Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Local Couple Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

WETHERSFIELD - Patsy and Kathryn (Bonadies) DelMastro of Wethersfield, celebrated their 60th Anniversary on June 26th at Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook. After being middle school sweethearts and 1952 Weaver High School graduates, they were married at St. Mark's Church in West Hartford, on June 2, 1956. They resided in West Hartford, for over 50 years raising their two children before moving to Wethersfield. Most of their summers are spent enjoying their beach house in Charlestown, RI always filled with family, friends and good Italian food. Their children and their spouses, Kim and Joseph Lamari, Robert and Anne DelMastro, and their six grandchildren, Andrea, Allie, Stephen and Briana Lamari and Peter and Andrew DelMastro congratulate them on this joyous occasion.

Pictured are Patsy and Kathryn DelMastro.

Middlewoods Employee Wins Award

NEWINGTON, - Middlewoods of Newington Independent and Assisted Living Community has been made the recipient of a Connecticut Assisted Living Association Award (CALA) for Outstanding Resident Service. Staff member, Jeanie Gomez, LPN, was honored at CALA's Annual Resident Service Awards held recently.

Pictured are staff members at the CALA Annual Resident Service Awards.

Newington Tennis Association Seeking Membership

NEWINGTON — The Newington Parks and Recreation Department has opened the clay and Har-Tru tennis courts at Millpond Park for the season. Newington resident tennis players may take advantage of these eight courts. Some of the events happening at the Millpond Tennis Courts this summer are:

Senior doubles round robin: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 to 11 a.m.

Men's singles: Tuesday, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Men's and women's doubles round robin: Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m.

USTA fast four tournament: Play a short set (first to 4) in a round robin format.

Junior tennis lessons: red ball (ages 4 to 7): 9 to 10 a.m.; orange ball (ages 7 to 10): 10 to 11 a.m.; green ball (ages 10 to 12): 11 am to noon; yellow ball (ages 12 to 16): 11 to noon. Classes began June 6.

Adult beginner lessons: Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Newington Tennis Association membership fees and the rates and hours of use may be found at newingtonct.gov. Call Bob Dean at 860-667-5820 or 860-212-5644 to reserve your court time and inquire about lessons and programs being offered this summer.

Newington's Renter's Rebate Program

NEWINGTON — Karen Halpert, from the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, is scheduling appointments for the renters' rebate program. First time applicants to the program must be 65 years old as of Dec. 31, 2015, or be 18 years old or older and disabled according to Social Security guidelines. Maximum annual income limits for a married couple is $42,900 and for a single applicant $35,200. Proof of all income must be provided. To schedule an appointment, contact Karen at 860-665-8559. The last day to apply is Friday, Sept. 30. A list of necessary documents for the appointment will be mailed/emailed to you upon scheduling.

Programs At The Lucy Robbins Welles Library

NEWINGTON — The Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St., will sponsor the following programs:

Family Storytime: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Butterfly Garden: Children may volunteer at 860-665-8720. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Garden is maintained and updated with donations from Home Depot and the Friends of the Library.

Spotlight: July 6, at 1 & 6:30 p.m. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams.

Jane Eyre: July 7, at 1 p.m. Film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Discussion of the film and novel on July 28, at noon.

Forever YA Book Club: Monday, July 11, at 6 p.m., discussing "Paper Towns," by John Green

Severance Foods of Hartford: July 11, at 7 p.m.. Experimentation and rapid expansion has made this local chip manufacturer one of the fastest growing in the industry. and they are right here in Hartford! Samples will be provided.

Adult Coloring Group: July 12, at 6:30 p.m., and July 26, at 10 a.m.

Good Life Fitness with Jared Scoville, July 13, at 7 p.m.

Meditation – Healthtrax: July 14, at 1 p.m.

Tech 4 U: July 14, at 1:30 p.m., and July 21, at 5:30 p.m.

Throwback Crafting: CD Suncatchers & Wind Chimes: July 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Rhythms of the World – Music: July 20, 7 p.m.

"Spectre" film showing on July 27, at 1 & 6:30 p.m.

Computer Troubleshooting: July 28, 6:30 p.m.

Fun Night at Healthtrax, 375 E Cedar St.: July 30, at 5 p.m.

Teen Activities:

Cooking Demo – Outback Steakhouse: July 7, at 6:30 p.m. For grades 6 – 12. Chefs from Newington's Outback Steakhouse will be coming to teach teens how to make the restaurant's famed Quesadillas!

Teen Monthly Maintenance 101- the Game of Life, College Style: July 14, 6:30 p.m. For grades 6 – 12. Then join Colleen Bell as you go outside to learn how to keep a vehicle in tip top condition with simple maintenance.

Teen Cleaning 101: July 18, at 6:30 p.m. For grades 6 – 12.

Jumping Clay Workshop: July 19, at 6:30 p.m. For grades 6 – 12.

Teen Horror Movie Night: Friday, July 22, at 6 p.m.

Healthy Relationships 101: July 26, at 1 p.m.

Teen Mending 101: July 28, at 6:30p.m.

Children's Activities:

Ready For Kindergarten: Mondays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 6 p.m.

Family Yoga: Tuesdays, July 12 and 26, 6:30 p.m., with Beth Agdish.

Gross Me Out! Wednesday, July 13, at 1 p.m.

Chess Club: July 13, at 4 p.m.

Jr. Cookbook Club: Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we read "Blueberries for Sal," by Robert McCloskey. Later we will make our own blueberry treat.

Cookbook Club: July 20, at 6:30 p.m. Chefs entering grades 3 – 6 may call to register.

Take a Tromp Through the Swamp: July 23, at 10:30 a.m., with musician Tom Sieling.

Call the Lucy Robbins Welles Library at 860-665-8707 for details about any of the above programs.

Dinosaur State Park

ROCKY HILL — Throughout the year, Dinosaur State Park, 400 West St., is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill. The 200-million-year-old tracks were left behind by a large carnivorous dinosaur and date from the early Jurassic.

Children's author Janet Lawler will share her dino-Olympic fantasy picture book and the story behind its creation on Saturday, July 9, at 1 p.m. at Dinosaur State Park. Enjoy the games with pteranodon gymnasts, wrestling triceratops, and stegosaurs playing volleyball. Story time will be followed by bird Olympic games at the park and awarding of medals to participants.

Hiking trails are open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and free films will be shown.

Visit ct.gov/deep/dinosaurstatepark, call 860-529-5816 or email margaret.enkler@ct.gov for details.

Wethersfield Senior Center

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Senior Center will sponsor the following programs:

Free blood pressure screenings will be held Thursdays, July 28, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Wethersfield Senior Center (Pitkin Community Center), 30 Greenfield St. Cedar Mountain Commons and Jefferson House sponsor the monthly screenings.

GoodLife Fitness is offering the 12-week Functional Fitness group designed to help older adults build the strength and control of their body necessary to move with improved balance. Classes are being held at the Wethersfield Senior Center, 30 Greenfield St., on Mondays and Wednesdays until Aug. 3, from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. To enroll now, call Lisa at 860-721-2979.

Wethersfield Library Adult Summer Reading

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Library adult summer reading program has begun at the library at 515 Silas Deane Highway, where book reviews may be written as well. Program ends Monday, Aug. 8. Call Information Services at Wethersfield Library, 860-257-2811 or email library@wethersfieldlibrary.org.

Hidden Gems Revealed In New Textile Treasures Tour

WETHERSFIELD — When textile and costume expert Lynne Bassett was invited to consult on a new textile tour at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, she was genuinely surprised at the quality of the collection. There, among the brilliantly colored and richly detailed clothing, shoes, and linens dating from the 1690s to mid-1800s, lay several Sarah Noyes Chester crewelwork pieces. To put that into perspective, Chester's crewelwork bed cover, part of the same set, is at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For the first time, the public can get a behind-the-scenes view of this historic and remarkably well-preserved collection during the WDS "Textile Treasures" Digging Deeper Tour, on alternating second Saturdays in 2016: Aug. 13, and Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Space is limited and advance-ticket purchase is recommended. For tickets visit: webb-deane-stevens.org/tour-tickets.

Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner

WETHERSFIELD — To raise funds for ALS research, the Travelers Championship is hosting the Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner, featuring legendary golfer Tom Watson, award winning sports columnist John Feinstein, and Travelers Chairman Jay Fishman, who announced last August that he was diagnosed with the disease. The dinner will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., #400, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

A native of Wethersfield, Bruce Edwards was a longtime friend and caddy of Watson and actively worked on the PGA tour until a few months before his death from ALS. His career as a caddy, which began at the Travelers Championship when it was played at Wethersfield Country Club, and his relationship with Watson became the subject of a best-selling book, "Caddy for Life," by Feinstein. After Edwards' death, Feinstein and Watson founded the Bruce Edwards Foundation in his honor to help find a cure for ALS.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/supportbruceedwards.

Bus Service Available To Camp Merrie-Wood

MANCHESTER — It's summertime, so that means that Girl Scouts of Connecticut's summer camps are getting ready for a summer of fun. Camp Merrie-Wood in Manchester has all of the opportunities girls can gain from summer camps with free bus service so girls to be picked up and dropped off to camp each day. Camp Merrie-Wood is also a resident camp for girls. Bus services for Camp Merrie-Wood includes the following towns: East Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Ellington, Tolland and Vernon.

Camp Merrie-Wood caters to all girls K-12 and they do not need to be Girl Scouts to come to our camps. Being outdoors is incredibly important for anyone of any age, but recent studies find that being outdoors can help improve one's sense of self and overall self esteem. To learn more about Camp Merrie-Wood, visit gsofct.org.

Recent Local Graduates

FARMINGTON — Marisa Bonola, Michael Cowperthwaite, Matthew DeConti, Matthew deRito, Anthony Durante, Mark Eiben, Katherine Jablonski, Taylor Jefferson, Katlynn Holzman, Daniell Keane, Ramsha Khan, Robert Koermer, Ericka Lanza, David Lunt, Rebecca Lunt, Sanjivkumar Patel, Israel Rosario, Sol Salcedo, April Slomski, Samuel Stanton, Ashley Steele, Katherine Tirado, Callie Veach and Kaila Ziegler, of Berlin; Linda Bartoszkiewicz, Jonathan Bermudez, Michelle Cabral, Ryan Callahan, Thomas Chasse, Brittany Coco, Ryan Gallicchio, Briana Gardner, Maria Garrido-Cauley, Jennifer Giomblanco, Malgorzata Jarmoszko, Wafa Khan, Thomas McConnell, Michael McKinnon, Ashley Orozco, Courtney Pottenburgh, Antu Stettler, Kimberly Tallard, Mei Yang and Anton Yaroshenko, of Newington; Ryan Joyce and Amanda Sachs, of Rocky Hill; and Dana Baio, Amria Fariduddin, Megan Grigely and Audrey Hilchuk, of Wethersfield, are among the most recent graduates from Tunxis Community College.

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