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Residents briefed on invasive plants By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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Newington’s Aaron Bulduc runs during the Irv Black Invitational at Willow Brook Park. A number of Newington athletes had strong performances at the event. See story and photo on Page 11.

Newington residents were asked for their help Tuesday night in tackling a “growing” issue that is threatening the native habitat of wildlife in town. “Invasive Plants 101” was hosted by Donna Ellis, Senior Extension Educator at the University of Connecticut and one of the founders of its Connecticut Invasive Plants Working Group. More than 40 people attended Tuesday’s seminar, to learn more about why the sweet-smelling honeysuckle in their backyard needs to be uprooted and disposed of safely. “Just remember, almost every one of these was introduced into a community because somebody thought it looked good or would serve a purpose,” Conservation Commission Chair Phillip Block told the

room before Ellis’s presentation. “They have been successful in pushing the native species out of their habitat,” he added of the invasives. The purpose of the meeting was to excite some interest in the problem among citizens, because the town and the state have no plans to get involved. “We don’t have the resources to pay companies and town staff to do the work, so we’re relying on volunteers,” Ellis explained, before elaborating on how See RESIDENTS, Page 16

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Sunday morning, town and state officials gathered for the 21st grand opening of the Kiwanis ClubÂ’s Big K Flea Market/Craft Fair. Hundreds of shoppers came out for the opening. The Big K Flea Market has enabled Kiwanis to give away hundreds of thousands of dollars mostly to Newington projects like the Memorial Day Parade, Newington Community TV, the Newington Student Assistance Fund and many others. The Big K Flea Market will be open every Sunday through June. Admission is $1 for shoppers and $15 for vendors.

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I would like to thank state Sen. Paul Doyle for supporting an amendment that would have taken funds from the controversial New Britain — Hartford Busway, to instead be used for sorely needed bridge and road repair. As I understand, the rationale for this position is that there are approximately 1,800 bridges in Connecticut that have been identified as being structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. It really does no good to argue

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According to Newington resident Michael Fox, who chairs the Environmental Quality The war on the town’s recent- Commission and was one of the ly-purchased 22-acre property on volunteers, there was a broken Cedar Mountain, formerly known swing-set, a truck fender, some as “the Marcap piece� isn’t over. old road signs and an assortment Newington residents now have of other items that were probably treasured at some free reign on the point in their picturesque site, existence. grounds for its “I grew up in t r a n s f o r m a t i on Brooklyn,� said into a not-so-pretFox, recalling sumty area. mers spent up in A group of 15 the Catskills and people spent last frowning upon Saturday morngarbage sightings ing resurrecting on those mountain mounds of trash trails. and treasures “The town from the site, bought the properlocated off of ty so our residents Russell Road near at any time could the Connecticut Humane Society. hike the mountain, While the but I don’t want majority of garbage to hike if I have consisted of broto worry about ken beer bottles, MICHAEL FOX stepping on glass (likely accompa- Chairman of the Environmen- or tripping over a nied by their usual tal Quality Commission and swing-set,� he said partner- fast-food volunteer Monday, adding, packaging waste) “It’s unsafe and it — the two pick-up trucks and Jeep looks disgusting.� So that’s why the group spent Cherokee that left the mountain that day, full of trash bags, were more than two hours on what used also transporting some interesting to be called “the ancient highway� on Cedar Mountain and plan on finds. By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

“The town bought the property so our residents at any time could hike the mountain, but I don’t want to hike if I have to worry about stepping on glass or tripping over a swing-set.�

The group of volunteers who spent Saturday morning cleaning up the townÂ’s recently-purchased property on Cedar Mountain, an effort they hope to make monthly.

returning at least once a month to continue their clean-up project. The town’s Highway Department supplied the trash bags and the work gloves. In preparation for next time, Fox says, they’re trying to get the town to remove some concrete barriers in one of the meadows, so

they can set-up barbecue grills and have a little picnic before getting down to business. “We’re going to try and do it once a month because there’s a lot of stuff up there that’s got to get cleaned up,� he said, later adding, “Hopefully, people can learn

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the town’s longest-serving member, also happens to be the last surviving member of the Kiwanis committee To garner excitement for that built the Newington’s Veterans Newington’s upcoming Memorial Monument at Town Hall in 1985. Day Parade, the Kiwanis Club He drew from old memories of hosted a “Pre-Memorial Day those days at Monday’s program, Salute” Monday which his family evening. proudly attended. President Bob This was prior Seilerwas honored to a brief moment to introduce the of silence to honor program’s special those who have guests to the small made sacrifices crowd, including in uniform, initiGrand Marshal of ated by Lt. Col. the 2012 Parade Evon, who is comLt. Col. Francis mander of troops Evon of the in the 102nd National Guard, Connecticut who recently National Guard, returned from which recently LT. COL. FRANCIS EVON Afghanistan. returned from a World War II veteran John Lyth tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has also spoke, along with TV per- been awarded the Bronze Star and sonality Steve Parker, narrator of the Meritorious Service Medal. NCTV’s annual broadcast of the “Memorial Day should not be a Memorial Day Parade and son of solemn day, but instead a celebrathe late Charlie Parker, legendary tion of freedom,” Evon addressed executive of WDRC in the “golden the group, before going on to paint them a picture of what the troops era of Hartford radio.” Lyth, who joined Newington’s accomplished in Afghanistan. His task force helped build American Legion in 1946 and is By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

“There are many men and women who have worked hard on your behalf, they take freedom, justice and liberty very seriously.”

The Newington Kiwanis hosted a “Pre-Memorial Day Salute” Monday, April 30, featuring special guest speakers, from left, WTNH and NCTV’s Steve Parker, World War II veteran John Lyth, Newington Kiwanis President Bob Seiler and keynote speaker Lt. Col. Francis Evon, a Newington resident.

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HARTFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201C; For his commitment to helping young children thrive, state Sen. Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) has been named a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Championâ&#x20AC;? by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sen. Doyle was chosen as a 2012 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Champion for demonstrating a strong level of commitment to early childhood through leadership on policy issues during the 2012 legislative session, and active involvement on local early childhood initiatives,â&#x20AC;? said Maggie Adair, executive director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance. The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide membership and advocacy organization committed to improving developmental outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security for children ages birth to 8. For years, Doyle has served as an advocate for children in the state Senate. During his time as Senate chairman of the Human Services Committee, Doyle helped win passage of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first comprehensive response to the recessionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on children. He has also supported legislation to keep children healthy and expand early childhood development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance plays a critical role in advocating for the rights of children in our state,â&#x20AC;? Doyle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is an honor to be recognized by an organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of children and families.â&#x20AC;? The goal of the Alliance is for all children born in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy,eager to learn and ready for school success.Member organizations provide care and provide education for nearly 20,000. Doyle represents Cromwell, Middletown, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield in the Connecticut State Senate. He serves as co-chair of the General Law Committee and vice chair of the Housing and Judiciary committees and is a member of the Regulations Review Committee.

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Toting signs protesting the “ongoing assault” of workers at nine Connecticut nursing homes, between 75 and 100 social activists, employees, and union delegates marched outside Wethersfield Health Care Center Tuesday afternoon. “We’re here because we’re protesting a contract and we want to see if we can keep the place from closing,” explained Nursing Assistant Pauline Dunchie-Legg, who has worked at the Wethersfield center since 1995. “If we ever go back to their contract, we wouldn’t be able to take care of our families or the residents,” continued Dunchie-Legg, who likened the company’s current proposals with “going into slavery.” The District 1199 Union has been in contract negotiations for more than 15 months with New Jersey-based Healthbridge Management, the company who owns the centers. Healthbridge was recently denied permission to close the center by the Department of

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Indians win a close one over New Britain Newington clinches Class LL tourney spot with victory By EVAN MACY STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; It was a game that could be defined more by missed opportunities than seized ones. But when all was said and done, Newington had taken advantage one more time than New Britain, and won 4-3, clinching a berth into the Class LL state tournament with eight wins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always try to do our best getting runs,â&#x20AC;? Newington starting pitcher Tyler Eastwood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When opportunity arises we go after it. We stay loud and we try and rattle the pitcher, and when that happens were successful.â&#x20AC;? Though it was a total team win, the hero of Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest at Beehive Field was surely the right-handed Eastwood, who helped the Indians strand 11 New Britain batters. There were many times where New Britain could have broken the game open, but Newington

head coach Eric Frank suck with Eastwood, and he was rewarded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was confident Eastwood would finish the game and he did,â&#x20AC;? Frank said. Eastwood struck out six,walked five and relented seven hits in his complete game effort. He and the Indians were also helped by five errors committed by New Britain fielders. The Hurricanes (1-8) had a chance in the last of the seventh, but a single by Jack Fazzina was wasted when his pinch runner Tyler Gamber was caught stealing. Another base hit by Greg Boncek with two outs did not lead to a run either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Were mentally tough and we know how to win games,â&#x20AC;? Frank said of the defending champion Indians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We expect to win games and we had a pitcher on the mound today who stepped up in a big spot. He wanted the game and he finished the game.â&#x20AC;?

With a 3-3 game still waiting for a breakthrough hit on either side, the Indians took advantage of a wild pitch and throwing error by New Britain to put Alex Frutoso on third after he was walked. Freddy Burgos bunted Frutoso home, the centerfielderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second RBI hit, to give Newington (8-2) a 4-3 lead before the Canes turned two to end the frame. It was a rough debut for starter New Britain Roderick Green. Making his first varsity start for the Canes, he failed to retire a batter, walking four in a row before being replaced by Emmons. However, the New Britain defense turned two after Emmons struck out Callahan to minimize the damage, only allowing two runs. Newingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bryant Morander drove in Freddy Burgos on a sac fly to put the Indians up 2-0. The first two hits of the game came in the form of back-to-back singles off the bats of Miguel

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NEW BRITAIN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Day two of the Irv Black Invitational saw several local teams have solid performances in both boys and girls events. New Britain, Newington, and Berlin were all well represented in day two of the Irv Black Invitational. All three schools were able to earn medals in various events by finishing in the top six. The eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s host, New Britain, was limited in its participation, but still won a few medals during the day. The New Britain girls took second place in the 800 meter sprint medley. Alisha Clahar, Deandra Wilis, Shaneequah Singletary, and Remenesha Richardson each competed in the event to help the Hurricanes take second. The boys won a medal of their own in the 4x100 meter relay. Zach Andrews, Basil Niccolls, Juan Usuga, Issaac Smith, and Lamar Bowsky each did their part during the relay netting New Britain a top three spot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meet the standard in some events so we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put

a big field in,â&#x20AC;? event host George Kawecki said of New Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did about what we expected to do today.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the relay races, New Britain had some medal winners in individual events as well. Zach Andrews finished fifth in the 400 meter dash, and Garrett Shaw placed sixth in the triple jump event. The Hurricanes also had some top 10 finishes with Isaaac Smith taking ninth place in the 400 meter hurdles, and Niccolls came in seventh in the 400 meter dash. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A couple of our kids had some personal bests, so from that view weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re positive,â&#x20AC;? Kawecki said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the kids worked hard and did a tremendous job in the weeks leading up to the event, and they may not have competed on the field, but they did the city proud by putting on a good meet.â&#x20AC;? Newington also had a good showing during day twoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events. Kaylie McNally took home two medals on Saturday, by finishing third in the 1600 meter run and coming in sixth in the 800 meter run. Patrick Murphy placed fourth in the boys

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a big play with second and third and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great team win. It gave us our eighth win and got us into the state tournament. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always going to be competitive against New Britain it was a great win.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My defense has always been exceptional,â&#x20AC;? Eastwood agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without them Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m nothing. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we pride ourselves in at Newington, we play good defense.â&#x20AC;? The rest of the CCC, and perhaps state might be trembling after Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win. The defending champions are not only already assured an appearance in the Class LL state tournament just halfway through the regular season, but they are also playing better and better each time they hit the diamond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a strong team,â&#x20AC;? Eastwood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a tight unit and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically brothers and nothing is going to change that, no matter what.â&#x20AC;? Despite six straight wins under their belt, the Indians still have lots of work to do. Particularly with two games apices against three of the top four teams in the CCC West, Conard, Hall and Northwest Catholic, in the coming weeks. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a challenge Frank and Newington are excited to face. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident in our team,â&#x20AC;? Frank said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a bunch of guys who are mentally tough and know how to win baseball games.â&#x20AC;? Evan Macy can be reached at (860) 225-4601 ext. 212 or at emacy@centralctcommunications.com.

javelin throw for the Indians with a 159-07. Newington also had Troy Gagnon take 10th place in the boys 400 meter hurdles, and Christian Beauford came in 12th in the boys triple jump event. Rounding out the top 15 in the girls triple jump, was Camille Lawson. The Berlin Redcoats were not without their own medal winners on the second day of the Irv Black Invitational. Catherine Voelpel finished fourth in the girls 400 meter dash, and Alex Carbonell also placed fourth in the boys 800 meter run. Even though they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win medals,the Redcoats had other solid performances from its athletes. Taylor Lupini finished 10th in the girls high jump and Kate Piotrowicz placed ninth in the girls discus throw event. Each of the three local teams had its moments in the Irv Black Invitational, and will begin gearing up for the remainder of the track season. Berlin will move on to face Platt, Mike Orazzi | Staff while Newington and New Britain NewingtonÂ&#x2019;s Kaylie McNally in the 1600 meter run during the Irv Black Inwill be meet head to head on May vitational at Willow Brook Park Saturday. McNally took home two medals finishing third in the 1600 and coming in sixth in the 800 meter run. first.

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only sprouts kept at refrigerator temperature. Select crisp-looking sprouts with the buds attached: avoid musty-smelling, dark, or slimylooking sprouts. Once home,

Therefore, the FDA still advises people at greater risk for foodborne illness to avoid eating raw sprouts. refrigerate immediately at 40° F or below.Throw out after 48 hours or sooner if there are any signs of decay, spoilage or other evidence that the sprouts are past their prime. When preparing sprouts to eat, be sure to rinse sprouts thoroughly with water before use.

Rinsing can help remove surface dirt. Do not use soap or other detergents. I would like to grow my own… how do I do that? If you want to grow sprouts at home, you need to know that a home-grower runs the same risk as a commercial grower of sprouts. It’s all about the safety of the seed — and how clean and sanitary handling practices are applied during the growing process. There is a great article from the University of California that will provide you with the information you need to reducethe risk that you will get sick from the sprouts you grow. You may download it at: http://anrcatalog. ucdavis.edu/pdf/8151.pdf. The most important step is to first, buy seeds that are certified pathogen free (not simply certified organic). You will have to ask this question as the seeds do not have to be labeled as such. You may think that if seeds are labeled as “organic” that this might mean they are safer than conven-

tionally grown seeds. However, microorganisms do not discriminate between conventional and organically produced seeds. They are equally as likely to be infected. For more information on grow-

ing sprouts at home, contact the University of Connecticut Home and Garden Education Center at ladybug@uconn.edu or 1-877486-6271. The FDA also provides information to consumers and growers of sprouts at: http://www. foodsafety.gov .

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commercially, sprout growing conditions can support the growth of Salmonella or E. coli. The bacteria can be on the surface of the seed/plant, or even be drawn into the plant itself from contaminated irrigation water. And, because we eat them raw, there is no step in the production or preparation process to kill pathogens that may be present. What is being done by industry and regulators to improve sprout safety? It is true that the sprout industry and government regulators heeded the wake-up call when folks began reporting illness after eating sprouts in the mid-late 1990’s. What resulted was the development of guidance and best practices for treating seed and growing sprouts. These include better seed management strategies; seed treatment, testing and certification programs; and improved plant sanitation in seed sprouting facilities, including management of irrigation water. Most recently, the FDA, in cooperation with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH), has created the Sprouts Safety Alliance (SSA) to help sprout producers identify and implement best practices for the safe production of sprouts. The Alliance will develop a core curriculum, training, self-audit, and outreach programs sprout producers and others who need or want information and training. But, this is a work in progress. Therefore, the FDA still advises people at greater risk for foodborne illness to avoid eating raw sprouts.Who is considered to be at risk? Young children (maybe even up to age 12 if E. coli O157:H7 is a concern), pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems due to chronic illness, certain medications, or malnutrition. What if you are a healthy person with none of these health concerns? Well, even the FDA and other health agencies have NOT prohibited the sale of sprouts. If you have a healthy immune system, the risk of getting sick from these foods is much reduced. If you choose to eat raw sprouts, do so knowing the risks and be sure to follow these tips: Be sure to buy

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Student loan crisis hits home at CCSU By ROBERT STORACE STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — As the loan debt facing college students nears $1 trillion nationally, personal stories of that mounting burden were heard Monday afternoon at Central Connecticut State University. Speaker after speaker told of how they or their children are coping with the ever-growing onus of student loans at an event sponsored by U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District. The event, held at Founders Hall, attracted more than 100 people to highlight the threat posed by federal Stafford student-

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U.S. Rep. John Larson, left, and CCSU President Jack Miller at the rally.

loan interest rates doubling by July 1. The loan rate, currently 3.4 percent, could double to 6.8 percent if the U.S. House and Senate can’t reconcile their differences. MatthewWilson,aWethersfield High School student, was one of those who spoke during the onehour program. Wilson described how his brother, who is 10 years older, is still paying off his student loans. Wilson said he is well aware that he could be in college-loan debt for decades to come. Any increase in the rate of a loan would be devastating, he said. “I am fortunate enough that my parents will put their credit rating and financial record on the line to send their children to college by having to co-sign on loans that will literally require us to pay off these loans for the rest of our lives,” Wilson told the gathering. In total, 7 million students nationwide have Stafford loans. At CCSU, which has an enrollment of 11,611 students, more than half, 5,950, have taken out federal Stafford loans. Also speaking Monday was Lauren Mishkin, a Norwich mother who is putting two sons through college. Mishkin, who became emotional during her short presentation, said,“I thought I was prepared for it (financially). I took out of my 401(k) to invest

CCSU President Jack Miller introduces U.S. Rep. Larson.

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Lauren Mishkin, who is putting two sons through college, gets emotional as she addresses the crowd in Founders Hall at CCSU during a student loan rally Monday.

in their college. We skipped vacations and spent more than $1,000 a month on student loans. “College has become impossible for the middle class,” Mishkin said, adding, “When only the rich can follow their dreams, we have

a problem.” Peter DePara, a 19-year-old CCSU sophomore, estimated he has Stafford loans totaling $6,500 a year. “I can’t afford for them to increase the rate,” DePara said. “I

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already commute from Wolcott so I can go here. It’s just too expensive to live on campus.” Larry Hall, director of admissions for CCSU, said Monday that he estimates an increase in the Stafford loan rates would mean an additional cost of about $6,000 per student. “It would be devastating,” Hall said. Larson — who took shots at the proposed budget plan of U.S. Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during his speech — said the Republican proposal to keep the Stafford student loan rates at 3.4 percent is unacceptable. “They want to keep it at the lower rate for another year, but in doing so cut preventive health care services that include cancer and heart disease screening, flu vaccinations and other services critical to children and families.” Larson, a CCSU alum, said he’s “optimistic” a plan can be adopted without touching health care. “I would end the oil subsidy (to pay for it),” Larson said. Robert Storace can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 223, or at rstorace@newbritainherald.com.


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Parker from a breeder in Scranton, Pa. Hannah started at SMCC in March. He oversees the golf course, and also tends the clubhouse grounds, tennis courts and part of the pool area. Anything that happens outside the clubhouse is his responsibility. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been working in and around golf clubs for 16 years and says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked incredibly hard to land this position. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel I can produce a great product for our members,â&#x20AC;? he said. A trump card in Hannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand was his knowledge of grounds care. The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf course is primarily poa annua, a type of superior putting surface. Hannah, who replaced former Keeper of the Greens Stephen Curry, has extensive

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residents can go about cutting Oriental Bittersweet vines they see strangling trees, or hosting “pulling parties.” These gatherings bring a whole bunch of concerned people together to dig, pull, cut and stack common invasives that have aggressively taken over their forest land and meadows. Typical suspects include the Common Reed, Autumn Olive, Japanese Knotweed, or even the Norway Maple, whose seeds, which look similar to winged propellers — can be seen fluttering through the air in the fall. In total, there are 96 species on the state’s invasive and potentially invasive plant list. They are characterized by an aggressive growth habit, prolific seed production, rapid vegetative spread and ability to force native plants, which local animals depend on to survive — out of the picture. “The question is, what should Newington do about it?” Block asked residents. “I’m

hoping each and every one of you will go back and tell your friends; keep your eyes open,” he added. So that’s the problem, and there are four possible solutions: biological, physical, chemical or cultural control. Weebles have already been introduced in Wethersfield to eat away at the Mile-a-Minute Vines and are making their way down to Newington. “It’s the only plant they like,” laughed Ellis, comparing the insect to a spoiled child who refuses to eat anything but cake and cookies. She was less eager to discuss chemical control, not wanting to offend any audience members opposed of using “Weed-B-Gone” to kill the criminal due to potential environmental impact. Physical or mechanical control is comprised of using a “Weed Wrench” to pull up invasive woody plants or just your own two hands. Changing the culture plants live in is another option. This

In total, there are 96 species on the state’s invasive and potentially invasive plant list. They are characterized by an aggressive growth habit, prolific seed production, rapid vegetative spread and ability to force native plants...

Donna Ellis, host of “Invasive Plants 101” at Town Hall Tuesday night, sets up a table with some samples of common invasive plants she gathered locally.

means opening up the canopy of branches that is shading wooded areas of your yard or the nearby forest to make it impossible for invasive ground covers to thrive. Ellis also offered ideas on replacements for your garden’s often-attractive invasives. Replace Burning Bushes with Fothergilla, whose leaves turn vibrant red in autumn but who won’t hog the soil like their evil twin.

For more information on how to save your trees from strangulation and keep the deer and fox next door enjoying the cuisine they’ve grown accustomed to, visit hort. uconn.edu/cipwg. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 2254601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald. com.

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The state Senate’s Democratic majority is at least four votes shy of passing a compromise minimumwage increase approved last week by the House of Representatives, leaving one of the House speaker’s key bills all but dead in the annual session’s final week. SenatePresidentProTemDonald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, texted House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden, from the Democratic caucus room, telling him he did not see a path toward passing a 25-cent increase in the $8.25 hourly wage. “Barring some signficiant turnaround, we have a significant number of folks who would not support the minimum-wage bill as it is,” Williams said. He declined to give a hard vote count, but acknowledged being at least four votes short. Democrats hold 22 of the 36 seats in the Senate. Democrats routinely support raising the

minimum wage, but many in both chambers balked at an increase with the economy still fragile. “It was the timing,” Williams said.“They felt the economic times were not right. They supported minimum wage increases in the past. They strongly supported the earned-income tax credit last year, which provided a boost to lowincome workers.” A spokesman for Donovan acknowledged the speaker is aware of the vote count. Donovan was not immediately available for comment. On a party-line, election-year vote, the House of Representatives voted 88-62 Thursday for a compromise to raise the $8.25 minimum wage by 25 cents in each of the next two years, bringing pressure on a reluctant Senate to follow. Donovan submitted the bill to a vote without a commitment from the Senate to take up the bill, a calculated risk. His own caucus was lukewarm on an increase this year, but he

lost only 10 Democrats, including Rep. William Tong of Stamford, then a candidate for U.S. Senate, and Rep. Timothy Larson of East Hartford, the brother of U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, a Democratic congressional leader. To win passage, Donovan, a congressional candidate presiding over his last annual session, accepted a two-thirds reduction in his original proposal, abandoned an automatic cost-of-living provision and delayed implementation from July to January. But Williams said even the changes were not enough to win support in the Senate. The setback for Donovan is a potential complication in the session’s last week, when House and Senate leaders routinely hold each other’s bills hostage until favored legislation is passed. This story originally appeared at CTMirror.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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Above, Boy Scout Troop 316 and Cub Scout Troop 322 collect cans at Stop & Shop on Fenn Road for the Newington Food Pantry. Below, both troops visit the Newington Police Department.

Above, the Troops camp out at Cockaponset State Forest in Haddam. Left, they participate in the Annual Pinewood Derby. Below, they visit the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks.

Above, Boy Scout Troop 316 and Cub Scout Troop 322 learn the importance of practicing fire drills at home at the Newington Fire Co. 2. Right, the troops participare in the statewide First Aid Competition. Boy Scout Troop 316 and Cub Scout Troop 322 are always looking for new members. Contact Den Leader Carol Grem at (860) 665-1566.

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munications from Holy Names the face of a chronic illness will no University in Oakland, Calif., doubt resonate with our particiwhere she was named captain pants and guests.” Hussein will share host duties of the women’s basketball team. She is a member of the National with Jason Page, East Haven, a Association for Multi-Ethnicity in veteran sports-radio host. More than 6,000 Connecticut Communications (NAMIC) and residents, like also a member of the Hussein, live with National Association multiple sclerosis, a of Black Journalists potentially debili(NABJ). In 2004, tating disease for Hussein began feelwhich there is no ing numbness on the cure. Funds raised by left side of her body, which doctors first the chapter through events, such as the believed was the result Golf MS Classic, of a pinched nerve. fund scientific After a lengthy proresearch and provide cess of elimination, for the continuation Hussein was diagof vital programs and nosed with multiple Amina Hussein services offered by the sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease affecting the National MS Society, Connecticut central nervous system. Hussein Chapter to people in Connecticut has become increasingly involved diagnosed with MS. The 2012 Golf MS Classic feain the quest to find a cure, partnering with the Connecticut Chapter tures an 11 a.m. shotgun start, to support its events and help raise scramble format, and an evening event beginning with cocktails and awareness. “We are so pleased to have Ms. followed by a dinner banquet and Hussein co-host our golf event,” awards. For more information on the said Meg-Anne Staubley, golf classic organizer. “Her success in the 2012 Golf MS Classic, presented world of sports and her compelling by GE Capital Real Estate, visit story on living life to the fullest in www.ctfightsMS.org.

Newington Mainstage set to present ‘Assassins’ as its final musical of season

NEWINGTON — Can a madman’s bullet shake the foundation of America’s ideals? Newington Mainstage seeks to address this question as well as many others as it presents “Assassins,” the final musical in its 2011-2012 inaugural season. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, the multiple Tony Award winning “Assassins” is a surreal, thought-provoking, disturbing & alarmingly funny musical that lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, this most American of musicals is an historical account that explores the

dark side of the American experience. Newington Mainstage’s production of “Assassins” will be co-directed by Cindy Lesser of Wethersfield, and Kelly Boucher of Ellington, with musical direction by Michael Gowdy of Wethersfield. Newington Mainstage is delighted to have assembled an extraordinarily talented cast for “Assassins,” comprised of residents who hail from New Haven, Tolland, Litchfield, Hartford, Middlesex and Fairfield counties. “Assassins” will be performed June 8, June 9, June 15 and June 16 at 8 p.m. and June 10 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 North Mountain Road,Newington.

Tickets are priced at $20 for general admission and $17 for students and seniors. Tickets and additional information can be obtained at www.NewingtonMainstage.org or by calling (860) 595-2350. Please note that, due to mature content, “Assassins” is not suitable for children under the age of 16. Newington Mainstage is a fresh new theatre company run in partnership with NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, home of the Newington Children’s Theatre Company — (NCTC), Connecticut’ oldest operating children’s theatre. Newington Mainstage offers a “grown-up” season, featuring adult performers and shows geared toward entertaining the community’s “big kids.”


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$800M project to fix sewers, ensure clean water in area STAFF WRITER

About 30 residents are now experts on an $800 million project that over the next 15 years, will take measures to ensure the water in the Wethersfield Cove all the way to the Long Island Sound is clean. The Metropolitan District Commission has been charged by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency to manage the Clean Water Project, which basically involves the rebuilding of the 150-year-old sewer system in Wethersfield and seven neighboring towns. When it rains, stormwater enters the system and mixes with raw sewage, exceeding the pipes’ capacity. The Clean Water Project, approved nearly 2-1 by referendum in 2006, will fix this problem by reducing raw sewage overflows into local rivers and streams, residents’basements, and ultimately the Connecticut River. “This is an investment by each of our customers, including residents and businesses,” explained Chris Stone, MDC Assistant General Counsel. The billion gallons per year of unhealthy overflow across the MDC system violated the federal Clean Water Act. Therefore, the project’s intent is not only to improve the system, but also an order to comply with federal law. The Wethersfield residents who attended Monday night’s meeting were fed up with their basements flooding, concerned about the Cove or simply wanted to be aware of the construction that has commenced on their streets. “More people came to the Wethersfield meeting than any other so far,” remarked MDC Assistant Manager of Operations Beth Nesteriak, PE, who led the forum. Construction will occur 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and nearby homeowners will be notified 24 to 48 hours prior. Work has begun from the Silas Deane Highway west, on both sides of Wells Road, to Rt. 3 on the South side, extending to Cotwell Drive north. In these neighborhoods, two different approaches are being used, on both private property sewer lines, as well as inside the lateral pipes that lead from property

lines to the streets. Between Jordan Lane and the Wilbur Cross Highway (U.S. Rt. 5), the construction will focus on inserting felt lining into existing sewer lines to create cured-in-place pipes, which are hardened by hot water and bound tightly to existing sewer walls. A robot is then sent down to cut holes where each homeowner’s lateral connects from their property. This will replace the original pipes, which are made of clay and were sealed with hemp soaked in tar or pitch. This method of using cured in-place piping is much less expensive and more efficient than digging up roadways to replace pipes in the sewer system, according to MDC officials. OnRandyLaneandMeadowgate Street, where the Goff Brook Trunk Sewer is located, the existing pipe will be replaced by a larger pipe, to accommodate sewer flow. “When we’re done with the project there will be no overflows to Wethersfield Cove,” said Timothy Dupuis, PE, BCEE, program manager,who added that the technology has been in existence for about 50

According to the Metropolitan District Commission, this is what some of the sewer lines will look like after repairs have been made.

years, so its life span is expected to be a least that long. Funding comes from state grants, which make up 23 percent of the $800 million project total, state loans at 35 percent, and 42 percent in bonding that is labeled as the

disappears completely. But the three-phase project doesn’t just affect residents of Wethersfield, Newington and other MDC towns — its impact is farreaching. “This has a benefit to everyone in the state who plans to use Long Island Sound,” said Stone, going on to explain how lack of sewage in the Connecticut River will decrease nitrogen levels, which reduces algae, thus protecting marine life and water quality. Residents can take their own measures to help, by re-directing their sump-pumps into their backyards or storm drains,so flow doesn’t end up in the sanitary sewer line. Other suggestions can be found online at TheMDC.com. The next community meeting in Wethersfield is still in the planning stages, but will likely happen this coming August or September. For more information, email cleanwaterproject@themdc.com.

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EVENTS CALENDAR SUMMER REFLECTIONS: John Bower will exhibit his colorful, stylized paintings of clamshacks, boats, motorcycles and portraits throughout the month ofMay in the Newington Senior & Disabled Center’s cafeteria at 120 Cedar St. Larry Gebeloff’s eye-popping photos of vintage cars will remain on exhibit in the south foyer through April.

www.kofcnewington.com. Public always welcome any time.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRIBBAGE: Weekly Wednesday Night Cribbage at the Knights of Columbus, Council 3884, 171 Pascone Place (entrance and parking in the rear). All cribbage players are welcome and play will continue through the summer. Players are asked to sign-in at 6:45 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. and end between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Format: the players are broken down in two groups, Group A is the faster players and Group B is the slower players — for each group of players, a player plays one game and then rotates to play the next player. At end of each night there are payouts for each group. Cost $5 per night. For additional information, call Dick Losh at (860) 667-0832 or for directions, other council activities and hours of operation visit the Council’s website

NHS FOOTBALL TEAM GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER: The Newington High School football team will hold a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit the players in areas of equipment, study support and scholarships Saturday, June 23. This fun-filled day will be held at Blue Fox Run in Avon, which is only 25 minutes from Newington Center. Come and meet the coaches, players, parents, and members of Friends of Football who are hosting this event. The cost is only $125 for lunch, dinner, 18 holes of golf, practice range, registration gift, and great raffle prizes. Contact the following to either sponsor a hole sign for your business or register to play: Coach Roberts, (860) 965-4290, Dave Pruett, (860) 558-1560, Rich Klett, (860) 214-5208.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL GROUPS TO WORK WITH PROFESSIONAL A CAPELLA GROUP: “BUSINESS AS USUAL”: Members of the Newington High School Chorale, Chamber Choir and Women’s Choir will spend the day on May 4 working with the professional musicians to learn an original vocal arrangement by “Business as Usual,” commissioned specifically for the high school singers. “Business as Usual” will also present a concert that night, Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Charles A. Bowes Auditorium at Newington High School. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door. The concert is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit music programs at Newington High School Business as Usual (www.baumusic.com) is a five-member group known for its tight vocal harmonies and a capella arrangements of contemporary songs. Their appearance at Newington High is sponsored by the school’s Music Boosters Club. For more information, contact Chris Clark, Choral Director at cclark@npsct.org. SHRED-IT DAY: Dutch Point Credit Union will hold a Free Shred Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May

LIBRARY CALENDAR PHOTOGRAPHY DISPLAY: Throughout the month of May, photographer Sonny Lin will display his work in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. In addition, Lin will host an artist’s reception Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., also in the Community Room.The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Born in Rangoon, Burma, Lin has spent many years in Newington where he worked as a mechanical designer specializing in product design and manufacturing automation. Once an avid bicycle racer, Lin still spends a lot of time riding and particularly enjoys riding fast. Now retired, Lin enjoys searching for the photography “that preserves the moment,” the image that perfectly captures that special event.” The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a scheduled program. Regular library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday (through May 13), 1 to 5 p.m.The exhibit is free and open to the public. FOR CHILDREN WE ALL GET READY TO READ! Mondays, May 7 and 14, 6 p.m. Family Place Libraries and the National Center for Learning Disabilities have partnered to present a program designed especially for the “graduates” of the Parent/Child Workshop and Play for All attendees and their caregivers. We All Get Ready to Read! is an early literacy activity program designed to help parents make sure that young children have the skills they need to be ready to learn to read. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the

Friends of the Library. PLAY WITH US! Tuesdays, May 15, 22 and 29, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to 3-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! Tuesdays, May 15, noon, Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4 yearolds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. JUST A STORY AND A SONG! Wednesday, May 16, 23 and 30, 10:15 a.m. Join us for a 30-minute all ages storytime. We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. No registration required. FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m.Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary. PLAY FOR ALL! Saturdays, May 19, 10:30 to noon. Come join us for a special needs playgroup giving parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize together. No registration necessary. Cosponsored by Newington UNICO. CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, May 19, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. For safety reasons, only people age 7 and older will be allowed in the room. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

STORIES AND ART: Tuesday, May 22, noon, Springtime brings out the artist in us all! Children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers will hear spring stories and do a colorful craft. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FOR ADULTS FRIENDS’ ANNUAL BOOK SALE: This year’s event will be held at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. A preview will be held Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for the preview is $5. On Saturday, May 5, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, it will run from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free on Saturday. On Sunday, buy a Friends green bag for $6 and fill it.Thousands of hardcover, paperback and children’s books will be on sale, along with a selection of cassettes, CDs, videos and DVDs. Proceeds from this sale benefit the library’s collections and programs. Stop by and get great bargains on your favorite authors and subjects. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP: Monday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to practice interview techniques and answer questions to show how to add value to the employer.You will explore how to react to difficult questions and respond with positive answers.You will learn how to interject certain statements that will demonstrate that you are the ideal candidate to be selected for the job. Business professional, Jeff Thierfeld, will be the presenter. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700.

5 at the Newington branch at 465 Willard Ave. People can bring up to five boxes of their personal items to be shred for free. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be available outside. BOY SCOUT TROOP 347 TO HOLD GIANT TAG SALE: Boy Scout Troop 347 will hold a giant tag sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at 46 Olive St. Rain or Shine. To donate items, call Lynn at (860) 667-1835. Proceeds will be used to fund future trips and activities for the Scouts. DEMING-YOUNG FARM FOUNDATION TAG SALE: The DemingYoung Farm Foundation will hold its semi-annual fundraising tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at 282 Church St.A large variety of items will be available including household, estate, vintage and antique items, knick-knacks, some furniture and more. An 1890s treadle sewing machine, an 1860s English sampler and a calligraphy alphabet from 1905 will be featured. Rain date May 19. NEWINGTON HISTORICAL SOCI-

ETY ACCEPTING DONATIONS:The Newington Historical Society is accepting donations to its Annual Tag Sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the KelloggEddy House, 679 Willard Ave. Jewelry, small kitchen and electronic appliances, (all in good working condition), glassware. dishes and other treasures that you would like to donate will be gratefully accepted with the exception of large furniture, books or clothing. As in past years, items not sold will be donated to Hartford area homeless shelters. A note of interest: Start right now cleaning that attic or garage, and bringing those treasures to us during regular office hours, Monday and Friday 8 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m. Call to arrange a drop off time. Someone will be available at the Kellogg-Eddy House to accept your donations Saturday, May 19, and May 26 between the hours 9 a.m. and noon. If you are not able to drop off your items, arrangements for pick up can be made by calling the office and scheduling a time. For information regarding delivery or pickup of your items please call the Newington Historical Society Office at 666-7118 or email:NGTNHeritage@aol.com

Sen. Doyle announces state funding to fix Putnam Bridge

HARTFORD – State Sens. John Fonfara (D-Hartford) and Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) announced a major state investment in a rehabilitation project to repair the Putnam Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River and connects Glastonbury to Wethersfield. “Repair of the Putnam Bridge is a jobs project more than anything, and putting people back to work is a top priority in times like these,” said Fonfara. “Our commitment is ongoing to keep the state’s road and bridge infrastructure in good repair. The pedestrian walkway for bikers and walkers will encourage us to get out of our vehicles and see the beautiful scenery that Wethersfield, Glastonbury, and the Connecticut River valley have to offer.” “Transportations investments are key strategies for strengthening economies, because they create good jobs and improve access to communities throughout our state,” Doyle said. “I am grateful for the state funding for this important project, which will improve access between Glastonbury and Wethersfield for motorists, and now also for pedestrians and people riding bikes. The job creation enabled by this investment is the icing on the cake for this critical project.” The state Bond Commission today approved a request for $24.4 million for the rehabilitation of the Putnam Bridge. Funding for the project is part of a total of $50 million in funding for various bridge repair projects in the state through the Fix-It-First program. The overall investment will create or retain about 1,295 construction jobs. The Putnam Bridge project is expected to break ground in spring 2013 and be completed in two years. The four-lane bridge, named for William H. Putnam, a former chairman of the Greater Hartford Bridge Authority, opened in 1959 and underwent a major rehabilitation in 1987. The DOT estimates that about 54,200 vehicles travel over the bridge on an average day. Last fall, the DOT announced it would build a six-foot-wide pedestrian walkway across the bridge to improve access for walkers and bikers.


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Conn. may become 1st state to mandate mattress recycling By JAN ELLEN SPIEGEL ©CONNECTICUTMIRROR

Legislation that would make Connecticut the first state to mandate the recycling of used mattresses passed the Senate Wednesday afternoon and is now headed for action in the House. The bill uses an environmental model called extended producer responsibility, EPR, a principle of the broader concept of product stewardship, in which producers take responsibility for reducing their products’ environmental impact. Under EPR, producers assume stewardship of design qualities and/or systems related to a product’s safe disposal at the end of its life. In addition to environmental advantages, EPR is seen as a way to ease the financial burden on government to provide certain services — like getting rid of old mattresses — and as pushing manufacturers to be more environmentally conscious in product and packaging development. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection estimates that 176,000 mattresses a year are disposed of through municipal waste streams at a cost to taxpayers of about $1.2 million. An equal amount is handled through mattress retailers. But mattresses are 90 percent to 95 percent recyclable. The wood in box springs can be chipped for mulch;

springs and metal can be reused in other furniture pieces; foam is often shredded and remixed for carpet padding; cotton, felt and plastic have multiple re-uses. State officials see it — along with electronic waste and paint recycling — as a way to increase the state’s anemic recycling rate. “I think we’re really doing a good thing in Connecticut,” said Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, co-chairman of the Environment Committee, which sponsored the various bills. “We’re establishing a track record recycling difficult products.” But in the case of mattresses, the consumer will pay. The legislation requires mattress producers to form a council to come up with a statewide mattress stewardship plan by July 2013 for review and approval by the DEEP commissioner. The plan, in addition to collection,transport and disposal,will include a fee structure tied to the purchase of mattresses to pay for everything. Originally the fee was to be collected by producers, but new language negotiated after protests by the mattress industry places collection of the fee on retailers. “The fee was ultimately going to go the consumer regardless of whether it goes through the producer or retailer,” Meyer said. But now retailers are less than thrilled. “We’re not crazy about it,” said Tim Phelan, president of

the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, who was involved in talks that determined the bill’s final wording. “As an industry we appreciate the fact that members of the legislature involved in this have given us a chance to have input on the bill. “But we won’t be doing jumping jacks. We’re the ones that have to deal with customers; we’re the ones that have to collect the fees,and we’re the ones that have to battle with online retailers,” he said. That last point — how online retailers would fit into the program — is unclear; there’s no specific language in the bill, though some involved in the negotiations said there is nothing to prevent them from being included in fee collection requirements. The International Sleep Products Association, which represents mattress manufacturers and their suppliers, declined to comment for this story. But in its lengthy opposition testimony to the original legislation cited online competition concerns along with increased costs that would further hurt an industry already suffering in a difficult economy. “The industry would like a federal solution; we would love a federal solution also,”said Scott Cassel, chief executive officer and founder of the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute, which has been working with mattress recycling proponents in Connecticut. “But usually you don’t go for a federal solution

without trying these out. They have had numerous, numerous opportunities to discuss this with our group.” Cassel and other mattress recycling proponents said that if the mattress industry had come to the table to work out a stewardship plan, the legislative route could have been avoided. The sleep products association has already helped kill mattress recycling legislation in Rhode Island, though a new effort is under way, and it is fighting a measure in California. Connecticut’s mattress movement was largely spearheaded by Hartford through the efforts of Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, the city’s assistant to the director of public works, after a sticker shock moment. With landfills closed a few years ago, and mattresses unsuitable for burning in trash-to-energy facilities because their components tend to get stuck in the machinery, CruzAponte was faced with a $40 per unit cost of disposal. She remembers her reaction to that first quarterly bill of $109,000 just for mattresses. “’Oh God; oh MY God; this is one quarter,’” she remembers thinking. “We had to collect with public works crews and spend money there; store it at the landfill in trucks and spend money there; truck it over and then spend money on the tipping fee. “If it was impacting our budget, it must be impacting other people’s budget,” she said.

State Senate passes Sunday liquor sales bill By KEITH M. PHANEUF ©CONNECTICUTMIRROR

Connecticut no longer will be dry on Sunday. With the governor committed to signing the bill into law, the Senate voted 28-6 Tuesday to give final legislative approval to a measure ending the state’s longstanding ban on Sunday liquor sales. The bill, which cleared the House of Representatives last week, heads to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who confirmed Tuesday he would sign it, even though it eases liquor price controls less aggressively than he had sought. “Once I sign this bill, Indiana will be the only state in the nation to ban Sunday Sales,” Malloy wrote in a statement released after the vote. “It’s a measure that’s long past due and a good first step to making our state’s package

stores more consumer friendly.” “This bill is probably one of the most radicalandextensivereformsofourliquor statutes since the Prohibition,”Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield, co-chairman of the General Law Committee, said. “By passing this legislation, we empower consumers with more options and we protect the interests of small package stores.” The bill specifically allows liquor permittees to sell alcohol from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, on the Memorial, Independence and Labor Day holidays, and on Mondays following any Christmas and New Year’s Day that falls on a Sunday. It also creates a new task force to study liquor pricing rules and also increases the number of package stores a permittee may own. The new legislation also would mean an extra $5.3 million in tax

and fee revenues for the state’s coffers, which continue to face deficit forecasts. No one would be allowed to own more than three package stores, up from the two in current law. But that is short of Malloy’s original limit of nine in a bill he proposed in January or six in a revision he released in February. Minimum prices largely will remain intact with one notable exception: Retailers can sell one item per month for 10 percent below the cost of acquisition, while Malloy’s most recent proposal was for five items. Discounted items cannot be sold for less than 90 percent of the permittee’s wholesale cost. inally appeared at CTMirror.org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.

Cruz-Aponte convinced Mayor Pedro Segarra that finding a better way to dispose of mattresses was in the city and state’s best interest.Their work led to the current legislation. One thing Cruz-Aponte won’t have to worry about is where to recycle mattresses. Recyc-Mattresses, a Canada-based company with seven years in the business, said it’s only a few weeks from opening an operation in Bloomfield. Founder and president Pascal Cohen said with three 14-employee shifts, it can handle close to half-amillion mattresses a year. The plant is centrally located to be able to easily take in used mattresses from surrounding states. But as a profitmaking business, passing legislation in Connecticut is preferable. “Legislation will help make it a viable long-term solution,” Cohen said. “We can get contracts today, we can lose them tomorrow.The legislation guarantees a product.” In Bridgeport,a nonprofit mattress recycling company called Park City Green is scheduled to open in about a month, with a capacity of 100,000 mattresses a year that would employ about 20 people — many of the jobs earmarked for former prisoners. This story originally appeared at CTMirror.org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Shannon Velasquez of Newington, a University of New Haven English major graduating this month, is one of only 12 students from around the country chosen to participate in a special literary program at Rutgers University this summer. The following local resident was among 153 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who recently completed an intensive, applied research project for D-Term. Caitlin McMahon of Newington is a junior majoring in Actuarial Mathematics who completed a project in London. The project was titled “Zero Heroes and Bubble Day.” Keene State College’s 12th Annual Academic Excellence Conference took place March 31. This student professional conference is designed to showcase the academic work of Keene State students and the collaborative work between students and faculty. It allows students to share excellent work with a broad audience, and prepares them for submitting proposals to professional conferences. Brandon Carta of Newington presented on “Inside a Choral Rehearsal Commissioning a Choral Work: How New Music Comes to Life.”


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