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Flames burst out of the side of the two family house on Dutton Street just before firefighters where about to climb the ladder to the roof to cut ventalation holes in Wallingford Tuesday afternoon, May 7, 2013. The fire compromised the structure forcing firefighters to evacuated from the house and fight the flames from the exterior. (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal)
Lauren Tompkins uses a chair to push up the canopy to drain the water off during the heavy rains at the Relay for Life at Cheshire High School Friday evening, June 8, 2013. (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal) Jackie Hackbarth and husband Richard live in a house on Gwen Rd. in Meriden that is also partially in Southington, Monday, July 22, 2013. The town line bisects their bed - Jackie sleeps on the Southington side and Richard on the Meriden. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal) The Sheehan High School marching band horn section performs in the stands during the annual powder puff game between Sheehan and Lyman Hall, November 27, 2013.  |  Dave Zajac / Record-Journal A Periodical cicada; scientific name - Magicicada septendecim, rests next to Clematis at the residence of Richard Hackbarth who lives on Gwen Rd. in Meriden, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Thousands have emerged from the ground after a 17 year hiatus and can be heard sounding throughout the Gwen Rd. neighborhood. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal) Joanne Dorozenski, 31, of Meriden, rappels down a 14-story building at 90 State House Square in Hartford for the Connecticut Special Olympics, Friday, May 10, 2013. About 20 people from all over the state participated in “Over the Edge,” the Special Olympics of Connecticut’s newest fundraising event. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal) Graduate David Selony got a surprise hug from relative Zurie Beausejour, 3, moments after receiving his diploma during commencement ceremonies at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Friday, June 28, 2013.  (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal) Tom Worthley, assistant professor of forestry for UConn, explains how he sights a tree's target landing area when he cuts them down during a demonstration at Crescent Lake in Southington, Oct. 1, 2013. Worthley studied the forest stand all around Crescent Lake and has given the town an assessment with recommendations on how to manage the forest and preserve it for future generations. | (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal) State Police recruits do their block of physical fitness training for the day at the Connecitcut State Police Academy in Meriden, Aug. 9, 2013. | (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal) John Murray gives Assistant Principal James Francese a little noogie after recieving his diploma during the graduation ceremony at Sheehan High School in Wallingford, June 28, 2013. | (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal) Dana Piccirillo sits in the middle of the skate park for a photo while friends do tricks around him in Meriden, Friday, July 26, 2013. Piccirillo was a driving force in getting the skate park built and is disappointed with the city's plan to relocate it all the way to the east side of the city while Platt High School is under construction. | (Christopher Zajac/Record-Journal Staff) Nino Colandera patches  up the wall around the Center Street Cemetery in Wallingford, July 2, 2013. Colandera and co-worker, Glenn Apuzzo are both from the Bronx and work for Perfection Construction which is the company doing the restoration work. | (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal) Devon DeMerchant, 3, of Meriden, gets an up close look at a reticulated python during a reptile presentation during the Wallingford Land Trust annual meeting at the Wallingford Public Library, March 21, 2012. The reptiles were presented by students from Hamden High School's Reptile Club. (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal) Joel Yaport, 5, left, Andrew Yaport, 12, center rear, and Dashanelis Santiago, 8, spray and splash Rey Lopez, 12, center, in the barrel of water as the friends try to keep cool Thursday afternoon in Meriden, July 18, 2013. | (Christopher Zajac/Record-Journal Staff)  A view from the top of Judd Square apartments looking down Judd Square Street in Wallingford, Feb. 10, 2013. A blizzard dumped about three feet of snow across the area Friday night into Saturday morning. (Justin Weekes / Record-Journal) Barbara Remillard of Meriden shovels her walk on Bee Street after a major storm dumped two to three feet of snow in the region, Saturday, February 9, 2013. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal) A dump truck operated by Suzio York Company dumps a load of snow on the Hub in Meriden Tuesday morning, Feb. 12, 2013. Municipal crews recieved help from private business vehicles and heavy machinery. The Hub was cleared out as a dump site for much of the snow removal happening around the city. (Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal) Standing on the hood in heels, Liz Walbridge, an english/theatre teacher, takes a sledgehammer to a 2000 Ford Windstar during a combined Master's Manna/Choate Southington Community YMCA members get a glimpse of a rainbow appearing outside the front entrance, Thursday, November 7, 2013.   |  Dave Zajac / Record-Journal Platt's Jason Nelson, right, dives for the goal line past Maloney defender Thomas Gonyea after a reception in the second half during the 2013 Stoddard Bowl at Falcon Field in Meriden, Thursday, November 28, 2013. Nelson was downed at the one yard line which set up a touchdown moments later.|  Dave Zajac / Record-Journal Southington pitcher Joseph Rivera embraces catcher David Palladino as the team celebrates winning the Class LL Semifinals against Trumbull at Muzzy Field in Bristol, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal)  Manny Santos smiles with wife Maryann after elected Meriden's next mayor while at the Republican headquarters at the American Legion in South Meriden, Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Supporter Joe Luca stands beside them, right.   | Dave Zajac / Record-Journal Hubbard Park visitors get a glimpse of downtown Meriden from Castle Craig during a special night viewing held by the Parks and Rec Dept., Thursday, September 19, 2013. The access road was open to vehicles from 7 and 8:30 p.m. and dozens of spectators packed the parking lot and surrounding area of the tower dedicated in 1900. | (Dave Zajac / Record-Journal) Isaiah Laygo, 6, takes a spill while playing in the snow with his 7 month old puppy, Diego, at Washington Park in Meriden, Dec. 10, 2013. School was cancelled to Isaiiah who went to the park to have some fun with the puppy. | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal Professor Gerald Conlogue exams some of the hand bones of Fortune, a former slave in Connecticut, in the lab at Quinnipiac Universtiy in Hamden on Monday, March 11, 2013. The bones are from a collection at the Mattatuck Museum. BMX athlete Andrew Fox jumps over spanish teacher Carlos Silvestrini seated atop a ramp as part of

The best photos of 2013


From more than 4,500 edited photographs, 26 memorable moments captured by Record-Journal photographers in 2013 have been chosen for this best of gallery. The highlights include: cicadas emerging from a 17-year hibernation, an assistant principal getting a surprise noogie on graduation day, a Choate faculty member smashing a car in high heels and a skirt, a raging fire tearing through a Wallingford home, friends cooling off on a hot day with just a barrel, water and squirt guns, three feet of snow making for a tough dig out and more.



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