Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



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Above: The Rude Dog Boxing business viewed through the ropes of the boxing ring. Right: Co-owners Paul Iannuzzi, left, and Matthew Chuck. Linda Lemmon photos.

By Linda Lemmon
Town  Crier Editor
PUTNAM — It went from a Hallmark to a boxing business that’s devoted to building confidence and self-esteem.
Rude Dog Boxing, the newest member of the Putnam business community, celebrated with a grand opening on June 1.
Co-owners are Paul Iannuzzi and Matthew Chuck. Chuck, at 18, is the youngest boxing gym owner in America.
Iannuzzi said he was looking around in the Hallmark store in Riverfront Commons shopping plaza as it was closing when it occurred to him that it would make an excellent space for a third location for his boxing gyms. He joined forces with Chuck and came to Putnam.
His other locations are Smithfield, R.I., and Brooklyn.
Asked why he took up boxing, Chuck said boxing turned his life around, giving him self-confidence and self-esteem.
He said when he was in high school he was shy and was pushed around a little bit. He and his father were driving home and saw the Brooklyn Rude Dog Boxing. Chuck had stopped playing sports in high school and “my dad said I wasn’t going to sit on the couch.”
His goal is to help people be all they can be. He’d like to see the “best mentality transfer from here out into the world”.
The Iannuzzis’ attitude is much like Chuck’s, according to Economic Development Director Mary Ann Chinatti. “In addition to Rude Dog Boxing, Paul and his wife Jill are most proud of having created “Life and Balance,” a program geared toward a client’s specific disability including Parkinson’s disease, stroke and general elderly strength and balance deficiency.
“In addition to Rude Dog Boxing and Life in Balance, the Iannuzzis also offer Camp Hero, an acronym for Humble, Enthusiastic, Respectful and Optimistic, which is geared toward children between the ages of 5 and 12 to teach life skills, through positive reinforcement, proper behavior, public speaking, eye contact, self-confidence, etc.”
Iannuzzi shared a story about a Narragansett gentleman who was using a walker before, and with someone assisting.
When asked what he wanted to get out of the program, he said that he and his wife walked every day on Narragansett Beach — he wanted to be able to walk one more time with her on Narragansett Beach.
 He said he signed up for Life in Balance at one of the other two locations. After about three sessions, he no longer needed his walker. After 17 sessions he sent Iannuzzi a selfie of him and his wife walking on Narragansett Beach.

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On list
CHICOPEE, Mass. — Caroline Wilcox of Pomfret Center, was named to the College of Our Lady of the Elms fall 2023 dean’s list.

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Legal Notice
Town of Putnam
Public Hearing
June 17, 2024

The public is hereby notified and warned that a Public Hearing will be held in Room 109 of the Putnam Municipal Complex at 200 School Street, Putnam, CT on Monday, April 22, 2024, at 6:30 in the evening for purposes of discussing the proposed ordinance designating the Zoning Commission as the combined Planning & Zoning Commission. A copy of the proposed ordinance is on file in the office of the Town Clerk and is available for inspection during normal business hours.

Legal Notice
Town of Putnam
Notice of Special Town Meeting
June 17, 2024
The Electors and Citizens qualified to vote in Town Meetings of the Town of Putnam, Connecticut, are hereby notified and warned that a Special Town Meeting of said Town will be held in Room 109 of the Municipal Complex at 200 School Street, Putnam, CT on Monday, June 17, 2024 at 6:45 in the evening for the following purposes:

1.  To choose a moderator for said meeting.

2.  To determine the wishes of those present and eligible to vote at town meetings of the Town of Putnam with respect to the proposed ordinance designating the Zoning Commission as the combined Planning & Zoning Commission.  A copy of the proposed ordinance is on file in the office of the Town Clerk and is available for inspection during normal business hours.

Dated at Putnam,
Connecticut
this 3rd day
of June, 2024

Town of Putnam,
Its Board of Selectmen

Norman B. Seney, Mayor
Roy J. Simmons, Deputy Mayor
Rick Hayes
Gloria Marion
Michael Paquin
J. Scott Pempek
David Pomes

Attest:
Christine Bright,
Town Clerk

June 6, 2024

Legal Notice
Town of Pomfret
A certified list of Democratic party-endorsed candidates for the Town of Pomfret for the election as Justices of the Peace is on file with the Town Clerk’s Office, Town of Pomfret, 5 Haven Road, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, and copies thereof will be available for public inspection.

A certified list of Democratic party-endorsed candidates for Town of Pomfret for election, including Registrar of Voters, is on file with the Secretary of the State, 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut, and copies hereof will be available for public distribution.

A Primary will be held August 13, 2024, if the required primary petitions(s) for opposition candidates(s) is filed, pursuant to Sections 9-382 to 9-450 of the Connecticut General Statutes, not later than 4:00 pm on June 11, 2024. Petition forms, instructions and information concerning the procedure for filing of opposing candidacies, including schedules, may be obtained from:  Susan M. Devokaitis, Democratic Registrar of Voters, 5 Haven Road, Pomfret Center, Connecticut 06259.

Dated at Pomfret,
Connecticut,
this 29th day
of May 2024

Cheryl A. Grist,
Pomfret Town Clerk

June 6, 2024

Town of Putnam
Zoning Commission
Legal Notice
The Town of Putnam Zoning Commission will hold a hybrid meeting on June 19, 2024 at 7:00 P. M. in Room 201 at the Putnam Municipal Complex, located at 200 School Street, Putnam, CT.  A public hearing will be held on each of the following:

Docket # 2024-03 Town of Putnam request for text amendments to Sections 301,304,305,407,412, and 714 of the Town of Putnam Zoning Regulations. Copies of the proposed text amendments are available for review in the Land Use Office.

Docket # 2024-04 Lisa M. Audette request for a special permit to operate a day care center in accordance with Section 304 “Schedule of Uses and Districts” Table 111-1.  Property located at 17B Kennedy Drive, Building 1, Town Assessors Map 019, Lot 076, Zoned M/OD.

Zoom meeting information will be available on the Town of Putnam website prior to the meeting date.   

Patricia Hedenberg, Chairperson

June 6, 2024
June 13, 2024

Town of Putnam
Zoning Board of Appeals
Legal Notice
The Town of Putnam Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a hybrid meeting on June 18, 2024, at 7:00 P.M. on the second floor, Room 201, of the Municipal Complex located at 200 School Street, Putnam, CT.   A public hearing will be held on each of the following:

Appeal # 2024-004 IBIS Putnam LLC request for a variance for an additional sign to be placed closer to the building.   Property is located at 62 Providence Pike Unit # 1, Town Assessors Map 026, Lot 007, Zoned HC.

Appeal # 2024-005  Karen Clark request for a side yard variance for the construction of a carport over an existing driveway.  Property located at 14 Brown Street, Town Assessors Map 016, Lot 080, Zoned R-7.

Joseph Nash, Chairman.

Zoom meeting information will be available before the meeting.

June 6, 2024
June 13, 2024


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Putnam Elementary/Middle
Every day: Fruit. Monday: French toast sticks (for elementary), Waffle sticks (for middle), sausage patties, hash browns, blueberries and whipped cream. Tuesday: Spaghetti, meatballs, vegetable medley. Wednesday: Chicken   "Crabby" Sandwich. Thursday: Fiesta Beef Nachos, corn. Friday - half day: Stuffed-crust pizza, salad.
Putnam High
Monday: Chicken Alfredo bake or spicy chicken sandwich. Tuesday: Waffle bar or bacon cheeseburgers. Wednesday: Beef taco pasta or chicken Caesar wraps. Thursday: Chicken potato bowls or "Wild Mike's" cheese bites. Friday - half day: Big Daddy pizza or kitchen special.
Woodstock Public Schools
Every day: Fruit. Monday: Chicken patties on buns, sweet potato fries, fruit. Tuesday: Bosco sticks, marinara sauce, salad, fruit. Wednesday - half day: For elementary: Hamburgers, baked beans, fruit. For middle: Breakfast only. HAPPY SUMMER!
Pomfret Community
Every day: Hamburger. Sunbutter & Jelly. Yogurt Fun Lunch. Monday: Chef's choice. Tuesday: Stuffed-crust pizza, corn. HAPPY SUMMER!

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When I heard that Simone Biles was returning to gymnastics with the hope of competing at the Olympics, I was perplexed. It got me thinking and wondering why or what had changed in her life such that she felt ready to return to such a competitive and intense sport.
Of course, as I am not personal friends with Ms. Biles, I cannot ever really know the answer. But, as I am somewhat wise to the ways of human behavior in a general sense, I considered that perhaps it was the figurative achievement of the very thing the gymnast has had a lifetime in (literally) perfecting: balance.
When I have balance in my own life, I tend to have a better wellbeing. In any given day, I like to feel like I was both productive as well as relaxed. Some days, I work more and relax less, but I am okay with that. Because when this happens, I know that my inner scale will switch to the auto setting and, eventually, start dumping some of the workload. I know that this is happening because it gets harder and harder to produce quality work. As a writer, my sentences simply stop making sense. This is my internal signal that it is time to take a break and reboot. Simone Biles expressed the same sentiment, but in her line of work, she quite literally, lost her balance.
Constructive and positive balance is as unique as we are. What serves as balance for me may not be balance for another. In addition, as we grow and change, so too, does our formula for balance. When I was 23, balance for me consisted of a very active social life to offset my stressful job. If I worked long hours Monday through Friday, then I needed Saturday and Sunday to be equally socially intense. At 43, my balance looked very different. As an empty nester, I required more active engagement in outside-of-the-house purposes to feel fulfilled. Now, a decade later, a better-balanced diet and exercise plan has become essential for my physical and emotional health. Yet, at this age, I am also quite fortunate as I am abundantly balanced in my personal life. I feel much more love than I do criticism.
In thinking back to Ms. Biles, I considered what happens to our inner auto-balance adjuster when the criticism becomes too heavy. It can get stuck. And when this happens, we don’t just write bad sentences or feel wobbly; we may actually fall down and get hurt. But whatever the balance-achieving formula is for Ms. Biles, I am sure she has found it because she is back to perfecting her physical balance. And I will be rooting for her. We all should, because in one way or another, we have all been there.
Steady. Steady.
Kathy Naumann, possessor of NATURALLY curly hair and the understanding that you can’t control everything!

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