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Council votes to increase tax benefits for seniors By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

When property tax bills come in the mail next July, elderly Newington residents will see more of a break than they have in the past, after the Town Council voted Tuesday to increase tax benefits for seniors. The decision came after much debate over reducing taxes for Volume 53, No. 44

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both seniors and veterans, with councilors divided on how much to allocate to each group. In April when the 2012-2013 budget was finalized, the council designated $100,000 to be divided between vets and the elderly. Currently, elderly in town receive a $350 reduction to their tax bills on average. The $25,000 they budgeted at Tuesday night’s meeting will provide more relief for the town’s growing elderly population, which according to Town Assessor Steve Juda, hadn’t been receiving nearly as much of a benefit as those in surrounding towns. Councilors passed the resoluSee COUNCIL, Page 10

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Two weeks from now, Newington town employees who don’t belong to the AFSCME Union will likely receive a 2 percent salary increase, following standard yearly procedure around this time. The Town Council usually waits for AFSCME to finish negotiations with the town before considering salary increases to the 41 Administrative Group employees as they generally follow those of the union. However, negotiations are taking longer than expected this year. “In a perfect world I would have liked to settle collective bargaining agreements before seeing this but negotiations may be more prolonged this year,” Town Manager John Salomone explained to Councilors as they discussed the issue at their meeting Tuesday night. Of the 41 Administrative Group employees, 34 are eligible for the raise. This group ranges from entrylevel staff to department heads in nearly every town department, including social workers, parks and

recreation staff, those who work in the senior center, the town manager’s office and the town clerk’s office. Nearly all Councilors agreed they supported the salary increase, but would have preferred to go about it in a variable manner, weighing individual increases based upon merit. But because funding for the 2 percent increase was already allocated in the 2012-2013 budget, it would be impossible to consider such an action until the creation of next year’s budget. Councilor Jay Botallico was the first to bring up the idea and other Councilors followed suit. “Maybe you give 3 percent to one guy and 1 to another,” he said Tuesday, adding that he believed each department head should be evaluated individually. “In the future, maybe next year, that’s the way to take a look at it,” Salomone agreed. When Botallico asked Mayor Steve Woods his opinion on the matter from a professional perspective, Woods concurred that

in his company (Stonehedge Landscaping) raises are based upon job performance. Councilor Terry Borjeson noted that he, too, would like to see evaluations for all staff. “It’s going to involve additional personnel and time but I think there’s some real value in it,” he said, also bringing up the fact that salary increases for town staff were well-deserved this year, considering the circumstances 2012 imparted. “We’ve had three major weather events in over a year and I had the opportunity to sit in the Emergency Operations Center and watch how these individuals work and it’s remarkable how dedicated they are,” Borjeson explained. The town body will vote on a resolution to approve the 2 percent salary increase at their next meeting Dec. 11. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

State slow to rebound from recession

HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director says it’s taking more time than expected for Connecticut to rebound from the national recession. Ben Barnes, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, told members of the General Assembly’s two budget committees Tuesday the state is not expected to recover until the quarter beginning next July 1. He said the state has had to frequently revise its

economic forecasts. For example, the department expected the state’s unemployment rate would be 5.8 percent in fiscal year 2014. It now predicts it will be 7.4 percent. Barnes presented the state’s annual Fiscal Accountability Report for the next four years. He said unlike previous economic recoveries, the rate of growth expected now for revenue from Connecticut’s income and sales taxes has not materialized.

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Many options for holiday fun throughout town this week

Stuff-A-Cruiser, Grace Church holiday fair, tree-lighting ceremony and more on tap By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

The holidays are upon us and in Newington, this coming weekend shines as brightly as the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. An endless supply of gingerbread cookies, sparkling lights and candy cane-laced fun is in store, with a variety of events happening across town. It all begins Saturday, with the 9th Annual Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive at Wal-Mart to benefit Newington Human Services, which provides nearly 400 local families with holiday gifts that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. As shoppers walk into the store, they will be handed a list of gift possibilities they can buy in the store then donate before leaving. “We have the same great businesses that have been with us since eight years ago helping out once again,” Event Organizer Sgt. Will Jordan said of the community sponsors, which include The

Public Market — donating a sixfoot sub and Berlin Pizza — both feeding the many volunteers who help orchestrate the day. A large group of Newington High School students are involved, along with School Resource Officer Tim Cunningham, Sgt. John Zematis, Community Services Officer Jamie DeSimone, and a handful of town officials. “This has really turned into the largest community service event in the town,” Jordan said. “It’s Newington helping Newington. I think people like the fact that they can wake up Christmas morning knowing some family in Newington is opening up gifts they wouldn’t otherwise be able to open.” Because the outreach from residents is so immense, last year Human Services saved some toys to offer the families for birthday presents. Stuff-A-Cruiser is happening Saturday outside of Wal-Mart at 3164 Berlin Turnpike, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although Wal-Mart

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lent their storefront to the Police Department, which is expecting thousands of visitors, new and unwrapped toy donations can come from anywhere. You might just pick up some contributions at the Grace Episcopal Church at 124 Maple Hill Ave., which will host its Annual Holiday Fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are expected to offer fleece and knit winterwear, natural cosmetics, handmade jewelry, teddy bears and crafts. Also new this year will be a vintage table of cool retro gifts, including collectibles, dishes, jewelry and ornaments. Admission into the fair is free and soup, sandwiches, desserts and coffee will also be available. For those whose holiday season is bittersweet because they are mourning a loved one, Newington Memorial has a special opportunity for you on Saturday. Located at 20 Bonair Ave.,

the funeral home is offering two Holiday Remembrance Services at 1 and 4 p.m. “They are open to the public, but we also send out invitations to our families that have had a death in their family over the past year,” explained Liz Palaia, of Newington Memorial. Tucked inside invitations was an ornament these families are asked to decorate in honor of their loved one. At the service, names will be read and each ornament placed on the home’s Christmas tree. A musical program and candle lighting compliment the service, to be performed by a local pastor. “The music’s just phenomenonal; it’s a very uplifting service,” Palaia added. Come Saturday evening between 5 and 6 p.m., the Newington Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Newington Parks and Recreation Department will once again present the Annual Tree

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Lighting and Carol Sing along Main Street donned “Newington’s Night of Lights.” Newington students will be singing carols and Mayor Stephen Woods will (following tradition) light the trees. It’s not over Sunday, when the Newington Historical Society presents “A Christmas Boutique” — happening from noon to 3 p.m. in the Kellogg-Eddy House at 670 Willard Ave. Tour the historical home with a cup of hot apple cider in-hand and learn about the Newington of old. Browse a unique selection of crafts, as well as some items handmade on the antique Kelsey looms. Children will also have the opportunity to create Christmas decorations. People are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Newington Food Bank. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

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New location, new selection for Jewelry Warehouse By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Area residents now have an “in” to the latest in jewelry and accessory trends, as a local shop recently expanded to accommodate some high-fashion items. Wethersfield resident Cindy Lesser, who owned the Jewelry Warehouse next to Carvel on Main Street moved her boutique to the Berlin Turnpike and now calls it “The Jewelry WearHouse,” because of the growing collection of accessories. The small 300 square-foot location wasn’t sufficient to house everything Lesser wanted to carry, but this new place has plenty of room. “I go out to jewelry and gift shows to see what’s new,” she said Wednesday after returning from New York City, where she was picking out some new items. “I’ve always tried to carry purses and scarves but we never really had the room.” Now there are about 60 to 70 purses hanging around, along with

Jewelry Warehouse, recently moved from its location beside the Carvel on Main Street to the Berlin Turnpike.

gloves and cute monogrammed scarves. But you won’t find the typical Vera Bradley bags or Pandora beads in the WearHouse. Quite the contrary, there are some unique lines of accessories like “Natural Life”– which offers clutches, coin purses, headbands

and keychains decorated in flower-child-like patterns and colors, complimented by sayings such as “Life is good” and “Kindness above all.” “It’s a vegan, natural line,” Lesser explained. And then there’s Kameleon,

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says Lesser. Then there’s “Pick-up Stix” – chains with obscure word and picture charms; “Beaucoup,” which has a vintage feel, even custom monogrammed necklaces. A holiday gift haven for girls of all ages, the WearHouse also offers hostess presents, decorative soaps and candles and the “Oprahendorsed” animal-shaped slippers known as “For Fun Feet.” Another new addition loyal customers of the Main Street location will pick up on is the artwork lining the walls, which Lesser calls “alphabet photography.” Each piece features original blackand-white photos taken all over the country that are shaped like letters, forming words like “Love”and “Peace.” It’s new location and variety of new merchandise has drawn more business into the Jewelry WearHouse. “Most of our clientele was Newington-based but now that we’ve moved to the Turnpike we’re seeing foot traffic from all different towns,” Lesser says. There’s even a loft area boasting a white leather couch “for husbands” where Lesser was in the process of installing a flat-screen TV Wednesday. The Jewelry WearHouse is located at 2434 Berlin Turnpike, Newington. Call (860)665-0311 or visit JewelryCT.com Hours: Mon.- Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. open until 7 p.m. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.


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Climate scientist says superstorm Sandy was no coincidence ASSOCIATED PRESS

Though it’s tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was “probably not a coincidence” but an example of the extreme weather events that are likely to strike the U.S. more often as the world gets warmer, the U.N. climate panel’s No. 2 scientist said Tuesday. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, predicted that as stronger and more frequent heat waves and storms become part of life, people will stop asking whether global warming played a role. “The new question should probably progressively become: Is it

possible that climate warming has not influenced this particular event?” he told The Associated Press in an interview on the sidelines of U.N. climate negotiations in Qatar. Ypersele’s remarks come as global warming has re-emerged as an issue in Washington following the devastating superstorm — a rarity for the U.S. Northeast — and an election that led to Democratic gains. After years of disagreement, climate scientists and hurricane experts have concluded that as the climate warms, there will be fewer total hurricanes. But those storms that do develop will be stronger and wetter. It is not correct to say Sandy

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was caused by global warming, but “the damage caused by Sandy was worse because of sea level rise,” said Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer. He said the sea level in New York City is a foot higher than a century ago because of man-made climate change. On the second day of a twoweek conference in the Qatari

capital of Doha, the talks fell back to the bickering between rich and poor countries that has marked the negotiations since they started two decades ago. At the heart of the discord is how to divide the burden of cutting emissions of heat-trapping gases, including carbon dioxide. Such emissions, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels such as

coal and oil, have increased by 20 percent since 2000, according to a U.N. report released last week. Van Ypersele (vahn EE-purr-sayluh) said the slow pace of the talks was “frustrating” and that negotiators seem more concerned with protecting national interests than studying the science that prompted the negotiations.

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AG Holder announces bid to cut Conn. gun violence By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN Associated Press

NEW HAVEN — The nation’s top prosecutor and other officials announced a new effort Tuesday to reduce gun violence in Connecticut’s major cities by directly engaging violent groups with warnings and offers of assistance to change. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and David Fein, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, said Project Longevity has begun in New Haven and will be expanded to Bridgeport and Hartford. Eventually it may be implemented statewide, a first for the program, officials said. “By identifying and targeting the groups that are responsible for violence throughout this city, and, eventually, the entire state of Connecticut, Project Longevity will send a powerful message to those who would harm their fellow citizens that such acts will not be tolerated, that they will be swiftly met with clear, predictable consequences, but also that help is available for all those who wish

to break the cycle of violence and gang activity,” Holder said in New Haven. The program, hailed as successful in reducing violence in other cities such as Chicago and Cincinnati, involves meetings in which authorities, local leaders and social service providers warn those involved in violence it is unacceptable and will be met with clear enforcement consequences. They are offered help, including educational, medical, housing and employment, to transition out of a gang lifestyle. Connecticut’s overall crime rate is at its lowest since 1968. But gun violence remains high in the largest cities, where 94 out of 129 homicides occurred last year. Most gun violence involves gangs and drug crews, authorities said. Officials noted that many of the victims are children, including a three-year-old girl shot in May in Bridgeport when she was caught in the crossfire of rival gangs and a one-year-old boy shot in a gangrelated drive-by shooting in New Haven. The children survived and arrests have been made, authorities said.

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Through thick and thin: Residents celebrate 60 years By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

When the Botticellos left Italy in 1924 bound for Hartford, they were prepared to live modestly but happily, and brought up their children to do the same. Their lessons are still alive to this day, as their son Anthony Botticello went on to marry and pass his wisdom onto his and wife Anita’s six children — all of whom were born and raised on Roseleah Avenue in Newington. This was in the same house where Tony and Anita, now 84 and 82, still reside. It’s been 53 years since they moved to town, and the couple just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. It all began in the town of Old Saybrook in 1949, when Anita was in nursing school at St. Francis Hospital and decided to go down to the shore for a weekend. It was there she met Tony, a World War II veteran who would soon be shipped off to California. “We started seeing each other as much as we could with my schedule and him in the service and then we wrote to each other when he went to California,” she explains. Not long after Tony returned to pursue studies at Hillyer College (now the University of Hartford) along with many other vets thanks to a generous G.I. Bill, they began courting seriously. The two were married in 1952 in Westfield, Mass., where Anita grew up. Although their life together was marked by many challenges, they’re still together after all these years. Tony received his master’s degree in manufacturing and went on to work at Stanley Works in New Britain, then later Hamilton Standard, also teaching evening classes at Hartford State Technical College for over 20 years. Anita was a visiting nurse all throughout the Hartford region, taking a break when the children were young. “I was also the nurse for this neighborhood,” she says. “When anyone was hurt, I was called.” But times were hard so they taught their children to save half of every dime they earned, letting them spend the rest as they pleased. Because their parents lived humbly and valued education so highly, each went on to attend college. “That’s the way we lived and that’s the way we wanted them to live,” says Anita.

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Anita and Anthony Botticello, longtime Newington residents who just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

On their 25th anniversary they treated themselves to a vacation and it became an annual occurrence, every October. Bermuda, the Caribbean islands … Aruba was their absolute favorite. “It was a big thing, we never had the money to go anywhere before,” says Anita, who lives by the philosophy “one day at a time.” These words never rang as true as they did in 1988 — the year Tony was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. A strong will kept him working for five more years and after retirement Anita cut her hours to balance caring for him at home. More recent open heart surgery has her doctor urging her not to drive, so the couple spends almost every waking moment together, in the same home where they raised their family so many years ago. He listens to books on tape, she reads and knits hats that a friend sends to newborn babies in the Hospital of Central Connecticut. They both love watching UConn Girls Basketball and are picked up to go to church at St. Mary’s once per week. “We don’t fight because we have the same likes and dislikes,” Anita says. “We are able to communicate without difficulty, we listen to each other,” Tony chimed in. They look forward to hearing the phone ring every evening – one of their children or grandchildren checking in. Stephen lives in Rocky Hill, Cathy in Newington. The other two went off to Florida and Minnesota and one daughter passed away of cancer several years back. They went to their son’s home for

Thanksgiving and are looking forward to hosting Easter dinner. About 25 people attend — the same family members who came to their anniversary dinner recently at Elaine’s Restaurant in Wethersfield. For Anita and Tony Botticello, life — and happiness — is simple. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ newbritainherald.com.

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Small Business Saturday growing in popularity By SCOTT WHIPPLE STAFF WRITER

If there’s a reaction against Black Friday and its hordes of mall shoppers, it might have started Saturday. At New Britain’s Miss Washington Diner, owner Danny Czako said 32-year-old Eddie Nigretti of Cheshire set a record when he downed a Miss Washington Monument burger in 14 minutes. Czako says though many have attempted to finish the burger, until Saturday none had succeeded. But, what stands out is that Nigretti, who could not be reached for comment, did it for Small Business Saturday. The event, now in its third year, encourages shoppers and customers to support their local business two days after Thanksgiving. Karen Mills, administrator of the federal Small Business Administration, predicts that this year’s Small Business Saturday will be the biggest one yet. In Bristol, Scott Fournier, owner of Shannon Jewelers, said customers on Saturday were telling him they made a point to shop his store

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Local shop owners benefit from small business event one of three sales items?” Amato said shoppers are looking for classic toys, not something off a list like a video game. “We sell a lot of trains and radiocontrolled helicopters,” he said. “Some people think our store is expensive, but we have games that are five dollars and toys under 10 dollars.” At Amato’s; a stamp validates weekday parking at DiLoreto’s Garage. (Parking is free on weekends.) “When you shop here, dine at Tools or Miss Washington Diner you support the local economy,” said Amato. “I have my printing done at Sir Speedy [in New Britain].” This holiday season, Amato shoppers can qualify for a free Lionel Train set. “You qualify by dropping off some food,” he said. “We’re also taking cash donations for a Salvation Army toy drive. Every dollar we collect we donate two dollars worth of toys.” In Bristol, Fournier’s customers told him they were shopping his store because they wanted to support local business.

“There seems to be a buzz about Small Business Saturday,” he said. Joanne Sekorski of Bristol said she had caught the “buzz.” She had also been drawn to Shannon Jewelers for its selection of Alex and Ani bracelets. “You can’t beat the personal attention you get from a hometown store that knows you personally,” she said. But back to Nigretti and his dining experience. Czako says Nigretti told him he wanted to show his support for Small Business Saturday by finishing a Miss Washington Diner burger. The burger contains four halfpond meat patties, four strips of bacon, American, Swiss, Cheddar and Provolone cheese, four homemade onion rings, A-1 sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles on a New York style bun with a steak knife stuck in the middle. For his accomplishment Nigretti got the burger for free, his photo on the diner wall and a Miss Washington Diner T-shirt. Scott Whipple can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 319 or swhipple@newbritainherald.com.

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CSU college presidents get $25K, state-owned cars, other perks Board of Regents is reviewing compensation packages, official says

By DAVE COLLINS ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARTFORD — At three of the four Connecticut State University campuses, the president receives an extra $25,000 each year to spend without having to provide any documentation, according to university documents obtained by The Associated Press. The fourth president receives $35,000 a year for her housing costs in lieu of the “unvouchered accommodation accounts,” according to human resources policies that spell out all the compensation and benefits for the four presidents. The policies, obtained by the AP

through public records requests, provide a host of other benefits to the presidents, including state-owned cars, paid sabbatical leaves, special payments based on years of service and bonuses linked to job evaluations. Those perks are in addition to their $290,000-plus salaries, paid vacation and sick days and other benefits. University presidents across the country receive similar compensation benefits, but some Connecticut lawmakers are questioning whether taxpayer money should be used for such perks with the state facing a $365 million deficit this fiscal year and projected $1 billion deficits in each of the next four years.

The $25,000 payments are given to Central Connecticut State University President John Miller, Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Nunez and Western Connecticut State University President James Schmotter. Southern Connecticut State University President Mary Papazian gets a $35,000 housing allowance instead, according to university system records. The four presidents receive the extra cash in installments in every one of their paychecks through the year, a university system spokeswoman said. Several lawmakers last month criticized a $25,000 unvouchered account given annually to Robert Kennedy, the

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former president of the state Board of Regents for Higher Education, which oversees the state university system. Kennedy resigned Oct. 12 after acknowledging he gave $250,000 in unauthorized pay raises to staff members, and he later returned the $25,000 unvouchered account cash. Lawmakers said the payment was excessive and lacked accountability. Kennedy’s contract allowed for the unvouchered account to be used at his “sole discretion” for activities related to the Board of Regents, including fundraising and community outreach, The Hartford Courant reported last month. The policies on the state university presidents’ unvouchered account money don’t include any restrictions. The policies only say the money is to be used at the sole discretion of the presidents. A president who takes a housing allowance instead isn’t eligible for the unvouchered account. Spokesmen at all four campuses referred questions about the money to the Board of Regents. A Board of Regents spokeswoman issued a statement saying a new administration committee formed during the Kennedy pay-raise controversy already was reviewing the compensation of the presidents and other board employees. “Reviewing presidential compensation packages as a whole, including accommodation accounts, is a critical undertaking, understanding that we must be responsible stewards of

taxpayer dollars, while at the same time, attract top-notch presidents to lead our institutions and further the success of our students,” the statement said. Such perks have become common among university presidents across the country, said James Finkelstein, a public policy professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who has been studying the contracts of 100 university presidents nationwide. “What has happened in the last 10 to 20 years is that presidential contracts have become more complicated,” Finkelstein said. “And they’re more and more resembling the kinds of employment agreements that you’d expect to see in the private sector.” University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst’s compensation package includes a $500,000 salary, a state-owned car, a driver, an on-campus house, staff and expenses for the house, a $125,000 bonus for completing five years of service and $50,000 a year in deferred compensation. UConn is not part of the state university system and is governed by its own board of trustees. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s chief of staff, Mark Ojakian, said the governor has no authority over state university compensation decisions. He said state universities and colleges are forced to compete with others across the country that offer perks such as homes, cars, expense accounts, club dues, retention bonuses and retirement contributions.

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tion in a 7-0 vote, with a few first needing confirmation that the figure could be adjusted if necessary when the next year’s budget is written. Earlier this fall, Councilors clashed on which of the two populations were better provided for in Newington, though all agreed both were deserving of tax relief. Some residents fall into both categories, which nearly doubles their opportunity for lower taxes. At the same time, elected officials struggled with how many families that represent neither seniors nor veterans are financially unstable and how well they are being provided for. This recent decision basically gives Town Manager John Salomone the permission to put the funding into his 2013-14 budget, which is written in March. New tax bills that come in July 2013 will factor in this additional funding, and be based upon property assessments made in the Oct. 2012 Grand List. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ newbritainherald.com.


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CCSU students rally to protest Israeli influence in Gaza By ROBERT STORACE STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN — Carrying Palestinian flags and signs reading “CCSU says free Gaza now” and “End the siege of Gaza now,” about 40 Central Connecticut State University students rallied Wednesday to show their support for the people of Gaza. Billed as a “Gaza Solidarity Rally,” protestors blasted Israel for what they said was the country’s “siege” of Gaza. They were also critical of the United States’ support. The U.S. provides about $3 billion a year to Israel. As the fighting in Gaza has been in the forefront of the news the past month, demonstrators argued that Israel is the aggressor. They said the U.S. media have not told the truth about what is going on in the Middle East and said demonstrations such as the one held outside the Student Center Wednesday afternoon are essential to tell the world about what Palestinians deal with on a daily basis.

“It’s very simple. People are dying and are under serious attack,” said Dan Piper, a 30-year-old part-time CCSU student and a member of Youth For Socialist Action, one of the organizers. “There are 1.5 million people that are in an open air prison (Gaza). With this protest we are hoping to get people thinking. We want to show our solidarity with the Palestinian people.” Twenty-nine year-old CCSU student Chris Hutchinson said he visited Cairo, Egypt three years ago and took part in a Gaza Freedom March there. “I’m for international solidarity and fighting for oppressed people,” said Hutchinson, another rally organizer. “Palestinians are among the most oppressed people in the world and their struggle has inspired me.” Not all the protestors were college students. Liz Aaronsohn, a 76-year-old city resident, said she felt it was her duty to show solidarity with the students. “I’m an American Jew and Israel

is not representative of Jewish values,” she said. “The ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians is repeating the oppression Jews suffered under Nazi Germany,” said Aaronsohn, a member of “We Refuse to Be Enemies,” a group that includes Jews, Muslims and Christians who lobby for “the human rights of all peoples,” she said. For 99-year-old Rabbi Henry Okolica, Wednesday’s rally put an inaccurate spin on what is really going on. “It’s really a pity that people agitate against the state of Israel,” said Okolica, a rabbi in New Britain for more than 50 years, who called Israel “a modern, honest and decent society.” “If I could speak to the Palestinian people, I would tell them to live in peace and do not cause upheaval that hurts innocent people. People are crying for peace,” Okolica said, adding. “I wish peace to all people who live in Israel, that is everyone without any exceptions.” In addition to the Youth for

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From left, CCSU students Abdullah Baokhab, Ahmad Nhas, Nelson Alymi and Mohammed Alshaik, taking part in a rally outside the Student Center Wednesday to raise awareness about the situation in Gaza.

Socialist Action, the protest was also sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, Connecticut United for Peace and the Middle East Crisis

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Nearly a month after Superstorm Sandy hit the region, thousands of Connecticut residents are still in need of help, federal and state officials said Tuesday. Speaking at a federally designated Disaster Recovery Center in downtown Bridgeport, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate promised,“We will not stop until everyone’s life is back to normal.” More than 300 FEMA staff members are on the ground in Connecticut, Fugate said: “How long is FEMA going to be here? We’re going to be here a while...we’re talking years.” Finch and Malloy Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, right, talks about his city’s continuing needs following Superstorm Sandy. Gov. Dannel Malloy, left, said the number of people requesting government assistance continues to grow. Close to 10,000 residents have asked for help from the federal government in the aftermath of

Superstorm Sandy, and about $8.5 million has been distributed to them. That does not include claims made by larger businesses or by local governments and government agencies. Gov. Dannel Malloy said he expects that number to continue to grow. About 800 applications for assistance were made just in the past eight days. “We will continue to work. People will see recovery,” Malloy said. The state is still not ready to release a dollar-figure damage assessment. Malloy said he expected it would be far less than those in New York and New Jersey, since the impact of the storm was less severe in Connecticut, and also because Connecticut residents tend to be more insured than those in neighboring states. Still, “this is our third bite of the apple in a very short period of time,” Malloy said, referring to Sandy as well as Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm, which hit the state hard last fall. The number of

requests for help after Sandy so far is higher than the number from last year’s two storms combined. While FEMA does not keep track of the number of people who may have been displaced temporarily or permanently from their homes, evidence suggests there is a contingent of such people in Connecticut. Nearly all of those asking for help from FEMA applied for “housing assistance,” which includes rental assistance. But those needing just home repairs are also included in that number. In Bridgeport, Mayor Bill Finch said the suffering of residents is still acute, especially in poor neighborhoods where people went several days without power and lost valuable foodstuffs. This story originally appeared at CTMirror.org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.


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Diwali celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Hindus across the word celebrated Diwali or “Festival of Lights” which marks the last day in the Hindu calendar on Nov. 13. Locally, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Newington, held a number of events including a feast, prayer ceremonies and more.

and celebrate the Hindu festivals and pass on traditions to future generations. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a worldwide socio-spiritual organization in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, is dedicated to community service, peace and harmony. Motivated by Hindu principles, BAPS strives to care for the world by caring for societies, families and individuals. Through a number of social and spiritual activities, BAPS endeavors to produce better citizens of tomorrow who have a high esteem for their roots — their rich Hindu culture. Its 3,300 international centers support these activities of

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Pack 347 Boy Scouts get in the spirit of the season

Scouts raise money for Veterans with help of Stop & Shop; hold ‘Stuff-A-Truck’ toy drive Over the weekend of Nov. 1-3, Scouts and their parents from Pack 347 braved the chilly weather to run a food drive to benefit the Hartford Vet Center in Rocky Hill, which serves Newington, Wethersfield, and Rocky Hill. Each scout worked a two-hour shift at either the Stop & Shop on Fenn Road or the Stop & Shop on Kitts Lane soliciting donations from shoppers to help support our veter-

ing, the scouts of Pack 347 held a “Stuff-A-Truck” toy drive to benefit Newington Human Services. Through the generosity of Co. 3 of the Newington Fire Department, a fire truck was on hand to be “stuffed” with toys and games donated by our Pack 347 families. Afterwards, the Co. 3 firefighters delivered the toys to the Newington Town Hall where Newington Human Services workers were pleased to accept the donations, noting that the Pack had kicked off the holiday toy drive season in grand fashion. However, the month wasn’t all altruism for the Scouts of Pack 347. As a reward for their fall popcorn fundraiser, those scouts who sold a certain amount of popcorn got to hit their leaders with whipped cream pies.

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POLICE BLOTTER Douglas Budnick, 50, of 499 Allen St., was charged Nov. 17 with possession of narcotics, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving with a suspended registration. Stergos Lergos, 27, of 150 Highland St., Rocky Hill, was charged Nov. 21 with failure to obey stop sign and driving under the influence. Salvatore Diloreto, 45, of 136 Apple Hill, Wethersfield, was charged Nov. 21 with second-degree failure to appear. Lawrence Griffin, 54, of 335 Candlewyck Drive, was charged Nov. 21 with failure to drive in the proper lane, driving under the influence and driving without insurance. Mario Francois, 20, of 2660 Berlin Turnpike, was charged Nov. 22 with interfering with an police officer and breach of peace. Wilfredo Paiva, 52, of 149 Eighth St., was charged Nov. 22 with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. Christine Amuso, 38, of 41 Cambridge Drive, was charged Nov. 23 with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. Matthew Gardiner, 25, of 41 Cambridge Drive, was charged Nov. 23 with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. Carlos Tavener, 22, of 44 Surrey Drive, was charged Nov. 25 with disorderly conduct. Amanda Negron, 20, of 116 High St., Bristol, was charged Nov. 25 with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Quang Nguyen, 27, of 37 Temple Drive, East Hartford, was charged Nov.25 with failure to drive in proper lane and driving under the influence. Ronald Montague, 47, of 2660 Berlin Turnpike, was charged Nov. 26 with disorderly conduct and third-degree assault. Sherry McDaniel, 41, of 59 Bridge St., Middletown, was charged Nov. 26 with disorderly conduct. Frank Clegg Jr., 64, of 2600 Berlin Turnpike, was charged Nov. 27 with disorderly conduct.

Councilor showed disrespect by wearing flag lapel incorrectly

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As a 22-year veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard, I felt compelled to speak at the Town Council meeting on Nov. 13. Councilor Borjeson, when voting against a Veterans Tax Benefit was wearing his American Flag pin on the incorrect lapel. The flag should always be worn on the left lapel over the heart as a show of respect. As someone who served this country and protected that flag, I feel strongly that it was not only my right, but my duty to point out this disrespecting of the American Flag by an elected official. Mayor Woods’ wife, Mary, was absolutely correct in her editorial 11/13 that there was a “Shocking Show of Disrespect” but it was not by me, but rather by Councilor Borjeson to the American Flag. I additionally made statements directed to Mayor Woods. I was careful not to accuse the Mayor of unethical behavior but to point out that he needs to be very careful when his business, Stonehedge Landscaping bids on and accepts contracts from the Town of Newington or Federal Government in Newington (Victory Gardens) so it cannot be perceived by the public as unethical behavior or in fact crossover in to that realm. I respect the job that our Mayor and Councilors do for our town. I understand the time commitment and time away from family. I thank the Mayor and Councilors for their service. Respectfully, Scott D. DelBuono Retired Msgt. CTANG Newington

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its list of resident assistants for the fall 2012 semester. Alex Fretz ‘15 of Newington has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Fretz’s major is Physical Education; Jonah Sanchez ‘15 of Newington has been chosen as an RA for the fall 2012 semester. Sanchez’s major is Business Administration. The following local students are members of this year’s Eastern Connecticut State University swim team: Julie Pietrycha ‘13 of Newington, a graduate of Newington High School; Rachael Thatcher ‘15 of Newington, a graduate of Newington High School. After opening the season at the Saint Joseph Pentathlon, Eastern has eight dual meets, plus the Little East Conference Championships Dec. 1. Under the direction of 17th-year head coach Maureen Fahey, the Warriors are coming off last year’s 8-1 dual-meet season and fourth-place finish in the New England Championships. Eastern returns 13 letterwinners and 14 swimmers in all from a year ago, and feature 12 newcomers. The following residents have been named to the President’s List at Goodwin College, East Hartford: Dyan Carter, Michelle Davis, and Jason Stevens. The following residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Goodwin College, East Hartford: Melissa Adams, Joshua Austin, Dyan Carter, Elizabeth Casey, Michelle Davis, John Fountain, Lauren Jedidian, Kamil Koper, Reena Patel, Lisa Ratti, Megan Reilly, Lisa Rivard, Sara Sadlosky, Jason Stevens, Alba Vazquez, Kaitlyn Wells. Ian J. Bomely of Newington has been named to the dean’s list, first quarter, at Avon Old Farms where he is a junior. Michael Piskorz of Newington has been named to the first quarter honor roll, first honors, at East Catholic High School, Manchester, where he is a member of the class of 2015. The following residents have been named to the first term honor roll at Xavier High School, Middletown: High Honors: Michael Lanza, Class of 2013; Austin Hurwitz, Class of 2016; Honors: Jonah Dorsey, Class of 2013; Timtohy Hoang, Class of 2016.


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The Newington football team scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to end its season in style with a 33-19 victory over rival Wethersfield on Thanksgiving in front of a large crowd at Alumni Field. Both teams finished the season at 6-4. The win is the second straight for the Indians over the Eagles. Newington took a 25-19 lead with 10:30 to play when junior Nicholas Ivy-Brooks scored on a five-yard sweep after taking a handoff from senior running back Eric Ryan in the wildcat formation. Sophomore Kyle Armour, who took the place of injured senior kicker Christian Beauford, connected on the extra point for a 26-19 lead. Ryan put the game away with a 40-yard touchdown with 1:41 to play. That touchdown, which came on a 4th and 2, made the score 33-19. After a discussion with Ryan during a timeout, Newington coach Roy Roberts decided to go for it on the fourth down play. Roberts wanted his senior running back to make the decision, and Ryan did, to a point. “He said ‘Alright, let’s go for it, but you call the play,’” said Roberts with a laugh after the game. Ryan took a direct snap out of the wildcat, ran up the middle, and was gone. Ryan got flagged for a celebration penalty, but the Indians recovered a short kickoff by Armour to run off most of the rest of the game clock. “He’s a good running back and you can’t give a good running back like that space,” Wethersfield coach John Campanello said. Ryan ran 33 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns. “I just want to say I love everybody out here,” a choked-up Ryan said after the game. “I just want to thank them for a great season.” It was that kind of day for Newington in an emotional contest against its rival. With a little less than seven minutes left in the third quarter, Beauford went down with an ankle injury on a play where sophomore quarterback Jake Hedberg was picked off by Wethersfield’s Jim

NEWINGTON 33, WETHERSFIELD 19 At Alumni Field, Newington Wethersfield (6-4) 13 0 6 0—19 Newington (6-4) 13 0 6 14—33 SCORING SUMMARY First Quarter N—Andrew Grenier 72 pass from Jake Hedberg (pass failed), 10:00 W—Whit DeVaux 65 pass from Ivan Mangual (kick failed), 9:44 W—Devon Henry 4 run (DeVaux kick), 4:50 N—Eric Ryan 2 run (Christian Beauford kick), :20 Second Quarter None Third Quarter W—Kevin Premto 30 pass from Zack DeCaro (kick failed), 6:49 N—Zach Morris 34 pass from Hedberg (kick failed), 1:27 Fourth Quarter N—Nicholas Ivy-Brooks 5 run (Kyle Armour kick), 10:30 N—Ryan 40 run (Armour kick), 1:41 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—W: Henry 22-91-1, Mangual 7-21, DeCaro 5-19, Premto 1-4, Kent Menefee 1-6. N: Ryan 33-200-2, Hedberg 3-7, Ivy-Brooks 1-5-1, Sixto Acosta 1-1, Jeremy Weyman 1-1, Tyler Copeland 1-(-1). RECEIVING—W: DeVaux 4-94-1, Premto 4-52-1, Max Alpert 1-14, Ryan Melillo 1-9. N: Ryan 5-37, Kyle Bellizzi 4-27, Adam Murphy 3-35, Morris 2-50-1, Grenier 1-72-1, Beauford 1-11. PASSING—W: DeCaro 9-21-104-0-2, Mangual 1-165-1. N: Hedberg 16-33-232-2-2.

Malizia. On the next play, Eagles senior quarterback Zack DeCaro looked deep and hit senior tight end Kevin Premto for a 30-yard touchdown pass to make it 19-13 Wethersfield with 6:49 on the clock. Newington rallied around its fallen teammate and tied the game on a beautiful 34-yard touchdown connection between Hedberg and senior wide receiver Zach Morris. Wethersfield blocked Armour’s extra point attempt to keep the score knotted at 19 with 1:27 to play in the third quarter. “We did this for Beauford, who got hurt, and we did this for the community,” senior Tyler Miller said. Beauford appreciated the sentiment from his teammate. “I love everybody on this team,” Beauford said. “I’d do this for the rest of my life if I could.” Campanello liked the effort that he saw from his Eagles, but felt that there were a few mistakes made that cost his team the game. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Wethersfield ran a fake punt on 4th and 10 from its own 45, but the punter Premto was stopped after a four-yard gain by senior Kyle See LATE, Page 17


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Bellizzi. A dead-ball personal foul call on the same play gave the Indians the ball at the Eagles 34 with 11:53 to play in the game. On 3rd and 14 from the 21, Hedberg fired a pass to Bellizzi for 16 yards and a first down. Ivy-Brooks ran it in from five yards out on the next play, and Newington had the lead with 10:30 to play. The Indians defense made sure the lead stayed with their team by forcing DeCaro into interceptions on back-to-back possessions, one by Ryan and the other by Ivy-Brooks. In between the interceptions, Newington was forced to punt but Armour got off a booming 49-yard punt that reached the end zone. “Kyle Armour comes in and gets off a huge punt,” Roberts said. The ball came out to the 20, but it meant that Wethersfield was forced to go the length of the field against a Newington defense that was up to the challenge. A big reason for the success on defense for the Indians was the ability to limit big Eagles senior running back Devon Henry in the second half. Henry, who is listed at 6-2, 265 pounds, had 62 yards in the first half, but gained just 29 in the second 24 minutes. “The defense stopped [Henry],” senior inside linebacker Sixto Acosta said. “That’s all it came down to. We give them credit, they came to play, we just came to play harder than them.” The game started with a bang when

Hedberg hooked up with sophomore wide receiver Andrew Grenier for a 72-yard touchdown pass on Newington’s first play from scrimmage for a 6-0 lead just two minutes into the game. The two-point conversion pass fell incomplete. Wethersfield’s response was swift and stunning. Eagles senior running back Ivan Mangual took the ball from DeCaro, ran to his right, then floated a pass to an open Whit DeVaux (4 catches, 94 yards) downfield, and DeVaux ran it in for a 65-yard touchdown on the halfback option pass. The extra point was blocked, and the scored was tied at 6 just 2:16 into the game. After an interception was thrown by Hedberg, Wethersfield took the lead 13-6 when Henry scored from five yards out at the 4:50 mark of the first quarter. Henry ran four times for 25 yards on the short drive. Newington responded with a grinding 14-play, 66-yard drive that ended with a fouryard touchdown run by Ryan. Beauford’s extra point tied the game at 13 with 20.5 seconds left in the first quarter, and that was where the score remained through halftime. Roberts was proud of the effort his team gave and spread the kudos around. “I really appreciate the Newington community coming out and supporting this game,” Roberts said, who also thanked Wethersfield for supporting its team. In the end, Newington showed the heart of a champion and sent its seniors out with a bang.

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Indians’ seniors instrumental in turnaround season By KEVIN D. ROBERTS STAFF WRITER

Newington football coach Roy Roberts has spoken highly of this year’s senior class throughout the season. On Thanksgiving, Roberts had even more reason to be happy with his seniors. Running back Eric Ryan had a monster game with 200 yards rushing and two touchdowns, plus an interception on defense, but he had plenty of help. Senior wide receiver Zach Morris returned from injury and hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Jake Hedberg to tie the game at 19 in the third quarter. “It was a great throw, and an even better catch, because the defender was draped all over Morris,” Roberts said. Morris was happy to chip in and beat rival Wethersfield. “There is no better way to go out than beating Wethersfield,” Morris said. “It was a great team effort.” Wide receiver Adam Murphy had three catches for 35 yards to help out his young quarterback.

“Just try to beat the defender guarding me, and Jake put me in a great spot to make a play,” Murphy said. Jake Hedberg was grateful for his chance to play with the senior class. “We couldn’t have done it with-

Jeremy Weyman were just two of the Newington players who made life difficult for the Wethersfield offense. “I wouldn’t trade my team for anything,” Weyman said after the game. Nikolas Lozada believed that defense was the key to victory. “It feels good to go out with a great game,” Lozada said. After Wethersfield’s Zack DeCaro threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Premto to give the Eagles a 19-13 lead with 6:49 left in the third quarter, the Indians defense shut them down and never let them get past the JON YONG 50-yard line. Senior cornerback Offensive/defensive lineman Tyler Miller gave credit to the coaches. out them,” Hedberg said. “We have the best coaching On special teams, senior Kyle staff,” Miller said. Bellizzi came up with a key tackle Jon Yong, an offensive and on a Wethersfield fake punt that defensive lineman, looked at the kept the Eagles short of a first finality that the game brought. down. Bellizzi also had a key Yong hung onto the trophy after first down catch on a 3rd down the game with an iron grip and play in the fourth quarter that set wouldn’t let go. up Newington’s go-ahead touch“This moment is definitely bitksm Mon - 10/29/2012 - 12:45:46 PM down. tersweet for all of 346301.3110 us, but we On defense, Sixto Acosta and definitely went out with a bang,”

“This moment is definitely bittersweet for all of us, but we definitely went out with a bang.”

Yong said. It was, however, a memorable moment for a Newington senior class that was able to bring home a winning season for the first time since 2008, and as injured senior kicker Christian Beauford said it, put Indians football on the map. “It was a very good last year,” offensive lineman/outside linebacker Joe Baiju said. “It’s going to be very memorable.” “It’s been a great season,” offensive/defensive lineman Quinton Birchall added. Outside linebacker Tyler Copeland looked all the way back

through his time in Newington football. “I just want to say it’s been a good ride in my four years here,” Copeland said. Roberts said that if Newington football continues to have senior classes like this one, it will be “extremely successful” in the years to come. A 6-4 finish after going 3-7 the year before can definitely be called a success. Kevin D. Roberts can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 213 or at kroberts@newbritainherald.com

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paying for at least $3 million more in benefits for University of Connecticut employees. In the last connecticutmirror two years, state support for higher education has Connecticut’s social services safety net and shrunk by $93.2 million, a 14 percent reduction. its public colleges and universities took the State employees brunt Wednesday of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first effort to whittle down a $363 million state Malloy also found $28.4 million in savings budget deficit. The administration released $123 million by trimming the account that pays for state worth of emergency cuts ordered by the gover- employee health care. That account, as well as funding to cover nor, including nearly $70 million aimed at health care and social service agencies and $25 million health services for retired workers, has produced surpluses in several of the past few years as offimore at public colleges and universities. Technically, the governor used his emergency cials try to cut health care costs through wellness authority to slice $170 million off the books. But programs and by renegotiating premiums with because about $47 million of the cuts announced insurance carriers. Wednesday involved spending the administraEducation and child welfare cuts tion had planned to cancel to meet miscellaneous savings targets built into the budget, the overall deficit shrank to about $240 million. Malloy also cut $8.4 million from the “Many of these cuts are very difficult to make, especially now when so many residents Department of Education, with those funds continue to struggle in a tough economy,” the coming largely from the vocational-technical governor’s budget director, Office of Policy and high schools, magnet schools and grants to serve Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes, said poor urban districts. There also were several Wednesday. “But as painful as they are, cuts are smaller cuts to various education reform initianecessary to keep this year’s budget in balance. tives the governor won legislative approval for State government needs to live within its means.” this past spring. By Keith M. Phaneuf, Arielle Levin Becker and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Newington’s Eric Ryan (21) ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries Thursday morning.

Ryan goes for 200 yards in Newington win By KEVIN D. ROBERTS STAFF WRITER

interception, Newington took over at its own 38 with 4:36 to play. Ryan’s number was called on for seven straight plays and the senior gained 66 yards (the Indians had a four-yard penalty on the drive on a run by Ivy-Brooks). On 4th and 2 from the 40 with 1:50 to play, Ryan’s number was called and he bolted for the game-clinching touchdown. Ryan got plenty of help from his offensive line throughout the game. “We really don’t see him until he’s 15 yards downfield because we keep blocking,” senior lineman Zach Hedberg said. Ryan had nothing but praise for his whole team after his final game. “I just want to say that I truly love every single one of them,” said Ryan, who was choked up during the interview. Roberts said it was great to see a driven player like Ryan finally be able to take in the moment. “He’s a great football player, but he’s an even better person,” Roberts said. “He’s just a phenomenal young man.” It was Ryan’s time to shine, and he left the Newington football program with one final great performance.

Newington senior running back Eric Ryan made sure the Indians walked off of Alumni Field with a victory over Wethersfield on Thanksgiving. Ryan ran 33 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Many of those runs were between the tackles and required second and third efforts to gain yardage. Newington coach Roy Roberts had nothing but praise for Ryan. “He’s had a phenomenal career,” Roberts said. “He’s had to have been one of the best players to come through this school.” Ryan’s effort against Wethersfield was nothing short of phenomenal. Besides leading the team in rushing, Ryan also led the team with five catches and intercepted a pass on defense. Ryan accounted for 237 of his team’s 445 yards on offense. On two key drives, Newington relied on its workhorse to move the ball and get it into the end zone. Trailing 13-6 with 4:45 left in the first quarter, the Indians went 66 yards in 14 plays with Ryan accounting for 49 of the yards (Newington got hit with a five-yard motion penalty on the drive). Ryan touched the ball on nine of Kevin D. Roberts can be reached at (860) 225-4601 ext. 213 or at krobthe 14 plays. After a Nicholas Ivy-Brooks erts@newbritainherald.com.

Safety net cuts

Limited authority

Malloy cut $68.6 million in total from five agencies serving the poor, disabled and aging. The governor trimmed funds from programs including AIDS services, school-based health clinics, housing and homeless services, nutrition assistance, Alzheimer’s respite, teen pregnancy prevention, children’s health initiatives, and rape crisis centers. The governor also removed $13.4 million in payments that would go to hospitals to treat uninsured and underinsured patients — 5 percent of the $268 million budgeted for those payments. Barnes said the number of uninsured people being treated by hospitals was likely smaller than in the past because more people are now covered by Medicaid, and he said hospitals should be able to accommodate the reduction.

State law gives the governor limited authority to reduce spending in most agencies by up to 5 percent without obtaining legislative approval. Though the statute exempts municipal aid from the governor’s rescissionary authority, other segments of the budget effectively are exempt as well. The state is obligated to pay the salaries set out by contract for most of its unionized workers, effectively taking most money in salary accounts off the table.

Higher education cuts, employee savings The administration and the legislature has already cut 10 percent, or more than $68 million, from public colleges and universities since 2011 — a move that helped trigger tuition increases at the University of Connecticut by 6 percent and in the community college and state university networks this past winter by more than 3 percent. On Wednesday, the governor rescinded another $24.7 million earmarked for those systems in the current budget. The state also will not be

More cuts to come A combination of declining revenue projections and surging demand for state-sponsored health care for the poor were the major factors behind the $363 million shortfall, which represents about 2 percent of the state’s current operating budget, according to fiscal analysts for both the executive and legislative branches. Analysts also say that a much larger gap, approaching $1.2 billion, is projected for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Malloy must propose his next budget to the General Assembly in early February. This story originally appeared at CTMirror.org, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.


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LIBRARY CALENDAR PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP: Mondays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. *A light supper will be served before the evening session. CONSTRUCTION CLUB: Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 to 2 p.m. Come to our monthly gathering to build projects with Lego bricks. Due to safety concerns, only people age 7 and older will be allowed in the room. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. THE AFTERLIFE — YOU ARE NOT ALONE WITH SYDNEY SHERMAN: Dec. 3, Monday, 6:30 p.m. This is a presentation about the life of Sydney Sherman growing up as a medium in the ’60s, learning to recognize her difference and offering the knowledge to others on how to recognize their own abilities to have a relationship with their

own loved ones. Sherman also provides education on how to recognize the “fakes” in the field and how to protect from falling prey to their tactics. Covered is also a history of how myths and legends today came from a completely different origin then what we know now. Also examined are cultural, spiritual and even gender differences for what we believe about the after-life. Copies of the book “You Are Not Alone; Our loved Ones are Here… You’re Just Not Listening” will be available for sale and signing after the program. Registration is necessary. READ, RATTLE AND ROLL!: Tuesday, Dec. 4, noon. Welcome to a music and movement program for 3 and 4 year-olds featuring books that “sing” and lots of music! Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. iPADS AND PHOTOS — GETTING STARTED: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Want to learn how to manage photos on your iPad? Bring your iPad and learn the basics of photo management and photo editing. Register by calling (860) 665-8700 or at the Adult Information Desk. SECRETS OF THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS: Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. For teens and parents! Annette Bosley-Boyce,

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TALES TO TAILS: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who need to boost their reading skills, or just love a good doggie cuddle, may sign up for a 15-minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Call (860) 665-8720 to register.

EXPLORE TOGETHER! Tuesday, Dec. 11, 3:45 p.m. What do you know about animals in winter? Let’s talk it up and then play Animal Bingo. Afterwards you’ll complete an activity about the theme. Explorers in grades 1-4 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. Chefs in grades 3-6 will measure, mix and whisk ingredients to create pumpkin chip cookie batter. You will then bake your cookies at home. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

MULTI-MEDIA ARTWORK ON DISPLAY: Throughout the month of December, West Hartford resident Debra Morse will display her multi-media artwork in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library. On Saturday, Dec. 8, Debra will host an artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m. to which the public is invited. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a scheduled program. Viewers are invited to call in advance of their visits to ensure that the room is available for viewing. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. This event is free and open to the public. (860) 665-8700.

PLAY FOR ALL: Saturday, Dec. 15, 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.

JR. COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. Let’s get ready for winter! Join us as we read “50 Below Zero” by Robert Munsch. Then we will make stained glass windows; edible of course. Junior Chefs in grades K-2 may sign up by calling the Children’s Department at (860) 6658720 beginning Nov. 28. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. JUST A STORY AND A SONG!: Wednesdays, Dec. 12, 19 and 26, 10:15 a.m. Join us for a 30-minute all ages storytime. We’ll enjoy a story (or two) and a song (or two) to welcome in the morning. No registration required.

“SHOCK THE WORLD: UCONN BASKETBALL IN THE CALHOUN ERA”: Monday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. In 25 years at UConn, coach Jim Calhoun changed a team, a university, a state, and college basketball. Peter F. Burns, Jr. will discuss his book, “Shock the World,” a riveting season-by-season, gameby-game and player-by-player biography of Jim Calhoun’s winning program. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Call the library at (860) 665-8700 to register. TEEN GAMING NIGHT: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Grades 6 to 12. Come play on the library’s Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii! A variety of video games and board games will be available. Feel free to bring your own games! Snacks will be available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. DO-IT YOURSELF HENNA PROGRAM: Thursday, Dec. 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Grades 7 to 12. Come learn the art of henna tattooing. Get creative and design your own beautiful henna tattoo! Instruction and supplies provided. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

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EVENTS CALENDAR NEWINGTON SKI CLUB TO HELP WARM STATEN ISLAND: For more than 65 years, the Newington Ski Club has been an actively contributing member of the community in central Connecticut and beyond. The Club has gone beyond skiing with its active support of the March of Dimes, the Walk in the Park, Skiers Unlimited (an initiative for handicapped skiers), ski lessons for the community, the McCostis Scholarship for young skiers and more. In keeping with its spirit of giving this year, the club, along with the Salvation Army, is organizing a collection for the people of Staten Island who are recovering from Storm Sandy. Members of Newington Ski Club and members of the community are invited to bring items to the annual Club Open House at the Polish American Club, 140 Wilson Ave., Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Items needed are: warm winter clothing, nonperishable food, new underwear, linens, diapers, and wipes. For alternative drop-off locations and more information, contact John Paturel at (960) 628-9131 or Marie Lorenzo at (860) 798-1477. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: The Connecticut General Federation of Women’s Clubs will be offering 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 learning. For more information, contact Maureen Reale of the Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club, (860) 666-5325. LILIA SALVADOR EXHIBIT: Artist Lilia Salvador’s floral and landscape paintings capture your attention with her bold use of intense color and great design. Exhibit can be viewed in the south foyer of the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday during December. VENDOR NIGHT: The Special Education Alliance of Newington will hold a “Vendor Night” fundraiser and raffle Friday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. The event is free and open to all. Numerous home shopping vendors such as Tupperware, Premier Design Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Avon, Pampered Chef, Shannon’s Jammin, Silpada, Thirty One and more will be present at the event. Participating vendors have generously offered to donate raffle items to the event as well as

a percentage of their sales to SEAN. The money raised at the event will go toward the SEAN scholarship fund, resources, programming, social events and outings for children with special needs and their families. The Special Education Alliance of Newington’s goal is to work within our community to encourage the public, legislators, and school district representatives to understand, respect, and support children with special needs and to enhance appropriate education, social and recreational opportunities for special needs children with all levels of abilities. For additional information, contact Liz Palaia, SEAN (860) 6658375. info@specialedalliance.com. GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH HOLIDAY FAIR: Grace Episcopal Church will host its annual Holiday Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the church Parish Hall, 124 Maple Hill Ave. For additional information, please call the church office at (860) 666-3331. HOUSE AND CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE: The Newington Historical Society invites the public to its Holiday Open House and Christmas Boutique to be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Kellogg-Eddy House & Museum, 679 Willard Ave. This program is offered free to members of the Newingtom Historical Society. Non-members and the public donations appreciated. Children 12 years and under will have the opportunity to create a Christmas decoration. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the Newington Food Bank. HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT: Come enjoy an evening of shopping to benefit the 2013 Graduation Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 5 in the Newington High School cafeteria, 605 Willard Ave. Featured vendors will be: Avon, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Princess House, Premiere Design Jewelry, Party Light, Thirty-One and Jafra. Come do your holiday shopping and be a part of a great fundraising event for the Class of 2013’s all-night after graduation party to provide the graduates with a safe, drug and alcoholfree, fun-filled environment where they can celebrate with their friends. This party is not funded through the Board of Education or the Newington Town Budget. This party is solely funded by the parents, fundraising events and business donations in our community. CEDAR HILL TOASTMASTERS: Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Cedar Hill

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Local News Toastmasters cordially invites everyone to join their meeting. It’s a perfect opportunity to listen to seasoned speakers and practice your own communication skills. Newington Cedar Hill Toastmasters meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at Cedar Mountain Commons, 3 John H Stewart Drive, Newington. GOING THROUGH, IN THE PROCESS, OR THINKING ABOUT GETTING A DIVORCE?: There is a “Divorce Support Group” to help you get through this major life-altering event, with very caring, sensitive people who have been where you are. This group meets at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield, every Friday at 7 p.m. December’s meetings are on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. EVENTS AT TEMPLE SINAI: Prof. Ron Kiener, chair of the Department of Religion at Trinity College, will speak about the Arab Spring and its implications for the region, Israel and U.S. interests at Temple Sinai, Newington, following the 10:30 a.m. Shabbat Service Saturday, Dec. 8. The Temple Sisterhood will provide lunch following the program sponsored by the Adult Education Committee. There is

no charge for lunch or program, but donations will be accepted. RSVP to the temple office at (860) 561-1055. Checks payable to Temple Sinai should be sent to the temple at 41 West Hartford Road, Newington, CT 06111. Book Night: A discussion of the book “Once We Were Brothers,” by Ronald H. Bolson will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett following the 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Service at Temple Sinai, Newington, Friday, Nov. 30. For information, call (860) 561-1055. “CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT”: “Christmas by Candlelight” will be presented Sunday, Dec. 9, 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. It runs about one hour, making it perfect for

families with young children to enjoy. Free admission. ST. MARY WOMEN’S CLUB CHRISTMAS BANQUET: St. Mary Women’s Club will hold its annual Christmas Banquet Sunday, Dec. 9, at Chuck’s Steak House, 2199 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. Cocktail hour, with cash bar and cheese, crackers and vegetable dip, will begin at 3 p.m. Dinner will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will feature salad bar and bread, choice of entree from Chuck’s Banquet Menu, dessert, and coffee/tea. There will also be entertainment. The cost is $30 per person (same as last year) and SMWC will pick up the cost of tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Madeline at (860) 666-9329 by Saturday, Dec. 1. Make checks payable to SMWC. There will also be an optional grab bag ($10 value) — bring one, get one. As has been our custom, please bring a new stuffed animal to be donated to hospitalized children for the holidays.

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