Friday, October 19, 2007

not kingswood market!

no! this is rather shocking. i've lived my whole life (well except for the first few years when i lived in hartford) in west hartford. i went to plant junior high (when there WAS a plant junior high). kingswood has been there forever. i'm sorry it's come to this and i DO hope they reopen somewhere else. (i can't WAIT to see what goes in there. i'm sure it will be some froo froo store that will keep in with black and blue square standards)

Local Mart Facing Closure
By DANIEL P. JONES Courant Staff Writer
WEST HARTFORD - Kingswood Market, an old-fashioned grocery store that still makes deliveries to neighborhood customers, is facing closure at the end of next month after some 70 years in business on Farmington Avenue.Market owner Dave Bornstein, whose father bought the business in 1958, says he couldn't negotiate an affordable rent with the building's owner and probably will close at the end of next month when his current multiyear lease expires.The building's owner, Al Nweeia, says he isn't kicking Bornstein out. Bornstein just wouldn't agree to a fair rent that the market would bear, Nweeia said. And Bornstein, he said, hasn't changed his business to keep up with the times............

just a bit more on jason lantieri

the courant published this lovely piece this morningi certainly wish they didn't HAVE to though (what i mean is i wish they didn't have a REASON to publish it)

One End To Soldier's Two Lives
By JESSE HAMILTON Courant Staff Writer
KILLINGWORTH - Jason Lantieri was 25, but he lived two lives.Troubled youth and successful student. Ward of the state and beloved son. Soldier and charming rogue. The man who grew up in Killingworth was always of two worlds.Now, he's in the granite garden of Evergreen Cemetery. And, for so many, he's a prized memory.
Sgt. Lantieri died last week after a trucking accident south of Baghdad. He was buried Thursday in the town that hosted his rebirth. The people of Killingworth came out, mixing with uniformed troops and veterans. The damp-eyed hundreds gave Lantieri the burial of a hero - a tragic and lofty day for a man whose childhood left him with so much to overcome.The native of Waterbury was 11 when the state took custody of him from his mother. He had a difficult start, a boyhood suspended in the state's foster care system. But the Miller family of Killingworth soon took him in. They would have adopted the boy known as "Jay," they said, but his mother was still alive then. So before Lantieri was grown, he knew what it was to live on two sides of a rift.......

chris dodd

STILL kicking ass while others are cowering piles of steamin' shite (not mentioning any names but i'm talking about the DEMOCRATS here. a GIANT BUNCH O' LOSERS most of 'em)/ we elected you to DO A JOB. NOW F**KING DO IT

Dodd Singlehandedly Stops Bush's Domestic Spying Bill
Posted by Melissa McEwan

............Dodd will send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this afternoon informing him of his decision [to put a hold on the Senate FISA renewal bill because it reportedly grants retroactive immunity to telephone companies for any role they played in the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program].
...By doing this, Dodd can effectively hold up the telecom immunity bill, because bills are supposed to have unanimous consent in the Senate before going forward. One Senator can make it very difficult to bring a bill to the floor by objecting to allowing it to go to a vote.
Dodd's planned action comes amid
reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee has reached a deal with the White House on the legislation that would give telephone carriers legal immunity for whatever role they played in the National Security Agency's domestic eavesdropping program, which was approved by President Bush after 9/11. The White House and the phone companies have been lobbying aggressively for immunity, and the announcement of the immunity deal today dismayed many opponents.
This is a challenge to the Democratic leadership, but it's also a direct challenge to George Bush. This is using his position as a senator to defend his country. This is leadership...........

Thursday, October 18, 2007

plan b's nicole wins!

for her bloody mary. congrats! (to al, shawn and kc as well)

as i said a couple of posts ago, they have THE BEST bella burger i have EVER had

(but their first baby, the half door will ALWAYS be my favorite

MaryEllen Fillo JAVA

It was a tough job, but someone had to do it:Judge the first Mix Master competition, one of the events Tuesday at the Connecticut Restaurant and Lodging show at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.So Java - along with WFSB, Channel 3, morning anchor Mike Hydeck and Alistair Highet from the Hartford Advocate - staggered, um, stepped up, to sample and savor an array of libations prepared by five area bartenders who prepared their best in hopes of capturing the prized silver trophy.................

...................................In the end, it was not about the trendy, but rather the tried-and-true.For it was Bloody Mary, prepared by Plan B bartender Nicole Pappa, that captured the judge's taste buds as the winning entry."This is a drink I would go back to the bar for," said Highet, who complimented the fresh horseradish and crisp celery that made the potion just perfect..............

picture: NICOLE PAPPA toasts her victory in the Mix Master contest with judges Mike Hydeck, left, and Alistair Highet. (MARYELLEN FILLO)

welcome home to the 1109th AVCRAD !!!

National Guard troops return from Iraq
By News Channel 8's Kent Pierce
Groton (WTNH)_ A plane landed in Connecticut today carrying the answers to the prayers of more than a dozen families.
"You're very nervous when somebody goes off to Iraq and scared to death and you pray a lot to bring them back safely," said Sylvia Morgan, grandmother of soldier.
Fifteen members of the 1109th AVCRAD spent the past year fixing helicopters in Iraq and Kuwait. Meanwhile their families have been riding an emotional roller coaster.
"Sadness. Happiness when our son was born, and we miss him horribly," said Kate Morgan, wife of soldier.........

Monday, October 15, 2007

welcome home!

to members of the 643rd military police company! i saw y'all out there yesterday morning (well i saw some national guard members directing traffic). i happened to pass by and i gave y'all the silent nod

thanks for serving

National Guard Unit Welcomed Home
Soldiers Who Were Stationed In Germany Recognized For Serving In War On Terror

Courant Staff Writer
Sgt. Zena Campbell was looking for excitement five years ago, when she enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard.Excitement is what she got in the past two years as she trained to become a military police officer and then was deployed to Germany.Campbell, 23, of Waterbury, and about 130 other members of the 643rd Military Police Company had two extensions to their deployment as they patrolled several German towns and tracked down suspected terrorists before returning home in July.The unit of the state National Guard was honored Sunday in a welcome ceremony that Campbell and about 50 others in her unit attended at the State Armory in Hartford. They received the national defense medal, the global war on terrorism service medal and the armed forces reserve medal with "M" device...........

i too would be all over those 'ghost busters'

devils possessing a young child indeed! i hope carl glatzel Jr absolutely positively WINS his case against them ALL. how horrid he and his brother (and the whole family for that matter) had to go through this shite

`Factual' Exorcism Book Evokes Past Pain

By MELISSA PIONZIO Courant Staff Writer
Having a younger brother who suffered from delusions and seizures was hard enough for Carl Glatzel Jr., but then came the priests and a well-known ghost-hunting couple who deemed then-11-year-old David Glatzel to be possessed by demons. Carl Glatzel, now 42, says he was unable to protect his brother in 1981 when David underwent several rites of exorcism, or in 1983 when a book detailing the supposed affliction was first printed. But after the book was reprinted in 2006, he decided it was time to fight back. "It makes me furious," he said of the book's republishing. "It took me 20 years to build my [construction] business up. Now we are not going to have it thrown away because of something that is not really true."............

the BEST (non) hamburger i EVER had

was at plan b at one way fare in simsbury. FINALLY they got it over at plan b in west hartford (park road). i stopped for lunch TWICE last week.

it's a bella burger (actually three LITTLE bella burgers). they're unlike any bella sandwich i have ever had before. they are NOT the whole cap grilled. the portabellas are FINELY chopped and mixed with goddess only knows what. they ARE divine. i highly recommend them

the funeral arrangements for Jason Lantieri

Funeral Arrangements Set For Killingworth Soldier Killed In Iraq

A 25-year-old Killingworth soldier who was killed in Iraq will be laid to rest with full military honors Thursday
Jason Lantieri,, an Army sergeant, died in Iraq Tuesday after he was pinned between vehicles that were being moved, his family said last week.
Lantieri joined the Army two years ago and was due home in December, family members said.
Relatives will receive friends and mourners from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the field house of the Haddam-Killingworth High School.
Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 at the high school, with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Killingworth with full Military Honors
Lantieri graduated from Haddam-Killingworth High School in 2000 and earned a business degree from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
He was serving with the Army's 25th Infantry Division in Baghad, state officials said................