Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



PUTNAM — A Dudley woman was arrested after police believe her vehicle knocked down some mailboxes on Church Street Sept. 22. The Putnam Police Department responded to the area of 395 Church St. for a reported motor vehicle accident. Police determined that a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta being operated by Ashley Caruso, 33, of Dudley, was traveling southbound on Church Street, crossed into the northbound lane and struck some mailboxes.  
During the investigation, officers suspected Caruso was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and conducted a series of standardized field sobriety tests.  Caruso was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and failure to drive right.  She was processed and released on a $1000.00 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Danielson Superior Court on 10/4/23.
*All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

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PUTNAM — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded a Gold 2023 WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence to Day Kimball Hospital’s WIC Program for its exemplary support to WIC breastfeeding moms.
The local program was the sole clinic recognized in Connecticut.
 “I want to not only congratulate the team from the WIC Program at Day Kimball Hospital but thank them for the compassionate expertise they provide to families in their community,” said state Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD.
 “We know from the science that breastfeeding makes a difference in the life of the child and the mother. But at the end of the day, there are challenges for some who find out that breastfeeding is not as easy as they thought it would be. Everyone’s experience is different, and our WIC professionals are there to support parents and families through every step of this wonderful journey.”
Nationwide 125 awards were given out, including 18 in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The award is given at three levels of performance that build on one another: Gold, Premiere and Elite.
“A major goal of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) is to improve the health of babies and mothers through breastfeeding,” said USDA Food and Nutrition Service Regional Administrator Lizbeth Silbermann. “These awards recognize local WIC agencies that support WIC moms’ breastfeeding goals through the highest-quality breastfeeding promotion and support activities and serve as models for other local agencies to strengthen breastfeeding among WIC participants.”

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Help identify
PUTNAM — The Putnam Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying two individuals.
Both men are the subject of a larceny investigation that occurred at Price Chopper in Putnam Sept. 9. The subject in the white T-shirt distracted the victim; the subject in the black shirt stole the victim’s wallet from a purse.
Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the involved subjects is asked to contact police officer Roy Hicks of the Putnam Police Department at 860-928-6565 or through the web site at www.putnampolice.com

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The following charges were listed in the Putnam Police Department logs.  The people charged are innocent until proven guilty in court. The Town Crier will publish dispositions of cases at the request of the accused. The dispositions must be accompanied by the proper documentation. The Putnam Police Department confidential Tip Line is 860-963-0000.
Sept. 19
Vaugn Wilson, 45, School Street, Putnam; second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening.
Sept. 21
Joseph C. Lamontagne, 33, Deerfield Road, Pomfret; first-degree failure to appear.
Jeffery D. Mylen, 39, South Main Street, Putnam; failure to respond.
Sept. 22
Chanily Navedo Ferran, 33, Phillips Street, Putnam; second-degree breach of peace, disorderly conduct, criminal violation of a protection order, interfering with an emergency call, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree reckless endangerment.
Ashley J. Caruso, 33, D’Alessandro Avenue, Dudley; operating under the influence, failure to drive right.
Sept. 24
Helen A. Riley, 63, Chapman Street, Putnam; second-degree breach of peace.

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Vuki Jere scored one goal and assisted on another in Putnam Science Academy’s soccer team’s 2-1 win over AIC last Thursday.
But he did so much more than what was simply on the stat sheet.
“Before (that game), I’d never seen that version of Vuki,” said his coach, Ryan Dunnigan. “He doesn’t have any one trait that stands out. At times, he has good technique. At times, he has a good work rate. At times, he has good movement. It’s just that until Thursday, he never put it all together and really excelled in all of them at the same time. It was a really pleasant surprise.
“His work rate was phenomenal. He was always pressing, he was always stepping to the ball, his movement off the ball was really good, he was really clean on the ball on a field that was tough to play on. He just injected energy into the group, which is the opposite of what he did last year.”
Ah yes, last year. Jere, from Malawi, arrived on PSA’s campus about two weeks into the semester last year and quickly found himself behind on the depth chart. His confidence drained just as quickly, causing more issues.
“When you’re not as confident, it’s hard to enjoy and it’s hard to push yourself,” Jere said. “Last year felt like a chore, like I was being forced to play. I lost that love for it. It was more of just attending practice and doing what coach Ryan said just to get it over and done with.”
Said Dunnigan: “I questioned his desire to play and enjoy playing soccer last year. I saw him in class and he was super-engaged. And then I saw him at training, and he was the complete opposite when he got to the field. He seemed disinterested.”
But something switched for Jere when he went home this summer. He talked to his dad about what happened and did a lot of honest reflection.
“I had to decide what I wanted,” Jere said. “I had to find a better drive to become a better player. Yeah, I talked to my dad about it, but mainly it was with myself. That’s where it has to come from. I feel like you give yourself the best advice.
“I told myself there’s no reason for me not to have an opportunity. I told myself to stop making excuses. Most times, if something isn’t going your way, you have excuses. But it being a new year, I just told myself, ‘OK, start over on a fresh slate, there’s nothing holding you back. Everything is up to you and you have to stop blaming other factors and put the work in yourself.’ I approached it that as long as I put in the work and listened to what coach says and adapt, there’s no reason for me not to play.”
Even still, opportunities didn’t come often through PSA’s first month.
“I kept telling myself the same things, to be confident, work hard,” Jere said. “It feels so different now that I’ve regained the love for playing.”
He got his best chance last week, finishing his goal to tie the game at 1-1 early in the second half, then creating for Shima Rubeya to score the eventual game-winner. But he knows that’s not the end of the road.
“The first thing is, people have always taught me to stay humble, so I’m not going to act like I don’t need to work or coach Ryan owes me something,” Jere said. “Secondly, I just have to look around. There are a lot of guys fighting for playing time at the same position. Not everyone is going to get it. I need to make sure I make the most of it when I get mine.”
Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy

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