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Fundraising efforts for Extravaganza launched staff has launched a full-fledged fundraising campaign so the town’s NEWINGTON — The favorite fireworks show can go off Newington Parks and Recreation with a bigger bang than ever before. The very first Newington Extravaganza was organized 35 Free Volume 56, No. 5 years ago by Newington native and department volunteer Bill DeMaio, who called it “The LifeBeInIt By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER


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Newington firefighters work on extinguishing a blaze at 35 Amidon Ave. Tuesday night. See story Page A3.

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Newington Police report the following: Stephen Fountain, 27, of 57 Linwood Drive, Bloomfield, was charged Jan. 12 with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics. Bridgette Mulhall-Meketa, 49, of 145 Winthrop St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 15 with sixth-degree larceny. Yolanda Bartley, 34, of 28 Willow Lane, was charged Jan. 17 with disorderly conduct. Tailor Albert-Quinones, 30, of 96 Miller St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 18 with sixth-degree larceny. Tamaria Diorio, 50, of 315 Burritt St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 19 with sixth-degree larceny. Jose Rivas, 36, of 35 Torkom Drive, was charged Jan. 21 with first-degree forgery. Martin Velez Jr., 26, of 92 Rhodes St., New Britain, was charged Jan. 21 with first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit firstdegree larceny and conspiracy to

commit third-degree burglary. Eddie Aponte, 47, of 127 Winfield Drive, New Britain, was charged Jan. 21 with first-degree larceny, thirddegree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary. William Torres, 30, of 184 Saybrook St., Hartford, was charged Jan. 22 with first-degree forgery and criminal attempt to commit sixthdegree larceny. Jovon Douglas,23,of 38 Livingston Place, Bridgeport, was charged Jan. 22 with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. Nicholas Messina, 19, of 180 Prospect St., Ansonia, was charged Jan. 22 with fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device. Marlon Jengelly, 44, of 30 Belden St., New retain, was charged Jan. 26 with possession of less than half ounce of marijuana. Lucille Decrisantis, 55, of 104

Maple Ave., Meriden, was charged Jan. 28 with two counts sixthdegree larceny third-degree criminal mischief. Sami El-Alami, 25, of 134 Mallard Lane, Berlin, was charged Jan. 28 with sixth-degree larceny. Christina Jaskolski, 26, of 231 Brockett St., was charged Jan. 29 with two counts first-degree failure to appear and disorderly conduct. Victor Wilson Jr., 31, of 2660 Berlin Turnpike, was charged Jan. 29 with disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault. Christina Jaskolski, 26, of 231 Brockett St., was charged Jan. 29 with criminal violation of a protective order. Leonard O’Rourke, 28, of 231 Brockett St., was charged Jan. 29 with criminal violation of a protective order. Wanda Rodriguez, 41, of 45 Victory Way, was charged Feb. 2 with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault.

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS One Rocky Hill resident earned honors recognition for the fall semester at Renbrook School. To make the Honor Roll, a student must have a grade point average of B or higher. To make the High Honor Roll, a student must have

a grade point average of A- or higher. Grade 7: Max Kainamura, Honors. Two Wethersfield residents earned honors recognition for the fall semester at Renbrook School. To make the Honor Roll,

a student must have a grade point average of B or higher. To make the High Honor Roll, a student must have a grade point average of A- or higher. Grade 8: Morgan Grabowski, Honors; Christian Yoon, Honors.


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Coloring is not just for kids Library hopes to reintroduce hobby to adults


NEWINGTON — Remember coloring? A fun, black-outlined picture just waiting to be filled with every hue of crayon, marker or pencil; the freedom of not staying in the lines if one so chooses. Well, it’s not just for kids anymore. Staff at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library are hoping to reintroduce the hobby to an older crowd. An invitation has gone out to adults of any age for “The Joy of Coloring” this February and March. Specially designed “adult”

coloring books will be provided, “We’re very excited about it,” along with coloring utensils. Royer added. “They’re doing it at People who have their own other libraries and it’s been very coloring books can also bring popular.” them. Library Technician Nicole “If they Nichols was want to use the first to stuff they hear about a l r e a d y the activity have they’re and couldn’t welcome wait to to, but we bring it to certainly Newington. will have “ I t ’ s plenty here supposed to for people to be a good use,” Head of way to relax Community and there are Services programs like M i c h e l l e MICHELLE ROYER this popping Royer said. up all over,” Community Services head T h e she said. “It adult books seemed like it contain more intricate images would be a great fit for our library.” than their childhood counterparts, The benefits of art therapy have including mosaic-like designs, long been proven. Recent research landscapes and nature. indicates the adult coloring craze

“It’s a relaxing, stressrelieving and fun way to spend an hour. It also exercises the fine motor skills, training the brain to focus, and stimulates the senses and creativity.”

Artwork on display at the Senior Center

NEWINGTON — Artwork creating art. by Phyllis Small, a member of Small has enjoyed drawing since the Newington Art League, she was a child. is on exhibit through Feb. 29 Submerging herself in creating at the Newington Senior and art has helped her through Disabled Center tough times in (in the cafeteria) her life when her 120 Cedar St. mother fell ill with The exhibit is cancer and passed open to visitors away when Small from 8:30 to 11:30 was only 13 years a.m. Monday to old. Friday and 1:30 Small attended to 4:30 p.m. on Norwich Free Monday and Academy High Wednesday. School and took The Newington drawing, painting, Senior and jewelry and design Disabled Center Phyllis Small classes. She has been promoting continued to draw artists aged 55 and as she raised three over since February 2010. children. She has exhibited with Small is a self- taught artist. the Newington Art League. She enjoys using different Small would like to thank mediums to create landscapes, Peggy Smolack, Ann Garbiel seascapes, animals, etc. and the senior and disabled Art is her passion, and she loves center for allowing her to sharing her work with others. display her art and Pat Tanger For her, there is no end to the for convincing her to join the possibilities that await her when Newington Art League.

An example of an adult coloring project in which the Lucy Robbins Welles Library hopes to reintroduce.

can help decrease stress and help alleviate symptoms of depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, dementia and anxiety. “It’s a relaxing, stress-relieving and fun way to spend an hour,” Royer said. “It also exercises the fine motor skills, training the brain to focus, and stimulates the senses and creativity.” The LRWL is easing into it in hopes of sparking a bigger interest, with pilot programs Thursday, Feb. 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, March 30, from

2 to 3 p.m. Future events may be held on evenings and weekends to accommodate different schedules. “If it takes off we’ll consider making it part of our regular programming,” Royer pointed out. Several people have already signed up. “I’m not a color-er at the present time but I’m going to take the class,” said resident Ingrid Zawicki. “I’m retired and I like to try new things.”

Ashes may have caused fire on Amidon Ave. By LISA BACKUS STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — Ashes from a wood stove may have been the cause of a blaze that is still under investigation at 35 Amidon Ave., Tuesday evening. A family of four was home when they noticed a glow outside and called 911, Fire Chief Christopher Schroeder said. Several neighbors also called 911 after they noticed the fire which started on the outside of house and worked its way up the wall to the attic. The family got out safely and the homeowner and a neighbor used a garden hose to tamp down the flames before firefighters arrived, Schroeder said. The fire did get into the attic but was quickly extinguished. Schroeder who is also the fire marshal is still investigating the cause but said he is looking at the possibility that daysold ashes placed in the garbage started the blaze. “We’re not sure what the cause was, it most likely was accidental,” Schroeder said.

The family has a wood stove that was lit when the fire occurred so an ash may have fallen and started the blaze, he said. But Schroeder said he is also considering the possibility that ashes which had been

trash caused a garage fire on Pheasant Run Drive Jan. 27. In that case the homeowner had let the ashes cool for several hours and then placed them in the trash which was located inside the garage. The couple was not injured, but their home suffered damage. Schroeder said ashes can remain hot for several days and should be disposed of in a metal container until they are completely cool. “People have to be careful,” Schroeder said. “They shouldn’t put ashes in the trash.”

The fire marshal has also ruled that ashes thrown into the trash is what caused a garage on Pheasant Run Drive to go up in flames on Jan. 27.

Lisa Backus can be reached discarded in the garbage could at (860) 225-4601, ext. 5066 or have been smoldering for days. lbackus@newbritainherald.com. “ They have a metal receptacle and it appeared they had disposed of everything properly,” Schroeder said. There was no ignition source in the area where the fire started NEWINGTON — Boy but Schroeder said it is hard to Scout Troop 347 will hold its tell if the ashes which had been annual bottle and can drive from taken out of a wood stove days 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, before could have smoldered at the Company No. 1 Firehouse and reignited. on Main Street. Schroeder did rule that ashes that had been thrown in the

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Fundraising efforts ramp up for Newington adds annual fireworks extravaganza items to electronics recycling program Continued from Page A1

Extravaganza.” When DeMaio signed on as the town’s Parks and Recreation Director this past summer, part of his mission was to enhance the event he began decades ago. The 2016 Newington Extravaganza Fireworks Show is scheduled for July 16 in Mill Pond Park, and the staff hopes it will be their best yet. “Thirty-five years ago when we first started it we shot a $10,000 fireworks show,” DeMaio remembered. “Last year we shot a $10,000 show. It’s not as large, colorful or as big as we’d like it to be. We really want to wow people this year.” The Extravaganza and its fireworks are made possible only through donations and fundraising. The town already signed a contract for $15,000 and is hoping to raise at least another $5,000 for this year’s event. “Not a penny of tax dollars goes to the Extravaganza,” DeMaio explained. “It’s completely selfsustaining. We have to raise this

money all year round to make it work.” Efforts began in November with a special screening of “The Peanuts Movie,” co-produced by Newington native Cornelius Uliano. Exclusive to town residents and held on the same day the film premiered in theatres, the screening sold out. It was important to Uliano that a portion of ticket sales went toward the fireworks, which he has attended nearly his entire life. “It was something very close to me growing up that is still a part of our lives today and it’s extremely important to keep it going,” he said prior to the screening. “My sister lives near Mill Pond Park and has a party every year when we all watch the fireworks.” More opportunities to help the cause are now underway. On Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parks and Rec. will host Motorcycle Madness at Mill Pond Park. It will feature a food truck festival, beer tent and motorcycle

vendors. Prizes will be awarded to show entrants for “Crazy Chrome,” “Terrific Tank,” “Perfect Paint” and more. All proceeds will go to benefit the fireworks. Business sponsors are the Haymond Law Firm, Geico and Connecticut Cruise News. The Wave Car Wash at 295 Main St. will host an ongoing promotion now through Sept. 1. Customers using the code 71616 will receive discounted prices on car wash packages, with a portion of each donated to the show. Eversource customers can also help by purchasing a Home Energy Assessment. For every package purchased using the promotional code “Fireworks,” $50 will be donated to the cause. DeMaio’s hope is that garnering assistance from these entities to fund the show will simultaneously benefit residents. “We want to bring business, education and social services together in this community for the better good of the residents,” he explained.

NEWINGTON — The town of Newington has added additional items to the list of recyclables that are accepted at the Town Landfill/Transfer Station located at 2045 Main St. Residents can now recycle fluorescent bulbs, CFL’s and alkaline batteries. These new items are acceptable as part of the town’s electronic waste recycling program which already accepts TV’s, computers, printers, stereo equipment, telephones and other electronics. Acceptable items now include: • Fluorescent bulbs – all types (all length of straight bulbs, u-shaped bulbs, round bulbs, CFL’s (compact fluorescent bulbs)

• HID lamps • Fluorescent Ballasts – both PCB and non-PCB • Batteries including alkaline (typical household batteries), NiCad, Li Ion, rechargeable of all kinds, etc. These new items are in addition to the recyclables the town currently accepts which include waste oil, propane tanks, single stream recycling, scrap metal (i.e. appliances, exercise equipment) and textiles such used clothing and blankets. A full list of items can be found on the town website newingtonct. gov. Please contact the Sanitation Department 860-667-5874 with any questions.

Women’s meeting planned

NEWINGTON — All women in the Newington/ Wethersfield Woman’s Club are invited to join the regular monthly meeting, Feb. 23 at the Newington Senior Center on Cedar Street. The club will host guest speaker, Robert Steele, author of the novel; “The Curse — Big

Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town.” The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees are welcome to stay and discover all the projects and activities the club is involved in.



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Keeney Cultural Series getting set to kick off this weekend

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield Historical Society will launch the 23rd year of its Keeney Cultural Series at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center Sunday, Feb. 7 (rescheduled from Jan. 24) at 2 p.m. followed by additional concerts Feb. 28 and March 13. “For over 20 years the Keeney Cultural Series has provided firsttier entertainment here in the heart of our community in a relaxed and accessible atmosphere,” notes Wethersfield Historical Society Executive Director Amy Northrop Wittorff. “This year we have moved the concerts to an earlier timeslot, 2 p.m., to make them more appealing on dark winter days – a perfect activity for family and friends after worship services or brunch.” Tickets for individual concerts are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Subscribe to the whole series and enjoy a discount and preferred seating. Tickets for the complete series are $25 for members or students and $30 for non-members.

The series opens Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Keeney Ballroom with The Yale Spizzwinks. The Spizzwinks sing over one hundred concerts every year, entertaining audiences across the country, including Carnegie Hall, the White House and professional sporting events, and around the world. On Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. the society welcomes Linda Russell and Companie. From the boisterous ballads of the 18th Century to the sentimental melodies of the Victorian age, Russell recreates a lost national treasure. The Jolly Beggars are a The Yale Spizzwinks will kickoff the Keeney Series this weekend. Connecticut based band that brings the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences. Characterized by their tight harmonies and use of guitars, mandolin, tin whistles, octave mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran, spoons, and more, The Jolly Beggars have quickly built a solid following and continue to spread their music around the east coast. They will be playing at the Keeney Ballroom on March 13, at 2 pm.


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CCSU investigating shower incident By LISA BACKUS STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — Central Connecticut State University police are investigating an incident that took place Sunday, Jan. 31, involving a female student who reported a man was trying to take photos of her as she took a shower in her dorm. The woman was in the shower in her dorm room area which

includes three other rooms when she noticed the man and scared him off, campus officials said. She reported the incident which took place in Thomas Gallaudet Hall Sunday. Police declined comment referring calls to university officials. The dorm houses about 250 students, both male and female, said Janice Palmer, a university spokeswoman.

“The woman became aware that there was a man with a camera trying to take her picture,” Palmer said. It is unclear if the man is a student. Palmer said the investigation into the incident is continuing. The university sent out an alert to all students living on campus making them aware of the situation, Palmer said.

Letter: Library alive and well in Newington To the Editor:

Why do we need an expanded library when no one uses the library? I hear that said around town from people in various places. Let me throw out some figures and facts for you to understand why over 200,000 people cross through the doors of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library yearly. Did you know that: There are more libraries than McDonald’s in this country? All at no charge. An unemployed person can seek out job possibilities on our free Internet? However, free Internet is popular, so they may be restricted to one hour of use at a time A family can save money by taking out DVDs, books, ebooks, Samsung Galaxy Nook tablets, music CDs, digital music at no charge? A librarian can help a student, adult or senior citizen research any topic they desire at no charge? Children and teens can sign up for after school

programs at no charge. People of all ages can sign up for the summer and winter reading programs at no charge and be eligible to win prizes donated by the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. The library offers all this: Technology programming for all ages (891 programs for 30,716 people this past year). Interlibrary loans, notary service, home bound services, free or reduced admission to 29 museums and area attractions and finally tech support and WiFi. All without charge to its 200,000 patrons. Yes, the Lucy Robbins Welles Library is alive and well in the town of Newington and deserves to continue providing the many FREE services to its citizens in an expanded facility. As Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never ending spring in the desert.” Iris Larsson Newington

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NEW BRITAIN — After years of generating controversy and an arrest for shoplifting last fall, Central Connecticut State University professor Ravi Shankar has resigned, according to state university officials. Shankar will receive a $60,400 settlement as part of the resignation agreement, said Michael Kozlowski, director of Public Affairs and Marketing for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In exchange, Shankar will drop an appeal of his suspension from CCSU without Ravi Shankar pay last fall and he is also barred from ever officials were publicly applying or accepting a job humiliated a few years ago when within the state college and they voted to give Shankar university system, Kozlowski tenure without realizing he was said. serving a jail sentence when the Shankar has been a source vote took place. of controversy for several CCSU officials determined years while he managed to he could not be terminated rack up several arrests on at that time. But he was later charges from evading accidents placed on unpaid leave after to f raudulently reporting the Home Depot incident. someone had used his credit Shankar has not taught at card to buy thousands of CCSU since last fall.

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Officials and pet caregivers are reminding everyone to take proper precautions with their pets this winter.

In addition to the season’s frigid temperatures, a variety of winter weather hazards can affect our pets, even those covered in a thick layer of fur. Alicia Wright, public relations manager at the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, cautions that common chemical products used to melt ice on sidewalks and roads are just one of the dangers. She recommends leaving a water dish by the door to clean pets’ paws as they enter a home. “Definitely make sure they aren’t licking the ice melt,” Wright said. “It’s very poisonous. Make sure no fluid is leaking from the car onto the ground.” According to Dr. Tracey Fahey, medical director at VCA Bristol Animal Hospital, anti-freeze is one of the most common toxins pets ingest. “It’s sweet so it tastes good, but just a couple licks and cats and dogs can go into kidney failure and die,” she said. Leaving a pet in a vehicle that’s not running is another cold weather hazard. “We strongly discourage that,”


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Wright said. “They can get hypothermia or frostbite.” This rule also applies to leaving a pet outdoors. “If it’s in the 30s or 40s it won’t hurt them for a few hours, but if the temperatures go down and they’re not getting exercise after 30 minutes you’re starting to run some risks,” Wright explained. During a cold winter, the animal hospital treats at least one to two animals a week that are suffering from hypothermia or frostbite. They are brought in by local animal control officers. “We use hot water blankets to warm them up and give them IV fluids if they are dehydrated,” Dr. Fahey explained. Frostbite causes tissue to die and usually requires antibiotics. When asked how long is too long to leave a pet outside in the yard during the winter, Dr. Fahey said, “About as long as you would want to stand outside without a coat on.” Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are the exception, since they were bred to withstand these types of temperatures. “They love it,” said Fahey, who

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WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY FOR ADULTS AND TEENS ART EXHIBIT AT WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY: An exhibit by the students of Wethersfield Academy for the Arts instructor Nick Frasco is on display at the library through Feb. 29. The exhibit consists of portraits, still lifes, landscapes and more by students aged 6-16. For information and directions to the library, visit www.wethersfieldlibrary. org or call 860-257-2821. TIME TO TALK: Wethersfield Library’s “Time to Talk,” a free conversation group for new English language speakers will meet Tuesday evenings Feb. 9 and 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adult English language learners are invited to come develop conversation and speaking skills in a warm, friendly environment. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call the Library at 860-257-2811, or visit the library TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY: Wethersfield Library Children’s Services invites you to “Take Your Child to the Library Day” Saturday, Feb. 6. Visit the library between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and complete activities and games based on favorite book characters. Children (12 and under) who complete all six stations can enter to win a Kindle. Stations include: Pete the Cat, Elephant, Piggie & Pigeon, Fly Guy, Magic Tree House, Harry Potter & Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Get your face painted from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. The Wethersfield Library is at 515 Silas Deane Hwy. For information call the Wethersfield Library Children’s Department at 860-2572801 or online at www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids.htm. ANTARCTIC PHOTOGRAPHS ON DISPLAY: Memorabilia and photographs of the Antarctic from the collection of photographer Joseph Urciuoli will be on display at the Wethersfield Library. Urciuoli began winning awards for his photography when he was a student at Norwalk Central Catholic High School. After graduating from Scared Heart University he enlisted in the Navy and received more training in photography. While in the Navy he was assigned to the Antarctic Development Squadron, and deployed for “Operation Deepfreeze” to cover activities of the U.S. Antarctic Research Science Program scientists and the Navy support force. The public is invited to view the display during the month of January. For information and directions to the library, visit www.wethersfieldlibrary.org or call 860-257-2811. FRIENDS OF THE WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY MEETING: The Friends of the Wethersfield Library will hold their February meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the library. All meetings are open to the public. LIBRARY CLOSED PRESIDENTS’ DAY: The library will be closed for Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 15. The library’s non-holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. At any time, the library may be reached on the internet at www.wethersfieldlibrary. org where you may search the catalog,


use the online databases, download an audiobook, ask a reference question, or renew, reserve or request a book. LIBRARY BOARD MEETING: The Wethersfield Library Board will hold its February meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the library. All meetings of the Board are open to the public. For information, call 860-257-2811. FOR CHILDREN MUSIC MAKERS LIBRARY CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT: Wethersfield Library Children’s Services is offering “Music Makers,” a family style music and movement class for children birth to 3 years of age. The session is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and 26. Register for one session only. Registration is required. A valid library card will be required to register for this program. For more information, visit the library orwww.wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids. htm or call the children’s department at 860-257-2801. PROJECT CREATE!: The Wethersfield Library’s Children’s Department welcomes children in grades 3 to 6 to Project Create! Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Create catapults and trebuchets, then compete to see whose can hurl things the farthest! Registration is required. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 860-257-2801, visit the library or www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/ kids.htm NUTMEG NIBBLES: Second through fourth-graders, you’re invited to Nutmeg Nibbles, Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. Explore the Elementary Nutmeg Nominees with snacks, crafts and fun activities. Book to be discussed is “Marty McGuire” by Kate Messner. Registration is required. For registration information or for more information on this and other children’s programs, visit the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy., www. wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids.htm or call the children’s department at 860-2572801. 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, Feb. 23 Come for pizza and join the discussion of “Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo. 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, www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/ kids.htm or call the children’s department at 860-257-2801. DROP-IN STORY/PLAY TIME: The library invites children of all ages and their caregivers to come to Drop-in Playtime/ Storytime. The drop-in playtime is held Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. A librarian will be on hand at each session to share a short story and a song at 10:45 a.m. No registration is required. Children’s programs are canceled on any day when the Wethersfield Public Schools are closed due to weather. For more information, visit the library, go to wethersfieldlibrary.org, or call the Children’s Department at 860-257-2801.

WETHERSFIELD EVENTS AARP TAX-AIDE: AARP Tax-Aide, a free program, provides income tax preparation assistance for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 60 and older. If married, both husband and wife should be present during an income tax counseling session. Taxpayers must bring all information and documents received that apply to their 2015 income taxes including copies of all 2015 state/federal income tax forms; all income reports (1099 Forms) received for pensions, social security, interest/ dividends, wages or any other income; all documents that relate to deductible expenses, social security numbers and identification for all household members. Due to construction situations at the William J. Pitkin Community Center, the Wednesday sessions will not commence until Feb. 10 and end April 13. However, an additional make up session will be held Feb. 12. To schedule an appointment with a certified Tax-Aide counselor, call the Wethersfield Social & Youth Services office at 860-721-2977. If Wethersfield Public School classes are cancelled due to the weather, the Tax-Aide session is too and a new appointment must be obtained. FREE SOUPer BOWL PARTY: Join the fun on Sunday, Feb. 7 as CenterPoint Community Church, 840 Silas Deane Hwy., sponsors its annual SOUPer Bowl Party. Bring your favorite homemade soup or chili to be judged by a pair of impartial (and very hungry) jurors. Prizes will be awarded for the best soup and the best chili. Doors open at 5 p.m. Jurying begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Watch the first half of the game and the half-time show on our big screen, while enjoying snacks and dessert. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact Pastor Chris Skowronek at 860-571-8415. KEENEY LECTURE SERIES: Lecture Series: The Lecture Series for 2016 will be held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. Each lecture is $5, free to members. Feb. 8: John Oblak - “New Connecticut: The Connecticut Western Reserve.” Learn about the origin of the

Connecticut land claims in the West and why the Western Reserve territory in Ohio – a tract larger than Connecticut - was set aside for our state. March 7: Robert Hubbard – “Connecticut’s Three Most Deadly Tornadoes: Wethersfield, Wallingford and Windsor.” Accounts of the three most lethal tornadoes in Connecticut history. April 4: Captain Salvatore Tarantino – “Through My Eyes”: A view of the American Revolution as seen by a cavalryman. Wethersfield became the birthplace of the US Cavalry when the Second Continental Light Dragoons were organized here in December 1776 under Colonel Elisha Sheldon. One of Sheldon’s officers was former Wethersfield High School Superintendent Benjamin Tallmadge, and there were many other Wethersfield men among the unit’s ranks. Hear about the Revolutionary War from the point of view of these elite soldiers from Salvatore Tarantino, the captain of the federally reestablished military unit and nonprofit educational organization, the Second Continental Light Dragoons Sheldon’s Horse. FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS SET AT WETHERSFIELD SENIOR CENTER: Free blood pressure screenings will be held Thursdays, Feb. 25 and March 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Wethersfield Senior Center (Pitkin Community Center), 30 Greenfield St. Cedar Mountain Commons and Jefferson House sponsor the monthly screenings. Cedar Mountain Commons, a department of Hartford Hospital, offers independent and assisted living. Jefferson House, a department of Hartford Hospital, offers short-term/outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and palliative care. To learn more about both communities, visit cedarmountaincommons.org and jeffersonhouse.org. WETHERSFIELD SETBACK CLUB: The Wethersfield Setback Club meets every Friday at Pitkin Community Center on Greenfield Street. New players age 55 and over are always welcome. Setback games begin at noon, but come earlier to enjoy free refreshments. For additional information, contact Joe Mehan at (860) 258-0662. Visit our FB page at www.facebook.com/SetBackClubWethersfieldCT.

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NEWINGTON EVENTS MAYOR’S OFFICE HOURS: Newington Mayor Roy Zartarian has begun Thursday office hours for the public. The schedule is: 9 to 10 a.m. at the Information & Referral Center, Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St.; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s office, Town Hall, 131 Cedar St. No appointment is necessary. Zartarian hopes that residents will stop in to ask questions or express their concerns about town operations and services. HARTFORD SAENGERBUND PLANS MARDI GRAS DINNER: The Hartford Saengerbund will host a special dinner to celebrate the upcoming Mardi Gras holiday at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. The menu features red beans and rice, Crawfish Monica, and Ya Ka Mein, a beef noodle soup with chopped green onions and hard-boiled egg. The cost is $12 for a dinner platter featuring all three foods or $5 per item. Traditional New Orleans Hurricane cocktails will be available for $5. Reservations are required; call 860-666-0760. The Hartford Saengerbund is located at 719 North Mountain Road in Newington. CEDAR MOUNTAIN COMMONS TO HOST AN OPEN HOUSE ON FEB. 6: An open house at Cedar Mountain Commons, a not for profit independent and assisted living community, will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marie Pugliese, retirement counselor, will lead the event. Light refreshments will be served. Cedar Mountain Commons

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is located at 3 John H. Stewart Drive. People are welcome to just stop by. For more information, call Marie Pugliese, 860-665-7901. Cedar Mountain Commons, a department of Hartford Hospital and member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, is a not for profit independent and assisted living community. To learn more, visit cedarmountaincommons.org. ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING: The next meeting of St. Mary Women’s Club will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. A member of our Newington Police Department will speak giving information and advice concerning issues such as personal security, fraud, identity theft and related topics. Join us to “reconnect” after the holidays and to be brought upto-date on these important concerns. SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Newington affiliate A support group for family and friends of people with mental illness meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center located at 120 Cedar St. The group focuses on sharing experiences and information with others in similar situations. Occasionally, expert speakers are scheduled to present topics of interest. The next meeting is on Feb. 9. SINGING VALENTINES: Surprise your

sweetheart with a Singing Valentine performed by an authentic barbershop quartet from the Insurance City Chorus. Singing Valentines will be delivered to homes, nursing homes, offices, restaurants or schools in West Hartford/Newington and adjoining towns on Friday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. A Singing Valentine costs $45 and includes a song sung in barbershop harmony style, a personalized card, chocolates and a rose. To place an order for a Singing Valentine, call 860-985-8008. VALENTINES DAY DINNER AND DANCE: A Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at St. Mary School in Newington on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 until 11 p.m. in the school gym located at 652 Willard Ave. The evening will feature a buffet with a French flair including beef bourguignon and chicken piccata as the main dishes. Rounding out the meal will be roasted potatoes, pasta, salad, roasted vegetables and more. Dessert and coffee are included. Guests are invited to bring their own wine or beer. The dance floor will be open all evening with a DJ providing non-stop entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance before Feb. 10. Call the school for tickets. TALK TO A TOASTMASTER: What does it mean to be a Toastmaster? Come meet a few members of Cedar Hill Toastmasters of Newington. They’ll inform you about their meetings,

their work manuals, and how being a member of Toastmasters has changed their lives. You’ll learn about instructions for speaking in front of a group as well as leadership skills useful in the workplace. The free dropin event will be held at Lucy Robbins Wells Library (Newington Library), 95 Cedar St., (enter from Mazzoccoli Way), Feb. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Cedar Hill Toastmasters in Newington is one of many Toastmasters Clubs worldwide. It’s purpose is to teach speaking and leadership skills in a supportive and educational environment. Website: 5520.toastmastersclubs.org

September, they will be ready to hit the ground running. Children entering this program must be 3 by March 1. Call the school at 860-666-3844 or attend one of our scheduled Open Houses for more information on this new and innovative program.


NHS CHAMBER CHOIR IN CONCERT: The Newington High School Chamber Choir will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Church of Christ, Congregational, 1075 Main St. Christopher Clark is the conductor. A reception will follow the event. Freewill donations will support the choir’s activities.

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. For more information contact Erin Hall with The Atrium at Rocky Hill, (860) 563-5588, or email, ehall@ benchmarkquality.com.

IS YOUR CHILD READY FOR SCHOOL NOW? St. Mary School has created a unique program for 3-year-olds and almost 3 year olds to start attending a Pre-Kindergarten program beginning March 1. If you feel your child is ready for school and some structured learning and socialization, you want to look into this new class, designed for children who may not have been ready for school in September, but are ready now. When they begin Pre-K 3 in

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NEWINGTON LIBRARY ADULT AND TEEN ACTIVITIES Unless noted in the program description, registration is required for all adult and teen programs at the Adult Information Desk or by calling 860-665-8700. PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: Throughout the month of February, Elizabeth Hanlon will be displaying her photography at the library. Camera in hand, Hanlon searches for intriguing architecture, character-filled Volkswagens, people in motion, all things local, and little finds of whimsy. Her photographs evoke feelings of joy, wonder, humor, connection, and peace. At the end of 2014, she launched ELizaDoLittleToday Photography, and participated in over a dozen shows in 2015. Her photograph, “Wink,” won Best in Show at the 2015 Windsor Art League Members’ Show. Her work is often available at the Love Local Pop-Up Markets at Get Baked in Windsor and always at Blaze and Bloom in West Hartford. The Newington show consists entirely of photographs of Volkswagens, thus fulfilling a photography dream for Elizabeth. All of the works in the show depict antique Beetles or buses taken across the United States. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used 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. Admission is free. 860-665-8700. Viewers are urged to call before visiting to make sure the room is available for viewing. TECHNOLOGY: COMPUTER HEALTH TIPS: Thursday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Don’t let your computer get sick! This class will cover some basic proactive techniques you can do to clean up your computer and keep it running smoothly. Get ready for some spring cleaning. Registration required. MOVIES AND MORE @ THE LIBRARY: “Far from the Madding Crowd,” Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy and starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts. In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor. Running time 119 minutes. Pick up your free ticket at the Adult Information Desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. ‘AN AFTERNOON WITH THE GILLETTES: Monday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes. But, he was brought to life by William Gillette. Gillette also put together the “costume,” the hat, pipe, lens and cape: that we associate with Holmes to this day. Come and see Mr. and Mrs. Harold Niver costumed as the Gillettes - they seem to embody these vanished actors. You will feel you are in the presence of William Gillette and his beloved

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HIS FATHER STILL: A PARENTING MEMOIR: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Meet local author and advocate Tim Hollister and hear about his parenting book, His Father Still: A Parenting Memoir that has been featured in the Oprah Magazine and Publishers Weekly. Since the death of his 17-year-old-son, Reid, in a car crash in 2006, Tim Hollister has become a nationally–known advocate for safer teen driving. In 2009, he launched his national blog for parents of teen drivers, “From Reid’s Dad” Books available for purchase.

TEEN CRAFT BLOWOUT: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For grades 6-12. Celebrate the last night of vacation! Keep calm and get your craft on. Featuring cookie decorating, nail polish wall art, washi tape crafts, teen coloring, and more! Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

THE JOY OF COLORING: AN ADULT COLORING GROUP: Thursday, Feb. 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Have you heard? Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! It’s a relaxing, stress-relieving and fun way to spend an hour. In addition to relaxation, the health benefits include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus, as well as stimulating the senses and creativity. Detailed coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided, but participants may bring their own coloring supplies if they wish. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FILM BASED ON THE BOOK ‘REBECCA’: Thursday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. This film adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic novel is directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Drama, mystery and romance intertwine as the happiness of the second bride of Maxim de Winter is threatened by the sinister spirit of de Winter’s first wife, the late Rebecca. Running time 130 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. If you enjoy the movie, consider joining our discussion of the film and novel on Thursday, March 10, noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TECH 4 U: Do you need help downloading your eBook or searching for work on the Internet? For help with your specific technology questions, make an appointment for a 45-minute session with a Librarian today! Thursday, Feb. 11, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 10, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. TECH TROUBLESHOOTING WITH TEENS: Thursday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attention all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. This list can include: cell phones & text messaging, E-readers, social media, email, tablets, and iPods. Registration required. TEEN AFTERHOURS MOVIE NIGHT: VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION: Friday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 13 to 18. Come by to watch a movie to be voted on and eat chocolate! Options will include romantic comedies, horror, and action. Feel free to bring bean bag chairs, pillows or blankets. Pizza will be served, so register so we can order accordingly. All movies are rated PG-13. Sponsored by the


TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: Tuesday, March 8, 2 to 3 p.m. For ages 13 to 18. Help us make the library a better place for you! Give input on teen events, and help develop the collection of teen materials. Earn a community service hour for sharing your opinion! You must be willing to participate in discussions. Pizza will be served. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. “WHAT’S ON MY DESKTOP?” Thursday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. Discover what all those icons can do, how to browse the internet, how to access your control panel, take a peek at Microsoft Office Suite software, and more! Registration required. FOREVER YA BOOK CLUB: “The Walls Around Us” by Nova Ren Suma. Monday, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m. You don’t have to be a teen to enjoy reading Young Adult books! Whether you’re in your teens, attending college, or a are a little less Y and a bit more A, we encourage you to be a part of this great new program. FYA is open to everyone high school age and up (14+). Light refreshments will be served. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES No registration is necessary unless otherwise noted. Please call 860665-8720 to register for programs. ONGOING DROP-IN PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES: Winter (Ongoing) – Feb. 25. Spring - March 14 – April 28. Various preschool storytimes for ages 9 months through 6 years. Pick up a detailed schedule in the Children’s Department or check out our webpage at www.newingtonct. gov/library. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesdays, Feb. 9, and 16, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to threeyear-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY: Libraries are Magic! Saturday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m. (program). All day we will have crafts and activities in the Children’s Room. 2 p.m. – Mr. Magic will show us that libraries are magic! Recommended for children 4 and up. Please call to register for the program.

READ, PLAY, LEARN: Monday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Children ages 3–4 years old and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a special evening of fun! We will begin with a story, followed by a variety of engaging activities you can enjoy with your preschooler. We will end the evening with singing! To keep this a special one to one time with your preschooler, please make other arrangements for siblings. Call to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

will set up our program room for all who enjoy chess. Bring a friend or find one here! Sets will be available to use here and check out for use at home. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

STORIES AND ART: Tuesday, Feb. 9, noon. Join us for a story and art program for 2 to 4-year-olds and their caregivers. Call to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

TALES TO TAILS: Thursday, Feb. 18, 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. Call to register. Donated by Kerry Lurate, Registered Therapy Dog Trainer.

HALF-DAY TUESDAY TREATS -- BE A SMART COOKIE … READ! Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sweet Treat Tuesdays continue! We’ll have games, activities and of course you can make a valentine for that special sweet someone. Stop by to enjoy the fun! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. JUNIOR COOKBOOK CLUB: Junior Cookbook Club -- Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m. Junior Chefs in grades K-2 will listen to Valentine Foxes by Clyde Watson before making a Valentine’s Day treat! Please call to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. COZYTIME STORIES: Thursday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. Children in grades K-2 are welcome to relax with their pillow and blanket, and listen to some wonderful stories. A snack will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. WINTER READING FINALE: Friday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Let’s wrap up the cookies and the Winter Reading Program by making a basket and cookies to take home and enjoy. Bring your filled Cookie Jar Reading Page for admittance to the party, and drop in to have some sweet fun. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TALES TO TAILS: Saturday, Feb. 13, 1 to 2:30 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 a certified R.E.A.D. dog. Call to register. Donated by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts. CINEMA CITY, THEATER 1 “SHAUN THE SHEEP”: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. Cozy up with your favorite wooly friend to enjoy a showing of “Shaun the Sheep”. The movie is rated PG and is 85 minutes long. Snacks will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CINEMA CITY, THEATER 2 “GOOSEBUMPS”: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. Wear a warm sweater and be prepared for “Goosebumps.” The movie is rated PG but, like the books, has some scary moments. It is recommended for ages 7 and up and is 103 minutes long. Snacks will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CHESS CLUB: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4 to 5 p.m. Like to play chess? We

COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. Chefs in grades 3-6 will be making no-bake cookies and cream bars. Call to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LEGO® JUNIOR MAKERSPACE: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Junior LEGO® Makerspace combines reading with building using Lego® bricks and our imagination. First you’ll hear an architect inspired story, and then we’ll build a Lego® brick creation. The program is designed for children ages 4 to 7 and their caregivers. Older siblings are welcome. Call to register. This program is sponsored by The LEGO Group, Inc. and the American Library Association, Association of Library Service for Children. PARENT – CHILD WORKSHOP: Mondays, Feb. 22 and 29, and March 7 and 14, 6 to 7:15 p.m.* Tuesdays, Feb. 23 and March 1, 8 and 15, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Family Place is presenting a 4-week series of free workshops for parents and their 1-3 year-old children. Meet other families, share thoughts, and talk with librarians and child development experts as you play and read with your child. Find out about community services that can help you and your family. Brothers and sisters under 5 are invited to join the fun! Call to register. *A light supper will be served before the Monday evening sessions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. HALF-DAY FUN: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Drop in and join us for games and activities when school lets out early. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PAJAMA YOGA: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.Namaste everyone! That means peace. Children ages 5-8 and their caregivers are invited to come to the library in 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. Call to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, Feb. 27, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego® bricks. Due to safety concerns, infants and toddlers will not be allowed in the room. Call to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Friday, February 5, 2016 | A13


Newington swims well, but falls to Avon Boys basketball remains perfect, girls drop two

of its last 10 games overall.


NEWINGTON — From start to finish it was a close meet between the Newington boys swim team and Avon on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Despite being able to come up with over 12 best time,s the Indians ultimately fell to Avon 102-84. Mike Allo and Eli Bitzaralis were among the standouts highlighted by head coach Gary Harrigan on the day. BOYS BASKETBALL Newington 75, Bristol Central 55: Jared Simmons had 25 points as the Indians (14-0) pulled away in the fourth quarter to win. The Rams (4-9), led by Jamil Hornesby’s 21 and 19 from Jaekwon Spencer, were down just six heading to the fourth quarter. Zach Tinkham sparked Newington defensively, according to coach Scot Wenzel, who wasn’t thrilled with his team’s performance but was glad it could overcome a bad start to respond in the fourth quarter. Newington 66, Berlin 39: Jared Simmons had 20 points and five

Newington’s Elias Bitzarakis in the final leg of the breast stroke event on Tuesday.

assists while Nick Guadarrama had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians, who moved to 13-0 on the season with the victory over the Redcoats. “Berlin is a good team so it’s

definitely a solid victory for us on their home court. I thought defensively and offensively we played pretty well,” Newington coach Scot Wenzel said. Kyle Mahone had a really

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strong game for the Redcoats, and Ryan Cop gave Berlin some good minutes off the bench. “They played a gutsy game,” Berlin coach Mike Veneziano said. Berlin is 8-5 and has won eight

Newington 45, Bristol Central 42: Allie Martel had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer for Bristol Central but the shot missed and the Rams lost 45-42 to Newington on Tuesday night. Bristol Central was in the game late despite shooting 8-of-18 from the free throw line. Martel was the Rams’ top scorer, with 14 points along with one assist, three steals and seven assists. Brianna Hamel scored six points and reeled in 10 rebounds. Megan Hamel scored eight points and had five assists and three rebounds. Newington was led by Kaila Lozada and Gio Rivera, who each scored nine points. Ariez Keen hit two 3-pointers, which was the most of any player on either team. The Rams fell to 2-13 with the loss, while Newington improved to 8-8. Berlin 36, Newington 31: Berlin’s Alyssa Grant had 10 points and Nina D’Amato had nine more for the Redcoats, now 4-11 after an impressive win. Kaila Lozada had nine points for the Indians, while Ali Houldcroft had eight points and Bianca Hutchinson added eight. Newington’s Olivia St. Remy had 21 rebounds.

Wethersfield resident among New England’s best

WETHERSFIELD — Kingswood Oxford Boys’ Soccer standout Jack Wolf ‘16 has been named All-New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association -- the first KO boy to earn this distinction since 1972 and only the third in school history. “This is a tremendous honor for both Jack and the school,” said Head Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach Peter Jones. KO’s prior All-New England honorees were Skip Comstock ‘73 and James McDonald ‘70. Wolf, a Wesleyan-bound midfielder, was also honored as

an All-State selection at the CT Soccer Coaches Association banquet on Jan. 24; Head Coach Peter Jones and Assistant Coach Travis Rains were on hand to celebrate with him. The son of John and Jennifer Wolf of Wethersfield, Wolf was co-captain of the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team as both a junior and senior. He was also named to the NEPSAC All-Star team; the WNEPSSA Select Team and All-Star team; and won the M.W. Jacobus Award (MVP) for Boys’ Soccer this year, when he was the team’s high scorer (10 goals, 24 points).

This award is given to “a soccer letterman who has distinguished himself all through the season in the skills of the game, qualities of leadership, and in dedication to the play of the team.” A four-year member of the swim team, Wolf is also a Prefect (one of 12 seniors chosen as freshman mentors); a Shield & Dragon tour guide; and a singer with the Crimson 7 a cappella group. He is vice president of the senior class and co-president of the Fashion Club. In the fall, he will enroll at Wesleyan University, where he plans to play soccer.

Jack Wolf in a game for Kingswood Oxford.


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CCSU women falter in fourth quarter in loss to Bryant

NEW BRITAIN — A fourth quarter surge lifted Bryant past the Central Connecticut women’s basketball team, 65-53, on Monday night in Northeast Conference action. The loss snapped a threegame win streak for the Blue Devils and dropped them to 8-13 overall and 5-5 in Northeast Conference play. Junior Aleah Epps led CCSU with 14 points and seven rebounds to go with four assists and four steals. Bryant improved to 13-8 overall and 10-0 in NEC play. Central erased a two-point halftime deficit by outscoring Bryant, 15-5, in the final 3:57 of the third quarter to build a 48-41 lead. A three-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 36-31 lead before freshman Andi Lydon started the CCSU rally with a layup to start a run of 10 unanswered points for the Blue Devils. A three-pointer by f reshman Kiana Patterson tied the game at 36-36, and a layup by sophomore Emma Stroyan gave Central the lead. A foul shot by senior Kayla Miller made it 41-36. After a layup by Bryant interrupted the spurt,


Maryland’s Chloe Pavlech, left, and Central Connecticut State’s Emma Stroyan struggle for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in College Park, Md.

Patterson hit a three-pointer and Miller hit two foul shots to give CCSU its biggest lead of the night at 46-38. Bryant got a three-point-

er from Tiersa Winder with 10 seconds left in the period, before Epps hit a running jumper at the buzzer to give CCSU a 48-41 heading into

the final period. The Bulldogs scored six straight points to open the fourth quarter and took the lead for good after a three-pointer

f rom Kierra Palmer made it 50-49. Bryant would score 10 unanswered at one point in the period, while holding Central without a field goal to remain unbeaten in conference play. Central would battle back f rom an eight-point deficit in the first quarter to tie the game at 18-18 on a three-pointer by Patterson early in the second quarter. The Blue Devils took a 25-22 lead after a layup by Miller. The Bulldogs would come back to take a 29-27 lead into the intermission. Central Connecticut shot 36.7 percent overall (18-of49) and was 12-of-20 (.600) f rom the foul line. The Blue Devils held a 36-33 advantage rebounding. Bryant was led by Breanna Rucker who scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Winder added 18 points. The Bulldogs shot 40.4 percent overall (21-of-52) and was 18-of-22 (.818) f rom the foul line. The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Saint Francis University in a 1 p.m. game.

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