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Lenares loses mayoral race, Democrats take council By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Democrats swept the table in Newington on Election Day, including Stephen Woods taking Republican Mike Lenares’ seat as mayor by 518 more votes. Democratic candidates for Town Council won across the board Tuesday, including longtime council members Myra Cohen, who received 3,625 votes and Maureen Klett, 3570, Scott McBride, 3812, and newcomers Terry Borjeson, 2877, and Clarke Castelle, 2837. They were competing against

Republican incumbents John “Jay” Bottalico, Beth Kinsey DelBuono and Dave J. Nagel, along with first-time candidates Robert C. Tofeldt Sr. and Paul Vessella. With 2813 votes, Nagel, along with PAGE 7 Bottalico’s 2,642, and DelBuono at 3,335, took the three mandatory seats on the council to represent the Republicans. By state statute there has to be minority representation, no matter what the results indicate. The council has much to contend with this year. With two proposed Busway stations in town along with the possibility of “transit-oriented development” tied to that, and a

subdivision that may be built on Cedar Mountain, the council will have its hands full. Woods spent part of Tuesday afternoon at John Paterson Elementary School talking to voters. He was pleased to see residents steadily coming in to vote, as he had expected voter turnout to be lower with the week’s storm-related problems. “I’mgladtosee that Newington voters take this seriously,” he said. The longestrunning member of the Council Myra Cohen, 86, has dealt with many Newington issues over the last 20 years, and is happy to continue. “Certainly we plan on a lot of cooperation and respect,” she said of the new council.“I think we’re going to have a lot of deal with things Rob Heyl | Staff we’re not even aware will becoming Cathy George receives her ballot with her son Pierson, 7, by her side at the Mortensen Community Center gym Tuesday. in front of us.”

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Town Council approves new contract for teachers By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington’s Town Council accepted the Board of Education’s recommendation to ratify teacher contracts last week, which officials say will save the town money in these difficult times. “We felt that it was the best contract they could give to move forward,” said former Mayor Mike Lenares of the school board’s recommendation. At its Oct. 27 meeting, the board entered into an informal agreement with the Teacher’s Association to ratify the new contract, which also includes insurance and working conditions settlements. Then last week, the council accepted the contract, which will go into affect for the upcoming school year. In the first year, teachers agreed to a “hard” zero percent increase in salary. The second in year, they get a zero percent increase in “steps” and a 2.25 percent increase in wages while the third year they get a step increase but no increase in wages. If they’re at Step 16 or above, they get a 1.36 percent wage increase. In a teacher contract, “steps” are payment increases determined by years of experience. When they are originally hired, teachers usually begin at step 4 in the 16-step schedule. Along with salary, the teachers

“This is a very fair settlement for both sides. When you sit down and negotiate with teachers, you’re actually negotiating what other districts have settled at. I think our teachers realize they have been getting raises that most other communities weren’t getting at this time, so they knew this was their time to not get an increase to help out the community.” STEPHEN WOODS Newly-elected Newington mayor and former chairman of the Board of Education

agreed to two insurance plan options, requiring them to pay between 10 to 17 percent of their insurance premiums each year, depending on which option they are enrolled in. The contract also adds 15 minutes to the town’s school day in year two, which will be 2013. Stephen Woods, the newly-elected mayor and former chairman of the school board, was satisfied with the outcome. “This is a very fair settlement for both sides,” he said. “When you sit down and negotiate with teachers, you’re actually negotiating what other districts have settled at. I think our teachers realize they

have been getting raises that most other communities weren’t getting at this time, so they knew this was their time to not get an increase to help out the community.” Council member Maureen Klett was also confident in the contract, which she thinks will help Newington in the long run. “Overall, when you look at the whole three-year settlement it’s a plus for the town,” she said. However, she hopes the town will be in a better fiscal position two years from now when it has to re-examine the issue. “This will help us deliver a budget that doesn’t increase taxes much,” Klett said.




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The Newington Department of Human Services is in immediate need of food donations for the annual Thanksgiving Distribution, which is set for Thursday, Nov. 17. Director Ken Freidenberg said: “Because of Storm Alfred several food collections were cancelled or postponed, which is causing a shortage for our annual


distribution. This year we continue to experience an increase in need with a monthly average of 150 Newington households using the Food Bank, which is a 7 percent rise from 2010. We anticipate over 350 households being served on Nov. 17 including families, single adults, seniors, people with disabilities and over 60 homebound residents.”

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HARTFORD — Approximately 80 members of the Connecticut National Guard 142nd Medical Co., based in Naugatuck, were deployed to Afghanistan following a send-off ceremony Saturday in Hartford. The unit, commanded by Maj. Linda Cunha of Newington, can

provide medical evaluation, laboratory, X-ray and dental services while it operates medical clinics during its deployment, a National Guard spokesperson said prior to the send-off. While 80 Guardsmen were deployed, the company actually has 120 members, composed of soldiers from the region. Those

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opened on East Cedar Street in Newington back in 1975 and is still going strong. Walter s father Claudio was a tailor in West Hartford, where he grew up. He decided to open his own shop when Walter was in school but language barriers forced him to ask for his son s help as he is of Italian descent. When Marisa and Walter were married they took over the business and have now been Newington residents for more than 30 years. Claudio is now 84 years old but he still helps out. Roma s six employees do all of the work, including fitting shirts, pants and jackets; shortening and lengthening sleeves; hemming pants; taking the waist of pants ̶ or the sides and chest of shirts ̶ in and out; and replacing zippers, cuffs and collars. There are really no tailors left, there s nowhere else to go. We don t want to let our customers down, said Walter of why they cater to so many different fabric repair needs. For their regulars, they ve shortened drapes and made pillows. The couple knows almost all of their customers by name, and some of them are three generations of families. We ve done prom dresses for ladies whose daughters dresses we fix now, Walter laughed.

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And their little sons pants too, added Maria. But their service goes beyond dresses, pants and shirts. Right now, they are fixing a doll that has been in one of their customer s families for more than 50 years. One of the most bizarre jobs they ve done is the creation of a cloth book cover. Roma is even pet friendly, churning out dog beds for regulars. Walter and Maria are oldschool tailors keeping up with today s trends. Just recently, they began preserving wedding dresses so they stay white by putting them in vacuum-sealed boxes. They also dry-clean Uggs, a popular brand of boots. Anything you can wear, we ll pretty much fix it, said Walter, who is also president of Newington s Downtown Business Association.


While most alterations take a week or more to complete, the Romas will do one-day service to accommodate emergencies. And they plan on staying put. When they opened the store across the street 36 years ago, a friend gave them a plant as a gift. The vines of that plant are now wrapped around the front desk, its leaves hitting the ceiling ̶ and it s still growing, just like Roma Tailors. Every day there are new fabrics to learn about, said Walter. I love the people, the challenges … We re a great place to leave your clothes. Roma Custom Tailors and Dry Cleaning is located at 33 East Cedar St., Newington. Phone number: (860) 666-9813. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays.

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Town manager: cleanup cost could exceed $1M

Schools reopen as power is restored to residents By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

By Monday morning, only about 24 homes in Newington were without power and school had resumed. The only obvious remnants of Winter Storm Alfred, as named by WFSB, were the large piles of tree branches and brush on the sides of roads. Most residents were beginning their weekly routines as usual with one apparent change in plans: polling locations had changed for Election Day. This was a somewhat peaceful wrapping-up of quite a challenging week. And there were a lot of challenges. Town Manager John Salomone estimates that the storm’s total cost to the town will be more than $1 million. However, federal funding will offset some of that cost once it is determined how much Newington will be reimbursed. At the peak of the storm, there were 150 roads closed, all reopened as of Wednesday evening thanks to the hard work of Newington

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NEWINGTON — Democrats claimed the majority on the Board of Education on Election Day, with incumbents Marc Finkelstein, Sharon Braverman and Pam Raynock, along with newcomers David Tatem and Joshua Shulman, all winning spots. Democrats now hold a 5-4 majority. Finkelstein on Tuesday received 3,398 votes, Braverman, 3,194, Shulman 3,055, Raynock 3,046,


and Tatem 2,075. The Democratic candidates were competing against Republican newcomers Cyndi Zolad Callahan, who earned 2,857 votes, Jane Ancona Siegel 2,909, along with incumbents Daniel Carson with 2,867, and Nancy Coccaro Petronio 2,913. Win-Johnson had the lowest amount of votes although not by much, with 2,732. Therefore, she’s the only candidate to not join the board. Shulman is the youngest candidate. At 23 years old, the

Newington native hopes his perspective will be a breath of fresh air for the schools. “Believe it or not,” Shulman has previously said, “most people have been very happy to hear that I’m so young. For years the voice of the 18- to 30-year-olds hasn’t been heard in local politics and it’s important for our political discourse that it is.” All 10 candidates running for the board mentioned they hope the panel can modernize Newington schools to prepare students for a changing world.

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Part of Cedar Mountain to be preserved

Council approves $2.6M purchase of 28 acres

to try to preserve as much as we can,� said former Mayor Mike Lenares. “This is a joint effort between both the Democrats and the Republicans. I know we can’t afford all of it, but at least we can save what we can.� By ERICA SCHMITT The purchase will be paid STAFF WRITER for by the town’s Capital Improvements budget within Newington Town Council installments over the course of unanimously approved the the next five years. The budget town’s purchase of Cedar Mountain’s 28-acre Marcap piece for $2.6 million Nov. 3. Recently, Town Planning and Zoning approved Toll Brothers’ proposed 62-lot subdivision on the adjacent Balf property, which included the builder’s donation of 44 acres of land to the town. Between both deals, Newington has potentially MIKE LENARES secured a total of 72 acres of open space on the mountain Former mayor for preservation. “There’s not a lot of open space left in town and one of the normally funds all capital projTown Council’s main focuses is ects in Newington, like paving,

“There’s not a lot of open space left in town and one of the Town Council’s main focuses is to try to preserve as much as we can.�

painting, drainage, Parks and Recreation needs, playgrounds and also stone repair. Although the council members received an outburst of cheers from the public after they voted, there is some discussion over the price of the property and the fact that it did not go to referendum for public consideration first. “I’m a little concerned that we had appraisals at one point for between $1.4 and $1.9 million, but our Assessor indicated the property is worth more like $2.5,� said council member Maureen Klett. “It was a nice way for outgoing council members to leave — on the note that they helped with Cedar Mountain.� “I think it was a plus for the town,� said TPZ commissioner Carol Anest. “I still stand by the fact that when you spend that kind of money there should be more public participation or maybe a referendum.�

Stanley Cohen, part-owner of the Marcap piece, said that taking the question to referendum would null the deal. All negotiations were done in private. Cohen also informed the public that they had considered putting a pig’s farm and a Christmas tree farm on the property after Toll Brothers withdrew their application to build 75 townhouses there this past summer. Toll Brothers still has to accept the conditions agreed upon by TPZ for building its subdivision

on the mountain’s Balf property. IT also have yet to come to an agreement with the Inland We t l a n d s Commission, which denied their application in S e p t e m b e r, but still have time to file a court appeal. As with all land use negotiations, the Marcap purchase has to be approved by TPZ in a review before the land is officially under town ownership. Recreational use of the property by the public is expected to be possible by August.

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friends of these men are invited to toll a bell for each. This Veterans Day also marks the unveiling of the completed posting of the 100 flags along the park fence. Each of the 100 flags represents one of the Connecticut servicemen who were killed in action during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Each of the flags is being offered for sponsorship and forms will be available during the ceremony. A plaque will be posted by each flag to designate who it is being flown in memory of and who is sponsoring the flag. Parking for elderly, handicapped and ceremony presenters will be in the memorial parking lot. All others, as space allows. Spectators can be dropped off and additional parking is available along Barbour Road and at CCSU. Seating is limited so spectators are asked to bring their own chairs if possible. The National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument is located on the northeast side of the CCSU campus at the intersection of Ella Grasso Boulevard and Route 9 (exit 29) on the Newington-New Britain town line. For questions, call (860) 291-9666.

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument and Park in Newington Friday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation and the Iwo Jima Survivors Association, Inc. Prior to the ceremony, the Iwo Jima Survivors Student Scholarship Award will be a presented to the CCSU Veterans Excellence Scholarship Fund. Funds for this scholarship are raised during the annual Iwo Jima Survivors Victory (motorcycle) Ride held each May. This year’s Veterans Day ceremony features a presentation by members of the Marine Corps League, Hardware City Detachment, who will pay special tribute to our veterans. A special tribute to Iwo Jima Survivor and Navy Chaplain, Rev E. Gage Hotaling, will be given by his son, Kerry, who will read passages from his father’s Iwo Jima diaries. Included in the ceremony will be a reading of the names of the 100 Ceremony of the Roses Ceremony of the Roses, set for men from Connecticut who were killed during the battle. Family and Friday, Nov. 11, is a roll call of

Newington’s honored dead. As each name is called to a drum roll, a Newington Boy Scout, alternating with a Newington High School Kiwanis Key Club student, marches from the back of the room carrying a red rose to place at the monument, one rose for each of those whose names are engraved thereon. Additionally, veteran’s organizations will each carry a wreath to place at the monument. The Senior Center’s “Singing Seniors“ provide music for the day. The sound of “Taps� will be heard in tribute. This is also the 25th Anniversary oftheKiwanisVeteransMonument in Newington. On Nov. 11, 1986, amid falling snowflakes on an overcast day in Town Hall Plaza, then Connecticut Gov.William O’Neill, state Sen. Richard Balducci, Mayor Dominic Mazzoccoli, other government officials,

This is also the 25th anniversary of the Kiwanis Veterans Monument in Newington.


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Lyth; the late Kiwanis President Frank Eddy; the late Rocco Mazzoccoli, a Kiwanian and a past Republican of the Year and Republican town chairman; Iwo Jima survivor Newington Town Constable the late Frank Zuraski, past Commander of American Legion Post 117 and VFW Post 9836, also a multiple term Kiwanis president; and the Kiwanis president in 1986, the late Bob Jalbert. Diana Duksa of the Newington Memorial Funeral Home was helpful in procuring the monument A videotape of the ceremonies was made by NCTV. This year’s event is happening during the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year of the 21st century.

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A midlife crisis — with singing

Local theater group presents ‘Midlife! The Crisis Musical’ By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington Mainstage will present its first production of the 2011-2012 season this weekend and next, called “Midlife! The Crisis Musical.” It is described by the theater as “a hilarious look at the ‘age old’ challenges and conditions of midlife. From mammograms to reading glasses, from thinning hair to proctology exams, no topic is off limits. Audiences, according to a press release, have described it as, “Hilarious! I laughed so hard I wet myself!” and “So funny! Worth remembering … if you can.” Director Kelly Boucher cofounded Mainstage with friend

Cindy Lesser last January to serve extensive acting experience across as the sister company to Newington the country, Boucher is playing the Children’s Theater. This weekend’s director role now. show will be their A cabaret-style third production. show that con“One of our mistains no solid plot sions is to produce lines, “Midlife!” ■ Show times shows that are a is a series of Friday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. little off the beaten vignettes in which Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. path,”saidBoucher, the six-member Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. an Ellington resicast changes roles Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. dent. But all of her continuously. One Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. ■ Location: NCTC Performscene, an actor cast members are ing Arts Theatre, 743 N. may be a doctor, just regular folks Mountain Road. another scene, a with a lot of talent. ■ Ticket info: Log on to www. housewife. “The great thing,“It’s a series of about community or call themes and musitheater is that these (860) 666-6282. General cal numbers that people are nurses, admission is $20. Students all pertain to this accountants, etc. and seniors are $17. by day, but dancers, crazy journey we singers and pertake into midlife,” formers by night,” she said. Boucher said. “It’s hilarious and Boucher herself has a demanding something that appeals not only to career as a regional wholesaler for an folks that are approaching midlife investment banking firm. But after but people that are way past it or work, she devotes her time to acting nowhere even near midlife,” and directing. Although she has had It features music and lyrics by


The cast of “Midlife! The Crisis Musical” rehearses.

Bob and Jim Walton and musical direction by Wethersfield resident Michael Gowdy. Many of the props are crafted by the show staff, including a “Mammomatic 3000” — a makeshift mammogram machine with all the bells and whistles. The cast includes three women

and three men.None are Newington residents but all are middle-aged. The show’s a run time is a little less then two hours. “It’s a nice, brief, fun show,” Boucher says. “It gives you just enough — it’s funny, it’s light, there’s nothing heavy about it.”

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Elizabeth R. (McDonald) Sullivan, 96, of Newington died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late William J. Sullivan. Born in Lynn, Mass., she lived in Springfield, Mass., and in Port Charlotte, Fla., before moving to Newington 15 years ago. She and her husband enjoyed summers on Cape Cod at their home in Centerville for many years. Survivors include four children and their spouses, Paul and B.J. Sullivan of Osterville, Mass., Joe

and Jackie Sullivan of Naples, Fla., Ann M. Sullivan Burgess of Centerville, and Patricia and Bob Newbold of Newington, with whom she made her home; her four grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband, Dan Benton, Jessica Sullivan, Brian Newbold and his wife, Abby, Michael Newbold and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Mark Sullivan; her twin brother, Thomas McDonald, twin brother and sister, Jack McDonald and Peggy Shaughnessy and her

brother, Richard McDonald. Family and friends are invited to call at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Her funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband and son in Sarasota Memorial Park, Sarasota, Fla. To share a memory with her family, please visit us at

Women in Construction hosting panel discussion The Connecticut Chapter of Professional Women in Construction will host a panel discussion and meeting entitled “Issues and Impacts: Southern New England Private Schools,” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Hartford Marriott in Rocky Hill. The meeting, which is open

to the public is one in a series of educational and networking programs hosted by PWC-CT. The programs are tailored to professionals in the architectural, engineering and construction fields, as well as others who may be interested in those subjects. This PWC meeting and discussion will be held at the

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You're invited to join the Kloter Family in celebrating our annual TASTE OF THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION AT STEW LEONARD’S: Stew Leonard’s will hold its annual e Taste of Thanksgiving celebration this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at all four grocery store locations (complete times/dates posted below). This is a free tasting of its bestselling Thanksgiving dishes, including turkey with gravy, country-style stuffing, Idaho mashed potatoes, green beans almondine, sweet potato mousse, butternut squash, and cranberry orange sauce. Stew Leonard’s chefs freshly-prepare all of its holiday offerings from scratch, and each of the foods being sampled at Taste of Thanksgiving are available on its Thanksgiving catering menus. Taste of Thanksgiving dates and times at Stew Leonard’s, 3475 Berlin Turnpike, Newington: Friday, Nov. 11: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Saturday, Nov 12: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Sunday, Nov 13: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. NEWINGTON STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND ANNUAL MEETING: The Newington Student Assistance Fund (NSAF) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in the Main Conference Room at Newington High School. New directors and officers will be installed. The organization provides interestfree loans to Newington residents who are pursuing post-secondary education or training. The loans are not limited to high school seniors, all residents are eligible. NSAF has been in existence since 1966 and has given out over 900 tuition loans totaling over $800,000. All funds received by NSAF are used for these loans. The annual meeting is open to the public. Further information can be found on the NSAF website at www. FREE DENTAL CLEANING CLINICS: With funding from the North Central Area Agency on Aging, The Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) in collaboration with the Emeritus Senior Living Authority will offer two free dental cleaning clinics from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 17 at Emeritus Senior Living, 60 Cold Spring Road, Rocky Hill. There is a limit of five patients per day so reserve your spot by calling Hilary Norcia at (860) 665-8571. FAMILY PHOTO DAY: Newington Parks & Recreation has announced its first annual Family Photo Day! The Family Photo Day will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Mortensen Community Center, 131 Cedar St. Photo sittings are available mornings and afternoons on both days so schedule early to ensure your spot. The sitting fee of $19, (paid when registering) will be applied to any photo purchase. Family Photo Day is a wonderful opportunity to gather your family together for that long overdue professional portrait — grandparents and pets are welcome. For more information or to schedule a sitting, call the Parks & Recreation office at (860) 665-8666.

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Proud of firefighters To the editor:

This recent storm has resulted in over 117 calls for the fire department in Newington in the first 24 hours. It is easily predictable that they will have answered over 300 calls by the end of this storm. The calls have been for carbon monoxide alarms, water in the basement and downed power lines. This department normally averages 1,000 calls per year. I think it is important to point out that our fire department in Newington is volunteer. We are very fortunate to have

emergency responders on call 24/7. I am not sure the general public realizes that the firefighters answering all these calls are men and women who volunteer their time to protect our town. These firefighters have full-time paying jobs that they must report to after answering calls all night and families that they leave sitting at the dinner table to help out others. I am biased because I married one, but I rarely see my firefighter during these natural disasters because they are responding to everyone else’s emergencies. The scanner in our kitchen has not

Thanking voters To the editor:


I’d like to thank all of Newington for coming out to vote on Tuesday and electing our team of Democrats. As a team of candidates, we walked across the entire town knocking on doors and talking to thousands of Newington residents. Every day I found myself involved in intelligent conversations revolving

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I’d like to thank everyone who came out to vote on Tuesday to do their part in shaping Newington’s future. Every person who was on the ballot has Newington’s best interests at heart and they all deserve our thanks and respect for being willing to give their time to keep Newington the great town it is. Our town leaders are all volunteers who give their time to do the best they can and it is the voters who decide who they trust to lead the town. Newington will

Catherine Rossini Lapierre, Newington

around the future health of our town. We all love living in Newington and it gives me great honor to be able to now serve in an official capacity as a Board of Education member. I am going to work every day to become a model public servant. I will be approachable, knowledgeable, selfless, and concerned first and foremost with the well being of

our town. Once again, I want to thank everyone for the support over these last few months and for voting on Tuesday. I look forward to serving the town and continuing to meet and talk with many of you.

be in great hands under the leadership of Steve Woods and the Democratic team, thank you for placing your trust in us. On a personal note the unofficial results show I won my seat on the Board of Education by only 18 votes. Of course this may change as a result of a recount but it certainly shows that every vote counts. Assuming this result holds I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to serve the town I have grown to love so much. I will do my best to make sure our schools stay strong and improve wherever possible.

I am looking forward to forging relationships with our new mayor as well as the Town Council so we can work as a team always keeping Newington’s best interests at heart. We are all here to serve you so please get involved and let us know what is important to you. Under the leadership of Steve Woods Newington’s future is as bright as ever. Thanks again to everyone who came out to the polls!

Appreciates votes To the editor:

been silent all week; there are multiple calls for help every hour. This storm has been especially trying because it has required a full week (so far) of clean up. And as the power is being slowly returned to the town, the power surges are causing alarms to go off and re-energized lines to spark. I am very proud of our department and very grateful for their protection during times like these. I hope they get the credit they deserve.

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‘Job has just begun’ To the editor:

When this letter is printed, the election results will be in and we will be seeing some old familiar faces and some new ones. Although the election is over, the job has just begun. The new council and the Board of Education will need to work together for the betterment of the

town. Disagreements will occur, as well they should. It indicates creative thought, which should open up dialogue leading ultimately and hopefully to consensus. We would like to say “Welcome” or “Welcome back” to the winners, and “Thank you for your service” or “Thank you for even considering to run for public office” to those who lost.

Let us go forward not as Democrats, Republicans or independents, but as residents of Newington working together to maintain our Newington.

Questioning Cedar Mountain decision To the editor:

In the end, the denial of the Rose Lyons and Mady Kenny, wetlands permit, flaws in the Newington plan and regulation violations that took 21 modifications to rectify made no difference. In the end, the risk to public health and safety, the well-being of a community and the insistence of the public had no bearing. In the end, it was the personal opinion of six of a seven-member commission which decided the and comfortable, but our spirits fate of development on Cedar were kept up as well. Mountain. Thank you Newington, Six residents (most of who Newington High School and don’t live in the mountain neighall you wonderful workers and borhoods) just like the hundreds volunteers. of residents who flooded Town Hall with a vastly different Thank you. opinion. Six citizen volunteers Claire and Ed Bialaski, appointed by one or the other Newington political town committees willing to go along with the plan over legal fears and what Toll

Thanks for keeping spirits up To the editor:

My husband and I have lived in Newington 55 years. We have always loved Newington and could never leave here. We were doing our best to stay warm, without success, until a friend told us of Newington High School being open with three meals a day, and a place to sleep. As if that weren’t enough, the

people working there and volunteers went out of their way to welcome us, assign us cots and show us what was available to us. The workers in the kitchen, Denise, Valentine, Anna, Steve, and other workers who helped keep everything clean (Marie, in particular), not only kept things spotless, but made time to give you something to laugh about. We were not only fed, but kept warm

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Brothers might have done if they didn’t. Six people of an opinion, never expressed by any other member of the public, that surrendering to this housing development was worth the exchange of the 40 plus acres discarded by the developer; the type of land which regulation says they could not use. In the absence of public participation, Town Plan and Zoning commissioners have only regulation and their own opinion to draw on when making land use decisions. But in the presence of evidence in the record and overwhelming public opposition, how is it acceptable for the opinions of a commission of seven individuals to decide for the rest of us? Holly Harlow, Newington


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Robert Gates speaks at CCSU; students protest

Former Secretary of Defense critiques Iraq invasion By LIZ NEWBERG STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Tuesday during a visit to the city that harder questions needed to be asked in the run-up to the war in Iraq and he criticized a political culture in the U.S. in which ideologues drive policy as moderate voices are drowned out. Gates addressed nearly 1,500 students, faculty and members of the public at Central Connecticut State University’s Welte Hall as part of the university’s Vance Lecture Series. A civil servant who has spent more than 30 years at the highest levels of the U.S. defense and intelligence communities, Gates spoke with candor on waging the war in Iraq and the ineffectiveness of Congress. During an interview earlier in the

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Above left, former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, answers questions at CCSU prior to a lecture Tuesday. With him is Jacob Kovel, chairman of the Manufacturing and Construction Department. At right, Gates answers questions from selected classes at CCSU before his speech which was part of the school’s Vance Lecture Series.

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wave elections and power dramatically changes hands in Washington every two or four years and each time — no matter which party wins — they seek to impose their agenda on the other side. It will just be reversed in the next wave election and that is just a short-term, tactical, kick-the-can down the road approach to dealing with these problems that are pretty fundamental.” Gates’ appearance on campus prompted protests among students and faculty. CCSU junior Chris Hutchinson, a campus organizer of a group that’s an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, said having Gates at CCSU was not welcome. “He’s in the business of war and we don’t need that message here,” Hutchinson said. “While we have the right to protect ourselves, invading Iraq was wrong. Billions of dollars and countless lives were lost in that war.” But CCSU junior Mike Falls, a seven-year National Guard veteran who was bearing a “Don’t Tread on

Me” flag, said the protesters were misguided. “The way they’re trying to bring about change doesn’t make sense,” Falls said. “They (the protesters)

“I’d like to think if I’d been there I’d have asked some harder questions about the quality of the information, of the intelligence,” he said as part of his comments earlier in the day. “I believe in the eyes of many Americans the Iraq war will always be tainted because of the way it was launched on false information. To go to war on a belief or assessment is something else.” Almost as a nod to the protesters, Gates said structural changes in the U.S. electoral system must happen to bring changes to government, including eliminating the partisan redistricting and gerrymandering that has become commonplace. “I’ve watched it long enough that it’s all structural and so some of these structural things have to be attacked. The result is that more and more seats in Congress are safe for either Republicans or Democrats and that means the real election is the primary, because if the seat is safe then you really only have to worry about your internal party politics.” This results in pandering to the most ideological and partisan elements to win the nomination, which weakens the moderate center, he said. “The ideas that have moved our country forward have come from both the left and the right, but the policies and the laws that have implemented those ideas have almost always come from the center, through compromise.” The lecture series that brought Gates to campus — The Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture Series — is a program of the Robert C. Vance Charitable Foundation and the CCSU Foundation. Robert Vance was a longtime publisher of the New Britain Herald with deep ties to the community.

The Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture Series is a program of the Robert C. Vance Charitable Foundation and the CCSU Foundation. Robert Vance was a longtime publisher of the New Britain Herald with deep ties to the community. want to overthrow companies and big business. That just isn’t a way forward.” Gates, who said his greatest hero is Dwight D. Eisenhower because as president at the height of the Cold War he was able to keep global conflicts from escalating, said waging the war in Iraq was ill-advised and said he didn’t know of a single conflict where the U.S.went in based purely on intelligence.


A group of protesters and counter protesters exchange chants prior to Gates’ lecture.

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Lisa Kearns, 47, of 633 Willard in the fourth degree by possession, criminal attempt to commit Ave., Newington, was charged larceny in the fifth degree by Oct. 31 with disorderly conduct. possession and interfering with a Samuel Crain, 20, of 13 police officers. McKenna Drive, Middletown, Kevin Bolden, 46, of 451 was charged Oct. 31 with crimiHoward Ave., New Haven, was nal violation of a protective order charged Oct. 28 with violation of and criminal trespass in the first probation and interfering with a degree. police officer. Robert Barden, 46, of 1124 Sergio Diaz-Sanchez, 44, of Suffield St., Suffield, was 184 Dart St., Hartford, was charged Nov. 2 with violation of charged Oct. 29 with assault in a protective order, violation of a the third degree, criminal trespass restraining order and harassment in the first degree and breach of in the second degree. peace. Curtis Lee Wise, 55, of 119 Osvaldo Sanchez, 46, of 184 Irving St., Hartford, was charged Dart St., Hartford, was charged Nov. 2 with DUI. Oct. 29 with criminal trespass Mark Young, 50, of 1211 Town in the first degree and breach of Place, Middletown, was charged peace. Oct. 30 with creating a public Frank Salone, 45, of 44 Eighth disturbance and failure to carry St., Newington, was charged Oct. an insurance card.Young, Mark 30 with disorderly conduct and Johnny Asanza, 44, of 57 Freeman assault in the third degree.

St., Hartford, was charged Nov. 3 Wane Palser, 52, of 5 Hartt with making or offering home Lane, Newington, was charged improvements with current cer- Nov. 5 with disorderly conduct. tificate or registration. Richard Fredericks, 49, of 272 Marlborough St., Newington, was Simara Graham, 32, of 196 charged Nov. 6 with criminal vioBond St., New Britain, was lation of a protective order. charged Nov. 3 with larceny in Aisha Logan, 34, of 250 Silas the sixth degree. Deane Hwy., was charged Nov. Jonathon Palmieri, 21, of 54 7 with larceny in the fifth degree Birch Road, was charged Nov. 4 and forgery in the second degree. with DUI and failure to obey a stop sign. Stephen Lengyel, 28, of 114 Cedar Swamp Road, Coventry, Krzysztof Pirog, 31, of 52 was charged Nov. 8 with crimiTinsmith Crossing, Wethersfield, nal trespassing in the second was charged Nov. 5 with DUI and degree,criminal mischief in the making an improper turn. third degree, and possession of burglar tools. Timothy Smith, 23, of 77 Edmund St., Newington, was Tammy Linteau, 44, of 192 charged Nov. 5 with DUI, driv- Hillcrest Ave., Newington, was ing to intimidate and unsafe lane charged Nov. 9 with failure to change. appear in the second degree.

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Indians’ seniors play final game

Eight volleyball players say last goodbye at home By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — The Newington Indians volleyball team had eight seniors this year, and though they fell short of a tournament berth, the 2011 season was surely about the journey, not the destination. “We are like a little family,” senior captain Eileen Hogan said. “There are eight of us, so we are a big family, actually. We definitely, towards the end of the season, learned to cope with everything coming our way.We made progress.” Hogan was part of a group of girls who made a big impression on head coach Jennifer Micowski. “Eileen Hogan has been the energy for this team all year,” the coach said. “I don’t think that kid has not smiled all season and we’re going to miss that.” At the net, a slew of competitive players also made a huge impact during the 6-12 campaign that was. “I think we have a talented senior group,” Micowski said. “Roxy DeBlois is one of the most talented athletes I’ve coached. I hope she can go on to the next level and play volleyball. She’s a great leader.” Megan Hinchcliffe played well

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Newington’s Ali Stamm places the ball between two Northwest Catholic players Tuesday night in Newington.

all season long, along with Krystin Bernacki and Savannah DiCioccio. All three will graduate in the spring. “They were a big senior group and we will have our work cut out for us filling in for them next year,”

Micowski said. Two other seniors shined bright in the Indians 3-0 loss to Northwest Catholic on Senior Night Tuesday, helping the team to a solid showing on an emotional night.

“Mitzie Martin has come a long way as an outside hitter for us, she had a very strong effort,” Micowski said. “And Ali Stamm had a good effort with eight kills tonight.” With a rowdy crowd and all the

trimmings decorating the gym for the final game in the eight girls’ careers, the Indians had to play with extra focus. “It was a lot of adrenaline coming in,”Hogan said.“I was so excited. Of course you’re going to be emotional, and you have to learn to block it all out and play through the emotions.” Coach Micowski hopes DeBlois’ drive and talent, and Hogan’s positive outlook and work ethic will rub off on the underclassmen in years to come. “Roxy and Eileen specifically showed the younger kids what it takes in terms of dedication, putting the team first and making commitment,” Micowski said. A lot of the juniors will come in next year wanting to make the tournament as a goal. They will not like the feeling of not making the state tournament and come back hungry next year.” Despite a solid showing during the latter half of the season the Indians did not accumulate enough wins during the early part to lock up a state tournament appearance. But that is not the measure of a successful season. “We had some high points, and we need to be a little bit more consistent next year all year long,” Micowski said looking forward, “but we will have out work cut out replacing our seniors.” “I know every game and practice I played my heart out and so did every other senior,” Hogan said. “We left knowing we were role models, and they will follow us next year.”

Newington’s three-game win streak snapped in finale


NEWINGTON — The Newington Indians volleyball team saw their three-game win streak snapped against Northwest Catholic Tuesday, falling 3-0 in the 2011 season finale. “I think it’s tough after having a week and a half off,” Newington coach Jennifer Micowski said of the extended layoff since her Indians’ last game. “It was tough to come out. We focused and we showed a much better effort

in this contest with Northwest Catholic, better game scores than the first game at their place.” The weather and power outages across the area caused Senior Night to be pushed back more than a week. Newington’s previous game was a 3-1 victory over Conard Oct. 26. “We wanted to honor the seniors with the right festivities,” Micowski said. “We had a really good crowd today and this senior group has definitely made an impact on Newington and we wanted to honor that.”

Newington was competitive in the first game but fell 25-18. They regrouped however, and went right down to the wire in game No. 2, battling Northwest Catholic point-for-point before falling 25-23. “We were in two of the first three games,” Micowski said. “It’s Senior Night and we wish we could get a ‘W’ for the seniors, but I think we showed up for tonight.” In the final game Newington found itself tied at 7-apiece, but was then outscored 18-7 down

the stretch to fall 25-17. “I am a little upset that we lost, but I am happy that I played my heart out,” senior captain Eileen Hogan said, “and the team did as well.” The losing effort left Newington with a 6-12 mark, short of the 40 percent winning percentage needed for admittance into the state tournament, but the game had many bright spots. Mitzie Martin had five kills at the net for Newington, and played solid at outside hitter alongside fellow senior Alizandra

Stamm. “Ali Stamm had a good effort with eight kills tonight,” Micowski said. Junior Erika Mortensen was also a force for Newington, amassing 18 assists. “It’s a momentum game,” Hogan said. “It varies, and we had a lot of momentum, but it’s a point game also.” Northwest Catholic finishes the season on a five-game win streak at 12-6. They will be participants in state tournament action later this week.


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Hall too much for Newington

Indians fall on Senior Night By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — The Mighty Hall Warriors looked right at home in Alumni Field in Newington, in a rare Monday night game, handling the Indians 55-28. Though Newington showed glimpses of stellar play, they could not solve the 7-1 Warriors, and succumbed to an outstanding air attack from Hall. “Today was definitely a game where we put ourselves in a hole,” Newington head coach Roy Roberts said. “Hall is not 25 points better than us. The scoreboard is what it was and we’re going to move on from there.” Starting Warrior quarterback George Lund went 13-24, tossing

four touchdown passes, compiling 196 of Hall’s 264 yards through the air. “It’s definitely frustrating,” Newington running back Eric Ryan said, “but over the course of this season, and next season and we’re going to improve.” The Warriors marched down the field twice in the first quarter, scoring with relative ease on touchdown passes from Lund to Ian Dugger. The Indians (2-6) had two opportunities to respond early, the first thwarted by a penalty on a 21-yard screen pass from Snyder to Eric Ryan that would have put Newington well into Hall territory. After that drive ended with a punt, the Indians stopped Hall twice, but the subsequent drives were also fruitless. “We just have to keep working to get better,” Roberts said. “The next play is always the most important play. We had opportunities, but we didn’t take advantage of those opportunities.”

At midfield,needing two yards on a fourth down, a Snyder rush came a yard short, giving the Warriors a short field. Lund would add his third touchdown toss to put Hall ahead 21-0. “As coaches, we’re not going to accept any letdowns,” Roberts said in the face of a sixth loss. “We are not going to lay down for anybody. We’re going to go out and do our best, and that’s the bottom line.” The wind was not out of the sails, as the Indians needed only three plays to find the end zone a drive later. Snyder zigzagged through several Hall defenders en route to a 38-yard score. Down 21-7, the Indian defense could not stop yet another Lund touchdown pass, this one a 31-yard bomb caught by Devon Ortiz in the back of the end zone. With seconds remaining in the first half, Jon Snyder led Newington to the Hall 19-yardline, but two near touchdown passes fell to the turf, and a field goal attempt by

Christian Beauford was no good, giving Newington a 21-point halftime deficit. The second half was more of the same, with Hall scoring on a 43-yard run by Ortiz, and a 91-yard kickoff return by Dugger. Newington responded thanks to a 55-yard screen pass, Snyder to Eric Ryan, and closed the deficit even more after Ryan snagged an interception to set up a Snyder touchdown pass, chipping away to make it 41-21 after three quarters of play. “I got the screen and cut back,” Ryan, who caught four passes for 76 yards, said. “I am probably not the fastest kid but I got to the outside.” The Warriors tacked on two scores in the fourth to amass their 55, and Snyder threw for his third touchdown, a 29 yard teardrop pass to Zach Morris. Morris once again was Snyder’s favorite target, snagging six passes for 81 yards. Snyder, a senior, shined bright on Senior Night, going 22-38 for 264

yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but the night was bittersweet due to the losing effort. “We had some bright spots, and we definitely have showed a lot of improvement over the season,”Ryan said looking at the season so far, and his experience with the current class of seniors. “We left it all out on the field for our seniors, but we could have done a lot better on defense. Overall we played alright.” Each team compiled 264 yards through the air, but Hall outgained Newington on the ground 184 to 48. “We’re building here, setting a foundation,” Roberts said. “We’re going to play to the end. We could throw up our hands with many excuses this year, but were not going to. We dug too deep a hole tonight and we couldn’t get out.” The Indians will need to bounce back quickly, as a date at Conard awaits Saturday afternoon, followed by their Thanksgiving game against Wethersfield.

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Despite loss, seniors end their home career on positive note By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — When Roy Roberts first took over as head coach of the Newington Indians football team, he was inheriting a team that went 0-10 in 2010, and was in need of a shot in the arm. Ironically, it was Roberts who received a boost — from his talented and driven seniors. “These seniors, they work so hard,” the coach said after a Senior Night loss to Hall, 55-28. “I thank them a lot because they’ve welcomed me with open arms. I’ve seen programs where new coaches come in and the seniors rebel, but we don’t have that. From day one they welcomed me.” Afterfallingbehind21-0atAlumni Field Monday night, the Indian’s could have folded. But instead they

continued to battle, causing two turnovers, scoring four touchdowns, and making a solid showing against the highly ranked Warriors. “We’re building here, setting a foundation,” Roberts said. “We’re going to play to the end.” “We had some bright spots, and we definitely have showed a lot of improvement over the season,” Newington running back Eric Ryan said. “We left it all out on the field for our seniors, but we could have done a lot better on defense. Overall we played alright.” The junior caught four passes in the game including a 55-yard screen pass that he took to the end zone. His effort after the catch helped make one of Newington’s key seniors shine bright. “If you’ve seen the games, if you’ve seen the stats, you can see him becoming more and more

comfortable,” Roberts said of Jonathan Snyder earlier in the week. “I told him I wish I had him for one more year, and he’s just scratching the surface of his talent. He is starting to feel more comfortable in what we’re doing.” Snyder threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns, and added a fourth on the ground. The talented and versatile quarterback, along with a large group of other performers hope their effort this season can help jump-start a new era of Newington football in years to come. “These guys are helping to set the tone for the future,” Roberts said, “and doing what they have to do.” The team that returns for 2012 will surely be better off after working day in and day out with the football team’s class of 2011. “I learned a lot from these guys,”

Ryan said. “A lot of their life stories are very inspiring. I have to give it all for them because every single day they give their all to the team.” Tough road

The Indians are not out of the woods yet. After falling to 7-1 Hall, Newington will face off with an even tougher team from West Hartford Saturday at 1 p.m. — the unbeaten Conard Chieftains. Conard has outscored opponents 217-to-58 this season, only one contest decided by less than one score. The team is ranked by CIAC third overall in class LL. However, the schedule will finally relent on Thanksgiving day, with NewingtontravelingtoWethersfield to finish the 2011 campaign with a Rob Heyl | Staff Jonathan Snyder throws a pass. battle against the Eagles.

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Spraying B-0567

GRAVER’S TREE CARE Tree Removals • Pruning • Storm Damage Stump Removals • Shrub Pruning

860-563-6581 Wethersfield

Bruce Graver – Licensed Tree Surgeon – Certified Arborist


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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.

to advertise call 860-231-2444

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186 Kelsey Street Newington, CT


Done right the first time, Done right every time. Come down and experience the difference... We are a small team of ASE certified technicians who have taken the need for a local, honest automotive expert to heart.

We have technology to communicate with any vehicle, and most of all, our mechanics know how to fix the problem.

We are professionals from start to finish every job. We can repair and maintain any make and model vehicle, from trucks to cars, motorcycles to Ferraris We’ve got you covered.

From the customer lounge to the technicians’ education, every detail has been taken care of. Automotive repair and maintenance is what we do, and we would like to show you how it’s done right.


10 OFF


100 or less


Coupon must be present at time of vehicle drop off. Limit one per customer. Can not be combined with other offers and/or invoices.

10% OFF

100 or more


Coupon must be present at time of vehicle drop off. Limit one per customer. Can not be combined with other offers and/or invoices.

Newington Town Crier - 11-11-2011  

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Newington Town Crier - 11-11-2011  

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