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The Candy Jar opens for business By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

When’s the last time you ate a sheet of candy buttons or bought an Abba Zaba? Have you ever indulged in an “avalanche” of peanut butter, chocolate chips and marshmallow molded into a light, fluffy treat? Downtown Newington now boasts its very own old-fashioned candy store where you can find these sweets and much, much more. Longtime Newington resident Stacey Kamienski has been making chocolates and other confections for years, but now that her new Volume 53, No. 6


A display of chocolates and candies at the Candy Jar, 1068 Main St.

store opened its doors this week she’s crafting candy on a much larger scale. The Candy Jar is located on Main Street, just a few doors down from the Newington Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Executive Director Gail Whitney was among the visitors at Tuesday night’s ribboncutting who had the chance to check out the new shop and sample some Erica Schmitt | Staff of the homemade goodies. “A local family opens a hometown Stacey Kamienski, owner of The Candy Jar, second from right, and her husband Andrew, right, with their two See THE CANDY, Page 6

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Friendly atmosphere keeps regulars returning to Vito’s By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

we’ve seen a whole generation come through here.” Maffuci says. If you come in for lunch you’ll catch Diane Wind-Allard, who has carried piping-hot pizzas alongside Tim for the last 13 years. All three live in Newington. Aside from its convenient downtown location at the corner of Main and Cedar Streets – easy walking distance for lots of locals – Vito’s makes great pizza. “We’ve been making gourmet pizzas long before they became famous,” says Maffuci, who’s personal favorite is the Hawaiian, traditionally sprinkled with pineapple and Canadian bacon, with a house addition of pepperoni, peppers and a dash of hot sauce. But the pizza sauce is different from the spaghetti sauce, which tops everything from baked ziti to chicken parmesan. (The most popular dish on the menu.) “We are the home of chicken parm,” Maffuci will tell you. “We have a very good sauce; it’s in between sweet and tangy. I’ve had people tell me they can drink it

Come in to Vito’s for a pizza on a Friday night and you might just catch Owner Mike Maffuci jumping the karaoke list to belt out Frank Sinatra. “Once in a while,” he said on a recent afternoon amidst a glass of house red wine, which carries Vito’s signature logo on the bottle. Erica Schmitt |Staff Maffuci and his three siblings The bar at Vito’s Pizzaria, 14 East grew up in Wethersfield with a Cedar St., Newington. mom who ran a health clinic and a father who was always feeding the with a spoon.” family homemade pizza. His love Those who want to skip the for authentic Italian food translatpizza and pasta can opt for a salad, ed into the first Vito’s Restaurant Erica Schmitt |Staff which are big enough for two opening in Wethersfield in 1977. Vito’s Manager Tim Jovel, Head Waitress Diane Wind-Allard, and Owner hungry adults to share. That location is now owned by Mike Maffuci, point out their favorite menu items. Vito’s Pizzaria is located at 14 Maffuci’s sisters Carol and Linda, East Cedar Street. Hours: Mon.while his brother Robert owns Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Vito’s in the Park in Hartford and NEWINGTON Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Vito’s by the Water in Windsor. NEWINGTON Sun. 12-9 p.m. (860) 667-4644. “They all had other skills but the restaurant kept calling them Town Erica Schmitt can be reached at back,” says Maffuci, who once Crier (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or had a dream of opening up a ski 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010 resort, but the restaurant pulled (860) 225-4601 • Fax: (860) 223-8171 him back, too. “You have to be committed to A Central Connecticut Communications LLC publication it,” he explained. “We’ve been here 17 years and seen places come and Michael E. Schroeder — Publisher Gary Curran — Advertising Manager go, but we’re still here. We’ve been James Casciato — Editor a part of town a long time.” If you ask Maffuci what he At Your Service — We welcome your phone calls — and your visits. thinks Vito’s regulars love most about the downtown joint he’ll News Coverage — If you have a story idea or questions call (860) 225-4601 ext. 234. or email say matter-of-factly, “Me,” then after a short pause for effect, “We Sports Coverage — If you have a story idea or question, call Executive Sports have a friendly atmosphere. Most Editor Brad Carroll (860) 225-4601 ext. 212 or bcarroll@centralctcommunicaof the employees have been here a long time; everybody knows them.” To Subscribe — To subscribe or for questions, call (860) 225-4608. Longtime Manager Tim Jovel Advertising started when was 16 years old CLASSIFIED & LEGAL: To place a classified ad, call (860) 231-2444. For legal and is now running the place. But advertisements, call (860) 231-2444. Vito’s has hired lots of Newington DISPLAY: If you have questions about placing a display advertisement, call Gary kids over the years who have came Curran (860) 225-4601 ext. 281. and went as they graduate from Erica Schmitt |Staff Copyright 2012, Central Connecticut Communications LLC. No reproNewington High School. From left, Vito’s Manager Tim Jovel, Head Waitress Diane Wind-Allard, and duction or reuse of material without the express written consent of the “Tim is like a son to me. But Owner Mike Maffuci. The group have worked together for more than 10 years. Newington Town Crier. All rights reserved. To request permission to reprint


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Woman allegedly pulls gun at Chuck E. Cheese’s By LISA BACKUS STAFF WRITER

A Middletown woman is free on bond following her arrest on charges she allegedly threatened another patron of a children’s restaurant with a gun during an argument Monday night. Tawana Bourne is accused of brandishing a .380 semi-automatic handgun during a verbal argument with another woman at Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant located at 370 Berlin Turnpike.

Bourne was at the restaurant that features children’s games with her child around 8 p.m. when she allegedly pulled out the gun and chambered a round during an argument with another adult female who was also with a child, police said. Restaurant staff immediately called police and kept the women separated until officers arrived. Bourne had a valid state pistol permit, which was seized by police along with her gun, police said.

She was charged with firstdegree reckless endangerment, breach of peace, three counts of risk of injury to a child and second-degree threatening. Bourne was released after posting $50,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Feb. 19. Lisa Backus can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 306, or lbackus@

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Newington shows support for veterans landing project By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

This past Monday evening — a few months after the Newington Town Council approved tax reductions for veteran residents — a presentation on a new assisted-living facility for vets 62 and older had a good showing. The $30 million project, which will break ground on the campus of the Veterans Hospital later this month, is being orchestrated by the nonprofit Community Renewal Team. Residents of the planned 95 onebedroom and eight studio apartments are expected to be “mostly” veterans according to CRT officials, whose presentation in Council Chambers this week brought town officials and area veterans. “I’ve been supportive of this and Victory Gardens; we support both projects,” said Rich Linnon, Taskforce Chariman of the Connecticut American Legion, who was joined by Newington resident and Post 117 Senior Vice Commander Tom Shields. Both are Vietnam vets and have been keeping close watch on the progress of Veterans Landing as well as Victory Gardens, the other hous-

At left, Community Renewal Team President and CEO Lena Rodriguez gave a presentation in Newington Town Council Chambers Monday evening about the planned Veterans Landing housing development, shown at right, which will break ground at the VA Hospital campus this month.

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this year. Between Headstart, Meals-onWheels, and many other programs and services, CRT served 1,363 town residents in 2012 alone. “The overall goal of our agency is to move people from where they are to self-sufficiency,” explained CRT President and CEO Lena Rodriguez, who hosted Monday’s meeting. VA officials also attended the evening and provided their perspective on Veterans Landing, whose future residents will be utilizing the VA Hospital’s outpatient mental and physical health services. “We look forward to working with CRT, the town of Newington and the veteran community in moving this project forward,” said VA Connecticut Assistant Director Al Montoya. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@

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Newington firefighters bring truck to Queens, N.Y.


The world of firefighting is like a brotherhood. When the Newington Volunteer Fire Department recently saw a video plea released by the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department in New York, they sprung into action with the same urgency they might afford to a three-alarm fire blazing on Main Street in Newington. This past Saturday, Newington firefighters and Town Manager John Salomone boarded the 1983 Hahn Pumper truck, one of the department’s older models, and made a special delivery. Breezy Point, a small borough on the Rockaway Peninsula of Queens, N.Y., is about 2½ hours away from Newington. The tightly-knit community has received an outpouring of help from all across the country since late October, when Superstorm Sandy wreaked its havoc. Besides the immense damage caused by flooding, downed power lines in Breezy Point burned down 126 homes and heavily damaged 22 more.

The inside of the Point Breeze firehouse was filled with more than four feet of water by the time the storm was over and volunteer firefighters lost nearly all of their equipment, including their two fire engines. “They’re not funded by the municipality. They all work off of donations so for them to raise a few hundredthousand dollars for a new truck is very difficult,” explained Newington Deputy Fire Chief Frank Papa. One has since been repaired and thanks to Newington firefighters, they are now back in operation with two running engines. “We’re very appreciative for our brothers and sisters at the Newington Fire Department; they’re a really nice group of people. And the truck runs very well,” said Point Breeze Volunteer Fire spokesman Steve Glavey. From the first drop of rain on Oct. 29 to now, three months later, they never stopped being emergency responders. But normalcy has barely returned still, with insulation just going up in the walls of the Point Breeze Firehouse this week.

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Newington firefighters line up in front of the extra firetruck they donated to the Breezy Point Volunteer Fire Department in Rockaway, Queens, N.Y. who lost all but one of their trucks in superstrom Sandy.

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candy store, that’s what we like,” Whitney said, adding, “It’s so cute in here, you just want to eat off the walls!” Those walls are covered in all varieties of time-honored treats, as well as some more modern artisan choices and of course Kamienski’s own packaged creations, labeled “Stacey-Ann’s Confections.” Remember Necco Wafers and Sugar Daddy? What about Fun Dip, Pop Rocks and Rock Candy? “I wanted to make sure I had all of the novelty, old-time candy,” explained Kamienski, whose homemade truffles are also irresistible, especially since the cash register sits atop two long glass cases exhibiting them all. “I’ve been making chocolates and cakes, cooking my whole life, but I just sold them as a side business

while I was home with the kids,” she said. “Now I can do something for myself; I took the plunge. We really didn’t have anything like this around.” Her husband Andrew and their two daughters Caitlin, 20, and Kylie, 17, all helped out on opening day. They have been enjoying her treats for years and are happy she can finally share them with others. One of the new brands candyconnoisseurs might not recognize is Funky Chunky Chip-zel-pop: a mixed bag of potato chips, pretzels, popcorn caramel and chocolate. There’s also every flavor of taffy chew imaginable, in addition to party snacks like wasabi peas and Cracker Jack, as well as sugar-free and glutenfree sweets. Chocolates, candy and gift baskets can be customized for special occasions. All special orders are asked to

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Kylie Kamienski and her mom Stacey Kamienski packaging a gift basket.

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Clothing Closet donations were also steadfast. We received generous monetary donations to support the food bank and Special Needs Fund, which allow us to purchase needed items for the food bank and holiday programs, and assist eligible residents with emergency basic needs. The Newington Department of Human Services thanks all of the volunteers, civic organizations, religious groups, schools, businesses, and individual residents for their enthusiastic and generous support throughout the year. Our programs help households consisting of families, single adults, senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Many residents are experiencing financial hardship due to issues such as chronic illness, sudden or long term unemployment, or fixed/reduced income. 412 households were recipients of the holiday programs. 65 homebound

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Renata Kalinowski, left, of Newington, and Michelle Smoloski, far right, were honored for their volunteer work at the Pope John Paul II school on Friday by New Britain Mayor Timothy O’Brien and principal Bo Cuprak.

Resident honored for her volunteer work By DIANNE CHURCH STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — Two volunteers were honored by Pope John Paul II School at the closing day of Catholic Schools Month and National School Choice Week Ceremony Friday. Renata Kalinowski and Michelle Smoloski, both parents of Pope John Paul II students, were recognized for their many volunteer activities at the school. Hosted by Principal Bohdan Cuprak the event included New Britain Mayor Tim O’Brien reading a proclamation about the special work these two women have done and continue to do on a daily basis. Both ladies co-chair the Home and School Association for the past two years, attending school board meetings, working on the Annual Bazaar committee, organizing Halloween, Christmas, Easter and dinner events for the whole parish community and school. Working behind the scenes Kalinowski, who resides in Newington and is employed by Hartford Hospital as a nurse in the New Born Nursery, still finds the time to make and serve pancake breakfasts to the students;

chair many fundraisers; organize other parents to assist with the Annual Bazaar in June; clean the school during the summer; and organize parties and events for the students. A most special person to the school, she has taken the time to get to know the students and, while always smiling, helps to create a wonderful community in the school and parish of Holy Cross. Smoloski, of Bristol is employed at McCarter and English in Hartford, takes the time each morning to prepare and copy notices for the parents and teachers; reaches out to the business community for support which have resulted in generous donations from various businesses.


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Former Ron’s Automoive mechanic finds a new home

owned shop. Tim runs his business with When they were forced to same attitude. You won’t come The beloved Ron’s Automotive close, Greg headed to one of the in for an oil change and walk out has found a new home. only other shops he knew that with a $1,000 bill. Longtime Newington residents was also family-owned and run by “You work on a car and you save may remember frequenting all the parts so when the custhe Main Street auto repair tomer comes in you say, this is shop for honest service at a fair what we changed and tell them price. When Ron’s closed its why,” says the 77-year-old Ron, doors in 2010, the word around who instilled in his son this oldtown was, “Where did Greg fashioned approach to car repair. Rannau go?” Greg inherited his dad’s abilRon Rannau’s son and head ity to take pride in his work, mechanic at the family-owned but brought his own personality shop, Greg, was a community to the job, too, and that’s what fixture whose friendly service made Ron’s such a popular place. has now changed addresses — “When Greg took over he got to Mad Max’s Motorsports in more business people that I ever New Britain. had,” Ron remembers. “Greg and I have known And they’re beginning to each other for a number of discover where their favorite years and when they closed mechanic ran off to. up I knew he needed a place “There was a lady yesterday to go,” explained Tim Panella, who came in because she found owner of Mad Max’s. out where Greg was,” says Tim, “I knew he had the same values certified, licensed mechanics who who’s happy to have joined forces I did so it worked out.” offer honest, reliable service. with a business that not only Ron’s, which opened in 1972, “We have the same philosophy; brings its own customers from out garnered a large base of loyal cus- taking care of customers comes of town, but also shares the same tomers who appreciated the kind first and foremost,” says Greg. integrity. of car repair service that can only “We make sure they get a good “All the customers love Greg; come from a hometown, family- job for a fair buck.” they think he’s the greatest.”


“There was a lady yesterday who came in because she found out where Greg was,” says Tim, who’s happy to have joined forces with a business that not only brings its own customers from out of town, but also shares the same integrity.

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From left, the legendary Ron Rannau of Ron’s Automotive in Newington, which closed in 2010, stands beside Tim Panella, owner of Mad Max’s Motor Sports in New Britain, and Greg Rannau, who has joined forces with Tim.

Ron still lives in Newington, but he plans on making an appearance at Mad Max’s every once in a while. “If he lets me!” he chuckled. “I love garages. This is just a wonderful business.” Mad Max’s Motor Sports is

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Ryan T. Hallisey, son of Michael and Denise Hallisey, has been named to the Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Ryan is a third-year student majoring in computer science/chemistry. Kevin MacNeill, son of Paul and Jacqueline MacNeill of Newington, has been named to the Dean’s List for the first semester of the 201213 academic year at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Kevin is a first-year student majoring in economics and math at the college. Joseph MacNeill, son of Paul and Jacqueline MacNeill of Newington, has been named to the Dean’s List for the first semester of the 201213 academic year at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Joseph is a first-year student majoring in Catholic studies at the college. Newington resident Abby E. Barnicle, a member of the class of 2015, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester at Stonehill College. Erik Bloomquist of Newington, class of 2014, has received Faculty Honors for the fall 2012 semester at Trinity College, Hartford. Michael Buonocore, son of Thomas and Linda Buonocore of Newington, has been named to the Endicott College Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. Michael is a junior majoring in psychology. The following local students have been named to the University of Rhode Island’s fall 2012 Dean’s List: Erika T. Marko of Newington, Hannah M. Austin of Newington, and Sara J. Mazur of Newington. Fairfield University has announced that the following local residents have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester: Ryan Marchetti, a resident of Newington; Nicole Milewski, a resident of Newington; Angela Quental, a resident of Newington. Jenna Fravel of Newington of Newington has been named to the James Madison University Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. Fravel is a sophomore whose major is art history. The University of Hartford has announced the following local stu-

dents have been named to the Dean’s List for fall 2012: Newington: Julia Baiju, Kevin Bascetta, Brian Bianchi, Melissa Brown, Ryan Clancy, Hailey Gagnon, Michelle Gonera, Danielle Gopie, Conor Hamill, Christina Hanan, Carl Hawkins, Jessica Henriques, Scott Horan, Mahaam Hussain, Kirsten LaPointe, Ashley Leffard, Jennifer Pachocki, Kimberly Tetreault, Rachel Williams, Kristi Xhaxho, Patricia Manke, Katie Dydyn, Jessie Sattler, Daniela Cabral. Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester: Full-time student Nicholas Aconfora ‘15 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Aconfora’s major is Communication. Fulltime student Roxanne DeBlois ‘16 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. DeBlois’s major is Business Administration. Full-time student Melinda DeDominicis ‘15 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. DeDominicis’s major is Music. Full-time student Kimberly DePaolis ‘15 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. DePaolis’s major is Pre-Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Fulltime student Colleen Duggan ‘12 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Duggan’s major is Physical Education. Full-time student Caitlin Emerson ‘13 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Emerson’s major is English. Full-time student Sarah Emerson ‘16 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Emerson’s major is Undeclared. Full-time student Lisa Forcellina ‘15 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Forcellina’s major is Pre-Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Fulltime student Kristina Forsman ‘15 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Forsman’s major is Sport & Leisure Management. Full-time student Cody Hall ‘13 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Hall’s major is Business Administration and Economics. Full-time student Ashley Kus ‘13 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Kus’s major is English. Full-time student Stephen Lombardi ‘13 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Lombardi’s major is History. Fulltime student Katherine Roome ‘13 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Roome’s major is Social Work. Full-time student

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Local News Stephanie Sales ‘16 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Sales’s major is Psychology. Fulltime student Ellen Swol ‘13 of Berlin was named to the Dean’s List. Swol’s major is Psychology. Full-time student Kelsey Teraila ‘14 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Teraila’s major is Business Administration. Fulltime student Rachael Thatcher ‘15 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Thatcher’s major is Communication. Full-time student Ashley Westman ‘14 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Westman’s major is Pre-Elementary Education and English. Full-time student Erin Zenzie ‘13 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Zenzie’s

major is English and Elementary Education. Full-time student Lauren Zenzie ‘15 of Newington was named to the Dean’s List. Zenzie’s major is Communication. Rebecca J. Corcoran of Newington was named to the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa. Corcoran is a senior music education major. Corcoran is a graduate of Newington High School. The University of Hartford has announced the following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for fall 2012: Julia Baiju of Newington, Kevin Bascetta of Newington, Brian Bianchi of Newington, Melissa

Brown of Newington, Ryan Clancy of Newington, Hailey Gagnon of Newington, Michelle Gonera of Newington, Danielle Gopie of Newington, Conor Hamill of Newington, Christina Hanan of Newington, Carl Hawkins of Newington, Jessica Henriques of Newington, Scott Horan of Newington, Mahaam Hussain of Newington, Kirsten LaPointe of Newington, Ashley Leffard of Newington, Jennifer Pachocki of Newington, Kimberly Tetreault of Newington, Rachel Williams of Newington, Kristi Xhaxho of Newington, Patricia Manke of Newington, Katie Dydyn of Newington, Jessie Sattler of Newington, Daniela Cabral of Newington.

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PET OF THE WEEK It ’s almost Valentine’s day and maybe you are looking for something different to demonstrate love month! Instead of getting chocolate or flowers this year how about adopting two loving sisters! Sparkles, who is 8 months old, enjoys playing fetch and walking on the beach at sunset. Her sister, Ellie is a total sweetheart, she is one year old and will definitely make your heart melt. These two must be adopted together, they can go to a house or apartment, and the family should have older children, ages 12 and up. We recommend prior dog experience and we require both to continue their training after adoption. If you are looking for new furry soul mates, then come down to the Newington branch of the Connecticut Humane Society today! Inquiries for adoption should be made at the Connecticut Humane Society located at 701

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POLICE BLOTTER James Dumont, 18, of 261 Beach St., was charged Feb. 1 with thirddegree burglary and third-degree larceny. David Roberts, 21, of 84 Woodruff Road, Farmington, was charged Feb. 3 with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and failure to drive in the proper lane. Jesus Casillas, 41, of 27 Bulkeley Ave., Hartford, was charged Feb. 1 with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and driving an unregistered motor vehicle. Anthony Vasile, 37, of 14 Colonial Drive, Rocky Hill, was charged Feb. 1 with criminal violation of a protective order and breach of peace. Jacqueline Cabrera, 37, of 229 Lowrey Place, was charged Feb. 2 with disorderly conduct. Tanairi Gonzalez, 21, of 453 Albany Ave., Hartford, was charged Feb. 2 with disorderly conduct. Miguel Marrero Jr., 25, of 143 Elmhurst St., West Hartford, was charged Feb. 2 with disorderly conduct.

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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Town woman heads to Paraguay with Peace Corps to teach ‘healthy lifestyles’ STAFF REPORT

Jenna Rose Scanlon, 22, of Newington has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Paraguay Feb. 6 to begin training as a rural health specialist volunteer. Scanlon will live and work in a community to create programs that educate her community about healthy lifestyles and preventing disease. “My motivation to apply to the Peace Corps stems from my love of cultures, adventure, and helping others,” she said. Scanlon is the daughter of Cathy and John Scanlon and a graduate of Newington High School in Newington, Conn. She then attended Pace University in New York, N.Y., where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and psychology in 2013. During the first three months of her service, Scanlon will live with a host family in Paraguay to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Scanlon will be sworn into service and be assigned to a community in Paraguay, where she will live and work for two years with the local people. After completing her 27 months of service with the Peace Corps, Scanlon hopes to attend graduate school at the United Nation University for Peace to pursue a career in advocacy for

indigenous rights. Scanlon joins the 152 Conn. residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 3,145 Conn. residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. About Peace Corps/Paraguay: More than 3,690 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Paraguay since the program was established in 1967. Currently, 261 volunteers serve in Paraguay. Volunteers work in the areas of agriculture, community development, education, youth development, environment and health. Volunteers are trained and work in Guaraní and Spanish. About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit www.peacecorps. gov for more information.

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Town Councilors should be expected Local Paneras taking part in ‘Cookies for Kids!’ campaign to ‘vote with their conscience’ To the editor:

There has been much concern recently about our Newington Town Committees and whether certain members are allowed to serve on the Board of Ethics. While I admittedly do not have much, if any, interest in this topic, I believe that it has been determined that all Town Committee members except for the elected officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are legally eligible to be on the Board. What bothers me most is a quote that I read from Councilor Maureen Klett in the Feb. 1 issue of the Town Crier. Mrs. Klett adamantly stated at a recent Town Council meeting that she does not feel that Town Committee members should serve on the Ethics Board. However, it was pointed out in the Town Crier article that Mrs. Klett did, in fact, vote a Town Committee member on to the Ethics Board in 2010.

Her explaining quote in the Town Crier article says that she “didn’t feel comfortable” with her vote. As a life-long citizen of this town, I have deep concerns that we should have an elected official that candidly admits she does not vote her conscience. How many other votes has Mrs. Klett cast that she has been “uncomfortable” with? And, more importantly, Why? I know that during election seasons Mrs. Klett diligently knocks on many doors in this town and asks the voters to listen to her views and opinions and, based on these, to vote for her. I don’t see what purpose that serves now that we know that she votes for things that she is not in favor of. I’m sorry — I don’t understand it. And I just expect more from anyone that is elected to represent our town. Mary Woods Newington

Council meetings have become wrought with tension, childishness and partisanship

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I would like to begin this letter by thanking each Councilor for their years of service and commitment to the town of Newington. I may not always agree with you, but I do appreciate the hours you spend serving on the Council, attending other meetings and serving on various committees. I do not feel that anyone elected to public office should be considered fair game for random criticism or ridicule. Since Nov. 13, 2012 when, at the Council meeting, a member of the public made direct accusations regarding his perception of unethical conduct, tension at Town Council meetings has escalated at what I consider to be an alarming rate. It has gone beyond simple partisan politics. Supervising recess is nothing compared to watching what has transpired over the past few months. When the councilor who initiated the call for ethics code review expresses that he has “other ethical concerns,” yet repeatedly refuses to disclose those concerns, it is suspect. What else is going on? It is like the little kid who runs by and says in a singsong taunting

voice, “I know something you don’t know and I’m not telling.” What is it that he believes is wrong with the ethics ordinance that he is only willing to share with an ethics ordinance subcommittee and not the Town Council or members of the public? Criticism regarding perceived body language has begun to include members of the public along with fellow councilors. I suggested on a previous occasion that all elected officials look at themselves on NCTV re-runs to see their own body language. It might prove enlightening if they would be open to it. My mother had several phrases she would say, ones that I swore would never cross my lips. I have eaten a lot of crow pie. One of her favorites, however, was something like, “if you are going to criticize someone make sure your own hems are clean.” Perhaps the sign outside the door of the Town Council Chambers on meeting nights should read, “sandbox open – come in and kick some, pail and shovel optional.” Mady Kenny Newington

Looking to make a sweet gesture to a local nonprofit? The fourteen Panera Bread/HBG bakery-cafes in Connecticut announce that they are currently conducting a “Cookies for Kids!” campaign until Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, where 10 percent of the proceeds from every freshly baked Valentine cookie sold will go directly to local charity, Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover. The decorated shortbread cookies feature three different versions of conversation hearts that say “Love You,” “XOXO,” and “Be Mine.”

Central Connecticut Panera Bread Bakeries will take part in the “Cookies for Kids!” campaign wherein 10 percent of proceeds from Valentine’s cookies will go toward the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover.

Newington looking for certified disaster response volunteers Please join us for an informational presentation of becoming a certified disaster response volunteer in Newington. (Must be at least 18 years old). The meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at Town Hall Council Chambers, 131 Cedar St. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace

and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERTs have been used to distribute and/ or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in homes of the elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more. For more information or questions, contact Karen Futoma, Director of Human Services at or (860) 665-8660.

EVENTS CALENDAR ITALIAN FILM SERIES: “Ieri, Oggi e Domani,” 1963 (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), in Italian film with English subtitles, will be shown as part of the Italian Film Series, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Samuel B. Webb Elementary School auditorium, 51 Willow St., Wethersfield. The event, which is free

and open to the public, is sponsored by The Wethersfield High School Italian National Honor Society in cooperation with the Italian Culture Center of Education and the Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO, and is made possible by the generous support of Franco Cianfaglione, agent, State Farm Insurance,

Rocky Hill. 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 BOY SCOUT TROOP 347 TO HOLD

THIRD ANNUAL BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE: Newington Boy Scout Troop 347 will hold their annual bottle and can drive Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire House One, 1485 Main St., Newington. Please bring your refundable bottles and cans to the back park-

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EVENTS CALENDAR Continued from Page 11 ing lot located on Walsh Avenue. The troop’s goal is to raise $1,000 for troop activities. To have them picked up from your driveway, call Mike Sirois at (860) 666-4375. Snow date will be Saturday, Feb. 16, at the same time and location. 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 of the parish are welcome. Call Madeline by Wednesday, Feb. 6, at (860) 666-9329 to sign-up. MOVING FORWARD GROUP: Relationship breakup? Divorced? Trying to move on? You are invited to join our Moving Forward Group, which meets 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. FREE GARDENING SEMINAR: COL-

OR 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) 667-1158 or stop by the store. NEWINGTON/WETHERSFIELD GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS: The Newington/Wethersfield GFWC will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Newington Senior Center, 120 Cedar St., Newington.


The program will feature Caelum Massicotte, healthy eating specialist, from Whole Foods Market, Glastonbury. If you have any questions or would like additional information about the organization, call (860) 563-6923. 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. FRIENDS OF FOOTBALL INTRODUCTORY MEETING: The Newington High School booster club Friends of Football will hold an introductory meeting with refreshments at Bertuccis on the Berlin Turnpike Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. The Friends are always looking for interested men and women in promoting NHS football, its coaches and players. Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Dave Pruett at (860) 5581560 or at

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HOLY EUCHARIST AT GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., 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) 6663331. 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 Chairwoman 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 loosesleeved 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.

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 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.

MS SUPPORT GROUP: The Newington MS Support Group meets at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. There are more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an oftentimes debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter offers more than 30 support groups throughout Connecticut. These groups bring together people who share a common life experience as it relates to MS and its effects. For more information, contact Charlie at (860) 6671314 or Tom at (860) 236-2751. Autobody For more information on multiple sclerosis and the many ways DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going you can help make a difference, through divorce, thinking about getting a divorce, already divorced, please visit or 2550 Berlin Newington, call the• National MultipleCT Sclerosis or relationship breakup. There isTurnpike a caring group of people who have Society, Connecticut Chapter at (800) FIGHT MS. been exactly where you are now, this group meets every Friday night

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LIBRARY EVENTS CALENDAR STUDENT ARTWORK ON DISPLAY: The students of art teacher Heather Sawtelle are displaying their work in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library throughout the month of February. Sawtelle’s students range in age from elementary through high school. Sawtelle completed her Bachelor of Art degree in Commercial art and began working as an illustrator. She then taught art in Newington for middle school and high school students. Then, in 1998, she began to teach private art lessons and also began working as a muralist. Her murals are featured in the Martin Kellogg Middle and Ruth Chaffee Schools in Newington as well as the Webb Elementary School in Wethersfield. She recently painted a mural in the Lucy Robbins Welles Children’s Department. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a scheduled program: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. (860) 665-8700. The library will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day. FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year round. No registration is necessary. 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 web page at 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 or call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720. 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. The program will include a chocolate quiz, a chocolate tasting, and even a demo of the chocolate making process. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 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. THE JOB SEARCH – AGE 40 AND BEYOND: Monday, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. 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! 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. 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 weekly drawings will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held at noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Local News 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: School-age 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. CHESS CLASSES: Tuesdays, Feb. 26 to April 2, 4 to 5:30 p.m. (Class and practice games) Children in grades 1 and older, who are interested in becoming chess players and possibly joining a competitive team, are invited to join us for a six-week course, taught by Alexander Lumelsky, an experienced chess instructor. The course will concentrate on learning the game and some winning moves. The time includes practice games. Competition level chess boards will be available for check out. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. BROWN BAG LUNCH & LEARN SERIES: The Lucy Robbins Welles Library introduces a new series of free lunch time programs to showcase online databases that are available for use in the library or from home. The Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 27 with an introduction to Learning Express and Universal Class. Learn how to take continuing education courses from home, in some cases earn CEUs, prepare for standardized tests or improve your computer skills. Each program begins at 1 p.m. and is one hour long. Everyone is invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register or for more information. Subsequent programs are scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, for Consumer Reports and Chilton’s Auto Repair; Wednesday, April 24 for JobNow and Reference USA; May 22 for Morningstar and LegalForms and June 26 for Novelist. JUST A STORY AND A SONG! Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10:15 a.m. Join us for a 30-minute all ages story time. We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. No registration required. TALES TO TAILS: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 15-minute

session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Call (860) 665-8720 for more information or to register. Donated by Kerrie Lurate. HANDS-ON COMPUTER CLASSES: Class size is limited to 10 and reservations are required. Registration begins two weeks before each class is scheduled. Basic keyboarding skills, familiarity with Windows and proficiency using a mouse are required for all classes except Basic Computers. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. If you register for a class and do not attend or fail to give 24 hours notice, you must wait 60 days before you may register for another class. All classes are two hours. All Excel, PowerPoint and Word programs are the MS Office 2003 version. Sponsored by Liberty Bank and the Friends of the Library. BASIC EXCEL: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. Topics include creating, opening, basic formatting, printing and saving of spreadsheets. Also provides an overview of the menu structure and layout of Excel. Registration begins Feb. 13. BASIC COMPUTERS: Thursday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. This class is for those with little or no experience using a computer. Learn the basics of computer terminology, how to maneuver in Windows and use a mouse. Registration begins Feb. 14. CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT THE LIBRARY! Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. “If I Ran the Rainforest” The Creature Teachers are coming to read a book based on the wonderful Seuss stories. They will be introducing the real rainforest animals mentioned in the book. To register your child, ages 4 and up, call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720. Noon — Lunch and a Movie — Bring your lunch and join us in a showing of “The Lorax.” The movie is rated PG and runs for 86 minutes. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. No registration is necessary. All Day — Stop by the craft table in the Children’s Room to make some Seussian crafts! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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