October 9, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Taxpayer not Criminal

I know I can’t be the only one who has had to read, and re- read, and possibly re- read, the story on the 60 year old gentleman, who while paying his taxes at City Hall, forgot he had a child’s toy gun in his pocket, from cleaning his car earlier in the day, and was ultimately arrested for Breach of Peace. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes! I’ll be the first to say that Breach of Peace (and laws alike, Disorderly Conduct, etc.), are over used, but this takes it to a new level.
First, consider the facts we know: The man, Robert Baranowsky, who is 60 years old, was at City Hall to pay his taxes, which he successfully did. When he realized he had the toy, he allegedly, in an embarrassing manner, explained it off to the clerk, concluded his business of paying his taxes, and went home. Folks, I’m here to tell you, criminals do not pay their taxes before they go off to commit whatever shenanigans they may. It just doesn’t happen. And the supposed clerk, who allegedly broke down in tears, and called the police, I’ll just be blunt, and direct my comment at that person, and say, please go get some help. (Preferably not from the Police Department)
I suppose, for arguments purpose, I should at least educate you all, as to what a person has to do, to be guilty of committing Breach of Peace. A person, in Connecticut, is guilty of Breach of Peace if, he or she, (1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place; or (2) assaults or strikes another; or (3) threatens to commit any crime against another person or such other person’s property; or (4) publicly exhibits, distributes, posts up or advertises any offensive, indecent or abusive matter concerning any person; or (5) in a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture; or (6) creates a public and hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which such person is not licensed or privileged to do. For purposes of this section, “public place” means any area that is used or held out for use by the public whether owned or operated by public or private interests.
Wow! I feel that was a total waste of ink, but I digress, according to the above law, Mr. Baranowsky is not guilty of any of that! Apparently, the Police officer, Officer Steven Dimassa, in the course of his investigation, apparently couldn’t be bothered to read the above paragraph, about what he was actually charging his “suspect” with. Many don’t realize this, but Officer Dimassa, has now set off a row of dominoes, that very well, could end with Mr. Baranowsky being branded a criminal. I don’t understand how that is right!
The sad fact is that Mr. Baranowsky is already out his bond amount of $1500. If he paid a bondsman, that’s money he’ll never see again, but that’s hardly the issue. Now Mr. Boranowsky is faced with possible multiple court appearances, that could end with him paying a fine, being ordered to do community service, or even, yes, jail time is a reality. There can’t be anyone serving jail time for such a crime, you say? I’ll guarantee someone is, that’s how pathetic and broken the system actually is. A system, Mr. Baranowsky, has no business being in!
Robert Baranowsky has a court date of October 9, 2015, and this City has failed him. What can we do, as a community to say that this is wrong, and we won’t stand for it?

Brian E. Clark, Middletown

Park & Rec Fall Festival on Main Street

October 8, 2015

2nd Amendment Group CCDL Meeting Middletown Oct 13

 What is CCDL? "The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is a non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to advocating rights affirmed by the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Connecticut. We are especially dedicated to protecting the unalienable right of all citizens to keep and bear arms, for the defense of both self and state, through public enlightenment and legislative action." 

CCDL is over 3,000 strong and meets right in Middletown!
Food Drive CCDL collects canned goods/non-perishables at all our meetings to be donated to local charities. The holiday season may be over, but people still need to eat. Please bring non perishables to the meeting

Next meeting Open to the Public : October 13 7-9 Pm Elks Lodge, BPOE 771, Maynard Road Middetown
For details:http://www.ccdl.us/

October 7, 2015

Candidate Bio: Cheryl McClellan (R) for Board of Education

Cheryl McClellan (R) Board of Education
Cheryl McClellan (R) for Board of Education
I was born in New Britain, CT.  I went to New Britain catholic and public schools.  I graduated from Central CT State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

I served in the US Army on active duty for twelve years.  I served in various staff positions in New Jersey, Germany, and Washington as Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Branch Manager and Training Officer among other duties.  I worked for the Installation Commander during mobilization/demobilization for Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
After I left active duty, my family moved back to CT and adopted Middletown as our hometown.  I worked in the Middletown elementary schools as a substitute teacher for ten years.  My children attended Middletown public schools.  I have been a member of various PTA’s as my children grew older and Booster clubs.  I have been a member of Middletown Schools Association.  

I am a member of American Legion Post 75 and serve as Finance Officer and Assistant Service Officer.  Part of my duties as Service Officer is to be a representative for the Soldiers, Sailors and Marine Fund aiding veterans and their families in need with financial assistance.  I also volunteer in the concessions at Palmer Field during the American Legion Baseball season and during high school football season. I also volunteer at my Church, St Pius X in the SHARE ministry.

I am running as a candidate for Board of Education because I want transparency in the Board’s budget process.  The budget is tax payer money, and as a taxpayer I want to know how it is spent.  There is a need for a change in the membership of the Board and a change in the attitude and priorities of the Board.  The Superintendent of Schools should work for the Board of Education, not the other way around, as it stands now.  There should be more involvement of the Board in the various PTA’s to get a better sense of what parents in the town want of their schools and how to help parents to help their children succeed in school.  We want High School graduates who go to and graduate from college, community college, trade school, and Apprenticeships. We want our children to be successful.  We as a community need to give our children the help to become successes.

More info on Middletown Republican candidates can be found at www.middletownctgop.com 

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BOE Candidate Forum MHS Oct. 8

2015 GOP Board of Education candidates. Troy Meeker, Chris Petter, Linda Salafia, Cheryl McClellan, Emmakristina Sveen.
 The Middletown Federation of Teachers will host a forum for school board candidates Thursday October 8, 2015 at 7 pm.at Middletown High School. Public is invited.
 Members of the public may submit questions in advance at pawlakjanice@gmail.com.

Editor's note:  We are still accepting all candidate bios that meet formatting criteria. 

Salvation Army Middletown Needs Bell Ringers!

The Salvation Army - Middletown, CT
We are hiring Bell Ringers now! Also if you would like to be a volunteer for this season, contact us at The Salvation Army Middletown, 515 Main Street or Call @860-347-7493. Don't miss the opportunity to DO THE MOST GOOD!

Middletown Macaroni Kid Fall & WInter Consignment Sale

The Macaroni Kid Middletown e-newsletter is a wonderfu way to keep connected, learn, share, and be informed. Do you own a family friendly business that you would like to advertise? Email us at christelh@macaronikid.com

October 6, 2015

A message from Council Candidate: Jon Pulino

Jon Pulino (R) for Common Council

(R) Jon Pulino Candidate for Common Council

I currently serve as Chairman of the Northern Comcast Cable Advisory Board, The Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment of Appeals in my hometown of Middletown. As an elected and appointed official, I take my jobs extremely seriously and diligently in order to get the work done for the people-as it they who I am working for. This local pride and work ethic began many years ago when my grandparents came from Rosalini, Sicily in 1951, it was this local responsibility that stuck with me and has carried over to my career as a public school teacher and as an elected official.  As the chairman of the Northern Comcast Cable Advisory Board, I worked with the board’s members to create a scholarship for high school kids in memory Justin Hinds, a local student that died of cancer.  As a member of The Board of Assessment Appeals, I attended over 300-tax appeal hearings in two years, while voting in favor of taxpayers whom I felt were being overtaxed by the government.  The point is that when I am asked to take a role in local government, I do it with pride and integrity as I realize that I am here for the people and nothing else.

Visit my facebook page: JonPulino4Council

For more information on Middletown Republican candidates visit www.middletownctgop.com

October 5, 2015

MARC: Annual Tip A Firefighter

MARC: Community Resources and Middletown Firefighters Local 1073 invite you to the 12th Annual TIP-A-FIREFIGHTER at Tuscany Grill on Friday, October 9,2015

Enjoy Tuscany's modern italian cuisine for lunch, dinner or both as local firefighters help serve your meal and drinks. Lunch: Noon-2 pm / Dinner: 5-8:30 pm

Our 2014 Firefighter Calendar featuring Middletown's buffest and bravest will be released and sold during the event for only $20. 

All proceeds benefit leisure and advocacy programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A portion of calendar sales also supports the Middletown Firefighters Local 1073 Charitable Fund.

Letter to the Editor: Russo-Driska Responds to Drew Mailer

Sandra Russo-Driska
Mayoral Candidate
Letter to the Editor:
     I noted with great interest, Dan Drew’s latest campaign mailer hitting up would-be contributors to donate “$100 to Drew 2015 before the critical September 30th deadline’.” I was ready to dismiss this latest ploy as just another in an endless flood of shameless money grabs by the Drew Campaign until I read further.

Drew stated: ‘This election I am facing a new challenge. My Republican challenger is a self-funding wealthy opponent. She has already put in excess of $12,000 into her campaign to win this election.’”  The Mayor’s latest whopper reveals a new level of hypocrisy, even for him, and would actually be comical were it not such a transparent and cynical attempt to insult the intelligence of Middletown voters.

A wealthy opponent?.  Perhaps Dan Drew and his public relations handlers have me confused with Donald Trump! Middletown voters should understand that this ridiculous claim comes from the candidate who has raised more than $80,000 for this campaign, greater than 80% of which has come from donors outside of Middletown. Prominent among them, the Malloy-Drew axis of usual suspects- Democrat politicians and party insiders, the ‘pay to play’ crowd of contractors and consultants who do business with the State and the City, as well as the customary political hired guns- professional lobbyists and their special interests.

My campaign by contrast, demonstrates strong grassroots Middletown support from Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated alike, funded by family, friends, neighbors, and other local supporters, and yes, by me and my husband- in short, by hard-working Middletown citizens and small business owners. What we have in common is that we are sick and tired of seeing the Mayor’s Office under Dan Drew for sale to the highest bidder.

The voters of Middletown have news for Mr. Drew. This election cannot be bought by the free-spending Drew campaign and its high-paid professional political consultants. The voters are not fooled by either the Mayor’s empty rhetoric or his overflowing campaign coffers.  This Mayor has over promised and under delivered.  As I meet with Middletown residents, it is becoming clear that they have had their fill of this Administration, its politics as usual, and its fat cat donors..

If I am fortunate to be elected in November, I fully intend to restore the Mayor’s Office to the people of Middletown where it rightfully belongs. My guiding principle as your Mayor will be simple and straightforward - put people first, not politics. Good ideas and enlightened policies are not the monopoly of any one political party.  I seek to be the Mayor of all of the people, and my Administration will reach across the aisle and across our City. We will assemble a diverse coalition of people of good will, committed to moving Middletown ahead , unencumbered by the political IOU’s ,  vendettas that sadly, have marked the last four years under the current Mayor.

Sandra Russo-Driska
Mayoral Republican Candidate FOR Middletown

American Legion CT Post 75 Veteran Coat Drive

From American Legion Post 75:

American Legion CT Post 75 Middletown
On October 10, 2015, All American Productions is proud to partner up with the American Legion CT Post 75 Middletown to host the Second Annual Coats For Vets!
Please bring your new or gently used coats, and/or your NEW hats, gloves, scarves and packs of socks, and donate them to CT Veterans in need! All donations collected will be going directly to the State Veterans Home and Hospital, as well as the Vet Centers. We saw a large need last year for men's clothing and socks, and want to be able to give as much as possible this year.
Our goal at this event is to once again FILL the Deuce and a Half military vehicle, which will be parked outside of the American Legion. Inside, we will have refreshments available. The All American Angels will be onsite accepting the donations, as well as signing their posters and calendars, which benefit the CT Trees of Honor Memorial, St. Luke's Community Services Vets 4 Vets and The Maj. Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program Inc.

Thank you all for your support of this event, which directly helps Veterans!

October 3, 2015


On September 30, the Middletown Press reported that Robert Baranowsky was arrested for breach of peace after removing a toy gun from his pocket while at City Hall, paying his taxes.  This was also reported earlier in the Middletown Patch.

Both articles make it clear that Mr. Baranowsky did not make any sort of threat or behave in a manner that could be interpreted as being intimidating.  In fact, the Patch article reports that the employee who made the complaint stated that Baranowsky made no threats to anyone!  I interpret Mr. Baranowsky's comments to the unnamed city employee as him being a bit embarrassed and sheepish about having a toy on his person, in the first place.

This whole matter defies common sense.  The employee who was so nervous and scared that she broke into tears, perhaps should seek counseling. Officer Dimassa, the arresting officer, appears to have exercised poor judgement in making an arrest and should be reprimanded.

On the face of it, this is a waste of taxpayer money and police resources.  Most of the comments following the Press/Patch articles agree.

As a tax payer, I resent my tax dollars being squandered in such a frivolous and useless manner.  Hopefully, the prosecutor will see this for the nonsense that it is and dismiss it.




Dear Representatives and Senators,

I'm an election moderator and am concerned about the safety of my staff and the voters who enter my poll.  Most polls are located in schools, which are "gun free" zones.

As you know, most of the mass shootings that take place, happen in such places.  What better target could a terrorist or a mentally ill person bent on destruction choose to commit their mayhem?

Recent events have shown us just how effective these "gun free" zones are, when it comes to protecting innocent people's lives. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/10/11/report-92-percent-of-mass-shootings-since-2009-occured-in-gun-free-zones/

As you may know, police are not allowed to be at the polls unless there is an incident that requires the presence of a law enforcement officer. And as you also know, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Please consider introducing a bill that would allow poll workers, including runners and observers, who have pistol permits to be armed while they are on duty.

Very truly yours,

William Boylan

And Justice for All: All Play & No work..by John Milardo

Let me preface this article by saying I was a teen of the 60’s, when local and national newspapers and news organizations were respected because they were the watch dogs of our country. Today, if a news organization is backing a politician, they will slant and ignore stories to benefit their candidate.

Quite a few people over the past year have mentioned to me that Mayor Daniel T. Drew,

the mayor of Middletown, is seldom at work at Town Hall. As a former town employee, I
know there are many meetings in and out of the building a mayor attends to conduct the
taxpayers’ business. The complaints didn’t cease, so I spoke to a newspaper reporter
about it. I was told they would look into it, but never heard back from them.
The same complaints persisted. So I decided to look into the matter. I requested copies of
Mayor Daniel Drew’s daily meeting/work/appointment schedule or calendar through the
Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), beginning from September 1, 2014 to the time of
request, which was August 10, 2015. I paid the $172 fee for copies, and began to study

What I found out about Mayor Daniel Drew’s work ethic was that in the 10-1/2 month

period of records I reviewed, Dan had a total of 35.8 days off from work. Mind you now,
this is according to the Mayor’s official appointment/work calendar. There are no other
documents regarding what and where the mayor spends his time – that is according to City
Attorney Brig Smith. That Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer is a LOT OF TIME OFF FROM
WORK! Who gets six (6) weeks of paid time-off after being on the job for three (3)

No wonder Mayor Dan misses so many Middletown events! He’s never around! Too

busy rubbing elbows with Governor Malloy’s people and being introduced to the power
players. According to Dan’s own calendar, he has had forty-nine (49) out of town
meeting/opportunities, which have more to do with political exposure and donations, than
anything to do with Middletown business. I’m sure if asked by the “real” press, Dan will
tell them I don’t know what I’m talking about!

Speaking of players – the Mayor regularly has meetings with his paid political consultant

Geoff Luxenburg and cohorts, of The Vinci Group from Wethersfield CT. The meetings
occur between 8:00am and 5:00pm; Monday through Friday. I didn’t know it was ethical
or legal to conduct campaign business with taxpayer money? After all, the Mayor is
supposed to be working. Mayor Drew even attends meetings which Mr. Luxenburg directs
him to go to. Good exposure opportunities. Who is Dan working for? It’s not the people
of Middletown! Not when you’re giving your paid political consultant 84.5 hours (two
plus full-time weeks) of taxpayers time in 10-1/2 months! According to the Mayor’s first
batch of campaign disclosure paperwork filed with the State of Connecticut, since Mayor
Drew has declared his candidacy, The Vinci Group has so far been paid $10,325.66, from
his campaign contribution funds.

With all the time-off Mayor Daniel Drew took, not once did he request the Deputy Mayor

to assume his responsibilities. Not once! Ssshh! It’s a secret that the Mayor is missing!
This year, the Mayor earned a Masters Degree from Columbia University. He stated in the
Middletown Press he took courses remotely. Maybe that is why his work calendar only
averages 3-1/2 to 4 hours of work per day over this same 10-1/2 month period. By the
way, he doesn’t like to work on Fridays!

Stay tuned for additional stories on how Mayor Drew spends his time, which is your
taxpayer money!

Stay strong. Stay involved. Stay together. Seek the truth.

John Milardo

DISCLAIMER: The opinions and views expressed in this newsletter reflect the opinion and view of the author, and should not be construed as fact or advice. The author is a life long Middletown resident and taxpayer, and is sharing his opinions as such. The opinions and commentary do not reflect the views of any political party, organization, or citizen group. This newsletter reflects opinions and commentary which the author wishes to share with his friends.

Letter to the Editor: Poor Behavior at Finance Meeting

 The city of  Middletown is currently served by ONE full time Animal  Control Officer and one part-time officer.  The Police Chief would like to hire two more full time officers for a total of three in order to sufficiently cover the needs of the city.  One third of all animal calls are covered by police officers.

 I attended the regular meeting of the Finance and Government Commission last night and was appalled by the  behavior of some of the members sitting on the commission. 

The Police Chief was present to ask for funding for the additional positions and to provide information to the commission that had previously been requested that he provide.  While the Police Chief was making his  presentation, several of the commissioners were having a private discussion; I found this rude to the Police Chief  and to the public as it was very difficult to follow what was being explained. 

 I assume these commissioner are voted in because the public feels they would act like adults in decision making rather than talking between themselves like children and  ignoring the topic at hand.

Maybe they should get a time out for bad behavior.

Very disappointed;
Barbara Melia

Candidate Bio: Angel Fernandez (R) for Planning & Zoning

Angel Fernandez (R) for Planning & Zoning
Candidate Bio Angel Fernandez (R) for Planning & Zoning:

I was born and raised in north end of Hartford and have been living in Middletown for the past 17 years.

I am married and have 3 sons. The oldest is currently serving in the Marine Corps. I was medically retired from the US Navy from injuries from the current war on terrorism after 16 years of service including reserve time.  My family stayed in Middletown while I was forward deployed in the Southwest Asia theater of Operation, since my wife's family lives here and the because of the educational system of the Middletown. I really enjoy the diversity and how the community works with each other. When I retired in 2007, I started consulting and that’s when I got involved with the Office of Emergency Management and George Dunn was the person who recruited me. At that moment I was in involved in fighting for benefits and treatment of Veterans. I was part of the Yellow Ribbon program for the Pennsylvania National Guard for almost two years until state funding ran out. I have been working directly with AMVETS as a National Warrior Transition Coordinator at a national level on the same issues and awareness for the veterans. As Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management, I have seen the inner workings of the city government and how budgets and other matters work. I feel more part of the community than ever since being deputy director of emergency management, because during the past few storms I got to interact with residents of Middletown and it feels wonderful when you see them either at grocery stores or church and they know you are there for them.

As the Deputy Director Of Emergency Management I run day to day operations and training of volunteer personnel, including the response to any emergency for the City of Middletown for any man-made or natural disaster. I work as a Logistical Officer with other state and federal agencies during a statewide declared state of emergency to include Middletown and surrounding communities.

I am an instructor for the US Navy Law Enforcement and Course Curriculum Developer and Anti-Terrorism for Mid-Atlantic region and Mediterranean Forces.

I have conducted research and development for the US Navy with Lockheed Martin and other government contract provider as a Subject matter Expert in Terrorism ideology and methods of operation.

I also own a small consulting firm employing military veterans.

I am and instructor of Firearms Safety and Range Officer, educating Law Enforcement and Civilians in firearms safety and develop stress induced training on how the body reacts to stress under certain extreme scenarios. l am called upon for my professional input from the Military and Law Enforcement on this subject.

I volunteer with the National Warrior Transition Coordinator AMVETS, working with Veterans from current and past wars in transitioning programs and workshops across the country.

Middlesex Community College - Courses in Criminal Justice 
Central State of Connecticut - Courses in Public Safety Administration.
National Incident Command Management (FEMA) all Line officer courses for Emergency Management.
US Navy First Line Leadership Development Program.
US Navy Law Enforcement Certification.

More info on Middletown Republican candidates can be found at www.middletownctgop.com 

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October 2, 2015

Candidate Bio: Corrine Dorsey (R) P&Z Alternate

Corrine Dorsey (R) Planning & Zoning Alternate

Candidate Bio: Corrine Dorsey (R) for Planning & Zoning Alternate.
My name is Corrine Dorsey and I am announcing my intention to run as Alternate for of Planning & Zoning.

I have lived in Middletown for over 50 years, was educated in Middletown public schools and attended Middlesex Community College. 

I love Middletown and its people and want to see Middletown continue to prosper in the future by supporting further development of the riverfront and attracting business to the city.  Both endeavors would increase the Grand List, create jobs, lower property taxes, support hiring of additional teachers, provide for After School programs, as well as, additional programs for our seniors. Therefore, over the years, I have made a conscious investment of time and energy to that end.
I will bring experience to Planning & Zoning, In 1985, I was elected Commissioner of the Board of Tax Review, now the Board of Tax Appeal.  In 1999, I was elected to the elected to Planning & Zoning as a commissioner.  I have served on the Boards of Housing and Development and Inlands and Wetlands. I also served on the committee for Strategic Planning and was a member of the Republican Town Committee.  Currently, I serve on the Board of Ethics.  I have worked at Pratt & Whitney over 38 years and am a member of the Machinist Union Local 700.  I am a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a blessed member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

 I have been married to Hirley Dorsey for over 42 years, have three beautiful daughters, Tocsha, Monique and Chaleica, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, which are my heart.

More info on Middletown Republican candidates can be found at www.middletownctgop.com 

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October 1, 2015

Candidate Bio (R): Dina Gagliardi-Ford (R) Board of Assessment Appeals

Dina Gagliardi Ford 
Canidate Bio: Dina Gagliardi-Ford (R) for Board of Assessment Appeals:
I have a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in Psychology and Business and then went on to Saint Joseph University to obtain a degree in Family and Consumer Science. I continued there and received a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. I have been a family and consumer science teacher at Maloney High School in Meriden for five years. I am part of the School Improvement Committee and the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Team. This year I am also co-chairing the Future Business Leaders of America club. In addition to high school, I am an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College teaching students about early childhood education. I have a passion for teaching that gets stronger every year.

This is my first involvement with politics but when I moved to Middletown over a year ago I could tell what an amazing town it is and knew that I wanted to get involved. Running for the Board of Assessment and Appeals seemed like a great start.

More info on Middletown Republican candidates can be found at www.middletownctgop.com 

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Meet the Middletown Republican Candidates LIVE on The Edge

The Edge is hosted by Jon Pulino & William Wilson and is shown live on local cable Comcast  channel 15 Middletown. Below are some of their shows featuring candidates for local Middletown offices. 

September 23, 2015-Author Dan Blanchard co-hosts with Republican Common Council candidate Jon Pulino as they interivew the following candidates from the Middletown GOP slate: Phil Pessina, (Common Council), Lindsey Fralick (Common Council), Nick Fazzino (Common Council), Linda Salafia (Common Council), Sebastian N. Giuliano (Common Council), Deborah Kleckowski (Common Council), Molly Salafia (Planning & Zoning) and Geno Cuddy, host of Geno in the Evening.

September 9, 2015-Meet the GOP Candidates- Jon Pulino and William Wilson host a live Comcast Channel 15 program dedicated to meeting the GOP candidates. On this program, the newest and (some) younger members such as: Troy Meeker (BOE candidate), Molly Salafia (Planning and Zoning Candidate), Emmakristan Sveen (Board of Education/Treasurer) and Christopher Petter (Board of Education)discuss the GOP's platform and important issues facing Middletown.

August 7, 2015- Watch members of Sandra Russo-Driska's team appear on The Variety Hour Ct tonight at 8:00 PM on Comcast Channel 15 or Frontier Channel 99 Middletown Feed. Scheduled Gusts: Common Council Candidate Jon Pulino (current member of Zoning Board of Appeals, Cable Advisory Board and Board of Assessment Appeals); Sebastian Giuliano, former 3 term Republican mayor looking for his second term as a common councilor; Linda Tolman Salafia, a former member of the Middletown Common Council who is looking to recapture her council seat and to secure a spot on the Board of Education. Per usual, the show is live and we do accept calls from viewers like you because government is about people. You are important. The on air number is 860-613-3031! Comcast's newest member and host Geno Cuddy will making a cameo at the end of the program to discuss his new program.

Ryan Kennedy hosts Middletown Perspectives with guests: Ken and Cheryl Mcclellan