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Newington Fire Department hosting open house By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Kids and adults alike have the opportunity to sit in a fire truck, watch the ladder extend into the air, and learn how to escape from a smoky building next week. Newington’s Fire Department Company No. 1 will host a Fire Prevention Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with live

demonstrations and different sta- feature hands-on activities and tions for the public to explore exhibits; fire engines and firefighting the world of apparatuses fire-fighting. will be on “The purd i s p l a y. pose of the At t e n d e e s program is to will be able provide the to view and public with discuss the some fire tools firesafety tips,� CORY LACHANCE said Cory fighters’ use. Newington captain of fire prevention Lachance, T h e Newington Hazmat captain of fire prevention. Division will also be putting on Some of the programming is its own program about household geared toward children and some chemicals and the hazards they See FIRE, Page 3 toward adults. The evening will

“The purpose of the program is to provide the public with some fire safety tips.�

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NewingtonÂ’s Zachary Morris, right, and SouthingtonÂ’s Brian Kaminsky, left, battle for the ball Saturday night at Newington High School. The Indians fought hard but fell 13-6. See story and photo, Page 19

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Fire safety open house for kids and adults Continued from Page 1

present. Adults can learn more about using smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, like how to install and test them. The highlight of the event will be the smoke simulation trailer, which allows firefighters to teach children how to escape from a smoke-filled room, although the “smoke� is really just harmless water vapor. “We have a window they can practice escaping through in the smoke-filled trailer,� said Lachance. “We’ve been doing this for several years now and we have really gotten a positive response from the public.� The event will be staffed by firefighters from Newington’s four companies, plus its Cadet Company — those ages 16-18 who aspire to become firefighters. There is no cost to attend the event, sponsored by the Newington Fire Department. “We encourage any firefighters who are available that night

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to come in and help out,� said Lachance. “All of us agree that second to fighting fires our number two duty is fire prevention.� Hundreds of Newington children, families and others are expected at the Fire Prevention Open House, Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fire Co. No. 1, located at 1485 Main St. in Newington. National Fire Prevention Week is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. It has been happening since 1920, officially instated by President Woodrow Wilson., and during the Monday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls each year. This date goes back to 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire tore through the city late Oct. 8, causing the most damage the following day. Area authorities wanted an occasion when they could promote fire safety after the infamous fire, eventually sparking national efforts.

“We’ve been doing this for several years now and we have really gotten a positive response from the public.� CORY LACHANCE Newington captain of fire prevention

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Rosa, Foley to be inducted into HCC Alumni HOF

area small businesses with alternative financing and support. He volunteers tirelessly in the community, serving as Connecticut director of the Portuguese American Citizen Project, founder and director of the Portuguese Foundation and chairBy ERICA SCHMITT man of the Board at the Portuguese STAFF WRITER American Leadership Council of the United States. Two Newington residents are “I always wanted to give back to being inducted into the Housatonic the community all that I have,” said Community College Foundation’s Rosa. “I always put my best efforts Alumni Hall of Fame for their out- forward to make a better communistanding work in the Newington ty and make my talents more useful. community.Fernando That’s part of my phiGoncalves Rosa losophy of life.” and Patricia J. Foley Rosa is also on are two of three the Newington Connecticut residents Development being celebrated at Commission and a director at Capital the foundation’s third PATRICIA J. FOLEY Workforce Partners. annual gala Nov. 19. Rosa is deputy director of He did not expect to be inductHEDCO,Inc.,a company providing ed into the HCC Alumni Hall of

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Fame. “I am very honored and humbled, but the honor is more to the people who have supported me along the way to help me through this process,” said Rosa. “It inspires me to do more and more. I need to be the best I can be today so I can be there tomorrow.”

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Meadow View complex about halfway completed By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Construction on the Meadow View housing community reached its halfway point about a week ago. Officials anticipate it being ready for move-in in early 2012. The community, located behind the Senior Center at 50 Mill Street Extension, has been built specifically for those ages 62 and older who live on low incomes. The complex will consist of one, two-floor building with a central community space and 32 one-bedroom units, four designed to be handicapped-accessible. Each unit is equipped with a living and dining room area, a full kitchen and one bathroom. “The town of Newington has been tremendously supportive and helpful in working with us to build this community,” says

Eric Schmitt | Staff

The Meadow View low-income senior housing community is under construction and is scheduled to open early next year.

William Fairbairn, president and CEO of the New Samaritan Corp., the force driving the community to completion. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, funded the $6.8 million project through their National Housing Trust Fund Program. Residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent, allowing them to have enough

money to meet their other needs, according to Tammy Lautz, director of property management for Elderly Housing Management, the company spearheading the project. “Each individual rent is based on their particular circumstances,” said Lautz. With such close proximity to the Senior Center, seniors who move into the community will easily be able to become friendly with each other while taking advantage of its services and activities and still living

independently. “It’s amazing how quickly residents become neighbors,”Lautz said. “There is outside space we encourage residents to utilize as well.There will be picnic areas and a common gathering area outdoors, with the focus being that this is their home.” Residents will be encouraged to form a Resident Council to facilitate activities within the community, like lunches, craft-making, and volunteer work. “After the first full year of

operation we will request funding for a resident service coordinator,” Lautz said, “a position assisting residents in engaging social services from within the community, which in turn will enable residents to age in place, successfully in their homes.” “What makes Meadow View particularly appealing is that it will combine easy access to stores and services with a rural setting,” said Project Architect Paul Selnau of Henry Schadler Associates, PC, in Farmington. “The area is a particularly conducive for senior living because it is a block away from Newington Center, making it convenient to shopping, the local Senior Center and Town Hall. At the same time, those who live at Meadow View overlook wooded areas no matter where they are in the community.” Elderly Housing Management Inc. is currently taking information from those interested in moving into the complex. To learn more or have your contact information added to the inquiry list for one of the apartments, contact EHM at (203) 230-4809 ext. 1053.

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Study looks at state’s breast cancer trends By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

The Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure presented its 2011 Community Profile of Connecticut at a news conference at the state Capitol Monday identifying areas with high rates of breast cancer, mortality and late-stage diagnosis. A late-stage diagnosis comes when a health provider finds the cancer when it reaches stages three or four. Having had time to progress without treatment, the disease is more difficult to treat effectively at that point, increasing the chances of death. New Britain was one of 14 municipalities to be identified with a high late-stage diagnosis rate, along with the surrounding towns of Hartford, West Hartford and Wethersfield. The report did not contain figures showing the specific numbers of cases.

The report indicated that African-American women in urban centers and Hispanic women in manufacturing areas are among the least likely in the state to have a mammography screening. According to health providers, late-stage diagnosis also correlates to lower socioeconomic status. Lowerincome people tend to have limited access to care, a lack of health insurance, limited exposure to breast cancer education, have language barriers, and put family responsibilities before one’s own health care, according to Komen for the Cure. “Women prioritize their needs last, after all else,” said Kristen Noelle Hatcher, the former director of grants and mission initiatives for Komen who helped assemble the community profile. According to William Gerrish, spokesman with the state Department of Health, “Breast cancer incidence rates are influenced by rates of mammographic screening. A town may have a higher incidence

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OBITUARY Ruth (Lawrence) Borkowski, loving wife of the late Stanley Borkowski and daughter of Walter and Lucy (Moore) Lawrence,passed away June 7,2011,in Massachusetts. Ruth grew up in New Britain, where she graduated from high school and later moved to Newington where

Ruth M. Borkowski she lived for over 50 years. Ruth is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Carol Borkowski of Conway, S.C.; daughters, Joan Ryan and the late William Ryan of Laramie, Wyo.; Susan and Bernard Pepin of Sherwood, Prince Edward Island, Canada; and Mary

Ann Borkowski of Wayland, Mass.; eight grandchildren, and 12 greatgrandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held Oct. 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Newington, Conn.

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Miss CT has ‘ducky’ visit to Bel-Air Manor

Morgan Amarone, Miss Connecticut 2011, visited BelAir Manor in Newington Sept. 28, in celebration of Outpatient Rehabilitation Month. Visitors looked on as Miss Amarone chose two winners in the “Rubber Duck Raffle” from Bel-Air’s SwimEx pool. The winners each received gift cards, one from a local sporting goods store and the other from Footprints Shoes. Miss Connecticut also visited residents,gave a short speech about her cancer education and awareness charity, The Power of Pink, and shared copies of her children’s book, “Madison’s Journey,” which was published in May 2011. Guests and residents enjoyed the day’s events, which were held to highlight the importance of thorough rehabilitation following surgery. Bel-Air’s rehabilitation gym and SwimEx pool are both used extensively to provide orthopedic rehabilitation to post-surgical patients and outpatients from the Morgan Amarone, Miss Connecticut 2011, picks a pair of winners in the community. “Rubber Duck Raffle” during a recent visit to Bel-Air Manor in Newington.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening of the Liberty Bank in Newington. From left, Liberty Bank Chairman of the Board Mark Gingras, Liberty Bank President and CEO Chandler J. Howard, and state Senator Paul Doyle.

Liberty opens new bank

Liberty Bank cut the ribbon on its 43rd and newly built Newington location at 1300 Main St. Oct. 4. At the ceremony attended by about 40 people, the bank awarded a total of $5,000 to Newington charities: the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Newington Human

Services, and the Newington Senior and Disabled Center. The bank also announced that it had set aside a pool of $4.3 million to write 15- and 30-year fixed-rate mortgages at a one-half percent rate discount for qualified Newington home buyers.

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A ‘relay’ good school board choice

No tax hike sounds good

Jen Win-Johnson, who is running for the Board of Education in Newington, is an excellent candidate and would be a valued addition to the board. Jen has been involved in many community organizations and events, including Ne wington’s American CancerSociety Relay for Life. She has been the team co-captain of the Pink Ladies team for the past three years. Her leadership and commitment have helped the team

Money is tight today. It seems a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to, and I need to make every penny work for my family. With times like these, I want a mayor who will keep in mind how financially strapped most residents are and will actually do something about it. Mayor Mike Lenares has promised that he won’t increase our taxes at all, period. I really like that. I personally could really use the break, and I appreciate what he wants to do for the families in town.

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become the top fundraising team in Newington in 2010. She is driven, extremely organized and is always full of creative ideas to strengthen the community through fundraising. We, the Pink Ladies, have experienced her commitment to community firsthand and believe that Newington’s Board of Education would be lucky to have her. She is qualified, educated and most importantly driven by a strong set of morals and ethics. She is focused, capable, can do pretty much anything she puts her mind to and she does it with grace.

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At first I was worried about the education when he pledged no tax increases, but he promised that if necessary he can use money from the rainy day fund to take care of education. To me it seems that Mayor Mike Lenares wants to do everything he can to do what’s best for the Town of Newington and our residents. Therefore, I urge all residents to join me in voting for Mike Lenares and the entire Republican team. Jennifer Spano Newington

Happy Siegel is running To the editor:

I was so happy to learn that Jane Ancona Siegel is running for the Board of Education. She is an attorney in town practicing in Newington center. In addition to working here, she grew up in Newington and has chosen to stay here to raise her family. Her brothers and eight nieces and nephews also live here, so she is very rooted in Newington and wants to give back to the town she loves. Jane has three children currently in the Newington school system and is an involved mom who plays an active role in her children’s education. She is there every day and experiences the

education of our children firsthand. I think this would make her an excellent addition to the Board of Education. We need parents on the board who have a vested interest in our schools. Her three children are all very different, so I think this gives her the ability to appreciate a variety of concerns that parents may have, as chances are, she shares in those concerns as well. I know she will keep those concerns and the children in mind when serving on the board. Therefore, please join me in voting for Attorney Jane Ancona Siegel. Susan Goldman, Newington

Vote for my mom, please To the editor:

Please vote for my mom! Her name is Jane Ancona Siegel and she is running for the Board of Education. She has three kids — Daniel, Matthew and Hannah. She is an attorney and works at Ancona & Siegel. My mother is the president of Newington SEPTA. My mom is super smart. I think she will do an excellent job as a member of the Board of Ed. I feel so lucky because she is very sweet and couldn’t be a better mom. My mom is a lifelong resident of Newington. This is her favorite town. She wouldn’t want me to grow up anywhere else. Sadly, I am too young to vote for my mom, so I hope you will! Hannah Siegel Age 9, 4th Grade Newington


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I am writing today to extend my support for Mike Lenares for mayor. Although I am a registered Democrat, I am voting for Mayor Lenares along with other members of the Republican team. I am very pleased with the philosophies and approach of Mayor Mike Lenares. They pledge not to play partisan politics, and Mayor Lenares has proven this to be true when he appointed a Democrat, Scott McBride, as deputy mayor. Mayor Lenares brings a sense of civility to the Town Council and has taken the approach of working together. I know he and the rest of his team will continue to do what’s best for Newington. I am confident that Mayor Lenares and members of his team will truly put Newington first and do what’s best for the Town of Newington. It’s not just a campaign slogan, and that’s why Mike Lenares and members of the Newington Republican team have my vote. Rose Gallichio, Newington

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AT THE LIBRARY Fenway history

Monday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Glenn Stout, the author of the new book “Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season,” and “Fenway’s Remarkable First Year,” will be the guest speaker. Stout is a noted sports writer and author of numerous books including the bestselling “Red Sox Century,” “Yankees Century,” “The Dodgers,” and “The Cubs.” 2012 is the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Join Stout as he tells the story of Fenway Park, with behind the scenes true stories of its tumultuous yet glorious first year. Books will be available for sale and signing after the program. This free program will be held at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. Registration is required. Call the library at (860) 665-8700.

Children’s activties

Math Fun! — Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3:45 p.m. Mathematicians will try to estimate the number of seeds in apples and other fruits. Then we will count the seeds and EAT the fruit! Children in grades 1 to 4 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 6658720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Construction Club — Saturday, Oct. 15, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety concerns, only people age 7 and older will be allowed in the room. Call the Children’s Department to register. Fall Storytime — No registration is required. Schedule is as follows: ■ 9 to 24 months (with caregiver and siblings): Mondays, 10:15 to 11 a.m., through Nov. 14 (no class Oct. 10) ■ 24 months and over (with caregiver and siblings): Wednesdays, 10:15 to 11 a.m.,

Oct. 5 to Nov. 16 ■ 3 to 6 years (No caregiver or siblings): Thursdays, 10:15 to 11 a.m., Oct. 6 to Nov. 17; designed to encourage preschool readiness Play For All! — Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon Come join us for a special needs playgroup that gives parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize together.Co-sponsored by Newington UNICO. Parent-Child Workshop — Mondays, Oct. 17 and 24, Nov. 7 and 14 (not Oct. 31), 6 to 7:30 p.m.* Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and 25, Nov. 1 and 8, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Family Place is presenting a four-week series of free workshops for parents and their 1 to 3-year-old children. Meet other families, share thoughts, and talk with librarians and child development experts as you play and read with your child. Find out about community services that can help you and your family. Brothers and sisters under 5 are invited to join the fun! Register in person or by calling (860) 665-8720. *A light supper will be served before the evening session. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Pumpkin decorating Tuesday, Oct. 18, 4 to 6 p.m. Come join us to see who can create the best fall pumpkin. The Outback Steakhouse will be delivering the pumpkins for children to decorate. We will then deliver the decorated pumpkins to the restaurant for their Halloween Pumpkin Contest held at the restaurant on Oct. 31. All contestants will win a free prize from Outback. Please bring any special decorating supplies that you might want to use. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Continued on Page 13


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Cookbook Club

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m. Join in the fun of measuring, mixing and munching on a Cheese Ball in the shape of a bat! Chefs in grades 3-6 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Riordan rave!

Friday, October 21, 6:00 — 8:00 p.m. Calling all Half-bloods! Rick Riordan’s new book, Son of Neptune, comes out October 4 and in his honor we are having a night of Riordan fun. Gods and goddesses will be in attendance and they will be watching out for humans and other miscreants (look it up). There will be games, crafts and a prize for the most creative costume. Half-bloods ages 8 and older may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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LOCAL CALENDAR LISTINGS BIG K FLEA MARKET: The Newington Kiwanis Club’s Big K Flea Market/Craft Fair will be open Sundays in October, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Newington’s Market Square free parking lot, with scores of commercial vendors offering every kind of goods and products imaginable at hard to resist bargain prices. Entrance is at 39 E. Cedar St. (CT Route 175) near the corner of Main Street, easily accessible from the Berlin Turnpike, Route 9 and not far from I-91 and I-84. Admission is $1 and vendor spaces are $15. Information is available from (860) 667-2864 or 860) 839-1597. SPECIAL FOOD, SPECIAL VOICES: A free admission, fundraising event for “Special Voices” will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Pastori’s Restaurant, 87 West St, Ellington. Special Voices, created by Carl Seeger Henry of Newington, is a non-profit organization that provides musical and social programs for adolescents with special needs. Live music for this event will be provided by the “blue cherry band.” Pastori’s Restaurant was recently featured on Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible!” with Chef Robert Irvine. Owners Georgia and Bill Savvidis will donate restaurant sales proceeds to benefit

Special Voices. For more information, visit www.SpecialVoices.org or call Henry at (860) 667-1116. ITALIAN FILM SERIES: The Italian Film Series begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Silas Deane Middle School. The movie “Life Is Beautiful” (La Vita è Bella) will be shown. The event, which is free and open to the public is sponsored by the Wethersfield High School Italian National Honor Society in cooperation with the Italian Culture Center of Education and the Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO. ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING: St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its next monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. Guest speaker will be Judy Stranger, a lay minister from the Cathedral of St. Joseph. She will share with us her insights and experiences in helping refugees from Burma settle in the Hartford area. WEAVER HIGH SCHOOL, HARTFORD: Weaver High School Class of 1956 will celebrate it 55th year at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Marriott Hotel, Rocky Hill. For more imformation, call Barbara at (860) 561-2937 or email

syd&barb@cox.net. NINTH GRADE SCHOOL COUNSELING ORIENTATION PROGRAM: The Newington High School Counseling Staff will host the School Counseling Orientation Program for Parents of ninth grade students at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Newington High School auditorium. This program will provide information on how to help your ninth grader succeed in the first year of high school and beyond. Academic, Personal, Social and Career Resources will be addressed. Students are welcome to attend. BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE: Cub Scout Pack 345 will hold a bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at St. Mary’s School parking lot, Willard Avenue. For more information, contact Cub Master Kevin Mooney at (860) 665-0597. BRUNCH CRUISE: 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 regarding cost, other details and reservations, call Pauline at (860) 666-0188.

“MEET THE CANDIDATES”: The American Legion Post 117 and Auxiliary Unit members will hold a “Meet The Candidates” night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the hall, 294 Willard Ave. An invitation is extended to all candidates for the upcoming election. A question and answer session will be held to allow the candidates to address current issues that may be of interest to our members and location veterans. RSVP to Commander Sebastian Amatore at (860) 665-1178. AUDITIONS FOR “THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” AT NCTC, OCT. 22, 24 AND 25: The Newington Children’s Theatre Company invites children, ages 8 to 18, to audition for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” written by Barbara Robinson, Oct. 22, 24 and 25. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — probably the most inventively awful kids in history! You won’t believe the mayhem, and the fun that ensues, when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Rehearsals begin October 29th. Performances are December 9-18. There is no cost to audition. Please note, if cast, there is a $250

program registration fee. To reserve your child’s audition spot, or for more information, call (860) 666NCTC (6282) or visit us online at www.NCTCarts.org. Calling all kids, ages 5-7! How would you like to be in an angel or a shepherd in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?” The Newington Children’s Theatre Company has opened enrollment for their 5 to 7-year-old fall/winter “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” class. Throughout this four-week class, children will learn basic acting techniques, as well as, songs and movement in preparation for NCTC’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Dec. 9 to Dec. 18 (Friday through Sunday). Classes are held Mondays, beginning Nov. 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre,743 North Mountain Road. Children enrolled are also required to join the rest of the cast the final week of rehearsals (Dec. 6 to 8) from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $100. A deposit of $50 is required at registration to hold your child’s spot. Every child enrolled gets a free show T-shirt! Space is limited. Call (860) 666-6282 or visit our website at www.NCTCArts.org to receive a registration form. CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN

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Town Council profiles

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By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Editor’s note: As the November 2011 elections approach, the Newington Town Crier will run a series of campaign profiles on candidates running for Mayor, the Board of Education, Town Council and Constable. The Newington Town Crier will make every effort to run opposing party candidates side-by-side but may not always have this opportunity. The Newington Town Crier does not endorse any specific political party.

MAUREEN KLETT, DEMOCRAT Maureen Klett, 58, is a veteran oriented development,” Klett said. of Newington town government “The council and town need to and a lifelong resident. She was take a really close look and not let first elected in 1985, and since what’s being planned slip under then has served off-and-on as she the radar, I don’t think people finished her bachelor’s and mas- want to see anymore housing; it ter’s degrees in nursing. She served is an issue for the entire town to for seven years as the vice chair- keep an eye on.” woman on the Board of Education The Cedar Mountain issue is and raised three sons. also something she’s Klett is just finishbeen involved with. ing her most recent “I’ve grown up in term with the Town this town; I never Council and is runthought I’d see the ning again. day when it would “I’ve been involved face development,” for so long that I she said. “Talking have a good grasp of has gone on between how the town and the owner of the the board operate and Marcap piece and what the job entails,” the town and I did encourage them to she said. “People move forward with know that I take my Maureen Klett getting new appraisjob as a council member very seriously. I do spend a als and I’m hoping that at some great deal of my personal time point soon we can take it to a looking into things that would referendum.” be helpful in making decisions on Klett is especially excited about behalf of the community.” running alongside Democratic Klett was the chairperson of the mayoral candidate Stephen Clem Lemire Turf Field Project, Woods. The two graduated from which was just completed and will Newington High School together benefit hundreds of children who in 1971. play sports at the park. She also “We’re high school friends. serves on the Blight Ordinance There’s nobody more knowlCommittee. edgeable about the town and the “I’m looking forward to the history of the community. It’s been completion and change in the an honor to be able to run with blight ordinance, we’re looking to him,” Klett said. putting some stronger language Now that her three sons are into it,” she said. “I think there grown, Klett has two granddaughare also some things to look at in ters that help drive her work on revising the charter.” the council. Klett is heavily immersed in “I want to make sure that many other issues currently going Newington stays the type of place on in town. for my grandchildren that it was “I’m not a supporter of the for my children and for my husbusway, and surrounding that band and I. I don’t want to live any are some plans for some transit- place else.”

PAUL VESSELLA, REPUBLICAN Paul Vessella, 59, has been a Newington resident for 26 years and a Newington teacher for 35 years. He’s had an itch to get into town government for a while, but didn’t feel it would be the right thing to do until retirement. Now he has finally decided to run for Town Council in the November election. “I’ve always been interested in politics but I always felt as a teacher it was a conflict of interest — that I really couldn’t be involved with the government and employed by the government at the same time,” said Vessella. “I retired two years ago and that’s when I started getting involved.” That he did. Vessella is a justice of the peace, vice chairman of the Republican Town Committee, and a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Education’s Strategic Planning Committee.Hehaspreviouslyserved on the Balf Quarry Commission and the Environmental Quality Commission as well. As a teacher, Vessella has had a

lot of experience working through issue.” But the bottom line for Vessella others’ problems and seeking solutions. It’s this background that he is keeping Newington a terrific feels will make him place to live. an asset on the Town “We need to keep Council. Newington services “Listening to peoat the quality that ple is important,” he they’re at,” he said. said. “You understand “We’ve got a great their issues and try school, great public to resolve them; help works department and them work through great police departwhatever the situation ment. You don’t want happens to be.” to jeopardize those And Vessella thinks services because of budget constraints.” he is ready to tackle Although he realthe issues at the fore- Paul Vessella izes the weight of front of the council’s a councilman’s responsibilities, agenda. “I think we have to take a real Vessella is still modest. “A lot of these issues are things look at what’s happening on Cedar Mountain but all the hurdles have that are pending,”he said.“I think as to be met first,” he said. “I’m all for a newcomer, I have to wait and see preserving open space but we can’t where the pieces fall into place.” afford to buy every piece of open What Vessella wants Newington space in town.” to know about him is this: “I’m an He continued: “We’ve got the accessible person, I’m available to National Welding site, with the hear concerns and answer questions busway coming through and the for people, and I follow through town’s working on a blight control with what needs to be done.”

ROBERT C. TOFELDT SR., REPUBLICAN He moved to Newington 47 years ago because of the “good tax rate, school system and town services”and now Robert Tofeldt, 70, is running for Town Council to help maintain those qualities, ones that he believes make Newington great. Now retired, Tofeldt is a former small business owner and project manager. “I did a lot of business management for a small business,” he said. “I can think outside of the box and I have ideas to put the voters in Newington first.” He’s been attending Town Council meetings for quite a while now to, as he said, “get a heads-up on what’s going on.” His ideas involve spending a bit less money but maintaining and improving the quality of services simultaneously. “I’m talking about getting the people in the management positions to check out the budget, find what it needs to be spent on, and making sure it’s spent on only that,” Tofeldt said. “[It’s about]

using the money smartly in the and above walk to their schools, proper locations.” depending on how far of a disHe’s been keeping up-to-date tance they live away. on the current issues “I think the high being deliberated by school kids should town officials and be able to walk but is especially uneasy not the lower levels,” said Tofeldt. “I’d like about the planned to see all elementary busway and National and middle schools Welding site kids bused to school “I’m not in favor of rather than walking putting housing up on streets without there. Right now it’s sidewalks. Last year zoned for industrialthey were sliding commercial.” Tofeldt and falling; it’s a said. “We’re trying to risk getting backget funds to tear the Robert C. Tofeldt Sr. and-forth to school building down and have the site put to good use. They want on some of the side roads.” Tofeldt may be a Republican, to remove the questionable housing out of the request and I think that but that doesn’t mean he votes will affect the overall grant for the along with the others in his party. removal of the building.” “I’m going to look at the question, Another of his concerns that the pros and cons on it, talk to hasn’t necessarily been discussed voters, talk to townspeople and do recently is getting Newington the best for the town,” he said. “I children to school safely. Some will not be 100 percent party-level students attending first grade voter when it comes time to vote.”


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Board of Education profiles

By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

PAM RAYNOCK, DEMOCRAT A Newington resident who has for Newington schools: “I want to served on the Board of Education keep updating out curriculum,” she for the last five years would like said. “I think that it’s very importo keep the school tant we’re eliminating system ahead of the programs no longer new advances in eduapplicable for this day cation. That’s one of and age and putting in the reasons why Pam newer ones — replacRaynock, 51, is runing things that may no ning for a spot on longer be relevant.” the board again this A personal finance election. course was just created “I want to make for the high school and sure that our children the board is in the proare going to be getcess of securing a grant ting the 21st century for a financial planning course. Raynock is also skills they need for Pam Raynock excited about the idea the future,” Raynock of beginning a language program says. She spent five years tutoring stu- into the elementary schools. “Progress is there for a reason,” dents in Newington schools and also has a daughter who just graduated she said. “I want to make sure with the diverse group of learners we from Newington High School. “She was one of the reasons why have, that everyone gets the right I got involved in the first place,” experience and achieves their full Raynock said of her daughter. “I potential.” really care about the town and preserving the educational experience Newington has always provided.” Raynock’s work as a sales consultant has allowed her to gain valuable customer service skills that she thinks have helped her work effectively on the board in the past. “I’ve been instrumental in reexamining our middle school curriculum in order to prepare our children for even better success in high school,” she said of one of the programs she has implemented and would like to continue moving forward. And it’s moving forward that highlights all of Raynock’s goals

TO FIND YOUR VOTING DISTRICT... VISIT THE ADDRESS BELOW. This is a map with street names and districts: http://www.newingtonct.gov/filestorage/78/118/134/913/1057/Vote_18x24.pdf POLLING PLACES ARE: ■ District 1: Newington Town Hall, 131 Cedar St. ■ District 2: Ruth Chaffee School, 160 Superior Ave. ■ District 3: Anna Reynolds School, 85 Reservoir Road ■ District 4: Elizabeth Green School, 30 Thomas St. ■ District 5: John Wallace Middle School, 71 Halleran Drive ■ District 6: John Paterson School, 120 Church St. ■ District 7: Martin Kellogg Middle School, 155 Harding Ave. ■ District 8: John Wallace Middle School, 71 Halleran Drive

Lenares promises no tax increase if elected

At a recent fundraiser, Mayor Mike Lenares declared that it’s time for a “No Tax Increase”budget and that if elected with his team of republicans, he will do just that. Lenares said,“Enough is enough. People are hurting. The federal and state budgets are in chaos and Newington residents just need a break.” He said many Newington residents have lost their jobs and most

others either haven’t gotten a raise or have had their incomes cut. “I’ve done four town budgets and I know how to produce a budget that keeps taxes flat and still have no cuts to services or education,” he said. When asked about the Board of Education and its demands, Lenares said, “The board will definitely have to sharpen their pencils. However, should they need some

help, we have a huge rainy day fund that I would tap to adequately fund our schools. In these economic times, if this isn’t a rainy day, I don’t know what is.” Apparently, the town has a rainy day fund of approximately $14.5 million that is expected to grow by at least another $1 million this year. Lenares said that residents simply need a tax break and that he and his team will provide it if elected.

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PSAT testing for Newington High School students

This year the PSAT/NMSQT will be given Wednesday, Oct. 12. Students in grades 9 and 12 should report to school at 10:30 a.m. Buses will begin picking students up at approximately 9:30 a.m. Students attending the Greater Hartford Academies will be picked up at their regularly scheduled time. Students in grade 12 have the option to attend a Senior Life Skills Seminar. The seminar is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium. Students who do not attend the seminar should report to school at 10:30 a.m.

PSAT BUS SCHEDULE NHS RUN FOR 9TH AND 12TH-GRADE STUDENTS OCT. 12 RUN 1A 9:40 a.m. Willard Avenue and Stoddard Avenue (show I.D.) 9:45 a.m. Firehouse on West Hill Road 9:46 a.m. Reservoir Road and AT Anna Reynolds School (STOP SIGN) 9:50 am Reservoir Road and Chestnut Road 9:55 a.m. Chestnut Road and Eagle Drive 10 a.m. Eagle Drive and Fenn Road 10:08 a.m. Fifth Street and Dix Avenue 10:10 a.m. Fifth Street and Buena Vista 10:12 a.m. Prince Avenue and Fourth Street 10:15 a.m. Charles Street and Sunrise Circle RUN 1B 9:30 a.m. Berlin Turnpike (Grantmoor) 9:33 a.m. Barn Hill Lane and Ridge View Crossing Crossover 9:35 a.m. Ridge View Crossing and Meadow View Court 9:39 a.m. Kitts Lane and Griswold Hills Crossover 9:40 a.m. Kitts Lane and Cypress Road 9:45 a.m. Back Lane and Harold Drive 9:48 a.m. Back Lane and Ledgecrest Drive 9:50 Berlin Turnpike (door to door) 10:03 a.m. Main Street and Hopkins Village 10:05 a.m. Main Street and Churchill Drive 10:08 a.m. Main Street and New Britain Avenue 10:10 a.m. East Robbins Avenue and Miami Avenue (show I.D) 10:15 a.m. East Robbins Avenue and Goodale Drive (show I.D.)

RUN 2A 9:25 a.m. Willard Avenue and Halleran Drive 9:27 a.m. Willard Avenue and Southfield Apts. Crossover 9:30 a.m. Richard Street and Coronado Drive Crossover 9:33 a.m. Church Street and Richard Street Crossover 9:35 a.m. Church Street and Foster Drive 9:38 a.m. Church Street and Long Street 9:40 a.m. Church Street and Gloucester Apts. Crossover 9:50 a.m. Webster Street and Webster Court Crossover 9:55 a.m. Webster Sreet and Adam Street Crossover 9:53 a.m. Little Brook Drive and Shady Hill Lane Crossover 9:55 a.m. Little Brook Park 10 am Stage Coach Lane and Trotter Lane Crossover 10:02 a.m. Candlewyck Drive and Stage Coach Lane 10:05 a.m. Candlewyck Drive and Coachmen Lane 10:08 a.m. Candlewyck Drive and Cambridge Drive 10:10 a.m. Cambridge Drive and Culver Street RUN 2B 9:45 a.m. Willard Avenue and Glenview Drive Crossover 9:50 a.m. Howard Street and New Britain Ave. 9:55 a.m. Howard Street and Windmill Lane 10 a.m. Windmill Lane and Church Street 10:03 a.m. Church Street and Halleran Drive 10:05 a.m. Church Street and Driveway to B’nai Shalom Temple 10:15 a.m. Maple Hill Avenue and Emmanuel School 10:20 a.m. Cedar Street and Vincent Drive (show I.D.)

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WETHERSFIELD — Connecticut officials are warning motorists whose driver’s licenses expire late this month to avoid going to Department of Motor Vehicles branches this week because longer lines are expected. SeleCT ID, the new identi-

ty-verification program, begins Tuesday. Customers will have to choose whether they want their renewed license or DMV-issued ID card to be a special, identifyverified card, or a regular ID or license. The SeleCT ID program is supposed make it easier for residents to get into federal

buildings and onto flights. To get one, people need to bring various documents to the DMV to establish an historical record of their identity. Given the new requirements, wait times are expected to be long at DMV branches and AAA offices, where licenses can also be renewed.

State’s higher education board holds inaugural meeting at CCSU By STEPHANIE REITZ ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW BRITAIN — A new board overseeing 17 state colleges and universities kicked off its work Tuesday, saying it wants to ensure student success during and after college without diluting each school’s personality and signature programs. Lewis Robinson Jr., chairman of the new Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, said at its inaugural meeting that he and others share a sense of urgency to prepare students to compete in a world where adaptability, problem solving, strong communication skills and curiosity are critical. “I think if we infuse these characteristics into the various disciplines and various programs, Connecticut rises to the top of the heap,” Robinson said Tuesday as the board met at Central Connecticut State University, the largest institution under its control. The new board is still a project in the works, though, because six of its 15 voting members have not yet been chosen. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has three appointments to make; state Senate President Donald Williams has one; and two student representatives are being elected this fall from among the colleges and universities. Malloy and top legislators pushed the General Assembly this year to create the regents board, saying it will make the colleges operate more efficiently and help them respond quickly to business and academic trends with new degree programs. The board is overseeing the budgets, policies, curriculum and operations of 17 institutions with

combined budgets of more than $1 billion: Connecticut’s 12 community colleges, its online Charter Oak State College and the fouryear Eastern, Western, Southern and Central Connecticut State universities. About 95,000 students attend the institutions, or about half of the people in Connecticut who are enrolled in higher education. The rest attend the University of Connecticut, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and various private colleges and universities. UConn’s board of trustees is not affected by the reorganization that created the new Board of Regents of Higher Education, but the old boards that ran the 17 state colleges and universities are winding up their work through year’s end and must submit all of their actions to the regents for ratification. The reorganization has sparked some controversy. Some community college students and leaders, in particular, have said they worry those institutions might be overshadowed by the four-year schools because their missions are so different and unique. Michael Meotti, who was the regents’ interim president before Robert Kennedy was appointed to that position, has said that contrary to playing a secondary role, the community colleges are likely to get more of what their students need than ever before because the twoyear schools are linked so closely with other colleges and universities. For instance, recent studies have found that many students in fouryear public universities are taking classes concurrently at community colleges to complete prerequisites or when courses they need at their

universities are full or not offered in a particular semester. That overlap seems to fit the students’ needs, but hasn’t been recognized or fostered as much by education leaders as it should have been, said Meotti, who is now the regents’ executive vice president. The regents also start their work at a time when budgets are tight and administrators have been trying to absorb cuts without letting class sizes get too large. This year’s state higher education funding is about $292 million, and it’s expected to drop to around $284.5 million next year. That’s down from a high point of $329 million in the 2007-08 academic year. Other income comes from tuition and fees, grants and other sources. “While the sacrifices are real, they’re not unexpected ... that’s the mandate we’re hearing from everywhere: We have to do more with less,” said Louise Feroe, acting chancellor of the Connecticut State University System, whose trustee board is being phased out and replaced by the regents. Kennedy, who started as president on an interim basis last month, said he will spend the next several months visiting the 16 campuses under the regents’ authority and meeting with the employees and students. He is also meeting with administrators of the Charter Oak online degree-granting program. “Each of the colleges and universities has a distinct niche and mission and, as I’m beginning to see now as I travel around to the different campuses, tremendous talent and much to offer our students in the state of Connecticut,” Kennedy said.


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Indians come up short against Southington

Newington gets closer to cracking win column By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — When Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore called “QB-blast left” on a first-and-10 from the Blue Knights’ own 20, he may not have known it would be the key play in his team’s 13-6 victory over Newington Saturday night. But when he found the end zone 80 yards later, he probably had an inkling. “The hole was huge, I could drive a truck through it,” the sophomore signal caller said after the game. “Around the sideline down there Jared Degumbia came from the opposite side of the field and took out three defenders. A few key blocks and that’s why it was such a big run.” “If the holes are there, our guys are going to break it,”Southington head coach Mike Drury said, praising both his runners and offensive line. “The conditions have been rough the last couple games, there’s really not a lot of footing. They did a good job.” The run was the only score in the first half of play, and paired with a missed extra point, Southington’s 6-0 lead was far from a sure thing; especially against an Indian team that had three red zone opportunities, and would get two more in the second half. “Coach Drury said clean it up,” Barmore said, recalling a halftime conversation with his skipper. “We knew six points was not enough to win.” Barmore completed 11 passes for 77 yards in the win, but his 122 yards on the ground led a running attack that outgained Newington 240-100, key on a wet and soggy field. “The guys played their tails off,” Newington coach Roy Roberts said of his winless Indians, “and we got into the red zone. Who knows, if we punch a couple of those in there it’s anyone’s ball game.” The red zone struggles started

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Newington’s Eric Ryan goes airborne as he’s tripped up by Southington’s Brian Kaminsky Saturday night during a game at Newington High School’s Alumni Field.

on the Indians’ opening drive. After driving all the way to the Blue Knights’ five yard line, Christian Beauford missed a field goal on fourth down, leaving Newington empty handed for the first time. Later in the second quarter, the Indians failed to turn a Barmore fumble at the Southington 20 into any points, with Jon Snyder’s pass picked off by Corbin Garry. Though the scoreboard may not reflect it, Snyder was dynamite in the game, going 14-for-33 for 177 yards. His favorite target, Zach Morris, caught eight passes for 138 yards. Also key on offense for the

Indians was running back Eric Ryan, whose 14 rushes netted 74 yards. Again deep in Blue Knight territory, a fourth-down attempt in the third quarter was fruitless, and another late in the fourth thanks to a Sixto Acosta fumble recovery ended with a ball hitting the end zone on fourth-and-three from the seven with just over six minutes to play in the game. “I told the kids keep your chins high,” Roberts said. “Anybody that’s been watching us has seen some improvements in certain areas, and that’s all I ask of the guys. We’re not happy with the outcome, but we did see come

progress tonight.” Newington got the ball back with 3:49 remaining in the game and drove all the way into the end zone, with an Eric Ryan run finally finding paint, cutting Southington’s lead to 13-6. But a failed onsides kick would spell defeat for the Indians and a third win for Southington. “I knew they’d be ready, they have a good coach,” Drury said of his Week 3 foe. “They came after it, they wanted to win. You always fear a team that has zero wins because they’re hungry for that next one.” The second Southington score came late in the third, a Matt

O’Connor 24-yard run that almost wasn’t. “I lowered my shoulder, that’s what I know how to do. I moved my feet, and I wanted that end zone bad,” the senior captain said of the play. “When I see that end zone coming that close, I’m scoring, and no one’s going to stop me.” With one of the season’s biggest tests behind them, the Indians have a lot to build on after the hard-fought loss. “Those guys are tough man,” Roberts said of Southington, “and for those guys being as tough as they are, our guys grew up tonight.”


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Newington volleyball sweeps NB

DeBlois, Stamm lead team effort By MATT STRAUB STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — The Newington Indians have found a winning lineup after a couple of weeks of searching, while the New Britain Golden Hurricanes are searching for one after thinking they had one during a good start to the year. While there is plenty of time left in the girls volleyball season, it was clear that Wednesday night’s game between the teams saw squads going in different directions. Newington played well and, more importantly, cohesively in a three-game sweep of New Britain Sept. 28. Roxy DeBlois and Alizandra Stamm had eight blocks each for Newington, which is now 2-5 on the year but starting to look like a different team than the one that took some lumps early. This was, I think and I’m hoping, our breakout performance of the year,” Newington coach Jen Micowski said. “We’ve been struggling a little bit to come together and find a consistent lineup. I think today everything

started to click.” Things started well for Newington, which jumped out quickly in each of the first two games on the way to easy wins. Considering the competition Newington has played so far this year and the way that schedule has fallen, the fact that Newington was sharp early in the game was particularly impressive. “This was our third game this week so this has been a tiring week for us, but we came out with a lot of energy,” Micowski said. “Our hitters took control at the net, our defensive players made excellent passes to lead our attack, and I think things just went our way tonight. Hopefully, we can run with this because now we’ve seen the kind of team we can be.” New Britain (3-3) certainly knew what the Indians could do coming into the night, and the outcome of the game did nothing to change the Hurricanes’ mind. “I knew Newington wasn’t a 1-5 team. They definitely have a good team They’re very wellcoached and [DeBlois] is a very good player,” New Britain coach Michelle Abraham said. Abraham made some changes to her lineup in part for disciplinary reasons, and the Hurricanes suddenly looked anything but like the team that started 2-1.

“We had too many lapses of communication,” Abraham said. “Who was going to get the ball, who wanted the ball. We just weren’t together tonight.” Micowski’s squad was, and that made all the difference in its win. Madison Sullivan and Megan Hinchcliffe were strong on defense and the Indians showed depth on offense. “I think Roxy and [Stamm] both had eight kills tonight and the rest of the team combined for maybe 10 more,” Micowski said. “It was a collective effort today. When you’re putting the ball away collectively that many times, you’re going to be on the winning side of things the majority of the time.” Those wins will come more often if the Indians can keep their mental toughness, something they have managed to do so far despite the early adversity. “It’s tough when you open your season against the three best teams in our league,” Micowski said. “I don’t want to use that as an excuse because I think we could have played better at times in that match. But we’re moving in the right direction. I give my kids a lot of credit. We could have easily packed it in at 1-5, but they don’t do that. They come and work hard every single day and they try they’re hardest. Today,

MIDDLE SCHOOL TRAVEL BASKETBALL: GRADES 5 TO 8 LOCATION Mortensen Community Center Gymnasium, Garfield Street entrance TRYOUT SCHEDULE Players should attend at least three days of tryouts to provide the staff with ample opportunity to assess skills. Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to start times listed below. ■ Thursday, Oct. 20, fifth grade, 4 to 5 p.m.; sixth grade: 5 to 6 p.m.; seventh grade, 6 to 7 p.m.; eighth grade, 7 to 8 p.m. ■ Friday, Oct. 21, fifth grade, 4 to 5 p.m.; sixth grade, 5 to 6 p.m.; seventh grade, 6 to 7 p.m.; eighth grade, 7 to 8 p.m. ■ Saturday, Oct. 22, fifth grade, 11 a.m. to noon; sixth grade, noon to 1 p.m.; seventh grade, 1 to 2 p.m.; eighth grade, 2 to 3 p.m. ■ Sunday, Oct. 23, fifth grade, 5 to 6 p.m.; sixth grade, sixth grade, 6 to 7 p.m.; seventh grade, 7 to 8 p.m.; eighth grade, 8 to 8 p.m. MAIN CONTACTS

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Newington’s Krystin Bernacki leaps and blocks a New Britain shot.

trying their hardest was rewarded with a win on the court.”

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Newington hurt by missed chances in red zone By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

Football is a game won by taking advantage of opportunities. This fact could not have been more convincingly illustrated than in Southington’s 13-6 victory over Newington Saturday night. The Indians were in the red zone five times in the game, and only once did Newington put points on the board. That can either be attributed to a stifling defense, or to an offense that has had difficulties. “That’s the name of the game,” Newington head coach Roy Roberts said of the battle to convert

field position into points. “We had some guys out there playing their tails off. We got in the red zone, and who knows, if we punch a couple of those in it’s anybody’s ball game.” “They stepped up when they needed to,” Southington head coach Mike Drury said of the Blue Knights defense. “We have a lot of things to fix to not let them get down there, but when they needed to step up, they stepped up.” The Newington defense was also strong, putting the Indians in a position to win. It stopped the Blue Knights seven times without points, but the offense was unable to solidify the win, perhaps because

of yet another key Newington injury. “Jon [Snyder], he got tackled and twisted his ankle,”Roberts said of his starting quarterback, “and that kind of slowed our offense as well.” Though he only missed five plays (one of them a 54-yard completion by his backup, Bryan Esposito), Snyder was clearly not the same aggressive, out-of-thepocket quarterback upon his return midway through the third. “He’s a battler,” Roberts said. “I am proud of him. With that one wheel he was on, a lot of kids would have folded, but he kept playing.”

Snyder, who is expected to play next week, joins an ever increasing list of hurting Indians, a list that already includes offensive weapons Luis Figueroa and Freddie Burgos. The two teams now diverge toward different upcoming challenges. Southington next will face a talented Conard team, fresh off a big win over Glastonbury. Conard has a high-powered offense, and the Southington defense could face its biggest challenge yet. “They’re a smash-mouth team,” Drury said. “We just have to play that style of football. It’s going to be a tough matchup and we’re going to practice our tails off to

get ready.” Newington, however, will get a break from facing high powered teams like Glastonbury and Southington and face off against a more manageable East Hartford team. The Indians’ early season battles, particulary Saturday against the Blue Knights, will help prepare them to perhaps finally end the burden of a 13-game losing streak. “You saw a lot of guys grow up tonight and make plays,” Roberts said with pride. “You saw a lot of guys grow up tonight and get better, but by no means is this a moral victory, we don’t play for moral victories.”


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