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Scarecrows return to Old Wethersfield By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
“It’s a way to highlight the historic area, to bring people in who don’t know what shops and businesses are down here,” said Dana Spicer, treasurer of the Wethersfield Shopkeepers’ Association, the group that hosts the annual event, which is celebrating its 18th year. “It also gives residents some-
Even though everyone is feeling the end-of-summer blues right now, it’s not really fall in Old Wethersfield until the scarecrows start showing their faces on Main Street. They’ll begin popping up at the end of September when the annual competition begins. That See SCARECROWS, Page 8 gives local families, community groups and business owners 50 Cents Volume 53, No. 34 nearly a month to build their creatures, which will delight the thousands of village visitors until the end of October.
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The Wethersfield Shopkeepers Association’s Annual Scarecrows on Main Street competition begins Sept. 28. The hand-crafted decorations will be featured throughout the area until the end of October, when prizes will be awarded to their designers for originality and workmanship.
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Kids in Rocky Hill went back to school Wednesday. It was the first time parents and teachers used the district’s new parent pick-up system, requiring parents to sign their children out before leaving.
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Amanda Cormier, of Wethersfield, recently participated in a special poster session hosted by Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products, where Cormier spent the summer as part of Connecticut’s largest paid student intern program in medical technology. Poster sessions are the presentation of research or project findings and are prominent at scientific and medical conferences. Displayed at an event marking the 10th anniversary of Covidien’s internship program in Connecticut, Cormier’s poster presentation was on Synthetic Media Testing. The event was attended by Covidien executives and other business leaders and elected officials in Connecticut. Cormier and more than 70 other interns worked in Covidien’s North Haven and New Haven facilities, which together serve as the global headquarters for Covidien’s $5 billion, 10,000-person Surgical Solutions business. Key research and development (R&D), manufacturing and marketing operations, supporting the development of instrumentation and medical devices used in surgery, are located at these sites. “We are very proud of our highly engaged student interns and what they are able to accomplish through our program,” said Bryan Hanson,
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Library celebrates summer reading with teachers, kids By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
Two days before school was set to start this week, there was a big party at the Pitkin Community Center. It was a chance for kids in Wethersfield to let loose before it became time to buckle down and study. But the occasion they were celebrating was as much about learning as any school-related activity: the Wethersfield Library’s Summer Reading Finale. “This is our annual year-end event to celebrate all the reading kids have done over the summer,” said Children’s Services Department Manager Regina Aleksandravicius, whom the kids know better as “Miss Regina.” Dressed in overalls and a hard hat, Miss Regina congratulated the 50 or so students who attended for the “incredible” amount of words they digested over summer vacation. “We don’t count by books, we count by minutes,” she explained. That translates into 122,579 minutes for those entering kindergarten through second grade, who were required to read more
than one hour per week. Those entering third through sixth grade had to read two hours weekly but exceeded that amount with a collective 273,000 minutes. Minimum reading requirements were decided upon by a team of specialists that included the schools’ reading consultants and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Sally Dastoli, along with several children’s librarians. The library kept track of how much each student read through their website, where kids clocked in their minutes and the titles they read. Recording their reading became less of a chore and more of a way to challenge themselves and in some cases, have an exciting competition with their friends. “It was a great incentive for them,” said resident Sarah Daigle, whose two older children Alexander, 6, and Hannah, 3, danced the night away at Tuesday’s party. “They really liked keeping track of their reading; my son thought it was so cool to watch his minutes go up each day,” she said. Getting kids to read during summer vacation can be difficult, which is why the library is happy to help
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Students sit on the floor of the Pitkin Community Center Tuesday during a celebration marking the end of the Wethersfield Library’s summer reading program. Local educators and parents applauded the students for their exemplary participation in the program, which was organized by library and school officials.
make it more fun with readingrelated activities and events. “Please put your hands together — not only for yourselves but for your parents, who encouraged you to read when you may not have wanted to,” Miss Regina said to the group, before they had a chance to
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New evaluations, curriculum, security measures underway By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
It’s going to be a busy year for Rocky Hill schools, which opened for the 2013-14 year Wednesday. Exterior and interior improvements were made at every one of the town’s four schools over the summer — some particularly significant. “It’s like the school district got a facelift this year,” Superintendent Mark Zito said Tuesday amidst preparations for the first day. Students at Stevens Elementary School were greeted by a brand new gym and a renovated auditorium that hasn’t been in use for more than 15 years. West Hill’s gym and cafeteria floors were also refurbished, and the same treatment is expected at the middle and high schools later on this fall. The town’s pilot program for fullday kindergarten began this week and 20 percent of kindergrten-aged students participated. The 40 students were selected by a lottery last spring. “We have a very good vibe in Rocky Hill schools this year in terms of moving forward,” Zito explained. In terms of the new state mandates all school districts were required to
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The improvements made to all four Rocky Hill schools are just some of the differences students and parents will notice this year. Town schools will be implementing the Common Core State Standards, which 46 other states use. Rocky Hill will also roll out a new teacher evaluation model, a pilot full-day kindergarten program and will make security changes once analysts study the matter and make recommendations.
implement this year — staff comes prepared after intense professional development sessions through July and August. “We have a strong team that’s been working to align our core with the common core,” Zito said. The Common Core State Standards require Rocky Hill students, along with all other Connecticut school districts — to have the same general studies as
those in 46 other states. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Marian Hourigan joins K-12 Math Administrator Page Weaver and K-12 Language Arts Administrator Darlene Brown in making this transition a smooth one. The town has also instituted a new teacher evaluation model that they hope will lead to better student achievement and higher staff accountability.
More projects will be under way as the year progresses, including an enrollment study to determine the impact a new housing project on Brook Street will have on the student body population. School administration is also taking part in weekly planning meetings in anticipation for the Rocky Hill High School renovation. A groundbreaking is expected in April of 2014. Next week, students and teach-
ers can expect to see some visitors walking around the school buildings, observing daily operations. As parents were informed in June, the town has hired New York-based firm SecureWatch24 to conduct a security analysis and present recommendations for improvements. The Town Council budgeted $350,000 for school security this year, and specific upgrades will depend on SW24’s feedback, expected later this fall.
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Cedar Hill Cemetery to host mushroom walk, scavenger hunt By ERICA SCHMITT STAFF WRITER
Kick-off the fall season with some outdoor fun at Cedar Hill Cemetery, where mushrooms and mysteries abound. The Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation is hosting a Mushroom Walk this Saturday, inviting visitors to join Joe Lenoce of the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society on an educational hunt. People will learn to identify and collect different mushroom species, which are abundant on the cemetery’s 270-acre property. The Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford. “Not all mushrooms are edible and some can be very dangerous, so I think we’re going to be focusing on how to identify various mushrooms,” Foundation Director Beverly Lucas said. “What we find depends on how much wet weather we get leading up to it. I will be learning as well as everybody else,” she added. The following Saturday will feature another type of hunt — a scavenger hunt. This will be the sixth year teams of up to four people will compete to find and follow clues throughout the memorial grounds to solve
Visitors to Cedar Hill Cemetery look over clues as they search for an angel statue’s missing halo during the cemetery’s 2012 scavenger hunt. The 2013 scavenger hunt, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m., will mark the sixth year the event has been held.
a puzzling mystery. Last year, one of the cemetery’s angel statues lost its halo and everyone was on a race to find it. Another year, a frog contest was disrupted after a thief stole all the frogs, which were later located by determined participants. This year’s mystery is top secret. “Chrissy Lewin, our wonderful
longtime volunteer, puts together all these great clues to lead you from one site to the next,” Lucas explained. “She’s great with puns and very creative.” Prizes for teams who solve the mystery the fastest will include gift certificates to local restaurants and tickets to Cedar Hill’s Haunted History Lantern Tour,
which sells out every October. The 20 to 25 events the nonprofit puts on every year introduce the community to the art, history and nature of Cedar Hill. While the cemetery’s front entrance is technically in Hartford, most of the property is located on Wethersfield land, with a small portion in Newington. Most events take place on the 65 undeveloped acres at the front of the cemetery, which does not serve as a burial site. Ponds and wooded areas here contain a lot of wildlife. Proceeds from the foundation’s
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The big yellow buses are back on Wethersfield roads again, as kids returned to school Thursday after summer break. It wasn’t much of a vacation for teachers and administrators, who spent the last two months in vigorous professional development sessions. Consultants from Columbia University hosted a week-long workshop in quality writing instruction for more than 50 staff members a few weeks ago, after last year’s Connecticut Mastery Test scores indicated a decrease in writing performance. The district hired 18.5 new people over the summer and this group spent a week in orientation. All staff are prepared to implement the Common Core State Standards, which is expected to level out the playing field for students nationwide. On a more local level, the muchanticipated Wethersfield High School renovation project is slated to begin Sept. 18, with a formal groundbreaking ceremony planned for Monday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. WHS and the town’s other six schools underwent other smallerscale building projects over the course of the summer. Door locks in all buildings have been changed as one part of a larger effort to improve school safety. “We had many components already in place,” said Superintendent
of Schools Michael Emmett. Visitors have to be buzzed in at the main entrances of all facilities and cameras document their presence. The town is waiting to hear back on a $171,000 competitive grant to hire a school resource officer at Silas Deane Middle School and purchase additional security equipment. “We are working very closely with the police department,” Emmett added. “They now have access to all of our crisis plans and schematics so their response can be more immediate in an emergency.” Students will also notice a stronger administrator presence in their classrooms as teacher instruction is observed more frequently — the result of a state-mandated teacher evaluation instrument. “This new model encourages them to have constructive conversations with teachers on how to improve instruction and will ultimately lead to better student achievement,” said Emmett, who has an extensive list of goals he’d like to move forward with as the year progresses. “We’re taking a hard look at student attendance; if students aren’t in school, they’re not learning,” he said. Historically, those students who drop out of school tend to have a poor attendance record dating all the way back to their elementary days. “Our goal is to capture those kids early and break those patterns before they set themselves.”
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Sept. 26 — Wethersfield Academy for the Arts 2013 Fine Art Competition Show and Sale The 2013 Fine Art Competition Show will be held at Comstock Ferre from Sept. 26 to Oct. 25. The public is invited to the Opening Reception Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This is a juried event with prizes awarded at the opening. All participating artists, including those from our workshops, youth classes will be listed on the website. Many of the artwork will be available for purchase.
The Art Show hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fall Classes and Workshops beginning Sept. 9 are now listed on the website. Study in the figure, landscape, still life or improve your drawing skills. Exciting workshop instructors in oils, egg tempera and pastel. wethersfieldarts.org Sept. 1 — Wethersfield Academy for the Arts Fall Class Schedule and Workshops Sign up for a six-week day or evening art class in the study of the
figure or still life. All memorable artwork begins with the drawing. Hone your abilities to understand what you see and to translate it to paper. Instruction is for beginners to advanced. Youth classes are available in after school hours. Workshops in three-day sessions each month feature prominent artist/instructors in the topics of Contemporary Figure Realism, Fall Landscape Plein Air, Egg Tempera, and Adventures in Color Using Soft Pastel. All details are on our website: wethersfieldarts.org
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WETHERSFIELD EVENTS CALENDAR FUN-DAMENTALS OF ARGENTINE TANGO: Want to try something new, meet new friends and dance tango in Connecticut, the United States and around the world? This intriguing, passionate and fun walking dance is popular world wide. A six-week series for beginners and returning students will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5, 19 and 26 and Oct. 3, 17 and 24 at the American Legion Hall, 275 Main St. Lessons will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with practice from 8:30 to 9 p.m. $15 per class. Sue and Angelo of Hartford Argentine Tango Society will help you get started in a most fun and challenging atmosphere designed to get you on the floor dancing your first week Couples and singles welcome. Plenty of on-street parking, wood floors, easy off I-91 in the heart of Old Wethersfield. The event is
sponsored by the Hartford Argentine Tango Society. www.hartstango.net. For more information and to register, call Sue at (860) 841-4287. ALBERT SCHWEITZER ORGAN FESTIVAL CELEBRATION CONCERT: The Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Celebration Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St. A Celebration Concert opens the festival, featuring the three judges for the competition: Diane Meredith Belcher, David Hurd and Cherry Rhodes, who will play selections of their choosing, along with the glorious sounds of the Festival Choir, all under the direction of David Spicer, Minister of Music, and co-founder of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival. An offering will be received. Childcare is available for ages 8 and under. A recep-
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DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP: Going through divorce, thinking about getting a divorce, already divorced, or relationship breakup. There is a caring group of people who have been exactly where you are now, this group meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield.
MS SUPPORT GROUP: The Newington MS Support Group meets at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Charlie at (860) 667-1314 or Tom at (860) 2362751. For more information on multiple sclerosis and the many ways you can help make a difference, visit www.ctfightsMS.org or call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter at
WHS CLASS OF 1958 REUNION: The Wethersfield High School Class of 58 will be celebrating its 55th Reunion Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Wethersfield Country Club. For information regarding all plans, call Gloria Guilmartin Gworek at (860) 529-7104. MIKEY’S PLACE 5 K RUN, WALK, & ROLL: Please join us as we celebrate 15 years
of making a difference in our community at Mikey’s Place 5K Run, Walk, & Roll at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at Standish Park, Old Wethersfield, CT. The event is a benefit to preserve Mikey’s Place, a wheelchair accessible playground and also to benefit Dollars for Scholars. WETHERSFIELD HISTORY ROUNDTABLE: The next installment of Wethersfield History Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 5:30pm at the Solomon Welles House porch at 220 Hartford Avenue. Bring a sandwich and picnic with us at the park before a 6pm walking tour of the former prison site with local prison expert Frank Winiarski and Administrator & Collections Manager Rachel Zilinski. Rain date Tuesday, September 17. RSVP to Old Academy, 860.529.7656 by Sept. 4.
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LIBRARY MEETING: The Friends of the Wethersfield Library will hold their September meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Library. All meetings are open to the public. SECOND SATURDAY CINEMA: Second Saturday Cinema at Wethersfield Library meets Sept. 14, for a 1:30 p.m. showing of George Kukor’s “1949” film “Adam’s Rib,” starring Katherine Hepburn, Judy Holliday and Spencer Tracy. Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband. 101 minutes. 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. COMPUTER CLASSES: The library will offer two computer classes. Monday, Sept. 16 — Introduction to Microsoft Word (2010) will meet at 2:30 p.m. Learn everything you need to create a letter. You will be shown how to format, layout and print your document. Class will be presented in lab format. All You Need to Know About Email meets at 6:30 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of sending and receiving email. Learn how to open, prepare and send email. You do not need to own a computer to have an
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TIME TO TALK: Wethersfield Library’s Time to Talk and Advanced Conversation groups for new English language speakers begins Tuesday, Sept. 17. Adult English language learners are invited to come develop conversation and speaking skills in a warm, friendly environment. The Advanced Conversation group, facilitated by Jeanine Berasi, will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Time to Talk facilitated by Kim Bobin and Jeanine Berasi follows from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information call the library at (860) 257-2811, or visit the library at 515 Silas Deane Hwy. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
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DROP-IN STORY/PLAY TIME: The Wethersfield Library invites children of all ages and their caregivers to come
to Friday morning Drop-in Playtime/ Storytime from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is an opportunity for families to visit the library with their children in a friendly and relaxed environment and meets year round. A librarian will be on hand at each session to share a short story and a song at 11 a.m. No registration is required. Children’s programs are cancelled on any day when the Wethersfield Public Schools are closed due to weather. For more information, visit the library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy., www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids.htm or call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801. SATURDAY STORIES: The Wethersfield Library offers Saturday Stories for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Drop-in fun with books, songs and movement for the whole family. Registration is not required. For more information about this and other programs for children, call the Children’s Department at (860) 257-2801, visit the library or www. wethersfieldlibrary.org/kids.htm. 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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