Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Incident on Rt. 9 in Middletown - With video

Last night, Monday, May 23rd, at approx 6:50, while parked in front of city hall ahead of the monthly RTC meeting, I noticed a trooper with his lights on and saw a male running in the grass along the side of the road directly across from the boathouse at Harbor Park.

The trooper stopped the man and patted him down.  The trooper was joined moments later by three Middletown police officers who questioned the man.  I was able to get a few photos and a short video, before running out of space on the card, and since the meeting was about to start, was not able to continue to observe the situation unfold.






Local Pastor Goes to Indy for the 100th Running


Marotti Racing's #77 car, driven by Oriol Servià, will start at Indy on the inside lane of row 4.  Pastor Will, as he is known, is pastor at the New Life Church in Wallingford.

Sen. Formica Honored by AARP for Protecting Seniors


On May 20 at the East Lyme Senior Center, Sen. Paul Formica was presented with a Legislative Achievement Award from the Connecticut AARP.  The award recognized Sen. Formica’s advocacy in protecting consumers from unaffordable expenses for essential energy services. Formica represents Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford. On the web: www.aarp.org and www.senatorformica.com .

Attached photo, left to right:  AARP State Advocacy Director John Erlingheuser, Sen. Formica, and AARP Volunteer Joanne Davis of Waterford.

MegaVote - How Congress Voted in CT's 3rd Distict and Senate


May 23, 2016
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Zika Funding
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Cloture on the Substitute Amendment
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Zika Response Appropriations – Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization
  • House: Zika Vector Control
  • House: Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for District of Columbia Home Rule
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations
  • House: Energy Policy Overhaul

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (90-8, 2 Not Voting)

COMING EVENTS AT RUSSELL LIBRARY - JUNE 2016

Russell Library


Russell Library 123 Broad St., Middletown, CT

 

COMING EVENTS AT RUSSELL LIBRARY



Russell Library Hours for June 2016
Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown is open 9am-8:30pm Monday through Thursday; 9am-6pm on Fridays; Saturdays 9am-5pm. The library is closed Sundays throughout the summer months.

All library programs are free of charge.

EXHIBITS

Metal and Clay: Four Artists
Throughout June, in the Lobby Case. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Featured is work by four ceramic artists, two of whom also work in metal. Members of the Wesleyan Potters Guild, the artists exhibiting are: Marcia Eager, Marcy LaBella, Cheryl Tuttle, and Art Tuttle.
Missing U and Other Abstract Paintings by Catherine Filloramo Thrall 
Throughout June. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Catherine Filloramo Thrall graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. She has been studying calligraphy with internationally acclaimed artists for the past 35 years. Her work is abstract, primarily on paper using gouache, watercolor, ink and acrylic. She creates paintings, drawings, collage and artists books, often using the strong influence of letter forms. Her featured piece, Missing U, is an abstract alphabet.  
“Balancing formal elements on a foundation of calligraphy my art vocabulary includes line, shape, texture, and color arranged in a wordless journey that evokes visual and emotional memory.” 

Natural Inspiration: Paintings by Ellen Dougan 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tremors Felt at Middletown City Hall



Szynkowicz with senate candidate Len Suzio

At tonight's monthly Middletown Republican Town Committee meeting, held in the council chambers at the town hall, Board of Education pit bull, Linda Szynkowicz was nominated to run against twenty eight year 33rd District incumbent Rep. Joe Serra, (who's children live out of state but are registered to vote in Middletown).  Szynkowicz said she intends to run against Serra's voting record as representative and the damage and costs his record brought to Middletown and Connecticut.

Middlesex Community Collage student Anthony RJ Moran received the party endorsement to run against incumbent NeverHadaRealJobInHisLife, Matt Lesser.  Moran says he will run a campaign highlighting Lesser's history of fiscal irresponsibility.  Moran, an ordained minister, was also endorsed for Justice of the Peace and served as ballot clerk in April's Republican primary.  (no photo available)

Earl Roberts, (no relation to Oral) was also endorsed as candidate for Connecticut Senate seat in the 9th District, running against Paul Doyle, office holder since 2007. 

At tonight's meeting, town committee members endorsed twenty candidates for Justice of the Peace.  The endorsed candidates are Leslie P. Adams Jr., David P. Bauer, Stephen T. Gionfriddo, Kimberly Inglis, Tami J. Kapacziewski, Kevin Kelly, Ryan Kennedy, Deborah Kleckowski, Victoria A. McDowell, Anthony RJ Moran, Anton A. Petras, Diane A. Petras, Jonathan Pulino, Annabel L. Resnisky, Leslie A. Spatola, Patricia D. Sloan, Eleanor C. Tomaszewski, Lea L. Tomaszewski, Anne M. Tommasi, William S. Wilson.

David Bauer, nominee
Then the earth moved.

In the only contested battle for office, the 32 RTC members present cast their ballots.  Challenging 16 year veteran Republican Registrar of Voters, Janice Gionfriddo (no photo available), was former Councilman David Bauer.  The secret ballots were issued via roll call by RTC Secretary Helen Landry.  After all the ballots were counted, they were counted again.

RTC Chair Chris Petter
The vote count was tied; sixteen votes for Gionfriddo, and sixteen votes for Bauer.  Per statute, when a tie vote occurs, the Town Committee Chair casts the tie breaking vote.  Newly elected Town Committee Chair Chris Petter, cast the tie breaking vote for . . . David Bauer.

After the vote was announced, Gionfriddo graciously conceded to Bauer and offered him her support.  Janice was recognized for her many, many years of service to the community and the Republican Party going back decades before she was registrar, and received a standing ovation from all in attendance, including Bauer.

Wednesday May 25 at Maria’s Pizza in Colchester: Linares and Ziobron Update Taxpayers

State Senator Art Linares 


Wednesday at Maria’s Pizza in Colchester:
Linares and Ziobron to Update Taxpayers

Are taxes going up? 

Is funding for schools being cut? 

What bills have become law?

Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Melissa Ziobron are inviting area taxpayers to get these and other questions answered on Wednesday (May 25) at Maria’s Pizza, 744 Middletown Rd., Colchester.

The lawmakers will meet with area residents from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact 800 842 1421.

Middletown Department of Planning, Conservation and Development - Newsletter

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City of Middletown
Department of Planning, Conservation and Development
Weekly Newsletter for May 23, 2016

UPCOMING MEETINGS-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Riverfront Boathouse Design Workshop
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7:00 PM, Council Chambers
Please join us to help review the concept design for the new community boathouse for the Riverfront. This community facility will be the heart of the riverfront and we need you input. You can sign up on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverfront-Middletown-Connecticut/456448574448563 or email michiel.wackers@middletownct.gov


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You can find agendas, minutes and legal notices at www.middletownplanning.com

“How will you be remembered?”



My PhotoRoots in Ripon
23 May 2016
Chuck Roots

What Will They Say?

It is an enormous assumption, but I’m certain everyone has wondered at some point how they will be remembered once they have passed from this life. What will others say about you? What will come to their mind when you are mentioned in conversation? Perhaps most importantly, how will your family remember you?

As I recall, my first real confrontation with the brevity of life came when I turned 25. Some months prior I had been in Vietnam exposed to enemy fire and feeling very fortunate to still be on this side of the grass. Like most war veterans you do not forget your first exposure to combat. How quickly a life is gone! Snuffed out in the blink of an eye.

My 25th birthday had an impact on me which startled me with just how quickly that first quarter-century had slipped past. Would the rest of my days on planet earth go by as quickly? Is there a brake handle I can pull on to slow down this train of life?

"FROM BEHIND BARS" - A Series, Part 29 - Day 423 - BONUS ISSUE

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Image from DamnedCT.com
This is the twenty nineth in a series of letters written by someone currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  Three times per week, Mon., Wed., and Friday, one letter will be published until we catch up to the present day.

In this issue, our correspondent talks about his pen pals' job and new son-in-law, Micheal Skakel, a new prisoner (a transvestite), filing a brief, closing the chow hall, "Super Sandwich Sunday" and more!

Those following this series will observe that the letters started out rather "slow" but as time went by, they became more personal, revealing the emotional and physical distresses faced by those committed to Connecticut's prisons. These distresses are not confined (no pun intended) to just the prisoner, but extend to the prisoner's family and friends. And we pay for it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Update - Daily Mail - Stratfor: What Brought Down EgyptAir Flight MS804?

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The Meaning of Jihadist Silence on the EgyptAir Crash

Two days after EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappeared over the Mediterranean, investigators have begun recovering debris and are now examining it for any signs of a terrorist attack. 
The fact that the plane, which was carrying 66 people, went down over water greatly complicates the investigation, and an official explanation for the crash could take months or years -- if it can be traced at all.
That said, the possibility of a terrorist attack is currently the leading theory, for the same reasons Stratfor noted in this initial piece (published as early reports of the crash were coming in late Wednesday evening, Central time). Now, while still gathering information about the crash itself, analysts are also listening closely to what is happening in the jihadist realm. And the lack of a credible claim for the supposed attack at this point raises duelling possibilities.

Read our latest analysis for free at Stratfor.com.


Update - Daily Mail

How doomed EgyptAir flight MS804 spiralled out of control after being set ablaze 'just

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Russell Library Presents the First Annual Local Authors Fair





Russell Library

 Fifteen Authors from the area will be featured

Middletown, CT (May 20, 2016) 

Russell Library will be sponsoring its First Annual Local Authors Fair June 4th, 2016 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Hubbard Room. 

This is a chance to meet new and exciting authors, some of whom may be your neighbors! The authors fair provides an occasion for writers to connect with interested readers and new audiences. In addition, book collectors have an opportunity to add to their collections. You won’t be disappointed, and we really do look forward to seeing you at the Library!

Fourteen local writers will present their books and talk about the inspiration behind their works. Non-fiction, and fiction categories will both be represented. Historical Fiction, True Crime, Poetry and Memoirs are included in the mix. 

Authors include (in alphabetical order):
• Susan Allison
• Janet Barrett

Goodspeed Musicals Sneak Preview- The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd!


Missing person Silver Alert issued

Middletown Police Department's photo.May 21, 2016
Press Release: Missing person Silver Alert issued
Justina Alicea (age 19)
Hispanic female
5’2” 125 lbs
Green eyes, brown hair
Justina was reported missing by her family on Friday, May 20, 2016. She is believed to have walked away from her apartment between 1am and 2am on May 19, 2016.


Justina has a history of mental health issues and is considered endangered.

Justina was last seen on a security camera at the Sunoco Gas Station on Washington Street around 3:45am on May 19, 2016. Justina was walking West on Washington Street.

Justina was wearing a pink Hoodie, Jeans and black and pink shoes.



Middletown Police Department's photo.
If anyone has any information about Justina’s whereabouts or any information that may assist the police department in locating her, please contact the Middletown Police Department at 860-638-4000.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - All in the Family

 
 
 
   
All in the family
 
 

All in the family

When doctors discovered Avery Ella had cancer, her mother knew St. Jude was the place her daughter should be. But when she was unable to travel to Memphis, Tennessee with Avery Ella, Avery Ella's grandmothers stepped in. Read their special family story.
 
   
 
Meet Cub

Meet Cub

When Cub's mother received the news that he had cancer, she asked the doctor for advice that led them to St. Jude. “Once we arrived at St. Jude, it was like being enveloped with love and compassion.” Watch and share their story.

 
 
   
 

A flicker of hope

Glowing with hope

Show your love for the kids of St. Jude with home decor, like this fragrant, designer candle.


Paying tribute

Paying tribute

ALSAC President and CEO Richard Shadyac Jr. shares his office and fundraising updates for St. Jude.



Register, Walk and you could win

Register, walk and you could win

Register today for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, and you could win a FitBit Alta®.

 
 
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Friday, May 20, 2016

May is National Barbecue Month!

NewsBusted 05/17/16

Be sure to subscribe!


Don Pesci Sunday with Lori on Liberty


STREAMS LIVE SUNDAY FROM 1-3PM on http://tunein.com/radio/949-News-Now-s157109/ Broadcasts live in CT, RI and Long Island New York on 94.9 FM. — with Don Pesci and John Bourget.

Cat Tails - Walk-a-thon/Run - June 18th - More EVENTS....

Meow!

Join us for the 2016 Animal Welfare Walk-a-thon/Run - June 18th


Fundraising Walk-A-Thon/Run Benefiting Cat Tales, Inc & CT Votes for Animals 

DOGS ON A LEASH WELCOME TO WALK/RUN AND JOIN THE FUN!
WWW.CATTALESCT.ORG/WALK-A-THON-RUN

This is a beautiful 2.2 course at Middlesex Community College -
100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT  - Upper Parking Lot
Why Should I get Involved?
It is estimated that there are many thousands of stray and abandoned animals in CT alone; in Middletown, Cromwell, and Portland, cats in particular have nowhere to go due to the lack of or insufficient space in municipal pounds/shelters.  One un-spayed female cat can produce three litters per year, this results in overpopulation and many lives lost or forgotten.  
We can assist to overcome this problem of overpopulation with your help!!

Register today!!  https://www.crowdrise.com/2016CatTalesWalkRun
(Walk individually or as a Team)

The Variety Hour! - May 06 2016

Starring Jon Pulino and Bill Wilson:



Cromwell- Marco joins the show and the discussion brews on and on. Topics covered: Judge shows, Cable Advisory Board, Films, Complaints and more.

"FROM BEHIND BARS" - A Series, Part 28 - Day 402


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This is the twenty-eighth in a series of letters written by someone currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.

In this issue, our correspondent talks about Weight Watchers, going to the gym, wishing his pen pall luck in a new job, the changing dynamics of aging parents, a brief to be filed by his attorney and watching movies.

There are more than 50 letters going back for a number of years. Three times per week, Mon., Wed., and Friday, one will be published until we catch up to the present day.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Breaking: William Pettit to Run for State House in Plainville

Just announced:  William Pettit will run for the State House in Cheshire on the Republican ticket.  Formal announcement to come later today.  Will report more, later.

47th District - Dubitsky to Hold Office Hours in Hampton, Saturday, May 21st

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
 
I am holding legislative office hours this Saturday, May 21st, from 9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Town Hall Community Room, 164 Main Street, Hampton.
 
Please come talk to me about issues important to you, your family or your business.
 
I will be holding additional office hours in June and July in Canterbury, Lebanon, Lisbon, Scotland, and Norwich. Stay tuned for more information on those events in the coming weeks.
 
If you have any questions about the office hours or any other state matter, please do not hesitate to call (800) 842-1423 or email doug.dubitsky@housegop.ct.gov.
 
For updates on my legislative activity, you can visit my website or find me on Facebook.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Doug Dubitsky
State Representative
47th District

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Linares And Ziobron Team Up Friday at Froth Coffee, East Hampton

State Senator Art Linares
Friday at Froth Coffee in East Hampton: Linares and
Ziobron to Update Taxpayers

Are taxes going up? 

Is funding for schools being cut? 

What bills have become law?

Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Melissa Ziobron are inviting area taxpayers to get these and other questions answered on Friday (May 20) at Froth Coffee at 72 Main St. in East Hampton.

The lawmakers will meet with area residents from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact 800 842 1421.

MegaVote - How DeLauro, Murphy and Blumenthal Voted


May 16, 2016
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage
  • House: Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force – Passage
  • House: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction – Passage
  • House: Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Efforts – House Amendment to the Senate-Passed Bill
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Fiscal 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations


Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Cloture to the Substitute Amendment - Vote Rejected (50-42, 8 Not Voting)