Volume 20, Number 4
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Computerized poll book comes to Durham By Mark Dionne
Electronic poll books, or e-poll books, allow election workers to check in voters At the school budget ref- electronically on a tablet or erendum on May 6, voters in laptop. The conversion from Durham were among the few paper to computer seems in Connecticut checked in by simple enough, but according to Karen Cheyney, Demelectronic poll books. Town Times
ocratic Registrar of Voters in Durham, the e-poll books have several advantages beyond the obvious. “It allows you to check-in people quicker and more See Poll / Page 18
‘Unfortunate’ budget error changes Middlefield allocation By Mark Dionne Town Times
Mackenzie Geraci’s parents hope to raise awareness of her rare genetic disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome. | Submitted Photo
Durham parents raise awareness of rare disorder By Mark Dionne
parents Christine and Andrew Geraci of Durham was not scientific. “He said When twin sisters Mack- she seemed ‘sloppy,’” said enzie and Cameron Geraci Christine Geraci.. At one month of age, were born on March 27, 2013, they were eight weeks around the same time Mackenzie first opened her early. Mackenzie experienced eyes, the diagnosis became difficulty right away. She more scientific - Pradhad to go on a ventilator, er-Willi Syndrome. Prader-Willi Syndrome and her lungs did not seem to get stronger. The doctor’s initial impression for See Awareness / Page 2
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A mistake in an Excel spreadsheet resulted in Middlefield town officials planning the 2014-2015 budget with a 2013-2014 figure for the town’s allocation. That outdated figure left Middlefield’s proposed budget about $144,000 short of the amount the town will need to pay for the RSD13 budget. Middlefield was informed of the mistake on Friday, May 9. At the town meeting to approve the budget on May 12, town officials decided to delay any decisions about how to alter the budget to a newly scheduled town meeting on Monday, May 19. Middlefield Board of Finance chair Bob Yamartino said that the delay would allow time for the public to absorb the information and for the BOF to consider options
Moderator Ed Bailey stands with First Selectman Jon Brayshaw at a town meeting where Middlefield officials discussed a mistake that leaves their budget $144,000 short. at its meeting on Thursday, May 15. “What is in our budget is about $144,000 short of what our actual assessment is going to be,” Yamartino said. Central Office and the Board of Education took responsibility for the mistake. BOE chair
Kerrie Flanagan spoke at the town meeting and began by apologizing for the “unfortunate error.” Flanagan said, “The budget dollars that were communicated in the flier and voted
See Budget / Page 17
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also will feature raffles and Touch-A-Truck opportunities with emergency vehicles. Christine expects a good crowd with about 50 people coming specifically to support Mackenzie. â€œAs corny as it sounds, we really want to find a cure,â€? Geraci said. â€œOf course, thereâ€™s no cure. Thereâ€™s no way to give someone a piece of their DNA.â€? According to Geraci, there is promising research being done at the University of Connecticut and at the University of Florida. â€œIf they can find a way to suppress someoneâ€™s appetite, they can make a lot of money from it as a weight loss pill,â€? said Geraci. A method of suppressing appetite would be a great benefit to those with PWS and their families. In the immediate future, however, Christine Geraci said her main motivation is to raise awareness of the rare and often misunderstood condition. Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Donations can be made at the event or online at www.onesmallstep. fpwr.org.
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crawling all over,â€? said Christine Geraci. PWS is also associated with is a rare genetic disorder, caused by the absence or sup- cognitive disabilities, but the pression of part of chromo- most well-known symptom of some 15. As Christine Geraci PWS is chronic hunger and explained, â€œFrom birth to tod- the inability to feel satiated from eating, which can lead dler, itâ€™s a failure to thrive.â€? Like many with Prad- to obesity and other health er-Willi Syndrome, or PWS, and behavior problems. Currently, Geraci said, Mackenzie needed a feeding tube for the first months of Mackenzie has â€œthe oppoher life and still has low mus- site problem,â€? an inability to cle tone. â€œSheâ€™s just learning gain weight. â€œOne day, sheâ€™s to sit up while her sister is just going to wake up and our world is going to change dramatically.â€? Mackenzie currently receives help from the Developmental Clinic at Yale and Geraci has hope for the fuUSPS 021-924 ture. On Saturday, May 17, the Geraci family and friends will Published weekly by participate in the fourth anRecord-Journal at nual Walk and Roll for PWS, 11 Crown Street, a 5K walk taking place at Middletown High School. Money Meriden, CT. from the Walk and Roll goes to the Foundation for PradPeriodicals Postage Paid er-Willi Research. at Meriden, CT and at Christine and Andrew first additional mailing offices. attended the Walk and Roll last year, just two weeks afP O S T M A S T E R: ter Mackenzieâ€™s diagnosis Send address changes to and while she was still in the hospital. This year, ChrisRecord-Journal, P.O. Box tine Geraci has been helping 915, Meriden CT 06450 to organize the event, which 1265818 From Page 1
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Ever wish you could be a treasure hunter with a secret code-name, tracking down hidden troves? More than two million people worldwide do exactly that by participating in geocaching, a hobby that makes use of a GPS device. Cachers follow coordinates to a cache, where they can sign a logbook using their geocaching name. Ron Ruel has hidden a cache himself in the hiking trails at Wadsworth Park in Middlefield. When hiding a cache “you want to look for a good location, and to put it somewhere that people are going to enjoy themselves,” Ruel said. Caches have to follow certain guidelines, like being far enough away from railroad tracks, private property, and government buildings. Caches look like “all kinds of things,” Ruel said, but many of them are Tupperware containers, five gallon buckets, or film canisters. “I’ve seen a fake birdhouse with a cache in it. The possibilities are limitless.” Ruel recently attended a geocaching event organized
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by Randy Wills, also known by his geocaching username “Mr. Echo,” to celebrate Earth Day, April 27. Those who attended found some caches and hauled away over two dozen garbage bags full of trash cleaned up from the trails at the Berlin Blue Hills Conservation Area. “It was everything from wood shingles to about five or seven tires,” Wills said. Wills said that even though cachers do leave caches in the woods for others to find, many of them “are environmentally conscious, especially about littering.” Cachers in the Central Connecticut area are “a pretty
close-knit community” that regularly holds events, including trips to restaurants, hiking, and even kayaking, according to Wills. Geocaching. com plays a central role in the community by providing a hub where users can find nearby caches, organize events, communicate with other cachers, and even post caches of their own. Lee McFadden, who helped collect garbage, said that she enjoys geocaching “because I’ve learned some really interesting things about local history and seen some amazing sights I never would have if not for caching.” One of these
sights was the old Nike Missile Base on Pinnacle Rock in Plainville on the New England trail. The Nike Missile Base, a relic from the cold war that entered service in 1956, is named for the same Roman goddess of victory as the shoe company. Although many cachers are hiking enthusiasts, some caches can be found in urban environments as well. Waterbury resident Joe Medina, who participated in the earthday clean up, hunted down a cache at a Costco in Waterbury May 4. Medina said that he enjoys geocaching with his son, and
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and a compass when searching for a cache. Some caches even move, using a “travel bug” – a metal keychain resembling a dog tag that contains a unique tracking number used to move and verify the bug’s location online. One of these travel bug caches has even traveled to space. Waterbury native and NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, also known as cacher “AstroRM,” has hidden a geocache on the international space station in the form of a travel bug – one he hopes will return to earth and be replaced by a new bug placed by another space-travelling geocacher. Buffalo Wild Wings in Waterbury will be hosting
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Rockfall Foundation awards grants The Rockfall Foundation has awarded its 2014 major grant awards to two environmental projects, focused in Middletown, the lower Connecticut River, and along the Middlesex County shoreline. Rockfall is distributing a total of $25,000 in grants for environmental programs benefitting Middlesex County.
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Opinion We’ve come to the bridge, let’s cross it at the curb and remember You ask what’s the story nothing over three inches in with the completion of the diameter and no iron pipes world’s smallest bridge on please. If you think they Rt.147 ? Seems like by the missed your street, call Fran time the state resumes conat (860) 349-7114. struction it will be time to By the time you read this start on a new bridge. blurb, the initial Annual I am told that construcTown Budget Meeting FY tion will resume on June 1 from the desk of 14/15 will have taken place. and that the bridge will be First There is nothing out of the completed by the Durham Selectman ordinary and as usual the Fair. Jon Brayshaw cost of education dominates. As a casual observer I Soon there will be another must admit I don’t get it. Adding to the topic of bridges, the state Public Hearing followed by another is designing a micro bridge (that’s my Town Meeting to make final transfer word) just in front of Lyman’s new “Ap- adjustments to this year’s budget. Among our long list of very capable ple Nine” course. It’s a year or two off. As for the Miller Road Bridge, we are town employees is our Assessor Steve waiting for state funds to help with the Hodgetts. After years of service to the town’s people Steve is about to retire cost. The Sesquicentennial celebration on Aug. 1. We will have a hard time is gaining momentum. So far I have finding a replacement who has the carounded up a group of volunteers who pability and desire to serve the public are interested in lending their creative and who like me enjoys watching “Doc juices to explore a wide range of cele- Martin” on public television. Steve bration venues. If you think you have handled our rudimentary website. On other matters, I can’t tell you an idea on what to do to celebrate our 150 year birthday, please contact me. how much Gwen and I enjoy being a An Ad-Hoc committee will convene part of the many and varied goings on in this community. A few weeks ago, soon. Speaking of celebrations, some of there was a production of the “Wizthe work at the Lake Beseck dam is ard of Oz”. What a performance with moving along. I have asked the DEEP over a hundred students in the cast. to issue an interim update on when the We went multiple times gloating in our pride. My advice to readers is to plug lake might be refilled. I have no inside information on into these opportunities. They will enwhen that might occur. Many thanks rich your life. And finally, it seems that one of the to the Lake Beseck Environment Committee for hanging in on the very un- most neglected parts of our local highusual dredging program. What exactly way infrastructure are the guardrails. took place was nothing short of a mir- They appear on most every road. Over acle. We were able to work with the the years we have been stashing away DEEP (now that alone is a miracle) and funds to replace antiquated guardrails. assorted consultants to remove about This is the year. Road Foreman, John 800 cubic yards of million year old Wyskiel and I toured the town noting locations in need of replacement. “muck” along with some sand. While the dam work had the lake I soon ran out of lead in my pencil. We somewhat drained (more than ever), did price out the four choices. Wish we we as opportunists, bid out the work. were Greenwich and could afford the The benefit of same is replenishing heavy wood railing system. Bottom line our town’s gravel pit while removing is that new galvanized railings will be lots of gook from the lake. This activ- used. The shine is gone in two years. And finally, finally, we finally made ity should have been multiplied by a thousand. Perhaps in years to come, the it through winter. Many thanks to my lake will be drained once more so more oil man for being patient. My wife also muck can be removed. The work on the appreciates his patience since I didn’t lake made the TV news. That’s how un- need to sell her off to pay the oil bill. And finally, finally, if you have a few usual the operation was. The committee’s next task is to take extra bucks, you might pop in on our action to improve the water quality Social Service Director Joan Lombardo and beat back the invasive plants that and contribute to those in our town abound. Perhaps a new invasive plant who are having a hard time with their salad will evolve. For the next few oil bill. Thanks. Jon A. Brayshaw is first selectman for weeks our town crew will be picking up branches. Please have them lined up Middlefield.
Letters to the editor Storm damage To the Editor: I am calling upon the good hearts of the people in my community. My son recently lost his home and most of his belongings to the North Carolina tornadoes, and has to start from scratch. In an attempt to get him back on his feet, I have placed collection jars in The Durham Market, The Durham Pharmacy, Holly Locks, Main Street Feed, and Dick’s Citgo Station. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Diana Carr Durham
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To the editor: For many years I bought prepaid oil from an area oil company for the winter. Before this past winter, I spent approximately $2,000 on prepaid oil in order to heat my home for the 2013-2014 winter. Unfortunately, in the beginning of October 2013, the company went bankrupt and out of business. Customers like myself who bought oil ahead of time lost everything. Although the company did have some assets, customers like myself were told by the state office of consumer protection that none of those assets will be used to pay back customers who prepaid for oil. Not one penny
would be given to these unlucky customers. I emailed my state senator, state representative, U.S. congressman, and our governor and asked for help in getting at least some of my lost money back. All replied immediately (except the governor who I am still waiting to hear from), and told me there is nothing the state can do to help customers regain any of their money. Shortly afterwards, the governor and other state politicians granted United Technologies a $400 million tax credit in order to keep their business in Connecticut. United Technologies made $5.7 billion in profit in 2013. The state went out of its way to give a tax credit to a multi-billion dollar company but did nothing for middle class citizens who through no fault of their own lost money when the oil company went out of business. Also, not one politician could provide answers to two questions I asked: Who is getting money from the assets the oil company had; What happened to all of the prepaid money the oil company collected? Where are the politicians in Connecticut that made a promise to protect its citizens and help them in times of difficulty if they were elected? Tom Lipka Durham
Area ministry aids Haitian students By Maryann Boord Special to Town Times
The Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti ministry in Port au Prince provides education, health care and nutrition programs and a chance for for groups from the states to twin with (make a formal commitment to) a school, church, or organization in Haiti. We also provide hospitality for individuals, medical and dental groups and twins who visit Haiti. On a recent visit to our ministry in Port au Prince, I met with one of the university students in our education program. Laurent Jean Baptiste is in her final year as a business major. She is the daughter of one of our employees, Joseph Elouis Jean Baptiste. Jean Ba, as he is affectionately known, is the cook
at the mission house and provides delicious low cost meals for guests. He has worked for Haitian Ministries and now Outreach to Haiti for 17 years. My husband Pat and I became friends with Jean Ba when we were co-directors of the Norwich Mission House, living in Port au Prince in 1994-1995. We were frequently invited for one of his delicious Lebanese dinners at the home of a friend then working for Catholic Relief Services. Jean Ba and his wife Marie Suzette have five children and both parents work hard to provide for their family’s needs. While interviewing Laurent, she was quick to say that Mammi does her part to provide for the household expenses, i.e. putting food on the taSee Haitian / Page 9
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ble and clothes on our backs, while Papi provides for the educational expenses. Marie Suzette is currently working as a ti machann (woman street vendor) selling homemade soup on the sidewalk. As a result of the earthquake in Haiti three years ago, their family home collapsed and their family of seven ended up living in one room at our mission house for a period of two years. During this time Laurent told me she practiced her English daily and much of our interview was in English. The family now lives a distance from Port au Prince and Laurent
must arise each morning at 3 a.m. in order to take two motorcycles and one tap tap (taxi/bus) ride to arrive for her 7 a.m. class. She remains after school to study since there will be no electricity when she returns home in the evening. The same travel plans apply when Jean Ba comes to work at the mission house. Laurent admits it is challenging, but she is motivated to graduate and find a job helping children. She told me about the little boy in her neighborhood who is malnourished and the mother will not cooperate See Haitian / Page 14
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had grown up in an which is recited today evangelical church, in many churches. At and, when we weren’t the Council of Conat work, we would stantiople (381) the debate many issues, formulation of the among them which doctrine of the Trinof us knew more gosity was completed, pel hymns. When she and Emperor Theodied in 2011 at age 88 dosius I denounced Ralph her Will left me an all non-Trinitarians Lord Roy old gospel hymnal. as heretics. She regarded tradiAs the name implies, Unitarianism rejects tional denominations as citthe Trinity. Here in the adels of superstition, some United States it initially de- more than others, which led veloped out of Puritanism, to additional debate. Later, when she had joined partly in response to the Enlightenment which empha- Harcourt, Brace Publishers, sized reason over revelation. she (quite by coincidence) It also was a backlash against became the editor for my the portrayal of human na- third book, “Communism ture as inherently depraved, and the Churches”. I can’t rea central theme among early sist mentioning another coCalvinist settlers of New En- incidence. After graduating gland. Unitarians dismissed from a teacher’s college in the idea of “the Elect”, em- upstate New York, Jeannette’s phasizing instead the worth, mother had taught for a year dignity and equality of every in Swanton, Vt., my hometown. One day Jeannette sent human being. The movement had a me a 1914 picture of Swanton heavy impact in the Boston High School’s four-member area where seven of the first faculty and student body of nine churches founded by about 50 teenagers. There on the Puritans, including the the front row was Howard Pilgrim church in Plymouth, Roy. then 15, who became my aligned themselves with the Dad! Incidentally. From 198089 Jeannette was director Unitarians. Ironically, the first parish of the Wesleyan University to officially do so was King’s Press in Middletown. I often Chapel in downtown Bos- recall her with gratitude, a ton, originally Episcopalian. truly remarkable woman. Early Unitarianism in this It kept much of its own liturgical tradition, making country generally was viewed changes in its Book of Com- as liberal Protestantism with a mon Prayer to reflect its new particular reverence for Jesus affiliation. By 1805, Unitarian without according him worideas dominated at Harvard ship. On Sunday mornings, which has reflected a very lib- in many of their churches toeral approach to religion for day, you may hear selections from the Bhagavad-Gita of over 200 years. My own acquaintance with Hinduism, Buddhist Sutras, Unitarianism goes back to a Native American poem, or my teen years, and was in- perhaps excerpts from an antensified in 1953 when Bea- cient classic or a contempocon Press, affiliated with the rary novel. When hymn tunes are faUnitarians, published my first book, “Apostles of Discord”. miliar, the words probably The brilliant, feisty and lat- have been edited. Members er-renowned book editor, of the same congregation Jeannette Hopkins, then 29, may range from progreswas assigned by the publisher sive Christians to humanists, to work with me. Jeannette was an avid Unitarian, who See Unitarians / Page 11
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often a word that implies atheism. Interfaith couples may find common ground in Unitarianism. Emphasis is placed upon such social issues as peace, racial and gender equality, economic justice, ecological concerns, and the separation of church and state. In 1961 the Unitarians and Universalists joined to form the Unitarian Universalist Church, The two groups shared many principles and practices. Both held non-liturgical worship services and embraced a congregational form of parish government. The Universalists had ordained Olympia Brown, the first woman minister in the
United States. Their name came from an emphasis on the universal salvation of all humanity. Surely a loving God would not condemn anyone to an eternity in the fires of hell. Universalists in Meriden organized in 1854, then built an impressive brownstone across from City Hall in 1893, Today the UU church in Meriden is at 328 Paddock Ave. on the city’s eastside. Other UU congregations nearby include those in Hartford, West Hartford, Hamden, New Haven, and Woodbury. The Unitarian Universalist Church in the United States has a surprisingly small membership, roughly 160,000. With about 1025 churches, See Unitarians / Page 19
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Obituaries Rosario DiMauro MIDDLEFIELD — Rosario “Tom” “Babe” DiMauro, 83, of Middlefield, passed away peacefully in his home Friday, May 9, 2014. He was the loving husband of Alice (Niklinski) DiMauro for the last 23 years, and formerly husband of the late Jeanette (Corona) DiMauro. Tom grew up in Cromwell, and was the son of the late Louis and Josephine (Bartolotta) DiMauro. Tom is survived by his wife, Alice DiMauro, of Middlefield; by his son, Louis DiMauro and his wife, Laura, of Darien, And their two children, Thomas and Deirdre; by his daughter, Dina D’Amato and her husband, Marc, of Middlefield and their two children, Garrett and Lydia; by a daughter, Christine DiMauro, of Arizona; by a sister, Angela “Tootsie” Kelly, of Florida; by his step-children, Victoria (Bilas) James, of Eureka Springs, AR., and Jeffrey Bilas, of Covina, Calif.; by step-grandchildren, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanette; his sister, Connie “Tina” and brotherin-law; George Pirruccio; a brother, Sebastian “Sonny” DiMauro; and a brother-inlaw, John Kelly. After serving in the U.S. Army, Tom became a man-
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Albert F. Otte D A V E N P O R T, Fla. — Albert F. Otte, age 91, formerly of Durham, died on Good Friday, April 18, 2014 of natural causes in Davenport, Fla. He was born on Sept. 3, 1922 in Middletown. His family moved to Durham, where they farmed. In his early 20’s Al was drafted into the Yankee organization where he played second base for two years. His baseball career was cut short from injuries sustained in a car accident. Subsequently, he joined the U.S. Army. He landed in Normandy on DDAY+2 and fought in Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes, San Ste Michelle and Central Europe. When the war ended, Albert became an inspector engineer for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, a position he held until his retirement. He and his wife, Evelyn then moved to Davenport, Fla. In addition to traveling, Al was a great golfer, his personal passion. Nothing pleased him more than to come back from a game and triumphantly say “I got my $5 back today”. Every life he touched was made better by his kindness, humor and brilliant blue eyes. Albert was predeceased by his beloved wife, Evelyn; his parents, Herbert and Gladys; siblings, Carl Otte, Charlotte Webster, Lillian DiSarro, David and Herbert Otte. He is survived by “the light of my life” daughter, Susan Libby and her husband, James, of Durham; many nieces; and his dear friend, Betty Ballard, of Winter Haven, Fla. There are no calling hours. Interment will be held in Durham on Saturday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m. in Durham Center Cemetery. A Florida “Celebration of Life” will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Paralyzed Veterans Association, or St. Jude Hospital for Children.
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Family Day at Rock Cats Coginchaug Little League has scheduled a family day at the New Britain Rock Cats for Sunday, June 1, at 1:35 p.m. The Rock Cats are scheduled to play the Binghamton Mets. A fee is charged. Tickets are available for purchase at www.coginchaugll. org, through Sunday, May 18. Online ticket orders will be available for pick up between May 19 to May 23 at
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The Cross Walk is an annual Good Friday event to commemorate Jesus’ road to the Cross at Calvary and His Crucifixion. It is ecumenical, and brings together clergy and parishioners from Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, and United Churches (Congregational/ Methodist), all in Durham, as well as Federated Church (Congregational/Methodist) and St. Coleman, both in Middlefield. The Cross Walk begins at Notre Dame Church, stops at United Churches and concludes at Epiphany. | Photos by Judy Moeckel.
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with Laurent’s efforts to get help for the child. She also is concerned about a pregnant woman in her neighborhood, who already has two young children and doesn’t appear to be capable of providing for their needs. As a student, Laurent has limited funds and lives too far from the Outreach to Haiti Clinic to bring these neighbors for treatment. The transportation costs would be prohibitive. But Laurent used the word “excited” more than once about future opportunities for addressing such needs. Laurent also tutors and mentors high school students. It’s an expectation of our education program for students to then help out in the community. Laurent expressed gratitude and acknowledged that without the opportunities Outreach to Haiti has offered her family she would not have such a bright future. Her twin sister is studying accounting and her older sister is in her final year of medical school, planning to become a pediatrician. Although the Outreach to Haiti education program is a sponsorship program for tuition, parents are expected to participate in associated costs. To help and for more information about our ministry, go to outreachtohaiti.org (Maryann Boord is a board member with the Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti ministry.)
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provements to Coginchaug Little League. The little league team that buys the most tickets will visit the Rock Cats dugout prior to the start of the game and take the field with the New Britain Rock Cats players during the playing of the National Anthem. In addition, one boy and one girl from the Spring 2014
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Concert - The Middlesex Vocal Chords has scheduled its annual spiring concert “Music Changes the World” for Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., at Portland High School, 95 High St. Portland. A fee is charged for tickets. For more information, call (860) 347-2787, (860) 342-3120 or visit vocalchords20.org. Craft fair - Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St., has scheduled a craft fair for Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Outreach to Haiti.
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Casual bridge - The Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St., schedules casual bridge every Friday at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call Jim Martinelli at (860) 346-6611. Baseball - CRHS vs. Cromwell at Cromwell, 3:45 p.m. Softball - CRHS vs. Cromwell at Cromwell, 3:45 p.m.
Open house, pancake breakfast - The Durham Fire Company and Durham Fire Explorers Post 422 have scheduled an open house and pancake breakfast for Sunday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the firehouse. A fee is charged. Tours of the firehouse, trucks and equipment. Proceeds to benefit Durham Fire Explorers. Pet Fair - The 6th annual Help Willy’s Friends Pet Fair is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Coginchaug Regional High school. Craft fair - Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St., has scheduled a craft fair for Sunday, May 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds benefit Outreach to Haiti. Square dance - The 4C’s Square Dance Club has scheduled a dance for Sunday, May 18, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Cheshire Park and
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upon at the referendum are correct. What happened is when the allocation of that budget was calculated to determine Durham’s share and Middlefield’s share, the factor that was used was last year’s factor.” At the referendum on May 6, both towns approved the total dollar figure of $35,178,402 in the school budget. That school budget is allocated to each town each year depending on their share of students. The percentage of Middlefield students went up slightly so the outdated figure left Middlefield short. “We’re very disturbed by it,” said Flanagan who said the BOE would be discussing the error. The first question posed to Flanagan asked if the error could have changed the outcome of the referendum. Middlefield passed the school budget 181 to 123. Flanagan said that the referendum passes the total dollar figure, not the allocation, and the board does not have the authority to change the total dollar figure. Yamartino said that Middlefield had three options, which could be combined, to make up the revenue. The first option is to pull $144,000 from the undesignated fund. Lucy Petrella, former BOF chair and candidate for first selectman said that this would drop Middlefield’s undesignated fund below recommended levels and hurt the town’s finances. Yamartino agreed that this option had those drawbacks. The second option is to increase the mil rate to make up the difference from the taxpayers. The third option is to assess individual line items, as Yamartino said, “to possibly get some reductions to offset some of this.” While Middlefield used last year’s allocation, Durham used a different source for its figures. According to business Manager Ron Melnik, who was also at the meeting, Durham’s allocation was calculated properly and the town did not end up budgeting $144,000 extra. Superintendent Kathryn Veronesi, who also apolo-
gized for the mistake, praised Middlefield officials for their “gracious professionalism” in
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follow up on voting that has already occurred in other districts, instead of the old system, which Cheyney characterized as “telephone tag.” “It helps prevent fraud in an election,” Cheyney said. Candidates in districts using e-poll books can also see who has voted so they can use their get out the vote efforts more efficiently. That process is usually done with unoffical poll checkers from the political parties. The state government, which requires a voting record, and the media, which often requests records, will also get reports faster and more accurately. With e-poll books, Cheyney said, “you basically push a button.” E-poll books record the check in of a voter, not a record of how that resident voted. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, e-poll books also allow workers to quickly redirect voters in the wrong polling location and alert poll workers when someone has already voted by early vote or absentee ballot. Although now the number of districts using e-poll books is in the twenties, Durham was the sixth town to make the upgrade. “We tend to be very much on the forefront,” Cheyney said. Durham also was an early adopter of electronic tabulators, the ballot-eating box that produces results minutes after the close of an election or referendum.
Coginchaug National Honor Society has scheduled its spring cleanup fundraiser. NHS members will clean Durham and Middlefield yards and gardens of leaves and twigs, spread mulch, paint and more. An hourly donation help support NHS charities. For more information in hiring an NHS team, call CRHS at (860) 3497215 or email email@example.com. Briefly describe the needed work with your contact information.
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Tuesday, May 20 Boys golf - CRHS vs. Cromwell at TPC, 3 p.m. Track and field - CRHS vs. Westbrook at Westbrook, 3:45 p.m.
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Baseball - CRHS vs. Portland at Portland, 3:45 p.m. Boys golf - CRHS vs. North Branford at Lyman Orchards, 3 p.m. Track and field - CRHS vs. Valley Regional at Valley Regional, 4 p.m.
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