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Council to vote on Harbor Management Plan,which would outline policy for harbor By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

A detailed plan for the future use of the Wethersfield Cove will be discussed and voted on by the Town Council at their meeting this Monday. The document was created to enhance grant opportunities for the town’s marina, which serves as an inlet to the Connecticut River and a recreational area. Volume 54, No. 01

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Known as the Harbor Management Plan, the document outlines the Cove’s existing condition, as well as the town’s goals for the area and policies regarding the area’s management. The Harbor Management Commission spent the last year drafting the plan, the sole charge they were imparted with upon their formation in August 2011. They began last September using a model plan provided by the State Department of Environmental Protection, assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers, and input from residents. According to Parks and Recreation Director Kathy Bagley, Stephen Whitaker the finished plan will assist the Luminaria, which are small paper lanterns, lined Wethersfield Cove Dec. 22. The Town Council is set to vote Monday town in protecting its marine, his- on the Harbor Management Plan, which outlines the town’s uses for and policies regarding the Cove. Officials said that See HARBOR, Page 2

adoption of the plan would aid the town in receiving grants to manage the area.

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Harbor plan would help town receive grants to maintain area, officials say Continued from Page 1

toric and sensitive natural resources found along the harbor and coastal waters, while maintaining and enhancing navigational facilities for the benefit of all harbor users. Future projects generally involve cleaning up the harbor and making it more functional for visitors and users, initiatives that will be

possible with the help of state funding. And the money is more likely to be awarded now that there is an organized outline of Cove policies. “Having a plan shows you have a commitment to maintaining and improving your facility,” Bagley explained. One of the first improvements

to be made at the Cove will be replacing all docks and adding moorings. The town received a Boating Infrastructure Grant last year to fund this project, but is still in the process of securing necessary permits to do the work. “Our goal is to start it either late august or early fall next year,” said Bagley, who credits the town receiving this last grant to its’ Erica Schmitt | Staff beginning drafting of the plan. The Town Council will vote Monday whether to adopt the Harbor ManageThe state approved the formal ment plan. draft this past September after checking it for consistency with state and federal statutes. Before the commission can adopt and begin implementing its Harbor Management Plan, it needs town approval. Now it is up to Wethersfield Town Council to review and S E RV I N G R O C K Y H I L L vote on the plan at their meeting this Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in 188 Main St. Bristol, CT 06010 Wethersfield Town Hall, 505 Silas (860) 225-4601 • Fax: (860) 223-8171 Deane Hwy.



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As Farmers Market closes, big plans are in the works

Extended hours, kid-friendly activities, movie presentations may be featured in the spring By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

You’ll have to find other ways to get your beef bourguignon pasties, jalapeno jam and locally-grown zucchini now that the Wethersfield Farmers Market has closed up shop until May. The 2012 season celebrated its last day the Thursday before Christmas, with dozens of visitors hoping to stock up on the specialty items they can’t find at the regular grocery. Market Masters Stephanie Jarm and Doug Sacks regarded this year as the market’s best season yet, with over 30 Connecticut-based farmers

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and gourmet food and craft vendors bringing their goods every Thursday. “I think moving to our new location at the Solomon Welles House was the very best thing we could do,” Jarm said on the last market day, while wishing goodbye to all the loyal customers she’s become friendly with over the years. “We’ve gained a lot of vendors and our goal is to continue to grow, but we really want to concentrate on doing some more events,” she added, recalling the success of the fall’s Farm-to-Table Dinner, which featured a sit-down family-style meal outside, made with all market ingredients. When the 2013 market opens, a couple new and exciting things will be introduced. Although Jarm is always brainstorming — nothing is quite set in stone yet. “I limit her to one crazy idea a day,” jokes Sacks. So far, extended hours are very likely. “A lot of the feedback we get is that people want us to stay open later,” explains Jarm, who hopes to be able to keep the market running a few extra hours at least once monthly. Regular hours are 3 to 6 p.m. And then there’s the film thing. Picture it: before you pick up Thursday evening dinner, sit down

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The Thursday before Christmas was the last day of the Wethersfield Farmer’s Market’s 2012 season. The 2013 season will begin May 16.

on the grass and catch an outdoor movie. Jarm is thinking farmingrelated flicks. “I think more people should be aware of these local farmers and what they really do for the community and the economy,” she says.

There’s also the possibility of more kid-friendly activities at the market (in the same vein as the llama petting zoo) and of course, more outdoor banquets. The Wethersfield Farmers Market will open for its 2013 sea-

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The thread of kindness Women’s group member has delivered more than 800 blankets to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Medical Center By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Surrounded by white lab coats and big, intimidating machines tracking your baby’s heart rate and breathing, you’re scared and overwhelmed – hoping for any sign of good news. All of a sudden a woman with a warm smile and kind eyes approaches and after an embrace, she hands you a flannel pink teddy bear-patterned blanket. “We stitched this with love and prayers,” she tells you. Suddenly

your world is a bit brighter. Newington resident Edyie Steimer, a member of the GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club, has delivered a total of 826 blankets to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center since 2006. Although they’re not the only group to donate blankets to the families struggling with sick babies, the club’s donations are frequent and many. Their goal is to reach 1000 blankets, hopefully within a few years.

“That’s just the first goal; I want to do this as long as I possibly can. It warms my heart, especially where we are now in the world … this is something so positive,” says Steimer, who brings along a different club member each time she makes a delivery so that everyone can have the heartwarming experience of greeting blanket recipients. “It is so wonderful,” she says. “I feel I get more out of it; it’s a way for parents to recognize their little FF218317 Job boyNo.: or girl.” And Steimer has utmost respect Hartford, CT Engagement City:

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Fire departments come to jurisdiction agreement Wethersfield, Glastonbury fire departments agree: Both will be dispatched for incidents on Route 3 corridor of Putnam Bridge By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Car fires, accidents, emergency incidents of any kind are bound to happen on town lines. So which town’s emergency responders have the legal jurisdiction to save the day? Until now, this was not established on the Route 3 corridor of the Putnam Bridge, which runs between Elm Street in Wethersfield and Glastonbury Boulevard in Glastonbury. But Glastonbury Fire Chief

Michael Thurz and Wethersfield us to turn back either way and Volunteer Fire Chief Richard callers may not know exactly Bailey recently chatted and they decided a formal agreement should be made regarding this small portion of road, just in case a situation ever JEFF BRIDGES arises. “ B e c a u s e Wethersfield town manager we’ve got the Connecticut River going right where they are, so now if a 911 between, there’s no easy way for call comes in both departments

are dispatched,” explained Chief Thurz. If there’s a problem, drivers may not know who will be there to help, but they can at least guarantee that someone will. “It shor tens response time and you’re managing the problem from both ends to ensure we get a timely response to someone’s call for help,” he added. Both towns’ attorneys participated in the drafting of the agreement and the officials voted to approve it at recent

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Cora J. Belden Library to host preschool, daycare expo By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Now that holiday shopping season is over, parents of young children have the opportunity to do a different kind of shopping: for preschools. The Cora J. Belden Library in Rocky Hill has invited more than 20 preschools and daycare centers from all across the region to a family expo next Wednesday evening. It’s an opportunity for parents of impending preschoolers to meet with prospective school staff and discuss everything from program philosophies to tuition. The library has held this expo for more than five years right

around this time, as most pre- any area town are welcome to school applications for next fall attend the expo. Some parents 2013 are due in by early spring. prefer to enroll their child in a “I think it’s helpful for parents to have the opportunity to see representatives from multiple preschools at the same time; it helps in their decision process,” said Children’s Librarian Cathy Potter, who has invited preschools not CATHY POTTER only from Rocky Hill, Children’s librarian but also Wethersfield, Newington, Cromwell and even preschool close to home, others – those representing the Capitol nearby their place of employment. Region Education Council. And preschool, just like elemenAt the same time, residents of tary and secondary school – no

longer means simple, general education for all. Different schools now have separate offerings for kids of all shapes and sizes. “Each preschool has its own philosophy or teaching methods,” Potter explained. “Some are art-based, religion-based, sciencebased … nowadays they’ve come to realize children do have individual needs.” Each school will have handouts and information about their programs and teaching methods; some will also offer displays and photos of alumni projects to

“I think it’s helpful for parents to have the opportunity to see representatives from multiple preschools at the same time; it helps in their decision process.”

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LIBRARY EVENTS CALENDAR JANUARY COMPUTER CLASSES: The library is offering two computer classes Monday, Jan. 7, and two classes Wednesday, Jan. 9. “All You Need to Know About Email” meets at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Learn how to send, reply and forward e-mail. Also learn about attachments. You do not need to own a computer to have email. “Introduction to Microsoft Word” (2010) meets at 7 p.m. Learn everything you need to create a letter. You will be shown how to format, layout and print your document. On Wednesday, Jan. 9 “Downloadable Books” at the library will meet at 1:30 p.m. The 21st century library has much more than books! Learn about the free downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and videos now available online from the library. “Introduction to Microsoft Excel” (2010) meets at 3 p.m. Learn the basics of a spreadsheet program. You will be taught how to enter data and format cells. These classes are conducted in a lecture format. Registration is suggested. You may register in person at the library or by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 2572811. You may also e-mail registrations to RECESS ROCKS: The Children’s Department will offer Recess Rocks during its winter 2013 session, for children ages 5 years and up on Wednesday afternoons at 3:45 p.m. This is a music and movement program designed to get kids fit, encourage natural “feel-good” energy, build self-esteem and to nurture fitness and lifelong healthy habits. The winter session of Wethersfield Library Children’s Department Literacy Classes runs Jan. 14 through March 10. Registration is required for Recess Rocks. For registration information or for more information on this and other children’s programs, visit the library, or call the children’s department at (860) 257-2801. CHILDREN’S CHESS CLUB: Are you interested in playing chess? The Children’s Department at Wethersfield Library has announced the formation of a Chess Club as part of its Winter 2013 Literacy Classes. The Chess Club for first grade and up will meet Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This program concentrates on learning the game and incudes practice games. The winter session of Wethersfield Library Children’s Department Literacy Classes runs Jan. 14 through March 10. Registration is required. For registration information or for more information on this and other

children’s programs, visit the library, or call the children’s department at (860) 257-2801. MOTHER DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB: The Wethersfield Library Children’s Department Mother Daughter Book Club for third through fifth-graders meets Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Discuss great books with other moms and daughters. Book to be discussed is “Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day” by Meg Cabot. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, visit the library, htm or call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801. EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT GROUP: The Wethersfield Library’s Employment Support Group for job seekers will meet Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the library. The group is facilitated by Nancy Stilwell, director of Wethersfield’s Social and Youth Services Department. If you have lost your job and are still not finding employment, this is an opportunity to come and share ideas with others. The program is free and open to all. Registration is suggested. For more information or to register call the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811. TIME TO TALK: Wethersfield Library’s “Time to Talk,” a free conversation group for new English language speakers meets Jan. 15, 22 and 29 at 7 p.m. Adult English language learners are invited to come develop conversation and speaking skills in a warm, friendly environment. Carol Schulman, a retired ESL Wethersfield teacher leads the Tuesday evening discussion group. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, call the library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library. WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY CLOSED MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY: The Wethersfield Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday Jan. 21. The library’s non-holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. At any time, the library may be reached on the internet at www. where you may search the catalog, use the online databases, download an audiobook, ask a reference question, or renew, reserve or request a book.

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WETHERSFIELD EVENTS CALENDAR MOVING FORWARD GROUP: Trying to move on with your life after divorce, or relationship breakup? There is a “Moving Forward Group” at First Congregational Church, 355 Main St. Cromwell, that will meet Friday, Jan. 4, and Friday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Topic can be whatever you would like to discuss. The group meets every Friday (except Good Friday and the Friday after Thanksgiving). PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT WINTER AND SPRING REGISTRATION: The Wethersfield Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting registrations from residents for both winter and spring programs beginning Friday, Jan. 4. Classes being offered are Acting Class, Afternoon Athletes, Barracuda Stroke Clinic, Children’s Art Class, Crossroads programs, Gymnastics, Karate, Playgroups (ages 1½ to 3 ½), Recreational Swimming, Special Olympics, Super Athletes, Swim Lessons, Tennis Lessons, Therapeutic Recreation after school programs, and programs at the 9/11 Memorial Sports Center and Nature Center. A variety of fitness classes are offered including Pilates, yoga and Zumba. To preview information about our programs, go to the web site at Seventy five percent of the spaces in each class are available online. Note that online registration will end at 8 a.m.

one business day prior to the start of each class. Registrations by fax, e-mail or phone are not accepted. Registrations may also be mailed or dropped off at the Parks and Recreation Department. Applications received in the office will be processed randomly. Accepted methods of payment for walk in and mail in registrations are cash, check, money order and MasterCard or VISA credit or debit card. Online registration may be made by MasterCard or VISA credit or debit card. A $10 per class processing fee will be deducted from all refund requests received prior to the start of class. No refunds will be given after a program has begun. For further information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 721-2890. FREE DENTAL CLEANING CLINIC FOR ADULTS AGE 60 AND OLDER: With funding from the North Central Area Agency on Aging, The Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) in collaboration with the Emeritus Senior Living Authority will offer two dental cleaning clinics Jan. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 3. p.m. at Emeritus Senior Living, 60 Cold Spring Road, Rocky Hill. Donations are welcome. There is a limit of five patients per day so please reserve your spot by calling Hilary Norcia at (860) 665-8571. This program is only open to residents of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.

SILK CITY CHORUS: Manchester’s own Silk City Chorus is launching the Chapter’s 50th Anniversary year at its Annual Show with two performances (1:30 and 7:30 p.m.) Saturday, Jan. 19 at Manchester High School. The theme of show is “Celebrate Harmony,” symbolic not only of the holiday season, but also because of the landmark anniversaries of both of the Silk City Chorus (50 years) as well as the Barbershop Harmony Society (75th anniversary). This year’s featured quartet is “Ringmasters,” the 2012 Barbershop Harmony Society Gold Medalists from Stockholm, Sweden. Also appearing on the show will be Manchester High School’s own Round Table Singers. Seating priority for this show is on a first-come/first served, based on the time of order. All seating is available on a reserved basis and there is a discount for purchasing tickets in advance: Primary $28; Secondary $23; Adult $20, Senior or Student $17. Children age 7 or under are free. Advance purchase seating is available at and from any chorus member, or by phone from the box office at (203) 272-7360. All seating is $2 higher at the door on the performance date. Local residents performing in the shown are Wethersfield: Dr. Carl Braren, Larry Stone, Steve Holtz, Mal McMillen; Rocky Hill: Peter Arico.

HEALTH DISTRICT SELLING BICYCLE HELMETS: With the holidays just around the corner, a great gift idea for the active child or adult in your life is a helmet. The Central Connecticut Health District has been selling low cost bicycle helmets to residents since 1997. Currently, the Health District is offering bicycle helmets for sale. As with any athletic activity, safety should always be of primary concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury, resulting in 52,000 deaths, 275,000 hospitalizations, and 1.4 million people receiving treatment in emergency departments every year. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) account for a third (30.5 percent) of all injury-related deaths in the United States. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented or minimized with the use of properlyfitted helmets. The helmets come in a variety of colors for children and adults, ranging from toddler sizes to adult XL. The cost for the helmets is $10. The bicycle helmets are available for purchase at the main office of the Central Connecticut Health District at 505 Silas Deane Hwt., Wethersfield. For further information, contact the Health District, serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield, by calling (860) 721-2822 or by visiting our website at

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Wethersfield Panera Bread aids in Place of Grace gift drive

A holiday gift drive at Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Bristol, Canton, Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield have made the seasom brighter for families at Place of Grace, 55 New Park Ave., Hartford. More than 150 presents were collected from Panera customers and employees. For the third consecutive year, customers participated in the gift drive by simply going to the counter at their local Panera, selecting a gift tag with a specific child’s first name on it, and then purchasing the “wish list” items noted. Each gift tag is special with a different child, age and list of gifts on it. Gifts were then brought back to the respective cafes by participating customers early last week in a gift bag with the gift tag attached. Grace Episcopal Church’s Place of Grace runs a food pantry which provides groceries for approximately 200 needy families on a weekly basis and a clothing swap where donated clothes are provided to local families. Toys

for Christmas are also collected for the Place of Grace’s pantry clients. Families register separately for this service and every effort is made to give the children presents that they need and want. Each year, between 225 and 250 children are given gifts. The participating bakery-cafes and their nonprofit partners are as follows: Waterford and Groton, are partnering with the Riverfront Children’s Center based in Groton; Lisbon, is working with the United Community & Family Services in Jewett City; Newington, Wethersfield, Farmington, Bristol and Canton, are participating with Place of Grace based in Hartford; bakerycafes in Glastonbury, Manchester (Deming Street) and Manchester (Shoppes at Buckland Hills), are working with the ECHN Family Development Center in Manchester; West Hartford, is participating with The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford; Enfield, is teaming up with The Enfield Food Shelf, Over the past 10 years, Panera

Panera Bread staff delivered gifts, collected during the company’s annual gift drive, to Place of Grace, a Hartford food pantry which provides groceries for approximately 200 families per week.

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pantries as part of its “Day End” program. Panera Bread/HBG has a Donations Department where organizations can request food donations for various nonprofit fundraisers and events.

Drunken Noodles, Greek pizza and other favorite area dishes

A few of your year-end comments on restaurants around the area: Mae Kong Thai Restaurant, 26 Main St., New Britain; (860) 505-0791: “I’ve been going to Mae Kong for a few months now, and I can honestly say that if anything, the place is getting better. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, and TASTINGS the staff is all smiles. But the real draw is the food; the curry is especially delicious (in all its colors) and the chef knows how to get the level of heat just right depending on your palate. The portions are perfect in size; it is just enough to satisfy even the hungriest patrons without overflowing the plate. My personal favorite is the Drunken Noodles and coconut soup, but I also highly recommend their spring rolls for appetizers, and their Thai Iced Tea is banging. In short, it is my favorite restaurant in New Britain, and maybe even the whole Hartford area. You won’t be disappointed.” — A Google user on Google+ Center Pizza, 81 North Main St., Bristol; (860) 583-4000: “My family and I stopped in hungry and craving pizza, our order of buffalo wings came out promptly and exceeded expectations, the waitress was

consistently refilling our drinks when necessary and checking in. The pizza was very fresh with a great sauce and tasty crust. If you like Greek pizza this place is perfect. Great family environment and great staff. I would rate this place 10 out of 10. Looking forward to stopping by again this weekend.” — amy 1775 on

The Eatery, 1515 Wolcott Road, Wolcott; (203) 879-7400: “I will be honest. We really were not interested in visiting this place. It is in a strip mall and can easily be missed. … Once I walked inside all my assumptions went right out the window. First off is staff, I was greeted by a lovely woman named Terri. She is awesome. Now for food, everything I have had here has been phenomenal. I recommend this place to all my friends and everyone keeps coming back with great comments and loves the food. Price is right as well. — steve4134 on Rivals Bar and Grill, 2095-2175 Berlin Turnpike, Newington; (860) 436-3550: “I was looking to watch a Steelers game and found that Rivals on the Berlin Turnpike carries all the games. My husband and I went down there, we had a blast!!! Shea on the bar was so much fun; the crowd was really fun. They have power hours which

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