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By constantine70043805, Jan 8 2018 04:18PM

We lost my Grandfather Bill Constantine Sr. on 1/4/18 to a battle with cancer. My Grandfather helped my father buy Constantine Sealing back in 1979. When I say ‘I wouldn’t be here without my Grandfather,’ that would be an understatement. Not only would this opportunity have not existed but my Grandfather has unconditionally helped me out regardless of any situation in my life, good or bad. I am 30 years old and he has been there every step of the way in my life. He was ready to drop anything, at any given time, to help me or anyone else out that he could. That is the type of person he was. He owned and managed Constantine Hardware of which most of you have visited or have had a lawn mower or snow blower repaired there. You could usually find him out front with a big smile on his face because he was just a happy person. A person anyone could have benefited from knowing or following his example. His heart was full of love for his family and friends. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite memories of my Grandfather.

1) We used to visit him at the Hardware store quite regularly when we were younger. He had the coolest hardware store imaginable because there were toys, bikes, trains, candy etc. It was full of awesome kids’ stuff and of course, my Grandfather, who just couldn’t get enough of all his Grandkids. He had this whiskey barrel out front of the store which was filled with sand. Every time we would come down to visit he would hide quarters in there when we weren’t looking and tell us to dig for them. We would usually use our quarters for the candy machines or kept them for our piggy banks. Just imagine yourself at 4,5,6 year of age digging in the sand to find money... Obviously something I’ll never forget.

2) My brothers and I used to play outside every nice day we could. One day we decided to race our bikes down the hill in our backyard. I wasn’t going to lose to my little brothers so there was no way I was planning on using my brakes, ever. Somehow my bike slipped on all the pine needles from one of the trees and I smashed my face into my handlebars. My nose was bleeding, I was crying, my brother Kyle ran to get my mom… not like she wasn’t used to it at this point. My father was working so she called my grandfather to come over and check on me. He came over and had this comforting presence about him. I felt like when he was there any situation was going to be okay. He started making jokes and got me to laugh and calm down. He put some ice on it and made sure it wasn’t broken (even though today it’s still a little crooked). I remember sitting on the deck; I was bleeding everywhere just looking at him looking at me making sure everything was okay. Which is what the guy always did…

3) One day at the beach he let me take his boat over to Block Island with a few of my friends. Everything was going great, no breakdowns and we were keeping the boat clean. We had a good day over on the island and came back in the afternoon. We got back to the pond and made it through the breach way when one of my friends fell into the windshield and broke it right before we got back to the dock. I was so mad because it wasn’t my fault and the first time he lets me take the boat, I broke it! So after everyone got off I cleaned it and went to the house and said “Pop, we had a little problem. I broke the windshield on the boat” and he looks at me and said “if that’s the only thing you broke then we don’t have any problems.” I offered to pay for it and fix it and he refused to take any of my money. Making sure i was alright and didn’t feel bad was his priority, the boat was secondary.

4) I bought a house in 2014. That summer my water heater started leaking when I wasn’t home. Fast forward a few hours later, I find a flooded basement. I call my Dad for guidance who was busy at work. He told me to call my Grandfather, who I should have just called in the first place. It was 9:00 pm and I knew he had to be relaxing but 10 minutes later he was at my front door with a box of tools ready to fix the problem. He showed me where the shut off was and we turned off the water, hooked a hose to the water heater to drain anything left in the pipes so it didn’t make the basement any worse and started pumping water out. The guy could fix anything, anytime, anywhere.

As you can see my Grandfather had many qualities you would look for in a Grandfather, father, husband, brother, uncle, local business owner, town councilman, fire commissioner, chamber of commerce leader, community advocate, etc. He was a role model to me and I admired everything about the guy. I know that I will miss him along with the rest of our family and our community.

You can click to read the obituary from the Hartford Courant. Service hours are from 4-7 at Mulryan’s Funeral Home 725 Hebron Ave Glastonbury CT In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps League Peter P. Monaco, Jr., Detachment 40 at Mcldet40.org.

By constantine70043805, Jul 14 2017 01:35PM

I am proud and extremely honored to announce Constantine Sealing Service has been named to Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction Magazine's TOP 50 Contractors list in 3 categories; Pavement repair, Sealcoating, and Line Striping. The list is made up of contractors across the country who all meet a certian criteria determined by the editors.

This is the second year in a row that we have made the list and it is a humbling experience. It honestly keeps me motivated to make it again next year. This list shrunk from 75 contractors to 50 this year. There are alot of pavement concrators across the country and let alone in Connecticut. As the competition gets bigger and the list gets smaller we have to adapt to changing market conditions.

My fathers work ethic is unmatched and is the biggest reason we have been fortunate to make this list 2 years in a row. With out him this doesnt exist nor do we even come close to this honor. I would like to personally congratulate him on his current and continued success!

You can check out the article online by clicking here or the top 50 lists by clicking here

By constantine70043805, Mar 27 2017 02:41PM

I have dealt with contractors most of my adult life. From having five years experience in the insurance industry, working with home improvement contractors daily, to becoming a contractor myself and working in the industry. You get to meet all types of people. Most contractors are honest, hard-working people like you and me, but for all of the good guys come a few exceptions. Contractors will get greedy and figure out how to cut corners. I have put together a list of what I think is the most important qualities to look for when hiring a contractor, whether it be for asphalt or any trade.

1)Do your homework!

As a kid growing up I hated homework. Now a days its way easier. You can get any answer you want on the internet. I wouldn’t go with the first answer you see but take some time and do some research. Possibly ask for a reference sheet from the contractor to see some other work that has been completed. The internet has a wealth of knowledge.

2)Is the contractor adequately Insured and licensed?

Most trades require a license and you will most certainly want to make sure they carry proper insurance as well as workman’s compensation. Some types of work will require bonds and permits. You have every right to ask to see these documents.

3)Check to see if the contractor is involved in any litigation issues!

Make sure there are no previous issues with the contractor you hire. There is always two sides to every story but just be aware of what you could potentially get into.

4)How many years has the contractor been in business?

Is a good way to tell how reputable the contractor is? If you’re doing poor work eventually word will spread and your company is likely to go out of business. With time also come experience. You can assure yourself your contractor isn’t a rookie

5)What does the contract look like?

Does the contract go into detail or is it vague and unclear. The described work should be clearly outlined. You will want to have a conversation with the contractor to make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting.

6)Ask about payment terms?

Contractors generally require a down payment and final payment upon completion of the job. Make sure the terms of payment are clearly defined before you sign a contract.

7)How soon can this job be completed?

The good contractors usually have work on their schedule and may not be able to start yours right away. If timeliness of your job is more important to you, you can ask if there is anything they can do to squeeze you in. Be mindful that the contractor may have other work in front of yours which is usually a good thing.

8)Understand that price usually affects quality!

The lowest priced contractor may not necessarily be the best contractor to complete your work. Usually the best price may fall somewhere in the middle. Depending on your financial situation this should be something to consider. Keep in mind if the price is too good to be true then it most likely is.

9)Use locally trusted Contractors!

And use your gut instinct. After meeting with your contractor the best game plan can be to go with who you feel is best fit for the job. Staying local will always boost value because most likely the contractor will guarantee quality. Seeing as he will want you to refer his work.

Asphalt contractors are notorious for running scams across the country. This probably isn’t news to you but some types of asphalt contractors to avoid would be:

1)The door to door salesman “trying to tell you he has left over asphalt to complete your driveway that day for cash”

2)Out of state license plates or unmarked trucks

3)Any verbal handshake as an agreement

4)Any time a contractor tries to push you into a quick, high pressure decision should be an absolute red flag.

5)Summer time is the biggest time for a scam so be aware if you are being solicited

With the above in mind, the future of our business relies on the quality, integrity, and work product we produce today. As the next generation (my brothers and I) are getting excited about the future of the business, we want to continue to improve as a company like my father has done for the last 38 years. Repeat business is the best business and that model will hold true for the rest of time.

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By constantine70043805, Jan 5 2017 03:07PM

We are techincally in the winter months but it has yet to really feel like winter, more like late fall. Temps have been cooler, but we have seen more rain than snow. Most people will call me crazy but there is something about the snow that I love. Maybe it stems from growing up and just loving to be out side. When my brothers and I were little we would always be the first kids outside all bundled up thanks to my Mom. Our activities usually inluded time trials on our little kitty kat snowmobile we used to have, building jumps for sledding, skating in the backyard rink my father used to make for us, or trying to hustle and make money shoveling driveways. Maybe it was the potential to have no school. Either way if there was snow, I was outside playing in it.

Fast forward 20 years later and nothing has really changed except I guess I have to wrok everytime it snows( Call us for your snow removal estimates!) It doesnt really bother me because its snow. Its cool. School doesnt get cancelled anymore but everything turns white and I still get that same feeling. Most people I know will complain about the snow, but they're a few that like to take advantage of what unique activities the winter months can offer.

I was messing around on the Farmers almanac this morning and found some scientific information that made me feel like a weather guy. Unfortunaately for most of you Southern New England is supposed to see more snowfall than average, but we are supposed to have warmer than average temps. Which means it will probably melt and make our cars a salty mess. Good for our car wash owners. I guess well see how accurate this really is.

Which got me thinking, what is the Farmers Almanac and why is it so rellevant. Well the story starts in 1815. Editor Robert B. Thomas wasa writing the alamanc and was interupted, sick, pre occupied with work, there are many reasons, anyways he predicts rain, sleet, and snow in July. Summer 1816 comes around and to the disbelief of many it does snow sleet and rain. Mostly inpart to the eruption of Mount Tambora. Its known as the year without summer. The Farmers Almanac instanly gained its reputation. Today the almanac is more scientific but they still use a "secret formula", which is comprised of histroical data. Its headquarters is in Dublin New Hampshire. The almanac claims a 80% accuracy rate but there is not much data to back it up.

To me it seems more like a generalization but for some reason it has been around for 225 years and continues to stay relevant. Either way it sounds like we just have to wait and see.

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