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Newington Rotary members had a chance to hear some positive news about the CTfastrak at their meeting this week. “I feel it’s a kind of controversial topic and I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” said the Rotary’s Immediate Past President Bob Newbold, who helped bring James Redeker, Department of Transportation Commissioner to the weekly event. Redeker gave an overview of the DOT’s current projects before he delved into the $567 million CTfastrak, which has two planned stations here in Newington. “It’s time for the community to get on board and understand what’s going on because it’s coming fast,” he told the group, which is comprised of many local business owners. While there has been much opposition in town to the HartfordNew Haven busway, Redeker was able to put the project in a positive light for Rotary members, emphasizing its “fast, frequent and reliable” potential. “I like the healthy skepticism because it makes us go back and do our jobs even better,” he said, adding, “The project was at the top of the list of hundreds vying for federal money. We have the greenest busway east of California, and we’re

proud of that.” Construction of the bus line, which basically functions as an exclusive 9.4-mile roadway for the 16 hybrid articulated buses – is about 30 percent complete at this point. A bus ride is estimated to cost $1.35 per day, but that may change by the time CTfastrak service begins.

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“I think about it as a New York subway system,” Redeker responded, explaining that riders are expected to come from the stations’ surrounding neighborhoods, but also be commuters from area suburbs and “the people who don’t live here yet.” This group, Redeker said, includes recently-graduated young professionals looking to settle within the busway corridor for easy access to public transportation. College students are also expected to frequent CTfastrak, and are even helping out in its creation. CCSU students are developing IPhone Applications for CTFastrak, and playing an integral role in developing new technologies for busway riders. Transit-oriented development possibilities were also discussed at Wednesday’s meeting. “There’s not a better place I know; there’s major opportunity to make a big deal out of Cedar Street,” Redeker said of the area’s development potential, adding that Newington Junction also has tremendous feasibility. Former Newington Mayor Robert Randich addressed his fellow Rotarians towards the end of the meeting. “I think people have to remember, this is an infrastructure investment that’s going to be there forever,” he said.

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Town clergy members unite against gun violence Newington Interfaith Clergy Association endorses statement calling for various gun control measures By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Clergy in Newington have come together to take a stand against gun violence — along with many other community groups across the state — following the Newtown school killings. The Newington Interfaith Clergy Association endorsed the Connecticut Clergy Association’s recent statement on gun control and its leaders have vowed to bring the message to their individual religious communities, which represent Christianity, Judaism and Islam, among other faiths. It is usually religious leaders who are called upon following the death of one of their church members, so they feel it is their duty to take action after recent events. “This has our congregations wanting to go beyond comforting our people to rallying them,” said Dr. Stephen Austin, Interim Senior Minister at the Church of Christ Congregational, which is

located on Main Street. “It rouses us to begin to rise up and take a stand,” he added. The first part of the Clergy Association’s statement affirms why gun control is necessary, while the second section is an overview of what action might change the gun culture in our country, with suggestions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police among other experts. “Each of our religious traditions teach that all human life is sacred and must be protected,” it begins, listing statistics on gun violence before reiterating possible public policy measures. Suggestions included closing gaps in the background check system, limiting firepower by type and ammunition quantity, supporting new technologies in criminal gun tracing, etc. “We thought it was impor-

tant to make this public that we stand behind this; it’s not only a human issue it’s a religious issue,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett, who represents Temple Sinai on West Hartford Road.

life is to save a life. ‘Pekuach nefefh’ means to save a life in Hebrew. We’re a community, we’re a family and we look to protect our family.” All of the faiths the Council represents agreed that this is of utmost importance right now and are in the process of organizing individual programs to heighten awareness. “While we have different religious faiths within our community there’s a lot of common ground,” Bennett continued.

“Each of our religious traditions teach that all human life is sacred and must be protected,” it begins, listing statistics on gun violence before reiterating possible public policy measures. “We want to make it abundantly clear to everybody that there has to be some kind of control over how weapons are purchased because we need to reduce the violence in our communities,” said Rabbi Bennett, explaining that his congregation represents Judaism, which considers preventing violence one of its foremost responsibilities. “Our prime commandment in

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He along with Dr. Austin and other religious leaders in Newington’s Interfaith Council have been spreading the word about upcoming peace rallies and events uniting people against violence. “Our members are victimized by the notion of the nature of the violence itself,” Dr. Austin added. “The violence being perpetrated against children has a particularly horrific sense of terror to it.” To read the Clergy’s “United to Prevent Gun Violence” statement, visit interfaithcouncil.org.

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More than 400 people came to Capital Community College’s Centinal Hill Hall auditorium on Jan. 26 to celebrate the winning artists in several categories featured in the 22nd annual CRT National Arts Program. Approximately 300 visual works of art from paintings to sculptures and mixed media works were submitted from residents of all ages from Hartford and Middlesex Counties. All artwork submitted is displayed throughout CCC in three separate galleries. Two Newington residents came home with some of the biggest awards, including Best in Show for Deanna Troy Henry’s work on paper

titled “Contemplating the City Life” and the First Place winner in the Professional category went to Marc Ives Regis for his portrait photograph titled “Haitian Woman.” Guests at the awards ceremony were treated to a slideshow of the artwork submitted by all winners and honorable mention recipients. Hartford’s Jazz Ensemble 4 from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts gave the audience live jazz performances and singer/ songwriter Gale Gardiner performed the autoharp for the crowd. For the first time at this annual event members of the Connecticutbased Free Poets Collective recited original “ekphrastic” poems inspired

by some of the winning pieces of art. Ekphrastic poems are often inspired by visual images — usually paintings, drawings, photographs, or sculpture — variously to interpret, inhabit, confront, or speak with the works of art. In all, seven poems were read to the crowd throughout the afternoon ceremony as the top winners received their awards and a picture of their artwork was shown on a large projector screen overhead. Troy Henry’s work featured a man sitting at a deli counter while looking out curiously at a city street. It’s vivid treatment of color, light and detailed composition led judges to crown the piece Best in Show. She submitted her work for the intermediate adult

category. “I’m so honored to have received this when you see all of the talented artists that submitted some truly great art,” Troy Henry said as she accepted her award. “In my piece I was inspired by a man I saw one day who seemed to have ‘the blues,’ but I saw a comfort in this man who exhibited this sense of optimism that inspired me.”The exhibit of all works still hangs at Capital Community College on 960 Main St. in Hartford on the first and 11th floors through Feb. 5. Judges for this year’s artwork include: Janice La Motta, Art

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In reversal, state prison officials won’t require doctor’s note for post-Super Bowl absences

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NEWINGTON — The Newington boys basketball team has hit a crossroads, and tonight’s CCC West game (7 p.m.) against Farmington at the Richard E. Rogalski Gymnasium is a key matchup. Newington comes into the game at 8-6 (5-4 CCC West), but has lost three straight, including a 65-47 home defeat against Simsbury on Tuesday night. Farmington (6-8, 4-5 CCC West) has also struggled, dropping three of its last four games. Farmington needs two more wins to reach the state tournament, so it doesn’t need any more motivation. “We know Farmington’s a good team, and we know they’re going to come in here ready to go,” Newington coach Scot Wenzel said after Tuesday’s loss to Simsbury. Newington started the season with four straight wins over Berlin, Southington, East Catholic and Rocky Hill. Two straight losses at Wethersfield and Simsbury followed. Newington defeated Farmington and Hall to improve to 6-2 entering a showdown at home against New Britain on Jan. 11. Newington lost to New Britain 76-65 that night and held a six-point lead in the third quarter, but a 12-5 run put the Golden Hurricanes up by nine after three quarters. Newington worked hard in the loss, earning praise from Wenzel. “That’s what we expected from our guys,” Wenzel said after the New Britain loss. “I’m very proud of how hard my kids worked.” That hard work continued with a 21-point road win over Conard and a 12-point win at home over Northwest Catholic, which put Newington at 8-3. Since the win over Northwest Catholic, Newington has lost three straight. The losing streak began with a

65-51 defeat against East Hartford on Jan. 22 at home. The Hornets were able to get out and run in the second half and finished off the game. East Hartford put together a 24-13 third quarter to turn a two-point halftime lead into a 13-point advantage, 49-36 after three quarters. The second loss came against Southington, 56-54 at Southington on Jan. 25. Newington had held the Blue Knights to 18 points and 18 turnovers through three quarters before holding on for a 45-40 win in Newington on Dec. 18, but the Blue Knights had the answers in the rematch. The game went to overtime, then Southington’s Stephen Barmore drained a 15-footer with one second to play to give the Blue Knights the win. On Tuesday night, Newington got to within four of Simsbury (11-3, 8-1 CCC West) at 45-41 with 6:32 to play in the game, but the Trojans outscored them 20-6 the rest of the way. Simsbury was able to get some easy looks at the basket, especially in the fourth quarter, which frustrated Wenzel. “Defensively, we didn’t do a good job in the fourth quarter,” Wenzel said. A part of Newington’s struggles has been rushing through its offense. In the loss to Simsbury, there was too much one-on-one play for Wenzel’s

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Bill Collins also spoke, along with Chief of Police Richard Mulhall and Chairman of the Board of Education Dr. Mark Finkelstein. All agreed that while this is the time to improve security measures — in the wake of the Newtown killings — Newington schools have always been ahead of the curve in that department. “While recent events have brought attention to the safety of schools I feel comfortable in saying our students are safe in our schools,” said Finkelstein. Other districts have actually visited the town to learn about school safety protocol because Newington has set the standard, according to Collins. Klett went on to describe security measures at length, which include three lock-down drills per school, per year, surveillance at all doors and visitors vetted upon entry, over 100 mobile radios connecting schools and buses with the police department, and a “patented-pyramid” key system that allows teachers to lock classroom doors from the inside. “They didn’t have the ability to do that at Virginia Tech and I think it resulted in a greater number of people who were killed,” Klett explained. The Newington Police Department and the police community-at-large made a lot of changes following the school massacre in Columbine, Colo. Just one of these new measures was ditching shotguns for R-15s. Now after the Newtown tragedy they are at it again, re-examining and improving procedure.

“Once we get our parameters from the Council and the Board of Ed we can set our mission plans,” said Mulhall, adding that they are also waiting for an official report from Newtown police to guide plans. One measure that has been widely discussed in town recently is the addition of school resource officers in each of the schools. Right now there is one at the high school, but a petition advocating for one in every school was presented to officials at Tuesday’s forum with 200 signatures from parents and concerned community members. The annual cost of this measure is over $720,000 and effectiveness is still being discussed by town staff. A number of residents who spoke at the forum addressed “SROs” — most in favor, a few still on the fence about specifics, like if these officers should carry weapons while school is in session. “If there is an officer in the building, do you want an automated weapon strapped to their side?” asked Mayor Steve Woods, initiating the topic. “My fear would be when those things are being used and there are children around,” said resident John Kale. “AK-47s are not the answer,” added Town Councilor Terry Borjeson. Programs to address mental health were another topic of discussion, with those already in existence overviewed and possibilities for future initiatives also touched upon. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 2254601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald. com.

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Hundreds of workers, administrators and clients from Connecticut’s private, nonprofit social service agencies rallied Wednesday outside the Capitol, urging officials to restore budget cuts and preserve services for poor and disabled residents. And while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the crowd of more than 700 that he would propose using state borrowing to help cover capital costs for agencies, advocates — while grateful — were more concerned about regular state funding to operate their programs. Hundreds of social services providers rallied Wednesday against possible state cuts. The $20 million assistance program Malloy proposed “is the first downpayment,” Sheila Amdur, acting executive director of the Connecticut Community Providers

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Borjeson believes the issue was raised for “partisan reasons.” Newington Democrats have “They’re trying to make the taken exception to Republican Democrats look bad,” he continaccusations regarding a recent ued. “This was orchestrated; this ethical issue raised at Town Council meetings. Republican Town Councilor Jay Botalicco’s request for a review of the Ethics Ordinance used by the Ethics Board to evaluate any ethical complaints was denied at a recent Council meeting by a 5-4 vote. His original issue was that the Chairperson of the Democratic Town Committee’s Nominating Committee Barbara DeMaio was elected to the Board of Ethics in November, basically citing a conflict of interest. However, before last week’s vote he expressed other ethical concerns that he chose not to specifically disclose. COUNCILOR TERRY BORJESON Democrats questioned him about these concerns before they voted, but he refused to explain was planned.” any further. “I don’t think anyone is accus“If there’s another issue, we ing anybody of being unethical I were willing to look into it; think the question is whether or there are no smoking guns here,” not the language and the content Councilor Terry Borjeson said of the ordinance is applicable Tuesday, adding, “It’s rare that to current day issues as to when there’s an objection to someone it was written in the ’80s,” said being called to a committee; it Councilor Beth DelBuono, a makes you wonder.” Republican who voted in favor By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

“If there’s another issue, we were willing to look into it; there are no smoking guns here. It’s rare that there’s an objection to someone being called to a committee; it makes you wonder.”

of reviewing the ordinance after budget season. Town Attorney Peter Boorman told Councilors he reviewed the Ordinance’s wording and found no issue with the appointment. Although the Code of Ethics’ “Eligibility” section reads, “No member of said Board shall … be a political party Town Committee officer,” DeMaio is not an “officer” as defined in another section, according to Boorman. “If we’re saying officers shouldn’t serve, it should be all officers not just those listed back in the ’80s as appropriate,” said DelBuono. Botalicco took offense with the attorney’s interpretation of the issue because he claimed, “his wife was on the ethics committee for two years illegally.” Boorman’s wife Lynn Connery served as Secretary of the Democratic Town Committee from March 2008 to March 2010, according to Committee Chair Carol Anest. She was then appointed as an alternate on the Ethics Board a month later in April 2010, according to town meeting minutes. “If somebody had come to me and said, we have a problem with this appointment can we

talk about it, that wouldn’t have been an issue,” Anest said of the Republicans’ recent concerns. Along with the three Republicans, Democrat Maureen Klett also voted in favor of

“I don’t think anyone is accusing anybody of being unethical. I think the question is whether or not the language and the content of the ordinance is applicable to current day issues...” COUNCILOR BETH DELBUONO

about it, it’s hard for me to fathom how anyone could think that someone so intimately involved with politics could be as unbiased as possible. Generally speaking there is a great probability that any ethics complaint the Board reviews would involve an elected official.” According to Anest, it’s a challenge to fill positions on town commissions. Appointing members is not a competitive process. In fact, there are currently four vacant spots on the Ethics Board, with three Democrats, one Republican and one Unaffiliated member. “This is a very difficult commission to get people to serve on,” she said Tuesday, adding that ethics complaints can’t be settled without the vote of an unaffiliated committee member, averting political bias. Borjeson wants people to know the Democrats are not hiding anything as Botalicco suggested by their vote against reviewing the ordinance. “It’s insulting; their accusations are not true and I think they have an ulterior motive,” he added.

reviewing the ordinance, taking issue with DeMaio’s double appointment. But along with Nagel, Klett voted Connery onto the Board back in 2010. “It was with great trepidation,” she remembers. “I didn’t feel comfortable at the time it was done then, which is Erica Schmitt can be reached at why I took the position I did this (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or time. After having years to think eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

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I’m confused, I really am. I can’t, for the life of me figure out why Councilor Jay Bottalico is in such an uproar over a Democratic Town Committee Member being appointed to the Ethics Commission. First, the ordinance is very clear in that it prohibits only elected officials and elected officers of Town Committees from being appointed to the commission. How can even the chairperson of a Nominating Committee hope to profit in any way from sitting on the Ethics Board? They don’t have that much power; it is the full Nominating Committee that endorses candidates to be voted on by the full Democratic Town Committee. No dictatorship here! Second, town staff was asked to solicit a number of towns for their ethics codes and after all was said and done, Newington is one of only a few towns that have such parameters. It seems as if some towns even permit elected officials to serve on

an ethics board. Imagine that! Councilor Bottalico and others thought our code needed to be reviewed, in spite of the opinion of the Town Attorney that there didn’t seem to be any reason to do this. I have a deep respect for our Town Attorney, and I wouldn’t want to put words in his mouth, but I get the feeling he is telling the Council “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I just don’t get it. I am sure I could find Town Committee members serving on the Ethics Board now and in the past. So, why the sudden protests? As for Councilor Bottalico’s comment that the Town Council is shirking its duty, since only Democrats voted not to review the code, I have to think there is some politics afoot. Is there some nefarious plot that will surface later in this election year? I would say to Councilor Bottalico: Methinks thou doth protest too much. Thank you.

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was too much work to do right now, since the budget session is about to start, Town Councilor DelBuono and I suggested that we wait to review the Code of Ethics until after the budget process was completed. Even with this amendment the vote to establish a subcommittee to review the Code of Ethics failed on a 5 (Woods, McBride, Cohen, Castelle and Borjesen against) 4 (Bottalico, DelBuono, Nagle and Klett in favor) vote. There are approximately 30,000 people who live in the Town of Newington. It is inconceivable to me that a person with a little less political involvement couldn’t be identified to serve as a member of the Newington Board of Ethics. I am sorry this issue won’t be given more serious consideration in the way of a review of the entire ordinance.

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The present town ethics ordinance identifies that neither the chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer or secretary are eligible to serve as a member of the Board of Ethics. It is silent about the position of nominating chairperson, a position appointed by the chairperson of the democratic or republican party. I spoke to two former democratic town chairpersons both of whom indicated that the chairperson of a nominating committee, of either political party is a more powerful and a more influential position than the positions of vice-chairperson, treasurer or secretary. The Democratic Nominating Committee, a five person committee headed by the nominating chairperson is the group who recommends to the Democratic Town Committee all candidates running for elective office, including the Mayor, members of the Town Council and Board of Education and all members of Boards and Commissions. The Board of Ethics was established in 1987 by the Town Council. The purpose of the Code of Ethics was to establish guidelines, standards and limitations consistent with the best interests of the Town of Newington, as it relates to public officials, employees , and other persons. Throughout the entire ordinance it references public officials and employees and outlines what is acceptable behavior and what is not. It was revised shortly thereafter, in 1998, for the purpose of increasing the timeframe in which the board needs to render a decision, from 30-60 days, as well as a few other minor changes. My review of the 1991 revised version appears that there were very minimal word changes, adding the word public before the word official, etc. So, in fact, a thorough review of the Code of Ethics has not taken place in over 20 years. After review of numerous ethic’s ordinances from other communities, I do believe Newington has a good ordinance

in place. However, I disagree with members of my own party that it is appropriate to have the nominating committee chairperson from either party serve as a member of the Board of Ethics, since most complaints levied could involve members of the same elected or appointed bodies that this individual was responsible for supporting and advancing. The same people that the nominating committee chairperson campaigns to help get elected. At the last town council meeting, Town Councilor Bottalico requested that the Town Council form a sub-committee to review the Code of Ethics as there appears to be divisiveness as to who should be eligible to serve on this committee. Although it appears that it is not illegal to hold a position on a town committee and a board of ethics, there are communities, such as the Towns of Glastonbury and Plainville who prohibit town committee members from serving on their Board of Ethics. When it became apparent during discussion at a recent town council meeting that democratic members of the Town Council, myself excluded, felt that there

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Payroll tax increase is taking a toll on local workers By SCOTT WHIPPLE STAFF WRITER

April Fool’s Day came early this year. Workers, who got their first 2013 paycheck, missed the joke. Most salaried employees saw their take-home pay shrink by more than 2 percent. Combined with an increase in employersponsored health insurance, workers earning $30,000 were averaging nearly $50 less a twoweek pay period. Congress may have kept their constituents from tumbling over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” but the price was steep. Cuts in Social Security and Medicare taxes most Americans assumed were permanent are now history. In their place came a tax increase that broke like a tidal wave just when health care premiums were on the rise. “Congress substituted a fiscal

pothole for a fiscal cliff,” quipped Nick Perna, economic advisor to Webster Bank and financial lecturer at Yale University. “They extended unemployment benefits, but the payroll tax holiday is gone.” In practical terms, if you make $60,000 and your spouse earns $40,000, expect a tax bite of roughly $200 a month. Perna says this is money that might have been spent to spur the economy. Economic growth will be slowed, but not enough to cause a recession. “Another recession would be catastrophic,” he says. The hard facts are, says Michael Chadwick, a financial planner with offices in Unionville and Torrington, payroll taxes reverted back to former levels, 6.2 percent for the employer and 6.2 percent for the employee. This was how it had been for decades. But, two

years ago, a government stimulus measure reduced the payroll tax to put more money in our paychecks. According to Chadwick, economic recovery will be slow since the U.S. economy is 70 percent consumer spending and consumers will now have less to spend, Then, too, this doesn’t even take into account health care taxes that also hit this month. Several economists are saying that the higher payroll tax will likely curb economic growth in 2013 by one-half of 1 percent. Though this won’t knock the national economy back into a recession, expansion will be sluggish.

or the president,” says Perna. “People, in the abstract, want spending cuts as long as their own taxes are not increased.” According to Pete Gioia, economist for Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the higher payroll tax will have an impact on economic growth in the state. “We’re probably talking about a billion dollars being taken out of the state economy,” he says. “This is money that could have been spent locally in the economy.” A worker making $40,000 a year will be paying about $800 more. A family making $65,000 will be paying about $1,300 more a year in taxes. “I haven’t seen anything on the federal level to offset this,” Gioia Who gets the blame? says. “We’re not getting any help from Washington. “The number one cause of ecoCarlos Liard-Muriente is an nomic uncertainty is Washington associate professor and chairman — whether you blame Congress of the Department of Economics

POLICE BLOTTER Codu Gneiting, 18, of 516 Billings Road, Somers, was charged Jan. 10 with simple trespass. Michal Jackiewicz, 19, of 132 Heather Lane, was charged Jan. 12 with possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to drive in the proper lane. Fitzroy Gilling, 24, of 688 Capital Ave., Bridgeport, was charged Jan. 14 with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended driver’s license and driving with tinted windows in vehicle. Steven Pedraza, 25, of 42 Fairfield Ave., Hartford, was charged Jan. 16 with violation of probation. Miguel Ferrer Jr., 23, of 67 Westwood Knoll, Meriden, was charged Jan. 18 with driving with a suspended driver’s license, driving with improper numberj of headlights and driving with tinted windows in a vehicle. Gary Sullivan, 36, of 995 Newfield St., Middletown, was charged Jan. 22 with driving under the influence and driving the wrong way. Justin Henderson, 23, of 22 Lake Road, Middlefield, was charged Jan. 24 with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics. Jorge Gonzalez, 27, of 235 Main St., East Hartford, was charged Jan. 25 with driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence,

first-degree criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, second-degree failure to appear, and first-degree failure to appear. Denise Maraio, 44, of 75 Audubon Ave., was charged Jan. 25 with five counts obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, three counts criminal impersonation and three counts thirddegree identity theft. Matthew Loveland, 25, of 328 Brightwood Ave., Torrington, was charged Jan. 26 with second-degree harassment. Diane Martell, 42, of 315 Willow St., Waterbury, was charged Jan. 27 with fifth-degree larceny. Mark Jozwik Jr., 20, of 15 Elliott Lane, was charged Jan. 27 with disorderly conduct. Shelby Jozwik, 18, of 15 Elliott Lane, was charged Jan. 27 with disorderly conduct.

NOTICE: Charges of breach of peace and criminal mischief in the third degree filed Dec. 20, 2011, against Stuart Calle, 52, of 641 Willard Ave., Newington, by the Newington Police Department, have been dismissed.

at Central Connecticut State University. His working students complained that their first 2013 paycheck was dramatically less than 2012. He insists that store, restaurant and theater owners should do the complaining. They’ll feel the effect of this hit, Still, Liard-Muriente believes it’s better to absorb the negative impact of the payroll tax earlier in the year. People will gradually adjust, he predicts “We may never return to normal, but economic confidence is returning,” he says. “Housing is showing signs of life. In 2013, the concern about jobs won’t be about losing them, but if employers are adding them.” Scott Whipple can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 319, or swhipple@centralctcommunications. com.

Stew Leonards adopts Newington High School football team

Stew Leonards, as part of their outstanding community involvement initiative, adopted the Newington High School football team in a unique program that is a “win-win” program for Newington High School, the Friends of Football Booster Club, and Stew Leonards. The coach recruits players who make good ambassadors of NHS to work special events at Stew Leonards. Stews, in return, pays to train them, provides them with a part-time job for spending money, and then donates money for each hour they work to Friends of Football, who in turn puts the money back into the program to support the team’s needs. “We at Stew Leonards receive a willing and respectful crew of fine young men to assist in the stores ongoing special event promotions and at the same time give back into the community” said Dan Arthur, president of Stew Leonards. “We, in turn, get young men who learn life skills, work in a team setting and earn some extra cash for

From left, Coach Roy Roberts; Bob Tofeldt, FOF; Rina Fochi, Stew Leonards; Jay Bottalico, treasurer, FOF; Dan Carson, president, FOF; Mike Liabos, Stew Leonards; Dave Pruett, past president, FOF; Jim Wenker, principal, NHS; and Rich Klett, director of School Security, NHS and FOF member.

their efforts which promotes what the coach is teaching them” said Dan Carson, Friends of Football president. The money raised by this non-profit volunteer organization supports the team in areas such as training equipment, clothing, team meals, scholarships and other items that are needed by the coach.

The Newington Friends of Football are always looking for men and women to join our club to help our youth. They are having an introductory meeting, with refreshments, of interested potential members Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. to be held at Bertucci’s Restaurant on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington.


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Seafood

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Newington counselors celebrate National School Counseling Week By KRISTIN GOODWIN AND JESSICA SLATER NHS SCHOOL COUNSELING INTERNS

School counselors in Newington will celebrate National School Counseling Week Feb. 4–8. More than 30,000 school counselors nationwide will be sponsoring events at their schools

to draw awareness to the vital role school counselors fill in our schools. School counselors are certified professionals who hold advanced degrees and have specialized training to help support students’ social and emotional needs, develop academic skills, and help them prepare their futures by

identifying strengths and interests that can be developed into possible careers. School counselors are the only support staff guiding the career, academic, personal and social success of all students in their schools. They collaborate with families and teachers to help make sure

student needs are understood and met. School counselors offer services through a comprehensive program that is linked to state standards. The services include parent information nights, classroom lessons; small groups that address topics such as time management

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and assertiveness. School counselors also meet individually with each student annually to set goals and plan for their futures. As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, counselors will be hosting a number of activities for students and faculty during the school day. The activities focus on promoting college awareness and collaboration such as “College Day” at Newington High where students have an opportunity to talk to their teachers about their college experience and teachers will wear or display items from their alma maters. For more information about National School Counseling Week or about the services and programs that school counselors in Newington provide, use the following contacts: John Wallace Middle School (860) 667-5888, Martin Kellogg Middle School (860) 667-5925, Newington High School (860) 666-5611 ext. 1159. You can also follow us on Twitter@NHS_Counselors.

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PET OF THE WEEK

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Morticia is an extremely loving, 6-year-old girl who has become a little spoiled with the attention she receives here! She’s beautiful, intriguing and ready to make you fall in love. As such, she would do better in a home where she can be the only pet to be doted upon — no competition for her affections. She would also do better in a kid-free, nice and quiet home where she can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere for stretching out to her full beauty. If you are interested in meeting with Morticia, come on down to the Newington branch of The Connecticut Humane Society and begin your new, loving friendship today! Inquiries for adoption should be made at the Connecticut Humane Society located at 701 Russell Road in Newington or by calling (860) 5944500 or toll free at 1-800-452-0114. The Connecticut Humane Society is a private organization with branch shelters in Waterford, Westport and a cat adoption center in the PetSMART store in New London. The Connecticut Humane Society is not affiliated with any other animal welfare organizations on the national, regional or local level.

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Newington co-op putting together another winning year By CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN STAFF WRITER

While the Newington-BerlinManchester’s impressive 27-game win streak has come to an end, the Indians have been having yet another successful season. Currently the Indians sit at 8-21, and are tied for first in points with Hall-Southington, though they’re not as dominant as the team that won 27 straight games over the span of 381 days. The streak finally came to an end on January 12 against Northwest Catholic, the team the Indians beat in last year’s championship game. “Our streak was something that is very difficult to do,” head coach Dave Harackiewicz said, “It was special for our team last year, and it was special to be able to keep it going into this year. In any sport, winning that many games in a row is a difficult thing to do. It was a little ironic that we would lose to the team that we beat in the championship game last season, but it was still quite a feat.” Last year’s Indians team was an offensive juggernaut, routinely having games where they would score five or six goals. Once they even had an outburst for 11, but this year’s team has been built around defense and Drew O’Leary, one of the state’s top goaltenders. O’Leary is ranked third among goalies in saves with 281, according to maxpreps.com, and tied for second in shutouts by posting two.

Harackiewicz knew what he had in O’Leary coming into the season, but the senior goalie has been exceeding his lofty expectations. “I wouldn’t really say it’s a surprise what Drew has been doing for us because he carried us last year, but he seems to be playing even better,” Harackiewicz said. “Drew has been a rock for us all season and has really kept us in a lot of close games. It’s not really surprising but it’s been very impressive.” Coming into the season. Harackiewicz knew generating offense was going to be an issue after losing several key scorers. The Indians are averaging just under three goals a game, and one of the goals for the second half of the season has been to get that number over three. Brendon Richard leads the team in scoring with seven goals, and has been a team leader both on and off the ice. The Indians knew that he was going to be the focal point of their offense coming in, and they weren’t alone. When they came into a season as defending champion, they had a target on your back. Every team wants to step up their game when they face the Indians, and in order to secure the upset, they key in on the top scorer. Richard has dealt with a variety of different coverages this season, as opposing teams come into games looking to shut him down. The way he has handled all the

attention, and still been able to thrive has not only impressed his coach, but sets a great example for the rest of the team. “Brendon is a warrior out there,” Harackiewicz said. “He gives it his all every single night, and has been a great senior leader. He gets covered extensively every time but he still has solid games.” With Richard drawing all the attention, other players have had to step up to provide secondary scoring options, and Luca DiPaola and Tyler Aldieri have done just that. Aldieri, the senior, has been a part of the team for a few years, but hasn’t gotten consistent playing time until now, and he has rewarded his coach by scoring five goals. DiPaola, on the other hand, is a freshman, and his six goals have given the Indians a big boost. “Luca DiPaola has been a very nice surprise for us, he’s scored six goals, and for a young player to put the puck in the net that many times has been great for us,” Harackiewicz said. “Another surprise has been Tyler Aldieri. He’s a senior but he didn’t really play a lot last season, but he has hit some big shots for us, he’s made a couple game winners, and has really stepped his game up for us.” The Indians are now entering the final stretch of the season, and their schedule only gets harder from here. They currently sit in second place, but Harackiewicz sees as many as four teams that could emerge to challenge for their spot.

Newington makes a save during a game last season.

Newington is coming off a tie to the Rockville-BoltonCoventry-Lyman Memorial co-op on Saturday, and will look to get back to their winning ways on Wednesday, when they face

Rob Heyl

Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury. Chris McLaughlin can be reached at (860) 225-4601 ext 255 or at cmclaughlin@newbritainherald.com

Indians hockey team seeks second-half improvements By CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN STAFF WRITER

At 8-2-1 the Newington-BerlinManchester hockey team is in an ideal spot for this point of the season, but in order to keep that spot they will need to continue to develop offensive consistency. Brendon Richard has lived up to his billing as top scorer, and Luca DiPaola and Tyler Aldieri have been pleasant surprises, but the Indians are still averaging under three goals a game. Last year’s championship team was as successful as it was because on any given night they could erupt for eight goals, but the current Indians don’t have the same firepower. Head coach Dave

Harackiewicz knew that scoring need to improve upon in the second goals would be a bit of an issue half of the season.” coming in, but the rough competition has increased his concerns. “Our offense has been slowly coming along,” Harackiewicz said. “We’re trying to develop more consistency on that end to enhance our offensive attack. We’re averaging DAVE HARACKIEWICZ under three goals so far Head coach this season, and we need to get it up above three. Our conference is too tough, they’re Only the top two teams will four teams that could emerge to advance to the CCC South take our spot in the top two, so our Tournament, and currently the offense is an area we’re going to Indians are in line to do so. Other

teams are lurking, however, and if the Indians want a shot at defending their title, all areas of their game will need to improve. Defense has been a strength for the Indians, but like the offense, Harackiewicz sees ways it could improve. Justin Pratt has been a defensive leader, and Drew O’Leary has erased a lot of defensive mistakes, but the overall competition has been better than expected and with the offense not being as high-powered as in year’s past, the defense needs to be as flawless as possible. “There’s still some areas we’re working to improve our defense,”

“Our offense has been slowly coming along. We’re trying to develop more consistency on that end to enhance our offensive attack.”

Harackiewicz said. “Our defense isn’t just the defensive players, but all five guys on the ice, and they have done a good job so far, but we need to improve limiting other teams shots on goal.” The Indians are just entering the second half of the season, with only nine games remaining on the schedule. They have put themselves in a great position in second place, but they’re also wearing a bullseye on their backs as the defending champions. Teams bring their “A” game every single night, so the more the Indians can improve offensively and defensively, the better chance they will have at getting the chance to defend their title.


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Murphy, pushing for gun control, calls NRA a ‘paper tiger’ By ANA RADELAT

CONNECTICUTMIRROR

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy kicked off a campaign Tuesday aimed at convincing wavering colleagues that the National Rifle Association has little political clout. “This isn’t your father’s NRA,” said Murphy, a Democrat who has co-sponsored a bill that would reinstate an assault weapons ban. As proof the NRA lacks fangs, Murphy released a report called ‘Washington’s Paper Tiger: A Look at the NRA’s Ineffective Political Spending.” The report said only two of 10 Senate candidates the NRA spent money to oppose — including Murphy — lost elections last year. The report also said only two of 13 candidates the NRA sup-

ported won their elections last year. The NRA spent more than $10 million opposing President Obama and $2.7 million supporting the president’s Republican rival, Mitt Romney. Yet Obama handily won re-election, the report said. “The NRA’s reputation as an unstoppable force is one of the biggest misperceptions in Washington,” Murphy’s report said. “Members of Congress should not feel beholden to an organization that holds only perceived power and not actual clout.” The NRA disputes that, saying its 4 million members and huge campaign cash coffer makes the group a formidable force. Since 2011, the NRA spent at least $24.28 million on federal

campaigns and another $7.5 million through its affiliated Institute for Legislative Action. The organization also rates all members of Congress in an annual report card. Murphy may not care if he has low marks from the NRA, but most Republicans do because the gun group has threatened to back primary rivals with better gun rights records. Democrats from rural states and from the West are also feel vulnerable to attacks from the NRA. These are the members Murphy is trying to reach. “There’s nothing to fear when it comes to the modern NRA,” Murphy said. Murphy’s report, which he said is only the first in a series of studies Murphy will release on the ineffec-

tiveness of the national gun lobby, also said the NRA leadership in Washington has lost touch with its base. “Instead of representing its members, the NRA continues to be an extension of the Republican Party,” the report said. About 70 percent of the NRA’ campaign contributions went to Republicans, many of them to GOP members of the House of Representatives, where gun control legislation is most endangered. But even in the Senate, supporters of gun control face formidable obstacles. As many as 12 Democratic senators from rural and Western states with strong gun cultures have not committed to supporting their col-

leagues’ gun control legislation. Some of those Democrats, including Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, face re-election in 2014. To end an expected Republicanled filibuster of the legislation, all Senate Democrats and the chamber’s two independents would have to vote against it as well as five Republicans. Only one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has voiced support for an assault weapons ban. 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.

PLAY FOR ALL! Saturday, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come join us for a special needs playgroup giving parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize

together. No registration is necessary. Co-sponsored by Newington UNICO.

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ONGOING DROP-IN WINTER PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES: Through Feb. 21 Various preschool storytimes for ages 9 months through 6 years. Pick up a detailed schedule in the Children’s Department or check the webpage at www.newingtonct.gov/ library. WE ALL GET READY TO READ! Monday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. Family Place Libraries and the National Center for Learning Disabilities have partnered to present a program designed especially for the “graduates” of the Parent/Child Workshop and Play for All attendees (children ages 4 to 7) and their caregivers. Call (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. WINTER STORYTIMES: Session runs through Feb. 22. Weekly storytimes are drop-in, with no registration required. All programs are free of charge. For a detailed schedule go to www.newingtonct.org/library or call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 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. CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety concerns, only children age 7 and up, and their families will be allowed in the building room. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY!: Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In honor of the day we will have a crafts table set up in the Children’s room. Stop by and make a library inspired craft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! Tuesday, Feb. 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) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. This month’s reading is “1984” by George Orwell. All interested persons are invited to attend. VALENTINE’S DAY CHOCOLATE CELEBRATION: Friday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Grades 6 to 12. Join Kim Larkin, owner of Klassic Kreations Gourmet, as she shares the history behind the holiday.

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NEWINGTON LIBRARY CALENDAR Continued from Page 19 Nancy Frede, job coach and counselor, will present this free workshop. She will be cover resume tips, cover letter tips, networking and volunteering ideas and job search techniques. Registration is required at the Adult Information Desk or by calling (860) 665-8700. PARENT — CHILD WORKSHOP: Mondays, Feb. 11 and 25 (not the 18th), and March 4 and 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 5, 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! Registration begins Jan. 28 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. EBOOKS AND EMAGAZINES: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. Library staff will explain downloadable eBooks and eMagazines available through our new services, Freading and Zinio. Bring your iDevice, NOOK, Kindle Fire or laptop to one

of these sessions to learn how to checkout and download the library’s free eBooks and eMagazines. Please register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. COOKBOOK CLUB AND JUNIOR COOKBOOK CLUB EXTRAVAGANZA: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. We’re joining forces for a popping good time! Chefs in grades K – 6 will create good things to eat that have some pop. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. END OF ADULT WINTER READING: Pop Open a Good Book, Friday, Feb. 15. All tickets collected for the program’s

Sunday, February 3, 2013 Sponsored by OIC New Britain 114 North Street Pre-Party Entertainment 5:00-6:00 p.m. Game 6:00 p.m.

weekly drawings will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held at noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TEEN MOVIE NIGHT: “PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER” Friday, Feb. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ages 13 to 18. Come watch this newly released movie and have some snacks! The film is rated PG-13. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. WINTER READING FINALE: Preschoolers, Friday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. All preschoolers who were registered online for Pop Open a Good Book! are invited to celebrate at a special library party. There will be a movie, snacks, games and more! The Winter Reading Program is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. WINTER READING FINALE: Schoolage Children, Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., Friday, Feb. 15, 6 to 8 p.m. Children in kindergarten and older, who signed up online and completed our Winter Reading Program, Pop Open a Good Book! are invited to an after hours party at the Senior & Disabled Center. You will be entertained by DJ Bob with music and games and enjoy a special treat. All attendees must have registered online through our website no later than Feb. 14. The Winter Reading Program is sponsored by The Friends of the

Library. EXPLORE TOGETHER! Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m. (NOTE: Special Vacation Time) Do polar bears hibernate like other bears? Explorers in grades 1 to 4, will research the facts about polar bears and complete a science experiment. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PAJAMA YOGA: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. Namaste everyone! That means peace. Children, ages 5-8 and their caregivers, are invited to come to the library in your most comfortable pajamas to have fun doing Yoga together. Beth Agdish, a certified Next Generation Yoga for Kids instructor, will teach us techniques and traditional poses. Mats will be provided to those who do not bring one. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. TALES TO TAILS: Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15-minute session reading to 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. Call (860) 665-8720 for more information or to register. Sponsored by Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, Inc.

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MOVING FORWARD GROUP: Relationship breakup? Divorced? Trying to move on? You are invited to join our Moving Forward Group, which meets Friday, Feb. 1, and Friday, Feb. 15, for an interesting, caring, and lively discussion on moving forward. Starts at 6:30 p.m. We are located at First Congregational Church, 355 Main St., Cromwell. TEMPLE SINAI EVENT: Gary Jones, regional director, Anti-Defamation League, will speak at a breakfast event that is free and open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. RSVP to (860) 561-1055. “THE DANGERS OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA”: St. Mary School in Newington will host an evening of information that no parent should miss. The Home

and School Association will offer: “The Dangers of Electronic Media” presented by the Newington Police Department. Officer Timothy Cunningham, Resource Officer for Newington High School, and Officer Jamie DeSimone will educate parents on the dangers their children fact with all social media such as YouTube, Facebook, Sexting and Instagram to name a few. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of St. Mary School, 652 Willard Ave. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m The meeting is open to all. However, due to the nature of some of the material being presented, we ask that you do not bring your children to this event. For further information, call St. Mary School at (860) 666-3844 or look for details and directions on our website: www.stmarynewington.com.

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OPEN MIC: The Central CT Acoustic Musicians Society Meetup is sponsoring an open mic from 7:30 p.m. until closing Friday, Feb. 8. It will be hosted by The Newington Knights of Columbus, located at 171 Pascone Place (entrance in rear), Newington. This will be a monthly event held on the second Friday of the month. For additional information, direction and/ or other council activities, visit the K of C’s website kofcnewington.com. FREE GARDENING SEMINAR: COLOR SUCCESSION IN THE GARDEN: A free gardening seminar, “Color Succession in the Garden,” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Stonehedge Garden Center, 1616 Willard Ave., Newington. The lecture will be given by Sarah Bailey, Certified Advanced Master Gardener, on color in the garden. Some gardens just stand out no matter what time of year it is. They maintain a strong visual image, yet always look different and fresh as the seasons progress. One of the secrets to creating a pleasing and inspiring garden is color. How color works, and the different ways to use it in your garden will be the topic Feb. 17. How color interacts, relating it to the seasons, and how to develop effective color progression in your garden will all be discussed. Call Stonehedge to reserve your free spot at (860) 6671158 or stop by the store. ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB POT LUCK SUPPER: St. Mary Women’s Club will hold a Pot Luck Supper Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring your favorite Pot Luck Dish and enjoy a delightful and tasty evening with your fellow parishioners. All members Autobody of the parish are welcome. Call Madeline by Wednesday, Feb. 6, at (860) 666-9329 to sign-up. CRAFT FAIR VENDORS WANTED: Craft Fair to be held at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in renting a vendor table or would like more information, call (860) 665-8778 and leave your name, address and phone number. MANAGING CONCERNS ABOUT FALLS: Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you. Fear of fall-

ing can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. This eight-week program will be offered at the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m., beginning Feb. 19 through April 9. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served. The program is free, with the costs paid through a grant from the Jefferson House Institute. The program is sponsored by the Injury Prevention Center of Hartford Hospital/CT Children’s Medical Center. Please call Lea Ann at (860) 249-1245 to register or for more information. STATE OF THE TOWN: The State of the Town Address, sponsored by the Newington Chamber of Commerce, will be presented by Mayor Stephen Woods and Town Manager John Salomone at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Newington High School cafeteria, 605 Willard Ave. $10 per Chamber Member; $15 per non-Chamber member 7:45 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. Catered Breakfast; 8:30 a.m. – Program with Q & A. R.S.V.P. by Friday, For more information, call (860) 666-2089. Reservations are required

at 124 Maple Hill Avenue in Newington has moved to celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Please join us to worship God at that time. During the service we offer Sunday School and a nursery. A coffee hour is enjoyed immediately following the service. For more information, call the Rev. Bob Stocksdale at (860) 666-3331. NEWINGTON DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE SEEKS INDIVIDUALS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE: The Newington Democratic Town Committee is seeking individuals who are interested in running for public office this November, particularly, Town Council and Board of Education. If you would like to submit your name for consideration, send in a letter of interest to: Nominating Chair, Newington Democratic Town Committee, P.O. Box 31005, Newington, CT 06131-0035. You may also contact Town Committee Chair, Carol Anest at (860) 490-6561. FLU VACCINATIONS BY APPOINTMENT: Anyone who has not been immunized for flu may contact the Central Connecticut Health District office to schedule their vaccination. Vaccine

is available for anyone age 9 years and older, no residency requirements. We bill all Medicare Part B plans, all Aetna plans, all ConnectiCare Plans and all Anthem plans. Participants must bring the card from one of these plans to receive their flu vaccination at no charge. Others will be charged $20 and a receipt will be given. No one will be denied vaccination because of an ability to pay. Participants are asked to wear short sleeves or loose-sleeved clothes. Vaccinations will be given at the Health District office, 505 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the Central Connecticut Health District, serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield at (860) 721-2822. DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going through divorce, thinking about getting a divorce, already divorced, or relationship breakup. There is a caring group of people who have been exactly where you are now, this group meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. (except Good Friday and the Friday after Thanksgiving) at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield.

NVFD TWITTER FEED: In an effort to reach a larger audience with our fire and life safety messages, the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department has created a Twitter Feed. Twitter is a free social media web site, which allows its users to communicate in short text-based messages via the internet and SMS text message to anyone who signs up to receive them. If you have a Twitter account, follow us at NFDFireSafety. Pass this along to any family and friends, whether from Newington or not. The more people we can communicate with, the more effective this new means of communication will be. If you do not have a Twitter account, or do not wish to set one up, you can still view our messages. Simply go to http://twitter.com/NFDFireSafety using your internet browser. Consider bookmarking this page and checking back often. WINTER EXHIBITS: The center will showcase unique quilts created by members of the Schoolhouse Quilters of Newington during January and February in the south foyer gallery. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Fresh ground sausage burger topped with blue cheese, Americancheese, bacon, pickles & Honey BBQ sauce

PIZZA BURGER ................................... 6.29

THE FAT CAT ...................................... 9.99

2 beef patties layered with pizza sauce & mozzarella cheese

THE BOMBER...................................... 6.49 1 beef patty, pastrami, chili sauce, swiss cheese, pickle & spicy mustard

MAC PATTY ........................................ 6.99 1 beef patty & 1 mac & cheese patty layered with jalapenos, nacho cheese & topped with pepper jack cheese & mac sauce

THE HOT NERD ................................... 6.49

A New Brunswick, New Jersey grease cart inspired burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickles, slaw, fries, fried egg, bacon & American cheese

DOGS

2 beef patties layered with American cheese, bacon, spicy BBQ sauce & thick cut onion rings

VEGGIE BURGER ................................. 4.79 Store made hand crafted patty consisting of chickpeas, black beans, mushrooms, roasted-red peppers & jalapenos, topped with tomatoes & lettuce

FREE TOPPINGS

Lettuce, tomato, onions, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, jalapenos, cherry peppers, ketchup, mustard, mayo, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, sweet relish, buffalo sauce & GoldBurger sauce

PREMIUM TOPPINGS 0.25 EACH

Cucumber dill sauce, chipotle mayo, sauerkraut, pizza sauce, pickles, sport peppers, roasted-red peppers, ranch, sour cream, golden BBQ, Honey BBQ, steak sauce, mac sauce & spicy BBQ

0.50 EACH

American cheese, cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, swiss cheese, mozzarella cheese, nacho cheese sauce, roasted red pepper hummus, bacon, fried frizzled onions, coleslaw, potato chips & roasted garlic schmear

1.00 EACH

Half Full FRESH CUT FRIES .........2.39 4.39 GRILLED CHEESE ......... 2.29 SWEET POTATO FRIES ..2.99 4.79 SIDE SAUCE CUP ......... 0.35 ONION RINGS ................2.99 4.79 HOUSE MADE COLESLAW...1.99 WAFFLE FRIES ...............2.39 4.39 HOUSE MADE PICKLES 1.49 CHEESE FRIES ...................... 4.99 BOTTLED WATER ......... 1.25 SODA ................................................................Reg 1.79 Large 1.99

TOPLESS DOG ................... 2.19 ......... 2.49

NEW ENGLAND STYLE ....... 3.39 ......... 3.69

RIVAL’S RODEO .................................. 7.49

BUILD YOUR OWN BURGER

SINGLE DOUBLE SAUSAGE PATTY CHICKEN BURGER 3.79 5.49 3.99 4.99 EXTRA BEEF PATTY EXTRA CHICKEN PATTY 1.75 2.99

Your choice of dog topped how you like it

BREAKFAST SANDWICH..................... 4.49

2 beef patties layered with bacon, American cheese, Honey BBQ sauce & grilled onions

PHILBURGERS

Sliders! Our mini’s are grilled with diced onions & topped with American cheese, pickles & our own Goldburger Sauce.........1 Slider 1.89 4-Pack of Sliders 7.49

Blue cheese, fried egg, pastrami, chili sauce, french fries, onion rings

SLAW DOG ......................... 2.89 ......... 3.19

HONEY BBQ BACON BURGER............. 6.99

Your choice of dog topped with Goldburger sauce, jalapenos, cheddar cheese & sauerkraut

All dogs are either skinless all beef or natural casing beef & pork beef beef & pork

2 beef patties layered with jalapenos, diced onions, hot sauce, pepper jack cheese, buffalo sauce & topped with potato chips & Goldburger sauce Bacon or sausage, 2 eggs & American cheese on a potato roll

CROUCHING HOT DOG....... 3.99 ......... 4.49 HIDDEN JALAPENO

Your choice of dog with house made coleslaw, onions & mustard

Your choice of dog topped with chili, onions, mustard & celery salt

CONEY DOG ....................... 3.79 ......... 4.09 Your choice of dog topped with chili, onions, nacho cheese sauce, & mustard

SIDES

1/2 & 1/2........................................... 4.79 Choose any 2: Fresh cut fries, waffle fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings

FULLY LOADED FRIES......................... 5.49

CHICAGO STYLE ................ 2.89 ......... 3.19

Your choice of fresh cut fries or waffle fries topped with nacho cheese sauce, crumbled bacon, sour cream & jalapenos. Add Chili for 1.00

THE P.B.R .......................... 3.79 ......... 4.09

Bars of mac & cheese, breaded & fried with mac sauce

Your choice of dog with onions, sweet relish, sport peppers, pickles, tomato, mustard & celery salt

Your choice of dog topped with pickles, bason, ranch dressing, grilled onions & pepper jack cheese

MAC BARS .......... 4.79 (for 3) or 1.75 (each)

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