Volume 19, Issue 22
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TownTimes.com Friday, September 7, 2012
District 13 schools off to a good start By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times
Photo by Stepahnie Wilcox
Route 77 in Durham is a state designated scenic road.
Drive into autumn on Durham’s scenic highways By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times
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Kindergarten teacher Kristen Blake greets kindergartener Ethan Kowal on his first day of John Lyman School last Thursday, Aug. 30.
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If you plan to go for a drive this fall to enjoy the New England foliage, there are plenty of rural highways to enjoy in our neck of the woods. Connecticut, in fact, has a total of 298.18 miles of designated scenic roads, according to the State of Connecticut website (www.ct.gov). Durham’s Routes 17 and 77 are among them. On June 26, 2001, 1.40 miles of Route 17 in Durham (from Route 77 north to 125 feet north of Talcott Lane) and 2.3 miles of Route 77 in Durham (from the Durham/Guilford town line north to Route 17) were designated as scenic roads. Ray Kalinowski, who was first selectman from 1997 to 2001, said it was a joint effort between the town and its Historic District Commission to push for the state designa-
tion, and they were successful in accomplishing it. “It is a beautiful stretch of New England,” Kalinowski said. “It has its charm and uniqueness and, with the history of the Town of Durham, I think it was just a perfect fit.” Many would probably agree with Kalinowski, but there are several qualifications needed to be a scenic highway. According to the website under the State Department of Transportation, “a state scenic highway must abut significant natural or cultural features, such as agricultural land or historic buildings and structures which are listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places, or afford vistas of marshes, shoreline, forests with mature trees, or other notable natural or geologic feature which singularly or in combination set the
By now, teachers are giving the first homework assignments of the year, so that means school is officially underway in Regional School District 13. Town Times checked in with each school principal in the district for a recap on the start of the 201213 school year. Here’s what they had to say. Scott D. Sadinsky, Strong Middle School principal: “The first day of school was fantastic. All students were genuinely excited to be back, and it was great to be a part of the positive energy. As to something I am looking forward to for this year: As part of a new state requirement, all students in grades 6-12 are to develop and maintain a Student Success Plan. In an effort to continue to build upon our positive connections with students, this year we are going to hold monthly SSP meetings where students will meet in small groups (8-10) with one adult. These advisory groups will complete tasks based upon Developmental Guidance standards outlined in the CT School Counseling Comprehensive Guidelines and will focus on topics such as academics, social/emotional development and careers. This new initiative should prove to be a great opportunity for every student to build and/or further enhance a positive relationship with at least one adult at Strong School while
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highway apart from other state highways as being distinct.â€? Jim McLaughlin, who was chairman of the Historic District Commission when it secured the state designations, said there are 77 buildings on Durhamâ€™s Main Street listed in the National Register of Historic Places. He said the â€œTown Green, cemetery, churches, string of houses by the churches on Main Street and the Austin Houseâ€? are some of the historically significant features. Additional requirements
stipulate that â€œthe highway shall have a minimum length of one mile and shall abut development which is compatible with its surroundings. Such development must not detract from the scenic or natural character or visual qualities of the highway area.â€? McLaughlin said at the time the commission was putting in its request, the state suggested extending the scenic highway down Guilford Road as Durhamâ€™s Historic District wasnâ€™t that long. This action also extended Guilfordâ€™s scenic road, known as Durham Road, therefore including all of Route 77 in Durham and Guilford. â€œA request for a state scenic
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Tot Time — The MOMS Club of Durham-Middlefield meets every Friday at Peckham Park at 9 a.m. Babies, toddlers and children of Durham and Middlefield are welcome. For more info, email email@example.com.
Durham Historical Society — The Durham Historical Society is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market — The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through the end of October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. The market offers a variety of both organic and non-organic fruit, vegetables, eggs, naturally grown meat, baked goods, jams, jelly, honey, maple syrup, sprouts, fresh flowers and crafts. All products are homegrown or homemade by the vendors. The Dudley Farm is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford.
Workshop — A Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing workshop is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Eckankar Temple of CT, at the corner of Route 66 and Harvestwood Road, Middlefield. The workshop will explore health from a spiritual vantage point and will demonstrate exercises to help your state of health. A fee is charged. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cteckankar.org.
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Durham Senior Lunches — Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunch on Monday is game time, which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Pedersen, senior café manager, at (860) 3493153.
Middlefield Senior Lunches — The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at www.middlefieldct.org.
TOPS Meeting — Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. Contact Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433 for more information.
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Bridge Night — Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions.
Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market — The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through the end of October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. The market offers a variety of both organic and non-organic fruit, vegetables, eggs, naturally grown meat, baked goods, jams, jelly, honey, maple syrup, sprouts, fresh flowers and crafts. All products are homegrown or homemade by the vendors. The Dudley Farm is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford. 4C’s Square Dance — The 4C’s Square Dance Club will hold a dance on Friday, Sept. 14, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Brewster School in Durham. The caller will be Ed Rutty and the cuer will be Sue Lucibello. For more information, call (860) 349-8084 or (203) 272-7463. Shred-It — The Lions Club of Middlefield will host a Shred-It gathering, with trucks provided by Connecticut Recycling Recovery Authority Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Colman’s Church (145 Hubbard St.). Residents of Middlefield/Rockfall/Durham can bring their personal records, bank statements, financial papers, credit card information and other financial and
Town Times Friday, September 7, 2012 personal assets to be shredded. It is also OK to bring all your leftover electronics, computers, microwaves, TVs, radios, computer monitors, laptops, wireless transmitters, etc., as there will be a recycling component to this Shred-It event.
Community Hymn Sing and Supper — As part of the celebration of its 150th anniversary, the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, Durham, has scheduled a hymn sing and Supper for Sunday, Sept. 16. The hymn sing begins at 4 p.m. at the church at 196 Main St. A free community supper in the church hall will follow the hymn sing. It will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The hymn sing and supper are free and open to the public. Free will donations, to benefit the church fund repair Hook and Hasting organ, will be accepted. For more info, call Judy Moeckel at (860) 6632703, (860) 280-7638 or email email@example.com. Run (& Walk) for the Woods — Connecticut Forest & Park Association, located in Rockfall, is holding a Run (& Walk) for the Woods event to protect forests and trails and help educate children and adults about the environment and healthful recreation. The event is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sessions Woods, Route 69, in Burlington. The event includes a 5K trail race and 5K trail walk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 5K trail race begins at 9:30 a.m.; 5K walk starts at 10 a.m. Four Seasons Plus concert — The Four Seasons Plus concert “Mostly Baroque” will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. Come hear selections from the Baroque Repertoire. There is a fee. Reception following concert. For info, call (860) 663-1109 or visit www.churchinthewilderness.org.
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Durham Senior Lunches — Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunch on Monday is game time, which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Pedersen, senior café manager, at (860) 349-3153. Middlefield Senior Lunches — The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at www.middlefieldct.org.
TOPS Meeting — Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. Contact Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433 for info.
Produce collection — John Lyman School students will collect homegrown vegetables and fruits Tuesday, Sept. 18. Produce may be dropped off in the boxes in the John Lyman School lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The produce will be delivered to the residents of Sugarloaf Senior Housing in Middlefield and Mauro Meadows in Durham.
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to go before the commissioner of the State Highway Department. Property owners are not affected at all.” Durham’s current First Selectman Laura Francis added that, in her experience, the designation has “not encumbered us in any way or restricted us in any way.” “It’s been unobtrusive to any of our town operations,” she said. “It’s good protection from anything that might not be acceptable to us. It also hasn’t restricted us from anything we’ve wanted to do.” And, she said, “It’s awful pleasing to have the designation in town.”
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The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St., has scheduled a Community Hymn Sing and Community Supper for Sunday, Sept. 16. The hymn sing begins at 4 p.m. It will feature hymns that would have been sung in 1862, the year Church of the Epiphany was established in Durham. Voices and organ or piano accompaniments are welcome. For more information, call (860) 663-2703. A free community supper in the church hall is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The supper is part of Epiphany’s regular series of monthly community suppers that began in 2009. For more information, call (860) 349-9644. The events are part of Epiphany’s 150th anniversary celebration. Both are free and open to the public.
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Troop 27 scouts face high adventure challenge By Tristan Sayah and Zachary Sayah Special to the Town Times
On June 30, a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 27 in Durham embarked on a twoweek expedition, heading west to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Philmont, one of three high adventure destinations owned by the Boy Scouts of America, is spread over more than 200 square miles of rugged terrain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Scouts and adult leaders test themselves physically and mentally on 10-day backpacking treks of 60 miles and greater, at elevations of 6,500 to 12,441 feet. They also learn how to experience the wilderness using low impact camping methods by following principles of “leave no trace.” Crew members learn how to help preserve
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Philmont’s ecosystem by participating in a conservation project during their trek. The adventurers set out to meet at Bradley International Airport to take a 6 a.m. flight to Denver Airport. From there, the scouts were met by a guide from Blue Sky Adventures. For the first two days, they stayed on the scenic campus of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, overlooking Pikes Peak. While there, the boys explored the Denver and Colorado Springs area, visiting Red Rock Amphitheater and the U. S. Air Force Academy. The scouts also rode the cog railroad to the top of Pike’s Peak, and then went for an excursion down the Arkansas River on a whitewater rafting trip through the Royal Gorge. The next day, the boys said goodbye to civilization as they rode a bus into the northern part of New Mexico. On the day of their arrival at Philmont Scout Ranch Base Camp, the adventurers were assisted by a mountain ranger named Brandon in getting their equipment for the trek that lay ahead. After a one-night stay in Tent City, the boys rode a bus out of Base Camp into the wilderness for the first of their 10day backpacking trip. The ranger stayed with the scouts for two days, orienting them to skills they would need for the remainder of the trek. He taught them about safeguarding food in bear bags, how to hang bear bags properly (which turned out to be just a precaution) and to safely purify water. After their ranger left, the scouts were on their own. Each day there were stunning landscape views on the trail, the forest thick with Ponderosa pine and stands of aspen. The crew participated in a conservation project that involved rehabilitation and maintenance of a trail. The scouts came close to See Troop 27, next page
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The crew works on its conservation project, helping to build and maintain a trail at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.
Troop 27 on the trail to Mount Baldy (elevation 12,441 feet), which they would summit the next day.
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To the editor: I would like to thank the person who drove down Wagon Wheel Road in Durham on Friday afternoon, Aug. 24, and hit my parents’ dog. Not only did you do that, but you also took off. Who does that? Because of your poor judgment, she didn’t survive. You took away a member of my family. Yes, she was a dog, but has been with us for 13 wonderful years and, because of you, we had to bury her instead of getting her dinner ready that night. What I don’t get is the Town of Durham trucks were out cleaning the road, so you definitely have to drive slow, but you didn’t. My dog would have made a very loud noise if she was hit. So why didn’t you stop to see if she was OK? Now I don’t know who to blame more — the driver who did this or my town, which has careless workers who don’t give a damn how fast people drive when a road is
being worked on. At the moment, I can say I’m rather angry at both, and I really hope someone reads this and realizes what they did. Please do the right thing and come forward. It’s the least you can do for killing our dog. Kathleen Atkinson Durham
Changes aren’t so drastic To the Editor: This letter is in response to your recent article, “Students Will See Drastic Changes to Lunch”, published on Aug. 30, 2012. While the Healthy HungerFree Act of 2010 has new standards for school breakfast and lunch programs, the truth is, a majority of Connecticut school nutrition programs have already made major strides offering healthy choices, as well as an increased use of legumes, whole grains, and fresh, regionally-sourced fruits and vegetables – so these changes are not as drastic as suggested.
While the new USDA changes are the largest in over 15 years, for many years, Connecticut school food service directors have been proactively offering nutritious options and have continuously found creative ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals. Furthermore, many Connecticut school nutrition programs have already begun engaging in extensive nutrition education activities to engage students in activities that extend beyond the lunchroom. In fact, studies have shown that students given healthier food choices in the lunchroom were more likely to consume them if they learned about their food, its nutritional benefits and corresponding environmental issues though hands-on activities like school gardens, enhanced nutrition and health curriculum and cooking classes. Children can be notoriously picky eaters, but school nutrition directors are constantly looking to find new healthy recipes that children
Government Meetings Wednesday, Sept. 19 Durham Recreation Committee, 7 p.m. at DAC Planning & Zoning, 7:30 p.m. Government Calendar Board of Education, 7:30 p.m. at Korn (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at www.townofdurhamct.org for updates.) Monday, Sept. 10 Historic District Commission, 7 p.m. Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. at Town Hall Inlands Wetlands, 7:30 p.m. Special Town Meeting, 8 p.m. at Town Hall Tuesday, Sept. 11 DMIAAB Task Force, 7 p.m. at Town Hall Library Board of Trustees, 7:30 p.m. Conservation Commission 7:30 p.m. Clean Energy Task Force, 7:30 p.m. Durham Volunteer Fire Company Drill, 8 p.m. at firehouse Wednesday, Sept. 12 Board of Education, 7:30 p.m. at Korn Thursday, Sept. 13 Board of Assessment Appeals, 7 p.m. at Town Hall Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Tuesday, Sept. 18 Board of Finance, 6 p.m. at Town Hall
Thursday, Sept. 20 Senior Citizen Board, 12:20 p.m. at DAC
Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Wednesday, Sept. 12 Planning & Zoning, 6:30 p.m. WPCA, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m. Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 Inland/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 Board of Finance, 7 p.m. DMIAAB, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 Middlefield Housing Authority, 9 a.m.
are willing to eat, so our hope is that most school districts will not see an increased amount of food being thrown away. While school lunch programs continue to face obstacles related to limited funds and increasing food costs, it should be recognized
that Connecticut school food service directors have made dramatic progress in improving the quality of meals served to children each and every day. Susan Maffe, MS, RD, SNS, president of School Nutrition Association of Connecticut
Campaign notes The state Elections Enforcement Commission approved State Rep. Noreen Kokoruda’s (R-101) application for a public grant from the Citizen’s Election Program for the 101st General Assembly District election. The Citizen’s Elections Program required Kokoruda to raise $5,000 in small contributions and have at least 150 donors who reside in Madison or Durham. The approval of the application means the Kokoruda campaign will receive a grant of $26,850.
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able students, parents As we approach the Linda C. Berry, Ed. D, and educators to renew school year, I want to update the commuDirector of Curriculum, ceive much more timenities of Durham and Instruction and Assessment ly feedback. Faster results will enable educaMiddlefield on the new tors to use the informaCommon Core State tion in their instrucStandards. We are factional planning and ing a large-scale educatarget student weaknesses with fotional change, so it is important that cused learning strategies. Teachers we maintain ongoing communicawill be able to compare an individual tion between our schools and our student’s progress instead of comfamilies. Informational nights for paring one student with another. parents will be scheduled this fall to The impetus for this reform is provide additional information. two-fold: (1) the large number of our The CCSS have been adopted by 48 states and territories, including Con- nation’s high school graduates who do not meet academic requirements necticut. This change will culminate to enroll in entry-level college courswith national assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics es and/or workforce training programs and 2) the inequity of educabeginning in the 2014-15 school year. tional standards that dot the AmeriThe assessments will measure stucan landscape and have contributed dents’ progress toward college and to the continual decline in the Unitcareer readiness. Not only will comed States’ educational ranking munities be able to compare stuamong other nations. The United dents’ academic achievement with States recently ranked 25th out of 34 that of other students in Connectideveloping countries in mathematcut — as with the current CMT and ics, falling behind countries such as CAPT — but these new assessments Japan, Germany, and France. To prewill even the playing field with stupare our students to be competitive dents across the country. Unlike traat the state, national and internaditional paper and pencil tests, the new assessments make use of computer adaptive technology and enSee Standards, page 11
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Movie review: Celeste and Jesse Forever
I recently attended a writers’ conference. One discussion centered on character-driven vs. plot-driven stories. Are stories interesting because of the characters in them or because of the situations that happen to those characters throughout the story? Before you answer, consider a boring lead character. Would you care what happened to him or her? Would you be invested? If you were, it is likely because you are hoping the character will learn something new, will change from the experience, will evolve. If not, you will likely stop reading, turn off the television/computer, or leave the theater. We want lead characters, frankly all characters, to be engaging, but we still want to be entertained by interesting plot twists. I, for one, thirst for rich realistic characters, and I found them in Celeste and Jesse Forever. The story centers on a separated couple who remain close friends — more than close friends actually. They are best
friends... until they Tanya begin to explore other relationships. To give you a sense of the irony, the opening scene starts with two couples having a casual dinner in a restaurant. On one side of the table, you have a couple smiling at each other but seeming otherwise distracted. On the other side of the table, you have a pair cuddled up close and cooing at each other in ridiculous exaggerated European accents. The touchy-feely folks are the six months separated Celeste and Jesse. When you realize it’s not the other way around, you know there’s something not quite right, and you’re hooked. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg star as the respective lead characters and could burn through the celluloid with their sizzling chemistry.
(If only celluloid were used in more film these days. For an interesting retrospective on digital vs. photochemical film, I would recommend the Keanu Reeves produced documentary Side by Side now available OnDemand, but I digress.) Celeste and Jesse = chemistry. I am not talking sexual tension, although there is a bit of that here and there. What I am referring to is the comfort in being with someone, in enjoying their company, in understanding someone and their understanding you. They are genuine people who care about each other but are frustrated by each other at the same time. They do not fall into any romantic stereotypes, and no, this is not a romantic comedy. Celeste and Jesse Forever is a character study,
and it will resonate with you on many levels. It did me. So how can a couple so obviously compatible get a divorce? Celeste is a hot shot media analyst driven by ambition, looking for fame and fortune. Jesse is a carefree artist who prefers to spend his time surfing rather than job hunting. How they came to be together in the first place is irrelevant. The fact is they did, and they love each other. But after taking each other for granted over the years, is love enough a reason to stay together? You will have to tune in to find out. It is definitely worth a screening, if only to find a part of yourself buried in these complicated characters. My rating: 3 stethoscopes Dr. Tanya Feke is a physician at Middlesex Hospital Primary Care Durham and guest columnist for the Town Times. She was press credentialed to the LA Film Festival in 2009 and 2010 and continues to pursue a love of film.
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the mathematics standards in our curriculum with those of the Common Core and ‘unwrapped’ the new standards to delve deeply into what the standard are measuring. As a result, during the 2011-12 school year, we revised our K4 mathematics curriculum. Beginning this fall, we will be piloting a new K-2 mathematics program at Brewster and Lyman Schools. This summer Region 13 staff from four of our schools worked with educators from 19 Connecticut districts to write instructional units to support the new standards. This year, we will continue to revise the rest of our mathematics curriculum. We have also been working with our staff to address the shifts in the types of reading and writing that will be ex-
pected of students. For example, by fourth grade, students are expected to be reading equal amounts of fiction and informational texts, or nonfiction. Increasing the amount of informational texts that our students read throughout their K-12 career will help better prepare them to read college and careerready texts. In addition, the new standards place equal emphasis on three types of writing: narrative, argument (called “opinion” in grades K-5) and informative. These types of writing as well as the level of sophistication that is contained in the standards are major shifts from the writing that has previously been assessed on the CMT and CAPT.
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Identity protection: To shred or not to shred By Summer Lerch Special to the Town Times
Safeguarding your identity is very important. Loss of time, money and emotional well-being can result if you are a victim of ID fraud. What should you shred and what should you keep? The answers vary. Many people in the know agree we need to save our tax records and all the supporting information pertaining to that tax year for seven years after the return is filed. For everything else, here are the general guidelines from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection: 1. Keep pay stubs and canceled personal checks for one year. 2. After one year, shred anything you do not need for
tax, warranty or insurance purposes. 3. Shred all credit cards receipts, debit cards and ATM receipts and bank statements after you have balanced your check book and/or confirmed the charges on your credit card statements. Store any you need for tax/insurance/warranty purposes in a secure location. 4. Shred all statements from your health insurance or health plan. 5. Destroy anything with your phone number, signature, account numbers, social security numbers, cell number; anything with your personal medical, dental or legal information on it. 6. With purchases, keep your store receipts until you are sure you will not be returning the item. Attach any
receipts you have to the warranties you purchased. Save any receipts you may need for taxes. All else, shred. 7. Keep supporting tax documentation, i.e. W-2s, 1099s, canceled checks for at least three years and up to seven. If you are in doubt, call a tax attorney or talk to your accountant. 8. Keep copies of your actual tax returns permanently. 9. Keep canceled check and invoices for home repair until you sell the house. 10. For high ticket items, keep warranty cards, instructions and receipts for as long as you own the items. 11. Keep car maintenance records until you sell the car. It is OK to give these to the new owner. If you have any personal information there, black it out first.
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A Friend Is Who You Make It! is a play co-written by MARC Community Resources participant Kaitlyn McNamara, of Middletown, and Rodney Moore, of Stratford. Moore, who also directed the play, is an accomplished actor, writer and director. The play was performed by adults with intellectual disabilities from MARC Community Resources in Middletown and took place at the Oddfellows Playhouse located at 128 Washington St. in Middletown on Aug. 28. The cast included MARC participants Tiffany Keleman, of Meriden; Kaitlyn McNamara, Marah Johnson and Nicki Klement, all from Middletown; Alan Zaharia, of Rocky Hill; and Natalie Welch, of West Hartford, with MARC Job Coach Corey Johnson, formerly of Meriden, who now resides in Cromwell. The play highlighted the significance of music, work and friendship. MARC Community Resources empowers adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their dreams and make choices about their lives. To honor and help fulfill these dreams, MARC provides people with choices for housing, employment and social/recreational life.
The next event for the MARC Community Resources will be the 11th annual “Tip A Firefighter” on Oct. 12 at the Tuscany Grill in Middletown where firefighters will serve as waiters and work for your tips to benefit MARC Community Resources.
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fifth grade students seemed especially comfortable in their new building, and I think this is due to the many transition activities we have them involved with in the spring as fourth graders. We have a very exciting slate of cultural arts activities to look forward to this year, including visits by au-
“We have had a great opening of school here at Memorial. Our buses arrived relatively early on the first day, and we have had very few transportation issues involving our students. This year, students seemed very excited about returning to begin the start of a new school year. Our
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School District 13 for 35 years and was an assistant in the Korn library. We will be implementing an initiative in reading using The Daily Five and The CAFE book, and we are also excited that we will have a part-time literacy tutor this year. Technology continues to be an area we integrate into our curriculum, and we recently received grant money to purchase iPods. We also purchased additional iPads in the spring, which teachers and students are using on a daily basis. We are off to a great start and are looking forward to a successful year.”
“We had a great first day at John Lyman. Everyone was excited for the students to be back, and the kids had a lot of energy and enthusiasm. I was especially impressed with how well our kindergarteners did on their first day. The first day of school is always special, and this one was no exception. What I’m most looking forward to is getting to know the students. Over the summer, I heard so many wonderful things about the kids at John Lyman, and it’s nice to start putting some names to faces now that the school year is underway. I’ve already started working on my goal of
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Nancy Heckler, Brewster Elementary School principal: “The first day of school went extremely well. It was a beautiful day and the students were smiling and happy to be back. The kindergartners and first graders adjusted well to their first full day of school. We are looking forward to an exciting school year.”
Andre Hauser, Coginchaug High School principal: We had a great start to the year at Coginchaug. Freshman Orientation went very well, thanks to the efforts of the 35 students and 15 faculty members who planned out and ran the student and parent portions of orientation. This year’s ori-
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The Falcons look forward to the game next week, which is home against South Windsor.
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the day. The first few possessions for the Falcons had the offense just starting to gel together and start moving the ball. Then the rains came. The fans took cover under umbrellas and hid in the press box but the fearless Mighty Mites did not stop playing. They doubled down on defense led by John Palo, Kevin Lee, Zachary Raffles, Anthony Toth and Hayden Stojak. The HK team was having no luck moving the ball, and then on a big third down play, they ran the ball 50 yards and just as the Cougar running back was about to score, defensive back Zachary Raffles for the Falcons came in to make the defensive stop by tackling the back at the 10-yard line. This changed momentum in the game and stopped the scoring drive. After a few more back and forth possessions, the score at halftime was 0-0. The second half started similar to the end of the first where the defense for both teams was just very tight. This was clearly going to be a game of field position. The Falcons took to the air and Quarterback Jeremy Mangiameli was looking for tight end Anthony Toth as the two had connected on several plays during the exhibition season. While the passing game looked like it might connect on a few plays, the defense for the Cougars proved to be too tough on this day. The Cougars had a chance late in the fourth quarter, but two big tackles by both Toth and Magiameli with no time left on the clock made the final score 00. The Falcons retained the Salomone cup for this year. Join the Falcons as they take on South Windsor in a home game next Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. at the High School Football field. Submitted by Carl Pitruzzello
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As school starts, local food pantries need to be stocked to ensure all children have a lunch and/or dinner. Core Club & Gym has placed a donation box at its facility, 350 Main St., Durham. Amazing Grace Food Pantry is a program of St. Vincent de Paul. Amazing Grace offers food free of charge. Amazing Grace is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals and families are invited to shop once a month and receive approximately three days worth of groceries. Families choose the food items they would like that are available at the time. Family member size determines the quantity of food allotted at each visit. Where Does the Food Come From? • 45 percent of the food comes from the Families Feeding Families program. Families Feeding Families allows churches, businesses and families to commit to Amazing Grace to provide specific food items once each
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Obituary Bradford Collins Bradford Collins, 64, of Durham, beloved husband of Suzanne (Stannard) Collins, died Sept. 2, 2012 at Middlesex Hospital. He was born in West Greenwich, R.I., son of the late Willis E. and Mildred “Millie” Collins, Sr. Bradford was an employee for the State of CT Judicial Department. Brad was a caring and compassionate person, even through his last act of life donation he had the interest of others at heart. Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons, Eric Collins, of Queens, N.Y,. and
David Collins and his wife Stefanie, of Portland; grandson, Grayson; his brother, Willis Collins, Jr. and his wife Lynda, of Durham; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held Sept. 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown. Friends may gather prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at Biega Funeral Home. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Leukemia Society in honor of his sister-in-law, Barbara at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.
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