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Local Girl Scouts awarded for selfless volunteer work STAFF WRITER

“You are all the leaders of tomorrow,”she added.“Newington needs you and the world needs you.” Their troop leaders noted that their girls were “never this shy at meetings”Monday night,humbled listening to Nafis read an official

To improve the lives of their elders, animals, and the community at large, Newington Girl Scouts work mostly behind the scenes,but were recognized for their efforts See LOCAL, Page 6 at a Silver and Bronze Awards Volume 53, No. 17 Free Ceremony Monday evening. “I’m so proud to sit here in the audience and hear about what you’ve been doing,” State Rep. Sandy Nafis, D-Newington, a former Girl Scout herself, told the troops.

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Over 300 people participated in Newington’s 2012 Relay For Life Friday Saturday at Mill Pond Park. The event, which featured a camp out, celebration and walk, was held to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. See story and photos on Page 2.

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Hundreds attend 2012 Relay For Life By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

For a total of 18 hours straight last Friday and Saturday, Newington residents and others gathered at Mill Pond Park, walking to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. About 300 people joined in Newington’s 2012 Relay For Life. As of Wednesday, the total raised had yet to be calculated, but the Relay Committee was pleased with this year’s event. “We had a good turnout, especially for opening ceremonies,” said Newington’s American Cancer Society Staff Partner Kate Bradley, who helped the volunteer planning committee organize the two-day affair. Local schools, including John PattersonElementaryandNewington High, sent choirs and a jazz band to perform for participants, many of which are cancer survivors and their families. Bradley herself has a personal connection to the disease, which unfortunately, is not uncommon these days. “My mother is a cancer survivor and both my grandparents lost their lives to it, so for me it’s an important fight to fight,”she said. Teams of Newington residents and others spend all year fundraising in preparation for the all-night campout, celebration and walk, while others come for a few hours to pay their respects to those they knew that fought cancer. “This year we were able to line the track completely with all the participants and join hands to support the survivors as they did their first lap,”




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Over 300 people joined Newington’s 2012 Relay For Life at Mill Pond Park Friday and Saturday to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

said Event Chairperson Amy Lungu, who works tirelessly to gather support from local businesses and the community. “It’s all worth it,” she says. “I had a friend pass away from cancer a couple years ago, and also have some friends that are cancer survivors that have beat it.I couldn’t imagine if I lost everybody I loved to cancer.” And although the event is called a “Relay”it’s not at all a competition. “It’s more of a family event, it’s about getting together and supporting one another and having a good time,” explained Lungu, whose 6and 8-year-old children look forward to joining their mom at the park every year. There was also an outpouring of support from businesses in town, including Outback Steakhouse, who offered survivors a complimentary steak and chicken dinner. “It was just so wonderful for them to be able to give that to our survivors,

recognizing these people have been through a lot and we need to come together to raise money for this research,” Lungu said, adding that one Committee member happens to work on cancer research at Yale University —w at the receiving end of the grants – which gave their work that much more meaning. Not much changes about the weekend from year to year, as many of the activities are based in the same traditions followed nationwide at Relay events across the country. During the afternoon hours there is a bright, inspired aura around sites, but when dusk falls so does a blanket of solemnness, as hundreds of luminaria can be seen flickering around the track, in a ceremony that recognzies those who lost their battles with cancer. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@

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Council, mayor praise long-serving lieutenant set to retire

sergeant, senior firearms instructor, mid-state narcotics supervisor, fatal accident investigation supervisor,and After 24 years of service, Lt. Emergency Response Team memJohn Johnson will retire from the ber, team leader and commander. Newington Police Department on “I’m sure we could write a full page June 1. The Town or two of all of your Council presented accomplishments, him with a proclaeverything you’ve mation at its meeting done for the town,” Tuesday to honor said Councilor his long service to Myra Cohen. the community. “I’ve enjoyed “We appreciate working with everything you’ve you immensely,” done for us,” Mayor Johnson told town Steve Woods told officials Tuesday. Johnson after “Newington is a fanreading the long tastic town; I’ll miss proclamation listing doing what I do, the the many accom- MAUREEN KLETT camaraderie and the plishments of the Town Council member professionalism of the department.” officer, whose tenure While serving, Johnson tackled began in 1988. Johnson, 53, was promoted to a number of different dangerous sergeant in 1992 and then lieu- situations, for which he received tenant in 2007. Throughout the many awards for exemplary job years he has served as field training performance. “There’s a bond between memofficer, mid-state traffic enforcement supervisor, training sergeant, bers of the agency,” he commented. certified police instructor, detective “… life or death decisions you have By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

“You’re a cop’s cop. Being the mother of a police officer, you’re exactly the cop I’d want there backing my son up.”

Johnson will move on to the position of manager at the Hoffman Gun Center, where he will perform firearms training and other duties. “I’m taking my training as a police officer to a different level,” Johnson explained of his plans at the center, which is owned by Scott Hoffman, a longtime friend of his. “Anybody involved with Newington or law enforcement knows Lieutenant Johnson,” remarkedCouncilorBethDelBuono. “You always handled situations with care and compassion.” Councilor Maureen Klett offered Johnson sincere thanks that came from her own personal experience Erica Schmitt | Staff with the world of law enforcement. Newington Police Chief Richard Mulhall, left, with Lt. John Johnson, who is “You’re a cop’s cop,” she said. retiring June 1. “Being the mother of a police officer, In addition, he entered a high-risk you’re exactly the cop I’d want there to make at times, you really depend confrontation with an armed suspect backing my son up; your commiton each other.” In 1989,he rescued an elderly resi- in 1994 “with diligence”according to ment to the town of Newington goes beyond a paycheck,” she added. dent from a smoke-filled apartment. town officials. Johnson also served as an Adjunct The next year, he was an integral part of an investigation of three Instructor for the Connecticut Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) burglaries, then in 1992, he made a Police Academy and an Instructor 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ motor vehicle stop which resulted in for the Capitol Region Police Chiefs’ the apprehension of a suspect in pos- Association. session of a large quantity of heroin. After retiring from the force,

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As cubmaster steps down, state officials recognize his work Ernie Field has worked with Troop 347 for 9 years, 4 as cubmaster State Representative Sandy Nafis came to the boys’ Crossover Ceremony to present Field with a State Citation for his service. Troop 347 Scoutmaster Tim Manke, along with Committee Chairman Tom Porrell, presented him a proclamation. The scouts themselves offered him a picture frame and a farewell book containing each of their memories of

their time spent together. Later, the “Webelos” – the highest ranked Cub Scouts — Two monumental events conducted a flag folding ceremony occurred for Newington’s Boy to present a very special flag to Scout Troop 347 recently – 13 Field. This particular flag flew Cub Scouts crossed over to Boy over the United States Capitol in Scout-hood, and, simultaneousField’s honor on Dec. 1, 2011 – ly, their Cubmaster Ernie Field his 44th birthday – at the request stepped down from his nine-year of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who tenure with the pack. sent along a letter of congratulations to Field that was read at the ceremony. Field also reflected at one point in the evening, recalling a night 25 years ago when two Iraqi missiles attacked the USS Stark, resulting in the deaths of 37 sailors. He served then as a 19-year-old sailor on the USS Coontz, a ship patrolling the Persian Gulf that was sent to rescue the damaged vessel. He remembered some words of advice from an older officer that night, who told the young sailors to “be prepared” and “do your best” — the Boy Scout Oath and Newington’s Boy Scout Troop 347 holds a “Crossover Ceremony” where the Scouts the Cub Scout Oath, respectively. Field passed those very same advance in rank. Thirteen of the troop’s Cub Scouts became Boy Scouts. By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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At right, The second photo is state Rep. Sandy Nafis, D-Newington, presenting Cubmaster Ernie Field with a letter from Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

words onto his boys the night of the ceremony. “I took the role of Cubmaster four years ago thinking, okay I’ll give it shot, but it’s been one of the greatest experiences of my life,” he commented. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing; we’ve accomplished so much.” His successor will be Den

Leader Eric Rothauser, who has spent the last year under Field’s wing, training for this September when he will take over leading the troop, which is currently comprised of 44 families. Field’s son Justin moved on to Boy Scouts last year, but he was still willing to stay to help guide Rothauser through the transition. “Ernie continues to lead Pack 347 with the same passion and good humor as when he first started,” Rothauser told the Troop at the ceremony. “He does so with the goal of making scouting fun for Newington’s youth while at the same time teaching the importance of perseverance, honesty, citizenship, respect, and responsibility.” Field however, is confident in his successor leading with strong values. “I think they’re in great hands,” he said. Pack 347 is holding a recruitment night Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Green Elementary School cafeteria. Anyone interested in Cub Scouting is welcome to learn more that evening or call Eric Rothauser at (860) 666-1685.

Cubmaster Ernie Field congratulates Troop 347 Cub Scouts as they advance in rank during a recent ceremony.

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basketball program.His oldest son Jeff for families in town that can’t afford now happens to be Varsity Soccer holiday gifts. “It helps other people out that are Coach and JV Girls Basketball Coach To honor the businesses and people at Newington High,and his other son going through a tough time,” said in town who they often work closely Justin runs the Adult Baseball League Elena. “Hopefully, nobody has to go with, the Newington Chamber of in town. without on Christmas,”added the lifeCommerce’s 67th Annual Awards long Newington resident. Dinner will be held next Thursday, A fixture in town for over 95 May 31. years, the Newington Volunteer Fire President John Kelly will present Department was the proud recipient his award for Chamber Member of of the Public Safety Award this year. the Year to the 7 a.m.Network Group, ”We thought this was an excellent a long-standing organization that opportunity to recognize the risk they meets every Wednesday to promote put to themselves and their families professional relationships between to keep our businesses and our homes safe,”explained Kelly. businesses. The evening is also their annual “Members are actively and collecdinner meeting when new Chamber tively involved in all chamber events and activities, so I thought it was an JOHN KELLY officers and a new Board of Directors excellent time to recognize their many President, Newington Chamber of are nominated. years of service to the Chamber and Commerce The Chamber’s 67th Annual to the community,” explained Kelly of Dinner and Awards Presentation is his choice. The Public Service Award will go scheduled for Thursday, May 31, at The Business of the Year is Liberty to husband-and-wife John and Elena 5:30p.m.attheHartfordSaengerbund, Bank, which just opened earlier this York, a couple whose yearly partici- 719 N. Mountain Road. year and has sponsored a number of pation in the Police Department’s For more information, visit different chamber events, including its Annual Stuff-A-Cruiser event is recent First Annual Comedy Night. extensive. They usually bring three or Business Person of the Year is four bikes along with a car-full and Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) John Brunetti, right, recipient of the Newington Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Youth Service Award and education materials supervisor for NewingRichard Simons, co-owner of Simon a truck-full of goodies down to the 225-4601,ext. 210, or eschmitt@newton schools with his 10-year-old son Jordan. Sez Pets and President of Newington’s event, which collects toys and goodies Downtown Business Association, which Kelly says the Chamber wanted to recognize as another organization which has had an impressive impact on town lately. “They have done an amazing job Premium Hardwoods in hosting holiday events and a lot to bring the downtown businesses together,”he explained. Holiday Inn Express,which opened a new location on the Berlin Turnpike at the end of winter received the Beautification Award for the careful Species Price / LF consideration of their building and OAK grounds. But besides businesses in town, 1x6 $2.50 three other awards will be presented 1x8 $3.25 next Thursday, to individuals whose MAPLE efforts had a powerful civic impact on 1x6 $3.00 residents. The proud recipient of the Youth 1x8 $4.50 Service Awards is John Brunetti, an POPLAR Education Materials Supervisor in 1x6 $1.30 Newington schools. “I’ve been involved with youth 1x8 $1.70 sports for many years,” explained 1x10 $3.32 Brunetti, whose 30- and 28 year-old CHERRY sons played Little League, basketball (crown, base, handrail, and soccer growing up, initiating their 1x6 $3.50 quarter round, chair rail.) dad’s joining of a number of different 1x8 $5.35 organizations and boards. “We have a 10-year-old, Jordan, so we’ve stayed involved with all the youth programs,”he added.  #OMMERCE #OURT .EWINGTON #4 s    s &AX    s #ELL    Brunetti currently serves as president of the middle schools’ travel By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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Local Girl Scouts awarded for contributions to community Continued from Page 1

citation of congratulations from the General Assembly after describing the projects they completed. Silver Awards were issued to nine of them, the highest recognition Cadette Girl Scouts can receive, and 11 others received their Bronze Awards, the highest for Junior Scouts. “All the girls receiving their Silver awards had to complete a journey aimed at giving, with the benefit of having the keys to leadership: discover, connect and take action,” explained Troop 10520 Leader Joanne Cocola,

From left, Cheryl Kamansky, Markella DeConti and Theresa Cocola, Scouts in Troop 10520 received an award for creating a “sensory room” in the Alzheimer’s unit of Water’s Edge Rehabilitation Clinic in Middletown.

whose girls showed the younger Scouts the benefits of gardening and how to protect and nurture the environment. But their big project took place at the Water’s Edge Rehabilitation Center in an Alzheimer’s unit, where they built a “sensory room” for patients to enjoy. It started with peeling off the wallpaper, painting and priming with the help of their dads, according to Cocola’s daughter Theresa, one of the Scouts. Then they decorated the room, added textured sensory boards for patients to feel and installed a system to generate calming sounds. “We are really pleased with our work and we hope the people at Water’s Edge are as pleased as we are,” said Markella DeConti, who received a Silver Award alongside Mayor Steve Woods’ daughter Tessa, who created a Zen garden with fellow Scout Olivia Bishop, in the courtyard at John Wallace, their middle school. Another group planted a community garden with squash, tomatoes, peppers and more. “The best part was when we brought some tomatoes to Town Hall to share, and gave a few to a woman who uses the Food Bank;” explained Kailyn Morotto, adding, “You never know how much

Cadette Girl Scouts receive their Silver Awards, the highest award level that a Cadette Girl Scout can earn.

At left, Cheryl Kamansky holds up her official citation from the General Assembly, which was awarded to her at the Girl Scouts Silver and Bronze Awards Ceremony Monday. At right, Girl Scouts Danielle Kling-Joseph, left, and Meg Cumerford, help out serving drinks at the awards ceremony. They are working toward their Gold Awards.

people need help and the smallest gesture is always appreciated.” Bronze Award recipients also embarked on a variety of journeys, making blankets for the cats and dogs at the Connecticut Humane Society, stitching together a total of 71 pillows for seniors at BelAire Manor nursing home and also performing there to entertain residents. “A few of the ladies hugged us and told us how much the gifts meant to them,” commented Monica Sadil, who earned a Bronze Award Monday. “We hope what they learn from these projects is to become leaders in the community and the world,” said Troop 10517 Leader Lisa Schuler. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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Polamer Precision announces plan to leave town Aerospace manufacturer to move to New Britain by 2013 STAFF WRITER

NEW BRITAIN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Calling it the â&#x20AC;&#x153;first of many more economic development expansions in the cityâ&#x20AC;? New Britain Mayor Timothy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and a contingent of political and business leaders Wednesday afternoon announced that a Newington company will be moving its operations to Pinnacle Heights early next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This (high-tech manufacturing) is where the good paying jobs are for the future,â&#x20AC;? said the

mayor, who was joined by the owners of Polamer Precision at a Wednesday afternoon press conference in New Britain City Hall. The mayor announced that Polamer, which is based in two buildings on Progress Circle, is paying the city $500,000 for 8-and-1/2 acres on the site, once a low-income housing complex. Polamer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a speciality and production aerospace manufacturing company â&#x20AC;&#x201D; currently employs 65 workers. The company will employ 85 people when it moves to Pinnacle Heights by March

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2013, eventually employing more than 130 workers, according to Polamer President Chris Galik. Galik, who said Polamer â&#x20AC;&#x153;had debated for four years on whether to move hereâ&#x20AC;? said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the timing is perfect now.â&#x20AC;? He said the company will break ground next month. Polamer received incentives from the city to build on the Pinnacle site, but the mayor declined to say what those incentives were. After Polamer moves in, there will still be 40 acres of available land at Pinnacle. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien said the schematic drawing of the new center of operations for Polamer Precicity is in â&#x20AC;?active discussionsâ&#x20AC;? with A sion, which announced Wednesday it will move to New Britain by 2013. other businesses about relocating to the site. said Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never want Bill Millerick, president of the site. Newington officials said a business to leave your town, but the New Britain Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the Wednesday they were not noti- if someone thinks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making fied by Polamer of their plans to a good plan for their business to pressconference. grow I accept that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a resurgence of preci- leave town. While it is just sion manufacturing a formality, the in New Britain,â&#x20AC;? sale does need the Millerick said. approval of the New â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mayor Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien Britain Common has made economic Council. On development the Wednesday evening, cornerstone of his the council voted to campaign. This is a refer the pending sale thrilling day for all to a council subcomof us.â&#x20AC;? mittee for a public Democratic hearing Tuesday. The Alderman Carlo full council is expectCarlozzi, who ed to approve the attended the press MAYOR STEVE WOODS sale at a special counconference, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would have loved to been able cil meeting within the next few â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited about meeting a new neighbor and a new manu- to see if we could have found them weeks. facturer for the city.â&#x20AC;? Carlozzi other accommodations in town,â&#x20AC;? Sixty-five percent of Polamerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives fewer than 1,000 feet from Newington Mayor Steve Woods employees live in New Britain, Galik said. He said machine operators earn, on average, $25 an hour. Engineers, he said, earn more than $100,000 a year. The sale to Polamer comes on the heels of a $1.7 million sale of a portion of Pinnacle Heights, located in the northwestern part of the city, to a regional educat 4FDVSF $BSJOH &OWJSPONFOU tion group. The Capital Regional t "Ä&#x152;PSEBCMF t /VSTFT PO 4UBÄ&#x152; Education Council, or CREC, t 5SBOTQPSUBUJPO plans to open a 145,000-squarefoot magnet school at the Pinnacle Our participants enjoy art, music, site by the end of 2013.

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The Connecticut Humane Society offered a sincere “thank you” this week to students of Ruth Chaffee Elementary School for their efforts to organize and conduct a two-month collection drive for shelter pets which netted 276 cans of dog food and 147 pounds of dry food among other items.

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Students organized and ran successful collection drive for shelter pets STAFF REPORT

The Connecticut Humane Society thanks Ruth Chaffee Elementary School teachers, administrators, and most importantly, students and their families for organizing and conducting an extremely successful donation drive for our pets. The Ruth Chaffee school community had been discussing not only the concept of internal community but also the larger picture of the Newington community for some time. The focus of these discussions was on the importance of giving back. Students began showing their support for the concept of “community involvement” by collecting over 1450 health care items for the Newington Human Services department. These inspired students also believe that pets are members of our community and also need our help. Their brainstorming and collaborative efforts led them to the doorstep of the Connecticut Humane Society’s Newington Headquarters where they committed to conducting a two month collection drive for the shelter

pets and the Pet Food Pantry program. To help inspire the students, the school invited the Society’s Public Relations Director Alicia Wright, and her furry friend Riley, on a series of visits. The donation “snowball” effect got bigger and bigger as students went home after each visit with a commitment to help all of Riley’s friends at the shelter. On May 22, student representatives Kyle and Alexandra Pac and school representatives Linda Dalidavitz, Lindsey Ranaudo, Ellen Repay and Rachel Pac delivered 4 large vanloads of supplies and $43 dollars in cash. The supply delivery included amongst other things: 276 cans of wet food, 147 lbs. of dry food, 68 packages of pet treats, and 131 pet toys. In total, they donated 500 items that will go directly to helping the animals in our community! The Connecticut Humane Society community thanks the Ruth Chaffee community for all their support, hard work, and compassion for our mission. Great job to all!

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Officials break ground on CTfastrak (formerly the Busway) By SCOTT WHIPPLE STAFF WRITER

HARTFORD — Forget “New Britain to Hartford Busway.” The official name is now “CTfastrak.” Gov. Dannel Malloy and state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker dug the first two shovelfuls of dirt Tuesday on Park

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Ed Reilly, president of the Greater Hartford/New Britain Building Trades Council, at the groundbreaking for CTfastrak.

Street, the site of the future project’s Parkville Station. With the symbolic gesture, construction of the new $567 million rapidtransit link between the two cities has begun. The project includes 11 stations along the route from New Britain to Newington into West Hartford and ending in Hartford with buses running every three to six minutes during peak commuting hours. “CTfastrak is an important part of Connecticut’s overall investment in transportation,” said Malloy. “For years, Connecticut public transit has languished — outdated systems and antiquated infrastructure have slowed travelers, commuters and commerce. With the investment in bus rapid transit, putting new railcars in service in southern Connecticut and moving forward to build interstate higher-speed rail, we are well on our way to turning the page on years of neglect.” In addition to CTfastrak, Redeker introduced new elements of a statewide public transportation branding campaign created


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From left, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra; U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District; Gov. Dannel Malloy; MetroHartford Alliance President Oz Griebel; state Sen. Terry Gerratana, D-New Britain; and Capitol Region Council of Governments President Mary Glassman at Tuesday’s ceremonial groundbreaking.

under the “CTrides” name. from New Britain to Hartford’s CTfastrak is being built on Union Station alongside the an abandoned railroad corridor active Amtrak rail right-of-way. Buses will operate from approximately 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Buses will also use the 9.4-mile corridor to provide direct service to major employment sites such as the UConn Medical Center, Westfarms Mall, Central Connecticut State University and throughout downtown New

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Continued from Page 1 impressed. will begin on a 5.8-mile stretch “This isn’t just a Busway,” said that begins near Cedar Street in Frederick. “It’s a breakthrough in Newington and runs north to transportation technology — a Sigourney Street in Hartford. way to get people out of their cars The $130 million contract for this and into state-of-the-art buses.” segment also includes the con“Anyone who commutes struction of seven stations, a new between New Britain and $19.9 million bridge at Flatbush Hartford and is stuck in traffic Avenue in West Hartford and should understand the need for the construction of a new gravel [CTfastrak],” Hard said. maintenance road for Amtrak. Two Republican legislators State Sen. Terry Gerratana, — state Sen. Joe Markley of D-New Britain, thanked New Southington and state Rep. Whit Britain Downtown District Betts of Bristol — saw no cause Director Gerry for celebration. Amodio and Bill They had vowed Millerick, president to block the of the Greater New Busway. However, their amendments Britain Chamber of Commerce, for to sidetrack fundhelping her undering for the Busway stand the project’s on transportation economic potential. measures in the Millerick said recently completCTfastrak means ed short legislative potential for ecosession failed to nomic development gain enough votes. for the city. Their mea“The first phase GOV. DANNEL MALLOY sures would have was getting it up required state Annalisa Russell-Smith | Staff and running,” he funds earmarked State Sen. Terry Gerratana, D-New Britain with a new zero-emission bus Tuesday afternoon at the groundbreaking said. “The next phase is taking for the Busway to be used instead for the new Hartford to New Britain rapid-transit busway known as “CTfastrak.” advantage of it. We need to seize for road and bridge repair. this opportunity.” Markley warned that the Ed Reilly, president of the Busway will eventually cost more Greater Hartford/New Britain than $20 million a year to operate Building Trades Council, said his once it is completed. union members are ready to do Accused by some as using just that. the Busway issue for publicity, “For two years we’ve been in Markley countered that he only an economic depression with 40 wanted to stop wasteful spending. “My dream as a legislator has percent unemployment,” he said.   “Today, we’re going to put thou- always been to save the taxpayers’     sands of construction workers money,” he said. “This [Busway to work in their own communi- project] struck me as good an ties thanks to the vision of Gov. opportunity as was presented Malloy. Workers now have trans- me.” portation vital for education and Scott Whipple can be reached at job creation.” New Britain residents Craig (860) 225-4601, ext. 319, or at Frederick and Stephen Hard swhipple@centralctcommunications. came away from the ceremony com.

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Tinkham, Newington top NWC on Senior Night By STEVE MORTON STAFF WRITER

NEWINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a state title game, not yet anyway, but Monday sure felt like it for the Newington baseball team. The 2011 Class LL state champions avenged a previous loss with one of its most convincing performances of the season on Senior Night to bring down Northwest Catholic 8-1 at Legends Field. Northwest Catholic was ranked No. 5 in the state by the Powerade Connecticut Basee Rankings entering Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. The home-standing team battled through the rain to shut down down the now 18-2 squad from West Hartford in the final regular season game as seniors Fred Burgos, Sammy Tinkham, Alex Frutuoso, Tyler Eastwood, Josh Barnett, Ryan Callahan,and Jon Snyder played their final home game for Newington. Newington received a one-hit performance from starting left-hander Tinkhamwhilereceivinga10-hitproduction from its lineup as Newington prepares to defend its Class LL title now with a ton of confidence and

momentum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a top-five baseball team in the state [and] that was their number one pitcher,â&#x20AC;? Newington coach Eric Frank said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a very good club. But our guys wanted to have a great day today on Senior Day.We jumped on them early [and] Sam Tinkham pitched phenomenal all game long. It was a great team win.â&#x20AC;? Tinkham dominated from the start, pitching a no-hitter through five-and-two-thirds innings. Everything worked for the senior. His curveball,his slider and his fastball all had great movement as Tinkham found his spots while working in the change-up to keep hitters lunging out ahead of the pitch. He finished with a one-hitter and allowed no earned runs. Tinkhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent day on the hill was a huge momentum builder for his team as a whole.The entire squad seemed to feed off Tinkhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance offensively and defensively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had everything working today,â&#x20AC;? Frank said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He hit his spots. When heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidence like that on the mound he gives our team a lot of confidence.â&#x20AC;? Some solid plays defensively


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including two great plays in the outfield helped keep Tinkham on pace. Frutuoso made a diving catch in leftfield. He snagged a deep line drive off the bat of Will Carew that saved a hit and a run for Newington. That catch came in the fifth inning when Newington had already surmounted a 6-0 lead.In the first inning rightfielder Ryan Callahan dove head



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in that contest. Newington got its revenge, however. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there was extra motivation,â&#x20AC;? Tinkham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that they are a good team and there was the chance to get looked at by the state and send a message to the rest of the state and to help ourselves seed wise. My teammates played great.â&#x20AC;? Newington struck early and it struck hard, collecting five runs off of six hits in the first two innings off of Crispino, the Northwest Catholic starting pitcher. Meucci logged the big hit for Newington when he cranked a bases loaded double to deep left-centerfield that drove in three runs. Meucci finished with three RBI in the game. Burgos finished with three hits and scored twice while Jeremy Weyman and Kyle Belizzi each had a hit and a RBI. Nick Sanford scored two runs as well. Coach Frank couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite explain where his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sudden offensive explosion came from. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited about Senior Day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even the outs were hit hard.Meucci had a big hit to give us a cushion there.â&#x20AC;? Still, Frank was pleased with the final result especially as his team enters the state tournament to defend its Class LL state championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the top five baseball team in the state,â&#x20AC;? Frank said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone played well today. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to go into the tournament.â&#x20AC;? Steve Morton can be reached at (860) 225-4601 ext. 272 or at smorton@


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State leans on workers to Burgos shines in leadoff role for Indians comply with health rule By STEVE MORTON STAFF WRITER


NEWINGTON — On a day when the Newington baseball team needed a big day from each and every player, its centerfielder Fred Burgos delivered. The senior ball player started in the leadoff spot for Newington Monday during the team’s Senior Night game against the heavily favored Northwest Catholic team. Newington beat the No. 5-ranked CCC conference rival 8-1 during rainy weather in its final regular season game. Burgos got the start in place of the team’s usual starter Jon Snyder who did not play. Snyder was sidelined after he had pulled a hamstring while running to third on a triple during a game last week. In his place Burgos put together a solid performance. The speedster went 3-for-4 and scored twice while record-

“I play football too and I missed my senior night that night so I came in with a chip on my shoulder,” Burgos said. “I came into the first spot in the lineup for Jon so I’m just filling his shoes and trying to be hot in the tournament.”




HARTFORD — With just a week to go, about 12 percent of state employees have yet to comply with a rule requiring participation in a cost-savings health program. Comptroller Kevin Lembo said his office has been sending letters and emails and has been in touch with state commissioners to get workers — and their spouses using the state’s health care plan — to know about the May 31 deadline. As of Wednesday, about 5,000 workers had not complied. “It’s a constant drumbeat that reminds and encourages people,” he said. The requirement is part of a program intended to improve long-term care and cut potential medical costs for the state. Employees are required to inform the state by May 31 that they’ve made appointments for dental or medical procedures and have the work done by Dec. 31. Failure to comply will result in a premium of $100 a month in addition to the regular premium. State workers and retirees who participate, including their dependents, must agree to have physicals — annually for those 50 years and older — age-related screenings such as cholesterol tests and cancer screenings. Robert Krzys, an attorney and health care expert for a coalition of Connecticut state employee unions, said the state is ensuring that compliance will be 100 percent, but he expects about 1,000 employees will likely not comply with the requirements by the deadline. “We’re checking on folks,” he said. “It’s kind of a clarion call to people to set their appointments. Let us know when you plan to do it.” Tara Downes, a spokeswoman for the comptroller’s office, said about 6,000 of 51,000 enrolled state workers — about 12 percent — had not complied as of Wednesday. But that number is falling fast, she said. The program is part of a labor agreement negotiated last year between the Malloy administration and unions. Instead of imposing higher co-pays and

rolling back health insurance coverage, Connecticut officials want workers to get colonoscopies, mammograms, annual physicals, teeth cleanings and other preventive measures to help cut costs. Dan Livingston, the labor lawyer who helped negotiate the agreement with the administration, said the health maintenance arrangements will help keep down rising health care costs. Krzys said Connecticut’s program is new, forcing officials to solve problems as they emerge such as a website he said is not very good or letters that may have gone to the wrong member of a household. The website,, requires employees or retirees to log in, but provides no information about the health program. “This is kind of an administrative nightmare right now,” Krzys said. “We’re building the airline while we’re flying it.”

ing two important put outs in Newington’s dominating win. Burgos said he had a little extra motivation for doing well, not only because Northwest Catholic is ranked fifth in the state but because he missed a Senior Night earlier in the year.

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HARTFORD (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge by Gov. Dannel P. Malloyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration to Connecticutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law requiring a minimum number of state troopers. The State Police Union sued Malloy and the state public safety commissioner last August because the state wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t abiding by the law requiring a minimum of 1,248 troopers. The state now has fewer than 1,100 troopers. The Supreme Court decided last week to hear the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal of a lower court decision that rejected the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Arguments havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been scheduled yet. Administration officials argue the staffing level isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mandatory and interferes with the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staffing and budgeting powers. A bill pushed by Malloy that would have eliminated the staffing requirement died during this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legislative session, but both the troopersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union and Malloy aides believe lawmakers may revisit the issue during a special session within the next month or so. Andrew McDonald, Malloyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal counsel, said Tuesday that the state would have to hire 170 more troopers to meet the requirement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiring 170 troopers the state does not need would require an appropriation of more than $18 million that is not in the budget at the moment,â&#x20AC;? McDonald said. Sgt.Andrew Matthews,president of the troopersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;union,has said the 1998 staffing law was meant to prevent the governor and lawmakers from cutting trooper positions to help make up for budget deficits. He said it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make sense to eliminate the requirement without first determining what the adequate staffing level should be.


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After a contentious public meeting last week on developing a new teacher and principal evaluation system, the state Department of Education has closed its meetings on the topic to the public and the media. Instead,a series of private â&#x20AC;&#x153;working groupâ&#x20AC;?meetings is scheduled to take place in the weeks before the panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s June 30 deadline to create a model process on evaluation under the new education reform law.The next public meeting is not until June 21, nine days before the panel is required to finish their work. The state Board of Education is expected to sign off on the evaluations shortly after that. Asked if these â&#x20AC;&#x153;working groupâ&#x20AC;? meetings will be open to the public, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor last week referred all questions to a State Department of Education spokesman, who declined to give notification of these meetings nor copies of its minutes. At its first public meeting in three months, members of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council last week butted heads on how much weight studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; standardized test results should have when their teachers are evaluated. The council had planned to reconvene Monday to begin to hash out a list of issues raised during the meeting, including the standardized tests issue and how many times teachers should be observed during the school year. The education department cancelled Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, however, and scheduled 10 private â&#x20AC;&#x153;working groupâ&#x20AC;? meetings instead, including one this morning on principal evaluations. The other groups set to meet in closed sessions this week include Implementation, Teacher Evaluation, Pupil Services and Observation. An education department spokesman failed to respond to numerous requests for time, date and location of upcoming

meetings. The Mirror received a copy of those meeting dates from a panel member. The section of the Connecticut General Statutes commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act defines a meeting as â&#x20AC;&#x153;any hearing or other proceeding of a public agency, any convening or assembly of a quorum of a multimember public agency.â&#x20AC;? And though a meeting can include â&#x20AC;&#x153;any communication by or to a quorum of a multimember public agencyâ&#x20AC;? both the Freedom of Information Commission and state courts say the presence of a quorum isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t essential for a meeting to have occurred. In an August 1989 decision involving the East Hartford Emergency Medical Services Commission, the state Appellate Court upheld the FOI Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finding that a subcommittee of the commission met illegally even though it involved less than a quorum of the full board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The plain language of General Statutes...[is that it] does not require a quorum as a necessary precondition to any hearing or other proceeding of a public agency,â&#x20AC;? the appellate court wrote in its decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The legislature did not define a meeting as any hearing or proceeding of a quorum of a public agency.â&#x20AC;? A subcommittee can be engaged in a public proceeding under the law if multiple members gather â&#x20AC;&#x153;to discuss or act upon a matter over which the public agency has supervision, control, jurisdiction or advisory power.â&#x20AC;? This is not the first round of closed â&#x20AC;&#x153;working groupâ&#x20AC;? meetings the Department of Education has conducted in recent months. At the full public meeting last week, each working group leader gave presentations on decisions that already had been made. 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.

NEW BRITAIN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The American Diabetes Association will honor Don DeVivo as 2012 Father of the Year. The president of DATTCO Transportation of New Britain is being honored in recognition â&#x20AC;&#x153;for being a model father and his extraordinary record of community service.â&#x20AC;? Ernest Mattei, a partner at Day, Pitney LLP, Hartford, will also receive a Father-of-the-Year Award. The Rocky Hill-based organization will host the awards dinner June 15 at Hartfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown Marriott. DeVivo worked with his father, Lou DeVivo, who founded the company in 1924. Don DeVivo assumed the presidency when has father became CEO. William Millerick, president of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, said as Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day

approaches â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fittingâ&#x20AC;?that DeVivo, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a loving son and father, whose family business and family name are so important to himâ&#x20AC;? is being recognized by the ADA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a wonderful honor for Don. We know him as a model father and loyal son. Don is one of the most philanthropic corporate leaders in Central Connecticut.â&#x20AC;? Millerick praised both DATTCO and the ADA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the years, DeVivo has helped Don DeVivo [the company] set a standard for corporate philanthropy and community investment,â&#x20AC;? he said and added that the association has earned respect in Central Connecticut for the support it provides for research and education of diabetes. DATTCO annually donates a

substantial amount of transportation services to nonprofit organizations and other groups to help with fundraisers, field trips and outings. Thanks to DATTCO, youngsters have visited Sturbridge Village and Red Sox games in Boston. A lifelong Berlin resident, DeVivo is a graduate of the University of Hartford. He also holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He and his wife, Patricia, have two sons, Kyle, a student at University of Vermont, and Kevin, a student at Colgate University. Reception for the June 15 awards dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 7:30 p.m. Some 400 people are expected to attend this ADA fundraiser.



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Stewie the Duck launches free water safety app on iTunes

Stew Leonard III Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to Swim conveys an important Charities has announced the launch message of how to be safe near the of its new Stewie the Duck Learns water through the story of Stewie, a to Swim mobile app for iPad and duck who wants to swim with the iPhone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;big ducks,â&#x20AC;? but is prevented from The app, which is free, is going in the water by his older sisdesigned to promote water safety to ters until he learns the water safety rules. children. The ibook feaIt was approved tures read-to-me by Apple April audio and con4, 2012, which tains interactive would have been animations,sound StewLeonardIIIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effects, a memory 25th birthday. game and a singThe Stewie along. the Duck story The Stewie the began on Jan. 1, Duck app, which 1989, when Stew STEW LEONARD JR. Jr. and his wife, AND KIM LEONARD was developed by Kim, lost their The Allen Group 21-month -old toddler in a drown- Inc. in Norwalk, can be downing accident. loaded at by searching This sparked Stew Jr. and Kim â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stewie the Duck.â&#x20AC;? to pledge that they would do everyTo learn more about keeping thing in their power to prevent children safe in and around the this tragedy from striking other water and about home pool safety, families. visit the American Red Cross Web â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drowning is the leading cause of site at accidental death for children under Since its formation, the age 5,â&#x20AC;? said the Leonards, found- Stew Leonard III Water Safety ers of Stew Leonard III Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation has raised more than Charities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see kids who are $1 million to go toward water safety using and enjoying their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; awareness and education, includiPhone and iPads every day, so we ing providing swim scholarships knew that developing a water safety and lifeguard training, along with app would be a great way to com- writing and publishing two chilmunicate with parents and children drenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books on water safety: Stewie alike. We hope Stewie the Duckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Duck Learns to Swim and message reaches families all over Swimming Lessons with Stewie the country and that lives are saved the Duck. A Spanish version, El through this app.â&#x20AC;? Patito Stewie Aprende Nadar, is Written for children ages 2 also available. through 6, Stewie the Duck Learns For more information, visit www.

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Stew LeonardÂ&#x2019;s, the family-owned, farm fresh food store, recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Newington location with food, fun and famous faces that included Gov. Dannel Malloy, Stew Leonard Jr. and several special vendors. Activities included a cake-cutting, demonstrations, family festivities and a Â&#x201C;Happy BirthdayÂ&#x201D; serenade by the Newington High School Chorus. Pictured, Stew Leonard Jr., president and CEO of Stew LeonardÂ&#x2019;s, and Gov. Dannel Malloy celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Newington store with the butchers of the fresh meat department.


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NEW BRITAIN — Doris G. Cassiday, one of the founders of Charter Oak State College and currently the assistant director of academic programs, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the college’s June 3 commencement ceremony in Welte Auditorium at Central Connecticut State University. Each year, an honorary degree is awarded by the state Board of Regents for Higher Education and Charter Oak State College to an individual or individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the college and to local, national and/or international communities and who have influenced advances within their own professional fields. “Doris is one of the mothers of Charter Oak State College,” said Ed Klonoski, Charter Oak State College president. “No one has had a larger role in creating, shaping, and growing this

college than Doris.” Cassiday, of Newington, has been an integral part of the college since its beginning. She was as a member of the Task Force on External Degrees and Alternate Approaches to Higher Education for the state that created the college, and served as president of the American Association of University Women of Connecticut from 1969 to 1974. This association helped create the argument for the mission of the college. When the college was established by the legislature in 1973, Cassiday served as the first chairwoman for the board for State Academic Awards, then as vice-chairwoman and secretary between 1973 and 1984. When the Charter Oak State College Foundation was created, she served as the first foundation president and then as executive director from 1980 to 1995. In addition,Cassiday served on the

state Board of Governors Standing Advisory Committee for 16 years. She was president of the Stamford YWCA 1971-1972, and she has an extensive history in community service. As an academic adviser for over 25 years, she has assisted more of the college’s 11,500 graduates in earning their bachelor’s degree than anyone else. In 1998, the Board for State Academic Awards established an award in the name of Cassiday in recognition of her lifelong commitment to adult education and her commitment to the college. The Doris G. Cassiday Award is given each year to those graduates of Charter Oak who have achieved excellence in innovative learning and who exemplify the essence of the school’s mission. “I have the privilege and thoroughly enjoy working with students who are interested in diverse fields,” Cassiday said.

Newington Children’s Theatre Company to hold auditions for its summer program

The Newington Children’s Theatre Company has announced auditions for its Summer Teen Musical Program, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Auditions for teens, ages 15 to 18, will be held by appointment June 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each audition will last approximately five minutes. Callbacks will be held June 2, beginning at 3 p.m. Teens are asked to prepare a comedic monologue and musical theatre song of their choice, not to exceed combined time of three minutes. Based on the beloved Charles M. Shultz comic strip, Peanuts, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” will be directed by Christa Pizzoferrato and choreographed by Jessie Sattler. Rehearsals will be held July 2 through July 29, Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. Performances will be July 27-29, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Auditions, rehearsals and

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performances will be held at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743 North Mountain Road. Note while there is no cost to audition, if cast, there is at $250 participation fee. To reserve your teen’s five-minute audition appointment, call (860) 666-NCTC. Back by popular demand, the Newington Children’s Theatre Company’s five-week full-day Summer Theater Arts Program, for kids ages 8 to 15, gives participants the opportunity to learn and strengthen their musical theatre skills by working with theatre professionals in acting, dance and music. Participants receive hands-on experience by having the opportunity to apply the skills that they are learning throughout the program while preparing for a fully staged production of the beloved musical, “Annie.” The Summer Theater Arts Program runs July 2 through Aug. 5, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, 743

North Mountain Road. Before and aftercare are available. The Summer Theater Arts Program will be run by NCTC’s Executive/ Artistic Director Claire Van Cott and choreographed by NCTC vet Jessie Sattler. Every registered participant will receive a role in the show. Public performances will be Aug. 2 through 5, Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.The cost for this five-week program is $1,250. For more information, call (860) 666.NCTC or visit www. The NCTC Performing Arts Theatre provides yearround quality entertainment and hands-on educational programs in the performing arts to children and young adults from preschool through college. NCTC Performing Arts Theatre is the home of the Newington Children’s Theatre Company, Connecticut’s longest operating children’s theatre and Newington Mainstage, a new acting company for adults.

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St. Mary School celebrated Grandparents & Special Friends Day Wednesday, May 16. Over 50 guests attended the event and were entertained by classes in song. Students got a chance to visit with their guests following their performance. A great day at St. Mary School.

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To the Editor:

I had an opportunity to read Mr. Page’s May 11 letter to the Crier. I have also read the reply by the Town Council member Maureen Klett on May 18. Because she is an elected official she is obliged to be somewhat circumspect and diplomatic in exchanges with citizens. Brave. it was handled well. I, on the other hand can be less of the two aforementioned attributes. Regarding the issue of “affordable housing” let me say this: Neither the residents nor the elected officials of the town of Newington are closet bigots. The tone of Mr. Page’s letter suggests this. The simple fact is that the National Welding site is unfit for human habitation.

No one of any race, color, creed, place of national origin, height, weight, color of eyes, date of birth, religion or lack thereof, party affiliation or lack thereof, life style, income of lack thereof would want to live on top of a former toxic waste site with views of the bottom of an overpass and a wetland (swamp). Unfortunately, some have been seduced by the “transit oriented housing” lobby who cannot supply any figures as to how many cars of the thousands per hour that roll across Routes 9 and I-84, that 70 units of any type of housing will alleviate. It is a pipe dream. Thomas G. Ganley, Newington The writer is a former member of the Newington TPZ

To the Editor:

The Anna Reynolds PTO would once again like to thank all of the businesses that supported our dedicated teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day! The local businesses that donated include: Bertucci’s, Bolo Bakery & Café, Brickhouse Bar and Grill, Carvel, Cheesecake Factory, Damato Chiropractic Center, Hartford Restaurant Group, Jewelry Warehouse, Lake Compounce, Mindy Porell with Tastefully Simple, Newington Pizza, New Britain

Twelve Eastern Connecticut State University students were inducted into the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society on May 12. The social work major provides students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for beginning generalist social work practice. The major combines a liberal arts perspective with professional social work education in the classroom and in field settings throughout Eastern Connecticut. Emily Royce ‘12 of Newington was one of the inductees. Royce’s major is Social Work.

Cindy Barron, Colleen Corriveau, Michelle Jackson, Michelle Saindon Teacher Appreciation Committee Members Anna Reynolds School

St. Mary School is an invaluable resource for the community and the children in it

To the Editor:


Rock Cats, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Price Chopper, Puerto Vallarta, Rita’s, Starbucks, Steve’s Place, Stew Leonards,The Bar, Trader Joes, Turgeon Jewelers, Venus Nail Spa, and Wings. We would like to thank these businesses for their generosity and for valuing our teachers!

Any closing of a Catholic School seems to warrant a large headline in most newspapers. Although some things have changed in Catholic schools over time, for instance, faculty used to consist primarily of nuns, today, lay faculty have continued the excellence in the tradition of faith-based education. We are grateful for thir sacrifice. Newington is blessed to have a school rich in thisw tradition having celebrated more than 53 years in the community. On April 25, the Town Crier reported that St. Mary School would receive a $200,000 anonymous gift.

This is wonderful news St. Mary School is capable to enable more children cvch children to establish roots for steady and strong growth Academically, students test well above grade level in the five core subjects. Study habits are nurtured from Kindergarten while work habits are instilled which serve each student for life. As parents, we have come to know the history , St. Mary Parish and School is an integral part of the Newington community. Roland and Cathy Bishop Newington

EVENTS CALENDAR 6TH ANNUAL ROCKY HILL CAR SHOW: Over The Hill Gang Car Club, Eastern Chapter, will sponsor the 6th Annual Rocky Hill Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at Elm Ridge Park (Rt. 160), Rocky Hill. To become a trophy sponsor or vendor, contact John at (860) 721-1315. Funds from the car show support the Rocky Hill Human Services Energy Assistance Program, the Connecticut Association of Foster & Adoptive Parents, Howell Cheney Technical School Automotive Scholarship, Rocky Hill Summer Concert Series and the Wethersfield Police Explorers. CHILD SAFETY & PROTECTION DAY: Child Safety & Protection Day will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at KinderCare, 143 Pascone Place. Come join us for free fingerprinting and photos for chld identification. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The event is sponsored by the New York Life Insurance Co. NEWINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ACCEPTING DONATIONS: The Newington Historical Society is accepting donations to its Annual Tag Sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 9 at the Kellogg-Eddy House, 679 Willard Ave. Jewelry, small kitchen and electronic appliances, (all in good working condition), glassware. dishes and other treasures that you would like to donate will be gratefully accepted with the exception of large furniture, books or clothing. As in past years, items not sold will be donated to Hartford area homeless shelters. A note of interest: Start right now cleaning that attic or garage, and bringing those treasures to us during regular office hours, Monday and Friday 8 to 11 a.m. and Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m. Call to arrange a drop off time. Someone will be available at the KelloggEddy House to accept your donations Saturday, May 26 between the hours 9 a.m. and noon. If you are not able to drop off your items, arrangements for pick up can be made by calling the office and scheduling a time. For information regarding delivery or pickup of your items please call the Newington Historical Society Office at (860) 666-7118 or email:NGTNHeritage@ INTERFAITH DINNER: Temple Sinai of Newington will host the congregation of the Islamic Center of Berlin at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10,

at the temple, 41 West Hartford Road. For information, call (860) 561-1055. FREE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST:: Grace Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., invites the public to a Free Community Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. The breakfast is held every third Saturday of the month. Call Mitch Page at (860) 667-3141 with any questions. NHS FOOTBALL TEAM GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER: The Newington High School football team will hold a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit the players in areas of equipment, study support and scholarships Saturday, June 23. This fun-filled day will be held at Blue Fox Run in Avon, which is only 25 minutes from Newington Center. Come and meet the coaches, players, parents, and members of Friends of Football who are hosting this event. The cost is only $125 for lunch, dinner, 18 holes of golf, practice range, registration gift, and great raffle prizes. Contact the following to either sponsor a hole sign for your business or register to play: Coach Roberts, (860) 965-4290, Dave Pruett, (860) 558-1560, Rich Klett, (860) 214-5208.

NEWINGTON FIRE CELEBRATES 95TH ANNIVERSARY: The Newington Volunteer Fire Department celebrates its 95th Anniversary in grand style. On Saturday, June 23 a town-wide celebration will take place with over 30 Connecticut Fire Departments joining Newington in a ceremonial parade starting at 4 p.m. Firefighters and their apparatus will march down Newington’s Main Street and conclude in a celebration in Mill Pond Park. Entertainment will be provided with a concert, food and beverages. A child area will showcase bouncers, the Ident-a-Kid Program, Fire Prevention Trailer, face painting and other activities. The public is welcome to join in on the fun. For additional information, contact Lt. Jack Nesklada at (860) 748-0308 or the NVFD at (860) 667-5900. NEWINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DINNER, AWARDS PRESENTATION: The Newington Chamber of Commerce will hold its 67th Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation Thursday, May 31 at The Hartford Saengerbund, 719 N. Mountain Road. The program begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards presentations at 7

p.m. The cost is $40 per person. If you would like to attend the Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation, contact the Chamber Office at (860) 666-2089. Reservtions are required — no walkins will be accepted. The following is a list of the 2012 Award Recipients: Chamber Member of the Year Award: 7AM Network Group; Beautification Award: Holiday Inn Express; Business of the Year Award: Liberty Bank; Business Person of the Year Award: Richard Simons; Public Safety Award: Newington Volunteer Fire Department; Public Service Award: John and Elena York. DOOGIE’S 30-YEARS-IN-BUSINESS CELEBRATION: Doogie’s, 2525 Berlin Turnpike, will celebrate 30 years in business with a Rock Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28. Come in, eat and draw a prize out of the bucket. Everybody is a winner. In additon to an instant winner, a cruise will be raffled off. Other prizes are also available. Raffle tickets are $5; or three tickets for $10. All net proceeds will be donated to Doogie’s Action Wildlife Animal Refuge in the Litchfield hills.

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YOUTH LACROSS CLINIC: As part of the festivities of the annual Newington Youth Lacrosse Day, the league will hold a youth clinic for boys and girls in kindergarten through fourth grade who are interested in learning more about lacrosse. The clinic will take place June 2 at 9 a.m. at the Newington High School fields in front of the VA. The clinic is free with a non-perishable food item for the Newington Food Bank and all children who attend will be given a t-shirt. Advance registration preferred calling 860-250-9651 or Email SUMMER REFLECTIONS: John Bower will exhibit his colorful, stylized

paintings of clamshacks, boats, motorcycles and portraits throughout the month of May in the Newington Senior & Disabled Center’s cafeteria at 120 Cedar St. WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRIBBAGE: Weekly Wednesday Night Cribbage at the Knights of Columbus, Council 3884, 171 Pascone Place (entrance and parking in the rear). All cribbage players are welcome and play will continue through the summer. Players are asked to signin at 6:45 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. and end between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Format: the players are broken down in two groups, Group A is the faster players and Group B is the slower players — for each group of players, a player plays

one game and then rotates to play the next player. At end of each night there are payouts for each group. Cost $5 per night. For additional information, call Dick Losh at (860) 667-0832 or for directions, other council activities and hours of operation visit the Council’s website Public always welcome any time. BOOK DISCUSSION AT TEMPLE SINAI: Following the Shabbat Service at 6 p.m., Friday, June 8, Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett will host a pizza supper and lead a discussion of the book “By Fire By Water” by Mitchell James. For information, call (860) 561-1055. RUTH BLOCK TO RETIRE FROM

LIBRARY: After more than 30 years with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Circulation Supervisor Ruth Block will retire in June. The public is invited to drop by the library’s Community Room Friday, June 1, between 1 and 3 p.m. to say good-bye. Light refreshments will be available.

tion, call (860) 571-6970 or check our website at

COMSTOCK’S ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL: Come join us at Comstock, Ferre & Co., 263 Main St. Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, for a free celebration featuring horticultural speakers, music, natural foods and live entertainment. Craftspeople and other vendors will be in attendance. Heirloom plants will be for sale. For further informa-

6TH ANNUAL ROCKY HILL CAR SHOW: Over The Hill Gang Car Club, Eastern Chapter, will sponsor the 6th Annual Rocky Hill Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at Elm Ridge Park (Rt. 160), Rocky Hill. To become a trophy sponsor or vendor, contact John at (860) 721-1315. Funds from the car show support the Rocky Hill Human Services Energy Assistance Program, the Connecticut Association of Foster & Adoptive Parents, Howell Cheney Technical School Automotive Scholarship, Rocky Hill Summer Concert Series and the Wethersfield Police Explorers.

programs the library is offering again this year. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Mortensen Community Center Gym.

FAMILY STORYTIME: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Stories, songs and more for the whole family all year ‘round. No registration necessary.

BETWEEN THE COVERS: Adult readers will earn a prize giveaway ticket for each book they read or listen to, which will be entered into weekly drawings for special gift baskets. All tickets collected throughout the summer will be entered into the grand prize drawing to be held Aug. 17. An adult kick-off will be held on June 6 prior to the all-ages kick-off.

TALES TO TAILS: Wednesday, May 30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 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. 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. Registration is required. Courtesy of Kerrie Lurate. Freedom of Information statutes and regulations.

LIBRARY CALENDAR TEEN ANIME CLUB: Tuesday, May 29, 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. RUTH BLOCK TO RETIRE FROM LIBRARY: After more than 30 years with the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, Circulation Supervisor Ruth Block will retire in June. The public is invited to drop by the library’s Community Room Friday, June 1, between 1 and 3 p.m. to say good-bye. Light refreshments will be available. JOB HUNTING OVER AGE 40: Monday, June 4, 7 p.m. This workshop will focus on helping those over 40 who have been unemployed for a while, are underemployed or changing jobs. It will give tips on resumes, cover letters, networking and volunteering ideas, and job search techniques. Nancy Frede, a career coach and counselor, will be the presenter. Register at the Adult Information Desk or call (860) 6658700. Sponsored by Liberty Bank and the Friends of the Library. PHOTOGRAPHY DISPLAY: Throughout the month of May, photographer Sonny Lin will display his work in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. Born in Rangoon, Burma, Lin has spent many years in Newington where he worked as a mechanical designer specializing in product design and manufacturing automation. Once an avid bicycle racer, Lin still spends a lot of time riding and particularly enjoys riding fast. Now retired, Lin enjoys searching for the photography “that preserves the moment,” the image that perfectly captures that special event.” The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours when the Community Room is not being used for a scheduled program. Regular library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. ART EXHIBIT AT LIBRARY: Throughout the month of July, Robert Giovino will be exhibiting his oil

paintings in the Community Room of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington. Giovino’s involvement in his artwork increased eight years ago as a result of much persuasion from his wife, his son, and his cousin. Using oil as a medium, he primarily enjoys painting lighthouses and seascapes, as well as a few portraits and Renaissance-style paintings. Having joined Paula Spellman’s art class at the Elmwood Community Center a few years ago, he began painting every day and is grateful to Spellman and his classmates for their feedback. Since his last show at the library, Giovino’s paintings have been displayed in Southington and Meriden. He is a member of the Newington and Southington Art Leagues. The exhibit may be viewed in the Community Room during regular library hours when the room is not in use for a scheduled program. Library hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. ADULT SUMMER READING KICKOFF & REGISTRATION — BETWEEN THE COVERS: Wednesday, June 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for the start of this year’s reading event. Drop-in to register, receive a free gift and a chance to win the kick-off gift basket. Many reading suggestions will be available. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m. This month’s reading is “Speak Memory” by Vladimir Nabokov. All interested readers are invited to attend. KOREAN SPIRIT & CULTURE PROGRAM: Saturday, June 9, noon to 2 p.m. For ages 12 and up. Learn about Korean culture, history and modern achievements from the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project. Presentations include a performance of a traditional wedding ceremony. A full Korean meal will be served! Space is limited, so register early. Call the library at (860) 665-8700. TEEN RESUME WORKSHOP:

Tuesday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 15-19. A lecture/discussion on the basics of resume creation with a focus on styles and information that should be included. This program is designed to give participants a thorough understanding of the parts of a resume and the purpose of writing one. A manual will be included with the presentation. Parents are welcome to attend. Register by calling the library at (860) 665-8700. FRIENDS’ ANNUAL MEETING: The Friends Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. State archaeologist Nick Bellantoni will offer a slide presentation of his most recent adventures. Bellantoni is head of the Connecticut Archeology Center and State Museum of Natural History at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and has served as Connecticut State Archeologist since 1987. He has been featured on The History Channel’s program, The Hitler Project, which documents Bellantoni’s travels to Moscow to investigate what was thought to be Adolf Hitler’s remains. Refreshments will be served. No registration necessary. TEEN INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP: Thursday, June 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 15–19. This presentation is designed to provide teens with the knowledge and skills to effectively compete with other job candidates. The session will be interactive and teens will be called upon to answer questions that may be asked during an interview. Constructive feedback will be given and is designed to help teens grow and excel in interviewing techniques. Proper interview attire is strongly recommended. A manual will be included with the presentation. Parents are welcome to attend. Register by calling the library at (860) 665-8700. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE: You are invited to the all-ages kick-off for this year’s summer reading programs on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall parking lot. Children, teens and adults will enjoy two hours of funfilled activities for the whole family. Register for one of the three reading

OWN THE NIGHT @ YOUR LIBRARY: Teens in grades 7 to 12 will earn one prize ticket for every 100 pages read. There is no limit to how many prize tickets you can earn. Teens will also earn prizes for every 500 pages read (up to 2000 pages). Prize tickets can be used for weekly drawings and the grand prize drawing. Teens will earn one extra prize ticket at every program they attend! DREAM BIG, READ! Children up through grade 8 can sign up for this year’s online summer reading program and earn free books and other prizes for reading 20 minutes or more a day. BUS TRIP TO NYC: Saturday, June 23. Join the Friends for a day in the Big Apple where you may spend the day as you wish. The cost of the trip is $41. Register at the Adult Information Desk. FOR CHILDREN PLAY WITH US! Tuesdays, May 29, June 5-26, 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. JUST A STORY AND A SONG! Wednesday, May 30, June 6, 27 (NOTE: No program June 13 or 20), 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.

READ, RATTLE AND ROLL! Tuesday, June 5, 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. JUNIOR COOKBOOK CLUB: Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we get ready for summer. Read “Sunflower House” by Eve Bunting and make a sunflower treat. Chefs in grades K-2 may call the Children’s Department at (860) 665-8720 to register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. SUMMER READING KICK-OFF DAY — DOUBLE YOUR FUN! Summer Reading 2012 – Dream Big – Read! Together with Touch-a-Truck! Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to noon. Help us kick off a dreamy summer of reading! Sign up for our online summer reading program! The event will be held in the Town Hall parking lot. (Rain place and time: 10 a.m. to noon at the Mortensen Community Center Gym.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Touch-a-Truck is sponsored by the Newington Parks & Recreation Dept. AUDITIONS FOR KIDS AND TEENS TALENT SHOW: Saturday, June 16, 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids and teens, ages 9 to19, may audition for the talent show being held at the Newington Extravaganza on July 21. Guidelines will be available June 1.

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