October 19, 2014

Before you throw the money bomb, be sure it isn't going to blow up in your face.

Well, the Hartford Courant is at it, again with another attack on Foley; http://www.courant.com/politics/elections/hc-foley-tax-return-2013-20141017-story.html .  Jenny Wilson continues with the class warfare, attacking a man who has violated no laws, solely because he is successful.
(photo credit therealmalloy.com)

Before you throw the money bomb, Jenny, be sure it isn't going to blow up in your face:

Did Tom Foley break any tax laws? No. Did he have taxable income for the years in question? No.

Was Dannel P. Mallow born into a privileged family in Stamford?
Yes. Has Dan Malloy ever had a job in the private sector, other than as a lawyer? No. Has Dan Malloy ever run a business? No.

Has Tom Foley ever successfully managed an international company that provided thousands of jobs and created wealth and prosperity for workers and investors, such as employee pension funds? Yes.

Does Tom Foley suffer from Bell's palsy, a that condition partly paralyzed the right side of his face so he can only smile with the left side of his mouth with his right eye is partially closed? Yes. Does Dam Malloy suffer from dyslexia? Yes. (They are both human)

Did Tom Foley serve as Ambassador to Ireland, like Senator Chris Dodd? Yes. Is Democrat Senator Dodd a member of the wealthy, privileged class? Yes.

Did Tom Foley put his life on the line, serving his country in Baghdad while the city was under siege? Yes. Did Tom Foley receive the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award in June 2004 for his service in Iraq? Yes.

Did Pres. Obama attend a fundraiser, at $30,000 a plate, in Greenwich, hosted by Rich Richman? Yes. What do the attendees expect in return for their $30K donations? Hmmm?

Did Pres. Obama attend a $32,400 a plate fundraiser, hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow? Yes. What do those attendees expect in return? Hmmm?

Are Dan Malloy and Pres. Obama really in touch with the working class people? I doubt it.

Middletown Mess Your Daily Spin! More Conservative Bashing...

Aw shucks!! Under a new editor, the Mess had really started to turn things around! 

However, the letter to the editor page has been allowed to be monopolized by conservative basher, race-baiter & all around hater local ubber liberal guitar strummin' Middletownian Eric Kuhn. Most newspaper have a 1 letter per month & word cap for letters to the editor, but the Mess does not- but maybe with the page turning Kuhnapalooza-cra cra they oughta! We previously countered Kuhn's attack on conservatives with follow up letters from several political leaders: Wayne Winsley, James McGovern, and resident blogger Billyboy Baggins. A verbal 1-2-3 knock down. 

Maybe Mess is hard up for letters to the editor (this is where you closet righties chime in and get off your butts and write something folks!) or the paper has been relapsing to the dark days when Viktoria S. was still editor and her twitter-crush on Matty Lesser bled onto every page. 

Sad we can't do this story without context so forgive us for giving attention-whore Kuhn more attention. In Kuhn's latest piece of persecution where he goes after the Granddaddy of all homegrown Connecticut Conservative bloggers Mr. Don Pesci of all people! 

On behalf of all citizen's, we would like to apologize to Mr. Pesci for the verbal diarrhea of a village idiot; sometimes M-town is Mentaltown. 

Alas, like a white knight of the English language Pesci strikes down the mistrel of mockery in his own words: "He's just making a mountain out of a molehill metaphor, the usual lefty rhetorical practice (see Sol Alinsky). I can’t even be sure he understands the provenance of the metaphor: Lenin said he would get from capitalists the rope he would then use to hang them. Progressives do the same – quite effectively; President Obama pulled in more dollars from rich capitalists than did Mitt Romney. Jon Pelto is on record as favoring a more steeply progressive income tax to pay for the Democrats improvident spending, which is why I brought Leon Trotsky into the metaphorical rendering. I suspect Mr. Kuhn knows this and is pretending ignorance to advance his own nefarious rhetorical purposes, one of which seems to be to convince newspaper that carried the column to shut me up. Get thee to a gulag, Pesci."

Well played Papa Pesci, well played.
If you want to read a real blog by a real writer check out Don Pesci's Red Notes on a Blue State.

October 18, 2014

Dr. William Petit Joins Len Suzio to End Early Release of Violent Criminals In CT

Len Suzio, the State's Victim Advocate is running for reelection as State Senator for the 13th District. Here he stands with Dr. William Petit speaking on behalf of ending the Ct laws that allow the early release of criminals that commit violent crimes back on the street.
(Photo Len Suzio, Dr. William Petit (credit L. Salafia)
Orignally posted on the End Early Release Website: http://endearlyrelease.com/
Listen to Suzio on WSFB
WFSB 3 Connecticut

Photo Len Suzio, Dr. William Petit (credit L. Salafia)


Malloy Political Stunt? DOT Addresses Accident Prone Route 17 On Ramp in Middletown

On September 24 2014 the Department of Transportation held a meeting with citizens at City Hall to discuss potential design changes to the Route 17 on ramp in Middletown.The state is trying to come up with solutions, mainly lengthening the ramp to alleviate accidents.2010-2012 the DOT reported 379 accidents at this location. From  Further down the stretch of highway the traffic lights on Route 9 have been the site of many some fatal accidents over the last 30 years.

The traffic lights will stay on Route 9 - the deaths will continue: DOT Engineer William Britnell spoke at the beginning of the presentation stating that the currently proposed project will not address the lights on Route 9. Citizens know all too well these lights cause traffic jams. Britnell stated that subsequent exploration of depressing the highway was "off the table indefinitely" because the price would be too extravagant.


Graphic Credit Dan The Tax Man
ct-sos.com
Middletown, Are Route 9 &
the Riverfront just
  political ploys for Dan Malloy?
Solutions proposed by the DOT included the possible closure of the Union Street on ramp portions of the entry and alterations to Loveland Street. Although vague as to actual allocated funding for such a project, construction of the improved on ramp could begin as early as 2018 at a price tag of $25 million according to the presentation. The DOT wants to hear from citizens with concerns and invites letters. Explored in the discussion was a rotary at the  South Main Street interchange and the introduction of several lights bringing the total to 12 in the 3 mile stretch from Main Street Extension/Saybrook Road area.  The governor's announcement of an allocation of approximately $2 million to construct a boat house at Harbor Park  and the decommissioning of Middletown's sewage treatment facility on River Road is likely to have prompted the investment in on ramp redesign. The DOT's presentation presented a concept that would allow for increased parking at Harbor Park and closure of the Union Street ramp portion to allow more pedestrian access here. Traffic studies have yet to be done. 

 Our friend & videographer Palin Smith came and taped the entire meeting. Candidate for Governor Joe Visconti attended, and asked what the state how the state planned for funding this project & how many similarly scoped projects did the DOT have on its plate at the moment; he received no answer. Palin was gracious enough to video the entire question and answer portion with citizens in four parts. Citizens expressed on concerns for increased High Street traffic, possible changes to the Village neighborhood, and concerns for people walking on the highway on ramp to Stop and Shop. Sumner Brook would have retaining walls along part of its path along River Road, the  DOT engineers emphasizing the need for  making the roadway safer as the driving force for the project. 

A good history of the highway in Middletown is available on the website: http://www.kurumi.com/roads/ct/ct9.html by historian Ian Morris. The site boasts diagrams, maps, time line of construction, and long forgotten newspaper articles about highways in Connecticut. Morris quotes former councilman and businessman of Middletown the late Vincent Amato: "I've lived with what the highway projects did to downtown New Britain. If you took out the traffic lights and put up Jersey barriers across the exits, you'd solve the Route 9 problem - and you could say goodbye to Middletown."

What has Rep Joe Serra done for Middletown? Anyone? According to Morris's website, roughly every ten years the DOT hosts a meeting with Middletown citizens to revisit the Exit 17 on ramp and or lights on Route 9, however, little has been done. Mayor Drew introduced the DOT traffic engineers, however, ironically silent though present in the front row of the presentation were Representatives for Middletown Matt Lesser (D) and long time incumbent and veteran of the legislature for 25+ years Rep. Joe Serra (D). Serra is also head of the Transportation Committee of the Legislature, however in his tenure, no significant design changes to both treacherous stretches of the highway in his home city of Middletown have taken place.  Serra is is also the secretary-treasurer of CASHO - the Connecticut Association of Streets Highway Officials - a position he has held for the last 33 years! The Route 17 on ramp right in his own backyard but has failed to address the issue. Surely, Rep. Serra is no stranger to the deadly stretch of highway in the area of the lights on Route 9 and the fender-bender ridden Route.   Before the question & answer period of the hearing took place, Rep. Serra left the meeting and declined commenting to news reporters present. 


Some feel the Governor Malloy's impromptu press conference held at the river front on September 30th were mere political stunts for the governor looking to score votes in his bid for re-election in November. Will this much needed ramp-revamp be a reality?


Check out Palin's video and be sure to view the 4 part Q&A

October 17, 2014

Who is Angel Fernandez?

Candidate Angel Fernandez for the 100th
The post below was originally featured in the Hartford Courant:
"Fernandez, 45, is running for State Representative for the in the race for the 100th House District seat.
Fernandez  grew up in the North End of Hartford and has lived in Middletown for 17 years. He spent 18 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2007 due to injury as a master-at-arms second class.
"Right now people are so disappointed with both parties," he said. "It's shocking how disconnected a lot of our politicians are with a lot of people."

Fernandez described himself as "a big Second Amendment guy" but stressed that his campaign is also focusing heavily on rolling back some Common Core education requirements and cutting taxes.

He said he felt laws already in place before new gun control laws were enacted – if they had been properly enforced – would have been sufficient to address gun violence. He also said the new laws did not address many concerns about mental health, and said as a state representative he would support the rights of gun owners.
Fernandez was served in Operation Desert Storm and was deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan in the recent conflicts as part of a military police unit and an anti-terrorism unit providing security.

By his view of the local political scene, elected officials are out of touch with the needs of low- and middle-income residents.


"I served and I fought for my country and I came home to find a mess," Fernandez said.
He is now the owner of Eleven Charlie, a consulting company he started with friends from the Navy. The firm provides threat assessments for corporate and public buildings. He also has volunteered as deputy director of emergency management for the city for five years.
Fernandez ran for common council in the 2013 municipal election, his first attempt at running for office, but drew one of the lowest vote tallies out of the 18 council candidates.
He faces a challenge to unseat Lesser, who is running for a fourth term in the heavily-Democratic district.

"Angel is really going to be able to communicate the importance of being inclusive as a candidate," said Republican Councilwoman Deborah Kleckowski, who ran against Lesser two years ago.

She said Republicans are stressing "the urgency for party balance" in Hartford.
"One party rule is not a democracy or a republic," Kleckowski said. "The most important attributes Angel brings are his ability to communicate to a cross section of the population and his experience."

Fernandez said his pledge to potential voters is to be honest with them about issues and his stances, and to make sure he contributes to making the state a better place for his five sons.

"Public office should not be a right, it's a privilege. I'm not planning to be a career politician," he said. "You have to be honest with your people. If you're not honest with your people you lose your credibility. Looking back throughout history good politicians spoke the truth and spoke their minds.""

Middletown Events to Meet Your Candidates Election 2014!

Find out what you need to know about who is running to represent Middletown before Election Day November 4th! Ask the tough questions for yourself & Find out what's on the ballot for Middletown's Charter Revision
October 17: Legislative incumbents and challengers will discuss housing and homelessness at a breakfast Friday The Cross Street AME Zion Church at 440 West St. will host a candidates’ meeting from 8:15 until 10 a.m. The Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness and the Middlesex Interagency Council are also contributing to the meeting, according to a press release from the Coalition.
October 22- Green Street Arts Center Meet the Candidate Night - evening at Green St Arts Center

October 27 - Westfield Residents Association Candidate Forum : See below
The annual meeting will begin at 6:30pm, with members of the Charter Revision Commission coming to speak about and answer questions pertaining to the following questions on the Nov. 4 ballot:
  1. Shall the Charter be amended to provide for a term of four years for the following elected officials of the City of Middletown: the Mayor, Common Council, Treasurer, Board of Assessment Appeals and Registrars of Voters?
  2. Shall the Charter be amended to raise the bond limit for which the Common Council can approve spending without going to referendum to $1,000,000?
  3. Shall all other amendments to the Charter as approved by the Common Council from the Final Report of the Charter Revision Commission at its September 2, 2014 meeting be approved?
Following the annual meeting and refreshments, the “Meet the Candidates” Forum will begin at approximately 7pm (or shortly thereafter). The following candidates have been invited to the Forum:

US House of Representatives: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro v. James Brown CT House District 100: Rep. Matt Lesser v. Angel Fernandez CT House District 33: Rep. Joe Serra v. Linda Szynkowicz CT Senate District 13: Sen. Dante Bartolomeo v. Len Suzio CT Senate District 9: Sen. Paul Doyle unopposed
This is not a debate, but rather an opportunity for the candidates to speak briefly and then answer your questions. All members of the public are welcome to attend, but priority will be given to WRA members during Q&A time. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to join you!

October 15, 2014

ObamaCare places unsustainable burden on self-employed and those employed by small businesses.

The following was posted by a dear friend of mine, on Face Book.  It is a tale that deserves to be told, as it is a tale that is bound to be experienced by many of our fellow citizens.  With the upcoming election fast approaching, voters need to consider the consequences of their actions (or inaction).  Do you, Mr. and Mrs Voter, expect anything to change when you keep sending the SAME people back to Washington and Hartford, time after time after time?  Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result?

Here it is:

"Well, so I get home today and discover a BIG envelope from ConnectiCare in the mail box. 
My pulse starts to go up, as it usually does with letters from them at this time of year.  My intuition rang true; my health insurance premium is going up by $111.70 a month; my husband's by $54.51 a month.

So, now my health insurance is $750.44 a month; my husband's is $380.25.  AND we each have a $5000.00 deductible!

HOW IS THIS FAIR? The insurance companies literally got a license to do what ever they want. Unless you work for the state, or a corporation, you are screwed.

People; please, this state and country need a change. This is wrong, this is sick! I don't always even make that much money a month!

We only go to the doctor if we are seriously sick. This is crazy!!!  Now we will pay $1130.60 a month for health ins, with two $5000.00 deductibles!  Someone tell me how this is right!"


$13,567.20 annual premium, plus $10,000.00 in deductibles = $23,567.20. This is crazy. I thought ObamaCare was supposed to reduce premiums by $2,500.00 per year?

How can the average working class person, who is not employed by the government or a generous corporation, be expected to afford this?

Remember in November; forget at your own peril.

October 13, 2014

Middletown Candidates Debate Education, Who was silent?

Candidate Linda Szynkowicz
 for the 33rd

Candidate Len Suzio 
for the 13th
Last week candidates who have districts in Middlesex county gathered to debate education. All incumbents and new challengers were invited to the debate moderated by local Izzy Greenberg director of the Middlesex Coalition for Children  Nothing was off the table. The Press did a fair job of summarizing what happened at the debate, but the most interesting outcome is what the article leaves out; who was silent. Format of the debate was a 5 minute intro where the candidates could introduce themselves followed by questions asked by Greenberg in which all candidates could raise their hand and answer; some all were called on, some 3-4 where chosen to answer. Candidates Linda Syznkowicz, for the 33rd District, and candidate Len Suzio, candidate for the 13th, came out strong against Common Core. Syznkowicz, a current member of Middletown's Board of Education, made it clear part of her reasoning was that local teachers where never consulted as to the make up of the curriculum.


The Press quotes Syznkowicz as follows: Szynkowicz said Common Core ignored teachers’ input. “You lose the teachers’ personality with everything,” said Szynkowicz, a member of the Middletown Board of Education. “We are spending more time teaching to testing, not teaching to learn.” Like Syznkowicz, republican candidate Suzio echoed this assessment, and encouraged parent involvement at early ages rather than the reliance on government programs. Rep. Matt Lesser of the 100th District, who has in years past supported the early release of violent juvenile offenders, who had earned credits, spoke in favor on not incarcerating juveniles, but education them instead.

Who was silent? In all this, 20+ year veteran (11 terms) of the state legislator incumbent Rep. Joe Serra never raised his hand to answer a single question after giving his 5 minute intro. His reason for being an "expert" on education is that his wife is a retired teacher. At last months DOT presentation in Middletown dealing with the remodeling of the treacherous Route 17 on ramp to Route 9, Serra, long time chair of the Legislature's Highway committee & CASHO left early dodging the crowd & reporters both eager with questions.


October 22 Green Street Arts Center on Green St Middletown will hold its meet & greet with the candidates, open to the public.

Guestblog: It Happened Here! Story of Keating Wheel Company!

Please read a wonderful guestblog by Middletown resident Gary Keating about the Keating Wheel company! We love to get historic & slice of life submissions so please send them our way at middletowninsider@gmail.com.

It happened here!! Lost to history, forgotten and ignored up to now. Finally, a vital piece of
Middletown Connecticut history is bought back for all to share and enjoy.

A detailed, factual biography of the man, his ground
breaking factory “The Keating Wheel Company” on
Johnson Street in Middletown Ct, and his
contributions and innovations in the early years of
modern wheeled transportation in the USA.
A must read for those interested in early Middletown, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, and transportation history.

The book is available at this time online. A simple Google search of the title will
Robert M. Keating originally started the Keating Wheel Company in Westfield,
Massachusetts on September 10,1890 after working as the superintendent at the Warwick
Cycle Company in Springfield and before that with the Overman Wheel Company in
Chicopee, Massachusetts. The first Keating Wheel Company factory was a leased space
in an existing factory building formerly used by the Westfield Whip Company located
on Elm Street in Westfield. The factory employed ten men and by the spring of 1891 the
Keating Wheel Company turned out the first seventy-five Keating bicycles, called “The
On July 2, 1891 the company was reorganized with a new board of directors and in
January 1892, the Keating Wheel Company moved its operations into a new factory
located at 30 Dwight Street in Holyoke, MA. By 1892 the company had 300 employees.
Over the next five years the company produced some of the lightest, strongest and fastest
bicycles made in the United States, along with introducing the innovative and unique
Keating curved center brace design, celebrated by the tag line, “See That Curve” on all its
By 1895 the bicycle boom in America was in peak form. It is difficult today to fully
appreciate the impact the bicycle had on industry and society during the Gay ‘90s. The
bicycle was literally “the next big thing” in the 1890s. At the time, the two-wheeled
machine spawned the same level of technological awe in the minds of consumers as the
television, desktop computer and smart phone did during their inaugurations; along with
the same obsessive drive to own one. R.M. Keating and his Wheel Company were at
the forefront of this new transportation revolution and the success of his bicycle lines
required that the company expand. For that, he needed a new plant. When word got out
that the Keating was looking to move, cities and towns from far and wide began to court
Following a fury of propositions, it was Middletown, CT that made the most attractive
offer and on the evening of May 23, 1896, an official agreement to relocate the Keating
Wheel Company to Middletown was signed. As part of the deal it was agreed that a
massive two-story, 1000-foot long factory would be constructed on two parcels of land
purchased by the company on “the old race course near the Berlin branch road” which
would later become Johnson Street. On the last day of 1896, the new factory suddenly
and dramatically came to life. On that wintery New Year’s Eve, smoke billowed out of
the factory’s 135-foot chimney for the first time. A new board of directors was formed to
oversee the company’s success with Middletown’s most famous resident, ex-governor Owen
Vincent Coffin, in the chairman’s seat.

When Keating made the decision to relocate to Middletown he was also determined
to build a new factory like no other. The two floors of the new factory were designed
as great, open halls, supported by rows of pine pillars set 10 feet apart, allowing more
efficient and better- integrated movement of stock and finished material between the
various production operations arrayed along each floor. With only two stories the
ceilings could be raised higher than usual, in turn allowing the window frames to be made
larger, which allowed additional light and ventilation into the factory. But there was
another innovation built into the design of the new Keating factory that was historically
 century factories and mills that operated using waterwheels, flumes or steam, Keating looked to one of the cutting-edge tech stars of the day, Thomas Alva Edison, for a brand new source of power – electricity. The factory in Middletown was the first manufacturing plant in the country designed expressly for the use of electric power; power that would be generated on site in its own electric power plant using motors and generators designed by Edison’s new General Electric Company. Electric power allowed Keating to organize his bicycle production more efficiently. He had six
extensions constructed off the factory’s core structure to house specialized operations that
would allow for what would later become known as assembly-line production. But the
Keating factory’s innovations were not confined to the production of bicycles. As early
as 1896 Keating already had other things in mind.

In 1898 the Keating Wheel Company began manufacturing motor carriages, powered by
electric batteries, for use as delivery vehicles. The following year the company changed
its name to the Keating Wheel and Automobile Company and its first production model
motorized delivery wagon was presented to the public on November 10, 1899. The
giant Siegel-Cooper department store in New York City made the first purchase. Over
the next several years some of the finest bicycles ever to be manufactured in the United
States were rolled out of the factory’s loading docks and shipped worldwide. By the turn
of the century, the Middletown factory was also producing both electric and gasoline
powered vehicles well before Detroit took the stage. Keating reportedly had five vehicles
represented in Middletown’s 250th

Letter to the Editor: Route 9 Paving Waste of Tax Money, Rep. Lesser Unresponsive

To the Editor:

Not often having the opportunity to travel to the shore, I’ve not paid much attention to the milling and paving being conducted by the CT DOT on Route 9. The DOT has now reached Middletown and it does not appear that they have any intention of stopping, until they reach Interstate 84. I question the necessity of it.

Certainly, there are portions here and there that needed maintenance, but it is obvious that the entire route does not need to be repaved. I travel Route 9 north from Middletown on a regular basis, and it is in pretty darn good condition.

But, you be the judge. Attached is a photo from under the Arrigoni Bridge, showing where the milling ended, and where it will pick up, again, tonight. Does that stretch of road look like it needs to be repaved to you?

My call to Gov. Malloy’s office to question this, yielded nothing but a referral to the DOT. That referral lead to three further transfers and an unfulfilled promise of a return phone call, from “Sherry” at the DOT, (860-258-4501) and the governors’ office (860-566-4840). As well, two emails on this topic to 100th District state Rep. Matt Lesser, have gone unanswered.

People highly resent our tax money being spent in such a way that gives the appearance of work being done, just to keep state employees busy. In my opinion, this is nothing more than political payback in an election year.

Tom Foley is a successful business man who appreciates the hard work you and I put into earning the money we pay taxes with, whereas Gov. Malloy seems to think money grows on trees and our pockets are overflowing.

Wasn’t it candidate Dan Malloy who promised NOT to increase taxes? Wasn’t it Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who gave us the largest tax increase in the state’s history?

Gov. Malloy is out of touch. It is high time for fresh ideas, common sense and a respect for the hard working People of Connecticut. Remember this when you go to the poll on Nov. 4.

William Boylan
Middletown

October 8, 2014

Guesblog: 'The New & Improved Middletown" by John Milardo

“And Justice For All” is a newsletter involving my opinions, views, and commentary as a life long Middletown resident. In my capacity as a former employee of Middletown (retired) for over 41 years, I have different perspective regarding how and why public figures do what they do.

Since Dan Drew became Mayor, he took Middletown by the ankles, turned it upside down,shook it, slapped it in the face to wake it up, and placed it back down so vibrant and improved, that I think I’m in Oz!

City government has been reorganized and streamlined by Mayor Drew.....NOT!
The reorganization has saved Middletown taxpayers tons of money....NOT!
The reality is that departments which were consolidated are spending more now than prior
to the reorganization. More money is spent on private contractors and less is being done
in-house. Maybe that’s one of the reasons for consolidation? Gotta take care of those
contractor/campaign contributors$...!

We are going to have a new waterfront! Middletown should have a waterfront which is
designed for families and all citizens to enjoy, not just a commercial area for tax revenue.
We lost our boat launch and fishing areas back in the 1970’s when Harbor Park was
created. The only problem is the entire area in question is a flood plain. Don’t put the
wading boots away. A couple of years ago, we were going to renovate and enlarge the
Palmer Field concession stand. The plan was rejected because the area is considered to be
a flood plain. This will be interesting.

The City is now asking to bond things which were always part of the budgetary system;
trucks. You are going to pay interest on the bond, for an item which was previously
planned and allocated for within a budget, and no interest payments. By the time the bond
is paid off, many of the vehicles will no longer be in use. The Common Council is
overspending tax dollars by allowing departments to low ball their yearly fiscal budgets
and then granting fund allocations throughout the year.

What happened to the controversy between the Mayor and Councilman Thomas Serra
regarding the Public Works Department’s purchase of the city street lights? The
Councilman argued with the Public Works director regarding the lack of savings from the
purchase, and how they (Council) were hoodwinked by false projection savings for the
purchase. The Mayor jumped into the fray when the director was put on the spot, and
Councilman Serra and Dan exchanged heated words on the Council floor. That was a
couple of months ago, I’m sure everyone has kissed and made up by now. Someone will
need something down the road.

Dan Drew reminds me a lot of Governor Dan Malloy. Let’s see, their first names are Dan
and their shadows are joined at the hip. Both take credit for things that turn out right, and
try to hide the things that turn out wrong. Malloy wants organized labors backing, so does
Drew, and both get it! After Malloy gets backed by labor, he sticks it to them! So does
Drew. Malloy has done nothing substantial for Connecticut in the area of job creation,
manufacturing, tax decrease, and many other areas which the middle class can actually
grasp and realize. Connecticut citizens are leaving and moving to other States. Just can’t
afford to live here anymore!

Two of the City of Middletown’s municipal labor organizations are in arbitration. Have
the Unions been vocal about it? No. Have they commented on it? A vague response last
week in the newspapers. What has happened to Middletown’s labor movement? Is it
dormant, or dead? Not very long ago, these same Union members would not have been
silent. I was an “insider” once, and I can understand why a City employee might want to
keep quiet. There is the retribution factor. But an entire Union silenced is
unconscionable!

One last thing. I’ve been in organized labor most of my life, but find labors backing of
Governor Malloy distasteful at best. If endorsing the “lesser of two evils” is how labor
determines who they want to get behind, then it would be better to stay neutral. For the
record, I don’t like either candidate. Shoving millions of Union dues dollars into a
political campaign and your members still lose in the end is ineffective. Save the money
and give it back to your membership to use on health care or pensions. Remember the
phrase “strength in numbers”? That’s it in a nut shell! The candidates need your numbers
in the voting booth more than we need them!

The Democratic Party in Connecticut use to mean they supported organized labor and the
working person – it doesn't anymore!

Stay strong. Stay involved. Stay together. Wake up and seek the truth. John Milardo

October 5, 2014

What Really Happened at Charter Review, Views from Committee Member Milardo

Below is a letter to the Editor from Attorney Joseph Milardo an appointed member of Middletown's Charter Revision Committee. Milardo gives a break down of thoughts on the process. Earlier we published a Letter to the Editor outlining the questions on the November 2014 ballot. http://www.middletowninsider.com/2014/10/middletown-charter-revision-ballot.html


Tony Petras, Mike Gaudino and I suggested a four year term for the Mayor, only if, 1) there was a 2 term limit, and 2) there would be no participation/vesting in the City pension fund.  First, the question of term limits was referred to the City Attorney and he confirmed what Tony, Mike and I already knew, that there is no prohibition on terms limits in CT, in fact, Stamford has provided limits for some offices.

Then all of the Dems and the other two republicans on the charter panel decided 4 years terms should be provided for all office holders and there should be no term limits. 
At that point, Tony, Mike and I pulled our support for the 4 year terms.  Although we would have  supported 4 years for the Registrars since any contests for that office are usually resolved in the nomination process and the two party nominees don't compete for that office in the general election. 

For any other contested elective office, a four year term makes no sense, delays voter correction opportunities for too long, and, would not really save election costs since the staggered terms we have now require two year voting for P&Z and Bd/Ed offices. 
The charter changes advanced by the dems and the other two republicans were so flawed they didn't even discuss whether election for 4 year terms would be staggered as Bd/Ed and P&Z elections are.

As for the bonding increase we only supported this if it provided for a super majority vote requirement for passage.

The rest of the Charter changes are nothing substantive and do not require passage at this time.

I will be urging anyone I speak with to vote NO on all questions.  Also, a reminder that we should vote NO on the State constitutional amendments.  I believe these to be dangerous to our political process since voting will be easier to influence/rig, and, they are designed to accomdate lazy, uninformed voters.  No ballot box should be open to votes weeks before election day.  The amendments scream "banana republic" with every word!

In summary, these charter reviision panel members were not up to the task of meaningful review at all.  I frankly don't know how or why the panel was formed.  There was no agenda, no clear purpose, and aside from Mike, Tony and I filing a memorandum of suggested changes which we reviewed with the TC Executive committee and the Council republicans, no one else raised any revisions which would make Middltown's government operations more accessible to the voters.

Joe Milardo

October 3, 2014

Middletown Charter Revision Ballot Questions: Why you should vote NO! NO! & NO!

A letter to the editor from resident Ken McClellan:
Election Day - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
In addition to state officers, there will be a referendum on Middletown ballots for a Charter Revision.
The questions on the ballot will be:
 
1. Shall the Charter be amended to provide for a term of four years for the following elected officials of the City of Middletown: the Mayor, Common Council, Treasurer, Board of Assessment Appeals and Registrars of Voters?
 
2. Shall the Charter be amended to raise the bond limit for which the Common Council can approve spending without going to referendum to $1,000,000?
 
3.  Shall all other amendments to the Charter as approved by the Common Council from the Final Report of the Charter Revision Commission at its September 2, 2014 meeting be approved?
 
The majority caucus on the council is pushing for these changes.  My opinion is that all of these revisions should be rejected.  
 
Question 1:  4 year terms.  This sounds like it might save the city money, by eliminating one election cycle. However, we can't eliminate that election.  The Board of Education and Planning and Zoning Commission are elected for 4 years on a 2-year alternating cycle.  1/2 the members up for election every two years.  If the Council were to do the same, I might support this proposal.  One statement made to justify 4-year terms is that it will allow the Council to concentrate on governing, rather than campaigning.  In the time I've lived in Middletown, I haven't seen campaigning take away anything from the amount of governing done.  I have seen the Democratic majority on our Common Council spend time debating topics over which they have no authority or control at the same when a city budget is due.  Unfortunately the budget did not get a lot of discussion.   Please vote NO on this question.
 
Question 2:  Bonding Limit.  The current bonding limit, the amount of money the Common Council can borrow without a referendum is $750,000.  The Democrats on the Council have found ways to fund multi-million dollar projects without letting the citizens know, by borrowing money in $750,000 increments.  This is not what I call open, transparent and honest government.  I'm sure that their justification is that they want to make sure projects get started, and can't wait for that tedious approval process.  Vote NO on this question.
 
Question 3:  Everything Else.  I just received a copy of the commission report and council changes today.  This report is not available on the city web-site.  It is not included in the minutes of the Charter Revision Commission or in the minutes of the Common Council meeting where the report was accepted.  I will make the Report and Amendments available on the MRTC website (www.middletownctgop.com).  Unless you read and understand all the changes:  Vote NO on this question.
We need your vote and the votes of all your friends and neighbors on November 4. Mark your calendar and get out and VOTE!
 
Thank you,
Ken McClellan
Chairman,
Middletown Republican Town Committee

Weekend Festivals, Fairs, Apples and Booths



Apple Harvest Festival
Berlin Fair
Don't forget to visit your local Republican Booths when you are at the festivals and fairs!
The Second Amendment group is additionally renting a booth at this weekend's Apple Harvest Festival in Southington, a rite of fall popular with politicians, that Malloy's GOP challenger, Tom Foley, is scheduled to attend. 
Booth

October 2, 2014

Suzio Grand Opening of Headquarters Oct 2, 2014

Open house for HQ, on October 2nd. 
Headquarters is located in Meriden at 1231 East Main Street, in the Ocean State Job Lot Plaza, and is located next to Subway.
Our hours are M-F from Noon to 5 and staffed by volunteers
Phone is 203-630-2905
Check the Website  Suzio2014.com or visit the
Facebook Page Suzio2014 plenty of photos
 
We always need help, please contact us. Hope to see you at the Open House.
 

October 1, 2014

Please help support Tom Foley at the Gubernatorial Debate on October 2nd!

Where: Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT, 06269
When: October 2nd, 7-8pm
Doors open at 6:45 be there no later than 5PM for the Rally!
TO RSVP for Tickets:
Call Anthony Marquis 203-577-8053 or Matt Joiner 860-705-3775
Email: Anthony.e.marquis@gmail.com or matthewbjoiner@gmail.com
***Tickets will be handed out at the Rally***


Come Support Tom as he takes down Malloy on the Issues!

September 26, 2014

South Fire Open House October 4th!

South Fire Open House & Fire Safety Fair 2014

http://southfiredistrict.com/

Congratulations to New American Legion Officers Middletown Post 75 & Veteran News

Jerry Augstine/credit Augustine
 Milardo Wilcox American Legion Post 75 of Middletown has installed new officers for the upcoming year.

Congratulations for the new offices which include: Larry Riley, commander; Michael Rogalski, adjutant; Ken McClellan, senior vice commander; Cheryl McClellan, finance officer; Jerry Augustine, chaplain; Ron Organek, historian; and Calvin Hilton, service officer.
Cheryl McClellan is a Middletown board of education member, & Jerry Augustine has been a very popular guest blogger for the Insider. Augustine's last contribution ( and we certainly hope for more Jerry!) can be read here: http://www.middletowninsider.com/2014/06/guestblog-1576-steps-by-jerry-augustine.html

Local Veteran events for the fall:
Veterans of the Vietnam War of Middletown will be meeting on Oct. 7, the first Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Drive, Middletown.
VFW Post 583 meetingOct. 1, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Drive.
American Legion Post 75 Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Drive.

VFW Post 1840  meetingOct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Drive.
 
D.A.V. Chapter 7  meeting on Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Drive. All veterans are welcome.

 Greater Middletown Military Museum will meet Oct. 21, the third Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Drive.

The Catholic War Veterans Post 1166 meeting Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church Rectory, 79 South Main St., Middletown

American Legion Post 206 will be meeting on Oct. 16, the third Thursday, at 6 p.m. at Page Hall on the Connecticut Valley Hospital campus in Middletown.

The Middletown Council of Veterans are to gather on Oct. 28, the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Drive.

In addition The Trees of Honor Inc. is hosting a fundraiser in November:
Bill Maune has posted an article on Patch with video & tribute song from a combat veteran's widow here: http://patch.com/connecticut/middletown-ct/trees-are-planted-veterans-memorial-park#.VCWdC53D86Y
November 1st, Ct. Trees Of Honor Dinner-Dance & Auction 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Laurel View Country Club, Hamden, CT.
Description: Salute to veterans dinner/dance and auction to benefit the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial building fund.
General Admission is $60. Dress code is Black Tie or Cowboy Boots and everything in between.
Fun Silent Auction to include bidding on a dance with a Veteran or V.I.P. General and dancing throughout the night to live music by 42nd Street Band.

Auctioneer, WDRC Radio Personality, Brad Davis. Tickets sales will open soon and will be available on our website : http://cttreesofhonor.com/

September 23, 2014

DOT to address Route 17 & Route 9 Tonight Public Hearing

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) will conduct a Public Informational Meeting for the Reconfiguration of Route 17 On-Ramp onto Route 9 North (Project No.82-309).
 
When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Where:                 Middletown City Hall, in the Council Chambers (1st floor),
245 Dekoven Drive,
Middletown, Connecticut
What:                   An open forum with Department staff will begin at 6:30 p.m.
with a formal presentation at 7:00 p.m. 
 
Details of the proposed concept: This project is designed to develop a plan that will enhance the safety of vehicles at the on-ramp of Route 17 onto Route 9 North, which has a high frequency of accidents. The proposal includes the widening of the existing bridge immediately north of the stop-controlled on-ramp to accommodate a full length acceleration lane and remove the stop-control condition. The widening of the Route 9 Bridge would be facilitated by the relocation of the intersection of Union Street, Harbor Drive and River Road currently located under the bridge. This intersection would be moved further east across Sumner Brook, which would require the construction of two new bridges, and the realignment of the three intersecting roadways.

This concept also proposes to close the existing on-ramp onto Route 9 North located at the north end of Harbor Drive and transform Harbor Drive into a local access road with on-street parking, and various pedestrian amenities.

This project will be concluded at the end of the public comment period for the public informational meeting. At that time, the DOT will consider the initiation of another project to move forward with the design and construction of this concept.

More detailed information is available at the DOT’s Office of Engineering, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.  Plans are also available for review at the Middletown City Hall – Town Clerk’s Office, 245 Dekoven Drive, Middletown, Connecticut. Anyone wishing to discuss the project may contact Mr. William W. Britnell. 

September 7, 2014

Police Accountability Using Readily Available Tehcnology

Ferguson Police Force Chose Not to Be Accountable

By Lee Bellinger at Independent Living News

The heat of the conflict in Ferguson has cooled, but my blood is still sizzling.
I learned this last week that the Ferguson police force had the means to prevent everything that transpired there.
They could have avoided the looting and the riots.
Shooting peaceful protesters with rubber bullets? It never would have happened.
Launching tear-gas into crowds? Wouldn’t have come to that.
If the Ferguson police department had just deployed technology they already have, they could have given definitive answers to all the questions raised by the shooting of Michael Brown. And they could have done it fast enough to render their ham-fisted handling of the aftermath completely unnecessary.
What amazing bit of technology could do all that?...(Read on)

After you have read through the post consider asking Middletown Police if they have this technology. This is much better than MRP assault trucks and other government gifted military equipment. This makes "Protect and Serve" a reality.
"'America gets upset when they see local police with militaristic-type gear and weapons,' said Brookfield Police Chief Robin Montgomery, a former special agent with the FBI who earned two Purple Hearts as a Marine in Vietnam. 'If the threat does not rise to the militaristic level, you need to be as low-key as possible.'
Being low-key becomes difficult when military equipment is deployed on Main Street, said David McGuire, staff attorney for the ACLU in Hartford.
'We have found there is an overreliance on this equipment where departments have used SWAT teams and armored vehicles to deliver warrants,' McGuire said. "That is inappropriate.'
The ACLU is lobbying the state legislature for a law requiring a local public hearing before a police department could apply for military equipment. The law would also require police to log each instance where the military equipment was used so that its use could be monitored..."
Also search by Connecticut town to see what's been supplied by Uncle Sam (CT Post)