Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on February 8, 1989 · 145
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Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut · 145

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Wednesday, February 8, 1989
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THE HARTFORD COURANTi Wtdnttdoy, Fcbruory I, 1989 B5 Enfield North Central Area News EAST WINDSOR Annual report completed The annual report on the operations of town government during the 1987-88 fiscal year has been completed. Copies are available at town hall, the Warehouse Point Library and local banks. Municipal offices to be closed Monday Town hall and other municipal offices will be closed Monday for Lincoln's birthday. Trash, however, will be collected on the usual schedule, and the landfill will be open. IRS representative to discuss tax laws A representative from the Internal Revenue Service will talk about tax laws and recent changes in the code. The session will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Warehouse Point Library at 107 Main St. The seminar is free, but registration is requested. Further information is available at 623-5482. ENFIELD Committee to develop plan for public works The town council has approved a committee to develop a five-year plan for the public works department. The plan is intended to help in preparing yearly budgets for the department. The committee will examine needs for road repairs, equipment, staff and landfill space. Council members to serve on the committee are: Michael Jasminski, Nicholas Sinsigalli Jr., Deputy Mayor George Sullivan, Mayor Adam J. Pierz and Charles A. Duren. The council set up the committee at its Monday meeting and asked for a first report by Oct. 1. Council tables call for noise barriers The town council has tabled action on a proposal that would require developers to erect noise barriers for new housing along Interstate-91. At its Monday meeting, council members said they want to await the completion of a map of . ?. developable land in the area. Earlier debate had centered on the question of whether any substantial amount of land was involved. The proposal is a response to complaints from residents of the new Dana Estates housing project near 1-91, where noise barriers have been refused by the state because they were not included in engineering plans. . The town planning office is preparing the highway map, and may have it ready for the next council meeting Feb. 21. i t Manager to stay iri job until May 26 The town council approved a measure Monday night allowing Town Manager Robert J. Mulready to remain in office until May 26 to help do the town's 1989-90 budget. In November, Mulready had announced that he would -leave his job March 31. Council members urged him to stay longer, particularly to give them time to hire a new manager. The council passed a formal resolution extending Mulready's duties. The application deadline for the town manager's job is March 3. The town has received 13 applications for the job, which has an annual salary of $63,687. Man given probation oh larceny charges A 42-year-old town man was placed on 18 months' probation Tuesday in Superior Court for haying five stolen vehicles in a tobacco shed next to his Park Street home. Luis Carrion, 42, of 76 Park St., was arrested in October on one count of second-degree larceny and four counts of third-degree larceny. Enfield police said they had found four stolen cars and a stolen motorcycle in his tobacco shed. Judge David M. Barry granted Carrion accelerated rehabilitation, a program in which a criminal defendant with no record is allowed to avoid prpsecution and is placed on probation. When Carrion's probation ends, the charges will be'erased unless he is arrested on another criminal charge. 1 Hartford man gets special probation A Hartford man was granted special probation for making . harassing telephone calls to a former Windsor Locks neighbor, whom he blamed for the breakup of his parents, court officials said. Superior Court Judge David Barry placed Steven R. Kardys, 22, of 195 Hillside Ave., on one year's probation as part of a program of accelerated rehabilitation, in which a criminal defendant with no record is allowed to avoid prosecution. When Kardys' probation period ends, the charges will be erased, unless he is arrested again on another charge in the meantime. Police said Kardys made 26 harassing telephone calls to a former neighbor. He was arrested in January. Prosecutor's position to open in local court The assistant state's attorney in Superior Court in Enfield is seeking applicants for a prosecutor's position that is being vacated Friday by Deputy Assistant State's Attorney Lawrence Weissman. Assistant State's Attorney T.R. Paulding, the office's supervisor, said Tuesday that he would interview candidates for the position, provided no state . prosecutor wants to transfer to the local court. The court serves eight towns: East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Simsbury, Suff ield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. The starting salary for the position is $28,678 a year. The deadline for applications is Feb. 23. Student assists in legal office A sociology student at Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham has volunteered to work part time in the state public defender's office, filling a much-needed position, Assistant Public Defender Phillip Armentano said. Wendi McQueen, who started last week, will do many jobs but serve primarily as a social worker, Armentano said. The office has requested a social worker for more than two years to handle the increasing numbers of clients who need placement in alcohol or drug programs. The staff's investigator, Leslie Cunningham, now assumes most of those duties, among others. McQueen, a university junior, is not paid, but receives six credits per semester for her work. Council shown draft of lease for school A town official has submitted to the town council a draft of a lease for the former Longyiew Catholic High School for use as a day care center. The proposed nine-year lease from the Felician Sisters of the Order of St Francis of Connecticut lists a $12,000 yearly rental. The Felician Sisters closed their parochial school in June after 44 years because of declining enrollment Bids for renovating the Enfield Street school building are being sought this month and are due Feb. 22, Dorothy Allen, director of social services, said. The changes are intended to correct fire-code violations, add a kitchen and provide access for the handicapped. The lease may be complete by the end of the month, Allen said. Allen's goal is to move the town's day-care program to the Longview site in April. SPRINGFIELD Job fair at college scheduled today Representatives from more than 30 companies are expected today at Job Fair '89 at American International College. The fair, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Schwartz Campus Center Auditorium, was planned by the college's carrer development and placement office. It will give students the chance to meet representatives of companies that have job openings. More information is available by calling the career development and placement office at (413) 737-7000, Ext. 237. Six-year term given in used-car fraud in Massachusetts A former resident of Lee. Mass., was sentenced to six years in teaerai prison atter pieaaing guilty in connection with a scheme to falsify mileage and import used cars from Canada without proper emissions controls. Maurice Roberts, 55, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Frank Freedman after pleading guilty in Springfield to 22 charges, . including two counts of conspiracy, six counts of illegal importation of automobiles, seven counts of falsifying titles, five counts of altering odometers and two counts of forging titles. 7" lift. . . I . 1 . l I J J J K nuts -Alii: I si te r " I ,77.7 ROOM FOR READING Charles Ryan of the Rockville section of Vernon reads a mystery novel under the seemingly watchful eyes of Harriet Kel- Don O. Burley, an assistant U.S. attorney, said Roberts imported cars from Canada in 1982 and 1983 for sale in Berkshire County and upstate New York. He said Roberts was involved in rolling back the odometers of 4,500 cars. STAFFORD Panel to consider subdivision plan The planning and zoning commission will meet Tuesday to consider a subdivision proposal for 100 acres on Stoney Lane. Peter Panciera, the local developer who owns the land, said Tuesday he is seeking permission for six lots abutting the road. But eventually he may want to put 20 to 30 lots on the remaining land, he said. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in town hall. Merger study is part of borough budget The 1989-90 Stafford Springs budget will include money to study the merger of the town am borough governments, borough Warden Dock R. Sellers said Tuesday. "I'm sure we're going to put it in for consolidation," he said, adding, that he will suggest including about $2,000 for a study. A group to conduct the study has not yet been appointed he said. The burgesses are set to meet at 7:30 tonight in town hall to continue preparation of the borough budget. In recent weeks, Sellers has been gauging support for consolidation, a move he says wil succeed despite failures in past years. The merger can be done ,- without cost to the town, a concern of many town residents V who opposed consolidation in the past, lie said. Tax-form aid offered to senior citizens The Arba G. Hyde Memorial Library, run by the Stafford Library Association, is offering tax-preparation assistance to senior citizens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays through April 14. The help is free and is providec by appointment only. Appointments may be made and information obtained by calling the library at 684-2852. The library's address is 5 Spring St. Board reviewing early retirement plan The board of education is reviewing whether an early retirement provision for school officials should be changed or eliminated. Wayne L. Senecal, superintendent of schools, said Tuesday that the board asked him to present at its next meeting the number of school employees who will qualify for early retirement Teachers, for example, have to be 55 and have taught in town for at least 20 years about 10 years less than required for routine retirement. Senecal said 11 teachers have retired early since 1982. Early retirement allows school officials to leave jobs they are tired of, and schools save money by retiring employees who have ' large salaries because of their years on the job. SUFFIELD Board rejects request to create parking lot The conservation commission A h I V r " n7 Skip Weisenburger Special to The Courant ly Maxwell. Maxwell's husband, George, was the founder of the Rockville Public Library, which used to bear his name. rejected a request Tuesday by the owners of Suffield Village, who had applied for permits to convert a 4-acre wooded parcel into a parking lot for the shopping center. Suffield Academy owns the parcel and is trying to sell it to Suffield Village. The commission cited problems with drainage and confusion caused by a neighbor of the parcel, who says her septic system is on the tract, in rejecting the proposal. Commission members said the academy should find out whether the septic system is on the parcel before selling it. James Sutton, principal owner of the shopping center, was granted permission to return with revised plans when he obtains them. WINDSOR LOCKS Meeting scheduled for Girl Scout leaders A meeting has been scheduled for all leaders and assistant leaders of Windsor Locks Girl Scouts to discuss program plans. The meeting will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VFW hall on Fairview Street Each leader is asked to bring a dessert for , one. More information can be obtained by calling Terri Marinak at 623-7882. School's jazz group to compete in Boston The Windsor Locks High School Jazz Ensemble will participate in a jazz festival at Berklee College of Music in Boston later this month. At the 21st Annual Jazz Ensemble Festival Feb. 25, members of the Berklee faculty will evaluate each student group's performance, and hold clinics and workshops. The program will conclude with an evening concert and competition . among the finalists for best band trophies, plaques and $60,000 in scholarships. The Windsor Locks group is directed by Neil Rinaldi, head of the high school's music department. VERNON Meetings scheduled on assessments The board of tax review has ' scheduled three meetings to hear complaints about property assessments. People who think their property has been unfairly . assessed must appear and file their complaints for the assessment to be changed. The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Feb. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. All meetings are to be held in the assessor's office in Memorial Building on Park Place. Traffic restricted on Route 31 bridge The state Department of Transportation announced plans Tuesday to restrict traffic on a Route 31 bridge over the Hockanum River, after inspectors found evidence of erosion near the foundation. Parking will be banned along the bridge, which is near Route 74, and traffic will be steered toward the outer edges of the two-lane road, officials said. Additionally, vehicles weighing more than 3 tons will be banned from the bridge. The repair work is expected to take about two weeks. AREAWIDE Hearing begins in Canadian court for state fugitive ' A preliminary hearing in Canada for a Connecticut , , fugitive facing several charges, including sexual assault, has '; begun in provincial court in Toronto. Frederick Merrill, 42, a former Tolland resident, is also charged with forcible confinement and breaking and entering. Merrill is wanted in ., " Connecticut on various charges, including sexual assault and escaping from the maximum-security Connecticut Correctional Institution at Somers. He had been living in Toronto .' but was arrested in a New ,n Brunswick apple orchard in the summer. ,:r The preliminary hearing was . ; closed to the public, and no t further information was available. Prosecution rests in Lomax trial - The prosecution rested its case against murder suspect Joseph L. -Lomax Tuesday after 12 days of testimony focusing on hair samples and a fingerprint found in the apartment of slain newspaper reporter Kara Laczynski. Assistant State's Attorney Dennis O'Connor presented 21 , witnesses and 154 pieces of evidence in his attempt to .,7 convince a jury in Superior Court ; : in Hartford that Lomax bound ' - and strangled Laczynski during a robbery at her West End . ;. : Hartford apartment on Oct. 5, - 1987. Defense attorney Joseph A. Moniz may ask Superior Court ' Judge Thomas H. Corrigan to acquit Lomax today. Such a request is routine and it .4 is likely that the jury instead will hear the first of Moniz' witnesses J today. " q hi East Hartford recreation schedule unchanged on holiday ;1 The parks and recreation ' ' department in East Hartford will conduct all gymnasium and swimming pool programs J Monday, the observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. If the weather permits, the skating areas at Martin and Gorman , parks will be open from noon to 9 p.m., park officials announced. V, Wire reports are included in this column. Weather information The Courant' s local phone line for weather updates 741-3639 Got a hit of news? If you have a brief news item that you would like to see appear in The Courant, please call the Enfield regional news bureau, 741-2156.

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