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Outpouring of support

Family and friends make Jehnings benefit a success By BRIAN M. JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

More than 150 friends and family members along with local police, firefighters, EMS workers and state officials showed up Saturday at a benefit for James R. Jehnings, who is battling an aggressive bladder cancer. Jehnings, 68, an active board member of the Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was diagnosed last August with bladder cancer, which is now in its third stage. At Saturday’s event at Volume 53, No. 53


VFW Post 9929 In West Hartford, state Rep. Tony Guerrera, D-29th District, presented Jehnings with a state citation for his service to Newington and wished him a speedy recovery. His son, Jamie F. Jehnings, who co-chaired the event with his girlfriend, Joyce Lozinski, said he was pleased with the turnout. “We wanted people to give their best wishes and be with him for a while after he spent several days at St. Francis hospital for rehab,” Jamie Jehnings said. “We have 90 raffle prizes all donated by local businesses and organizations who showed their support.” Lozinski, a Newington resident, thanked the businesses See JEHNINGS, Page 8

Erica Schmitt | Staff

Bill Reynolds, still a Newington resident, revisits the ’60s when he served as Newington’s first mayor.

First mayor new namesake of town hall lobby By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

In the near future, Newington residents and out-of-towners who step into Town Hall to go to a meeting, see a performance in the auditorium, use the food

bank, pay their taxes or conduct any other important business, may notice a name denoting the lobby area. William J. Reynolds served as Newington’s mayor from 1966 to 1969 — the first under the town’s

current Town Manager/Council/ Mayor form of government, which he led in instituting. Prior to that, the town was governed by a Board of Selectmen. To recognize this and the many

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KasCare knitters

Residents of Cedar Mountain Commons are participating in the KasCare knitting program to benefit AIDS orphans in Africa. The local program is coordinated by the GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club. Back row: Donna Recknagel, Juliette Wilson (Cedar Mountain Commons resident), Mary Hannifan. Front Row: Betty Palumbo and Irene Kreyssig, Cedar Mountain Commons residents. The club welcomes any woman interested in making new friends and in community service. It meets every fourth Tuesday of the month. For information, call (860) 665-1148 or visit



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PET OF THE WEEK: PEARL Beautiful, pearlescent grey describes Pearl’s coat, which she keeps so very shiny and clean. Pearl is an 8-year-old domestic short hair, and she is just as lovely as can be! Relaxed and calm, this girl is ready to curl up in your lap and soak up the love. Of course, she will need adjustment time when you bring her home, but with patience and room to explore, Pearl will fit right in to your family and your heart. Cats are a commitment; they need a healthy diet and visits to the vet. Please be sure that you are prepared to share your time


and take on the responsibility of a new family member. Pearl is at the Newington branch of the Connecticut Humane Society. Remember, the Connecticut Humane Society has no time limits

for adoption. Inquiries for adoption should be made at the Connecticut Humane Society located at 701 Russell Road in Newington or by calling (860) 594-4500 or toll free at 1-800-452-0114. The Connecticut Humane Society is a private organization with branch shelters in Waterford, Westport and a cat adoption center in the PetSMART store in New London. The Connecticut Humane Society is not affiliated with any other animal welfare organizations on the national, regional or local level.

NEWINGTON POLICE BLOTTER Newington police report the following: Paul Caraballo, 37, of 254 Jefferson St., Hartford, was charged Jan. 4 with sixth-degree larceny. Rikaliah Richardson, 22, of 72 Homestead Ave., Hartford, was charged Jan. 5 with second-degree failure to appear. Trixie Parron, 19, of 388 Willard Ave., was charged Jan. 7 with disorderly conduct. Victor Anderson, 24, of 24 Janet Drive, New Britain, was charged Jan. 8 with risk of injury/

impairing morals of children. Jimmy Smith, 41, of 6 Marshall St., Hartford, was charged Jan. 10 with fourth-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. Markisha Harris, 34, of 2311 Main St., Hartford, was charged Jan. 11 with fourth-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. Miguel Mussenden, 49, of 29 Kelsey St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 11 with sixth-degree larceny. Michael Harvin, 48, of 64 Front St., New Haven, was charged Jan. 12 with third-degree robbery,

sixth-degree larceny, possession of a shoplifting device, breach of peace, interfering with a police officer, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and second-degree failure to appear. Danielle Sharp, 28, of 63 Lydall Road, was charged Jan. 12 with violation of probation. Jerry Plourd, 55, of 123 Johanna Circle, Southington, was charged Jan. 10 with driving under the influence, operating with a suspended license, evading responsibility and failure to obey stop sign.

Newington girls rout New Britain High School By MATT STRAUB STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — Only one thing stumped Newington girls basketball coach Rick Bangs Monday night. He and his Indians had figured out how to contain New Britain’s offense and find the rhythm which had escaped the team during last week’s tough run. The only thing he was unsure of after Newington’s 66-36 win was which run was more impressive — the 13-0 spurt to charge the game or the 25-6 third-quarter run which ended it. “To say which was more impressive, I don’t know,” he said. “I knew we’d be ready. We needed that to get some of our flow back.” The Indians had plenty going early, but New Britain had cut their lead down to just four points late in the first half. It was eight at halftime, but the margin was 28 after the third quarter.

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Newington’s Ashleigh Beauford drives past New Britain’s Kelsey Hernandez during Monday’s game at Newington High School.

“We talked about coming out and controlling tempo, not turning the ball over, playing solid defense,” Bangs said. “If we did that, and got back to what we did best, we’d be OK. They responded. You always want to get off to a good start, and

the way we started, it made me feel we were where we want to be.” Newington didn’t play a perfect 32 minutes Monday, but the first five minutes of each half were more than enough to produce spectacular results.

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Health District presents annual update to Town Council By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington’s health officials gave their annual update to elected leaders at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. Paul Hutcheon, director of the The Central Connecticut Health District, joined Judith Sartucci, chairman of the district’s Board of Health, in addressing the group.

The CCHD has served the towns of Newington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Berlin for the last 17 years, as one of 21 regional health departments across the state. They outlined the work done over the last year Tuesday, in addition to their future goals. Residents may or may not be aware that the CCHD takes responsibility for inspecting more

than 700 restaurants, motels, pools, salons and daycares across the region, as well as rental housing complexes. Staff also holds seasonal flu clinics, probably their most popular offering. In addition, they are a part of emergency response efforts during public health threats. “We recently had a drill where we tested our capacity to receive and distribute medications to the

public in the event of a bioterrorism emergency,” Hutcheon said Tuesday. Right now the CCHD is pursuing national accreditation as a local public health district — a designation carried by only about 22 others across the nation. “This is a big move for the health district and we are fully engaged in this process,” Sartucci said.

Within the next year, staff will also be working on creating a new website to provide residents with online access to their evaluations of food service establishments. For more information about the Central Connecticut Health District, visit Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

Welles Library earns Scholastic certificate The Lucy Robbins Welles Library was recently recognized with a Certificate of Recognition by Scholastic’s Literacy Partnerships Division. The certificate was presented “For your commitment to increase student achievement and provide access to text-rich environments that foster literacy success in the school, home and community.” The library runs a summer reading program each year that uses free books as rewards for children reading or being read

to, at least 20 minutes a day. The Friends of the library funds the program and the books are purchased through the Scholastic Literacy Partnerships program. Last summer the library had more than 1,200 summer reading participants and gave out over 1,400 books. Library officials say they can offer this wonderful program because of the efforts of the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, and the Scholastic Literacy Partnerships program.

The DeFilippo Family Fundraiser TheDeFilippo DeFilippoFamily FamilyFundraiser Fundraiser The Saturday, January 25, 2014 6pm – 11pm     Farm Rd, Farmington, CT 06032 The Farmington Club – 162 Town Saturday,   anuary   2   5,   2014   6pm   –  1of 1pm   $65 perJticket or $650 per table 10 The DeFilippo Family Fundraiser Saturday,   25,  F 2arm   014  6  11pm   The  Farmington   Club  –January    162  Town   Rpm   d,  F–armington,   CT  06032  

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per  table  of  10     $65  per  ticket  or  $650   Saturday,  January  25,  2  014  6pm  –  11pm           The  Farmington  Club  –  162  Town  Farm     Rd,  Farmington,  CT  06032   On   Monday, May 6th local businessman,   $65   p er   t icket   o r   $ 650   er  014   table   f  10  –  11pm   Saturday,   January   25,  p2 6opm   local  businessman,   On  Monday,   May  6th  resident, youth coach Farmington Mark       and lifelong The   FOn   armington   C6thlub   –b  1usinessman,   62  resident,   Town  Farm  Rd,  Farmington,  CT  06032   coach   and  lifelong   F  armington   local     and Monday,   May  were DeFilippo, his son Matthew returning  youth   The late Bob Seiler at the Kiwanis Big K Flea Market with Town Councilor Myra Cohen, center, home fromyouth   eFilippo,   and  $65   his  Fsarmington   on   Matthew   were   cD oach   and  orientation lifelong   kindergarten hisresident,   truck  Mark   pwhen er   ticket   or  $650  per  table  of  10   home   fnd   rom   kindergarten   rientation   and state Rep. 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and everyone is invited. Seiler was a past Newington Volunteer of the Year and the Treasurer and past Grand Marshal of the Newington Memorial Day Parade. A member of Newington’s Volunteer

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Is your home able to handle those new holiday electronics?

Electronics were at the top of many wish lists this holiday season with items including large screen televisions, computers and gaming systems. But before you plug in, you have to ask the big question: Is your home equipped to handle all of these new gadgets? “There’s a lot of old housing in Connecticut with electric systems in dire need of an upgrade,” said Ed Ingalls, owner of Newington Electric Company. “In total, about 80 percent of homes have some level of outdated wiring. It’s not uncommon to see a home in Hartford County with a wiring system as old as 50-100 years.” Some warning signs your wiring is due for an upgrade include: ∎ An electric meter located in the basement ∎ Old/outdated fuse system ∎ Frayed or deteriorated main electrical cable coming down the outside of the house ∎ Rusted electrical meter box on the outside of your house

∎ Lights that flicker on and off or go dim ∎Rusted and corroded grounding wire attached to the water meter ∎Two-pronged outlets vs. three-pronged grounding type electrical outlets ∎ Blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers “If you’re going to make the investment in expensive electronics, it’s important to be able to power them sufficiently and safely. The only way to ensure that’s being done is with a licensed electrician,” said Ingalls. The cost to upgrade is approximately $1,500 for 100 amp services and $1,800 for 200 amp services and will require five to six hours for the entire process. Anything in the 60-amp fuse range is considered old. All homes need to have at least a 100-amp service and some may even need 200 or even 400 amp upgrades to accommodate wiring for today’s

appliances. “For instance, a modern household with normal everyday appliances would require a 100-amp service minimum, but a household that had a few additional items such as a hot tub and/ or air conditioning would most likely need a minimum of 200 amps,” said Ingalls. This is also the perfect time to incorporate hard-wired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors into each floor of the home for safety. Hard-wired detectors are wired so that if one detector warns of smoke or fire, the others also go off. The detector runs on 125-volt power until the power goes out, then the battery backup kicks in. It’s also advisable to install a whole home surge protector for further protection for sensitive electronics. First, surge protectors are applied to the incoming electrical, cable/satellite, and telephone utility services to keep

externally generated surges from entering your home. This is your primary surge protection. Then at key locations throughout the home, localized secondary protection is provided to safeguard against any residual surges from the main service and any internally generated surges. Beyond ensuring your amp system is up-to-date, it is also key to have a backup plan in the event of a power loss. Newington Electric is the parent company of CT Home Generator Systems, an elite level Generac dealer. The company offers a full menu of services including: ∎ Authorized sales, service and repairs ∎ Preventative maintenance ∎ Repairs (including on-site) ∎ Full repair facility if needed ∎ Tune-ups ∎ Annual check ups/Engine repair and replacement “Winter can bring all sorts of

surprises with the weather. A generator ensures peace of mind for your family and allows you to keep the power flowing when everyone else is in the dark,” said Ingalls. Newington Electric Company (NEC) is the parent Company of Connecticut Electric Car. NEC offers statewide electrical contracting services specializing in commercial and residential electrical service and repairs. The Company is a second-generation company started in 1958 by Richard Ingalls and is now owned and operated by his son Ed Ingalls. NEC also has a home generator division, CT Home Generator Systems, and offers 24-hour service. NEC is state-licensed and registered with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection. For more information, visit or www.cthomegeneratorsystems. com.

Clint Anderson, owner of TimberGyms and small business mentor, hosted an on-site visit with college student interns recently to share his experience, in a program developed by Accounting Connections. TimberGyms, located in Newington, is a provider of wooden swingsets, educational toys, moonbounce rentals, ice rinks and other outdoor toys. TimberGym’s indoor showroom also doubles as a venue for birthday parties and open play. For Anderson, a graduate of

the University of Connecticut, it was an opportunity to share with students what it takes to run a small business, and explore with them how their education can help forge a career path. “As a small business owner, I am passionate about supporting the community and giving back. Meeting with these students was an opportunity to share my experiences,” said Anderson, who discussed the importance of community involvement with the students, offering examples from his own business. TimberGyms

has donated various playscapes to the Make-a-Wish Foundation among its community involvements. The students are part of a paid internship program offered by Jolie Swanson, owner of Accounting Connections, an area firm that works with small businesses to coordinate customized accounting services. Students gain valuable field experience while directly marketing to small business owners. As part of the extensive marketing training program, Accounting Connections interns meet with small business mentors throughout the region. “For college students, there is nothing quite like hearing firsthand from an owner like Clint who has lived the challenges and rewards of building and sustaining a small business,” Swanson said. “I have been tremendously impressed with business owners’ willingness to share their stories, advice, guidance and encouragement, as students consider their own career paths and entrepreneurial possibilities.” The internship program is an integral part of Accounting Connections’ work with small business owners.

Students can apply for the program by providing a resume and cover letter to Accounting Connections at The deadline to apply for summer internships is April 1. For more information about

Accounting Connections, visit www.accounting-connections. com, or contact Jolie Swanson at (860) 993-4418 or TimberGyms is located at 94 Pane Road in Newington, and on the web at

TimberGyms owner shares business expertise with students

From left, Jacqueline Rojas, Clint Anderson (TimberGyms), Elizabeth Peregrin, Matthew Swanson, Emily Vasington, Chloe Swanson, Jolie Swanson (Accounting Connections), Kara Landauer, Stephen Davids, J.B. Aliyu.

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Town officials are looking into penalizing property owners who fail to clear their snow from sidewalks and plow drivers who hinder drivers and pedestrians by pushing it into the streets. The Town Council reviewed a proposal from Town Manager John Salomone at its meeting Tuesday that would amend Newington’s code of ordinances to tighten regulations on snow removal. One amendment would let the town file a lien against a property owner after 30 days if they don’t remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the violation. This would minimize Erica Schmitt can be reached at Erica Schmitt | Staff the town’s expense in these sit- (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or A scene from last February’s snowstorm. Under new proposals, property owners who fail to clear their sidewalks and plow drivers who leave snow in the streets during clean-up would be fined. uations. “We do a number of these every year, and this enables us to recover some of our costs around that,” said Salomone. The second amendment would prohibit snow from being placed in streets or on sidewalks gual during the removal process — Bilin s speak , an action that either a resident iver A division of Nautical Needles careg , Spanish e! h r or a plow might take. Offenders s i o l m Po d n an would face a $50 fine for either Italia Sale violation. “We’re looking to go after (booked fabric 5 yds or more) repeat offenders who don’t Lee Jofa • Beacon Hill • Highland Court • Cowtan&Tout • Designer’s Guild shovel sidewalks days or weeks • Brunschwig • Manuel Canovas after storms, and plows that cut From The Heart Home Care LLC is dedicated to offering a streets down to one lane and a superior home based care experience for your loved ones who half, by depositing snow in the want to remain at home. Tell us your Home Care needs and select street,” Salomone added. a caregiver of your choice. We offer many levels of senior service. Newington resident Brian Custom Furniture Window Treatments Cushions Companion, Homemaker, Special Care, Live-ins. Giantonio spoke on the issue at the beginning of Tuesday night’s Upholstery Interior Design Area Rugs Starting at $12 per hour meeting, bringing to light his Slipcovers Blinds own concerns. 55 Broad St., Suite 100, New Britain, CT 06053 Giantonio lives on a corner 860-224-0881 lot, and recalled a plow drop860.399.9754 ping “a ton of snow” on his sidewalk during last year’s memvisit us at:

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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.

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. “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

BOOK BASH! The Wethersfield Library Children’s Department announces “Book Bash!” a new program for children in first grade through third grade beginning Tuesday, Jan. 28. Join us at 4 p.m. and celebrate the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne with fun activities. Registration is required. For registration information or for more information on this and other children’s programs, visit the library. htm or call the children’s department at (860) 257-2801.

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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 TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY

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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., or call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801.

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other actions Reynolds, now 90, took to improve the town over the years, leaders will designate the main lobby in Town Hall in his name. A consensus from members of the Town Hall Facilities Naming Subcommittee in December moved the action into the hands of town councilors this past Tuesday, and they wholeheartedly agreed it was the right thing to do. A plaque will be placed in the lobby to make the designation known to visitors, and his family will join Reynolds at a formal recognition ceremony in the near future. “I think it’s especially appropriate you were the person to enter us into this form of government and now that entranceway will always be in your name,” Councilor Dave Nagel said Tuesday. Mayor Stephen Woods remem-

bered listening to advice from Reynolds after he was first elected, and Town Manager John Salomone remembered him as a mentor when the two worked in Greenwich together, Reynolds as comptroller. Councilor Maureen Klett recalled growing up when Reynolds was mayor and going to school with some of his children. “You are extended a great thank-you, but I hope you pass that along to your lovely wife and [5] children,” she told him Tuesday, emphasizing how crucial family support is to town leaders who volunteer much of their free time to town business. Reynolds is best known for his lead role in writing the very first Town Charter in the 1960s — a detailed rule book that guides town government and outlines regulations. “You were responsible for writ-

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ing the bible/constitution this town still runs by … going on 50 years now,” Woods said. “You’ve left us in great shape because you’ve given us a great foundation to work from.” Councilor Myra Cohen recalled Reynolds’ oversight during updates made to the charter in the time since it was first written. “What we have is a gem,” she

said. Serving alongside Cohen on the most recent charter revision committee was councilor Clarke Castelle, who also passed along his gratitude. “I’m very happy to finally meet the man responsible for this incredible document,” he said Tuesday. The guest of honor thanked the council “for remembering” his role in writing the charter. “My occupation at the time was helping towns write their charters, and I think ours was far superior to other towns; as time goes on it proves to be true,” said Reynolds, who grew up in Somerville, Mass., and attended Boston College, where he earned the law degree that led to this work. Speaking from one mayor to another, Woods pointed out the commitment it takes to serve in

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such a time-consuming position, but also how many Newington residents are willing to give of their time for the greater good. “This is a town of volunteers,” he said. “It has been long before you and it will be long after me.” In addition to his political role in town, Reynolds has also been involved in many civic efforts over the years. He refereed youth hockey for 40 years and at one time was even president of the U.S. Hockey Referees Association. He also served as president of St. Mary’s School Assn. and was one of the founding members of the State Conference of Mayors. But Newington in particular has always been special to Reynolds, who still lives in town to this day with his wife, Lorraine. Residents most often recall seeing him at Veterans Day ceremonies over the years, representing the local VFW, American Legion and Knights of Columbus groups. A World War II vet, Reynolds was as an aircraft mechanic in Massachusetts before he ever moved to Connecticut and entered the government finance arena. But two terms as mayor was enough for him, he says. “After that, I only really stuck my nose in town affairs if it had something to do with the charter.” But now his name will forever remain at the forefront of town headquarters — no matter what building that happens to be. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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NEWINGTON LIBRARY CALENDAR TEEN AND ADULT PROGRAMS 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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) 6658700 to register.

HOBBY BEEKEEPING: Ned Farrell of the Bee Happy Company will present “Hobby Beekeeping” at the library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. Learn how to start honeybee hives of your own! Farrell is a beekeeper with over 20 years of experience. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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 Library. 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.

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.

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 is necessary. WE ALL GET READY TO READ!: Mondays, Jan. 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. 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) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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 www. or call the Children’s Dept. at (860) 665-8720 with any questions.

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.

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givers 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. TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY!: Saturday, Feb. 1, To celebrate the day, we will have a Friends of the Library Read-A-Thon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come listen to Dr. Seuss stories and/or bring a book to read quietly on your own for 20 minutes and leave with a goody bag.

NEWINGTON EVENTS 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. DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: The Divorce Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 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. NEWINGTON K OF C TO SPONSOR YOUTH FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP: All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the council level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The council level competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s School Gym, Willard Avenue. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through council, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C headquarters based on scores

from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For additional information contact Dick Losh at (860) 667-0832. ST. MARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES: St. Mary School, 652 Willard Ave., will host several Open Houses in January. Prospective families are welcome to tour the school, meet the faculty and other parents and students Sunday, Jan. 26, from noon until 2 p.m. or Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. Pre-register for the events on the school website: www.stmarynewington. com or simply attend at the designated times. St. Mary School offers classes to children in PreK-3 through eighth grade. For more information, or to schedule a private tour, visit the website or call the school at (860) 666-3844. NCTC ADDS CLASS SESSION BY DEMAND!: Calling all kids, ages 5 to 8! Wanna be in a show? The Newington Children’s Theatre Company has added another class session to their In Performance: “Disney’s Aladdin” classes. Throughout the four-week session, kids have the opportunity to learn basic

acting techniques, as well as, songs and movement in preparation to become part of the ensemble of NCTC’s mainstage production of “Disney’s Aladdin Kids!” Class sessions are Wednesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 5, and Saturdays, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., beginning Feb. 8. Please note that the Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m. session is full. Space is limited. Registration is required (Registration form available online at Cost $100. STATE OF THE TOWN: The State of the Town address, presented by Mayor Stephen Woods and Town Manager John Salamone will be held Thursday, Feb. 27 at Newington High school, 605 Willard Ave. (*if school is cancelled or delayed, this event will take place Friday, Feb. 28 in the Newington High School cafeteria.) Catered by the Newington High School Culinary Class. $15 per Chamber member; $20 per non-Chamber member 7:45 a.m., Registration; 8 a.m., Catered Breakfast; 8:30 a.m., Program with Q & A. R.S.V.P. by Friday, Feb. 21, by faxing your registration to (860) 665-7551, or you can mail the registration to the Newington Chamber of Commerce, 1046 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111. For more information, call (860) 666-2089. 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: Welcome Table Breakfast, is the third Saturday of the month from 8 to 10. Office@; (860) 666-3331. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut offers memorial scholarships to qualified women. Applicants must possess a minimum 3.0 average and must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study at an institute of higher education. For more information, contact Maureen Reale of the Newington Woman’s Club, sponsor of the scholarship, at (860) 666-5325.

NEWINGTON SKI CLUB MEETINGS: NSC holds regular meetings on the first, third and fourth Thursday of each month from September through April at 8 p.m. at the Polish American Club, 140 Wilson Ave., Newington. For more information and to join visit, DROP-IN MEDITATION CLASSES: Drop-In Meditation Classes will be held Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1655 Main St. Classes include guided meditations, brief advice from Buddha’s teachings and time for discussion. $10 or free for members. No on turned away for lack of funds. This class is offered by Odiyana Center, a Connecticut-based non-profit. Pre-registration is appreciated. info@ / (860) 266-6041. MS SUPPORT GROUP: The Newington MS Support Group meets at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. There are more than 6,000 Connect For more information, contact Charlie at (860) 667-1314 or Tom at (860) 236-2751. For more information on MS visit www. or call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at (800) FIGHT MS.

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Labor Dept. employees donate to Food Bank


WETHERSFIELD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Keene State College has released the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2013. Among the 1,498 students named to the Dean’s List are: Cody Figueiredo of Wethersfield and Asher Solomon of Wethersfield. Wethersfield resident Sarah

Solberg was named to the Dean’s List for the 2013 fall semester at Messiah College. Solberg is a senior majoring in art education (K-12). Dean’s List is earned by receiving a 3.6 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.

NEWINGTON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Keene State College has released the Dean’s List for the fall semester 2013. Among the 1,498 students

named to the Dean’s List are Newington residents Kathryn May, Gabriella Pace and Jeffrey Rossman.

Connecticut Department of Labor employees from the agency’s Central Office recently donated 12 boxes of canned goods and non-perishable items to the Wethersfield Food Bank. The items — all of which were donated by DOL employees — were collected during the 2013 Governor’s Care & Share Food Drive which ran in December. Shown making the presentation to Nancy Stillwell, Wethersfield Director of Social and Youth Services, are, from left, Muhammodu Giwa, Eddie Cajigas and Paul Oates.

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Health District to hold informational display about radon

The Central Connecticut Health District will be hold informational displays at local libraries about the importance of radon testing in the home. These displays will include free information and materials about how to keep your family,

pets and home safe from the dangers of radon, as well as free radon test kits provided from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon is the

second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and the number one cause among non-smokers. Informational displays will be held at the following libraries: ∎ Berlin-Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road,

Berlin: Jan. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. ∎ Lucy Robbins Wells Library, 95 Cedar St., Newington: Jan. 22, 1 to 3 p.m. ∎  Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St., Rocky Hill: Jan. 23, 1 to 3 p.m. ∎  Wethersfield Library, 515

Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield: Jan. 24, 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Lori DiPietro, Health Educator, by calling (860) 721-2824 or via email at

Jan. 26. This beautiful tintinnabulous event features ensemble and individual ringing by accomplished musicians of all ages. 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.

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, 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 www.webb-deane-ste- or call (860) 529-0612.

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) 665-8778; Rocky Hill: Contact

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

WETHERSFIELD EVENTS DEFILIPPO FAMILY FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser to benefit Farmington resident, businessman and youth coach, Mark DeFilippo who was injured in a car accident in May which has rendered him a quadriplegic, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at The Farmington Club, 162 Town Farm Road. $65 per ticket or $650 per table of 10. Currently, Mark and his wife, Kasia, are in Atlanta, Ga., participating in the day program at the Shepherd Center with six-hour therapy, five days a week, while their two sons, 6 years and 19 months old, stay with Kasia’s family in Connecticut. Mark’s ongoing medical expenses and the life-altering changes the family is encountering will be softened by your support. If you would like to donate a raffle prize or purchase a ticket, contact Mike Turgeon at (860) 874-8666 or stop by Turgeon Jewelers, 1841 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield, by Jan. 18. Please make checks out to The DeFilippo Fund and sent to Turgeon Jewelers, Attn. Mike GTurgeon, 1841 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield, CT 06109. DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: The Divorce Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 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,

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

WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SAFE GRADUATION EVENTS: Preparations are underway for the annual Wethersfield High School (WHS) Safe Graduation celebration. This event provides our Wethersfield graduates with a place to celebrate in a well-chaperoned, substance-free, safe environment. Throughout the evening, the graduates are provided with food, entertainment, games and gifts, all free-of-charge. The largest fundraiser is the annual WHS Safe Graduation Fundraising Dance, this year held on March 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield. Tickets are $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to WHS Safe Grad 2014 and sent to Brenda Slayton, 11 Wildwood Road, Wethersfield, CT 06109. In addition, a limited number of local businesses are being offered the exclusive opportunity to be a Dance Sponsor. For a nominal donation, businesses can be a very visible donor, create positive press, and support the Safe Graduation effort, all in one! The levels of sponsorship range from $125/$250/$500 Sponsor Donations should be sent by March 1, to Lisa Stefano, 32 Harvest Hill, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

ROCKY HILL EVENTS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: The Divorce Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 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. 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 Congre-

gational Church, 355 Main St., Cromwell. 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. 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 or guardians wishing a conference are urged to call the appropriate teacher at Rocky Hill High School. 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 weigh-ins 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 www.



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HOME IMPROVEMENT DIRECTORY BASEMENT WATERPROOFING JP BACHAND BASEMENT WATERPROOFING Reliable local contractor. Hatchway leaks, foundation cracks, sub-floor drainage systems, sump pumps & yard drainage. Fully insured, free estimates, written guarantee. Our 27th year registered with CT Dept of Consumer Protection (Reg #511842). Call 860-666-9737 CERAMIC TILE LEN & JEFF SHALLER - Fix leaky showers. Regrouting in tubs. Bath, kitchen tile installed. 37 years experience. Neat, expert workmanship. Repairs a specialty. Call 242-5805 CLEANING SERVICES Polish/English speaking woman can clean your house with care. 3rd cleaning 50% off for new clients only. Satisfaction guaranteed. Insurance Bonded. Call Kasia 860-538-4885

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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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