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a gut feeling this would be the STAFF WRITER Mayor’s last term, but didn’t expect The eight-year tenure of Rocky him to leave before his term offiHill Mayor Tony LaRosa will be cially ended next December. remembered by many. “He was a pleasure to work An announcement of his resSee COLLEAGUES, Page 4 ignation at Monday’s council meeting came as a surprise to all. Volume 53, No. 12 50 Cents “It’s for personal and family reasons. Basically, I’m going to leave it at that,” said LaRosa, whose post will be filled by Deputy Mayor Timothy Moriarty until the council votes in a successor. Councilor Larrye DeBear had By ERICA SCHMITT

The Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club celebrated 75 years of volunteerism at a party Tuesday at Elaine’s Restaurant in Wethersfield. Top left, from left, President Gina Herboldt, past president Rama Santhappa with senior most members Neil Cox and Ballou Tooker. Bottom left, club President Gina Herboldt and Treasurer Jim Clancy.

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In the last 75 years, one group has graced the towns of Wethersfield and Rocky Hill with its sparkle. A celebration honoring their efforts was held this past Tuesday evening at Elaine’s Restaurant, where they meet on a weekly basis. Think Little League, scholarships, pets, soldiers, senior citizens and food pantries. INSIDE:

This is just a tiny sampling of the many areas the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary Club has touched in carrying out their motto, “Service above Self.” “Most of us that join Rotary have reached the point in out lives where we’ve been given so much we think it’s time to give back, and Rotary is a wonderful way to do that,” says Neal Cox, 90, the club’s second oldest member. See ROTARY, Page 4

Loretta’s Dream Foundation half way to $80,000 goal; hosting fundraiser, Page 2 Wilkus Farm sale finalized, Page 10 Local swim teams cap off strong seasons, Page 8

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Loretta’s Dream Foundation nearly halfway to goal; holding fundraiser By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Loretta Nakos Pemble is nearly halfway to reaching her dream. When she passed away of breast cancer in 2005, the community came together to honor her memory by planning a new pavilion in Mill Woods Park. Now the efforts of the Loretta’s Dream Foundation are continuing this April with a fundraiser at the Pitkin Community Center, to feature a buffet dinner and live entertainment. Almost half of the $80,000 the structure is expected to cost has been raised thus far. At the end of 2011 the foundation — made up Loretta’s family, friends and former classmates — had raised $5,700. Along with private donations and funds raised through a walk-a-thon in September, the total at the end of 2012 was $35,000. Now that they’ve reached the $40,000 mark, they hope a few more fundraising events will help the foundation reach its goal. “The community has been great; the business organizations as well as individuals,” said George Nakos, Loretta’s father and president of the foundation. The pavilion will be a gift to the community, providing a place for sports teams to take breaks, Scouting gatherings, family picnics, award presentations, even summer concerts. “I think it is going to soften, to beautify the environment for family gatherings,” Nakos said. “The park has a lot of activities, but it doesn’t have a place for people to sit down and have a picnic, spend time together.” Loretta, who worked for 10 years as a landscape architect, left her family members audio tapes with a simple request before her pass-

Loretta Nakos Pemble, center, with her two brothers, John (left), and George Jr. Loretta, a WHS graduate, former swim team captain and beloved resident, passed away in 2005 after a battle with breast cancer. Her family began the Loretta’s Dream Foundation with the goal of building a pavilion in Mill Woods Park in her memory. The foundation will hold a fundraiser April 13, at the Pitkin Community Center.

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Cherry Berry’s first Northeast shop opens in Wethersfield By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

Healthy dessert has arrived in Wethersfield. For the very first time, Oklahoma-based franchise Cherry Berry Yogurt Bar has opened a shop in the Northeast — and it just happens to be right here in town. Founded by a husband and wife team who were looking for an alternative to traditional sweet treats for their five children, Cherry Berry now has more than 130 different locations in the southern part of the country. “They’re going to work really hard to develop this in the Northeast,” said Nancy Xu, Wethersfield’s store manager. Andy and Rachel Liu, another husband-and-wife team, are store owners. The 50 variations of frozen

yogurt are low-fat and non-fat. Although there are a couple full-fat flavors, they are still significantly healthier than regular ice cream, according to Xu. “They are really well-tolerated by people who are lactose intolerant, because so much of the lactose is broken down by the probiotics,” she explained, adding, “All of our yogurts are OVD-certified kosher and all are pasteurized and homogenized.” There are always between 12 and 18 different yogurt flavors available, with a total of 50 varieties served on a rotating basis. The bar is all self-serve, so customers fill their own cups, add mix-ins like granola, fruit, candy and sprinkles, then weigh their creations on a scale to determine the price. A sorbet option is also available for those who want to stay com-

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In his 46 years in the club, Cox has served as District Governor and even traveled to four different countries as a Rotary volunteer. “All your expenses are paid,” he says, “So what do you have to lose? It’s an opportunity to do good in the world.” Club members are wellversed in making worldly contributions, in fact. They have deployed two “Shelter Boxes” in thirdworld countries, containing a large tent, tools, mosquito nets, water purifiers, a stove and other survival necessities. These boxes are given to families to use in the aftermath of disasters like tsunamis, fire, or war. “They’re able to have a place to live while they’re sorting out their lives,” says Ed Klemonski, who writes the club’s newsletter. “It’s one of my favorite projects,” added Gina Herboldt, current club president. Rotarians also pride themselves on their Polio Plus program, which has raised $633 million to help eradicate the disease on a worldwide level.

But maybe the most notable of their efforts occurs right here in Central Connecticut, where students in Rocky Hill and Wethersfield have been awarded over $1 million in undergraduate scholarships since the club’s inception. Between five and eight $10,000 scholarships are given out each year through the Helping Hands program. The club not only offers financial assistance to area students, but also guides them in the same generous, philanthropic path through Wethersfield High School’s Interact Club. “Interact is basically an extension of Rotary for students,” explains Julie Freel, Interact’s Rotarian Advisor, who leads the group along with Library Media Specialist Nella Szilagyi. Three Interact participants came to Tuesday’s anniversary celebration and were recognized for their community efforts, including a recent dodgeball tournament that raised more than $1,200 for the Jimmy Fund. “We’ve come a long way and we plan on going a lot further,” says Szilagyi. They are now hoping to form an Interact Club at Rocky Hill High School as well.

...maybe the most notable of their efforts occurs right here in Central Connecticut, where students in Rocky Hill and Wethersfield have been awarded over $1 million in undergraduate scholarships since the club’s inception.

Neal Cox, 90, and Ballou Tooker, 93, the Wethersfield-Rocky Hill Rotary CLub’s two oldest members at the club’s recent 75th anniversary ceremony Tuesday.

There to express their gratitude to Rotarians for their many years of service to the community were Wethersfield Mayor Donna Hemmann, Rocky Hill Town Manager Barbara Gilbert and State Sen. Paul Doyle, D-Wethersfield, Rocky Hill. In a proclamation read aloud, Governor Dannel Malloy commended Rotarians for their “hard work, selfless service and dedication to

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Rocky Hill, Wethersfield swimmers cap off strong seasons

Eagles finished 4th in Class M, 11th in state open; Terriers took 12th at Class S By KEVIN D. ROBERTS STAFF WRITER

The Wethersfield and Rocky Hill swimming and diving teams were both able to author successful conclusions to the 2012-13 season in the recent class and State Open meets. The Eagles finished fourth in Class M at Middletown’s Wesleyan University, then placed 11th in the State Open meet held at Yale University’s Kiphuth Memorial Exhibition Pool in New Haven last Saturday. The Terriers pulled together a 12th place finish in Class S at Wesleyan, then junior Jack Malespini took 11th in the 50-yard freestyle at the Open. Each coach was happy with the performances that they got from their teams in the postseason. Wethersfield coach Lee Schwartzman said the focus for his team was on the Class M meet as the Eagles continue to try to become a perennial contender. Wethersfield was third last season, then fourth this time around.

“We swam well,” Schwartzman said after the Class M meet. “It was a team effort. We did well. I’m pleased.” Wethersfield set four school records at the Class M meet. Junior Colin Curtin set new marks in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle, finishing second and third respectively. The 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays also set school records. The team of Curtin, junior Daniel Camilliere, senior Peter Fulton and senior Tyler Raymond finished third in the medley relay. In the 400 freestyle relay, the team of junior Brendan Stewart, Curtin, sophomore Christopher Piccione and senior Matthew Gerarde took second place. Wethersfield also saw Piccione, Fulton and senior Patrick Orkins pick up top 10 finishes in two events each. Camilliere, Gerarde and senior Kevin Drennen each had one top 10 finish. Schwartzman was happy with the finish, but the goal is to keep the momentum going to stay at the top in Class M meets.

“We want to keep building to try to get to be these guys,” Schwartzman said after the Class M meet while pointing to the state champions from Brookfield. Rocky Hill didn’t have a large team, but it packed plenty of punch in the Class S meet. “We’re a little team, but we’re doing big things,” Terriers coach Lisa Cooney said. Senior James Wang, who came back to swimming this season for the first time in three years, finished sixth in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Wang was also part of a Terrier 400 freestyle relay team that finished 10th. Malespini, who is in just his third year of swimming in his life, finished fourth in the 50 freestyle and fifth on the 100 freestyle. Malespini was also the anchor leg for both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. Both relays finished 10th. The 200 freestyle relay team consisted of senior Chris Cerpa, freshman Sam Sutera, freshman Matthew Callahan and Malespini. The 400 freestyle relay team was made up of seniors T.J. Moise,

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ful season for him,” Cooney said. Malespini started swimming as a freshman, and it was his first stint in the pool. “We literally taught him how to swim his freshman year,” Cooney said. At the State Open, Wethersfield put together its best finish since taking 12th at the 2010 meet. Curtin was the top finisher, placing seventh in the 100 backstroke and just missing out on a medal. Curtin also swam the 500 freestyle. “Colin did well, he was in the first heats of both events,” Schwartzman said. Schwartzman said that Piccione and Camilliere also swam well at the Open. Wethersfield’s first goal is to continue climbing up the Class M standings, but another goal is to get kids the chance to compete against the best the state has to offer at the Open. “You do the best you can,” Schwartzman said. “The kids swam well. There were some times that were pretty close to the [Class M meet]. Both Wethersfield and Rocky Hill have high hopes for next season and will look to keep the momentum going from successful 2012-13 campaigns.

and has fallen in love with the school. Wang was happy with his effort in the pool at Class S, but deflected credit away from himself. “I have a very supportive team and coach, so they made it all worth it,” Wang said. Wang took time off from swimming to run track and field during his sophomore and junior years. Wang still ran cross country this past fall, but he decided to get back in the pool for his senior season. “I figured senior year, last year, why not give it a shot again,” Wang said. Wang did, and the results were Kevin D. Roberts can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 213 or krobsolid. “It’s been a really, really success- erts@newbritainherald.comv

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Despite a recent appeal from the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, the Town Council voted to finalize the sale of the Wilkus Farm at its meeting Monday night. The town-owned 2.5-acre parcel of land and half-a-dozen outbuildings on Willow Street will be purchased for $205,000 by Richard Nowak, who will use the parcel for farming and renovate the decrepit structures. The Council approved the deal at a meeting prior, but it was how the sale’s proceeds were to be used that sparked controversy and an appeal from TPZ, causing them to revisit it this week. Despite, they still went with their original contention to use $200,000 of the sale’s proceeds to purchase the development rights of a property owned by developer Ron Drisdelle, located at 214 Goff Road. The remaining balance would be deposited in the town’s Land Acquisition Fund. Drisdelle had an approved plan to build four homes on the Goff

Road parcel, but neighbors took issue with the negative impact of blasting and excavation there, moving town officials to consider other options. The planning commission informed Town Manager Jeff Bridges of their disapproval of purchasing the development rights, citing the fact residents would not be able to use the land although it would be bought with funding designated for open space. Overriding TPZ’s unfavorable referral required at least six votes from Councilors, who approved the final agreement Monday with an 8-0 vote, with a sole abstention from Deputy Mayor John Console. Console had two issues with moving the deal ahead: combining two separate motions into one and using taxpayers’ money to buy land not available for their use. “It was a forced motion to make sure the development rights also went through on Goff Road,” he said Tuesday. “They’re giving it to Mr. Drisdelle so he won’t build homes in that area so it stays open space,” he continued. “I, as a tax-

payer, use my tax money to buy open space that I won’t own? That doesn’t make sense to me; it’s a waste of tax dollars.” Console is also of the opinion that the Council “overstepped its bounds” in not consulting TPZ further on their aversion to the purchase. But other Councilors claimed the decision reflected the desires of most residents who spoke on the matter at recent meetings. “I think we solved all the issues of the most people in town that came in front of us; we just stuck with our original decision and it was unfortunate that planning and zoning didn’t see it that way,” said Councilor Stathis Manousos, adding that their rulings are “advisory.” “They believed they had the right to determine whether this was a good deal for the town or not and it wasn’t up to them to decide.” Councilor Jeff Kotkin, who lives nearby the Goff Road property in the Old Farms neighborhood was concerned about his legal right to vote on a matter so close to his own home.

Despite an appeal from the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Town Council voted Monday to finalize the sale of the Wilkus Farm for $205,000 to Richard Nowak, who will use the parcel for farming and renovate the decrepit structures.

“I thought my proximity did raise a question and I wanted it resolved by the town attorney before I had any part in the proposal,” he explained. When permission was given Kotkin voted in favor of the deal, consistent with his determinations throughout the Council’s discussion of the Wilkus Farm. “This solution protected the intent of the voters of Wilkus

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ROCKY HILL LIBRARY CALENDAR YOUTH ART MONTH EXHIBIT: In celebration of Youth Art Month, Rocky Hill High School and Griswold Middle School will present an exhibit of student artwork at Cora J. Belden Library through April 14. This exceptional showcase of artwork will include a wide range of media including drawing, watercolor, ceramics, photography, digitally created artworks and more. The artwork may be viewed at any time during the library’s normal hours of operation. TE(A)M SATURDAYS FOR CHILDREN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,ENGINEERING, ART AND MATH: Science is fun, Engineering is cool, Technology is exciting, Art is creative. Drop into the library Saturday, March 23 and April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to conduct

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WETHERSFIELD EVENTS CALENDAR SOLO VIOLIN LECTURE: Wethersfield Academy for the Arts will present a solo violin lecture titled, “A Letter to Bach” by violinist Janet Jacobson at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, 431 Hartford Ave. Jacobson will perform and discuss the rich history of solo violin repertoire from the contrapuntal

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April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the library for a free showing of “Skyfall” starring Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem. Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her, bringing MI6 under attack. Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences throughout, some sexuality, language and smoking. 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.

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MARCH ART EXHIBIT: Photographs by Angela Fazio are on display during the month of March at the library. Fazio is a retired art teacher and a professional fine artist who studied art in her native Italy. She holds a BFA from the University of Hartford and a Master’s Degree in Art Education. Her photographs and enhanced digitized images are inspired by her deep love for the Renaissance and will be on display through the end of the month. For information and directions to the library, visit www. or call (860) 257-2821. WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY CLOSED EASTER WEEKEND: The library will be closed Friday, March 29, Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, for the Easter Holiday. The library resumes regular hours Monday, April 1. The library’s regular 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. Sundays. At any time, the library may be reached on the internet at where you may search the catalog, use the online databases, download an audiobook, ask a reference question, or renew, reserve or request a book. APRIL COMPUTER CLASSES: The library will offer four computer classes in April. On Monday, April 1, “Introduction to Microsoft Word (2010)” meets at 2:30 p.m. Learn everything you need to create a letter. You will be shown how to format, layout and print your document. At 7 p.m. “Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint (2010)” will meet. Learn what a PowerPoint presentation is and how to create one. Learn how to add graphics and photos. Learn how to share your presentation on the web and more. Wednesday, April 10, at 1:30 p.m. the library offers

a class on “Freading.” Learn how to use the latest downloadable eBook service available from the library. The service allows unlimited checkouts for any title. “Introduction to Microsoft Excel (2010)” will meet at 3 p.m. Learn the basics of a spreadsheet program. You will be taught how to enter data and format cells. Learn the many and varied possibilities of Excel. 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@ AUTHOR ROBERT H. STEELE AT WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY: Author and former Connecticut Congressman Bob Steele will discuss and sign his new novel, “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town,” at the library Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Steele’s novel begins in 1637 with the massacre of the Pequot Indians and a Pequot sachem’s curse aimed at the young English soldier who is about to kill him. The story then jumps 350 years as the soldier’s 13th-generation descendant becomes embroiled in a battle to stop a fictional Indian tribe from building a casino that threatens his town and ancestral home. The lure of easy money drives everyone, from the tribe’s chief to a shadowy Miami billionaire, venal politicians, and Providence mobsters, while a small Connecticut town must choose between preserving its character or accepting an extraordinary proposal that will change it forever. Steele is vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut. He lives with his wife in Essex. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Registration for this program is suggested. Call (860) 257-2811 to register or for more information. “LET’S TALK MURDER” MYSTERY DISCUSSION GROUP: Join us at the library Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. for the third discussion in the four-part “Let’s Talk Murder” series. The group is facilitated by librarian and former newspaper jour-

nalist Marge Ruschau. The book to be discussed is Edgar award-nominated “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” by Tom Franklin. African-American Constable Silas Jones must confront his former friend Larry Ott, who has lived under suspicion for 20 years since a girl disappeared while on a date with him, after another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. The series concludes with a discussion of “Love Her Madly” with special guest author Mary-Ann Tirone Smith on May 9. Copies of the books will be available for check-out at the library approximately one month before the discussion date. All discussions will begin at 7 p.m. at the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy. The book discussions are free but registration is suggested. Call (860) 257-2811 to register or for further information. You may also email registrations to library@ TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Join us Tuesday,

SECOND SATURDAY CINEMA: Second Saturday Cinema at the library meets April 13 for a 1:30 p.m. showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film “Rear Window.” The film stars Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart. A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes

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ANIMAL FIGURINES ON DISPLAY: A collection of animal figurines and related items from the collection of Wethersfield resident Sue Gudaitis is on display at the Wethersfield Library during the month of March. Included in the display are wood carved giraffes, ceramic lions and rhinoceroses, animal cards by renowned African wildlife artist Eric Forlee and books about animals. For information call (860) 5292665 or go to www.wethersfieldlibrary. org.

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BED: All new, still in plastic. Extra thick queen pillow top mattress set. Can deliver. $340. (860) 298-9732.

ALWAYS BUYING - Vintage electronics, Ham, CB, shortwave, radios, guitars, amps, hi-fi audio, watches. 860-707-9350.

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ANTIQUES. Always buying, cash paid. One item or entire estate. Clocks, military, cameras, watches, toys, posters, art, jewelry, signs, musician instruments & more. 860-718-5132.

Miscellaneous 278 POOL TABLE, pellet stove, entertainment center, computer desk, dog crate, basketball hoop, exercise equipment. 860-919-7275. Every week, we bring buyers and sellers, employers and employees, landloards and tenants together. You can rely on Classified Ads to get results. Call 860-231-2444

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Always Buying old, used and antique hand tools, carpentry, machinist, engraving & workbench tools. If you have old or used tools that are no longer being used, call with confidence. Fair & friendly offers made in your home. Please call Cory

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Apartments for Rent 720

WAREHOUSE MATERIAL HANDLERS Arett Sales, a leading lawn and garden supply distributor, is growing! We have several outstanding career opportunities at our Bristol, CT location for Warehouse Material Handlers. Responsibilities include pulling orders, loading and unloading and receiving merchandise. Forklift experience a plus but we will train the right people. $10/hr to start. Raise after 90 days. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life and 401k. Please apply in person! 780 James P. Casey Rd, Bristol, CT. EOE Drug Free Workplace

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BRISTOL - 2 or 3 BR, w/d hkp. Also single fam w/2 car gar. 860-302-6717. NEW BRITAIN - 3 BR, w/d hkp, off-st pkg, $1,000 + util. 860-839-6041 NEW BRITAIN - 4 rms 467 Allen St. $650 w/heat. 860229-5569 or 860-604-0133. NEW BRITAIN - 511 High St. Studio. No util. No pets. Off-st pkg, secure. $525. 203-993-5655. NEW BRITAIN: Move-in Special. $650-$675. Heat & hot water included. Call for details, 203-639-8271.

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Musical Merchandise 281

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CLASSICAL MUSIC CD’S Over 700 CDs. Most imports & rarities. Your pick $2 Russell Speeder’s Car each. Call 860-919-7642 Wash has a Manager Trainee position available in 9am to 9pm. their Avon location. Starting pay $40K, 5 day work wk/55 hrs, pdf vacations. Looking Having a Tag Sale? for someone who is highly Don’t forget to advertise energized, self-motivated and committed to customwith a fast-acting Classified ers. Apply at Call 860-231-2444

Apartments for Rent 720 BRISTOL- 1,400 sq. ft. 2 bdrm. 2.5 ba. garage, deck, basement space, appliances. $1,550/mo. 1 mo. sec. req. Call 860-305-4066.

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AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING MULL BROS., INC. - We are a family business that’s been catering to your cooling & heating needs since 1945. We proudly install Lennox, American Standard, Weil McLain & other quality equipment (oil, gas & electric). We also service most makes & models. We are located next to the Wethersfield Post Office (behind the penguins and polar bears) at 61 Beaver Rd. 860- 529-8255 BASEMENT WATERPROOFING JP BACHAND BASEMENT WATERPROOFING Reliable local contractor. Hatchway leaks, foundation cracks, sub-floor drainage systems, sump pumps & yard drainage. Fully insured, free estimates, written guarantee. Our 27th year registered with CT Dept of Consumer Protection (Reg #511842). Call 860-666-9737

CERAMIC TILE LEN & JEFF SHALLER - Fix leaky showers. Regrouting in tubs. Bath, kitchen tile installed. 37 years experience. Neat, expert workmanship. Repairs a specialty. Call 242-5805

CLEANING SERVICES Polish/English speaking woman can clean your house with care. 3rd cleaning 50% off for new clients only. Satisfaction guaranteed. Insurance Bonded. Call Kasia 860-538-4885 HOUSE, CONDO, OFFICE CLEANING Polish/English speaking lady with many years of experience. References upon request. Please call Ela at 860-348-0234 ELECTRICAL SERVICES NDC ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING All aspects of electrical work, additions,

new homes, renovations, pools, hottubs, etc. Main service up-grades from fuses to circuit breakers. Fast, quality workmanship. Nick 860-665-7202. CT Lic #E1-180139 GUTTER CLEANING #1 First In Reliability - We Show Up!!! One day service. Our 10th year. Reasonable rates. Senior discounts. Reliable service. Call Rob (860) 982-3300 “A West Hartford Resident” Visit our web site:

PLUMBING POSITANO PLUMBING, INC. 31 years of serving Bristol and the surrounding areas. Specializing in all repairs. Plumbing & heating. Water heater replacement, boiler replacement. CT Lic #202691, 308931. For the best repair work in the area, please call: 860-584-0012, 186 West St., Bristol.

ELI THE PLUMBER All Plumbing Services Bathrooms & Kitchens Remodeled. Toilets, sinks, hot water, garbage disposals. Will respond to all calls. Licensed & Insured. 860-548-0331. 10% Discount with this Ad

REMODELING FULL SERVICE REMODELING Windows, bathrooms and kitchens. All interior and exterior home or business remodeling and handyman service. You name it - I’ve done it! Excellent references and competitive rates with over 10 years experience. BBB Accredited. Call Mike 860-690-6505 or Kris 860-348-076 today for your free estimate. Fully insured and licensed. Lic #565969.

ROOFING LA RICH, LLC - Master Elite Roofing Contractor with over 500 satisfied customers. Our workmanship is warranteed for 20 years by shingle manufacturer. Best warranty in writing. “Quality you can count on for years.” We do roof repairs, vinyl siding, windows, seamless gutters. Honest, competitive pricing. No hidden costs. Free estimates. Fully insured. Written warranties. Clean and courteous installers. CT Lic #565709. GAFELK ME #11852. 860-622-9800 or 860-7474427. TREE SERVICE TOTAL TREE SERVICE & LANDSCAPING, LLC - Fall Cleanup & Lawn Maintenenace. Commerical & Residential. 75 ft. bucket truck. Chipper, firewood, land clearing, stump grinding, tree removal. Registration #608808. Fully insured.860-529-8389 or 860-538-0980.

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