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Growing tired Church Street residents ‘frustrated’ with strike By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

It’s been a month-and-a-half since Lynne Gavrilis began dealing with dozens of people chanting and shouting outside her family’s residence on Church Street in Newington, and it could be a while before she has peace and quiet again. Because the home she shares with her two daughters abuts the Newington Health Care Center, where 180 workers represented by the New England Healthcare Employees Union, District 1199, are on strike – Gavrilis has no choice in the matter. She allowed strikers, who up until recently worked in shifts from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., to tailgate in her driveway with food, water, lawn chairs and other supplies out of sympathy for their plight. But now she’s had enough.

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Striking members of New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, outside Newington Health Care Center in July. From left, Yanitza Mendez of East Hartford and Sheila Soto of New Britain.

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Tennis court repairs in sight

Council to rewrite bid, making project grant eligible

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Town and school officials hope the nine tennis courts at Newington High School will be rebuilt before the tennis team’s spring season next year, but it depends on a number of factors. Town Councilor Dave Nagel, Chairman of the town’s School Code Compliance Committee, updated councilors on the project at Tuesday night’s meeting. The committee asked the council to reject the four contractor bids that came in recently, which were based on original construction specifications. The town will now rewrite the bid with revised specs that make the courts more flexible for all ages and also qualify the project for grant money. “After it went out for bid, we became aware of a grant from the U.S. Tennis Association for up to $50,000,” explained Nagel. In order to better meet grant criteria, there will be markers put on the perimeters of the courts so that they can be converted for use by children and others who don’t use the full court space. The Parks and Recreation Department will likely be removing the fencing around the courts. Due to this change and review of the bids that came in, the project cost would likely be less than the $500,000

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Town and school officials said it is their hope that the deteriorating tennis courts behind Newington High School, built 20 years ago, will be repaired in time for the spring season.

appropriated in the town’s Capital Improvements Fund. Ideally, the new bid specs will go out in coming weeks, so that the Town Council can take action at their next meeting at the end of August. In their current condition, the courts are dilapidated and unusable - filled with cracks and drainage problems. “They are in dire need of replacement,” said Nagel, adding that the reconstruction will make them more user-friendly for all ages. Town officials hope to still meet timelines established earlier this year, for the courts to be usable by next spring. Construction was

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Newington echoed the statewide voter response in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary, with Democrat Chris Murphy receiving 936 voter and Linda McMahon, now his opponent in this November’s election, receiving 655 votes. A total of 2193 Newington voters came out for the Primary, including 1390 Democrats and 803 Republicans. Republican Chris Shays received just 148 voters, while Democrat Susan Bysiewicz had 454. The election marks the second time in two years that Connecticut has an open seat for the U.S. Senate. Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman is retiring at the end of the year. In 2010, former Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd decided not to run for re-election. McMahon, 63, was a political unknown back two years ago and spent about $50 million of her own money, only to be defeated by Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal by double digits. This time around, she focused on her grassroots operation, building a network with visits to people’s living rooms and tours of small businesses. She also scaled back her contributing or loaning her campaign — about $15.7 million so far — according to federal records. The figure dwarfs how much Shays, a latecomer to the primary race, was able to raise. It also dwarfs how much Murphy has raised so far. “I’m going to be outspent fiveor ten-to-one in this election,” Murphy said Tuesday. “But Dick Blumenthal was right two years ago. Connecticut voters want an election, not an auction. And I just fundamentally don’t believe that Linda McMahon can paper over her record as CEO of the WWE with a lot of money.” Within hours of claiming victories in their primary elections, McMahon and Murphy began attacking one another in a preview of their contest for the November matchup. “Congressman Murphy is burying the American dream,” McMahon said in Stamford. “We will save the American dream.” Murphy made clear he is ready for a bruising fight with McMahon. He said McMahon

“has spent every ounce of her being fighting for profits at the expense of her workers and at the expense of Connecticut jobs.” Also Tuesday, Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan fell short in his bid for Congress, losing a Democratic primary to former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty in the 5th district. Donovan was the party’s endorsed candidate, but his campaign was hurt by a finance scandal in which his former campaign finance director and campaign manager are facing federal charges. Donovan has denied any knowledge of the alleged conspiracy to hide the source of contributions and has not been charged. On the Republican side, state Sen. Andrew Roraback won a four-way primary in the 5th District, which covers a largely bipartisan district in northwestern Connecticut. The office of the Secretary of the State estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the state’s 1.1 million registered Democrats and Republicans turned out for the elections. Unaffiliated voters

From left, Linda McMahon defeated Chris Shays by a 3-1 margin, Newington voters cast 655 in her favor and 148 for Shays. U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy defeated Susan Bysiewicz handily, garnering 936 votes in Newington to 454 for Bysiewicz.

couldn’t cast ballots because of state party rules. Some voters criticized negative advertising and the primaries being held during the summer vacation season, when they used to be in September. “It seems like there’s a lot of negative advertising earlier than usual,” said Wethersfield voter Dave Boccaccio, 46, a Republican who runs an insurance agency. “It seems like every ad has candidates

going after each other.” In the only other congressional primary Tuesday, East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica, a Republican, defeated Daria Novak of Madison. He will face U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat who has represented the 2nd Congressional District for six years. In the Bridgeport area, former state Sen. Ernest Newton, who served prison time for bribery, lost out on his bid for a political

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Town to apply for grant to demolish National Welding By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

A vacant eyesore that sits at Newington’s busiest intersection will be demolished and in its place — sometime in the future — may stand a new commercial structure. This is if a state grant the town is preparing to apply for is received. The town’s newly-hired Economic Development Director Andy Brecher informed the Town Council of this plan at their meeting Tuesday night. Brecher was hired earlier this year to explore economic development opportunities in Newington, focusing on the areas around the two planned CTFastrak stations — one at Newington Junction and the other at the corner of Fenn Road and Cedar Street,

where the old National Welding factory sits vacant. “We’re going to try to get grant dollars first. There are a lot of state loan programs available,� Brecher said. “Given the location of National Welding to the busway — like it or not — it does provide an opportunity for transit-oriented development that doesn’t exist at this time.� Brecher informed councilors that the federal definition of transitoriented development is indeed housing — something town officials and residents alike have expressed a strong distaste in bringing to that particular property. But Brecher conveyed to the group that the town’s partnership with the Capitol Region Council of Governments may allow them to pursue the type of development

they wish for at that site — a commercial-retail, medical, or mixed development. Brecher’s team has a list of 40 developers they will solicit, but $1.5 million in funding is needed to demolish the building and remediate the property before anything can be built. “What we’re hoping to do is get responses from them that will give our grant proposal some merit,� he explained. Brecher also foresees a parking garage underneath the new structure, since the CTFastrak is only providing 41 parking spaces for riders, who the state hopes can be patrons of any new development adjacent to busway stations. “We don’t see how you can get 16,000 riders a day when you have

400 parking spaces across the 10 busway stops,� added Brecher, who also suggested the town hire a consulting engineer to decide how grant money can best be utilized at the site. The town put $450,000 into its reserve fund this year, designated to build the access road from Fenn Road into the property. But now that the state assumed responsibility for building the road, the town will use the funding to aid in other issues on the site. Mayor Steve Woods brought up the notion of nearby Central Connecticut State University’s interest there. “CCSU is possibly looking to expand,� he said. “I think there’s some real potential there to attract developers who can provide services

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After advocates for mentally ill and disabled residents warned that a new plan to limit the number of people receiving state Medicaid benefits would hurt that population in particular, the state has somewhat modified its plan. DSS spokesman David Dearborn said the agency would revise its planned application to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the Medicaid for Low Income Adults program, known as LIA. The first draft of the application would have made adults ages 19-26 who live with their parents ineligible, provided that their income and their parents’ income exceeded 55 percent of the federal poverty level. Advocates said that would effectively remove virtually all recipients in that age category still living with their parents. But the department is revising the application it will submit later this month. It no longer will count any parental income unless it’s more than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Any portion above that would be added to the young adult’s earnings to see if the sum exceeds 55 percent of the poverty level. A family of three would need to earn more than $35,316 to exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty level. And 55 percent of the poverty

level represents just $6,143 per year for an individual. In addition, the department would not count any parental income if the household can show it could cost more than 10 percent of its total income to buy private insurance for members ages 19 to 26, Dearborn said. Even with these changes, health care advocates say they remain wary of a plan expected to cancel eligibility for more than 13,000 LIA recipients. “Many of the people we’re worried about are not working, or are one step away from homelessness,” Kate Mattias, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s Connecticut chapter, said last week. Mattias said one of the dangerous assumptions that state officials are making is that adults ages 19-26 who live with their parents aren’t at great risk since the restrictions apply only until January 2014. At that point, national health care reform rules increase funding for Connecticut’s LIA program. When it comes to mental illnesses, “these are not people who can go without medication in many instances, even for a few months, and still function,” she said. “You stop the medication and that person’s health is at risk.” There are typically between 5,000 and 7,000 adults ages 19-26 at any given time receiving services

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Hundreds of guitars cover the walls of Just Guitars, a recently-opened shop at 2600 Berlin Turnpike, Newington.

shop, which instead focuses on his 500-piece guitar collection he accumulated over a lifetime. Prices range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and Southwick’s got everything from a 1962 Fender Jaguar he bought with his paper route money as a kid and refuses to sell — to a shiny new 2012 Fender Stratocaster. “You’re welcome to play anything you see,� Southwick, sporting a long beard, cowboy hat and tie-dyed Jimi Hendrix T-shirt, says upon seeing a new face walk into the shop.

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before: gift baskets, etc. for her hospitality – has been replaced with cold words, she says. The longtime Newington resident recently asked a union representative to move at least half of the group across the nursing home’s driveway entrance, to picket in front of the other abutting home and they agreed to do it by the end of last week, but still have not. “I’ve really been accommodating; its time for them to move. All I’m asking is give me a break. Everybody in town seems to think I’ve enabled this, but I don’t have a choice,” she explained. After chatting with her neighbors this week, Gavrilis learned they are also growing tired of the constant commotion – especially early in the morning.Some even thought she was being paid for allowing strikers to be on her property. “I wake up at 6 a.m. to them shouting, ‘Scabs! Scabs! Scabs!” commented Wanda Giroux, who lives directly across the street from the health center.“I know they have their agenda and they’re not breaking the law, but it’s still very uncomfortable and unnerving for us.” A group of neighbors attended this week’s Town Council meeting to tell town officials of their predicament. Gavrilis has also spoken with Newington police and Healthbridge officials, but has been told not much can be done about the rally, which is now on ‘town property.’ Henry Mendes, who lives in the house abutting the south end of the nursing home’s driveway, also attended the council meeting,urging officials to not cause him the inconvenience of moving strikers in front of his property. Mendes offered some creative solutions, asking the town to consider a temporary ordinance for the duration of strike activities, that would require the union to pay homeowners monthly for use of their front sidewalks. An alternative suggestion was for the town to offer homeowners in the immediate area some tax relief, as their property values likely dropped with the neighborhood disturbances, he said. Mayor Steve Woods asked Town Manager John Salomone if it would be possible to organize a meeting between town officials, Healthbridge and the union to discuss the matter and come up with a solution that would appease all involved. “I understand the strikers have a right to protest ... but we also

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Nationally, there is one work zone fatality every 8.2 hours, about three per day By SCOTT WHIPPLE STAFF WRITER

For Daniel DiNardi, a 21-year veteran of the Connecticut Department of Transportation,March 22 began as a typical day. A general supervisor working out of DOT’s Waterbury maintenance facility, DiNardi, 41, was patrolling the northbound side of Route 8, near the Naugatuck town line.He had just retrieved debris from the highway and was placing it on the back of his truck when suddenly he was hit by a tractor trailer. In minutes he was dead from internal wounds. Though the case is still under investigation, DiNardi’s co-workers insist he was following safety procedures and was not in a travel lane. Rick DiNardi, 43, was working on Route 9 as a crew leader when he was told about his brother. “He was a very meticulous guy, a dedicated employee,” DiNardi says. A father, Daniel DiNardi leaves behind two small children. Nationally, one work zone fatality occurs every 8.2 hours — about three per day. Faced with this staggering statistic and the increase of summer vacationers driving in work zones, the Connecticut Department of Transportation wants to educate motorists and the public about safety. “Picture working at your desk in the middle of I-84 or the Merritt Parkway,” says DOT supervising engineer,Terri Thompson. “It’s scary; you consistently have to be prepared

for the worst.” Ask Paul Rizzo, a DOT transportation maintenance manager, about his “office”environment. “People drive by, swearing and throwing things at us,” he says. “If they’re not texting or using their cell phone,they’re tossing coffee cups,garbage or worse out the window. They shout that we’re number one and show us with their middle finger.” Rizzo, a 26-year DOT veteran, witnessed a near-deadly accident his first week on the job.A motorist actually aimed his pickup truck at Rizzo’s co-worker. “The guy was angry that we were working on his road,” Rizzo says. “We were doing some patching. The driver’s vehicle hit one of our worker’s shovel driving the handle through the roof of his mouth. The driver then took off.” Rizzo says his co-worker lived, though his face was badly cut, many teeth ripped out. “Our job is to make the roads safer,” Rizzo said. “But, we can never get away from the public’s anger.” To Rizzo, this form of road rage goes with the territory. Do work crews ever get compliments? Rizzo laughs at the question. “Our reward comes from personal satisfaction,”he says.“We know what we’re out here for, what we’re expected to do and what we have to put up with. Few of us like it. But those who stay get used to it.” Rizzo has had his own brush with

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From left, Rob Napoltano of Newington, Carlos Martinez of New Britain and crew leader Mo Tahir of Wethersfield moving mowing machines and maintenance vehicles in traffic on the Berlin Turnpike recently.

death. Last winter, he was working on I-84 in East Hartford when a car crashed into a snow bank. A tow truck tried to help the woman driver standing outside her car. Rizzo pulled up behind her and was calling the state police. Just then a tractortrailer missed his truck by inches, and slammed into the woman’s car, which then hit the tow truck. “It was as if her car exploded,”Rizzo says. “Luckily, the tow truck driver and the woman weren’t hurt.But,two vehicles were destroyed. I was outside my truck when it happened.” The tractor-trailer had been doing 60 miles an hour during a snowstorm. Whenever possible, the DOT works at night, though not all work

can be done then. “Night work can be dangerous,” Tahir says, “but so is work during the day. Night or day can turn us into targets.” Thompson, who heads the DOT’s work zone safety awareness campaign, wants motorists to understand that barriers, cones and black and orange construction signs are posted for a reason. “They’re important to both the motorist and worker,” she says. “Motorists need adequate warning and guidance through these areas, and men and women who work in traffic need a safe environment.” On Friday, Gov. Dannel Malloy was expected to sign into law the expansion of a work zone safety law.

With this change in the Move Over Law if any vehicle with strobe lights— not only emergency vehicles— is parked in a highway shoulder, traffic is required to move over. The law has been expanded and now applies to two-lane as well as three-lane highways. The penalty is a ticket and a stiff fine. “I’m pleased the work zone safety law has been expanded,” said Rick DiNardi. He paused. “Still, it’s a rough time for all of us who loved Dan. He was a dynamic part of our family. It’s tough knowing he’s no longer with us.” Scott Whipple can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 319, or swhipple@ centralctcommunications.com.

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NEWINGTON — The state Department of Transportation Monday held a CTfastrak project construction briefing and tour of the Flatbush Avenue Station and bridge site in West Hartford, led by DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker and other officials. It was the first construction tour and update of the CTfastrak project, slated for completion in late 2014. “The Flatbush Avenue bridge is among largest elements of the CTfastrak project as we work toward completing the 11 station sites, the multi-use trail and the

9.4 mile dedicated roadway for buses,” said Redeker. “Not only are we building a new transit system and creating new jobs here, we are also building new features to help revitalize local neighborhoods near each station, including improved traffic circulation and safety, new landscaping and streetscapes.” The Flatbush Avenue Station will include a large center island platform where all CTfastrak shuttle buses will stop, an express lane for buses that bypass the station, a local bus stop on New Park Avenue, and a limited number of parking spaces and a drop-off location

inside the parking area. The new bridge will be realigned approximately 75 feet south of the existing Flatbush Avenue surface roadway to minimize traffic disruption during construction. The Flatbush bridge segment of the project is being completed by Middlesex Corp. for an estimated $17.5 million as part of an overall $130 million contract. At peak construction, about 50 workers will be employed at the Flatbush Avenue bridge site, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014. The bridge work is being paid for with 80 percent federal highway

funds and 20 percent state funds. The overall project will mean 4,000 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs. Michael Sanders, the DOT’s transit administrator, said the new Flatbush Avenue bridge will raise vehicular and pedestrian traffic over the Amtrak and CTfastrak routes, and will provide a significant improvement in traffic flow in an area often plagued by traffic delays. “In addition,” Sanders said, “this is one of two station locations that will share a future site with the planned expansion of New HavenHartford-Springfield rail service

scheduled to start in 2016.” The 9.4-mile CTfastrak route is being constructed on an abandoned railroad corridor from New Britain to Newington Junction and from Newington Junction to Hartford’s Union Station alongside the active Amtrak rail right of way. The segment that includes the Flatbush station and overpass is part of a 5.8-mile stretch that begins near Cedar Street in Newington and runs north to Sigourney Street in Hartford. Overall, there are five geographic construction segments of the CTfastrak project.


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Area restaurants face off at beer and chili challenge By LIZ NEWBERG STAFF WRITER

EAST HARTFORD — Rentschler Field played host Sunday to Connecticut Public Television’s and WNPR’s Craft Beer and Chili Challenge as more than 100 craft beer brewers from around the world and some of the best restaurants in Connecticut descended on the stadium competing for bragging rights at being voted best in show by the more than 1,200 festival goers. Competitors included local favorites: Southington’s Smokin’ with Chris; Wood-n-Tap, which won third place last year; and the New Britain Museum of American Art’s Jordan Caterers; Relic Brewery from Plainville; and Stryker’s Cafe from Berlin. Smokin’ with Chris owner and chef Chris Conlon said anytime his restaurant can do something like this cookoff is an opportunity for people to try his food. “Win, lose or draw, people are gonna taste your food, they’re gonna like it and come to your restaurant,” Conlon said. His “Holy Mole” chili recipe was a crowd pleaser, garnering top votes from attendees. Conlon’s chili took five days to make and comes packed with smoked prime rib, smoked beef brisket and seven different types of dried chili. To finish it off, Conlon puts in Mexican chocolate, cinnamon and seven other spices. “I used to make it all the time at the firehouse,” said Conlon, a retired Southington and West Hartford firefighter. “Oh, they loved it. We had almost like a little chili contest amongst ourselves with everybody trying out their own variations.” Plainville native Jessica Bialobrzski and her boyfriend,Ben Dwyer of Bristol, were excited to see some of their favorite restaurants at the event this year, as well as newcomer Relic Brewery that just started up in February in an old industrial space on Whiting Street in Plainville. Owner Mark Sigman said the reception has been positive and people always act surprised when tasting his brews. “We held an event at the New Britain museum a few weeks ago for their First Friday night,” Sigman said. “People were always

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Ben Dwyer, of Bristol, left, feeds chili to his girlfriend, Jessica Balobrzski, of Plainville, at the WNPR and CPTV Craft Beer and Chili Challenge at Rentschler Field in East Hartford Sunday.

surprised, one that they liked the beer and two that it was brewed in Plainville.” Stryker’s Cafe in Berlin also made a showing with servers donning devil horns and chef Jason Chang an evil rendition of a Guy Fawkes mask. Their chili was served hot and spicy but came with water bottles and devil dogs. “This is our second time here and we’re just happy to be able to suport a good cause like CPTV,” Chang said. “Our chili took two days to prepare and has more heat than most here and combines a blend of chili peppers, garlic and cajun spices to make it really stand out.” Plainville resident and WNPR producer Chion Wolfe tried her hand at chili making. Though she was not allowed to compete, she paired up with Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis in Simsbury to do a

chili cooking demonstration using her own recipe. Wolfe is a self-described “chili head” and grew up attending international chili competitions with her father. She now judges in many of the competitions she and her father attended all those years ago. “Going with my dad to the competitions started me off with a big sense of pride of loving chili,” Wolfe said. “It’s not for the faint of stomach or faint of heart.” Liz Newberg and can be reached at James Casciato | Staff (860) 225-4601, ext. 243, or lnew- From left, Chris Conlon, owner of Smokin’ With Chris, in Southington, serves chili with Sara Jones and her fiance, Scott Uhlman, both of Meridan. berg@newbritainherald.com.

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somewhere.� For many high schools, though, there’s a reluctance to move to an unfamiliar, nontraditional system. “Parents understand what a grade says,� said Deborah Hardy, director of school counseling services at Somers Central School District in New York. “They understand what the final average says. These are fields that colleges have accepted.� Aurora Public Schools have found a way to do both — giving parents more detailed information about a student’s progress, while providing grades to colleges and universities in the traditional format of GPAs. Olezene said the school district involved parents from the start and phased in the new grading system, beginning with elementary schools in 2001, middle schools in 2009 and high schools just this past January. The district posted information about standards-based grading on its website, including a video and sample report cards. “Our students were always being graded with standards in mind,� she said. “However, it’s very intentional when those are used for reporting.� In the high school, the students’ standards-based grades are translated to the A-B-C-D system. “There is always a concern about fairness and our kids being graded

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Those A’s, B’s, C’s and, yes, even F’s are still coming home on most high school report cards, despite moves to scrap the grading system in favor of one that gives parents more information about a student’s progress. Numerous elementary schools around the country have moved to so-called standards-based grading and report cards. Many middle schools are onboard, as well. But high schools have been much slower to embrace the change. “It’s a big leap for people,� said Denise Khaalid, assistant principal at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C. There’s widespread agreement among educators that the standards-based report cards are more informative than traditional ones, and proponents say they’re more accurate and fairer, too. “As a parent, my child would come home with a C on a report card but what does it mean?� said Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, the house administrator at Whitman Middle School in Seattle.“Are they not getting their work done, are they not getting A’s on their tests?� Standards-based grading breaks down the academic subjects into content areas and reports a child’s

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State officials cope with encroachment of invasive beetle By JAN ELLEN SPIEGEL ŠCONNECTICUTMIRROR

The first steps to prevent the highly destructive and invasive emerald ash borer beetle from spreading beyond the four communities where it’s been found in Connecticut begin later this week. A quarantine that prohibits the movement of certain wood products out of New Haven County, the only county afflicted by the ash borer so far, and emergency statewide firewood regulations will go into effect Thursday, the morning after a public meeting in Prospect to explain the measures. The ash borer turned up in Prospect July 16,and there have since been sightings — confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — in Naugatuck, Bethany and Beacon Falls. It is the 16th state to be hit, but the first in New England. The borer has already killed tens of millions of trees in the U.S. “We’re not surprised that it showed up,� said Chris Martin, the state forester and director of the Division of Forestry at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “We’re more surprised where it showed up.� All bets were on Litchfield County. The fact that the borer jumped to an interior county has some scratching their heads,and there is disagreement

on how it may have finally traveled here. “Chances are good it’s firewood,� Martin said. “Chances are it’s homeowner firewood when it makes large geographical jumps.� But Louis Magnarelli, director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, whose people actually found the borer while tracking another insect, thought some of the strong storms that have come in from the north over the past year might have been the culprit. “Those storms have powerful updrafts,� he said. “It wouldn’t take much for these storms to pick up these beetles and bring them into Connecticut.� The fact that the borer didn’t show up in traps last year, he added, doesn’t mean it wasn’t already here. “We really don’t know how long it’s been here and how it got here,� he said. The quarantine and emergency regulations will prohibit all — not just ash — cut and split firewood or long logs destined to become firewood from being moved from New Haven County to any other county in the state unless they’re treated, typically done with fumigation or heat. Within New Haven County firewood will not be restricted. A federal quarantine will go into effect in several weeks prohibiting transport of untreated firewood from New Haven County to other states.

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But since it would have to travel through other Connecticut counties first, effectively that ban will already exist through the state quarantine. The quarantine will also prevent ash logs for lumber and other nonfirewood uses from traveling outside of New Haven County unless they are also treated or stripped of bark. The borer burrows into ash tree bark traveling throughout the layer just beneath it, eventually killing the tree. The emergency regulations will also require verification of origin for firewood coming into Connecticut from other states. The Experiment Station will handle that on a case-bycase basis to determine if treatment is necessary. And the regulations will require verification of origin for firewood traveling from county to county within Connecticut, except for New Haven County, which has the quarantine. The county-to-county verification will be on an honor system. “This is an educational focus not a punitive enforcement focus,� Martin said. “You don’t need to worry about getting arrested or fined — at least for the moment. “It’s a very serious matter but something that needs to have a soft start. We don’t want to be a tyranny state. We need to do this with a common-sense approach.� Martin said that means firewood users and sellers should think in terms of best management practices such as buying wood as locally as possible to keep from spreading the insect quicker and farther. And don’t race to cut down ash trees. “Hasty decisions are often the wrong decisions,� Martin said. Trees can be treated for ash borer infestation. Martin and Magnarelli both cited techniques for injecting insecticides into the soil and the trees themselves. Magnarelli said the USDA is evaluating a biological control using parasitic non-stinging

The emerald ash borer, an invasive species of beetle, was recently found in Connecticut.

wasps that feed on the borers. But unlike other infestations, there is no federal money to help with treatment. Individuals and municipalities are on their own dealing with the problem. DEEP estimates based on U.S. Forest Service data is that ash trees account for 4 percent to 15 percent of trees in the state.They occur in forest pockets,but also in urban areas where they were often planted to replace elms felled by Dutch elm disease. While they do have industrial uses, most prominently for baseball bats and tool handles, ash trees are not as widely used for lumber and landscaping as they once were, so the economic impact to the timber and greenhouse industries is expected to be minimal. Bob Heffernan, executive director of the Green Industries Council, which includes the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association, said ash trees account for about $5 million of the $1 billion state greenhouse industry business. “In this economy every sale counts, so $5 million is still a good amount of money,� he said. “Ash is out there

and it’s used.â€? Joan Nichols, president of the Connecticut Professional Timber Producers Association,said the state’s timber industry is accustomed to verifications and restrictions in other states and Canada and the paperwork that goes with it. “It’s going to cost some money,â€? she said of the quarantine and emergency regulation. “Paperwork, time, always cost money. “The bigger concern overall is going to be the movement of firewood. Not the professionals — the operators that operate on the fringe and homeowners.â€? She and others said, however, with so much wood remaining from storms over the past year, they didn’t expect an increase in firewood prices. More ominously Nichols noted: “I don’t think any of us are naĂŻve enough to think it’s going to stay in New Haven County.â€? 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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“When you’re actually part of the information you’re researching, you see how everything has an impact where you live. It’s interesting to see how poverty status, education and graduation rates can actually impact the health of the community.�

Rocky Hill resident Leslie Baxter had the chance to see her hometown in a whole new light this summer. The Northeastern University senior is about three-quarters of the way through creating a Community Health Report Card for the Central Connecticut Health District, where she is spending the summer as an intern. Baxter is working under the supervision of Hilary Norcia, community health coordinator of the CCTHD, which provides public health services to the towns of Newington,Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Berlin. The report card, which outlines the towns’ prevalence and incidence of infectious diseases, cancers and heart disease by demographics, has been LESLIE BAXTER released annually since 2002. “We use this information to apply for grants and it gives a snapshot of our community to town leaders,�explained Norcia. “It also helps us look at the needs of the community to gauge the programs and services we offer.� Baxter, who is working toward a bachelor’s degree in health science at Northeastern, is working on gathering data and analyzing it, then formulating a booklet with charts and a narrative of the trends found over the last decade. This booklet will be presented to each of the Town Councils and other community stakeholders.There will also be copies in the library made available to the public. “It has been a lot of work,� she said Tuesday. “When you’re actually part of the information you’re researching you see how everything has an impact where you live,� she added. “I found out there are a lot of things that can be improved. It’s interesting to see how poverty status, education and graduation rates can actually impact the health of the community.� The 10-year look-back conducted in 2011 indicated that both Wethersfield and Newington have high elderly populations in need of health services, so the CCHD subsequently designed more programs for seniors.The organization is now looking into applying for state grants to tackle obesity, which was another trend identified. Baxter hopes to complete the report card by September, after which it will be reviewed by the district and likely released in October. Norcia is increasingly impressed with Baxter’s ability to tackle such a challenging project, which in the past has been completed by CCHD staff. “She’s doing this all on her own and not getting credit for it from school; its purely her own motivation,�she commented. Baxter says she’s driven by a desire to decide what career path she will take when she graduates next spring. “I just wanted to get experience,� she explained. “I’m still considering other options,but I probably will be working in a public health setting like this in the future. It’s been awesome; everyone I work with is so nice and helpful.� To learn more about the Central Connecticut Health District, visit ccthd. org. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

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Domestic violence prevention lacks funding, officials say By LIZ NEWBERG

2012 CONNECTICUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW REPORT CHIEF FINDINGS:

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NEW BRITAIN — When Dia Palafox,a 30-year-old mother of three, was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Juan Palafox, in February 2010, she lived less than a mile from the Prudence Crandall center that offers services for those experiencing domestic abuse. But she was unaware help was so close at hand. According to findings of the 2012 Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report issued recently, domestic violence homicide is not diminishing in our state, rather the numbers remain steady from year to year. The report, conducted by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, states there were 18 domestic violence fatalities in Connecticut in 2010. According to Karen Jarmoc, executive director for the CCADV, there were 16 reported homicides from domestic violence in Connecticut in 2011, and so far this year, there have been six homicides reported from domestic violence. The report found Dia Palafox wasn’t alone in not knowing where to go for help to escape her situation. to go for help to escape her situation. Among the chief findings of the Fatality Review Report is that more awarenessisneededtohelpindividuals, community leaders and professionals recognize the significance of the domestic violence situations and the warning signs. The report states that in every case reviewed family members, friends and professionals were not fully aware of the escalating circumstance between the perpetrator and the victim. “This validates the work we’ve been doing and the focus we have on raising awareness,” said Barbara

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Damon, executive director at Prudence Crandall. “The thing we’ve been looking at over the last two years is how to best do that.” The 2012 Fatality Review Report examines cases from 2010 because fatalities are reviewed only when the cases are completed in court, Jarmoc said. Juan Palafox was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison. Damon said she recognizes the importance of a multi-faceted, coordinated community approach to awareness-raising. Reaching teens in middle schools and high schools and educating them on healthy relationships and the warning signs of an abusive relationship is also important, Damon said The fact that 40 percent of Department of Children and Families cases involve domestic violence, underlines even more the need for a coordinated community response to education, prevention and action, she said.

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“It all comes back to money,” Damon said. “We are funded to provide direct services but we have to make sure people know those services exist. To do that effectively, we could use 10 full-time positions and now we have only one.” Their only community outreach position is solely repsonsible for the entire catchment area that Prudence Crandall services, including Berlin, Burlington, Bristol, Southington, Plainville, Terryville, Plymouth, Kensington, and New Britain and more than 10,0000 people annually across Connecticut. Damon said more community outreach staff would allow her organization to make a greater impact on schools, community groups, and workshops to raise awareness of what is domestic violence, the warning signs, education on prevention and how to best support someone who may be experiencing it. Lack of funding is nothing new to New Britain Acting Lt. Allan Raynis,a 41-year veteran of the police department. Fundingforthepolicedepartment’s domestic violence unit ended in 2010. Raynis said he hopes the department’s new headquarters will have room and funding for a domestic violence unit. For now, the department depends on one Prudence Crandall worker who spends six hours a week reviewing cases and following up with victims to ensure they are aware of the services offered. “Our officers take family violence reports seriously, but we take these calls along with all our other calls,” Raynis said. “There are so many

domestics that it really needs the full-time attention of two dedicated officers like they have in Hartford.” Raynis said he wants the people he and his officers protect to know they don’t have to live in fear, they don’t have to take the abuse from a boyfriend or husband, but they need to know where to go and who to reach out to for help. “A lot of times they don’t have any idea who to reach out to,” Raynis said. While Raynis said he has seen some positive changes since he first came to the force in the 1970s, more can be done. “We need to start educating our children; teach them in schools that these behaviors are unacceptable. Nobody has a right to hurt you or your family.” Michelle Passamano, registrar for Southington school district and a parent of a 4th grader at Bristol’s Greene-Hills K-8 School, said it’s important these days for children to be taught that domestic violence is not to be tolerated. Passamano said she hears parents talking a lot about domestic violence in their home, especially after divorce. “It’s become commonplace that people are going through such negative things in their lives and they just talk about it,” Passamano said. “I think, my gosh, this is around kids so much, they’re thinking these things are OK.How am I going to teach my daughter the difference? How do we let children know who are witnessing this that this is not the way to live if they don’t get educated and that’s all they’re around?”

1. In every case reviewed, family members, friends, and/or professionals were not fully aware of the escalating circumstances between the perpetrator and the victim. These individuals did not recognize the significance of the situation or the warning signs. 2. In many cases reviewed, the abusive relationship was established when the victim was a teenager. According to the State Department of Health “2011 Connecticut Health Survey,” approximately 10 percent of all students surveyed reported that they were hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend. Teens need the tools and knowledge necessary to develop healthy relationships and essential life skills. 3. Connecticut’s lack of culturally and linguistically systemic response has a detrimental effect on a victim’s ability to access services. 4. In most cases, the victim worked outside the home. Employers are uniquely positioned to link survivors to support and resources. Time at work may be the only time the victim is away or free from the abusive partner’s direct influence. 5. Surviving families and friends are deeply impacted by domestic violence homicides/suicides, yet most did not feel connected to any professional or organization who could immediately assist them in may of the effects of homicide.

As incoming PTO president at Greene-Hills K-8 School in Bristol, Passamano said she supports having Prudence Crandall come in and talk to students in middle school to educate both the girls and boys. “Even if it’s just a confidence builder that starts as what’s OK in a relationship and anything so they can see the signs, when somebody starts to control you or call you 20 times a day this could turn into something like domestic violence. I don’t want my daughter to ever feel it’s OK to let someone to something like that.” Liz Newberg can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 243, or lnewberg@newbritainherald.com.


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Law change sought after unlicensed driver kills man State law allowed man to drive for years, even after DUI

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Lorisa Jones is planning on peppering Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with dozens of letters seeking a change in state driving laws to prevent other families from the same pain she deals with day in and day out. Her 31-year-old son, Demetrious Lausell,was a father of three who was beloved by everyone he knew, including the staff at the Klingberg Family Centers on Linwood Street where he worked with children in crisis. He was killed by a man accused of drunk driving on June 21 on Whiting Street.Rafaelito,also known as Rafael, Ares, 42, of 133 Farmington Ave. is now being held on $800,000 bond after he was charged with seconddegree manslaughter and evading responsibility in Lausell’s death. Jones, who lives in Springfield, Mass., is planning on writing a letter to Malloy pointing out the flaws in Connecticut state law that allowed Ares to keep driving without a license for years and to continue, even after he had been charged with operating under the influence in January. She’s sending out dozens of other copies to the governor signed by Lausell’s family, friends and co-workers and will send the same letter to state legislators. “I’m going to make a difference in the state of Connecticut if it takes me 10 years, 20 years,” she said. “I’m 50 years old, I will do this for the rest of my life.” Jones said her son would have left his job at Klingberg Family Centers an hour earlier June 21 if he hadn’t stayed to help a teacher work on a curriculum plan. Instead he hopped on his motorcycle to head home to Bristol an hour late. Police said around 3:44 p.m. Lausell was struck by a Dodge van driven by Ares who briefly stopped and then fled without

offering aid or calling 911 for the injured motorcyclist. Ares then allegedly caused a second accident leaving the scene and finally fled on foot with his passenger. The pair were caught a short while later as they were being tailed by a sergeant who had picked up their trail. The sergeant knew their location,thanks to a good Samaritan who followed the van after the crash. Had the bystander not acted immediately, Jones said the driver who hit her son may never have been identified. “They need to know how much we appreciate that,” she said. “This person didn’t have to do that. They had more compassion than the driver.” When Ares was caught police determined he was driving a car owned by his son’s girlfriend’s family with no insurance and no license. Numerous motor vehicle violations

In fact, according to state Department of Motor Vehicle records, Ares has never had a valid Connecticut Driver’s license but has racked up more than a dozen motor vehicle violations including a drunk driving arrest since 1997 when his privilege to obtain a license was suspended indefinitely. In most of the cases, Ares never addressed the tickets and also racked up failure to respond violations, a DMV spokesperson said. During the same time period, state Department of Correction records show he went in and out of jail repeatedly for other criminal offenses including first-degree burglary, interfering with police and drug charges. He would sometimes receive a motor vehicle violation just weeks after being released from prison, according to DOC,police and DMV records.

Ares was sentenced to 30 days in jail for operating under suspension in 1998 and he received a suspended sentence in 2011 for operating without a license the year before, court officials said. DMV records indicate Ares was charged with operating without a license, operating under suspension or operating without insurance at least nine other times from 1997 to 2010. He did not receive any penalty other than having his privilege to obtain a license suspended for those cases, according to court and DMV records. He was also charged with drunk driving in January 2012. The drunk driving case appears on DMV records but the companion criminal case has been sealed by the court which could indicate that he was ordered to attend a program in exchange for having the arrest taken off his record. That case is scheduled to be heard on Sept. 13, the same day Ares returns to court for the manslaughter charges. Ernie Bertothy, a spokesperson for the DMV, said each time Ares racked up new motor vehicle charge, his department suspended Ares’privilege to obtain a license, although the privilege had already been suspended indefinitely since 1997. “They need to look into the histories of these people and stop giving them a slap on the wrist,” Jones said. “This man was a train wreck waiting to happen.” Jones said she is asking officials to close loopholes in Connecticut state law that allowed Ares to escape punishment on his driving charges while also facing unrelated criminal charges. “I had to bury my son at 31 because you drank, you did drugs and you were driving with a suspended license,” Jones said of Ares. “By 42, you should know better.” Michael Lawlor, undersecretary of the criminal justice arm of the state’s

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files and those files involve serious offenses whether it’s assaultive behavior, drugs, burglaries or robberies, our focus is on the most serious charges,” Preleski said. “The reality is the operating under suspension violation doesn’t receive as much attention. This is especially true of someone who already is under suspension and isn’t lawfully allowed to drive.” Lausell was described by coworkers as a well-loved student support worker who would ham it up on stage for talent shows and had a way of helping the kids solve their problems. “He had a way to make every around want to be a better person,” said Jane Morris, Director of Education for Klingberg Family Centers. “He never said no, he was always willing to lend a hand.” The center is planning on planting a tree in his honor and other festivities in his name including a basketball tournament and the talent show. “It was senseless and horrible,” Morris said. “Everyone loved him. He was all good.”

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Newington Police report the following: Jimmy Noe, 44, of 84 Cabot St., New Britain, was charged Aug. 4 with driving under the influence, evading responsibility and failure to maintain lane. Lyudmyla Sulsa, 18, of 4 Berkley Circle was charged Aug. 7 with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. Pablo Ortiz, 36, of 87 Belden St., New Britain, was charged Aug. 7 with operating under suspension, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of plates, and failure to insure motor vehicle. Gregory West, 28, of 76 Factory St., Derby, was charged Aug. 8 with driving under the influence, failure to have lights lit, failure to submit to fingerprints and interfering with a police officer. Jason Cramer, 41, of 120 Howard St. was charged Aug. 10 with simple trespassing. Thomas Filipek, 31, of 65 Flagler St. was charged Aug. 10 with simple trespassing. Chirag Patel, 22, of 2121 N. Broad St., Meriden, was charged Aug. 10 with simple trespassing. Norris Pender, 48, of 102 Barnard Drive was charged Aug. 12 with breach of peace. Michael Labonte, 45, of 20 Birch Street was charged Aug. 1 with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell and cell phone violation. David Nieves, 28, of 75 East St., New Britain, was charged Aug. 10 with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, failure to illuminate rear plate, seconddegree failure to appear and failure to pay or plead. Nicholas Correia, 28, of 316 Maple Hill Ave. was charged Aug. 10 with possession of less than 4 oz. of marijuana. Jedidiah Baker, 23, of 283 Highland Ave.,Wallingford, was charged Aug. 2 with possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana.

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HARTFORD — The state’s nuclear power plant shut down one of two units on Sunday because seawater used to cool down the plant is too warm. Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station hasoccasionallyshutformaintenance or other issues, but in its 37-year history it has never gone down due to excessively warm water, spokesman Ken Holt said on Monday. Water from Long Island Sound is used to cool key components of the plant and is discharged back into the sound. The water may not be warmer than 75 degrees and following the hottest July on record has

been averaging 1.7 degrees above the limit, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. The federal agency issued an “emergency license amendment” last week, allowing Millstone, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources Inc., to use an average temperature of several readings. “It wasn’t enough to prevent us from shutting down,” Holt said. Richmond, Va.-based Dominion does not have an estimate of when the unit will restart, Holt said. Millstone provides half of all power used in Connecticut and 12 percent in New England. Its two units produce 2,100 megawatts of electricity, which is reduced by 40 percent with Unit 2 down, Holt

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As executive director of the nonprofit organization, Operation Fuel, Patricia Wrice often hears misconceptions from the public. “Maybe the biggest is that more people die from the cold during winter months,� Wrice said. “Just the opposite; summer months are more deadly.� Speaking by phone from Operation Fuel’s Bloomfield headquarters, Wrice said that one out of every five homes in the state that heat with oil will be affected by an increase in fuel prices. Operation Fuel is countering with a limited emergency energy assistance program for customers experiencing a financial crisis who have had their service terminated or are in danger of losing their service. The program, that’s now under way, runs through Oct. 31 or until funds are exhausted. Households that meet specific requirements will be able to receive a one-time energy grant up to $500. Households aren’t eligible for this program if they received a grant for utility assistance from Operation Fuel during the 20112012 winter program. The agency provides emergency energy assistance in Connecticut to lower-income working families, the elderly and disabled individuals. These are people in financial crisis who are not eligible for energy assistance from government-funded programs. Despite the warm weather, energy affordability continues to be a year-round struggle. On May 1, utility companies lifted their moratorium that prevents FREE EXAMS

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NEWINGTON — The Connecticut Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisees awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Newington student, Elizabeth Evon. The award was a part of the 2012 Dunkin’Donuts Connecticut Franchisee Scholarship Program that provided a total of $50,000 in local scholarships to fifty deserving high school seniors. The franchisees honored the scholarship recipients at an awards ceremony recently held at The Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. To cap off the event, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman was on hand to deliver a keynote address to the students. This is the ninth year that Dunkin’ Donuts has administered the scholarship program for

Connecticut, which to date has awarded over $850,000 to local students. “At Dunkin’ Donuts we are committed to the communities we serve. As a local institution and active community partner, we want to encourage educational achievement in every way possible,� said Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Cary Gagnon. The students were selected for the scholarship on the basis of a “well-rounded� character, including a positive academic record, and demonstrated leadership in school and community activities. The competition was extremely rigid, with more than 3,000 Connecticut students applying for the 50, $1,000 scholarships offered by the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.


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Anti-nuke goat Katie has died ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARTFORD — A goat that made headlines in 2006 after visiting the state Capitol on a mission to inform officials about nuclear radiation has died. Katie was diagnosed with inoperable cancer after living near the Millstone Nuclear Power station. Her death at her home in Redding on Sunday was announced in a news release. Katie’s mission took her from the state Capitol in 2006 to Washington, D.C., on March 11, 2012, where she strolled before the White House to mark the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Her milk had tested positive for potent carcinogens that are associated with bone cancer and leukemia, and she became a familiar presence at anti-Millstone rallies. She was a white nanny goat believed to be in her late teens.

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RIDGEFIELD — Specialty food company The Chefs’ Warehouse Inc. announced Monday that it has purchased Michael’s Finer Meats LLC for $54.3 million to expand its business in the Midwest. The acquisition is the company’s fourth in just over a year. Columbus, Ohio-based Michael’s sells beef, seafood and other meat to restaurants in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania and has an estimated $80 million in annual revenue.

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FLOWER POWER PAINTINGS: Maria Vilcinskas will exhibit her flower paintings of large blooms that explode color and literally burst off the canvas. They can be viewed during the months of August and September in the Newington Senior & Disabled Center’s cafeteria, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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 meeting is Aug. 24.

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. DEMING-YOUNG FARM FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE TOUR: The

Deming-Young Farm Foundation will be holding its second annual Open House tour of the 1784 Thomas Deming farmhouse, 282 Church St., from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Join us and tour the house and the colonial herb and flower gardens. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted. Refreshments will be provided. No public restrooms will be available. ST. MARY’S WOMEN’S MEMBER-

SHIP TEA: St. Mary Women’s Club will begin its 2012-2013 season with a Membership Tea Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2:30 p.m. in the parish hall. There will be uniquely designed “tablescapes” for the occasion and finger sandwiches and desserts will be served. We invite all the women of the parish to start or renew a membership, and to come and enjoy this afternoon of friendship and light refreshment.

LIBRARY CALENDAR ARTWORK ON DISPLAY: Throughout the month of September, Newington resident John Bower will display his artwork at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St. Bower grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Conard High School Class of in 1959. After graduation, he joined the Navy and was fortunate to visit much of the world. Bower has maintained a love/hate relationship with art ever since he acquired the art “itch.” He is grateful to have art as a regular part of his life. His advice to his fellow seniors, and to people of all ages: “Pick up an art brush” and know that “nobody can draw a straight line.” So don’t let it stop you! The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the library is not being used for a regular program: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. (860) 665-8700. 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.

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 www.newingtonct. gov/library. A valid Newington library card number is needed to access them. For more information, contact the adult information desk at (860) 665-8700.

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.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. This month’s reading is The Greater Journey by David McCullough. All interested persons are invited to attend.

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.

EDIBLE PERENNIAL GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING: Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Learn to grow abundant crops of fruits, nuts and vegetables with minimal maintenance using organic methods. Naturalist and educator John Root will present. Plants will be available for purchase. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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.

LIBRARY BOARD ANNUAL MEETING: The Library Board of Trustees invites all Newington residents to attend this year’s meeting Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. There will be a brief business meeting and the Board will recognize the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Liberty Bank, Ann Marino, Ruby Tuesday, and Rich Uterstaedt. Lorraine and Bill Meade will be inducted into the Legacy Society. YOUTHFUL AGING, AGELESS CONSCIOUSNESS THROUGH

MEDITATION: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Matthew Raider, M.D., has practiced and taught geriatric medicine for the last 30 years. He will present a three-fold method for maintaining youthful functions in advancing age. Raider will discuss the medical evidence regarding exercise, diet and meditation for modifying the aging process. Raider is a clinical physician and has been practicing meditation for over 30 years. No registration is necessary. RESUME WORKSHOP WITH GORDON GROSS, CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. Intended for those who never had a resume or do not have a current resume. This will be a lecture and discussion on the basics of resume creation. Two styles of resume will be presented, along with what should and should not be included. A manual will be included for participants to take with them. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY: In advance of the Dalai Lama’s appearance in Connecticut in October, the library has joined with Central Connecticut State University and other area libraries and organizations to read his book, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for the Whole World.” The library has multiple copies of the book available for checkout. Join us for a special presentation and discussion of the book Thursday, Sep. 20 at 7 p.m. with Professor James Malley, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Education and Professional Studies, CCSU. All are invited to attend. EAT FOR YOUR LIBRARY! Stop by the library and buy a ticket for $20 to eat lunch at the Newington Outback Steakhouse Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lunch includes steak, chicken, salad, potato, bread, cheesecake and a non-alcoholic beverage. Have a great meal at the Outback Steakhouse and support the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, too. 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 year-olds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. 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. LAST DAY FOR DREAM BIG, READ! — SUMMER READING 2012! Saturday, Aug. 25. All reading must be recorded online by Aug. 25 and prizes must be claimed by Sept. 1. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesdays, through Aug. 28, and Sept. 4, 11 and 18, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to 3-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For ages 13 to 18. Help us make the library a better place for you! Become a member and take a leadership role

in your community, give input on teen events, help develop the collection of teen materials, and preview new books. Earn a service hour for sharing your opinion! You must be willing to participate in discussions. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH! Calling all children from birth through eighth grade who live in Newington! Come to the Children’s Department anytime between Sept. 1 and 30 to sign up for a library card and receive a free goody bag (new registrants only). JUST A STORY AND A SONG!: Wednesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:15 a.m. Join us for a 30-minute all ages storytime. We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. No registration required. CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety concerns, only people age 7 and older will be allowed in the room. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register beginning Aug. 25. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. STORIES AND ART: Tuesday, Sept. 11, noon. Join us for stories and crafts about fruit. Children ages 2-4 and their grown-ups may call the Children’s Department at (860) 6658720 to register beginning August 28. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. EXPLORE TOGETHER: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3:45 p.m. Red, green and yellow are the colors of apples. How are these apples different or the same? We’ll find out by doing a taste test. Explorers in grades 1-4 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register beginning Aug. 28. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TEEN GAMING: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For grades 6-12. Come play on the library’s Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii! A variety of videogames and board games will also be available. Feel free to bring your own games! Snacks will be available. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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                                

                                          

Newington Town Crier 08-17-2012  

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