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Night of Lights really shines

By Alex syphers staff writer

The winter celebration has officially begun in the town of Newington as the residents from around the area enjoyed the holiday festivities offered by the Newington Parks and Recreation Department and the Newington Chamber of Commerce Saturday night during the annual “Night of Lights” celebration. Braving the blisteringly cold winds of the winter evening residents crowded into the downtown area to sing Christmas carols, meet with Santa Claus and, of course, watch the lights that adorned the trees of Main Street come to life with the flick of a switch. The festivities began early that afternoon with the Parks and Recreation Department offering free horse drawn carriage rides around Mill Pond Park. Families gathered around the two

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Clydesdales, brought by Breezy Acres farm of Storrs, to draw the carriage through the park. The Clydesdales towered over the carriage as they trotted around the pond creating a picturesque New England experience. “I like all the little things here. They do a lot for a small town. I think it’s pretty cool,” said Greg Dziedzic, as he and his family waited for the carriage rides. After enjoying the brisk afternoon carriage rides, many families entered the Mortensen Community Center to warm their hands and meet old St. Nick himself who, according to the Parks and Recreation Department, came down to Newington just for the occasion. “I tell him I want presents,” said Maia Ouellette, 2, with a smile. She and her cousin, Madison Prentice, 3, went to see Santa together. They smiled as Santa told them he was going to make

The fire engine of the Newington Volunteer Fire Dept. Co. 3 was decorated as Santa Claus for the “Night of Lights” celebration held Saturday night.

sure he gave them a good gift this year because they were such good girls. As the sun began to set, the fire trucks of the Newington Volunteer

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Newington Health Care held a holiday craft and bake sale Nov. 19 for staff, residents and families. The sale netted more than $700.

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Parent-Child Workshop is a great place to play By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

Royer. language pathology. Yet, the program is just as During the Monday evening important for the parents as a way sessions, Royer says, the special to attain information for their needs preschool teachers from children from professionals, and the Newington Public Schools to mingle between themselves. are available to talk with parents “It helps to meet with the other as their children play. parents. For me personally it’s “I come to meet with the probeen nice. They fessionals just tell me other to get ideas places to bring if there anythe kids and thing new, and other activialso for her to ties going on,” socialize with said Jennifer the other kids,” Garofolo. She said Theresa recently moved Martins. Her to Newington daughter, in the summer. Morgan, 8 theresa martins Her son, Jack, months, has 2, wakes up and special needs. asks to go to “I think it’s the library, she said. beneficial for the kids as well Parents with children who have as the parents. They have good special needs find the program resources and it’s good for the extremely beneficial. The Parent parents to communicate so you Child Workshop invites “birth to don’t feel by yourself. It’s been 3” professionals every week, from good for her [Morgan] to meet different agencies to help inform with the other kids.” the parents of child nutrition, Because of the excellent physical therapy, and speech and

The excited chatter of children could be heard echoing down the halls of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Children’s Department during a recent weekday morning as families gathered together to take part in one of the library’s many family orientated and informational activities. “The parents come in, the kids start to play, we put an arts and crafts activity out,” said Michelle Royer, the Children’s Department librarian. Royer has been heading the Parent-Child Workshop at the library for over eight years. The program is designed to bring the families of Newington and surrounding areas together in a fun, yet informational, environment where the children can play and the parents can meet with child-care professionals. That’s the whole purpose of the program, says Royer, to connect parents with professionals. “This is your link to finding the resources to assist your children in living to the best of their abilities,” said Sandra Tracey. Tracey was able to have her daughter, Cora, 3, evaluated by professionals who have helped her overcome delays in the development of her motor skills. The program is for children ranging in ages from 1 to 3 years old and, of course, brothers and sisters under 5 years old are invited to join. Up to 25 families can sign up for the program, said Royer, by calling the library. During the recent Tuesday morning session the children dove right into the fun activities provided by the workshop. They played with toys and building blocks and clamored over a small slide, smiling as they mingled Cora Tracey, 3, plays with bubbles. with the other children. It is this interaction that attracts many of Now Accepting e the parents to the program. Medicar! g n li il B “We come every week just so she can mingle with the other LINGERIE SHOP kids instead of sitting at home • Bras / Girdles The ULTIMATE in INTIMATES! by herself,” said Norm Kastner, • Sexy & PJs grandfather of Sara Burr, 1. “It’s •• Gowns Bridal good interactivity with the other • Mastectomy • Flannel children.” • Robes At such an early age it is • PLUS SIZES FREE Professional Fittings important to allow the children 21 Whiting St., Plainville to interact and become comfort(860) 747-9500 • M-Sat 10-5:30 www.ireneslingerie.com able with other children, says

feedback the Parent-Child Workshop has received, the Lucy Robbins Welles Library started offering additional programs for families. These programs include “Play For All!” a playgroup for children with special needs and “We All Get Ready to Read,” an

early literacy program for children ages 4 to 6. For more information about the Parent-Child Workshop and other children’s activities at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library call (860) 665-8720 or visit www. newingtonct.gov/library.

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What’s next for Wright is just right for him

experience. I don’t think there was anything I would have done differently. Nothing was going to The telephone rings, sending change the outcome for me,” he an echo through the office, and said, “Connecticut is really a tale briefly muffling the sound of of two cities. You can’t get anyone wind and rain pelting pedestrians to agree on any issue.” as they make their way across Reflecting upon the camConstitution paign from its Square. The beginning to telephone rings end, Wright a second time. said he was Jeff Wright proud of swings his chair what he had around and achieved. He takes the call. reminisced It’s a client. about the Wright answers excitement him by his first of speaking name, they have to the vast a quick laugh crowds at the and he hangs up. Republican It’s business as Convention, usual again. where he was It has been voted the Jeff Wright nearly a month Republican Former Republican State Treasince Wright candidate surer Candidate lost his camfor State paign for State Tr e a s u r e r, Treasurer against running from the incumbent, Denise Nappier. section to section trying to affirm He has been spending that his qualification for the position. time getting back to his business He spoke of the excitement as a financial planner and making of being recognized by so many up for time he spent working the people during his time camcampaign trail. paigning at the Connecticut’s “It was an incredible experi- state fairs. ence, but from experience I can “It was shocking to me how tell you it is better to win than many people, after three days lose,” said Wright, jokingly. of radio, recognized me,” said Wright isn’t holding a grudge, Wright, “How just a few days of across the state, he said, the TV and radio can make you be results for the Republican candi- recognized.” dates were the same. Wright said the campaign was “I thoroughly enjoyed the one of the greatest experiences By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

“I’m spending a lot of time with my family these days ... I’m catching up for a lot of lost time over the last year.”

he has ever had, from meeting people from across the state, to making speeches in front of vast crowds. During his time on the campaign trail, Wright said, he had no doubt in his mind that he would win. It wasn’t until a few days before the election, when a small poll was released showing him as an underdog, that he felt unsure of the outcome. “Up until that moment when that poll came out I absolutely believed I was going to win,” said Wright, “It put some doubt in my mind and prepared me for the potential of losing on election night, which eventually happened.” On election night Wright and his constituents met at the Indian Hill Golf Club to wait for the results. The air hung heavy, he said, as he watched the results come in. “We lost some towns we needed to win, and some towns we did win, we didn’t win by the margin we needed,” he said. “I’m very proud of the campaign I ran and the commercials we’ve done, and I talked about the important issues,” said Wright, “It was a positive, issue-based campaign in which I tried to draw a contrast between me and the current treasurer.” As for the future, Wright couldn’t confirm he would run again, saying, “I would like to run for office again someday, but it’s impossible to know right now.” “I still don’t think you can tax

borrow or spend your way to prosperity,” said Wright, adding he was concerned for the future of the state. Right now, Wright said, it’s business as usual. He is continuing to put his effort into being the mayor of Newington and running his financial planning

business. The one thing he could confirm was his appreciation of his family, who were always by his side. “I’m spending a lot of time with my family these days,” said Wright, “I’m catching up for a lot of lost time over the last year.”

Mayor Jeff Wright, and his daughter, Grace, at the Newington Night of Lights. Now that the campaign is over Wright says he is spending more time with his family.

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A large crowd had gathered around the Newington Chamber of Commerce to sing Christmas carols with the Martin Kellogg Middle School “KellaPella” and the Newington High School Music Department. “This is one of the greatest events Newington has,” said David Marsden. “It brings out a lot of people and the whole thing from the fire trucks to the choirs, it’s a lot of fun” The sounds of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snow Man” echoed through the streets as families sang and mingled together enjoying the hot chocolate and Christmas cookies available to all. “It’s wonderful,” said Pete Hamill. “It’s always good. It’s a good community event and it’s good to see neighbors who we

usually don’t see.” It took the team of Mayor Jeff Wright and Santa Claus with the help of the children of Newington to flip the switch that ignited the lights of the holiday spirit and officially started the holiday season for Newington. With a great cheer of “Merry Christmas!” the Christmas lights along Main Street were lit. “It’s a great sense of accomplishment,” said Jodi Lee, Parks and Rec special events coordina- Horse-drawn carriage rides were offered at Mill Pond Park Saturday aftertor, “that it all went as planned. noon to usher in the holiday spirits the New England way. It’s a great way to celebrate CRI is looking for loving, dedicated adults to everyone seems to be having a good time, especially seeing the provide homes for Connecticut’s children. kids when they see Santa.” Our children range in age from 6-16. The celebration carried on as the residents of Newington liftInc. ed their souls to the light of the For details Foster Care and Adoption Christmas spirit. Call Jen! The sounds of happiness and holiday spirit carried on the under ext the lights that broke through the darkness of the night.

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Business Exchange Chapter of BNI, Newington, announces new leaders The “Business Exchange” chapter of Business Network International (BNI), has announced its new leadership team for the upcoming year. The new president of the chapter is Greg Ward, of Ward-Kilduff Mortgage in Simsbury. Other officers include: Vice President, Brennan Maki; Treasurer, Eli Pascon; Educational Coordinator, Peter Wnek; Public Relations, Bruce Fairclough; Membership Committee, Sandra L. Kelsey, David M. Lake and Tom Sienkowski; Mentor, Marc A. Sack; Visitor Hosts, Robert Canavan, Charlie Wolf and Tim McNeil. The “Business Exchange” chapter was

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The Rotary Club of Newington held its annual food drive Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Stop & Shop on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, collecting enough items to nearly filling three pick-up trucks to capacity as well as collecting over $450 in cash for the Newington Food Bank. “The Stop & Shop manager was extremely helpful, even placing a bin near the doors. We are grateful for their cooperation,” said Gary Toubman, Rotary Club president. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide

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Stuff-a-cruiser brings toys and compassion to kids in need By Alex Syphers Staff writer

The Newington Police Department’s Stuff-A- Cruiser food and toy drive met with spectacular success this Saturday, Dec. 4, as residents from around the area donated

food and toy items to the drive, held in front of the Berlin Turnpike WalMart, in record breaking numbers. “I think it is accurate to say that this is the most successful StuffA-Cruiser toy drive in the state of Connecticut, to my knowledge,” said NPD Detective Will Jordan, “I

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know of no other police department that comes close to this turnout.” Throughout the day residents and shoppers came to the drive to donate toys and gifts to the cause, helping the Newington Police not only reach their goal but exceeding it beyond their wildest imaginations. During the 2009 holiday season the Newington Police Department had a record collection year of 1,500 items for residents in need throughout Newington and they set their sights high this year hoping to break that record. “We are happy to report that we are over 3,000 [items],” said an excited and grateful Jordan, “We are just astonished that we have doubled the record. We just can’t believe it.” The donations received by the Newington Police during the toy drive will be donated to the Newington Department of Human Services. According to Human Services Director Ken Freidenberg, over 420 families will be in need of holiday food and gift

items this year. “It’s an exciting event because 10, 15 years ago you didn’t have 400 families in need,” said retired NPD Officer John DiNardi. “But due to the economy, tough times, it’s important that people in the community come together to help their fellow residents, their fellow friends.” DiNardi began the Stuff-A-Cruiser event in 2001 after realizing the need of Newington residents during the holiday seasons was a growing concern. Though the years, said DiNardi, the event has been growing steadily with no sign of letting up. “We want to benefit people in the community. We want to help people out, because that is the right thing to do,” said DiNardi. In recent years he said he has seen other Stuff-A-Cruiser events popping up across the state. The Newington Stuff-A- Cruiser is done on a zero dollar budget with businesses from around the area, such as Sign Pro and Berlin Pizza,

donating their services to the event. According to DiNardi and Jordan that means every dime and donation that is made goes to residents in need. “The community makes this event happen… It’s a community effort,” said Detective Jordan, “not only are people donating their time, they are donating their money, their food. I think that is what makes this event so great.” DiNardi told of a young boy who had saved $1 a week for 52 weeks from his allowance and came to WalMart and bought toys he believed children his age would cherish. He bought three Nerf guns to donate to the Stuff-A-Cruiser. “Some little boy is going to wake up Christmas morning and get that Nerf gun and his eyes will light up due to the fact that this young man saved his allowance all year long, and he will never know that person,” said DiNardi. “People’s generosity is astounding you’ve think you’ve seen it all.”

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Double-header to mark reopening of Rogalski Gym t g By Andy Ragali Staff Writer

In order to celebrate the major renovations the Richard E. Rogalski Gymnasium at Newington High School has undergone over the past few months, the NHS Athletic Department will host two varsity basketball games on one night, a rare occurrence. During basketball season, when either the girls’ or boys’ varsity team has a home game, the other plays away. On Tuesday, Dec. 28, members of the community are encouraged to attend and celebrate the renovations to the Rogalski Gymnasium with both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams playing home games. The girls’ team will play the East Hartford High School Hornets at 5 p.m., while the boys’ team will play the Berlin High School Redcoats at 7:30 p.m. The re-opening ceremonies are estimated to start at 6:45 p.m. Amission will be free. Newington Athletic Director Nick Barbieri talked about the namesake of the Rogalski Gymnasium. “Mr. Rogalski was a physical education and science teacher at Newington High School and was also the director of physical education from 1953 to 1978,” Barbieri said. “Mr. Rogalski retired as the vice principal and director of athletics from Newington High School in 1978.” According to Barbieri, renovations include a completely new floor. The bleachers were reconditioned and made handicapped accessible. New wall mats were Andy Ragali added, along with mat lifts to assist with storage space. The Newington High School gym has a new floor, and new wall mats. The bleachers have been updated and the gym made handiNew curtains were also part of the renovations. All capped accessible. A double-header Dec. 28, with both the girls ‘ and boys’ teams playing home, will help mark the reopening of the gym after the renovations. asbestos was removed from the gymnasium.

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Last season, the Newington girls’ basketball team finished 9-11, qualifying for the state tournament and finishing 1-1, getting the first tournament win for the Indians since head coach Alphonso Ford has been with the team for the last 12 years. The team will miss Amy Gregor, who the team lost to graduation, but only losing one player means there will be a healthy amount of experience for the team to tap into as the season moves forward. “We lost one person this year and we have experience,” Ford said, “and we’re not a big team, but we play hard and we play aggressive and with the experience that should help.” Ford hopes his team can gel together to fill the shoes of Gregor, who filled the leadership last year for the Indians.

“It’s going to be very hard, because Gregor Ford hopes his team can build off the tournabrought so much to the team,” Ford said. “We just ment win last year. have to stay together.These kids have been playing “One thing we were so happy about was basketball a long time. We that we won our first game,” just have to play hard and he said. “We’ve been in the hope for the best.” dance for eight years and this Key returning players this was the first time that we year will be senior Briyana won. I know we believed that Pabon, a 5’2” guard who we could win, that was the provided good scoring (18 biggest thing that we took PPG) for the team. Senior from that. Either home or Kristina Forsman, at 5’6”, away we knew we could beat will try to replace the leaderanyone as long as we played alphonso ford ship role Gregor is leaving hard. We just wanted to Head coach behind, averaging 12 points focus and realize that it’s not and 8 assists per game.Alyssa over till it’s over.” DiNino, a 5’5” senior, is a solid contributor, putting Ford hopes to bring a new defensive strategy in 7 points per contest last season. Sophomore to the Indians this season. “We really are trying Alex Marquez, who stands tall at 5’11”, is another to play defense a little bit more aggressively,” he player who Ford hopes can bring solid inside play said. Ford acknowledged that his team played for the team. very aggressively last year and that he wants to

“We play aggressive and with the experience that should help.”

keep turning it up and keeping his team’s engine running non-stop. “So far in the scrimmages we’ve been doing pretty well and (the opponents) are all bigger than us. We kept coming at them and coming at them and we’re just trying to get them to realize that they have to play 32 minutes of tough, hard defense.” On offense, the strategy is just as simple, yet still extremely effective, and is something any coach at any level would ask for from their basketball team. “We need to shoot a little better,” Ford said. “We shot terribly last year, so, hopefully, we can shoot better this year.” Note: The Indians kicked off their season on Wednesday at Rocky Hill High School, and take on New Britain at home tonight at 7 p.m. before heading to East Catholic High School Tuesday, Dec. 14 for a match up set to tip-off at 7 p.m.


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Dec. 20. Items will be used to fill holiday stockings for the pets at all of our shelter The Newington-Berlin High School locations. Hockey Team has been invited to play at the Hockey Fest at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at Rentschler Field, East Hartford just prior Help support NHS Project Graduation to the NHL Legends versus the Mystery Alaska (Celebrity) Game. We need your and flock someone in Newington. Looking support to help us pay our way. Tickets to celebrate a birthday or anniversary? Or start at $30 each, which provides entry to want to show your support for the NHS all games and events from Feb. 11 through 2011 Project Graduation Celebration? the 19. Register to purchase your tickets Flocking is the answer. The “NHS Flockers” through Newington Hockey Booster Club will secretly adorn the lawn of your choosby contacting Robin Aldieri at (860) 667- ing with a flock of pink flamingos or a herd ofcows for $15. E-mail us at unflockme@ 0609 or by email at raldieri@cox.net. yahoo.com with your name, phone number, address of the flocking target, intended date of flocking and please put “flocking” Newington Police Department and in the subject line. More information may Outback Steakhouse are working together be found on the Newington High School this holiday season to support help resi- by clicking on “Project Graduation” on the dents in need have a happy holiday. For right hand side. every gift that is donated at the Newington Outback Steakhouse location before Dec. 12, the donating party will receive a coupon for one free appetizer. Gift suggestions, ….but not limited Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple to…… Child, Adult and XL Adult insulated/Thermal Gloves, Make Up, Nail Polish, Hill Ave., will serve its annual Christmas Handheld Electronic Games, Tie Dye Kits, Roast Beef Dinner from from 5 to 7 p.m. Jewelry Making Kits, Arts and Crafts Older Saturday, Dec. 11. The cost of the tradiTeen/Adult board Games (Backgammon, tional dinner is $12 for adults, $8 for each Scrabble etc) Fleece Blankets, Throw and child or $35 for a family of two adults and Thermal Bed blankets, Adult size and 2X, two children. Dinner includes roast beef, 3X women’s and men’s sweaters, Winter potato, vegetable, salad, dessert, and coffee. Pajamas/Slippers, Winter Jackets/Coats, Reserve your place at church Sunday mornWarm socks (all sizes), Educational Toys ing at either the 8 or 10 a.m. service or call and Books, Disposable Digital Cameras, the church office at (860) 666-3331. Flashlights and Batteries (AA, AAA, C and D), Gift cards/ITune cards, Hooded Sweatshirts (L/XL), MP3 Players, CD The Kakery, 1000 Main St. (Vito’s Plaza). Players, CD Walkman, Gift Baskets: Bath & Body, Perfume, Cologne, Holiday Foods: is collecting toys for “We Are The Children” through Dec. 14. New, unwrapped toys Cookie Tins, Cocoa-Coffee-Tea Sets Popcorn, Candy, Nuts, Cheese and for children from birth to age 12 can be Cracker gift Sets, Sterling Silver Jewelry, dropped off Wednesday through Friday, 9 Watches, Terrycloth/Fleece Robes, a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stationery/Stamps Baskets, Sports Themed and Sunday, 8 to 11 a.m. “We Are The Sweatshirts (UConn, Nike, etc …) Footballs, Children” is a local non-profit organization Basketballs, regular and Nerf Baseballs and serving local handicapped, abused, homeBats Music CD’s, Movie DVD’s Wallets, less children. Toys are especially needed for Purses Picture Frames. *Drop off your children aged 9 to 12. Suggestions for this unwrapped gift at Newington Outback age group include arts and crafts supplies, Steakhouse, receive a free appetizer, and cameras, radios, CD players, MP3 players make a difference for a Newington resident and other electronics, board games and gift cards. If donating toys that require batteries, this holiday season! attach them to the box. For more information, visit garycraig.com, The Kakery at (860) 665-0501, or thekakery.com.

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1380 Berlin Turnpike-Wethersfield. Food items always needed are: jars or cans spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, pasta, jarred tomato sauce, cereal, canned juices, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, and canned fruit, boxed pasta dinner or salad kits, any one-can meals, spaghetti/ hash/chili, canned meats or, boxed rice, baked beans, individual size juices, breakfast or snack bars, (used for school lunches etc). All nonperishable items are appreciated.out about our volunteer work to attend our meetings. Additional information can be obtained by calling (860) 563-6923.

Wreaths Across America Ceremony

A Wreaths Across America™ Ceremony will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 11 in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington, The Willard-Welles-Stanley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the MayDavis-Stotzer American Legion Post 117 are planning this local ceremony, which will run simultaneously with wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at locations all across the world. Seven ceremonial wreaths representing the branches of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine and POW/MIA will be laid at the Veterans’ Monument in West Meadow Cemetery. Worcester Wreath Company working in conjunction the non-profit organization Wreaths Across America will donate the seven ceremonial wreaths to the West Meadow Cemetery in Newington for the ceremony. A caravan of trucks carrying Christmas wreaths from the state of Maine will begin their annual trek to Arlington National Cemetery. These wreaths will be placed on the graves of our veterans on Dec. 11 — a solemn tribute to those who serve and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Simultaneous ceremonies in Connecticut will be held at the three state Veterans Cemeteries in Middletown, Rocky Hill, Darien and at various Veteran Memorials and local cemeteries with areas designated for veterans.For information on the Newington ceremony contact: Barbara Crede, Regent, Willard-WellesStanley Chapter, DAR, (860) 665-8082, or barbcrede@aol.com.

Grace Church Roast Beef Dinner

Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., will hold its Christmas Roast Beef Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The cost of the traditional dinner is $12 for adults, $8 for each child or $35 for a family of two adults and two children.

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High School Recreation Basketball

Newington Parks and Recreation Department offers High School Recreation Basketball for boys and girls grades 9 through 12. Registration is open and will be accepted through Dec. 13 in the Parks & Recreation office or Friday nights in the Teen Center. Basketball games are played on Saturdays at the Mortensen Community Center starting Dec. 18 through March 12, 2011. There will be open gym Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. Registration fee is $65 per participant. Have team rosters set prior to registration (minimum of 7 players). For more information, call 860665-8666. In case of inclement weather, call 860-665-8686.

‘My Folks Want to Live Independently … But They Need Some Help!’ “My Folks Want to Live Independently … But They Need Some Help!” is a program which is geared to those in the sandwich generation who are looking for information about home care services, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Eric Rodko, MSW, regional supervisor from Connecticut Community Care Inc. will talk about what home care is, what services are provided, who pays for it and other available resources. Call (860) 665-8778 to register.

Rogalski Gymnasium Re-Opening Ceremony

The Richard E. Rogalski Gymnasium at Newington High School has undergone major renovations over the past few months. On Tuesday, Dec. 28, the Newington High School Athletic Department is inviting members of the community to attend, celebrate and recognize the renovations to the Rogalski Gymnasium. The NHS Athletic Department will host two varsity basketball games. The girls’ basketball team will play the East Hartford High School Hornets at 5 p.m., while the Boys’ Basketball team will play the Berlin High School Redcoats at 7:30 p.m. The Re-Opening Ceremonies are estimated to start at 6:45 p.m. Admission will be free of charge for the event.


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Marty Lang: One of Connecticut’s rising film directors By Alex Syphers Staff Writer

Chatting over a cup of coffee one would never expect Marty Lang to be one of Connecticut’s rising film directors. He is not flashy, his dress does not scream “director,” and walking into a coffee shop it is easy to pass him up and go to the man sitting in the corner with headphones and a laptop out. Lang is none of that; his passion is for film and for this Newington native it’s all about making moves in the movie industry. And make movies he has. In his decade of working on films, Marty has produced, written or directed more than a dozen films in and around the state of Connecticut. From an assortment of comical short films, (“The Plunge”) to full-length feature films with star actors such as Paige Davis and Michael Madsen (“Being Michael Madsen”). He has won the Student Academy Award for his films and was also nominated for the Student Oscars. Lang comes from the humble beginnings of Newington, a town he says he was glad to be from. As he sat towering over his cup of coffee, Lang reminisced about his time spent in Newington and going to high school. “Newington had a big part in making me want become a filmmaker,” said Lang, “I had a good time growing up in Newington, but there

Newington native Marty Lang,33, is successfully making his way in Connecticut’s movie industry.

are a lot of things I learned in Newington that are helping me in filmmaking now. The first is to watch; because there is always more going on than what you see on the surface.” He remembered how his friends, many who were having trouble with families at home, never seemed to show their trouble on the surface while out in public or playing sports. It wasn’t until he was brought into their lives and homes that he discovered their emotional trials. “It taught me to look deeper into things,” said Lang, “… it taught me where the real story is.” Lang graduated from Newington High School in 1995 and received a basketball scholarship to Teikyo Post University in Middlebury where he went for only a year. “I decided I wanted to be a writer over a

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“The movie is pretty much a conversation about how much do you commit yourself to your job, versus things outside your work, when you’re living in an economy where there’s no guarantee of anything when it comes to employment,” said Marty. The film was primarily shot in and around Hartford with one scene even taking place in Newington. Marty laughed as he remembered that day on Lawton Avenue. A crowd had gathered to watch them shoot the scene and unexpectedly he heard his name called from the bystanders. It turned out to be one of his old high school friend, Kenny, he said, whom he hadn’t seen in years. The first screening of “Rising Stars” will be held Feb. 25 at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. Another film, “The Other Side of the Tracks,” which Marty produced in 2008, made its premier on Showtime last week. “It was cool,” said Lang about seeing his film on TV. “This was the first time I told my dad to watch it and at the end he said, ‘Wow, you made a real movie’ and I was like ‘Yes, I did.’” Marty says he will continue to write, direct, and produce movies for as long as he can, because it’s all about, “Being able to stand in a dark theatre and looking at an audience as they’re watching your work and reacting to it the way that you want them to.”

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basketball player,” he said about his decision to leave Post, but I had always wanted to be a writer when I was in high school. I did a lot of stuff with the school paper and wrote short stories.” He transferred to UConn and started working for the Middletown Press and New Britain Herald. He earned his degree in journalism in 1999. When he graduated, he picked up a job working for The New York Times. According to Lang, his journey into film began around this time when he was able to interview actress Amy Brenneman. “I had no idea what the movies business was like, but I got to spend three hours with her, have lunch with her in Manhattan, basically hung out with her for the day,” said Lang “… and when the interview was done, I was like ‘Wow, this might be a fun business to try to get into.’” He started working on independent films in Connecticut and produced three films in two years. From there he was able to go to film school at the University of Florida where he graduated with a film degree in 2004. Marty has recently finished a film title “Rising Star” in October, which he wrote and directed. It’s a story about a dedicated insurance adjuster from Hartford who spends a weekend with a girl who opens his mind to the world outside of his career.

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