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Wethersfield Student Receives Scholarship

HARTFORD — On Wednesday, June 21, at a reception and ceremony held at the Polish National Home in Hartford, the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. honored four students with its 2017 Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship award. Each recipient received $1,000. Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Florence Langridge and Virginia Pudlo introduced the candidates, provided background on their accomplishments, and presented the checks to the following honorees.

Christina M. Bolduc, South Windsor: Christina, daughter of Joanna and Russell Bolduc of South Windsor, was sponsored by her grandmother, Maria Jozwik of Farmington. She received her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in 2011 from Capital Community College in Hartford, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford in 2013, and is currently a graduate student working toward a Master's Degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. She has consistently been on the Dean's List and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Christina has worked at the American School for the Deaf, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center as an Intermediate Care Nurse, and is currently a school nurse in the Windsor Public School system. Her community involvement is exemplary. She was a volunteer Firefighter and EMT for ten years, served as a Girl Scout Committee member for two years, and continues to be involved in activities at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Archdiocese of Hartford honored Christina with the "Light of the World" Award in 2016. Christina has been described as a role model and asset to the nursing profession who is warm, kind, and bright and who demonstrates her professional practice, leadership skills, holistic philosophy, and empowerment through education to the benefit of her patients and colleagues.

Justine J. Kieltyka, New Britain: Justine is the daughter of Lilia and Steven Kieltyka of New Britain and was sponsored by her mother, Lilia. She will be a sophomore at Union College in Schenectady, NY this fall majoring in Neuroscience. Justine received honors in the fall semester and served as the Freshman Floor Representative. A graduate of New Britain High School, she was class Vice President for four years, as well as tour guide and Admissions Ambassador for three years. She organized a walk for Alzheimer's and a fundraiser for her field hockey team in her junior and senior years. Justine is committed to athletics and participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball travel teams throughout high school. She continued this passion at Union College by joining the Varsity Softball team. Fluent in Polish, Justine has been involved with the Polish Scouting organization since she was four years old and holds the rank of Wedrowniczkar (Venture Scout). Her interest in neuroscience and medicine inspired her to volunteer at the Hospital for Special Care. Activities at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain include playing a character role and narrating in Polish at the annual Live Nativity and Live Stations of the Cross. Justine has been described as extremely bright, personable, disciplined and an individual with high standards who commits herself beyond expectations and does so with a genuine attitude towards working with others.

Diana L. Sitnik, Wethersfield: Diana is the daughter of Joyce and Richard Sitnik of Wethersfield and was sponsored by her grandmother, Mary Sitnik of Wethersfield. She will be returning to Salve Regina University in Newport, RI as a sophomore with a Marketing major and Sports Management and Administration minor. She received General and High Honors throughout her four years at Wethersfield High School and received recognition for playing a varsity sport and upholding high honor grades while in season. She participated in the DECA club for two years and during her senior year, she and her partners placed third at the state level and then moved on to compete at the national level, placing in the top 20% of their category. She played field hockey for four years and was team captain of the varsity team in 2015. Her community service includes Boys Town, The Confetti Foundation (an organization that hosts birthday parties for children too sick to leave the hospital), and the Salvation Army. At Salve Regina, she is part of the SRU Dance Club and its SalveThon Promotions Committee, which holds a 16 hour dance marathon to benefit the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI. Diana has been described as a respectful and mature young woman who cares a great deal about her academic pursuits and contributes significantly to a constructive atmosphere with her insightful participation.

Ewelina Zambrzycka, Shelton: Ewelina is the daughter of Aldona and Waldemar Zambrzycki of Shelton, CT and was sponsored by Joan Staszko Egbertson of Barkhamsted. She will be a senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an ultimate career goal of becoming a physician. With an outstanding academic background, Ewelina seizes every opportunity to advance her knowledge and experience. She has worked as a Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Pharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine, Research Assistant in the Biology Department of Sacred Heart University, and Undergraduate Presenter at the Eastern College Science Conference in CT in 2016 and 2017. A proud accomplishment was being published: Roy N.M., Ochs, J., Zambrzycka E., Anderson A. 2016. Glyphosate induces cardiovascular toxicity in Danio rerio. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology Journal. 46; 292-300. She has also earned a certification in Phlebotomy. Ewelina's volunteer activities include the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood in Bridgeport, CT, St. Michael Archangel Parish, Bridgeport, Honor Society at Sacred Heart University, Organization of Choir for Kids in Bridgeport, Classroom Learning Assistant for Biology, and Biology Club at Sacred Heart University. She is fluent in Polish. Ewelina is described as extraordinarily motivated, passionate, mature, organized, dependable, and well-grounded in everything she does. She is not satisfied to go the easy route, but with an inquisitive mind yearns to learn more about the world around her. Her interest in medicine is deep and true and she is successfully charting that path for herself.

Dog Swim

WETHERSFIELD — The annual dog swim sponsored by Wethersfield Parks and Recreation Department will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Mill Woods swim pond on Prospect Street. The rain date is Aug. 20. Only dogs are allowed in the water.

The event is open to all licensed friendly dogs and their owners. Admission is $5 a dog and $1 per person. Food donations will be accepted in lieu of admission. For more information, contact Wethersfield Parks and Recreation at 860-721-2890.

Back To School Supplies Drive

NEWINGTON — Newington Human Services is hosting its annual Back to School backpacks and supplies drive to benefit eligible Newington residents.

Donations may be dropped off weekdays between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Newington Town Hall, 131 Cedar St., by Thursday, Aug. 10. Needed items are: new backpacks for all ages, new packages of socks, flash drives, staples, staplers, calculators, rulers, three-ring binders with dividers, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, liquid glue, Fiskar scissors, colored pocket folders, insulated lunch bags, ear buds, hand sanitizers, pocket tissues, pencil pouches and boxes. Gift cards and monetary donations are welcome.

For more info on eligibility or any other questions, email pwassik@newingtonct.gov or call 860-665-8590.

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 www.concora.org 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.

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 www.gracechurchnew.org

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 www.MarijuanaInWorkplaceSeminar.eventbrite.com

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 www.town.berlin.ct.us 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 www.town.berlin.ct.us or by calling 860-828-7009.

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 Tuellcpa@cox.net or 860-721-8526 or Lori Willin at teachlw17@gmail.com 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 www.wfmarket.org.

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 newingtonct.gov/parksandrec 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 prez798@aol.com 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 www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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