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Newington’s Christopher Clancy going to Red Bull championships By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Christopher Clancy played hockey his whole life, but now he’s ditched the stick and nets to skate on a different track. The 24-year-old Newington native is among 100 of the best extreme ice skaters in the country heading to St. Paul, Minn., in February for the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2014 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Volume 53, No. 52


The sport of ice cross is a race with four skaters, who weave through a narrow, winding and downhill ice track filled with jumps, bumps and turns. They collide with one another at speeds of up to 45 mph as they glide toward the finish line. “It’s pretty dangerous but it’s fun; I love the thrill of it,” said Clancy, who vied against about 50 others in Crashed Ice’s qualifiers this past weekend, which took place in Buffalo, N.Y. He and one other competitor took the top spots. They are now among 100 contenders from eight cities across the country to

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Newington’s Stasha Greenalch, left, and Bristol Central High School’s Erika Monsalve collide during Tuesday night’s game at Bristol Central. The Newington girls came within four points of upsetting unbeaten BCHS before falling 38-34. See story and picture on Page 4.

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Keeney Manufacturing marks 90th anniversary with gala celebration On Dec. 5, The Keeney Manufacturing Company capped off its yearlong celebration of its 90th anniversary with a gala celebration at the Connecticut Science Center. Founded in 1923 by Bertha Macristy Hanna in Newington, The Keeney Manufacturing Company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of drainage and water supply products used in residential and commercial construction. The event was attended by employees and their families, retirees, and fellow business partners. The guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening that included full access to the interactive

exhibits, several musical groups, a red carpet photo opportunity, and even a scavenger hunt for the children in attendance. President/CEO Stuart Holden led a ceremony that recapped the year and included a special ceremony in which important items from throughout this milestone year were added into Keeney’s own time capsule. The event served not only as a final celebration of Keeney’s 90th anniversary but a great way to take its first steps towards their 100th anniversary and for everyone in the Keeney family to come together and enjoy the holiday season. Employees and their families celebrated the Keeney Manufacturing Company’s 90th anniversary at the Connecti-



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NEWINGTON POLICE BLOTTER Newington police report the following: Carlos Hurtado, 22, of 144 Allen Place, Hartford, was charged Dec. 23 with two counts first-degree failure to appear. Michael Janco, 36, of 40 Ive St., Hamden, was charged Dec. 31 with disorderly conduct, sixth-degree larceny, three counts second-degree forgery, eight counts credit card theft, fourth-degree larceny, two counts sixth-degree larceny, criminal impersonation, first-de-

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under the influence, failure to maintain lane and evading. David Nieves, 30, of 63 Brook St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 3 with violation of conditional discharge. Eric Catucci, 34, of 27 Hardwood Road, Plainville, was charged Jan. 5 with disorderly conduct. James Sansabrino, 35, of 29 Bay Roc Road, Wethersfield, was charged Jan. 3 with second-degree failure to appear.

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U.S. Humane Society points out flaws in critical report


Following the Center for Consumer Freedom’s recent release of a report claiming the Humane Society of the United States “manipulates Americans” — the national animal rights organization is standing up for its cause. An article was printed in the Dec. 20 issue of the Newington Town Crier and the Jan. 4 issue of the New Britain Herald regarding this report. Among other claims made by, a CCF project, it alleges the only funding the HSUS distributed to Connecticut shelters in 2012 was a $500 grant to the Connecticut Cat Connection in Windsor. The story also provided input from Connecticut Humane Society staff, who debunked a common misconception that their not-for-profit shelter and veterinary clinic is connected to the HSUS, and confirmed that

they operate strictly through local donations. In response to the report and the story’s backlash, the HSUS would like area residents to understand what they’re all about. “We’re not a pass-through organization that simply redirects money to area shelters, Annie Hornish, Connecticut’s state director, said Monday. “The systemic problems that we address are much broader than the work done at local shelters. We try to prevent cruelty before animals end up in distress.” At the heart of their efforts is mobilizing animal advocates to promote stronger animal welfare laws. Last year that translated into 14 positive outcomes in state and federal legislation, according to Hornish. In Connecticut, the HSUS was part of an environmental committee that helped pass a law increasing penalties for

poaching, in conjunction with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. During the February 2014 legislative session they will introduce another bill to ban puppy mills, identified as commercial dog breeding facilities. Thanks to the “Puppy Friendly Pledge,” 53 Connecticut pet shops agreed to no longer use the business of puppy mills. “There are still 15 shops left in Connecticut that sell dogs and they outsource from puppy mills,” said Hornish, who is also advocating for the ban of gestation crates, which immobilize expecting pigs for years on end. In addition to animal rights law reform, the HSUS is engaged in many other activities. Education is a big part of its mission, and HSUS staff have worked with students, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and the general public to advocate for animal welfare. Disaster relief is another.

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After Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Northeast in 2012, HSUS volunteers helped to open a pet-friendly evacuation shelter and get a wildlife sanctuary back on its feet. “If their capacity to respond is overwhelmed, we’re there,” Hornish said of local shelters, adding, “We still offer more direct care to animals than any other group — we cared for over 100,000 animals in 2013.” The HSUS also offers rewards for information leading to arrests in animal cruelty cases. While CCF alleges they do not give enough to local shelters, Hornish defends that their outreach to these organizations is “indirect.” “We host a training session for thousands of people; it’s the nation’s largest trade show for shelter professionals,” she explained. “We also publish the Animal Sheltering magazine — considered the bible of the sheltering field.”

In regards to the CCF, the HSUS considers them “a front group for corporations trying to thwart animal welfare reform.” “They’re trying to cipher our efforts in Connecticut because we are the most effective animal welfare group in the country,” said Hornish, adding, “Some companies do profit from the mistreatment of animals.” Despite their opposition, HSUS has been at the forefront of animal rescue for over half a century. “The reason we’re strong in Connecticut is because the animal community is a united front,” said Hornish. “I want to make sure that continues.” To learn more about the work of the Humane Society of the United States, visit Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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Indians falter in 4th, lose close one to BC By KEVIN D. ROBERTS STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL — In a battle of good girls basketball teams, Bristol Central did just enough and beat Newington 38-34 on Tuesday night at Bristol Central High School. The Rams remained undefeated at 7-0 and can clinch a Class L state tournament berth on Saturday with a win at home over Bulkeley. The Indians dropped to 5-2 and have lost those two games by a combined six points. Central senior captain Chandler Walker led the way with 16 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. Walker came down with the crucial rebound in the waning seconds and dribbled toward the corner to take more time off of the clock. She was fouled and made both free throw attempts with one tenth of a second left to cap the scoring. “She’s an animal,” Rams coach Steve Gaudet said. “She will outwork most bigs for rebounds on the boards.” Central senior Lauren Vallee had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while senior Erika Monsalve added eight points (2 3-pointers). Newington’s Stasha Greenalch had a big night of her own with 20 points, six steals and five assists. “She’s one hell of a player,” Gaudet said. Kayla Guest scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Indians before fouling out with 4:35 to play in the fourth quarter and her team ahead 33-32. Newington lost the lead less than


At Bristol Central Newington 11 10 10 3 — 34 Bristol Central 8 8 10 12 — 38 NEWINGTON: Staha Greenalch 9-1-20, Kayla Guest 3-1-7, Ashleigh Beauford 0-0-0, Julie Iskra 2-0-4, Stephanie Kowalski 0-1-1, Alicia Greenalch 1-0-2, Carolyn Wawrzynowski 0-0-0. Totals: 15-3-34. BRISTOL CENTRAL: Ally Martel 0-0-0, Jenn Fannon 0-0-0, Chandler Walker 6-4-16, Lauren Vallee 4-0-11, Esharra Walton 1-1-3, Ashley Elder 0-0-0, Erika Monsalve 3-0-8, Christina Bouvier 0-0-0. Totals: 14-5-38. Three-point goals: S. Greenalch (N), Vallee (BC) 3, Monsalve (BC) 2. Records: Newington 5-2, Bristol Central 7-0.

a minute later, but battled until the end. “It’s no surprise to me that my girls play their hearts out,” Indians coach Rick Bangs said. Unfortunately for Newington, open shots didn’t drop and the result was another close loss. “I feel like we had a lot of jump shots throughout the game, but they weren’t going in,” Bangs said. When it comes to adversity, Central had to deal with it just 27 seconds into the game when senior Ashley Elder went down with a knee injury. Elder is a solid guard who can handle the ball, and her loss made it tougher for the Rams to handle the ball against the pressure of the Indians. Central turned the ball over 13 times in the first half and Newington took advantage with Greenalch breaking ahead for some easy baskets. Greenalch ended the first half with 14 points, and the Indians took a 21-16 lead into halftime when Julie Iskra hit a shot at the buzzer. Bangs knew the Rams would be ready to go in the second half. “I told the girls, we got to come out ready,” Bangs said. “No. 12 (Vallee), she’s hitting shots.” Newington jumped out to a

seven-point lead a little over halfway through the third quarter. Greenalch made a lay-up off a turnover, then found Iskra for a short shot and a 28-21 lead. After that, Monsalve stepped up for Central. The senior lefty scored eight straight points, including two big 3-pointers, to pull Central to within 31-29 early in the fourth quarter. A Walker three-point play pulled the Rams within a point at 33-32 with 5:48 left in the game. With 4:35 to play, Guest fouled out for Newington. Central grabbed the lead for good when Walker scored inside off of a Jenn Fannon assist to make it 34-33 with around three minutes left. Fannon played in place of Elder and dished out four assists. She also played great defense against Greenalch as Central went to a diamond-and-one look to slow the senior down. Vallee made some big shots from the outside, but her biggest play of the game came with two minutes left. Vallee had the ball in the left corner, drove baseline and scored for a 36-33 Central lead. Vallee’s return after two years off has been big for the Rams. “What we got from her coming back to this team is leadership, mental toughness,” Gaudet said. A Greenalch free throw, her only point of the fourth quarter, made it 36-34 Central with 1:07 to go. Newington battled until the end and had a chance to tie, but a final shot from the top of the key didn’t drop and Walker secured the game-clinching rebound. “This doesn’t change my opin-

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Bristol Central’s Chandler Walker is surrounded by Newington defenders.

ion of our basketball team,” Bangs said. “We’re a very good basketball team. We’ve gotten snake-bit a couple times, which happens to every team.” Central has also shown that it has a good basketball team,

and that team kept its undefeated record intact on Tuesday night. Kevin D. Roberts can be reached at (860) 584-0501 ext. 7229 or On Twitter: @kroberts023

Indians stepped up, but shots wouldn’t fall in loss By KEVIN D. ROBERTS STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL — The Newington girls basketball team needed some players to step up during Tuesday night’s game against Bristol Central. Kayla Guest picked up her second foul just 38 seconds into the

second quarter with the Indians ahead 11-8. Central tied the game at 11 and later led 16-13, but Newington responded with an 8-0 run to close the first half. Alicia Greenalch scored to pull the Indians within a point, then Stasha Greenalch came up with a

steal and lay-up to give her team a 17-16 lead. Stasha Greenalch struck for another basket at the 1:42 mark, then Julie Iskra sent Newington into the break with a 21-16 lead when she made a turnaround at the buzzer. Even when Central got players

to step and battled back to take the lead, Newington continued to fight. Stephanie Kowalski pulled down four offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter to keep possession alive for her team. Unfortunately, the follow-up shots weren’t dropping.

“We had kids step up too,” Newington coach Rick Bangs said. “We were getting shots we wanted, they just didn’t go in.” When those shots do start to drop, the Indians could become that much more dangerous a team. Newington plays Hall in West Hartford on Friday night.

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MAPing a new adaptive assessment for Newington students By SUSAN M. LAJOIE


The Newington School District has implemented a new set of assessments from Northwest Evaluation Association, called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The assessments are given to all students in Grades 2 through 10. Using a computer-based program, students are assessed in Reading, Language Usage, Mathematics and General Science. Assessments take place three times a year, in the fall, winter and spring. MAP is not a timed assessment,

but most students complete each assessment within an hour and a half. The MAP assessment is an adaptive assessment; this means the test adjusts to each student’s abilities. As a student responds to questions, the assessment responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. This type of assessment can be used as a diagnostic tool that allows for a more accurate picture of a student’s academic ability. The results of each assessment provide teachers with content-specific individualized information on students, which informs teach-

The MAP assessment is adaptive. ... As a student responds to questions, the assessment responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.

ing, identifies opportunities for differentiated instruction and can identify students in need of additional assistance. With a turnaround time of 48 hours, the results of the MAP assessments are virtually immediate. Teachers and administrators are able to view these results in a variety of ways. The main data component of the assessments is a score range that represents a student’s overall knowledge and skill in each of four content areas, Reading, Language Usage, Mathematics and General Science. In addition, each overall content area score range is broken down into specific “sub-goals” which further delineate student knowledge. Each sub-goal score range is associated with three sets of content skills: 1) skills which students have already mastered, 2)

skills which students are ready and able to learn today, and 3) skills which are a stretch for students to learn today. The “sub-goal” categories for each content area are: ∎ Reading — 1) Literature, 2) Informational Text and 3) Foundations Skill and Vocabulary ∎ Language Usage — 1) Language: Understand, Edit for Grammar, Usage 2) Writing: Plan, Organize, Develop, Revise, Research and 3) Language: Understand, Edit Mechanics ∎ Mathematics — 1) Operations and Algebraic Thinking, 2) The Real and Complex Number Systems, 3) Geometry, and 4) Statistics and Probability ∎ General Science — 1) Physical Science, 2) Life Science, and 3) Earth and Space Science The MAP assessment is aligned to the Common Core Standards in each content area.

Regarding Mathematics, the Newington School District is in its first year of implementation for Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Grades 6 through 8, as all as Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra 2. We are in our second year of implementation for Grades 2 through 5. The new curricula were teacher-developed over the last two school years and summer breaks. This implementation represents a significant upgrade in rigor, content and delivery of key core concepts in support of a student-centric classroom. The MAP assessments work in tandem with these standards-based curricula, as it allows teachers to implement the curricula with fidelity and to have an objective view of where students are and what they are ready to learn today.

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NEWINGTON SENIOR & DISABLED CENTER EVENTS: Bright and Bold: John Bower opens a new season of art with his exhibition of exciting and colorful paintings of vintage stores and homes in the cafeteria of the Newington Senior Center, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Winter-themed Quilts: Anna Tufankjian, master quilter, exhibits quilts in the south foyer of the Newington Senior Center, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH SERVICES: Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., church services: Sunday: Holy Eucharist, 9 a.m.; Tuesday: Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Saturday:

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Chris Clancy headed to Crashed Ice championships Continued from Page 1 Quebec City.” qualify for the Minnesota leg of He grew up in Newington and the ice cross world tour, which is attended Xavier High School in in its third year. Middletown, before graduating “It’s pretty awesome,” said from Southern New Hampshire Clancy, adding, University “My family and, in 2011 with hopefully, some a B.A. in of my friends Business and will be there. A a concentralot of support tion in Sports would be good.” Management. In addition to Over the last six the Americans, months Clancy skaters from has been trainC a n a d a , ing right in his Russia and hometown, at Chris Clancy of Newington is training for the championships at the Newington Arena. CHRIS CLANCY Switzerland are the Newington Extreme ice skater coming for the Arena. big race. The 2014 “The elite of Red Bull the elite are going to be there. Crashed Ice Tour will be broad860-561-8911 • I’m excited to see how I vie cast over Fox Sports networks. against them,” said Clancy, who The Minnesota race will be held Becker’s Buying Center is hoping to someday make a Feb. 22. career out of ice cross. old Gold, Diamonds, Silverware, Coins, “Depending on how I do in St. Erica Schmitt can be reached at Gold & Silver Jewelry, Antique Jewelry and Watches. Paul I can possibly advance to (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or Sell with Confidence to a Trusted Jeweler, Serving the 3311 berlin turnpike Community for 35 years in the West Hartford Center. Russia, then the world series in (Between Target and Best Buy)

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Chaffee students discover where the wild things are By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

“It was wonderful; they loved it,” said Sonya Casaropto, one of the kindergarten teachers. She, along with Courtney Molter, the school’s art teacher, and Library Media Specialist Kate Tibbitts, geared the kids up for their visit in school. “The children were prepared ahead of time to experience his work and make connections to it,” Casaropto explained. Although it’s become one of the most revered children’s books of all time, “Wild Things” was once a spectacle forbidden to children’s’ eyes. The book was banned from libraries and schools went it was first published, after negative reviews from critics and warnings from psychologists labeled it as “too frightening” and “a dark fantasy.” Some might say Ruth Chaffee students’ visit to the NBMAA to learn about this history and experience Sendak and Max’s worlds pays homage to how far literature and culture have come over the last century. As they left the museum this week, kids were handed free passes to return — a welcome gesture by the teachers, including Casaropto. “The visit was a great introduction and exposure to what possibilities are in an art museum,” she said.

Ruth Chaffee Elementary School students learned where the wild things are this week at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Along with their teachers, kindergartners and second-graders toured the museum’s newest exhibit honoring children’s author Maurice Sendak. The art of Sendak, who is best known for his book “Where the Wild Things Are,” is on display at the NBMAA until early February. “Now that the Sendak show is happening we have a lot of schools coming,” said Terrence Regan, supervisor of visitor and volunteer services. “The kids love it,” Regan added. Newington students had the chance to step inside of the imagination of “Max” – the little boy who dreams up the scary but endearing monsters that illustrate the famous story, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Original book illustrations, posters, magazine covers and other Sendak works make up the exhibit. After their visual experience, the kids headed downstairs to create their own unique art inspired by what they saw, which they will continue working on in art class back in school. They also had a chance to Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) watch a movie about the book and draw on 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritchalkboard walls simultaneously, expressing themselves.


Fundraiser Saturday for local volunteer By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Police, firefighters and EMS workers will join a local family this Saturday evening for a pasta dinner to benefit one of their own in the public safety sector. Bristol resident James Jehnings, a New Britain native, was diagnosed with stage three bladder cancer on Aug. 12 this past year. It’s been a whirlwind battle for him and those close to him in the time since, including his son James “Jamie” Jehnings, past chief and current board member of the Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Jamie, who lives in Newington, along with his mom Kathleen and his dad, all serve as NVAC board members and have been volunteering with the organization for many years. “Jamie’s parents have always been very active in the community; they support their kids in every which way they can,” Joyce Lozinski, a close family friend, said Wednesday. Lozinski is co-chairing Saturday’s event along with Jamie, her boyfriend. While chemotherapy helped shrink his dad’s tumor somewhat, it’s the bladder removal and reconstruction surgery he will undergo this February that the family hopes will clear his sickness completely. In between lengthy hospital stays since October when he stopped working, and now during his stay at Mount Sinai in Hartford — the financial implications of the cancer have become very difficult. Jehnings also has diabetes, which has caused further complications. His family hopes this weekend’s event will help finance the treatments and get him better, sooner. “I greatly appreciate all of the support family and friends have given our family,” said Jamie. “We’re praying for a positive outcome so that he can move on with his future and continue to be an active board member on Newington Volunteer Ambulance.” “I’m honored to help the fam-


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IF YOU GO WHAT: Bladder Bucks for Jehnings Pasta Dinner and Fundraiser WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 10 p.m. WHERE: VFW Post 9929, at 83 South St., West Hartford HOW: Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 children, available at the door

ily meet their medical expenses,” The Jehnings family, rear, from left, former Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Jamie and his sister Lozinski added. “Especially a Melissa; front, their parents, Kathleen and James, longtime board members with the NVAC. family that’s given so much to the community — to give back to them is nice because charity is an important value of mine.” If the family can get permission to take Jehnings out of inpatient care at Mt. Sinai for a few hours he will be in attendance, along with more than 150 close friends and family. Area residents who would like to help are encouraged to attend the fundraiser, which will be held at VFW Post 9929, 83 South St., West Hartford. VFW member and NVAC member Hermans Lavoie secured the location for the group, to help his friend and fellow volunteer. Over 90 prizes will be raffled off throughout the evening, including toys, UConn Huskies and Wolf Pack Hockey tickets, home goods, gift certificates and gift baskets donated by local businesses and family members. We so often hear our new residents say that the nicest part of living State Rep. Tony Guerrera, at Cedar Mountain Commons is sharing each day with good friends. D-Newington, will present a They talk about carefree living with great activities and fine dining. proclamation in Jehnings’ honor. And,their families enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved ones are There will also be a 50/50 drawsafe during the cold winter season. In the event of a power failure, we ing, a DJ and more. have a full building generator to keep everything running as it should. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Those who’d Visit or call us to find out why we are one of the nations’ premier like to help but are unable to rental continuum of care communities! attend can send donations to: Joyce Lozinski, 21 Red Rock Circle, Newington, CT 06111, Attend our OPEN HOUSE Sunday, January 12th from 10am-2pm! c/o Bladder Bucks for Jehnings. Or, for more information about our community, please call “We look forward to our friends and family coming out to Katie Mauriello at 860-665-7901. spend the evening and help support this important fight,” said Kathleen, his wife of 44 years.

This Winter, come to Cedar Mountain Commons and enjoy carefree living and peace of mind.

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Two tickets, $5; popcorn, a buck. A good movie: priceless By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Scott Blanchette | Special to the Town Crier

The colorful lobby of Trinity-On-Main in downtown New Britain.

NEW BRITAIN — A movie theater that offers patrons snacks at a dollar apiece and tickets for five bucks just isn’t easy to find anymore. But local families are in luck – Trinity-on-Main in downtown New Britain is now showing flicks almost every Sunday afternoon, and providing an experience unmatched at any big-name theater in the area. Sunday the 14-foot screen set up on stage played two showings of “Dolphin Tale.” Starring Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman, the film is based on the true story of Winter, a dolphin that develops a friendship with a young boy after her injuries threaten her tail and her life. “We always try to play something family-oriented,” said Joe Marturano, Trinity-on-Main’s lighting and sound technician. The theater has been showing Sunday movies off-and-on for about three months, with different people attending each time.

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JoAnn Marturano and daughter Sara, 9, talk about the great deal it is to watch a movie at Trinity-On-Main on Sunday afternoons.

“It’s usually a small crowd,” added Marturano, a Kensington resident. “We’re trying to spread the word and build it up but it’s been slow.” This Sunday the only people in attendance for the 1:30 p.m. showing were Marturano’s wife, JoAnn, and their 9-year-old daughter Sara, along with New Britain resident Joan Morgan. “It’s hard to find things to do on a Sunday,” said Morgan, who was the first to take a seat in Trinity’s red velvet chairs. “I don’t mind if nobody else comes. I’ve seen a lot of good movies here.” Last week it was “The Polar Express” and the week before that, “Scrooged.” Staff plans on showing another family feature next Sunday, Jan. 12, but hasn’t made their choice yet. “It’s whatever people want to see,” said Marturano, who stood behind the projector Sunday as his

wife and daughter took their seats. They go almost every Sunday, and have seen between 10 and 15 movies at Trinity-on-Main so far. “It’s just a different atmosphere than going to your regular movie theater, and there you’re spending twenty to thirty dollars on popcorn and tickets,” said JoAnn, adding, “Here popcorn is only a dollar.” So are candy and soda. And adult attendees can indluge in drinks served at a bar in the main atrium. “There’s a lot of stuff here that you can’t get at a lot of other venues,” Marturano said. Tickets are two for $5 if purchased at the door. Parking is free on evenings and weekends in the garage across Chestnut Street. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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Trinity-On-Main hopes to attract a larger audience when it shows movies.

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Health District seeks Rocky Hill residents who are certified in CPR and AED

Are you currently CPR/AED certified and live in Rocky Hill? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) wants to know about it. CCHD is seeking residents who are currently trained to help it reach its goal of making Rocky Hill a HEARTSafe Community. Imagine if you were shopping at a local grocery store and a person nearby suddenly falls to the floor, victim of a sudden cardiac arrest. What do you do? How many people around you are trained to help? According to the Connecticut Department of Public

Health (DPH), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Connecticut, with approximately 4,500 residents dying each year due to sudden cardiac arrest. Most of these deaths occur away from hospitals, away from advanced medical assistance and usually happen in front of friends, family members and co-workers. A HEARTSafe Community is classified as one that has ordinary citizens trained in CPR/AED and has defibrillators in public locations such as supermarkets, schools, town halls, theaters, health clubs, libraries,

town pools or beaches, senior centers and other public facilities. Created by the DPH, HEARTSafe communities are meant to increase chance of survival of a sudden cardiac event. This three-year designation recognizes the need for providing improved cardiac response and care through the “chain of survival” of early 911 access through cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation (AED) and advanced care by trained civilians before first responders arrive to the scene. The number of public AEDs,

as well as how many people are trained, depends on the population size; in Rocky Hill, the required number of trained civilians is 50 per town. If you are currently trained and interested in helping with this designation, or if you not CPR/ AED certified yet but would like to be, contact Lori DiPietro, Health Educator, at (860) 721-2824 or by emailing Please join them in making Rocky Hill a HEARTSafe Community — you could save a life!

WETHERSFIELD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Dean College in Franklin, Mass., is honored to announce that Jenna Brown, a resident of Wethersfield, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. The following area residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the fall 2013 semester: Tegan Crean of Wethersfield, and a member of the class of 2016 and Erin Hallisey of Wethersfield, and a member of the class of 2015.

NEWINGTON LIBRARY CALENDAR TEEN AND ADULT PROGRAMS GET TO KNOW YOUR iPAD APPS: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. This class will cover basic iPad skills with the iOS 7 upgrade and will focus on finding, installing and organizing apps on your iPad. Bring you device and questions to the class. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. ZENTANGLE CREATIONS: Through Jan. 31 Certified Zentangle teacher Kelley Kelly will be displaying her Zentangle creations in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. Kelly graduated from Smith College with a degree in music and studied fine art photography in graduate school. She fell so utterly and completely in love with Zentangle that she went off to visit its founders to train as a certified Zentangle teacher. In addition to displaying, Kelly will teach two classes at the library: Intro to Zentangle for Teens Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. and Intro to Zentangle for Adults Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. Space is limited to 20 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by calling (860) 665-8700 or in person at the Adult Information Desk. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not in use for a scheduled program: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Exhibit is free and open to the public. (860) 665-8700. ADULT WINTER READING KICK-OFF — READING IS OUR THING: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 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. Refreshments will be provided. Adults will earn a prize ticket for each book they read or listen 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. 28. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. iPAD AND iPHONE: PHOTOS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m. This will be a demonstration of taking, storing, sharing and enhancing photos with an iPhone or iPad. The session will not be hands-on, but participants are welcome to bring their devices. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. FRIENDS WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL: Friday, Jan. 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Snow date Jan. 31) Join us for an evening in the library for wine tasting, beer tasting, great conversation, savory refreshments and a few surprises. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and will be available at the Adult Information Desk. FREE EBOOKS, EMAGAZINES & MUSIC: Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. The library has thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, 90 eMagazines and downloadable music too! Come see how easy it is to download any of them to your device. This class is a demonstration, no need to bring your device. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. TEEN JEWELRY WORKSHOP: EARRINGS: Thursday, Jan. 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to design and create your own earrings with local jewelry artist Sue Raybine! Supplies will be provided. Registration is necessary as space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libra BROWN BAG IT WITH A DOCUMENTARY: Dance the Winter Blues Away — Join us on Thursdays in January at noon for the screening of four uplifting and critically acclaimed documentaries that celebrate the art of dance. Bring your lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of

the Library.

registration is necessary.

Jan. 16 — “Jig” — Filmmakers were given access for the very first time to the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing focusing on the remarkable story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Running time is 90 minutes.

PLAY FOR ALL: Saturday, Jan. 11, 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 time to play and socialize together. No registration is necessary. Co-sponsored by Newington UNICO.

Jan. 23 — “Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History” — This documentary takes an extensive and celebratory look at the history of the Hollywood musical, as well as all singing and dancing on screen. Running time is 108 minutes. Jan, 30 — “Mad, Hot Ballroom” — An inspiring documentary that looks inside the lives of New York City school kids on a journey into the world of ballroom dancing, an unexpected arena where they discover new frontiers about attitude, movement, style and commitment. Running time is 105 minutes.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS FAMILY STORYTIME: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration is necessary. WINTER STORYTIMES: Session runs through Feb. 20: Weekly storytimes are drop-in, with no registration required. All programs are free of charge. Please check the library’s website at library or call the Children’s Dept. at (860) 665-8720 with any questions. PLAY WITH US! Tuesdays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28, 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

WE ALL GET READY TO READ!: Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27, and Feb. 3 and 10, 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. We All Get Ready to Read! is an early literacy activity program designed to help parents make sure that young children have the skills they need to be ready to learn to read. Registration required. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m. Cool snacks on a cold night! Chefs in grades 3-6 will mash, mix and roll an Oreo snowball. Call (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, Jan. 18, 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 (860) 6658720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

STORIES AND ART: Tuesday, Jan. 21, noon. Bbbbrrrr! It’s cold outside! We’ll read some winter stories and create a “warm” craft. Children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers may register by calling (860) 664-8720. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PAJAMA YOGA: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m. Namaste everyone! That means peace. Children, ages 5-8 and their caregivers are invited to come to the library in their most comfortable pajamas to have fun doing yoga together. Beth Agdish, a certified Next Generation Yoga for Kids instructor, will teach us techniques and traditional poses. Mats will be provided to those who do not bring one. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CHESS CLUB: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4 to 5 p.m. Do you like to play chess? We will set up our program room for all who like to play chess, to come and play. Bring a friend or find one here! Sets will be available to use here and check out for use at home. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. WINTER READING KICK-OFF — READING IS OUR THING: Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for our winter reading kick-off of the Dr. Seuss-themed winter reading program, Reading is Our Thing. A detailed flyer is available in the Children’s Department. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TALES TO TAILS: Thursday, Jan. 30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who need to boost their reading skills, or just love a good doggie cuddle, may sign up for a 15 minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Registration begins Jan. 16. Donated by Kerry Lurate, Registered Therapy Dog Trainer.

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First-aid phenoms

Mitch Page

Boy Scout Troop 347 of Newington competed in the annual Mark Twain District First Aid Meet on Dec. 7 at the Gov. William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford. They competed against Scouts representing troops in Avon, Bristol, Farmington, Newington, Plainville, Rocky Hill, West Hartford and Wethersfield. At the meet, teams of Scouts faced five scenarios and had to correctly determine what is wrong with a victim and treat him. Troop 347’s senior patrol won first place overall and first in its division. Two other 347 patrols, Black Hawk and Sasquatch, tied for second place.

Wethersfield recruiting Friendly Visitor and Friendly Shopper volunteers

The Town of Wethersfield is recruiting new volunteers for the Friendly Visitor and Friendly Shopper Program through the Wethersfield Social & Youth Services Department from 9 a.m. until noon Friday, Feb. 7, in Wethersfield Town Hall. Those who would like to volunteer should go to the Social and Youth Services Department,

Conference Room No. 1, Ground Level, 505 Silas Deane Hwy. The program provides socialization to homebound seniors/ disabled and grocery shopping to those in need. The Friendly Shopper Volunteer Program is a volunteer program that helps Wethersfield homebound seniors, age 60-plus, and people with disabilities to

obtain groceries and provides socialization and home visitation by a caring volunteer once a week for a couple of hours. Anyone who enjoys being with an elderly person, has a valid driver’s license, insurance, and a clean driving record for the past three years can apply. If you are a good listener and willing to commit at least eight hours

per month, you can become a Friendly Visitor/Friendly Shopper volunteer. An interested volunteer completes an application, has an interview with the coordinator, and provides three references. A background check is also required. To register, phone Christine S. Taylor, Elderly Services Coordinator, at (860) 721-2977

to schedule a brief interview prior to the training and to complete an application. This service will be available to Wethersfield seniors or those with disabilities and there will be no charge to the client. Call Taylor if you are a senior or person with a disability who is in need of Friendly Visitor or Friendship Shopper volunteer.

Guest director for this event will be David Harris, who directs the Raleigh (North Carolina) Ringers, one of America’s most popular handbell ensembles (see www. Enjoy our gifted Carol, Laudate, Campanella, Belles & Beaux and Soli Deo Gloria Handbell Choirs, through the year directed by David Spicer and Linda Henderson; and the very young Kristal Bell Ringers, directed by Vicki Andersen. Always a high point is the Henderson quartet, David, Linda, Andrea, and Benjamin, who will be presenting selections as well. You will hear English Whitechapel and American Malmark handbells and choir chimes, along with a set of Petit & Fritsen handbells from Holland. The concert is open to the public. A reception will follow. A free-will offering will be received, and child care is available for

those age 8 and under.

and historic estate items from some of Connecticut’s oldest families. Among the treasures to be found at this year’s sale are glass, sterling silver, china, linens, fine jewelry and books – all donated by the Colonial Dames, who maintain the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. A new feature has been added for 2014 — hand-crafted treasures will also be sold, including: Lil Jewels — jewelry with semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals; Olivia Engel custom-made jewelry; fine photography and note cards; fine felt scarves and hats; colonial hand-woven rugs; hand-painted silhouettes and hand-knit woolens. The money raised from the Tags & Treasures Sale, the museum’s largest fundraiser, supports the operations and educational programs of the museum. For more information, visit or call (860) 529-0612.

WETHERSFIELD EVENTS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: The Divorce Support Group that was in Wethersfield, now has a new location. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at First Congregational Church 355 Main St., Cromwell. The church parking lot and the church are separated by two houses. If you know anyone going through a divorce, thinking about divorce, or a relationship breakup, let them know about this group of caring compassionate people. SETBACK CLUB: Tired of the snowy days of winter already? Venture out to the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield for a friendly afternoon of setback. The Wethersfield Setback Club meets every Friday and new players age 55 and over are always welcome. Partners are not required, but a spirit for fun is mandatory. Setback games are played every Friday from noon

until 3 p.m. Players are asked to arrive around 11:30 a.m. to enjoy free refreshments For additional information, contact Joe Mehan at (860) 258.0662. MOVING FORWARD GROUP: Ready to move on after your divorce? Come talk about dating, or anything relevant to relationships. Also, make new friends. Check out our Moving Forward Group which meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the First Congregational Church, 355 Main St., Cromwell. SUPER BELL CONCERT: The Handbell Choirs of First Church will present their 22nd annual Super Bell Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. This beautiful tintinnabulous event features ensemble and individual ringing by accomplished musicians of all ages.

TAGS & TREASURES SALE: Save the date: The 2014 tag sale season will be here soon! Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will rummage for this year’s hottest collectibles at the Webb-DeaneStevens (WDS) Museum Tags & Treasures Sale, Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Webb Barn at 211 Main St. $5 admission charge. Bag sale, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday: fill bags provided by the museum for only $3 per bag. For more than 40 years, the WDS Tags & Treasures Sale has been organized by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. The bi-annual event features hundreds of household items, including small furniture, basement bargains, vintage pieces,



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Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

COMPUTER CLASSES: The Wethersfield Library is offering two computer classes Monday, Jan. 13. “All You Need to Know about Email” will meet at 2:30 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of sending and receiving email. Learn how to open, prepare and send email. You do not need to own a computer to have an email account. Students will use laptop computers provided by the library. “Introduction to Microsoft Excel (2013)” meets at 6:30 p.m. Learn the basics of a spreadsheet program. You will be taught how to enter data and format cells. The use of templates will be explored. Students will use laptop computers provided by the library. An additional class will be offered Wednesday, Jan. 15. “Downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks & More!” will meet at 10:30 a.m. The 21st century library has much more that paper books! Learn about the free downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and videos now available with your Library card. This class will be conducted in lecture format. Registration is required. You may register in person at the Wethersfield Library, by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at(860) 257-2811, or you may also email registrations to

At any time, the library may be reached on the internet at www. where you may search the catalog, use the online databases, download an audiobook, ask a reference question, or renew, reserve or request a book.

TEEN MIDTERM COFFEEHOUSE: Looking for a fun place to study for midterm exams with your friends? Wethersfield High School teens are invited to join us at the Wethersfield Library on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to study group in the Community Room. Relaxing music will be played, and free pizza, hot cocoa, coffee, and cookies will be served to help motivate the brain. Come experience a café atmosphere in the library! No registration is required. For more information call the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811. WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY CLOSED MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY : The Wethersfield Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. The library’s non-holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday,

“POWER OVER DEBT” PROGRAM: Resolve to make 2014 the year you get your finances in order! Plan on attending “Power Over Debt” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the library. Instructor is Barbara Gunterman. Topics will include: secured versus unsecured debt and the difference between revolving and fixed debt. You will be empowered to “break the debt cycle” by learning these key financial principals and more. Gunterman is a membership and public relations officer at the Dutch Point Credit Union. The program is free and open to all. Registration is suggested. Register in person at the Wethersfield Library, by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811 or email registrations to

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS PIZZA AND PAGES: Fourth through sixth-graders, come join the conversation. Pizza and Pages will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21. Come for pizza and join the discussion of “Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman” by Meg Wolitzer. Registration is required. Each year the Nutmeg Awards program nominates 10 quality intermediate books. Children read and discuss these titles and have fun talking about them. For registration information or for more information on this and other children’s programs, visit the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy., or call the children’s department at (860) 257-2801. CHEWIN’ ON CHAPTERS A BOOK CLUB FOR SEVENTH AND EIGHTH-GRADERS: Calling all seventh and eighth-graders! Sign up for Chewin’ on Chapters, the

new middle school book club! The meeting is Thursday, Jan. 23, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy., in the Community Room. We will discuss the book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. (Spoiler alert: You don’t have to finish the book to attend, but please be aware that the ending will be revealed!) Join us for a few light refreshments, a lively chat, and a lot of fun! Registration is required. This program is for seventh and eighth-graders only. Register by Jan. 16. The book discussion is limited to 10 people. Register in person at the library, by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811, or sign up via email at library@ DROP-IN STORY/PLAY TIME: The Wethersfield Library invites children of all ages and their caregivers to come to Friday morning Drop-in Playtime/ Storytime from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is an opportunity for families to visit the library with their children in a friendly and relaxed environment and meets year round. A librarian will be on hand at each session to share a short story and a song at 11 a.m. No registration is required. Children’s programs are cancelled on any day when the Wethersfield Public Schools are closed due to weather. For more information, visit the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy., www.wethersfieldlibrary. org/kids.htm or call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801. SATURDAY STORIES: The Wethersfield Library offers Saturday Stories for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Drop-in fun with books, songs and movement for the whole family. Registration is not required. For more information about this and other programs for children, call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801, visit the library or EVERY FRIDAY: 10 a.m. to noon, Drop-in Playtime and 11 a.m., Short & Sweet Storytime: all ages. Drop-in family fun with a story and a song. EVERY SATURDAY: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Stories: all ages. Drop-in fun with books, songs and movement for the whole family.

Jack Bienvenue of the Wethersfield Physical Services Department donates blood and is monitored by Red Cross collection tech Carole Lessard.

Wethersfield employees give back during Red Cross blood drive On Dec. 30 the American Red Cross held a Blood Drive at the Wm. J. Pitkin Community Center. Town employees were asked to “Pledge a Pint.” The response was great, with 19 employees volunteering to donate. After going over the eligibility requirements, 12 were accepted as donors. “Last year my daughter was hospitalized for a week and needed nine units of blood,” said Shamane Shepard of the Physical Services Department. “So I understand the importance of donating. Plus I believe I’m O-negative, which makes me a universal donor. It’s a blessing to be able to help save someone

else’s life.” The drive was a success and 37 pints were collected. The American Red Cross usually holds a blood drive at the Pitkin Community Center a few times each year. The next drive will be in the spring. If you would like to donate you can call the Red Cross at (800) RED-CROSS (7332767) or visit their website, www. A few local businesses offered incentives to encourage the town employees in their “Pledge a Pint” program, including Subway Restaurant, The Wood ‘n Tap, The Tilted Kilt (all from Wethersfield) and the Rocky Hill Stop & Shop.

HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE DENTAL CLEANINGS: Are you over the age of 60, live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield and are in need of a dental cleaning? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has a service for you! In partnership with the North Central Agency on Aging, CCHD is providing FREE dental cleaning clinics to individuals age 60 and over who live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield. To find out the schedule and book your appointment in your town, call the following numbers: Berlin: Contact Tina Doyle at (860) 828-7006; Newington: Contact Charlene Magnano at (860) 6658778; Rocky Hill: Contact Lori DiPietro

at (860) 721-2824; Wethersfield: Contact Lisa Gallipo at (860) 721-2979. Donations are generously accepted for this service.

ROCKY HILL EVENTS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: The Divorce Support Group that was in Wethersfield, now has a new location. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at First Congregational Church 355 Main St., Cromwell. The church parking lot and the church are separated by two houses. If you know anyone going through a divorce, thinking about divorce, or a relationship breakup, let them know about this group of caring compassionate people.

which meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the First Congregational Church, 355 Main St., Cromwell.

or guardians wishing a conference are urged to call the appropriate teacher at Rocky Hill High School.

EIGHTH GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION: Rocky Hill High School will hold its annual Eighth Grade Parent Orientation Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Snow date will be Wednesday, Jan. 22. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the academic, co-curricular and athletic programs offered at Rocky Hill High School.

MOVING FORWARD GROUP: Ready to move on after your divorce? Come talk about dating,or anything relevant to relationships. Also, make new friends. Check out our Moving Forward Group

REPORT CARDS: Report cards for the second quarter will be distributed at Rocky Hill High School during the week of Monday, Feb. 3 to students who do not owe fines or fees. Parents

MEMORY IMPAIRMENT PACKETS AVAILABLE: The Atrium at Rocky Hill is offering information packets for those needing more information and resources on memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Atrium at Rocky Hill is an assisted living community specifically dedicated to those with memory impairment. For more information, contact For more information on The Atrium, contact Erin Hall with The Atrium at Rocky Hill, 860-563-5588, or email, ehall@

TOPS of Rocky Hill/Wethersfield [a nonprofit weight loss support group] meets weekly Wednesday evenings at Mapleview Health and Rehabilitation Center, 856 Maple St. (Route 3), Rocky Hill. Meetings begin with weighins starting at 6:30 p.m. The chapter is open to all, however, program content will emphasize taking off and keeping off weight following bariatric surgery. More information and contacts can be found at



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LAWN AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE PREMIER PROPERTy MAINTENANCE is offering Newington residents one free lawn cutting when you sign up for weekly lawn cutting service. Other services include seasonal clean-ups, mulching, rototilling, organic fertilizing, etc. Free quotes over the phone or email. Dependable owner does the work. Fully insured. Call Mike 860-205-8761. PLUMBING POSITANO PLUMBING, INC. 31 years of serving Bristol and the surrounding areas. Specializing in all repairs. Plumbing & heating. Water heater replacement, boiler replacement. CT Lic #202691, 308931. For the best repair work in the area, please call: 860-584-0012, 186 West St., Bristol. REMODELING FULL SERVICE REMODELING Windows, bathrooms and kitchens. All interior and exterior home or business

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