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Patrick Gagnon of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department, left, at the chili cook-off between Rocky Hill, Newington and South Kensington fire departments at Chef’s Equipment Emporium on the Berlin Turnpike Sunday. See story and photos on Page 5.

A second judge has ruled that HealthBridge Management violated federal labor law at six state nursing homes it operates, including the Newington Health Care Center, where caregivers are currently on strike due to labor contract disputes. Administrative Law Judge Steven Fish’s Aug. 1st ruling indicated that the New Jersey-based elder care company illegally fired, then re-hired, 45 employees under reduced wages and benefits on May 17, 2010. Two housekeeping workers were never re-hired. Fish called this a “blatant violation” of labor law. He ordered the company to compensate these 47 workers for their lost wages and benefits and rescind the contract changes affecting all union employees, which cut holiday and overtime pay, sick time and vacation days. The company was ordered to post notices of all law violations in its nursing homes. The Connecticut Department of Labor also ruled that the 600 striking employees are eligible for


unemployment compensation benefits retroactive to the first day of the strike, because the labor dispute constitutes a lockout. HealthBridge officials could not be reached Tuesday. Sue Simone, a laundry aide at the Newington Center since 1983, recalls the day she was fired and re-hired and the financial mess it led her to. “It was within a couple hours that we were rehired, we never even left the building, never punched out,” Simone remembered. She had been making $19.14 per hour, but her See SECOND, Page 2

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wages were cut to $12.80 and as a “new” employee, her seniority was eliminated so she had to go through the probationary two-month period before she could receive health insurance again. These longevity and benefit changes, which affected all 45 housekeeping staff members, were ruled illegal. “One of the workers, her mother passed away and she wasn’t even paid bereavement leave because she was a ‘new hire’; she had been a worker for 30 years,”added Simone, who said she had to reach into her retirement savings to pay bills over the 18-month period she worked under the reduced wages. “During the whole year and nine months I kept a happy face for the patients.” Following this recent ruling, President of District 1199 David Pickus said of HealthBridge,“With many more damning decisions forthcoming in the near future, their attempts to hide the truth about their illegal behavior and real motivation are being exposed.” Healthbridge will be facing a National Labor Relations Board judge again Sept. 10 over the remaining complaints, which allege that its unilateral implementation of contracts in April was illegal and intent locking out workers at the


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Newington Youth Ballet set for Town Hall performance By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

The newly-formed Newington Youth Ballet, a group of nationally- and internationally-acclaimed young dancers, will perform at the Town Hall for the first time later this month. Artistic Director and Founder Jane Alissa Levin, a Newington resident, teaches in five different dance studios in Connecticut and Massachusetts and has a passion for helping others. The ballet’s first show was held this past April at CCSU and went to benefit an animal rescue organization. This time, however, Levin is bringing her dancers right to the heart of Newington and using the opportunity to give back to the town’s human services department and library. “Each time we do performances, we want to raise awareness for certain causes and organizations, especially in such a small-knit community like Newington,” explained Levin, who has performed professionally with The New York City Ballet and as a soloist with Ballet Atlantic. She and her 21-year-old daughter, who grew up in town, share a love for the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. That’s why they’re asking those who come to the upcoming show at Town Hall to bring new or gently-used books, DVDs or CDs as donations. “We could spend hours at the library,” said Levin. “There’s just a whole wealth of knowledge there for free that the whole community can access.” But she’s also hoping others will bring backpacks, along with backto-school supplies and clothes for human services, which provides families in need with these items before school starts every year. “I know what its like to really have money challenges,” she explained. “What child wants to go back to school with a ratty old back pack and old clothes? There are so many people — especially now — that didn’t imagine themselves in financial troubles. We all have to help each other in this world.”

About a dozen of her dancers will perform at the upcoming show, which will feature excerpts from Levin’s original “Legend of the Magical Forest” ballet, but also a variety of solo acts. Levin’s style of teaching dance is quite unlike many other schools, which thrive on competition and appearance. And her students have seen the benefit of this method, many going on to professionals careers in the arts: the Royal Ballet of London, the Rockettes, the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” as well as music videos and commercials. “I really want every person to feel like an individual, cherished and special,” she explained. “So many problems in this world are caused by lack of self esteem and not knowing who you are,” added Levin, who has the paperwork filed to make the Newington Youth Ballet a nonprofit organization, as she hopes to hold many complimentary performances in local nursing homes and hospitals. Registration for fall classes is ongoing through the summer and will also be held the same evening as the

Chloe Shoaf, left, and Brianna Roland of the Newington Youth Ballet are just two of the performers set to appear in the company’s Town Hall show.

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Area Sikhs come together in wake of Wisconsin shooting By SUSAN CORICA STAFF WRITER

News of the mass shooting at a Sikh temple Sunday morning in Oak Creek, Wisc., spread rapidly among the Sikh community in the U.S. It reached the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar temple in Southington as morning prayers were being said. Members of the local congregation were seated on the blue and yellow carpeted floor, as they are every Sunday and as they would have been in Wisconsin, explained Darshan Singh Bajwa, temple past president and chairman. Each Sikh temple has a very similar layout, he said. He said temple officials opted to withhold the shocking news from the congregants until after the service so as not to disrupt morning worship. An apparently lone gunman, identified as alleged white supremacist Wade Michael Page, burst into the Oak Creek temple killing six people, before being shot dead by police. A police officer and several others were wounded. Bajwa said he didn’t know yet if anyone in the congregation was

related to any of the shooting victims in Wisconsin, as police had not yet released victim’s names. Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar will hold a candlelight vigil for the Oak Creek victims Friday, at about 8 p.m., which will be open to the public, he said. Monday afternoon, Bajwa was fielding many questions from reporters looking for local reaction to the tragedy but he took the disruption calmly. “This is a very human thing,� he told a visitor, “and I think we should always be doing this whenever any tragedy happens. It’s a good educational thing for people to read about us.� The modern new temple (known as a “gurdwara� or “house of God�) opened in February 2011, in a ceremony attended by hundreds of people, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Everyone who enters must cover their head to show respect, remove their shoes, and wash their hands. Bajwa showed reporters around the main prayer hall, where congregants sit cross-legged on the floor, before a cloth-covered prayer platform

containing the Guru Granth Shahib sacred text. Services are followed by a communal meal in the dining hall, where everyone also sits on the floor, although there are red cushioned benches along the walls to make anyone with a disability more comfortable. “We sit on the floor so that nobody is higher,nobody is lower,�he explained.“When the governor came here, he sat over there on the floor.� “Some Sikhs are vegetarians and some are not, but the food served here is always vegetarian so that everyone may eat,�he said.“Everyone is welcome here. The only thing is they have to cover their head and bare their feet, otherwise we do not care who they are. If they are hungry they can come.� “This is what Sikhism tells us: the human being is the creation of a God, man and woman together, and we all are one. It does not matter which country, which religion, which color,we are all human beings and we should always love the other human beings,� Bajwa said. As Bajwa explained his faith to outsiders, Kanwalpreet Singh,

From left, Kanwalpreet Singh, secretary of the board of trustees of the Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple in Southington, and Darshan Singh Bajwa, past president/chairman of the temple.

secretary of the temple’s board of trustees,was calling up CNN updates on his smart phone to keep up with news of the shooting. “Page is a neo-Nazi,� Singh read quietly out loud. “He was the exsinger of a band of neo-Nazis, a band called End Apathy. He was a six-year veteran of the Army. The police are going into his computers. He was in white supremacist groups He had a 9/11 tattoo on his arm, maybe it was misguided revenge.� The Gurdwara draws members

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Local firefighters bring the heat in charity chili cook-off By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Volunteer firefighters from South Kensington,Newington and Rocky Hill fired up the stovetops at Chef ’s Equipment Emporium on the Berlin Turnpike Sunday and turned up the heat in a sizzling chili cook-off. The South Kensington Volunteer Fire Department scorched their opponents with a special recipe containing three kinds of meat and three kinds of peppers. Their chili took the win after hungry visitors’ votes were tallied up at the end of the afternoon.

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Matt Pepe, left, and Fire Chief Brian Chapman of the South Kensington Volunteer Fire Department whose chili won the chili cook-off.

“We had our own chili cook-off at the firehouse to find out who was going to come here today and two guys ended up both winning so we combined their recipes,” said Fire Chief Brian Chapman, who added that the recipe’s secret ingredient was “love” — a comment that was followed by hushed laughter from his teammates. Proceeds from the event were split evenly between the three towns and each donated their portion to a charity of their choice. The South Kensington firefighters decided to donate their ration, along with their winnings — $500 from the kitchen appliance store — to the American Cancer Society. “We donate to them once a year anyway, so we figure this is a bonus, give them some extra cash,” said Chapman. The Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Department took second place with their chocolate- and cinnamon-laced chili, the creation of Company 1 Firefighter Frank Kelley, who has been cooking for the town’s Fire Department for more than 23 years. “It’s a recipe I’ve worked with for quite a few years now,” said Kelley, who made 10 gallons to feed people who came to the cook-off, including two versions: with and without beans.

“They went the extra mile and made both; I made my decision right then and there,” commented New Britain resident Linda Geuser, whose niece and son each chose the opposing departments’ recipes. Rocky Hill’s donation was put in the Fire Department’s Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to three deserving high school seniors annually. Newington Fire Commissioner Bob Seiler wanted to put his red kidney bean-ballot into Newington’s jar, but guiltily admitted he liked Rocky Hill’s chili the best. Firefighter Pat Gagnon represented Newington’s department with his wife Amy’s famous turkey chili, which she won an award for at last year’s Newington Waterfall Festival. The department chose the Bridgeport Burn Center as their designated charity. And Chef ’s Equipment was happy to host the event, as it brought in a few hundred new visitors to their 1-year-old store, which specializes in cookware and kitchen equipment for both commercial and residential kitchens. “We also had people who came here to shop and didn’t know about the cook-off, but then decided to support their local fire department too,” said Maria Van,


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Bob Seiler of the Newington Volunteer Fire Department at the chili cook-off between Rocky Hill, Newington and South Kensington volunteer fire departments at Chef’s Equipment Emporium on the Berlin Turnpike Sunday.

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Congressman co-sponsoring proposal to create public campaign financing system By STEVE COLLINS STAFF WRITER

Blasting the “corrosive� impact of big money on politics,U.S.Rep.John Larson,D-1st District,said this week the nation’s political system is falling under the control of donors who can fork over large and sometimes hidden financial contributions. Larson, an East Hartford Democrat, said it is troubling that

U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, speaking at a forum on the influence of money in politics at West HartfordÂ’s Town Hall this week.

small numbers of rich donors can decide the outcome of many close elections. The failure of disclosure laws, he said, makes it possible that foreign nations could even “be involved in our elections�without anyone knowing. At a packed forum at West Hartford’s Town Hall about money in politics, Larson called for reforms that would include public financing of congressional campaigns,a constitutional amendment to clamp down on corporate spending on politics and a groundswell of public pressure to force politicians to take action. Nick Nyhart, president of the Public Campaign Action Fund, told the crowd of about 80 that the political system in America “is all about the money�rather than the common good. Nyhart said 94 percent of the money donated to Super PACs this year is coming from people who give $10,000 or more — about a thousand individuals in all.

During the entire 2010 campaign, he said, only 6 percent of the money given to winning congressional candidates came from donations of $200 or less, the sort of sums that ordinary Americans might be able to afford. Larson, whose district includes Bristol, Southington, Berlin, Newington,Wethersfield and Rocky Hill, is the primary sponsor of the Fair Election Now proposal that would create a public financing system for Congress not too different than Connecticut’s state campaign finance program. Under the proposal, which has scores of cosponsors, congressional candidates would have to collect at least 1,500 contributions of $100 or less from people within their own states in order to gain access to $1.1 million in federal campaign funds. The system would allow candidates to raise up to $5 million. Nyhart said the proposal “isn’t just a pipe dream on Capitol Hill� and could become reality. Both Larson and Nyhart said lenient Supreme Court rulings on money in politics may have to be reversed with a constitutional

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Soda tax to combat obesity not gaining support By LLUVIA MARES STAFF WRITER

Although it is only an idea so far, the need to impose a federal tax on highly sugared drinks to combat obesity is not something many people are swallowing. “I really don’t think that taxing soda is going to help anyone,” said Matthew Harris, 34, of Bristol. “People will continue to do what they do, just like smoking. You can keep taxing but if they want to drink soda or eat junk food they are going to keep doing it.” U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, suggested that Congress look at imposing a federal tax on these drinks during a press conference at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program held last week in New Haven, where the rise in childhood obesity was the hot topic. Although not officially on the table, according to a DeLauro representative, the tax is just a proposal the New Haven Democrat wants Congress to consider. Don Toewz, of Bristol, opted for a healthier drink with his lunch at the Super Natural Market & Deli

in Bristol on a recent day, but said he occasionally likes to have a soda with his meal. Toewz said a soda tax will not make a dent in obesity, just in taxpayers’pockets. “I don’t think it is really going to matter,” he said. “People will keep buying what they want. It’s just going to cost us more.” Accordingtothestate’s Department ofPublicHealth,obesityisthesecondleading cause of preventable death in the United States after smoking, and in just over one generation, U.S. rates of obesity have approximately tripled among preschoolers and adolescents, and quadrupled among children aged 6 to 11 years. “We need to do more to improve access to affordable, healthy foods and to make healthy choices easy choices for everyone,” said DeLauro, who said the sugary drink’s low prices make the choice easier for lowincome families looking to “stretch” a dollar. “A comprehensive approach is necessary, including supporting the production of fruits and vegetables, encourage marketing of nutritious foods to kids,and addressing the situation in the marketplace.”

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Tricia Erickson, a clinical nutritionist at Bristol Hospital, said the soda tax would have to be pretty high to make a significant impact on obesity. “Something has to be done to combat obesity, this is a good start.” she said. “We need to put higher tax on all the bad stuff and make the healthy stuff more affordable to families.” Erikson said society is just starting to see the effects of unhealthy eating habits in children. “Kids are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol,” she said. “These used to be adult diseases that are now becoming childhood diseases and we really don’t understand why or how this is happening.” Dr. Robert Dudley, a pediatrician with the Community Health Center of New Britain said the only way to get people back on a healthy track and reverse society’s “super-size me” bad habits of consuming high-caloried drinks and food must start at the government level. “Thiswillinvolvethepolicymakers, marketing experts, doctors, nutritionists, and school officials all working together to help people make the

right choices.” At a recent ‘Weight of the Nation’ conference in Washington, D.C., which Dudley attended, touched on the policy changes that need to be implemented in order to help children and adults get healthy. Like DeLauro, Dudley said the main change is making healthy alternatives less expensive for families. “Right now 40 percent of New Britain school children in elementary and middle school levels are obese,” said Dudley.“That is a huge percentage and something needs to be done to correct it.” Dudley said one of the easiest ways to go about reducing obesity is by cutting out high-sugar drinks. “This is often the first place many folks will start to get rid of ‘bad’ calories when they are looking to go the healthy route,”he said. Denise Monahan, of Southington, said she is all for a tax on soda. “I really think it starts at home with the parents,”Monahan said.“I’ve seen children at the playground taking sips of their mother’s soda. I think that’s where the childhood obesity starts.” Karen Hanretty, vice president of public affairs of the American

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For school districts, predicting snow days is an inexact science

Last winter, at least nine of the country’s snowiest cities had less than 60 percent of their average snowfall, according to USA Today, which caused many schools to end the year early because they hadn’t used up all their snow days. The presence of El Niño or La Niña - and their strength - is used to project how active the winter season is going to be. AccuWeather. com Long-Range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late in the summer. For kids praying to hear school’s out for a snow day, the weaker the El Niño, the better. Weak El Niños have brought snow-packed winters to most major Northeast cities in the past, said Expert Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston. “Historically, both strong La Niñas and weak El Niños have produced higher-than-average snowfall in the Northeastern U.S.,” Boston said. In contrast, “weak La Niñas and strong El Niños historically bring lower-than-average

snowfall.” A weak El Niño in 2009 led to record December snowfall in Philadelphia, which got slammed with 23.2 inches of snow. It was a year’s worth of snow in one day for the city that usually receives 20.5 inches of snow in an average year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Deciding on a snow day is more complex than looking at the number of inches on the ground, however. A flurry could mean a school cancellation in South Carolina, but just another normal winter day in Michigan. Deirdre Darragh, the School District of Philadelphia’s Manager of Media Relations, said that “in determining if schools should be closed, the district collaborates with city and state officials and the Office of Transportation, with the final decision being left to the superintendent.’’ They take into account the temperature and the timing of snowfall, and whether the snow will coincide during



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One of every 20 students in Connecticut is being directed to take standardized tests created for children with either severe or moderate disabilities, a significant increase in the past five years. Poor results on these alternative or modified tests will not penalize a school district, unlike weak results on standardized tests that the majority of students in the state must take. Although overall enrollment in the Connecticut schools has declined over the past five years, the number of children identified as having severe learning disabilities who took the Skills Checklist rose by almost 32 percent, or 900 students. Similarly, the number of students who took the Modified Assessments in the past two years — when the federal goverment started allowing this option — rose by 7 percent, or more than 1,300 students. “It’s essentially a loophole around the accountability measures in No Child Left Behind,” said Robert Cotto Jr., a senior policy fellow with Voices for Children and an elected member of the Hartford Board of Education. “These students, simply put, don’t count.” Cotto said, as a result, several things could be happening: a district’s performance results are distorted, there’s an incentive to direct more students to these alternate assessments and these alternatives might be the appropriate measurement tool.

The state recently got a waiver to federal requirements in the No Child Left Behind law. Any student who takes the alternative or modified tests and fails won’t hurt a district’s rating, while students who do well on the tests will slightly help a district. The waiver puts limits on how many disabled students that pass the test can boost a districts score. And while State Board of Education members were told about this increase in participation in alternative tests,the Department’s special education bureau chief also told them classification is a local decision. “It is not in our purview to override... Our purview is to make sure [local officials] are trained to make that appropriate decision,”said Anne Louise Thompson. She noted that her department does look for warning signs that too many students are taking alternative assessments. “We just do red flags.” She said every year there are a group of districts that prompt questions about whether students were classified appropriately. She said when there is a bump in the number of students scoring proficiently on alternative tests, a closer look is typically warranted. Cotto, with Voices, an education policy advocacy group, said he’s concerned that some districts are routing too many students to non-high-stakes tests to skew performance results. He pointed to Hartford, where most of the noted gains are, he said, See STUDENTS, Page 9

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from shunting students away from the tests that count. “It’s addition through subtraction.” In a recent report Cotto wrote, he pointed out the discrepancy in results between New Haven and Bridgeport, two school districts with 12 percent of students with learning disabilities. In New Haven, 9 percent of the district’s students take modified assessments compared to 4 percent in Bridgeport. Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said Wednesday he plans to look at the reason for the increases. “We want to make sure the system is working well,” he said, noting a new computerized

assessment will begin in two years. Several state board members expressed concern that the screening process was actually preventing some students from taking the modified tests. “I have some concerns in how we are choosing students. That sounds alarming to be quite frank,” Ferdinand Risco Jr., a member of the state board and New Haven school board, said following the presentation on the oversight of these classifications. 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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photo of the veteran they would like to remember and place it on the Wall of Honor. Due to limited parking at the monument, a bus will be provided to transport visitors to the National Iwo Jima Memorial. This bus will be part of a formal escorted procession to the National Iwo Jima Memorial where services will begin at 6:30 p.m. In case of rain, the entire ceremony will take place at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home. Sponsors and volunteers are sought to help with this event. For more information, contact Gary at (860) 291-9666 or email You may also visit the Iwo Jima Survivors website or Facebook page at for more information and directions to the Newington Memorial Funeral Home or National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument.

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As a longtime Newington resident, I feel compelled to point out a rather sorry situation on the northeast corner of East Cedar and Main Streets. During my daily walks, I’ve noticed that the 12 concrete planters fronting the building housing Vito’s Restaurant and other businesses are being totally neglected.While this area has been referred to as the Gateway to the Center of Newington,these planters contain trash,weeds,and standing water,a potential mosquito breeding ground. They are in stark contrast to the two beautiful planters on the opposite corner by the church. Local officials have indicated that these 12 planters,while on the town sidewalk, are the responsibility of the building owner. He apparently has indicated he can’t afford to properly maintain them. I am writing to hopefully bring this situation to his attention once again. Please work with the town to either maintain these as planters, or have them removed from our “Gateway.� Linda B. Stewart Newington

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As a town, Newington has a rich history of sports that is full of pride and tradition. Over the summer, sports typically take a back seat, but an annual tradition of 5k “fun runs” has been getting people of all ages out of the house and on to the trails. The Newington Fun Run originally began in the 1960s, and over the years migrated to different courses. During the ’70s, the run went on a hiatus, before Jim Melley resurrected the event. Melley ran the program for 10 years, before passing the torch to its current organizer, Jay Krussell, who has been in charge for the last two years. Krussell has put in time and effort to make the fun runs appeal to more people, and with over 50 people participating, his work has paid off. “We call them fun runs as a way to get more people involved,” Krussell said. “We try to appeal to people of all ages, but this also gives an opportunity for the more serious runners to get a chance to compete.” Among the more serious runners are members of the Newington High School cross country team, who use this as a chance to get prepared for the upcoming season. “I’m going to be the captain of the cross country team next season, and a bunch of the guys from the team run in these fun runs,”Zachary Thatcher said “Its good to be able to have a race that isn’t too competitive to sort of get me back in the swing of things for next season.” While they’re many runners like Thatcher at the fun runs, others use the event as a way to bring the family together. Several families were in attendance, as moms would compete against sons and fathers against

daughters. “We like to get the kids interested,”runner and proud father Tom Doyle said. “My son, who couldn’t make it today, really likes to run and has run in a few of these fun runs. We try to get my daughter, Kassidy, involved as well, and she did pretty good today. She was the first girl in her age group to finish.” The family atmosphere is a huge part of these events and Krussell does a great job at making all the runners feel apart of the family. Prizes are given out at the end of the event to runners who finish in the top of their age groups.To help keep everyone involved, all of the runners are entered into a raffle where the winners get to choose more prizes. Like the run itself, the family atmosphere has been part of the tradition since the event first started. Though the majority of the runners who participated in this year’s events weren’t around in the early days, some of them were, and appreciate Krussell’s efforts to continue hosting the races. “This is a tradition that Newington has had for a long time,” Bruce Earwaker said. “It’s always been great for the kids to be able to come out and compete in this race, and it’s great for Newington to be able to have this. People like Jay have done a tremendous job keeping this alive.” Throughout the years the course has changed locations several times, but now it resides behind John Wallace Middle School in Newington. The course is completely off road, as it takes the runners through the woods behind the school. Despite a few hills, the course has its appeals to veterans and newcomers alike. “I’ve done these fun runs at a couple different courses,” Earwaker

said. “This one’s beautiful. It’s all off road, the scenery is great, you get out in the pasture and through the woods and never touch pavement.” The tradition of this event runs deep, as not only does Krussell host the event, his son Brian runs in it, and holds the courrse record. For Brian Krussell, these runs aren’t just about doing it because his father does, he ran when he attended Newington High School and the course was his home course, so it’s a bit of a blast from the nottoo-distant past for him. “I actually live in Chicago now, but I don’t get a chance to compete out there, so when I come home I love running in this event,” Brian said. “I ran the course in high school and loved it then so it’s really great to be able to get back out here. My girlfriend also runs in it so it’s always Runners take part in one of the weekly “fun runs” that are hosted in Newinginteresting to compete with her.” ton every Wednesday. In addition to a 5k course, a 3k one is also offered to those not looking to do the full race. For those looking to ease into the run, the 3k offers a great way to help get their feet wet. LAST DAY FOR DREAM BIG, of teen materials, and preview new READ! — SUMMER READING books. Earn a service hour for shar“It was my first time today so I 2012! Saturday, Aug. 25. All reading ing your opinion! You must be willing wanted to go with the 3k course,” must be recorded online by Aug. to participate in discussions. Snacks Jordan Bralovich said. “It was fun. 25 and prizes must be claimed by will be provided. Sponsored by the I definitely plan to keep coming to Sept. 1. Friends of the Library. these. I love running.” PLAY WITH US!: Tuesdays, through LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP No matter the reason for parAug. 28, and Sept. 4, 11 and 18, MONTH! Calling all children from ticipating, the fun runs offer a great 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this birth through eighth grade who live in program geared for families with Newington! Come to the Children’s time for everyone involved. Krussell young children who have special Department anytime between Sept. and his assistants work hard to make needs. Meet with birth to 3-year-old 1 and 30 to sign up for a library card sure each week is special for the runresource professionals and socialize and receive a free goody bag (new ners.This week’s fun run will include with your peers. All are welcome. No registrants only). registration necessary. a special appearance from Rocky,the JUST A STORY AND A SONG!: New Britain Rock Cats’ mascot. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: TuesWednesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, For more information on the day, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For 10:15 a.m. Join us for a 30-minute Newington fun runs, check it out ages 13 to 18. Help us make the liall ages storytime. We’ll enjoy a story brary a better place for you! Become (or two) and a song (or two) to welon Facebook, under the name a member and take a leadership role come in the morning. No registration Newington Fun Runs. in your community, give input on teen required.


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ADULT SUMMER READING FINALE — BETWEEN THE COVERS: Friday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m. In the library under the atrium. Join us for refreshments and prizes for adults registered in the summer reading program. The drawings for the grand prizes begin at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. BOB’S MUSICAL MONTAGE FROM MGM: Monday evenings in August, 6:30 p.m. Join film buff Bob Larsson Monday evenings for the screening of four 1950s films. Aug. 13 — “Gigi” (1958) starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan. A tomboyish young girl, training to be a courtesan, falls in love and decides she wants to marry, shocking her family. Music by Lerner and Loewe. Aug. 20 — “High Society” (1956) starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. A society girl is about to marry, but as her wedding day approaches, she finds herself being pursued by her ex-husband and a brash reporter from a scandal magazine. Features music by Louis Armstrong. Aug. 27 — “Showboat” (1951) starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson and Ava Gardner. Story of the lives and love, trials and triumphs, of a group of entertainers working on a Mississippi river boat in the pre-Civil War south. Music by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

LEGALFORMS AND CAREER TRANSITIONS ONLINE RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE: The Lucy Robbins Welles Library, announces the addition of two new online systems to the available resources: LegalForms and Career Transitions. They are free of charge to Newington library card holders from home. Anyone can access these services in the library as well. LegalForms provides thousands of customizable legal documents. The forms are specific to Connecticut. Also included are form letters, legal definitions and an attorney directory. Career Transitions makes looking for a job a little easier. People are guided by information about career paths, industries, economies and companies. They can discover their career interests and then explore the careers related to these interests. They can than look at what preparation is required and what opportunities exist for that career. Career Transitions helps job seekers prepare their resumes and cover letters and prepare for interviews. There is a section included to find classes and training in an area to pursue one’s career interests. The last function allows the people to scour the internet for career opportunities through Indeed. Com. Newington residents can access these free online tools from the library web page at library. A valid Newington library card number is needed to access them. For more information, contact the adult information desk at (860) 665-8700. FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary. ONGOING DROP-IN SUMMER WEEKLY PROGRAMS: The Lucy Robbins Welles Library has various weekly programs for children ages 9 months through 12 years. Pick up a detailed schedule in the Children’s Department. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL!: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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. LITTLE DREAMERS: Mondays, through Aug. 13, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Stories, songs and playtime for children 9 to 24 months, siblings and their caregivers. JR. COOKBOOK CLUB: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. Let’s use our imaginations as we read “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson. We will then cool off with purple cow milk shakes. Junior Chefs entering grades K-2 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

games! Snacks will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. Take a trip to the moon and gather some moon rocks. Chefs in grades 3 to 6 will make and eat a sweet moon salad. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TWINKLE STARS TWO’S: Wednesdays, through Aug. 15, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Stories, songs and playtime for children 24 months and older, siblings and their caregivers LUNCH BUNCH: Wednesdays, through Aug. 15, noon. Children entering kindergarten through grade 2, are invited to bring their lunch and dream big with us each week. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CLAY AND GLITTER JEWELRY PROGRAM: Thursday, Aug. 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m. What do you get when you mix glitter and clay and bake it in the oven? Beautiful, wearable art of course! Join jewelry designer Laurie Lynne and create your own gorgeous, handcrafted necklace that glitters! Have a finished product at the end of class. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

TEEN GAMING: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6:30 to 8: p.m. For grades 6 to 12. Come play on the library’s Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii! A variety of video games and board games will be available. Feel free to bring your own

PLUTO PALS PRESCHOOLERS: Thursdays, through Aug. 16, 10:15 to 11 a.m. Storytime for children ages 3 to 6.

in a major political party. These justices are appointed by the Town Clerk. The appointment process begins with an application to the Town Clerk, which can be filed on or after Aug. 1 and is due on or before Nov. 1. To qualify, an applicant must be a Newington registered voter not enrolled in a major political party since May 1, 2012. Incumbent unaffiliated justices will be reappointed during November if an application is received by this office during the allotted time frame and if the justice has not been enrolled in a major political party since May 1. If on Nov. 1 the number of applications for justice of the peace filed with the Town Clerk exceeds the number of justices of the peace allowed by State Statute, there will be a public lottery. Anyone interested in becoming a Newington justice of the peace who is not enrolled in a major political party is encouraged to contact the Town Clerk’s office at (860) 665-8545 to obtain an application and instructions. Justices of the peace perform marriages, administer oaths, and take acknowledgements and depositions. The four-year term of office begins Jan. 7, 2013 and ends Jan. 2, 2017.

They can be viewed during the months of August and September in the Newington Senior & Disabled Center’s cafegteria, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.


through Aug. 16, 2 p.m. Join us for an hour filled with fun and creative activities. Children entering grades 3 to 6 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register beginning two weeks prior to each program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TEEN VOLUNTEER NETWORK CELEBRATION: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Calling all teen volunteers! Come join us for a celebration in honor of your time and commitment to volunteering here at the library. Pizza and snacks will be served and fall/winter volunteer opportunities will be available. Hope to see you there! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. SKATING PARTY: Thursday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Let’s go ice skating! Join us at the Newington Arena for a skating party. Entrance fee is $5 and ice skates can be borrowed for free. Bring your own skates if possible to ensure availability. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. LAST DAY FOR OWN THE NIGHT SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2012: Thursday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. All reading must be recorded online by this date. Prizes must be claimed by 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. There will be no exceptions. The grand prize drawing will be on Friday, Aug. 24 at noon. The winner will be contacted.

EVENTS CALENDAR CALL TO ARTISTS: SIGN UP FOR CHALK WALK COMPETITION AT NEWINGTON WATERFALL FESTIVAL: The 9th annual Newington Waterfall Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 22, (rain date Sept. 29) features a Chalk Walk competition on the pavement on Market Square in the center of downtown Newington. Artists can sign up (for adults age 15 and up the registration is $20 and juniors age 8 to 14 the fee is $5.) for an assigned square on the pavement. Adult artists work in a 6 x 6 square while juniors age 8 to 14 work in a 3 x 3 square. Artists will be provided with a set of 24 chalk pastels to create their artistic masterpieces. They will also be given carpet squares to kneel on, a free lunch coupon and a bottle of water. Artists are permitted to supplement with their own art supplies, but only water-based materials are allowed. The creating begins after signing-in just after 7 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. Festival attendees can enjoy walking amongst the artists and watching them hard at work on their chalk creations. Once the artists are finished, the judging begins. A panel of three members of the Newington Art League will judge the Chalk Walk. Works will be judged on overall impact, creativity, color, value, composition, and effective use of medium. Prizes will be awarded to both adult and junior first, second

and third-place winners. Prizes, which have included both cash, gift certificates and merchandise, are awarded to the winners at the end of the event. Go to for additional information including Chalk Walk tips and application forms. JOIN BOY SCOUT TROOP 347: To join Newington Boy Scout Troop 347, call Tim Manke, Scout Master, at (860) 666-4491. Meetings are held most Wednesdays from September through June, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Martin Kellogg Middle School, Newington. All boys ages 11 to 17 and their parents are welcome. Troop 347 was founded in 1948 and continues its mission to encourage citizenship, personal growth and leadership through community service and outdoor adventure. During Troop 347’s 60 plus years of scouting, over 50 boys have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. JUSTICE OF THE PEACE APPOINTMENTS: The Town Clerk’s office reminds local unaffiliated voters interested in becoming a Justice of the Peace that the application period is now until Nov. 1. The town of Newington has 45 justices of the peace. The Democratic and Republican parties endorse 15 candidates each. The remaining 15 positions are reserved for registered voters who are not enrolled

FLOWER POWER PAINTINGS: Maria Vilcinskas will exhibit her flower paintings of large blooms that explode color and literally burst off the canvas.

GOING THROUGH, IN THE PROCESS, OR THINKING ABOUT GETTING A DIVORCE? There is a “Divorce Support Group” to help you get through this major life altering event, with very caring, sensitive people who have been where you are. This group meets at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 7 p.m. Next meetings are Aug. 10 and Aug. 24. NEWINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO PRESENT FREE SUMMER FUN RUNS: Free Summer Fun Runs will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the cross country trails behind John Wallace Middle School. Two course lengths are offered: a traditional 5k (3.1 miles) and a shorter 3k (about two miles) for younger kids and beginners. Races are free for everyone and ribbons are awarded. The races are in honor of Frank O’Rourke who was a longtime NHS cross country coach. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign

the program waiver. For more information, e-mail Race Coordinator Jay Krusell at MOVING FORWARD: Trying to move on with your life after divorce, or relationship breakup. There is a “Moving Forward” group at First Congregational Church, 355 Main St., Cromwell, that will meet Friday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Come down and find out what others are doing to move on. For more information, call Mark at (860) 517-6688. NEWINGTON YOUTH BALLET FREE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE: The Newington Youth Ballet will present a free benefit performance for The Newington Department of Human Services and The Lucy Robbins Welles Library. National and international champions will perform their award-winning dances as well as excerpts from the original production of “The Legend of The Magical Forest” Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 The Council Chambers Auditorium of Newington Town Hall. In lieu of ticket sales, we will collect back-to-school clothes and supplies for The Department of Human Services and books, DVD’s and CD’s for The Lucy Robbins Welles Library. For further information on the performance or classes, contact Jane Levin at or call (860) 986-9847.

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