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A classic fairy tale of the prevailing power of love is coming to life at the Newington Children’s Theatre Company when the young talent n Newington and the surrounding areas culminate months of rehearsal with the opening of “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend. “It’s my favorite; I love ‘Beauty and the Beast’,” said Christa Pizzoferrato, who at 23 has taken on the challenge of directing the play. This is not your typical “Beauty and the Beast” remake, said Pizzoferrato. The production, orchestrated by a young team of directors and actors has been rewritten to include more comedy and action into the mix, as well as expanding the Beast’s role and playing along his emotional

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divide. There are other subtle changes to the story line including the addition of Belle’s mother and two sisters, who provide a deeper glimpse into the life of Belle, before her heart becomes intertwined with the Beast’s. “In a way you can see the contrasts between Belle and the Beast and how different they are but how similar they are together. They are from two different worlds but they are both the same person. They both fight with the same issue.” said Dean Marino, 15, who plays the Beast. The objects that talk in the original play, the teacup and candle stick, have been replaced with a chair and painting. There is also an “amazing” and well coordinated Christa Pizzoferrato,23, director of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, styles Belle’s hair during a dress rehearsal at the Newington Children’s Theatre. sword fight. During a recent sneak peek rehearsal the young cast came together to put on a brilliant display of skill in both acting and singing. It was an incredible rehearsal, showing how such a young group of actors, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old, can write, direct, and act with precision and believable emotion. “They gelled really well right from the start, which is something that is really hard to find and the new ones blended in really well,” said Pizzoferrato, “They are all happy to help each other. They all want to see the play succeed.” The play has two casts in an effort to expand the number of actors and actresses who can participate in the production. The lead role of the Beast was played that night by 17 year old Ronnie Sanchez of New Britain. Ronnie Sanchez, of New Britain, and Bridget Corcuran, of Southington, reSee Beauty, Page 9

hearse their roles as the Beast and Belle in preparation for the productions opening night, Friday, January 28.

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Proposed education budget call for 2.98 percent increase By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

Superintendent of Schools William Collins presented the Newington Board of Education a proposed budget seeking a 2.98 percent increase in spending. The proposal Collins submitted Jan. 19 calls for spending $61,745,831 in the 2011-2012 fiscal year. “We need to build a budget that will balance the needs of our students with the needs of our community. I took that very seriously. I believe I have brought to you a budget that is very responsible and beneficial to the tax payers of this community,” Collins said during his presentation. Collins said he was able to reduce the original staff-requested budget by $7,995,865, keeping the request under a 3 percent increase over the current education budget. Collins proposal reduces the

public school system staff by 12 to 24 teachers keeping the salary portion of the budget at a zero percent increase. A federal stimulus grant of $738,638 has also been allocated for use to pay salaries. The total requested salary account for 2011-2012 is $41,818,064 and accounts for 85 percent of the total proposed budget. The technology portion of the budget has been cut, meaning the school district will not be able to buy any new computers for the next school year. There is also a reduction in operational costs such as general maintenance repairs, building supplies, and new teaching supplies, such as textbooks. “If we don’t buy computers, if we don’t buy buses, it doesn’t mean they won’t age,” said Collins, adding that the freezes in technology and maintenance expenses if held for too long will accrue more

costs in the future. “This does not excuse us of our responsibility, unless we want to make some major philosophical changes in this community,” he said. The addition of one special education teacher and addition facilities for children with special needs accounts for a budget increase of $567,369. Employee benefits costs are up 2.03 percent over the 2010-2011 for a new total of $11,084,000. The total budget allocated for all non-salary expenses, which amount to 15 percent of the total budget, was requested at $20,722,287. “I believe this budget recognizes the ability of this community to fund education,” said Collins. “These are tough economic times, but this is not the time to be asking for more. I do believe that this community recognizes that it wants to maintain a very high quality school district,” he said.

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Brad Davis invites public to speaking event Jan. 31

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Fans of Brad Davis (WDRC-AM 1360) will be able to meet him when he speaks on volunteerism and other current topics at an open-to-the-public program at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 in the Great Room of the Paradise Pizza Restaurant, 10 East St., New Britain, and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. Admission is f ree and no RSVP is needed. A

question-and-answer period will follow. Davis will celebrate will celebrate his 34th anniversary in April as WDRC’s morning man. He has been a favorite of many Connecticut listeners for even longer. Radio stations in Waterbury, Torrington, Hartford and the Middletown-Meriden area carry the Brad Davis Show. Monday through Friday from 5 to 9 a.m. The Kiwanis Club’s free public speaker forums have brought prominent speakers on current topics to local audiences for the past 25 years on the last Monday of each month except May and December. Those who wish to dine should come early before the program. The restaurant’s regular cash menu will be available. Directions and information are available by calling (860) 667-2864.

Radio Club invites public to electronics talk Feb. 7 The public is invited, together with area amateur radio operators, to an overview of “What’s New in Electronic Gadgetry, Kits and Computer Networking” by guest speaker Armando Santos of Cables & Connectors (Berlin Turnpike, Newington). The event will be presented by NARL, the Newington Amateur Radio League Monday, Feb. 7; at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 120 Cedar St. (CT Route 175) Newington. Admission is f ree, no RSVP is needed. Information is available at (860) 6672864. NARL, which was founded in 1946, is a public service, technical, f raternal and educational organization

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Residents named to Dean’s Lists

Adam M. Rosenkrantz, a senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, has been named to the School of Engineering dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester. Adam has also been inducted into Alpha Nu Sigma, the Nuclear Engineering Honor Society. Adam is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ted Rosenkrantz of Newington. The following students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Assumption College: Brendan P. Shea, of the class of 2011, and Jessica A. Chmielewski, of the class of 2011. The following students were named to the Dean’s list for Eastern Connecticut State University for the Fall 2010 semester: Samantha R. Bialy, Taylor M. Deguzis, Emily K. Dinunzio, Steven Meigs, Cara E. Perillo, Emily K. Royce, Erin L. Zenzie, Cody P. Hall, Joseph K. Perucki, Kerry A. Wallace. Dan Mowchan made the dean’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt. The fall semester dean’s list at Bryant University includes the following residents: Nimmy Abraham, a sophomore, finance; Leah Gallicchio, a senior, actuarial mathematics; Erin Teffs, a senior, finance.

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Steering the Job Interview and Negotiating Your Salary — free program at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7. Participants will learn techniques for clearly and concisely promoting themselves during a job interview. For more information or to register, contact the library at (860) 665-8700. Individual appointments for interview tips and practice will be available from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 with Ross Primack from the Connecticut Department of Labor. Call the adult information desk at (860) 665-8700 to set up a half-hour appointment.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 347 TO HOLD BOTTLE and CAN DRIVE Newington Boy Scout Troop 347 will hold a bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at Fire House One, 1485 Main St. Bring your refundable bottles and cans to the back parking lot. Troop 347 was founded in 1948 and continues its mission to encourage citizenship, personal growth and leadership through community service and outdoor adventure. During Troop 347’s 60 plus years of scouting, more than 50 boys have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop welcomes boys ages 11 to 18. For more information, please contact Assistant Scout Master Bob Porell at (860) 667-4251.

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Council opposes busway but wants rail

funds to the train project. He said Staff Writer the busway foes “are going to have to work hard” to convince Malloy One of the four towns along to take their side. the route of the proposed busway Millerick said there is a growbetween Hartford and New Britain ing amount of “political posturing” took a strong stand this week against about the busway, but the realthe $573 million plan. ity is that supporters are gathering Newington’s town council‘s vote strength. to oppose the busway in favor He said there is “a small but commuter rail is “really disappoint- vehement group” led by Nicastro ing,” said William Millerick, who that is targeting the project, but it’s heads the New Britain Chamber of nonetheless moving ahead because Commerce. it is so crucial to the region’s The council endorsed rail in development. the hope of swaying Gov. Dannel Millerick said that Newington’s Malloy to drop the busway plan and lopsided vote against the busway throw his supwas shortsighted port behind an because of the investment in rail project’s importransportation. tant to Central “ W e ’ v e Connecticut b e c o m e State University. increasingly The one coundisenchanted” cil member in with the high Newington who price and inefbacked the busficiency of the way, Republican busway proposal, David Nagel, said Democrat said that switchChristopher ing from the Banach, the busway to a rail majority leader plan will cause a William millerick of the council. serious delay in New Britain C.O.C. “I don’t think implementing anybody’s clamany mass transit oring for” the in the crowded busway, Banach said. corridor west of Hartford. The busway project has been in “Delaying and delaying and the works for more than 12 years delaying,” said Nagel, merely puts and is nearly ready to roll, although off a much-needed change in the fuding is incomplete. It would run region’s transportation system, between downtown New Britain and which relies almost entirely on Hartford’s Union Station, with stops cars. along the way in Newington and Banach said that one advantage West Hartford. of rail is that it could absorb both West Hartford officials have commuters and some of the freight expressed skepticism about the bus- that moves through congested way but have not taken a formal arteries in the area. stand in opposition to it. Rail is “the most efficient and Mike Nicastro, the leader of the effective” means of mass transit, he Bristol-based Central Connecticut said, and also the cheapest. Chamber of Commerce, said he’s Whether Newington’s switch glad to see that Newington refused will have an impact is uncertain. to go along with the plan. Millerick said the town “is a very The costs for a nine-mile busway important component of the busway “are out of control,” Nicastro said, project,” but both New Britain and and make no economic sense, par- Hartford remain firmly on board. ticularly when a rail line between In the end, it appears that Malloy Waterbury and Hartford could do so will make the choice, perhaps in his much more for the entire region. Feb. 16 budget address. State Sen. Jason Welch, a Bristol Republican, introduced a bill this ALEX Syphers, Staff Writer, week to transfer any unspent busway contributed to this story

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The ‘smallest increase in 10 years.’ Really? To the Editor:

Chairman Woods and Superintendent Collins have It is amazing Chairman repeatedly and publically told S tephen Woods and me, the Town Councilors and S uperintendent W illiam the Newington taxpayers it is Collins can keep a straight face only 2.98 percent. After double as they start beating the public and triple checking my math, the relations drum about how this increase is actually 4.2 percent. year’s budget is “the smallest At this point, I am conrequested budfused, so I go get increase in back and read 10 years”. The the fine print. I am curious, is budget they Superintendent presented to it 2.98 percent Collins briefly BOE and the mentions 2.98 or 4.2 percent? public last week, percent is “net Either way, the and subsequent of federal stimcomments to ulus funds”. So taxpayers have the news media, here is the rest reached the which they of the story. Last repeatedly state year, after the breaking point their request Town Council and cannot “represents an approved the afford any increase of only 2.99 percent 2.98 percent”. increase to the increase. Superintendent BOE budCollins writes get, totaling in his memo $59,244,755, titled “preliminary 2011-2012 the BOE accepted roughly an spending plan”, dated January additional $700,000 of Obama 12, 2011, “The total 2011-2012 money to increase the structural budget request before you at operating budget. this time represents an increase Now, there are only two posof 2.98 percent (net of federal sible budgeting options as we stimulus funds). It is the lowest move forward; request from the 1. Chairman Woods and Superintendent to the Board Superintendent Collins have in at least the last ten years.” a realistic expectation to conThey are really starting to tinue to receive the $700,000 sound like budget hawks, by of Obama money (this year and repeatedly stating the increase every year moving forward), is only 2.98 percent, and in fact, since the requested budget 2.98 percent is less than the increase is only 2.98 percent 2.99 percent increase the Town (their words), which means they Council provided to the Board are only requesting $61,010,248 of Education last year. (not $61,745,755) f rom the So, let’s take a quick look Newington taxpayer. at the numbers, according to 2. Chairman Woods and the numbers provided by the Superintendent Collins do Superintendent. not have a realistic expectaThe total BOE budget for the tion to continue to receiving 2010-2011 is $59,244,755 and the $700,000 of Obama money the requested budget increase is and are requesting $61,745,831 only 2.98 percent, which results from the Newington taxpayin $61,745,831. As Ronald er, but that would represent Reagan always said, “Trust, but a requested increase of 4.2 verify”, so let’s quickly do the percent. math. $61,745,831 subtract So in closing, I am curious, $59,244,755 equals a request- is it 2.98 percent or 4.2 pered increase of $2,501,076. cent? Either way, the taxpayers $2,501,076 divided by have reached the breaking point $59,244,755(current BOE bud- and cannot afford any increase. get) equals an increase of 4.2 percent. What? Jeff Wright, Mayor, Wait, that can’t be right, Town of Newington


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newington police log Jan. 5 Marta Valle, 43, of 48 Walsh St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 5 with breach of peace. Jan. 20 Jose Perez, 55, of 18 Reservoir Road, Newington, was charged Jan. 20 with failure to appear in the second degree. Aaron Rosenberg, 27, of 4 Longfellow Place, Boston, Mass., was charged Jan. 20 with allowing a person not registered as a home improvement salesman to act on his behalf. Jan. 21 Christopher Weiler, 19, of 29 Stantack Road, Middletown, was charged Jan. 21 with driving a

vehicle with tinted windows and possesion of alcohol by a minor. Zachary Thompson, 21, of 350 South St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 21 with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana. Jaimee Hayduski, 19, of 78 Seventh St., Newington, was charged Jan. 21 with failure to appear in the second degree. Kevin Williams, 51, of 2660 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, was charged Jan. 21 with burglary in the third degree, larceny in the third degree, and larceny in the second degree. Jonathan Somerset, 27, of 159 Camp Ave., Newington, was charged Jan. 21 with driving under the influence.

Jan. 22 Michelle Lanier, 26 of 7 Ivy Lane, Wolcott, was charged Jan. 22 with larceny in the sixth degree. and failure to appear in the second degree. Timothy Viola, 20, of 4 Trailside Drive, Wallingford, was charged Jan. 22 with driving under the influence. Jan. 23 Robert Lynch, 20 of 23 Ivy Lane, Newington, was charged Jan. 23 with criminal trespassing in the first degree Jan. 24 Antonio Garcia, 22, of 1653 Park Road, Hartford, was charged Jan. 24 with larceny in the fourth degree.

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Too good to be true: a new local band is going big INFORMATION PROVIDED BY “THE GOONIES”

Kids nowadays are often taught to believe “if it seems too good to be true, then it usually is.” One group of young musicians from Connecticut never took that mantra to heart. The Goonies, a hip-hop/pop/futuristic funk duo that performs with a live rock band never saw making it in the music industry as an impossible feat. When Michael Minelli, a singer/songwriter who is from Newington met Julian “Juice” Ross, a rapper/ producer, in early 2009, they had no idea they’d be embarking on a musical journey as demanding as this one. Regardless, it was something that both had dreamed of their entire lives and they knew that they wouldn’t stop until it turned into reality. A lucid dream is simply defined as “a dream in which one is aware they are dreaming and can control what happens in the dream.” That’s how they wanted their music to be portrayed, and that is exactly what they planned to do, when on January 11th, 2011 they released their first official album entitled, “Lucid Dreams.” The fourteen-track compilation (with two live band bonus tracks) consists of every type of song that could be associated with the hip hop/pop genre of music. The first single off of

the album, “The Life of a Dreamer” is already getting radio play all over the Northeast and has created a strong foundation for the band to promote across the country. Minelli and Juice have proven that they are ready to take their music from the local scene to a larger audience. Minelli said “This album is unlike anything you’ve heard before. Any boundaries that were up, we’ve broken. Any limit we could have tested, we did. It’s all been in hope of painting a picture and showing the emotion and passion that went into our first album.” When Juice was asked at an album release sneak-peek if he had any advice for children who are looking to pursue a music career, or any career for that matter, he replied, “Always follow your dreams no matter what people tell you. The greatest accomplishments we have made in this world have come from people believing they can do the impossible. What the mind believes, the body can achieve.” And achieve they surely will. The Goonies are a relatively new band that hasn’t even been together for a full year but they have already accomplished so much. They have performed at events alongside Asher Roth, Chiddy Bang, Little Feet Michael Franti, The Neville Brothers and even rock legend Buddy Guy, among others.

They have rocked the stage at many prestigious charity events, such as The 11th Annual Joslin Gala and The Inaugural Ray Allen Golf Tournament. The Goonies didn’t start their musical career playing such large events, however. They had to start at the bottom the same as everyone else — playing house parties and small bars then eventually booking gigs at medium sized bars and clubs. As they played, their fan base grew and in just a few months, the hype caught the eye of an independent record label based in Boston, Massachusetts called New Music Chronicles New Muisc is headed by Shannon Allen, wife of the NBA’s Ray Allen and Glen Parish, former member of Hip-Hop group Heavy D and The Boyz. Fully backed by NMC, The Goonies packed the biggest club in Hartford for their “What’s Poppin in the 90’s” mix tape release party. Together, the band and record label have created and developed a strong bond. The Goonies and New Music Chronicles have provided each other with all the right tools to make a real impact on the music industry. Now that you know a little about these New Age From their hometowns in Connecticut, musicians, check out the following links to get a across the northeast and as far away as taste of The Goonies’ music and performances. Tennessee, The Goonies are making it known that your collection should absolutely have “Lucid Dreams” in it.

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Newington’s Got Talent is back Beauty and the Beast By Alex Syphers Staff Writer


The Newington Human Services Department has announced that it will host its second annual “Newington’s Got Talent” show this year and are inviting all Newington residents interested in performing to attend the talent show’s audition. The audition will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Newington Town Hall in the Council Chambers. A donation of $5 is requested to audition. All Newington residents 5 years old and up are invited to display their talents. “It’s ‘American Idol’ for Newington,” said Karen Faust, director of “Newington’s Got Talent.” The “Newington’s Got Talent” show was created in 2010 as a way to raise funds for the Newington Human Services Department, while providing a fun and creative atmosphere for all residents to enjoy. “We want everyone to support the town and your fellow neighbors in need,” said Faust, “It will be a great

show of support for the town of Newington.” All the proceeds from the talent show are used to support the Newington Human Services Department and its ever growing endeavor to continue helping needy families throughout Newington. The Human Services Department provides support and services for an average of 130 Newington residents a month. Last year the talent show was able to raise over $1,700 for the Newington Humans Services Department. This year, says Faust, the talent show is moving from the Town Hall to the Newington High School auditorium. Last year the show was attended by over 290 people and reaching the seating capacity limit within the hall. “We decided to have it at the high school because we were turning people away last year,” said Faust. The “Newington’s Got Talent” show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 at the Newington High School. Admission price is a $5 donation to the Newington Human

Services Department. Prizes for the most talented Newington residents at the show will include a $100 gift card for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. This year the talent show will have three guest judges to review the talent Newington has to offer. The talent show will be filmed by the volunteers from NCTV, and copies will be available to all. “Newington’s Got Talent” is in need of sponsors, said Faust, to help fund the show’s play bill. Anyone interested in advertising in the play bill and helping the human services can call the Newington Human Services Department at (860) 6658590. The “Newington’s Got Talent “show is open to all Newington residents. Acts involving animals or pyrotechnics are not allowed. Those auditioning to sing or dance are asked to bring with them their music selections. “Practice, practice, practice, said Faust, “and just have fun.” “We hope everyone comes out and shows their support and we have a good show.”

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This is his first show at the theatre. Throughout the rehearsal he painted the portrait of a man trapped in torment across the stage, able to exude the aura of the Beast, though he had no mask to show the transformation. The look of the Beast’s mask, said Pizzoferrato, was still secret. This is Pizzoferrato’s fourth year directing at the Newington Children’s Theatre. During the rehearsal she commanded the stage, setting the scenes and correcting her actors when they needed adjustment, which did not happen often, hardly a line was forgotten. Yet, at a flick of a switch she was playing dress-up with her youngest cast members and laughing with the star actors. It was a sight to behold and if the rehearsal can speak for the final production this weekend the play will be worth

the investment. The Newington Children’s Theatre Company is a nonprofit organization, which primarily hosts plays geared toward both younger families and adults in an effort to foster the arts in the children of Connecticut and provide live theater for all at an affordable price. “Beauty and the Beast” opens at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28 at the Newington Children’s Theatre Company location at 743 North Mountain Road. Addition shows will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6. Tickets can be purchased by calling (860) 666-6282. Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, and students.

At The Library

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Lucy Robbins Welles Library 95 Cedar Street Newington, CT 06111 (860) 665-8700

Evening Book Discussion Group

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. This month’s reading is “The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Programs for Job Seekers

Registration is required for all the programs. Call (860) 665-8700 or visit the Adult Information Desk to register. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. prior to these job programs to talk and enjoy some light refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Brown Bag It with a Film

“The Librarian — Quest for the Spear” Tuesday, Feb. 8, noon Join us for the first film in this series as librarian Flynn Carsen travels the world to retrieve the Metropolitan Library’s stolen Spear of Destiny. A fun fantasy adventure starring Noah Wylie, Olympia Dukakis and Bob Newhart. Running time is 106 minutes.

Bring a brown bag lunch.

Dessert and beverages will be provided. Love Your Webpage Thursday, Feb. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Find out why people love our web page! You can reserve a museum pass, download an audio book, find reading suggestions, research cars and much more. Library staff will present an overview of the home page and then allow time for some hands-on searching. Be the first to find the answer and win a prize! Call (860) 665-8700 to register.

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Basic Computers

Computer Classes

Monday, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to create a presentation from scratch. Topics include how to add text and format, add notes, change slide transition and more.

“Desk Set” Tuesday, Feb. 15, noon Two extremely strong personalities, reference librarian Bunny Watson and Richard Sumner, inventor of EMERAC, clash over the computerization of a TV network’s research department. Stars Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Running time is 103 minutes. Bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Class size is limited to 10 and reservations are required. Registration begins two weeks before each class is scheduled. Basic keyboarding skills, familiarity with Windows and proficiency using a mouse are required for all classes, except the Basic Computer class. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. If you register for a class and do not attend or fail to give 24 hours notice, you must wait 60 days before you may register for another class. All classes are two hours. All Excel, PowerPoint and Word programs are the Microsoft Office 2003 version. Sponsored by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Friends of the Library.

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Thursday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. or Thursday, March 10, 10 a.m. For those with little or no experience using a computer. Learn the basics of computer terminology, how to maneuver in Windows and use a mouse.

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Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. Learn how to create a free, personal email account that you can use anywhere. This class is for people who have no email account set up.

Steering the Job Interview and Negotiating Your Salary

Free program. Monday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Participants will learn techniques for clearly and concisely promoting themselves during a job interview. Strategies for handling traditional, behavioral and stress interview questions will be discussed. Topics will include: formulating a presidential message; avoiding pitfalls; handling the number one elimination question; closing the interview for impact; and drafting an employer-focused thank you letter. The class will also provide strategies for handling salary negotiations, including postponing Basic Excel 2003 salary questions without being screened out Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 before the interview. For more information p.m. Topics include or to register, contact the library at (860) 665creating, opening, basic 8700. Individual appointments for interview formatting, printing and tips and practice will be available February 15 saving of spreadsheets, from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. with Mr. Ross with an overview of the menu structure and layout Primack from the CT Department of Labor. Call the adult information desk at (860) 665of Excel. 8700 to set up a half-hour appointment.

NHS students named to Youth Honor Band Students from the northern region of Connecticut auditioned in November for spots in competitive ensembles for the Northern Regional Music Festival. Twelve NHS students were accepted. Nine of them are now eligible to audition for All-State.

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Seeking registered Democrats

The Newington Democrat Town Committee is seeking registered Democrats interested in running for office in the November municipal election. If interested in being a candidate for Mayor, Town Council, Board of Education or Constable, send a letter of intent by March 1 to: Lyn Connery, 225 Robbins Ave., Newington CT 06111.

Town Calendar students from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at the Mortensen Community Center located in the Town Hall, 131 Cedar St. The fee is $5 per student plus a non-perishable food donation. Refreshments will be available for sale. Dance will be well supervised; no re-entry once admitted. Students must show their school ID at the door. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at (860) 665-8666.

Prudence Crandall Center fundraiser Blood glucose screening program Grace Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., will be selling meat and veggie grinders to raise money for the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain. The Prudence Crandall Center provides services to victims of domestic violence. Grinders are ham, roast beef, turkey, veggie or combo. Each grinder is $7.95 each. You can place your order after the 8 or 10 o’clock services Jan. 23 and 30 or by calling Mitch Page at (860) 6671835. Pick up your grinder Feb. 6 between 9 a.m. and noon. The church phone number is (860) 666-3331.

The Central Connecticut Health District and the Wethersfield Health Care Center continue to offer a glucose screening program to residents of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Newington, and Berlin who are 65 years of age and older. Jacki Baranowski, R.N. from the Wethersfield Health Care Center, conducts free blood glucose screenings monthly in the Health District member towns of Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. The blood sugar test takes only minutes, and time is permitted to allow participants an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the resulting numbers and what to do if the sugar level is too high. Screenings are conducted on the secondnd Tuesday of each month in Wethersfield and the Newington Children’s Theatre Company will present “Beauty fourth Tuesday of each month in Rocky Hill. Residents of and the Beast” at the company’s Black Box Theatre, 743 all four health district towns are invited to participate at the North Mountain Road. Shows at this venue will be 7 p.m. 11 location of their choice. The February glucose screenings will 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30; 7 p.m. Friday, be Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pitkin Community Feb. 4; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Center, 30 Greenfield St. in Wethersfield and Feb. 22, from Feb. 6. Call the theatre for tickets at (860) 666-6282 to pur10 a.m. to noon at the Rocky Hill Community Center, 55 chase. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children, Church St., Rocky Hill Appointments are required. For students, and seniors. These shows do sell out, so call ahead. further information, directions, and to schedule an appointSpecial group rates and party packages are available. After ment, contact the Central Connecticut Health District at debuting in Newington, “Beauty and the Beast” goes on to a (860) 721-2818. three-month tour. Ticket prices for the tour locations vary by venue. Visit the Website,, for the latest venues, schedules and ticket information.

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‘Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Security’

The Church of Christ in Newington, 1075 Main St., will host a discussion, “Everything You Wanted To Know About Social Security,” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. Robert Rodriguez of the Social Security Administration will cover many areas. There will be time for Rodriguez to answer all of your questions. Whether you are trying to help a parent or have questions about your own benefits, this presentation will be helpful to you. The church is handicap accessible and parking is free. This is a free event and the public is welcome. Registration is not necessary, but if you plan on attending contact the Church Office at (860) 666-4689 or so we can plan accordingly.

Art Exhibit at the Library

From Feb. 1 to Feb. 26, Peter Upton will display his artwork at Newington’s Lucy Robbins Welles Library. A resident of Hartford’s West End, Upton has a law practice in downtown New Britain. He will host an Artist’s Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library Saturday, Feb. 5, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. His exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when there is not another regularly scheduled program: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (860) 665-8700.

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restrooms, large charcoal grill(s) at each site, volleyball, tennis, basketball and bocce courts, horseshoes and a children’s playscape. The softball field can be reserved for two hours on Saturday or Sunday. Sports equipment can also be reserved. Payment for picnic rentals must be received at the time of registration. Please note that we are unable to issue refunds once a picnic area is reserved. For further information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (860) 665-8666 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Community Gardens

The Community Gardens are located next to the Young Farm property at 282 Church St. Community Gardens are open to Newington residents only. Garden plot sizes are 20 x 20 feet, and will be roto-tilled and marked by the town. Gardening guidelines are available at the Parks & Recreation office and on the Website at Planting date will be dependent on soil and weather conditions but is anticipated to be mid-spring. Water will be available for gardeners — bring your own hoses or containers. The fee for each garden plot is $20. Register in the Parks & Recreation office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Returning gardeners may reserve their plot any time before Wednesday, March 30. Registration for New Gardeners begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, (upon availability). Call the Parks & Recreation office at (860) 665-8666 for more information.

A beastly rehearsal

Newington Boy Scout Troop 347 will hold a bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at Fire House One, 1485 Main St., Newington. Bring your refundable bottles and cans to the back parking lot. Troop 347 was founded in 1948 and continues its mission to encourage citizenship, personal growth and leadership through community service and outdoor adventure. During Troop 347’s 60 plus years of scouting, over fifty boys have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop welcomes boys ages 11 to 18. For more information, contact Assistant Scout Master Bob Porell at (860) 667-4251.

Animal Communication Workshop

Suzy Graf will serve the Church of the Infinite Spirit located in The Masonic Hall, 80 Walsh Ave. at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. Graf is a member of National Spiritualist Church of Norwich, CT (NSAC). For more information call (860) 646-5976. At 1 p.m. Graf will offer an Animal Communication Workshop. Fee: $20.

Churchill Park Picnic Reservations

The Newington Parks & Recreation Department has reserved areas at Churchill Park available for rental. Churchill Park picnic reservations begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2 in the Parks & Recreation office. Reservations are limited to Newington families, organizations, and businesses and are accepted on a first-come, first served basis! Phone reservations will not be accepted. Proof of residency is required. There are three picnic areas to choose from: Upper Area (open space—no shelter): 40 person limit ($35); Middle Pavilion (large shelter and electricity): 150 person limit ($75); Lower Pavilion (shelter and electricity): 60 person limit ($50). Facilities include restrooms or portable

Feeling the anger of the Beast within Ronnie Sanchez, 17, of New Britain releases his growl toward an unfortunate victim during rehearsal of the Beauty and the Beast. See ticket info on this page.


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Put it up!

Lady Indians take New Britain 70-68 By Evan Macy Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN — Captain Briyana Pabon and co-captain Kristina Forsman combined for 51 points and led the Newington Indians back from a 12-point deficit after the first quarter to edge New Britain 70-68 last Wednesday night. The game clock read 2.5 seconds, with teams tied at 68-apiece, when Kristina Forsman lined up her two free shots ignoring the unavoidable fact that the entire game had come down to her making at least one of them. “I knew that I had to make at least one,” the four year starter said. “Making two I felt like it would cap it off. I felt confident that we could make them, we practice that all the time.” “She has ice in her veins,” head coach Al Ford said. “If I could have picked anybody it would have been Kristina. She has been a leader for me for four years.” Forsman followed her key free throws by stealing the Hurricanes Mike Orazzi | Staff Newington’s Matthew Dean and Northwest Catholic’s Tony Seldon inbound pass before dribbling out the (32) at Newington High School last Saturday. remaining seconds for the victory. Forsman distributed the ball superbly, supplimenting her point total of 19 with 10 assists for a double-double. She also tallied seven steals on defense. The Indians’ other leader, Pabon, was finding nylon early and often, By Matt Straub how much his team was depend- scoring 18 points before halftime, and Sports editor - New Britain Herald ing on him, and that made him drilling six 3-pointers in a 32-point fight that much harder. “Our team NEWINGTON — While the really feeds of each other’s emoultimate goal of a high school wres- tions,” Newington coach Marco tler is to get to the state meet and Tirillo said. “When one comes out win a medal as an individual, wres- there and gets a big pin or a big win tling is still very much a team game. for us, the next person comes out The Newington Indians proved even more ready to go. That’s one of that Wednesday night in a win over the great things we have this season. Southington. Each person really wants to do their Not only did the Indians need part. Each person wants to be the several wrestlers to have big nights next person to keep the team going in order to beat a young but talented at the right pace.” Southington squad, but they had That pace was fast and energetic to have wrestlers move seamlessly Wednesday night. around weight classes in order to That tone has been a harmoniproduce the best matchups. ous one for Newington so far. And But more importantly, the Indians while wrestling is a one-on-one gave each other a sense of purpose sport in the truest sense of the term, and belief. Each Newington ath- this group of grapplers is creating lete stepped on the mat knowing some beautiful music together.

Wrestling team pins down Southington with ease


performance. “I practice these 3’s every day, this is what I am good at,” Pabon said. “This is what people see me as, so I am going to keep doing what I have to do.” The Indians (6-6) trailed for most of the game, finding themselves in foul trouble in the first half and trailing by six at halftime. They kept chipping away, lessing the lead consistently throughout the latter half of the game. “That’s what makes me most proud about this team,” Ford said. “We never ever give up, and we’re gonna fight you.” However, the Hurricanes (4-8) also got into their own trouble with fouls — their two leading scorers Nyjah Pocher and Denise Yambo fouled out by the 3:25 mark with 16 and 18 points respectively. Freshman Stasha Greenalch gave Newington a huge boost off the bench, making two free throws to tie the game for the first time, and another later for the first Indian lead. Jaydelise Yambo had an opportunity to put her team back on top, but wasn’t able to add to her 10 points and missed two free throws with 1:30 remaining. Stifiling defense held New Britain from scoring the rest of the way and Newington was able to seize its opportunity. “I went back there tonight after the loss, and told them I couldn’t put my finger on why we lost out there,” New Britain coach Tasha Manzie said. “We did pretty good from the

Have ball, will travel

free throw line, we made baskets when we needed to we made a few mental lapses but overall we played a great game.” The Hurricanes were aggressive crashing boards to compile several offensive rebounds. They also created turnovers on defense, but red-hot shooting by the Indians made the difference. “Briana and Kristina got hot in the third quarter that definitely hurt us,” Manzie said. “They started running good plays, got open, and hit wide open threes.” The tight victory came in the nick of time for the Indians, who lost their previous clash with New Britain 72-55 on their home floor. “We came as a team and wanted to beat this team,” Pabon said. “We had to play our hearts out. Coach makes sure were in shape, and we just bust our butts out here.” On Saturday, Briyana Pabon had a game-high 29 points and seven steals and Kristina Forsman had 15 points, 13 assists and seven steals in Newington’s 66-48 victory over Northwest Catholic. The Indians won with a full team effort Saturday night. Alex Marques had six points and 13 rebounds for Newington in the win, and Abby Barnicle played fantastic defense down the stretch to help seal the win for the Indians. Newington too a seven-point lead into halftime and outscored Northwest Catholic 22-8 in the final quarter.

The Newington girls travel basketball teams attended a clinic hosted by CCSU blue devils womens’ basketball team Sunday, Jan 23. It was a fun and exciting day.

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BASEMENT WATERPROOFING JP Bachand Basement Waterproofing - Reliable local contractor. Hatchway leaks, foundation cracks, sub-floor drainage systems, sump pumps & yard drainage. Fully insured, free estimates, written guarantee. Our 27th year registered with CT Dept of Consumer Protection (Reg #511842). Call 860-666-9737

CERAMIC TILE Len and Jeff Schaller - Fix leaky showers. Regrouting in tubs. Bath, kitchen tile installed. 37 years experience. Neat, expert workmanship. Repairs a specialty. Call 242-5805

HAULING Dump Runs, Clean Outs, We Load It For You. Honest, Hardwoorking, Affordable. Max 860-916-5525

PLUMBING Positano Plumbing, Inc. - 31 years of serving Bristol and the surrounding areas. Specializing in all repairs. Plumbing & heating. Water heater replacement, boiler replacement. CT Lic #202691, 308931. For the best repair work in the area, please call 860-584-0012, 186 West St., Bristol.

REMODELING Full Service Remodeling - Windows, bathrooms and kitchens. All interior and exterior home or business remodeling and handyman service. You name it Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done it! Excellent references and competitive

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ROOFING LA Rich, LLC - Master Elite Roofing Contractor with over 500 satisfied customers. Our workmanship is warranteed for 20 years by shingle manufacturer. Best warranty in writing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quality you can count on for years.â&#x20AC;? We do roof repairs, vinyl siding, windows, seamless gutters. Honest, competitive pricing. No hidden costs. Free estimates. Fully insured. Written warranties. Clean and courteous installers. CT Lic #565709. GAFELK ME #11852. 860-622-9800 or 860-747-4427.

TREE SERVICE Total Tree Service & Landscaping, LLC Fall Cleanup & Lawn Maintenenace. Commerical & Residential. 75 ft. bucket truck. Chipper, firewood, land clearing, stump grinding, tree removal. Registra-tion #608808. Fully insured. 860-529-8389 or 860-538-0980.

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