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A day to remember

After 30 years, dedicated librarian set to retire

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Newington resident Lt. Col. Francis Evon, commander of the Connecticut National GuardÂ’s 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry during its recent combat deployment in Afghanistan, marches as one of the two grand marshals during the Newington Memorial Day Parade Saturday. See Pages 9-11 for Memorial Day coverage.

Leaving her post this summer is a woman who — from behind its walls — witnessed the plethora of changes the Lucy Robbins Welles Library met over the last three decades, which paralleled the evolution of its reading material, from pages to presentday contrivances. Circulation Supervisor Ruth Block, 74, is retiring this month, after 30 years on the job. “I’ve been here a long time and it’s time,â€? she said Tuesday afternoon. “As much as it’s a great place to work ‌ the people are great, I put it off for a long time,â€? she added. “I could have retired years ago but didn’t.â€? Block has supervised the circulation department for 28 of her 30 years, training new workers, performing all the functions at the circulation desk, working to develop

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both summer and winter reading programs and always filling in when other staff went on vacation. “She has to be on her deathbed to take a sick day,� laughed Jeanette Francini, who heads the Library’s Circulation Department and is currently in the process of replacing her friend and co-worker. “It’s going to take a long time to train someone to do all Ruth does,� Francini added. “She is incredible. She can remember everything; she’s a wealth of information See LONGTIME, Page 4

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Newington Evening School giving seniors a second chance at education Program set to graduate 28 students

By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Not everybody graduates high school at age 18. For some, it doesn’t happen until they are legally-classified senior citizens. Most school districts offer an adult and continuing education program for these individuals — Newington’s Evening School Class of 2012 is graduating next Thursday, June 7. There are 28 graduates this year, most between the ages of 18 and 20. These are usually young adults who dropped out of Newington High School when they turned 16 for various reasons,but decided to return and finish up. “The attendance policy during the day might impact students to the point where they lose credits, or some have other personal issues that have an impact on their learning and performance during the day,” said Newington’s Evening School Program Director Tom Abbruzzese, who basically serves as the school principal, supervising the 50-member

However, those ages 62 and older receive a 50 percent discount. “A couple years ago we had a woman in her 70’s,” remembers Abbruzzese. “She wanted to participate in the graduation ceremony, get the cap and gown, and update her skills.” Just like the NHS graduation, the Evening School ceremony is attended by both town and school officials. The Superintendent of Schools, most of the Board of Education, even some members of the Town Council are always there, including Town Councilor Clarke Castelle, who does more than sit in the audience. Castelle, a former school board member, will be playing the program music on the piano at the ceremony, as he has in past years. The selection includes the traditional procession song,“Pomp and Circumstance.” Evening School Graduation will be held on Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Newington High School.

student population. Six teachers and a handful of other ancillary people who serve as tutors and facilitators make up the school’s staff.A few also teach at NHS during the day and several others are veteran teachers from other school districts. Evening school courses take place inside Newington High, but are basic — English, math, science social studies, and maybe sometime in the future,Abbruzzese hopes,a computer course. “It just gives people another chance to earn a high school diploma,” he said Tuesday. In accordance with state mandates, students must have at least 20 credits to receive a diploma. Credits from any previous high school experience are transferred so they don’t have to start completely over and can take just as many courses as they need. Some are in the program for just a term or two, others a year, the rest, two, three or even four years. Newington residents can attend Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) evening school for free, while there is 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ a small tuition cost to out-of-towners. newbritainherald.com.

Conn. pastor accuses police of racial profiling

NORWALK (AP) — A minister accused police of engaging in racial profiling when they closed a local beach for a half hour on Memorial Day after reports that gang members wearing blue and red T-shirts were causing trouble. The Rev. Nellie Mann of Norwalk’s Calvary Baptist Church told the Norwalk Hour that kids involved had marched in the city’s Memorial Day

parade and were simply wearing the colors of the American flag. “Just like we marched for Trayvon Martin a few months ago, we are most determined and willing to march again and take to the streets and protest when profiling happens in our communities that affects our own kids,” Mann said in a statement to the newspaper.

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Newington Mainstage set for year’s final musical:‘Assassins’

Can a madman’s bullet shake the foundation of America’s ideals? Newington Mainstage seeks to address this question as well as many others as it presents “Assassins,� the final musical in its 2011-2012 inaugural season. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, the multiple Tony Awardwinning “Assassins� is a surreal,

thought-provoking, disturbing & alarmingly funny musical that lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, this most American of musicals is a historical account that explores the dark side of the American experience. NewingtonMainstage’s production

of “Assassins� will be co-directed by Cindy Lesser of Wethersfield and Kelly Boucher of Ellington with musical direction by Michael Gowdy of Wethersfield. Newington Mainstage is delighted to have assembled an extraordinarily talented cast for “Assassins,� comprised of residents who hail from New Haven, Tolland, Litchfield, Hartford, Middlesex and Fairfield

Counties. “Assassins� will be performed June 8, June 9, June 15 and June 16 at 8 p.m. and June 10 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 North Mountain Road. Tickets are priced at $20.00 for general admission and

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As temperatures rise and the days grow longer, the Central Connecticut Health District is reminding residents to be mindful of safe practices during summer fun. Safety in and around water is key, as families begin to travel to pools and beaches to escape the heat. When swimming, an adult should always supervise children in or near water. Drowning can occur in minutes and in just a few inches of water. Whenever an infant or toddler is in or near water an adult should always be within an arm’s length providing “touch” supervision. When boating, everyone should wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Consider taking a boating safety course, and remember, just as with drinking and driving, alcohol and boating or swimming do not mix. Always be ready for emergencies by learning CPR and first aid and keep a phone with you. Always be sure to wear a bicycle helmet every time you or a

family member gets on a bike. Helmets can reduce risk of head injury by up to 85 percemt in a bicycle crash. Wear appropriate multi-sport helmets and safety gear to prevent injuries while skateboarding, inline skating or riding a scooter. Supervise younger children and assure that they ride with supervision in safe areas away from traffic. Teach children to look left, right, and left again when crossing the street. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, and cross safely using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, always walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Be watchful for cars that are turning or are backing up, especially in driveways and parking lots. Wear clothing with reflective materials, and carry a turned on flashlight if walking at dusk and dark. Buckle up on every trip in the car, even if it’s just a short ride around town. During car rides, younger children should ride in

size and age-appropriate car safety seats. Do NOT leave children or pets in a parked car for any amount of time, as interior temperatures can reach deadly levels in minutes even during moderate temperatures. Falls from windows increase during the summer months and screens will not protect children from falling out. To ensure that your child will not fall out, install window guards or stops and open windows from the top whenever possible. Also, be sure to move furniture away from windows to discourage climbing. The Central Connecticut is urging all residents to do their part to stay safe this summer. For more information about injury prevention, visit www.ct.gov/ dph/injury. Further information about public health related issues can be found at the Central Connecticut Health District, celebrating 15 years of service, at www.ccthd.org or by calling (860) 721-2822.

Ruth Block, right, circulation supervisor for the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, will retire after 30 years with the library. Seated to her left are Lisa Masten and Jeanette Francini.

After 30 years, dedicated librarian set to retire Continued from Page 1

about library systems and history and has developed long-standing relationships with patrons that come in. We’re very lucky to have her, definitely going to miss her a lot.” So does she have any exciting retirement plans? “Not really,” Block said earlier his week. “Spend more time with family I guess.” The Newington resident remembers the library building when it was smaller, before the 1986-88 renovations, but also the collection of media’s transformation and expansion over the years. “The concentration on what we’re checking out is different, we’ve gone from print media to downloading,” she says. “When I first started we were circulating LP records now were doing a lot with E-readers. It’s been a lot of change … I liked the whole experience.” The public is invited to drop by the library’s Community Room this Friday, June 1 between one and three p.m. to say good-bye to Ruth Block. For more information, call the Library’s Head of Community Services Shirlee-Ann Kober at (860) 665-8700.

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Tree-trimming truck to be shared by towns By ERICA SCHMITT

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As of earlier this week, Newington and four surrounding towns have all agreed to take part in the sharing of a tree-trimming truck, if a regional grant is received later this year. Along with the Newington Town Council, the towns of Wethersfield, Berlin and Rocky Hill recently approved an application to apply for the state grant through the Intertown Capital Equipment Purchase Incentive Program. The grant request called for the state program to reimburse approximately 30 percent of the truck’s $180,000 cost, with the remaining expense balance to be split between each of the four towns – budgeted at about $25,000 per town. Newington Town Manager John Salomone oversaw the agreement for the new vehicle, which will have a 75-foot boom to carry tree-trimmers into trees — twice as far as the existing truck that is already shared by Newington and Wethersfield. Because the town has the largest amount of roadside trees that need trimming, plans call for Wethersfield to house the truck at its public works department and be the first to use it in emergency situations and Newington, the second. Newington, Berlin and Rocky Hill’s physical services departments would share the bucket truck as needed; as part of a formal written inter-municipal agreement that defines sharing obligations. Salomone informed the Council the plan was in conjunction with other projects the four towns are collaborating on, per a meeting held recently with the Capital Region Council of Governments.

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Town looks to manage growing population of Baby Boomers, know as the ‘Silver Tsunami’

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Newington’s overall population from 1960 to 2030, based on census data collected over time. Newington’s demographics are While residents age 60 and over changing and community leaders met made up 12 percent of the populalast week to begin figuring out how tion in 1960, in 2030 that group the town’s support systems might may comprise over 30 percent of the evolve to accommodate. population, according to projections. It’s widely known as the “Silver The plan’s infrastructure strategies Tsunami”: the baby boomers’ gen- suggest anticipating this change by eration getting older all over America, creating programs and providing serand it raises the question of how vices that promote “aging in place.” youth-oriented communities will sufLast week’s discussion was the fice when much kick-off of this of the population effort.By the end of the two-hour sesis over 60 years of sion, a dozen or so age. large white sheets Over the last few years, a group of paper lined the of volunteers walls of the senior from several local center’s commuhouses of wornity room, covered ship — known in scramblings of as the Interfaith comments from the Community 15 to 20 officials on Action of hand. Newington They began by — have been proidentifying what viding seniors, communityresourcdisabled residents es are needed for an and others with individual to live necessary support independently and services. which of those are Senior and already existent in Disabled Center Newington. Then, Director Dianne gaps between what Stone called DIANNE STONE already exists and ICAN “a kernel of Senior and Disabled Center what is needed were growth” for what director pinpointed. she and other leaders are hoping to Finally, the leaders — everyone cultivate into a long-enduring system from Director of Human Services Karen Futoma and President of the for the future. “It’s a matter of mobilizing Newington Kiwanis, Bob Seiler, resources and making sure peoples’ to James Jennings, Chief of the skills are utilized properly, to create Newington Volunteer Ambulance a sustainable system for providing Association — brainstormed basic informal and community-based sup- solutions to fill in these gaps. port,”she explained at last Thursday’s “The next step is for us to get “Community Brainstorm” meeting, together and — using the ideas that which basically served as the start- were generated — operationalize ing point of an ongoing planning them into a program or project,” discussion. Stone said Tuesday after she had In Newington, the demo- some time to review all that was graphic issue is eluded to in the discussed. “It’s really grassroots com2010-2020 Plan of Conservation and munity organizing,” she added. “We Development, the document that know that the needs are out there draws out the town’s future growth, and the good will is also out there; it’s preservation and overall change. a matter of putting a shape to that so Page seven of the document shows we can make it a more livable coma chart of the age composition of munity for everybody.” By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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CCEA report offers grim forcast By SCOTT WHIPPLE STAFF WRITER

The Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis warns that many of the jobs lost since 2008 will not return. As a result, the state will be challenged to retain workers and attract new ones. CCEA, now housed in the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, released its latest quarterly economic forecast (“Recovery Stirring? But will Connecticut be too Old to Compete?”) Thursday. The forecast that tracks the state’s economic performance paints a grim picture of where C o n n e c t i c u t ’s economy is headed. However, authors of the report, CCEA Director Fred Carstensen, Senior Research Fellow Peter Gunther and Research Associate William Waite report that an asset that can rescue the economy is for the state to unleash $2.5 billion in tax credits currently sitting unused on balance sheets. Because Connecticut has failed to create new jobs for more than two decades, it is unable to retain many of its young adults or attract new workers. As a result, the state is confronted with a rapidly aging population. The challenge is not just to replace all 120,000 jobs lost since 2008, but to create more new jobs. The authors praise current initiatives as a good beginning and cite the early stages of construction and recruiting at the Connecticut Biosciences Complex, the UConn School of Medicine and Dentistry

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expansion, and creation of the Farmington campus of Jackson Laboratories. These initiatives should boost Connecticut’s Real Gross Domestic Product growth, adding 0.9 percent to the Real Gross Domestic Product in 2012 and 1.15 percent in 2013. Other initiatives to strengthen the small business environment and develop a vibrant innovation ecology will also help. But,no current policies or initiatives come close to reaching the goal in job creationConnecticut needs to reach to address its demographic challenge. The authors fault the state legislature for not expanding job hiring tax credits. They argue that the state should let corporations sell $2.5 billion in tax credits against state income taxes that were unused because of caps against tax liability. If unleashed, revenue from these credits would create nearly 10 million square feet of new manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical and other facilities, creating nearly 100,000 new jobs. If these credits were sold to qualifying enterprises, firms like Genentech might acquire them to build a major facility to colocate with JAXX or at Yale’s West Campus. This aggressive initiative would also create job opportunities likely to draw in new workers and the younger population the state must attract to secure its economic future.

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For some veterans, every day is Memorial Day By JACK KRAMER EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Across the state people took time from their cookouts Monday to remember those who served and still serve our country in the armed forces. Memorial Day means “a helluva lot” to Doug Capsalors of Bristol, who served in Vietnam in 1968-69. Capsalors had a front-row seat near the monuments at Memorial Boulevard picked out more than 45 minutes before the parade even started. Capsalors said he was glad to see the crowds — young and old — turn out to remember those who serve. He said he was in Vietnam for a bit more than 15 months, and “not a day goes by when I don’t think about those I was there with.” This year, he said, he has been thinking a lot about Eddie Ruminski, whom Capsalors said he took orders from during the war. Ruminski, from Wallingford, recently passed away. The parade attracted a big crowd in Bristol, as families lined Memorial Boulevard. After the parade, a reading of names of veterans who have passed away between Memorial Day 2011 and 2012 was followed by an

MIA-POW ceremony, a wreath laying at the WWII memorial, a performance of National Anthem by high school bands and a rifle volley and Taps. Later, a cookout sponsored by the Bristol Elks Lodge was held at the American Legion pavilion — for veterans and their families only. Over in Berlin, the guest speaker at the Memorial Day Parade was First Sgt. Ben A. Grainger, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. Grainger was a decorated officer who is married to the former Janice Garrett of Rocky Hill. There were patriotic songs by the Berlin High School Chorus, including the National Anthem, and there was also entertainment by the McGee Middle School and Berlin High School bands. There was also a rifle volley by the joint members of VFW Post 10732 and American Legion Post 68. And the Berlin High School trumpeters played Taps. There were also parades and Memorial Day remembrances Monday in Forestville, Terryville, Plainville, Southington and Rocky Hill. Plymouth held its Memorial Day Parade Sunday, while Wethersfield and Newington held their parades Saturday. New Britain will continue its

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Above, the Newington High School marching band during the Memorial Day Parade Saturday morning. Below, Newington resident and honorary Grand Marshal Edward Skehan, a combat engineer in World War II is driven by Rick Telesca in a 1966 Jeep during the parade. Members of the Connecticut Blues Fife & Drum Corps from Durham during Newington’s Memorial Day Parade.

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Area banks reach out during Small Business Week By SCOTT WHIPPLE STAFF WRITER

Small Business “is our economic engine,” Constant Contact CEO Gail Goodwin blogged in the Huffington Post. “They create over two-thirds of net new jobs, and more than half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business.” On May 20, banks in central Connecticut revved up this engine during National Small Business Week. Despite the lingering effects of the recession, they wanted customers to know they had the capital needed to grow jobs and spur economic development. TD Bank made 900 small business sales calls. “We certainly have money to lend,” says Mike LaBella, TD Bank Connecticut market president, countering a common misconception. “We’re having a strong year in small business; we’re actually up 20 percent in lending over last year.” LaBella says TD Bank’s business lenders meet the customer in his place of business. “You need this closer look at his financial informa-

tion.” For people who have lost their job in Corporate America and want to open a restaurant, Labella encourages them to consider a franchise loan rather than a startup. With a franchise there’s less chance for failure. Last week, Webster Bank had a blitz going, prospecting for new customers as well as thanking existing customers for their loyalty. One such customer, Jack Traver, president and CEO of Waterburybased Traver IDC, praised Webster for helping his company through a few rough patches during the recession. Traver IDC is a supplier of electrical apparatus and service to the industrial marketplace through advanced technological solutions. According to Tim Bergstrom,Traver could be a “poster child” customer. Bergstrom is senior vice president, business and professional banking, based in New Britain and Waterbury. He says Webster has put its managers through an intensive business certification program to help them better understand challenges small business owners face. With custom-

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ers like Travers it seems to have Traver says. “Webster has helped paid off. with a line of credit; this slow econo“We’re a 73-year-old company,” my can put a strain on cash flow.” Bergstrom says Webster’s investment in small business has never been greater. In 2011, it resulted in a Newington Health Care Center and 35 percent increase in small business lending over 2010.To date,Webster’s State Farm present business loans are up 26 percent over the same period last year. “We’re finding some customers [likeTraver] have put off projects and are doing them again,” Bergstrom says. Ross Gottlieb and his wife, Ilyse, own Security Uniforms on Broad Street in New Britain. Over the years, Farmington Bank helped them refinance projects and Join us for this talk with capital to help reduce operatabout your guide to loss ing costs. prevention by State Farm Agent In 1993, the Gottliebs switched Michael Van Audekerk. from several financial institutions to Farmington Bank. “My wife heard they were a community bank, responsive to Reservations are required– customers, and great to deal with,” register today! 1-860-667-2256 Gottlieb says. “Lucinda Antonacci, the Farmington branch managDinner will be served. er, has retired. But she was there when we needed her. Now Andreas [Kapetanopoulos] has continued the Newington Health Care Center is relationship.” a leading provider of specialized Kapetanopoulos, Farmington programs for post-acute care, Bank’s senior vice president, is direcrehabilitation, long-term care and tor of small business lending. memory care. 240 Church St., Newington, CT 06111 “The bank has been taking on a growth strategy these past three 860-667-2256 426989

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Area golf courses see record profits as season starts early Mild winter gives local links a jump start By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

Christmas came early this year for golfers everywhere — including right here in Connecticut. An unseasonably dry winter paired with mild temperatures in February and March gave local golfers — whether their favorite course is Stanley in New Britain, Chippanee in Bristol or somewhere else — a head start this season and gave local golf courses recordsetting boosts in revenue. “Everything kind of came together,” Stanley Golf Course assistant superintendant Kevin Devaux said. “It was a perfect storm and everything worked out for us.” Stanley generated an extra $110,000 between Christmas of 2011 and the end of March, partially due to the fact that the New Britain establishment was the only golf facility open in the area for several weeks. “Between Christmas and March 1, we were closed for only 19 days,” Stanley’s head pro Kyle Hedstrom said. “ In March, we were up 157 percent from last March.” That increase in due in large part to the determination that was made to open the course during the time of year that typically sees the green grass covered in snowy white. “We were set up for it,” Devaux, one of seven year-round employees at the golf course, said. “We just had to bring rangers in. If there was no snow cover but it was cold we

wouldn’t have done it.” The maintenance staff was able to change the cups all over the course, and the lack of frost made it clear that any damage to the course would be negligible with consideration to increased revenues. Over at Chippanee, assistant golf pro Robert Bishop said another benefit of the warmer weather “is the course has never been in better shape. Our regular golfers are really happy.’’ Stanley took advantage of having their course open and offered a $20 promotion, providing a cart and greens fees, and the response was overwhelming. “This was probably a once in a lifetime winter,” Hedstrom said. “I think the economy is getting better, the unemployment rate is better and that has helped us a little but we offer a great product here.” Other area golf courses used the mild winter in other ways. At Chippanee, Bishop said the course doesn’t have the same walkon traffic because its a country club course. But those who play golf in March and April had much better conditions than they normally find. Timberlin Golf Course in Berlin was able to perform early maintenance on the course to get it into tip-top shape for the spring season. “They were doing a lot of work in the background, especially on the back nine,” Timberlin head pro Marc Bayram said. Among other things, Timberlin employees trimmed trees along the

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Kayla Santiago of New Britain gets ready to tee off at Stanley Golf Course with her father Billy, at left.

17th hole to make it easier for players to find golf balls. Unlike Stanley, Timberlin decided to remain closed through January and February. “There’s always the fear we would have frost and we didn’t want a lot of traffic at that time,” Bayram said. “This is the best I’ve seen the course condition-wise. It truly was a benefit to close up and get a lot of work done to the golf course.” Eventually however, the Timberlin staff decided the weather was too good for the course to remain closed any longer, and it was opened March 8, ahead of last year’s schedule. “We got to the point where we determined the course was in good shape to be opened,” Bayram said. “The first week we were open, we had weather in the 70s. It was a great head start to the season. Every

weekend we’ve had this season, our tee sheet has been filled in the morning.” Timberlin is experiencing huge revenues as well. Last season, revenue through April was $230,000. This year they were near $300,000 and the uptick hasn’t subsided. “We’re still seeing a lots of golfers,” Bayram said. “We discounted rates 20 percent during aeration week and customers loved it. The public golf courses are certainly benefitting.” The good time keep rolling at Stanley as well, reporting a 25 percent uptick in the month of April, which is a much better indicator of the state of the economy in New Britain. “We’re always happy when were up just 4-or-5 percent,” Hedstrom said. “This is also a sport that depends on good weather. When

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HARTFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in the case of a retired Hartford police officer who sued a former state prosecutor after being acquitted of manslaughter in an on-duty shooting death. Former Officer Robert Lawlorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case is scheduled to go before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City. Lawlor is appealing a lower federal courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dismissal of his malicious prosecution lawsuit against former Waterbury Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Attorney John Connelly, whom Lawlor accused of withholding evidence that favored Lawlor from a one-judge grand jury. Connelly denies the allegations. The judge determined there was probable cause to arrest Lawler for the May 7, 2005, shooting that killed 18-year-old Jashon Bryant and wounded then-21year-old Brandon Henry. A jury acquitted Lawlor of manslaughter and assault charges in December 2009. The case sparked outrage among blacks in Hartford. Lawlor and all the jurors were white, while Bryant

and Henry were black. Some critics of the verdict are now calling Bryant â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hartfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trayvon Martinâ&#x20AC;? in online postings, referring to the Florida teen who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. In dismissing Lawlorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawsuit last year, U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport agreed with Connellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument that he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be sued for his conduct as a state prosecutor under the legal doctrine of â&#x20AC;&#x153;absolute immunity.â&#x20AC;? Lawlorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer, Norman Pattis, disagrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prosecutors are generally immune from lawsuits,â&#x20AC;? Pattis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this case, Mr. Connelly misled a grand jury and thereby lost his immunity. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how anyone could conclude that a prosecutor should be above the law.â&#x20AC;? Matthew Beizer, an assistant state attorney general representing Connelly, offered only general comments about the case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Connelly is entitled to immunity as a prosecutor from the claims,â&#x20AC;? Beizer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We prevailed in front of the district court and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hopeful weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to prevail again.â&#x20AC;? On the day of the shooting, Lawlor was working in plain clothes in an antigun campaign with Daniel Prather, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol,

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McMahon says she was unaware of WWE’s libel threat By MARK PAZNIOKAS ©CONNECTICUTMIRROR

Linda McMahon was on message Wednesday,briskly talking about business, jobs and the economy. But her old company, World Wrestling Entertainment, intruded with the persistence of a colorful relative. With a litigation threat against a newspaper columnist who likened its programming to pornography, the company her husband still controls succeeded where her rivals for the U.S. Senate have failed: It focused the media, at least briefly, on WWE’s racy past. McMahon, the former chief executive officer of the company she co-founded with her husband, Vince McMahon, insisted that the subject of WWE’s litigation threat over an unflattering column has not come up at their Greenwich home. McMahons Linda (l) and Vince McMahon (r) and family at the GOP convention. “I left WWE in 2009,”McMahon said. “Yes, I’m still married to the

chairman, but really what WWE does, it believes is right for it to do for its own business, is totally what it’s doing.” WWEisapubliclytradedcompany, so Vince McMahon’s responsibilities are to its shareholders, though communications specialists probably could debate whether threatening a columnist who views WWE’s past as “pornographic” was good or bad for the company. It generated controversy and far more attention than the column by Chris Powell of the Journal Inquirer originally attracted. In fact, Powell’s column never named WWE as it jabbed at McMahon’s fitness for office, saying GOP voters learned all they needed during her first run in 2010. “Her practical qualifications for office did not extend beyond her fantastic wealth, and that wealth derived from the business of violence, pornography, and general raunch,” Powell wrote. In a letter to Powell, the WWE’s senior vice president of marketing

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and communications, Brian Flinn, demanded a retraction by June 4: “Should you fail to issue the retraction,we will seek legal and all available remedies.” Conflict, real or imagined, is WWE’s stock in trade. It has staged feuds and grudge matches between its wrestling performers, and one long-ago story line featured Linda threatening Vince with divorce. But if this is a story line,McMahon says she was not in on the script. “I read about the letter that had gone to Chris Powell in my press clippings, and that’s the first I knew about it,”McMahon said. Without a pause, she quickly returned to a message that reflects a new television ad about her six-point jobs plan and the day’s campaign visits to small businesses, including two bakeries run by women in West Hartford. “I am focused on the issues I think that are so much on the minds of the people in Connecticut,” McMahon said, locking eyes with a reporter. “It’s not changed. Those are the issues of

jobs and the economy.” When pressed, McMahon neither criticizednordefendedWWE’s threat against Powell. She said the company has to act in its best interest. “It has to be that way. It really has to be that way,”she said. WWE’s spokesman, Bob Josephson, offered a similar view. “WWE is a global television content creator and a publicly traded company whose core business is monetizing that very television content,” he said in an email. “When our content is unfairly mischaracterized, it seriously jeopardizes our business.” Josephson said WWE recognizes that its critics are entitled to their opinions. “The right to hold and express opinions is not the same as making the false statement of fact that WWE is in ‘the business of pornography,’ as Mr. Powell did,” Josephson wrote.“False factual statements about the nature of our business is not the expression of opinion and serves only to maliciously damage our business and impugn the integrity of the

John Wallace MS music students recognized

Nine John Wallace Midde School music students were selected to perform in the 2012 Northern Region Middle School Music Festival this past March. This festival recognizes the top MS music students from the northern region of Connecticut. In a matter of two days, the students rehearsed to prepare for an all-star performance. The NRMS concert was held Saturday, March 3 at Har-Bur MS in Burlington. The 2012 NRMS John Wallace MS music students are: Band – Grace Bielesz (clarinet), Robert Ciaffliagione (trumpet), and Emily Robinson (clarinet) Jazz Band – David Park (lead alto sax) and Jason Vereneau (drums) Chorus – Sophia Ancona,Maryjane Johnson, Kira Venables, and Meghan Willgoos

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hundreds of our Connecticut based employees who work very hard to produce some of the longest running and most popular shows on television.” He noted that all WWE broadcast programming has been rated TV-PG since 2008, while previous shows had a more adult rating of TV-14. Asked if WWE considered the impact of its litigation threat on the McMahon campaign, he made clear it did not. “WWE refuses to be bullied and will not allow our content to be inaccurately categorized. This is not about politics or Linda McMahon’s candidacy,” he said. “This is about protecting WWE’s business and setting the record straight that WWE has never been in the business of pornography. We must vigorously defend our company with any and all resources at our disposal.” This story originally appeared at CTMirror.org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.

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town agencies. A similar approach could pay big dividends, he added, for state government. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we have done just a terrible job in grant writing and preparation,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The grant writing office pays for itself,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For these federal grants you cannot just have Charlie in the office writing a grant.â&#x20AC;? The committee also authorized two other studies on Tuesday. Access to Substance Use Treatment for Privately Insured Youth. This study would examine both state and federal â&#x20AC;&#x153;parityâ&#x20AC;? statutes requiring insurers to cover both physical and mental health treatments, the reasons why many young patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; requests for coverage for mental health treatments are being denied, and the availability of treatment providers in Connecticut. This story originally appeared at CTMirror.org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.

HARTFORD, (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The former chief executive officer for ticket reseller TicketNework Inc. has been given two years of probation for using a racial slur during an altercation with a bouncer outside an Academy Awards party. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/KTjZoI) that Donald Vaccaro was accepted Tuesday into the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Accelerated Rehabilitation program, which allows first-time offenders to have their criminal history wiped clean once they successfully complete their probation. Vaccaro, of Glastonbury, was charged intimidation based on bigotry or bias and several misdemeanors after the Feb. 27 encounter. A bouncer told police Vaccaro addressed him with a racial slur while being escorted from a party after a woman complained the 49-year-old executive had fondled her. The arrest warrant said his speech was slightly slurred, leading an officer to believe he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;mildly intoxicated.â&#x20AC;? Vaccaro took an indefinite leave from the South Windsor ticket-reselling company after his arrest and said his actions didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reflect his values. The arrest led TicketNetwork Inc. to withdraw from the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly touted â&#x20AC;&#x153;First Fiveâ&#x20AC;? initiative. That program was established to give state tax credits to the first five businesses investing $25 million in Connecticut and creating 200 jobs over five years. TicketNetwork was the third company to win incentives, announcing last summer up to $7.75 million in loans in exchange for keeping 292 jobs, creating at least 200 full-time jobs in two years and possibly up to 600 over the next 10 years.

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Connecticut received $7.7 billion out of the $630 billion the federal government distributed to states and municipalities, ranking 18th on a per capita basis, according to Program Review staff. In the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, federal funds account for about $3.5 billion, or 19 percent, of total revenues in the state budgetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Fund, which covers the bulk of operating costs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While optimizing federal revenues has always been important to the state, Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current fiscal climate makes garnering all available dollars a higher priority,â&#x20AC;? staff wrote in a proposed outline for the study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advocacy groups, legislators and other policymakers have questioned whether Connecticut is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;leaving federal monies on the table.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? A mayor of Manchester in the 1980s and 1990s, Cassano said his community dramatically expanded its level of federal assistance by developing a local office charged specifically with tracking grants and writing applications for all

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Defending Class LL champs finished after first round By EVAN MACY

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NEWINGTON — It was just one of those days for the Newington baseball team. And unfortunately for the defending Class LL State Champs, it just happened to occur during the opening round of this year’s state tournament against No. 24 Fairfield Prep. The eighth-seeded Indians couldn’t bounce back after a bad fourth inning, and were shut out and eliminated 4-0 Tuesday afternoon in Newington. “It just wasn’t our day today,” Newington head coach Eric Frank said. “We hit several different balls very hard right at players and that’s how baseball is sometimes, but I’m proud of our guys we had a good season. They worked hard all year but unfortunately we came up with the short end of the stick today.” The Indians had two key opportunities to strike offensively, but each resulted in missed opportunities. In the first, Jon Snyder’s leadoff

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Pat Meucci connects for a hit in the Indian’s Tuesday loss to Fairfield Prep in the Class LL tournament.

Dave Lockery put down a safety squeeze to drive in the third run, and just like that, the Jesuits were in total control. “I was just hitting spots and trying to get over my fastball,” Tinkham, a senior captain, said. “I did a decent job of that. I left some pitches out over the plate and they did a good job, they didn’t hit anything too too hard but they found holes.” Fairfield eventually added insurance with another run in the seventh, but it was inconsequential. Jesuit hurler Brett Young made short work of the Indians in the middle innings, and relied on cleanly fielded balls by his fielders to lift him to success. Young went all seven frames but walked three and struck out just one. The rest of Newington’s at-bats resulted in ground outs and fly outs. “He was a good pitcher but we hit the ball hard,” Frank said. Two of Newington’s three hits came off the bat of Jon Snyder, a soon to be graduating senior with multi-sport talent and with remarkable skill with a bat. “He had a couple hits,” Frank said of Snyder. “He’s been a great player for us for three years, he’s a tremendous athlete. He stepped up for us.” The Indians finish the year 14-7 and the Jesuits take their 11-10 mark to East Hartford this afternoon, looking to advance to this weekends Class LL quarterfinals.

end the threat. single combined with a passed ball, base. “That’s all you can do in baseand ground out saw him reach But with two men in scoring third base. Sam Tinkham reached position and two away, Bryant ball,” Tinkham said. “You hit it second after a walk and stolen Morander flew out to center to hard and sometimes it goes at people. What are you going to do?” Fast forward to the bottom of the sixth — the Indians trailed 3-0 and needed a spark. A single from Pat Meucci and Tinkham taking first base on an error eventually set up the same Autobody       second and third situation, this 024309 time with one out. Morander grounded to third before Ryan Callahan hit a fro      zen rope right into the glove of Fairfield’s Mike Smeriglio to end the threat. “Early on we were hitting balls hard right at them,” Frank said. “In the sixth we had a couple guys on and Callahan ripped it but it was right at the left fielder. If that drops it’s two runs, it’s a 3-2 game and it could be a different story for us.” Newington played sound defensively as well, with Tinkham tossing seven strong innings and working with a bend but don’t break mentality. After quick innings in the first, second and third, the left-hander gave up a single to lead off the fourth. After a sac bunt, Will Brophey hit an infield single to drive in the Evan Macy can be reached at first run and Dave Gerics followed (860) 225-4601 ext 213, or at with a weakly hit single as well. emacy@newbritainherald.com.

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In last game with team,Tinkham leaves it all on the field By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON — Sam Tinkham’s final game as an Indian may have resulted in a loss and elimination from the Class LL State Tournament, but he attacked the opposing Fairfield Prep Jesuits with the same heart and vigor that has defined the left-handed pitcher’s career at Newington. “It was one bad inning there but Sam Tinkham has been a tremendous competitor for us and he has been one of the best leaders we ever had in the program,” Newington head coach Eric Frank said. “I can’t say enough good things about him. We’re really proud of what he’s accomplished with us and we’re sad to see him go. We wish him the best of luck in the future.” The senior pitched a complete game in the 4-0 loss to Fairfield Prep Tuesday, but an ugly fourth inning that saw five weak singles and some well-executed small ball by the Jesuits helped to spell

defeat for the defending Class LL State Champions. But even after the ugly frame, Tinkham went back to work and was a true ace. “Every time you pitch you’re going to let up runs,” he said. “The important thing is if you give up three don’t give up four. If you give up four don’t give up five. “That’s the mentality I have. I don’t think about what happened before. You can’t control that.” Tinkham led the Indians to a 14-7 season, but he knows he would not have had the same success if not for the confidence he gained knowing his teammates had his back on the diamond. “My teammates made all the plays for me again, doing what they did all year long,” Tinkham said. “They made me look good, like they always do.” Tinkham plans to play first base and pitch for Newington Legion over the summer before heading off to school in Iowa. He will play baseball at Division-III Grinnell College next season.

Senior Sam Tinkham pitches in the Indians’ 4-0 loss to Fairfield Prep Tuesday.

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Season wrap-up: Indians fielded a hard-working, determined team By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

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Josh Barnett hits one for Newington against Fairfield Prep .

NEWINGTON — Everyone’s eyes were on the Indians’ baseball team this season. After one of the more memorable championship runs in Connecticut baseball history, fans and competitors alike were wondering if the team had what it took to repeat in Class LL. But Newington’s ride was a little shorter this season, as it was eliminated in the first round after what was still a successful follow-up campaign in 2012. “We finished 14-7 and I thought we had a good year,” Newington head coach Eric Frank said. “Obviously last year we won a state championship and it’s hard to match that but these guys gave the effort, they believed in themselves. But unfortunately we fell short today.” It was a season unlike any experi-

enced previously for Frank and the Indians,as high expectations and the loss of several key seniors combined to produce a talented, hard-working and determined team, looking to define themselves in the shadow of a soon to be legendary squad. “This year it was a whole different feeling,” Newington senior Sam Tinkham said. “There was a lot more talk of championship and a lot of talk from the outside world, from newspapers and all that because of what we did last year.” Instead of a scrappy underdog like the 2011 version of the club, this year’s team was not afforded the luxury of flying under the radar. The Indians had winning streaks of six and four games during the 20-game season, and even defeated the 18-2 No. 2 seed in Class S, Northwest Catholic, to finish the regular season. The team also won three out of four meetings with last year’s

semi-finalists New Britain and Southington. In spite of a different kind of success this past season, Tinkham feels great gratitude toward last season’s senior class. Most of these graduated ballplayers have played a major role in helping this year’s seniors succeed. “It’s been great because of all the teammates around us,” Tinkham said. “We’ve had a great environment with the coaches and seniors. It’s been really fun. We’re all still friends, we hang out, a lot of them were here today in the stands and we support each other. We went to a lot of their college games. It’s just a family atmosphere.” Tinkham, along with fellow seniors Jon Snyder, Freddy Burgos, Tyler Eastwood, Josh Barnett, Ryan Callahan and Alex Frutuoso hope to leave a similar legacy for the 2013 team.


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POLICE BLOTTER Newington Police report the following: Michael Sands, 32, of 66 White Tail Lane, Wallingford, was charged May 12 with narcotics not kept in original container and possession of narcotics. Craig Salmon, 25, of 195 Otis St., Hartford, was charged May 15 with misuse of marker plate, no insurance and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Eric Grodzicki, 55 Yale Ave., Meriden, was charged May 22 with two counts third-degree burglary and two counts conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary. Todd Billins,39,of 79 Englewood Ave.,Bloomfield, was charged May 23 with third-degree assault and breach of peace. Justin Correa, 20, of 82 Mattabasset St., East Berlin, was charged May 23 with breach of peace. Amber Polo, 20, of 566 Fern St., West Hartford, was charged May 23 with breach of peace. Marco Perez-Barrera, 33, of 28 Monte Vista Ave. was charged May 24 with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Kathy Depaolis, 52, of 21 Spring St. was charged May 24 with disorderly conduct.

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On Monday, March 12, the Girl Scouts participated in a nationwide Promise Circle at Churchill Park in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary.

EVENTS CALENDAR COMSTOCK’S ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL: Come join us at Comstock, Ferre & Co., 263 Main St. Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, for a free celebration featuring horticultural speakers, music, natural foods and live entertainment. Craftspeople and other vendors will be in attendance. Heirloom plants will be for sale. For further information, call (860) 571-6970 or check our website at comstockferre.com. 6TH ANNUAL ROCKY HILL CAR SHOW: Over The Hill Gang Car Club, Eastern Chapter, will sponsor the 6th Annual Rocky Hill Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at Elm Ridge Park (Rt. 160), Rocky Hill. To become a trophy sponsor or vendor, contact John at (860) 721-1315. Funds from the car show support the Rocky Hill Human Services Energy Assistance Program, the Connecticut Association of Foster & Adoptive Parents, Howell Cheney Technical School Automotive Scholarship, Rocky Hill Summer Concert Series and the Wethersfield Police Explorers. CHILD SAFETY & PROTECTION DAY: Child Safety & Protection Day will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at KinderCare, 143 Pascone Place. Come join us for free fingerprinting and photos for chld identification. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is sponsored by the New York Life Insurance Co. NEWINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL TAG SALE: The Newington Historical Society’s annual tag sale will be held from 9

a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Kellogg-Eddy House, 679 Willard Ave. The Newington Historical Society is accepting donations to its Annual Tag Sale. Jewelry, small kitchen and electronic appliances, all in good working condition, glassware. dishes and other treasures that you would like to donate will be gratefully accepted with the exception of large furniture, books or clothing. The additional drop-off date is Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. As in past years, items not sold will be donated to Hartford area homeless shelters. A note of interest: Start right now cleaning that attic or garage, and bringing those treasures to us during regular office hours, Monday and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Call to arrange a drop off time. Someone will be available at the Kellogg-Eddy House to accept your donations Saturday, June 2 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. If you are not able to drop off your items, arrangements for pick-up can be made by calling the office and scheduling a time. For information regarding delivery or pickup of your items, call the Newington Historical Society office at (860) 666-7118 or email:NGTNHeritage@ aol.com. INTERFAITH DINNER: Temple Sinai of Newington will host the congregation of the Islamic Center of Berlin at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the temple, 41 West Hartford Road. For information, call (860) 561-1055. DEMING-YOUNG FARM FOUNDATION FAMILY DAY: Moms and dads … participate with your child (Grades K - 4) in fun Colonial crafts, games and musical activities. Learn to write

with a quill pen and create a Wonder Turner or a Bilbo Catcher. Play games such as Quoits, Nine Man’s Morris, The Game of the Graces and more. Join us Sunday, June 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Deming-Young Farm, 282 Church St. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There will be no public restrooms available. TOUCH-A-TRUCK: The annual Touch-A-ruck event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16 in the Lucy Robbins Welles Library/Town Hall parking lots. Held in conjunction with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Kickoff to Summer Reading, this is a free event for the whole family. Sponsors include the Friends of the Newington Library, Newington Parks & Recreation, Newington Police Department, GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Women’s Club and St. Mary’s School. This is a hands-on event and kids young and old can touch, honk horns and climb on the vehicles we will have on display. Vehicles on display may include a concrete pump truck, fire truck, army hummer, Dunkin’ Donuts truck, deck mower, police cruiser, Life Star Helicopter, medical ambulance and more. No registration is required. For more information, call (860) 665-8666. FREE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST:: Grace Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., invites the publicto a Free Community Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. The breakfast is held every third Saturday of the month. Call Mitch Page at (860) 667-3141 with any questions. NHS FOOTBALL TEAM GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER:

The Newington High School football team will hold a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit the players in areas of equipment, study support and scholarships Saturday, June 23. This fun-filled day will be held at Blue Fox Run in Avon, which is only 25 minutes from Newington Center. Come and meet the coaches, players, parents, and members of Friends of Football who are hosting this event. The cost is only $125 for lunch, dinner, 18 holes of golf, practice range, registration gift, and great raffle prizes. Contact the following to either sponsor a hole sign for your business or register to play: Coach Roberts, (860) 965-4290, Dave Pruett, (860) 558-1560, Rich Klett, (860) 214-5208. NEWINGTON FIRE CELEBRATES 95TH ANNIVERSARY: The Newington Volunteer Fire Department celebrates its 95th Anniversary in grand style. On Saturday, June 23 a townwide celebration will take place with over 30 Connecticut Fire Departments joining Newington in a ceremonial parade starting at 4 p.m. Firefighters and their apparatus will march down Newington’s Main Street and conclude in a celebration in Mill Pond Park. Entertainment will be provided with a concert, food and beverages. A child area will showcase bouncers, the Ident-a-Kid Program, Fire Prevention Trailer, face painting and other activities. The public is welcome to join in on the fun. For additional information, contact Lt. Jack Nesklada at (860) 7480308 or the NVFD at (860) 667-5900. 31ST ANNUAL NEWINGTON EXTRAVAGANZA JULY 16-21 AT MILL POND PARK: The Newington

Family Pool Party will be Monday, July 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is sponsored in conjunction with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. This event is free and only open to Newington Residents. Join us for our new Family Field Day. This event will be held Tuesday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.Traditional field day games will be offered, with some exciting and different twists. The Summer Carnival will be Thursday, July 19, (5 to 10 p.m.); Friday, July 20, (5 to 10 p.m.); Saturday, July 21, (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) at Mill Pond Park. Purchase a wristband and enjoy unlimited rides all day. The wristband price is as follows: Thursday $15, Friday $20 and Saturday $20. The Concert in the Park will take place Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. This is one night you won’t want to miss sponsored by Data-Mail Inc. Ticket to Ride will perform on the eve of Extravaganza at Mill Pond Park. Admission to the concert is free and open to all ages. All attendees in the beverage garden must be 21 or older. The 31st Annual Extravaganza will be held at Mill Pond Park Saturday, July 21, from 9 to 9:30 p.m. to celebrate Newington and all it has to offer. Enjoy food, games, rides, arts & crafts exhibits and much more. Admission and parking are free, so bring the whole family to this all-day event. The event will conclude with a spectacular evening fireworks display over Mill Pond Park. Visit us on the web at http://www.newingtonct.gov/ parksandrec or call the Parks and Recreation office at (860) 665-8666 if you are interested in making a donation or becoming a sponsor, vendor or for more information.

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DEMING-YOUNG FARM FOUNDATION FAMILY DAY: Moms and Dads — Participate with your child (Grades K - 4) in fun colonial crafts, games and musical activities. Learn to write with a quill pen and create a Wonder Turner or a Bilbo Catcher. Play games such as Quoits, Nine Man’s Morris, The Game of the Graces and more. Join us on Sunday, June 10th from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at 282 Church St. in Newington. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

There will be no public restrooms available. YOUTH LACROSS CLINIC: As part of the festivities of the annual Newington Youth Lacrosse Day, the league will hold a youth clinic for boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade who are interested in learning more about lacrosse. The clinic will take place June 2 at 9 a.m. at the Newington High School fields in front of the VA. The clinic is free with a non-perishable food item for the Newington Food Bank and all children who attend will be given a

T-shirt. Advance registration preferred calling 860-250-9651 or Email tddkaufman@aol.com. WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRIBBAGE: Weekly Wednesday Night Cribbage at the Knights of Columbus, Council 3884, 171 Pascone Place (entrance and parking in the rear). All cribbage players are welcome and play will continue through the summer. Players are asked to sign-in at 6:45 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. and end between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Format: the players are broken down in two groups, Group A

is the faster players and Group B is the slower players — for each group of players, a player plays one game and then rotates to play the next player. At end of each night there are payouts for each group. Cost $5 per night. For additional information, call Dick Losh at (860) 667-0832 or for directions, other council activities and hours of operation visit the Council’s website www. kofcnewington.com. Public always welcome any time. BOOK DISCUSSION AT TEMPLE SINAI: Following the Shabbat Service

at 6 p.m., Friday, June 8, Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett will host a pizza supper and lead a discussion of the book “By Fire By Water” by Mitchell James. For information, call (860) 561-1055. RUTH BLOCK TO RETIRE FROM LIBRARY: After more than 30 years with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Circulation Supervisor Ruth Block will retire in June. The public is invited to drop by the library’s Community Room Friday, June 1, between 1 and 3 p.m. to say good-bye. Light refreshments will be available.

LIBRARY EVENTS CALENDAR RUTH BLOCK TO RETIRE FROM LIBRARY: After more than 30 years with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Circulation Supervisor Ruth Block will retire in June. The public is invited to drop by the library’s Community Room Friday, June 1, between 1 and 3 p.m. to say good-bye. Light refreshments will be available. JOB HUNTING OVER AGE 40: Monday, June 4, 7 p.m. This workshop will focus on helping those over 40 who have been unemployed for a while, are underemployed or changing jobs. It will give tips on resumes, cover letters, networking and volunteering ideas, and job search techniques. Nancy Frede, a career coach and counselor, will be the presenter. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 6658700. Sponsored by Liberty Bank and the Friends of the Library. ART EXHIBIT AT LIBRARY: Throughout the month of July, Robert Giovino will be exhibiting his oil paintings in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. Giovino’s involvement in his artwork increased eight years ago as a result of much persuasion from his wife, his son, and his cousin. Using oil as a medium, he primarily enjoys painting lighthouses and seascapes, as well as a few portraits and Renaissance-style paintings. Having joined Paula Spellman’s art class at the Elmwood Community Center a few years ago, he began painting every day and is grateful to Spellman and his classmates for their feedback. Since his last show at the library, Giovino’s paintings have been displayed in Southington and Meriden. He is a member of the Newington and Southington Art Leagues. The exhibit may be viewed in the Community Room during regular library hours when the room is not in use for a scheduled program. Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. ADULT SUMMER READING KICKOFF & REGISTRATION — BETWEEN THE COVERS: Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for the start of this year’s reading event. Drop-in to register, receive a free gift and a

chance to win the kick-off gift basket. Many reading suggestions will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m. This month’s reading is “Speak Memory” by Vladimir Nabokov. All interested readers are invited to attend. KOREAN SPIRIT & CULTURE PROGRAM: Saturday, June 9, noon to 2 p.m. For ages 12 and up. Learn about Korean culture, history and modern achievements from the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. Presentations include a performance of a traditional wedding ceremony. A full Korean meal will be served. Space is limited, so register early. Call the library at (860) 665-8700. TEEN RESUME WORKSHOP: Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 15-19. A lecture/discussion on the basics of resume creation with a focus on styles and information that should be included. This program is designed to give participants a thorough understanding of the parts of a resume and the purpose of writing one. A manual will be included with the presentation. Parents are welcome to attend. Register by calling the library at (860) 665-8700. FRIENDS’ ANNUAL MEETING: The Friends Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. State archaeologist Nick Bellantoni will offer a slide presentation of his most recent adventures. Bellantoni is head of the Connecticut Archeology Center and State Museum of Natural History at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and has served as Connecticut State Archeologist since 1987. He has been featured on The History Channel’s program, The Hitler Project, which documents Bellantoni’s travels to Moscow to investigate what was thought to be Adolf Hitler’s remains. Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary. TEEN INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP: Thursday, June 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 15–19. This presentation is designed to provide teens with the knowledge and skills to effectively compete with

other job candidates. The session will be interactive and teens will be called upon to answer questions that may be asked during an interview. Constructive feedback will be given and is designed to help teens grow and excel in interviewing techniques. Proper interview attire is strongly recommended. A manual will be included with the presentation. Parents are welcome to attend. Register by calling the library at (860) 665-8700. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE: You are invited to the all-ages kick-off for this year’s summer reading programs on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall parking lot. Children, teens and adults will enjoy two hours of funfilled activities for the whole family. Register for one of the three reading programs the library is offering again this year. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Mortensen Community Center Gym. BETWEEN THE COVERS: Adult readers will earn a prize giveaway ticket for each book they read or listen to, which will be entered into weekly drawings for special gift baskets. All tickets collected throughout the summer will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held Aug. 17. An adult kick-off will be held on June 6 prior to the all-ages kick-off. OWN THE NIGHT @ YOUR LIBRARY: Teens in grades 7 to 12 will earn one prize ticket for every 100 pages read. There is no limit to how many prize tickets you can earn. Teens will also earn prizes for every 500 pages read (up to 2000 pages). Prize tickets can be used for weekly drawings and the grand prize drawing. Teens will earn one extra prize ticket at every program they attend! DREAM BIG, READ! Children up through grade 8 can sign up for this year’s online summer reading program and earn free books and other prizes for reading 20 minutes or more a day. BUS TRIP TO NYC: Saturday, June 23. Join the Friends for a day in the Big Apple where you may spend the day as you wish. The cost of the trip is $41. Register at the Adult Information Desk.

FOR CHILDREN PLAY WITH US! Tuesdays, June 12-26, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to 3-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary. JUST A STORY AND A SONG! Wednesday, June 6, 27 (Note: No program June 13 or 20), 10:15 a.m. Join us for a 30-minute all ages storytime. We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. No registration required. FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary. TALES TO TAILS: Saturday, June 2, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 10-minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Unlike peers, animals are attentive listeners; they don’t judge or criticize, so children are more comfortable and inclined to forget about their own fears. Registration is required. Courtesy of Kerrie Lurate. Freedom of Information statutes and regulations. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! Tuesday, June 5, noon. Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4 year-olds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 6658720 to register. JUNIOR COOKBOOK CLUB: Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we get ready for summer. Read “Sunflower House” by Eve Bunting and make a sunflower treat. Chefs in grades K-2 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. SUMMER READING KICK-OFF DAY — DOUBLE YOUR FUN! Summer Reading 2012 — Dream Big — Read! Together with Touch-a-Truck! Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to noon. Help us kick off a dreamy summer of reading! Sign up for our online summer reading program! The event will be held in the Town Hall parking

lot. (Rain place and time: 10 a.m. to noon at the Mortensen Community Center Gym.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Touch-a-Truck is sponsored by the Newington Parks & Recreation Dept. AUDITIONS FOR KIDS AND TEENS TALENT SHOW: Saturday, June 16, 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids and teens, ages 9 to 19, may audition for the talent show being held at the Newington Extravaganza on July 21. Guidelines are available. LOCKED IN THE LIBRARY! Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. until Sunday, June 24, 8 a.m. Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to bring their sleeping bags, pillows and a parent or adult caregiver to sleep over at the library. We’ll have a night filled with stories, games, fun and some sleep! Call (860) 665-8720 beginning to register your family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE — SAM CASE AND THE “BIG DREAM” MYSTERY! Monday, June 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner and Show, $5. Someone at the library has stolen the big book of dreams owned by the world’s greatest detective, Sam Case. Sam needs the audience’s help to figure out whodunit. Children ages 5 to 10 will help the Marshmallow Masquers solve this Sam Case mystery. Pizza, pasta, chicken tenders, drinks and dessert will be served at 5:30 p.m. Show begins at 6:15 p.m. Reservations and $5 payment will be taken in person only in the Children’s Department. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. JUST A STORY AND A SONG! Wednesday, June 27, 10:15 a.m. (Note: No program June 13 or 20) Join us for a 30-minute all ages storytime. We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. No registration required. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. Chefs in grades 3 to 6 will be measuring and mixing to create the Big Dipper. Then we can dip in some fruit to see how it tastes. You may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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