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Town selects its honorees for St. Patrick’s Day Parade By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Irish eyes are smiling this week in Newington. The town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee just made its annual selection of Irish honorees to represent Newington in the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 2014 Irish Person of the Year is Michael Gallon, who many in town know as a Little Volume 53, No. 59


League coach and the manager of The Public Market. But Gallon — a town resident since 1990 — is also a descendent Michael Gallon of the Hickey Irish Clan of County Waterford, Ireland, and served two years in a row as co-captain of the biennial Kennedy Cup Golf Tournament played in Ireland and the United States. The town committee choos-

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An artist’s rendering of Veterans Landing. Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for June 2015.

Veterans Landing to add adult day care By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Although construction was delayed on Veterans Landing in December, a new adult day care component is being planned at the assisted-living housing development for aging veterans, to be located behind the Newington VA Hospital. A groundbreaking is now

scheduled for June 2015 according to the Community Renewal Team, the non-profit agency chosen as project developer by the federal government in November 2011. The $34 million project will provide 95 one-bedroom and eight studio apartments for veterans, with a move-in planned for January 2017.

“Right now there’s not a lot of externally visible progress the way a groundbreaking would be, but things are moving along really well and we’re expecting in a couple months to know exactly how we’re going to be able to keep the apartments affordable for each of the individuals,” said Nancy Pappas, CRT director of external affairs. See VETERANS, Page 6

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Rep. Guerrera invites residents to meet with him March 9

State Rep. Tony Guerrera, D-Newington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, will meet with constituents Tuesday, March, 4 during open office hours to discuss issues affecting the 29th Assembly District. Residents are invited to speak with Guerrera in the Town Council chambers at Rocky Hill Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. “I look forward to visiting with residents of Rocky Hill, Wethersfield and Newington,” Guerrera said. “Bring your ideas and concerns and let’s have a conversation.” Residents unable to meet on the scheduled date are encouraged to call Guerrera at (800) 842-1902. Rocky Hill Town hall is located at 761 Old Main St.



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Football team ‘adopted’

Stew Leonard’s has adopted the Newington High School football team in a unique work/life experience program. The store trains student athletes to work special events during the year and donates an amount of the total hours worked by the players to the Friends of Football, the school’s booster club. Shown in the photo with Stews’ personnel accepting a check for $2,725.68 are, from left: Drew Grenier, NHS player; Rocky Winston and Irwin Paltoo of Stew’s; Dave Pruett, Friends of Football; Coach Roy Roberts; Andina Fochi, Human Resources Manager at Stew’s; Tony Orwa, NHS player, and Chris Meyers, NHS athletic director.

Property owners deserve tax break for clearing snow

To the Editor: On Feb. 11, the Town Council meeting was to consider approving a snow removal ordinance. I e-mailed all of the Town Council members prior to the February meeting stating I supported such an ordinance. I also stated in that e-mail that the council should consider giving a tax break to all property owners who have to clear sidewalks of snow. The community benefits from the town clearing the roads of snow and the town pays for it. The community benefits from property owners clearing sidewalks but

the town doesn’t pay for it. Why is clearing the roads of snow covered as a town expense but not clearing the sidewalks of snow? The expense of clearing a sidewalk during the winter can add up to a tremendous amount. The list includes: maintenance of a snowblower (parts, oil, gas), ice melt; maybe hiring someone to clear the sidewalk. There is always the “do-it-yourselfer” with shovel, risking a heart attack or back injury. The property owner does this work for the community — children walking to school, people

walking their pets, mothers out with baby strollers, etc. I suggested to the council (no one returned my e-mail) $1 per foot of sidewalk would be an acceptable tax break. Onehundred foot frontage, $100 tax break. Think of the additional expense the town would have if it had to clear the sidewalks. That expense, now, is on the affected property owners. It should not be. Joyce Boncal Newington 


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Newington police report the following: Yolanda Santiago, 42, of 549 Blue Hills Ave., Hartford, was charged Feb. 8 with sixth-degree larceny. Ivan Calzada, 26, of 11 Turtle Creek Lane, East Hartford, was charged Feb. 10 with sixth-degree larceny. Jonathan Rodriguez, 23, of 14 Gilman St., Hartford, was charged Feb. 15 with operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. David Porter, 53, of 105 Village Drive, Wethersfield, was charged

Feb. 15 with breach of peace. Tamara Falcon, 26, of 833 Park St., Hartford, was charged Feb. 18 with fifth-degree larceny. Monique Rivera, 26, of 259 Lowrey Place, was charged Feb. 19 with two counts second-degree failure to appear. John Hamilton, 42, of 125 Summit St., was charged Feb. 20 with violation of probation. John Flyne, 55, of 228 Vineyard Ave., was charged Feb. 20 with DUI. Monique Roche, 52, of 53 Huntington Ridge Drive, was charged Feb. 20 with unsafe lane

change, DUI and traffic light violation. Argenis Rodriguez, 23, of 90 Kane St., West Hartford, was charged Feb. 21 with fourth-degree larceny. Joshua Whitesides, 29, of 5 Hartt Lane, was charged Feb. 22 with criminal violation of a protective order. James Pagani, 47, of 129 Roseleah Ave., was charged Feb. 22 with disorderly conduct. Rhonda Arnum, 32, of 157 Adams St., Hartford, was charged Feb. 23 with fourth-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.

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Councilors at odds over National Welding site grant


Newington Town Councilors were at odds Tuesday over whether or not to accept a $2 million grant from the State Department of Economic and Community Development to demolish the former National Welding site on Fenn Road. A motion was made Tuesday to accept the financial assistance proposal, but there are still a half-dozen more steps before the funding actually comes to town. A party-line vote of 6-3 divided the body’s Democrat majority with Republicans Maureen Klett, Dan Dinunzio and Dave Nagel, who cited the contract’s ambiguity as their reason for opposing it. “Can CRDA do the job? Sure, but I think they’re going to have a vested interest in the project moving forward,” Dinunzio said before the vote, also questioning why other town committees heard of the possibility to hire the agency before it was brought before the council. Councilor Nagel agreed, calling the lengthy proposal for the $4 million demolition and abatement project “dubious” at this time. “I do not believe we were notified in a timely fashion as to what was going on,” added

assured the group, “This is the body that will be making the final decision.” She encouraged the public to come forward with their thoughts in the next several months before the contract is finalized. Newington’s share would be a little over $2 million, according to Andy Brecher, the town’s economic development director. Funds are allocated for in the Capital Improvement account and town operating budgets from 2012 through 2015. But most costs have already been expended for property acquistion, environmental assessments and administrative expenses. Therefore, the town would be responsible for $103,800 in demolition and abatement costs - the remaining amount not covered by grant money. The next step is for the DECD to hire a law firm to draft a more detailed contract, which will be Erica Schmitt | Staff A vote from the Newington Town Council this week authorized a proposal to move forward with a $2 million state forwarded to the town for approvgrant to demolish and abate the former National Welding factory, sitting adjacent to the site where one of two al. It then requires authorization CTfastrak stations is currently being built in town. from the Attorney General, the State Bond Commission and the State Comptroller before funds Klett, who had hoped she and the to the CTfastrak Cedar Street manage the project at their last are made available to the town. other councilors would have more Station. meeting, with Klett and Dinunzio time to investigate their options The council authorized the the only in disapproval. Nagel was Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or for revamping the 3.9-acre town to hire the Capitol Region not present at the meeting. Brownfield, which sits adjacent Development Authority to Councilor Myra Cohen later

Local funeral director earns National Cremation Certification Denise M. Verner, a funeral director with Newington Memorial Funeral Home and Fisette-Batzner Funeral Home in Newington, and Burritt Hill Funeral Home in New Britain, recently earned her Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) designation from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program is a voluntary certification program that helps funeral directors better serve the needs of families who choose cremation. “Ensuring that a funeral home and its crematory staff are properly trained to meet the needs of families who select cremation is of utmost importance,” explains Diana Duksa Kurz, CFSP, a funeral director whose fami-

including personal, religious and Seminars cover the topics societal beliefs. required by state law and are “In some designed to cases, preferencdevelop underes are known standing, skills before death and a broad but, in others, working knowlfamily members edge of proper make this decioperational prosion. Denise and cedures as well our well-trained DIANA DUKSA KURZ as required and staff explain Duksa Family Funeral Homes p r u d e n t the choices and administrative show examples procedures. of how funeral services can be Verner became a funerpersonalized to fit each family’s al director/embalmer after needs,” Kurz said. completing professional schooling The NFDA’s Certified at Briarwood College of Mortuary Crematory Operator Program Science in Southington, which instructs participants in best prac- now operates as Lincoln College tices for safe, proper and ethical of New England. crematory operations and about She did her internship at Duksa excellent service to families who Family Funeral Homes and joined choose cremation. the firm in 2009. A graduate of

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Plainville High School, she lives in New Britain with her husband, Mark Verner. The NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries. NFDA offers funeral professionals educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit For more information about the Duksa Family Funeral Homes, call (860) 666-0600 or visit www.

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Today a street rat, tomorrow a prince, March 7-16 at Children’s Theatre

The Newington Children’s Theatre is proud to present “Disney’s Aladdin Kids,” taking to the NCTC stage March 7-16, 2014. Join the cast of over 30 area kids as they tell the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince. “Disney’s Aladdin Kids” is a stage adaptation of the Disney film specifically written for younger performers, featuring hit songs including “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali,” and “A Whole New World.” Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, Iago, and the Genie battle for power and possession of the lamp, aided by the Junior Djinn unique stage magicians invented specifically for this show. Get out your magic carpet and get ready for an enchanting theatrical ride! Performances are March 7-16 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.). Tickets are $12 for adults ($15 at the door) and $10 for seniors, students and children ($12 at the door). Performances will take place at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. For more information call the box office at (860) 666-NCTC (6282)

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Upcoming Theatre Classes for Kids, ages 5-8, at NCTC Enrollment has opened for NCTC’s Summer Theatre Arts Program. The Newington Children’s Theatre Company, Connecticut’s longest operating children’s theatre, has announced their 2014 Summer Theatre Arts Programs. Throughout the summer, participants have the opportunity to learn and strengthen their theatre skills by working with professional actors, directors, choreographers and musicians, preparing for a fully-produced production. NCTC encourages a safe, collaborative environment for kids to learn how to work together as a team to reach a common goal, develop self-esteem and self-confidence and to explore and expand their imaginations. Every child enrolled will receive a role in the production. For Ages 8-15: Each full-day program runs Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with before and after care available Each session culminates in public performances. Session one: “Disney’s The

Jungle Book,” June 16-29 (performances: June 27-29; Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.). The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz in “Disney’s The Jungle Book. “Specially adapted from the classic film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” On the run from Shere Khan, a ferocious tiger who has banished him from the jungle, a human boy named Mowgli is aided by an agile panther named Bagheera. Along the way, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants, and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. Shere Khan returns, leading our protagonists to rally their follow jungle creatures into battle and restore peace to the jungle. Cost: $475. Session 2: “The Wizard of Oz,” June 30-July 27 (performances: July 17-20; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.). No program on July 4.

Adapted from the 1939 box office smash, “The Wizard of Oz” includes hits like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard.” Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination and meet all the colorful characters of Oz. Cost: $995. Session 3: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” July 28-Aug. 10 (performances: Aug. 8-10; Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Based on Disney’s first animated 1937 movie of the same name, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a non-musical. The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one — her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White is the fairest one of all, she must flee into

the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs — Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love’s kiss can save her! Cost: $475. Not quite 8 years old? Check out NCTC’s In Performance Half-Day camps for kids ages 5-8. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and strengthen basic acting techniques, as well as, to learn songs and movement in preparation to join the ensemble of the current mainstage production. Session 1: “Disney’s The Jungle Book,” June 23-29; MondayFriday, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $100. Session 2: “The Wizard of Oz,” July 14-27; Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. Cost: $225. Session 3: “The Wizard of Oz,” July 14-27; Monday-Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.. Cost: $225. All Summer Theatre Arts Programs will take place at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road. No audition or experience necessary. Registration and deposit required. Registration forms and more information is available at or by calling (860) 666-NCTC.

Health District appoints Nancy Brault as interim director of health

The Central Connecticut Health District is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Brault as the Interim Director of Health.

Brault has been employed with the Health District since 2006 as Chief of Environmental Health Services. In this position, she was in charge of managing the

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environmental health program and reviewing and developing health policies, procedures and a quality assurance program for the Health District, which serves the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield. Brault has previously served as acting director of health in the absence of the former director of health. Brault has a broad range of

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Brault’s training and expertise originates from her time in the U.S. Army, where she served from 1978 to 1981.

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U.S. Army, where she served from 1978 to 1981. Her service included working as a Medical Laboratory Technician at Fort Benning, Ga., in the Martin Army Hospital as well as the 10th Medical Laboratory in Landstuhl, Germany. She has also provided her expertise as a Housing Code Enforcement Officer for the Middletown Health Department and has served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Brault brings her 23 years of experience in the public health field and combines it with strength in leadership and emergency response to make for a well-rounded interim director of Health. She can be reached at (860) 721-2828 or via email at nancy.

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Ceremony marks 69th anniversary of Iwo Jima flag-raising By ERICA SCHMITT

facts and battle memorabilia from World War II was Mark NEW BRITAIN — In Adamski, vice president of the honor of the 69th anniversa- Iwo Jima Memorial Historical ry of American soldiers raising Foundation. the U.S. flag “The most on Mount important part, Suribachi, Iwo which we havJima, nearly 150 en’t ever done people gathbefore, was ered at the Iwo asking peoJima Memorial ple who served on the New in any war to B r i t a i n / recognize their MARK ADAMSKI Newington line fallen ancesSunday. tors by calling Vice president, Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation Among them out their names Erica Schmitt | Staff were two surand ringing the Mark Adamski, vice president of the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation, displays black sand from the vivors of the bell,” he said. beaches of Iwo Jima. battle: West Hartford resident “It brought a lot of people to Harry Rosenfeld and George tears.” Caron, who lives in Avon. “We owe them a debt of gratNeither had met the other until itude we could never repay,” Sunday, but both were happy to added Adamski, who went on share the morning together, as to describe the battle as one of were their families. “blood, sweat and tears.” Rosenfeld enlisted in the The event followed the Iwo Navy in 1943 and served aboard Jima Memorial Historical the U.S.S. Nevada as the battle- Foundation’s awards cereship supported the invasions of mony, which was held at the Normandy and Southern France Indian Hills Country Club in and the landings at Iwo Jima Newington Saturday afternoon and Okinawa in the Pacific. and drew more than 100 people. “It’s a wonderful feeling,” Rosenfeld said of the event’s Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or large turnout. On hand to present arti- STAFF WRITER

“We owe them a debt of gratitude we could never repay.”

This Spring, come to Cedar Mountain Commons and enjoy carefree living and peace of mind.

We so often hear our new residents say that the nicest part of living at Cedar Mountain Commons is sharing each day with good friends. They talk about carefree living with great activities and fine dining. And,their families enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved ones can relax in a safe and beautiful setting. If you’ve been thinking about retirement living, learn why Cedar Mountain Commons is considered one of the nations’ premier rental continuum of care communities. Visit and discover the difference.

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PET OF THE WEEK: YANKEE DOODLE Yankee Doodle is singing the blues being without his own place to call home. He would do best with children 6 and up (interaction required because of his bouncy personality). He has not met any other dogs or cats that we know of, but if you have pets at home and are interested in him, we can do an interaction here at the shelter with your dog or a cat of ours. Because of his vocalization level, apartments would not be ideal. This young guy requires regular grooming to keep him looking tangle free and at his best, and it is strongly recommended that he learns to be crate trained. He would do best in a home with someone who has previous dog experience. Remember, the Connecticut Humane Society has no time limits for adoption. Inquiries for adoption should be made at the Connecticut Humane Society located at 701 Russell Road in Newington or by calling (860) 594-4500 or toll free at 1-800-4520114. The Connecticut Humane Society is a


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Martin Kellogg Middle School held its winter concert, and collected 451 canned and non-perishable items. Making the donation to the Newington Food Bank are choral director Jeffrey Costa, Jessica Bocola, Keenan Esau, Gunnar Johnson, and Caroline Lynch.

Veterans Landing project to add adult day care center In the meantime construction blueprints and building designs are being finalized, with a new adult day care center not originally planned for in the works. It won’t necessarily serve those living on the VA campus, but instead would serve residents of surrounding communities who are in need of daytime activities under close supervision. Transportation will be made available to the 25 or so individuals daily using the center, which will provide them with recreational activities, a lunchtime meal and later, transportation home. “We realized there could be very good synchronicity between activities happening at the assisted living and the day care center,” Pappas said, adding, “Our market study shows there is an inadequate level of these facilities for veterans.” Gus Keach-Longo, vice president of CRT senior services, and Christopher McCluskey, VP of housing and community services, updated Newington Rotary Club members on the development at a recent meeting. “We want to make sure all of the civic-minded people are aware of this project coming down the line so those like the Rotarians can get involved,” Keach-Longo said. Veterans Landing is still slated

to be the very first assisted living development for veterans in the country. CRT is looking to make apartments affordable to low- and moderate-income vets and their spouses. Rent vouchers will be made available through support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, the CT Housing Finance Authority, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Public Health and the Office of Policy and Development. And CRT hopes the public will also provide their support.

“What we’re working on right now is the sustainability piece,” Pappas explained. “We want to make sure all of the funding for individuals or couples is properly in place so once they move in if anybody applies and is eligible we’ll know how we’ll fund them,” she continued. “We’re feeling very good about it and looking forward to getting all the final approvals necessary.” CRT expects to make a presentation to the Newington Planning and Zoning Commission by late spring.

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Newington school buses are a regular sight during the mornings and afternoons on streets throughout town. Each day, these school b u s e s navigate a total of 200 bus routes taking approximately 3,000 students to and from all seven schools within Newington. What you may not realize is that Newington Public Schools is one of only about a dozen school districts in Connecticut that owns and operates their own transportation fleet, employs their own bus drivers, and functions as a service-oriented transportation company. Newington families receive several significant benefits because the school district maintains its own transportation service. These benefits include: ∎All kindergarten students are eligible to receive a ride to and


from school with a pickup or drop off point that is generally within view of the family’s front door. ∎Bus route design that is updated annually based on changes in ride eligible student locations within the neighborhoods. This is in sharp contrast to the neighborhood stop concept employed by many private transportation contractors in surrounding communities. ∎Alternate stop arrangement for families that use day care services for their children. This flexibility allows families to choose day care providers (within their school district) that best supports their employment responsibilities. This flexibility is available for both before school and/or after school day care programs. ∎Standards for employment. The director of transportation personally interviews prospective drivers and seeks to maintain a driving staff that will act professionally, respectfully and cooperatively with students, parents and school personnel. New school bus drivers go

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es winners based on their community involvement, and Gallon has volunteered in a variety of capacities over the last two decades. He helped form a softball team for teens in town, is a member and supporter of the Knights of Columbus and is past president of the Indian Hills Country Club. As an executive board member of the Newington Downtown Business Association, he acted as liaison with the town for the Constitution Square parking lot revitalization project. As managing broker of Reno Properties Group, Gallon can also be credited with bringing many new businesses to town. “At the end of the day I just feel blessed to be recognized by my friends and by the leadership of the parade committee,” he said Monday. “I’m very, very happy about it. I try to remain close to my heritage,” added Gallon, who is also involved with forging the sister city relationship between Hartford and New Ross, Ireland. Unlike the latter designation, the Cassidy Gilchrest, left, and Hanna DeMarco carry the Newington Banner in last year’s Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “Honorary Irish Person of the Year” doesn’t necessarily have to be an individual boastSaturday, March 15. But the Newington ing Irish descent. It simply has to be typical good-doer. Danish descent. someone, or in this case, a group — whose This year, that title goes to the Mortensen Residents may be most familiar with contingent will march first in line, includcommunity service extends way beyond the family, which actually boasts Italian and Rodney Mortensen, who served as ing police and firefighters, the Newington Newington’s mayor on three separate High School Marching Band, students occasions. His twin brother Ronald ran from St. Mary’s School, the Town Council, the Mortensen’s Restaurant on the Berlin members of the Newington Knights of Turnpike for many years. Then there’s their Columbus and Shriners clubs and others. other brother Bruce, along with Albert McBride also encouraged town councilors and Peter, another set of twin brothers. thsi week to be a part of the group. But Beverly (Mortensen) Nogas and Karen this comes at a cost to the town, which committee members hope will be lessened (Mortensen) Cote are their sisters. “They go so far back in this town; they by proceeds from an upcoming fundraiser have hands in everything,” McBride said March 1. “The city of Hartford is very generous of the family. “We never really have a shortage of volunteers to choose from — with what they provide but there is still a Newington is lucky in that — but we feel pretty hefty price tag,” he said. “We need to the Mortensen family just casts a big shad- raise money so we can honor all the differow over the town with everything they’ve ent groups who want to march down Main done for the town in the last century; it was Street and be recognized.” an easy choice,” he added. Rodney has marched in Hartford’s St. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) Patrick’s Day Parade before, when he was 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritith all w s e ic Mayor. This year he’ll walk wearing a dif- rv se l ge of denta n . ra ferent hat, but it will still be green. e ll ic fu ff o a r le e ab rt fo We off m o c r “It’s a big honor,” he said Monday. u o ormed in rf e p s g re “Looking back on all the years, the town in u n d e e c it pro • Wh has been very good to us and we’ve tried to s e g d ri B on s& ti n c w a tr ro x C E , • ts reciprocate by donating and volunteering n WHAT: Newington Pub Night fundraiser la • Imp s ry in every way we could. This is nice recogfor Hartford’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade re st ti tu n n e e •D • Cosmetic D WHEN: March 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. nition.” n ry st lig ti a n is e v D In WHERE: Newington Knights of Columte • le Officials and Irish honorees from nine p m • Co bus, 171 If you go:Pascone Place, Newington other towns will march in the Greater WHAT: Newington Pub Night fundHartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on


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Salon combines cosmetology, fitness and philanthropy By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Some might remember Karen Elizabeth Roche opening her first Sculptures Salon in Newington in 1990. Now more than 20 years later she’s a master stylist, published author, educator and philanthropist. Working out of her West Hartford salon The KUR — the Karen Elizabeth Roche Salon and Academy — she is a regional ambassador with the 10 x 10 Girl Rising campaign and in the process of building her own nonprofit, KESA. She and co-owner Glenn Marcella, fitness instructor of The Playground, a fitness center that operates inside the salon facility, have partnered with Scott Hoffman, founder of AM Parkour in Middletown, to bring the “parkour” concept of exercise to the community. Vaulting, jumping, free-running and propelling are all techniques of parkour, which grew out of military obstacle course training. Hoffmann, a Newington resident, was among the first in the state to bring it to the mainstream in 2009 and his students have since been featured on “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior.” Combined with Marcella’s free-spirited fitness philosophy, “The Playground” came to be. “We want to focus on play-like activities, old-fashioned games and sports to challenge adults and create fun and demanding workouts, and the best way we could do that was to partner with Scott,” Marcella explains. Classes for children, teens and adults will be offered when the gym expansion is complete by early spring. Merging cosmetology with fit-

ness has not been a challenge for the group, which draws parallels between inner/outer beauty and good health. Some clients have their hair done the very same day they use the gym facility. “We’re very interested in the community and we want to really take care of our customers and deliver quality,” says Roche, who is responsible for bringing a screening of the “Girl Rising” film to Blue Back Square last May. The film’s mission is to raise money for the 10 x 10 fund, which contributes to seven different international organizations that further the education of impoverished girls around the world. Through a fundraiser they held after last year’s screening, Roche and her team made a $5,000 contribution. They are also committed to donating 10 percent of all salon profits to the charity, and it inspired her to start the KESA Project. “It’s about thinking of someone else besides yourself,” she says of KESA, which involves pairing girls from the inner-city with mentors in the fitness arena, but also teaching them basic cosmetology skills. “To learn about self-esteem and taking care of themselves so they can improve their lives,” Roche says. Her first student was Kshitiz “Bijju” Khatri, who came from Nepal and began studying at the salon academy in 2011. Now three years later, she’s a graduate and a licensed cosmetologist working at The KUR alongside Roche. Then there’s Paul Sousa, a master stylist, a Newington resident and another success story. After nearly 25 years in the beauty industry, Sousa was in a terrible car accident that resulted in a brain injury, rendering him unable

The Karen Elizabeth Roche Salon & Academy in West Hartford.

to speak for the next year-and-ahalf. Then he found the salon and started his life and career anew. “Karen has done unbelievable good to help me,” Sousa says. “I was fortunate enough to find them and they gave me the opportunity to get better.” Cosmetology classes are kept at less than 10 students so each benefits from an intimate, personalized experience. Right now there are eight spots open, and Roche is looking for people any age who have a passion for the industry. Doing good has always been one of her biggest priorities. “Growing up I didn’t have the easiest life but it was full of love, compassion and faith,” she says. I’ve been so successful and I’m so fortunate for everything I have so now I want to give back.” The Karen Elizabeth Salon & Academy and The Playground Fitness Center are located at 635 New Park Ave., Building 2 in West Hartford. (860) 232-0212. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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From left, Glenn Marcella, Scott Hoffmann and Karen Roche.

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Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to 138 calls in January The Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. releases on a monthly basis the number of calls we responded to in an effort to make the citizens of Newington more aware of the Newington’s Volunteer Emergency Medical Services. In January the Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps

responded to: Emergency calls dispatched: 138 (124 by on-duty crew, 11 by members responding from home while off-duty to staff the corps’ second ambulance, and 3 stand-by events. Of these calls: 41 were between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

(Saturday, Sunday and major holidays, as AMR covers the town during these hours Monday through Friday.) Ninety-seven were between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The calls included: 43 basic life support transports, 55 advanced life support transports (paramedic level), 29 persons

examined/treated but refused to be transported to hospital, 8 calls canceled en route, and 3 stand-by events — these were all for Newington High School ice hockey games. The corps members volunteered: 1,490 hours for EMS calls, 17 hours for community events (stand-by and blood

pressure clinic at the Newington Senior Center on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon), and 160 hours for training. Please remember to pull to the right for green lights. Ambulance Corps members use green lights to respond to emergency medical calls.

Story by Salina Yoon. Then we’ll make a fun craft and maybe a new friend or two! Call to register children ages 2 to 4 beginning March 4. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

read books together and more! Call the Children’s Department to register children ages 4 to 7 beginning March 10. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

PREPARING FOR KINDERGARTEN: WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW: Tuesday, March 18, Session I — 6 to 6:45 p.m. (includes an optional storytime for the child entering Kindergarten); Session II — 7 to 7:45 p.m. (for parents ONLY). Lucy Robbins Welles Library Community Room. Parents of children attending kindergarten in the fall are invited to hear a panel of experienced professionals offer advice and tips for this often stressful time. A storytime for those children entering kindergarten will be held concurrently during the first session only. A flyer detailing panel information and registration for the program will be available in the Children’s Department and must be returned to the Human Services Department by March 14. Call the Human Services Department at (860) 6658590 for more information. Sponsored by the Early Childhood Council.

PLAY WITH US!: Tuesday, March 25, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with resource professionals who specialize in birth to three year-old children, and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary.

NEWINGTON LIBRARY CALENDAR TEEN AND ADULT PROGRAMS FREEGAL® MUSIC SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING ALBUMS: Lucy Robbins Welles Library, one of the thousands of libraries worldwide that subscribe to the Freegal® Music Service, is now offering patrons the ability to stream entire albums every day as part of its free online music offering. The new initiative will allow cardholders of the library increased access to over 6 million songs. Also included is the complete local catalogue of Sony Music Entertainment. Library cardholders can download three Freegal music tracks in the MP3 format each week, and stream up to three hours each day at no cost to them. For more information, call the library (860) 665-8700. REDEFINED READS — LITERARY CLOCKS: Saturday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to repurpose old books into literary clocks! All materials will be provided during this fun makerspace program, but if you have any old books you would like to see transformed, please bring them along. Register at the Adult Information Desk as space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. QR CODE SCAVENGER HUNT: Sunday, March 9 to Saturday, March 15 (anytime during library hours) For ages 1319. In celebration of Teen Tech Week, visit the library to participate in our QR Code Scavenger Hunt. You’ll have the opportunity to enter our Teen Tech raffle! More details will be available at the Adult Information Desk during the first week in March. Contact Bailey, teen librarian, at bortiz@newingtonct. gov, with questions. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB): Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For ages 13 to 18. Help us make the library a better place for you! Become a member, give input on teen events, help develop the collection of teen materials, and preview new books. Earn a service hour for sharing your opinion! You must be willing to participate in discussions. Registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. THE JOB SEARCH — AGE 40 AND BEYOND: Monday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. Nancy Frede, job coach and counselor, will present this free workshop. She will discuss resume and cover letter tips, job search techniques, plus net-

working and volunteering ideas. She will also discuss the pros and cons of being a consultant or starting your own business. Registration is required. TWITTER & INSTAGRAM BASICS: Wednesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m. Learn the basics about these two popular social media services! Topics covered will include @replies, direct messages, hashtags, and retweets/ reposts. Learn how to find people to follow and search for information about your interests. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. AGING GRACEFULLY: Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m. Snow date: April 2. Join Holistic Health Counselor Adele Mary Caruso to learn more about practices that can help you age more gracefully. Learn about healing and energizing foods, how to de-stress and relax, how to listen to what your body needs and how your thoughts create your reality. Discover ways to enjoy life more. Registration is required. HOME & GARDEN TOUR WITH CHRISSIE D’ESOPO: Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m. Chrissie D’Esopo presents a virtual tour of her restored Greek Revival home and her gardens throughout the four seasons. She and her husband own three acres of conifers, shrubs and crazy colorful gardens. Call to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. QUILT DISPLAY: Throughout the month of March, the Newington Schoolhouse Quilters will display sample quilts made by its members; their work will be shown in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. On March 15, the group will host an Artists’ Reception from 2 to 4 p.m.; the public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. The Schoolhouse Quilters meet monthly to work together and to listen to speakers and learn new techniques. Their work ranges in style from traditional piecework quilts to abstract art pieces — with every style in between. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not in use for a regular 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. p Admission is free.


6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration is necessary. PLAY FOR ALL! Saturday, March 8, 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. DROP-IN SPRING PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES: March 10 to May 1. Various preschool storytimes for ages 9 months through 6 years. Pick up a detailed schedule in the Children’s Department or check our webpage at READ, RATTLE AND ROLL!: Tuesday, March 11, 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 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. NUTMEGMANIA: Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Talk to friends and everyone else about your favorite funny Nutmeg books. Hear about other great funny Nutmegs, play games, enter raffles and MORE! Stop by the Children’s Department to get a raffle ticket for each new Nutmeg book you have read and enter for a chance to win a free Nutmeg book. Children ages 8 and up who have read some of the Nutmeg books are welcome. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. COZYTIME STORIES SERIES: Thursdays, March 13, 20 and 27 and April 3, 4 p.m. Children in grades K-2 should bring their favorite comfortable blanket or pillow and curl up around the fire for snacks and great stories. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, March 15, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety concerns, only children ages 7 and up, and their families will be allowed in the building room. Please call to register beginning March 1. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. STORIES & ART: Tuesday, March 18, noon. Will you be my friend? We’ll enjoy Penguin and Pinecone: a Friendship

CHESS CLUB: Wednesday, March 19, 4 to 5 p.m. Like to play chess? We will set up our program room for all who want to come and play. Bring a friend or find one here! Sets will be available to use here and check out for use at home. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. Chefs in grades 3 to 6 will mix, knead and twist pretzel dough to bring home to bake. Call the Children’s Department to register beginning March 5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TALES TO TAILS: Thursday, March 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who need to boost their reading skills, or just love a good doggie cuddle, may sign up for a 15-minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Call to register beginning March 6. Donated by Kerry Lurate, Registered Therapy Dog Trainer. WE ALL GET READY TO READ!: Mondays, March 24 and 31, and April 7 and 14, 6:30 p.m. We All Get Ready to Read! is a Family Place early literacy activity program designed to help parents make sure that young children have the skills they need to be ready to learn to read. Children will participate in hands-on activities, listen to and

HALF-DAY FUN: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 26, 27 and 28, 2 to 3:30 p.m. You have a half day of school, so it’s Game Day at the library. We’ll set out different board games and activities for you to enjoy in the program room. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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NEWINGTON EVENTS NEWINGTON HEALTH CARE CENTER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Newington Health Care Center is seeking volunteers in its skilled nursing and Memory Care units. Take a moment to make someone happy! We are looking for individuals willing to share their talents and time; chatting, reading, playing games or cards, anyone wanting to make a difference in the lives of long term care residents. No experience necessary and training will be provided. Interested in finding out more? Contact Heather Hitchcock, admissions director, at (860) 667-2256. ARTISTS X THREE EXHIBIT: John Bower, photographs, featured friends; Melanie Stoddard, Watercolors; Pat Tanger, Acrylics/watercolors. Enjoy viewing three artists work in three different media, all in one place, Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. week days; 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. NEWINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PRESCHOOLS: The first preschool is for children 3-1/2 to 5 years old and runs Monday through Thursday, begins at 9:25 a.m. and ends at 10:40 a.m. The second preschool is for children 2 to 3-1/2 years old and runs Monday through Thursday, begins at 11:25 a.m. and ends at 12:40 p.m. Parents interested in learning more about either preschool should contact me, Cindy Tracey, at Newington High School at (860) 666-5611, ext 1402 or at WINE TASTING AND AUCTION AT ST. MARY SCHOOL: Save the date! On Saturday, April 26, St. Mary School, 652 Willard Ave., will host its annual Wine and Beer Tasting event from 6:30 until 9:30 p,m. The evening will include both silent and live auctions, and the live auction will be hosted by NBC TV Chief Meteorologist Brad Field. Tickets for the evening are $20 in advance and

$25 at the door. To obtain tickets, call the school at (860) 666-3844 or email CEDAR MOUNTAIN COMMONS ANNOUNCES TOUR: A tour of Cedar Mountain Commons, a not-for-profit independent and assisted living community, will be held Sunday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Snacks will also be served. Cedar Mountain Commons is located at 3 John H. Stewart Drive. For more information or to RSVP, call (860) 655-7901. Cedar Mountain Commons is a not-for-profit independent and assisted living community owned by Hartford Hospital and Jefferson House, and is a member of Central Connecticut Senior Health Services. ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB MARCH MEETING: St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10 in the parish hall. According to the custom for the past several years, the March meeting will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on themes from the season of Lent. Guest speaker will be Deacon Jim Tanguay. Join us for an evening of friendship and spiritual enrichment. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE MARCH 2014 MEETING: The March 2014 general membership meeting of the Newington Art League will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, Cedar Street. After a brief business meeting, the demonstrator will be Bob Englehart. Meetings are free and open to the public. Englehart is the editorial cartoonist for the Hartford Courant. In 1980 Englehart joined the Hartford Courant as the newspaper’s first full-time editorial cartoonist. He has won awards from the Overseas Press Club and was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1979. The Newington Art League also holds members’ workshops Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and

Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at its new location 679 Willard Ave. To find out more about the Newington Art League visit us at, visit the league’s Facebook page or contact Pat Tanger (co-president) at (860) 666-5026 or Mike Hornyak (co-president) at (860) 666-1144. ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER: St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Saturday, March 15 in the church hall immediately following the 4 p.m. Mass. Tickets for the dinner will cost $15 per person and will be sold after Masses on the first two weekends of March. NO tickets will be sold at the door. Anyone unable to purchase a ticket at church but still wishing to attend is asked to call Madeline at (860) 666-9329 for a reservation by Tuesday, March 11. Come and join us, try your luck on a raffle or two, and enjoy an evening of Irish food and merriment. HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE DENTAL CLEANINGS IN LOCAL TOWNS: Are you over the age of 60, live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield and are in need of a dental cleaning? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has a service for you! In partnership with the North Central Agency on Aging and The Lodge at Cold Spring in Rocky Hill, CCHD is providing free dental cleaning clinics to individuals age 60 and over. These clinics will be held on March 5 and 6, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Lodge at Cold Spring, 50 Cold Spring Road, in Rocky Hill. Note that all patients registering MUST reside in one of the following towns: Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield. Donations are generously accepted for this service. NEWINGTON SENIOR & DISABLED CENTER EVENTS: Bright and Bold: John Bower opens a new season of art with his exhibition of exciting and colorful paintings of

vintage stores and homes in the cafeteria of the Newington Senior Center, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Winter-themed Quilts: Anna Tufankjian, master quilter, exhibits quilts in the south foyer of the Newington Senior Center, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Main St. Classes include guided meditations, brief advice from Buddha’s teachings and time for discussion. $10 or free for members. No on turned away for lack of funds. This class is offered by Odiyana Center, a Connecticut-based non-profit. Pre-registration is appreciated. info@odiyana. org / (860) 266-6041.

MILITARY WHIST: The Military Whist, sponsored by Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Chapter of Newington, will host its whist gathering at Newington High School cafeteria, 605 Willard Ave. April 30 Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets ($6 each) can be purchased at the cafeteria door. Refreshments will be served between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Raffles and door prizes will be available.

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. For more information, contact Charlie at (860) 667-1314 or Tom at (860) 236-2751. For more information on MS visit or call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at (800) FIGHT MS.

Alpha Delta Kappa is a woman educators’ sorority that donates its proceeds to needy persons. For additional information, contact Beverley, president, at (860) 568-0292. GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH SERVICES: Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., church services: Sunday: Holy Eucharist, 9 a.m.; Tuesday: Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Saturday: Welcome Table Breakfast, is the third Saturday of the month from 8 to 10. Office@; (860) 666-3331. NEWINGTON SKI CLUB MEETINGS: NSC holds regular meetings on the first, third and fourth Thursday of each month from September through April at 8 p.m. at the Polish American Club, 140 Wilson Ave., Newington. For more information and to join visit, DROP-IN MEDITATION CLASSES: Drop-in meditation classes will be held Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1655

WETHERSFIELD EVENTS “DIVORCE CARE”: Victory Church, 191 Meriden ROAD, Middlefield, is offering a 13-week program Monday nights called “Divorce Care.” If you are going through a divorce, thinking about a divorce, a relationship breakup, or you are already divorced, this program will help you get through your major life-altering event. Program is free, cost of workbook is $15. Divorce Care begins at 6:30 Monday, March 3 and runs through May 26. DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going through, thinking about, or already divorced? There is a divorce support group available for you at First Congregational Church, 355 Main St., Cromwell, meeting Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7 p.m.. MOVING FORWARD GROUP: Divorced, ready to move on with your life? Come check out our Moving Forward Group which meets on the first and third Fridays at First Congregational Church, 355 Main St., Cromwell, March 7, and 21, at 6:30 p.m. SETBACK CLUB: Tired of the snowy days of winter already? Venture out

to the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield for a friendly afternoon of setback. The Wethersfield Setback Club meets every Friday and new players age 55 and over are always welcome. Partners are not required, but a spirit for fun is mandatory. Setback games are played every Friday from noon until 3 p.m. Players are asked to arrive around 11:30 a.m. to enjoy free refreshments For additional information, contact Joe Mehan at (860) 258-0662. HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE DENTAL CLEANINGS IN LOCAL TOWNS: Are you over the age of 60, live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield and are in need of a dental cleaning? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has a service for you! In partnership with the North Central Agency on Aging and The Lodge at Cold Spring in Rocky Hill, CCHD is providing free dental cleaning clinics to individuals age 60 and over. These clinics will be held on March 5 and 6, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Lodge at Cold Spring, 50 Cold Spring Road, in Rocky Hill. Note that all patients registering MUST reside

in one of the following towns: Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield. Donations are generously accepted for this service. There is a limit of five patients per day, so please reserve your spot by calling Lori DiPietro, Health Educator, at (860)721-2824. TAGS & TREASURES SALE: Save the date: The 2014 tag sale season will be here soon! Collectors of vintage oddities, artifacts and antiques will rummage for this year’s hottest collectibles at the Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum Tags & Treasures Sale, Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Webb Barn at 211 Main St. $5 admission charge. Bag sale, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday: fill bags provided by the museum for only $3 per bag. For more information, visit or call (860) 529-0612. WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SAFE GRADUATION EVENTS: Preparations are underway for the annual Wethersfield High School (WHS) Safe Graduation celebration. This event provides our Wethersfield gradu-

ates with a place to celebrate in a well-chaperoned, substance-free, safe environment. The largest fundraiser is the annual WHS Safe Graduation Fundraising Dance, this year held on March 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield. Tickets are $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to WHS Safe Grad 2014 and sent to Brenda Slayton, 11 Wildwood Road, Wethersfield, CT 06109. In addition, a limited number of local businesses are being offered the exclusive opportunity to be a Dance Sponsor. For a nominal donation, businesses can create positive press, and support the Safe Graduation effort. Levels of sponsorship range from $125/$250/$500 Sponsor Donations should be sent by March 1, to Lisa Stefano, 32 Harvest Hill, Wethersfield, CT 06109. FOURTH ANNUAL GOOD ‘OLE FISHING DERBY: The Wethersfield Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with Connecticut Outfitters, Metropolitan District Commission and UNICO of Wethersfield, will sponsor a Good ‘Ole Fishing Derby Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at Spring

Street Pond, Wethersfield. Rain date is Sunday, April 13. This event is open to resident children in grades K through 6. No “reel” experience necessary! Come tackle the great outdoors and get ready for fishing season! Bring your own fishing pole and bait. Bait may also be purchased on-site. “Loaner poles” will be available on a firstcome basis. Call (860) 721-2952 to make a request. The generous support of the Metropolitan District Commission and UNICO will provide children with a unique fishing experience, a busy pond and the opportunity for first, second and thirdprizes for length (K-3, 4-6). We will also be handing out awards for the smallest, most unusual catch and tagged fish, too! Pre-registration required. Free registration online, by mail or at the Parks and Recreation Office. Connecticut Outfitters will also be accepting registrations. Additionally, Connecticut Outfitters will be hosting a free “Instructional Clinic for Kids” Thursday, April 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. Call them at 860 571-8986 to reserve a spot. For additional information, please contact Natalie Morrison, Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor at (860) 721-2952.

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WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY EVENTS ADULT PROGRAMS SECOND SATURDAY CINEMA: Second Saturday Cinema at Wethersfield Library meets March 8 for a 1:30 p.m. showing of Gregory La Cava’s 1936 film, “My Man Godfrey” starring Carole Lombard and William Powell. A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler … but there’s more to Godfrey than meets the eye. 94 minutes. Second Saturday Cinema is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For information, call the Library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES: THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE PROGRAM: Have you ever wondered if acupuncture would help lessen your anxiety or relieve your headaches? For answers to these questions and more plan on attending “Healthy Alternatives: The Benefits of Acupuncture” with Edwin Brown of Healing Ways Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. The program will be held Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the library and will include a brief history of acupuncture, how it works, and what it can be used for, what to expect at an acupuncture visit and an interactive Qigong demonstration. Brown received his Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). The program is free and open to all. Registration is suggested. You may

register in person at the Wethersfield Library or by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811. You may also email registrations to “LET’S TALK MURDER” MYSTERY DISCUSSION GROUP: Mystery lovers are invited to join “Let’s Talk Murder” a mystery discussion series at the library. The group will meet Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. to discuss “A Killing in the Hills” by Julia Keller. Following the discussion author Keller will join the group via Skype at 7:30 p.m. Both the book discussion and the Skype session are open to the public. The discussion series is facilitated by librarian and former newspaper journalist Marge Ruschau. Other books in the series are April 10, “Sworn to Silence” by Linda Castillo and May 8, “Billy Boyle” by James Benn. Copies of the books will be available for check-out at Wethersfield Library approximately one month before the discussion date. All discussions will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the library. The book discussions are free but registration is suggested. Call (860) 257-2811 to register or for further information or email registrations to LAUGHTER YOGA PROGRAM: Wethersfield Library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy.,

will host “Laughter Yoga” with Laura Le Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. Laughter Yoga is an incredibly fun, incredibly effective way to release stress and bring more joy into your life. Le is a Laughter Yoga instructor certified through Laughter Yoga International, and a Yale graduate. Plan on attending this special program and learn how to “laugh for the health of it!” The program is free and open to all. Registration is suggested. For more information or to register, call the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811 or email registrations to TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Join us Tuesday, March 18 , at 6:30 p.m. at the library for a free showing of “Rush” starring Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde. Directed by Ron Howard, “Rush” is set against the glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between English playboy James Hunt, and his brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda. The story follows the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error. Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use. (123 minutes). Tuesday Night Movies are free and open to the public. Light refreshments

are provided by the Friends of the Wethersfield Library. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. For information, call the library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library.

TEEN AND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS d. Teens may register by calling the library Information Desk at (860) 257-2811 or emailing library@ DROP-IN STORY/PLAY TIME: The Wethersfield Library invites children of all ages and their caregivers to come to Friday morning Drop-in Playtime/Storytime from 10 a.m. to noon. No registration is required. Children’s programs are canceled on any day when the Wethersfield Public Schools are closed due to weather. For more information, visit the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy., or call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801. EVERY FRIDAY: 10 a.m. to noon, Drop-in Playtime and 11 a.m., Short & Sweet Storytime: all ages. Drop-in family fun with a story and a song. EVERY SATURDAY: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Stories: all ages. Drop-in fun with books, songs and movement for the whole family.

ROCKY HILL EVENTS HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE DENTAL CLEANINGS IN LOCAL TOWNS: Are you over the age of 60, live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield and are in need of a dental cleaning? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has a service for you! In partnership with the North Central Agency on Aging and The Lodge at Cold Spring in Rocky Hill, CCHD is providing free dental cleaning clinics to individuals age 60 and over. These clinics will be held on March 5 and 6, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Lodge at Cold Spring, 50 Cold Spring Road, in Rocky Hill. Note that all patients registering MUST reside in one of the following towns: Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield. Donations are generously accepted for this service.

AWARDS PRESENTATION: Rocky Hill High School’s winter sports athletes and their parents and guardians are invited to an awards presentation at the school Thursday, March 13. At 6:30 p.m. all athletes, coaches and parents will meet in the auditorium for the awards assembly. At 7:45 p.m. parents, athletes, and coaches will go to their assigned locations in the school to have their individual team awards ceremony. All freshmen athletes are reminded to bring in a dessert and leave it in the cafeteria when arriving. Refreshments will be available in the cafeteria during and at the end of the evening. SUPPORT GROUP: The Atrium at Rocky Hill, a Benchmark Senior Living Community for The Memory Impaired, offers a Support Group for


those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The Support Group is open to the public. The Atrium does offer Adult Daycare during the duration of the support group at no cost. The Group meets every second Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information on The Atrium, contact Erin Hall at (860) 563-5588, or MEMORY IMPAIRMENT PACKETS AVAILABLE: The Atrium at Rocky Hill is offering information packets for those needing more information and resources on memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Atrium at Rocky Hill is an assisted living community specifically dedicated to those with memory impairment. For more information, contact For more information on The Atrium, contact

Erin Hall with The Atrium at Rocky Hill, 860-563-5588, or email, ehall@ HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE DENTAL CLEANINGS: Are you over the age of 60, live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield and are in need of a dental cleaning? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has a service for you! In partnership with the North Central Agency on Aging, CCHD is providing FREE dental cleaning clinics to individuals age 60 and over who live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield. To find out the schedule and book your appointment in your town, call the following numbers: Berlin: Contact Tina Doyle at (860) 828-7006; Newington: Contact Charlene Magnano at (860)

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Clark Herring, Zachary Hetherman, Nicholas Hock, Jacob Houlihan, Abigail Huntington, Christopher Jablonka, Justin Jensen, Brandon Johnson, Leaja Johnson, Stanislav Kamenytskiy, Kyle Kelley, Megan Kieselback, Chloe Knapp, Katherine Kolaczenko, Esmeralda Korkutovic, Kylie Lallier, Hoang Lam, Kass Lambrecht, Evan Laske, Emily Lauzon, Anthony Libera, Timothy Linnartz, James Malizia, Taylor Melillo, Joshua Mikoleit, Daniella Minichino, Christian Monahan, Hannah Morris, Patrick Murphy, Radiyah Mutasim, Jarrod Nelson, Traceston Newton, Michael O’Leary, Alexandra Paulakos, Michael Pazdziora, Gianna Petrella, Alexia Reyes, Angel Rodriguez, Taylor-Jean Rodriguez, Zachary Rosa, Jasmin Sabanovic, Eldina Salihovic, Nicole Sanzo, Gabriella Serrao, Kyle Setzko, Rachel Sharp, Nicole Silva, Wojciech Skowronek, Damir Stojcevic, Lindsay Streett, Shane Sullivan, Erica Teti, Jessica Thibeault, Lisa Trinh, Matthew Turcotte, Isenia Vargas, Jeremy Vargas, Tate Veley, Cazima Velic, Isaac Vieira, Gloria Zhu

nor, Hailey Olesen, Navarre Pratt, Daniel Purinton, Charles Renaud, Gabriela Rizzo-Velez, Gina Santapaola, Venezio Santoro, Brianna Shive, Diana Sitnik, James Slayton, Joseph Sottile, Colin Stewart, Rongwei Tan, Madeline Turcotte, Andrew Turgeon, Riggs Unajan, Megan Ward, Karol Wroblewski

Wethersfield High School announces second-quarter honor roll HONORS

Grade 9 Nicole Arcari, Sean Arcouette, Stephanie Ayers, Sarah Bean, Evan Bernard, Matthew Bodington, Jeffrey Bridges, Ashley Burkell, Melanie Burns, Chianna Calafiore, Vanessa Carbone, Joseph Carilli, Natalie Ciarcia, Andrew Console, Elizabeth Craig, Avishek Das, Dylan Dellafera, Molly Desrochers, Fiona Dunn, Kyle Ely, Vanessa Faienza, Breanna Flores, Ryan Flynn, Maeve Foley, Monique Gardon, Wandalie Gomez, Griffin Grabowski, Garret Grant, Collin Grottke, Amanda Hardy, Bridget Hattie, Jared Hill, Admir Hodzic, Arlindi Hoxha, Matthew Jablonka, David Jensen, Emily Kallajian, Stephanie Kallicharan, Alexander Kauffman, Matthew Keefe-Stefanik, Amina Kuljancic, Briyanna Labbie, Kevin Landrigan, Nicholas Laramie, Timothy Laurito, Aleah Livingston, Daniel Lopez, Rafael Lopez, Ian Luna, William Maciolek, Gabriella Margiotta, Caleigh Martin, Olivia McGrath, Nathan Minor, Sebastian Misseri, Emma Moller, Christopher Montalvo, Ashley Morrell, Michael Murphy, Alexis Ocasio-Emilian, Elvira Osmanovic, Andreya Patinha, Matthew Pazdziora, Emma Peak, Hannah Pearce, Isabella Petrella, Tyler Piecewicz, Brianna Platania, Alexandra Pohl, Christian Prado, Madeline Raffalo, Madison Raposo, Thomas Roberts, Samantha Rosa, Phillip Rudak, Christopher Santos, Steven Santos, Alyssa Schroll, Eric Shields, Joseph Sitarz, Jessica Sitler, Peter Skowronek, Angela Sollima, Sarah Stegman, Kendell Sullivan, David Szymanowski, Lukas Szymecki, Sabrina Torres, Adam Veilleux, Jair Vera, Lucas Vieweg, Jisela Villanueva, Payton Viner, Brian Vu, Tevin Walker, Shaelyn Way, Brian Weed, Samantha Zapor, Frances Zelez, Arben Zoto

Grade 10 Alicia Ademi, Kris Agolli, Sara Aguilar, Mediha Alihodzic, Lauren Arienzale, Claudia Barone, Briley Bartone, Valentina Birritta, Luis Bolorin, Cassidy Bourassa, Summer Budaj, Lorenzo Burgos, Matthew Burwell, Lauren Cardenas, Veronica Catricala, Lillian Ciarletto, Joshua Colon, Zachary Confalone, Taylor Corazzo, Travis Crandall, Leiah Cutkomp, Kevin Davoren, Emma Detrick, Donato DiCioc-

cio, Alyssa DiFiore, Gloria Dishnica, Samuel Doffek, Kristina Ercolani, Elizabeth Estifanos, Megan Fabi, Vincent Fazio, Barbara Freitas, Harris Gallari, Sawyer Gaunt, Ian Gingrave, Emily Gjuzi-Pantaleon, Lewis Glynn, Aleysia Green, Daniel Griffin, Brenden Griffith, Fatima Haider, Destini Hall, Joshua Halla, Jacob Hickey, Enisa Hoxha, Meagan Humphrey, Nick Huynh, Alex Irizarry, Roxanne Jacobs, Taylor Jones, Agnes Kalluci, Redona Karamanaj, Alyja Kelly, Laura Kelly, Michael Kelly, Tate Knapp, Ildi Koni, Hazim Korkutovic, Alan Ky, Amanda Lamore, Paige Landers, Benjamin Lepo, Rachel Llorens, Caroline Logozzo, Adam Lynch, Leah MacFarlane, Jack Malizia, Toryn Malone, Matthew Marena, Melissa Matarazzo, Matthew McAlister, Cameron McFarlane, Julia Migliorati, Cameron Molloy, Emily Moody, Tea Morin-Scata, Xheni Muco, Natalia Negron, Ansley Nix, Daniel O’Brien, Meghan Orkins, Bhavya Patel, Kishan Patel, Carissa Peckrul, Alexis Price, Joseph Rago, Jose Rivera, Mason Rodriguez, Delia Rondinelli, Yoselin Rosales, Jared Salemi, Daniel Sanni-Thomas, Cruz Santa, Jessie Sanzo, John Schmid, Daniel Schroeder, Caroline Schryver, Taylor Scutari, Ingela Shannahan, Amina Siljkovic, Jacob Skowronek, Devon Smith, Joshua Smith, Luke Surawski, Meaghan Szilagyi, Mikayla Toce, Alyssa Tonucci, Ana Torres, Colin Tyler, Gianmarco Venditti, Emma Walsh, Rachel Way, Allison Weed, Matthew Wilson, Eric Wright, Michelle Yanaros

Grade 11 Grace Alpert, Sebastian Amodeo, Zachary Angelucci, Frank Barone, Vincent Barone, Ana Benic, Brayson Bernard, Gianna Bielenda, Tijana Blazevic, Samantha Bonfiglio, Kyle Booker, Alexis Bourassa, Anthony Bruno, Pasquale Cannata, Alessandro Capossela, Kathryn Carbone, Kasandra Castillo, Alana Ciarcia, Jay Clement, Yarlyn Collado, Anthony Colon, Claire Copeland, Emma Copeland, Brookelyn Cornelio, Samantha Cosme, Brandon Cruz, Jaclin Das, Julianna DeBarge, Reina DeJesus, Giancarlo DiGiacomo, Samantha DiMauro, Thomas Duggan, Dijana Dujmovic, Jennifer Elmasllari, Julie Ercolani, Luke Feltes, Madeline Fulton, Kayla Generis, Gabrielle Gionfriddo, Tyler Godlewski, Daniel Gwozdz, Merisa Hamidovic, Timothy Hendron,

Grade 12 Jaclyn Accarpio, Michael Albino,

Connor Albrecht, Alvi Aliaj, Alexander Ambrose, Christopher Aquino, Samuel Baldwin, Kassandrah Banks, Michael Barry, Rachel Beale, Elvedin Begzadic, Richard Bielak, Chilonia Box, Emily Buyak, Taylor Buysse, Victoria Caires, Michael Carrozzella, Victoria Cipolla, Mark Cloutier, William Connor, James D’Elia, Brittney Dalkowski, Lukasz Dawidziuk, Thomas DeAngelo, Anthony Drake, Brazos Ebner, Semra Efendic, Sidney Eragene, Emilia Fabi, Kiran Fatima, Tatiana Feliciano, Gabriella Fitzsimmons, Michael Gingrave, Kaitlin Glynn, Mariah Gonzalez, Jessica Goyette, Sebastiano Gulino, Brendan Hickey, Kasey Hill, Asmir Hodzic, Samra Huric, Jimmy Huynh, Dmytri Johnson, Ashley Katz, Stavros Kavroudakis, Christopher Klepinger, Ksanthipi Lapa, Nicole Licznerski, Hunter Malon, Farkhad Mamedov, Jordan Manchester, Mario Marena, Giulia Marini, Paul Matarazzo, Ryan Melillo, Alexandra Meredith, Katrina Meucci, Jenisse Miranda, Christina Moore, Ryan Nowak, Karolyn Olsen, Kamila Orzechowski, Kanat Osmonov, Daniela Ospina, Austin Pallone, Kayla Parmanand, Michael Patrizzo, Ryan Peterson, Stephanie Peterson, Nicholas Quadra-

to, Brendan Rascius, Amelia Roberts, Alexandra Saharek, Tsampika-Kitsa Savvis, Katrina Schoell, Nicholas Signorello, Kara Sitnik, David Skau, Rebecca Skowronek, Gabriella Stefano, Zane Tatro, Dat Tran, Abigail Vermeal, Lindsey Vieweg, Steven Yatrousis, Joseph Zocco,

HIGH HONORS Grade 9 Kady Allen, Holly Babineau, Rachel Bahouth, Lily Bello, Anthony Berry, Evan Booker, Taylor Bradley, Victoria Brazel, Anna Cannata, Mariana Carcia, Devyn Clark, Laura Clark, Audrey Coleman, Caroline Coyne, Destiny Cruz, Megan Darrell, Hannah Desrochers, Dina DiMarco, Matthew DiMattia, Jessalyn Figueroa, Kyle Flynn, Zachary Forrest, Dorris Gallari, Lindsey Gordon, Lauren Hubschmitt, Kaitlyn Irace, Idalis Irizarry, Kathleen Kerekes, Maggie Krawczyk, Lynne Landers, Marissa Landry, Jordan Laske, Megan Lauzon, Sarah Lawler, Kerry Lindquist, Erica MacLean, Katherine McDonald, Justin Michaud, Benjamin Milano, Amiel Monasterial, Allison Nargi, Aidan Nelson, Kate Parker, Connor Peterson, Braden Plant, Zana Preniqi, Jessica Roberts, Nora Serrao, Evan Setzko, Trisha Signorello, Aidan Sitler, Katherine Skowronek, Jacklyn Snide, Austin Stefano, Bianca Tata, Sarina Tucker, Olivia Tyler, Samantha Urban, Casey Urso, Ricardo Velez, Christian Venditti, Jocelyn Wilcox, Yiqian Zhuo,

Grade 10 Natalie Albrecht, Madison Albright, Alexander Bartis, Gabrielle Bielak, Zachary Birdsall, Andrea Bucknam, Nadia Byczko, Dilan Cabral, Rachel Caruk, Alexandria Casertano, Matthew Colangelo, Rachel Craig, David Dale, Abigail Davis, Christina DeAngelo, Zoe Direnzo, Carter Dizes, Stephanie Emmanuel, Christina Faienza, Rosmarie Faienza, Kristina Feliciano, Margaret Fitzpatrick, Pierre Franklin, Kacey Friedman, Taylor Galusha, Dareca Garib, Taylor Garrey, Peter Hahn, Natalie Heavren, Rebecca Hine, Megan Hoisl, Andrew Hrdy, Jacob Johnson, Leonie Koellmer, Katherine Lamberti, Julia Martin, Anna Mayo, Paulina Migliorati, Abigale Monasterial, Connie Nguyen, Grace Nichols, Andrew Nicki, Agnes Ning, Madelyn O’Con-

Grade 11 Lucas Amestoy, Jacob Arcouette, Shayla Bailey, Christina Bobbitt, Julia Buyak, Chelsea Carilli, Susan Davis, Emily Derick, Alyssa DeRocher, Carmen Diaz Echevarria, Michael Dikegoros, Nicole DiLoreto, Ruth Eragene, Caroline Even, Teresa Feijoo, Andrew Forgetta, Jason Gallo, Solomiya Golovatska, Dennis Harrington, Lian Hoffman, Joseph Iallonardo, Rebecca Johnson, Marko Kaurin, Morgan Krom, Alexander Lin, Kayla Litke, Kayla Litwinko, Yianni Mantziaris, Samantha Martin, Hope Mathis, Ioana Moldovan, Patrick Mozzicato, Candis Nunez, Laurie Peluso, Ashley Perez, Anthony Portonova, Taylor Ramos, Brittany Sitler, Kevin Smith, Liam Stickley, Christopher Tawrel, Gerard Tessier, Gage Turcotte, Ashley Vasel, Joseph Wallowitz, Max Walter

Grade 12 Aurora Amadeo, Demi Arroyo, Emily Ballard, Stephen Ballard, Bianca Bobadilla, Timothy Braren, Danielle Bromberg, Kate Burkell, Faith Burnett, Heather Ciarletto, Alexandra Comeau, Victoria Cormier, Gregory Corning, Ryan Costello, Haley Daniels, Rachel DiNatalie, Amanda DiSanzo, Rena Dixon, Matthew Dow, Teaghan Fallon, Lauren Glendon, Marisa Gonzalez, Margaret Gornicz, Jessica Gray, Kenan Hodzic, Connor Jones, Benjamin Kaminski, Kenneth Kaminski, Cassandra Kauffman, Gina Lanzano, Andrew Lucibella, Sara Luiz, Sabrina Maldonado, Analissa Mandile, Candis Martinez, Kelly McDonald, Paige McDunnah, Zachary Mullin, John Murphy, Carly Nasatka, Elizabeth Neilan, Jacob Nicoletti, Matthew Nicoletti, Olivia O’Connor, Jamie Piscitello, Ashley Robles, Briana Santana, Manuel Silva, Geoffrey Skowronek, Christina Slayton, Jenna Snide, Samuel Solberg, Alexander Sommers, Helen Stec, Brendan Stewart, David Thomas, Joshua Torres, Cindy Trinh, Jessica Tucker, Nicole Varca, Nopell Wong, Jason Yanaros



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belong • believe • become at Saint Mary School

NOW accepting students from PreK 3 through Grade 8 Why Saint Mary School? • CT State Certified Teachers in all classrooms • Small Class Size • 21st Century Technology • Pre-K 3 through Grade 8 • Before & After Care • Financial Assistance Available • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges


652 Willard Avenue, Newington, CT 06111 - MINUTES FROM NEW BRITAIN -


• Full and Half Day programs for three & four year olds • Before and after care from 7am-6pm • NEW: SUMMER PROGRAM for 3 & 4 year olds too!

SAVE THE DATES: April 26th: The Saint Mary School Annual Wine Tasting & Auction Enjoy an evening out and support our school! May 2: E2, An Eagles Tribute Band in CONCERT! 7-10:00PM At the school. A musical event for all to enjoy.

860.666.3844 Where every child belongs.

The Saint Mary Summer Program returns this June and it is better than ever! K-8 Prgrams and our new Pre-K program! See our website for details:

Newington Town Crier 02-28-2014  
Newington Town Crier 02-28-2014  

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