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					 Volume 36, No. 35                 Southington’s only locally produced paper                        Friday, September 2, 2011

                          Cava Restaurant wins                 Southington Chamber of Commerce                                   Southington Schools winter
                            wine award, Page 3                     holds annual pizza fest, Page 15                            sports calendars, Pages 22-26

Back to school
                                                                                             Southington dodged a bullet
                                                                                               Hurricane Irene leaves little damage in town
                                                                                                  By ROB GLIDDEN             to 1,000.                           DePalma said there
                                                                                                      Staff Writer                “I’m glad that we were    were 24 instances of wires
                                                                                                  Southington did not        so prepared and we didn’t      coming down. By Monday,
                                                                                             emerge unscathed after a        come out too badly,” said      all of them were cleaned up,
                                                                                             weekend of brutal weather,      Town Manager Garry             except for one area on West
                                                                                             but local officials are         Brumback. “In the end,         Street near Maxwell Drive.
                                                                                             relieved and said the extent    Southington was fortu-         No fatalities were reported.
                                                                                             of the damage to the town       nate.”                              Thirty-five trees came
                                                                                             was far less than it could           During the weekend,       down, though only a few
                                                                                             have been.                      the storm created haz-         caused damage to homes.
                                                                                                  Hurricane Irene, even-     ardous conditions on about     There were 17 “public haz-
                                                                                             tually downgraded to a          a dozen local roads, includ-   ards,” There were eight
                                                                                             tropical storm, came across     ing busy ones like Marion      medical calls, five points of
                                                                                             the western Connecticut         Avenue and Meriden-            concern for flooding, and
                                                                                             coast around midday             Waterbury Turnpike.            only two car accidents and
                                                                                             Sunday, dropping close to            “We were definitely       one disabled vehicle.
                                                                                             10 inches of rain in north-     busy,” said Sergeant Lowell         “We were glad to see
                                                                                             western parts of the state      DePalma, spokesman for         that those numbers were so
                                                                                             before speeding away to the     the Southington Police         low,” said DePalma. “People
                                                                                             northeast.                      Department. “In terms of       really heeded the advice
                                                                                                  At the height of the       how bad it was, that’s very    about staying off the road.”
                                                                                             storm, about 3,500 people       relative. For the people who        He added that police
                                                                                             in Southington were out of      are out of power or had a      are still advising caution in
                                                                                             power. By Monday, that          tree fall on their house, it   the days after the storm.
                                                                              TAMMI KNAPIK
                                                                                             number had dropped closer       was pretty bad.”
                                                                                                                                                                   See IRENE, page 11
Twins Kayleigh and John O'Connor wait to catch their bus to South End School to start
second grade Tuesday morning. The opening of school was delayed a day due to
Hurricane Irene.                                                                             Larson stops to talk shop in town
                                                                                                  By ROB GLIDDEN                                            trated and discouraged” by
STEPS goals embraced at convocation                                                                   Staff Writer                                          the debt ceiling controversy
                                                                                                                                                            and stated that his primary
                                                                                                  United States

     By ROB GLIDDEN             have partnered with the                                                                                                     reason for voting against
                                                                                             Congressman John Larson
         Staff Writer           schools, such as the                                                                                                        the final legislation was
                                                                                             discussed economic issues
     The faculty and staff of   Southington Education                                                                                                       fears about its potential
                                                                                             with a crowd of several
the Southington school sys-     Foundation and United                                                                                                       effect on Medicare.
tem embraced the goals of       Way. As the program went          Southington                dozen residents at the
                                                                                                                                                                 The crowd seemed to
                                                                                             Calendar House, as part of a
the Southington Town-Wide       on, it began to coalesce         schools are a               week-long business-orient-                                     hold a similar opinion, as a
Effort to Promote Success       around a theme of not just                                                                                                  reference to a recent Senate
                                                                 great place to              ed trip around Connecticut.
(STEPS) during the district’s   teaching Southington’s kids,                                                                                                proposal to privatize Social
                                                                                                  Larson, a Democrat,
                                but trying to improve their
annual convocation gather-
                                                                 begin building              has represented the state’s                                    Security elicited groans
ing.                                                                                         First District since 1999 and                                  from the crowd.
     Meant to mark the start         Strong Elementary          assets because               is Chairman of the House                        TAMMI KNAPIK        “Don’t buy any of this
                                School teacher Jessica
of a new school year, con-
                                Bruenn, who was recently
                                                                of the amount of             Democratic Caucus.
                                                                                                                                                            stuff out there being a cor-
vocation brings the school                                                                        “Many of [the seniors]                                    relation between Social
employees together for a        named Teacher of the Year,     the time the kids             are concerned about what’s             John Larson             Security and the national
                                offered a firsthand account
celebration of their work.
                                of how her life was changed
                                                                spent in school
                                                                       “                     going to happen with
                                                                                                                             cuts to the Low Income
                                                                                                                                                            debt,” Larson said. “There is
New employees are wel-                                                                       Medicare and if it’s going to                                  none. Social Security is not
comed and educators who         for the better by an educa-         activities.              change,” said Sharyn
                                                                                                                             Heating and Energy             a problem unless you don’t
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                                                                                             Murphy, program coordina-
of 30 years in Southington      tragedy led to her feeling                                                                   (LIHEAP), though this ulti-         Early press about the
                                                                                             tor at the Calendar House.
are honored.                    isolated and depressed dur-                                                                  mately was not referenced      Congressman’s appearance
                                                                                                  She added that many of
     This year’s speakers       ing school, until one of her                                                                 during the discussion.         suggested that the forum
                                                                     Steve Nyerick,          the center’s patrons were
included representatives                                                                                                         During the forum,
                                                               DePaolo Guidance Counselor    worried about rumored
from organizations that            See SCHOOLS, page 8                                                                       Larson said he was “frus-           See LARSON, page 4
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ESPN personalities judge Sloper dunk contest
     ESPN      personalities              showcased football and bas-     Coleman, Southington resi-
Jonathon Coachman and                     ketball.                        dents often seen on the
Freddie Coleman were the                       The basketball portion,    YMCA basketball      courts,
celebrity judges for the slam             held on Wednesday, August       offered     encouragement                                     2nd Year Anniversary Celebration
dunk portion of YMCA Camp                 24, included a dribbling con-   throughout and judged the
Slopers annual Color Games.               test for a few younger          counselor’s dunk contest.
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Cava honored by national wine magazine
     By ROB GLIDDEN               on West Street about three     started with 100 wines        complete and accurate         with a thematic match to                                      and we even have some-
          Staff Writer            years ago. The focus on        and has added approxi-        wine information. It must     the menu in both price                                        one from Florida who saw
    Southington’s own             wine was clear from the        mately an additional 50       include vintages and          and style.”                                                   the magazine,”
Cava Restaurant was               first day, given that “Cava”   each year.                    appellations for all selec-       So far, the recognition                                   Papahristou said. “It’s
recently honored by Wine          is a Greek kind of wine.            Entering the contest     tions, including wines        has proven good for busi-                                     been a big draw.”
Spectator magazine for                 “We were honored,”        meant sending Wine            available by the glass.”      ness.                                                              Comemnts? Email
the quality of its selection.     said Tony Papahristou.         Spectator a list of their         Cava was one of 2,827         “It’s bringing people                                     rglidden@southingtonob-
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Youth theater group evokes the era of ‘Ziegfield’
     By MIKE CHAIKEN              Southington, Terryville,                                               shows, there are often                                             songs are large, full-cast      because “I get to be a differ-        “It will be a fresh show
       EDITIONS EDITOR            Berlin and Farmington, will                                            songs that are on the sad or                                       production numbers,” said       ent character than I would       for almost everyone in the
      When teens think of         transport audiences to a                                               even depressing side. I                                            Terryville’s Adam Pierce, 13.   normally be in real life.”       audience,” said Madison.
the Ziegfeld Follies, if they     time when “guys” spoke of                                              found it extremely fun to                                               “My favorite song in            The cast, which is               “We have so much
think of them at all, they        “dames,” when every flap-                                              always be able to smile.”                                          the show is ‘Destination        drawn from many different        energy as a group,” said
probably will associate that      per dreamed of being a                                                      “What surprised me                                            Broadway’ because it pretty     towns, is special, said          Samantha.
era of entertainment with         showgirl, every basement                                               about the music was how                                            much sets the stage for the     Madison, who plays many               “When someone hears
their great-great grandpar-       door seemed to hide a                                                  relatable it can be to people                                      whole show,” said               roles in the show. She           (‘we’re performing) ‘songs
ents. After all, the 1920s--      speakeasy, and where boys                                              today,” said Edwin Lee, 15,                                        Samantha Bradley, 15, of        explained, “First off, and       from the 1920s,’ they might
the heyday of Ziegfield--         and girls from the country                                             of Plainville. “It has similar                                     Plainville.                     most importantly, is that we     not be excited,” said Emma.
were 90 years ago.                were dazzled by the bright                                             themes as those (songs of)                                              “My favorite song of       have the ability to work         “But once they hear them, I
      In this day and age of      lights of the big city.                                                today like heartbreak, sor-                                        the show is ‘Do the New         together. Everyone respects      think they’ll be pleasantly
Katy Perry and Lady Gaga,              The show, under the                                               rows, and cavemen.”                                                York’ because it perfectly      each other and it is a non-      surprised.”
Florenz Ziegfield and his         artistic direction of Peter                                                 “What I like about the                                        describes the city, bustling    judgmental place. I also feel         The PCS Youth Theater
elaborate showstopping            Peluso, music direction of                                             music is how literal the                                           with people everywhere          that the talent we share is      production of “Ziegfield in
stage productions seems as        Maryjane Peluso, choreo-                                               meanings are,” added                                               and always exciting,” said      absolutely incredible.”          Review” will be performed
if it happened in the age of      graphed by Chris Kuzia and                                             Edwin, who has the role of                                         Emma Carpenter, 15, of               “We are amazing and         in the auditorium at
dinosaurs.                        produced by Foster White,                                              John in the show. “This                                            Plainville.”                    are very dedicated,” said        Plainville High School,
      But the young per-          will featured the music of                                             helps allow me as an actor                                              As a performer, Emma,      Adam, who plays Junior.          Robert Holcomb Way,
formers in the PCS Youth          Irving Berlin and Jerome                                               to convey the message and                                          who plays many different             And why do the cast         Plainville on Friday, Sept. 9
Theatre group are going           Kern, Johnny Mercer, and                                               words easier.”                                                     roles in the performance,       members feel audiences           and Saturday, Sept. 10
back in time next week-           Cole Porter.                                                                “I was surprised that I                                       said the show is fun            will enjoy the show?             Curtain times are 7:30 p.m.
end—and will take the                  As a teen of 2011, 14-                                            recognized many favorite                                           because, simply put, she             “I think audiences will     both evenings. Admission is
audiences of 2011 with            year-old Madison                                                       tunes,” said Delaney                                               likes to perform. “Being on     like hearing these songs         $10 per person in advance;
them— when they perform           Chapman of Southington                                                 Wilbur, 15, of Farmington.                                         stage is exciting…it really     and seeing how they’re per-      $12 at the door. Tickets are
“Ziegfield in Review.”            said she was surprised by                                              It was interesting to learn                                        gives you a rush.”              formed because it’s typical      available at Saints
      The teens, who come         “the happiness of all the                                              that they were from the                                                 Samantha, who plays        old-time Broadway that’s         Restaurant in Southington
from Bristol, Burlington,         songs (in ‘Ziegfield in                                                Follies.”                                                          Mitzi, said she finds the       energetic and fun,” said         and at The Plainville Senior
New Britain, Plainville,          Review’)… In more current                                                   “I like how a lot of the                                      show fun as a performer         Edwin.                           Center.

Larson: Visits local business and talks to constituents
From page 1                       interested in many other                                               Marilyn Swain. “There are                                          in our own country, we’ll       ny which produces super-              “It’s incredible what
                                  issues.                                                                no jobs out there.”                                                be in a lot better place.”      conductors. The business         they have been able to
would be focused on                     “When the military                                                    Larson advocated for                                              Earlier in the day, the     was recently awarded             do,” Larson said.
these programs, but the           comes home, what do we                                                 an emphasis on infra-                                              Congressman visited             $1.75 million in Small                Comments? Email
attending audience was            tell them?” asked resident                                             structure projects in addi-                                        SupraMagnetics in               Business Innovation and          rglidden@southingtonob-
                                                                                                         tion to a stronger partner-                                        Plantsville, a small compa-     Research (SBIR) funding.
                                                                                                         ship between the worlds
                                                                                                         of education and busi-
                                                                                                         ness. To illustrate his                                                                      Send us your letters!
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                                                                                                         recent trip to China.                                               Ed Harris at, or mail them to The Observer, 213
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                                                                                                         his country’s large infra-
                                                                                                         structure projects had put
                                                                                                         300 million people to
                                                                                                         work, and said to Larson,
                                                                                                         “We’re doing what you
                                                                                                         used to do.”
                                                                                                              “They caught the bug
                                                                      TAMMI KNAPIK                       and want to be entrepre-
                                                                                                         neurial,” Larson said. “It’s
US Congressman John Larson stopped by Plantsville                                                        similar to what we did
business Supramagnetics last week.                                                                       during the Great
Above, from left, Bob Neumann (employee) Wayne                                                           Depression and they want
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      Jeffrey W. Woodworth,                       31, of 469 Main Street, was                            Boulevard, Unionville, was              court date.                                     Christopher Kremski,              bond for an August 22 court
19, of 20 River View Court,                       charged on August 18 with                              charged on August 19 with                    Natasha C. Gee, 22, of                50, last known address,                date.
Cheshire, was charged on                          disorderly conduct and                                 possession of drug para-                338 Dyckman Street,                        408 Main Street, was                        Kevin J. Marquis, 46,
August 17 with DUI, failure                       third degree criminal mis-                             phernalia. She was held on              Peeksill NY, was charged                   charged on August 20 with              of 297 North Main Street,
to maintain a lane and                            chief. She was held on a                               a $500 bond for a                       on August 20 with second                   DUI, simple trespass and               was charged on August 23
possession of marijuana.                          $1,500 bond for an August                              September 6 court date.                 degree breach of peace                     operating a motor vehicle              with risk of injury, interfer-
He was held on a $500                             19 court date.                                             Kara L. Beharry, 29, of             and violation of a protec-                 under suspension. He was               ing with an officer and
bond for a September 6                                 Ralph Marro Belfi, 58,                            73 Wheeler Village Road,                tive order. She was held on                held on a $500 bond for an             possession of a controlled
court date.                                       of 284 Bristol Street, was                             was charged on August 18                a $5,000 bond for an                       August 29 court date.                  substance. He was held on
      Michael E. Bielewicz                        charged on August 16 with                              with disorderly conduct.                August 22 court date.                           Adam Franco, 28, of               a $5,000 bond for an
Jr., 23, of 476 Flanders                          failure to drive in a proper                           She was held on a $500                       Artur Y. Kasinski, 19,                698 Moss Farms Road,                   August 23 court date.
Street, was charged on                            lane, DUI, misuse of regis-                            bond for an August 24                   of 33 Muir Terrace, was                    Cheshire, was charged on                    Jennifer T. Marquies,
August 18 with DUI, failure                       tration and operating an                               court date.                             charged on August 20 with                  August 19 with second                  36, of 297 North Main
to maintain a lain and fail-                      unregistered motor vehi-                                   Gregory A. Wilkes, 28,              second degree breach of                    degree burglary, second                Street, was charged on
ure to use a turn signal. He                      cle. He was held on a $500                             of 73 Wheeler Village Road,             peace and third degree                     degree criminal trespass               August 23 with risk of
was held on a $500 bond                           bond for an August 29                                  was charged on August 19                criminal mischief. He was                  and fourth degree criminal             injury. She was held on a
for an August 29 court                            court date.                                            with disorderly conduct.                held on a $500 bond for a                  attempt to commit larceny.             $5,000 bond for an August
date.                                                  Shannon M. Gonzalez,                              He was held on a $500                   September 6 court date.                    He was held on a $100,000              23 court date.
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a minor.                                          germent, second degree                                 ed to commit an act of sexu-           Connecticut is seeking for-                 that young parents can be              successful.
     On Tuesday, August 23,                       breach of peace and tam-                               al assault at knife point to a         mer members and past vol-                   successful, learn, support                   If you were a M.O.M.S.
Southington Police arrested                       pering with a witness.                                 16-year-old male who was               unteers to help celebrate                   one another and make                   member or volunteer and
Lawrence Petrocellil III, 19,                         He was held on a                                   known to him.                          the program’s 25th anniver-                 informed decisions about               would like to attend the
of 104 Wilcox Avenue,                             $150,000 bond for an August                                                                   sary Saturday, Sept. 24 at                  their lives. The group offers          anniversary event and/or
                                                                                                                                                the hospital.                               a fun, relaxed atmosphere              share your stories about
                                                                                                                                                     M.O.M.S. is a support                  that includes discussions,             being in M.O.M.S., please
Police make arrest in burglary attmept                                                                                                          group for pregnant or par-                  activities, guest speakers             call (860) 224-5900, X 2650,
                                                                                                                                                enting mothers ages 21 and                  and field trips.                       or send an e-mail to
     Police have made an                          attempt to commit larceny.                             walked through the back                                                                 The group also offers    by Sept. 9.
                                                                                                                                                younger from throughout
arrest in an attempted rob-                       H                                                      yard and opened a back                                                             information and tips on                       When calling please be
                                                                                                                                                the New Britain area. At the
bery on South End Road                                He was held on a                                   slider.                                                                            parenting strategies, child            sure to leave your full
                                                                                                                                                anniversary celebration,
that occurred when one of                         $100,000 bond for an                                        “He saw her, he took                                                          development, stress man-               name, address, phone
                                                                                                                                                current and former
the homeowners was home.                          August 22 court date.                                  off,” said Southington                                                             agement and health and                 number and the year you
                                                                                                                                                M.O.M.S. participants and
     On Friday, August 19,                            It is alleged that on                              Police Spokesman Sgt.                                                              nutrition. M.O.M.S. groups             attended the program, and
                                                                                                                                                volunteers will come
Southington Police arrested                       Wednesday, August 17, at                               Lowell DePalma.                                                                    are led by peer facilitators –         if you like, 100 Grand Street
                                                                                                                                                together to share stories
Adam Franco, 28, of 698                           approx 11:46 a.m., Franco                                   The woman was able to                                                         women who were young                   New Britain, CT 06050 860
                                                                                                                                                and celebrate accomplish-
Moss Farms Road,                                  broke into a home on South                             provide police with a basic                                                        mothers themselves and                 224 5695 tel 860 224 5779
Cheshire. He was charged                          End Road that was occu-                                description and working                                                            understand the fears and               fax
                                                                                                                                                     The event will also
with second degree, second                        pied by the female home-                               alongside Cheshire Police,
degree criminal trespass                          owner.                                                 Franco’s car was found in a
and fourth degree criminal                            Franco allegedly                                   commuter lot on Route 10.
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                                                                                                      Our Views
                                                                                      The earth moved underfoot
                                                                                            By now, everyone knows that the                                                 in the region.
                                                                                      tremors we felt in Southington on                                                           The USGS said the most severe
                             ED HARRIS editor                                         Tuesday, August 23 were because of                                                    earthquake in the state’s history
                             Established in 1975                                      shockwaves caused by a magnitude                                                      occurred at East haddam on May 16,
                  Published weekly by The Step Saver, Inc.                            5.8 earthquake in Virginia. The shock-                                                1791. The Richter Scale was obviously
                  213 Spring St., Southington, CT 06489                               waves were felt all up and down the                                                   not used at the time, so we do not
                           editorial: 860-621-6751                                    East Coast.                                                                           have any indication on the size or
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                                                                                            As I am sure was the case all                                                   scope of the quake. However, the
                              fax 860-621-1841                                        around town, the general consensus                                                    USGS website says that, according to
                  e-mail                              at The Observer offices at the time                                                   reports from the time, “several heavy
           All editorials are intended to reflect the position of the publisher and   was one of confusion, tinged with a                                                   shocks, in quick succession,” were
    not that of any individual editorial writer. Signed columns, on the other hand,
    reflect the position of the author and not necessarily those of the publisher.
                                                                                      little bit of fear. While not a large     Ed Harris                                   felt. Upwards of one hundred after-
                                                                                      earthquake by West Coast standards,                                                   shocks were reported.
                                                           us New Englanders are not attune to       Thoughts around town                              According to records, the next
                                                                                      having the earth move under our feet.                                                 moderate tremor occurred in

Southington to                                                                              I had scarcely returned to my
                                                                                      desk when the quake first hit. I felt
                                                                                      my chair begin to move underneath
                                                                                                                                Virginia quake and the tremors
                                                                                                                                became the top news story of the day.
                                                                                                                                      This was not the first time dealing
                                                                                                                                                                            Hartford in April 1837. Another earth-
                                                                                                                                                                            quake occurred in the area in August
                                                                                      me. I immediately checked to make                                                           On June 30, 1858, a moderate

remember 9/11                                                                         sure I was all right, as it was out of
                                                                                      the ordinary for my chair to start
                                                                                                                                with an earthquake while sitting at my
                                                                                                                                desk in The Observer offices on Spring
                                                                                                                                Street. A few years ago, the exact tim-
                                                                                                                                                                            tremor shook the homes in New
                                                                                                                                                                                  According to the USGS, the
     We are proud to see such an enthusiastic response                                      I looked up across the newsroom     ing escapes me, we had a very small         strongest tremor since the one in 1791
for Sunday’s 9/11 memorial event.                                                     and saw a small divider wall by the       tremor pass through and my chair also       occurred near Hartford on Nov. 14,
     For the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, a                               desk of Kaitlyn Naples, our Bristol       shook, though not as long or as fierce      1925. Other noteworthy tremors hit
massive community-wide activity is being planned to                                   reporter, begin to sway. Milliseconds     as it did last week. News reports would     Stamford in March 1953 and areas in
honor those who perished during the 9/11 attacks.                                     later, she asked if anyone else was       link the relatively microscopic tremor      southern Connecticut on Nov. 3, 1968.
     A ceremony is planned for Sunday, September 11, at                               feeling the shaking and it dawned on      to a small earthquake.                            Since these times, the state has
Southington High School, but organizers said the most                                 me that we were experiencing an                 Many did not even know that we        only really felt tremors from damag-
important element of the initiative would be what the                                 earthquake.                               had experienced one. No one was             ing shocks in nearby states and even
community did beforehand.                                                                   I got to my feet and the ground     selling “I survived the earthquake of       Canada.
     Participants were encouraged to do acts of goodwill                              was still wobbly, an interesting expe-    20XX” t-shirts back then.                         There was no significant damage
in honor of a specific person who died on 9/11, repre-                                rience to say the least. Then, in an            According to the United States        or any other items reported in the
sented on small cards shaped like stars.                                              instant, almost as soon as it began, it   Geological Service (USGS),                  area due to last week’s tremors.
     When completed, one side of the star will have the                               ended.                                    Connecticut is a very minor area for        However, many will not soon forget
name of someone who died during the attacks, and the                                        Shortly later we would find out     seismic activity. Noticeably minor,         the day the earth began to move
other side will describe the charity act done in honor of                             that it was shockwaves from the           even when compared to other states          under their feet.
that person.
     However, anyone could do good deeds in honor of
9/11 victims without filling out the star.
     Some of the stars, returned earlier last week, may
                                                                                      Book review: A teacher’s honesty
be read as part of the actual ceremony on September
                                                                                            This is something new, as I’ve                                                  get movie ratings, of course, but you
                                                                                      never done a book review before. (Go                                                  know what I mean.) He tells the
     These stars were available at Town Hall, the library
                                                                                      ahead, say it: “Hey Dunn, first you                                                   unvarnished truth, even if at times it
and the YMCA, in addition to numerous civic group
                                                                                      gotta read a book before you can                                                      portrays the students, parents,
headquarters and churches.
                                                                                      review a book!” Very funny. Ha ha.)                                                   administrators, other teachers, and
     There was a significant response to the effort early
                                                                                            No, I actually read a book this                                                 even himself, in a less than flattering
on within the Southington community. Organizers said
                                                                                      summer, and I thought it was terrific.                                                light. The stark honesty is disconcert-
over 4,000 stars had always been given out, a month or
                                                                                      The book is titled “Sh*t A Teacher                                                    ing at first, but ultimately quite
more before the event, meaning that some of the 9/11
                                                                                      Thinks (and Sometimes Says).” It was                                                  refreshing.
victims are being represented multiple times.
                                                                                      written by Paul Bentley, who taught                                                        The book also helped me deal
     Meanwhile, representatives of the group were out
making presentations to the various town boards and
                                                                                      English for 32 years in a suburban        Bill Dunn                                   with a personal issue. I admit that
                                                                                      high school in northwest Connecticut.                                                 every summer I get jealous of teach-
     The Town Council and the Board of Finance agreed
                                                                                            During his last year of teaching    Laugh or Death                              ers, who are in the middle of their
                                                                                      before retiring a few years ago,                                                      nine-week vacation, while I’m trying
to a $2,500 donation to the event, while the Board of
                                                                                      Bentley took notes each day, record-                                                  to decide when to use my nine days of
Education granted the use of Fontana Field for the con-                                                                         degreed bastards” and “fart twangers.”
                                                                                      ing the happenings in his classroom.                                                  annual vacation time. Bentley did
cluding service.                                                                                                                The irresponsible parents who
                                                                                      The result is a chronicle of an aca-                                                  such a good job of putting the reader
     Numerous other businesses and organizations have                                                                           instilled an attitude of arrogant enti-
                                                                                      demic year that is at times funny and                                                 right in the trenches of the day-to-day
stepped on board to help out as well.                                                                                           tlement in their bratty teenagers were
                                                                                      infuriating, depressing and inspiring.                                                classroom environment, it is clear the
     In the years since the tragedy, September 11 has                                                                           simply “lettuce heads.”
                                                                                            The book is organized with each                                                 profession can be a soul-sucking,
slowly become associated with community service.                                                                                     These are the PG-rated labels.
                                                                                      month from September to June being                                                    ulcer-inducing, bureaucratic ordeal.
Organizers hope that this year’s event will inspire the                                                                         More interesting and humorous R-
                                                                                      a chapter. As I began reading, I was a                                                In other words, th e book was a good
community to continue a tradition of goodwill even as                                                                           rated descriptions can be found on
                                                                                      little shocked by what seemed to be                                                   reality check for “the grass is always
the memory of the actual attacks grows more distant.                                                                            virtually every page.
                                                                                      gratuitous profanity. It’s not that                                                   greener” syndrome.
     The town-wide patriotic memorial service will take                                                                              The more I continued to read, the
                                                                                      Bentley routinely swore in the class-                                                      “Sh*t A Teacher Thinks (and
place at the high school on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6:30                                                                           more I realized Bentley was not using
                                                                                      room. But the book not only records                                                   Sometimes Says)is witty and honest.
p.m. All are welcome. Admission is free.                                                                                        gratuitous profanity, he was using gra-
                                                                                      what the students said and did each                                                   Despite the sarcasm, it is obvious
Gates Open at 5 p.m. to allow time for arrival and seat-                                                                        tuitous honesty. You see, there are a
                                                                                      day, it also records Bentley’s private                                                Bentley really cared about his stu-
ing of expected crowd. Shuttle buses begin picking up at                                                                        few different definitions of the word
                                                                                      thoughts in response to the controlled                                                dents and enjoyed teaching those
5 p.m. from DePaolo School and Calendar House park-                                                                             gratuitous. One is: “Being without
                                                                                      chaos known as a public high school                                                   willing to learn. It’s a fun read and a
ing lots and from Walmart Plaza.                                                                                                apparent reason, cause, or justifica-
                                                                                      in the 21st century.                                                                  real eye-opener. You can order the
     Parking will also be available in the high school’s                                                                        tion: a gratuitous insult.”
                                                                                            He pulls no punches in describ-                                                 book at for only $11.99.
front parking lot, while spaces remain available. Parking                                                                            But there’s another definition of
                                                                                      ing the students he taught, the                                                       I highly recommend it, and give it two
between VOAG and athletic field is limited to handi-                                                                            the word: “Given, done, bestowed, or
                                                                                      administrators he tried to avoid, and                                                 thumbs up. (Bentley probably would
capped parking only.                                                                                                            obtained without charge or payment;
                                                                                      the parents, some of whom were so                                                     observe, “My students give it two mid-
     We would like to thank the organizers behind the                                                                           free; voluntary.” In his book, Bentley
                                                                                      clueless it boggles the mind. Many of                                                 dle fingers up.”)
9/11 remembrance event and also those who have gath-                                                                            freely gives the whole story. He does-
                                                                                      the unmotivated, narcissistic students                                                     Bill Dunn is a freelance writer
ered stars to help commemorate the dead with good                                                                               n’t sugarcoat the realities of high
                                                                                      are referred to as “zero-liners” and                                                  who resides in Torrington. He can be
deeds. We can not think of anything more fitting for a                                                                          school life so the book will have a
                                                                                      “turdwads.” The often vindictive                                                      reached via his website at:
9/11 remembrance.                                                                                                               respectable PG rating. (Not that books
                                                                                      administrators are called “over-                                            
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                                                                               Your Views
Southington says

The Southington
Chamber of
recently held its
annual pizza
fest. We asked
attendees what is
their favorite
kind of pizza.                   “Cheese.”                      “Buffalo chicken                "Buffalo Chicken"                 "Bacon"                         "Margherita"

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Angelillos say thanks No money for database                                                         To the editor,                Therefore, such additional      unjustly required to cor-
    To the Editor,               Carnemolla and Chuck’s         donated to the benefit, but                                       taxpayer expense is not         rect the problem caused by
                                 Parkway Garage.                were unable to attend.               As a resident and tax-       immediately required. As        others. These contractors
     We would like to                 Also thank you to Tony         To all of our friends      payer, I would like to take       stated, this database           should be held responsi-
express how grateful we are      and Sharon Angelillo,          and family, thank you for       a moment to comment on            expense will not put pave-      ble, by way of posting a
to all who attended, donat-      Richie and Mary Angelillo,     being there. We extend our      the article I read with           ment on the road.               bond for one year after
ed, contributed, helped and      Frank Graziosos, Nancy         sincerest gratitude to al and   interest in The                   Chairman Pocock also            roadwork completion that
supported the benefit for        Mobillio, Kate Salerno, Bill   everyone. Your love, sup-       Southington Observer,             made a very valid com-          their work has been satis-
Patience on August 14.           Tully, Paul Richter, Ray       port and prarey are and will    dated Aug. 19, titled             ment to the effect that         factory.
     Special thanks to           Ricciardone, Jim Lulcente,     continue to be greatly          “Looking at town roads,” a        political elements should            In conclusion, I would
Falcon’s Nest, Plantsville,      Mike D’Agostino, Helen         appreciated.                    proposal to budget and            not be part of the decision     like to point out two spe-
the Aqua Turf, Crystal Rock,     Swanson, Dawn R., Steven            A very special thanks to   hire an outside firm in the       as to what roads are main-      cific roads that I frequently
Easter-Plastics, Inc, Bristol,   C and all of you who helped    Joe Angelillo, from Patience,   amount of $55,500 to cre-         tained.                         travel. Due to roadwork
The Republican-American,         organize and orchestrate       for being a wonderful hus-      ate a database program or              Presently, is would be     performed during 2010
The Step Saver, The Record-      this benefit.                  band and best friend.           spreadsheet to help identi-       “simple enough” just to         and 2011, I now make
Journal, The Manor Inn,               Thank you to all who           Thank you and God          fy roads that need work.          drive around town and           every effort to avoid these.
Sons of Italy, Southington,      donated raffle items, the      bless you all.                       While I am in favor of       find roads that are in most     Oakland Rd., adjacent to
Sam the Clams, The               individuals who generously                                     technology and having a           need of repair. I recall        Bradley Hospital emer-
Auracle, The Hartford            donated monetarily in             Patience (Odell)             tracking system to docu-          reading of a similar road       gency room entrance was
Insurance Group, Nuway           addition to purchasing tick-   Angelillo                       ment historical and current       maintenance debate here         poorly reconstructed with
Transport-Frank                  ets and to the people who         Southington                  status of our infrastructure,     in town several years ago       road patches after being
                                                                                                presently, towns, states and      where as a result of various    dug up. The other travesty
                                                                                                our federal government are        roadwork activities such as     and worst of road repairs
                                                                                                in a state of fiscal crisis. As   installation or repair of       at taxpayer expense is West
                                                                                                a result of these circum-         sewer, gas and waterlines       Center Street, between
                                                                                                stances I don’t feel this is a    performed by contractors,       Bristol St. and West St.. If
                                                                                                prudent course of action at       where the final aspect of       you don’t want to ruin the
                                                                                                this time to spend tax dol-       the work, pavement patch-       suspension of your car,
                                                                                                lars. I tend to agree with        ing, left a lot to be desired   stay away from these
                                                                                                Councilors Barry and              and rapidly deteriorated,       roads. These are in dire
                                                                                                Miceli’s comment that we          leaving pot holes and ulti-     need of resurfacing. This
                                                                                                already may have compe-           mately leading to further       can be determined without
                                                                                                tent personnel capable of         poor road conditions.           an expensive database.
                                                                                                creating such a database,              I’ll give credit to the
                                                                                                as an ongoing in-house            town highway department             Ted Krajewski
                                                                                                project for the future.           for their efforts, they are         Southington

                                                                                                               Calendar House Notes
                                                                                                       The following events       classes that start              will gather, as one communi-
                                                                                                 will take place at the           September19. registration       ty, on the grounds of
                                                                                                 Calendar House in the com-       closes on Wednesday,            Southington High School for
                                                                                                 ing weeks:                       September 14.                   a patriotic, memorial service.
                                                                                                       Genealogy Club –                Calendar House closed            Alaska Yukon
                                                                                                 Wednesday, September 9 at 1      September 5 in observance       Experience Friday,
                                                                                                 pm in the Perry Room             of Labor Day.                   September 16 presentation
                                                                                                       Fall 2011 Session               Dr. Joseph Erardi,         by Tours of Distinction
                                                                                                 “Computer Learning Center        Superintendent of Schools             Pig Roast Wednesday,
                                                                                                 @ Calendar House” Classes        will be at the Calendar House   September 21 catered by
                                                                                  SUBMITTED      begin September 6.               on Friday, September 9 at       Smokin’ With Chris - Tickets
                                                                                                       For more information       12:15 pm to discuss pro-        on sale until September 14
Sloper Hall of Fame inductees                                                                    regarding the Computer
                                                                                                 Learning Center @ Calendar
                                                                                                                                  posed plans for renovations
                                                                                                                                  of the town’s middle schools.
                                                                                                                                                                        For more about
                                                                                                                                                                  Calendar House activities
YMCA Camp Sloper recently held the induction ceremony for honorees into the                      House please email                    Southington                pick up the August newslet-
Sloper Hall of Fame during the Volunteer and Donor Picnic.                                        Remembers 911 - 6:30 pm on      ter at 388 Pleasant Street or
Pictured, from left, are the 2011 inductees: Tony Palmieri, Harry Kastner, Josie                       Forms available at         Sunday, September 11, 2011,     visit our website and sign up
Rogala and Lori Edwards.                                                                         Calendar House for Fall          the people of Southington       for a monthly email copy.
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Tiant, Campbell, Renko and others coming to town
      The great former Red                                                    Business taxes are         even Chamber executives          found that Connecticut has                                  You can clear your
Sox and New York Yankee                                                   real, no matter who is         got caught up in repeating       the lowest total effective                            throat now, folks.
pitcher ‘El Tiante’ will                                                         the blame               that Connecticut was not         business tax rate in the                                    Obviously the study
again headline the group                                                                                 business friendly. At con-       nation, at only 3.3 percent.                          done by COST was com-
                                                                              The Council on State
of former major leaguer                                                                                  ferences and public              The top? Alaska at 13.3                               piled before Governor
                                                                         Taxation (COST) has
baseball players who will                                                                                appearances, state officials     percent.                                              Malloy took office.
                                                                         released a study on the
participate in the                                                                                       had to hear the same com-             Our 3.3 percent is the                           Business owners, who are
                                                                         national breakdown of
Chamber’s Celebrity Golf                                                                                 plaint – business owners         total state and local taxes                           struggling in the fight for
                                                                         taxes paid by businesses
Cup Classic at Hawk’s                                                                                    are getting the shaft from       on businesses as a percent                            their existence, could care
                                                                         over the last fiscal year. It
Landing Sept. 28. The
Shotgun format will again
                                      Art Secondo                        has been distributed (sur-
                                                                                                         the state. Because we live
                                                                                                         in the real world, nobody
                                                                                                                                          of Gross State Product (i.e.
                                                                                                                                          the percent of the total
                                                                                                                                                                                                less about the blame game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                It is a fact that
                                                                         prised?) by the House
feature more than seven
restaurants serving at the
                                      Second Look                        Democrats and what it
                                                                                                         in business had too much
                                                                                                         to question the com-
                                                                                                                                          state economy). The study
                                                                                                                                          examined a wide range of
                                                                                                                                                                                                Republicans, from Weicker,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Rowland to Rell, are as
                                                                         seems to state is contrary
first tee, several others                                                                                plaints.                         taxes paid including prop-                            much responsible for the
                                      by Farmington Dick                 to what the GOP has been
along the first nine holes.                                                                                   After all, corporate and    erty taxes on business                                state spending too much
                                      McAuliffe and Tom                  hammering the Democrats
In addition, the Chamber                                                                                 employment taxes have            property; general sales                               and raising too little just as
                                      Burgmeier, former left-            about since Jodi Rell left
Golf Committee has                                                                                       been a heavy burden on           taxes on business inputs;                             much the Democrats are to
                                      handed hurler for the Sox          the Governor’s chair.
announced that two Par 3                                                                                 businesses and the income        corporate income and                                  blame for doing too little
                                      will return again. The                  “How many times have
holes will have a hole-in-                                                                               tax didn’t help. Also,           other license taxes; busi-                            while being able to control
                                      tournament is traditionally        we heard, over and over
one winner each receiving                                                                                there’s no forgetting the        ness and corporate licens-                            the steering wheel.
                                      sold-out weeks in advance          again, the mantra calling
a new Chevy or $10,000.                                                                                  $250 “excise tax” that is        es; individual income tax                                   Your taxes are mailed
                                      so please register your            Connecticut the “most
Joining the local 170                                                                                    levied on every LLC busi-        on business income;                                   to you without a
                                      foursome ASAP. Our                 business-unfriendly?” How
golfers will be Rick Miller,                                                                             ness.                            unemployment insurance;                               Republican or Democratic
                                      thanks to our platinum             many times have we been
Lee Stange, Bill Campbell,                                                                                    Now, like an exploding      excise taxes and public                               return address.
                                      sponsors, corporate spon-          told that we have the                                                                                                        Art Secondo is president
and Steve Renko who                                                                                      water balloon in the hot         utility taxes.
                                      sors, hole sponsors, raffle        “highest taxes in the coun-                                                                                            of the Southington Chamber
played 15 years in the                                                                                   summer heat, the House                In a final wave of
                                      donators and to Hawk’s             try” and that, if we just                                                                                              of Commerce. The opinions
majors along with Steve                                                                                  Democrats have discov-           indignation, the House
                                      Landing. A gala dinner will        were to lower taxes paid by                                                                                            expressed in this column do
Braun who played in the                                                                                  ered that someone besides        Democrats proclaimed,
                                      conclude the event. Fox 61         businesses, then business                                                                                              not necessarily reflect the
1982 World Series.                                                                                       themselves is countering         “Connecticut has the low-
                                      sports director Rich               and jobs would floods into                                                                                             views of the Chamber of
Southington’s Gary                                                                                       the GOP.                         est business taxes in all the
                                      Coppola will emcee open-           our state?”                                                                                                            Commerce membership.
Waslewski will, be joined                                                                                     However, COST’s study       50 states.”
                                      ing ceremonies.                         Like a state anthem,

Schools: Teachers, administrators gather to begin year
From page 1
teachers made an effort to
reach her.
      “I realized that some-
one cared,” Bruenn said. “I
wanted to be a teacher to
keep kids from falling
through the cracks. If my
teacher gave up on me, I
might not be standing here
      A central part of STEPS
is the concept of “develop-
mental assets.” This model
evaluates a student’s quality
of life by measuring how
many “assets” he or she has.
These assets can be any-
thing from involvement in
youth activity groups to a                                                                                                                                                                                                 TAMMI KNAPIK
safe school. The group feels
                                                                                                         South End third graders Jordan Cyr, Haley Gregoire, Reese Raposa, Alyssa Lovely,
that if the community at
large works to provide these
                                                                                                         Cailey Quiles, Isabella Tabellione and Riley Derwin gather before school starts.
assets, it will provide a                                                                TAMMI KNAPIK
                                                                                                         ing assets is easy and every-
“safety net” to keep kids
away from drugs and other
dangerous behavior.
                                     Kate Hills gives her dad Steven a hug as he drops her
                                     off at South End.
                                                                                                         one can do it,” said Evelyn
                                                                                                         Ciaburri, who sits on the
                                                                                                         STEPS advisory committee.
                                                                                                                                           HIC #
                                                                                                                                                                                                 JB    ack
      “Southington schools            kids spent in school activi-       short video presented by              School officials praised   0624078
are a great place to begin            ties,” said DePaolo Middle         STEPS.                          the work of teachers and                                                                • Roofing • Siding
building assets because of                                                    The group is coordinat-                                                                                            • Decks • Additions
the amount of the time the
                                      School guidance counselor
                                      Steve Nyerick, during a            ing a number of activities
                                                                                                         administrators over the
                                                                                                         past few years, emphasizing      Mr. Handy                                              OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
                                                                         with the schools. Students      that it could not have been      HOME IMPROVEMENT
Final pool hours are set                                                 involved with STEPS passed      done alone.
                                                                                                                                             AND REPAIRS
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Southington High band prepares

                                                                                        The Southington High
                                                                                   School Blue Knights
                                                                                   Marching Band recently
                                                                                   completed their 2011 pre-
                                                                                   season training camp                           HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                                                                                   where 128 band members                                                         in
                                                                                   practiced eight hours a day
                                                                                   for two weeks to learn the
                                                                                   music and marching rou-
                                                                                   tines.                                               2 Lucky Birthday
                                                                                        Camp concluded with                            Winners Each Week
                                                                                   the annual show preview
                                                                                   night on August 23rd when
                                                                                   over 250 family members
                                                                                   and friends watched their
                                                                                   first public performance.
                                                                                        Southington’s show for
                                                                                   this year is entitled
                                                                SUBMITTED PHOTOS
                                                                                   “Voodoo,” by Key Poulan.
                                Births                                             Movements include:
                                                                                   “Rituals”, “Gris-Gris” (a           BIRTHDAY CAKE                                          HAIR SALON
                                                                                   charm or amulet used in                WINNER!                                              WINNER!
                                                                                   Voodoo) and a percussion                Tawn Molgano                                          Joyce Lassy
                                                                                   feature called “Black                   September 1, age 42                                 August 31, age 69
                                                                                   Magic.”                              Alexander                            Colton                            Kevin
                                                                                        The band’s first 2011            Church                              Church                           Lowrey
                                                                                   competition is September             Aug 23, age 1                     Aug 23, age 1                    Aug 28, age 8
                                                                                   17 at Falcon Field in
                                                                                   Meriden.                                 Phyllis                         Jacob                            Eileen
                                                                                                                             Doty                          Molgano                         Tompkins
                                                                                        The SHS band will              Aug 30, age 87                    Aug 31, age 14                          Sept 1
                                                                                   host their annual Music of
                                                                                   the Knight (MOTK)                          Julia                        Christine                            Katie
                                                                                   Marching Band competi-                     Dietz                         Mason                               Brush
                                                                                   tion on Saturday, October            Sept 1, age 11                   Sept 4, age 47                     Sept 4, age 9
                                                                                   29th at Southington High                   Chris                                                            Joshua
                                                                                   School.                                    Dietz                                                             Brilla
                                                                                        Seventeen high school           Sept 4, age 20                                                      Sept 7, age 9
                                                                                   bands from across the
                                                                                   state will compete, the         $25 Gift Certificate
                                                                                   opening ceremony will be                                                                            Cake
                                                                                                                               courtesy of
                                                                                   performed by the Kennedy                                                                  (Value up to $10)
                                                                                   and DePaolo Middle                     e
                                                                                                                   Miracle Creative                                             courtesy of
                                                                                   School Bands and the
                                                                                   University of Connecticut
                                                                                                                    Hair Design
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                                                                                                                                                                       213 Spring St., Southington, CT
                                                                                   it.                              26 Bristol St., Southington, CT                            (860) 628-9645
                                                                                        Band members are                    (860) 426-9890                         
                                                                                                                  To enter, call, email, fax or mail name, age and birth date of your special person from Southington to:
                                                                                   currently selling advertise-
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                                                                                   petition program guide;              Phone: (860) 628-9645 • Fax: (860) 621-1841
                             Jaxon James Savage                                    this is their largest                   Email:
                                                                                   fundraiser of the year.             Entries must be received prior to birth date. 2 winners will be drawn at random from
    A son, Jaxon James     August 14.                      The paternal grand-          More information                all entries. All birthday entries will be listed. Winners will be contacted by phone.
Savage, was born to            The maternal grand-     parents are Don and         about the band’s activities
Donald and Deborah         parent is Ljubica Jurkota   Eileen Savage, of           is at
Savage, of Burlington on   of Southington.             Southington.
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                                                                 Our Healthy Lifestyles
Diet and physical activity: The cancer connection
     How much do daily                                                 If you are trying to con-   shoot for 45 to 60 minutes.     properly, vegetables and               We all can contribute
habits like diet and exercise                                    trol your weight, a good          For kids, the recommenda-       fruits are usually low in        to those changes: Let’s ask
affect your risk for cancer?                                     first step is to watch por-       tion is 60 minutes or more      calories, so eating them in      for healthier food choices
Much more than you might                                         tion sizes, especially of         on at least 5 days a week.      place of higher-calories         at our workplaces and
think.                                                           foods high in calories, fat,           Activities considered      foods can help you control       schools. For every junk
     Research has shown                                          and added sugars. Try writ-       moderate are those that         your weight.                     food item in the vending
that poor diet and not                                           ing down what and how             make you breathe as hard             Whole grains: Aim for       machine, ask for a healthy
being active are two key                                         much you eat and drink for        as you would during a brisk     at least 3 servings of whole     alternative. Support restau-
factors that can increase a                                      a week and see where you          walk. This includes things      grains each day. There are       rants that help you to eat
person’s cancer risk. The                                        can cut down on portion           like walking, biking, even      easy ways to add whole           well by offering options like
good news is that these are                                      sizes, cut back on some           housework and gardening.        grains to your diet – eat        smaller portion sizes,
things you can control.                                          not-so-healthy foods and          Vigorous activities make        oatmeal at breakfast,            lower-calorie items, and
     Except for quitting          Karen DiGirolamo               drinks, or both!                  you use large muscle            choose 100 percent whole-        whole-grain products. And
smoking, some of the most                                              Be more active              groups and make your            wheat bread or wraps for         let’s help make our com-
important things you can          Southington                          Watching how much           heart beat faster, make you     your lunchtime sandwich,         munities safer and add
do to help reduce your can-                                      you eat will help you con-        breathe faster and deeper,      use brown rice at dinner         more appealing places to
cer risk are: Get to and stay     YMCA                           trol your weight. The other       and also make you sweat.        instead of white.                walk, bike, and be active.
at a healthy weight, be                                          key is to increase the                 Eat healthy foods               Processed and red                 The bottom line
physically active on a regu-                                     amount of physical activity            Eating well is also        meats: Cutting back on                 One third of all cancer
                                      Being overweight can
lar basis and make healthy                                       you do. Being active helps        important to improve your       processed meats like hot         deaths are related to diet
                                 increase cancer risk in
food choices.                                                    reduce your cancer risk by        health and reduce your          dogs, bologna, bacon, and        and activity factors. Let’s
                                 many ways. One of the
     The evidence for this is                                    helping with weight con-          cancer risk. Take a good        deli meat, and red meats         challenge ourselves to lose
                                 main ways is that excess
strong: Each year, about                                         trol, and can also help           hard look at what you typi-     like beef, pork, and lamb        some extra pounds, to
                                 weight causes the body to
570,000 Americans die of                                         improve your hormone lev-         cally eat each day and try      may help reduce the risk of      increase our physical activi-
                                 produce and circulate more
cancer; fully one-third of                                       els and the way your              these tips to build a healthy   colon and prostate cancers.      ty, to make healthy food
                                 of the hormones estrogen
these deaths are linked to                                       immune system works.              diet plan for yourself:         These foods are also high in     choices, and to look for
                                 and insulin, which can
poor diet, physical inactivi-                                          More good news –                 Vegetables and fruits:     saturated fat, so eating less    ways to make our commu-
                                 stimulate cancer growth.
ty, and carrying too much                                        physical activity helps you       Eat at least 5 servings of      of them and eating them          nities healthier places to
                                      What’s a healthy
weight.                                                          reduce your risk of heart         vegetables (including           less often will also help        live, work, and play.
     Control your weight                                         disease and diabetes, too!        legumes, or peas and            lower your risk of heart dis-          Last Medical Review:
                                      One of the best ways to
     Staying at a healthy                                        So grab your tennis shoes         beans) and fruits each day.     ease.                            10/01/2010, Last Revised:
                                 get an idea if you are at a
weight is important to                                           and head out the door!            Try to eat those with the            Cancer risk reduction       10/01/201. Referenced from
                                 healthy weight is to check
reduce the risk of cancer                                              The latest recommen-        most color (a sign of high      in our communities               American Cancer Society
                                 your Body Mass Index
and other chronic diseases,                                      dations for adults call for at    nutrient content). These             Adopting a healthier        website.
                                 (BMI), a score based on the
such as heart disease and                                        least 30 minutes of inten-        foods are packed with vita-     lifestyle is easier for people         For more information
                                 relationship between your
diabetes. Being overweight                                       tional moderate to vigorous       mins, minerals, antioxi-        who live, work, play, or go      on health and wellness pro-
                                 height and weight. To
or obese increases the risk                                      activity a day – this is over     dants, and many other sub-      to school in an environ-         grams offered at the Y con-
                                 reduce cancer risk, most
of several cancers, includ-                                      and above usual daily activ-      stances that work together      ment that supports healthy       tact Karen DiGirolamo,
                                 people need to keep their
ing cancers of the breast (in                                    ities like using the stairs       to lower risk of many can-      behaviors. Working togeth-       YMCA health and Wellness
                                 BMIs below 25. Ask your
women past menopause),                                           instead of the evelator at        cers, including cancers of      er, communities can create       Director at
                                 doctor what your BMI
colon, endometrium,                                              your office or doing house-       the lung, mouth, esopha-        the type of environment          kdigirolamo@southington-
                                 number means and what
esophagus, kidney, among                                         work – on five or more days       gus, stomach, and colon.        where healthy choices are or 426-
                                 action (if any) you should
others.                                                          per week. Even better,            Not only that, if prepared      easy to make.                    9529.

Chiropractic care can immensely benefit a child
      Chiropractic care can                                      ties of bone.”[1]                 function, which can result      can make a great difference      http://www.toyourhealth.c
have an immense impact                                                As a chiropractor, I         in poor biomechanics and        in long-term postural stabil-    om/mpacms/tyh/
on the wellness of a child.                                      encourage patients to have        accelerated degenerative        ity in a child.                  p?id=932
However, many parents are                                        their children receive treat-     changes in the knees, hips,           1] Pate, Deborah.                [3] Jensen, Brian.
unaware of the benefits it                                       ment. Chiropractic care can       and spine.”[3]                  (October 21, 2010).              (Nov/Dec 2006). Can
can have on their children’s                                     help prevent children from             Children that are moni-    Musculoskeletal                  Orthotics Help Kids?
health.                                                          developing: Long-term             tored and treated by a chiro-   Development and Sports           Transitions, NYCC
      This unawareness can                                       musculoskeletal dysfunc-          practor can reduce the risk     Injuries in Pediatric                  Dr. Carol Grant, a local
provoke apprehension,                                            tions, imbalances in the          of developing postural dis-     Patients.                        chiropractor, does not intend
resulting in opinionated                                         body and/or dependencies          orders and other ailments       http://www.dynamicchiro-         this column to substitute for
theories against the matter,     Dr. Carol Grant                 on medications                    that typically go unseen.         medical advice. She urges you
such as: Children are frag-                                           In a To Your Health          Parents should be encour-       ticle.php?t=34&id=54950          to always consult with your
ile. Children are pretty         Alternatively                   article, “The same treat-         aged to have their children           [2] Wong, Kevin M.         personal physician before
resilient but chiropractic                                       ments we administer to            routinely examined. A few       (August, 2007). Chiropractic     changing any current pro-
treatment is not the same        Speaking                        adults are just as safe for       steps towards prevention        for Growing Bodies.              gram.
for a child as it would be for                                   children. Ailments that
an adult.                                                        adults commonly come
      Availability of medica-    come from chiropractic          into our offices with hap-
tions that relieve pain and      care. It is important to        pen to children as well.
cover a vast array of dis-       explain how children can        Chiropractic techniques
eases. Do you really want        be highly vulnerable to         performed on children are
to drug your children if         long-term injuries from         modified so the procedures
there was a safe effective       daily activity. As children     are gentler for the child’s
alternative? Or this one:        are constantly growing and      particular body type.”[2]
Children are simply too          adapting to the natural              Another way a chiro-
young for treatment. Our         transformations, they           practor can help prevent
office has treated children      become prone to long-term       children from the develop-
as young as two months.          injuries, or developing         ment of postural and mus-
      A lot of parents have an   musculoskeletal disorders       culoskeletal disorders is by
unawareness of chiroprac-        that can last for many          ordering them orthotics.
tic methodologies and            years.                          Many children suffer from
practices. If parents are             According to Dynamic       pronation and the low
unsure about the benefits        Chiropractic, “children’s       arches in their feet can dis-
of chiropractic care them-
selves, why would they
                                 bones and muscles are
                                 more elastic and heal faster.
                                                                 rupt normal gait patterns
                                                                 and create postural imbal-
                                                                                                    Therapeutic touch graduates
send their kids there?           At the peak period of ado-      ances later in life.               Recently, 12 staff members from Southington Care Center’s Rehabilitation
      Encouragement is key       lescent linear growth, the           In an article concern-        Department completed their 12-week training in the ancient healing art of
for parents that are appre-      musculoskeletal system is       ing children’s foot health,        Therapeutic Touch. As of that date, Southington Care Center will have 32
hensive. They should be          most vulnerable because of      Dr. Brian Jensen states,
                                                                                                    trained Therapeutic Touch practitioners within the facility including, nurses,
fully informed of the bene-      imbalances in strength and      “Foot problems from child-
fits, the safety factors, and    flexibility and changes in      hood can interfere with
                                                                                                    CNAs, recreation therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists,
the positive outcomes that       the biomechanical proper-       adolescent (or adult) spinal       physical therapy aides and occupational therapy aides.
Friday, September 2, 2011                                                                                                               To advertise, call (860) 628-9645              11
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                                                                               Our Friends
   Faces in the Crowd                                          Breakfast program returns to school
                                                                    Breakfast will again be   mini pancake and an egg         lunch program.                  Cost is $3 for full paying
                                                               offered this school year at    and sausage sandwich are            Southington High            students, $.30 for eligible
                                                               both middle schools and        available twice a week.         School will begin serving       students and free for
                                                               all elementary schools,             The cost is $1.75 for      breakfast on Tuesday,           those with free lunch.
                                                               beginning at the start of      full paying students, $.30      Sept. 6. Breakfast is avail-        In addition, the high
                                                               the school year.               for eligible students and       able to all students in the     school will also offer
                                                                    Menu items include        free for those with free        cafeteria, beginning at 7       bagels from Fancy Bagel
                                                               cereal and bagels, along       lunch.                          a.m.                            as an a la carte item.
                                                               with milk and juice/fruit,          Students can access            Students can eat in             The breakfast pro-
                                                               with a protein that will be    prepaid accounts using          the cafeteria prior to class.   gram is a partnership
                                                               served daily.                  their pin number, just as           The same menu items         between the school sys-
                                                                    Hot items, such as        they do for the school          as above will be served.        tem and Bread for Life.

                                                               Foundation to host fundraiser at Compounce
                                                                    The Women and Girls’      Latanya Farrell and the         parties of 8 or more. All       programs that work to
                                                               Fund at the Main Street        Bookman Styles Band.            proceeds from the event         improve the conditions and
                                                               Community Foundation is        Catering and open bar will      will support the Women &        opportunities for females of
                                                               hosting a very special 10th    be provided by Emily’s          Girls’ Fund. For more infor-    all ages in the towns of
                                                               anniversary celebration on     Catering Group. A Silent        mation, or to reserve tick-     Bristol, Burlington,
                                                               Saturday, September 17,        Auction will be held as well.   ets, please contact the Main    Plainville, Plymouth,
                                                               from 7 p.m. to midnight in     The cost to attend is $50       Street Community                Southington, and Wolcott.
                                                               the Lake Compounce             per person for general          Foundation at 860-583-          Over $180,000 in grant and
                                                               Ballroom. This exciting        admission or $75 per per-       6363.                           immediate response distri-
                                                               event, titled Jeans Jazz &     son which includes a spe-            The Women & Girls’         butions has been awarded
                                                               Jam, is the culmination of a   cial pre-event “Meet &          Fund is a community based       since the Fund’s inception
                                                               year long celebration. All     Greet” reception with hon-      endowment at the Main           in 2001. For more informa-
                                                               are welcome to attend.         orary chair, The Honorable      Street Community                tion, please visit our web-
                                                                    Music and entertain-      Barbara Hackman Franklin.       Foundation. Its sole pur-       site at www.mainstreet-
                                                               ment will be provided by       Tables may be reserved for      pose is to fund projects and

                                                Tammi Knapik   Irene: Storm batters state, but Southington lucky
                   Michelle Maccio                             From page 1
       Pay yourself first                                         The winds and rains
                                                             may be gone, but remain-
     Each week we interview a ‘regular person’ like you for ing debris and damaged
our Faces in the Crowd. This week we meet financial trees could still create haz-
planner Michelle Maccio.                                     ards.
                                                                  Monday was meant to
     How long have you             I like the Pirates of the
                                                             be the first day of school,
been connected to             Caribbean series. Jonny
                                                             but Southington became
Southington?                  Depp is an awesome actor.
                                                             one of numerous towns to
     I have lived here for 20 I enjoy it a lot.
                                                             postpone it out of concern
years.                             What is the best piece
                                                             about the storm.
     What do you like         of advice you have ever
                                                                  “Our first day of school
about the town?               received?
                                                             is presently aligned with
     What don’t I like? I          Pay yourself first.
                                                             what could be a very diffi-
like everything! I enjoy           If you could meet one
                                                             cult weather pattern this
attending the social func-    person in the world, who
                                                             weekend,” wrote
tions. In the winter I        would you like to meet?
                                                             Superintendent Dr. Joseph
spend a lot of time at the         Donald Trump. He has
                                                             Erardi in a release on
ski area.                     a very good business
                                                             Friday. On Saturday
     What is your favorite    sense. I think he would be
                                                             evening, a robo-call went
movie?                        interesting to talk to.
                                                             out to faculty and parents
                                                             informing them that school
                                                             would be canceled on
                                                                  The Calendar House
                                                                                                                                                                              TAMMI KNAPIK
                                                             was designated as a shelter
                                                             for those who might need it      Sean Pietras and Billy Bradley from McLellan Tree Service remove a downed tree
                                                             during the storm, but the
                                                                                              for Richard Bailey and Elizabeth Campbell Kopec, attornies at law in Plantsville
                                                             service went mostly
                                                                  “Most people stayed              Brumback said that the     Connecticut have been           approached, 32 municipali-
                                                             home,” said Director Bob         town’s Bulky Waste Transfer     attributed to Irene, which      ties called for evacuations
                                                             Verderame. “We had about         Station would be open for       knocked out power to more       and the governor said 1,600
                                                             five people come in and we       the rest of the week to help    than 700,000 utility cus-       people rode out the storm
                                                             closed at 2 [on Sunday           residents dispose of hurri-     tomers in the state and         in shelters. Service on the
                                                             afternoon]. I think              cane-related waste. On          swept some shorefront           Metro-North commuter
                                                             Southington was spared           Saturday, the station will be   homes into the sea.             railroad remained suspend-
                                                                                              open despite the holiday             Connecticut Light &        ed Monday, leaving thou-
                                                  SUBMITTED compared to some other
                                                             towns.”                          weekend.                        Power had the most out-         sands of state residents
                                                                                                   Tree limbs and storm-      ages ever for a single event,   scrambling to find other
New nursery school sign                                           The library was meant
                                                             to be a back-up shelter, but     tossed debris littered roads    shattering a record set in      ways to get to work. Nearly
                                                                                              across the state, and Gov.      1985 when Hurricane             all Sunday flights at Bradley
Plantsville Community Nursery school recently con- this precaution turned out
                                                             to be unnecessary. Library       Dannel Malloy said it was       Gloria knocked out power        International Airport north
structed a new sign.                                                                          clear that property owners      to 477,000 customers,           of Hartford were canceled.
Pictured above, with the new sign, is past and future Director Sue Smayda com-                sustained significant dam-      spokesman Dave                       A report from the
students, Heidi Nielsen with Caleb and Aiden and             mented that “we didn’t get
                                                             used at all.”                    age.                            Radanovich said.                Associated Press was used in
Bonnie Plourde, with Owen and Jenna.                                                               Two deaths in                   As the storm               this story.
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Genevieve Daniels, attended                                      Mary Vachon, worked for the state for years
Immaculate Conception Church                                          Mary (Walsh) Vachon, of      worker for the State of CT for    Marine Aquarium on City          Vachon, and Dennis and wife
                                                                 Plantsville, passed away on       25 years, and retired as man-     Island, FL for eight years.      Pamela Vachon, four grand-
     Genevieve A. “Baboo”        son Stephen Daniels, a          August 21, at the Southington     ager of the Dept. of Motor             She enjoyed spending        children, Matthew and Ryan
(Zebzda) Daniels, 83, of         daughter and son-in-law         Care Center. She was the          Vehicles in New Britain.          time with her family, watch-     Govoni and Jolene and
Wonx Spring Road,                Joan and Stuart Estra all of    widow of Robert D. Vachon.        Vachon was a communicant          ing her grandchildren’s          Allison Vachon; a nephew
Plantsville, died peacefully     Plantsville, a brother               She was born in              of St. Aloysius Church.           sports, traveling, sewing and    Joseph Campion, niece
surrounded by her family         Edward “Tony” Zebzda and        Waterbury, August 12, 1934,            When wintering in FL,        gardening.                       Marcia Campion, two grand-
Monday Aug. 22, at the           sister and brother-in-law       the daughter of the late          Mary was a member of the               She is survived by her      nephews and one grand
Southington Care Center.         Catherine “Kosh” and            William J. and Josephine          St. Mary Star of the Sea          loving children Denise and       niece.
She was the wife of the late     Bruno Palmieri all of East      (Harmon) Walsh.                   Church and Ladies guild. She      husband David Govoni,                  She was predeceased by
Henry J. “Hank” Daniels for      Hartford, a brother                  She was a dedicated          also volunteered for the Mote     David and wife Teresa            a sister Joan Campion.
55 years.                        Theodore O’Brien of
     Born in East Hartford
on Oct. 29, 1927, she was
                                 Florida, grandchildren,
                                 Gary Alexander Mazrek (her      James Archacki, avid Red Sox and Giant fan
the daughter of the late         special care giver), Rebecca
Anthony and Josephine            Elizabeth Mazrek and                James D. Archacki, 51,        Archacki.                         is survived by two sisters,      godson Christopher Methot,
(Bonarowski) Zebzda. She         fiancé Jason Robert             died Tuesday, August, 16 at            Archacki was a graduate      Denise and husband Ron           Godmother Emily Palmese
was a resident of Plantsville    Capirchio, and Valerie Lynn     home.                             of Southington High School.       Ingriselli of Southington,       and several aunts, uncles
and a parishioner of the         Mazrek; many nieces and             He was born on Feb. 28,            He loved to go fishing       Linda and husband Rick           and cousins.
Immaculate Conception            nephews and two “grand          1960, the son of Stanley L.       and was an avid Boston Red        Sauve of Suffield also a niece       Funeral services and
Church for the past 55           dogs,” Ginger Elizabeth and     Archacki and the late             Sox and N.Y. Giant fan.           Kayla Ingriselli a nephew        burial will be private.
years.                           Todd Alexander.                 Claudette (Methot)                     In addition to father he     and godson RJ Ingriselli,
     Daniels was a religious          She was predeceased
woman who enjoyed going
to Mass and praying the
                                 by brothers, Frank Zebzda
                                 and sister-in-law Shirley
                                                                 Judith Barrows, member of First Baptist Church
rosary. She was a loving         Zebzda, John Zebzda and              Judith F. Barrows, 70,       been a Southington resident            She is survived by her      of Enfield, and seven
and devoted homemaker,           Joseph Zebzda, a sister         passed away on                    since 1967.                       two sons Stefan Paneczko         nephews and their fami-
mother and grandmother           Virginia Scata and brother-     Wednesday August 23, at                Barrows was a loyal          and Nikolaus Paneczko            lies.
                                 in-law Joseph “Pippie”          the HCC at Bradley                member of the First               both of Southington, her               She was predeceased
who cherished the accom-
                                                                 Memorial. She had been            Baptist Church in                 sister Fern Tryon and hus-       by her brother Wade
plishments of her children       Scata, a sister-in-law
                                                                 the loving wife of the late       Southington since 1978            band Roger of Old                Eisnor, her nephew David
and grandchildren.               Wilhelmina “Billie” O’Brien
                                                                 Norman Barrows and of             and a member of both the          Saybrook, her cousins:           Eisnor and her cousin
     She enjoyed parties         and a nephew Joseph Scata.
                                                                 her first husband and             church choir and bell             Bruce Miller and wife            Marilyn Miller.
and holidays with her fami-           She was a loving wife,
                                                                 father of her children, the       choir. She enjoyed knitting       Kettelie of North Palm                 In lieu of flowers,
ly and friends. She enjoyed      mother, grandmother, sister
                                                                 late Mikolaj Paneczko.            and going to the flying           Beach,FL., Emily Foster          donations in Judith’s mem-
her home life, her son-in-       and aunt.
                                                                      Born in Hartford, on         fields with her son Stefan.       and husband William of           ory may be made to First
law Stuart’s gardens and              In lieu of flowers, con-
                                                                 October 16, 1940, to the late     She also enjoyed the com-         East Sandwich,MA., Philip        Baptist Church, 581
her daughter Joan’s cook-        tributions in Genevieve’s
                                                                 Fletcher and Florence             pany of her two dogs,             Bratsnyder of Hartford and       Meriden Ave., Southington
outs. In her youth, she was      memory may be made to
                                                                 (Magnuson) Eisnor, she had        Scruffy and Riley.                sister-in-law Joyce Eisnor       06489.
a New York Yankee fan but        the Immaculate
quickly saw the light and
became a Boston Red Sox
                                 Conception Church, 130
                                 Summer St., Plantsville         Gladys Senger, attended Immaculate Conecption Church
fan.                             06479 or to the American             Gladys (Kaminski)            Plantsville to the late John      Senger of Southington, her       by her daughter Joan
     Daniels is survived by a    Cancer Society, 538 Preston     Senger, 85, of Plantsville        and Josephine Kaminski.           son-in-law David                 Kronenberger and four sis-
daughter and son-in-law,         Avenue, P.O. Box 1004,          and Port Richey, FL, passed           She was a loyal parish-       Kronenberger of Meriden,         ters.
Karen and Guy Mazrek, a          Meriden, CT 06450-1004.         away peacefully on Sunday         ioner of Immaculate               her granddaughter                      In lieu of flowers,
                                                                 August 21, at the Masonic         Conception Church and a           Michelle Newman of               donations in Gladys’s
William Fiske, served in                                         Healthcare Center in              member of the Holy Rosary         Tennessee, two great-            memory may be made to
                                                                 Wallingford. She had been         Society.                          granddaughters, a great-         the Alzheimer’s Association
the United States Air Force                                      the loving wife of the late           Senger is survived by         grandson, and many               CT Chapter 2075 Silas
                                                                 John Senger.                      her daughter Patricia Willis      nieces, nephews, and             Deane Hwy, Suite 100
      William A. Fiske, 83,                       of Endicott,        Senger was born              and husband Kenneth of            cousins.                         Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
passed away Thursday,                             NY, William    August 17, 1926 in                Plantsville, her son Jack             She was predeceased                Burial will be private.
August 18, following a short                      J. Fiske and
illness.                                          his wife,
      Born on March 18,
1928, in Ventnor City, New
                                                  Diana, of
                                                                 Hospital of Central CT is now a certified breast center
Jersey, he was the son of the    CT, Constance Vliet and her          The Hospital of Central      objectives aim to perform         meetings. Nurse navigators       breast cancer.
late George W. and Mildred       husband, William, of            Connecticut (HOCC) has            above the 25 percentile for       guide patients through the            For program informa-
(Johnson) Fiske.                 Manchester, CT, Catherine       been recognized by the            more than 30 National             healthcare system from           tion, please contact Nurse
      Fiske was a 1946 grad-     Woolfson and her husband,       National Consortium of            Quality Indicators™ as            diagnosis through treat-         Navigator Donna Boehm,
uate of Atlantic City High       David, of West Hampton          Breast Centers as a certified     established by the NQMBC.         ment. Among the program’s        R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., at 860-
School and a 1950 graduate       Dunes, NY, and Jennifer         participant of the National       After fulfilling these certifi-   educational initiatives are      224-5900, X6307 or visit
of Rutgers University. After     Wetzler and her husband,        Quality Measures for Breast       cation requirements, the          survivorship workshops and
serving in the United States     Gregory, of Newington, CT;      Centers (NQMBC) Program.          hospital would then be a          manuals for patients with        ices/breast/nurse.aspx.
Air Force he spent his 35        eight grandchildren, Shane           This recognition is          Certified Quality Breast
plus year career at the          and Quinn Ravener, Sarah        indicative of the hospital’s      Center. HOCC would then
American Can Company,            and Hannah Fiske, Kevin         commitment to providing           strive for the highest certifi-
headquartered first in New       and Andrew Vliet, Liam          the highest level of quality      cation level, Certified
York City and then               Woolfson and Ehric              breast health care to             Quality Breast Center of
Greenwich, CT until it           Wetzler; one brother,           patients in its community         Excellence.
ended its operations in the      George Fiske and his wife,      and signifies its aim to               HOCC’s comprehensive
1980s.                           Lois, of Williamsburg, VA       become a Certified Quality        breast program is accredited
      On October 5, 1957, he     and one sister, Virginia        Breast Center of Excellence.      by the National
married Nancy A. Quinn in        Kingston of Annapolis, MD;           As a participant, the        Accreditation Program for
Westfield, NJ. They lived        and many nieces and             hospital is part of a national    Breast Centers. It includes
first in Clark, NJ and then      nephews.                        quality documentation pro-        two breast navigators and
enjoyed twenty-five years             Services will precede      gram and will, among other        weekly breast conference
in Danbury, where they           and inurnment will be in
raised their family. In 1996     Arlington National
they moved to Ormond             Cemetery in Arlington, VA
Beach, FL and spent 13           at a date in the near future.
years celebrating their               Fiske’s family suggests
retirement. They returned        memorials in the form of                                                                                                •   Rubbish • Appliances
to CT in 2009 to spend           contributions to the                                                                                                    •   Furniture • Junk
more time with their chil-       American Heart                                     Commercial • Residential                                             •   Basements • Garages
dren and grandchildren.          Association, P.O. Box               INSTALLATION • SERVICE • FREE ESTIMATION                                            •   Estate Move Outs
      Fiske is survived by his   417005, Boston, MA 02241-
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  Good Times                                                                                                                              •Southington 15

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                                                                      Our Night on the Town

                                                       The Yardbirds will perform at the Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den on Sept. 5.

Nearly 5 decades later, The Yardbirds’ partnership lives on
    By MIKE CHAIKEN              and three younger musi-          off-- like their contempo-      Beck, and Page. But the        they wanted musicians who      Yardbirds have played in
      EDITIONS EDITOR            cians: lead vocalist Andy        raries Rolling Stones-- play-   band’s current lead gui-       wouldn’t make a “mockery”      the Nutmeg State. And
     Seminal British rockers     Mitchell, lead guitarist Ben     ing their own interpreta-       tarist, King, having joined    of the legacy of The           Dreja said the band loves
The Yardbirds launched in        King, and bassist David          tions of American blues.        the band in 2005, now has      Yardbirds.                     playing the state. “There are
1963 when singer Keith Relf      Smale.                                 Dreja said when he was    the distinction of laying           “We auditioned many       always great audiences in
and bassist Paul Samwell-              The latest version of      young and heard the blues       claim to the longest tenure    people, some wonderful         Connecticut.”
Smith teamed up with gui-        The Yardbirds arrives in         for the first time, “It was a   in that slot.                  players,” said Dreja, “but           For the fans who have
tarist Top Topham, drum-         Connecticut to perform           thunderbolt.”                        “The band has a pen-      we settled on a much           not caught their show
mer Jim McCarthy and             Friday, Sept. 2 at the                 In post-war Britain,      chant of working with          younger generation (to         before, Dreja said aduience
rhythm guitarist Chris           Infinity Hall, Norfolk and       Dreja explained, “There was     extraordinary lead gui-        flesh out the group).” The     should expect a “very high
Dreja.                           Monday, Sept. 5 to perform       no music with that sort of      tarists,” said Dreja. “(With   decision works, said Dreja,    powered energetic set.” The
     Since that time, the        at the Mohegan Sun’s Wolf        emotion.”                       the exception of Page, who     noting King, Mitchell and      band has whipped up some
band gave birth to several       Den.                                   And for people like       worked as a studio musi-       Smale bring “incredible        new arrangements for clas-
legendary lead guitarists              Dreja, in a phone inter-   himself, McCarthy and for-      cian for years) every gui-     energy” to the music.          sic tracks, so if you’ve seen
after Topham left.               view from a dreary, rainy        mer band mate Eric              tarist was embryonic (when          With The Yardbirds        The Yardbirds before, there
     Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck,    (but fog-free) London, was       Clapton, “It sort of became     we worked them).”              line-up pretty stable these    still will be something new
and future Led Zeppelin          asked what was it that kept      a lifelong passion.”                 Dreja said King was a     days, Dreja said new music     for the ear.
member Jimmy Page all did        his musical partnership                But although the blues    mere 21 at the time he         from the Yardbirds is a pos-         “They can expect a
a stint in the band that         with McCarthy going after        launched young musicians        joined The Yardbirds. But      sibility. They might want to   good old rave-up,” said
helped set the stage for psy-    48 years.                        into the world of music,        when he auditioned, Dreja      record a couple of single.     Dreja.
chedelic rock, symphonic               “We forged a massive       Dreja said the Yardbirds        said King had that same        However, he said if the              The Yardbirds play the
rock, and heavy metal.           bond back in the 1960s,”         were “not really an authen-     sort of X-factor as Jimmy      band does record, the new      Infinity Hall, Norfolk on
     The band eventually         said Dreja. “We founded the      tic blues band.”                Page and Jeff Beck had on      material has to come from      Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. and
broke up. But it reformed in     Yardbirds together. We went            “We liked Muddy           the guitar. Six years after    the “same DNA” as the          the Mohegan Sun’s Wolf
1992 with several new            through many different           Waters and Howlin’ Wolf,”       signing on board with the      older classic material—        Den in Uncasville on
members.                         experiences. He’s like fami-     said Dreja. “We tried to play   Yardbirds, Dreja said,         which includes such hits as    Monday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.
     But through it all, after   ly, really… We work well         it, badly at first… We then     “(King) enjoys working us      “Over Under Sideways                 For more information,
nearly five decades              together and we bring dif-       started writing our own         and audiences love his         Down,” “Heart Full of Soul,”   go to,
McCarthy and Dreja have          ferent things to the table. It   music… We wrote different       work.”                         and “For Your Love.”  or
proven to be staples in the      seems to work.”                  eclectic things, but still           Speaking of the other          When the Yardbirds set
band.                                  Plus, Dreja said, “We      rooted in the blues.”           young musicians in the         down in Connecticut for              Comments? Email
     The current line-up         both love the music.”                  The Yardbirds worked      band, Dreja said when the      the Sept. 2 and 5 gigs, it     mchaiken@BristolObserver.
now is Dreja, McCarthy,                The Yardbirds started      with the likes of Clapton,      band reformed in the 1990s     won’t be the first time the    com.
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Touch of Broadway at PHS; History buffs take note
                                                to share historical knowl-     in Boston, was named the         are free. Season passes are        Tickets are $30, $40 and         MOVIE OF THE WEEK:
                                                edge with guests and           “Best Comic in Rhode             $50. Parking is $3 per car.   $50, and are available at        This week’s Southington
                                                school groups. Tell the        Island” earlier this year by          To purchase tickets or          Drive-In schedule is “Toy
                                                extraordinary story of         the Providence Phoenix.          information, visit            or by calling (800) 200-2882.    Story,” set for the big screen
                                                Twain and his time in          Singer, who will emcee, has,                   PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE          on Saturday. This will be the
                                                Hartford to visitors.          appeared in numerous                  TV COMEDY STAR AT        RETURNS: The Australian          last movie of the 2011 sea-
                                                Training is provided.          comedy clubs across the          FOXWOODS: Bill Gardell,       Pink Floyd Show will return      son.
                                                      For more information,    country. She produces and        star of the CBS comedy        to North America this fall,           Gates open at 6 p.m.
                                                visit www. marktwain-          hosts the “Full Metal            “Mike & Molly,” will per-     with a stop in Connecticut.      and the movie starts at sun-
                                      , click on “About     Mamas” stand-up comedy           form at the Fox Theater at         The rock tribute act will   set. Southington residents
                                                Us,” and then find the         show in New York, and per-       Foxwoods Resort Casino at     debut a new quadraphonic         pay $10 per carload; non-
                                                “Employment and                forms often on radio and         8 p.m. Oct. 15.               sound system, use 3D stere-      residents pay $13 per car-
                                                Volunteers” tab for direc-     television.                           Gardell has been head-   ographic technology, use a       load. Walk-ins are welcome
 Kellie Lambert                                 tions.                              The event is B.Y.O.B.       lining comedy shows since     new Floydian style laser and     at $2 a person. Please bring
 McGuire                                              COMEDY SERIES
                                                KICK-OFF: Playhouse on
                                                                               Tickets are available at (860)
                                                                               523-5900 ext. 10, online at
                                                                                                                he was 21-years-old, and
                                                                                                                has appeared on television
                                                                                                                                              light show and use a whole
                                                                                                                                              host of inflatables, includ-
                                                                                                                                                                               lawn chairs. Food vendors
                                                                                                                                                                               on site and a pavilion picnic
 Observing                                      Park in West Hartford will          and in film in numerous       ing a gigantic pink kanga-       area.
                                                present the first of four      or at the box office at 244      roles, including a co-star-   roo.
 The Arts                                       comedy nights at 8 p.m.        Park Road in West Hartford.      ring role on the acclaimed         The band’s tour itiner-           Send arts and enter-
                                                Sept. 3. The special event          RENAISSANCE FAIRE:          FX series “Lucky.” His one-   ary includes a Nov. 4 show       tainment news and listings,
      Classic Broadway tunes                   features three comedians        The 13th annual                  hour stand-up Comedy          at Mohegan Sun Arena in          including information on
will fill the Plainville High                  presenting 90 minutes of        Connecticut Renaissance          Central special “Billy        Uncasville. For more infor-      local musicians, artists, the-
School auditorium next                         laughter for only $15 per       Faire will be at the Lions       Gardell: Halftime,” is cur-   mation, visit                    ater, film, books and more,
weekend.                                       person, with reserved seat-     Fairgrounds in Hebron on         rently available on DVD.             to
      The PCS Youth                            ing.                            Saturdays and Sundays
Theater, now in its 26th                             This month’s event fea-   from Sept. 24 to Oct. 16.
season, will present                           tures the talents of Sam             Guests can watch live
“Ziegfield in Review” on                       Greenfield, John Porche         performances, browse more
Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday,                  and Barbara Singer.             than 100 artisans, crafters
Sept. 10 at the high school,                   Greenfield, an award-win-       and merchants and enjoy
on Robert Holcomb Way in                       ning talk show host, has        plenty of roasted turkey
Plainville.                                    appeared on news channels       legs, delicious desserts and
      The music in the show                    more than 60 times, is a        other treats.
includes classics from a                       blogger for The Huffington           Tickets are $16 for gen-
variety of well-known                          Post and has appeared on        eral admission; $10 for chil-
Broadway composers, from                       many TV comedy shows.           dren ages 5 to 12 years. Kids
Irving Berlin and Jerome                       Porch, who began his career     ages 4 years and younger
Kern, Johnny Mercer and
Cole Porter. Songs include
“I Only Have Eyes For You,”
“Too Marvelous for Words,”
“Taking a Chance on Love,”
“Meet Me Tonight in
Dreamland,” “My Old
Flame,” and “A Pretty Girl is
Like Melody.”
      The cast features more
than 50 talented performers
ranging in age from 8 to 15
years old, from a variety of
communities, including
Bristol, Burlington, New
Britain, Plainville,
Southington, Terryville,
Berlin and Farmington. The
artistic director is Peter
Peluso; music director is
Maryjane Peluso. Chris
Kuzia is the choreographer                                                                      MIKE CHAIKEN
and Foster White is the pro-
                                               Cast members of the PCS Youth Theater rehearse a
      Curtain times are 7:30                   scene for the production of ‘Ziegfield in Review,’
p.m. both evenings.                            which will be performed Sept. 9 and 10 at Plainville
Admission is $10 per person                    High School. From the left, Lydia Brown of New
in advance; $12 at the door.                   Britain, Cassandra Pagliaruli of Berlin, and Sydney
Tickets are available at                       Spencer of Plainville.
Saints Restaurant in
Southington and at The                     

Plainville Senior Center.
Calling all history buffs: Put
your hobby to good use.
Mark Twain House in
Hartford is searching for
historical interpreters. The
museum needs history fans

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                                                          Southington Scene

                                                      Best pizza
                                                       in town
                                                           The Southington Chamber of Commerce hosted its
                                                      second annual Pizza Fest on Wednesday, August 24 at
                                                      Hawk's Landing Country Club.
                                                           The public was invited to participate by enjoying sam-
                                                      ple slices from nine area restaurants that competed in the
                                                      event for the best pizza honor. The restaurants include
                                                      Giovanni's, Bertucci's, Napoli Deli, Wood n Tap, Fireplace,
                                                      Liberty Pizza, JD's Pizzeria, Machiavelli's and Family Pizza.
                                                           The fire Place won first place and Giovanni's took sec-
                                                      ond place.

                                                                             Photos by
                                                                           TAMMI KNAPIK
                                                                                     Below, Tim and Terri Granger enjoy a few slices.

Chamber members Donna Dicesare, Antoinette Ouellette, JoAnne Volbe and Julie
                                                      Below, Aileen Nealy and Jaclyn Stowe of Wood N Tap
                                                      serve mac and cheese pizza.

Sarah Crawford of Giovanni's grabs a slice of pizza
for a customer.                                                                                                       Gabby Dergler of Bertucci's.
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                                                                                             Miscellaneous listings
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2                      son who perished in the attacks.                        information, contact Meredith       SOUTHINGTON                            628-7913. Dinner will be served      PARENT SUPPORT GROUP.
SOUTHINGTON                          During July and August, individu-                       Mann at 628-8982.                   PARENT INFORMATION                     at 6:30 p.m. and the fashion         Are you tired of your kids run-
                                     als are asked to perform an act                                                             SERIES. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the          show will immediately follow din-    ning your life? Call us, Pat and
                                     of kindness, act or charity, good                       WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21                 Southington Youth Services.            ner. Fashions are from Cold          Dick, 621-4889 or Bill and
FORMANCE. 6-11 p.m. at the
                                     deed or say a prayer. (860) 919-                                                            Series to promote Youth Bullying:      Water Creek, Kathy Faber and         Marriette, 276-9734.
American Legion Hall. Public is                                                              SOUTHINGTON
                                     1479,                                                                                       An Overview. Registration              Modern Formal for men.
invited to attend.                                                                           10TH ANNUAL SUSAN G.
                                     SouthingtonRemembers911@ya                                                                  required, contact 276-6281.                                                 SOUTHINGTON
                                                                           KOMEN RALLY FOR THE
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3                                                                            CURE. Held by the Hawk’s                                                   SATURDAY, OCT. 15                    DISCOVERY/CHALLENGER
SOUTHINGTON                                                                                  Landing Ladies Golf League.         SATURDAY, SEPT. 24                     SOUTHINGTON                          BASKETBALL. Mondays
                                     MONDAY, SEPT. 12                                                                            SOUTHINGTON                                                                 through Dec. 20, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
GIANT TAG SALE. 9 a.m.-2                                                                     Golf tournament dedicated to                                               SHS FALL CRAFT FAIR. 10
                                     SOUTHINGTON                                             life and memory of Gail             TOWN WIDE TAG SALE.                    a.m. to 3 p.m. at Southington
                                                                                                                                                                                                             (younger players) or 7 p.m.-8
p.m. at First Congregational                                                                                                                                                                                 p.m. (older players), at Bristol
                                     SOUTHINGTON FESTIVAL                                    DePaolo Buktus who lost her         Sponsored by The Arc of                High School. Items to include
Church. All items half price.                                                                                                                                                                                Boys Club, 105 Laurel St.,
                                     CHORALE REHERSALS. 7                                    battle with breach cancer and       Southington. Open to all resi-         purses, jewelry, clothing and
                                     p.m. at Congregational Church.                                                                                                                                          Bristol. Open to athletes aged 5
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8                                                                            was a long-time member of the       dents and business organiza-           sporting items. Admission is $1
                                     All singers welcome. For more                                                                                                                                           and up. This program introduces
                                                                                             league. Funds will go to breast     tions in town. Maps are availalbe      and will benefit the school.
SOUTHINGTON                          info, contact Liz at 621-2837.                          cancer research and Breast          for $1 on the day of the tag sale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the game of basketball to the
WELLNESS CLINIC FREE                                                                                                                                                                                         players and teaches them vari-
                                                                                             cancer Outreach programs in         To participate contact The Arc of      THROUGH, OCT. 6
LECTURE. 6:30 p.m. at the            SATURDAY, SEPT. 17                                                                                                                                                      ous phases of the game as the
                                                                                             Connecticut. 9 hole tourna-         Southington at 628/-9220.              SOUTHINGTON
Raya Clinic on Queen Street.                                                                                                                                                                                 child advances in their dribbling,
                                     SOUTHINGTON                                             ment is a scramble format.
                                                                                                                                                                        TAI CHI FOR OSTEOPORSIS              passing and shooting of the bas-
Topic is fibromyalgia. Gourmet                                                               Continental breakfast at 8 a.m.     SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
                                     NEW BRITAIN HIGH SCHOOL,                                                                                                           AND FALL PREVENTION.                 ketball. Cost is $20 per child,
food served compliments of                                                                   and shot gun tee at 8:30 a.m.
                                     CLASS OF 1956 REUNION.                                                                      SOUTHINGTON                            Southington Care Center. $35 for     $25 for 2 or more; scholarships
Kess Cafe. For info, call 621-                                                               Luncheon will follow. $75. Non-
                                     New Britain High School, class                                                              LEWIS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS                Alliance Advantage and CCHA          are available. Volunteers are also
2225.                                                                                        golfers can attend the lunch-
                                     of 1956 reunion at the Aqua Turf.                                                           OF 1941 70th REUNION. Noon.            members, $40 for non-members.        needed to buddy with the chil-
                                     For more information, contact                           eon for $30. Opportunities for
SOUTHINGTON                                                                                                                      at Manor Inn. For further info,        For more info call 378-1258.         dren. Contact: Dee Valerio-
                                     Harry Winnberg, 276-9199.                               sponsors. (860) 628-5761, rter-
                                                                                                                                 contact Gertrude Bafuma at 628-                                             Matyka, (860) 584-1828.
CUB SCOUT SIGN UP NIGHT.                                                           , (860) 747-4384.
                                                                                                                                 7852.                                  ONGOING
7 p.m. Derynoski Elementary          SOUTHINGTON
School cafeteria. Open to boys                                                               SOUTHINGTON                                                                SOUTHINGTON                          SOUTHINGTON
                                     JANE HAZE MEMORIAL DOG                                                                      MONDAY, SEPT. 26                                                            BOWLING WITH A BUDDY.
entering grades 1-5.                                                                         REPUBLICAN DINNER. 6 p.m.                                                  PARKS AND REC TRIPS. May
                                     EVENT. 10 a.m. to noon at the                                                               SOUTHINGTON                                                                 Last Saturday of the month dur-
                                     Southington Care Center. In                             at the Aqua Turf. Sponosred by                                             28 and 29, Gettysburg and
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11                                                                                                                 HOSPITAL ANNUAL FASHION                                                     ing the school year, 9:15 a.m. at
                                     cooperation with the Jane Hase                          the Southington Republican                                                 Lancaster. Departs TBA, $365/
                                                                                                                                 SHOW. 6:30 p.m. at the Aqua                                                 Brunswick Super Bowl Lanes,
SOUTHINGTON                          Memorial Pet Therapy Fund.                              Town Committee. Featured                                                   PP, $465 single, $285 child. April
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Plantsville. Open to any
                                                                                             speaker is Dan Lovallo, host of     Turf. The Hopsital of Central          16, Statue of Liberty, departure,
911 DAY OF SERVICE 2011.             Various dog activities and wares                                                                                                                                        Southington elementary school
                                                                                             radio’s Talk of Connecticut.        Connecticut Bradley Memorial           TBA, $65 per adult $52 for child.
Southington community will join      available. Admission is free. For                                                                                                                                       students with special needs.
                                                                                             Tickets are $40 per person with-    Hospital Auxiliary will present its    April 30, New York City-do your
with other efforts nationwide to     more info, 621-9559.                                                                                                                                                    Peer volunteers from
                                                                                             out raffle tickets, $50 with. For   Annual Fashion Show "Passion           own thing, departs TBA, $45 PP.
make this the single largest day                                                                                                                                                                             Southington High School’s Best
                                                                                             more information, contact           for Fashion.” There is a charge        June 18, Gloucester and
of charitable service in U.S. his-   SOUTHINGTON                                                                                                                                                             Buddies program. will be partici-
                                                                                             Juanita Champagne at 621-9449       for this affair, for tickets you can   Rockport, Lobseter Bake,
tory as a tribute to the 10th                                                                                                                                                                                pating in helping the elementary
                                     CRUZ’IN TO THE BIG E. Go to                             or Brian Callahan at 681-2357.      contact the Bradley Memorial           Departs TBA. $95 PP.
anniversary of Sept. 11. Produce                                                                                                                                                                             students with their bowling
                                     the CT Big E Day with the                                                                   Hospital Gift Shop, Joan at 860-
a memorial ribbon or card                                                                                                                                                                                    game! Cost is $2.05, which
                                     Cruz’in Congos. Cost includes                           THURSDAY, SEPT. 22                  628-8365, Fran at 860-621-0932
inscribed with the name of a per-                                                                                                                                       SOUTHINGTON                          includes shoe rental.
                                     bus and addmission. For more                                                                or Jean at 860-276-5380 or 860-

                                                                                                          Music listings
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2                       BUCKETHEAD, Wolff. Toad’s                              OTHER                               p.m. The Space, 295                    Toad’s Place, 300 York St.,          Treadwell St., Hamden.
OTHER                                 Place, 300 York St., New                               AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE! 7              Treadwell St., Hamden. $10.            New Haven.  
                                      Haven.                                  p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena,   
Illusions Dance Club and                                                                     Uncasville. $70, $60.                                                      BRISTOL                              DRAWING BLANKS, Bobbie
                                      CHAOS BENEATH THE SUR-                                             SEPT. 3, 4                             KARAOKE. The Downtown                Peru, The Active Ingredients,
Restaurant, 639 Wolcott Rd.,
                                      FACE, Zombii, Reach from                                                                   OTHER                                  Café, 118 Main St., Bristol.         Pro Forma. 7 p.m. The Space,
                                      Above, December Sky, Social                            DJ WALT DANCE PARTY                                                                                             295 Treadwell St., Hamden.                                                                                                           2000 TONS OF TNT.
                                      Suicide. Lilly’s Pad, Toad’s                           AND MECHANICAL BULL.                                                       TUESDAY, SEPT. 6                     $10.
                                                                                                                                 Presented by Brass City Boss
                                      Place, 300 York St., New                               Illusions Dance Club and
CONDEMNED 84, Magoo’s                                                                                                            Sounds. 1 p.m. on Saturday             BRISTOL
                                      Haven.                                  Restaurant, 639 Wolcott Rd.,                                                                                    BRISTOL
Heroes, Word for Word. 7                                                                                                         and Sunday. Webster Theater,           KARAOKE. The Downtown
p.m. Webster Underground,                                                                    Wolcott.                            Hartford.                                                LOUNGE NIGHT/ GUITAR
                                      FRIDAY, SEPT. 2,                                                                                                                  Café, 118 Main St., Bristol.
Hartford.                                                                                                                                                 HERO. The Downtown Café,
                                      MONDAY, SEPT. 5                                                                            SUNDAY, SEPT. 4                                                             118 Main St., Bristol.
IL ABANICO, Oculesics,                OTHER                                                  SAM ALLESANDRINE. 7                                                        WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7
                                                                                             p.m. The Outer Space, 295           OTHER                                  OTHER
Babytown Frolics, Nemes, Zip          THE YARDBIRDS. Friday,                                                                                                                                                 THURSDAY, SEPT. 8
                                                                                             Treadwell St., Hamden.              TRACE ADKINS. 7:30 p.m.
Tie Handcuffs. 7 p.m. The             Sept. 2 at Infinity Hall, Route                                                                                                   INCUBUS. With Young the              OTHER
                                                                                                            Special guest Kellie Pickler.
Outer Space, 295 Treadwell            44, Norfolk. Monday, Sept. 5                                                                                                      Giant. 7:30 p.m. Mohegan
                                                                                                                                 Mohegan Sun Arena,                                                          JASTA, Hate your Guts, The
St., Hamden.              at the Wolf Den, Mohegan                                                                                                          Sun Arena, Uncasville. $45.
                                                                                             A GREAT BIG PILE OF                 Uncasville. $45.                                                            World We Knew. 6:30 p.m.,
                                      Sun Casino, Uncasville.                                                                                                 
                                                                                             LEAVES, Sainthood Reps,                                                                 Webster Underground,
                                                                                             Breakthrough Frequencies. 7                                                                                     Hartford.
Colleen Green. 7 p.m. The             SATURDAY, SEPT. 3                                                                                                                 DONNA FULLMAN. 7 p.m.
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                                                                                                                         Weekly Briefing

  A message from the coordinator
      Our annual festival is    attracts 100,000 visitors.     coordinated by local arti-               Information                 Festival Hours                              Southington Icon
 a family oriented commu-       Activities to enjoy include    san Mary DeCroce will                                                                                         Auditions will be held at
 nity event spanning the        local entertainment, vari-     highlight local artists,              The Apple Harvest            Friday, September 30                   Derynoski Elementary
 first two weekends in          ety of contests, and on        musicians, and authors.         Festival website can be                   5-9 p.m.                        School on Saturday,
 October. The festival offers   stage music. A children's      Be sure to stroll down          found at www.southing-              Saturday, October 1                   September 24, begining at 10
 six days of spectacular fun,   play area and Carnival         Center St and review   The link is the list          9 a.m.-9 p.m.                      a.m. First come, first serve.
 delicious food, live enter-    offer family fun. Our mer-     Harvest brochure avail-         on the left hand side of the         Sunday, October 2                    Entrants must be over the
 tainment and crafts which      chants and food booths         able at AHF booth, YMCA         site.                                  Noon-7 p.m.                        age of 9, and while the organ-
 showcases local organiza-      offer a wide variety of        and participating mer-                The festival also has its      Friday, October 7                    izers hope to see contestants
 tions and volunteers that      quality goods and tasty        chants.                         own email address, ahfesti-               5-9 p.m.                        from Southington, the con-
 make Southington a won-        food.                               Looking forward to                Saturday, October 8                   test is open to anyone in
 derful community to live            The first weekend         seeing you in our quaint              The Apple Harvest                9 a.m.-9 p.m.                      Connecticut. All auditions
 in and visit.                  highlights the parade on       New England town during         Festival runs from Sept. 30-         Sunday, October 9                    will be sung a cappela.
      The festival is located   Sunday and the Arts and        the fall foliage season!        Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9.                   Noon-5 p.m.
 in     the     heart      of   Crafts fair is on the second        Jim Champagne
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Gotta love that ‘Wicked’ experience
     By MIKE CHAIKEN              Fans of the musical often      outsider. Elphaba arrives in       concerned her longevity         very night the press is              the women in the story.
      EDITIONS EDITOR             are repeat customers.          the story, ostracized              might have turned her per-      invited to review the show.          Besides Elphaba and
     I have associated with             And after the curtain    because of the green color         formance rote. I wondered       I’ve seen smaller roles filled       Glinda, the two witches’
women who were fans of            fell, I can definitely say I   of skin. She’s not helped          whether she would simply        for a night by an under-             chief nemesis is a woman,
the musical “Wicked” for          loved it.                      any by her acerbic                 go through the motions          study when I’m reviewing a           Madam Morrible (per-
years.                                  After seeing the show    demeanor and sharp wit.            because she’s “been there       show. But never the lead.            formed wonderfully by
     That said, although I        at Hartford’s Bushnell on      And her primary foe is the         done that” so many times.            So, I was a bit disap-          Randy Danson).
knew women who loved              Aug. 25, I definitely can      perky, popular pretty girl         But Roscioli was on fire. It    pointed when Amanda                        However, the men in
the musical, I had never          understand the appeal of       (Glinda).                          was almost as she was new       Jane Cooper, the principal           the cast were no slouches.
seen it                           the show, especially to             In some stories when          to the role and had some-       actress who plays Glinda                   Although his role is a
myself.                ★★★★       women. The show, which is      these two archetypes meet,         thing to prove… to herself,     for this tour, was not on            bit thinner in the plot,
     So                           a twist on the story of the    the conflict would be              the audience, and the           stage last Thursday. In her          Colin Hanlon was wonder-
when I told     Theater           Wizard of Oz, is in many       resolved when the outsider         press.                          place, Megan Campanile,              ful as Fiyero, the romantic
some of my                        ways a celebration of the      is converted into one of the            During Elphaba’s solos,    Cooper’s understudy,                 foil to the two witches. And
female                            BFF (best friends forever)     perfect girls. But the story       such as the “The Wizard         stepped up to the plate.             Mark Jacoby, as the Wizard,
friends that I would be see-      experience. The relation-      of “Wicked” instead allows         and I,” and “Defying                 And quite amazingly,            offered the right balance of
ing for the first time            ship/ friendship between       the outsider to maintain           Gravity,” you could see the     the understudy hit a home-           country bumpkin and
“Wicked,” the musical by          the Wicked Witch (Elphaba)     and celebrate her individu-        passion in Roscioli’s per-      run.                                 menacing dictator that the
Stephen Schwartz, I often         and the Good Witch             ality. The perfect girl, on        formance and her perform-            Campanile offered up            part needed.
was met with a sly smile. It      (Glinda) is the key to the     the other, undergoes a             ance perfectly embodied         an adorable, energetic per-                When the curtain fell, I
was a kind of smile that          success of the story. The      transformation.                    the yearning and conflict       formance as the giddy                understood what that sly
said they knew a secret that      audience roots for this             What helped win me            within Elphaba as she tried     Glinda. In the second half,          smile of my friends meant.
I didn’t know… and I would        friendship and admires the     over to the cause of               to cope with her outsider       as Glinda’s demeanor                       And now I too am a fan
have to wait to find out          way the two finally build a    “Wicked,” besides the              status. Roscioli’s longevity    changes along with her sit-          of “Wicked.”
what the secret was. And          bond and how the bond          delightful story and great         hasn’t resulted in a paint-     uation, Campanile is spot                  I give “Wicked” four
the smile seemed to say           survives through assorted      music, were the perform-           by-numbers experience but       on with her portrayal of             out of four stars.
that when I discovered that       hardships and misunder-        ances offered by the cast of       has helped her delve deep-      someone thrust into a                      “Wicked” continues at
secret, I would be changed        standings.                     the national road tour on          er into the character’s psy-    place where she never                The Bushnell, 166 Capitol
forever.                                For women who have       Aug. 25.                           che. She understands            imagined she would be.               Ave., Hartford through Sept.
     Fans of “Wicked” are         cherished their BFF,                Dee Roscioli was sim-         Elphaba and is able to use      Campanile made you                   11. For tickets, go to
ardently passionate about         “Wicked” is their story        ply outstanding in the role        that understanding to give      believe that she was        or call (860)
the show. It’s kind of like an    brought to the stage.          of Elphaba. Roscioli has           the character more depth.       Glinda, not some actress             987-5900.
addiction.                              The show also has        performed the role of                   It’s nearly unheard of     asked to read a script.                    Comments? Email
     The show was sold out        great appeal for anyone        Elphaba more times than            for an understudy to step            The story of “Wicked”           mchaiken@BristolObserver.
on Broadway for years.            who has ever felt like an      any other actress. So I was        into one of the leads the       puts most of its focus on            com.

                                                                            Music listings
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2                   SATURDAY, SEPT. 3              MECHANICAL BULL. Illusions                                         OTHER
OTHER                             OTHER                          Dance Club and Restaurant,         A GREAT BIG PILE OF             2000 TONS OF TNT. Presented         TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
                                                                 639 Wolcott Rd., Wolcott.          LEAVES, Sainthood Reps,         by Brass City Boss Sounds. 1        BRISTOL
                                                                    Breakthrough Frequencies. 7     p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Dance Club and Restaurant,        p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena,                                                                                                               KARAOKE. The Downtown
                                                                                                    p.m. The Space, 295 Treadwell   Webster Theater, Hartford.
639 Wolcott Rd., Wolcott.         Uncasville. $70, $60.                                                                                                                 Café, 118 Main St., Bristol.
                                                                 SAM ALLESANDRINE. 7 p.m.           St., Hamden. $10.  
                                                                 The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell
                                                                 St., Hamden.           SEPT. 3, 4                      SUNDAY, SEPT. 4                     WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7
Heroes, Word for Word. 7 p.m.                                                                                                       OTHER                               OTHER
Webster Underground, Hartford.                                                                                                                                          INCUBUS. With Young the
                                                                                                                                    TRACE ADKINS. 7:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                      Giant. 7:30 p.m. Mohegan Sun
                                                                                                                                    Special guest Kellie Pickler.
                                                                                                                                                                        Arena, Uncasville. $45.
                                                                                                                                    Mohegan Sun Arena,
IL ABANICO, Oculesics,                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                    Uncasville. $45.
Babytown Frolics, Nemes, Zip                                                                                              
Tie Handcuffs. 7 p.m. The Outer                                                                                                                                         DONNA FULLMAN. 7 p.m. The
Space, 295 Treadwell St.,                                                                                                                                               Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St.,
                                                                                                                                    MATISYAHU, Trevor Hall. Toad’s
Hamden.                                                                                                                                                     Hamden.
                                                                                                                                    Place, 300 York St., New Haven.
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD,                                                                                                                                                   DRAWING BLANKS, Bobbie
Colleen Green. 7 p.m. The Outer                                                                                                                                         Peru, The Active Ingredients,
                                                                                                                                    BRISTOL                             Pro Forma. 7 p.m. The Space,
Space, 295 Treadwell St.,
                                                                                                                                    KARAOKE. The Downtown               295 Treadwell St., Hamden. $10.
Hamden. $10.
                                                                                                                                    Café, 118 Main St., Bristol.
BUCKETHEAD, Wolff. Toad’s
Place, 300 York St., New Haven.

FACE, Zombii, Reach from
Above, December Sky, Social
Suicide. Lilly’s Pad, Toad’s
Place, 300 York St., New Haven.

DAY, SEPT. 5                      Barbara Singer is on the bill as Playhouse on Park in West Hartford presents its
OTHER                             comedy night on Saturday at 8 p.m.
THE YARDBIRDS. Friday, Sept.
2 at Infinity Hall, Route 44,
Norfolk. Monday, Sept. 5 at the
Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun
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                                                                             Area Miscellaneous listings
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2                            WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR.                  anniversary of Sept. 11.
BRISTOL                                    Three of the most famous                Produce a memorial ribbon or          SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
                                           World War II bomber and fight-          card inscribed with the name of
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                                           er aircraft are visiting. Sept. 9, 2    a person who perished in the
KITCHEN AND FOOD                                                                                                         TAG AND BAG SALE. 9 a.m.
                                           to 5 p.m., Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 5        attacks. During July and
PANTRY. Christian Fellowship                                                                                             to 2 p.m. Hot dogs, coffee, and
                                           p.m., Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,       August, individuals are asked to
Center of Bristol. New Britain                                                                                           soft drinks, too. St. John’s
                                           Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to noon. Tour,         perform an act of kindness, act
Rockcats take on the Trenton                                                                                             Episcopal Church, 851 Stafford
                                           explore, fly. Waterbury-Oxford          or charity, good deed or say a
Thunder. 7:05 p.m. Fireworks                                                                                             Ave., Bristol.
                                           Airport at Key Aviation                 prayer. (860) 919-1479,
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                                                                               Hall of Fame

                    Hurricane Irene
  Irene Mach stormed past opponents
and raised the bar for Southington softball
      By JOHN GORALSKI                                                                                                                               John Goralski

         n the opening round of
         the 1977 state tourna-
         ment, Irene Mach
dared the Stamford defense as
she straddled the base path
nearly 20 feet from third base. A
                                         She played so
                                                                                                                                                     About Town Sports

                                                                                                                                                     No rest for
line drive back to the mound           hard that she was
                                       dirty head to toe.
                                                                                                                                                     the weary
gave them a chance for a dou-
ble play, an errant throw to
third base gave Mach the                When she was
advantage, but fans gasped as
                                           a catcher,
their sophomore catcher fell to                                                                                                                                  or four hours, my car raced
the ground with a twisted knee.
     Stamford players scram-
                                       she’d play all-out.                                                                                                       north across Interstate 91. I
                                                                                                                                                                 crossed rivers, circled moun-
bled for the ball, and Mach             When she was                                                                                                 tains, and threaded my way to the moun-
crawled back to third base to                                                                                                                        tains of northern New Hampshire. There’s a
tag up. Stamford fired the ball            a pitcher,                                                                                                rolling two-week window of opportunity
to their catcher as Mach
dragged herself to home plate
                                           it was the                                                                                                that appears on the calendar every year at
                                                                                                                                                     mid-August, and I’m always packed and
on all fours. The umpire sig-             same thing.                                                                                                ready to go. For 14 days, there’s practically
naled the score, and Mach                                                                                                                            no games or contests, no sports camps,
blacked out from the pain.                She was just                                                                                               and no tournaments on the schedule.
                                          one of those                                                                                                    Nobody seems to notice, but I typically
       Hall of Fame                     all-out players.
                                                                                                                                                     vanish for those two weeks and try to take a
                                                                                                                                                     break from Southington sports. With our

      Few players matched her
toughness. Fewer still matched
her success. Mach took girls
                                                  “                                                                                                  town’s fanatical commitment to sports, it’s
                                                                                                                                                     literally the only chance I get. Of course,
                                                                                                                                                     there really is no perfect time to get away.
                                                                                                                                                          I missed Sal Romano’s major league
varsity sports by storm, and her                                                                                                                     signing the first week, and I missed the
arrival marks a turning point                                                                                                                        Kenny Hill Jr Memorial Tennis Tournament
for the Lady Knights. Over the                                                                                                                       on the second week. I hated to miss both
years Southington girls teams                  Kelly Hart,
                                                                                                                                                     stories, but it’s the only chance I had to get
have captured 25 state titles in        Former SHS softball player
                                                                                                                                                     away before teams begin to gather for pre-
four different sports, but                                                                                                                           season workouts and another school year
Mach’s teams were the first to                                                                                                                       begins. Of course, Southington sports has a
set the standard. Mach raised                                                                                                                        way of following me wherever I go.
the bar for all that followed.                                                                                                                            In a small, one-horse town just outside
      “I’m very competitive, but I                                                                                                                   of the White Mountains in upstate New
was just a softball player trying     when Mach joined the team as                                                                                   Hampshire, a man flagged us down at a
to do my part and do my best,”        an inexperience sophomore.                                                                                     road-side stop to talk about my nephew’s
she said about her role as a pio-     Southington was a fledgling                                                                                    Southington High School baseball shirt. I
neer. “As a team, we were just        softball program that was look-                                                                                fielded a number of phone calls about the
trying to do our best and have        ing for a star, and Mach was                                                                                   hall of fame over the span of two weeks,
fun at the same time. We never        just looking to play.                                                                                          and I received at handful of voice mail
thought of it that way.”                                                                                                               FILE PHOTO
                                            “I hadn’t even heard of                                                                                  messages with urgent requests for cover-
      Fans, on the other hand,        fast-pitch softball until then,”     Irene Mach celebrates Southington’s first softball                        age. I even spent a lazy afternoon at the
will never forget her impact.         she said. “But I thought, ‘All       state title in 1977.                                                      beach in my second week of vacation, play-
      “In all the years that I cov-   right, at least they had it.’”                                                                                 ing in the waves with my son just a few feet
ered high school sports—and                 It may seem strange today,     way it was. I guess I really didn’t   Then, along came Irene.”            from a former Blue Knight coach. I spent
that includes both men and            but there were few opportuni-        think that much about it. Those            As a sophomore, Mach was       the nights around a campfire trying to steer
women—Irene Mach was one              ties for girls when Mach was         were the rules, and you abide         named as the starting catcher,      the conversation toward the recent earth-
of the top competitors that I’ve      growing up in the 1970s. She         by the rules.”                        and she threw out 13 baserun-       quake and the hurricane threat, but the
ever seen,” said Jim Senich, for-     waited patiently for a chance to          Of course, rules never           ners from behind the plate. She     conversation steered itself back to
mer sports writer for The             play against the boys in pickup      stopped her. By the time she          paced the offense with a .365       Southington’s impact on the major leagues.
Southington Observer. “She just       games. She followed her broth-       entered junior high school,           batting average. She gave 100            When it comes to Southington sports,
had it in her heart. She was a        er to Little League practice with    Mach had proven herself an            percent effort, but her body        there really is no escape. That’s why I
lion, and she willed her teams        the hope that she could roam         equal to the boys. By the time        was already breaking down. By       reached the tree-line at 4500 feet above sea
to victory.”                          the outfield during warm-ups,        she reached ninth grade, she          the start of her junior year, she   level, shed my backpack, and laid back in
      These days, the Lady            and she credits her brother’s        had clawed her way onto the           had to give up field hockey and     the late summer sun as my nephew aimed
Knights are mentioned in just         coach, Mr. Dabkowski, for giv-       baseball roster at DePaolo            basketball. Even catching           the camera at the valley below. We were 10
about every state title conver-       ing her a chance.                    Junior High School. Then her          seemed too much to handle.          miles from the nearest road. We were
sation. The girls dominated                 “Sometimes he would let        coach told her about softball at           “I talked to coach, and told   almost one mile into the heavens. Trees
basketball in the 1980s. They         me practice. I couldn’t play in      the high school.                      him that I wasn’t going to be       and mountains spread out below us as far
dominated gymnastics since            the games, but he would let me            “In those days,                  able to do it,” she said. “He had   as the eye could see. Safe, right? You’d think
the turn of the century. They         shag balls. Nobody else wanted       Southington didn’t have that          other things to worry about, so     so.
battle at the top in volleyball,      to shag balls, but I was thrilled    many great female athletes,”          he gave me a ball and told me            My cell phone startled me with an
soccer, and everything else.          to do it,” she said. “A couple of    said Senich. “They were just          to go throw, go pitch against       incoming message, but I couldn’t listen to it
When it comes to softball, any-       years later, they allowed girls to   beginning to groom them, and          the wall. We’ll figure something    at the time. I checked it once I got home.
thing short of a championship         play Little League, but there        they were just beginning to           out, and that’s sort of how it      You guessed it, it was a call about
title is a disappointing season.      was nothing for me. It was frus-     have leagues in town. They                                                Southington sports.
      Yet things were different       trating, but that was just the       were just learning the games.           See IRENE MACH, page 21                I think I need another vacation.
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                                                                              Hall of Fame
Irene Mach: Southington Sports Hall of Fame
From page 20                                                                                               “They were going to

                                                                                                     allow me to come back one
                                                                                                     more year even though I
                                                                                                                                                       Southington Sports
      Mach was named as the
starting pitcher on opening
                                                                                                     couldn’t play, and then they
                                                                                                     would assess me from
                                                                                                                                                          Hall of Fame
day, and she went 20-1 in                                                                            there,” she said. “With knee
her rookie season with a
1.98 ERA. Mach struck out
                                                                                                     surgery after knee surgery
                                                                                                     after knee surgery, I had
                                                                                                                                                  Inside the Numbers
137 batters in 138 innings,                                                                          enough. You can’t play com-           •Inducted into the Connecticut High School and
but she was still wild on the                                                                        petitive like that, and I didn’t          Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame (1993).
mound.                                                                                               want to be there if I couldn’t
      “I had a really good
                                                                                                                                                •Played for SHS girls basketball team
                                                                                                     play ball.”
catcher. Sandy Sprague                                                                                     Even though her play-
                                                                                                                                                           (1976-77, 1977-78).
stopped everything that was                                                                          ing days were over, Mach                     •Played goalie for SHS field hockey
within her reach,” said                                                                              continued to give back to                                (1976, 1977).
Mach. “I probably walked as                                                                          the sport. She volunteered             •Played for SHS softball (1977, 1978, 1979).
many people as I struck out,                                                                         as an unpaid assistant                •Highlighted as an Athlete of the Week in Sports
and then I hit a lot of peo-                                                                         coach for the Lady Knights                      Illustrated (August 14, 1978).
ple. I was very, very wild. I                                                                        for a number of years. She
was very, very green… I did-                                                                         joined the coaching staff at                              Softball
n’t think about it. I just sort                                                                      the University of Hartford in               •All-conference (1977, 1978, 1979).
of went up there and tried                                                                           the mid 1980s and was
to remember where the
                                                                                                                                               •Pitched for Class LL state championship
                                                                                                     named as their head coach
release point is and hope for                                                                        from 1989-1991. Mach
                                                                                                                                                             (1978, 1979).
the best.”                                                                                           called it a labor of love and a              •SHS Career pitching: 39-9 record.
      Her ‘best’ was good                                                                            way to pay back all the sup-                 •Earned scholarship to Texas A&M.
enough to carry the Knights                                                                          port she received as a play-                            1977 season
to the championship game.                                                                            er.                                         Catching—Threw out 13 baserunners.
The following year, she did                                                                                “I got a lot out of the         Hitting—.365 batting average, 24 runs, 20 RBI.
it again. She went 18-2 as a                                                                         sport, but I hope that I gave                           1978 season
senior, pared her ERA to                                                                             back a lot to the sport and           Pitching—20-1 record, 138 innings, 1.98 ERA,
1.15 and struck out 131 bat-                                                                         the town. I mean, the whole
ters in 134 innings. She was                                                         FILE PHOTO                                                   137 strikeouts, allowed 61 hits with
                                                                                                     town rallied around us
named to the all-conference                                                                          when we won,” she said.
                                                                                                                                             1 no-hitter, 5 one-hitters, and 4 two-hitters.
                                                        Irene Mach
roster every year at the high                                                                        “My dad used to leave work            Hitting—.478 batting average, 21 runs, 21 RBI,
school and probably would         across the state. She began    guilty for being inducted           to come to my games. He                        1 homerun, 3 triples, 2 doubles.
have been named to the all-       to dominate headlines typi-    ahead of her childhood              used to pace back and forth,                            1979 season
state roster if it was avail-     cally reserved for boys        hero. Kelly Hart, who will be       and my mother used to be              Pitching—18-2 record, 134 innings, 1.15 ERA,
able at the time.                 sports. College coaches con-   inducted beside Mach this           yelling in the stands. It was          131 strikeouts, 66 walks, allowed 47 hits with
      “Man, when she got her      verged on the Southington      fall, credits the pitcher for a     all the parents, really, and            3 no-hitters, 5 one-hitters, and 4 two-hitters.
fingers on that ball? Whew.       pitcher, and local girls       big part of her success.            their support meant a lot.”           Hitting—.478 batting average, 21 runs, 21 RBI,
She was some pitcher,” said       began to follow the                  “My mother used to                  With her storied career
Senich. “Every ground ball
                                                                                                                                                    1 homerun, 3 triples, 2 doubles.
                                  Southington sports pioneer.    take me to the field to watch       and continued dedication to
that was hit in the infield,           Val DePaolo credited      her games when I was                local sports, Mach was an
she wanted to get—and she         Mach as an early influence     younger,” said Hart. “We’d          easy choice for the
                                                                                                                                             Coaching (University of Hartford)
could almost get them all,        when she was inducted into     go there to watch                   Southington Sports Hall of                       •Assistant coach (1988).
too. She was a great athlete.”    the Southington Sports Hall    Irene…She played so hard            Fame selection committee.                       •Head coach (1989-1991).
      Her efforts drew the        of Fame in 2010. Julie         that she was dirty head to          On Wednesday, Nov. 9, she                        •Overall record: 24-61-1.
attention of newspapers           Bolduc said that she felt      toe. When she was a catcher,        will be inducted into the
                                                                 she’d play all-out. When she        local hall in a ceremony at
                                                                 was a pitcher, it was the           the Aqua Turf Club in                        y s    r
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            In all the years“
  that I covered high school sports
                                                                 same thing. She was just
                                                                 one of those all-out players.”
                                                                       Unfortunately, Mach’s
                                                                 body was already paying the
                                                                 toll for her efforts on the
                                                                 field. She signed a letter of
                                                                 intent to play first base for
                                                                                                           “It’s an honor,” she said.
                                                                                                     “You think about all the
                                                                                                     good athletes that have
                                                                                                     come through this town. To
                                                                                                     be part of that and be one of
                                                                                                     them is quite an honor.”
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                        Football                                     Boys Cross-Country
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     Date         Opponent               Site         Time    Date          Opponent                Site*        Time
     Fri., 9/16    East Hartford         Home          7:00   Tue., 9/13   Hall, Farmington        Away            3:45
     Fri., 9/23    New Britain           Home
                 @ Rentschler Field, East Hartford
                                                       7:00   Sat., 9/24   Stratton Brook Invite   Away
                                                                          @ Stratton Brook Park, Simsbury
                                                                                                                                        Girls Volleyball
     Sat., 10/1    Newington             Away          6:00   Tue., 9/27 Conard, NW Catholic Home                  3:45                   Coach: Rich Heitz
     Fri., 10/7    Conard                Away          3:00   Fri., 9/30   Sloper Relays           Home            3:45   Date           Opponent             Site           Time
     Fri., 10/14   South Windsor         Home          7:00   Tue., 10/4 Newington, Simsbury Away                  3:45   Tue., 9/13     Newington            Home            6:00
     Sat., 10/22 Glastonbury             Away          1:00           @ John Wallace Middle School, Newington             Thu., 9/15     Bunnell              Away            6:15
     Sat., 10/29 Hall                    Away          1:30   Sat., 10/8 Wickham Invitational      Away            2:55   Fri., 9/16     Conard               Away            5:30
     Fri., 11/4    Simsbury              Home          7:00                @ Wickham Park, Manchester                     Mon., 9/19     Northwest Catholic   Home            6:00
     Fri., 11/11   Manchester            Home          7:00   Tue., 10/11 New Britain              Home            3:45   Wed., 9/21     Farmington           Away            6:30
     Thu., 11/24 Cheshire                Away         10:00   Wed., 10/19 CCC Championships        Away            3:45   Mon., 9/26     Hall                 Home            6:00
                                                                           @ Wickham Park, Manchester                     Fri., 9/30     Simsbury             Away            6:00
                                                                     *Home meets are held at YMCA Camp Sloper.            Mon., 10/3     New Britain          Home            6:00
                                                                                                                          Wed., 10/5     Newington            Away            6:00
              “I didn't need to score                                                                                     Tue., 10/11    Coventry             Home            6:00
                 the most points or                                  Girls Cross-Country                                  Wed., 10/12
                                                                                                                          Fri., 10/14
                                                                                                                                         Bristol Eastern
              get the most rebounds.                                          Coach: Rich Niro                            Mon., 10/17    Northwest Catholic   Away            6:00
                                                              Date          Opponent                Site*        Time     Wed., 10/19    RHAM                 Home            6:00
               I just loved playing.”                         Tue., 9/13   Hall, Farmington        Away            4:15   Fri., 10/21    Farmington           Home            6:30
                                                              Sat., 9/24   Stratton Brook Invite   Away            3:10   Mon., 10/24    Hall                 Away            5:30
                       Dick Tully,                                        @ Stratton Brook Park, Simsbury                 Wed., 10/26    Simsbury             Home            6:00
      2011 Southington Sports Hall of Fame inductee           Tue., 9/27 Conard, NW Catholic Home                  4:15   Fri., 10/28    New Britain          Away            6:00
                                                              Fri., 9/30   Sloper Relays           Home            4:15
                                                              Tue., 10/4 Newington, Simsbury Away                  4:15
                                                                      @ John Wallace Middle School, Newington
                                                              Sat., 10/8 Wickham Invitational      Away            2:20
                                                                                                                                        Field Hockey
                  Boys Soccer                                              @ Wickham Park, Manchester
                                                              Tue., 10/11 New Britain              Home            4:15                   Coach: Erin Luddy
                  Coach: Dave Yanosy                          Wed., 10/19 CCC Championships        Away            4:15   Date           Opponent             Site           Time
     Date         Opponent               Site         Time                 @ Wickham Park, Manchester                     Tue., 9/13  NW Catholic            Home             3:45
     Tue., 9/13   RHAM                 Home            3:45          *Home meets are held at YMCA Camp Sloper.            Fri., 9/16  Glastonbury            Away             3:45
     Fri., 9/16   Newington            Home            3:45                                                               Tue., 9/20  Newington              Away             3:45
     Mon., 9/19   Conard               Away            3:45                                                               Wed., 9/21  Mercy                  Away             3:45
     Wed., 9/21   Northwest Catholic Home              3:45                                                               Fri., 9/23  Lyman Hall             Home             3:45
     Fri., 9/23   Farmington           Away            7:00
                                                               “I've seen kids want to just pack                          Mon., 9/26  Simsbury               Away             3:45
                 @ Tunxis Mead Park, Farmington                things in because they don't feel                          Fri., 9/30  Conard                 Home             3:45
     Tue., 9/27   Hall                 Home            3:45                                                               Tue., 10/4  Farmington             Home             3:45
     Fri., 9/30   Simsbury             Away            3:45    like they're getting a fair shake.                         Thu., 10/6  Hall                   Home             3:45
     Tue., 10/4   New Britain          Home            3:45                                                               Tue., 10/11 E.O. Smith             Away             3:45
     Fri., 10/7   Bristol Central      Away            3:45
                                                                        There are a lot of                                               @ Farrell Field, Storrs
     Tue., 10/11 Newington             Away            3:45    unfair shakes in life. You know?                           Fri., 10/14 South Windsor          Home             3:45
     Fri., 10/14  Conard               Home            3:45                                                               Wed., 10/19 Fermi                  Away             3:45
     Tue., 10/18 Northwest Catholic Away               3:45        You've just got to reach in                            Fri., 10/21 Wethersfield           Home             3:45
     Fri., 10/21  Farmington           Home            3:45                                                               Tue., 10/25 Windsor                Home             3:45
     Wed., 10/26 Hall                  Away            3:45
                                                              and believe in what you're doing.”                          Wed., 10/26 Nonnewaug              Away             3:45
     Fri., 10/28  Simsbury             Home            3:45                                                               Mon., 10/31 Maloney                Away             3:45
     Mon., 10/31 New Britain           Away            3:45                   Mike Raczka,
                                                               2011 Southington Sports Hall of Fame inductee

                                                                                                                            Schedules have been supplied by
                   Girls Soccer                                                                                               Southington Public Schools.
                    Coach: Sal Penta                                       Girls Swimming                                 Unforeseen schedule changes or weather conditions may
                                                                                                                          cause a change in the printed sched-
     Date         Opponent               Site         Time                  Coach: Jay Dubinsky                           ule. You may call 628-3229 x425 or
     Tue., 9/13   Rockville            Away            3:45   Date          Opponent                Site*        Time
                                                                                                                          check for updates at
     Fri., 9/16   Newington            Away            6:00   Tue., 9/20   Bristol Eastern         Away           3:45
                                                                                                                          to check on the status of a contest. For
     Mon., 9/19 Conard                 Home            3:45            @ Dennis Malone Aquatic Center, Bristol
                                                                                                                          afternoon contests, call after 1:30 p.m.
     Wed., 9/21 Northwest Catholic Away                3:45   Fri., 9/23   E.O. Smith              Home           4:00
                                                                                                                          and for evening contests, call after 4:30
     Fri., 9/23   Farmington           Home            5:00   Tue., 9/27   Woodland                Away           4:00
                                                                                                                          p.m. Postponements related to weath-
     Tue., 9/27   Hall                 Away            3:45   Fri., 9/30   Manchester              Home           3:45
                                                                                                                          er conditions are not made before 1:30
     Fri., 9/30   Simsbury             Home            3:45   Wed., 10/5 Conard                    Home           3:45
                                                                                                                          p.m. Directions to away contests are available on-line on
     Tue., 10/4   New Britain          Away            3:45   Fri., 10/7   Windsor                 Away           4:00
                                                                                                                          the    high     school’s      Web       site at:   www.
     Fri., 10/7   Platt                Home            3:45   Wed., 10/12 Hall                     Home           3:45
     Tue., 10/11 Newington             Home            3:45   Fri., 10/14  Enfield/Somers/Fermi Away              4:00
     Fri., 10/14  Conard               Away            3:45                    @ Fermi HS, Enfield
     Tue., 10/18 Northwest Catholic Home               3:45   Tue., 10/18 Farmington               Away           7:00
     Fri., 10/21  Farmington           Away            7:00              @ Miss Porters School, Farmington
                 @ Tunxis Mead Park, Farmington               Fri., 10/21  East Catholic           Home           4:00
     Tue., 10/25 Hall                  Home            3:45   Tue., 10/25 Newington                Away           3:45
     Fri., 10/28  Simsbury             Away            3:45   Fri., 10/28  Berlin                  Home           3:45
     Tue., 11/1   New Britain          Home            6:00    *Home meets are at the Southington YMCA with no diving.
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                                           Junior Varsity Sports Schedules
           JV Boys Soccer                                                 JV Girls Volleyball
                    Coach: TBA                                                           Coach: TBA
  Date        Opponent             Site              Time       Date              Opponent                     Site          Time      “When I stepped onto the mat,
  Tue., 9/13   RHAM                 Home               3:45     Tue., 9/13
                                                                Thu., 9/15
                                                                                                                                            I knew in my heart that
  Fri., 9/16   Newington            Home               3:45
  Mon., 9/19 Conard                 Away               3:45     Fri., 9/16        Conard                       Away            4:30    I had done more duck-unders.
  Wed., 9/21 Northwest Catholic Home                   3:45     Mon., 9/19        Northwest Catholic           Home            5:00
  Fri., 9/23   Farmington           Home               3:45     Wed., 9/21        Farmington                   Away            5:00             I had done more
  Tue., 9/27   Hall                 Home               3:45     Mon., 9/26
                                                                Fri., 9/30
                                                                                                                                             double-leg takedowns.
  Fri., 9/30   Simsbury             Home               3:45
  Tue., 10/4   New Britain          Away               3:45     Mon., 10/3        New Britain                  Home            5:00          I had run more miles.
  Fri., 10/7   Bristol Central      Away               3:45     Wed., 10/5        Newington                    Away            5:00
  Tue., 10/11 Newington             Away               3:45     Tue., 10/11       Coventry                     Home            5:00       I had done more pushups.
  Fri., 10/14  Conard               Home               3:45     Wed., 10/12
                                                                Fri., 10/14
                                                                                  Bristol Eastern
                                                                                                                                       When I stepped out on the mat,
  Tue., 10/18 Northwest Catholic Away                  3:45
  Fri., 10/21  Farmington           Away               3:45     Mon., 10/17       Northwest Catholic           Away            5:00           I was more prepared
              @ Tunxis Mead Park, Farmington                    Wed., 10/19       RHAM                         Home            5:00
  Tue., 10/25 Hall                  Away               3:45     Fri., 10/21       Farmington                   Home            5:00              than you were.”
  Fri., 10/28  Simsbury             Away               3:45     Mon., 10/24       Hall                         Away            4:30
  Mon., 10/31 New Britain           Home               3:45     Wed., 10/26       Simsbury                     Home            5:00                   Gary Solomon,
                                                                Fri., 10/28       New Britain                  Away            5:00    2011 Southington Sports Hall of Fame inductee

    “We used to have a little motto                                            JV Field Hockey                                          JV Girls Cross-Country
      that hills were our friends,                                             Coach: Jillian Pomposi
                                                                Date              Opponent                     Site          Time                  Coach: Jesse Quinn
       and we would work hills.                                 Tue., 9/13  Northwest Catholic Home                            5:15   Date         Opponent                Site*          Time
                                                                Fri., 9/16  Glastonbury            Away                        5:15   Tue., 9/13   Hall, Farmington        Away        3:45
       They'd run up and down,                                  Tue., 9/20  Newington              Away                        5:30   Sat., 9/24   Stratton Brook Invite   Away        1:40
                                                                                                                                                  @ Stratton Brook Park, Simsbury
               non-stop.”                                       Wed., 9/21  Mercy                  Away                        5:15
                                                                                                                                      Tue., 9/27 Conard, NW Catholic Home              3:45
                                                                Fri., 9/23  Lyman Hall             Home                        5:15
                                                                Mon., 9/26  Simsbury               Away                        5:15   Fri., 9/30   Sloper Relays           Home        3:45
             Coach Wayne Nakoneczny,                                                                                                  Tue., 10/4 Newington, Simsbury Away              3:45
    2011 Southington Sports Hall of Fame inductee               Fri., 9/30  Conard                 Home                        5:15
                                                                Tue., 10/4  Farmington             Home                        5:15           @ John Wallace Middle School, Newington
   about Southington’s 1984 cross country state title                                                                                 Sat., 10/8 Wickham Invitational      Away       11:55
                                                                Thu., 10/6  Hall                   Home                        5:15
                                                                Tue., 10/11 E.O. Smith             Away                        5:15                @ Wickham Park, Manchester
                                                                               @ Farrell Field, Storrs                                Tue., 10/11 New Britain              Home        3:45
                                                                Fri., 10/14 South Windsor          Home                        5:15   Wed., 10/19 CCC Championships        Away        3:45
                                                                Wed., 10/19 Fermi                  Away                        5:15                @ Wickham Park, Manchester
            JV Girls Soccer                                     Fri., 10/21 Wethersfield           Home                        5:15          *Home meets are held at YMCA Camp Sloper.
                                                                Tue., 10/25 Windsor                Home                        5:15
             Coach: Joe Blaszczyk                               Wed., 10/26 Nonnewaug              Away                        3:45
  Date        Opponent             Site              Time
  Tue., 9/13
  Fri., 9/16
                                                                                                                                        JV Boys Cross-Country
  Mon., 9/19 Conard                 Home               3:45                                                                                        Coach: Jesse Quinn
  Wed., 9/21 Northwest Catholic Away
  Fri., 9/23   Farmington           Home
                                                       3:45                                                  Eric                     Date
                                                                                                                                      Tue., 9/13
                                                                                                                                      Sat., 9/24
                                                                                                                                                   Hall, Farmington
                                                                                                                                                   Stratton Brook Invite
  Tue., 9/27   Hall                 Away               3:45
  Fri., 9/30
  Tue., 10/4
               New Britain
                                                       3:45                                                Swallow                    Tue., 9/27 Conard, NW Catholic Home
                                                                                                                                      Fri., 9/30
                                                                                                                                                  @ Stratton Brook Park, Simsbury

                                                                                                                                                   Sloper Relays           Home
  Fri., 10/7   Platt                Home               3:45
  Tue., 10/11 Newington             Home               3:45                                                                           Tue., 10/4 Newington, Simsbury Away              3:45
  Fri., 10/14  Conard               Away               3:45                                                                                   @ John Wallace Middle School, Newington
  Tue., 10/18 Northwest Catholic Home                  3:45                                                    Athletic               Sat., 10/8 Wickham Invitational      Away       11:25
                                                                                                                                                   @ Wickham Park, Manchester
  Fri., 10/21  Farmington           Away
              @ Tunxis Mead Park, Farmington
                                                       5:00                                                   Director,               Tue., 10/11 New Britain              Home        3:45
  Tue., 10/25 Hall                  Home               3:45                                                  Southington              Wed., 10/19 CCC Championships        Away        3:45
  Fri., 10/28  Simsbury             Home               3:45                                                                                        @ Wickham Park, Manchester
  Tue., 11/1   New Britain          Away               3:45                                                    Schools                       *Home meets are held at YMCA Camp Sloper.

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                                                                       Junior Varsity Sports Schedules
              JV Girls Swimming
                      Coach: Evan Tuttle                                                   Good luck Knights!
     Date             Opponent                            Site*        Time
     Tue., 9/20   Bristol Eastern         Away                          3:45
              @ Dennis Malone Aquatic Center, Bristol
     Fri., 9/23
     Tue., 9/27
                  E.O. Smith
                                                                                                              JV Football
     Fri., 9/30   Manchester              Home                          3:45                                       Coach: TBA
     Wed., 10/5 Conard                    Home                          3:45                Date           Opponent                  Site            Time
     Fri., 10/7   Windsor                 Away                          4:00                Sat., 9/17  East Hartford        Home                     10:00
     Wed., 10/12 Hall                     Home                          3:45                Sat., 9/24  New Britain          Home                     10:00
     Fri., 10/14  Enfield/Somers/Fermi Away                             4:00                Mon., 10/3  Newington            Away                      3:45
                      @ Fermi HS, Enfield                                                                     @ Abbate Field
     Tue., 10/18 Farmington               Away                          7:00                Mon., 10/10 Conard               Away                     10:00
                                                                                            Sat., 10/15 South Windsor        Home                     10:00
                @ Miss Porters School, Farmington
                                                                                            Mon., 10/24 Glastonbury          Away                      3:45
                                                                                                                                                                        Southington High School
     Fri., 10/21  East Catholic           Home                          4:00
     Tue., 10/25 Newington                Away                          3:45                Mon., 10/31 Hall                 Away                      3:45                      720 Pleasant Street,
     Fri., 10/28  Berlin                  Home                          3:45                Sat., 11/5  Simsbury             Home                     10:00                     Southington, CT 06489
      *Home meets are at the Southington YMCA with no diving.                               Sat., 11/12 Manchester           Home                     10:00

                                                                       Freshman Sports Schedules
      Freshmen Field Hockey                                                                    Freshmen Girls Soccer                                              Freshmen Boys Soccer
                     Coach: Carol Aylward                                                                    Coach: Rich Aroian                                             Coach: Dave Kowalchuk
     Date            Opponent                           Site           Time                 Date            Opponent                 Site             Time       Date          Opponent                Site            Time
     Wed., 9/14      Hall                               Home           3:45                 Thu., 9/15  Newington              Away                    3:45      Wed., 9/14 Newington                Home                3:45
     Tue., 9/20      Newington                          Away           3:45                 Tue., 9/20  Conard                 Home                    3:45      Thu., 9/22 Conard                   Away                3:45
     Thu., 9/22      Conard                             Home           3:45                 Thu., 9/22  E.O. Smith             Home                    3:45              @ Duffy Elementary School, W. Hartford
     Wed., 9/28      Glastonbury                        Away           3:45                 Mon., 9/26  Bristol Eastern        Away                    3:45      Mon., 9/26 Farmington               Home                3:45
     Fri., 9/30      Conard                             Away           3:45                 Wed., 9/28  Simsbury               Home                    3:45      Wed., 9/28 East Catholic            Home                3:45
     Wed., 10/5      Simsbury                           Home           3:45                 Mon., 10/3  Manchester             Away                    3:45      Mon., 10/3 Simsbury                 Home                3:45
     Thu., 10/13     Newington                          Home           3:45                 Thu., 10/6  E.O. Smith             Away                    3:45      Wed., 10/5 E.O. Smith               Away                3:45
     Mon., 10/17     Simsbury                           Away           3:45                                @ Farrell Field, Storrs                                               @ Farrell Field, Storrs
     Wed., 10/19     Glastonbury                        Home           3:45                 Thu., 10/13 Newington              Home                    3:45      Wed., 10/12 Newington               Away                3:45
     Tue., 10/25     Hall                               Away           3:45                 Mon., 10/17 Bristol Central        Away                    3:45      Mon., 10/17 Middletown              Away                3:45
                                                                                            Wed., 10/19 Farmington             Home                    3:45                  @ Moody School, Middletown
                                                                                            Wed., 10/26 Hall                   Away                    3:45      Thu., 10/20 Bristol Central         Away                3:45
                                                                                                       @ Eisenhower Park, W. Hartford                            Mon., 10/24 Simsbury                Away                3:45
                                                                                                                                                                 Thu., 10/27 Hall                    Home                3:45
                                                                                                                                                                 Tue., 11/1  New Britain             Away                3:45

                                                          “It wasn't like we said that
                                                                                                  we were going to win                                           Freshmen Girls Volleyball
              Freshmen Football                                                                 the state championship.                                          Date
                                                                                                                                                                          Coach: Leslie Ann Carlson
                                                                                                                                                                               Opponent                Site            Time
                           Coach: TBA                                                      We just talked about working hard.                                    Tue., 9/13    Newington               Home              5:00
     Date            Opponent                           Site           Time                                                                                      Fri., 9/16    Conard                  Away              4:30
     Thu., 9/15      East Hartford       Home                          4:00                 Everybody was just so selfless—                                      Wed., 9/21    Farmington              Away              5:00
     Thu., 9/22      New Britain         Home                          3:45                                                                                      Mon., 9/26    Hall                    Home              5:00
     Fri., 9/30      Newington           Away                          3:45                   the juniors, the sophomores,                                       Fri., 9/30    Simsbury                Away              5:00
                           @Abbate Field                                                             and the seniors.”                                           Mon., 10/3    New Britain             Home              5:00
     Thu.,   10/6    Conard              Away                          3:45                                                                                      Wed., 10/12   Conard                  Home              5:00
     Thu.,   10/13   South Windsor       Home                          3:45                                    Kelly Hart,                                       Fri., 10/14   Bristol Eastern         Away              5:00
     Thu.,   10/20   Glastonbury         Away                          3:45                                                                                      Mon., 10/17   Northwest Catholic      Away              5:00
                                                                                              2011 Southington Sports Hall of Fame inductee
     Thu.,   10/27   Hall                Away                          3:45                                                                                      Fri., 10/21   Farmington              Home              5:00
     Thu.,   11/3    Simsbury            Home                          3:45                    about Southington’s 1982 girls basketball title
                                                                                                                                                                 Mon., 10/24   Hall                    Away              4:30
     Thu.,   11/10   Manchester          Home                          3:45                                                                                      Fri., 10/28   New Britain             Away              5:00

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                                                       Middle School Sports Schedules
        Kennedy Boys Soccer                                                                                                DePaolo Girls Soccer
     Date          Opponent               Site         Time                                                            Date          Opponent                  Site                  Time
     Thu., 9/15    Dodd MS                Away          3:15                                                           Thu., 9/22    Dodd MS                   Away                    3:15
     Fri., 9/23    Washington MS          Away          3:15                                                           Mon., 9/26    Edison MS                 Home                    3:15
     Fri., 9/30    Wilson MS              Away          3:30                                                           Thu., 9/29    Lincoln MS                Away                    3:15
     Mon., 10/3    Edison MS              Home          3:15                                                           Mon., 10/3    Wilson MS                 Away                    3:15
     Thu., 10/6    DePaolo MS             Home          3:15                                                           Thu., 10/6    Kennedy MS                Home                    3:15
     Mon., 10/17   Washington MS          Home          3:15                                                           Mon., 10/17   Dodd MS                   Home                    3:15
     Fri., 10/21   Lincoln MS             Away          3:15                                                           Fri., 10/21   Dodd MS                   Away                    3:15
     Mon., 10/24   Wilson MS              Home          3:30                                                           Mon., 10/24   Lincoln MS                Home                    3:15
     Thu., 10/27   Edison MS              Away          3:15                                                           Mon., 10/31   Kennedy MS                Away                    3:15
     Mon., 10/31   DePaolo MS             Away          3:15         Kennedy                          DePaolo
                                                                   Middle School                    Middle School

        Kennedy Girls Soccer                                     Kennedy Girls Volleyball                                  DePaolo Boys Soccer
     Date          Opponent              Site          Time     Date          Opponent               Site      Time    Date          Opponent                  Site                  Time
     Thu., 9/15    Dodd MS               Home           3:15                                                           Thu., 9/22    Dodd MS                   Home                    3:15
                                                                Thu., 9/22    Dodd MS                Home       3:15
     Mon., 9/26    Lincoln MS            Away           3:15                                                           Mon., 9/26    Edison MS                 Away                    3:15
                                                                Mon., 9/26    Washington MS          Away       3:15
     Thu., 9/29    Wilson MS             Home           3:30                                                           Thu., 9/29    Lincoln MS                Home                    3:15
                                                                Wed., 9/28    Chippens Hill-Blue     Away       3:15
     Mon., 10/3    Edison MS             Away           3:15                                                           Thu., 10/6    Kennedy MS                Away                    3:15
                                                                Fri., 9/30    Lincoln MS             Home       3:15
     Thu., 10/6    DePaolo MS            Away           3:15                                                           Thu., 10/13   Washington MS             Home                    3:15
                                                                Thu., 10/6    DePaolo MS             Home       3:15
     Wed., 10/12   Dodd MS               Away           3:15                                                           Mon., 10/17   Dodd MS                   Away                    3:15
                                                                Fri., 10/14   Dodd MS                Away       3:15
     Fri., 10/21   Lincoln MS            Home           3:15                                                           Fri., 10/21   Dodd MS                   Home                    3:15
                                                                Mon., 10/17   Washington MS          Home       3:15
     Mon., 10/24   Wilson MS             Away           3:30                                                           Mon, 10/24    Lincoln MS                Away                    3:15
                                                                Fri., 10/21   Lincoln MS             Away       3:15
     Thu., 10/27   Edison MS             Home           3:15                                                           Thu., 10/27   Wilson MS                 Away                    3:15
                                                                Thu., 10/27   DePaolo MS             Away       3:15
     Mon., 10/31   DePaolo MS            Home           3:15                                                           Mon., 10/31   Kennedy MS                Home                    3:15
                                                                Wed., 11/2    Chippens Hill-White    Home       3:15

                                                                                                                         DePaolo Cross-Country
      Kennedy Cross-Country                                      DePaolo Girls Volleyball                              Date          Opponent                  Site                  Time
     Date          Opponent              Site          Time     Date          Opponent               Site      Time    Thu., 9/22    Dag MS                    Home                    3:30
     Wed., 9/21    Dodd MS               Away           3:30    Tues., 9/20   Lincoln MS             Home       3:15   Wed., 9/28    Moran MS                  Home                    3:30
     Wed., 9/28    Moran MS              Home           3:30    Thu., 9/22    Washington MS          Away       3:15   Thu., 9/29    Dodd MS                   Home                    3:30
     Fri., 9/30    Chippens Hill-Blue    Home           3:30    Fri., 9/30    Dodd MS                Away       3:15   Mon., 10/3    Wilson MS                 Away                    3:30
     Mon., 10/3    Dag MS                Away           3:30    Mon., 10/3    Kennedy MS             Home       3:15   Thu., 10/13   Moran MS                  Away                    3:30
     Wed., 10/12   Wilson MS             Home           3:30    Thu., 10/6    Lincoln MS             Away       3:15   Mon., 10/17   Dag MS                    Home                    3:30
     Mon., 10/17   Long River MS         Away           3:30    Thu., 10/13   Washington MS          Home       3:15   Thu., 10/20   Cheshire Invite           Cheshire Pk             3:30
     Thu., 10/20   Cheshire Invite       Cheshire Pk    3:30    Thu., 10/20   Dodd MS                Home       3:15   Wed., 10/26   Dag MS                    Away                    3:30
     Thu., 10/27   DePaolo MS            Home           3:30    Mon., 10/24   Kennedy MS             Away       3:15   Thu., 10/27   Kennedy MS                Away                    3:30

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                                                                                                                               Sports Calendar
   FUNDRAISERS                                           CLASSIC—Wednesday, Sept.
                                                         28, shotgun start at 10:30 a.m.,
                                                                                                                       Sports Hall of Fame will induct
                                                                                                                       12 athletes,
                                                                                                                                                            Lisa Mueller, (860) 919-7147.         to local athletes, and games will
                                                                                                                                                                                                  be played on Sunday after-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           26 Putnam Place, Plantsville.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The programs are designed to
BLUE KNIGHTS AT TD                                       at Hawk’s Landing CC.                                         one coach,
HOMERS—Wednesdays at TD                                  Tournament features food                                      one booster,
                                                                                                                                                                PARKS & REC                       noons. Contact: info@soccer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           enhance the child’s strength,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           flexibility, hand eye coordination,
Homer’s Sports                                           before, during, and after with                                two teams,                           Registration for the following                                                 and social and listening skills.
Grill, Queen                                             two hole-in-one challenges                                    and a pair of                        classes and
Street. Mention                                          ($10,000 and a 2011 Chevy                                     posthumous                           programs,                               SOUTHINGTON                            The YMCA also offers a com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           petitive gymnastics program
that you would                                                                                                                                              unless other-
like to support
                                                         Cruze) and features celebrity
                                                         emcee Rich Coppola (Fox 61)
                                                                                                                       members into
                                                                                                                       the Class of 2011. Inductees         wise noted,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       YMCA                                where participants compete in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           YMCA and USAG meets.YMCA
Southington                                                                                                                                                 can be made                           Registration for the following
                                                         and eight former Red Sox play-                                include Jack Valentine, Chris                                                                                       instructors encourage and sup-
Athletics. A por-                                                                                                                                           at the                                classes and pro-
                                                         ers, including Luis Tiant, Rick                               Denorfia, Kelly Hart, Irene                                                                                         port children and serve as posi-
tion of the proceeds will benefit                                                                                                                           Southington                           grams, unless
                                                         Miller, Bill Campbell, Steve                                  Mach, Gary Solomon, Joe                                                                                             tive role models. Contact: Nancy
the entire Southington High                                                                                                                                 Parks & Recreation Department         otherwise noted,
                                                         Renko, Steve Braun, Lee                                       DePaolo, Tom Poitras, Ray                                                                                           Bauman, (203) 272-7688.
School Athletic Program.                                                                                                                                    at (860) 276-6218. Checks             can be made at
                                                         Stange, Dick McAuliffe, and                                   Thorpe, Ed Nardi, Dick Tully,
                                                                                                                                                            should be payable to Town of          the Southington
                                                         Gary Waslewski. Cost is $450                                  Mike Raczka, Corky Cassella,
LADY KNIGHT FIELD                                        for a foursome. Proceeds bene-                                Joseph Abate, Dick Galiette,         Southington. To learn more            Community                                MISCELLANEOUS
HOCKEY CAR WASH—                                                                                                                                            check out the activity schedule       YMCA Member-                             THE SPEEDWAY LINE
                                                         fit the Southington Chamber of                                Charlie Klemovich, the 1982
Sunday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-3                                                                                                                                  at               ship Services Desk at (860)              REPORT WITH GARY
                                                         Commerce. Contact: (860) 628-                                 SHS girls basketball team, and
p.m., at Southington Auto Wash                                                                                                                                                                    628-5597 or on-line at                   DANKO—Mondays, 6 p.m.-7:00
                                                         8036.                                                         the 1961 SHS baseball team.
& Quick Lube, Queen St. (Rain                                                                                                                               MENS FALL SOFTBALL                    www.southington-cheshireym-              p.m., April-November, on WATR
                                                                                                                       Cost is $50. Contact: Jim
date is Sunday, Oct. 9).                                                                                                                                    LEAGUE—Registration is                                        1320 or on-line at www.speed-
                                                         GAIL DEPAOLO BUTKUS                                           Verderame, (860) 621-1841.
Proceeds benefit the Lady                                MEMORIAL GOLF                                                                                      underway. Any manager inter-                                          The call-in
Knights Field Hockey booster                                                                                                                                ested in participating in the         LIFEGUARD CLASS—Sundays                  radio show focuses on the world
                                                         TOURNAMENT—Wednesday,                                         SOUTHINGTON KNIGHT
club.                                                                                                                                                       Southington Men's Fall Softball       beginning Sept. 11, 1 p.m.-5             of auto racing with in-studio
                                                         Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m. shotgun                                   CHEERLEADING CLINIC—
                                                                                                                                                            League should register their          p.m., at the YMCA pool. The              guests. Southington’s Gary
                                                         start, at Hawk’s Landing CC.                                  Monday, Oct. 11, registration
LADY KNIGHT SWIMMING                                                                                                                                        team in the Southington Parks         American Red Cross Lifeguard             Danko leads the discussion and
                                                         The Hawk’s Landing Ladies                                     8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m. with the
CAR WASH—Sunday, Sept. 25,                                                                                                                                  and Recreation office as soon         Class is open to participants 15         provides results from local
                                                         Golf League will hold their 11th                              program running 9:30 a.m.-3
at Southington Auto Wash.                                                                                                                                   as possible. Participants must        years or older. Attendance at all        tracks and periodic vintage his-
                                                         annual golf tournament. The 9-                                p.m. The 7th annual clinic is
Proceeds benefit the SHS girls                                                                                                                              pick up a roster sheet and sign       sessions is mandatory to                 torical shows. Call-ins: (203)
                                                         hole scramble tournament ben-                                 open to students in grades 1-8.
swimming and diving team                                                                                                                                    in. Cost is $400 for a team, and      receive certification. There will        757-1320.
                                                         efits the Susan G. Komen Rally                                No experience is necessary.
booster club.                                                                                                                                               the league is open to town resi-      be no class on Oct. 9. Contact:
                                                         for the Cure foundation. Cost is                              The clinic will focus on skill
                                                                                                                                                            dents only.                           Barbara Glaude, (860) 426-               If you would like to your event
                                                         $75 and includes greens fees,                                 development with a short pres-
LADY KNIGHT SWIMMING                                                                                                                                                                              9553.                                    announced in The Observer,
                                                         cart, and luncheon. Contact:                                  entation of skill learned at 2:30
PANCAKE BREAKFAST—                                       Pauline DiNello, (860) 747-4384                               p.m. Cost is $40 and includes a      ADULT COED SOCCER                                                              please e-mail information to jgo-
Sunday, Oct. 16 at Applebee’s                                                                                                                               LEAGUE—Registration is                PRESCHOOL & YOUTH              
                                                         or Grace Terry, (860) 628-5761                                pizza lunch, snack, and t-shirt.
Restaurant, Plainville, CT.                                                                                                                                 underway for the local league,        GYMNASTICS—For children                  m. The Observer reserves the
                                                         or email                                    Registration must be received
Proceeds benefit the SHS girls                                                                                                                              and contests will begin by late       ages 16 months and up in a               right to edit for content and
                                                                                                                       by Oct. 1. Contact: Karen
swimming and diving team                                                                                                                                    September. Registration is open       state-of-the-art facility located at     space.
booster club.                                                REGISTRATION                                              Fazzone, (860) 919-6259 or

                                                         SOUTHINGTON SPORTS
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bristol, CT
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Price: $289,900
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Agency: Country Manor Realty
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contact: Karen at 860-589-2100
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Features: This lovely 2100 sq. ft Colonial has it all.    A covered front
                 WATERBURY                                                                                                                                                                        porch for those warm summer days and a nice private 14x16 trex deck
   Fully renovated 3 bedroom Ranch in the quiet                      SOUTHINGTON
   north end of Waterbury. Everything is new…            Country Charm meetings updated features! Nestled                                                                                         for a barbeque. A large eat-in Kitchen opens to the sunken FR with cozy
   siding, roof, windows, elec panel, bath, kitchen,     on a very private wooded lot, this expanded Cape has
   floor, lighting and more! Kitchen has new             an expansive country kitchen with granite counters,                                                                                      fireplace, beautiful HW floors & tile throughout, 2.5 baths, FDR, 3 BRs,
   cabinets/stainless appliances. Finished basement      brick flooring, full wall fireplace and elevated ceiling in                                                                              first floor laundry, tastefully decorated all on a nice lot. Worth every
   (700 sf) not included in total SF. This home has it   eating area with skylight. Hardwood floors first floor.
   all! $169,900 Call Roy Evjen (860) 621-7323 x238      $279,900 Call Carol Nevrivy (860) 621-7323 x213                                                                                          penny. A must see.

              SOUTHINGTON                                              PLANTSVILLE
   Great house with inviting rear yard! Formal DR        Lovely Ranch. Well maintained, large eat-in
   w/French doors to sunporch/den. Masonry FP w/         kitchen open to family room, open dining
   pellet stove, gas stove in den, lots of hardwood      room with sunken living room. Deck, level
   floors. Spacious living room, dining room and
   master. Attic space for potential finishing.          yard, finished basement. $249,900 Call Liz or
    $254,900 Call Nancy Evjen (860) 621-7323 x203        Phil (860) 828-3230 x353/x356

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                                                                                 Support groups
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7               Center, 38 Kelley St., Bristol.                                            AL-ANON MEETING - 7 p.m.     (888) 825-2666.           depression and fears.
PLAINVILLE                       (860) 314-1236, ext. 2                 PARENT SUPPORT GROUP.               every Friday at Bristol                                                     Congregational Church of
                                           Are you tired of your kids run-     Recovery Club, 67 West St.,           AL-ANON MEETING - 7:30                Plainville, 130 West Main St.,
                                                                        ning your life? Call us, Pat and    Bristol. For anyone affected by       p.m. every Tuesday at Bristol         (Route 72).
p.m., Plainville Library,        TUESDAY, SEPT. 13                      Dick, 621-4889 or Bill and          someone else’s drinking. (888)        Baptist Church, 43 School St.,
                                 BRISTOL                                Marriette, 276-9734.                825-2666 or www.ct-al-                Bristol. For anyone affected by
                                                                                                                               someone else’s drinking.              ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIA-      NEW DAY 10 WEEK
                                                                                                                                                  Newcomers welcome. No fee             TION’S CAREGIVER SUP-
                                 BEREAVED SEMINAR. 6:30                 BRISTOL                             AL-ANON MEETING - 9:30                for attending. 1-888-825-2666         PORT GROUPS. Thursday
ONGOING                          to 8 p.m. St. Stanislaus               TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS               a.m. every Saturday at First          or                Tuesday of each month at 10
BRISTOL                          Church, Barlewski Center,              SENSIBLY) BRISTOL CHAP-             Congregational Church, 31                                                   a.m. Develop methods and
                                 Bristol. (860) 582-3652.               TER NUMBER 189. 6:15 to
LIBERTY BAPTIST MOTH-                                                                                       Maple St., Bristol. For anyone        AL-ANON MEETING- 8 p.m.               skills to solve problems.
ERS OF PRESCHOOLERS.                                                    7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Asbury         affected by someone else’s            every Friday night at St.             Plainville Senior Center, 200
First and third Thursday at      ONGOING                                United Methodist Church, 90         drinking. Newcomers welcome.          Andrews Lutheran Church,              East Main St., Plainville. (860)
each month at 6 p.m. from        SOUTHINGTON                            Church Ave., Forestville.           No fee for attending. 1-888-          1025 Stafford Ave. Has some-          747-5729, 1-800-272-3900,
September to May. Childcare      CELEBRATE RECOVERY.                    Potential members and visitors      825-2666 or www.ct-al-                one else’s drinking affected
and dinner provided. Liberty     The Tabernacle, 1445 West              can attend first meeting with                             your life? No charge to attend.
Baptist Church, 265 Maple        Street, meets every Tuesday,           no obligation. (860) 583-5931.                                                                                  RECOVERY. A self-help train-
Ave., Bristol. Annemarie         helping set people free from                 AL-ANON MEETING - For                 AL-ANON MEETING – St.                 ing method for people who suf-
Omilian, (860) 589-0739,         hurts, habits and hang-ups, 6-                                             anyone affected by someone            Gregs Rosary Hall, every              fer from stress, tension, anxi-            6:45 p.m. dinner hour, 7-8 p.m.        BRISTOL MS SUPPORT                  else’s drinking. 9:30 a.m. every      Tuesday at 10 a.m., new com-          ety and panic. First
                                 worship & teaching, 8-9 p.m.           GROUP. 6:30 p.m. on the sec-        Saturday at First                     ers welcome, friends and fami-        Congregational Church, West
FAMILY PROGRAM FOR               small groups, 9-9:30 p.m. after        ond Monday of each month.           Congregational Church, 31             lies of addicts & alcoholics are      Main St., Plainville. (860) 747-
CHILDREN A FAMILY MEM-           hours café, all are welcome.           Bristol Public Library, 5 High      Maple St., Bristol. 7 p.m. every      welcome.                              5682.
BER IN THE MILITARY. 6 to 8                                             St., Bristol. Wheelchair acces-     Monday, United Methodist
p.m. on the second Thursday.                                            sible, off-street handicapped       Church, 56 Redstone Rd.,              PLAINVILLE                            PLAINVILLE MS SUPPORT
                                 PARENT SUPPORT GROUP.
Facilitated by Helskovran MS                                            accessible.,         Plainville. 7:30 p.m. every                                                 GROUP. 7 to 9 p.m. Wheeler
                                 Call Bill and Mariette at (860)                                                                                  DEPRESSION-RECOVERY
LMFT and Kyoung-Hi Dickson                                              1-800-FIGHT MS.                     Tuesday, Bristol Baptist                                                    Clinic, 91 Northwest Dr.,
                                 276-9734, Pat and Dick, (860)                                                                                    INC. Support group for people
MA LMFT. Family Therapy          621-4889.                                                                  Church, 43 School St.www.ct-          who suffer from anxiety,              Plainville. (860) 793-9589.

                                                                                 Seniors’ listings
SEPT. 7, SEPT. 8 to 16           BRISTOL                                240 Stafford Ave., Bristol.        PLAINVILLE SENIORS’                    per week, and includes three          including beginners, are wel-
BRISTOL                          VENDORS SOUGHT FOR                     Open to Bristol residents and/     BOWLING LEAGUE.                        games of bowling, open bowl-          come to join. Contact Frank
                                 LADIES NIGHT. Held by the              or member of the Bristol           Mondays at 12:45 p.m. Laurel           ing discount card, automatic          Robinson, bowling league
                                 Bristol Senior Center, 240             Senior Center who are at           Lanes, 136 New Britain Ave.,           scoring, and free weekly bev-         president, (860) 747-2918.
                                 Stafford Ave., Bristol.                least 55 years of age. $15.        Plainville. $7.75 per person,          erage. Bowlers of all abilities,
FALL CLASSES. 9 a.m. to 11
                                 Interested in becoming ven-            Appointments (860) 585-3020
a.m. Wednesday in the gym.
Sept. 7 to 16 in the Art Room,   dor for this November event,
                                 contact (860) 584-7695.
                                                                        then select option 2.
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No. 100. Beals Senior Center                                                                                      We welcome milestone announcements from all of our readers. Forms for weddings,
Community Center, 240                                                   PLAINVILLE
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                                   BRISTOL ~ JUST LISTED ~                                                                                                                           BRISTOL ~ English Tudor styles
                                   Absoutely perfect Country Cape.                                          BRISTOL ~ Well kept home
                                                                                                            located on a dead end street. 7                                          Townhouse. This unit features 4
                                   Take a look at this 7 RM, 4 BR,                                                                                                                   rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths,
                                   home that features a country                                             rooms, 3 BRs, 2.5 BAs, family
                                                                                                            room w/FP, hardwood floors,                                              1st floor laundry, private patio,
                                   kitchen w/FP, LR w/FP, rec room
                                                                                                            inground pool, eat-in kitchen, 2                                         living room with fireplace, full
                                   w/fireplace, deck off dining area
                                   overlooking the ingorund pool                                            car garage.                                                              basement, 1 car garage. End
                                   and private rear yard.                                                                 ASKING $229,900
                                                                                                                                                                                     unit. Very private.
                                             A MUST SEE $274,900                                                                                                                                     ASKING $156,900

                                  BRISTOL ~ JUST LISTED ~                                                  BRISTOL ~ Exquisite home hat                                              PLAINVILLE ~ MUST SEE! ~
                                  Fabulous L-Shaped Ranch offers 3                                         must be seen. Double sided                                                Neat, clean, well maintained brick
                                  BRs, living room w/FP, FR w/FP,                                          fireplace in great room. 11x30                                            Cape. Some of the features are 3
                                  gleaming hardwood floors, 2 car                                          kitchen. Large master with full bath                                      BRs, LR w/FP, new kitchen, first
                                  garage, completely remodeled                                             and dressing room. Central air,                                           floor laundry, 1 1⁄2 BAs, C/Air,
                                  large private lot.                                                       enclosed porch. 2 car garage.                                             breezeway to patio & attached
                                                                                                           Situated on a half acre.                                                  oversized garage with storage
                                          A GREAT BUY AT $234,900                                                                   $329,900                                         loft. Close to amenities.

                                                                                                           BRISTOL           ~     Exceptional
                                   PLAINVILLE ~ Absolutely perfect                                         Townhouse Style Condo that has all                                        BRISTOL~ Federal Hill Colonial!
                                   Townhouse Condo. Take a look                                            the features you can ask for.                                             A little restoration is all that this
                                   at this 4 RM, 2 BR, 1.5 BA unit.                                        Custome kitchen with granite                                              home needs. 10 rooms, 5 BRs,
                                   EIK with sliders to a large patio                                       counter tops, DR, LR wit hfP, 2 BRs,                                      2 BAs, sunroom, FDR, living
                                   overlooking the nature park.                                            2.5 baths, full basement, 1-car gar,                                      room with FP, first flr MBR, wrap
                                   Central air, fully applianced.                                          rec room, private deck. C/Air &                                           around front porch, 1 car garage.
                                                  ASKING $144,900                                          much more.
                                                                                                                           ASKING $225,000                                                        REDUCED $169,900

                                   TERRYVILLE ~ Oversized Raised                                                                                                                     BRISTOL ~ Move right into this
                                   Ranch that’s loaded with features.                                      BRISTOL ~ Picture perfect                                                 remodeled Colonial. 6 RMs, 3
                                   8 RMs, 3 BRs, 1.5 Baths, EIK,                                           home just waiting for you. Take a                                         BRs, 1 bath, family room with
                                   FDR, great room, private lot,                                           look at this 6 room Raised Ranch                                          cathedral ceilings, FDR, living
                                   inground pool, 4 car garage,                                            with 3 BRs, FR, eat-in kitchen,                                           room with FP, eat-in kitchen &
                                   fireplace and a rec room.                                               hardwood floors, large level lot.                                         large level lot.
                                                          $229,900                                                      REDUCED $226,900                                                      REDUCED TO $159,900
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                                                                                                                                       Kids’ listings
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2                                             BRISTOL                                              Nothin’ for Christams. Sunday 3                           groups. For details and registra-                                                        up. Ages 3 and under free.
BRISTOL                                                     DORA THE EXPLORER. The                               to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.                                 tion, go to                                                                                                , (860)
                                                            character will be walking                            Monday 6 to 9 p.m. December                                                                                              NOW thru SEPT. 4                                               SCIENCE.
                                                            around Lake Compounce                                production. Ages 7 to 18. New                             NOW thru SEPT. 4                                               OTHER
TRUCK FESTIVAL. 5 to 8 p.m.
                                                            Amusement Park. Sunday and                           Britain Youth Theater, 19                                                                                                                                                               NOW thru SEPT. 3
Enjoy trucks of all sizes and                                                                                                                                              OTHER                                                          NATURE UNLEASHED:
                                                            Monday, bring a buddy for free.                      Chestnut St., Trinity-on-Main,                                                                                                                                                          OTHER
shapes including military vehi-                                                                                                                                            3D MOVIES. Daily, 11 a.m., 1                                   INSIDE NATURAL DISAS-
                                                            Lake Compounce,                                      New Britain. Schedule an audi-
cles, fire trucks, construction                                                                                                                                            p.m., 4 p.m., Bugs CD. 12 and                                  TERS. Witness what it’s like to                                BUGS! LIVE AND ON STAGE.
                                                            Bristol/Southington.                                 tion, (860) 515-8115.
trucks, tractors and more.                                                                                                                                                 2 p.m., Sea Rex 3D, 3 p.m. Wild                                stand inside a tornado, trigger                                10:15 a.m. Connecticut Science
Imagine Nation, One Pleasant                                                                                                                                                                                   an underwater earthquake and                                   Center, downtown Hartford. $7
                                                                                                                 WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21                                       Ocean 3D. Hoffman Foundation
St., Bristol. $6 per person, chil-                                                                                                                                         Science Theater, Connecticut                                   tsunami and create a virtual                                   adults, $6 youth (ages 4 to 17),
dren under one free. (860) 314-                             SEPT. 11, 12                                         OTHER                                                     Science Center, downtown                                       volcano. Connecticut Science                                   $6 for seniors 65 and up. $5 for
1400.                                                       OTHER                                                NEW BRITAIN YOUTH THE-                                    Hartford. $7 for adults, and $6                                Center, downtown Hartford. $17                                 members.
                                                            AUDITIONS FOR CHIL-                                  ATER FALL DRAMA CLASS-                                    for youths ages 4 to 17, and $6                                adults, $14 youth (ages 4 to                         , (860)
SEPT. 3 to 5                                                DREN’S PLAY. ‘I’m Getting                            ES. Different times different age                         for seniors.                                                   17), $15.50 for seniors 65 and                                 SCIENCE.

                                                                                                                   Performance listings
SEPT. 2-4                                         , 1-                                                                                                                          es. $15 for adults, $12 for                                    ‘LEGENDS IN CONCERT.’ 8
OTHER                                                       800-200-2882.                                                                                                  OCT. 7 to 9                                                    seniors, and $10 for children                                  p.m. on Mondays and
JIMMY SHUBERT. Friday at 8                                                                                       WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7                                        BRISTOL                                                        18 and under at matinees.                                      Wednesdays through
p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and                                SATURDAY, SEPT. 3                                    OTHER                                                     ‘JOSEPH AND THE AMAZ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Saturdays. Wednesdays’ mati-
                                                            OTHER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nee at 1 p.m. and Sundays’ at
Sunday at 8 and 10:30 p.m.                                                                                       NEW ENGLAND ALL STAR                                      ING TECHNICOLOR DREAM
Comix at Foxwoods,                                          COMEDY NIGHT. Sam                                    COMIX. 7 p.m. Headliner Paul                              COAT.’ Presented by Bristol                                    NOW thru SEPT. 11                                              4 p.m. Live tribute show.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OTHER                                                          August features salutes to
Foxwoods Resort Casino,                                     Greenfield, John Porche and                          Nardizzi. Comix at Foxwoods,                              Theatre Arts. Friday and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra,
Mashantucket. Advanced tick-                                Barbara Singer. 8 p.m.                               Foxwoods Resort Casino,                                   Saturday at 7:30 p.m.                                          WICKED. The Bushnell, 166
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Donna Summer and Carrie
ets are $20 for general                                     Playhouse on Park,, 244 Park                         Mashantucket. $15.                                        Saturday and Sunday at 2                                       Capitol Ave., Hartford. Tickets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Underwood. Fox Theater,
admission and $40 for VIP.                                  Rd., West Hartford. $15. (860)             , 1-                                   p.m. Chippens Hill Middle                                      start at $33.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Foxwoods Resort Casino,
Two-drink minimum.                                          523-5900.                                            800-200-2882.                                             School Auditorium, 551                                         (860) 987-5900.
                                                                                                                                                                           Peacedale St., Bristol. $20 for

                                                         Meeting listings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               , 1-800-200-
                                                                                                                                                                           adults and $18 for seniors,                                    NOW thru SEPT. 4                                               2882.
                                                                                                                                                                           and $15 for children 18 and                                    OTHER
                                                                                                                                                                           under at evening performanc-
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7                                          Women in Clockmaking.”                               THURSDAY, SEPT. 15
PLAINVILLE                                                  Commemoration of 10th                                PLAINVILLE
                                                            Anniversary of 9/11. Hostesses
                                                            Lee McFadden and Marjorie
                                                                                                                 THE LADIES GUILD OF OUR
                                                                                                                 LADY OF MERCY CHURCH.
                                                                                                                                                                            Get listed
                                                            Budge. (860) 589-6922.
7 p.m. Plainville YMCA, Teen                                                                                     6 p.m. First meeting of the                               Send your listing items
Center, Plainville. (860) 302-                                                                                   season. Potluck supper. Bring
6627.                                    OTHER                                                your favorite dish to share.                              via email to mchaiken@
                                                            LITERACY VOLUNTEERS                                  Dues collected. All women of                    , to                                                                                                        BRISTOL-ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS custom
                                                            PROSPECTIVE TUTOR                                                                                                                                                               BRISTOL-PRISTINE, IMMACULATE and totally
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8                                                                                                the parish are invited to attend                          eharris@southingtonob                                            updated this1880 sq. ft Ranch boasts 5 BRs, 2 full            Cape w/many built-ins, updated kitchen w/lovely
                                                            INFORMATION SESSION. 6                               and new members welcome.                                                                                                   baths, 1st floor FR, updated kitchen, formal LR &             cabinets, a wonderful FR w/bay window, fireplace
BRISTOL                                                     p.m. 3rd Floor, New Britain                                                                           or fax them                                           DR, central air, 1st floor laundry room, 18x36                leading to an enclosed 3 season porch, FDR w/
                                                                                                                 Our Lady of Mercy Church,                                                                                                  inground pool, roof 10 yrs old, HW heater 2 yrs old,          built-in hutch leads to the entry foyer to the formal
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERI-                                     Public Library, 20 High St.,                         Room 106 of the Parish                                    to (860)621-1841 or mail                                         situated on gorgeous grounds in Federal Hill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ASKING $289,900.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LR w/fireplace, 4 BRs, 3.5 baths, 2 car garage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          REDUCED TO $284,000.
CAN REVOLUTION. KATHER-                                     New Britain. (860) 229-7323.                                                                                   them to Calendar, The
                                                                                                                 Center, 19 S. Canal St.,
INE GAYLORD CHAPTER.                              
10:30 a.m. Speaker Colleen
                                                                                                                 Plainville.                                               Observer/ Step Saver,
Nicastro, “Role of American                                                                                                                                                213       Spring     St.,
                                                                                                                                                                           Southington CT 06489.
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 Ed Harris at, or mail them to The Observer, 213                                                                                                                                                            BRISTOL-BESIDES STYLE & CHARM THIS                           BRISTOL-COMPLETELY REMODELED COLONIAL,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UPDATED Colonial has 3 BRs, FDR, a large LR,
 Spring St., Southington, CT 06489. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday for the following week’s edi-                                                                                                                                                                                                              new kitchen, baths, plumbing, electrical,
                                                                                                                                                                              NEW BRITAIN                                                   den, sunroom, gourmet eat-in kitchen, partially              windows, siding, flooring, furnace and the list
 tion. The editor reserves the right to edit all letters for length or grammatical errors.                                                                                                                                                  finished basement, laundry room a beautiful front            goes on and on …With its 3 BRs, 2.5 baths,
                                                                                                                                                                              6 ROOM 1ST FLOOR                                              porch and a 26x30 garage w/10’ ceilings.                     kitchen with center island, 1 car garage all on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            REDUCED TO $244,000.                                         beautiful lot. REDUCED TO $225,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                CAPE FOR SALE

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 (860) 302-4012   (860) 919-5537   (860) 621-0077 x334                                                                                   (860) 877-0768   (860) 877-0803
                                                                                                                                                                           3BR, living room, dining room,
                                                                                                                                                                           kitchen, 1 bath, 3 season porch, 1 car                               THE BEST AT
                                                          860-621-0077                                                                                                     garage, freshly painted refinished
                                                                                                                                                                           HDWD floors, new roof & heat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WHAT WE DO!                                              BRISTOL-ABSOLUTELY IMPECCABLE, don’t

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         miss this expandable Cape, easy to finish upper
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                                                                                                                                                          (860) 628-1950      Move in condition $160,000                                                                                                 level, all roughed in, FDR, newer windows &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         furnace, impressive perennials rock gardens

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 enhance this beautiful fenced in yard w/doll house
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         shed. ASKING $175,900. A MUST SEE!
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                                                                                                                                                                              This lovely Raised Ranch has three bedrooms, 1.5
                                                                                                                                             baths, two zone heating, MBR w/ balcony, hardwood
                                                                                                                                                                              flooring, six panel doors, finished LL gas heat, central
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           TThis home was built in 2008 with spacious rooms,
                                                                                                                                                                              air, Anderson windows, new driveway, new Kenmore                                                                                           SOUTHINGTON
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                                                               EA !                                                                                                           appliances, central air, two car attached garage.                                                                        CThis spacious two bedroom condo has 1.5 baths,
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           bedrooms, two baths, move in condition, water, sewer,
  MONDIT                                                     GRBUY                                              M EE                                                          $279,356 DIR: I-84 to exit 32, south on Queen, left          rubbish and use of the clubhouse and pool included in       combination living & dining room with fireplace, eat in
                                                                                                                  S                                                           on Laning, right to Flanders, 1st right Harness.             lot rental. $75,000                                         kitchen, garage with opener. $179,900
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       this two acres set in a private wooded setting, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       private drive will lead to the area of your dream home,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       seller installed gravel access, picturesque location
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with brook adding to special amenities. $139,900
                                                                              BRISTOL                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SOUTHINGTON - Lovely acre lot with babbling
                                                            Northeast Area! Well maintained 11 room                                                                                                                                                                                                    brook just waiting for someone to build their
                                                            colonial, featuring 4 BRs, 3 1⁄2 BAs, EIK, MBR                        BRISTOL                                                                                                                                                              home, call the listing agent for details. $134,900
                      BRISTOL                               suite w/ whirlpool, LR w/bay window, DR, first      Lovely spacious 5 room cape on .58 acre level                                     SOUTHINGTON                                                                                          SOUTHINGTON-Located in Wild Oak Ridge this 4.5
  Immaculate 5 room cape, featuring 3 bedrooms,             floor family room, C/Air, 3 season sunroom,         lot, featuring 2 bedrooms, the fully applianced                Southington's best kept secret, the most fabulous                                NEW BRITAIN                            acres captures the beauty of woodland privacy, we
  1 1⁄2 baths, eat-in kitchen, newer roof, siding and                                                           kitchen opens to a formal dining area, large                   piece of land is available over three acres of serene       Perfect five room Ranch, delightful 13' x 24' living room   will sell lots separately or build to suit. $249,900
                                                            great in-law or home office potential and                                                                          beauty, picturesque views of the waterfall while            with beautiful hardwood floors, secluded dining area off
  central air, two sheds, fenced yard, carport.             handicap access, plenty of storage, vinyl siding,   living room with office the back, open porch,                  strolling the grounds, a 2440' B-I level with open floor    the living room, three good sized bedrooms, eat in          SOUTHINGTON-This .28 acres in the area of a new
  Call Bruce Lebeau-$162,900                                2 car garage. Call Susan Gorski-$285,000            quick highway access. Call Paula Ray-$119,900                  plan, also included three car detached garage.              kitchen with ample cabinets, newer roof and driveway,       subdivision of Colonial homes for you to build your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           level rear yard for easy entertaining. $127,000             home call the listing agent for details. $99,900

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                                                                    TENTH ANNIVERSARY
                                                             REMEMBRANCE OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
                                                                HONORING THE MEMORY OF THE
                                                         2,976 WHO DIED IN THE ATTACKS ON AMERICA

                                                                               How YOU Participate
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