March 26, 2015

Your Daily Spin from the Middletown Mess: Dubious Drewbious

"If your lips are movin', you're lie lie lying."
Today the Mess published an article copy and pasted from a press release from the Drew camp. Aside from a few added lines, its regurgitation of the talking points Drew is using to launch is campaign for a third term. Mayor Daniel Drew received an honor from the progressive organization called the New Deal org.  The New Deal is a "non profit" made of up liberal minded elected officials around the country headed by Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado. Hickenlooper was co founder of the Community Health Center of Middletown back in his Wesleyan days, you can connect those dots..The Mess, oh so conveniently fails to mention what this group & award are really about. Must be an election year if the paper is already doing its due diligence as local Democrat's personal soapbox.

 Below are a few corrections to the congratulatory accolades Mayor Drew bestowed on himself in his auto- bio. http://www.newdealleaders.org/leader_drew_daniel

So what is the NEWDeal Org?? Basically a PAC founded by liberal democrats to give out fake awards to each other. Is it really news for politicos to give fellow politicos awards for towing the party line? The ND Org seems to be a millennial version of the Democratic Leadership Council, a '80s "non-profit" used to recruit young D's as future politicians & donors. A worth-the-click article explaining what this Democrat bank rolling machine is all about can be found here: http://www.vice.com/read/the-democratic-party-future-dark-money-fracking


"Since becoming mayor of Middletown in 2011, Mayor Drew has closed the $8 million deficit in the city budget and upgraded the city's bond rating with the lowest interest rates in city's history. (FALSE: All municipalities bond ratings have gone down in light of the economy! He created a deficit. Since he has been in office he has proposed & passed budgets increased by $13 million. Today there are more grievances being filed than ever before, 19 from Union 466 workers at the BOE alone, despite his campaigning to end the lawsuits. Also a record number of lawsuits by private citizens are being settled for big bucks instead of being contested, costing us all a lot more than they should. The City recently settled two for $250k and $400k that may have been disproved if they went to trial. But that would be bad publicity for Mayor Drew as the  "make nice" guy)He has also improved the efficiency and efficacy of City government by implementing large-scale re-organizations that will save taxpayers millions.(FALSE: This has never been proven with data presented to the public. In fact you can read here how in reality MORE money is being spent) Mayor Drew has restored highly competent leadership to the police department and added several new officers to the force. (FALSE: 3 officers have lawsuits for wrongful termination. Drew contested one officer's PTSD diagnosis. Since when is Drew an MD?) Several new businesses and manufacturers have opened or are under construction in Middletown. (where?)He has also enacted a senior tax relief program which will significantly aid seniors on a fixed income( most seniors don't qualify) in addition to a prescription drug discount program for Middletown seniors. (FALSE: Drew was against the Senior Center at Eckersley Hall and proposed it be crammed into the Council Chambers. The prescription drug program is independent of the city of Middletown, run by the state only low income seniors qualify for.)
In addition, he has re-negotiated a large energy service contract for the City of Middletown, saving taxpayers $1.4 million. (FALSE: Drew proposed budgets significantly raising the millrate each year he has been in office. NO savings of his attempts to consolidate departments have ever been shown.) Mayor Drew has saved taxpayers $800,000 by reducing pension fund costs. He also merged city and BOE finance operations, substantially increasing transparency. (FALSE: Outside legal costs are are at an all time high. Read it here)Mayor Drew graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2002. He will graduate from Columbia University in 2015 with an MA in social and organizational psychology.(Drew is attending college during work hours and still being paid, not too shabby, and why the hell not taxpayers sent him to CHINA once before)"

March 25, 2015

Suzio: Democratic Legislature Has No Intention of Reforming Early Release of Violent Felons

Len Suzio is CT's Victim Advocate, a
former state senator from Meriden, and leader in
 the movement to
 end the state's Early Release Program
 for violent felons.

Proposed Repeal of Early Release Program
Many of you have contacted me inquiring about the movement to end or reform Connecticut's scandalous Early Release Program. I have not written to you because I had hopes that our legislators would make a serious effort to repeal or reform this terrible program. But it is apparent that although legislation was proposed to prohibit criminals guilty of violent crimes from being eligible for Early Release the Democratic controlled Legislature has no intention of reforming this tragically flawed program.

What is even more disappointing is that there will be no public hearings where victims and citizens can express their desire to see this terrible law repealed. We knew from the get go that the Democratic leadership would not support the repeal of the law, but we had hoped that through a special legislative process there would be public hearings that would allow the public to put pressure on our lawmakers to end or reform this failed and dangerous law that shows more sympathy for criminals than for the victims of crime and their families.  Unfortunately no Legislator led the effort to petition for public hearings on SB 649, An Act to prohibit criminals guilty of violent felonies from being eligible to get Early Release credits.

We know now that the safety of our citizens is a low priority for our legislators. We are led by a Governor who appears to have more sympathy for our criminals that for their victims. And apparently no leader in the Legislature was willing to make a serious effort to call for public hearings to end this abominable law.

All is not lost - there is still a chance that Early Release could be changed by an amendment to other legislation
If you would like to express your strong support for the repeal of the Early Release law I encourage you to contact by phone or e-mail your state senator and your state representative. If you don't know who they are just e-mail me your name and voting address and I can provide the information to you. There is still a possibility a vote may happen if a legislator introduces an amendment to other legislation. So all hope is not yet lost for this year.

March 23, 2015

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

 
What do you think? 
Is Public Works being conscientious when it 
comes to spending your tax dollars?
                                Let the threads speak.


From: Billboy Baggins
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 7:09 AM
To: Russo, William
Cc:
Subject: Plowing
Dear Mr. Russo,
At 5:00 AM I heard a snow plow pass my house on East Main St. and saw another plow on Jenson Place.  Looking out at about 5:30, I noticed that the pavement in the driveway was still visible.  Putting on a pair of flip flops, I walked to the end of the drive and observed that the street had received no more snow than did the driveway and that it had been sanded and salted.  While outside, I could hear plowing going on around the neighborhood.
Less than an hour later, another plow passed my house; and again, at 6:55 another.  That is three times in less than two hours.  (Twice in the same direction)   The total snow accumulation in my driveway at this time, 7:08, is 5/8".
Mr. Russo, while it seems reasonable to sand and salt ahead of the 1 to 3 inches of snow predicted by the national weather service, I have a hard time understanding why our city's plow operators would think it necessary to have the plows on the pavement, when there is virtually NO snow on it.  It is also difficult to understand why, an hour later, with little to no accumulation, they would come back and plow what had just been sanded and salted, and an hour later, to do the same.
Operating plows under such circumstances does not seem to be reasonable.  The noise it creates unnecessarily disturbs people's sleep, (I'm up at that hour, anyway) and unnecessarily adds wear and tear to the plows and the trucks and leads to additional fuel consumption. (not to mention overtime)
I urge that in the future, city employees be restrained from using city resources in such a wasteful manner.
Very truly yours,
BillBoy Baggins

On Thursday, March 5, 2015 09:31, "Russo, William" <William.Russo@MiddletownCT.Gov> said:

We wanted to make sure that everything was completely bare for school , which was going to start with no delay. When it comes to safety, especially for school children, I don’t believe we were unreasonable or wasteful.
  I’m very sorry we disturbed anyone’s sleep. Our driver’s haven’t slept home more than two nights in a row since the beginning of February
                          Bill

On Thursday, March 5, 2015 09:54, Billboy Baggins
  said:
Dear Mr. Russo,

Thank you for your courteous reply.  However, I must respectfully disagree with your assessment that that it is not unreasonable or wasteful to plow half an inch of snow.  And, having a granddaughter in 3rd grade at McDonough, (sp) I don't accept the "for the safety of the children" argument.

No less than eight times, perhaps more, (twice since I sat down to write this), since 5AM, have the plows come up and down my street with the plows engaged! There is less than an inch of snow on the ground, now, and at 5:00 there was only a dusting.

I can see sanding and salting ahead of the snow, but to sand and salt, then plow away the sand and salt and re-sand and salt makes no sense, at all.

How much has the city exceeded this year's snow removal budget?   While I appreciate the job the plow operators perform, I don't feel the least bit sorry for them not sleeping at home more than two nights in a row since the beginning of February.  With the overtime they are getting, they can all take a two week vacation to the Caribbean, on the taxpayer's dime.   

Bill

I received no further responses to the above.
Here we are 16 days later . . . 
On Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:39 PM, BillBoy Baggins wrote:


Dear Mr. Russo,
It is 12:12 PM, the sun is shining, the temperature is 34 degrees and the national weather service predicts an afternoon high of 43.  Is there a logical reason city trucks are plowing bare, wet-at-best pavement?
Does not the public works dept. have any regard for the prudent, responsible use of the city taxpayer's money?
Very truly yours,
BillBoy Baggins
There has been no response to this, yet.
If This sort of thing irks you, start speaking out!

 

March 13, 2015

And Justice for All: "Going for a Third Term" by John Milardo

 Going for A Third Term Issue 
And Justice for All #34 Opinions Of A Citizen March 1, 2015 
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 and staunch labor leader of City of Middletown (retired) for over 42 years, I have a different perspective regarding how and why public figures do what they do. 

I hope everyone is safely getting through this tough winter. Only a couple to a few more weeks and we’ll be on our way to warmer weather!

I see Dan Drew has announced he’ll be running for a third term as Mayor of Middletown, which is now a 4-year term of office. It’s sometimes funny to read how great some people believe they are. Dan Drew is one of those types of people. I don’t know if it’s a politician being deceitful or just plain arrogant! The following is from his January 15th campaign announcement.

“In the past three years, our community has come together to do incredible things,” Drew said in his statement. “We have increased economic development, increased public safety, cleaned the environment and ended the conflicts with the schools left by the previous administration, saving millions of taxpayer dollars.”

It would be nice if Mayor Drew would have made factual statements instead of the same old political rhetoric. Just like when he said his City department reorganizational plan would save the taxpayers money and increase productivity. We now have in place a reorganization Committee to determine what, if anything, came of the merger. I didn’t want to wait for what Drew’s committee has to say, so I took matters into my own hands, using the same public on-line budget information his panel will be utilizing. I’m simplifying all the information, so I don’t bore you with 100 pages of budgetary line items.

Now mind you, there haven’t been any significant employee increases, because three (3) of the City Unions have been without new contracts for the past few years. (Mayor Drew can’t claim wage increases have impacted the budgets.) Nor could Mayor Drew claim increased wage salary because of increased hiring, as he claims in another statement he has reduced the municipal work force. The 2014-15 budget was not used as it is currently in use and will not be completed until June 30, 2015.

Reorganizing of the Parks Maintenance Division into the Public Works Department
The fiscal budgets for these two (2) individual divisions/departments in 2010-2011, prior to joining them together was $6,040,000. ($1.32 million for Parks, $4.72 million for Public Works) The 2013-2014 fiscal budget which is after consolidation of these two (2) departments is $6,214,000; an almost $200,000 increase to perform the same work as prior to the consolidation, with less personnel. The only difference is that the Public Works department doesn’t borrow equipment from Parks anymore, they now confiscate it. These figures do not include any additional expenses not included within the department budgets for work performed by private contractors.

Reorganizing of the Personnel Department into the Legal Department (aka Office of General Counsel) 

The Legal Department has always included the Risk Management division. The reorganization of departments consolidated the Personnel Department, (aka Human Resources).

Prior to the consolidation, the 2010-2011 fiscal budgets totaled $716,000 annually. $370,650 for Personnel, and $346,000 for Legal/Risk Management departments.

Post consolidation, the 2013-2014 fiscal budget totaled $903,430; an almost $200,000 increase to perform the same work. (This cost does not include any monetary awards which have been paid to plaintiffs.)

There are still private legal fees paid to outside lawyers to represent the City against lawsuits brought against the City (Mayor Drew) for various reasons. There are several outstanding suits which will probably cost the taxpayers big bucks in settlements.

As of right now, I can say the reorganization of City departments cost the taxpayer approximately $400,000 plus for the same or less service which they have received in the past.

Mayor Drew states he has saved the taxpayers millions of dollars brought on by the prior administration because of conflicts with the Board of Education. Show us! Legal fees were in the tens of thousands for both parties. Where have millions been saved? The Board of Education budgets have gone up every year since Drew was elected. It was the newly elected BOE who terminated the then BOE Superintendent and his administration to correct the problem. It wasn’t Dan Drew! He’ll take credit for it anyway. If millions were saved, why weren’t they passed on to the taxpayers?

Taxes have steadily increased since Dan Drew was elected Mayor. Luckily, the Common Council didn’t approve his City wide budget requests, they cut them, or the mil rate increases to taxpayers would have been double of what it has been!

I recently read a legal document regarding a City employee who has won a settlement award from the City due to an action taken by Mayor Drew and administrators of the City of Middletown’s habitually worst run department. If the Mayor was in fact dedicated to the citizens of Middletown and wanted full transparency in government, both of these department administrators should be terminated before they cost the taxpayers more than just money. But that won’t happen. Mayor Drew condones their actions. This same director and Mayor terminated a department employee a couple of years ago, for using threatening language. Just a month or so ago, another department employee used almost identical language, and received a light suspension. Why the discrepancy? Gender based, politically connected, or both? To all Common Council members, newsflash! This is why this department has so many problems! Issues in this department have always begun at the head of the snake! But y’all know that, just don’t want to do anything about it. Do yourself a favor and ask the Office of General Counsel for a copy to read.

On a positive note, the new Senior Center is up and running, and seems to be a welcomed improvement for our Senior citizens. I read in the newspaper when the new facility opened, how Mayor Drew couldn’t praise it enough, and felt it was long overdue. Maybe others don’t remember, but I do. When Dan Drew was a Councilman for a short period of time, thanks to Vin Loffreddo, Dan voted against the purchase of the of the building which he now praises. It wasn’t a priority at the time. One of the most important things a politician relies on is that “the voters have a short memory!”

Rumorville: Someone gave me a call a while ago, stating Mayor Drew was away from his office for 2-3 days a week back then. Rumor was Mayor Dan was attending classes at Columbia University on the City’s dime, and continued to receive his pay just as if he was working. This is a rumor as far as I know, and don’t know if it is true or not? If he did go to Columbia, more power to him. If he didn’t use earned time off to go, shame on him. Besides being unethical, it is a misuse of power and resources - perhaps the great Mayor should Google: Rowland, Ganim, and other Connecticut political leaders that were brought before the justice system for their deeds.

The next municipal election is critical as we will be installing a Mayor and Common Council to 4 year terms. Voter’s need to become educated beyond what a simple press release states. It’s easy and unfortunately all too frequent that politicians place themselves on grandiose pedestals touting records that are far less lustrous when you pull back the layers of fake gold and silver. Remember…. If all these glorious feats were indeed factual… why did our mil rate for general government go from 26.40 in 2011 to 32.70 in 2015???? `

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

February 4, 2015

Comments from the Public about the Middletown's Board of Education

Comment originally published in the last Rumblings section



Really !! Don't blame the new BOE manager...that place was screwed up way before she got there... from my understanding, she is doing a fabulous job in straightening out the mess over there. The person that should be looked at is the Facilities / Band Director. What qualifies a Band Director to run Facilitates?? Oh wait, He brought in a contractor to do his job while he continues to screw things up. ( Can you say payoff ) Someone ( Gaylord ) has got to be getting something in return to keep defending Sadexo who is doing a terrible job and who let one of the schools run out of oil. They are a waste of tax payer's money and need to go He may be doing more underhanded things like hiring his kids AND himself for doing jobs not related to him,,, can you say conflict of interest !! How do we know if he's fudging the hrs for them... Oh my, the list can go on and on.. sooo,the board may want to dig a little deeper in this guy.. and his associates on More Rumblings about Middletown! Read Carefully Insider Lover

January 27, 2015

More Rumblings about Middletown! Read Carefully Insider Lovers!

1. The Middletown Press, umm, The Middletown Mess ran a story today reminding us Rep. Joe Serra is still alive after getting a call it had been a full 72 hours since a “S “family member was mentioned in the paper. Serra is still "working" to "help" seniors.  In fact, he has gone on record to promise that he will introduce a bill in the next Connecticut House Legislation that will promise to reduce aging for anyone over 62.  It’s sort of like a reverse Logan’s Run thing.  (Google it)

2. How's that Rt. 9 on ramp fix going the DOT proposed in November Rep. Serra? Oh wait that was just a campaign ploy.  How long have you been a State Rep who sits on the transportation committee? Long live CASHO!

3. Mayor Dan Drew has been tweeting all day how he has been out in the snow with emergency crews. Reportedly, an ambulance was stuck on Farm Hill Rd and Drew, with his mighty Asgardian Hammer, helped push it clear, delivered a baby in a snow bank, swaddled the newborn & & breast fed the infant himself while the mother recovered from shock.  He then made damn sure Joe Somalis called Victoria Sunderkistqust at The Mess to put it in the Press, why not? It's an election year suckers.  Taxes still keep going up! Vote Dem! (They have controlled the town's budget since 1991)

4. The roads are 75% clear; the roads are 50% clear. Too soon? Next year, I the mayor will meet with Zeus and the other Olympian Gods to stop the storm. I will take the mystical horse Pegasus up to the heavens to stop the storms.  I fight for YOU, the citizens.  Oh yeah, Obamacare it is the way to go!! Opps, right, the prices continue to go up for that too.

5.  Rep. Matt Lesser (D) Middletown proposes a bill for "legal equality" of snapping turtles, or as Latino Caucus member calls them Tortugas. Christie Carpino (R) Cromwell proposes a bill to allow break-ins to prevent hot-car deaths. What the hell about turtles trapped in hot cars? Unbelievably insensitive. Come on guys and gals, let’s be political correct about everything.  Why not, it’s the 21st Century!  (Trivia: Matt is a member of the Hispanic/Spanish caucus up in Hartford? Jesus, he is whiter than Wonder Bread and he is now hanging out in that Caucus)

6.  The Connecticut Freedom of Information (FOI), Commission has scheduled a March 2015 to hearing for FOI requests for reports and more importantly budget information with regard to the Middletown Board of Education budget.  More importantly, a member of the Middletown Board, Linda Szynkowicz who cannot get an itemized copy of the budget, filed the FOI request.  Don’t believe it? Try to get a copy for yourself or better yet visit a BOE meeting? The budget presented utilized broad numbers and takes the public in circles whenever a logical question was presented by member Szynkowicz to the board.  What happened to transparency Ed4ED?    In unrelated news, there seems to be a matter of a large shredder missing from the BOE basement on Hunting Hill Avenue.  I guess you could check Brochette’s basement on Coleman Road, but don’t hold your breathe!    Where the missing 1.2 million?

7. Did anyone send a letter to Mayor Drew recently seeking an appointment to a vacant City Commission & not receive a answer? Please review the following new instructions in order be appointed by King Drew: Democrats: send your letter of intent to City Hall, 245 deKoven Drive.         

 Republicans: Tie a rock to your letter & toss from Arrigoni Bridge. Aide Joe Samolis will retrieve. Shit that is funny!  Perhaps, anybody living on Wilcox Island will hoard the GOP requests and make a giant paper teepee out of them or it may be revealed that the real BOE budget is hiding on Wilcox Island next to Stephen Devoto's ego.

8. Deer head reportedly found on Wesleyan campus. Where is Stephen Devoto when you need him?  Heck, the Yeti thing was funnier.

9.Connecticut State Sen. Dante “I only won by 213 votes” Bartolomeo is upset that new CT Transit facilities won't have restrooms. DOT states there are no funds to maintain such facilities & that if towns want potties then they should foot the bill. Bartolomeo: "Isn't that what illegal aliens are for?" Yep, she did indeed!

10. Wife killer defender & City Hall leech John Hall of the Jonah Center says it will supply bio-degradable poo poo bags to rail commuters. "If you have to go & are waiting for the train, you have to go somewhere. This way, you can save it, take it home and compost it in your garden, or just toss it from the platform." Bags will feature pictures of  snapping Tortugas & be handed out by volunteer unicyclists lead by Dic Wheeler at stations between Meriden and West Haven. BTW if the City hired a real environmental planner, can't we dump the biology reverend hippy? Hall has asked Mayor Daniel T. Drew to ignore David Messenger’s negative side and let him work with Treasurer Quentin Phipps in the future due to all the checks balances the treasurer has to do with regard to checks and balances and organizing folks to protect that position’s stipend. (Seen rant below)

Translation: The Dems and the GOP wanted to defund the Phipps’ position because it costs the city nearly $5,100 a year and the elected official does NADA!  The job has been phased out years ago 
folks, ask member  Dr. David Larsen, he’s a Democrat so he must be right.  Phipps, after already being muscled out of the city job by Drew and the downtown district, freaked out and made this a an issue that rhymes with lace. Yep, the elected Dems got nervous and stuck the treasurer job back in, even though their own findings said the treasurer position in Middletown should be moot. What happened next?  Phipps claimed on his Facebook page that he was working at a school in the Bronx, a few days later he was called on this and it turned out the school was in Stamford.  Must be nice to say what you want!

11. Despite being hired for an unfunded Environmental Planner position, and despite that 466 does not have a no lay-off clause making it perfectly legal to drop this person, Council majority and hanger-on council members (you know who you are) rumored to keep Michele Ford in her recently acquired position & find the funds. NOTE: they won't be found in any culpable party's pocket. Is employing someone for possibly next 25+ years with full benefits & pension cheaper than a lawsuit or dropping the ax on those who made the boo boo? Who is the mysterious Michelle Ford?  Who does she know? What is her connection with Drew or with Malloy?

12. Senior Center Library named the Phil "ITS FOR THE CHILDREN" Pessina Library. Find the irony in that one.

13. Park & Rec study shows need for new fields and sports facilities in Middletown. Ironically the fields supposed to be built across from a certain Serra's house no longer proposed as needed. NIMBY. 

Snowmageddon Middletown 2015 Blizzard


Main St. Middletown, via  Westfield Fire Commissioner
 Matt Scarrozzo's fb page.
Well, it snowed last night in Middletown incase you didn't notice. Unofficial accounts average 30 inches. The municipal parking ban is still in effect. In a statement on his facebook page, Mayor Drew commented:  “Public works, the water department, parks department, and a dozen contractors have more than 50 vehicles on the road clearing snow, including three industrial snowblowers attached to our bucket loaders.”
“We were fortunate that the snow is dry and light and that has made it easier to clear from our roadways. We are much further along at this hour than we expected to be. However, there is still a lot of work left to do. I ask that you stay off the roads until public works has had an opportunity to clear them completely."
Futher information and future alerts can be found at: . At www.ctalert.gov.
Any questions for both Middletown and Portland residents can be directed to 911@MiddletownCT.gov or by calling the Central Communications Center during routine business hours Monday – Friday at (860) 638-3250.

Got snow pics from around town? Send them to us! Be safe! And hug a plow driver!

January 22, 2015

Northern Middlesex Cable Advisory Board Donates Printers to Local Senior Centers


The Northern Middlesex Cable Advisory Board has announced that they have delivered  HP Officejet 7612 Wide Format printers to all senior centers which fit into the purview of the committee.  The project began in mid-2014 when Assistant Director of CAB, William Wilson pointed out that during the spring meeting that the committee must focus on those who do not have essential items during the holiday season.

 "I felt it was a great endeavor and unfortunately the seniors get overlooked during this crazy times.  A new printer for each center that we cover would help the residents create brochures and other creative documents."  After consulting with the NMCAB board in the late spring and followed by a vote that was enthusiastically unanimous, the project was on its way.  Secretary Marco Iacoviello organized a sub-committee of the board and with the funds allotted was able to purchase and deliver the products in a rapid fashion.
CAB Secretary (R) Gary Aubin delivers a brand new HP printer to members of the East Hampton Senior Center.  

The Northern Middlesex Cable Advisory Board covers: Middletown, Middlefield, East Hampton, Portland and Cromwell. The committee will meet next in March at Middletown's city hall located at DeKoven Drive.
CAB Member (R) Marco Iacoviello delivers a brand new HP printer to the Cromwell Senior Center. 

January 20, 2015

Republicans can't get appointed?

Dear Editor of MI:

It seems that the Mayor is conducting business as usual by not appointing or re-appointing Republicans to their appropriate committees when their tenure is up.  The Middletown charter allows  an equal amount (if possible) appointments (non-elected positions) from each party to the various town committees such as Inland Wetlands, Harbor Review, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
 The mayor does have the purview to replace  member with another member of his/her own party when the original member's tenure is up, a practice that has happened under many past members. Instead this mayor will ignore the re-appointments and cause committees to exist in limbo, this can cause issues within the city due to the fact that the committees cannot meet with a proper quorum. For example, it took Mayor Drew nearly 3 months to re-appoint Anabel Redzensky, Evelyn Russo and Judy Peaota to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Due to the mayor's stalling about the issue, meetings had to be rescheduled, while many appeals were not heard.
 Why did the mayor wait so long to re-appoint this people?  The three above mentioned  individuals have been an amazing asset to the city for many years and have always worked diligently and followed the zoning board guidelines to the letter of the law.  Perhaps the mayor was upset over their recent decision to overturn the Zoning Enforcement Officer's decision to shut down a local pellet vendor business on Atkins Street.

Perhaps, the mayor had others in mind to replace the trio, but due to pressure from outside forces at the last minute he decided to reinstate Redzensky, Russo, and Peaota.

Sincerely, William Wallace

January 16, 2015

Middletown Predictions for 2015

 Predictions for the NEW YEAR!  Guess what? One already came true.  

If you have not guessed by now, there is a lot of truth mixed in with the satire. Don't believe something? Do some research and see what you come up with. I bet if you are a very liberal person who likes to judge others about their bad behaviors you will not like this column. "Hey, Jen would never do that?" or "Well, I know that Malloy has taken the state to Hades and beyond, but hey, he's a Democrat."  
1)      Dan Drew will fulfill the promise he made during his previous terms to lower taxes.  If you believe that, I'll put some lights on the Portland Bridge.  Too Soon?
2)      Al Sharpton will meet with the African American family of Shannon Blair, the Middletown High Student that was attacked by a member of the "S" family.   Nope, ain't going to happen- this is Middletown, where the "S" family has a huge liberal following no matter what the sons do.  (I.e Drunk driving, harass female teacher and assault minority students) Hey liberal Middletown teachers, if you did what JS did you would not have a job. Remember some  folks in town get special privileges.  Right, it's better to keep your mouth shut so you can advance up the list!
President and Sharpton, well I guess it beats hanging out in public with Professor William Ayers

3)      Councilman Jim Streeto will stop laughing at his own jokes and come to a realization that David Bauer is much smarter than him.  For God's sake Jimmy, when Bauer makes a good point, do the citizens a favor and let him finish his thoughts.
4)      There will be a GOP and Democratic primary for Mayor.  Even though Lisa Santangelo is partially banned from the building she may take a crack at it. Wow, she can be Bob's boss in more than one way!  Step right up! Hope and Dan to the left (others?) and Former Mayor and Former City Clerk to the right. Place your bets now!
5)      Marie Norewood will get an additional raise of $16,000 per year to appease all the elected Democrats. Remember it's your money.
6)      Earl Roberts will claim that he received more votes than Paul Doyle in Wethersfield during last November's Election. True, but the Wethersfield voters haven't met Earl yet.
7)      Jason Serra will become Dean of Students at Keigwin Middle School. (Wait, I think this   happened)  I guess he was rewarded for allegedly assaulting a student a few years back, where are the liberal complaints about that one.  Right, it's only cool to be liberal when it suits your personal needs.
Opps, wrong Jason. 
8)      John Hall will "spank" the Mayor over the mistake of hiring a position that doesn't exist. Meanwhile John will fly kites with David Messenger(GOOGLE his name) on the Portland Bridge as he puts up LED lights.
"I fight to get convicted wife killers out of jail, plus I was awarded a high paying city job that has no responsibilities"

 9)      Middletown will go to war with Portland.    

10)   Middletown Democrat officials will create 11 more unfunded positions at level six.
11)   It will be a big mystery as to who Michelle Ford really is. Did she funnel  money for the mayor at any time? Is she related to Gerald Ford?  Why were the Village People so set on her for the job? Will she help light the Portland Bridge with special lights from the Vatican?
12)   Mark Masselli and Jen Alexander will start a non-profit organization that supports those who are victims of a sexual assault. (Find the irony in this one)
 
"We both control non-profit organizations and we make about $700,000  a year plus expenses. Did we mention that our son was picked up originally for alleged sexual assault last year at Wesleyan last year so we keep moving him around" 
13)   Dan Drew will give more campaign money to charitable causes such as: The Tony Harp campaign, The Johh Larsen campaign, Senator Blumenthal's limo service and the Working Families Party.
14)   Jackie Williams will use Ray Allen's money to sue the city, again. She will then give the Mayor more money in the hopes that she can get rid of her former friend, the Pellot Guy on Atkins Street. (Translation: If Williams gets rid of the Pellot guy, she can utilize her real estate license and make some money off his property- it's all money folks.) GOOGLE this !
Jackie WIlliams
15)   Local activist and leftie  Stephen H. Devoto will capture a Yeti on Mt. Highby.  After this adventure, he will patent the acronym NIMBY as it applies to him 100%
The captured Devoto "Yeti" at The Olin Library
"NIMBY ROCKS!"

16)   Fred Carroll wins the Mayoral seat in November and creates more jobs.
17)   Dan Drew sues Dunkin Donuts of the use of the double D initials.
18)   Earl Roberts will run for all Republican positions without informing the: Middletown Republican Town Committee, The Middletown Press, The Bellear Boys,  Tom Landry, but he will inform his ego when at all possible.
19)   Over 100 soil scientists and environmental engineers will support the new environment planner coming into town.   That is a lot of environmental planners and engineers!  How many environmental planners does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: None, they are into solar panels.
20)   Town officials will install an automatic chair lift that is on a constant loop from the Elk's Club on Maynard Road to Gerald Daley's house up the street.  It's for the best folks!
21)   Dan Drew will ban sledding on all city hills in order to prevent child injuries and to protect the self esteem of those kids and adults who don't own sleds.
22)   The Middletown Senior Center will rename itself the Dan "I was against this idea" Drew Senior Center in order to promote good will.
23)   Mayor Drew will ban any Italian food that is not larger than his head.
24)   Middletown will be adding a toll booth underneath the Portland Bridge compliments of Joe Serra.
25)   Wesleyan will get a huge break on their local taxes.  They are forced to do this because alumni Michael Bay hasn't signed over any Transformers money yet.
"No money for Wesleyan!"
26)   Drew will sign off on a helicopter to bring him back and forth to his Wesleyan Hills residence.  
27)   The bigwigs at NBC will bring back the comedy show Night Court. This time Councilman James "I am funny" Streeto will star as Harry Stone.
28)   Wesleyan security will not be allowed to use any pronouns and color gender identifications with regard to race on their upcoming crime reports.  Uh, um a man just attacked me, but I am not allowed to tell you what color he is. Shit, did I use a pronoun?

29)   Michael Roth, The President of Wesleyan will be ousted as a distance relative of Van Halen leader singer David Lee Roth.  Actually David Lee Roth would probably make a better president.   PANNNNNNNNAMA!

30)   Wesleyan University will sue Wesleyan Hills over the use of name. Hey, they need the money! I bet Bill Cosby won't be issuing the commencement speech this year.

MY FRIEND, BRENDA; A ONE PERCENTER

My friend "Brenda" works for #BerkshireHathawayHomesServices.  She works in an administrative support role in the office.  Recently, "Brenda" celebrated her work anniversary, and subsequently received her annual review.

Her manager, "Barbara", raved over just how much "Brenda" had grown in the position over the past years; how important her work was and how she had mastered the job.  "Barbara" went on to remark about how the real estate agents praised her work and her positive attitude; and commented on how much they depended on her support.   They couldn't do what they do, without "Brenda" there to support them.

"Brenda" is a mature adult, over 55 yrs old, with decades of experience in the work force.  Her experience includes some fifteen years in a real estate and commercial construction support roles.  She does not require excessive supervision.  She knows her job.  She takes initiative, anticipates contingencies and plans accordingly.

Along with this glowing annual review came a pay raise!  One percent; one . . . percent.  Manager "Barbara"  was embarrassed when she made that disclosure to "Brenda".  She apologized for the meager increase, saying her hands were tied.  The decision came from "corporate", and applied to all hourly and salaried employees.

"Brenda's" one percent pay raise amounts to fourteen cents per hour, or $5.60 per week.

"Brenda", being a gracious and magnanimous person, accepted her raise and "Barbara's" embarrassed apology.

Me, not being so gracious, would have declined the raise.  I would have told "Barbara" that; if things were so tough for #WarrenBuffett and #BerkshireHathaway, that all they could afford was a one percent pay raise, (an amount that does not even come close to matching inflation), they obviously need the money more than I do and they could keep it.

December 18, 2014

EXPOSED: FACEBOOK A TOOL FOR REVENGE

Nowadays, almost everyone is on Facebook, including me.  Or, at least I was.

Face Book has a policy requiring that people register using the name they use in "real life".  Their policy states:  "Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities. We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know who you're connecting with. This helps keep our community safe."

Most people do use their "real" name, but nobody takes the policy too seriously; we all know plenty of people who use a pseudonym, including "Palin Smith".  (Also a victim of Facebook revenge.)

Earlier this year, I started using the nickname, "Shanty Irish" in order to give myself a little anonymity and privacy.  "Shanty" was my grandfather's nickname, and I was called Shanty after him, from the day I was born.  "Irish", well, I'm an Irishman.

"Shanty Irish" is a derogatory term used to describe the poor, ignorant Irish immigrants who lived in makeshift homes, called shanties.  A shanty amounts to a shack, like we see people in third world countries living in.

Shanty Irish is a term that I am rather proud of, in spite of its derogatory origin.  To me, it represents the fighting Irish spirit.  My Irish ancestors fled poverty and starvation in Ireland, wrought upon them by the tyranny of the British Empire.  They came to America with literally nothing but the clothes on their backs, the desire for freedom and opportunity denied them in their homeland and a will to succeed.

When they arrived on these shores, they were greeted with contempt and disdain.  They were discriminated against at every turn, yet they persevered.  They were denied housing and employment; "No Irish Need Apply".  So, they took jobs nobody else wanted; the most dangerous and demeaning jobs; firemen, police officers, coal miners; chamber maid and servants.

The Irish were treated worse than blacks.  The American Negros hated the Irish, too and were the first to call them "white niggers".  Being Catholic only added to the insult.  Yet over time, the Irish assimilated and spread throughout America, taking their work ethic, nobility and pride with them.  In many cases, they rose to great power and wealth, one eventually becoming President of the United States.

Thanksgiving Day, I came home from dinner to find my Facebook account suspended.  It was suspended because, "it seems you aren't using your real life name".  Facebook demanded that I provide documentation of my identity.  After briefly giving them some grief over it, I finally capitulated and provided them with my government issued identification, with my photo.  Yet to date, they have not restored my account.

The "real name" policy is not enforced unless someone reports its.  Someone, evidently, reported me.  There is only one reason to do such a thing, at least in this case, and that is to get back at someone.  During the last election cycle, I stepped on a few toes.  Politics is a dirty business and there are those who are petty enough to take cheap shots at those with whom the disagree.  The desire to hurt someone, regardless of the hurt it causes to innocent parties not otherwise involved, overrides any sense of ethics or morality.

And Facebook is complicit in meeting out revenge.  They refuse to reinstate my account, even though they have the documentation they asked for.  They refuse even to respond to my correspondence via my "support dashboard".  What could possibly be the motivation for this; I simply do not understand.

Could it be that Facebook really does discriminate against Conservatives?  I created and manage several Conservative and Tea Party groups, a family group and a group for people who grew up in my hometown.  I also belong to a variety of other groups, including two that keep me in touch with the people I served in the Air Force with.  Facebook must be aware of this, since they have "reviewed" my account.

Were it not for the fact that the hundreds of people belonging to my groups would be effected and that we have become dependent upon Facebook as a means of keeping in touch with friends and family around the country and around the world, I might just let this go and drop out, altogether.

But, no; what they are doing is an injustice.  If they can do this to me, they can, and certainly do, do this to others.  To quit would go against my Irish nature not to back down from a fight and an insult to my ancestors.

Please consider exposing the injustice and discrimination against Conservatives by sharing this on your Facebook page, Google+ page, or elsewhere.  Using #Facebook, +facebook.com, #ShantyIrish, and +ShantyIrish will help get the attention of Facebook and others.


Signed,

William Boylan, AKA Shanty Irish, AKA BillBoy Baggins



November 23, 2014

New options this year regarding Middletown Thanksgiving Project

Since 2010,  various groups & businesses,from around the city have come together for the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project to purchase and assemble baskets of food for people who cannot otherwise afford to prepare a Thanksgiving feast. In  2013 MCTP provided 900 baskets to community members. Baskets are distributed by St. Vincent DePaul at the Salvation Army on Main Street. The bulk of basket's are assembled at Fellowship Church which last year put together over 1,200 lbs of food for donation. Pies can be dropped off until Wednesday for distribution. New this year is the option of assembling a basket for single people in need- rather than just families. Often times, in need individuals have no where to go on the holiday and spend it alone. Individual sized baskets will include turkey breasts rather than whole 15 lb turkeys.


Registration has closed for those in need of a basket this year. Baskets can be picked up Tuesday, Nov. 25 between noon and 3 p.m. Families of two or more will pick up baskets at Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Road. Individuals will pick up baskets at Amazing Grace Food Pantry.


Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project includes the City of Middletown, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Fellowship Church, Heritage Commons, Liberty Bank, Liberty Bank Foundation, Middlesex County Community Foundation, Middlesex Hospital Volunteer Services, Middlesex United Way, Middletown Kiwanis Club, Middletown Police Department, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown Rotary Club, St. Luke's Community Services, St. Vincent De Paul Middletown/Amazing Grace Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Wadsworth Glen Health Care Center, and Wesleyan University as well as countless others.

There is still time to help! Pies can be dropped off at Fellowship Church on Saybrook Road. If you wish to contribute, checks can be made out to 
"Rotary-MCTP" and sent to MCTP, c/o Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Rd., Middletown, CT 06457. For more information about volunteering or contributing a donation, please Contact Lara SantaMaria at Fellowship Church at 860-346-1181 or MCTP2013@yahoo.com.