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WETHERSFIELD — MIDDLETOWN — The family came from as far away as Florida and California to celebrate Mary Pandolfe’s 103rd birthday, which took place on Thursday, June 2 at Water’s Edge Center for Health & Rehabilitation. Approximately 40 Pandolfe and LaCava cousins, nephews and two of their four surviving children enjoyed the afternoon of birthday celebrations.

“Miss Mary,” as she is known, is the only living sibling of Pasquale and Carmella LaCava’s 10 children. When Miss Mary was asked to share words of wisdom about life’s longevity, her response was, “I wake up with positive, optimistic, everyday thinking, and I thank God for my upbringing and the hard-working ethics of my parents.”

Miss Mary graduated from Buckley High School in three years and worked for the telephone company and various insurance companies in downtown Hartford. She wanted to attend nursing school, but her two older brothers were drafted during World War II and only one of the girls was able to go to college. She grew up on Franklin Avenue in Hartford until she married her husband, Ralph Pandolfe, who co-owned Pandolfe’s Auto Parts with her three brothers.

Mary and her husband had five children. Their daughter, Francesca Pandolfe Johnston, who now lives in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., vividly remembers the days when her mother modeled at G Fox & Company’s Connecticut Room.

“I remember how impressed we were at how our mother managed to go from a busy housewife to a really beautiful ‘fashionista,'” she said. “My sister, Patricia and I would often sit at the top of the stairs in our house and watch Mom and Dad take friends to Hearthstone Restaurant in south Hartford for dinner.”

“My mother’s beauty is measured by the spirit she radiates from within,” said Pandolfe Johnston. “She loves all people, regardless of skin color, religion, gender, etc. She makes everyone feel important.”

The Pandolfe family would like to thank the Water’s Edge staff for hosting Mary’s birthday party and a special thank you to Christi Maiese of the Water’s Edge Leisure Team for all their support.

Pictured left to right with guest of honor Mary Pandolfe (seated) are AJ Lanatti, grandnephew; Ralph Pandolfe, son; Robert Johnston, son-in-law; Francesca Pandolfe Johnston, daughter; Bob Cancelmo, nephew; Jody and Chris Johnston, son and daughter-in-law of Bob Johnston.

NEWINGTON — Middlewoods of Newington Independent and Assisted Living Community is hosting an upcoming open house event on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Take a tour of the community with Executive Director Stacy Kesl and Community Relations Counselor Elizabeth Giungi. Those interested should contact Elizabeth at 860-667-1336 or [email protected] Lateral entrants are also welcome.

Middlewoods of Newington Independent and Assisted Living Community is affiliated with UCONN Health Center and located at 2125 Main St. The award-winning senior living community is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a nonprofit, mission-based organization in Shelton.

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BERLIN – The Divinely Fit Fest 2022 will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, 430 Beckley Road.

The Fest is an outdoor fitness festival consisting of spiritual, mental and physical interactive workouts for all levels, from meditation to yoga, kickboxing, HIIT, drums, dance to a towel workout.

Musical performances will be provided by Dina Papacosta’s Dembiczak, drumming by Nelson Bello & Friends and music throughout the day by DJ ‘Tito’ of T&T Sound.

Collect a swag bag, wellness resources and participate in workouts that work for you with a chance to win a year-long membership to STGF. Tickets include the 2nd Annual Latinas in Motion-Hartford Chapter 5K Walk/Run.

Providers include Judson Chiropractic, A Little Time for You, Imagine Float, Mary Kay, Dottie All-Natural Sea Moss, Latina Financial, Connecticut Health Network of CT, Juniper Home Care and more. Visit or call 860-952-9015 for more information.

NEWINGTON – Beginning Friday, July 1, City Hall will introduce the summer hours of the 2022 pilot program. The only changes for members of the public are Tuesday and Friday hours. City Hall is now open on Tuesdays from 8:30am to 6:00pm to better serve the public with extended hours. The town hall is also open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Otherwise nothing will change in the opening hours of the town hall.

These changes in operating hours will not affect the school department, library, public works, public safety, or the Elderly and Disabled Center. For more information, visit