Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

CPA Society Reappoints Local Man

NEWINGTON — The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants has reappointed Paul H. Glotzer, CPA of Newington to serve as a member of its Advisory Council for the organization's 2017-18 activity year, representing the Accounting and Reporting Standards Interest Group, as its chair.

The Advisory Council contemplates the future of the Connecticut Society of CPAs and the accounting profession, and in doing so serves as a sounding board and source of information for the CTCPA Board of Directors.

Glotzer is an instructor-in-residence at the University of Connecticut Storrs, and he holds a B.S in accounting from UCONN.

Summer Choral Festival

BERLIN — CONCORA's 18th annual Summer Choral Festival concert at Bethany Covenant Church will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at 785 Mill St.

Tickets are on sale now at and will be available at the door on the day of the concert. Seating begins at 3:15 p.m. For more information, contact CONCORA at 860-293-0567.

The concert, conducted by CONCORA's Artistic Director Chris Shepard, is the culmination of CONCORA's 18th annual Summer Festival, a week-long gathering dedicated to exploration and enjoyment of choral music. The 2017 Summer Festival Choir includes more than 100 singers from across Connecticut, with some coming from nearby states.

CONCORA's Summer Festival offers amateur singers an opportunity to rehearse, learn, and perform with CONCORA. The 108-voice Festival Choir will present favorite excerpts from masterworks by Bach (Saint Matthew Passion and Magnificat), Handel (Zadok the Priest), Mozart (Requiem), Haydn (Creation), Beethoven (Mass in C), Vivaldi (Gloria), Brahms (Requiem), Mendelssohn (Elijah), Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle), and Fauré (Requiem).

The vocal soloists, drawn from CONCORA's professional roster, include Stacey Grimaldi and Jennifer Ferrand-Kelly, sopranos; Cynthia Mellon, mezzo-soprano; Mark Child and Peter Perkins, tenors; and Patrick Nay, Edward Tyler, and Alexander Patrie, bass-baritones. Pianist Allan Conway is the featured accompanist.

The Summer Festival choir includes 10 choral scholars, talented singers of high school and college age selected for their musical abilities and recommended by their music teachers and local choir directors.

BYOC Party

NEWINGTON — The Newington Parks and Recreation Department is announcing its first ever BYOC Party at Mill Pond Park, 123 Garfield St. BYOC stands for 'bring your own cheese.'

The Newington Parks and Recreation Department received a donation of free wine for the Life. Be in it. Extravaganza and will use the remaining bottles for the BYOC event, which is free to those aged 21 and over.

The event coincides with The Edythe & Harry Mandell and 102nd Army Band concert on Thursday, July 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and receive free wine as supplies last.

Staff recommend guests bring their favorite cheese, a blanket and lawn chairs. The architect firm QuisenberryArcari will be on site with the new Town Hall/Community Center presentation and renderings and will be available to answer questions.

For more information, call the Newington Parks and Recreation Department at 860-665-8666 or visit

Vendors Wanted

NEWINGTON — Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., is seeking vendors for its annual fall festival, taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Artisans, crafters and vendors may register for $35.

Registration forms are available through the church office at 860-666-3331, ext. 3, or by downloading it from our website at

Vendors will provide their own table, with a maximum size of eight feet in length. Two chairs will be provided; more or less may be requested. Grace's Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch items and live music will be offered throughout the day.

Marijuana In The Workplace

WETHERSFIELD — 'Marijuana in the workplace: What every employer should know' is the topic of a workshop taking place from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Labor Department, 200 Folly Brook Blvd.

The workshop will cover finding the balance between employer policies and the use of permitted medical marijuana and is geared toward human resource professionals, attorneys, union representatives, and others who have questions about incorporating the relatively new law into the workplace.

The workshop is sponsored by the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and the Department of Labor's Office of Workforce Competitiveness. Stephen Lattanzio, an attorney with the Labor Department's Office of Program Policy, and Matthew Lundquist, MD, MPH, Middlesex Hospital Medical Director, will facilitate the workshop.

The $25 workshop fee includes breakfast and materials. To register online, visit

Pool Passes

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is accepting in-person registration only for summer pool passes and swim programs at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Office, 230 Kensington Road. For more information, call 860-828-7009. Fees are charged for residents for all programs.

Pool passes are offered for residents, individuals 18 years and older or a family pool pass which includes free swim lessons for children 6 months to 18 years for the Percival Pool, Highland Ave., Kensington and Demore, Dinda, Bittner Jr. Memorial, Wilcox Court and East Berlin.

Daily admission is available for residents and nonresidents. All non-residents must be accompanied by a Berlin resident 18 years or older. A driver's license or other form of ID that includes a Berlin address must be presented at the time of pool pass purchase. Swim class information, pool hours can be obtained on the town's website in the summer brochure.

Discounted Amusement Park, Science Center Tickets

BERLIN — The Berlin Parks and Recreation Department is offering discounted tickets for Six Flags, Connecticut Science Center and Lake Compounce, Tickets can be purchased in person at the Berlin Parks and Recreation Office, 230 Kensington Road.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Aug. 21, at 4:30 p.m. More detailed information and registration forms can be obtained on the town's website or by calling 860-828-7009.

Housing Authority Donation Drive

NEWINGTON — The Newington Housing Authority is seeking donations for its Savers fundrive. Items needed are: Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys and games, kitchen items, knick-knacks and sporting goods. Items can be dropped off at Kelleher Village, 241 West Hill Road, on Thursday, July 27.

Dollars For Scholars Golf Tournament

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield Dollars for Scholars Committee will hold its 20th annual Golf Outing, co-sponsored by the Wethersfield Country Club, on Monday, Aug. 7, at the Wethersfield Country Club, 76 Country Club Road.

Registration is now open. The $150 entry includes 18 holes of golf, full Scramble, with golf car, lunch, putting contest, dinner and prizes. Also offered will be approximately 30 items available in the tea-cup raffle, plus silent auction items that will include a week-long stay in a luxury condo in Cozumel, Mexico, UConn basketball and football tickets and more.

One-hundred percent of net proceeds will be used for future scholarships awarded to Wethersfield residents graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary education. For further information, including how to be a sponsor of the event, and to get your registration form, contact Tim Tuell at or 860-721-8526 or Lori Willin at or 860-563-6929.

Woman's Club Donation Drive

NEWINGTON-WETHERSFIELD — The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club is currently collecting soft goods, including clothing, bedding, linens, shoes, pocketbooks and more, for its 2nd annual Savers Donation Fundraiser to benefit community programs and donations

No donation is too small and the club will pick-up items. For more information, call Donna at 860-986-9707 or Pat at 860-310-7015.

Farmers Market

WETHERSFIELD — The Wethersfield farmers market is open for the ninth season. It will run every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., rain or shine, through Oct. 19, at Solomon Welles House, 220 Hartford Ave. For more information, visit

Children's Theatre Company

NEWINGTON — The Newington Children's Theatre Company, 743 North Mountain Road, has opened enrollment for Explore-A-Story classes for ages 5-7, on Tuesdays, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call 860-666-NCTC for details.

Belden Library Programs

ROCKY HILL — The Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St., will host the following programs: Career One-on-One: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, call for an appointment; Knitting Group: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; English as a Second Language: Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call 860-258-7621 for additional information.

Preschool Volunteers Sought

NEWINGTON — Volunteer with the Newington Parks and Recreation Department's Creative Playtime Preschool in Congregational Church, 1075 Main St., where children ages 3 and 4, read, make puzzles, and play. Visit or call 860-665-8666.

MS Support Group

NEWINGTON — The Newington MS Support Group meets in the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, 120 Cedar St., from noon to 2 p.m., on the second Thursday of each month. Call Charlie at 860-667-1314 or Tom at 860-236-2751 for details.

Psoriasis Support Group

NEWINGTON — The Newington Psoriasis Support Group meets for free on the second Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:45 p.m., at the Lucy Robbins Wells Library, 95 Cedar St. Call Marjorie at 860-888-6669 for details.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. The board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience necessary. For more information or to join, contact Al at or call/text 860-205-1688.

Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.

Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.

Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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