Record-Journal from Meriden, Connecticut on May 22, 2003 · 1
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Meriden, Connecticut
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Thursday, May 22, 2003
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J 1 5sysLV: li 1 1 is t r ifi sis' QjJSV(jES3fi© -o o 1 httptfwMvrecord-joumalcom MERIDEN WALLINGFORD SOUTHINGTON CHESHIRE ll yirir- f'x ' iiiaii MerTcferi donnccticut 'Thursday May 22 2003' gy V: jJ - Vy j ' vV " - ’ r j t4 ' v VhitiiiirihMBniAii-itif-niiiM- sUfagahlar if i 3ii towii iwAfli J a§ mean Tenure had been marked by clasheswith officialsCongress EWSFF?? “Halfway through last December 1 during a half-hour meeting in the Oval down on June 27 waa laying ‘Do I realty want to live Office onToesday afternoon wirhm - i tfaia lifestyle for another two and a balf She told the president that the conrid- She told tbepRsidcatthttihe amid- mrfttaomt(iSSf5iS?ta!S WASmNCTON— QgiideWliiauj H”-! V J h mm the EP mnrih QM-ttSSr' resigned aa Environmental Protection ““a rcponera - professionallybut that it was tune tore- rrrrrrnrv nrlrrtrd tnr for nmirlrnt m Agency administrsfor da Wednesday Win tman who differed with the While turn to her home and hnaband in New - ' ! weary after two and a half year? of stnig- House on issues ranging from global Jersey: v - - jZILth- turtiraZSu gles with fellow Bush officials Congress warming to power plant pollution in- 7 sai& MtVtiite to go He sai T - particularly and business and environmental groups formed President Bu&hofher deciaion : know ’"Whitman sakL'Shepjans to step " Please see Whitman 4 1-'1 '7 ’ ' - i ' ' Ji ’’ft- '' ' ' : Christie Whitman head of the Environ-mental Protection Agency and President : Bush Aaaodatad Praae t- — — - im pnovo - j8oQdApp0MlpiAa8OoM8dpMs As President Bush watches Clet Aaron j Casavant left receives h CrastjSuard commis-lion from his grandfather retired Air Force Mas -ter SgL Peter W Bentz ‘1 ' : ' ! J j 1 i : & j v- s u- - - tjij 'V By Tom Raum AaaodaiadPruaa T- : NEW LONDON -f President Bush accused Europe on Wednesday of aggravating hunger in Africa with restrictive trade policies on genetically modified food " Bulb’s charges are likely to put new strains on trans-Atlantic' ties already frayed by divisions over die Iraq war The presiderd made die accusations in a commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy before a trip to Europe late next week for a summit with allies The European Union has succumbed to “unfounded ' nraefonrific fears’ that make it harder for impoverished African and other Third-World farmers to sell their products in European markets Bush asserted iing a fiit over the Europeans’ decision to close their markets to bioengineeied foods Ufsrmers eager to sell to foreign markets have a big stake in die outcome ‘‘"vr Bush also proposed a program to augment the Peace Corps with hundreds of skilled volunteers to provide humanitarian ud in Iraq and elsewhere Under a leaden sky and in a light drizzle Bush fold graduates of the first class since the Coast Guard became part of the Homeland Security Department this year that America’s military “had exceeded every expectation” in Il- ' ' “ ' '":- ' A day jdter the government moved die nation s threat status to its second-highest level Bush also promised that “America will not relent in the war against global terror” Please see Food tight 4 Miguel Car- dona left who will take over' V as principal of Hanover' -School this fall: v” talks to firet-grader Philip Mastri during 1 lunch period at the school V a Wednesday 1 'T: ' MkMftifcLoughlin RaoordJoumal y’A By Rachel R Makwana mooRKioumtt ran MERIKN - — The students at Hanover School say Miguel Cardona ' is always nice never yeUs and almost always waves and smiles when pass- 7 ingthrouli the halls 7:717 r They are also exrited -dut Cardona ‘ will be their new principal for the up-: coming sdiool year That fact is apv parent every time Cardona passes stn-' - dents in die hallways -- and they immediately took up at him smile and yeU “HelUooo Mr Cardona” : “This is why I love die job” Car- dona said ' ' The ' Board rf Education 'voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Cardona as Hanover’s new principal replacing Mary-Noonan Cortright who was name school stqxrintendent last month Cardona 27 is “psyched" about his new job but acknowledges that he has big shoes to filL Cardona became an ! instructional associate —the tide is ' ' equivalent to assistant principal — two ' yean ago and has quickly assumed increased responsibility at die school said Cortright " “I dunk he is very nice” said Christopher Rogers a fouith-grade ptqril at Hanover “It ia probably from working with Mrs Cortright” rV Tie always makes sure the students are happy and safe” said Cortright who will replace Elizabeth M Ruocco diis June “Parents staff and students have told me that they would love to ' have him replace me” That sentiment wm shared by' sdiool board mendien Tuesday night who recognized Cardona’s accom- 1 plishments as an educator Cardona the son and brother of: ' “He Is just one of the most talented young psidple I : have seeii and I know he will do a - gveat Job”: — Meriden School Superintendent Elizabeth Ruoccp on incoming Hanover School Principal Miguel Cardona Meriden police officers Hector Cardona Jr’and Hector Cardona Sr remembers how Ruocco recognized his talents and pushed him to take oa administrator positions on several occasions while he waa a fourth-grade teacher at Israel Putnam School Moving out of the classroom was a I : tough decision for Caidoaa who enjoyed working with children But once : he moved on to become an administrator it was like working in a class- room with 600 pupils be said : 1 recognized him as a young teacher wife a tremendous amount of-talent and I persuaded him to apply for an instructional associate position so - he would get some first-hand experience” Ruocco sad “He just is one of ! the most talented young people I have : seen and I know he will do a great J°b”- 'V) Ruocco said Cardona has the leadership qualities intelligence' judgement and dedication that are required for a job like tins Ruocco said Cardona is the youngest principal she has -appointed since she became superintendent 12 years ago Please see Principal 4 Today: Mostly cloudy chance of a shower high 60 Rain likely tonight low 50 Pago IB Inside Abby B Local Bridge 8 Lottery 10 Doherty Business Movies Enjoy Classified 21 Obituaries 10 Comics ' S Sports 17 Editorial 7 14 State 210 Horoscope 23 Television IS By Paul A LaRocco ‘ RMOtriJouriial staff ' WALLINGFORD— Ryi? : '“Here" Doherty? - ' 7 “Here"- r?-- Roll call It happens foout two minutes into every Town Council meeting and a lot of times it’a the last you’ll hear that night from Republican Town Councilors' Raymond J RysSrandLoisDohoty ' Now don’t get them wrong Their silence they say doesn’t indicate a lack of knowledge of or cuing for the issues they were elected by citizens to decide on It'i just a different approach from councilors who view the meetings as the only time to 1 get their points across-' “When I waa first on the council I used to give press releases constantly” said Rys now in his seventh term and 13th year behind that long desk inside the Robert Ear- r ' ' v i ley Auditorium T waa alwayt opening m y mouth and one day someone -told me ‘Abra-ham Lincoln always said a quiet person goes a lot further than one who’a constantly giving their opinion’ Since he’s looked id his work on the council in a totally different light ' -“I’ve taken that advice If you don’t ' have something constructive or objective to say you may as well not say it It’ 1 just taking up time ” Then there’s Doherty who as a freshman councilor keeps quiet mote out of inexperience than by choice The retired none' is still rHiiwting herself to the ' heavy reading and sometimes technical fi-1 nandal discussions her new role haa thrust ' her into “I suppose I should” talk mote Doherty laid “But I’m just not there yet Anyone : who knows me knows I don’t do things halfway but I guess 1 don’t convey that" ’ - If a look at her kitchen table one recent ' morning is any indication this is tree1 Stacks and stacks of manila folders and town memos cover the large table Some are for upcoming meetings but the bulk indicates her main passion — and the one issue ahe ia always vocal about — the Quin- ' nipiac River Linear Trail “You get Lois on that linear trail you're going to be turning the lights off and she’ll still be talking” said Stephen W Knight the Town Council vice chairman and fellow Republican With Rys stationed on the far right — steady and quiet — and Democrat Michael Please see Quiet 4 Republican rifts grow after reading of Danby letter: By Hannah C Glover ’ ‘ Record-Journal staff r 'V' i i - -s- -: V: -V -i'-u MERIDEN — Divisions in the Republican Par-' ' ty became deeper and more personal Wednesday ’ - night as members of the Republican Town Com- mittee listened to a letter by Kevin J Danby being read aloud's -V v n'i -a' In it Danby first apologized for his absence be- fore urging the committee to renominate Mayor 1 Mark D Benigni u the party’s mayoral candidate ' “Now is the time to rally behind Mark (Benigni) and endorse him as again as our candidate" said the letter which the mayor’s brother John Benigni f Jr read to members of the committee “He is an extremely popular incumbent mayor who can help Please see Republican 4 7- :'

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