Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Remember Drive Sober New Year's Eve 2014 Middletown

Remember Drive Sober New Year's Eve 2014 Middletown!
We pride ourselves in upholding free speech, free expression, and a good debate! 
But when it comes to drunk driving, there is no argument. Drive sober.
Have a Happy & Safe New Year's to all citizens and readers
-Middletown Insider staffers

Conservative Roundup: Rally in Middletown Today! by Palin Smith

 Below is a guest blog piece by Palin Smith, views expressed are not necessarily those of the Insider Staff. 

We certainly learned a lot in 2013. We learned who were our friends and who were our enemies in the Connecticut Legislature. We watched the national Republican Party declare war against the folks who won them the House of Representatives. The Democrats stayed true to form. We know what they want.

A whole new group of citizens realized that laying low and keeping quiet is not politically healthy. Connecticut gun owners are lining up in Middletown these last days of December. We will join them tomorrow, December 31, not as “last minute Larry’s”, but as objective reporters. Who will still be in line when the doors close?

We will be packing lots of John McKinney Must Go signs for people who wish to demonstrate their dislike and distrust of the back-stabbing gun-grabber. We will be recruiting among the law-abiding gun owners who committed no crimes in 2013.
But after tomorrow those folks who did not comply with an unjust and unconstitutional law will become instant felons.

There are lawsuits aimed at overturning the new gun ban. But the courts are stacked with liberal Democrats. The only sure fire way to hit the bulls eye is to eject the oath breakers on Election Day, November 4, 2014. The first new business of the new 2015 legislature must be to repeal the gun ban and make sure a new governor will sign it. But first we must win. And we can't wait until next October to start paying attention.

1111 Country Club Road...off I-91 Exit 20

We plan to be there tomorrow with McKinney Must Go signs at about 11 AM.
We will be interviewing and more. Any Republican candidate for governor would be a fool not to work the line for volunteers and votes. But Republicans with rare exceptions are not known for their imagination.

Joe Visconti will be there early.  Joe was there today campaigning.


At the same time the Royal Republicans declared war against the grass roots TEA PARTY, some Chicago Democrats are beginning to embrace it. The video above is like secret agent stuff out of James Bond or Robert Ludlum.

When the inner city Democrats who dare to stray off the Plantation find out the Tea Party is NOT a Republican thing....and that the Republicans are trying to kill it, they will embrace it further.

What a great Christmas present for the Liberty movement! More signs of a 2014 major political uprising.

A week ago we attended a 14th and 15th Amendment rally in Bridgeport at the Police Department. About 20 patriots braved the rainy evening. The precipitation stopped for exactly an hour so the TV could report live from the scene. Two networks and cable were present.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

TV GUIDE Previews (Part I)

Look Inside!! EXCLUSIVE

  The Middletown Insider gives readers a sneak preview at the new television season for Middletown 2014!   The list has a lot to pick from and if you read real carefully you may find yourself a treat like an Easter egg or two!

1)   The Mayor and His Mom (FOX)- This ½ hour comedy on the FOX network tells the tale of a former Mayor and his Mom who co-habitat together, argue with one another and basically drive one another batty in a style that is reminiscence of Neil Simon’s classic play The Odd Couple.
2)        Devoto and The Man- (Satire/Encore Vineyard Networks) Follow the adventures of a college professor turned politico as he uses his followers, known as the The Villagers, on his quest for domination of the town’s planning and zoning committee.  The  pilot episode focuses on the professor's many ambitions and shameless deal making techniques in order to become chairperson of an organization he  just joined.  Watch as  his beloved Dems chew him up and spit him up while in the same breath he hopes to dodge a political bullet by putting a “Vote Serra” sign on front lawn.
3)       P/Z Commissioner Russo in Charge (BET)- From the team that brought you Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charles in Charge comes P/Z Russo in Charge.  Directed by the DMTC and their minions, after Commissioner Chisem is forced to stop down and settle in at his Common Council seat, the DMTC has a field day with this one by naming Daniel Russo, Chisem’s successor.  Watch as the entitled Villagers write letter after letter hoping to force a change against Russo who they openly dumped on (remember how nasty they were?)throughout both campaigns.  The second episode deals with Karma as it crosses over with Devoto and the Man as the viewers see the professor's reaction when he was told Russo beat him for chair.
4)        Bait Car-(Reality on F/X Network) Watch as Republican Town Committee Vice-Chair person William “Billy” Wilson drives a taxicab all around Middletown looking for trouble with the hopes that he can pick up a few fares while keeping his tire threads from going bald.
5)         Phillip Pessina- (Biography Network) The educational channel looks at former deputy chief Phillip Pessina and his rise to power.  Interviews with William Shatner and Lynn Baldoni are included.
6)         Baywatch- (TV Land) The number 1 syndicated show in America returns for a very special episode that features former State Representative Jim O’Rourke leaving the scene of a boating accident that left one innocent female dead.  Watch as Mitch and the gang attempt to unravel the threads of guilt in Mr. O’Rourke’s remarks and attitudes after the tragedy. The episode is based on an actual event that took place in Rocky Hill, Connecticut a few years back when the Mr. O'Rourke left a young woman to die after picking her up at a Rocky Hill bar.
7)   I Lead Two Lives- (Documentary/NatGeo) starring Tim Lennox as the once and future Republican/Independent who has composite view points on most social issues.
8)   Mr. Santangelo’s Neighborhood:  (PBS/Children) The producers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood have a new resident in the neighborhood, Mr. Santangelo and his wife Lisa.  Lisa talks to the children about all the important work she does with everybody while Bob follows her around and basically does what is asked of him. "Bob, get the dogs off the bed!"  Special Guest: Darryl Lucas as the Pizza Delivery Boy.
9)        Dateline (NBC/News) Keith Morrison takes a deeper look into the mysterious Connecticut Health Center CEO Mark Masselli and attempts to figure out why somebody in the non-profit field is making over $607, 000 a year.  What is Masselli’s hidden connection with Former Speaker of the house Christopher Donovan? Who paid for Masselli's trip to Tibet and his meeting with the Dali Lama?  The news-team will also conduct interviews with former employees that claim Masselli forced them to give Donavan’s campaign $100.00 donations. 
10)       Growing up Micciulla- ( E! Reality/Style Channel) Follow the adventures of a young Italian man running a massage parlor while running for office and hanging out at the Bada-Bing club.  Early episodes include cameos from: Jimmy Smits, The Lombardo Boyz, Kool Moe D,  James Caan, Big Pussy from The Sopranos and Frank Vincent.
Board of Assessment Appeals member 
 stars in the reality show "Growing up Micciulla"
11)                  Star Trek The Middletown Generation (SyFy)- Starring Councilman David Bauer as Spock, Billy Russo as Captain Kirk and John Killian as Q.  Early adventures include: plans to put the budget in space and beam Tribbles into the Mayor’s office with the hopes that the cute cuddly characters won't be eaten alive.
"Damnit Joe these friggin tribbles!!
Get me appropriation for the Council to rubber stamp STAT!!"
12)                  Dr. Fred Carroll is Dr. Who- (BBC/Drama)-  The traveling Doctor is back for his 50th year.  This time the 10th Doctor Who morphs into an American, Fred Carroll.  In this episode, the new Doctor plans to grab a broom and sweep up the solar system.When things get rough, the Doctor fights a Demalak and zooms away in the TARDIS call box.
13)                  Who’s Line is it Anyway? - (GSN/Reunion) Anniversary edition that pits the improvisational skills of Richard Pellitier, Joyce Rossittier, Dan Russo and Stephen Devoto against one another.  Watch as the gang goes after Devoto and his selfish agenda of promoting his self as the expense of anyone. Blue House anyone?  Does anybody know what the hell is going on? Does anybody care? 

14)  Sons of the Village- (Fox/FX) From the Kurt Sutter the creator of Sons of Anarchy.  The show returns in October and Sutter promises fans that all plot lines will be resolved. he The creator told TV GUIDE, “Let’s just say that Ed ‘Jax’ McKeon’s team of bicycle riding social vigilantes attempt to defeat a Starbucks drive through proves to be quite interesting as he tosses tofu bars at cars that refuse to honk whenever the villagers are having a protest.”    Sutter also mentions the final story arch will look at the financial motivations behind some of the Villagers actions as they are forced to admit that are indeed capitalists like those they are publicly protesting.
15)                   Judge Joe Gallo (Court TV/30 Minutes)- Yep, another court show on Court TV, makes sense doesn’t it?  The producers claim unlike Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Alex or The People’s Court this show is different- the judge is worse than the defendants.   The first episode brings us inside Gallo’s court house as we watch Bailiff J. Milardo push Gallo’s eyes back in his head, cartoon style after an attractive paralegal walks by.  “This show is so much fun that after I hid my wife from Gallo, I had to pee,” claimed an employee from Call Before You Dig.
16)                  Little Blue House on the Prairie (PBS)- The award winning investigative news show Frontline takes a hard look at a group of creative capitalist people in a small town in Connecticut who claim they are buying and fixing houses for the joy of it and to bring quality folks into the city.  The special asks serious questions with regard to Blue House: Did the 7 principal owners make money off the deal?  What is their real reason (non-Villager political correct) to buying the property other than money? Could this be a case of elitism gone wrong or something more sinister?

17)                  Blue’s Clues: The Case of the Missing Midnight on Main (PBS)-  Host Donavan Patton as Joe sends BLUES on a special mission to figure out who is responsible for killing the Midnight on Main Street dream.  Did  Masselli pull the plug because he was angry at the Mayor? Was it something else, something more devious?  Be on the look out for money clues and other things that spell out C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N.

18)                   Somalis: When the Time is Right (Spice Channel/Adult Programming)  For $49.99 viewers can watch as the Mayor’s chief of staff Joseph Sherman Howard Somalis shows the world his inner John Holmes as it’s Wonderland all day and Boogey Nights, well, all night in this steam feast that will make Milton Berle’s third leg look small in comparison. 
19)                   The New Odd Couple (CW)- Starring William Wilson and Grady Faulkner as they live together above Vechitto’s Lemon Ice. Tonight’s episode has Billy refusing to do the laundry and watching the game, while in retaliation, Grady buries all the laundry inside Billy’s bed.  The laughs keep on flowing for 30 minutes of quality entertainment on the CW network.
20)                  Walking Dead: Middletown (MSNBC)- From Robert Kirkland and Dan Pickett comes a new chapter in horror.  It seems the voting machines in Middletown have been contaminated with a toxic waste substance which forces the voters to bitch and moan about taxes, jobs, and other important things but vote the same way.  Watch as the voters slowly become zombies and slaves but continue to keep the status quo the same making sure that a plate of JELLO has more smarts than them.
2 Term Treasurer Que Phipps (D)
on the set of the new Middletown "Walking Dead"
Stay tuned for  TV GUIDE PART II!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

A Child's Christmas in Wales (MP3 19:42) Click link and listen as Dylan Thomas reads his delightful Christmas story.... A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953). Read it on line here and listen (above) to the author read the story.
One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six....

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Former State Rep. Jim O'Rourke Calls AARP promotion Sick!

On the night of January 21, 2009, O'Rourke was allegedly involved in events related tot he hypothermia death of a 41 year old Rocky Hill woman. (www.courant.com)  Although O'Rourke was not prosecuted for the woman's death, there is still a pending civl lawsuit against O'Rourke. 

Monday, December 09, 2013

United Way Stuff a Cruiser Event

Young Leaders Society holding Holiday Social and Stuff-A-Cruiser Dec. 13

The Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society is holding a Holiday Social and Stuff-A-Cruiser Toy Drive Thursday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar, 437 Main Street, Middletown.
Young professionals 40 and under who work or live in Middlesex County are invited to this free event. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided, and a cash bar will be available with happy hour prices.
Brighten up a child’s holiday season by bringing a new, unwrapped gift for a child age 5-11 and help us stuff a Middletown Police cruiser for children in Middletown. All gifts will benefit children who attend schools in Middletown.Monetary donations for toys will also be accepted.
If you can’t attend on Dec. 13 but want to get involved, you can participate in the toy drive by holding a collection at your workplace or in your neighborhood. For more information about the toy drive, call Middlesex United Way at 860-346-8695.
The event is being sponsored by Attention to Detail (ATD)/Wireless Zone in Middletown, with special thanks to the Middletown Police Department for use of the cruiser.
The Young Leaders Society is a unique and dynamic group providing community involvement, personal development and networking for individuals or couples 40 years of age or younger who live and work in Middlesex County. The mission of the Young Leaders Society is to create opportunities for young professionals to get involved with Middlesex United Way, connect with colleagues and community leaders and give back to advance the common good.

Learn more about the Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society.
RSVP to the event.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Rep. Lesser's Proposition of Triple Overtime on Thanksgiving Draws Questions

State Representative for Middletown Matt Lesser (D-100th District) would like to have retail stores closed on Thanksgiving, and those which stay open be mandated to pay employees triple overtime.  The representative held a press conference at the capital  on November 26th with Union Labor representatives from the AFL-CIO along side him, expressing full support of the proposed measure. Last year, Connecticut lawmakers voted to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays, modifying one of the states decades old "blue laws."

In September, Lesser attended rallies in Middletown along side fellow Working Family party candidates Phil Pessina and Carl Chisem, in support of fast-food workers who wanted minimum rage raised Workers at Subway in Harford held on protest demanding $15 an hour for minimum wage in August of this year. On January 26, 2013, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Thursday on a bill that would raise the current rate of $8.25 an hour to $9 on July 1, and to $9.75 an hour on July 1, 2014.

Below David Greaves*, a Middletown resident responds to Lesser's proposed bill. All opinions expressed in letters to the editor are that of the writer and not necessarily that of the Middletown Insider blog staff.

*Editors note: Greaves was a candidate for Assessment Appeals in the 2013 Municipal Election cycle.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Matt,
Help me figure this out.
You are proposing a bill that you were quoted as saying “the idea was born in reaction to news that retailers like Walmart, Staples, Macy’s and Target are planning to open
for Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day.”

Sorry to be the one to break the bad news to you, but you are not the father - this baby was conceived, born, delivered and acted upon, in two other states, before your “idea” was even a twinkle in your eye. 

You also state that “Thanksgiving is a time when residents should be with their families, not forced to cater to Black Friday crowds,” Lesser said. “This is about basic family values.”

….YET your proposed legislation would curtail the practice by forcing retailers who want to open on Thanksgiving to pay their employees triple overtime. So Matt, are you trying to say that family values have a price tag? And is the price for those “family values” triple over time? Why not just be closed period?
Lastly – You posted on Facebook, with what seem to be some pride;” 

Ad from The Middletown Press website... at least unlike WalMart and other stores they're
not forcing their workers to work all day. Save Thanksgiving!” 

The ad you mentioned was that for Westfarms Mall who plans on opening their doors
at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. Since what appears to be your acceptance of such (by your post) you are OK with a 8pm opening on Thanksgiving Day…um… will your proposed bill reflect it being OK to open at 8pm on Thanksgiving or will it be from 12am to 11:59pm Thanksgiving Day?

David Greaves, Middletown

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Former Middletown Official Boyce demands apology from Councilman Thomas J. Serra

Short Stories By The Insider


We have never seen a more despicable show of bipartisanship until last night’s broadcast of the common council meeting.
It was in one ear and out the other. Steve Devoto  gave one of the most bipartisan speech’s ever , citizens of Middletown spoke of who they what like to represent them ( Beth Emery) , and the republicans spoke on who they would like to represent ( Vincent) ) them as a minority and guess what, Dan Russo and Phil Pessina  were seated.

The saga continues. 

Again behind closed doors the decisions were made the hierarchy. Here is how it went. A certain councilman (no names needed) with the mayor schemed again to make sure they have seated representatives on common council and now Planning and Zoning to push their agenda and keep them in control.
The councilman said to the mayor we out number them and our puppets will vote the way we want. We have to seat Dan and Phil. Don’t forget, then they owe us big time. Then the mayor says, but we will lose the village district voters. Councilman says no we won’t they always vote for us. We will throw them a bone later. Don’t worry Mayor, we have all the other low information voters in Middletown anyway. Don’t forget we have a D in front of names. Shrew, thanks I was getting worried for a minute.


Stay tuned.

Guest blog: Conservative Round up by Palin Smith

Guestblog by Connecticut resident videographer & activist Palin Smith. The Middletown Insider publishes guestblogs as a courtesy to readers, opinions expressed may not be that of the Insider staff.

CARPE DIEM I first attended my Republican Town Committee to get a chance to meet candidates running for Congress in the 5th district. I was a neophyte. I soon discovered that potential candidates are vetted by the committees. The committees select delegates to send to the conventions every even year. I also found out that the delegate selection process is very serious business. The same people seem to get chosen every two years. After all, we want to pick winners, not losers. Or do we?

Every even year in January the Republican Town committees vote to choose their membership. Usually there is not much turnover. Not unless people are motivated to make changes.

So if you are dissatisfied with your RTC and the candidate choices it makes every two years, you have an opportunity to rectify that process. The vote for a new RTC is open to all Republican Electors (registered voters) in each town. So, in a nutshell, this is how it works.

Gather enough like-minded Republicans together to outnumber the status quo at the January meeting. After the committee submits their choices, the nominating process will be opened to the floor. At that time you submit the names of each of your choices. For example someone says, “I nominate John Doe.” Another of your group seconds the nomination. Suppose the committee has 20 regular members. Despite the number of candidates nominated and seconded, only the top 20 vote getters will become the new committee. Officers are chosen from among the newly elected committee sometime in March.

To find out where and when your town committee meets each month look here and make a call. http://www.ctgop.org/local/ You could also find most town's Republican town committees online.

So if you could motivate 50-100 gun enthusiasts, CCDL members or hunters to act in their own interests, contact them, making sure that they are registered Republicans, and get them to your Republican Town Committee meeting in December to familiarize themselves. And then have each one of them bring a couple friends or family to the January caucus. Nobody explains better than Bob MacGuffie. Four years ago he told us precisely what we can do. http://youtu.be/DwBKtZdDUXQ

The delegate selection works the same way for federal AND state candidates.

Last Friday four patriots stood in the cold overlooking I-95 in New Haven for nearly two hours.
That was the fifth time we had assembled on the Howard Avenue bridge. We got our usual honks and beeps by the hundreds, But something extra, something special occurred. We recorded an actual liberal on wheels. Listen to his first question to patriot Ron. These are the people we must defeat. They have bathed themselves in the propaganda and set themselves on pedestals. http://youtu.be/pPSyHdBB3xM
BROOKE CHENEY Our good friend from Harwinton is asking for help next Monday night.
Perhaps you might be able to help her:

When: Monday December 9th 7PM is when the 1st of 3 public hearings start.  We are #3 on the agenda.
Where: Town Hall 100 Bentley Drive Harwinton CT

A Great Start Shooting School will be one of 3 public hearings this night and we will be the last to be heard. I am looking for anyone who would like to show up to support me. This is to request that the Town of Harwinton grant me a special permit to conduct firearms safety training at my place of residence. This will be a business meeting so I am requesting that folks wear business casual. No open carry please. If there is anyone who is willing to say something about why they think education is key to safety, or why women run small businesses are important, in general why ranges are safe, how education is how to stop accidents from occurring, things along these lines, please let me know. It is not a good time to bring up 2A, we want to focus on small business owners and safety. As we all know the anti gun folks will be there saying how dangerous this is, so the more folks that stand up and talk about safety the better.
I am going to see if I can put the application online for every one to see.

Also if you think of anyone please forward this invite to them.
If you don't know Brooke, here she is leading off the Guns Across America Rally on January 19.



For our friends in and around Woodbury, a cheerful time for all.
Senator Christopher Murphy On December 5, 2013, I want to invite you to join me in participating in an interactive town hall meeting that seeks to engage everyone in the budget process. My office, along with the Concord Coalition, a non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating responsible fiscal policy, is hosting an event that will allow groups of individuals from varying backgrounds to sit down and work out a budget for the United States of America and present their budget to me. This exciting event will be held from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the University of Hartford. University of Hartford Gengras Student Union Cafeteria 200 Bloomfield Ave West Hartford, CT 06117 I want Connecticut to be the example for the rest of the country and to show Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. that different people, with different backgrounds, can come together and create plans that will keep America thriving for years to come. Please RSVP by calling my office at (860) 549-8463 or emailing my staff at sean_scanlon@murphy.senate.gov. I hope that you can join me on Thursday, December 5, 2013 and I encourage you to bring someone else with differing views. Sincerely, Christopher S. Murphy US Senate.
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From Bob MacGuffie to anyone planning to attend:

The format will be that budget workbooks are passed out to people to look at different budget items and attempt to "balance" their U.S. budgets.  It's all an effort to draw everyone in to the legislators'  challenge and dilemma in containing spending. 
Following is a suggestion someone should offer Murphy:
In 2008 the budget expenditures were approximately $3 trillion.  Today, the government takes in about $3 trillion in taxes - see attached budget history.  The suggestion is to today propose the 2008 budget by department, which matches today's tax receipts at $3 trillion.  Every dept. manager would have to scale back to his spending levels from 2008.  Corporations do this ALL the time as we know.  Murphy will say the entitlements of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are growing with mandatory spending driven by aging boomers etc.  The creative answer to that is to have all the depts cut back to 2008 levels as proposed, and to isolate only the entitlement programs and float Treasury Bonds dedicated specifically to entitlements only to keep them running.  Then immediately get the appropriate congressional committees working on reforming the entitlements to bring them into financial solvency.  Then the special Treasury Bonds will no longer be needed and you will have a balanced budget.  This process would probably take two years if done honestly.
 Have someone try this logical fix on Murphy. If anyone wants to call me to discuss have them call me.  Bob MacGuffie 203-727-7798
Right Principles
Every Democrat, incumbent or candidate, federal or state, must be wrapped in the Obamacare debacle. They voted for it. They own it. Our five Representatives and two Senators stink to high Heaven with it. Never miss an opportunity to smear a Democrat with Obamacare, They will love it.
Tonight we witnessed an event with very significant ramifications. We watched an unknown and untested Republican take the oath of office as the new Mayor of Meriden. Voters in that city rejected what they knew for somebody who is proposing revolutionary ideas. Not only was Manny's victory the biggest election surprise of the year in Connecticut, but it reveals the disdain that many people have for the Democratic Party's domination of Connecticut.
We will be watching Mayor Santos try to get things in order in Meriden. We wish him the best of luck and the best of success. Santos might be the breakthrough the CT GOP has been hoping for.
That's why it's more imperative to create a clear separation between Democrat and Republican in future elections in Connecticut.

At the Meriden Inaugural last night the Democrats showed no grace. They are the worst of sore losers. Their actions were an insult to every voter who voted Republican. We hope the voters remember in 2015. Mayor Santos will be fought every day. His inaugural speech revealed some of what he has been up against.

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

Palin Smith


Got a last minute request from a good friend.

American Christian Historian & Founder of AWAKE AMERICA
Dr. Charles Harding
To be the guest speaker
Mon Dec 2 - Wed Dec 4. @ 7pm
At FBBC, 8 Granger Ln Plainville CT
Topic: Our Constitution & Bill of Rights, there STILL is Hope,
if we do our duty Today.

Free to the public

To view these services on-line
Go to fbbc-ct.org
Click on. "Live-stream",

Dr Harding's vast insight into The faith & Founders of our Nation, the decline of America and the answers & ACTION Needed Today are compelling, All Lovers of Colonial History & all those who the great Documents that shaped this blessed nation, come meet a modern day Patriot. The time is NOW to stand!!!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Holiday Events Around Middletown: Holiday Festivities!

The tree lighting took place on the South Green. The newly purchased lights have filled in dark spots quite nicely. The tree will be lite every evening through the holidays. Middletown High's Marching band lead the festivities with a parade.
Holiday Tree Middletown South Green 2013

MARC's 2014 Middletown Fire Dept. Calendar makes a great gift for only $20! Pick yours up at the 533 Main St. fire station or at our offices. Quantities are limited! 

Holiday Bazaar at Wadsworth Mansion
 Sunday December 8, 2013

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate is hosting their annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday December 8, 2013 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at 421 Wadsworth Street
. Children are free and a $2.00 donation for adults would be appreciated but, not expected. Door donations will be dedicated to conservation projects at the Mansion.

Holiday on Main Street

Middletown's 28th Annual Holiday On Main Street, (sponsored by the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce) will kickoff on Friday, November 29, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:15 p.m..  There will be four tree lightings and a parade.  Then Holiday on Main will be held on the following three Saturdays:  November 30, December 7 and December 14.

Please visit
www.holidayonmain.com for a full listing of events!

Have a local Holiday event? Send us a post!

Middletown Planning Dept. CDBG Performance Survey

The City of Middletown and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee would like to invite the public to complete a brief 8 question survey to help evaluate the results of the 2012-2013 Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) in Middletown. The results of the survey will help the City determine how the program is operating and what changes may need to be implemented.
During the 2012-2013 grant year, the City expended $447,230.15 to address three priorities outlined in Middletown’s 5 Year plan for CDBG funding. The three priorities are jobs, livable neighborhoods, and creating access to services and programs for all.
For more information, contact Michiel Wackers at michiel.wackers@middletownct.gov.
Michiel Wackers, AICP
Deputy Director of Planning, Conservation and Development
City of Middletown

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Proclamation
President George Washington
City of New York, October 3, 1789
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

DeLauro: The Magic of Obamacare

Below is a commentary on the Affordable Care Act written by Connecticut Senator Rosa DeLauro published in the Hartford Courant on 11/25. We asked hocus pocus lady Sybill Trelawney wizard from Harry Potter to weigh in.

Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (RD): Ever since we passed comprehensive health insurance reform three years ago, there has been a lot of misinformation and partisan smoke surrounding the Affordable Care Act. 

Sybill Trelawney (ST): POOF! Keep your eye on right hand not my left...

RD: Seniors in my district have been told that the law will negatively impact them in all kinds of ways — that they will need to apply for an “Obamacare” card to obtain their Medicare, that their benefits will be cut, or that older people will no longer get cancer care. Because these and other falsehoods have become so prevalent, I want to clear the air and dispel the myths that surround this historic and transformative law. 

ST: Death panels. Ok not quite death panels exactly.. my Inner Eye says...  "Death Eaters"

RD: In fact, the Affordable Care Act includes significant benefits for Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries. Older and disabled people on Medicare enjoy these benefits without doing anything at all in the new state insurance marketplaces, such as Access Health CT, or the federal exchange at healthcare.gov. These important reforms and improvements to Medicare are already in place because of the Affordable Care Act.
First, because of the health reform law, people with Medicare can get cheaper prescription drugs, and the “donut hole” in drug coverage is closing. Already, more than 7.1 million seniors in the donut hole have saved $8.3 billion on prescription drugs. And by 2020, the donut hole will be closed for good, and older and disabled people will have saved an average of over $18,000 on prescription drugs.

ST:  Hmmmm donuts....older disabled will save $18,000 a piece you say, but who pays this cost? Abra ca dabra... Young healthy blooded muggles! Ok, we all love our grandparents, but how is this gonna work and stay solvent... I'd rather put my money on quidditch being recognized as Olympic sport..

RD: Also, before the Affordable Care Act, key life-saving preventive services, like colonoscopies and mammograms, could have co-pays as high as $160. Now, thanks to the new law, Medicare provides these services free of charge. Last year, 34.1 million Medicare beneficiaries took advantage of these now free preventive services. Medicare also now provides Annual Wellness Visits without charge, and more than 4.4 million people on Medicare have already benefited from this. 

ST: If you take the train from Meriden to New Haven you can get a colonoscopy for free! Right on the train! Some nice man last week he just.. well never mind. A co-pay of $160 for a procedure that costs thousands that I may only need once a year at most...
Sorry Rosa, but nothing is “free”. SOMEBODY has to pay for all this stuff. AND that somebody is US, the taxpayers...

RD: As a cancer survivor whose ovarian cancer was caught in Stage 1 during an unrelated medical visit, I can tell you firsthand: preventive and wellness care saves lives.

ST: Yes, duh preventitive services save lives.Lemme ask you, did this cancer get caught at a non-profit clinic crowded with folks waiting inline for the common cold, or a fancy upscale private doctors office where the doctor actually had time to sit down and talk with you?

RD: The Affordable Care Act is also providing additional savings for all people with Medicare, leading to stable and lower premiums and lower deductibles. Medicare Part B premiums have either stayed or decreased over the past three years. 

ST: Here comes the spell !!!! Oooh  wait you aren't going to tell us what the additional savings are? 

RD: The average premium for Medicare Advantage enrollees this year is actually 10 percent lower than 2010. And the health care law works to strengthen Medicare in other ways.
It extends the solvency of the Trust Fund by nearly a decade. It improves subsidies for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. And it provides new tools to crack down on waste and fraud — to make Medicare more efficient without reducing benefits.

ST: No kidding! And DeLauro’s typical attempt to make it seem like “everybody is getting everything their hearts desire absolutely free” is one of the most egregious examples of this kind of partisan subterfuge. Here’s what Rosa doesn’t want YOU the taxpayer to know: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security currently soak up about 44 percent of the federal budget. All three programs are growing faster than inflation, and—when joined with $1.7 trillion in new Obamacare spending—will drain about 18.5 percent of the nation’s total economic output by mid-century. This means that all other government programs—national defense, veterans’ health care, transportation, federal law enforcement, etc.—ALL will have to be financed with borrowed money.

RD: So the Affordable Care Act is already making a difference, and once it is fully implemented it will be life-changing for millions of families.

ST: CAN WE STILL GET FREE DIAPERS ROSA? DIAPERS?! Its not even fully implemented and you claim it is making a difference!I wanna J.K Rolf-up my lunch Rosa!

RD: I also want you to know about one related problem that has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.Some Connecticut seniors have recently learned that their private Medicare plan, UnitedHealth Care, is dropping many doctors and other health providers from its network. This shameful decision has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. Rather, UnitedHealth Care is putting their profits ahead of the health interests of their enrollees. 

ST: Shift that blame girl! Shift it! My crystal ball says a lot more are going to be dropping doctors...I love how Rosa tries to be all Oprah like, like she is sharing a secret just with us, share on Rosa...

RD: Our entire Congressional delegation has demanded answers from UnitedHealth on this arbitrary and reckless decision, and will continue to seek out answers until the company stops being evasive.

ST: They want to make money Rosa! Just like you you 1%er!! You are one of the richest in congress! Listen, we may both dress like we are woodland knomes riding the same broom, but we are NOT alike. Its not being evasive, its being about the bottom line.What about the and you can keep your doctor razzle dazzle?

RD: As we sort out the UnitedHealth Care situation, rest assured that the Affordable Care Act is helping to ensure that Medicare provides better and less expensive coverage for older and disabled people. 

ST: Better AND Less expensive? All for $19.95 you say?! That's eye of newt and wing of bat-shi* impossible!

RD: This law builds on the bedrock achievements of Medicare and Social Security to provide more security for the middle-class and a better, healthier quality of life for our entire community. 

ST: Oh yeah cause Social Security isn't the biggest ponzi scheme ever invented and its going to last forever! Now who is a work of fiction now? You are preoccupied, my dear. My Inner Eye sees past your brave face to the troubled soul within. And I regret to say that your worries are not baseless. I see difficult times ahead for you, alas... most difficult... I fear the thing you dread will indeed come to pass... and perhaps sooner than you think...

RD: And it makes a number of important, long-overdue reforms that most people just take as common sense, like banning insurance companies from denying coverage or benefits to those with preexisting conditions, eliminating annual caps, mandating more transparency, and ensuring that women are not charged more than men for the same health coverage. 

ST: Can I bundle with my car insurance? Oh '"transparency" now that is a catchy little phrase. No men and women are charged the same per age despite the fact that they do not give birth, they pay like they do. And so are women past menopause. And there are no incentives for not smoking or staying healthy. That's right everybody light up!

RD: The Affordable Care Act is good for Medicare and good for families. I am very proud to have fought to make it law, and I look forward to its full implementation.
DeLauro, a Democrat, represents Connecticut’s third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

ST: Rosa DeLauro: burying the next generation in debt. But, hey muggles! If you don’t mind having a significantly lower standard of living andhigh unemployment for decades to come, just keep voting for Rosa and her cronycohorts. By the time the SHTF, Rosa will have long since retired on broom to a tropical paradise far from the land of the working stiffs, with her massive wealth—and it will be too late for YOU to undo the mess she’ll have left behind.Ok Rosa- if its so great, why don't you enroll? 
OH WAIT, Congress is exempt! Gee, thanks.

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