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Berlin resident Vicky Johnson with her 10-month-old daughter Vanessa, take part in the Newington Library’s “Babies, Books, Bounce and Bubbles” program. See story and photos on Page 4.

After much deliberation,the Democrat majority on Town Council approved a $103.4 million budget for 2012-13 Tuesday night. Republican councilors — in the minority — rejected the budget in a party-line vote. They cited disagreements over a half-a-million dollar reduction in funds Town Manager John Salomone allocated from the town’s Reserve Fund to further diminish taxes. “I wanted to give taxpayers more of a break,� said Councilor Jay Bottalico. Minority leader Beth DelBuono said that her choice to oppose the budget was not a political one.

“I want to be clear it’s not about party lines,� she emphasized, adding that her disagreement was with a total of $1.4 million in funding, including the reserve fund allocation. But Democrats said this move would tear a hole into future budgets and cause significant tax increases later on. They were happy to support a budget that See COUNCIL, Page 6

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Council approves $100K in tax relief for veterans, elderly

Newington veterans won’t see tax relief until July 2013 By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Before Town Council finalized the 2012-13 budget Tuesday night, they deliberated how much tax relief Newington veteran and elderly residents will receive, deciding upon a split 50-50 exemption. “I urge all of you to dig down deep and think of all the sacrifices I and other veterans have made for you,” said one resident, who promptly left the meeting room after the council took their first controversial vote. They considered two separate resolutions that would affect the 2,100 Newington veterans who served during the state-mandated wartime that qualifies them for tax exemptions. The first — defeated in a 5-4 vote — would have expanded the qualifying income limit for further relief from $39,500 to $50,000 and FREE EXAMS

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the number of low-income vets who get this extra help from 187 to about 400.However,this would have used the $100,000 Town Manager John Salomone designated for both groups’ tax relief in his proposed budget for the veterans exclusively, a move that the majority of the council wasn’t willing to make. Therefore, after rejecting this proposal, the council unanimously passed the other, allotting $50,000 to the veterans’ account. This increases the tax savings for low-income veterans to $324 a year on average, while the other veterans will see a $96 reduction. They also allotted $50,000 to the elderly tax relief program in a 5-4 vote, providing seniors an average of $100 more of a reduction, “but weighted so the lower-income bracket got a bigger piece of that pie,” explained Town Assessor Steve Juda, who added that the average

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homeowner in town pays $4,000 in taxes a year. While elderly residents would see this relief on their tax bills this summer, the veterans in town won’t see any more of an additional reduction until July 2013. “I just can’t see telling the elderly now,you get nothing,”said Councilor Myra Cohen, before the three votes were made. Councilor Maureen Klett, the only Democrat who favored using the $100,000 for the veterans, had a different stance. “I don’t think we do as good of a job for our veterans as we do the elderly,” she said. “You can’t put a price on the sacrifice of giving up your life for this country.” Minority Leader Beth DelBuono agreed, adding, “There are many young veterans who came home that are having a difficult time supporting their families; they deserve consideration as well.” Mayor Steve Woods pointed out it was the first time in 25 years that the Council has made any change to either group’s exemption and Newington is still behind surrounding towns as far as the amount provided. “It’s my goal to give more money to both of these areas,” he said. The council agreed on one thing, however, to consider more of a tax break during the next budget season, when the economy may have improved some.

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The fire department still has not STAFF WRITER determined the cause, due to the severity of the damage, lack of physiIn their home on 290 Vineyard cal evidence and no witnesses to offer Ave., Newington, Melissa Pelletier, any clues. 41, and her 19-year-old daughter “We may never know,” said Nicole perished in a mysterious fire Schroeder, adding that it’s not late last week. uncommon that a fire’s cause remains A total of 40 undetermined, espeNewington firefightcially when there is ers from Companies nobody to recount 1, 2 and 4 responded what might have shortly after the fire happened and the was reported at 1:46 room of origin can’t a.m. Thursday mornbe reconstructed as ing, but were unable confirmation. to revive the Pelletiers, “There were all who died of smoke questions, but no inhalation. answers,”he added. The home conWhile neighbors tained no smoke remember Melissa and detectors, a cirNicole Pelletier as a cumstance that KAREN HELENE mother-and-daughter Fire Marshal Chris Benhaven School Director pair who mainly kept Schroeder said was to themselves, those likely to have been the reason they who knew them personally spent the did not escape in time. last week reminiscing on the loving “If they had been alerted early on relationship they shared. they probably would have been able For the last three years, Nicole, to get out,”he said while investigating 19, attended Benhaven School in the scene that afternoon. Wallingford, which serves children By ERICA SCHMITT

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and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. “We miss her terribly,” School Director Karen Helene said this Wednesday, six days after the school community learned of their student and friend’s death. They described her as having a great sense of fashion, always dolled up in jewelry and other accessories – with an infectious smile and laugh to match. “She was a very eager learner who formed great relationships with the teachers and other staff here,” said Helene, adding, “She had a good sense of humor and could make

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Lucy Robbins Welles celebrates National Library Week By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

While much of what is fun, educational and intellectual in life will cost you, the library is a free resource that provides all of these things and more for adults and families. TheLucyRobbinsWellesLibrary celebrated its important place in the community during National Library Week, which continues through this Sunday, culminating with a musical performance by the sophisticated and eclectic Eight to the Bar in Town Hall. Throughout the week, the library featured a variety of programming for adults and children, beginning Monday morning with two sessions of their new “Babies, Books, Bounce and Bubbles.” The library’s youngest fans — from newborns to 1-year-olds as well as the 9- to 24-month-old group, enjoyed singing, rhyming, storytime, clapping, playing with rattles and wooden spoons, catching bubbles and making friends. “It’s a gentle introduction to integrate them into the library,”

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Kids and parents take part in singing, dancing, storytelling and more during the the “Babies, Books, Bounce and Bubbles” event Monday at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. The event was part of a week of activities in celebration of National Library Week.

explained Pat Pierce, director of children’s services. About 15 parents and their children joined in the fun. “I like that she gets to be around other kids,” said Berlin resident Vicky Johnson, as her 7-month-old daughter Vanessa giggled at the singing and dancing around her. “I come mainly for the socialization,” added Johnson. Later in the week, older children celebrated the library by learning all about books, also the new Teen Advisory Board met for the first

time. “Reading opens up your world in ways that you don’t really understand until you’re older,” said Pierce, adding, “I truly believe the library is the heart of every community.” Adults were also reminded why the library is still valuable. “We offer a lot of different services people may not be aware of,” said Lisa Masten, assistant library director. “We offer museum passes, a lot of free online databases and you can download e-books here.” Visitors can even check out

e-readers called NOOKS, which have already been loaded with more than 30 books, including many new bestsellers. Instead of hitting the video store, check out a DVD or video game at the library for free. Adults learned the ins-and-outs of networking and job-hunting skills later in the week at one of their monthly workshops for jobseekers.Those navigating the world of computers for the first time had the chance to learn about email and the Internet Thursday. This Saturday, parents of children with special needs are invited to a playgroup Saturday at 10:30 a.m., to talk, offer each other support and give their kids time to play together. Visitors can still stop by until

Sunday and fill out a form describing what you like best about the library to be entered in a drawing for a Barnes & Noble NOOK. Also this Sunday, “Swing into Spring” with Eight to the Bar, a six-member ensemble known for their distinct music - a blend of swing, R&B, soul and Motown. They will perform at Town Hall in the Council Chambers at 2 p.m. Admission is free. National Library Week was brought to the community by The Friends of the Library, Liberty Bank and UNICO. The Lucy Robbins Welles Library is located next to the Town Hall, at 95 Cedar St. (860) 6658700. For more information about their services and programs, visit Newingtonct.gov/library.

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After more than a year-and-a-half of construction, the elderly housing behind the Newington Senior Center is finally completed, with a grand opening this morning. “We’re on top of the world, it’s been a long time coming,� said Linda Kirk, a certified occupancy specialist with Elderly Housing Management, the company managing the MeadowView Elderly Housing property. There are 32 one-bedroom units in the state-of-the-art facility, 25 of which had already been filled as of Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development funded the $6.8 million project through their National Housing Trust Fund Program, so residents must be over the age of 62 and have low income to qualify. For a single person, the income limit was set at $30,700 and married couples must have a combined income of $35,100 to be eligible for residency. Individual rent prices are

adjusted accordingly, but do not exceed 30 percent of their household adjusted income, so residents are insured a place to live even as life circumstances may change. “More interviews are ongoing, but we expect to be filled by the middle of May,� said Elderly Housing Management Director Tammy Lautz. Four of the units are handicapped accessible, while the other 28 can be made adaptable for disabled individuals upon request. Each has one bedroom and bathroom, a full kitchen, living room and dining room area, and even a breakfast bar. As you walk through the twostory entrance of the facility, there is an open seating area for visiting. Down the hall is a community room, as well as a media room with a computer lab, a big-screen television and a Nintendo Wii gaming system. “We hope to reach out to resources within the community to have some computer classes for residents, although some can probably teach us a few things,� laughed Lautz.

The complex is a block away from Newington Center, making shopping, dining, health and business needs a short walk or drive away. At the same time, residents have a scenic wooded view from anywhere in the community. Tody’s grand opening ceremony will unveil the new housing, located at 50 Mill Street Extension, behind the Newington Senior Center. HUD representatives, town officials and State Senators Rick Lopez and Paul Doyle will all be present. For more information on Erica Schmitt | Staff MeadowView, call (860) 655-0055. The MeadowView elderly housing complex, which has been under construction for over a year-and-a-half, is now open for low-icome singles and couples.

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met the goal of a zero percent tax increase, for the 80 percent of homeowners whose properties did not increase in value during the recent revaluation — while still maintaining all the services valued by residents. “There were many obstacles facing us this year,” said Councilor Scott McBride, of the budget process. While for the majority of residents taxes will see a reduction or stay the same, they will increase for the remaining 20 percent. “I think this is the smallest impact our taxpayers have seen in a long time,” said Mayor Steve Woods, adding that if it wasn’t for cooperation from the Board of Education, who agreed to a $437,000 cut from their proposed budget, the goal wouldn’t have been met. School funding comprises $63.3 million of the approved budget, town government has a $30.4 million share and the remaining balance will fund the town’s debt service, capital improvements, and the Metropolitan District. Only a few residents chose to speak at last

week’s public hearing on the budget and a couple more had their say before the Town Council voted Tuesday night. “If you really were sincere in a no-tax increase, you wouldn’t have touched the reserve fund,” said resident Gary Boles, adding, “Once again, like the spoiled child, the Board of Ed gets all the money.” On the other hand, Newington High School’s boys tennis coach Don Lukowski offered the council a sincere thank-you for providing funding to construct nine new tennis courts at the high school. The existing courts, used by over 70 tennis players from the high school’s boys and girls teams as well as residents, are in “deplorable shape” and have become dangerous to use, said Lukowski, who invited the council to celebrate with the teams at a pizza dinner later this spring. “We always felt like sooner or later it would happen and now it’s happened,” he added. After budget approval, the tax rate was set at 32.64 mils, with budget spending at a record low .82 percent increase.

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For the first time in my life,I planted peas on St.Patrick’s Day! Not all of them, mind you.There’s still time for the temperatures to plummet — this being March in New England after all. But enough to take advantage of this 70 degrees F. plus weather. I am hoping it will rain soon so I don’t have to water them. That would be a new experience for me too — watering outdoor plants in March! There is some debate as to whether peas originated in China or Egypt. Allegedly around 3000 BC, a Chinese emperor named Shu Nung would roam the countryside looking for plants which could potentially be a source of food or medicine. First he would feed them to a dog, then a servant and if they lived, he would try them. The charred remains of peas were also found in Egyptian tombs

dating back to the 12th dynasty (1290 BC). For centuries, peas were not as popular as other legumes.Mostly they were dried and used during Lent and times of famine. Our English ancestors brought them over to America and peas were among the first crops planted. The dried peas would keep well while crossing the ocean and were very nutritious. In the late 17th century, Europeans began eating peas fresh.They quickly became a delicacy and breeding commenced giving us modern Americans a wealth of different peas to choose from. Peas are cool weather plants and usually planted around here in early April or as soon as the ground can be worked. For a good crop they need a well-drained, sunny site and a soil pH close to 6.5. Seeds are sown one inch deep and two inches apart. Peas do poorly on dry sites so be ready to water if Mother Nature doesn’t sup-

ply us with April showers. The three types of peas most commonly grown are English shelling peas, sugar snap peas, and sugar snow peas.All three types have taller varieties that need to grow up something, like a trellis or a fence, and shorter, bush varieties. Generally, bush varieties that reach 18 to 30 inches are sown in 12 inch rows so they can lean on each other. Another alternative with them would be to use some twiggy stems stuck in the ground as pea brush. The taller ones can grow on one or perhaps both sides of a trellis or fence with the seeds placed about six inches from their support. Because I have a fence around one of the vegetable plots, I tend to grow the taller varieties. My favorite English shelling pea is an heirloom called “Tall Telephone” which is also known as “Alderman.” It reaches about five feet in height and although it matures a bit late (68 days), it can handle the heat fairly well so one can still get a decent harvest even if planted a little late. “Mr. Big” is another choice tall variety. It was the 2000 All America Selections winner, is easy to shell, productive and disease resistant.

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EVENTS CALENDAR GRADUATION CELEBRATION EVENTS: Can and Bottle Drive — Drop off date at NHS (student parking lot) is June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or you can drop off in front of garage at 35 Willow Lane, Newington, any time. Contact Mike and Maize Zame at (860) 665-0888 for more information. Clothing Drive, 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) 6901902. Feel free to forward this email to your email group. 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, 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. 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. EIGHT TO THE BAR PERFORMS: The George G. Hanel Fine Arts Series continues Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. with a performance by Eight to the Bar. The six-member ensemble draws its musical influences from American roots music— swing, boogie woogie, rhythm & blues, soul and Motown. Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals. The concert will be held in Town Hall Council Chambers. Admission is free. Refreshments may be purchased. Thanks to a bequest by the late Mr. Hanel, this series celebrates the arts in all its many forms. HEALTH DISTRICT REMINDS SENIORS OF FOOT CARE CLINICS: The Central Connecticut Health District would like to remind seniors of foot care clinics, provided by Pedi-Care, LLC. These clinics are designed for non-diabetic seniors who reside in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield A specifically trained Registered Nurse provides the following: • General Assessment of the Feet and Lower Extremities; • Trimming, Filing and Cleaning of Nails; • Reduction of Thickened Toenails; • Smoothing of Corns and Calluses. The clinics are held at two locations: the Wethersfield Community Center, Room F-1,

30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield and the Rocky Hill Community Center, Room 3, 55 Church St., Rocky Hill. The upcoming clinic dates are as follows: Tuesday, April 24; Monday, April 30; Friday, May 4; Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 31 at the Wethersfield Community Center, as well as Wednesday, May 9, at the Rocky Hill Community Center. Residents age 65 and older may schedule an appointment. A fee of $28 is due at the clinic. Home visits are also available for a fee of $45. People with diabetes cannot be served at these clinics, and should arrange to see a podiatrist for their foot concerns. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment in either Rocky Hill or Wethersfield, call the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2822. GARDEN SEMINAR: A Garden Seminar will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15 on Critter Control presented by Master Gardener Sarah Bailey at Stonehedge Garden Center, 1616 Willard Ave. Call the garden center (860) 667-1158 to reserve your free spot today or stop by the store.

Throughout the four sessions, participants will learn basic musical theatre techniques while preparing to become part of the fairy chorus in the upcoming musical, “A Kidsummer Night’s Dream,” performing May 4 through 6. Class sessions are held Saturday, April 14, from 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants are also required to join the rest of the cast the final week of rehearsals, Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $100. Registration is required. Registration form available online at www.NCTCArts.org or by calling the theatre at (860) 666-NCTC. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre provides year-round quality entertainment and hands-on educational programs in the performing arts to children and young adults from preschool through college. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre is the home of the Newington Children’s Theatre Company, Connecticut’s longest operating children’s theatre and Newington Mainstage, a new acting company for adults. www.nctcarts.org

CALLING ALL 5-7 YEAR OLDS! ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR NCTC’S MUSICAL THEATRE FAIRY CLASS!: The Newington Children’s Theatre Company has opened enrollment for its 5-7 year old fairy “In Performance” class.

ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB COMMUNION BRUNCH: St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its annual Communion Brunch Sunday, April 15, at approximately 11:15 a.m. (after the 10 a.m. Mass). Guest speaker will be the author Katherine

(Kate) Valentine. For further information regarding this event (cost and location) and for reservations, contact Madeline by Wednesday, April 11 at (860) 666-9329. All parishioners are welcome; members of the Women’s Club are asked to attend the 10 a.m. Mass and to sit together as a group. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE SPRING ART SHOW: The Newington Art League hold its members Spring Art Show from April 18 until May 18 in the first floor lobby of the Newington Town Hall. The show will be judged by artist Doe Bartlett. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, Bartlett is an award-winning artist and art instuctor in Meriden. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, First, Second and Third place winners. There will also be Honarary Mentions and a “Peoples Choice” award. Many thanks to the local businesses for there contribution of prizes. The exhibit is in support of the annual Townwide Art Show, showcasing the art work of Newington’s students and taking place simultaneously at the Town Hall. The Newington Art League is also sponsoring an art scholarship for an NHS senior this year. The show’s Opening Reception will be Wednesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. For further information contact Kim Skewes at (860) 594 8539.

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GRACE CHURCH ANNUAL ECOFAIR: Join us at Grace Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., Wednesday April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Annual Eco-Fair. Registration at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Carol Quish, horticulturist from UConn will give a talk entitled “Compost Happens.” At 7:30 p.m. Beverly O’Keefe, the celebrated Rhode Island Water Lady will discuss water conservation and the benefits of rain barrels. Throughout the evening Roy Zartarian of the Connecticut Butterfly Association will offer a slide show of Connecticut butterflies and birds and John Vallera will display his photos of beautiful Cedar Mountain. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Newington Food Pantry. Questions? Call Mitch Page at (860) 667-1835. SPRING WINE TASTING: Holy Cross Church, 31 Biruta St., New Britain, invites the public to its “Spring Wine Tasting” from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Cost per person is $20 for tickets purchased ahead of time or $25 per person for tickets purchased at the door.You must be 21 years of age or older for admission. The ticket price includes a selection of fancy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and homemade desserts. To purchase tickets, contact Olivia at (860) 678-0597, the church office at (860) 229-2011, or stop by these Broad Street businesses: Teresa’s Herbs and Flowers, Discount Package Store, Royal Oak Package Store, Pulaski Delicatessen, Max

Mart, Quo Vadis, Polmart or the dental office of Dr. Barbara Malz. Proceeds will be used for the church restoration project. FREE HOT BREAKFAST: Grace Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., will offer a free hot breakfast to the community from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 21. Join us downstairs in the parish hall. We are here every third Saturday serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, cereal, milk, juice, coffee and tea. Bring your family. No need to sign up. Any questions call Mitch Page at (860) 667-1835. VICTORIAN TEA: A Victorian Tea will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at the Kellogg-Eddy House, 679 Willard Ave. Admission: Current Newington Historical members: $5; non-members, $10; seniors, $8. There are three seating times: noon to 1 p.m.; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Free parking. (860) 666-7118, email: NGTNHeritage@aol.com; PRESENTATION ON MEMORY ENHANCING: GFWC Newington/ Wethersfield Woman’s Club will host a presentation on Memory Enhancing, presented by Jo Anne Harrison-Becker. A consultant and national speaker, Harrison-Becker has her Master’s in gerontology and community psychology. Learn how our brain is capable of regrowth, and of learning and retaining new facts and skills throughout our lives. She will also speak about normal

brain aging, long and short term memory, memory problems, brain drains, recall, and will have some brain exercises to teach us. All women of the community are welcome to join us Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center, 120 Cedar St. There is no charge for this presentation. Questions? Email us at gfwcngtnwethwomansclub@hotmail.com. SPRING RUMMAGE SALE: Temple Sinai of Newington’s Sisterhood will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale Saturday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m. and Monday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is 50 cents on Sunday. Monday is “Bag Day,” when one can pay a low price for each full bag. Temple Sinai is located at 41 West Hartford Road. For more information or directions, contact the Temple Sinai office at (860) 561-1055. SUMMER REFLECTIONS: John Bower will exhibit his colorful, stylized paintings of clamshacks, boats, motorcycles and portraits during April and May in the Newington Senior & Disabled Center’s cafeteria, 120 Cedar St. Larry Gebeloff’s eye-popping photos of vintage cars will remain on exhibit in the south foyer through April. PRESCRIPTION DRUG COUNSELING SERVICE OFFERED: The Central Connecticut Health District and the Wethersfield Senior Center sponsor a prescription drug counseling program for residents of the Health District.

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represented and will include drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, cooper enameling and mixed media. In order to accommodate the large number of students, parents, and family members wishing to view this beautiful collection, two separate opening receptions will be held. The Opening Reception date for students and their families attending Newington High School, John Wallace Middle School, Ruth L. Chaffee School and John Paterson School will take place Wednesday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Opening Reception date for students and their families attending Martin Kellogg Middle School, Anna Reynolds School and Elizabeth Green School will take place Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. All members of the community are invited to view the creative work of Newington’s talented students. BOOK DISCUSSION AT TEMPLE SINAI: Following the Shabbat Service at 6 p.m., Friday, June 8, Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett will host a pizza supper and lead a discussion of the book “By Fire By Water” by Mitchell James, for information (860) 561-1055. BOOK DISCUSSION AT TEMPLE SINAI: Following the Shabbat Service at 6 p.m., Friday, June 8, Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett will host a pizza supper and lead a discussion of the book “By Fire By Water” by Mitchell James, for information (860) 561-1055.

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Turkey Breast ........................................ 5.00 Bologna .................................................... 5.00 Capicolla .................................................. 5.99 Salami (Genoa or Cooked) ................................. 5.00 Pepperoni................................................ 5.00 Ham.......................................................... 5.00 Baked Ham (Virginia) ........................................... 5.99 Honey Ham............................................. 5.99 Imported Ham........................................ 5.99 Chicken Salad (all white meat) ........................ 5.99 Seafood Salad (crab w/ shrimp) ....................... 5.99 Mortadella (Italian bologna) ............................. 5.00 Roast Beef............................................... 5.99 Sopressata............................................... 6.99 Prosciutto ............................................... 6.99 Tuna ......................................................... 5.99 Ham Salad ............................................... 5.99 Veggie ...................................................... 5.00

4.00 4.00 4.99 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.99 4.00 4.99 5.99 5.99 4.99 4.99 4.00

Boar’s Head ............................................ 6.99

5.99

COMBO Italian (ham, salami, pepperoni) ............................ 6.99 American (turkey, ham, bologna) ........................ 6.99 ALL INCLUDE: mayo, lettuce, tomato & cheese

5.99 5.99

(includes: roasted peppers, pickles, onions, olives)

*Wide Variety of Meats Available to Choose From*

Upon Request: oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, onions, pickles, olives, roasted peppers, hot banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, fresh peppers, oregano, hot sauce, honey mustard, ranch, spicy mustard, yellow mustard, ketchup, horseradish.

SOUP OF THE DAY AVAILABLE

*DELI CLOSES 1/2 HOUR BEFORE STORE CLOSING*

Voted “Best Deli Grinders in New Britain” - by New Britain Herald Readers

We accept Food Stamp Benefits


Newington Town Crier 04-13-2012