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The Newington-Berlin ice hockey team poses after winning the CCC South Championship game at the Koeppel Community Sports Center at Trinity College Saturday. See story and photos on Pages 8 and 9.

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grades 5 and 6 are spending the next week or so learning about their own backgrounds and writing research papers on what they find. Grades 7 and 8 are exploring a variety of countries, as they looked into their own family histories in previous years.

Students at St. Mary’s School are vigorously researching their own and other ethnic backgrounds in preparation for a special day in two weeks. It’s not a national holiday, but the music, dancing, extravagant eating and colorful decorations sure make it feel like one. St. Mary’s MultiCultural Fair has been an exciting and much-anticipated event in the school community for the last 12 years and this year’s celebration is fast approaching. “We have a wide range of cultures within our school and it showcases all of them,” said sixth-grade teacher Michele Messino, who coordinates MICHELE MESSINO the day, which involves kindergarten St. Mary’s Sixth grade teacher through grade eight in a variety of “It really brings the community festivities. While some classes will be repre- together and certainly helps the kids senting one culture specifically and be tolerant of different cultures and performing traditional songs and each other,”explained Messino. The food is the highlight of it dances to showcase it, students in

“It really brings the community together and certainly helps the kids be tolerant of different cultures and each other.”

all, with parents cooking beforehand and invited to help serve the melting pot of dishes from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, South America, and beyond, all presented with notecards describing their origins. “Our designation is the UK so I’m going to be making an English-type dish,”said Roxanne Cyr,a sixth-grade parent. “I’m thinking of bringing scones,”she added. A few days before the event,excitement begins to surface in the building, with poster boards and flags of different countries lining the hallways and main areas of the school. The day of, some students have asked to arrive in costumes that are customary to the cultures they will be representing. Others have prepared musical arrangements on the flute and piano or will sing songs to accompany their projects. St. Mary’s Multi-Cultural Fair will be held Thursday, March 22, from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.It is open to the school’s students, faculty and their families.

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everyone who spoke out, and especially to the organizers of “Save Cedar Mountain.” This was a team effort and a great example of what can be achieved when committed citizens come together to speak up for what is in the best interests of a community. As a 50+ year resident, I was proud to join this effort. I want to

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ROCKVILLE (AP) — A 22-year-old Newington man has been spared jail time after pleading no contest to negligent homicide and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a fatal shuttle bus accident at the University of Connecticut. The Hartford Courant reported that Lukasz Gilewski was sentenced in Rockville Superior Court Monday to six months but the sentence was suspended. He will spend two years on probation. Gilewski was driving a bus that struck and killed 20-year-old David Plamondon of Westminster, Mass., in a crosswalk March 22, 2011. Police say Gilewski was driving under the speed limit, but waved to another bus driver shortly before the accident. Plamondon and Gilewski were students at UConn. Linda Plamondon, the mother of the victim, opposed the sentence. She called it an act of Lukasz Gilewski of Newington was spared jail time after pleading no contest for driving a bus that struck and killed a man while at the University of Connecticut. manslaughter.

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As a cat lover with multiple cats, as well as a veterinarian I was surprised at some feline statistics I came across. Recent studies have shown that there are 82 million cats in the United States compared to 72 million dogs, making cats the most popular pet in America. Yet these same statistics show that year after year cat veterinary visits are declining. In an effort to try and find out why, a Bayer Veterinary Care Usage study found that 58 percent of cat owners stated their cats hated going to the veterinarian. There seems to be a common perception that veterinary visits are too stressful for our feline companions. Our cats run and hide when they see the cat carrier come out and when we finally do “catch”them and put them in the dreaded carrier the car ride does nothing to ease their anxiety. The good news is there are things we can do to decrease the perceived stress of these visits.Letting your cat become familiarized with its carrier is a great first start. Leaving it in a central location in your home with some cat treats or favorites toys will encourage your cat to come and check it out.A synthetic pheromone such as Feliway can be sprayed in the carrier to reduce anxiety. This same pheromone can also be used

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The state denied Healthbridge Management’s request to close Wethersfield Health Care Center earlier this week, one of the nine nursing homes the New Jersey-based company operates in Connecticut. The center has been losing residents since October, when it filed a Certificate of Need application with the state Department of Social Services. At that time, there were 260 workers at the facility and 186 patients residing there. Now, 92 patients remain, as many were relocated to other nursing facilities in preparation for the closure. The facility has operated with less than 88 percent occupancy for the last three years, according to Kevin Breslin, Healthbridge’s vice president. “The center is simply not financially viable at that level,” he said back in November,during a conference when state legislators spoke openly against the closure. The department denied its application due to the fact that Healthbridge refused two requests it made in December and January to provide audited financial statements from companies that work with the nursing home, saying that information was private and confidential. In February, Healthbridge did make the state an offer to look at financial statements for one of the companies for four hours, but would not allow it to retain a copy of them in its records. “We’re disappointed in DSS’ decision,” commented Ed Remillard, spokesman for WHCC. “Financial statements for Wethersfield Health Care Center were submitted with the application,” he added. “We do not believe that it is necessary, appropriate or required for related entities to have to submit their private and confidential financial records, nor are we aware of the DSS having made such requests in other cases.” The state said the center could

re-apply for closure, but it has not yet taken any action to do so. The decision came one week after a federal complaint. Issued by the National Labor Relations Board, the complaint against Healthbridge was for unlawful lockout at its West River Health Care Center in Milford, where 100 District 1199 Union workers have been out of work sinceDecember.Itwasalsocitedforbad faith bargaining amidst the last year’s contract negotiations with union workers at six of the company’s centers, including the Newington Health Care Center. Healthbridge originally filed charges against the union, claiming their bargaining was not in good faith, but withdrew them Monday. President David Pickus, who has been leading the union’s negotiations for new contracts at the homes, said this week, “Just what is Healthbridge hiding? Why won’t it publicly disclose its financial records? Our members at Wethersfield have been asking these questions, and fighting for months to keep their community’s nursing home open.” Healthbridge also told the union that if it didn’t agree to their proposals, they would consider closing all six of their nursing homes that employ union workers. “We consider it blackmail- pay up or else,” said Union spokeswoman Deborah Chernoff. “We believe that the labor board is going to find these threats illegal as well.” Remillard emphasized that the complaint was not a finding of guilt. “We look forward to the opportunity to present our side of the story to an administrative law judge,” he continued. “We’re confident that any judge looking at the facts will find that we have bargained in good faith and in full compliance with the law.” Union workers will set up picket lines Friday to protest the company’s actions, outside the Danbury and Westport Health Care Centers from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Council presented with $104.3 budget, a 3.4% increase Two public hearing will allow residents to offer input By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Budget discussion began back in January but now is really the hectic time, when town officials are completely immersed in the nitty gritty of the yearly process. Town Manager John Salomone spent the last few months meeting with department heads and finance staff to review requests for the 2012-13 budget, which he then compiled and presented to the Town Council last Friday. The proposed budget of $104.3 million is a 3.4 percent increase from last year, but will be reviewed by the Council and the public over the next few weeks before a final version is voted on and a new mil rate set. The increase was due to a number of factors,including a $340,000 increase in pension costs for town

employees, which Salomone says is due to the recession. “My proposed budget does maintain Newington’s level of services,” he explained Tuesday, before adding that unless the town reduces spending by $4.3 million, the tax rate will not remain the same. A number of factors impacted the new compilation, including the town’s recent revaluation that put the current Grand List at $114 million — down 4.3 percent from five years ago when property was last assessed. The average residence was assessed at $143,368. Under the proposed budget, this average owner will see their taxes increase by 0.9 percent or $41 a year. The 20 percent of homeowners who saw an increase or no change in their home values will pay more. The elderly and veterans,

however, may see some tax relief. Salomone designated $100,000 to a program to provide exemptions for these groups. Another notable addition to the budget is the $6.3 million in capital improvements. This funding includes $431,664 for architectural improvements to the Town Hall and $2.4 million to the Board of Education for physical improvements to bring the high school up to code, the completion of the roof at John Wallace Middle School and changes to the schools’ technology education programs. Salomone recommended the Board’s $63.7 million budget, which comprises 60 percent of the town’s total budget, be passed onto the Council untouched so they can decide upon proper revisions. He was optimistic about things

that will save the town money, like the mild winter. “We’ve been able to stockpile enough salt to carry us through for next year, if we have a normal winter,” he explained, adding, “That’s a great $100,000 gift nature gave us.” Also, the town is not disposing of solid waste through the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority anymore, which has handled the service for the last 30 years. By using the Wallingfordbased company Covanta Energy, they will see a $105,000 savings yearly. The only personnel addition in the $30.4 million town government budget is for an Economic Development Director to assist Salomone and the individual hired to replace recently-retired Town Planner Ed Meehan in bringing new development to town. The Council spent Monday and Tuesday evenings reviewing each of the departments’ requests,

including those pertaining to the general government, public safety, public works, community development and improvements, and health. Next Tuesday, March 13, residents will have their chance to comment on Salomone’s proposed budget during a public hearing and the Council will deliberate the Board of Education’s budget, which comprises 60 percent of the town’s final plan. Afterwards, the Council will continue reviewing and revising more departments’ requests before setting a tentative budget Thursday, March 29. The following Thursday, April 5, there will be a second and final public hearing for residents to voice their opinions on the Council’s proposal. Changes will be made accordingly, and Tuesday, April 10 the final 2012-13 budget will be adopted and the resulting mil rate set.

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Grote & Weigel took on the job when the restaurant opened in 1999, but required Doogie’s to purchase “a full run” at a time. Because that equals about 250 pounds, they were forced to do something they lament. “Martin Rosol’s will make us any size order so we’ll never have to freeze again,” Aronheim explained. Robert Rosol, owner of Martin Rosol’s, said creating the two-footer wasn’t too complicated. “We’re very happy to,” added the man of few words. Chaves Bakery in Bridgeport makes the buns, including the twofooters. Right before he stood up to take a bite of the new favorite Wednesday,

Aronheim declared, “If you really understand hot dogs, every once in a while you’ll find a dog that’s … wow.” March 7 through the 10th, Doogie’s is having an introductory special on their new dogs — come in for a hot dog meal and you will be entered into a drawing for a special dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Doogie. Three winners will head to Cavo’s, Hawthorne Inn or Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse. Others will have the opportunity to win a $250 gift certificate or a basket of goodies from Martin Rosol’s (with all but their hot dogs). Doogie’s is located at 2525 Berlin Turnpike in Newington. (860) 6666200 or doogieshotdogs.com.

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Conn. students to take part in to green energy competition STAFF REPORT

Connecticut students, do you have a bright idea? The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power Company and The United Illuminating Company, is proud to announce the eighth annual eesmarts contest for students in grades K-12. The eesmarts program is an energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy education initiative that annually invites Connecticut students to showcase their “energy smarts”about saving energy,efficient and renewable energy technologies

and sustainability through various media forms. “Engaging Connecticut students early on will not only assist in developing tomorrow’s future scientists, engineers, and green workforce but will also help to position our state as a national leader in energy efficiency,” said Dan Esty, Chairman, Energy Efficiency Board. “It’s great to see the creativity and innovative ideas that our next generation has about using energy wisely and leading by example.” The eesmarts contest requests that students answer grade-level

specific prompts regarding efficient and renewable energy technologies in the form of a poster, limerick, news article, song lyrics, essay, speech, report, play or TV script and an open letter format. All participants will receive recognition for their submissions, and winners for each grade level will be honored at a special awards ceremony on May 22, 2012 at the State Capitol. First prize winners will receive an iPad, and second prize winners will receive a Kindle. Third place and honorable mention will also

receive prizes. The contest is open to all students in Connecticut, and the deadline for entries is April 20, 2012. For more information about the contest, please visit www.eesmarts.com/contest The Energy Efficiency Fund promotes efficient energy use, helps residents and businesses save on their electric and natural gas bills, advances economic development, reduces electric demand, and helps reduce air pollution. Energy Efficiency Fund programs serve residential customers, including

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Chorzepa caps off season with New England title By JOHNNY J. BURNHAM STAFF WRITER

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Newington’s Chris Chorzepa has proven all season that he’s one to be reckon with. He did so by losing only one match during the regular season; by capturing a Class L state championship, and later by winning the 170-pound State Open crown. He put the exclamation point on the year with a tremendous performance in Providence, R.I. at the New England Championships this weekend. Chorzepa won the 170-pound regional title, outscoring his opponents 29-6 as well as scoring a pin en route to the championship. The Newington junior claimed the crown with a 13-2 win in the finals over Will Henson of Barnstable, Mass. Chorzepa, the top-seed in the 170-pound pool, made it easy in his first bout of the tournament. After receiving a first-round bye, the Newington standout dominated Chris London of Tewksbury, Mass by a 13-2 margin. It was one bout later that he passed a huge test. Chorzepa gutted out a hardfought 3-2 decision over Spaulding,

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Ashley Kus, ‘13, of Newington is a member of the Repertory Dance Troupe at Eastern Connecticut State University. Kus is a English major. One of the approximately 70 student clubs and organizations at Eastern Connecticut State University is Eastern’s Repertory Dance Troupe. The purpose of the Repertory Dance Troup is to expand members’ knowledge of dance styles, to provide an outlet for artistic expression and to offer members experiences and new discoveries in dance. One of the approximately 70 student clubs and organizations at Eastern Connecticut State University is Eastern’s Organization for Latin American Students (OLAS). The purpose of OLAS is to assist in the educational success of Latinos on Eastern’s campus and to inform the campus community about the Hispanic culture. Jonah Sanchez, ‘16, of Newington, a member of OLAS, is a business administration major. Guste Urbonaite of of Newington has been named to the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s List for the fall semester 2011.


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EVENTS CALENDAR CHURCH OF CHRIST CONGREGATIONAL SPONSORING SEMINAR ON MEDICARE OPTIONS & ALTERNATIVES: The Planned Giving Committee of the Church of Christ, Congregational in Newington has scheduled the next in its ongoing series of seminars. This one will deal with the subject of Medicare Options & Alternatives and is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at in the Church Fellowship Hall (probably lasting until about 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.) The speaker will be Garry Straker, a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS). Straker provides consulting services to various organizations (nonprofits, colleges and universities, and health providers) on the specific subject of retiree health insurance options. He has a thorough understanding of recent Medicare changes and the evolving retiree health market place. Straker has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, and has been a presenter on employee benefits, human resources and post-retirement health insurance topics at national and regional conferences.Everyone reaching the age of 65 must make a decision regarding Medicare. The church encourages anyone approaching age 65 to attend, as well as anyone already enrolled in Medicare to attend as well since that decision must be “reupped” each year. And finally, the church encourages all those whose parents or elderly relatives are either approaching age 65 or are already enrolled in Medicare to attend as well. Coffee and refreshments will be provided and has also announced that it will award a “door prize” to one of the attending participants. All people interested in attending are asked to call the church office at (860) 666-468) so that it can properly plan accommodations and refreshments. CARMANIA EXHIBIT: Larry Gebeloff will present another view of eyepopping 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.

AFTER THE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: On Saturday, March 10, starting at noon, the Knights of Columbus, Newington Council No. 3884 will have live Irish music and be selling corned beef sandwiches. The council home is located at 171 Pascone Place (entrance in rear). Public is welcomed to come after the parade and listen to the Irish music while enjoying a corned beef sandwich with your favorite beverage. For additional information and/or other council activities, visit the Council’s website www.kofcnewington. com. PURIM AT TEMPLE SINAI: A Purim Carnivl will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11 at the temple, 41 West Hartford Road. For more information, call (860) 561-1055. ST. MARY’S WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING: The March meeting of St. Mary Women’s Club will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the parish hall. We will share in a Lenten evening of reflection, led by our pastor, the Rev. Joseph Keough. Father Keough’s talk is entitled “Lenten Journey with Mary, Mother of God; Ancient Tradition and Modern Problems.” 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) 6669329. 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) 6671158 to reserve your free spot today or stop by the store. 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) 667-0706. 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 finan-

cial need, academic performance, and artistic ability. For more information, call Jean Henry, head of the Scholarship Committee of the Newington Art League, (860) 667-7647, 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 ‘WELCOMETABLE’: 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.

CALLING ALL GARDENERS — COMMUNITY GARDENS! The Community Gardens are located next to the Young Farm property at 282 Church Street in Newington. Community Gardens are open to Newington residents only. Garden plot sizes are 20 x 20 feet, and will be roto-tilled and marked by the town. Gardening guidelines are available at the Parks & Recreation office and on the website at www.newingtonct.gov. Planting date will be dependent on soil and weather conditions but is anticipated to be midspring. Water will be available for gardeners — bring your own containers. The fee for each garden plot is $20. Register in the Parks & Recreation office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Returning gardeners may reserve their plot any time before Wednesday, March 28. Registration for New Gardeners begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 (upon availability). Call the Parks & Recreation office at (860) 665-8666 for more information.

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FISHING DERBY: The Newington Parks & Recreation Family Fishing Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Mill Pond Park Pond, Saturday, April 28. The event is free and open to boys and girls ages preschool through 15 years, and is sponsored by Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited,

Connecticut Outfitters and Newington Parks & Recreation. Bring your whole family down and participate in this wonderful springtime event. Prizes to be given for the longest fish, tagged fish and other fun raffle prizes. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pre-registration is required;

however, you must register the day of the event at the gazebo. You must provide your own fishing equipment. In case of inclement weather, call the 24-hour program hotline at (860) 665-8686. The rain date for this event will be April 29. 14TH ANNUAL NEWINGTON

PARKS & RECREATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: Join the Newington Parks and Recreation Department’s 14th Annual Golf Tournament at Indian Hill Country Club, to be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 14. The “Shotgun” format tournament is open to all ability levels. Proceeds support recreation programs in the

town of Newington. The registration fee is $125 per person and includes the golf tournament fees, cart, lunch, dinner and prizes. Call the Newington Parks and Recreation office at (860) 665-8666 if interested in becoming a sponsor, playing in the tournament or making a donation (cash or raffle prizes accepted).

CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, March 10, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to the monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. For safety reasons, only children age 7 and older, and their families will be allowed in the room. Call the Children’s Department to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

PARENT CHILD WORKSHOP: Mondays, March 19 and 26 and April 2 and 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m. *Tuesdays, March 20 and 27 and April 3 and 10, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Family Place is presenting a four-week series of free workshops for parents and their 1 to 3 year-old children. Meet other families, share thoughts and talk with librarians and child development experts as you play and read with your child. Find out about community services that can help you and your family. Brothers and sisters under 5 are invited to join the fun! Register in person or by calling (860) 665-8720. *A light supper will be served before the evening sessions. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

LIBRARY CALENDAR MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT:THE CIVIL WAR AND THE MAKING OF MEMORY: Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m. Join renowned speaker William Hosley as he explains how our nation’s costliest and deadliest war reshaped the culture and values of a nation and gave birth to the monument industry. Learn about the inspiring public sculptures and structures that exist in memory of the Civil War. No registration is required.

BEYOND DEATH: MEDICAL FACTS, MYSTICISM AND MEDITATION: Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m. Since the 1980s when near-death experiences became part of public consciousness, they have held endless attraction for people. Join Dr. Matthew Raider, MD, to hear the latest medical research and discover a simple, natural way to connect with the inner light talked about by those who’ve experienced a NDE. Raider draws parallels between neardeath experiences and those had by people who meditated throughout the ages. Raider is a clinical physician and coordinating director of the Geriatric Teaching Program in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. He has been practicing meditation for over 30 years. No registration is required. COMPUTER CLASSES HELP WITHYOUR NEW EREADER:

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COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. Join March Madness by making and eating Pinwheel Pizza. Chefs in grades 3 through 6 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. LET’S GO TO CHINA! Saturday, March 24, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Patricia Shih will conduct a workshop for children in grades 3 through 6 on the culture of China. Activities will include reading, writing, speaking the language and playing musical instruments. We may even learn the lion dance. Registration is limited. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN: WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW — Tuesday, March 27 Session I — 6 to 6:45 p.m. (includes an optional storytime for the child entering kindergarten) Session II — 7 to 7:45 p.m. (for parents ONLY) Parents of children attending kindergarten in the fall are invited to hear a panel of experienced professionals offer advice and tips for this often stressful time. A storytime for those children entering kindergarten will be held concurrently during the first session only. A flyer detailing panel information and registration for the program will be available in the Children’s Department and must be returned to the Human Services Department by March 22 Call the Department of Human Services at (860) 665-8590 for more information. Sponsored by the Early Childhood Council. TALES TO TAILS: Wednesday, March 28, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Introducing R.E.A.D. — Reading Education Assistance Dogs! Children in grades 1 through 5 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. Call (860) 665-8720 for more information or to register. Courtesy of Kerrie Lurate.


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Advocates argue for state-run retirement plans By KEITH M. PHANEUF ©CONNECTICUTMIRROR

State government should offer a retirement plan to the increasing number of people whose companies don’t provide a pension or a 401(k) savings program, labor groups and other advocates this week told a legislative panel. The Labor and Public Employees Committee has raised a bill that would create a task force to study that concept and report back when the 2013 General Assembly session convenes next January. “Much of our membership is fortunate enough to have definedbenefit pensions, largely because we were able to fight for them at the bargaining table,” Salvatore Luciano, a veteran state employee union leader,

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York. “But the employer-sponsored retirement system is on the decline on several fronts,” Schmitz testified, noting that a majority of employers offer no plan,with small and medium firms the least likely to provide one. About 61 percent of employers nationwide sponsored plans in 2000, but just 53 percent did by 2010, she said, citing U.S. labor and census statistics. Over the same period in Connecticut, the percentage dropped from 64 percent to 58 percent. “However, the retirement security crisis isn’t just limited to the half of workers who don’t participate”in retirement plans,”said Robert Hiltonsmith, a policy analyst with Demos, a New York-based progressive policy organization. “Even many of those who are actively saving for

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