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CERT-ified Residents jump at opportunity to join Community Emergency Response Team
Volunteer Fire and Human Services Departments, which are often Concerned citizens unite. overwhelmed with responsibilities More than 30 people showed during weather events. up to Town Hall Monday evening “Storm Alfred was probably our to express their interest in join- biggest wake-up call,” said Human ing Newington’s first-ever Community Emergency Response Team. Some were seniors looking for a productive way to spend their retirement, others were hoping to employ their knowledge in a specific aspect of emergency response. Former Newington Police Officer Services Director Karen Futoma, Meg Sautter gave a presentation on whose six-person staff runs the the ins-and-outs of CERT, a volun- town’s emergency shelter and assists teer team trained to assist emergency elderly and disabled residents who responders in case of disaster. need support in their homes. Sautter will serve as instructor “One of things we learned very of the 20-hour training program, quickly is that we can’t do it all,” she which includes 16 hours of class- added. room instruction and four hours of But residents showed they were hands-on preparation. willing to help out wherever possiThe team will aid the Newington ble, so Futoma took the initiative of By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
formalizing their desire to volunteer with the creation of a CERT. Following their training this spring, team members will not only provide supplementary help to police and fire officials during emergencies, but also at town events like the Annual Extravaganza. “We’re looking into other ways of using them throughout the year,” Futoma explained. Assistance will include staffing shelters and flu clinics, shoveling sidewalks and distributing food, water and toiletries to snowbound elderly residents and much more.
If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can provide critical support until help arrives.
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Newington man injured in Bristol collision By LLUVIA MARES STAFF WRITER
BRISTOL — Two men were injured in a two-vehicle collision at Riverside Avebnue and Middle Street intersection, Tuesday, that closed the intersection for hours into the evening. Police said a black Nissan pickup truck heading east on Riverside Avenue ran a red light colliding with a 2002 blue Subaru station wagon traveling north on Middle Street on to King Street. The Nissan rolled-over landing on its passenger side. The two drivers were taken to area hospitals with head, neck
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Northwood Plaza going up for auction later this month One of Newington’s most blighted and underutilized properties is going up for auction later this month, opening up its prospects for new development. Although it used to house the former Food Mart store, the 70,000 sq. ft. Northwood Plaza has been almost vacant for the last five years. The few tenants still leasing there include Empire Pizza, Newington Liquor Shoppe and a Post Office, which brings the most traffic to the plaza. Its owner is the Kurt B. Hersher Management Trust, which currently owes millions of dollars in mortgage payments on the property. Town Economic Development Director Andy Brecher has been working with trustees on a solution to their predicament and recently settled on hiring national auction house Max Spann to help sell the property. According to Brecher, the town is hoping a real estate investor will take ownership — a “considerably more promising prospect” than a Trust. “A new owner we think will bring new energy and new interest,” he explained. “It’s possible the property could be renovated or knocked down and rebuilt.” The entire site is 11.7 acres,
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Farmington Bank opened a new branch office at 1095 Main St. Wednesday. “Farmington Bank’s branch office in Newington continues our 162-year tradition of operating as a full-service community bank with a complete line of consumer and commercial banking products,” John Patrick Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Farmington Bank, said in a prepared statement. “We also look forward to becoming a community partner through Farmington Bank’s philanthropic and
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Southington outlasts Newington in LL opener By MATT STRAUB STAFF WRITER
This was not a game which was going to be won with style points. Southington and Newington knew each other too well and were too well-schooled on defense to allow the game to turn into a shooting contest. Instead, the Class LL state tournament first round game contested between the two old rivals was a battle of will, guts and determination. In the end, Southington was a step quicker and an ounce tougher in the third and final meeting between the teams this year. The Blue Knights built an early lead and held on for much of the night before pulling away late in a 41-25 victory which was much more competitive than the final score indicated. Southington led just 31-25 with 4:08 left, but Newington didn’t score again as the Blue Knights finished the game on a 10-0 run. Danielle Charamut had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Knights (17-6), who advance to face fifthseeded South Windsor in Friday’s second round. “She took over in the second half,” Southington coach Mike Forgione said of Charamut. “We need her to step up in these kinds of games and she did tonight. She did a great job for us.” Charamut figured prominently in the game’s outcome. The senior forward was instrumental in helping the Blue Knights take a nine-point lead in the first quarter and also
SOUTHINGTON 41, NEWINGTON 25
Class LL first round At Southington Newington 4 6 11 4 — 25 Southington 13 3 11 14 — 41 NEWINGTON: Jalen Middlebrooks 1-2-4, Alex Marques 1-0-2, Stasha Greenalch 1-0-3, Juliana Houldcroft 0-0-0, Kayla Guest 7-2-16. TOTALS: 10-4-25. SOUTHINGTON: Maeghan Chapman 0-4-4, Danielle Charamut 9-4-22, Stephanie O’Keefe 2-6-10, Sarah Mongillo 0-0-0, Nicole Fischer 0-0-0, Kaitlin Paterson 1-0-3, Adalain Meier 0-0-0, Maryssa Romano 0-0-0, Natalie Wadolowski 1-0-2. TOTALS: 13-14-41. Three-point goals: Greenalch (N), Paterson (S). Records: Newington 11-10, Southington 17-6.
served as the team’s closer. Her runner in the lane answered a bucket by Newington’s Kayla Guest (16 points), and she then hit two free throws to stretch Southington’s lead back to 10 with 1:25 left, sealing the victory. “I just wanted to do the best I could for the team,” Charamut said. “I knew I had to work my hardest in this game.” Stephanie O’Keefe had three steals and four rebounds for Southington, while Maeghan Chapman added seven boards. After a physical first half, the pace became much more frenetic in the third quarter. The change in style favored Newington (1011), but neither team could make much use of the new tempo. Twice Southington pushed its lead to 10 in the period, but the Indians answered each charge with one of their own. Newington had the momentum at the end of the quarter after scoring the last four points, a long jumper by Guest and a layup in transition
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Newington’s Stasha Greenalch goes for an underhand shot as Southington’s Danielle Charamut (30) and Maeghan Chapman play defense in Tuesday night’s Class LL State Tournament game at Southington High School.
by Jalen Middlebrooks which cut Southington’s lead to 27-21 after three. “We went to a press and kind of got some steals, we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” Newington coach Al Ford said. “You have to score to win basketball games.” The first half was exactly what one would expect between Southington and Newington, a defensive struggle. The Blue Knights came out strong early, threatening to blow
out the Indians Charamut had nine of Southington’s 13 points in the first quarter, dominating play in the paint early. She was a big key to Southington’s 9-2 start The big difference, however, was Southington’s defense. The Blue Knights gave up a pair of free throws to Guest just over a minute in to open the scoring, then held Newington without a point until Guest scored the Indians’ first field goal with 3:08 left in the quarter.
Southington scored the last four points of the period to reestablish a nine-point lead. Neither team scored for the first four minutes of the second quarter. Kaitlin Paterson answered a Newington basket with a three to stretch the lead to 10, but the Indians showed their own defensive mettle and clawed back into the game. The game was there for the taking, but in the end it was Charamut who grabbed it.
Despite LL loss, departing seniors, Guest gives Indians hope By MATT STRAUB STAFF WRITER
Newington girls basketball coach Al Ford will come to miss his senior class. Juliana Houldcroft, Alex Marques and Jalen Middlebrooks gave the Indians a chance to win every game, and the Indians picked up 10 victories and earned a spot in the Class LL tournament in 2013. Ford was understandably upset following his team’s loss to Southington which ended Newington’s season, but he was happy about the future Newington possess. Kayla Guest is coming back. Guest scored 16 points for Newington and will come back next year as a senior
leader. To play so well under the pressure of an elimination game at a relatively young age shows she has the intangibles to be good at the role. “She took over a state tournament game,” Ford said, referencing Guest’s secondhalf outburst which nearly got Newington back in the game. “You could see as the game went on she picked it up. She’s already a very good player and she is going to only get better.” Ford was impressed by the way his whole team battled Tuesday night, but Kayla Guest gives him reason to hope Newington can Annalisa Russell-Smith | Staff have another chance at a tourna- Newington’s Kayla Guest (33) scored 16 points in Tuesday ment run next season. night’s Class LL State Tournament game against Southington.
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If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can provide critical support until help arrives. “I think this is a really good thing for Newington,” said Fire Chief Chris Schroeder, who will also be leading the team in handling response. Half-a-dozen of those who attended Monday night’s informational meeting belong to the Newington Amateur Radio Relay League. Ham radio enthusiasts are especially helpful during power outages as they can operate an alternate mode of communication. “My wife and I have been members of the New Britain CERT for about three years because they didn’t have one in Newington,” said Armando Landrian, one of these individuals, who along with his wife Carmen worked the city’s emergency shelter and lit up the streets with generators so trees could be
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By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
Students at Elizabeth Green Elementary were recognized Tuesday by the State Department of Education for being among the highest performing across the state on the Connecticut Mastery Test. Newington school officials attended a recognition breakfast Tuesday morning at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, along with the 96 other schools that were honored as Schools of Distinction. Governor Dannel Malloy and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor were among the state officials presenting the awards. Elizabeth Green was recognized for having the ‘Highest progress among schools with a School Performance Index greater than 88.’ “One of the most powerful things we have done is provide the opportunity for teachers to collaborate through data-driven decision making models, and giving them the opportunity to talk about instructional strategies and pinpoint student needs,” explained Elizabeth Green Principal Jennifer Michno, adding that it is a district-wide strategy. The school saw a dramatic increase overall in its Student Performance Index based upon 2011 and 2012 CMT scores. In 2011 just 78 percent of students’ test scores met or exceeded the state’s goal and in 2012 that number grew to 89.4 percent. “Our student needs are very
diverse, so it takes a collaborative effort of classroom teachers to effectively meet each students need,” Michno said Wednesday. “I think there is a tremendous amount of district effort currently being focused on aligning important resources toward the instructional core,” she continued. “Our students are going to continue to meet with success.” The House of Art, Letters and Sciences in New Britain was one of the only other schools in Central Connecticut that was honored with an award. HALS black students and those who receive free or reduced lunchs — two traditionally underperforming groups — were recognized for being some of the highest performing among those across the state. HALS students are chosen from the city’s middle schools and invited to attend the small academy. “Ensuring that each and every student has an opportunity to succeed in college, career and life is the collective responsibility of the entire Connecticut education community, said Commissioner Pryor. “We are grateful for the distinguished leadership and commitment of Governor Malloy, who continues to make education a top priority in his administration,” he added. “We thank the Schools of Distinction for sharing their best practices so that other schools might benefit from their experiences and congratulate the administrators, teachers, and students on their designation.”
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Local retailers oppose eliminating liquor-pricing law By DIANE CHURCH STAFF WRITER
Last year, the big news story concerning liquor stores was Sunday operating hours. Liquor stores, both big and small, now make their own decisions on Sunday hours. This year, liquor stores are in the news again. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget calls for eliminating minimum-price requirements for wine and spirits. Beer, however, would be exempt. Current law states that no retail permit holder can sell liquor at a price below their cost. But state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein told members of the legislature’s General Law Committee on Tuesday that cost includes a separate, so-called “bottle price” that’s set by the wholesalers each month. Malloy’s bill would set the minimum allowable retail price at the actual cost paid by retailers for each bottle, plus shipping and delivery costs. The Connecticut Package Stores Association claims Malloy’s proposal will harm the product selection available and ultimately
lead to higher, not lower, prices for consumers if big-box retailers ultimately dominate the market. The issue of minimum price requirements may break down to whether stores are a big liquor outlet or a mom-and-pop operation. “It’s going to hurt the small stores, definitely,” said Glenn Kathan, manager of Discount Liquors in Farmington. “The large ones have more buying power because they can buy more and stockpile it.” Kathan, who lives in Terryville, explained the prices for alcohol fluctuate regularly, so larger stores can buy more when the prices are low and stockpile it in the back room for months. Small stores don’t have the money or the space for that, so they buy what they need when they need it, regardless of the price. With most commodities, larger stores can offer lower prices because they sell larger quantities. But under the current law, no store can sell alcohol below a retail price set by the manufacturer. This keeps prices uniform at all outlets, large and small. Malloy would put an end to that, allowing stores to sell alcohol at prices as low as the wholesale or
“posted bottle” price plus a few cents for shipping and handling. Larger stores, with more volume and inventory, would be more likely to lower their prices as much as several dollars a bottle. Malloy believes that the resulting lower prices and competition between stores will generate up to $5.2 million in new revenue and keep customers in the state, paying the high excise taxes on alcohol. Larger stores object also
But the larger liquor stores also have concerns about Malloy’s proposal. Scott Clark, manager of Liquor Depot in New Britain, oversees a 13,000 square foot store with a large selection of liquor, wine and beer. The company owns a similar store in Simsbury. The bourbon section in the New Britain store houses more than two dozen brands, from the popular Jim Beam, Wild Turkey and Knob Creek to the more obscure Jefferson, Bulleit and Willett. Standing in front of that section, Clark said he fears that repealing the minimum price will hurt smaller boutique brands. The larger mainstream brands will cut their prices
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Mindful of the Newtown massacre, a legislative committee Tuesday considered a bill that would bar minors from using violent, pointand-shoot video games at public arcades and other businesses. Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, who proposed the bill before the Children’s Committee, said these games inadvertently teach children that shooting people is easy, virtually harmless and has no serious consequence. “With this bill, I aim to put the public’s health, safety and well-being ahead of the child’s desire to aim a simulated gun at simulated people,” Harp said. “To allow access to these real-life simulators is to teach point-and-shoot proficiency.” arcade photo An arcade in Hartford filled with point-and-shoot video games Others, however, say the bill would stifle First Amendment rights and would not be effective in reducing violent behavior among youth. This is not the first time Harp has proposed banning these games. In 2001 the Democratically-controlled legislature overwhelmingly approved a similar bill before it was vetoed by Gov. John G. Rowland. But that was before the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. “With the shock and horror of recent local events still fresh in our minds and memory of Connecticut victims still held in our heart, there’s no doubt in my mind that these games can put real people at risk,” Harp said. Published reports have said that gunman Adam Lanza, 20, who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, spent hours playing violent video games. Children’s Committee Chairwoman Rep. Diana S. Urban, D-North Stonington, said she recently heard testimony from an expert who said that school shooters have actually reported that they had been “envisioning some of the people they would be shooting as they played the game.” The bill also calls for studying the impact of violent video games on youth behavior. This is the third bill the legislature is considering involving violent video games. Of the other two, one calls for forming a task force to study the effects of violent video games on youth behavior while the other calls for a 10 percent sales tax on videos rated “mature.” Children’s
Committee member Rep. Whit Betts, R-Bristol, said he wondered whether the study should also look at the impact of violence in movies and news coverage. If Connecticut adopts a special tax on violent video games, it would become the first state to do so in “recent years”, reports the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research. The office also reports they found “no case law specifically addressing the constitutionality of legislation imposing additional taxation on violent video games.” Harp said she is more concerned about the point-and-shoot games because players actually use a model of a gun and shoot at humanlike figures. This desensitizes them to the idea of real violence with a gun, Harp said. Others, however, opposed the bill, saying it would be unconstitutional and ineffective. David J. McGuire, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, said research has shown little evidence of a link between violent video games and violence in children. McGuire said that since the mid1990s, there has been an increase in the use of these videos and yet a decrease in serious violent crime. He also said the bill would be difficult to enforce and would require arcades to remove such games or to check IDs. The bill would also violate the constitutional right to free speech,
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Battling tears, the father of one of the first-graders slain at the December elementary school massacre in Newtown pleaded with senators on Wednesday to ban assault weapons like the gun that killed his 6-year-old son. “I’m not here for sympathy,” Neil Heslin, a 50-year-old construction worker who said he grew up with guns and had been teaching his son, Jesse, about them. “I’m here because of my son.” Heslin spoke for 11 minutes, his voice barely audible and breaking at times, to the Senate Judiciary Committee that is deeply divided over the issue of curbing guns. The panel was holding a hearing on a bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
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hold your child’s spot. Not quite 8 years old? NCTC is offering a two-week half-day program for kids, ages 5 to 8 running July 8 to July 21. Participants will learn basic musical theatre skills in preparation to become part of the ensemble in the full-day program’s production of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka.” The cost is $200. A deposit of $100 is required to hold your child’s spot. This summer, NCTC is also offering a two-week full-day program, running July 22 to Aug. 4. A truncated version of NCTC’s
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The Newington Children’s Theatre Company invites children, ages 8-to 18, to audition for Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” March 14 to 16, by appointment. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the
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PLAY FOR ALL!: Saturday, March 9, 10:30 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.
LIBRARY EVENTS CALENDAR EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m. This month’s book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. All interested readers are invited to attend.
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TECH SUPPORT WITH TEENS: Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Alerting all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. This list can include but is not limited to cell phones & text messaging, e-readers, Facebook, cameras, email, videogames, and iPods. If you’re a teen and would like to volunteer, please contact Bailey Ortiz, teen librarian.
FOUR HERBS FOR ALL SEASONS: Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m. Laura Mignosa, nationally certified Chinese Herbologist, will discuss a centuriesold tradition of keeping our bodies healthy with the use of four herbs that can be combined for each coming season. Tonic herbs are superior herbs used to keep our bodies strong and resist disharmonies. We will learn how to make these herbs into decoctions or teas as they are commonly called, and discuss the healing properties of each one.
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INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP WITH GORDON GROSS FROM THE CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Monday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. The workshop is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to effectively compete with other candidates. It will be an interactive session with simulated interview questions. Be prepared to participate. Constructive feedback is designed to help you grow and excel in your interviewing techniques. Proper interview attire is strongly recommended. Registration is necessary at (860) 665-8700. TEEN GAMING NIGHT: Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Grades 6 to 12. Come play on the library’s Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii! A variety of videogames and board games will be available. Feel free to bring your own games! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. MOVIES AND MORE @ THE LIBRARY: “Hope Springs,” Wednesday, March 13, 1 p.m. After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. Starring Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
VICTORIAN QUILTS AND TRADITIONS: Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. Snow date: Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m. Victorianism holds a unique charm for many; learn about the history of the era through the symbolism of crazy quilts and ephemera, stories of celebrations and holiday traditions and other special events. Join teacher and craftswoman Jo Hansling and view her many samples of quilts, ephemera and holiday décor. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. LOW-MAINTENANCE, GORGEOUS PERENNIALS: Thursday, March 28, 1 p.m. You will be thrilled to discover beautiful perennials that enjoy little hand holding on your part. They will save you time and money! Presented by writer, lecturer, and Marketing Director of Faddegon’s Nursery, Kerry Ann Mendez. Please register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. HANDS-ON COMPUTER CLASSES: Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. Basic PowerPoint, Wednes-
BASIC LINKEDIN: Monday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to establish a user profile, improve your visibility with key words and best practices for inviting and contacting other users and more. Registration begins March 11. INTERMEDIATE EXCEL: Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. Topics include sorting, filtering, using formulas and auto sum, creating charts and headers and footers. Experience with Excel is required. Registration begins March 13. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS CHESS CLASSES: Tuesdays, through 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.
DROP-IN SPRING PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES: March 11 to May 2, 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 www.newingtonct.gov/library. CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS’S BIRTHDAY BASH: 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 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. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL!: Tuesday, March 5, noon. Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4 year-olds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at( 860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration is necessary.
CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, March 9, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety concerns, only children age 7 and up, and their families will be allowed in the building room. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register beginning February 23. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PLAY WITH US! Tuesdays, March 12, 19 and 26, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to three-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary. EXPLORE TOGETHER! Thursday, March 14, 3:45 p.m. (NOTE: New Thursday Time) Be a book detective and see if you can solve the mysteries of Animalia Riddles through the alphabet. Explorers in grades 1 to 4 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. EXPLORE THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT: Saturday, March 16, 10:15 a.m. Join the fun as Sparky’s Puppets perform a St. Patrick’s Day show. You never know who might pop up; an elf, a wise woman or a goblin! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register children ages 3 to 10.
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SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE FAIR: The Special Education Alliance of Newington (SEAN) advisory board will host a special needs resource fair Saturday, March 9 at Newington High School in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all. The resource fair is intended to aid children and adults with special needs and their families and/or caregivers in finding resources that will assist them in their daily lives. Organizations and individuals that assist persons with special needs and their families, such as doctors, lawyers, special needs schools and organizations, local and state agencies, estate planners, therapeutic riding, advocacy groups, support groups, adaptive equipment specialists, and many more will be participating in the resource fair. SEAN’s goal is to work within our community to encourage the public, legislators, and school district representatives to understand, respect, and support people with special needs and to enhance appropriate education, social and recreational opportunities for special needs people with all levels of abilities. For additional information about the Special Education Alliance of Newington visit us at: www. specialedalliance.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org. ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING: The March meeting for St. Mary Women’s Club will be held Monday, March 11, in the parish hall. Because the blizzard forced a cancellation of the February Pot Luck Supper, the March meeting will begin with that tasty event at 6 p.m. Call Madeline at (860) 666-9329 by Wednesday, March 6, to register (or re-register) your pot luck dish. Following the supper, the Rev. Joe Keough will lead us in an evening of recollection: “A Lenten Reflection for the Year of Faith.” NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE STARTS SPRING SEASON: The March general membership meeting of the Newington Art League will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at the Senior and Disabled Center, Cedar Street. This month’s demonstrator is Leslie Barren, whose specialty is contour drawing; participants should come ready with a drawing pad and pencil. The Newington Art League will be marking its 30th Anniversary with a year-long celebration! Kicking off the festivities will be the Spring Art Show April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Lobby. (It will be happening in conjunction with the school-wide art show ). To enter, 1. You must be a member of the Newington Art League; 2. The piece should not have been shown before; 3. No bigger than 20x24;
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Local News 4. Works must be wired for hanging; 5. Each piece is $10 entry fee, with a limit of two. To find out more about the Art League, visit www.newingtonartleague. org or call Pat Tanger (president) at (860) 666-5026. SPRING ART SHOW: Admirers of Pat Tanger’s animal portraits will enjoy viewing her skilled artworks which encompass a variety of subjects. The exhibition can be viewed in the south foyer of the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., during March and April. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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 16, 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 Wednesday, March 13. 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) 6658778 and leave your name, address and phone number. TEMPLE SINAI EVENT: Temple Sinai is sponsoring a docent-led tour of the annual Minnie Goldenberg Photography Exhibition featuring the work of local photographer Lena Stein at the University of Hartford Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition, titled “People of the Land: A Retrospective,” celebrates the 65th anniversary of the state of Israel. The exhibition is at the Museum of Jewish Civilization in the Mortensen Library, Harry Jack Gray Center. For information, call the temple office at (860) 561-1055. 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 email@example.com.
EVENT AT DUTCH POINT CREDIT UNION: People helping People. That’s what credit unions do. Dutch Point Credit Union has been helping people since 1960 and it’s at the core of everything they do. Their Newington branch opened five years ago and they want to thank the residents and businesses in Newington for their support. Stop by the branch on 465 Willard Ave. during the week of March 11 to meet their staff and learn more about your local community credit union. Special offers during that week will include a chance to win a generator (up to $750 value), daily events, gifts, refreshments, and special loan rates for car loan refinancing. For more information, call (860) 563-2617 or www. dutchpoint.org. 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) 666-3331. NEWINGTON DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE SEEKS INDIVIDUALS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE: The Newington Democratic Town Committee is seeking individuals who are interested in running for public office this November, particularly, Town Council and Board of Education. If you would like to submit your name for consideration, send in a letter of interest to: Nominating Chair, Newington Democratic Town Committee, P.O. Box 31005, Newington, CT 06131-0035. You may also contact Town Committee 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 loose-sleeved clothes. Vaccinations will be given at the Health District office, 505 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call the Central Connecti-
cut Health District, serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield at (860) 721-2822. DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going through divorce, thinking about getting a divorce, already divorced, or relationship breakup. There is a caring group of people who have been exactly where you are now, this group meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. (except Good Friday and the Friday after Thanksgiving) at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield. NVFD TWITTER FEED: In an effort to reach a larger audience with our fire and life safety messages, the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department has created a Twitter Feed. Twitter is a free social media web site, which allows its users to communicate in short text-based messages via the internet and SMS text message to anyone who signs up to receive them. If you have a Twitter account, follow us at NFDFireSafety. Pass this along to any family and friends, whether from Newington or not. The more people we can communicate with, the more effective this new means of communication will be. If you do not have a Twitter account, or do not wish to set one up, you can still view our messages. Simply go to http:// twitter.com/NFDFireSafety using your internet browser. Consider bookmarking this page and checking back often. WINTER EXHIBITS: The center will showcase unique quilts created by members of the Schoolhouse Quilters of Newington during January and February in the south foyer gallery. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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) 667-1314 or Tom at (860) 2362751. For more information on multiple sclerosis and the many ways you can help make a difference, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org or call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at (800) FIGHT MS.
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(on a hard roll) Breakfast ends at 11:00 am Bacon, Egg & Cheese ................................................... 2.99 Sausage, Egg & Cheese ................................................ 2.99 Ham, Egg & Cheese ..................................................... 2.99 Egg & Cheese ................................................................2.99
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Pulled BBQ Pork ......................................5.99 Pulled BBQ Chicken ................................5.99 Flounder ....................................................5.99 Grilled Chicken .........................................6.99
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Chicken Parmigiana.................................6.99 Meatball Parmagiana ..............................5.99 Sausage & Peppers ..................................5.99 BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato) ...................................5.00 Chicken Cutlet .........................................6.99 (marinara sauce or mayo, lettuce, tomato & cheese)
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Prices are approximate - (weight) Tortellini Salad .......................................................5.99 /lb Macaroni Salad .......................................................2.99 /lb Potato Salad ...........................................................2.99 /lb Tuna Salad...............................................................5.99 /lb Chicken Salad .........................................................5.99 /lb Seafood Salad .........................................................5.99 /lb Cole Slaw .................................................................2.99 /lb Egg Salad..................................................................3.99 /lb Antipasto Salad (ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone) ..................... 4.50 Chef Salad (roastbeef, turkey, provolone)...................................... 4.50 Garden Salad.................................................................2.50 add Grilled Chicken ............................................. add’l 2.00
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Turkey Breast ........................................ 5.00 Bologna .................................................... 5.00 Capicolla .................................................. 5.99 Salami (Genoa or Cooked) ................................. 5.00 Pepperoni ................................................ 5.00 Ham .......................................................... 5.00 Baked Ham (Virginia) ........................................... 5.99 Honey Ham ............................................. 5.99 Imported Ham........................................ 5.99 Chicken Salad (all white meat) ........................ 5.99 Seafood Salad (crab w/ shrimp) ....................... 5.99 Mortadella (Italian bologna) ............................. 5.00 Roast Beef ............................................... 5.99 Sopressata ............................................... 6.99 Prosciutto ............................................... 6.99 Tuna ......................................................... 5.99 Ham Salad ............................................... 5.99 Veggie ...................................................... 5.00
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Boar’s Head ............................................ 6.99
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