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Polish American Club celebrates 90 years By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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Newington’s Chris Beauford competes in the long jump during the Indians’ 80-62 loss to Southington Tuesday. See story and photos on Pages 10 and 11.


When it was built back in 1922, the Polish American Club on Wilson Avenue served as a social gathering place for those who lived in the neighborhood, which was known back in that day as “Little Poland.” Those early club members might never have imagined that their beloved institution would remain such a fixture of the community that it would stand long enough to celebrate its 90th anniversary, as it did last week. Mayor Steve Woods served as guest speaker at an anniversary celebration last Thursday and enjoyed a traditional Polish dinner alongside about 100 of the club’s 325 current members, catered by Michael’s of New Britain. We’ve progressed from just people in the

neighborhood to helping people in the town and we want to continue moving onward to our 100th year,” said Andre Brideaux, who is on the club’s Board of Directors and has been a member for over 30 years. Now, 60 percent of the club’s membership is of Polish descent, while in the old days, it was strictly Polish people. Just as they expanded their membership over the years, the PAC has expanded their See POLISH, Page 5

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Big K Flea Market set to open, Page 3

Grace Episcopal holds eco-fair, Page 2

St.Mary School receives $200K gift, Page 4

State tax credits prove effective, Page 8

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Church embraces green living, hosts eco-fair By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Newington’s very own Grace Episcopal Church is one of the most eco-friendly parishes around. Its Environmental Committee helped organize an Eco-Fair held Wednesday, featuring a variety of exhibits that informed parishioners and visitors about how to “green” their routines. “We’ve had a long history of caring for the environment and the Eco Fair is our celebration of Earth Day,” explained the church’s Senior Warden Melissa Haseley, who came up with the idea for the event after the church completed some serious energy-saving measures in 2011. Come Wednesday evening, visitors browsed through West Hartford photographer John Vallera’s newlyreleased 2012 calendar of Cedar Mountain photography. They also learned which cleaning products

are environmentally-safe and how to properly dispose of their medications. Then Carol Quish, a horticulturist from UConn’s Home and Garden Education Center gave a lecture on composting, before the famous “Rhode Island Water Lady” had a chance to speak about water conservation and using rain barrels. Her name is Beverly O’Keefe and she hosts seminars throughout New England. She discussed collecting rainwater from downspout gutters to water your lawn and garden, versus using tap water or sprinklers and letting this perfectly-sufficient natural source go to waste in the sewer. “Water is a precious resource and contrary to what people think, it’s not in indefinite supply here,” said Haseley, who also invited the Connecticut Butterfly Association to share a slideshow on how to attract the state’s native butterfly

species to the garden. “We’re trying very hard to reduce our footprints,” said Rev. Jane White-Hassler, who resides in the rectory where one of the church’s two natural gas-burning furnaces was recently installed. The other is located inside the church itself and provides a significantly more efficient alternative to the building’s old heating unit. Church officials also renovated the two largest restrooms — installing toilets and sinks that use less water. New energy-efficient windows were another addition, providing thermal insulation that not only keeps the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but saves on the energy bill because less heating fuel is used. Although Grace Church’s Eco Fair was free,visitors made voluntary donations to the Newington Food Pantry.

Malloy wants liquor bill consumer-friendly

HARTFORD (AP) — Gov.Dannel P.Malloy says he wants changes made to the bill modernizing state liquor laws to help consumers who typically pay more for alcohol than their neighbors in Massachusetts. The governor, who first proposed the wideranging bill that allows alcohol sales on Sundays, said Wednesday that he recently noticed how Massachusetts liquor stores were advertising lower prices in state newspapers prior to the Easter

holiday. Due to Connecticut’s pricing structure, consumers can sometimes pay about $5 to $9 more for a 1.75-liter bottle of spirits, and about $2 to $9 more per bottle of wine. Malloy said the state’s consumers “deserve a break” and that’s why he wants to see more “pro-consumer language” added to the bill before it reaches his desk. The session adjourns May 9.

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The Newington Kiwanis’ muchanticipated Big K Flea Market and Craft Fair will open a week early this year — Sunday, April 22. On a sunny day, the weekly event draws almost 1,000 visitors from all over the state. New and “recycled” goods and crafts from more than 70 different vendors sell for bargain prices and a couple of food carts feed hungry browsers. The Big K is a completely volunteer effort that was started by the Newington Kiwanis Club in 1992. The Kiwanis Club,dedicated to community service, donate all proceeds from admission and vendor fees to mostly Newington-based civic, charitable and educational projects. Longtime Kiwanis member Vincent Bellantuono was the brains behind the first market, which was set up at the old Hartford DriveIn on the Turnpike up until about five years ago when the theater shut down. “When he brought up the idea everybody scoffed and said it’s a

When: Opening day is Sunday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market runs every Sunday until the end of June. Where: The municipal parking lot behind Market Square, entrance at 39 East Cedar St., Newington. Admission: $1 Vendor spaces: $15. For more information:

bunch of baloney, but it worked,” remembers Current Program Chair Al Cohen, who’s been a Kiwanis member since the mid-’80s. Eclectic treasures can be found at the market, as vendors come from all over Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, even New York State. “You also get the people that have their tag sales there so they won’t have strange looking characters coming into their yard,” added Cohen. The only sale items not permitted are firearms, ammunition, liquor, or weapons of any kind. Or “all the

In these photos from the 2011 Big K Flea Market, vendors from all over the Northeast sell their goods as over 1,000 customers often attend the Kiwanis Club’s weekly market. The 2012 flea market will start a week early with opening day set for this Sunday.

nasty things,” according to Cohen, who added that vendors range from businesses selling their wares to independent crafters making a living through flea market exhibits.Farmers usually bring their crops later on in the season.

Market Square, the current location on the Big K, is filled with little shops and restaurants who thrive on market Sundays and offer visitors another treat as they peruse the area. While the Big K officially opens this Sunday, April 22, a special 21st

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Officals are currently deciding how to use the funding in a way that will have the greatest benSt. Mary School in Newington efit to the school, which currently is grateful to be one of 10 Catholic enrolls 128 students. schools across the Archdiocese of “Whoever this person is who Hartford that was awarded an donated this money I need him anonymous $200,000 donation or her to know that we truly recently. feel blessed and are most grateful for his or her generosity,” said St. Mary’s Principal Marge McDonald Tuesday, about three weeks after she received the good news. Each school has been asked by the donor to use funding to increase enrollment, enhance academic programs and provide tuition assistance to families in need. “If we take care of these fundamental areas, Catholic schools will Erica Schmitt | Staff Erica Schmitt | Staff be able to sustain themselves and St. Mary School in Newington. St. Mary School in Newington re- continue to provide the excellent ceived an anonymous $200,000 gift recently to help increase enrollment, academic education, and faithrepresents to society,” said Dale enhance academic programs and filled curriculum that cultivate our who will thrive in their commu- Mansell. St. Mary’s will know specifically Hoyt, Superintendent of Catholic young people into moral citizens nities,” said Archbishop Henry help some families with tuition. how they will put the funding to schools. use in about a month, but right But at St. Mary’s, the Catholic now they are still basking in values taught are just one gratitude. component. “I was just speechless … it “They’regettingtherigorousacacertainly was the demics as well as a answer to all of faith-filled curricmy prayers,” said ulum,” commented McDonald, adding McDonald. that the tentative Tuition at the plan is to hire a school varies; After development speMay 31 rates will cialist that can help increase 3 percent, market the school and Catholics who to a much broader MARGE MCDONALD belong to the paraudience. ish will pay $3,600 St. Mary School principal “We can take per year, per child, about 100 more students and after May 31, while others will pay hopefully we will get them,” she a little over $400. Officals encoursaid. age interested families to apply In national standardized test- before the deadline to avoid the FOR NEW CUSTOMERS ing, students in the Archdiocese rise in tuition. Must be a new customer. The other schools receiving a of Hartford consistently score two Limit 1 coupon per household. grades higher than their public portion of the total $2 million school counterparts in reading, donation are: St. Mary and St. Since 1930 “Barney” Barker Oil Co. has been dedicated to doing business the old science, and math, according to Michael in Derby; St. Vincent Communications Director Maria de Paul, East Haven; St. Aedan fashioned way - With QUALITY DEPENDABLE FRIENDLY SERVICE. We have and St. Brendan, New Haven; St. Zone. “Whether it is our outstanding Francis and St. Rose of Lima, New automatic delivery, various payment plans and modern delivery and service fleet. academic record, our moral con- Haven; St. Peter and St. Francis victions, our community of faith, of Assisi, Torrington; SS. Peter or our witness to Gospel values, and Paul, Waterbury; St. John the benefactors are certainly taking Evangelist, Watertown; St. Brigid, “Your Comfort is Our Most Important Product” notice of the excellent invest- West Hartford; and St. Thomas 019992 HOD 0000921 Now Located at 419 Robbins Ave., Newington ment a Catholic school education the Apostle, West Hartford. By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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Polish American Club celebrates 90 Protesters leave New Haven years of community, philanthropy Green, some in handcuffs

NEW HAVEN, (AP) — Police arrested 13 Occupy New Haven demonstrators Wednesday as authorities cleared out the protesters after the city won a court battle. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the protesters do not have the right to stay on the city Green. Many of them packed up their belongings within hours, but police said about 50 protesters still were in the area when they arrived to clear the camp. Some of the protesters had to be carried away after refusing to leave, police said. No injuries were reported. Those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, interfering or both, said Elizabeth Benton, a city spokeswoman. “It’s a blow for democracy,� said Jennifer Drury, a protester who was not arrested. “This is the people’s space.� A sign left hanging in the park said: “You can’t evict an idea.� A Hazmat team was called in to check for dangerous materials after the protesters were evicted. The empty camp was surrounded by yellow police tape. City officials said the protesters are welcome to return to the Green but can’t erect structures and must leave by 10 p.m. The protesters, adopting many of the techniques and aims of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York against financial inequality, lived in tents on the Green opposite the gate of Yale’s Old Campus. The New Haven protest celebrated its six-month on Sunday. Protesters vowed to continue demonstrating. Ty Hailey, a protester and a plaintiff in the court case who shivered on the cool morning, said the protesters who were arrested passively resisted to show their determination. “Today is a transition day into the next phase of the Occupy movement,� said Hailey.

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outreach,donating to a wide variety of town organizations, including the Food Bank, Newington Volunteer Fire Department and Police Department. But their civic service doesn’t end there- they also sponsor Newington Little League and Midget Football, provide scholarships to high school students and support the Memorial Day Parade and the Waterfall Festival, in addition to other annual community events. Their countless service to the community was enough reason to draw town officials to their widely-attended celebration ceremony Thursday night, when Mayor Woods read a proclamation in their honor. “I hereby offer congratulations to the Polish American Club upon the celebration of its 90th anniversary and gratitude to its members for their many civic contributions,� he said in conclusion. The Club’s bar area is open

Members of the Polish American Club with Steve Woods, mayor of Newington, at their 90th Anniversary celebration last Thursday.

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Town Council budget vote is a disservice to veterans To the editor: At the recent budget meeting held by the Town Council, a proposal to appropriate $100,000 towards the veterans exemptions was defeated by a vote of 5-4. Had the proposal been approved, 382 veterans would have seen their exemption increased from $2,000 to $10,000. In addition, the income level restrictions would have been set at $50,000. Sadly, the council in their

minds chose to appropriate a more realistic amount of $50,000. While their goal was to still raise the exemption to $10,000 the impact would affect only 187 veterans and reduce the income levels to $39,500. To make matters even worse, the veterans would not see any change in the upcoming tax bills, rather they would have to wait until 2013 for this “windfall� of generosity. How sad indeed that the council members who pride themselves on bragging about how they are indebted to veterans for

the sacrifices that they have made, fall flat on their faces when it comes to taking the proper actions. There certainly is a lot of merit in the old adage that “actions speak louder than words.�I was at the council meeting and I know the names of the voted who voted “Nay.� Other veterans were also there and made mental notes of their own. Have a great year vets, if you can.

In a recent fatal house fire where two people perished, utilities had been shut off. According to State Statute pertaining to Termination of Electric, Gas, Water and Sewage Utility Service, there are strict procedures identifying how and when utilities can be interrupted. However, this statute does not provide any requirement for

notification of a chief administrator of a community. If the law required such a step, it would give the town a chance to check on a family’s welfare and provide needed services. I have contacted all Newington’s elected state officials and have requested that they review this statute and consider changing the regulation to incorporate this reporting requirement.

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How the interruption in services contributed to this tragedy may never be known. However, a change in the reporting requirement could prevent a future tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family members of the mother and daughter who perished in this fire.

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Connecticut is one of 13 states “leading the way” when it comes to tracking and testing the effectiveness of its tax credits and other economic development incentives, according to a new report from a leading national public policy think-tank. But the state’s top economic development official said Tuesday that while she’s pleased by the findings of the Washington, D.C.based Pew Center on the States, Connecticut is taking steps to elevate its tax analysis to new levels, pursuing even greater economic gains for every dollar spent. “We were thrilled to see that we got high marks,” Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine H. Smith said, referring to a report that also gave 12 states mixed grades while concluding 25 others and the District of Columbia are “trailing behind” when it comes to effectively investing public dollars in the economy. “In their quest to strengthen their economies, particularly in the wake of the Great Recession, states continue to rely heavily on tax incentives, including credits, exemptions, and deductions, to encourage businesses to locate, hire, expand, and invest within their borders,” the report states. “Yet half the states have not taken basic steps to produce and connect policy makers with good evidence of whether these tools deliver a strong return on taxpayer dollars.”

States spend billions annually through tax breaks and other incentives for economic development. Connecticut offers nearly $3.6 billion worth of exemptions in its sales tax alone, many of which are aimed at assisting businesses more than consumers. It also has nearly $300 million in credits, exemptions and other breaks in its corporate income tax system. Every state offers at least one tax incentive and these have grown substantially since the 1970s. “Frequently they are used as part of a bidding war between states over firms seeking to relocate or expand,” the report adds. “If one state offers a tax credit, others often feel compelled to match it or risk being left behind.” But states generally have failed to “regularly and rigorously” test whether those investments have been effective, The Pew Center wrote. Further complicating matters, “states that have conducted rigorous evaluations of some incentives virtually ignore others or assess them infrequently. Other states regularly examine these investments, but not thoroughly enough.” Despite this long history of failing to scrutinize public investments in business, some states have begun offering “a wealth of promising approaches” toward reversing that trend. Connecticut drew high marks largely for a 2010 study of its job creation tax credits, a report that not only recognized those credits that benefited the state, but also

those that failed to meet state goals. “This analysis allows policy makers to identify whether programs are growing or shrinking, and whether they are becoming more or less effective over time,” the Pew Center wrote. For example, while examining a tax credit designed to increase business research and development, the state noted that while it led some companies to buy more

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Indians win more events but fall to Southington By STEVE MORTON STAFF WRITER

Despite a strong showing, Newington track and field fell to CCC West rival Southington 80-62 Tuesday. , after recording some pretty impressive times and distances. The newfound winning ways for the Blue Knights has left Shea in disbelief. The Blue Knights won just eight events, but incorporated several second and third place finishes to beat the Indians using a deep list of capable athletes. Southington also won the 4x800 and the 4x100 relays to kick start the eventual win. “I like relays because I feel like they are a momentum swinger,� Southington coach, Matt Shea said. “It’s a big five points, fivenothing and if you can win all the relays in a meet, that’s 15 points right there. That’s nice and it’s momentum. You got four kids working together and they all have to be there together and they get really into it together. I like to set up the most quality relays that I can.�

Newington, although winning Zydanowicz won the 800M and more events than Southington, got was in the winning 4x400. Despite the loss, Rubin still felt slighted due to the team’s lack of depth. It’s winning events could proud of his team and the results not undo the many points the Blue they recorded. “That’s the best meet we’ve had Knights racked up with second by far,� Rubin said. “Even though and third place finishes. “If we take first, we’re not tak- a loss is still a loss the kids are ing first and second,� Newington definitely starting to come along. coach Robert We’re starting to Rubin said. “So see the benefits of when they take working hard.� a first, it’s killing T h e us, it’s hurting us Newington girls because we just track team faced don’t have that as similar fate, as depth right now. the boys, and fell We’re trying to to Southington develop that.� 100-49. The win Newington did improved the receive a strong Blue Knights performance by to 2-1, while Troy Gagnon, Newington fell to 0-4. In the girls who was the ROBERT RUBIN meet’s top per- Newington track and field coach meetSouthington swept all three former, winning three events, the 300-hurdles, relays and won 12 of 18 events. the 200M and he anchored Cyndi Wolley and Erica Kosienski Newington’s win in the 4x400 relay. won three events apiece.They conChris Beauford won the triple and tributed to the win in the 4x100. high jump and Adam Murphy Wolley later won the 400M and won the javelin and discus. Greg the high jump; Kosienski the 100M and 200M. Cherraine Davis won the shot put and discus. Newington’s Kaylie McNally was a triple winner for the Indians taking the 800M, 1,600M, and the 3,200M.

“Even though a loss is still a loss the kids are definitely starting to come along. We’re starting to see the benefits of working hard.�

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Indians coming together as a team in spite of losses By STEVE MORTON STAFF WRITER

only athlete in the girls’ meet to accomplish such a feat. McNally won the 800, 1,600, and 3,200. “It was good,” McNally said. “I like scoring points for our team. It feels good knowing I’m helping the team out.” The boys did fare a little better but lost 80-62. The Indians managed to win 10 events compared to Southington’s eight, so apparently they’re doing something right. “We’re killing it in workout right now,” Newington boys coach Robert Rubin said. “The weight room, our running workout, because of that some of our kids really got their time down.” Newington’s Troy Gagnon won the 200 and the 300-hurdles and anchored the team’s winning 4x400 relay, which was the Indians’first relay win of the season. “It was the first time I was challenged in the [hurdles] race this year,” Gagnon said. “He [Anthony Olivia] ran a good race. His form was really good. My form was all over the place. I got him in the last hurdle. I was really surprised.” Gagnon has been having a lot of success in the 300 hurdles so far this season. So he, like McNally, are prrof there is a lot of promise on both squads. “I won the event three times so my confidence was pretty high,” Gagnon said. “We’ve got a bunch of good 4x400 runners. We’ll stay hot for as long as we can.”

SOUTHINGTON — The Newington boys and girls track and field teams are feeling the pangs of a program that is still growing. With an 0-4 start for both squads, the Indians are going to have to go through the bad times for a while before they get to the good. No one understands that more than Newington girls track coach Louis Lestini. His girls suffered a frustrating 100-49 loss to Southington Tuesday. The Indians haven’t had the easiest road either. Simsbury, Bristol Central and Conard have all defeated Newington before Southington added another loss to its record. “The beginning of the season and it’s the big dogs we run against,”Lestini said. The frustration has trickled down to the athletes. Despite winning the long jump Danielle Forest felt she had a subpar outing. She logged a 14-foot, 8-inch jump in the meet, but she’s leapt as far as 17-4 in the past. “I didn’t really do my best today despite the placing, but I guess you just have to roll with it,”Forest said.“It’s a little disappointing because I always want to do my best. I know what I’m capable of so it’s frustrating to know that I’m not there.” The Newington girls lost 12 of 18 events including all three relays to Southington (2-1). Yet, it wasn’t a Steve Morton can be reached at complete washout. Kaylie McNally salvaged some pride (860) 225.4601 ext. 272 or smorton@centralctcommunicafor the Indians, winning three individual events, the

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Every shrub has a natural shape, one that it would assume if left alone. Decide how you want the plant to look.

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State legislature panel endorses mixed martial arts, red light cameras and Sunday liquor sales By KEITH M. PHANEUF ©CONNECTICUTMIRROR

The state legislature’s tax-writing panel endorsed automated camera-issued motor vehicle tickets and Sunday liquor sales Monday, but the details behind both measures likely won’t be ironed out until just before the full General Assembly adjourns next month. Both bills adopted Monday by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee now head to the House of Representatives. The House chairwoman of the committee, Rep. Patricia Widlitz, D-Guilford, told members repeatedly that the so-called “red light cameras” bill, which has strong backing both from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and from Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, is “a work in progress.” Though the bill adopted Monday would have allowed any community with a population greater than 48,000 the option of installing such cameras, Widlitz said the final version being negotiated between legislative leaders and Malloy’s office would be much more modest. While there are 19 communities with populations above 48,000, Widlitz said she thinks the threshold will be raised to limit the number of municipalities that could opt to participate in the pilot program to “single digits.” And tickets that would be issued by these cameras, which originally were supposed to carry a fine of $100, now would charge $50, she said. Still, the concept sparked considerable debate among committee members, with lines between cities and suburbs appearing to dominate more than partisan affiliation. Urban lawmakers, argued that cash-strapped cities need this pilot program to enhance safety at crucial intersections that are patrolled by local police too infrequently. Cities face higher crimes rates “and they rarely have the resources to address traffic,” said Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, who

added that using automated cameras “removes the arbitrariness of ticket-issuing” by police officers. “The malls in my town, Manchester, are a death zone at Christmas time,” said Democratic Sen. Stephen T. Cassano, who said some motorists speed through red lights at 50-60 mph. The legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis estimated that those communities that did impose automated cameras could raise anywhere from $91,000 to $511,000 per year, depending on several factors, including the number of intersections scanned. But others argued that the primary motivation behind the bill involves raising revenue, and not promoting public safety. “We find ourselves again and again giving up liberty in pursuit of security,” said Sen. Andrew W. Roraback of Goshen, the ranking GOP senator on the committee, who urged members to remember “just how desperate the state of Connecticut and its member municipalities are for new revenue.” “It’s simply a way to fleece people,” said Rep. Edward Moukawsher, D-Groton, who said he was uncomfortable with a computerized camera issuing, or not issuing tickets, based on potential differences in traffic behavior of “a split second.” Similarly, the measure to legalize Sunday liquor sales carries with it a great deal of uncertainty, legislators said, even though they concede a majority of lawmakers want to allow liquor sales on Sunday. That’s because other proposals, though modified from a plan offered by Malloy, continue to raise objections both from the package story lobby as well as some legislators. The bill, which cleared the General Law Committee last month, was approved 39-11 by the finance panel. It would allow no one to own more than three package stores, up from the two in current law. But that is short of Malloy’s original limit of nine in a bill he proposed in January or six in a revision he released in February.

Minimum prices largely would remain intact with one notable exception: Retailers may sell one item a month for 10 percent below the cost of acquisition, while Malloy’s most recent proposal was for five items. In other business Monday, the committee also approved a bill 46-4 legalizing mixed martial arts matches in Connecticut. Though both advocates and opponents of the bill were critical of the extremely violent sport, the former argued that such matches effectively already exist in Connecticut, taking place at the casinos run by sovereign Native American nations in the state’s southeastern corner. “It is unregulated at this time, so perhaps it is a step in the right direction,” Widlitz said. “This is a very popular activity, particularly among young people,” Sen. Gary D. LeBeau, D-East Hartford, added. “It has an enormous audience, and we should regulate the activity going

forward.” But while the panel voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing these matches, the bill was opposed by the three committee members whose districts lie closest to the Indian casinos — Moukawsher and fellow Democratic Rep. Elissa Wright of Groton and Democratic Sen. Andrea Stillman of Waterford. “I don’t feel comfortable endorsing this kind of activity,” Moukawsher said. “To me it is just brutality.” Rather than legalizing mixed martial arts with the goal of imposing stricter regulations, state government should be investigating its legal options for curbing such activities at local casinos, Stillman said. “It’s not something that I’m interested in promoting in this state.” This story originally appeared at, the website of The Connecticut Mirror, an independent nonprofit news organization covering government, politics and public policy in the state.

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Local couple wins 1st place in National Dance Championship

Thomas and Renée Malinowski of Newington were awarded with 1st place in the Senior III PreChampionship International Standard division at the 2012 USA Dance National DanceSport Championships. The Championships, an all-amateur competition, were held March 30 through April 1 in Baltimore, Md.. In order to become eligible to compete at Nationals, Dancesport athletes are required to qualify by their placement at one or more of the National Qualifying Events held around the country throughout the year. The Malinowskis qualified to compete as a result of their

placement in competitions held in North Carolina, Illinois, New York and New Jersey. The Malinowskis also placed third in the Senior II Pre-Championship International Standard event and they became National Semi-Finalists in the Senior II and the Senior III Championship International Standard divisions byplacing13thand 12th respectively. The Malinowskis began competing two years ago after several years of studying many different styles of dance. They chose to concentrate in the International Standard style, a strict European style including the waltz, the tango, the Viennese waltz, the foxtrot and the quickstep.

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little better and put it in play a little bit stronger, and I think the longer the season goes the better we’re going NEWINGTON — Last year to get.” when the Newington softball team Offensively, the Indians were finished with seven wins, it was strong, rallying for nine runs on eight deemed a successful season. That’s hits while running the bases well.The because the year Indians used their prior it had won head for the most only three times. part, stealing bases Newington when they could, coach Steve Markie taking extra bases is trying to change on passed balls and all that for the betfielding errors and ter so his girls can moving runners feel what it’s like to over or bringing grow and thrive in them in by putting a winning environthe ball in play. ment. “I thought the Markie and his lineup did a pretty squad took that first good job,” Markie step Thursday by said.“It’s great when notching their first we can extend the win of the season, lineup with more 9-7 over RHAM. than just a couple batters. We also “Every day is a took advantage of new day,” Markie some of the missaid. “We just need takes [RHAM] to continue to build made that definitely confidence.” helped too.” N e w i n g t o n’s D e f e n s i v e l y, first win ended an opening threehowever, it was a game skid. But different story. The Markie believes his STEVE MARKIE Indians at times squad has reached were shaky, comNewington softball head coach a crucial turning mitting eight errors point. The bats are starting to come and unraveling what was a decent alive and there’s a little more pep in start to the game. Newington’s cuts at the ball. Although, even with all the mis“The beginning of the year we takes, Markie’s message may be weren’t really putting the ball in play,” starting to get through to his team. Markie said. “We had way too many Senior center fielder and pitcher Sara strikeouts. Our outs were very easy Courtemanche played a crucial part outs, pop-ups and things like that. in her team’s first win when she proNow we’re starting to hit the ball a vided just over two innings of strong By STEVE MORTON STAFF WRITER

“We had way too many strikeouts. Our outs were very easy outs, pop-ups and things like that. Now we’re starting to hit the ball a little better and put it in play a little bit stronger, and I think the longer the season goes the better we’re going to get.”

Newington pitcher Olivia Burgos delivers a strike against RHAM.

relief pitching to earn the win on the mound. She was, like the rest of her team, disappointed in the amount of errors they had committed,but determined to work through the mistakes. “Errors happen but you’ve just got to push through them and just ignore them,” Courtemanche said. “You’ve got to learn from them.” Courtemanche speaks for her team when it comes to battling for a win. “Everyone’s got to keep doing their part [and] we’ve just got to keep battling,” she said. “Winning is con-

tagious. We’ve all got to hit. As long as we get hits, we’ll be good.” Freshman pitcher Olivia Burgos, who got the save Thursday, is also seeing the bigger picture. “There’s always going to be the bad times, but I’m just going to work it through with the team and we’re just going to get better,” Burgos said. “I would have done better if I slowed down my pace and relaxed and threw more strikes than I did.” Third baseman Laura Salerni was relieved her team was able to battle

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back from a two-run deficit and win for the first time this year. “I think our heads just weren’t in it the whole time,” Salerni said. “We just needed to get back to the right mind set. We knew we could do it. When we get down on ourselves we have to know how to recover. It felt really good [to win]. I was happy we were able to get through that.” Steve Morton can be reached at (860) 225-4601 ext. 272 smorton@

Sen. Doyle aids passage of expanded ‘One Free Item’ bill “Whether it’s a watermelon or a bunch of broccoli, if that piece of fruit or vegetable rings up at the wrong price, the consumer gets it for free.” SEN. PAUL DOYLE

HARTFORD — As cochairman of the General Law Committee, state Sen. Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) oversaw passage of a bill in the Senate today that expands the popular “One Free Item” retail sales law to include fruit and vegetables. Currently, state statute mandates that consumers get an item for free if the bar code scanner charges a price that is higher than the posted price. However, the law does not include retail foods, such as

fruits and vegetables, that must be weighed at purchase. The new legislation adds fruit and vegetables to the law. “Whether it’s a watermelon or a bunch of broccoli, if that piece of fruit or vegetable rings up at the wrong price, the consumer gets it for free.That’s only fair,”Sen. Doyle said. “This bill adds another level of consumer protection to retail shoppers in the state. If a purchased item rings up incorrectly at the register, the consumer

deserves to get that item for free.” Senate Bill 71,An Act Expanding the “One Free Item” Retail Sales Law, passed in the Senate today and now goes for a final vote in the House. Under the new legislation, if the fruit or vegetable rings up for higher than the posted price, the consumer would receive the purchased item for free, up to a $20 value. As under the current law, the retailer must post a conspicuous sign to inform consumers of this

right. The bill authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection to utilize the same disciplinary powers as under the current electronic pricing law. Violators of the law may be issued a warning citation or could face a civil penalty of up to $100 for a first offense and up to $500 for each subsequent offense. The bill only applies to large stores with a retail sales area of more than 10,000 square feet.

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HARTFORD (AP) — The House of Representatives has voted to expand Connecticut’s so-called “move-over law,” now requiring drivers to move over one lane when passing road maintenance vehicles and tow trucks. Current law compels drivers to move over for emergency vehicles on the side of a highway with three or more lanes. The new legislation would include two-lane highways as well. The bill, which passed the House on Tuesday and now awaits Senate action, comes several weeks after a Department of Transportation supervisor was struck by a truck along Route 8 in Naugatuck. Daniel Dinardi was out of his truck, removing debris from the road. He later died from his injuries. Rep. Russ Morin, a Democrat from Wethersfield, said police, firefighters and highway workers shouldn’t have to dodge speeding vehicles while doing their jobs.

WILLIMANTIC (AP) — Kevin Crosbie, the publisher of the Chronicle newspaper of Willimantic,has died at the age of 52. Vincent Crosbie said Tuesday that his brother died unexpectedly overnight and the cause was determined to be a heart attack. The Crosbie family started the the Chronicle in 1877. Kevin Crosbie succeeded his mother, Lucy Crosbie, as publisher in 1992. He represented the fifth generation of the family to lead the daily newspaper. Lucy Crosbie died on Jan. 1. Kevin Crosbie began working for the newspaper within a few years of graduating from Skidmore College. During his years at the helm of the Chronicle, Crosbie also served as president of the Connecticut Daily Newspapers Association and as a member of the board of the New England Newspaper Association.


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BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: The Lucy Robbins Welles Library is accepting donations of books, both hardcover and paperback, through April 23. Books should be in good to excellent condition. The library is also looking for CDs, audiobooks, videos and DVDs.Tax receipts are available for all donations. Unfortunately, the library cannot accept encyclopedias, magazines or vinyl records. Items may be dropped off at the library during regular library hours.The book sale will be held at the Newington Senior & Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from noon to 3 p.m.


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FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration is necessary. TALES TO TAILS: Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 10-minute session reading to a certified therapy dog. Unlike peers, animals are attentive listeners; they don’t judge or criticize, so children are more comfortable and inclined to forget about their own fears. PLAY WITH US!: Tuesday, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this program geared for families with young children who have special needs. Meet with birth to 3-year-old resource professionals and socialize with your peers. All are welcome. No registration necessary. GREEN GOLLY AND HER GOLDEN FLUTE: Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. Come join us as The Green Golly Project presents “Green Golly and Her Golden Flute.” Music and drama are combined to entertain children ages 4 and up. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. WE ALL GET READY TO READ! Mondays, April 23 and 30, and May 7 and 14, 6 p.m. Family Place Libraries and the National Center for Learning

Disabilities have partnered to present a program designed especially for the “graduates” of the Parent/Child Workshop and Play for All attendees and their caregivers. We All Get Ready to Read! is an early literacy activity program designed to help parents make sure that young children have the skills they need to be ready to learn to read. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. ANIME CLUB: Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. For grades 6-12. We meet once a month to watch anime, share favorite anime-related YouTube videos and snack on pocky. Call the library at 860-665-8700 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TALES TO TAILS: Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Introducing R.E.A.D. — Reading Education Assistance Dog. Children who love dogs or need to boost their reading skills may sign up for a 10-minute session reading to Jessie, a certified therapy dog. Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Courtesy of Kerrie Lurate. JUNIOR COOKBOOK CLUB: Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. Let’s get ready for spring! Join us as we read “Diary of a Worm” by Doreen Cronin and then make dirt cups. Junior chefs in grades K-2 may Call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! Tuesdays, May 1 and 15, 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) 6658720 to register. JUST A STORY AND A SONG! Wednesday, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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. SMILE: Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m. Single Mothers are invited to join our SMILE group (Single Moms Interaction, Leisure and Education). The library and Newington Department of Human Services are co-sponsoring monthly meetings to benefit single moms. This month we will hear from an expert on family, disability and housing issues. Call (860) 665-8660 or (860) 665-8595 to register. Child care can be arranged if requested by April 28. FOR ADULTS FRIENDS OF LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE: The Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22 in the library’s Community Room. Come and meet committee chairs and active members to discover what opportunities are available for you to volunteer and support the library. Learn more about the book sales, adopt-a-shelf, special events and

advocacy opportunities. Refreshments will be served. FRIENDS’ BUS TRIP TO BOSTON: Join the Friends of the Library for a trip to Quincy Market Saturday, April 28. The bus will leave Newington at 7:30 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m. The cost of the trip is $39. Please register early at the Adult Information Desk to guarantee yourself a seat. MOVIES AND MORE @ THE LIBRARY: “Moneyball” Tuesday, May 1, noon. Join us for a viewing of the Academy Award nominated movie “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. It is based on the true story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to use computer analysis to put together a baseball team. Please pick up free tickets at the Adult Information Desk. Refreshments will be provided. Running time is 133 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. TEEN VOLUNTEER NETWORK: Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children’s Program Room. For grades 7-12. Interested in volunteering? Attend this program to sign up for upcoming library volunteer opportunities. Earn community service hours or just volunteer for the fun of it! For more information email Karen at kbenner@ or call (860) 6658700. Must be at least 13 years old to participate. EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m. This

month’s reading is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. All interested persons are invited to attend. FRIENDS’ ANNUAL BOOK SALE: This year’s event will be held at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St. A preview will be held Friday, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission for the preview is $5. On Saturday, May 5, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, it will run from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free on Saturday. On Sunday, buy a Friends green bag for $6 and fill it. Thousands of hardcover, paperback and children’s books will be on sale, along with a selection of cassettes, CDs, videos and DVDs. Proceeds from this sale benefit the library’s collections and programs. Stop by and get great bargains on your favorite authors and subjects. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP: Monday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to practice interview techniques and answer questions to show how to add value to the employer. You will explore how to react to difficult questions and respond with positive answers. You will learn how to interject certain statements that will demonstrate that you are the ideal candidate to be selected for the job. Business professional, Jeff Thierfeld, will be the presenter. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 665-8700.

EVENTS CALENDAR GRADUATION CELEBRATION EVENTS: Can and Bottle Drive — Drop off date at NHS (student parking lot) is June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or you can drop off in front of garage at 35 Willow Lane any time. Contact Mike and Maize Zame at (860) 6650888 for more information. Clothing Drive, April 28 or any time up until April 28. Drop off clean clothes, accessories, linens etc. at 147 Hillcrest Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Rose Frink at (860) 690-1902. Feel free to forward this email to your email group. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP: The Newington Art League has announced its new scholarship available to students at Newington High School. To qualify, applicant must be a senior male or female who has excelled in art while at NHS, and is intending to pursue a degree in art or art education. It is also based on financial need, academic performance, and artistic ability. For more information, call Jean Henry, head of the Scholarship Committee of the Newington Art League, (860) 667-7647, or contact Newington High School. HEALTH DISTRICT REMINDS SENIORS OF FOOT CARE CLINICS: The Central Connecticut Health District would like to remind seniors

of foot care clinics, provided by Pedi-Care, LLC. These clinics are designed for non-diabetic seniors who reside in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield A specifically trained Registered Nurse provides the following: • General Assessment of the Feet and Lower Extremities; • Trimming, Filing and Cleaning of Nails; • Reduction of Thickened Toenails; • Smoothing of Corns and Calluses. The clinics are held at two locations: the Wethersfield Community Center, Room F-1, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield and the Rocky Hill Community Center, Room 3, 55 Church St., Rocky Hill. The upcoming clinic dates are as follows: Tuesday, April 24; Monday, April 30; Friday, May 4; Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 31 at the Wethersfield Community Center, as well as Wednesday, May 9, at the Rocky Hill Community Center. Residents age 65 and older may schedule an appointment. A fee of $28 is due at the clinic. Home visits are also available for a fee of $45. People with diabetes cannot be served at these clinics, and should arrange to see a podiatrist for their foot concerns. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment in either Rocky Hill or Wethersfield, call the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2822. NEWINGTON ART LEAGUE

SPRING ART SHOW: The Newington Art League will hold its members Spring Art Show through May 18 in the first floor lobby of the Newington Town Hall. The show will be judged by artist Doe Bartlett. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, Bartlett is an award-winning artist and art instuctor in Meriden. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, First, Second and Third place winners. There will also be Honarary Mentions and a “Peoples Choice” award. Many thanks to the local businesses for there contribution of prizes. The exhibit is in support of the annual Townwide Art Show, showcasing the art work of Newington’s students and taking place simultaneously at the Town Hall. The Newington Art League is also sponsoring an art scholarship for an NHS senior this year. The show’s Opening Reception will be Wednesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. For further information contact Kim Skewes at (860) 594 8539. SPRING WINE TASTING: Holy Cross Church, 31 Biruta St., New Britain, invites the public to its “Spring Wine Tasting” from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Cost per person is $20 for tickets purchased ahead of time or $25 per person for tickets purchased at the door. You must be 21 years of age or older for admission. The ticket price includes a selection of fancy hot

and cold hors d’oeuvres and homemade desserts. To purchase tickets, contact Olivia at (860) 678-0597, the church office at (860) 229-2011, or stop by these Broad Street businesses: Teresa’s Herbs and Flowers, Discount Package Store, Royal Oak Package Store, Pulaski Delicatessen, Max Mart, Quo Vadis, Polmart or the dental office of Dr. Barbara Malz. Proceeds will be used for the church restoration project. FREE HOT BREAKFAST: Grace Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., will offer a free hot breakfast to the community from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 21. Join us downstairs in our parish hall. We are here every third Saturday serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, cereal, milk, juice, coffee and tea. Bring your family. No need to sign up. Any questions call Mitch Page at (860) 667-1835. BIG K FLEA MARKET/CRAFT FAIR: The Kiwanis Club’s Big K Flea Market Craft Fair opens April 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and be open every Sunday until nearly the end of June. Admission is $1. Vendor spaces are $15. Location is in Newington’s Market Square free parking lot, entrance at 39 East Cedar St. Food vendors and sanitary facilities are on site. For more Information, inquire by E-mail

VICTORIAN TEA: A Victorian Tea will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at the Kellogg-Eddy House, 679 Willard Ave. Admission: Current Newington Historical members: $5; non-members, $10; seniors, $8. There are three seating times: noon to 1 p.m.; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Free parking. (860) 666-7118, email:; PRESENTATION ON MEMORY ENHANCING: GFWC Newington/ Wethersfield Woman’s Club will host a presentation on Memory Enhancing, presented by Jo Anne HarrisonBecker. A consultant and national speaker, Harrison-Becker has her Master’s in gerontology and community psychology. Learn how our brain is capable of regrowth, and of learning and retaining new facts and skills throughout our lives. She will also speak about normal brain aging, long and short term memory, memory problems, brain drains, recall, and will have some brain exercises to teach us. All women of the community are welcome to join us Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center, 120 Cedar St. in Newington. There is no charge for this presentation. Questions? Email us at

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SPRING RUMMAGE SALE: Temple Sinai of Newingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sisterhood will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale Saturday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m. and Monday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is 50 cents on Sunday. Monday is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bag Day,â&#x20AC;? when one can pay a low price for each full bag. Temple Sinai is located at 41 West Hartford Road. For more information or directions, contact the Temple Sinai office at (860) 5611055. SUMMER REFLECTIONS: John Bower will exhibit his colorful, stylized paintings of clamshacks, boats, motorcycles and portraits during April and May in the Newington Senior & Disabled Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cafeteria at 120 Cedar St. Larry Gebeloffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyepopping photos of vintage cars will remain on exhibit in the south foyer through April. PRESCRIPTION DRUG COUNSELING SERVICE OFFERED: The Central Connecticut Health District and the Wethersfield Senior Center sponsor a prescription drug counseling program for residents of the Health District. The program sessions offer individualized drug counseling and provide information about supplements and over the counter drugs. Participants can discuss their medications in a confidential, one-onone session with a pharmacist, who will provide information about the best way and time to take particular

medications, drug interactions, vitamin supplements, possible side effects, and potential alternatives such as the use of generic medicationsPharmacist John F. Aforismo, of RJ Health Systems, Inc., in Wethersfield conducts the counseling sessions free of charge. The program is held monthly from September through June. Upcoming clinic dates are: Wednesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room F-1 at the William J. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield. Appointments are required. For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2818. NEWINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TOWN-WIDE ART SHOW 2012: The Annual Newington Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Town-wide Art Show will be open to the public from April 25 through May 23. It will be held on the third floor of the Newington Town Hall, 131 Cedar St. The visiting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outstanding and unique art work by students from all grade levels in Newingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven public schools will be represented and will include drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, cooper enameling and mixed media. In order to accommodate the large number of students, parents, and family members wishing to view this beautiful collection, two separate opening receptions will be held. The Opening Reception date for students and their families attending Newington

High School, John Wallace Middle School, Ruth L. Chaffee School and John Paterson School will take place Wednesday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Opening Reception date for students and their families attending Martin Kellogg Middle School, Anna Reynolds School and Elizabeth Green School will take place Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. All members of the community are invited to view the creative work of Newingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talented students. TEMPLE SINAI RUMMAGE SALE: The Sisterhood will sponsor its annual rummage sale on Sunday, April 29, from noon to 3 p.m., and on Monday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the temple, 41 West Hartford Road, with drop-off on Sunday morning; for information, (860) 561-1055. SWING INTO SPRING FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON: The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club, a member of General Federation of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubs and GFWC/CT will hold its fifth annual fashion show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swing into Spring,â&#x20AC;? Sunday, April 29, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rocky Hill Marriott in the Grand Ballroom, 100 Capitol Boulevard. The event is the major fundraiser for the club with the proceeds going to two scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each to a deserving female senior from both Wethersfield and Newington High Schools, as well as various community service projects in each town. The success of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event




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The candidates in Connecticut’s Senate race seem to have taken a page from the presidential campaign when it comes to taxes. All major candidates, except for Republican Linda McMahon, say they will release their returns this week. Former Rep. Chris Shays, a



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HOME IMPROVEMENT DIRECTORY AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING MULL BROS., INC. - We are a family business that’s been catering to your cooling & heating needs since 1945. We proudly install Lennox, American Standard, Weil McLain & other quality equipment (oil, gas & electric). We also service most makes & models. We are located next to the Wethersfield Post Office (behind the penguins and polar bears) at 61 Beaver Rd. 860- 529-8255 BASEMENT WATERPROOFING JP BACHHAND BASEMENT WATERPROOFING Reliable local contractor. Hatchway leaks, foundation cracks, sub-floor drainage systems, sump pumps & yard drainage. Fully insured, free estimates, written guarantee. Our 27th year registered with CT Dept of Consumer Protection (Reg #511842). Call 860-666-9737 CERAMIC TILE LEN & JEFF SHALLER - Fix leaky showers. Regrouting in tubs. Bath, kitchen tile installed. 37 years experience. Neat, expert workmanship. Repairs a specialty. Call 242-5805 CLEANING SERVICES Polish/English speaking woman can clean your house with care. 3rd cleaning 50% off for new clients only. Satisfaction guaranteed. Insurance Bonded. Call Kasia 860-538-4885

PAINTING Painting, interior & exterior, power wash, installation of gutter screen covers, new & repairing stucco, 1 day service. Fully insured. Also house cleaning. Call 860-832-9970 PLUMBING POSITANO PLUMBING, INC. 31 years of serving Bristol and the surrounding areas. Specializing in all repairs. Plumbing & heating. Water heater replacement, boiler replacement. CT Lic #202691, 308931. For the best repair work in the area, please call 860-584-0012, 186 West St., Bristol. HOUSE, CONDO, OFFICE CLEANING - Polish/English speaking lady with many years of experience. References upon request. Please call Ela at 860-348-0234 ELECTRICAL SERVICES NDC ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING All aspects of electrical work, additions, new homes, renovations, pools, hot-tubs, etc. Main service up-grades from fuses to circuit breakers. Fast, quality workmanship. Nick 860-665-7202. CT Lic #E1-180139 GUTTER CLEANING #1 First In Reliability - We Show Up!!! One day service. Our 10th year. Reasonable rates. Senior discounts. Reliable service. Call Rob (860) 982-3300 “A West Hartford Resident” Visit our web site:

REMODELING FULL SERVICE REMODELING Windows, bathrooms and kitchens. All interior and exterior home or business remodeling and handyman service. You name it - I’ve done it! Excellent references and competitive rates with over 10 years experience. BBB Accredited. Call Mike 860-6906505 or Kris 860-348-076 today for your free estimate. Fully insured and licensed. Lic #565969.

ROOFING LA RICH, LLC - Master Elite Roofing Contractor with over 500 satisfied customers. Our workmanship is warranteed for 20 years by shingle manufacturer. Best warranty in writing. “Quality you can count on for years.” We do roof repairs, vinyl siding, windows, seamless gutters. Honest, competitive pricing. No hidden costs. Free estimates. Fully insured. Written warranties. Clean and courteous installers. CT Lic #565709. GAFELK ME #11852. 860-622-9800 or 860-747-4427. TREE SERVICE TOTAL TREE SERVICE & LANDSCAPING, LLC - Fall Cleanup & Lawn Maintenenace. Commerical & Residential. 75 ft. bucket truck. Chipper, firewood, land clearing, stump grinding, tree removal. Registration #608808. Fully insured.860-529-8389 or 860-538-0980.

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