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Newington’s Got Talent

an array of creativity from the musical to the out-of-this-world. Nineteen of Newington’s residents perNewington’s star talent shone bright formed their talents in front of a packed Friday night, during the second annual auditorium at Newington High School. The Newington’s Got Talent Show, displaying See Talent, Page 6 By Alex Syphers


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Left, Angelica Ellis performs “Giving It All to You, ” a song she composed, at the Newington’s Got Talent Show Friday. She placed third. Center, Lisabeth Mikoleit, 14, has only been a contortionist for three years. Her display of physical talent won her first place in the show. Right, Jenelle Miller tries to teach Master of Ceremonies Gary Byron a few tap dancing moves during the talent show. Volume 52, No. 14

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D.H.S. THANKS THE COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORTING NEWINGTON’S GOT TALENT! The Department of Human Services thanks all the volunteers who spent so much of their time since last August organizing the second Newington’s Got Talent Show as a fundraiser for the Department of Human Services Special Needs Fund. The show raised $1,412. Residents in need of emergency assistance such as rent, utilities and medication will benefit as a result of this successful event. I want to express a sincere thanks to a great team of Human Rights Commission Members and volunteers: Chair, Karen Faust, Audra Ekstrom, Phyllis DiCara, Theresa Claffey, Tim Manke and the Boy Scouts and Christine Andrews all who spent many hours planning and organizing this very special event. Thanks also to volunteers, Carol Anest, Michelle Royer, Val Ginn, Amanda Faust, Tiffany Ekstrom, Kimberly Royer and Ryan Swenor. A special thank you to Gary Byron who attended planning meetings, hosted the show and brought his electric personality and comedy to the event. Also thank you to the Judges: Celebrity, Cory Meyer from 92-5, Frank

DeMaio and Sandy Piltz. A special thanks to Scott Allo, the great crew of volunteers from Newington Community Television and Jim Klusek and the stage crew, all who spent many hours preparing and dealing with the technical challenges of putting on a major production. For seniors, adults and young people interested in television production please consider volunteering for NCTV — they provide a wonderful service to the community and it is a terrific place to learn about TV production. The show will be broadcast on NCTV in the near future. Thank you to our Silver Sponsor, Steve’s Place and contributors, Democratic Town Committee, Republican Town Committee, The Hidden Vine, Goldburgers, Newington Yoga Cener, Yanni’s, King Donuts, McBride Wayside Carpet and Giovanni’s Bakery & Pastry Shop for their financial support. To all the talented entertainers and their families who enthusiastically participated in this event, thank you for your spirit, patience and wonderful performances.

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Newington police blotter Branden Mishler, 18, of 76 Linbert St., Middletown, was charged April 8 with having weapons in a motor vehicle.

Robert Bligh, 50, of 23 Cortland Way, Newington, was charged April 14 with driving under the influence and following too close.

Jason Nadeau, 37, of 70 Austin St., New Britain, was charged April 8 with weapons in a motor vehicle.

Bernadette Tracy, 49, of 186 Buena Vista Ave., Newington, was charged April 15 with disorderly conduct.

Hector Vasquez, 28, of 68 Vine St., Hartford, was charged April 13 with failure to appear in the second degree.

Jess Mahaffy, 28, of 42 Burnside Ave., Plainville, was charged April 16 with larceny in the second degree and violation of probation.

Samuel Lopez, 24, of 216 Market St., New Britain, was charged April 13 with failure to appear in the second degree.

Brandon Nalle, 24, of 309 Dixwell Ave., New Haven, was charged April 16 with failure to appear in the second degree.

Halina Dabrowska, 43, of 8 Whipporwill Way, Wethersfield, was charged April 13 with larceny in the sixth degree.

Katherine Hamilton, 23, of 8 Colonial St., West Hartford, was charged April 18 with driving under the influence, failure to have lights lit, and failure to drive propScott Jenkins, 20, of 168 Audu- er lane. bon Ave., Newington, was charged April 12 with possession Jaime Valcarcel, 47, of 29 Enfield of drug paraphernalia. St., Hartford, was charged April 18 with accessory to burglary in Jennifer Golebiewski, 40, of the third degree and misuse of 58 Day St., New Britain, was marker plate. charged April 13 with larceny in the sixth degree. Sean Buchko, 40, of 15 Convoy Ave., New Britain, was charged Timothy Santana, 23, of 83 Main April 19 with criminal attempt to St., Newington, was charged commit larceny in the sixth deApril 14 with possession of drug gree. paraphernalia and possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana.


Volunteer Fire Dept. Pasta Dinner By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

The Newington Volunteer Fire Department, Co. 3, will hold a Pasta Dinner next Saturday, April 30 in an effort to raise funds for the all volunteer department and the community organization the department supports. This will be the second year the company has held a pasta dinner., which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Newington High School. The funds raised from the pasta dinner will be used to support the company, said Captain Craig Stegmaier of Co. 3. The proceeds will also be used to support town athletic teams the company sponsors, including a midget touch football team, as well as two little league baseball teams, one in the majors and one in the minors. “We were surprised at how successful it was last year. We have had a lot of inquiries … it is a good time. The guys work very hard at setting it up. It is very family orientated.” Stegmaier said he is expecting a large turnout this year. He has available seating for 250 to 275 dinner guests. The company will serve an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner with sauce or butter, as well as bread rolls and salad, with cake for dessert. Coffee and juice will also be served. Tickets will be sold at the door, said Stegmaier. The dinner will be $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 5 to 12 years old. Children under 5

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If you go: When: Saturday, April 30, 4 to 8 p.m. Where: Newington High School Seating for 250 to 275 guests Tickets $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 5-12 and free for children 5 and under.

years old are free. In addition to the dinner, a raffle will be held for numerous door prizes donated by local businesses. This is a fundraiser for Co. 3, which is located on West Hill Road. The company has 30 members that staff two engines and a service truck 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The firefighters of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department Co. 3 are all volunteers. “In the past years our volunteerism has been somewhat low but now we are fully staffed and we are able to do this type of fundraiser.” The entire fire department family gets involved, said Stegmaier, to show support for the department and the town of Newington. “The pasta dinner is run not only by the firefighters, but by their spouses and children as well. This is truly a family event, which is definitely a good time,” said Stegmaier.

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Top Newington Middle School music students recognized

Fourteen Newington music students from both John Wallace MS and Martin Kellogg MS performed in the 2011 Northern Region Middle School Music Festival last month. This festival recognizes the top MS music students from the northern region of Connecticut. In a matter of two days, the students rehearsed to prepare for an all-star performance. The NRMS concert was held Saturday, March 5 at Har-Bur MS in Burlington. The 2011 NRMS Newington music

students were: Band — Alison Boghosian (mallets), Chelsea Egbuna (alto sax), Joshua Goldenberg (clarinet), Alexandra Hernandez (flute) Emily Molstad (French horn), and Zachary Saunders (tuba). Jazz Band — Kenneth Bell (trombone) and Kaitlynn Lopes (tenor sax); Orchestra — Maryjane Johnson (violin) and Bethany Re (violin) Chorus — Sebriana Ciarcia, Isabella Gorski, Kim Nguyen, Ananicole Rumley

Nicolas Adolewski of Newington, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Nicolas will be honored at an Induction Convocation this fall at the University of Connecticut. Stephanie Urciuoli ‘11 of Newington was inducted into the the Tau Nu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta at Eastern Connecticut State University. Forty-eight students majoring in communication at Eastern Connecticut State University were inducted into the Tau Nu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta on April 7. The society recognized students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, have a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25 and are in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class.

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performances ranged from singing and piano playing, to classical guitar, yodeling, tap-dancing, and hoolahooping. “Everyone did a tremendous job. They all deserve an award,” said Frank DeMaio, one of three judges at the show. “The show is amazing. The performers are amazing. Anyone who comes out here and puts their talent on the line certainly has a lot of heart,” said DeMaio, “This is my second year and it isn’t any easier. It

is always a tough job to sit here and judge talent.” The talent show was also judged by 92.5 radio personality Cory Myers and high school drama teacher Sandy Pilz. Fox 61 personality and Newington resident Gary Byron returned as the Master of Ceremonies. The show started off with a blast, as Julia McClain displayed her talent of yodeling sending her voice echoing throughout the auditorium. Some of the performers displayed exceptional talent for such a young

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act by Mikoleit, which really “ooo’d” and “ahh’d” the audience with her spine-tingling maneuvers around the stage. Dressed in glittering bright red tights, with flamboyant matching eyelashes that could be spotted in the back of the auditorium, Mikoleit had a stage presence that grabbed the audience’s attention before her performance even began. By the time she had contorted her body so her chest and head were perpendicular to her stomach and legs the audience was fully captivated. Mikoleit would smile at the audience before moving to the next twisted position. “She played with you. Her stage

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There’s lots going on at Middlewoods of Newington Anniversary

It was a happy anniversary for the residents, families and staff at Middlewoods of Newington assisted and independent living community for its eighth year providing exceptional living for seniors. The community was purchased in 2003 by United Methodist Homes, a local faith-based, not-for-profit organization based in Shelton. Over the course of these last eight years, the community has become one of the most award-winning communities in the state of Connecticut

and has been a leader in resident and relationship centered care. To prepare for the anniversary celebration, Activity and Marketing Associate Marissa Salveson wrote and directed a short film starring the residents and staff at the community. “Mystery at 2125” is a spoof on the “Home Alone” movie series. Residents learned and improvised their lines, creating a memorable 15-minute movie produced and edited by Don Salveson. The movie, and hilarious out-takes premiered at the anniversary party in March. Residents, families and staff dressed

Executive Chef Loretta Ward, Activity & Marketing Associate Marissa Salveson and Videographer Don Salveson celebrate Hollywood-style!

up in either gowns, tuxedos or as their favorite Hollywood characters for the red carpet event. The dining room was transformed into a theater with spotlights, theater curtains, red carpet and life-sized Oscars. In addition to homemade desserts baked by our culinary team, Newington Health Care provided a decadent chocolate fountain.

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NEWINGTON TOWN CRIER St. Mary Women’s Club installation of officers: St. Mary Women’s Club will install its new officers at a celebration of the Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 in the church. A banquet will follow at Sans Souci Restaurant on the Berlin Turnpike in Meriden at 6:30 p.m. Choice of entree includes baked stuffed shrimp, chicken roulades, and Denver steak. Menu details may be found on fliers located at the south (school-side) entrance to the church. The cost for the banquet is $27 per person; dessert, tax and tip are included. For reservations, call Susan at (860) 233-0167. Soap For Hope: John Wallace Middle School is sponsoring “Soap For Hope” at the school. Students are donating soap and washcloths for Haiti. The school is in competition with Martin Kellogg to see who can collect the most. This will be an on-going project. If anyone would like to donate soap and/or washcloths for Haiti contact Maria Parker, John Wallace School and Community Coordinator at (860) 306-6040 to make arrangements for drop-off. Bottle and Can Drive: Cub Scout Pack 345 will be having a bottle and can drive on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Mary’s School parking lot on Willard Ave., in Newington. If you have any questions you can call Kevin Mooney at (860) 665-0597. National Take Back Initiative: The Newington Police Department will collaborate with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the 2nd annual National Take Back Initiative, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Newington WalMart, 3164 Berlin Turnpike. Look for DEA and Newington Police personnel in the parking lot of this location. The purpose of the initiative is to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and/or unused prescription drugs. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the first event, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted and/or unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them. Newington Public Schools’ Town-Wide Art Show 2011: The Annual Newington Public Schools’ Town-wide Art Show will be open to the public from April 27 through May 23. It will be held on the third floor of Newington Town Hall, 131 Cedar St. The visiting hours are 8:30

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Calendar a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outstanding and unique artwork by students from all grade levels in Newington’s seven public schools will be represented. This year the theme of Landscape will be highlighted and will include painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, collage, sculpture, jewelry, copper enameling, and mixed media. In order to accommodate the large number of students, parents, and family members wishing to view this beautiful collection, two separate opening receptions will be held. The opening reception date for students and their families attending Newington High School, John Wallace Middle School, Ruth L. Chaffee School and John Paterson School will take place Wednesday, April 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Opening Reception date for students and their families attending Newington High School, Martin Kellogg Middle School, Anna Reynolds School and Elizabeth Green School will take place Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All members of the community are invited to view the creative work of Newington’s talented students. Relay for Life: seeks survivors and participants Relay for Life of Newington, an 18-hour, overnight walk-a-thon to benefit the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for May 20 and 21 at Mill Pond Park in Newington. We are currently seeking cancer survivors and their caregivers, as well as participants, to be a part of this heartfelt event. Cancer survivors and their caregivers are invited to come and walk the first lap of the event and are honored with a reception following this lap. In the evening, there is a luminaria ceremony in which white bags with candles line the track honoring our survivors, and remembering those who have lost their battle with cancer. Last year, Newington’s relay had over 500 participants and raised over $90,000 for the fight against cancer. If you would like participate, contact Amy Lungu, event chair (aelungu13@ or visit newingtonct for more information. MOTHERS’ DAY PLANT SALE: The Ladies’ Guild of Holy Spirit Church will hold its annual Mothers’ Day Plant Sale Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Father O’Conner Hall on Church Street. Vegetables, decorative plants and herbs will be available. This year a limited number of perennials will be available

during the sale. Geraniums at $3.75 each may be preordered for best selection by calling Jan Hebert at (860) 561-4785 before April 27. Reducing motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) among mature drivers: For drivers age 65+, this is the goal of an innovative study being conducted by the Adult Injury Prevention Program of The Trauma Institute, a joint program of Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Licensed drivers who are 65 years and older will be invited to participate in a confidential study that identifies driving safety issues. Each participant will be asked to complete a brief survey and a 30 minute computer screening program. After the computer screening there are two follow-up telephone surveys. The participant will receive a report on the results of the screening, referrals for any issues identified, and a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card as a thank you. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Central Connecticut and West Hartford- Bloomfield Health Districts and the Health Departments of East Hartford, Glastonbury and Manchester, and with support from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Appointments will be made at one of the following community senior centers: Berlin, Bloomfield, East Hartford, Elmwood/ West Hartford, Glastonbury, Newington, Manchester and Rocky Hill. The benefits of mature driver screening include identifying safety issues that affect driving at an earlier stage, and providing recommendations to address them. For more information, contact Lea Ann Fortin-McCue, study coordinator at (860) 249-1245. Guest Pastor: The Rev. Jacqueline Randall, NST, will serve the Church of the Infinite Spirit located in The Masonic Hall, 80 Walsh Ave., at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 24. Randall is the pastor of the National Spiritualist Church of Norwich (NSAC). For more information, call (860) 646-5976. Newington Parks & Recreation Family Fishing Derby: Newington Parks & Recreation Family Fishing Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30 at Mill Pond Park Pond. The Family Fishing Derby is free and open to boys and girls ages preschool through 15 years. The event is sponsored noon by Trout Unlimited, Connecticut Outfitters, JT’s Fly Shop and Newington Parks & Recreation.

Bring your whole family down and participate in this wonderful springtime event. Prizes to be given for the longest fish, tagged fish and other fun raffle prizes. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pre-registration is required; however, you must register the day of the event at the gazebo. You must provide your own fishing equipment. In case of inclement weather, call the 24-hour program hotline at (860) 6658686. The rain date for this event will be May 1. Brad Davis, Mayor to cut flea market ribbon: The long awaited reopening of the non-profit Kiwanis Club’s Big K Flea Market for bargain shoppers will happen at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 1 in Newington’s Market Square free parking lot and will open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the following two months May and June weather permitting. Later that morning at 11 a.m. radio personality Brad Davis of WDRC AM 1360 will speak and cut the ceremonial ribbon assisted by Mayor Mike Lenares, along with other dignitaries including State Sen. Paul Doyle and State Rep. Sandy Nafis who is also a Kiwanis member. Entrance is at 39 E. Cedar St. (CT Route 175) Newington. ‘Jump Into Spring with Reading’: During the month of April, the GFWC Newington/ Wethersfield Woman’s Club, in cooperation with Newington Public Schools, will sponsor its seventh annual “Jump Into Spring with Reading” contest. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade are eligible to enter the contest, simply by reading books. Students record a date for every 20 minutes that they read or are read to and submit an entry form for every five dates. The drawing for prizes will take place at each elementary school Wednesday, May 4. Five prizes will be awarded per school. By sponsoring this contest, the Woman’s Club is hoping to encourage children to read as much as possible through April 29. The club and school district also hope that by being challenged in this way, children will learn the joy of reading for pleasure and entertainment. Newington Relay For Life Upcoming Fundraisers: (PLEASE NOTE ACTUAL FLIERS MUST BE PRINTED FROM WEBSITE BELOW TO PRESENT AT EVENTS!) Zumbathon to Benefit Newington Relay for Life —

Where: Roosevelt Middle School — 40 Goodwin Street, New Britain CT — When: April 30, 2011, 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. — Cost: $15 per person. / Pink Ladies Fundraising Night — Where: TGI Friday’s of Newington — When: April 28, 5:00-9:00 p.m. **Must present flier and 20% of every dollar spent will be donated. / Car Show/Car Smash — Where: CCSU Kaiser Parking Lot — When: May 1, 2011, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. For more information on all of these fundraisers, and to print fliers needed, please visit the Relay for Life website at or contact Event Chairwoman, Amy Lungu at Newington Public Schools welcomes back class on Voice Acting: People from virtually all walks of life are turning to voice acting for supplemental or retirement income, or as a full time career. On Wednesday, May 11, Newington Public Schools Adult & Continuing Education, in conjunction with Voice Coaches, will present Getting Paid To Talk, a single-evening, realistic and entertaining introduction to the world of voice overs. Attendees will learn everything from the basics of getting started, working in the studio, effective demo production methods, and industry pros and cons to where to look for opportunities in and around their community and how to land the job. Attendees will also have the opportunity to record amock commercial under the direction of a Voice Coaches producer. Regardless of motivation, Getting Paid to Talk is a great first step for anyone curious about Voice Acting. Registration at least a week in advance is required. Enrollment is limited to 25. For more information or to register by the enrollment deadline, call (860) 667-5850. Class fee is $20. Juried Art Show: The Newington Art League will participate in a juried art show from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Market Square Studios, 1068 Main St.Students from Newington High School will also be entering art work to be judged. The Newington Waterfall Festival: The festival committees are in need of crafters, food vendors, vendors, Sponsors, Chalkwalk artists. Event date is September 24th from 10:00 am 5:00 pm on Market Square ( raindate 10-1 ) Please contact Val Ginn at 860571-0084 for further information.

at the library Teen Anime Club: Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For grades 6 to 12. The Anime Club meets once a month to watch anime and snack on pocky. For more information, email Bailey at or call (860) 665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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paperback and children’s books will be on sale, along with a selection of cassettes, CDs, videos and DVDs. Proceeds from this sale benefit the library’s collections and programs. Stop by and get great bargains on your favorite authors and subjects.

self confidence and reading skills in a single tail wag! Introducing R.E.A.D. — Reading Education Assistance Dogs! Children in grades 1 to 5 needing to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15 minute session reading to a certified therapy dog. Call (860) 665-8720 for more information Tales to Tales: Wednesday, April or to register. Sponsored by Tails 27, 4:30 p.m. Faster than a speed- of Joy. ing Frisbee…more powerful than a rubber chew toy…able to increase Computer Classes: There are a

few spaces available in two computer classes at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. Call (860) 6658700 to register. Preparing for the Job Interview: Know the Company, Tuesday, April 26 at 10 a.m. Learn how to research the library’s databases and the Internet for company information. Be Your Own Travel Agent, Wednesday, April 27, 10 a.m. Learn about travel sites available on the Internet to plan your next trip.

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Liederkranz 100th Anniversary celebrates dedication to heritage By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

The Hartford Liederkranz German Social Club celebrated its 100th anniversary Saturday night, April 16, holding a formal dinner banquet to honor the members of the club both living and no longer present, and most importantly to Back Ads 8/13/09 2:28 preserve the Germanic heritage for

future generations. “It’s an occasion not many clubs can say they have lived 100 years or have lasted 100 years,” said Alois Weber, who joined in 1959, and served as the club president and vice president throughout the years. More than 200 club members and guests attended the celebration at the Hartford Liederkranz PM Page building on7800 North Mountain

Road, including Newington Mayor Mike Lenares and his wife, Tina. Lenares presented the Liederkranz with a proclamation congratulating the club on its dedication to keeping the German heritage thriving over the last century. “Any organization to be around for 100 years is an excellent achievement,” said Lenares. “I wish them success in the next 100 years.”


The Hartford Liederkranz officially opened its doors in 1911 primarily as an Austrian social club. Through the years the club has incorporated the German heritage as well. The club was founded in Hartford and moved to Newington in 1971. The building in which the club now resides was built entirely by club members who worked as masons, plumbers, and electricians in the area. The celebration Saturday night started off with a display of the national colors of Germany, Austria, and the United States with each respective national anthem played to the saluting flag. After a brief welcoming and history of the club the Members of the Hartford Liederkranz German guests enjoyed a catered Club have a dance after dinner during the club’s 100th anniversary celebration Saturday night. meal and the company

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100th Anniversary with a lot to celebrate their friends and family members. As the night progressed, the traditional sounds of a German celebration picked up as shouts of “Prost!� echoed through the halls and the dancing began. Throughout the evening, amidst the joyful sounds of 100 years of tradition, many members of the club also took the time to remember the friends they had lost in the past. The club’s President Friedrich Hecht passed away last November at the age of 79. Hecht was president when the club opened its doors at its new location in Newington in 1971. For many of the patrons including Hecht’s daughter, Rose Hecht, the 100th anniversary and banquet was fitting tribute to the man who had devoted so much of his time to the club. “I am sure he is here somewhere tonight,� said Rose Hecht. “Our family had a lot of love for this club.� The Hartford Liederkranz is a meeting place for people of German descent to find a piece of home in a foreign land. Starting a new life in America was a daunting and often isolate embarkation for many immigrants. Clubs like the Hartford Liederkranz provided these new Americans with a way to socialize with people who spoke their own language and had similar interests, while providing a sense of comfort. “At that time you are looking for an outlet, somewhere to go to. So

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better Americans. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place for easy to know oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roots â&#x20AC;Ś it is always makes one more self conscious, in a where do you go, a German club, exchange, but it also makes them good to know where you come good way.â&#x20AC;? because its familiar to you. They aware of their roots it is important from. It broadens oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horizons and speak your language. It was not that giving in those days when you came over,â&#x20AC;? said Weber, who emigrated from Germany in 1958. Prior to and following World War II, German and Austrian citizens immigrated to the United States in large numbers, surging the membership of the club to more than 500 members at its peak. As the flow of new immigrants from Germany slowed considerably in the recent decades, the source of new membership for the club also came to an end. Today the club has a membership of around 200. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the ethnic clubs, in a sense, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see lasting unless something changes. There is no one coming over anymore,â&#x20AC;? said Weber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need more young people and more people to help the club entirely run by volunteers.â&#x20AC;? Like their ancestors before them, the members of the Hartford Liederkranz face an uncertain future, yet as long as they are surrounded by the friends and family they care for most, their German and Austrian heritage will survive just as their ancestors had ensured its survival, said Friedrich Lohr, Consulate General of Germany, and honored guest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people from the Hartford Liederkranz are trying to keep their hands on the pulse of their country of origins,â&#x20AC;? said Lohr, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I personal believe that helps them be

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that bounced around the darkness of the area. The Newington Arena donated half of the proceeds from the “Ice Jam” night to the Newington The silhouettes of two ice staters pass across the High School’s Project lights of the laser light show during the Ice Jam. Graduation, a substance-free graduation party for Newington’s seniors. The Newington Arena, 300 “We are glad Newington found Alumni Road, holds the “Ice a way to use the event,” said Jen Jam” every Friday evening startWester, a skating instructor at the ing at 7 p.m. The program is arena. “It’s an event that encour- geared toward children 11 to 15 ages activity. It’s a place to have years old but is open to all ages. some fun and a great way to raise Admission is $10 and ice skate some money.” rentals are $3.

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The Newington Arena ice skating rink held an “Ice Jam” fundraiser for the Newington High School‘s Project Graduation Friday, April 8. More than 100 kids and adults came out to skate during this party on the rink, as DJ Zig Zac played fast-paced electronic music. At 7 p.m. the overhead lights in the area went out and were replaced by a synthesized color light show. Glimpses of ice skaters could be seen as they flew through the blues, greens, and reds


‘Kids Speak Up’ By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

One of Newington’s own was recently chosen to represent the state of Connecticut during the “Kids Speak Up!” epilepsy awareness march in Washington, D.C. March 27. Meeting Ian Bomely, you would never expect he suffers from epilepsy. A healthy 15-year-old, active, with broad shoulders and a passion for football and baseball, it can be difficult to picture the young man suffering from the sudden snare of a seizure. But it has happened twice in his life. Ian first suffered from an aggressive seizure attack in 2009. It was the middle of the night. Ian’s mother heard a loud crash from Ian’s bedroom and upon opening the door found him lying on his floor. Ian doesn’t remember any it. A week later Ian was struck again by a seizure in his sleep.


More than 3 million Americans have been diagnosed with epilepsy — a medical condition that produces seizures affecting mental and physical functions. A person is considered to have epilepsy after suffering from two unprovoked seizures. The seizures can last anywhere from a few seconds to, in the most detrimental cases, a few minutes. Ian says he considers himself one of the lucky ones. He has only suffered two seizures in the two years of his diagnosis and his medication has been working well to impede another occurrence. Yet, there is always the fear that he may unexpectedly suffer again. “My motto now is: if it happens, it happens, I’m not going to let epilepsy restrict me,” said Ian. Some of the representatives scheduled to participate in the “Kid’s Speak Up!” were unable to attend because they were suffering See Teen, Page 13

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Irish First Thursdays in Newington Newington’s Town Square will host a monthly series of Irish music events in Downtown Newington, starting Thursday, May 5, 2011, and continuing to Thursday, October 6th, 2011 (excluding July).* Events start at 5 pm and will continue until 8 pm.

Ian Bomely, third from right meets with U.S. Representative John Larson, center, during a recent trip to Washington D.C. to raise Epilepsy awareness.

said Ian. Since his return he has spoken to medical students at Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing avenues to raise awareness locally including Newington High School. “One thing I want to tell the people is you can pretty much do anything with epilepsy, as long as you are stable and put your mind toward it,” he said. He and his mother, Barbara Bomley, have already started planning to hold a pasta dinner in the fall, with the help of the Newington High School football team, to benefit epilepsy awareness and research. Next year Ian said he plans to return to the nation’s Capitol as a volunteer, and hopes to organize a recreational period where he and his new friends from across the nation can have some fun. “I want to go down every year if I can,” said Ian. After completing high school Ian said he hopes to college and enter the neuroscience field.

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

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