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6 Hartford Regional Center residents to relocate as facility plans to ‘downsize’


The state’s budget woes have trickled down to those who have no control over their own financial situations because of mental and physical disabilities. Six of these individuals live at the Hartford Regional Center on North Mountain Road, one of six dependent living facilities in the state operated by the Department of Developmental Services. While rumors were circulating that the center was shutting down completely, state officials confirmed earlier this week that that is not the case. “The center is not closing; we Volume 54, No. 01


were downsizing one area because several of the people in that area were leaving. Two have already left and one more is already making plans to move on,” explained DDS Communications Director Joan Barnish. There are currently 67 people living at the Hartford Regional Center, which is made up of individual six-person homes. One of these homes is being vacated, according to Barnish. “As an apartment, it doesn’t become feasible for us to operate when there are just two people living there,” she added. “That’s what happens in this economy; we downsize, we consolidate as necessary … in order to justify keeping something open, we have to move people around.” But for the unit’s residents and their families who recently received letters informing them of the news, it’s not a monetary challenge they Although rumors were circulating that the Hartford Regional Center on North Mountain Road was closing, state offace, but an emotional one. ficials said this week that the facility — one of six dependent living facilities in the state operated by the Department See HARTFORD, Page 12

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More than 40 children experienced the magic of science with a dose of storytelling at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Friday, Dec. 28. Sciencetellers, a group of educators/entertainers who present interactive programs that use science experiments to tell stories, taught those in attendance about the science of fire and ice with the tale of Dragons & Dreams. Kids in attendance were thrilled with experiments which included flash paper, exploding bottles and dry ice. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Kids get a lesson in music from the Sam Pasco Orchestra Kiwanis Club sponsors ‘The Wonderful World of Music’ at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library


Kids in Newington may have put the in-school academics on hold during their holiday vacation, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t learning. “The Wonderful World of Music” featured sing-alongs, musical quizzes and games, as well as a demonstration on how notes are strung together to make songs. A fantastic showman, 85-yearold Sam Pasco entertained about 30 people in a program that was sponsored by the Newington Kiwanis Club. This crowd gathered at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library for a performance from the Sam Pasco

Orchestra, after which they received a lesson from musicians on the sounds of each instrument they heard: the drums, bass, piano, saxophone and guitar. The children even marched in Pasco’s “Small Small World Parade.” “Music gives a child basic cadence and patterning, as well as opening a door to another means of enjoying life,” said Children’s Librarian Joanne Cocola, who also orchestrated five other programs at the library during vacation week, keeping Newington kids entertained in ways that didn’t include television or computer screens. Creating dragon’s breath was one of these activities. Storytelling turned into “Sciencetelling” as the

On Dec. 27, more than 30 people attended “The Wonderful World Of Music” at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library.

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tale of “Dragons and Dreams” was translated into a lesson on the scientific forces behind fire and ice. Basically, the kids used soda bottles, flash paper and dry ice to make magic. Another evening about 30 local stuffed animals had their own sleepover, with the permission of the kids who brought them and their parents, of course.

After reading them bedtime stories, sharing in crafts and having a snack, children tucked their favorite stuffed animals into bed for an overnight party at the library. When they returned the next afternoon the families were presented with report cards revealing how well their toy animals and dolls behaved during the adventure. A slideshow of all the fun was even

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Would you allow your favorite stuffed animal to spend the night in the library alone? Children and their parents came to the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Thursday, Dec. 27, for a storytime with their stuffed friends. Everyone enjoyed music, bedtime stories, crafts and a snack before tucking their stuffed friends into bed. Children and parents then went home while their stuffed friends stayed the night and had fun playing around the library. The children and their parents returned the next afternoon to hear all about the fun their friends had during the night. They saw a slide show of what their friends did at the library overnight and then had a snack. Upon leaving with their stuffed animals, the children received a “report card� on how well their friends behaved during the night. A picture was also given to each child of the group of friends that stayed the night. The children and the adults had a great time. This program, which had 31 kids participate, was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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Healthy living takes focus at World of Nutrition By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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food you’re putting in your body,” she says. So how can they stay in business this way? “The reason we’re still here is because we have this loyal base of customers and they in turn bring somebody,” Barre explains. But there’s not only World of Nutrition-brand hand-selected vitamins, hand-packaged health food and natural cosmetics, but also some unique art, clothing, jewelry and accessories. This includes “Tabitha’s Collectibles,” the creation of Tabitha herself, matted photography, sterling silver, beaded jewelry and greeting cards. Check out the store’s new “Little Corner” to find these items and other cute, whimsical treasures. World of Nutrition is located at 194-200 Market Square, Newington. (860)-666-6863. To

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Holiday season comes with increased risk of CO poisoning STAFF REPORT

With the holidays upon us, the heat is being turned on and we are spending more time with the ones we love in the warmth of our homes. As we prepare to venture into the New Year, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is urging residents to keep in mind the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odorless gas that can be fatal. The symptoms of CO mimic the flu, including headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting or loss of consciousness. The effects of CO poisoning can vary with age and overall health of the individual, as well as how long they are exposed to

the toxic gas. If several members of a household experience these symptoms while at home and then feel better when they leave the home, it is a good indicator that there is a dangerous level of CO in the home. According to the state Department of Public Health (DPH), hundreds of Connecticut residents are taken to the emergency department every winter and some are hospitalized or die due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. These issues are usually caused by malfunctioning furnaces, improperly placed portable generators and charcoal grills being used indoors. Last year, Tropical Storm Irene

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Business leaders look to rebrand Constitution Square Following year’s worth of improvements, new signage to highlight businesses, guide visitors By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Imagine that for more than 30 years of your life, you were called “that guy” or “that girl” instead of your real name. It’s about time the center of Newington gets some recognition. We’re not talking about Market Square, Main Street or East Cedar Street — although these roads make up this mystery location’s parameters. Most know it as “the municipal parking lot behind Market Square” but its real name is actually Constitution Square. The designation was made back in 1976 in honor of Newington’s Bicentennial Celebration. But as quickly as the name came about, it disappeared from the lips of residents and was soon forgotten. Business representatives in

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One of the signs leading visitors into Constitution Square that will be replaced with a new sign.

Newington are making an honest attempt to re-brand the landmark outdoor location with its Godgiven name, especially now that the area’s revitalization project is basically complete. Benches, bike racks, banner posts, even fancy trash receptacles have enhanced Constitution Square over the last year or so. Now all dressed up, it wants its name back. “All we’re trying to do is get people to stop thinking of it as just the back parking lot to Market Square, but to know they’re in Constitution Square,” said Richard Simon, vice president of the Newington Downtown Business Association and one of the people leading in these efforts. “Not many people in Newington know it as that,” added Simon, who owns Simon Sez Pets, which has a storefront on Market Square. The Newington Economic Development and Improvement Commission recently submitted a request to the town for permission to install almost $12,000 worth of new signage in the square. The signs won’t just identify the square itself but also point out its difficult-to-locate entrances and exits that often leave visitors driving in aimless circles. Local business owners are also hoping to have the location labeled on Google Maps, an online resource used by many as a mapping tool.

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Valeri French, who owns French’s Travel, located on one end of Market Square, has been attending town meetings to get funding secured for the new signs. “We were getting complaints from our members, businesses in town, that their customers we’re having trouble finding them; there was so much confusion,” said French, a board member on the Newington Downtown Business Association. Although Constitution Square serves as a parking area for the surrounding downtown businesses, it’s also home to the Waterfall Festival, the Newington Farmers’

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POLICE BLOTTER Mark Morris, 31, of 126 Silver Lane, East Hartford, was charged Dec. 17 with violation of probation. Diana Gualano, 38, of 3 Allston Road, was charged Dec. 18 with third-degree assault on an elderly person. Phillip Newson, 47, of 116 Horse Plain Road was charged Dec. 20 with second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree larceny and third-degree burglary. Frank Fechteler, 22, of 72 Stoddard Ave., was charged Dec. 21 with violation of probation. Jose Ortiz, 28, of 270 High St., New Britain, was charged Dec. 21 with breach of peace Daniel Cordero, 24, of 67 Roberts St., New Britain, was charged Dec. 22 with breach of peace. Dialix Figuero, 22, of 67 Roberts St., New Britain, was charged Dec. 22 with breach of peace. Jose Rivera Jr., 20, of 891 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, was charged Dec. 22 with breach of peace. Mario Brago, 46, of 303 Park Ave., Hartford, was charged Dec. 21 with driving under the influence. Monika Zachara, 20, of 174 Ashland Ave., was charged Dec. 24 with first-degree criminal mischief and breach of peace. David Kwiatkowski, 24, of 434 Willard Ave., was charged Dec. 29 with following too close and DUI.


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Dutch Point Credit Union employees and members were in the holiday spirit once again with their annual Purchase a Present Campaign. Collectively, they raised $400 with a matching donation from Dutch Point Credit Union to provide a total of $825 in Walmart gift cards. The cards were distributed to both the Wethersfield and Newington Human Services departments. Annually, each town provides charitable donations during the holidays for their residents in need. The DPCU Purchase a Present program was adopted in 2010. Both members and employees of the credit union donate money to help those in need by purchasing a “paper” present. The donations are made in their name, another individual’s, or “anonymous” and displayed on the credit union’s lobby Christmas trees. Dutch Point Credit Union matches the contributions and purchases gift cards to help families during the holidays. The Human Services departments of these towns distribute the cards based on the needs in their areas. “We even use these cards throughout the year,” said Nancy Stilwell of the Town of Wethersfield. “Families have hardships throughout the year and these gift cards really make a difference in

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Newington Panera Bread aids in Place of Grace gift drive

A Holiday Gift Drive at Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Bristol, Canton, Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield have made the holidays brighter for families at Place of Grace, 55 New Park Ave., Hartford. More than 150 presents were collected from Panera customers and employees. For the third consecutive year, customers participated in the Holiday Gift Drive by simply going to the counter at their local Panera, selecting a gift tag with a specific child’s first name on it, and then purchasing the “wish list” items noted. Each gift tag is special with a different child, age and list of gifts on it. Gifts were then brought back to the respective cafes by participating customers early last week in a gift bag with the gift tag attached. Grace Episcopal Church’s Place of Grace runs a food pantry which provides groceries for approximately 200 needy families on a weekly basis and a clothing swap where donated clothes are provided to local families. Toys for Christmas are also collected for the Place of Grace’s pantry clients. Families reg-

ister separately for this service and every effort is made to give the children presents that they need and want. Each year, between 225 and 250 children are given gifts. The participating bakery-cafes and their non-profit partners are as follows: Waterford and Groton, are partnering with the Riverfront Children’s Center based in Groton; Lisbon, is working with the United Community & Family Services in Jewett City; Newington, Wethersfield, Farmington, Bristol and Canton, are participating with Place of Grace based in Hartford; bakery-cafes in Glastonbury, Manchester (Deming Street) and Manchester (Shoppes at Buckland Hills), are working with the ECHN Family Development Center in Manchester; West Hartford, is participating with The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford; Enfield, is teaming up with The Enfield Food Shelf, Over the past 10 years, Panera Bread/HBG has helped collect and donate over $648,453 to its five Operation Dough-Nation charity partners, as well as contributions to Haiti Relief, local hurricane and tor-

Panera Bread staff delivered gifts collected during the company’s annual gift drive to Place of Grace, a Hartford food pantry which provides groceries for approximately 200 families per week.

nado relief through the American Red Cross and breast cancer awareness through the company’s Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign with area hospital partners. Panera Bread/ HBG has also donated $3 million

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LIBRARY EVENTS CALENDAR CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety concerns, only people age 7 and older will be allowed in the room. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TEEN ART SHOW: Artists in grades 7–12 are invited to display their favorite works in the Community Room during the month of January. Artists can sign up at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. WE ALL GET READY TO READ! Mondays, Jan. 7, 14, and 28, and Feb. 4, 6 p.m. Family Place Libraries and the National Center for Learning Disabilities have partnered to present a program designed especially for the “graduates” of the Parent/Child Workshop and Play for All attendees (children ages 4-7) and their caregivers. Call (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. ADULT WINTER READING KICK-OFF: Pop Open a Good Book, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4:30 to 7 p.m. Drop in between these hours or register online to receive a free gift and a chance to win the kick-off giveaway basket. Adults will earn a prize ticket for each book they read or listened to, which will be entered into the weekly drawings for

special gifts. All tickets collected will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held on Friday, Feb. 15. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to 3-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL!: Tuesday, Jan. 8, noon. Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4-year-olds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. EXPLORE TOGETHER! Tuesday, Jan. 8, 3:45 p.m. Share what you know about oranges before hearing the story “An Orange in January” by Dianna Hutts Aston. We will then make fresh squeezed orange juice. Explorers in grades 1 to 4 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PLAY FOR ALL: Saturday, Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come join us for a special needs play group giving parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children

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Cold Noses, Warm Hearts. TALES TO TAILS: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15 minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Call (860) 6658720 to register beginning Jan. 16. POP IN FOR A GOOD MOVIE SERIES: Wednesdays in January at 1 p.m. With the movie award season fast approaching, what better way to get ready than to offer a series of recent award-winning movies. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary.

Jan. 9 — “The Blind Side” (2010) A teen from a broken home is taken in by an affluent Memphis couple and embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL. Starring Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock. Running time 126 minutes.

COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. Chefs in grades 3-6 will make a delicious breakfast recipe that can of course, be eaten at any time. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Jan. 16 — “Walk the Line” (2005) This critically acclaimed biopic distills country singer Johnny Cash’s transformation from man to icon. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon. Running time 136 minutes.

TALES TO TAILS: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children may sign up for a 15-minute session reading to a certified R.E.A.D. dog. Call (860) 665-8720 to register beginning Jan. 12. Sponsored by

Jan. 23 — “The Artist” (2012) Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor, this modernday silent film contrasts the declining fortunes of a silent-screen superstar with

Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, Weight Watchers invites the public to attend its “One Amazing Day” celebration Saturday, Jan. 12. Hear extraordinary success stories from local members, live and in person. This event will feature local residents who have lost weight and have gained a new lease on life. Get a free introduction to our new Weight Watchers 360° program and join as we celebrate a program 50 years in the making. This free special event will feature great offers, fun surprises and is open to the public.

2012 Barbershop Harmony Society Gold Medalists from Stockholm, Sweden. Also appearing on the show will be Manchester High School’s own Round Table Singers. Seating priority for this show is on a first-come/first served, based on the time of order. All seating is available on a reserved basis and there is a discount for purchasing tickets in advance: Primary $28; Secondary $23; Adult $20, Senior or Student $17. Children age 7 or under are free. Advance purchase seating is available at www. and from any chorus member, or by phone from the box office at (203) 272-7360. All seating is $2 higher at the door on the performance date.

his lover’s rise to popularity as a darling of the “talkies.” Starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin. Running time 100 minutes. Jan. 30 — “The Queen” (2004) After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. Starring 2006 Best Actress Academy Award winner Helen Mirren. Running time 103 minutes. BREAKING THROUGH EMPLOYMENT BARRIERS — THE INSIDE SCOOP: Monday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. Many job seekers wonder why they can’t find jobs and believe that it is all market conditions. Marcia LaReau will present key findings regarding the barriers that slow the road to employment success. Findings with regard to the job search process, technology, recruiters, self perceptions, interviewing and motivation will be addressed. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. REVIVING 5000 YEARS OF CIVILIZATION: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 to 3 p.m. All ages are invited to attend! A slide presentation will introduce aspects of traditional Chinese philosophy, culture, and art. The session will include a short Chinese dance workshop and a hands-on experience with classical Chinese dance props. The Connecticut Chinese Culture Association will be conducting the presentation. No registration is required.

EVENTS CALENDAR MOVING FORWARD GROUP: Trying to move on with your life after divorce, or relationship breakup? There is a “Moving Forward Group” at First Congregational Church, 355 Main St. Cromwell, that will meet Friday, Jan. 4, and Friday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Topic can be whatever you would like to discuss. The group meets every Friday (except Good Friday and the Friday after Thanksgiving.) NVFD TWITTER FEED: In an effort to reach a larger audience with our fire and life safety messages, the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department has created a Twitter Feed. Twitter is a free social media web site, which allows its users to communicate in short text‐based messages via the internet and SMS text message to anyone who signs up to receive them. If you have a Twitter account, follow us at NFDFireSafety. Pass this along to any family and friends, whether from Newington or not. The more people we can communicate with, the more effective this new means of communication will be. If you do not

have a Twitter account, or do not wish to set one up, you can still view our messages. Simply go to http://twitter. com/NFDFireSafety using your internet browser. Consider bookmarking this page and checking back often. WINTER EXHIBITS: Admirers of Pat Tanger’s animal portraits will enjoy seeing her skilled pastels come to life in a variety of subjects during the months of January and February in the cafeteria of the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Hours are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. week days; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. The center will also showcase unique quilts created by members of the Schoolhouse Quilters of Newington during January and February in the south foyer gallery. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “ONE AMAZING DAY”: Weight Watchers celebrates 50th anniversary from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Newington Weight Watchers Center, 26 Fenn Road., with extraordinary local success stories.

SILK CITY CHORUS: Manchester’s own Silk City Chorus is launching the Chapter’s 50th Anniversary year at its Annual Show with two performances (1:30 and 7:30 p.m.) Saturday, Jan. 19 at Manchester High School. The theme of show is “Celebrate Harmony,” symbolic not only of the holiday season, but also because of the landmark anniversaries of both of the Silk City Chorus (50 years) as well as the Barbershop Harmony Society (75th anniversary). This year’s featured quartet is “Ringmasters,” the

HEALTH DISTRICT SELLING BICYCLE HELMETS: With the holidays just around the corner, a great gift idea for the active child or adult in your life is a helmet. The Central Connecticut Health District has been selling low cost bicycle helmets to residents since 1997. Currently, the Health District is offering bicycle hel-

mets for sale. As with any athletic activity, safety should always be of primary concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury, resulting in 52,000 deaths, 275,000 hospitalizations, and 1.4 million people receiving treatment in emergency departments every year. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) account for a third (30.5 percent) of all injuryrelated deaths in the United States. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented or minimized with the use of properly-fitted helmets. The helmets come in a variety of colors for children and adults, ranging from toddler sizes to adult XL. The cost for the helmets is $10. The bicycle helmets are available for purchase at the main office of the Central Connecticut Health District at 505 Silas Deane Hwt., Wethersfield. For further information, contact the Health District, serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield, by calling (860) 721-2822 or by visiting our website at


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Local news and sports from Newington, CT