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‘Radical redesign’ Friday, March 7, 2014
Cost of renovating Town Hall would be almost twice original estimate By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
A town project building committee expecting to review new design plans for a renovation to Newington Town Hall postponed its meeting Monday evening while the construction team works on “a radical redesign.” The new plan proposal will now be presented to the committee Monday, March 17, according to Chairman Clarke Castelle, who sat in on the design team’s most Volume 53, No. 59
recent work session a week ago. “They did some pretty radical redesign I’m still not sure I’m happy with and still couldn’t bring costs down to a reasonable level, so we all agreed they had nothing to present to committee,” he said Tuesday. “We gave them another two weeks to develop new ideas.” At their last meeting almost a month ago, committee members were disheartened to review new budgetary figures that were nearly double the $18 million originally projected. Estimates made two years before included just under $10 million for renovations to Town Hall, along with another $8 million for a new Mortensen Community Center, which would See REDESIGN, Page 13
Alexis Provini, fifth from the left, with 10 young women who serve as the face of her company, Provini Marketing, after a recent model search event.
Beauty, talent, youth ... and business By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
Being a female and just 22 years old isn’t stopping Newington native Alexis Provini from holding her head high and pursuing her dreams — even if they bring her into an arena of power players twice her age. At age 21, she founded Provini Marketing, a marketing agency and talent firm. Along with her business partner and three other
staff members, Provini helps local businesses, models and entertainers gain web, print and television exposure. The business is growing and in the process of becoming an LLC. Models were recently featured on Good Morning Connecticut and NBC. “It’s so much fun to be on the creative side of things,” says Provini, who has been modeling professionally since she was 13.
“Someone told me once if you do something you love you’ll never work a day in your life and that’s what I’m doing. It’s beauty, fashion and helping local businesses.” After graduating early from Newington High School in January 2009, she studied business management at Central Connecticut State University, before going on to earn her Certified Nursing Assistant cerSee ALEXIS, Page 9
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Super Hoop-La at Newington H.S. this Friday By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
What began more than 30 years ago as “Cops vs. Robbers” — an adults-only basketball game to raise money for a local cause — later evolved into an elementary-aged game with a team from each school. Now in 2014 it’s called the Super HoopLa, is composed of teams from Newington’s four elementary and two middle schools, and serves as a fundraiser for the Newington Youth-Adult Council’s annual scholarship fund. It all goes down this Friday inside the Newington High School gymnasium, where more than 80 teams of students in
grades 4 through 8 are expected to compete. Students are in charge of picking their own teams with three to five players each, all representing their grade level for their respective schools. “It’s a fun event because elementary school kids compete and there’s not a whole lot of adults involved — the children run it themselves,” said Sandy Pilz, a physical education teacher at Martin Kellogg who organizes the evening. “They really seem to just enjoy the opportunity to play against each other in front of large crowds,” he added. Pilz’s sons, ages 21 and 25, referee the games along with teachers, who also help out at the
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WHAT: Newington Youth Adult Council’s Super Hoop-La Basketball Tournament WHEN: Friday, March 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. WHERE: Newington High School gymnasium HOW: Tickets at the door: $4 adults, $2 seniors $1 discount with canned goods donations
scoring table. Pilz writes a schedule that allows each team to play at least two games. The fun all starts around 5 p.m. and last year participants didn’t finish up until after 10:30.
“We had a beautiful crowd last year,” he remembered. “The boys’ high school basketball coach looked up in the stands and said to me, ‘Gosh I wish we had this many people come to our games.’” The event is the Youth-Adult Council’s biggest fundraiser, and in recent years it allowed members to award scholarships to three Newington High School seniors who volunteer for community service. “It’s cool to see all the young kids play on the big high school stage — the community really looks forward to this,” Tim Manke, council chairman, said Tuesday.
Older students from Newington High School are also volunteering at the event, six of whom are a part of the YouthAdult Council. “It’s a chance to cheer on your elementary or middle school child and a fun night for the community,” Manke added. Pizza, candy, hot dogs and drinks will be for sale and there will be face painting. Also new this year, Newington Human Services will be holding a silent auction to benefit the town’s youth programming. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWINGTON POLICE BLOTTER Newington police report the following: Michael Lopez, 26, of 116 Armistice St., New Britain, was charged Feb. 24 with sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and sixth-degree larceny. Eliezer Vega, 26, of 116 Armistice St., New Britain, was charged Feb. 24 with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. Edward Stanley, 37, of 480 Essex Road, Westbrook, was charged Feb. 25 with third-degree larceny. Jatan Upadhyay, 31, of 58 Alexis
Drive, Newark, Del., was charged Feb. 25 with breach of peace, five counts second-degree harassment and five counts criminal violation of a protective order. Samuel Carter, 24, of 72 Hartford Ave., was charged Feb. 25 with eight counts criminal violation of a protective order. John Scannell, 44, of 2089 Berlin Turnpike, was charged Feb. 26 with driving under the influence, suspended registration, no insurance, weapon in a motor vehicle, interfering with a police officer. Sonya Shaham, 32, of 4 Brighton Road, West Hartford,
was charged Feb. 27 with violation of probation. Lauren Wooley, 21, of 88 Flagler St., was charged March 1 with breach of peace. Vitaliy Nikoforov, 27, of 14 Carr Ave., was charged March 2 with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and breach of peace. Yaroslav Shuter, 25, of 680 Church St., was charged March 2 with third-degree assault and breach of peace. Deirdre Tarala, 49, of 25 Arrowhead Road, was charged March 4 with first-degree failure to appear.
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Manfred Becker won the Lucy Robbins Welles Library “Reading is Our Thing” Adult Winter Reading program finale — “Making Breakfast is Our Thing.” His prizes included a included gift card to iHop, a waffle maker and assorted breakfast foods. In all, 336 adults read 1,827 books during the five-week reading program. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
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Chamber to honor ‘Best of Newington’ at annual dinner By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
A novel idea came out of the Newington Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to “spice up” its Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, held at the end of May. While companies, organizations and individuals are traditionally presented with coveted titles at the event, such as Chamber Member of the Year and Business of the Year, in addition to awards for Youth and Public Service, a new contest is in the works for 2014. “The Best of Newington” will be composed of 32 different categories, with the top three finalists
from each to be invited to the Newington businesses,” she added. event. Winners will be announced Among the 32 categories are that evening and presented with best hotel/motel, pizza, contractrophies. “This is our first annual, but our goal is to make this a tradition of the chamber,” said Christine Vogel, a chamber member and chairperson of the committee leading the contest CHRISTINE VOGEL planning. “We want to Member, Newington Chamber of Commerce reward the community and celebrate the tor, bar, real estate agent, burgers, achievements and worth of physician, insurance agency, auto
care, law firm, and retirement home. Program sponsors include Clinical Laboratory Partners, Primerica, Thomas Fahy Insurance Associates, Berkshire Bank, Newington Health Care Center, Geico, Heather Hitchcock, Leann Morrone, Amber Sodosky, David Johnson and Michael Loscialpo. People can start casting their votes at the chamber’s upcoming Annual Home and Business Showcase
March 22, where ballots will be available. Ballots will also be available in the chamber office, 1046 Main St., Newington, and also in the Newington Town Crier in coming weeks. The Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday, May 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hawthorne Inn on the Berlin Turnpike. Tickets are $40 apiece and the evening will feature a buffet dinner, cash bar and dancing.
Erin R. Murphy, daughter of Rita Murphy of Newington, has been named to the Dean’s List at St. Michael’s College. She is a sophomore majoring in Media Studies & Digital Arts. She is a graduate of Newington High School.
first-semester honors at Kingswood Oxford School. To make the honor roll, a student must have a B+ average with no grade lower than a C.
“This is our first annual, but our goal is to make this a tradition of the chamber. We want to reward the community and celebrate the achievements and worth of Newington businesses.”
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NEWINGTON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., has named the following Newington residents to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2013 term. Heather Dziato of Newington. Dziato is studying Art Therapy; Joseph Capossela of Newington. Capossela is studying Health Services Administration; Rosa Baez of Newington. Baez is studying Human Services; Rebecca Gonzalez of Newington. Gonzalez is studying Human Services; Daniel Amato of Newington. Amato is studying Movement and Sport Studies.
Devin Koss of Newington was named to the President’s List at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., for the fall semester. She is a sophomore majoring in Business Management and minoring in Spanish and Finance.
Michael Koss of Newington was named to the Dean’s List at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. for the fall semester. He is majoring in Accounting.
Lauren Zadzilko of Newington has been named to the Dean’s List at The University of Connecticut, Storrs, for the fall 2013 semester. She is also being inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society, based on freshmen year GPA. Lauren is a Mathematics and Secondary Education major at UConn.
The following local students have been named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester: Evan Van Dam of Newington, Sarah Wojtowicz of Newington and
Natalie Zaleski of Newington. The following Newington students were named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Haven for the fall 2013 semester. Jason Bielesz, Leann Boisvert, Crystal Davis, Thomas McMahon, James Sagherian, Danielle Sumoski, Stephanie Tedeschi.
Tim Cook, son of Fran and Donna of Moretown, Vt., will be joining the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the SUNY flagship campus, the University at Buffalo this fall. Cook is the grandson of Fran and Ardie Cook of Newington and Ray and Rose Machowski of New Port Richey, Fla. Tim’s first formal chemistry class was taught by Judy Corey at Harwood Union High School, rounding out a suite of honors sciences courses that prepared him for his studies at Boston University (Bachelor’s) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD). Over the past three years, he has been conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Utah. The Cook Group’s research interests are rooted in molecular self-assembly for solar energy conversion, with an emphasis on new materials for light harvesting, redox flow batteries, and catalysts for carbon-neutral fuels.
The following area residents have been named to first honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2013 semester. Theodore A. Randich of Newington; Samantha E. Lawrence of Newington; Gina M. Kelley of Southington.
Laura R. Winslow of Newington was
named to second honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2013 semester. Erik Bloomquist of Newington has received Faculty Honors for the fall 2013 semester at Trinity College, Hartford. He is a member of the class of 2014.
Liana Haddad of Newington has been named to the Plymouth State University President’s List for the fall 2013 semester.
Bernadette Bolmarcich of Newington has been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for the 2013 fall semester.
Katherine Beatrice of Newington received academic honors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University by making the University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.
The following students have been named to the Fall 2013 Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island: Newington: Sara Mazur, Ali Stamm and Liana Tun.
Fairfield University has announced that the following local residents have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester: Ryan Marchetti Angela Quental, and Laura Salerni.
The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Stephanie Pelton, who studies Aeronautical Engineering and Nicholas Stamm,who studies Computer and Systems Engineering.
Katherine Beatrice of Newington received academic honors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University by making the University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.
The following area residents earned a spot on the first semester honor roll at Northwest Catholic High School. The students are: First Honors: Erin Feeney (Newington) – Grade 10; Asa Guest (Newington) – Grade 9; Oliver Hasson (Newington) – Grade 10; Francesca Link (Newington) – Grade 9; Angela Miguel (Newington) – Grade 11; Logan Wolf (Newington) – Grade 11; Second Honors: Luisa Anquillare (Newington) – Grade 12; Thaddeus Link (Newington) – Grade 12; Virgil Rona (Newington) – Grade 9; Joshua Stumpf (Newington) – Grade 11 Honorable Mention: Madeleine Hasson (Newington) – Grade 9.
Newington residents Catherine Flaherty and Emilie Sienko earned
Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, announces the honor roll and high honor roll for fall 2013. Danielle Kling-Joseph of Newington, Hannah Malinosky of Newington, Nicole Ciepiela of New Britain Taylor Massa of Newington, Erika Van Buren of Newington.
Miss Porter’s School student Erika Van Buren of Newington was recognized by the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards program for her outstanding artistic contributions. The Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards program is an affiliate of The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and is sponsored by the Connecticut Art Education Association. Student artwork is judged by professional artists and university art faculty, who select winners of the gold and silver keys and honorable mention in each of 17 media categories.
Patrick Makles,a member of the class of 2016 from Newington, has been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Loyola University Maryland.
Danielle Kling-Joseph of Newington was a cast member in Miss Porter’s School’s winter musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” held Feb. 20 and 21 in the school’s Hacker Theater. Spelling Bee is a comedy about six young spelling contestants as they vie for the spelling championship and learn along the way that winning isn’t everything.
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Rotarians told of a ‘perfect storm’ of financial difficulties By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
Newington residents are in financial need now more than ever, according to the town’s Department of Human Services. Director Karen Futoma addressed the Newington Rotary Club at its meeting Wednesday to share their plight, which has increased substantially in the new year. “It’s the perfect storm,” she explained of the debilitating impact a number of combined factors have had, including the bitter cold and Congress’ failure to continue long-term unemployment benefits, a decision made in December. “We are seeing folks coming into the office that we’ve never seen before or haven’t seen since the stock market crashed in 2008,” Futoma continued. “We continue to be creative but you just reach a point where there’s not enough money to go around.” The department saw 70 new referral cases in January alone, and 80 new social work cases. Many of those reaching out for a hand are in their 50s and 60s,
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Karen Futoma, director of Newington Human Services, spoke to Newington Rotarians Wednesday about the department’s dire need for monetary and food donations to help the increasing amount of residents suffering financially right now.
newly unemployed and finding it there’s not a lot out there that’s difficult to make ends meet. going to pay their bills,” Futoma “Food stamps might help; said. Obamacare might help, but The town is also seeing anoth-
cases a year, but now it’s happening “all the time.” In addition, the $10,000 allocated to Newington through Operation Fuel, which provides financial assistance to people who can’t afford to heat their homes, was exhausted weeks ago. “The good news is that we’re going to get another allocation for Newington; we’re not sure how much it is, but it will be another resource,” Futoma added. She also encourages those who can afford to do so to donate to the food bank as the weather gets warmer, since most donations come in around the holidays and the shelves get almost bare in the summer months. Human Services not only provides basic need assistance, but also crisis response, casework and counseling, youth programming and community education. Department offices are located in Town Hall, 131 Cedar St. (860) 665-8590.
er phenomenon over the last several years — an increase in Erica Schmitt can be reached at foreclosures. Human services (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or staff used to handle one or two firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Organ competition winners to perform in Wethersfield March 23 On Sunday, March 23, at 4 p.m., the first-place winners of last year’s prestigious Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival will present a rich and varied program, played on the Austin pipe organ, at First Church of Christ in Wethersfield. The experience will be enhanced by closed-circuit projection, allowing all present to view the organists.
Obituary James Sampson
James Sampson of Naugatuck died peacefully Feb. 26, 2014, at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven. He was the husband of Dana Fleischer Sampson; father of Ashley ( M a r k ) Ruotolo Jr., Jessica and Brandon Sampson; stepfather of Krysta Sestilli and Kyle Burns; brother of Kathy (Todd) Whitney, Bob (Melissa) and Chris (Lisa) Sampson; and grandfather of Tyler and Brianna. He is also survived by five nieces. James was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 17, 1962, a son of Robert and Vera Kadish Sampson. He was an HVAC mechanic for Stewart Mechanical in Waterbury. He enjoyed collecting guns, hunting and antiquing. A service to celebrate James’ life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smilow Closer to Free, 20 York St., New Haven, CT or Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank, 75 Spring St., Naugatuck, CT 06770. The Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc., 11 Wooster Place, is in care of his arrangements. Sign James’ guest book online at www. iovanne.com.
The national competition, which was held last September at First Church of Christ with three world-renowned judges — Diane Meredith Belcher, David Hurd and Cherry Rhodes — resulted in the selection of Bryan Dunnewald of Arvada, Colo., first place in the High School Division; and Alcée Chriss
III, first place in the Young Professional Division. Following the concert, attendees will have a chance to meet these two young virtuosi at a reception. A free-will offering will be received, and child care will be available for those up to the age of 8. The historic Meetinghouse of
First Church of Christ, 250 Main St. in Wethersfield, is located just off Route 91 at Exit 26. The church’s concerts are open to the public, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Ministry of Music and the Arts Bryan Dunnewald, left, and Alcée at (860) 529-1575, ext. 209. Chriss III
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WETHERSFIELD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS semester.
Stonehill College, Easton, Mass., recently named the following local residents to its Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. Wethersfield resident Nicole E. Dikegoros, a member of the Class of 2014; Wethersfield resident Michelle A. Montinieri, a member of the Class of 2014; Wethersfield resident Kathryn O. Ragonese, a member of the Class of 2014.
The following area residents have been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Champlain College, a private baccalaureate institution, located in Burlington, Vt. The honored students are: Christian Wright of Wethersfield and Emily Warweg of Wethersfield.
The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass. Lauren Tyler of Wethersfield, class of 2014, and Joshua DellaFera of Wethersfield, class of 2016.
Georgia Wright, a Freshman Open Option-Business major and a resident of Wethersfield, has been named to the Dean’s List at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J., for the fall 2013
Olivia Hurley of Wethersfield has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt., for the fall 2013 semester. Hurley is an Undeclared major in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., has named the following local residents to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2013 term. Kristen Linnartz of Wethersfield. Linnartz is studying Communications/Sports Journalism; Brandon Batory of Wethersfield. Batory is studying Health Science/ Pre-Physician Assistant; Jaclyn Pinney of Wethersfield. Pinney is studying Human Services; Lauren Coletta of Wethersfield. Coletta is studying Human Services; Amanda Pace of Wethersfield. Pace is study-
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Erica Oates from Wethersfield was named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Wake Forest University.
The following local residents were named to second honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2013 semester. Kathleen G. Meditz of Wethersfield, Justin R. Rydziel of Wethersfield.
Edward Rowley of Wethersfield, whose major is Sociology, has been named to the President’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2013 semester.
The following local students have been named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester: Daniel Difiore of Wethersfield and Marc Howes of Wethersfield.
Shane Bromberg of Wethersfield is among the 327 students who graduated from SUNY Oneonta following the fall 2013 semester. Shane earned a BS in Adolescence Education: Mathematics.
The following Wethersfield students were named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Haven for the fall 2013 semester. Jacqueline Canfield, Brian Dimauro, Kaitlyn Frakl, Steven Gulioso, Mary Marena, Drew Niedzielski, Brianna Stefano.
Michael Ragazzi of Wethersfield has received Faculty Honors for the fall 2013 semester at Trinity College in Hartford. He is a member of the class of 2016.
Jane Meditz of Wethersfield, a Sacred Music major, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, N.J.
Samantha Kuykendall, a Computer Networking and Internet Security major from Wethersfield, studied abroad at the Champlain College’s Campus in Dublin, Ireland. At Champlain’s state-of-the-art Academic Center in Dublin, Kuykendall and other stu-
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The following students have been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at the University of Rhode Island: Wethersfield: Taylor Cottone, Kristen Ciampi, Pamela Rice and Mitchell Jones.
Fairfield University has announced that the following local residents have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester: Wethersfield: Lindsey Colangelo, Matthew Duggan, Jason Gorski, Emily Peters, and Amanda Piscitello.
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NEWINGTON EVENTS SUPER HOOPLA BASKETBALL: The Newington Youth Adult Council will present the Annual Super Hoopla Basketball event from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7 in the gymnasium, left side of building entrance, Newington High School. Snow date is Saturday, March 8. Cancellation information is available by calling the P& R Program Hotline at (860) 665-8686. There will be pizza, hot dogs, candy and drinks as well as a silent auction so support Newington Human Services Youth Programs. Tickets at the door: Adults, $4; students and seniors, $2 ($1 discount with a nonperishable food donation.) All proceeds go to scholarships for graduating Newington High School students. Event includes free face painting and awards For more information, contact Sandy Pilz at spilz@ npsct.org. OPEN MIC AT NEWINGTON K OF C: The Central CT Acoustic Musicians Society Meetup is sponsoring an Open Mic from 7:30 p.m. until closing Friday, March 14. It will be hosted by The Newington Knights of Columbus, 171 Pascone Place (entrance in rear). Cash sales only accepted at the bar — No Credit Cards Accepted. This will be a monthly event held on the second Friday of the month. For additional information, directions, hall rental and/ or other council activities. Visit the KofC’s website www.kofcnewington.com AFTER THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE PARTY AT NEWINGTON K OF C: After the Hartford St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15 the Newington KofC will be selling
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corned beef sandwiches with coleslaw, chips and pickle for $8. There will be an Irish DJ playing Irish music from 2 to 6 p.m. The public is welcome to join in the festivities. For additional information, directions, hall rental and/or other council activities. Visit the KofC’s website www. kofcnewington.com
HEALTH FOCUS GROUPS: The Central Connecticut Health District is seeking residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield to participate in focus groups about health. You will receive a $50 gift card to participate in a 90-minute discussion. Session is limited to 10 people. Must be 18 or older. Focus group schedule is as follows: Monday, March 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Berlin Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin; Monday, March 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wethersfield Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield; Tuesday, March 18, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. Registration required. Call the health district’s research partner,
Holleran Consulting at 1-800-218-6468. These focus groups are part of a community health assessment led by the Central Connecticut Health District, your local health department. 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. 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 ctracey@ npsct.org. ADDED PERFORMANCE OF “DISNEY’S
ALADDIN KIDS”: Get out your magic carpet and get ready for an enchanting theatrical ride! Due to the overwhelming response, the Newington Children’s Theatre Co. has added a performance of their upcoming musical, “Disney’s Aladdin Kids,” Saturday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. Please note that all other performances, except Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m., are sold out. “Disney’s Aladdin Kids” is a stage adaptation of the Disney film specifically written for younger performers featuring hit songs including “Friends Like Me,” “Prince Ali,” and “A Whole New World.” Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar, Iago, and the Genie battle for power and possession of the lamp. Tickets are $12 ($15 at the door) for adults and $10 ($12 at the door) for seniors, students and children. Performance will be held at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 N. Mountain Road in Newington. Call (860) 666-NCTC for tickets. www.NCTCArts.org. 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 email@example.com. CEDAR MOUNTAIN COMMONS ANNOUNCES TOUR: A tour of Cedar Mountain
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ADDED PERFORMANCE OF DISNEY’S ALADDIN KIDS: Get out your magic carpet and get ready for an enchanting theatrical ride! Due to the overwhelming response, the Newington Children’s Theatre Company has added a performance of their upcoming musical, Disney’s Aladdin Kids, Saturday, March 15th, at 10:30am. Please note that all other performances, except Saturday, March 15 at 7:00pm, are sold out. 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. Tickets are $12 ($15 at the door) for adults and $10 ($12 at the door) for seniors, students and children. Performance will be held at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. Call 860.666.NCTC for tickets. www.NCTCArts.
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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 13-19. 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.
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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 networking and volunteering ideas. She will also discuss the pros and cons of being a consultant or starting your own business. Registration is required.
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.
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
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.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration is necessary.
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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 www.newingtonct. gov/library. 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. 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 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. 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) 665-8590 for more information.
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tificate. But part way through her studies, Provini jumped at the chance to start her own business and she has never looked back. “I was fortunate enough to have met so many people in the industry that when I came back here to visit some of the businesses I worked with asked me to handle their social media,” she remembers. “I managed their Facebooks and Instagrams, organized photo shoots, booked models and makeup artists, handled product placement … then they started referring me
to other businesses and it grew from there.” A lot of her business comes from word-of-mouth, but for Provini the real profit is watching her clients succeed. “I’m really blessed to continue growing and making an impact,” she explains. “A large part of our business is finding aspiring talent — musicians, models … we’re branching out to Massachusetts and New York clients too now, which is awesome.” And she’s officially in the running for Miss Connecticut. “I thought it would be a
great platform to share my story and inspire other people,” Provini says. If there’s one message she’d like to get across to young women working toward their own dreams, it’s this: “Don’t think of yourself as an employee, think of yourself as an owner. Never let anything stop you. There’s no end to what you’re able to do.” To learn more, visit Facebook. com/ProviniMarketing. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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Wethersfield High School wins AbilityOne Design Challenge individuals who have intellectual disabilities and acquired brain VIENNA, Va. — Wethersfield injuries and are employed at CW High School won the national Resources of New Britain. The AbilityOne Design Challenge nonprofit employs and provides for the second straight year, win- services to people with disabilning Best Overall Design for its ities. device, The Path. “We are proud of the team,” This assistive technology was said Wethersfield co-advisor created to allow employees with Sue Fennelly. “This is the best limited dexterof the STEM ity or no use of [Science, their hands to Te c h n o l o g y, package metal Engineering chains used and Math] for military ID challengtags in small es because it envelopes. couples the The annuinnovation and al Ability people with One Design disabilities.” Challenge “The motic o m p e t i t i o n JOSEPH KESS vation of the encourages stuteam was Wethersfield H.S. co-advisor dents to develop impressive. technologies They spent that empower people with dis- hours of after-school time, even abilities to break through barriers vacations, to achieve this,” said to employment. Joseph Kess, Wethersfield’s other The competitive process co-advisor. requires students to build a func“We are very proud of the tioning prototype of an assistive inventiveness and originalitechnology device. ty of all of our finalists,” said SourceAmerica sponsors the SourceAmerica President and competition. The national non- CEO Bob Chamberlin. “Their profit provides employment creative thinking and talents, as opportunities for nearly 125,000 well as the remarkable efforts of people with significant disabil- all the entrants, led to real-world ities. Wethersfield High School contributions that empower students worked directly with individuals with disabilities in
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ROCKY HILL EVENTS HEALTH FOCUS GROUPS: The Central Connecticut Health District is seeking residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield to participate in focus groups about health. You will receive a $50 gift card to participate in a 90-minute discussion. Session is limited to 10 people. Must be 18 or older. Focus group schedule is as follows: Monday, March 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Berlin Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin; Monday, March 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wethersfield Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield; Tuesday, March 18, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. Registration required. Call the health district’s research partner, Holleran Consulting at
1-800-218-6468. These focus groups are part of a community health assessment led by the Central Connecticut Health District, your local health department. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@benchmarkquality. com. 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) 665-8778; Rocky Hill: Contact
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WETHERSFIELD EVENTS 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 14, 21, 28 at 7 p.m.
HEALTH FOCUS GROUPS: The Central Connecticut Health District is seeking residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield to participate in focus groups about health. You will receive a $50 gift card to participate in a 90-minute discussion. Session is limited to 10 people. Must be 18 or older. Focus group schedule is as follows: Monday, March 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Berlin Peck Memorial Library, 234 Kensington Road, Berlin; Monday, March 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wethersfield Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield; Tuesday, March 18, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Lucy Robbins Welles Library,
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95 Cedar St. Registration required. Call the health district’s research partner, Holleran Consulting at 1-800-218-6468. These focus groups are part of a community health assessment led by the Central Connecticut Health District, your local health department. “GODSPELL”: The Wethersfield Teen Theater Company has announced its summer production of “Godspell” Auditions will be held Thursday, March 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Callbacks will be held March 23. Auditions and callbacks will take place at William J. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St. If there are any questions, or for additional information and the audition packet, visit our website www. wethersfieldteentheater.com. 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 21, at
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.
WETHERSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SAFE GRADUATION EVENTS: Preparations are underway for the annual Wethersfield High School (WHS) Safe Graduation celebration. This event provides our Wethersfield graduates 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.
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 www.webb-deane-stevens.org or call
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 first-come 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 third prizes 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
WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY EVENTS ADULT PROGRAMS 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) 2572811 or email registrations to library@ wethersfieldlibrary.org. 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. COMPUTER CLASSES: The library is offering two computer classes on Wednesday, March 19. “Introduction to Microsoft Excel” meets at 10:30 a.m. Learn the ba-
sics of a spreadsheet program. You will be taught how to enter data and format cells. The use of templates will be explored. Students will use laptop computers provided by the Library. “Introduction to Microsoft Word” meets at 2:30 p.m. Learn everything you need to create a letter. You will be shown how to format, layout and print your document. Students will use laptop computers provided by the Library. A third class is offered on Wednesday, March 26. “Buying a Digital Camera” will meet at 10:30 a.m. Learn what to look for when shopping for and purchasing a digital camera. This class will be conducted in lecture format. Registration is required. You may register in person at the Wethersfield Library or by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 2572811. You may also email registrations to email@example.com. AUTHOR JACQUELIN GORMAN AT WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY: Award-winning author Jacquelin Gorman will discuss and read from her new book, “The Viewing Room,” at Wethersfield Library on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, “The Viewing Room” is a collection of stories that follow two hospital chaplains at a large Los Angeles hospital. In these stories, the chaplains console the living during the moments when they look upon their beloved for the last time in the viewing room. This moving and unsettling collection of stories shines a piercing light on the dark corners of our modern world, illuminating necessary truths that convey a clearer and, undoubtedly, greater vision of humanity. “The Viewing Room” is based on Jacquelin Gorman’s hospital chaplain experiences. Copies of “The Viewing Room” will be available for purchase and signing by Gorman. She is also the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, “The Seeing Glass.” Registration for this program is suggested. Call (860) 257-2811 to register or for more information.
TEEN AND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 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., www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids. htm 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.
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Amanda Civitello of Wethersfield helps Kingswood Oxford finish first in girls’ 200 medley relay WEST HARTFORD — The girls’ and boys’ teams from Kingswood Oxford each placed second in the New England Prep School Swimming and Diving Championship (Division 2) on March 1, and Matt Luther ’14 of West Hartford was named MVP of the boys’ meet. This is the first time a male swimmer from KO has been named MVP, and the second year in a row that KO has won this honor; Callie Miles ’14 of Hartford was named co-MVP of the girls’ meet in 2013. KO swimmers brought home four gold, five silver and five bronze medals from the New
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England Prep School Swimming Association (NEPSSA) competition, which was held at Westminster School. Luther won two of the four golds, setting school, pool, and Division 2 records in the process: He swam the 100 backstroke in 53.33 and the 100 butterfly in 51.51. Miles also broke a school and Division 2 record with a time of 59.23 in the 100 Backstroke. The other first-place finish came from the girls’ 200 medley relay — Olivia Shea ’16 of West Hartford, Amanda Civitello ’17 of Wethersfield, Sam Pinkes ’14 of West Hartford, and Miles — with a time of 1:55.64.
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From left, Amanda Civitello ’17, of Wethersfield, Callie Miles ’14, Sam Pinkes ’14, and Olivia Shea ’16, celebrate their first-place finish in the Girls’ 200 medley relay.
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From left, Principal Brendan Donohue; Headmaster Brother Brian Davis; Ricky’s father, Tim Verre; Ricky; his mother, Amy Verre; his brother Andrew Verre; head football coach Sean Marinan, and assistant coach Greg Jaskot.
Ricky Verre of Wethersfield commits to Union College
Ricky Verre of Wethersfield will be attending Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., next year. Union is an NCAA Division III - Liberty League college. Ricky was among a group of Xavier High School senior student/athletes in Middletown who recently were recognized for their achievements both in the classroom and in athletic competitions and have committed to continue at the college level. Ricky is 6 feet, 180 pounds and was a three-year starter on the football team as a kicker/punter. Over that time, Ricky successfully converted 115 points after touchdowns and kicked a 45-yard field goal vs. Shelton in
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be located on Willard Avenue. The committee’s goal is for the combined budget for both projects not to exceed $20 million. “I think with a little bit of work we can bring it down to pretty close to budget,” said Castelle, adding that the town paid off a lot of debt in the last two years, increasing its borrowing capacity substantially. Architects and engineers from Kaestle Boos Associates and Downes Construction Co. are looking for less expensive alternatives to renovating and reconfiguring town offices. Town enployees are looking into sharing conference rooms and prioritizing the need for excess electrical devices and structural elements. A design plan presented last month called for a single entrance to Town Hall off of Garfield Street and an atrium-style courtyard with open access to all offices.
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New ideas being considered call for retaining the existing entrance but still converting the building’s interior courtyard into an atrium so the public can access all departments through a single area. The committee may also decide construction work will be done in phases over the course of several years. One thing is for sure — a referendum for the public to consider any finalized proposal won’t happen this spring, as expected. And maybe not even by the fall. “I would love to have this referendum out to the public in the fall but I don’t think its likely; we have too much work to do,” Castelle explained. “We want to do this right, for the right cost and in a way that the public will support.”
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