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before entering their programs were unemployed, residents of Connecticut’s poorest cities, and living below the national poverty The Newington Rotary Club learned level. about criminal offenders re-entering the “The whole idea is to help them become workplace at their meeting Wednesday; productive members of our community,” a topic pertinent to their own careers, as See NONPROFIT, Page 5 most Rotary members are business owners Volume 52, No. 51 in town. Free Their featured speaker was David Eppner, employment specialist with Community Partners in Action, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing a new start for those who have been “affected by the criminal justice system.” CPIA currently has 500 clients who By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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Beloved minister retires, leaving legacy of compassion

After 23 years of helping people from all walks of life, the Rev. Brookes steps down By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

The Rev. Kenneth Brookes did so much more than take his place at the altar every Sunday morning; his work in the town of Newington was far-reaching. That’s why so many town residents lamented his retirement Jan. 8, exactly 23 years after he began serving the Church of Christ Congregational in Newington. Brookes, 65, is a longtime member of the town’s Juvenile Review Board, a leader in the Interfaith Community Action Network of Newington and the Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice. Brookes is also an avid supporter of the school system and Human Services Department, where he worked closely with the recentlyretired Director Ken Freidenberg. “Ken’s values and his life stand as an example for all of us,” said Rabbi at Temple Sinai, Jeffrey Bennett, Brookes’ longtime friend who he made a trip to Israel with.

“He also has a great voice and when he sings one can feel the passion and commitment that he embodies,” Bennett added. Throughout his years with the congregation, Brookes has taken part in 445 baptisms, more than 286 confirmations and the welcoming of 565 new church members. “I’ve been in ordained ministry for nearly 40 years and it just seemed like the right time,” Brookes said. Rather than relaxing in his retirement, Brookes has a lot on his plate. Currently he is in the process of painting his house and he is planning to spend more time with his grandchildren. In the summer, he plans to go sailing in Maine and in the fall he is planning a long bike trip. Although he may spend some time traveleing,according to Brookes, his heart is still firmly with the community. “I’m going to miss engaging with people on issues of spirituality, facing the troubles they face in day to day

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life,” Brookes said. Over the years, Brookes has advocated for the poor and disenfranchised in town, working on issues of housing and racial discrimination. His talent of bringing people together extended into relationships between places of worship too, as remembered by Jack Cook, Pastor of New Britain’s First Church who spoke of his colleague’s “dedication to developing and nurturing those covenant relationships which are cherished in the United Church of Christ.”

Brookes also helped secure the moderate-income housing off Main Street, and promoted a program of community conversations on race a number of years ago. “I can tell you from personal experience that Rev. Brookes has always been there through the good and not-so-good times ready to support the school system and the community,” commented Superintendent Dr. William Collins. His last Sunday sermon was Jan. 8; more than 450 people attended the service. Mayor Woods, one of the

church’s parishoners, made a proclamation in his honor. “We’ve had a very fortunate experience of having one person as our pastor for 23 years. That’s a long time for a church these days,”offered George Wentworth, the congregation’s Lay Leader. “He’s a very caring person and knows everybody in the church by name. He’s completely dedicated his life to the church and the people in it, Wentworth added. “Having him retire is a big transitional moment, we’re all going to miss him deeply.” For the time being, Brookes is “church-shopping,” attending services at different congregations every Sunday, many of which he has been a pastoral colleague and supporter of over the years. “I’m supposed to stay away for now so the new minister will have freedom to establish his or her pastoral relationship with the congregation,” he explained. Currently there is a 12-member search committee seeking a successor for Brookes, a very democratic process that will take a few months to complete.

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Eppner explained. “We don’t necessarily help them find jobs,� he continued, “but our goal is helping them keep jobs.� Going into effect this February is STEP UP, a state initiative providing funding to small businesses who hire residents of high-poverty municipalities. This speaks directly to CPIA’s mission to prevent recidivism, or repeat criminal offenders. Eppner filled in the Rotarians on how to get involved and offered examples of other businesses who participate- area restaurants, retail stores, even some offices. Employers range from Hartford Hospital to the New York Sports Club in West Hartford, a gym. “The whole idea is to take away the risk for you, the small business owner,� Eppner said. Questions were raised about the nature of the clients’ crimes, which are usually drug offenses and larceny; CPIA does not work with violent offenders. Referrals for the three week, nine session program come from family and superior courts as well as probation officers. According to Eppner, many clients have hit rock bottom and want to take the necessary steps to change their lives. The

divisions of CPIA offer readiness training, which teaches money management, interviewing skills, career goals, communication and finally, facilitates job placement. Eppner also informed Rotarians of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, which gives businesses who hire criminal offenders a tax credit up to $2,400. There is also a Federal Bonding program that insures employers up to $25,000 in case of negative occurrences as a result of a hire. “It costs on average $34,000 a year to incarcerate someone at a medium-to-minimum security level,� Eppner said, adding, “I’d rather spend that money on social services, health care, roads, etc. by having that person paying taxes rather then using them.� To learn more about Community Partners in Action and how to become involved, call 860566-2030 or visit The Newington Rotary Club encourages new membership; guests are invited to their meetings, every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St. Next Wednesday, Feb. 1, the guest speaker will be Joe Erica Schmitt| Staff Furey, director of the New England Weather David Eppner, employment specialist with Community Partners in Action, speaks Service. to the Newington Rotary Club Wednesday afternoon.


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Just as the President of the United States gives his State of the Union address every year, Newington officials will present the State of the Town Thursday, Feb. 9. The event will be sponsored by the Newington Chamber of Commerce, with a full breakfast catered by Newington High School’s culinary class. “They usually cover everything going on in town … they tell us how Newington is faring,” said Chamber Executive Director Gail Whitney. Town Manager John Salomone and Mayor Steve Woods will be featured speakers. This is not a political forum, just an update and

overview on what has happened in the last year and what they see in the future. Everything from the upcoming charter revisions to the revaluation will be discussed. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A session after their presentation. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., breakfast is at 8 a.m., and the program will start at 8:30 a.m. The Chamber is currently accepting reservations until Feb. 3. Tickets are $15 for non-Chamber members, $10 for members. The event will be held in the Newington High School cafeteria, 605 Willard Ave. Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber at (860) 666-2089. In the case that Newington Schools are closed due to bad weather, the event will be held Feb. 10.

Stew Leonard’s named one of best places to work in CT in 2012

Family-owned farm fresh food grocer Stew Leonard’s was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. This seventh annual program was created by the Hartford Business Journal, Best Companies Group and sponsored by The Hooker & Holcombe Companies. Stew Leonard’s, which began as a small dairy store founded in Norwalk,in 1969 with just seven employees, has grown to become a nearly $400 million business with more than 2,500 Team Members across four stores, three of which are in Connecticut. More than 1,300 of those Team Members are based in Connecticut. “We are very honored to be included as one of The Best Places to Work in Connecticut for the second year in a row. For the past 10 years, Stew Leonard’s has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of ‘Top 100 Companies to Work for,’ but this award is extra special to us because our family has lived and worked in the state of Connecticut

for more than 120 years — dating back to when my great-grandfather Patrick Leonard got his U.S. citizenship in Danbury,”said Stew Leonard Jr., president and CEO of Stew Leonard’s. “The third generation of Leonards is about to enter the family business and I know that they will make Stew’s an even better place to work in the future!” To achieve this level of service, Stew Leonard’s employs twice as many people per square foot as the average food retailer and provides at least 50 hours of training per year for full-time Team Members. Plus, advantages like Stew’s comprehensive benefits plan, extensive on-site medical screenings,and competitive pay package, which includes profit sharing, helps to attract and retain some of the very best talent in the business. Notably, 81 percent of the management team from across the entire company has been grown internally and 31 percent Team Members have a family member working at Stew’s.

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Planning & Zoning OKs addition of full grocery section, Bassett Furniture to be demolished By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

A plan for the expansion of Walmart’s Berlin Turnpike store was unanimously approved by Newington’s Town Plan & Zoning Commission Wednesday. The substantial transformation will be the addition of a full grocery section to replace the limited service area in place currently. The 19,000 square-foot Bassett Furniture store, which sits vacant on Walmart’s south side, will be demolished before the new 27,000 square-foot building is constructed. An expanded and resurfaced parking area and an additional main entrance will accommodate the more concentrated foot and vehicle traffic expected and improve access to the store. “It will make it more compatible for customers,�TPZ Chairman Dave Pruett said of the face lift to the parking lot. According to a spokesperson for

Walmart, business will carry on as usual for the duration of construction, which will likely begin summer of 2013 and take more than a year to complete. Officials also say they will hire 100 new employees to service the renovated store. On another note, busway discussion ensued following the vote. “The busway apparently is going to become a reality, whether we like it or not,� said Commissioner Frank Aieta, who recommended TPZ take a seious look at the town’s zoning regulations before new businesses decide to move in around the planned bus stations, since the state is encouraging what they call, “transit-oriented development.� “We have to take a pro-active approach,� Aieta added. Town Planner Ed Meehan and the rest of the commission agreed, with Meehan pointing out that it’s Erica Schmitt| Staff crucial to tighten up regulations The Newington Town Planning & Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday before 10 to 15 years of redevelop- night, where the commission approved a plan for the expansion of the ment along the busway begins. Berlin Turnpike Walmart.


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Ming Moon Restaurant celebrates 15th anniversary

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Some like it vegetarian, others — lobster, chicken and pork fried rice in the same bowl, and hungry Newington residents can find it all at Ming Moon Restaurant, Market Square’s only Chinese-American eatery. They’re celebrating their 15th anniversary this month. Manager Yong Yang graduated from Newington High School in

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Newington Mainstage announces production of the hit musical ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

Newington Mainstage is thrilled to announce the next production in its 2011-2012 season, the hit OffBroadway musical, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.� Written & created by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes� is a cotton candy colored, nonstop pop musical blast from the past “The Marvelous Wonderettes� transports audiences to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Featuring classic songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s such as “Lollipop,� “Sincerely,� “It’s My Party,� “HeatWave,� and “Leader of the Pack,�“The Marvelous Wonderettes� is a must-take musical trip down memory lane. Newington Mainstage’s production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes� will be directed by Cindy Lesser of Newington,with musical direction by Michael Gowdy of Wethersfield and choreography by Madalyn Sheehy of

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Performances will be held at NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 North Mountain Road, Newington. Tickets are priced at $20.00 for general admission and $17.00 for students and seniors. Additional NewingtonMainstageisanewthe- home of the Newington Children’s information can be obtained at www. or by call- atre company run in partnership with Theatre Company, Connecticut’s ing (860) 666-NCTC (6282). NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, oldest operating children’s theatre.


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Jan. 21 with harassment in the second degree. Nicolae Soare, 61, of 90 Sunrise Circle was charged Jan. 22 with disorderly conduct.

Newington resident wins honorable mention at Scholastic Art Awards

Newington resident Liam DenOuden, a member of the class of 2016 at Watkinson School in Hartford, has earned an honorable mention award for mixed media from the 23rd annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards. An affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards and The Alliance For Young Artists and Writers, it is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. 1,500 students from over 130 schools submitted artwork. Watkinson School is Hartford’s oldest independent school serving grades. Its next open house is Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. Connecticut Exhibition Site: the Silpe Gallery at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Exhibition dates: Through Feb. 3. Gallery hours: daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends, noon to 5 p.m. (860) 768-4827.

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Indians play tough, fall late to Warhawks By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — It was still anyone’s game with 42 seconds left, the Indians boys basketball team tied with Bloomfield Tuesday night. But after two Warhawks free throws, and two careless turnovers that led to Bloomfield scores, Newington lost 61-55 for just the fourth time all season. “The bottom line is, it came down to when we were able to take care of the ball we were able to build a lead,� Newington head coach Scot Wenzel said, “but we weren’t able to hold the lead because we didn’t take care of the ball.� After the free throws, hit by Bloomfield’s Joel Carpenter, Newington’s Jorge Prempto went the length of the floor in an attempt to tie the game. But he missed a layup and Bloomfield recovered the rebound. At the other end, Carpenter missed the first of a 1-and-1 attempt, and Newington once again had life. However after a time out, two inbound passes were intercepted by Warhawks guard Titus Wittingham, and Bloomfield sealed the victory after he made two easy layups. “We were expecting everything they threw at us, nothing surprised us,� Wenzel said, “but unfortunately we didn’t take care of the ball tonight.� Newington started slow, trailing by as many as nine in the first quarter. They chipped away, little by little, and before they knew it they trailed by just two at intermission. “Out game isn’t solely on the permitter,� Wenzel said of his club’s offense, combining outside shooting with post play against the larger Warhawks. “We do a good job of attacking as a team and we got some layups off of it. But it comes down to making plays and they made some plays at the end and we didn’t.� Down by six, a Premto threepoint play got the Indians within three with 1:42 left in the second quarter, and a minute later, the Indians converted a rare 5-point play to end the half down 33-35.


At Newington Bloomfield 18 17 13 13 — 61 Newington 11 22 17 5 — 55 BLOOMFIELD: DJ Stewart 2-0-4, Jerreck Thomas 1-0-2, Phillip Kyle 1-0-3, Gene Harrison 2-1-5, Shawn Shelton 2-0-4, Titus Wittingham 2-0-4, Allen Pittman 1-0-2, Jordan Jennings 6-2-15, Joel Carpenter 6-5-18, Steven Hardie 2-0-4. Totals: 25-8-61. NEWINGTON: Peter Feeney 0-3-3, Jorge Premto 5-2-12, Zach Morris 3-2-10, Michael Koss 0-0-0, Sam Tinkham 2-2-4, Tin Blair 7-0-16, Matt Dean 3-4-10, Bryant Morander 0-0-0. Totals: 19-13-55. Three-point goals: Kyle (B), Jennings (B), Carpenter (B), Morris 3 (N), Blair 3 (N). Records: Bloomfield 6-5, Newington 8-4.

“My kids always play hard and I’m very proud of them in that aspect,� Wenzel said. “We aren’t the biggest team around and we do a good job of boxing out and keeping teams off of boards, unfortunately tonight a rebound here and a made shot there might have been the difference.� In the third, the Indians found their stride offensively and dictated the pace of the game. Timmy Blair drilled back-toback three pointers to cut the Bloomfield lead to two, and two Premto layups gave the Indians Rob Heyl | Staff their first lead at the 1:45 mark. Blair led all Newington scorers At left, Newington’s Tim Blair drives through a double team Tuesday. At right, Sam Tinkham pulls up for a 3-pointwith 16, including two from long er in Tuesday’s 61-55 loss to Bloomfield. range. At the end of three frames, the Indians led 50-48. Newington was able to build its lead to five with just 2:32 left in a defensively dominated fourth quarter, but the scoring dried up for the Indians as they were outscored 13-5 in the final eight minutes. “We did have some open looks to extent that lead but things weren’t falling for us,�Wenzel said. “It really hurt us.� Propelled by stellar jump shooting all game long, four Indians tallied double figures. Premto, who darted around Warhawk defenders all night long totaled 12 points. Sharpshooters Matt Dean and Zach Morris each compiled 10 points, with Morris hitting two threes. “Those are two of my captains,� the coach said. “They have done a great job for us all season long and they have to keep doing it for us all season long. We expect those guys to score in double figures for us every single game.� The Indians look to bounce back as they face rival Southington Friday.

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Conn. lawmakers give Obama’s State of the Union speech high marks By ANA RADELAT ©CONNECTICUT MIRROR

In his address to the nation Tuesday night, President Obama called for a rebirth of manufacturing, a fairer tax system and a stronger community college system. Most Connecticut lawmakers agreed with the president’s priorities, especially his emphasis on manufacturing and education. “The president’s focus on manufacturing, energy and work force development echoes what we have been attempting to do locally in Connecticut with our Manufacturing Job Match Initiative and in Washington with the House Democrats ‘Make it in America’ agenda,” said Rep. John Larson, D-1st-District. Before the speech, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, said she hoped the president would “continue to call for smart, targeted investments in infrastructure, education and job training, as well as the need to revive our manufacturing base.” Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District,said “it was music to my ears” that the president began his speech by talking about manufacturing. And, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said the president’s agenda “fits very nicely with what’s going on in Connecticut.” In his “blueprint for an economy built to last,” the president expanded on his populist theme of a “new nationalism” that he talked about in a recent speech in Kansas. “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” Obama said, “Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” In his third State of Union Address, the president called for those who earn more than $1 million a year to pay a tax rate of at least 30 percent and to forgo a host of deductions. “Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans? Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else — like education and medical research; a strong military

and care for our veterans? Because if we’re serious about paying down our debt, we can’t do both,” he said. Larson said, “the president appealed to fairness and struck the right tone.” Murphy also backed the president’s call for changes in the tax system. “The president is right,” he said. “Millionaires shouldn’t be paying a lower proportion of their income in taxes than middle-class Americans.” But Murphy also said he thinks it unlikely that Congress will move to raise taxes on the rich. “I don’t think the president is going to get much help from Republicans on tax reform, but that doesn’t mean he should stop talking about the unfairness of our current tax system,” he said. As part of his education initiative, Obama called for an expansion of the community college system and new partnerships between businesses and community colleges. The president also warned colleges and universities to stop raising tuition costs or they would lose federal funding. “Let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down,” the president said. Because of tuition increases, students at the University of Connecticut and Connecticut’s four regional public universities and 12 community colleges will pay more for their education this year. Board of Regents spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan, speaking before the State of the Union, noted that the university system’s tuition and fee increase was “well below the historic average.” Gov.DannelP.Malloy,aDemocrat, also praised the president’s call to fix a “broken” Washington. “Tonight, the President unveiled an optimistic and ambitious agenda for our country,” Malloy said in an emailed news release after the speech. This story originally appeared at, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.


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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Zachary Therrien of Newington has been named to the Curry College Dean’s List for the fall 2011. Keene State College, Keene, N.H., has released the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2011. Among the 1,501 students named to the Dean’s List are the following Newington residents: Nicole Amenta, Brandon Carta, Lamar Clark, and Kelsey Leghorn. The following residents have

been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Assumption College. Assumption students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher to make the Amanda Bollacker of Newington, class of 2013, and Allyson Longchamps of Newington, class of 2015. The following residents were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Quinnipiac University: Alexandra Cleary of Newington, Julie Jarvis of

Newington, Jaime Seligmann of Newington, Christopher Stewart of Newington. Lauren Pitruzzello, a senior arts and sciences major from Newington, has named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for fall 2011. The following students have been named to the President’s List at Western New England for the fall semester of 2011. Students are named to the President’s List for achieving a semester grade point

average of 3.80 or higher: Jack P. Germano of Newington, a senior majoring in industrial engineering; Michael J. Valentine of Newington, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering,and Krista M.Gangloff of Newington, a senior majoring in psychology. The following students have been named to Dean’s List at Western New England for the fall semester of 2011. Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving

a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher: Nicholas P. Diorio of Newington, a sophomore majoring in accounting; Andrea-Maria V. Almeida of Newington, a senior majoring in communication; Daniel J. Schumacher of Newington, a freshman majoring in criminal justice; Jacqueline N. Lambros of Newington, a freshman majoring in finance; John F. Kilpatrick of Newington, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.

Five students driven to school in a fire truck On Nov. 5, the Newington Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 8th annual Silent Auction, Wine Tasting and Chocolate Challenge. One of the silent auction items was the chance to be a firefighter for a day. That particular item was put to good use Friday, Jan. 13, as five children, Alexandra Pac, Kyle Pac, Hannah Siegel, Daniel Siegel and Matthew Siegel, had the opportunity to take a ride to school on a fire truck. Brian Whalen (known to many as Bubba)pickedthechildrenupattheir homes, stopped off at McDonalds Ruth L. Chaffee School students Alexandra Pac, Kyle Pac, Hannah Siegel, Daniel for a quick bite, and then they were Siegel and Matthew Siegel were driven to school on a fire truck, a prize that was won in an auction during the Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Silent Auction, Wine off to Ruth L. Chaffee School. Tasting and Chocolate Challenge.

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Newington dairy manufacturer to pay $299K penalty 100K of settlement go towards environmental protection project STAFF REPORT

State Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said a stipulated judgment has resolved a 2008 lawsuit against a manufacturing facility in Newington, charged with repeated wastewater discharge violations. The stipulated judgment,agreed to by the state and the company and approved in Hartford Superior Court Jan. 11, concerns Kohler Mix Specialties LLC, a Delaware company registered to do business in Connecticut as a foreign limited liability company. It operates as a specialty dairy manufacturer at 100 Milk Lane

in Newington. compliance with the law and deter The judgment requires Kohler sources of pollution that affect to pay the state a civil penal- water quality,” Jepsen said. ty of $299,999 — $100,000 of “I applaud the efforts of which will be used for an environmental protection project to be proposed in the town of Newington. It also imposes a permanent injunction upon the company, prohibiting it from violating its wastewater discharge permit as well as state laws and regu- GEORGE JEPSEN lations controlling water State Attorney General pollution. “This is a good result. It is fair DEEP staff to bring these violato the company and achieves the tions to light and the work of state’s goal. The magnitude of the Attorney General’s office to the penalty will serve to ensure secure an appropriate settlement

of this case,” Esty said. “We are also pleased that a portion of the penalties will be used by the town of Newington to advance Low Impact Development (LID) techniques, which help reduce the volume and impact of storm water runoff.” The Commissioner alleged in his complaint that, on numerous occasions and in violation of its state-issued permit, Kohler bypassed its wastewater collection and treatment equipment and manually overrode the facility’s pH and other alarm equipment, resulting in the discharge of untreated wastewater created by its food manufacturing process into the sanitary sewer system and

in some instances, into a nearby stream. As part of the judgment, Kohler must submit to DEEP a comprehensive report detailing all the facility and operational improvements it has made to its wastewater collection and treatment system, as well as its compliance with its discharge permit and applicable water pollution laws and regulations. The report, covering January 2008 to the present, must be filed within 60 days. Assistant Attorneys General Sharon Seligman and Mary Lenehan, with Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Massicotte, Environment department head, handled this case for Attorney General Jepsen.

together. No registration is necessary. Co-sponsored by Newington UNICO. Between 1 and 2:30 p.m. children in grades 1 through 5 who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 10-minute session reading to a certified therapy dog. Unlike peers, animals are attentive listeners; they don’t judge or criticize, so children are more comfortable and inclined to forget about their own fears. Call (860) 6658720 for more information or to register.

with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to 3-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration is necessary.

“The magnitude of the penalty will serve to ensure compliance with the law and deter sources of pollution that affect water quality.”

LIBRARY CALENDAR LIBRARY OPEN SUNDAYS, The library is open and fully operational Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. through May 15. People may use the library Internet computers for up to one hour with a valid public library card or have unlimited access to the wi-fi network with their laptops. Study rooms may also reserved for one hour. Of course, people can also borrow books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and ebooks. Computer databases are fully accessible and local newspapers are delivered daily for reading in the library. FOR CHILDREN PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP, Mondays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 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! Register 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. MIDDLE SCHOOL ANIME CLUB, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6 to 7 p.m. Grades 6 to 8. PLAY FOR ALL, Saturday, Feb. 4 and 18, 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, Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary.

ONE YEAR OLD STORYTIME, Mondays, Jan. 30 to Feb. 13, 10:15 to 11 a.m. 9-24 months (with caregiver and siblings) TALES TO TAILS, Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 to 2:30 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) 6658720 to register. 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@ or call 860-665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

and socialize together. No registration is necessary. Co-sponsored by Newington UNICO. TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY, Saturday, Feb. 4 is Take Your Child to the Library Day! and the Lucy Robbins Welles Library is celebrating with special programs in addition to the regularly scheduled Saturday programs. From 10:30 a.m. to noon come join us for Play for All, a special needs playgroup giving parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize

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STORYTIMES FOR 24 MONTHS AND OLDER, Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 10:15 a.m. and Mondays, Feb. 6 and 13, 10:15 a.m.Children two years old and older, their caregivers and siblings are welcome to join us for stories, songs and more. No registration is required.


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STORYTIMES FOR 3-6 YEAR OLDS, Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 10:15 a.m. Preschoolers, ages 3 to 6, are invited to a storytime just for them. This is a storytime without caregivers, so be prepared to allow your preschooler and friends to attend unaccompanied. No registration is required. FAMILY STORYTIME, Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary. Play For All!Saturdays, Feb. 4 and 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come join us for a special needs playgroup giving parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play

PLAY WITH US! Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families

READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! Tuesdays, Feb. 7 and 21, 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.

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A SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL KIDS, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. Transitions into new school environments can be difficult for families, but even more difficult for families with special challenges or needs. A panel of professionals from the Newington school system, the Birth-to-Three agencies, and parents with this expertise will be here to explain the process and answer questions you may have about your children once they reach the public school system. This program will specifically address transitioning out of the Birth-to-Three program and into the preschool program and then into kindergarten. No adult registration is required for the program but call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 if childcare is needed. Co-sponsored with Newington SEPTA. THERE’S “SNOW� BETTER TIME TO READ: There’s still time to register and join this year’s winter reading programs for adults and children. Children can register at the library’s homepage and then record the number of days they’ve read or been read to. The program for children ends Friday, Feb. 17. Adults can still earn a prize ticket for each book they read or listen to, and be entered into the weekly drawing for special gifts. The program for adults ends Friday, Feb. 24 when all tickets

collected will be entered into a grand prize drawing. EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. This month’s reading is “The Guns of August� by Barbara Tuchman. All interested persons are invited to attend. THERE’S “SNOW� BETTER TIME FOR A MOVIE — “THE HELP�: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m. Join us for an afternoon showing of “The Help,� the screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller about an aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. The film stars Emma Stone and Viola Davis with a running time of 146 minutes. Pick up your free ticket at the Adult Information Desk. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. NATURESCAPE YOUR YARD: Thursday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. Learn how to create a natural backyard retreat with Accredited Organic Land Care Professional Karen Bussolini. Bussolini is a garden photographer, author, speaker and eco-friendly garden coach. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. ACE YOUR PHONE INTERVIEW: Monday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.Y our telephone interviewing skills could be the

deciding factor in getting a live interview and ultimately landing the leadership role you want. Join Paul Bailo and get ready to ace your next phone interview. Learn to set the foundation for a successful call, understand the “dance� of the phone interview, control the schedule details and gain “home field advantage� and uncover the practice techniques that will relax and empower you. Bailo is the author of the “Official Phone Interview Handbook.� Registration is required. This program is courtesy of a grant from Liberty Bank and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library. THERE’S “SNOW� BETTER TIME FOR A MOVIE — “CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE� Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. Come enjoy an afternoon screening of “Crazy, Stupid, Love,� starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Ryan Gosling. This is a romantic comedy with a big heart about a middle-aged husband’s life that changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. Running time is 118 minutes. Pick up your free tickets at the Adult Information Desk. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 10 TOP CHINESE HERBS FOR HEALTH: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.Traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for over 4,000 years and

herbs are an important element in the treatment of diseases. Laura Mignosa, the founder and director of Connecticut Institute for Herbal Studies in Wethersfield, will discuss the benefits of Chinese herbs for health and wellness. No registration is required. ANIME JEOPARDY: has finally been rescheduled. Come dressed as your favorite anime character and ready to play anime Jeopardy. Snacks will be provided as we watch episodes of “Ghost Hunt,� rated TV-14. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TEEN CHOCOLATE FEST: Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Grades 6-12 “Chocoholics� are invited to the library for a program full of chocolate eating, contests, and more.Teens will be able to participate in chocolate taste testing and have the opportunity to create some chocolate treats for themselves. A variety of chocolate will be available including chocolate fondue. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. EREADERS TECH NIGHT: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Library staff will explain downloadable eBooks. Representatives from Barnes & Noble and Best Buy will bring several types of eReaders and compare them.Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and have hands-on time with all the different

eReaders. No registration is necessary. PHOTOGRAPHY DISPLAY: Throughout the month of February, Larry Gebeloff will display his photographs in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. Primarily self-taught, Gebeloff has also taken several courses in advanced photography. Gebeloff photographs many subjects, but antique automobiles are among his favorites. His philosophy is simple: “everything changes once you transcend casual observation.The interplay of texture, shadow, reflection, and color can change a simple object into a work of art. Streetlights reflected on wet pavement, the sun shining on a polished car, reflections on a window, ripples on a lake� these things change reality. Gebeloff has travelled around the world trying to capture the spirit and personality of each location and object in a single photograph and has had a great time doing it. His photography frequently hangs at local Starbucks and on Main Street in Wethersfield. He has been awarded a ribbon by the Glastonbury Autobahn Society. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not in use for a scheduled program: Monday to 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.

EVENTS CALENDAR 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. at the library Friday, Jan. 27.The evening will include entertainment by local musicians, a tea cup auction, cheese, cruditĂŠs, refresh-

ments 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. REV. EDWARD SHAUGHNESSY

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and age group. Council level winners move on to the district level in February. The competition will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at St. Mary’s School Gym (side entrance), Willard Avenue, Newington. Entry forms must be signed by the applicant and a parent and/or legal guardian. TROUT UNLIMITED FEBRUARY MEETING: Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Stonewell Restaurant, Route 6, Farmington. Guide and experienced fly fisherman Cameron Cipponeri will give a presentation on fishing the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers in western Colorado. Cameron is affiliated with Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt, Colo., halfway between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Mike Motyl will be the featured fly tier. Admission is free, everyone is welcome and food and drink are available. For further details, contact Bill Case at (860) 678-7245.The mission of Trout Unlimited is to conserve, protect and restore cold water fisheries which include the Farmington Pequabuck, Scantic, Hockanum and Tankerhoosen Rivers, Salmon Brook, and many smaller streams which support trout and salmon.The Chapter’s projects include stream bank and flow restoration, river cleanups, the “Trout in the Classroom� program and fishing derbies for children. 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: Monday, Feb. 3 at the Wethersfield 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. 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) 666-4375. Snow date will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at the same time and location.

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XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL’S 20TH AUCTION WILL HAVE A MARDI GRAS FLAVOR: Saturday, Feb. 11, 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for this year’s auction at Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Road, Middletown, is a Mardi Gras celebration featuring “A Taste of Xavier” where several area restaurants will present items from their menus to delight the attendees. The event will feature a silent and live auction. Tickets: $40 advance sales or $50 at the door. Advance sales at For more information, email NEWINGTON MAINSTAGE ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF “THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES”: Life is “Marvelous” at Newington Mainstage! Newington Mainstage is thrilled to announce the next production in its 2011-2012 season, the hit Off-Broadway musical, “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Written & created by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a cotton candy colored, nonstop pop musical blast from the past! “The Marvelous Wonderettes” transports audiences to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Featuring classic songs from the ’50s and ’60s such as “Lollipop,” “Sincerely,” “It’s My Party,” “HeatWave,” and “Leader of the Pack,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a must-take musical trip down memory lane. Newington Mainstage’s production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will be directed by Cindy Lesser of Newington with musical direction by Michael Gowdy of Wethersfield and

choreography by Madalyn Sheehy of Southington The show stars Kelly Boucher of Ellington,Rosanne Gowdy of Wethersfiel, Katie Keough of Meriden and Cindy Lesser of Newington. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will appear Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 N. Mountain Road. Tickets are priced at $20 for general admission and $17 for students and seniors. Additional information can be obtained or by calling (860) 666-NCTC (6282). SWEET ADELINES QUARTETS TO DELIVER SINGING VALENTINES FEB. 14: For anyone looking for a unique and memorable Valentine’s Day gift, the Sound of New England Chorus has the answer. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sound of New England Chorus, an awardwinning chapter of Sweet Adelines International’s North Atlantic Region, will send quartets on the road throughout Greater Hartford and surrounding towns to deliver “singing valentines” — a cappella musical messages of love and friendship. They will travel to offices, schools, private residences (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. only), nursing homes/assisted living facilities, restaurants and hospitals, singing to spouses, parents, friends, children, even bosses. Pricing starts at $35 for two songs, a personalized card, and a plush teddy bear. Or, send one song by phone anywhere in the United States for $20. Order by Feb. 7 by calling 1-877-LUV-2SING ext. 5, or email Valentines@ A portion of the proceeds will benefit My Sisters’ Place in Hartford. The Sound of New England Chorus is a non-profit,

award-winning Sweet Adelines chorus that fosters a cappella barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. This dynamic and entertaining female chorus is based in Bloomfield and rehearses every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Wintonbury Avenue. Visit their website at for more information. 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) 667-0706. 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. 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. 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. HEALTH DISTRICT SELLING BICYCLE HELMETS: 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 prevented or minimized with the use of properlyfitted 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

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