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Grayson Foster, 13, of Newington slides across a platform on the new snowboard and bindings he got for Christmas at the Mt. Southington Ski Area in Southington.

John Wallace Middle School has an alternative to heat and electricity in its future, with solar panels being installed on about two-thirds of its roof once a building permit application is finalized. “We’re all excited about the opportunities and the savings they bring, we just don’t know when it’s going to start,” Principal Dave Milardo said Tuesday of the project, which has an estimated installation cost of about $700,000. Funding comes from an American Recovery & Reinvestment Act grant and DBS Energy, the Berlin-based company to build and own the power plant. A portion of the school’s roof was replaced this year in preparation for the 442 solar panels, which will generate 112,000

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A portion of the school’s roof was replaced this year in preparation for the 442 solar panels, which will generate 112,000 kilowatts annually...

Light & Power will bill the school at a 20 percent lower rate for electricity, so the environmentally-friendly addition also comes with a significant savings. “The power plant will provide electricity for about 20 percent of the building,” Jachimowicz said. “Next summer we’re scheduled to have the rest of the roof replaced. If everything goes as planned, we’re expecting to have 30 to 40 percent of the building covered, as far as how much of the power they can produce and deflect from CL&P.” Panels were installed on the

kilowatts annually according to See SCHOOL, Page 7 Erik Bartone, spokesperson for Free DBS Energy. This is the equiva- Volume 52, No. 49 lent annual electrical demand of 12 average homes in Connecticut. The alternative energy company is functioning as a replacement for CL&P, says the Board of Education’s Business Manager Lou Jachimowicz. Connecticut

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I have become aware of a new refocus on the issue of regional dispatching for EMS, fire and police. The prior attempts to accomplish this endeavor came to naught due to the time-honored custom of local control of everything local and union resistance. For what it is worth, I will attempt to see if I can put some of these roadblocks in some sort of perspective. Over the course of time as more focus on the concept is open for debate a myriad of the same old myths will arise. I will attempt to dispel them. One persistent argument is that dispatchers from town “A”in the central dispatch center will not know where the streets are in town “B”. Towns considered to be included in the project hire dispatchers and police officers who do not live in that town, have never lived in that town and further during their time of employment never live in that town. Police officers undergo a field training period with a senior town officer after graduating from the academy. He or she get to know the streets. Some towns have a new dispatcher to get the same orientation.This simply is not the problem it is made out to be. As long as the officer(s) know where the streets are, that’s all that matters. Dispatchers will give preference to cars originating from the town wherein the central dispatch is located.There is not one shred of evidence to be found anywhere either in the few regional dispatch centers in the state or in the nation. I would challenge anyone at a public hearing to produce such evidence. By the way, a simple Mapquest type program in the police cars would resolve the

“knowledge of streets” issue. If you really want to get fancy, a GPS locator installed in the cruiser would tell the dispatcher exactly where the cruiser is in relation to the call for service. During the last attempt to advance the regional dispatch concept a staffing chart was produced. I will not bore you with all the details but several major points need to once again be brought to your attention. The towns involved in this have a collective population of slightly over 100,000. These are suburban towns.They cannot be compared to an urban area of similar population. During the last attempt it was shown that the city of New Britain generated seven times the number of calls than the present consortium of towns now exploring the regional concept.New Britain has approximately 70,000 residents. I am going to give readers an example of how a staffing chart would look using the midnight tour as an example. Each of the rive rtowns has at least one dispatcher on duty during the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.That dispatcher has to be there because someone has to answer the phone. It is terribly inefficient but it is what it is. When the dispatcher has to take a break, usually an officer on that minimum staffed shift comes off the street to handle the dispatch assignment until the dispatcher returns. That dispatcher has two scheduled days off. If the police department cannot roll over a dispatcher from the evening tour of an overtime basis, then an officer can fill the post at their overtime rate, a lot of money for very few calls of service. In a centralized center two permanent and one relief dispatcher could

handle all the business that comes in. The amount of scheduled overtime is reduced to zero. Unscheduled overtime such as sick days thus becomes less expensive in terms of salary allocation for those positions. The scheduling formula is then followed through to the day and evening tours based on number of calls for service. The consultant hired to conduct the study will use the same methodology to determine staffing even if it has a new age name supported by computers. Two issues arose during the review of the concept of regional dispatching at a recent Newington town council meeting. One was darkened police stations on the evening and midnight tours. If a town can add up the cost of all the dispatcher on board today, subtract the personnel cost for the town as its share of a regional dispatching, then the study could show that they could afford a desk officer in the building on those tours. The others was of electronic answering of certain category of calls. My personal opinion is that the volume of calls for these collective suburban towns will not require that technology. I say the following “tongue in cheek” as it relates to electronic answering of a call for service. You will not hear a cheery electronic voice saying that you have reached the 911 center, press one if you have been shot, two if you have been robbed, etc.Your call will not be relayed to Bangladesh. My prediction for this concept ever becoming a reality: Local control — union pressure. Thomas G. Ganley, Newington

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American Legion Post 117 members awarded for service to vets By EMILIA MURDOCH STAFF WRITER

For the past three years,a local veteran has been using his own truck to transport veterans in need of rides,and now CARSTAR, Berlin has stepped up to show its gratitude. Nearly 40 people, including state Sen. Paul Doyle, watched as employees from CARSTAR, Berlin handed the Newington American Legion Post a set of shiny, silver keys to a minivan last week just before the holidays. CARSTAR Berlin honored America’s active duty military as well, collecting supplies for deployed military personnel in Afghanistan. Several area businesses joined the effort as collection sites for the needed supplies. Area businesses include: Roger’s Market Place, Progressive Insurance Service Centers, PMG Insurance, Hertz Rental Car, and the Berlin Public Library served as collection sites for troop supplies.Mike’s Auto Service in Newington donated mechanical services and free oil changes for the life of the vehicle. Lamore’s Towing in Wethersfield transported the vehicle during the repair process while other industry partners donated parts and services. USAA Insurance donated the van that was in need of repairs – and CARSTAR,Berlin restored the van,conducting all the repairs. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to our military members and their families who make so many contributions to protect our freedom and way of life,”said Lisa Siembab,Director of Business Strategies at CARSTAR, Berlin. After hearing of Linnon’s work, she knew she wanted to do something for him. “We approached our insurance industry partner at the United Services Automobile Association and asked if they would be willing to donate a salvage vehicle,” Siembab said. “They immediately responded and provided a van. We recycled it and

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Rich Linnon, center in both photos, speaks with CARSTAR employees after receiving the keys to a fullyrestored minivan. Linnon, a member of Newington American Legion Post 117, has used his own vehicle for several years to chauffeur veterans.

completely restored it for Linnon and Post 117.” Linnon had been using his personal truck each Thursday to transport veterans, most of whom are homeless or disabled, back and forth to Hartford’s South Park Inn, which provides an array of services to veterans.“I’ll have lunch with them and sometimes I bring my laptop to help them with applications,” said Linnon, who volunteers a couple of days a week at Post 117. Among other uses, Linnon along with other post members will use the minivan to provide rides to the U.S. Veterans Affairs’ hospital in Newington. “The main purpose of the van is veterans outreach,” Linnon said.“If they need a ride,I give them a ride.”“This just offers veterans the benefits that they are entitled to,”Linnon said.“When you make a difference in these veterans’lives, it’s rewarding.”

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Newington Children’s Theatre to hold auditions for ‘101 Dalmatians’ By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington Children’s Theatre Company has opened enrollment for kids ages 5 to 7 who want to learn performance fundamentals while starring in the upcoming “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids� musical. For five Monday evenings starting Jan. 23, kids will learn basic acting skills in addition to the songs and movements to be used in the musical, with performances March 2-4. “It’s a way to introduce our younger community members into the performing arts and give them a taste of what it’s all about,� said Director Claire Van Cott, who held a similar five-week class before their winter show, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.� The young starlets were cast as darling baby angels in the angel choir then, this time they will be spotty Dalmatians. But there aren’t 101 of them — about 15 actually. And they won’t be crawling around on the stage on their hands and knees like dogs do, every Dalmatian will walk on two feet and have human characteristics. Participants will also have the chance to practice alongside the older cast members during the final week of rehearsal. For the five-weekers, the cost is $100. Registration is required, space is limited. From Van Cott, on the show: “In a loving home in the city of

Local Cub Scouts get a tour of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library.

The Newington Children’s Theatre Company rehearses in December for a production of the “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Following the successful show, the company has begun auditioning actors for its next show, “Disney’s 101 Dalmations Kids.”

London, Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Perdita happily raise their Dalmatian puppies, until the monstrous Cruella De Vil plots to steal them for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London, as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen. With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney cannon, this stage adapation is certain to charm and delight all audiences!� Van Cott is reaching into her designer roots and fashioning handmade, unique costumes for the show. This is NCTC’s first time doing year-round programming; they will produce four shows instead of the usual single production. Although two audition evenings

for Disney’s 101 Dalmatian Kids were held this week for kids ages 8 to 18, the theatre still has roles to cast. It has announced an additional audition day Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., by appointment only. Children who wish to audition are asked to prepare one up-tempo song. Children may also be asked to read from the script. Auditions, classes and performances will be held at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. Rehearsals begin Jan. 14. Performances are March 2 to 4. While there is no cost to audition, if cast there is a $250 participation fee. Call (860) 666-NCTC (6282) to schedule your child’s five-minute audition. For more information, visit NCTCArts.org.

Cub Scouts get a behindthe-scenes peek at Lucy Robbins Welles Library

Two Cub Scout dens visited the Lucy Robbins Welles Library this past month for a “Behind the Scenes� tour, including the “creepy basement.� Cub Scout Pack Leader Renee Lavoie brought in nine enthusiastic second-graders from Pack 347. Lavoie’s son, Ian, was among them and may be a future school librarian. She says media is his favorite subject at school.Kevin Mooney,Leader of Pack 345-the Tiger Den, brought in four first-graders for a tour and to do research on the history of the dreidel and how to play the game for an upcoming holiday pack meeting. All the Scouts are proud owners of a library card, and were already familiar with the Children’s Room and some areas of the building. They got to see where books are delivered, processed and entered into the library’s computer catalog before being put out for patrons to use.They stood behind the circulation desk where materials are checked out, and saw the administrative offices. They spent some time getting familiar with the teen and reference areas, but the highlight was the “creepy basement,�with many doors along the dimly lit hallway. “With so much to explore at the library, we want them to feel comfortable in using the library, and let them know if they need help, all they have to do is ask a librarian�, said Library Director Donna Miller. All Scouts received a “Love Your Library�water bottle before departing.

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A pencil drawing of a brand new 2012 Volvo, photographs of a woman’s collar bone, a snapping turtle, and an unidentified gourdlike creature, three oil landscapes, and a handful of computer-generated graphic design creations. This mixed media showcase is on display throughout the month of January in the community room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library for visitors to admire, ponder, ooh, and ahh. The 27 pieces of art work were created by students from Newington High School. “We’ve done this for at least seven years,” said one of the two Teen Librarians, Karen Benner. “There’s not many places teens can display their work outside of the high school,” she added. Benner and the other Teen Librarian Bailey Ortiz, coordinated with Newington High School

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Carey’s sister arrived to find Carey shaking and Landry unresponsive in the motel room. The two had NEW BRITAIN — The been alone in the room during the attorney for a woman accused of argument. fatally shooting her ex-boyfriend After encouraging Carey to call in a Newington motor lodge said police during a 20-minute car ride, Wednesday that his client was act- her sister dropped her back off at ing in self-defense. the motor lodge and left. Police Allana Carey, 35, of reports indicate Carey Glastonbury, was scared called police about two when Edward Landry, 44, hours later to report what pulled out a knife durhappened. ing an argument at the Carey has no criminal Carrier Motor Lodge on record and no history of Monday night and began substance abuse,said a bail making threats against her commissionerWednesday. family, attorney Patrick Her family, including two Allana Carey brothers, her sister Tomasiewicz said. “This is a and her mother, classic case of selfattended her court defense where this appearance. man was an officer Tomasiewicz in the James Gang said his client motorcycle club,” worked for the Tomasiewicz said. family construc“A knife that was tion company pulled was going nearly from the to be used against time she graduher. She has a gun ated high school. permit to legally Her father was a carry a gun, which Hartford police she used in selfofficer for 10 defense. She did years, he said. that to save her “She has strong life.” family ties,” he Carey was said. “I met with charged with murher family for der in Landry’s several hours death Tuesday yesterday, in fact PATRICK TOMASIEWICZ morning. She was we’ve been insepaAttorney held on $1 million rable. She’s always bond following worked, she owns her arraignment a home in the in New Britain Superior Court on community, her mental condition is Wednesday. stable, she’s not a flight risk, she has Police found Landry with mul- no history of violence.” tiple gunshot wounds. He was Two of Landry’s friends who pronounced dead a short while later attended the arraignment recalled at an area hospital. A fixed blade him as a good father to his 13-yearknife was in one of his hands when old daughter and 18-year-old son, he was found by officers, police and a person who would do anyreports said. thing for his friends. Carey had sent several text mes“He was a really good guy,” Ron sages to her sister Monday asking Maldon said. “He was the kind of that she come to the motor lodge guy who would do anything for you. and pick her up, police reports said. He didn’t deserve this.” By LISA BACKUS STAFF WRITER

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Of photograph, one of 27 works of art, hanging in the community room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library where the work of Newington High School students will be on display throughout January.

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roof of Martin Kellogg Middle School in 2009. According to school officials, the week or two of installation will pose no disruption to classes and after two months of system tests, it will have an impressive academic benefit. The solar panels will be incorporated into the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, virtually serving as a rooftop science lab. Students

will collect data about how much energy is used and calculate the energy savings over time. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to look at innovative, alternative energy sources that provide heat and energy for the building versus the conventional ways we’ve used in the past,” Principal Milardo said, adding, “we’re also going greener and saving our taxpayers a sizable amount of money.”

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Forever faithful to its 50-year tradition, the Silk City Chorus of Manchester, Conn. will once again feature an international championship caliber quartet as featured guests on its annual show Jan. 14. 2012. International Quartet Champs, “Crossroads” will headline the chorus’ 50th anniversary show at Manchester High School. The Chorus’ 50th anniversary show includes Broadway show tunes, calypso rhythms, hilarious parodies and a musical theme embracing superheroes. Titled “Everybody Loves A Hero,” this year’s show will take place Saturday, Jan. 14 in the newly renovated auditorium of Manchester High School, 134 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester. There will be two performances at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. The concert will also include international semi-finalist quartet “Da Capo,” a quartet hailing from

the Washington, D.C. Among their ranks are music educators who believe strongly in promoting à cappella music and educating youth about the Barbershop style. The silk City Chorus draws male singers from throughout Central Connecticut,including Bob Westgate from Newington, Peter Arico from Rocky Hill and Dr. Carl Braren, Mal McMillen, Larry Stone and Steve Holtz from Wethersfield. All seats for both the 1:30 or 7:30 performances are reserved and may be purchased by going to www.silkcitychorus.org/tickets or by calling (203) 272-7360. Primary and Secondary reserved seats are $28 and $23,respectively. Adult reserved tickets are $20 ($17 for reserved senior and student seating). A dinner will also be held at Second Congregational Church, 385 N. Main St., Manchester. Tickets are $10 per person. Dinner RSVP is (860) 649-2863.

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Health centers may still face lock-out Going above and beyond By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Workers at Newington and Wethersfield Health Care Centers, nursing homes owned by New Jersey-based company HealthBridge Management,went to work this week despite company threats of Jan. 1 lockouts. The New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, represents many workers at both facilities, who say they hope to agree on a contract deal but are unwilling to accept the company’s current proposals. Union workers at West River Health Care Center in Milford, one of HealthBridge’s other four nursing homes in the state, were locked out a few weeks ago and “replaced with trained,certified,qualified nursing assistants,dietary,laundry, housekeeping and other service and maintenance workers,” according to Lisa Crutchfield, HealthBridge spokesperson. Despite company promises that residents are under excellent care with replacement staff, workers say residents need caregivers who they know and trust. “Our bargaining is the only thing standing between this company and huge cuts to the front-line care our residents need,” said Michelle

Baricko, a locked-out CNA at West River Health Care Center. “They  they get paid to care for seniors, but want to keep that money for profit. We won’t let that happen to our residents.” In particular, union workers want responses to the 401K and healthcare costs they proposed at the last bargaining session on Dec. 28. “We’re not going to let lockout

“For a family to pay almost $1000 a month it wouldn’t make sense. I have  myself, asthmatic kids, I’m asthmatic it would be devastating,” Beckford said, adding, “We’re showing them loyalty, we give them 100 percent and they don’t want to give us respect … it’s so frustrating to not know if you’re going to go to work tomorrow.” The situation at the Wethersfield Health Care Center is even more critical than its neighbor in Newington, since HealthBridge is waiting on the state’s permission to close the facility. According to CNA Beryl Lawson, a 32-year employee, some patients have already been sent elsewhere. “This is the worst company. They don’t care about us and I don’t think they care about the patients because if they did they wouldn’t do this to us,” Lawson said. “I think they just want the union out.” Healthcare workers at both facilities continued to wait for answers from HealthBridge and had not settled contracts as of Wednesday.

In particular, union workers want responses to the 401K and healthcare costs they proposed at the last bargaining session on Dec. 28. threats force us into a contract that puts residents at risk,” Union spokesperson Julie Popper said Tuesday. “Their proposals right now are cutting their investment in healthcare between 30 and 70 percent. They want to take money out of the pockets of the hardworking front-line caregiver.” One CNA has four children whose health insurance rely on her job at the Newington center, where she worked for the last 15 years. If the union accepted HealthBridge’s final offer, Tanya Beckford would have to pay more than 45 percent of her healthcare costs, according to Popper.

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After 22 years of dedicated service to the town of Newington, Town Planner Ed Meehan has retired to pursue another career as First Selectman for the town of Chester, where he resides. As Town Planner, Meehan reviewed countless development projects alongside the Town Plan & Zoning Commission, working to promote economic growth and sustainability while improving the quality of life for residents. TPZ Chairman Dave Pruett worked closely with Meehan for the last ten years and can recall the deep impact he has had on Newington. “Improvements to the town center- the new facades and landscapes incorporated on Main Street and Market Square is one of his better projects I’m most proud of,� Pruett said, adding that Meehan also brought economic development to the Berlin Turnpike to make it a more regional attraction to surrounding towns, including the Wal-Mart, Target and Stew Leonard’s stores. Meehan also provided TPZ with

assistance in acquiring Eddy Farm and the Young Farm for preservation and was instrumental in bringing in Small Cities Grants to improve the Senior Center and build the New Samaritan Apartments on Mill Street, among many other projects. “We’re going to miss his experience and leadership‌ he’s a walking encyclopedia on the town of Newington,â€?Pruett added. The scope of town issues under Meehan’s jurisdiction was wideranging, so his leaving has touched many people he’s worked with over the years. Another of these individuals is Town Manager John Salomone. “I’ve been here six years and Ed has been one of my most trusted advisors. He’s going to be sorely missed on many levels,â€? Salomone said. “He was Assistant Town Manager when I was out of town ‌ had intimate knowledge of all parts of town. He was a very valuable, even-keeled person.â€? That sentiment was echoed in others who spoke about Meehan’s calm,level-headed nature,even when faced with complicated issues like the past year’s prospective development

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POLICE BLOTTER Newington police report the paraphernalis and possession of following: narcotics. Edward Tehrani, 42, of 442 Johnny Finocchiaro, 36, of 807 Churchill Drive, Newington, was Ridge Road, Wethersfield, was charged Dec. 22 with identity theft charged Dec. 8 with possession of a in the second degree, identity theft controlled substance, failure to have in the third degree and criminal insurance, possession of less than ½ impersonation. ounce of marijuana and driving an Eliza Olin, 27, of 1185 New unregistered motor vehicle. Britain Ave., West Hartford, was Elia Davanzo, 44, of 34 Berkeley charged Dec. 22 with driving under Place, Newington, was charged the influence. Dec. 12 with failure to obey control David Gut, 49, of 27 Adam signal, operating an unregistered Drive, Newington, was charged motor vehicle, failure to have insur- Dec. 22 with driving under the ance, possession of less than 4 influence and stop sign violation. ounces of marijuana and possession Frank Salone Jr. 45, of 44 Eighth St., Newington, was charged Dec. of drug paraphernalia. Anthony Harris, 42, of 100 24 with breach of peace, criminal Englewood Ave., Bloomfield, was violation of a protective order and charged Dec. 15 with failure to criminal mischief in the second appear in the second degree. degree. Kayla Dimanno, 20, of 189 Erik Laton, 46, of 36 Maple St., Markham St., Middletown, was Wethersfield, was charged Dec. 24 charged Dec. 15 with larceny in with larceny in the sixth degree. the sixth degree, possession of a Raynette Holloway, 22, of 271 narcotic substance, possession of a Jefferson St., Hartford, was charged controlled substance and possession Dec. 24 with larceny in the sixth of drug paraphernalia. degree and conspiracy to commit Christopher Falkner, 19, of 145 larceny in the sixth degree. Carriage Hill Drive, Newington, Latoya James, 29, of 214 Blue was charged Dec. 15 with pos- Hills Ave., Hartford, was charged session of less than ½ ounce of Dec. 24 with larceny in the sixth degree and conspiracy to commit marijuana. EdwinCrespo,39,of33Arlington larceny in the sixth degree. Susan Pike, 52, of 130 Clinic St., Hartford, was charged Dec. 17 with possession of less than ½ Drive, New Britain, was charged ounce of marijuana. Dec. 24 with conspiracy to commit Donald Moore, 31, of Berlin larceny in the sixth degree. Turnpike, Wethersfield, was Heidi Good, 45, of 130 Clinic charged Dec. 19 with interfering Drive, New Britain, was charged with a police officer and forgery in Dec. 24 with larceny in the sixth the first degree. degree and conspiracy to commit John Gorski, 21, of 454 Stanley larceny in the sixth degree. St., New Britain, was charged Dec. Victoria Connolly, 18, of 139 19 with possession of less than ½ Orchard Ave., Newington, was ounce of marijuana. charged Dec. 25 with disorderly Stuart Calle, 52, of 641 Willard conduct. Ave., Newington, was charged Dec. Michael Ingersoll, 57, of 71 20 with breach of peace and crimi- Windmill Lane, Newington, was charged Dec. 26 with driving under nal mischief in the third degree. Zil Patel, 21, of 132 Woodfield the influence and failure to mainCrossing, Rocky Hill, was charged tain lane. Dec. 20 with criminal violation of a Stefan Mielczarek, 46, of 76 protective order. Superior Ave., Newington, was Ivan Diaz, 50, of 171 East St., charged Dec. 26 with assault in the New Britain, was charged Dec. 21 third degree, threatening in the secwith violation of a protective order. ond degree and disorderly conduct. Roland Parent,47,of 30 Standard Aretha Crandell,39,of 75 Jerome St., Newington, was charged Dec. Ave., Bristol, was charged Dec. 28 21 with larceny in the sixth degree, with failure to appear in the second criminal attempt to commit larceny degree. in the sixth degree and operating a Chad Szpakowski, 26, of 51 Old motor vehicle under suspension. Stagecoach Road, Granby, was Roland Parent,47,of 30 Standard charged Dec. 29 with DUI, defecSt., Newington, was charged tive windshield, slow speed and Dec. 21 with possession of drug failure to carry license.

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State looks for ways to better maintain power through storms

By KEITH M. PHANEUF ©CONNECTICUTMIRROR

Connecticut could separate itself from its neighbors in a big way this year as it considers setting several new standards to ensure reliable electric service. The Two Storm Panel — which will release its assessment next week of Connecticut’s emergency readiness in the aftermath of August’s Tropical Storm Irene and the Oct. 29 nor’easter — completed its factfinding hearings in mid-December with a new estimate on the cost of increasing electrical service reliability statewide. But Joseph McGee, the panel’s chairman, said if legislators, utility regulators and consumers are to debate possibly paying more for service, “clear standards” must come with that. “The real question is, what would that (added cost) get us?” McGee said Tuesday.“We need standards of reliability.” And though the chairman said that might sound like an obvious conclusion to reach, a new research report shows that Connecticut’s neighboring states haven’t done the same. McGee declined to speculate whether that would involve minimum benchmarks for tree-trimming cycles, buffer zones around wires, maintenance budgets, or more complicated standards for measuring utilities’ efforts to cooperate with cities and towns. But he said everything has received a close look by the panel, which plans to give Gov. Dannel P. Malloy its report Jan. 9. “There really is no state standard for tree-trimming” or for other measures needed to improve electrical service reliability. The actual practice “has been all over the place, and that is not unique to Connecticut.” For example, Connecticut Light & Power Co. spent less on tree-trimming — after adjustments for inflation — and cleared fewer miles of wires last year than it did a decade ago, according to testimony state utility regulators submitted in mid-November to the panel. And while CL&P’s state-approved budget for tree maintenance has fluctuated over the past decade, it hasn’t matched the 3,532 miles of wires trimmed in 2001 in any year since. Currently the utility’s tree-trimming is roughly on a five-year cycle. According to the General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research, neither Connecticut nor any of its neighbors mandate specific tree-trimming cycles or buffer zones around power lines. Utilities develop plans to address these issues, and those plans must be approved by each state’s utility regulating body. New York tree-trimming legislation focuses mainly on protecting major transmission lines,rather than the smaller distribution lines. Utilities generally maintain

a 10- to 15-foot clearance zone around these distribution lines that bring power from substations to businesses and homes. There is no standardized treetrimming cycle. Massachusetts requires its electric utilities to meet annually with municipal tree wardens and to submit an annual reliability report that details vegetation management efforts over the prior five years. According to OLR, Western Massachusetts Electric and N-Star try to maintain clearance zones ranging from 8 to 15 feet around distribution lines, and “the companies’ stated maintenance cycle is every four to six years.” But the Bay State also doesn’t set any minimum standard in law. Rhode Island also mandates a regular report from utilities on vegetation management, but sets no specifics in statute. National Grid, which serves most of the state,“tries to trim trees on a five- to seven-year cycle” with clearances of 10 to 15 feet around distribution lines, legislative researchers wrote. CL&P reported last month it could reduce outages by up to 40 percent a decade from now with a 10-year improvement plan that would gradually add more than $13 to the average residential monthly bill — not counting inflationary increases. These funds would pay for accelerated tree-trimming, line and pole replacement, other improvements designed to “harden” its grid against the elements and a doubling of regular line crews. But the utility stopped short of recommending extensive burying of existing overhead lines, suggesting instead a study on the feasibility of limited, strategic use of underground lines to protect vital community centers. CL&P officials estimate that had this system been in place by late summer, the 671,000 outages caused by Tropical Storm Irene would have been reduced to 430,000. And the October nor’easter’s 871,000 outages would have been reduced to 590,000. CL&P serves 1.2 million residential and business customers spread across 149 cities and towns. Also Tuesday, Malloy released a plan developed by the state’s top emergency management official to help state and local governments, utilities and private social service groups coordinate a better unified response to future disasters. The plan, developed by state Emergency Management Director William Hackett, outlines several goals to improve communication and cooperation among public and private agencies and sets an August deadline to find concrete ways to implement them. This story originally appeared at CTMirror.org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.

And while CL&P’s stateapproved budget for tree maintenance has fluctuated over the past decade, it hasn’t matched the 3,532 miles of wires trimmed in 2001 in any year since.

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Sandi Tilley, center, an employee of TD Insurance in Wethersfield and Newington resident, was recently named the “Insurance Professional of the Year” by Connecticut State Council Director Liz Lyons of the International Association of Insurance Professionals. At left, Annette Vinci of Allied World Assurance Company was named “Insurance Rookie of the Year,” At right, Kim Latka, who is employed by SH Smith & Company Inc., was named “Insurance Claims Professional of the Year.”

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The Central Connecticut Health District will offer a free educational course designed to assist individuals in managing healthy and affordable eating habits. The program will consist of four educational sessions, each covering a different aspect of nutrition management including how to shop on a budget, properly reading food labels as well as incorporating more fruits and vegetables in their diets. Classes will be held at the William J. Pitkin Community Center, Room S-2, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive Thursday evenings: Jan. 12, 19 and 26 with a tour of Stop & Shop Supermarket in Rocky Hill on Feb. 2. In the event of a snowstorm, all classes will be pushed to the following week. The Health District received funding from the Connecticut Department of Public Health to present this program. The class is open to residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield who have an interest in changing their eating habits, incorporating more fruit and vegetables in their diet or need to grocery shop for healthy, family-friendly foods on a budget. Debbie Brinckman, RD, CDN will discuss healthy eating and nutrition management through the use of the USDA recommendations from their new program ChooseMyPlate. Participants will receive free materials, recipes and sample menus. At the last class, Debbie Brinckman, RD, CDN will be hosting a tour of Stop & Shop Supermarket in Rocky Hill Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., to provide information on how to read food labels and what to avoid when shopping. Arrive in the store by 6:15 p.m. Preregistration is required — RSVP by Jan. 9 to be part of this class. All participants must commit to all four classes. To register for the program, residents should call the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2818.

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EVENTS CALENDAR PRESCRIPTION DRUG COUNSELING SERVICE OFFERED: The Central Connecticut Health District and the Wethersfield Senior Center sponsor a prescription drug counseling program for residents of the Health District. The program sessions offer individualized drug counseling and provide information about supplements and over the counter drugs. Participants can discuss their medications in a confidential, one-on-one session with a pharmacist, who will provide information about the best way and time to take particular medications, drug interactions, vitamin supplements, possible side effects, and potential alternatives such as the use of generic medications. Pharmacist John F. Aforismo, of RJ Health Systems, Inc., in Wethersfield conducts the counseling sessions free of charge. The program is held monthly from September through June. The upcoming clinic date is: Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room F-1 at the William J. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield. Appointments are required. For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2818. HEALTH DISTRICT REMINDS SENIORS OF FOOT CARE CLINICS: The Central Connecticut Health District would like to remind seniors of foot care clinics, provided by Pedi-Care, LLC. These clinics are designed for nondiabetic seniors who reside in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. A specifically trained registered nurse provides the following: General Assessment of the Feet and Lower Extremities; Trimming, Filing and Cleaning of Nails; Reduction of Thickened Toenails; Smoothing of Corns and Calluses. The clinics are held at two locations: the Wethersfield Community Center, Room F-1, 30 Greenfield St. and the Rocky Hill Community Center, Room 3, 55 Church St. The upcoming clinic dates are as follows: Friday, Jan. 6; Monday, Jan. 23 and Feb. 3 at the Wethersfield Community Center, as well as Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the Rocky Hill Community Center. Residents age 65 and older may schedule an appointment. A fee of $27 is due at the clinic. Home visits are also available for a fee of $45. People with diabetes cannot be served at these clinics, and should arrange to see a podiatrist for their foot concerns. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment in either Rocky Hill or Wethersfield, call the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2822. NEWINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 2012-2013 COURSE SELECTION PROGRAM: The Newington High School Counseling Department will

hold the Course Selection Program for 2012-2013 school year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the Newington High School auditorium. (Snow date will be Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.). The Course Selection Program is for parents of students in grades 8 through 11 and programs which are offered at Newington High School, graduation requirements, grading and leveling will be discussed. Join us for this informative evening and if you have any questions, call the Newington High School Counseling Office. WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRIBBAGE: Wednesday Night Cribbage League will be starting at 7 p.m. Jan 11 at The Knights of Columbus, Newington Council No. 3884 home, 171 Pascone Place (entrance in rear). The league is open to all cribbage players (including beginners) and the public is welcomed to join. If interested, call Dick Losh at (860) 667-0832 or stop by the council’s home and sign-up. For directions, and/or other council activities. Visit the Council’s website www.kofcnewington.com. STEW LEONARD’S NEWINGTON STORE TO OFFER TWO NEW CHILDREN’S COOKING CLASSES: Stew Leonard’s Newington store, 3475 Berlin Turnpike, is offering two new cooking classes for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old this month. The children receive hands-on instruction in preparing various products as well as learn about the importance of measuring, cooperation skills in the kitchen and the importance of food safety.Price is per child per class, which is payable at the time of registration. Classes will be held in Stew Leonard’s Executive Kitchen on the second floor of the grocery store. Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult. Friday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27 — Spaghetti & Meatballs Dinner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $25 per child, per class Join Stew’s chefs in learning to make meatballs from scratch accompanied by our own delicious marinara sauce. We’ll also prepare a yummy buttery spread for garlic bread and learn to set a proper table. One parent or older sibling is invited to share the spaghetti and meatballs dinner with your child at 7 p.m. $25 cost per child per class; includes dinner for one parent or older sibling. Pre-register at customer service. Each class is limited to 10 children. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 Kids’ Day Off! 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15 per child It’s time to get CRAZY … for cupcakes! What better way to spend the day off from school than getting creative in the kitchen? Kids will make tie-dyed cupcakes from scratch and have fun with the different colors of cake batter and frosting. Pre-register at customer service. Sign up at the Customer Service Desk or call (860)

760-8100. Cost is payable at the time of registration. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP: The Newington Art League has announced its new scholarship available to students at Newington High School. To qualify, applicant must be a senior male or female who has excelled in art while at NHS, and is intending to pursue a degree in art or art education. It is also based on financial need, academic performance, and artistic ability. For more information, call Jean Henry, head of the Scholarship Committee of the Newington Art League, (860) 667-7647, or contact Newington High School. SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED: The General Federation of Womens’s Clubs of Connecticut will be offering memorial scholarships to qualified women. Applicants must possess a minimum 3.0 average and must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study at an institute of higher learning. For more information, contact Maureen, of the Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club, (860) 666-5325. Deadline for return of application is Feb. 10. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE: The Newington Art League will end the year with a holiday dinner at a member’s home. The next formal meeting will be the second Wednesday in March. Workshops for members will continue at the Art League Mondays, 9:30 a.m. and Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Three art exhibits, with many different styles and types of paintings have opened in town and can be viewed by the public during regular business hours. They are at The Chamber of Commerce, 1060 Main St., Tavern On Main, 1076 Main St.and Total Vision, 485 Willard Ave. The exhibits will continue through January.

prevented or minimized with the use of properly-fitted helmets. The helmets come in a variety of colors for children and adults, ranging from toddler sizes to adult XL. The cost for the helmets is $10. The bicycle helmets are available for purchase at the main office of the Central Connecticut Health District, 505 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. For further information, contact the Health District at (860) 721-2822. THREE ART EXHIBITS: The Newington Art League has announced the opening of three art exhibits in three venues in the town of Newington. Two exhibits are on Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce, 1060 Main St., and Tavern On Main, 1076 Main St. The third is in Total Vision, 485 Willard Ave. The exhibits contain many different types of art done in various medium. All three are open to the public and may be viewed during regular business hours through January. The Art League is located in Newington Town Hall and has monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of month September through November and March through May, with demonstrations by talented artists. Workshops for members are held every Monday morning and Tuesday evening in a relaxed and informal setting. For information, call (860) 666-5026 or visit the website, www. newingtonartleague,org. ART TREATS FOR JANUARY: Ellen Schuman will display her paintings in the Newington Senior and Disabled Center’s cafeteria, 120 Cedar St. Pat Tanger livens up the Senior Center’s south foyer gallery with her paintings of felines and canines. The Newington Senior & Disabled Center is open from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays and from 1 to 4 p.m Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

HEALTH DISTRICT SELLING BICYCLE HELMETS: With the holidays just around the corner, a great gift idea for the active child or adult in your life is a helmet. The Central Connecticut Health District has been selling low cost bicycle helmets to residents since 1997. Currently, the Health District is offering bicycle helmets for sale. As with any athletic activity, safety should always be of primary concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury, resulting in 52,000 deaths, 275,000 hospitalizations, and 1.365 million people receiving treatment in emergency departments every year. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) account for TBI a third (30.5 percent) of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Many of these injuries can be

HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM: The Central Connecticut Health District is offering a free educational course designed to assist individuals in managing healthy and affordable eating habits. The program will consist of four educational sessions, each covering a different aspect of nutrition management including how to shop on a budget, properly reading food labels as well as incorporating more fruits and vegetables in their diets. Classes will be held at the William J. Pitkin Community Center, Room S-2, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on four consecutive Thursday evenings: Jan. 12, 19 and 26 with a tour of Stop & Shop Supermarket in Rocky Hill Feb. 2. In the event of a snowstorm, all classes will be pushed to the following week. The Health District received funding

voting booth to cast ballots for the 2012 Nutmeg Children’s Book Award, Intermediate and Teen levels, through Jan. 27.Your vote counts! Be sure to read all or some of the nominated books before you vote. Book lists and books are available in the Children’s and Teen Departments.

CONSTRUCTION CLUB, Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. For safety reasons, only children age 7 and older will be allowed in the room. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register.

from the Connecticut Department of Public Health to present this program. The class is open to residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield who have an interest in changing their eating habits, incorporating more fruit and vegetables in their diet or need to grocery shop for healthy, family-friendly foods on a budget. Debbie Brinckman, RD, CDN will discuss healthy eating and nutrition management through the use of the USDA recommendations from their new program ChooseMyPlate. Participants will receive free materials, recipes and sample menus. At the last class, Brinckman, RD, CDN will host a tour of Stop & Shop Supermarket in Rocky Hill Thursday, Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., to provide information on how to read food labels and what to avoid when shopping. Arrive in the store by 6:15 p.m. Preregistration is required — RSVP by Jan. 9 to be part of this class. All participants must commit to all four classes. To register for the program, residents should call the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2818. WINE AND CHEESE SOCIAL: Join the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library for a Wine and Cheese Social from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at the library. The evening will include entertainment, a tea cup auction, cheese, crudités, refreshments and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased at the library’s Adult Information Desk or $12 at the door. Admission is restricted to those 21 years old or older. 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. 11 at Fire House One, 1485 Main St. Bring your refundable bottles and cans to the back parking lot located on Walsh Avenue. The troop’s goal is to raise $1,000. For questions, call Mike Sirois at (860) 6664375. Snow date will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at the same time and location. ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY FUNDRAISER: The Newington High School All Night Graduation Party Committee will hold a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Outback Steakhouse in Newington. Tickets are $20. Contact Lori Neu at (860) 6670706. Outback Steakhouse will provide the following menu: 6oz. sirloin plus 5 oz. chicken breast, homemade garlic mashed potatoes, choice of Caesar or ranch salad, honey wheat bread, soft drinks, coffee, or tea.

LIBRARY EVENTS CALENDAR PLAY FOR ALL: Saturday, Jan. 7 and 21, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come join us for a special needs play group giving parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize together. Co-sponsored by Newington UNICO.

FAMILY STORYTIME: Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19 and 26, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary. VOTING FOR NUTMEG CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD, Children in grades 3 through 8 are invited to use a real

TAX TALK — HOW TO SAVE ON YOUR TAXES DURING JOB TRANSITION OR LOSS, Monday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Changing jobs or being out of work may impact your tax situation and it pays to stay informed about valuable tax deductions that may be available.

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Topics will include tax rebates and deductions for the unemployed, rules governing COBRA, using your home as an office and things you should know before tapping your 401K to cover expenses. The speaker will be Steven Bafundo of AJ Bafundo & Co. LLC. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. ONE-YEAR-OLD STORYTIME, Mondays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, 10:15 to 11 a.m. (no class Jan. 16) 9-24 months (with caregiver and siblings). PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP, Mondays, Jan. 9, 23 and 30, and Feb. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. *Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m .Family Place is presenting a series of free workshops for parents and their 1-3 year-old children. Meet other families, share thoughts, and talk with librarians and child development experts as you play and read with your child. Find out about community services that can help you and your family. Brothers and sisters under 5 are invited to join the fun! Registration begins Dec. 27 in person or by calling (860) 665-8720. *A light supper will be served before the evening session. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. WONDERS OF ANTARCTICA, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 3:45 p.m. Come share your knowledge of Antarctica and participate in exciting activities. Scientists in grades 1-4 may register by calling the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TEEN VOLUNTEER NETWORK: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Grades 7-12. Interested in volunteering? Attend this program to sign up for upcoming library volunteer opportunities. Earn community service hours or just volunteer for the fun of it! For more informa-

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tion email Karen at kbenner@newingtonct.gov or call (860) 665-8700. Must be at least 13 years old to participate. TWO YEARS & OLDER STORYTIME, Wednesdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 22, 10:15 to 11 a.m. 24 months and over (with caregiver and siblings). 24 MONTHS & OLDER STORYTIME (WITH CAREGIVER AND SIBLINGS), Wednesdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 22, 10:15 to 11 a.m. 3 TO 6-YEAR-OLD STORYTIME, Thursdays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 23, 10:15 to 11 a.m. To encourage preschool readiness (no caregiver or siblings). ADULT WINTER READING KICK-OFF SNOW BETTER TIME TO READ, Friday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Drop in or register online between these hours to receive a free gift and a chance to win the kick-off prize giveaway basket. Adults will earn a prize ticket for each book they read or listen to, which will be entered into the weekly drawings for special gifts. All tickets collected will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held Friday, Feb. 24. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

of the Library. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL: Tuesday, Jan. 17, noon. Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4 year-olds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. Grab your beach towels and flip flops and join the “summer” party. You will hear camp stories and make s’mores. Chefs in grades 3-6 may call (860) 665-8720 to register. TALES TO TAILS, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who need to boost their reading skills, or just love a good doggie cuddle, may sign up for a 15-minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Call (860) 665-8720 to register beginning Jan. 11. BROWN BAG IT WITH BOOKS, Thursday, Jan. 26, noon. Looking for a good book to read with friends or a mystery to curl up with? Bring your lunch and join staff members Terri Planco and Joan Quasnitschka who will talk about some underappreciated mysteries and some plain old good reads. Beverages and desserts will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

WINTER READING 2012 KICK-OFFSNOW BETTER TIME TO READ, Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 to 3 p.m. Come in from the cold because there is “Snow Better Time to Read.” We’ll enjoy some hot chocolate, winter stories and crafts. You can also enter a raffle to win free ice skating lessons from the Newington Arena. If we have snow on the ground outside, at 2:30 p.m. we will go outside to make snowmen. Please dress appropriately. A detailed flyer will be available in the schools and library by January. Sponsored by the Friends

HIGH SCHOOL ANIME CLUB, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Grades 9 to 12. We will meet once a month to watch anime and snack on pocky. There will be a few special events involving both anime clubs. For more information, email Bailey at bortiz@newingtonct.gov or call 860-665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL ANIME CLUB, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6 to 7 p.m. Grades 6 to 8.

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State projects budget surplus of $83.7 million HARTFORD (AP) — The state’s latest financial projections are calling for an increase in Connecticut’s budget surplus as the economy shows signs of improvement. Comptroller Kevin Lembo says the projected surplus for fiscal year 2012 is $83.7 million, which is up $4.6 million from a report last month. He said in a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that the state economy continues to show “slow and erratic growth.” Lembo said Tuesday that the state has yet to tally the total savings from an agreement with state employees to help close a budget gap. But he said he’s optimistic any shortfalls from that agreement can be offset by other statewide savings. But Republican Sen. Rob Kane maintains the projected surplus is not real because it’s based on unrealistic savings from the labor deal.

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16 | Friday, January 6, 2012

NEWINGTON TOWN CRIER

For HealthBridge Management, these are not the most important faces in their nursing homes...

THESE ARE...

Less than two weeks before Christmas day, HealthBridge Management, an out-of-state, for-profit nursing home corporation, locked out the trusted caregivers at the West River Health Center in Milford, CT, leaving nursing home residents scared and alone, only to be cared for by faceless strangers. Now they are taking it a step further, threatening to lock out the workers at five of their other nursing homes throughout Connecticut, including the Newington Health Care Center. HealthBridge has proven through these ruthless, greed-driven tactics that they will stop at nothing to make a bigger profit– betraying fragile residents and profiteering from their hurt. At a time when we should be counting our blessings and celebrating the new year with loved ones, family and those we know and trust, HealthBridge threw their dedicated caregivers out in the cold, separating them from the fragile seniors who depend on them. Don’t let them do it again.

Call HealthBridge TODAY at (201) 242-4004.

Tell them it’s not about profit–it’s about people. Paid for by


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