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This Sunday, on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Newington Fire Department will have two ceremonies to commemorate the attacks. The public is invited to join them at 8:30 that morning before they raise and lower the American flag at 8:46 a.m. , when the first plane hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower and at 9:03 a.m., when the second plane hit the South Tower. The firefighters will then host a formal ceremony at 2 p.m., when Clergy and parishioners from Newington’s Interfaith Association will bless and dedicate the monument of twisted steel from the towers that was just placed in front of Rob Heyl | Staff the station. Elm-Cap Industries out of A piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center sits in front of the Newington Fire Department Headquarters on West Hartford donated the Main Street in honor of those who lost their lives on 9-11. See MEMORIAL, Page 5 Free Volume 52, No. 34

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concrete mounting pad for the 9-foot, 900-pound monument and Town Planning and Zoning Commission member Dominic Pane of Pane Road Materials, provided the mulch used as a base. “I think everybody has a connection to 9/11 in some way, shape, or fashion - they know someone that was there or something that happened,” says Newington’s Deputy Fire Chief Frank Papa. “Being the 10th Anniversary, anyone you talk to can tell you what they were doing when they found out - it’s really a moment that stood in time.” Papa and other firefighters will also be at an evening ceremony from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Newington Memorial Funeral Home. “We’ll have an aerial truck there to display the 20 by 30

foot American flag we’re going to fly,” says Papa. There will be 3,388 luminaries to honor the 3,388 victims who passed away in the terrorist attacks, including 411 emergency personnel who responded in rescue efforts. The Newington Girl and Boy Scouts will be there to help create each luminary. Newington residents are welcome to attend the day’s three events. The Newington Fire Department is located at 1485 Main St. and the Newington Memorial Funeral Home is at 20 Bonair Ave. Diana Duksa Kurz, Funeral Director and Owner of Newington Memorial Funeral Home said “Our intention is to memorialize and honor the lives lost on that day. We want to give people the opportunity to reflect and contemplate on what it means to them.”

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The Newington 9/11 Memorial located in front of the Fire Headquarters on Main St.

Seasonal flu vaccination is now recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. As usual, the flu vaccine protects people from the 3 strains of influenza that are likely to be circulating this flu season. For the 2011-2012 season, the vaccine is comprised of A/ California/7/2009 (H1N1), A/ Perth/16/2009 (H3N2), and B/ Brisbane/60/2008. Flu vaccines provide annual protection and flu strains change regularly, so it is important to get a new flu shot every year. The Central Connecticut Health District will hold flu vaccination clinics locally according to the following schedule: Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar Street in

Newington Wed. 10/5/11 1 p.m. — 4 p.m. Fri. 10/21/11 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. The Central Connecticut Health District is offering flu vaccination for anyone age 4 years and older, regardless of town of residence. The Health District will bill all Medicare Part B plans, all ConnectiCare Plans, all Anthem plans, and Aetna Medicare plan (PFFS only). Participants must bring the card from one of the above plans to the clinic to receive their flu vaccination at no charge. The cost for all others is $25, and a receipt will be provided upon request. Pneumonia shots also will be

available. The above mentioned insurance providers can also be billed for pneumonia shots by the Health District. The cost for all others is $50 and a receipt will be provided upon request. Participants are asked to wear short sleeves or loose-sleeved clothes. Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield residents who are homebound may call the Health District at (860) 721-2818 to arrange for a home visit. A recorded message with Health District clinic dates is also available by calling (860) 7212822 and choosing option 1, or by checking the Central Connecticut Health District’s web site at www.

NEWINGTON POLICE BLOTTER Nicole Rybka, 29, of 220 Curtis St., New Britain, was charged Aug. 27 with larceny in the sixth degree.

Sept. 1 with failure to pay or plead.

Shelby Lafar, 19, of 109 Lincoln Drive, Glastonbury, was charged Gregory Difazio, 21, of 11 Deerfield Sept. 1 with breach of peace and Drive, Hamden, was charged Aug. assault in the third degree. 30 with patronizing a prostitute. Shane Dixon, 19, of 28 Chapman Tyson James, 23, of 265 Kensing- St., Newington, was charged Sept. ton Ave., New Britain, was charged 2 with threatening in the second deAug. 29 with possession of less gree and disorderly conduct. than half ounce of marijuana. Henry Nowakowski, 58, of 66 DenLaurie Anderson, 53, of 30 Sted- nis Drive, New Britain, was charged man St., Hartford, was charged Sept. 2 with failure to maintain lane Aug. 31 with obtaiing a controlled and driving under the influence. substance by fraud. Dawn Grondin, 44, of 60 HawkMiguel Patinha, 41, of 520 Main St., ins Road, Woodstock Valley, was Cromwell, was charged Sept. 1 with charged Sept. 2 with driving under violation of a protective order. the influence, failure to drive in the proper lane and failure to carry a Jerimiah Stone, 30, of 235 Fenn license. Road, Newington, was charged

Richard Vogt, 22, of 108 North Turnpike Road, Wallingford, was charged Sept. 3 with larceny in the sixth degree. Yen Wen Jr., 23, of 1062 Boulevard, West Hartford, was charged Sept. 4 with disorderly conduct, assault in the third degree, interfering with an emergency call, criminal mischief in the second degree, threatening in the second degree, burglary in the third degree, using a motor vehicle without owner’s permission and larceny in the sixth degree. Robert Jones, 26, of 24 Fenwick St., Hartford, was charged Sept. 5 with assault in the third degree, thretening in the second degree, breach of peace and larceny in the sixth degree.

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Troop 355 ventures to Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks

Boy Scout Troop 355 visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming for two incredible weeks this past July. Fifteen senior scouts and 11 adults traveled to the parks, located in the Rocky Mountain range in Wyoming. They set up a base camp on Jackson Lake (about a mile above sea level) across from the foothills of the Teton Range (jagged, craggy peaks from 12,000 to 13,770 feet high). The troop split into two patrols and hiked for four days in the northernmost part of Yellowstone Park during the first week. After a short break, they completed another overnight backpacking adventure in Grand Teton Park. A final highlight was a long day hike up over 3,000 ft to a 9,700 foot elevation to Amphitheater Lake. Due to the record snow pack in the range this past winter, snow still existed at 9,700 and the lake still had ice on portions of it. Amphitheater Lake is aptly named because it is ringed by the tallest of the Teton Mountains,affording spectacular views. The trip is a Boy Scout “High

The entire Troop 355 Group gathered at an overlook of Yellowstone Falls.

Adventure”Tripandisdesignedtotest the scouts’knowledge of hiking,backpacking,camping,eating and sleeping on the trail. Self-management, safety practices and awareness of one’s surroundings are a large portion of the learning experience, since the parks are home to moose, elk, bison, black and grizzly bears. Hikes reached elevations over 9,000 feet.Daytime highs reached 80 degrees; nights got below

30 degrees at times, and the hikers encountered a small amount of snow at the higher elevations.In addition to the backpacking,the parks offered the opportunity to see many fascinating sights including Yellowstone Falls, the famous geothermal springs and geysers, and of course Old Faithful. A rafting trip down the Snake River and a trip to see Great Salt Lake in Utah finished the two-

Troop 355 “Crows” Patrol overlooking the valley with the Grand Teton Range in the background.

week adventure. Troop 355 plans a “High Adventure” every two years and is open to adult leaders and scouts in the troop who have reached age 14 and the rank of first class. Due to the rugged nature of the experience, intensive training and planning go into the effort, including Basic First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, CPR Training, and a number of Boy Scout training programs including

Weather Awareness, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense,and Trek Safely. Past trips have been to Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Alaska, and the Northern Cascades range in Washington State. Planning for Troop 355’s next trip will begin later this year. The Troop meets at the Church of Christ Congregational in the center of town, every Friday night at 7 p.m. during the school year.

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Small businesses have new chances to grow By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Small businesses in Newington now have the opportunity to learn from each other, grow on their own and work right on the frontier of modern business trends and innovations. The Connecticut Business Connection has paired with The Modern Observer Group to help lift Connecticut’s economy from the depths of its recession days. The team already holds monthly networking events in Middletown, New Haven and West Hartford, but is adding Newington and Branford to the list. They work with local companies to provide event attendees with financial assistance to support their entrepreneurial efforts through the program, known as the Working CT Initiative. It began Thursday at the North Mountain Business and Office Center at 705 North Mountain Road, which was known previously as the Newington Office Center and has partnered with the program. About 20 people attended this first meeting. “These are all people that are in business or looking to do business in Newington and help out other businesses,� explained Eric Lopkin, president of The Modern Observer Group and founder of the CTBC. There were web designers, social media experts, public relations and advertising professionals, lawyers, therapists, even Sam’s Club employees and journalists. The program also serves as an incubator: small business owners who are just starting out or want to expand can rent office space in the center for an average of $900 to $1,000 per month. Aside from having facilities to use with this yearly lease, including offices and conference rooms, they are provided with business coaching and planning, discounts on services

and advertising opportunities and a chance to network with Community Support Programs. One of these is Operation other businesspeople. Fuel, which helps people that can’t pay their oil or electric bill. “We want to help businesses create profitable relationships “By working with non-profits, our goal is to take some of the with other businesses,� explains Lopkin. “We bring in differ- stress out of day-to-day life so people can focus on earning ent sponsors,�he continued.“In September, has an money and not need our help.� advertising package they’ve put together for us and we’re talkPeople can also sign up to be on the CTBC’s email list ing with Sam’s Club about offering a membership discount by going to The next meeting is to event attendees.� scheduled for Oct. 6, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. At yesterday’s seminar, Lopkin, who hosts most of the meetings, facilitated an educational discussion about preparing a business for a disaster like Hurricane Irene.They talked about keeping data backed up, keeping the business going without power and more. “At each of Margie is a beautiful 1-yearour meetings around the state we have an eduold golden retriever/collie mix cational presentation or discussion on what’s looking for her furever home. relevant to business right now,� says Lopkin. She would enjoy the com“We’ve done workshops on social media and pany of older children and web technologies and gone back-to-basics — she must go home with her brother Bane, a 4-month-old what’s your sales plan, your marketing plan retriever/collie mix. If you are — how to run a business.� looking for two active pups to The program began in Middletown about call your own then come on two years ago then expanded to West Hartford down to The Connecticut Huand New Haven. Just this month they launched mane Society today! in Newington and Branford. “The reception Remember, the Connectiwe’ve gotten in Newington so far has been cut Humane Society has no fantastic,� says Lopkin, “we think it’s a great time limits for adoption. community and businesses here have welcomed Inquiries for adoption should be made at the Conus with open arms.� necticut Humane Society located at 701 Russell Road in Newington Meetings are held the first Thursday of every or by calling (860) 594-4500 or toll free at 1-(800) 452-0114. month, no sign-up required. Just pay the $5 meeting fee, some of which goes to fund their

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Costco developer unveils new building plan By ROBERT STORACE STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — With the support of several Common Council membersTuesday,Costco withdrew its original plan that entailed taking land away from A.W. Stanley Park. Instead, a “Plan B” was unveiled Tuesday night using state land between Stanley Golf Course and Route 9 to reconfigRob Heyl | Staff ure three holes to pave The state land that has been proposed to replace the golf holes lost the way for the Costco to the Costco project is near the Ella Grasso Blvd exit. development. The announcement by Costco officials out of the woodwork,” Montesano told the came during an informational session before council, though he declined to identify the the council, acting as the Planning & Zoning communities. Committee to consider rezoning a portion of For the first time, Montesano said Mayor land on Hartford Road near Route 9 for the Timothy T. Stewart, a strong backer of the development. store coming in, “made it clear from the getCostco officials said they support the “Plan go that we would not receive tax breaks“ from B” proposal, seen by many as a compro- New Britain. Montesano said that showed mise. The plan would leave parkland west of Stewart was “looking out for the best interests Hartford Road untouched and, instead, rede- of the city.” sign Stanley Golf Course on state property on The original plan for Costco, a store where the east side of the road along Route 9. Three you can buy items in bulk at discounted prices, holes of the course now on land Costco seeks had come under scrutiny by some city leaders, for its development would be built on property environmental groups and many people who visit Stanley Park. it would purchase from the state. “This is a win-win for the city,” Democratic The company’s original plan was to use Alderman Carlo Carlozzi Jr. said after seeing more than 15 acres of the park to move three and hearing Costco’s presentation Tuesday of the course’s 27 holes across the street. That night. “I urge my colleagues to move forward proposal, which would entail cutting down with this. They (Costco) have shown us good trees, was deemed undesirable by many. In faith.We need to show our good faith and take fact, nearly 2,000 people signed a petition this off the table (and vote on it).” against commercial development of any part Speaking on behalf of Costco during most of the park. of the session was Joseph M. Montesano, Stewart and the Democratic-controlled real estate consultant for the super-store. council have bickered back and forth on the Montesano, who at times expressed strong issue. Stewart has said the city needs the store dismay at the lack of movement on the issue, for the economic and job benefits, while many told councilors they needed to act quickly. Democrats have argued that the Costco plan He said Costco had spent in excess of is short on details.Those details, many council $300,000 doing site studies, traffic analyses members agreed, were laid out by Costco and other studies. “We will not spend another Tuesday evening. cent of Costo money unless we get a vote up If approved, the city would realize $475,000 or down on a zone change.” in tax revenue and more than 200 jobs.Salaries “We need to know where we stand so begin at $11 an hour, Costco officials have we can spend money again” on the project, said. Montesano said. In June, the state Attorney General’s Office The 15-member council could vote on the requested information from the city, saying zone change as early as next Wednesday’s state officials wanted to determine how the meeting. The publicity, he said, has been good city planned to satisfy the deed requirements for the company. within the park’s original trust agreement. In a “This project has gotten a huge amount recent letter to Corporation Counsel Gennaro of media attention. I’ve received five propos- Bizzarro, Attorney General George Jepsen’s als from bordering communities by virtue of office declined to offer an opinion either way this delay. A lot of good prospects are coming on that issue.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9-11 On September 11, 2001, 3,388 people died as a result of terrorist attacks. On the tenth anniversary of that tragedy, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, we are honoring each of them by lighting 3,388 luminaries on the grounds of our Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. You are invited to stop by from 6: 30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and reflect, remember and honor all who died on that day and those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Anytime during these two hours, drive by, walk by, or spend some time here to pay tribute in your own personal way. Newington Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Newington Volunteer Firefighters will be present and are supporting our family and staff to make this evening so special. In case of rain, this tribute will not take place. We hope you will join us,

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A retiree who spent two years on the Board of Education hopes to join the Town Council. Clarke Castelle, 64, (D) works as a substitute teacher after spending 35 years in the field of banking and insurance. “The work I did involved an awful lot of financial analysis and I’ve been able to apply that knowledge and those skills to budgeting on the Board of Ed,” says Castelle. The Board represents 60% of Newington’s town budget, so he can also use his experience gained as a Board member on the Council. He serves on the Board’s team of people negotiating the renewal of the contract with the Clarke Castelle National Teachers Association, a difficult position to be in. “I’ve got to balance the interests of the teachers against the financial stresses that individual taxpayers might be feeling; it will be the ultimate balancing act,” Castelle says. “I think this experience will qualify me for the Council above anything else.” If elected he hopes to be appointed as Board liaison, but will continue attending Board meetings to keep up with the school system anyway. After following Newington’s budgeting practices for years, Castelle’s confidence in the town is evident. “If you compare the recklessness of the state and federal Government


Editor’s note: A member of the Board of over the last several As the November 2011 elecEducation for the past eight years, then look at tions approach, the Newington years, Beth DelBuono, 42, (R) Newington, it’s been Town Crier will run a series filled the Town Council seat run with remarkable of campaign profiles on canof Meg Casasanta upon her constraint,” he says. didates running for Mayor, resignation in July after being “My main goal is to the Board of Education, Town unanimously voted in by continue that tradiCouncil and Constable. Council members. Casasanta tion of fiscal strength The Newington Town Crier would have been up for re-elecand responsibility.” will make every effort to run tion this year, so now DelBuono Castelle is also opposing party candidates sideis instead. And she’s sure of the concerned with the vacant buildings in by-side but may not always fact that she wants to continue town and the planned have this opportunity. working on the Council. After her short run thus far,she’s seekbusway. “I just want The Newington Town Crier ing re-election in November. to make sure that does not endorse any specific The Town Council and what the state is callpolitical party. the School Board both dising ‘transit-oriented cuss issues, implement policies development to boland work to better the town ster ridership’ at the of Newington, so DelBuono is wellbus station doesn’t have a negative impact on versed in these practices. the people who already, work, live and shop in “While education is my passion,” the area,” he stresses. she says, “It was time to give someone He spoke at the final Town Planning and else a chance and try something new- I Zoning hearing on the Cedar Mountain sublearned a lot on the School Board and division, another big issue. “I’m strongly in now that I have some political experifavor of saving all of what’s left of open ence I have more to offer the town.” space in Newington and I would do anything legitimate to save it, but you cannot override DelBuono works as a speech lanindividual rights in the pursuit of worthwhile guage pathologist for New Britain goals,” he contends. Public Schools, primarily at Smith However, he thinks the town could consider Elementary School. “I think that anybuying the land because bond debts are so low. time you’re in a community-based “If we had to issue bonds for whatever purprofession it allows you to work with pose,” he says, “we could do it without having people from all different backgrounds to raise taxes.” and take on the perspective of those When asked if he has any higher politiyou’re representing,” she says. And cal ambitions, Castelle answered, “Nope. Not being able to put yourself in others’ at all. You can tell shoes and understand the needs of Sandy her seat is residents is crucial as a Town Council Excellence in child 6 LOCATIONS safe!” (Referring to member. care and pre-school Newington’s State If re-elected, DelBuono hopes to ROCKY HILL • 860-563-9096 After development Rep Sandy Nafis). continue fostering education in town 558 CROMWELL AVE. the Stork (Rte. 3 Exit 23, Off I-91) If elected, he plans by supporting budget initiatives. She comes the... on sticking with the would also like to promote more preCouncil for as long as school programs. “I’d like to build up GLASTONBURY • (860) 659-3002 voters will have him. early childhood education,” she says of 568 New London Tpke., CHILD CARE & (Rt. 17 Overpass) DEVELOPMENT CENTERS • Age Appropriate Programs for MERIDEN • (203) 235-8461 Ages 6 Weeks to 8 Years 186 Pomeroy Ave. • Nursery School with Certified Teacher (1 Min. Off E. Main , Exit I-90) • Before and After School Programs with Transportation Provided CHESHIRE • (203) 272-1637 • State Licensed Staff 1311 Highland Ave. • Child and Parent Consultations (Rt.10) • Open Door Policy EXCELLENCE IN CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT

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Decisions to be made; thanks to be given

To the editor:

In a recent article in the Town Crier by Erica Schmitt she stated that: “The last of all science and sentiment in Newington’s Cedar Mountain controversy has been presented to the town and now officials have to make a difficult decision that will have a profound affect on the area.”. I have noticed that once the public has voiced their concerns and opinions to the commissions that the majority of them get up and leave without waiting to hear the commissioner’s comments. At the end of the last Town Planning and Zoning Commission (TPZ) meeting, Commissioner Aieta made the same observation and stated that he hoped those in attendance over the past few months would continue to come to future meetings in order to hear what the commissioners opinions were on the subject. The TPZ commissioners were openly and at times rudely chastised for not offering their opinions on evidence presented to them, both pro and con. It is my understanding that the Commissioner’s only ask questions of the applicant during the Public Hearing and listen to the public’s comments. Once the Public Hearing is closed,

the commissioners will then discuss the application, taking into consideration all the evidence that was provided during the public hearings. I invite all those interested in the Cedar Mountain application, to attend the TPZ meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 27 to hear the commissioner’s openly discuss the Cedar Mountain matter. In addition, please attend the Conservation Commission meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and if you have a “lot of time on your hands” consider attending the Town Council meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 13 and 27. I urge all residents to answer the door when the candidates come calling during this election season and let them know what issues are important to you as residents. Not everyone can attend all these meetings, but I’m sure you all have opinions on various matters….ie Cedar Mountain; blight ordinances; town services; cell towers on school/town properties etc. In closing, i’d like to give special thanks to the town workers for their efforts to keep the town safe during hurricane Irene and for the clean up after the storm.

 Malloy’s actions will speak louder than words To the editor: The Union Concession showdown with Governor Malloy is finally over. Yet, the deal may have passed the second time around with overwhelming support but it doesn’t answer some of the most vital questions that surround the economic conditions of this state. Let’s not forget that the Unions were the ones who helped Malloy get elected in November of 2010. Now that this eight month horror movie is over, he has some explaining to do and decisions to make. After the Union Leaders went and changed the bylaws Malloy made it seem that there was only a 50-50 chance of approval. He has maintained that no matter what the budget will be balanced. The entire playing field was changed for the second time around and Malloy knew he had scored a touchdown. The Governor said very little the second-time around, because he didn’t want the public to realize that the concessions would be ratified. His warning was that there would be “hell to pay” if the union members failed to make 1.6 billion in

concessions over the next two years. Now it looks the “hell to pay” will be felt by all citizens who live in the State of Connecticut. We have to deal with the back-door fear mongering policies of Governor Malloy for the next three years. Malloy has not even been in office for a year, who knows what other tricks he has up his sleeves. Then there is the issue of state workers healthcare. If there is one part of the agreement that Malloy should be up-front and truthful about it is the medical care of these employees. The Sustinet health reform appears to be off the table for now, but if Malloy comes up short in his attempt to balance the budget we all know that could change at any time. ObamaCare is set to fully kick in 2014, and at any time there could be yet another attempt for a quasi-public authority that would in return sell insurance to the public. Malloy can continue to speak, but judging by his poll numbers not to people feel the need to hear what he has to say. Let’s wait and see what his actions are when dealing with the ferries,motor vehicle offices,welfare offices, rest-stops, and prisons.

When’s the Governor going to step-up to the plate and put out a plan to bring real business back to Connecticut and move past the issue of balancing the budget? There needs to be accountability set forth by the Governor and his budget management team. It seems everyday his secretary Benjamin Barnes of Office and Policy Management has something new to say about savings, wage freezes, or the overall concessions. Let’s get straight to the point, if Malloy wants to accurately balance the budget there are going to be far more sacrifices and service cutbacks then what the Union Leaders ratified last week. In today’s economic climate there is no telling how far Malloy will go to get his wish. Unemployment remains high, people aren’t spending money like they used to, and there is massive uncertainty in terms of the livelihood for anybody who lives in Connecticut with Daniel Malloy calling the shots. Fasten your seat-belts, because this is only just the beginning. Daniel Dinunzio, Newington

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At Stew Leonard’s, the kids cook while you shop By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Families do a lot of cooking during the holiday season and this year kids can contribute their own recipes, learned at Stew Leonard’s themed cooking classes. There is one class per month September through December, held inside the Executive Kitchen, which is upstairs in the Newington store. Three of the four classes are held on Saturdays, perfect for parents who want to drop off their kids and get their grocery shopping done. The first is Sept. 17 at 11 a.m., when Stew Leonard’s Culinary Team teaches kids to make “Healthy Back-to-School Snacks.” These include zucchini muffins, Mexican pizzas, and an easy version of hummus and pita chips. Popular foods are simplified to make them do-able for those cooking — ages 5 through 12. A few weeks before Halloween, children can learn to create creepy cupcakes at the Halloween Cupcake Decorating session, demonstrated by members of the store’s bakery

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team. They’ll make “spooky spiders, ghoulish ghosts, and perfect pumpkin cupcakes,” according to company spokeswoman Jen Polaski, who came up with the idea. “We’re the only Stew Leonard’s to have a big kitchen upstairs and I like to cook myself,” says Polaski. “I have really fussy eaters for kids, but these are recipes I make for them at home.” Polaski gets ideas from Rachael Ray and Family Fun magazines and elsewhere. November’s class takes a seasonal vegetable popular at Thanksgiving

dinner and transforms it into kids’ favorite foods — macaroni and cheese, French “fries” and spaghetti. It’s called “Getting Squishy with Squash” and it’s being held Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. “We try to cut down or eliminate stove and oven time because of the kids’ ages,” says Polaski. They even give children shopping lists

with the ingredients needed to put each dish together and send them through the store to collect them together. The “Holiday Cookie Class” will be Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and each cook will bring home a small platter of holiday-decorated cookies. “We want them to learn about the importance of measuring,

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Local man embraces change, pedals toward a cure SPECIAL TO THE NEWINGTON TOWN CRIER

Kurt Lindboom-Broberg knows a thing or two about change. A year ago he was working on a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. But six months ago he left that all behind to devote himself to health and fitness — his passion. And now? Lindboom-Broberg is teaming his passion for athletics with his desire to help find a cure for a disease robbing people of movement. A resident of Newington, Lindboom-Broberg recently joined the staff of Cardio Express Fitness Centers. Peter Rusconi, of Glastonbury, who owns and operates six Cardio Express Fitness Centers, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004. “I was actually quite surprised when I learned that Peter has multiple sclerosis,” said Lindboom-Broberg, a triathlete who is training his way to a full Ironman triathlon. “You just would never know it to look at him. He’s fit and active. When I found out, I knew I had to get involved in the cause.” More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Rusconi, battle multiple

no cure for multiple sclerosis. Lindboom-Broberg, who works at the Southington fitness center, joined Rusconi’s Bike MS team, signing on to raise funds and ride 75 miles at the 2011 event, which was first slated to take place August 28 at Priams Vineyard in Colchester. But even the best laid plans can sometimes go awry. The unexpected visit from Tropical Storm Irene pre-empted the 2011 Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride and made it necessary to reschedule the event for September 11. “Unfortunately, I have an Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Las Vegas on September 11 and I knew that I wouldn’t make the rain date,” said Lindboom-Broberg. “Not to be undone, I came up with a Plan B.” Early on Tuesday, Aug. 30, Lindboom-Broberg saddled up and set out to cycle more than 110 miles, stopping at every Cardio Express location in Central Connecticut takFrom left, Kurt Lindboom-Broberg poses with Cardio Express district manager Neil Tejwani, a former contestant on ing him as far East as Tolland and as season four of the television hit show “The Bigger Loser. “ far West as Southington. The grueling ride took him 11 hours and 22 sclerosis. Symptoms associated with extremities, difficulty with vision or paralysis. The progress, severity and minutes, including seven hours of MS can include, among other things, speech, stiffness, loss of mobility, and, specific symptoms of MS in any one cycling. See CARDIO, Page 12 numbness and tingling in the in some severe circumstances, total person cannot be predicted. There is

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“You know, many people with MS are just grateful to be able to take a leisurely walk in the evening,” said the 25-year-old. “It makes me feel good to know I can go all out for a cause that threatens to rob people of movement. I’m glad I can help make a difference.” Lindboom-Broberg said that he had been hesitant in the past about getting involved in causes, not knowing how he could make a real difference in the lives of others — how he could affect lasting change. “I recommend everyone find a way to help make a difference in the life of someone,”he said.“I’ve found that by using my abilities — my skills and strengths, I can help keep the fight against multiple sclerosis moving forward toward a cure.Everyone has a talent and a skill.We all can apply those talents and skills to affect change for others.” A year ago, donned in a lab coat and squinting behind the lens of a microscope, Lindboom-Broberg couldn’t have imagined he would one day be competing in triathlons and then using his new found conditioning to support someone battling the unpredictable effects of a chronic illness. Change has paid off for LindboomBroberg — in dividends to last a lifetime. “It means so much to know Cardio Express staff support my battle against MS,” said Peter Rusconi, whose fitness centers are located in Tolland,Vernon,Manchester, Southington, Wethersfield and Mansfield.“I was amazed when Kurt went the extra mile giving his own time to demonstrate his commitment to me and the cause. It means a lot.” The 2011 Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride takes place Sunday, Sept. 11, at Priam Vineyards in Colchester. Registration for this year’s ride is $45 and the minimum fundraising amount per registered rider is $150. Cyclists will be able to register up to three people who have never participated before for free as part of the chapter’s Ticket To Ride program. Participants must be at least 12-years old to ride. For more information on the Bike MS: Cardio Express Ride, please contact Patrick Byrne at (860) 913-2550, ext. 52527, or email patrick.byrne@ To register for the ride or to donate to Kurt Lindboom-Broberg and the Cardio Express team, please visit

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Community radio to undergo an unprecedented expansion By BRANDY DOYLE

After their state passed universal health care legislation this spring, Vermonters were surprised by a gaping omission in national news coverage: They weren’t in it. Despite a statewide grassroots campaign that demanded the historic legislation, most news reports painted politicians as the champions of the new law. Even most progressive media outlets missed the real story, showing the smiling governor signing the bill but not the thousands of working Vermonters who pressured the statehouse to pass it. It’s not just about giving credit where it’s due in Vermont. Our power to influence politics is limited by the media’s willingness to cover the stories about the rest of us.That’s why some of the largest protests in U.S. history failed to stop the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, and why months of pro-labor protests in Wisconsin this year attracted scant attention compared with much smaller-scale tea party rallies. The lesson is clear. To get a better country, we need a better media. That’s why the Vermont Workers Center, the group whose health care campaign deserves credit for that extraordinary new law, is taking media into their own hands. It’s starting a radio station in Barre, Vt., a low-income city underserved by media of any kind. Thanks to the recent passage of the Local Community Radio Act, nonprofit organizations will soon be able to apply for licenses to start their own stations nationwide. ADVERTISEMENT

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Conn. DEEP cops have to deal with cougars, bears By TIM LOH


DERBY — One day last summer, long before the public started crying mountain lion, state Environmental Conservation Police Officer Keith Williams’ main concern was the 400-pound black bear before him. Standing in an acre of Waterbury forest, beside a CVS parking lot, he sprang into action, faking a charge. The black bear went scrambling. For the next six hours, in 90-degree heat, he tried to spook the animal above ground. “Whether he was too fat, I don’t know,” Williams said. “But he wouldn’t tree.” Finally, the tired bear allowed itself to be tranquilized and taken somewhere safer. “It was a lot of fun,”Williams said of the long day of work. “I’d rather that than a mountain lion.” Working for the State Environmental Conservation Police, or EnCon, Williams guards the boundaries between Connecticut’s civilization and wildlife. Ordinarily, the nimble agency of 50 law enforcers for which he works has a busy summer schedule — policing state parks, forests and waterways, and protecting the public from the likes of black bears, bobcats and moose (and vice versa). But since June, when the state’s first recorded mountain lion appeared — and then was struck dead by a car on a Milford highway — the officers have busily tracked that species, too. Though they’ve found nearly every reported sighting lacking in evidence, or corresponding instead to bobcats or deer, the officers aren’t writing off the prospect of confronting another mountain lion. “We’re not saying no, we’re just saying, `Show us proof,”’ said Captain Raul Camejo, who oversees the 20 EnCon officers covering western Connecticut. As September nears, and mountain lion sightings finally ebb, the officers are gearing up for their favorite seasons and for a more familiar, potentially more dangerous, foe — hunters. “Fall is my favorite,” Williams said. “I get to be that game warden I always wanted to be.” It’s the job’s variety, though, that makes it so appealing, Williams said. Seated in his Derby office on a

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recent morning, a news clipping hung over his shoulder, showing him cradling a deer out of a canal. But now, he’s perched before the computer, finalizing a report for a boating accident that injured six people. His belt is holstered with a handgun, nightstick, pepper spray and handcuffs. With his green uniform, his blond hair closely cropped to his scalp and his chest stretching his bullet-proof vest, he looks something like G.I. Joe. “Welcome to my office,” he later said, stepping outside to his Ford F-150. Inside are cables,a fire extinguisher, several pairs of gloves, life jackets, a rowing paddle, hip boots, yards of rope, binoculars, a range finder and rifle. Moving to the truck’s bed, he waves what looks like a butterfly catcher. “Bat net,” he said. When he snares one of them, he sprays it with lighter fluid and transports it inside Tupperware. Radioing dispatch, he announced that the Derby outpost is headed to Brookfield’s portion of Candlewood Lake. Typically, summer is the blandest of times for EnCon officers, when they act most like normal policemen. Seven million to 8 million visitors have frequented the state’s parks in recent years, with crowds

swelling in the summer months and bringing drunk-driving, drugs and domestic violence. These guys regulate them. But compared with municipal police, EnCon has certain disadvantages — the nearest backup could be 45 minutes away. And finding reliable witnesses can be difficult. “Neighbors know who belongs in a neighborhood,” Camejo said. “In a campground, these people became neighbors at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.” Mountain lion sightings have injected a novelty to things. Since June, there have been 47 such reported sightings — 47 more than a year ago. EnCon officers respond to each call, checking for evidence such as footprints, droppings and fur. They also look for photographs. Officer Molly Bernier responded to one such call in Oxford. “The man was 100 percent sure he saw a mountain lion,” the 5-year veteran said. But the cat in the picture he took had a short, stubby tail and spots. Coming inside, Bernier had the man search the Internet for a mountain lion. He discovered he’d photographed a bobcat. Mountain lion sightings aren’t entirely new to Connecticut. A few years back, a Sharon resident filed a picture showing one such


cat on her deck, standing tall, its tail long, staring straight at the camera. The picture is convincing, save for the Ponderosa Pines surrounding the deck. Such trees don’t grow in Connecticut, Camejo said. Turns out, the picture first appeared in a Wyoming newspaper. Soon, the officers’ responsibilities will change drastically. Their winter duties include checking up on ice fishermen, enforcing snowmobile regulations and getting in much of their training. Spring is spent patrolling river fishing and turkey hunting. But most officers like fall best, when they can park their pickups and hike several miles into the forest, acting as game wardens. This is also the most dangerous season. Generally, everyone they confront is equipped with knives, rifles, shotguns or cross-bows. And they’re often hidden in camouflage, hiding up in trees. “You get to hunt the hunters,” Officer Sean Buckley, a four-year veteran, said with some bravado. “What could be better than that?” Williams has wanted the job since childhood. His desire increased, though, when he worked just out of college to set up fisheries in Litchfield County. There, he saw fishers take home more than the

legal limits, directly undercutting his efforts to proliferate fish. He had no authority to stop them. “Now,” he said, “it was getting personal.” Two years into the job, he’s finding poachers doubly motivating. “Some people just want antlers on their wall,” Bernier said. A hunter might hack off a felled deer’s head, or remove the prime cut of meat from its shoulder, wasting the remaining carcass. “Frankly, that pisses me off,” Williams said. Last year, after he nabbed a Vermont hunter who was operating within 500 feet of several Connecticut homes, he confiscated the man’s gear, maybe $2,500 worth. A court recently returned the gear. Telling the story, Williams’ face dropped. “He’ll probably never do that again,” Bernier said. One means to prevent such poaching is through public outreach. In September, Williams will work the agency’s “tip trailer” at the Bethlehem State Fair. He’ll answer questions from the public about hunting and fishing regulations and also Connecticut wildlife. At a recent event, Bernier was bombarded with questions about mountain lions. Williams predicts he’ll hear a similar refrain: “I told you so,” he said with a laugh. At Candlewood Lake, Williams throttles the police boat through choppy water, his eyes scanning for possible infractions — overfishing, perhaps, or unlicensed boating. A spray of water in the distance heralds company. He steers in that direction, then he slows, then he finds Officer Buckley staring back at him. Since the afternoon is quiet, they pull beside an island to chat. Buckley, who has been stationed at Connecticut’s largest lake all summer, has so far made four boating-under-the-influence arrests. Colleagues consider that a real feat, considering that suspects must come ashore — with someone sober left to captain their vessel, something not always possible — and have 15 minutes to regain their land legs before walking a straight line. Quickly, conversation drifts to hunting season and wildlife. “We have bobcats, porcupines, moose, deer and wild turkey,” Buckley said.“People have to respect nature.” He added, “I hope mountain lions exist.”

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16 | Friday, September 9, 2011 FREE GOODY BAG Calling all children from birth through grade 8 who live in Newington! Come to the Children’s Department anytime through Sept. 30 to sign up for a library card and receive a free goody bag (new registrants only). ANNUAL MEETING The Library Board of Trustees invites all Newington residents to attend this year’s meeting Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. There will be a brief business meeting and the board will recognize the Friends’ 50th Anniversary Committee, Carol Miller-Pekrul, Kerry Lurate and the Newington Amateur Radio League. Florence K. Wood will be inducted into the Legacy Society. QUILTS’ ROLE IN CIVIL WAR Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Join independent scholar Lynne Zasek Bassett in the first of a series of upcoming Civil War programs. Bassett will be looking at the war through textiles. Quilts in particular contain both explicit and implicit messages, through which we can examine the experience of soldiers and civilians. This program is free and open to

the public. Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Civil War Commission.

president of Forward Motion, will demonstrate how to find job opportunities with a specific online proSLEEPYTIME FOR THE GARDEN cess. LaReau will walk participants Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Sarah through each step of finding emBailey is a certified advanced mas- ployment opportunities. Participants ter gardener and a Connecticut ac- will learn two key principles of online credited nursery professional. Along searching and see them in action. with being the Hartford County Co- Attendees will leave fully prepared ordinator for the UConn Extension to conduct an efficient and effective Master Gardener program, Bailey is job search. Registration is required staff horticulturist for an area land- for this program. Sponsored by the scape management company and Friends of the Library. maintains several private gardens. Sponsored by the Friends of the LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP Library. MONTH! Calling all children from birth through grade 8 who live in BROADWAY BOUND Join the Newington! Come to the Children’s Friends of the Library Saturday, Department anytime through Sept. Sept. 17 for a day in New York City. 30 to sign up for a library card and Take in a Broadway show, visit a receive a free goody bag (new regmuseum or two, or just go sightsee- istrants only). ing. The day is yours to spend as you wish. The bus will leave New- PLAY FOR ALL! Saturday, Sept. 10, ington at 7:30 a.m. and will return at 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come join us approximately 8:45 p.m. The cost of for a special needs playgroup that the trip is $39. Register at the Adult gives parents the opportunity to talk, Information Desk. support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time ONLINE JOB SEARCH TIPS Mon- to play and socialize together. Coday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Dr. Marcia sponsored by Newington UNICO. LaReau, motivational speaker and

NEWINGTON TOWN CRIER STORIES AND ART Tuesday, Sept. 13, noon — Children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers are invited to a special storytime involving stories, songs and cool artwork! Join the fun by calling the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

JUST A STORY AND A SONG! New Program, Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 10:15 a.m. Join us for a 30-minute all ages storytime. We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. No registration required.

FAMILY STORYTIME, Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs WONDERS OF AIR Tuesday, Sept. and more for the whole family all 13, 3:45 p.m. What’s so wonderful year ‘round. No registration necesabout air? We’ll do air experiments sary. and answer that question. Children in grades 1 to 4 may call the Chil- CONSTRUCTION CLUB, Saturday, dren’s Department at (860) 665- Sept. 17, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to the 8720 to register. Sponsored by the monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety conFriends of the Library. cerns, only people age 7 and older PLAY WITH US – NEW PLAY- will be allowed in the room. Please GROUP Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10:15- call the Children’s Department at 11:30 a.m. We are pleased to an- (860) 665-8720 to register. nounce a new program for children with special needs. Families are COOKBOOK CLUB! Wednesday, encouraged to come and meet with Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. Put on your birth to 3-year-old resource profes- chef’s hat and team up to make a sionals in a group session. All ages Gooey Apple Dump Cake. Chefs in are welcome. No registration nec- grades 3 to 6 may call the Children’s essary. For more information call Department at (860)665-8720 to the Children’s Department at (860) register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 665-8720.

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American Legion Post No. 117 meetings

The American Legion Post No. 117 will begin meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20 and every third Tuesday monthly. Following refreshments at 6:15 p.m. the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. (spouses are welcome).

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St. Mary Women’s Club will take a Brunch Cruise on the “Lady Katharine” Sunday, Oct. 16. All members and St. Mary parishioners, as well as their invited guests, are welcome to attend. For information Do you like adventure, camping and hik- regarding cost, other details and reservaing? If yes, then join us at sign-up night tions, call Pauline at (860) 666-0188. Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, which is located at 1075 Main St. For more information regarding Boy Scouts call Newington Knights of Columbus will Assistant Scoutmaster Rich Schumacher at (860) 716-5309 or for Cub Scouts call Cub host a pig roast at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. Master Barbara Jones at (860) 817-1520 or 17 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 171 Cub Master Ernie Field at (860) 666-1675 Pascone Place. Raffle/auction, live entertainment, outdoor games. Hamburgers, or by email at 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 The Deming-Young Farm Foundation Columbus and must be purchased no later will hold its semi-annual fundraising tag than Sept. 10. sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. at 282 Church St. The sale will feature estate, vintage and antique items, household, Breast Cancer is the most common canknick-knacks, some furniture and more. An 1874 Estey pump organ will also be for sale. cer among women, and has been increasing steadily over the past several decades. Early Rain date Sep. 17. detection through education and screening methods, including mammograms and breast exams, is very important. (Source: CT The Newington Kiwanis Club’s Big Dept of Public Health Website http://www. K Flea Market/Craft Fair will be open ctgov/dph, 2007) For these reasons, the Sundays in September and October, 8 a.m. Central Connecticut Health District will to 2 p.m. in Newington’s Market Square host Donna Boehm, MSN, MPH - Breast Free Parking Lot, with scores of commercial Nurse Navigator Breast Program from the vendors offering every kind of goods and Hospital of Central Connecticut for a free products imaginable at hard to resist bargain informative and interactive talk regarding prices. Entrance is at 39 E. Cedar St. (CT breast health and the importance of regular Route 175) near the corner of Main Street, screenings and prevention, which will take easily accessible from the Berlin Turnpike, place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. Route 9 and not far from I-91 and I-84. 13 at the Wethersfield Public Library, 515 Admission is $1 and vendor spaces are $15. Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. Residents Information is available from (860) 667- of the Central Connecticut Health District, including the towns of Berlin, Newington, 2864 or 860) 839-1597. Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield are welcome and light refreshments will be served. To register contact Lori DiPietro, BSPH, St. Mary Women’s Club will sponsor a bus Health Educator at the Central CT Health trip to the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays District at (860) 665-8571 or by email at game at Fenway Park Sunday, Sept. 18. The cost is $105 per person. For further information and to make reservations, contact Kim

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seminar will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at Incarnation Parish in After a brief Art League meeting at 6:45 Wethersfield. Registration: (860) 529-6765 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, Cheryl Cianci, a (parish). certified Zentangle artist, will demonstrate this unusual art form using mostly pen and ink and minimal materials. According to GFWC Newington/Wethersfield the artist, Zentangle is both art and meditaThe annual “New tion and one does not have to be an artist Woman’s Club to accomplish it. The public is welcome to Membership Tea” is scheduled for Tuesday, attend this demonstration at Newington Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Town Hall, 131 Cedar St., with the entrance Center, 120 Cedar St., Newington. The across from the library on Mill Street. Members are encouraged to bring friends Workshops for members continue Monday and an invitation is extended to woman mornings, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday in the communities interested in learning nights, 6 to 9:30 p.m. he workshops are about the club to join us for this social event: a chance for members to get together in for further information (860) 563-6923.The a relaxed setting to paint whatever they GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s want to in any medium. Monthly meet- Club is a nonprofit organization dedicatings take place on the second Wednesday ed to community volunteer service. They of the month. For information call (860) belong to The GFWC-General Federation 666-5026. of Women’s Club organization, the oldest international women’s Club; whose members are united international towards the Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, A New Day 10-week bereavement International Affairs, and Public Affairs.

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New outlook for Newington Football By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

Newington has a new look football team for 2011, and new head coach Roy Roberts has the personnel on the field to put Newington football back on the map. “We just want to compete,” Roberts said convincingly.“Coming into a program that had the season that it had last year the word is compete. We want to compete in the classroom, we want to compete on the field, and we want to compete with our character. If we can get to that point where everyone is competing for something, we’ll be in good shape.” After an 0-10 campaign in 2010, the Indians have learned a lot from their previous hardships, and are certain they will not reappear this season. “We’re playing hard nosed football this year,” said senior Brandon Caires. “We’re going to put W’s on the board this year.” There are many differences that will become apparent as the Indians attack the Central Connecticut

Conference this season. “Mostly we’re playing ball,” said junior Sixto Acosta.“That’s all we’re going for, playing hard football.” “Tempo.Tempo is big right now,” Caires said. “We are going so much faster than we were last year, and that’s going to turn into wins.” On offense, John Snyder will distribute the ball to several skilled receivers and backs. “We have a whole new offense this year,” Snyder said. “We have great receivers, and we’re looking to tire teams out with our high tempo offense. Our running back, Luis Figueroa is really quick, and he can do some damage.” The Indians return almost all of their starters from a year ago, and the experience will surely shine through with the offensive line. “We have returning linemen, we’re slowing things down and everyone knows where to be,” offensive tackle Robert Reis said. The pressure seems to be mounting for a bounce-back year, but the Indians have been mostly nonchalant as they prepare for a September 16 season opener against Simsbury.

“There is some pressure because of the season we had last year,” receiver and defensive back Freddy Burgos said, “but everyone on the team is good enough to start and everyone is pushing each other. Everyone contributes, so there’s not really any player that carries the whole team like last year.” Coach Roberts shares the sentiment, but uses pressure more as motivation than as an adversary. “No one puts more pressure on me than I do on myself,” Roberts said. “Even if it’s there I don’t know about it, nor do I care. I go to sleep each night knowing we are doing everything we can to make our team into a powerhouse in the state of Connecticut.” With almost all of their starters returning, an enthusiastic new coach and talented players at every skill position, a resurgence of the Newington football program may not be too far in the future. “Newington has been impressive by itself,” head coach Roy Roberts said after a rainy practice last week. “Not just the kids, but the support for the program


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has been impressive, the parents have been impressive, the friends of the program have been great, the administration has been phenomenal, and we are looking forward to having the most competitive season that we can.” First and foremost, a new beginning can only take flight if all the players involved come together, and accept new leadership. That is exactly what has happened during the last few weeks at Newington. “Everyone’s bought in and everyone understands that the same goal is everybody’s goal,” Roberts said. “We are going to be the best team we can be and go out there and play ten one-game seasons, and let the chips fall where they may.” Not only is a new system and philosophy governing the Indians play and conduct, but it is also producing quality results. “Everything is so much more disciplined,” offensive tackle and defensive end Robert Reis said of his club this year. “There are no little cliques, everyone is laughing together and eating together.” Linebacker Ryan Marquetti agreed, and has been impressed with several aspects of the team so far in the preseason. “I think we got a lot faster and a lot stronger than last year,” the senior said. “We’re all a lot mentally prepared. We hit the weight room hard, so we’ll be ready to hit.” With a young team, and a team that has nothing to lose, many players will have opportunities to step up over the course of the season. “Ian Bomely has been a pleasant surprise for us,” Roberts said, mentally assessing the progress of

NEWINGTON FOOTBALL Head coach: Roy Roberts Last year’s record: 0-10 (0-7 division I) Key Departures: Alex Lomaglio, Mike Giordano Key Returning players: Sixto Acosta (jr), Brandon Caires (sr), John Snyder (sr), Robert Reis (sr), Ryan Marquetti (sr), Freddy Burgos (sr), Ian Bomely (jr), Adam Murphy (jr), Eric Ryan (jr), Luis Figueroa (jr). Outlook: After going winless in 2010, the Newington Indians know what the bottom looks like, and they have no intention of returning there.

several young guys on his team. “Isiah Young is coming out of the woodwork as well. Adam Murphy has been a real good surprise for us. Eric Ryan has really shown that he belongs out here and I’m excited about that, and our center John Young. He has really grown tremendously. I am happy about the guys bonding together.” In order for the victories to accumulate, the Indians must execute on all three phases of the game, and the leaders on the field for Newington are confident about offense, defense, and special teams. “Our defense is looking pretty tough out there,” middle linebacker and right guard Sixto Acosta said. “We have guys coming back from last year so we’ve got some experience.” Calling the shots in the huddle and on the field, returning quarterback John Snyder is poised for a solid senior season, and has the weapons to compliment his arm. “We have players that can stretch the field vertically, and a good short game with our screen passes,” Snyder said.

Applications being accepted for girls travel basketball coaches

The Newington Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting applications for Girls (Volunteer) Travel Basketball Coaches for the 2011-2012 season. Practices are held twice a week starting in late September and games are on the weekend from November through February. Applications will be accepted until September 16. All applicants must fill out a Travel Basketball Volunteer Coaches Application,

which is available at the Parks and Recreation office at 131 Cedar Street, Newington, or you can download an application online at www.newingtonct. gov. Background checks will be conducted for all potential coaches. Anyone who has coached a Travel Basketball team in the past must reapply. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at (860) 6658666.

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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


Polish/English speaking woman can clean your house with care. 2nd cleaning 50% off for new clients only. Satisfaction guaranteed. Insurance Bonded. Call Kasia 860-538-4885 HOUSE, CONDO, OFFICE CLEANING Polish/English speaking lady with many years of experience. References upon

request. Please call Ela at 860-348-0234


NDC ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING - All aspects of electrica work, additions, new homes, renovations, pools, hottubs, etc. Main service up-grades from fuses to circuit breakers. Fast, quality workmanship. Nick 860-665-7202. CT Lic #E1-180139



FULL SERVICE REMODELING Windows, bathrooms and kitchens. All interior and exterior home or business remodeling and handyman service. You name it - I’ve done it! Excellent references and competitive rates with over 10 years experience. BBB Accredited. Call Mike 860-6906505 or Kris 860-348-076 today for your free estimate. Fully insured and licensed. Lic #565969.

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.




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. PLUMBING “Quality you can count on for years.” POSITANO PLUMBING, INC. - 31 years We do roof repairs, vinyl siding, of serving Bristol and the surrounding windows, seamless gutters. Honest, areas. Specializing in all repairs. competitive pricing. No hidden costs. Plumbing & heating. Water heater Free estimates. Fully insured. Written replacement, boiler replacement. CT Lic warranties. Clean and courteous #202691, 308931. For the best repair installers. CT Lic #565709. GAFELK ME work in the area, please call 860-584- #11852. 860-622-9800 or 860-7470012, 186 West St., Bristol. 4427. 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.

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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Twin City Plaza Newington, CT 06111

Monday-Friday 8am-7pm Saturday 8am-6pm Sunday 8am-4pm

Ph: 860-665-8288 Fax: 860-665-1458

OPEN 7 DAYS Fresh Fruit, Vegetables & Groceries Daily from Boston... LOW PRICES! LARGEST SELECTION OF FRUIT & VEGETABLES AVAILABLE



- Giant Grinders come with FREE can of soda!BREAKFAST SANDWICHES

(on a hard roll) Breakfast ends at 11:00 am Bacon, Egg & Cheese ................................................... 2.99 Sausage, Egg & Cheese................................................ 2.99 Ham, Egg & Cheese ..................................................... 2.99 Egg & Cheese ................................................................2.99



Chicken Parmigiana.................................5.99 Meatball Parmagiana ..............................5.99 Sausage & Peppers ..................................5.99 BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) ...................................5.00 Chicken Cutlet .........................................6.99

4.99 4.99 4.99 4.00 5.99

Pulled BBQ Pork ......................................5.99 Grilled Chicken.........................................6.99

4.99 5.99

Pastrami ....................................................5.99


Turkish Kebob..........................................5.99


(marinara sauce or mayo, lettuce, tomato & cheese)

(marinara sauce or mayo, lettuce, tomato & cheese) (mayo, lettuce, tomato & cheese) (mayo, lettuce, tomato & cheese)


Prices are approximate - (weight) Tortellini Salad.......................................................5.99 5 99 99 /lb Macaroni Salad .......................................................2.99 /lb Potato Salad ...........................................................2.99 /lb Tuna Salad...............................................................5.99 /lb Chicken Salad .........................................................5.99 /lb Seafood Salad .........................................................5.99 /lb Cole Slaw .................................................................2.99 /lb Egg Salad..................................................................3.99 /lb Antipasto Salad (ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone) ..................... 4.50 Chef Salad (roastbeef, turkey, provolone)...................................... 2.50 Garden Salad.................................................................2.50 add Grilled Chicken ............................................. add’l 2.00 (mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers)

starting at COLD GRINDERS




Turkey Breast ........................................ 5.00 Bologna .................................................... 5.00 Capicolla .................................................. 5.99 Salami (Genoa or Cooked) ................................. 5.00 Pepperoni................................................ 5.00 Ham.......................................................... 5.00 Baked Ham (Virginia) ........................................... 5.99 Honey Ham............................................. 5.99 Imported Ham........................................ 5.99 Chicken Salad (all white meat) ........................ 5.99 Seafood Salad (crab w/ shrimp) ....................... 5.99 Mortadella (Italian bologna) ............................. 5.00 Roast Beef............................................... 5.99 Sopressata............................................... 5.99 Prosciutto ............................................... 5.99 Tuna ......................................................... 5.99 Veggie ...................................................... 5.00

4.00 4.00 4.99 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.00 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.00

Boar’s Head ............................................ 6.99 COMBO Italian (ham, salami, pepperoni) ............................ 6.99 American (turkey, ham, bologna) ........................ 6.99 ALL INCLUDE: mayo, lettuce, tomato & cheese


(includes: roasted peppers, pickles, onions, olives)

5.99 5.99

Upon Request: oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, onions, pickles, olives, roasted peppers, hot banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, fresh peppers, oregano, hot sauce, honey mustard, ranch, spicy mustard, yellow mustard, ketchup, horseradish.



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