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on the committee include former Town Councilor and school board member Donna Clark, former chairman of the town’s planning and zoning commission, Vincent Camilli and Alan Nafis, a member of the last charter revision commission. The last revision was attempted in 2009, but rejected by voters due to controversial changes recommended, during what is said

The document that outlines how town government operates will be revised during the next three months by the recently-appointed Charter Revision Commission, who has been instructed by the Town Council to focus on updating outdated sections of the Town’s Charter, informally known as its “Constitution.� See COUNCIL, Page 2 TheDemocraticandRepublican Free town committees recommended Volume 53, No. 8 certain individuals to the Council that they believe would make a solid commission. Former Mayor Mike Lenares is one, along with Paul Vesella, who ran unsuccessfully for Town Council in November’s election. Democrats

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that she would like the group to and others offered ideas that were get the minutes from the meet- not even considered. During that ings of the last commission, when time, she noted that many of the changes that group made to the charter were “not well-written and unrealistic,” including a proposal for a 3 percent tax cap. These meeting minutes can be accessed in archives on the town’s website, newingtonct. gov. The commission is required to hold at least two public hearings during their process. One will be at the beginning of any substantial work they do and another after a draft report has been compiled, but before it is submitted to the council on or before June 29. At that point, the council may recommend changes to the draft before the commission has 30 days to implement them and re-submit a final report. Mayor Woods’ goal is to have the referendum on the November a number of feasible suggestions ballot, to save the town money and were offered by the public but never get the highest amount of voters to made it to the referendum. Cohen weigh in on changes made to the attended these meetings, where she Charter.

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things and volunteers all over the place.” After speeches were made, everyone formed a circle, crossing arms and joining hands. Quiet signs went up in the air from Brownies and moms alike and the field fell silent. That’s when Newington’s Service Unit Manager Regina James addressed the group and the singing began. A time-honored favorite rang true as the group stood in a Promise Circle, representing their unbroken chain of friendship: “Make new friends, but keep the old.One is silver and the other’s gold. A circle is round,it has no end.That’s Erica Schmitt | Staff Two Girl Scouts chat with each other during a ceremony at Churchill Park to how long I will be your friend.”

This past Monday evening at more than 75 different locations all across the state,most of Connecticut’s 46,500 Girl Scouts linked hands in Promise Circles to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Newington’s 30 Girl Scout troops met at Churchill Park accompanied by their local and state legislators, all who were touched somehow,sometime by Girl Scout values. “This is really special for me,” said Rep. Sandy Nafis before addressing the group. “I was a Girl Scout and I played Juliette Gordon Low in my sixth grade play.” Low started the Girl Scouts celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts Monday. back in 1912 with just 12 founding members. After recounting a few Cub Scout memories, Mayor Steve Woods read a proclamation Monday evening from Gov. Dannel Malloy to the crowd of more than 250 who gathered on the park lawn. The governor proclaimed 2012 as “The Year of the Girl.” Senator Paul Doyle also spoke, encouraging the girls before him to carry on the character principles they learned through their Scout experiences. Erica Schmitt | Staff “Representative Nafis is a woman, At left, Newington Mayor Steve Woods gives the opening address at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Girl Schouts Monday. At right, Girl so of course all of you can get involved Scouts form a “Promise Circle” at the 100th anniversary celebration.

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Indians win semifinal game, will play for D-III title By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEW HAVEN — When Newington-Berlin forward Brandon Ralph scored an empty-netter late in the third period of the Division III state semifinals, it was just icing on the cake. Ralph scored two goals in the Indians’ 4-1 victory over NFASt. Benard-Bacon Tuesday night at Ingalls Rink and advanced to Saturday morning’s state championship game. “It was just the nail in the coffin,” Ralph said of the goal. “It felt good.” Ralph also scored the most important goal of the game. The Indians took advantage of a golden opportunity just after the start of the second period, making the Saints pay for a giving the Indians a two-man advantage. Ralph found the back of the net on a rebound of Jeff Roseman’s shot from the point to put NewingtonBerlin ahead 2-0. “I just saw the puck in the right place and the right time and I fin-

ished it,” said Ralph, a senior captain. “Our coach emphasizes finishing and I did it right there.” Newington-Berlin goaltender Drew O’Leary was simply magnificent in the victory. Though his total number of saves may not turn many heads, he made big save after big save to keep the Saints at bay. “I would say it was his best game this year,” Newington-Berlin coach Dave Harackiewicz said. “He made some critical saves, one early in the game. He was solid. One of the things we worked on was controlling the rebounds and we did a good job of that.” With the game scoreless early in the first, O’Leary made a diving blocker save on what would otherwise have been a sure Saints goal. “He made some great saves,” Ralph said of O’Leary, who made 14 in all. “He played really good today. From our goalie all the way up to our offense, the whole team played great.” Brendon Richard got the scoring started midway through the opening

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period. After a pass from fellow winger Nick Briganti, Richard went from right to left with a wrap-around goal to put the Indians ahead 1-0. The Indians’ penalty kill got a workout in the first as well, quelling two Saints power plays to maintain the one-goal lead after the first 15 minutes. “One of the things we pride ourselvesonisourdefense,”Harackiewicz said. “We bottled a lot of things up down low, we took away passing lanes, and that’s good defense.” The No. 1 Indians defense held the No. 4 Saints (12-10) to only 15 shots on net, compared to 30 for Newington-Berlin.

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The third goal for the Indians came at the start of the final period, with Jeff Smolicz scoring off passes from Briganti and Alexander Ericson.

The Indians will have to go through a fellow CCC opponent to capture the Division III state crown, facing Northwest Catholic at Ingalls at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Scouts put their skills to the test at Pinewood Derby By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington Cub Scout Pack 347 spent last weekend living out a Scout tradition that brings fathers and sons (mothers, too) together to race miniature cars they spent the last two months building. The Pinewood Derby started more than 50 years ago as a means of creating a Cub Scout activity that encouraged parents and sons to work together to design and create their own race car. “You can always tell when it’s Pinewood Derby season because Home Depot and Lowe’s sell all sorts of kits and have classes to train the kids and the dads,� laughed Assistant Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 347, Eric Rothauser. Around Christmas time, pack leaders give the boys — in grades 1 through 5 — their kits,which are comprised of one block of wood, four nails and four plastic tires. From there, the creative possibilities are endless. The 38 Scouts in Pack 347 each worked with a parent to build their own race cars over the next two months. They vied for the top spots on

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Saturday, on their very own fourlane,32-foot long,inclined track that has been used by the pack for more than 10 years. It has an electronic eye at the finish line that is connected to a computer, to track each car’s average speed to four decimal places. This year, a couple of the dads even created their own Pinewood

At left, the Pinewood Derby “pit” featuring all the cars built by members of Cub Scout Pack 347. Top row, left, Eric Rothauser, assistant cubmaster and, right, Ernie Field, cubmaster. At right, front row, from right, Luke DiMauro (first place), Andrew Allen (second place), Jonah Borrup (third place) and Andrew Rothauser (fourth place). Below, two of the many cars Cub Scouts built and raced.

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The Board of Education gave a thorough presentation of their $63.78 million budget to the Town Council Tuesday, emphasizing the progress Newington schools have made over the last two decades. “We want every student who graduates from Newington High School to be college, career and citizenship ready,�Board Chairman Marc Finkelstein told the council, with the other eight Board members seated beside him. Their proposed budget has a 3.59 percent increase over current spending, which Mayor Steve Woods said he would like to bring down to 2 percent, if possible. Of the projected increase,impacting factors include teacher salaries at 0.8 percent, with health benefits contributing 0.73 percent. The schools’ special education programs take up 0.71 percent of the increase and 0.65 percent provides tuition for the 146-plus magnet school students from Newington.

Finkelstein then addressed the negative impacts previous budgets have had on schools, including 17 teacher positions lost in the last two years.The gifted e program was eliminated as well. Current budget constraints have kept them from allotting funds for new equipment and only tending to the most critical of maintenance issues. Priorities for the 2012-2013 school year are to improve student achievement, increase technology use, support 21st century learning and implement a K-12 world language program, among other initiatives. The presentation also highlighted the board’s past and recent accomplishments,like successfully extending the school day in Newington by 15 minutes at no additional cost, a practice that will begin July 1, 2013. Plus, he told the group, schools are moving closer to wireless internet accessibility and the first graders are now using iPads in a pilot program. “We should all agree that we want to continue the culture of excellence in Newington schools,� he said in closing.

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Indians look strong for years to come By JOHNNY J. BURNHAM STAFF WRITER

It’s never easy for a coach to say goodbye to a group of seniors, especially when the bound he’s formed with them over the years is quite tight. For Newington boys basketball skipper Scot Wenzel, his time with Peter Feeney, Jorge Premto, Sam Tinkham and Matthew Dean came to an end on Thursday night as the Indians were defeated in the second round of the Class LL State Tournament in New Haven by second-seeded Hillhouse. “Those four guys, the four seniors are irreplaceable,� Wenzel said. “To be losing those four guys is going to be hard.� All four seniors got into the scoring column in what turned out to be the final game of their high school basketball careers. Premto led the group with 13 points. But it was a junior who kept Newington in the game with 25-win Hillhouse for as long as possible. Timmy Blair was superb, dropping in 17 points. He tallied eight of the final 10 points in the third quarter for Newington and fueled a 13-4 Indian run to close them to within 10 points with seven minutes remaining. Blair drained three 3-pionters in the game. “Timmy is tough,� Wenzel said. “He’s the type of player that makes things happen. He doesn’t back down.�

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Timmy Blair, a junior, at left, and junior Zachary Morris, at right, are poised to form the core of NewingtonÂ’s team next year.

With Blair as the centerpiece, there’s reason to be optimistic about the future. Six players who jogged onto the court on Wednesday will be back in a Newington uniform next winter. In all, nine players listed on the varsity state tournament roster will return. To go along with Blair, Zachary Morris, Bryant Morander and Michael Koss were consistent contributors this season. Morris proved to be a quality scorer. He had seven points on Wednesday, but had shot his

way into the 20s during the year. Both Morris and Blair were starters this season. “We have some good juniors that are coming back next year who have handled themselves with class all season,� Wenzel said. “We also have some younger guys coming up that should keep the program in a good place moving forward.� Newington finished this season with a 13-10 overall record.

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NEWINGTON — The 20th Annual Home and Business Showcase Saturday filled the town’s high school gymnasium with vendors, business and groups that make up a big part of Newington’s community. “It’s a nice place to see friends and catch up with new businesses in town,” said Carol Snyder, a longtime resident. “It’s always interesting and sometimes fun.” Snyder said that at the very least, it’s a great way to restock the pen supply by her phone stand because many booths give them away. Filling the gym Saturday were representatives from churches, chiropractors, home improvement contractors and a host of other vendors seeking to extend their name recognition and perhaps grab some new customers. “It’s a beautiful community event,” said Alan Mardirosian, a co-coordinator of the show who was busy selling raffle tickets to everyone he could as they entered the school. JimWellsofWestHillAutomotive,

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At left, Puerto Vallarta’s Adams Flores and Carlos Orozco serve customers at the Taste of Newington during the 20th Annual Newington Home & Business Show at Newington High School Saturday. At right, Stephanie Carr gives Peter Balenia a massage at the Touch of Light Therapeutic Massage booth during the show.

said the home show is “a nice way to network and greet the public” as well as providing a chance for business people to get to know each other better. The West Hill Automotive booth had an unusually large stock of freebies, from T-shirts to pens, and the more than 1,000 people who attended were quick to get some. Wells said that giving out goodies is one way to show loyal customers

how much they’re appreciated – and perhaps to lure some new people in the door to a shop that’s been around for decades. Nicholas Damato, a chiropractor who shares a practice with his brother, said this was the first time he’d been at the home show. He figured it would be a good way “to get out and meet some people” while also supporting the Newington Chamber of Commerce, which

sponsors it. Betsy Miller, who came with her 10-year-old daughter, said they mostly wanted to check out the food at the mid-day Taste of Newington. But, she said, she also had an earnest talk with a window seller that left her wondering about the possibility of upgrading the old windows in her house. Roger LaChance, a wholesale distributor of Fruitfull frozen fruit bars,

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The Connecticut Boys Travel Basketball League (CBTBL) crowned the Newington eighth grade boys basketball team as 2012 Champions as they were victorious over Wethersfield 42-40 in the season’s finale. After achieving an 18-2 regular season record, Newington earned the No. 2 seed for the playoff tournament. With that, they were given a first round bye and went on to beat Wallingford in the second round in dominating fashion, 44-27. In the final-four game, Newington led Glastonbury by 10 at halftime, ending with a 9-point 36-27 win, sending them to the championship game. The game started with an 11-0 run; as Newington got off to a strong start and went on to take a 7-point halftime lead. Wethersfield stormed back in the third quarter to take a 1-point lead. The fourth quarter was a wild, action packed, seesaw battle, which had six lead changes. With the game tied and only 24 seconds remaining, tournament MVP, Zach Tinkham, sealed the victory putting Newington ahead by sinking two free throws. Newington withstood two potential game-tying shots by Wethersfield to earn the victory. Tinkham led all scorers with 18 points, plus Alex Ortiz notched 12 points and 14 rebounds. Newington finished the season with a 12 game winning streak for an overall record of 31-4.

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Mark Menta, 42, of 54 Liberty St. was charged March 6 with second-degree harassment. Melissa Baran, 24, of 62 Wilbur Drive was charged March 7 with second-degree failure to appear. Efrain Medina, 35, of 10 Cherry St., East Hartford,was charged March 7 with risk of injury to a minor, three counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit sexual assault, three counts of first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree sexual assault and second-degree threatening. Sebastian Mangiafico, 41, of 23 Centerwood Road was charged March 9 with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor and threatening. Wojciech Rembiszewski,20,of 9 Davis St., New Britain, was charged March 10 with failure to drive in the proper lane and possession of alcohol by a minor. Patrick Pelletier, 64, of 15 Winter Ave., Fort Kent, Maine, was charged March 10 with

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Lawmakers examine death penalty repeal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Some lawmakers who oppose efforts to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty say that any measure to end it should also ensure that inmates who would have been destined for death row are segregated from the general prison population if it passes. Enfield Sen. John Kissel, ranking member of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, discussed potential compromises to the legislation at the bill’s Wednesday public hearing. The death penalty repeal bill being considered this session would abolish the punishment for all future cases. Instead, the death penalty would be replaced with life imprisonment without the possibility of release. The bill would not directly affect inmates currently on death row, but the state’s Chief Public Defender’s office has said it would likely pursue appeals to change the sentences of these prisoners to life imprisonment without release. Becauseofthis,KisselandfellowRepublicancommitteemembers, whosaytheyopposethemeasure,voicedconcernsovertheincreased privileges dangerous criminals could potentially have if they receive life imprisonment sentences instead of the death penalty.

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What a difference four months can make. Let us regress to last November and the Newington mayoral race. In the Nov. 4, 2011 issue of the Newington Town Crier, the Democrats published two very interesting political ads. In one ad (pg. 5) entitled “Why Steve Woods?”, mayoral candidate Steve Woods pledges (emphasis added) a NO tax increase budget for next year. In yet another political ad (pg. 7), the entire Democratic team states the following: “The Woods’ Team understands your concerns about taxes and we will deliver a 0 percent tax increase.” Now, let’s fast forward to March of this year. In a recent article (March 3, 2011, The Hartford Courant), Mayor Woods is quoted as saying: “The town council and I have a lot of work to do to fully understand it (the budget [added for clarification]) and get it down some more.” Further, in that same article, Woods said he would like to see the total budget increase brought down from 3.4 percent to about 2 percent. This begs the question, what has happened to the pledges made by the Democrats just four short months earlier? During this same time period both President Obama and Governor Malloy had been saying that the economy was slowly improving. In my opinion, this is somewhat reminiscent of the, “Read my lips: no new taxes,” sound bite spoken by presidential candidate George H.W. Bush during the 1988 Republican National Convention. During his presidency, President Bush explained that he had to deal with a Senate and a House controlled by the Democrats. Such is not the situation with Mayor Woods. More recently, Mayor Woods has seen the need to establish a new charter review commission. That being the case, maybe the commission members should consider a new section to address and deal with truth in political advertising. Robert Briggaman Newington

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CARMANIA EXHIBIT: Larry Gebeloff will present another view of eye-popping photos of classic cars during March in the south foyer of the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. ORCHIDS, ORCHIDS, ORCHIDS: Diane Augustine will exhibit her photographs of rare and exotic orchids during the month of March at the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., weekdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. CHURCHILL PARK PICNIC RESERVATIONS: The Newington Parks & Recreation Department has reserved areas at Churchill Park available for rental. Churchill Park picnic reservations have begun in the Parks & Recreation office. Reservations are limited to Newington families, organizations, and businesses and are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Phone reservations will not be accepted. Proof of residency is required. There are three picnic areas to choose from: Upper Area (open space — no shelter): 40 person limit ($35); Middle Pavilion (large shelter and electricity): 150 person limit ($75); Lower Pavilion (shelter and electricity): 60 person limit ($50). Facilities include restrooms or portable restrooms, large charcoal grill(s) at each site, volleyball, tennis, basketball and bocce courts, horseshoes and a children’s playscape. The softball field can be reserved for two hours Saturdays or Sundays. Sports equipment can also be reserved. Payment for picnic rentals must be received at the time of registration. Note that we are unable to issue refunds once a picnic area is reserved. For further information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (860) 665-8666 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER: St. Mary Women’s Club will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at 5 p.m., directly after the 4 p.m. Mass, Saturday, March 17 in the parish hall. Tickets are $12 per person, and reservations may be made by calling Madeline at (860) 666-9329. Respond by Monday, March 12. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE MEETING: The Newington Art League will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Newington Senior Center, 120 Cedar St. The center is wheelchair accessible, has ample parking and meets on the first floor in the ceramics room. There will be a brief business meeting and then this month there will be a demonstration on the use of pastels by Barbara Jenkins. All are welcomed to attend. The league meets the second Wednesday of the month and has a website with each month’s activities and events. See www.newingtonartleague. org for specifics. For further information contact Kim Skewes at (860) 594-8539 or kimskewes@cox.net. FREE GARDEN SEMINAR: A free garden seminar will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 on Lovely Lawns presented by Master Gardener Sarah Bailey at Stonehedge Garden Center, 1616 Willard Ave., Newington. Call the garden center at (860) 667-1158 to reserve your free spot today or stop by the store. VISION SCREENING: The Lions Club of Newington will sponsor a community vision screening at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 29, The screening is free and open to the public. Appointments are required and you must be at least 18 years old to participate. Call (860) 665-8778 to schedule your appointment. For more information, contact Club Secretary Meri Beatrice at (860) 667-3833 or visit us on Facebook.

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ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY FUNDRAISER: The Newington High School All Night Graduation Party Committee will hold a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Outback Steakhouse in Newington. Tickets are $20. Contact Lori Neu at (860) 6670706. Outback Steakhouse will provide the following menu: 6 ounce sirloin plus 5 ounce chicken breast, homemade garlic mashed potatoes, choice of Caesar or ranch salad, honey wheat bread, soft drinks, coffee, or tea. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP: The Newington Art League has announced its new scholarship available to students at Newington High School. To qualify, applicant must be a senior male or female who has excelled in art while at NHS, and is intending to pursue a degree in art or art education. It is also based on financial need, academic performance, and artistic ability. For more information, call Jean Henry, head of the Scholarship Committee of the Newington Art League, (860) 6677647, or contact Newington High School. NEW DAY 10-WEEK BEREAVEMENT SEMINAR: A New Day 10-Week Bereavement Seminar will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at St. Mary Parish, 626 Willard Ave. Registration is (860) 666-5183. FREE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST ‘WELCOME TABLE’: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., will offer a Free Community Breakfast, a “Welcome Table,” from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in the parish hall downstairs. Be our guest as we serve pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, cereal, tea, juice, and hot coffee. Join us and bring your friends and family! No RSVP required. Just show up, eat and go then go to the parade! Contact Mitch Page with any questions at (860) 667-3141.

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