avail. $850/mo. Easy access to 84 & 691. Credit check required. For more details call Alex or Mat at 860-276-8208
WALLINGFORD 1 & 2 bedroom Judd Square. Central Air. No Pets. $730-$925/mo. Call 203-265-3718
VACATION & SEASONAL RENTALS
DURHAM Country living. Beautiful Colonial. Manicured lawn, 3BRS, 2 1/2 baths, 18 x32 bonus rm, 3car garage, FP, heated pool, utility shed with generator. $520,000. Call Pat Burke (203) 265-5618
NC MOUNTAINS. NEW! E-Z Finish Log Cabin Shell Financing Available!! With Loft & Full Basement. Includes acreage. $99,900 Warm Winters/Cool Summers 828-247-9966 code 45
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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. $179,900. Sue 203-265-5618
Nearly 2 acres with street to street access. Come see before owners list. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Move in ready. 941 N. Farms Rd. $314,000. Call for details 941-223-0213
CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE
$375,000-2,275 sq.ft. newly built Elevated Ranch on a 1/2 acre. 3 bdrms., 3 full baths, central air, formal DR, hdwd flrs., plus a fin. bsmt. $379,900-4,000 sq.ft. Ranch incl 1800 sq.ft. fin. walk-out fin bsmt w/2nd kitchen. 3-4 bdrms, 3 full baths, formal DR, central air, 2 car gar., all on 1.15 acres $425,000-Gorgeous Colonial with Victorian flair. 2,284 sq.ft., 4 bdrms., 2 1/2 baths, plenty of upgrades incl hdwd flrs, granite wrapped fp., wraparound porch, fin. walk-out bsmt., 2 car gar., all of 1 acre CALL FOR DETAILS GALLERIA REAL ESTATE 203.671.2223 www.galleriahouses.com
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WLFD $234,900-2BR Townhouse, Pilgrim Harbor. End unit, very clean, FP, HW floors, bright, CAIR, CVAC. Lots of closet space. Move in condition. Pat Burke (203) 265-5618
service for your complete satisfaction. Call Frank Guodace Realtor. 860-301-7400 Experience makes the difference!
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RN Supervisor Free Float - No Weekends - Full Benefits Miller Memorial Community, Inc., offers very competitive wages and benefits (including pension plan and non-contributory health and dental for the employee, life, and disability insurances). Drug testing and criminal background check required. Applicants must be Connecticut licensed. If you are willing to go the extra mile for your patients and are truly interested in person-centered care, please apply to:
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MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE
MERIDEN Lovely top flr remodeled 2BR Ranch, East side, open flr plan, remod bath, master w/walk in closet & dressing area, CAIR, sliders to deck & pool. $89,990. Kathy (203) 235-3300
MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE BRANFORD- New spaces available for new single wide & double wide mobile homes. From $59,900. 10% down. Long term financing available. Plaza Homes (860) 828-8692
MERIDEN “New Listing ” $325,000 4 1BDRM units. Two of the apts are completely remod. Building has updated electric & plumbing and a new roof. Please see MLS#N291329 for more details.
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MERIDEN/WALLINGFORD BRAND NEW 2BR DELUXE HOME IN UPSCALE PARK ON NICE LOT. FINANCING AVAIL. 10% DOWN $69,900.
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MYSTERY Shoppers Needed. Earn up to $150 per day. Undercover Shoppers needed to Judge Retail & Dining Establishments Exp Not Required. Call Now 1-877-218-6211
PARALEGAL Cheshire law firm seeks paralegal with 1-3 years of defense litigation experience to join our insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and professional liability team. Must be detail-oriented, organized, possess strong written, verbal and computer skills, and have a solid understanding of the Rules of Practice for both state and federal court. Experience with Summation and/or managing, organizing and summarizing document intensive files is a plus. Email resume and cover letter to email@example.com or fax to 203-250-3131 Attn: PLM. No Phone Calls Please. PET GROOMER- Part time. 2-3 years experience. Please contact Linda at Yaleville Veterinary Hospital (203) 265-1646
ROOFING FOREMAN $23.73/hr. Slate & Wood shingle, copper welding, asphalt or fiberglass shingles, hammer, chisel, measure, cut fit roofing materials. Access to Dewalt gas or 150 phi compressor, 4-point hornet equip. Good balance & physical condition. 2 yrs. exp. req. Send res & ref to: Prestige Construction Home Improvement, 51 Bradley Ave, Meriden, CT 06450, Fax: 203-886-9183
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MATTSON Home Improvement Affordable, quality decks. Free estimates. Insured. CT Reg 581924. (203) 631-7459
DISCRIMINATION, DISABILITY RIGHTS & GENERAL LAW. There are Laws to Protect You in Case of Job Loss, a Child’s Need for School Services, or Other Cases of Discrimination. Free 30 Minute Consultation. David Seaver, Attorney and Counselor At Law. Your Advocate for Your Rights. Wallingford, 203-774-4925
DRIVEWAYS BUILT TO LAST Reasonable rates. CT Reg 575852 203-238-1708
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K & A ENTERPRISES Water & sewer lines, inground tank removal, drainage, grading, additions, pavers. Insured. Reg# 571435 203-379-0193 GRADING, Drainage, Foundations, Trucking, Retaining Walls, Pavers, Water/Sewer/Septic. Lic. #1682. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846 MC/Visa Accepted
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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.
DOW GUTTERS Seamless gutters/leaders. GUTTER cleaning. Free est. #612964 Steve 860 426-0045
Quality Work - Reasonable Rates Complete home services. Electric, plumbing, kitchens, baths, etc. (203) 376-7532 CT Reg# 616307.
S & H MASONRY & CONSTRUCTION LLC All home improvements needs & masonry. Free est. Lic/Ins. #607639. Wlfd Cell-203-376-0355
BIG GREEN LANDSCAPING Full service lawn care: Landscape design, pavers, retaining walls, planting, weeding flower beds, mulch, new lawns, lot clearing, yard cleanup. CT#619909 203-715-2301 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
203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521
JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Grass cutting, hedge trimming, full lawn maint. Top quality work. Ins’d. Free est. 203-213-6528 CT Reg #616311
IF YOU NEED HELP CLEANING Your Home (or Office) Please Call Roberta at (203) 238-0566 (U.S. Citizen)
PETE IN THE PICKUP JUNK REMOVAL. 203-886-5110
KITCHEN & BATH REMODELING
ROTOTILLING Garden Bill with Troy Built. No garden too small. (203) 294-1160
DON’T Sweat It this Summer! Call Duane, Plumbing, heating & cooling. Quality work. Low rates. 203-3798944 Lic. #0389224.
Specializing in Wood/Aluminum siding. Low rates. Reg#533474. Call Dennis 203-630-0008
203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521
MIRKEL PAINTING Int./Ext. Popcorn ceilings. Interiors from $125 Exteriors from $899 CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446
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TREE SERVICES GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430
FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.
203-237-0350 Empire Construction, LLC
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BENJAMIN BUILDERS LLC Payment plans & credit cards ROOFS, SIDING, WINDOWS, ADDT’S, KIT, BATHS, DECKS 203-671-7415 Ct Reg #622755
Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.
203-639-0032 Fully licensed/insured. CT Reg.# 577319
SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS JOE’S POOLS Installations, liner changes & repairs. CT#54932 Call 203-725-2555 or 860-280-7867
To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488
WE WEED GARDENS
RICK’S AFFORDABLE Comm/resid Mowing, bagging Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree & pricker removal. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447. LAWN MOWING Full lawn maintenance, lawn repair, clean-ups more. H. J.’s Lawn Service. 203-213-6316 GREAT PRICES! Full service landscaping & property maintenance. Irrigation srv avail. Call Presise Now
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Quality Improvements, LLC YOUR SAFEST CHOICE. WE DO EVERYTHING! ROOF REPAIR PLUS WINDOW SPECIALS! NO PAY, 180 DAY Member BBB Ct Reg. #572776
HEATING & COOLING
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LAWN & GARDEN
All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins
CT Reg #606277. GIVE us a call, we do it ALL. Free est. 203-631-1325
Shamock Roofing All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins
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203-237-4124 an LLC co.
MDV PAINTING, int/ext, custom painting at competitive prices. Mark (203) 269-8309. CT Reg #0622739
CASCIO Mason. Chimney repair, sidewalks, walls, brick work, etc. CT Reg #611774. 203-265-7826 or cell 860-398-1223
LANDSCAPING Neighborhood Handyman, LLC. Specializing in smaller jobs. Indoor/outdoor. CT Reg #611858 Matt 860-877-2549
S & H MASONRY LLC StoneWalls*Steps*Chimneys Retaining Walls *FPs*Patios Walkways*Concrete Free est. Lic/Ins. #607639. Cell 203-376-0355
DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 #389224
PLUMBING & Piping Contractor Specializing in small jobs. Capable of doing new & large jobs. Lic# 204060. John 203-284-9744 or 203-500-5224 cell.
TOP SOIL SAND & FILL BEAUTIFUL FARM FRESH Screened Top Soil. Fill, Sand & Stone. Picked up or delivered. No minimum. Cariati Developers, Inc. 860-681-3991
FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrms, additions. 203-237-0350. CT Reg. #516790
PROF. ARBORIST #S3365 75ft bucket truck. Precise Tree CT Reg #562159.
THE POWERWASHING KINGS Others Wash - We Clean! 203-631-3777 or 860-839-1000 thepowerwashingkings.com
Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.
JACK Biafore, LLC Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 549071 (203) 537-3572
IS Spring cleaning on the outside. FREE ESTIMATES. Call Kevin 203-440-3279
Fully license/insured. CT Reg# 577319
LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE
IN BUSINESS 28 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Srv. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775
A-1 Quality Powerwashing HOT WATER, LOW RATES Call Dennis 203-630-0008
DOW GUTTERS Seamless gutters/leaders. GUTTER cleaning. Free est. #612964 Steve 860 426-0045
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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.
JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 25 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498
BILL RUDOLPH Landscaping paver walkways, patios, retaining wall. Free estimates. #563661 . Call 203-237-9577
To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488
YARDLEY TREE SERVICE.com Fair, reasonable. Free estimates. Reg. Insured. 203-440-0402 or 860-595-4159
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Happy Father’s Day to the Best Pop in the world. We love you. God bless you always. Love You Lots, Ashley and Jenna XOXO
Thank you for being the very best Daddy we could ever ask for. You’re dedicated, fun and loving. We love our time with you. Thanks for always making us the most important part of your life. Some of our best memories are playing circus, bath time, our silly rough times, gardening and of course, picking our strawberries.
Happy Father’s Day Dad! Thanks for being supportive of all that we do. We love you! Katie, Sean, Christie & Jason Soltys
Friday, June 19, 2009
You are the best Papa to me! I love you! Love, Colin R.
Dad, Thank you for being there ALWAYS! You are the best. We love you! Alex and Mariana
Everyone can be a father, but it takes a lot to be a Daddy. We love being silly with you daddy. Happy Father’s Day! Mae Belle & Amelia Rose Gawitt
Skip Thanks for being such a loving and wonderful Husband, Father and Son. Happy Father’s Day From your family
To the Best Daddy in the World on his First Father’s Day! You make me feel so special and happy every day, and I want the whole world to know what a great Daddy you really are! I love you! Love, Baby Nicholas Julian
Soccer! Skateboarding! Dad can you give me a ride? That’s what you hear, special dinners and great hugs that’s what we love. Alexis & Ivan
Dad, Thank you for all the great things you do for us. You’re the best! Cody & Ciara
Love your two girls, Leah & Ella
Published on Jan 14, 2010
Published on Jan 14, 2010
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