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COUPLE: Wedded life marked by devotion lasting until death
Continued from Page One Arthur Paolillo liked to tell stories of his service in Italy during World War II, including the battle of Enzo, near the town his family came from. But a richer part of the Paolillo family lore is Arthur Paolillo’s quest for the heart of Gloria. “He knew the minute he met her he would marry her,” Chris said of his father. Gorgeous, with dark hair and olive skin, Gloria, an artist and painter who had studied fashion design in New York, at first didn’t care for the lovestruck photographer. “He was persistent,” Chris Paolillo said. He won her over, and in 1948 the two married. In a black-and-white wedding picture, Gloria is radiant in a lace dress, a smile shining on her face. Her husband, with dark hair and glasses, is beaming. Through the years the two remained devoted to one another, their families and their three children, Christopher, Pamela and Donna. Arthur Paolillo owned a photo studio in town from the late 1950s, when the family moved to Cheshire, to the early 1960s. He worked as a manger for a Caldor department store, retiring in 1997 after 30 years with the company. Gloria Paolillo painted and did art-related work for the fashion industry, including painting faces of mannequins, and took care of her children, her home and her husband. The Paolillos founded the Cheshire Art League and were among the founding families of

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An osprey pauses atop a utility pole Monday in Beacon Falls as it rebuilds a nest taken down by Connecticut Light & Power Co. over the weekend. The utility says there were no eggs in it at the time.

NEST: DEEP says it accepts CL&P report no eggs were present
Continued from Page One would have to cut power to remove the nest, Gross said. The job was rescheduled to early Saturday morning so hundreds of sleeping customers would not be affected by a momentary outage, Gross said. “I’m not sure who generated the actual ticket, but the bottom line is there were no eggs,” Gross said. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has accepted CL&P’s explanation, spokesman Dennis Schain said. “We’re still looking into it and talking to folks, but we really don’t see any evidence to indicate there were eggs in the nest, and we believe it would be on the early side for there to have been eggs,” Schain said. Investigators did not find yolk or any other substance to indicate that eggshell fragments found around the base of the utility pole on Sunday were fresh, Schain said. Although osprey in a nest belonging to the Connecticut Audubon Society in Milford laid

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eggs about a week ago, eggs appear later in nests farther from the shoreline, Schain said. Kevin Zak, president of the Naugatuck River Revival Group, found the eggshells with his girlfriend, Sondra Harman, the group’s secretary. He said he thought CL&P’s ticket indicated someone found eggs in the nest. “To put two letters in front of that, saying, ‘If,’ is a very odd thing to forget,” Zak said. The ospreys continue to try to rebuild their nest atop the same utility pole, but their breeding might now be delayed, Zak said. Their eggs incubate for 30 days, and any chicks born late in the season might not be ready come fall for the annual migration to

Central or South America, Zak said. “They traveled thousands of miles to do this,” Zak said. “They’re under a lot of stress and they’re confused. Their nest was destroyed, blatantly destroyed, and their eggs were destroyed.” The utility company plans to erect a pole at least 50 feet high in the same area Monday, with a platform atop it to relocate the nest, Gross said. Ospreys like to build nests on the highest available sites above bodies of water. Local environmentalists expressed sadness and outrage over the weekend after discovering the nest missing. It was visible from Route 8 with the female osprey often sitting inside as if incubating. Osprey, a type of hawk with a white underbelly and curved wings, were considered endangered in the 1970s but have since grown in population. A second osprey nest can be seen along the Naugatuck River in Beacon Falls, and others exist in Naugatuck and Ansonia. To offer your views on this story, visit rep-am.com.

St. Bridget’s Church, Chris Paolillo said. “They did everything together... always Arty and Gloria,” he said. When Gloria suffered a stroke in 2001, it was her husband’s turn to care for her and their home. He helped her as she slowly improved. But about a year ago, she needed more help than he could provide, so she moved into Highlands at 745 Highland Ave. Soon, Arthur became one of the most familiar faces at the 120-bed facility. “He would drive every day to see her,” said social worker Karen Pliego. He came early in the morning and didn’t leave until late. Director John Zazzaro said during a snowstorm in October, when Paolillo did not have power at his house, he stayed at Highlands. Then, about two months ago, Arthur suffered congestive heart failure and became a patient as well, though on a different floor. Chris said he would get calls from staff who would catch Arthur in the ele-

vator on his way to see his wife. When Arthur and her children and grandchildren would go to see Gloria, her eyes would light up, Chris said. Arthur would move next to her and take her hand: “I’m here, Babe. I love you.” On April 11, with the two of them failing, Pliego said, Arthur was moved to his wife’s room. He would sit on a chair next to her and hold her hand. And when he was not strong enough to get up from his bed, and the end neared for both, their beds were moved together, Pliego said, and her hand was placed over his. For days they stayed like that, both slowly dying, Pliego said. The scene, even for staff with decades of experience, was moving. “It just brought tears to everyone’s eyes,” Pliego said. “It was sad but happy.” When Gloria passed at around 2:30 p.m. on April 18, her hand over his, Arthur Paolillo let out “a peaceful moan,” nurse Deirdre Quigley said. “Almost as if he felt her pass through it,” Quigley said. As music played in the room, Gloria was gone. In the hour of so after Gloria’s death, nurse Lisa Ford sat in the room, talking to Arthur about “Babe.” “There was a tear that came from his right eye,” Ford said. “He wasn’t moaning. He was mourning.” At 8:10 p.m. Arthur Paolillo, too, was gone. “It was sort of fitting,” Chris Paolillo said of his father’s death. “He couldn’t live without her.”

ROWLAND: Clark to file complaint
Continued from Page One back on business development initiatives, her husband said in a statement. Chris Healy, Wilson-Foley’s campaign spokesman, said Rowland is a volunteer adviser to the campaign who had a consulting relationship with a company owned by the husband of Wilson-Foley. He said the arrangement had “absolutely nothing” to do with politics. Wilson-Foley said Rowland, who grew up in Waterbury, has been a friend of the couple for two decades, and his advice has been sought by many GOP candidates in Connecticut. “As one of only a few Republicans who have won statewide office over the last 40 years, John Rowland has a wealth of experience that has been a welcome addition to the campaign and will continue to be involved,” Wilson-Foley’s campaign said in a statement. Clark said he would file a Federal Election Commission complaint Thursday and he demanded Lisa Wilson-Foley disclose any financial agreements between her family and campaign and Rowland’s family. “I am dismayed that Lisa Wilson-Foley appears to have turned towards the very corruption I fought by welcoming assistance from the formerly jailed ex-governor,” Clark said in a statement. “An alliance between a Congressional candidate and a convicted felon who was found to have deceived the residents of Connecticut from the state’s highest office is mind-boggling.” Attempts by The Associated Press and Republican-American to get a comment from Rowland were unsuccessful. Clark’s campaign manager, Kevin Conroy, issued a statement on Wednesday night saying that Wilson-Foley’s disclosure raises more questions about why Rowland was hired. For example, he asked why Rowland was paid during the busiest six months of WilsonFoley’s congressional campaign, leading up to the May GOP convention, even though WilsonFoley contends Rowland has been a friend for two decades. Another candidate in the race, Mark Greenberg, turned down a proposal by Rowland in which he would help his campaign in 2010 and be paid through a nonprofit animal shelter he and his wife operate, said Chris Cooper, Greenberg’s spokesman. The New Haven Register first reported Cooper’s account of what occurred. “This does more than raise eyebrows — it calls into question the very integrity of Wilson-Foley’s campaign, particularly as evidence continues to surface regarding Rowland’s past attempts to receive campaign money from other candidates through illicit means,” Clark said. Clark said Wilson-Foley

Likely remnants of fireball found in California
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RENO, Nev. — Tiny meteorites found in the Sierra foothills of northern California were part of a giant fireball that exploded over the weekend with about one-third the force of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in World War II, scientists said Wednesday. The rocks each weighed about 10 grams, or the weight of two nickels, said John T. Wasson, a longtime professor and expert in meteorites at UCLA’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. Experts say the flaming meteor, dating to the early formation of the solar system 4 to 5 billion years ago, was probably about the size of a minivan when it entered the Earth’s atmosphere with a loud boom early Sunday. It was seen from Sacramento, Calif., to Las Vegas and northern Nevada. An event of that size might

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happen once a year around the world, said Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “But most of them occur over the ocean or an uninhabited area, he said. “Getting to see one is something special,” he said. He added, “most meteors you see in the night’s sky are the size of tiny stones or even grains of
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sand, and their trail lasts all of a second or two.” The meteor probably weighed about 154,300 pounds, said Bill Cooke, a specialist in meteors at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. At the time of disintegration, he said, it probably released energy equivalent to a 5-kiloton explosion — the Hiroshima bomb was 15 kilotons. The boom, another expert said, was caused by the speed with which the space rock entered the atmosphere. Meteorites enter Earth’s upper atmosphere at somewhere between 22,000 miles per hour and 44,000 miles per hour. The friction between the rock and the air is so intense that “it doesn’t even burn it up, it vaporizes,” said Tim Spahr, director of the Minor Planet Center at Harvard University.

must publicly disclose any agreements between her husband, Brian Foley, his businesses and Rowland, as well as between herself, her campaign, her husband’s company and any member of the Rowland family. “These disclosures must include all dates and amounts of payments, as well as full explanations for any non-disclosure to this point,” Clark said. Clark said he’s asking the FEC to investigate any such payments and agreements. In his letter, Clark said the Wilson-Foley campaign may have violated the law by failing to report as contributions to it the payments made by the company to Rowland for services that may have benefited the campaign. He also said any payments by the company to Rowland for campaign-related activities would be a violation. Wilson-Foley said her companies and campaign have not had any financial relationships with Rowland or his family. State Sen. Andrew Roraback, the Goshen Republican who is also seeking the seat, sent a letter to Wilson-Foley Wednesday urging her to answer all questions “relating to the role John Rowland has played in the businesses you and your husband own and in this campaign.” To comment on this story, visit rep-am.com.

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