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Volume 16, Issue 24

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Durham’s Herzig Farm celebrates 100 years, trying for 100 more By Trish Dynia

As anyone who’s ever visited the Ellis Island National Park and History Center in New York knows, the island serves as a living testimony to the courage, hopes, fears and tragedies of a nation of immigrants. And the American story of the Herzigs, owners of the 100year-old Herzig Family Farm on Maiden Lane, begins there. In 1899 Rosa Herzig, a widow from Bern, Switzerland, debarked at Ellis Island with her 18-year-old son Otto. Her younger son, Walter, age 16, was left behind in an orphanage. Such a scenario seems harsh to us in the 21st century, but it was a desperate time, and Rosa was determined to seek out a better life for her young family in the United States. And at the turn of the 20th century, pursuing that better life often meant leaving

family members behind and sending for them once money could be saved up for their passage. Otto came with his mother because, as the older son, she knew he could find work. While Rosa and Otto settled in Patterson, New Jersey, Walter lived in an orphanage in Switzerland and was apprenticed to a local baker. In 1905, the now 21year-old Walter joined his family in America and worked as a baker in New York City. One year later, when rheumatic fever left him weak and asthmatic, the family doctor recommended that he move to a place with fresh country air. Rosa bought a farm on South End Avenue in Durham and moved there with her two grown sons, thus trading the smog of the big city for the See Herzig Farm, page 20

Friday, September 25, 2009

Setting up for the Durham Fair

Above, Cindy Satton, of Durham, works on her mural of llamas for the annual Durham Fair mural competition. The murals are placed along the wall of President’s Hall, and the winner of the contest will be determined by fair attendees who vote for their favorite. At right, the Killingworth Lions work on their new permanent booth. Town Times photos by Stephanie Wilcox

Durham Planning and Zoning closes public hearing on District 13 athletic project By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times The Planning and Zoning Commission continued a

In this issue ... Photo by Kate VanDerzee-Glidden

Current owners of the Herzig Family Farm on Maiden Lane in Durham are sister and brother Joyce Herzig Hansen and Warren Herzig, grandchildren of the original farmer. A 100-year celebration was held earlier this summer and was well-attended by friends and neighbors.

Calendar............................4 Durham Fair ..............21-24 Durham Fair food map ..25 Mini Pages..................35-36 Obituaries .......................28 Sports ..........................33-34 Town Briefs ................13-17

public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, on renovating Regional District 13’s athletic facilities along Pickett Lane. The hearing was split into two parts, with one part of the hearing focusing on a regulation amendment to allow the school to put 80’ light poles on the proposed fields. The rest of the hearing went over the project as a whole. Attorney Tim Hollister spoke on behalf of the school and explained the need for 80’ light poles on the fields.

He noted that the higher poles will allow the lights to focus on the fields with less light spilling out into the sky and neighboring properties. By reducing light glare, Hollister also claimed the lights make it safer to play on the fields. He further noted that similar lights are used at Sheehan High School as well as by Wesleyan University. In a letter to the town, Wesleyan athletic director See Durham P&Z, page 13

Town Times Community Briefs


CRHS offers nursery school

The Child Development class at Coginchaug is about to begin its fall nursery school program, “Coginchaug Kids.” There will be two nursery school classes — one that meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and one that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes will begin on Monday, Oct. 19, and will meet through Friday, Dec. 18. The classes will meet from 9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. in the child development lab at Coginchaug Regional High School. The schedule includes free play, stories, music, painting and directed learning activities. They are looking for chil-

dren two to five years old to participate. If you are interested in having your child attend Coginchaug Kids Nursery School, please contact Christen Bertz, child development educator at Coginchaug, at (860) 349-7215 ext. 234 or send an e-mail to

PSAT testing The preliminary SAT test and national merit scholarship qualifying test (PSAT) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Coginchaug High School from 7:45 to 11 a.m. The cost is $23, payable by cash or check made out to CRHS Activity Fund. Students can register in the guidance office through Oct. 8. All juniors planning on post-secondary education and

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Is girl scouting for you? Come see what girl scouting is all about on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at John Lyman School Media Center. All girls must be accompanied by an adult. Can’t attend the event? For further information, contact Lisa Deschnow at (860) 3475768, ext. 3751.

Durham 60+ The Durham 60+ Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m., in the United Churches of Durham Fellowship Hall at the corner of Rt. 68 and Main Street. The nominating committee will discuss new officers

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to be voted on at the next meeting. There will be a social hour and newcomers are always welcome.

The Woolgatherer The new Middle City Stage Company announces its premier production of The Woolgatherer by William Mastrosimone, on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St. in Middletown. Local veteran actor Michael Eck joins young German national Anita Vlad in portraying an unlikely couple of half-crazy loners looking for love in a world gone mad. Kelly DiMauro, founder of the new theatre company, directs. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. General admission is $15; students, seniors and groups of eight or more are $10. Visit or call (860) 681-2841 for info.

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ow Unit, 733 Old Clinton Rd. in Westbrook, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. (Rain date: Oct. 17). There will be many live animals to see as you walk the one-mile trail: owls, various birds, a snake, a possum, turtles and frogs. There will be a taxidermy fisher (aka “fisher cat”), coyote and deer presentation. Play a nature game as you go. Also, experience a nature artist’s quick-draw cartoons. Enjoy refreshments, including hot dogs, after the program. For info, call (860) 304-1650.

Peckham Park always open

It has come to the attention of MIddlefield Park and Rec director Chris Hurlbert that some people have been told they cannot use the playscape, or other parts of the park because a group is using it. Hurlbert says the park is often used by groups of people, but not exclusively. It is always open to public for use even when there are group events taking place.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Lesser town hall meeting on healthcare in Durham was a ‘civil gathering’ By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

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Vinal Technical School and the parent/faculty organization will host Dan LaRosa, the comedian hypnotist, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. For the price of a movie ticket, $9 for adults and $7 for students, you can see this hilarious show live and in person. Tickets sold at the door. Come and experience a great night out with the family and see your friends on stage doing all sorts of funny antics!

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Unlike what we’ve seen on the news, there were no pitchforks or screams coming from the audience when state representative Matt Lesser held a “town hall meeting” on health care reform at the firehouse in Durham on Sept. 16. Instead, according to Lesser, the group of 50 to 60 from Durham, Middlefield and Middletown held a productive and civil discussion. “There were people from all sides of the issues and they got really into it,” Lesser said in a follow-up phone call. “Both liberals and conservatives came up to me after and said they appreciated talking to their neighbors about one of the biggest problems we’re dealing with as a country.” According to Lesser, there were technical questions about the bill itself, such as how much will a policy cost through the insurance exchange. But what took up a significant chunk of the 90 minute discussion were the horror stories about how locals are directly affected by the current cost of coverage. “There were some very poignant stories,” said Durham resident Clay Howe, who was compelled to speak

when he heard one claim from the audience that the U.S. has the best medical care in the world. He spoke up to say in some ways our services are second to none, but only if you can afford them and can get them — and herein lies the problem. Howe admitts he was slightly anxious about going (to the meeting) after what he had seen on television, but was surprised that it was a civil gathering. “People didn’t agree, but they disagreed without being disagreeable,” said Howe with a chuckle. “I think it’s a tribute to representatives of our elected officials, Connecticut and the town of Durham.” Lesser said notes were taken on all the brainstorming


The proud Democratic Caucus Winners and Candidates for Middlefield Offices are: Anne Olszewski for Tax Collector, Ken Blake for Selectman, Mary Beth Johnson for First Selectman, Donna Golub for Town Clerk, Lucy Petrella for Board of Finance, and Robert Liptak for Board of Assessment Appeals. Not pictured is Ellen Waff for Board of Finance. Paid for by The Middlefield Democratic Town Committee, Ellen Luby, Treasurer

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ed to the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, for a showing of Howl’s Moving Castle from 4 to 6 p.m. Call (860) 347-2520 for info.



Durham Fair No school for District 13. Look for food vendor map on page 25. Dance Program Wesleyan presents the Stephen Petronio Dance Group with “I Drink the Air Before Me.” This work is inspired by storms, both atmospheric and internal. Performances tonight and tomorrow at Wesleyan University’s CFA Theater at 8 p.m. There will be a pre-show talk tonight at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $23 and $19. For info, visit or call (860) 685-3355.


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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, at 2351 Durham Rd. (Route 77) in Guilford. There will be produce, baked goods, honey, jam, eggs, seafood, meats, cheese, flowers, soaps, baskets, knitted items, jewelry, cards and more. For information, call (860) 349-3917. Cello Concert Renowned cellist Jason Duckles will perform “Cello All Alone” at 2 p.m. at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. South Indian Music From 1-3 p.m. enjoy a free South Indian music and dance performance at the Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown. Transfer Station The DMIAAB transfer station will be closed today due to the Durham Fair, but will be open for regular business on Monday, Sept. 28. Symphonic Band The Middletown Symphonic Band will hold their 30th anniversary founders concert at 7 p.m. in the performing arts center at Middletown High School, LaRosa Lane in Middletown. Tag Sale Cross Street AME Zion Church will hold a tag sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Union Park in Middletown. There will be furniture, clothing, food, fellowship and more.

September 27 September 30 Yom Kippur Yom Kippur begins tonight at sundown. Music Enjoy a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature, with performances by Phyllis Bruce, Edwina Ranganathan, Ushakumari Williams, Neely Bruce, Stand Scott and others at 4 p.m. in the South Congregational Church, 9 Pleasant St. in Middletown. This event will benefit the new organ stop at South Church. Call (860) 346-5006 for info. Sunday Salon From 2 to 4 p.m. at the Green Street Art Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown, science and film students from Wesleyan will be discussing science documentaries. Everyone is welcome. Uganda Children Choir Destiny Africa Children’s Choir from Uganda will perform at the Cross Street AME Zion Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, at 10 a.m. For info, call (860) 344-9527.


Se p t e m b e r 2 8 Free Movie Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., offers a free movie each Monday at 12:30 p.m. Today’s film is Sunshine Cleaning with Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. 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. The nominating committee will discuss new officers to be voted on at the next meeting. There will be a social hour, and newcomers are welcome.


Se p t e m b e r 2 9 Teen Anime Film Teens 11 and up are invit-

TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For information, call Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433. Workplace Re-Entry The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce re-entry program will begin with orientation and registration at 3:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Education Center, 393 Main Street in Middletown. This free program is available to any person with basic keyboarding and typing skills in need of training in modern office skills. For more information, contact Johanna Bond at (860) 347-6924 or


October 1 Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet at the United Methodist Church on the South Green, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown, at 7:30 a.m. today and every Friday. Contact Kirk Hagert at (860) 3495626 for information. Theater A performance of The Woolgatherer, featuring Anita Vlad and Michael Eck, will be held at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington St. in Middletown, at 8 p.m. There will be readings by poets prior to the performance as well as an art exhibit. For tickets, call (860) 346-6051 or e-mail Parent College night Coginchaug High School will hold a senior parent college night at 7 p.m. Confucian Ethics Lecture Wesleyan University’s Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace in Middletown, will present a lecture entitled, “When You Think It’s Bad, It’s Worse Than You Think: Confucian Ethics and the Benefit of a

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Doubt” with Hagop Sarkissian, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, Baruch College, CUNY. The free lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. E-mail or call (860) 685-2330 for info.


October 3 Tag Sale Flea Market The Notre Dame Church in Durham will hold its monthly tag sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be many items inside and out in the parking area. Breakfast and lunch are available in the Church Hall. Vendor space is available by calling Bob Smith at (860) 349-0356. Tag Sale The MOMS Club of Durham/Middlefield is holding a multi-family tag sale at 21 Main St. in Durham, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a rain date of Oct. 4. The tag sale will feature lots of baby and children’s clothes, equipment and toys. Proceeds of the tag sale will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the MOMS Club. Pasta St. James Episcopal Church, Rte 81 and Little City Road in Higganum, will have a pasta night from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a spaghetti and meatball dinner with salad, bread and homemade desserts. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and $7 for seniors. Takeout is available. For info, call Elise at (860) 344-1828. 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, at 2351 Durham Rd. (Route 77) in Guilford. For information, call (860) 349-3917. Walk on the Wild Side Potapaug Audubon presents a hiking nature program at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Salt Meadow Unit, 733 Old Clinton Rd. in Westbrook, at 1 p.m. There will be live animals to see along the one-mile trail, inluding owls, various birds, a snake, a possum, turtles, frogs. There will be a taxidermy fisher, coyote and deer presentation. Enjoy refreshments, including hot dogs, after the program. For more in-

formation, call (860) 304-1650. Hazardous Collection Day Residents of Middlefield and Durham may participate in a free hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moody School, on 300 Country Club Rd. in Middletown. Call (860) 347-7214 or (860) 278-3809 for info. Hammonassett Festival Celebrate nature and native America at Hammonassett State Park in Madison from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. Admission is $5, children under 10 are free. Visit for information. Tea Party The Middlefield Women’s Club will hold tea party from 10 a.m. to noon at the Middlefield Community Center. Tea, treats, craft and photo will be included. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children three and up. Call Nina at (860) 349-3145 for reservations.


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Symposium The Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Paddock Ave. in Meriden, will present “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium” from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Connect with people who care about environmental sustainability, spirituality and social justice. Participants will be moved to action to make a difference. For info, visit Car Show Middlesex County Historical Society’s annual antique and classic car and truck show and flea market from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pat Kidney field on Farm Hill Road in Middletown. Admission is $3. For information, call (860) 346-0746. Tea Ceremony The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace in Middletown, will hold a tea ceremony demonstration and a guided tour of the Freeman Family Japanese Garden at 4:30 p.m. Stephen Morrell will explain the history and ritual of tea ceremony and answer related questions. For further details, visit This event is free and open to the public.

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Middlefield town meeting lasts five minutes; selectmen’s meeting takes three hours By Sue VanDerzee Town Times

least, Monarca should be expected to remedy current noncompliance issues before coming to the town to buy land (land which John Corona said is necessary to allow Monarca to come into compliance) carried the day, and no town meeting was set to vote on the land transfer. However, the selectmen passed a motion to “support in principle the sale of some amount of town-owned land to Monarca Masonry subject to P&Z 8-24 review.” Brayshaw and Lowry voted in favor; Johnson abstained. According to town planner Colegrove, a town meeting cannot legally vote on the transfer until the Planning and Zoning Commission completes what is known as an 824 review, based on the state statute of that number. After the 8-24 review is done, whether it is positive or negative, the town can call a town meeting. Even with a positive town meeting vote, however, P&Z must still approve a zone change for the property from residential open space to industrial, amend the Plan of Conservation and Develop-

ment to reflect that change, and change the town maps. “It’s a process,” concluded Colegrove. Nerden Camp driveway easement granted The second item that occasioned long and heated discussion was granting a driveway easement to the Nerden Camp. The camp is a summer facility used by special needs children and adults on the Powder Ridge Ski Area property. They have long sought an easement which would allow the busses that bring their clients to come off of Powder Hill Road, swing in front of the camp whose buildings can be seen across the field, and then exit down the Powder Hill driveway. This allows them not to have to turn around, which is a safety issue. The discussion did not revolve around whether or not to grant the easement – all three selectmen were heartily in favor – but whether to link the easement for Nerden with an easement for the town across Nerden property to allow a water line from Lake Beseck to traverse camp land. Brayshaw and Lowry


were in favor of joining the two easements; Johnson and attorney John Corona, representing Nerden at this point, felt that the issues should be kept separate. Johnson also presented town attorney Ken Antin’s opinion that separately would be the best way to handle the easements. Accordingly, two motions passed, both unanimously. The first granted the driveway easement to Nerden Camp and the second that Nerden Camp will grant to the town of Middlefield an easement to allow a water pipe to traverse their land in an asyet unspecified location. Attorney Corona added that eventually the camp would like to talk to the town about a land swap – back camp acreage for front field acreage. That issue, however, is down the road. lym_SS54_9_21:Layout 1


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Eleven folks voted quickly and unanimously on Tuesday, Sept. 22, to transfer $30,303 from the town’s undesignated fund balance into the snow removal account for fiscal year 2008-09, setting the stage for finishing the annual town report in the near future. After that, the Board of Selectmen called their meeting to order and didn’t finish their chock full agenda till three hours later. Public comment, which traditionally begins their meetings, started proceedings off with a bang as resident Al Smith, who lives at the corner of Baileyville Road and Main Street, threatened the selectmen with complaints to the state and federal governments, as well as a lawsuit, because children were playing soccer on the most recent six-acre addition to the park. Smith referenced a survey of townspeople several years ago in which “townspeople didn’t vote for soccer” on the addition to the park. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said that he had known children – the youngest age group – were playing on the field, but noted that the Park and Recreation Commission is in charge of activities at the park, not the selectmen, whereupon Smith repeated his threat to complain and sue. Smith added that the soccer program, run by the Coginchaug Soccer Club, charges participation fees but doesn’t pay for the upkeep of the park, rather Middlefield taxpayers do. Smith also said that there has been parking “all the time” in front of a fire hydrant at Peckham Park and that the police have not responded to his complaints about this. In additional comments, resident Marianne Corona suggested that the town of Middlefield adopt Durham’s system for approving town meeting minutes by a reading of the minutes at the end of the meeting and adoption by those who are in attendance. Corona said that in doing research for several issues, she found that town meeting minutes were not adequate and that having them read on the spot could help make them more complete and accurate. Finally, Terry Parmelee,

the town’s new emergency management director, asked the selectmen to authorize application for two grants – one in the amount of $5,000 to pay for training and equipment and one in the amount of $1,000-3,000 to defray half of the cost of the director’s salary, whatever that turns out to be. Parmelee’s understanding is that there was no salary set so far. Sale of land to Monarca The first of the topics that engendered lengthy discussion was Brayshaw’s wish to schedule a town meeting to allow the sale of several acres of town-owned Strickland Farm land to Monarca Masonry, current owners of a lot in the adjoining industrial park. Part of the discussion was whether or snot Monarca is currently in compliance with the zoning regulations, a question answered by zoning enforcement officer and town planner Geoff Colegrove in a phone interview. According to Colegrove, Monarca is not in compliance and is encroaching 110 feet on townowned open space. Monarca is among three or four businesses in the park that are not in compliance. Colegrove explained that he will be making a report to the Planning and Zoning Commission about all of the non-compliance issues, and then the commission will decide what to do. Along with compliance, the issue of whether or not the creation of phase three of the industrial park was the last “bite” to be taken out of the Strickland Farm or just another bite was discussed heatedly, with resident Marianne Corona quoting from a November 1996 Town Times article in support of the “last bite” theory, and Brayshaw and selectman Dave Lowry contending otherwise. Corona also attacked the contention that the property Monarca would like to buy is “useless” because it lacks access. “Open space is not useless,” Corona declared. “It is protecting our watershed and providing wildlife habitat at the very least.” Attorney John Corona, representing Monarca, repeatedly used the “useless” description as one reason the town should go ahead. In the end, the point raised by selectwoman Mary Johnson, who noted that, at the

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‘Field of Flags’ to visit Middlefield

The Middlefield Federated Church will be hosting the “Field of Flags” for three weeks in October. This is a traveling memorial for all the soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. One American flag will be placed on the Middlefield Town Green for each Ameri-

can casualty. This memorial was started by the Somers Congregational Church in October of 2005 and has since traveled to other churches around the country. The Field of Flags is a silent reminder of our nation’s sacrifice. The flags represent respect for those who have served and are

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serving in the military, and hope for peace in the future. Flags will be set up on Friday, Oct. 9, with the help of volunteers from the church and volunteers from Somers. There will be a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. on the Town Green. Everyone is welcome.

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On Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 17, first and second graders in Mrs. Sibiskie’s class shared interesting facts about the 222-year-old Constitution of the United States with the audience at the weekly John Lyman School assembly. The children proudly gathered on stage holding the stars and stripes. From left, Christopher Gulino, Adam Copeland, Casey Kania and Brittany Mangiameli.

Wreaths Across America For the 18th consecutive year, Wreaths Across America will be honoring deceased veterans by placing holiday wreaths on their gravestones. Wreath laying ceremonies will occur at Arlington National Cemetery and around the world. In Connecticut, Wreaths across America ceremonies will be held at the three State Veterans’ Cemeteries: State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown; Col. Raymond Gates Memorial Cemetery, Rocky Hill; and Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery, Darien. Ceremonies will also take place in many towns and cemeteries across Connecticut. You can help in this important mission of honoring a veteran by sponsoring a wreath for $15 each to be placed during these ceremonies. There are over 6,000 veterans buried in the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown (code CT-

MVCM) and over 1,500 buried in Col Raymond Gates Memorial Cemetery, Rocky Hill (code CTCRGR). Each veteran deserves to be honored with a wreath. Contributions for wreaths to be placed on gravestones can be made through CTDAR State Treasurer, Fran Into, 16 Highland Green, Cromwell, CT 06416 (checks should be made out to Wreaths Across America). Thy can also be made online at by entering the cemetery code of your choosing (noted above) and CTDAR0002 as the sponsoring group. To learn more about the Wreaths Across America project and for a complete list of participating locations, please visit the website at: For information on the ceremonies in Connecticut, contact Fran at (860) 632-0359 or Barbara at (860) 665-8082.

Senior budgeting workshops

The Wallingford Public Library and the Agency on Aging will present three Connecticut Money School workshops on budgeting in October at the library. Topics and schedule as follows: Maximizing the Budgeting Process on Monday, Oct. 5; Handling Real Life Budgeting Problems on Wednesday, Oct. 7; and Personalizing the Process on Friday, Oct. 9. All workshops will be held in the Collins Room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are free and open to the public; however seating is limited. To register for any or all of the workshops, contact the library at (203) 265-6754 or online

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and clever is the theme for everything from the magazine itself (bold pictures, colorful graphics and unconventional articles) to the magazine release party at Up or On the Rocks in Hartford on Sept. 16 (tattoo artists, local art show, live music, painted ladies and merchandise giveaways like surfboards and skateboards). DiVito and co. are actively promoting the magazine by bringing copies to concerts, sponsoring events and covering every event going on in Connecticut. The first issue features an interview with Bloodshot Hooligans band members after one of their concerts, tattoos and paintings by local artist Jeff Mansolf and an article on local BMX rider Gina Laymen, to name a few. DiVito did all the writing for the first issue, but now she has a team of writers. Through In The Cut, DiVito hopes to “connect the state,” promote local artists, athletes and small businesses and be the most recognized and authoritative See Magazine, page 18

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What’s more awesome: that Samantha DiVito is only 24 and is the editor-in-chief of her own magazine? Or that the magazine itself is the first and only resource for alternative culture in Connecticut? That’s a tough call. DiVito, a Durham resident and 2003 graduate of Coginchaug High School, just launched issue #00 of “In The Cut Magazine” featuring music, tattoos and art and anything edgy, progressive and exciting in the state. When DiVito was asked how she came up with the idea to start a magazine targeting this genre, she replied that it’s a “culture thing.” “A lot of my friends have tattoos, listen to alternative music and have an interest or passion for this stuff,” said DiVito, who has a college degree in animal biology. “And there is no media source that really caters to that demographic.” Well, now there is. Five thousand copies of each monthly issue will be distributed to over 75 loca-

tions in the state — places most likely inhabited by those like herself and her friends — namely skate parks, coffee shops, music centers, etc. To start a grassroots magazine as DiVito has done, it helps to know people, and in this particular case, we’re not talking people in the industry. “The only people that have helped me have been friends,” said DiVito. Good thing she has lots of friends. DiVito said getting the magazine started came down to telling people about it, and when she did, she got a flood of people wanting to be a part of it. To name a few, fellow Coginchaug graduates Brian Dunnigan is the graphic designer, Jill Francis is the executive promoter, Eric Francis is the marketing manager and Dan Kubow is the secretary of getting radical. Secretary of getting radical? “He’s my go-to guy,” said DiVito. “Kubow came up with the name ‘In The Cut’(as in ConnectiCUT) one night. It’s cutting edge and very clever.” It seems that cutting edge

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“Emergency management” is the phrase of the decade. Once upon a time, when I was in elementary school, preparedness consisted of constructing and stocking fallout shelters and having air raid drills during which we hid under our desks in the hope protection from nuclear fallout. That sort of preparedness went out of favor after awhile, and nothing much replaced it. Then came Sept. 11, 2001 when 19 terrorists flew jetliners into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon, killing 2,993 people. Four years later Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf in late August, taking at least 1,836 lives, most in and around New Orleans, and causing at least $100 billion in damages. Earlier this year saw the ad-

vent of the swine flu, or H1N1, which virtually shut down Mexico for a period of several weeks in late April and early May because that was where it was first discovered. An early case in a student of District 13 led to heated exchanges about whether enough precautions had been taken to safeguard other students. While H1N1 has seemed relatively mild so far, officials remain vigilant about its potential for damage as the flu season approaches. Given these recent experiences of terrorism, natural disaster and pandemic disease, it’s no wonder that, as Middlefield’s First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said on Tuesday: “Emergency management is coming on like gangbusters.” And given the federal governments interest in pre-

paredness, it should come as no surprise that state and local interest are being encouraged strongly. That’s not a bad thing. It is a dangerous world out there, and hopefully we’ve come a bit beyond the “hide under your desk” kind of response. Now there are plans and protocols and drills. One such drill is planned for Friday, Oct. 23. At that time, residents are asked to volunteer to be part of a mass inoculation drill which would require the volunteers to gather at the Community Center in Middlefield and be bussed to a central location in Middletown to receive a regular flu shot for free as a reward for participation and to test the system that would gather people from the area surrounding Middle-

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Letters to the Editor

Vote for Pam Lucashu

I recently asked Pam Lucashu why she’s interested in a position as a Durham Zoning Board of Appeals member. Pam told me she felt it’s time she put her “energies where her ideals are.” Pam believes it’s possible to preserve Durham’s picturesque charm while managing its growth in a reasonable way. I agree. I also know Pam to be an intelligent and analytical thinker. She researches and contemplates before offering an opinion. Pam’s experience as an attorney representing the zoning interests of diverse clients certainly enables her to confidently review issues in an educated and objective manner. I know Pam to be someone who truly cares about our community. Given the opportunity, she’ll work diligently to understand the ideas and

concerns of our citizens. Pam will offer sound, common sense advice. I plan to vote for Pam Lucashu for Durham Zoning Board of Appeals alternate, and I urge all voters to do the same on Nov. 3. Cathy Artkop, Durham

importance of meeting scheduled deadlines. His creativity, enthusiasm and willingness to accept responsibility make him exactly the right choice to serve the town of Durham. Susan Lawrence, Durham

Vote for DiPentima

Vote for Helen

Dear Editor: Chris DiPentima receives my hearty recommendation as candidate for Durham’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Chris is a serious and dedicated attorney, and his reliability and integrity are above question. He is engaged and well respected in both the legal community and in business circles. If selected to serve on the board, he will bring a calm, clear grasp of planning and follow-through from operation to operation as well as the

Special election letters policy In order to allow the largest number of citizens to express their opinions on the upcoming elections, we set a few special election season letter rules. Number one, the deadline for election letters will be Monday at 5 p.m. Number two, election letters will be limited to 250 words. Also, in order to allow as many people as possible to weigh in, we will not print letters that have already been printed in another publication. For the last week before elections (deadline Oct. 27), only positive letters of support will be accepted. Of course, only signed letters with phone numbers, so we can verify authorship, will be accepted.

It is with pleasure that I recommend Helen Larkin, local resident and business owner, for the Durham Board of Finance. Over the past seven years, my dealings with Helen both personally and professionally have provided me the opportunity to observe her as a responsible, loyal and conscientious individual with high standards of conduct for herself and her business. Helen maintains astute business skills with her establishment, Larkin’s Run, a pet boarding kennel, with a compassionate nature that provides a necessary service for our community. Above all, Helen is deeply committed to the community and strives to be a positive influence. She is very involved in her children’s education and volunteers extensively throughout the town, including the Durham Fair. In addition, her business sponsors various youth sports teams, as well as a woman’s softball team. It is often the case that the

outstanding people are overlooked, for they are the ones who work alongside us and assist and care for us without the need for a spotlight or tangible recognition. Helen is such an individual and is a real credit to this town. In these uncertain economic times, it makes sense to have someone in a leadership position who has proven themselves worthy of the position. It is a pleasure knowing Helen, and I commend her for her willingness to further support our community. Please consider Helen Larkin for the Durham Board of Finance. Michele Tirado, Durham

Support common sense and fiscal responsibility The common sense fiscal responsibility that Jon Brayshaw has exercised as First Selectman of Middlefield has been a refreshing contrast to the out of control spending and total fiscal unrestraint that both federal and state governments have displayed in recent years. While no local government is ever perfect, Middlefield has not only lived within our financial means, but has prospered (purchase of Powder Ridge, Coe Hill and land adjacent to

Zygo) under his leadership. There is every reason to believe that local town budgets will be even further stressed next year as the state tries to put its own financial house back in order and doles out less money to the towns. I urge folks to continue to support Jon Brayshaw who has a proven track record of simply being able to balance our collective checkbook, which, it turns out, is no longer a common skill. David Glueck, Rockfall

Support Flanagan It’s a great honor to be able to introduce Chris Flanagan as a Democratic candidate for a seat on Durham’s Planning and Zoning Commission. As residents of Durham, we are very fortunate to have Chris Flanagan running for this commission. Although there are no specific qualifications to run for this important elected office, citizens should expect that those who run would bring an understanding of the issues, a knowledgeable background and experience to the position. Chris does just that and more. Chris has spent most of his career in residential construction and has amassed a great amount of exposure and See Flanagan, page 10

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Teaching our students to think: Election season is here the importance of 21st century skills in the curriculum

The phrase “21st and making sensible century skills” has bedecisions.” Carol Luckenbach come entrenched in Director of Curriculum and Even our standardthe educational jargon Professional Development ized testing in Conof this decade. Connecticut assesses the necticut’s Commisability to think critisioner of Education cally. At the seventh has made 21st century and eighth grade levskills one of the founels, students must dations of his secondwrite a persuasive esary reform plan. The Partnership for say based on evidence. At the 10th 21st Century Skills has defined and grade level, the evidence for a similar publicized a framework for the teach- essay must be gathered from articles ing of these skills that has been em- representing opposing points of view. braced by many states and school dis- We are expected to prepare our stutricts. District 13’s Curriculum Coun- dents by giving them a variety of opcil spent last year examining the rela- portunities to explore opposing viewtionship between the district lifelong points and frame opinions based on learning standards and the 21st centu- evidence from those viewpoints. ry skills defined by others. But was exHow, then, can the public schools actly are these skills, and why are prepare students for the types of decithey important? While various organ- sion-making that will be essential to izations have identified a variety of them as adult citizens? By teaching specific skills that fall under the 21st our students throughout their 13 century skills umbrella, all agree that years of public education to examine critical thinking, problem solving and age-appropriate problems, to look at an ability to use technology effectively the evidence on both sides of an issue, are fundamental given the nature of and to form their own opinions and knowledge in the 21st century. These support them with evidence. skills are not new ideas in District 13. Given the speed with which inforOur very first mission statement, mation travels in 2009, the ability to written in 1993, included the idea that analyze and evaluate information is our students should be prepared for “a crucial. The recent controversy over lifetime of learning.” Our current mis- whether schools should air President sion is, in part, “to ensure that all stu- Obama’s speech to schoolchildren dents become self-reliant, lifelong provides a perfect example. Both learners and respectful, responsible those who insisted that their children citizens who will thrive in global and should not be allowed to watch the technological environments…” We speech and those who insisted that the have clearly been committed to the speech should be shown in every fostering of 21st century skills for classroom in the nation felt very many years! strongly that theirs was the correct If we look at what is occurring in point of view. What we need to be the world and the community around teaching our children is not that the us, we can see the necessity of teach- way to deal with an opposing point of ing our students to think critically view is to ban it or hide from it, but and to solve problems. Is global warm- rather that our obligation as citizens ing a threat to our environment and is to examine both sides in light of our future? Should health care be re- available knowledge, to apply our critformed? Should the government inter- ical thinking skills, and to formulate a cede in the current financial crisis? point of view based on our evaluation Should we continue to wage war in of the evidence. Iraq? For whom should I vote in the The idea that we need to teach our presidential election? Should the driv- students to think critically can be a liting age in Connecticut be raised to 18? tle scary for some folks. It requires Should District 13 use artificial turf on that we trust our educators to present its new playing field? Should the town both sides of an issue without bias, and of Middlefield purchase Powder it also requires that we let go of our Ridge? Each of these questions pro- own desire that our children consider vokes a strong, visceral response in no point of view but ours. The truth of some individuals, and those strong, the matter is that no matter how hard visceral responses are completely dif- we try, we have no way to ensure that ferent depending on which side of an our children will think the way we do. issue one favors. What is true is that We must hope, however, that they no intelligent decision can be made make their decisions wisely. without, as the Partnership for 21st Critical thinking is just one of Century Skills states, “comparing evidence, evaluating competing claims See District 13, page 10

A View From District 13

This year’s municifor its members. The pal election will be Planning and Zoning different than any Commission, howevother in Durham’s er, is comprised of history. In 2006, nine full members Durham voters apand three alternates, proved a revision of whereas the Zoning its charter. One of the Board of Appeals is major changes was incomprised of five full creasing the term members and three length for the offices alternates. of selectmen, town The Board of Asclerk, tax collector sessment Appeals is a and town treasurer three-member board John Szewczyk, Durham from two years to four whose primary puryears. Accordingly, pose is to hear and when voters go into rule on appeals in rethe voting booths on gard to the assessNov. 3, they will be ment of motor vehicasting their ballots cles and real estate. for the following offices: Board of Fi- Members of this board serve for six nance, Planning and Zoning Com- years. mission, Zoning Board of Appeals Although there will surely be less and Board of Assessment Appeals. interest in this year’s election as The following is a breakdown and compared to last November’s presibrief description of the aforemen- dential election, the importance is tioned boards. still great. In fact, one can argue that The Board of Finance is a six- the decisions made by local governmember board on which members ments have a more direct and immeserve for six years. Among other diate impact on the lives of residents things, the Board of Finance is re- than do the decisions made at the sponsible for helping prepare the state and federal levels of governtown budget, setting the mill rate, ar- ment. Therefore, I urge my fellow ranging for the annual audit of town residents to take the time to meet and accounts and publishing the annual speak with the candidates over next town report. two months and participate in this The Planning and Zoning Commis- November’s election. sion and the Zoning Board of Appeals As always, I can be reached at are both land use boards responsible for enacting land use rules and regu- with your questions, concerns or lations. Both have four year terms comments.

From A Selectman

Gov. Rell announces $200,000 STEAP grant for Durham Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that the town of Durham will receive a $200,000 grant to help rebuild road culverts to prevent flooding. The funds are being made available through the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP). STEAP provides financial assistance for projects that encourage economic development and preserve the character of the state’s lesspopulated towns. The grant will help pay for reconstruction of culverts on Pickett Lane so they can handle the runoff from a 100-year storm event – the heaviest rain likely to fall in a century – without causing flood damage or closing the road, which serves an elementary school and the regional high school. “Pickett Road presents a bit of a ‘Catch-22’,” Rell said. “It is the access road to Coginchaug Regional High School and Francis Korn Elementary School, two key shelters in the event of a flood or a hurricane. Yet

the road itself is subject to flooding in the event of heavy rain. This is a problem that needs to be resolved, and thanks to the STEAP grant, the burden on local property taxpayers can be eased. That’s good news for all concerned.” The state-funded STEAP program provides funds to eligible towns for economic development, community conservation and quality of life projects. To be eligible, a town must have a population of less than 30,000 residents, not be designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community and not have an urban center. The state Office of Policy and Management administers this program, and individual projects are managed by several state agencies including DECD. A total of $20 million in STEAP funds for 100 towns is expected to gain approval when the state Bond Commission meets Sept. 25. The funds will enable 114 projects across the state to move forward.

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writing seasonal articles in this paper. Chris understands and is concerned about the future of our community in regard to P&Z issues and believes, as many of us do, that there is more that can be done and should be done to provide a well-planned future for our community. We need people like Chris on our Planning and Zoning Commission, so please join me in voting for him this November. Joe Pasquale, Durham

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many 21st century skills that are crucial to the development of an educated citizenry. Information literacy, media literacy, global awareness, the ability to collaborate and communicate … the list goes on and on. All of these skills are interrelated, and all are necessary if we are to thrive in this world that most of us could not have imagined just a decade ago and to be ready for the unimaginable changes yet to come.

understanding of the planning and zoning regulations in many communities in several states. Growing up in Durham, Chris had many opportunities to learn about and appreciate life here as he continues to do today with his family. This appreciation for Durham is what drives his desire to serve our community. He currently serves as a member of our Zoning Board of Appeals, DMIAAB and the Public Safety Facility Renovation Planning Committee. Also, he supports our student athletes with his efforts as a Benchwarmer, raising money and

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Vote for Laurie To the Editor As residents of Durham, we have been very fortunate to have qualified candidates who are willing to serve on our town committees, committees which require much time and commitment. I am delighted that Laurie Stevens has agreed to serve on the Board of Finance. Laurie has lived in Durham over 20 years and has been active in all phases of town life. She has served on the Board of Assessment Appeals, as president of PALS and on many other committees in town. Her professional career saw her in a very demanding and responsible position as vice president of operations at a manufacturing company. Upon her retirement she brought her organizational skills to town committees, serving as officer, committee chairperson

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To the Editor, This letter is to encourage Durham voters to re-elect William “BJ” Joyce as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He has served on ZBA for the last four years and has a comprehensive knowledge of the Durham Zoning Regulations. A lifelong Durham resident, BJ is committed to the community and doing what is best for the future of our town. He has conscientiously participated in our meetings, public hearings and site walks and makes every effort to deal fairly with local property owners while still maintaining the integrity of our zoning regulations. As chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, I know that BJ Joyce is an asset to the ZBA, has served the town of Durham well and deserves your support for another four-year term on ZBA. John F. Hogarth, Durham

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ing a Trail Stewardship Council to manage the newly adopted New England Trail that winds from northern New England, through Middlefield and down to Long Island Sound. Two Middlefield volunteers are being sought to serve on the council, which will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Hillstead Museum in Farmington. Interested residents are urged to contact Brayshaw at (860) 349-7114. Lowry said that he had spoken with several Dattco bus drivers who are concerned about lack of attention to traffic laws (stopping for a stopped school bus) on Route 66. “It’s five points on your license, a guaranteed court appearance and a big fine if you’re caught doing this,” he advised. The selectmen approved a request from attorney John Corona on behalf of the Durham Fair for use of Powder Ridge for backup parking

for the Durham Fair this weekend. Forecasts look like wet fields will not be a problem, but the fair wanted to make sure they have backup. Marianne Corona, representing the Records Retention Committee, presented their choice for someone to develop a town website. That choice is Media Graphics of Durham. “They will build a platform that will grow with us,” she said, “and their $5,500 charge includes the platform as well as training for anyone who wants it.” Despite the fact that there is only $5,000 in the budget, the selectmen approved the choice with thanks for the hard work of the committee. Brayshaw announced that re-roofing the Community Center is coming up soon with most of the funds coming from a STEAP grant, but possibly not all. He also announced that Cedar, Derby and Jackson Hill roads will be chipsealed this fall, and that the for our menu

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scribed the company’s upcoming 75th anniversary parade to be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. followed by fireworks at Peckham Park. He also asked that the selectmen vote an exception to the “no alcohol at the park” rule for marchers only. “Participants in these parades are typically served beer after the march,” he said and described the precautions being taken to make sure that only the firefighters and other marchers of legal age would have access. Tyc also requested help from the town in regard to setup, clean-up and traffic control. The selectmen granted the limited exception and promised to speak to the required departments about cooperating with the fire company for this event. At this point, audience member Sue VanDerzee explained about the Field of Flags to be hosted by the Middlefield Federated Church and placed on the Middlefield Green on Oct. 9 with a service of dedication planned for 10 a.m. on Oct. 10. The Green actually is owned by the church. Fire company members present were delighted that this memorial would only add to the significance of their celebration. Barbara Schiffert was reappointed to a five-year term on the Housing Authority. Brayshaw also noted that the federal Department of the Interior, which oversees parks and like entities, is establish-


To defend or not? The third issue that occasioned some heat was Johnson’s suggestion that the motion made at the last meeting, after an executive session to discuss legal matters, should be rescinded. That motion, which was made by Johnson on Sept. 8, was to provide payment for legal services for pending lawsuits by Ken Leavitt against Dave Lowry and Paul Pizzo. The lawsuits were brought against Lowry and Pizzo by Leavitt, who accused them of depriving him of his civil rights with respect to Powder Ridge. Brayshaw and Johnson supported the motion and Lowry abstained. As Johnson tried to explain her change of heart, Brayshaw tried to keep her from doing that, alleging that it should not be discussed in public because the issue was based on pending litigation, one of the few things that can legally be discussed in executive session. Finally, however, Johnson asked that town attorney Antin be invited to speak to the selectmen about what would be the best course for the town, and Brayshaw agreed to invite him to speak in a future executive session. Other business Pete Tyc, from the Middlefield Fire Company, briefly de-


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(Unless noted, all events take place at the Youth Center in the Middlefield Community Center.) After-School and No-School Hours The center is open daily from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are openings available. They will be open all day on Oct. 9 and 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for school closure. BINGO – Seniors ONLY (55+) Friday Oct. 2, from 7-9 p.m. $5 per person includes coffee and donuts. Prizes too. Please RSVP to Nicole by Sept. 30 at (860) 349-02858 to sign up. Babysitting Class American Red Cross babysitting program on Oct. 3, 10 and 12 from 9 a.m. till 12 noon. Must take all three classes for certification. Fee $55. 7th & 8th Grade Dance Friday, Oct. 16, from 7-9:30. All dances are $5. Pizza/Soda/Water and Candy $1 each. Parents must sign children in and out. Family Halloween Social/Haunted House Friday, Oct. 23, from 4-7 p.m. Come in costume, and be ready to have a great, family-filled afternoon of fun! Art & crafts, games and prizes too. Fee $2 per person. Halloween Dance for 5th & 6th Graders On Friday, Oct. 30, from 7-9:30 p.m. Come in costume and win prizes. Costumes are optional. All dances have a $5 entry fee. Pizza/Soda/Water and Candy $1 each. Parents must sign children in and out. Photo Contest DMYFS is sponsoring an amateur photo competition starting Oct. 5 with a deadline of Dec. 7. The contest is open to all ages with a $5 entry fee for up to three 4”x6” and/or 5”x7” photos. Back of photo must have entrant’s name, address and phone number, photo file name and date and place where the photo was taken (must be in the Durham/Middlefield area). Cash prizes of $25, $10 and $5 for first second and third place as determined by a DMYFS committee. Showing Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served. For further information, contact Nicole Milardo at (860) 349-0258. ***** Go to for the calendar of events and information about DMYFS programs and services. If you are interested in volunteering or to register for any of the Center’s programs, call (860) 349-0258 or e-mail Thanks to our Fall Festival Sponsors Colony Ford


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New children’s probate court

Judge Joseph D. Marino of the Middletown District Probate Court is pleased to announce that his court will join the towns of Meriden, Wallingford, East Hampton and Portland to form the Central Connecticut Regional Children’s Probate Court. The Middletown Probate District serves the communities of Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield and Middletown. This will allow all cases involving children’s matters, such as custody, removal of guardians, temporary guardianships, termination of parental rights and adoptions, to receive the enhanced services available to regional children’s courts. The court will be staffed by on-site social workers from the Department of Children and Families and two probate court officers to provide the clinical expertise necessary to quickly identify children’s needs, improve case planning and links to community services, provide permanent placement and long-term monitoring. Judge Marino states “I have been advocating for a regional children’s court for the Middletown Probate District for some time. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide the support and services offered by the regional courts to the children, young adults and families of our district. I have seen this highly successful model work in other courts in our state and know that the judges and staff work together in shaping a better future for our children. The new court facility will be located at 1501 East Main St. in Meriden, on the Meriden-Middlefield town line and will begin accepting cases from the Middletown District in October. This expanded regional probate court is solely for children’s matters and is the fifth such court in the state of Connecticut. The creation of the Central Connecticut Regional Children’s Probate Court is not connected with the probate reform legislation currently pending at the state legislature. Anyone with questions may call Judge Marino at (860) 347-7424.

Town Briefs

Friday, September 25, 2009

Durham P&Z (Continued from page 1) John Biddescombe called attention to the fact that Wesleyan’s lights have caused no problems in the densely populated residential area. While a number of residents spoke in favor of using the 80’ light poles, some still opposed the amendment. In particular, attorney John Corona stated that by letting in the larger light poles, it will make it easier for future applicants to receive variances on building bigger structures. He also pointed out that the amendment would allow the construction of four light poles per field and obstruct people’s sight line. However, Corona’s was one of the few voices of dissent against the lights. Though the commission chose to close the public hearing for the lighting amendment, Hollister told them that should the amendment fail, the school may very well have to revise its entire site plan. As for the rest of the discussion, one of the major concerns from past hearings was taken out of the discussion.

In a letter from attorney Steve Byrne, the commission was informed that artificial turf is an issue for the school board and not the zoning commission. Talk shifted instead to bathrooms, as the school has no immediate plans to build any. Although bathrooms are being designed for the site and a foundation for their future construction is planned, engineer Dick Webb told the commission that the school currently can’t afford to put facilities in. When commission member Dick Eriksen questioned how reasonable it was for 1,000 people to walk from the fields to the school restrooms, Webb replied that Port-o-Lets will be set up around the fields. School board member Bill Currlin also added that a number of people have asked to donate to the athletic facilities and this money will go to building restrooms. The use of the fields by other groups also entered into discussion. John Corona felt that the commission should put a condition on the facilities preventing their use for non-school related activities, to cut down on how intensively the site is used. Attor-


ney Hollister argued that the school needs to maintain control of the facilities and that the commission can’t impose conditions regarding their use. Eriksen pointed out that attorney Byrne told the commission otherwise. As Hollister sees it, the commission can impose some conditions, but they must be specific rather than broadly worded. However, he finally agreed to put in a condition that would require the school to go before the commission before it enters into an agreement with a non-school group regarding use of the facilities. To note, though, the facilities will remain open for public use. Hollister also agreed to remove the scoreboard from the site plan and instead present its design to the commission at a later date. This was due to the continuing disagreement about whether a scoreboard counted as a sign or not. Though Hollister felt it doesn’t qualify as a sign according to the regulations, commission member Frank DeFelice remarked that announcements are one of the definitions for See P&Z, page 17

Middlefield Board of Finance By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times The Board of Finance met on Thursday, Sept. 17, at which time board member Rebecca Adams brought up ECS funding for the school. According to Adams, while the town is receiving the same amount of state ECS funding as last year, 14 percent of this is federal stimulus money. As this money is going straight to the school rather than the town, the town may still have to cover the 14 percent it won’t be receiving from the state. Though Adams spoke with a few school officials, such as Merrill Adams, she claimed that they seemed unaware of the federal funding as yet. As such, it remains to be seen whether the town will have its payments to the school reduced by 14 percent. Finance Director Joe Geruch also brought up a future expense the town should be aware of. The town agreed on a $70,000 bid for replacing the roof at the community center. Although the town

still has $85,000 remaining in its STEAP grant, Geruch expects the cost of repair will rise once work begins due to the damage in the roof’s subfloor. The town won’t know how much this will cost until repairs begin as the extent of damage is unknown. Furthermore, the town can’t wait on the repairs as the town loses the grant money in October. While there’s nothing for the board to act on yet, Geruch wanted them to expect the expense in the future. Another matter mentioned by Geruch is that the Board of Selectmen has decided on a vendor for the town website. However, the bid is $500 over the $5,000 budgeted for the item. As the agreement is still being put together, though, there was nothing for the finance board to act on yet. The rest of the board’s meeting was devoted to yearend transfers for 2008-2009. They approved the transfer of $5,465 into the Town Planner’s account due to the time spent dealing with Powder

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(HUD) has asked the commission to eliminate a requirement in the Tenant Selection Plan that residents need to be independent, e.g. able take out garbage, turn off appliances, etc. Jeff Sussman of HUD refused to put his verbal approval of the policies the commission submitted to him in writing, and at this point, another letter needs to be written. In a maintenance report, Electric Works put in a new wire from the new pump to the building. The town sanitarian approved the septic pumping, which was to be done shortly after by Sea Breeze Hauling. Maintenance supervisor Len Pinz plans to retire or semi-retire on Jan. 1, 2010. The commission will contract out snow removal for winter and lawn mowing for summer. Hence, Pinz did not buy a new lawnmower. He may only work 10 hours per week next year, and if the commission can find a replacement, he or she will need to be trained. A HUD and Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) complaint is in the process of being formally closed by HUD. There have been requests for reasonable accommodations and responses with applicable forms have been sent out. It was noted that employees, the executive director and commissioners all have free life insurance. Executive director Brenda Cowett is following up on possible lack of insurance for decisions that a volunteer board may make. Cowett reported that July and August financial reports will be combined and the net loss from this year will be taken out of unappropriated retained earnings. She had a good report on water quality. Finally, the need for more housing was recognized. Cowett said turnover is minimal, but people often call to express interest. The list isn’t open at this point. In new business, Fair Market Rents as published by HUD were reviewed, and Cowett will discuss with the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) the possibility of increasing rents based on this data. There was a secret ballot to determine placement of the

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Middlefield Town Briefs

Middlefield Government Calendar


(Unless indicated, meetings are in the Community Center.) Monday, Sept. 28 11:30 a.m. — Housing Commission at Sugarloaf Terrace Tuesday, Sept. 29 NOTE DATE CHANGE 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Memorial School. On the agenda will be the District 13 athletic project. Monday, Oct. 5 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen

(Continued from page 14) picnic table. The vote was five to four to leave the table outside the third courtyard, and a vote will be taken again in the spring to see if it should remain there. The commission reported that Jeremy Newell’s Eagle Project is just now gaining approval, and David Wollak’s project is underway. A picnic to commemorate summer and the 30th anniversary of Sugarloaf was to be held on Sept. 11. (From minutes/ Stephanie Wilcox)



(From page 13)

Ridge. Labor Counsel also came in over-budget, with the board approving the transfer of $1,821 from Town Counsel into Labor Counsel. Nine hundred fourteen dollars went to training for the Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk, $269 for the Brookside Drive Sewer System, and a few other miscellaneous expenses of $10 or less. The board also had to transfer

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Standing above, Bob Elder, selectwoman Mary Johnson and housing authority director Brenda Cowett joined residents of Sugarloaf Terrace at the 30th anniversary party of the housing complex on Sept. 11. The planned picnic was moved indoors to the Community Room because of rain. $217 into the Municipal Agent’s salary for working additional hours. This was merely a matter of bookkeeping as the cost was actually covered by a grant. Another transfer went to the Fire Marshal’s mileage. Although the town approved the $95 expense, they checked with First Selectman Jon Brayshaw to ensure that a record of mileage was actually being maintained. Brayshaw stated it was. A transfer for 2009-2010 also

came before the board. Six hundred seventy five dollars was required to cover the cost of tax refunds due to over-taxing. Otherwise, Geruch informed the board that revenue was above expectations and that the town came in at $200,000 under budget in 20082009. However, interest earnings are down and the town’s going to have to take the loss of the Mattabeseck Bridge grant into account in the next budget cycle. (In attendance/Chuck Corley)

The Art Guild of Middletown is honored to have a nationally known watercolorist as their guest at the Thursday, Oct. 8 meeting at 7 p.m. Charles McCaughtry is an accomplished artist whose work is represented in many museum collections. McCaughtry is a landscape painter whose work shows a fascination with the interaction of earth, water, sky and light. He will demonstrate watercolor painting using a limited palette of only three colors and will discuss color theory.

The meeting will be held at the Middlefield Federated Church, 390 Main St., Middlefield. Members are reminded to bring their work for the painting of the month contest. The public is invited and welcome. A $3 donation is suggested for non-members. The Guild still has openings in the Wednesday morning pastel class. Three Art Guild members — Barbara Beck, Sue Hall and Bivenne Staiger — are exhibiting watercolor paintings at the new gallery at Luther Ridge in Middletown through Nov. 6. For information, call (860) 632-7334.

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Durham Government Calendar Help folks (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for agendas and last-minute changes.) Friday, Sept. 25 Town Hall closed today because of the Durham Fair. Monday, Sept. 28 7 p.m. — Ethics Commission Tuesday, Sept. 29 NOTE DATE CHANGE 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Memorial School. On the agenda will be discussion of the planned athletic project. 7 p.m. — Economic Development Commission Monday, Oct. 5 6:30 p.m. Emergency Management Committee at Town Hall 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at CRHS 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission 7:30 p.m. — Clean Energy Task Force at Town Hall 8 p.m. — Annual town meeting at Coginchaug High School 8 p.m. — Historic District Commission Tuesday, Oct. 6 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee 7 p.m. — Fire Department Trustees at Firehouse

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APPLE DUNKIN’ AT THE DURHAM PIG ROAST: Durham Republicans gathered Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Larkin’s Run training field to meet their candidates, toss horseshoes and play volleyball while listening to music and enjoying lots of pork. Left, Erin Larkin enjoys the apple dunking contest. In all, 116 people enjoyed the festivities.

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what constitutes a sign in the regulations. The commission was also asked by Corona to hold off on approving the proposal until various government agencies, such as the DEP and Army Corps of Engineers, permit the project to go forward. However, Hollister stated that those agencies can’t move forward with the project until after the commission has voted. Despite the issues brought up against the proposal, a vast number of people spoke out in support of the project. Coginchaug students in their team uniforms lined the rows while parents, teachers and other residents spoke favor-

ably about the project, be it to note the regular use of Port-oLets at other school facilities or to offer their support for the lighting amendment. Whether that support will have paid off, however, will have to wait until Sept. 30. The commission closed the hearing, but held off on voting. Instead, they scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, Sept. 30, at which time they will discuss the lighting amendment and the proposal for the athletic facilities. Other business Although the school’s proposal took up the majority of the commission’s three-plus hour meeting, there were a couple of other matters that came up. One was from Kyle Bacchus, who wants to put up a sign by the firehouse for his

Eagle Scout project. The sign would say “Welcome to Durham” and include a message board for the purpose of putting various safety-related messages, such as speed limit reminders. As Bacchus’ initial proposal was in the state right of way, the commission suggested he move the sign back. As signs must typically represent the property they’re on, though, the matter will need to go before ZBA. The other matter brought up came from Little Lane, LLC, which wants to create an interior lot in the area of Little Lane and Snow Road. Access to the site would come from Snow Road. The commission approved the application after reviewing the site plan.

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Magazine (Continued from page 7)

Above, the colorful art gallery featuring local artists that was on display at the release party. Left, the magazine’s logo. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

resource for alternative culture in Connecticut. What she doesn’t want to become is mainstream. “We’re catering to people with an interest in this, and it’s a growing demographic,” said DiVito. Within three to five years, she would like to expand to cover the northeast, and she is happy to take anyone who wants to help in any way. “It’s just a team, like an art project. It’s all donated time and using really artistic people.” To put the business together — from first getting a business attorney to coming right off the printer the day of the magazine release — it took six to seven months with two full weeks to design and organize the magazine itself. That’s pretty impressive, considering DiVito is a newbie businesswoman. But she admitted a lot of things went wrong along the way. Like when the Printing Department, the company in Durham she used to print the magazine, had to stay up all night just to get ready for the release party because she underestimated how long it would take to print. In the future, DiVito said she might take an entrepre-

neurship class “just so the magazine doesn’t suffer” as it grows. She already quit her job as a doggy daycare counselor and cut back on coaching soccer to give 100 percent to her magazine venture. “It’s rough,” she said. “There were a few sacrifices.” But if you call DiVito an entrepreneur, she’ll correct you and say she’s uncomfortable calling herself anything fancy. After all, she says she couldn’t have done it without everyone’s donated time and effort. And most importantly, DiVito said, it was really about luck and timing. On a random move to Hawaii (she moved back home after running out of money and because there were no waves in Kailua), DiVito paid her rent by helping out an acquaintance who had just started a magazine. “Everyone read the magazine and was in touch with what was going on, and I wanted to start something like that here,” she said. “My friends are into it, I’m into it, and it all just happened.”

into a big business venture. “It’s a great first issue, but it’s only going to flourish from here,” said DiVito, adding that the magazine will soon have a job directory of people who have something to offer. “I’m just amazed something like it didn’t exist yet.” In The Cut can be found locally at Perk on Main in Durham and Joe Riff’s Music in Middletown. To receive a monthly subscription, email For more information, visit

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Walter O. and Lois Herzig at the farmstand in the 1990s. Walter O. was the second generation of Herzigs to farm the land in Durham.

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icantly through the Depression. In 1940 young Walter married Lois Brechlin of Meriden and converted a former tractor shed on the property into a fine home for his wife and their two children, Warren and Joyce, who run the farm today. In 1950 the younger Walter purchased the farm from his father, but because a family could no longer sustain itself with farming, he took a job at Pratt & Whitney in Middle-

Walter H., Walter H.’s second wife Geraldine and Walter O. Herzig in front of the porch on July 4, 1947.


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the corner of Main Street and Fowler Avenue. This client was so important that each winter Walter plowed a route down Maiden Lane to the corner of Main Street by the present day Durham Market, then south to the Methodist Church in order to deliver milk to the church, a cleared path which local residents undoubtedly appreciated tremendously. With the installation of a windmill in 1924, the Herzigs


but the original John Deere, affectionately dubbed “Old Popper,” is still pressed into service for various jobs on the farm to this day. Warren Herzig noted, “My father’s dream had always been to put his children through college and give them a better chance in life, and he has always been very proud that he was able to accomplish this.” Both children graduated from college and both recently retired, Warren as a water pollution control engineer with the Department of Environmental Protection and Joyce as a physical education teacher in

Walter H. Herzig with one of the horses sold against his wishes by his son Walter O. The elder Herzig believed the farm would never survive without the horses, but he was proved wrong. Woodstock, CT. In the early 1990s, Walter established an honor system roadside stand selling vegetables from his garden to local residents. But early in 2004 Walter had a stroke, and Warren and Joyce made the painful decision to shut down the stand and sell the beef cows. Explained Warren, “I couldn’t work in Hartford and guarantee the safety of my cows in Durham.” Soon after the cows were sold, a red wooden heart was placed on the fence by persons unknown. To this day no one has ‘fessed up to the thoughtful deed. But the family appreSee Herzig Farm, page 37

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Ecumenical Church Service Green Religious CRHS Jazz Band & Show Choir Center High School Show Groups Pratt & Whitney Screaming Eagles Band Main Buddy Toth Roaming West 42nd Street Green Classic Rock Generations Center Classic Rock United States Coast Guard Academy Band Main Yale Whiffenpoofs Roaming The Aquatudes Green Top 40 John Swift Roaming Skyline Drive Center Country The Taubl Family Band Main The Governor’s Horse Guard & Drill Team Roaming/Main Durham Fair Junior Talent Show Rain Date Center Talent Competition

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CT Science Center - Green Machine Mini Pedal Tractor Pull (up to age 7) Potato Sack Race Donut Eating Contest Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Hula Hoop Contest Balloon Stomp Animal Sounds Competition Pie Eating Contest Fireman Relay Pie Eating Contest Mini Pedal Tractor Pull (up to age 7) Potato Sack Race Donut Eating Contest Bubble Gum Blowing Contest Hula Hoop Contest Balloon Stomp Animal Sounds Competition Pie Eating Contest Fireman Relay Pie Eating Contest

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“Eat Well and Safe This Winter. Buy/Harvest Locally and Preserve Fresh Produce In Your Kitchen” - Diane Wright Hirsch “Farming the Sound” - Tessa Getchis “Composting” - Abby Maynard “The Health Benefits of Tea” - Phil Parda “The Hive and The Honey Bee” - John Weil “It’s Only Natural” - Mark Schadle “The Future of Food” - Pat Bigelow

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“Heirloom Tomatoes” - Amy Goldman “Hardy Winter Squash Recipes” - Jamie Rorabeck “Broadway Tails Presentation & Book Signing” - Bill Berloni “History of Olive Oil, Uses & Health Benefits” - Dave Miller “Outhouses in Connecticut Presentation & Book Signing” - Leslie Strauss “Swing Dance Demo” - Jonathan Stangel & Teri Everett

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“Tips to Keep a Healthy Home” - Mary Ellen Walsh “Edible Landscaping” - Nancy Ballek “Cheese Making with Cato Corner Farms” - Liz McAllister “Gardening with the Three Sisters in the Eastern Woodland Native American Tradition” - Susan Meehan “Interior Design” - Lisa Davenport

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Children’s choir to perform at Coginchaug On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir comes to the Thayer Auditorium at Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham to share their music and their story. This is one of more than 85 performances scheduled during their two-month New England tour—their first in the USA. Dressed in colorful garb, the choir will present a lively mix of traditional and contemporary songs and dances — and some awesome drumming. Tickets for this special concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will only be sold at the door. All proceeds, including donations, will help fund the growth and maintenance of the Kampala Children’s Centre.

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A JLPA — corn on the cob B Durham Democrats — Hot dogs/breads/jams/Jamaican patties C Durham boy scouts D Levi Coe Library — muffins/gourmet coffee E Middlefield Fire Department — kielbasa/hot dogs/chowder F Middlefield Lions — mini doughnuts/sausage and peppers/chicken G Middlefield Republicans — lime rickies/roast pork sandwiches H Middlefield Church — roast beef sandwiches I Killingworth Lions — corn dogs/chili dogs/fried dough pizza J Notre Dame Church — Sausage and meatball grinders/spaghetti dinners K POPS — Candied apples/cotton candy/caramel apple wedges L Benchwarmers — Stew “kielbasa” lobster bisque M Elks Club N Durham Co-operative nursery school — chicken Barbeque O Women’s Club — chili/hot dogs/nachos P Strong School — gummies/candies/pretzels Q Exchange Club — fries and mozzarella sticks R Little League — hot dogs/burgers/chowder S Coginchaug Little League — hotdogs/hamburgers T BKPTA — cookies/ice cream U VFW — steamed burgers V Durham Republicans — pudding/pies/brownies W United Churches — lime and raspberry rickies X Durham Lions — clam chowder/hot dogs/pulled pork Y Coginchaug Scholarship — chocolate covered bananas/pretzels/cookies Z Falcons Football — hamburgers/hotdogs/chicken fingers/egg sandwiches AA Middlefield Democrats — baked potatoes BB DMYFS – apple crisp/cider


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Middletown Symphonic Band

Mrs. Leach’s 3/4 class performed original poems put to music and movemnet at the Sept. 17 assembly at John Lyman School. Above, Melissa Fowler, Davide Skelps, Alyssa Sperl, Tommy Koba, Aidan O’Connell and Sierra Astle. Below, Ava Sacco, Gavin Dinice, Isabel Puziss and Rebecca Kearns. above Rob Miles, Ben Molkenthin, Bryce Fleck and Adriana Wimler. Below right, wlizabeth Collins, Alan King, Olivia Lemieux and Hannah Clark. Photos by Betty Hadlock.

The Middletown Symphonic Band will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala concert and reception Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts at Middletown High School, 200 LaRosa Lane. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from any band member, at the door, by calling (860) 342-4363, or through the band’s website Students are free. The concert is in honor of the legacy started by Santo Fragilio, the band’s founder, who will be an honored guest at this event. Reflecting on the early days, Fragilio commented, “It was the musicians who made it happen. They were willing and competent.” Fragilio will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and share the baton with Marco Gaylord, the band’s current music director. The concert will also feature solo performances by Tom Dyer on clarinet, Alyssa Kniering on piccolo and Ralph Matteo on trumpet.





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The band started in 1979 under Fragilio’s direction. Between 1979 and the present, the band grew from 15 members to 60 at full strength. MSB brings together novice and professional volunteer musicians who play for the challenge and enjoyment that a community band brings. Members range in age from 16 to 80 and are represented by people from business, trade and professional groups, as well as students, homemakers and retirees. The band is a non-profit organization that receives grants, funding and in-kind services from several businesses, arts groups, municipalities and individuals. MSB alumni and former students of the honoree are cordially invited to attend the celebration by contacting the band through its website.

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Sharing produce

Students and families at John Lyman School have collected produce from their gardens to donate to local senior citizens. Above, Vena Sutherland and Mildred Lucas, of Mauro Meadows in Durham, enjoy “shopping” for fresh veggies. Below, from left, Sydney Fowler, Jordan Moore, Bobby Huscher, Nicole Murphy, Charlotte Meigs and, in the background, Emma Axelrod, get set to deliver the produce.

The 2008-09 annual music recital of Susan Gregory’s music students was performed at St. Andrews Church in Meriden on May 30. Thirty-two students performed piano and flute compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Telemann and Debussy, as well as Broadway show tunes. Several of these students performed in regionals and the national Piano Guild where they received scores of excellent to superior. Pictured above are Jessica McWeeney, Erica Fontanella, Evan Wenchell, Frederick Fernandez, Declan Keenan, Kia Boreland, Martha Meigs, Kristen Ciarlo, Luke Vilaseca, Devin Kokoszka, Olivia Tubis, Ryan Ciarlo, Kasey Schempf, Michael O’Keefe, Flannery Keenan, Rachel D’Andrea, Nathan Graichen, Gina DeSimone, Morgan Whalen, Sam St. John, Sara Graichen, Natalie Charette, Monika Malek, Anthony Campanelli, Michael Tubis and Martin Malek. The students pictured at right are Hanna Gossner, who received a 10-year trophy, Eliza Romeyn, Brittany Harris, Scott Romeyn and Conner Romeyn.

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Middlefield Park and Rec is proud to announce the winner of the very first Middlefield’s Biggest Loser Competition is April Leiler of Durham. She lost an incredible 29 pounds in 14 weeks! Way to go! The group had various rates of success. Some lost only a few pounds, while some lost over 10. What they did gain, however, was knowledge and information on how to fight the battle of the bulge in a healthy and safe way. The group had a number of guest speakers and tried some new things. The yoga night and Laser Tag trips were probably the most fun. If there is enough interest in doing this again, the commission would like to offer it. Those interested in participating in Biggest Loser round two should contact Chris Hurlbert, via e-mail at and let him know what evening — Monday, Tuesday or Thursday — work the best for you.

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Charles R. Bogen Sr. Charles R. Bogen, Sr., 70, of North Haven, died peacefully at home Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Gloria Montalto Bogen. Mr. Bogen was born in New Haven on July 25, 1939, a son of the late Charles A. and Helen Comiskey Bogen. He was vice president of the accounting department at the former First Federal Savings & Loan Bank, New Haven for 26 years. He went on to own and operate Bogen Financial Services, Inc. of North Haven for the past 26 years. Mr. Bogen served on the North Haven Board of Education for approximately 20 years. He was very active in North Haven Max Sinoway Little League Baseball Association as a coach, umpire and also served on their executive

board for many years when his children were younger. He was an avid N.Y. Yankees, N.Y. Giants and UConn fan, and his #1 love was his loving wife and grandkids. Mr. Bogen was also a United States Marine Corp veteran and a 1989 graduate of Quinnipiac College. He is also survived by two sons, Charles R. Bogen, Jr. and his wife Patti of Durham, and Bryan P. Bogen and his wife Lisa of North Haven; a sister, Patricia E. Parker and her husband Charles of North Haven; seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Ryan and Alec Bogen and Samantha Peters of Durham, and Thomas, Adriana and Julia Bogen of North Haven, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his nieces Deborah and Susan M. Parker. Funeral services were held at the Torello-Iacobucci Washington Memorial Funeral Home in North Haven. A Mass of Christian burial

was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hamden. Burial with military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to a charity of one’s choice.

James Riccio James Riccio, 81, of Wheeler Hill Dr., Durham, beloved husband of Sheila (Wallet) Riccio, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Middlesex Hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Cunningham) Riccio. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army. Prior to his retirement, James was a tool and die maker at Prototype and Plastic Molding. Funeral services were held

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Ethel Wolfe Ethel Wolfe, 87, of Wallingford, departed this life on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Twin Maples Healthcare Center in Durham. Ethel was born on April 7, 1922, in Durham, daughter of the late Fred and Ernestine (Thody) Wolfe. She was employed by Backas Fireworks at one time. She enjoyed making homemade calendars, was an avid reader, enjoyed solving puzzles and being in the company of family and friends. She will be sadly missed by her nephew, Arthur Pandiani and his wife Katherine, of Durham; a niece, Joyce Werbiski and her husband Walter, of Wallingford, along

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A traveling memorial for all soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. One flag will be placed on the Middlefield town green for each casualty. The dedication ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m.

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Friday, September 25, 2009 Terry Oakes Bourret, of Durham, will be featured in a selected member’s group show of t h e N e w Haven Paint a n d C l a y Club. T h e show r u n s f r o m Sept. 20 to Oct. 11 at John Slade Ely House, 51 Trumbull St. in New Haven.

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On June 20, 2009 at 2 p.m., Erik Swanson, son of George and Kathy Swanson of Portland, and Paulette LaMarche, daughter of Robert and Jaye LaMarche of Viera, FL (formerly of Middlefield), were wed at an outside ceremony at the Colonel Williams Inn in Marlboro, VT. Justice of the Peace Ray-

mond Decelles, the bride’s uncle, performed the ceremony under a partly cloudy sky. Maid of Honor was Katrina Griffin of Durham. Best Man was Scott Maruschock of Portland. Groomsmen were Sean Maruschock of Windsor and Damian LaMarche (brother of the bride) of Warwick, RI. In attendance were family and friends from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Mississippi, Florida and Canada. A memorable reception was held in the barn on the property where a great time was had by all. Following a two-week honeymoon in southern France, the happy couple returned to their home in Middletown. They would like to offer thanks and love to all who made their special day more special by sharing it with them.

Town Times Welcomes New Citizen Joshua Adam Poturnicki Born on Aug. 12, 2009 to Adam and Bridget Poturnicki, Durham Grandparents: Robert and Diane Moore, Durham The late Robert J. Poturnicki Sr. Greatgrandparents: Kathleen Curtis, Durham Helen Heaney, Woodbridge Big sister: Mia Big brother: Luke

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Wild Wisteria takes up where A Pocketful of Posies left off By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

AT HOME AMONG THE BLOOMS AND BOTTLES: Tammy Rajcula at Wild Wisteria on Main Street in Durham.

When one door closes, another door opens, or so they say. But for Tammy Rajcula, owner of Wild Wisteria, a gift and flower shop in Durham, the door never actually closed. When her business partner decided in April to leave their store, then-called A Pocketful of Posies and Creative Floral Designs, Rajcula decided to keep going strong. There was no need to reinvent herself. She’d been operating a certain way since she started running the Durham store last October, and it’s pretty much the same way she plans to do things going forward. This means patrons will still find items such as women’s jewelry, scarves, potpourri, soaps, stationary, candles, kitchen accessories

and Rajcula’s very own custom-designed silk floral arrangements. “There’s been lots of confusion because people thought we closed down because it was too small, but I’m still here!” corrects Rajcula, who always thought the location was the perfect size for giving each person her individual attention. “It’s a quaint town with a nice quaint store to match.” Though Rajcula lives in Wallingford, she always loved Durham and is fulfilling her dream by working in town. She was 10 years old when her parents started a garden/gift shop/florist, and she learned how to do floral arrangements. Over the years, she has developed her technique for creating arrangements for weddings, the town of Wallingford, Choate, etc. But upon having kids, Rajcula spent 13 years

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working from home doing home floral parties where she brought floral arrangements to people’s homes and displayed them for purchase. Though this kept her very busy, as her girls got older, Rajcula wanted to get out of the home again. That’s when she joined forces to open the store in Durham, and that’s where she still is today. “This is a nice, cozy, warm and inviting store,” said Rajcula, who changed the name from Creative Floral Designs so people would know she is not a florist but a gift shop that also sells floral designs and arrangements. “For a ‘small store’ there’s a lot in here,” she says. Wild Wisteria is located at 354 Main Street next to Carolyn Adams Country Barn. For more information or store hours, please call 860349-1550.

The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has announced the start of the fall 2009 re-entry program, which will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Orientation and registration for the program will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Education Center, located at 393 Main Street in Middletown. This free program is available to any person with basic keyboarding and typing skills in need of training in modern office skills through the courses of: Business Math, Word Processing, Advanced Word Processing, Excel and Power Point. The program also includes preparation for employment opportunities such as resume preparation, interviewing techniques, business etiquette and budgeting, which is provided by job placement coordinators. Those seeking employment in business or industry See Re-Entry, next page

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Dog’s life is pretty darn good at It’s A Dog’s Life By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

The web page design certificate program at Middlesex Community College will provide the avid hobbyist or business specialist alike with the skills to produce their own professional websites.

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Danielle DeToro, owner of It’s a Dog’s Life, poses with her very patient pals, Emmitt, a springer spaniel, Sydney, an Australian cattle dog, and Zak the yorkie. No Durham Farmers’ Market this week due to the Durham Fair. The market will return next Thursday, Oct. 1, from 3-6 p.m. on the Durham green, rain or shine.

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Danielle DeToro began working with animals at age 16 when she got a job at a local veterinary hospital. It gave her experience in kennel work and running a doggie daycare. Along the way she also worked on her own as a pet sitter. With the clientele she built up from her years of experience with animals, DeToro, 21, opened her own doggie daycare business in Middlefield in July called “It’s a Dog’s Life.” At It’s a Dog’s Life, pups of all sizes and breeds have the freedom to play and socialize with one another in a spacious environment. Every day is filled with stimulation and interaction as well as quiet time, which makes for a healthier, happier pet. Dogs are safely fenced in and supervised but never crated. Most importantly, they are free to go indoors and outdoors as they please. “They have balls, toys and things to jump on, but they really are most happy playing with me or each other,” said DeToro, a Middletown resident. “It really is a dog’s life here.” In addition to her years of experience, DeToro is a certified vet assistant and is trained in Red Cross pet first aid. She says it’s a combination of all these things, plus her love for animals, that makes her facility a happy

place for dogs to spend their days. “I love what I’m doing,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to work with animals.” Before they can be dropped off at It’s a Dog’s Life, all pets must be up-to-date with their vaccines and will be evaluated. Applications and more information are available online at To speak to DeToro, call (860) 638-1184. She will be having an open house on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but kindly asks that owners leave their pets at home while they check out the facility. It’s a Dog’s Life is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 19 Meriden Road (Route 66) near the Middlefield/Middletown line.

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will find the training program an excellent way to improve their skills in modern office technology. Job seekers are also urged to mark their calendars for Friday, Oct. 30, when the Chamber will host the Middlesex County Fall Career Fair at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The career fair will be filled with businesses from all sectors that seek part and full-time employees. For more information on the Re-Entry Program, please contact Johanna Bond at the Chamber at (860) 347-6924 or by email at

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Falcons football wrap-up

A-Squad falls to East Hartford The Falcons fought an epic defensive battle verses the East Hartford Hornets this past Sunday. The Falcons came out with a strong defense that held the game scoreless going into halftime. The defense forced three turnovers, one of which was caused by the defensive line, and two by the defensive backs. The Falcons shut down the Hornets offense for the entire first half. The offensive line did a great job of blocking and the offense marched down the field. Jack Granger had a flawless game at Quarterback with several perfect passes that were within inches of a touchdown. Justin Hall at center had a perfect record of snaps to Granger. Ryan Murphy had a big sack in the backfield causing a fumble that Granger almost ran back for a touchdown.

Special teams once again came on strong, with great kickoffs from Ryan Bogan and great support from his teammates. Adam and Jason Tibbetts worked hard to support their team and were in on many tackles that held the Hornets scoreless for two quarters. After the half, the Hornets eventually wore down the Falcons and posted a 21 – 0 victory, putting the Falcons record to 1 and 1. Next game will be at Wethersfield. B-Gold Squad looses Glastonbury battle At the Falcon field this past Sunday, the B-squad ran up against the perennial Power Glastonbury. With some hard fought defense by each team, the game went back and forth. The Tomahawks jumped out to a lead of 13- 0 on two long runs but the Falcons didn’t show any signs of giving up.

Late in the second quarter, a long well executed drive by Mike Scherer at Quarterback, some great running by Jordan Cowles, John Amendola and Austin Meeker lead the Falcons down the field. The offensive line started to push Glastonbury back and it eventually paid off on a nice run by Meeker for the Falcon touchdown ending the first half with the score 13 – 6. The Falcons battled hard in the second half but the Eagles proved to be too much on this particular day and recorded a final score of 21 – 6. Next the Falcons will travel to Wethersfield to face the Eagles. B Maroon this week lost to East Hartford, 12-6 East Hartford took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but Durham defense stiffened from there on. Most of the second quarter neither team could muster any yards. However, late in the second quarter East Hartford was able to score on a sweep,

Friday, September 25, 2009 catching the Durham defense off guard. The score at the half was 12-0 East Hartford. The start of the second half, the Durham falcons defense remained tough, with many athletic solo tackles, superb gang tackling and great plays all around. Late in the third quarter, the ball fell loose for a turnover, which set up for a 60-yard touch down for number 45 Jake Ober. Unfortunately this was the only score for the Falcons. But all members of the team contributed many ways on both sides of the ball. They play at Rocky Hill next Sunday, 9 a.m. Falcons C Gold The Falcons lose in the final seconds of the game to a tough team from Glastonbury. The game was played at Allyn Brook Park in Durham. The captains of the Falcons were Anthony Arreguin, Jared Gibbons, Griffin Saks and Ricky Sorensen. Trevor Delloso, Sam Longworth and the rest of the Falcons defense fought a tough game. The Falcons had a slow

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Summer tournament held at Indian Springs Golf Club

The “Youth Summer League” held their final tournament at Indian Springs Golf Course, on Saturday, Sept. 5. The tournament was the culmination of six weekly instructional sessions throughout the summer. The weather was perfect, and a good time was had by all. Each youth chose an adult partner, and they played together as a team in a “Scotch” format. The tournament was followed by a barbecue on the back deck. Directly left, Hannah Anderson and Isabel Milardo with their dads. Left above, a happy trio, consisting of Hannah Huddleston and her grandpa, Ali Durand and her mom, and Julia Hilinski (of Cheshire) and her dad; center, Sarah Durand and Stacia Simcox-Matyjas and their dads; right above, Saige and Jayda Avery with their mom and dad. Please visit for more information on Youth Summer League for next year! Photos submitted by Jen Huddleston

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Language Signals

Punctuation Matters

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Have you ever had trouble figuring out what somebody’s writing meant? Maybe that was because the writer didn’t use proper punctuation (PUNK-chuh-WAY-shun). Punctuation marks, such as commas and periods, help us understand the written language. In honor of National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24, The Mini Page talked with Lynne Truss, author of three punctuation books for kids.

“Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make A Difference!” shows how punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence.

The phrase “eats, shoots & leaves” was supposed to be about what a panda eats, which is shoots* and leaves of bamboo. The phrase should have been “eats shoots and leaves.” But in a book about animals, the comma was put in the wrong place. This way, it looked as if the panda ate its dinner, took a shot at something, and then left. *Shoots are new stems and branches.

And along came technology

Who thought of punctuation, anyway? “Punctuation was invented mainly as a way of telling the reader, ‘These words go together’ and ‘These words need to be kept apart, otherwise the meaning isn’t clear,’” Lynne Truss said. “Without punctuation, the meaning of a bunch of words can be much harder to work out!” Since the beginning of writing, people have used different marks to add more information to written words. For example, ancient Greeks had a system of dots to tell actors how much breath to take before a word or a phrase in a speech.

After the printing press was invented almost 600 years ago, people started making more rules about punctuation. Readers needed to know where one idea ended and a new one began. Now, right before our eyes, technology is changing the rules again. Some people leave out capital letters and periods in e-mails and text messages. These writers invent their own rules. People also use a lot of exclamation points and question marks when texting and e-mailing. Lynne said: “I love the way people punctuate texts. One of the main features of punctuation is that it gives the reader the sound and rhythm of the writer’s voice — exclaiming, querying*, pausing, stopping or running on very fast.” *Query (KWIR-ee) means to ask questions.

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The Key to Understanding The importance of punctuation Even though rules may be changing for text-messaging and e-mailing, the rules have not changed for regular writing. If you are writing school papers, letters or a book, commas and other punctuation marks are still needed. Punctuation marks help the reader figure out your message in texts and e-mails too. Use the punctuation rules that fit what you’re writing.

Changing the meaning See how a comma changes the meaning of these two sentences:

If you put a punctuation mark in the wrong place, it can completely change the meaning of the sentence. For example, look at these two sentences. How does the comma change the meaning?

“Anya walked on her head, a little higher than usual.”

Call me Tom.

Call me, Tom.

Advice to kids “The main thing (about punctuation) is to notice it!” Lynne said. “Reading is not just getting the sense off the page; it’s also about hearing the words; following an argument; listening.” from The Mini Page © 2009 Universal Press Syndicate

More to Explore The Mini Page provides ideas for Web sites, books or other resources that will help you learn more about this week’s topics. At the library: s,YNNE4RUSSHASWRITTENTWOOTHERPUNCTUATION books for kids: “The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage Without Apostrophes!” and “Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!” s!NOTHERBOOKTOEXPLOREISh4HE7ORD3NOOPvBY Ursula Dubosarsky.

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Durham man charged

A Durham man was charged last week with firstdegree larceny and reckless endangerment after allegedly ripping off a mother and her three children. Bryant Esparo, 46, was hired two years ago to remod-

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ciates the gesture, and townspeople assume that it was placed in honor of this piece of land that so many family members have worked hard to maintain for 100 years. Warren and Joyce continue to grow vegetables, hay and Christmas trees, with family and neighbors always on hand to help with planting and harvesting. Retirement has allowed them to dedicate more time to the farm, and they hope to pass a portion of their heritage on to their children. With much - from family and neighbors, they hope to maintain this small corner of Durham’s agricultural history, perhaps for another 100 years.

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el a job in Shelton at the Belmont Avenue home of Laura Sussan, said Detective Ben Trabka. Esparo was the president of Cheshire Construction Services, LLC. Sussan called police in February of this year to say Esparo hadn’t finished the job, despite her payout of nearly $60,000. According to Trabka, the contractor began work, tore apart the Sussan home and began an addition without a permit. When Shelton building officials issued a stop work order Feb. 15, “Esparo walked off the job, leaving the home open to the elements and causing a dangerous living situation for the family,” Trabka wrote. At the time, Sussan and her three minor children could no longer live in the house and were homeless, he added. Sussan’s complaint was investigated for six months and a warrant was secured for Esparo’s arrest. After learning this, Esparo turned himself into police custody last Tuesday. He posted a $75,000 bond and was then turned over to East Haven police where there was a warrant for his arrest for allegedly passing bad checks. Esparo is due in Superior Court in Derby on Sept. 21. Complaints have also been made against Esparo with the state Department of Consumer Protection.

“Trail for Tails” 5K Road Race 1K Family & Pet Fun Walk & Open House Sunday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m. 311 Murdock Avenue, Meriden

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Now more than ever, we need help and support from our many compassionate friends to ensure that these animals can survive, thrive and be placed with new loving families. There are several ways in which you can help:

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Please consider helping us to RUN, WALK and HAVE FUN while helping to save the lives of many animals in need.

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For more event and sponsor details, please go to or to register for either the Road Race or Fun Walk go to 1127425

This training program is eligible for Workforce Investment Board (WIA) funding. Interested people should contact CT Works for more information on financial assistance. For more information on how to register for a non-credit class, contact the continuing education office at (860) 343-5865.

• Become an event sponsor • Participate in the event ($20 for Road Race & $15 for Fun Walk) • Volunteer your time at the event • Make a donation to the Meriden Humane Society


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$250 for 2 tickets to see the Red Sox & Yankees on Sun. Sept 27, 1:05pm. Grandstand Section 420c, side by side seats behind home plate. This game is at Yankee Stadium. Private seller. 203507-4259. Serious inquiries only! ROCKING HORSE Like New - $25. (860) 828-6433 ROSETTA Stone CDs. Many languages available. $65. Call (860) 828-4884 SCREENED TOPSOIL, 16YD MINIMUM, DELIVERED $25 PER YD CALL 203-272-3166 SHUTTERS, EXTERIOR WOOD. 18x51 (8pr), 12x35 (1pr). $30 203-379-0619

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

203-235-8431 OLD BICYCLES Don’t throw away that old bike. Hobbyman needs your help. Free pickup! Bikes will be recycled. Help save a bike! 203-494-9641 STADIUM ANTIQUES & FIREARMS. 45 Mill St, Berlin.


Helmets, Daggers, Fighting Knives, Flags, Medals, etc.

203-238-3308 SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS HOT TUB 6 person 35 jets 3 pumps w/ all options, full warr, new in wrapper. Cost $7000 Sell $3800. Call 203-988-9915 HOT Tub Cover, 8’x7’, Thermo Spa, brown. Used 2 weeks. $75 203-238-2654

COMPUTERS & OFFICE EQUIPMENT COMPUTER Printer. Canon Pixma photo printer; unopened box. $85. 203-288-8790 after 6pm NEW HP deskjet printer. Never used. Black/color. $45 or best offer. Call 203-634-9149

STORAGE Cabinet-45” x 36” x 20”. Great for basement/garage. Wheels. $25. 203-235-3794


OFFICE mngr’s style chairblack. Exc.condition. $40. 203-671-0104.

PIANO Wurlitzer S/N 170959 1930-40’s. Ready to play, perfect condition. Left in house when purchased. Ivory keys, a classic piece to add to any home! $2,000 or best offer call 265-5125 PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS Drums & Percussion, Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone Horn, Trumpet, Piano, Improvisation. Consultation/First Lesson Free! Exp’d & certified teacher in convenient Kensington loc. Call Bob 860-357-2638 PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS. Many different instruments offered. Beginners to Advanced. Experienced music teachers. Call Sarah or Mark 203-235-1546 Fall openings available. TONER and drum for Sharp Z50 copier. $50/OBO 203-265-0881

ELECTRONICS TV 36” TOSHIBA Picture in Picture w/remote. $100 Mahogany Dresser 1940’s - $100 (203) 630-3819 1129818



END table set. 2 small 1 large. wood ex cond $30 b/o. Call 860-632-8666

LOVESEAT Double Recliner Queen Sofa Bed. Soft blue fabric. $325. Call (203) 237-9057. Must see.


MAPLE Desk, dining table, and rocking chair. All for $100 (860)828-1761 PINE ENTERTAINMENT CABINET 77x37. Shaker style. $30. (203) 269-6459

FRIGIDAIRE stackable washer and dryer immaculate $500; Frigidaire 8,000 BTU window air conditioner $100; Sharp 10,000 BTU stand-up air conditioner, needs hose, vent, mounting bracket $100; Lakewood portable radiator $25. Aaron (860) 681-7632. GE REFRIGERATOR, new $900, 1 yr old, asking $350 or best offer. GE Spacemaker washing machine, reg. $740, 1 yr old. $350/best offer. (203) 440-1024 HUTCH Pecan 67” Excellent condition. Asking $75. Call 203-237-7174

QUEEN SIZE BEDROOM SET Also, Children’s Bunk Bed and All-night wood stove for sale. Good prices. Good condition. Please call (860) 329-5474 QUEEN sleep sofa, Broyhill, blue/tan plaid, exc condition, $75 203-269-6060 SETH Thomas Chiming Grandfather Clock. Asking $350. Call 203-907-5224


MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 2009 Mitchell collision estimating reference guides. $175. 860-224-7209

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators & Stoves CLEAN Will Deliver (203) 284-8986 WHIRLPOOL Accubake smooth glasstop Whirlpool over the microwave. Both in color. Both exc cond. $275. 203-238-0190

system stove, stove bisque Asking


50 CLASSIC horror DVD’s. Most of the DVDs never opened. $80. Call 203-634-9336 CRAFTSMEN 16”Scroll saw and table. Used once. $90. Call 203-630-0841 FREE- Sectional Sleeper Sofa. Call (203) 630-1866 GROOVY GIRL Collection. Many dolls, 2 horses, canopy bed, day bed and carriage. $50 or best offer. Excellent condition. Call (203) 235-2784 INFANT Graco car seat Bermuda Pattern, LN. $65. Call 860-628-3144

WINEMAKING Equipment Barrels, bottles, jugs and much more. Call (860) 346-2427


Voice Lessons BA-35 Solar Financial Calculator $20. 203-630-1666 DESAY CD PLAYER WITH REMOTE + CABLES. $15. CALL 203-687 5381 ANYTIME SUBWOOFER/Harman. Never used $40. Call 203-294-1872 TWO guitars and Guitar Hero games for PS2 $50 203-7151929

FIREWOOD $225 per cord delivered. Quick delivery. All hardwood cut & split . 203-439-1253 anytime.


PELLET STOVE- Brand new. Gold door trim, incl. accessories. Used only 1 year. Exc cond. 48,000 BTU. Will heat 1500 sq. ft. $2800. Call (203) 686-1354

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

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH 90 LB. Bowflex Select Tech Dumbbells with stand and bench. 1 yr old. Like new. $500. Will include Bowflex Tread Climber for $100. Call (203) 440-4984 GOLF clubs, womans w/bag & cart. Like new! $50. Call 203634-1553

SOLID mahogany desk style cabinet w/sewing machine. Exc cond! $65. Call 203-269-6729

2 ADJACENT BURIAL PLOTS at St. Stanislaus Cemetary, Meriden. $800 each. Save $400! Call (603) 476-8299

JIG saw puzzles; various sizes, 18 boxes, $5.00. (203)235-5447

GOLFERS TAYLORMADE Driver - 360ti - R80 Bubble Shaft - VVG - $45 Firm. 203-269-8610

WOODEN Swivel chair. Heavy solid wood. Very nice cond! $20 FIRM. (203) 269-9009

2 High Chairs, car seat & baby seat/carrier $100 for all. For more info, call (203) 235-9797

JUNIOR Ninja Quad with battery and charger. $80. Call after 5pm. (203) 237-0205

PISTOL PERMIT CLASS Call for schedule 860-828-6204.

All Ages and Levels Welcome

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



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

Cash Paid For All Types of COSTUME JEWELRY 203-464-0477 FISHING TACKLE. Local collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359

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


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

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MERIDEN. Small 2 BR recently remodeled home, no util, no pets, no smoking, w/d hookup. Section 8 OK. $950/mo plus 1 mo sec dep. 203-600-0988


MERIDEN Clean 2 BR Townhouse. Deck, carport. No pets. Laundry on premises. $825. Sec, last & 1st month req. 203-245-1937 or 203-481-7435 MERIDEN Crown Village 1 BR, 3rd flr. Heat & HW incl. $750/mo. Sec & refs. No pets. Call Andrea, Maier Property Management (203) 235-1000 MERIDEN- 1BR, sec bldg. No pets. Sec dep-credit check. $800 per month. 203-376-1259 MERIDEN- 2BR, 1 1/2 bath w/garage. $950/mo. 306 Brittania St. Call Alex 203-213-3162 or George (917) 696-2869

MERIDEN 2 BR, 2nd flr. Appliances. $700 month. Lease required. Security & references. No pets. (203) 440-0349

MERIDEN 2BR, 1 bath, unfurnished. Clean, Large Off-street parking. Ready for you to move in! Free Heat! $795/month. No Pets. Betty 203-443-5548 MERIDEN 2BR, 1st lr, updated. Basement storage space. So. Colony St. Yard. No pets, separate utils, sec. $800. Call 203809-4627

Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!

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

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

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MERIDEN 2BR, 2nd Flr w/dishwasher. Nice yd. Grove St. $750 + util. Sec 8 approved. 203-265-4664 MERIDEN 2nd Floor. 2BR, 5 RMs. 45 S. Second St. Completely remodeled. Heat & appls incl. Washer hkup. No pets/smoking. $850 & 1 mo sec. 203-841-7591 MERIDEN 3 Bdrm, 2nd fl. No pets. No smoking. Available October 1. Large yard. Recently remodeled! $950/month & 1 month security. Call 203-317-0360

Meriden 3 BR Apt 1st floor, newly renovated, appliances, off st. parking. No pets. $950/mo. 203-815-8335

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

MERIDEN 3BR, 1.5 bath, basmt W/Dhookup, $1200/m+utils. 1m sec. No pets. Avail 9/1. Call 203-631-8421 or 203-440-1303


MERIDEN- 2BR, LR, DR, Kit., laundry room, 1 car gar., A/C, no pets, $950/Mo. plus 2 Mos. Sec. 203-235-9214 MERIDEN- Crown Village. Nice 2BR, heat & HW incl. $900. Sec. Refs. Call 860-250-1122 WLFD- Judd Square- 1BR, No pets. $700. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904 WLFD- Judd Square- 2BR, access to courtyard. No pets. $900. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904

APARTMENTS FOR RENT CHESHIRE Quiet country setting near Rte 10 (Minutes from I-691) 1 BR $850, 2 BR $950 both including h/hw. Sec & Ref. No pets. Call Debbie at 860-398-5425 MER. FURNISHED apts + rms: ALL Incl Heat, Elec, HW. Ground fl furn studio, $170/wk+sec. RMs $130/wk+sec. 203- 630-3823

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN - 3 & 4BR APT, 2nd flr, 1 mo. sec. + 1 mo. rent. References, no pets. Section 8 or other programs approved. $1175. (203) 464-6273 MERIDEN - 4 1/2 rooms, 2 1/2 Bedrooms, 3rd floor w/ appl. Off street parking. No pets. $750 plus dep. 203-605-5691. MERIDEN - 5 room, 2 Bedroom, 3rd floor, newly remodeled, off street parking, no pets, $800 plus utilities, references. 203671-9644 MERIDEN - CLEAN 1 ROOM EFFICIENCY $450. Utilities included. 2 mos security. Credit check req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN 1 BR Remodeled, Beautiful, 2nd Fl. Huge sunny kit., brand new appls, floors & baths. $750+util. No pets. Days 860-635-2266 Eves 860-342-0880 MERIDEN 1st fl 3 furn rooms, $210/wk + sec. Heat, HW, Elec incld. E. Side, very clean. Offst park. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm.

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 Off-st parking. Clean. Freshly painted. New carpet. Move-in condition. $950 +sec. (203) 237-4000

MERIDEN 3BR, 2nd fl unfurnished. Clean. 1-yr lease. On-site management. Very affordable! 31 Twiss St. $850/mo, 1st, last & sec 203-630-2719 stove & refrig. MERIDEN 3BR. 1 bath, unfurnished. 1st flr 1-yr lease. Wood St. New carpet & paint. Available now. Washer /dryer hookup. $950+ Sec. Call 203671-2672 MERIDEN 4RM, 2BR, 2nd Fl. Hdwd fls, off st parking. No pets. $725/mo+sec. 203-639-1634



MERIDEN Two 3BR Apartments. Fresh paint & carpet. No pets. $850 & $900. 1 month security. (203) 631-6236

MERIDEN-Completley renovated. 3BR or 4BR apts. Dead-end st., quiet neighborhood, 1 parking. Section 8 approved. No pets. $1300-$1350. 203-715-3494

MERIDEN- 1BR 1st flr apt w/ kit/LR combo w/wall to wall carpet/linoleum. Off st. parking. Exc cond/location. $650. 1st, last & 1 mo. sec. 860-663-1229

MERIDEN-Large clean 5Rm, 2BR, 2nd flr. W/D hookup, stove, refrig front porch, lge fenced backyard. Off-st parking Must See! $825/mo + sec. 860-690-5555

MERIDEN- 1BR Summer Special $695/month. Heat, Hot Water, Electric incl. Private balcony. Offer expires September 31. For info 203-639-4868

MERIDEN-Newly renovated, 2nd flr, 2BRs, granite counter tops. Absolutely gorgeous. Offst-parking. No pets. $950+ sec. Refs. 20 Howe St. 203-676-7512

MERIDEN- 2BR, 5 Rooms. 1st floor ($895) & 3rd flr 2BR, ($775). Stove and refrig. Storage area. Yard. Off st parking, quiet. Sec req. 860-841-6455.

MERIDEN: 2 BR apt. $800, off st park. Section 8 approved. 110 Colony St. Leave Message 860426-0658

MERIDEN- Renovated Apartments

2 BR - $750, $850 & $950 Heat & Hot Water Included Secure building. Off st. parking. Call 203-886-7016 MERIDEN- Wallingford line, Large, Luxury 1BR condo. Laundry. Rent - $650, no utils, no pets. 203-245-9493 x 2. MERIDEN-1, 2 & 3BR for lease. Great specials! Income restrictions do apply. 203-686-1015 MERIDEN-1BR apts starting at $705/mo. Heat & HW incld. Sec. Dep. & credit ck req. Call Galleria RE for details 203-671-2223. MERIDEN-1BR apts starting at $705/mo. Heat & HW incld. Sec. Dep. & credit ck req. Call Galleria RE for details 203-671-2223. MERIDEN-1BR, Large Rooms, Large Windows, Off-St-Parking. WD Hookup. Very nice. $650 /mo. 2 mos sec & credit check required. No pets. 203-284-0597

MIDDLEFIELD- WATERFRONT 1 BR, 1 Bath in beautiful LAKEFRONT HOME. Spacious, clean, open flr plan. All applis. W&D, patio & dock. $900 plus utils. 860-349-1214 or 860-716-7995 SOUTHINGTON - 5 room, 3BR apt, 2nd flr, off st. parking, no pets. For more information call (860) 621-1165 anytime.

MERIDEN 54 North Ave. 1BR. No pets. $560. Call 203-223-3983

MERIDEN-3BR, 3rd flr. Off st parking. Newly remodeled. 52 Franklin St. Dead end. $900/mo. Section 8 approved. No pets. Call (203) 641-8483

MERIDEN- 1BR, 2nd flr, 3 rms, small apt. Stove & refrig. Garage avail. No pets. Refs. & sec. dep. $500. (860) 276-0552

MERIDEN-Studio apt on busline, downtown, W/W carpet. $600/mo inclds heat & elec. No pets. 203-982-3042

WALLINGFORD 2nd FL, 2BR 1Bath 4RM. HDWD & Tile Kit. Newly Remdl. W/D hkup. New Appl + DW. 2 off-st. Weekly Garb. $975 + util. (203) 213-6829 Avail 10/08. WALLINGFORD 5 RMs, 2 BR. WD hookup. Off st parking. No pets. Security. $900 per month. Call (203) 949-9976 WALLINGFORD- 1BR, 3rd flr, Large BR, kit., LR. No pets. Parking avail. $700/month + sec. Call Ed 203-376-0752. WALLINGFORD- So. Cherry St. 2BR, incl. all appls. AC, 10 ft ceilings. Like new - built 2 yrs ago! $1200/mo. 2 mos. sec. Call 203-464-8066

SOUTHINGTON 24 High Street, 1st flr, 2 BRs. Stove, refrig, w/d hookups. $875/mo plus util & sec. 203-245-2388

WALLINGFORD-1BR, 2nd Floor. Stove, fridge, heat & HW incl. $775 + sec. Call 203-430-4373

SOUTHINGTON. LARGE 1 BR apt w/appls, lge jacuzzi, w/d hookup in bsmt, utils not included. Near Hospital of Central CT. Avail Oct. 860-621-2693 SO. MERIDEN Updated 3-4BR 2nd floor. Off st parking. Washer/dryer hookup. No pets, no smoking. $975 per month. Call Sue Farone 203-235-3300

WALLINGFORD-2 BR, 1ST FLR Appliances included, new floors. No smoking/pets. Security, references. $850. Available now! 203-215-9077 WALLINGFORD-2BR, 1st flr, off-st parking. Nice location. $895/mo. Call 203-634-1881 WALLINGFORD-2BR, 1st flr, W/D hookup, carport. No pets. Super Clean! $950/mo + sec dep. Call 203-435-8333 WALLINGFORD-2BR, 2nd flr, 1 bath. Near Main St. W/D hookup, off-st parking. $900/mo inclds elec. No pets/smoking. 203-631-5744

MERIDEN-2 bdrm apt, own entrance, newly renovated, offst parking. No pets. $850/mo. Sec & refs req’d. 203-238-7133

MERIDEN-2BR, 1st fl, 128 Reservoir Ave. Nice area. $875/mo (negotiable)+ utils (oil heat) & sec. Sect. 8 ok. 203-619-2877/203-630-3378

WALLINGFORD 2BR/5Rm, 1st Floor. Renovated. Wall to wall carpet. Fully Applianced. Quiet in town locale. Utilities not incl. Credit & Ref req. Lease, sec, no pets. $875/month. Negotiable with terms. 203-435-6790 pm

SOUTHINGTON 24 High Street, 1st flr, 2 BRs. Stove, refrig, w/d hookups. $875/mo plus util & sec. 203-444-9525 or 203-245-2388

MERIDEN-1BRS-Starting @ $665 All appls & hot water incl. 1 & 1 mo. sec.. No pets. Coin op laundry. 1095 Old Colony Rd. Showings Sat’s 9-11am. 203-752-7461

MERIDEN-2BR apt. Nice area w/parking. Reduced! $795/mo. incl. fridge, stove & w/d hkup, coin op. w/d. Storage area. No utils, pets or smoking. 1 yr lease. Cr. check & refs. req’d. Sec & 1st mo. rent. 203-608-8348


WALLINGFORD - 1 bedroom, 3rd floor, unique layout, close to town and Route 5, off-street parking, washer/dryer hookup, appliances, trash and water. Security and references. No smoking or pets. Available now. $700 plus utilities. Call 203-269-6391

WALLINGFORD - 2 BR Large rooms, off-street parking. No dogs, 104 Meadow St. $925 including utils. 203-530-1840 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 2nd flr, appliances, central location, $750 a month, 1 month security. No pets. Call 203-317-9824 WALLINGFORD 4 RMs, 3rd Flr. Stove & Refrigerator. $650 plus security. (203) 949-9196

WALLINGFORD-48 Allen Ave, 1st flr, 4Rm, 2BR, off street parking, coin-op wshr/dryer, $875/mo, 1-1/2month security. Easy access I-91/Merrit Pkwy. Open Oct 1st. 203 430 6896 WALLINGFORD. 3 BR, 2nd flr, lge rms, clean, off st parking, trash pickup, w/d hookup. Sec, credit ck. No pets. Section 8 approved. $1200. 86 Meadow St. (203) 265-5980, Lisa. WLFD- 2BR 2nd flr. Electric incl. Choate vic. Nice yard, off st parking. $850 + sec. Avail. 10/1. 203-640-6308

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $725 - $875 & up 203-269-5770

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Friday, September 25, 2009 — Town Times

Meriden - Enterprise Zone State incentives apply to this property zoned commercial C-1 for lease. Over 15,000 sq. ft. available. Valued at $8.00 sq. ft. Ideal for offices, Church w/ Day Care or light manufacturing.

WLFD $675,000 “Magnificient view & privacy”. Cust Cape on 2AC, 4+BR, 3.1BTH. 9’ ceils, Crown molding, French drs galore! Granite, marble. Many more amenities! Must see! Mins to I91/I95, town, country club. Dee (203) 265-5618

WLFD-2 LG. 1BR apts in small complex, lg. kit, w/d in unit, A/C, off st. parking, convenient location. $900-$950 + utils. Yalesville Area. No dogs. Call Don at ERA Property World 203-272-6969 WLFD-2BR TH style end unit. E. side, new carpets, new paint, deck. Pets neg. $925/mo. 1st mo rent, 2mo sec. Credit check. Shawn 203-530-1757 WLFD-2BR, Choate area. W/D hkup. No smoking/pets. Credit check + refs. $950 + utils. Call 203-376-2007 WLFD. 1BR w/stove & refrig including heat & hw. Starting at $695. No pets. Lease, sec. JJ Bennett Realty 203-265-7101

ROOMS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD Person to share home. $130 per week. No smoking. No drinking. 203-747-1612


YALESVILLE - 1st flr, 2BR, appls, off st. parking, no hookups, laundry room, no pets. $875. 203265-3939 Wilcox Lane.

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

MERIDEN - Rooms For Rent $100 per week. All utilities & cable TV included. No drugs or alcohol, Please Call 203-537-6284 MERIDEN 1 large & 1 small. All utilities including cable. Share kitchen & bath. No drugs. Sec. 203-440-0825 or 203-623-4396 MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, utils,. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $130/wk. or call 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm MERIDEN-Room available. Utilis included! $115/week. Avail immediately. 203-213-8589 MERIDEN. Room for rent, all util, share kit, bath & LR. Washer & dryer, off st parking. $150/week. 2 wks sec. (203) 605-8591

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

WLFD Put down the roots, move into a place of your own. Well maintained inside & out, 3BR Split on non-thru st. Only short distance to town. Gleaming HW flrs, level yd & curb appeal. $239,900. Call Sue 203-265-5618

GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT WALLINGFORD North Plains Industrial Rd. Storage/Manufacturing units. 600-3000SF. Some w/bathrooms. Call for prices. (203) 269-6023 ext 303

MERIDEN - Britannia St. Spacious room. Furnished or unfurnished. All utils. Parking. $125 weekly. Call 203-275-5881

DAWN HOYDILLA BUYERS YOUR $8,000 1ST TIME Homebuyers Credit is Expiring Call Prudential’s Meriden/Wlfd TOP PRODUCER 203-589-1278 or View my successes at

SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE NOW!!! Maintenance fees too high? Need Cash? Sell your unused timeshare today. No commissions or Broker Fees. Free Consultation. 1-866-708-3690

WLFD. 2 BR OVERSIZED Townhouse, applianced kitchen, lots of storage & closet space, laundry room. NO PETS. $1195. Call J.J. Bennett, 203-265-7101.


WLFD Gorgeous Colonial on a large level lot. Great loc. Home features 8rms, kit, LR, DR, 4 or 5BRs, 3 full baths, large deck, upper level balcony, large rooms. Much more $270,000. Sue or Sil for details 203-265-5618

NORTH CAROLINA Mountains. NEW! E-Z Finish Log Cabin Shell With Loft & Full Basement. Includes acreage. $99,900 Financing Available 828-247-9966 code 45

For more details call R.E. Broker Harvey Criscuolo (203) 634-1864 (affiliated w/ The Home Store R.E.) or email: APARTMENTS FOR RENT







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



MERIDEN 1 unit avail at approx 1130sqft $1,000/mo w/o utils. Bathrm & storage rm. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. Call MBI 203-671-2223 MERIDEN Approx 900sqft, 5Rms + reception area & 2 baths, bsmt option extra. $1000/mo w/o utils. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. MBI 203-671-2223 YALESVILLE- Prime office space. 1200 sq. ft. 1st flr. Major intersection. Contact Jeff 203269-5703

SO. MERIDEN. By Owner. Oversized Split Level boasts 3 BRs, office, fp in lge LR & FR, formal DR, 3 season porch, all SS kit w/island, 1 1/2 baths & all hdwd flrs. Master BR has his & her closets. Garage workshop. Home is located on private 3/4 acre lot with a great view. $259,900. 203-238-3706.


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

MERIDEN Houses for sale, rent or lease purchase. Visit our website at or call 203-671-2223 Galleria Real Estate


“New Listing”

$159,900-One of the least priced Townhouses in Mattabassett! 2BR, 6rms, 1 1/2b, LL, FR, sliders to deck, sunken LR, garage. End unit.

Fabulous East side Duplex. Each unit offers 2BRs, casual LR & DR w/wood floors, updated kitchen & baths, new windows & roof, freshly painted and ready to move in. $249,900

Kathy (203) 235-3300

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“New Listing”

HOUSES FOR SALE FLORIDA - 40 acre parcels Only 10 remaining. 100% useable. MUST SELL. $119,900 ea. Owner Financing from 3 1/2% Call 1-800-FLA-LAND (3525263) Florida Woodland Group, Inc. Lic. RE Broker.


MERIDEN East side unique Duplex on non-thru street. Recently renovated w/new kitchens & baths, formal DR & casual LR w/hardwood floors, new windows & roof, 2 spacious BRs & ready to move in$249,900. Sue (203) 235-3300

Call Sue (203) 235-3300 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

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Town Times — Friday, September 25, 2009 HELP WANTED


CLASS A DRIVER WANTED Clean Class A mandatory. Car Hauling Experience preferred, but not required. Great Pay, Health Benefits, Local Runs, Home Every Night. Please apply within:

East Side Service MERIDEN Spectacular Townhouse condo in a quiet private location. Features nice kitchen, living room, dining area, 2BRs, 2.1 baths, 1 car garage. Mint! Call Sil Sala for details. Priced right, $199,900. (203) 235-3300



Call Dawn (203) 235-3300

AUTO PARTS COUNTERPERSONParts exp. required for busy NAPA store. Potential to earn over 40K, profit sharing and health benefits. Call Don at 203272-3704 weekdays, A.M. only.

BRIARWOOD COLLEGE Southington, CT ASSISTANT REGISTRAR Reqs: bachelor’s degree, exp working in a college registrar’s office, familiarity w/relational databases such as CampusVue.

Send resume and cover letter by October 5 to CALL CENTER Growing Wallingford call center looking for friendly & enthusiastic customer service reps to answer phones for inbound sales. Second shift. Must be able to work a weekend shift. Bi-lingual a plus. Please call 203-284-6040 Ext 1970. CLEANERS- Full time for janitorial account in Wallingford area. 7am-3:30pm. Must have own transportation. 1-800-6881707 ext. 6301.

$475-700/week base pay Call today for an interview


COOK Wanted- Apply in person or call for appointment. Zorba’s Pizza, 1257 East Main St, Meriden. (203) 238-2077

HVAC LICENSED Installer/Service Tech Immediate opening. Residential. Minimum B/D/S license req. Excellent wages, benefits. Billy Carlson Heating & AC, LLC (860) 621-0556


NO EXPERIENCE NO PROBLEM Entry level customer service reps are now being accepted for interviews. Accepted applicants to begin immediately. Benefits avail, flexible hrs, paid vacations. Full corporate training provided.

860-329-0316 DATA PROCESSING - Full Time position for Insurance Agency with benefits. Please fax resume: 203-630-1504. DRIVER - Class A. Hazmat, medical, 401k. Apply at TuxisOhrs, 80 Britannia St, Meriden. EMBROIDERER to work in embroidery shop located in Cheshire. Full time. Sewing exp. a plus. Will train the right person. Call 203-699-9805



20-30 motivated individuals for full & PT work. Must be 18 & able to start right away. No exp nec. WILL TRAIN!

32 N. Plains Industrial Rd. Wallingford, CT 06492

Call today! Positions are being filled rapidly $69,900-Clear open lot. .92acre a plot. Seller says, “make an offer”. Live next door to horses.


ENGINEER Tool & Die Design Looking for person with skills using Solidworks and MasterCAD/CAM for forging corp. Knowledge in estimating product weights and use of (FEM) finite element method a plus. Degree and minimum 5 yrs exp. Send resume to: Personnel The J.J. Ryan Corp P.O. Box 39 Plantsville, CT 06479 FOURSLIDE Established Spring Manufacturer has immediate openings for experienced performance driven Fourslide positions, both SetUp and Operators, on all shifts. We offer a clean, safe, air-conditioned work environment; well maintained machinery, competitive wages & an exceptional benefits package that includes paid time off for meeting production goals. Contact: Director, Human Resources Acme-Monaco Corporation 75 Winchell Drive New Britain, CT 06052

Youth Outreach Worker 15 hours per week Work closely with Southington’s town-wide effort to promote success (S.T.E.P.S.) focusing on youth outreach in the school and in the community. BA in Social or Health Service or allied field, experience in substance abuse prevention and youth/community work desired. Application deadline is September 25, 2009. View the complete posting and download a Southington Board of Education application from our web page at:


49 Beecher Street, Southington, CT 06489.

lisa.cunningham@ INSTALLERS For gas, wood & pellet stoves/ fireplaces. Valid DL a must. Drug test req’d. Weekends a must. Benefit/retirement pkg. avail. Apply, Mon.-Thurs., at: Dean’s Stove & Spa 120 West Main St, Plantsville LEGAL SECRETARY Min 5 yrs litigation exp for New Haven Area ins. defense firm. Comp. salary, med/dental. MAINTENANCE MECH.- 1st Shift HS Diploma req. 3+ yrs exp w/ HVAC, welding, elec, etc. Great pay & full benefits. BYK USA 524 S. Cherry St. Wallingford F:203.303.3286 OFFICE CLERK - Data entry exp. a plus. Customer service and ability to multi-task. PT, FT. Please send resume with salary requirements to: The Record-Journal, Box 76P, 11 Crown St, Meriden, CT 06450. PET GROOMER Mobile pet grooming service hiring experienced person. Refs. & exc. driving record necessary. PT 20-30 hrs/wk ACCOUNTING CLERK & Sales Support (eg invoicing, order entry) for fast paced Meriden manufacturer; strong computer skills & attention to detail; $12-15/hr. Fax resume 203-237-2701 or email cpetersen@


RETAIL MANAGEMENT positions w/new shoe store, SHOE DEPT., at Meriden Mall. Exciting career opportunities. Retail exp. E-mail resume: EOE M/F SALES ASSISTANT P/T for a small office. Responsibilities include sales support, customer service and office management. Pleasant phone personality, willingness to learn, and computer skills are important. Email resume to: SHORT ORDER Cook & Waitstaff. Experienced. Flex hrs, all shifts. Good pay. Friendly atmosphere. Call 203-500-5259

DRIVEWAYS BUILT TO LAST Reasonable rates. CT Reg 575852 203-238-1708

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INSIDE SALES/ Immediate opening- Part Time 2 openings - Flexible Hours Great working conditions - Primary responsibilities will include booking appointments and closing sales over the phone. All the tools and training will be provided in this challenging position. We offer competitive hourly wages plus generous commission package. We also offer a great TEAM atmosphere. E-mail resume to:


DUMPSTERS Roll-Off Dumpsters HOUSE CLEAN Outs, Garages Basements, Attics, Yards Big or Small..... We Take It All Free Estimates. Call Ed.

HELP WANTED SALES SUPPORT & CASHIERS Positions available for fireplace & spa showroom. Weekends a must. Benefit/retirement pkg. Apply Mon-Thurs at: Dean’s Stove & Spa 120 West Main St, Plantsville. TOOL MAKER with some punch press experience. Retirees welcome. Please call 860-349-9228 or fax resume to 860-349-0084

Truck Drivers Wanted for routes in CT/MA $15.00 to start per hr plus Overtime and Benefits. Mon thru Sat. Full time positions available. Start ASAP. 18 ft Box truck driving experience required. Clean driving record required & CDL license preferred. Able to lift 100 lbs. Send resume to PO Box 815 Milldale, CT 06467 WAREHOUSE Stock Person 1st shift. Good benefits. Must be able to lift at least 75 lbs. Come in to fill out application. Davidson Company 25 Research Parkway, Wlfd



All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service

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Full-time, 40 hours ProHealth Physicians is seeking a Medical Assistant to join us at our busy, 6 provider practice in Wallingford. Duties include scheduling appointments, taking messages, communicating with physicians and front staff, responding to patients, taking vitals, and assigning rooms to patients. Must have previous medical assistant experience with strong computer skills and the ability to multi-task. Prior experience with AllScripts Practice Management System is a plus. Please fax resume and salary expectations to the Practice Manager at (203) 265-0580. EOE M/F/D/V.

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST/ OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/ SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS FT/PT/Per Diem Visits available in Meriden/ Wallingford/Cromwell/ Middletown areas. Very Competitive Rates! Home care exp. preferred!

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IF YOU MENTION THIS AD We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Spring C/U. 860-575-8218/203-535-9817 DEBRIS removal of any kind. Demolition sheds, pools, etc. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430


EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS, Discrimination, Health Care Denials & General Law. There are Laws to Protect You When Your Rights are Violated. Free 30 Minute Consultation. David Seaver, Attorney and Counselor At Law. Your Advocate for Your Rights. Wallingford. 203-774-4925

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Home Doctor Tiny repairs-Major renovations Custom Carpentry, plumbing, elec, painting. 42 yrs exp. 203-639-8389 CT #573358

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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

Offers complete excavation services, drainage, underground utilities. 50+ yrs exp. 203-237-5409 CT Reg #503554

FENCING UNITED FENCE Co. All types of fencing. Lic’d & ins’d. Free est. CT Reg 603790. (203) 634-1113 CORNERSTONE FENCE & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203-237-GATE CT Reg #601060


A2Z REPAIRS done by carpenters free estimate to windows, doors, roofing, siding, hatchways, and cellar leaks. Complete home improvements, additions, finish Bsmnt, dormers, porches & decks 203-238-1449 #578107

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


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


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


T&E Construction & Remodel Additions, bsmts, kit. & bath, decks, roofing, siding, masonry. All types of remodeling. 203-272-4308 Ct Reg #0565380


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

HOUSECLEANING SERVICE with a passion. Fully insured. 860-828-1338 or 860-796-5222

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DON’T Sweat It this Summer! Call Duane Plumbing, heating & cooling. Quality work. Major credit cards. Low rates. 203-379-8944 #400335-S1


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

JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Fall cleanups and snow plowing! Book by Oct. 31 & save 15% on all your landscape needs! Comm/Resid. Top quality work. Lic & fully ins. 203-213-6528 CT Reg #616311



No Hedge/shrub too big, small or tall. Fully Ins. Free estimates. Quality Landscaping, LLC. WWW.QLSLLC.COM Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118


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JUNK REMOVAL. 203-886-5110 JUNK REMOVAL & MORE! We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Spring C/U. 860-575-8218/203-535-9817 10% off if you mention this ad

Property & Lawn Maintenance, landscaping, stone work. WWW.QLSLLC.COM CT Reg #620306 Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118

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

MASONRY A & A Lawn Care-Cuts, hedge trimming, dumpster rental, tree shrub, debris removal, #584101. Free estimates. Jim 203-237-6638

RICK’S AFFORDABLE Fall Clean-ups, brush/tree removal, curbside vac truck, tree & pricker removal. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447.



MIRKEL PAINTING Int./Ext. Popcorn ceilings. Interiors from $125 Exteriors from $899 CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446 HALLMARK PAINTING Pressure Washing. Int/Ext Res & Comm. Fully Insured. CT REG HIC #0560720. 203-269-3369

S & H MASONRY LLC StoneWalls*Steps*Chimneys Retaining Walls *FPs*Patios Walkways*Concrete* Free est. Lic/Ins. #607639. 203-376-0355 JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 25 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498 JACK Biafore, LLC Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 623849 (203) 537-3572

WINDOWS, doors, decks, siding, rubber or shingle roof, kitchen & baths remodeled. CT Reg#0619909. 203-715-2301

MOWING Clean-ups, Hedge Trimming & more. New clients always welcome. Comm /Res. Free est. Walter 203-619-2877

SAMMY Masonry-Since 1977. Concrete, stone, chimney, stucco. All masonry. CT 574337. Ins. 203-757-8029 or 203-206-4481

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

203-237-4124 an LLC co 203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521

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D & G PAVING Over 25yrs exp. Paving, seal coating, concrete work. CT Reg#0577005. 203-237-6058

Family run 42yrs. EPDM, Siding, seamless gutters, roof repairs. We Beat Any Quote! 203-639-8389 CT #573358



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

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

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



RICK’S AFFORDABLE Commercial snow plowing and sanding. Call (203) 630-2642

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 WESTFORT FARM Screened top soil mixed with compost. Picked up or delivered.

203-237-7129 203-530-7041 HAZELWOOD EXCAVATING Dry farm screened topsoil and colored mulch.

203-269-0135 KEELING’S - Lamp repair, Lighting consulting, stained glass repairs; fixtures; & panels, handpainted lighting. (860) 349-0916

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


PRICKER REMOVAL Driveways/parking lots/ concrete. Free estimates. 50+yrs exp. 203-237-5409 CT Reg #503554 OMEGA - All paving, seal coating, hot tar crack filling. 10% off. Free est. All work guranteed #0624631. 203-627-2687


Remove unwanted fungus, algae streaks, moss from your homes roof today. Fully lic’d & ins. POWERWASHING SERVICE Res, Com. Quality work done. Gutters cleaned at time of power wash. CT Reg#0619909. 203-715-2301

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

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AMERICAN MASONRY Veneer (Brick, Stone, Block), Concrete, Stucco, Steps/Stairs, Repair. Free est. 203-982-3087 or 203-755-9469 CT Reg #577098

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WESTFORT FARM Screened top soil mixed with compost. Picked up or delivered.

GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. Lic ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

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203-294-9889 Expert De-Icers Commerical Specialists. Nicholas J Murano LLC, Member: Snow and Ice Management Assn

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