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NEWINGTON — It’s been a long time since Northwood Plaza has been as bustling as it was this week, when the Long Islandbased grocery chain Best Market opened the doors of its very first Connecticut location. The company purchased the entire downtown plaza, which has been mostly vacant since Waldbaum’s Food Mart closed Volume 53, No. 43

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its doors a few years back. It will likely see more new life soon since the company plans on leasing the remaining 40,000 or so of retail space to other merchants. Right now there are a post office, a package store and a pizza parlor there. “We hope to have the whole plaza filled with different stores in the near future,” said Sal Macca, store manager. “A couple different vendors have already shown interest,” he added. Best Market hired almost 160 people to work at its newest store — 85 percent of whom are Newington residents. See BEST MARKET, Page 8

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Author Aaron Elson shared audio clips of his 600-plus hours of oral history interviews with World War II veterans with the Newington Kiwanis Monday night at Paradise Pizza, where they host their monthly speaker meetings.

Author delights Kiwanis crowd with WWII tales By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — A handful of World War II survivors and their relatives were brought to tears Monday night hearing wartime memories at Paradise Pizza. Members of the Newington Kiwanis Club host a local personality at the restaurant monthly and this week heard from author Aaron Elson, a copy editor at the New Britain INSIDE:

Newington’s Linda Cunha a Grand Marshal in state Veterans Day parade Sunday, Page 5 Herald and a World War II enthusiast. Elson has spent over 20 years recording 600 hours of veterans’ firsthand accounts of experiences overseas — an endeavor sparked by his pursuit to understand his father a little better. The two were never very close when he was a child. Elson

recalls with laughter being five or six years old and waking his father up from a deep sleep, only to be thrown across the room. “I learned from interviewing veterans that you don’t disturb a combat veteran when he’s asleep,” he says. See AUTHOR, Page 7

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Campaigns go down to the wire as Election Day nears By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington residents have a chance to decide who will lead the town this coming Tuesday, Nov. 5. Election Day determines who will make decisions about taxes, capital Improvement projects, town regulations and services. For the last two years, Democrats have served as a 5-4 majority on the Town Council, led by Mayor Stephen Woods. Republicans hope to make a comeback this year with Councilor Beth DelBuono running as Woods’ opponent. Her campaign has focused on keeping taxes low, preserving open space, being

vigilant about what new development CTfastrak may bring, and most recently, ethics reform. The Democrats on the other hand — with Woods at the helm — are pushing for economic development to increase the town’s Grand List, focusing on the areas surrounding the two planned busway stations and the vacant Cedarcrest Hospital property on the mountain. Also running for council on the Democratic slate are incumbents Clarke Castelle, seeking a second term with two years of prior experience on the Board of Education; Terry Borjeson, also seeking a second term; and Myra Cohen, who has served the town

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for the last 22 years. New hopefuls are Aden Baume and James Marocchini. Baume, 28, a captain in the U.S. Army, received an Iraqi Service Ribbon overseas and a Combat Action Badge. He is currently attending law school. Marocchini, 35, is foreman of Stonehedge Landscaping and chairs the town’s Economic Development Commission. Democrats hoping to return to their seats on the Board of Ed include Sharon Braverman, who served the last four terms; Board Chair Dr. Marc Finkelstein, seeking an eighth term; and Joshua Shulman, the youngest candidate at 25, seeking a second term. Newcomers include Elizabeth McDonald and Scott Soares. Soares, 38, is an organizer at Council 4 AFSCME, and McDonald, 48, works for Manchester Public Schools

and is completing her SixthYear Diploma in Educational Leadership. Up for Constable again is Fred Callahan III, and hoping to return to the Board of Fire Commissioners are Robert Seiler, Sr., and Chester Bogacz. Seeking a fifth term on the Council is John “Jay” Bottalico; up for a fourth term is David Nagel, while fellow incumbent Maureen Klett has served the town on both the Council and Board of Ed since 1985. New Republican nominees include Gary Byron, host on Newington Community Television, and Daniel Dinunzio, a recent college graduate with a background in political science who is studying for his masters in public administration. Board of Ed incumbents are attorney Jane Ancona Siegel,

seeking a second term, along with Paul Vessella and Nancy Petronio, seeking fourth terms. Newcomers are Robert Tofeldt, a retired small business owner and Charlene Garcia, who works for Chubb Specialty Insurance and has a master’s degree in business administration. On the Board of Fire Commissioners several years ago and returning for a second run this year is Kevin Ziegler. Up for one of two Constable positions is Alex Forte, son of Republican Committee Chair Neal Forte. The polls will be open Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call the Registrar of Voters for more information, at (860) 665-8516 (D) or (860) 665-8517 (R). Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

Questions about CTfastrak and future housing To the Editor: Now that the busway is slowly coming to an end for Newington residents, I am concerned about a caveat that was included in this project. I understand that affordable and low income housing will be built in a few years. Many questions should be answered, so I am addressing this letter to Councilor Terry Borjeson, chairman of the CTfastrak, to inform us of these questions.

How will this project affect our taxes? Will we need to add more teachers to our schools? Will our town services need to add more police and fire protection? Will traffic increase? Where do you plan to build these homes? Will this housing be for renters or taxpayers. Newington will be exhausting all the land that it has left and it behooves me to think how you can justify building more than we have already lost. Many of us are senior

citizens on fixed incomes and some of us have lost our jobs. If this project goes through, which I assume it already has, you will be taking more money out of our pockets. This doesn’t sound like fairness to our residents. Are you thinking of Newington and the impact it could cause or is this a plot to gain political fame? Enough is enough. Alice Cullen Newington

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500 kids get a head start on Halloween By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

More than 500 children hopped, skipped and ran through Market Square Tuesday evening collecting candy ahead of all the rest. This marked the sixth year the Newington Downtown Business Association has invited local families to the town center for early trick-or-treating at the shops on Market Square and Main Street. But this Halloween seemed to Erica Schmitt | Staff bring the largest crowd yet. “This is probably the most we’ve Jaziah, 7, up front, and her brothers and sisters Eli, 6, Sanai, 4, and Deziah, 7, from left to right, trick-or-treat with their mom, Jessica Williams. ever seen at this event; there’s been “This is a nice thing the businesses put on,” Williams said, before Jaziah a mad rush,” said Susan Manafort, added, “The most exciting part is the candy!”

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who owns Newington Yoga Center with her husband, Eric Ramm. “We had 600 pieces and we’re down to the bottom of the bowl already,” Ramm added. The pair also noticed the event brings parents. “We get people who come in and say, how long have you been here? We’ve never seen this place before,” Ramm explained. A few storefronts down at Simon Sez Pets, owner Richard Simons and his wife, Kaye, were happy to greet both kids and pets in costumes. “We had a customer come in and it got so packed she got pushed into a corner,” laughed Simons, also vice president of the Newington Downtown Business Association. The evening marked the end of “Pinktober,” the Newington Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural fundraising effort for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through October, businesses and residents donated to Team Towanda, a Wethersfield-based non-profit. Team Towanda’s signature war-

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Major Cunha a Grand Marshal in state parade By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

One of Newington’s very own veterans is being honored at the state level this Sunday. Major Linda Cunha, who returned from Afghanistan a year ago this week, was designated as one of five Grand Marshals to march in the Connecticut Veterans Day Parade in Hartford. In Afghanistan she commanded the Connecticut Army National Guard’s 142nd Area Support Medical Company and from 2004 to 2005 she also served in Iraq. Now Cunha is executive officer of the 118th Multifunctional Medical Battalion in Middletown. The battalion oversees five units. They provide medical treatment and support as well as ground ambulance command and control duties during statewide emergencies, which included Hurricane Irene. During her 23 years in the military, Cunha has served in a variety of capacities. Before her recent deployment, she was a state mobilization officer who helped

Major Linda Cunha of Newington has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She will be one of five Grand Marshals in the Connecticut Veterans Day Parade.

units prepare for deployment and provided assistance upon their return. This year she also served as honorary grand marshal and keynote speaker of the Newington Memorial Day Parade. A first-generation American, Cunha’s parents immigrated from

Portugal. “I am very grateful to them; being bilingual and having relatives in another nation definitely gives you a different perspective,” she explained of her heritage. But on Veterans Day, she hopes everyone remembers what it means to be an American.

“Recently I went to New York City and visited the 9/11 memorial,” Cunha said. “The further away an event like that gets, people lose the value of it. I remember right after it happened there was such a sense of collective patriotism we experienced as a nation; now more than 10 years later people have to regain that — remember what it’s like to be an American and remember the sacrifices people made.” The parade will take place a week before the federal observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. It is the largest event honoring the holiday throughout New England. “This spectacular parade honors the dedication and sacrifice of servicemen and women from all U.S. conflicts, and offers Connecticut residents the opportunity to come and say thank you in person,” said Paul Pendergast, president of the Parade Committee. “Our Grand Marshals are exemplary individuals who will lead approximately 3,000 veterans and musical bands at this meaningful event.”

The 14th Annual Connecticut Veterans Day Parade is this Sunday, Nov. 3. Festivities will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at 11:30 a.m. Ceremonial cannon blasts will kick of the parade at 12:30 p.m. The procession will begin near the Connecticut State Capitol building and march through downtown. Marchers will stop inplace at 1:30 p.m. for a moment of silence, which will be followed by ceremonial blasts, church bells and the singing of the National Anthem. The other four state residents chosen as grand marshals this year are: Retired Master Sergeant Frank Alvarado of East Haven, Retired Staff Sergeant Chandler J. Howard of Farmington, Retired Brigadier General Daniel McHale of Avon, and Retired Sergeant Samuel Jacobellis of Danbury. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

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Author shares stories of World War II veterans at Kiwanis event Continued from Page 1

In 1987 — seven years after his dad’s passing, he was invited to a reunion of the 712th Tank Battalion, with which his elder served. What followed turned into a lifelong project that would come to not only satisfy Elson’s family curiosity, but also help many of those impacted by the war from his dad’s generation share their stories. “Going to that reunion I got to know my father so much better than I did when he was alive, unfortunately,” he says. “The fact that he was one of them and they had been through so much together made me like family. When they were with their own buddies, people they were in combat with, they were happy to open up.” Elson had always wanted to write a book, but after listening to the animated tales of those who fought alongside his dad he realized the veterans need to tell their stories themselves. Take his recording of Jim Koerner, a veteran of the 10th Armored Division who became a prisoner of war. “Why me, God?” he pleaded after being disciplined in prison camp. Decades after the war ended and Koerner went on to raise a family, he told Elson, “When I look at my children, and my ten grandchildren, He’s answered me. He’s answered me in a thousand ways.” Kiwanis members listened intently to clips of these accounts Monday night, part of Elson’s series of oral history audio books. They were pleased to pick up CD samples of this collection after the program, which Elson provided free of charge. “I had no long-term plan for the interviews, I just thought somebody should preserve these

stories,” he explains. “They were entertaining as well as historical.” The crowd applauded him several times and thanked him for his efforts. They also applauded Kiwanis Program Chair Al Cohen, a World War II veteran and active member of the Newington community. Host Steve Parker opened up the program to questions and hands flew up all around. When asked if he had ever considered sharing the tales of veterans from other wars, Elson explained how later wars already had extensive collections and World War II was his frontier.

“I’d like to do more speaking events; I want to address more audiences like you,” he told the group. Some stayed after to chat with him about the war, having also had close relatives who served. “My dad flew 33 missions overseas,” said Berlin resident Joe Wells, whose father copiloted a B-24. Wells went on to share a few anecdotes he had heard about those missions. Lifelong Newington resident Esther Eddy also divulged a tale from her late husband Frank Eddy, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany.

Aaron Elson has authored seven books, including “A Mile in Their Shoes: Conversations with Veterans of World War II” and most recently, “The Armored Fist: The 712th Tank Battalion in the Second World War.” They are available along with his audio CDs on Amazon. com and eBay. Also visit http://oralhistoryaudiobooks.blogspot.com and www.tankbooks.com to read his blog and learn more about the collection. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

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The store prides itself on being “perishable-oriented” — with tables up front for people to sit down and enjoy sandwiches and salads made in-house as well as items purchased at hot and cold food stations. “Customers have been great; I think people are happy about what they’re seeing here,” Macca said. “We’re very different. No gimmicks — we’re just a straight-

forward, good company with good pricing.” What makes the grocery unique? Besides the fact they offer carry-out service to customers, catering is coming soon and this weekend they will beginning using a large smoker to make brisket, chicken and ribs. There’s also an expansive section of craft beers, an olive bar and gourmet Italian products that hail from Long Island, where the chain has

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NEWINGTON LIBRARY CALENDAR TEEN AND ADULT PROGRAMS TEEN ANIME CLUB: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 3 to 4:30 p.m. For ages 13-18. Anime Club is back! The club will meet once a month to watch anime and snack on pocky. Registration is necessary. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB): Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For ages 13-18. Become a member, 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. ITALY: A CULTURAL JOURNEY: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Discover the beauty and culture of the regions of Italy on a colorful journey from north to south, and even the islands. Presented by Ashley Turney, owner of Live It, LLC, a travel company specializing in Italy. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700. TECH TROUBLESHOOTING WITH TEENS: Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Attention all adults! Stop by with the gadgets that drive you crazy and let our teen techs help you. This list can include but is not limited to cell phones and text messaging, e-readers, Facebook, Cameras, email, videogames, and iPods. FRIENDS FALL BOOK SALE: Friday, Nov. 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $5; Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free; Sunday, Nov. 17, noon to 3 p.m.; Buy a bag $6 at the Senior & Disabled Center. Choose from a variety of books for

adults, teens and children. CDs DVDs, videos and some specialty priced items will be availab.e Come early for the best selection. SUNDAY HOURS RESUME: Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. The library is once again open seven days a week.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS FAMILY STORYTIME: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. (except Thanksgiving, Nov. 28) No registration is necessary. FALL DROP-IN WEEKLY STORYTIMES: Through Nov. 25. Our regular fall weekly storytimes for ages 9 months through 6 years. To choose the right one for your child, pick up a detailed schedule in the Children’s Department or check newingtonct.gov/library. SLIVA AUTHOR VISIT: Friday, Nov. 1, 3 to 5 p.m. Adam Gidwitz, children’s book author of the wickedly funny series “A Tale Dark and Grimm,” is our Sliva guest author this year. During the day he will have presented programs to all third and fourth-graders in the Newington schools, and many fifth and sixth-graders. Between 3 and 4:30 p.m. he will hold an Open House at the library to greet visitors of all ages, answer questions and sign books. Books will be available for purchase at the library. Stop by to join the fun. Sponsored by the Adella S. and John M.

Sliva Memorial Fund. CHILDREN’S AUTHOR ADAM GITWITZ: Due to the generosity of the Sliva family, children’s author Adam Gitwitz will be coming to Newington’s Lucy Robbins Welles Library Nov. 1, from 3 to 5. He is the author of the wickedly funny books “A Tale Dark and Grimm,” “In a Glass Grimly” and “The Grimm Conclusion.” Gitwitz will speak with all and sign books. Books are on sale at the library. Sponsored by John and Adella Sliva Memorial Young People’s Literary Series WE ALL GET READY TO READ!: Monday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m. Family Place Libraries and the National Center for Learning Disabilities have partnered to present a program designed especially for the “graduates” of the Parent/Child Workshop and Play for All attendees (children ages 4-7) and their caregivers. We All Get Ready to Read! is an early literacy activity program designed to help parents ensure that young children have the skills they need to be ready to learn to read. Call (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. HALF-DAY FUN: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2 to 4 p.m. It’s Game Day at the library. We’ll set out different board games and activities for you to enjoy in the program room. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesdays, Nov. 5, and 12, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us

for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to three-yearold resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. SPECIAL PROGRAMS FOR SPECIAL FRIENDS: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. Parents and day care providers are invited to come and listen to Amy Eisner and Molly Weir as they explain the legal maze of the Special Education Process. Co-Sponsored by S.E.A.N., Special Education Alliance of Newington. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesdays, Nov. 5, and 12, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to three-yearold resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. AROUND THE WORLD SERIES: Thursday, Nov. 7, 3:45 p.m. Join our special guests while we sing a song or two in other languages. Call (860) 665-8720 to register travelers in grades 1 to 4. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PLAY FOR ALL: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come join us for a special needs play group, giving parents the opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize together. Co-sponsored by Newington UNICO.

PETE THE CAT THANKSGIVING PARTY: Saturday, Nov. 9, noon to 1 p.m. We love Pete the Cat! Please join us for a very special Thanksgiving storytime featuring … you guessed it, Pete the Cat! Children will enjoy stories, snacks and a craft. Please register by calling (860) 665-8720. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CHESS CLUB: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4 to 5 p.m. Do you like to play chess? We will set up our program room for all who like to play chess, to come and play. Bring a friend or find one here! Sets will be available to use here and check out for use at home. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. AROUND THE WORLD SERIES: Thursday, Nov. 14, 3:45 p.m. We will measure and mix to make and eat food items that children enjoy in other countries. Call (860) 665-8720 to register travelers in grades 1 to 4. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. AN EVENING DARK AND GRIMM: Friday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the visit from Adam Gidwitz with a party based on his book, A Tale Dark and Grimm. Dress as your favorite Grimm character. Make a video or write a new original ending to one of his books and enter it in a contest to win a grand prize. Children ages 8 or older may call to register at (860) 665-8720 beginning Nov. 1. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Members of the Martin Kellogg and John Wallace Middle School bands performed with the Newington High School Marching Band during the Indians’ 52-36 victory over visiting South Windsor in CCC interleague action. In addition, NHS took first place in Class 5A at the Southington High Marching Band Competition.

DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Divorce? Thinking about getting divorced? Already divorced? If you need some support,there is a Divorce Support Group where you can attend on Friday nights for 7 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St. Wethersfield. This group is kind, caring, and compassionate, because this group has been where you are now. November’s schedule is as follows: Friday, Nov. 1, Friday, Nov 8,and Friday, Nov. 15. Sorry, there is no support on the Nov. 22,and 29. Divorce Support will resume in December. NEWINGTON ARTIST TO DISPLAY AT CARO ART GALLERY: CaRo Art Studio

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OPEN MIC: The Central CT Acoustic Musicians Society Meetup is sponsoring an Open Mic Friday, Nov. 8 starting at 7:30 p.m. until closing. It will be hosted by The Newington Knights of Columbus, located at 171 Pascone Place (entrance in rear). Cash bar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no credit/debit cards accepted. This will be a monthly event held on the second Friday of the month. For additional information, directions and/or other council activities, visit the K of Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website www.kofcnewington.com TWO CANS FOR A PINT: Dutch Point Credit Union has announced its 2nd annual 2 Cans for a Pint event Nov. 12 at its Newington branch location from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dual charity event was created in 2012 to assist the

American Red Cross in supplying blood following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For every pint of blood donated to the American Red Cross, Dutch Point Credit Union will donate two cans of food to the Newington Food Bank. To register to give blood and support both the Red Cross and the food pantry, visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation with sponsor code 6469. For additional information, please visit www.dutchpoint.org. VENDORS NEEDED FOR MIDDLEWOODS OF NEWINGTON CRAFT FAIR: Vendors needed! Middlewoods of Newington Assisted Living Community, 2125 Main St., is looking for vendors for its upcoming community craft fair Saturday, Dec. 14. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the front lobby and hallways of the building and will be advertised to staff, residents, and families, and also in the local paper. Space is $20 per table and vendors are asked to bring their own table. To reserve a table space or for more information, contact Activities Director Lynn Tracey by email (preferably) at ltracey@umh.org or at (860) 667-1336. All reservations must be received by Nov. 15. UPCOMING EVENTS AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN COMMONS: Raymour & Flanigan Breakfast: Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Join Cedar Mountain Commons at Raymour & Flanigan, 3375 Berlin Turnpike, for a very special breakfast event. For more information about Cedar Mountain Commons, 3 John H. Stuart Drive. visit www.cedarmountaincommons.org. OVERNIGHT PARKING BAN: Effective Friday, Nov. 1, the Newington Police Department will enforce the overnight parking ban throughout Newington. The ordinance prohibits parking for more than 30 minutes between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on any street. This parking ban insures proper sanding and plowing operations and helps prevent accidents on snowy or icy roads. Motorists requiring an exception from this ordinance due to an emergency situation are urged to contact the Newington Police Department at (860) 666-8445, ext 6114. ITALIAN FILM SERIES: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gianni e Le Donneâ&#x20AC;? (The Salt of Life) 2011, will be shown as part of the Italian Film Series, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Webb Elementary School. Free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the Wethersfield High School Italian National Honor Society in cooperation with the Italian Culture Center of Education and is sponsored by Franco Cianfaglione, agent, State Farm Insurance and the Wethersfield Chapter of Unico. CULINARY CLASSES FOR KIDS: Stew Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newington store, 3475 Berlin Turnpike, is offering a number of new cooking classes for children over the next few months, including classes to celebrate Thanksgiving and the holidays. Classes will be held in Stew Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Executive Kitchen on the second floor of the grocery store in Newington. Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult, except for the classes for toddlers. For more information and to sign up call the customer service desk at (860) 760-8100.


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Neighbor supports Marocchini

To the Editor: While reading the Newington Town Crier the other day (Friday, Oct. 4), I came across a paid ad for the Republican candidates. They don’t seem to have any faith in their platform, and certainly can’t back up the claims they make in this ad, because at the bottom right they are still punching out their ridiculous accusations of wrongdoing by the Democratic candidate for mayor, Steve Woods. Never mind that Mr. Woods has been exonerated by the state’s Attorney General’s Office of any wrongdoing, they

To the Editor: I would like to announce my support for Jim Marocchini as town councilman. Jim has been my neighbor for the last nine years and in that time I’ve come to know Jim as a man with integrity. I trust Jim with the keys to my house

when we go away. I believe he’s able to make the hard decisions necessary to continually improve life and business in the town. I’ll be voting for Jim.

To the Editor: I would like to formally endorse Elizabeth McDonald for Newington Board of Education. Elizabeth has been a resident of Newington for over 12 years and has vast experience both as a classroom teacher, as an instructional coach, and a district trainer in the Hartford area for over 22 years. Elizabeth is also in the process of completing a Sixth Year degree in Educational Leadership and is dedicated to helping school leaders and teachers serve the needs of all our children in the best way possible. Some of Elizabeth’s goals include providing equitable and rigorous instruction that addresses each child’s unique needs, skills, talents and learning styles, and developing educational programs that make Newington one of the best school

systems in the state — drawing people to our community for STEM programs (K-12) and world language programs beginning in kindergarten. She is also committed to developing strong community partnerships that support our “at risk” youth, keeping students engaged in school, ensuring their successful high school graduation and readiness for college, additional training, or the workplace upon graduation. All of which will lead our students to greater success and a better quality of life. Please join me in supporting Elizabeth McDonald with your vote, and together we can shape the Newington schools into something we all can be proud of for all of our children!

are still claiming skulduggery on Steve’s part. The only claim they make that can’t be refuted is that Stonehedge Landscaping has grossed $233,000 in the past decade doing work for the Town of Newington. Let’s break that down. It averages out to $23,000 a year. After deductions, such as labor, materials, fixed costs, etc, Stonehedge, which probably employs 56 employees from the Newington community, didn’t make much of a profit, after all. Some of the work was done on

an at-cost basis. Whatever profit they did garner was done so ethically and legitimately by placing the low bid and providing the best material and service, once again supporting the town in which the owners, the Woods family, were raised. I believe in Steve, and so should you. Vote for Steve Woods for Mayor, and the entire Democratic slate on Nov. 5. Thank You. Mary B. Udice Newington

Newington Democrats better than ever under Anest Democratic State Convention to vote for Newington’s favorite son, Richard Balducci, for governor. The residents raced to the polls with the largest voter turnout ever in a town committee primary to vote Frank Aieta out, not only as the chairman of the Newington Democratic Party, but also as one of its members. This is the same Frank Aieta that was the campaign manager last year for Ben Ancona, the former Republican Town Committee chairman and town attorney, who ran against our respected and beloved state Representative Sandy Nafis, waging a malicious campaign against her. Again, the

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To the Editor: Republican Frank Aieta is hoping that we are either too old, senile, or dead to remember the facts. In the September 2013 Newington Life article, “Changing Stripes,” Frank Aieta is quoted as saying, “The Democratic Party that Joseph Klett and I were the chairmen of is not the same party.” Frank Aieta would love the residents of Newington to forget the fact that it was Joe Klett who led the victorious Democratic Town Committee primary to overthrow him as chairman because, among other reasons, he did not want the Newington delegates at the

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WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY CALENDAR WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY OPEN SUNDAYS: The Wethersfield Library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoons again. The library’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. At any time, the library may be reached on the internet at www.wethersfieldlibrary.org. You can search the catalog, use the online databases, download an audiobook, ask a reference question, or renew, reserve or request a book. FRIENDS OF THE WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Wethersfield Library will hold their Fall Book Sale on the following dates: Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend the Fall Book Sale. Choose from a huge selection of outstanding books in different categories.

Sunday only, buy a bag for $5 and fill it with books! All proceeds from the book sale support the work of the library. COMPUTER CLASSES The library will offer two computer classes Monday, Nov. 11. “Introduction to Microsoft Excel (2013)” will meet at 2:30 p.m. Learn the basics of a spreadsheet program. You will be taught how to enter data and format cells. The use of templates will be explored. Class will be presented in lab format. “Introduction to Microsoft Word (2013)” meets at 6:30 p.m. Learn everything you need to create a letter. You will be shown how to format, layout and print your document. Class will be presented in lab format. Two more classes will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 13. “Introduction to Computers” meets at 10:30 a.m. Learn everything you need to know about the hardware, software and operating system (Windows 8). This class is intended for those new

to computer. No skills required. Class will be presented in lab format. “So You Want to Buy a Tablet Computer” meets at 2:30 p.m. Kindle Fire? Nook HD? Microsoft Surface? iPad? So many choices! Learn how to decide which tablet is right for you. Class will be presented in lecture format. Registration is required. Register in person at the library or by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811. You may also email registrations to library@ wethersfieldlibrary.org FIFTY WONDERS OF KOREA PROGRAM: The library and the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will host “The Fifty Wonders of Korea” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. This multimedia program brings to life Korea’s rich and unique cultural heritage. Participants will enjoy traditional Korean dishes and desserts prepared by members of the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion

Woman’s Club presents preemie blankets to NICU Milena Frazier, RN, was the guest speaker at the October meeting of the GFWC Newington/ Wethersfield Woman’s Club. Frazier is a nurse in the Neonatal ICU at the CT Children’s Medical Center. Since 2006, members of the club have hand sewn some 900 preemie blankets. Frazier told club members that the handmade blankets make a positive impact

to both families of preemies and staff at the NICU. We welcome any woman interested in making new friends and in community service. The club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month except in June, July and August. If you have any questions about our organization, call Dianne at (860) 665-1148. www. gfwccrossroad.org

Edyie Steimer, GFWC Newington/ Wethersfield Woman’s Club, presents Milena Frazier, RN, with recently sewn preemie blankets.

Project. A special tribute to Korean War veterans is included in the presentation. Registration is required. To register or for information, call the library at (860) 257-2811, or email registrations to library@wethersfieldlibrary.orgCHILDREN’S PROGRAM DROP-IN STORY/PLAY TIME: The Wethersfield Library invites children of all ages and their caregivers to come to Friday morning Drop-in Playtime/ Storytime from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is an opportunity for families to visit the library with their children in a friendly and relaxed environment and meets year round. A librarian will be on hand at each session to share a short story and a song at 11 a.m. No registration is required. Children’s programs are cancelled on any day when the Wethersfield Public Schools are closed due to weather. For more information, visit the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy.,

www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids.htm or call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801. SATURDAY STORIES: The Wethersfield Library offers Saturday Stories for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Drop-in fun with books, songs and movement for the whole family. Registration is not required. For more information about this and other programs for children, call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801, visit the library or www. wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids.htm. EVERY FRIDAY: 10 a.m. to noon, Drop-in Playtime and 11 a.m., Short & Sweet Storytime: all ages. Drop-in family fun with a story and a song. EVERY SATURDAY: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Stories: all ages. Drop-in fun with books, songs and movement for the whole family.

WETHERSFIELD EVENTS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Divorce? Thinking about getting divorced? Already divorced? If you need some support,there is a Divorce Support Group where you can attend on Friday nights for 7 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St. Wethersfield. This group is kind, caring, and compassionate, because this group has been where you are now. November’s schedule is as follows: Friday, Nov. 1, Friday, Nov 8,and Friday, Nov. 15. Sorry, there is no support on the Nov. 22,and 29.Divorce Support will resume in December. NEWINGTON/WETHERSFIELD MILITARY: If you know of a Newington or Wethersfield resident who is currently overseas serving in our military, please forward their contact information to the Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 310046, Newington, CT 06131. We would like to send each one of them a personal holiday greeting. We must receive your information by Monday, Dec. 2 at noon. Contact us at gfwccrossroad@gmail.com if you have any questions. LIMITED STATEWIDE VOTER REGISTRATION SESSION: All Registrars of Voters’ offices in Connecticut whose towns are holding a municipal election on Nov. 5 will hold a limited statewide voter registration session Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This session is open to those whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence was attained since Oct. 29. Call your local Registrars’ office for details. ITALIAN FILM SERIES: “Gianni e Le Donne” (The Salt of Life) 2011, will be shown as part of the Italian Film Series, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Webb Elementary School. Free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the Wethersfield High School Italian National Honor Society in cooperation with the Italian Culture Center of Education and is sponsored by Franco Cianfaglione, agent, State Farm Insurance and the Wethersfield Chapter of Unico. WETHERSFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL RECOGNITION CEREMONY: All staff members in the Wethersfield Public Schools are invited to the Wethersfield Public Schools Recognition Ceremony

at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Silas Deane Middle School auditorium. Outstanding students, support staff and parents in the Wethersfield Public Schools will be recognized for their special accomplishments and contributions. WETHERSFIELD ANTIQUES SHOW: The Wethersfield Historical Society will present its 13th annual Antiques Show Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St. This well-established event showcases more than forty of the finest dealers from the northeast in room setting booths displaying a wide range of early American and 19th century items. A gala Preview Party opens the show on Friday from 6:30 to p.m. Admission to the preview is $35 and includes an opportunity to “shop the show” for that special something. The show opens to the general public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the show is $7, $6 with discount coupon or show card. For more detailed information, call the historical society at (860) 529-7656. The Preview Party, which usually hosts about 150 eager collectors and buyers, includes an opportunity to chat with dealers informally, purchase items and enjoy delicious hot and cold appetizers and beverages. Reservations for the Preview Party are not required, but are appreciated. Proceeds from this major fundraising event will benefit several historical society programs, including the educational programming offered year-round. Programs are provided free to students in Wethersfield public schools and for modest fees to outside towns. Funds also provide for the care of the Fountain of Service and the Hughes Memorial Gardens which grace the front of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, home to the Wethersfield Museum and the town’s Visitors Center at 200 Main St. The Pitkin Community Center offers free parking and easy accessibility on one floor. For more information, contact Wethersfield Historical Society or by e-mail at society@wethhist.org. The society’s website, www.wethhist.org, has a complete calendar of events for the year.


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Democratic leadership has kept mil rate hikes low To the Editor: One of the most important obligations of a Town Council is to make sure local government is providing the programs and services residents want and need, but to do so without over-burdening taxpayers. As a Rocky Hill taxpayer, I believe that Democratic vision and action on the Council, especially during the past four years, has met that obligation successfully. In the face of an economy strug-

gling to recover from the worst downturn in nearly three-quarters of a century, the Council’s Democratic leadership has held town and education spending increases to an average of less than 3.4 percent over the past four years, maintaining its commitment to essential citizen needs. At the same time, Democratic leadership has held property tax increases to an average of less than 2.9 percent in the same period, including increases of

less than one mil in three of those four years. And if anyone thinks they’d pay less in other neighboring towns, just look at the numbers. Rocky Hill’s mil rate is 26.6. The mil rate in Wethersfield is 33.46, in Newington it’s 33.63, in Cromwell it’s 32.85, and in Berlin it’s 28.77. Those numbers speak for themselves.

To the Editor: It’s time for Rocky Hill voters to decide which team they’re going to support on Election Day. I’d like to urge voters to support the Democratic Team, not just because of the responsible record they’ve created over the past several years but, even more important, for their clear vision of the future. Look at just a few examples. Under Democratic leadership, when open space or farmland becomes available, the town will have a $10 million fund at hand to help preserve and protect these valuable natural resources. In the

years ahead, our students will have a $45 million renovated-as-new high school to call home. The town is working with security experts to develop plans for safety improvements to provide greater protection for students and staff at the town’s schools. As business expands along Route 3 and its feeder roads, the town will have in place a detailed road study to make sure traffic growth is handled in a safe and effective way, and that study is already being used in applications for developments along the Route 3 corridor. Democratic leadership provided the impetus for these and

many other initiatives that will be vital to a positive and bright future for Rocky Hill. The Democratic Team deserves support from all voters on Nov. 5.

To the Editor, As I consider the candidates for the Rocky Hill municipal election, I am weighing their character, platform, qualifications and  ability to collaborate. I also expect that those in office respect and listen to all citizens. Topping my list is an exceptional person who is all of this and more: Lisa Marotta, the Town Council Independent candidate. Lisa is not a typical “politician.” Her ambition is to reverse the reactive nature of Rocky Hill’s town government and to serve all citizens — nothing more. Lisa’s effectiveness comes from her problem-solving ability and gentle toughness, not from misleading others or false promises. Take this simple example: one party is encouraging citizens who support Lisa to cast their five Town Council votes across the party line, promising that Lisa can still be elected, via the remaining three eligible seats. This candidate is misleading the citizens and given his motivation, being

dishonest. Lisa won’t badmouth in return — instead, she simply sets the record straight: every candidate you wish to see in office needs your vote. She respects that citizens make their own decision. Lisa is already a senior advocate. She has cared for her grandmother for years and understands the challenge of living on a fixed budget. It is indeed possible to be a of school-aged children and advocate for our seniors’ needs. Rocky Hill needs a fresh voice, one that is void of arrogance and the “same old same old” business as usual incumbents. We need a proactive town councilor who operates with integrity and fiscal responsibility. This person is Lisa Marotta. Fellow Residents: Rather than voting the party line, look at the individual - weigh his/her platform and character. Use one of your five Town Council votes to break the status quo. Vote for Lisa Marotta on Row C for change! Robin Davis Rocky Hill

ROCKY HILL EVENTS DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Divorce? Thinking about getting divorced? Already divorced? If you need some support,there is a Divorce Support Group where you can attend on Friday nights for 7 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St. Wethersfield. This group is kind, caring, and compassionate, because this group has been where you are now. November’s schedule is as follows: Friday, Nov. 1, Friday, Nov 8,and Friday, Nov. 15. Sorry, there is no support on the Nov. 22,and 29. Divorce Support will resume in December.

Joan Reynolds Rocky Hill LIMITED STATEWIDE VOTER REGIS-

Democrats have clear vision for Rocky Hill’s future

Marotta not your typical ‘politician’

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Antonio “Tony” Guerrera State Representative, 29th District Rocky Hill

TRATION SESSION: All Registrars of Voters’ offices in Connecticut whose towns are holding a municipal election on Nov. 5 will hold a limited statewide voter registration session Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This session is open to those whose qualifications as to age, citizenship or residence was attained since Oct. 29. Call your local Registrars’ office for details. C-PACE BREAKFAST FORUM: Please join the Rocky Hill Economic Development Commission, the Rocky Hill Chamber of Commerce or a Breakfast Business Forum on “Financing for Energy Efficiency Up-grades for Com-

mercial and Multi-family Properties” — The C-Pace Program presented by The Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Town Council Meeting Room, Second Floor, Rocky HIll Town Hall, 761 Old Main St. RSVP: (860) 258-7717 or rcarpentino@ rockyhillct.gov or (860) 258-7637 or execrhct@gmail.com. HEALTH DISTRICT OFFERS FREE DENTAL CLEANINGS: Are you over the age of 60, live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield and are in need of a dental cleaning? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) has a service for you! In partnership with the North Central Agency on Aging, CCHD is providing FREE dental cleaning clinics to individuals age 60 and over who live in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill or Wethersfield. To find out the schedule and book your appointment in your town, call the following numbers: Berlin: Contact Tina Doyle at (860) 828-7006; Newington: Contact Charlene Magnano at (860) 6658778; Rocky Hill: Contact Lori DiPietro at (860) 721-2824; Wethersfield: Contact Lisa Gallipo at (860) 721-2979. Donations are generously accepted for this service.

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