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Parents vie for one of 40 all-day K spots in lottery By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
ROCKY HILL — Reminiscent of the moments following any lottery, there were outbursts of both disappointment and happiness at Griswold Middle School Monday evening. Fewer than 30 parents gathered in the school’s cafeteria to find out if their 4- or 5-year-olds Volume 53, No. 17
were lucky enough to win a spot in next fall’s all-day kindergarten program. Although Rocky Hill schools have always offered half-day kindergarten, an all-day pilot will begin in September at West Hill and Stevens Schools. Only 40 of the 160 incoming students will benefit from the full-day option, with one class in each of the two elementary schools. “The goal is to move forward with full-day kindergarten district-wide, but space is an issue,” explained Superintendent Dr. Mark Zito. The $30,000 cost budgeted includes new school supplies as well as the hiring of one part-time See PARENTS, Page 4
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At left, a new display case of Connecticut minerals and rocks in the newly renovated Discovery Room at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill. Top right, the Discovery Room’s new dinosaur timeline, indicating which dinosaurs lived within each era. Bottom right, Bethlehem residents Lara Norris and Deirdre Shea look at a map showing where within Connecticut to find garnet, the state mineral.
Dinosaur State Park visitors enjoy renovated Discovery Room
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How can a dinosaur be renovated, you ask? Rocky Hill’s Dinosaur State Park just re-opened after some extensive renovations of its Discovery Room, where there’s more than just dinosaur remnants, but a whole slew of sparkly
finds, many millions of years old. Museum staff is proud to show off the new room, which was closed for six weeks at the end of the winter during the $150,000 project. “This room really wasn’t functioning the way if needed to,” Park Manager Meg Enkler explained. “Now people really seem to be
enjoying it,” she added. Although the exhibit center was renovated in the mid-’90s, the Discovery Room was never touched. Older park visitors might remember having to search through a closed cabinet to check out the center’s rock and mineral specimens and fossils. Now See VISITORS, Page 2
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these goodies are in plain view, organized in well-lit display cases around the room. “A lot of those specimens were here, but they were in a cabinet hiding. Now everybody walks in and gawks at them because they are well-lit and identified,” she said of a focal point case that features “Connecticut’s Geologic Treasures.” Some specimens were leased on long-term loans from local collectors, others donated. Funds for the renovation came from the Friends of Dinosaur
State Park, and via a grant from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which owns the park. “This is something you won’t see at other museums,” Enkler said of the interactive space, which was filled with families and school groups during opening week. Beside it is a large screen demonstrating the answers to questions like, “Where were Connecticut’s volcanoes?” and “Where are the oldest rocks found in the state?” People can push buttons below the screen indicating which
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topic they want to explore. For Bethlehem residents Lara Norris and Deirdre Shea, that was jewels. “I just learned garnet was the state mineral,” said Shea. “Anything can make a science dork out of me,” she joked. Or they can check out the “Investigation Station,” to feature a different rock or mineral each month. During April, people are “Messing with Mica.” Also wrapping around the walls is a dinosaur timeline, showing which species lived in which eras. “A lot of people think all dinosaurs lived at the same time, but that’s not true,” said Enkler. Young children might enjoy the craft area, where they can make their own bookmarks with real dinosaur footprints, among other souvenirs. And there’s even a place to listen to bird songs of every tune. Dinosaur tracks were discovered on West Street where the park is located in 1966 during an excavation for another state building. The park was built around these fossilized tracks and has since become a popular destination for families and school groups from all over New England. Besides the new Discovery Room, visitors can venture into the center’s dome to see the 600 Jurassic dinosaur footprints nearly 200 million years old. Outside, there are 2½ miles of hiking trails. Dinosaur State Park is located at 400 West St., Rocky Hill.
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Above, brother and sister Dabib, 10, and Dasom, 5, of Branford, check out the Discovery Room’s new “Investigation Station,” which displays a different rock or mineral each month. This month it’s “Messing with Mica.” Below, Park Manager Meg Enkler shows the new dinosaur timeline, which shows which dinosaurs lived. during which eras.
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An interactive display in the newly renovated Discovery Room at Dinosaur State Park. Visitors can change the screen display depending on what geological question they’d like to explore.
The Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Connecticut Chapter of the Over The Hill Gang hosted the “1st Annual Spring Car Show” at the Goff Brook Shops on the Silas Deane Highway, Sunday. Organizers hailed the car show as a great success. Event volunteers, standing, from left, from the Over the Hill Gang are Sharon Reynolds, Cynthia Neznayko, Tat Hays, President Gordan Partridge and Wethersfield Chamber Co-Chair Kim Notaro. Kneeling from left, COC Co-Chair Matt Wraight and Chamber Executive Director Melanie Goodin.
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Robbins House, and Turnpike Motors Autobody. Proceeds from the event went to the Chamber’s newly-formed Fireworks for Wethersfield Fund. By this coming fall, Goodin hopes enough funding will be raised to carry out her plan for a light show in town. The last organized fireworks event was five years ago in honor of Wethersfield’s 375th Anniversary. Erica Schmitt can be reached at (860) 225-4601, ext. 210, or eschmitt@ newbritainherald.com.
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If you happened to be cruising the Silas Deane Highway Sunday morning you may have caught a glimpse of one of more than 70 treasured automobiles on their way into town. They rolled into the parking lot at the Goff Brook Shops to vie for the admiration of onlookers at the Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce’s 1st Annual Car Show. The Chamber hosted the event in conjunction with the Eastern Connecticut Chapter of the Over The Hill Gang, a group of classic car enthusiasts. Although there was no set cut-off date for entries, most were classics, and the majority of winners ’60s-era Chevys. “It was a great success,” said Melanie Goodin, the Wethersfield Chamber’s newly-hired executive director and a town resident. The inaugural event was the first Goodin organized and hosted in her new position, and she hopes to make it an annual occasion. “It was a fun way to kick off spring, there’s no reason why we can’t hold it again,” said Matt Wraight of
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instructor to teach “specials” – art, gym and music – which half-day kids don’t have. To help create space for the 40 kids who will be in school an extra two hours, two classes of 48 fifth-graders will be moved to the middle school. “We had to think creatively to address the space issue,” said Dr. Zito. All-day K winners were the first 20 numbers school administrators picked out of a spinning Bingo machine Monday as parents waited anxiously. For Melissa Grant, the evening was too important to miss. Her 5-year-old daughter Addyson was chosen for the full-day program and will join her older sister Audrey, 7, at West Hill School next year. “Otherwise we would have sent Addy to private school,” Grant said. “My husband and I are both teachers and we know how important the full day is.” Many others expressed the same sentiment. “I think if kids don’t get a full day it puts them at a disadvantage,” said Lindsey Brodeur, as she sat alongside her husband Paul awaiting their son Gavin’s placement. Gavin, 4, is currently enrolled in an all-day preschool at Corpus Christi, a private school in Wethersfield. Because he was not picked Monday, Brodeur said they
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West Hill Elementary School Principal Scott Nozik, left, calls out numbers for his students in the school’s lottery to determine which students will attend the pilot full-day kindergarten program.
may keep him there for kinder- nience of scheduling. garten, because the school offers “I know I’ll have to drop him a full day. off and leave work to pick him up again two hours later,” said Amit Jindal, whose son Anish will be at Stevens School for a half-day this September. For Eliana Thomen, her son being chosen for a full day means she can return to work full time. “I’ve been out of work for two years taking care of him,” said Thomen, who is looking forward JASON MAZIARZ to returning to her former job as Incoming principal at Stevens School a paralegal and claims manager. All families were mailed their “He goes from 7:45 to 2 now results this week, including those so it would be taking a step back,” unable to make it to the lottery. she explained. If your child wasn’t chosen, he or For other parents it’s not only she will be placed on a waiting the increase in instruction time list in case any spots open up – they value, but also the conve- the closer they are to the magic
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Above, parents anxiously listen for their child’s assigned number at Griswold Middle School Monday. Below, parents of Rocky Hill elementary school kids talk with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Zito after the lottery.
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Thundering across a field at a full canter toward his “adversary,” an 18th century horseman raises his sword and slashes through … a melon? Bolton resident David Loda will reenact this and other mock battle scenes as Lt. Colonel David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to General George Washington, during the fifth annual Revolutionary War Encampment at the WebbDeane-Stevens Museum. The event takes place Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 211 Main St., Old Wethersfield, following the Wethersfield Memorial Day parade. Admission to the encampment is free; regular admission rates will be charged for the optional 60-minute tour of the museum. As the newest feature at the encampment, Loda — a retired Navy pilot — will demonstrate “horsemanship with arms,” skills from the 18th-century, including both sword and pistol. Loda creates a dashing figure in full Continental uniform and tri-corner hat and astride his gleaming Morgan horse, Huckleberry. When he portrays
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Left, a jubilant Keith Hall of New Britain finishes the 5K race. Steven Clayton, center, was first across the finish line. Tessa Mah, right, set a course record of 20 minutes and six seconds as she won the women’s race.
tions, from PTSD to anxiety, but a lot of times you go through it all by yourself,” he told the crowd, before reading aloud a letter he wrote to his perpetrators a few years ago titled, “I wish you could know how you changed my life.” Faociglia had only ever read it to a few close family members. “When somebody perpetrates violence on somebody else, it doesn’t just last for those couple minutes, it
lasts a lifetime,” he said, before urging listeners to never dismiss a person whose experiences with violence are deeply rooted, rather than recent. “We have to press on one way or another … with your support, we’ll get through it.” It’s been eight years since Beth Holloway’s daughter Natalee went missing while vacationing in Aruba. Her remains have never been found. But as time passes, it doesn’t get any easier for the heartbroken mother, who also spoke to runners Sunday. “Please know, I am running with you and the work you do to end
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Kristen Brousseau shows her support for Boston prior to the start. At right, news footage from 2005 is shown as Beth Holloway speaks following the 5K Race Against Violence.
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It may be months away from Halloween, but those in search of a frightening tale of murder, deception and intrigue need look no further than a new book from a town native about one of Wethersfield’s most notorious residents. Author Kevin Murphy, who lived in town for 60 years and now resides in nearby Rocky Hill, just released his newest book, “Lydia Sherman: American Borgia.” It is the only biography in existence detailing the life and times of the infamous Wethersfield State Prison inmate who killed three husbands and seven children with arsenic. Murphy’s original literary plan was to publish a book titled, “Connecticut’s Arsenic Ladies,” about Sherman and the state’s other early 19th century black widows, including Amy Archer Gilligan, Lillian Manson and Katie Cobb. “There were about six women in Connecticut who were big arsenic killers; arsenic was much easier to get back then,” he said.
But when Murphy began delving into historical records it was Sherman, an attractive, cunning sociopath — who caught his interest — as she did many men of her time. “They called her the Queen Poisoner,” said Murphy, whose other non-fiction works include “Water for Hartford,” “Crowbar Governor” and “Fly Fishing in Connecticut.” Lydia Sherman was raised by her grandmother in the New Egypt area of New Jersey. In her late teens she became a domestic servant for a minister who — evidence suggests — abused her. Her first marriage was to blacksmith widower Edward Struck, who spiraled into lunacy after losing his job. The year was 1864, Lydia was 39 with no job and six kids, and she poisoned her husband and five of their six children. “Whenever she got her back against the wall and didn’t have any breathing space, she’d kill husbands and children and get them out of the way,” Murphy said. She moved to Connecticut soon after and went on to marry and kill two more husbands and two
more of their children. She’d pretend her family had come down with a grave illness and doctors would sympathize, until one saw through her deceit. “The doctors were so poorly trained, none of them got the diagnosis right,” Murphy explained. “They didn’t grasp the idea she was poisoning them, so she was able to get away with it; she was a great actress,” he added. But when her last husband was autopsied and his organs were sent to Yale University, arsenic was discovered and she made the front pages of newspapers across America. Lydia was sentenced to life term in Connecticut State Prison in Wethersfield and died a few years
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Anthem to reprocess 28K claims to mental health providers By GRACE MERRITT CONNECTICUTMIRROR
Anthem Health Plans has agreed to reprocess 28,000 claims amounting to $400,000 in additional payments to mental health providers following an investigation by the state Department of Insurance, the department announced Wednesday. However, it is unlikely that the agreement will prompt physicians’ groups to withdraw a discrimination lawsuit against Anthem on the same issue any time soon. “We’re very cautious about whether this really is the “fix” that Anthem purports it to be. We’re not sure that it is,” said attorney Maria Pepe VanDerLaan, who represents the plaintiffs. Several weeks ago, the state Insurance Department began investigating customer concerns and a formal complaint from mental health providers about the way Anthem was reimbursing behavioral health claims. “We had concerns based upon the way the company was implementing codes for reimbursements for mental health claims,” state
Insurance Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi said. Anthem had adjusted its billing codes and fees as of Jan. 1 when a new set of codes established by the American Medical Association took effect. As a result of the investigation, the insurance department asked Anthem to go back and revisit its method for reimbursing and make proper adjustments for claims dating back to Jan. 1. The company came up with a remediation plan to retroactively reprocess the claims, Leonardi said. “The company was very cooperative,” Leonardi said. “We had no concerns about their cooperation level. We did not have to take any formal action.” Anthem, in a statement Wednesday, said it is making certain adjustments in its new fee schedule in close cooperation with the department and with input from the attorney general’s office. “Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield would like to first and foremost assure our members and participating providers that Anthem continues to cover all
behavioral health services, including psychotherapy, in accordance with our members’ health benefit plans,” the statement said. The insurance department will continue to monitor the plan going forward and has asked Anthem to provide monthly progress reports, Leonardi said. Despite the agreement, there are no plans to withdraw a lawsuit filed in federal court April 10 claiming that Anthem discriminates against mental health patients. In the suit, the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, the American Psychiatric Association and the Connecticut Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry allege that the insurance company used changes in the codes to lower fees paid to psychiatrists. VanDerLaan said the press release from the insurance department is very vague and relates
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new to see — a kaleidoscope of things you can use,” says Program The Newington Kiwanis are at it Chairman Al Cohen, a longtime again, preparing to open one of the Newington resident and Kiwanis biggest flea markets in the state — member. “We draw people from all an annual event nearly 22 years in over,” he added. “I had a guy call the the making. other day and say he’d been driving The Big K Flea all around the town Market attracts of Newington for more than 1,000 an hour and a half visitors some and couldn’t find Sundays durthe flea market. I ing its 10-week told him, we’re not run in downtown open yet! People Newington. The come looking for it club donates all as soon as there’s a vendor fees and nice day.” admission colLongtime lected — usually Kiwanis memtotaling upward of ber Vincent $20,000 — to local Bellantuono was charitable civic AL COHEN the brains behind and educational Program Chairman the first market, efforts. While which was set up most beneficiaries at the old Hartford are Newington-based, a few oper- Drive-In on the Berlin Turnpike up ate out of town, like the Salvation until about five years ago when the Army in New Britain. theater shut down. “There are new vendors almost Vendors bring their new and used every week and always something goods from all over the state and By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
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Proposal would let state buy energy from regional trash authority; plan would help struggling entity By SUSAN HAIGH ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration is considering a proposal that would allow the state to purchase electricity from Connecticut’s largest regional trash authority, a move that could temporarily help the financially struggling entity while giving it time to come up with a long-term plan. The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, which manages garbage and recyclables for 75 of the state’s 169 cities and towns, has been hit hard by depressed wholesale energy prices. Officials warn they will have to close CRRA’s trash-to-energy plant in Hartford at the end of the 2014 fiscal year unless they come up with a viable, alternative plan. The proposed arrangement with the state would buy CRRA time to come up with a sustainable business model, CRRA Chairman Don Stein said during a conference call Monday with town officials who are members. “I think if we don’t buy that time, there’s a foregone conclusion that we will very shortly start going down the path of converting the plant or the real estate into a transfer station and I think most of us are very unhappy with that possibility,” Stein said. Malloy’s legal counsel, Luke Bronin, told CRRA officials that the governor is committed to helping the trash-to-energy plant model in Connecticut, which he said is a more environmentally sound way to dispose of garbage than landfills. He said the proposed arrangement could be a win-win for the state and the trash authority. “The possibility of a bilateral contract (between the state and CRRA) may present a short-term way, both to meet the state’s energy needs at an appropriate price, and to provide some revenue stability for CRRA in the short-term as CRRA figures out its future,” Bronin said. Under the proposed arrangement, he said, the state would purchase electricity over a two-year period “at a price that’s advantageous to the state.” However, the governor wants certain conditions included in the deal to make sure the state is not “supporting an unsustainable
business model.” For example, there must be a thorough audit of CRRA’s finances, a plan to reduce costs and come up with a sustainable business model, or else a plan to sell off some or all of CRRA’s assets. Bronin said the administration will have to work with state lawmakers to pass legislation this session authorizing such an arrangement. “We are hopeful that that provides a short-term solution to the challenge so that the state need not prematurely abandon the trash-toenergy model, which has served us well over many years and has the potential I think to serve the state well for many years to come,” Bronin said. “But clearly, some deep examination of CRRA and some serious reflection on the future of CRRA is important at this time.” Local officials are worried about the financial consequences for their taxpayers if the Mid-Connecticut Project closes. “None of us wants to find ourselves in a position where, because of the cost of disposal, we are going to be trucking our garbage, or railshipping our garbage out-of-state, to a large landfills with some potential exposure to protracted liabilities down the road when these facilities close,” said Lyme First Selectman Ralph Eno. He said steps need to be taken to make sure that other trash-to-energy plants remain financially viable as well. “It’s not just an issue for the CRRA Mid-Connecticut folks,” he said, adding that other trash plants in Connecticut will be subject to the same market conditions once their current energy contracts expire. This possible electricity deal is the latest CRRA-related matter being considered by the Malloy administration. The Democrat’s budget proposal calls for transferring $30 million from CRRA to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to cover the planned transfer and care of five CRRA landfills to the state. Bronin said the state is in a “very good position to care and control” those landfills, “perhaps at lower costs and perhaps with greater comfort.”
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Lawmakers put Malloy’s car tax repeal plan in neutral By KEITH M. PHANEUF CONNECTICUTMIRROR
The legislature’s tax-writing panel put Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed car tax repeal on the shelf Friday, but leaders insisted the concept would be revisited before the full legislature adjourns on June 5. And while Malloy didn’t get his way when it came to the car tax, the Democratic-controlled Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee embraced most of his other proposals, endorsing more than $110 million in new taxes next year, a controversial energy auction, and a break for tax delinquents in a vote along party lines. Technically, the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee adopted the governor’s plan to end the municipal property tax on motor vehicles — with one huge change. While the governor wanted to end the tax in the 2014-15 fiscal year, the measure the finance panel adopted postpones that until 2018. The principle objection legislators raised to the governor’s proposal is that it does nothing to replace more than $600 million in property tax revenue communities collect annually from motor vehicle levies. Members of the finance and Planning & Development committees have been talking with administration officials and a government efficiency panel created by House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey to see if a compromise can be reached this session. “They’re doing great work and trying to find an answer to a very, very complex issue,” said Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, cochairman of the committee. “The discussion is not finished,” added Rep. Patricia Widlitz, D-Guilford, the committee’s other co-chair. “There is no con-
clusion.” Sharkey said afterward that he expects his study panel will recommend an implementation plan that is “a little bit more aggressive” than repeal in 2018, though it also likely won’t start over the next year. Any successful compromise, he added, likely needs to reimburse communities for at least a portion of the tax revenue they would use, and also likely would have to phase the repeal out over several years. Anticipating that lawmakers might not be ready to sign off on the car tax repeal right now, Gian-Carl Casa, spokesman for the governor’s budget office, said Thursday that “The entire rationale behind this proposal was to begin a conversation about how we can provide middle and working class families with some measure of tax relief. We’re glad that conversation has started, and hope we can reach some kind of resolution with the General Assembly this session.” The governor had much better luck with the finance committee Friday when it came to his other proposals. Lawmakers will extend tax increases that otherwise would have expired in the next fiscal year — extensions that Malloy argued do not violate his pledge not to raise taxes in the new budget: A 20 percent surcharge on the corporation tax would be extended through the next biennial budget, raising an extra $44 million in 2013-14 and $74 million in 2014-15. A cap on an insurance premium tax credit within the corporation tax system would be maintained in the new budget, raising an extra $27 million in each fiscal year. A third tax extension Malloy sought, involving a levy on power plants, was not on Friday’s agenda. That’s because the finance
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their state income tax refunds next April. The plan adopted Friday would restore half of that cut in 2015, bumping the rate back upward to 27.5 percent. The committee also scrapped a proposal from the governor to restore the sales tax exemption on clothing items costing less than $50. The finance committee plan also would raise an extra $20 million in each of the next two years by applying the full sales tax rate of 6.35 percent to digital downloads and other data processing service sales. Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford, a veteran member of the finance panel, said too many of the committees decisions seem designed to be “stop-gap” measures to balance the budget until after the
November 2014 state elections so majority Democrats don’t have to consider further tax hikes or spending cuts. “We need to hold the line on taxes,” he said. “We need to try to make Connecticut more competitive.” But Widlitz said “we are in a very difficult budget year and it is not a perfect system.” Committee leaders have said all session they would try hard to avoid further increasing taxes, given that a record-setting $1.5 billion in taxes was raised two years ago to close a huge deficit. “We’ve done our work and we hope that it is a reasonable product,” Widlitz said. Two years ago Malloy and the legislature were hailed by municipal leaders by breaking ground and granting cities and towns a share of revenue from two state taxes: sales and real estate conveyance. But the committee adopted the governor’s proposal Friday to suspend that revenue-sharing, canceling $92 million in projected assistance next year and $98 million in 2014-15. The panel also endorsed several initiatives to raise one-time revenues to prop up the next state budget, ideas that minority Republicans blasted as gimmicks when Malloy unveiled them back in February. These include: Raising $35 million by waiving tax penalties on delinquents on nearly all state taxes provided they pay between mid-September and mid-November of 2013. Sweeping $30 milion from the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. Auctioning off the rights to serve 800,000 residential and business electricity customers currently served by Connecticut Light & Power Co. or United Illuminating. But while Malloy
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HARTFORD — Construction of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial kicked off Monday with an official groundbreaking ceremony in Hartford’s Minuteman Park, across from the William A. O’Neill State Armory and the Legislative Office Building on Capitol Avenue. This will be the first State memorial to honor Connecticut men and women who have served in America’s military since Revolutionary War times. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz, Major Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, adjutant general of Connecticut National Guard, other state and federal officials, and veterans, participated in the ceremony. Cpl. George Caron of the U.S. Marine Corps, a New Britain resident who served with the 25th Regimental Combat Team, Anti-tank 4th Marine Division in Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, was among the five Connecticut veterans representing the five branches of military service participating moving the first spadefuls of earht on the site. Other veterans included U.S. Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Dolores Nieves of Avon, representing “The Borinqueneers,” the U.S. Army’s 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico that was established and served during the Korean War; U.S. Navy Capt. Brian Kuerbitz of Lebanon honored with a Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan; U.S. Air Force Airman
1st Class Cornelius Greenway of Middletown, Vietnam-era including service in North Africa/Libya; and U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Andrea Marcille of New London, a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and current director of the U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center. The memorial that will honor the more than 1.3 million state citizens who have served the nation in defense of peace and freedom. The memorial will recognize past, present, and future veterans and will be a site for official observances, activities, and ceremonies that honor veterans. “I applaud the partners and board of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial for their efforts to see this important project through,” Malloy said. “Since the Revolutionary War, Connecticut’s armed forces have served the state and the nation with courage and bravery. Having a community gathering place to honor them reflects our deep respect for their commitment and sacrifices.” “There is great significance in the placement of this Memorial, on land between the Armory and the Legislative Office Building,” explained Schwartz. “Here in front of the Armory — where generations of Connecticut men and women have gone off to fight and returned from war — and the Halls of our Legislature — where our treasured freedoms are exercised every day. The Connecticut State Veterans Memorial will be a reminder that veterans past, present and future have
Doing the honors at the ceremonial ground-breaking for the new state veterans memorial at the state Capitol Monday were, from left, U.S. Army Dolores Nieves of Avon; Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz; Major Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin; Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman; Gov. Dannel P. Malloy; Capt. Brian Kuerbitz of Lebanon, U.S. Navy; George Caron of New Britain, U.S. Marines; Cornelius Greenway of Middletown, U.S. Air Force; and Capt. Andrea Marcille of New London, U.S. Coast Guard.
sacrificed to win and sustain the freedoms we all enjoy and to secure peace throughout the world.” The memorial’s architectural designs by BL Companies of Meriden,were announced at the event, as were plans to complete the project by the end of 2013. The Connecticut State Veterans Memorial will feature a granite colonnade structure consisting of five columns representing each branch of military service as the memorial’s main focal point. A semicircular granite Honor wall with
“HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED” engraving will act as the memorial’s framing element. The memorial will highlight various conflicts with engraved granite makers throughout the plaza. Included will be granite pavers, benches, specialty lighting, and landscaping. The colors were presented by members of the Connecticut National Guard in a procession with the Antique Veterans, World Post #1, of Meriden. Also participating at the event were: Father Michael Galasso,
Chaplain of the Connecticut State Department of Veterans Affairs; Chaplain (Major) David C. Nutt of the Connecticut Army National Guard; and Lynn Malerba, Tribal Chief of the Mohegan Nation, who presided over a ceremonial blessing of the ground. To view the architectural design of the future Connecticut State Veterans Memorial and get information about how to make a donation to help build the memorial, visit www.cthonorsvets.org or call (860) 616-3603.
Connecticut Supreme Court takes up death penalty repeal By DAVE COLLINS ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARTFORD — Connecticut’s repeal of the death penalty for future murders last year violates the constitutional rights of the 11 men on the state’s death row who still face execution, a public defender told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The seven justices heard nearly 90 minutes of arguments on the repeal, which abolished capital punishment for all murders committed after April 24, 2012. The high court is expected to take several months to issue a ruling. Tuesday’s arguments came in the case of former Torrington resident Eduardo Santiago, who was sentenced to death for killing a man
in West Hartford in 2000 in return for a pink-striped snowmobile with a broken clutch. The state Supreme Court overturned his death sentence last year and ordered a new penalty phase, two months after the repeal took effect. Neither Santiago nor any supporters attended the arguments. The case has drawn interest from across the country. A group of legal scholars from several states filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing Santiago’s execution, saying no state has ever executed anyone after repealing the death penalty. They said his execution would violate both the U.S. and Connecticut constitutions. The repeal eliminated the death
penalty while setting life in prison without the possibility of release as the punishment for crimes formerly considered capital offenses. The law was passed after Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were sentenced to lethal injection for killing a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire that made national headlines. Santiago’s lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Mark Rademacher, says executing Santiago would violate his constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. He said it would be wrong for some people to face the death penalty while others face life in prison for similar murders. Rademacher spent much of his
time Tuesday arguing that the repeal created an unconstitutionally arbitrary factor — whether a murder was committed before or after the repeal took effect — in determining whether someone should face the death penalty. “We should all be able to agree that we don’t make decisions on who should live and who should die based on something as arbitrary as the date of repeal,” Rademacher said. Rademacher said Connecticut declared its opposition to the death penalty last year and it wouldn’t make sense to execute anybody now. Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Harry Weller told the justices that the repeal should stand and denied there were any constitutional prob-
lems with it. “This is ... a judgment made by the people of Connecticut,” Weller said. “This court should validate the statute and allow the statute to act the way the legislature intended it to.” Death penalty opponents say they have mixed feelings about the repeal, because it eliminates the death penalty for some, but keeps it for others. “What was achieved last year was very important,” said David Amdur, project director for the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, referring to the repeal. “Last year was a good first step. Obviously there are 11 people (death row inmates) not covered by it. We do not support the death penalty in any circumstance in Connecticut.”
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Eastern baseball coach suspended State schools set to
WILLIMANTIC (AP) — Longtime Eastern Connecticut State baseball coach Bill Holowaty has been suspended with pay for the rest of the season for throwing a helmet into the bleachers during a game and failing to comply with school directives and policies, university officials said. School officials said they also are investigating allegations that Holowaty cursed in public and used abusive language, according to a letter the university sent to Holowaty on Monday telling him he was suspended. The letter was first obtained by The Hartford Courant. “An undisclosed number of parents and students have come forward to articulate a pattern of alleged abuses over a series of inci-
dents,” the letter said. Holowaty has been Eastern’s coach for the past 45 seasons and has led the Warriors to four NCAA Division III national championships. He also has been named national coach of the year four times. The school’s website touts him as the winningest coach in the history of New England intercollegiate athletics with more than 1,400 victories. Holowaty told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he didn’t want to say much about the suspension. “This has been very unfortunate,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s too bad the press hasn’t seen the hundreds of thousands of things I’ve done well.”
Assistant coach Michael Grant will be acting head coach the rest of the season. University officials said they substantiated four charges against Holowaty: failure to comply with directives from his supervisor in a timely manner; failure to follow financial procedures; failure to comply with a Feb. 7, 2013, settlement agreement; and allegedly throwing a helmet into the bleachers during a game. The suspension runs through May 13. Holowaty also has been disciplined for his behavior in the past, including a one-game suspension last year for cursing at an umpire during a game, the Courant reported.
Bill of rights for homeless progresses
HARTFORD— A bill establishing a bill of rights for the state’s homeless population continued to progress Tuesday through the Connecticut General Assembly. Some lawmakers, however, questioned whether the legislation is necessary. The bill, which passed the Planning and Development Committee on a 12-7 vote, spells out
how each homeless person has the right to move freely in public spaces, have equal employment opportunities, receive emergency medical care, and the ability to register to vote and vote. The bill also lists their right to a reasonable expectation of privacy regarding their private property, and to receive equal treatment by state and local government agencies.
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implement updated USDA guidelines
goes across geographic, demographic, and political lines.” Black believes The USDA is updating the exist- updating standards is the key to ing nutritional food standards set in providing children with a healthy 1979, which will require all snack environment. foods sold in public schools to meet “Kids consume half their daily new health standards. calories at school,” said Black. “The Marlene Schwartz, from the Yale school is a critical environment when Rudd Center for Food Policy and thinking about children’s health.” Obesity, and Jessica Donze Black, Schwartz said Connecticut would project director at the “Kid’s Safe not notice a significant change for and Healthful Foods Project,” beverages. believe the “Smart School Snack “Connecticut is already well ahead Proposal” will have a positive effect of the curve,” said Schwartz. “In for schools and kids. 2006, Connecticut passed a law For Black, this update has been prohibiting the sale of beverages a longtime comother than water, ing. milk and juice “The USDA in K-12 schools. is modernizing That law is the their standards strongest law in based on curthe country in rent nutritional regards to beverknowledge,” said ages, especially Black. “They are in high schools. setting up new When the fedrules based on eral beverage law what we now changes, I can’t know about reaimagine it being sonable levels of anything stronfat, trans-fats, ger than what saturated fat, Connecticut calories and JESSICA DONZE BLACK already has.” sodium. This Project director at the “Kid’s Safe Schwartz said change will and Healthful Foods Project the change will affect everything be somewhat that’s sold outside the school lunch more noticeable when it comes to programs, in vending machines, food. school stores, etc. The goal is to “In Connecticut, districts can serve more fruits, vegetables, whole choose to follow nutritional stangrain, and low-fat yogurts.” Black’s dards for competitive foods put out organization ran a health-impact by the Department of Education assessment, and found that schools that are updated every year,” said who improved nutrition standards Schwartz. “If districts agree, they either broke even or saw increases receive additional money from the in revenue. Department of Education. This was “It is better for the health of the put into place also in 2006 as a finanstudents, and for the school budget,” cial incentive for districts to improve said Black. “With these changes, snacks in school. The first year, about kids are more likely to purchase 50 percent of districts had signed up, school meals as opposed to snacks. now we’re up to over 74 percent. As The U.S. Department of Agriculture a result, the majority of Connecticut reimburses for school meals, which school districts won’t notice a big means the school is getting addi- difference in what snacks they can tional revenue.” Black also said her sell. The strengthening of the fedorganization took a public support eral law will primarily influence the poll, and found that 80 percent sup- districts that never took advantage ported the changes. of the state program. Those districts “A vast majority of people will now be required to improve the responded that they do support the nutrition of the food that they sell change,” said Black. “This response in school.” By BRIAN M. JOHNSON CORRESPONDENT
“It is better for the health of the students, and for the school budget. With these changes, kids are more likely to purchase school meals as opposed to snacks.”
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CCHD urges precautions against lead poisoning
Do you know what is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and can affect both children and adults alike? If you thought of lead, you are correct. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young children are the most at risk for lead poisoning because of the harmful affects on the developing nerves and brain of a child. In fact, the younger the child, the more damaging exposure can be. For these reasons, the Central Connecticut Health District is urging all residents to take precaution and do their part to prevent lead poisoning in their homes. Lead is a highly toxic metal that occurs naturally in the Earth’s crust. It can be used in paint and gasoline, and can be found in contaminated soil, household dust, toys, drinking water, lead glazed pottery and some metal jewelry. Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the main sources for lead in United States children. Lead gets into the bodies of children when lead objects are placed in a child’s mouth or by particles of lead dust in the air. Both adults and children can suffer from lead poisoning. Most adults with lead poisoning are exposed in their work environment or while remodeling their home. Some hobbies, such as making stained glass or refinishing furniture, also offer opportunities for lead exposure. Adults with lead poisoning may experience high blood pressure, digestive problems, nerve disorders, memory and concentra-
tion problems, muscle and joint pain, cataracts, and fertility problems, especially in men. Women who are pregnant when exposed to lead can pass the lead to their unborn fetus. Lead poisoning commonly builds up over time through repeated exposure to small amounts of lead. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms in children are non-specific, so children may be exposed for prolonged periods of time before anyone discovers they have lead poisoning. The symptoms of lead poisoning may include: abdominal pain and cramping (usually the first sign of a high, toxic dose of lead poison), aggressive behavior, anemia, constipation, difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritability, loss of previous developmental skills, low appetite and energy and reduced sensations. However, very high levels of lead may cause vomiting, staggering walk, muscle weakness, seizures or coma. Possible complications of lead poisoning include behavior and attention problems, failure at school, hearing problems, kidney damage, reduced IQ and slowed body growth. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint; however, it is the deterioration of the paint that causes a problem. Approximately 24 million housing units have deteriorated lead paint and elevated levels of lead-contaminated house dust.
Furthermore, 4 million of these dwellings are homes with one or more young children. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, childhood lead poisoning is the most common pediatric public health problem, yet it is entirely preventable. It is important to determine the construction year of the house or the dwelling where your child may spend a large amount of time. In housing built before 1978, assume that the paint has lead unless tests show otherwise. To prevent exposure to lead, it is recommended that the following be done: Make sure your child does not have access to peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint. ∎ Pregnant women and children should not be present in housing built before 1978 that is undergoing renovation. ∎ Create barriers between living/ play areas and lead sources. ∎Regularly wash children’s hands and toys, as both are sources of lead and can become contaminated from household dust or exterior soil. ∎ Prevent children from playing in bare soil; if possible, provide them with sandboxes. ∎ Let tap water run for a minute before drinking it or cooking with it. ∎ Throw out old painted toys if you do not know whether the paint contains lead. To determine if a person has lead poisoning, a simple blood test is administered. The CDC rec-
ommends that children should be tested at 6 months of age, and once each year thereafter if the risk of exposure is high. Once lead is detected in the body, it is imperative that its source be determined so that exposure can be halted. The risk of lead poisoning can be reduced by following certain safety practices. In the case of small children, caregivers should wash the child’s hands after they play outside, before eating, and before going to bed. Children should not be allowed to play near major roads and bridges. Providing nutritious, low-fat meals that are high in iron and calcium is important, because these minerals help to prevent the absorption of lead. Dusty surfaces should be cleaned with a wet mop and a damp cloth, and children’s toys, bottles and pacifiers should be washed often. Safety measures that can protect adults from lead poisoning include: ∎ Wearing protective clothing and equipment when renovating the home; ∎ Refraining from sanding lead paint or using an open flame torch when attempting to remove it from surfaces; ∎ Eating and drinking in areas that are free of lead dust. If you suspect your home may contain lead-based paint, a lead inspector can be hired to test all of the paint. To determine if your home has any lead-contaminated dust, a risk assessor or sampling technician may be employed to take samples and submit to a laboratory for anal-
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS College students spending spring semester at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tenn., concluded their semester with a week-long tour to seven colleges across the country. The tour was entirely student run, showcasing all that the students have learned about the music industry throughout the semester. Students from Malone University who participated include Nate Miller, a senior music production major from Wethersfield. Sr. Mary A. McCarthy, president and Melissa M. Bullock, principal of Mercy High School in Middletown, have announced the names of the following students as honor roll stu-
dents for the third marking period. ROCKY HILL Julia Bouchard — Freshman, First Honors Samantha Buscema — Junior, First Honors Katie Cimini — Junior, High Honors Morgaynn Gorski — Sophomore, Second Honors Juhi Gupta — Senior, High Honors Marinna Lorence — Junior, First Honors Alyssa Miano — Sophomore, First Honors Janine Mouland — Junior, High
Honors Kanwal Ojha — Sophomore, High Honors Jessica Ptak — Senior, First Honors Dominica Rocamora — Freshman, Second Honors Alyssa Scandura — Freshman, First Honors Madison Swilling — Freshman, Second Honors Cristina Vassallo — Sophomore, Second Honors
Honors Kendall Ely — Sophomore, First Honors Alyssa Harris — Senior, First Honors Mary McKenna — Senior, First Honors Emma Monroe — Freshman, First Honors Carly Nixon — Junior, High Honors Madison Nixon — Senior, First Honors Kendra Oates — Senior, High WETHERSFIELD Honors Gabriella St. Pierre — Freshman, Hannah Amabile — Sophomore, High Honors First Honors Emily Tylki — Freshman, First Emelie Burgess — Junior, First Honors
ysis. Additional information about lead poisoning is available from the National Institute of Environmental Health Services at www.niehs. nih.gov; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa. gov; and the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc. gov. To obtain further information about this or any other public health concerns, contact the Central Connecticut Health District, serving the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield at (860) 721-2822 or by visiting our website at www.ccthd.org.
ROCKY HILL LIBRARY CALENDAR INDIEFLIX AT THE LIBRARY: The Cora J. Belden Library has a new resource for patrons that love films. IndieFlix an online streaming service that offers access to independent films, shorts, and documentaries. Library cardholders can view the films on computers, tablets and mobile devices. IndieFlix offers patrons unlimited access to films screened at more than 2,000 film festivals worldwide. Users can search for titles or apply a variety of filters, such as genre, intended audience, or film festival, to find movies that will appeal to them. Each title also includes a text summary, along with a listing of cast, crew, and awards won. “Patrons may get more information by visiting the library at 33 Church St. or by calling (860) 258-7623 or online at www.rockyhilllibrary.info 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. CHILDRENS DEPARTMENT ACTIVITIES FOR MAY: Playgroup Plus Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Stories, songs at 10:15 a.m. and group playtime until 11:30 a.m. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers with an adult. Registration not required. Family Craft Nights, Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Families can come in
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They Are “Public Notices” For A Good Reason DON’T LET CONNECTICUT OFFICIALS REMOVE YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW FROM THE NEWSPAPER. KEEP PUBLIC NOTICES IN YOUR NEWSPAPER! Pending legislation may remove your right to read public notices in newspapers, moving them from the public domain to government controlled web sites. We’re concerned. And you should be, too. Public notices are an important tool in assuring an informed citizenry. They have helped develop America into a participatory democracy for hundreds of years and where it counts the most: how your tax dollars are spent, how policy is made and how our futures are charted. They are located in easy-to-find sections of your newspaper. And they are fully accessible to everyone - unlike the internet, which is not accessible to everyone.
Less than 10% of the U.S. population views a local, state or federal government website daily, according to the May 2009 release of U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Estimates of Resident Population. This means more than nine out of ten people may never see a given notice. This compares dramatically to the fact that 83% of adults read a community newspaper every week, according to the National Newspaper Association. Furthermore, a public notice printed in the newspaper produces a permanent record. The internet does not, nor does it assure timeliness. And a newspaper is archived for years; not subject to computer crashes and hackers. Newspapers are easily verifiable, fully transparent and represent a secure third party who has nothing to gain from any notice.
Connecticut’s recent ethical lapses shed a glaring light on the full meaning of this problem. It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Every public notice, which runs in a Connecticut daily newspaper, is automatically uploaded to that newspaper’s web site and CTPublicNotices.org. Newspapers are your watchdogs. Don’t let that role be changed now. Voice your opinion. To keep your notices in the newspaper, contact your local legislator to oppose Senate Bill #1112 - An Act Concerning the Publication of Legal Notices by Municipalities. Governor’s Office - 860.566.4840 Senate Democrats - 860.240.8600 House Democrats - 860.240.8500 Senate Republicans - 860.240.8800 House Republicans - 860.240.8700
Visit www.ctdailynews.com to contact your legislator today
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and make a craft together. Stop by the Children’s desk to pick yours up. For families with children ages 3 and up. Registration not required. Drop-In Sandwich Stories Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, noon to 12:30 p.m. Children can bring their lunch and listen to stories. For children ages 3 and up. Registration not required. Drop-In Sandwich Stories Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 11:30 a.m. to noon. Children can bring their lunch and listen to stories. For children ages 3 and up. Registration not required. Snack Stories Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23. Children can bring a snack to enjoy while listening to stories. Children 3-6 years old on their own. Registration required. 7UP Stories Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, Children ages 7-11 years old on their own. Stories, games and crafts. Registration required. Other events in May include Playgroup Plus on Saturday, May 11 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Cora’s Crew Block Party Saturday, May 11, (two sessions),
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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.
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. WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS: 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.
SPRING FLING DANCE: A Spring Fling Dance will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 27 at the U.S. Dance Club, 38 New Britain Ave. Enjoy a social event and celebrate life with free dance lessons, a multigenre dance show, and dinner buffet. B.Y.O.B. Tickets are $25 per person and can be bought at the door.
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.
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
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. WHS BOTANY CLASS PLANT SALE: It’s that time again! Get your plants for Mother’s Day and your favorite gardener at the Wethersfield High School Botany Class Plant Sale, Saturday, May 11 and 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Hanging baskets, herbs, geraniums and vegetables will be available. CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION
MEN’S ASSOCIATION ANNUAL BASEBALL TRIP: The Church of the Incarnation Men’s Association has planned its Annual Baseball Trip to Yankee Stadium, New York City, to see the New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, May 18. Buses will depart the church parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Price $85 per person includes game ticket, food, beverages, movie, raffle and loads of fun. To reserve your tickets, call Tony Colasacco at (860) 836-3064 or via e-mail at ACOLASACCO@WEICHERT. COM. Make checks payable to Incarnation Church and mail to Tony Colasacco, 151 Cider Brook Drive, Wethersfield 06109. The two buses will fill up quickly, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. 7TH ANNUAL ROCKY HILL CAR SHOW: The 7th Annual Rocky Hill Car Show, sponsored by the Over The Hill Gang Car Club, Eastern Chapter, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Elm Ridge Park, Route 160. Rain date is Sunday, May 29. Dash plaques for first 100 cars; show cars, $10; spectators free, 20+ trophies plus Mayor’s Trophy. To become a trophy sponsor or vendor, contact John at (860) 721-1315. The car show helps support The Rocky Hill Human Services Energy Assistance Program, The Connecticut Association of Foster & Adoptive Parents, Automotive Scholarship and Rocky Hill Summer Concert Series.
WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY CALENDAR WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY OFFERS ZINIO DIGITAL MAGAZINE SERVICE: Wethersfield Library has announced that it now offers the Zinio digital magazine service to Wethersfield Library card holders. With easy-to-use features and incredible free content, Zinio delivers the ultimate magazine experience anytime and anywhere you want. Zinio magazines may be read on PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Kindle Fire/Fire HD tablets, and Blackberry Playbooks. To view the Library’s Zinio collection, Wethersfield card holders will be asked to create an account with their library card, an email address and a password. Check out the many popular titles available, For more information, visit the library website at http://www.wethersfieldlibrary.org and click on the link to Zinio or call the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811. CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM AT WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY: Concerned about having your identity stolen online? Or getting scammed through your email? Maintaining a secure computer system in your home and workplace is critical in today’s world. On Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. the Wethersfield Police Department will present a cybersecurity workshop. Topics will include preventing identity theft, how to protect your personal information when using a computer and how to protect yourself from email scams. Learn how to stay on top of constantly changing computer security
risks. This program is co-sponsored by the Library and the Wethersfield Computer Learning Center. The program is free and open to all. Registration is suggested. Register in person at the library, by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811, or email registrations to library@ wethersfield.org. “LET’S TALK MURDER” BOOK DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR MARYANN TIRONE SMITH: Join us at the Wethersfield Library Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. for the final discussion in the four-part “Let’s Talk Murder” series. The group is facilitated by librarian and former newspaper journalist Marge Ruschau. The book to be discussed is “Love Her Madly” by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith. FBI investigator Poppy Rice thinks convicted axemurderer Rona Leigh Glueck could not be guilty. With the reluctant support of her colleague and sometime lover, Joe Barnow, fearless Poppy reopens the investigation. Following the discussion at 7 p.m. Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, author of the acclaimed memoir “Girls of Tender Age” about growing up in Hartford and the mystery series featuring FBI agent Poppy Rice will join the group. Both Smith’s talk and the book discussion are open to the public. Copies of “Love Her Madly” will be available for check-out at Wethersfield Library approximately one month before the discussion date. All discussions will begin at 7 p.m. at the library. The book discussions are
free but registration is suggested. Call (860) 257-2811 to register or for further information or email registrations to firstname.lastname@example.org. SECOND SATURDAY CINEMA: Second Saturday Cinema at Wethersfield Library meets May 11 for a 1:30 p.m. showing of George Steven’s 1948 film “I Remember Mama,” starring Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes and Oscar Homolka. The life of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco centers around Mama and her detailed, pennywise household budget. Second Saturday Cinema is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Wethersfield Library. For information call the library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library. AUTHOR DENIS HORGAN AT WETHERSFIELD LIBRARY: Veteran journalist and author, Denis Horgan, well-known to Connecticut readers for his 25 years of columns for the Hartford Courant will speak about his new book,” The Bangkok World” at the Wethersfield Library, Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The book is a memoir of his fascinating days as an Army officer during the war in Southeast Asia and as editor of the English-language newspaper of that name in Thailand. “The Bangkok World” recalls his amazing experiences as very young man caught up in the great swirls of overseas newspapering and the bitter
conflicts that were going on it in those turbulent, formative times. His earlier books include: “Ninety-Eight Point Six … and other stories,” “The Dawn of Days” and “Flotsam: A Life in Debris.” Horgan has won a wide variety of journalism awards for his social, political and humorous commentary. He has traveled widely across the region, the nation and the world, while always keeping a special appreciation of the importance and vitality of affairs close to home. 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. TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIE: Join us Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the library for a free showing of the 2012 documentary film “Searching For Sugarman” starring musician Sixto Rodriguez. Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock-and-roller, Rodriguez. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some drug references. Tuesday Night Movies are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Wethersfield Library. For information call the library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library at 515 Silas Deane Hwy. BEYOND STRESS MANAGEMENT: BUILDING RESILIENCY FOR JOB SEEK-
ERS: The library is offering a job support program, titled “Beyond Stress Management: Building Resiliency for Job Seekers” Thursday, May 30, at 2 p.m. Presented by Ann Corcoran, M.S., this workshop is ideal for job seekers who face today’s daunting challenges. Corcoran will teach you highly effective traditional and non-traditional techniques designed to increase your resilience and relieve the harmful effects of stress that is common to job seekers. There will be time afterward to learn specific tips to get your resume through applicant tracking systems and for a brief review of individual resumes. The program is free and open to all. Registration is suggested. Register in person at the library or by calling the Adult Services Information Desk at (860) 257-2811, or email registrations to library@ wethersfieldlibrary.org. 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.
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Are you looking for a good job with immediate rewards and high potential? Do you enjoy working with people and helping them build their business? Central Connecticut Communications, publisher of The Bristol Press, New Britain Herald, Newington Town Crier and Wethersfield/Rocky Hill Post, as well local digital media and products, is looking for a high-energy salesperson who wants to learn our business and make money doing so. This is a commission-only position with a guarantee and successful book of business, as well as health benefits.
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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
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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.
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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: robpolo.com LAWN AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE PREMIER PROPERTy MAINTENANCE is offering Newington residents one free lawn cutting when you sign up for weekly lawn cutting service. Other services include seasonal clean-ups, mulching, rototilling, organic fertilizing, etc. Free quotes over the phone or email. Dependable owner does the work. Fully insured. Call Mike 860205-8761. Premierproperty@cox.net 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
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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. www.larichroofing.com 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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