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Wethersfield High School’s Thomas Moore named Conn. H.S. Principal of the Year By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

In addition to professional accolades, one local school official received a lot of high-fives this week. Thomas Moore, principal of Wethersfield High School, was just selected by the Connecticut Association of Schools as the 2013 High School Principal of the Year. School officials and students can’t say enough about Moore, who has Thomas Moore been principal at WHS for 12 years. place of teenagers and adolescents, “Even though it’s a bustling, busy they all have a sense of calm and bonding, and that’s because of Mr. 50 Cents Moore,” said Assistant Principal Volume 53, No. 14 Andrew Komar, who nominated him for the yearly award. Komar’s own professional growth has blossomed under Moore’s leadership in his five years at the school. He will be the fourth assistant prin-

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Above, from left, Shivangi Vansadia, Rebecca Stefano, Pieces Literary Magazine Club Advisor Tracy Riordan, and Joseph Wallowitz, discuss the works of poetry the students will present at the club’s Tuesday night poetry reading titled, “Word of Mouth...Pieces Exposed.” Bottom left, the crowd listens as WHS students read their work. Bottom right, students’ artwork from Pieces on the wall of the Wethersfield Library’s community room. See story and photos on Page 3.



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Rocky Hill joins ‘Light It Rocky Hill Terriers’ Emily Anderson earns All-State honors Up Blue’ autism campaign By KEVIN D. ROBERTS STAFF WRITER

Anderson played in the CHSCA senior Class M-S all-star game that was held at North Branford High School. Anderson had averaged around 11-12 points per game in her previous two seasons, but a faster pace brought in by new head coach Josh Dineman turned her into a bigger scoring threat. Anderson also credited former coach Peter Egan with helping her along the way. Anderson finished her career with 978 points. “The hard work really paid off,” Anderson said after the all-star game.

It was a historic season for the Rocky Hill girls basketball team, and 5-foot-10 senior forward Emily Anderson was a big part of it. Recently, the Connecticut High School Coaches Association recognized Anderson as one of Class M’s top players by naming her All-State, according to the organization’s website. Anderson averaged around 22 points per game and led the Terriers to the most wins the program has ever had in one season (14). Rocky Hill advanced to the second round of the Class M state tournament before Kevin D. Roberts can be reached at (860) 584-0501, ext. losing to eventual undefeated champion Cromwell. 7229 or



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(AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have joined in as the Town of Simsbury launches its participation in the “Light it up Blue” campaign organized by international advocacy group Autism Speaks. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Etsy and State Rep. John Hampton, all Democrats, and members of the town council joined families affected by autism at the recognition event Monday. They gathered at Eno Memorial Hall, a local landmark that will be lit with blue light during the month of April. The Simsbury building and Rocky Hill’s town hall, which will also be lit blue this week, join other iconic landmarks including the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and the Sydney Opera House. The Centers for Disease Control estimates one in 88 people are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

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cipal at WHS whose administrative pursuit Moore has mentored over the years. The last of his “students” was former Assistant Principal Jill Krieger, who now serves as principal of Enfield High School. “One of his focuses is to foster leadership growth in teachers and administrators,” Komar said Monday. “That is something I haven’t seen in any other principals I’ve worked with.” But it’s not only at a professional level that Moore has broken ground, but also with students. A number of programs promoting tolerance and inclusion have been introduced at the high school under his leadership, including the Sparkle Squad, a cheerleading squad made up partially of disabled students. “All good things can come from a school where students feel nurtured and safe and they know their teachers and administrators care about them,” Komar said of Moore’s innovative approach. In Moore’s own words, his philosophy of principalship simply revolves around establishing positive relationships between students and staff members. “If students feel more comfortable, they generally achieve at a higher level,” he said Monday. “I think having been here for 12 years it’s a philosophy they have heard from me time and time again. Teachers buy into the whole idea and really establish a positive rapport with the students, but it’s also reflected from student to student

— we have a very kind group of oversees the CAS Awards and Recognition Committee, said students at the school.” Moore was chosen A 33-year veteran for these reasons and educator, Moore gradmore. uated from Southern “One of the aspects Connecticut State was his ability to perUniversity in 1980 sonalize the learning before earning his experience for his stumaster’s degree from dents, make a climate Central Connecticut where everyone feels State University. welcome, engaged, He began teaching included and valued,” social studies almost Packtor said Monday. immediately after at “He’s very passionNorthwest Catholic Wethersfield High ate about what he High School in West School Principal does and exceptional Hartford. After seven Thomas Moore at building relationyears of teaching and ships,” she added. coaching four different But this award is just the first step. sports there, he was promoted to assistant principal in 1987. In 1991, Moore will now be considered for he accepted an Assistant Principal the National Principal of the Year position at Granby High School Award, administered by MetLife before being selected principal in and the National Association of 1993. Moore remained in Granby Secondary School Principals. until 2001, when he became princi- Finalists will be named this July and the award ceremony will be held in pal of Wethersfield High. WHS has more than 1,300 stu- September. Moore was honored, but says his dents, but Moore is said to know nearly everyone of them by name priority right now is the $75 mil— proof of his efforts to personalize lion renovation of the high school, which is expected to break ground the school’s environment. In the words of student Matt this summer. “That’s going to be my focus Wilson, “always wanting the best for all students of Wethersfield High for the next three years,” he said School, Mr. Moore ensures that Monday. “Right now we’re just finthose who are academically suc- ishing up the design. After the first cessful and those who may need year we’ll have a new gym, music more support have all they need to area, and a new media center.” succeed.” Connecticut Association of Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) Schools Assistant Executive 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ Director Karen Packtor, who

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Students share poetry, artwork for Pieces Literary Magazine


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Above, Bianca Bobadilla, 16, on left, shares a poem with friend Rebecca Stefano, 16. Below, Pieces Editor and English Teacher Ruth George, left, embraces club advisor Tracy Riordan.

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Rebecca Stefano, a sophomore, reads her poem “Missing You.” The crowd at Tuesday night’s “Word of Mouth... Pieces Exposed” poetry event listened to Wethersfield High School students read their poetry, as featured in the school’s Pieces Literary Magazine.

“More than you expect, for less than you think” scene. 16-year-old Joseph Wallowitz has been writing poetry since middle school, when he showed them to only one other person – a teacher who eventually told him, “I can’t read all of these, there are too many!” When he got to high school Joseph finally found a place for his expression: Pieces Literary Magazine. “I don’t have a specific theme I write about, I pick a topic and I just write,” he explained. When he stood up in front of the group Tuesday evening, Joseph presented several poems, written in a style Mrs. Riordan called “prolific.” One, titled “The Great Depression” began on a somber note, echoing the subject’s sadness and despair before astounding listeners with a surprise ending: “Love. As long as we have love everything will be alright.” Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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Adolescence is said to be one of the most emotionally-difficult times of life, but a group of students at Wethersfield High School have harnessed that phenomenon and are using it for good. It’s called creative expression, and it’s what occurred inside the Wethersfield Library’s community room Tuesday evening, as the Pieces Literary Magazine came alive. More than 20 students gathered to share their poetry and artwork for teachers and friends, including Club Advisor of nine years Tracy Riordan, who hugged nearly every student who mustered up the courage to get up and read. “Every year I gain more and more beautiful children,” she said, smiling. “I couldn’t ask for a better job if I tried.” Riordan was joined by Magazine Editor Ruth George and English Teacher Stephanie McKenna, who brought her two children, Veronica, 7, and Joey, 5, to listen to the writers, some of which are her students. “They meet once a week; all the artists and poets lay out their stuff and inspire each other,” George explained of the magazine’s premise. “It’s really created by the kids intermingling; it’s amazing,” she added. For students, it’s less work and more an outlet. “The mag is the most important thing I’ve ever done,” said Savannah Casasanta, a junior. “It’s a way to get out of the world and let your expression go. It’s a place you’ll always be accepted.” As students read their poems, a projector screen played correlating photos of other students’ artwork, particularly the pieces that inspired each poem. Friends Bianca Bobadilla, a junior, and Rebecca Stefano, a sophomore, advised each other on which of their poems to read in front of the whole group Tuesday. “I write about how I feel,” said Bianca. “I like metaphors. I try to stay away from the cliché.” Rebecca, describing herself as “a romantic” read a few pieces including one titled, “Missing You.” “It helps me get my mind off of things,” she said after. “I mostly write about love.” It may come as a surprise to some, but the club isn’t an all-girl

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Area police defend Taser use as restrictions sought By LISA BACKUS SYAFF WRITER

As legislators are considering whether to require more oversight on the use of Tasers by law enforcement, area police departments said they are well trained and routinely take into consideration the welfare of officers, suspects and the public when the use of force becomes necessary. “We’re not anxious to give up Tasers because they save lives and reduce injuries to subjects and officers,” Plainville Sgt. Rich Marques said. “It allows officers take someone who may be combative into custody without injuring anyone.” According to the Connecticut Mirror website, state legislators worried about the safety and proper use of the weapons have proposed two bills that would require police to get training in using Tasers and to file reports for each time a Taser is used. They would also require police to make sure subjects of Taser use get seen by a medical professional, the Mirror said. State Rep. Larry B. Butler, D-Waterbury, proposed one of the bills after an incident at the hospital in his district, the Mirror said. He noted that the man who was the

subject of a Taser strike in the back of the police cruiser initially seemed fine, but died shortly thereafter in front of the hospital. The Mirror also cited a second case where a Middletown man was “Tased” 34 times in eight to 10 minutes. The man died a short while later. There have been 11 deaths following subjects being struck with a Taser since 2005, the Mirror said.

Donn Watson, public information officer at the Bristol department. Those levels begin at the presence of an officer, which usually calms a situation, said Watson. The second is verbal commands; empty-hand control which is used to physically put a suspect in handcuffs; mace spray; impact weapon, such as a baton; Taser; and finally deadly force involving a firearm.

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“It’s just a common-sense thing to have somebody who was ‘Tasered’ be examined by medical people,” Butler said. But most area police departments point out that their officers are continually trained in the use of Tasers, handheld devices that emit an electrical shock that incapacitates subjects for up to five seconds. Departments report they also have well-defined policies on how to deal with potential injuries during an arrest. Officers at the Bristol Police Department are required to take special training and must be certified to carry and use a Taser. “We have different levels of force that officers must follow,” said Lt.

“An officer doesn’t have to follow these levels,” Watson said. “Depending on the situation the officer encounters he can jump into any of them.” Watson said the officer usually will hold the trigger for two to five seconds depending on the size of the suspect and whether the suspect is wearing a lot of clothing. “Being ‘Tased’ is not a pleasant experience, but it’s not going to kill someone,” he said. “There are no lasting effects of being ‘Tased.’” Officers are required to fill out several forms, including an incident report that is submitted and reviewed by management. “Using a Taser saves officers from

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being injured when they have to put an aggressive suspect in handcuffs,” he said. New Britain police were exonerated after a federal trial in the death of a man in 2006 who attacked a car with a pitchfork and then jumped through a plate glass window twice before landing on a car. The man died shortly after being “Tased” by officers. Evidence presented during the federal court proceedings on the wrongful death claim filed by his estate indicated the man died of cocaine toxicity and not by the use of force, former New Britain Police Chief William Gagliardi said at the time. New Britain police have a carefully crafted policy regarding the proper use of Tasers and officers are recertified in the use of the equipment once a year, said New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell. “We’re trying to give officers a less lethal choice,” Wardwell said. “We would love it if in every situation the mere presence of a uniformed police officer immediately stopped the problem.” The policy includes two to four hours of recertification training a year with Officer James Krolikowski, a master instructor in the use of Tasers. Each time the trigger is pulled on a Taser used by New Britain officers, the equipment automatically documents the date, time and duration, Krolikowski said. “There is no way for us to tamper with it,” he said. Medical treatment Whether or not a suspect receives medical treatment after being “Tased” depends on the circumstances, said New Britain Capt. Thomas Steck. In a situation where the subject is behaving erratically due to drugs or mental illness, he automatically is brought to the hospital after being “Tased.” Subjects who have no physical injury or do not appear to be behaving in an irrational manner, are not seen by medical personnel and are simply processed for arrest if charges are warranted. But Steck pointed out that the department also documents the use of force in police incident reports. “Even if they are simply going to the hospital after an incident that involves some type of emotional disturbance and no arrest, there would still be an incident report generated,” Steck said. Wardwell, who has been “Tased” as part his training, also said the value of Tasers was apparent a few weeks

ago when a city man was wielding an ax at a local Dunkin’ Donuts, smashing windows and countertops. The incident ended peacefully with no injuries to the suspect, bystanders or police after a Taser was deployed. In Berlin, Deputy Chief of Police John Klett said the department already has policies and standards in place that closely match the ones being pushed by state legislators. He said every Berlin officer is not only trained in how to use a Taser, but the training is done by a Taser-certified instructor. The officers, he added, are retrained on a yearly basis. The department also has a standard for Taser use in its “Use of Force” policy which specifies situations when using a Taser is “an appropriate level of force,” Klett said. “This department has very few Taser deployments,” the deputy chief said. “Last year my records indicate we had only two deployments.” It is also the policy of the Berlin Police Department to provide proper medical attention for an individual who is “Tased.” “Yes,” the deputy chief said, “medical attention is required, if necessary, by our policy.” On the rare instance a Taser is used, Klett said, that officer must fill out a Police Response to Resistance and Aggression report. A written test

Plainville officers also are required to participate in recertification in the use of Tasers annually. The training includes a review of department policies and a written test in the use of a Taser, Marques said. “Anytime, if in the course of duty, a Taser is deployed, it would be noted in the police report,” he said. “We also have a report we fill out so we can track and trend incidents.” Marques estimates that between six and 10 subjects are “Tased” by Plainville police each year. All are seen by medical personnel who determine whether or not the subject must be taken to the hospital. He also pointed out that in at least one local case, a Taser likely saved the life of a woman who was threatening to harm herself with a knife. “It’s effective. It incapacitates you and there are no after-effects,” he said. Staff Writers Lluvia Mares and Johnny Burnham contributed to this story. Lisa Backus can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 306, or

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Assisted living facility goes extra mile to feed elderly Emeritus taking part in ‘10,000 Meals’ initiative


An assisted-living community in Rocky Hill is inviting people to give local seniors still in their own homes the chance for a free meal. Emeritus at Rocky Hill is taking part in a program launched early March in honor of National Nutrition Month by its national founder, Emeritus Senior Living. The “10,000 Meals” initiative ran for the entire month of March and will continue through April, with an ultimate goal of providing 10,000 meals total to senior citizens living on their own throughout America. Staff at the Rocky Hill facility hope to do their part by delivering at least five meals per week to local residents. They are asking people in the community to call with nominations for elderly folks they know who could use a hot meal and a friendly visit. “Seniors may not get the nutrition they need for a variety of reasons,” says Steve Sacco, senior director of dining services. “For some, it’s due to a lack of financial resources; for others, a lack of reliable transportation. And in many cases, Mike Webster, chef at Emeritus at Rocky Hill, isolation and depression have caused seniors to delivers a meal to a local senior living on their lose interest in cooking and eating healthfully.” own, as part of Emeritus’ 10,000 meals initiaCommunity Relations Director Nicole tive in honor of National Nutrition Month. Spencer has reached out to the Senior Center and other local organizations serving seniors. Alongside Spencer, Emeritus at Rocky Hill’s al director of operations. “The 10,000 Meals Chef Mike Webster is making meal deliveries. initiative also supports our ‘Safely Somewhere’ “Some people are like, this is too good to be program, ensuring that no matter where a true! We’re going to get a free meal? But it’s senior lives, they are safe and living a purposeful life.” really true,” Spencer said Besides offerMonday. ing a nutritious, According the homemade meal, American Academy Spencer and Webster of Family Physicians, hope they can also chat nearly one in ten seniors with the seniors they in America suffers from deliver to, as many don’t poor nutrition. Failure often host regular visitors. to eat right can exacer“We try to deliver the bate problems already food hot and fresh, and common among the I let them know what elderly population the meal is going to be including depression, ahead of time in case improper healing, and a they have a special diet depressed immune sysor an allergy,” Spencer tem. added, before describing Emeritus has long Chef Mike’s cooking as been providing out- STEVE WOODWARD reach to seniors who live Emeritus regional director of operations “fantastic.” Webster cooks on a at home through their daily basis for the center’s Home Visits program, which brings senior living professionals into 75+ residents. If you know of a local senior who could use a homes to identify and connect seniors with the nutritious meal, call Emeritus at Rocky Hill, 60 services they need. “We are committed to making sure that Cold Springs Road, at (860)-257-3820. every senior in need in the greater Hartford area finds the combination of programs and Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, services that serves them best, even if they do ext. 210, or not live with us,” says Steve Woodward, region-

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St. Paul’s to host Mom-to-Mom sale Officials urged to make Used items to be bought, sold; portion of proceeds will go to charity town more pedestrian, bicycle friendly By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER

A common practice in the midwestern United States that was introduced to Wethersfield last spring will jump off again this weekend at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. It’s called a “Mom-to-Mom Sale” and is a way for local parents to save time and money by recycling their children’s things. When Wethersfield resident Kathy Evans, her husband and their two twin daughters Haley and Elizabeth moved to town from Michigan, she decided to bring with them the custom. “Mom-to-mom sales are huge out there,” Evans said. “On any given Saturday morning you can choose from a dozen or so to go to. Mom groups, preschools, all kinds of organizations host them,” she added. “It’s a winwin for everybody; the sellers get to get rid of things and make a little pocket change, and buyers can get stuff cheaper than getting it new or even going to a consignment shop.” Evans hopes to organize a sale every fall and spring; this is the

third so far. She expects about 20 tables of merchandise, to include new and gently-used items pertaining to maternity, clothing for infants up to preteens, toys, games, DVDs, sporting equipment, etc. She will have her own table at the sale filled with items her twin girls, now 7 years old, have grown out of. While parents can keep the proceeds of their sales, the cost of renting tables will be donated. Half of all money raised will benefit St. Paul’s youth ministries, helping to fund its Vacation Bible Camp, and the other half will be given to Crayons for Cancer, a non-profit organization founded by the Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church on Maple Street. “It’s a service project our Sunday school children are taking part in right now,” Evans explained. “They take used crayons, peel them and melt them down into cool shapes.” The sales of their creations go to families with children battling cancer. Fun gifts cheer up the kids during hospital stays,

while their parents get relief from parking and food expenses. To learn more visit Moms, dads, grandparents and others are welcome to come by and check out the offerings at Saturday’s sale, to be priced at a fraction of the cost of retail. New items will also be available from specialty vendors and another area will be designated to large merchandise in particular, like strollers, high-chairs, and more. This is the ideal place to compare prices, condition and benefits between different bulky items. A snack bar with light breakfast and lunch selections will also be available. The 2nd Annual Springtime Mom2Mom Sale will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 371 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield, this Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Cathy Evans at (860) 478-6918 or cathyfevans@ Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or

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Make Wethersfield a more walkable and bike-able town. That’s the message half-a-dozen residents gave to the town’s Plan & Zoning Commission this Tuesday in the last chance for public comment on the Draft Plan of Conservation and Development, which will be voted on and adopted this spring. The plan outlines the path the town will travel in the next 10 years in terms of development and land use; municipalities are required to update it once per decade. This week’s meeting was the last in a year-long process that town planning officials and Avon-based firm Planimetrics have been leading to update the plan. Its major themes include maintaining the community’s character and quality of life, guiding redevelopment on the Silas Deane Highway and the Berlin Turnpike and addressing other issues, such as protecting the Cove, supporting farms and enhancing infrastructure. Less than 15 residents came to Tuesday night’s meeting and most of those who spoke advocated for more pedestrian-friendly streets, sidewalks and trails. “I’m a bicyclist, and I’d like to see the bike trails properly marked,” said Ruth Clancy, one of these individuals. Clancy also requested the town consider an alternative for bikers crossing the Silas Deane Highway. “I don’t know what that might be, but it slows down traffic crossing the Silas Deane,” she said. Jim Woodworth, who happens to be Stewardship Chairman of the Great Meadows Conservation Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ Trust, was another attendee. “I’m also a biker,” he told com-

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Old Wethersfield -- Judith Milardo says she drives over from the other side of town and crosses the Silas Deane highway "just to eat fresh food at The Cove Deli," when she is not cooking for herself. The former concert singer has been frequenting the local sandwich and specialty food catering business for almost three years. "April 9th is our third anniversary," said owner John Kocur, who with his wife Ilona and small son Joey, have banked their careers and lives on making The Cove a success, and another baby is on the way. John, a local native, nonetheless ran a successful catering business to the Tony Hills of Hollywood, Ilona and John Kocur owners & son Joey California, where the budgets were unlimited for providing food and fare to the decidedly not so frugal stars, especially for those shooting commercials. But the stock market crash of 2008 set more than a few families in motion seeking more stable, better lives than the volatile ups and downs of the movie industry. John and Ilona bought The Cove Deli, a local landmark back in his home state of Connecticut, the land of steady habits, and the rest is history. Judy Tatters, another happy and frequent customer of The Cove, who also says the food is "the best and fresh," met John, Ilona and their son Joey when they bought the place. She has been coming almost daily every day since. "They are such a sweet family and they feed us so well," she said. All the choices on the menu have clever names, such as the Cove Witch, which is a vegetarian spinach wrap. The Rochambeau, named for the Colonial era French general who assisted the Yankees and General Washington, is baked ham with brie. The George Washington is of course roast beef with apples and horseradish. Silas's Choice is corned beef or pastrami with sauerkraut. There are also Angry Chicken with pepper sandwiches and Funky Chicken salads. It is all great fun, but for the steadfast, one can also simply state what one wants on any sandwich or plate. The Cove Deli is best known for catering corporate events and local parties. If you are looking for chic, healthy, and ample portions, The Cove Deli delivers. They deliver "anywhere" for a reasonable fee, and there is no charge for locals.

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Area gun sellers question affect of gun-violence bill By MARK BATTERSON MANAGING EDITOR

The actual language in a sweeping gun-violence bill that imposes new restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms and ammunition in the state is of deep interest to Josh Fiorini, CEO of PTR Industries Inc. of Bristol. As the head of a manufacturer of the weapons and hardware being restricted by the measure, Fiorini said the “devil is in the details.” “We’d really like to see the language in the bill before they vote,” he said Tuesday. “We’re worried about the unintended consequences in the small turns of phrases. With high-capacity magazines, how are they to be registered? Does it mean

they have to be serialized etc.? How do manufacturers do this?” Mark Malkowski, president of Stag Arms of New Britain, makers of AR-15-style weapons, told WTIC-1080 Radio that if the measure bans the sale of those weapons, he will have to think about accepting offers to move his manufacturing operation out of state. Meanwhile, customers Tuesday were packing gun stores around the state. By late Tuesday afernoon, the parking lot at Hoffman’s Gun Center and Indoor Range in Newington was full as customers filed in and out of the store. After weeks of negotiations, legislative leaders announced the deal Monday that would create the

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Against Gun Violence. “We think they did the best job they could based on the political realities.” Late Tuesday afternoon, the parking lot at Hoffman’s Gun Center and Indoor Range in Newington was full with some drivers parking on the lawn and others sitting in their cars waiting for a parking space. By midafternoon, the store was packed with customers waiting in long lines to purchase what was left. Nick Viccione, a gun owner from Wallingford, said people were loading up on ammunition and buying “anything semi-automatic.” Outside, a Newington woman, who declined to be identified, said she’d waited three hours in line to purchase a weapon but had to leave before being served. For Cheryl and Ron Fine of Killingworth, past state champion trap shooters, the potential restrictions on ammunition sales could hamper their way of life. In a national championship, the couple, who often compete as a team, can shoot 5,000 shotgun rounds in a 10-day period, they said in the parking lot after purchasing their ammo. Will the new state statute become too oppressive for gun manufacturers in the state? “If there are significant hardware-related measures, we may well be looking to move out the state,” Fionni said flatly. He’s worried about the risk the measure means to his business. “We have to protect our business. For example, what are freight carriers going to say about carrying banned products through the state?” he said. “If we can’t ship our products out of state, (the legislature) is telling us, ‘fine stay in Connecticut and pay taxes, but we can’t do business.’”

Mark Malkowski, president and founder of Stag Arms in New Britain, which makes AR-15 style weapons, said if the gun-control measure bans the sale of those weapons, he will have to think about accepting offers to move his manufacturing operation out of state.

Leaders said the legislation will expand the state’s 20-year-old assault weapons law, applying the ban to an estimated 100 new weapons. It creates a new crime of the illegal possession of ammunition, so that anyone ineligible to possess a firearm cannot possess ammunition. Only a summary of the package was released, not legislative language. House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, said the assault-weapons language would focus on function, not cosmetics. It’s the far-reaching nature of the legislation the has Fiorini concerned. “If we felt that our closing would prevent another one of these horrible tragedies, we’d close up shop in a heartbeat, but it won’t,” he said. Reports from the website Connecticut Mirror and Associated Press were included in this story.

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ROCKY HILL LIBRARY CALENDAR CORA J. BELDEN LIBRARY SPRING VACATION EVENTS: Monday, April 15, BuildA-Rama, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Let your imagination carry you away! Drop in to build with blocks, plastic bricks and more. Ages 3 and up. Registration not required. Wednesday, April 17, Playgroup Plus, Come for stories and songs at 10:15 a.m. and stay to play until 11:30 a.m. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult. Registration not required. Family Matinee at 2 p.m. “Rise of the Guardians” (PG) 97 minutes When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. Bring your own snacks and pillows! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Thursday, April 18, Stories with Cathy at 10:30 a.m. For ages 2 and up with an adult. Registration not required. Saturday, April 20, Cinema & Craft Saturday, Drop in 10:30 a.m. to 4p.m. to make a craft. For ages 3 and up with an adult. (While supplies last). Family Matinee at 2 p.m. “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” (PG) 91 minutes Director An-

drew Adamson teams with producer James Cameron to bring the magic of Cirque du Soleil to the big screen in this original story. Bring your own snacks and pillows! Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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, April 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to conduct simple activities featuring science, technology, engineering, art and math, for kids. Activity stations will be set up in the program room. Parents and children ages 3 and up may attend.


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WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY CALENDAR 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 Pe-

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by librarian and former newspaper journalist 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) 2572811 to register or for further information. You may also email registrations to TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Join us Tuesday, 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.

APRIL COMPUTER CLASSES: The Wethersfield Library will offer two computer classes 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. SECOND SATURDAY CINEMA: Second Register in person at the library or by Saturday Cinema at the library meets Autobody calling the Adult Services Information April 13 for a 1:30 p.m. showing Desk at (860) 257-2811, or email of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film registrations to library@wethersfield“Rear Window.” The film stars Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart. A wheelchair bound photographer spies on “LET’S TALK MURDER” MYSTERY DIS- Turnpike 2550 Berlin • Newington, CT his neighbors from his apartment CUSSION GROUP: Join us at the library window and becomes convinced one of Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. for the third them has committed murder. Second discussion in the four-part “Let’s Talk Saturday cinema is free and open to Murder” series. The group is facilitated

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LOCKED IN THE LIBRARY: Wethersfield Library Children’s Services will hold a special event for children of all ages Friday, April 19. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. get locked in the library after closing time! Bring a picnic dinner and join us for stories, games and lots of fun! Registration is required. For more information, visit the library, visit or call the children’s

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT GROUP: The Wethersfield Library’s Employment Support Group for job seekers will meet Tuesday, April 23, 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

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Information Desk at (860) 2572811. GETTING STARTED ON LINKEDIN FOR JOB SEEKERS: The library is offering a job support program, titled “Getting Started on LinkedIn for Job Seekers,” Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. Social media sites are not just for kids anymore; they are playing a key role in job searches. LinkedIn is one of the more popular networking sites with millions of users including businesses and recruiters. Presenter Carol Mon will teach you how to create a LinkedIn profile, how to search and

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CHILDREN’S EVENTS — WEEKLY AND YEAR-ROUND: EVERY WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m. to noon, Drop-in Playtime and 11 a.m., Short & Sweet Storytime: all ages. Drop in family fun with a story and a song. EVERY FRIDAY: 10 a.m. to noon, Drop-in Playtime and 11 a.m., Short & Sweet Storytime: all ages. Drop-in family fun with a story and a song. EVERY SATURDAY: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Stories: all ages. Drop-in fun with books, songs and movement for the whole family.

WETHERSFIELD EVENTS CALENDAR “JUMP INTO SPRING WITH READING” CONTEST: During the month of April, the GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman’s Club, in cooperation with Newington Public Schools, will sponsor its 10th annual “Jump Into Spring with Reading” contest. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade are eligible to enter the contest, simply by reading books. Students record a date for every 20 minutes that they read or are read to and submit an entry form for every five dates. The drawing for prizes will take place at each elementary school Friday, May 3. Five prizes will be awarded per school. By sponsoring this contest, the Woman’s Club is hoping to encourage children to read as much as possible between through April 30. The club and school district also hope that by being challenged in this way, children will learn the joy of reading for pleasure and entertainment. “KING & QUEEN OF HEARTS” SPRING BENEFIT DANCE: The Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center’s 11th annual spring dance fundraiser will be held Friday, April 5, from 7 to 11:30 p.m., at the William J. Pitkin Community Center Banquet Room, 30 Greenfield St. This year’s dance, “King & Queen of Hearts,” will feature live music performed by the popular Connecticut-based band, The Players Club. This high-energy band will play all the best pop and rock hits to keep everyone dancing. See their website at for more information. The Friends will provide light refreshments, non-alcoholic beverages, and drink set-ups for those who bring alcoholic beverages. Back again this year is our popular tea cup auction. Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance for $25 per person or at the door for $30. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the Friends of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center. For advance sales, to reserve a table for your group, to volunteer for the event, or for more information, contact the Nature Center at (860) 529-3075 or naturecenter@ 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. friendsofebwnaturecenter.orgfor 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 for more information. ITALIAN FILM SERIES: The Italian Film Series will present “Pranzo di Ferragosto” (Mid-August Lunch), Italian with English subtitles, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 at the Silas Deane Middle School auditorium. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Wethersfield High School Italian National Honor Society in cooperation with the Italian Culture Center of Education and the Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO. The evening is made possible by the generous support of Franco Cianfaglione, agent, State Farm Insurance, Rocky Hill. MOM2MOM SALE: A Mom2Mom Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 371 Wolcott Hill Road. Free admission. New and gently used children’s items, large equipment, refreshments. For more information, contact Cathy at (860) 478-6918. WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS: John Potter will present a lecture “It Was the Hardest Trial of My Life,” the 16th Connecticut Regiment in Southern Prisons, Monday, April 8, at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St. The event begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $5. Free to historical society members. For more information, call (860) 529-7656. Music Concert: “Dianne Mower In Song,” 4 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. This is the last in the 2013 Keeney Cultural Series, rescheduled from February because of snow. Mower will be joined by guitarist Norman Johnson and a gifted ensemble. Special guest will be Colin McEnroe. Admission is $22 adults, $20 for historical society members. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, call (860) 529-7656. TASTE OF WETHERSFIELD BENEFIT: Come enjoy the best in culinary delights! The Wethersfield Historical

Society will celebrate its 8th Annual Taste of Wethersfield™ Benefit Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St. Enjoy lively musical entertainment as you plunge your gastronomical senses into some the best culinary delights from our best restaurants in the Greater Hartford community. Quench your thirst with an offering of great wines and beers that blend well with your tasty indulgences. The evening offers a perfect blend of inspiring cuisine, great music and a silent auction. Come alone or come with friends. There is something for everyone to titillate the taste buds. The Taste of Wethersfield™ annual event provides funds that help to support the society’s educational and cultural programming for children and adults. General admission ticket price is $30 in advance. Price per ticket is $35 at the door. Tickets go fast so make sure to buy your tickets soon. Patrons of the event, at $50 a ticket, will receive early admission at 6 p.m. with full access to the food, drink and entertainment, as well as a special prize drawing just for them. Tickets can be purchased online at wethhist. org, or by the calling the Wethersfield Historical Society at (860) 529-7656. Partnering with the society to sell tickets will be several Wethersfield school PTOs, with a portion of the ticket price helping to support the schools. The Keeney Memorial Cultural Center offers ample free parking and is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the society offices at (860) 529-7656 or email us at THIRD ANNUAL GOOD ‘OLE FISHING DERBY: The Wethersfield Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with Connecticut Outfitters, Metropolitan District Commission and UNICO of Wethersfield, will sponsor a Good ‘Ole Fishing Derby Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at Spring Street Pond, Wethersfield. Rain date: Sunday, April 14. This event is open to children in grades K-6. No “reel” experience necessary! Come tackle the great outdoors and get ready for fishing season. Bring your own fishing pole and bait. Bait will be available to purchase on-site. The generous support of the Metropolitan District Commission and UNICO will provide children with a unique fishing experience, a busy pond and

PRESCRIPTION DRUG COUNSELING SERVICE OFFERED: The Central Connecticut Health District and the Wethersfield Senior Center sponsor a prescription drug counseling program for residents of the Health District. The program sessions offer individualized drug counseling and provide information about supplements and over the counter drugs. Participants can discuss their medications in a confidential, one-on-one session with a pharmacist, who will provide information about the best way and time to take particular medications, drug interactions, vitamin supplements, possible side effects, and potential alternatives such as the use of generic medications. Pharmacist John F. Aforismo of RJ Health Systems, Inc. in Wethersfield conducts the counseling sessions free of charge. The program is held monthly from September through June. Upcoming clinic dates are: Wednesday, April 17, and Wednesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room F-1 at the William J. Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield. Appointments are required. For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Central Connecticut Health District at (860) 721-2818. FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT SEMINAR: Dutch Point Credit Union, 195 Silas Deane Hwy., will hold a free Fraud and Identity Theft Seminar from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. In this seminar, you will learn tips on how to avoid scams, what to do if you are a victim, how to protect yourself online and more. The seminar is open to the community. Invite your family and friends. To register, call (860)

SWING INTO SPRING FASHION SHOW: The Swing Into Spring Fashion Show, hosted by the GFWC/Newington Wethersfield Woman’s Club, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel (formerly Rocky Hill Marriott), 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill. Raffles, silent auction, door prizes. Tickets: $35. For tickets/information, call (860) 257-7177 or (860) 665-7981. BOTTLES AND CANS RETURN: Support the Wethersfield High School band, orchestra, and color guard on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Bring your returnable bottles and cans to Silas Deane Middle School’s Silas Deane Highway entrance where student and parent volunteers will be available to assist you. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support our high school instrumental music program. CARFIT: HELPING MATURE DRIVERS FIND THEIR SAFEST FIT: Many older drivers have difficulty in fitting into their own cars well. Whether it is adjusting mirrors in order to see the blind spot, positioning seats to be far enough away from the steering wheel yet with enough room to reach the gas pedal, or getting the seat belt to fit comfortably, there are many adjustments that can be made to find the safest fit. CarFit was developed to meet this need. Trained volunteers will lead drivers through a 12-point check list with their vehicle, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations, and offer community specific resources and activities that could make their personal vehicles “fit” better or enhance their safety. An occupational therapist will also be on hand to provide information to older drivers on how to maintain and strengthen driving health. Individual appointments will take approximately 30 minutes. This free program, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., is sponsored by the Wethersfield Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, along with the AAA, AARP, AOTA, and the Injury Prevention Center of Hartford Hospital/CT Children’s Medical Center.

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It’s never too late to revisit Mardi Gras Carousel Museum snow-postponed fundraiser rescheduled for April 20 DeMars said the museum has hosted several Mardi Gras BRISTOL — After more than parties since then, however, a year of planning, only to attendance dwindled due have to reschedule the event to harsh February winter due to February’s blizzard, the weather. New England Carousel Mu“The museum stopped seum is ready to get the party hosting the event for a very started at Mardi Gras Revisited. long while and then decided The event, to bring it back in which will be honor of its 21st held April 20 anniversary last from 7 p.m. to year,” DeMars 11 p.m., is the said. museum’s winter LOUISE DEMARS The museum fundraiser that hosts about 40 Executive Director was originally NE Carousel Museum events a year, scheduled for with only six of Feb. 9. those events rais“We were hopeful for the ing money to keep operations event, but when you do things going. in February you are just asking “The majority of our events, for trouble,” said Louise Dewe like to call ‘give back’ Mars, the museum director. fundraisers because proceeds The very first Mardi Gras either go back into the comevent was held more than 20 munity or they are events free years ago, DeMars said. of charge to the community,” “It was a huge event back she said. then with about 500 people in This year, DeMars said she attendance,” she said. “Bristol expects to see about 125 came out in full force in those days to support the community.”


“There will be great entertainment.”

OPENING SATURDAY Art Deco Timepieces "Treasures of the Jazz Age"

Friday, April 5 First Friday Family Festival. Riddles & Rhymes. 5-8 p.m., Imagine Nation Museum $7 Saturday, April 6 2013 Season Opening Bristol Historical Society. Opening: Art Deco Timepieces “Treasures of the Jazz Age.” Clock and Watch Museum

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From left, Ali Feigen, Elaine Lipton and Ruth Stanley show off Mardi Gras masks at the New England Carousel Museum.

people attend the event. “There will be great entertainment,” she said. “We will have live music, dancing, amazing costumes and masks, a lot of fun and frolic.”

DeMars said guest will enjoy a mix of different foods ranging from chicken wings to pasta and finger foods. “People will also be allowed to bring in their own alcoholic

April events

Friday, April 12 Youth Poetry Contest. 4 p.m., Imagine Nation Museum. Saturday, April 13 The Chaparrals. 7-11 p.m. New England Carousel Museum. $12 Tuesday, April 16 NanoDays. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Imagine Nation Museum

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Wednesday, April 17 Kid’s Cooking Club, sponsored by Price Chopper. 10-11:30 a.m,. Imagine Nation Museum. Thursday, April 18 Girls’ Night Out. Sponsored by the Women & Girl’s Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation. 6-7:30 p.m., Imagine Nation Museum Bristol Cemeteries – Their History and Significance. Bristol Historical Society.

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Friday, April 19 Earth Day – Make Some Change. Imagine Nation Museum. Sunday, April 21 Tour of Downs Street Cemetery sponsored by Bristol Cemetery Commission. Bristol Historical Society. Tuesday, April 30 Imagine That! “Spring into Art Show” 6-8 p.m. Imagine Nation Museum. $5

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