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Race in point Friday, June 7, 2013

Keane 5K a success despite heat

By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

To step outside for a run in 95-degree weather, you have to be determined to meet some sort of goal, or at least be running for a good cause. In the case of this past Sunday, more than 150 people had a collective reason for bearing the muggy June air as they ran Volume 53, No. 22

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through Old Wethersfield — to raise money for the Richard M. Keane Foundation, which offers local youth athletic, academic and More than 150 people turned out last Sunday to take part in the 12th annual Keane 5K Run/Walk. Despite the mid-90s heat, participants were happy to brave the glaring sun to raise funds for the Richard M. Keane Foundation, social programming. The 12th Annual Keane 5K which offers athletic, academic and social programming for local young people. Run/Walk began at Standish Park, where participants made their way to the Broad Street Green, circling it twice and then heading back up Garden Street to the finish line. “One of the big hits this year — because of the heat — a couple of us put our sprinklers on to cool off the runners,” said Foundation President Judy Keane, whose home abuts the green. “They were very appreciative,” added Keane, wife of the late Richard Keane, See HUNDREDS, Page 4

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Local National Guard members return from Afghanistan, Page 2 Rocky Hill students receive scholarships, Page 3

Kimberly Ruppar of Wethersfield


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Local National Guard members return from Afghanistan By LLUVIA MARES STAFF WRITER

Family and friends cheered, waved American flags and held up signs as soldiers of the 143rd Military Police Company arrived at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Wednesday. Specialist Kimberly Ruppar of Wethersfield smiled wide as she gave her goddaughter Rylee Ruppar, 2, a big bear hug. “I’m so happy to be back home and to see this little angel,” Ruppar said as she held Rylee in her arms. Ruppar is one of 120 soldiers with the Connecticut Army

National Guard that deployed to Afghanistan last October. “I’m so happy to see so much green,” she said. “It’s good to be home.” Ruppar said she plans to take a long, warm shower and just spend a week relaxing at home with family. “I’m so very proud of her,” said Walter Ruppar, Kimberly’s father. “I’m so glad that she is back home safe and sound.” Connecticut Army National Guard Col. John Whitford said the Military Police unit was sent to Afghanistan to provide law and order and to train Afghan police.

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“The unit did an outstanding job over there,” Whitford said. “Which was key to the training they provided.” Whitford said there are 450 soldiers still deployed and expected to come back before fall. “These soldiers were working in a ‘hot spot,’” Whitford said. “But everyone came back. There were no injuries or accidents while we were out there.” Also returning with the 143rd Military Police Company include Staff Sgt. Victor CruzBarreto, of New Britain; Sgt. Dawn Andrews, Sgt. Yuri Branzburg and Sgt. Jose Bustamente, all of Newington; Specialist Christopher Gwara of Plainville; Master Sgt. John Green and Pvt. First Class Alex Michaud, both of Rocky Hill; and Pvt. First Class Peter Salvatore of Wethersfield; First Sgt. Santo Defelice, Sgt. Steven Deland and Sgt. Crystal Echeverria, all of Bristol and Specialist Stephanie Landry of Plymouth. Lluvia Mares | Staff Brenda Burgess of Ansonia, lifted her arm up and said, “Look, Specialist Kimberly Ruppar, of Wethersfield, greets her goddaughter, Rylee 2. She was one of 120 soldiers of the 143rd Military Police CompaI have goose bumps just know- Ruppar, ny of West Hartford that returned to Connecticut from Afghanistan Wednesing that he is finally here, safe day at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby. and sound.” Burgess said she has been praying every night since her department right before he was political legislative representative nephew, Specialist Adam Avenia, activated. for the Local 773. “This is a great deployed to Afghanistan last year. “On behalf of the Bristol opportunity for us to get to know “I’m so proud of him,” she said. Firefighters IAFF Local 773, we Tom better. We are also very glad “He is such an amazing person are very happy to have them back that all of the 143rd Company is and I’m just so glad to have back safely.” him back.” Avenia said he Tim Gamache, chairhas never been happier to man of the Bristol be home. “It was a lot difVeterans Council said he ferent being over there,” he believes the best way for said. “It was a big culture Wilkinson and Varanelli shock.”\ to transition back to “the The Bristol Fire world” is being back at the Department welcomed firehouse with their fellow home two of their finest. CONNECTICUT ARMY NATIONAL GUARD COL. firefighters. Sgt. Brian Wilkinson had JOHN WHITFORD “Bristol is both fortubeen a Bristol firefighter nate and proud to have for two years before deploying, safe and sound and we look for- these two back from Afghanistan and Sgt. Tom Varanelli, had com- ward to getting to work with and once again serving the citipleted his first month with the them again,” said Gary Buzzell, zens of Bristol.”

“I’m so glad that she is back home safe and sound. The unit did an outstanding job over there. Which was key to the training they provided.”

Frozen yogurt franchise comes to town By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

FroyoWorld, a national frozen yogurt franchise, just opened a new location at 1107 Silas Deane Hwy. Froyo has about 40 stores across the country, including a few Connecticut locations; the nearest is in New Britain.

“We have award-winning original tarts; we have very special ingredients and fresh fruits,” explained Manager David Chen, a Wethersfield resident. Besides frozen yogurt, they offer tarts, sorbet and sugar-free options. The concept is self-serve, so customers can build their own creations using 16 different yogurt

flavors and over 50 toppings. “We charge by the ounce; it’s .49 cents per ounce,” said Chen. FroyoWorld is still hiring cashiers. Applications are available on its website, FroyoWorld. com and can be dropped off at the Wethersfield location. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. (860) 529-2300.


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Officials give 90 scholarships, awards to RHHS students

ers and police, volunteer ambulance workers, Rotarians, Chamber Tuesday night was a long one for members, Education Foundation families of young people in Rocky Directors, teachers and many other Hill, simply because their kids are community members in presenting. talented academically, artistically, The Firefighters Association musically and athletically. gave out three memorial scholarIt took more than ships named in honor three hours for school of Former Chiefs Harry and town officials to Kelly, Thomas Garrahy See a full list present nearly 90 scholand Edward Riccio. of scholarship arships and awards to “This year we had and award winners on Page 5 seniors and juniors at more applicants than Rocky Hill High School, ever,” said Fire Chief as they do annually on Michael Garrahy. Scholastic Awards Night. “There were so many deserving canBook Awards – most named after didates; that seems to be the theme prestigious colleges – were presented of the night.” first, to select juniors for their volGuidance counselors helped unteerism, leadership and scholarly groups narrow down lists and select achievement. winners for each award. Junior Laura Dobmeier’s name Emotions ran high when famicame up a few separate times, for the lies of those named after memorial Smith Book Award, St. Michael’s scholarships got up to speak about Book Award, United States Army their loved ones who have since scholar/Athlete Award, Governor’s passed. Scholar Award and Eugene Rohr The Thomas McCabe Memorial Memorial Award. This was the case Scholarship, for example, was desigwith a few particularly-accomplished nated in honor of Former Athletic students throughout the evening. Director and Director of Student When it came time to award Activities Thomas McCabe, who the senior class, Principal Mario passed away of cancer a year ago. Almeida and Asst. Principal Ed “He always talked about what Malizia joined Rocky Hill firefight- a special place Rocky Hill was,” By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

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Families wait to hear the names of their kids called by Rocky Hill High School officials, who awarded members of the junior and senior classes Tuesday night.

said his sister Sheila, who presented the award to two students who are role models in the same way her brother was, and passed along with it a responsibility to uphold his good values. “Never settle for less than your best effort and have intense pride,” she told the winners. It’s been five years since Rocky

Hill High School senior Geoff Keenan took his own life, but time didn’t make it any easier for his dad Mark to walk down the aisle in the auditorium Tuesday to present two $1,000 scholarships in his honor. “The problem with memorial scholarships is that somebody has to pass away first,” he said to the crowd. “Quite frankly it’s not any position

any parent wants to be in,” added Keenan, who chose two students who embody his son’s passion for the arts, possess good character and have some sort of unique healthcare needs they are working to overcome. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ newbritainherald.com.

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Hundreds brave heat in support of Keane Foundation Continued from Page 1

who was killed on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. The Keane Foundation’s programming is based on his passion for enriching the lives of children through academics, sports and recreation. “Everything went very smoothly; I think those that ran felt very good,” she continued. “There were fewer runners this year then in past years. I think the heat kept people away.” The largest age group this year was the young participants, including runners from Silas Deane Middle School, who took home the competition’s Middle School Trophy this year. Next year, the Foundation plans on reaching out directly to local youth to increase their participation in the event. “This is not one of our events that we raise a lot of money at; we do this more for community involvement,” explained Keane, who was grateful to Stop & Shop for giving a generous $2500 donation to offset event costs such as security and refreshments. Funds raised will go to benefit the

The overall winner, Patrick Davis finished with a time of 18 minutes, 49 seconds.

Keane Foundation’s 9/11 Memorial Sports Center, which is located inside the Pitkin Community Center on Greenfield Street. After school programs at the facility gives local teens the opportunity to engage in fun and enriching activities after school, including basketball, fitness and even help with homework. “We’re looking to expand our programs into the schools, maybe next year,” said Keane. To learn more about the Richard M. Keane Foundation visit keanefoundation.org. The next Keane event is the 9/11 Family Picnic of Remembrance,

Hundreds of runners took to the roads of Old Wethersfield Sunday to help raise funds forthe Keane Foundation’s 9/11 Memorial Sports Center, which is located inside the Pitkin Community Center.

Sunday, September 8. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@newbritainherald.com.

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ROCKY HILL HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLASTIC AWARDS JUNIOR AWARDS Trinity Book Award — Stephanie LoGiudice Harvard Book Award — James Bondi Wellesley Book Award — Anishaa Mukherjee Fairfield Book Award — Lillian Morse Smith Book Award — Laura Dobmeier St. Michaels’ Book Award — Male: James Bondi; Female: Laura Dobmeier HOBY (Hugh O’Brien) — Nabihah Ahmed, Saloni Shah Rensselaer Award — Lillian Morse United States Army Scholar/ Athlete Award — Laura Dobmeier, James Bondi Governor’s Scholar Award — Laura Dobmeier Eugene Rohr Memorial Award — Laura Dobmeier SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS Sgt. Philip R. DelGobbo Memorial Scholarships — Emily Anderson Rocky Hill Firefighters Association Scholarship — Harry Kelly Memorial Scholarship: Megan Nastri Thomas Garrahy Memorial Scholarship — Awarded to a student at Vinal Tech Edward Riccio Memorial Scholarship — Lillian McKenzie Rocky Hill Volunteer Ambulance Association Memorial Scholarship — Helen Stoehr, Megan Rowe, Michelle Stoehr, Roberto DiBacco, Jr. Rocky Hill Education Foundation — Emily Anderson, Emily Miehlke, Holly Knoechel, Timothy Naclerio, Erica Masciadrelli, Megan Nastri Ronald DiMauro Memorial Scholarship — Megan Rowe Nat’l Assn. of Gov’t Employees Local No. 266 Scholarship — Michael Perrotti Rocky Hill Grange No. 115 Scholarships — Mark Ferreira, Koryn Palaski, Karan Shah David Googins Memorial Scholarship — Stephen Lamari Drama Club Scholarship — Kelly Clancy, Christopher Castanho, Lizbeth Gamonal, Isabella Garzone, Charlotte Grimm, Jarena Lee, Joseph McNaney Anne LeVasseur Memorial

Scholarship — Sydney Greenspan Rita Walworth Memorial Scholarship — Vanessa Iafrancesco James & Carmela Caruso Memorial Scholarship — Shaharyar Zuberi Thomas McCabe Memorial Scholarship — Gabrielle Brzozowski, Bradley Adams Frank R. Kukish Memorial Scholarship — Helen Stoehr Anthony Morganti Memorial Scholarship — Evan Horn Gladys Forrest Memorial Scholarship — Kristiana Beho, Samantha Berg, Rachel Silvester, Robin Silvester Rocky’s School Store Scholarships — Helen Stoehr, Michelle Stoehr Rocky Hill High School Student Activity Scholarships — Tessa Guglielmi, Mallory Monaco, Mary O’Sullivan Dennis Zarotney Memorial Scholarship — Katelyn Seaver Henkel Cor poration Scholarship — Jasmine Wilson Isaac and Molly Birnbaum Memorial Scholarships — Tasneem Ahmed, Nicole Miskunas Cheryl Ramy Memorial Scholarship — Erica Masciadrelli, James Mills Rocky Hill Lions Club Past President’s Scholarship — Megan Nastri Susan Page Memorial Scholarship — Roberto DiBacco, Jr., Rachel Silvester Rocky Hill Chamber of Commerce Scholarships — Stephen Lamari, Michelle Stoehr Robert Rugar Memorial Scholarship — Christopher Cerpa Rotary Club of Wethersfield/Rocky Hill Scholarships — Ashley Crane D.D.F. Teachers Scholarships — In memory of Peg Paulson and Cheryl Ramy — Samantha D’agostino, Lizbeth Gamonal, Isabella Garzone, Danny Hayden Spenser McCooe, Joseph McNaney, Macey Palmer CT Berkshire Charitable Trust Award — Alexa Santos Rocky Hill Bandbackers’ Association Scholarship — Ellie Charamut, Evan Choquette, Stephen Gopaul Geoff Keenan Memorial Scholarship — Christopher Castanho, Michelle Stoehr Vikas Parikh Memorial Scholarship — Kate Gibson, Brett Kennedy Michael Zabroski Memorial

Schoalrship — Daniel Madigan, Bryanna Montalvo Stephen Holden Memorial Scholarship — Timothy Naclerio Michael Siembab Memorial Scholarship — Megan Nastri Rocky Hill Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarships — Sydney Greenspan, Emily Miehlke, Bryanna Montalvo, Katelyn Seaver Nutmeg Athletic Foundation — Kevin Csasanta Maria Dance Memorial Scholarship — Shane Steinman Erica Grassi Garrett Memorial Scholarship — Lillian McKenzie Rocky Hill Soccer Club Scholarships — Bradley Adams, Melaina Aglieco, Emily Miehlke, Bryanna Montalvo, Timothy Naclerio, Megan Nastri, Megan Rowe, Katelyn Seaver Sodexho Food Service Award — Charlotte Grimm Chris Sprague Memorial Scholarship —Kylie Federici Friends of the Cora J. Belden Library Scholarship — Isabella Garzone Mary Roche Kid’s Fund Scholarship — Kyle Klatt, Lillian McKenzie Rocky Hill Teachers’Association Scholarship — Koryn Palaski H.G. Symington Memorial Scholarship — Sydney Greenspan AWARDS OF DISTINCTION Broadside School Newspaper Award — Co-Editor In Chief: Tasneem Ahmed, Sydney Greenspan, James Wang Certificates of Distinction Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts — Christopher Castanho, Rosanna Karabetsos Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science — Christopher Cerpa, Kyle Klatt, Timothy Naclerio, Paras Shah, Rushi Shah, David Wang, James Wang, Jasmine Wilson CT. Society of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Accounting Award — Erica Masciadrelli CT. Association of Schools Leadership Award — Samantha Berg, David Wang, James Wang CT. Assoc. of Boards of Education State Leadership Award — Gabrielle Brzozowski, Daniel Madigan CIAC Scholar/Athlete Award — Joseph Crafa, Katelyn Seaver

Ct. High School Coaches Assoc. Scholar/Athlete Award — Emily Miehlke, Megan Rowe, David Wang, James Wang CIAC Sportsmanship/ Ethics/Integrity Award of Excellence — Gabrielle Brzozowski, Brendon Quirion United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award — Bryanna Montalvo, Kyle Whalen United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award — Erica Masciadrelli,Shaharyar Zuberi United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence — Christopher Cerpa, Isabella Garzone John Philip Souza — Evan Horn National School Choral Award — Kelly Clancy National School Orchestra Award — Amelia Pizzaferrato UCONN Academic Achievement Awards — Academic Excellence and Scholars Award — Tasneem Ahmed, Erica Masciadrelli, Paras Shah, Rushi Shah Shaharyar Zuberi Leadership Scholarship — Shwetha Jayaraj SUBJECT AREA AWARDS Art — Kylie Federici Business Educ ation — Kevin Casasanta English — Katherine Zepf Family & Consumer Science — Macey Palmer French — Prachi Shah Latin — Evan Choquette Spanish — Isabella Garzone Mathematics — Samantha Berg and Erica Masciadrelli Music (Chorus) — Kylie Pirre; (Band) Evan Choquette Science — Katelyn Seaver Social Studies — Lillian McKenzie Technology Education — Joseph Guerrera Physical Education — James Randall SENIOR HONOR GRADUATES

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Melaina Aglieco, Tasneem Ahmed, Emily Anderson, Samantha Berg, Jeffrey Botticello, Kevin Casasanta, Christopher Castanho, Gregory Castater, Valedictorian Award — David Christopher Cerpa, Suma Chakravadhanula,Ellie Charamut, Wang, James Wang Evan Choquette, Joseph Ciampa,


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Eleanor Buck Wolfe Nature Center offering free tours for Conn. Open House Day

The Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield will be participating in the ninth Annual Connecticut Open House Day — a unified celebration of the state’s fascinating world of art, history, and tourism — on June 8. As a special incentive, the Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center are sponsoring Eleanor Buck Wolf Day 2013, a free day of family fun and education honoring the legacy of Eleanor Buck Wolf. All activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the EBW Nature Center, 156 Prospect St. Kasha Breau, a naturalist-teacher from the CT Audubon Center in Glastonbury, will be doing a live

birds of prey demonstration at 11 a.m. There will also be crafts, tours of the Nature Center, informational displays, a tour of the Mill Woods bluebird trail, and other fun activities. Admission is free although donations will be accepted and appreciated. This event will be held rain or shine with outdoor activities under a tent. Packaged snacks and drinks will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Friends. Free parking is available next door at the Wethersfield United Methodist Church and in Mill Woods Park. The Friends is a nonprofit group that helps to provide supplies,

equipment, veterinary care, and program support to the Nature Center. The Friends also provides financial assistance for children attending the Nature Center’s summer camp and scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing studies in the natural, environmental, or ecological sciences. Visit www. friendsofnaturecenter.org for more information. The Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield’s Mill Woods Park is an ecology education and community center devoted to helping central Connecticut residents explore and understand the natural world. Visit www.ebwnaturecenter.org for more information.

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Memorial Day Parade Committee announces essay contest winner

The Wethersfield Memorial Day Parade Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Essay Contest. Eighth grade students at Silas Deane Middle School participated in the event. This year, in recognition of all veterans who have returned home, the parade’s theme was “Never Forget Those Who Served.” Students were asked to write an essay on “What Does Memorial Day Mean to You?” The winning essay was read at this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony which followed the parade. The winning essay as submitted by Alexis Maher: “What Memorial Day Means To Me?”

Well, let’s just say that it has much meaning to me. Memorial Day is about these wonderful, responsible and honorable people who offer their lives as a tribute; to the life of liberty and freedom of the nation just to make sure that we are happy and free. Nothing is free, freedom isn’t free. They protect our freedom and freedom is not given, it is earned.

Another reason Memorial Day means so much to me is because my father works in the military. He is there to protect and serve our nation if we ever get called out to war. My father also trains young adults that are willing to take on the challenge and responsibility of being a successful and strong soldier. I firmly respect this amazing day because not only do people I don’t know serve our country and risk everything, it shows how brave these men and women really are. It shows commitment, faith, heroism and honor. Memorial Day just doesn’t mean a day off to me, it means to be with my family as simply as going for a walk to the end of the street or just a car ride to the store. I cherish every moment with them while I can. I wish all other military families could, too. So, this is a thank you for making the stars shine so brightly and our flag wave so freely. Happy Memorial Day and think beyond just another day off. This is for all the ones who paid the ultimate price. This day is for you, in honor of what you dearly gave, and we can never repay.

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Wethersfield, CT…Wethersfield Historical Society will present a house tour on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10am-4pm that will feature nine unique historic homes as well as one barn. With the theme “Renovation and Restoration,” this popular fund raiser will offer something for every taste. All of the featured homes, ranging from 1720-1890, will highlight some significant renovation or restoration. United Paint and Wallpaper, a Wethersfield business since the 1960s, is the event’s Corporate Sponsor. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 on the day of the tour or through the internet (www.wethhist.org), and may be purchased by mail or in person at the historical society’s headquarters at 150 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109, open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sunday, 1-4pm. On tour day, tickets will be available only at Tour Central at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield. All the homes on the tour are located in the historic district of Old Wethersfield. One of the homes is a turreted brick Victorian on Hartford Avenue, built in 1887, that retains many of its original interior features including colorful fireplaces, built-in cabinets, preserved canvas ceilings and flooring. Its kitchen has been renovated, but retains the original tin ceiling and pantry. Another home is a late 18th century colonial home on Main Street, originally the home of Capt. Francis Bulkley, his wife Elizabeth and their sons. The present owners have furnished the home with antiques such as an original Peter Blinn sunflower chest, two Wethersfield highboys and a sideboard that once belonged to Wethersfield’s Colonel John Chester of Revolutionary War fame. The oldest home on the tour is the Waddams-Dickinson House, ca 1720. Built into the side of a hill, the home looks like a classic Colonial style house from the front, but a single story gambrel roof Cape from the back. It features three bake ovens, including one of the earliest types located in the back of the fireplace. The kitchen was redone in 2010, and, while it is a modern space, its style is in keeping with the feel of a Colonial home. The House Tour Committee, chaired by Dorene Ciarcia, has been at work since last fall selecting homes for the tour. The tour book, which all visitors will receive as their ticket, will have brief backgrounds on the houses and insight into the renovations and restorations they have undergone. In addition, guides in each of the rooms on display may provide specific information on that home’s special features. There will be a Tour Boutique in the restored carriage house of the historic Silas Robbins House at 185 Broad Street from 10am-4pm on tour day. The boutique will also be open from Friday-Sunday that weekend. The Wethersfield Academy of the Arts at 413 Hartford Avenue will be open for visitors that day as well. The house tour will be held rain or shine and is not recommended for children under 12. For more information on ticket purchase, call the Wethersfield Historical Society at 860.529.7656 or visit the web site: www.wethhist.org. Wethersfield Historical Society is a membership-supported private non-profit organization offering year-round educational and preservation programs to the public. Wethersfield Historical Society 150 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 Phone: 860.529.7656 Fax: 860.563.2609

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Rocky Hill EDC, Chamber hosting Free prescription drug forum to help small business owners counseling service offered

By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Owning your own business is often thought of as living the American Dream. It takes pride, determination and hard work. The Rocky Hill Economic Development Commission and Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to offer local small business owners solutions to keep their dreams alive. “The Chamber’s mission statement states that we exist to bring opportunities to our local business members. This Business Forum is just one way that we accomplish our mission,” said Chamber President Mary Thielke, a small business owner herself — Bella Flora of Rocky Hill. Join them over breakfast to learn about programs and tools that help businesses grow and stay competitive. Information about how to navigate the maze of permitting and registration requirements will be offered by a panel of experts from six different state and non-profit agencies. This includes Beth Wallace,

director of the Connecticut Licensing Center’s Smart Start Program, who will walk people through the licensing process and Carolyn Welch, executive director of the CT Community Investment Corporation, (CTCIC) which specializes in giving small business administration loans. Sheila Hummel from the Department of Economic and Community Development will be available to discuss the CT Small Business Express Program, which she directs, and joining her will be Sam Hamilton, executive director of the Hartford Economic Development Corp. (HEDCO) which specializes in small business loans for the Hartford region. Others in attendance include John Shemo, executive vice president of economic development with the Metro Hartford Alliance, and President of the Community Economic Development Fund, Donna Wertenbach. “All through the years we’ve heard questions about the need for financing from the small

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business community and we felt this would be appropriate,” said Economic Development Director Ray Carpentino, who along with other business leaders in town, is hosting the forum. Providing educational services to the business community is part of the EDC Commission’s oneyear work plan. “We’ve done it a couple of times in the past and we needed to resurrect it again because there’s always a need for financing,” Carpentino explained. “We’ll take any questions from the business community and hopefully match up some people with loan money or help them work through their financial situation.” A Forum on Financial Assistance for Businesses will be held next Friday, June 14, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. in Town Council Chambers at Rocky Hill Town Hall, 761 Old Main St. RSVP by June 10 to Ray Carpentino, (860) 258-7717 (rcarpentino@rockyhillct.gov) or Paul Carr at (860) 258-7633 (execdir@rhchamber. org).

Do you ever wonder what prescription medication you’re being prescribed and how it will interact with your other medications? If so, the Central Connecticut Health District and the Wethersfield Senior Center have a prescription drug counseling program for you! The program sessions, for residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield, offer individualized drug counseling, as well as provide information about supplements and over-thecounter drugs. Participants can discuss their medications in a confidential, oneon-one session with a pharmacist, who will provide information about the best way and time to take particular medications, drug

VNA HealthCare seeks volunteers

Would you like to be of service and help a local non-profit in its mission to serve its clients? VNA HealthCare, a home health care and hospice agency, is seeking individuals to help with office tasks at its new administrative location at 1290 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. VNA HealthCare is looking for caring individuals who are eager to make a difference in their community. To become a volunteer or for more information, contact Katie Reaves, development and volunteer coordinator, at (860) 493-7166 or by e-mail kreaves@vnahealthcare.org.

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS David Hallisey of Wethersfield undergraduate degrees during the graduated magna cum laude from College’s 95th Commencement Westminster School May 25. Exercises held Sunday, May 19. Allison Curran, a resident of Nathan Miller of Wethersfield Wethersfield, graduated with a bachgraduated with a B.A. degree in elor’s degree in Elementary/Special Music Production from Malone Education; Kyle Lewis, a resident University. of Wethersfield, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary/ Goodwin College has announced Special Education; Liana Marinelli, that 39 students have been inducted a resident of Wethersfield, graduated into Alpha Delta Nu, the National with a bachelor’s degree in Global Nursing Honor Society May 17. Studies; Kelly Miskunas, a resident The following local students were of Rocky Hill, graduated Summa inducted: Kristin Ball of Rocky Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree Hill, Myrtle Ann Botin-Villanueva in Finance; Brendan Nelson, a resiof Rocky Hill and Lisa Misenti of dent of Wethersfield, graduated with Wethersfield. a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. Michael Motta, a resident of The following local residents Wethersfield, received a master’s were among over 900 students from degree in Guidance & Counselor Providence College who received Education from Providence College.

ROCKY HILL CALENDAR FREE BOOK GIVE-AWAY: The Atrium at Rocky Hill will be offering a free book give away for those attending its Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group every second Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. We will distribute “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease” by Joanne Koenig Coste. For more information on The Atrium at Rocky Hill, or our Support Group, contact (860) 563-5588. COMEDY NIGHT: The Rocky Hill Republican Town Committee will present An Evening of Great Comedy With Comedian-Extraordinaire, Dave Reilly, Saturday, June 29, at the Sphinx Temple, 3066 Berlin Turnpike, Newington. Buffet dinner at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and $125 per couple. Call (860) 670-2652 for tickets or more information.

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Adam Alexander Grant of Wethersfield graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. The following local residents were awarded bachelor of arts degrees from Connecticut College at the 95th commencement ceremony May 19. Andrew Duarte of Rocky Hill majored in The American Chemical Society certified in chemistry/biochemistry.

Media; Bianca Mangwiro of Rocky Hill, Bachelor of Science in Health/ Science Studies; Luke Mauro of Wethersfield, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism; Anthony Minniti of Wethersfield, Bachelor of Science in Accounting; Berardino Zaino of Wethersfield, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. Shannon Peterson of Wethersfield was named to Quinnipiac University’s deans list for academic excellence for the spring 2013 semester. Shannon is majoring in Public Relations. Marisa A. Feijoo of Wethersfield, a English major and a member of the class of 2016, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H.

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Ivette Betancourt, Village for Families & Children clinician and Wethersfield resident, and Bill Holmes, Village board member, were recognized this week as Family Champions by the CT Council of Family Service Agencies. Holmes’s leadership of the Village’s finance committee has contributed to the its steady financial growth and long-term viability. Betancourt has been a strong advocate for addressing issues within a family unit, rather than focusing solely on individual solutions. She was one of the first clinicians to embrace a new initiative to begin multi-family groups within the Village’s outpatient clinic. From left, Andrea Barton Reeves, Village board chairperson; Galo Rodriguez, Village president and CEO; Ivette Betancourt; and Bill Holmes.

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Rocky Hill Police receive grant to fund DUI enforcement

The Rocky Hill Police Department has obtained a grant from the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division to support increased DUI detection and enforcement efforts as part of the 2013 Comprehensive DUI Enforcement Program. This enforcement program will run through Labor Day 2013. The grant provides 75 percent reimbursement of the overtime costs related to these efforts. This grant will help provide funding to staff additional DUI patrols as well as roadside sobriety checkpoints. Roadside sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be the most effective method to detect and apprehend under the influence drivers. Additional DUI patrols will be conducted Wednesday through Saturday nights on selected dates and times. These patrols will target DUI operation but will also enforce any other violations observed during the course of this operation. The purpose of these patrols and checkpoints is to reduce the accidents and injuries related to DUI drivers and help provide safe travel. As part of this program, a DUI sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on the evening of Thursday, June 6. The checkpoint will be set up Connecticut Route 3, known locally as cromwell Avenue. Supplemental staffing will be provided by police officers from the towns of Berlin, Cromwell, Newington and Wethersfield.


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WETHERSFIELD EVENTS CALENDAR VOLUNTEEERS NEEDED FOR WHS SAFE GRADUATION PARTY: The Safe Graduation Decorating Committee needs parent volunteers from any grade at Wethersfield High School or community volunteers to set up and decorate for the Safe Graduation Party. Decorating begins Monday, June 17, and continues through Sunday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Contact Sheryl Fallon at (860) 558-4624 with your availability. Junior parents, this is a great opportunity to see how Safe Grad is done. ARTS WORKSHOPS: The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts is offering three workshops this summer. June 20-22, there is a three-day Casting (into Plaster) Workshop with Elizabeth Allison; July 1-12 is a 10-Day Still Life Painting Workshop with Christina Mastrangelo, and July 29-Aug. 1 is a Plein Air Painting Workshop with Ray Hassard. Visit: wethersfieldarts.org. for details.

GRISWOLDVILLE DAY: Griswoldville Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, free, in the Griswoldville Chapel, 176 Griswold Road. There will be an open house and tours of the chapel, historic mills in Griswoldville tours by Martha Mayer, booth by Windingbrook 4-H Club, Boy Scout Troop 50 (their relationship with the chapel), partnering with Wethersfield Volunteer Fire Department Co. 2, (see the fire apparatus), view history of Company 2, some activities for children, and Gilbert Farms plant sale. Light refreshments will be offered. ANCIENT BURYING GROUND TOURS IN OLD WETHERSFIELD: The Wethersfield Historical Society’s popular Burying Ground walks are back. Tours are $5 for nonmembers and free to members and children under 16. Meet your guide in the parking lot of the First Church, 250 Main St., Old Wethersfield. Tours will take place Thursday, June 13 and Satur-

day, June 15. Thursday tours will begin at 1 p.m. and Saturday tours will begin at 10 a.m. For more information about these tours or any other events offered, call the Wethersfield Historical Society at (860) 529-7656 or email at society@ wethhist.org. THE RALEIGH RINGERS IN CONCERT: The Raleigh Ringers, an internationallyacclaimed handbell ensemble from Raleigh, N.C., now in its 24th performance season, will present a concert Sunday, June 23, at Wethersfield High School. The concert begins at 4 p.m. under the direction of David M. Harris and will include a variety of music. The performance will also include original handbell compositions and, of course, the group’s trademark classic rock-androll selections. Tickets are now available by contacting the Ministry of Music at (860) 529-1575, ext. 209 or music@ firstchurch.org. For more information

contact Linda Henderson at (860) 5291575, ext. 209. 12TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC TO BENEFIT MIKEY’S PLACE: The 12th annual charity golf tournament will be held Saturday, June 22, at Goodwin Golf Course in Hartford to benefit Mikey’s Place, a wheelchair accessible playground and for research of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The shotgun start will take place at noon with a scramble format. Registration fee of $115 per golfer also includes light lunch on the course and dinner after the tournament. Singles welcome or sign up a foursome. There will be prizes, contests and raffles. Mikey’s Place was the vision of Mary and Dan Daversa and their daughter, Danielle, and was a way to memorialize their three-year-old son, Michael, who passed away in 1998 from Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Together with the Daversa’s, the Wethersfield community and its sur-

rounding community neighbors helped to raise the funds necessary to construct the park in the Fall of 2000. Hundreds of volunteers came together and installed and completed the 25,000 square foot playground located in Old Wethersfield along Garden Street. The amount of children and families that have enjoyed and benefited from Mikey’s Place is countless. Proceeds from this special event will benefit both the Mikey’s Place Preservation Fund and Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Families of S.M.A. is a national, volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. For further information and registration forms, please visitwww,mikeysplace. org or contact Paul Huffman at (860) 965-8551 or the Daversa’s at (860) 529-2711 or email the Daversa family at:ddayfamily@cox.net.

WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY CALENDAR

WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM KICK-OFF WITH GINA BARRECA: The library is pleased to announce that Dr. Gina Barreca, professor, writer and humorist, will be the guest speaker at the 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program kick-off. Join us Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers (adjacent to the library) for a lively and entertaining evening. Barreca is the author of “It’s Not That I’m Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World” (St. Martin’s). She has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR, Oprah, and Dr. Phil to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Gina, whose columns from The Hartford Courant are distributed worldwide, is Professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut. A new member of the Friars’ Club, a “Voices and Visions” honoree of CT Women’s Hall of Fame, winner of UConn’s most distinguished teaching award, Barreca can be found in the Library of Congress or in the make-up aisle of Walgreens. This program is free of charge. Admission will be by ticket. Registration is required. Registration for Wethersfield residents is limited to four tickets per person. Tickets may be picked up at the library any time. Walkins allowed only if space permits. For further information about the kick-off program or to register check out the Wethersfield Library website at www. wethersfieldlibrary.org, call the Library at (860) 257-2811 or visit us at 515 Silas Deane Hwy.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Plans are underway at Wethersfield Library for the 2013 Children’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Dig Into Reading! Read during the summer and receive prizes. Register in person or register and record your reading online! See flyer for more information. Dig Into Reading! SteveSongs kicks off the Wethersfield Library’s 2013 summer reading program Monday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. with a fun-filled family evening outdoor concert. This year the concert will be held outside the Pitkin Community Center by the basketball courts. In the event of inclement weather the concert will be held at the Silas Deane Middle School auditorium and tickets will be required. Non-residents may register starting June 14. Children must be registered for the Summer Reading Program in order to register for SteveSongs. For information on this and other children’s programs, visit the library, go towww. wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids.htm or call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801. JUNE COMPUTER CLASSES: The Wethersfield Library will offer two computer classes Monday, June 17. “What’s So Great About Windows 8” meets at 2:30 p.m. Learn the basics of the latest Microsoft operating system. This class will emphasize Windows 8 versus previous Microsoft operating systems. “Introduction to PowerPoint (2010)” follows at 7 p.m. Learn what a PowerPoint presentation is and how to create one. Learn how to add graphics, music and photos. Learn how to share your presentation on the web and more! On Wednesday, June 19 “Introduction to Computers” meets at 1:30 p.m. Learn the basics about the hardware and operating system of a computer. This is a great class for those new to computers and an excellent refresher course for all others. Then at 3 p.m. “All You Need to Know About Email” meets. Learn how to send, reply and forward email. Also learn about receiving and sending attachments. You do not need to own a computer to have an email account. These classes are conducted in a lecture format. Registration is suggested. You may register in person

at the Wethersfield Library or by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811. You may also email registrations to library@wethersfield. org. TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Join us Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the library for a free showing of “Argo” starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin. Directed by Ben Affleck and based on real events, the movie chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans,

which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. “Argo” is rated R for language and some violent images. Tuesday Night Movies are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Wethersfield Library. For information call the library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library at 515 Silas Deane Hwy. CHILDREN’S EVENTS — WEEKLY AND YEAR-ROUND: EVERY WEDNESDAY: 10

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SECOND SATURDAY CINEMA: Second Saturday Cinema at Wethersfield Library meets June 8, for a 1:30 p.m. showing of Vincent Minnelli’s 1950 film “Father of the Bride,” starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor. A father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, and the financial and organizational pain of arranging her wedding. Second Saturday Cinema is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Wethersfield Library. For information call the Library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library.

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