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Historical Society presents 5th annual Victorian Tea at Kellogg-Eddy House

Docent Committee (tour guides) STAFF WRITER upon entering the home. After making their selection of tea sandNext month about 50 people will wiches and desserts, they will be step back in time into the Victorian escorted to the Garden Solarium, era — unhurried, elegant, refined. to be seated at tables dressed with Their experience will still be white table cloths and napkins, in Newington, fancy silverware and however — at the Victorian china. historic KelloggRecipes for the Eddy House on finger foods served Willard Avenue, come from older built in 1808. cookbooks, adding to the authenticThe Newington ity of the afternoon. Historical Society Newington’s own will present its 5th Lotus Leaf Tea Annual Victorian DOROTHY ABBOTT Tea April 22, with Newington Historical Soci- Garden provides the selection of teas, three different ety executive director including specialty seating times, as the event has grown to be widely and organic loose-leaf white tea, green tea, red tea, black tea, oolong attended. “The first one was so popular we and jasmine teas. wanted to keep going and we are,” Reservations are quickly filling said Dorothy Abbott, the society’s up, however. executive director. “The guests that arrive are always Guests will be greeted by the so enthusiastic,” said Abbott. “I had By ERICA SCHMITT

“The first one was so popular we wanted to keep going and we are.”

IF YOU GO... When: Sunday, April 22 from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are required for each of the three sittings: noon to 1 p.m. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Where: Kellogg-Eddy House, 679 Willard Ave. How: (860) 666-7118 Admission: Current Newington Historical Society members: $5 non-members: $10 seniors: $8

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Family, friends lay highly-decorated Marine to rest By ROBERT STORACE STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — Family, friends and even total strangers paid their respects Saturday to Lt. Col. Thomas Budrejko, who was remembered as a loving father and an inspiration to those who knew him. A Montville native and U.S. Marine who had strong ties to New Britain and Newington, Budrejko, 37, was killed last month in a training exercise in Arizona. Hundreds of people packed St. Mary’s Church in Newington Saturday morning and then attended a military burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. While the funeral was closed to the media and attended only by family and friends, John Sheffield, a 67-year-old Navy veteran, watched in the cemetery from a distance. Sheffield, who lived nearby, said he had to come “because when one of our boys die, it affects all of us.” “He was highly decorated. He deserves everyone’s respect,” Sheffield said. Budrejko’s family said he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, was fun-loving and admired for his strength, conviction, love of nature and love of his wife Dianna and two-year-old son. Andrew. His sister, Catherine Alexander, said this past week she wanted to be just like her brother. “I went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis just to follow in his footsteps,” said an emotional Alexander. “I wanted to be like him my whole life.” Alexander said her brother always looked out for her and his other sister, Jillian Dietz. “He did the teasing, but he was always the big brother,” Alexander said. “He always took care of us and took care of the boys that came around the house. He was very protective.”

Thomas Budrejko also had a brother Stanley. Budrejko’s father, Donald, himself a former Navy pilot, said his decorated son left an indelible mark on Marine Corps aviation by the training programs he implemented. Thomas Budrejko was a 16-year veteran of the Marine Corps. “He was humble and non-assuming,” his father said. ”He had the ability to instruct, but to also bring out the talents in other people. His impact will be felt for generations.” Donald Budrejko, who was born in New Britain, said his son’s ties to the city run deep. Both of Thomas Budrejko’s grandparents and greatgrandparents are buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Seven family members are buried in the family plot near the top of the Polish-American cemetery. “Our New Britain connection goes back to 1910,”said Donald Budrejko. And, Thomas Budrejko’s grandparents lived in Newington, where he also spent a lot of time. Mary Budrejko remembers when her son said he wanted to join the military. It was 1988 and Thomas, who was 14 at the time, had just visited Washington, D.C., where he saw a lot of military sites. “I’ll be a Marine,” His mother remembers Thomas saying at the time. “I’m going to the Naval Academy. Watching the Silent Drill

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Fellow U.S. Marines at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain during a funeral service Saturday for Connecticut Marine pilot Lt. Col. Thomas A. Budrejko. who was killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise in Arizona in February.

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Pizza and positive communication Newington Kiwanis Club hosting lecture on conflict resolution By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

The Newington Kiwanis are inviting everyone to learn how to better get along with their significant other, boss, co-workers, children and others at a relationship problem-solving lecture this Monday evening. The Rev. Joel Rissinger, from Newington’s Mill Pond Church, will present “Keys to Resolving Marital and Business Conflicts, Employer/Employee Issues and Other Relationships� at the Paradise Pizza Restaurant in New Britain. The Kiwanis have had their speaker meeting at the restaurant on the last Monday of every month since 1986 when the tradition began, according to Al Cohen, Kiwanis Club Program Chair. Rissinger, one of many distinguished speakers the club has hosted, is the lead pastor of Mill Pond Church and author of “The Crucified Church.� He has a BA in theology from

Ambassador University, MAs in religion and religious education from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate from the Antioch School in Iowa. He recently presented a similar presentation for the Chamber of Commerce, but Monday’s lecture is open to the public. Rissinger’s system to resolve conflict is comprised of three main ideas, which stem in part from his professional training for Minnesota-based company Life Innovations, in addition to the Bible. “It is presented in an almost secular way,� said Rissinger of his talk. The first part will focus on I-language, a way to diffuse problem situations. “It’s a way of being assertive, instead of pointing blame, say, ‘I have a need, a concern, I need help with this,� Rissinger explained. The next component of his advice is reflective listening — repeating back what the person

said to you in your own words until they’re satisfied with your interpretation. Thirdly, Rissinger will address the ‘10 steps to resolving couple conflict.’ “But I’ve always said anybody can use them,� he added. Then if there’s time at the end of the evening, the group will have the opportunity to partner up and practice the communication techniques discussed in mock scenarios. Those who wish to dine should come early, before the program, when the restaurant’s regular cash menu will be available. Admission is free and walk-ins are welcome. The Newington Kiwanis’ April speaker meeting will feature a pre-Memorial Day program, with a couple of veterans taking the lead. “Keys to Resolving Marital and Business Conflicts, Employer/ Employee Issues and Other Relationships� will be held Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Paradise Pizza Restaurant, 10 East St., New Britain.




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Behind their small storefront on Main Street, the Newington Chamber of Commerce does big things — putting cookies in just about every cookie jar in town. Earlier this week they presented the Newington Department of Human Services with a $900 check from a portion of the proceeds of their 20th Annual Home and Business Showcase and Taste of Newington, held in early March. “We usually have our fingerprints on anything that goes on in town,” said Alan Mardirosian, Board of Directors of the Newington Chamber, who also happened to be this year’s Chairperson of the Home and Business Showcase. Funds raised at the day’s events were donated to a number of other town entities as well. $5,000 went to support the running

of Newington High School’s internship program and a separate $1,000 will end up as part of a graduating senior’s college tuition this year — an initiative the Chamber has been involved with for more than a decade. Monies raised by the Chamber also support various events, including the 6th Annual Cruising Newington Classic Car Show held on Market Square Thursday, June 14 and the 9th Annual Silent Auction, Wine Tasting & Chocolate Challenge in the beginning of November. They also sponsor September’s WaterFall Festival and the Newington Library’s 5K Race as well as the Newington Police Department’s 5K Race. “We do whatever we can to celebrate downtown and all the businesses here,” explained John Kelly, president of the Newington Chamber, adding that their office is in the heart of downtown Newington for a reason.

“We felt it was very important we have a presence here on Main Street.” Karen Futoma, Director of Human Services, was happy to receive the check Tuesday, which will be added to the department’s Special Needs Fund to support their Food Bank. “We so appreciate the business community supporting us as they always do; we couldn’t possibly provide the services we do without them,” she commented, adding, “It’s always wonderful when people realize the need. Hunger affects families all year round, not just during the holidays.” The Newington Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of business people who work together to advance the economic, commercial, civic development, and related needs of the community. They are located at 1046 Main St. (860) 666-2089.



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Indians’ 21-game steak ends with D III state title By STEVE MORTON STAFF WRITER

NEW HAVEN — When the Newington-Berlin ice hockey team lost its last game it was four day before Christmas. Little did the team know at that time that would be the last time it would lose this season. And who would have guessed then that its final win of the season would be for the entire pot of gold on St. Patrick’s day. But that’s exactly what happened to the No. 1-ranked Indians (22-2) who won an amazing 21 games in a row to clinch the Division III state title Saturday at the Ingalls Rink at Yale University. The Indians clinched the title with a 2-1 win over No. 3-ranked Northwest Catholic (19-5) Saturday. “I can finally say it; twenty-one in a row,” Newington-Berlin coach David Harackiewicz said. “It’s just simply an amazing group.” It’s an amazing feat that deserves amazing acknowledgement. Not many teams can stay on a streak for such a long time without slipping up. The Indians never did, even as the games got bigger and bigger throughout the playoffs and finally,the

championship. “I knew we had a good team coming in” Indian forward Alexander Ericson said. “We started off a little shaky, but then we pulled together and just kept riding a hotstreak the rest of the season.” The Indians have had their trials and tribulations over the years. They were always so close yet so far away from a state title they could call their own. Not any longer. “It feels great,” Indian defenseman Matthew Carlson said. “We lost the last three years and never made the finals. I just couldn’t believe that we had actually won it. I’d always dreamt of it, but I never knew it would actually happen.” For Indian forward Brandon Ralph, he’s been anticipating an ending like this for himself and his team. “I was really looking forward to this game,” he said. “I was really pumped up. I’ve been here before my freshman year so I was just really excited for this game. It’s something I wanted the whole year.” It was the second time this season the two teams have played. Both times the Indians were able to handle everything Northwest Catholic was able to bring. In mid-January the Indians topped


At Ingalls Rink, Yale University Northwest Catholic 0 1 0—1 Newington-Berlin 1 1 0—2 SCORING SUMMARY First Period: 1. NB-Brandon Ralph (PP) (Jeff Rossman, Jeffrey Smolicz), 13:30 Second Period: 2. NB-Brandon Ralph (Nicholas Briganti, Dante Gugliotti), 8:36, 3. NW-Patrick Melanson (PP) (Alex Hunter, Tanner Vaughn), 11:02. Saves: Matt Greenwood (NW) 15, Drew O’Leary (NB) 18. Shots: Northwest Catholic 19, Newington-Berlin 17. Records: Northwest Catholic 19-5, Newington-Berlin 22-2.

Northwest 6-3. In a way,that helped Newington-Berlin not over-think things too deeply. “There’sreallynostrategy,”Harackiewicz said. “We played them before during the year and we knew they were going to come out tough and hang in there because last time they were down by two goals and they came back and played a good game.” Now that the Indians are state champions, they can just sit back and enjoy and let the good times roll. They’ll have a lot to think about though. It’s a long, arduous road to glory, so they’ll have to spend some time considering the astonRob Heyl | Staff ishing feat which they’ve accomplished Newington-Berlin head coach David Harackiewicz credited this season. goalie Drew O’Leary as the “star” of the title game. O’Leary “I’m just taking it all in,” Ralph said. had 18 saves in the game.

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Harackiewicz shows Indians path to victory


NEW HAVEN — Looking back at what was by and large an unanticipated display of greatness, the inquiring mind just has to know; how’d they do that? That’s the burning question in regards to the Newington-Berlin ice hockey team that won 21 games in a row to clinch the Division III state championship Saturday after defeating Northwest Catholic 2-1 at Ingalls Rink at Yale University in New Haven. When you ask such a question to the team, you’re likely to get pointed in one direction—towards the team’s head coach David Harackiewicz. Harackiewicz has the absolute respect of his players for the job he’s done this season at the helm of the Indians, who finished with a an accomplished record of 22-2 and of course, a state title. The team has not lost since midDecember when it was defeated 2-1 by NFA St. Bernard-Bacon. Harackiewicz’s team eventually avenged that loss in the Division III semifinals when it defeated the Bobcats by a score of 4-1. “He definitely kept us together,� Indian forward Alexander Ericson said about his coach. “We have a real good team chemistry. I guess

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Newington-BerlinÂ’s Brandon Ralph (13) celebrates his goal against Northwest Catholic in the Division III Championship Game at the Ingalls Rink at Yale University Saturday.

tunity to tie the game. his system works; we won.� The timeout helped the Indians Harackiewicz was as instrumental in the team’s state championship regroup while Harackiewicz win any as player he had in skates. gave his crew a gameplan, which The coach called a crucial timeout in the middle of the third period in the championship game when he saw his line starting to fatigue and Northwest Catholic settling in his team’s zone looking for an oppor-

allowed them to overcome a late power play by holding Northwest Catholic scoreless throughout the third period despite being outshot

10-4. “We really played our systems the coach put in place and played great D,� Ericson said. “Drew [O’Leary] helped us out a lot. We just got enough goals to squeak through.� The Newington-Berlin goalie O’Leary came up huge for the Indians. He was without a doubt the main reason why the Indians were able to survive the final period and hang on to the one-goal lead. “It was a little nerve-wracking but we have a quality goalkeeper,� Indian forward Brandon Ralph said of O’Leary. “He was hot all game and he was there to make the saves. He played great today.� Harackiewicz acknowledged his goalie’s play following the game, referring to O’Leary as the star of the game. But it was Harackiewicz’s leadership and ability to keep his team focused that kept the Indians moving forward in the right direction throughout the season and in its final battle. “He kept us all in line,� senior Timothy Lynch said of Harackiewicz. “Come today we were really prepared. We were really ready to go.�

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Robin Blair does what she can to help her plants thrive. She plants them in good soil and keeps the weeds away. She also waters them regularly with rainwater captured in barrels in the yard of her Shrewsbury, N.J., home. Collecting the water is easy, she says, and good for her plants and the environment. “Rainwater is void of chemicals. It’s kinder to plants and landscaping,� says Blair, who has two rain barrels and a cistern tied into her gutter system. “Water is a precious resource. Why not collect rainwater and reuse it?� Blair is such a proponent that she got trained to teach other gardeners how to make and use rain barrels. When she organized a workshop last spring, she was surprised at how many people wanted to attend. “We kept getting more and more orders,� she says. Rain-barrel use and classes are on the rise around the country, according to gardening and conservation experts. Although the concept of

capturing and reusing rainwater has existed for thousands of years, many gardeners and environmentalists are revisiting it because of concerns about storm-water runoff and water conservation. “It’s one of our more popular classes,�says Madeline Samec,a horticultural program assistant with the St. Johns County Extension Agency in St. Augustine, Fla. “We almost don’t have to advertise.� Most rain barrels hold around 55 gallons of water and are connected to a downspout.They normally have an overflow pipe that detours excess water away from a home’s foundation, and a filter that prevents mosquitoes from entering. Rain barrels also have a tap that can be used to fill watering cans or connect to a hose. A 55-gallon barrel connected to a 1,000-square-foot roof will fill up during a 1-inch rain.The barrels can be purchased for $50 to $120 each, or constructed out of food-grade drums. In addition to watering the garden, some people use rainwater for koi ponds or aquariums, says Dotty Woodson, extension program

specialist for water resources at Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas. She said many rain-barrel users like that rainwater does not contain chlorine, fluoride or other chemicals that municipalities use to treat water. While investing in a rain barrel does help the environment, it’s not likely to shave a lot off of a homeowner’s water bill, Woodson says. “People might come to the class with the idea that it’s going to save them money but we’re very, very honest about that,�she says.“It won’t have a huge impact. The environmental issue is what we’re looking at.� A rain barrel can be connected to a gutter system without too much difficulty, the experts said. First, homeowners need to remove a section of downspout and replace it with flexible tubing. When the rain barrel is in use, the tubing should run from the downspout to the barrel. When the rain barrel is not in use, the tubing should reconnect back to the downspout. Rain barrels are “a very easy way to go green,� says Mandy Stark,


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When the beloved Waterfall Festival was rescued after a close call last September, volunteers vowed to never let the day of entertainment, great local food, chalk-art and crafting face possible extinction again. Val Ginn, who has basically organized the event since its inception in 2000, has stepped down from the role of chairwoman of the Waterfall Committee after many years of hard work.Her Former Co-Chairwoman Theresa Reynolds scrambled to help Ginn save the widely-attended event last year and offered to head efforts this time around. “Last year there was question as to if we would even have it and we did,” Reynolds remembered.

The Waterfall Committee is seeking help in planning the annual Waterfall Festival, a celebration that includes, food, arts and crafts, music and more. They committee is currently trying to gather sponsors and vendors. The planned date for the festival is Sept. 22.

“It’s a nice community festival. out for it,” she added of her enthu- year. They close off this beautiful street siasm to take the lead. For nearly its entire run, the and the whole town seems to come And it’s back on the street this Waterfall Festival has closed down Market Square downtown up until 2011, when road construction pushed the day into the large parking lot behind the road. But this year, granite curbs, red-paver crosswalks, and wider sidewalks will greet festival-goers because the $1 million renovations of Market Square are complete. Now the committee of volunteers is up to 8 to 10 people and they are seeking more help — trying to gather sponsors, re-connecting with loyal vendors and reaching out to new ones. The festival costs between $8,000 and $10,000 to put together. “We have a great committee of volunteers that love the town and are passionate about the festival,”

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  EVENTS CALENDAR GRADUATION CELEBRATION EVENTS: The next meeting of the Graduation Celebration Committee is will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the Newington High School library. March Outback Fundraiser, Saturday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Outback Steakhouse, Berlin Turnpike, Newington. $20 per person, meal includes, 6 oz. steak, 5 oz chicken breast, garlic mashed potatoes, salad, bread, and drink. Contact Lori Neu for tickets at (860) 667-0706. Can and Bottle Drive — Drop off dates at NHS (student parking lot) are March 24 and June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or you can drop off in front of garage at 35 Willow Lane, Newington anyt ime. Contact Mike and Maize Zame at (860) 665-0888 for more information. Clothing Drive, March 31 and April 28 or any time up until April 28. Drop off clean clothes, accessories, linens etc. at 147 Hillcrest Ave., Newington, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Rose Frink at (860) 690-1902. Feel free to forward this email to your email group. Butter Braids pick up is March 27, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the High School. NEWINGTON KNIGHTS MIDGET FOOTBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION: The Newington Knights Midget football league will hold a walk-up registration from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 25 at the Clem Lemire Sports Complex (football field). Go online for more information regarding registration. www. CARMANIA EXHIBIT: Larry Gebeloff will present another view of eye-popping photos of classic cars during March in the south foyer of the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4


p.m., Monday through Friday. ORCHIDS, ORCHIDS, ORCHIDS: Diane Augustine will exhibit her photographs of rare and exotic orchids during the month of March at the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., weekdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. VISION SCREENING: The Lions Club of Newington will sponsor a community vision screening at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, The screening is free and open to the public. Appointments are required and you must be at least 18 years old to participate. Call (860) 665-8778 to schedule your appointment. For more information, contact Club Secretary Meri Beatrice at (860) 667-3833 or visit us on Facebook. ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY FUNDRAISER: The Newington High School All Night Graduation Party Committee will hold a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Outback Steakhouse in Newington. Tickets are $20. Contact Lori Neu at (860) 6670706. Outback Steakhouse will provide the following menu: 6 ounce sirloin plus 5 ounce chicken breast, homemade garlic mashed potatoes, choice of Caesar or ranch salad, honey wheat bread, soft drinks, coffee, or tea. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP: The Newington Art League has announced its new scholarship available to students at Newington High School. To qualify, applicant must be a senior male or female who has excelled in art while at NHS,

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and is intending to pursue a degree in art or art education. It is also based on financial need, academic performance, and artistic ability. For more information, call Jean Henry, head of the Scholarship Committee of the Newington Art League, (860) 667-7647, or contact Newington High School. CALLING ALL GARDENERS — COMMUNITY GARDENS! The Community Gardens are located next to the Young Farm property at 282 Church Street in Newington. Community Gardens are open to Newington residents only. Garden plot sizes are 20 x 20 feet, and will be roto-tilled and marked by the town. Gardening guidelines are available at the Parks & Recreation office and on the website at Planting date will be dependent on soil and weather conditions but is anticipated to be mid-spring. Water will be available for gardeners — bring your own containers. The fee for each garden plot is $20. Register in the Parks & Recreation office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Returning gardeners may reserve their plot any time before Wednesday, March 28. Registration for New Gardeners begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 (upon availability). Call the Parks & Recreation office at (860) 665-8666 for more information. BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE: Cub Scout Pack 345 will hold bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at St. Mary’s School parking lot on Willard Avenue. For more information, contact Kevin or Lisa Mooney at (860) 665-0597.

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OVERNIGHT PARKING BAN NO LONGER IN EFFECT AFTER APRIL 1: The citizens of Newington are hereby notified that effective Sunday, April 1, the overnight parking ban is no longer in effect. This notice is pursuant to Town Ordinance, Section 18 18. DINOSAUR STATE PARK SPONSORS DINOSAUR EGG HUNT: The Friends of Dinosaur State Park and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will sponsor a dinosaur egg hunt at 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8 for children ages 2-12. Participants will be separated into two groups ages 6 and under and ages 7 to 12. The event will be rain or shine and will take place on the lawn in front of the museum. There is no fee to participate in the hunt and reservations are not necessary. Note that the hunt will start promptly at 2 p.m. Six of the hidden eggs will contain a gift certificate for a stuffed “Dilly” the Dilophosaurus. Participants must bring their own basket. Dinosaur State Park is located on 400 West Street in Rocky Hill. Visitors can view 600 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints under the dome along with museum exhibits. The park has a Discovery room that features a small live animal collection, coloring and book-mark making stations, puzzles, puppets and fossil and mineral collections that visitors can touch and examine. There are 2½ miles of outdoor hiking trails and an outdoor picnic area. The park also has a bookshop that has a wide variety of unique items for sale. There is an admission fee to enter the museum. Adults (13 and up) are $6, Youth (6 to 12) are $2 and children under 6 are free. The park accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Charter Oak Passes are available for seniors (65 and over) who are Connecticut residents. Picture ID must be presented to acquire a pass. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Meg Enkler at (860) 529-5816 or visit the website at HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM: The Central Connecticut Health District is offering a free educational course designed to assist individu-

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Last month, Malloy was disapproved 50 percent to 43 percent by men and 46 percent to 40 percent by women. Connecticut voters support Gov. Dannel Medical marijuana is supported in the P. Malloy’s push for teacher tenure reform Quinnipiac poll, 68 percent to 27 percent, and Sunday liquor sales, while the state with opposition by no demographic subset is evenly divided on the governor’s job performance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this week. The poll also found across-the-board voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana and strong opposition to abolishing the death penalty, two issues to be debated by the legislature’s Judiciary Committee today. Malloy’s job performance is approved by 44 percent and disapproved by 45 percent of voters. “This lukewarm 44-45 percent score is not bad for a governor who raised the income tax across the board his first year to deal with an inherited deficit,” said Douglas Schwartz, the poll’s director. The new poll finds that men are warming more quickly than women to — gender, party affiliation, income, age or Malloy, who has an aggressive public education level. The poll slightly misrepresents the bill, style. Women generally are more supportive of Democrats than are men, but asking if voters supported use of medical they disapprove of Malloy, 45 percent to marijuana with a doctor’s prescription. 41 percent. Men are evenly divided about Actually, patients could obtain marijuana the governor. if a doctor certified they had one of several

The poll also found across-the-board voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana and strong opposition to abolishing the death penalty, two issues to be debated by the legislature’s Judiciary Committee.

chronic diseases. Malloy is prepared to sign a medical marijuana bill should it pass, as expected. The governor’s top legislative priority of education reforms gets a mixed review: Asked generally about his handling of education, 41 percent disapprove of Malloy and 36 percent approve of him. Public school teachers are more popular than the governor, but their unions are not. But overall, the poll seemed to buoy Malloy’s high-profile push for education reforms, including a proposal to more closely tie tenure and pay to a stronger evaluation system. Despite the high regard enjoyed by teachers, voters say by a 2-1 ratio that it should be easier to fire a teacher, and 54 percent say they agree with Malloy’s proposal to limit teacher tenure. Even union households support merit pay and limiting tenure. Sixty-six percent of voters have a favorable view of teachers, while only 12 percent view them unfavorably. And 85 percent say the public schools in their community are very good (41 percent) or fairly good (44 percent). Teacher unions are viewed unfavorably, 32 percent to 27 percent.

The polling comes as the Malloy administration is negotiating with teacher unions over his reform package. The state’s largest union, the Connecticut Education Association, is airing television commercials attacking the governor’s plan. Sunday sales of alcohol is favored, 54 percent to 42 percent, but allowing sales at convenience stores at gas station is not. A legislative committee Monday approved a bill to allow package stores to open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Repealing the death penalty is opposed by a 2-1 ratio. Repeal has done better in other polls, when voters are told the option would be a sentence of life in prison without parole. Quinnipiac asked only if repeal was a good idea or a bad idea. Democrats said it was a good idea, 48 percent to 44 percent. Republicans and independents overwhelmingly called it a bad idea. The poll is based on a telephone survey of 1,622 registered voters from March 14 to 19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. ThisstoryoriginallyappearedatCTMirror. org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.





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BED: Platform bed frame, Senior Business Analyst NEWINGTON - 2 BR, 1.5 BA, NEW BRITAIN: Garage for $200. All new, still in plasrent, storage only. Bristol, CT. Define user specappl inc, swimming pool. BERLIN: IND 3260 sq ft waretic-Extra thick queen mat(860) 573-1118 ifications for busn. applica$1,100/mo. 1 mo dep. house machine shop. 200 sq Always Buying old, used tress set, $300. King set, tions systems. Perform busn. 860-539-6864. ft office. 11’6” x 12’ overhead Having a tag sale? and antique hand tools, car$395. Delivery. analysis activities. Send CV door. 510 sq ft of mezzanine. Don’t forget to advertise (860) 298-9732. Renting an apartment? pentry, machinist, engraving re: AD#6864 to employer at: $1400 + nnn. 860-829-9353. it with a fast-acting Call & workbench tools. If you 230 APARTMENTS Stephen O’Connor, Sr. Dir. 801 ABSOLUTELY FREE Classified Classifieds at have old or used tools that 863 FUEL Staffing, ESPN, Inc., One UNFURNISHED to let everyone know! are no longer being used, 231-2444 ESPN Plaza, 935 Middle Call 231-2444 Employment & call with confidence. Fair & Street, Bristol CT 06010 7 YR OLD FEMALE BLACK BRISTOL - 2 BR, $700. Lg FIREWOOD - Well seafriendly offers made in your Instruction LAB MIX - Looking for a lov230 APARTMENTS deck overlooking river. 1 mo 230 APARTMENTS soned hardwood. Generous home. Please call Cory ing home. Excellent w/fami650 HEALTH CARE UNFURNISHED UNFURNISHED sec. 860-620-2771. cord $220. Please call to orlies, other dogs and loves the 860 - 322 - 4367 OPPORTUNITIES der 860-236-8027. outdoors. 203-598-1451. NEW BRITAIN - 3 BR, 1st FL, VINTAGE MUSICAL INSTRUvery quiet. $800 + 1 mo sec. FREE BR SET - Queen-sized OPEN HOUSE MENTS - Accordions & 860-828-9502 after 6 pm. ADVANCED HOME headboard. Dressers, etc. 881 WANTED TO BUY sound equipment in any conHuntington Woods HEALTH CARE AGENCY, 860-847-1478 for info. 645 GENERAL NEW BRITAIN - 3 BR, beautidition. LaSalle Music 860Per Diem positions: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments ful, 1st Fl. DW, microwave. HELP WANTED 289-3500. Ask for Stan * Home Health Aides: CurALWAYS BUYING - Vintage Fireplace. Housing vouchers 815 ARTICLES Income Guidelines Apply rent CT C.N.A. lic & 1 yr. exp. electronics, Ham, CB, Every week, we bring accepted. 860-223-3344. FOR SALE * Registered Nurses shortwave, radios, guitars, buyers and sellers, DRIVERS Saturday, March 24 amps, hi-fi audio, watches. Full time seasonal CDL Apply * PT, OT, ST employers and employees, NEW BRITAIN - 4 RM, all appl, 10:00 am-4:00 pm Homecare Exp. Required. 860-707-9350. Mon-Thurs, 8:30-3pm, Fri 8:landlords and tenants washer hkp, pkg. $680 + sec ELECTRIC STOVE $200. Contact Alina at 1pm. Sunny Border Nursertogether. dep. 860-233-3390, ask for 200 Blakeslee Street, Every week, we bring KITCHEN TABLE SET w/4 (860) 236-7701 or email ies, 1709 Kensington Rd., You can rely on Jenny. buyers and sellers, chairs, $200. FP SCREEN, Bristol, CT Kensington, 800-732-1627 Classified Ads employers and employees, brass & glass, $100. NEW BRITAIN - 4 RM, 199 to get results. 860-585-9300 landlords and tenants Having a tag sale? 860-798-9915. P/T LAW OFFICE OPPORTUBroad St. $550/mo. 860-229together. Don’t forget to advertise 231-2444 NITY: Assisting local atty. 5569 or 860-604-0133. Renting an apartment? You can rely on it with a fast-acting Will train right person. Email: Call Classified Ads NEW BRITAIN:Studio $500. 2 Classified Do want ads work? Classifieds at to get results. to let everyone know! & 3 BR, $700. Clean & quiet. Do mice like cheese? with resume & cover letter at231-2444 231-2444 Police rpt. 203-630-6999. Call 231-2444. Call 231-2444 tached (pdf or word).

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HOME IMPROVEMENT DIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING MULL BROS., INC. - We are a family business that’s been catering to your cooling & heating needs since 1945. We proudly install Lennox, American Standard, Weil McLain & other quality equipment (oil, gas & electric). We also service most makes & models. We are located next to the Wethersfield Post Office (behind the penguins and polar bears) at 61 Beaver Rd. 860- 529-8255 BASEMENT WATERPROOFING JP BACHHAND BASEMENT WATERPROOFING Reliable local contractor. Hatchway leaks, foundation cracks, sub-floor drainage systems, sump pumps & yard drainage. Fully insured, free estimates, written guarantee. Our 27th year registered with CT Dept of Consumer Protection (Reg #511842). Call 860-666-9737 CERAMIC TILE LEN & JEFF SHALLER - Fix leaky showers. Regrouting in tubs. Bath, kitchen tile installed. 37 years experience. Neat, expert workmanship. Repairs a specialty. Call 242-5805 CLEANING SERVICES Polish/English speaking woman can clean your house with care. 3rd cleaning 50% off for new clients only. Satisfaction guaranteed. Insurance Bonded. Call Kasia 860-538-4885

PAINTING Painting, interior & exterior, power wash, installation of gutter screen covers, new & repairing stucco, 1 day service. Fully insured. Also house cleaning. Call 860-832-9970 PLUMBING POSITANO PLUMBING, INC. 31 years of serving Bristol and the surrounding areas. Specializing in all repairs. Plumbing & heating. Water heater replacement, boiler replacement. CT Lic #202691, 308931. For the best repair work in the area, please call 860-584-0012, 186 West St., Bristol. HOUSE, CONDO, OFFICE CLEANING - Polish/English speaking lady with many years of experience. References upon request. Please call Ela at 860-348-0234 ELECTRICAL SERVICES NDC ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING All aspects of electrical work, additions, new homes, renovations, pools, hot-tubs, etc. Main service up-grades from fuses to circuit breakers. Fast, quality workmanship. Nick 860-665-7202. CT Lic #E1-180139 GUTTER CLEANING #1 First In Reliability - We Show Up!!! One day service. Our 10th year. Reasonable rates. Senior discounts. Reliable service. Call Rob (860) 982-3300 “A West Hartford Resident” Visit our web site:

REMODELING FULL SERVICE REMODELING Windows, bathrooms and kitchens. All interior and exterior home or business remodeling and handyman service. You name it - I’ve done it! Excellent references and competitive rates with over 10 years experience. BBB Accredited. Call Mike 860-6906505 or Kris 860-348-076 today for your free estimate. Fully insured and licensed. Lic #565969.

ROOFING LA RICH, LLC - Master Elite Roofing Contractor with over 500 satisfied customers. Our workmanship is warranteed for 20 years by shingle manufacturer. Best warranty in writing. “Quality you can count on for years.” We do roof repairs, vinyl siding, windows, seamless gutters. Honest, competitive pricing. No hidden costs. Free estimates. Fully insured. Written warranties. Clean and courteous installers. CT Lic #565709. GAFELK ME #11852. 860-622-9800 or 860-747-4427. TREE SERVICE TOTAL TREE SERVICE & LANDSCAPING, LLC - Fall Cleanup & Lawn Maintenenace. Commerical & Residential. 75 ft. bucket truck. Chipper, firewood, land clearing, stump grinding, tree removal. Registration #608808. Fully insured.860-529-8389 or 860-538-0980.

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