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Walking willpower By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

The Newington Relay for Life was held last weekend as residents from the community and the surrounding areas joined together to raise funds for cancer research and awareness, perhaps more importantly, to remember those who have passed away and the survivors there that day. More than 510 participants came to the Newington Relay for Life this year, organized into 40 teams or walking on their own, around a track marked around Mill Pond Park. Through the collaboration of strangers, bonded by a common struggle, the Newington Relay for Life was able to raise over $63,300 for the American Cancer Society and its ongoing research in the pursuit of the cure.


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This year the Relay was directed by Amy Lungu. Lungu, a participant of Relays in the past decided to step up and direct the relay this year, something, she said, she was proud to do. “It’s a wonderful experience. I have met so many people. I have had so many people share their stories with me. It’s an honor to have these people be able to talk to you,” said Lungu. “These stories are personal. Everybody’s story is personal to them, and to have them open their hearts, so you can hear their stories and struggles, it means a lot.” Lungu recently lost a neighbor and close friend, Mary Pollock, to cancer. This year the Relay for Life focused ofnthe celebration of birthdays. Each new birthday to a cancer survivor is a victory, said See Relay, Page 10

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Haiyan Grzelak prepares organic Chinese green tea by pouring warm water directly on loose tea leaves. The warm water “awakens” the leaves, releasing their full flavor. The tea will then be strained into a serving pot. See story, photos, Page 6

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Suspect pleads not guilty in stabbing of Newington man By Lisa Backus Staff Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — One of two people wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a father of four from Newington, Conn., in Springfield has pleaded not guilty. Noemy Ramos was ordered held on $150,000 bail at her arraignment Tuesday on a charge of being an accessory after the fact of murder. Police say the 33-year-old Ramos

surrendered to authorithree of their children ties with her lawyer in Saturday after he went the parking lot of a fastbetween two buildings food restaurant Monday. on Cumberland Street Police are still searchin Springfield, Mass., to ing for 37-year-old urinate, police said. Luis Manuel Cintron, Luis Cintron, 37, of who they say did the 66 Cumberland St., stabbing. Springfield, Mass., was Carlos E. Beslanga, Luis Manuel Cintron offended and allegedly 32, of Homecrest Street stabbed Beslanga in the in Newington was fatally stabbed chest with a large knife after the in front of his mother, his wife and two argued around 4:30 p.m., police

said. Another man, who was not identified by police, also was stabbed by Citron during the incident, police said. Cintron then handed the weapon to his girlfriend, Noemy Ramos, 33, also of 66 Cumberland St., Springfield, Mass., who dropped the knife in a sewer, police said. The weapon was later recovered by police. Beslanga’s mother tried to stop Cintron as he was fleeing in a 2006

white Honda with the Massachusetts license plate 187-HH7, but he managed to escape with Ramos. Police are seeking the public’s help in finding Cintron, who like Ramos, has an extensive arrest record. Cintron should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Springfield Police Detective Bureau at (413) 7876355. The AP contributed to this story.

Market Square revitalization set to move forward, find bids By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

The Newington Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the plans for the revitalization of Market Square, allowing the project to go out to bid. The Downtown Revitalization Committee has been reviewing plans for the revitalization of Newington’s Market Square for over a year. The project will tie together the improvements made to Main Street and the recent reconstruction of the Constitution Square parking area. “It really is a nice street, it just needs a little face lift,” said Deputy Mayor Scott McBride. “We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel per say. We wanted to make a little more business friendly and a lot more pedestrian friendly.” McBride also serves as the Chairman of the Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Renovations to the street-scape will include the expansion of the sidewalk from its current width of 5 feet to 8 feet in width. The sidewalks will be laid with rust colored concrete pavers to match those on Main Street. The expansion of the sidewalks will reduce the street width from 50 feet to 44 feet. This reduction combined with the 8 foot wide parallel parking stalls that will line the street reduces the overall width traffic lane to 26 feet or 13 feet both ways. There will be an estimated 65 marked parallel parking stalls along each side of the street. According to Milone & MacBroom, the project consulting company out of Cheshire, the reduction in travel lanes will have the positive effect of reducing vehicle travel speeds down the street, which meets the Revitalization Committees goal of making the street more pedestrian friendly. Three pedestrian walkways

constructed from brick pavers will also be added to the street to replace the current painted crossings. “It’s a very important project in terms of the pedestrian component of Market Square,” said Gary Fontanella, the Milone & MacBroom project manager. Milone & MacBroom estimate the construction cost of the project will be $1.19 million; this includes a 10 percent contingency cost, for unforeseen expenditures. “I think we have value engineered this project to death. Every penny we could squeeze out of this I think we did,” said Mayor Mike Lenares. Mayor Lenares served on the Down Town Revitalization Committee before he became mayor in March. The project committee currently has $ 1.2 million allocated for the project. This includes $550,000 received from the state grants. The remaining $650,000 was allocated through the town’s Capital Improvement Projects fund.

In addition sidewalk improvements additional light posts will be added to the street. The light posts will replicate the antique style found on Main Street, but will also include power outlets for vendors who participate in the many festivals which take place along the road. Trash receptacles and benches have also been included in the design, along with bike racks and banner posts. The banner posts will be used to hoist festival or event banners across the width street. Market Square will be open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout construction said Fontanella, due to the fact that there will be no construction done to the street, other than the decrease in width and the installation of pedestrian walkways. Sidewalk construction may interfere briefly with local business operations, as pavers are replaced in the front of businesses. The Downtown Revitalization

Committee has welcomed public participation throughout the planning of Market Square and has had large public turnouts in past meetings where business owners expressed their opinions and concerns about the redevelopment. “We really wanted to do this project out in the open with as much public participation as we could,” said Deputy Mayor Scott McBride. McBride stated that he hopes since the construction coincides with a seasonal lull in retail sales, which usual occurs in August, the project will not have a large impact on the businesses who call the street home. According to Fontanella, Milone & MacBroom hopes to have accepted a contractor bid by the end of June. Construction is expected begin around July 18 of this summer with construction completion marked for the middle of November.

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Opal is a gentle and affectionate 15-year-young cat looking for a spot in the sun. She won’t seek out your attention, but this champion head-butter loves to be pet. Opal enjoys the company of adults, older children, calm dogs and cats. She doesn’t look or act like a senior. Poor Opal is trying to figure out how she landed at the shelter and seems a little depressed. Do you have a warm spot where Opal can enjoy her golden years? Visit with Opal at the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington. Remember, the Connecticut Humane Society has no time limits. Inquiries for adoption should be made at the Connecticut Humane Society located at 701 Russell Road in Newington or

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Prior to the Iwo Jima Ceremony Daniel Kelly was sworn in and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marines Corps. Above, Debbie and Stephen Kelly pin the Lieutenant’s bar on Daniel. The family is from Naugatuck. A recent graduate of UConn, Daniel is leaving soon for training at Quantico, Va. The Marine Corps often uses the Iwo Jima monument as an icon for official ceremonies.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal greets the members of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club who rode Sunday to raise money for the Iwo Jima Survivors’ scholarship fund.



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Kurt Rynn, 18, of 228 Nicholson St., Newington, was charged May 16 with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana and sale of marijuana. Szymon Dola, 23, of 24 Woodbury Circle, Middletown, was charged May 17 with failure to appear in the second degree. Leonard Frank, 29, of 116 Robbins Road, Kensington, was charged May 19 with larceny in the fifth degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the fifth degree. Nicholas Micale Jr., 49, of 50 Perry Road, Bristol, was charged May 19 with larceny in the sixth degree and possession of narcotics.

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Dale Frink, 52, of 253 Maple Hill Ave., Newington, was charged May 19 with violation of probation. Lloyd Bacote, 44, of 18 Kinnear Ave., Newington, was charged May 20 with criminal mischief in the third degree. Norberto Colon, 31, of 214 South St., Hartford, was charged May 20 with larceny in the sixth degree by possession, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance, and failure to appear in the second degree. Monica McCarthy, 80, of 32 Churchill Way, Newington, was charged May 20 with driving under the influence, driving without insurance and following too closely.

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04/29/2011 267 Robbins Ave.: James Borkowski Jr RET and Janet Timoteo of Newington to John P. White, $180,000 on 04/27/2011 267 Robbins Ave.: Maurice J Daigle FT and Bank Of America Na of Newington to John P. White, $180,000 on 04/27/2011 20 Woodsedge Drive, Unit 4b: Howard L. Ball of Newington to Kelly L. Bartoli, $118,000 on 04/25/2011

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Pablo Antonetty, 39, of 482 East St., New Britain, was charged May 21 with violation of probation. Christine Rodriguez, 40, of 72 Elton Drive, Newington, was charged May 21 with disorderly conduct. Juan Rodriguez, 40, of 72 Elton Drive, Newington, was charged May 21 with disorderly conduct. Alfonso Adorno, 25, of 137 Evergreen Ave., Hartford, was charged May 21 with disorderly conduct and robbery in the third degree. Reynaldo Mercado, 27, of 26 Congress St., Hartford, was charged May 22 with larceny in the sixth degree. Christopher Cappelletti, 32, of 251 Faith Court, Newington, was charged May 23 with assault in the third degree and disorderly conduct. Gregory Griffin, 28, of 111 Olney Road, Wethersfield, was charged May 23 with larceny in the sixth degree.

future job search. The experience of working in a fully-functioning newsroom is not something that you can put a price on in an economy where jobs are hard to come by. A day trip to our printer in Northampton, Mass. will be arranged so the full process of executing a weekly newspaper can be seen. Please, only those serious and dedicated students need apply. While the job is fun and interesting, it can also be demanding. Any previous experience is a plus. Please email your resume and a letter explaining why this internship would benefit your future to: You can call (860) 225-4601 ext. 222 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday throughSunday, 3 to 11 p.m.) for more information.

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Bringing Chinese tea to Newington keeps ancient art alive By ALEX SYPHERS STAFF WRITER

Since its first documented use over 5,000 years ago, the delicate tea leaf has remained an essential block of Chinese culture. It has survived through dynasties, war, and reformation, to now find itself as one of the most commonly consumed beverages throughout the world. In an effort to keep the ancient Chinese art of brewing tea alive, Newington resident Haiyan Grzelak has enveloped herself in

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Haiyan Grzelak performs the traditonal Chinese tea ceremony for customers wishing to experience a taste of Chinese culture.

the practice of brewing tea and now offers this knowledge to the community. Grzelak was born and raised in Beijing, China, where she worked as an international marketing consultant. Now, eight years after moving to the United States, Grzelak finds herself half way across the globe in a quiet Newington suburb. The distance from her homeland has not diminished Grzelak’s passion for her culture. Just over a year ago she returned to China to study to become a master of tea. Upon her returning, she opened a small business, Lotus Leaf Tea, and began to sell 100 percent organic whole leaf tea from her home. The tea is specially imported from the Fujian province in China. The tea Grzelak imports from China is classified as Level 1, the highest grade tea available, meaning an increase in flavor as well as the potency for potential health benefits. Most teas found in the U.S., she said, are not even classified because they are the remnants of other teas, which have been ground up and mixed together. While she does sell her tea for a profit, Grzelak says her main purpose is to expose the American culture to the healing wonders of tea; to bring happiness to, and

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peace to, her American counterparts, she said. “It’s important to deliver that feeling and energy to other people,” she says. “It is my mission — my destiny — to deliver positive energy to other people.” Through brewing tea Grzelak says one can reach a state of harmony, in which both the body and mind are healed. Brewing tea, she says, is related to Buddhism in that through tea, one can find peace, purity, truthfulness, and joy. This is an important aspect in the Chinese tea culture, she says. Brewing tea is a “moving meditation.” Watching the tea leaves dance through the warm water and “awaken” delivers her to a state of enlightenment. “By drinking tea and experiencing the peace, you heal your own mind, it is kind of a self-healing,” explained Grzelak. “You heal your mind, your body, and your soul. Once you have reached that level, you have reached the Buddhist level; it’s called enlightenment.” During a demonstration last week, Grzelak displayed how a traditional Chinese tea ceremony is performed. While never fully lost, the tradition of enjoying tea through a meditative ceremony has seen a resurgence in mainland China in recent years, said Grzelak. It is seen as a peaceful


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Tea leaves, arranged in the shape of a flower blossom, bloom in the warm water of the tea pot. This artisian tea arrangment is one of the newest additions to the Lotus Leaf Tea selections.

and relaxing way to enjoy the company of friends and family. Upon sitting, the table guests are immediately welcomed and shown the tools which will be used to brew the tea, including the types of teapots, teacups, and brewing utensils. As Grzelak continues her explanation, a pot of water begins to a simmer at 175 degrees, just warm enough to extract the flavor of the tea, but not hot enough to scold the tea leaves and make them bitter. While to process of brewing tea may seem routine, it is an appreciation of the intricacies of the brewing process which distinguish the Chinese tea ceremony. After pouring the warm water into a glass containing loose leaf green tea leaves, Grzelak gently agitates the water by rotating it in a circular motion. Inside tea leaves dance through the warm water in what Grzelak calls the waking process. “Looking at the dry tea leaf, people think they have no life, but add water and they bloom into life,” said Grzelak. “Tea leaves are very gentle,” she said, “and I like to see the tea leaves dancing inside. It is also part of the meditation.” The art of tea tasting is very similar to that of wine tasting. An appreciation must be held for the smell, the taste and even the warmth of the tea in order to determine the individual flavors that compose the overall taste. In addition to the meditative properties, enjoying a warm cup

of tea is also healing to the body. Of the six types of organic tea Grzelak offers all have various degrees of benefit to the body. “When you drink tea you keep your system balanced and you have a happy and healthy life,” said Grzelak. The spicy, yet, sweet-flavored organic red tea has the potential to prevent cardiovascular disease, says Grzelak, as well as potentially lower the risk of cancer and balance the system. According to Grzelak the smoky flavored oolong tea will help you lose weight and enhance skin beauty. The most potentially beneficial of the teas is the spring green tea. Green tea contains the most vitamins within its sweet herbal taste and has an antioxidant index that is 100 times more powerful than Vitamin C. It also has the potential to stop bacteria growth in the gums, reduce the risk of skin cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition to organic whole leaf tea, Lotus Leaf Tea offers all the tea pots, cups, and strainers needed to brew traditional Chinese whole leaf tea. All flavors are also available in tea satchels, for those looking to brew in a more contemporary fashion. For more information about Lotus Leaf Tea, the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, and the benefits of drinking tea, visit the Lotus Leaf Tea Website at: www.


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Columbian students graduate from prosthetics program

On Friday, May 13, Columbian students Miguel Angel Gutierrez and Sebastian Ramirez graduated f rom Hanger Orthopedic Group’s Ne wington Cer tific ate Program for Prosthetics. As part of a humanitarian effort by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. to help the people of Colombia, Guierrez and Ramirez completed an intensive nine-month course and internship, which prepared them as qualified clinicians trained in patient assessment, prosthetics fitting, and socket/ limb fabrication. Both were scheduled to return home to Colombia May 25 where they will care for amputees at the Central Military Hospital Prosthetics Laboratory. The Newington training program Gutierrez and Ramirez participated in is the result of a partnership between hanger

Orthopedic Group Inc. and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, to improve the provision of prosthetic care to amputees in Colombia. Due to decades of conflict, Colombia has experienced a large number of landmine victims, and with more than 7,700 landmire survivors registered since 2002, the need for accessible prosthetic care is high. The collaboration includes two initiatives — the clinical education and training of Colombians interested in becoming prosthetists and technicians, and the implementation of a comprehensive in-country clinic to help alleviate the backlog of amputees needing prosthetic intervention. For more information, visit HangerSikorskyPartnership. New students from Colombia are expected to begin the same program in August 2011.

Local News Academic achievements April Adorno, a senior at CCSU was recently inducted May 4 into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. By accepting membership into Kappa Delta Pi, April is recognized for her scholarly achievements and dedication to the education profession. Jessica Lee Bruno of Newington graduated from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, May 7 with a Master of Science in biomedical engineering. Abigail Benner, Grade 9, received General Honors in the third quarter honor roll for Newington High School.



Hygiene Association (SADHA) Awards: Meagan Montano (Newington) The following Newington residents received degrees during Quinnipiac University’s 80th Undergraduate Commencement Exercises May 22. Bliss C. Da Silva, Bachelor of Science in nursing; Tiffany C. Diorio Bachelor of Arts in journalism Alicia K. Henderson, Bachelor of Science in nursing. Randi Alexandra Iaco received a Master of Science degree in public relations during the 2011 Graduate Commencement at Quinnipiac University May 15.

Bogdan S. Kanar of Newington has earned an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing from Excelsior New England Institute of College. Technology (NEIT) held its 70th Commencement ceremony on May Leah Gallicchio of Newington 1 at the Rhode Island Convention received a Bachelor of Science Center in Providence,R.I.More than degree in applied mathematics from 1,300 students received an Associate Bryant University, Smithfield, R.I. in Science or Bachelor of Science degree from approximately 30 Lindsie Simpson of Newington technology-based programs. Joshua was recognized for participation in Alpha Rivera and Andrew Urbanski of campus activities recently at a cerNewington received A.S. degrees. emony in the Griswold Theatre at American International College, Amber Hirsch of Newington Springfield, Mass. More than received the Liberty Bank 75 students received awards at Foundation Scholarship from the the Co-Curricular Awards night Middlesex Community College program, as students, parents, facFoundation, Inc. Hirsch received ulty and administrators gathered the award during the annual to honor the student leaders. Scholarship Reception at MxCC, when 28 different awards valued at Paul Schiller of Newington more than $40,000 were given to 77 received the New Era Award at students total. Curry College, Milton, Mass. Each year, the New Era award is presentTunxis Community College ed to a graduating senior who, by will hold its 40th Commencement virtue of his or her academic excelon Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 lence, participation in curricular and p.m. Approximately 409 students co-curricular activities, leadership, are expected to receive associate’s accomplishments, and the potential degrees and certificates, represent- for future achievement is detering the largest graduating class mined to have contributed most to in Tunxis history. Salutatorian is the enrichment of the Class and the Anna Karpiej of Newington, who College at large. will receive an associate in science degree in business administration: The following residents graduaccounting. ated from Keene State College: Stephen Gomes with a B.A. and Over 100 Tunxis students received Andrew Reynolds with a B.A. awards and scholarships at the 28th annual “Student Recognition Christian Philip Waller of Ceremony,” held on May 6 at Tunxis Newington was awarded a Bachelor Community College, Farmington. of Science degree in chemical engiHartford Foundation for Public neering with high distinction at the Giving Scholarships: Punum 143rd Commencement exercises Tohan-Santos (Newington) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student American Dental (WPI) on May 14.

The Annual Awards Ceremony at Saint Joseph College took place on April 27. Family and friends joined together, proudly supporting undergraduate students who were honored for their academic achievements, leadership and service to the community. Christine Tetreault of Newington received the Honors Program Award. The

Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Tunxis Community College in Farmington announced its most recent membership inductees at an induction ceremony on April 29. Joseph Cuomo of Newington was among the inductees. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is recognized by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges as the official honor fraternity of twoyear colleges. To achieve eligibility for PTK, a student must complete at least 12 hours of associate’s degree course work and earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher. Throughout their enrollment, they must maintain high academic standing, generally a 3.25 GPA. About 100,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa each year.


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Relay for Life is not just an event, it’s a celebration of life Continued from Page 1

Teams decorated their tents, which sprung up around the track, with balloons and birthday-themed streamers. Some entrepreneurial teams sold pieces of cake or cupcakes to raise additional funds for the Relay. “We are thankful for the survivors we have and the fight that they fought. They didn’t give up they are our heroes so this is for them it’s all about celebrating their life,” said Lungu. Rachel Lutzker, of FOX 61news, spoke to the crowd during the opening ceremony thanking the participants for their support. She lost her father to lung cancer in 1990. The American Cancer Society also recognized the Newington Volunteer Fire Department for their continued commitment to the Relay for Life by hosting meetings and helping organize the event and providing emergency services throughout the night. The Relay for Life kicked off with a lap by the cancer survivors. Dressed in purple, the survivors stretched around half the track. As they reached the last bend they were

met by their families and caregivers who helped support them through turbulent times. The caregivers lit a candle held by the survivors, symbolizing the flame of life, and joined their loved ones on another lap around the track. A heavy rain had drenched the field two hours before the Relay was set to step off. Yet there was nothing that could deter the participants from the track. Many of the walkers traded sneakers for galoshes, or as many of the children did, decided to go barefoot through the water-soaked field. The participants walked the track through the night until 10 a.m. Saturday, each team kept one member on the field at all times. “The idea is cancer never sleeps,” said Lungu. As night settled over the field, friends and family gathered among their teams and mingled. Many had fires going to keep the misty chill rising from the soaked field at bay. Laughter and stories could be heard coming from these areas as the Relay participants on deck walked by. Among this camaraderie and fellowship, the memories of those who

passed never faded. Their stories and exploits in life were carried on in the age old tradition of the camp fire story. Lori Ryan of Avon was at one of those camp fires. She lost her mother, Jean Peszko, in 2010 to colon cancer. Peszko was a guidance counselor at Newington High School. She fought her cancer for more than 10 years. Lori and her brother, Scott Peszko of Wethersfield participate in the Relay For Life each year in memory of their mother. “My mother was a strong supporter herself and of the people around her… ,” said Scott. “Certain things you just do…,” he continued, “Once you are in you see how many people are affected all around you, and you realize how wide spread it is.” One sobering reminder of the malicious effects of the cancer was prevalent among many that night. It was the fact that a friend made last year, or over the course of years, was not at the relay this year. “I have been coming here years and you see the difference in people who aren’t here anymore, young or old, year after year…,” said Ryan. “But it’s great to come, to see the

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Cancer survivor Harvey Desruisseaux, of Hebron, receives the flame of life from his caregivers at the Newington Relay for Life.

people.” For many of the supporters the Relay for lLfe is a way to connect with those they may not see on a regular basis and is a time to show support and have a good laugh. It is a time to celebrate life. “This event is not meant to be sadness and sorrow,” said Lungu. “It’s about enjoyment and celebrating our lives. Yes, we do take a moment to remember those we have lost and the battles they have fought, but we want to enjoy the fact that we are alive due to the fact that

we have cancer research.” Sandy Perlini of Newington survived a three-year attack including breast cancer, brain cancer, and lung cancer. Taking a walk around the track with a pink and blue birthday cake top hat complete with felt candles, Perlini held an aura of tranquility, smiling as she passed friends and family. When asked what the Relay for Life meant to her Perlini responded: “it means I have survived another year and so has everyone else here.”

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for the first time, armed with spray bottles and blunt knives to scrape away the wall paper inside the home’s front parlor. At the time the state highway department was slated to demolish the Kelsey House for a highway project. Betty, being the Town Historian, had heard rumors from the previous owners of the Kelsey House that the walls of the home contained hand-painted murals including a ship. Betty was interested in finding out for herself what the historical signifi- Elizabeth Baxter’s son the Rev. Ledyard Baxcance of these paintings ter, bottom right, sits on a bench dedicated to mother Elizabeth Baxter by the Newingcould be, so one day in his ton Historical Society. Beside him sits society March of 1978, she and Charter Member Eileen Cormier. Standing Cormier entered the home are, from left, society President Jim Late, state Rep. Sandy Nafis, Sen. Paul Doyle, and and started to work. “We started scraping society Director Dorothy Abbott. and, indeed, we were finding things on three of the walls,” and persistence and efforts money said Cormier as she spoke to the was raised and the house was audience. “Well all of a sudden, moved to this location,” continued we thought, ‘we don’t know what Cormier. “This is another remarkwe are doing,’ we were a bunch of able tale led by Betty and I really amateurs.” think that without Betty this house Betty contacted several art would not have been saved.” restorers and preservation societies Today the Kelsey House in order to better understand what stands as a prime example of had been found. As it turned out, early American history and, more the Kelsey House is the only histor- importantly, as a testament to the ic house in New England to have history of Newington. Inside, more four hand-painted frescos in one walls were found which contained room. The frescos are landscape fragments of hand painted borders scenes from around New England. around door frames and ceilings, The landscapes are painted within all of which have been restored. an oval, which have square frames Today the Newington Historical painted around them to simulate Society maintains two historical a picture frame, complete with homes in the town of Newington, hand-painted hooks. including the Kelsey House and According to Jim Late, presi- the Kellogg-Eddy House at 679 dent of the Newington Historical Willard Ave., in an effort to perSociety, hand-painting walls were petuate the history of the town of seen as an economical way to dec- Newington. orate the inside of a home at the “This house cannot be replaced,” time of the Kelsey House’s con- said Town Councilor David Nagel, struction in 1799, as wallpaper was also a member of the historical manufactured in France and was society. “The Kellogg-Eddy House expensive to ship to the United cannot be replaced. Many of the States. artifacts found in both buildings Betty started a fundraiser in are irreplaceable, because not only town to save the Kelsey House are they history, in general, but from demolition. And in 1979 the they are priceless because they are house was moved from its former specific to this town; and indeed location on Kelsey Street to its cur- Betty Baxter was priceless to this rent location at 1702 Main St. town and to this community.” “Through Betty’s perseverance

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‘No Regrets’: Vietnam veteran visits Newington High School Watkins discussed the true nature of war including the real fear and adrenaline a soldier feels while patrolling the narrow brush of Vietnam. Imagine yourself walking a narrow, beaten path in South Vietnam, overgrown brush on either side of you, knowing that the enemy at any point could jump out and ambush your entire troop and that you may not make it home. How about deep in an entangled jungle, where the grass is as sharp as razor blades, you can only see as far as the next tree in

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The Teacher Appreciation Day breakfast at Anna Reynolds School was a success again this year thanks to all of the local businesses who so generously supported the event! We had over 50 donations of merchandise and gift cards which were raffled off to our hard working, committed teachers. The local businesses that donated include: Art of Touch, Brickhouse Bar and Grill, Carmen Anthony, Carvel, Chef ’s Dog House, Damato Chiropractic Center, Doogies, Flowers Etc., Gabriella’s Hair Studio, GoldBurgers, Jewelry Warehouse, Lake Compounce, Mindy Porell with Tastefully Simple, New Britain Rock Cats, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, PF Changs, Price Chopper, Puerto Vallarta, Red Robin, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Steve’s Place, Stew Leonards, T.G.I. Fridays, The Corner Pug, Trader Joes, Turgeon Jewelers, Venus Nails, Whole Foods, and Wings Over Newington. We would like to thank these businesses for their generosity and for supporting the teachers and their dedication to our children and community. Cindy Barron, Colleen Corriveau, Michelle Jackson, Michelle Saindon Teacher Appreciation Committee Members Anna Reynolds School

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Mountain Madness To the Editor:

The proposed development of approximately 78, two and a halfstory townhouses on what’s known as the Marcap Property on Cedar Mountain coupled with 70 — three to four-bedroom homes proposed for what is known as the Balf property on Cedar Mountain will have a detrimental effect on our community. There are other residential developments already approved that add to these numbers as well, bringing the total above 220. Our town’s infrastructure has already reached critical mass. Traffic is already an issue, what will the impact be if these developments are approved? An independent traffic study should be done immediately. The effects on wildlife in the area will be catastrophic, I feel that an environmental impact analysis must be done as well. In the Sunday (5/15) edition of the Hartford Courant iTowns section there was an article titled “Bigger Class Sizes” that mentioned Newington’s budget woes and how the Board of Education is forced to increase class sizes. Our student to

teacher ratios are already high, will this development push them to limits we have never seen before? Other town services will be stressed as well. I’ve heard argument that these developments will provide much needed tax revenue. The question remains, will the tax revenue support the cost of expanding our towns infrastructure or will our town council be forced to increase taxes? I believe there was an editorial in a recent edition of the Newington Town Crier that was very informative regarding the purchase of the Eddy Farm property in order to protect it from development of 150 homes. It mentioned that fact that a study showed it would cost more in the long run if the development went through as opposed to the town purchasing the property. I’ve had a chance to review some of the plans submitted by the Toll Brothers and to be honest I do not understand most of what has been submitted. Our commissioners are mostly residents who volunteer their time to serve our community on various commissions and I thank them for that. Do all of them understand these plans? I honestly hope that

they have a clear understanding of what is being proposed and what the ramifications are. Our conservation commission is being asked to make a decision on allowing the Toll Brothers to fill in a wetland in order to fit two additional homes on the Balf property. Due to the sensitivity of this issue as well as the complexity of the submitted plans it is imperative that the Connecticut Environmental Review Team be brought in to review the property being affected as well as performing a careful review of the plans recently submitted. I for one am opposed to ANY development up on Cedar Mountain. Please let your voices be heard either by presenting arguments to the commissions or simply by showing up at the meetings. Together we the residents of Newington can have a positive impact on these sensitive issues if we let our town government know that we are concerned. Let your voices be heard — SAVE CEDAR MOUNTAIN! Rick Spring Newington

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Flipping out over a big gymnastics win!

The Level 7 Connecticut State USA Gymnastics Championship meet was held April 2 at St. Paul’s High School in Bristol. It was Cassidy Girolamo’s first State Meet at this Level and she was hoping for a top 3 finish in the all around. In what turned out to be a very close meet in the 10 and under age group, Cassidy earned her career high score of 36.575, which gave her the State

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Art is alive in Newington Newington Students of the Month

Agnes Pireh, former Mrs. Connecticut, and Greg Polk, owner of Market Square Studios were two of the judges at the second Art Show sponsored by the studio. There were two categories of art judging: Painting and Photography. Winners for photography (judged by Pireh) were Deanna Troy Henry, First Place for her photo entitled “Door into Summer” (shown with ribbon above), and Greg Polk,

Honorable Mention. Winners for painting (judged by John Kelly, Mikki Zabrowski, and Greg Polk) were Pat Tanger, first place; Phyllis Small, second place, and Barbara Blain, third place. All are members of the Newington Art League. The studio is on Main Street i next to Finn Bques Irish restaurant, and plans to have art shows throughout the year. The shows will be every three months or so, Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

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at the library ART EXHIBIT AT LUCY ROBBINS WELLES LIBRARY: Throughout the month of May, Ann J. Jones will exhibit her multi-media artwork in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. The exhibit, entitled “Flowering: A Celebration of Nature, Color and Spirit” will be hanging until May 31. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when there is not a scheduled program in the Community Room. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 ONLY, 1 to 5 p.m. In addition, Jones will host an Artist’s Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at which refreshments will be served. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Saturday May 28, 10 a.m. Join the Lucy Robbins Welles Library staff in marching as a group in Newington’s Memorial Day parade! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 for details. TEEN ANIME CLUB Tuesday, May 31, 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 860665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FRIENDS’ ANNUAL MEETING The Friends’ Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. Everyone is invited to attend. Author Jan Mann of Cruising Connecticut with a Picnic Basket will be the evening’s speaker. Her book combines a selection of 42 day trip places to visit, each accompanied by a made-to-order picnic; from hunting spring wildflowers to wine tasting, from hiking and biking on miles of trails to tubing and kayaking on our waterways, from city walking tour to country drives from old homesteads, to unique museums. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing. Desserts and coffee will be served. FRIENDS OF LUCY ROBBINS WELLES LIBRARY GOLDEN GALA DINNER & SILENT AUCTION It’s a Party! It’s an Auction! Come and celebrate with your Friends! Help the Friends celebrate 50 years of service to the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. Join us on Saturday, June 18 at the Sphinx Shriner Center on Deming Road. The doors open at 6 p.m. A cash bar will be available. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by dinner and special guest speaker, former Sports Illustrated columnist, Steve Rushin, author of “The Pint Man” and currently writing a new column called “Rushin Lit” for SI.Com. Tickets are $45 per person and are available at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library information desk. Tickets may also be purchased by mail before June 3 using the order form in the Friends’ May newsletter or on the Web site at Your tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. For information, call the library at (860) 665-8700.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. This month’s reading is “Cooking with Fernet Branca” by James Hamilton-Paterson. All interested readers are invited to attend. GET OUTDOORS! Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. Young Farm town resident and naturalist Roy Zartarian will lead a nature walk at the Young Farm. Register in person at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. Families are welcome. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Rain date is June 5. Co-sponsored by the Newington Department of Human Services. PROGRAMS FOR JOB SEEKERS Arrive at 6:30 p.m. so you can enjoy some light refreshments and meet with your fellow job seekers. Registration is required. Call the Adult Information Desk at (860) 665-8700. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The Other Side of the HR Desk: How You Can Stand Out From the Crowd Monday, June 6, 7 p.m. Andrea Eselunas, Manager of Talent Acquisition at UnitedHealth Group, will be the speaker. Discover how to stand out from other applicants by the way you write your resume, look for jobs and utilize social networking sites. TEEN VOLUNTEER NETWORK Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. For grades 7 to 12. Interested in volunteering? Attend this program to sign up for upcoming library volunteer opportunities for the summer. Earn community service hours or just volunteer for the fun of it! For more information email Karen at or call (860) 665-8700. THE HEALING POWER OF MEDITATION Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m. Raider will present the latest clinical research on how meditation can improve your physical and mental health. This evening you will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. Admission is free. “THE KING’S SPEECH” Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. Join us for a screening of this multiple Oscar winner starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. The all star cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon and Derek Jacobi. Running time is 118 minutes and the film is rated R. We expect this to be very popular so please pick up your FREE ticket at the Adult Information Desk. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE You are invited to the all-ages kick-off for this year’s summer reading programs on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall parking lot. Children, teens and adults will enjoy two hours of fun-filled activities for the whole family. Register for one of the three reading programs the library is offering again this year. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Mortensen Community Center gym.

NOVEL DESTINATIONS Adult readers will earn a prize giveaway ticket for each book they read or listen to, which will be entered into weekly drawings for special gift baskets. All tickets collected throughout the summer will be entered into the grand prize drawings to be held Aug.19. An adult kick-off will be held on June 16 prior to the allages kick-off. YOU ARE HERE @ YOUR LIBRARY Teens in grades 7 to 12 will earn prizes and prize tickets for every 5 books (up to 15) they read throughout the summer to use in the grand prize drawings at the teen finale on Aug. 26. Teens will earn one extra prize ticket at every program they attend! ONE WORLD, MANY STORIES! Help us kick off a global summer of reading for children! Sign up for this year’s online summer reading program and earn prizes for reading 20 minutes a day. HANDS-ON COMPUTER CLASSES Class size is limited to 10 and reservations are required. Registration begins two weeks before each class is scheduled. Basic keyboarding skills, familiarity with Windows and proficiency using a mouse are required for all classes, except the Basic Computer class. Call 860-665-8700 to register. If you register for a class and do not attend or fail to give 24 hours notice,

you must wait 60 days before you may register for another class. All classes are two hours. All Excel, PowerPoint and Word programs are the Microsoft Office 2003 version. Sponsored by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Friends of the Library. Basic Computers Thursday, June 2, 10a.m. This class is for those with little or no experience using a computer. Learn the basics of computer terminology, how to maneuver in Windows and use a mouse. Basic Word Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. Topics include creating and opening documents, basic formatting of text, printing and saving documents. Picasa Thursdays, June 9 and June 23, 10 a.m. Get acquainted with Picasa, a free and easy to use photo editing software from Google. Learn how to manage photos, improve and retouch photos, use facial recognition to locate photos, create collages and more. This is a two-part class. Basic LinkedIn Monday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to establish a user profile, improve your visibility with key words and best practices for inviting and contacting other users and more. Intermediate Word Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. Topics include page setup, margins, advanced formatting, table and column creation, as well as managing tabs and indents. Experi-

ence with Word is required. FAMILY STORYTIME Thursdays, June 2,9,16,23 and 30 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for stories and songs for the whole family. No registration necessary. HOOKED ON LLAMAS Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Come hear a story and learn all about llamas. Then we’ll be introduced to a live llama! Remember to bring your cameras. Call the Children’s Department at 860-665-8720 to register for the 10:30 or 11:30 program. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! (NOTE NEW TIME) Tuesday, June 7 at 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 6658720 to register. BALLOON TWISTING WORKSHOP Saturday, June 11 at 10:30 a.m.. In a one hour class you’ll learn how to safely prepare and twist balloons into little animals. Call the Children’s Department at 860-665-8720 to register children ages 7 and up. THE AMAZING MAGIC SHOW Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. Christina the Magician will amaze and delight us with her sleight of hand and incredible tricks! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register children ages 5 and up.

Ride or Walk with Coach Calhoun on June 11th in Simsbury and help in the fight against cancer! This cycling and walking event will benefit Presenting Sponsors The Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center and Coaches vs. Cancer. There will be rides of 10, 25, 50, 75 miles and a 5K walk/run.

Register or donate today at Gold, Orluk and Partners, LLC are paid solicitors who assist The UConn Foundation, Inc. in the creation, management and fundraising around this event.

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CCHD celebrates 15th anniversary in June

Bel-Air seniors keep things civil

On May 17, Dr. Matthew Warshauer, who currently serves as the co-chair of the CT Civil War Commemoration Commission delivered an informative and entertaining lecture at Bel-Air on the significance of Civil War monuments in Connecticut. He described in great detail the role of Connecticut in the Civil War and the memorials dedicated to Connecticut veterans in its aftermath. He implored the 40 people in attendance to pay closer attention to the monuments they see everyday in passing and to take the time to read the inscriptions located on them to discover their true meaning. Civil War period refreshments were served and Warshauer personally signed copies of his new book, “Ct In The American Civil War.

Dr. Matthew Warshauer

New family adult day care center gives caregivers peace of mind

A new regional daycare center for older adults opened May 23, offering a safe and comfortable haven for seniors, including people with medical conditions that may pose challenges for their caregivers at home. The Center celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house May 19. Caregivers were encouraged to stop by to find out more about the facility and services. Family Adult Daycare Center is located at 445A Willard Ave. in Newington, in the Fountain Pointe Professional Park, just north of the VA hospital. The Center is the vision of a West Hartford nurse and her husband, a local physician. Dale Hume-Rimai, RN, RDH. is the Center’s director. She has served as a registered dental hygienist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for many years. She has also served as a registered nurse at various long-term care facilities.


She is married to internal medicine specialist Mervyn Rimai, M.D., who maintains a private practice in Bloomfield. They first envisioned the Center five years ago and have been developing the concept since then. “Our vision was to create a safe, home-like and socially-engaging environment for older adults who need a little support during the day,” explains Hume-Rimai. “With more seniors continuing to live at home or with relatives, families often need some assistance to make this a happy and enriching time for everyone.” The Center’s medically trained staff allows them to welcome people living with stroke, Parkinson’s, memory loss, special diets, feeding tubes, wheelchairs and other physical challenges. They offer daily bathing services for those who have difficulty bathing at home. The Center provides a range of activities and offering for all interests,

and meals planned by a registered dietician to meet the nutritional needs of each individual. Seniors can attend the Center anywhere from one to six days a week depending on their needs and budget. It is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They also offer extended hours from 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. to accommodate caregivers’ works schedules. For those who need transportation, the Center’s handicapped accessible vans travel to 13 towns, including Avon, Bloomfield, Cromwell, East Hartford, Farmington, Glastonbury, Newington, Plainville, South Windsor, West Hartford and Wethersfield. Transportation is also provided to scheduled medical appointments for those spending the day at the Center. For more information, call Dale Hume-Rimai, RN, RDH., at (860) 436-2013 or visit www.ctfamilycare. net.

Newington Chamber upcoming events 7AM Network Every Wednesday Monday, May 23 — 5:30 to 7:30 Morning 7 a.m. Chamber Office, p.m. In The Mix Networking 1046 Main St., Newington Group Balboni Custom Jewelers, 154 Market Square, NewThursday, May 19 — 8 a.m. ington Women’s Networking Group Chamber Office, 1046 Main St. Monday, April 25 — 5:30 to 7:30 Speaker: CSO Jamie Cipolla of p.m. In The Mix Networking Newington Police Department Group Balboni Custom Jewelers, 154 Market Square, NewThursday, May 19 — 6:30 ington p.m. 66th Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation Hartford June 9 — 5th Annual Cruising Saengerbund, 719 N. Mountain Newington Classic Car Show Road, Newington Market Square, Newington

Thursday, June 1 — 8 a.m. Women’s Networking Group Chamber Office, 1046 Main St., Newington Speaker: Jackie Goodwin of TWIC Boutique Thursday, June 23 — 5 to 7 p.m. Drinks on the Deck - Cedar Mountain Commons, 3 John H. Stewart Drive, Newington Saturday, Sept. 24 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WaterFall Festival — Market Square, Newington

The Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has announced June 2011 as its 15-year anniversary as a Health District. CCHD began in 1996 when Rocky Hill and Wethersfield came together to form the Rocky Hill/Wethersfield Health District. In 1998, Berlin joined and the name was changed to the Central Connecticut Health District. The town of Newington joined in 2006. Serving a population of over 94,000, the District employs eight full-time and four part-time staff members including: a director of health; four registered sanitarians; a chief of environmental health services; a community health coordinator; a health educator; two administrative assistants; an emergency preparedness coordinator; and a board secretary. The Central Connecticut Health District strives to provide the best local public health services within its four communities. Sanitarians routinely inspect food service establishments, motels, septic systems, public swimming pools, daycares, salons and private wells. They investigate complaints and reported cases of childhood lead poisoning. The District plans and implements a variety of programs including annual influenza and pneumonia immunization clinics, Smiles for Life Senior Dental Program, Blood Glucose Screenings, Diabetes: Taking Charge classes, along with others. One of the District’s current

projects is the Putting on Airs Program, which is a three-year program from the Connecticut Department of Public Health to target the reduction of environmental asthma triggers in the home. This service is provided free of charge to residents in the 18 participating towns who suffer from asthma and/or have a child who suffers from asthma. Another current project is the Woman to Woman Program. This is a one year project funded by a grant from the CT Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide free mammograms to women who meet eligibility requirements. The Health District is partnering with the Hospital of Central Connecticut to provide mammograms for those women identified as uninsured, underinsured or who have not received a mammogram in the past two years. The Central Connecticut Health District would like to thank the elected officials and town managers in its four towns for their continued support. We would also like to thank our many volunteers for their help in making our programs successful. And finally, we would like to thank our program participants and customers for their participation. We look forward to the future and the projects forthcoming. For more information, visit the Web site, or contact our Central office at (860) 721-2822.

Centro Properties Group announces lease execution with Yogurt Madness

Centro Properties Group (ASX:CNP) announced a 1,542 square foot lease has been executed with Yogurt Madness at Turnpike Plaza, located west of Interstate 91, on Berlin Turnpike south of Main Street in Newington. Centro Properties Group is the owner of Turnpike Plaza and was represented by Charles Davis with Centro Properties Group. For leasing information at Turnpike Plaza, contact Centro Properties Group, Charles Davis

(203) 256-1901 or charles.davis@ Centro Properties Group is the third largest owner of community and neighborhood shopping centers in the United States. Its portfolio of 588 properties is strategically located across 39 states and aggregates approximately 96 million square feet of gross leasable area. For more information on Centro Properties Group in the U.S., visit

NEWINGTON TOWN CRIER HOLIDAY CLOSINGS: Newington Town Hall, Lucy Robbins Welles Library and other municipal facilities will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Curbside refuse and recyclables collections scheduled for the week of May 30 will be made one day later than the regularly scheduled day. The town’s landfill/recycling area is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CONGRESSMAN JOHN LARSON TO SPEAK TO SENIORS: Congressman John Larson (CT-01) will hold a town hall meeting this Friday at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center to discuss how the Republican Budget will affect senior citizens throughout the state and country. Under the Republican Budget, which was passed over unanimous Democratic opposition last month, Medicare and Medicaid would see major changes. Among those changes is an end to Medicare as it currently exists, which will result in seniors paying over $6,000 more in out-of-pocket medical expenses per year. At the same time the GOP budget provides billionaires and corporations with even larger tax breaks at the expense of key programs that assist working families. MILITARY FAMILIES RECEIVE DISCOUNT DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT LAKE COMPOUNCE: Lake Compounce proudly offers military members and their families showing valid ID 50 percent off regular admission May 28, 29 and 30, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. Any member who shows proof of being in a military family is eligible, and all tickets must be purchased at the gate.“We at Lake Compounce deeply appreciate what those in the military, both retired and current members, as well as their families do and sacrifice for our country,” said Jerry Brick, the park’s general manager. “And we would like to express our gratitude by honoring them on Memorial Day weekend.” Regular admission is $35.99, and discounted tickets will be $17.99 each. The park will be open May 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. KARAOKE NIGHT: The Newington Knights of Columbus, Council 3884 will hold a Karaoke Night Friday, June 3, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at their council home, 171 Pascone Place (Entrance in Rear). There is no admission charge, open to everyone and new singers are welcome. Bring your own snacks or come early and bring a take-out meal from your favorite local restaurant. For additional information visit

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Community SCOUT WEEKEND AT MILL POND (SWAMP): Boy Scout Troop 347 and Cub Scout Pack 347 will hold their annual Scout Weekend at Mill Pond (SWAMP) Saturday, June 4. From 9 a.m. to noon the scouts community service project will entail building five picnic tables for the disabled. Then from 4 to 10 p.m. there will be a fishing derby sponsored by Connecticut Outfitters in Wethersfield, a ham radio communication put on by Newington’s own American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a cookout, bonfire and flag retirement ceremony. Contact Mitch Page at (860) 667-1835 if you have any old or damaged flags you would like retired. Flags may also be dropped off at 46 Olive St. VFW POST 9836 15TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: The VFW Post 9836, Newington, will host its 15th annual Golf Tournament for the benefit of the Post and its commitment to veterans at the Goodwin Golf Course, Hartford June 11. Tee off time is 1 p.m. with a Shotgun Scramble format. Donation of $100 includes cart, lunch, prizes with dinner afterwards at the Post, 85 Kitts Lane, Newington. Any person or business wanting to sponsor a hole for $100 or if you would like to play in the tournament my do so at the Post any day after 3 p m. or call (860) 666-9036 for more information. GUEST PASTORS The Rev. Daniel and Aristia Partiss will serve the Church of the Infinite Spirit located in The Masonic Hall, 80 Walsh Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12. The Partiss’ are from First Church of Divine Light, Hartford. For more information, call (860) 646-5976. HISTORICAL SOCIETY TAG SALE: The Newington Historical Society is accepting donations for its annual Tag Sale. Jewelry, small kitchen and electronic appliances, all in good working condition. glassware, dishes and other treasures that you would like to donate will be gratefully accepted with the exception of large furniture, books or clothing. As in past years, items not sold will be donated to Hartford area homeless shelters. A note of interest: Start right now cleaning that attic or garage, and bringing those treasures to us during regular office hours, Monday and Friday, 8 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m. Call to arrange a drop-off time. Someone will be available at the Kellogg-Eddy House to accept your donations Saturday, May 28 between the hours 9 a.m. and noon. If you are not able to drop off your items, arrangements for pick-up can be made by calling the of-

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!!! The Newington Knights, a Pop Warner, youth, Football and Cheerleading organization, Is accepting player registration, for the Fall 2011 season, for all age levels. We are especially seeking football players for our Midget Level (age/weight 12-13-14/105-160lbs, or age 15 between 105 and 140lbs). League age determined as of July 31, 2011. Weights greater than 160lbs may be eligible IF a Patriot Level is developed. For ANY eligibility questions PLEASE contact us! Contact information and registration information can be found online at Online registration link is under “registration forms” tab.

We are also hosting registration on: Monday, June 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Clem Lemire Field, 150 New Britain Ave (Balducci Way), Newington, CT 06111.

fice and scheduling a time. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE MEETING: The Newington Art League will hold its last meeting until September with a catered picnic at 6 p.m. June 8, for members and their guests. Installation of officers for 2011-2012 will take place. For information about the picnic, call (860) 667-4361 before June 1. Workshops for members will continure through the summer Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 the Art League, located in Newington Town Hall. VFW POST 9836 15TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: The VFW Post 9836 Newington, will host its 15th annual Golf Tournament Saturday, June 11 for the benefit of the Post and its commitment to veterans at the Goodwin Golf Course in Hartford. Tee off time is 1 p.m. with a Shotgun Scramble format. Donation is $100 includes cart, lunch, prizes with dinner afterwards at the Post, 85 Kitts Lane. Any person or business wanting to sponsor a hole for $100 or if you would like to play in the tournament may do so at the Post any day after 3 p.m. or call (860) 666-9036 for more information. NEWINGTON MS SUPPORT GROUP: The Newington MS Support Group meets at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. There are more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an oftentimes debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter offers more than 30 support groups throughout Connecticut. These groups bring together people who share a common life experience as it relates to MS and its effects. For more information, contact Charlie at (860) 667-1314. For more information on multiple sclerosis and the many ways you can help make a difference, visit or call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at (800) FIGHT MS. ANNUAL TAG SALE: The Newington Historical Society is accepting donatons to its Annual Tag Sale, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4. at the Kellogg-Eddy House, 679 Willard Ave. Jewelry, small kitchen and electronic appliances. all in good working condition. glassware. dishes and other treasures that you would like to donate will be gratefully accepted with the exception of large furniture, books or clothing. As in past years, items not sold will be donated to Hartford area homeless shelters. Start right now cleaning that attic or garage, and bringing those treasures to us during regular office hours, Monday and Friday, 8 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. Call to arrange a drop off time. Someone will be available at the Kellogg-Eddy House to accept your donations May 28 between the hours 9 a.m. and noon. If you are not able to drop off your items, arrangements for pick up can be made by calling the office and scheduling a time. For information regarding delivery or pickup of your items. call the Newington Historical Society Office at 666-7118 or email:NGTNHeritage@

12TH ANNUAL NEWINGTON HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT: On Saturday, June 4 the 12th Annual Newington High School Golf Tournament will be held at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain.The proceeds from this “key” fundraising event helps fund the Newington High School Class of 2011 “All Night” Graduation Celebration Party for Newington Seniors. The “All Night” Graduation Party provides a drug and alcohol free celebration for the Class of 2011 and they are counting on your support to make this year’s party a great success. Highlights of this years tournament include: * 18 Holes of Golf at Stanley Golf Course (12:30 pm Shotgun Start).* Your golfing fee includes dinner at the conclusion of the tournament. Tee sponsor donations instructions are included in the flyer. There is an optional “Dinner Only” fee for those that want to join in the celebration after golf. Dinner items Include: Signature salad, penne with marinara sauce, grilled 12 oz. NY sirloin steak, baked potato, green beans Almondine, carrot cake and includes rolls, butter, coffee, tea, iced tea, soda, *beer, wine, and cocktails can also be purchased separately The Graduation Committee needs your support to make this year’s celebration for the seniors a memory that will last lifetime. We need your commitment as early as possible for the event. The NHS 2011 Graduation Committee appreciate’s your consideration and your support and looks forward to seeing you June 4. For a Golf Tournament Flyer or if you have any questions, contact Bill Jones at (860) 490-2129.

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– Register Now for the 2011-2012 School Year! Give your child a head start! Effective preschool programs lay a foundation of social skills, knowledge and self confidence that paves the way for success in kindergarten and beyond. Many studies have shown the importance of preschool and the longlasting benefits a preschool program provides. Newington Parks and Recreation Department’s fully-licensed and affordable preschool program is open to children ages 3 to 5. Our child-friendly and welcoming classroom facilities are located at 1075 Main St. in the lower level. The professional, mature, engaging staff will be happy to care for your child. The flexible program gives you the option to register for morning, afternoon or full-day programs and the choice to send your child one day per week, or up to all five. Nonresidents welcome. Registration is now open. For more information, call Newington Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 665-8666. DISCOUNT SIX FLAGS AND LAKE COMPOUNCE TICKETS:

Newington Parks and Recreation Department is now offering discount tickets to Six Flags and Lake Compounce! Tickets to Lake Compounce are $27.00 per person and are valid for any day during the 2011 season. Tickets to Six Flags are $30.00 per person and are also valid for any day during the 2011 season. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis until Friday, Aug. 19 or until tickets run out. Purchase early to avoid disappointment. No refunds will be given for lost, stolen or unused tickets. For more information, please call (860) 665-8666.

NEWINGTON MAINSTAGE ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL PRODUCTION, “[TITLE OF SHOW]”: It is with great pleasure that we announce the inaugural production of Newington Mainstage: the Tony Award nominated musical “[title of show].” That’s right, the name of the show is “[title of show],” brackets and all! Newington Mainstage is delighted to be the first theatre in the CT area to perform this musical comedy that is called “the perfect show for anyone who has ever followed a dream.” A love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration, “[title of show]” is a charming new musical about two struggling young writers writing a new musical about two struggling young writers writing a new musical. In the span of 90 minutes, the pair, along with the help of two friends, write and perform their show-within-a-show at a musical theatre festival, and along the way learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. Newington Mainstage is a fresh new theatre company run in partnership with NCTC Performing Arts Theatre (home of the Newington Children’s Theatre Company – (NCTC), CT’s oldest operating children’s theatre). Newington Mainstage offers a “grown up” season, featuring adult performers and shows geared toward entertaining the community’s “big kids.” Newington Mainstage is thrilled to be kicking off its season with the irreverent hilarity of “[title of show].” “[title of show]’s” cast will include some of the areas most versatile and celebrated performers: Kelly Boucher, Ian Galligan, Cindy Lesser and Randy Ronco. Don’t miss the show that the New York Times called “Hilarious! A fresh new musical worth cheering!” “[title of show]” will run June 10 to 18 (Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm) at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 North Mountain Road, Newington. Tickets and more info can be obtained at or by calling (860) 666-NCTC (6282). Due to some mature language, “[title of show]” may not be suitable for children under the age of 15. SOAP FOR HOPE: John Wallace Middle School will sponsor “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. 5TH ANNUAL CRUISING NEWINGTON CLASSIC CAR SHOW will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9 (raindates: June 16 and June 23) Market Square, Newington. Anyone interested in being a sponsor, food vendor, booth, ad book contact the Newington Chamber office (860) 666-2089. THE NEWINGTON WATERFALL FESTIVAL: The festival committees are in need of crafters, food vendors, vendors, Sponsors, Chalkwalk artists. Event date is Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Market Square (raindate 10 a.m to 1 p.m.) Contact Val Ginn at (860) 571-0084 for further

information. NEWINGTON STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND DEADLINE APPROACHING: For the past 45 years, the non-profit Newington Student Assistance Fund (NSAF) has provided interest-free loans to any Newington resident seeking financial assistance in obtaining post-secondary education or training. In recent years NSAF has been able to fulfill loans for all eligible applicants. If the number of applicants exceeds the available funding, assistance is awarded on the basis of need without regard to race, gender, creed or national origin. Individual loans are limited to a maximum amount of $1,000 in any one school year. Applications are due in the Counseling Office at Newington High School before noon June 3. Applications for the loans are available at our Website,, or can be picked up at the following locations: Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Newington High School Counseling Office, the Newington branch of TD Bank. NSAF has granted nearly 900 interest-free loans totaling almost $750,000 to eligible Newington applicants for all types of post-secondary education or training. The money flows in a continuous cycle because when students pay us back, we loan that money out again. Recipients pay their interest-free loans back on a monthly basis following graduation or termination of studies. Let NSAF help ease your cost of pursuing higher education! 20TH ANNUAL TOUR DE CURE CYCLING EVENT TO CURE DIABETES — FOR RIDERS OF ALL LEVELS: Now in our 13th year in Connecticut and 20th nationally, we need your help to reach our goal of $250,000! Gateway Community College — North Haven Campus. Sunday, June 12. First start time 6:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the mission of the American Diabetes Association, which is to prevent and cure diabetes, and improve the lives of ALL people affected by diabetes. Today, there are nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050. The Tour features manageable courses for every participant. This scenic and well supported routes feature quaint country roads, with majestic views of Central Connecticut, including historic sites, rolling hills, and picturesque vineyards. Routes include: 100 mile century ride, 100K Metric century ride, 50k (for avid cyclists), 25k (Casual cyclists), 12k (Family friendly). Rest stops are located every 12-15 miles, celebrating different themes, and plenty of nourishment. All route maps are available on To find out more information on the Connecticut Tour de Cure or to register, please call 1-888-DIABETES or visit to search for your local tour. “HOOTENANNY”: Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave. will hold its secondd annual Food Bank “Hootenanny” Can Drive from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 17. All are invited to roast marshmallows, sing songs and enjoy a warm summer evening with refreshments. Admission to the Hootenanny is a nonperishable food

NEWINGTON TOWN CRIER item (or two) to be contributed to the Newington Food Bank. Help us help those Newington residents in need. Call Mitch Page at (860) 667-1835 with any questions. TOUCH-A-TRUCK:A Touch-a-Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 18 in the library/town hall parking lots. Held in conjunction with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Kickoff to Summer Reading, this is a free event for the whole family. Sponsors include the Friends of the Newington Library, Newington Parks & Recreation, Newington Police Department, GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women’s Club and St. Mary’s School. This is a hands-on event and kids young and old can touch, honk horns and climb on the vehicles that will be on display. Vehicles may include a concrete pump truck, fire truck, Army Hummer, Dunkin Donuts truck, deck mower, police cruiser, medical ambulance and more! No registration is required. For more information, call (860) 6658666. GIVING BACK YOGA STYLE: Yoga studios throughout the country are joining Beryl Bender Birch, spiritual teacher, yoga therapist, and author of Power Yoga, Beyond Power Yoga, and the newly released Boomer Yoga, for a Give Back Yoga Day on the Summer Solstice this June 21 to raise funds for the Give Back Yoga Foundation ( Newington Yoga Center will be joining in this nationwide fundraiser at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Newington Yoga Center’s Director Suzanne Manafort is on the Board of Directors for The Give Back Yoga Foundation. The mission of the Give Back Yoga Foundation is to support and fund certified yoga teachers in all traditions to offer the teachings of yoga to underserved and under- resourced socio-economic segments of the community. These are groups of individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the transformational benefits of this powerful practice, in all its aspects — from asana and stress reduction, through breath-work and meditation, to general service to others. Applications for grants can be found on the Give Back Website. The event will observe the tradition within yoga, of the practice of 108 Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar on the Summer Solstice. In the Sanskrit language surya namaskar means “acting respectfully toward sun”. Practicing Sun Salutations is a way of reconnecting to our own source, and honoring the radiance of Surya. The Summer Solstice, as the longest day of the year and the day of greatest light, is the perfect opportunity to express gratitude for the life, light, and breath it brings to each of us and this planet, Earth. For further information please go to or NEWINGTON FARMERS MARKET: The Newington Farmers Market will begin Thursday, June 23 and will be open Thursdays until Oct. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the green located in the municipal parking lot behind Market Square. Rain or shine.

BASEBALL GAME: St. Mary Women’s Club will sponsor a bus trip to the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game at Fenway Park Sunday, Sept. 18. The cost is $105 per person. For further information and to make reservations, contact Kim Breton at or by calling her after 5 p.m. at (860) 666-8873. EXTRAVAGANZA AT MILL POND PARK: Join Newington Parks & Recreation Department for its week-long summertime Extravaganza at Mill Pond Park.The Newington Family Pool Party will be Monday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is sponsored in conjunction with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. This event is free and only open to Newington residents. Escape the Heat at Newington Arena on Tuesday, July 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Skate rentals will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis; quantities are limited. Fee is $5 per person. The Summer Carnival will be Thursday, July 14, (5 to 10 p.m.); Friday, July 15 (5 to 10 p.m.); Saturday, July 16, (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) at Mill Pond Park. Purchase a wristband and enjoy unlimited rides all day! The wristband price is as follows: Thursday $15, Friday $20 and Saturday $20. The Concert in the Park will take place Friday, July 15, at 6 pm. This is one night you won’t want to miss! Local bands will perform on the eve of Extravaganza at Mill Pond Park. Admission to the concert is freeand open to all ages! All attendees in the beverage garden must be 21 or older. Join us at Mill Pond Park Saturday, July 1, to celebrate Newington and all it has to offer at the 30th Annual Extravaganza! Enjoy food games, rides, arts and crafts exhibits an. Admission and parking are free, so bring the whole family to this all-day event. The event will conclude with a spectacular evening fireworks display over Mill Pond Park. Visit the Web at or call the Parks and Recreation office at (860) 665-8666 if you are interested in making a donation or becoming a sponsor, vendor or for more information. WATERFALL FESTIVAL VENDORS NEEDED: The Waterfall Festival will be held Sept. 24 (raindate: Oct. 1) vendors, crafters, food vendors are needed. Contact Val Ginn at (860) 716-9086 (c) or (860) 571-0084 (h) for further information. RENTER’S REBATE: Karen Halpert, from the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, is currently processing applications for the Renter’s Rebate program. The last day to apply is Thursday, Sept. 15. First time applicants to the program must be 65 years old (as of Dec. 31, 2010) or 18+ years old and disabled according to Social Security guidelines. Maximum income limits for married couples are $39,500 and for single applicants $32,300. Proof of income must be provided. Examples of income 2010 Federal Tax Return, 2010 Social Seecurity, 2010 Pension Income, 2010 Interest Income, etc. To schedule an appointment, contact the main office at (860) 665-8778. A list of necessary items for the appointment will be mailed to you.


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VA hospital water tower sees its final day at 80 years old By Sarah Johnson Staff Writer

The water tower standing above the VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s Newington campus has become something of a landmark over the years. The white tower emblazoned with a blue VA logo was an easy guide for navigating to the sprawling Willard Road location. However, early Wednesday morning, the clear weather held as forecast and the tower had a set date to come down. Robert Palazzi and Gary Boucher, two of the VA’s engineers on the job, and Pamela Redmond, Public Affairs Officer for the system, shared some of the history of the tower and talked about the project of tearing it down. The Newington campus VA hospital

admitted its first patient May 14, 1931 and was officially dedicated July 12, 1931, according to Redmond’s research. The water tower was erected shortly after in 1932. It was used as a water supply until the mid-90s, then taken out of service as the town’s water supply was eventually used. Age began to take its toll on the empty tower, raising safety and blight concerns. Priority was placed on more pressing maintenance on the hospital grounds. Two years ago, the decision was finally made to tear down the vintage structure. Palazzi said that the VA engineers did their due diligence to make sure they weren’t going to be demolishing a historic place in town.

All the steel from the water tower will be recycled.

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Gary Boucher, a VA engineer, shows off the bolt he collected (that once fastened sheets of tower steel) as “a little trophy” from the job well-done.

Sequence of photos by Pamela Redmond

Look out below! The tower comes down around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.


After research, the tower proved to be wellknown, but not a salvageable treasure. Prep work for the drop began around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Engineers and contractors secured the area for safety and the final collapse occurred by 11:30 a.m. On a tour around the fallen monolith afterward, Wes Lang-Rodean of KMK Construction, general contractor for the job, a veteran himself, described the structure. “It’s almost all steel with the exception of some rubber seals and, of course, concrete, which weighed the tower down,” he said. All the steel will be recycled after being torn apart by Costello dismantling of Middleboro, Mass.



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