Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Northern New England Intercity Rail Meeting

Save the Date! Northern New England Intercity Rail Meeting

On January 23rd the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative, a study to examine opportunities and impacts of more frequent and higher speed intercity passenger rail service on the Inland Route (connecting Boston-Springfield-New Haven) and the Boston-Springfield-Montreal Route (connecting Boston-Springfield-Montreal) will be held at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street in Springfield, MA at 7:00 p.m.

This study is led by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Vermont Agency of Transportation, in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

This meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. To request any language (non-English) interpretation assistance, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternative formats, or information on the meeting, please contact Jill Barrett by email jbarrett@fhiplan.com or by phone (860) 570-0740 by January 13, 2014.

Wallingford Christmas tree pickup

As published in the Record Journal Tuesday December 31, 2013

WALLINGFORD — The Public Works Department is scheduled to pick Christmas trees in all section of town on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Tree must be curbside by Tuesday, Jan. 7. Trees must be clean of ornaments, bows and tinsel. No plastic bags or wreaths will be picked up. Residents who miss this one-time pickup may bring trees to the Wallingford compost area at no charge.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Consumer Alert: AG, DCP Offer Immediate Steps for Shoppers Concerned About Target Data Breach

AG Jepsen sends letter to Target requesting more

information on nationwide breach

For immediate release THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013

HARTFORD – Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein today warned Connecticut consumers to take necessary precautions following news of a major data breach at Target stores across the country.

“We are only beginning to understand the implications of this massive, nationwide data breach and the impact it will have on Connecticut consumers,” said Attorney General Jepsen. “Today, I have sent a letter to Target requesting information on this breach, and we will be working to ensure that consumers receive all the protections to which they are entitled in the wake of this breach. In the meantime, consumers should take immediate steps to ensure their personal accounts are secure and report any suspicious or unauthorized activity immediately.”

“If you can check your debit card transactions and credit card transactions online, go ahead and do so today,” said Commissioner Rubenstein. “If you can change your pin numbers for your cards, do so now. With so much shopping and spending going on this time of year, consumers should be extra vigilant. Keep all receipts, check them, and scrutinize your credit statements and bank statements when they arrive during December and January.”

Those who suspect there has been unauthorized activity on their cards should report it to their credit card companies and call Target at 866-852-8680.

Customers who swiped a debit card or credit card at a Target store between November 29th and December 15th should be vigilant, and watch for bank and credit statements that come in for the time period between November 27th and December 15th.

If anything seems suspicious or you can’t identify it, contact your financial institution immediately to report it. Indicate that you may be a victim of the Target identity theft and you have identified suspicious activity on your account. The financial institution will guide you through your next steps to track the transaction, recover the funds if appropriate, and protect your account. Report it to Target as well, either at the number above, or at any new address that the company provides.

Attorney General Jepsen and Commissioner Rubenstein also provided the following consumer tips:

· Target data breach victims will want to make sure their credit history is not damaged as a result of thieves using their credit cards. They may need to place an initial fraud alert on their credit report. The initial fraud alert lasts for 90 days. Call any one of the three credit bureaus to place this alert.

o Equifax – Phone: 1-800-525-6285

o Experian – Phone: 1-888-397-3742

o Transunion – Phone: 1-800-680-7289

· Victims may also want to check their credit reports. Contact all three credit reporting companies above for a copy of their current credit report. If a consumer’s identity was actually stolen, the companies must provide a free report. If they are not sure if their identity was compromised, they may go to the Web site www.annualcreditreport.com and get one free copy of their report from each company if they haven’t already done so in the last 12 months. They can also call toll-free to request reports at 1-877-322-8228

· Victims should submit a complaint to the FTC online or by telephone.

o By phone: Call 1-877-438-4338 and talk to a counselor at the FTC. The counselor will ask questions to gather information about your complaint. Ask the counselor to email you a link so you can print your complaint; print your Identity Theft Affidavit and keep it in a safe place.

o Go to www.ftc.gov/complaint to create your Identity Theft Affidavit. Print your Identity Theft Affidavit and keep it in a safe place.

· Victims should file a police report. Take your FTC Identity Theft Affidavit with you to the police station. Get a copy of the police report or the number of the police report.

· Victims should set up a file folder to safely store:

1. Your ID Theft Affidavit and police report

2. Emails or letters that you send or get

3. A record of calls that you make or get

· After filing a report, keep records of the letters you send or get and the conversations you have. You might need the records to prove that you already fixed something.

o Save copies of your papers, receipts, and account statements.

o Keep a list of the companies you called and when you called them. Write the name of the person you spoke with, what you asked them to do, and what they agreed to do.

Target confirmed today that as many as 40 million customers' names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, PIN numbers and security codes on the back of the cards were compromised at its stores across the country between November 27th and December 15th.

The company says credit card numbers used on its Web site were not affected, and that it is working with law enforcement officials and financial institutions.

Assistant Attorney General Michele Lucan, a member of the Attorney General’s Privacy Task Force, and Assistant Attorney General Matthew Fitzsimmons, head of the Task Force, are assisting the Attorney General with this matter.


Media Contacts:

Office of the Attorney General:

Jaclyn M. Falkowski

860-808-5324 (office)

860-655-3903 (cell)

Department of Consumer Protection:

Claudette Carveth

860-713-6022 (office)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thank you for our freedom

I was going through a box of things in a storage space under the stairs in my home and I found (among other things) a photo copy of an op-ed piece that I wrote and submitted to the Record Journal. It was printed on September 4, 2000. I couldn’t know at the time that a year and a week later it would be Tuesday, September 11, 2001 and my perspective would shift once again.

Below is the text of what I wrote that day. Today as the snow falls I think of the holidays.

To every enlisted individual that cannot be home because they are serving and protecting as well as to those that made the ultimate sacrifice and will never come home again, from my family to yours, thank you for the gift of freedom that I can never repay.


Thank you for our freedom - Jason Zandri, Special to the Record-Journal  

Wallingford resident Jason Zandri, 31, is a computer engineer at Tek Systems in Windsor.

I am sitting here trying to figure out what it is I missed from the movie "Saving Private Ryan." Don't get me wrong. I am an avid fan of movies, I have a personal collection of over 2,400. I thought the movie was well-written, well-acted, and looked very authentic. What I tried to get out of it was the realism of the film that everyone was always talking about. It captured the atrocities of the military landings and the war itself so well, that it caused some veterans to have flashbacks of their own experiences.

I just didn't get that type of "movement" from the film. It didn't cause me to enjoy it any less, but it did make me think about some things. As I sit here between two holidays, Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, honoring all of those who served our country, I felt guilty about not getting the "movement" out of the film that I had heard and read about from so many different people.

I felt that I should have been able to.

I then suddenly began to realize why I could not get the depth of emotion out of the movie that so many others did. I really do not have a strong enough connection to ANY war to have any solid emotion for it, one way or the other.

I have worked so many hours straight and been so busy that I didn't have enough time to stop and eat, and although I was "starving," I really, truly don't have a clue what it is to be hungry like someone that has no food. I have no proper point of reference for the tragedies of any war that had transpired.

I was born in 1969. Even though I was a child during the last chapters of the Vietnam War, my earliest recollections of it were from reading the veteran's stories about it in the newspapers that I delivered. To me, that was the last "significant" war we were really involved with as a country, heart and soul, for or against. Everything after that, our true involvement was limited. The losses and the sacrifices were the same, it's just that our involvement as a nation was not as strong.

I still was trying to figure out why I was not as sensitive to the images.

There had to be a little more to it than just "no proper point of reference." A new movie has come out that answered that question for me - "The Patriot." Most Americans would be forced to admit that they view the Fourth of July as a holiday of picnics and fireworks. Yes we all know it is in celebration of our independence, but its meaning today is far different than what it was. That is not because it is not important to anyone but more so the fact that all of us are so far removed from the horror, tragedy and loss of THAT war, that while we celebrate our freedom we FORGET what was involved to secure it.

I am almost certain that as we moved away from that period in time, the veterans of that important war felt the same way that today's veterans think; people today just don't seem to realize just exactly what we went through to secure the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted.

I am not justifying the reasoning behind it, but coming to realize the error.

Allowing myself to put my mind in a place where I forget what was really involved. I also allowed myself a little bit of "slack" due to the fact that all the while I was growing up I never had to worry about the possibility of losing my freedom or going to war, but I quickly pulled that slack back. It is exactly because of the dedication and sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces, and their families, that I could be granted the luxury of not having to worry.

To every veteran of any war I say this. On behalf of Generation X, and the Boomers too, thank you for our freedom. A freedom so well fortified that I believe in my heart and soul we will never lose it.

Rest well, knowing that our ignorance is mainly due to the fact that you have all done your duty fighting for our country so well that we will probably never again have to work that hard or bear that much personal cost to maintain our freedom.

Thank you for securing a peace, while fragile, so well-balanced that I will probably never have to live through any true hardship. Thank you for making America what it is today, more so than any politician ever did, "...land of the free and the home of the brave."


Copyright 2000, 2006 Record-Journal

Saturday, December 14, 2013

An opportunity to support a Wallingford student and promote our children's desire to read

Please consider going to https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=548976308530216&id=101660376595147 on Facebook and hitting LIKE on the page for “Tony Sitro” from a Tim Green post.

RJ was named the lead character in renowned Author Tim Green's book a few weeks ago. Tim continues to promote our children's desire to read and making them a PART of it. Another Wallingford student has been named a finalist this weekend.

In addition to hitting LIKE I would ask you to consider posting a link on your own Facebook wall and encourage our community to support our children.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Sylvia Leonardo-Bernard


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Board of Education Budget Presentation 01/13/14

On Monday, January 13, 2014, there will be a presentation of the 14/15 central office budget proposal to the Board of Education.  This meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Lyman Hall High School VoAg Community Room.  Please feel free to attend.  If you are unable to attend and would like to learn more about the budget, the complete PowerPoint presentation will be posted the next day on the district website.

On Saturday, January 25, 2014, the Board of Education will hold a budget workshop for discussion and development of a budget to be presented to the Mayor.  This meeting is at 8 a.m. at the Lyman Hall High School VoAg Community Room.  Again, please feel to attend.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Sal Menzo, Ed.D.

Superintendent – Wallingford Public Schools

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UPDATE from Master's Manna - we are officially out of debt for 2013

Good morning all

Without a doubt 2013 has been a year of HOPE and ENOUGH. With today's deposit of $9,900 we are officially out of debt with ALL of our financial responsibilities met. All future donations and funding will be held for relocation and/or to prepare and provide for 2014. This is the 7th year of having all of our obligations met with funds in the bank for the next year... for which we are grateful.

Your support and prayers have meant much during these days. Thank you for having faith in the mission and in those providing services. Our goal is to continue to provide services at this current level. Many are seeking new "digs" for Master's Manna in hopes that this will be a final move.

Matt O'Hare: CBRE, Bob Weidenmann: Sunwood Developers, Private citizens and volunteers are seeking for the "perfect spot".

Will keep you updated as we move forward!

God bless you,

Cheryl Trzcinski, C.E.O.
Master's Manna, Inc



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Advisory Committee's Holiday Celebration

Linear Trail Holiday Celebration previously scheduled for Sunday Dec 15 has been postponed to Sunday, Dec. 29, 1-4 p.m. due to the snow storm.  It will be a family friendly event, so please mark your calendars for Dec 29th.
Free event but donations are welcome. 

Thanks--Mary Mushinsky

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Scanning in an old Wallingford Map

Some folks were in the Wallingford CT Community Forum and sharing an image of a 1905 map they found online and I thought I might take mine off my wall and get it scanned in to share with folks.


Each of the images below is linked to a larger shot – click on the image to get a better view.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Benjamin F. Klimczak – OBITUARY

imageMr. Klimczak was my 5th grade teacher at Pond Hill Elementary (1979 – 1980 school year if I remember correctly); he was one of the few teachers that “got me”. I last saw him in October while campaigning for Mayor – I am glad I had the chance to speak to him one more time before he moved on to bigger things.

WALLINGFORD - Benjamin F. Klimczak, 85, of Yalesville, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was the loving husband of 40 years of the late Theresa L. McKinnon Klimczak.

Ben was born in New Haven, Aug. 1, 1928, a son o f the late Benjamin and Frances Jaworska Klimczak. He was a graduate of Hillhouse High School, Yale University, S.C.S.U., and Fairfield University. One of his life’s greatest memories was while playing baseball for Yale he was given a game ball from Sid Rosner for his recording a save as a relief pitcher against U.NC. He was a teacher for the Wallingford Board of Education for 37 years before retiring in 1989 having taught at Washington Street School and Pond Hill School. He found teaching a very rewarding career. He volunteered countless hours during his life, many at the Wallingford and school libraries. He was a member of many organizations including, W.E.A., C.E.A., N.E.A., the Ferdocs, the Wallingford Historical Society and the Polish Falcons.

He is survived by his brothers-in- law and sisters- in-law, Patricia Emery, of Cheshire, Mary and Dick Stedman, of Massachusetts, and David and Mary McKinnon, of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Frank, Walter, Edward, Stephen and Joseph Klimczak.

His family will receive relatives and friends in The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Sunday, Dec. 8, , from 3 until 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. directly at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2819 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Interment will be in In Memoriam Cemetery in Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins Trust Office, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Wallingford Christmas ornament for the 2013 Holiday Season

The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust is pleased to announce that this year's Wallingford Christmas ornament features Holy Trinity School, a historic school building in downtown Wallingford.

Located on North Whittlesey Avenue, the school is celebrating is 100th anniversary in 2013. With over 200 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, the school is affiliated with Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, also in Wallingford.

This year's ornament was designed by architect Steven Lazarus and depicts the school as decorated for Christmas. Each year, the students of the school decorate the large windows of the school with white paper images of Christ's birth, which Lazarus was able to work into the ornament design.

The ornaments sell for $9 each, with the proceeds benefiting Holy Trinity School and the Wallingford Preservation Trust. The trust has sold a different Christmas ornament each year since 1991. Many local landmarks have been featured over the years.

Ornaments can be purchased at:
  • Holy Trinity School, 11 North Whittlesey Avenue, during school hours (830am-230pm);
  • Holy Trinity Rectory, 68 North Colony Street, during office hours (9am-4pm);
  • Wallingford Lamp and Shade, 124 Center Street

Monday, December 2, 2013

Informational Hearing - Covanta Projects of Wallingford, LP

Please note this is the Wallingford Trash burning plant located on 530 South Cherry Street Wallingford CT.  Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the plant owners Covanta will be at Town Hall December 11 2013 at 6:30pm to make a presentation and answer questions.

Informational Hearing - Covanta Projects of Wallingford, LP


Hearing to provide information and receive public comment concerning the renewal of Covanta's Title V air permit. 




6:30 pm


Wallingford Town Hall

45 South Main Street, Wallingford



Contact Wallingford Town Hall at (203) 294-2145.




Office of Adjudications at (860) 424-3037.


The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers at the Wallingford Town Hall.

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Presentation by the Connecticut Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association



Two nationally acclaimed speakers will present a real picture of the sources, the attraction, the effects, the challenges, the drugs, and the impact to our town.


******** FOR PARENTS ONLY ********
Thursday December 12, 2013


Wallingford Senior Center 238 Washington Street


This is a 2 hour presentation that will change your view of our world.


This program is brought to you through a partnership between Wallingford Youth and Social Services and the Coalition for a Better Wallingford.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wallingford Electric and my bills since 2008

When I review my electric bill from Wallingford Electric one of the interesting things I always consider is what they presume is average use for a Wallingford resident. They have it listed as 700 kWH. I realize that I have electric heat and electric hot water so I don’t know what a more “nominal” use might be but I presume they would know that better than me. I can also “see” the possibility of that number by my use when the heat and AC is off AND when the kids are away in the summers (every year in the charts below except 2012; in 2008 they were gone in October and November).

At any rate – while my average use has been about twice that and a little more at 1,500 kWH a month over six years and my annual amount is 18,000 kWH I am always impressed by both the service I receive and the comparatively low cost as compared to other providers.

I will also say that personally blowing extra insulation into my attic (in 2010) and installing a pellet stove the same winter has paid dividends as my use dropped and shrank my monthly costs despite upward pressures for the cost of generation, operations and maintenance.

Your mileage may vary but this has been my experience. It will take me another 24 years to “recover” the costs of the insulation and the stove (with static pricing, as costs rise the amount recovers faster – basing on 3% inflation that window shrinks to 17 more years) but when I can turn the stove on, on a cold December morning, and leave all the rest of the electric heat in the house off on the upper floor and have the house be 76 degrees, I simply smile and take in the warmth.