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the base of the intricate hair pieces created. The owner of two businesses, a philanthropist, a contestant on a popular show Fantasy hair is a budding trend in the in the highly-competitive beauty industry beauty industry and a Newington woman is at and the mother of a first-grader at Ruth the center of the craze. Ashley Chaffee Elementary School in Stone, known as “Blondie” is a Newington, Stone has accomcontestant on the second season plished quite a lot in her 27 of Oxygen network’s hit compeyears. And it wasn’t even her tition, “Hair Battle Spectacular.” original plan. Her dream was to Eleven of America’s hottest attend college in New York and stylists are battling for the top become a fashion designer, but spot on the show (and $100,000 still get her hairdressing license prize), hosted by America’s Next on the side — as a second option. Top Model’s Eva Marcille. It Stone graduated in 2002 from premieres this Monday, Aug. 15 E.C. Goodwin Technical High at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will run School in New Britain with a for eight episodes. license in cosmetology and a new Extreme fantasy hair is dream. “I just felt like I had more spectacular, indeed. It is creative control in hairdressing as “Part sculpture, part pop art,” opposed to fashion,” said Stone. according to Oxygen Media “I love making a client pretty and representatives. “Each challenge seeing how it makes them feel.” requires contestants to create Fantasy hairstyling. She rented out a building in outrageous coifs that resemble New Britain to open up her own everything from Hollywood stars to hounds hair salon at the young age of 23 and named and handbags.” Real live models are always See HAIR, Page 6 By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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Another public hearing over the fate of Cedar Mountain at Wednesday’s Town Planning & Zoning Commission meeting showed no end in sight to the controversy over the 64-lot

subdivision proposed by Toll Brothers. The builder brought a traffic engineer to share a traffic report with the commission and a geometric blasting specialist to address concerns about blasting during construction. Ulrich LaFosse, geotechnic engineer from GeoDesign,

explained how all blasting would be “controlled,” but determined through testing that the bedrock is close to the surface. “We’ll make sure that blasting does not cause damage to neighboring properties,” LaFosse assured his weary listeners, who amounted See HEARING, Page 2

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busy downtown area of East Cedar Street. Despite these efforts to appease concerns, the commission and the public still had questions. Commissioner Robert Schatz asked, “How many truckloads of blasting materials will be going in and out of the area?” LaFosse addressed this matter upon rebuttal. “The material we need will originate on site and essentially be recycled, the intention is to reuse material on site,” he said. He acknowledged that some rock will leave the area, however. Long-time Town Council member Myra Cohen asked questions about her concerns, like where the storm water would drain and if the town will have any oversight of the construction. “The affect it could have on the surrounding area would be very sad … until the town owns

it all eventually someone will come back and try to do something there,” Cohen has said in past discussions over the uncertain fate of Cedar Mountain. “What are we going to see from Main Street?” asked Newington native Ron Otis, one of many lifetime residents of Newington there to oppose the plan. “Are we going to see building structures, or the trees?” The traditional 35-day span allowed for public hearings was extended to 100 days because of the complicated nature of this matter, stretching decision-making over the proposal into mid-October. Town Planner Ed Meehan concluded that the additional new information and materials presented will have to be reviewed in the next couple of weeks and the hearing will be continued at the next TPZ meeting Aug. 24.

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a little over a hundred this time. Every blast is to be documented by seismographs and a pre-construction survey will make note of cracks in pre-existing homes before construction begins, so that any damage will be accounted for. LaFosse continued by telling the room, “Controlled blasting has big advantages environmentally.” He compared it to mechanical blasting, which he claimed is noisier, less efficient and lasts all day. Project Engineer Ray Gradwell also prepared a presentation in response to the comments made at the last TPZ meeting and hearing. Gradwell gave commissioners photos of the pump station to be built and map of the area, off Russell Road and Old Highway, with street names and the allotment of four parking spaces in each of the two cul-de-sacs in the plan. Fred Greenberg, traffic engineer with BL Companies in Meriden, said that his findings indicated that the subdivision would contribute about 690 more trips per day on nearby roads, with about 20 percent estimated to be headed to the


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with her son. She began doing freelance hairdressing to service clients getting married. She started getting so many out-of-state referrals that she decided to go mobile and travel for her services. Stone works closely with photographers to build her portfolio by styling the models at photo shoots they invite her to upon seeing her talent. “We help each other,� said Stone of this collaboration. “I’ve done different events to help market both of our businesses.� Her family has been behind her many ventures and don’t mind her busy schedule. “My husband is a huge supporter, I don’t know where I’d be without him,� said Stone. Not only does she beautify countless brides and clients, she also has a humanitarian spirit that goes beyond skin-deep. She hosts at least two charity events each year, many to benefit the fight against breast cancer. “I’ve always been an advocate for breast cancer research and early detection,� she explained. In 2008, Stone invited all of her clients to a fashion show and worked with local vendors to dress the models. She decided to employ the big fantasy hair technique so that people would remember her,


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based on the subjects of celebrity “Tweets� — messages posted on an online social network called Twitter. In the future, Stone hopes to continue doing photo shoots and exploring the world of fantasy hair, but her main priority is her family. “Being away from my son put me into the perspective of where I want to be,� she said. “I really love Newington, love the schools, I want to grow my family and stay around here.� For those whose dreams of working in the beauty industry are still new, Stone offers this advice: “Keep focused, keep confident in your work, and always practice your craft.�



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If you’ve ever wondered about the old farmhouse located at 282 Church St. in Newington, your curiosity is soon to be satisfied this Sunday when the nonprofit Deming-Young Farm Foundation will finally open the doors to the historical 1784 Thomas Deming farmhouse. The foundation is hosting the open house to share the property’s long-awaited story with the public. It was used as pastureland by the Deming family who received it in 1694 and drove their cattle over Cedar Mountain to and from the area until 1784 — the year after the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Revolutionary War. The farmhouse was built by Thomas Deming that year — a shoemaker by trade, but also one of the founders of the Christ Church in Wethersfield. Over a hundred acres back then, the property was in the Deming family’s hands until 1918, when Owner Francis Goodale-Deming died and left it to the caretaker as she was well into her 90s and had outlived her husband and children. He sold it to a man by the name of Fred

Young in 1924, when the Meadowbrook handicapped bathrooms to meet the state and Theodore Young dairy farms on site requirement in accommodating public began operation — just two of 90 dairy visitors, the historical education programs farms in Newington that existed back in intended by the foundation have had to be hosted elsewhere. “Newington Long the 1920’s. In the year 2000, the town designated Ago” is one such program, a presentation on early industries in the land as open space, Newington for secondand the Deming-Young graders, held at Mill Farm Foundation came Pond Falls. to be about a year later. The Thomas Deming Other programs and Foundation President Farm Open House Tour will games for children will and Founder David take place this Sunday, Aug. be presented at the Goodale is the great14, from noon to 3 p.m. at Waterfall Festival this great grandson of September. Francis Goodale282 Church St. in NewingConstruction is Deming’s brother, and a ton. Refreshments served, underway for the bathlongtime member of the donations appreciated, and rooms, which have Newington Historical no restrooms yet available. Society. been built in an addiDonations can be sent to Upon discovertion so the integrity of The Deming-Young Farm ing the opportunity to the home would not be Foundation. 1741 Main St., save his late ancestor’s compromised. Newington, CT 06111. home from demolition, “There were no Goodale leased the bathrooms in 1784,” house and two of the surrounding 54 acres laughed Goodale. “We expect to offer the of land from the town, with the intent programs at the house starting this fall.” of restoring it to serve as a museum and He and the other foundation members have spent the past 10 years restoring the learning center for children. Due to the fact that the property place to its original condition. “When we always had well water and needed two got there in 2001, the house had been


modernized,” he explained. “They covered up the fireplaces, the beehive oven … we took all of the “modern stuff ” out, tore everything up and started from scratch.” Seven layers of wallpaper were hiding the original plaster in one room. While tearing out the layers of wood to reach the original floorboards in all rooms, they found old newspapers used as stuffing that they will be showing at the event this Sunday, among other archaeological treasures. Displays of the old dairy farm milk bottles and various artifacts will also be presented. “I really want to thank the town for letting us do this,” said Goodale. “They know it’s our 10th anniversary this year and the public has never been in the house. I hope they enjoy it.” The foundation has five core members, including Goodale and his wife Mary, who will be sharing the whole story on Sunday. Both retired, the couple has time to dedicate to the project along with member Jane Caldoroni, who cares for the flower and herb gardens, which she will present during the tour. All funding has come from private citizens, service organizations, local businesses and a recent small state grant.



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LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS: with Archaeologist, Richard Freund Monday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. at the library. Archaeologist Richard A. Freund is the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Jewish History and director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. Freund will talk about these findings as well as his book “Digging through the Bible.” Copies of his book, “Digging through the Bible: Modern Archaeology and the Ancient Bible” will be available for sale and signing after the program. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 for more information or to register. BROWN BAG IT WITH TRAVEL — NOVEL DESTINATIONS: Singapore and Jakarta — Tuesday, Aug. 16, noon TRAVELOGUE — Newington resident Patty Foley will present a travelogue of her recent trip to Singapore and Jakarta. Bring a brown bag lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. ADULT SUMMER READING FINALE — NOVEL DESTINATIONS: Friday, Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. In the library under the atrium. Join us for refreshments and prizes for adults registered in the summer reading program. The drawings for the grand prizes begin at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FEED N READ: SPECIAL EDITION! Thursday, Aug. 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Need to do your school summer reading? Can’t find a good book? Are you panicking? We’ve got you covered! Come to this special edition of Feed N Read for some summer reading recommendations. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. LAST DAY FOR SUMMER READING PROGRAM — YOU ARE HERE @ YOUR LIBRARY: Friday, Aug. 19, 4 p.m. All reading must be recorded online by this date. Prizes may be claimed until 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. There will be no exceptions.

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AFTERNOON HEAT: Mondays, Aug. 15, 2 p.m. Join us for international creative fun making an African mask. Children entering grades 3 to 6 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Family Place is a program of free workshops for parents and their 1 to 3-year-old children. Meet other families, share thoughts, and talk with librarians as you play and read with your child. Find out about community services that can help you and your family. Siblings under the age of 5 are invited to

Above, Fern Sundermeyer and Jimin Wang partner up at the second annual Nutmeg Ice Dance Weekend in the Newington Arena last Saturday. Fifty-five ice dancers from around the United States gathered for a weekend of dancing on ice! Jon Kerr, seven-time British Ice Dance Champion held seminars for the skaters.

join the fun. No registration is required for the summer programs. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. One World, Many Foods! Let’s cook the Mexican way. Come join the Cookbook Club to make Polvorones — Mexican celebration cookies. Chefs entering grades 3 to 6 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PLANETARY PRESCHOOLERS: Thursdays, Aug. 18, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Storytime for children ages 3 to 6.

SKATING PARTY: Thursday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Let’s go ice skating! Join us at the Newington Arena for a skating party. Entrance is $5 and ice skates can be borrowed for free. Bring your own skates if possible to ensure availability. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FAMILY STORYTIME: Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to hear stories, sing songs and have lots of fun!

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The Madness Must End An Open Letter From the New Chairman of the Republican Party Dear Newington (yes, everyone): It’s that time again and I’m asking you to consider a fresh look at who we are. We Republicans are running a “Newington First” theme whereby our threshold question on any policy decision will be, “is it good for Newington First?” I realize it seems so simple and obvious, but this philosophy gets lost within the political rhetoric of the day. We Republicans believe that much of the federal and state government problems are derived from political party gridlock rather than doing what’s good for America and Connecticut. If Washington or Hartford were to first ask, “is this good for America or Connecticut,” we wouldn’t have the problems we do in this country and state. Under the leadership of Mayor Mike Lenares, we have implemented a “Newington First” philosophy and it is our goal to carry that principle through the campaign and beyond. As Republicans, we are fiscal conservatives, always seeking ways to keep taxes low and in check. We believe in keeping Newington schools the proud example of what’s right about Newington and America. We believe in a safe community, necessary services and protecting the quality of life we all hold dear in this town.


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Housing in the air

To the Editor: The issue of housing on the National Welding site has cropped up again. It is like an invasive plant in that no matter how often one pulls it out of the ground or sprays it with weed killer, it keeps coming back. A recent article in the Hartford Courant conveyed the residual negative opinions about such housing. It conveyed more of an emotional response than a practical one. Let’s look at housing on that site in a more market oriented/sellers view. There are five major selling points that a proponent would use in the sales pitch: 1. The housing is built on a former toxic industrial site {don’t worry, it has been cleaned up}. 2. Your northern view is of a bus terminal/ turnaround site and parking lot. 3. Your eastern view is of an open drainage ditch, the bus route and

a wetland. 4. The southern view is the Cedar Street overpass, the elevation being higher than the units thus offering an excellent view of the underside of the street and the supporting pillars. 5. The western look is into a 45-degree slope covered with rubble, weeds and assorted invasive plants upon which a commercial plaza is being proposed. To those who advocate that this will be transit oriented housing designed to alleviate traffic on the nearby expressway, I suggest that in truth it will have the same effect as lowering the amount of water going over Mill Pond falls by removing a bucket of water from the pond itself.

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CALENDAR OPEN HOUSE TOUR: The Deming-Young Farm Foundation wil host an Open House tour of the historic Thomas Deming farmhouse built in 1784. The house is located at 282 Church St. The tour will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Take a tour of the house and the beautiful herb and flower gardens. View displays on the Newington Grange, local dairy farm milk bottles and recent archaeological finds. Refreshments will be served and donations are accepted. There will be no public restrooms available. NEWINGTON REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN KICKOFF: Mayor Lenares and the Republican team will hold a campaign kickoff at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at the Hidden Vine, 1052 Main St. The event, which is not being held as a fundraiser, is free. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. CUB SCOUT PACK 345 SIGN-UP NIGHT: Cub Scout Pack 345 will hold a sign-up night for any boy interested in becoming a Cub Scout who is entering grades 1 through 5. Sign-up night will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at The American Legion Hall, Willard Avenue, Newington. For more information call Cub Master Kevin Mooney at (860) 665-0597. ARTIST FOR AUGUST: Margaret Smolack, artist, teacher and lover of nature will exhibit her paintings during the month of august at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Exhibit hours are from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each weekday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. WATERFALL FESTIVAL: The Newington Wa-

terfall Festival has spaces available for the following areas: food vendors, crafters/informational. Contact Val Ginn at (860) 571-0084, (h) for further information. The 8th Annual Newington Waterfall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. (Raindate, Oct. 1) on Market Square. Check out the website, 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. BASEBALL GAME: St. Mary Women’s Club will sponsor a bus trip to the Boston Red SoxTampa 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. MARINE CORPS LEAGUE GOLF TOURNAMENT: Marine Corps League, Hardware City Detachment, will host its 10th annual Golf Tournament Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Road, New Britain. Check in from 9 to 11 a.m. Registration, noon shot gun start. Boxed lunch. Complete dinner at 19th hole. Beer and soda on the course. Hole-in-one contest. Price is $99. All entries must be paid by Aug. 15. Make checks payable to Hardware City Detachment. For information call Leo Fitzpatrick at (860) 667-2111; Tom Parker at (860) 5634734; Butch O’Connell at (860) 673-5333; or Greg Forbush at (860) 872-0665.

TEMPLE SINAI TO HOST WELCOME BACK SHABBAT SERVICE AND DINNER: Temple Sinai invites all families to a Welcome Back Shabbat Service and Dinner Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at the temple, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington. This family-friendly service, to be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett and Cantor Donna Gordon, is intended for families with children in the Religious School as well as prospective new members of the congregation. Families will get to meet one another, and children will be introduced to their teachers and will see their new classrooms for the 2011-2012 school year. Dinner and dessert are free for members and prospective members, but an RSVP is required by Sept. 2 to Elana MacGilpin at For general information about Temple Sinai or the Religious School go to or call the main office at (860) 561-1055. PIG ROAST: Newington Knights of Columbus will host a pig roast at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 171 Pascone Place. Raffle/auction, live entertainment, outdoor games. Hamburgers, hotdogs, salads. Pig roast dinner served at 6 p.m. $25 adult and $12.50 child 12 and under. Tickets available at the Knight of Columbus and must be purchased no later than Sept. 10. FUNDAISER FOR EMMANUEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Amateur Golf Tournament at Indian Hill Country Club,Tuesday, Aug. 30. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. $125 per player, $100-$300 for Sponsors. Sign up by Aug. 23. Call the school at (860) 666-8387.

Newington Democrat of the Year Dinner The Newington Democrats cordially invite the public to its 8th annual Democrat of the Year Dinner, sponsored by Newington First 2011, honoring Majority Leader Chris Banach. Additional honorees: Mary Banach Woman in Leadership Award; Councilor Kristine Nasinnyk; Chairman’s Award: Mary Udice; Young Democrat of the year, Nick Grondinand special recognition to Former Councilor Ted Randich. The dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Sphinx Temple, Berlin Turnpike, Newington. Cocktails, 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m. Menu (served family style) will include pasta in marinara sauce, roast sirloin of beef with a mushroom sauce and chicken Francaise with a lemon wine sauce, garlic roasted potatoes, vegetable medley, dessert and coffee. Cash bar. $55 per person. For reservations, contact Mike Fox at (860) 944-6192. Paid for by Newington First 2011, Neil Ryan, treasurer.

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Family tradition: grandfather passes archery on to grandson By ANTHONY Della CALCE

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BERLIN — Mel McOmber remembers the 1990 Nutmeg Games well. After firing his last arrow of the archery competition, he held a slim lead. But his closest competitor still had one shot left, and he made it count. McOmber was bested by a mere Anthony Della Calce | Staff two points and took Mel McOmber holds up the silver medal he won at the 1990 Nutmeg Games, which served as a good home the silver. This year, luck charm for grandson Donald Corcoran, right, at this year’s Games. McOmber was back at the Nutmeg Games at the youthful age of 87. competing. Many of them form His competition days are behind friendships. “It’s a great field,” Corcoran said him but he sat and watched as his grandson, Donald Corcoran, of the Nutmeg Games, “because competed Sunday at Berlin’s half of these people I see up at Hall’s Hungerford Park. Arrow [an indoor range] where we And in Corcoran’s pocket was a practice up in Manchester.” good luck charm — his grandfaCorcoran has competed indoors ther’s silver medal from the 1990 but Sunday was his first time comGames. peting outdoors. He also had never The 39-year-old Corcoran, shot at such long distances. In the from Newington, also had his first round of the competition in grandfather’s old bow. McOmber, his age group, the targets were 90 from Wethersfield, won four New meters away. England senior titles with that The weather didn’t make things bow but a little over a decade ago an easier as it was hot, wet and he had to give up shooting follow- steamy at Berlin’s Hungerford ing shoulder surgery. And a couple Park. Drawing a bow and focusing years ago, he passed his bow down on the target isn’t easy when you’re dripping with sweat. to his grandson. However, the challenges didn’t McOmber told Corcoran, who first began shooting with his put a damper on Corcoran’s grandfather in the 1980s, to do Nutmeg experience. whatever he wanted with the bow. “I love it,” he said. “It’s pretty Corcoran decided to put it to use. neat.” “I’ve been shooting for a couple As the lone competitor from years so I figured I’d get out and try Connecticut in his division it.” Corcoran said of his participa- — the other three were from tion in the Nutmeg Games. Massachusetts and thus were in McOmber came out to support their own competition group — his grandson. He may not be able Corcoran walked away with a gold to shoot any more but he is still medal Sunday. Perhaps he’ll put it passionate about archery. in his other pocket next year and “It’s quite a sport,” McOmber walk around with two good luck said. “You meet a lot of nice charms. Corcoran wants to come back people.” Archery is very much a com- to the Games in 2012, when they munity sport, as evidenced by the return to the New Britain area for competitors at the Games. There a third straight year. He just has are only so many plays to go to one request. shoot so they spend a lot of time “Hopefully,” he said, “it’s not this around each other practicing and hot or rainy.”


Baseball team steps up to the plate at Nutmeg Games By ANTHONY DELLA CALCE STAFF WRITER

When the week began, Newington coach Mickey Soler had no idea his team would be competing in the Nutmeg Games. But when the chance came along Tuesday to enter his players in the 12 and Under youth tournament, Soler jumped on it. “I took this spot because somebody cancelled,” he said. “I wanted to take it to give the kids an opportunity. My kids are all younger. I wanted to give them the experience for next year. This is elite competition compared to what we’ve played this summer.” Newington’s players range from age 9 to 12, but many of them are 10. The teams they’re facing have mostly 11- and 12-year-olds. Moreover, Newington is a travel team while the other teams are All-Star teams. Those disadvantages proved too difficult to overcome Thursday as Newington ran into a juggernaut in Ridgefield and lost 17-0. In its two games in the tournament, Ridgefeld has outscored its opponents 26-2. However, the night included many bright spots for Newington. “Obviously the score doesn’t resemble it but my kids are competing,”Soler said.After falling behind in the first inning, Newington regrouped. Joey Zawisza retired

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Ridgefield in order in the second inning, inducing two groundouts and then a swinging strikeout. Newington never checked out of the game, competing hard throughout. Jordan Messini hustled out an infield hit in the third, which nearly started a scoring rally. Dan Cloutier followerd with a lined single up the middle and then Zawisza walked. But Ridgefield ended up escaping the jam. “We got a couple hits,” Soler said, “and they started playing a little better.” Newington’s players were excited to play in the tournament even though they had little time to prepare. And despite their two losses, they’ve had a positive experience. “I’m hoping that we can come in the future,” Soler said. “I think this is a great experience.” The Nutmeg Games have been in New Britain the past two years and will be back again next year. And, in Soler’s eyes, entering a quality tournament so close by is too enticing to pass up. “Having them here in New Britain,” he said, “I think it gives a lot of the local towns a lot more opportunity. I told [Nutmeg Games Associate Executive Director] Patrick Fischer, ‘Hey, try to include us for next year.’”

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our travel program. We’ve known most of them since they were little,” Newington coach Stan Duke said. “They’ve been playing together for a few years and they play against each other in a league. They’re very mature. They play year-round now with AAU and they know the game very well.” Knowing the game is one thing,but being able to execute what you know is also important.Newington did that brilliantly,turning Duke’s instructions into scores. That was especially true late in the first half, when Newington found itself down 19-17. After a timeout, Newington started running its press. The Lightning scored just three points in the rest of the half, with Newington taking a 28-22 lead into the break. Newington routinely ended up with the ball after scrambles at midcourt caused by its defense, then turned those steals into points by swarming the basket. Whether it was drives down the lane or the three different buckets they scored on offensive rebounds in the last three minutes of the half, Newington would not be denied access to the basket. “We have all the attributes of a good team,” Newington guard Spencer Duke said.“We have a dribbler, a big man, a forward. Playing against each other we know what each one of us can do.” That versatility was on display during Newington’s charge to a huge lead. From that first half time out to midway through the second,20-minute half, Newington went on a 26-5

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run that saw six different players score. They did so on fast breaks, on 3-pointers, on drives and on offensive rebounds.Nick Guadarrama’s offense and passing complimented Duke’s playmaking skills. Jared Simmons made outside shots and Anthony Puntiel, who looked like a young man playing with boys, controlled the paint. “We have a lot of people who can score,” guard Andre Ithier-Vicenty said. But part of that is because the team has so many players who can get the ball to the open man, a talent that led the team to a silver medal on Sunday. “We have a lot of unselfish players,” Duke said. “We know when to score and when to pass. I think an assist is as good as a basket.” The travel team has players from Newington, Cromwell and Berlin and gets coaching from such big names as former New Britain High coach Stan Glowiak. The bond gave the team much pride, despite their title game loss to Hartford. “We’re all friends,” Guadarrama said.“We play football and basketball together.” They have one other mutual hobby. “Swimming,” three players shouted out at once after Guadarrama listed their interests. No matter what exactly causes this group of young players to be so cohesive, the results are obvious.The team plays as just that, and does it well. Friday afternoon, the kids showed that their games are far beyond their age.

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MULL BROS., INC. - We are a family business that’s been catering to your cooling & heating needs since 1945. We proudly install Lennox, American Standard, Weil McLain & other quality equipment (oil, gas & electric). We also service most makes & models. We are located next to the Wethersfield Post Office (behind the penguins and polar bears) at 61 Beaver Rd. 860- 529-8255


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


LEN & JEFF SHALLER - Fix leaky showers. Regrouting in tubs. Bath, kitchen tile installed. 37 years experience. Neat, expert workmanship. Repairs a specialty. Call 242-5805

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TOP JOB PAINTING - Complete prep work, interior and exterior painting, insured, free estimates. CT LIC: #HIC0621244. 23 Fern St., Rocky Hill. 860-978-0190, 860-721-7274.


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


DEMAIO PLUMBING & HEATING, LLC - Free estimates. We specialize in bathroom & kitchen remodeling, new additions and new houses. Water heaters, zoned heat & more. We also specialize in high efficiency boilers and all types of heating and hot water systems. We install radiant heat, new or additions. Fully licensed and insured. Call Rick at 860-342-3365.


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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.


TOTAL TREE SERVICE & LANDSCAPING, LLC Fall Cleanup & Lawn Maintenenace. Commerical & Residential. 75 ft. bucket truck. Chipper, firewood, land clearing, stump grinding, tree removal. Registration #608808. Fully insured. 860-529-8389 or 860-538-0980.

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