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                                        Community oven at Goat Island                Pictures from Taste of Home Cooking                                   Blue Knights lose defensive battle
                                           considered historic, page 3                                       Show, page 9                                        against Hurricanes, page 21

                                                                                                Honored for all their work
                                                                                                 YMCA names Della Vecchia Person of the Year
                                                                                                       By ROB GLIDDEN                  Della Vecchia said. “It’s an           is involved in something,
                                                                                                          STAFF WRITER                 honor to be included                   it’s going to be successful,”
                                                                                                      Longtime community               among the other people                 said YMCA Executive
                                                                                                 activist William Della                who have won this award.”              Director John Myers, “and
                                                                                                 Vecchia was honored as the                 Past winners include              he’s been involved in a lot
                                                                                                 YMCA’s Person of the Year             Community Services                     of things. I’m not sure if
                                                                                                 on Monday, in a press con-            Director Janet Mellon, Sgt.            there are people in the
                                                                                                 ference that also recognized          Lowell DePalma and Relay               town who haven’t been
                                                                                                 Wal-Mart and Southington              for Life coordinator
                                                                                                 resident Peter Veronneau.             Rosemary Champagne.
                                                                                                                                            “You know that if Bill D
                                                                                                                                                                                                  See YMCA,
                                                                                                      “I was very surprised,”                                                                        page 17

                                                                         STEVE CIESLEWSKI
Library publicist Jeanne Chmielewski, left, talks with a guest at a reception to
honor the Southington Library Artists of the Month who have shared their artis-
tic talents with the town. For more photos of the event, please see page 14.

Students noted for charity work
     By ROB GLIDDEN             new or slightly used books   duced to Morgan’s cause
       STAFF WRITER             for children who can’t
     The Board of Education     afford them.                           See HONORED,
began their recent meeting           Residents were intro-                    page 17                                                                                                       STEVE CIESLEWSKI
by recognizing the accom-                                                                        Above, from left, William Della Vecchia, Peter Veronneau, Beth Egliskis and John
plishments of two students
                                                                                                 Hever were recently honored by the Southington YMCA.
for their impressive com-
munity service accomplish-
ments.                                                                                           Officials rank school capital list
     Morgan Ouellette and
                                                                                                       By ROB GLIDDEN                        The plan calls for               Joseph Erardi said he and
Annalisa Sega, both stu-
                                                                                                          STAFF WRITER                  $2,160,726 in capital proj-           his fellow administrators
dents at DePaolo Middle
                                                                                                      The Board of                      ects over the next fiscal             had consulted with staff
School, were presented
                                                                                                 Education has examined a               year. The town recently               and prioritized the projects.
with certificates and flowers
                                                                                                 proposed capital expendi-              defined a “capital project”                “We believe [the proj-
as family members took
                                                                                                 ture plan for the 2009-2010            as a project that has at least        ects] are critical to com-
video and photographs.
                                                                                                 fiscal year, which had been            a five-year life, costs more          plete in the immediate
     Since last year, Morgan
                                                                                                 updated to align with                  than $100,000, and is not             future,” he wrote. “In all
has worked with organiza-
                                                                                                 guidelines set by the Town             considered simple “mainte-
tions like Read Across                                                         ROB GLIDDEN
                                                                                                 Council and the Board of               nance.”
America and the Children’s      Annalisa Sega, left, and Morgan Ouellette were recent-                                                                                                        See CAPITAL,
                                                                                                 Finance.                                    In a letter to the school
Miracle Network to gather       ly recognized by the school board for charity work.                                                                                                                page 17
                                                                                                                                        board, Superintendent Dr.

 Congratulations Sharon!                                         THE VALUE OF YMCA MEMBERSHIP
                                                                  The value of an active and healthy lifestyle includes a reduced risk of heart disease, maintenance of a
                                                                  healthy weight, decreased blood pressure, stronger bones, reduced stress, increased energy and an
                                                                  increased likelihood of maintaining functional ability as you get older. One of the many YMCA success                       YMCA
                                                                  stories is that of Sharon Giarratano. Sharon lost nearly 130 lbs, and still counting, with the help of our staff We build strong kids, strong
                                                                  at the YMCA’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center!                                                                  families, strong communities.
                                                                  “My story begins one year ago when I decided I was fed up with being tired. I was very overweight, had sore knees and couldn’t get around
                                                                  very well. In January, I began exercising at the YMCA’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center three to four times a week. I have more
                                                                  energy, my knees feel better and I am able to play with my young son and truly enjoy it because I feel strong.”
                                                                  With the YMCA membership, every day is another great opportunity to make progress in achieving an active and healthy lifestyle
                                                                  for you and your family. No other single membership provides so many ways to change your life and that of your family.
                                                                                          And with senior adult memberships as little as $1.30 per day to
                                                                                           family memberships at less than $2.50 per day, that’s value!
                                                                    Southington Community YMCA, 29 High Street, Southington (860)628-5597 • The YMCA is a non-profit 501c (3) organization.
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                                                                               Wednesday, Nov. 26                Wednesday, Nov. 26                   Wednesday, Nov. 26
                                                                               No School-Thanksgiving            No School-Thanksgiving               No School-Thanksgiving
                                                                               recess                            recess                               recess
                                                                               Thursday, Nov. 27                 Thursday, Nov. 27                    Thursday, Nov. 27
                                                                               No School-Thanksgiving            No School-Thanksgiving               No School-Thanksgiving
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                                                                               November 17,                      out the next few weeks.              enforcement programs is
                                                                               Southington Police will be             The primary function            to remind motorists to
                                                                               participating in the              of the campaign will be              always use good highway
                                                                               Statewide Click it or             for seatbelt and child seat          safety sense: Obey all traf-
                                          MONDAY                               Ticket campaign. There            enforcement; however,                fic laws. Always buckle
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                                          Rainy, highs near 40                 effort via checkpoints,           traffic related violations           limits. Never drink and
                                                                               saturation patrols and            will also be enforced.               drive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •Police grievance goes to state...page 4

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •From the Pulpit...page 19

                                                                                                                                                               Our Town
Community oven is part of history on Goat Island
                                                                  By ROB GLIDDEN                                                                                                                                  could cook together and its          “Images of Southington,”
                                                                   STAFF WRITER                                                                                                                                   historical value could also          said that out of all the
      Two antique maps of                                                                                                                                                                                         make for an interesting              antique photographs she
Southington, located in the                                                                                                                                                                                       local field trip for students.       had gone through in the
office of the probate judge                                                                                                                                                                                            Kopec said there were           process of writing the book,
at Town Hall, offer a                                                                                                                                                                                             still several details to be          none gave any clues to the
glimpse of Goat Island, a                                                                                                                                                                                         worked out with the state.           oven’s existence on Goat
small region in Plantsville                                                                                                                                                                                       An application for the               Island.
which is now open space.                                                                                                                                                                                          building has to be prepared               “Cameras were expen-
      The two maps, one                                                                                                                                                                                           and       sent      to     the       sive to use in those days,”
dating back to 1878 and the                                                                                                                                                                                       Commission of Culture and            she said. “When you did
other to 1914, show a small                                                                                                                                                                                       Tourism in order for the             use it, you were more likely
island bordered on both                                                                                                                                                                                           site to be added to                  to take pictures of your
sides by a wide portion of                                                                                                                                                                                        Connecticut’s register of            family.”
the Quinnipiac River. The                                                                                                                                                                                         historic places.                          Out of the two other
river was diverted many                                                                                                                                                                    STEVE CIESLEWSKI            Once the building is on         buildings on the site, one is
years later, leaving Goat                                                                      The community oven was housed in the building on the right. The oven is a piece of                                 the register, UNICO will be          a former barn currently
Island dry and nearly for-                                                                     Southington history.                                                                                               eligible for grants which            being used by the Parks
gotten.                                                                                             The huge 6’ x 6’ oven        Kopec soon found that Councilor Michael Riccio.                                  will help them with their            Department for storage.
      Three old buildings are                                                                  was located inside a small several families had strong         Former          Town                                restoration efforts.                 The other, likely built in the
all that remain on the prop-                                                                   building on Goat Island connections to the area, Councilor William Della                                                Kopec, the author of            late 1800s, is in the process
erty today. In May, the                                                                        which was once a commu- and a select few even Vecchia spoke on behalf of                                           the recently published               of being taken down.
Town Council added a                                                                           nal bakery. It was designed remembered the oven.           the UNICO Club, which has

small amount to the budget                                                                     to be used by numerous            Such a discovery is rare offered to take on the
that would pay for the                                                                         people at once, a shared in Connecticut. The only duties of restoring and

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local historian and author                                                                     standing that it was contin-      During last week’s serve Italian heritage in the
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Police grievance sent up to state level
                                             ing the grievance to the                                                    upset that other officers      Forgione said.                   state, the road to a resolu-

         STAFF WRITER                        state’s Department of                                                       were not given a chance to          Once the state depart-      tion is likely to be a long
    The dispute between                      Labor and the matter will                                                   apply for this position.       ment is ready, a three-per-      one. Salerno said that the
the Southington police                       be settled with an arbitra-                                                     Henry Forgione, chair-     son panel will hold a hear-      ongoing dispute would not
union and the depart-                        tion hearing.                                  We’ll exhaust                man of the Board of Police     ing on the issue and make        compromise the overall
ment’s administration has
now gone to the state level.
    The union’s grievance
over the promotion of
                                                  “We’ll exhaust all legal
                                             avenues,” said Officer
                                             Stephen Salerno, president
                                             of the union.
                                                                                       all legal avenues.
                                                                                                                         Commissioners, said that
                                                                                                                         he and his fellow officials
                                                                                                                         suspected that the restruc-
                                                                                                                         turing would cause contro-
                                                                                                                                                        a final decision.
                                                                                                                                                             Forgione said that the
                                                                                                                                                        police       administration
                                                                                                                                                        stood by their argument,
                                                                                                                                                                                         effectiveness of the police
                                                                                                                                                                                              “We are police profes-
                                                                                                                                                                                         sionals and we will con-
supernumerary officer Eric                        The promotion was                                                      versy.                         but they would respect the       duct ourselves according-
Daigle to the rank of cap-                   part of an effort to restruc-                                                   Before the grievance       will of the arbitration          ly,” he said. “We will not
tain was denied by Chief                     ture the department. The                                                    was filed, they sought legal   panel if the officials rule in   allow a dispute with the
                                             union has alleged that the                 Officer Stephen Salerno,         counsel from Attorney          favor of the union.              chief or the Board of Police
Jack Daly and later denied
                                             promotion of Daigle was                    President of Police Union        Fred Dorsey, who repre-             “This is the next level,”   Commissioners to detract
by the Board of Police
Commissioners during a                       due to his relationship                   with The Observer, Daly           sents the department.          he    said. “We’re        not    from the service we pro-
special meeting in late                      with Daly more than on his                said Daigle was fully quali-          “The town reviewed         involved procedurally at         vide.”
October.                                     credentials and qualifica-                fied for the job.                 this issue [with Dorsey]       this point.”                          Questions?       Email
    The union is now tak-                    tions.                                         The union is also            and he said that Chief Daly         With the grievance          rglidden@southingtonob-
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                                                                                         Police Blotter
     Douglas Thibeault, 20,          charges of disorderly con-          set at $10,000.                            degree assault and second            charge of fifth degree larce-    charges of second degree
of 121 Rocky Hill Ave. in            duct and violation of a pro-             Steven A. Fernandes,                  degree breach of peace.              ny. Bond was set at $1,000.      failure to appear, third
New Britain was arrested             tective order. Bond was set         47, of 152 Southshire Dr. in               Bond was set at $200.                     Kevin Quinn, 52, of 118     degree burglary, sixth
Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the             at $10,000.                         Southington was arrested                         TJ Carmichael, 22, of          Main St. in Hartford was         degree larceny and third
charges of sale and posses-               Joseph A. Roberts, 19,         Friday, Nov. 7 on the charges              228 Monarch Dr. in                   arrested Monday, Nov. 10 on      degree criminal trespassing.
sion of narcotics. Bond was          of 5 Alpha St. in Putnam was        of DUI and following too                   Southington was arrested             the charges of third degree      Bond was set at $3,500 and
set at $25,000.                      arrested Thursday, Nov. 6 on        close. Bond was set at                     Saturday, Nov. 8 on the              larceny and second degree        $500.
     Richard Fantasia, 29, of        the charge of second degree         $1,000.                                    charges of DUI, failure to           forgery. Bond was set at              Josue L. Santana, 26, of
15 Boyd St. in Winsted was           breach of peace. Bond was                Karen B. Nelson, 45, of               obey traffic signal and pos-         $5,000.                          10 Darling St. in
arrested Thursday, Nov. 6 on         set at $500.                        25 Benny Dr. in Plantsville                session of less than four                 Matthew Hyde, 20, of        Southington was arrested
the charges of third degree               Jovanaska Rodriguez,           was arrested Friday, Nov. 7                ounces of marijuana. Bond            71 Mark Dr. in Southington       Tuesday, Nov. 11 on the
larceny and first degree for-        30, of 21 Beecher St. 1st           on the charge of DUI. Bond                 was set at $1,000.                   was arrested Tuesday, Nov.       charge of second degree
gery. Bond was set at $5,000.        Floor in Southington was            was set at $1,000.                               Arthur Charles                 11 on the charges of third       breach of peace. Bond was
     Joshua J. Landeen, 25,          arrested Thursday, Nov. 6 on             Raul Rivera, 32, of 155               Fleischmann, 33, of 52 N.            degree burglary, sixth           set at $1,000.
of 21 Beecher St. in                 the charges of disorderly           Blue Bell 265 in Houston, TX               Main St. in Southington was          degree larceny and third              Eva Klimaszewski, 25,
Southington was arrested             conduct and violation of a          was arrested Friday, Nov. 7                arrested Saturday, Nov. 8 on         degree criminal trespassing.     of 10 Darling St. in
Thursday, Nov. 6 on the              protective order. Bond was          on the charges of third                    the charge of disorderly             Bond was set at $500.            Southington was arrested
                                                                                                                    conduct. Bond was set at                  Robin A. Daniels, 20, of    Tuesday, Nov. 11 on the
                             This Week in History                                                                   $500.
                                                                                                                          Noreen M. Goulet, 49,
                                                                                                                                                         309 Meriden-Waterbury Rd.
                                                                                                                                                         in Southington was arrested
                                                                                                                                                                                          charge of second degree
                                                                                                                                                                                          breach of peace. Bond was
    Each week we take a look back at                     stitutes – as well as the low pay rate – is                of 197 Hart St. in                   Tuesday, Nov. 11 on the          set at $1,000.
recent history as it was recorded in the                 posing a serious problem town wide. One                    Southington was arrested
pages of the Southington Observer.                       of the teachers went so far as to call the sit-            Saturday, Nov. 8 on the                     y s    r
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                                                         uation a crisis.                                           charge of third degree iden-
5 years ago…                                                  Sports: “Seven Lady Knights swim in                   tity theft. Bond was set at                                      Come
      News: “Stalemate continues, DelSanto               finals”                                                    $500.                                                         check our
moves up”                                                     Eight girls from the Southington High                       Angel Arce, Jr., 29, of                                   caring
                                                                                                                    122 Charles St. in Meriden
      The contest between two competing                  girls’ swim team achieved times good                                                                                       staff at
                                                         enough to send them to States trials held                  was arrested Sunday, Nov. 9
Democrats over chairmanship of the
                                                                                                                    on the charges of breach of
                                                                                                                                                                                   our new
Planning & Zoning Commission is still                    in Hamden this past Tuesday. Out of those
                                                                                                                    peace, third degree criminal                                   location
brewing, but at least now the PZC has one                eight, seven swam well enough to return
                                                                                                                    mischief, criminal violation
of its own running the show. Under the
guidelines of Robert’s Rules of Order,
                                                         this past Tuesday (Nov. 17) to the Class LL
                                                         Finals, also held in Hamden.                               of protective order and                   Full time Hygienist on Staff
Commissioner Michael DelSanto, who was                                                                              interfering with a 911 call.
elected secretary at the last meeting,                   15 years ago…                                              Bond was set at $20,000.                     Implant Placement
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      Sports: “Blue Knights finish second in             plan”                                                      of 46 Garden Gate Rd. in
CCC South with sixth straight win”
      Six straight wins are an impressive feat
                                                              Few parents supported the proposed
                                                         school redistricting plan during an infor-
                                                                                                                    Southington was arrested
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straight losses. The Southington High                    directly challenged Dr. Louis Saloom,                      cy to commit second degree
School football team was able to pull this               superintendent of schools, on the propos-                  criminal mischief, criminal
                                                                                                                    attempt to commit third
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10 years ago…                                                                                                       $2,500.
    News: “School system faces problem
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                                                                                                                    Our Views
                                                                                                  Dishwashing and spotlight adventure
                                                                                                        At last week’s Taste of Home                                                               The small bridal show featured
                                                                                                  Cooking Show, I almost had to do                                                           gowns designed by Vera Wang and other
                                                                                                  something that was slightly out of char-                                                   nationally and locally recognized
      ROBERT PAZDZIORKO, vice president/ general manager                                          acter. Something, that if it had hap-                                                      designers. Several models showcased
                    ED HARRIS editor                                                              pened, no one would be able to tell my                                                     the dresses.
              BILL MALIA, circulation supervisor                                                  fiancé April about. I almost had to wash                                                         Despite all the time and hardships
                     Founded in 1975                                                              dishes.                                                                                    faced setting the event up, it was entire-
                        Published weekly by The Step Saver, Inc.                                        Now, obviously, I am exaggerating                                                    ly worth it and everyone, including
                         213 Spring St., Southington, CT 06489                                    for dramatic effect. But, if you have ever                                                 those of us that worked it, which came
                                 editorial: 860-621-6751
                                                                                                  been to my house, you would see a pile                                                     enjoyed themselves.
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                                                                                                  of pots, pans and dishes that rivals Mt.                                                         Though it was cool and rainy last
                                    fax 860-621-1841                                              Rushmore.                                     Ed Harris                                    Thursday, we had people lining up out-
                            e-mail obsnews@stepsaver.com                                                Perhaps it is because I eat six to                                                   side of Derynoski School an hour before
           All editorials are intended to reflect the position of the publisher and not that of   eight times a day or some other factor,       Thoughts around town                         we opened the doors. And not one per-
    any individual editorial writer. Signed columns, on the other hand, reflect the position of   but I have honestly not seen the bottom                                                    son complained about waiting out in
    the author and not necessarily those of the publisher.
                 www.SouthingtonObserver.com, www.StepSaver.com                                   of my sink in quite some time.                                                             the elements.
                                                                                                        So, of course, I jumped at the          filled to capacity.                                The attendees, coming from all
                                                                                                                                                      This year’s event was sponsored by
This news doesn’t                                                                                 opportunity to acquire a portable dish-
                                                                                                  washer from friends who were just             several area retailers, including Price
                                                                                                                                                Chopper, Connecticut Appliance and
                                                                                                                                                                                             across the state and even one from
                                                                                                                                                                                             Vermont, watched Chef Dawn; from the
                                                                                                  moving into a new house together, a                                                        Taste of Home Cooking Schools prepare
bode well for the news                                                                            few months before they married. The
                                                                                                  dishwasher was likely from the 40s, but
                                                                                                                                                Fireplace Distributors, Ricci’s Home
                                                                                                                                                Improvement and Compumail.
                                                                                                                                                                                             11 mouth watering dishes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The dishes included almond cream
                                                                                                  it works and provides extra countertop        National sponsors include Birds Eye,         cheese Bundt, sesame pork, Italian herb

          f you’re a photographer, reporter, or editor, there                                                                                   Ziploc, McCormick, Gallo Family
                                                                                                  room in my apartment.                                                                      and cheese crusted chicken rolls, fra-
          generally is a competitive streak that runs                                                                                           Vineyard and Rhodes.
                                                                                                        It was worth lugging the dishwash-                                                   grant Indian butter chicken, apple dried
          through you. When you get a story before the                                                                                                I am not entirely sure how I was
                                                                                                  er up the narrow steps to the second                                                       cherry and walnut compote and lava
other guys, or you cover an event where the other news                                                                                          able to weasel out of doing the dishes at
                                                                                                  floor of my apartment building, my                                                         chocolate cakes.
outlets are absent, you pat yourself on the back and offer                                                                                      Taste of Home, but I was. Perhaps it was
                                                                                                  friend Justin and I using a push pull                                                            Chef Dawn said the dishes she pre-
up a silent, “In your face.”
                                                                                                  method that required a large amount of        because someone else had jumped in           pared were “quick and easy,” and even
     But the news this week about two of our competitors
                                                                                                  trust and cooperation. But, the good          to do it or because I was a jack of all      something that I, who has little cooking
is bittersweet.
                                                                                                  news is, that once we were able to push       trades, taking tickets, showing people to    ability and would probably burn water
     The parent company of the Bristol Press and Herald
                                                                                                  it into the house and hook it up, it          their seats and collapsing tables at the     if given the chance, could do.
of New Britain, the Journal Register Company, has told its
                                                                                                  worked. And, lo and behold, there is a        end of the night.                                  Those in attendance could follow
employees that unless someone buys the century-plus
                                                                                                  bottom to my sink.                                  I also had the enviable task of run-   along with Chef Dawn from cookbooks
old newspapers, they will be shuttered come January.
                                                                                                        The Taste of Home cooking shows         ning one of the two spotlights during        that were a part of “goody bags” that
     As a newspaper started as competition for the Bristol
                                                                                                  are cooked up nationwide, normally            our bridal show, which was new to our        were jam packed with items from the
Press, there initially was a sense of vindication and victo-
                                                                                                  with sellout crowds. The shows spon-          event this year. Now that I think about      various sponsors of the event. Some of
ry at The Observer offices. We’re the little guys and we
                                                                                                  sored by The Observer are no excep-           it, perhaps this is something else I         the luckier people were able to win the
will be here tomorrow and the big guys have tumbled.
                                                                                                  tion, as the Derynoski auditorium was         should not tell April about.                 food and take it home with them to eat.
     But, in a larger context, we know this isn’t really
about David vs. Goliath. This news from our competitors
really is endemic of what is going on in the media
world—print and virtual.
                                                                                                  I now have renewed faith in humanity
     The JRC’s uncertain future is indicative of a larger                                               Recently, my faith in humanity                                                       there. I knew it had been stolen. After
trend of newspaper and media companies retrenching                                                was renewed. In October I went to an                                                       all, there were 40,000 people at the
and trying to figure out their future.                                                            UConn football game at Rentschler                                                          ballgame, many rather drunk and
     For example, the state’s largest newspaper, The                                              Field in East Hartford. The weather                                                        boisterous.
Hartford Courant, is undergoing its own transformation                                            forecast called for heavy rains, which                                                           I knew someone saw that fancy,
to survive in this new world. Staff members have been                                             were due to arrive sometime after the                                                      expensive umbrella and walked off
bought off and laid off. The newspaper redesigned itself                                          12 noon kickoff.                                                                           with it.
and reduced the number of sections to save money. They                                                  I met up with some other guys                                                              As I exited the stadium, I glanced
are placing bets that their future lies on the web. The                                           from Torrington, and along with                                                            over at the wall, and to my complete
result of the changes is that the Courant’s coverage of                                           40,000 other fans, we had a splendid                                                       surprise, my deluxe golf umbrella was
Bristol is cursory at best.                                                                       tail-gate party in the parking lot. Trust     Bill Dunn                                    still there! I ran over and gave it a big
     Large companies like Gannett (the publishers of USA                                          me, nothing says “I love football”                                                         hug—possibly causing some people
Today and other papers across the country) and The                                                quite like wolfing down a half dozen          Laugh or Death                               to wonder about my sanity.
Hearst Company are cutting back and laying off employ-                                            semi-cooked hot dogs at 10:30 a.m. As                                                            But I really wanted to hug all
ees. The Star-Ledger, the largest newspaper in New                                                Jed Clampett used to say, “Hmmm,                                                           40,000 spectators at the game. I want-
Jersey, threatened its staff with lay-offs or a shut-down.                                        doggies!”                                     Rhode Island state line. It took me a        ed to say, “Thank you so much for
The New York Times has had its stock woes.                                                              Anyway, because of the weather          full 20 minutes to walk from my car to       renewing my faith in humanity!
     The situation is not limited to newspapers. Conde                                            forecast, when it was time to go into         the stadium.                                 Thank you for not giving in to your
Nast, which publishes magazines such as Vogue and                                                 the stadium, I brought along my                     If I walked back to my car, I          baser instincts and stealing this
Vanity Fair, are laying off people and cutting back. After                                        deluxe, high-tech, five-foot diameter         wouldn’t return to the stadium until         expensive umbrella!”
launching Men’s Vogue last year to great acclaim, Conde                                           golf umbrella, an expensive gift I            about halftime.                                    The 20-minute walk to the fur-
Nast has decided to cut its losses in that venture. Time-                                         received a few years ago. Before going              Then the guard said, “Or you can       thest reaches of the parking lot was a
Warner also has announced its own intent to cut back                                              through one of the stadium’s entrance         put it over there against the wall and       joyful walk for me. I was so happy,
staff.                                                                                            gates, everyone first is required to          pick it up after the game.” The wall he      knowing that there were still many
     Book publishers are praying their blockbuster                                                pass a security check point, where            referred to was on the side of the           honest and decent people left in the
authors will have new product for the Christmas season                                            guards inspect any bags you’re carry-         entrance gate, and it was right by a         world. I felt a kinship with the huge
or heads will roll there as well.                                                                 ing, and require that you open up             major pedestrian sidewalk.                   throng of folks walking along with me.
     Some have pointed to the internet as the bane of the                                         your jacket to show that you’re not                 Oh sure, I thought, if I put my              And just when my sense of fel-
print world and these changes are the result of the rise of                                       smuggling in any prohibited items.            fancy, expensive umbrella there,             lowship reached its peak, as I finally
the web. But the internet has yet to make money for                                                     When it was my turn to go               someone will steal it within five min-       made it to the far end of the parking
many media companies. And there are shivers in that                                               through the security check point, the         utes.                                        area, I discovered my car had been
universe as well as Conde Nast announced cuts to its                                              guard immediately said, “No umbrel-                 I didn’t want to walk all the way      stolen.
internet wing, CondeNet.                                                                          las.”                                         back to my car, so I reluctantly set my            Editor’s note: Bill’s car was not
     For those of us who make a living by the written                                                   I said, “But it’s going to rain.” He    fancy umbrella against the wall and          really stolen. He just couldn’t think of
word, the captured image, or the printed page, the sky is                                         replied, “Sorry, that’s the rules. Bring it   said good-bye to it. As I entered the        an interesting way to end this col-
falling. The world is changing and most of us have no                                             back to your car.”                            stadium, I knew with certainty I’d           umn.
clue the final result.                                                                                  Oh no, I thought. I had parked          never see it again.                                Bill Dunn is a free-lance writer
     The Press and Herald’s future is sad news for the                                            my car at the farthest reaches of the               When the game ended over three         who resides in Torrington. He can be
region. But it’s sadder news for an industry that has no                                          old Rentschler Airport runway, which          hours later, I almost didn’t bother to       reached via his website at:
idea what its own future holds.                                                                   I think was somewhere just over the           look and see if the umbrella was still       www.boomertrek.com.
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Southington says

What are you
most thankful
for this

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                                                                                                                                                  children, my whole                              we are all healthy.”
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                                     Letters                                                           Food for fines at library
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    To the Editor,               residents of Southington for    Road, Crest Road,                     Fines collection on Nov.                   before donating. All                             be on display through the
                                 their over whelming             Windermere Ridge, Sheffield           17.                                        donated items will be                            holidays to be decorated
     On Saturday Nov. 1 and      response of donations. Their    Place, Chesterwood Terrace,                Each year the library                 given to the Southington                         with mittens, scarves and
8, the Connecticut Yankee        out pouring of generosity       Tallwood Drive, and Wild              forgives fines on overdue                  Community Services                               hats as a symbol of the
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In this economy, not
every firing is illegal
     It is a fact that the                                                                     wrongful discharge may
economy at this moment is                                                                      include being fired for fil-
sour. It is also a fact, that,                                                                 ing a claim for unemploy-
as a result of shrinking                                                                       ment or worker’s compen-
businesses, many employ-                                                                       sation, filing a wage
ees are losing their jobs.                                                                     enforcement claim, or
     It can be frustrating                                                                     exercising federal or state
when it seems that an                                                                          constitutional rights of reli-
employer chooses to keep                                                                       gious freedom, free speech,
one person and terminate
another for no good rea-                           Tony Sheffy                                 or assembly.
                                                                                                    It is a difficult econo-
son. In frustration many
people look to the law
                                                   Off The Record                              my, which makes it a diffi-
                                                                                               cult time for both employ-
believing that their dis-                                                                      ers and employees.
charge was wrongful.                               fired at any time and the                   However, not every dis-
     It is true that some-                         employer does not have to                   charge is wrongful.
times an employee may be                           give a specific reason.                     Remember, a termination
let go, and under limited                               There are two basic                    may be unfair, but not ille-
                                                   exceptions to this rule.                                                                                                                         SUBMITTED
circumstances, have a                                                                          gal. Connecticut employ-
claim for wrongful dis-                            These exceptions give                       ment law does offer protec-      The Orchards at Southington hosted a pumpkin sculpting demonstration spon-
charge. However, where                             some limited protection to                  tion to employees who            sored by The Southington Arts and Crafts Association. Southington resident
there is a slow economy,                           employees at will.                          have been inappropriately        and crafter, Virginia Shore, has been perfecting the pumpkin sculpture tech-
your termination may sim-                               Although you may not                   terminated.                      nique since she was 18 years old. She has demonstrated her technique
ply be the result of a diffi-                      have a written contract, a                       Tony Sheffy is a local
                                                   contract may be implied by                                                   throughout the area creating amazing expressions on her pumpkins.
cult business decision.                                                                        attorney in Southington. He
                                                   your employer’s actions,                                                     Southington resident and crafter, Virginia Shore, demonstrates the craft of
     A discharge can be                                                                        does not intend for the col-
unfair and yet still not be                        words or practices. A con-                  umn to substitute for legal      pumpkin sculpting while The Orchards at Southington residents, from left, Bud
illegal. Here are the basics                       tract may be implied where                  advice.                          Schoeck and John Guzowski look on.
                                                   there is an employee hand-

                                                                                                  Renting Saves Time
regarding wrongful dis-
charge in Connecticut:                             book. An employee hand-
     Under our state law, an                       book may contain rules
employee is one of two                             that an employer must fol-
types: a contract employ-                          low before terminating
ee, or an “employee at will.”                      you.
If you are fortunate enough                             For example, the hand-

                                                                                                                                                            For What’s Important
to be hired under a formal                         book may state rules of dis-
written contract, then that                        cipline and the conse-
contract will likely control                       quences, including oral
how and when your com-                             and written warnings that
pany can terminate you.                            have to be given before ter-
     For example, if your                          mination.
company fires you after                                 Employers do not have
two years of a three-year                          the right to terminate
agreement, then you have a                         employees at will if the ter-
claim. If your contract                            mination violates some
states that you can be fired                       important public policy.
only for “good cause,” and                         We all have a general idea
then you are suddenly let                          of these types of prohibited
go for no apparent reason,                         firings.
                                                        For example, an

then you may also have a
claim.                                             employer cannot discharge
     Most employees are                            a person because of the
hired without a written                            individual’s race, color, reli-
contract. When you are                             gious creed, age, sex, mari-
hired without a formal con-                        tal status, national origin,
tract you are an “employee                         ancestry, present or past
at will.” This means that                          history of mental disability,
you can quit at any time for                       mental retardation, learn-
any reason. But, it also                           ing disability or physical
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                                                                  Southington Scene

Above, Stepsaver/Observer General Manager Rob Pazdziorko, the emcee for the
event, is handed a card from Miss Teen Bristol Que Pellitier.

Enjoy a Taste of Home
     The Taste of Home cooking shows are cooked up nationwide, normally with sellout crowds.
The shows sponsored by The Observer are no exception, as the Derynoski auditorium was filled   Above, Chef Dawn cooks
to capacity.                                                                                   up a dish as an assistant
     This year’s event was sponsored by several area retailers, including Price Chopper,       looks in over her shoul-
Connecticut Appliance and Fireplace Distributors, Ricci’s Home Improvement and Compumail.      der.
National sponsors include Birds Eye, Ziploc, McCormick, Gallo Family Vineyard and Rhodes.
     The attendees, coming from all across the state and even one from Vermont, watched Chef
Dawn, from the Taste of Home Cooking Schools, prepare 11 mouth watering dishes.
     The dishes included almond cream cheese Bundt, sesame pork, Italian herb and cheese
                                                                                               Right, Dina Mazzone
crusted chicken rolls, fragrant Indian butter chicken, apple dried cherry and walnut compote   holds a tray of delicious
and lava chocolate cakes.                                                                      goodies.

                                                              Above, Tim McLaughlin, Master Cho, Sam Vetto Sr.
                                                              (bottom) Matthew McLaughlin, Sam Vetto Jr. Michael
                                                              McLaughlin and Natalie Vetto of World Champion
                                                              Tae Kwon Do.

                                                              Left, attendees look over the Liz Sophia booth.

                                                                                                                           Above, Miss New Haven Chelsea Pelletier helps to
                                                                                                                           prepare a dish.

                                                                                                                           Left, more than 600 people filled Derynoski School’s
                                                                                                                           auditorium last Thursday for the Taste of Home
                                                                                                                           Cooking Show.

                                                                                                                                        Photos by Tammi Knapik
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                                                                                                                                                                     •Arts...page 11

 Good Times                                                                                                                                            •Healthy Living...page 15

                                                                                                                                                            •Neighbors...page 18

                                                                     Our Night on the Town

     Don’t you worry about a thing
           By MIKE CHAIKEN                                                                                                                            suggested substituting apple
                                        Experts offer tips to take stress out of the holidays                                                         sauce for margarine or butter
                                                                                                                                                      when we’re cooking. She also

                 here’s no reason to
                 chew our fingernails   ple at the holidays is a daunting      she said put them in charge of     it comes to decorating the          suggested using a sugar substi-
                 to the nub as we       challenge. She said 40 percent         one of the dishes on the menu.     house, just shop at home. She       tute such as Splenda for some
     stress out over holiday meals      of mothers surveyed by Splenda              Cathy Riva, the host of       said we probably have every-        dishes. And instead of sour
     and holiday entertaining.          said they spend more time              Discovery Home’s “Party Girl,”     thing we need right in our          cream, she suggested substitut-
          The Observer recently had     cooking on a holiday than they         also made some suggestions on      house. If we have to pick up a      ing plain no fat yogurt to pull
     the opportunity to sit in on a     actually spend with their fami-        how to help reduce the stress of   few things, she said we should      back the caloric intake.
     webinar with several experts on    lies.                                  preparing to entertain friends     go to the dollar store and save          Jennifer also suggested you
     the holidays to find out what            So, Jennifer offered the fol-    and family for the family.         some cash. She also said we can     can cut calories by using lean
     kind of tips they could offer us   lowing tips to take the edge off            Involve kids in projects,     go outdoors and decorate our        ground beef or lean ground
     about what could be the most       the associated stress of prepar-       such as constructing center        house for the holidays by using     turkey for recipes that call for
     hair-pulling time of the year.     ing a meal for the holidays.           pieces for the dinner table that   things like pine cones—which        ground beef. Also, she suggest-
          Jennifer Appel, the owner           First of all, Jennifer advised   allows them incorporate their      will help bring the scent of out-   ed brown rice is a better substi-
     of Manhattan’s Buttercup Bake      us to make sure we take a              own handiwork and for you to       doors.                              tute for white rice.
     Shop, the author of several        break. Secondly, as we prepare         personalize the décor.                  Holidays are about                  Of course, what are the hol-
     books such as “The Buttercup       the meal, remember to clear                 Wherever possible, Cathy      indulging yourself. But how do      idays without dessert? But
     Bake Shop Cookbook” (Simon         out the clutter. Thirdly, if it’s      said we should prepare some        we trim back the calories that      desserts, for many of us, are
     and Schuster), and a Ph.D. in      offered, Jennifer said we should       foods in advance so all we have    seem to be a tradition at these     about lots of calories.
     clinical psychology, said cook-    accept help from family mem-           to do is heat and serve on the     family gatherings?
                                                                                                                                                               See WORRY, page 13
     ing for a large number of peo-     bers or a friend. For instance,        day the guests arrive. And when         Wherever possible, Jennifer

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Singer-songwriter hits Jitters stage; Funny theater
                                  Music Weekly Magazine.                                                                                 Saturday at Trinity-On-Mail      Female Vocalist of the Year
                                        While her debut fea-                                                                             in New Britain as part of the    award in 2005. Her record-
                                  tured a back-up band, her                                                                              venues’ Jazz Series.             ing of the song “Moments”
                                  sophomore effort was a solo                                                                                  The doors open at 7        also won the Best Recording
                                  acoustic release. “Heart                                                                               p.m., with music to start at     of 2005 award from the
                                  Songs” came out in August,                                                                             7:30. Admission is $25 for       Connecticut Country Music
                                  and features originals as                                                                              adults and $20 for seniors       Association and was fea-
                                  well as covers of tunes by                                                                             and students. Trinity-On-        tured on the group’s CD
                                  Hank Williams, Tom Waits                                                                               Main is located at 69 Main       compilation.
                                  and Patty Griffin.                                                                                     St. in New Britain. Call (860)        For more information
                                        Jitters Coffee House is                                                                          229-2072 or visit www.trini-     on Jansen or her compact
                                  located at 1273 Queen St. in                                                                           tyonmain.org.                    discs, visit
                                  Southington. For more                                                                                        LOCAL COUNTRY:             www.myspace.com/ajjanse
Kellie Lambert                    information, call (860) 747-                                                                           Harwinton’s AJ Jansen is         nmusic or
McGuire                           1100 or visit www.jitter-
                                                                                                                                         back with a new compact
                                                                                                                                                                               DREAM LINE-UP: The
Observing                               FUNNY GUYS: “The                                                                                       The country singer         Crossroads Cantina will
                                  Producers” will begin its                                                                              released “Dirty Country”         host its “1st Rockin’
The Arts                          exclusive engagement at                                                                                recently. The CD is collec-      Christmas Ball” on Dec. 7
                                  Seven Angels Theatre in                                                                                tion of country songs writ-      and the line-up is just fan-
     Singer-songwriter            Waterbury tonight. The run                                                                             ten and performed by             tastic.
Frances Kramer will return        is the only professional                                                                               Jansen. The disc has con-             Crosseyed Cat, Steel
to the stage of Jitters Coffee    Connecticut production of                                                                              tributed to Jansen’s notori-     Rodeo and Eran Troy
House in Southington on           the world famous comedy                                                                                ety in the country music         Danner will provide the
Saturday.                         by Mel Brooks this season.                                                                             world, as she was recently       rock and blues from 1 to 6
     Kramer puts her own                The Tony Award-win-                                                                              featured in the national         p.m. at the event.
twist on pop music, blend-        ning musical will star Seven                                 Frances Kramer                            magazine Country Music                Tickets are $10, which
ing her songs with country,       Angels favorite R. Bruce                                                                               Weekly.                          includes a buffet and a
                                                                   at the turn-of-the-20th cen-            Tuesdays through Sundays.
folk rock and blues. Trained      Connelly as a down-on-his-                                                                                   Jansen will also make      chance to win a Fender
                                                                   tury. Visitors can see dozens           Admission is $9 for adults,
as an oboist and pianist in       luck Broadway producer                                                                                 an appearance in support         Squire Guitar. Tickets are
                                                                   of rarely exhibited decora-             $8 for seniors, $7 for stu-
childhood, Kramer taught          who, with his mild-man-                                                                                of her new release at noon       available at the Cantina, as
                                                                   tive art objects, books,                dents and $4 for children
herself to play guitar and        nered accountant, schemes                                                                              on Nov. 26 on WTNH-TV,           well as at Highland Package
                                                                   prints and photographs                  ages 6 to 12 years old. The
sing. While performing in a       to stage the most notorious                                                                            channel 8.                       Store and from band mem-
                                                                   from the Alfred Atmore                  museum is free to members
folk-fusion band, she took        flop in history.                                                                                             She released her debut     bers.
                                                                   Pope collection, exhibited              and children under 6 years
up residence in a converted             The musical runs                                                                                 album “This Night Belongs
                                                                   among original furnishings.             old. The museum is located
school bus-turned-camper          through Dec. 28 at the                                                                                 to Me” in 2006, the same               Send your arts and
                                                                        The dining room table              at 35 Mountain Road in
and began to compose              venue. For tickets, call the                                                                           year she won the National        entertainment news and
                                                                   is set with an English dinner           Farmington. Call (860) 677-
poetry and write songs.           box office from noon to 5                                                                              American Country Music           listings, including informa-
                                                                   service, cut crystal, gold              4787 or visit www.hill-
     She left her quirky          p.m. at (203) 757-4676 or                                                                              Association’s International      tion on local musicians,
                                                                   candelabras and a yellow                stead.org.
camper in Northeast               visit www.sevenangelsthe-                                                                              Female Horizon Vocalist of       artists, theater, film, books
                                                                   jasperware Wedgewood tea                     JAZZ SERIES: Shawn
Connecticut for the New           atre.org.                                                                                              the Year award. Jansen also      and more, to
                                                                   set. See a punch bowl in the            Monteiro, The Kent Hewitt
York, where she studied jazz            HOLIDAY EXHIBIT:                                                                                 won the Connecticut              kellmcguire@yahoo.com.
                                                                   Drawing Room and a                      Trio and The Steve Lord Big
and performed.                    The Hill-Stead Museum in                                                                               Country Music Association
                                                                   checkers game, in progress,             Band will all perform
     Kramer has released          Farmington celebrates the
                                                                   by the fire. Decorative
two albums. Her 2005              holidays with a special
                                                                   swags on the mantles and
debut, “Don’t Say Goodbye,”       exhibit, “The American
                                                                   wreaths are on the win-
featured two songs which          Collector’s Christmas,” on
charted regionally on the         display through Jan. 4.
                                                                        The museum is open
Adult Contemporary radio                The exhibit will provide
                                                                   from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
charts. She also earned a         a rare glimpse into the holi-
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Rock ‘n’ roll dreams born in Iran
      When you say Iran to                 covered via the internet,          pair then had to learn their
many Americans, all sorts                  said Raam. Even though the         instruments. Raam picked
of images are invoked.                     internet is censored, the          up the guitar for the first
      But great rock and roll              kids are able to figure out        time. And Kami took to the
and a thriving, youthful                   how to get around the cen-         drums.
music scene probably are                   sorship. Considerable word               Over the ensuing years,
not among them.                            of mouth also helps spread         Hypernova went through a
      But the Iranian band                 the word about the bustling        number of different band
Hypernova is not only try-                 music scene in Iran.               members before settling on
ing to change that. But they                    Although there is plen-       the current line-up. Raam
are proving it in deed and                 ty of live rock music in Iran,     said Kodi was the last to
in music.                                  Raam said there are no             join when his predecessor
      They are on tour at the              legal venues for the kind of       on guitar could not get a
moment with legendary                      intense music such as              visa to come to the United
British goth band Sisters of               Hypernova’s. (Raam said            States. Raam said they
Mercy and the word is that                 some of the art institutes         heard that Kodi was a mas-
Hypernova is giving the                    will host concerts, but            ter at the guitar and invited
headliners a run for the                   those feature the more             him along.
money. And the band                        sedate pop bands of the                  Raam said the band
proves it on its album,                    country.) Without night            has musical heroes from
which will be in stores this               clubs or concert venues,           every spot along the rock
spring.                                    Raam said all of the shows         spectrum. He said they like
      An advance listen of                 go underground, gathering          all of the classic rock bands,
the album, “Through the                    in villas or apartments.           such as Pink Floyd. They
Chaos,” shows a band that                       All of the members of         like punk rock. They love
has absorbed numerous                      Hypernova—Raam, gui-               the sounds of the 1980s
influences such as the                     tarist Kodi, bassist Jamshid       (“I’m obsessed with 80s
Psychedelic Furs, Bauhaus,                 and drummer Kami, were             music”), especially The
Joy Division, and New                      all born in Iran. However,         Cure. And from today’s
Order.                                     Raam spent several years           scene, Raam said the band
      Although one wouldn’t                growing up in Eugene,              looks to the Arctic                                                 Hypernova: From Iran to the United States
think there would be a                     Oregon before his family           Monkeys, The Strokes, and
rock/ pop music scene in                   returned to Iran. That’s           Queens of the Stone Age for        promised me that we would                music to speak for itself.”                the U.S., Raam said the
the culturally conservative                where he learned English.          inspiration.                       change the world/ for bet-                    Given the band’s fond-                band would have been
Islamic republic of Iran,                       Kami and Raam met in                “We never want to con-       ter of or worse/ all I wanted            ness for rock music of the                 happy if it had just per-
Hypernova’s lead singer and                2000 when the pair were            fine ourselves (musically),”       was to rock n roll/ all I                1980s, Raam said the open-                 formed one show in New
guitarist Raam said, “It’s                 doing their mandatory stint        said Raam. “This whole             wanted was to see the                    ing slot on Sisters of Mercy               York City and retired. They
actually surprisingly huge.”               in the Iranian military. The       journey is an evolutionary         world.”                                  tour was a “dream come                     never dreamed they would
There is rock, hip-hop,                    pair discovered a shared           process.”                               “The album tells a                  true… When we got the call                 land a record deal and the
electro, jazz, everything.                 love for rock and roll. And              As for songwriting,          story of going through the               (to join the tour) we were                 opening slot with Sisters of
“It’s thriving,” he said. But              while they were in the mili-       Raam said, the band looks          chaos… It paints a picture               blown away.”                               Mercy
most of the scene is under-                tary, they made a plan to          to its own lives and “every-       of where we started from                      The band has fallen                        “When I had this
ground.                                    form a rock band. Since            thing we’ve been through”          and where we’re going,”                  love with the whole process                dream of playing the states,
      “It’s strange the kids               Raam spoke English and             for inspiration.                   said Raam.                               of touring, said Raam. It’s a              we never thought it would
back home have as much                     Kami did not, Kami told                  For instance,                     “I write from the per-              great way to see the world,                come to fruition,” said
access to everything (as in                Raam that he would be the          “American Dream” goes, “I          spective of an Iranian,”                 he said, and all kinds of                  Raam. “It’s such a blessing.”
the U.S.),” said Raam.                     lead singer although he had        know that I’ll never go back       explained Raam, “but I                   cool people, he said.                           For more information,
      Some of the shows and                never sang before.                 home/ to the life I had, the       make it universal so you                 “There’s nothing better.”                  go to MySpace.com/
some of the music are dis-                      From that dream, the          life that I had known... they      can relate… I want the                        When they headed to                   Hypernova.

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Worry: tips to keep your hair this holiday season
From page 10                                tips for not overdoing when it                      said these are the holidays.                         use a stove top stuffing to                   third for starches.                         When it comes to holi-
                                            comes to holiday food intake:                       And holidays are about                               reduce calories. Instead of                        Tanya also advised us            day meals and holiday enter-
     Tanya Zuckerbrot                             Control calories by con-                      indulging yourself a little. So                      candied sweet potatoes, use                   not to drop work outs even if         taining, Jennifer said, “No
MS/RD, a nutritionist and                   trolling portions.                                  rather than cutting out some                         apple juice, and cinnamon to                  we don’t have the same                one expects you to be per-
the creator of “The F-Factor                      Limit your sugar intake.                      desserts, reinvent them by                           sweeten them rather than                      amount of time to do our              fect.”
Diet,” said a survey by                           Eat ahead. Don’t arrive                       using things like sugar substi-                      sugar and butter.                             usually routine. Some work                  “Remember it’s about
Splenda showed nearly half                  to a holiday party hungry.                          tutes such as Splenda.                                    Also, Tanya suggested,                   out during the holidays is            celebrating family,” said
of those surveyed feel if a                       Get active. After you eat,                         Additionally, Tanya said,                       we should portion our plate                   better than no work out.              Cathy. When the day is over,
dessert is worth having it                  go outside and play some                            when it comes to the holiday                         into thirds with one third for                Accept your availability,             Cathy said, “Pat yourself on
must be high in calories.                   sports.                                             meal dinner, prepare an                              lean protein, one for salad or                Tanya said, rather than feel-         the back and reward yourself
     But Tanya offered some                       However, after all, Tanya                     unstuffed turkey and then                            a low-fat vegetable and a                     ing guilty.                           for all your hard work.”

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FRIDAY, NOV. 21                              SATURDAY, NOV. 22                                  p.m., full band show along                                                                         CASSANDRA KUBINSKI.                  thespace.tk.
OTHER                                        OTHER                                              with the percussion-ensemble                         MONDAY, NOV. 24                               The Space, 295 Treadwell St.,
                                                                                                Loop 243 from NYC, thes-                             OTHER                                         Hamden, doors 7 p.m., fea-           THURSDAY, NOV. 27
                                                                                                pace.tk.                                                                                           tured act 9 p.m., $5, thes-          OTHER
ME!). The Space, 295                         Roaring Brook Nature Center,                                                                            ANI DIFRANCO, PIETA
Treadwell St., Hamden, doors                 70 Gracey Rd., Canton, 7:30                                                                             BROWN. Webster Theater, 31                                                         REN. Mohegan Sun Arena, 1
7 p.m., $12, thespace.tk.                    p.m., $16 advanced, $18                            SUNDAY, NOV. 23                                      Webster St., Hartford, doors 8                                                     Mohegan Sun Blvd.,
                                             door, 860-693-0263, roaring-                       OTHER                                                p.m., webstertheater.com.                     WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26                   Uncasville, show at 2 a.m.
THE NERDS. Toad’s Place,                     brookconcerts.org.                                 HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS,                                                                                 OTHER                                and at 2 p.m., 718-888-3113,
300 York St., New Haven,                                                                        EMERY, THE COLOR FRED.                               TUESDAY, NOV. 25                              I.M. LEGEND, GHOST OF                iemshowplace.com.
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                                             2.4.3. The Space, 295                              St., Hartford, doors 6 p.m.,                                                                       Space, 295 Treadwell St.,
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                                                                                             Grant to fix library parking lot
                                                                                                   By ROB GLIDDEN              advised town officials that     companies looking for fill.
                                                                                                     STAFF WRITER              the current parking situa-            Once the town went
                                                                                                                               tion is hazardous. The          out to bid, however, the end
                                                                                                  Thanks to a grant that
                                                                                                                               library can average up to       results proved to be a let-
                                                                                             was originally meant for a
                                                                                                                               800 visitors a day, and it      down. Officials felt the
                                                                                             different            purpose,
                                                                                                                               becomes especially crowd-       gravel was an asset, and did
                                                                                             Southington officials have
                                                                                                                               ed in the mornings, when        not like the idea of paying
                                                                                             found an opportunity to
                                                                                                                               programs geared to chil-        to have it removed.
                                                                                             expand the library’s parking
                                                                                                                               dren are offered.               Eventually, Sciota negotiat-
                                                                                                                                    As the available park-     ed a deal with Calco
                                                                                                  The state’s Department
                                                                                                                               ing spaces fill up, it          Construction of Bristol.
                                                                                             of       Economic           and
                                            Above, Mary Erhlich and Joan Faust.                                                becomes difficult for cars to   Calco will remove the mate-
                                                                                             Community Development
                                                                                                                               navigate around the lot,        rial at no cost, but they get
                                                                                             originally              offered
                                                                                                                               particularly in the back        to keep it.
                                                                                             Southington a grant of
                                            Gathering of artists                             $222,500 in order to help
                                                                                             with the industrial park
                                                                                                                               area. With only two small
                                                                                                                               entrances and one path to
                                                                                                                                                                     “We could get as many
                                                                                                                                                               as 100 more spaces out of
                                                                                                                               the back parking spaces,        this,” Smayda said. “During
                                               A reception to honor artists who have         project near Town Line
                                                                                                                               cars often search unsuc-        the design process, we will
                                           shared their arrtistic talent with the town was   Road. However, the town
                                                                                                                               cessfully for a spot and find   also hopefully be able to
                                           held at the Southington Library on Wednesday,     had no use for these funds
                                                                                                                               themselves without enough       make it a friendlier parking
                                           Nov. 12.                                          because the bids from com-
                                                                                                                               room to turn around. Other      lot.”
                                               Approximately 60 artists, friends and         panies interested in the
                                                                                                                               cars often wait in line while         The grant will fund the
                                           patrons attended the event.                       project were higher.
                                                                                                                               others try to find their way    majority of the parking lot
                                                                                                  Not wanting to let the
                                                                                                                               out.                            expansion, but not all of it.
                                                                                             potential funds go to waste,
Above, Issac Young on the saxophone.                  Photos by STEVE CIESLEWSKI                                                    Public Works Director      Public Works Director
                                                                                             town officials asked the
                                                                                                                               Anthony Tranquillo original-    Anthony Tranquillo esti-
                                                                                             state if the money could be
                                                                                                                               ly outlined a plan to provide   mated that the full cost of
                                                                                             redirected towards the
                                                                                                                               additional library parking by   the project would be
                                                                                             library’s parking lot.
                                                                                                                               removing the roughly 42,000     approximately $340,000.
                                                                                                  “It was the first time we
                                                                                                                               cubic yards of “sandy gravel”         Sciota said the remain-
                                                                                             had ever asked for some-
                                                                                                                               nearby. Years ago, the town     ing amount may be paid by
                                                                                             thing like that, and we’re
                                                                                                                               bought four residential lots    including it into the capital
                                                                                             appreciative that they were
                                                                                                                               right next to the library       budget for the next fiscal
                                                                                             willing to help us,” said
                                                                                                                               along Main Street to allow      year. If all goes well, he
                                                                                             Town Attorney Mark Sciota.
                                                                                                                               for a possible expansion.       speculated that the expan-
                                                                                                  Library Director Sue
                                                                                                                               Tranquillo said the gravel      sion could begin in the
                                                                                             Smayda has continually
                                                                                                                               could appeal to excavation      spring of 2010.

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                                                                      Our Healthy Lifestyles
A little about the YMCA and armed forces history
      On November 11, 2008                                            ment to working with sol-        volunteers. There were a          funds for YMCA activities of     formed into the triangle of
we honored military veter-                                            diers and sailors that con-      handful of paid staff mem-        all kinds. Residences would      spirit, mind and body.
ans, making it the 90th year                                          tinues to this day through       bers before the Civil War         make a major financial                John Mott, a leader of
that we have honored our                                              the Armed Services YMCAs.        who kept the place clean,         contribution to the move-        the YMCA movement in
Veterans since U.S.                                                         Only 59 Ys were left by    ran the library and served        ment for the next century.       America, received the
President Woodrow Wilson                                              war’s end, but a rapid           as corresponding secre-                 Ys took up boys work       Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.
first proclaimed an                                                   rebuilding followed, and         taries. But it wasn’t until the   and organized summer             Mott’s award was in recog-
Armistice Day for                                                     four years later there were      1880s, when YMCAs began           camps. They set up exercise      nition for the YMCA’s role in
November 12, 1919.                                                    600 more. The focus was on       putting up buildings in           drills in classes — forerun-     increasing global under-
Interesting enough the                                                saving souls, with saloon        large numbers, that most          ners of today’s aerobics —       standing and for its
YMCA has played an                 John Myers                         and street corner preach-        associations thought they         using wooden dumbbells,          humanitarian efforts. Mott
important role of support-                                            ing, lists of Christian board-   needed someone there full         heavy medicine balls and         himself was a student of the
ing our Armed Services
                                   Southington                        ing houses, lectures,            time.                             so-called Indian clubs,          YMCA movement, and he
since the Civil War Days.
Here’s a little recount of this
                                   YMCA                               libraries and meeting halls,
                                                                      most of them in rented
                                                                                                            Gyms and swimming
                                                                                                       pools came in at that time,
                                                                                                                                         which resembled graceful,
                                                                                                                                         long-necked bowling pins.
                                                                                                                                                                          was a major influence on
                                                                                                                                                                          the Y’s missionary move-
history.                                                              quarters.                        too, along with big auditori-     Ys organized college stu-        ment. Through the influ-
      In the United States        endorsed by President                     But seeds of future        ums and bowling alleys.           dents for social action, lit-    ence of nationally known
during the Civil War, Y           Abraham Lincoln, and its            change were there. In 1866,      Hotel-like rooms with bath-       erally invented the games        lay evangelists Dwight L.
membership shrunk to              4,859 volunteers included           the influential New York         rooms down the hall, called       of basketball and volleyball     Moody (1837-1899) and
one-third its size as mem-        the American poet Walt              YMCA adopted a fourfold          dormitories or residences,        and served the special           John Mott (1865-1955), who
bers marched off to battle.       Whitman.                            purpose: “The improve-           were designed into every          needs of railroad men who        dominated the movement
Fifteen of the remaining               Among other accom-             ment of the spiritual, men-      new YMCA building, and            had no place to stay when        in the last half of the 19th
Northern Ys formed the            plishments, it gave more            tal, social and physical con-    would continue to be until        the train reached the end of     and first half of the 20th
U.S. Christian Commission         than 1 million Bibles to            dition of young men.” In         the late 1950s.                   the line.
to assist the troops and          fighting men. It was the            those early days, YMCAs               Income from rented                 By the 1890s, the four-           See YMCA, page 18
prisoners of war. It was          beginning of a commit-              were run almost entirely by      rooms was a great source of       fold purpose was trans-

We are facing a lot of stress in our daily lives and it is affecting us
     I frequently go into                                             answer. And it is only 9         than your work or home            escape.                               Our brain signals our
work places and conduct                                               a.m.                             environment. What I                     Now we logically know      body to get ready to “run”.
lectures on healthy living.                                                Do you have stress?         described above is mental         that there are no tigers         Hormones are released by
The program discusses                                                 Or are these symptoms you:       stress. Actual physical           chasing us but our bodies        the pituitary gland to stim-
nutrition, exercises, stress                                          Fatigue, weight gain,            stress can be from trauma         still react to challenges in     ulate the adrenal glands on
reduction and other ways                                              depression, constipation or      (car accidents, falls, and        the same way. Since our          top of the kidneys. These
including chiropractic on                                             diarrhea, loss of sex drive,     sports injuries), surgery,        bodies cannot continue this      glands release epinephrine
being healthy.                                                        muscle tightness, high           excessive exercise, working       reaction indefinitely, a price   and cortisol to get the body
     I recently did a pro-                                            blood pressure and fre-          second or third shift or          will be paid. Stress is one      ready to “run.”
gram on stress reduction by                                           quent illnesses. These are       poor sleep habits.                of the biggest causes of dis-         This results in
itself. It went over very well    Dr. Carol Grant                     also signs and symptoms of            Your body interprets         ease. It creates changes in      increased blood sugar to
because a lot of people                                               stress.                          stress as a threat to safety      your nervous, cardiovascu-       provide fuel for the muscles
have stress in their life.        Alternatively                            You are not alone.          and health. Your body             lar, metabolic and immune        and we eventually become
     Does this sound like                                             Thirty four percent of work-     remembers what it was like        systems. In other words,         resistant to insulin in order
you? Up at 6 a.m. to a blar-      Speaking                            ing American adults said         to be a caveman and to be         prolonged stress can lead to     to keep that ready fuel. The
ing alarm, feeling like you                                           they were somewhat               chased by the saber tooth         Diabetes, Cushing Disease        hormones increase our
just closed your eyes. The        on your desk. The copy              stressed at work. Twelve         tiger. The nerves get on          and other metabolic dis-         blood pressure and
kids are running late and so      machine is jammed while             percent said they were           edge, the heart starts to         eases. It can also lead to       decrease “non-essential”
are you, so once again no         printing the report you             quite a bit stressed and 6       beat faster, unnecessary          osteoporosis, heart disease,     functions not neede for
breakfast. The boss is com-       needed 5 minutes ago and            percent said they were           functions temporary stop          decreased healing, dehy-
plaining, your cell phone is      you have 120 e-mails to             extremely stressed. But          or slow, your metabolism          dration, increased infec-             See GRANT, page 31
ringing and so is the phone                                           stress is caused by more         speeds up; all so you can         tions and even obesity.

John LaRose, served in Nancy Foffa, had worked at Undercliff hospital for 25 years
                            Nancy Lagana Gioia    and Mary (Amenta) Lagana.   Greaves and husband    Margaret Mottola, Joann
the United States Navy Foffa, 91, formerly of Mt.     Prior to her retirement Rodney, Leatrice Gioia Herms, Sterling Porter III,
     John H. LaRose Sr., 72, of                      and his wife     Vernon Road, died Saturday,      she was an LPN and had            Porter and husband Sterling      Kelly Laone, Dawn Garvery,
Edgewood Circle, passed                              Donna of         Nov. 8, at the Summit of         worked at Undercliff              Jr. all of Southington and       Lisa Secondo, Diane Olsen,
away on Nov. 5, at the                               Enfield,         Plantsville.                     Hospital in Meriden for 25        Richard Gioia of Franklin,       Richard Gioia Jr., Ashley
Hospital of Central CT New                           Janet Zarick         Born on Dec. 9, 1916 in      years.                            ME, a sister Ann Bernard of      Kinney and Erin Greaves, 26
Britain Campus. He was the                           and her hus-     New Haven, she was the                She is survived by her       Plantsville, 11 grandchil-       great grandchildren and 6
husband of JoAnn                                     band James       daughter of the late Joseph      children, Janet Gioia             dren, Nancy Barnett,             great-great grandchildren.
(Camandona) LaRose and                               of Bristol
was married 49 years.
     He was born in New
                                  and Jeannette LaRose of
                                  Southington. An important
                                                                      Laura Guimond, was very active all over Southington
Britain on March 12, 1936         part of his life was his 14              Laura “Betty”               Guild and a charter mem-          husband Michael of               Caldrello, Abagail and John
and was the son of the late       grandchildren, Kathryn,             (Blatchley) Guimond, 85,         ber of the Apple Valley           Meriden, Heather                 Radziewicz and Gabriel
Hubert N. and Jeannette           Kevin, Stephanie, Brittany,         formerly of Old Turnpike         Southington Chapter of the        Radiewicz and her husband        Judd.
LaRose.                           Alicia and Jessica LaRose,          Road, peacefully passed          AARP and Calendar House.          James of Middletown,                  She was predeceased
     LaRose was a graduate of     Kyle Dube, Amber and Adam           away on Sunday Nov. 9, at             She was a devoted            Christine Caldrello and her      by her two brothers,
New Britain High School. He       Zarick, Elizabeth Frederick,        Plainville Health Care           mother, grandmother, great-       husband William of               Frederick Blatchley and
had also served in the US         Ryan, Renee and Sarah               Center. She was the wife of      grandmother and friend            Waterford, Erin Judd and         Robert Blatchley.
Navy from 1954 – 1958. He         Cushin and his newest addi-         the late Edmond Guimond.         who never forgot a birthday,      her husband Jeffery of                In lieu of flowers, gifts
was employed by the               tion Ashley LaRose born on               Born Feb 25, 1923 in        an anniversary or a get-well      Southington and Jeffery          in her memory may be
Hartford Post Office for 16       November 7. He is also sur-         Meriden to the late Charles      wish. Betty loved her Irish       Alden of Haddam and seven        made to First Evangelical
years. With his retirement he     vived by a brother Richard          and Minnie (Oberempt)            music, was an avid gardener       great-grandchildren:             Lutheran Church, 232
worked at LaRose’s Bakery in      LaRose and his wife Lorenza         Blatchley, she had been a        and loved to travel.              Rebecca and Jackson              Bristol St., Southington, CT
New Britain.                      and a sister Carol LaRose and       long time Southington resi-           Guimond is survived by       Mailhot, Jenna and Camille       06489.
     He was an avid Red Sox       her partner Judy Poirier of FL,     dent.                            her four sons and their
                                                                           Guimond was                 wives: William and Janet
and Giants fan, yet he loved      a brother- in- law, a sister- in-                                                                           www.SouthingtonObserver.com
volunteering at Western           law Renato Roman and his            employed at Hoyt                 Alden of Bristol, Richard
Baseball League.                  wife Dolores of New Britain         Manufacturing for over           and Linda Alden of
     Besides his wife he is
survived by his five children
                                  along with a nephew Michael
                                                                      twenty years. She was a
                                                                      parishioner of First
                                                                      Evangelical Lutheran
                                                                                                       Middletown, Robert and
                                                                                                       Pamela Guimond of
                                                                                                       Meriden and Gary and
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John LaRose Jr. and his wife           In lieu of flowers dona-
Laura and James LaRose and        tions may be made to                Church, an Altar Guild
                                                                      Communion assistant, a
                                                                                                       Susan Guimond of Bristol,
                                                                                                       her five grandchildren:
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his wife Sherri all of            Western Baseball League P     .O.
Southington, Gary LaRose          Box 743 Southington, CT.            member of the Women’s            Tiffany Mailhot and her
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                                                                         Our Milestones
                                                                 Paulettis celebrate 60 years
                                                                     Primo and Josephine
                                                                 Pauletti of Southington
                                                                 celebrated  their  60 th
                                                                 anniversary with a gather-
                                                                 ing in town on their spe-
                                                                 cial day.
                                                                      Primo and Josephine
                                                                 were married on Oct. 16,
                                                                 1948 with a double ring
                                                                 ceremony at Holy Trinity
                                                                 Church in Nanticoke, PA.
                                                                      Mrs. Pauletti was a
                                                                 winding operator at the
                                                                 Nanticoke Duplane in
                                                                 Nanticoke, PA.
                                                                      After marrying she
                                                                 became and still is a
                                                                 domestic engineer and a
                                                                 wonderful mother.
                                                                      Mr. Pauletti attended
                                                                 school with Mrs. Pauletti
                                                                 in Nanticoke, PA. Primo
                                                                 served with the U.S. Air
                                                                 Force in January 1943 for
                                                                 three years (CBI) Burma
                                                                      He also worked for
                                                                 Pratt & Whitney for 30                                                                                                                          SUBMITTED PHOTOS
                                                                                               Above, Primo and Josie on their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16.
                                                                      Their children are
                                                                 Cathy Blais and son in law
                                                                                               Pictured behind them, from left, are their grandchildren Jason, Jonathan and
                                                                 Jacques    Blais,    Nancy    Nicholas Blais.
                                                                 Nurczyk and son in law            Their grandchildren          Southington.                                               being married for 60 years
                                                                 Ken Nurczyk.                  are Jonathan, Nicholas               When     Primo     was                                 his reply was “Keep your
     Primo and Josephine Pauletti 60 years ago.                                                and   Jason   Blais  of          asked what is the secret to                                mouth shut!”

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YMCA: gives out annual community awards
From page 1                      terms as a Town Councilor).     to spend their money and                  “They understand that          Peter Veronneau has a            The department
                                      Wal-Mart received the      we do what we can to help           it’s not just about coming      long history of volunteer       recently unveiled their new
affected in a positive way       Reaching Out award, which       out in the community. It’s a        into town with low prices,”     service to Southington, but     space in the former
by his work.”                    recognizes groups and           lot of fun.”                        Myers said of Southington’s     his selection is especially     Milldale Firehouse.
     Della Vecchia’s civil       businesses for their charity         The Southington Wal-           Wal-Mart, “it’s about corpo-    relevant this year because      Veronneau managed the
service career has touched       work and volunteerism.          Mart has provided funding           rate citizenship and giving     of his role as leader of the    process and raised money
all corners of Southington,      Past recipients have includ-    for numerous local groups           back to the community.”         effort to provide a new         for it, asking for nothing in
from civic groups (UNICO,        ed Southington’s Fire           and school-related initiatives,           The Unsung Hero           home for the Community          return.
Sons of Italy, and others),      Department, United Way          such as the Community               award is designed for vol-      Services Department.                  “He is the definition of
charity (Calvanese               and Yarde Metals.               Services Department and the         unteers who work “behind             “I feel great about [the   giving unselfishly for a
Foundation, United Way,               Personnel Manager          Southington High School             the scenes” to benefit the      award], a little nervous        good cause,” Myers said.
and more), youth activities      Beth Egliskis was on hand       Robotics Team. The store also       community. Past recipients      too,” Veronneau said. “A lot          All of the honorees will
(YMCA, Little League, and        to accept the award on          welcomes groups like the            include event planner           of people helped me with        be recognized at a formal
others) and government           behalf of Wal-Mart.             Salvation Army, who stand           Stuart Estra and former         this, and the people of this    ceremony at the Aqua Turf
(numerous boards and                  “It’s a real honor,” she   outside hoping to attract           Apple Harvest coordinator       town really came out and        in January.
commissions and two              said. “Wal-Mart allows me       bystanders to their cause.          John Ryan.                      contributed to it.”

Honored: students recognized for charitable work
From page 1                      Morgan said. “But there             Annalisa has found              show at Plantsville             behalf of the Connecticut       it,” Augustyn said. “It’s
                                 are still a lot of boxes left   acclaim for her work on             Congregational Church to        chapter of the National         amazing for her age.”
when a photo of her sit-         to open.”                       behalf of the March of              raise funds for the group,      Association for Gifted and            The Board of
ting beside hundreds of               Superintendent Dr.         Dimes, a group working              and has participated in the     Talented Children (NAGC),       Education members, and
books was printed in sev-        Joseph Erardi praised           on behalf of premature              March of Dimes Walk with        was on hand to present          the numerous school
eral area newspapers. The        Morgan’s drive to help          babies. Annalisa herself            her team, “Annalisa’s Star.”    Annalisa with the Nicholas      administrators who
community has responded          others.                         entered the world as a              She has even spoken to the      Green Distinguished             attended, expressed a
enthusiastically to her               “This is something         three-pound infant, and             state legislature in Hartford   Student Award. As               great deal of pride in what
efforts, and sends her           she has done on her own,”       her own story has inspired          about this issue.               Connecticut’s winner, she is    the two young students
thousands of books each          Erardi said. “It was            her to try and help other                “It’s really awesome,      now eligible for the national   had accomplished.
year.                            prompted by Morgan,             premature newborns have             but I’m a little nervous,”      prize and was presented               “We’re proud to have
     “Our last count for         directed by Morgan, and         the same opportunities              Annalisa said of receiving      with a $500 savings bond.       students like you in our
this year was 2,414 books,”      supported by Mom and            she has had.                        the honor.                          “She has a sense of a       district,” said Chairman
                                 Dad.”                               She has hosted a talent              Kate Augustyn, on          mission and is acting on        Brian Goralski.

Capital: officials look at high priced items
From page 1                      lowed by boiler replace-        which has become a                  edged by several board
                                 ments at North Center           headache for staff and              members, who occasion-
cases, the list embodies         School, the current home        parents.                            ally wondered aloud if all
either safety or significant     of Plantsville Elementary.          The Southington High            of the projects were worth
cost avoidance.”                      Some board members         School parking lot is also          the expense. Chairman
     At the top of the list is   seemed surprised that the       targeted for an upgrade,            Brian Goralski said the
“access driveway con-            boiler replacements were        as an increasing student            officials had to try and
struction” at DePaolo            high on the list. Fred Cox,     population often forces             keep their focus on what
Middle School. The plan          Operations Manager for          kids to park in the nearby          was important for the
said this addition would         the schools, said the age       roads.                              schools.
meet the needs of parents,       of the boilers was becom-           Other projects include               “The needs of the dis-
who are dropping their           ing a serious concern.          exterior masonry repairs            trict don’t change because
children off at school in             “Those boilers are         at Derynoski School,                economic times are bad,”
increasingly larger num-         over 45 years old,” he said.    replacing the baseball              Goralski said. “We can’t
bers. A design has already       “They’ve been good stock,       bleachers at the high               just forget about things
been done by the town’s          but they won’t last forev-      school, another boiler              because we’re worried
Engineering Department.          er.”                            replacement at Derynoski,           about funding. This is our
     “We wanted to begin              Also on the list is both   and a system-wide                   responsibility.”
work on this last summer,        a repaving and expansion        asbestos abatement.                      Questions? Email
but time was short and           of the parking lot at Kelley        The current economic            rglidden@southingtonob-
the dollars were short,”         Elementary School, a lot        turmoil was acknowl-                server.com.
Erardi said at last week’s
BOE meeting.
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                                                                         Our Friends
   Faces in the Crowd                                      Learning to lead at DePaolo

                                                           DePaolo Middle School’s Leadership Program is off to a great start. Over 450 DePaolo students are part of
                                                           the Program this year.
                                                           All the students were offered training in leadership skills over two weekends by YMCA Camp Sloper staff.
                                                           Pictured are some of the activities from the training.

                                                           Go green and win green with CL&P
                                                                 High school students     ect that would result in           video showcasing what          tor or faculty advisor
                                                            across the state are being    greater environmental              they and their fellow stu-     before Nov. 25. Accepted
                                                            encouraged to “go green”      and/or energy-efficient            dents are doing to con-        videos will be posted on
                                              ROB GLIDDEN and it could result in a big    changes. The winning               serve energy and/or make       the contest website and
                     Lily Holthoff                          reward for their school.      high school will receive a         their school environmen-       the general public will
                                                            Connecticut Light and         $20,000 grant to help turn         tally friendly. Plus each      have its chance to vote for
Pass on the kindness                                        Power (CL&P) is sponsor-
                                                            ing “Live Green – Win
                                                                                          that substantial “green”
                                                                                          project into a reality.
                                                                                                                             submission must include a
                                                                                                                             1,000-word essay on how
                                                                                                                                                            their favorites from Dec. 1
                                                                                                                                                            through Dec. 12.
     Each week we interview a ‘regular person’ like you for Green,” a unique competi-          “Live Green – Win             their school would use the          The entry with the
our Faces in the Crowd. This week we meet community tion designed to encour-              Green” is open to all high         grant money to “go green.”     most votes will automati-
services volunteer Lily Holthoff.                           age high school students      schools within CL&P’s              Multiple entries per           cally advance to the final-
     How long have you        would it be and why?          to conserve energy and        service area. Student              school are allowed. In         ist round. An additional
had a connection to               Mother Teresa. She is     protect the environment.      organizations, classes,            addition to the top prize      fourteen finalists will be
Southington?                  the best role model of love        Students are being       clubs, individual students         of $20,000, three runner-      selected by CL&P. Winners
     Four years.              and compassion.               challenged to demonstrate     and groups of students are         up entries will each           will be announced in
     What appeals to you          What is the best piece what they currently do to        eligible to participate with       receive $5,000.                January.
most about the town?          of advice you have ever       conserve energy and make      the supervision of a school             Contest submissions            For more information
     The caring and giving    received?                     their school more environ-    administrator or faculty           must be made online at         on “Live Green – Win
spirit.                           Pass on kindness that     mentally friendly and to      advisor. Participants must         www.livegreenwingreen.co       Green”, visit www.liveg-
     What is one of your      you receive.                  propose a significant proj-   produce a two-minute               m by a school administra-      reenwingreen.com.
favorite movies?
     “Raise the Red
                                  If you would like to be
                              interviewed for our Faces in YMCA: organization played a role during war time
Lantern.”                     the Crowd feature, e-mail     From page 15                  Ys led fundraising cam-            work with returning black      that involved work in small
     If you could meet any- rglidden@southingtonob-                                       paigns that raised $235 mil-       troops and blossoming of       groups. They became
one in the world, who         server.com.                   centuries respectively, the   lion for those YMCA opera-         YMCA trade schools and         known as the “four fronts”
                                                     American YMCAs sent work-            tions and other wartime            colleges.                      or “four platforms” of Youth
                                                     ers by the thousands over-           causes, and hired 25,926 Y              During World War II,      Work: a father-son program
                                                     seas, both as missionary —           workers — 5,145 of them            the National Council of        called Y-Indian Guides, and
                                                     like YMCA secretaries and as         women — to run the can-            YMCAs (now the YMCA of         three boy’s clubs — Gra-Y
                                                     war workers.                         teens.                             the USA) joined with Ys        for those in grade school,
                                                          The first foreign work                It also took on war relief   around the world to assist     Junior Hi-Y and Hi-Y. There
                                                     secretaries, as they were            for both refugees and pris-        prisoners of war in 36         would eventually be all-
                                                     called, reflected the huge           oners of war on both sides,        nations. It also helped form   female and coed models as
                                                     missionary outreach by               and worked to ease the path        the United Service             well.
                                                     Christian churches near the          of African American soldiers       Organization (USO), which           At the close of the war,
                                                     turn of the century. But             returning to the segregated        ran drop-in centers for ser-   the Ys had changed. Sixty-
                                                     instead of churches, they            South. Y secretaries from          vicepeople and sent per-       two percent were admitting
                                                     organized YMCAs that even-           China supervised the               formers abroad to entertain    women, and other barriers
                                                     tually were placed under             Chinese laborers brought to        the troops. Ys worked with     began to fall one after the
                                                     local control. Both Moody            Europe to unload ships, dig        displaced persons and          other, with families the new
                                                     and Mott served for lengthy          trenches and clear the bat-        refugees as well, and sent     emphasis, and all races and
                                                     periods as paid professional         tlefields after the war. Y.C.      both workers and money         religions included at all lev-
                                                     staff members of the YMCA            James Yen, a Yale graduate         abroad after the war to help   els of the organization. The
                                                     movement. Both main-                 working with YMCAs in              rebuild damaged YMCA           rapidly expanding suburbs
                                                                                          France, developed a simple         buildings.                     drew the Ys with them,
                                        TAMMI KNAPIK tained lifelong connections
                                                     with it.                             Chinese alphabet of 100                 After more than two       sometimes abandoning the
John Plourde recently spoke during a dedication for                                       characters that became a           decades of study and trial     old residences and down-
                                                          The U.S. entered World
his daughter Danielle Marie Plourde at Flanders War I in April 1917. Mott, on             major weapon in wiping out         YMCA youth secretaries in      town buildings that no
Elementary School.                                   his own, involved the YMCA           illiteracy in China. Funds         1944 agreed to put a nation-   longer were efficient or nec-
A memorial for Danielle, who was killed in an acci- movement in running the               left over from war work            al seal of approval on what    essary.
dent in 2006, was established at the school. The military canteens, called                helped in the 1920s to spur        was already widespread in           This is certainly a histo-
memorial was part of an Eagle Scout Project, com- post exchanges today, in the            a Y building boom, outreach        the movement to focus their    ry that all YMCAs and our
pleted by a scout from Troop 45.                     United States and in France.         to small towns and counties,       energies on four programs      members can be proud of.
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                                                                                             Our Faith
Annual interfaith Thanksgiving service Nov. 25
By RICHARD FORTUNATO                  different cultures of pil-         Methodist, Sikh and others.          tary donations for Bread for          Services will be accepted to                 All are welcome to this
    Special to The Observer           grims and Native                   Southington’s Interfaith             Life and donations of non-            help the hungry and those               gathering of friends to ask
     Southington’s Annual             Americans gathered to              Clergy Association President,        perishable food items for             struggling to make ends                 the Lord’s blessing and give
Interfaith Thanksgiving               share in brotherly celebra-        Rev. David C. Strosahl, Pastor       Southington Community                 meet.                                   him thanks.
Service is being held this            tion the blessings of our          of First Baptist Church com-
year on Tuesday, November
25, at 7:30 p.m. at Mary Our
                                      one Great Spirit.
                                            Today, more and more
                                                                         mented: “Thanksgiving is a
                                                                         unique holiday in that it is                  How to contact The Observer
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ASSEMBLY OF GOD                                        Pastor: The Rev. David C. Strosahl. Sunday Morning     St. Paul’s Church                                          Worship: 10 a.m. : first Sunday of the month (Nursery
                                                       Worship: 11 a.m., childcare provided during wor-       145 Main St. • 628-8486 • e-                               care provided, coffee hour)
Calvary Assembly of God                                ship; Classes nursery-high school 10:30 a.m.;          mail:office@stpaulsouthington.org
56 Dunham Road • 747-6951                              Women’s bible study, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. (except first   Rector: The Rev. Judith Toffey Sunday Holy Eucharist       POLISH NATIONAL CATHOLIC
Pastor: The Rev. William A. Tilley. Sunday Services:   week of month); Prayer Group, first Wednesday of       Services: 8 a.m.,10:15 a.m.; 9 a.m. Adult Christian
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Monday: Youth Group, 7 p.m.; Tuesday: Bible Study,                                                            care).                                                     200 Summer Street, Plantsville • 628-0736
7 p.m.                                                 CHARISMATIC PENTACOSTAL                                                                                           Pastor: The Very Rev. Joseph R. Krusienski. School of
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Cuarta Alpha & Omega Asambleas De Dios                 594 West Center Street • 628-5329                      Tabernacle Christian Church
The First Lutheran Church, 232 Bristol Street • 630-   Pastor: Kenneth M. Gray. Sunday Morning Worship:       1445 West Street • 276-0400                                ROMAN CATHOLIC
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Missionettes & Royal Rangers. Thursday Radio           Wednesday Praise/Worship Celebration: 7 p.m.           Group, 12:30 p.m., Celebrate Recovery, Tues. 7 p.m.        Pastor: The Rev. Kevin Dillon. Vigil Mass: Saturday, 4
Program, 10 p.m. 990 AM Culto is bilingual (Spanish                                                           Faith Living Church                                        p.m. Sunday Masses: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Daily Masses:
and English)                                           CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST                                 20 Grove St., Plantsville • 621-6452                       7 a.m. Confessions: Saturday, 3:15–4 p.m.
                                                       OF LATTER DAY SAINTS                                   Pastors: Ronald & Susan Thomas. Saturday Evening
APOSTOLIC PENTACOSTAL                                                                                         Service: 6 p.m. Sunday Services: 9 & 11 a.m.               St. Dominic Church
                                                       Southington Ward                                       Thursday service with Jr. & Sr. Youth Groups: 7 p.m.       1050 Flanders Rd. • 628-0349 •
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                                                                                                                                                                         Pastor: The Rev. Ronald P May. Vigil Mass: Saturday,
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Night: Ladies Tea, 7 p.m.: Thursday: Bible Study, 7    Young Women: Sundays, 12 p.m. Primary: Sundays,        JEWISH                                                     morning Mass Thurs & Sat. Confessions: Mon, Tues,
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Baha’i Faith                                                                                                  on worship services, call the above phone number.
                                                       CONGREGATIONAL                                                                                                    Pastor: The Rev. William Brenza; Daily Mass: Mon,
836 Marion Avenue, Plantsville • 628-7831
Firesides every other Friday.                                                                                                                                            Tues, Wed & Fri, 9 a.m. Vigil Mass: Saturday, 5 p.m.
                                                       First Congregational Church                            LUTHERAN                                                   Sunday Masses: 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. Confessions:
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BAPTIST                                                                                                       First Evangelical Lutheran Church                          Saturday 4:15 p.m.
                                                       37 Main Street, on the Green • 628-6958
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Faith Baptist Church of Southington                                                                           Pastor: Rev. Carl Kramer; Holy Communion, Church           St. Thomas Church
                                                       Associate Ministers, Rev. Richard Haverly and Rev.
243 Laning Street • 628-8147                                                                                  School: 9:15 a.m. (Nursery care provided). Sunday          99 Bristol Street • 628-4713
                                                       Linda Fernandes-Bailey. Sunday Services – Chapel
Pastor: The Rev. Ronald Hardy.                                                                                Worship: 9:30 a.m.                                                                 .
                                                                                                                                                                         Pastor: Rev. Nicholas P Melo; Daily Masses:
                                                       Communion: 8 a.m. Morning Worship (tradition-
Sun-day School: 9:45 a.m. Sunday Morning                                                                                                                                 (chapel) Mon, Tues, 7:30 a.m.; Thurs, Fri, 12:10
                                                       ional): 9:30 a.m. T.G.I. Contemporary Worship: 11:15
Worship: 11 a.m. Sunday Eve Home Bible Study: 6                                                               Zion Lutheran Church                                       p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. Sat. Virigil Mass 4 p.m.; Sunday
                                                       a.m., Church School & Nursery: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 6
p.m.                                                                                                          531 Woodruff St. • Church Office: 628-5759                 Masses 7:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; reconciliation: Sat.
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                                                                                                              Church Hall & Nursery School: 628-6007                     2:30 p.m.
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1505 West Street • 621-6701                                                                                   Pastor: The Rev. James Debner. Saturday: 4 p.m.            130 Summer Street • 628-2181
                                                       109 Church St., Plantsville • 628-5595
Pastor: Dr. Jim Townsley, Asst. Pastor: Barry J.                                                              Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m.                Pastor: The Rev. Adam Subocz. Saturday Vigil Mass:
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School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30                                                                                                                          Mass 9 a.m.; Daily Mass: 8 a.m., Confessions:
                                                       a.m.; Junior High PYF meets twice monthly, call
a.m. Evening Service: 7 p.m. Wednesday Service: 7                                                             METHODIST                                                  Saturday, 4 p.m. First Fridays: 7:30 a.m. Holy Days
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p.m. Free bus transportation available; nursery pro-                                                                                                                     Vigil Mass: 5:30 p.m. Holy Day Masses: 8 a.m. &
                                                       Thurs, 6:30 p.m. Senior Choir: Thurs, 7:30 p.m.
vided for all services.                                                                                       Grace United Methodist                                     5:30 p.m.
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                                                                                 Our Athletes

Against the wall
Knights facing elimination,
blanked by the Hurricanes
       By JOHN GORALSKI                                             Nov. 14
     With 2:39 left in the third quar-
                                                         New Britain 3
ter, New Britain coach Paul Morrell                     Southington 0
wasn’t taking any chances. The
Hurricane drive had stalled inside            On paper, the Rentschler Field
the Knights’ 10-yard line, so Morrell    match-up looked like an offensive
motioned to his kicker.                  showcase. The teams entered the
     On Friday, Nov. 14, Juan            game with a combined, 13-4 record
Duque’s 27-yard kick was the dif-        and outscored opponents, 534-252.
ference as New Britain edged the         Who could have predicted a 3-0
Knights, 3-0. It was the first time      contest?
that the Knights were shut out                “New Britain’s been hanging
since a 7-0 loss to Notre Dame-          40 (points) on everybody. They got
West Haven on Oct. 1, 1993.              three tonight,” said Mella. “They
                                         made a kick. We missed a kick.
                      Football           Otherwise, we’d be in overtime
                                         right now.”
                                                                                                                                                                            STEPHEN CIESLEWSKI
                                              Neither team had many scor-
      “Am I going to lie and say that    ing chances. There were just three      Blue Knight defenders swarm a Hurricane ball carrier during a defensive battle at
it doesn’t feel good?” said Morrell.     offensive possessions that covered      Rentschler Field in East Hartford. New Britain beat Southington, 3-0.
“I played at New Britain High and        more than 40 yards for the whole
lost to them all four years. I           game. New Britain came closest to           Morrell said his team didn’t      nomenal by any stretch of the        including four passes for 51 yards
coached at New Britain High…for          a touchdown at the end of the first    even talk about the goal line stand.   mind. It was a defensive game        to Tebucky Jones, Jr. Matt Roncaioli
two years as an offensive coordina-      half, but the Knights forced a         Instead, they turned their focus to    tonight.”                            led the Knights with three catches
tor, and we lost both games. The         turnover on downs inside the one-      their ground game.                         Neither team was able to         for 28 yards.
last few years these have been great     yard line.                                  “The game was really played       establish a passing attack. Josh          “I’m extremely proud of all my
struggles. Do I think that we got a           “That goal line stand was         on the line of scrimmage all night     Lamson completed 12 passes for 90    young men and how they fought
monkey off our backs so that we          amazing, absolutely amazing,” said     long,” said Morrell. “In the end, it   yards to lead the Knights. Jeremy    and continued to fight and fight
can take a couple steps forward?         Mella. “The kids played hard and       came down to ball control…I don’t      Rosario completed seven passes
Absolutely.”                             they did not give up.”                 think that either team was phe-        for 79 yards for the Hurricanes,              See FOOTBAL, page 28

                                                                                                   Glimpse into the future
                                                                                                   Knights showcase youth at Class meet,
                                                                                                   Mederer leads swimmers on final lap
                                                                                                       By JOHN GORALSKI                 On Tuesday, Nov. 11,       able to win the heat, but it
                                                                                                          SPORTS WRITER            Dubinsky did both. In the       was a great opportunity to
                                                                                                        In the days between the    first race of the day, he       let some other girls get some
                                                                                                   Class LL qualifying meet        turned to four underclass-      experience at a state meet.”
                                                                                                   and the Class LL finals,        men.                                 For the 200 yard medley
                                                                                                   Southington coach Jay                                           relay, Dubinsky turned to
                                                                                                   Dubinsky had a decision to      Girls Swimming                  junior swimmers Michaela
                                                                                                   make. Should he stick with                                      Cummings and Francesca
                                                                                                   his seniors, or invest in the                                   Ciniglio and sophomore
                                                                                                   future? Should he reward his         “I put the younger girls   swimmers             Michelle
                                                                                                   top underclassmen for their     in just to give them a chance   Cianchetti and Caroline Roy.
                                                                                  JOHN GORALSKI
                                                                                                   efforts throughout the year     to swim at states and get       The foursome swept past
                                                                                                   or shift the focus to winning   some experience,” said          their only competitor in the
Co-captain Rachel Walker, above, was one of eight Southington swim-                                at the team’s final meet of     Dubinsky. “I knew that the
mers to qualify for the Class LL girls swimming finals.                                            the season?                     people we had would be                 See SWIM, page 28

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                                                                               Our Athletes

Miss Tackle
Local girls are blitzing the boys


             irst comes the nail pol-
             ish. Next comes the
             brushing of the hair
and the careful selection of two
                                             I was worried
gold stud earrings. Last but not              for the boys
least comes the purse.
     Is this any way for a football             because
player to prepare for the game?
     It is if she’s a girl.
                                           they didn’t know
                                            what to expect.
         Youth Football
     “It means a lot when the sis-
ters can play with their brothers,
their neighbors, or other kids in
                                                  Greg Sioch,
the neighborhood. It’s now who                                                                                                                                                      JOHN GORALSKI
                                              Youth football coach
they are, but what they do on the
field,” said Ron Newman, presi-
                                                                               Football is a boys game? Don’t tell these girls. Elizabeth Hotham, left, and Jenna
dent of the Southington Valley
                                                                               Chubet, right, are taking the Southington Valley Midget Football League by storm.
Midget Football League (SVMFL).         2008 season, Jenna Chubet and          because they didn’t know what to               “Jenna’s in the top 10 per-      overpowered boys her own age.
“They’re having a ball, and they        Elizabeth Hotham came crashing         expect,” said Sioch. “Was she            cent of our players on this team,      Not bad for her first season in a
are having fun with their               through the glass ceiling.             going to hit them hard? At first         and this is her first year playing     helmet.
friends.”                                    Coach Greg Sioch recruited        they were tentative because she’s        football,” said Ruoff. “For her to           “She’s wanted to play for a
     Over the past 40 years, the        Hotham to be a part of his             a girl. As the season went on, she       come out here without ever hav-        while now,” said Chubet’s moth-
SVMFL has seen more than its            Raiders team. The coach admired        was just one of the guys.”               ing worn a helmet or pads and          er, Lucia. “When she asked the
share of girls dominating play at       Hotham’s aggressive play at prac-           Bill Ruoff had a similar expe-      still keep up to these kids who        first time I figured it was a phase,
the flag football level at              tice over the years and marveled       rience as coach for the C-divi-          have been playing for three or         but when she kept asking I knew
Recreation Park, but this season        at her lack of fear when facing        sion Chargers when Chubet                four years is just amazing to me.      that it was something that she
saw a pair of young women               her older brother or the other         arrived on the first day of prac-        I’m so impressed.”                     really wanted to do. She’s been
break into the C-division tackle        players. When it came time to fill     tice. Coaches scrambled for                    Chubet was a break-out           athletic and really kind of tough,
league. One clawed her way to           out this season’s roster, Hotham       another helmet, and they’ve              player in her first season with the
the league’s all-star game.             was an obvious choice.                 been reaping the rewards ever            Chargers. She dominated the                     See GRIDIRON GIRLS,
     From the very start of the              “I was worried for the boys       since.                                   defensive line and consistently                             page 23

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                                  Franzi Mederer                                                                                     Ryan Gemmell
                                  Southington High School swimming                                                                   Southington High School football

                                  Class:          Junior                                                                             Class:            Senior
                                  Reason:         Advanced to the Class LL girls                                                     Reason:           Collected eight tackles and forced
                                                  swimming finals in the 100 yard                                                                      a fumble to anchor the Blue Knight
                                                  freestyle and two relays.                                                                            defense during a 3-0 loss.

                                 mer.”                             lot of heart.”                                                   anger as motivation.”                    Gemmell led the way.

      C                                                                                               R
             oach Jay                                                                                           yan Gemmell
             Dubinsky met             This week, Mederer                 Mederer finished in                    kicked at the             Gemmel does most of          With less than two minutes
             Franzi Mederer      capped a stellar season at        the top 25 at the finals,                    turf as reporters   his talking on the field, and      remaining, he gave the
  at the Lady Knights’ first     the Class LL qualifying           finishing the 100 yard         circled him on Rentschler         this game was no different.        offense one final chance.
  practice, but he knew right    meet as she became the            sprint in 59.79 seconds. In    Field. Southington’s 3-0 loss     His shoestring tackle deep         Gemmell charged into the
  away that the transfer stu-    only Lady Knight to quali-        addition, she anchored         to New Britain may have           in the backfield stopped a         backfield to break loose a
  dent from Germany was          fy for the Class LL girls         the Knights in the 200 yard    cost them a postseason            potential New Britain score        fumble that was recovered
  going to be something          swimming finals in an             and 400 yard freesyle          berth, but Gemmell said he        in the third quarter, and the      by Kenny Holsten.
  special.                       individual event. Mederer         relays. Dubinsky said her      wasn’t finished yet.              senior co-captain finished               “Ryan made a good
       “Even with converting     set a personal best time in       leadership was crucial to           “We still have two           with eight tackles to lead         hit,” said Holsten. “The kid
  meters to yards, I knew        the pool and advanced to          this season’s success.         games left this season, so        the Knights.                       had the ball on the top of
  that she was going to be       the finals in the 100 yard              “She went out there      we can't get down on our-               “I'm extremely proud         his helmet, and I dove at it
  an exceptional swimmer         freestyle.                        every day and gave her         selves. It's an upsetting         of all my young men and            to rip it right out of his
  for us,” Dubinsky said.             “She was just excep-         all,” said the coach.          feeling...but we can't let it     how they fought and con-           hands.”
  “She put in some hard          tional,” Dubinsky said.                 For her outstanding      phase us for the rest of the      tinued to fight and fight                For his outstanding
  work, and really gelled        “She was right on the             athletic accomplishments,      year,” he said. “We'll use        and fight,” said Blue Knight       athletic accomplishments,
  with the other girls to        money with her swims. It          Mederer is our highlighted     the feelings from the last        coach Bill Mella. “They did        Gemmell is our highlighted
  become our best swim-          just shows that she has a         female athlete of the week.    two losses. We'll use the         not let up.”                       male athlete of the week.

  TOP FEMALE PERFORMANCES                                                                         TOP MALE PERFORMANCES
  • Abby Lamson,                                • Jenna Chubet,                                   • Tiquentes Gray-Brown,                            • Bobby Newman,
  Central CT Capitals Mite C hockey:            Southington Valley Midget Football:               Briarwood men’s basketball team:                   Briarwood men’s basketball team:
  Scored six goals in five victories for the    Represented the C-division Chargers in            Scored 20 points with five steals in a 68-         Scored 40 points in three games last
  Capitals, including the game’s only goal      the Southington Valley Midget Football            65 win, including four three-point field           week, including 17 points during a
  in a 1-0 win to start the streak.             League all-star game on Nov. 16.                  goals and the game winning basket.                 three-point win at UMass-Stockbridge.

Gridiron girls: Chubet and Hotham                                                                                                                                                       Plumbing
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From page 22                    missed a practice this                  Hotham said she’s here    across her freckled face. “I                                                         Tank Work
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      As it turns out, Chubet   some of the bigger,                be different. She just want-   writer John Goralski, email
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best players.                    Class LL Football playoff point rankings
                                                                                                                                      Crafts Fair
      “The only thing that I
have to do differently is to
                                 Team/Record            Opp Pts         Point Total                     Games Remaining                                                                     300 Crafters
hold onto some earrings                                                                                                                                                                      2 Ballrooms
                                 1. Glastonbury         10-0-0             1390                 11/26 @ New Britain (8-2)
once in a while when she                                                                                                                                                                    Largest Show
                                 2. Hamden               9-1-0             1380             11/27 vs.ND-West Haven (3-6)                                                                        in CT
forgets to take them off,”
                                 3. Newtown              9-1-0             1270                      11/26 vs. Masuk (9-1)
said Ruoff. “Other than
                                 4. Cheshire             8-2-0             1190                 11/26 @ Southington (6-3)
that, she’s just like the
                                 5. New Britain          8-2-0             1160               11/26 vs. Glastonbury (10-0)
other kids. Sometimes, bet-
                                 6. Southington          6-3-0              930              11/19 @ Hartford Public (6-3)               Sunday, Nov. 30th • 9 am – 5 pm
                                                                                                   11/26 vs. Cheshire (8-2)
      Hotham also left an
                                 7. Greenwich              7-3-0           990                      11/27 vs. Staples (6-4)
                                                                                                                                                 a f           y
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season, she will advance to
                                 8. Ridgefield
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                                 11. NFA                   6-3-0           800                 11/27 @ New London (9-0)
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                                 12. Trumbull              6-3-0           780                    11/26 vs. St.Joseph (6-3)                 r 0              l
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                                 13. Wilbur Cross          6-4-0           840                   11/27 vs. Hillhouse (10-0)
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                                                                        2008 Apple Valley Classic
                                                                                 The 31st meeting between the schools

                                        Southington                                                                                    Cheshire
                                        Blue Knights                                                                                    Rams
                    Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 6:00 p.m., at Southington High School

                                   SOUTHINGTON                                                                                                              CHESHIRE
                                                  Roster                                                                                                           Roster
 No.    Name                  Pos.     No.    Name                     Pos.     No.   Name                     Pos.   No.   Name                 Pos.     No.   Name                 Pos.   No.    Name                  Pos.
 1      Chris Lee              WR      28     Andrew Potrepka           LB      68    James Strange             OL    2     Brian Havlicek      WR/DB     35    Chris Didonato     WR/DB    64     Connor Clairmont    OL/DL
 2      Connor Butkiewicz      QB      29     Jon Esteves               DB      69    Wayne Catucci             OL    3     Dan Reynolds        WR/DB     36    Evan Gaudio        RB/LB    65     Tom Albanese        OL/DL
 3      Mark Tellerico         DB      30     Kevin Tozier              DB      70    Randall Ledet             OL    4     Paul Tuscano        RB/DB     37    Dustin Naiss       RB/LB    66     Joe Grecco          OL/DL
 4      Shaun Walowski         WR      31     Zach Wholley              RB      72    Ryan Pinckney             OL    5     Aaron Zomback       WR/DB     38    Mike Rodriguez     WR/DB    67     Izear Hogan         OL/DL
 5      Dylan Danko            RB      32     Joe Ozga                  RB      73    Austin Turek              OL    6     Mike Marcucelli     RB/DB     39    Jake Scinto        RB/DB    68     Joe Cassella        OL/DL
 6      Tom Martel             DB      33     Dillon Ritchie            DE      74    Brandon Boudreau          OL    8     Billy Ragone*       QB/DB     41    Matt Brennan       WR/LB    69     Jon Sheehan          OL/LB
 7      Ryan Borawski          WR      34     Nick Richter              RB      75    Greg Cop                  OL    9     Mike Skibicki       RB/LB     43    Matt Sansone       WR/LB    70     Joe Marino          OL/DL
 8      Justin Kosko           RB      35     Sean Dipinto              LB      76    John Lunn                 OL    10    Greg Palmer         QB/DB     44    Dan Sweeney        WR/LB    72     Tom Picarelli       OL/DL
 9      Nolan Rickard          DE      37     Zac Stewart               LB      77    Shane Duncan              OL    11    Greg Trifone        QB/DB     45    Matt Gorham        WR/DB    73     Ryan Beesmer        OL/DL
 10     Josh Lamson*           QB      38     Matt Scarpati             RB      79    Theo Smigelski            OL    12    Ryan McQuade        QB/DB     46    Matt Croteau       WR/LB    75     Zachary Velcofsky   OL/DL
 11     Anthony Florian        WR      39     David Nichols             DB      81    Mike Murphy               WR    13    Todd Heritage       QB/DB     47    Connor Hepler      WR/DL    76     Kyle Nelson          OL/LB
 12     Nick Pierce            WR      40     Casey Sage                DB      82    Connor Rossito            WR    15    Jake Reid           WR/DB     48    Derek Cobbe        RB/LB    77     Sean O'Halloran     OL/DL
 13     Billy Zukauskas        P/K     41     Duane Blocker             RB      85    Evan Rodriques            WR    16    Gavin Mestel        WR/DB     49    Craig Thorne       RB/LB    78     Kyle Wrinn          OL/DL
 14     Matt Roncaioli*        DB      42     K. J. Gemmell             LB      86    Ravin Walters             WR    17    Clay Merrill        WR/DB     50    Luke Scinto         OL/LB   79     Joe Falvey          OL/DL
 15     Rob Krawczyk           QB      43     David Pontbriand          LB      89    Tim Keal                  WR    18    Michael John Ecke   QB/DB     51    Mark Ortelle        OL/LB   80     Kevin Reid          WR/DB
 16     Zack Etter             WR      44     Jason Lawrence            LB      91    Ryan Charamut             DE    19    Max Slade           QB/DB     52    Matt Washburn      OL/DL    81     John Urbanski       WR/DB
 17     Matt Navin             NG      45     Jake Rodriques            LB      93    Chris Walczewski          DL    20    Chris Barney        WR/DB     53    Shane Russo        OL/DL    83     Dan Mazzacane       WR/DL
 18     Kenny Holsten*          LB     49     Dan Snyder                LB      94    Enjan Mullaj              DL    22    Brian Debisschop    WR/DL     54    Tom Acamora*       OL/DL    85     Tim Daly            WR/DB
 19     Tyler Dube             WR      50     Nick Chiarella            OL      95    Matt Morris               DL    23    Ryan Connolly       RB/DB     55    CJ Sullivan        OL/DL    86     Dan Barnes          WR/DB
 20     Nick Gothberg          DB      51     Brian Cannata             LB      96    Mike Pajor                DL    24    Dom Severino        WR/DB     56    Connor Underwood    OL/LB   87     Kyle Bickell        WR/LB
 21     Joe Pesce              DB      53     Colin Daigle              LB      97    Zach Laplante             DL    25    Chris Garber        RB/DB     57    Elliot Laden        OL/LB   88     Mike Goggin         WR/DB
 22     Nick Scarpati           LB     55     Eric Muroski              LB      98    Anthony Haley             DL    26    Jake Shailer        WR/DB     58    JB Aliyu           OL/DL    90     Matt Stasiak         OL/LB
 23     Jon Kelleher           DB      59     Mike Cipollone            LB      99    Bobby Catucci             DL    27    Jon Hryiewicz       WR/DB     59    Cody Nugent        OL/DL    95     Nick Ritchie        OL/DL
 24     Tim Sowa               DB      62     Tyler Calvi-Rogers        OL                                            28    Tim Flood           RB/LB     60    Matt Kleinberg     OL/DL    99     Steve Sutherland     TE/LB
 25     Ryan Gemmell*          DB      64     Ben Naylor                OL                                            29    Kris Soeters        WR/DB     61    MacKenzie Demac    OL/DL
 26     Jordan Grzesczyk       DB      65     Dave Bielewicz            OL                  * Captain                 31    Kyle Pulek          RB/DB     62    Greg Pashtenko      OL/LB               * Captain
 27     Chandler Lynn          DB      66     Chris Daly                OL            Head Coach: Bill Mella          33    David Dillon*       RB/LB     63    Sam Stine          OL/DL          Head Coach: Mark Ecke

                                                             2008 Season Schedule                                       2008 Season Schedule
                                                             Southington High School                                        Cheshire High School
                                                                              Record: 6-3**                                          Record: 8-2
                                                           Date           Opponent            Result                   Date       Opponent               Result
                                                           9/12/08        @ Bergen Cath. (NJ) L 6-27                   9/12/08    Hamden                L 20-27
                                                           9/20/08        @ Weaver           W 35-14                   9/19/08    Amity                W 27-23
                                                           10/3/08        Bristol Eastern    W 27-14                   9/25/08    Shelton          L 34-35 (OT)
                                                           10/10/08       Conard              W 35-0                   10/3/08    Wilbur Cross*        W 33-14
                                                           10/17/08       Simsbury*           W 14-7                   10/10/08   @ Notre-Dame*        W 31-20
                                                           10/24/08       @ Manchester*      W 50-27                   10/17/08   @ Sheehan             W 42-0
                                                           10/30/08       @ East Hartford*   W 35-14                   10/24/08   @ Daniel Hand*       W 42-21
                                                           11/7/08        Glastonbury*       L 21-25                   10/30/08   North Haven          W 35-13
                                                           11/14/08       @ New Britain*        L 3-0                  11/17/08   West Haven*          W 20-13
                                                           11/19/08       @ Hartford Public    7 p.m.                  11/14/08   @ Fairfield Prep      W 38-6
                                                           11/26/08       Cheshire             6 p.m.                  11/26/08   @ Southington          6 p.m.
                                                                        * denotes league game                                       * denotes league game
                                                            **Record does not reflect Hartford Public outcome.
 Southington football coach Bill                                                                                      "Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare.      Cheshire football coach Mark
 Mella is looking to rebound from                                                                                           They are consumed in 12 minutes.               Ecke is lookinig to keep his
 his first Apple Valley Classic loss                                                                                           Half-times take 12 minutes.                 streak alive after breaking
 and re-establish the Knights as                                                                                                                                           Southington’s six-game winning
                                                                                                                                 This is not coincidence.”
 the team to beat.                                                                                                                                                         streak in 2007.
                                                                                                                                       - Erma Bombeck

                 Offensive Leaders*                                                    Apple Valley Classic                                                            2007 Game Recap
            PASSING                               RECEIVING                                              Results by year                                           Cheshire 35, Southington 19
   Billy Ragone (CHS):                       Brian Havlicek (CHS):                                                                                           Cheshire’s Billy Rangone scrambled scored twice on
     137-for-243 (.564),                       38 catches, 478 yds,                    Year                 Winner                    Score             offense and once on defense to lead the Rams to a 35-19 vic-
1646 yards, 182.9 yds/game.                     59.8 yards/game.                       1996                Cheshire                   21-14             tory over the Knights. The Cheshire win broke Southington’s
    Josh Lamson (SHS):                       Evan Rodriques (SHS):                                                                                      six-game winning streak on Thanksgiving and the second
      96-for-165 (.582),                      23 catches, 435 yards,                   1997                Cheshire                   38-13
                                                                                                                                                        longest regular season winning streak in school history (30).
1341 yards, 191.6 yds/game.                     72.5 yards/game.                       1998               Southington                 27-17                  Cheshire capitalized on an interception and a fumble to
           SCORING                                 RUSHING                             1999                Cheshire                   51-40             build a 21-0 lead midway through the first half. Southington
      Billy Ragone (CHS):                   Billy Ragone (CHS):                        2000                Cheshire                   27-21             finished with just 53 yards rushing and five turnovers.
     150 pts, 16.7 pts/game.              914 yds, 101.6 yds/game.                                                                                           Ragone finished with 122 yards rushing and 69 yards
                                                                                       2001               Southington                 59-40             passing for the Rams. Mark Schmidt finished with 85 yards
     Evan Rodriques (SHS):                  Dylan Danko (SHS):
      38 pts, 6.3 pts/game.               479 yds, 68.4 yds/game.                      2002               Southington                 27-20             rushing and a touchdown.
                                                                                       2003               Southington                 28-27                  Elliott Turek rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown, but
                                                                                                                                                        threw four interceptions. Savinio Melluzzo scored and Evan
                Defensive Leaders*                                                     2004               Southington                 28-14             Rodriguez caught a 68-yard touchdown.
                                                                                       2005               Southington                 34-27                  Despite the loss, Southington (9-1) advanced to their
             SACKS                                                                                                                                      third consecutive postseason.
     Connor Hepler (CHS):                          TACKLES                             2006               Southington                 21-20
     4.0 sacks, 25 yards lost.               David Dillon (CHS):                       2007                Cheshire                   35-19
       Jon Kelleher(SHS):                    30 tackles, 53 assists,
     2.5 sacks, 26 yards lost.                83 total (9.2/game).                                                                                                Thanksgiving Day Trivia
                                                                                                In 2007, Cheshire broke
                                             Ryan Gemmell (SHS):
       INTERCEPTIONS                         35 tackles, 32 assists,                    Southington’s six-year winning streak in                           • The first Thanksgiving was held in Oct. 1621.
 Billy Ragone (CHS):   4                      67 total (9.6/game).                              the Apple Valley Classic,                                • The 1st Thanksgiving football game was in 1876.
 Matt Roncaioli (SHS): 5                                                                   but the Blue Knights still lead the                           • Southington is 41-9 on Thanksgiving since 1958.
         *Does Not include Southington vs. Hartford Public (Nov. 19)
                                                                                             Thanksgiving Day series, 7-5.                               • Southington leads Cheshire 7-5 on Thanksgiving.
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                                                    2008 Powder Puff Football Game
                                                                       The 13th meeting between the schools

                                     Southington                                                                                 Cheshire
                                     Blue Knights                                                                                 Rams
                          Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 6:00 p.m., at Cheshire High School

                                 SOUTHINGTON                                                                                                          CHESHIRE
                                              Roster                                                                                                          Roster
 No.   Name                   Pos.   No.   Name               Pos.     No.   Name                    Pos.     No.    Name                     Yr.    No.   Name                   Yr.   No.   Name                Yr.
 14    Jessica Baillargeon*    ST    91    Kaila Fazzolari     DB      46    Ashley Pelletier         ST      0      Samantha Estelle-Abate   Sr.    29    Alison Glass           Sr.   58    Kristen Winner      Sr.
 19    Katelyn Callahan*       DT    3     Annie Freer         QB      39    Kara Pescetelli          ST      1      Destiny Graham           Sr.    30    Ashli Sheehan          Sr.   59    Katherine Shidler   Sr.
 63    Bridget Sheehan*          C   89    Emily Frobel         IP     93    Catherine Piper           IP     2      Sammy Collinge           Sr.    31    Sara Szliwoski         Sr.   60    Rachael Dioses      Sr.
 31    Elyse St. Amand*        LB    4     Mary Gardella       DB      54    Phillcia Rhodd           WR      3      Becca Mayer              Sr.    32    Sarah Krasnovsky       Sr.   61    Tiffany Higgins     Sr.
 44    Brittany Volpe*         QB    72    Jackie Garry         IP     2     Emily Roach              TE      4      Ali Zelisko              Sr.    33    Ashley Beedle          Sr.   62    Lindsey Niehoff     Sr.
 82    Alexa Wrinn*            ST    90    Victoria Gelpke      IP     51    Katherine Roth           LB      5      Cassidy Kushner          Sr.    34    Abby D'Annolfo         Sr.   63    Katie Tatakis       Sr.
 57    Alison Ainsworth         IP   52    Colleen Gore          C     86    Nicole Russo             ST      6      Lindsay Reihl            Sr.    35    Laura Bunnell          Sr.   66    Alyssa Mommsen      Sr.
 71    Audrey Aiudi             IP   81    Marissa Graziano    ST      66    Kristen Ryan             OG      7      Kim Silva                Sr.    36    Emily Crochetiere      Sr.   68    Liz Visconti        Sr.
 27    Colleen Akin            WR    16    Christa Green       ST      53    Liz Sackett              DT      8      Bri Anna Watson          Sr.    37    Caitlin Victory        Sr.   72    Regina Wrenn        Sr.
 5     Molly Alfieri           RB    23    Kristie Guilmette   DB      33    Jackie Santa Maria        IP     9      Keri Jacobs              Sr.    38    Megan McCoy            Sr.   75    Rachel Clark        Sr.
 6     Mackenzie Angels        FB    20    Megan Hale          DT      67    Caitlin Shanly           ST      10     Ashley Morgan            Sr.    39    Nancy Bobrysh          Sr.   77    Sam Maffuid         Sr.
 43    Jennifer Armstrong      OG    12    Kait Hayes          ST      94    Nicole Shuster           DT      11     Linda Amarante           Sr.    40    Kelly Lichaj           Sr.   80    Rebecca McCormick   Sr.
 34    Melissa Augustyn        OG    45    Kristie Hotchkiss   LB      64    Brittany Spooner         ST      12     Taylor Meltzer           Sr.    41    Amber Kennealy         Sr.   81    Cassie McCarthy     Sr.
 84    Christie Baker          TE    80    Kellen Jackson      WR      11    Kayla Teel               ST      13     Justine Miano            Sr.    42    Ariel Carlson          Sr.   82    Ashlee Racow        Sr.
 92    Victoria Barry          LB    38    Maria Jagodzinska    IP     47    Keri Topshe              DB      14     Gina Hira                Sr.    43    Bailey Quinlan         Sr.   83    Erin Woodson        Sr.
 74    Jordyn Binkowski        ST    76    Kristin Johansen    OT      34    Marita Tremaglio          IR     15     Molly Garcia             Sr.    44    Colby Gibbs            Sr.   87    Andrea Wild         Sr.
 35    Heather Boudreau        DB    26    Sannon Johnson      ST      1     Heather Turek            DB      16     Christina Orcutt         Sr.    45    Sam Loignon            Sr.   88    Blair Lassen        Sr.
 21    Alexis Braziel          FB    29    Vanessa Joyce       DT      17    Jen Vecchio              ST      17     Michelle Ernandez        Sr.    46    Maria Torello          Sr.   89    Gabby Ingarra       Sr.
 60    Brianna Bruneau         ST    70    Stefi Kalat         LB      42    Megan Vigue               IP     18     Leah Hirsch              Sr.    47    Amanda Bocchetta       Sr.   90    Karen Rosenblatt    Sr.
 73    Angela Burbank           IR   59    Rachel Kilburn      ST      15    Rachel Walker            DB      19     Sarah Roberts            Sr.    48    Amanda Copeland        Sr.   91    Nicole Montalto     Sr.
 49    Kelsey Burrill          ST    30    Jamice Klee         DT      35    Molly Welsh               IP     20     Arianna Palumbo          Sr.    49    Barbara Voils          Sr.   92    Laura Urbanski      Sr.
 96    Emily Callo             OT    28    Marissa Labelle     OG      36    Jordan Whipple           ST      21     Jackie Hagar             Sr.    50    Sarah Bell             Sr.   95    Emily Ranando       Sr.
 7     Lauren Carabetta        DB    41    Lauren Lainas       ST      37    Jillian Williams         DT      22     Melissa Stasiak          Sr.    51    Nicoletta Ruscitti     Sr.   96    Molly Stern         Sr.
 75    Amber Carbone            IP   97    Marissa Laporta      IP     13    Brittany Wolfe           OT      23     Elissa Rosenfield        Sr.    52    Amanda Ferrari         Sr.   97    Maggie Riddle       Sr.
 58    Jordan Casserino        LB    68    Shaymarie Lombardo   IP     18    Kathryn Young            LB      24     Maddie Gelmetti          Sr.    53    Megan Roberts          Sr.   98    Shannon Gilhuly     Sr.
 22    Rachale Chambrello      LB    61    Brianna Magnanini   OT      24    Lauren Zita              ST      25     Jacklyn Truong           Sr.    54    Sally Leahy            Sr.   99    Caroline Cho        Sr.
 85    Marissa Chapman         RB    9     Alexa Marquardt     ST                   * Captains                26     Christine Collins        Sr.    55    Katya Amberg           Sr.   100   Lavanya Rajendran   Sr.
 95    Crystal Cheney           IP   65    Brianna Martin      OG               IP-Inactive Player            27     Veronica Germain         Sr.    56    Rachel Wonneberger     Sr.
 78    Shandel Coratella        IP   40    Bailey Mclellan     DB                                             28     Stephanie Johnson        Sr.    57    Courtney Pawlowicz     Sr.     Head Coach: George Gilhuly
 32    Amber Crispino          ST    OO    Krystal Meyer       ST                Coaches
 79    Chelsea Culbert          IP   56    Christen Mirando    LB
                                                                         Head Coach: Charles Kemp
 25    Chelsea Curran          DB    98    Brittany Montague    IP
                                                                        General Mgr: Marybeth Moleski
 83    Lauren Cwikla            IP   50    Cailey Moriarty     ST
                                                                       Offensive Coord: Renee Fabian
 48    Stephanie Cyr           DB    10    Leanna Nappi        FB
                                                                         Special Teams: David Fabian
 87    Kerry Daddona            IP   33    Elizabeth Nichols   OT
                                                                       Defensive Coord: Robert Vincent
 55    Shelby Dattilo          LB    77    Leon O'Sullivan     ST
                                                                        Asst. Coach: Brian Patenaude
 62    Kara Delbuono           DT    8     Kelly Paterson      LB
                                                                         Asst. Coach: Kaitlin Shugrue
 88    Elizabeth Downes         IP   99    Alyssa Pattison     WR
                                                                         Asst. Coach: Ryan O'Connell

                                             Powder Puff History
                                                             Results by year
                                             Year               Winner                          Score
                                             1996             Southington                       42-14
                                             1997              Cheshire                          20-0
                                             1998              Cheshire                         50-23
                                             1999              Cheshire                         35-12
                                             2000              Cheshire                         52-21
                                             2001             Southington                         7-6       Southington players cheered a second half score during last year’s loss
                                                                                                            to Cheshire in the annual Powder Puff football game.
                                             2002             Southington                       18-13
                                             2003              Cheshire                         21-14
                                             2004             Southington                        13-7                                               2007 Game Recap
                                             2005             Southington                        12-7                                         Cheshire 27, Southington 12
                                             2006             Southington                       38-33            Cheshire held Southington scoreless for nearly three quarters as they snapped the
                                                                                                             Lady Knights’ three season winning streak and evened the series at 6-6.
                                             2007              Cheshire                         27-12
                                                                                                                 Jaime Weiss powered the Rams with two touchdowns and six carries for 122 yards.
Southington High School
                                                       In 2007, Cheshire broke                               Meghan Foehl added five carries for 108 yards with a touchdown, and Cheshire collected
Powder Puff football coach
                                                Southington’s three-year winning streak.                     280 yards of offense without a single pass. The Rams never trailed, building a 14-0 lead at
Charles Kemp (5-2) hopes
                                                         The series is tied, 6-6.                            the break and holding on for the victory.
to avenge a 27-12 loss in                                                                                        Molly McKinnon had eight carries for 73 yards to lead the Knights. McKinnon’s 29-
2007. The annual series                                                                                      yard touchdown run in the third quarter trimmed the lead to 14-6 before the Rams pulled
between Cheshire and                                                                                         away. Liz Piper scored with three seconds remaining in the game.
Southington is tied at 6-6.

“Powder Puff builds a lot of class spirit. I think it's a great activity.The community likes it.The parents like it, and the girls love it.” —Charles Kemp, SHS Powder Puff coach.

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                                                                                   Sports Calendar
  SOUTHINGTON                       FITNESS PROGRAM—This
                                    program is specifically designed
                                                                          relaxation.                            Bauman, (203) 272-7688.            Kanute, (860) 621-5494.              game ticket for Jan. 31, and a
                                                                                                                                                                                         sight-seeing trip to Washington,
     YMCA                           for individuals who are begin-
                                    ning an exercise routine or
                                                                          INTERMEDIATE YOGA—
                                                                          Thursdays, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. A
                                                                                                                    PARKS & REC                     MENS BASKETBALL OPEN
                                                                                                                                                    GYM—Sundays through April,
Registration for the following                                                                                   Registration for the following
                                    those who are just getting back       more-advanced yoga class with                                             9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., at Derynoski      UCONN MENS BASKETBALL
classes and pro-                                                                                                 classes and
                                    into the swing of things. Both        more challenging postures.                                                Elementary School. There is no       (SETON HALL)—Saturday,
grams, unless                                                                                                    programs,
                                    the Women’s Health and                                                                                          charge for this program. Must        Feb. 14, Time TBA, from the
otherwise noted,                                                                                                 unless other-
                                    Wellness Center and the High          POWER YOGA—Wednesdays,                                                    be a Southington resident to         commuter lot in Plantsville. Cost
can be made at                                                                                                   wise noted,
                                    Street facility offer state-of-the-   8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Designed to                                           participate.                         is $65 per person and includes
the Southington                                                                                                  can be made
                                    art equipment and highly quali-       increase overall body strength                                                                                 deluxe motor coach transporta-
Community                                                                                                        at the
                                    fied staff to help you obtain your    while decreasing body fat.                                                 PARK & REC TRIPS                    tion and a game ticket at the
YMCA                                                                                                             Southington
                                    goals. YMCA joiner fees are                                                                                                                          new Prudential Center.
Membership Services Desk at                                                                                      Parks & Recreation Department      MAGGIE DIXSON CLASSIC AT
                                    waived for non-members who            MOM AND ME YOGA—Fridays,
(860) 628-5597 or on-line at                                                                                     at (860) 628-5597. Checks          MSG (UCONN WOMEN)—
                                    decide to join the YMCA after         5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Designed for
                                    12 weeks.                             mothers with children aged 4           should be payable to Town of       Sunday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m., from        MISCELLANEOUS
ca.org.                                                                                                          Southington. To learn more         the commuter lot in Plantsville.     SHS FAMILY PASSES AND
                                                                          and up. This class is designed
                                                                                                                 check out the activity schedule    Cost is $65 and includes deluxe      SENIOR GOLD CARDS—
                                    JUMP ROPE CLASS—                      to introduce moms and kids to
8 WEEKS TO A BETTER                                                                                              at www.southington.org.            motor coach transportation,          Sports Season Family Passes
                                    Thursdays, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m, at        the many benefits of yoga.
YOU—Mondays, Wednesdays,                                                                                                                            admission to two games               and Senior Gold Cards for the
                                    the YMCA aerobic studio. This
and Fridays (Oct. 27-Dec. 19),                                                                                   YOUTH WRESTLING                    (Rutgers vs. Army at noon;           2008-2009 school season are
                                    30 minute, high-energy class is       PRESCHOOL & YOUTH
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This                                                                                       REGISTRATION—Friday, Nov.          UConn vs. Penn State at 2:30         available between 10 a.m.-2
                                    designed to increase your car-        GYMNASTICS—For children
FREE fitness program is open                                                                                     21, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., in the    p.m.)                                p.m. in the Athletic Director’s
                                    dio endurance and sculpt your         ages 16 months and up in a
to non-YMCA members through                                                                                      Southington Parks & Rec Office                                          Office at Southington High
                                    body. Jump ropes and free             state-of-the-art facility located at
collaboration with the                                                                                           in the lower level of Town Hall.   UCONN WOMEN HOOPS                    School. Cost is $75 for the fami-
                                    weights are used on a spring          26 Putnam Place, Plantsville.
Southington Health Department.                                                                                   Forms are also available in the    (GEORGETOWN)—Saturday,               ly passes. Senior gold cards are
                                    floor.                                The programs are designed to
Southington residents 18 years                                                                                   Parks and Rec office during        Jan. 31-Sunday, Feb. 1, Time         free for Southington residents
                                                                          enhance the child’s strength,
and older will be guided through                                                                                 regular business hours.            TBA, from the commuter lot in        ages 62 and over.
                                    RESTORATIVE YOGA WITH                 flexibility, hand eye coordination,
a fitness consultation and equip-                                                                                Additional registration time is    Plantsville. Cost is $205 per per-
                                    MEDITATION—Tuesdays, 6:45             and social and listening skills.
ment orientation by certified                                                                                    available for Southington resi-    son (dbl), $185 per person           If you would like to your event
                                    p.m.-8 p.m. Designed to restore       The YMCA also offers a com-
staff. Progress will be charted,                                                                                 dents, grades K-8. Cost is $80     (quad), $265 per person (sgl),       announced in The Observer,
                                    energy and improve strength.          petitive gymnastics program
and babysitting service is avail-                                                                                for first chile and $70 for each   or $145 (child w/2 adults).          please e-mail information to jgo-
                                                                          where participants compete in
able for a fee. Register at the                                                                                  additional child. Checks should    Includes deluxe motor coach          ralski@southingtonobserver.co
                                    HOT YOGA—Mondays, 5:30                YMCA and USAG meets.YMCA
YMCA membership services                                                                                         be made payable to                 transportation, one night stay at    m. The Observer reserves the
                                    p.m.-6:30 p.m. This yoga class        instructors encourage and sup-
desk.                                                                                                            Southington Youth Wrestling        the Westin Tyson’s Corner,           right to edit for content and
                                    uses heat to improve the              port children and serve as posi-
                                                                                                                 Association. Contact: David        American breakfast buffet,           space.
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                                 Sports Briefs                                                                   Swim team: Class LL finals
                                                                                                                 From page 21                            “All of the girls stepped       this meet really gave them a
 Southington                        and Haley Mullins com-
                                    bined for the shutout.
                                                                          Central CT                                                                up, and they all swam best           chance to show what they
                                                                                                                 last heat to finish in 2 min-      times of the year just to get        could do when they are rest-
 Youth Soccer                             Earthquakes 1,
                                                                          Capitals                               utes, 18.6 seconds.                into finals to get a better          ed.”
                                                                                                                      Dubinsky was happy to
          B-Division                         Chiefs 0                     Mite C Hockey                          see his younger swimmers
                                                                                                                                                    position in our heats,” said
                                                                                                                                                    Dubinsky. “It was a little dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                               The meet also offered
                                                                                                                                                                                         the chance for Mederer to
     Aztecs 5, Pumas 4                   NOV 9—Earthquakes:                    Central CT Capitals               keeping pace in the pool, but      appointing in the finals             take center stage. The junior
      NOV 9—Aztecs: Mike            Jack    DePaolo-Boisvert              rebounded from a loss in               he wasn’t surprised.               because nobody got best              swimmer joined the Knights
 Nanfito and Erik Kryzanski         scored the lone goal, and             the opener with five con-                   “Michelle      Cianchetti     times, but overall there were        during the preseason as a
 scored two goals apiece,           goaltender Ryan Burrill               secutive wins. Southingt-              was our third backstroker all      some really strong swims.            transfer      student    from
 and Evan Audi scored               earned    the    shutout.             on skater Abby Lamson                  year, so she put in a lot of       They swam up with the com-           Germany,        but    quickly
 another. Elijah Sirotnak           Michael         Ruszczyk,             scored in each victory.                hard work in the pool. This        petition, so I’m happy with          became a central figure. As
 and      Joe   Rappoccio           Michael Fischer, and                       Lamson kicked off the             was a nice reward for her,”        their finish.”                       the team’s only individual
 anchored the defense.              Daniel Maciorowski led                streak with the game’s                 said Dubinsky. “It was the              With a small senior core        qualifier, Mederer (59.79)
 Goalie Ryan Bleau earned           the defense. Chris Loring,            only goal during a 1-0 vic-            same thing for Caroline Roy        and a lot of youth and inex-         managed a top 25 finish in
 the victory.                       Alex   Kim    and     Kyle            tory over Echo Mite B, and             because she was one of our         perience, Dubinsky said that         the 100 freestyle.
      Pumas: Joey Zacchia           McLaughlin led the attack.            scored twice to power the              most-improved swimmers             it was fitting to have his                 “She has a great person-
 scored twice. Mike DeFeo                                                 Capitals in a third period             this year. She finished in with
                                        Surfers 4, Bolts 0                                                                                          prized foursome swimming             ality and people love to have
 and Hayden Burbank                                                       come-from-behind win                   the freestyle leg. They did
                                        NOV 9—Surfers: Nick                                                                                         together in the finals. It was       her around,” said Dubinsky.
 scored one goal apiece.                                                  over Middlesex Mite B, 4-              great.”
                                    Pierson, Mike Stafko,                                                                                           the first chance to race them        “To come in and really push
 Collin Burbank, Evan                                                     0. Lamson scored once in                    Southington had quali-
                                    DanTopper and Taylor                                                                                            as a rested group.                   herself like she did made her
 D’Agostino, Jack Rivers                                                  wins over Northwestern                 fied for the finals in four
                                    Beckham scored. Jake                                                                                                 “You knew, meet in and          a very important part of our
 and     Brandon     Matta                                                Mite B (3-0) and Northern              events, and Dubinsky turned
                                    Aparo earned the shutout                                                                                        meet out, that they were real-       team from day one.”
 anchored the defense, and                                                Lights U8 (8-4).                       to the mainstays in his lineup
                                    with Sam Johnson and                                                                                            ly going to push themselves                Greenwich (933) cap-
 Ross Ayer protected the                                                       Southington’s Frank               for the next two relays. Co-
                                    Nathan Frechette leading                                                                                        to see what they could do,           tured the Class LL title.
 net.                                                                     Cerra, Jr. notched an                  captains Brittany Montague
                                    the defense.                                                                                                    but it was tough at times,”          Despite having just four final
                                                                          assist during the fourth               and Rachel Walker teamed           said Dubinsky. “All year             events, Southington scored
     Blazers 1, Wings 0                                                   victory.                               with Jenny Drozd and Franzi
                                       Strikers 4, Spurs 0                                                                                          Brittany was coming out of           80 points to finish 17th over-
     NOV        9—Wings:                                                       On Sunday, Nov. 9,                Mederer to garner top 20 fin-
                                        NOV       9—Strikers:                                                                                       the backstroke to swim the           all. The meet marks the end
 Lauren Dzierlatka scored                                                 Cerra and Lamson each                  ishes in the 200 freestyle relay
                                    Kasey    Newman      and                                                                                        400 freestyle. It was the same       of the fall season.
 the game’s only goal.                                                    scored during an 8-2 win               (1:51.39) and the 400
                                    Caitlyn Krar scored two                                                                                         thing for Jenny Drozd com-                 To comment on this story
 Emma Topper, Caty Zajac,                                                 over Mid-Fairfield Mite C              freestyle relay (4:05.05.)
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 and Sarah Gerrish led the                                                to finish the streak. The
                                    Smith, Kim Stafko, and
 attack. Julia Skarzynski,                                                Capitals improved to 5-1.
                                    Kim Biela anchored the
 Catherine Myers, Ashley                                                       To report your league’s
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                                    Renzi earned the shutout.
 Misiorski anchored the                                                   John Goralski at jgorals-
                                    Nicole Breedlove and
 defense.     Goaltenders
 Paige Canace, Sarah Gallo
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                                                                     Our Athletes
Football:                                                                              Briarwood rebounds
still alive                                                                            Warriors answer 2 losses with 2 wins
From page 21
                                                                                           By JOHN GORALSKI

                                                                                                                                                  Nov. 6
and fight. They did not let up.                                                               SPORTS WRITER
They did not give up, and if I                                                              On Monday, Nov. 10,
                                                                                                                                Gateway CC 103
get that out of my kids every                                                          Briarwood       coach      John            Briarwood 36
week, that’s all you can hope                                                          Wasielewski glanced at his
for.”                                                                                  bench and sighed. The                                     Nov. 10        It definitely
      Dylan Danko (57 yards)                                                           Warriors      were     trailing
and Lamson (58 yards) led                                                              UMass-Stockbridge with five         Springfield Tech 105               ranks up there
the Knights on the ground.                                                             minutes to go, and three                  Briarwood 47                  as one of the
Kaiuway Boima (110 yards)                                                              starters had fouled out. After
led       the       Hurricanes.                                                        winning their season opener,
                                                                                                                                                 Nov. 12
                                                                                                                                                              greatest games
Southington had a chance to                                                            the Warriors had dropped a
tie the game with a 32-yard                                                            pair of lopsided losses.                 Briarwood 68                    I have been
field goal attempt at the start                                                             Would it be three in a
                                                                                                                          UMass-Stckbrdge 65                      a part of.
of the fourth quarter but                                                              row? Not if the bench had
missed just to the right of the                                                        anything to say about it.                                               It was a great
uprights.                                                                                   “I'd say it definitely                               Nov. 13      finish with the
      “This is just one of those                                                       ranks up there as one of the                Briarwood 50               buzzer beater.
games where we just didn’t                                                             greatest games I have been a
get enough points on the                                                               part of,” said Wasielewski               Simon’s Rock 34               Unbelievable.
board, and New Britain did,”
said Mella. “I congratulate
them, but we’re still alive. If
the football gods are willing,
                                                                                       after the 68-65 victory. “It was
                                                                                       a great finish with the buzzer
                                                                                       beater. Unbelievable.”
                                                                                                                               On Thursday, Nov. 6,
                                                                                                                          Gray-Brown       scored
                                                                                                                          points, but Briarwood fell to
we’ll get to play them again                                                                      Basketball              Gateway          Community
and Glastonbury again.”                                                                                                   College, 103-36, in New
      Even with the loss,                                         STEPHEN CIESLEWSKI
                                                                                                                          Haven. Jermaine Cowell and            John Wasielewski,
Southington (6-3) has a                                                                     The Warriors switched         Doug Sutton scored eight               Briarwood mens
chance to qualify for the          Ryan Borawski comes down with the ball dur-         to man-man defense, began          points apiece, but Gateway             basketball coach
Class LL tournament. No. 5         ing a loss to New Britain at Rentschler Field.      pressing, and trimmed the          converted eight perimeter
New Britain (8-2) will face No.                                                        lead to one point with 20 sec-     shots, took a 45-15 lead at the
1 Glastonbury (10-0) on Nov.                                                           onds      remaining.    Ricky      half, and cruised to victory.
26. If the Knights win their
last two contests, including                           Up Next                         George tied the score with a
                                                                                       free throw. Preston Miller (6
                                                                                                                               On Monday, Nov. 10,
                                                                                                                          Springfield         Technical
                                                                                                                          Community College opened
                                                                                                                                                                 The momentum carried
the Thanksgiving game                                                                  points) stole a pass at half                                         into Thursday’s game against
against No. 4 Cheshire (8-2),                                                          court, and called timeout          a 24-point lead at the break.     Simon’s Rock College in Great
they could qualify for the                                                             with 0.9 seconds left.             Newman scored 16 points to        Barrington, MA. Briarwood
postseason.                                                                                 Tiquentes Gray-Brown          lead the Warriors. Chuck          opened a double-digit lead at
      “I’m excited that we still
have an opportunity,” said
                                                         vs                            (20 points) stepped from
                                                                                       behind a double screen,
                                                                                                                          Riddick added 11, but
                                                                                                                          Briarwood fell, 105-47.
                                                                                                                                                            the half and marched to a 50-
                                                                                                                                                            34 victory.
Mella. “This isn’t the last                                                            caught the inbounds pass,               The loss set up the               “It was a slower paced
game. This isn’t the last straw,                                                       and scored his fourth three-       come-from-behind victory at       game,” said Wasielewski,
and by no means are we                                                                 pointer as time expired.           the Mullins Center in             “Briarwood led the entire
counted out. We’re going to                 Saturday, Sept. 20, noon                        “Tiquentes also had five      Amherst. Bobby Newman             way, so it was a great way to
keep trying. We’re not out yet.         at Weaver High School, Hartford                steals and provided a ton of       scored 17 points. Khan Frank      finish the week.”
We ain’t dead yet, baby.”                                                              leadership on the floor,” said     added 11, and Anthony                  Marquis Cordero scored
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                                    Southington               Hartford                 Wasielewski. “The bench
                                                                                       players filled in very nicely
                                                                                                                          Jackson-Miller contributed
                                                                                                                          nine points.
                                                                                                                                                            12 points to lead the
                                                                                                                                                            Warriors. Riddick added
John Goralski, email him at         High School               Public HS                and helped get the win.”
                                                                                            The victory came on the
                                                                                                                               Briarwood erased an
                                                                                                                          eight-point deficit at the half
                                                                                                                                                            eight points, and Newman
                                                                                                                                                            scored seven. Briarwood
server.com.                            Record: 6-3            Record: 6-3              heels of two lopsided losses.      and evened its record at 2-2.     improved to 3-2.

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  Southington                           54.58; 5 Jessica Metcalf, Cheshire,
                                        54.67; 6, Jennifer Tavares, Cheshire,
                                        54.74; 7, Alexandria Barry, Cheshire,
                                                                                       Fourth Quarter
                                                                                     No Scoring.
                                                                                                                         Gray-Brown,       3-6-14;    Anthony
                                                                                                                         Jackson-Miller, 1-0-2; Preston Miller,
                                                                                                                         2-3-7; Chuck Riddick, 2-0-4; Bobby
                                                                                                                                                                  Gray-Brown,       3-0-6;     Anthony
                                                                                                                                                                  Jackson-Miller, 0-0-0; Preston Miller,
                                                                                                                                                                  2-1-5; Chuck Riddick, 5-1-11; Bobby
                                                                                                                                                                                                           7-13; Nic Pappas, 1-0-3; Jonathan
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Keyes, 0-3-3. Totals: 19-21-65.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Three point field goals—
                                                                                   INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
  High School                           54.87;     8,    Emily    Magnavita,
                                        Glastonbury, 55.23; 23, Franzi                RUSHING—SHS            (29-115):
                                                                                                                         Newman, 1-0-3; Khan Frank, 2-0-4;
                                                                                                                         Marquis Cordero, 0-0-0; Andrew
                                                                                                                                                                  Newman, 7-0-16; Khan Frank, 2-1-5;
                                                                                                                                                                  Marquis Cordero, 0-0-0; Andrew
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Briarwood (4): Gray-Brown (4).
                                                                                                                                                                                                           UMass-Stockbridge (6): Bjorn (3),
                                        Mederer, Southington, 59.79.            Josh Lamson, 14-58; Dylan Danko,         Danzey, 0-1-1; Darrell Powell, 0-1-1.    Danzey, 1-0-2; Darrell Powell, 1-0-2.    Bonica (2), Pappas.
Swimming                                       200 free relay—1, Greenwich,     15-57. NBHS (40-147): Kaiuway            Totals: 11-11-36.                        Totals: 21-3-47.                               Record—Briarwood, 2-2.
                                        1:38.76; 2, Cheshire, 1:40.08; 3,       Boima, 22-110; Jeremy Rosario, 9-               Gateway         (103)—Chazz             Three point field goals—
    2008 CLASS LL                       Ridgefield, 1:41.41; 4, Brien           11; Tommy Phommalinh, 2-9; Rafal         McCarter, 6-2-16; Jesse Pittman III,     Springfield Tech (4): Goudy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Briarwood 50,
    championships                       McMahon/Norwalk, 1:42.84; 5,            Garcarz, 1-6; Chris Linares, 1-6;        8-3-20; Joe Ferrazzi, 6-3-18;            Moynihan, Delacruz (2). Briarwood
          Tuesday, Nov. 11
                                        Staples, 1:44.12; 6, Glastonbury,       Adam Filipkowski, 1-5; Tebucky
                                                                                Jones Jr, 2-2; Team, 2-(-2).
                                                                                                                         Terrence Daniels, 5-2-12; Howard         (2): Newman (2).                            Simon’s Rock 34
                                        1:44.70;      7,   Westhill/Stamford,                                            Thompson, 3-2-8; Clayton Bostic, 2-            Record—Briarwood, 1-2.
 At Wesleyan University, Middletown                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, Nov. 13
                                        1:45.38; 8, Amity, 1:46.81; 14,               PASSING—Josh            Lamson,    0-4; Matthew Smith, 2-0-4; Brendan
      Team results—1, Greenwich,                                                                                                                                                                                  At Great Barrington, MA
                                        Southington (Brittany Montague,         SHS, 12-26-1       90 yds. Jeremy        Prutting, 1-0-2; Adolf Ellis, 2-1-5;
933.5; 2, Cheshire, 849; 3, Staples,
                                        Rachel Walker, Jenny Drozd, Franzi      Rosario, NBHS, 7-18-1 79 yds.            Chris Stokes, 2-1-6; Tim Head, 0-1-1;
                                                                                                                                                                    Briarwood 68,                          Briarwood                 28 22 — 50
433; 4, Glastonbury, 404.5; 5,                                                                                                                                                                             Simon’s Rock              15 19 — 34
Trumbull,     387.5;     6,    Brien
                                        Mederer), 1:51.39.                            RECEIVING—SHS:
                                                                                Roncaioli, 3-28; Tyler Dube, 3-24;
                                                                                                                  Matt   John Litevich, 2-0-5; Gary Breeden,      UMass-Stockbridge                              Briarwood        (50)—Anthony
                                               400 free relay—1, Greenwich,                                              1-0-2. Totals: 40-15-103.
McMahon/Norwalk,         291;     7,
Ridgefield, 281; 8, Shelton, 232; 9,
                                        3:34.15; 2, Cheshire, 3:37.32; 3,       Evan Rodriques, 2-18; Shaun                     Three point field goals—                  65                               Jackson-Miller, 3-0-6; Preston Miller,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           2-1-5; Chuck Riddick, 4-0-8; Bobby
                                        Trumbull, 3:41.81; 4, Staples,          Walowski, 2-9; Ryan Borawski, 1-8;       Briarwood (3): Gray-Brown (2),                    Wednesday, Nov. 12
Westhill/Stamford, 201; 10, Amity,                                                                                                                                                                         Newman, 3-1-7; Khan Frank, 3-0-6;
                                        3:44.82; 5, Glastonbury, 3:48.16; 6,    Zach Etter, 1-3. NBHS: Tebucky           Newman. Gateway (8): McCarter (2),                  At Amherst, MA
200; 11, Danbury, 176; 12,                                                                                                                                                                                 Marquis Cordero, 4-4-12; Andrew
                                        Shelton,      3:49.93;    7,    Brien   Jones Jr., 4-51; Kaiuway Boima, 1-       Pittman, Ferrazzi (3), Stokes,           Briarwood                 30 38 — 68
Manchester, 151; 13, Hamden,                                                                                                                                                                               Danzey, 1-0-2; Darrell Powell, 1-0-2;
                                        McMahon/Norwalk, 3:52.85; 8,            20; Chris Linares, 1-17; Juan Torres,    Litevich.                                UMass-Stockbridge         38 27 — 65
137.5; 14, Newtown, 113; 15, West                                                                                                                                                                          Ricky George, 1-0-2; Andrew Alves,
                                        Danbury, 3:53.94; 16, Southington       1-(-9).                                         Record—Briarwood, 1-1.                  Briarwood (68)—Tiquentes
Haven, 110; 16, NFA, 81; 17,                                                                                                                                                                               0-0-0. Totals: 22-6-50.
                                        (Brittany Montague, Rachel Walker,            MISSED FIELD GOALS—Billy                                                    Gray-Brown,       8-0-20;    Anthony
Southington, 80; 18, East Hartford,                                                                                                                                                                              Simon’s Rock (34)—David
                                        Jenny Drozd, Franzi Mederer),           Zukauskas, SHS, 36.
79; 19, Bulkeley/Hartford Public Co-
                                        4:05.05.                                      Records—SHS, 6-3 (3-2).                   Springfield                       Jackson-Miller, 3-3-9; Preston Miller,
                                                                                                                                                                  2-2-6; Chuck Riddick, 1-2-4; Bobby
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cummings, 4-6-18; Chris Hopkins, 2-
op, 38.                                                                                                                                                                                                    1-5; Kevin Briscow, 3-0-8; Turner
                                                                                NBHS, 8-2 (3-1).                                Tech 105,                         Newman, 6-5-17; Khan Frank, 3-5-         Roth, 0-0-0; Diallo Burke, 1-0-3;
                                        Football                                                                               Briarwood 47
                                                                                                                                                                  11; Marquis Cordero, 0-0-0; Andrew       Charlie Fink, 0-0-0; Burton Gasieb,
      200       medley      relay—1,         New Britain 3,                         Briarwood                                      Monday, Nov. 10
                                                                                                                                                                  Danzey, 0-0-0; Ricky George, 0-1-1.
                                                                                                                                                                  Totals: 23-18-68.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           0-0-0; Sam Redway, 0-0-0. Totals:
Greenwich, 1:48.17; 2, Staples,                                                                                                     At Southington                      UMass-Stockbridge (65)—
1:51.58; 3, Cheshire, 1:51.91; 4,
Trumbull, 1:52.30; 5, Glastonbury,
                                             Southington 0
                                                  Friday, Nov. 14
                                                                                     College                             Springfield Tech CC 49 56 — 105
                                                                                                                         Briarwood              25 22 — 47
                                                                                                                                                                  Chris Reno, 1-1-3; Ryan Bjorn, 5-0-
                                                                                                                                                                  13; Royal Healy, 6-4-16; Eddie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Three point field goals—
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Briarwood: none. Simon’s Rock (7):
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cummings (4), Briscow (2), Burke.
1:53.08; 6, Ridgefield, 1:53.63; 7,
Shelton, 1:57.54; 8, Amity, 1:57.94;
                                          At Rentschler Field, E. Hartford
                                        Southington        00 00 00 00 — 0
                                                                                Mens Basketball                               Springfield Tech (105)—
                                                                                                                         Dayquan Cook, 2-0-4; Bobby
                                                                                                                                                                  Coffin, 0-1-1; Ryan Cahill, 1-0-2;
                                                                                                                                                                  Chris Bonica, 2-5-11; Will Crosby, 3-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Record—Briarwood, 3-2.

17, Southington (Michelle Cianchetti,   New Britain        00 00 03 00 — 3         Gateway CC 103,                       Hopkins, 3-0-6; Edgar Martinez, 8-1-
                                                                                                                         17; Doug Sutton, 4-0-8; Anthony
Michaela Cummings, Francesca                    First Quarter
Ciniglio, Caroline Roy), 2:18.60.
                                             No scoring.
                                                                                    Briarwood 36                         Lewis, 5-4-14; Ronnie Sullivan, 12-3-
      100 free—1, Laura Evans,                                                           Thursday, Nov. 6                27; Scott Goudy, 3-0-7; Jermaine
Greenwich, 51.77; 2, Hilary Ego,              Second Quarter                              At New Haven                   Cowell, 3-2-8; Mike Moynihan, 3-1-8;
Westhill/Stamford, 54.23; 3, Jen             No Scoring.                        Briarwood            15 21 — 36          Gyahan Delacruz, 2-0-6. Totals: 45-
Collins, Trumbull, 54.34; 4, Lauren             Third Quarter                   Gateway CC           45 58 — 103
                                                                                                                              Briarwood (47)—Tiquentes
Timmerman,        McMahon/Norwalk,           NBHS—Juan Duque 27 FG.                  Briarwood (36)—Tiquentes

                                                                                                                                                                      BAY-MAR REALTY
                  Selected home offerings from:
                  Southington, Bristol, Cheshire, Plainville, Farmington, New Britain

                 Hot Properties                                                                                                                                                 860-582-7404
                                                                                                                                                                                    OPEN EVENINGS & WEEKENDS
                                                                                                                                                                                                           BRISTOL: Homespun charm can
                                                                                                                                                                                                           abound in this 2 bedroom Townhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                           in very good condition. Features
                                                                                                                                                                                                           include a fully applianced country
                                                                                                                                                                                                           kitchen w/ window size pass-thru to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           dining area, LR w/ sliders to patio.Also
                                                                                   35 Garden Street                                                                                                        includes 2 BRs of which Master has
                                                                                                                                                                                                           walk-in closet. 1.5 baths, C/A & 2 car
                                                                                   Farmington, CT                                                                                                          assigned parking. Very well main-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           tained& near highways & ESPN.
                                                                                Price: Reduced to $449,900                                                                                                                         $159,900
                                                                                Style: Colonial
                                                                                                                                                                                                           BRISTOL: Just Listed! 4 rm, 2
                                                                                Agency: Country Manor Realty                                                                                               bedroom loft style unit. Updated
                                                                                Contact: 589-2100                                                                                                          end unit with new carpet, paint,
                                                                                Features: Ownerʼs relocating and must sell this lovely                                                                     appliances, washer/dryer, quiet
                                                                                brick 3300+sf Colonial in the heart of the village! 2 staircas-                                                            complex close to highway
                                                                                es, huge eat-in kitchen w/ butlers pantry leading to the FDR                                                               access. A must see.
                                                                                w/ chair rail, FPlcd LR w/ French doors leading to a circular                                                                                      $142,000
                                                                                3 season porch, 4 BRs, 2.5 baths, MBR suite w/ clawfoot
                                                                                tub & walk-in shower, mud room, 2nd floor laundry & FR. A                                                                  TERRYVILLE: Well established
                                                                                lot of house for the money!
                                                                                                                                                                                                           auto repair shop fully equipped.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           There is 2400 sqft in the shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                           with a 1/4 acre of land.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Building, business & equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                           can be purchased for

                                                                                                                                                                                                           BRISTOL: Just a little updat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           ing inside will make this home
                                                                                                                                                                                                           sparkle. Large rooms with
                                                                                                                                                                                                           open floor plan, 6 rooms, 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                           bedrooms, enclosed porch,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           oversized 1 car garage, level
                                                                                                                                                                                                           lot. Asking
                                                                                      1452 East Street
                                                                                      Southington, CT                                                                                                      TERRYVILLE:            Enjoy the
            30 Valley Forge Court                                               Price: $384,900
                                                                                                                                                                                                           magnificent sunsets from the front
                                                                                                                                                                                                           porch. This 3 year old custom
            Southington, CT                                                     Style: Colonial                                                                                                            Colonial has 9 rooms, 4 bed-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           rooms, 2 1/2 baths, open floor
    Price: $349,900                                                             Agency: North Star Realty                                                                                                  paln, great room with fireplace,
    Style: Cape                                                                 Contact: 860-621-0077                                                                                                      cul-de-sac location. Just move
                                                                                                                                                                                                           into this special home.
    Agency: Century 21 Lil One                                                  Features: Refined East Side Colonial-ready to go!! Stone wall
                                                                                and grand cement driveway lead the path to the Double door                                                                                     $369,900
    Contact: Lil Polak 628-8180 x 310
                                                                                entry. 4 BR- 2 ½ baths. Formal living room with rich colors and
    Features: Photogenic…Anyway you look at it, this pretty Cape                beautiful moldings. Great room with cathedral ceilings, and amaz-                                                          BRISTOL: Charming older style
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cape in a lovely setting. This
    with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1st floor family room with stone fireplace,     ing Floor to ceiling Stone fireplace. Quality woodwork throughout.                                                         home features 6 rooms, 3 bed-
    large kitchen, formal dining and living room, and, ahhhh, a shimmering      There is a bonus room, over 2 car garage, great for private office,                                                        rooms, 1 bath, 1 car garage,
                                                                                craft room and more. Covered Stone Patio with 1 acre lot, great                                                            original wood work, great yard,
    in ground pool included.MLS# G506117. c21lil1@aol.com                                                                                                                                                  close to highway access for an
                                                                                for entertaining. Take Virtual tour at www.northstarRE.com                                                                 easy commute, enclosed porch,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           good condition.
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                                                                 Property Transfers
      Oct. 27                  to Michael F. Pellet for       Darling St. to BC Flanders    David A. & Cynthia D.                             Terrace to Virgir R. & Medra                                Della Vecchia sold 315 Mill
     Mary L. Cefaratti sold    $287,000.                      West, LLC for $4,859,000.     Gaioni for $429,700.                              D. Cock for $379,900.                                       St. to Gloria J. Cliff for
548 Hobart St. to Carol            Oct. 31                         Nov. 6                       Sultana Developers,                               Nov. 10                                                 $200,000.
Brown for $172,000.                Elaine M. Siladi sold           Raymond A. & Denise      LLC sold Lot 2, 19 Sultana                            Donald R. & Sharon L.
     Oct. 28                   140 Meriden Ave. to            C. Jandreau sold 674
     Clarence M. Page sold     Tammy Angelillo for            Flanders Rd. to Peggy A.                                                                              628-8329                                 OR    628-5675
20 Melcon Dr. to David         $263,500.                      Szczepanik for $310,000.                                                                            1755 Meriden-Waterbury Road
Dorau for $282,000.                Nov. 3                          A.Milo Builders Inc.                                                                           (Route 322) Southington, CT 06467
     Howard Behrendt sold          Prosperity Park, LLC       sold 579 Pleasant St. to
Cottage #12 to John            sold 30 Prosperity Court       Mohan Subramanian for
Genovese for $40,000.          Unit 6 to Howard R. &          $389,000.
     Jennifer M. Carrier       Diane K. Madel for                  Nov. 7
sold 220-8 W. Main St. to      $264,900.                           Gary Hill and Brenda                                                                                                                         UCE
Luke & Ann Marie Vierra            James S. Boppert and       Pelletier sold 2030 Mt.
for $195,000.                  Arthur J. Wells sold 8 Three   Vernon Rd. to Thomas R.
     Oct. 29                   Gardens Terrace to Jeanette    Owen for $216,000.
     Gary J. Fox Jr. and       Hudak for $102,000.                 Ridgeview Village sold                                                     SOUTHINGTON: REDUCED! PRICED TO SELL!
                                                                                             SOUTHINGTON: Young 7 room Colonial locat-        New & Exciting 3 BR Ranch w/ lots of extras!
Daria L. Fox sold 352 Curtis       Nov. 5                     1985 West St. #37 to           ed on 1 acre lot w/fabulous view! Brick front-   Wood floors-gas FP-great rm w/ cathedral ceil-          PLAINVILLE: PRICE REDUCED! 2 BR Ranch
St. to James Gruenbacher           Donald Salomone sold       Raymond & Denise               2 FPls-whirlpool bath-3.5 baths-vaulted ceil-    ing-open floor plan-2 full baths-C/A-walk-out           with updated kitchen-newer Thermopane win-
                                                                                             ing FR w/ FP-granite & tiled kitchen-walk-out    LL-1 acre lot w/ city sewer on cul de sac! Only         dows-wood floors-covered rear porch-level &
for $255,000.                  92 N. Summit St. to 1st        Jandreau for $316,080.         to inground pool! Only $398,900                  $359,900 Call Jeff, Owner/Agent 860-302-2987            fenced rear yard! ONLY $118,000!
     Oct. 30                   Summit, LLC for $325,000.           Lovley Development                 SE!
     Donald T. & Dorothy E.        Flanders West I.           Inc. sold Lot 5, Woodruff        FOR
Logan sold 430 Flanders St.    Associates sold 1 & 3          Estates, 40 Alyssa Court to

                                                                                                                                                                                                      SOUTHINGTON: MT. VIEW FARMS! NEW CUS-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           .    W         !    W
                                                                                             SOUTHINGTON: FOR LEASE! 2 BR Ranch               PLAINVILLE: PRICE REDUCED! Exciting                        M        .
                                                                                                                                                                                                      TOM HOMES. Ranch & Colonial designs-gorgeous
                                                                                             home! Excellent condition-wood floors-1st        Ranch Condo! End Unit! Spacious kitchen-                moldings-gourmet kitchens-select from 40 home
                                                                                             floor den-walk-out LL-great yard & location!     sliders to deck-convenient location! REDUCED            plans! City utilities-1/2 acre lots! Prices from
                                                                                             No Pets.$1,100 per month+ security deposit.      TO $94,900.                                             $474,900.

                                                                                             SOUTHINGTON: Almost new 5 BR Colonial at end
                                                                                                                    t w                       SOUTHINGTON: A Builder’s Home! House beau-
                                                                                             of cul de sac street-loaded w/ extras-surround   tiful! 10 rm Colonial w/ -1st flr office-stone FP-      SOUTHINGTON: New & Gorgeous 4 BR
                                                                                             sound in FR-fantastic kitchen-crown moldings-    custom built ins-huge kitchen-4 BRs-spacious sun        Colonial to be built! Similar to picture! 2.1
                                                                                             wood floor-European bath-gas FP-wood floors-     deck-oversized 3 car oversized garage-1+ acre lot!      baths-cair-vaulted ceilings-skylights-1 acre lot
                                                                                             step down FR-walk out LL. PRICE REDUCED TO       REDUCED TO $499,900 Call Jeff owner/agent
                                                                                                                                                                            l    f                    on cul de sac street! Paved driveway! Only

                                                                                             $549,000 Call Lori Ann 860-478-4015.             860-302-2987                                            $429,900 Call Jeff owner/agent 860-302-2987

                                                                                                                      Diana Putnam Sherry Davenport                                               Brenda Volpe

                                                                                                                     OWNER/BROKER OWNER/BROKER                                                     REALTOR

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                                                                                              Holly Palance                                                                                                                         Lynn Stroh
                                                                                               REALTOR                          19 Waterbury Road                                                                                    REALTOR
                                                                                                                        BRISTOL- Custom L-shaped Ranch on               BRISTOL- Come see this better than
                                                                                                                        private lot, 7 rooms include master bed-        new home, with stainless steel appli-
                                                                                                                        room with whirl-pool, custom oak cabinets,      ances, granite counters, ceramic floor-
                                                                                                                        granite counters, hardwood floors, gas          ing in the dining area, 2 bedrooms, 2.5
                                                                                                                        fireplace,1st floor laundry, two car garage.    baths, upstairs laundry, fireplace, pri-
       276 North Main St, Southington       1201 Farmington Ave, Berlin                                                 $329,900 Owner/Agent Dir: Park St to
                                                                                                                        Route 72 to Waterbury Road
                                                                                                                                                                        vate deck, one car garage. $329,900

            (860) 621-7323                       (860) 828-3230

                                                                                             Rebecca Davis              WOLCOTT- This charming Ranch with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Connie Catucci
                                                                                                                                                                          NEW MILFORD- Sprawling Ranch
                                                                                               REALTOR                  newer windows & roof, move in condition,        with cathedral ceiling in living, dining &                  REALTOR
                                                                                                                        400' of additional space in lower level,
                                                                                                                        wood burning stove, possible in-law apart-      kitchen, center cooking island, 3 bed-
                                                                                                                        ment with separate walk out & kitchen,          rooms, 2.5 baths, family room in lower
                                                                                                                        large deck with view of the lake,               level, new furnace, hardwood floors,
                                                                                                                        swimming just a walk away. $199,000             one car garage. $299,900
      Southington: Lovely ngbh, walk to                                                                                                                                             ACREAGE
      town. Bldrs selection or your own.      Southington: Cont Twnhse in pri-                                                                                          SOUTHINGTON- “A Must See” this beautiful
      2200+ sf, FP deck. Allow for flrg,
                   ,                          vate setting. V  aulted ceiling LR                                                                                        area to build your home, we will sell lots sepa-
                                              w/loft, 2 BRs, 1.5 remodeled BAs,                                                                                         rately or build to suite your plans or builders .Lot
      appl, lighting, cabʼs. $420,000.        newly applʼd, 1 car att gar.                                                                                              sizes vary to an acre, price starts @ $250,000 to
      Call Diana 860-621-7323 x221                                                                                                                                      $299,900. Call the listing agent for details.
                                              $234,900 Carol 860-621-7323                                                                                               Owner/Agent
                                              x213                                                                                                                      SOUTHINGTON- Lovely East End 1/2 acre lot for
                                                                                                                                                                        sale, with babbling brook waiting for you to build
                                                                                                                                                                        your home. $139,900
                                                                                                                        SOUTHINGTON-Exquisitely articulated             SOUTHINGTON- Situated in Wild Oak Ridge on
                                                                                                                        this stately Colonial built by the D&J          2.5 acres to build the home of your dreams.
                                                                                                                        Builders(A Putnam Co) on 2.5 acres of           $205,000
                                                                                                                        woodland beauty with a view of the              SOUTHINGTON- Priced reduced, in the newer sub-
                                                                                                Sil DiFusco             Southington Valley. Special features include    division of Colonial homes built in the 2000's .28 acre    Scott Palance
                                                                                                                                                                        lot @ $119,900
                                                                                                 REALTOR                4 bedrooms, 4 baths, Master bedroom with
                                                                                                                        2nd fireplace, impressive entrance foyer, 3     WOLCOTT- This 70.7 acre woodland area has many               REALTOR
                                                                                                                                                                        possibilities, call the listing agent for details.
                                                                                                                        car attached garage. $999,900                   $400,000

      New Britain: Needs an investor
      or handyman. House needs
      work! Cape w/3 BR, 1 BA, 1 car
                                              New      Britain:      City  living
                                              w/convenience, quiet area, walk-
                                              ing distance to library, museum &
                                                                                                                             PUTNAM AGENCY, LLC
      att gar. Newly Price $84,900 Call       park. $69,900 Call Molly (860)                                       Southington Commons, 943 Queen Street, Southington
      Margie 860-621-7323 x216                828-3230 x320                                          628-5691 • Serving Your Real Estate Needs for Over 39 Years • Fax 621-7054
                 w w w . r 3 c a . c o m                                                            email: PutnamAgency@Realtor.com Visit our Website putnamagencyrealestate.com
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NOW                                                      Money and Yoga, fee for                                                                                     and include 8’table and chairs,
SOUTHINGTON                                              enrichment classes, 628-3229                          EVENING AT THE BUSH-                                  contact the museum at 860-                                Open House Sunday, 11/23, 12-3pm
                                                         ext. 333.                                             NELL/BELDING THEATER.                                 585-5411.                                                             35 Bagley Road, Southington
                                                                                                               Sponsored by the Ladies of St.
                                                         SHS CLASS OF 2003 FIVE-                               Dominic and Southington Arts                          BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
GIVING FEAST. Looking for
                                                         YEAR REUNION. Murphy’s &                              Council, March 27, 2009 at                            ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
donations from area business-
                                                         Scarletti’s, 270 Farmington                           7:30 p.m., Hartford                                   FOR PRESCHOOL, TODDLER
es to be used as raffle items
                                                         Ave., Farmington, 8 p.m.,                             Symphony/Leonard Bernstein,                           & INFANT PROGRAMS. Fall
for the feast on Nov. 25 at
                                                         Saturday following                                    buses will leave at upper park-                       2008-2009 school year, 1
Plantsville Congregational
                                                         Thanksgiving in Nov., approxi-                        ing lot of St. Domonic’s Church                       Pleasant St., Imagine Nation
Church, if interested in donat-
                                                         mately $10 per person,                                at 6:30 p.m., $40 per person                          Museum lower level, financial                                     Ranch style living with benefits of a Cape! 4 BR, 2.1
ing contact Mark Hill or
                                                         includes entry into the facility,                     which includes seating in Zone                        assistance is available for pre-                                  baths, Master Suite with coffee bar, full bath & French
Barbara Belanger at Alta 860-
                                                         access to the SHS Class of                            1 Mezzanine and transporta-                           school children through the                                       doors leading to a great room overlooking a pool. Cul-
628-3379.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              de-sac!! Reasonable offers considered. $364,900. Call
                                                         2003 private rooms, buffet style                      tion, reservation deadline is                         School Readiness Grant, 582-
                                                         appetizers, finger food, gradu-                       Nov. 27, Earlene Frugale: 620-                        1480.                                                                                                         :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Luke Florian at 860-657-4754. Directions: Belleview
CRAFTERS WANTED. 3rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                       . o      y
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ave. to Bagley Rd.
                                                         ates may bring one guest pro-                         0273.
Annual South End School
                                                         vided that the guest is at least                                                                            NEW BRITAIN
Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 15, Kathy:
                                                         21 years old, questions: Toby                         FREE COMPACT FLORES-                                  CRAFTERS WANTED. Arbor
276-1054 or Tracy: 276-8135.
                                                         Bannon,                                               CENT BULB. Bulbs Only,                                Rose at Jerome Home, Dec. 5,
                                                         tobybannon@gmail.com.                                 Queen St., for those who bring                        Lisa Crofton: 860-356-8284.
                                                                                                               in non-perishable food dona-
                                                         FALL CLEANUP ASSIS-                                   tions, runs through                                   OTHER
                                                         TANCE. Youth Employment                               Thanksgiving.                                                                                         BRISTOL- BE IN FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Southington Adult & Continuing                                                                                                                                       VENDORS NEEDED. For                             This gorgeous custom built Colonial with a
Education Department, classes                            Service of Southington Youth                                                                                Terryville Congregational                       great front porch, beautiful 1/2 acre lot w/
held on days and evenings at                             Services has a crop of young                          BRISTOL                                               Church Holiday Bazaar, call                     underground sprinkler system, on a cul-de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SOUTHINGTON- MANY UPDATES IN THIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sac, HW floors in the eat-in kitchen & FPlcd
various locations, free, enrich-                         people 14-16 years of age                             HOLIDAY CRAFTERS WANT-                                church office at 860-589-0182                   1st flr FR w/ vaulted ceiling, 14x22 deck, 1st      DUPLEX, owners apt. all done over. New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     flr laundry, FDR, LR, 3 Brs, 2.5 baths, walk-up     sheetrock, updated large kitchen & bath w/
ment classes still available:                            ready to go for all your fall                         ED. New England Carousel                              between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for                  attic. Plus a security system, cair & vac,          tile flrs, new windows, deck, electrical panel.
Microsoft Excel-Intermediate,                            cleanup needs, call 276-6281                          Museum Holiday Craft Fair, 95                         reservations.                                   garage door openers, 2 car garage & so              Each apt. has 5 rms, 2 Brs, 1 bath, 2 car
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     much more. REDUCED TO $329,900                      garage all on a beautiful lot. Asking $254,900
Retirement Planning, Women &                             to hire our youth or for more                         Riverside Ave., Dec. 6, 10
                                                         info.                                                 a.m.-5 p.m., booth rentals $30

Grant: stress and how it is affecting us
From page 15                                             stress. If the stress is                                   Dr. Carol Grant, a local                         She urges you to always
                                                         caused by trauma,                                     chiropractor, does not                                consult with your personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TERRYVILLE- THE FISHING’S GREAT, in this never
survival while we escape                                 Chiropractic care is neces-                           intend this column to sub-                            physician before changing                      before offered vintage Colonial w/ plenty of pri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vacy on a lake shared only w/ Terryville Fish &       BRISTOL- NEW TO MARKET! Nice solid 2-
the “tiger”. Digestion                                   sary to restore normal                                stitute for medical advice.                           any current program.                           Game. Gorgeous 3 season sun porch w/ sliders to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    huge patio overlooking the lake. 3 Brs, 1.5 baths,    Family home w/ 5 rms, 2 Brs each apt. w/ 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FDR w/ corner hutch, LR, FR or 4th Br, huge eat-      extra rms for possible 3rd floor apt. Has 2
stops, sleep stops, sex                                  mechanical function and
                                                                                                                              T E R R Y V I L L E
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in kitchen, walk-up attic, oversized 2 car garage,    lots-buy separate or as a package. One lot has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    newer roof, siding, furnace & HW heater. Don’t        a 3 car garage. House is listed at $194,500,
drive stops, since survival                              nerve flow so the proper                                                                                                                                   miss this one on 1.84 acres of heaven. DRASTI-        Lots are $65,000 each.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CALLY REDUCED TO $249,900
from the tiger is more                                   signals can be sent to the
important than fighting a                                adrenal glands.
germ, our immune system                                       If you feel you have a
decreases. Now this                                      lot of stress and can’t fig-
response is ok in short                                  ure out why, please con-
bursts, but over the long                                tact our office at 620-9523
term,problem and illness                                 or go to our web site at                                                                                                                                       THE BEST AT
will result.                                             southingtonchiropractor.c                                                                                                                                      WHAT WE DO!                                       BRISTOL- A VINTAGE COLONIAL offering a
     In order to prevent the                             om. We would love to see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          full front porch, this home has HW floors, 2
                                                                                                                         A gourmet kitchen awaits the new owner of this home with granite                                                                                 stairways, a 1st floor FR, FDR, eat-in kitchen,
development of these con-                                this holiday season be less                                                                                                                                                                                      2 full baths, newer thermopane windows, an

ditions, the materials that                              stressful for you.
                                                                                                                         counter tops & custom tile. Other ammenities include a jacuzzi hot
                                                                                                                         tub, above ground pool, fireplace, 3 BRs, 2 baths, newer siding,
                                                                                                                                                                           T o
                                                                                                                         roof & gutters. $210,000. Call 860-919-7753. Dir:RT 6 to Kearney.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cmrbristol.com                                   updated furnace, plus 3 good size Brs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          REDUCED TO $169,900
are depleted must be
restored and balanced.
Protein or more specifical-                                                                                                                                            Think Sold!! Think A-Gold!
ly amino acids are used
and if the stress has been
caused by trauma, protein
is needed even more.
Magnesium is frequently
depleted which can cause
loss of potassium and
phosphate. Calcium
                                                                 Southington’s Finest Value                                                                          BURLINGTON New To The Market!                 BRISTOL Lovely 7 room raised ranch                    BRISTOL Serene Setting! 6 room
absorption is decreased
                                                                                   No Age Restrictions                                                               Cozy 6 room ranch with open floor plan,
                                                                                                                                                                     featuring 3 bedrooms, living and dining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for the growing family, featuring 4 bed-              colonial on almost 11 acres, great for

when under stress which                                                        Prices Starting at $249,900                                                           room combo with wood and tile floors, fin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rooms, 2 full baths, family room
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   w/fireplace/woodstove, sliders to large
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the avid outdoors person who wants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         their own pond to fish in. Featuring 3
                                                                                                                                                                     ished lower level with pellet stove, level
                                                                                    3 Bedrooms • 2 1/2 Baths                                                                                                       patio from the lower level, alum/vinyl                bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, eat-in kitchen,
can affect bone density                                                                                                                                              backyard w/patio area, detached over-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   siding, 2 car garage, fenced in back                  formal dining room, deck, one car
                                                                                                                                                                     sized garage w/ electric, over ½ acre lot.
and cardiovascular func-                                                               • 1456 square feet                                                            Call Susan Gorski-$199,900                    yard. Call Mary Johnson -$234,900                     garage. Call Paula Ray-$200,000
tion. Sodium is retained                                                               Standard Features
which causes water reten-                                      Stainless steel appliances • Granite counter tops                                                                                                  A-Gold Action Realty, Inc.
tion or bloating and poor                                      Hardwood floors on first floor • One car garage                                                                                                        89 North Street • Rt. 6 • Bristol
water absorbtion inside                                                           Full basement                                                                                                                                (860) 589-1111
the cells.                                                                      Model Home Open                                                                                                              E-mail c21agold@c21agold.com                                                              a
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     Micronutrients are                                                     Saturdays & Sundays 1-3pm
also affected. Vitamins C,                                             For more information call 860.378.3242
E and Niacin as well as                                                    2118 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike
Zinc, Chromium and                                                    Directions: RT. 322 West of I-84, I-84 Exit 28, Left Turn
CoEnzyme Q10 suppli-
mentation will help to
diminish the effects of

                                                                                                                72 Queen Street
                                                                                                             Southington, CT 06489


                                                         Terryville- Extremely Private! $249,900              Bristol- Seller Motivated!!! Will give $1000 back
 Bristol- Motivated Seller!!! Spacious 1872 sq ft        1.35 Beautiful acres-3 BR High ranch features HW     at closing. Spacious 3 BR 2 Bath RR with wonder-
 3 bed 2.5 bath Colonial. Addition of entire 2nd floor
 in 2004. Home features LR w/ HW floors, updated         flooring, open Kitchen/DR, Jacuzzi Tub. New roof,    ful floor plan. Kitchen opens to dining area. Marble
 kit w/pantry,recessed lighting,pantry, 1st flr laun-    and windows. Massive garage/workshop. MUST           FP w/ gas insert. Trex deck, 2 car gar. Walkout LL
 dry, office. Make an offer!!! $239,900                  SEE! BRING OFFERS!!                                  to a fabulous yard. $259,900.
 FOR RENT: SOUTHINGTON-Pet Friendly Ranch! 3 bedrooms, 2 family rooms, 2 car garage. Fenced area
  in yard. Desirable location, near schools. Credit check and security deposit required. $1,200 Month.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Annie Gura
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bristol     Rarely available-2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  houses on 1 lot! 1st house: 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Br, updated kitchen, C/A, 2.5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  baths, HW floors, tile & more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2nd house: 2 Br, C/A, 4 car

                                                                Building Permits                                                                                                                                                                  garage, enclosed porch, hard-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  wood floors. Close to every-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thing. Great for in-laws, day-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  care, endless possibilities.
     Oct. 8                                               Thomas & Maria                                 Nov. 4                                      Summer St., re-roof, $1,500.                                                                 MLS#G499807 $379,900
     Lovley Development,                             Paluso, 122 Alder Lane,                             Debbie Pappallo, 17                              Nov. 12                                                                                Southington Beautiful well
61 Webster Park Rd., home,                           shed, $4,500.                                   Surrey Circle, kitchen                               Dick Fraser, 1305                                                                      maintained Raised Ranch on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 quiet cul-de-sac w/ 1.14 acre lot,
$71,000.                                                  Douglas Melanson, 153                      replacements, $1,000.                           Marion Ave., re-roof,                                                                       LR w/ FP, FR w/ pellet stove,
     Oct. 30                                         Edgewood Circle, complete                           Nov. 5                                      $15,000.                                                                                    large deck that overlooks
     Ed Kowalski, 68 Juniper                         half bath, $1,500.                                  Mark Bernstein, 433                              Charles Ferry, 21                                                                      inground pool w/ new pool liner,
Rd., sunroom, $4,000.                                     Harry Huang, 77                            Queen St., foundation,                          Minthal Dr., stove & chim-                                                                  3 larg BRs, 2 car garage. Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 location!    MLS#      G510522
     Oct. 31                                         Maplewood Dr., re-support                       $25,000.                                        ney, $1,500.                                                                                $329,000
     Christopher Ward, 209                           deck, $2,100.                                       Robert Krom, 145                                 Mrs. Elenor Bradley,                  For more information visit www.anniegura.com
Meriden-Waterbury                                         Town of Southington,                       Roxbury Rd., bed room,                          730 Andrews St., shingles,
Turnpike, stove, $1,500.
     Nov. 3
                                                     720 Pleasant St., wrestling
                                                     area, $4,000.
                                                                                                     bath and sunroom, $43,000.
                                                                                                         Allison K. Gratla, 215
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         860-621-0191                                                                                                                                                                                      100 Queen Street • Southington, CT 06489
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     William R. Dziedzic
                                                      MOVE RIGHT IN: Quiet family neigh-             Quality contractor w/ excellent repu-        ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR                                                              Attorney at Law
     1573 MERIDEN-WATERBURY RD,                       borhood- 6 rooms, 3 Brs, 1 1/2 baths,          tation will construct your dream             Contemporary Ranch on 3 acres
                                                                                                                                                  with magnificient views and
                                                                                                                                                                                               Tel:(860) 621.8391                         Fax:(860) 621.8307
                                                      1428 sqft plus a 90 x 20 Three                 home on a lightly wooded 1/2 acre                                                                        E-mail: wrdziedzic@krezellaw.com
        SOUTHINGTON                                   Season Room off kitchen, new low E             w/ city water, sewer and gas. Many
                                                                                                     amenities including c/a, FP, 2 1/2
                                                                                                                                                  every ammenity imaginable
                                                                                                                                                  including an indoor heated pool.
                                                      windows, fenced rear yard and more.
     info@griffincorp.com                                          $245,000
                                                                                                     baths, double garage and deck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Southington, CT • For people 55 and over.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           860-793-0281 / 1-800-458-6832
                                                                                                                                                                                                               visit our website: jensencommunities.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                SOUTHINGTON: REDUCED TO $41,900
                                                                                                                                                                                               Very neat, clean 2 bedroom 1 bath
                                                                                                                                                                                                home, large eat in kitchen featuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                  all appliances. Nice size living
                                                                                                                                                                                                room. Central air. 8x10 utility build-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ing. Ready for immediate occupancy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Call Jensen’s Inc. at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SOUTHINGTON: $55,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2 Bedroom 1 bath move in condition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    home. Updated kitchen with all new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cabinets and pantry. Featuring Pergo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  flooring in living room. Beautiful Three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Season Room for lovely setting to open
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lot. Call Jensen’s Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SOUTHINGTON: $75,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                A little country charm represents this 2 bed-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 room, 1 1/2 bath home nestled at end of
                                                                                                                                                                                                street. Features breakfast bar in kitchen with
                                                                                                                                                                                                 all appliances included. Large living room,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 open floor plan. Very neat move in condi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion, ready for immediate occupancy. Call
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jensen’s Inc. at 860-793-0281.

                  OPEN SUNDAY 1-3 PM
                  1250 PLEASANT STREET                                                                                                                                                         SOUTHINGTON: $87,250 NEW 2008 MANUFACTURED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Easy living represents this 2 bedroom 1 1/2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bath new manufactured home. Included are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      22 cf refrigerator w/ ice & water, gas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  range, garbage disposal and over the range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  microwave. Maple cabinets in eat-in kitchen,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   large living room, Central air, 10x10 utility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    building. Ready for immediate occupancy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Call Jensen’s Inc. at 860-793-0281.
                                                                                                                                                                                                SOUTHINGTON: NEW TO MARKET $120,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Manufactured 2 bedroom, 1 1/2
                                                                                                                                                                                                  bath home, large eat-in kitchen
     SOUTHINGTON: Spacious Contemporary home fea-                       SOUTHINGTON: GREAT NEW PRICE                              SOUTHINGTON: GREAT NEW PRICE Lovely                            and living room. All appliances
                                                                        Quality, Privacy, & Views... make this home special.      Colonial at end of cul-de-sac featuring 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5     included, plus new washer/dryer.
     turing 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, family room w/ FP, formal DR &       Lovely Colonial featuring 3-4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, fin-                                                                 Central air, 10x12 utility building.
     LR, private deck over;looking private yard, 2 car garage & more.                                                             baths, LR w/ FP, country kitchen & DR combo, gas heat,         Home located on a very private
                                                                        ished LL, bonus room, 2 car garage, all set on a gor-     cair, set on a nicely landscaped yard.
     Dir: Loper to Pleasant                                             geous 3 acre lot.                                                                                                       wooded lot. Ready for immediate
                                                                                                                                                                                                SOUTHINGTON: $62,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                   occupancy. Call Jensen’s Inc.                             NEW LISTING
          $372,000 ROGER (860) 378-3221                                     $519,000 HELEN (860) 378-3217                             $305,000 MARYANN (860) 378-3208                                    860-793-0281.
                                                                                                                                                                                                SOUTHINGTON: NEW TO MARKET $125,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2007 Manufactured Immaculate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, beauti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ful open floor plan home is a must
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    see. Alloc floors throughout pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      vide warmth and less upkeep.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Breakfast bar, fully applianced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kitchen. Washer/dryer included.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Central air. 10x10 utility building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A rare find. Call Jensen’s Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     SOUTHINGTON: $163,900
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Immaculate 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                                                  morning kitchen with center island, dining
                                                                                                                                                                                                   room, large living room. All appliances
                                                                                                                                                                                                 included plus washer/dryer. All new Bruce
     SOUTHINGTON: CONDO COMFORT Rare to                                 SOUTHINGTON: GREAT NEW PRICE 1/2                          SOUTHINGTON: CONDO COMFORT End                                hardwood flooring & tile baths. 10x16 Three
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Season Room and 14x24’ carport. Central
     find 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Townhome updated with newer kitchen       duplex affordable and ready to move right in! Features    unit in small complex featuring 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths,          Air. A rare find. Call Jensen’s Inc. at 860-
     and appliances, gas heat, large closets, convenient location and   include 2 bedrooms, HW floors on 2nd floor, large yard    eat-in kitchen w/ sliders to large deck, newer appliances,                      793-0281.
     more.                                                              backs up to fenced wooded area. Priced to sell!           carpet & paint. Low condo fee & taxes.
        $149,900 HELEN (860) 378-3217                                     $149,900 THE GIBSON TEAM (860) 426-0772                   $127,900 MIKE D. (860) 655-5105                                       Advertise here! You’re reading it.
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