Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Flicks at the Wallingford Public Library


Friday Night Films - December 2013

Community Room, Lower Level - Admission: Free


The Wolverine: December 6, 6 pm
PG-13, 127 minutes

The first chapter in the X-Men saga unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.



Planes: December 20, 6 pm
PG, 91 minutes

Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world's fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems: He's not exactly built for speed, and he's afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for--and the inspiration to soar.



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Free family events at the Wallingford Public Library


This holiday season the Library invites you to bring the whole family to these free, fun, and festive events!

Some programs require registration, stop by the Children's Room today or call us at: (203) 284-6435



Holiday Card Making

Wednesday, December 4th 10-11:30am and 6-7:30pm in the Children's Program Room 

No registration required. This is a drop-in program.    

Nothing is as precious as a card handmade by a child. Help your kids spread a little cheer and make holiday cards for all those special people in your life. We will have ideas and materials for all the December holidays!



Christmas by the Fire

Wednesday, December 18th 7-8pm by the Children's Room fireplace 

No registration required.    

Join us by the light of the fire in the Children's Library where we will celebrate the season by listening to Christmas stories and singing Christmas carols.


Magic Show with Chick Kelman

Friday, December 27th at 2pm in the Community Room
No registration required.  

Chick Kelman is returning to the Library to bring some magic to your holiday vacation. Put aside your toys and join him for an afternoon program of magical tricks that will entertain and amaze you! This magical program is free for kids of all ages!



Magic Workshop

Monday, December 30th at 2pm in the Community Room 

For ages 9-12. Registration begins December 2nd

Join magician Chick Kelman to learn tricks that will wow and amaze your friends! At this workshop, Chick will show you how to create magic with ordinary objects you can find around the house. Beginners to expert magicians are welcome.


Mariachi Christmas

Monday, December 16 at 6 pm in the Community Room

No registration required.

Join us when the Mariachi Academy of Connecticut from the Spanish Community of Wallingford performs a Christmas concert.  Christmas carols and music from Mexico, South America, and Spain will be performed. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. 



Share the Holiday Spirit

This year the Library is offering families two great ways to
share your holiday spirit.

Donate to Holiday for Giving 

Bring new, unwrapped children's books to the Children's Room now through December 11th and we will bring these books to our town's Holiday for Giving program so they can be distributed to families in need.
Help us Decorate our Giving Tree

Now through Dec. 20, those interested may bring newly purchased or handmade scarves, mittens, gloves, and hats to adorn the branches of the tree. Items can be for any age, child through adult. Donations will be delivered to local community charitable organizations in time for the holidays.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wallingford Center at rest on Thanksgiving


I have this up on my Facebook wall but I wanted to post it here as well for “safe keeping”

Of the many things I am thankful for, today and any day, is one certainly worth highlighting:

Not everyone can be home for the holidays - especially those who protect and serve, those who keep us safe from harm, and those who fight and defend our nation’s honor.

To them all, from my family to yours - thank you. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Knockout Game hits New Haven, six allegedly attacked

I am posting this for awareness. While I seriously doubt this will happen in Wallingford there is also always the possibility.

At the same time, many of us, like myself, go into New Haven either for work or to commute to work as well as to go to eat or enjoy other entertainment.

With darkness falling so early this time of year and the fact that one of these attacks took place just ahead of evening at 5:30PM I wanted to make sure as many people were aware of it.

Please see the New Haven Register Article
“Knockout Game hits New Haven, six allegedly attacked” for the additional details.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lighting of the Wallingford Christmas Tree / Seasons of Celebrations

WALLINGFORD — Seasons of Celebrations will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 5:45 p.m. with the lighting of the tree at the gazebo.

Events are as follows:
1 to 4 p.m., visits with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus
1 to 3 p.m., Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department toy drive;
1:30 p.m., while supplies last, cocoa and cookies to keep you warm;
1 to 4 p.m., animals at the petting zoo;
2 to 3 p.m., Yankee Chorus will sing holiday carols;
2 to 5 p.m., photo booth pictures of Show Stopper Entertainment, sponsored by WCL;
1 to 4 p.m., horse and carriage rides in front of Town Hall;
1:30 to 4:30 p.m., chestnuts roasted on an open fire by Little Portions Acre Farms;
5:15 p.m.,
Frosty Parade led by Lou Ferrara from Town Hall, down Carter Street to the Johanna Fishbein Park joined by Frosty and Rudolph;
5:30 p.m., holiday carols at the gazebo followed by a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by the mayor;
5:45 p.m., lighting of the tree.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Urgent message from Cheryl Trzcinski of Master's Manna

It is 12:25p.m., Nov. 20, 2013. I sit at my desk rereading a letter dated Nov. 19, 2013 from the realtor handling this property for the owner. In essence, unless Master’s Manna agrees to sign a lease by Dec. 1st which mandates that Master’s Manna, Inc. will:

  • occupy the entire building (11,600 sq. ft.) at a cost of approx. $6700 per month
  • pay past due rent of $13,167.16
  • provide 2 mo. Security deposit at new rate
There is no doubt more space is required to continue operation of current programs. For the past year we have worked with CBRE Real Estate in an effort to locate suitable space in Wallingford and most recently Meriden. I have come to the conclusion that it all boils down to money. Money is tight for everyone right now… we see it every day through the eyes of the individuals/families that come through our doors~
  • 1194 from Wallingford
  • 1507 from Meriden
  • 15 from Cheshire
  • 11 from Durham
  • 38 from North Haven
  • 14 from West Haven
  • 34 homeless
  • 22 from other towns
2835 INDIVIDUALS have sought access to the food pantry so far during 2013.

Hundreds of other local residents utilize other services provided on-site at Master’s Manna such as:

  • Shower/laundry facilities
  • Hot meals
  • Access to primary care through the Community Health Center
  • Substance abuse/domestic abuse/mental health counseling
  • Access to Rushford’s staff and services
  • English as Second Language
  • Clothing and housewares
  • Educational and vocational training
All of this has been accomplished on less the $195,000 annual budget with one paid part-time employee ( no, it is NOT the C.E.O.) and an incredible supply of volunteers.
We have served faithfully and sacrificially.


NEEDED: $50,000 through the end of the year

Checks made out to Master’s Manna, Inc., use PayPal through our website, or bring us cash.

God bless you,
Cheryl A. Trzcinski, C.E.O.

May 2013 bring HOPE and ENOUGH~
Cheryl Trzcinski, C.E.O.
Master's Manna, Inc

Saturday, November 2, 2013

An effort begins to save the old Csenge Market

This appeal is going out from some people affiliated with the effort to save the old Csenge Market


Urgent! An historic building in Wallingford is in danger of being torn down. It is located on the corner of Ward and South Orchard Streets. Built in 1923, this building has a distinctive yellow brick fa├žade, with decorative geometric elements all along the cornice.

Known to older residents of Wallingford as the “Csenge Market,” it is of great local and state significance, representing the story of European immigration during the first half of the twentieth century. Exemplifying the now vanishing full-service corner grocery, for decades the market offered fresh produce and meats from surrounding farms, as well as other supplies from the docks in New Haven. Of the three storefronts in the building, the “Economy” grocery predates the Csenge Market, and is believed to form part of the business which later became the First National Stores. Other historic family-run specialty stores at this site include a candy, soda fountain and ice cream store. Until recent weeks, this building has housed commercial businesses.

An application has been filed with the State Historic Preservation Office to place this building in nomination for the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places. (A successful nomination will document this part of Wallingford history, plus make the building eligible for certain restoration grants.)

Your voice matters! The more individuals who speak up, the more likely the success of the nomination petition for the Register of Historic Places.



If you would like to see this building preserved, please email or call:

1) Jerry Farrell, Jr., President, Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust. Please send email through his website:, 203-804-9188; and

2) The State Historic Preservation Office, Daniel Forrest, Director of Arts & Historic Preservation & State Historic Preservation Officer,, 860-256-2761.


You may wish to cut and paste a statement to the state office along these lines:


We urge you to place the building known historically as the “Csenge Market” on the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places (location: 157 South Orchard Street, Wallingford). It deserves preservation and recognition based on its significance to social history, ethnic heritage and American architecture.


Thank you for trying to make a difference in the quality of life and legacy of Wallingford!