Benefit Car Show Raises Much-Needed Funds For Police Cadets


DSC04377by Kathleen Pulek, Rare Reminder, October 16, 2014

Twice monthly the Wethersfield Police Department (WPD) is a hub of activity. A group of 20 or so Police Cadets from Post 159, are immersed in extensive hands-on training that covers scenarios like how to handle domestic disturbances, felony motor vehicle stops, suspicious persons, building searches, DUI enforcement and traffic direction.

The community-oriented program is under the direction of the WPD, Chief James Cetran and the Cadet Advisors, led by Juvenile Detective Norberto Mendez. Cadets like town resident Brendan Aceto are taught leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution skills as well as the importance of academic excellence and volunteerism. Continue reading

Food Pantry Benefits From Annual Car Show


RHFP 09282014 171by Kathleen Pulek, Rare Reminder, October 2, 2014

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If Old Mother Hubbard had gone to the Rocky Hill Food Pantry last weekend, she would have found the shelves bare.

“We recently bought some basics but there’s not much on the shelves,” said Melissa Hicks, who became Human Services Director when retirement ended Mark Williams’ tenure earlier this year.

“The summer is the hardest part of the year for us, so we have to supplement with some financial donations to put the basics on our shelves. Our supply gets very low,” Hicks said of the Food Pantry, inaugurated by Williams 32 years ago. Continue reading

George’s Ride Brings Triumph from Tragedy


Bikers, chili cooks and chili aficionados packed the Middletown Elks Lodge parking lot.

Bikers, chili cooks and chili aficionados packed the Middletown Elks Lodge parking lot.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, October, 2014

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What do you get when you take 100 bikers, 30 championship chili masters and a sprinkling of zombies? The answer is the perfect recipe for George’s Ride and Zombie Biker Chilifest – held at the Middletown Elks Lodge on Sept. 21 – an event created from the tragedy of a father losing a son.

George Ryan’s son never got to live out his dreams. He died tragically just two days after turning 19. Continue reading

Motorcycle Mania Revs Up Middletown


Plenty of patriotism was on display at Motorcycle Mania.

Plenty of patriotism was on display at Motorcycle Mania.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, September, 2014

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The roar, rumble and burble of classic, custom and vintage motorcycles filled the air as the ninth annual Motorcycle Mania electrified Middletown’s downtown area on Wed., Aug 20. More than 5,000 bikes lined Main Street from Washington Street to the packed South Green, the municipal parking garage rooftop and the north end of Main Street for the gathering heralded as the largest one-day summer bike event in New England. Continue reading

Inaugural Fast and the Furriest Car Show Draws Large Crowd


Middletown’s Burt Hirsch poses with his unusual 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable.

Middletown’s Burt Hirsch poses with his unusual 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, September, 2014

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The silhouettes of small animals on the sidewalk of the then-dilapidated Armory caught Deb Bagley’s eye as she drove down Main Street, Middletown, in 1999.

“I stopped and got close enough to see that there were seven kittens in a pile. Since they looked very sick, I rushed them off to the vet. I was especially concerned about two of them, so I asked the vet to look at them first. Continue reading

Main Street Catches Four-Wheel Fever


Car talk and good food were on tap at the 17th Annual Cruising on Main.

Car talk and good food were on tap at the 17th Annual Cruising on Main.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, July, 2014

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Middletown came alive with the sites and sounds of four-wheel fever as throngs of car aficionados packed Main Street from Washington down to the South Green to ogle and appreciate the many hot rods and custom cars that packed the center of town.

There was something for everyone on Wednesday, June 11, at the 17th Annual Cruise Night on Main, co-sponsored by the city of Middletown and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. The vast array of trucks, muscle cars, antiques, domestics, imports and rat rods numbered more than 550 and vehicle owners gladly answered questions and discussed the loving restorations made to their prized possessions. Continue reading