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Planning & Zoning commission holds public hearing on the issue By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington residents have no qualms about the growing or sale of medical marijuana in town, at least if input given at Monday night’s Town Planning & Zoning Commission meeting is any indication. Only three people chose to speak in a public hearing for an amendment to the town’s zoning regulations to accommodate Volume 53, No. 47


Public Act 12-55, which allows for the production and dispensing of the drug after applicants obtain state permits. The zoning amendment proposed by Craig Minor, town planner, would only allow dispensaries and production facilities in industrial zones, limiting them to a small portion of North Mountain Road and the lower section of Fenn Road. It would also prohibit them no closer than 1,000 feet from schools, places of worship, playgrounds and residential neighborhoods. Signage would be limited to only a street address, See HEARING, Page 2

Robert “Bob” Seiler passed away last Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the age of 68.

Town mourns passing of its favorite volunteer By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Anyone who spends upwards of 1,300 hours a year volunteering in their town not only gets to know the needs of the community, but the community gets to know them.

That was how much the town Department of Human Services estimated that Newington resident Bob Seiler gave of his time over the course of one year. And because he’s been at it since he retired as a sergeant from the Newington Police Department

18 years ago, that’s a lot of hours. Memories of Seiler’s character have been swirling around ever since he passed away last Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the age of 68. See BOB SEILER, Page 4

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with no graphics or text permitted. In addition, strict security measures are required per state law to prevent theft or other criminal activity related to the drug. Two applicants are currently considering Newington as a potential location. One is looking to open a dispensary, the other a production facility. Among the three voices heard Monday was that of Richard Pelletier Sr., a financial consultant representing the applicant seeking to open a 3,000 square foot dispensary in his warehouse, located at 260 Stamm Road.

“The dispensary facility we’re proposing is more like a physician’s office,” he assured commissioners. Andy Brecher, the town’s economic development director, also addressed the commission. He admitted to finding himself “in an unusual position” – being a child of the '60s but having never tried marijuana, yet at the meeting to advocate for the benefit of medical facilities in town. “I would like to see them operate as part of our broad-

based Newington economic in existence would fall within the development infrastructure,” he permitted zones, he explained, explained, asking commission- calling that particular rule “baseless.” Brecher also argued that if facilities’ hours of operation were limited to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the needs of patients and their respective caregivers might not accommodated. “Patients should be able to make appointers to reconsider their 1000 foot ments that meet their schedules,” residential buffer since it would he said. restrict pretty much all available Newington resident Charles regions. Meek spoke in support of the No building in town currently regulations, but asked commis-

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sioners to leave all proposed buffers in place. “I think the buffer is very important especially at this time, this law being so new,” he said. “Although I do support medical marijuana I think it should be controlled at a level that’s good for the town and the community.” Commissioners chose not to speak on the proposed zoning amendement, which will be on the agenda at their next meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 11. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

Central Connecticut Health District holds kick-off meeting for new initiative

The Central Connecticut Health District held a Community Health Improvement Initiative kick-off meeting recently with more than 60 public health partners and stakeholders in attendance. The goal of the meeting was to introduce and involve the community in the initiative. The next step is to complete a community health assessment, followed by establishing an advisory committee to review the completed assessment. The advisory committee will be asked to prioritize the com-

munity health needs based upon the findings from the assessment and develop a community health improvement plan. The CCHD intends to ensure that the assessment and improvement plan are widely distributed within the four towns served. The CCHD ser ves Newington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Berlin. “We were very pleased with the turnout for this kick-off meeting. We will be relying on our community partners and stakeholders to assist us in com-

pleting this initiative,” said Paul Hutcheon, Director of Health. The community health assessment will identify the health needs of the community. The Health District hired the Holleran Consulting firm out of Pennsylvania to assist in this effort. The project is expected to be completed by April of 2014. For more information about these initiatives or how you can get involved, contact Hilary Norcia by calling (860) 6658571 or via email at hnorcia@

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Bob Seiler remembered as Newington’s ‘go-to’ volunteer

fellow retired Newington police to take over leadership next year, When Karen Futoma and but was sad to reveal at the club’s officer. Carol LeBrecque, human ser- meeting Monday that he’d have Sautter embraced many last vices director and coordinator, to assume the role earlier than Friday at her husband’s wake, gave the eulogy at Seiler’s funer- anticipated. as countless visitors came by to al Saturday — there wasn’t a dry share their condolences. Over the last decade, the eye inside Newington Memorial. pair worked closely together “He was involved in so many “Bob was someone who cared at the Big K Flea Markets in things and he touched the lives about all people regardless of Constitution Square. of so many people,” she contintheir status in life — if he could ued. “He left so quick.” “He’d spend the whole day at somehow help someone, that the flea market from the time we W hen they weren’t in gave him extreme satisfaction,” set up to the time we tore down,” Newington, the pair did a lot said LeBrecque, who oversees Henry remembered. of traveling across the country the Newington Food Bank and overseas. They both rode “One time when he was on and therefore motorcycles, and that brought vacation, worked with them to Tennessee, Nova knowing that Seiler ver y Scotia and beyond. They also the Big K Flea closely. “If all traveled all over Europe. Market was the people that In her own words, “We just short-handed Bob helped managed to have a really good that Sunday held hands, time together.” he drove here they would cirfrom New Bob Seiler and his wife, Meg Sautter, were married for 28 years. Erica Schmitt can be reached at cle the world,” Hampshire she added. and back Bob.” to a lot of people,” said Meg (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or Staff recalled just so he “He was definitely a friend Sautter, his wife of 28 years and him stocking Human Services’ Thanksgiving Food could help the food bank, Distribution was Seiler’s favorite pro- out,” added “his baby” from gram, when he took on the role of Al Cohen, “Turkey Bob,” wearing a crocheted start to finish, turkey hat one of the residents using a longtime placing orders, the food bank made for him. K i w a n i s picking the member who food up in a big recruited box truck and Seiler into the We purchase everything assisting those who shop there. club. from single pieces to entire collections. “We can’t begin to express According to Henry, they are how deep our loss is, as Bob was going to need five new memWhat We Buy: truly a good man with a huge bers to make up for the work heart, a wonderful friend to us, load he took on right up until Valuable Autographs, Old Documents, Rare Books, Coins, Gold, a generous and giving soul,” said the end of his life. Silver, Stamp Collections, Vintage Wine, Good Watches, Futoma. Although he was diagnosed Estate Jewelry, Pre-1970’s Sports and Entertainment Memorabilia But his work with Human with a tumor of the liver in Services was just one of the May of this past year, Seiler’s many volunteer capacities he friends and fellow volunteers took on. In fact, the Newington didn’t know it would prove terChamber of Commerce present- minal so soon. ed him with the Volunteer of the “Up until a couple days Year Award in May, a designa- before he died very few of us tion he also received from Town knew he was more seriously ill Council. He became a Newington than any of us expected,” Henry Volunteer Fireman In 1967 and explained. “He really downupon his passing chaired the played his illness — I don’t Board of Fire Commissioners think he wanted us to know the and served as president of the extent of it.” Newington Veteran Firefighters Not “burdening” others was Association. Firefighting even- another character trait people tually led to police work, and remember, and evidence of just Seiler served on the Newington how big his heart was. Police Department for 25 years. “This is a guy that had a real For the past six, he was also great smile and a twinkle in his treasurer of the town’s Memorial eye,” Henry added. “But you Day Parade Committee. wanted to avoid the scowl he’d His public service extended give you if you didn’t do things into the Newington Kiwanis right.” Club in 1999, where he served as His family knew these expresPhone: 203-454-0111 president up until last week. Dan sions well, along with every hat Email: Henry, a close friend and fellow of a man who wore lots: “Go-toKiwanis member, was scheduled Guy” “Big Brother,” “Turkey Continued from Page 1

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Kiwanis guest speaker espouses raw-food lifestyle By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — Cheesy delicacies were lifted away from tables unfinished at Paradise Pizza Monday night as 30-plus people learned about the benefits of eating only raw vegetables, fruit and nuts. The Newington Kiwanis hosted Windsor resident Curtis Griffing at their monthly speaker meeting. Griffing is the founder and instructor of Raw Food Central in Berlin. Griffing, who presented alongside his sons Windsor and Winter Griffing, cured his own rheumatoid arthritis 30 years ago by eating a raw diet when hardly anyone else was doing it. Now, when not teaching HealthPath classes on the vegan lifestyle at his health food store, he is sharing his story with anyone interested in taking their health into their own hands. It was a 23-year-old’s worst nightmare: his joints had swollen up like balloons and the pain kept him from living the normal, active lifestyle he had grown accustomed to. “The doctor said, ‘I’m sorry there’s no cure and it’s probably

going to get a lot worse,’” he told So what about the beloved the audience. “But we can teach you Thanksgiving turkey and all the how to deal with it.” trimmings? “Dealing with it” “I don’t center the would have required holiday around a dead him to take lots of animal,” said Griffing. medication and never His son Winter, 23, enjoy life as much as has been eating raw he did before. But for 8-1/2 years. His Griffing wasn’t going decision was made to have that — so he at the end of mideducated himself. dle school, when he “I learned when was overweight and you apply heat to food unhappy. He lost 60 you kill the nutrients,” pounds, never felt he said. “You can’t Curtis Griffing better and has never heal the body with looked back. dead food.” But his younger After months of eating only brother Windsor admitted he had fresh fruit, veggies and nuts, he felt never known any other way but himself getting better and better. raw. “Now I’m pushing 60 and I feel “The energy difference between like I’m 19,” he told Monday’s me and my friends is extreme,” he group, whose hands flew up with said. “They run out of stamina and questions after the presentation. I just keep going and going and They wondered if he used salt, going.” (Celtic sea salt and very little) drank The transition to the raw diet alcohol (no, not even coffee) and can be tough, as it’s often accomwas able to maintain a social life. panied by nausea, headaches and Social outings often center diarrhea. It lasts anywhere from a around a meal and every restaurant couple days to a couple months, has salads, he told them. according to Griffing.

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“You have to be patient with your body; it didn’t get toxic overnight,” he said. He’s spent the last three decades perfecting raw recipes so they taste as good as their traditional namesakes. “Pizza” is made with raw tomato sauce, cashew cheese and portobello mushrooms and raw eggplant. The Griffings purchase most of their food at an organic co-op in Berlin. Windsor and his dad split 40 pounds of bananas a week

between the two of them and they don’t take medication because they never get sick. They have two refrigerators in their home, but no oven. Raw Food Central is located at 83 White Oak Drive, Berlin. To learn more or register for classes call (855)-6-EAT-RAW or visit Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@

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At Sunshine Laundry, a bit of history is in every wash By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

When John Lydiard opened Sunshine Laundry on Maple Avenue in Hartford in 1917, there was a farm across the street. The south end of the city was a bit more developed when the factory burned down in 2008. At that point fourth-generation owner David “Bruce” Johnston began searching for a new location for his linen supply company — one of the largest remaining in New England. He wanted to stay in Hartford, but real estate and property taxes on a new facility and new equipment would have quadrupled.

“I think it would it’s diversified, so we have driven us out of ended up here,” says business,” he says. Johnston, who lives But his wife, Paula, in Wethersfield. was friendly with the Over the course wife of Newington’s of the last century, mayor at the time, Sunshine Laundry Jeff Wright, and the has seen a lot of couple invited them changes. Back when to look in Newington. it opened, the comFive years later, in pany served mostly late September 2013, local families who the new Sunshine Founder John Lydiard didn’t have washers Laundry opened its or dryers in their doors at 16 Rockwell homes. The holidays Road in the Newington Industrial continued to be the busiest time Park. through the 1970s. “Newington has a good busi“It was a different era,” says ness climate, a good tax base and Johnston. “We probably did

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2,000 residential tablecloths after Thanksgiving back then. There was Irish linen, Italian … each ethnic group had their own traditions, their own materials.” Sunshine still launders mostly bed and table linens, but now it’s for universities, big corporations and the occasional restaurant. Clients include the University of Massachusetts, Connecticut College, United Technologies, ON20, (the upscale eatery inside the Hartford Steam Boiler Room) and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. “The cadets will eat one meal a day on linen,” Johnston says. At any given fundraiser, black-tie dinner, camp or church banquet — attendees might just be placing a Sunshine-laundered napkin on their lap. They also launder and press

chef and lab coats, table skirts and pillowcases. Different table linens are for sale or rent in 30 different colors and 10 different fabrics. Some of Sunshine’s presses, washing machines and other equipment is older than the eldest of the company’s 40 employees. Many have been rebuilt. “It’s almost like restoring an old car,” Johnston will tell you. Sunshine Laundry Company Inc. is located at 16 Rockwell Road, Newington, (860) 2473264 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday on-call. All orders can be picked up and delivered for a marginal fee. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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Pinktober efforts raise $5,000 for Team Towanda Foundation By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

After Newington spent October awash in pink, the town’s efforts are paying off as a grand total of $5,000 was raised for local breast cancer awareness efforts. The Pinktober beneficiary is the Wethersfield-based Team Towanda Foundation, which pays for mammograms and other breast health services for local underinsured women, gives cheerful gifts to women undergoing treatment and has published two books to support these women and their friends. Alison Caxide, foundation president, accepted a check Monday morning from Pinktober founder Christine Vogel, a board member on the Newington Chamber of Commerce. “This is certainly a goosebump moment,” Caxide said. “I can’t thank you guys enough and I know the women we help thank you, too.” A Pinktober event lit up every day of October, as businesses offered “pink” specials, donated a portion of sales to the cause

Those who orchestrated the Pinktober initiative met up at the Newington Chamber of Commerce Monday to present a $5,000 check to the Team Towanda Foundation. From left, Tammy Selander, owner of Hair on the Square; Gail Whitney, chamber executive director; Debbie Garten and Alison Caxide, vice president and president of the Team Towanda Foundation; Christine Vogel, Pinktober founder; Terry Gogluicci, chamber president, and Chris Meyers, director of athletics and student activities at Newington High School.

and decorated their store windows with breast cancer awareness messages. But students at Newington High School raised more money than any other group. At first they planned on selling pink balloons and wristbands at a single football game, but then the school’s Athletic Leadership Council got involved and encouraged each team to tie the cause in to their particular sport. Cheerleaders sported pink “Cheer for a Cure” shirts and swimmers

tie-dyed their towels and wore pink caps. They raised $1,439 altogether. “We’re really happy when their generation makes those connections because they can go home and ask, ‘Mom, did you get your mammogram?’” Vogel said. “There were a couple thousand people getting that reminder at games,” pointed out Chris Meyers, director of athletics and student activities. “The kids really enjoyed it and

Chris Steakhouse, Bertucci’s and Outback Steakhouse, along with John Ruoco/Asset Management, Paula Mercier and Rita Allaire. “It exceeded my expectations,” said Vogel, who wrote a check for the remaining $297.75 just to meet her original fundraising goal of $5,000. Because both of her parents are battling cancer, she wanted to do something to help others also fighting the disease. “I told the Chamber my idea in July, we voted on it and through October it blossomed, grew legs and snowballed. It was a way for me to share my heart with those that are emotionally going through a life-changing event.” Now that all is said and done, Chamber President Terry Gogluicci announced more big news Monday. “We got great support from businesses who participated and we’re happy to be doing a second annual Pinktober next year.”

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Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to 149 calls in Sept.

The Newington Volunteer Ambulance Corps releases on a monthly basis the number of calls it responded to in an effort to make the citizens of Newington more aware of the Volunteer Emergency Medical Services. In September the volunteer ambulance corps responded to 149 emergency calls of which 128 were handled by the on-duty crew and 21 were completed by members responding from home while off-duty to staff the corps’ second ambulance. The calls included 61 basic life support transports and 47 ALS (Paramedic level) transports. Thirty persons were examined/treated but refused transport to hospital. There were six calls canceled en-route, and three stand-by calls. The corps members volunteered 1,266 hours in September to provide service Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 24 hours on weekends and holidays. Please remember to pull to the right for green lights. Ambulance Corps members use green lights to respond to emergency medical calls.

NEWINGTON POLICE BLOTTER Newington police report the following: Robert Niemczyk, 23, of 114 Rowley St., was charged Nov. 12 with second-degree failure to appear. Rehana Brown, 29, of Springfield, Mass., was charged Nov. 14 with prostitution. Abigail Claudio, 19, of Hartford, was charged Nov. 14 with prostitution and failure to appear. Tammy Linteau, 46, of 192 Hillcrest Ave., was charged Nov. 19 with second-degree failure to appear. Joseph Charlton, 23, of 28 Buck St., was charged Nov. 19 with second-degree failure to appear, as well as failure to pay or plea. Matthew Hoagland, 28, of 4 King Arthur’s Way, was charged Nov. 19 with second-degree failure to appear. Rosa Cordero, 52, of 173 Spruce St., Manchester, was charged Nov. 20 with failure to maintain lane and driving under

the influence. Kelly Gray, 29, of 2037 Broadbridge Ave., Stratford, was charged Nov. 20 with sixth-degree larceny by possession, criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny and third-degree forgery. Grunderjit Baweja, 41, of 1433 Willard Ave., was charged Nov. 20 with violation of probation. Marcus Sullivan, 22, of 223 Beaver St., New Britain, was charged Nov. 22 with first-degree failure to appear. Onyx Barnett, 23, of 426 Edgewood St., Hartford, was charged Nov. 22 with fourth-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. Heisel Milardo, 31, of 1199 Willard Ave., was charged Nov. 22 with sixth-degree larceny. Yolanda Oates, 30, of 179 Zion St., Hartford, was charged Nov. 22 with second-degree failure to appear. Cinthia Delarosa, 23, of 34 Pine St., East Hartford, was charged Nov. 24 with breach of peace.


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Zelda, Mario games hot items this holiday By BRIAN JOHNSON STAFF WRITER

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Did a big-time gambler invent the sandwich? You bet

Super Sandwich Day was held recently at St. Mary School. The Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, created the food that bears his name in 1762. Montague, an English nobleman, was also a great gambler. During a particularly long card game, Montague ordered meat and cheese served between slices of bread so he wouldn’t have to stop playing cards to eat. He held his sandwich in one hand and his cards in the other. As a class, students made 128 jelly sandwiches that were deliv-

ered to St. Vincent DePaul Place, which is located in Middletown. That’s the mission of St. Vincent DePaul. St. Vincent DePaul Place provides food, clothing, shelter and basic human services to poor and homeless individuals regardless of race, creed, national origin, criminal history or recidivism. By doing this activity in the classroom, the students were able to learn about the importance St. Mary School students make jelly sandwiches to be delivered to St. Vincent DePaul Place on Super Sandwich of caring and sharing with one Day earlier this month. another.

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NEWINGTON EVENTS CALENDAR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut offers memorial scholarships to qualified women. Applicants must possess a minimum 3.0 average and must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study at an institute of higher education. For more information, contact Maureen Reale of the Newington Woman’s Club, sponsor of the scholarship, at (860) 666-5325

CHRISTKINDLMARKT (CHRISTMAS MARKET): The upcoming Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) will be held Friday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hartford Saengerbund, 719 N. Mountain Road. Special children’s shopping area. $2 donation helps benefit Newington Food Bank. Directions:

KAKERY COLLECTING TOYS FOR “WE ARE THE CHILDREN”: The Kakery, 1000 Main St. (Vito’s Plaza), will be collecting toys for “We Are The Children” through Dec. 14. New, unwrapped toys for children from birth to age 12 can be dropped off Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon. “We Are The Children” is a local non-profit organization serving local handicapped, abused, and homeless children. Toys are especially needed for children ages 9-12. Suggestions for this age group include arts and crafts supplies, cameeras, radios, CD players, MP3 players and other electronics, board games and gift cards. If you are donating toys that require batteries, attach them to the box. For more information, visit, The kakery at (860) 665-0501, or www.

NEWINGTON SKI CLUB MEETINGS: NSC holds regular meetings on the first, third and fourth Thursday of each month from September through April at 8 p.m. at the Polish American Club, 140 Wilson Ave., Newington. For more information and to join visit,

CULINARY CLASSES FOR KIDS: Stew Leonard’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 Leonard’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.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its annual Christmas Fair Sunday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary School, 652 Willard Ave. A buffet breakfast featuring hot and cold items as well as a soup and sandwich lunch will be available for purchase. Many crafters and vendors will be present, along with a bake sale and a number of specialty raffles. TOT SHABBAT AT TEMPLE SINAI: Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett will lead a Tot Shabbat Service for children age 6 and under and their families at Temple Sinai Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. For information, call (860) 561-1055. NEW ENGLAND OPEN HOUSE: The Deming-Young Farm Foundation will host a New England Open House Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Thomas Deming Farmhouse, 282 Church St. Join us and experience holiday traditions from the past. Light refreshments will be served. Dress warmly as the farmhouse is not heated. No restrooms will be available. ANNA REYNOLDS SCHOOL HOLIDAY

SHOP: Anna Reynolds Elementary School PTO will hold its annual Holiday Shop Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Anna Reynolds School Cafeteria, 85 Reservoir Road. Students and families are welcome to shop from local vendors offering a variety of gifts for that special someone on their list. Proceeds from the event will be used by the PTO to support the many programs and events at the school. For more information or if you’re a vendor interested in a table at this popular event, contact PTO President Kristen Stegmaier at (860) 665-0790. “CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT”: “Christmas by Candlelight” will be presented Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at Church of Christ, Congregational, 1075 Main St., Newington. The church’s choirs and a professional chamber orchestra, directed by Peter Niedmann will sing and ring a delightful assortment of carols in the candlelit sanctuary. This annual town concert is free and open to all. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.It runs about one hour, making it perfect for families with young children to enjoy. Free admission. COLLEGE CREDIT NIGHT AT NEWINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: Do you know that your students can earn college credits while they are still in high school? Advanced Placement (AP) and UConn Early College Experience (ECE) courses are probably the two things that come to mind when answering this question. Most parents and students, however, do not know that there are other opportunities available beside AP and ECE. For this reason, Newington High School (NHS) Counseling Department will hold a special presentation to inform students, parents, and guardians about various credit earning opportunities available at NHS. The “College Credit Night” presentation will be held on Monday, Dec, 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the NHS Auditorium.

With college costs skyrocketing, NHS students and families can save time and money by taking advantage of these different high school programs. Students from grade 9 through grade 11, their parents and guardians are invited to attend this event. HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Middlewoods of Newington Assisted Living Community, 2125 Main St. will host a Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The fair will feature items from several local artists and vendors and will include handmade jewelry, scarves, knit items, cosmetics, handbags, baked goods and more. Community tours of Middlewoods of Newington will also be offered and a parking director will be available to assist with parking for this event. For more information, contact Lynn Tracey by email at or by calling (860) 667-1336. WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CEREMONY: A Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon at the Veterans Memorial in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. This ceremony is jointly sponsored by the Willard-Welles-Stanley DAR chapter and the May-Davis-Stotzer American Legion Post 117. This ceremony is held nationwide to honor our veterans, past, present and future. Veterans will place the wreaths for each of the armed services and POW/ MIA at the memorial with the assistance of local scouts. 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@ if you have any questions. DROP-IN MEDITATION CLASSES: Drop-In Meditation Classes will be held Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1655 Main St. Meditation has countless benefits and can be learned by everyone. Discover how meditation can help to improve your concentration, your relationships and your overall state of mind. In this class, you will have the opportunity to practice several meditations that you can then take with you and use anywhere. Classes include guided meditations, brief advice from Buddha’s teachings and time for discussion. $10 or free for members. No on turned away for lack of funds. This class is offered by Odiyana Center, a Connecticut-based non-profit. Pre-registration is appreciated. info@odiyana. org / (860) 266-6041. MS SUPPORT GROUP: The Newington MS Support Group meets at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. There are more than 6,000 Connect For more information, contact Charlie at (860) 667-1314 or Tom at (860) 236-2751. For more information on multiple sclerosis and the many ways you can help make a difference, visit or call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at (800) FIGHT MS. DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going through divorce, thinking about getting a divorce, already divorced, or relationship breakup. There is a caring group of people who have been exactly where you are now, this group meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. (except Good Friday and the Friday after Thanksgiving) at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield.

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Middlewoods employee honored by United Methodist Homes

Joshua Andrews, an employee at Middlewoods of Newington Assisted Living Community, was recently recognized by United Methodist Homes as a winner of the organization’s annual Values in Action Award. The award, presented at United Methodist Homes’ annual Employee Recognition Celebration dinner, is given in recognition of employees who have demonstrated extraordinary behavior that exemplifies the organization’s core values of Respect, Spirituality, Excellence,

Collaboration, and Stewardship. All employees are eligible to be nominated or to nominate any of their team members and are encouraged to do so for any co-workers who demonstrate any or all of these core values. One individual from each of United Methodist Homes communities is chosen to receive the award. Andrews, a staff member in the dining services department at Middlewoods of Newington, was chosen to receive this year’s award. He was recognized with a monetary award and a trophy

and praised by his supervisor, Executive Director Kathy Braga, for his outstanding character and service. Andrews was nominated for the award for his caring and respectful approach to residents and staff. His co-workers describe him as compassionate, personable, one who takes pride in his appearance while serving the residents, and always willing to offer a hand as he completes his tasks. Andrews began working for Middlewoods of Newington when he was a teenager in 2004 and has

grown to take on new responsibilities in multiple departments, all the while still taking the time to get to know each resident and care for them individually. With quiet grace and a kind manner, Andrews embodies the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes and is a special member of the Middlewoods team. Middlewoods of Newington is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes. For more information, visit Joshua Andrews

NEWINGTON LIBRARY CALENDAR SKYPE AND FACETIME: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m.This class will not be hands on. It will be a demonstration of how to set up a Skype account and how to communicate with someone via Skype and Facebook using a computer and an iPad. Register by calling (860) 665-8700.

1: p.m. Join us for this feel good movie set in 1968 that follows four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls that learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group, The Sapphires, entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam. Refreshments will be provided. Running time is 98 minutes. Pick up your free ticket at the Adult Information Desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

YAHOO EMAIL: Thursday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to attach files, manage your contacts, create folders, and customize your email settings. This class is for people who already have an email account set up. Please provide your email address when registering. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register.

TEEN JEWELRY WORKSHOP: CUFF MAKING: Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Work with local jewelry artist Sue Raybine on designing and creating your own leather bracelets. Supplies will be provided. Registration is necessary as space is limited. Call (860) 665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

TEEN CRAFTY CREATIONS: Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m. These aren’t your grandmother’s crafts! Let’s get “hands on” and creative while making some fun, inexpensive gifts … something for yourself or for the holidays. Registration is necessary. Call the library at (860) 665-8700. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

FRIENDS WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL: Friday, Jan. 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Snow date Jan. 31) Join us for an evening in the library for wine tasting, beer tasting, great conversation, savory refreshments and a few surprises. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and will be available at the Adult Information Desk beginning in December.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. All are invited to attend a planning session for the coming year. “CITY OF BONES” MOVIE: Friday, Dec. 6, 6 to 8 p.m.For teens only. Come to a special viewing of this movie based on the popular book by Cassandra Clare. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. BEYOND STRESS MANAGEMENT: BUILDING RESILIENCY: Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. Join Ann Corcoran, career and wellness coach, for this lively workshop. You will learn how building resilience will help you to reduce stress when it occurs, and how to reduce its occurrence. You will explore many methods to lift your spirit, become stronger in mind and body and enjoy peace of mind. Register by calling (860) 665-8700. MOVIES AND MORE @ THE LIBRARY: “THE SAPPHIRES”: Tuesday, Dec. 10,

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. JUST A STORY AND A SONG!: Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 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. PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP: Mondays, Dec. 2 and 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m.* Tuesdays, Dec. 3 and 10, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Family Place is presenting a series of free workshops for parents and their 1-3 year-old children. Meet other families, share thoughts, and talk with librarians and child development experts as you play and read with your child. Find out about community services that

can help you and your family. Brothers and sisters under 5 are invited to join the fun! Register in person or by calling (860) 665-8720. *A light supper will be served before the evening session. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL!: Tuesday, Dec. 10, noon. Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4 year-olds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. CHESS CLUB: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 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. JR. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. Winter is almost here! Join us as we read “The Smallest Snowflake” by Bernadette Watts. Then we will make our own edible snowflakes. Junior chefs in grades K-2 may sign up by calling (860) 665-8720. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. PLAY FOR ALL: Saturday, Dec, 14, 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. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 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 is necessary. STORIES AND ART: Tuesday, Dec. 17, noon. Come hear “Oh! What a Surprise” by Suzanne Bloom. Then we’ll make a gift to give away or keep for your family! Children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers may call (860) 665-8720 to

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COOKIE BAKE-OFF AND RECIPE SWAP: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Children, grab your apron and an adult. Grownups, grab your apron and a child. Pair up and bake a batch of cookies from your favorite recipe, for all to taste. Bring several copies of your recipe so each team can bring one home. Call (860) 665-8720 to register your team beginning Dec. 4. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING PARTY!: Thursday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. (replaces Family Storytime) Bring the whole family to the library to create a gingerbread house out of graham crackers, frosting and candy. All supplies will be provided. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register beginning Dec. 5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Hartford Business Journal Health District urges residents to be honors Wethersfield native aware of carbon monoxide dangers

Wethersfield native Tasha Jackson, chief financial officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, was recognized among her peers at the Hartford Business Journal’s 2013 CFO of the Year Luncheon Nov. 12. Jackson was one of 15 finalists for the award. “The work that Tasha does for our organization is immense in scope and in time,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “For more than four years, Tasha has been instrumental in ensuring our council’s financial health, while overseeing information technology, human resources, and staying connected to the strategic outlook for the organization. She was a natural nomination for us as a CFO of the Year. We couldn’t be prouder of her many contributions to our organization.” Jackson has more than 12 years’ experience as a senior level executive in the financial arena. Before joining Girl Scouts of Connecticut, she was the CFO for the Marketing Research Association in Glastonbury where she directed the organization’s financial, information technology, and human resources infrastructure to fund operations and

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increase efficiency. She is a graduate of the University of Hartford and Post University, where she earned a B.S. in Insurance & Finance and an M.B.A. in Leadership. “I was truly surprised by this recognition,” Jackson said. “I’m honored that Girl Scouts of Connecticut would nominate me for this award and I’m truly appreciative of their kind words and praise. Everyone has a strong sense of commitment to the girls, volunteers, and our mission, which makes my job so rewarding.” For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit www.

With the holidays upon us, the heat is being turned on and we are spending more time with the ones we love in the warmth of our homes. As we prepare to venture into a season of colder weather, the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) is urging residents to keep in mind the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that can be fatal. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning mimic the flu, including headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and loss of consciousness. The effects of CO poisoning can vary with age and overall health of the individual, as well as how long they are exposed to the toxic gas. If several members of a household experience these symptoms while at home and then feel better when they leave the home, it is a good indicator that there is a dangerous level of CO in the home. These issues are usually caused by malfunctioning furnaces, improperly placed por-

table generators and charcoal grills being used indoors. To prevent CO poisoning, portable generators should be placed at least 20 feet from the home and should never be used in enclosed spaces such as porches, carports, garages or basements, even if the doors and windows are opened. Opening windows and doors will not be enough to release all of the built-up CO levels and can still be hazardous. The CCHD recommends the following safety tips to ensure CO poisoning: ∎ Get out of the house immediately if you or your family has sudden and unexplained onset of symptoms of CO poisoning, including vomiting, dizziness, nausea, headache, fatigue or loss of consciousness. ∎ Install a carbon monoxide detector near all sleeping areas. Be sure to replace all batteries at least once a year and replace the detectors every five years. ∎ Have your heating systems, chimney flues, gas appliances and generators checked, cleaned and

serviced every year, as needed, by qualified heating/appliance contractors ∎ Be sure to use gasoline-powered equipment outside and away from doors, windows or air intake vents ∎ Only use grills outdoors ∎ Never use portable generators, pressure washer machines or other gasoline-powered equipment (including tools) in your home, basement, garage, carport or other enclosed spaces. Always make sure that generators are at least 20 feet from your home. For more information, call (860) 509-7742.The Connecticut Poison Control Center can be reached by calling (800) 222-1222. Further information about carbon monoxide or any other public health related issue can be directed to the Central Connecticut Health District, serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield, by calling (860) 721-2822 or by visiting www.

From left, Edyie Steimer, Wethersfield Library children’s services manager Regina Aleksandravicius, and Dianne Mirabito-Hough.

Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club makes pair of $500 donations

The GFWC Newington/ Wethersfield Woman’s Club recently made two monetary donations. A $500 donation was presented to the Children’s Department at the Wethersfield Library toward the purchase of an iPad to be used in the library for activities between parents and their children to promote literacy skills. The second donation of $500 was given to

Wethersfield Social and Youth Services for its Special Needs Fund. The Woman’s Club welcomes any area women interested in making new friends and participating in community service projects. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Newington Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. Call (860) 665-1148 for additional information.

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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 You can search the catalog, use the online databases, download an audiobook, ask a reference question, or renew, reserve or request a book.

of who you are and what you do. The workshop will include the detailed steps required to compose and articulate a description of your past accomplishments, along with your personal and career goals. Networking concepts and interviewing tips will also be presented. Defining your key strengths in a short speech will allow you to convey your message with confidence to your professional and social network. Workshop participants will rehearse their Elevator Speeches … prepare to market yourself and make a powerful first impression!

WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY’S MITTEN TREE RETURNS: The Wethersfield Library will have its annual holiday Mitten Tree beginning Dec. 1 through Jan. 3, 2014. The library puts up a tree each year and members of the community decorate it with mittens, socks, mufflers, hats and other cold weather clothing items. The Wethersfield Social and Youth Services Department distributes the donated items to individuals and families in town. This neighbor-to-neighbor project benefits residents of any age and residents of any age can contribute. For information and directions to the Library, visit or call (860) 257-2821.

ZENTANGLE — A DRAWING WORKSHOP FOR TEENS: Need a relaxing break from all that homework? Teens in grades 7 to 12 are invited to join us at the library Thursday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. for a Zentangle workshop taught by certified instructor Kelley Kelly. Zentangle is a method of drawing repetitive, structured patterns in an effort to increase focus and calm the mind. Create your own unique and beautiful designs through mindful doodling! Registration is required by Nov. 27, and is limited to 15 participants. No experience is necessary. Register in person at the library, call the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811 or email at library@

FREE CYBER SECURITY II WORKSHOP FOR SENIORS: A free cyber security workshop will be held at the Greenfield Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Room S-2, Wethersfield, Monday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. Keith Rafaniello, director of technology for the Wethersfield Public Schools, will discuss areas of concern for seniors. He will share some free online resources that seniors can use to safeguard their online experience. No prerequisites are needed. Call (860) 721-2979 to register. This event is co-sponsored by the Wethersfield Public Library and the Wethersfield Computer Learning Center TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF…PERFECTING YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH: This interactive workshop will be held at the Wethersfield Library, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3. Presenter Jeff Thierfeld will focus on crafting and delivering an Elevator Speech. The Elevator Speech is a quick summary

“LET’S TALK MURDER” MYSTERY DISCUSSION GROUP: Join the final fall meeting of “Let’s Talk Murder,” a mystery book discussion series, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. December’s title is “Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson. Johnson’s Walt Longmire mystery series is now the basis for the A&E TV series, “Longmire.” Discussion leader Marge Ruschau is a librarian and former newspaper journalist who loves mysteries and is the facilitator of several mystery discussion groups in Connecticut. Copies of the books will be available for check-out at the library. The book discussions are free but registration is suggested. Call (860) 257-2811 to register or for further information or email registrations to SECOND SATURDAY CINEMA: Second Saturday Cinema at Wethersfield Library meets Dec. 14 for a 1:30 p.m. showing of Mitchell Leisen’s 1940

comedy/drama “Remember the Night” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray. Lee Leander is caught shoplifting just before Christmas. Prosecutor John Sargent feels sorry for her, arranges for her bail, and takes her home to his mother for Christmas. They fall in love, but how will they handle the upcoming trial? 94 minutes. Second Saturday Cinema is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Wethersfield Library. For information call the library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library at 515 Silas Deane Hwy. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 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., 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 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 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@ if you have any questions. ITALIAN FILM SERIES “UNA SERATA AL CINEMA”: The Italian Culture Center of Education (ICCE), in cooperation with the Wethersfield High School Italian National Honor Society, willhost its fourth season of Italian films “Una Serata al Cinema”! The screening of our third film in the series “Mio Fratello

e’ Figlio Unico” (My Brother is an Only Child) 2007, is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Webb Elementary School in Wethersfield. This event is free and open to the public thanks to our sponsors Franco Cianfaglione, agent, State Farm Insurance in cooperation with the Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO. Mio Fratello e’ Figlio Unico (My Brother is an Only Child), 2007, was directed by Daniele Luchetti and is the story of two brothers who come of age in a small Italian town in the 1960s and ‘70s. 24TH ANNUAL SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The 24th Annual Santa Pancake Breakfast to benefit Special Olympics-Wethersfield programs will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7 at the William J. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St. $6 admission

ticket per individual (adults and children pay the same low price) includes: freshly made breakfast: Pancakes, sausages, juice, milk, coffee; festive horse drawn wagon ride with family and friends; Wethersfield Teen Theater will provide holiday cheer; “The Big Red Truck” presented by volunteer fireman and face painting, too. Visit with Santa. Purchase tickets at the door. Sponsored by the Wethersfield Parks and Recreation Department. DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going through divorce, thinking about getting a divorce, already divorced, or relationship breakup. There is a caring group of people who have been exactly where you are now, this group meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield.

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Holiday Luminaria an annual tradition in Wethersfield

Light up your neighborhood by continuing a Keane Foundation tradition this Christmas Eve with Luminaria: festive, long-burning candles displayed in sand-filled bags on your walkways. For 39 years, Martha Kirsche, Wethersfield resident and owner of Wethersfield Travel at 219 Main St. in Old Wethersfield, has displayed Luminaria on Christmas Eve. It has since become a tradition in Wethersfield. Since 2001, the proceeds from the sales of these beautiful, lighted displays have benefited the Richard M. Keane Foundation. This year they will benefit children’s programs at the 9/11 Memorial Sports Center at 30 Greenfield Street, and in the community. Luminaria are most beautiful when an entire neighborhood is uniformly arrayed and lit. Residents are encouraged to outline the front edge of their property with Luminaria. You can help by becoming a “team captain.” Team captains inform their neighborhood about this holiday tradition and encourage participation as a group. Team captains can also coordinate the purchase and distribution of the Luminaria for their neighborhood.

Luminaria kits are available now for $1.50 through Tuesday, Dec. 24, at noon, for use on Christmas Eve. Instructions accompany each order. Each home secures its own sand or other ballast for the Luminaria. These traditional candles usually burn for 14 hours, from 4 p.m. Christmas Eve to 6 a.m. Christmas morning. Others enthusiastic about the display of Luminaria are encouraged to take on the task of team captains for their own neighborhoods. The goal this year is to decorate the neighborhoods of Wethersfield and beyond with 5,000 Luminaria on Christmas Eve. Luminaria are not just for Christmas Eve. They can be given as gifts to friends and family for use during any outdoor celebration, such as weddings, parties and even picnics. Luminaria are available at Wethersfield Travel year round. To order your Luminaria, please contact Martha Kirsche at Wethersfield Travel, (860) 2573775, to have your candles ready for pickup at 219 Main Street, Old Wethersfield. For more information, visit the Richard M. Keane Foundation at

ROCKY HILL EVENTS MEMORY IMPAIRMENT PACKETS AVAILABLE: The Atrium at Rocky Hill is offering information packets for those needing more information and resources on memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Atrium at Rocky Hill is an assisted living community specifically dedicated to those with memory impairment. For more information, contact For more information on The Atrium, contact Erin Hall with The Atrium at Rocky Hill, 860-563-5588, or email, ehall@benchmarkquality. 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

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56 Woodland ln Berlin, CT 06037

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