Letters to the editor

A bright idea

To the editor:

At a recent meeting of the Berlin Republican Town Committee, among other things under discussion, was the budget. We, all Berlin residents, are always looking to save money. One of the items we discussed was the street lights here in town. Did you know that CL&P knows exactly how many street lights are in the town? They also have a cost charged to the town for each and every one of these lights, whether lighted or not. That’s correct. Even if the light is not on, we pay.

I counted, from Mill Street to my home. There were eight lights not working.

Now, when I was a police officer on the midnight shift, we were ordered to check our district for lights not working. I do not know if this unwritten rule is still in effect, but I do know that we, the citizens, can report these lights. These street lights are in front, in most cases, of your home/driveway as well as street intersections. If the burned-out light is reported to CL&P and not replaced in a certain period of time, the town is not charged for that light. I admit, it’s only a few dollars, but over a year, it all adds up. It’s also a safety thing. Crooks work better in the dark.

Richard Rampone

Retired police officer

Support appreciated

To the editor:

Boy Scout Troop 256 held its sixth annual Easter Bunny Pancake Breakfast April 13 at the Italian Political Club.

The event was a great success and many people enjoyed a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice, along with pictures with the Easter Bunny and a raffle with lots of great prizes. The funds raised at the event allow us to run a great program for our local scouts. The troop utilizes these funds for our annual summer camp expenses, monthly camping expenses, uniform costs and merit badge classes to educate the boys on scouting fundamentals.

We wish to thank the scouts and all the families of our scouts who helped organize and work this event. We would also like to thank the businesses that donated raffle gifts, and everyone who enjoyed the breakfast for your generous support. Hope to see you again next year.

Caroline Wojvicki

Committee member

Help send a kid to camp

To the editor:

As we begin the 45th year of providing financial assistance to Berlin families who could not otherwise afford the full cost of a two-week camping experience for their children, the Berlin Children’s Fund Committee would like to thank the community for providing these children with the opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the great outdoors and create lasting childhood memories.

Please join us this year by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Berlin Children’s Fund. Together, as a community, we can make this happen.

For more information about the Berlin Children’s Fund Summer Campership Program, contact Doug Truitt, youth service coordinator/assistant community service director, at (860) 828-7059.

Donations to the Berlin Children’s Fund Summer Campership Program should be sent to: Town of Berlin, 350 Kensington Road, Berlin CT 06037.

Peter Hansen, president

The Berlin Children’s Fund Committee



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