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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Electon Update from Senator Joe Markley


CCDL - Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee

Statement on Boughton Exploratory Committee

by Chris
(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest gun rights organization) release the following statement after Danbury mayor Mark Boughton announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the governor's seat in 2018.

Statement from CCDL President Scott Wilson:
"Mark Boughton was a member of the gun control group "Mayors Against Illegal Guns".
The Mayor also made several public statements about recently passed anti-gun laws that were very troubling to gun owners in Connecticut”
Mayor Boughton did finally severe his affiliation with MAIG towards the end of his last gubernatorial campaign because his being associated with gun control hurt his campaign. As far as CCDL can tell, there has been no outreach or attempt by the mayor to mend any fences. We must assume his position hasn't changed in the last few years.
We hope that the mayor of Danbury is aware that gun owners do vote, and they do not forget."
Wilson also stated:
"It would be an extremely difficult hurdle for any candidate to overcome a prior platform position that included gun control in a statewide election. Mayor Boughton would not just be campaigning in Danbury, but across the entire state".
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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.ccdl.us
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
860-235-7490

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Regional Emergency Response Drill Scheduled in Middlefield CT December 3 2016.


Middlefield, CT

From: Peter Tyc
Fire Chief Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company

On Saturday December 3, 2016 at 8:00am an emergency response drill will be conducted for the communities surrounding Middlefield on Orchard Lane in Middlefield Ct. The drill will test the capabilities of Middlefield emergency response services, the surrounding communities and hazardous material teams to manage an emergency involving multiple jurisdictions and response agencies. The exercise will be postponed until December 4 in the event of inclement weather.

The drill will be a progressive type scenario and will engage a variety of response organizations. These will include at a minimum Fire, Ambulance, Emergency Management, and Hazardous Materials and local hospital. The resources will come from various regions of Connecticut.

The news media is invited to cover the drill activities. The drill site will be arranged for media coverage but access will be restricted to registered media participants. Please contact the office of JLN Associates, or Chief Tyc with names and cell numbers of staff whom will be participating at the drill site.

Information dissemination will be a drill objective; we ask that your organization participate in receiving information as they would in a real event (media briefings). The site will open to media at 8:00 am for registration and set-up.

JLN Associates, LLC under contract with State Emergency Response Commission and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is planning and implementing this hazardous material related full-scale exercise for Middlefield and the surrounding communities. The Planning and Implementation of this exercise is funded by a HMEP Grant being administered by the State Emergency Response Commission.

Your attendance and participation is anticipated and encouraged.


Respectfully Submitted

John L. Nickerson Peter Tyc
John L. Nickerson Peter Tyc
Principal Chief
JLN Associates, LLC Middlefield Fire Company

Contacts:
John L. Nickerson                                                                                  Fire Chief Peter Tyc
JLN Associates LLC                                                                              Middlefield Fire Company
43 Hatchetts Hill Road                                                                           405 Main St , suite 7
Old Lyme CT 06371                                                                         Middlefield, CT 06455
Phone 860-434-3443                                                                             Phone 860-349-7124

Friday, November 25, 2016

CCDL - Ackert For House Minority Leader

Ackert For House Minority Leader

by Chris
11/09/2016
For Immediate Release:
(Groton, CT) - The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state's largest gun rights organization) is addressing a growing concern over the House Republican current leadership's lack of support for 2nd Amendment related matters.
CCDL President Scott Wilson States the Following:
"With the election of 2016 over, Connecticut citizens face the upcoming 2017 legislative session with no one in the leadership position in the House Republican Caucus that will look out for the rights of gun owners. It has been a serious sore spot for the twenty-five thousand members of our organization. We have a legitimate expectation that politicians who swear under oath to uphold the constitution will follow through. It is their responsibility”.
Wilson also Added:
"Gun owners like myself are tired of seeing elected officials such as Themis Klarides (114th District) go along with whatever gun control proposals that come along. We know that some of the incumbents and the newly elected freshmen that we have reached out to feel the same. House Republican caucus members have an opportunity to elect a new leader Thursday, and we certainly hope that they take that initiative. State Representative Tim Ackert (8th District) is challenging Klarides for the leadership position, and we feel that Mr. Ackert is a well thought out logical choice to fill that role ".
Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
president@ccdl.us
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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 25,000 members from across the state.
Thanks to this large supportive base, the CCDL has become a fixture at the state capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.
As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.ccdl.us
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

CCDL - Thank You to Veterans

CCDL would like to thank all veterans for their service to our great nation. Without you, we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms we have.

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It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
   - Charles M. Province, U.S. Army

MIDDLETOWN’S 31st ANNUAL HOLIDAY ON MAIN STREET!

PRESENTED BY PRATT & WHITNEY
BEGINS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – THREE TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONIES & PARADE TO BE FEATURED

(EVENT UPDATE: WAGON RIDES CANCELLED ON FRIDAY
The wagon rides scheduled for Friday, November 25 have been cancelled. However, a free Holiday On Main shuttle bus provided by Middletown Area Transit will be transporting people to the South Green the whole night. Otherwise, the event is still scheduled as normal. Wagon rides will resume on Saturday, November 26.)

(Middletown, CT)  Thomas Byrne, Chairman of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Central Business Bureau, announced Holiday On Main Street will kick-off on Friday, November 25 from 4:00 p.m to 8:15 p.m. The Holiday on Main Street Committee, chaired by Al Santostefano and co-chairman Rich Greco, in conjunction with the City of Middletown, invites everyone to ring in the festive season by attending the three tree-lighting ceremonies and parade along Main Street, Middletown. Last year, over 3,000 people were able to enjoy the holiday sights and sounds on the South Green and more are expected this year.

At 4:00 p.m. in front of Middlesex Chamber, there will be wagon rides until 5:15 p.m. and the
Kiwanis Club of Middletown members will be selling Hot Pretzels & Popcorn. In front of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Middletown High School Crew Team will be selling Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Desserts. At 5:00 p.m. Middletown Area Transit Holiday Bus will free shuttle service to the South Green for the Carol Sing and First Tree Lighting.

13th Annual Matching Challenge to Benefit Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantry


Gowrie Group presenting the donation check from the 2015 Gowrie
Challenge to The Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries.
Gowrie Group Launches 13th Annual Matching Challenge to Benefit SSKP

Every year between Thanksgiving and New Years, Carter Gowrie, CEO of Gowrie Group, reaches out to the community to help raise funds to feed the hungry through the Gowrie Challenge. The campaign, now in its 13th year, found its inspiration years ago when Carter volunteered for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) alongside his five children when they were teenagers.  That desire to give back to the community in a meaningful way has only grown, resulting in a matching gift campaign that in 12 years has raised over 1 million dollars ($1,000,000) for SSKP.

Since 1989 SSKP has provided food and fellowship to neighbors in need who reside in Chester, Clinton, Deep River, East Lyme, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Last year they served over 8,000 residents, providing enough food for over 1 million meals.  In 2016 the need has continued to rise, with the number of meals distributed increasing by 7% so far this year.

In response to this continued need, Gowrie Group is launching their 13th annual matching challenge with a $30,000 donation to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.  Five local companies - The
Safety Zone, LC Doane Company, Tower Labs, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, and BrandTech Scientific
– are providing an additional $23,000 in matching funds.

Gowrie Group is once again challenging the community of local businesses and friends to help them meet and exceed an ambitious goal - raising $125,000. The 2016 Gowrie Group Challenge runs from November 15th to December 31st

Carter Gowrie, CEO of Gowrie Group said "We are very proud that over the past 12 years our community of clients, local business and friends have come together to raise more than $1,000,000 to benefit the SSKP through our annual Gowrie Group Challenge.  We look forward to continuing to work together to support those in need along our shoreline.”

“The Gowrie Challenge is a hope filled campaign;  hope filled because each year, so many generous community members come together to care for those in need by donating funds that are matched by Gowrie Group and our Partner sponsors” said Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director. “These funds are used by the SSKP to purchase food that is distributed to our guests.  Today, so many of our neighbors visit weekly pantries and daily meal sites and feel hope that their families will have enough nutritious food to eat.  It is a time of hope, and I thank each and every person who donates, because you are making a difference in the lives of those in need.”

Throughout the year, Gowrie Group and its employees donate time and services to soup kitchens and pantries across New England.  Each summer, Gowrie employees prepare and serve a lunch at an SSKP meal site in Old Saybrook, CT.  Before the holidays, Gowrie employees host canned food drives at each office location – Westbrook CT, Darien CT, Newport RI, Marshfield MA, Annapolis MD, Boston MA, and Manchester NH – and donate the collected goods to local entities.  Employees and their families also volunteer regularly at a variety of food pantries and meal service locations across the region.

A special thank you to our 2016 Gowrie Challenge partner and media sponsors: The Safety Zone, LC Doane Company, Tower LabsLenny & Joe's Fish Tale, and BrandTech
Scientific


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Russell Library - Late Nov./Dec. Special Programs

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Classic Mystery Book Discussion





The Moonstone
 - by Wilkie Collins

Tuesday, November 29 
12noon - 1pm
Hubbard Room 



Make a Holiday Card 
- for adults!

Wednesday, November 30
2pm 
Hubbard Room 







Free, drop-in, materials provided.

Coming Soon

Jazz Up Close: Spanning Generations

CCDL - How we Did on Election Day



How We Did

by Chris

These are unofficial election results. Some of these results may change after a recount. If you don't think your vote counts, some of these were won or lost by less that 20 votes.
Also,  I'd like to remind everyone that CCDL is a nonpartisan, single issue organization. We may endorse multiple candidates in the same race if they are both pro2A. We may endorse candidates that other organizations skip over because their chances of winning appear slim.
Please keep all these things in mind when you compare win/lose totals.
Winners in green. Losers in red.
CCDL 2016 Endorsed Candidate List
CT House:
District  Candidate Name  Towns Represented

8 Timothy J. ‘Tim’ Ackert - Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Vernon
9 Richard Lion – East Hartford, Manchester
13 Mark Tweedie - Glastonbury, Manchester
23 Devin R Carney - Lyme, Old Lyme, Saybrook, Westbrook
24 Jim Sanders - New Britain, Newington
30 Chris Morelli - Berlin, Southington
33 Linda J Szynkowicz - Middletown
34 Melissa H. Ziobron – Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton
35 Jesse D MacLachlan - Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook
36 Bob Siegrist - Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam
37 Holly H Cheeseman - East Lyme, Salem
38 Lauren Shaw - Montville, Waterford

Sen. Art Linares Thanks Area Voters

Representing the people of the 33rd State Senate District at the State Capitol is an incredible honor. 

I consider myself so fortunate to be a voice at the State Capitol for the people of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

I will work with anyone from any political party to restore business confidence and hope, to revive Connecticut’s economy, and to make Connecticut the place where families and seniors and retirees want to invest their futures. 

I love this state, and I know you do too.  That’s why I am so energized to improve our state’s policies. 

Thank you for your continued support, and I encourage you to never hesitate to contact me with your ideas, comments and concerns at Art.Linares@cga.ct.gov or at 800 842-1421.

Art Linares
Westbrook

Roulette Fun Shoot!

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Middletown Rifle and Revolver Club
1 Mill St. Middletown, CT

To volunteer, sign up for the shoot or to get more information, email Ray at the address at the bottom.
 
Volunteers needed for:  Roulette fun shoot from 6:45 pm until? Date: 11/29/2016  (last Tuesday of the month)                
                                                                                                                                                     
Two people needed to do sign-in, collect the donation and add the scores.                             
1)___  Joseph M. _________________                  
2)____ Bill H. ________________________                    

One person needed to be the Range Officer
(NRA instructor, would be nice but not mandatory)
                             
1)___ Darlene L. _________________________
                             
Two people needed to do set-up

1)___Ray Beaulieu___________

2)__________________________


One person needed to start the fire if needed

1)____________________________

One person needed to operate scoreboard if needed
1)____ Not Needed this shoot________


Your Friend
Ray Beaulieu
C# 860-798-7248

Friday, November 18, 2016

Turkey Shoot this Sunday!


This Sunday, the Portland Fish and Game Club hosts its third turkey shoot in this year's annual four week event, leading up to Thanksgiving.  The shoot is held in the field across from the Portland Fair Grounds on Rt. 17A in Portland CT and is open to the public.  The cost is $3.00 per shot, or two shots for $5.00; shot gun only, in any gauge.  Ammunition is provided by the club.

Also available are a variety of food items, which have included clam chowder and venison.  The winner of each course of fire receives a frozen turkey (which is why it is called a "turkey shoot").

In times past, a turkey shoot involved a live turkey tied so its head protruded above a log.  The shooter who killed the bird won the contest.  At the last shoot I attended some years ago, "X" cards are hung and the shooter who's shot (pellet) is closest to the "X", wins a frozen bird.  I failed to inquire, but it seems they are using something other than an "X" card, today.

Come down, make some new friends and enjoy the comradery of fellow sportsmen and women.  Parents are encouraged to bring their children.
Safety is a must.
Firearms safely stored
Checking targets





Mmmm, cheese burgers!






Chef at work






Second from left, past president Ray Snyder, current president, Mr. Muscatello on right













Sunday, November 13, 2016

Undercover Journalist in Full Burka Is Offered Huma Abedin's Ballot

Published on Nov 7, 2016
In this video, a Project Veritas journalist is offered Huma Abedin's ballot while dressed in full burka in New York City.

Alan Schulkin, a Democratic Elections Commissioner in NYC explains how voter fraud can be committed when people wear burkas inside polling locations on Election Day.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

"American Political Zone"

The American Political Zone - A Political Commentary on Current Events

Featuring Daria Novak, 2nd District Congressional Candidate and President of the Institute for American Politics, and Frank Vernuccio, New York Analysis Policyand Government, The American Political Zone is now a regular feature in the Middletown Insider.

One of the best political discussion programs you can find, our hosts possess a vast knowledge of current affairs and they share this with us in a lively and interesting fashion.



Friday, November 11, 2016

Turkey Shoot This Sunday!

This Sunday, the Portland Fish and Game Club hosts its third turkey shoot in this year's annual four week event, leading up to Thanksgiving.  The shoot is held in the field across from the Portland Fair Grounds on Rt. 17A in Portland CT and is open to the public.

The cost is $3.00 per shot, or two shots for $5.00; shot gun only, in any gauge.  Ammunition is provided by the club.

Also available are a variety of food items, which have included clam chowder and venison.  The winner of each course of fire receives a frozen turkey (which is why it is called a "turkey shoot").

In times past, a turkey shoot involved a live turkey tied so its head protruded above a log.  The shooter who killed the bird won the contest.  At the last shoot I attended some years ago, "X" cards are hung and the shooter who's shot (pellet) is closest to the "X", wins a frozen bird.  I failed to inquire, but it seems they are using something other than an "X" card, today.

Come down, make some new friends and enjoy the comradery of fellow sportsmen and women.  Parents are encouraged to bring their children.
Safety is a must.
Firearms safely stored
Checking targets
Mmmm, cheese burgers!
 
Chef at work

Second from left, past president Ray Snyder, current president, Mr. Muscatello on right




Thursday, November 10, 2016

South Fire District - Stuff a Fire Truck Food Drive!

Stuff a Fire Truck

Middletown, CT:
South District Fire Department and the South Fire District Firefighters Local 3918
team up to help feed the community.

On Saturday November 12, 2016, members of the South Fire District and the South Fire District Firefighters Local 3918 are hosting a “STUFF A FIRE TRUCK” food drive. The collection will take place at the Stop and Shop at 416 East Main Street, Middletown. Firefighters will be collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the Amazing Grace Food Pantry on Stack Street in the city of Middletown. All donations are staying local to support the Middlesex community. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in advance.


Collections can be made from 8:30 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

COMING EVENTS AT RUSSELL LIBRARY Late November


RUSSELL LIBRARY

November 15 - 31, 2016
 
Russell Library 123 Broad St., Middletown, CT

 

Russell Library Hours for November 2016
Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown has new hours: Mondays 10am – 6pm; Tuesdays 10am – 8pm; Wednesdays 1pm – 8pm; Thursdays 10am – 8pm; Fridays 10am – 6pm; Saturdays 10am - 2pm, Sundays from 1pm – 4pm. The library will be closed Friday, November 11th for Veterans’ Day, and Thursday and Friday November 24th and 25th for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.
All library programs are free of charge.

EXHIBITS

The Art Guild of Middletown (with Russell Writers)
Throughout November. Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Members of the Art Guild of Middletown and Russell Library's Writers, Readers and Veterans Groups are collaborating to create a special exhibit at the library. Writers in the library’s groups will display prose, poetry and quotes inspired by the artwork of members of the Guild in a combined exhibit November 6-29.  The opening reception on November 6 from 2-4 p.m. in the Library's Hubbard Room will celebrate the expressive achievements of the artists and writers, and the work will be available for viewing--and reading--during the Library's regular opening hours.

Wesleyan Potters Exhibit
November 2 – November 30, 2016. The Lobby Case, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. Members of the non-profit cooperative guild, located in Middletown and founded in 1948 to promote the learning and development of skills in crafts, will show pottery, weaving, jewelry and baskets in preparation for their annual Holiday Exhibit and Sale.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

The Russell Writers Online Forum.  Participate any day, any time, from the comfort of your own computer. Register and log in for this online writing group where you can post your work for critique, provide feedback for your fellow Russell Writers, exchange ideas and tips, and participate in the monthly writing prompts. Go to: http://russellwriters.freeforums.net. Beginning and experienced writers welcomed! For more information, contact Michele Rousseau at shellywriter@sbcglobal.net

PROGRAMS

Twos are Terrific Registration
Tuesday, November 1st, 10:00a.m. Children’s Activity Room, Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown. People are welcomed to register for Twos are Terrific in person or by phone: (860) 344-8479. Registration continues until all slots are filled. Twos are Terrific is a program for two year olds and their caregivers that includes stories, songs, play, crafts and music. The sessions are scheduled on the following Tuesdays: November 8, 15, 22, 29, and December 6 and 13 from 10:30 to 11:15am.

Smoking Cessation Workshops with Middlesex Hospital

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