MDC Work Temporarily Closes Mill Pond Park Tr... MARK DIPAOLA Mill Pond Park won’t be getting a new Mortensen Community Center, but the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) has been doing some work there that prompted the closing of the area’s walking trails for a few weeks. The MDC has b... FULL STORY | MORE NEWINGTON NEWS
Webb Tennis Court Replacement Comes to a Halt MARK DIPAOLA The Wethersfield Town Council has put the brakes on a plan to replace the Webb Elementary School Tennis Courts for $144,386--for now. The Council opted to table the discussion regarding the courts, which have been out of commission f... FULL STORY | MORE WETHERSFIELD NEWS
Slow Start Costly for Terriers Football KATHLEEN PULEK After starting a step slow and falling behind 14-0 after seven minutes against Platt Friday, Oct. 10, the Rocky Hill football team knew it had a game on its hands against the Panthers in a CCC interdivision game between two teams who c... FULL STORY | MORE ROCKY HILL NEWS
The Fall Sports Season is Halfway Home JOSH HOWARD It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the midway point of the season for high school sports this fall. It has been another exhilarating autumn for the local schools, with many of the area’s teams in contention for post-season s... FULL STORY | MORE NEWS
WETHERSFIELD - At the back of Wethersfield’s Physical Services building at 100 Marsh St. is what looks like a junk yard. There’s a dumpster that’s filled with old computers and ...
CROMWELL - Connecticut Light and Power personnel are repairing a broken broken utility pole on Main Street after a motor vehicle accident. At approximately 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, ...
NEWINGTON - Walk up to the doors with the keys in your pocket and they will automatically unlock. Sit in the driver’s seat and the car starts with the push of a button. And the b...
NEWINGTON - The Newington field hockey team took one step closer to post season tournament play with its 3-1 CCC win at Wethersfield’s Cottone Field Thursday, Oct. 9. “I’m ver...
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Wood ‘n Excellence Cabinet Refacing
MIDDLETOWN - Kitchen renovations may seem like a daunting and pricey undertaking, however Wood ‘n Excellence Cabinet Refacing can completely transform a dated kitchen in a fraction of the time and cost of a full “gut” renovation. Owner Paul Gregaitis, an experienced cabinet maker, explained cabinet refacing involves removing the existing doors, trim and hardware and replacing them with new solid wood. The new pieces for each custom project are crafted at Wood ‘n Excellence’s Middletown-based facility. As a small, local company, Wood ‘n Excellence does not use subcontractors. Instead, Gregaitis himself meets with prospective clients to discuss designs and ideas and oversees each project personally. “In 28 years, I haven’t seen many kitchens that couldn’t be refaced,” said Gregaitis. When planning a kitchen update, he suggests homeowners consider what he calls the “80/20 rule.” If at least 80 percent of the layout of the kitchen works well for the occupants, refacing may be a better option than total cabinet replacement. On average, cabinet refacing costs about 50 percent less than a full replacement. The installation team at Wood ‘n Excellence, led by Rick Hunt, can incorporate other details, such as installing a kitchen island, dovetail drawers, or other “bells and whistles” requested by the customer. Wood ‘n Excellence also facilitates other aspects of the kitchen transformation, such as countertop replacement in all price ranges--from laminate to granite. Committed to working with only one project at a time, Gregaitis is present and available throughout the process, and the average install time is three to four days. For more involved projects, which may require plumbing or electrical services, Wood ‘n Excellence can arrange for other contractors and Gregaitis acts as a “general contractor” to ensure each customer is satisfied with their results. Wood ‘n Excellence’s attention to detail and the team’s pride of workmanship has been well recognized by customers, with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and more than 50 percent of new business coming from referrals. Wood ‘n Excellence is fully licensed and insured and registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection. Wood ‘n Excellence, 770 Newfield St., Middletown, can be reached at 860-345-2050 or refacingman@sbcglobal.net. For more information on services, photos of completed projects and customer testimonials, visit www.woodnexcellence.com.

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