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Newington High School says farewell to 350 graduates By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Before accepting their diplomas and climbing over the peak of childhood, seniors in Newington High School’s Class of 2013 first had to seal and put a stamp on the past. At their Commencement ceremony, held in the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, those who addressed their classmates spoke of the importance of remembering their early years, but living in the moment and not being afraid to take opportunities in the future. Volume 53, No. 25


Student Council President Juliana Houldcroft introduced speakers, while Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Collins and NHS Principal James Wenker also wished the students good luck. Class President Allison Hoffman offered her words of encouragement before Valedictorian Ben Lostocco and Salutatorian Kasey Groves delivered their speeches. Lostocco played part-comedian, part-motivational speaker, as his speech was laced with equal amounts of humor and inspiration. He began by reminding his classmates of how easy pleasure used to be when they were kids. “Big Bird never lied; Barney was the man, and the simplest question was, ‘Where’s Waldo?’ said Lostocco, adding, “as we got older, things got more complicated. There’s much happiness to be found in the little things that See NEWINGTON, Page 4

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Newington High School said farewell to 350 graduates Friday at a commencement ceremony at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. Among other lessons, the students were told to “take pleasure in the little things.”

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Even without fireworks, much to do around town this weekend By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Not everyone is lucky enough to be buzzing off to out-of-town family picnics or the shoreline for all-American holiday festivities, so for those who are staying in Newington this weekend, what fun is to be had? If the weather’s good, consider checking out the town’s parks and pools. Mill Pond Pool is open Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6:15 p.m., and Churchill Pool, 12 to 4:45 p.m. The Lucy Robbins Welles Library offers its Summer Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where families can stop in and check out the mysterious “Maker

Space,” and make a cool gadget. Night owls who enjoy live music, food and drinks have something to look forward to as well. On Friday at 8 p.m. The Reckless Abandon Band is set to play at The Black Rose Tavern, 1076 Main St. Saturday they will host The Strum Band. Indie-American folk singer and songwriter Jen Lowe will be performing at Lucky Lou’s Bar & Grill at 222 Main St. in Wethersfield on Friday at 7 p.m., and Mike Casey Jazz is set to perform Saturday night, same time. If storms don’t drench the holiday weekend, take a stroll through Old Wethersfield while you’re



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there, as most of the shops and restaurants in the vicinity of Main Street will stay open Saturday. Or get a healthy dose of culture at area museums. The HurlbutDunham House along with the Wethersfield Museum inside the Keeney Cultural Center will both be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. In addition, the Webb Deane Stevens Museums will be open Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are within walking distance of each other. If you need to pick up any holiday picnic necessities last minute, Stew Leonard’s on the Berlin Turnpike will be open Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. While residents have to wait until July 20 for Newington’s summer fireworks show, held in Mill Pond Park at the 32nd


There’s plenty to do this Fourth of July weekend in Newington. From the Lucy Robbins Welles Library to Mill Pond Park pool, to musical performances at the Black Rose Tavern, there is plenty to see and do for everyone.

Annual Newington Extravaganza, weekend. they can skip over to Hartford’s The festivities kick off Saturday Riverfest, at Mortensen River at 4 p.m. with fireworks starting Front Plaza for a light show this at 9 p.m.

Newington residents, officials discuss rewrite of plan for natural disasters By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

to a natural hazard happening,” explained CRCOG representative Bill Perkins, one of the meeting’s facilitators. While this recent grant was simply designated for the plan’s revision process, there are more

outreach process into sub-regional groups. “What we hope to accomplish is to have the townspeople come to these meetings so we can explain to them the process and more importantly what their towns have identified as hazard mitigation actions,” Perkins continued. Newington’s section points to the Stamm Road area as particularly prone to flooding and suggests flood-proofing measures to be taken there, including the replacement of culverts. It also endorses the Metropolitan District Commission’s sewer improvements that have been in progress since its writing, as well as the facilitation of local emergency training with town police and fire officials. Representatives from each of the communities were present Tuesday, including Newington Police Lt. Michael Morgan. Attendees saw a presentation of the risk analysis process and issues specific to their towns, before they had the opportunity to make suggestions.

What can be done to prevent natural disasters from turning into catastrophes? That’s the question Newington residents and officials mulled over Tuesday evening at a regional meeting hosted by the Capitol Region Council of Governments. The purpose of the evening was to inform and gather ideas from the public on updating the Capitol Region Pre-Disaster Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was last revised and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency BILL PERKINS five years ago. It is due CRCOG representative to expire this September, and CRCOG officials are work- funding opportunities available ing on a thorough rewrite process for specific mitigation actions. But with the help of a $300,000 plan- to have a better chance at receivning grant from FEMA. ing these grants, towns should Tuesday night’s joint public have disaster preparedness plans outreach effort was open to peo- in place. ple from the towns of Newington, The current hazard mitigation Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, West plan outlines challenges, goals Hartford and Bloomfield where and recommendations specific to it was held. each of the 30 towns CRCOG “It’s a plan that identifies represents. Instead of hosting 30 Erica Schmitt can be reached at through a risk analysis those individual meetings in each of the (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or areas that can be addressed prior municipalities, officials broke the

“What we hope to accomplish is to have the townspeople come to these meetings so we can explain to them the process and more importantly what their towns have identified as hazard mitigation actions.”

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Mazzoccoli family members go extra mile to fight ALS Former mayor, State Rep’s nephew and wife taking 27-mile bike trip as part of ALS fundraiser By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

When someone you love is battling a terminal illness it might seem as though there’s not much you can do to help. But the family of former Newington Mayor and State Representative Dom Mazzoccoli have figured out a way to both support and honor him. Mazzoccoli can no longer talk or walk and is battling ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that has no effective treatments or cure. His son-in-law Kevin Lazorik has decided to make a 270-mile trek on his bike to raise money for ALS research this July. Lazorik is traveling with his wife Andrea — Mazzoccoli’s daughter — and their 1-year-old son Aaron from their home in San Francisco, Calif. to participate in the 11th annual Tri-State Trek, this July 19 through 21. More than 30,000 people in the U.nited States have ALS, more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” and they usually survive no longer than five years after diagnosis. The Tri-State Trek has raised over $3 million in the past decade to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Insitute, the world’s largest ALS research center and the only nonprofit biotechnology institute with more than 30 professional scientists focused on a single disease indication. Mazzoccoli was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. He was first elected to Town Council in 1981 and served as mayor for three terms beginning in 1985, before being

elected State Rep. in 1993 and serving three terms in the position. Andrea flies out to Newington twice a month to see her dad, sometimes staying for weeks at a time. “He really cares about people and wants to be involved in their lives and keep up with what’s going on,” she says. When Andrea told her husband Kevin about the fundraiser, he was up at 4:30 the next morning training. Now he’s riding rigorously at least four days a week to prepare. “When an opportunity like this presents itself, it’s the least I can do to help raise funds and bring awareness. We’re trying to help so there will be hope and options in the future where right now there really isn’t,” he explained. “Men, I think, are better at doing than feeling,” Andrea added. Kevin Lazorik and his son Aaron, 1. Lazorik is former Newington Mayor Dom Mazzoccoli’s son-in-law, and is raising “It’s such a devastating disease it’s funds to find treatments for ALS, which Mazzoccoli suffers from. hard to know how to help … people who are close to my dad, it gives them a purpose, makes them feel good to just to take that initiative and do something.” Several make up Team Dom, Mazzoccoli’s high school buddies who last year raised $25,000 for Now Located In Newington Ct ALS-TDI through a dinner fundraiser. This year they will host a 5k run/walk in Newington, to be held Sept. 21. • 24 hour emergency service To support Lazorik’s efforts, visit his fundraising page, at http://tst.als. • Dependable automatic delivery net/Page.aspx?profileId=7783. For more information on riding, vol• Courteous, experienced & unteering, or coming out to cheer, call (617) 441-7200 or visit www. state licensed service technicians FOR NEW CUSTOMERS

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School is out, summer is here and most people have summer plans in mind that include spending a lot of time in the sun. Natural sunlight contains vitamin D that our bodies can absorb in just 15 minutes outside on a sunny day. However, while some sunlight is good, it is important to play it safe in the sun to prevent any harmful effects. For this reason, the Central Connecticut Health District is urging all residents to be protected while having fun in the sun this summer. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and the most common cancer among 20 to 30 year-olds. It’s estimated that one American dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In Connecticut, there were 930 cases of malignant melanoma diagnosed in 2009, and 100 deaths from the disease. It is important to wear protective clothing, such as a shirt, hat, pants and sunglasses when in the sun for more than 15 minutes and seek shade whenever possible. Be sure to apply a generous coat of sunscreen 15

minutes before going out and reapply every two hours or more often if getting wet or sweating heavily. Too much sun can cause skin cancer due to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays, known as UV-A and UV-B. UV-B rays stop at the skin’s surface and cause a tan but can just as easily burn skin if a person is out in the sun for too long. UV-A rays can penetrate the skin and damage the elasticity of the skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature aging. Both types of rays can contribute to cancer by harming the skin’s DNA and they both are an added risk factor to skin cancer. Sunscreen is effective in protecting from skin cancer because of mineral blockers and chemical absorbers. According to the DPH, mineral blockers form a temporary shield to block the rays from damaging the skin. The main blockers that are used in sunscreen are zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which are both good at preventing sunburn from UV-B rays. When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to pick one that will protect you. When looking at the label, one would want a lotion that offers a broad spectrum of protection, both

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age of six months should be sheltered from the sun by hats, shade and clothing. If there is sun exposure, only small amounts of sunscreen should be used very sparingly on skin. If a child is over six months of age, it is recommended that sunscreen be used normally, avoiding the area around the eyes as toddlers tend to rub their eyes and may cause irritation from the sunscreen. When using spray sunscreen, it is important not to spray it near a child’s face, as the chemicals from the sunscreen can be inhaled. It is better to spray sunscreen into your hand then apply to exposed skin. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone. For individuals who are required

to work outdoors during the summer, it is extremely important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Every year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed by heat-related conditions. Individuals who are too young, too old or those who have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications are at the highest risk of heat stress and heat stroke. Outdoor workers should drink noncaffeinated liquids frequently, about 8 ounces of fluid every 20-30 minutes. Breaks should be taken frequently in cooler, shaded areas and working environments should have cooling fans working at all times. Fortunately, skin cancer can be prevented and is highly curable if found early. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths. For more information about sun safety, visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health website at or for more information, visit the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention website at or call (301) 801-4422.

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From left, Delilah DiCioccio and Newington High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian Ben Lostocco at the school’s graduation ceremony at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford Friday.

make up your life. Whether you live 20 years or 90 years life is brief regardless. No matter what your circumstances, there will always be things around you from which to find joy.” A flood of applause followed Lostocco’s speech — mixed with shouts of praise from his classmates. Even though it wasn’t yet their year to graduate, younger students attending the ceremony were also moved by the words of the Class of 2013’s top student. “Ben’s speech was amazing and well put together — it was just perfect,” said sophomore Paulina Baclawska, a member of the school band, which set the evening’s celebratory tone by performing Pavel Tchesnokov’s “Salvation is Created” followed by a selection typical to any marching procession, John Philip Sousa’s famous “Gallant Sevenths.” Among the 350 students who graduated, not all were fortunate enough to have shining moments in the spotlight at their commence-

ment ceremony like Lostocco, Hoffman and Groves. But their anticipation for beginning the next chapter in life is just as high. Among them, senior Delilah DiCioccio. “I will miss the people and the memories that I have,” she said after graduating. “I know it sounds a little cheesy, but the relationships with the teachers and classmates made it a great experience. I’m definitely nervous for the future but really excited to start my career,” added DiCioccio, who will be attending the University

of Connecticut this fall to study student elementary education. Following the ceremony, students excitedly headed back to Newington for Project Graduation, the all-night substance-free party parents work all year to organize, featuring nonstop food, games, prizes and fun. Intern Caroline Krawczynski contributed to this story. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@




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Gas tax hike expected to raise price of consumer goods By SCOTT WHIPPLE STAFF WRITER

Concerned about rising food prices at the supermarket? Get out your worry beads. As of Monday, an increase in prices at the pumps may — judging by previous gas price hikes — drive food, restaurant and trucking prices even higher. Connecticut motorists have been paying about 47 cents a gallon in state taxes on gasoline. On July 1, because of a hike in a little-known state tax, they’ll be paying approximately four cents more, roughly 51 cents in state taxes per gallon. Connecticut drivers pay two state taxes on gasoline: the 25 cents-agallon excise tax and the Petroleum Products Gross Receipts tax, which is based on the wholesale price of gasoline. The latter isn’t a set centsper-gallon amount — it fluctuates according to the wholesale price. The wholesale price of gasoline may vary from day to day, depending on market fluctuations. The petroleum products gross receipts tax is scheduled to increase from 7 percent to 8.1 percent Monday. Based on Thursday’s wholesale price, the increase would add nearly four cents to the cost of a gallon of gasoline. Right now this wholesale tax costs drivers 22 cents a gallon. On Monday it will rise to approximately 26 cents a gallon. Aaron Kupec, spokesman for the local AAA, says Connecticut may have the highest gasoline taxes in the country. “Connecticut already has the highest diesel fuel tax in the country, and it will increase another 3.7 cents to 54.9 cents per gallon on Monday,” he said. This is expected to increase trucking and transportation costs, causing a ripple effect that will increase consumer costs on everything from groceries and clothing, to construction and other goods and services. Based on current prices, AAA estimates the increase in the petroleum gross receipts tax — also called the gross earnings tax (GET) — will add $25 a year to the typical Connecticut motorist’s fuel bill (this is based on someone who drives 15,000 miles annually and gets an average of 22.5 miles per gallon). Chris Herb, president of Cromwell-based Connecticut

DECLINE IN HOLIDAY TRAVEL AAA estimates that 1.76 million people from Connecticut and the five other New England states will travel at least 50 miles from home by car for the five-day Fourth of July travel period — Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday, July 7. This represents a 0.9 percent decline from last year. Kupec attributes the decline to a shorter holiday period. (Independence Day fell on a Wednesday last year, making for a six-day travel period.) Kupec added that the AAA doesn’t expect the increase in the Petroleum Products Gross Receipts Tax to impact the number of Fourth of July auto travelers. The average New England auto traveler is expected to travel 546 miles round-trip for the holiday period. The tax increase would add less than a dollar to fuel costs for that average trip (based on a fuel economy of 22.5 miles a gallon and assuming the gas is bought in Connecticut).

Energy Marketers Association, says the increase in the gasoline tax and the diesel tax will affect every consumer and industry in the state. The gasoline tax increase alone will take $60 million out of the pockets of consumers, Herb said. This means less to spend on a summer vacation, less to save for a college education and less for retirement savings. Higher fuel taxes mean that products will cost more so retailers can recover higher fuel costs. Herb says this is the fourth increase in the GET since 2005. The public was told that the tax would fund an environmental cleanup program and transportation projects, he said. Since that promise was made, the state discontinued the environmental cleanup program it was supposed to fund and transportation projects are seeing less of this tax revenue than in past years. “Until the federal government can figure out a way to reign in rampant speculation and state government decides to do something about their addiction to gas tax revenue, I am not optimistic about relief at the pump,” Herb said.

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Michael Fox, executive director of the Gasoline & Automotive Services Dealers of America, Greenwich, agreed with Herb about the original purpose of GET. “The GET Tax was originally put into place to fund the Connecticut Underground Clean Up Fund.” Fox said. “Now Gov. [Dannel] Malloy has disbanded the board in favor of paid state employees and canceled the program but kept the tax.” The tax raises more than $350 million a year which goes into the general fund, he said. Gasoline prices may also be affected by another change coming in the fall, Fox noted. By Oct. 1, gas stations will be required to obtain insurance, leaving the possibility that half the stations in the state would be forced to close or raise retail prices to cover additional costs. “That is the real issue facing consumers,” Fox said. The gas tax increase will have no effect on the price of home heating oil, according to energy experts. Scott Whipple can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 319 or swhipple@centralctcommunications. com.

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Enrollment expected to skyrocket at state’s charter schools By JACQUELINE RABE THOMAS CONNECTICUTMIRROR

More students than ever are about to have the chance to enroll in a charter school in Connecticut. Not only has the State Board of Education approved increasing enrollment at the state’s 17 existing charter schools by 9 percent for the upcoming school year, but four new charter schools are also expected to open over the next two years. “We must aim to offer a variety of high-quality options for families… Public charter schools have the potential to deliver great new opportunities to our young people,” Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said last month after his board approved opening a new charter school in Waterbury. Charter schools are set to enroll 7,132 students for the 2013-14 school year –- an 11 percent jump from the previous year. The state board has also paved the way for enrollment to increase by at least another 900 students over the next three years, pending additional state funding. But according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of

Education, Connecticut remains well below the national average in the percentage of public school students attending charters. It’s not for lack of demand: According to the 2013 annual report by the State Department of Education, demand for a seat in a charter school “remains strong.” “In spite of steadily growing enrollments, there continue to be waiting lists for public charter schools.” These increases –- made possible by a dramatic spike in state funding approved by legislators and the governor –- has not sat well with teachers’ unions. Since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his education commissioner took office two years ago, funding for charter schools has increased by 43 percent, bringing funding to $75.5 million in the upcoming school year. The state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers earlier this year sent out an email breaking down what it called the disparities in where new education money is going. “Achievement First [charter schools] will receive an increase in state funding of $2,600 per

Enrollment at Jumoke charter school in Hartford is set to increase.

student while the average student in 30 poorer districts will see an increase of an average of $150 per student,” reads the alert. And then there are the high suspension rates at Achievement First, the largest network of

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charter schools in the state, with schools in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. Charter officials also recently settled a complaint for how they handle discipline for disabled and special education students. Charter schools suspend elementary students at twice the rate as the districts where they are located, the State Department of Education reported last month. “We want to deal very directly with the suspension issue,” Dacia Toll, the co-chief executive officer of Achievement First told the state board last week. “We were not focusing on this and now we are.” In a memo to the state board, Toll outlines plans to revise the “when in doubt send them out” suspension policy, provide training to teachers to better handle disruptive students, and narrowing what offenses students can be suspended for. Toll’s promises to “drastically reduce” the number of suspensions — in the past, about half of her middle school students in Hartford would be suspended at least once throughout the school year — were enough to convince the state board to grant her permission to further expand enrollment in Hartford. The Hartford schools will get to add 71 seats this fall and enroll the first grade in a new high school that will be at full capacity in three years with 400 students. Achievement First also plans to


open a new middle school. When the state board found out that the school had such high suspension rates, members promised to factor that in when considering whether to renew their contract to operate in the state. And last week the board decided to renew that contract for three years with the requirement that the district report to them annually their progress in improving their suspension numbers. “It’s very trouble for me… when 50 percent of middle schools students go through suspension, it’s a culture,” said Estela López, a board member from East Hartford. “I look forward to seeing next year’s report,” said Board Chairman Allan Taylor. A handful of charter schools have been forced to close their doors in Connecticut following poor performance. “While the majority of Connecticut’s charter schools have proven to be successful models of alternative public education, there have been some that have struggled and some that have closed their operations,” the education department’s annual charter school report for 2013 says. This story originally appeared at, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.

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Conn. advocates say work Champions! ahead for gay marriage By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press

HARTFORD — Gay-marriage advocates who celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act warned on Monday that more work is needed to ensure the state’s same-sex couples receive full marriage rights under federal law. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, said federal law needs to be changed to make sure the marriages of gay couples in Connecticut are recognized in all states, including the 37 that currently don’t recognize them. “Married couples in Connecticut should not lose their rights when they cross state lines,” Blumenthal said during an event at Hartford City Hall, where he was accompanied by Sen. Chris Murphy, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo and a group of same-sex marriage advocates and families. “Right now, there’s a danger that will happen unless federal law is changed.” Besides changing federal law to make sure same-sex marriages are recognized as valid marriages in states that don’t have same-sex marriage, Blumenthal said he is asking President Barack Obama to immediately use his executive authority and apply rights under the Family Medical Leave Act and Internal Revenue Service rules to same-sex couples from states where gay marriage is legally recognized. Blumenthal and Murphy also plan to support legislation fully repealing

DOMA and ensuring married samesex couples receive equal access to Social Security and veterans benefits under federal law. There are an estimated 1,168 rights and obligations pertaining to married couples under federal law. Joanne Pedersen and her wife, Ann Meitzen, who live in Waterford and have been married since 2008, said they expect to save $500 to $600 per month in health insurance costs because of last week’s court ruling. Starting on Aug. 1, they hope Meitzen will be able to drop her health care plan and be covered by Pedersen’s federal government insurance plan, like any same-sex spouse. Pedersen is a federal retiree. “That’s a lot of money, considering we’re now on a fixed income,” Meitzen said. Even though Connecticut has recognized same-gender marriages since 2008, Lembo said the state still needs to address the Supreme Court ruling. He said his office is taking steps to ensure Connecticut state employees in same-sex marriages receive equal treatment from the federal government when it comes to payroll, pension benefits and health care. For example, his office has had to report the value of health benefits of a state employee’s same-sex spouse as income to the IRS. Now, Lembo said, the state and other employers will have to remove those flags from their system and make sure those benefits are no longer automatically treated as taxable income.

Cannibalism trial set to begin; insanity plea expected ASSOCIATED PRESS

BRIDGEPORT — A 35-yearold Florida man who is accused of killing and then eating parts of a homeless man in Connecticut is expected to use an insanity defense in a murder trial getting underway Monday. A three-judge panel will hear evidence against Tyree Lincoln Smith of Lynn Haven, Fla. Smith is charged with murder in the death of Angel Gonzalez, who was killed on the third floor of an abandoned Bridgeport home in December 2011. His body was found 39 days later by an inspector for a mortgage company. Smith came to the attention of

authorities when his cousin contacted Bridgeport police about Gonzalez’s slaying. She told detectives that Smith had arrived at her house on Dec. 15, 2011, and said he wanted to “get blood on his hands” before going to the abandoned home, where he used to live, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The next day, Smith returned to the cousin’s house with blood on his pants, hands and an ax, the affidavit said. Smith told his cousin that he killed Gonzalez with the ax, then collected one of his victim’s eyes and some of his brain matter and consumed them in a nearby cemetery, washing it down with sake.

Newington Mohawk Northeast won the Babe Ruth Championship this week, defeating Avon 15-8. Back row, from left, Coach Vereneau, Manager Brian LeClair, Nick Servidone, Louie Ramirez, Joshua Michaud, Kobi Logan, Mike Riccardi, Jason Vereneau, Coach Couilliard and Coach Michaud. Fronr row, from left, Spencer Couilliard, Jordan Blanchette, Ryan Cappellucci, Matt Fairbank and Joshua LeClair.

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Gun and ammo credentials among new state laws New laws look to provide more support for people with mental illness, greater man power to stop gun trafficking By SUSAN HAIGH ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARTFORD — Parts of Connecticut’s law addressing the Newtown school massacre, including the creation of new credentials to purchase long guns and ammunition, take effect Monday. Also with the beginning of the new fiscal year, up to 100 people with mental illness who are involved in the state’s probate court system begin receiving case management and care coordination from the Department

of Mental Health and Addiction Services. And people who’ve been involuntarily committed in a psychiatric facility have a longer waiting period for a gun permit. In addition, $1 million will be appropriated to fund the statewide firearms trafficking task force, which is charged with enforcing Connecticut’s gun possession and trafficking laws. The wide-ranging legislation was a major highlight of the legislative session that wrapped up June 5. Lawmakers focused

on gun control, school safety and mental health in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. Besides the Newtown-related legislation, other new laws and tax changes also kick in July 1. The petroleum gross receipts tax, which is a percentage of the wholesale price of gasoline and is charged to companies distributing petroleum products in Connecticut, increases from 7 percent to 8.1 percent, rais-

ing prices by about 4 cents per gallon. The tax would be in addition to the 25-cents-per-gallon state tax on gas and the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax. Additionally, the state’s diesel tax increases by 3.5 cents per gallon. While the General Assembly’s Republican minority launched a petition drive to stop the increase, the Democratic majority criticized the GOP for originally voting in favor of the increase in 2005. And Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave no indications last week that he planned to block the increase, expected to generate $60 million in state revenue. “I wasn’t governor in 2005, and I was not the minority leader of the House or the minority leader of the Senate in 2005, when Republicans passed this increase,” said Malloy, giving a sharp rebuke to the GOP’s complaints. “But I also want to say, we have transportation challenges in this state. I’m trying to address those.” Meanwhile, another new law requires schools to have at least one qualified educator, swimming coach or lifeguard accompany a person conducting aquatic activities at a school pool. They will be on hand to monitor swimmers who may be in distress. The law is in response to recent student drownings. The new certificates for purchasing long guns — rifles and shotguns — and ammunition that become available Monday were one of the key provisions in the Newtown legislation. Adults 18 years and older can begin applying for the long gun eligibility certificates, which require completion of an instructional course and state and federal

background checks. Those certificates or a valid state-issued gun permit will be required as of April 1, 2014, for anyone who buys or receives a long gun. The certificate will be good for five years. Beginning Monday, adults 18 years and older can apply for the new ammunition certificate, which will require a national criminal background check. Starting Oct. 1, the sale of ammunition and ammunition magazines will be generally prohibited unless the buyer shows an ammunition certificate and a driver’s license or other valid identification or has a handgun permit, gun dealer sale permit or long gun or handgun eligibility certificate. People who’ve been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility, however, will now have to wait longer for such permits. Mary Kate Mason, a spokeswoman for the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, said the agency has always reported involuntary commitments to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that occurred over the last 12 months. Under the new law, that review period will be extended to the previous 60 months. Mason said the department is working on meeting another part of the law that will require the agency to report voluntary psychiatric admissions starting Oct. 1. She said a committee of attorneys and experts is working on a way to provide the information confidentially. “We’re obviously very concerned that people’s information is kept private so that people will still come to treatment,” she said.

Adults 18 years and older can begin applying for the long gun eligibility certificates, which require completion of an instructional course and state and federal background checks.

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Magic T-Rexs

From Sunday June 23 to Tuesday June 25, the Lucy Robbins Welles Library held two well-received programs. The first (above) was “Having Fun with Fossils and Dinosaurs.� The presenter, Paulette Morin, introduced the participants to the wonders of dinosaurs and their fossils. She used a five-foot tall book to describe these prehistoric creatures and then let the children examine her collection of fossil specimens. The second program (at right) was Magic with Marissa. Marissa Michaels is a sophomore in high school who is the proud recipient of the first-place award for her performance at a competition of the Society of Young Magicians in New York City. She did her magic show at the library Tuesday evening, getting the children involved in her magic. The participants sat spellbound and had a few laughs during her show.

19 students graduate from adult and continuing education program

The Newington Adult and Continuing Education Credit Diploma Program held its graduation June 6 in the Newington High School Auditorium. Nineteen diplomas were awarded as well as the Kiwanis of Newington Scholarship Award and Liberty Bank Scholarship Awards. Besides scholarship awards, students received both the Raymond R. Newton Award and the Vincent Parente Memorial Award. Diplomas were awarded by Board of Education Chairman, Dr. Marc B. Finkelstein and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William C. Collins. James Wenker, principal of Newington High School, gave the keynote address, urging students to continue to persevere in all future endeavors. Students receiving a diploma included: Raymond Byars, Garrett Chiger, Kamil Czajkowski, Brandon Gary, Matthew

McDougal, Ryne Mehan, Willard Morin, Caitlin Parker, Anthony Pignone, Szymon Pogorzelski, Tiffani Poinelli, Lissette Rivera, Maria Rodriguez, Kurt Rynn, Gregory Scarlett, Darlene-Jo Smith, Donald Stachelek, Katherine Ward, and Lauren Woolley On behalf of the faculty, Dr. Thomas M. Abbruzzese, program director, announced award winners listed as follows: The Raymond R. Newton Award was presented by Aaron Alder, program counselor, to Maria Rodriguez. Alder also presented the Vincent Parente Memorial Award to Garrett Chiger. Abbruzzese presented the Kiwanis of Newington Scholarship Award to Maria Rodriguez. Jodie Lemeris presented the Liberty Bank Scholarship Awards to Gregory Scarlett, Willard Morin, Lissette Rivera and Katherine The Newington Adult and Continuing Education Credit Diploma Program said farewell to 19 graduates Ward. Collins extended closing remarks and recently. The graduation ceremony was held June 6 in the Newington High School auditorium. Clark Castelle provided processional music.

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Merritt Parkway’s 75th anniversary ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS celebrated with art exhibit

By MARTIN B. CASSIDY Greenwich Time

As a landscape painter always on the lookout for new subjects, Cynthia Mullins found inspiration in the architectural and decorative detail of the overpasses on the Merritt Parkway during years of driving back and forth on the Merritt Parkway. The intricate adornments and structure of the bridges piqued her curiosity and she began reading extensively about the roadway’s history. “There are details on the bridges that you would never notice as you drive by,” Mullins said. Working from the photographs and history she finds in her reading, Mullins paints the parkway sights from the point of view of drivers, if they could see such detail while driving —— Art Deco and French Renaissance flourishes that include spider webs, owls and butterflies. Now, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the opening of the first 17.5-mile stretch of the Merritt Parkway, the Westport Library is hosting an exhibit of Mullins’ works, “Painting the Merritt: Cynthia Mullins Celebrates the Parkway,” paired with a historical display about the stretch of the parkway from Greenwich to

Norwalk. The anniversary comes at a time when the often contentious concerns about preserving the history and architecture of the parkway while keeping the roadway maintained are now extending to trees and landscape. Anyone who has driven on the Merritt in recent months will have noticed the extensive ongoing tree removal. Mullins is among them. She says the landscape and forest inspires her as much as the architecture does, and her paintings evoke this. “Driving on the Merritt takes you so quickly from one view to the next, so I wanted to convey the feelings, moods and sensations we all experience when driving it,” she said. The trees make the parkway what it is as much if not more than the bridges do. But they’re a problem. Three of the recent massive storms have littered the parkway with downed trees for two days at a time -- Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, the freak snowstorm in October 2011 and Hurricane Sandy last autumn. People have died when trees have fallen on their cars, which seems statistically improbable,

Cheryl (Conner) Bacon

Cheryl (Conner) Bacon, 60, of Newington died peacefully Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Yale-New Haven Hospital, after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth H. Bacon. Born in Meriden, daughter of Helen (Menard) Conner of Meriden, and the late John Conner, she was a Newington resident for many years. Cheryl was formerly employed by Apria Healthcare of Cromwell. A loving and devoted mother and grandmother, she leaves a daughter, Rhonda; stepchildren, Kenny Jr. and wife, Kim, Nikki and husband, Kevin, along with five grand-

children. She also leaves a brother, Michael Conner and wife, Cindy; two sisters, Susan Goode and husband, Ron, and sister, Linda Rossi and husband, Mike; and a niece and several nephews. Her funeral service will be private and she will be interred in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. Memorial donations may be made to the ongoing research at Yale New Haven/Smilow Cancer Center at Closer to Free Fund, P.O. Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-0611. To share your sorrow with her family, please visit us at www.

The following local residents are among those to be named to the Roger Williams University Dean’s List for the spring semester. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester. Ian Aprea, resident of Newington, majoring in Engineering; Lindsey Cruff, resident of Newington, majoring in Elementary Education; Hannah Zydanowicz, resident of Newington, majoring in Architecture.

must be members of St. Mary Parish have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and be actively involved in a ministry of the parish. Briana has been a member of our music ministry in various capacities for over nine years. She is currently a member of the Teen Choir, Resurrection Choir and the Chamber Orchestra.

The following students graduated from the University of New Haven in May: Lauren Machado of Newington received a B.S. in Forensic Science; Matthew Scaringe of Newington received a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Deanna Troy Henry, a Newington High graduate, has graduated with Departmental Honors from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has earned a BFA in Art Education, and is now qualified to teach art in Massachusetts. This summer, she is working as the Director of the Art Department for a summer camp at The Chestnut Hill School in Boston. She resides in the Mission Hill section of Boston.

The University of Hartford has announced the following Newington students have been named to the Dean’s List for spring. Brian Bianchi, Ryan Clancy, Michelle Gonera, Christina Hanan, Kirsten LaPointe, Danielle Gopie, Rachel Williams, Kristi Xhaxho, Julia Baiju of Newington; Carl Hawkins of Newington; Jessica Henriques, Ashley Leffard, Kimberly Tetreault, Kevin Bascetta, Scott Horan,Patricia Manke, Katie Dydyn, Jessie Sattler, Daniela Cabral. The 2013 recipient of the St. Mary Parish High School Scholarship is Briana Alvarez-Hernandez. A graduate of Newington High School, Briana will attend Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall. The St. Mary Parish Scholarship is offered each year to a high school senior enrolled in an accredited education program beyond high school. The students

Veronica Powell of Newington received a Masters in Labor Relations from the University of New Haven.

Amanda Kraczkowsky of Newington earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design at the June 1 commencement. Amanda was awarded the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit for excellence in the study of Architecture. Jason Oliveira of Newington has earned Dean’s List status for the spring semester at Lasell College. A member of the Class of 2013 Oliveira majored n Sport Management. Newington resident Paul Bogoian earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Stonehill College, Easton, Mass.

NEWINGTON EVENTS CALENDAR ROVING D.U.I. PATROLS: In an effort to deter motorists from driving while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, the Newington Police Department will be conducting roving D.U.I patrols during the Fourth of July Holiday weekend July 5 until July 7. Funding for these patrols was made possible by a grant awarded from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Each year thousands of lives are lost, many more are injured as a result of alcohol related accidents. The Newington Police Department hopes that its efforts will provide safer traveling and greater awareness of the results of driving under the influence and help reduce the loss of lives and

injuries by removing intoxicated drivers from the roads. CONTESTANTS SOUGHT FOR MISS POLONIA CT 2014 PAGEANT: Contestants are sought for the Miss Polonia CT 2014 Pageant. All woman ages 17 to 27 of Polish descent are encouraged to register at or in person at the MPCT Office in Plainville. Appointments can be made by calling Bogusia or John Gladysz, state coordinators at (860) 883-2277 or email short bio with a recent photograph (headshot) to misspoloniact@ The pageant will take place Oct. 12 in Hartford. The winner will represent the state of Connecticut at the Finals Miss Polonia USA in New

York City. FREE SUMMER FUN RUNS: Free Summer Fun Runs will be held at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning July 10, cross country trails behind Wallace Middle School, 3k and 5k races, free event/prizes. Contact jaykrusell@ for further information. FREE DENTAL CLEANING CLINIC FOR ADULTS AGE 60 AND OLDER: With funding from the North Central Area Agency on Aging, The Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) in collaboration with Apple Rehab of Rocky Hill, will offer two FREE dental cleaning clinics July 10 and 11, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. each day at

Apple Rehab, 45 Elm St., Rocky Hill. All patients registering must reside in the following towns: Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. Donations are graciously accepted. There is a limit of five patients per day so please reserve your spot by calling Hilary Norcia at (860) 665-8571. TEENS TAKE TO THE NCTC STAGE IN “INTO THE WOODS,” JULY 12-14: The Newington Children’s Theatre Company will present “Into the Woods,” July 12-14. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they

cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Join this stellar cast of 19 teens as they bring this classic to life on the NCTC stage, July 12-14 (Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.). Tickets are $12 for adults ($15 at the door) and $10 for seniors, students and children ($12 at the door). Performances will take place at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. For more tickets, call (860)

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NEWINGTON EVENTS CALENDAR Continued from Page 12 666-NCTC or visit MS SUPPORT GROUP: The Newington MS Support Group meets at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2

p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. There are more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an oftentimes debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter offers more

than 30 support groups throughout Connecticut. These groups bring together people who share a common life experience as it relates to MS and its effects. For more information, contact Charlie at (860) 6671314 or Tom at (860) 236-2751. For more information on multiple

sclerosis and the many ways you can help make a difference, visit www. or call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at (800) FIGHT MS.

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Snowboard Champion. Artistic awards include Photo of the Year, 2010; Kodak Picture of the Day, Aug. 7, 2011; and Picture of the Day, Dec. 9, 2010. His work has also been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the room is not in use for a scheduled program. Viewers are encouraged to call before coming to make sure the room is free. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (860) 665-8700.

DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going through divorce, thinking about

getting a divorce, already divorced, or relationship breakup. There is a caring group of people who have been exactly where you are now, this group meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. (except Good Friday and the Friday after Thanksgiving) at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield.

LIBRARY EVENTS CALENDAR GOTTA SING — GOTTA DANCE! Monday evenings in July and August, 6:30 p.m. Join Bob Larsson for the screening of four classic movie musicals. Popcorn and lemonade provided. July 8 — “The Harvey Girls” (1946) starring Judy Garland, John Hodiak and Ray Bolger. Songs by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer. The Harvey Girls staffed the restaurants built by Fred Harvey to serve train passengers traveling through the West but some Westerners didn’t like the idea. July 22 — “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954) starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel. A backwoods farmer decides to go into town and find himself a wife. When he succeeds, his six younger brothers decide to follow his lead and kidnap wives for themselves. Aug. 12 — “Blue Skies” (1946) starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Joan Caulfield. Songs by Irving Berlin. A singing nightclub owner and a dancer compete for the same girl. The singer wins but then loses her. How can he win her back? Aug. 26 – “Lovely to Look At” (1952) starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Red Skelton and Marge and Gower Champion. Music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Otto Harbach. An American inherits half interest in a Paris fashion house. When he and some friends go to Paris, they find that the salon is in financial trouble and decide to stage a mammoth fashion show to solve the problem. TEEN GAMING AFTERNOON: Monday, July 8, 3 to 5 p.m. Grades 6 to 12. Stop by to play video games, board games and card games. Feel free to bring your favorite board or card games. Snacks will be available. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP: Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For teens and parents. Annette BosleyBoyce, founder and author of “The College Success Plan,” will cover the requirements of the college essay, what attributes admission reps are looking for, and how to avoid common pitfalls that make your application land in the “no” pile. Come hear the advice given by experts in the field, receive free sample essays, and even begin crafting your first essay! Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. BROWN BAG IT WITH ARCHEOLOGY: Wednesday, July 10, noon Join State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni as he tells the story of “The Long Journey Home for Albert Afraid of Hawk.”

Albert Afraid of Hawk, a Lakota Sioux, died in Danbury in June 1900 while performing with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Hear about the life and death of Albert Afraid of Hawk, the story of the Lakota people, and the exhumation and repatriation of his remains. Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and dessert are provided. MOD PODGE MADNESS: Thursday, July 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Get your craft on and get mad about Mod Podge! Come learn to decoupage and personalize your creations. All tools will be provided to create unique and fun crafts! Call the library at 860) (665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. MOVIES AND MORE AT THE LIBRARY: “Les Miserables” Tuesday, July 16, 1 p.m. Enjoy the musical version of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of love and sacrifice. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. Please pick up your free ticket at the Adult Information Desk. Refreshments will be served. Rated PG-13. Running time is 157 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. FREE EBOOKS & EMAGAZINES: Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. Do you wish you could get John Grisham’s latest book or Good Housekeeping magazine on your device for free? The library has thousands of eBooks and 65 eMagazines. Come see how easy it is to download any of them to your computer, iPad, NOOK, Kindle, Android or smartphone. THE EDDY FARM: NEWINGTON’S OWN FAMILY FARM: Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. Learn more about this treasure of Newington! Owners Haley and Andy Billipp will give a brief history of the Eddy Farm, tell how they came to own the farm, and explain their organic farming methods. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. TECH TROUBLESHOOTING WITH TEENS: Thursday, July 25, 6:30 to p.m. Attention all adults! Drop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techies help you. ZOMBIE MAKEUP WORKSHOP: Friday, July 26, 4 to 8 p.m. Get ready for the gore! Using professional stage makeup and some very ordinary items, you will begin the process of changing into a zombie. Follow along with makeup artist Caroline Wilcox who will demonstrate the special effects techniques. This is a hands-on workshop. Then, put your new look to use as a zombie character for a special children’s program. Dinner will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends

TEEN PICTIONARY TOURNAMENT: Monday, July 29, 6 to 8 p.m. Do you have mad drawing skills? Come in from the heat for a fast and furious game of Pictionary! Don’t know what Pictionary is? Come by to check it out! Snacks and prizes will be available. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. MOVIES AND MORE AT THE LIBRARY: “The Impossible,” Tuesday, July 30, 1 p.m. Tracking one family’s harrowing experiences, this gripping drama depicts the chaos generated by the massive 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. Starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Please pick up your free ticket at the Adult Information Desk. Refreshments will be served. Rated PG-13. Running time is 114 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. THE CASEY FAMILY SINGS! AND MORE! Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. Bring the whole family and neighbors, too! Delight to the many styles and songs of the Casey Family. Music teacher, bandleader and jazz pianist Chris Casey and his wife Jennifer, a Suzuki violin teacher, have been performing with their daughters for nine years. The five girls, ranging in age from 9 to 16, sing and play drums, piano, violin and guitar alongside their parents. You’ll hear many favorites from this incredibly talented family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PHOTOGRAPHY, ARTWORK EXHIBIT: Through July 30, Newington resident Pat Moore will display his photographs and drawings in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. In addition, Moore will host an Artist’s Reception Saturday, July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Moore is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a former TV meteorologist, skydiving instructor, college professor and professional recruiter. He runs an eCommerce business devoted to online sales of ski and cycling gear and also produces tech tips for seniors on the website GoldenYearsGeek. com. Moore’s earliest photography was devoted to sky diving more than 40 years ago. Today, his focus is on travel, sports and abstract subjects. In addition to his photographs, Moore will also display his drawings, a medium he took up just three years ago. In addition to photography and drawing, Moore is an avid ski racer, snowboard racer and unicyclist. He’s the 2008 Age Group NASTAR National Ski Racing Champion, and eighttime Age Group NASTAR National


and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. SUMMER SATURDAYS: Stop in anytime on Saturdays and check out our Maker Space. Create a craft or cool gadget. GARDEN WIGGLERS: Mondays, July 8 to Aug. 19, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Stories, songs and playtime for children 9-24 months, siblings and their caregivers. T-REX TWO’S: Wednesdays, July 10 to Aug. 21, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Stories, songs and playtime for children 24 months and older, siblings and their caregivers.

GARDEN CLUB: Schedule of events is available in the Children’s Department. We’re starting a Garden Club for families and gardeners who will help run the library garden. Call the Children’s Department to register at (860) 665-8720. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The garden will be planted with donations from the Eddy Farm, Home Depot and Frink Garden Center. The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

READER RABBITS: Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 22, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Storytime for children ages 3-6.

FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration is necessary.

AFTERNOON HEAT: Thursdays, July 11 to Aug. 15, 2 p.m. Join us for an hour filled with fun and creative activities. Children entering grades 3-6 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register beginning two weeks prior to each program. A detailed flyer is available at the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

DIG INTO READING — Children can help us kick off a great summer of reading! Sign up for our online summer reading program, play games with D.J. Bob, go crazy in the Bouncy House, and more! Sign up for summer reading online at www.newingtonct. gov/library or come down to the library to register. GROUNDBREAKING READS — Teens can sign up for summer reading on computers that will be available for this special occasion. Teens who register at the kick-off will receive two prize tickets they can use in weekly prize drawings and the grand prize drawing. Sign up for summer volunteer opportunities at the teen table. Adults are welcome to register for the reading program if they haven’t done so already. PLAY WITH US! Tuesdays, through Aug. 27, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to three-yearold resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL!: Tuesday, July 16, noon. Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4-year-olds featuring books that “sing”

LUNCH BUNCH: Wednesdays, July 10 to Aug. 14, noon. Children entering kindergarten through grade 2, are invited to bring their lunch and dig up some big fun with us each week. A detailed flyer is available at the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CHESS CLUB: Tuesdays, July 9 and 23 and Aug. 13, 2 p.m. Like to play chess? We will set up our program room for all who want to play chess. Bring a friend or find one here! Sets will be available to use here and check out for use at home. No registration is needed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. Do you love pizza? Join us in making and eating a garden vegetable pizza. Chefs entering grades 3 to 6 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. SUMMER POOL PARTY! Monday, July 15, 5 to 8 p.m. Mill Pond Pool (Newington residents only) At 5 p.m. BYO picnic dinner and at 5:30 p.m. We’ll dance with DJ Bob and librarians; then join us for a free pool party from 6 to 8 p.m.! Play games with the DJ, enjoy refreshments and most of all, swim, swim, swim! No registration is necessary but bring your Newington ID for entrance to the pool. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



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